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Finding Water Restoration Services in Dallas Is Easy

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

Basement entrance with water damage For any type of water damage in your property you can count on SERVPRO to help.

SERVPRO Is Ready to Provide Water Emergency Services After Storms Hit Dallas

Dallas homeowners are attentive to storms coming their way so they can take proper precautions. Particularly after the events of the past few years, it helps to be prepared for unfortunate weather events. But despite being cautious, excessive rain can cause tremendous trouble, allowing stormwater to seep into basements, the garage, and through the roof. If you ever find stormwater in your home, call a reputable water damage and restoration company as soon as possible.

For Dallas residents, water restoration services are a phone call away. When you call SERVPRO and our team of certified technicians, you are on your way to returning your home to normal. Whether a roof leak or an old window lets water into your home, our staff has the equipment and expertise to tackle the job. And to meet your needs, we operate around the clock and can dispatch our fleet shortly after receiving your call.

Taking care of water damage requires the right technology. Through actions tailored to your specific needs, our SERVPRO team seeks to achieve the following:

  • Extract water by using pumps, handheld extractors, and specialty solutions such as drying mats and injecti-dry
  • Restore humidity in the space with the help of air movers, dehumidifiers, and moisture meters
  • Disinfect and deodorize the home with the help of ultra-low volume foggers, EPA-approved cleaning, and anti-mycotic solutions to help remove bacteria by-products of the stormwater

Finding the right team to serve your home after a storm is easy. Just call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County and let us take care of your needs. When you dial (972) 227-0800, you take the first step in making sure your home continues to feel “Like it never even happened.”

How Professional Mold Remediation Services Can Restore Your Dallas Property

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

Mold in a Corner Area Don't let mold take control of your Dallas property. Call SERVPRO today!

Why SERVPRO Offers Reliable Mold Cleanup Services in Dallas

The use of advanced techniques and technology is one of the reasons why SERVPRO is a top service provider in mold remediation. If you recently experienced a water damage incident and have some musty smell on your property, you should work with our technicians. While some mold incidents are easily noticeable, others can be quite challenging to notice without the help of a professional.

When providing mold cleanup services in Dallas, our SERVPRO technicians follow guidelines outlined by the IICRC and EPA. We understand mold spores can stay in our surroundings until the right growth conditions – food and water - are available. So, the first step we perform when assessing your property is identifying and stopping the source of moisture.

In most cases, when mold grows on the walls, the paint may start to peel off. It is a big mistake to attempt repainting such surfaces since the same situation may reappear. Our team scrubs off the mold from nonporous surfaces using water and approved detergents. Metals, glass, and plastics are examples.

We use abrasive methods such as wire brushing, damp wiping, and sanding to clean loose mold attached to semi-porous surfaces such as concrete and wood. If it has already reached porous materials such as carpets, drywall, insulation, and fabrics, we remove and dispose of them. If it is necessary to do mold-controlled demolition, we first perform HEPA vacuuming to remove the loose mold spores.

We set up negative air machines to prevent the spores from moving to uncontaminated areas. When cleaning mold-infested walls, we start from the top sections and proceed to the bottom. The direction of airflow also determines how we do the cleaning.

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for a stress-free mold remediation process. Our highly trained technicians are available 24 hours a day to offer help.

When a Dallas Home Sustains Mold Damage

2/3/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck on a street Don't panic if you see mold damage at your Dallas home or business. Contact SERVPRO, and we will remediate the damage and offer prevention tips.

SERVPRO Offers Information on Mold Checks, Protection, and Risks at Your Dallas Home

You have probably always thought of mold infestation as a straightforward situation whereby your home is either contaminated or not. However, there is much more that you need to know about mold to manage contamination at your Dallas property. Understanding its risks and spread patterns is essential information.

One of the standard responses when a Dallas home shows mold damage signs is clean up to remove debris, soiling, and resolve any odor issues. The correct approach is necessary to avoid aggravating the problem or endangering the people handling the task. SERVPRO's crew of IICRC-certified applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRT) performs cleaning safely and uses the opportunity to teach the homeowner about different mold-related issues.

Some Crucial Information to Learn Includes:

  • Mold inspection
  • Limiting the spread
  • Dangers of exposure

Since the spores that trigger contamination are omnipresent, their presence is normal or elevated. Elaborate remediation is necessary when there are high mold levels. Drying any wet patches and airing the property is sufficient to stop the development under other circumstances. In many instances, it is easy to tell when there are elevated mold levels because of vast swathes of spots, discoloration of surfaces, and significant deterioration of wood. Organic materials can be affected in structural areas and contents like furniture exhibiting signs similar to rot. Even when only a few sites show signs, it might not reveal the whole story. An inspection helps establish whether there is hidden mold.

Mold Inspection Involves Several Steps

  • Checking for hidden moisture
  • Confirming material deterioration levels
  • Identifying the spread patterns

When performing inspections and remediation, our SERVPRO technicians follow the best practices defined in the S520 standards manual provided by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification.

Understanding the Risks of Mold Exposure

When mold exhibits minor signs such as patches or discoloration and a musty smell, it is easy to clean and dry the affected areas to resolve the problem. Although cleaning is a viable solution, the specific approach used matters since it influences its effectiveness. The best methods use minimal moisture and create limited debris since wetness is the main trigger for mold development. A process that contains or does not release significant waste into the air is essential.

Since avoiding disturbing mold or wetting materials is not always possible in every case, other alternatives are necessary. SERVPRO crews look for ways to counter the effects of disturbance and moisture, thus minimizing the risks. As the first line of defense, our technicians wear appropriate PPE, including respirators, to avoid inhalation, especially when doing demolition as part of the restoration effort. Having sufficient drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers helps counter the development of moisture issues since we can dry any surfaces or materials left wet during cleaning. We select dehumidifiers based on their drying capabilities and the level of airflow it creates. Highly effective varieties like LGR and models with low airflow are a top pick.

Having the correct information eases mold damage remediation. You can rely on SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for appropriate solutions that address contamination "Like it never even happened." Call us at (972) 227-0800.

Our Water Restoration Team Skillfully Protects Dallas Real Estate

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

brick two story home, servpro van in foreground No matter the type of structure, our SERVPRO team can restore Dallas area water damaged properties.

New & Old Homes Need Water Restoration Experts

Ensuring your home's security includes protecting it from destructive elements such as wind, microbial infestation, and fire. Water intrusion or leaks can also cause harm to your Dallas residence and subsequently lead to the development of even worse conditions. Our water restoration team can protect your property.

Many homeowners of newly built homes in Dallas might think water restoration services are decades in the future. Unfortunately, the age of your home is not the only risk factor for sustaining a disaster. It only takes one small leak to soak the floors of a new house's great room.

Water restoration follows mitigation, protecting a home from destructive moisture. Rebuilding often must occur, to one degree or another. Certain characteristics of your home might affect the work performed by our restoration specialists, such as:

  • Construction practices,
  • Types of materials used, and
  • The extent of hidden water.

Because of the costs involved, the modular style of commercial buildings and homes is drastically increasing. Modular homes can present different restoration requirements from traditional housing. With a modular house, insulation and framing may vary in different parts of the house, resulting in the need for a different response. Other materials can also face similar situations.

Some homes contain more absorbent grades of drywall, allowing moisture to wick upwards faster. These require us to remove larger areas of the drywall than with less porous types like soundproofing wallboard or greenboard used in bathrooms. Paint and wallpapers covering the drywall also create a moisture barrier that traps water inside, preventing air currents from pulling moisture out of the sheet. Plaster is more porous than drywall, making it susceptible to greater damage. Other materials that pose problems are paneling, ceiling tiles, and some flooring types.

Hidden water is located within enclosed areas or has bonded into materials like wood or concrete. Our moisture detection equipment can find these places, allowing us to keep your restoration project on course.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County by dialing (972) 227-0800, 24/7, year-round.

Efficient Inspection Services Aid Dallas Fire Restoration

1/2/2023 (Permalink)

picture of burning house with check boxes SERVPRO checks all the boxes regarding fire damage restoration in Dallas. We work with your insurance carrier, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Restoration Estimating Relies on Inspections

Estimations are one of the earliest expectations between the communication maintained from SERVPRO restorers to an insurance adjuster or homeowner privately paying for the cleanup and recovery of their property following a fire. Inspections help to provide a fast turnaround of these estimations and project objectives.

The Importance of Inspections

When fire restoration for Dallas homes begins, SERVPRO professionals must have a firm grasp of the property’s conditions and any safety concerns. The homeowner and insurance company expect precise, and itemized estimations and job scopes made possible with experienced assessments. The use of industry-wide Xactimate software expedites the accumulation and transfer of these data points. Inspectors are looking for:

  • Damaged structure
  • Soot risks
  • Ruined contents
  • Water damage
  • Malodors

Early Mitigation Solutions

One of the advantages of starting inspection services as soon as our team arrives is the designation of priorities that might ultimately cause greater harm to the structure. Restoration can be slowed by a high concentration of soot particles in the environment or wet materials that must be removed and discarded before cleaning can continue. Inspections help determine where recovery efforts should begin.

Reaching Set Restoration Goals

Inspections and assessments are also critical in creating a restoration plan and setting recovery goals. Clear and concise milestones allow for easier tracking of progress in cleaning and remediating post-fire damage. The inspection conducted by our production manager ensures that the worst conditions get prioritized.

Working with Insurance Providers

The inspection process is critical for the relationship between SERVPRO technicians and office staff, and your insurance provider. The adjuster will need a detailed and itemized estimation and recovery plan to approve a damage claim. Getting this process started as soon as possible ensures an expedited approval turnaround, so restoration work is not delayed. Scoping the fire damage is crucial and of paramount importance.

Before work can begin after a fire loss incident overwhelms homes and businesses in the Dallas area, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can thoroughly inspect the structure. We work to provide a fast and safe return to preloss condition. Call us at (972) 227-0800.

SERVPRO Uses Specific Mold Damage Repair Equipment in Dallas

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

corner of room with mold growth on wall Our IICRC trained team is trained to handle complete mold remediation.

We Base Our Mold Damage Repairs on IICRC Standards

While performing mold damage repair, remediation, and restoration work in Dallas, we keep many things in mind. Our priorities include our well-being, how efficiently we work, and the cost-effectiveness of the entire project in making it just "Like it never even happened."

When a homeowner detects signs of mold, we want to keep those main concerns in mind. These include personal protective equipment (PPE), our gear, and the most appropriate equipment for mold damage repairs in Dallas. After we finish the initial remediation, we can begin repairing damaged areas.

Using highly durable equipment and tools means we can complete the needed work quickly. Repairing areas that sustained mold damage can involve the following:

  • Negative air pressure systems
  • Concrobium applications
  • Moisture detection equipment

Our IICRC trained team builds negative air pressure systems for the same reason medical facilities use them – to keep microbes where we want them and out of otherwise microbe-free areas. You can see through many of these systems because we use plastic sheeting to form the barriers and pathways. Such compartmentalizations keep mold particles and spores out of unaffected rooms and allow our air scrubbers to force contaminants out of your home.

Antimicrobials like Concrobium help protect newly installed materials in high-risk areas. This botanical is long-lasting and effectively encapsulates any existing mold, rendering it inert. The ingredients remain active after drying on treated surfaces, making such places inhospitable to newly arriving mold spores.

After removing excess moisture that caused mold colonies to flourish, we take readings to ensure that the areas affected now show no excess humidity. These devices include infrared cameras, hygrometers, and moisture detection units. Some units use pins, while others do not. The units with pins are more accurate but can leave marks on surfaces. We discuss the benefits and drawbacks of moisture detection units with the customer.

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 when you need mold damage repair professionals. 

Removing Flood Damage in Dallas Homes

11/6/2022 (Permalink)

a man sitting on a couch in a flooded living room while using the phone book to make a call Knowing who to call to remediate flooding issues is critical. Contact SERVPRO immediately to start the water removal process. We are here 24/7.

Water Removal Strategies for Dallas Flood Damage

Knowing how to help your home after natural disasters like flooding is important. You cannot anticipate the damage these events can cause, especially when water does not get addressed wholly and quickly where it has penetrated. Some of the ways water management occurs include:

  • Surface water removal
  • Specialty extraction
  • Controlled demolition
  • Drying

Eliminating Standing Water

Contending with flood damage in Dallas homes starts with the greatest obstacle SERVPRO professionals are likely to address, water removal services. Standing water is a formidable threat after flooding, so we bring in several extraction units like our truck-mount extractors and trash pumps to manage pooling likely to contain solids and debris.

Special Extraction Tools

Specialty extraction is also essential when identifying ways water must be removed after flooding. While SERVPRO can address standing water with our powerful extractors, trapped water in flooring materials like carpets and padding can require special roving extraction units that utilize weight to force moisture to the surface for collection by an onboard vacuum.

Demolition Helps Water Removal

Controlled demolition can also be an effective means of water removal after a flood. The exposure of porous building materials and contents to migrating floodwater infiltrating the home creates a contamination concern. In most situations, it is wise to assume that contamination has occurred and remove these elements rather than promote bacterial or hazardous pathogenic threats. Removing materials like drywall and carpeting helps the water removal process and limits needed drying.

Effective Drying Options

Drying is an integral part of restoring a home dealing with flood loss effects. Whatever was not removed but exposed to floodwater, namely the non-porous materials installed in your residence, must be cleaned and dried. Thorough drying involves using air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters to manipulate specific principles and eliminate any water that remains beyond the normal moisture range.

Do not let flood damage destroy your home or business. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can help. Call (972) 227-0800.

Water Damage Abatement After Drainage Backups In Your Dallas Retail Space

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

a person holding a wrench trying to fix a leaking valve Whether it’s a backup or plumbing failure, we got you covered. Contact SERVPRO to quickly assess and remediate the commercial water damage.

Water Damage Abatement

It is difficult enough to manage your plumbing issues, but when you share space and roof drainage system and a sewer link up with other retailers, their problems become yours. A roof drain or sewer backup in a neighboring business easily sends potentially contaminated water into the storage areas of your business as well. If you own the building, it is your responsibility to mitigate the plumbing or drain issue and perhaps restore the water damage. If you rent the space, you still need the professionals from SERVPRO to restore the damage once the drain flows freely again.

Coping with water damage within your Dallas retail store is particularly concerning if the source of the water is a sewer backup. Sewage has a high probability of containing infectious waste. Any inventory, fixtures, or furnishings that come in contact with this contaminated water need to be discarded. If the water instead entered because of a flat roof drain back up the water may be less hazardous. Our technicians have training in evaluating the quality of the water damaging your retail space.

Regardless of the source of the water damage, it is crucial to locate where the water is entering and to determine whether soaked items are safe to clean and restore. SERVPRO IICRC-certified staff consults with the project manager or supervisor assigned to your job before giving you a final recommendation on what steps need to be taken to return your retail storage area and contents to preloss condition. Even cleaner water must be removed quickly as microbial growth contaminates the moisture and your wet inventory or other articles within 48 hours.

Plan for water damage mitigation in your retail space by developing an Emergency Ready Plan, beginning with an inspection by one of our staff. We point out problem areas in your store and storage area at no charge. Then you download our mobile app and answer a series of questions that identify your trusted staff and outline your priorities in the event water damages your business.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is ready to attend to your commercial water damage needs. Call us at (972) 227-0800 after water infiltrates, or, better yet, contact us before a problem occurs to plan for any disaster.

Water Restoration in Your Dallas House Needs Professional Care

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

thermal image camera checking a wall Water damage in your Dallas home? SERVPRO uses advanced detection equipment to seek and destroy excess moisture "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Tackle Water Damage in Your Dallas Home

An experience of water damage in your home might throw you off the course of your life in ways bigger than imagined, mostly if you do not handle it as fast as possible and with expertise. The structural damage can worsen, and your finances may get a huge hit.

To avoid struggling to get back on your feet, hire SERVPRO to perform water restoration in your Dallas residence. Our technicians are well trained in applying systematic restoration practices and equipped with the most advanced equipment and tools in the restoration industry. The Institute of Cleaning, Restoration, and Certification (IICRC) has certified us. It is the supreme authority on professionalism in cleaning and restoration. It is helpful to contact us within the first 48 hours from when you discover water damage.

As soon as you contact SERVPRO, we can devise a plan for cleaning and restoration of all water damage that has affected your house or your belongings via a variation of tasks that might include:

  • Inspection using thermal imaging cameras.
  • Water removal using extraction equipment.
  • Remediation of mold and disinfection of your house.
  • Removal of the odor by using injection devices to inject a small amount of water-based odor counteractants to confined spots in your house.
  • Packing out of home contents for thorough cleaning and restoration. 
  • Reconstruction of your home

Water ingress can cause building materials like drywall and wood flooring to degrade. Excess humidity can result in bacterial and mold growth. SERVPRO also uses state-of-the-art equipment like electric submersible pumps, deep extraction tools, light wands, and extraction units to remove water from affected surfaces. We also employ rapid structural drying techniques using equipment like centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers to dry homes and their contents quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO offers a fast response, delivers high-quality services to our customers, and handles a home's restoration process from the beginning to the end.

In the event of water damage in your house, do not let the water sit for long and cause more damage. Instead, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for effective restoration at (972) 227-0800. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Has the Experience and Know How to Deal with Cedar Hill Fire Damage

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

burnt out kitchen from a house fire Don't let a house fire in your beautiful Cedar Hill home ruin your day! Call SERVPRO and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Cedar Hill House Fire Recovery

There are a lot of problems that could result from Fire Damage in Cedar Hill. Aside from the burnt pieces of property, there is also the water used to eradicate the fire before it destroys the home. This leaves the property owner with a mess on his hands. Not only does he have to deal with all of the damages caused by fire and smoke, he will also have to deal with a lot of water left over from the fire incident. Now, what to do? To top it off, these initial damages could give way to more deterioration.

 We are highly experienced in dealing with Cedar Hill fire damage. We also understand that fire, flood, and other forms of property damage are relatively rare for the property owner. Therefore, he does not have the experience in dealing with these damages. As a result, he may make the damages worse with his attempts. On the other hand, we have the knowledge, skills, and equipment needed to take care of every bit of damage on the property and restore the property to its previous condition before the damaging incident.

We aim always to restore whenever possible. We would instead fix your property's damaged elements than replace them. Sentimental value, intrinsic value, and the inconvenience of a lengthy demolition and reconstruction must all be considered during the planning stages. Of course, liaising with your insurance carrier can establish a realistic budget for proceeding, providing our customers with total satisfaction.

We at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County recommend fast action in solving an issue and preventing secondary damages. We are available 24/7 and are strategically located so that we can provide our help. (972) 227-0800.

How SERVPRO Helps with Dallas Mold Remediation

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

black mold stain on corner of wall and ceiling Mold damage can often be removed and the surfaces repaired without demolition to your Dallas property. Call SERVPRO to find out how.

Causes, Removal, and Restoration of Mold Damage

Dallas mold damage remediation is no easy task, and for most homeowners, there can be much confusion about the process and equipment involved in mold remediation. Some homeowners may also not know how to identify the source of mold growth or even the true nature of the colony. SERVPRO can help to explain, repair, and remediate mold damage in your home, and neutralize the source of its growth.

What Causes Mold Damage?

Mold damage in Dallas is typically a result of a water leak somewhere in the home or a side effect from a recent damaging storm. Fungi require a damp, organic material base to grow on, making wall interiors and flooring which has been wet or dampened a prime target.

How Mold is Removed

The source of the moisture must be discovered and fixed. If not, the problem can return. Our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians, certified by the IICRC, are fully qualified to utilize advanced equipment for the removal of visible mold colonies:


After most mold has been eliminated (removing all mold spores from a property is not just impossible but also unnatural), SERVPRO will begin the process of restoration and, if needed, replace any wall, floor, or fabric materials that may have been deemed unsalvageable. Materials such as carpeting, non-laminated wood, or tile grout are all commonly replaced materials. Don't worry too much about this: typically, only a section of the material will need to be entirely replaced.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is a locally owned and operated business, helping dozens of local home and business owners every year. For mold, fire, or water damage, call us at (972) 227-0800.

Fire Restoration is a Multi-Level Process in Dallas

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

match burning Let SERVPRO make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s Proven Fire Restoration Gets Dallas Property Owners Results

Fire cleanup is a process that must be adaptable, given the situation at hand. No two Dallas fires are alike, so having a team of skilled technicians from SERVPRO is best. We know how to get in and begin working based on the findings of our initial assessment. While facing many emotions and worries, you can rest easy knowing that your property is in good hands. We are available 24/7 for emergency restorations – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Many property owners may not realize that water removal services are part of the fire restoration process in Dallas. The steps for total restoration to make your property “Like it never even happened” is more involved than you may expect. We address all forms of damage to get you the results you deserve. Additionally, we always work with our promise to restore versus replace whenever possible to save you time, money, and possessions.

How are Soot and Smoke Damage Addressed?

Fires of all kinds leave some level of soot and smoke damage behind. Once ash and soot blend with water or chemicals used to put out the fire, the mess is even trickier. SERVPRO moves through your property to determine all residues present so that we can select the best cleaning methods, including:

  • Dry Brushing
  • Vacuuming
  • Spray and wiping
  • Emulsion
  • And more

Fire damage, charring, and reconstruction

Addressing all charred debris and fire-damaged materials is often the most straightforward portion of fire restoration projects. Our crew determines the salvageability of materials and contents, carefully disposing of everything that cannot get restored. Some metals, glass, and other materials might seem like a lost cause, but our specialized methods may do the trick. We also can use abrasion methods like sanding or soda blasting to remove surface charring from wood.

Fire restoration with SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County gets your property back to normal fast so you can continue daily operations. Get in touch by calling (972) 227-0800, and we can send out a crew to get started.

Water Damage Cleanup or Storm Damage? Call the Professionals at SERVPRO

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

storm damaged  home; sliding of foundation It's storm season. SERVPRO is always a phone call away!

It Is Safer and More Efficient to Deal With Certified Professionals For Cleanup After a Storm

Storms and other disasters can cause catastrophic amounts of damage to your home. If you're dealing with storm damage, look no further than the professionals at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County in Texas. Our technicians are skilled in cleaning up and restoring any disaster you can imagine. 

Town and surrounding area residents deal with all kinds of storm wind and water damage. High winds demolish your roof, destroy trees, and cause extensive amounts of water damage. Forecasts regularly bring dangerous storms, torrential downpours, and even tornado activity, which can spell disaster for virtually any business. 

What Kinds of Damages Can Storms Bring?

Storm damages can cause a lot more damage than you might expect. They destroy power lines, create fire hazards, blow over trees, and even cause deadly and ruinous flooding that quickly causes permanent damage to your home or commercial business. Furthermore, you might not notice wind damage until much later, until massive leaks form or the roof collapses. 

The potential problems associated with storm damage in Cedar Hill can be numerous:

  • Large branches broken off precariously near the roof of the house
  • Limbs in contact (or nearly touching) power lines can be a significant fire hazard
  • Dead, hollowed-out limbs
  • Flooding and standing water build-up
  • Mold build-up (due to excessive moisture)

We Provide a Wide Range of Helpful Services

We are the ultimate professionals when it comes to storm damage repair and prevention. Wind damage can break skylights, bring down sidewalls, collapse roof structures, and even shatter your windows. Luckily, you won't have to contact a lot of different servicemen because SERVPRO handles virtually any storm-related damage to a home or business, ranging from: 

  • Weather-resistant roof covers
  • Board Clean-up or securing
  • On-site cleanup of tree limbs or debris
  • Complete water extraction and warped floor repair
  • Damage repairs, reconstruction, and replacement of your property

Our service area covers a huge variety of clients from Southeast Dallas County, including Dallas, Lancaster, Balch Springs, Wills Point, Downtown Dallas, Corsicana, Sunnyvale, Hillsboro, and Itasca. Plus, there are over 1,600 different SERVPRO franchises all over the United States to ensure you receive the care you deserve. 

Don't Start Cleaning Up Storm Damage by Yourself 

It can be overwhelming to deal with different types of storm damage, especially when it wrecks your home. You'd probably be tempted to try cleaning it up yourself, but you'd risk injuring yourself. Touching low-hanging wires can cause electrocution, while branches and other debris can be much heavier than you think. Instead, contact the professionals at SERVPRO to ensure that your damages are handled as efficiently as possible. 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO knows how to take care of disasters and its customers. We're strategically located to deal with any emergency, no matter how big or small, so give SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County a call today at (972) 227-0800 to get a quote on your storm damage. 

SERVPRO Water Damage

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged room; drywall removed to studs SERVPRO understands that the longer a home is under water, the worse the water damage is to a Dallas home.

Water Damage and SERVPRO

Last year, there was over $50 million in damage from storms and flooding in Dallas alone. Even this late in the summer, thunderstorms still pop up out of nowhere and send people to high ground while watching their property disappear under water again.

SERVPRO understands that the longer a home is underwater, the worse the water damage is to a Dallas home. The key to trying and reversing the damage is to get the water out as quickly as possible. We have some of the most experienced people in the restoration business to get it done and equip them with the best pumps, fans, and more to ensure the job is done right.

Just because you can't see the water doesn't mean you're in the clear; removing the standing water is only the beginning. One of the first things our SERVPRO experts do is determine if there is any wall damage. If there is, our technicians will place an air mover at the base of that wall to extract the water. An air mover is a very powerful, commercial-grade fan that forces the moisture across a wider area, allowing it to dry faster before permanent damage occurs.

A dehumidifier is placed in each room once the air movers have finished their work. These machines pull moisture out of the air and keep it from getting back into wallboard and sheetrock. They also help to remove water from wood floors and door trim.

The dehumidifiers also work with our specialized heaters to draw the water from carpets and carpet padding. Getting this quickly accomplished can save hundreds of dollars in replacement carpeting and padding in just a single bedroom alone. Add in the living room, and the number quickly goes into the thousands.

Locally Company with National Resources

When SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County takes on a job, it's much more than that. We know that each customer is also a neighbor. To schedule a service call or have one of our inspectors come out to help prevent future water damage, call us today at 972-227-0800.

What are the Steps Used to Dry Water Damage in Dallas?

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water in a living room of a house Excess water needs to be dealt with urgency before secondary damages take hold. Call our SERVPRO technicians to assess and remediate the water damage.

Professionals Discuss Water Removal Strategies in Dallas

Any time water floods out a building in Dallas, various types of problems can take place. If water cleanup operations are not conducted quickly, the damage created can get worse before you know it. When moisture comes into direct contact with your contents and building materials the problems caused are called primary issues. Once things inside your Dallas house get wet, humidity levels increase which means that water vapor can cause its own set of issues known as secondary damage.

Both primary and secondary problems can get worse if the water is not dealt with promptly. When moisture causes problems in Dallas, water cleanup technicians such as those at SERVPRO can reduce extensive damage in the future and help prevent mold growth. A fungus only needs 48 hours to develop once organic materials get wet. Therefore, it is vital to reduce moisture levels inside your home after a disaster occurs.

During every water damage restoration project, our SERVPRO technicians use two basic techniques to reduce moisture levels of building materials and contents. The first step is extraction where advanced equipment gets used to vacuum up moisture. The next and most vital process is the rapid structural drying phase. When trying to speed up the natural drying process, we manipulate the indoor environment by using advanced air moving and dehumidification devices.

These two systems both work together to create an environment that is ideal for drying building materials and contents as quickly as possible. Air movers get placed so that they push wet air away from damp surfaces so that more water can evaporate from the items to the air. The dehumidifier then sucks up the wet air inside the air movers' circular flow and pulls out the moisture, discarding it in liquid form.

When setting up air movers and dehumidifiers, it is vital that you have the right ratio of air movers per dehumidifier. However, determining this can often be tricky because every moisture damage situation is different. The number of air movers needed depends on how wet things got and what types of materials were affected. If you ever need assistance with removing moisture from wet building materials or contents, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 any hour of the day or night.

Pro Flood Damage Cleanup Helps Salvage Dallas Properties

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with water covering the floor and furniture floating everywhere Storm cleanup often includes dealing with a large amount of excess water. Call SERVPRO right away for flood damage remediation services at your home.

Storm Flood Damage Restoration with SERVPRO Gets Results in Dallas

Whenever you have flooding after Dallas storms, know that the cleanup is best suited to skilled technicians. Floodwater coming into your property can bring contamination. SERVPRO’s disaster response team not only knows how to address contaminants in floodwater, but we also arrive fast to help you limit the damage and cost of your restoration. Once we begin water removal services, you will be closer to getting your property back to pre-flood condition.

Why is handling storm flood damage in Dallas a bad idea as a DIY? Flood restoration is different from a traditional water cleanup. If you have flash flooding, it could mean broken window glass, damage to your structure, and other hazards. Copious amounts of standing water in your home could contain a slew of debris, mud, sewage, and human pathogens.

SERVPRO is ready for flood restoration in your area

Once you call our customer care team, our Green Fleet arrives at your door in as little as four hours. We will:

  • Scope the flood recovery site to pinpoint possible hazards, the materials impacted, and determine the best equipment for the job.
  • After the property is safe to enter, we set up staging for equipment and run hoses and power cables from our Green Fleet.
  • We establish engineering controls that involve containment and decontamination areas to help avoid spreading contamination into unaffected zones. 

There could be water trapped behind building materials that require specialized removal. We utilize various methods to facilitate water removal services and drying in all spaces, including behind walls, under cabinetry, and other tight areas. Some of the approaches necessary may include:

  • Scoping with moisture monitoring equipment or tools
  • Weep holes get drilled into the walls to help with drainage
  • Warm air gets infused to help speed drying
  • Structural and cosmetic repairs get done to ensure everything is back to pre-flood condition

Storm flood damage does not have to spell disaster when you have the help of SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County. Get in touch with us 24-hours a day by calling (972) 227-0800.

How Can Dallas Homeowners Prevent House Fires?

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with debris everywhere and soot covering everything Regardless of the room the fire happens in, team SERVPRO can help with cleanup, remediation and odor removing services. We are standing by 24/7.

Fire Damage Technicians in Dallas Discuss Prevention Methods

The chances of a fire taking place inside your Dallas home are higher than you may think. In the state of Texas, over 20,000 structures burn each year, and many of them cause extensive fire damage. Every week in Texas, three people die, and nearly $10 million in property damage is caused by fires. Structure fires cause over $200 million dollars of property damage in Texas each year. The good news is that many of these house fires can be prevented and taking the necessary steps can save you from suffering fire damage to your residence.

A big part of prevention is being prepared for the occurrence of disasters. Professional restoration companies like SERVPRO have programs designed to help you be prepared for any fire damage situation in Dallas. You can sign up and designate us as your official mitigation contractor which can speed up the process if a problem does ever occur. As a part of the process, our team comes out to your house and figures out where your water and electricity shut offs are located so that we know where to find them if needed. We also make sure that we have all of your contact information and that we can get a hold of the right person to receive work authorization as soon as possible.

As a part of making our SERVPRO team your official restoration contractor, we also advise and help you be prepared for any disaster. We will make sure you know the proper steps to take in an emergency. We can also help you devise an emergency action plan to help you stay safe and organized when and if a life-threatening situation like a structure fire occurs.

Cleaning The Ducts Can Prevent Dryer-Related Fire Damage

Appliances can also be a source for household fires. Old appliances wear out and become less efficient to operate, often causing not only safety issues but also higher utility bills. These older machines can also damage your belongings. Replacing them can save you quite a bit of hassle.

Homeowners rarely consider the possibility of fire damage in Dallas when purchasing a new washer and dryer set. An old dryer can easily cause a fire, leaving many people to fail to realize that it is the duct leading away from the back of the dryer where fires most often begin. Merely changing the old dryer for a newer one while leaving the ductwork in place does not help prevent a fire.

Changing the duct work and cleaning the vent can help prevent a fire from occurring. September is National Preparedness Month. Eliminating the risk of fire throughout your home can help keep your family safe for the entire year. Even if you do not install a new dryer, having the duct cleaned, as well as the vents, can help protect your family from such a disastrous event.

SERVPRO helps restore homes after a fire occurs, mitigating fire damage according to IICRC standards. Our technicians understand how a devastating fire can affect a family and the subsequent issues they must contend with on an ongoing basis. Our staff can help by quickly getting you back into your home “Like it never even happened.”

A fire related to a dryer and its vent can damage clothing, the laundry area, and other portions of your home indirectly with its smoke. We carefully work to resolve all of these issues and leave your home clean and odor-free. During our time working on your home, SERVPRO technicians keep you informed of your home's progress, assist you with insurance claims, and provide you with inventory sheets that give you information on your belongings.

One major thing that can help prevent a blaze from igniting inside your home is to make sure you have smoke detectors and that they are working properly. It is a good idea to get your detectors tested regularly to make sure that they are in good condition. If you ever have something that has burned inside your house, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 24/7.

When to Call in a Dallas Water Damage Specialist

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

dehumidiier LGR Trained SERVPRO specialists have the equipment to mitigate water damage in Dallas properties

Water Removal and Cleanup for Dallas--SERVPRO

Many things can happen to your home, as far as a storm, flood, and natural disaster causing water damage in Dallas. Some of the remediation you can handle if you are a DIY'er homeowner, and some of the necessary tasks must be accomplished by those with the equipment, training, and experience.

The question remains: What tasks should you call a specialist?

1. In the Area of Dallas Water Damage Assessment, Do You Have What It Takes To Know What Is What?

Water damage in Dallas can occur in many locations throughout the house. It could be caused by missing or loose shingles or improperly installed flashing material. It might be leaking faucets, pipes, or appliances. Water damage technicians can inspect and based on their experience, find things you might not be able to.

2. The Serious Issue of Mold Detection

You might not always be aware of a mold problem. It does not always look the same, and, in many cases, it is hidden behind furniture or walls. The concern about mold when you have water damage is the water itself. Without a moisture source, mold cannot increase.

3. The Critical Part of Recovering From Water Damage in Dallas Is the Water Removal

A large amount of water collects in the basement or crawlspace and sits there until someone comes down and cleans it up. The professionals have the equipment and experience to accomplish this quickly. The submersible pumps, powerful vacuums attached to systems installed on a truck outside, the dehumidifiers, and large air movers all aid in removing water. They also help remove that wet smell that makes many people uncomfortable. The technicians who do this every day are a better fit than a homeowner.

4. The Drying of The Entire House Is Necessary

We can use moisture sensors and infrared imagery cameras to locate and eliminate hidden pockets of dampness.

5. Deodorizing Is Something That Many People Do Not Understand

Any damage from water, molds, mildews, fires, smoke, or soot establishes odors that make people uncomfortable. After repairs and remediation have begun, the deodorizing of the house goes a long way toward making the place feel more like a home again.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency event. Call us today! (972) 227-0800

SERVPRO’s ERP Preps Dallas for Flooding

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO emergency ready checklist Let SERVPRO provide preventative and restorative assistance regarding Dallas area flooding. Ask us about our ERP.

Recommended Steps to Take Before a Dallas Storm

Once you have obtained flood insurance, there are many things you can do to lessen any losses in your home and make sure your family stays safe in the event of a flood.

Safeguarding Your Possessions

You will want a personal flood file with information on every possession you own in case of flood damage to your Dallas home. Place valuable documents in a waterproof container. This file should have:

  • Copies of your insurance policies, including contact information for your agents.
  • An inventory for your household with written and visual records, such as a videotape or photographs. It should include all significant valuables and household items. Create files that have serial numbers and store receipts for major electronics and appliances. Get artwork and jewelry appraised. These documents will be critically important when filing insurance claims.
  • Copies of any other critical documents, like receipts of major purchases and finance records.
  • It is not a bad idea to have information on a reputable flood damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO, in these files.

Getting Your Home Ready

Ensure your sump pump works properly and install a battery-operated backup in case the power fails. Putting in a water alarm will let you know if water is accumulating in the basement. Clean out downspouts and gutters of debris and anchor any fuel tanks.

You will also want to raise your electrical components such as sockets, switches, wiring, and circuit breakers at least twelve inches over your home’s projected flood elevation. Put the water heater, furnace, dryer, and washer on cement blocks at least twelve inches over the projected flood elevation. Then move your valuables, furniture, and essential documents to a safe place.

Make a Family Emergency Plan

Make up a safety kit with canned food, drinking water, blankets, first aid, a flashlight, and a radio. Put up emergency telephone numbers on the phone and teach your children to dial 911. Create and act out a flood evacuation route with your family. Ensure everyone knows safe routes from work, home, and school. It is a good idea to ask a relative out-of-state to be your emergency contact and ensure that your pets will be safe.

Another perfect thing is the ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile, an app from SERVPRO. This application will store property details like utility shut-off locations, damage photos, key contacts, local weather, etc. It is the perfect thing to have to speed up response time after flood damage.

Being prepared for a flood is one thing but going through one is another. If you and your family have suffered through one, you must reach us at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. 

Dallas Commercial Properties Need Unique Fire Restoration Techniques

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

IICRC certification symbol SERVPRO works hard to get your doors reopened after a fire loss in your Dallas shop--we are IICRC-Certified.

SERVPRO Executes Fire Restoration Fast for Dallas Commercial Properties

Whether you have a warehouse, production facility, restaurant, or another industry, running a business means that you constantly juggle multiple tasks. Having a fire within your shop or boutique means you have to scramble to pick up the pieces so that you can begin serving your Dallas customers once again.

SERVPRO offers tailored Dallas fire damage cleanup and restoration so that your business gets back up and running sooner than later – “Like it never even happened.”

After you have extinguished the blaze, all staff and patrons are safe, and first responders extinguish the flames, you need a team to handle your commercial fire restoration needs in Dallas. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians trained to handle all restoration situations, including the intricacies of contents and inventory cleaning.

Once on the scene, our crew chief performs an inspection and assessment to determine residues, structural integrity, and all impacted items. We can pack up and move inventory to a safe space for storage or additional cleaning and odor control measures. You can count on us for:

  • Meticulously documenting and cataloging all damage and items
  • Detailed inventory management
  • Pack-out/move-out services and on or off-site relocation
  • Cleaning, recovery, or storage at our safe, climate-controlled SERVPRO warehouse

We understand all the hassles and hoops to jump through for insurance claims

Once you have a fire at your commercial building in Dallas, you need to ensure all paperwork is ready for your fire damage claim. SERVPRO is a trusted liaison for your project, detailing all aspects of the restoration so that your paperwork gets handled and you can sail through the claims process.

There is nothing like the confidence you have as a business or property owner when SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas County is in your corner. Call us for rapid commercial fire restoration 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Get The Assistance You Need To Defend Your Dallas Hotel From Water Damage

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Hotel Counter Bell The truth is that every area is susceptible to water damage, sooner or later most businesses suffer some degree of loss related to water.

Defend Against Commercial Water Damage

The truth is that every area is susceptible to water damage; sooner or later, most businesses suffer some degree of loss related to water. You can be the type of hotel owner that plans ahead, obtaining a full, free initial inspection and having the ability to pick which problems you want to defend against, or you can respond to issues as they happen and hope for the best.

You need to ask yourself if you want to leave the fate of your Dallas hotel to chance. Without warning, commercial water damage can come quickly to your Dallas hotel, cause catastrophic problems from which you may never recover. Most property owners that do not plan ahead do not recover easily. Regardless of how you decide to handle these issues, learning more about which types of incidents frequently occur in your area would not hurt.

Flash floods or flooding, in general, occur in all 50 states. With recent shifts in weather patterns, even businesses in low-to-moderate risk areas face flood damage claims every day. Torrential rains, melting snow, inadequate drainage systems, and breaks in local levees or dams all have the potential to harm your business in significant ways. That does not include the thousands of possibilities surrounding water intrusions caused by other than indoor water or natural sources.

Contacting a reputable local restoration company, such as SERVPRO, can help you put a plan to reduce the impact water damage has on your business. Our technicians can provide you with some helpful tips and suggestions you can use to limit the losses you experience during an emergency. You can put together an Emergency Ready Plan using our online application that improves your business's chance of recovery, giving you the help you need to manage crises whenever an event occurs.

SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience and hold IICRC water damage restoration certification used to address significant events that happen on your property. We handle everything from broken suppression systems to sewage system backups, drainage, foundation, basement, doors, and window issues that can cause extensive damage to electronic data processing equipment, carpeting, walls, and paper files.

Give SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County a call to receive advice and recommendations specific to your situation and schedule your initial inspection today (972) 227-0800.

SERVPRO - Dallas Flood Damage

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Wall Flood Damage When flood damage does happen to a Dallas home, the quickest response is usually the best.

When Flood Strikes Your Dallas Property, Our SERVPRO Team Strikes Back

Although most people associate flooding with storm damage, much of the restoration costs also come from failed plumbing or broken water mains that place an entire neighborhood underwater in just a few hours. Regardless of the source, some property (books and drapes) can suffer permanent harm within a few hours or even minutes.

When flood damage does happen to a Dallas home, the quickest response is usually the best. SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team to ensure we arrive at virtually any home within an hour. We have developed a set of procedures over the years to make certain we meet the customer's needs to restore as much of their home as possible and avoid the costs that come with replacing carpets and floors.

Safety is first. We make sure to turn off the power if we suspect water has gotten into the electrical system. We also post signs so that everyone who may come in contact with the home understands what is happening.

Next, SERVPRO technicians remove any materials that might transfer a stain to the carpets or floors (area rugs, books, curtains, and other paper products). They move all furniture as needed, such as kitchen appliances and living room sets. They also take out of the home anything that might suffer secondary flood damage, and we want to avoid it if possible.

Now we remove the water. First, we use pumps to remove levels over two inches; for levels lower than two inches, we use smaller extractors. We do this quickly to limit the chance of furniture staining and rust developing on appliances and metal bed frames. If there are stains or rust marks, we remove them immediately to avoid permanently marring the surface.

Next comes the carpet. Crew members use extractors to draw out as much water as possible and pull up the carpet to check underneath. As a rule, we recommend replacing the carpet pad; it is just not cost-efficient to attempt drying one. Once removed, technicians use a squeegee wand to draw water from the floor underneath. Then, they lay the carpet back down and run the extractors over them again. Before it dries completely, crew members examine the carpet once more for stains.

Our next step is to dry the carpet and the floor underneath simultaneously. We insert one or more air movers underneath the carpet with an exhaust fan at the other end. This procedure dries the carpet above while forcing warm, dry air across the floor, drawing moisture from it and the sub-floor below.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Getting your home out from underwater looks simple, but it takes much more than a wet vac, a push broom, and a mop. You need an experienced restoration company that has access to a nationwide inventory of equipment while employing people who live in the very neighborhoods we support. If you require our help, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County today at (972) 227-0800.

Fire Restoration in Dallas Requires Professional Help

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fire in Kitchen Fire damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

SERVPRO Can Help You to Deal with Fire Damage in Your Dallas Home 

Fires are a source of great losses to many homeowners. After the fire department has done its job, you need professional help to get your house back to normal as soon as possible.

When faced with such an unfortunate situation, it is advisable to contact SERVPRO as soon as possible to perform fire restoration in your Dallas home. Our process goes on as outlined below:

Damage Assessment

Upon arrival, our technicians can assess the extent to which your house has sustained damage. Fire damage creates different cleaning challenges. A burning property is many complex reactions between several elements, including:

  • The type of material burning.
  • The airflow patterns in the property.
  • The amount of oxygen, heat, and moisture present.
  • The type of surface that heat and smoke have impacted
  • The types of smoke residues present.

Our SERVPRO team considers these factors and then creates a plan for fire damage restoration.

Water Extraction and Drying

There is a high probability that the firefighters used water to extinguish the fire. This can leave your house drenched in water or moisture in porous materials. Our SERVPRO team can use portable pumps to extract the water from the building to prevent further damage. We can also use air movers to expedite evaporation and dehumidification equipment to remove water vapor from your home.

Demolition and Removal of Debris

It is necessary to remove the furniture, construction materials, and other severely damaged items. We dispose of such items appropriately. 

Removal of Smoke Residues

Our SERVPRO team can clean the affected structures and contents using professional cleaning products. For instance, we can use general surface cleaners to clean washable and painted surfaces, including paneling, walls, ceilings, hard surface furniture, countertops, and Naugahyde. The alkalinity of these products is low enough to protect semi-gloss interior paint.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides high-quality fire restoration services for property owners. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Contact us for help at (972) 227-0800.

Remediating Mold Damage in Dallas

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on white wall Mold damage in your Dallas home? Call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Damage Remediation Companies in Dallas Need to be Properly Certified

Mold is often an unseen but potentially dangerous force acting upon a building, and if given time, it may cause extensive damage to any structure. Dallas mold damage is one of the most common problems for local buildings, as anything from a heavy storm to a small water leak could lead to extensive mold damage. Mold remediation is a job best left to professionals, as some types of molds may cause health effects or require specialized remediation procedures.

Certified Technicians

Employ a company to remediate mold growth and mold damage in Dallas. You should always ensure that they are correctly certified and capable of legally operating on the home. Always ask to see certifications and simply skip over that company if they cannot provide them.

Mold Remediation vs. Removal

If a company advertises full mold removal, it may be making a false claim. Mold can never be entirely removed, as it is always present in the air around you, practically anywhere you go. Mold releases microscopic spores, which can reproduce and form colonies. So, while a large patch of growth can be removed from a building and the area scrubbed clean, mold can never be truly removed from a home.

Why Remove Mold?

Mold can cause some problems for homeowners. For one, most types of molds emit a strong odor when allowed to form colonies, which may be unpleasant. Also, some types of fungi may release toxins or trigger adverse health effects, and so must be removed immediately. Mold remediation typically includes deodorizing machinery to remove the odors. In addition to odor, mold may also consume wood and fabric, ruining structural components of the home over time.

Why do Mold Colonies Grow, and How to Stop Them?

  • Water leak fuels dormant spores
  • Repair damp areas
  • Remove surface mold
  • Demolish non-salvageable mold infestations
  • Apply antimicrobial agents

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is committed to serving the Dallas area with high-quality, expert care. Please don't hesitate to call us at (972) 227-0800.

Water Removal in Dallas--Advice on Important Features for Restoration

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

flooded sofa in a house Water Removal in a Dallas Home Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Tips and Fixes to Your Water Damaged Dallas Property

Dallas water damage is one of the most common challenges that home and property owners face. There are several factors that might leave you searching for a Dallas water removal company. Intrusive, unwanted water means that you need an excellent company to walk with you on the water removal process. Though there are numerous companies in Dallas, it is all about picking one that will give you value for your money, prompt response, and a professional name brand.

Factors To Consider When Choosing A Water Removal Dallas Company 

Price Range- the company you choose can be derived from a shortlist that you have ready for just such an emergency. Possibly your insurance agent, hoping that your policy covers you, often provides you with a list of preferred vendors. Never compromise the quality of service for a cheap bargain.

  • Availability- Professional water restoration companies operate on a 24/7 basis. Time is of the essence when it comes to minimizing water damage on a property, as delays can double your losses in a very short period. This also means that the company you choose to go with should be available on call throughout and has a rapid response rate. SERVPRO guarantees a response to your call within one hour and an estimator at your home within four hours. Since background information was already given, we can have a team and equipment quickly put into action.
  • Technical know-how - This is where you will find the most value in using a water damage restoration Dallas company. A company with professionals will take time to advise you on potential issues with the construction of your building that might lead to future water damage issues.
  • Professional Equipment- Not all water removal companies have access to all the high-tech tools of the trade. Industrial grade equipment, cleaning agents, tools such as air movers, and portable and truck-mounted water extraction units, and sump pumps are needed quickly.
  • Dehumidifiers, Ozone machines, air scrubbers, and foggers are also stocked in the van or box truck from SERVPRO. Measuring devices for moisture readings like infrared cameras and hygrometers make certain that all moisture has been eliminated to stifle the potential for mold growth.

These are some factors that need to be considered before committing to one company. But if the information listed above is followed to the letter, you will find value for your money and a return of your Dallas water damaged property back to preloss condition. "Like it never even happened."

For outstanding water removal services and restoration, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is your go-to company. For 24/7, emergency services call (972) 227-0800

What Fire Damage Mitigation Methods Does SERVPRO Use on HVAC Systems in Dallas?

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Blazing kitchen fire When a kitchen fire strikes home, let SERVPROs IICRC certified fire damage restoration techs get your home back to preloss condition ASAP.

SERVPRO Takes Various Measures to Remediate HVAC Systems in Dallas.

When your Dallas home experiences fire damage, its HVAC system is often impacted. This serious problem could further spread fire-related pollution throughout your residence and cause additional harm over time. Fortunately, cleanup and restoration firms like SERVPRO know what it takes to do away with this potential threat.

Once onsite, SERVPRO’s Dallas fire damage mitigation technicians evaluate your home’s HVAC system and, if necessary, quickly get to work on cleaning or sealing it. These efforts are part of our house fire clean up experts’ smoke remediation and fire restoration duties. Their ultimate aim is to eliminate or neutralize smoke particles, and fire residues from the ductwork of fire damaged homes. The particular steps they take to do this are:

  • Taking off and cleaning air intakes and vent registers, as well as replacing the filter of the air handling system, if it isn’t permanent
  • Vacuuming up all smoke particles and other dusty, fire-related materials resting on surfaces throughout the HVAC network
  • Cleaning all interior surfaces of reachable ductwork with agents like “Wall and All Surface Cleaner (#351)” and removing residues from mechanical components 
  • Deodorizing and sealing ducts with a ULV fogger, using mindful professional techniques and safeguards to sanitize the HVAC system while protecting household contents successfully
  • Returning the system to its original state and placing additional deodorants within it to further complete the job

With all of that said, few other local companies can meet or exceed your fire damage mitigation needs like SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can. So, whenever you need your HVAC system remediated or any other fire restoration assistance, don’t hesitate to call us at (972) 227-0800.

What Does Water Damage Restoration for My Dallas Area Business Involve?

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO job-site Commercial water damage restoration for your business should be handled by SERVPRO. We have the manpower and equipment for every size disaster.

In Dallas, It Usually Includes Cleaning, Repairing, Replacing, and Reinstallations.

Sometime or another in the life of your Dallas area business, you are likely to suffer the frustrating effects of water damage. When you experience it, you need assistance from professionals who can expertly perform the essential cleanup, repair, replacement, and reinstallation tasks associated with water damage remediation.

Fortunately, for local business owners, companies like SERVPRO can perform all necessary water damage restoration work in Dallas. Our high-quality services often effectively address all of the various issues, such as ceiling leaks, burst pipes, and basement flooding, likely causing your commercial structure’s water damage. Moreover, SERVPRO’s swift water removal services and water damage repairs usually get your business back up and running in less time than other area remediators.

Our cleanup and restoration work generally includes:

  • Rapid water removal using state-of-the-art extractors that eliminate everything from puddles to feet of standing water in your retail store, restaurant, hotel, or other commercial establishments
  • Removing, storing, restoring, and resetting contents involved in a water-related event
  • Professionally examining, repairing, or replacing impacted electrical outlets, on/off switches, fixtures, and other installed electrical equipment
  • Restoring or replacing floor coverings, flooring, and subflooring, including carpets, carpet backings, hardwood floors, and reinstalling remediated materials 
  • Remediating or replacing other water damage-affected structural elements and materials like baseboards, walls, ceilings, and various diverse elements
  • Neutralizing foul odors existing around your commercial establishment and in its contents with cutting edge foggers, deodorants, and injection devices

So, with all of this in mind, remember that your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County are always here, ready to help you with all of your commercial water damage restoration needs. Call us anytime at (972) 227-0800 for assistance.

How are Odors Dealt with During Fire and Smoke Cleanup Efforts in Cedar Hill?

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside a job site. Smoke and odors from a fire are not an easy task to handle. SERVPRO fire damage mitigation specialists have all the tools needed for the restoration.

Cedar Hill Remediators Like SERVPRO Follow a Specific Process for Eliminating Odors.

One of the most troubling issues following a fire at your Cedar Hill residence are the persistent, foul odors that remain long after it has been extinguished. In order to successfully address this serious quality of life problem, systematic steps must be taken. This necessity makes it crucial to acquire the assistance of an experienced remediation company like SERVPRO.

When neutralizing fire-related odors, SERVPRO’s Cedar Hill fire and smoke cleanup experts adhere to a time-tested remediation process. This requirement ensures that not only are smoke remediation and fire restoration effectively completed at fire damaged homes but also their fire and smoke damage-related odors are successfully eliminated. The procedure our highly-trained technicians follow is:

  • Odor sources, like charred structural elements, dead animals, and contents, are located and removed from the residence
  • If some of these severely-impacted elements and materials are too impractical or costly to remove, their odors are sealed in with paint or by blocking off the affected areas and ductwork
  • Smelly residues are cleaned off surfaces throughout the home using dry, wet, abrasive, and innovative methods
  • Deodorants are applied to impacted areas and materials in the same ways we suspect fire and smoke deposited odors into them; for example, we treat smells resulting from smoke with deodorant fogging, those arising from liquids with injections of liquid smell neutralizers, while we use a combination of the two methods to deal with odors resulting from both
  • Powerful air movers, air scrubbers, and ozone machines are used to push out or neutralize fouled interior air

So, if you ever need fire and smoke cleanup work done, don’t hesitate to call the dedicated professionals at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County. We are always ready for your call at (972) 227-0800.

What is So Dangerous About a Wet Ceiling?

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs removing standing water at commercial property Our SERVPRO team provides fast water extraction to minimize the loss. Call us today!

