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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Water Damage Restoration | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”house.jpg” alt = “a house floating in a large body of water" > When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of North Fort Worth for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

It’s happening right now in some unfortunate home, and it happens to 14,000 more people every day. Water damage, it seems, gets to us all at one point in some form.

You already know that you should call the experts at SERVPRO when you have a water damage issue. What you may not know is how you can expect that process to go.

A little enlightenment for you, if we may:

Emergency Contact. First, you have to contact us. When you do, we’ll walk you through a few questions and start scripting a plan for your issue. Then we’ll set an appointment time to meet up in person shortly thereafter.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. Once SERVPRO experts arrive at your home, they’ll take a thorough look around and make a final appraisal of the damage, making sure to note any areas that may be hazardous for you. They’ll also determine the state of a few things—noting whether they can be restored and cleaned, or if they’ll need to be reconstructed or replaced.

Water Removal. These pump trucks aren’t here merely to look pretty. We’ll cut them loose and let the pumps drink their fill until your home is rid of all that unwanted output.

Damaged Material Removal. As determined earlier, some items will need replacement, and thus will need be removed. We’ll haul them away to get them off site and speed up the drying process for the remaining items.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Smells, stains and even toxins can fill your home after water invades. We’ll use our proprietary cleaning solutions and techniques to ensure that your home is both safe and clean.

Drying. Even after the pumps are done, there’s still going to be excess moisture in your home, which could allow mold to grow on various affected surfaces, including furniture and clothing. We’ll use specialized gear to get rid of that offensive moisture and prevent the growth of the toxic black stuff.

Monitoring. We’ll always have an eye toward progress and efficiency, and we’ll regularly be checking in to make sure things are going as they should.

Repairs and Construction. Finally, your pros will get to work restoring damaged items and rebuilding, repairing and reconstructing whatever is necessary to fully get your home back into shape. By the time we’re done, you’ll wonder if we were ever there in the first place.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened."

Waiting for Cleanup Means Taking More Damage | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

12/19/2021 (Permalink)

< img src =”fire.jpg” alt = “a small interior room showing extensive damage from a recent fire" > If a fire issue pops up during the holidays, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of North Fort Worth.

We used to do a lot more waiting. We did so much of it at the doctor’s office, for example, that they have a whole room dedicated to it, and named for it. But now we’ve advanced so much and sped up our processes that even a lot of doctor visits can be made without even leaving home—set up a simple video chat, and that’s that.

In some cases, eliminating the wait is simply a matter of convenience; in others, however, it’s a matter of importance.

When you have a damage issue arise at home, waiting will cost you more than time. That’s why your local SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, with no exceptions, for emergency service. Getting started on your cleanup and recovery right away is part of our plan to serve you better and keep the damage to a minimum.

After a fire. The flames aren’t your only issue; what they leave behind can be equally problematic. Sticky, black soot covers cooler spots in your home after a fire, in areas where combustion wasn’t able to finish its process. Tiny particles settle into carpets, fabrics and walls within minutes, staining and further mucking up your already-damaged home.

In only a few hours, the dismal damage done by soot and the malodorous work of smoke become permanent parts of your home, meaning they can only be managed by complete removal of affected drywall, flooring and more.

After water damage. Once water breaks free of its containment somewhere in your home, a countdown to mold begins, and you’ve only got 48 hours to prevent it. After that, mold sets up camp all over surfaces and organic materials in your dampened areas.

Left to grow, mold becomes a structural and medical hazard that can damage both your home and your health.

In addition to these situations, your home can take on any number of acute challenges with the occurrence of a freak storm or natural disaster, and when that happens, you’re left with no time to wait.

It’s good to know that you can click or call SERVPRO anytime, night or day, and get the best team in the industry working the case. Faster to Any Size Disaster is something we take very seriously around here, because time is more than money—it’s an opportunity to save your home from further damage.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.

Mind-Boggling Water Damage Numbers | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

the underside of a sink showing water damage from leaking pipes If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of North Fort Worth.

There’s an intense battle going on in your home, wherein your pipes and plumbing systems are trying to keep water at bay, lest it come surging through your home in a flood of aquatic mess.

