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How Disaster May Strike Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Local businesses are the heart of our community. We get a lot from these local organizations, whether it’s the one you work for or the one you visit every day for their services.

But every year, we hear about unfortunate incidents in which the businesses we care about are destroyed by natural disasters.

Each year in the United States, natural disasters cost billions in repair. Over the last five years, the NCEI reported that our country has suffered an annual average of approximately $153 billion worth of damage. This figure will only climb as the years pass and natural disasters become more frequent.

Fort Worth is regularly affected by severe weather like tornadoes, flooding and hail storms. In 2000, Fort Worth experienced a deadly tornado that cost $400 million in damages. During this fatal tornado, a Fort Worth restaurant owner’s business was demolished.

As a business owner, the best approach to protect your company from the effects of these costly emergencies is to take action within your workplace. Learn about all the ways disaster can infiltrate your business and how to prepare for it.

Water Damage

Water damage is a risk that many businesses may face. Leaks from appliances or plumbing cause mold or infrastructure damage quickly, and water can also infiltrate your facility as a result of flooding caused by severe rain or overflowing rivers.

Leaks that develop over time can cause foundation problems. Even a minor pipe leak can ruin ceilings and floors. Inspect your building for any signs of moisture or discoloration and have the underlying cause repaired as soon as possible to avoid expensive downtime.

Flash floods can occur unexpectedly, causing problems both inside and outside your building. Water can cause damage to your inventory, expensive machinery and any other valuable assets in your business.

You can slow the flow of floodwater by strategically landscaping your property. It is also important to seal up any cracks or gaps that may serve as entry points for water around your windows, doors and walls. Consider raising HVAC equipment and electrical installations above ground level to keep floodwaters at a distance.

Storm Damage

Storm hazards frequently ruin businesses. These terrible disasters rip through facilities every year, causing structural damage, wrecking machinery, and destroying precious merchandise. Even minor storms create power outages and can send debris flying, causing an array of problems for your business.

These storms can generate strong winds. Most storms produce winds of around 10 to 45 mph, but strong storms can produce winds of over 100 mph. Storms of this magnitude can tear the roof off your facility, exposing the interior materials and causing complete wall collapse.

Fortunately, there are solutions to protect your commercial property from these weather threats. Install impact-resistant doors and high-impact glass to preserve your company’s interior. Check your roof for damage on a regular basis and trim any overgrown branches near your building to avoid them from breaking off and damaging it.

Make sure you are also informed of your local weather risks. Some places are more vulnerable to threats such as flash flooding and severe winds, so understanding what to expect based on where your business is located is important.

Know Who to Call

The last thing any business owner wants is for an emergency to occur without being prepared for it in advance. Preparing your facility for these events before they occur could save your company from costly repairs.

Our team specializes in these areas of destruction, so we can handle any emergency that may arise for your company. We provide emergency services 247, so any restoration your commercial property requires can begin as soon as you call.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Lessen the Risk of Fires With These Methods | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

House fires are the most prevalent disaster in the country, claiming the lives of countless individuals each year. Since the start of this year, the American Red Cross has already confirmed over 20,000 fires house fires. In that time, more than 70 fire fatalities have been documented in Texas alone.

Because these figures are only expected to rise, it is critical to have fire prevention safeguards in place in your Fort Worth home. The majority of these measures are basic practices that you can include in your daily routine, such as routinely cleaning your home:

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

In the aftermath of wildfires, California enacted a rule requiring residents to establish defensible space. This requires a carefully planned yard designed to limit the possibility of an outside fire reaching your home. Given the high risk of wildfires in North Fort Worth, having a strategic lawn plan could keep you and your property safe in the case of a wildfire.

Planting trees and plants at a safe distance from your home could not only slow the spread of fire but also provide space for firefighters to work if necessary. Cleaning up dead leaves, fallen limbs and other dead shrubs around your home may provide less fuel for a fire if one starts.

Make sure to keep an eye on your gutters as well! Dead plants and leaves can accumulate in your gutters, so make sure to thoroughly clean them out.

Clear the Clutter

A cluttered home is stressful enough; adding the risk of fire hazards from a messy area will only add to this stress. Pay special attention to clothes or towels piling up around the house. Not only can these block an exit if you need to escape a fire, but they can also ignite flames when near anything that releases heat, such as a water heater.