Water Collecting Within Any Area of Your Dallas Property Can Present Hazards, Have it Handled Professionally by SERVPRO  

When a business receives water damage from a broken pipe or a leaky roof, safety needs to be a priority. SERVPRO technicians inspect the area that needs restoration and determine if there are any potential safety issues. Commonly seen problems after this type of event include: 

  • Danger from sagging ceilings falling on someone causing injury
  • Potential for shock from water coming into contact with electrical outlets
  • Slip and fall accidents on wet floors

Can I Keep My Business Open During Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services? 

Upon arrival, the SERVPRO crew chief can scope the property and determine any safety issues that may prevent the company from remaining open during the commercial water damage cleanup in the Dallas business. Also, the type of water present can have a bearing on whether or not daily operations can continue. If the water gets tested and shows the presence of bacteria or sewage, it can be dangerous to come into contact with, and in cases like this, the property needs to close during the mitigation. 

Locating the water can lessen the number of structural elements that need to get removed during extraction and drying. If the advanced moisture detection equipment shows no seepage under the flooring, there is no reason to lift it, and the surface can get dried in place. In situations that require the removal of sagging sheetrock or a ruined portion of a wall, SERVPRO techs always remove the minimum amount necessary to make repairs fast and easy. This is just one of the many ways that the certified techs save property owners the cost of replacement whenever possible.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 is available 24/7 to assist local properties with any size commercial water damage restoration. The experienced techs arrive quickly and get your business back to normal as fast as possible.

How Essential Is Odor Control and other Fire Damage Finalization Procedures in Dallas?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

woman holding nose because of foul smell Smoke odors linger long after the fire is extinguished. SERVPRO has the training and tools to remove the odors.

SERVPRO Helps Manage All Aspects of Fire Damage in Dallas Properties Conveniently

After repairing and cleaning your fire-damaged house, you might still feel that something is not right. Issues such as poor air quality can keep developing inexplicably. One reason for such a negative outcome is failing to perform finishing processes such as deodorization. Alternatively, the deodorization carried out might have been insufficient. One thing that SERVPRO assures Dallas homeowners is that all steps taken by our crews to fix damage from a fire are done to a satisfactory level eliminating chances of problems cropping up later.

Why Would Odors Linger After Addressing Fire Damage in Your Dallas Home?

Knowing what happens during a fire in Dallas is crucial when trying to understand odor characteristics. The combustion process:

  • Opens up pores in materials as it heats them
  • Deposits residues such as soot, tar, and ash on surfaces
  • Releases chemical agents such as Sulphur dioxide, Nitrogen oxides, and Lead

When combined, the influences of all these factors might lead to a persistent odor problem at your home. For instance, when pores open up due to excess heat, residues can penetrate deeper into materials. Cleaning rarely reaches such residues meaning that even when your home looks clean, you might still experience a trace of bad odor from the deeply embedded residues.

The residues deposited on surfaces also differ in many ways, including the physical form. Some, like wet smoke residues and tar, are difficult to clean, while others, such as residues from protein fires, are virtually invisible. Therefore, the people doing restoration might miss areas with such deposits leading to persistent odors.

Does SERVPRO Address These Issues When Cleaning Up a House?

Because the crew we send to your premises to address the fire damage includes IICRC certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians, we know what to look for to determine how to ensure the restoration process addresses all issues. For instance, in case of a protein fire, we clean the entire house rather than just the areas with visible soiling. For severe soilings, such as the deposit of wet smoke residues on surfaces, we use superior cleaning methods or even strip off the affected surfaces. A thorough cleaning helps remove a significant percentage of the odors. However, specific deodorization procedures are still necessary.

How does Deodorization Work?

An odor signifies the presence of volatile molecules that dissipate into the air continuously. Given time, odors disappear on their own. However, waiting for the natural dispersal is not a great plan of action since you must endure the bad smell over extended periods. Odors can also transfer from the primary source to affect other materials, thus complicating the situation. Taking specific deodorization steps can help:

  • Neutralize the volatile molecules
  • Remove the source
  • Seal in the molecules

Deodorization requires the right resources, including equipment and products. Our SERVPRO technicians combine various methods to ensure a satisfactory outcome. For instance, apart from performing separate deodorization procedures, we also include odor control in other aspects of the restoration. On arrival at the property, we set up hydroxyl generators for continuous odor control. We also mix cleaning solutions with water-based deodorizing compounds to neutralize odorous compounds from areas where we remove soiling. Taking such a proactive approach helps simplify the processes needed during the main deodorization phase of the restoration.

What Determines the Choice of a Deodorization Method?

Unlike cleaning, which involves straightforward procedures, deodorization is more challenging since odor molecules are not something you can see or probe with some equipment. The choice of a deodorization method depends on:

  • The strength of the odor
  • The types of materials affected
  • The conditions during application

A strong deodorizing product is necessary to neutralize strong odors, but it should not create other odors. When mixing a deodorant with cleaning solutions, its effectiveness can change based on the dynamic pH levels of the cleaning water as it mixes with soils. Our SERVPRO technicians combat these challenges by using specially formulated agents that work at extreme pH levels and different temperatures.

In case the odor affects porous materials, you can expect deeper penetration, which can hinder the effectiveness of deodorizers if they do not penetrate the said material fully. Our odor control technicians can combat this by changing the delivery method. We have specialized equipment such as ULV misters and thermal foggers that help deliver the agent to all areas, including deep within materials. Thermal foggers deliver a blend of odor counteractants, aromatic phenolics, and fragrances in a solvent base, while the ULV misters help when using water-based deodorizers.

Neutralizing odors is crucial for your home to regain its pre-damaged state. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 to help with deodorization. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Can Homeowners Diagnose Mold Infestations in Dallas Houses?

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

person holding magnifying glass on wall showing closeup of mold Poor ventilation and high humidity or moisture can create an ideal environment to support active mold colonies.

Signs of Mold Can Help Dallas Property Owners Learn Where Remediation and Repairs are Needed

Mold is not a disaster that many Dallas homeowners plan to face, and the conditions get overlooked or underappreciated when they exist. Many property owners do not recognize when effects exist that should have them notifying and securing mold remediation specialists like our SERVPRO team. 

Moist and Damp Conditions

Among the first indicators of a need for mold damage remediation in Dallas homes are persistent moisture and damp conditions. Poor ventilation with constant humidity or moisture concerns create an ideal environment to support active colonization.

Harsh Mold Malodors 

One of the most direct indicators of mold growth and active colonization is a harsh odor that overwhelms the affected areas. Confined spaces like attics and crawlspaces can emit strong, offensive odors the more the organism spreads and finds new hosting materials as food sources. 

Physical Spotting

Another indication that mold colonies are forming on sensitive hosting materials like drywall and ceiling tiles is spotting. Mold exists in various colors, from green and black to brighter yellows and oranges. If spots of any kind begin to form in damp areas of your house, this may be mold.

Removing Mold Colonies 

Once our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified remediation team has verified mold colonies and microbial threats, we can begin the intricate process of removing them while causing as little destruction to hosting elements as possible. Depending on the severity and placement of active colonization, some mold removal options include:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Sanding
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Controlled demolition 

Knowing how to identify possible mold growth in your home and notify the appropriate parties is vital to keeping your home safe. Mold can be destructive and damaging to hosting elements, making it imperative for swift remediation by our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County experts. We can help 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

What Precautions Help When Decontaminating Cedar Hill Homes After Flood Damage?

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

lots of safety first signs stacked on top of each other Flooding after storms tends to leave properties inundated with contaminated water. Don't go it alone! Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Can Help You Safeguard Your Property and All Occupants During Decontamination

Flooding after storms tends to leave properties inundated with contaminated water. Although addressing structural damages is crucial, cleaning up and decontaminating floors, walls, and contents is vital. Precautions are necessary when decontaminating your Cedar Hill home for safety and compliance with state regulations.

The precautions relate to every aspect of flood damage restoration in your Cedar Hill property. Therefore, working with an experienced restoration team from SERVPRO presents a better chance of identifying all critical areas and taking the appropriate actions. 

Crucial issues to pay close attention to when mitigating flood contamination include:

  • Using the proper chemical agents and applying them correctly
  • Complying with local or state laws, especially on harmful material disposal
  • Protecting the structure while eliminating all trace contaminants
  • Safety of everyone involved

Disinfectants fall into different categories, so it is essential to establish the contaminants present at the loss site. Flooding mainly involves biohazards like bacteria and viruses. Traces of chemicals such as herbicides are also likely to accumulate in the inundated areas. Commercial cleaning agents usually have labels indicating their chemical composition and the concentration of each element. SERVPRO technicians also use specially formulated products, ensuring better outcomes.

The products that destroy harmful microorganisms can also affect people. Therefore, safety is crucial. Using PPE and evacuating the structure when applying chemicals are simple steps to guarantee safety. Apart from protecting people, it is also essential to protect the structure during decontamination.

Some of the steps that help protect the structure and contents include:

  • Setting a staging area protected by a Poly Drop Cloth on the floor
  • Removing or covering sensitive items with a drop cloth
  • Turning off HVAC systems

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County strives to handle flood damage safely making it, “Like it never even happened." Call us at (972) 227-0800. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Do Mold Removal Companies in Dallas Use Chemicals to Control Mold Contamination?

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing in closet wall; children's clothes hanging on rack Mold presents many challenges once it develops in a property. Hiring mold removal companies helps ease the mitigation.

SERVPRO Can Fog Industrial Grade Disinfectants to Help Contain Widespread Mold Contamination

Mold presents many challenges once it develops in a property. Hiring mold removal companies helps ease the mitigation. The company can provide certified microbial remediation technicians who can determine the extent of the contamination. After evaluating the spread, action is necessary to address the contamination.

Chemical application is one of the ways mold removal companies can help Dallas homeowners address the problem, "Like it never even happened." If SERVPRO determines widespread chemical use is necessary for your property, we take elaborate measures to guarantee the process delivers the desired outcome.

The chemicals that help control mold development include:

  • Biocides
  • Fungistats
  • Sporicides
  • Antimicrobials

One of the products that SERVPRO uses is Modec Decon Formula 500 if we determine that chemical action is necessary to deal with contamination on walls, ceilings, or floors. The product requires proper mixing, application, and sufficient dwell time. Our technicians can apply the product as an aerosol mist using ULV foggers or spray it on surfaces using an electric sprayer, ensuring ample contact with mold residues. We also seal the building for at least 1 to 4 hours for sufficient exposure to the targeted microbes.

Other remediation procedures are still necessary even when using a strong chemical like MDF-500. Such methods remove mold residues and heavily infested materials. Our SERVPRO technicians help demolish sections with porous materials like insulation. We also HEPA-vacuum hard surfaces if they are visibly contaminated with residues. Vacuuming also helps remove trace residues from structural supports after demolition and removal of other materials.

Your property may require more than one treatment with the chemical agent. Our SERVPRO IICRC Certified technicians schedule the second decontamination after completing cleaning and controlled demolition. Fogging and sealing the building for up to 4 hours ensures that the product reaches all opened-up areas.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is one of the trusted mold removal companies to help you realize long-term results. Call us at (972) 227-0800.

How Crucial Is Dehumidification During Water Mitigation in Dallas Homes?

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO dehumidifier and air movers being used to dry water damaged room SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has the proper equipment to thoroughly dry your water damaged home.

SERVPRO Relies on Dehumidification for Faster Restoration and Prevention of Secondary Issues

After water inundates your Dallas property, you need to take quick action to restore normalcy. One of the necessary actions is establishing appropriate dehumidification measures since the water trapped in wet structural materials escapes into the air, where it can continue causing harm to the property.

It is essential to take dehumidification measures promptly to positively impact water removal efforts in Dallas homes. Unlike other aspects of water damage, it is hard to tell that humidity levels in a house are too high until adverse effects manifest. SERVPRO teams have the equipment to check humidity and control it, including thermo-hygrometers and dehumidifiers.

The main benefits accrued from quality dehumidification include:

  • Faster drying
  • Protecting hygroscopic materials
  • Preventing mold

Whether drying a semi-porous floor or porous contents such as upholstery, the surrounding air's drying rate is heavily influenced since moisture escapes from the wet material to the air to facilitate drying. If the air is warm, is moving, and has low humidity, you can expect fast drying. Dehumidification extracts moisture from the air leaving it less humid. Dehumidifiers also produce warm exhaust, which increases the heat if circulated back into the property. 

Many natural materials are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb moisture from the surrounding air. Solid wood, drywall, and some fabric are typical hygroscopic materials in your house. If humility keeps increasing, these materials can develop many problems if exposed directly to water. 

Some of the issues arising because of hygroscopic materials include:

  • Swelling
  • Staining
  • Bad odor 
  • Mold contamination 

Setting up dehumidifiers around the property even before the drying stage of the water damage mitigation helps prevent the inconvenience and additional work needed to resolve such problems later on. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County considers every aspect of water removal crucial and thus dedicates sufficient resources. Call us at (972) 227-0800 for assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

Content Management Solutions in Fire Damaged Dallas Properties

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged bedroom with soot and debris everywhere When fire damage happens, it’s good to know that the knowledgeable technicians at SERVPRO are just a call away. We are standing by 24/7 for you.

Let us Help Not Only With Your Dallas Home But With Your Contents as Well From Fire.

Protecting your belongings after any disaster is often the primary focus of Dallas homeowners. With the destructive force of fires and how quickly post-extinguishment effects can spread throughout the property, your possessions remain at risk until the right preventative steps get taken in the early mitigation stages. Our SERVPRO team works quickly to identify potentially at-risk items and the best solution for protecting them as we restore your home.

With so many levels of fire damage in Dallas residences, it can be difficult for a homeowner to pinpoint one specific threat and handle it exclusively. Our fire recovery team has the personnel and the equipment to address multiple conditions simultaneously to provide the most efficient and cost-effective solutions for our customers. We have a dedicated group trained to both identify which possessions require our attention and to implement pack-out procedures to move them safely to our nearby facility.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

Our SERVPRO team has accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and Odor Control (OCT.) Once your belongings have arrived at our SERVPRO facility, these same experienced professionals can inspect the items for damage and determine which focused cleaning techniques are necessary to restore them. Our state-of-the-art equipment plays a vital role in recovering damaged belongings in our warehouse.

Soot can be a challenging situation, especially from harder surfaces like silverware, porcelain, glass, marble, and other hard surfaces. Our ultrasonic submersion tank can help to clean all soot and residues from these materials by using millions of microscopic bubbles generated in the machine and their force of exploding against the surface of the damaged possessions in the tank. This reaction breaks the sediment and residue loose and pulls them away from the surface.

You cannot prepare for the damage that fire can do, but you can find a team that has both your home and its contents covered after a disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County specialists a call to make any fire damage situation “Like it never even happened.” We are available 24/7 by calling (972) 227-0800.

We Have The Equipment Needed For Your Dallas Home Restoration

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating Affected by flooding? Team SERVPRO can quickly assess the flood damage situation and bring the water removal equipment that the situation requires.

Can Flood-Damaged Flooring in Your Dallas Home Be Saved?

You have likely invested a considerable sum in your Dallas home over the years, including renovating flooring materials and installing hardwood options. While this was an involved project, protecting this material ensures that you do not have to make that same investment over again every time disaster strikes. When flooding occurs, a homeowner should have the mindset to get the appropriate professionals there quickly to help protect exposed elements like the flooring.

While there are undoubtedly many steps in overcoming the full measure of flood damage in your Dallas home, protecting and drying out damaged flooring must be a high priority for your property. Our SERVPRO professionals have a unique array of advanced equipment to quickly and effectively dry exposed materials and structural elements throughout your home. Our equipment can also bring the vibrancy and function of your hardwood back after oversaturation concerns.

Water Removal Services

There are many machines and tools that our professionals use during flood mitigation to remove excess water and begin critical drying tasks. If standing water still exists around these exposed elements, portable sump pumps and extraction wands can help to remove flood water quickly from these damaged areas. For more dire circumstances with several inches or more of standing water, faster extraction equipment arrives with our SERVPRO Green Fleet to the residence, including our gas-powered trash pumps and truck-mounted pumps.

With restoring and protecting your exposed hardwood flooring after extraction has been completed, we bring in several pieces of advanced drying equipment. With high-velocity air movers and LGR dehumidifiers, we can cover several thousand cubic feet of your flood-damaged home with minimal units. Our injecti-dry system is the key component to drying out your damaged hardwood floors, however. We can tent the large drying mats and continually monitor moisture content to maintain the appropriate humidity level your wood flooring requires for its best function and appearance.

Many tools play a substantial role in extracting and drying floodwater from your home. Whenever disaster strikes, our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can arrive quickly with the full measure of our industry-leading equipment and experience to return your home to pre-damaged condition. You can reach our team 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

How Can Remodeling Lead to the Need for Water Damage Restoration in Dallas Homes?

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling with watermarks on it Has your bathroom been affected by ceiling water damage? Contact team SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore and Repair Properties in Dallas with Water Damage

When a Dallas homeowner decides to renovate their home, several different professionals such as plumbers, electricians, and painters can all be on-site at the same time. Even the best-trained pros can make mistakes, and sometimes accidents or mishaps cause water damage during a reconstruction project.

Plumbing mishaps are the most common type of issue that causes a Dallas property to need water restoration services by SERVPRO. In particular, bathroom remodeling can cause different water damage issues such as : 

  • Leaks 
  • Poor drainage
  • Accidents with supply lines

Sometimes thoughtfully chosen upgrades can cause water damage the homeowner never considered. A good example of this is adding a diverter spout to attach a handheld shower. However, this addition can create a blowback problem and spray water behind the shower wall every time the shower gets used. Over time this repeated introduction of moisture in an area that should remain dry can cause buckling of the walls, loose tiles, and it can set up an ideal environment for mold growth.

If a leak gets noticed by either the homeowner or contractor, it is a good idea to bring in professional water cleanup services. SERVPRO technicians can clean up the water and dry the property so the remodeling project can continue without incurring damage to the property.

This includes if the area of the home undergoing contracting work requires both extraction and drying services. The technicians work in tandem with contractors to resolve issues and make sure any migrating moisture gets addressed. The techs work hard to ensure the remodeling job continues to go forward for the client. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 is ready to come to Dallas properties for water restoration services when local homeowners need help with any size water damage problem.

Why it is Best to Hire Commercial Water Restoration Companies in Cedar Hill

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

a broken copper pipe with water leaking from it When plumbing leaks happen on commercial properties, many issues can quickly result. Contact our experienced SERVPRO water restoration team.

Reliable Water Restoration Companies in Cedar Hill like SERVPRO Can Help You to Prevent Significant Destruction

An issue such as a plumbing leak can damage a commercial establishment such as a motel. Water restoration is a specialized service that involves removing water from the affected area and restoring it to its normal condition. The certified restorers from SERVPRO can minimize damage and help you to restore your property to its preloss condition.

Providing fast and professional restoration service is what reliable water restoration companies in Cedar Hill like SERVPRO major in. Our mission is to provide customers with professional water cleanup services that meet the standards for excellence. Our technicians follow industry standards to guarantee the health, safety, and cleanliness of commercial properties.

We use advanced tools, equipment, and products to reduce your property's damage and restore it quickly. In commercial settings, water extraction may be required on multiple levels, including underground. We usually use portable extractors to remove the water because our technicians can take them into almost any area of a building. Our restorers can also use centrifugal air movers that hold many blades within their impeller to dry your motel. Air is forced into the affected area, increasing evaporation speed when the impeller rotates. With this equipment, we can dry porous surfaces like furniture.

Additionally, SERVPRO restoration experts also clean affected areas thoroughly. We use a variety of cleaning methods, including:

  • Wet cleaning
  • Spray and wipe cleaning
  • Dry cleaning

To prevent fungi spores and bacteria from growing, our SERVPRO restorers can use a sanitizer called a sterilant. Before we leave, we inspect our customers' property to ensure it is in the best condition.

A leak in your commercial property can damage its structure and contents or even endanger its stability. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for professional restoration within a brief period at (972) 227-0800. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why Should Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO Restorers for Fire Debris Cleanup in Dallas Homes?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the walls Fire damage in your kitchen can certainly impede having family meals. Call SERVPRO right away for fire debris cleanup and remediation services.

SERVPRO Has the Right Equipment and Decades of Experience in Handling Fire Damage in Dallas Properties

The cause of the fire in a property is often a malfunctioning heating system or an unattended gas cooktop. Once the fire department has dealt with the situation, it is essential to avoid restoring the property on your own. Get your property into preloss condition by hiring professionals like SERVPRO.

We offer professional fire debris cleanup services in Dallas, so you can be sure you are in good hands. To provide our customers with efficient services, we use innovative techniques, high-tech equipment, and tools. During the fire debris removal process, Our SERVPRO technicians can take the following steps: 

  • Secure the property - During the restoration process, we ensure that the property is protected from vandalism and harsh weather. Our team can board up any opening with plywood. 
  • Examining the damage - Our team assesses the affected area and informs the customer about the extent of the destruction and the necessary remediation procedures. 
  • Preserving your valuables - Our SERVPRO team can identify salvageable items and separate them from those beyond repair. Depending on the condition of the valuables, our IICRC-certified technicians can clean, dry, and repair them. 
  • Cleaning the affected area - Cleaning the fire debris and smoke strains is critical to your family’s health. We can use shampoo super concentrate mixed with brownout to correct browning on carpets and fabrics due to overwetting.

During this process, we minimize damage to protect you from facing high expenditures. SERVPRO can also remediate the water damage that could have been caused by the water that was used to put out the flames. Before we leave a property, we ensure that it is in its preloss condition or better. 

Fire debris removal requires unique skills as well as advanced tools and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for effective fire debris removal to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Can Homeowners Conduct Mold Cleanup in Dallas Properties?

10/10/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall of a room Found evidence of a suspected mold infestation? Call team SERVPRO to assess and remediate any mold damage.

Property Owners Should Hire Professionals like SERVPRO Perform Mold Cleanup in Dallas Homes

Water damage causes mold damage as a secondary effect. Within 24 hours, mold can begin to grow in dark corners and cause health effects if the cause of the problem is not addressed promptly. It is essential to involve a certified company like SERVPRO that can leave you and your family in a safe environment to remediate mold. 

Determining the extent of the damage is the first step our technicians begin with during mold cleanup in Dallas properties. During this process, our technicians protect themselves from mold colonies by wearing respirators and waterproof gloves. For an effective mold cleanup process, we conduct thorough:

  • Mold damage assessment: Mold thrives in dark areas, which can be difficult to reach. Our SERVPRO restorers can use inspection cameras to help us locate these mold colonies in confined spaces.
  • Mold containment and air filtration: To prevent cross-contamination, we can isolate the affected area with plastic sheeting and use negative air pressure throughout the process.
  • Cleaning and drying materials infested with mold.
  • Remediating mold colonies: We can deal with mold colonies on various surfaces using unique but approved products. Our SERVPRO team of restorers can apply antimicrobial and antifungal treatments on affected surfaces.

If there is mold on your property, you should immediately get it remediated by professionals before it spreads further. Our SERVPRO technicians can remediate mold from more than just ceilings, walls, and floors. Every item with mold growth requires a unique and specific set of procedures to ensure successful remediation. In some cases, it is impossible to remediate the mold, and the solution is to discard the affected items. 

Even though mold appears harmless, it can cause health effects. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for professional remediation services at (972) 227-0800. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

When Your Crawlspace in Dallas Experiences Water Damage, Our Crew Is Here to Help!

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

inside view of crawlspace Should you notice water in your crawlspace, call SERVPRO!

Water Removal for The Crawlspace of Your Dallas Home

While many Dallas homes offer the simplest of foundations in a concrete slab, other properties have elevated main floors. These construction decisions leave space beneath the floor for access to utilities, shutoffs and to protect your home in the event of situations like flooding. As beneficial as crawlspaces can be, these areas of your property can become susceptible to pooling groundwater and natural persistent dampness that can cause problems for both this portion of your home and the main floor above it.

While there are many detrimental effects that pooling water or persistent dampness can have, restoring these damages involves prompt water removal services for your Dallas home from certified technicians like ours. The SERVPRO team that we send out to your property arrives with the full measure of our extraction and drying equipment, helping to protect structural elements of your home against saturation that can weaken these materials or secondary effects like hazardous mold growth.

Water Damage Restoration

Removing the excess water from your crawlspace is the first step and often must occur even before our team can accurately inspect the home entirely for the full scope of the damages that have occurred. We arrive with varying levels of extraction equipment. Still, depending on the severity of the situation, portable sump pumps and extraction wands are often sufficient for removing the water and allowing drying efforts and a full assessment to begin.

The SERVPRO technicians can also offer effective services like crawlspace encapsulation once water removal has been completed. This protection covers all of the crawlspace area and structural supports and flooring material above in a thick plastic sheeting. If moisture and pooling water will continue to affect your property, we can even install water diversion equipment like sump pumps to keep this newly protected area dry moving forward.

While you might not consider the risks of allowing your crawlspace to stay moist, damp, or affected by pooling water, it could have dire effects on your home and its occupants. Let our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County help you restore these effects quickly by calling (972) 227-0800.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

restaurant kitchen; workers plating food Even a small kitchen blaze can cause smoke and soot to travel to other areas of your restaurant. SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

The kitchen inside your Dallas restaurant is one place that is at high risk for fires. Whenever a fire breaks out inside a building, many types of damage possibly take place. Many materials get burned entirely or partially during the blaze. Smoke created by the fire travels throughout the restaurant leaving behind foul odors and soot residues.

Sometimes, water damage occurs when sprinklers go off or the fire department gets called to put the fire out. SERVPRO's commercial fire damage technicians in Dallas have experience in resolving issues with burning, charring, heat, smoke, soot, and water. We often use many different techniques to mitigate the various problems inside your business.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

When we are working on business properties, we figure out the best methods to use so that we keep the loss of revenue to a minimum. We know that missing out on business due to a fire can get very costly. We also know that it's crucial that your customers have a clean and pleasant environment to enter while they enjoy their meal.

Depending on the severity of the job, much can be done to adequately mitigate problems without negatively affecting your restaurant. Sometimes we complete work while the restaurant is closed so that we do not scare away your customers. Other times the restoration work gets completed small sections at a time so that parts of your dining room can stay open.

Every fire burns differently, causing a different scenario each time. When beginning the scope of each project, we classify the damage as minor, medium, or significant depending on a few characteristics of the burn. The classification given at first allows us to better schedule the restoration procedures.

In a minor fire damage scenario, few things get replaced, and there is only moderate smoke damage in a few rooms inside the building. In medium fire damage cases, there is more smoke damage present, and several items require resurfacing, repainting, or replacement. When dealing with significant fire damage, there are many items that suffered severe burning and charring, needing replacing of structural materials.

Giving each fire damage scenario classification helps us better schedule our work so that we do not impede the day-to-day functions of your restaurant. If you ever need professional help dealing with smoke or fire, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 any day of the week.

What Is Controlled Demolition and How Does It Help Water Damage Restoration of Dallas Homes?

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling; damaged drywall cut away A leak upstairs caused damage to the ceiling. Our team removed the damaged items and completely restored this home.

Professionals Like SERVPRO Expertly Remove Deteriorated Materials during Water Damage Remediation

Water can be highly destructive if there is uncontrolled release into a property. Apart from wetting materials, soiling, or leaving surfaces slick, moisture can also cause significant deterioration of various materials. Sometimes, removing the water from your Dallas home may not be sufficient.

When performing water damage restoration in Dallas homes, professionals evaluate the level of deterioration in structural materials such as drywall, insulation, floorboards, and ceiling panels, among others. Such materials decline in various ways. For instance, drywall might crumble, insulation can matt or lose R-value while ceilings sag. SERVPRO uses controlled demolition techniques to remove only the affected materials, leaving the rest of the structure intact.

Controlled demolition may be necessary after:

During a controlled demolition, professionals cut sections of wall panels or other surfaces based on the identified level of moisture migration. The process exposes underlying materials or creates room to circulate air into concealed areas. Application of antimicrobial agents to structural supports such as frames is also easier. Our SERVPRO teams are well suited to perform this task since we bring several tools to the water loss site, including powered drills, cutting tools, and hand tools.

Controlled demolition helps water damage restoration in several ways, including:

  • Saving time when drying a property
  • Eliminating chances of long-term problems like mold and rot
  • Guaranteeing restoration of the preloss visual appeal

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County uses advanced approaches to address any water damage issue, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (972) 227-0800.

Storm Damaged Properties in Dallas Need Quick Actions by Certified Professionals

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain showering on roof Storms frequent our area and cause damage. Our team is always on call to go to your home and begin the restoration process.

Quick Remediation Brings Life Back to Your Damaged Property

When in Dallas, storm damage can create a lot of problems for your commercial or personal property. After a storm, water damage is the most common type of damage you experience, and time is never your friend after water damage of any kind.

The longer you let the water sit before calling a professional team like ours at SERVPRO, the more likely that permanent damage to your personal property and building can occur. You need to contact us right away to assist you with timely water damage emergency services, remove the excess water and clean up your property correctly. Getting us out there quickly increases your likelihood of successfully restoring your property and a fast return to life as normal.

Water Damage Mitigation

Mitigation can begin as soon as we arrive and continues throughout the drying of your home or business and personal property:

  • Our specially trained team carefully inspects your property with special equipment so that we can find the sources of moisture and figure out how much moisture remains after the initial response.
  • We calculate how much drying time is needed and what other equipment we have to use.
  • We devise a proper dry-out plan so that your property can be taken care of correctly and you can avoid any secondary damage or complications from the growth of mold.

Mold grows fast, so we act quickly to take care of the moisture in your building to stop the growth of any mold already present and prevent any future development.

Water Damage Restoration

After the initial cleanup and drying are completed, we can draw up the scope of professionally restoring the water damaged property, and the damage repairs can get started. This could involve decisions about repairing or replacement finishes and personal property, and we can help guide you on what is restorable and what needs to be replaced. For example, if you have soaked carpeting and carpet padding, we will replace that, but furniture could be dried out and restored. Things such as drywall that gets soaked will also need to be replaced as well.

Remember, the key thing is to act fast when you experience water damage so that we can get to your property and begin our cleanup services before your building and belongings sustain any more damage.

No matter the type of storm damage in Dallas you have experienced, you need our professional team at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to help you out. You can reach us at any time by dialing (972) 227-0800, and we can get to your property quickly to assess your damages and get started on the cleanup and remediation.

The Relationship Between Water Damage & Mold in Dallas

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

hand pulling wallpaper away revealing mold Hidden leaks can produce mold. Our team has the training and equipment to locate the moisture source and remove the mold.

The Relation Between Water Damage and Mold

Water damage and mold in Dallas can cause substantial issues in a home and serve to be costly—in reparation and recovering other damaged items. Mold and mildew can begin growing in a home as early as 24 hours after water is allowed to collect. Removing water is essential to avoid water damage, mold, and mildew. Hiring a trained professional to handle cleanup, repair and restoration is vital to the safety of the home’s occupants and safeguarding the home’s structural integrity. However, it is wise to avoid flooding from occurring. Where there is water damage, there most likely can be mold. 

Water damage and mold in Dallas share a common cause. The damage caused by water alone does not cause mold, but water that remains on and in any surface, which causes water damage, can also cause mold. This is why where there is water damage, mold can often be found as well. Mold grows in moist and dark environments. Mold spores fly throughout the air. When they find a suitable environment to grow, they make their home there. Water seeps into all sorts of surfaces. More porous surfaces tend to receive the most amount of damage and harbor mold. In addition, water damaged areas create a more suitable environment for mold to grow because these areas can flare out, warp, and swell. It is wise to open up windows, use fans, and get natural sunlight to ventilate the home. However, for extensive water damage, a professional is needed for remediation. 

Water Removal Services

Mold grows quickly. If water is left for more than 24 hours, mold has likely begun developing. Considering that thoroughly drying surfaces takes time, it’s essential to remove the water immediately. The longer water is allowed to remain, the more damage and mold one can expect to have. In addition to the problematic nature of mold removal, mold can and often returns. A dehumidifier can help to keep the air in the home dryer. This is wise for regions that experience more humidity in the air. Proper and thorough mold removal requires the use of industrial equipment, cleaning methods, and solutions. Instance, industrial-grade dehumidifiers, and ozone generators are the best remedies for mold and water damage. 

Mold can spread throughout the home rather quickly. There are some instances where mold can remain hidden to the naked eye. In such cases, mold can continue to grow. Many people think that mold is just unsightly or dirty. However, it can cause health effects.

Because water damage and mold are related, the best way to avoid mold growth is to remove water from the premises immediately. Otherwise, it can pose a problem in the future with additional water damage and mold. Water removal is not an easy task. It takes a trained professional to identify the issue of flooding. At-home methods for water removal are insufficient and can result in further damage. Contact a professional water damage restoration company immediately in the event of flooding.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County professionals provides fire and water damage restoration services. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by water damage. Call us today at (972) 227-0800.

How Do Professionals Implement Safety Strategies During Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Closeup of fireman holding firehose; water rushing out of hose Water damage and fire damage go hand in hand. Let SERVPRO's IICRC trained techs restore your home.

Keeping Your Family and Our Workers Safe During a Dallas House Fire Clean Up is SERVPRO’s Priority

Surviving the fear and chaos fire and smoke damage causes Dallas homeowners and their families are just the start of the journey toward restoration. Because of copious quantities of firefighting water and the broad range of chemical changes undergone by your dwelling’s structural components, a Dallas house can become a dangerous place pending fire and smoke remediation.

Why Are Water and Fire Damage Restorations Linked After Dallas Blazes?

The extent of water incursion and damage potential when a Dallas home suffers a house fire can be substantial. SERVPRO is a precise fit to handle both water and fire damage mitigation and remediation. Our managers and technicians complete basic and advanced water and fire recovery training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the international standard-setting organization, leading to:

Water Mitigation and Remediation

  • Water removal tops the agenda, eliminating safety concerns such as slip and fall, electrical shock, and structural collapse due to trapped water.
  • Water is incredibly corrosive, urging rapid water removal, containment, and lawful disposal.
  • Failure to extract standing water and remove lingering moisture permits mold growth, which can cause health effects.

Smoke Damage and Soot Residue Remediation

  • This phase requires a comprehensive grasp of the characteristics of soot, the durability of household surfaces, and the matching of SERVPRO proprietary water or oil-based cleaners to soiling.
  • Fire restoration involves removing residues that potentially irritate through skin contact and inhalation, exposing homeowners and workers to combustion-caused carcinogens.
  • SERVPRO technicians contain work areas with heavy-duty barriers and air scrubbing equipment to protect your Dallas family from airborne and settled toxins during soot and smoke mitigation, remediation, and restoration

Count on SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to provide the fire damage restoration industry’s best practices for your family’s safety and your property’s recovery. Call (972) 227-0800 to learn how we safely make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Damage Restoration in Dallas

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

box truck servpro When wind or rainstorms strike your Dallas home or business, SERVPRO can answer the call quickly, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Prevent Storm Damages From Escalating by Calling in Professionals

Storm damage in Dallas is a concern that a resident needs to prepare for in the case it occurs. For one thing, it can be terrifying to find a flood in your home. To top it off, it takes the help of professionals to be able to get rid of all of the water and moisture in the house. If any bit of moisture is left in the home, a mold infestation can occur. Moisture can result in even further damages in the home as well as possible health problems. Therefore, it is important for you to contact us so that we can handle the storm damages.

After the storm, it is important to look at your home closely. The home needs to be inspected for any forms of Dallas storm damage. If any damage has been found in the house, then you should look into taking care of the damages right away. In many cases, the damages caused to the property can grow; therefore, it is important to give us a call to restore your home from injuries resulting from the storm

We consider restoring storm and flood damages to be a very important part of our business. Our professionals are extensively trained and are well equipped to handle the effects of any storm and bring a quick restoration to your home. In a short amount of time, your house will be restored to the condition it was before the storm hit. However, it is crucial that you quickly act when you see that your home has been affected by the storm system. As you let the water and storm damages stand in your home, the problem gets worse.

Leaking Roof from Storms

Among other forms of storm damage near Dallas is the possibility of wind damage. Wind damage is known to be one of the most common causes of commercial property damages and other damages to residential property. Winds commonly reach up to 80 mph. Therefore, it is not uncommon for trees to be blown over into the company.

We at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can provide you with the needed repairs to your property from windstorms as well as flooding, water, and other types of damages. Give us a call at (972) 227-0800.

Expert Water Damage Cleanup in Dallas Can Save Your Business

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

insurance claim SERVPRO works with your Dallas business and your insurance company to get your doors reopened after storm damage

Reopen Your Doors After a Water Damage Event Quickly with SERVPRO's Help

A sudden flood, whether it is a weather event, broken pipe, or malfunctioning equipment, can be disastrous for business. The longer your doors are closed, the more your bottom line stands to be affected. This is why some business owners decide to do some of their own water damage cleanups before calling an expert.

If your building has commercial water damage in Dallas, you should know that calling a professional for help as soon as possible is one of the best ways to protect your business. Here's why working with SERVPRO is a smart choice.

We get your business up and running quickly

Our teams are trained to grapple with all types of commercial water damage quickly and effectively, thanks to our industry-leading equipment, training, and methods. What may take you weeks to accomplish, we can do in much less time. The sooner your doors can get opened again, the better your business will fare in the long run.

Our team helps with your insurance claims.

One of the biggest hassles that business owners with commercial water damage face is filing an insurance claim. It is tedious, primarily if you are not used to the process, and your claim could be denied if everything is not done just so. Not only will SERVPRO assist you with everything needed to get your claim approved, but we will also navigate the paperwork with you and work with the adjuster on your behalf.

Careful practices keep your employees and customers safe.

The most important point to our technicians is conducting commercial water damage cleanup while keeping our clients safe. That means watching out for your customers and employees as well. We are careful to ensure that each repair and the entire cleanup is done properly, meaning you will not have to worry about any incorrectly solved problems cropping up in the future.

At SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, we are ready at all times to help get your business back up and running again. Our experts are equipped with the skill set, infrastructure, and knowledge to tackle any commercial water damage you may have. Call us 24/7 at (972) 227-0800 for more information or immediate service.

Efficient Work Solutions for Flooded Dallas Homes

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

green servpro boxtruck The SERVPRO Green Fleet is on the scene to mitigate storm damage in Dallas

Mitigation Strategies to protect Dallas properties and their contents from flood damage.

Emergency services and mitigation actions are critical after flood damages. With the 24/7 response of experienced water restoration specialists, we can offer efficient extraction, cleaning, and drying solutions when they are needed most.

Setting Up a Staging Area for Flood Recovery

Several threatening conditions can result from flood damage in Dallas homes, making a fast start of emergency services critical. Accessibility and preventing cross-contamination can be resolved using the same step of establishing a staging zone off the work area. This keeps equipment and products close to ensure each restoration phase starts seamlessly.

Thorough Drying Solutions for Damp Materials

Specific materials are more prone to absorbing standing water and migrating moisture than others. Determining the porosity of affected building materials and contents can be a determining factor in the most efficient approach of drying and restoring a home after flooding. Specialty tools are often the ideal choice for these drying needs like air movers and dehumidifiers allowing access to challenging areas and preventing unnecessary demolition. Some of the porous affected materials include:

  • Drywall
  • Carpet
  • Wood
  • Cabinets
  • Fabrics

Because of the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County team after flood damage scenarios, our professionals can help with mitigation when a finite restoration timeline begins. The SERVPRO Green Fleet is ready to mobilize fast when you call (972) 227-0800.

What to do in a Dallas Water Damage Emergency

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to dry water damaged kitchen Water damage requires fast remediation to prevent secondary losses. Your SERVPRO team is always available. Call us today!

Contact SERVPRO for Water Damage Remediation

When a Dallas water damage emergency wreaks havoc on your home and property, it's critical to have a plan in place to help shorten your home's restoration time. The ideal way to lessen the negative impacts of water damage on your home is to be ready for a water damage emergency. Once the event occurs, you can take a variety of steps to hasten the cleanup process, the most important of these being contacting a professional water damage restoration service.

What Makes Water Damage an Emergency?

A water damage emergency in Dallas is an incident that results in a severe degree of water damage to your home and belongings. For instance, it can be caused by flooding or putting out a fire. Suppose the event results in loss of electricity, requires it to be disconnected, opens up large areas of your house to the outdoors, or prevents you from staying in your home safely or comfortably. In that case, you have a water damage emergency.

How Hiring a Professional Restoration Company Benefits You

In the aftermath of a water damage emergency, the most important thing is returning to your home. The most efficient and effective way to do this is to seek help from a professional water damage restoration service. These companies are capable of sending several qualified contractors to your home at the same time, allowing them to set to work on a variety of issues all at once. These professionals possess years of experience, exclusive access to highly specialized equipment, and the thorough training needed to quickly take care of even the most extensive water damage emergencies.

Contact Your Homeowner's Insurance Provider in A Water Damage Emergency

If you experience a water damage emergency, it's strongly recommended to get in touch with your homeowner's insurance provider as soon as possible. There may be a water damage emergency company in your area that can assist you and your family while the restoration company works to clean up your home. Depending on how severe the damage is and how much your homeowner's insurance covers, your provider might pay for all or part of the expenses of the Dallas water damage cleanup process.

Hire A Water Damage Emergency Company

Water damage emergency companies offer you and your family various necessities during this challenging and frustrating time. In many cases, we can point you to the servicers who provide essential things like shelter, food, and clean water while you're waiting for the professional restoration service to finish with your home. If water damage emergency services cost you anything, check with your homeowner's insurance company to determine if they will reimburse you for some or all of the price. Furthermore, your homeowner's insurance carrier can often refer you to a nearby water damage emergency or restoration service.

Water damage emergencies are disastrous occurrences that often require days or weeks to remedy. Throughout this period, it's recommended that you hire a professional restoration contractor to repair the damage done to your home. If the damage is extensive enough that it requires your power to be turned off, you may need to stay somewhere else during the restoration.

Unfortunately, it can be tough to prepare for these emergencies. This is due to their widely varying nature, and most solutions are considered after the fact instead of before. To learn more about what steps you should take during a water damage emergency, please consult your homeowner's insurance carrier.

If you are confronted with water damage in your Dallas home or business, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They also provide accurate monitoring and documentation of the drying process to verify your property is dried correctly and thoroughly. If you experience water damage to your Dallas property, we can help. Call us 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Returning to Normal after Storm Damage in Cedar Hill

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

large, fallen tree damaging two houses Storms are frequent in Cedar Hill. No matter the damage, SERVPRO can handle the restoration. Call us today!

Professionals Can Help with Storm Damage Remediation

In Cedar Hill, storm damage is not uncommon when high winds have been through the area. Wind damage is one of the leading causes of commercial and residential property damage. Strong winds can be frequent in some regions, reaching 35 to 45 mph, with wind gusts of up to 65 to 80 mph.

The wind results in Cedar Hill storm damage which causes blowing debris, power outages, fallen trees, severely damaged buildings, and flooding. Frequently, the wind is the cause of trees and power lines falling. Fallen limbs and trees can cause damages in the millions of dollars annually to businesses and homes. Possible problems can include:

  • Hollow or dead limbs
  • Cracks in limbs or tree trunks
  • Branches overhanging your house near the roof
  • Limbs in contact or near power lines
  • Branches that cross over each other

Repairing Storm Damage

Many storms happen in the fall and spring and can include wind, rain, hail, and even tornadoes. It is a good idea to inspect your home inside and out for damage after a severe storm has gone through your neighborhood. Look for any missing shingles on your roof and check decks, fences, vents, chimneys, and windows for any storm damages. Look out for down power lines or other wires and call your utility company for help. Inside your house, search for cracks in plaster or drywall, broken or cracked windows, and water stains on the ceilings. Is there any standing or running water in your basement, bathroom, or kitchen? Write the date of the storm down plus any related damage, and then speak with your insurance company.

Emergency Services Water Damage

Call a professional storm remediation company like SERVPRO as well. We can assist you in assessing your storm damage near Cedar Hill after the storm has moved out of the area. We can stabilize your structure right away by tarping, boarding up, or giving structural support where needed. We can check for mold and mildew, which can grow and spread quickly, creating a dangerous hazard to your health. A scope of work report will be drawn up along with an accurate estimate of cost for the entire job. Once your approval is given, we start to clean up any debris and get to restoring your building or home, plus coordinate with your insurance carrier. We get you back to normal as soon as possible.

Things the Storm Damage Remediation Professionals Do

  • If needed, emergency board-up and securing your property
  • Temporary tarping of your roof
  • Clean up on-site
  • Tree removal and storm debris clean up
  • Extraction of water and drying of contents
  • Total service damage repair and reconstruction

Once a storm has damaged your property, you likely want to start cleaning up right away; however, do not do this by yourself. It would help if you had a professional remediation team to restore your business or home to its original state properly.

If your property has suffered storm damage in Cedar Hill, call the experts at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800, so we can help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Rooting Out Smoke During Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas Restaurants

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

restaurant table set and ready for customers Smoke damage from kitchen fires can be off-putting to customers. SERVPRO has the equipment and cleaners to remove the smoke and soot.

We Never let Smoke Linger After Dallas Restaurant Fire Damage Restoration Projects

Even the most successful establishments can see business evaporate when smoke odors linger. Smoke stays troublesome for years after an incident unless a professional company like SERVPRO deodorizes the area.

Almost all of our fire damage restoration projects for Dallas restaurants include smoke remediation services. Smoke can interfere with cooking and give off a bad impression to customers. Removing smoke odors is not easy, but SERVPRO technicians know all the best tools and techniques for the problem. We use purpose-made cleaning solvents to scrub away and neutralize surface-level smoke particles before moving on to heavy-duty solutions such as fogging machines. These machines permeate the air with odor-eliminating chemicals, breaking down smoke at the molecular level. We may use these machines for:

  • Fire and smoke damage in kitchen areas
  • Smoke Damage in the dining room
  • Deterioration in small spaces such as cabinets and fridge rooms

We use ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging machines, which eliminate odors in a more precise area for small spaces. ULV foggers use the same technology as their larger counterparts but are modified to treat smoke odors in specific areas. These machines help us reduce costs associated with the restoration process and obtain faster results that help you reopen sooner after the disaster.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County responds 24/7 to developing fire damage situations. Call us at (972) 227-0800.

Need a Mold Inspection in Dallas, Call SERVPRO

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Mold can be a serious issue in your home. Don't let mold take over. Call SERVPRO for help today.

SERVPRO Provides Bathroom Mold Removal Services in Dallas

Many consumers never suspect they have a mold problem until they begin smelling a strong, musty odor in some of the rooms in their house or at the office. The most common areas for mold growth are bathrooms, kitchens, or the laundry room. Leaks inside walls or condensation can also lead to mold infestations.

SERVPRO provides mold removal services to Dallas companies and homeowners. Clients should also be aware that mold can cause health effects. If an employee or one of your family members reports that they smell a musty smell in the office or the home, ask SERVPRO to complete a mold inspection at your premises.

We will also help locate the source of the moisture. Moisture, warmth, and a source of food can quickly lead to mold growth. Undetected mold infestations can quickly damage porous materials, while non-porous materials can be cleaned and disinfected.

Our teams can quickly identify the source and prepare a plan to remove the mold and repair damaged areas. We provide:

  • Mold remediation
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Black mold removal repairs

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for mold removal companies in Dallas and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (972) 227-0800.

Need Water Clean Up Service in Dallas – Call SERVPRO

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Dealing with water damage can be a hassle. Call in the experts for help at (972) 227-0800.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration to Homeowners in Dallas

Clients in Dallas are very concerned about the damage that a water leak has caused to their home. They see the water covering the floors, soaking carpets and fabrics that may be on the floor. Water can cause primary damage to these areas; however, many clients are unaware that secondary damage can also cause a great deal of moisture damage.

SERVPRO provides water damage clean-up services in Dallas to homeowners and business clients. We respond to clients in less than 4 hours on a 24/7 basis. We understand how our clients are concerned about the initial damage that leaking water causes. Our technicians also focus on reducing the level of humidity in the air to reduce the possibility of secondary damage.

High humidity levels cause moisture to be absorbed by porous materials like drywall, ceiling tiles, and paintings. We make sure that liquid water is removed and moisture is removed from flooring materials. We also dehumidify the air in the house to protect fabrics and porous materials, significantly reducing the possibility of secondary damage. We provide:

  • Water Clean Up
  • Water Damage Remediation
  • Water Damage Restoration

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for water damage in Dallas and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (972) 227-0800.

Need Help with Storm Cleanup in Dallas – Call SERVPRO

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Contact SERVPRO today for assistance with storm flood damage in your Dallas home.

Call SERVPRO for Fast Response to Storm Damage in Dallas

Dallas is the third-largest in the state of Texas, with approximately 1.3 million people. It is the ninth-largest city in the nation. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to about 7.5 million people. Dallas started as a major hub for the railroad industry. 

Four interstate highways cemented the city's prominence and led to development as a strong financial and industrial center. Defense, information technology, financial services, telecommunications, and transportation are at the center of the city's economic strength.

There are lots of activities for residents and visitors to the Dallas area, including the metro Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The activities listed below focus on the Southeast Dallas area, although a few are from the larger metro area.

  • Texas Discovery Gardens
  • Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
  • Fair Park
  • Bishop Arts district
  • Dos Equis Pavillion
  • Ice House Cultural Center
  • Dallas Historical Society
  • Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
  • The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • Dallas Cattle Drive Sculptures
  • Dallas World Aquarium

Texas Discovery Gardens

The Texas Discovery Gardens covers 7.5 acres featuring an organic botanic garden. There is an assortment of native and adapted plants throughout the gardens. Visit a tropical rainforest with hundreds of butterflies. The gardens are located at Fair Park, open year-round, and feature many festivals and education programs for children and adults.

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is open seven days a week with admission. There are marine and freshwater fish, along with reptiles and amphibians. There are special attractions, including animal feeding, educational tours, and an Amazon Flooded forest exhibit.

Fair Park

Located in southern Dallas, Fair Park is home to many activities that are open year-round. The State Fair of Texas is run annually at Fair Park. There are over 277 acres of exhibits and activities at the park. With over 1200 activities such as festivals, concerts, sport, gardens, and daily exhibitions open, everyone is welcome. You can reach Fair Park from the light rail station and visit local bars and restaurants in the area. Wear comfortable shoes to spend the day at the park.

Fair Park is home to many great things to do. Residents and visitors should plan several days at the park to see many of the exhibits. There are activities for everyone at the park. The following includes a few of the exhibits and activities:

  • The State Fair of Texas
  • The Music Hall at Fair Park
  • The Cotton Bowl Stadium
  • Texas Discovery Gardens
  • Hall of State
  • African American Museum
  • Dos Equis Pavilion
  • Children’s Aquarium
  • Dallas Firefighters Museum
  • Many Food and Drink restaurants and bars.

SERVPRO Helps with Emergency Storm Damage Protection for Your Home in Dallas

High winds and heavy rain can quickly inundate a home with water causing damage to homes in Dallas. The wind can tear off sections of the roof or break windows, allowing water and debris into your house, potentially causing secondary damage from the high moisture levels.

SERVPRO’s fleet of over 25 vehicles and large staff in Dallas responds to emergency storm damage calls in 4 hours or less. We are well equipped to provide emergency services to Dallas area homes and businesses. Often we need to board up windows and place tarps over the roof to prevent additional damage from wind and rain.

You can rely on SERVPRO to be there on short notice and provide complete storm damage cleanup, including:

  • Water Clean Up
  • Water Removal Services
  • Storm Damage Repairs

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for storm cleanup in Dallas and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (972) 227-0800.

Where There are Fire and Smoke, Dallas Residents Need Skilled Remediation

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

smoke entering room through bottom of door No matter how small the fire, smoke and soot travel throughout your home. SERVPRO knows how to clean and restore your fire damaged belongings.

Call SERVPRO to your Dallas Property to Handle Detailed, Efficient Fire and Smoke Remediation

Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup is something we do best here at SERVPRO. Whether you have a small kitchen fire or the need for smoke remediation after a garage fire, we have IICRC-certified technicians to get results quickly. We know what it takes to ensure no stubborn smoke odors linger after a fire, which is how we make it “Like it never even happened.”

There are many lasting effects of smoke damage if you are not careful. When you contact us for fire and smoke remediation in Dallas, we come to your home so that we can restore your interior back to pre-fire condition.

Some of the lasting impact that smoke and soot residue can have include:

  • Smoke particles can root themselves deeply into porous materials
  • Walls and ceilings can stain and deteriorate over a short period
  • Furnishings can become riddled with stubborn residue that causes lingering smells
  • Soot particles and smoke residue are corrosive, which can leave pitting on glass and significantly damage chrome, stainless steel, and other materials

Smoke damage is no match for our team at SERVPRO Southeast Dallas County. We have the smoke remediation and fire restoration techniques necessary to bring your home back to life. Call us 24/7 for emergency service at (972) 227-0800, and you will have a crew at your door within hours to get to work.

Water Damage Costs from Restoration Services in Dallas

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

water spewing from pipes Commercial water can originate from many sources. Did you know that SERVPRO and remediate and water loss event?

Dallas Commercial Buildings Get the Rapid Water Restoration Necessary After Calling SERVPRO

The cost of burst pipes or flooding from a faulty sprinkler system can cause immense damage to your Dallas commercial building. Whether you run a busy production facility or a bookstore, each project calls for detailed water extraction and restoration efforts. SERVPRO tailors emergency services water damage assistance carefully to each call that we receive.