There are countless connections, valves and hoses that can create issues in your home, and any one of them can release a lot of water very quickly. That’s why it’s urgent that your plumbing and water-using appliances be well-equipped and maintained—so that you can keep the advantage you desperately need in the struggle to contain all that running water.

A few numbers will add context to the seriousness of this discussion.

  1. This is the percentage of all U.S. home insurance claimsfiled due to water damage—a quarter of all claims! This equates to 2% of all homeowners filing a claim each year. That may not sound like a lot, but when you consider how many homes there are in this country…yikes.
  2. You have this many hours to get water damage under control before mold starts growing, and you actually may have less time than that.
  3. This depressing little digit set represents the percentage of basements that will flood or experience water damage at some point. If there’s one kind of water damage that’s almost impossible to avoid, it’s this one.

10,234. This is average cost, in dollars, of a water damage claim. This kind of disaster happens quickly in cases like flooding or burst pipes, and it can really wreak havoc.

14,000. Wrap your brain around this—some 14,000 water disaster events will happen in homes across the country today. That’s not a typo—a water damage scenario happens an average of once every six seconds.

13,000,000,000. All those zeroes represent water damage to a lot of homes, and more specifically the cost to repair them. This is the annual average of water-based insurance claims in the U.S.

Keeping water damage out of your home is a struggle, but you can put yourself in an advantageous position by keeping up with regular maintenance and upgrades in your plumbing, and by replacing appliances, seals and hoses before leaks become bigger problems.

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.

Be Prepared for Potential Winter Storms | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Close-up image of a wiper blade wiping away condensation on a car windshield If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of North Fort Worth for fast, restorative solutions.

If the freeze and subsequent power crisis of 2021 taught us anything, it’s that we north Texans are not immune to freak winter weather. Nobody wants to get caught off-guard like that again, and you’d rightfully do anything you could to avoid it.

So with winter’s next pass on the radar, let’s take a look at a few things you can do to be ready should a surprise storm or extreme winter weather hit the DFW area once again.

Protect Your Family

Whether it’s a hard freeze or other disaster like flooding or even tornadoes, an emergency action plan can be a lifesaver for your family. Get everyone on track and practice the plan regularly.

Prepare your truck or car for winter weather, too. Make sure tires are in proper shape, fluids and batteries are topped and ready, and replace your wipers to keep things visible in winter rain.

Keep your emergency kits stocked in both the house and car, and make sure any medication contained therein is within its consumable date.

Protect Your Home

Frozen pipes are a potential reality during the occasional hard freeze, so if unusually low temperatures come through, be ready to let faucets drip and cover outdoor spigots.

Now’s the time to get your HVAC system maintenance and ready for winter, before winter lows really set in. Have any repairs or updates done while the weather is still mild.

If you use a wood-burning furnace or fireplace, make sure to stock some extra wood for a situation where roads may ice. Otherwise, keep your fireplace clean and ventilated to avoid associated risk from soot or smoke.

Protect Your Pets

Outdoor pets may not be able to take the cold weather—bring them in with you, and set them up somewhere cozy. Keep livestock and horses comfortable by providing them with shelter and a ready water supply. If temperatures drop below freezing, make sure you replenish their water with an unfrozen batch regularly.

Being in north Texas means never fully knowing what to expect in winter, but these tips will help you be well on your way to readiness for unexpected storms or winter weather.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

The 5 Places Fire Is Most Likely to Strike | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, the SERVPRO of North Fort Worth team is here for you if your home is affected by fire.

The majority of fires are non-domestic—most of them begin either naturally or accidentally, in nature settings or industrial locations—but not all of them. You may be surprised to learn, in fact, that more than 25% of all reported fires occur at home, as do more than 75% of all fire-related deaths.

With such a number of fires being domestic, you probably want to know, and indeed it’s in your interest to know, where they’re popping up. Let’s take a look.

Cooking. If you roll a six-sided die, you’re as likely as not to roll either an even or odd number. The same probability actually applies to home fires as well—taken statistically, half of all home fires start in the kitchen, and the leading cause thereof is unattended cooking. Want to simply and easily decrease your home’s fire risk? Pay attention and stay in the room while you cook.

