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Wildfire Protection That Starts in the Yard | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

8/1/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is ready and able to repair any damage.

One of any Texan’s greatest fears, especially if you have land or livestock, is seeing your property go up in a wildfire, and wildfires are a more frequent perpetrator of property loss than you might imagine. They’re seemingly inexhaustible, and with so much of our world being made of combustible and organic material, it’s a small miracle that we are able to get them contained at all.

But there are ways by which we can shield our homes from wildfire, aside from the simplest and most impactful, which would be simply being more careful.

Today, let’s learn about “defensible space.”

What Is Defensible Space?

It’s not a new Star Trek thing—“defensible space” is a series of buffer zones you can create around your home by getting rid of dry fuel like brush and dead trees, adding gravel, concrete or treated plants near your house, pruning your trees to prevent fire from spreading easily, and keeping plants and trees at safe distances from one another.

Think of it as turning your land into a protective labyrinth (aka defense), designed to shelter your home during a wildfire by minimizing a fire’s fuel sources. Defensible space also gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it reaches your home’s perimeter.

Defensible space isn’t required by law in Texas, but it’s a good fire safety principle all the same.

Why Defensible Space Matters

Wildfires happen more frequently in our area and westward, but there’s a surprising number of wildfires across the country: There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020, and even without California’s 10,000+ fires, that’s an average per state of almost a thousand fires.

Texas had the second highest total in 2020, with over 6,700 fires burning up over 256,000 acres of land. And 2021 is shaping up in similar fashion—the number of fires nationwide has increased 25% over the first half of the year.

Anything we can do to shield or protect our property from the scourge of wildfire is a good idea, and defensible space is a simple, practical solution that can yield significant results.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

2020 and the Increase of Extreme Storms | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

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2020 was an all-around awful year for many people, and with many causes. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, 2020 also set a new record for nasty weather in the U.S.

In fact, 2020 saw more weather disasters than any previous year for which we have data.

Though many serious weather events happen every year, storms that cause a billion dollars in damages are classified officially as disasters. There were 22 of these official occurrences in 2020, blowing past the previous record of 16, set just a few years ago.

And there were many other non-disaster-level events—so many storms in the Atlantic, in fact, that the Greek alphabet was used by the National Weather Service to name them because the proper name list wasn’t long enough.

We saw our own share of events in the DFW area, including an EF-2 tornado that swept through Arlington in November, with winds up to 115 mph and a width of up to 150 yards.

Not Just Hurricanes

Hurricanes are often thought of as the biggest perpetrators when it comes to costly weather systems, and they definitely can be. But it turns out that the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes: Fourteen of the year’s 22 weather disasters were thunderstorm systems, including hail and tornadoes they produced.

A single storm system in land-locked Nebraska took out over 100 million acres of corn fields—an area more than 15 times the size of DFW—endangering over 11% of the entire country’s corn production.

Not Just 2020

Unfortunately, it seems that, while 2020 was an extreme example, it is following a rising trend toward more frequent and more costly extreme weather events. The last decade is full, literally, of years in which there have been eight to 10 disasters or more, and 2017 set a new record for damage totals.

Storms are always a concern, no matter the area, and precautions against storm and water damage should always be taken. But if those precautions fail in severe weather, remember that SERVPRO is available 247 for emergency help.

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

Creating Confidence in a Post-Pandemic Business Environment | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If your business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of North Fort Worth team.

With major metro areas like DFW finally gaining significant ground in the area of COVID-19 recovery, hopes are high that “real life” is back to stay, and business owners are highly anticipating a bounceback in the economy as well.

But as customers come back to physical locations and employee teams return to on-site tasks, it’s up to business owners to ensure that their stores and offices are safe environments in which to shop and work.

That’s why your business needs to be Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned.

Get Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program uses cutting-edge biohazard solutions and technologies far beyond typical cleaning and janitorial services to give your customers confidence and security. By removing worries about sanitation, we can give your teams and patrons peace of mind about returning to your business without having to worry about potential contagious diseases of any kind, not just the coronavirus.

What makes this program so unique? It’s the three C’s:

Consult. We’ll work together to come up with a custom plan that fits the unique needs of your business context. It helps that SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is locally owned and operated, so we are already accustomed to many of the unique sanitation needs of Texas.

Clean. Once we have a plan in place, we’ll get to work giving your building the kind of clean your customers and employees will notice and appreciate. We’ll be armed with proprietary, cutting-edge cleaning solutions that are already being used to combat deadly threats like anthrax and MRSA. Your building will receive a complete cleaning that meets or surpasses the strictest CDC guidelines. And this clean goes way beyond COVID-19 protection—our unique combination of technology and methodology is a devastating one-two punch to deadly viruses and contagions of all kinds.

Certify. Now you can display the Shield. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield signifies to customers and employees before they ever set foot in your business that you care about their health and well-being, and that will instill in them the confidence to shop without hesitation and work without fear.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Fire Safety Tips for the Backyard | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of North Fort Worth to learn more.