We get calls for a wide variety of reasons when Dallas customers require water restoration. Some of the causes of water damage we often see in the area include:

  • Burst pipes/faulty machinery
  • Damage to a leaking roof from storms
  • Flood restoration after heavy rains come through
  • Sewage cleanup and flood-related backups, and more

Depending on the source and scope of the water damage, you may require pack-up and move-out services. You may have documentation, office equipment, or inventory that must get transferred off-site for drying or storage as we complete the restoration. SERVPRO features a water damage restoration team that will keep everything organized to give you added peace of mind. We work quickly to limit the downtime for your business and even help with insurance claims.

At SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, we always work to repair rather than replace, helping to save money on your overall water restoration. Call us at (972) 227-0800 when you need our Green Fleet dispatched to your Dallas business for assessment and water cleanup!

Dallas Homeowners Cut Costs When Using Skilled Fire Restoration

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Calling SERVPRO to Your Dallas Home is Best for Reliable Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

The third-largest city in terms of population within Texas, Dallas is a great place to visit or put down roots. The city itself is well-known for both the cotton and oil industries and remains home to many railroad lines dating back many years. 

Diving into Dallas, TX, History, and Beginnings

The Caddo people originally inhabited the land that Dallas sits on, dating back before the Spanish colonists came and settled during the 18th century. The Red River became the northern boundary for New Spain in 1819 when the Adams-Onis Treaty got penned. This area stayed under Spanish rule up until 1821. During that time, Mexico had declared independence from Spain. 

Notable History: Dallas is known as the location of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The 35th President of the United States met his fate when getting hit by two bullets as his motorcade passed through Downtown Dallas at Dealey Plaza. 

Don’t Miss the Best Neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas!

There are many excellent entertainment districts and neighborhoods throughout Dallas that bring locals and visitors everything they need for an exciting adventure. Whether you are looking for quaint settings, family-friendly outings, or vibrant nightlife, there is something in Downtown Dallas for everyone. Some of the more popular neighborhoods include:

  • Oak Lawn –This vibrant neighborhood in Central Dallas is one of the more gay-friendly areas in the United States. Whether you come for Purple Party Weekend, Dallas Pride, or one of the block party events, there is never a dull moment.
  • Deep Ellum –If you are looking for a night out on the town, there is nothing quite like Deep Ellum, a former warehouse district that is now loaded with hip bars, award-winning eateries, and great live music. 
  • The Cedars/Southside –Nestled in beautiful Southern Dallas, a growing community filled with popular restaurants and art galleries. You will find plenty of pleasant dining spots and entertainment, all available within comfortable walking distance.
  • Trinity Groves –When you visit Trinity Groves at La Bajada, you will find 15 acres of incredible retail locations, dining experiences, and artist-focused installations. Some of the top culinary delights in Trinity Groves include barbecue, Tex-Mex, and seafood.

Peace of Mind with House Fire Clean Up – Call SERVPRO for Dependable Fire Restoration Services

There are many working parts to fire damage restoration, making it even more critical to have skilled technicians on the job. When you have a fire in your Dallas home, SERVPRO can be there to get the cleanup started quickly. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Our team understands that any fire restoration in Dallas can be chaotic, but we make each step easy. Here is what it looks like:

  • Contact our 24-hour number to deploy our water & fire damage restorations crew
  • We arrive within hours of your call for inspection and assessment
  • Our team can provide emergency boarding and tarping, as needed
  • We handle the cleanup of any standing water left behind from first responders
  • Smoke remediation begins, addressing soot and smoke residue with the appropriate cleaning methods
  • All affected areas get sanitized and deodorized
  • We can perform controlled demolition, as needed

Call (972) 227-0800 when you need help with fire restoration. Our team at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County will make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Is Mold a Threat for Historic Dallas Properties?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in PPE If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Commercial Structures Can Leave Many Places for Mold to Hide, But our SERVPRO Team Can Help.

Whether it is moist conditions left in the Dallas region after violent weather like the extremely harsh winter snowout or a pipe bursts and leaks that leave areas of your business exposed to water, mold can develop in as little as 48 hours in the appropriate conditions. Because these situations can cause health effects, property owners must act quickly to protect the structure from mold damage and prevent any exposure to customers and staff. 

How Can Historic Dallas Buildings Get Protected from Mold? 

Mold remediation in Dallas involves several actions happening simultaneously when these organisms get recognized. Remediation can involve several possible options, and the choice in these is critical for structures that have historical significance, like the Texas School Book Depository. Some of the options to remove active colonization include: 

  • Soda blasting
  • Surface sanding
  • Antimicrobial cleaning
  • Controlled demolition

After a mold loss, protecting your business can mean fast and deliberate action from remediation professionals on our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County team. Give us a call today at (972) 227-0800. 

Can Content Cleaning Prevent Irreparable Fire Damage in Cedar Hill?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Home with fire damage You can contact our professionals 24/7. Our fire damage experts are trained in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO Professionals Can Clean Soot and Smoke Residues Before Unnecessary Damage Occurs. 

Fires are one of the consistent threats that Dallas area communities like Cedar Hill face regularly. Despite how rapidly these emergencies can develop, homes do not have to become overwhelmed by carcinogenic hazards like soot and smoke residues. We have efficient cleaning strategies to target these particles and soils before staining and damage to the finish occurs. 

How Can Soot Get Removed from Contents? 

Your personal belongings are among the most challenging items to protect and clean after a fire in Cedar Hill, often because they are located in the areas with the most significant concentrations of soot, odors, and other contaminants. Relocating your possessions can be an initial step to protect them, but they often require off-site cleaning and restoration at our SERVPRO facility. These cleaning options include: 

With how damaged your possessions and personal belongings can become, our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County team can help with thorough cleaning and recovery strategies for your Cedar Hill property. Call us today at (972) 227-0800. 

Helping to Keep Top Dallas Attractions Clean and Dry After Water Disasters

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Fast and Reliable Water Restoration Can Help Dallas to Stay in Top Form. 

Much like other major cities throughout the country, Dallas is an urban environment that never rests. The city continues evolving and changing with the decades, including gentrification from a younger population moving in and settling. As such, retail and the arts have both grown exponentially. Unique shops and services now exist to provide precisely what home and business owners need in their neighborhood. Tourism is still a large factor for our city as well, and there are multiple alluring features of Dallas and its immediate area.

Top Attractions Tourists Visit in Dallas Every Year

Dallas is one of the most visited tourist cities in the country every year and a top option for tourism in Texas. Part of this falls on the multitude of attractions and landmarks that draw and visitors every year. The city has something for everyone, including those looking for modern art, history, or participating in sporting events to cheer on their favorite teams.

  • AT&T Performing Arts Center – This is a venue that has become the home of many of Dallas's top entertainment companies, including opera and dance troupes.
  • Dallas Museum of ArtThis is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the state, featuring more than 24,000 objects ranging from early BC creations to modern pieces.
  • American Airlines Center – As the home of the Dallas Stars and other traveling entertainment, this is a popular attraction and venue for thousands every month. The Stars have seen the pinnacle of successes in the NHL and still play for a full house. 
  • Cotton Bowl – This is the venue that hosts one of the annual bowl game events for college football every year and has been the long-running home of the yearly rivalry match between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns for the Red River Showdown. The arena used to play house to the Dallas Cowboys through the 1960s.
  • Majestic Theatre – This is one of the few remaining elements of the classic theater row that used to exist in downtown Dallas. As an active venue, you can still catch performances at this iconic location.

How Can SERVPRO Help with Water Damage Restoration in Dallas?

Because water disasters can be such a common occurrence in area homes and businesses, our professionals have extensive training in water damage restoration for Dallas properties. We understand how a fast response to these emergencies can protect your property and its contents, making efforts like mitigation critical for efficient restoration. This process often begins with job scoping and damage assessments, including the use of moisture meters and detection devices.

As leading restoration specialists in Dallas County, we can oversee extraction, drying, cleaning, and repairs necessary after a loss incident.

No matter how destructive water disasters might be for your property, our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County team can help. We are ready to move 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Which Tools are Best for Flood Water Extraction?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help with Dallas Flood Water

Extraction is an essential part of flood damage remediation. Extraction means removing as much water as possible from your home. The more water we remove, the faster and easier it is to dry the building and leave it “Like it never even happened.”

When it comes to flood water extraction in Dallas, you need a company with the correct range of tools to get the job done.

There are three questions our team must answer before deciding which tools are best:

  • How much water is present in your home?
  • Is there a safe and stable electricity supply?
  • How much distance will we need to cover within the house?

For example, if there is not much water and it is present mostly on the surface of floors and carpets, a light wand is the right choice. This small, flexible hand-held extractor is ideal for surfaces and for getting into tight corners. On the other hand, if there is a large volume of water and no readily available electricity supply, we might need to bring in a truck-mounted extractor.

For professional flood water extraction, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

What Should You Look for in Mold Companies?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling The number one reliable company for mold remediation is SERVPRO. Call us and let us use our IICRC certified technicians for the job.

SERVPRO offers reliable mold remediation in Dallas

If you find yourself thinking, “I need mold companies near me,” naturally, you want to choose a company that will get the job done.

If you need mold companies near you in Dallas, it is essential to choose a company that thoroughly trains its staff. It would help if you had a team that:

  • Understands how easily mold spreads.
  • Uses containment and a staging area to reduce the spread.
  • Monitors moisture levels to seek out hidden damp areas.
  • Sets up the correct drying environment for maximum results.
  • Handles musty odors to leave your home smelling fresh.

Our team will set up containment around the affected area to reduce the risk of spores escaping. We also use thermo hygrometers, moisture probes, and moisture meters to keep an eye on damp levels throughout remediation. We also use techniques such as spot cleaning, air scrubbing, and ULV fogging to handle odors.

We train our teams to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and offer ongoing professional development for all our staff.

If you need a reliable mold company near you, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Water Damage Restoration for Buildings of Every Height in Dallas

2/6/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO helps with water damage no matter how many floors

Dallas has a population of 1,343,573, which makes it the third-most populous city in Texas. Dallas is a bright and modern city with all kinds of fascinating architecture and plenty of tall buildings.

Modernist and postmodernist buildings abound in Dallas

Much of Dallas' eye-catching architecture was built during the modernist and postmodernist eras, and the city boasts fantastic buildings from both times.

Modernist architecture arose during the early twentieth century in Europe and continued to grow in popularity, especially after World War II. The style remained popular until the 1980s. Modernist architecture is marked by a move towards making sure the building's form fits its function and the embrace of minimalism. Modernist buildings make use of reinforced concrete, steel, and glass. Some of the most striking examples of modernism in Dallas include:

  • Dallas City Hall is the city's fifth city hall. The building's official opening was in 1978, and the first Dallas City Council meeting in the building was held in the same year. The hall has a striking inverted pyramid design with a slope of 34°. 
  • The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is a square, roofless cenotaph (an empty tomb). Kennedy family friend Philip Johnson designed the building to reflect Kennedy's spirit and provide a place of contemplation and quiet refuge. 
  • The Reunion Tower is a soaring 171-meter observation tower. Welton Becket & Associates completed the tower in 1978. The building is instantly recognizable for its ball-shaped top and the fact that it is lit up at night. 

Postmodernist architecture thrived in the 1980s and 1990s. The movement began in reaction to modernism – the founders of postmodernism objected to modernist buildings' basic functionality. Postmodern building puts more emphasis on incorporating historical elements and creating an attractive facade. Beautiful examples of postmodern buildings in Dallas include:

  • Chase Tower is the twelfth tallest building in Texas. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill finished the building in 1987, and it features a curved top and a gap of several floors that gives it the appearance of a keyhole.
  • Fountain Place gets its name from the 172 fountains that adorn the plaza at the building's foot. The tower is a many-sided prism, which means it looks a little different from every angle.
  • Bank of America Plaza is the tallest skyscraper in Dallas. It was initially lit by green LEDs (multicolored LEDs now light it), earning it the nickname The Pickle.
  • SERVPRO technicians know how to handle water damage at any height

Our technicians understand that skyscrapers present unique challenges, and they know how to choose the right equipment for the job. Some of the flexible equipment we have on hand includes:

  • Infrared cameras that allow us to track water damage even if we cannot physically reach all the walls and ceilings.
  • Electric submersible pumps that operate quietly even in busy offices. So long as there is an electricity supply, we can run these anywhere in the building.
  • Portable extraction units that we can take into almost any part of a building, even one with multiple floors.

We also take care of drying and deodorization to leave the water damaged site "Like it never even happened."

For help with water damage restoration in any size of building, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Dallas Residents Can Participate in Wellness Wednesday

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen; debris on floor Fires leave a mess behind. SERVPRO has the manpower to remove the debris.

Workshop Concentrates Focus on Various Wellness Aspects in Dallas

The past year has led many people to focus on wellness, but it is more than a healthy body. This virtual workshop teaches Dallas participants different types of self-care regimens that benefit the body, mind, and spirit. Building physical health plans, spirituality, social health among isolation, and emotional well-being are topics covered by the class. Also covered is physical fitness, which can affect other aspects of a person's overall being, including longevity, beauty, antiaging, and stability of emotions. The workshop is presented by Jana Burbato, a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in nutritional counseling through whole foods. Moreover, she is a certified yoga instructor with more than 11 years of experience in the wellness industry. 

  • Date: January 27, 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
  • Cost: Free

Dallas residents count on SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for fire debris cleanup. Our restoration process enables property owners to benefit from the trained, certified technicians' advanced cleaning methods.

Dallas Residents Know They Can Count on SERVPRO After Flood Damage

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Cloud to ground lighting against night sky Flooding happens and SERVPRO can be at your home as quick as lightning to restore the damage.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dallas Properties for Flood Damage Restoration

The city of Dallas was founded in 1838 and has developed a rich food culture over the years. Two of the most prominent cuisines, the town is known for barbecue and Tex-Mex dishes. Interestingly, one of the hallmarks of chili from this region is the absence of beans, but more than one meat type is often included. The suburbs are home to a large number of restaurants highlighting foods from all over the world. According to a Zagat survey, Dallasites eat out four times weekly, which makes them the third-highest rate after Houston and Austin. The top five dishes that are thought to define the culture in the city are: 

  • Barbecue
  • Chili without beans
  • Chicken fried steak
  • Pecan pie
  • Whataburger for hamburgers

JFK Museum in Dallas

History enthusiasts will find tons of information and historical documents to take in through the locally provided JFK Assassination and Museum Tour in Dallas. Participants see the site where the infamous assassination occurred and see the much-mentioned Grassy Knoll. The somber and serene Kennedy Memorial is another must-see, and a guide can answer questions and tell the story of what happened on November 22, 1963. The telling of the event and presentation of the facts is done respectfully and educationally. 

Notorious People from Dallas

Several infamous people that also inspired movies hailed from Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is known as President Kennedy's assassin and was killed by Jack Ruby soon afterward. The incident has been the subject of numerous films and shows, including the 1991 release "JFK" starring Kevin Costner and the fictional time-traveling attempt to stop the assassination in the Stephen King tale, "11.22.63." Other famous names associated with the crime world have come out of the city. Outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hailed from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They got immortalized in the 1969 movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Another pair of names that remain a fascination to the present is Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, also known as Bonnie and Clyde. Together they robbed banks and businesses from 1930 until 1934. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway told the star-crossed lovers' story in their 1967 film, "Bonnie and Clyde."

Film Industry in Dallas

The city of Dallas has always been friendly to the film making industry. It is a favorite filming location because it has a diverse mix of modern urban development with access to nearby rural areas and year-round sunshine with mild winters and hot summers. The television show "Dallas" filmed on location from 1978 until 1991. Another popular series starring Chuck Norris had its base in the city from 1993–2001, Walker, Texas Ranger. Numerous hit films have gotten filmed on location, including: 

  • Cult-favorite "Office Space"
  • "Boys Don't Cry"
  • "Silkwood"
  • "Born on the Fourth of July"

What is the Best Way to Dry A Dallas Home After Flood Damage? 

When heavy storms deliver flood damage to Dallas homes, even though SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly after the initial call, the floodwater tends to recede as fast as it entered. The techs use their advanced moisture detection equipment to determine the water's migration path within the home. Common areas to find floodwater include: 

  • Wicked into walls
  • Behind baseboards
  • Seeped under tile flooring
  • Saturating carpet

SERVPRO technicians test the water to determine if there are any contaminants present that could pose a hazard. If so, they treat the water with their professional biocides to make the water safer to handle. Extraction takes place, and at this time, the removal of any ruined building materials gets done. When cutting off wet sheetrock on walls, the techs carefully measure above the water line, ensuring the minimum amount of sheetrock gets removed rather than taking down entire walls.

After removing the articles and the extraction phase completes, the technicians move on to the drying phase. After floodwater enters a home, it is crucial to get professional drying applications. The equipment used by SERVPRO is powerful and can pull up embedded moisture for the fasted and most complete structural drying. Using household fans to dry wet surfaces can work against a homeowner. The process can take so long that secondary issues such as seepage into the subfloor or even mold can become problems.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 arrives quickly to clean up and restore houses with flood damage. Bring in the trained technicians as fast as possible after storms cause damage to have the best outcome for your home and contents. 

Get Better Listening Skills in Dallas

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Improv Teaches Dallas Residents to Communicate Clearly and Relieve Stress

The past year has been stressful, and communication skills are more vital than ever in Dallas. This free Zoom workshop teaches residents how to think fast on their feet, relieve stress, and be a great storyteller, all through the magic of improv and deep listening. No previous experience is required, and this event is open to all skill levels.

Improv training gives participants the basis for expanding creative thinking, listening skills and increases the ability to communicate more clearly. During this session, the exercises help individuals release tension, learn to be calm when dealing with uncertainty, embrace working on teams, and level up their skills to bring people together on projects. Most importantly, this class teaches how to be interested rather than trying to be interesting. 

  • This event is a virtual workshop on Zoom
  • If the session gets filled, it will get simulcast on Facebook
  • Date: January 21, 2021
  • Time: 9 PM
  • Cost: Free

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 stands ready 24/7 to help local Dallas area property owners with any size water removal and restoration services needed.

Up Your Ugly Christmas Sweater Game This Season in Dallas

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Compete Online in Dallas for the Ugliest Christmas Sweater While Crafting an Evergreen and Succulent Plaid Planter With Materials and Guidance from Terrarium Therapy

Most ugly Christmas sweater contests leave the "losers" wanting for more. Reward your good taste by changing the narrative when the all-in-fun "fashion" competition pairs with a lovely holiday keepsake you make yourself from Terrarium Therapy. 

Entirely online this holiday season, creating an evergreen and succulent planter is a fun activity for you and the family. Terrarium Therapy sends all the materials ahead of the event, including:

  • A plaid planter
  • Succulents and evergreens
  • Soil, moss, and directions

Our host picks the three sweater contest contenders, and the workshop participants vote for the winner. The prize? A unique plant shipped after the online event.

  • Date: December 19, 2020
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Tickets: Go to the Virtual Workshop - Ugly Sweater Virtual Plant Party on Eventbrite hosted by Terrarian Therapy on December 19, 2020, to order

Commercial water removal, especially during the holiday season, does not need to be an ugly experience. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County with the training and equipment required to get you back to business is one call away at (972) 227-0800.

Taco Tuesday Done Right in Dallas

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

photo of a filled taco, yummy Don't let your Dallas house burn down from the flaming hot deal for Taco Tuesday--SERVPRO Warning!!

Join in the Feast During the Dallas Observer’s Tacolandia Taco Stop at the Dallas Farmers Market, Benefiting the North Texas Food Bank

No worries about dinner on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 -- Tacolandia Taco Stop has it covered. Be one of the first to enjoy what is sure to become a recurring event, indulging in tacos made every way -- soft, spicy, crunchy, sweet, and savory. Drive through for a safe and easy delivery from six outstanding purveyors of taco deliciousness right through your vehicle’s open window. Quench your thirst as well with a specially prepared Tacolandia Taco Stop Beverage Kit, all included in the price.

When the need for a taco hits after the drive-through, head out to devour free tacos. With your exclusive Tacolandia Taco Stop Card, one free taco from more than 15 participating restaurants is all part of the deal on December 8th.

  • Where: The Shed at The Dallas Farmers Market
  • When: December 8, 2020, from 4:00 - 8:00
  • Tickets and more information available on the Tacolandia Taco Stop website.

Fire mitigation is one of SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County’s core services. If you need help after a household fire call us at (972) 227-0800 for a fast assessment and rapid recovery.

Flooding Has Been a Perennial Risk Near the Trinity River in Dallas

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Despite More Than a Century of Flood Minimization Efforts, Dallas Residents Still Face Flooding Events

Why SERVPRO Stands Ready to Address All Aspects of Storm and River-Based Damage

Although current residents of Dallas become uneasy when record-breaking storms cause the Trinity River to rise, over one-hundred years ago, the city's predecessors had a catastrophic story to tell. In 1908 a weather system dumped up to 15 inches of water upstream over three days. Once in the city, the waters of the Trinity rose to 52.6 feet. Eleven people died, and over 4000 individuals abandoned their homes, attempting to find higher ground for safety.

How Did the 1908 Flooding Affect the City?

Nearly all of the downtown area flooded, and West Dallas was completely submerged. The 1908 flood caused an estimated five million dollars worth of damage, the equivalent of at least 150 million dollars today.

  • In terms of impact on the population and property, the 1908 Trinity River flood is considered the largest recorded in Dallas.
  • At the height of the flooding, the Trinity River spanned about two miles between downtown and West Dallas.
  • Three days with no power, telephone, telegraph, or rail services followed.
  • Some neighborhoods of Dallas could be reached only by boat, including Oak Cliff.

Were Efforts Made to Prevent Future Flooding?

City leaders realized the citizens and Dallas's infrastructure could not withstand repeated flooding events of this magnitude. Although immediate prevention of future disasters was impossible, Dallas sought comprehensive planning to avoid or significantly minimize the effects of flooding during future rainy seasons. Government officials tapped Geroge Kessler, a German-born and educated city planner and landscape architect, whose family emigrated to the United States in 1865. He lived in Dallas during his teenage years before returning to Germany for his formal training. Kessler's work during the St. Louis World's Fair was considered impressive, and he drafted a plan by 1911 for Dallas. In addition to recommendations for a system of levees to hold back the waters, Kessler's plan included elegant and decorative elements including:

  • Parks
  • Boulevards
  • Plazas
  • Fountains

Was Kessler's Plan Implemented?

Not all of these features of the plan reached a realization. Even the earthen levees intended to prevent the damage of another flood were deferred. Eventually, the city put levees in place, but it took decades to complete those envisioned by Kessler and many more years to upgrade and improve the configuration. The levee system currently in place begins along the Trinity River's Elm Fork and West Fork and then moves into downtown Dallas, now known as the Dallas Floodway. Additional levees located in the Dallas Floodway Extension Project area run along the southern Trinity River corridor, termed as the Rochester Levee and the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant levees. Pertinent facts about the current levees include:

  • It took until 1932 for workers to complete the original East and West Levee Systems.
  • During the 1950s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned and implemented upgrades to the original levees.
  • The 23 miles of levees in the Dallas Floodway feature heights of 29 to 32 feet.
  • Only in the 1990s did the Rochester Levee join the system, and were improvements made to the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Levee.
  • Over 51 square miles of the Trinity River watershed flow through sumps and drainage systems intended to protect the city lands behind the levees.
  • A total of seven pump stations move potential floodwaters from the sumps positioned behind the Dallas Floodway and the Rochester levees, discharging the waters into the Trinity River downstream.

What Is in Store for the Dallas Flood Plains in the Future?

The Trinity River Corridor Project's vision goal is to reimagine the areas adjacent to the Trinity River in Dallas. In the early 2000s, the concern about the aesthetics of the "drainage ditch" the Trinity River became in downtown Dallas after the erection of flood protections gained momentum. Residents and visitors in  Dallas desire more recreational use of the river and a return to green spaces, resulting in the Trinity River Project's slow but relentless development work.

What Are the Major Components of the Trinity River Corridor Project?

The project goals are to transform the river's path into sports venues, trails, meadows, nature centers, and other recreational options. Headway has occurred, with substantial projects still in process. Comprising 10,000 acres, the outdoor space ultimately will be among the most extensive of U.S.urban parklands. A unique feature within the area is the Great Trinity Forest, made up of 6,000 acres of bottomland forest, the largest such wooded urban area globally.

Can Flooding Occur in Dallas Residential Areas Despite the Levees?

When heavy rains pour down, Dallas homes are at risk of overland as well as river flooding. Wind damage can also expose a home to flood water through exterior damage. Lining up a reputable disaster recovery firm immediately after the crisis is critical, why we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What Qualification Should Homeowners Expect from Flood Mitigation and Remediation Companies?

Dallas flood damage needs a fast response from highly-qualified companies and their technicians. The preeminent training offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is why SERVPRO chooses it for our workers when obtaining both basic and advanced certifications in the following specialties:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
  • Building Moisture Thermography (BMT)
  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

How do Professionals Manage Flood Recovery?

The foundation of a successful flood intervention is the accuracy and thoroughness of the initial assessment, why SERVPRO's seasoned managers make such a difference in the outcome. After a safety walkthrough, the project lead gives the go-ahead for emergency services, completed promptly by our crews. All needed equipment arrives in the service vehicles with our workers, preventing even momentary delays. Removal of silt and solid debris precedes pumping and extraction, with on-board generators for our truck-mounted equipment eliminating response issues if residential power is down.

Top-notch training and equipment, along with extensive experience, are why SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is the solution to your flood damage concerns. Call us at (972) 227-0800 for a quick assessment and rapid removal and drying of flooding.

Healthy for the Holidays in Dallas

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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The Women's Health & Fitness Expo Virtual Event in Dallas 

Need some inspiration to stay fit and healthy for the holidays in Dallas? Attend the virtual event specifically geared for women's health and fitness issues and trends at this streaming get-together. The "Healthy for the Holidays" virtual experience brings numerous categories together with vendors from all over the United States, giving access to their products and services at this fun, free-to-attend event. Get tips for prepping healthy meals, exercises to target fitness goals, mind, body wellness talks, and many products to view and learn about directly from the merchants. Register for the free giveaway and win prizes. Attendees should sign up at the link online to get reminders before the event. 

Attendees will have access to the following on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST:

  • Fitness workshops
  • Wellness seminars
  • Product demonstrations
  • Vendor shopping
  • Giveaways 

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 keeps local eateries ready to serve up breakfast, lunch, or dinner with their professional commercial mold remediation for cafés.

Planning Your Big Day in Dallas?

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Brides-To-Be Can Get Wedding Inspiration at the Dallas Maggie Sottero Trunk Show November 20th 

Dallas-based Lulu's Bridal Boutique is sponsoring a bridal fashion show with designs shown in the Maggie Sottero Trunk Show collection. The event benefits anyone that is searching for the perfect look for their wedding day. The show begins on Friday and runs through Sunday evening. The trunk show is a unique opportunity for individuals planning a wedding to see unique bridal fashions and have the chance to see the dresses and other clothing items up close and personal. The designer Maggie Sottero is a renowned designer of sought-after gowns and has a design house that creates one-of-a-kind luxurious looks. Her styles are known for high-quality materials, superior crafting, and the addition of hand-sewn embellishments such as Swarovski crystals. 

  • Fri Nov 20, 2020
  • 11:00 am to Nov 22 2020 7:00 pm
  • Contact Lulu's if planning to attend the event with the count of attendees in your group 

When local property owners need assistance with water extraction, they trust SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for the restoration services.

Dallas Residents Can Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle in front of home No matter the size or scope of your water damage emergency, SERVPRO can tackle it and make it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is Available 24/7 for Water Removal Services of Any Size 

Initially settled by the Caddo Indians, the territory now known as Dallas was first settled by John Neely Bryan in 1839 as a trading post and turned into a larger settlement named after his brother, Commodore Alexander James Dallas. Today, the city is home to over 2 million residents, showing a ten percent growth rate since the 2000 Census. This growth is slower than the state average, which is around 25%. The county area consists of 871.28 square miles of land area and just over 37 square miles of water.  Several major corporations call Big D home, including: 

  • Exxon Mobil
  • AT&T
  • American Airlines Group
  • Southwest Airlines (Dallas)

City of Many Tastes

This area of Texas stakes its reputation on three significant cuisines: barbecue, authentic Mexican, and Tex-Mex. While the state is known for chili of all types, Big D hosts the unique Kosher Chili Cookoff every year, where teams compete using dietary rules, according to the Kashrut featuring both beef and vegetarian geared chilis. Dallas has a myriad of fine dining choices with world-renowned dishes prepared by Michelin-star chefs at eateries such as: 

  • Fearing Restaurant
  • Maple Leaf
  • Rise n°1 

Iconic Downtown Skyline

Several buildings mark the downtown skyline that makes Dallas instantly recognizable because of the mostly flat terrain. The view at night is striking in part due to the variety of unique architecture. The original skyscraper built was the Praetorian Building in 1909. One of the most unusual tall buildings is Reunion tower that many people describe as looking like a giant microphone and features an observation deck for some of the best day or nighttime views in the area. In the present, there are over twenty skyscrapers that are 500 feet or more in height—giving this city the honor of the second-highest skyline in the southern United States, the first being also located in Texas, in Houston.

Best Places to Explore

Dallas has several areas such as the West End Historic District and Deep Ellum, featuring numerous clubs and restaurants in a formerly abandoned warehouse district.

If you want to go shopping, Market Place is your destination where you can find many vendors with every type of ware imaginable. History buffs often seek out the Dealey Plaza, where the infamous Texas Book Depository still stands. This building is where Lee Harvey Oswald hid and assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth story window. It is now a museum with exhibits to explore the legacy of JFK in line with the 1960s culture and history and how these happenings affect life in the present. A fun way to see the sights is by riding the M-Line and taking an Uptown trolley tour. The climate-controlled trolleys run 365 days a year and provide reliable transportation to the Uptown neighborhood, where you can find a pedestrian-friendly area containing businesses, residential towers, retail centers, nightlife, and a host of excellent restaurants and hotels.

Considering a Move to Big D?

The U.S. News rated Dallas as one of the best places in the United States to live because of the affordable housing and lower crime rates in many areas. Some of the top neighborhoods to reside in are: 

  • Bishop Arts District with a median home price of $150,839 and an average rental of $786
  • Deep Ellum average rental paid is $1,086, with an average home cost of $233,388
  • Lake Highlands has an average home price of $72,412 and a median monthly rent of $787
  • Oak Lawn has an average rental amount of $1,157 and a home purchase price on average being $248,449

Beautiful Days to Wild Weather

The year-round warmer temperatures in Dallas make it an attractive place to settle, particularly for people who do not enjoy long, hard winters, such as found in the Northeast. A famous saying in this part of Texas is, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a few hours," and it is true. Clear skies can turn into heavy storms in a short time. This part of the state is part of Tornado Alley, which stretches through Texas upward to North Dakota. This territory's strip accounts for nearly 30% of the confirmed tornadoes occurring in the United States yearly. Heavy rains, wind, and hail can result in water damage and flash flooding to properties. A few facts: 

  • This area sees 270 tornadoes every year
  • One-quarter of tornado-related injuries occurred here
  • The average lead-time for a tornado warning is 13 minutes
  • Supercell tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 pm-9 pm.

Does SERVPRO Handle Large and Small Water Damage in Dallas Properties?

SERVPRO supports the local Dallas area with water removal services as needed on any scale. A single room affected with water damage may seem like a small issue, but it can lead to multiple larger problems such as: 

  • Deteriorated sheetrock
  • Ruined flooring
  • Foul, musty odors
  • Damage to lower floors or adjacent rooms due to migration 

The attention to detail is one of the most significant differences; the technicians keep the property owner informed about each phase of the mitigation and communicate with the adjuster as needed to ensure that each action taken is under the scope of coverage, so there are zero surprises out-of-pocket expenses. Careful inspection of the area often yields surprises as to the actual extent of the damage an area as water can run from room to room or between floors quickly and wicking into sheetrock and seeping into the subfloor. All of these situations require not only exacting extraction but also drying, so the embedded moisture gets removed. 

The technicians have advanced equipment for monitoring the air moisture during the drying process, followed by thorough surface cleaning with proprietary methods and solutions. This ensures property owners are not dealing with secondary issues after the mitigation completes. Afterward, a second sweep of the worksite with moisture detection equipment confirms the presence of healthy air-moisture levels. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 has the equipment and experience to handle any type of water removal services local properties require. After the techs get done, it is "Like it never even happened."

What Can a Good Floodwater Extraction Service Save?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

dark storm clouds Storm clouds on the horizon means the possibility of flooding. SERVPRO is always on call for your water restoration emergency.

Quality Dallas Storm Water Removal Services, Like Your Neighborhood SERVPRO, Can Often Save Your Most Valuable and Irreplaceable Possessions. 

As you may already know, Dallas floodwaters are in the most hazardous water category, ensuring certain materials coming into contact with them unsalvageable.  However, some essential items can be saved.     

Not all Dallas floodwater extraction services are capable of cleaning and restoring flood-damaged items.  They lack the expertise and specialized tools necessary to do the job correctly.  SERVPRO, however, is often able to remediate valuable possessions harmed in flooding events.  Some of the types of things our skilled technicians are capable of restoring are: 

  • Irreplaceable business documents
  • Precious photographs
  • Expensive Persian rugs
  • Pricey electronics like computers, televisions, and other modern devices 

So, if you are ever affected by flooding, do not automatically assume that all your most prized and essential possessions are lost.  Using our extensive training and experience in saving flood-damaged materials, as well as our cutting-edge equipment, we are generally able to salvage the most essential of your household contents. 

How Are My Flood Damaged Items Cleaned and Restored? 

SERVPRO employs various methods to return your most precious possessions to their pre-flood condition.  Our technicians use thermal and vacuum freeze-drying techniques to save important documents and photographs.  We can often effectively clean expensive Persian rugs by employing specialized extraction methods, cleaning agents, and deodorants, limiting the chances of staining, color bleeding, and damage to their delicate fibers.  SERVPRO experts take similar care of fragile electronics that have been exposed to contaminated waters.  They carefully dry the exterior of your electronic equipment by hand, ensuring that your devices' potential harm is limited.  In all these ways, we work to restore your most prized items. 

It is never easy to deal with the effects of flooding.  So, if you ever need flood recovery assistance, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (927) 227-0800.

The Washer Hose Malfunctioned – Can Homeowners Wait to Call Someone?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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The Flooding in Your Dallas Residence May Seem Minor but Hidden Water Can Cause Secondary Damage the Longer You Wait.

When a washer hose comes loose or a hole in the hose develops, gallons of water can pour out very quickly. If you are lucky enough to catch it quickly and shut off the water, the damage may seem minimal. But there can be hidden damage in your Dallas home you know nothing about or secondary damage that can turn up days later.

My Washer Was on the Second Floor – Where Did the Water Go?

In this situation, the washing machine was located on the second floor of the townhouse. The leak seemed to cause minor water damage to the Dallas home in the immediate area. The flooring was affected, and the wall edge had water saturation. What the homeowner could not see was the water that had migrated into the wall and was headed towards the lower level. Because the owner was quick to call in SERVPRO, much of the secondary damage was prevented. Hidden water can cause:

  • Ceiling tiles to sag and crumble
  • Mold and mildew to develop
  • Wallpaper to soften and fall

Our technicians used moisture meters, probes, and infrared cameras to determine the migration path of the water and the extent of the damage. Minimal restoration was required in this case. The resilient tile flooring had areas that needed to be replaced due to delamination. The crew drilled holes in between the studs after removing the floorboards and dried out the wall cavity. We also checked to make sure the timber-constructed subfloor and scissor trusses were dry.

 What Can I Do to Prevent the Same Thing from Happening?

Maintaining your washing machine can prevent future flooding issues. Check hoses and connections monthly.  Clean the machine’s filters regularly. Consider replacing rubber hoses with stainless steel hoses. Install a detector that shuts off the water if a leak is detected. All of these things can help stop future water intrusions from your washer. 

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (927) 227-0800 for professional water damage restoration service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

A Storm Left Flood Damage in A Property. Where Should Homeowners Seek Help?

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Wet carpet with drywall on the flooring. SERVPRO will come in and rescue your Dallas property after a flood damage.

Talk to SERVPRO Technicians in Dallas to Help You Remediate the Storm Flood Damage in Your Property.

Floodwater in your property cannot only make you homeless but also affect your structure’s stability integrity. Apart from the destruction flood water can cause, restoration can also be overwhelming. Thankfully, SERVPRO technicians in Dallas can make your life easier by mitigating the damage and restoring your property to its pre-damaged state.

When should I call the professionals?

Contact our technicians within 48 hours to handle the storm flood damage in your Dallas property to avoid mold growth and other secondary damage. The restoration process should begin as soon as possible, and it is not easy to carry it out without the right expertise. The sooner the restoration begins, the better the chances of saving your valuables.

What can I do before restorers get to my property?

As you wait for our response team to get to your property, here are a few tasks you can get started on:

  • Remember, safety first: Keep off flooded areas with electrical appliances to avoid electrocution hazards.
  • Remove light electronics, furniture, among other belongings out of the water’s path.
  • Wear protective gear when handling items in the floodwater.

Where does mold growth occur, and how do technicians treat the area?

Mold grows in warm, dry, and dark places, especially behind walls. The mold releases airborne spores, which can travel throughout your property, causing outbreaks in other areas. That is why mold remediation and proper drying is essential after a flood.

After extracting the excess water, our team can contain the area affected by mold growth by wrapping a 6-mil polyethylene around a PVC pipe frame. We can use microban, which is both a quaternary and phenolic, to treat the area. The product is effective against a wide range of fungi, bacteria, and viruses. To apply the product effectively, our team can use a pressure sprayer. The equipment dispenses chemicals evenly across the affected area.

If you remove my carpet, do I need to involve a carpet expert to reinstall it?

Floodwater is usually contaminated, and this means that you need to replace your carpet. With our advanced tools and decades of experience, we can remove and then install your carpet and pad back to your property without damage. Our SERVPRO team can use a power stretcher, seaming iron, seaming tape, and carpet shears to install the carpet. We only leave a property after ensuring we have met or exceeded our customer’s expectations.

Even minor flooding can cause significant damage to your property. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for fast and effective flood damage restoration "Like it never even happened." 

How Do I Get Flood Water Out of My Dallas Home?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

bucket collecting flood water from floor Flood water can be hard to remove from your home after damage. Contact SERVPRO for 24/7 professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO techs know you cannot remove flood water from your Dallas home without professional equipment for the best outcome

Big D is no stranger to wild weather, and anyone that has lived in Dallas Texas knows you can have tornadoes, flash floods, and then sunshine and rainbows all in one day. Cleaning up your property after flood water enters can be daunting. In many cases, the water enters the home and recedes just as rapidly as it came in. This presents the challenge of not only extracting and drying the property but locating all areas of water migration to ensure no water damage gets left behind.  

Do I Have to Wait Until the Water Recedes to Order Flood Water Removal?  

Once the need for flood water removal arises in your Dallas home, it is crucial to the ball rolling on cleanup and restoration as soon as possible. The reason is the longer the building materials in your home have exposure to excessive moisture conditions, the less of a chance of full recovery through restoration techniques. Extreme damage from flooding in your home can lead to:  

  • The need for removal of sheetrock from walls and ceilings
  • Strong, musty water odors
  • Formation of mold
  • Ruined flooring and subfloor  
  • Water in the crawlspace 

How Does SERVPRO Locate Water in My Home?  

One hundred percent of the floodwater in your Dallas Home cannot get identified through visuals only. SERVPRO technicians have numerous types of moisture detection equipment.

Moisture Sensors are ideal for detecting hidden moisture in carpets and padding. The sharp probes on this device go quickly through the carpet backing into the pad and determine if the subfloor underneath has seepage. While it does not measure the amount, this device is an indicator of whether or not the carpet requires extraction and drying.

During the initial scoping of the property, SERVPRO techs are often seen using thermal imaging cameras, sometimes referred to as infrared or thermography). This type of equipment does not actually find moisture but instead displays temperature differences. Residual water tends to show at a different temperature than the surrounding materials, and this reading is a good indication for if other extractor or drying measures need to get taken. More benefits of using thermal imaging include:  

  • They are an excellent way to determine if a structure is thoroughly dry
  • This equipment uses both evaporation and thermal capacitance to locate moisture
  • The ability to inspect for water retention in challenging to reach areas

While it does not allow the technicians to "see" behind walls or under floors, it assists in alerting them to the presence of the moisture. Certain factors can result in false readings such as sunlight and shadows, electric heat, and indoor air conditioning. SERVPRO techs have specific methods for ruling out false readings to ensure they are on the trail of migrated water every time.

During the cleanup of floodwater in a home, the use of moisture meters is beneficial. Most of these meters have scales for both wood and non-wood materials. Some of these hand-held units take measures through the use of radio frequencies while others use penetrating probes. Both methods are accurate ways to determine moisture content on-site.

How Can I Dry My Home After a Flood?  

A big mistake many homeowners make after a flood hits their property is to blot up as much water as they can with mops and rags and then set up fans. At best, these dry surfaces but nothing about the water that may have migrated under flooring, behind baseboards, and other areas. And this type of drying does nothing to reduce the interior humidity levels by continually circulating moist air.

The drying equipment that the SERVPRO team brings on-site delivers airflow at such high velocity that any embedded moisture left behind after the extraction phase begins to rise. This effect hurries the drying process along because the techs set up industrial dehumidification equipment to capture the water vapor and port it off-site.

It is not unusual for the floor coverings such as tile and carpet to require removal to dry the slab or subfloor underneath. When needed, the technicians have specific drying equipment such as drying mats to force the warm, dry air directly into the floor. Other frequently seen applications include "tenting," usually used to dry a smaller scale area of water damage. The techs place plastic over the wet spot and direct the air movers in, and the dehumidifier pulls moisture out. 

When you need fast and efficient flood water removal, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. The trained technicians have decades of experience cleaning up and restoring homes from all types of water damage.

What’s the Timeframe for Cleaning Up Water In Dallas Before Damage Sets In?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water SERVPRO knows how to ensure your water mitigation needs get met so that we can cut down the need for extensive restoration and costs.

For Rapid Water Mitigation, SERVPRO Arrives at Your Dallas Property with the Latest Technology and Methods

It is crucial that you never delay when you have standing water in your Dallas home. The longer that it takes for water removal, the more secondary damage sets in. Beyond that, mold and mildew begin to colonize in as little as 24 hours after the initial incident. You can avoid the destructive qualities of water and leftover moisture when you enlist our skilled technicians from SERVPRO.

What Does Water Mitigation Include?

When you contact us for water mitigation in Dallas, we arrive quickly to get your water damage under control. The process follows several main steps that depend on the severity of the water event, which includes:

    •    Water Cleanup
    •    Drying and Dehumidification
    •    Disinfection and Sanitization
    •    Controlled Demolition (if necessary)

Whether to call for help from a water mitigation company rests on you. However, DIY methods alone often leave behind hidden moisture that increases the onset of costly damage to your structure. SERVPRO uses powerful drying equipment and professional moisture detection tools to ensure that your interior is free of hidden moisture.

With any water damage event, it is vital to keep the following timeline in mind:

    •    Within Minutes – Water migrates quickly to dry areas, saturating everything along the way. Moisture gets into floors, walls, upholstery, and belongings.
    •    Within the First 24 Hours – Metal surfaces will tarnish, and drywall can swell and crumble. Wood furniture can expand and crack while musty odors begin to develop.
    •    Within 48 Hours to a Week – Mildew and mold spread rapidly while structural elements warp and buckle. Flooring will also swell and paint blisters as the interior is on the verge of potentially biohazardous contamination.
    •    After One Week – The cost of restoration and cleanup now becomes immense, with the majority of materials requiring extensive cleaning or total replacement.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County knows how to ensure your water mitigation needs get met so that we can cut down the need for extensive restoration and costs. Call (972) 227-0800 to have a crew deployed to your property as soon as possible.

A Plumbing Issue in My Dallas Office Building Caused Severe Water Damage. Where Should I Seek Help?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Hire SERVPRO Experts in Dallas To Handle the Commercial Water Damage in Your Office Building!

When you notice that water is seeping into various surfaces in your office building, act immediately to minimize damage. Seek help from professional restorers in Dallas to avoid costly repairs. SERVPRO technicians can restore your office building to its pre-damaged state in a brief period.

Why call professionals?

At SERVPRO, we have a team of technicians who have undergone thorough training to handle the commercial water damage in your Dallas office building. Our technicians use advanced equipment and approved restoration techniques. With our experienced workforce and know-how, we can mitigate the water damage.

What are the possible consequences of water damage in an office building?

A water intrusion incident in your office building can ruin office equipment, supplies, books, furniture, and carpets, among other items. Metal surfaces can also sustain damage. If computers get damaged, the files in them that are not backed up can get lost completely. The incident may also lead to loss of revenue if the normal operations shut down.

Water can also cause secondary damage like mold infestation and ruination of porous building material like drywall and wood. The office may also have poor indoor air quality, which can cause health issues. Our restorers can help you to prevent these and other consequences.

What does commercial water damage restoration involve?

With the decades of experience we have in the restoration industry, we have restored millions of commercial buildings to their preloss state with success. Our water damage mitigation and restoration process usually involve:

    •    Thorough inspection
    •    Water extraction
    •    Drying
    •    Deodorization
    •    Sanitization

How do you identify the areas with water?

During the restoration process, we use our advanced equipment from the beginning to leave no detail behind. We take moisture and humidity readings regularly throughout the procedure to ensure our drying process is effective. Water can get into confined areas that can be costly to repair if demolished. In such a situation, our technicians can use borescopes to check for any contamination.

Do I have to replace the soaked carpets?

If you begin the restoration process on time, we can save your carpet and pad. We can remove the carpet without damaging it using knee kickers, carpet shears, and stair tools. Removing the carpet helps us dry the area effectively. However, if the carpeting has only absorbed a small amount of water, we can dry it effectively.

We can use penetrating moisture meters to get the exact moisture readings to determine the best drying technique. For moderate moisture levels, we can use a low grain refrigerant dehumidifier to dry the affected area.

If your office building has water damage, act immediately by contacting SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 to mitigate the damage, and restore the affected areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How Can Flooding Affect Different Areas of My Dallas Home?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO technicians can clean up and dry your Dallas home from any size flood water damage

Texas does everything bigger, including storms, and when heavy rains happen, so can flooding. No matter where the water from the storms entered your Dallas home, it is vital to get it out in rapid fashion to limit the loss. The longer the high moisture conditions remain within the home it can:  

  • Damage paper products such as books or important documents
  • Ruin the backing of the carpet 
  • Delaminate tile and cause them to become loose
  • Cause the removal of sheetrock that wicked the water

Why are the Outcomes from Damage from Rain Water and Flooding so Different?  

When the damage from water, flooding, and storm winds affect Dallas homes, each case has unique qualities. Not every bedroom or living room has carpeting, not every kitchen has the same type of tile flooring and all types of building materials and furnishings react differently to exposure to water. There are a few reasons that the outcome from different types of water loss have vastly different results. This is due to the fact as water ages, it rapidly degrades, and after waiting 48 hours or more for cleanup, even clean water gets rated as a biohazard and requires specialized handling. 

Outcomes From Rainwater Entering a Home

When a tree limb or high winds cause damage that allows rainwater to enter. It can cause a host of issues such as:   

  • Damaged roofing enabling water in the attic
  • Require removal of insulation for drying and reuse in some cases
  • Migration of water to the ceiling of lower levels 

When any of these scenarios occur, as long as the cleanup begins within 24-hours, the potential for drying and reuse of the wet articles and building materials is a possibility. In the case of a leak in an attic, SERVPRO technicians have vacuums with attachments for the collection of fiberglass insulation for drying and cleaning outside the loss area and saving the homeowner the cost of buying new insulation. 

Rainwater that enters through a broken window can usually get extracted and dried from within carpet and padding. When upholstered furnishings receive the effects, many considerations determine the restoration potential of the furniture, including:   

  • The materials used to construct the furniture
  • Whether or not moisture has ruined the joints through swelling or cracking the wood
  • If the upholstery has fabric that shrinks or bleeds due to the water

Extraction to the point of dry passes is a large part of lessening the drying process. Then for articles such as carpeting, the set up of direct drying applications such as floating where the carpet in the loss area gets loosened and warm, dry air forced underneath assists in removing any embedded moisture rapidly. 

Outcomes for Floodwater in a Home  

Groundwater is the most unwelcome of any type of water damage. In Texas, it can contain a host of contaminants such as sewage or chemicals and occasionally, fire ants which will float on each other and quickly swarm on anything they encounter, whether it is a person, pet, or piece of furniture. 

This type of water carries a rating as a biohazard, and in most cases, any furnishings that are porous and absorb it are a loss. While flood cuts on sheetrock can be a part of any type of water loss that migrates into the building materials, it is most frequently seen with groundwater-type damage. SERVPRO techs cut away the ruined portion above the waterline and ensure no further damage occurs. This can be the difference between replacing a foot or two of sheetrock instead of replacing entire walls after drying the property. Carpet is another frequent victim to floodwater as it has no potential for returning to a sanitary state for reuse and requires disposal as a biohazard. 

Items that came into contact with the water get cleaned at cleaning stations and set aside to bring back into the home after the mitigation efforts complete. 

Cleaning and disinfection is a big part of the restoration process. SERVPRO techs have their own unique antimicrobial and antibacterial solutions that are ideal for surface use. After cleaning, the techs can perform testing to ensure that the loss area gets verified as sanitary. This is particularly crucial in the cases of groundwater intrusions into the home. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 proudly serves the local community with all types of water and flooding cleanup and restoration services. The technicians are available 365 days a year around the clock to make the loss to your property, "Like it never even happened."

Why Should I Call Skilled Technicians to Help with Dallas Fire Damage?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire at night with flames coming out of the windows of a house Fires in your home can put unnecessary stress on you and your family. Contact SERVPRO for professional fire damage remediation.

Fire Restoration is a Breeze When SERVPRO is On the Job at Your Dallas Property

Stress, worry, frustration, and heartache are just a few of the emotions that a homeowner goes through when faced with a fire in their Dallas home. Instead of compounding the chaos by handling the cleanup on your own, you can get the trusted assistance you need by calling SERVPRO. We are readily available to help 24 hours a day, every day of the week to ensure your home's interior is “Like it never even happened.” All you need to do is reach out to us, and we deploy our Green Fleet in four hours or less to begin the fire loss assessment.

What Qualifications Does SERVPRO Have?

When you call in our team to help with fire restoration in Dallas, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Homeowners do not understand the intricate nature of fire damage cleanup, but our team has all of the training and certifications necessary to get the job done. Our patient, friendly, and knowledgeable team features:

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT)
  • Odor Control Technicians (OCT)
  • Water Restoration Technicians (WRT)

Our team has been through rigorous training to receive accreditation with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our skilled crew has the understanding and ability to restore your fire damaged home, but we also take the time to ease your worry throughout this process.

What About the Water Used to Extinguish the Flames?

In addition to our debris cleanup and smoke and soot techniques, we can handle any water or chemical removal left after first responders put out the fire. We locate any hidden moisture areas, making sure no pockets get left behind that can lead to further damage and the onset of mold.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is available when you need us by calling (972) 227-0800. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and you can trust us to handle your fire restoration needs!

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Did You Know About These Hidden Sources Of Water Damage In Dallas?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water spreading If you are concerned about hidden sources of water damage in your home, call SERVPRO!

Dallas Homeowners Must Be Aware Of Unseen Water Damage

Homeowners in Dallas want to keep their homes in tip-top condition. A well-cared-for home is much nicer to live in than one that hasn’t been maintained. Looking after your house also keeps its value up in case you want to sell it one day.

Homeowners should take the risk of water damage in Dallas seriously. Some water leaks are apparent, such as a leaking faucet or a puddle forming under an appliance. However, there are some hidden sources of leaks.

What are some hidden sources of water damage?

Some common unseen causes of water damage include:
    •    Clogged water lines including plumbing lines but also HVAC systems and gutters
    •    Corrosion in pipes due to age and rust
    •    Damaged pipe joints or warping due to sudden temperature changes
    •    Loose or broken connections between appliances and water lines
    •    Tree roots intruding into pipes and breaking them

How can I look for hidden leaks?

Keep an eye out for any signs of water damage in your home, such as damp spots on the walls and ceiling, signs of mold growth, damp patches on the carpet, or a sudden change in your water bills. Always be vigilant and do not ignore any signs of water damage.

What can SERVPRO do to help?

If you suspect water damage, call SERVPRO as soon as you can – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We train our teams to assess and remedy water damage quickly and professionally. For example:

    •    We have a range of equipment on hand to test moisture levels, including moisture meters, thermal hygrometers, thermal imaging, and moisture wands
    •    We are equipped with different types of free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to remove larger volumes of water
    •    We use a range of air movers, refrigerant dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers to dry your home
    •    We have access to industry-standard cleaning and disinfectant solutions that we will use if needed

We take care of every aspect of water damage remediation, so you do not have to worry about a thing. Our range of equipment means that no matter the location or the extent of the damage, we have the right tools for the job.

If you are concerned about hidden sources of water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Do Restoration Companies Fix Damaged Dallas Homes Better?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Takes Several Steps to Analyze the Problems and Find the Right Solutions

Different incidents can cause varying levels of damage to property. When such damage occurs, mounting the correct response is essential to restore normalcy. SERVPRO has highly trained and well-equipped crews who can respond to most types of property damage in Dallas 7 days a week.