Heating equipment. Portable space heaters are a notorious source of home fires. In colder weather, you may use them to cozy up your favorite spot or save some energy, but be aware that they run the risk of causing fires, either by tipping over, overheating or overloading their power sources. And always remember to keep heating elements of any kind safely away from flammable items or materials.

Electrical fires. There’s electrical wiring running throughout your home, and it only takes a little short or a little hot wire to get a fire going. Always make sure your home’s wiring is well-maintained, and don’t increase your fire risk by overusing extension cords, plugging appliances into loose or sparky outlets or overloading lightning fixtures.

Intentional fires. After all this time, some of us are still setting fires on purpose. A reported 28,000 intentional home fires are started each year, causing purposeful damage to property.

Smoking materials. Though it’s the least common way for fires to start at home (only 5% of domestic fires start this way), it’s the most common cause of home fire casualties. Smoking in bed or while impaired is incredibly dangerous, and leads to unfortunate and even deadly scenarios.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Spotless Facilities for Businesses of All Kinds | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of North Fort Worth for all your cleaning needs.

When homeowners are faced with damage from fires, floods or other disasters, they know to make the call to SERVPRO for fast, complete recovery.

And business owners know that when troubles befall their businesses, they can take advantage of the same incredible services to get them up and running again.

But did you know there’s a way for us to help business owners at any time, not simply when there’s a disaster? Let’s talk about taking your cleaning game up to the next level.

Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Size

Every business wants a clean feeling and a safe environment, and the state of your facility communicates a lot to your customers as well. That’s why we offer custom cleaning and sanitation for businesses of all types, such as:

Retail shops and grocery stores. Wherever goods and products are being sold, we can help shop owners and department store managers present a bacteria-free experience for teams and shoppers.

Schools, stadiums and arenas. Even regular school desk cleanings are only getting half the bacteria off of desks and high-touch areas. SERVPRO can help you provide a safe environment for learning and athletic activity.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities. Doctors’ offices, nursing homes and hospitals need a special kind of clean to protect patients and staff, and we can give them a safe, bacteria-free space that fosters healing and care.

Hotels, resorts and convention centers. Where people are bustling, attention to sanitation is a priority to keep guests safe. No matter the size, we can keep things sanitized for guests and staff.

Restaurants and food distributors. Whether you’re packing, shipping or serving food, we can make sure your facilities are spotless and hygienic.

Apartment complexes, high rises and business parks. Whether your tenants are individual renters or other businesses, they’ll appreciate you making their health and safety a priority.

Business owners lose $260 billion per year because of employees taking sick days or slowing down as they power through illness at work. With our help, you can cut down on those numbers while simultaneously providing a safer, healthier environment in which to work, shop or learn.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Fire Safety in the Fall | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

Fall in Fort Worth isn’t exactly the same as in other areas of the country—our average high temperature in mid-September is still in the high 80s, so nobody is breaking out the space heater just yet. But fall does offer a reprieve from the oppressive heat of summer, and we do get the excitement of football and pumpkin-spice everything. It’s cool enough now that you might even hit the campground for a weekend getaway.

Whatever your activities are this fall, make sure you keep fire safety in mind. Home fires and wildfires are always a threat, and autumn is no different.

Campfire Safety

It’s of utmost priority that you know how to safely and properly build your campfire, just as it’s of utmost priority that you know how to put it out.

Stick to the tried-and-trusted method of building your fire with a lighter or matches—don’t ever use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. Start with simple kindling, then add small sticks and larger wood pieces. It’s slower, but it’s much safer.

Remember that no fire should be left alone, and before you break away from camp your fire should be entirely snuffed. Don’t leave any hot ash or live embers. Use buckets of water to repeatedly cover the fire, until all is cool to the touch.

Leaf Burning

Open burning is legal in unincorporated areas of Tarrant County, provided you’ve been granted permission by the fire marshal.

But if you burn, make sure you do it safely—use a burn barrel if you have one, and keep all fires 50 feet away from your residence and 300 feet from structures on adjacent property. Don’t burn under low tree branches, and don’t burn at night.

Burning anything besides organic yard waste or household trash is prohibited, as construction materials or oils can produce fire and health hazards.

Halloween

Be careful as you decorate! Fall decor, especially creepy spider webs and hanging items, can present a fire hazard, particularly if you go big on the candles.

