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Water damage restoration for leaks and water damage in the attics of Richland Hills, TX, Homes

3/29/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is sharing a five-step guide for preventing water damage in the attic.

SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth strives to provide customers with the water damage restoration services they need when disaster strikes. Keeping the attic dry and free of mold, mildew, and wood rot requires intentionality and effort on the part of the homeowner. Regular maintenance will keep the attic in good shape, and frequent inspections will reveal any water leaks or excess moisture.

The leading cause of water damage in the attic is a roof leak. Any water intrusion in the attic will result in water damage. An attic inspection should identify roof issues that could introduce water and moisture into the environment. The inspection tips below can help homeowners prevent a water damage disaster in the attics of Watauga, TX, homes.

1. Maintain the roof to keep it in top shape

Proper roof maintenance begins with a thorough inspection. Because the roof is difficult to inspect from the ground, areas of the roof that can be observed from the ground require the skill of a trained eye for a proper inspection. A close inspection can only be conducted by putting boots on the roof. However, in recent years, drone technology has made it possible to make an accurate assessment from the air. Whatever course of action is chosen, remember to stay safe. Secure the services of a roofing contractor to inspect the roof annually. Many roofing contractors will conduct a free inspection to obtain future business and clients.

Repair any damage as quickly as possible. Damaged flashing, missing shingles, sagging or warped sheathing, and dry rot around the eaves and gutters need immediate attention. Often, a reputable roofing contractor will identify issues and recommend solutions.

2. Make sure the attic receives proper ventilation

Poor ventilation can allow humidity levels in the attic to rise dramatically. Excess moisture and heat are two significant factors that encourage mold growth in the attic. Robust ventilation prevents warm, moist air from becoming trapped in the attic. The failure to keep the air in the attic moving can result in serious mold issues.

3. Make sure appliances are ventilating properly

Check to ensure that all vented appliances are correctly installed and are being vented through the roof to the outside. Venting only to the attic can cause odors, increase moisture levels, lead to mold infestation, and possibly cause a fire damage disaster. The rise in moisture levels and the smell of food will attract a host of pests who will crawl, claw, and gnaw until they discover the location of the moisture and the delicious food odors. A hungry squirrel can rapidly chew its way into an attic, and birds, rats, mice, chipmunks, skunks, and snakes will soon follow. The initial entry point could also allow for water intrusion and serious water damage.

4. Avoid water damage by thoroughly insulating the attic

Attic insulation helps maintain even temperatures in the attic and the home. A properly insulated attic can reduce power bills while reducing the potential for water damage in the attic. Wear long pants, a long shirt, a hat, and eye protection while inspecting the attic insulation. Feel the insulation. It should be dry, thick, and soft to the touch. Do not touch or rub the eyes, mouth, or face until proper cleanup has occurred. Tiny strands of fiberglass insulation can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. Contact with the skin can cause rashes. Thin, flat attic insulation may signal the presence of excessive moisture levels in the attic.

5. Keep trees trimmed and gutters clean

Trees are a beloved element of a beautiful landscape, and a beautiful treescape adds significant value to any home. However, one tree toppled by straight-line winds can demolish a house, and a large limb can puncture the roof, allowing hundreds of gallons of water to cascade into the attic and cause havoc in the home.

A healthy, well-pruned treescape will reduce limb shed. Trim limbs away from the roof, and consider removing any trees that are dangerously close to the home. Schedule an annual treescape inspection with a certified arborist once a full leaf shed has occurred in late fall. Have the tree care professional remove any damaged or diseased limbs.

Tree care and gutter care go hand in hand. If leaf-bearing trees are present in the landscape, the property owner should inspect and clean the gutters at least twice a year. Pine trees shed their needles. After a severe storm, matted pine needles and pinecones can clog gutters. The water can backflow into the attic and make its way into the home, damaging ceilings, walls, structural timbers, baseboards, and flooring.

How to deal with water damage in the attic

When a water leak causes water damage in the attic, call on the professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. A crew of IICRC-certified technicians arrives at the damaged property in about an hour to begin the cleanup and restoration process. The customer will receive a detailed, well-documented estimate with images and video. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth will handle the claims process from beginning to end.

To learn more about water damage restoration in Watauga, TX, call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 741-5737. The office can also be contacted by email at

Navigating fire and water damage caused by efforts to extinguish a toaster fire

3/29/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains best practices for toaster use. If a toaster does cause a fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can help the homeowner or business clean up and restore the fire damage.

SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth delivers water removal and water damage restoration services when a fire damages a home or business. In many cases, a fire damage disaster involves a significant water damage disaster from efforts to extinguish the flames. A heat-producing appliance such as a stove, grill, air fryer, waffle iron, or toaster has an elevated fire risk.

Ten toaster safety tips

These tips will improve the use and safety of the toaster, and minimize the risks of a toaster fire.