What are the most likely causes of damage to homes?

Various issues can damage your home, forcing you to search for restoration companies operating in Dallas. The common incidents that leave properties heavily damaged include: 

  • Bad weather like storms, strong wind, and hail
  • Crime incidents including theft and vandalism
  • Fire
  • Accidental water release from supply pipes or appliances

Although the causes of damage may vary, different incidents may have similar outcomes. For instance, weather-related events tend to leave moisture damage, the same way accidental water releases such as burst water pipes do. 

How do restoration companies help when fixing damages?

  • Exhaustively analyzing damages
  • Use of sophisticated restoration approaches
  • Use of advanced restoration equipment

Damages are easy to notice because they involve physical changes to the affected materials. For instance, drywall tends to develop a darker shade of color when saturated with moisture. In case of fire damage, surfaces are caked with dark soot residues or layers of charring. 

Although the visible signs confirm damage to materials, a more in-depth understanding is necessary to ensure that the right restoration procedures are taken. For example, knowing the level of moisture absorbed by the drywall helps determine whether drying procedures can resolve the issue, or it would be better to remove the material altogether. Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters to probe the affected areas to determine the level of wetness. Since there are different variations of moisture meters, we choose the ones calibrated to evaluate the type of wet material in question for accurate results. For instance, moisture meters meant for wood have a moisture scale ranging from 5% to 40% moisture content, while those meant to take gypsum readings have a scale range of 0.2% to 50%.

Does in-depth probing help improve the outcome?

You may think that once the property is damaged, fixing the ruined materials is the only thing that matters. However, gaining a deeper understanding of the problems helps in many ways, including: 

  • Establishing hidden problems
  • Finding ways to complete restoration faster 
  • Salvaging more items thus saving costs

From casual observation, it is possible to underestimate or overestimate how much damage an incident causes at your property. For instance, without proper probing, it is hard to differentiate hard-to-clean wet smoke residues from dry smoke residues, which are easier to clean. Therefore, you might underestimate the cleaning resources you need or throw away salvageable items. Carrying out the necessary evaluations does not take long since our SERVPRO technicians are highly trained.

Our technicians use systemic to ensure thorough evaluation without delaying the restoration processes. For instance, we do a quick evaluation of the affected contents and separate them into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable. Such classification clears the loss site faster. It also allows for a deeper evaluation of the questionable items without delaying restoration.

Sometimes, evaluation helps quicken the restoration process. A typical case is removing wet materials from hidden areas such as the wall or floor cavities. Evaluation with advanced equipment such as thermal cameras can help establish whether the entire area is wet, or if the moisture is limited to one section. Demolishing the entire area would be a waste of time when the problem is limited to a small section. 

Do personal preferences influence what restoration companies do?

Although restoring the damaged property to its preloss state may be your main priority, you might also have specific preferences that may clash with the objective, leading you to question whether involving a restoration company is the best solution. Our crew chiefs take time to highlight what steps we intend to take during the restoration while also finding out whether you have special requests. Some of the steps we take as we prepare to start restoration include:

  • Finding out where there are pre-existing conditions
  • Establishing whether there are restricted areas
  • Requesting a list of expensive or valuable items
  • Explaining the health and safety implications of the restoration process
  • Providing an estimate of the completion date

Restoring damage at your Cedar Hill, Lancaster, or Hutchins property can be a tedious or time-consuming process. Involving professional restoration companies can help simplify the process. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 to help you address any incident, "Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Deal With The Water Damage To My Dallas Business?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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To Professionally Restore Your Dallas Business, Call SERVPRO

Water covering the floor is bad for any Dallas business. It keeps customers and employees out, shutting off the income to pay the bills until removed and the facility dried. Floodwater is even worse, however, than a split inlet hose.

How Much Worse Can Floodwater Be?

Since it contains contaminants and debris picked up from the outside as it entered your BBQ restaurant in Dallas, commercial flood damage involves far more time and effort when it comes to cleaning. SERVPRO specialists use a series of cleaning agents that not only neutralize any bacteria in the water or on the affected property; they also reduce the risk of mold infesting the structure afterward.

Does It Affect SERVPRO’s Other Efforts to Restore My Restaurant?

Before our team members begin removing water, they have to spray the surface and all affected surfaces with the anti-bacterial agents. After that, we perform other operations in the same manner. There is only one added step in the process, and that is to spray every item now no longer under the floodwater before cleaning.

How Long Does All This Take?

Like any other task with alleviating flood damage, it depends on the size of your building, how much water got inside, and high it rose. That can mean one or several weeks. The smaller the facility, the quicker SERVPRO specialists can complete cleaning it and move on to the other tasks:

    •    Cleaning every affected surface
    •    Drying the surfaces
    •    Examining property for non-restorable damage
    •    Disposal of carpets and other items that cannot be returned to a safe, clean state
    •    Replacement of drywall, floor trim, and other structural property

To schedule a service call or if you have more questions, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 today. We are here to help reopen businesses here, in Cedar Hill, and the surrounding area.

What Solvents Do I Need to Remove Smoke from Walls?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Fire Restoration Technicians in Dallas Stock a Full-Range of Solvents and Chemical Cleaners for Smoke Removal

Do all solvents remove smoke?

Solvents are powerful cleaning methods that need to apply with caution when removing smoke from the walls of your Dallas home. Most solutions, like most smoke residues, have a neutral, alkaline, or acidic base. These industrial cleaners can be ineffective, or even cause further harm to your home, if they are not applied correctly. To assess different types of smoke, SERVPRO technicians use Litmus paper to record the acidity or alkaline level. We can then match the pH level to the equivalent acid or alkaline cleaner. When applying these to a smoke residue, the goal is to restore the area to a neutral level by using an alkaline on acid or vice versa. Doing so requires some expertise as well as careful measuring of the specific smoke residue.

Does it take time to remove smoke residues?

One of the essential parts of fire restoration in your Dallas home is time. Dwell time is how long a chemical agent needs to suspend smoke residues or soils. These usually take ten to fifteen minutes, but leaving a solvent too long can damage the surface. Once smoke residues successfully suspend in a solvent, our technicians can use a rinsing agent to remove both the soiling and the solution. Often, we can sand the affected surface after solvent cleaning to provide a smooth surface for repainting or an odor-sealing primer.

How do I choose the right solvent for smoke soiling?

  • Use litmus paper to understand the acidity or alkaline of the smoke soiling
  • Inspect the smoke residue and the sources of the fire to realize whether deposits are water or oil-based
  • Always vacuum the surface before applying solvent to remove any unbonded soots

Removing smoke residues from walls is complex and requires different types of equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. 

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Why Would I Want the Stress of Packing-Out the Contents of My Dallas House After a Fire?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

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A Planned Move-Out of Furnishings, Household Goods, and Personal Possessions Enhances Their Chance of Restoration While Hastening On-Site Mitigation and Remediation of Fire Damage in Dallas

Not many household disasters overwhelm a homeowner as profoundly as a fire. The magnitude of the damage and the aftermath can be enormous. Damages include aspects the average resident never considered, including significant firefighting water destruction that experienced professionals must manage immediately. A double hit of contaminated water saturation and gritty, sticky soot damage exposes the contents of your Dallas home to the potential of severe adverse consequences, including ruin unless restorers employ creative and proven solutions.

What Options Are Available to Restore and Safeguard the Contents of My Home?

When a devastating event like fire damage happens in Dallas, sometimes a constructive way to organize the chaos is to move your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions off-site. This well-reasoned strategy of dividing and conquering can reduce your stress if you trust the pack-out process and understand how the now-separate locations of your home's damaged structure and compromised contents contribute to a successful outcome of the overarching crisis.

Why Do We Recommend Partial or Full Pack-Outs After Fire Damage?

What is the Benefit of a Pack-Out at Your Home?

Water removal and fire residue cleanup are challenging enough without SERVPRO technicians required to shift furnishings and personal property continuously. As our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) move from damaged space to space inside your house, the water removal and fire cleanup are much more streamlined if floors are clear of large items. Moisture and fire residue levels inside your home immediately decrease with a pack out.

What Are the Benefits for Packed Out Items?

Homeowners sometimes toss out items our team could save due to the lack of space to spread out damaged articles for review, and the pressure on the on-site mitigation and remediation tasks. The frantic pace slows a bit after the pack-out, encouraging our production facility technicians to sort through the fire-damaged items carefully. We work alongside you with your insurance company, our detailed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), providing precise documentation of your property's condition at every step of the restoration process. If an item cannot be restored, we back this up to help you obtain the appropriate claim amount from your carrier.

Who Takes Responsibility for the Pack-Up and Pack-Back?

Our crew follows meticulously designed protocols to pack-up and create an inventory for your possessions. We use a mix of traditional lists, digital photographs, and barcoding to account for the location and condition of all articles we remove from your home. Each item is processed appropriately and then tracked and stored in climate-controlled spaces at our warehouse until we arrange to return it to your cleaned, dried, disinfected, and deodorized home.

What Specialized Cleaning and Drying Solutions Are On the Menu for My Possessions?

When we evaluate items at our production facility, we select from a  wide range of cleaning and drying strategies to return your personal property to previous functionality and appearance. 

For example, we consider the following targeted cleaning methods for packed-out objects:

  • Textiles and other soft possessions benefit from laundering in our industrial washing machines or sub-contracting to dry cleaners familiar with the challenges of removing soot and other fire and water damage residues from clothes, linens, and window treatments.
  • Loose, non-permeable articles clean more efficiently when soaked in immersion tanks filled with a solution of water and proprietary cleaning solutions or solvents, in the case of oil-based soiling.
  • Ultrasonic machines use sound waves to dislodge ground-in and deeply entrenched soiling of intricately detailed solid items. 
  • Upholstery cleaning by trained technicians shows better results in our contained space where airborne debris is not present to resoil the fabric.

Unique drying strategies help with both firefighting water saturation and post-cleaning dampness:

  • Freeze-drying of papers and photos stabilizes wet documents, books, and images. First, the object has its temperature lowered below freezing. Then, skilled technicians use the process of sublimation to transform the frozen water into a vapor without the intervening liquid step.
  • Small drying chambers permit our technicians to manipulate the balance of air movement and temperature needed to evaporate moisture before dehumidifiers capture the vapor for disposal.
  • Commercial tumble dryers return rugs, clothes, rugs, and other textiles to preloss condition.

Let SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County demonstrate how we can help your house and home recover from the many aspects of fire damage. Day or night, we receive your call to (972) 227-0800.

What Do I Do When My Dallas Café Bathroom Sink Overflows?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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We Have a Fast and Reliable Response to Your Emergencies, Offering Efficient Drying and Extraction Solutions to Keep Your Dallas Business Going

Overflowing or malfunctioning bathroom fixtures can leave a pool of water on the linoleum tile in the bathroom area of your Dallas café. By the time that a customer notifies you of a problem in the facilities, this issue could become more complicated than just needing a mop and towels.

We understand the priority to keep your business going, and that is why we offer efficient water removal for Dallas structures. We have several approaches that can help to prevent your café from entirely shutting down by working to limit the recovery area to the bathroom. Efficient extraction and drying tools are at the heart of this endeavor, as this can help to eliminate the spread of moisture and water loss effects to more sensitive materials like the carpet in the lobby.

Can My Business Stay Open?

Containment Barriers
Physical barriers prevent foot traffic into the damaged area but can also prevent the migration of water loss effects until you close up for the night, and we can bring in our professionals to clean and dry up the damaged area.

Efficient Extraction
Water removal is not universal, and there are multiple tools we use during this phase of mitigation. With the pooling water on the linoleum flooring, our team might choose to use wet vacuums and squeegee wands to remove surface water.

After-Hours Restoration
Nothing can turn off the patrons of your café more than a substantial restoration presence in the damaged area and moving in and out of the building. It might even cause unnecessary worry. Once we can establish containment, we can wait until after you typically close to begin restoration.

Our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County team can help after a water loss. Give our technicians a call today at (972) 227-0800.

Extracting Fire Damage In Dallas

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County saves your home with service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Extracting Fire Damage from a Dallas Living Room

Living room fire damage can spread quickly, especially if your home is packed with flammable materials near the source of the fire. Carpeting, drapes, wood furniture, and books can all go up in flames quickly without a fast response. Once your Type A fire extinguisher or firefighters' efforts put out the fire, the cleanup considerations can be overwhelming for most homeowners.

If you need fire damage mitigation for your Dallas living room, SERVPRO technicians can come to your home within hours of your call. These technicians can restore your home to its preloss condition with cutting-edge fire damage cleanup technologies as well as water damage cleanup equipment if fire hoses saturate your home. SERVPRO techs and crew chiefs coordinate with both you and your insurance adjuster to ensure that you receive cleanup that is cost-effective, thorough, and in accordance with your insurance policy.

Types of Soot Damage

    •    Dry. This type of soot deposit is the easiest to clean. It tends to be dusty and almost odorless, and can usually be taken care of with simple mechanical cleaning tools or HEPA-filter vacuums.
    •    Wet. Wet soot results from low-heat, long-burning fires that affect moist materials. These soils tend to be foggy, more odorous, and messier to clean than dry doot.
    •    Protein. Protein residues, usually from cooking fires, are oily deposits that give off a strong, distinct odor. The residue itself is greasy and tends to smear instead of disappearing after a cleaning attempt. Protein deposits require enzyme digesters for cleanup.
    •    Oily. Oil-based products like mass-produced rubbers and plastics tend to become sticky and greasy after enduring a fire. Much like protein residues, oily soils are lipophilic and need specially-made cleaners to combat them.

SERVPRO Restores Your Living Space

Soot covers all types of surfaces and penetrates them in various ways. Windows, for example, may require a low-alkaline glass cleaner that dries to a neutral pH when the ammonia in it evaporates. Cabinet interiors require careful manual cleaning with a dry cleaning sponge. If the damage is extensive, it may require denatured alcohol or sanding.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County saves your home with service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. When disaster strikes on your property, call for an IICRC-certified mitigation crew at (972) 227-0800.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Dallas, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. 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 hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County today at (972) 227-0800 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Dallas’ Stormy Spring Season is Coming, What Can I Do to Prepare for It?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

water rising toward home Flood damage can wreak havoc on your property if not handled properly. Contact SERVPRO if this happens to mediate the damage.

The Spring Season in Dallas Often Brings With It Stormy Weather and the Potential for Flood Damage, So It Is Important to Properly Prepare Your Home and Know Your Remediation Options Beforehand.

Every year, during the transition from winter to spring, the weather in Dallas becomes more volatile and stormy.  As storm clouds gather, the threat of torrential rains and related flooding increases markedly.  When bad weather eventually does come, there is little you can do but wait for it to pass and clean up things afterward.  So, the key to effectively handling this time of the year and the damage it brings is to prepare beforehand.  First, do a little research before the seasonal storms arrive and discover what local flood damage remediation services can do if you are impacted.  Second, whenever the forecast calls for extreme weather, prepare your home accordingly.   

What Makes Some Dallas Flood Damage Cleaning and Remediation Services Better Than Others?

As you can imagine, several services deal with flood damage in Dallas.  However, they are not of equal quality and do not offer all the same options.  It is for this reason you should always research your alternatives ahead of time.  You should find a company like SERVPRO that provides the highest quality service to return your home to pre-flood condition as soon as possible.  We expertly handle the following flood damage-related jobs:

  • Floodwater Clean-up:  removal of standing water with wet vacs, pumps, and extractors
  • Biohazard Disposal:  professional removal of hazardous wastes
  • Mitigation of Microorganism Threats:  eliminating harmful bacteria and fungi, which may cause health effects and dry rot, with disinfectants and antifungals
  • Early Detection of Moisture-Related Issues:  detecting higher than normal moisture levels in your home with thermohygrometers and moisture sensors/meters  
  • Professional Home Interior Drying:  drying the inside of your home and its contents with strong fans, air movers, dehumidifiers, and injectidry systems
  • Home Deodorization:  eliminating unpleasant odors in your home with professional-grade deodorants, high-tech foggers, and effective sealing techniques

These valuable services quickly solve most flood-related problems in Dallas, mitigate property injuries, and help prevent future damage related to a flooding event.  So, acting swiftly when you are impacted by such an event is crucial to saving you considerable time and money.  Whereas other companies lack either the expertise or equipment to do your work effectively and efficiently, SERVPRO does not suffer from these limitations.  The following is a list of just some of our training, experience, and advanced equipment:

  • Our company has provided flood damage remediation services to the Dallas area for fifteen years.
  • We have over thirty full-time, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained and certified technicians
  • Our team is certified for large loss recovery
  • Technicians who hold certifications in, among other things, applied microbial remediation, applied structural drying, carpet cleaning, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration
  • SERVPRO’s professionals have an arsenal of state-of-the-art tools to clean and restore your home, including thermohygrometers, moisture sensors/meters, truck-mounted and portable extractors, wet vacuums, industrial-strength fans, air movers, refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers, injectidry systems, industrial-strength disinfectants and fungicides, and ultra-low volume and thermal foggers   
  • We have over twenty-five service vehicles and more than 1,500 dehumidifiers and dryers locally available to meet your needs. 

All of this is at your service when you choose us.  We use all of our vast industry knowledge and resources to fulfill your mitigation and restoration needs.

How Does SERVPRO Act to Clean and Restore Your Home?

We act quickly to resolve your flood water damage issues.  Often, within four hours of your call, we are at your Dallas area house and ready to handle your situation.  Technicians first assess your home’s water damage and then decide how to proceed.  Once everything has been decided and a drying goal has been established, we begin extracting the remaining floodwaters from your house.  After the standing water has been removed, we thoroughly clean your residence and dispose of the hazardous waste.  Before we proceed further, we disinfect everything with EPA-approved disinfectants.  After all affected surfaces have been sterilized, we professionally dry your home with our moisture-reducing equipment.  Then, when everything is completely dry, our technicians deodorize your residence and spray fungicides to help prevent future dry rot.

Is There Anything I Can Do Before a Storm to Lessen Potential Flood Damage?

Yes, there are a few key steps you can take before a storm to limit a flood’s impact on your house.  These measures not only limit damage to your property but also make it easier for SERVPRO technicians to clean and restore your home.   

  • Before leaving your home, turn off utility (electric, gas, and water) switches/valves
  • Ensure there is no damage to your foundation
  • Clean gutters and make sure your roof does not have leaks
  • Cover all windows with plywood
  • Strategically place sandbags around your home to keep floodwaters away

Remember to take these precautions before any potential flooding and, if you ever do need assistance, please call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Preventative Cleaning Support for Dallas County

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Orange gloved hands holding a purple spray bottle and yellow rag wiping a sink SERVPRO Says--Call us for cleaning and disinfection applications for your Dallas properties

Performing preventative cleaning is such an important part of our defense against this pandemic that we are facing here in Dallas County. Social distancing, staying at home, and performing cleaning are helping to reduce the impact of this virus.

Higher Demand for Cleaning Services 

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) provide valuable information about cleaning and disinfecting chemicals and the proper techniques about applying them. Even though the public can do a fine job of preventative cleaning, many companies are now turning to professionals for assistance. Why? Because companies like SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County have experienced technicians who have access to hospital-grade cleaning products and commercial equipment. Industrial equipment does a more efficient job with the application of disinfectants.

Businesses, commercial properties, and government facilities have also realized that by hiring a professional cleaning company, they are allowing their staff to continue with their routine work. They are also aware of the positive statement they are making to their employees, customers and the public about their level of care and concern.

In the Dallas County area, SERVPRO is able to meet any cleaning needs for virus prevention and for regular needs such as water, fire, and mold clean up. Explore your options and discover what we can offer in the way of professional cleaning services. Contacting SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for a consultation. It’s as easy as calling (972) 227-0800.

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

How Does SERVPRO Remediate Water Damage in Dallas?

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

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In Dallas, Choose The SERVPRO Way for Water Damage Restoration in Your Home

When your home in Dallas is impacted by water damage, you need to be aware of all the steps involved in the repair and restoration process. While the procedures implemented by water damage repair specialists may differ, SERVPRO has developed a time-tested basic recovery process.

1. Water Removal in Dallas

In restoring your home to its pre-water damaged condition, the immediate first step is water removal or extraction. Typically, this initial procedure involves removing all standing water that has pooled in various rooms of your Dallas home. Attention is also focused on removing wet materials that wick and hold water like insulation, damaged drywall, wood furniture and fabric, and carpeting and pads. Our technicians may use specialized truck-mounted powerful water pumps, portable vacuums, or other extraction equipment to optimize water removal.

2. Drying Homes in Dallas

After the water damage restoration technicians have removed excess water, the next stage in the process is drying. Our applied structural drying experts will use specialized equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to complete this work. This effort is critically important because it mitigates the impact of moisture by quickly vacating it from the premises. Refrigerant or chemically active dehumidifiers are options for expediting moisture drop off to normal interior levels.  Additionally, the use of dehumidifiers helps preclude secondary water damage from arising, usually in the form of mold growth. This mold proliferation is a problem that is well worth stymying immediately.

3. Water Damage Repair in Dallas

After your home's structure has been tested with moisture sensors and meters, thermohygrometers are used to calculate specific humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point. This final step ensures that water damaged areas are entirely dry. This outstanding protocol procedure from SERVPRO is one of the ways that our company differentiates itself from competitors. In most cases, we will also complete the repair process for you, from post-drying of the structure and furnishings and odor control, to mold remediation. We will remove water damaged building materials like drywall and flooring. Dispose of unsalvageable furniture and personal items and leave you an inventory report.

These three critical processes, at your residential property in Dallas, are paramount in returning you to a structurally sound and healthy home. We can even contact your insurance adjuster to coordinate the entire water damage restoration process, thereby saving you time and money while lessening personal stress for you. SERVPRO can quickly get you back into your Dallas home.

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We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help. We offer 24-hour emergency response. Call us at (972) 227-0800.

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How Are Fire Damaged Contents from Your Dallas Home Restored by Professionals?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Woman looking dismayed while standing in fire damaged kitchen Restoring fire damage to your Dallas home is a job for the professionals.

SERVPRO Professionals Give Tips for Restore Smoke and Soot Damage in Dallas Homes

Restoring contents is a far better option than replacing them when it comes to fire damage. Whether it is the walls or ceilings, upholstery or any other article that is damaged by a fire, professionals can restore it by using various cleaning techniques.

Restoring fire damage to your Dallas home is a job for the professionals. Successful restoration requires extensive knowledge about the damage caused by fire and years of experience. SERVPRO technicians can use multiple techniques to clean up the damage caused by smoke and soot following a fire damage incidence.

Dry Cleaning Fire Damaged Contents in Dallas

It is a technique that is best for light to medium, non-greasy damage. Feather dusters or cleaning cloths can be used during this step of cleaning. It is sometimes the first step before more thorough cleaning is attempted.

Wet Cleaning Smoke and Soot in Dallas

As the name implies, wet cleaning involves the use of a liquid to remove smoke and soot residue from the surfaces. This method can be employed by SERVPRO professionals if the damage is moderate to heavy. The process often involves cleaning with water with or without detergent in it.

Spray and Wipe Technique for Dallas Area Fire Damage Restoration

It is a technique used to clean surfaces that can be damaged by the excess of cleaning liquid. As the name implies, technicians can use a spray bottle filled with a cleaning solution to spray the damaged area and then wipe it with a clean cloth.

Foam Cleaning to Remove Smoke in Dallas Homes

The technique involves the use of a cleaning agent foam and is most useful for cleaning upholstery. This method ensures that there is minimum damage due to bleeding of dyes as the very small amount of liquid is involved.

Abrasive Cleaning for Fire Damage Remediation in Dallas

If the smoke and soot residues are too tough to get off by wet or dry cleaning, professionals can use an abrasive surface such as a scrub. The scrub can agitate the stain-causing particles and remove them without harming the surface underneath.

Immersion Cleaning to Fire Damage in Dallas

SERVPRO technicians can use this technique if the material is safe to be completely immersed in a cleaning liquid. The process is ideal for Venetian blinds among other things. If the stain is too tough to remove, ultrasonic sound waves can be used to loosen it before wiping it away with a cloth.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County today at (972) 227-0800 to speak to one of our fire restoration experts.

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Do You Know the Best Way to Remove Water from Your Dallas Home?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

bucket and sponge on floor. Cut out wallboard showing pipes Broken pipes within the walls of your home can cause considerable water damage. Give SERVPRO a quick call for remediation services.

Water Damage Experts in Dallas Discuss Different Techniques Used During Restoration

Any time moisture finds its way into your Dallas home various types of problems can exist. During most water damage restoration projects several different types of materials inside your building can get wet. Porous materials such as carpets and fabrics soak water up easier but they dry more quickly once they are wet. Non-porous materials repel water well, but once they do get affected, it can be difficult to dry them out. Whenever you notice water damage inside your residence, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO that has access to the industry's most advanced technology.
In some situations, certain things that get wet may require specialty drying equipment and different techniques to get dry. When our SERVPRO technicians mitigate any water damage project in Dallas, we use a combination of our training and experience to figure out the best way to remove moisture from your contents and building materials as quickly as possible. For example, we use different methods if we are trying to dry out thin carpet that was just a little damp, then we use removing moisture from a thick carpet that got heavily saturated. We can also use equipment that is made for specific situations such as drying mats for wet hardwood floors.
One advantage we have at SERVPRO is that our team is highly trained. All of our technicians are IICRC certified in various restoration certification programs. Our crew constantly goes through on-the-job and classroom training so that we get better at dealing with a large variety of water loss scenarios. We use the combination of our experience with different issues and the things we have learned in our training classes to determine the best way to go about mitigating each project.

SERVPRO Can Provide Water Damage Services to Homeowners in Dallas

Even if you do not live in a flood zone, Dallas is prone to different types of water damage including backed up or burst pipes. If the excess water contains sewage, it can contaminate the area with dangerous bacteria. The water can also penetrate cabinets and spaces beneath them, causing damage to the wood and particle board, as well as hazardous mold growth.

When water damage threatens your Dallas home, there is no time to waste. You need to contact SERVPRO at once to prevent additional damage and possibly, mold damage. We have a wide range of equipment for different types of restoration jobs, and our technicians are IICRC certified to ensure a smooth cleanup process.

The water removal process begins with a thorough inspection of your property, including a water damage assessment. SERVPRO technicians determine the scope of the damage to develop a proper plan of action. Being cautious and careful is also a priority, in addition to making sure sockets, appliances, and electrical items are not a hazard.

Our technicians check for the water source in your home and then stop it before commencing the drying process. However, we have to identify the category of water damage to restore your property safely to its original state. The type of water contamination affects the specific restoration process used to reverse the water damage. The main ones include clean, black, and gray water damage.

After inspecting your home for the extent of the water damage, SERVPRO professionals look for safety concerns and describe them to you. We then proceed to move furniture and other contents before blocking items to prevent rust or stains on the wet carpet. The water extraction process involves removing most of the water from your property. This step is important to avoid mold and secondary water damage. During this time, we use powerful vacuum units and pumps to quickly remove numerous gallons of water from your property.

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As soon as we arrive at an emergency call, we immediately assess the situation and come up with a plan and initial scope based on the opinion of our expert team. Depending on each unique scenario, we change our techniques and the equipment we use to do the best job possible. If you ever notice water where it shouldn't be inside your house, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 24 hours a day.

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How Can You Save Your Personal Possessions After Dallas Flooding?

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water in living room One of the most troubling aspects of flood damage in your Dallas home is the immediate threat to the items and contents within that affected area.

Profession Restoration Experts Give Tips on Saving Household Items After Dallas Area Flooding

When you are preparing your home to avoid natural disasters, your Dallas residence relies heavily on water diversion implements and systems to keep pooling water away from your often vulnerable foundation block. Unfortunately, these systems are not always as effective as they should and you are left contending with the threat of pressures against these blocks and with their penetration of degrading mortar joints. Fortunately, even with the looming threat of potential flooding for many homes in the area, professional assistance and solutions are only a phone call away.

One of the most troubling aspects of flood damage in your Dallas home is the immediate threat to the items and contents within that affected area. Finding a way to prevent irreparable damage is critical to preventing a high category loss incident, so this is where time is of the essence to call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO.

Our team can arrive quickly to begin assessing the damage that you face and what items have to get removed from the area to protect them from the present water damage. Often, many of the items get moved from the house to a nearby storage facility to await the opportunity to return to the house once restoration completes. Some of the affected items might also require some concentrated cleaning, drying and restoration efforts of their own. This same facility can allow our SERVPRO technicians an opportunity to work on these individual items while the home restoration is well underway.

Once the area in your home has had the water removed, and it has gotten thoroughly dried, our technicians can bring the "packed out" items back into your home and return them to their original positions.

While there is nothing simple about contending with flood damages in your home, protecting the possessions and contents of your house is a critical component of the restoration work that we do. You can trust our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County water restoration specialists to help you keep your things safe and restore your home back to preloss conditions as quickly as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

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What are Common Causes of Commercial Property Fires in Dallas?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged commercial building This looks like a total loss, but we were able to restore this building and get the owners 'back in business.'

Human Error is a Leading Cause of Dallas Area Commercial Fires

A fire can cause untold fire damage in Dallas to business, both emotional and financial, and the paperwork and insurance claims that ensue can create much hassle and headaches for the business owner. There are several reasons why a fire could break out in a commercial building.

The Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires

Human Error

Plenty of fires are caused by simple mistakes which are usually not meant maliciously. A cigarette butt that wasn’t put out completely or a coffee pot which was left on accidentally can cause a huge fire and subsequent Dallas fire damage to break out fast. Misusing common equipment is one of the most common causes of commercial fires. The best way to prevent these fires is to make sure that all visitors and employees are made aware of how to use all electrical equipment properly and to give designated smoking areas that have secure places to put out cigarettes. Fires have unfortunately been set by people deliberately who have bad intentions, and this is one of the leading causes of workplace damage and injuries in commercial building fires. The business owners are affected by arson, and it makes a risk for firefighters and employees and can result in job loss for the workers. There are various reasons why people commit arson, which can include disgruntled employees, the desire to collect insurance money and vandalism.


Fires have unfortunately been set by people deliberately who have bad intentions, and this is one of the leading causes of workplace damage and injuries in commercial building fires. The business owners are affected by arson, and it makes a risk for firefighters and employees and can result in job loss for the workers. There are various reasons why people commit arson, which can include disgruntled employees, the desire to collect insurance money and vandalism.

Furnaces, Boilers and Water Heaters

Even though these pieces of equipment are vital to the functioning of a commercial building, if they’ve been installed improperly or maintained incorrectly, the fire risk can be high. These fires are sometimes also due to human error like when combustible materials are stored too close to boilers, furnaces and water heaters. Make sure your business has a fire safety plan to help make sure everyone is safe in case of a fire in your business.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

At SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, we can help with cleaning up any commercial fire damage surrounding Dallas, Cedar Hill, and Lancaster areas. We are a locally owned and operated business available to help with all of your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs. Call us at (972) 227-0800 today to help mitigate your fire damage.

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What Water Extraction Equipment Does SERVPRO Use for Flood Damage in Dallas?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

living room submerged in standing water When flooding has forced you to vacate your home, contact team SERVPRO. Our technicians will mitigate the situation and start water removal.

Truck-Mounted Pumps Extract Water from Flood Damaged Dallas Homes

When your home in Dallas or the surrounding area falls victim to flooding, your first concern after making sure everyone is safe is getting your home back into a livable condition. You need someone who can get all of the work done quickly and competently. Anything less can leave aspects of your home in a less-than-acceptable state, and possibly put your family at risk of unwanted health effects.
Why SERVPRO takes the mitigation of flooded homes in Dallas so seriously is that flood extraction teams must know how to use the equipment and in the order in which they must carry out the work. Extracting floodwater from your property is a crucial step toward complete mitigation and restoration. Without it, nothing else can happen, and your family continues needing substitute lodging.
SERVPRO flood extraction technicians begin with our Green Fleet's truck-mounted pump to remove standing water. Your flooded home can still contain several inches of water upon your initial inspection. Getting this removed by pumping it out instead of allowing it to drain off by itself can save a significant portion of time and help make the rest of our mitigation work more effective.
When SERVPRO works on a flooded home, our goal is to remove all traces of floodwater from the property and get things prepared for successful restoration. Our work during flood extraction jobs includes the removal of interior structures that became destroyed during prolonged contact with water. Walls made of drywall and paneling, as well as many older types of stucco, carpeting and its padding – these all require removal from the property followed by the installation of replacement materials.
We eliminate all the dampness flooding caused as part of our flood extraction work, making the interior of your home safe for these new materials. Otherwise, water damage and microbial infestation could occur rather quickly. Elimination of these materials also removes a sizable percentage of unwanted moisture from the property.
To dry a home after a flooding event, we use highly efficient air movers. These change the air several times in a short period and quickly draw moisture out of damp, but as-of-yet undamaged, materials, effectively preventing their destruction. SERVPRO specialists also use air scrubbers to minimize dust, pollen, and microbes in the air. Removing these can make the air healthier to breathe, both while we work and for when your family returns home upon completion of mitigation and restoration efforts.
SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County works in Seagoville, Wilmer, and Lancaster, as well, providing timely flood extraction services to families and business owners in need of drying services. Call us at (972) 227-0800 when your property suffers a flooding disaster.
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How Can Water Damage Get Cleaned Up in Dallas Properties?

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO offers a full array of specialized water damage restoration services for Dallas Homes

There are many ways water damage occurs in local Dallas properties, and when it does, it needs fast action. The longer building materials and contents have exposure to moisture, the more loss that can occur.

What are some of the most common reasons that cause water damage in Dallas homes?

    •    Plumbing problems
    •    Bathtub overflows
    •    Toilet backup
    •    Septic tank backup
    •    Appliance malfunction
    •    Leaks in the building structure
    •    Flood damage

What Types of Water Loss Does SERVPRO Handle?
When a water intrusion happens in a home, it is never a one-size-fits-all event. The nature of the water loss can, in part, determine the overall restorability of the structure and contents.

Water that enters the home via a roof leak or snowmelt from the rare but occasional snowstorm in Big D results in a type of water loss known as "clean water." Another form of this water-type is when there is a plumbing issue, such as a supply line break.

Gray water is not entirely clean and may contain chemicals such as a dishwasher or washing machine with a detergent in the tub that malfunctions and pours water onto the floor in the home. SERVPRO techs know this form of water loss needs more care, but it is not dangerous.

The final water type that SERVPRO technicians handle in homes is black water. This water type has the potential to be dangerous and is unsafe for humans and pets to come into contact with as it may contain chemicals, toxins, pathogens, and sewage. Typical sources of this category three biohazard can include:

    •    Toilet overflows
    •    Water in the home allowed to degrade more than 48 hours
    •    Floodwater

Can Wet Carpet Get Restored?
The short answer to this question is: usually. Whether or not the techs can restore the carpet depends on the construction materials that make up the fibers, the type of water loss affecting the carpet, and how long exposure has occurred.

The extraction equipment makes a huge difference in the ability to restore the wet carpet. The techs use portable pumps with different attachments on their extractor wands. Among these are weighted extractor heads that assist in pushing water out of the carpet and padding to the surface where the suction from the pump grabs it.

For more pushing power, the ride-on Rover units allow for high maneuverability and use the weight of the tech, riding it to push out the water in the wet carpet.

When the carpet has water loss due to black water, the mitigation process goes differently. Because wet carpet is extremely heavy, the removal of the water occurs with SERVPRO techs wearing full personal protective gear with respirators to ensure they do not aspirate any of the airborne water vapor.

In this case, the weight of a wet carpet has the potential to cause injury. The techs extract the water and then cut the carpet and padding into manageable strips for disposal. This is one of the few situations that a carpet does not have restoration possibilities.

How Does SERVPRO Work On Wet Tile Flooring?
There are different types of tile, and each has a different outcome for water loss. Ceramic and other types of tile that have a grout line often fare the best when exposed to water, particularly if the grout has a sealant.

Squeegee attachments make quick work of removing water from tile flooring of all types. Cleanup efforts must begin as quickly as possible when the tile flooring type includes laminate tiles attached to a subfloor or substrate with an adhesive. If seepage occurs, the tile can delaminate. When this happens, SERVPRO techs collect the tiles and inspect them for the possibility of cleaning and reinstallation to save the homeowner the cost of replacement.

Is Hardwood Flooring a Loss After Damage from Water?
For many homeowners, the hardwood flooring in their home is an investment. When a water loss event happens, because wood naturally absorbs water, the situation can look far worse than it is as the boards cup, crown, and warp in response to the moisture. The technicians use their equipment to remove as much water as they can before drying to lessen the time needed to dry.

Is Water Removal Needed on a Slab Substrate?
When the floor in the home gets installed over a concrete slab, it may look like all that needs to happen is to run some fans on it to dry it. However, this can set a home up for mold growth and foul odors. SERVPRO techs know that concrete is porous and retains some moisture when it gets exposure. They use their powerful air movers to raise any embedded moisture within the concrete.

How Can Controlled Demolition Help Against Water Loss?
Sometimes a loss area requires the tactic known as controlled demolition. This action gets standardly applied to ruined flooring or sheetrock. The techs drill weep holes or cut away only the areas of sheetrock that has evidence of water loss or flooring where seepage has occurred. This application opens up wall cavities and subfloors for complete drying.

What is the Difference Between Using Fans and Professional Air Movers to Dry Damage from Water in Homes?

    •    When homeowners set up a fan and point it in the direction of a wet floor or wall, they are basically blowing air on it. Eventually, it may dry the surface; however, moisture has the potential to get trapped within.
    •    The professional-grade centrifugal air movers utilized by the techs deliver airflow with a high velocity that causes embedded moisture to rise where the dehumidifiers that run in tandem capture it.

SERVPRO techs make use of specialized drying equipment for specific needs such as wet hardwood flooring or elevated moisture levels identified within a wall cavity through the use of the detection equipment. In cases like these, the techs use drying mats to help pull all the water vapor out of the floorboards. Another helpful device is the InjectiDry system that forces air into small spaces such as floor joints to assist in completely drying a structure.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 has the professional equipment and experience to handle any type and size of water damage in local properties and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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How do Professional Restoration Services Restore Commercial Water Damage in Dallas?

4/11/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Details How Commercial Water Removal is Tackled in Dallas

Dallas businesses can and do suffer through the same disasters as area homes. Unlike residences, when a business closes, it directly affects the livelihood of the owner and every employee. The loss of a few days’ sales or a large amount of inventory can stop the receipts and paychecks needed to keep the lights on where they both work and live.

In a Dallas leather goods store, commercial water damage can come in many forms. SERVPRO response teams quickly remove water, dry both property and the interior of the building, and treat soaked and spotted leather goods.

Team members start with pumping out standing water from the faulty sprinklers or other plumbing issues. To eliminate the remaining water, they adjust smaller extraction devices for use on concrete, wood floors, and commercial carpeting.

Next, they inspect the walls and sub-flooring for trapped water. If there is any present, SERVPRO technicians carefully drill into floorboards or drywall in corners or other points normally unseen by customers and employees. Then, they insert hoses connected to air movers and force warm, dry air into the spaces to force out moisture, dry the area, and lower the humidity to prevent both the loss of building material and mold growth.

As for clearing and drying the facility happens, other team members use a combination of water, leather cleaners and drying equipment to eliminate or reduce the effects of water damage. If a coat, for example, is soaked, then technicians carefully hang it up and evenly dry it. They use air movers to generate warm air, fans to increase circulation, and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air, so natural evaporation increases without harming the garment.

For spotted items, technicians wet the item, like a pair of boots, to reduce the appearance of the water spots and other marks. Then, they evenly blot the boots with cloths or use the same devices to dry them carefully. Where needed for soaked and spotted items, they use special leather cleaners that can remove light water marks without harming the coat, boots, or other goods.

At SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, our goal is to keep fellow businesses, well, in business. If you have had a recent water disaster of any size, call us today at (972) 227-0800. We are here for you.

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What Should You do if Flooding Occurs in your Dallas Home?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Nighttime view of thunderstorm; lightning coming from sky Any disaster involving water can cause issues not only on the exterior, but in the interior of the home as well

SERVPRO’S Restoration Professionals Give Tips on Handling Flood Damage in Dallas

As most Texas residents now realize, almost all of the state is susceptible to massive tropical storms and powerful hurricanes pulling up northwest from the Gulf of Mexico. In a matter of just a short time, thousands of houses can find themselves dealing with an unbelievable volume of water. While this does not always mean that houses become submerged under raging flood waters, it could very easily indicate many homes that are in dire need of water evacuation from their lowest floors of their houses.

While seemingly in comparison to those that have had to deal with losing their entire home, localized flood damage to Dallas homes following torrential storms and hurricanes that are losing steam might seem less dramatic. However, when it is your home and your things that are becoming damaged, there is no higher priority in your mind than fixing the damages and getting your house back to being its usual, dry self.

SERVPRO is the Trusted Choice for Dallas Water Damage Restoration

Knowing whom you can trust at a time like this can prove to help you out in the long run. You want professionalism, experience and you want people to take care of the clean up quickly and efficiently. That is the kind of service that our SERVPRO team has always offered every client, along with the assurance that your satisfaction is among the highest of our priorities. This commitment to you begins the moment that we arrive at your house.

We assess the extent of the damage, allowing us to determine the tools and equipment necessary for our water removal efforts. A quick assessment ensures that it is not only done the fastest that it can be, but that we are utilizing our time the most efficiently, so we can move on to other restoration efforts right away. After we have pumped out the water, our SERVPRO technicians begin work on drying the affected area and cleaning/disinfecting the contents of the room to restore them.

Summer is a wonderful season, but it often comes with rainfall and serious Dallas area storms that can potentially significantly damage structures, such as homes. Any disaster involving water can cause issues not only on the exterior, but in the interior of the home as well. Once the storm has passed, it is crucial that you know what you should do, and what you should avoid doing. The following is a list of tips that you can use as a guide when you are trying to restore damage to your property.

Things you can do Immediately After Flood Damage in Dallas

- Take pictures of the damage and present them to your insurance agent immediately.

- Make sure that you stay safe while you are checking for damage. Look out for power lines that have fallen down and be sure not to walk in water that may be electrically charged.

- Examine the plumbing on the interior and exterior of the structure. Shut off the water supply at the main source, if you need to do so. If you see pipe damage, contact a professional.

- Disconnect any appliances that may have been exposed to water; do this immediately. Shut off the main power source, and if there are any potentially damaged electrical wires, contact an electrician.

- Look for missing shingles on your roof. However, avoid trying to repair the roof yourself, as you would risk injury and may cause even more damage. Contact a professional contractor.

- If there is flooding, contact a professional restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, as soon as possible. They will have qualified technicians who possess the required knowledge and tools to properly handle Dallas area flooding damage.

- Do not try to move large trees that have fallen on your own; contact a professional to do this.

- If your vehicle is damaged, cover broken windows. Make a written list of the damaged items in the car, and notify your insurance agent.

- Be aware that some companies attempt to take advantage of people after natural disasters. Make sure that you only work with local contractors with good reputations that you can trust, and get a written contract that details costs and all the work to be done.

Contact your local SERVPRO Office to deal with damage from floods and storms, as well as for remediation services after house fires. They can assist in determining the extent of damage and restoring your home to its original state.

Floods might be a devastating force, but that certainly does not mean that you have to try and solve this problem on your own. Our emergency response team at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County are always ready to help you. Give us a call 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

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Water Cleanup In Dallas

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Is Carpet Always a Loss After Water Cleanup in Dallas Homes?

Wall to wall carpeting can change the entire look and feel of a room. Maintaining carpets through regular vacuuming and getting deep cleaning done does much to extend the service life of the carpet. But water damage can feel overwhelming even in small amounts. Fortunately, if the restoration efforts begin rapidly enough, carpet is usually not a loss.

When SERVPRO handles water cleanup in Dallas homes, the technicians pay special care to determine where the water migrated within the loss area. In issues such as a hot water tank failure or supply line burst, copious amounts of water can saturate a room or rooms quickly.

Water Removal
Numerous issues can affect carpet with water loss, such as shrinkage, bleeding of dyes, and staining from contact with stained furniture legs. The technicians move out furniture or place it up on blocks during to prep for the drying phase. The extraction of water is crucial whether or not the carpet gets dried in place as moving a wet carpet is heavy and runs the risk of injury. The techs use pumps with weighted extractor head attachments that push down during use to force water within the pad and carpet to the surface where it gets pulled away.

Spot Treatment and Avoiding Additional Loss
SERVPRO techs have a multi-layered process for testing fibers to determine the best methods for stain and spot removal. The use of the incorrect approach can result in permanent damage, which prudent testing beforehand avoids.

Drying Methods
After a water loss, if the carpet gets dried in place, there are different applications SERVPRO techs utilize. The first is to float the carpet by raising one side and forcing the warm, dry area to the underside. Another frequently used method involves putting plastic over the carpet and connecting air movers and dehumidification equipment to port away the moisture as it gets raised.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 is available for water cleanup of any size in local properties. The certified technicians bring their extensive restoration knowledge and advanced equipment to make the water loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Dallas After A Fire

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire disaster We have the experience, state-of-the-art equipment, and advanced training to restore your home to pre-damage condition after a fire.

How Professional Fire Damage Cleanup Works in Dallas Homes

Fire damage is not an uncommon occurrence in a home. Particularly on a small scale. Pans overheat and flame up, candles sometimes get knocked over, and cigarettes rolling out of ashtrays are all frequently seen reasons fires happened. When only a minor area gets affected, homeowners clean up the smoke and soot. However, any size of fire loss has the potential to leave behind unhealthy, odorous residue.

Even a seemingly small around of fire damage in a Dallas kitchen should have professional cleanup and restoration and the reasons why are many. First and foremost, soot spreads quickly, and anywhere it covers, it has the potential to irritate the skin, contribute to breathing difficulties in some individuals and cause unpleasant odors.

Stopping Cross-Contamination

SERVPRO techs cover doorways and vents to limit the spread of soot outside the loss area. In some cases, the techs set up negative air chambers to capture and port away soot and eliminate the chance of spreading throughout the property. If the HVAC system ran post-fire, the techs commonly inspect and clean if necessary as a part of the mitigation process.

Cleaning Smoke Residues

As fire damage spreads, anywhere the smoke goes, it leaves its mark. Testing the smoke for the type of residue and the kind of surface being clean narrows down the choice for the kind of application used. Just because an item has extensive smoke damage does not mean it is a loss. When SERVPRO techs carefully clean away the soot and smoke residues using their professional-grade solutions, things thought to be a loss can be a restoration success story. Wet smoke, in particular, requires deep cleaning with solvent-based cleaning agents to release its grip on surfaces.

Attention to Air Quality

This is one of the most significant differences between DIY cleanup and professional restoration services is in the ability to improve air quality. Consumer-grade devices do not have the power to eliminate airborne particulate at the same level as the air scrubbers.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 has the certified techs with the equipment and experience to handle any type of fire damage and restore homes to their preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Flood Damage In Your Dallas Home

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage in Dallas Hit Hardwood Floors Hard

The weather changes fast in Big D, and intense storms and flash floods are always a possibility. Getting the cleanup process started can make the difference between a little and a lot of water loss in a home.

Locally heavy rains that saturated the ground were the root cause behind flash floods that resulted in flood damage to a Dallas home. Roughly half an inch of water entered the house through worn weatherstripping around a storm door and quickly spread across the hardwood floor.

Determine the Scale of Water Loss
While water removal actions take place, other SERVPRO techs use their moisture detection equipment to peer behind walls and under floors to see if seepage into the subfloor occurred. This preliminary action assists with complete moisture removal from the property.

Extraction of Water on Hardwood Flooring
Not every type of hardwood flooring comes back from exposure to water. Boards made from composite materials tend to warp, and the interiors can disintegrate, making them unsuitable for restoration, and they are a loss. On solid hardwood boards, the techs use their portable pumps to pull as much moisture as possible from the boards.

Removal for Restoration
Real hardwood boards absorb moisture, and it can be unsettling for a homeowner to see their prized flooring cup and bow. Still, those are all common outcomes, and on a case by case basis, the floorboards may have restoration potential by either drying in place, or if the subfloor is wet, the floorboards get dried outside the loss area for potential reinstallation.

Drying Hardwood Floors After Water Loss
SERVPRO techs frequently lessen loss to flooring through the use of specialized drying equipment such as the InjectiDry system to force air into wall cavities affected by water. Drying mats are beneficial for powering warm, dry air into the subflooring, which causes hidden moisture to rise, expediting the drying process. The use of dehumidification equipment in tandem with the drying equipment assists in bringing down the interior humidity rapidly.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 is available 24/7 to handle any size flood damage problem in local properties and use their equipment and experience to make the water loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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Commercial Water Cleanup Services In Dallas

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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We Scale Commercial Water Cleanup Services to Fit Your Business’ Immediate Needs in Dallas

Office buildings, cafes, factories, and other businesses in Dallas all rely on their plumbing to bring in fresh, clean water and their drain lines for hand-washing and toilet flushing. Plumbing lines can travel from one end to another, making facilities convenient for tenants and employees, as well as providing workstations with water.

When one of these many water lines or drains break inside the walls of a business in Dallas, SERVPRO’s commercial water cleanup services can mitigate the situation and keep water damage from becoming a more serious problem. From a slipped line on a drinking fountain to a backed-up toilet to a broken dishwashing sprayer, we can get things cleaned up, the area secure and dry, and check for water damage in areas where moisture may have migrated.

Minor appliances can cause major amounts of damage when a water line loosens, and water starts seeping around the connection. Our building crew can repair most minor problems like this, but we know that for more complicated repairs, a licensed repair technician needs to perform the work to protect any warranties. We work with several in the area and can help save time by contacting them if you wish for us to do this. Pipes and joints in your plumbing system can also leak, dripping water behind walls and under counters.

Because water can end up almost anywhere, we use infrared cameras that let us see where water is creating a temperature difference. Water keeps things cool, so lower-temperature areas often contain more moisture than similar, dryer materials.

Cleaning up wet areas and getting them dry protects your business from secondary water damage. Keeping such damages to a minimum helps keep costs manageable and under control, also. Where needed, we rinse areas or apply antimicrobial agents. We want to prevent damage as we perform water cleanup work.

If your business in Cedar Hill, Hutchins, or Seagoville has a watery mess, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for water cleanup services. We can tailor these to your exact needs and prevent future problems. Our 24/7 number is (972) 227-0800.

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Call Our Experts When You Need Flood Damage Restoration In Dallas

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Restores Hardwood Floor in Dallas Home with Flood Damage

When flood damage strikes a home, the removal of water from the property needs to begin as soon as possible. Many homeowners throw down towels and use mops to soak up water. Still, in the case of hardwood flooring, the speed at which the extraction and drying process starts determines whether the flooring requires replacement or not.

SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly at Dallas homes for flood damage cleanup and restoration. The techs scope the floor to see the scale of water coverage and if it migrated into the subfloor. They quickly extract the water and take readings using their moisture detection equipment to see how much water the boards absorbed.

Signs of Water Damage in Hardwood Flooring

The only type of wood floor with flood damage restoration potential is with actual hardwood boards. Composites tend to fall apart rapidly after exposure to excessive moisture. Because of the natural absorbency of wood, the boards may show signs of cupping, crowning, or warping. If extraction and drying efforts begin quickly enough, as the boards dry, they return to their shape. Sometimes additional sanding, restaining, and resealing may be needed to restore the flooring fully.

Drying Applications for Hardwood Floors

A fan cannot get pointed at floorboards and dry. SERVPRO technicians use their portable pumps to remove as much water as possible, including several "dry" passes. Then they move on to the drying phase. The techs use drying mats to force air into the boards and expedite the process. They carefully monitor water loss affected areas to ensure the floor, and other places hit the mark for preset ambient humidity goals.

When the subfloor requires drying, the techs use their moisture detecting devices to determine the scope of the moisture and only remove those boards above the wet areas to limit the amount of demo needed to restore the property to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 brings compassion, experience, and advanced equipment to clean up and restore local properties from flood damage, making the loss "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage Restoration in Your Dallas Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring Dealing with a water loss incident fast is critical to prevent further damage.

Call Professionals to Perform Water Damage Restoration in Your Dallas Home

A plumbing leak or a slow water leak from an appliance can cause costly water damage in your home. If left unattended and untreated for an extended period, it and lead to an unhealthy environment. Immediately you notice such a situation, seek professional help from SERVPRO.

We have highly trained and certified technicians who are available 24/7 to respond to water damage incidents in Dallas. With access to excellent equipment, a professional workforce, resources, and decades of experience, we can easily handle the water intrusion incident to make it, “Like it never even happened.” We solve our customer's dilemma promptly and professionally to meet or exceed their expectations.

Our team of experts has successfully restored numerous properties to their preloss condition over the years. We use special restoration procedures and innovative technology that helps us mitigate water damage. Immediately our team receives an emergency call, we respond to it in 60 minutes or less and perform the following procedures:

    •    Inspect the affected area
    •    Extract water from the affected area
    •    Place drying equipment in the building
    •    Take moisture readings
    •    Take humidity readings

Our restorers determine the magnitude of the water damage and establish the most suitable restoration procedures to use. We perform scoping to locate the areas of a home into which water has intruded and define the extent to which the structures and contents have absorbed moisture beyond normal moisture levels. We use various devices to track humidity in a home.