Spring brings a wonderful sense of rebirth and new beginnings. No matter how bad winter might have felt, spring comes with sunshine and growth, and it reminds us that hope is always around the corner.

It also beckons us outdoors to enjoy nature’s beautiful scenery, which of course always reveals the fact that we can’t resist the universal human urge to barbecue.

There are myriad opportunities for backyard gatherings and barbecue occasions in spring and summer—engagement parties, graduation celebrations, family reunions and the list goes on.

And these are great, but unfortunately, they also mean an increase in accidental home fires. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year.

So let’s look at a few of the usual suspects and see what you can do to avoid fire accidents this grilling season.

The grill. The grill is the most dangerous of your typical backyard activities. It’s centered around fire and combustible elements, combined with dripping, pooling grease and possibly even gas. So follow the grill safety habits necessary to operate it safely: Check your grill to make sure it’s in proper working order, on solid, level ground, and away from anything flammable. Don’t use any liquid accelerants to make it burn hotter or faster, and don’t forget to clean it well between uses. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. The fire pit is the perfect place for conversation and company, not to mention roasted marshmallows. Just do it safely: Keep a bucket of water within reach to douse errant flames or embers, as well as to slowly extinguish the fire when the night is through. Keep careful watch over the fire at all times, keeping children and pets at a safe distance. And as tempting as adding leaves or pine needles may be, don’t do it or you risk sending flying embers toward your home or whatever is downwind.

Chimneys and dryer vents. While you’re in fire safety mode, take care of your chimney now that you’re not using your fireplace. Clean out the layers of ash and soot so they’re not a problem in the fall. And check your dryer’s ventilation pipe. Lint that manages to escape the clutches of the filter hides out in the vent pipe and waits for the right time to catch fire.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

What Is the Most Common Sign of Water Damage in a Basement? | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

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A basement is a great space to have in any home. These spaces can be used for additional storage, extra livable space and can serve as a safe place to go in the event of threatening inclement weather, which Cowtown is certainly no stranger to.

However, since basements are underground, the challenges they face are unique to this part of the house, especially when it comes to water damage.

It is a good idea to set up habits and practices that include regularly checking your basement for water damage over the course of your time in the home. Below, we will address some of the more common signs that water damage presents in the basement and how we can help in the event of said damage.

3 Most Common Signs of Basement Water Damage

Unpleasant, musty odors. Water that comes into your basement and remains stagnant for a long period of time before evaporating can leave behind a pungent and unpleasant smell. This smell is commonly associated with basements, but it is a misconception to believe that all basements have this smell by default. This smell can only happen when there is mold and mildew present in the environment.

Paint chipping on the walls or masonry. While waterproof paint is applied in many homes under good intentions, this paint is not completely impenetrable and can be broken down over time by a leaky basement. Water that seeps in can work its way through the paint and eventually lead to peeling, cracking or bubbling on the surface.

Cracks in the foundation. While some cracks can be caused by a number of reasons, cracks in the foundation of a home can be a sign of water damage and should be treated by a professional immediately if they are larger than a hairline crack. These cracks can appear in the ceiling, floor or the walls and can be a sign of water that is putting pressure on the structure in a way that is causing the cracking.

If you suspect you may have water damage in your basement, call us to see how we can help diagnose the problem and then determine a plan to restore your home. Contact us today!

Make the Right Choices When You Need Home Restoration | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

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If you’re buying or renting a home, you probably have a lot on your mind. It’s understandable. After all, there’s a lot to consider.

You may think about what works for your budget, whether or not the property has an HOA or the school zone that works best for your family.

But have you put any thought into a home restoration service? If not, now is a good time to start considering it.

Damage Is More Common Than You Think

The Insurance Information Institute collects statistics about homeowners insurance claims. Overall, one in 20 homeowners will file a damage claim this year.

We also have some statistics about individual types of disasters and issues, though. For example, about one out of every 350 American homeowners will deal with a fire damage claim each year. Those claims include everything from appliance fires to lightning strikes.

Water damage claims will be filed by about one in 50 homeowners.

That translates to millions of American homeowners, and some of these homeowners will need to seek help from restoration professionals to restore their home. That’s where choosing a quality restoration company will make all the difference for you.

Our Technicians Are Ready to Work

Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides various certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians can use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

Our commitment to training means you can trust that everything we offer and suggest is in line with the industry’s best practices. It will give you added peace of mind when you reach out to us. You can be sure we’ll do everything possible to restore your home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Take the Right Steps to Protect Your Home From Heavy Rains | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of North Fort Worth today at 817-232-3333.

Here’s an important fact for Fort Worth homeowners to consider. One out of every 50 American homeowners will likely file a water damage claim in 2021.

Depending on how many people you know, that means more than one of your friends, family members, coworkers or acquaintances might file a water damage claim. So if you find yourself dealing with home water damage, you definitely aren’t alone.

Water damage can come from a variety of sources. Most homeowners think about things like natural disasters or major appliance or plumbing malfunctions. But more common issues can also cause damage to your home.