  1. Inspect the toaster before use. Look inside the slots for items that may have been inadvertently left in the toaster.
  2. Always stay with a toaster while it is in use. Once unplugged, allow at least sixty seconds for the appliance to cool. The leading cause of house fires is an unattended dish (including toast, pastries, or waffles) cooking in a stove, oven, toaster, or other heat-producing appliance (air fryer, deep fryer, toaster oven, grill, waffle iron, etc.)
  3. Clean the toaster frequently. When the unit has cooled and unplugged, dump the crumbs and any residue in the toaster. Wipe the surfaces of the toaster with a soft cloth and a safe, gentle cleaner.
  4. Keep combustibles (paper, plastic, rags) and flammable liquids (alcohol, aerosol cleaners, solvents) away from the toaster, even when the appliance is not in use.
  5. Keep a clear space around the toaster.
  6. Unplug a toaster when it is not in use. The appliance can be accidentally engaged, or a malfunction can occur that causes the element to heat up and possibly cause a fire.
  7. Avoid using more than one heat-producing appliance at a time on the same outlet or circuit. An example would be plugging an air fryer and a toaster into the same outlet.
  8. Always use the toaster on a flat, flame-resistant, dry surface. Never put a cloth or paper towel under a toaster to catch stray crumbs.
  9. Never stick a metal knife, fork, spoon, or tongs inside the toaster slots, even if the toaster is disengaged or unplugged. The results could be shocking. Also, the element could be damaged by the sharp metal implement. A plastic utensil can melt if the unit is hot.
  10. Do not submerge a toaster in water or spray water on or inside the appliance.

What to do if a toaster catches fire

Any heat-producing kitchen appliance comes with some fire risk from misuse or malfunction. Fast action is required when a fire breaks out in the home since flames can spiral out of control within two minutes. Here are some steps to follow if the appliance does catch fire.

  1. Shut off the electrical flow to the toaster. If possible, unplug the toaster. If the fire prevents getting close to the appliance, make initial attempts to extinguish the flames as described below. Eliminating the flow of electricity to the device reduces the potential for electrical shock while the homeowner is trying to extinguish the fire.
  2. Have someone in the home or business call 911 to dispatch fire responders to the scene. If no one is available, dial 911 and put the device on speakerphone. Talk to the emergency dispatcher while working to extinguish the blaze.
  3. Extinguish the flames. Use a fire extinguisher if possible. Smother the flames with a large, wet towel if an extinguisher is not available. Avoid dousing the burning appliance with water.
  4. If the flames get out of control, evacuate the home or building.
  5. If the fire was limited to the toaster, purchase a new one. Do not attempt to use the damaged toaster. Electrical shock or another fire could result. Cut the cord off to prevent anyone from using the appliance.

How to deal with fire damage and water damage in the aftermath of a toaster fire

When a fire damage and water damage disaster happens, call the property damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. IICRC-certified technicians arrive on the scene in about an hour. The team utilizes powerful water removal and extraction equipment, heavy-duty dehumidifiers, and rapid-spin fans in the water damage cleanup process. Advanced cleaning techniques and EPA-approved products disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize the home or business. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end.

For more information about Keller, TX, water removal services, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 741-5737 or email

Six common causes of water damage often mistaken for a roof leak

3/29/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: When water damage appears on the ceiling or in the attic, the homeowner might assume that the cause is a roof leak. However, the water intrusion could originate from a different source.

SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth provides flood restoration services when storm damage or water damage occurs. Powerful pumps, wet-dry vacuums, heavy-duty dehumidifiers, and rapid spin fans quickly remove water and excess moisture. Advanced moisture-detecting technology ensures the efforts are successful. Advanced cleaning techniques and EPA-approved products are used to clean, disinfect, sanitize, and deodorize the flood-damaged home or business.

A green, brown, or black stain on a sagging, water-logged ceiling may not be a roof leak. Other water sources in the attic or above the ceiling may be the culprit. The diagnosis of the source of the water may be challenging, especially since water can travel a long distance over support timbers, an attic floor, and through the ceiling. Below are six common water damage sources that are often mistaken for a leaking roof.

1. Condensation in the attic

Proper insulation and adequate ventilation are essential for the overall health of the attic. Inadequate insulation and insufficient ventilation allow moisture to accumulate and become trapped in the attic. The moisture will eventually condense, moistening structural timbers, flooring, boxes, clothing, furniture, documents, and other valuables in the attic. An accurate assessment of the situation will require the services of a competent professional. Be sure to operate bathroom and kitchen fans when bathing or cooking to reduce moisture in the home. Make sure all ventilation fans distribute 100% of the moist air to the house’s exterior.

2. HVAC condensation pan

Some homes have part of the HVAC system located in the attic. The evaporator has a condensate pan to catch condensation and exhaust the water to the home's exterior through the condensate pan drain. Over time, the condensate pan may crack and begin to leak. Older condensate pans are made of metal and can develop leaks due to rust, while plastic pans can develop cracks. Sludge and slime can build up and block the drain or clog the pipe evacuating the pan outside the home. Occasionally, a mouse, lizard, or snake could crawl up the drain and clog the system.

An HVAC condensate pan leak can reveal itself in many ways, including the following:

  • Brown, green, tan, or black stains appear on the ceiling below the inside unit.
  • The ceiling warps, sags, or eventually collapses.
  • Affected baseboards swell.
  • Paint bubbles and peels.
  • Wallpaper separates from the wall.
  • A moldy, musty smell is present in the attic and the rest of the home.

On a hot, humid summer day in Blue Mound, TX, an HVAC system can generate about 20 gallons of water. That amount of water in the attic and dispersing through the house can cause serious water damage, especially if no one is home to notice the overflow. To help prevent issues, the homeowner should have a reputable, licensed HVAC professional inspect the entire HVAC system annually to identify any potential or existing issues and make necessary repairs.

3. Leaking water pipes

Plumbing pipes in a two-story home or the attic may develop slow pinhole leaks or collect condensation. The small leaks may mimic a roof leak. Stains on the ceiling, swelling baseboards, and crown molding only indicate a leak but not the source of the leak. A plumber or roofing contractor can inspect the attic and locate the leak source.