Our technicians can use inspection cameras and borescopes to look into cavities and check if there is any contamination. Our technicians use this equipment in cavities like telecommunication chases and other cavities that can be costly to repair if demolished.

Water extraction is essential since it speeds up the drying process. We choose suitable drying equipment depending on the affected materials. For instance, we can use self-propelled extraction tools to remove water from the carpet and pad. If water pooled on your wood flooring, our SERVPRO team can use specialized drying systems to create a suitable environment where wood flooring can dry efficiently. Depending on the severity of water damage in your property, the restoration process can take a few days. Drying hardwood flooring can take a few weeks because of its density.

If your furniture is affected, the severity of the damage and its construction can determine if it is possible to restore it. Our team can dry your furniture to allow for a more accurate assessment of the damage. We can document the unsalvageable furniture for your insurance claim filing process. If you need to discard any item, our team can ask you to sign a customer release form before taking any action.

Dealing with a water loss incident fast is critical to prevent further damage. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for prompt restoration services in Cedar Hill, Lancaster, and Hutchins.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Dallas Home After A Water Damage Disaster

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Our commercial air movers and dehumidifiers working to dry the materials in this property This picture shows commercial air movers and dehumidifiers working to dry the building materials in this property.

Tackling Tricky Commercial Water Damage in Dallas

If there is a water leak inside your business, there can be a water-logged and soggy mess to clean. When the majority of the flooring throughout your commercial space has carpeting, this presents a whole new set of challenges. The excellent news is that you can have a trained team of restoration professionals deployed promptly to address the situation for you.

For commercial water damage in Dallas, the first order of business is drying the carpeting as quickly as possible. Doing so helps to prevent damage to the sub-floor, walls, and any other structural components of the building. You can start in with a bit of the drying process before our team at SERVPRO arrives, and then we can pick up where you left off.

To start in on the drying process before we arrive, you can:

Locate the Source

You must pinpoint the source of the water issue so that you can either lessen the leak or stop it completely. SERVPRO technicians can talk you through the process of turning off the main water to the source of the leak before we arrive.

Remove Water

If you are able to stop the flow of water from coming in, removing excess or standing water is the next step. If you do not have a pump handy, our technicians at SERVPRO have the right equipment to pull out all of the standing water from the impacted space.

Separating Soggy Carpeting from the Floor

If you were able to pull up a fair amount of water damage, you could try to separate the soaked carpet from the floor. If you are not comfortable starting this step, our trained SERVPRO technicians can handle the carpet for you. We pull it away from the tacking strips along the wall and carefully move across the room until all of the carpets are pulled up.

Our Professional Restoration Services

SERVPRO restoration professionals know how to get in and out quickly, assessing the water damage and formulating a plan of action. We will dry all of the carpeting and then use thermal imaging tools that detect any moisture left behind. All areas are dried, including the affected walls, flooring, and sub-flooring. We can clean the carpet using advanced equipment and industrial cleaners, or we can replace the carpeting for you if deemed a total loss. The final step will be checking and cleaning all areas to remediate mold and odors, if necessary.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is here to help whenever you need assistance with commercial water damage. Give us a call at (972) 227-0800, and we can send a team out as soon as possible to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Act Fast In Dallas After A Flood

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

One of our commercial generators in a parking lot SERVPRO will utilize large commercial generators to operate their storm damage restoration equipment after a power outage in your area.

Stopping Flood Damage in a Dallas Residence

Flood damage is a risk that homeowners all over the United States face, and flood coverage for homeowners has grown as a result. From 2016 to 2018, Insurance Information Institute Pulse surveys have found that the percentage of Americans with a flood insurance policy increased from 12 percent to 15 percent. This growth shows promise for allowing homeowners to get the cleanup and restoration they need to maintain their homes for years to come.

If your Dallas residence has suffered flood damage, certified SERVPRO technicians are available to address the issues and restore your home to a preloss condition with cutting-edge technologies and scientific theory. This IICRC-certified firm is committed to bringing the community high-quality rapid mitigation that seeks to preserve possessions and structures while prioritizing safety for homeowners.

After Flooding Occurs

  • If a flood has affected your home, contact your provider immediately to set up a meeting with a claims adjuster. Make sure they see the property before cleanup and repairs begin.
  • Double-check your insurance policy: does it cover the issues you are currently facing? Adjust your policy as needed to ensure security in the future.
  • Take inventory of flood-related damages and losses, and be as specific as possible. Survey the entire affected area carefully. For damaged items, include the make, model, and other details when possible. Take photographs and do not throw anything away until after the adjuster has seen it.
  • Once the adjuster has evaluated the damage, cleanup can begin. 
  • Under extreme conditions of water penetration SERVPRO can immediately begin extraction once the homeowner signs off on the work agreement.

How SERVPRO Aids Homeowners

SERVPRO works to thoroughly eliminate flood-related damage, including debris, microbes, and odors. These issues can be addressed with a variety of countermeasures. For example, odors can be counteracted with specialized beads, granules, wet foggers, and EPA-registered disinfectants.

Because flooding is likely to leave behind water-related odors, multiple techniques may be used to address odor-causing particles during the cleaning process. Some porous items, such as carpet and pad, require removal with the consent of homeowners and adjusters because of the risks that come with floodwater contamination.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas, Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (972) 227-0800 for disaster cleanup that can start within hours.

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What’s Really Happening With Water Damage Remediation in Dallas

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

flooded living room with couch and coffee table Don’t delay when it comes to water removal!  Contact SERVPRO immediately after an event.

Tailoring Water Removal to the Unique Situation of Each Dallas Resident

Water extraction techniques vary depending on the scale of the task at hand. The individual area technicians are working on restoring also influences the method. Most people are familiar with traditional extraction methods using submersible gas pumps or truck-mounted storage tanks fitted with specialist wands. However, these are not the only options available to a restorer or homeowner. Sometimes pumping and extractors may be inefficient or otherwise not suitable to the task at hand. In these circumstances, homeowners can rely on us to mobilize modern drying methods to get the job done. 

Many factors can influence our approach when it comes to water removal in Dallas. Your home, furnishings, and contents are unlike any other, so it stands to reason that any restoration approach needs tailoring to the specific demands of each situation. The waterlogged living room, for example, may have lots of heavy furniture as well as fittings, which can make the traditional method unsuitable. These rules apply to any area of your home, which is why SERVPRO technicians inspect a property thoroughly before deciding on a plan.

A traditional method of drying may be to remove carpeting from floors so that we can gain direct access to the waterlogged area underneath. However, detaching carpeting may be more time-consuming than leaving it in place. In-place drying involves moving furniture in its original position and using extractors to dry the outer areas first- which can stop water migration. We can then use weighted extractors to exert a downward force onto a wet carpet and squeeze the moisture out. 

Consider a flooded kitchen or bathroom area. You may find that flooring like vinyl, tiling, or woods are expensive and time-consuming to remove and replace. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians can deploy drying mats. Drying mats cover a large surface area and are fitted with medical grade tubing. Attached to a central motor that generates negative air pressure, hundreds of these tubes work together to draw moisture out from solid surfaces without a technician needing to use invasive action to gain access. 

Every home is different. Our approach is to treat each home as a unique challenge. For a restoration that tailors to you, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

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Fast Water Removal in Dallas Saves Restoration Costs

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

standing water in room. SERVPRO water extractors removing water; SERVPRO van and technicians outside No matter the source of the water loss event, SERVPRO technicians are equipped and ready to dry your home.

Efficient Water Removal in Your Dallas Home Can Prevent Further Destruction

Do you know that water ruins more homes each year than other disasters? Data from the insurance Information institute shows that water damage is seven times more prevalent than fire damage. Many issues can lead to water damage in your Dallas residence, including burst pipes, water tank overflows, and damaged appliances. When facing a water intrusion incident, you can call SERVPRO promptly to prevent additional damage.

Water removal in your Dallas home is a huge task, and that’s why you need to hire professionals. Water can quickly seep under carpets, behind walls and underneath floors. The hidden water and moisture can continue ruining your house. When you notice water pooling in your home, you should avoid doing the following things to stay safe.

  • Do not turn on any device with a power cable that is close to the flooded area.
  • If the ceiling is soaked, avoid turning on your ceiling fixtures or fan.
  • Do not stand in a room where water is causing the ceiling to sag.

To restore your home, our team can use advanced water extractors like electric submersible pumps to remove the water. After a water intrusion incident, carpets and upholstery can become damp. Saturated carpets and padding are a cause for concern. Due to carpeting construction, water damage causes two significant problems, which are the separation of backing (delamination) and deterioration of latex. Our technicians can check your carpet for delamination, which usually appears in the form of bubbles. It often happens in areas exposed to high foot traffic. If your carpet is delaminated, it is not possible to save it. Our technicians can remove and replace it after your property is dry.

Water loss events can also affect upholstery and cause problems like swelling of framing, spotting of fabrics, and color bleeding. Our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise required to remove water from upholstery using suitable extractors and upholstery tools. We can also treat any stains that have occurred. Our technicians can also use centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home thoroughly to eliminate moisture. We can work with your insurance company. Therefore, you do not have to worry about incurring a large, unexpected restoration bill.

Dealing with a water loss incident in your home is a stressful experience. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can help you to restore your home and reduce the amount of stress you experience. Call us anytime at (972) 227-0800 for fast restoration.

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Flood Damage In Dallas Homes

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by a storm SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 when flood damage threatens your home and possessions.

Hardwood Floors Are Not Necessarily a Loss After Flood Damage in Dallas Homes

One look at the flood damage in a home and the feeling of loss and the anxiety at needing to arrange for cleanup hits local homeowners in Dallas hard. The key to lessening loss is getting the water removed, and the property dried as fast as possible, particularly in the case of hardwood flooring.

Dallas homes with flood damage get immediate assistance from SERVPRO technicians. Being local, the technicians arrive rapidly after the initial call with a green service van loaded with all the equipment they need. If the power is out, no problem, they have generators, so there are no delays on cleanup.

Since bad weather does not take weekends or holidays off, neither do the certified technicians. They are available 24/7 to answer the needs of local property owners for any size storm damage, fire, or mold cleanup needed. The goal of the technicians is to lessen loss through their advanced restoration methods, especially for investments such as hardwood flooring.

Professional Equipment Makes the Difference
When dealing with hardwood floorings saturated by water, the technicians extract as much as possible using squeegee attachments on their portable pumps and doing several passes. When the drying phase of mitigation happens, SERVPRO techs use specialized drying equipment such as drying mats to force warm, dry air into the flooring to ensure the boards dry evenly.

Because the nature of wood is to swell when wet, the boards tend to cup and warp. During the drying process, the mats get carefully rotated to assist the boards in laying flat while drying. The technicians carefully monitor the moisture levels in the floorboards to be sure they are completely dry. In some cases, the boards may require slight sanding, staining, and the application of a sealant to restore them fully.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 when flood damage threatens your home and possessions. The technicians can remove the water and restore your home to its pre-flood condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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Ultimate Solution for Flood Damage in Dallas Homes

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

flooded living room Quick action when your home is flooded can save both the contents and the structure of your home. Call SERVPRO immediately.

Flood Damage Dallas – Highly Trained and Experienced

From floods to dust storms, Dallas experiences many disasters throughout the year. Some are small, affecting one or two buildings, while others can impact an entire neighborhood. Flash flooding often occurs after a torrential downpour. It may not even rain that hard near your building, but a flood can materialize quickly as the rainwater collects and overflows flood channels.

SERVPRO can react to flood damage in the Dallas area in less than 4 hours. We are available on a 24/7 basis. Our teams rely on the expertise of over 30 IICRC-certified technicians across several specialties to help our clients deal with the damage caused by a flood to their home or commercial space.

Assessing the Flood Damage

Experience has shown that assessing the damage caused by the flood is one of the top priorities. Our crew chief reviews safety conditions, contamination issues, and steps that can be taken immediately to mitigate the damage. A fast response can reduce ongoing damage, causing less. Your home or business can be restored quickly.

Deploying Equipment

Every job is different. That is why we stock our 40,000 sq. Ft. facility with an extensive amount of equipment we can call on to extract water from buildings, disinfect areas if needed, clean the contents, and dry the structure before restoration. Deploying the right equipment to your location reduces the damage and the time it takes to restore your home or business.

Flooding May Present Special Challenges

Floodwaters carry all kinds of debris, including physical items such as rocks, sand, even furniture, as well as contamination from a variety of sources. Whether it is microbial contamination or bio-hazards, we have the skillset to remove these hazards while protecting your employees and family. Flood cuts may be required to root out hard to get at moisture areas and avoid mold infestations. Our applied structural drying technicians ensure that all areas of your building are dry and ready for reconstruction.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Hutchins, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Water Damage Professionals Discuss Why Slow Water Leaks Can Cause Unseen Damage In Dallas

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

water leak causing damage We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Slow Water Leaks Can Cause Unseen Damage In Dallas

Homeowners are often amazed at how much damage a slow water leak can cause. While there may not be water spreading across the floor from under the dishwasher, a slow leak can travel into the structure of the home and also to other rooms. The moisture and heat are ideal conditions for mold growth as well as attracting insects. A musty smell may be their first indication that there is a problem.

SERVPRO has encountered all sorts of water damage in the Dallas area. Our team includes over 30 IICRC, qualified technicians. We have a massive storage facility and a large inventory of mitigation equipment and vehicles. We can deal with almost any type and size of the disaster.

Detecting the Leak
A slow leak can sometimes be challenging to find. The first step is always locating the source and correcting the problem to avoid additional water damage.

Next, we can determine how far the water has progressed and how much of your floor and underlying structure is damaged. Moisture detectors, infrared cameras, and thermal imaging cameras can assist in identifying those areas that are wet and possibly damaged.

Water Damage Restoration
Every situation is different. Restoration depends on the construction, the amount of water damage, and the condition of the underlying structure. SERVPRO aims to find the damage, assess it, and dry the area. We prefer to dry the area and restore, rather than replace, which can be much more expensive.

We can drill exploratory holes into the flooring. We can extract excess water from the cavities under your kitchen cupboards. Dry air can be forced into these cavities to absorb moisture. Structural cavity drying equipment is used in these situations to minimize the residual damage caused by access to the area and the drying process. We can create positive pressure in the area to be dried. Dehumidifiers can also be used to dry the humid air expelled from the area under the sink or dishwasher.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Cedar Hill, Lancaster, Hutchins, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Certified Technicians Are Available 24/7 In Dallas County After A Flood

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A large commercial generator in a parking lot outside a building SERVPRO utilizes large commercial generators like the one pictured to operate their storm damage restoration equipment.

Big Flood in Your Dallas Restaurant? 

With 268,820 square miles, Texas is the largest state in the continental United States. Known for big ranches, big Longhorn cattle, big wide-open spaces, big hats, and big ole' trucks. Real or imagined, we are proud to brag that, "Everything's bigger in Texas."

Dallas County is flat, resulting in flood damage when there are heavy rains in a short time because water has nowhere to go. That can be a big problem for businesses. Floodwater can potentially damage records, furniture, inventory, as well as cause structural damage. 

A Dallas business owner opened early one Sunday morning, finding two inches of groundwater had seeped into his restaurant the previous night. He knew he would have to close that day, but the Cowboys were in town Monday night. Located one mile from AT&T Stadium, he and his employees were counting on the new restaurant to have a busy night. 

In this scenario, he immediately contacted his insurance company. His insurer had a contract with SERVPRO, and help would arrive within hours. The SERVPRO project manager scoped the damage and came up with a plan to remove the water and sanitize all areas of the building, knowing the goal was to be high and dry by Monday night. He explained the need to address four fundamental questions:

1) What is wet? 

2) How wet is it? 

3) Is it drying? 

4) Is it dry?

Water had not made its way to the kitchen; the food and prep area had been spared. SERVPRO's highly trained technicians began removing water from the tile floor using industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums and a truck-mounted pump. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers were set up to prevent secondary flood damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture. High-speed air movers created airflow across walls, and fixtures, to accelerate the evaporation of moisture. Detergents were used to clean and disinfect nonporous surfaces to prevent microbial growth from occurring. Technicians worked the next 36 hours to restore the restaurant in time for Monday Night Football. 

When it comes to commercial properties, our business is to keep you in business. Representatives answer your calls 24/7/365. Technicians work quickly to get the job done right. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County believes that no customer should have to wait a moment longer than necessary, and that is why We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. When you have flood damage, call us at (972) 227-0800.

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Give Us A Call Today To Restore Your Dallas Home

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our restoration truck outside a home Our team is able to restore your property to pre-damage condition using advanced equipment and specialized training.

How SERVPRO Can Help Dallas Homeowners Through Water Damage 

The trouble with the perceptions of professional restoration for instances like water losses in Dallas homes is that many property owners do not fully understand the extent of this service. Our technicians have years of experience, and we have built a reputation on going the extra mile for our customers whenever disasters strike. We know how a single incident can uproot your entire family or cause substantial stress and worry – so we work tirelessly to get things back to their original condition. 

A better understanding of what you should expect from our SERVPRO team after water damage in Dallas homes can help you to appreciate how we can help you get back to normal life. Many homeowners lack needed respect for the severity of water loss incidents because they do not see how far these IMPACTS can spread and how secondary damages like mold growth can occur. Our technicians have RIGOROUS training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD), making us a knowledgeable choice to address water losses in your house. 

We have a strong and ever-growing inventory of the top-tier recovery tools. We have numerous options for extraction and have many air movers, dehumidifiers, drying mats, and other specialty moisture removal equipment. Our cutting-edge gear and products help us to exceed the expectations of our customers both in the time projects take to complete and the quality of the final results. 

We are never going to sell you a service that you do not need, and even though we have a full GROUP of licensed general contractors in-house at our SERVPRO facility, we work to minimize your need for controlled demolition and reconstruction as much as possible. With a fast response to your emergency, we can have many drying efforts completed within days. DO NOT STATE WITHIN 3 DAYS, JOBS ARE DIFFERENT IN THEIR SCOPE

You can always reach our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County team of water DAMAGE restorers to help you and your property however you need. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can show you what this efficiency can mean for your home in a crisis. Give us a call today at (972) 227-0800.

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Our Water Damage Experts Will Save Your Carpet In Dallas

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet Pad Give our professionals a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

Drying Out Carpet Water Damage in Dallas Homes

Carpets are an everyday staple for modern Dallas homes, and as such, become among the first materials to suffer the damages of migrating water losses. As challenging as it might seem to dry out saturated carpeting, our professionals have premier tools that can make the task much more efficient and thorough. With the right response to the situation, you do not have to lose portions of the flooring or the entire carpeted area due to irreparable damages.

As much as homeowners must also contend with other layers of water damage in Dallas properties when water loss incidents occur, not addressing the carpeted areas promptly can ensure that deterioration and decomposition of the material become too severe to salvage. There are multiple strategies that our SERVPRO professionals can attempt to remove moisture and saturation from this flooring, and it depends mostly on the type of material, the severity of the damage, and the accessibility of the saturated region of carpet.

As premier restoration professionals, we invest in the top-tier extraction and drying equipment available in our trade. For several inches of standing water, we might need to use portable extractors like wet-vacs or sump pumps before we can address the saturation of the carpeting directly. Most often, the moisture penetrates beyond the carpet itself into the subflooring, padding, and even the wooden joists, supports, and plywood beneath. While air movers and dehumidifiers can get placed underneath the affected floor when possible, this does not always adequately address the moisture concerns.

The ideal approach for restoring water-damaged carpeting in your home is to utilize self-propelled extraction tools. These are motorized so that they can offer the same level of pressure at a consistent rate as the unit moves along the carpeted areas. These tools use the weight of the operating SERVPRO technician to force moisture to the surface from the carpet and pad beneath it.

Restoring carpets is not always a guarantee, especially if water exposure has been a prolonged event. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County team can work with multiple strategies and tools to protect these flooring materials when possible. Give our professionals a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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Strategies for Cleaning Fire Damage In Dallas

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Burning House SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is highly-qualified to manage all aspects of a fire loss.

Strategies for Cleaning Unfinished Wood Supporting Structures after Fire Damage in Dallas

Wood and wood products are common conventional building materials in Dallas. When a fire starts and spreads throughout your home, the chances are good that structural components such as wood framing, stairs, and subfloors might show effects. Tearout and replacement of load-bearing components is a huge undertaking and expense. The disruption suffered during the demolition and rebuilding of any wood features means a long-term displacement of your family.

Safety Concerns Set the Tone
After fire damage in your Dallas home, our team arrives quickly to evaluate and plan out the project. Although we take a restoration approach to even severe damage, our project managers use their Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and experience to assess the risks your fire damage circumstances pose. In scenarios where the structural integrity of your home is impossible to assure because of components weakened by the fire, we work with local officials and your insurance company, keeping you apprised, determining what demolition and rebuilding must be done for continued safety.

Strategies to Recover Unfinished Wood
Once safety concerns are addressed, SERVPRO looks carefully at the “bones” of your home after a fire. This means we inspect the framing in all areas for smoke absorption, sooty residues, and charring. Our project plan focuses on thorough cleaning of these hidden structures because of the potential for progressive deterioration due to the corrosive nature of fire residues. Also, the malodors retained by unfinished wood compromise your quiet enjoyment of your dwelling. Debris and residues allowed to remain cause the smells to linger indefinitely.

Mechanical Means Used to Remove Residues and Charring
The goal when cleaning up unfinished wood is to reach clear, uncompromised material on the eventual new surface. SERVPRO employs scraping and wire brushing to achieve that goal. On some jobs, we consider abrasive blasting to more efficiently power through heavy layers of residue and charring. The abrasives available for blasting include dry ice, sponge, soda ash, or ground corn cobs. Before we proceed with this method, consultation with a structural engineer is recommended to ensure the strategy does not unduly weaken the unfinished wood.

Sealing Is An Option
When our efforts to clean down to unblemished wood does not eliminate the smell, demolition and replacement is not the only answer. Malodor-carrying particles deep inside and invisible can be contained and rendered inoffensive through sealing of the unfinished surfaces with an appropriate professional-grade product.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is highly-qualified to manage all aspects of a fire loss. Call us at (972) 227-0800 day or night to schedule a fire recovery assessment followed by rapid implementation of a full-spectrum remediation plan.

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We Discuss The Significance Of Safety Against Bacteria And Microbes In Dallas

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Peeling paint because of a water leak in plaster ceiling Without adequate moisture, the potential for mold spore germination decreases significantly.

Safety Against Bacteria And Microbes: SERVPRO Is The Flood Damage Cleanup Choice In Dallas

The adage everything is bigger in Texas that also goes for storms too. Flash floods and localized flooding in some areas from the Trinity River are not uncommon.

When SERVPRO technicians answer a call to come to a Dallas home with flood damage, they arrive on-site quickly and immediately scope the area with their moisture detection equipment to trace the path of the water within the home. Testing flood water is another crucial action, so they choose the proper cleaning and sanitization methods relevant to the type of contamination in the house.

Water Extraction Equipment is More Than Wet/Dry Vacuums
While a wet/dry vac is great for handling surface-based liquid spills, this consumer-grade piece of equipment is not sufficient to handle flood water without overheating. Squeegees, extractors, and pumps play a vital role in the expedient removal of water.

Avoiding Microbial Growth
The use of industrial desiccant dehumidifiers plays an essential role in the lowering of humidity in the homes during floodwater mitigation. These units capture and port away moist air and deliver warm, dry air to the area. Without adequate moisture, the potential for mold spore germination decreases significantly.

Removal of Flood Damaged Materials
Unfortunately, due to the probability of contamination of the floodwater that enters a home as a flash flood, many items that absorb the water are a loss due to their inability for restoration by cleaning. Non-porous items that hold up against immersion cleaning are among the most promising things for saving.

Disinfection of the Property
Once the property attains drying goals and moisture is not present to sustain bacteria and microbes, the application of broad-spectrum disinfectants assists in the sanitization of the property to prepare it for reconstruction. If technicians detect mold growth, they deal with it using containment, abatement and in some cases the application of an antimicrobial sealant to inhibit any return of the growth before rebuilding.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has around the clock service for local properties in need of flood damage mitigation. Call (972) 227-0800 and the emergency response team arrives within an hour to remove the flood loss in your home because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Water Damage Removal Is Not Something You Want to Do Alone

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

People in the office standing on carpet Don't let your office get closed after water damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Carpet Removal and Replacement After Dallas Water Losses

Flooring can often see the worst of water loss incidents in your Dallas office building. While much of the main floors of the facility have gotten covered with short pile carpeting, padding, and a concrete base, you still want to avoid the need to replace these materials whenever possible. However, when the situation has become too severe for our advanced drying and moisture removal tactics, we begin the process of removing portions of the carpet and replacing it.

Dallas office water damage is never expressly contained to the flooring materials and nothing else. As stressful as the situation might be, you must first address the water effects throughout the property before you can get into the replacement and repair portions of recovery. Our SERVPRO team has qualified professionals to help you through each of these phases, from licensed commercial contractors to certified water restoration technicians accredited through the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Once moisture and dampness concerns have gotten successfully addressed in your office, we can begin more closely inspecting the flooring to determine its structural integrity and strength. While short pile carpeting might be easier to maintain for high-trafficked areas like you might expect with both the staff and client movement within your facility, it is also easy to saturate when exposed to spreading water damage. 

This moisture can penetrate the top layer and move beyond the base of the carpet to the padding beneath, ultimately reaching and leeching into the concrete under these layers. A point gets reached where the only suitable recovery solution left is to repair and replace this material. With our team of experienced contractors in-house, we can ensure a seamless transition between vital loss mitigation and remediation to the build back and reinstallation needs that your property has.

Office buildings serve many clients and provide stable employment for multiple qualified professionals on your team. To prevent prolonged periods without work, and without meeting the needs of your loyal clientele, professional restoration and reconstruction can help.

Our SERVPRO professionals can unstick carpeting to begin pulling it up from the baseboards against the walls. With an understanding of how badly damaged the subflooring and padding has become, we know if these materials need focused drying or if tear-out and replacement are necessary to make it “Like it never even happened.” We can remove portions of carpeting or an entire room, depending on what your damaged office needs. 

We are a local team of qualified professionals here to help. You can reach our experienced SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County restorers anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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Fire Damage in Your Dallas Residence May Call for Expert Odor Removal Services

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in a customers driveway. SERVPRO has not fear, smoke odor will come clear in your Dallas residence.

Please don’t let smoke odor take over your home, let us take care of everything in your Dallas home.

Data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that over 358,000 home fires occur annually. For property owners who can return and live in their homes, there is both good news and bad news. Although their property is salvageable, they have to deal with the smoke and fire damage.

It is daunting to eliminate the smoke smell in your Dallas home after fire damage, but not impossible. Stubborn smoke odor can linger in your house for a long time, compromising the quality of indoor air. The tiny smoke particles usually stick to household surfaces and become embedded into porous materials like fabrics, drapes, carpeting, furniture, and paint. It takes a high amount of effort and specialized cleaning equipment to remove these particles. The following cleaning steps can help you eliminate most of the lingering smoke scent in your house.

Air your house

Allowing fresh air to circulate in your property is a great way to remove smoke particles from your living area. Open all doors and windows, and set up fans on high, while aiming them at the corners of the rooms to direct smoke particles outside. You may also use air purification fans to remove smoke particles from your property.

Clean items made of fabric

Fabrics absorb smoke readily, so wash or dry clean all drapes, clothing, pillows, furniture covers, area rugs, linens, blankets, and other possessions made of woven material. Keep all the

cleaned, woven items away from your house until it is free of smoke particles and odors.

Clean the upholstery

Cleaning all upholstery can help you eliminate the lingering smoke smell. You can enlist a specialist upholstery cleaning service for this task.

Clean your carpets

Smoke particles can make their way into carpets, including the carpet fibers. To eradicate the odor, sprinkle baking soda liberally over the carpet and let it sit overnight. After that, vacuum the carpeting thoroughly using a vacuum machine with a HEPA filter.

Clean hard surfaces

Hard surfaces like countertops, appliances, and windowsills could harbor smoke particles. Giving your entire home a deep clean can go a long way in eliminating the smoke scent.

After following the above steps, you may still discover that odor is hanging around or the smoke damage is overwhelming. In that case, you can seek help from SERVPRO franchise professionals. We have assisted homeowners in restoring their homes following a fire for decades.

Our crew understands how odor molecules permeate a building and how to use different odor removal methods. Our SERVPRO technicians use odor removal equipment like hydroxyl machines and ULV foggers to eliminate stubborn smells. We can also purify the air to remove bad odors from indoor air. We can achieve this by using air scrubbers, electronic filters, or ventilation fans.

When there is a stubborn odor in your property, you can trust SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to help you remove it. Call us anytime at (972) 227-0800. We can eliminate the smoke scent to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Professionals Can Restore Your Flood Damaged Home In Dallas

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

entrance to a bedroom with water soaking the carpet Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Why Help From SERVPRO Is Crucial After Flood Damage Affects Your Dallas Home

Once the anxiety that overcomes you during a flooding incident at your Dallas home subsides, you have to find a way to clean up and rebuild or take other steps that help restore it to its preloss state. It is rarely a smooth process, especially considering every flooding incident is unique. When you call us to offer professional assistance, our advanced training and experience help in many ways.

We Help With the Preparation
Restoring flood damage in your Dallas home requires a bit of preparation. Failure to address even simple issues can have severe implications. For example, working smoothly with your adjuster can help with your claim from the insurer. Our SERVPRO crew can inform you to prepare necessary documentation such as policy number and records of damaged items. We can also remind you of some crucial tips, such as asking for advanced payment from the insurer where necessary.

Record Keeping is Streamlined
Taking quick action is essential when dealing with flood damage because it stops further deterioration of building materials and contents. However, quick action may interfere with record keeping, which is another aspect of saving the property. Our SERVPRO technicians have better skills to document the loss properly. We take photos and record videos when performing different tasks, including pack-outs and demolition. For carpets or other large materials, we cut a piece and preserve it for the adjuster.

Handling the Dangers that Come with Flooding
Flood-damaged properties can be perilous, which is why local authorities provide guidelines for re-entry after significant incidents. Our SERVPRO technicians are certified in dealing with such hazardous areas. We have protective gear to protect us against contamination and electrical hazards, among other issues. We also have specialized equipment such as GFCI's, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, which protect electrical equipment and tools during the restoration processes.

In case of flooding incidents at your Cedar Hill, Lancaster or Hutchins property, you need to respond appropriately. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. We have resources to deal with any issue “Like it never even happened.”

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Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and HUB Membership

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Women's Business Enterprise National Council and HUB Membership

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC provides its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses in the United States. They foster diversity in the world of commerce. Diversity promotes innovation, opens new channels of revenue and creates partnerships which provide opportunities that fuel the economy.

WBENC’s Vision - To be the leader in women’s business development.

WBENC's Mission - To fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying and facilitating development of women-owned businesses.

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

The goal of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program is to encourage and effectively promote the use of minority and woman-owned businesses in the Department's procurement activities. The DSHS HUB Program Office seeks to:

Ensure the Department complies with state law and administrative rules governing the HUB program.

Assist minority and woman-owned businesses in becoming certified as HUBs.

Share information regarding the Department's procurement policies and procedures.

Promote the use of HUBs in day-to-day procurement opportunities.

Assist in fostering relationships between prime contractors and HUBs through the Mentor Protégé Program.

Ensure that prime contractors make a good faith effort to provide subcontracting opportunities to HUBs.

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How To Keep a Dallas Movie Theater In Business After Flood Damage Hits

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

You never want to let your commercial business suffer the possibility of closing completely due to flood damage. SERVPRO can and will help you any day

Let SERVPRO help you keep your Dallas Business up and running from flood damage.

Staying in business after substantial flood damage to a movie theater can be tough, especially if you try to bear the whole burden on your own. Insurance companies and professional damage mitigation services like SERVPRO exist to make sure that you survive the disaster with as little lost profit as possible, but cannot handle the problems on their own. Ultimately, the survival of a flood-damaged business primarily relies on its owners. For the best chances at staying open with as little revenue lost as possible as a result of flooding, keep these tips in mind.

Stay Open if Possible

One of the most substantial ways that flood damage can disrupt a Dallas movie theater's business is by causing damage severe enough to warrant total closure of the premises. However, most floods do not cause damage extensive enough to call for such drastic measures. If at least part of the theater manages to avoid significant damage, you should keep that section open and operating while SERVPRO works on affected areas. In other cases, we may also be able to repair critical areas first and allow you to resume day-to-day operations sooner while we finish working on less-important parts of the building. We recommend that you keep as much of the facility open as possible to allow revenue flow to continue during the restoration process.

Tackle Problems Quickly

It may be tempting to continue operations in damaged areas without implementing substantial damage mitigation protocols. However, these can ultimately harm your business by contributing to far more expensive and time-consuming issues while simultaneously eroding customer trust in your theater. Patrons do not enjoy visiting places that bear clear signs of damage and may be less likely to return if their theater has not been properly restored. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster to make sure that as little damage as possible happens to your theater.

Work With Your Insurance

Insurance can be your saving grace in a time of need. We always recommend working closely with your insurance provider and may even be able to help with your negotiations and cost estimates. By following instructions and fulfilling requests from your insurer, payouts may come faster and in higher amounts than with ordinary claim submission.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is a locally owned and operated company with national resources that enable us to provide some of the best 24/7 services for flood damage emergencies across the local area. Contact us at (972) 227-0800 for our help or a quote.

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Prevent Secondary Destruction In Your Dallas Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our emergency crew 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Get Flood Damage Cleanup For Your Dallas Home To Prevent Secondary Destruction

Dallas and the neighboring areas are situated in a tornado risk zone and floodplain, and they are therefore prone to frequent flooding, storms, and tornadoes. The winds that accompany tornadoes can be as fast as three hundred miles per hour, and they can cause heavy downpour and flooding. The outcomes of these storms can lead to the loss of life and property.

Storms may cause roof leaks and ground flooding that can lead to structural damage to your house. If your Dallas home has flood damage, it is crucial to act speedily and contact SERVPRO water damage remediation experts to help you remove the water and clean up your property to prevent further structural damage.

Our technicians can assess the destruction, offer you an estimate, and take the appropriate steps to bring your property back to pre-damage condition. We can remove debris, water, silt, mud, and other substances that floodwaters could have brought into your house. Our team has appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to remove contaminated water from your property. Some PPE we use includes:

• Rubber gloves
• Full bodysuits
• Eye protection
• Respirators equipped with P100/organic vapor cartridges

We have state-of-the-art equipment extraction equipment such as truck-mounted and portable pumps that can remove the standing water to speed up our drying process. If the water in your home is over 2 inches deep, our technicians can use submersible pumps to remove it.

We also use air movers to enhance evaporation at the surface level and minimize drying time. Our technicians can place enough air movers in your property to create airflow across all the damp surfaces. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) can also use refrigerant dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the air. These dehumidifiers remove about 8 gallons of water per day from the atmosphere.

Mold can grow on surfaces like drywall, floors, and ceilings within 24 to 48 hours of exposure to floodwater, posing health risks to you and your family. We can check your house for mold while completing the water extraction and drying process. Our technicians use tools like infrared cameras to locate moist areas that are not visible to the naked eye. We can dry all these areas to ensure that mold does not have any food source. Our SERVPRO crew also has the experience and tools to remove mold from surfaces. If we discover mold, we can remove it and disinfect your home to ensure that it is safe and clean for inhabitation.

In the unfortunate event of experiencing flooding in your Cedar Hill, Lancaster or Hutchins residential property, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for flood cleanup and drying services. You can reach our emergency crew 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

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Relocating Items from Water Damage in Dallas Homes

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is always prepared to handle a Dallas home water damage.

We work hard to insure your Dallas home water damage is taken care of promptly.

Plumbing breaches that occur in the upstairs or a well-connected room of your Dallas home can spread quickly throughout adjoining spaces. With the personal belongings of your family kept in every region of the residence, there is no singular location where water damage cannot impact some of these items. While content management plays a considerable role in professional water recovery with reputable restoration specialists, there are steps that you can take as a homeowner to protect your possessions from irreparable harm. 

Recognizing water damage in Dallas residences quickly can help you to get a better reaction to the emergency and ultimately better protect your belongings. Professional restoration outfits like our SERVPRO team often reach a home once the damage has already happened, but a property owner has the advantage of playing a part in how widespread and devastating water loss incidents can be by thwarting the supply of water through the residence as promptly as possible. 

As many have relied on our SERVPRO content management division for safe and careful removal of items and belongings deemed to be at risk of exposure and water damage, the same principles apply to a homeowner as well. You can assess the damage that you can see to your property and determine which possessions, furniture, and items could be at risk of moisture and saturation

While you determine your ability to dry up the dampness and exposed materials, others can work to move all unbolted items out of problem areas to another area of the house unlikely to become affected by spreading moisture. As the affected parts of your residence get thoroughly dried and recovered, these removed items can get returned to their original positions. 

We know that not all emergencies that your home experiences feel like they are substantial enough to call in our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County experts. Whenever the job feels too widespread, or you need a second opinion to make sure the house is dry, you can count on our professionals. Give us a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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After A Fire In Your Dallas Home, We Will Restore Your Items!

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

We can deal with the effects of fire damage to make it appear “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring Contents After Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home Can Help You Save Money

In many Dallas homes, flammable liquids like solvents, fuels, thinners, cleaning agents, paints, and adhesives are present. These liquids can ignite or explode if homeowners store them close to stovetops, candles, and other sources of heat. Their vapors can ignite easily, even from weak ignition sources or high temperatures, leading to fire damage in a house. A fire disaster can cause financial, physical, and emotional challenges to you and your family.

If a flammable substance has ignited and caused fire damage in your Dallas home, it is critical to schedule restoration services as soon as you can to prevent further destruction of its contents because of smoke and soot. Smoke and smoke particles are products of incomplete combustion, and they can degrade the contents of your house within a few days.

It's more cost effective to restore the contents than it is to replace or refinish them. A content restoration firm like SERVPRO can salvage items like antiques, furniture, bedding, books, carpets, and clothing, among other items. We can remove smoke odor, ash, and soot from such items and dry the ones that water from firefighting efforts may have damaged.

When fire burns rubbers, plastics and other products containing oil, soot can turn into a greasy, sticky substance that smears instead of going away when you attempt to wipe it. Soot can also be resistant to water-based cleaning products since it contains oil. We have appropriate and environmentally products that can eliminate soot from your possessions. Our restorers analyze the contents in all the rooms to identify which ones to restore and which ones require replacement. We use several methods to clean different items in a house, including:
• Dry cleaning

• Wet cleaning

• Foam cleaning

• Spray and wipe

• Abrasive cleaning

• Immersion cleaning

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration technicians (FRST) follow a unique cleaning process to eradicate harmful particles from contents. To restore rugs and carpets, we can use commercial grade vacuums to remove ash from the fibers and then utilize natural cleaning solutions to remove soot marks. We can also restore soft products like clothing, bedding, and draperies by taking them to our facilities for cleaning with an Esporta wash system.

Some contents like upholstery can present challenges during the restorative cleaning process, such as shrinking because of dampness. We can restore such items using foam cleaning instead of other types of wet cleaning. If the fire damage in some of your contents is severe, our SERVPRO crew can document the non-salvageable items and place them on a non-restorable list to streamline the insurance claims process so you can be free from stress.

When a fire has ruined the contents of your property, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 for restoration services. Our technicians can help you restore the salvageable items to their preloss condition. We can deal with the effects of fire damage to make it appear “Like it never even happened.”

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If Your Dallas Home Has Flood Damages Issues, You Need To Contact Our Crew!

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24/7, 365 days of the year at (972) 227-0800.

How A Professional Pack-Out Helps With Flood Damage Remediation For Your Dallas Home

The early summer extreme weather reports in the Dallas area continue, with recent counts of at least 320,000 customers losing power after storms in the first week of June followed in ensuing days by 70-mile-per-hour winds, hail, and lightning. When such violent storms threaten, your home could be in their path, risking damage to roofs, windows, siding, and other structures. These storms also feature torrential downpours, exposing your residence to interior flooding.

Your first vision of the contents of your Dallas home after flood damage can be overwhelming. Furniture, floor coverings, lighting, clothing and linens, books, pictures, documents, electronics, and a myriad of other household goods and personal possessions swim in inches to feet of water. You might have significant exterior damage as well, concerning as you consider how to mitigate the harm already done.

The SERVPRO team has solutions to all these worries and more. Our technicians prepare with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC) courses, covering all aspects of professional remediation after storm and flood damage. Our crew chiefs or project managers assess your particular scenario, developing a plan meeting your needs. Securing the scene proceeds first, with employees tarping and boarding up holes to protect your property from the elements.

Next, we often recommend a full or partial pack-out of household and personal items. We document the articles moved through our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), a detailed protocol that enumerates all property transported to our climate-controlled production facility. We employ digital photographs, barcoding, and room by room lists of the furnishings and other items for you and your insurance company’s record keeping and claims purposes. Our production facility technicians clean, dry, deodorize, and remediate your property, often bringing back to renewed function and appearance treasures you feared were destined for the trash.

The pack-out removes impediments to SERVPRO’s team members at your home as they work to remove water and dry out spaces. Reducing the humidity of the rooms affected by taking wet items elsewhere increases the speed of structural drying. Our employees also do not need to move articles around or guard against staining or other residues deposited by wet furniture legs, metal lamps and other decor, and a host of other issues.

Let SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County explain the ways we can remediate flood damage to both structural components and the contents inside your home after extreme weather. We are available 24/7, 365 days of the year at (972) 227-0800.

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You Can Reach Our Skilled Professionals 24/7 If Your Dallas Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is available all day at (972) 227-0800, so call us as soon as you have a water damage emergency.

Why You Want SERVPRO For Water Damage Mitigation When You Get A Leak In Your Dallas Home

There are many different reasons for water damage in Dallas homes. The most common culprits are broken appliances, busted hoses, leaky pipes, and forgetfulness that leads to sinks and bathtubs overflowing. Regardless of the cause, major flooding in your home is a serious problem that requires professional assistance to properly mitigate damage caused by spillage.

Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) are experienced in water damage mitigation in Dallas homes and have the tools and skills to help make you feel “Like it never even happened.” Successful remediation of water damage often depends on the ability of our techs to quickly remove spillage from your home. SERVPRO professionals can use industrial grade wet vacs and pumps for a rapid and timely removal of water. Oftentimes hardwood floors can be damaged after coming into contact with water for an extended period of time. After exposure to spillage, wood can cup and warp, potentially leading to your floor buckling when you step on a damaged area.

To prevent such safety hazards, SERVPRO professionals can identify the damaged areas of your floor with moisture detectors and can deploy air movers to pull excess moisture from the wood. Dehumidifiers can be used to extract moisture from the air inside your home, helping prevent mold growth. When the hardwood is dried, we can do our best to sand and refinish the wood to its pre-damaged state.

However, if you have a hardwood veneer on your floor instead of actual hardwood flooring, then we may have to instead strip and discard the veneer. This is due to the thin nature of veneers that make it difficult to restore them after they are exposed to water.

If your home is threatened by water damage after a bad leak, you should make sure to get professional help. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is available all day at (972) 227-0800, so call us as soon as you have a water damage emergency.

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When Your Dallas Home Suffers Fire Damage The Crew You Can Count On Is SERVPRO!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can put your mind at ease when your home has been struck by fire damage.

SERVPRO Can Get Your Fire Damaged Dallas Home Back To Pre-Damage Condition!

Fires are always a major concern for homeowners in Dallas. Even a small scale kitchen fire can spell consequences for your house's structure and may leave smoke residue all over cooking surfaces and kitchen appliances. These problems can be difficult to address without professional assistance, which is why SERVPRO offers fire damage restoration services to quickly assist you with getting your house back in order.

Our IICRC (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified fire and smoke damage technicians (FSTs) have experience with mitigating fire damage in Dallas homes. After assessing the damage to your kitchen, our FSTs can get to work removing fire debris and structural pieces damaged beyond repair. Smoke can coat your kitchen surfaces in a strong smelling residue which can be difficult to remove on your own. Luckily, kitchens are typically composed of washable surfaces which can be sprayed with cleaning agents, making the restoration process more efficient. Our techs can use vacuums to suck up loose smoke particles on surfaces and can use industrial-grade cleaning agents to remove smoke residue. We can carefully assess each damaged surface in your kitchen to determine whether dry or wet cleaning methods should be used.

Residues and fire debris in your home can cause strong odors that may be unpleasant for you. Once the odor sources have been removed, we can deodorize your home. FSTs can spray deodorizers in a manner resembling how the odors traveled through your home. This ensures that the deodorizers penetrate deep into your home where odor particles may be hiding.

We are also capable of restoring your favorite cookbooks because we know it can be heartbreaking to lose your favorite recipes to a fire. FST's can dry clean your books to remove smoke particles from the cover and edges. Book pages can be restored with the use of an eraser that can remove additional smoke particles.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can put your mind at ease when your home has been struck by fire damage. Call us at (972) 227-0800 to begin the fire restoration process.

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A Quick Response Is Required After A Pipe Bursts In Your Dallas Home

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Get rid of excessive quantities of moisture fast, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Rapid Water Removal After Burst Pipes In Your Dallas Home

A burst water pipe or faulty valve can result in significant quantities of water entering the home. A situation like this can result in up to 400 liters of water being spewed into the home every hour. If you are away from the property during the working day or returning from a holiday, you may find your home wholly flooded and require professional assistance to avoid weakening the structure.

Our local technicians are here to provide water removal in Dallas and the surrounding area. We respond quickly, and SERVPRO can arrive on site in as little as four hours of notification of loss. The time-frame for repairing a property with excess quantities of water is sensitive as the longer it is there, the more likely it is to weaken floors, ceilings, walls, and fittings.

In an average working day, your home could fill with up to 5,000 liters of clean water if a burst pipe is left unchecked. SERVPRO technicians can shut-off the water at the source, before working to remove standing water. We can remove the water from your home using gas-powered pumps that are fully submersible and effective in clearing away standing water above two inches. These pumps are deposited into an open sewer point, like a bathroom, and can remove a limitless amount of water in a short space of time.

Once the standing water level drops below two inches, pumping methods can become inefficient. At this juncture, SERVPRO can move in using powerful portable water extraction equipment that combines vacuum power with heating elements to efficiently remove water and dry your home. Water extraction units are up to 1,000 times more efficient than air-movers or dehumidifiers in removing large quantities of moisture.

Since most water extraction equipment uses heating elements to evaporate moisture, it is not uncommon for humidity levels to rise. If the damage is limited to a single area of the property, we can deploy physical barriers or negative air pressure to prevent high humidity levels spreading into unaffected areas. Alternatively, we can use desiccant dehumidifiers to help bring those humidity levels under control and prevent microbial growth from occurring.

Get rid of excessive quantities of moisture fast, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

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Should You Hire a Professional to Remove Debris From Your Dallas Home After Fire Damage?

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

From demolition to restoration, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has you covered.

Addressing Structural Concerns and Debris After a Dallas Housefire

With the severity of many fires that can affect Dallas homes, structural concerns are a common place to begin damage assessment and recovery. With the extensive training and experience of each facet of our recovery team, we can address all of the effects of a recent fire to return your property to preloss condition. With both Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians as well as licensed contractors that can handle repairs and build back, we offer a comprehensive approach to restoration.

When it comes to fire removal for debris and ruined structural elements in your Dallas home, we have divisions of professionals within our ranks to oversee various aspects of this recovery process so that mitigation work can begin on schedule. We strive to offer each customer with a fast and efficient approach to getting work started in their home after a fire, and much of this hinges on our ability to accurately assess the damage to structures with the help of our management and estimator.

This crucial step also helps to secure insurance claims to afford the restoration work to get performed, and we can take the necessary time to compile the documentation and photographic evidence your provider needs to approve this claim. Additionally, our SERVPRO team can begin work to remove overly damaged construction materials and the lingering debris and remains of a home in some of the more heavily affected portions of the house.

Controlled demolition is a guided practice throughout debris removal in your fire-damaged home. This work gets overseen by our contracting specialists. This guidance through the demolition process ensures both that only the damaged portions of your property get removed and that the area gets fully prepared for the reconstruction work to follow by our SERVPRO licensed contractors.

Debris removal and cleanup services can define how quickly and efficiently restoration and recovery in other phases occur. We take the time to do each step of restoring your home correctly so that we can save our customers time and money. You can count on the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County professionals. Give us a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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Our Technicians Explain Our Flood Damage Restoration Process For Your Dallas Home

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is a locally owned and operated company staffed by professional damage mitigation crews and technicians.

What Comes After Drying For Flood Damage In Dallas

Calling a SERVPRO team to your home in Dallas to help with flood damage is one of the initial steps you can take to a speedy and comfortable recovery from the disaster. Depending on the severity of the flood and storm, our work may take days or weeks to complete, but that process becomes drastically shorter if we arrive early to the scene and set up drying equipment within hours of the initial damage. After that initial response, you can expect some of the following processes to happen in your home.

Flooring Restorations
One of the most consistent aspects of flood damage restoration in Dallas involves restoration or replacement of flooring materials in the flooded area. When floodwaters submerge carpeting, wood, tile, and other flooring materials, they can affect both finishes and basic construction of the material. Depending on the material damaged and the extent of the flooding, we may be able to re-finish existing materials and set them back into place. If replacements become a necessity, we take care only to remove and replace damaged sections of the floor.

Clothing and Fabric Washing
Clothes and some other fabrics in the home may be severely damaged by flooding. Most garments can be washed in our large bulk washing machines designed to decontaminate large masses of clothing at once. Clothes with more delicate materials may be dry cleaned, or hand washed through several specialized methods designed for flood damage situations.

Mold Prevention and Remediation
One of the toughest consequences of flood damage to prevent is the threat of mold growth. Many species of fungi thrive in the wet conditions created by flooding, and it may often be a race against time to stop the spread of spores in your home. SERVPRO technicians are fully certified to handle mold infestations if they do start to appear, and make the home look “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is a locally owned and operated company staffed by professional damage mitigation crews and technicians. Call us at (972) 227-0800.

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Wild Weather Can Spell Flood Damage Trouble For Your Dallas Home

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Our emergency response teams are available 24-hours a day to restore your home and make an indoor water intrusion, “Like it never even happened.”

Wild Weather Causes Flood Damage In Dallas Home

Texas is no stranger to wild weather. Thunderstorms are a fact of life in this area, and they can be severe any time of year causing storm damage to both property and homes.

SERVPRO was called to mitigate flood damage in a Dallas home when the winds from a storm caused a branch to break a living room window, and rain poured in overnight while a family was away. They came home to a wet floor, damp furnishings and strong odor. Our technician immediately sealed off the broken window to stop any further exposure to rain until the owner arranged for repair of the window.

There was little in the way of standing water because carpet and padding soak up incoming rain quickly. Carpet is not always a loss when an event like this happens. The more moisture extracted, the quicker carpets and contents dry. Using weighted extractors that push the water out of padding, we were able to pull up much of the rainwater out of the carpet and upholstered chair by the window. The draperies were removed for drying in our facility.

Thermal imaging confirmed the walls were unaffected by the rain, and SERVPRO technicians set up air movers to start drying the rooms. Air movers are not just large fans. They are specialized pieces of equipment that blow fast-moving air across surfaces to cause water vapor to rise — effectively pulling out moisture that is then captured by one of our dehumidifying pieces of equipment. Using air movers placed in the proper configuration to direct moist air up and out, is an effective way to dry contents quickly and avoid water loss of home and contents.

Once dry, our technicians cleaned and deodorized the room, and the odor was eliminated. During the final walkthrough, our technician showed the homeowner everything that was done to ensure he was happy with the results of our restoration efforts.

At the first sign of flood damage, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. Our emergency response teams are available 24-hours a day to restore your home and make an indoor water intrusion, “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Trained Professionals Will Help You Get Back To Business In Dallas

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

When our trucks arrive you can rest easy knowing we have the necessary equipment, expertise and training to handle any water damage to your business.

Strategies that Improve Results During Commercial Water Removal in Dallas Hotels

In a hotel where you offer accommodation services, the risk of water damage is high because any of the guests that frequent the place can leave the water running in their rooms. Also, the plumbing lines that crisscross the facility can leak or burst any time releasing water all over the property. Having a sound recovery strategy can minimize the downtime your business suffers when such an incident happens. We offer professional restoration services to hotel businesses in Dallas.

Performing rapid commercial water removal in Dallas is essential since it forestalls most of the damages likely to occur. Such speedy extraction is only possible with the use of advanced equipment and skills. Our SERVPRO technicians undergo training and IICRC certification in different areas including ASD, Applied Structural Drying and WRT, Water Damage Restoration, equipping them with advanced skills. We can drill weep holes or make flood cuts to release water from the structure.

Depending on the point of origin, the water spill can cause various complications. A spill originating in upper floors can cause the water to flow into wall cavities or the rooms beneath complicating the extraction process because such water can remain hidden. Our SERVPRO technicians anticipate such problems, which is why we use advanced equipment such as thermal cameras to check for wetness in concealed areas. We also use sophisticated equipment such as injecti-dry systems to remove such water with minimal demolition.

In a hotel, beddings and other linens can absorb water retaining high amounts of moisture even after extracting the standing pools. Such moisture presents many problems because guests cannot use the rooms in such a state. Mold and bad odor also develop easily under moist conditions. Our SERVPRO crews take different steps to dry wet areas after water spills. We can use sophisticated equipment such as high-speed air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers remove moisture. We can also create drying chambers using plastic sheets to accelerate the drying rate.

