Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.”

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 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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Which Tools are Best for Flood Water Extraction?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Flood damaged extraction should be left to the pros. Call SERVPRO (972) 227-0800

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.

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. 

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.

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.

How Can Flooding Affect Different Areas of My Dallas Home?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water around a green home. No matter how bad the flood damage, SERVPRO is here and ready to take on your Dallas damage.

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."

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.

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 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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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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Call Our Experts When You Need Flood Damage Restoration In Dallas

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

One of our green trucks arriving to this home When you see our green truck arriving to your home you can rest assure that we will restore your home and make it "like it never happened."

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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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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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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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Prevent Secondary Destruction In Your Dallas Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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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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If Your Dallas Home Has Flood Damages Issues, You Need To Contact Our Crew!

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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