4. Loose or damaged siding

Heavy rains accompanied by high winds can penetrate behind the siding. Gaps around windows, punctures and cracks in the siding can allow water to get behind the siding and cause water damage. Mold, mildew, wood rot, and insect infestations can result. The leaks might appear to originate in the roof, but the entry points are related to the siding. Gaps, missing caulk, cracks, and punctures must be identified and repaired. Any mold and rot issues need to be mitigated or repaired.

5. Clogged gutters

Clogged gutters can be the source of water damage around the foundation, behind siding, around windows, and in the attic. When these structures are blocked, the structural integrity of the foundation could be compromised, and the basement could flood. Visually inspect the gutters several times a year. If the tree canopy encroaches on the roof space, check the gutters after every heavy thunderstorm to avoid water damage to the home.

6. A second-floor window

If a house has a second story or a bonus room over the garage, some homeowners will open a window to allow heat to escape the upper part of the home. However, rainwater can blow in and cause wood to rot around the window and beneath the seal, extending to the floor. Hardwood floors, carpeting, and the substrate, can also sustain water damage. Even if the window is kept closed, a pane could be broken or cracked, allowing for a water intrusion during rainy weather. Avoid opening windows to ventilate the second-story or bonus room above the garage, and immediately repair any broken panes or damage around the windows.

In case of water and flood damage, contact the team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for immediate results. An IICRC-certified team of property damage restoration professionals can be on the scene in about an hour, 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays.

For more information about flood damage restoration, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737. The office can also be reached by emailing

Five Factors That Contribute to Fire Damage and Water Damage Caused by a Dishwasher

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides homeowners with the fire and water damage restoration services they need when the dishwasher causes a fire.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides fire damage and water damage restoration services for Saginaw, TX, homes hit by a property damage disaster caused by fire or water damage from a dishwasher.

The dishwasher is one of the most appreciated home appliances of all time. No more sweating over a steamy sink of hot water scrubbing a mountain of dirty dishes, pots, and pans. Recent innovations in dishwasher technology have made the appliance more energy efficient, remarkably quiet, and less wasteful of water. In fact, the dishwasher uses much less water than manual dishwashing and rinsing in the sink. Standard-sized Energy Star dishwashers manufactured since 1994 use about four gallons of water per load, while sink washing uses about four gallons of water every two minutes.

However, the dishwasher is a non-cooking appliance that poses a serious fire hazard for the home. The dishwasher can cause a fire when improperly used or when the unit malfunctions. Much like ovens, dishwashers are manufactured with electrical wiring, electronic boards, and a heating coil, and the combination of water and electricity helps to explain the risk factors arising from the operation of a dishwasher in the home. Below are some top reasons why a dishwasher could cause a fire.

1. Manufacturing design and construction flaws involving wiring

Many fire incidents involving dishwashers happen due to design or manufacturing errors. The dishwasher operates in a water-intensive environment. A leak at a gasket or a crack in the bottom of the unit can short-circuit the electrical connections, resulting in a fire. Leaks in this area of the device factor prominently among the main causes of a dishwasher-related fire. A major manufacturer of dishwashers in the US recalled 2.5 million units for faulty wiring in 2007. Another issue arose when tens of thousands of units failed to shut down the heating coil, resulting in many fires.

2. A damaged or worn electrical cord

Most residential dishwashers operate on 240 volts, much the same as the stove. That amount of electricity near that much water can potentially be extremely dangerous. Over time, the electrical cord can become worn, cracked, or frayed. Also, rats and mice could chew the plastic insulation on the exterior of the cord. Once the waterproof binding is compromised, the risk of fire greatly increases. The condition of the cord can lead to electrocution. If the frayed cord generates sparks, flammable materials in the area can easily ignite.

The frayed or damaged cord requires immediate attention from a licensed electrician. Working with high voltage is not safe for the DIY novice and should be left to the professionals.

3. Lack of maintenance

Regularly scheduled maintenance is the key to safety, peak performance, and the appliance's longevity.

  • Clean the filter monthly with baking soda and vinegar or a commercial cleaner to remove grease and bits of food from inside the filter. The grease and food particles can ignite during the drying cycle.
  • Keep a vigilant eye out for leaks. Have all leaks inspected and repaired as quickly as possible. Avoid using the appliance until repairs have been completed. When water and “hot” wiring combine, the result can be an electrical fire.
  • A thorough inspection every year ensures the appliance is working safely and efficiently.

4. Improper use of the appliance

A dishwasher is a sturdy appliance that can last many years if well-maintained and properly operated. One of the chief ways a dishwasher is improperly used is by overloading the unit. An overloaded dishwasher will not adequately clean the load. The temptation is to immediately run another cycle. Back-to-back runs can damage the heating element, which needs time between cycles to rest and cool. If the element cannot be replaced, the appliance must be replaced.

Do not run the electrical cord under the carpeting. The foot traffic can damage the cord over time, exposing wiring which can arc and ignite a fire in the carpeting or rug. An extension cord should not be used except when necessary. Remember, the dishwasher runs on 240 volts, so the cord coming from the dishwasher should match the electrical load of the dishwasher.

5. Leaving a dishwasher unattended while in operation

An unattended operational dishwasher is a fire damage or water damage disaster waiting to happen. Avoid going to sleep or leaving home while the appliance is in action. If the unit springs a leak, water sensors may not be activated to shut off the flow of water. Seven or more gallons of water a minute can flow out of a burst supply line or a leaking dishwasher. Baseboards can swell beyond recognition and need replacing. Large portions of flooring substrate may warp, buckle, and collapse. The finished room in the basement under the kitchen could suffer extensive water damage, including collapsed ceiling tiles, damaged electrical devices, ruined carpeting, and a terrible mold infestation.