In case of a water spill in your Cedar Hill, Lancaster or Hutchins area hotel, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to assist in water extraction. You can reach us at (972) 227-0800 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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All Areas of Dallas Can Benefit from SERVPRO Rapid Water Loss Cleanup and Restoration

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

All of Dallas Relies on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

How Does Water Damage Remediation Work in Southeast Dallas?

Water damage in Southeast Dallas can occur in many ways. No matter if the water is in the home through a pipe breaking or appliance leaking or someone left a faucet on, and it overflowed in the kitchen or bathroom. Fast action is the key to limiting the amount of damage done to the structure and possessions affected by water. SERVPRO says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Types of Problems Can Water Damage Cause?

When any part of a property has been exposed to excess amounts of water, there is the potential for degradation of the building materials and mold. When you contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, our technicians use different types of moisture detection to determine when moisture remains and how deeply into the structure it goes using probes. In areas of the property where probes cannot get a reliable reading, thermal imaging is a way to see the moisture that needs to dry. It is essential to determine everywhere there is excess moisture to avoid the possibility of mold and odors.

How SERVPRO Moves Out Water Quickly

In many cases, property owners have already attempted a little cleanup before our technicians arrive. Sometimes it can cause larger issues such as wet towels left on a floor can transfer water to other areas previously unaffected by water. When our technicians arrive, information was collected during the initial phone call that gave them an idea of the tools and equipment needed to extract the water quickly. We have weighted extractors that can push water out of carpeting and padding and methods to dry both in place. For large-size water removal needs, we have truck mounted pumps that can quickly dispatch thousands of gallons of water as needed.

We have specialized methods to work on all types of flooring, including solid hardwood flooring to get the best outcome possible from drying. Using specialized drying mats that are rotated, hardwood flooring is not automatically a loss even if it appears to be cupping and buckling due to water absorption. On a case by case basis, it can be remediated if the water and moisture are eliminated quickly. We can also effectively salvage base cabinets exposed to some water absorption.

Drying is More Than Just Fans

Our SERVPRO technicians are certified in the restorative treatments and are specialists in psychometry, the study of air and moisture. Drying and eliminating excess moisture from the structure and preventing vapor barriers is a crucial component of restoration and avoiding secondary damages. When they are setting up our industrial air movers, they carefully position them to move air over the surfaces holding moisture. This causes water molecules to rise, and the dehumidifier captures and removes it, lowering the overall humidity in the air and drying the property thoroughly. Moisture goes from wet to dry, so we encourage this basic physics fact.

Our technicians have a diverse selection of drying equipment including high-velocity axial fans, heated and unheated air movers, dehumidifiers, desiccant, and LGR types, and heaters. This equipment is used in unique configurations as each cleanup and restoration is unique on its own. Even setting drying goals is unique to the location. Our technicians use Thermohygrometers to establish them. This device measures humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point. When we are drying a property, the average humidity in unaffected areas is used to determine the baseline drying goal for water damaged areas of the property.

Whenever possible, we dry as many of the furnishings as possible in place to disrupt the home or commercial property as little possible. Furniture is raised on blocks, and if it is unable to be restored on-site, we can pack it up and clean and dry them at our facility.

A carpet saturated by clean, potable water from a plumbing failure, is not automatically a loss and must be tossed. Our SERVPRO technicians can suction the water out of the padding using extractors and then set up a specialized drying method termed, "floating." This method is where we lift a side of the carpet from the tack strips and position air movers to blow under the rug and over the padding for optimal dryness. This can be a delicate treatment so as not to damage and tear the carpet.

How In-Plant Restoration Services Work

Our water damage technicians in Dallas are trained to do much of the remediation for water damage on site. We attempt to clean and restore as much as possible, but there are times more intense cleaning or restoration efforts are needed. In those cases, we offer a pack-out service for contents for in-plant restoration or drying. Our goal is to help property owners avoid expensive replacements of items, and we always try to restore whenever possible using our proprietary methods, including specially formulated cleaning products.

Handling Lingering Water Odors In Southeast Dallas Properties

In many cases, drying the structure and contents is enough to neutralize odors left behind by water. Our technicians wipe down dried surfaces with our professional quality cleaning agents and that frequently is enough to mask the residual odors. When that is not effective enough, and the scent is stronger, time-release gel beads are a good option for overtaking the smell left behind. For larger odor problems, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has Odor Control Technicians that can neutralize odors by methods such as ultra-low volume fogging. This is an effective form of odor-control that changes odor-causing molecules through the use of a solvent-based fog. Our Green Fleet always carries air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, along with gas-powered generators, for more forceful and direct odor control. Good indoor air quality is always a must for our customers.

Reducing the Potential Mold after Water Damage

Water damage in the Dallas area always has the potential to bring mold to a property if it is not cleaned correctly. Our approach to the cleanup of water, elimination of moisture and drying methods address and inhibit the growth of mold at every step of the way. Our crew, IICRC certified as AMRT applied microbial remediation techs, use antifungal cleaners to remove mold growth on surfaces and walls, subflooring and baseboards.

If you have water damage in your property, you should not handle it on your own. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is available 24/7 with our emergency response teams to professionally clean and restore your property to make it "Like it never even happened."  We are proud to serve the Dallas community in areas like 75134, 75141, and 75241.

Protecting Property from Fire Damage in Dallas

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt and Fire Damaged Properties in Dallas Get Cleanup and Restoration from SERVPRO

Fires Large and Small Get Needed Restoration Services from SERVPRO

Anyone who has ever witnessed the results of a fire-damaged structure can testify that fire has no master. It can cause all sorts of damage, destroying numerous materials in the combustion process. Heat and smoke residues further enhance the damage. Sometimes even firefighters can contribute to some of the loss as they try to extinguish the fire with pressurized water cannons.
To save your property in a fire damage situation in Dallas, you need to contact a professional cleanup and restoration company immediately. SERVPRO has been in the fire damage restoration and cleanup industry for many years, and we have the equipment, skills, training, and technicians to protect your property and belongings.
To secure your property from the fire damage, SERVPRO technicians may have to move your belongings to a safe location. This procedure can be challenging, as it involves significant labor and several tasks. These tasks include packaging, moving, unpacking, cleaning, repackaging, and moving back. This pack-out service is utilized under severe fire damaging events or to preserve specific possessions.

Our specialists follow IICRC regulations and are highly efficient at fire damage restoration techniques. In some cases, it may also be necessary to vacate the primary residence during a move-out – for instance, when remodeling the property. It is much faster to remodel the house when no people are living in it. Excessive damage to the roof or flooring (basically any major part of the structure) may also necessitate moving out the family to a safer location.
Safety is our top priority during any fire damage event. Our restorers have been trained to maintain high levels of accuracy in their work. This meticulousness helps to avoid breakage and keep a proper inventory of your contents.
SERVPRO also understands that a move-out is not always necessary. Once our emergency team arrives on the site of the fire damage, they can use their professional judgment to make a decision. Transferring property can be costly, so we try to minimize the number of move-outs as much as possible. In most incidents, we can clean and restore the property while our customers are still in residence.

Do not let your valuable items go up in flames when disaster strikes. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has experienced specialists who can mitigate your property from the fire damage. Call us today at (972) 227-0800.

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Decreasing Your Home's Risk of Developing Mold Damage in Dallas

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

You can find mold lurking behind furniture and cabinets or it can appear in plain sight. Regardless of how you find it, call SERVPRO immediately.

SERVPRO Technicians Investigate the Cause of a Mold Infestation Before and During the Remediation Process

While microbes exist everywhere, their overgrowth can cause problems. Homeowners in Dallas can protect their property from microbial overgrowth by taking precautionary steps. Prevention is much less expensive and consumes significantly less time than waiting and needing mold remediation services.

Dallas residents can prevent mold damage from affecting their homes. Simple things, such as wiping up spills, fixing water lines that drip, and installing a dehumidifier can help keep a home dry. You can gain a considerable amount of control over any mold by keeping the level of humidity inside your home at reasonable levels. Some houses require more intensive ways to ensure its protection.

While drips that land on your kitchen and bathroom floors can lead to mold damage, these fail to compare to the amount of water that comes from a broken pipe or an overflowing toilet. However, microbes do not need much water to spread and grow their vast colonies - only a tiny amount of moisture allows an enormous amount of mold to grow.

Controlling the amount of humidity in your home by responding promptly to water line breaks and loose shingles covering your home might seem costly. Waiting to remediate mold after it grows but before it causes damage to your home can set many homeowners back financially. Even worse, the costs involved in repairing mold damage can include non-monetary losses, including the destruction of irreplaceable memorabilia.

When substantial repairs become necessary to ensure your home remains free of mold damage, looking at the cost-effectiveness often reveals that paying for 'costly' repairs brings more benefits than expected. New portions of the roof reinforce weaker areas that harsh weather, high winds, and other elements affected more severely than other areas. Broken water pipes rarely give residents an option if they want to continue living in their home – homeowners must repair them. Drying out the home according to approved standards protects a home from mold damage.
The professional technicians of SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can assist with any amount of mold damage in your home. Call us at (972) 227-0800, so we can help you protect your family and home from unnecessary microbial growth. We can answer your questions, provide you with pertinent information, and assess your home's unique situation, so you fully understand your options.

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If You Think A Mold Infestation Has Taken Over Your Dallas Home, Our Team Is Here To Help!

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County rapid response team a call today at (972) 227-0800.

Is Mold Remediation Necessary For Dallas Homes?

With so many natural disasters and emergencies that can threaten your Dallas property, homeowners have become more determined than ever to care for their properties on their own when possible instead of seeking the services of professional restorers or certified technicians. When mold threatens your home, this same mentality can keep many affected homeowners from appreciating the severity of this situation both for the structural integrity of the property and potential health effects that could threaten the occupants of the house as well.

Many homeowners question if remediation is necessary to restore mold damage that has occurred on their Dallas property. As tempting as DIY methods might seem, in many cases, you can cause more potential hazardous effects attempting these. Worse still, for the risks associated with “mold removal” in your home, you likely still do not fully remove the growing organism, and the problem persists.

One of the reasons that you should look to secure mold remediation services from our SERVPRO professionals promptly is the effect that mold growth can have on structural elements and construction materials in your house. These organisms feed on organic material, so as the colonies grow and thrive, the hosting material for the organism weakens and degrades. Preventing widespread reconstruction requires a fast response to the situation to get our technicians working to resolve the problem quickly.

Another reason that you should consider professional mold remediation is the ability to ensure that the full measure of growth and spread of the active colonies have gotten removed from your home. While no professional outfit can guarantee the removal of mold entirely from the environment, as spores naturally exist in the air we breathe, we can work to remove active colonization entirely.

While you might be among the homeowners questioning if mold remediation is worth the cost, waiting too long to remove active colonization can cause widespread damages throughout the property that can be even costlier to tear out and reconstruct. Give our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County rapid response team a call today at (972) 227-0800.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Team You Want When Dealing With Dallas Water Removal

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Effective Water Removal and Methods to Avoid Recurring Problems

A homeowner might require removal of large amounts of water due to an internal issue like household plumbing or an external issue like flooding caused by excessive rainfall. The faster you can reach out to a professional service the less likely it is that permanent damage can occur to your furniture, fittings or structure. Anything above a minor water spill should be dealt with by trained technicians who have the equipment to remove water from difficult to reach spots.

Time is a contributing factor to successful remediation so for water removal in Dallas homeowners should look to local services. SERVPRO uses technicians exclusively from this community which reduces the expected call out time. It also means that our technicians have experience in dealing with the unique architecture of Dallas properties which helps them to find spots where water is likely to pool and remediate them efficiently.

The primary equipment SERVPRO uses for water removal is extraction units. These come in all shapes and sizes from small portable units to large truck-mounted equipment. Regardless of size, they contain a heating element, vacuum power and are capable of removing gallons over a thousand times faster than traditional air movers or dehumidifiers. Importantly they are also kind to carpets or other weak fabrics.

Although a homeowners primary concern is likely to be removing the water pooling there is also the necessity of putting in place preventative measures. SERVPRO can apply anti-microbial treatments as well as paints and chemically cleaning methods. These all combine to build an effective deterrent to secondary bacteria or fungi growth which can cause expensive secondary damages.

The most effective preventative measure though is making sure the property remains at the correct humidity level. We achieve this by measuring humidity from an unaffected area of the home. This measurement is established as a dry goal and, by using moisture meters and dehumidifiers, we are confident of restoring your property to its normal condition, "Like it never even happened."

For a two-stage restoration approach contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (927) 227-0800 today.

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The Top Three Reasons SERVPRO Will Get You Back In Business In Dallas

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our team responds quickly and will immediately began the restoration process of your business after it is effected by water damage.

Getting Doors Open Faster After Water Removal in Dallas Convenience Stores with SERVPRO

Fast water removal from your convenience store in Dallas should be your foremost priority after a flood or other water damaging event. The longer water remains in your business, the more customers you lose, and the more expensive damage restoration procedures may become. As a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO knows just how important it is to keep doors open and businesses thriving in the local community, and so we always provide our fastest and best services for local stores in need.

Faster Service
Calling SERVPRO for water removal from your Dallas convenience store guarantees a response within hours. We maintain readiness on a 24/7 basis to make sure that we begin to extract standing water and dry out the premises in as little time as possible after the disaster. These fast responses help to keep costs in check and prevent much more severe problems such as mold growth from developing. We also stock the kind of heavy-duty industrial equipment that is vital to keeping extraction times small even for larger floor spaces and floods.

Rapid Restorations
Once the area is dry, we provide damage restoration services that have become renowned nationwide for their speed and effectiveness in a commercial environment. With the aid of specially-made industrial cleaning solutions and time-tested restorative measures, we can bring your store back to the state it was in before the disaster without replacing much if any of the store's furniture and features. By the time we pack up and leave, customers may never know there was ever a flood or water damage in the store.

Business-Specific Services
Local companies prefer to work with SERVPRO for damage restoration projects thanks to our robust set of business-specific tools and services. Our inventory evaluation and management services help you keep track of what can be put back on shelves, what can be resold elsewhere, and what must be replaced. We also offer the Emergency Ready Profile system, which allows you to upload documents to our servers to help us better prepare for future incidents at your location and enables you to call for help with just the press of a button.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can help your store recover quickly from a flood and get doors open to customers faster. Call us at (972) 227-0800.

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Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice for Water Removal Services in Dallas

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will on the job, drying out your home within fours of your initial phone call.

SERVPRO Never Sacrifices Quality for Speed with Dallas Water Removal Services

As soon as you discover signs of excess water in your home, you should place a call to a qualified water removal company in Dallas like SERVPRO. Without fast action, a minor or moderate problem can rapidly develop into a severe one. Through years of experience, we have formed a fast and effective plan of action to help local homeowners remove water from their residences quickly and avoid many of the most dangerous and damaging complications of excess water.  

Speed is King  

One of the reasons why individuals and ill-equipped teams fail to prevent as much damage as SERVPRO technicians do during a water removal project in a Dallas home is that they cannot match the speed at which we operate. Within four hours of your initial call to us, we should have crews on the site beginning to remove water from your home. Our top priority is to remove any standing water from the home, a process that is typically only necessary after flooding or other large disasters. After that, we set up advanced drying solutions such as air movers and dehumidifiers to pick up any remaining water in the home, even droplets that have worked their way deep into the wood and other materials.  

...but Not At The Expense of Being Thorough  

We never allow our emphasis on speedy work to impact our ability to deliver a complete and thorough service. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified to provide industry-leading services and are equipped with the best tools money can buy to ensure that they complete every job as thoroughly as possible. Our goal is to eliminate all potential sources of damage before we leave and reduce your home's risk of incurring damage in the future from other sources, as well.  

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides expert water removal and damage restoration services for homeowners in the area. Whether it is a leak, a small flood, or a major disaster, call us as soon as you identify damage at (972) 227-0800.

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Dallas Fire Loss Property Owners Have a Helping Partner in SERVPRO

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says to Dallas Homeowners--Watch the Pot and Avoid Kitchen Fires

Common Causes of Fire and Fire Damage to be Aware of in Your Dallas Home

The thought of everything you own going up in flames in your Dallas home is quite a frightening image and many homeowners’ worst fears. However, it can happen, and it is best to know ahead of time the most common causes of fires in the home so that you can try to avoid them. Your entire family should know common fire safety practices to help keep everyone safe.
Fire and fire damage in your Dallas home is something that you want to avoid at all costs. If you have already been through a fire, reach out to our professionals at SERVPRO. We can help you clean up the damages and restore your home to the way it was before the fire, helping to erase the bad memories of the event, "Like it never even happened."
The busiest room in the home is the kitchen, and it is also the area where fire danger is most likely. While the kitchen is the room which sees the most people, it is usually when they are not there that accidents happen. It is recommended that someone is always in the vicinity when there is food cooking, whether it is on the range or in the oven. SERVPRO techs have much experience with cleaning up kitchen fires and have the knowledge and tools to help you out if this happens to you.
Chimneys are another dangerous area of your home if you own a fireplace. Failure to clean up the buildup of creosote in chimneys is the leading cause of fires from heating equipment. You should service your chimney on an annual basis, letting professionals clean the highly flammable creosote from your chimney. Also, keep anything that can catch fire away from any fixed or portable heater.
Electricity has safety hazards because of equipment that can malfunction. Almost ten percent of fires involve electrical lighting equipment. When you use appliances, do not plug cords in which are damaged, whether they are bare, frayed, or loose. Also, avoid overloading any circuits by having too much plugged in.
Scented candles are pleasant to have burning in the home, but it is easy to forget that they have open flames. Never leave a room unattended with a burning candle, especially if you have pets or young children. Candles need to be placed in a sturdy holder to lower the risk of them being tipped over.
When a fire does occur in your home in Hutchins, Lancaster or Seagoville, reach out to us at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County right away. We can help you to restore your home when you call us at (972)227-0800, so don’t wait, as more damage is done the longer the soot and smoke are allowed to sit.

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Oh No! A Water Supply Leak Has Flooded Your Dallas Kitchen

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaks are common. Call SERVPRO to restore the water damage to your home.

A Leak in Your Dallas Kitchen Can Result in Your Home Requiring Water Removal Services

It is never a good thing to have to call for water removal services to come to your home. In the case of your home, the supply line of your kitchen sink began to leak while you were away at work. When you returned home, you found your kitchen floor covered in a thin layer of water that had been sitting all day stagnant.  

Upon finding damages that leave your home in urgent requirement of Dallas-based water removal services, it is imperative for you to call or help as soon as you can. The longer water sits on your floor to sit, the more of a chance it has to do further damage to your kitchen. Instead of a simple cleanup job, the spill can turn into a remediation job. Pooling water can turn into water damage, and if left even longer, water damage can turn into mold damage.  

When you phone SERVPRO, our technicians can swiftly assemble a team specifically for the trouble your home is facing. It is important to us that we arrive as soon as possible, so we always strive to do so. We understand how time-sensitive home damages are, but furthermore, we understand how uncomfortable it is for you to have this damage inside of your home lingering.  

As we arrive at your home, our IICRC-certified SERVPRO techs can begin to bring advanced equipment to the scene of the damage, equipment that is designed to pull the water out of your home as fast as possible. SERVPRO can use pieces of equipment such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the standing water from your kitchen.  

After the water is cleaned up, we can take steps to make sure that no excess water remains behind. SERVPRO can use thermal imagining technology to make sure no pockets of water are beneath your cupboards before we ensure that the hardwood flooring is dry. Once we're sure the moisture levels of your home are at the appropriate level, we can leave you feeling "Like it never even happened."  

Should an accident cause water, fire, flood, or mold damage in your home, never hesitate to phone for help. Reach out to SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County by calling the number (972) 227-0800. No matter the time or day, we are open and our technicians are ready to help your home.

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After A Fire Our Team Can Help Restore Your Dallas Home!

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

You shouldn't put yourself at risk in assessing the extent of the damage to your property after a fire has gotten extinguished.

The Risks Of Self-Assessment After A Fire In Your Dallas Home

Many Dallas homeowners strive to provide their own level of care and repair to their property whenever an issue or unforeseen event occurs. While undoubtedly there are areas where this can save you money, certain circumstances require skilled technicians and specialized equipment to overcome. Even with a seemingly smaller-scale fire in your house, the effects lingering after extinguishment could prove hazardous to your health or even more challenging to remedy on your own.

While you often get the first look at fire damage at your Dallas home from the outside, it is important to not rush into the house after the first responders have extinguished the blaze. Combustion can cause multiple health hazards for those entering the scene of a recent fire, and that is a situation that our SERVPRO technicians get prepared to face with extensive training in the use of personal protective equipment.

Our rapid response team includes our experienced technicians able to get to work on mitigation from the moment that we arrive, but also a knowledgeable member of our estimation division. This professional becomes responsible for determining the full measure of the damage to the property, the estimated cost to restore it, the equipment necessary to do so, and any hazards and health risks that persist in the house. Determining these possible problems early can help our SERVPRO technicians to focus our mitigation and reconstruction efforts in these areas before proceeding with a full restoration.

As a licensed residential and commercial contractor for our service area, we have the expertise to determine which construction materials require replacement and which can get preserved with our restoration efforts. Our experience in this area helps to save our customers time and money by offering the most efficient approach to entirely restoring their homes.

You shouldn't put yourself at risk in assessing the extent of the damage to your property after a fire has gotten extinguished. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County rapid response team can experience the full measure of the damage and the appropriate steps to restore it. Give us a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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Protect Yourself After A Dallas Storm and Call SERVPRO Experts Today

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO to help keep you safer after flood damage has hit your home.

Personal Safety Measures We Recommend After Flood Damage in Dallas

Safety is paramount when dealing with flood damage in Dallas. While you can get caught up trying to protect your home through the chaos of a flood, you could inadvertently be putting yourself at risk without even realizing it. With a few minor actions, you can significantly improve upon the safety of yourself and your family during and after the flood event. SERVPRO technicians incorporate these tips into their training to ensure their safety, and we recommend that you do the same.

Wear Personal Protective Equipment

One of the most effective ways that you can protect yourself from harm from flood damage in your Dallas home is to utilize common types of personal protective equipment. The most widespread and readily available type of protective gear is the rubber glove, a valuable tool for anyone touching surfaces and objects tainted by floodwaters. Make sure that these gloves are waterproof, and if they have or develop any holes, throw them away. If available, try to make use of goggles, protective glasses, face masks, and rubber boots to maximize your protection against harmful bacteria and viruses.

Sanitize Thoroughly

Hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap should be your two best friends after flood damage has hit. Even if you are wearing gloves, there is still a chance for harmful microbes to find their way onto your hands. Regular washing and hand sanitizer usage is an effective way to protect yourself against these threats.

Avoid Dangers

The most effective way you can protect yourself from threats is to avoid them entirely. SERVPRO technicians are trained to identify safety threats, but without their knowledge and experience, you may not identify these issues in advance. Avoid any standing water still in the home and be cautious around electrical devices to avoid many of the most severe risks.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has handled many cases of flood damage over the years, and we provide an expert helping hand when you need it most. Call us as soon as possible after a flood at (972) 227-0800.

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If You Have A Leak In Your Commercial Property In Dallas, We Are The Experts To Call!

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

When a sink leak has occurred in your Dallas hotel, other areas of the building can be affected.

Commercial Water Removal For A Leak In Your Dallas Business

When a sink leak has occurred in your Dallas hotel, other areas of the building can be affected. If it was unnoticed for a while, the ceiling and wall beneath the leak might also have damage that needs to be repaired. Since an event like this can shut down part or all of your business for a time, you want to ensure the repairs are done in a professional and timely fashion.

It doesn’t take long for a leak in your business to create havoc in many areas of the building. In a case like this, you need commercial water removal services In Dallas. With the help of professionals like our staff at SERVPRO, you can be up and running as usual. We can clean up all the water, but also find any hidden moisture with the special tools we use. Plus, we make sure to work around your current guests so there are minimal disruptions to them and we strive to minimize the impact on your business at the end of the process of water removal.

We carefully inspect all the damaged areas of your building when we arrive. If there are two or more inches of standing water, the appropriate pump is used to get the water out. We check the walls and floors below the area which was affected as well to check for more standing water.

SERVPRO technicians use a moisture meter so we can determine how much water has penetrated walls, carpeting, floors, and ceilings. We extract any water from hard surface flooring and carpeting, and we detach the carpet to remove the water from the pad and the floor. In most cases, the pad will need to be discarded. We also treat the back of the carpet with an antimicrobial or deodorizer.

Air movers are positioned in the affected rooms to deliver rapid airflow to wet surfaces. We determine how many of these machines to place based upon IICRC recommendations. We also use dehumidifiers to pull the water vapor from the air once it has been pushed off the wet surfaces by the air movers. These units are monitored daily and repositioned to ensure the fastest drying times.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has the training and tools to properly clean and dry your water damaged building in Hutchins, Wilmer, or Lancaster. You can reach out to us any time at (972) 227-0800.

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How Unwanted Water Interrupts Play in Your Dallas Indoor Playgrounds

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Broken pipes cause the playground to be closed. Let SERVPRO dry out the playground so that your kids can get back to playing.

Water Removal Operations for Commercial Facilities In Dallas

Water floods into every business in Dallas at some time. Usually, the source is a simple plumbing failure or a triggered sprinkler. A professional restoration service can find the source, often repair it, and quickly remove the floodwater so the business owner can get back to her customers.  

For a Dallas business that centers around kids, commercial water removal can be more complicated. With an indoor playground, SERVPRO restoration teams not only have to get everything dry, but we also need to examine each surface the water covered for any trace of mold or bacteria, especially if the water entered the facility from outside, through the doors or other entry points. If there is a bacteria or fungal threat, we spray the entire area before starting removal operations.  

If it is a plumbing issue, finding and shutting down the leak is often simple. In a commercial operation like this one, a broken sink or a backed-up toilet is usually the issue. Our personnel can repair these and other minor problems. For a major break or failure, our team leaders recommend the business owner bring in a licensed plumber.  

Now, our teams can start drying out the playground. For water about ankle-deep or higher, they start with an industrial water pump. These devices can draw out massive amounts of water so that SERVPRO technicians can empty a large floor area in just a day or two.  

When the water level is lower, team members use extraction wands to draw the water off floors and carpets. Technicians can adjust the vacuum speed to match the floor or carpet, and our models also have an adjustable temperature setting. It is very useful to begin drying carpets without accidentally softening the glue that holds them in place.  

Excess water can also raise the humidity to uncomfortable levels, especially for children. Our teams install one or more dehumidifiers to remove water from the air and lower levels back to normal. Each device can draw out up to 25 gallons of water every 24 hours.  

If you have any standing water in your business, call us today at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. We are here to help you return your facility to its usual operation.

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Dallas Storm Recovery Starts with a Phone Call to SERVPRO

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Flood Insurance Is a Good Investment for Your Dallas Property

What to Do After Flooding in Your Dallas Home

Natural disasters can happen to Dallas residents with little warning, as we have seen in the past with severe weather systems rolling across the region. With so much that could happen to your residence when it gets threatened by damages from a storm or the flooding that can come along with it, finding the right path to restoring your home can feel overwhelming. Trusting the right professional team can require some trust in an uncertain time, but services, like we provide the community, can help you to bring your home back to preloss conditions quickly, whenever possible.

The trouble with flood damages in your Dallas home is that it is rarely as simple as contending with an abundance of water throughout your property. Once you have a look at the damage that the disaster has caused, you can appreciate your need for professional services like our SERVPRO team can provide, and knowing what do to at this point can save you time and money when getting the damage restored.

While you want to contact your insurance company following an incident like this in your home, you might consider also calling our SERVPRO emergency response team. We can arrive promptly, depending on the overall storm effects, and help you to get an estimate together and a catalog of the damage that your insurance company requires to file a claim. Also, in knowing the estimate beforehand, you can determine this information against your deductible to make an educated decision if filing a claim is financially beneficial for you. We are not an insurance company, if you have coverage, always contact your agent ASAP.

Our technicians can also work to mitigate the effects of the flood throughout your home to prevent further loss before the official restoration work can begin if an agreement has been signed. These services might include removal of items that remain at risk for continued damage from the present water or even working to extract water from your residence to protect its structural components from weakening. Contaminated floodwaters can be hazardous to your health.

Protecting your home after a flood might feel impossible, but the right professional restoration team can help you to navigate the taxing process of filing an insurance claim and meeting the requirements to get high-caliber restoration work started promptly. You can count on our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County emergency response team to be there when you need us. Give us a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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Our Mold Remediation Specialists Are Better And Faster At Restoring Your Dallas Home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be a nag if not dealt with appropriately.

Steps For Effective Remediation Of Mold Damage In Dallas

Mold falls into different categories mostly distinguished by their colors. If you encounter black colonies, it is probably Aspergillus or Cladosporium variety, while a yellowish appearance may indicate Serpula lacrymans variety. Despite the color differences, the effect is most likely the same. Leaving the colonies to develop undisturbed causes problems with air quality, and can even lead to structural damage. Because limited natural light and higher than usual moisture levels favor mold growth, most infestations are likely to occur in dark, hard-to-reach sections of your Dallas property.

Any effort to deal with mold damage in Dallas must focus on the factors that promote growth. This is because mold spores are omnipresent, and it is not possible to eliminate them through chemical action or otherwise. If remediation only involves cleaning the affected areas, the problem keeps recurring after short durations. Our professional restoration service starts with an inspection of the property to establish if there is a general moisture problem fueling growth. Depending on what we find out, we can take appropriative corrective measures.

Among the factors that contribute to mold development, it is probably only moisture that can be controlled. Because mold thrives on all kinds of organic food sources, including dust, it is not possible to eliminate such food sources. Our SERVPRO team focuses on fast drying of the affected parts of the structure. We achieve this by extracting any standing water and minimizing moisture in the air through dehumidification.

Cleaning any residue of the mold colonies is essential especially to restore the aesthetic appeal of the affected surfaces. Using professional products at this stage helps guarantee better results. Our SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered, broad-spectrum disinfectants on all the affected surfaces because they only work on microbes through physical contact. We also allow correct dwell time and maintain the right pH and temperature levels throughout the process for good results.

Mold can be a nag if not dealt with appropriately. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to assist. You can reach us 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

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Protect Your Dallas Home From Water Damage

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage includes mold and mildew growth. SERVPRO can remove the water source and safely eliminate mold and mildew.

You Need Water Removal Services after Accidents, Floods, and Broken Pipes in Your Dallas Home

Pumping out the water from a tragic event that created a watery mess in your Dallas home is enough on its own. You also need someone to make sure that your home's interior becomes dry again, without any damp areas or pockets of hidden moisture.

SERVPRO provides homeowners with expert and professional services, including water removal and cleanup in Dallas. A broken water line or overstuffed washing machine can cause tremendous harm to your home if that water remains for too long. We get it out quickly and make sure that even the smallest traces of it no longer pose a threat to your property. 

Our IICRC-certified Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) knows how to find moisture hiding in your walls, floors, personal belongings, and household furnishings using moisture readers. We also measure the amount of water vapor in the air, and our methods to extract this from your home are highly efficient. No matter where water or moisture rests, we find it.

Water removal methods are designed to protect your home from microbial growth, which can begin in as little as 24 to 48 hours after the incident, and water damage that can affect paint and wall coverings, wooden floors, and so much more inside your home. Preventing these with water removal services is very cost-effective. 

When flooding or dirty water affects your home, we also sanitize the affected areas, making them safely livable as well as dry again. We know that protecting your family is crucial to you, and we can help you make this happen.

We also check several unaffected areas inside your property to compare these readings to affected materials. While we use the latest in technology, we still need to go by tried and tested readings that give us the information about any particular item's standard moisture content. Drying things out too much can not only make your home's air uncomfortable to breathe, but it can also damage materials. Wood can crack when it becomes too dry, for example. We strive to perform the work flawlessly as this can restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

When your home has water problems that you just want to disappear, call us, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. We can restore your home so everything is how you want it again, quickly and with no fuss.

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Proper Preparedness Can Reduce the Impact of Flood Damage in Dallas

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

If a flood damages your home, our SERVPRO truck could pull into your driveway.

Preparing for flood damage in Dallas

Most people are aware of how unpredictable the weather is, and how heavy downpours even in areas far off, can lead to flooding. What many people are not aware of is the different ways one severe weather event can flood their homes. It is possible for a property to be damaged by flooding while those around it remain intact even though all are affected by the same weather event. To make your Dallas property more resilient to flooding, you should learn the different ways flood-related damages can occur.

Driving rain can cause flood damage in Dallas properties by forcing water through holes or gaps around doors, windows or other access points. This seepage can happen in any section of your property, even in rooms higher than the ground floor. Therefore, even a proper elevation cannot protect property from damages caused by driving rain. Our SERVPRO technicians can help inspect your property to establish whether the sealant around doors, windows, and other gaps are filled in correctly. Eliminating any clefts protects your property.

Air vents provide an access point for water to enter your property and though minimal, it can still cause problems such as mold. Unfortunately, you cannot do without vents, so unlike the gaps around windows, you cannot seal them shut. However, you can cover them when expecting heavy rain. You can landscape the area around your property to help prevent water from pooling. Such landscaping changes can help prevent flooding.

Even with all these preparation steps performed, it is not a guarantee against damaging by flooding. Part of your preparation should, therefore, focus on what to do after water breaches the barriers you have set. Our SERVPRO team can help you respond appropriately by extracting any standing water in the affected areas, as well as cleaning and drying them to avoid issues like rot or mold. We have the necessary equipment including different types of pumps, water extractors, and drying equipment.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. We can help you make the necessary plans to protect your property from flooding or clean it up if it floods, leaving it "Like it never even happened."

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A Leaky Sink Can Cause Water Damage To Your Dallas Restaurant

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes your establishment, never wait to call for services.

A Leaky Sink Can Cause Water Damage

A clean washroom is a vital aspect of a good restaurant; however, that image can disappear when a leaky sink is causing water damage inside of it. Not only is a hygienic and clean washroom important for customers but employees as well. It is essential to have a sterile environment for employees to wash their hands to preserve the quality of the food being served. If the sink has water damage all around it, that damage can lead to further complications such as mold and rot, which can quickly turn your bathroom into a place of less reputable hygiene. Overall, the problem creates further issues that do not give the image of a clean restaurant to your customers, and therefore can negatively impact your business.

Upon discovering the water damage inside of your Dallas restaurant's bathroom, it is wise to reach out for professional help. The water damage is impacting the walls around your sink, the structure your sink is set into, and the floor. The quicker that the problem is handled, the less likely it is that a musty odor from mold growth can set into your washroom.

When you get in contact with SERVPRO, we make it a priority to work around your schedule. Our professionals understand the importance of your daily business and always strive to be unobtrusive. We can arrive at your restaurant and work overnight, to keep out of sight and mind of your customers and make sure your flow of business remains intact.

When our technicians arrive at your business, the first thing SERVPRO can do is investigate the damage and create the best-suited solution for your particular space. Our IICRC-techs come equipped with trade tools that they can set up to create an environment that helps further the evaporation process at a faster rate. Using tools such as desiccant dehumidifiers and ventilation fans, SERVPRO can keep air circulating throughout your washroom, drawing out the moisture from your floor tiles and walls. By the time we are finished, our primary goal is to leave your restaurant feeling like it did before the water damage happened.

When water damage strikes your establishment, never wait to call for services. Phone the number (972) 227-0800 to speak with SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County. We always aim to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Taking Care of Mold Damage in Dallas Basements

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

Don't panic if you see mold in your basement. Contact SERVPRO and we will remediate the damage as well as offer prevention tips.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Find the Cause of the Mold Colony Spreading Through Your Basement

When mold damage develops in a Dallas home's basement, it creates some additional problems and complications for SERVPRO teams working to eliminate the fungus. Basements consistently rank among the most typical places we find mold growth in local residential builds, as their warm, dark, and sometimes humid environments represent an excellent place for mold to grow and thrive without many disturbances. If you identify signs of mold growth in your home's basement, here are some of the things you can expect to see in the coming weeks.

A Fast Response from SERVPRO
We never take calls of mold damage in Dallas homes lightly. While it is true that mold grows slowly and silently, we have observed through our decades of service that prompt action is critical to keep costs low and damage to a minimum. Fungal colonies grow at an exponential rate, meaning that every passing day without action allows the colony to grow larger at a faster rate. Within hours of your first call to us, we get inspectors and technicians on-scene to control the problem and identify our approach throughout the remediation process.

Localized Quarantines
While not often seen for minor damage, significant mold growth often requires quarantining, no matter what part of the home it develops in. Basements develop the kind of massive mold problems that require quarantines more often than other areas of the home but are also easier to block off and keep under control. Unless the fungus is particularly widespread across the structure, you should see minimal, localized quarantining if any is required.

Preventative Actions
Where mold grew once, it can grow again, unless action is taken to prevent it. SERVPRO can assist with the application of mold-resistant paints and materials in the areas of growth if you wish to safeguard your home against future problems. These actions may represent an extra day or two of work, depending on the size of the job, but can prove critical to keeping your home safe for years to come.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides expert mold damage remediation and prevention services to homeowners across the local area. If you find signs of mold growth in your home, contact us immediately at (972) 227-0800.

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Different Types Of Smoke Particles To Expect During Fire Damage Restoration In Dallas

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage incidents can lead to the production of free-floating or driven smoke.

Different Types Of Smoke Particles

Fire damage incidents can lead to the production of free-floating or driven smoke. Driven smoke refers to the smoke which is propelled and pressurized by the energy that the fire generates. This form of smoke usually affects vertical surfaces. After the driven smoke cools, it transforms to free-floating smoke - which is usually heavier when compared to air and settles on horizontal surfaces. Irrespective of the type of smoke in your Dallas property, you need professional restoration services to prevent further damage and salvage your contents.

When our SERVPRO technicians are choosing the methods of fire damage remediation in Dallas, we look at the type of smoke residues, the structure, and the surface with the particles. For instance, if the structure experienced a protein fire - fires from burning fish, poultry, and meat - then we expect to deal with an oily and dense texture. Protein fires slightly discolor cabinet surfaces and painted walls. The primary challenge when dealing with them is the extreme pungent that they produce, which means we have to employ thorough odor removal techniques.

If you rely on fuel oil as a source of heat, then you should expect fuel oil soot when the oil burner malfunctions. Also, a puff-back may occur when the heat exchanger has a crack and an improper vent. This kind of soot has some dust particles which originate from the duct-work as well as fuel oil which has gone incomplete combustion. It is easy to remove while fresh, though, it can stick and create a strong bond with the painted walls and make it hard to remove if left for an extended period.
Our SERVPRO technicians also determine whether we are dealing with wet or dry smoke residues. It is quicker to clean dry residues when compared to wet residues, and this helps us to establish whether to use less aggressive or harsher cleaning techniques.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides 24-hour emergency services that meet residential and commercial restoration and cleaning needs. Call us at (972) 227-0800 and schedule an appointment to learn more about our services.

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Mold Damage Remediation Options That Every Resident Of Dallas Should Know

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores continually move, and once they land on damp areas, they start to grow and digest materials to survive.

Mold Damage Remediation

Mold spores continually move through the indoor and outdoor environment, and once they land on damp areas, they start to grow and digest materials to survive. The gradual digestion of materials leads to mold damage. There are different types of molds, and all of them have the potential of causing health effects to Dallas residents, which is enough concern to start mold remediation or clean up as soon as possible.

To avoid mold damage in your Dallas home, our SERVPRO technicians address the moisture problem. If the humidity in the building is uncontrolled and there is no adequate ventilation, there is a possibility of experiencing moisture buildup. Roof leaks and gutters that are not correctly functioning can also be part of the moisture problem. The key to solving such an issue is identifying the moisture problem and stopping the source of the water.

Formulation of the remediation plan is so important when we arrive at the site. At this stage, we determine the level of contamination and assess all the damaged materials. The plan also outlines the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to use during the restoration, the containment measures to put in place, and the procedures to use when removing the mold. Our primary goal is to protect the occupants, our technicians and prevent the spread of the mold spores to clean areas.

We usually turn off the HVAC systems and check its filters for possible contamination. Our SERVPRO team understands that mold grows on hidden surfaces and as a result, we check under pads and carpets, behind wallpapers and drywall. Sometimes it can be challenging to investigate hidden mold challenges, so we use moisture meters and sensors to detect possible water problems. Communication with the occupants or the owner of the building continues until we achieve the structure’s preloss state.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County offers emergency services that meet commercial and residential cleaning and restoration needs. Call us at (972) 227-0800 to return your property to its earlier state.

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Safety Forward Thinking During Dallas Water Removal Projects

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water loss incidents can require a lot of immediate attention and action to mitigate the damage they can cause to your Dallas residence.

Water Removal Safety

Water loss incidents can require a lot of immediate attention and action to mitigate the damage they can cause to your Dallas residence. Even with a fast response time, significant volumes of water cause damages that require professional restoration services to repair. One of the overlooked aspects of these unfortunate incidents is the likelihood of failing construction, whether it is a collapsing ceiling or a weakened floor.

Too often, homeowners in need of water removal services in their Dallas home set out to take care of the extraction and drying on their own. With even a short amount of time exposed to high volumes of water, however, the structural integrity of construction materials in your house could pose a risk to the homeowner. Safety is the biggest concern of our SERVPRO team, and as part of our inspection process, we assess the likelihood of construction failure and collapse, as well as the appropriate safety precautions to take in higher risk areas.

Ceiling collapse is a big concern for our restoration technicians responding to a water removal job. If the incident originated from an upper floor or the roof of a house, the materials above the ceiling, namely insulation, can get oversaturated and very heavy. Once the weight of this material combines with a weakening of the ceiling structure, it can give way in large portions with very little warning.

Flooring is another concern for our SERVPRO restoration team. When water has pooled, penetrating beyond the immediate floor material and into subflooring, the weakening of the supports can break and fall through. The same can happen with material like drywall used for interior walls. When portions of this material become overly saturated, they are too heavy for the limited support of screws into the framing and fall off in large portions.

Our team of experienced technicians makes safety a priority. By understanding the possibilities and preparing for them, we can restore the damage to your home and remove the pooled water efficiently. You can count on our SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County water damage restoration specialists to respond quickly and bring your home back to the way it should be. Give us a call anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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When Pets Cause Mold Damage to Your Dallas Home, Remediation Stops Microbial Activity

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Getting a puppy trained is hard enough without dealing with a mold infestation in your home. Contact SERVPRO when you first see or smell mold.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home as Well as Offer Tips to Help Prevent a Recurrence

People often think of their pets as special members of the family in Dallas, and their owners go to great lengths to keep them happy and healthy. Making sure that they have fresh water and a decent supply of food for the day before heading out to work quickly becomes a part of the morning routine after a new pet joins a household.
Your residence can end up with mold damage in Dallas when a new puppy or kitten knocks over their water bowl repeatedly or makes other messes in corners and under furniture. The moisture from these spills can trigger microbial growth cycles and lead to a proliferation of mold and mildew in your home.
The IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO understand you want your home restored to a safe and healthy state, and we can help you achieve and maintain this goal. Protecting your family's health from the effects of mold can help prevent existing health conditions from becoming worse.
Remediation also helps prevent decay of the materials and belongings in your residence which microbes cause. They spread damage wherever they end up in your home. In fact, before technicians from SERVPRO begin working on the remediation of your pet's area, we contain the area with thick plastic sheeting and directed air flows so we can use negative air pressure to more efficiently contain the mold's spores.
Microbes leave stains behind on porous objects, from soft plastics and rubber items to wood to clothing. Many of the items near your pet's food and water bowls can exhibit these signs. We remove mold growth from your home and your possessions so the microbial population cannot spread. Stains on many, but not all, items, can often come off with proper treatment.
We provide you with an inventory list of those items that we cannot restore fully and discuss with you the options regarding their replacement. Some of your belongings and household furnishings may fare better with one of our partners who specialize in restorative work, especially in situations involving old books, electronics, and art pieces.
While we never recommend getting rid of a pet, we can offer suggestions on techniques that can help prevent mold damage from becoming a problem again inside your home. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County wants to help residents in Seagoville, Hutchins, and Lancaster by remediating their home to a preloss state and helping ensure that microbial populations remain under control in the future. Call us at (972) 227-0800, so we can get started on restoring your home.

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Fire Damage Experts in Dallas Describe Chemicals Used for Cleaning Soot

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Seeing your home after fire damage can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Evaluate Fire Damage to Determine the Appropriate Method to Clean the Soot in Your Home

Whenever a fire starts inside your house in Dallas, whether it is big or small, smoke can cause many problems. When a fire burns, not everything burnt in the blaze completely combusts. Partially combusted fuels get released into the air in the form of smoke. Smoke can travel throughout any structure and leave behind foul odors and soot residues.
If building materials and contents get covered in soot, the soils can ruin their surfaces. When mitigating fire damage in Dallas, the removal of soot residues is essential. Depending on several factors residues can be easy or difficult to remove.
Since the composition of soot can vary, our SERVPRO technicians utilize a variety of cleaning methods and chemicals during the cleaning process. Surfaces that are porous are best cleaned with dry soot removal methods. If wet chemicals are used on porous substances, then the soot can soak into the item causing more damage. Non-porous surfaces can be cleaned using wet chemicals and techniques because water will not soak the soils into material.
For most surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians can use a low-alkaline general surface cleaner. For areas affected with thick or greasy residues a heavy duty, high alkaline cleaner can be used. Some surfaces should be cleaned with chemicals that are specifically made for them.
For any glass surface, a specialized glass cleaner often gets utilized. Glass cleaners are slightly alkaline and contain ammonia. For wood surfaces, a wood creme cleaner can be effective. Wood cremes slightly polish wooden surfaces and can aid in deodorization.
Liquid creme cleaners work in the same way as wood cremes, and they can be used to clean grease and polish surfaces. Liquid cremes cannot be used on surfaces that are harmed by mild abrasives such as porcelain or enamel. Strong acid cleaners can be used to remove smoke and soot damage from stone and brick. Oxidizing cleaners are sometimes used when cleaning water-based organic stains and can help with deodorization.
Using the right product on the correct surfaces is essential to effectively clean problems with soot. In many cases, multiple types of methods are used until the most efficient technique is discovered. Any time you need help with smoke-related issues, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 24 hours a day.

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Flood Damage Experts From Dallas Explain Structural Drying Theories

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can quickly damage many parts of your home. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Assesses and Then Efficiently Dries Out Your Property

If an intense storm hits the Dallas area, your property is at risk. Severe thunderstorms create conditions such as excessive rains and powerful winds that can cause damage to your residence in several different ways. If water gets deep outside of your house, it can flood out your entire floor. If a flying object hits one of your windows, rain could pour directly into your bedroom.
After some storms, you might notice that only small amounts of moisture entered the structure. If moisture levels are low after a flood damage scenario in Dallas, drying equipment can quickly return conditions to normal. If organic materials inside the house stay wet for more than 48 hours, microbial growth can occur.
When drying out structural components inside a building, the goal is to speed up the natural evaporation process. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize air moving and dehumidification systems to create an environment that rapidly dries materials and contents. The formation of the equipment and the ratio of dehumidifiers to air movers makes a difference in how fast moisture evaporates.
Our IICRC certified team uses their knowledge and experience to determine the best way to quickly dry out an affected area. The air movers get set up in the damaged room so that the moist air evaporating off of wet materials gets pushed away from the surface. The dehumidifiers then suck up the air removing the moisture and discarding it into a receptacle in liquid form.
The dehumidifiers exhaust out hot, dry air that in turn gets used in the counterclockwise air circulation created by the air movers. The air movers and in some cases ventilating box fans get placed so that the air coming from them hits wet surfaces at a 45-degree angle helping create the circular airflow needed. If just the carpet and parts of the drywall got wet, then fewer air movers get set up. If more things like furniture and cabinets require drying as well, more air movers are necessary.
If there are too few air movers in relation to dehumidifiers, then the drying process can take longer. If there are too many air movers set up, then secondary damage can take place. For help after a storm causes water to enter your home, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 24 hours a day.

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Get Your Basics Right When Performing Mold Remediation In Dallas

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores exist almost everywhere whether indoors or outdoors, and that means it is not possible to entirely remove them from your property.

Mold Remediation

To understand how mold damage remediation works, you first have to understand the basics of mold. Mold spores exist almost everywhere whether indoors or outdoors, and that means it is not possible to entirely remove them from your property. For the spores to grow and form mold colonies, they need moisture and less than 48 hours. Before we employ our remediation processes in Dallas, we first address the sources of moisture.

Different mold damage incidents in Dallas are unique, and that calls for specialized solutions from the part of our SERVPRO technicians. The moment our experts arrive at your property, we ask questions and perform a site inspection which enables us to choose the right tools and procedures for the job. During the examination, we look out for visible mold as well as hidden sources of water. For instance, by using water meters and sensors, we are in a position to detect the presence of moisture.

Since during the cleanup procedures there is a possibility of disturbing the microscopic spores and spreading them to clean areas, there is a need to do mold containment. We can set up physical barriers such as plastic sheeting to act containment barriers. Establishing a negative pressure can also prevent the movement of the spores. At this step, we turn off all fans as well as cooling and heating systems. With this containment measures in place, our SERVPRO technicians can capture the mold using specialized tools and processes such as HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers.

If we notice that some porous materials such as carpets and drywall have the mold infestation, removing and disposing of them is necessary. It is also the role of our SERVPRO technicians to clean your contents using antimicrobial treatments which apart from eliminating the mold help to lower the chances of future mold growth. Chances of having unpleasant odors after a mold event are high, by using thermal foggers we can perform deodorization and neutralize those smells.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has a highly trained mold remediation team that works around the clock to address all sizes of disaster. Call us at (972) 227-0800 to learn your options and prevent further damage.

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Commercial Water Removal Procedures In Dallas

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks on the second floor of a building, your lower level clothing store in can receive excessive damage to your products.

Commercial Water Removal Procedures

If a pipe breaks on the second floor of a building, your lower level clothing store in Dallas can receive excessive damage to your products and building materials. Water that pours into your shop from the ceiling down can ruin many different materials. The ceiling first retains water then it can flow down the walls to the floor.

Moisture inside the ceiling cavity can cause potential safety hazards. Whenever starting commercial water removal in Dallas, the first step is to secure the work area. Any drywall that is weak and has a possibility of falling gets removed. In many cases, the power gets shut off, and any electrical hazards get repaired.

After the work area is deemed safe for all workers and customers, the extraction and drying process begins. To start, our SERVPRO technicians formulate a work plan that removes water as quickly as possible. We structure our initial plan of attack so that we can complete the mitigation procedures while your business keeps operating.

If moisture stays inside your store for too long secondary damage can take place. Moisture can ruin the structural integrity of materials over time causing them to need replacement. If moisture stays inside organic materials for longer than 48 hours mold growth can occur.

Sometimes after water has been extracted and dried out, foul odors still exist. When some materials get wet, they put off pungent, mildew-like odors. After all, moisture gets removed the final step is to clean and deodorize your clothing store.

In a clothing shop, many of your products are made out of fabric which is a porous material that can hold in foul odors. If the smell is present throughout the building, there is a good chance your products are affected. If your inventory is creating unpleasant aromas, there are some steps we can take to remove the smells.

In some scenarios, an ultra-low volume fogger gets used to remove odors. A wet fogger breaks chemicals down to microscopic particles that penetrate into porous materials. The chemicals then pair with particles neutralizing the foul aromas.

In other cases, an ozone machine works to remove mildew-like odors. The ozone machine sends out O3 particles that oxidize odor particles, neutralizes the aromas they put off. For professional help with the deodorization of your business, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 24/7.

The Best Practices to Follow After Flood Damage in Dallas

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to Rescue Your Flooded Dakkas Home and Dry It Out

Call the Experts from SERVPRO for Rapid Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

You need the right tools and procedures to overcome the challenges that flood damage incidents bring along successfully. If the water is still running, stopping or diverting it to a safe area should be the first step as you work towards restoring your property. As a resident of Dallas, knowing your options is so important and we are here to let you know the right actions to take during such a stressing time. The goal is to salvage most of your contents and control the damage.

When you are working with our SERVPRO technicians after a flood damage incident in Dallas, we can help you dry walls, floors, and all the areas under and behind cabinets. The presence of cabinets can slow the rate of drying, and we might be forced to drill holes into the surrounding walls to promote air circulation. Once the wall is thoroughly dry, we then cover or patch the holes. During this time, we are careful with both electrical and plumbing hazards that may exist within these walls.

Drying walls that have wallpapers can be challenging if these covering are made of vinyl. The coverings act as moisture barriers and block the dampness behind them, and that means the use of dehumidifiers during moisture removal cannot be efficient. Our SERVPRO technicians first communicate with the customer and the adjuster before removing the wallpapers. In some situations, we might drill holes after removing the base molding to enhance air circulation to avoid damaging or interfering with the wallpapers.

To increase the rate of evaporation, our SERVPRO technicians set up air movers. They work by pushing the moisture into the air and replacing it with dry air. As the process goes on, the surrounding air becomes saturated with moisture, and there is need to do dehumidification. Dehumidifiers remove the water vapor thus lowering the humidity. We use three main types of dehumidifiers: desiccant, low grain refrigerant, and refrigerant dehumidifiers.

At SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is mold, storm, fire, or flood-related. Call us at (972) 227-0800 at any time of the day, and we can make it appear "Like it never even happened."

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How Do Professionals Deodorize Your Dallas Home After a Water Damage Incidence?

