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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.

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

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop Contact SERVPRO of North Fort Worth today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

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.

Water Damage When You Are Out Of Town

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Washing machine, laundry room. SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is a resource you can count on anytime water damage affects your home.

“Y’all are awesome!” – C.R.

When this Fort Worth, TX customer contacted us last week, her washing machine had just overflowed as she was leaving town for a business trip. We dispatched a crew right over to her house, took care of the water and set up drying equipment, and sent her daily photos and updates throughout the job.  She trusted our team, and by the time she returned to her house it was dry and comfortable again.

Water loss from a supply line, roof leak, or any variety sources can easily happen when you are out of town.

At SERVPRO of North Fort Worth, we love being a resource you can count on anytime, day or night. We are available 24/7 to take care of water damage emergencies. We can even coordinate all the details for you, to put your house back to preloss condition: “Like it never even happened.” For example, we can arrange for a plumber if you need one.  We can also handle any rebuild services that are needed. Call our office at (817) 232-3333, and let our trained team alleviate some of the stress that comes up when water damage happens to your home.