Keep small children away from the dishwasher. The temptation is too great to explore, research, and experiment, but an experiment with the dishwasher could burn the home to the ground.

When faced with fire damage, smoke damage, or water damage disaster, turn to the professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for cleanup and restoration services. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, the crew provides a rapid response in about an hour and a quick cleanup and restoration process to get life back to normal as soon as possible.

To learn more about Fort Worth, TX, water damage restoration, email SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at or call (817) 741-5737.

11 Signs of a Roof Leak or Other Water Intrusion Issues

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth urges homeowners to look for key indicators of a roof leak and to clean up and restore areas damaged by water intrusion quickly.

The team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides water removal, cleanup, and restoration for homes and businesses that have suffered fire damage, smoke damage, or water damage. A common cause of water damage in the house is a roof leak. Roof leaks may be hard to spot because the leak is minimal, temporary, covered up, or resolved by cleaning the gutters or replacing shingles without ever noticing the roof was leaking water into the attic. The first step in solving a roof leak is to identify the source of the leak. Knowing what to look for can help North Richland Hills, TX, homeowners or property managers spot a roof leak in its infancy while damage is minimal. Listed below are eleven signs indicating a roof may be leaking.

1. Visible roof damage

High winds, heavy rainfall, extended periods of rain, and hail put a roof to the test. After any of these weather events, the homeowner should conduct a ground-level visual inspection of the roof. Cracked, curled, or missing shingles should raise concerns that the roof may compromise its ability to keep out water and moisture. Exposed underlayment and decking need immediate attention. Schedule a roofing contractor to assess the damage and provide an estimate of repairs. Emergency tarping must be installed until the damaged area can be repaired. Emergency tarping is usually an effective way to prevent leaks until the damage is fixed, but the homeowner still needs to keep an eye on the condition of the tarping. Strong winds can dislodge the tarping, allowing water to leak into the attic.

2. Water intrusion and excess moisture in the attic

Puddles of water on the floor decking in the attic, water stains on support timbers, and moisture on items stored in the attic are strong indicators of a roof leak. Do boxes feel moist? Is there a musty smell in the attic? Can the sound of dripping water be heard in the attic when it is not raining, and there is no dew on the roof? An affirmative answer to any of these questions may indicate a roof leak.

3. Sagging ceiling

If a sagging ceiling feels wet to the touch, the culprit may be a roof leak. If possible, inspect the attic area above the sagging ceiling for signs of a roof leak. The attic decking may be wet or moist if there is a leak.

4. Water leaks around light fixtures, ceiling fans, and vents

Water from a roof leak will exit the ceiling through holes cut for light fixtures, ceiling fans, and exhaust vents. Stains around the bathroom exhaust fan are a sure sign of a water intrusion through the roof vent for the fan.

5. Brown, green, or black stains on the ceiling and the walls

Water will leave its mark inside the home. These stains send a message that the roof may be leaking. If the stains are wet, the leak may be active and need attention. Delays in dealing with the leak affect the insurance company’s willingness to pay to have the damage repaired.

6. Warped or swollen crown molding

Crown molding and baseboards enhance the aesthetic appeal of a room. Extended exposure to moisture and water from a roof leak will cause crown molding to swell or warp.

7. Peeling paint and wallpaper

Paint will eventually bubble and peel when sheet rock and drywall become wet or moist. The wallpaper will bubble and separate from the wall to which it is glued.

8. Unexplained water or moist spots on the floor, carpeting, or area rugs

Unexplained moisture inside the home is a key indicator of a roof leak. Look for water on furniture such as tables, sofas, and chairs. Look for signs of a leak directly above the water spot. Gently touch the ceiling to check for moisture.

9. Animals in the attic

The presence of rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, birds, skunks, and snakes living in the attic could be due to a roof leak. A constant water source attracts occasional visitors and permanent residents, and the abundance of water makes the attic attractive to animals.

10. An insect explosion in the home

A noticeable increase in roaches, water bugs, gnats, silverfish, bees, and ants can be explained by a roof leak. The insects love moisture, especially in a hot Texas attic.

11. Damaged chimney flashing

If a visual inspection of the chimney reveals damaged or missing flashing, the roof might be leaking. A chimney is a common source of roof leaks. Damaged flashing and aging, degraded caulk can allow water to leak into the attic. A shift in the home’s foundation can cause the chimney to separate from the roof. The result can be a roof leak. Repairs may not resolve the issue. A chimney can act like a wick that deposits water into the attic. The problem can be solved by coating the exposed brick and mortar with a special waterproofing sealant.

Water damage from a single roof leak can cause extensive damage inside the home. If water damage is discovered, trust SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for cleanup and restoration. Crews can be on the scene in about an hour, and the rapid response gets life back to normal as soon as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to learn more about Fort Worth, TX, water removal services. The team can be reached by phone at (817) 741-5737 or by email at

A Ten-Year Review: Unforgettable Weather and Storm Damage Occurrences in the Local Area

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth reviews extreme weather conditions in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area over a ten-year period from 2010 to 2020.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including on those days when the weather has caused a significant storm and flood damage requiring flood restoration services. North Texas experiences a wide range of weather during the year. The normally calm winds, sunny North Texas sky, moderate temperatures, and average precipitation are occasionally interrupted by roaring tornadoes, oppressive 100-degree heat, violent thunderstorms, long periods of drought, and a rare blast of frigid temperatures and snow. Neighborhoods like Scenic Bluff, Fort Worth, TX, are no strangers to periods of wild weather. Below is a survey of eight disruptive and destructive weather events between 2010 and 2020.