Heavy Rains Can Damage Your Home

Heavy rains probably aren’t the first thing you consider when thinking about ways water can damage your home. But over time, rain can cause significant damage to your property if you don’t take the right precautions.

Thoughtful planning can actually go a long way toward protecting your home.

Control Your Risk for Rain Damage

Our team sees many water-damaged homes, so we have a lot of knowledge of some of the ways water can damage a home. That means we can offer tips that can help you avoid it, too. Here are some things experts recommend:

Understand how your yard drains. Knowing how your yard drains is key to protecting your home. If the water in your yard drains toward your home, then you may want to connect with a landscaping expert. They can help you find ways to protect your yard.

Consider using native plants. The flowers and shrubs you choose can do more for your home than add to the curb appeal. Landscaping can help protect your home from water damage, especially if you choose native plants. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Explore sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. Consult a roofing specialist.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

What Business Owners Need to Know About Opening Up Now in Fort Worth | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

4/3/2021 (Permalink)

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We serve the Fort Worth community by helping homeowners and business owners restore their property after a disaster strikes. But we also want to support other business owners in their efforts to succeed, too.

If you’re a business owner, we want you to know how important the services and jobs you provide are to all of us. We know your business is important to you personally, too. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’ve done a lot of work to get to where you are now.

Even the most detailed plan can’t predict everything, though. Over the past year, we’ve been dealing with the unpredictable challenges that stemmed from the global COVID-19 pandemic. It has changed how most of us interact with clients, add value and meet our customers’ needs.

Many businesses have already opened their doors again or found ways to serve their customers digitally. Regardless of how you and your employees are moving forward, you can find help and resources for your situation.

Resources to Help You Navigate Uncertain Times

Your customers and community want you to be a success. Resources and tools with information about business loans and tips, advice, and more are available from sources you can trust.

Keeping your business clean is vital now, too.

We’re available at any time to help you get your business clean and prepared for customers. That means a team of experts will use the latest technology to ensure your business is safe for everyone.

Here’s a closer look at what we can do:

First, we’ll consult with you about ways to help you clean and prepare your business.

Next, a team of experts will clean your space using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

When we’re finished, you can rest assured that you’re ready to be open for business.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time at 817-232-3333 to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Be Sure Your Home Is Spring Storm-Safe l SERVPRO of North Fort Worth

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of North Fort Worth.

Texans endured a surprising winter this year, including a late-season snowstorm and a pandemic. If you’re one of the millions of us who are ready for spring to get here, you aren’t alone.

Spring fever is expected in the Fort Worth area this year, and many residents are excited about the changes a new season will bring. That includes longer, sunny days and the chance to spend more time outdoors.

No matter if you’re planning to take a weekend hiking trip or spend your spring grilling in your backyard, there are plenty of ways to relax and enjoy this new season.

While you’re dreaming of how you’ll spend the spring, it’s a good idea to consider doing some important projects around the house, too. One of the biggest threats during spring is that your home will be impacted by severe weather, like thunderstorms.

Sometimes, these storms are intense and can even include heavy winds, hail and torrential rain.

There’s nothing we can do to stop a storm from impacting our homes and families. But there’s plenty we can do to help them stay safer when it does.

Here’s how you can put your home in the best position to weather the coming storms.

Important Spring Storm Safety Projects

These projects are worth a spot on our spring to-do list:

Make removing overhanging limbs and branches a priority. Anything that’s hanging over your roof or garage can fall and damage it when the winds get strong. Remove this hazard by trimming your trees.

Declutter your home’s gutters. This project will keep the water around your house moving in the right direction (away) instead of backing up and causing water damage.

Check your roof for damage. Be sure your roof doesn’t have any missing shingles or leaks. Repairing them will make your home safer.

Look for ways to secure loose items around your home. Don’t let unsecured furniture or other similar items become tools for wind damage. Trim back trees that need it and secure everything you can.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Guiding Fort Worth Businesses Through Disaster Restoration l SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet SERVPRO of North Fort Worth knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some tips in choosing the right restoration company.

As a Fort Worth community member, we want local businesses to succeed and thrive—even after a disaster.

So our team has pulled together some of the information and advice they need to ensure their companies can be quickly and efficiently restored after a fire, flood or another natural disaster.

Walking Through the Restoration Process

Here are some of our team’s best advice members can offer to help local business owners through the steps to restore their business after a fire, flood or other natural disasters:

Don’t forget to let your disaster plan guide you. It can be hard to focus after your business is damaged. You can use your disaster plan to help you move forward. Review your list and follow the steps you laid out before the disaster.

Take photos and an inventory. Before you start cleaning up, take plenty of pictures of the damage and make a thorough list of any destroyed, damaged or lost items. If you can, add their values, too. Photos and lists are the type of information your insurance company will need.

Look for ways to help your employees. The people who work in your business will be affected by the disaster, too. Look for resources to help through organizations like the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Keep the people who matter to your business in the loop. Don’t neglect reaching out to your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community..

Be strategic when you’re selecting your partners. Working with a trusted restoration resource in the community can ensure the work is done right—and that your business is back to its original state before you open your doors again.

If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.