Keep the vanilla pumpkin pillars at least three feet away from anything that could ignite. And if you use any string lights for yard decor, plug them directly into outlets (as opposed to extension cords) and unplug them when they’re not in use.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Common Sources of Home Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of North Fort Worth team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Dealing with water damage probably isn’t on your dream to-do list for today, but unfortunately, we don’t often get advanced notice that we’re going to need to take care of it. With water constantly running in and out of your house, though, there’s a fair chance you’re going to come up against leaks and potential damage eventually.

Let’s look at a few potential problem areas, because if you know where to look, you may be able to prevent some leaks or catch them in their infancy.

Toilets. This oft-used apparatus is structurally solid, but the rubber parts used to seal the holes may wear over time. Check your flapper if water is running into the tank, and check the valve seal under the tank if it’s dripping into the floor.

Appliances. Anything that uses hoses, joints or pipes is a prime candidate for eventual leakage. Washing machines in particular are known for wearing out their supply hoses, so replace that every few years as a matter of course. And when did you install your water heater? Old units are prone not only to leaks, but dangerous and destructive explosions.

Clogged gutters. Gutter backups are highly preventable. Even though it might feel like a hassle to get up on the ladder and clear them out, we promise it’s less of a pain than having to deal with water damage down your walls or dry rot in your attic.

Roof damage. While you’re on that ladder, you can also take a look at your shingles, and you may be able to catch signs of wear before they become an issue. Visually inspect a couple of times each year and after any major storm.

Pipes. Many Texans learned about the danger of frozen pipes in February 2021, and of course, age and oxidation can cause pipes to fail as well. You may even have to deal with tree roots encroaching on your main water line, choking out your water supply or sending it wastefully into the yard. If one section of your yard has particularly green grass, that could be a clue.

Blocked garbage disposals or other pipes. Some foods break apart in the disposal and stick or clump together, creatine an impassable blockage in your drainpipe. Others can soak up great amounts of water or harden and cause problems further down the line. Both may require heavy plunging, which can add unnecessary pressure to the joints of your p-trap.

All running water presents a risk for leaks and damage, but a little care and maintenance may lessen the odds that you’ll have to deal with a major spill at home.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Take Precautions Against Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is on the line, ready to make things right.

It’s summer in DFW, and that probably means you’ve got a lot happening. The long days call for all kinds of fun in the sun—maybe you’re heading to out to the ball field to watch some baseball, or maybe you’re off to splash around in a pool somewhere and cool off. Wherever you’re headed, however, you’d be wise to pack an umbrella.

It seems a little odd, but the sunniest, warmest time of the year is actually a very active time for thunderstorms. Although our rainiest season peaks just before summer, summer still presents plenty of opportunities for storms to form because of the warm air and atmospheric moisture.

Be Storm-Alert

Storms can form quickly. If you receive an alert or see dark clouds forming, pay attention and take time to prepare. An NOAA Weather radio can help you stay in touch with up-to-the-minute updates and battery power.

Most of the rainfall in Texas comes in the form of thunderstorms, and dry soil can be as prone to flooding as oversaturated soil.

If flooding is possible, you may need to reschedule your plans or cancel outdoor festivities as a precaution. And check your property for anything that may need to be moved or tied down if heavy rains or winds come.

Getting ready for a storm isn’t as fun as watching Joey Gallo take his best cuts, but it can be the difference between keeping yourself safe or putting yourself in danger. Storms are the root cause of dozens of fatalities every year, and most of those occur because people chose to press their luck instead of playing it safe.

Be Storm-Safe

Don’t risk being outdoors during a thunderstorm. The risk of lightning is present until there have been no thunderclaps for at least 30 minutes, so stay inside until the storm has passed on.

Lightning strikes can also present dangers indoors. Avoid showering or taking baths during a storm, and stay clear of windows as well.

Make sure your emergency kit is current and stocked, and consider whether you may need a mobile kit for your vehicle in case you get caught on the road or have to evacuate.

If flooding occurs, stay safe by staying on high ground or the upper level of your house. Don’t drive in it, even with a big truck—a foot of water can carry away a truck or SUV. And don’t touch floodwater if you can help it, because it is often full of contaminants and chemical dangers.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

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.