#1. February 11-12, 2010: A foot of snow in 24 hours

Abundant moisture from a low-pressure system over North Texas and temperatures that barely crawled above freezing resulted in over a foot of snow in less than a 24-hour period in North Dallas.

#2. February 3-4, 2011: Another major snowstorm hits North Texas

Nearly a year later to the day, another blizzard blanketed the metro area, this time with five inches of snow. School closures, flight cancellations, and a near miss of Super Bowl XLV. A sheet of sleet laid down just before the snow made for treacherous conditions, as whatever snow melted during the daytime refroze in the evening.

#3. Summer 2011: The longest heat streak

This heat streak was just 3 days shy of Ken Jennings’ 74-day winning streak on Jeopardy. North Texas did not receive any cash prizes for the streak, but the utility companies enjoyed a hefty payday. For 71 sweltering days, the temperature climbed above 100 degrees or higher, over three times higher than the usual average. During that time, fifty-five days saw nighttime temperatures stay above 80 degrees.

#4. 2015: The wettest year on record

In 2015, Dallas-Fort Worth flirted with becoming a tropical paradise with 62.61 inches of rain, nearly double the average annual rainfall. May alone recorded almost 17 inches of rain.

#5. December 26, 2015: Turbulent tornadoes tear through North Texas

A tornado is no respecter of seasons and can strike any day of the year if conditions are right. Five days into winter and just one day after Christmas, a dozen twisters ripped a path of destruction through North Texas. The strongest tornado, an EF-4 with 180mph winds, mowed through Garland, Rowlett, and Sunnyvale. Thirteen people lost their lives. Two thousand homes were destroyed.

#6. Fall 2018: The wettest fall on record

Between September and November, Dallas-Fort Worth recorded 29.21 inches of rain, just 7 inches shy of the annual average rainfall. On September 21 and September 22, 8.11 inches of rain fell on the area, the third-most ever in a 24-hour period.

#7. June 9, 2019: Windstorm blows through Dallas

On June 9, a line of thunderstorms generated damaging winds in excess of 70 mph. Hundreds of large trees were toppled, leaving more than 200,000 people without power.

#8. October 20, 2019: An EF-3 tornado blasts Dallas

Eleven tornadoes cut a deadly and destructive swathe through the region that October evening. An EF-3 twister bulldozed a 15-mile path of damage from northwest Dallas to Richardson. Though hundreds of homes were damaged, no lives were lost.

Severe weather events have continued into the 2020s, with the coldest day recorded in 72 years: February 16, 2021. On this day, the thermometer dropped to -2 degrees Fahrenheit and hovered at record-cold temperatures for several days. Thousands of homes suffered water damage from frozen pipes. The power grid collapsed, leaving hundreds of thousands of Texans without electricity. Tragically, many people lost their lives in the brutal cold snap.

What to do when weather-related property damage occurs

Preparation is the key to weathering bad weather. Prepare in advance by putting together an emergency response. A disaster-ready plan ensures that when the power grid collapses, shingles fly off, a tree makes an unexpected entrance through the roof, or flood waters snake their way into the home; everyone knows what to do and who to call for help.

The plan should include the following:

  • Supplies: LED flashlights, batteries, weather radios (2), food, water, toiletries, hygiene products, first-aid kits, walkie-talkies, emergency mylar blankets, rain gear, hats, work gloves, zip ties, heavy-duty garbage bags, nitrile gloves, etc.
  • Evacuation and meet-up instructions
  • Contact information for family members, friends, and neighbors
  • Contact information for service providers (HVAC, plumbing, tree service, roofing contractor, electrician, and property damage cleanup and restoration company)

The team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth urges homeowners and businesses to pre-qualify dedicated service providers so that when disaster strikes, the response involves only one call to a vetted, trusted plumber, contractor, or restoration company.

The pre-qualification process is vitally important when needing services for storm damage, flood damage, fire damage, smoke damage, or water damage disaster. Rapid response and quick cleanup process are crucial to prevent advanced secondary damage to the disaster scene. Mold can begin in as little as twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Carpeting is typically unsalvageable after one to two days. If carpets and rugs are not immediately dried, cleaned, and disinfected, replacement may be the only option. When vetting a property damage restoration company, look for the following features:

  • Locally owned and operated with many years of experience
  • Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays
  • Rapid response (about an hour) and quick cleanup
  • Latest equipment, cutting-edge moisture-detecting technology, advanced cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing products
  • Competency in fire, smoke, water, mold mitigation, biohazard, crime scene, and suicide cleanup and restoration
  • IICRC-certified technicians
  • Able to scale to meet the challenges of any size of disaster
  • Handles insurance claim process from beginning to end

Being prepared cuts down on headaches, hassles, and recovery time. Life can return to normal.

For more information about storm and flood restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 741-5737 or email

Seven tips to mitigate a water damage or fire damage disaster this winter

1/18/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth offers tips on mitigating a water damage or fire damage disaster during the winter months.

The fire and water damage restoration team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth understands how a major property damage disaster in the winter months presents many challenges. Less sunlight, frigid temperatures, icy precipitation, frozen pipes, treacherous roads, school and business closures, power grid failures, and supply chain interruptions complicate cleanup, restoration, and recovery. The best course of action is to follow prevention strategies that serve to avoid a catastrophe in the first place.