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home can be very overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for mitigation and restoration services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With the Training and Equipment to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Odor can be a huge problem after a water damage incidence. If the problem is not handled efficiently, your home can reek of a stale, musty odor long after the restoration process is complete.

Thankfully, SERVPRO technicians use some of the best equipment and techniques to combat odors after water damage to your Dallas home. We make sure that your house smells like home again once we are done restoring it. The professionals can use several instruments to tackle the odor problem after water damage including the following.

Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
The ULV foggers are equipment that produces a fine mist of deodorizing agent that penetrates deeper into the surfaces. The foggers are great for deodorizing as they do not require wetting of the surfaces to be deodorized. Another advantage of the ULV foggers is that the deodorant can reach the more difficult to reach places when used in this equipment. They are also great for injecting fungicides and disinfectants as well.

Thermal foggers
These machines produce a fine mist of the deodorizing agent by the use of heat. It generates very fine particles of the deodorizing compound that can penetrate deeper compared to the particles created by the ULV foggers. These foggers are excellent if the water damage has caused extensive damage in hard to reach areas such as nooks and crannies.

SERVPRO professionals can use both handheld and mechanical sprayers to spray a deodorizer to the affected area. This method is excellent if the damage is not very severe and extensive surfaces need to be deodorized. A liquid deodorant is sprayed directly onto the surface being deodorized, and as a result, the surface can become wet after application. The method is not ideal for surfaces that have a problem of discoloration or those, that can be damaged by the liquid deodorant.

Professionals can use a combination of different types of methods depending on the extent of the damage and the type of the odor they are trying to eliminate.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 today to speak with one of our odor elimination experts to learn more.

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Do Not Put Off Mold Remediation For Your Dallas Residence

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in your Dallas home might present itself in several different ways.

Mold Remediation For Your Home

For as quickly as mold and fungal organisms can grow in a home, it is surprising that more people get misinformed or inadequately taught about how it grows and the effects that it can have. Discovering mold in your Dallas home is something that should get corrected as efficiently as possible.

Mold damage in your Dallas home might present itself in several different ways. While typically you see colonies begin to form and can see the damage firsthand. Other times, the damage has not yet reached the surface, and you can only tell its there by an indicating musty odor. As a homeowner, you want to stay mindful of changes in your home that could tell you about mold growth well before you see it spreading throughout regions of your house.

Often mold is going to present itself in areas that are damp and humid, as the moisture in the air is a food source for the growing organism to thrive. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified mold remediation specialists can help you to identify the source of this dampness and moisture, and work to provide a solution through the restoration process to reduce or eliminate the presence of this dampness. This step is critical to preventing the problem from getting worse and from recurring again in a short period.

Using negative air chambers and air scrubbers with HEPA filters, our SERVPRO professionals can section off the area housing the organisms. Preventing the spread of the active spores is a critical component to remediation, especially during colony removal efforts. Dehumidifying the area follows shortly after that, reducing or eliminating a potential food source for spores. While we use sizable dehumidification equipment to pull the moisture out quickly, you might be encouraged to continue this process indefinitely using a modest-sized option.

You can trust SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to be available for you anytime that you require mold remediation efforts for your home. Our team is available any time of the day to tackle the disasters that threaten your comfortable home life. Give us a call today at (972) 227-0800.

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Water Removal Services for Your Dallas Home Because of Broken Pipes

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Condensation, Moisture, Leaking Pipes or Mean Water Damage--Call SERVPRO to Dry Your Dallas Property

Moisture Control and Standards Are Essential in the Drying Process After Water Damage

Pipes which leak or burst are common culprits of water damage in homes in Dallas. Toilets and drains which get backed up and blocked can create undue pressure in the pipe when then causes it to leak or burst. Garbage disposals which are not working correctly are another common reason for pipes bursting, as are roots which grow in the yard into the sewer lines. Rusty or old pipes can also be more prone to leaking.
Pipes which are leaking or have burst can create quite the mess for you to clean up. You first need water removal services for your Dallas home to get rid of the water that is now all over the place, plus assistance in getting your house dry again. Our SERVPRO techs are specially trained to help you with both services, plus work in an efficient and timely fashion.
We need to create a drying goal during remediation, and we monitor the drying process daily to check if the goal is being met. The drying goal is the condition we want to bring about in the area of your home that was affected.
We set moisture content aims for materials which were affected in your home in two different ways, including recording the average equilibrium moisture content, or EMC, or by establishing the dry standard. The dry standard is the moisture content of dry materials in an area which is undamaged. We take moisture content readings from dry materials to get the dry standard. These readings become part of our drying goal for the wet areas. We now have a means of comparison.
SERVPRO staff uses the EMC of materials for a goal, too. Moisture readings of dry materials in everyday situations are taken to establish our drying goals. We use a moisture meter to determine and document the moisture in materials every time we monitor them to see if the drying goals are being met. The readings are compared to see if the item is drying, and when our goals are met, the drying process is complete.
SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County ensures that standard RH relative humidity levels are attained in your home in Hutchins, Seagoville, or Cedar Hill before we say the job is complete. Contact us at (972) 227-0800 as soon as you have a water disaster so that we can help you restore your home.

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Understanding the Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Process at Your Dallas Restaurant

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cleans-up and Restores Your Restaurant Kitchen Fire in Dallas

Inspection and Following Protocols by SERVPRO Expedite Fire & Smoke Cleanup

A fire can cause significant structural and monetary damage to your business. Not only do you have to shell out money to restore the damage, but you also lose commerce during the restoration period as well.

Understanding the commercial fire damage to your Dallas eatery can help you set realistic expectations. The time required and the success of the restoration process depends on the scale and severity of the damage. Not all fires are alike, and understandably, some damage is more straightforward to clean up and restore than other.

Minor fire damage
Minor damage involves damage to only a areas in your establishment. The amount of the smoke and soot residue is also light or moderate at most. Such type of damage can be restored quite easily. SERVPRO technicians can use a dry or wet cleaning to eliminate the residue from floors, walls and even from contents as well. You can have a short restoration period if the fire damage is minor.

Medium fire damage
If the damage is medium, there is usually moderate to heavy smoke residue on surfaces. The cleaning process involves wet cleaning and can take significantly more time. Chemical powder fire suppressent systems located in commercial kitchens can in of itself create quite a mess. Some of the areas or items may even have to be replaced in such kind of damage. Odor control is also a big problem with fires of this size. Consequently, it can require more time for SERVPRO professionals to clean the damage of this scale thoroughly.

Major fire damage     
In case of a major fire damage incidence, the damage due to the heat can be severe. There can even be a significant amount of structural damage that may require repairs. Smoke and soot can spread on extensive areas following such a magnitude of damage. Restoring major fire damage to a restaurant can take a long time. Emergency services including boarding up the structure, establishing a source of electricity may be needed during the restoration process. SERVPRO strives to establish your site for a renovation as soon as possible when significant fire damage has closed down your place of business.

Whether your establishment has a minor, medium or major fire damage, SERVPRO technicians are by your side.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 today to schedule an appointment with a rep or project manager.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Fire Damage Restoration In Your Dallas Area Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Every fire damage situation is entirely different.

Fire Damage Restoration

Many questions come to mind after experiencing fire damage on your Dallas property. To help address some of our customer's more common concerns, we have put together a short list. Remember, if you have any additional questions or concerns, we are available 24/7, year-round.

Addressing a variety of questions from homeowners throughout Dallas, currently experiencing fire damage in their home comes naturally to our IICRC technicians. We frequently look to inform and educate our customers, which makes for a smoother, less stressful restoration experience for everyone involved.

How long does the cleaning and restoration process take?
Unfortunately, every situation is entirely different. There may be extensive water, smoke, and fire damage, along with cleaning, deodorization, and reconstruction issues to account for in your restoration. However, SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration team accurately assesses any damage found on your property and presents you with an estimated timeframe before beginning work.

Can I check my home and belongings after the fire?
After SERVPRO technicians have the opportunity to check for possible hazards, the team leader present on your property can walk you through everything, explaining damages that exist and the services we intend to implement as a solution. We want to ensure that you avoid any electric, water, or fire hazards, keeping you out of harm’s way.

What happens to our household contents during the restoration?
SERVPRO technicians help you decide which items remain salvageable and make arrangements to store furniture, electronics, and personal belongings in a clean, dry area on-site, in a container on-site, or if necessary, store items in our facility until each receives the proper restoration services.

Is it possible to remain in our home while the restoration is underway?
In most situations, you, your insurance company, and the restoration expert on-site help make this determination. It highly depends on the amount of fire, smoke, and water damage present that helps insurance adjusters determine whether it is safe for you to remain or not.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides emergency cleanup and restoration services for fire, water, storm, and mold situations throughout the Lancaster, Seagoville, and Wilmer areas. We provide members of our local communities with environmental services they can trust, call today (972) 227-0800.

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Why Water Removal Services are Key for Dallas Residents

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is usually unexpected, but you can always rely on SERVPRO for quick and efficient water removal services.

SERVPRO Takes the Necessary Steps to Properly Remediate Water Damage

It is not possible to anticipate when a water emergency is likely to take place, but one thing is sure when such situations arise - you need water removal services. The occurrence of a flood, a pipe burst and an overflow from a dishwasher usually is unpredictable. Irrespective of the source of the water, your Dallas property is at risk, and prompt action is crucial.

Seeking for professional water removal services in Dallas is highly advised to prevent any possible mistake during this stressing period. When you work with our SERVPRO team, the first thing that we do is to check where the water is coming from and stop it. The other thing we look at is the category of the water on your property - it can be black, gray or clean water. From the degree of contamination, we are in a position to select the most suitable procedures to employ during the restoration.

The next step is assessing the level of the damage and in the process check how far the moisture has spread. Our SERVPRO team also inspects for any issues that may jeopardize our safety. For instance, we may switch off electrical circuits and remove any materials that are likely to cause more contamination - such as asbestos. We also inform you to remove your pets from the site and stay away from the area since you might not be having the right protective gear.

Water extraction then follows to remove the stagnant water from the floor. Dependent on the amount of the water and the accessibility of the location, we may opt for a portable water extractor or a truck-mounted water extractor. To prevent the possibility of mildew growth, we treat the surfaces using EPA-approved disinfectants. Through deodorization, we are also in a position to deal with the unpleasant odors.

With the use of air movers and dehumidifiers, our SERVPRO team enhances the drying process and at the same time regulates the moisture of surrounding air to acceptable levels. We also monitor the moisture content in materials by using moisture meters.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is your trusted service provider when faced with a storm, mold, water and fire damage disasters. Call us at (972) 227-0800 and get access to proven services that make a difference.  

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How Professionals Combat Smells after Flood Damage to Your Dallas Property

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage can leave behind unpleasant odors, SERVPRO technicians have the skills and training to eliminate these smells.

SERVPRO’s Steps to Ridding Your Home of Bad Odors after Flood Damage

Flood damage due to storms often contains dirty, contaminated water that can leave your home with a rank odor even after water removal. Expert technicians use various techniques to eliminate this odor and get your home smelling like home again.

SERVPRO professionals combat the foul odors after flood damage to your Dallas home by employing a multi-directional approach. Here are the steps involved in the successful elimination of bad odor after flood damage.

Eliminating the Source

The first step to combat bad odors is to locate and eliminate the source as soon as possible. No deodorizing equipment is going to mask the odor forever if the source is not eliminated. Our IICRC certified technicians make sure that they eliminate the source of the odor whether it is sewage, residual moisture, trash or dead animals before they start the actual deodorizing procedure.

Multiple Method Approaches 

SERVPRO professionals use multiple method approaches to combat various kinds of smells after flood damage. We use a wide array of deodorizing techniques including injection method, spray method and wet and thermal fogging to eliminate different types of odors.

Using Different Types of Deodorants 

No single deodorant works on all kinds of smells. So, we use a combination of different kinds of deodorants to combat different scents. Whether the odor is real or imaginary, we have a deodorizing agent that is perfect for any situation. Here are some of the deodorants that SERVPRO technicians use most often.

  1. Masking agents: These agents cover bad odors by concealing them with some pleasant-smelling fragrances. These are great for both real and imaginary smells.
  2. Filtration and absorption agents: These agents absorb moisture and some odor-causing molecules from the air and eliminate them. A typical example of such an agent is activated charcoal.
  3. Pairing agents: These are chemicals that combine with odor-causing particles in the air and make them fall on the ground. Once they are no longer suspended in the air, they can be swiftly cleaned up from the floor.
  4. Electrically generated deodorizer: This equipment produces ozone, which is an unstable oxygen molecule. The ozone combines chemically with the odor-causing particle in the air and neutralizes it.

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Protect Your Dallas Law Firm With Fast Water Removal Services

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is here to help your business recover.

Prepare Your Firm in Dallas Before Water Damage Strikes

Your Dallas law office has many people who depend on it every day. Whether you are standing up for the little guy or representing some of the giant corporations in the city, your presence is one that must get felt every day. That is why when significant water damage occurs to your firm, you do not have the luxury of waiting to try and clean up the mess on your own. People depend on your doors to stay open, their information to stay protected, and your firm to be available whenever they need it.

Emergencies that leave high volumes of water through specific areas of your firm could significantly jeopardize your ability to represent those that count on you the most. When you are in need of Dallas water removal services, you can always count on our SERVPRO team to show up quickly and get right to work on restoring the area and preventing the problem from getting any worse.

You likely do not need to be reminded of the significant amount of sensitive information that gets contained within the walls of your firm’s headquarters. Large volumes of water could destroy these documents and thousands of dollars’ worth of high-end electronics and computers that might also be in the vicinity. That is why responding quickly to a water emergency is critical to both your business and your clients.

Our SERVPRO team make short work of assessing the source of the problem and repairing the water damage to whatever the cause might be. This repair allows the team to assess the structural damage while simultaneously working to extract the water that has been pouring onto the floors. With higher volumes of water and pooling, the technicians utilize a pump truck from our fleet to quickly and efficiently extract all of the water from the area, leaving just a drying process with air movers and dehumidifiers.

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Protecting the information of your client base and the structural integrity of your firm is paramount when faced with an emergency that requires water removal services. Do not hesitate in these instances to call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County. Our emergency response team can be reached anytime at (972) 227-0800.

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Fire Damage Restoration Specialists In Dallas

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Type B Fire Extinguishers Prevent Damage in Dallas Kitchens

SERVPRO Provides Dallas Homeowners with Professional Fire Clean Up and Restoration Services

House fires occur more often than you may think. One minute you could be cooking dinner in your Dallas home, then suddenly you look at the stove, and it is on fire. Grease fires are a common occurrence that can cause extensive damage to your house. Most people know that you should immediately put the fire out using baking soda or a fire extinguisher and not water. Hopefully, you have followed good practices and have that Class B extinguisher under your kitchen sink base cabinet.
We at SERVPRO in Dallas provide fire damage restoration services around the clock. Once the fire is no longer a threat, call us in to assess what damage the fire may have caused.
Our team of IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO can complete a thorough inspection of your home. We can show up at your house shortly after you call us to help you out immediately. We can assess the visible damage from the fire, and look for damage that may not be visibly noticeable.
When dealing with a fire damage claim, there are a few different ways to mitigate the damage to your home. When items are extensively damaged, replacement may be necessary. Sometimes the damage is present, but it may only affect the surface of a wall or object and resurfacing solves the problem. Other times our crew can restore the problems caused by a fire with cleaning. Cleaning and restoration of the fire damage area can reduce the costs of the mitigation project.
We work hard to find the most efficient way to restore your home back to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." Our team has a vast arsenal of specialized chemicals (keep that fire extinguisher handy) and techniques that can salvage resurfacing or replacement of an item. We can even save heirlooms or cash with our restoration methods.
When you have a fire inside your home, large or small, it is vital that you call in the professionals. For prompt and thorough fire damage restoration services contact SERVPRO of  Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 at 24/7.

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How SERVPRO Helps Electronics Stores in Dallas After Significant Water Damage Occurs

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the skills and expertise to save your electronics store after commercial water damage.

SERVPRO Offers Thorough, Fast, and Professional Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services

Water damage to an electronics store in Dallas is never easy to clean up. In addition to typical retail conditions of an ample floor space, unusual layouts, and poor drainage setups, electronics stores also contain a vast quantity of water-sensitive merchandise that could become a severe financial blow if mishandled. Recovering from significant water damage in such a store is difficult, and almost always requires the help of a well-equipped and prepared damage mitigation and restoration company like SERVPRO.

Thorough, Complete Work

Our work in repairing the effects of water damage to Dallas electronics stores is well renowned for its thoroughness and palatability to customers. Even small signs of remaining damage after doors reopen can ward off customers, and could be misinterpreted as signs of dilapidation and poor maintenance. We work with customers in mind when conducting restorations, ensuring that the store looks as good as or better than before the incident. We treat commercial locations with priority and make sure that as many resources as necessary are diverted to get your business back on its feet.

Fast Damage Restoration

Like most retail locations, your business probably relies on a steady customer base purchasing products on a regular schedule to stay afloat. Large-scale water damage can close doors entirely, making fast treatments a necessity for the survival of the business. SERVPRO action plans are designed with speed and efficiency in mind and are custom to each store location so that our work can be as effective as possible.

Professional Communications and Insurance Dealings

Proper businesses thrive on partners that act professionally and responsibly, and our representatives strive to live up to these standards. We negotiate with you and any relevant third parties including insurance companies with care and punctuality, to make the process go smoothly for everyone involved. In addition, while we cannot handle restoration and recovery of electronic merchandise, we maintain contact with qualified professionals in the area to make sure your damaged inventory finds its way into capable and efficient hands.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is a local damage mitigation and restoration company that has the tools and training necessary to take on even the largest commercial water disasters. Call us at (972) 227-0800.  

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Water Damage After a Water Heater Leak in Your Dallas Home

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

When water heaters leak, there is a large amount of water on the floor in a short amount of time. Contact SERVPRO to dry out your property.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Remediate Water Damage and Restore Your Home

Many times, water damage in Dallas comes as an external threat, but sometimes a leak from inside your home can create just as much, or even more, damage. A leaking water heater, for example, can unleash thousands of gallons of water into your residence. It does not even take a large water heater for this type of damage to occur. Most of the time, these leaks are slow and go unnoticed for days. If the water heater is situated on an upper floor, the damage can be even more extensive, as water flows downhill.
When your water heater has leaked and caused water damage in your Dallas home, it is essential to have the problem taken care of right away. SERVPRO staff understand the urgency of matters like this, so we do not hesitate in getting to your home once you contact us. We are an experienced water damage remediation company, and we can restore your home to its preloss condition.
We pride ourselves in not only our timely service but also how thorough we are. Once we have dried your home back out and fixed the problem that caused the damage in the first place, we remove all equipment. Dehumidifiers, air movers, and other drying equipment are carefully removed, and then we perform a complete inspection.
For SERVPRO staff to return your home to its preloss condition, some structural repairs may need to be done. Usually, subcontractors complete repairs that are beyond basic technician procedures. An estimator or office staff schedules subcontract work and our technician finishes the job.
We inspect everything to ensure all repairs were done correctly and communicated to our supervisor regarding the status of the job and any steps which need to be done to complete the restoration process. We ensure that everything is done before we leave your home.
Part of our inspection includes checking floors to ensure they are not buckled or warped, looking at walls for strength, warping, or buckling, inspecting drywall and structure for damages and insulation for dryness and damage. We also inspect contents to see if any painting or refinishing needs to be done and ensure all electrical work is complete.
When you trust SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to take care of your water damage, you can rest assured that we take it very seriously and do not leave your home until we have thoroughly gone over everything. Residents in the areas of Hutchins, Lancaster, and Cedar Hill should contact us right away at (972) 227-0800 if they have a water damage issue.

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Tiny Candles Can Create Substantial Fire Damage in Dallas Homes

11/24/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical lights and burning candles can quickly catch surrounding items ablaze in your home. Call SERVPRO if you experience fire damage this season.

If Fire Damage Strikes Your Home, Rely on SERVPRO to Properly and Thoroughly Remediate the Damage

Throughout Dallas at this time, every year, many different warnings flood radio and TV regarding the dangers of fire in homes. Safeguarding your family and home while still enjoying the lights and festive decorations do not always mix well. Fires do happen, and they happen when we least expect them.

Dallas homes lit up with electric lights and candles, can end up with fire damage. When electric lights burn too hot or have a short, a crimped or exposed wire, or candles catch surrounding items ablaze, the entire home can become engulfed in flames. Fire spreads quickly, which is why fire departments across the country advise people to get out before calling the fire department. Once outside and safe, calling the fire department and waiting for them to arrive can seem like a very long time.

Once firefighters extinguish a fire, most homes become inhabitable. The time involved in repairing fire damage depends on the extensiveness of the damage. Smaller fires might not render a home unlivable, but the damage still requires professional mitigation. Because fire damage, just like other kinds of damage, can affect a home in a wide range, SERVPRO professionals train to mitigate all types and sizes of damage.

Some fire damage might seem minor because it involves only decorations or other non-structural items. The smell from these items' combustion can produce long-term odors. As they burn, the fire causes soot and other particles to permeate the air. Once these substances settle onto and into materials within your home, they begin integrating. As they do this, people pick up these particles when they breathe.

Detected as bad odors, these particles continue to do this for months, or even years, until we eliminate them. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) is skilled in this area of fire damage mitigation. Regardless of the size of a fire, odor becomes a constant reminder of the event. Making sure that the particles making the odor can no longer do so is part of our job. Without odor control management, fire damage remains.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County want to help those in our area have the best holiday season, and beyond, possible. When fire damage might keep you from enjoying your life, home, and family time, call us at (972) 227-0800, and we can help you solve the disaster that continues to rob your family of their regular routines.

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Drying Out Important Documents After Flood Damage In Your Dallas Home

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and surges affect not just areas along the coastline but also can cause quite a bit of devastation inland.

Document Restoration After A Flood

Some of the most damaging effects of hurricanes in Dallas involve flooding and storm surge. Flooding and surges affect not just areas along the coastline but also can cause quite a bit of devastation inland. Storm surges are created by a combination of intense winds and high-water levels. Flooding can happen anywhere and at any time. It is not required that you live close to the inland waterway or coast to be affected.

If your Dallas home has experienced flood damage for any reason, you want to get the water out of your home as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. SERVPRO can help you do this, as we have the training and tools needed for a thorough and timely job. Plus, we can help to restore any items that are salvageable and leave your home sanitized and clean again.

When it comes to drying out your relevant documents and books, we keep in communication with you. Decisions need to be made fast to minimize the extent of the damage. We can prevent further damage; however, the existing damage cannot be reversed. Saving these critical documents from being lost altogether is a very valuable service we strive to bring our customers.

Five methods SERVPRO techs use in document drying include air-drying, freezer drying, dehumidification, vacuum thermal-drying, and vacuum freeze-drying. Often, drying documents relies on a process of sublimation, or changing a solid into a vapor without going through the liquid state. Choosing the right method for dying involves many considerations include the kind of water involved, the value of the documents, time of exposure to moisture, the extent of damage, resources, and funds available for recovery. We go over with you the cost of each method since it can be expensive to dry documents. It is also time-consuming.

We store any wet documents and books in a freezer facility, which stops damage from continuing to get worse and gives us time to decide on the right method of drying. We also take a thorough inventory of documents which are being removed from your home, so nothing is lost or misplaced. When the pack-out and inventory phase starts, we ensure you are there to identify what is essential to dry. We keep a log of the location of stored items in case you need to retrieve a document.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County works with you after a flood emergency to ensure that any significant documents and books are dried out the best way possible to lessen your loss. Residents in the areas of Hutchins, Lancaster, or Dallas can reach out to us whenever you find yourself in need at (972) 227-0800.

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PASS Technique Helps Dallas Office Employees Prevent Fire Damage

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Mitigation and Prevention with SERVPRO's ERP Mobile App Available to Dallas Enterprises

Dallas Businesses Benefit from SERVPRO's ERP Program to Mitigate or Prevent Fires and Harm

Fire damage is a risk for any business. There are many fire hazards in an office, including combustible materials such as paper or card, electronic appliances, and even dust. SERPVRO would like you to know that it is wise to be prepared for a blaze and make sure employees know what to do. One technique that is useful for Dallas office employees is the PASS technique.
Business managers in Dallas know it is essential to reduce the risk of fire damage if possible. One way of mitigating risks is training employees to use a fire extinguisher when necessary.
The PASS technique stands for “Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.” Let us look at each point individually.
Pull means pull the pin on the extinguisher to make the device ready to discharge.
Aim means direct the nozzle at the base of the fire. Focusing on the top of the flames is not efficient – aiming for the base is the only way to smother them and stop the blaze.
Squeeze is simple – it means to depress the handle on the unit to release the extinguishing agent.
Sweep means move the nozzle from side to side in a sweeping motion across the base of the flames.
SERVPRO recommends teaching the PASS technique to every employee. One way to ensure everyone knows what to do is our Emergency Ready Plan, an app that helps you put together an emergency plan. You can use ERP to create a document of critical information in the event of an incident. Why not include the PASS technique in that plan so employees can access it when they need to?
There are times when it is not possible to extinguish a blaze before it gets out of control. In cases of smoke and fire damage to your business premises, SERVPRO is on hand to help with cleanup. Our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to scrub, scrape, clean and deodorize to leave your business “Like it never even happened.”
For help with fire damage mitigation in Cedar Hill, Hutchins, Wilmer and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 today.

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Get Mold Damage in the Basement of Your Dallas Area Home Under Control, Today

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

It can be easy for mold to go unnoticed in your basement, call SERVPRO to inspect your home for mold damage.

Learn Ways to Check for Mold Damage in Your Home

Like many other homeowners, you use the basement of your Dallas area property as a staging point for laundry facilities or to store a few extra items. Between going in and out once or twice a week to do laundry, or during the holidays to grab some decorations, you might not spend much time in your basement.

It is highly unlikely that you check the walls, windows, foundation, and ceiling for moisture every time you enter the basement of your Dallas area home. However, these procedures help catch mold damage early. You can learn where to look and what to look for by calling a mold remediation specialist, today.  

Even if you had never experienced water problems in your basement before and never had a significant water incident, mold can be a severe issue. Improper ventilation allows humidity to condense on organic or metal surfaces, giving just enough moisture for mold to grow. SERVPRO can help control the relative humidity of your basement and help prevent discoloration, rot, and corrosion that often develops over time.

SERVPRO technicians teach you how your nose can become your handiest tool. As mold spreads through your basement, it gives off a musty, rotten smell that gets more potent as you approach the contaminated area. Moisture on the floor, on windows or under window seals, on your walls, ceiling, or other hard surfaces can also be an early sign of problems to come.

If you have issues with a leaky or flooded basement, SERVPRO technicians can help you determine the cause, applying a variety of services to help keep water away from your home. We can seal cracks in your floor and check for groundwater. An inspection of your home can expose foundation cracks and reveal problems with the elevation of your property. We can improve grading, or install additional drainage, backflow valves, or submersible pumps to help protect your home during an emergency.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to review your options and schedule your home’s inspection, today. We can get started on protecting your investment as soon as possible and control possible mold growth with little to no interruptions to your daily routine. (972) 227-0800

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Dallas Fire Damage - Understanding Smoke Residues

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Cleanup After Fires in Dallas Properties Takes Professional Help--Contact SERVPRO

SERVPRO Explains the Nature of Fire & Smoke Damage in a Dallas Property

The primary source of damage to a home in a Dallas fire comes from smoke and soot, not the actual flames. The heat plays a contributing factor, but only as it provides a means of travel for smoke and soot and how it may expand the surface of an item.
Cleaning smoke, soot, and other fire damage from a Dallas home require understanding about what burned, how hot it burned, and the surface material of the item covered in residue, among other factors. When it comes to smoke, in particular, SERVPRO focuses on two in particular; temperature of the smoke and the temperature of surrounding surfaces.
Smoke travels through homes on the hot air generated by the fire. This transfer is called Convection. The hot air rises because cooler air forces its way downward to the floor. If the fire continues, it eventually draws the cooler air back up, heating it and the cycle repeats as long as the fire has oxygen and something to consume. These Convection Currents push smoke along ceilings.
Residues are harder to clean from ceilings and higher points in a home because of the higher temperature. The heat ‘opens up’ surface material, which allows the residues to penetrate deeper than they would at a lower point in the home.
Strangely enough, hot smoke attracts to surfaces with low temperature. That is why closets and windows collect such a thick residue coating. The side away from the fire usually has some insulation (closets) or has a much cooler, outside temperature (windows). These surfaces suffer little to no damage compared to ceilings, so the residues remain on top. They do not dig into a kitchen countertop as they do with ceiling tiles.
Understanding these two factors helps SERVPRO determine which methods of cleaning we need to use. For surfaces directly affected by heat, it may be necessary we use wire brushes or agitation devices to break up the residue trapped deep inside. If the surface has not been directly affected but has a thicker residue, our technicians try to use cloths and sponges with water or a chemical cleaner to remove the contamination.
Cleaning and restoring a home is never an easy process, but it can be a successful one if a professional service uses the right techniques and tools. For more information about what SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can do for your home or to schedule an inspection, call us at (972) 227-0800 today.

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Unexpected Sources of Mold Damage in Dallas

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Visible or hidden mold can spread quickly through your home. Call SERVPRO when you see or smell mold for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage From a Mold Infestation and Offer Prevention Tips and Solutions

You may hold the opinion that mold damage is a negative reflection on your housekeeping. In fact, mold growth relates primarily to the presence of available moisture, although ignoring maintenance tasks can make water or dampness more commonplace. Mold spores are around us at all times, both indoors and out. An outbreak is an opportunistic connection between these microscopic particles and even a drop of water.
You need help to remediate mold damage in your Dallas home and take the steps necessary to limit its growth potential in the future. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists not only perform the procedures needed to contain and remove a mold outbreak, but they also take the time to discuss the conditions that support mold growth you may be unknowingly creating.
Some unexpected ways you and your family may be contributing to mold growth and the places in which it may be thriving include the following:
Laundry Room
Mold grows best in warm, damp conditions. Failing to clean washer seals and dryer vents offer microbes a place to proliferate. Allowing damp clothing to pile up before laundering provides moisture and a food source -- the soiled fabric is exactly what mold needs to multiply. Failing to dry laundry thoroughly leaves enough moisture for folded clothing to carry active mold spores into closets and drawers.
HVAC Systems
Poorly maintained cooling systems could collect condensation on coils and in clogged drains. If the moisture moves into the central ductwork, mold can follow.

Drip Pans And Pipes
Refrigerators, ice makers, and freezers may harbor mold in unemptied drip pans. Condensation along cold water lines deposit water on floors, under cabinets, and behind walls, inviting mold growth.
Flooring And Floor Coverings
Carpeting and rugs that absorb water from outdoors may hide mold in its padding. Throw rugs or carpet in bathrooms may maintain a high enough moisture level to encourage mold. Hardwood and carpeting installed over a slab foundation or crawl space that is wet, even periodically, can wick up moisture and grow mold.
Kitchens And Bathrooms
The high humidity in these rooms makes enough moisture to support mold growth. Failing to use exhaust fans or operating dirty or outdated fans allows the humidity to exceed 60 percent, enough ambient moisture for mold to grow.
SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is there for you if mold growth is a challenge. Call (972) 227-0800 for a consultation, and our mold remediation team will visit to evaluate your situation.

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SERVPRO Removes Water In Dallas And Provides Other Services After Flooding

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

When hard storms hit, it is easy to find yourself at a loss for what to do if your home has been severely impacted.

Water Removal Services

When hard storms hit, it is easy to find yourself at a loss for what to do if your home has been severely impacted. Finding a way to repair, rebuild, and adequately remove water in your Dallas home can seem impossible, especially if other homes around you have been similarly affected. Thankfully, SERVPRO is always ready after a storm to respond to new damage sites, even for relatively benign events. Here is a short overview of how we can help to undo the effects of flooding and other major storm damages.

Expedited Water Removal
When we must handle the effects of flooding, our water removal process for Dallas homes helps to get water out of your home quickly and cleanly. Whether we are using high-powered water extractors to remove voluminous water quickly or specialized air movers and dehumidifiers to remove water soaked into materials, our water removal process gets your home dry as fast as possible. Coupled with our fast-response mitigation strategy, this technique typically saves homeowners thousands in repair costs.

Full Restoration And Rebuilding Services
Once water has been removed, and further issues such as mold damage have been taken care of, SERVPRO technicians move on to the restoration phase of our work. Our job is to get your home back to the most normal state possible, with all available repair options explored before costly replacements are considered. Even if the job is too specialized or large for us to handle, our national network of franchisees helps to provide the necessary tools and personnel to get it done.

Paperwork And Insurance Dealings
Your insurance can be a lifesaver when your home has been hurt, but it can also be a major headache if you are unprepared. Our representatives have contacts and credentials with all major insurers, and thus can help you to deal with insurance companies and paperwork in a professional capacity.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is there and ready to work after every major disaster. To learn about our services or request assistance, call us at (972) 227-0800.

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Prevent Mold Damage From Developing In Your Dallas Area Home Today

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Without the proper certifications and experience, mold just keeps coming back, which is also why homeowners should avoid attempting services alone.

Prevent Mold Damage From Developing

It is important to find the right kind of restoration company to help remove mold damage from your Dallas area property. Without the proper certifications and experience, mold just keeps coming back, which is also why homeowners should avoid attempting services alone.

The chemical products available in your local grocery store do not provide a full solution to the mold damage problems in your Dallas home. These products only serve as a stop gap, removing visible signs of mold growth in your home. Airborne spores simply float off into other areas of your home, wait for the right conditions to exist, and continue developing into colonies that result in more damage.

Did you know that by the time you can see mold growth that a larger problem exists on the inside of your walls, ceiling, or floor? The best chance you have of catching mold in its early stages is if you contact a company like SERVPRO whenever you suspect mold developing in your home. We can locate hidden pockets of moisture that allow mold to flourish, control any growth we find, and perform the necessary repairs to return your home to normal.

Mold remediation services done correctly can be amazing to watch. After locating colonies, SERVPRO technicians cordon off the contaminated area to stop the spread of mold. Our technicians use air movers and negative airflow machines to trap airborne particles, ensuring growth does not return. Once done, it is a simple matter of decontaminating the area, cleaning surfaces, disposing of materials, and informing customers about ways to prevent future growth.

Each job is different, which presents SERVPRO professionals with unique challenges every day. We give specific recommendations based on the condition of your home that makes a huge difference in whether or not you experience additional problems. However, with a little preparation and recognition of early signs, it is entirely possible for you to avoid mold growth in your home.

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to begin your home’s mold remediation immediately. We have IICRC-industry certified technicians standing by to help restore your living environment, today (972) 227-0800.

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Hectic and Rushed Morning Routines Result in Unwanted Flood Damage in Dallas Homes

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Leaks from Floods or Tubs Mean Water Damage--Make the Call to SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal Post Storms or Mishaps

Busy mornings do not disappear just because summer vacation has arrived. Mornings can also be hectic from the euphoria of happy expectations of summer vacation activities. Getting out the door can be the most important thing to a child when fun activities await them outside.
Dallas has many summer activities waiting for your child, but flood damage from an overflowing sink can put a damper on your summer fun. Rushing away from home can leave behind a small catastrophe waiting to expand because the water in the upstairs sink was not completely shut off and the plug was taken out.
A clogged toilet can also bring about the same fiasco if not announced on their way out, leaving you unaware of the danger until much later, after extensive damage has already taken place. If you leave home also, the damage is going to be even greater by the time someone returns home. If a storm dropped a limb on your roof exposing torrential rains to enter your attic crawlspace, this is the same problem, unwanted water.
You get back home and find that water has unfortunately taken over your house. Stopping the continued flow of water should be done in as safe a manner as possible. Electrical hazards are especially present in multi-level homes when the water is coming from an upper floor because water can easily saturate walls where wiring and outlet boxes are positioned on its way down to the ground level. If you cannot safely get to the water shut off or the source of the water safely, call an emergency plumber.
After the water has been stopped, contact SERVPRO so we can begin restoring your home. Removing the water can help revitalize even the carpeting when done correctly and without delay. Some materials may need to be removed and replaced when water has been in contact with them for an extended amount of time. Thus, the sooner we can begin working to make it “Like it never even happened,” the greater the chance of saving those same materials from destruction.
Large volumes of standing water, from a storm type of flooding, elevates the humidity levels. Stop the damage from progressing. Restoring your home includes making repairs where possible, and replacing what was destroyed. We focus on restoring as much as possible, as this keeps costs low and decreases the amount of time involved in the entire process.
For any amount of flood damage, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has the technicians your home deserves. We are local and always ready to take your call at (972) 227-0800.

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IICRC Certifications Give Dallas Homeowners Confidence When Dealing With Mold Damage

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Give mold a damp environment such as a bathroom and a food source such as carpet, drywall, or even clothes, and it has the ideal breeding ground.

IICRC Certifications

Mold damage is an ongoing risk for any householder. Give mold a damp environment such as a bathroom and a food source such as carpet, drywall, or even clothes, and it has the ideal breeding ground. Because mold is present in some form in many environments, it is not possible to eradicate the spores completely. However, it is feasible to remediate a fungal problem and take steps to discourage new growth.

Visible signs of mold damage in your Dallas home mean it is time to give SERVPRO a call. We train our professionals in all aspects of mold remediation which means that when you get in touch, you can rest assured you are getting the best and most professional service.

We strive to give our customers confidence is through our extensive training program. We train our staff through the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). The IICRC provides training to all restoration professionals and establishes best practices for many different situations.

In cases of mold damage, it is reassuring to know that SERVPRO staff have achieved certification in:

Applied Microbial Remediation Technician. Our staff knows how to deal with any mold-related problem efficiently and with an eye on safety at all times. Our teams know how to clean mold from many surfaces using a range of cleaning techniques. Certification teaches our staff how best to establish containment and vent contaminated air outside of your home to prevent spores spreading.

Applied Structural Drying Technician. In cases of flood or water damage, it is important to dry structures and furniture before fungus has a chance to grow. Each staff member knows the best way to use air movers, dehumidifiers and a range of techniques to speed up the drying process. We also observe the drying process to ensure optimum dryness levels and less chance for fungus to return.

Odor Control Technician. Mold has a nasty smell, and in cases where there has also been water damage, the smell is often even worse. The IICRC trains our people to assess and apply the most effective odor control technique for any situation.

We believe that investing in our staff with appropriate training is the best way to serve our local community. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 today.

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Dallas Commercial Water Damage

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

No matter how severe the water damage may be, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County will be there to help!

Water Damage in Your Dallas Commercial Property?

For a business, disaster means twice the cost. Even a partial shutdown or temporary closing means income lost that could have gone to repairs and restoration. Worse for a small business, the loss of several day’s receipts may affect their ability to meet payroll that week.

SERVPRO understands that commercial water damage to a Dallas sporting goods store means this and even more. The first bill that gets paid late can turn into a flood of missed and late payments that does as much damage as a broken inlet pipe. It is our job to reopen the doors as quickly as possible and keep the costs to a minimum.

The emphasis on restoration for a sporting goods store is removing water and drying out the structure and various types of store property. We first eliminate any standing water to provide a safe environment for our team members and the business owners. Our SERVPRO technicians bring in pumps and generators if needed to remove water over two inches in depth. If the amount is less than two inches, we bring in water extractors.
These devices quickly remove standing water and are also useful to draw water out of carpets and floors.

As technicians remove water, other team members begin the process of setting up dehumidifiers to dry the air and property inside the store. Depending on the size of the machine, we can draw more than 20 gallons of water from the air each day. To speed up the process, we also set up air movers at key points inside the store and all entrances. The idea here is to replace the damp, inside air with drier air from outside the affected structure.

The dehumidification process is also very useful to dry property that has absorbed more moisture than normal but not soaked with water. For property that is soaked, we move everything out of the water and out of the structure if needed. Technicians use more air movers to force air over the property to dry it before damage sets in permanently.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Reopening a business quickly after a disaster is vital to keeping the doors open permanently. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is here to help our fellow business owners get their stores back open to serve our community. If you need our help, call today at (972) 227-0800.

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Broken And Busted Pipes Can Cause Flood Damage Inside Your Dallas Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Homes that suffer a broken pipe or a disconnection between joints can be flooded with gallons of water in a very short period.

Flood Damage Caused By Broken And Busted Pipes

Many people believe that burst pipes are a problem only during the winter, and in locations much farther north. Freezing conditions are only half of the climate-related conditions that can lead to this problem.

In Dallas, flood damage can happen in various ways. One of these ways is very unexpected but simple to understand. As summer sunshine increases, the soil around your home greatly increases in temperature. This might not seem like it would create a problem inside your home, but it happens often.

Pipes on the exterior of your home supply water to the interior. When these metal pipes are heated by the sun, that water inside them heats and expands. In addition to this, the soil around your home in which these feeder lines are buried can create pressure on the pipes. This is especially true when there has been little or no recent rainfall. Combining the increased external pressure with the increased internal pressure, and the water inside the pipes in your home's interior can become high enough to break a pipe.

There are many other reasons why pipes can break in the summer, and many of these reasons are never discovered, remaining mysteries. Rarely is the piping itself defective. Many pipes come loose from a coupling instead of shattering when internal pressure builds up to destructive levels.

Homes that suffer a broken pipe or a disconnection between joints can be flooded with gallons of water in a very short period. The location of the break can happen anywhere there are water pipes, including inside of walls and ceilings. This can damage not only your belongings but also the very structure of your home. This is why SERVPRO has technicians who are trained in knowing how water acts – both as it is streaming from a now-open pipe, and after, as it spreads through your home.

When SERVPRO faces this type of situation, we understand that flood damage will become worse as time passes. Each minute can allow damage costs to increase. The risk of future damage also increases with time. Because flood damage from a broken pipe is inside your home, contamination is more controlled. However, this does not by any means signify that contamination should not be considered. Electrical shorts and other hazards also need to be realized as possibilities, even after the home is only at a damp level and there is no standing water present.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County understands the risks that come with flood damage from broken pipes. We can make it “Like it never even happened.” Just call us at (972) 227-0800, no matter the time or day – we always remain available and ready to assist you and your family.

Water Damage In Dallas Can Easily Affect More Than What You Can See

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Within a Dallas home, water damage can hide within these unseen areas.

Hidden Water Damage

There are several areas in your home that you never see. They exist, in various sizes and shapes, throughout your entire home. Some are above you, other below, and still others, around your home's exterior walls. Other areas exist within your living space - inside walls, under floors, and above ceilings.

Within a Dallas home, water damage can hide within these unseen areas. While you may believe that you have cleaned up all of the water from an overflowing bathtub, a substantial amount has most likely made its way into hidden recesses under the tub. Other areas where water might flow are under floorboards and down the inside of walls. Water does not always come from overflows, but can originate from many different locations within your home, and also from external sources.

Because water can remain hidden, it can also create much damage that can affect your home even though you cannot see it. This kind of harm can be just below the exterior surface that is visible, such as in wallpaper or linoleum, or deeper, for instance, concrete that disintegrates over time because of fluctuations in temperature combined with erosion. Your back steps might seem to be redone easily enough, but what happens when the concrete involved is part of your home's foundation, instead? Misdirected sump pumps may not seem sufficiently necessary to correct as long as the water eventually makes its way out of your home, but the path that water takes does matter, especially when it involves areas of your home that it should avoid.

SERVPRO trains all of our technicians in various skills, helping them earn IICRC certifications, including Water Restoration (WRT). Experience also provides many skills that give us invaluable insight into how water damage can affect your home. When your home has had water problems, let us help ensure that all water damage is remediated properly. Call us, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, at (972) 227-0800, anytime, day or night.

Any Season is Mold Season in Dallas

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Our technicians thoroughly investigate the signs of mold in your home to determine its source before proceeding with remediation.

Prevent the Quick Spread of Mold by Calling SERVPRO

The only thing mold needs to grow is water, making it a potential crisis 365 days out of the year for any homeowner. There are thousands of strains of mold and mildew spores lying dormant that are ready to proliferate in Texas homes. When moisture activates one or more of them, SERVPRO awaits to assist.
Discovering mold damage inside your Dallas home is frustrating and perhaps a little frightening. Susceptible individuals trace health concerns to mold infestations, although only a medical practitioner is authorized to make that connection. It is certain that mold outbreaks are unsightly and spread a very unpleasant musty odor throughout your home. Some strains contribute to rot, endangering the integrity of your home’s structure. When you find the mold, it is imperative that an experienced remediation firm coordinates its removal.
Although it is important to respond immediately to the mold outbreak in your bathroom or kitchen, working to make sure this outbreak is the last is ever more crucial. SERVPRO mold remediation technicians isolate, contain, and remove the current problem using procedures developed by the EPA. These efforts pay off with a clean slate but are not enough in themselves. Failure to make fundamental changes within the areas where this latest outbreak occurred means more mold is certain to follow.
Kitchens and bathrooms struggle with mold outbreaks because of the plumbing concentrations in these areas. Spills, splashes, seepage, and tiny leaks are enough to activate spores. Due diligence with the mop and regular plumbing inspections reduces the possibilities of microbial growth. Sometimes even meticulous housekeeping is not enough, particularly if the area is poorly vented.
SERVPRO technicians inspect the rooms where mold recurs to evaluate the venting system -- or lack of one. We make both short term and more permanent suggestions to reduce the moisture buildup that is the cause of all mold outbreaks. Opening a window during a shower and running a dehumidifier near a working kitchen help for now. Installation of stove top fans that vent to the outside and a similar setup for the bathroom is the real solution, an investment that protects your home and improves indoor air quality.
SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County offers mold remediation and consulting services that make a real difference in your risk of continuing outbreaks. Call (972) 227-0800 for assistance today.

When You Need Water Removal Services In Your Home In Downtown Dallas

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Most padding requires replacement, although carpeting can often be saved.

Water Removal Services

Broken pipes that have created a flood in your home while you were hard at work can be a nightmarish problem that gives you no time to prepare a perfect response. If leaving pets inside while you work is part of your normal routine, this can increase the traumatic feeling of what is taking place in your formerly dry home.

Homes in Downtown Dallas are often extremely modern, but broken pipes in even the newest homes can break, and when this happens, only water removal experts can make things “Like it never even happened.” Because emergencies like this happen unexpectedly, one of the best ways to protect yourself is by knowing where shut-off valves and electrical boxes are located. If a water emergency happens in your home, and you are either unsure of how, or unable, to shut off the flow of water and to also turn off the electricity, the only safe option is to call a plumber and an electrician to do these vital tasks.

When the water is no longer entering your home, we can safely assess the damage. Every home's water emergency is different, and no two are alike. The basics of water removal include removing standing water and then reducing the moisture even further. This includes wet-vacuuming carpets and air-drying cushions and paneling. In rare cases, padding can be salvaged if we are called immediately, but this is very unlikely. Most padding requires replacement, although carpeting can often be saved.

Heaters directed at damp areas of your home increase the rate of evaporation and air movers improve air circulation while open windows in warm weather or dehumidifiers in cooler weather help completely dry out your home. Your water emergency might seem to affect only your floors and the lower sections of walls, but increased humidity can damage areas of your home that are higher than the water's level.

Understanding how an emergency with water can affect your home now and in the future is essential to any water removal service. The professionals at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County are highly trained in providing this service. Contact us at (972) 227-0800 whenever you need us so we can restore your home to how it should be.

The Challenges Of Restoring Severe Fire Damage In Dallas

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Whether it is unattended candles, malfunctioning electronics, or cooking mishaps; the damage is always serious.

Restoring Fire Damage

There are more ways than you might think to start a residential fire. Whether it is unattended candles, malfunctioning electronics, or cooking mishaps; the damage is always serious. Even if the amount of physical destruction is moderate, the stress involved with the cleanup and insurance tasks can be substantial.

The good news is that all cases of fire damage in Dallas homes (even the severe ones) can benefit from professional restoration. The extent of restoration depends on how much of the property is beyond repair on arrival. Nevertheless, our technicians do everything that they can to rescue possessions, furniture, valuables, and more. In some cases, the conditions of the fire make repairs harder. Continue reading to find out what these are and how we solve them.

Fragile Materials
Most items, even fabrics, don’t respond immediately to smoke damage. So, if they do not burn, a fast clean up can save them. On the other hand, oil paintings and other delicate valuables can get damaged by even the slightest contact with soot. To minimize damage, do not touch or move the items. We can send your artwork (particularly valuable oil paintings) to an expert restorer for cleaning. Movement must be limited during the removal because soot is acidic. Too much motion grinds it into the paint.

A Change In Temperature
We often find very oily, stubborn soot after house fires. It clings to walls and ceilings and can be tough to remove. The consistency of soot changes if there is a rapid shift in temperature. So, for example, if a fire crew uses cold water to extinguish flames. The temperature and humidity in the affected space shifts quickly and the consistency of the soot changes. It becomes more oily and adhesive. The SERVPRO technicians use a high alkali detergent to wash it off surfaces without creating smears and new stains.

Damaged HVAC System
If your ventilation system was in use during the fire, this could complicate the clean-up process. It can take a while to completely restore HVAC ducts because they are not easy to access. Plus, the airflow carries smoke, soot, and unpleasant odors around the home. You might end up with lingering smells in areas that weren’t directly affected by the fire. We can deal with this by setting up deodorizers and pulling the odor causing particles out of the air. As for the HVAC ducts, SERVPRO uses a combination of fans, air movers, air scrubbers, and deodorizing chemicals to repair the damage.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is an experienced, reliable fire damage restorer. You can find us in your local area and contact our technicians for help at any time. Whatever the size or cause of your fire, we can provide a solution. Call us 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Preventing Water Damage from AC Line Leaks in Your Dallas Home

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip for Homeowners in Dallas--Keep A/C Condensation Lines Unclogged to Prevent Water Damage

SERVPRO Tips for Preventing Damage by Water and Condensation

Condensation from a leak in your air conditioner line can be creating damage to your home. Learning how to prevent this problem before it starts can prevent water damage and repairs. Water damage from an A/C condensation line leak is quite common. Uninsulated lines can also lead to extensive condensation resulting in a surplus of water in the utility closet or the attic.

The humidity here can be high, plus the dark space surrounding the lines encourages the growth of mold, making this type of water damage dangerous. As mold grows, it gets transferred through your HVAC system and spreads throughout the rest of your Dallas home. A water damage professional technician from SERVPRO needs to be called in at this point to clean up all the problems.
How can you prevent condensation line leaks from your A/C unit? The most important thing to do is regularly inspect it, as even a tiny sign of condensation is an indication you could have a problem. Below find four tips on maintaining your AC condensation line:
Inspect Regularly – As already stated, this is a critical step. Each time you change your HVAC air filter, about every thirty days to sixty days on average, inspect the AC condensation line visually for any moisture.
Make sure AC condensation line pitch is correct and lower elbow connect angles – Your AC condensation line should run as straight as possible, and a drop of 1/8 inches for each twelve inches of length is the minimum pitch. Get rid of any elbow connections that have a 90-degree angle and replace them with 45-degree elbow connections whenever possible. This is easy to accomplish with PVC materials.
Check the AC condensation line exit and opening – While your AC unit is running look at the condensation line opening to ensure water is visibly flowing from to drain. The amount of water you see depends on how high the humidity is in your home. Inspect the exit port for clogs from an algae buildup or debris. SERVPRO advises keeping anti-algae tablets in the drain pan of the air handler.
Clean the line ever three to six months – a simple way to clean an AC line is by using a nylon string and a bit of cotton rag. Using a shop vacuum, suck out the nylon string on the exit side, then tie a piece of cotton rag to the other end and pull it through. All the debris in the line is brought out the exit side. Do not make the piece massive, or it may become trapped within the drainage line. Make it small enough, so it fits loosely in the pipe.
Even with precautions taken, you may still encounter water damage from your AC unit. If this happens, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is ready to help you fix the problem and restore any damage, including cleaning up mold. Just get in touch with us if you suspect or find a leak by dialing (972) 227-0800 and a technician will be sent out to your home promptly.

Avoiding Fires from Burning Candles in Your Dallas Home

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

Candles Are the Culprits Behind Dallas Fire Damaged Homes

Dallas Properties Are At Risk from Fires Causing Damage

Everyone loves the romantic glow of candles. The fragrance and ambiance that they create are like nothing else. However, you might want to think twice about lighting candles and then leave the room. Many house fires start from unattended candles, around one-third of these started in bedrooms. More than half of these fires begin because candles are set too close to flammable items. Candles should always be kept at least twelve inches from anything that can burn.
Additional causes of fires from candles and fire damage include someone playing with the candles. Something as simple as knocking the candle over if someone bumps a table or a pet brushing up against one is enough to spark a fire in your Dallas home. After a fire like this, you need the professional help of SERVPRO to repair and restore your home.
Keeping some safety tips in mind when it comes to candles is, therefore, critical.
Keep candles away from pets and children. Even though they might look nice on your coffee table, a wagging tail or passing child could easily tip the candle over. Keeping lighters and matches in a safe place is necessary. Lighting materials need to be stored high up and out of sight in a closet, pantry or kitchen cupboard. Children are often fascinated with fire, and you do not want to give them any temptations.
Using candles in the bedroom is not wise. Many candle fires begin in this room, and about half of the deaths from fires occur in the overnight hours between midnight and six. Also, make sure you are using the appropriate candle holders. Candles come in various sizes and shapes, so you need the right type of holder for each one. It is important to that you place them on surfaces that are durable and heat-resistant.
Once a candle burns down to two inches or less, get rid of it. Replacing a candle is a lot less costly than having to replace or repair your home. When you do need repairs from fire damage, however, the technicians at SERVPRO are the ones to call.
Don’t use candles during a power outage. Instead, use a battery-operated light or flashlight, as they are a lot safer. Night lights are also a lot safer than using a candle and are quite inexpensive. Remember not ever to leave candles unattended, and always follow the safety recommendations from the manufacturer.
If you do experience a fire, get out right away and call for help once everyone is safe. Do not ever go back into a burning home for any reason. After the fire is out, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County as soon as possible so we can assess the damages and get to work quickly. Doing so eliminates the possibility of further damage from acidic soot and water soaked home. We can be reached anytime by dialing (972) 227-0800.