Space heaters are another appliance that produces heat. Any loose clothing or blankets near your heater, just like water heaters, could quickly cause a fire. To avoid potential fire hazards, keep these items at least three feet away.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Because most fires start in the kitchen, keeping appliances clean can help reduce flames. Cleaning your stovetop regularly to remove any food particles or grease will help prevent fires.

Fires can start in any room of the house. Keeping each room clean could help prevent an unintentional fire from starting. Set aside time to thoroughly clean your home regularly.

Other small chores around the house, such as dusting near your space heater or electrical sockets, should be done regularly.

Remember that a clean home equals a clear mind! Keep up with household duties to help yourself and your home and reduce the risk of fires.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Water Mitigation Process - SERVPRO of North Fort Worth

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

image of a bedroom with green equipment Drying equipment set up in a bedroom after the damaged portion of the wall and wet insulation were removed.

Many times, when a new customer calls SERVPRO of North Fort Worth, it is their first time experiencing a water loss as a homeowner. But you can feel confident that we will partner with you throughout the water mitigation process to minimize stress and provide the best outcome for your home.

Our crew members are trained to listen to the details you provide about the water loss, to learn more about your first-hand experience. What did you see, hear, and smell when you discovered the water in your home? What was going on at the time? What have you done up to this point?

They will carefully inspect the areas affected by water as well as the adjoining rooms because water can seem unpredictable. As it moves toward low spots and saturates porous materials, one part of a room may stay dry while the other side has standing water hiding under a cabinet. The technicians will identify all the wet materials such as flooring, walls, ceilings, and cabinets.

Next, our team will extract water as needed and create a drying plan. They will remove anything that is too damaged to dry properly, clean up the debris, and set up drying equipment. Usually, a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers will be placed in your home to dry the wet materials in a timely manner. Daily visits will be scheduled to check on the drying progress.

During the entire water mitigation process, thorough documentation is essential. The technicians take daily photos and notes while monitoring the drying progress of materials. The office team uses the project documentation to accurately invoice your insurance company.

At SERVPRO of North Fort Worth, we have a goal of great communication with our customers. Our team will provide explanations of what is needed and why. You can expect to be updated every day during the job process, which generally takes up to five days.

When the mitigation process is complete, many of our customers request an estimate for reconstruction and build back of the water damaged rooms.

Call SERVPRO of North Fort Worth at 817-232-3333 for expert help with water damage.

Planning for a Storm Should Be a Top Priority | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of North Fort Worth right away.

Severe weather can be a scary thing. Thunderstorms can cause lightning strikes, significant rain, hail and heavy winds, leading to anything from minor to crippling home damage. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the country each year, these events occur with relative frequency.

Recently, a deadly tornado outbreak hit several cities around Texas. In Jacksboro, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth, photographs posted on social media showed a storm ripped the wall and roof from parts of Jacksboro High School, including its gym. Both the Jacksboro Elementary School and the Jacksboro High School had major damage, but no one was injured at either campus.

While there is no way to predict when these deadly storms will hit, we can definitely prepare ourselves for it. Some of the things you need are an emergency kit and a communications strategy for dealing with the aftermath. Taking proper precautions will help prepare you and your family.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

Once the weather gets particularly bad, it’s important to have a way to speak with everybody in your unit and receive weather-related alerts from authorities. When you’re keeping an ear out for these alerts, make sure you know the distinction between watches and warnings. That way you’ll be able to figure out what to do next.

The next thing you need is a way to receive alerts from officials. For example, make sure you have both a mobile phone and an NOAA weather radio.

Last, ensure you have a communication strategy for your household. Have a delegated safe space in your home that everybody is aware of to seek shelter in once the weather turns bad. Additionally, create a concept for communication in case one or additional household members are out of the house when a storm strikes.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

It cannot be emphasized enough how important your emergency kit is. It could potentially be your lifeline for several hours or days. It needs to be chock-full of all the necessities your family might need, such as food, water and first-aid supplies, for a minimum of 72 hours of sheltering in place.

It’s important this kit is already stored in your storm shelter area.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath list

Once it’s safe to try to so, check your property for damage because it’s important to address damage as soon as possible. Pay close attention to your roof and any seals on windows and doors where water damage is likely to happen.