Below are some practical tips to help the residents of Arlington Heights, Fort Worth, TX, tackle water and fire damage this winter.

Tip: Strive to maintain a healthy HVAC system. Consistent distribution of heat throughout the home will prevent pipes from freezing. Walls, ceilings, and floors may begin to crack and separate if rooms are not kept at a reasonable temperature.

Tip: Ensure that all windows and doors that grant access to the outdoors are shut and tightly locked when not in use. The goal is to prevent moisture from entering the home. Excessive moisture can cause sheetrock to warp and buckle, and a mold infestation can result if moisture is not kept out of the house.

Tip: Reduce the thermostat by five degrees Fahrenheit. The lower temperature will help prevent moisture buildup in the home.

Tip: Allow faucets to emit a slow trickle or fast drip to prevent pipes from freezing when frigid temperatures are in the forecast. A burst pipe can spew 7 to 10 gallons of water per minute, while a fast-dripping faucet only allows a few gallons of water per hour to escape down the drain.

Tip: Identify and seal air leaks with caulk, weatherstripping, or spray foam sealant. Gaps around doors and windows and cracks in walls are some of the main culprits that allow cold air into a home.

Tip: Make sure the HVAC ductwork is sealed. Keep ductwork clean, and the filter changed on the HVAC system.

Tip: Have professional and certified chimney sweep services inspect and clean all parts of the chimney. Make any necessary repairs.

Pre-qualify a restoration company before disaster strikes

Pre-qualifying SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth as a dedicated property damage cleanup and restoration team will not prevent a winter water damage disaster. However, it will make dealing with a property damage disaster hassle-free, stress-free, simple, quick, and easy. Listed below are seven reasons why pre-qualifying SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is so important.

  1. When disaster strikes, one phone call gets results. A cleanup and restoration team arrives on the scene in about an hour.
  2. There is no confusion regarding basic information about the home or business when the crew arrives to begin the cleanup and restoration. Technicians have access to a basic layout of the house, entrances, the water main shutoff valve, and any electrical panels, as well as contact information for the owner or property manager. The pre-qualification process for businesses, professional office buildings, manufacturing units, retail shops, and medical and dental practices facilitates a rapid response, a quick assessment, and a quick cleanup and restoration project. This proactive strategy can determine the trajectory of a business’s future when a property damage disaster has temporarily interrupted normal business operations, the flow of goods and services, and the revenue cycle, which are the lifeblood of the business.
  3. The customer is confident that the team members are trained, experienced, and IICRC-certified.
  4. Technicians have access to industry-leading equipment, cutting-edge technologies, advanced cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaning products that are safe for humans and pets.
  5. There are no surprises once the work begins. Technicians take every safety precaution for themselves and the occupants in the home. The SERVPRO team treats the belongings of their clients with great care.
  6. A detailed estimate with images and video is presented to each client. This estimate is the basis for the work to be done and for the initial contact with the insurance company. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can handle the insurance claims process from end to end. The project progress and payment schedule run smoothly. The SERVPRO staff provides the insurance company with the documents required at the end of the job, validating that the project has been completed as contracted.
  7. Finally, the pre-qualification process gives the customer time to vet the damage restoration company. References can be checked, and social media reviews can be considered. After the stress and turmoil of a fire and water damage disaster, the call to SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can bring calm, comfort, and confidence to the homeowner in distress.

For more information about water damage restoration in Fort Worth, TX, call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737. The office can also be contacted by email at

How adding a water heater expansion tank can help homeowners mitigate leaks and water damage

1/18/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth is committed to helping homeowners mitigate a water damage disaster. One way to lower the home's water damage risk is installing an expansion tank to relieve excess water in the plumbing system.

The team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides water removal, water damage cleanup, and water damage restoration services if the excessive water pressure in the home causes a catastrophic failure of the home’s plumbing system, including the water heater and other water-using appliances. To help keep the house dry and safe, the SERVPRO team explains how an expansion tank can aid in preventing water heater leaks and water damage in River Trails, Fort Worth, TX, homes.

When the water heater functions correctly, the homeowner enjoys a stream of hot water from the faucet or showerhead. When water heats up, it gets hot, undergoes thermal expansion, and increases in volume, consequently taking up more space. Hot water can cause a buildup of pressure in the hot water system, and this thermal expansion can lead to serious problems. However, water also expands when it freezes! There are ways to solve these problems and prevent pipes from leaking or bursting. A certified plumber can install an expansion tank to protect the home, plumbing, and appliances from thermal expansion.

How can a closed plumbing system lead to trouble?

Increasingly, homes have a device installed on the supply line to prevent the backflow of contaminated household water into the public water system. This backflow preventer, check valve, or pressure-reducing valve is often installed at the water meter. When correctly installed, the device preserves the purity and safety of a community’s drinking water supply.

The power of water pressure

High water pressure is common in a municipal water system. The water system must service tall buildings while providing an adequate water flow through fire hydrants. The elevated water pressure can cause leaks and sometimes a pipe burst. The solution is simple and inexpensive. A pressure-reducing valve can keep the system safe and the home or crawl space dry. The pressure-reducing valve transforms the plumbing into a closed system, and thermal expansion puts the entire system at risk of catastrophic failure. If left alone, the plumbing system becomes a vulnerability that must not be ignored.

Expansion tanks explained

Most people with a well know what an expansion tank is and does. An expansion tank for a hot water system protects not only the water heater but also the washer, dishwasher, and plumbing system. Installing a pressure regulator reduces water pressures to a safe level, but it does not resolve potential risks arising from thermal expansion. The only solution is the installation of an expansion tank.