Safety Tips And Preparation To Prevent Flood Damage In Cedar Hill

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Be Wise, Be Prepared for Floods in Cedar Hill

Floods Can Carry Contaminated Groundwater

Torrential rainstorms call for preparations to be made to protect your home and family. The inclement weather conditions give you some clues as to the possible severity of a storm, but fully predicting the outcome is not always certain.
When your home in Cedar Hill is affected by flood damage, consider giving us a call. We respond immediately and provide you with all of the necessary services that you need to return your property to a quality pre-flood damage condition, giving you and your family peace of mind during this type of disaster.
However, giving us a call beforehand is not a bad idea either, you may even gain access to preventative measures that you would not have thought of yourself. SERVPRO understands that flooding is the most common natural disaster that we face in the United States, so it is only smart for us to prepare our homes and families to combat these types of situations correctly.
While different areas of the country have a higher risk during certain times of the year, SERVPRO technicians have experienced a variety of different ways that a flood can affect your home. These conditions include river and lake overflows, caused by excessive rain. Blocked waterways, breaks in levees, dams, or other water containment systems. High winds from storms that cause heavy downpours.
A majority of the destruction witnessed by SERVPRO technicians, caused by flooding, depends on the conditions present when the event begins. The state of the buildings affected by the event also plays a role. However, you can limit some of the damages that your home experiences during a flood by performing a few simple actions.
Move your outdoor furniture and valuable indoor contents to the highest possible elevation in your home. Disconnect any electrical appliances, or turn your gas and electricity off entirely at the main switch or valve when flooding becomes imminent, this helps avoid the possibility of gas or electrical fires from developing as the event occurs.
Just remember, your safety comes first, while each situation is different, you may or may not have the proper amount of warning to enact every safety precaution. If there is the possibility of a storm hitting your area, maintain a constant watch on your local news media, know which evacuation route is best for you to use and practice your plans with family members to ensure everyone understands what to do.
Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for assistance with your preparations. We are here to help, (972) 227-0800

Avoiding Mold Damage In Your Lancaster Restaurant

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Restaurants in Lancaster and Mold Need SERVPRO

Count on SERVPRO to Mitigate Mold Damage and Keep Your Food Cooking

A typical commercial building can feature weak spots where water leakage could contribute to mold damage in the restaurants or other businesses sharing the premises. If you experience water seepage or leaking because of torrential rains on a poorly draining flat roof or condensation around an overworked air conditioner, it is crucial to get SERVPRO on site as soon as possible. Eliminating the roof leak or condensation moisture is the first step toward avoiding mold damage in a restaurant. Understanding how mold can gain a foothold in your business is something every business owner must master so we can work together to stop the growth of mold and mildew now and limit the risk of it recurring in the future.

Nothing is more unappetizing or has more potential to stop your foodservice business in its tracks than a proliferation of mold damage any area of-of your Lancaster restaurant. Mold spores are always floating in the air, both inside and out of structures. When the mold is fed with a combination of water and organic materials upon which to grow a severe outbreak can occur within 48 hours. Clean and contaminated water are equally at fault in encouraging growth of mold. Once the mold takes hold, you will need our professional expertise to take all necessary steps to complete the mold remediation process, essential for you to continue to pass local inspections and keep your premises clean and the air healthy for both employees and patrons.
The first step in mold remediation is to contain it, making certain it does not move into areas currently free of microbial growth. SERVPRO staff may use a variety of techniques to contain the outbreak, including installing plastic sheeting, sealing of ducts, and employing negative air pressure. Depending on the extent of the mold damage a system of clean rooms and decontamination areas may be established. Unless all sectors of mold growth occur on non-porous surfaces that can be successfully disinfected, it is likely sections of drywall, insulation, and wood may need to be removed carefully, with the mold still attached. These materials will need to be handled as hazardous waste. Before equipment can be moved in by our technicians to reduce moisture, spores must be allowed to settle and all affected areas cleaned from the top down. Once the majority of spores are removed by the use of air scrubbers, we will use air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce the amount of humidity to less than 45 percent. Continued vigilance to identify sources of leaks and condensation will be necessary to prevent mold from becoming a problem again.
Team up with SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to manage the risk of a mold outbreak in your restaurant. Call (972) 227-0800 to arrange for an inspection and mold remediation, including tips on how to avoid microbial growth in the future.

Understanding Factors Leading to a Chimney Fire in Dallas

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Keep the Chimney Clean in Your Dallas Home to Prevent Fire Damage

Trust SERVPRO to Inspect and Prevent Fire Damage

They add architectural interest to your home, but the real function of your chimney and the flue that lines it is to channel dangerous exhaust gasses from your wood stove, fireplace or furnace out of your home. A chimney enables the air in your home to stay breathable, just like windows and vents in your attic, bathroom, and the kitchen. Unlike other exhaust points in your home, wood stove and fireplace chimneys need special care to keep them working properly and prevent a fire.

As you sit in front of your wood stove or chimney in Dallas, enjoying the warmth, it is unlikely you are thinking about its condition. If you do not give some thought to it before lighting fires against the cold weather, however, your dirty chimney could cause a fire damaging your home. If a fire does occur, you will need professional help from SERVPRO, a trained fire damage restoration company.

A chimney fire can be quite massive. Indications of a fire can include a hot, intense smell, loud popping and cracking noises, and a lot of dense smoke. These fires can burn explosively with a lot of noise. They can often be dramatic enough for people passing by or neighbors to notice them. Dense smoke or flames can shoot out from the top of the chimney. Homeowners have reported being startled by a low rumbling sound much like a low flying plane or freight train. Many of these fires, however, go undetected.

Chimney fires which are slow-burning don’t have the air or fuel to be visible or dramatic, and many times go unnoticed until an inspection. However, the temperatures can get very high and cause as much damage to the structure and possessions of your home, as the more striking fires. A chimney not exhausting the heat, smoke, and gasses properly can endanger a home, so you need to have your chimney regularly inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

SERVPRO technicians are certified in HVAC cleaning and maintenance. Our technicians can check and clean duct work, flues, dampeners, and chimney caps to reduce the risk of a chimney flareup. Incomplete combustion can lead to carbon monoxide which is a lethal gas because it stealthly prohibits the body from absorbing oxygen. Signs that we look for include collapsed or cracked flue tiles, or chunks missing. Indicators of a problem can be honeycombed or puffy creosote, discolored or distorted rain cap, a warped metal of the damper, factory-built metal chimney or metal smoke chamber connector. Other elements suggesting a fire hazard can be cracks in exterior masonry, creosote pieces and flakes on ground or roof, TV antenna damaged by heat and evidence of smoke which escaped through mortar joints of tile liners or masonry.

If your home does suffer from a chimney fire, you will need our professional staff at SERVPRO to clean up and repair any damages. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is available anytime you need us. Just give us a call at (972) 227-0800 so we can come out right away and get your home back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

Water Removal in Cedar Hill

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Unwanted Water Mitigating Damages in Cedar Hill

Rely on SERVPRO for the Heavy Lifting with Water Damage Restoration

Water damage is one of the main culprits that homeowners must contend with during usually unforeseen circumstances. There are many of ways that your home can experience water damage, requiring professional water removal.
Water removal in Cedar Hill can be easier, faster, and less stressful than you thought possible. With our professional water removal specialists at SERVPRO, you can take refuge in our abilities, best practices, and professionalism. If it looks like a big problem, it probably is. Trust the pros.
Preventing Water Damage before it Strikes, Some Tips from SERVPRO
Luckily, water damage can easily be avoided in most cases if, as a homeowner, you take the time to maintain and detect problems before they turn into a costly water event. You can take easy prevention measures both inside and outside of your home, as explained below.
To avoid water from rotting your roof tiles and seeping into your home, take the time to ensure that you have good drainage. Clean your gutters and make sure that they are free of compacted leaves and debris. Also, make sure you direct your downspouts 5 to 10 feet away from your home -- you don’t want the drained water to pool around your home and damage your foundation. To further protect your foundation, you ensure that your yard is sloped away from your home so that rainwater does not take the path of least resistance and pool around your foundation or crawl space.
Inside your home, take a walk around and check all of your water-carrying pipes. Check for dark spots under the locations of the pipes, on your ceilings, around your air conditioning vents, and underneath all of your sinks. Leaks that are found should be repaired right away. Copper pipes can give way to pinhole leaks and become worse as time goes on. Once you have repaired any leaks, repair any damaged drywall to avoid mold growth. Call our remediation experts if the mold patch is visible and several square feet.
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Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. Our 24/7 Emergency Services are available to take your call and respond to your water emergency day or night.

Dealing With Mold Damage Safely in Dallas

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Having the proper equipment is essential when dealing with mold damage. Call SERVPRO ASAP when mold is found!

SERVPRO Will Assess the Damage and Follow Certified Procedures to Remediate

Safety is primary when it comes to handling mold. It is important to have professionally trained technicians come in to clean up mold at any level when you discover you have a problem with it in your home. Mold can cause adverse health effects to your family, and it can grow quickly.

At SERVPRO, we will come quickly to assess any mold damage in Dallas with safety as the top priority. We understand that taking specific precautionary measures when dealing with mold is important.

Our goal is to protect people, whether they are young, old, or people with compromised or weak immune systems, people with respiratory diseases, and people with allergies, all of who are at a higher risk of having reactions from mold exposure. Even strong and healthy people can have adverse reactions to mold, which is why these precautions are so important.

We always wear protective gear while remediating any mold problem, plus use the proper equipment as well. These can include:  

  • An N95 or better filter type respirator for contaminated, small spaces.
  • A half-mask respirator with the right cartridges for larger contaminations.
  • A full-face respirator with the correct cartridges or a Powered Air Purifying Respirator could be what is needed for contaminations that are more extensive.
  • Full body suits could be appropriate for extensive contaminations as well.
  • We always wear chemical resistance gloves and eye protection.

Assessing the Environment
The first step our technicians at SERVPRO will take during mold remediation is to figure out if there is a mold problem. We will inspect the area and talk to you about what we find. We will carefully explain everything to you so that you understand all that is going on. We use these questions as our guide:

  • Area there visible areas of mold contamination?
  • Is there a strong, musty odor which indicates the presence of mold?
  • Are you as the customer aware of any mold growth?
  • Have you as the client had previous mold problems?
  • Have you had previous water damage or an ongoing problem with water intrusion?
  • When did the water damage happen?
  • Is there evidence of mold in the HVAC system?

If mold is discovered by our technicians, a supervisor with be contacted right away, and we will follow the procedures set by your insurance company, then proceed immediately with remediation with their guidance.

At SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, we understand that time is of the essence when it comes to dealing with mold. Please call us right away at (972) 227-0800 if you discover you have a problem with mold in your home.

Precautions To Prevent Fire Damage From Candles

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Candle fires are more frequent than many people realize.

Fire Damage From Candles

When you think aromatherapy and a relaxing ambience, you think of candles. Aromatherapy, tea-lights, and fashionable candles are also the cause of damage from house fires. Cooking and cigarettes remain the main cause of accidental fires. However, we are entering holiday seasons where candles account for more fires than any other time of year.

Candle fires are more frequent than many people realize. The right use of candles helps reduce fire risks significantly. The whole family should practice proper candle use to prevent fire damage in Seagoville. SERVPRO experts believe that taking candle precaution is an important part of candle safety. Some precautions begin with making sure that the plastic film covering your new candle is entirely removed before lighting it.

Trim the wick because long wicks cause dripping and flaring when a candle is lit. Do not leave a candle burning, extinguish it before leaving the house. Next, never place a candle near a window or a drafty area. Curtains, bedding and clothing materials are the number one reason that fire spreads after being ignited by a candle.

Make sure the surface for candles is even and not unstable. Lastly, do not leave candles burning in the bedroom because you fell asleep. Bedroom fires from burning candles are at the top of the list of annual candle fires. Home security fire alarm systems are always needed, but remember that they are not a substitute for general candle and fire safety.

When the fire is out, fire damage remediation must begin immediately. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County will answer your call quickly because we are locally owned and operated. We are available 24 hours a day. Fire and smoke damage restoration require skill, knowledge, and experience which our remediation technicians have in order to get you back to a pre-fire condition.

You never know when disaster will strike or in what form it will appear. We understand the trauma and emotional stress that homeowners suffer when a fire occurs. We work quickly and consistently to mitigate damage on your household items. Call us today at (972) 227-0800 and let us help you.

What Can You Help With for Mold Damage?

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Turning off your HVAC system can help stop the spread of mold. Call SERVPRO quickly to start the remediation process!

SERVPRO Certified Technicians are Standing by to Remediate Your Mold Damage

Mold is difficult to remove from a residence, and can sometimes be dangerous, so homeowners are advised to generally let the SERVPRO team work and avoid directly cleaning up any mold. However, there are a few crucial factors you can help to control before technicians arrive or with their guidance. Controlling these factors may help us to get a jump-start on the mold remediation process and hasten the whole ordeal. Note that we always advise you to stay away from mold-affected areas and to never directly interact with them, as your safety comes before anything else.
Turn off the HVAC System
If you've already found mold damage in your Lancaster home, turning off the HVAC system will help our technicians to get a better control of the temperature in the room and will slow or stop further spread of mold spores. We rely on thermal tools for mold detection, treatment, and drying, and a powered-on HVAC system will only impede those tools. We also may need to use air movers to set up a specific airflow pattern in the room, which would come into conflict with any active AC unit. By turning off the system from the start, you help to ensure that our technicians' jobs will be a lot easier and that the mold will spread slower.
Stop any Humidifying Machines or Fixtures
Anything in your home which may increase humidity must be turned off as soon as you find signs of mold growth. Misters, humidifiers, steam producers, or any machine which creates steam or water vapor is a potential problem for our technicians and is directly accelerating the growth rate of mold in your home.
Assist Technicians and Take Their Advice
It can be difficult for some homeowners to trust our technicians and their advice, but following the directions of a trained professional and helping them when you can will always do your home good. If the technicians ask for any assistance from you, helping them will most likely speed up the process and reduce costs.
SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is knowledgeable and experienced in mold damage remediation of all types. If your home has suffered mold damage, you should call us right away at (972) 227-0800 so that we can respond quickly and get started on remediation.

Mold Damage Remediators

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation to Your Damaged Ceiling in Cedar Hill

SERVPRO Can Inspect and Treat for Mold Damage

Mold, unfortunately, is a common issue in Texas. The biggest problems that homeowners and offices may face in the summer months is a mold infestation. The Texas Gulf warmer air and higher humidity, as well as a lot of rainfall, can create the perfect environment for mold growth in homes. Once it starts to grow, it can spread quickly and may be difficult to treat. If mold does begin to appear it is prudent to call a professional. As a DIY project, bleach is used to wash the fungi from walls, but chances are if you see it on a porous surface, the mold is probably growing from inside the walls or foundations. We strongly recommend DO NOT use bleach to try to kill these fungi, it is very ineffective and only compounds the treatment.

Fungi can be hard to detect. If you suspect mold damage in Cedar Hill, in the form of musty odors, and you suspect you are experiencing allergic symptoms – call SERVPRO. Our technicians can test your property for mold growth. In Texas, there are regulations to follow under the “Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules.”  We do suggest that you call a reputable, third party company to do a thorough mold inspection. Results can be confusing, and the general rule of thumb is if you see or smell the fungi, the course of action is remediation, not testing for the fungi.
Under these rules, homeowners and builders can, in some situations, do their remediation. However, they must use a licensed mold consultant to develop a removal protocol, to conduct a clearance test/inspection and then lastly to conduct a final clearance for reporting purposes. We can be your one-stop consultant who can handle these protocols and who are certified and licensed to handle mold problems. Why not save yourself the worry of mold and call us immediately, so that we can take care of your mold issues, saving you time and money.
We understand how mold grows and spreads. Every mold damage issues are different. Thus it requires a unique solution. SERVPRO is a trusted leader in mold remediation. Our advanced process involves a thorough inspection and assessment. We institute a mold containment treatment with advanced air filtration treatments, air scrubbers, and ozone machines, while we also remove mold and mold-infested materials. We can clean your contents and belongings with a variety of cleaning techniques for disinfection, to eliminate odors and to deodorize.
SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County understands that your home and business is more than a structure. Its contents are very meaningful and vital to you. We are locally owned and operated. We are available to assist you with 24-hour emergency services for any mold, water, fire, and storm damage events. Call us at (972) 227-0800 and learn how we can restore your property to a healthier condition.

How To Handle a Home or Business Fire

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke Damage in Dallas Can Use the Services of SERVPRO

Fire Damage Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

Fires can be terrifying and life changing. Not only do they erase the value of your home, but severe fires can also completely derail your life and destroy your possessions in just a few minutes. Plus, you have to consider the effects caused by firefighters and other specialists assessing the scene. Now, your beautiful home is dealing with soot, ash, structural damage, and even water damage. It's easy to feel helpless when you're dealing with these situations, but they don't always have to be bleak. Our service professionals understand how to renovate or restore your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." Our friendly and professional staff has to provide a fire damage assessment that determines what we can do to help.

Why You Should Call SERVPRO for a Fire Damage Assessment
We've seen a lot of fire damage in Dallas, and a few things about handling the situation stand out. First, don't start cleaning your home; leave it just like it is. Secondly, call your homeowner's insurance company and determine what your coverage limits are for fire damage, and to have an adjuster come out to estimate the repair costs. This can help you afford to repair and restore your home back to normal. Third, give us a call. We can begin the cleanup process, determine what kinds of damages there are, and whether or not you can safely enter your home. After that, upon agreement, we'll start working, determining the best materials, equipment, and clean-up gear that we'll need to fix your home.
What Does SERVPRO Actually Assess in a Fire Emergency Situation?
We perform a large number of checks to ensure that your home is safe. First, we scan for superficial, surface damages that could be problematic in the future. Often, shingles melt, siding is destroyed, and many surfaces are covered with smoke, soot, and ash. We often advise our customers to take pictures to capture damages to show their insurance agent. We can also provide photos during our assessment.
The second, more important part of the assessment determines if there is any internal damage to your home. This could include your walls, roof, floors, joists, flooring, ducts, ventilation systems, windows, sinks, wiring, plumbing and more. Fire damage can make your home unlivable unless the situation is addressed.
Picking Up the Pieces After a Catastrophe
You're probably stressed to your limit. We can empathetically help. That's why you should give SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County a call at (972) 227-0800 to handle all of the issues that may arise from the fire. Our training, experience, and equipment are your answer.

Developing a Business Emergency Plan and Hiring Restoration Services

6/4/2016 (Permalink)

Natural Disaster - Flooding

SERVPRO Technicians Are Quickly Able To Restore Your Business Back To Operational

It’s not uncommon for a business owner and their employees to devise a recovery plan for natural disasters. Since natural disasters like earthquakes, fires, floods, storms and other things can completely interrupt an operation, getting things back up and running quickly is one of the primary goals and objectives in ensuring the Cedar Hill Commercial Damage plan will work smoothly and efficiently. While parts of the plan will address getting the computers and networks systems back up and running quickly, another essential element of the project is ensuring the business facility is inhabitable as well. By planning for natural disasters in advance, the company will stand a better chance of surviving without having to close its doors permanently.
To that end, the development of the Cedar Hill Commercial Damage plan that they create should include who to contact if employees are standing in flood waters or the employees are standing outside of the building being protected from smoke and fire. Regardless of the circumstances, it is essential that the owner and key employees know who to call in these situations. More importantly, they should have our commercial restoration services contact number available in their business emergency plan. It is also important that the business owner and their representatives know and understand the core services that we provide during these times.

When flood waters enter a business facility and completely covers the first floor, the owner will need to contact SERVPRO technicians immediately for this clean up job. These technicians are not only highly trained to handle these services, but they also have access to some of the most advanced equipment and tools needed to manage these jobs effectively and efficiently.

For instance, this team of professionals will use commercial water pumps and sump pumps to remove the excess water from the building and this will help to remediate Cedar Hill water damage. The sump pumps are not only used to make the job easier, but also to facilitate the process more swiftly, particularly as it redirects the water that is collected into other places like a nearby storm drain. Also, to ensure the floors and carpeting are completely dry, our team of technicians is also equipped in using air movers to complete the drying the flooring and carpeting in the building. This equipment has been designed to ensure no moisture is left behind.

Because natural disasters can occur at any time of the day or night, our team provides 24/7 emergency services for our clients. The equipment used to restore the property to the pre-loss condition can differ based on the need. Therefore, we have equipment like hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, fogging devices, and other essential commercial tools to take off a diversity of situations. So, for those of you who are devising an emergency disaster plan for your business operations, you can contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County for assistance at 972-227-0800 today.

Properties Can Harbor Mold Needing Treatment

5/28/2016 (Permalink)

Mold, Green or Black, Requires Remediation in Your Lancaster Property

Mold Remediation By SERVPRO Will Fix Your Problematic Property

When people purchase their dream homes, it’s not uncommon for these buyers to be faced with numerous challenges including issues with mold in the home. Since these problems can grow if not taken care of properly, people should make sure that they are contacting and obtaining the services of Lancaster Mold Remediation experts from SERVPRO. Because our professionals are highly trained mold remediation technicians, they are equipped with the expertise, knowledge and specialized equipment to take care of a variety of different mold related problems quickly. Also, when a homeowner uses our services, they can expect and depend on a solution that will neutralize the mold infestation so that it will not spread into any other areas of the home. Here're a few of the most common points that residential owners request for their homes and need today.
24/7 Emergency Lancaster Mold Damage Services - Tackle Small and Big Problems
Even though most people may not realize it, mold can begin to spread in as little as 48 hours. So, the potential for a minor problem to spread and because costly damage is quite high for both homes and retail structures. With this in mind, anytime a home owner identifies an area that has these problems, it is very important that our technicians are contacted for a swift solution. These services are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and includes holidays.
Removal of Mold and Mold Infested Materials
Once these problems have been identified, our experts will remove the mold from the home and any materials that have been infested. With the use of advanced mold equipment and their specialized expertise, the mold in the home is removed by treating the area with anti-fungal and antimicrobial cleaning and sanitizing agents. These mold remediation procedures will apply to the carpeting, drywall and other things in the home that require these types of treatments. We will even inspect and treat the HVAC system for mold spores or growth.
Restoration Services
In addition to removing infested materials from the home, our team of professionals are also trained to restore the areas that have been impacted. For instance, if sections of the drywall have to be removed to correct a mold or water damage problem, our technicians can repair these areas by installing new drywall. The primary goal in these types of restoration processes is to restore the area back to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." Therefore, our technicians are trained in some different critical areas including water removal, mold assessments, and inspections, drying, cleaning and sanitizing, and rehab. All these services allow our team to offer a comprehensive solution for both minor and major mold remediation problems, from start to finish.
If you who need a professional to visit your home in Lancaster, Dallas, Cedar Hill and the surrounding areas for an assessment of the damage and a plan, you should call SERVRO of Southeast Dallas County at 972-227-0800 today.

Commercial Damage in Dallas Caused by Flooding

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and Water Damage Illustration

Water Damage Falls Into Three Main Categories

In commercial buildings, Dallas flood damage can quickly escalate from minor to something that can affect several floors and offices if it is not addressed right away. The damage might be imperceptibly slow and small, like water spots which eventually can mar a surface, or it could be instantaneous and catastrophic, such as in the case of a flood. Water damage, however quickly it happens, is a major contributor to your property becoming damaged.

With any type of water damage, a fast response is the key. Most items and fixtures can be saved, depending on the loss category, and if it is addressed in the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours.

Water damage is generally classified into one of three categories, of which you can read about below:

Category 1 Water or Clean Water 

This is a source of water which doesn’t pose a big threat to humans. Examples of this are broken water supply lines, sink or tub overflows or appliances which have malfunctioned involving water supply lines.

Category 2 or Grey Water

This refers to a source of water which has a good amount of biological, chemical or physical contaminates and will cause sickness or discomfort when exposed to or even consumed. This kind of water carries nutrients of microorganisms and microorganisms. This commercial flood damage near Dallas can include toilet bowls with just urine, seepage from hydrostatic failure, sump pump failures, and water discharge from washing machines and dishwashers.

Category 3 Water or Grey Water

Category 3 water or grey water is grossly unsanitary water. It contains fungi and harmful bacteria, and unsanitary agents, which cause severe sickness or discomfort. Contaminated water sources which affect the environment indoors is are Category 3 losses. This contaminated water includes water sources from seawater, sewage, ground surface water, rising water from streams or rivers or standing water. Grey Water or Category 2 Water which is not removed promptly from your structure or has stayed stagnant for 48-72 hours could be reclassified as Category 3 Water. A backflow from a toilet which begins from beyond the toilet trap is thought of as black water contamination, no matter the color or the content of the water.

Various measures and removal methods need to be used depending upon the category of water that you have in your building. These quick actions and removal methods are especially why you need to speak with us at SERVPRO, as we have all of the special equipment, experience, and knowledge to know which category of water you are dealing with and how to best remove it and clean it.

Commercial flood damage in Dallas needs to be handled by the experts, so contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County by calling us at (972) 227-0800. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to take care of your emergency and get your structure back to proper working order as quickly as possible

Is There A Way To Repair Water Damage To Wooden Floors?

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Dallas Fine Wood Floor Repaired after Water Damage

Dallas Wood Floors Get a New Look After Water Damage

When you consider all of the money it took to install and lovingly maintain your wood floors, the short answer to a question about repairing Dallas water damage to that floor is: 'Of course there is!'

A tiny amount of water can damage a fine wood floor. It does not have to be a flood or a storm that does it, although those situations certainly can create a problem with a wood floor. Just a leaking faucet, water heater or other appliance can cause this type of water damage in Dallas. Quickly drying it out can reduce further damage.

The problem with any amount water damage near Dallas, regardless of where it came from, is that wood is a porous material and can absorb much water. Water can cause warping and allow molds to enter the wood fiber and begin their growth which can undermine the structure. Rot is another problem that this situation can generate.

The first order of business, when attempting to repair that wood floor is to get it dried out. Nothing else can, or should happen until this is begun:

Open all windows and fans should be directed to the floor and out of those windows. Do not do this if it is raining – possibly one of the reasons you have water in your home in the first place. At least, turn on the heater and get the room warmer to assist in getting the floor to dry out.

It is necessary that both sides of the wood floor get dried. Remove some of the boards to get air circulating under the floor. Removing the insulation, usually wet at this point, can help in this regard. You might also get fans down in the crawlspace to facilitate this air flow. Dehumidifiers, if you have one or two, can help remove moisture from the air, both above and below the flooring.

Removing the baseboards and placing them, outside of the affected room on a flat surface can help get them dry and keep them in good shape.

The above steps, if taken quickly, can help dry out the wood and, depending on the amount of water, the type of wood and the length of time the water stayed on the surface, should get the floor dried in a matter of a few days to a week. All dehumidifiers and fans should be left on during this time. The moisture level, in the room and, therefore, the wood, should get to about 20% or at least under 40.

When the floor has dried out, replace any of the boards you removed before and check the rest of them for warping or discoloration. Lightly sanding those that are can help them fit better and look right. Ensure all boards are attached firmly to the primary struts after replacing the wet insulation with new insulation – there is no reason to chance the old insulation might not have mold spores or other contaminants in it that can spread out later.

Sand the entire floor after a week or two and clean it completely with an appropriate cleanser. Let it dry completely and coat it with a quality sealant and varnish.

Replace baseboards and enjoy the looks and feel of all of your hard work.

If you are confronted with water damage and/or mold in your Dallas home or business, immediate action is imperative. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They also provide accurate monitoring and documentation of the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. If you experience water damage to your Dallas property we can help. Call us 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Balch Springs Fire Damage-Insurance and Settlement

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Restore Fire Damage with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Balch Springs Fire Damaged Property

If the occasion happens that your insurance provider and the restoration company are in possession of a discrepancy regarding their estimates for the Balch Springs fire damage, then they either need to agree to a medium ground, or they need to start an arbitration. Going through with the option of choosing the medium ground is a type of compromise which might present the inclusion of varied outcomes, all of which are dependent on the specifics of the situation that you are facing. But it can get the fire damage restoration moving quicker. The arbitration option takes into account the involvement of a third party that will go about the inspection process and then will formulate an appraisal concerning the fire damage. Then this will be presented as a value that is deemed to be acceptable. It is to be noted that all of this is based primarily on the insurance company agreeing to the arbitration. The fire damage restoration company has no say in setting up an arbitration. This "meeting of the minds" is between you and your insurance company, adjuster, insurance company, and the mediator.
SERVPRO can assist to a limited degree with helping you to arrive at an equitable settlement amount for the fire damage restoration. We can provide a CCIS document that stands for Contents Claim Inventory Service. This is a corporate computer program that will generate a comprehensive inventory of all damaged items and building materials. This is done on a room-by-room basis. Categories of salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable materials are listed. This document can aid in your content claims settlement.

The planning of the restoration of your home can be under way when you have fire damage estimates. When you have a budget in place, the company is then able to do their best to ensure that they can restore your home to its former condition. Also, it is critical to note that fire damage estimates permit the inclusion of services that a restoration company like SERVPRO can perform. Most of these services you cannot do yourself like smoke, soot, and odor removal. Water removal is usually needed after a fire, extinguishing a fire takes water. SERVPRO can, upon reaching a signed agreement, remove the water, clean damaged items-both possessions and building materials, sanitize, and deodorize your property. We can also repair and restore your home fire damaged Balch Springs home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County focuses on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas save you money. Call us 24/7 for help. (972) 227-0800

Exciting Career Opportunities

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

Now Hiring

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has the following career opportunities available. Please see the brief job descriptions and interview details available below. If our opportunity sounds exciting and you meet our requirements, we are interested in speaking to you further about the exciting options to join our team. 

If you make the team, SERVPRO will offer a rewarding career, opportunity for personal growth, competitive compensation, and the opportunity to become a key contributor to a highly professional team. 

Administrative Assistant - Interviews every Monday @ 1:00 PM 

We are seeking someone who is great on the phone, proficient in office tasks, with excellent analytical skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Out idea of the ultimate candidate is one who is proactive, experienced, truly enjoys providing superior service, and loves taking ownership.

The person who fills this position will be responsible for sending out emails and written correspondence, meeting crucial deadlines, and providing excellent customer service. He/ she will also need to enter detailed data accurately, prepare estimates and invoices, and conduct internal file quality reviews. He/ she will also need to assist other departments, as needed.

Marketing/ Sales Rep - Interviews every Tuesday @ 1:00 PM 

We are seeking someone who is comfortable meeting new people, who has excellent communication skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. You will be responsible for accelerating sales volume goals by creating new customer relationships face to face while further developing existing accounts. Working alongside our highly competent service team, you will manage all aspects of the sales process to ensure high customer satisfaction levels while developing long-term relationships.

The Marketing/Sales Representative will have primary responsibilities for compiling via internet and maintaining “Centers of Influence” (COIs) information and conducting daily sales routes. In addition, he/she will understand the basics of production and estimating processes. The marketing/sales rep will complete daily marketing file documentation, as appropriate and assist other departments, when necessary.

Production Crew Chief - Come by daily from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM to fill out application  

SERVPRO® is seeking a fire and water damage restoration Production Crew Chief. SERVPRO® is a national company whose employees provide water and fire emergency response 24 hours a day, for homes and commercial properties when disasters happen. Some of the other services we provide are mold remediation, carpet cleaning, HVAC system cleaning, and biohazard clean-up. On-the-job and formal training will be provided, but any construction or restoration experience would be a bonus.

Please come by our office at 1846 Idlewild Lane, Lancaster, TX 75134 on Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Cleaning & Remediation Tech - Come by daily from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM to fill out application 

SERVPRO® is seeking a Fire and Water Damage Cleaning and Remediation Technician. SERVPRO® is a national company that provides water and fire emergency response 24 hours a day, for homes and commercial properties. As a Cleaning and Remediation Technician, you will be required to do testing and cleaning of damaged items, packing and organizing damaged personal property when necessary, inventory and property manipulation along with general maintenance of warehouse inventory.

Please come by our office at 1846 Idlewild Lane, Lancaster, TX 75134, Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM to fill out an application.

Send resumes to the following email: resumes@SERVPROnwdallas.com 

The Negative Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage in Cedar Hill

12/2/2015 (Permalink)

Smoking materials started an average of 17,900 smoking-material home structure fires per year during 2007-2011.

Cedar Hill Fire and Smoke Damage And Its Negative Effects

Four Negative Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage

A residential fire in Cedar Hill is one of the most serious issues that a property owner may go through. Even when the fire is relatively small, it can still have profoundly negative consequences on you and your property. Nevertheless, knowing the types of effects fire and smoke damage can have on your home or office can prepare you to handle the situation with efficacy and expediency. Here are four negative effects that often result from fire and smoke damage:

 Structural Damage

 When fires strike, they can cause serious damage to the structure of your property. In fact, sometimes the damage can be significant enough to cause the home or office to collapse. It is also impossible to determine whether all of the property's floor supports have remained intact. For this reason, it is important that you not try to reenter the property following a fire in Cedar Hill. Instead, consult with the fire department or another authority to determine when reentry is safe and permissible.

 Smoke Odor and Residue

 Unfortunately, smoke can enter every little crevice of your residential or commercial property. This includes your insulation, wallboard, and carpet. The more smoke present, the more difficult it will be to remove the smoke odors. The type of smoke on the premises will also determine how long the removal process takes. For example, smoke that results from natural substances like paper and wood will leave a gray or black residue that is simple to remove with a dry sponge or vacuum cleaner. On the other hand, smoke that results from inorganic matter such as synthetic fabrics and plastics can leave behind a smeary residue which is dangerous and difficult to remove.

 Food Spoilage

 When a Cedar Hill fire strikes, the heat it produces can result in your canned food items expanding and contracting. In most cases, these processes will engender food spoilage. The smoke particles can also seep into boxed and bagged foods. Since the smoke contains carcinogenic compounds, it's important that you not consume foods that have come into contact with it. For this reason, you should be sure to throw out refrigerated and frozen foods. Also, take pictures of the things you're throwing out to ensure that you can attain reimbursement from your insurance company.

 Water Damage

 Most of the time, fires will cause water damage. This results from the fire department's use of extinguishing efforts to put the fire out. Typically, this involves the firefighters soaking almost everything near or in the fire with water. If you don't start drying out your furniture, walls, and carpet afterward, you can run the risk of developing a serious mold invasion.

Although there are several types of fire and smoke damage that property owners have to grapple with after a fire, knowing who to call for help can expedite the restoration process. The right company to call for professional, proficient fire damage remediation services is SERVPRO. With more than 1,650 franchises and 50 years of experience, we've become industry leaders and are deeply passionate about doing thorough, goal-oriented work. All of our IICRC-certified technicians put the customer first, and we work with lightning speed to ensure that you can return to your property as quickly as possible.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (972) 227-0800

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas

11/4/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguishers Are Good For Business

In Dallas, SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Commercial Property

One of the most debilitating and costly catastrophes that a business owner in Dallas may encounter is a fire. In addition to generating fire damage, fires can cause smoke and soot damage. Additionally, fires can result in the accumulation of standing water due to the fire extinguishing work; that precipitates mold growth. Finally, fires result in strong smells that require extensive, thorough odor removal. Despite the fact that fires can cause a wide range of problems, commercial property owners who secure high-quality commercial fire damage restoration can limit their stress levels while having their business space restored with speed and cost effectiveness. Learn more about how a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help recover your commercial space by reviewing the steps they implement to make it happen:

Step One: The Property Assessment. The first step that a commercial fire damage restoration company will complete after arriving on your property is a property assessment. This assessment will help the restoration experts from SERVPRO determine the extent of fire damage done to your property. During the assessment, they will check for damage like broken windows, remaining fire hazards, and structural integrity. After completing the assessment, the restoration experts will put an action plan in place. If you have damaged roofs, doors, walls, or windows, the recovery team will secure the affected regions using tarps, plywood, and even fencing. Securing against theft and vandalism will save you time and money.

Step Two: The Clean-Up. Once restoration experts ensure the structural safety of your property, they will move forward with the clean-up process. Typically, the clean-up work will include water removal and drying. The fire damage specialists will utilize equipment like water pumps, wet-vacs, dehumidifiers and air-movers to expedite and optimize these restoration processes. The equipment is effective in mitigating mold growth and reducing damage to materials like carpet and upholstery by following guidelines set forth by the IICRC. In addition to completing the water removal and drying processes, the recovery experts from SERVPRO will eliminate all unwanted soot and smoke from your commercial property. The fire damage specialists can also offer restoration services for vital documents like photographs and paintings.

Step Three: Fire Damage Restoration. After the commercial fire damage restoration process is finished, the remediation company will complete the restoration work. This can involve a wide range of processes, including the repair and painting of damaged walls and the installation of new carpet. Structural damage will also be addressed and resolved at this point. Throughout the restoration process, you need to work directly with your insurance agent to ensure that you attain maximum coverage for damages. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor to over 315 insurance companies, government agencies, and property management companies. Working in tandem, the fire damage restoration can move quickly and with fewer costs.

Don't Delay-Get Great Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services Today for Your Dallas Business

When you find that your Dallas commercial property is subjected to fire, call the professionals of SERVPRO. In so doing, you'll hire access to comprehensive restoration services that are customized to get your commercial property back in pre-loss condition. All of our IICRC-certified professionals offer 24/7 emergency services as well as complimentary estimates.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency in Dallas, Cedar Hill, or Lancaster regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are a network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country. to respond to large scale events and disasters. Call us. (972) 227-0800

Storms, the aftermath. The mold they can bring to your Dallas Home.

9/13/2015 (Permalink)

Common signs of mold growth include musty odors and discolored surfaces.

After the Storm Is Over - Water Damage and Mold in your Dallas home.

Often, mold growth begins anywhere from 2-3 days after a storm causes water damage. Mold is a harmful issue, and it can cause damage to your health, home and the contents within your Dallas home before you even notice that your house has mold growth. The longer a house is exposed to storm water damage and the air spores that spread mold, the more difficult it will be to remove the mold. Common signs of mold growth include musty odors and discolored surfaces. 

People who have allergies, asthma, immunodeficiency disorders, respiratory problems and weakened immune system are especially sensitive to the health effects of mold. Those who are exposed to mold may have symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Irritated eyes or skin.
  • Fungal lung infections.
  • Migraine headaches.
  • Nasal congestion.

Act Fast

Our highly trained mold removal technicians use the latest technology and tools to quickly address your mold problem in a manner that effectively removes mold colonies. Unlike DIY techniques, our professional service does not carry the risk of improperly removing mold, saving customers from dealing with further damage, health problems, costs and inconvenience. We are also licensed to handle lead, asbestos and other dangerous materials that we may come across during the mold removal process. 

We are available 24 per day. Before your appointment, be sure to:

Inventory damaged and missing goods for your insurance claim.

  • Throw away all sealed and unsealed food and beverage touched by storm flood waters.
  • Open windows and doors.
  • Refrain from using electrical devices until it is safe.
  • Remove standing water when possible.
  • Use dehumidifiers and fans to ventilate your home.
Our mold removal technician will also determine if any contents in your home are salvageable. However, porous items that are wet for over 48 hours and cannot be completely dried and cleaned must be thrown away, such as carpet, carpet padding, ceiling tiles, clothing, drywall, floor tiles, insulation, leather goods, paper, upholstery, wallpaper and wood items. 

When our service technician arrives, he will:
  • Apply biocides. 
  • Decide whether or not you can safely stay in your house during the mold remediation process.  
  • Determine if additional ventilation and containment is needed. 
  • Look for mold in the HVAC system and biological hazards in the home.
  • Test for any additional mold after completing removal process.
  • Use quick structural drying techniques.

After the storm has passes call your local SEVPRO of Southeast Dallas (972) 227-0800. Don't give mold the chance to harm you or your home.

How an electrical fire can affect your Dallas home.

9/13/2015 (Permalink)

Inspect your property for faulty wiring, shorts, and loose wires that could increase susceptibility to electrical fire.

Electrical Fires 101 - how they can affect your Dallas Home

While there are many causes for fires in the home, electrical fires are a particularly difficult type to grapple with. In fact, the Electrical Safety Foundation International reports that around 51,000 of fires that take place on residential properties are electrical. These fires cause over 1,400 injuries, 500 deaths, and roughly $1.3 billion in damage to your property. To ensure that electrical fires do not become a big issue in your Dallas home, the SERVPRO experts advise implementing the following safety strategies:

• Inspect your property for faulty wiring, shorts, and loose wires that could increase susceptibility to electrical fire. When you note any issues, call a certified electrician to fix them. Also be sure to make use of safety covers on any outlet that a child has access to. 
• Make sure that a smoke detector is installed on each level of your home. Also be sure that the smoke detectors are functioning properly. 
• Turn off any electrical equipment that produces an unusual spark, smell, or sound.
• Replace or repair frayed, cracked, or loose cords. Do not place your cords in high traffic regions of the home. Also refrain from placing them under rugs or carpets.  
• Make use of surge protectors to keep your appliances safe. 
• Keep flammables stored far from your electrical appliances. 
• Have an ark fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) installed in the house. These devices monitor circuits to assess any dangerous arcing conditions. 
• Do not allow children to climb any trees located near a power line. 

Smoke Alarms

Ask the following questions to ensure that your smoke alarms are functioning effectively:

• Did you test them?
• Are they working properly?
• Are there enough alarms in the home?  

Switches and Outlets

Ask the following questions to ensure that your switches and outlets are functioning effectively:

• Do the plugs fit correctly?
• Are they warm to the touch?
• Do they work properly?
• Do they make any unusual sounds? (sizzling, buzzing, or crackling)

Lamps and Appliances

• Are you using the right bulbs?
• Do you use space heaters safely?
• Are appliance cords protected from damage?


Practicing effective prevention measures is the key to ensuring that your home and family are safe in the face of electrical fires and shock. In the event that your property is subjected to damage generated by an electrical fire, Call your local SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas (972) 227-0800. They can make it, "Like it never even happened."

Protecting Your Dallas Small Business Against Water Damage

5/23/2015 (Permalink)

If you are a business owner, you know that there are many risks to keep in mind.

Protecting Your Small Business Against Water Damage

If you are a business owner, you know that there are many risks to keep in mind. Dallas water damage is one of them. In cases of water damage, before looking into the kind of insurance you need, it is smart to know more about different sources of water damage and ways that you can prevent it and protect your business.

Problem Areas
    •    It is important to know different ways that water damage can affect your business, before you look into prevention. The first thing you should consider is where appliances are located in your building.
    •    You should be aware of the different areas of your business where the damage is likely to occur, before beginning to look for ways to reduce the risk of water damage. The first place you should be looking at is where you have appliances in your building, such as washers, air conditioning units, dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters. Drains and pipes can also be a source of Dallas water damage. Examine the roof as well, looking for damage from weather that could make your building more vulnerable.

Protecting Your Business
    •    You cannot have certainty in preventing water damage entirely, but you can minimize potential damage by utilizing the following tips:
    •    Prevent Plumbing Leaks. Watch out for leaks in the plumbing in the kitchen and bathroom. This may mean grouting and caulking around sinks and toilets, and replacing any missing tiles.
    •    Verify water Resistance. Make sure that the components of your building are made using water resistant materials, as this will prevent a great deal of damage to the interior and exterior of your building in the event of a water disaster.
    •    Secure Hoses. Be sure that any hose connections are secure, including those that connect two appliances in the building.
    •    Insulate Water Pipes. This is important to prevent exposure of the pipes to harshly cold temperatures. These pipes are typically in the garage or basement of buildings. The insulation will help prevent potential water damage by preventing cracking and freezing.
    •    Maintain Leak Detection Systems. It is good to have both an active system and a passive system.
    •    Do not allow water damage to ruin your small business. Make sure to take all of the proper precautions that you need to take in order to protect your small business and make sure that you get all of the business insurance coverage that you need to minimize risks.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County responds quickly to your Cedar Hill business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,650 Franchises. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

When you are dealing with your Chicago water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County responds quickly and employs advanced equipment and techniques to remove water quickly. The drying process is monitored and documented to assure your property is dried properly and thoroughly. We are standing by 24/7 to help remediate any water damage emergency you might encounter. Call (972) 227-0800 and we will be on our way.

Mold Removal Lancaster

5/23/2015 (Permalink)

Mold can cause bad odors, and it can also cause a range of health problems, some of which might be serious.

Mold Removal 

Lancaster mold removal and remediation should be your top priority if you find mold growing in your home. Mold can cause bad odors, and it can also cause a range of health problems, some of which might be serious. Mold can irritate the eyes, nose and throat in many people. Some people are allergic to mold and mildew and therefore have more severe reactions. People with compromised immune systems or lung diseases are particularly vulnerable to mold and can suffer serious infections if exposed to it.

The first step for getting rid of mold is to find and eradicate any sources of moisture that allow mold to grow. Check places where moisture could accumulate. For example, check for leaks in your plumbing or roof. Check for overflows in sinks or toilets. Make sure the kitchen and bathroom are properly ventilated. If you find problems in these areas, call a professional for repairs.

A small amount of mold on a nonporous surface like concrete, plastic, glass or metal can be dealt with easily. It is simply a matter of disinfecting the surface. To do so, scrub the area with a small amount of water and detergent and let it dry. Then mix a half cup of bleach with a gallon of water. Then spray the resulting solution on the surface and let it dry.

Semi -porous items like wood, carpet and ceiling tiles can't be salvaged if they become moldy. They should simply be thrown away.

Some things can be saved, though. To deal with Lancaster mold on clothing, brush off the mold spots, wash the article, and then let it dry in the sun. To salvage books, brush off the mold spots and then apply talcum powder or cornstarch to the affected area.

Always follow proper safety procedures when dealing with mold. Wear gloves, goggles and a dust mask. Wrap moldy items in plastic before throwing them away. If you find toxic black mold on something, call a certified professional who specializes in mold remediation and removal.

After removing the Lancaster mold, take steps to prevent it from returning. Use vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters and dehumidifiers to keep mold from growing in your home.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (972) 227-0800

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. 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. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

If you suspect that your Lancaster home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. Call us at (972) 227-0800 for help.

What Is Included in a Fire Damage Assessment at a Dallas Home

4/9/2015 (Permalink)

Have a Professional Prepare a Damage Assessment Report and Contact Your Homeowner's Insurance Company.

It is essential to have a fire damage assessment performed by a Professional Company such as SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas to determine the severity of the damage.

For any Dallas homeowner, fire damage is among the most disastrous and traumatic events that could take place. In only a few short minutes, a fire can destroy everything you've worked so hard for along with all of your valuables and keepsakes. Although things can seem hopeless in the wake of a house fire, it's important to remember that, depending on how much fire damage was done, it's often possible to salvage the house and return it to its original condition. However, to find out if this is a possibility, it's essential to have a fire damage assessment performed to determine the severity of the damage.

Where Can I Get A Fire Damage Estimate?

Although you might feel tempted to begin cleanup right away, it's strongly recommended that you contact a professiona service such as SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to prepare a Damage Assessment Report and contact your homeowner's insurance company. Depending on your policy, the cost of replacing your possessions and restoring your home from fire damage may be covered. If it is, your provider will send an inspector to you home to prepare a cost estimate. After this, the next thing you should do is hire a professional restoration service so the cleanup process can begin as soon as possible. Both your insurance provider and the restoration service will perform their own estimates of the cleanup costs. This is determined by several factors like the extent of the damage, what tools, equipment and materials are needed to start repairs and if you home is still safe enough for you and your family to stay in. Here are some of the considerations that go into creating an accurate cleanup cost estimate:

Superficial Damage

Among the first things checked for in your home following a fire is the degree of superficial damage, which is often more easily repaired than other kinds of damage. The inspector typically starts with your home's exterior and looks for things like melted materials, missing or damaged shingles, chimney damage and other kinds of exterior wreckage. The inspector may also look at your yard, neighbors' yards, your roof and siding and any other outside surfaces that may have sustained damage.

Internal Damage 

The next step in preparing an accurate estimate is determining the level of damage that occurred inside of your home. The inspector walks all throughout the house and looks for visible damage to ceilings, walls, roofs, vents and ducts, flooring, sinks, tubs, plumbing and windows. This is done to see if these items are damaged beyond repair or intact enough to salvage. This is especially important if you have a basement as fire damage to ceilings, walls and foundations may require significantly more work. 

The Cleanup Process

After a damage assessment for your entire home has been performed, the restoration service can get started with cleanup right away. This fast action is essential for preventing mold and mildew development and saving as many of your possessions, fixtures and housing materials as possible. The number one priority is to avoid additional damage. 

It is strongly recommended that you leave your fire damage estimate to you local fire damage restoration service. Although taking photos of the damage and collecting records for your own purposes is wise and encouraged, only a professional has the equipment, knowledge and experience needed to determine the true extent of the damage. If you'd like to learn more about choosing a fire damage restoration service, please check your local phone book or speak with your homeowner's insurance company.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County proudly serves Cedar Hill , Lancaster , Dallas, Balch Springs , Wills Point , and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your Southeast Dallas home or commercial structure caused by:

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage fire damage emergencies in the Dallas area. They will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting you back in your home as quickly as possible. Call the fire restoration experts 24/7 at (972) 227-0800 for help.

What Is Involved in Balch Springs Smoke Removal

4/3/2015 (Permalink)

One of the most important parts of cleaning out your house after a fire has taken place is smoke removal.

What is involved in smoke removal?

One of the most important parts of cleaning out your house after a fire has taken place is smoke removal. Unfortunately, Balch Springs smoke removal is also one of the most tedious and challenging parts of the process as well. This is because the process often necessitates use of special industrial-grade equipment that is typically only available to professional restoration companies. Additionally, you need to start the process of smoke removal as soon as you possibly can after the fire has taken place in order to prevent smoke and soot in your Balch Springs property from setting into your walls, ceilings, and furniture. It is, however, important to keep in mind that it is not safe to go into your home when a house fire has just taken place, because house fires often damage structures of homes, and homes often suffer significant water damage from the fire fighting activity. It is always advisable to find a professional restoration company to expertly deal with the task of smoke removal within your home, but it is also beneficial to you to be knowledgeable about things that you can do on your own to take care of the smoke removal process in your house.

Make Sure It Is Safe to Go Into Your House

Once a house fire has taken place, you should make sure to have a trained professional examine your house, so that you can be given professional assurance that it is safe to go inside. Whether or not you do this can make the difference between whether you end up stopping your home from becoming damaged even more severely and keeping yourself safe from harm, or instead causing yourself injury and incurring even more damage to your home. It is important to remember that a home that has recently suffered from Balch Springs fire damage is probably not stable, and applying pressure to the boards of the house can lead to their collapse and your injury. Additionally, if you have not brought in an electrician to inspect your home for electrical damage, you will run the risk of electrocuting yourself. As such, you should make sure to bring in a professional to examine your home and assure you that it is safe before you take it upon yourself to enter the home after a fire has occurred.

Use Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) for the Soot Cleaning Process

Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) is a compound that is extremely efficacious in the process of removing soot and smoke from your house, although it may not be possible to clean up places that are severely charred and have large amounts of soot. It is important to remember while using TSP to clean your home that you should be wearing protective clothing, heavy-duty rubber gloves, and goggles to protect yourself from both the smoke and soot residue and the TSP itself. TSP usually works well in the process of cleaning up minor smoke damage, but you may also need to incorporate other techniques, such as thermal fogging and ozone generators; you would need to hire a professional to take care of these for you. In any case, you should consult with a professional before starting the smoke removal process in your home.

When you are thinking about smoke removal, it is always smartest to get in touch with a professional restoration company, who will have the resources to be able to address the task with effectiveness. If you have questions about smoke removal or ways to restore your home after a fire, contact a professional restoration company.

Inspection and Pretesting

The SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County Professional pretests while inspecting the property to determine the extent of fire damage and the scope of needed cleaning, restoration, and repairs.

  • The full extent of the smoke and fire damage. How many materials are affected by smoke or fire? What is the proper method for cleaning? Will your personal belongings need to be relocated while your house is restored? These are just a few of the decisions that must be made.
  • Unaffected areas - It can be vital to protect areas that were not affected by soot and odor before the damage spreads to these areas. It will save you money!
  • What materials can be restored and what materials must be replaced. Are the smoke residues cleanable? Who is completing the inventory of items that are damaged beyond repair? Fire damage pretesting is vital. A complete inventory is invaluable! How long will the cleanup take? We'll let you know what to expect.
  • The most effective cleaning methods. What work procedures will restore the damaged materials?

Pretesting also allows the SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County Professional to focus on saving precious items or keepsakes for you.

Once the fire damage mitigation begins, the SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas Professionals will keep you informed and answer your questions, all while working to help make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (972) 227-0800 for help.


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