If there is damage, you want a trusted team of experts like you will find at SERVPRO of North Fort Worth to quickly get on scene and start working on the damage. You can rest easy knowing we will act fast and get the job done right the first time.

Another step you need to take after a storm is evaluating your storm safety plan so that you can take steps to correct any issues. Ask the whole family about the communications, emergency kit and any other elements and see what might be improved in preparation for the next storm.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

Water Damage is a Key Concern - SERVPRO of North Fort Worth

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

image of green SERVPRO van parked in front of a house Day or night, if you experience a water loss at your home or business, call SERVPRO of North Forth Worth for a quality restoration experience.

According to insurance industry data, water damage claims are the second most common type of insurance claim. The most common type of insurance claim is damage due to wind and hail. As many as 1 in 50 insured property structures will have a water loss claim each year.

Key concerns of policyholders include:

Preventing the common causes of water damage - Since the cause of loss in many water claims is plumbing problems, it’s a great idea to have a qualified plumber inspect the plumbing regularly and replace aging valves, old rubber supply lines, and water heaters over 10 years old. Your plumber also may update the water supply lines and hook ups to your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator.

Ensuring adequate insurance coverage - Check with your insurance agent to learn the details of what is covered under your homeowner or business policy. Your policy may contain limitations you are unaware of, and if so, you may be able to add coverage. Make sure your deductible is affordable in case you do need to file an insurance claim.

If you experience a water loss at your home or business, call your local water restoration experts at SERVPRO of North Fort Worth 24/7 at (817) 232-3333. We have the right tools and experience to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fort Worth, You Can Depend on SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is your local restoration expert. We are the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is dedicated to always going above and beyond and consistently doing our due diligence to maintain the highest standards when doing home and business restoration. We also pride ourselves on offering a myriad of services.

When SERVPRO shows up at your home or business, we want you to know we can handle the job.

We encourage you to look into our company, so you can have peace of mind that SERVPRO is the right choice for you. We offer several remediation focuses, including anything in the following areas:

Water Damage

Regardless of the size of a flood, it can cause serious damage. Flooding causes more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

It is likely that you will encounter flooding issues in your lifetime as a home or business owner, but SERVPRO has the tools to handle flooding.

Depending on the amount of water that makes up your flooded space, our team may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial-strength wet/dry vacuums. Furthermore, we will help you develop a plan to ensure that your home is cleaned, dried and fully restored to its preloss condition.

Fire Damage

Residential fires are far more common than you might think, with a fire department responding to a fire every 23 seconds.

Home fires have the potential to penetrate inside the core elements of your structure including the underlying support beams. This is why if your home has fallen victim to fire damage, it’s critical that you call SERVPRO of North Fort Worth immediately for a consultation that will begin the restoration process and get your home back to normal in no time.

Storm Damage

In Fort Worth, you never know when a light drizzle could turn into heavy rain or a full on flood. In the past, the area has experienced unexpected flash floods, which lead to damaged homes and business. If flash floods hit your home in the future, remember this important rule: Never let water damage set!

Storms and flooding can damage not only your house, but also your belongings. The mindset of SERVPRO is to restore content rather than to replace it so that we can save you money and keep your precious keepsakes alive.

Restoration may include anything from cleaning services to construction work. Regardless of the extent of the damage, we can bring your home back to preloss condition in no time.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

No one wants to deal with repairs at their home or business. At SERVPRO, we understand and go to great length to work with your schedule, making sure that our staff is trained to ensure you and your restoration needs are handled with care, and the highest standards.

If you have home or business restoration needs, call SERVPRO of North Fort Worth to set up an evaluation and estimate to bring your property back to life. You can rest assured we’ll have your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Water Damage & Its Effects | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

image of a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of North Fort Worth has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

A minor crack in a pipe or a little water spot might appear unimportant right now, yet keep in mind the disastrous impacts water can have on your home. The average home leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage advances quickly, saturating floors and porous surfaces. It’s critical to resolve the issue immediately to get the best outcome.

This is what you need to know about how water damage progresses over time:

In the First 24 Hours

Assuming that you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood harming your home inside a 30-year time frame in a high-risk region. Knowing what to do next is critical.

The initial 24 to 48 hours in the wake of flooding or water damage are pivotal. Certain things will succumb to water’s grievous effects.