The expansion tank takes care of the expansion in the plumbing system. The thermal expansion causes an increased volume of hot water, and the water heater can only hold so much. When the water in the heater expands, the excess water enters the expansion tank. The high pressure in the water heater is relieved, preventing a catastrophic failure and keeping the home or business safe from a water damage disaster.

How to detect a water pressure problem

The homeowner can test the water pressure in the home plumbing system by purchasing an inexpensive water pressure gauge at many hardware or big box home supply stores. The gauge screws on an outdoor faucet. The gauge will register the water pressure when the tap is turned on. A pressure reading above 80 psi may indicate a problem with the pressure-reducing valve. Contact a certified plumber to inspect the system and make recommendations to resolve any issues. If needed, the plumber can replace the pressure-reducing valve and adjust it to accommodate the homeowner's needs.

When to install a water expansion tank

A functioning pressure regulator heightens the need to install an expansion tank to protect the home’s plumbing system and water-using appliances from the damaging effects of thermal expansion. Keeping the water pressure within safe limits can extend the water heater's life. The size of the expansion tank is determined by the plumbing system's water pressure and the water heater's capacity. A plumbing professional can make recommendations and provide competent installation of the unit.

The installation of backflow preventers effectively protects public water systems from contamination. However, backflow preventers have increased the risk of damage to the home’s plumbing system and water heater. In response to this elevated risk hazard, some water heater manufacturers require that a water expansion tank be installed along with the new water heater. Failure to take this step may void the manufacturer’s water heater warranty.

How to handle a water damage disaster

If the plumbing system and water heater suffer a catastrophic failure resulting in a major water damage disaster, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth professionals to remove the water, repair any damage to the structure, and restore any salvageable contents in the home. The team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides a rapid response and quick cleanup 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays.

For more information about Fort Worth, TX, water removal, email SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at or call (817) 741-5737.

How to recognize the conditions indicating that flash flooding and flood damage are imminent

1/18/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth urges homeowners and businesses to watch out for the red flags pointing to flash flooding and water damage.

With over fifteen years of experience providing fire, water, and flood restoration services, the team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth takes severe weather and flash flooding risks seriously. FEMA highlights the dangers of flash flooding: “Flash floods can sweep away cars, tear out trees, and destroy buildings and bridges. As little as six inches of moving water can knock a person down. Two feet of moving water can sweep a vehicle away. Often there’s no warning that these sudden and deadly floods are coming. Most flood fatalities in the U.S. happen in flash floods.”

Severe weather occasionally disrupts the usually calm ebb and flow of life. Thunderstorms, a common example of severe weather, include several weather-related risk hazards. Intense thunderstorm activity can cause flash flooding when rivers and creeks overflow their banks. A stalled thunderstorm overwhelms a storm drainage system causing a micro-flood in a neighborhood. High winds associated with thunderstorms topple trees, damage roofs, and cause secondary damage from airborne debris. Tornadoes damage or destroy buildings and vehicles caught in their destructive path.

Texas is the nation’s leader in hail damage events. Texas insurance companies pay hundreds of millions of dollars in claims to cover the tens of thousands of vehicles damaged yearly by hail. Lightning strikes damage homes, ignite wildfires, cause power outages, and inflict personal injury.

Of all these risk hazards — flooding, lightning and lightning-induced wildfires, high winds, tornadoes, and hail — flash floods are the deadliest storm-related weather hazard in the United States. With this fact in mind, survival depends upon knowing the following:

  • what a flash flood is
  • what are the red flags indicating imminent flash flooding and water damage
  • how to prepare for a flash flood
  • how to handle the aftermath of a flood damage disaster

What is a flash flood?

A flash flood occurs very rapidly. Minimal time is available to warn the affected areas. Flash floods have been observed to occur in less than 60 seconds. Dry river beds and small streams are the breeding ground for flash floods. A small neighborhood with a storm drainage system incapable of handling many inches of rain over a short period is at significant risk of experiencing a flash flood. Flooding under these circumstances most likely is not covered by FEMA. A typical flood may result from intense rainfall hundreds of miles or more upstream. The floodwaters may take weeks to reach the areas that actually see the worst flooding.

Remember, pedestrians can be swept off their feet by as little as six inches of flowing water. Flowing floodwaters two or more feet deep can carry away most cars. Do not be deceived by water on the move!

Red flags indicating a flood may be imminent

The accurate prediction of the time and size of a flash flood is challenging because so many variables are involved. The solution is vigilance. Learn and recognize the conditions that point to an impending flash flood.

  1. Flash floods usually occur within six hours of heavy and prolonged rainfall. When severe weather threatens, maintain a heightened awareness. Implement actions outlined in the family or business emergency readiness plan. Stay alert, but stay calm.
  2. Pay attention to news reports of flooding rivers and creeks, dam breaks, or lake flooding. Determine if the flood waters will invade the floodplain around the home.
  3. Take note of slow-moving storm cells that repeatedly drench the same area with heavy rainfall.
  4. Be aware of reports of a hurricane or tropical storm moving through the area.
  5. Standing water may indicate the ground is saturated. Farmland and forests absorb much more water than the roadways and parking lots of the cities and suburbs around northeast Fort Worth. The homeowner needs to know the lay of the land to identify any flood risks arising from terrain issues.
  6. Pay special attention to announcements of a flood watch or flood warning from the National Weather Service. A “watch” alerts the local community that conditions are favorable for a flood. A “warning” is issued when floods are imminent or are already in progress.

How flash floods are predicted

The key to accurately predicting a flash flood risk is to identify a storm’s “bullseye,” which is where the rainfall is most intense. Forecasters must know the following:

  • The amount of actual and anticipated rainfall
  • The rate of rainfall per a set period of time, e.g., inches per hour)
  • The saturation point of the soil
  • The course the water will take once it begins to flow

Through modern satellite and radar technology, forecasters can glean much of this information in real-time and make predictions about the weather that give the people in the affected areas the time they need to take the appropriate measures to save lives.

The flood damage response

When a flash flood devastates a home and its contents, the best solution is to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. Crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. A team of IICRC-certified technicians arrives on the scene in about an hour or so with industry-leading equipment, advanced moisture-detecting technology, advanced cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaning products.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to learn more about flood restoration services in Meadowbrook, Fort Worth, TX. The office can be reached by phone at (817) 741-5737 or by email at

Helping Colleges and Universities mitigate fire damage during the winter holidays

12/12/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth highlights practical steps a college or university can follow to mitigate fire damage during the winter vacation. These simple fire safety tips can identify and mitigate fire hazards in on-campus dorm rooms.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth understands the seasonal hazards and restoration services that may be needed during the winter months. The team provides property damage cleanup and restoration to more than homes and businesses. Technicians also serve colleges and universities that have suffered fire damage, smoke damage, water damage, or storm damage. SERVPRO also provides biohazard, crime scene, and suicide cleanup and restoration.

The summer vacation begins with students removing everything from their rooms. However, during the holiday vacation, students depart for home while leaving everything in their rooms. The presence of personal belongings in thousands of dorm rooms at a college or university dramatically escalates the risk of fire. A percentage of the unoccupied rooms are a high fire hazard risk. Students are provided with a detailed list of strict instructions before closing and locking the door to the dormitory room. The fog of all-nighters for final exams, the excitement of seeing friends and family, and the rush to start the journey home for the holidays contribute to some students inevitably failing to carefully follow the proper fire safety prevention steps before leaving campus.

According to the fire inspection and safety professionals at Fire & Life Safety America, important lessons can be learned from the past. “Just look at the past. There have been too many blazes that have affected schools before. For instance, the Providence College fire of 1977 that began because of a lamp directed at a manger scene as part of Christmas decorations. Almost 20 people were either killed or injured in that fire. Or more recently, the Seton Hall University fire in January of 2000. Three students were killed, and 58 students were injured when the fire began in a lounge and quickly spread. Even today, there are approximately 4,000 fires on college campuses every year, causing roughly $26 million in property loss.”

Many positive steps can be taken to prevent fires and fire damage in college and university dormitories when classes are not in session, and students are away from campus for weeks. Include these tips when conducting fire inspections during the holiday break.

Inspect and test smoke alarms

A smoke alarm is the first line of defense in discovering, extinguishing, and surviving a fire. This early warning system alerts students and staff to fire danger. The alert gives students and personnel time to investigate the situation and possibly extinguish the fire. If the circumstance warrants, the building fire alarm is activated, and occupants in the building safely and quickly evacuate the facility according to the evacuation plan. In most cases, activation of the building’s fire alarm system also automatically notifies first responders from the fire department, who are on the scene within minutes.

Inspecting dorm room smoke alarms is simple, quick, and ultimately saves lives. Smoke alarms are essential to any fire prevention and survival strategy, and testing and maintenance of these alarms are the top priority.

While most colleges and universities are smoke-free environments, this classification does not always guarantee student compliance. Unfortunately, some students circumvent the rules and disable the room’s smoke alarm. The vacation inspection identifies disabled alarms, which can be re-activated, repaired, or replaced before students return.

Inspect the sprinkler system and individual sprinklers

Dorm life can be rowdy and rambunctious at times, and sprinklers can become damaged. Efforts to decorate a dorm room can compromise sprinkler performance if the fixtures have been tampered with. Paint, string, streamers, garland, mistletoe, and other items may inadvertently impair sprinkler function. A quick but close inspection of each head can identify damage or impairment from decorations.

Inspect holiday decorations in rooms and activity spaces

Combustibles should be located at a safe distance from heat sources, including holiday decorations. Christmas lights and other decorative lighting should be turned off and unplugged, including battery-powered lights. The heat from lights can be an ignition source for nearby combustibles.

Unplug every outlet

As a general rule, all electrical appliances or devices should be unplugged, and power strips should also be unplugged. All electrical outlets should be empty. The power may be shut off in dormitories and buildings with zero occupancies during the holidays. When the power is restored, devices or appliances, if plugged in, may overload and cause a fire.

Look for overloaded extension cords and power strips. Address the issue when students return from vacation. Some schools do not permit the use of hot plates, electric grills, toasters, air fryers, or other cooking appliances in dorm rooms. If institutional policy bans these appliances, they should be confiscated and removed from the room.

Pre-qualify SERVPRO of Carrollton as the dedicated property damage cleanup and restoration provider

With just one call, the campus staff can have SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth arrive onsite in about an hour. The team responds 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays when the campus is virtually deserted. If the disaster involves multiple rooms, several floors, or the entire building, SERVPRO can scale to tackle any size disaster. The latest equipment, cutting-edge technology, advanced cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved disinfecting, sanitizing, and deodorizing products enable technicians to quickly clean up and restore any size or type of damage disaster.

By following these simple tips and implementing these guidelines, a college or university can avoid the primary causes of fire and fire damage in dorm rooms during the holiday vacation. To learn more about seasonal fire damage restoration services in Arlington Heights, Fort Worth, TX 76107, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737 or email