Delicate items like upholstery will soak through, and wooden structures can expand from the moisture. Personal possessions like books and photos are particularly prone to warping beyond repair.

SERVPRO’s “restore vs. replace” attitude can help you save money and keep precious keepsakes. In the event that any materials can’t be restored, this will be communicated to you.

Within the First Week

After the initial 24 hours, water damage will advance further and rapidly. Mold can spread at an alarming pace and affect your home’s structure.

Furthermore, permeable surfaces will become increasingly compromised.

Following One Week

Avoid letting moisture sit for a long period since the effects might be devastating or irreversible. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s part begins with the first call, ideally in the first 24 hours, and normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time.

Generally, floors, furniture and personal effects will require cleaning, disinfecting and freshening up. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.

After these steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include anything from minor to major repairs.

We can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Can You Identify the 3 Types of Flooding? | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

image of a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of North Fort Worth has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

Of all the natural disasters, flooding is the most common in the world. It causes more casualties in the United States per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning, affecting everything from single residences to wide swaths of communities and cities.

Every single state and U.S. territory is affected by flooding, and there are actually similar types and causes of flooding. There are three common types of flooding, and they happen for four typical reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ability of the ground to contain the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.

River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period, can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water.

The most deadly flooding in Fort Worth’s history occurred in 1949. As this article describes, there were “people in trees and horses on roofs.” The Carswell Air Force Base dispatched 100 military police officers to the flooded zones to discourage any criminal activity. The Red Cross estimated around 13,000 people were displaced or homeless as a result of the record-breaking flooding.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice jams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

If Water Damage Affects Your Business Call SERVPRO of North Fort Worth

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

image of work boot stepping into water on vinyl floor At SERVPRO of North Fort Worth, we are your local water damage experts. Call us for assistance anytime.

When you are the owner and manager of a business, one thing you dread is interruptions to the daily routine of your business. If your place of business is affected by water damage, you have a lot of concerns. Whether the faucet has been left running, a supply line has broken, or heavy rains caused water from the flower beds to flood into your office, you already know that the next few days will not be routine. Call your local water damage experts at SERVPRO of North Fort Worth. Our team will immediately get to work to mitigate the damage, place drying equipment to dry the wet materials, clean up the mess, and minimize the interruption to your business. Your business will be back to the normal routine in no time. We have crews available 24/7. We can also assist if you have concerns of possible mold damage. SERVPRO of North Fort Worth also offers reconstruction services. Let us take care of everything, so you can run your business.

The Partner You Never Knew You Needed | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of North Fort Worth - your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should your business experience any damage.

You need all the help you can get when it comes to keeping a company afloat. As a property manager or owner, you understand how difficult it is to just keep things operating. For businesses like yours, major interruptions or losses could mean closing your doors for good.

However, for all of your cleaning and recovery requirements, your business has a built-in silent partner, and it’s right here in Fort Worth’s backyard. SERVPRO can take care of so many different business demands that it’s like having a dedicated ally who is responsible for an entire aspect of your company’s performance.

Let’s take a look at what we mean:

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and floods are among the top causes of financial loss for businesses around the country, and they can cause even greater damage if action isn’t taken fast. When you contact SERVPRO, you’re connecting with a top-tier professional crew that’s available 24 hours a day to deliver proven emergency services and help you get back on your feet quickly.

Emergency Ready Plan. If your company is prepared, recovery begins before a tragedy occurs. We can assist you in creating the ideal strategy to carry out when the time comes. During a crisis, you may need an emergency chain of command, alternative meeting or workplaces, temporary suppliers, or other services, and we’ll have you set up with a single button press that initiates all of them.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We have an answer for every case, from trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to ordinary necessities like carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration in high-traffic areas. We’ve been doing this for a long time and have seen and cleaned all there is to see and clean.

Restoration Services. Storms can cause flash flooding. The interns can accidentally start a fire. A water line can burst. All of these things need repair and cleaning, which SERVPRO excels at. You can count on us to restore your business’ shine after an unwelcome occurrence, from water removal through to restoration.

Industry Specialization. We can assist any organization, and we’ve spent decades knowing the ins and outs of each industry. We can handle any cleaning or restoration requirements your company may have, no matter how particular or unusual they are. In many circumstances, we can also surround the repair area so that ordinary activity in other areas of your business is not disrupted.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.