Recent Water Damage Posts

Helping Homeowners Deal with Water Damage from a Dishwasher Malfunction

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains ways homeowners can overcome the challenges of water damage caused by a dishwasher flood.

A flooded kitchen presents several water damage restoration challenges, none of which are easily resolved. These multifaceted problems need immediate attention to prevent advanced secondary damage, which could include a mold infestation.

The challenges of water damage can prove to be a frustrating nightmare when an appliance such as the dishwasher floods the kitchen floor. A water damage disaster requires professional attention from trained technicians with the proper water removal equipment and drying techniques to quickly resolve the matter.

Within the kitchen, the dishwasher is a common source of leakage, and this appliance may leak for many different reasons. Consult a professional plumber or appliance repairman with the proper credentials to accurately diagnose the origin of the leak.

A Five-Point Plan for Dishwasher Water Damage Cleanup

1. Carefully inspect the flooded areas to accurately assess the extent of the damage.

Before initiating the cleaning process, inspect the kitchen and adjacent rooms to determine the extent of the flooding. A floor-mounted electrical outlet involved in the flood presents a serious risk hazard, especially if the fixture is not a GFCI outlet. A GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter) will automatically break the electrical circuit when an overload or arc occurs. Also, other electrical appliances may be impacted by the floodwater. To remove all doubt and to ensure safety, turn off the power to all the affected areas.

If the kitchen is flooded, expect to find water under the dishwasher. If the appliance has an access panel on the bottom of the unit, check for water, and be sure to mop up any hidden moisture. Other floor-mounted cabinets in the kitchen may suffer water damage, and the cabinets can absorb the water if the remediation process is delayed. Remember, custom wooden cabinets can be very costly to repair or replace.

2. Begin the cleanup but continue to look for more water.

Not only may water be under the dishwasher and cabinets, but it may have also spread to areas under the stove, refrigerator, and freezer. The safest course of action is to turn off the power to these appliances before touching them. Standing in a pool of water and touching an appliance can have shocking consequences.

Mop up the bulk standing water first to prevent excess bulk water from seeping back under the appliances. Pay special attention to drywall and baseboards. Accelerate the drying process by stationing two or three powerful fans to cross-ventilate the flooded area. Over the next month, periodically inspect the areas under cabinets and appliances for signs of a mold infestation. The kitchen is, at times, a living space with excessive heat and high concentrations of moisture. The introduction of dishwasher flood water exacerbates the situation. The strategic placement of desiccants can facilitate the drying process, making it more difficult for mold spores to grow.

3. Be familiar with what the homeowner’s policy covers.

The standard homeowner’s policy does cover water damage caused by a mechanical or plumbing failure dishwasher. If lack of maintenance was the issue that led to the leak, the policy might not cover the flood damage. Reach out to the insurance company for clarification and advice on what steps to take moving forward.

4. Have a professional inspect an older dishwasher and perform needed maintenance.

An inspection and basic maintenance can prevent a water damage disaster and the headache that accompanies the incident. A dishwasher may give small hints of a larger impending disaster. Look for small pools of water under the front of the unit. Periodically check under the appliance for hidden water leaks.

5. Choose a cleanup and restoration professional.

Enlist the services of a licensed, bonded, and insured property damage restoration company to handle a large-scale flood from a dishwasher malfunction or supply line leak. The professional equipment can remove the water, dehumidify the environment, and perform advanced structural drying behind walls, under cabinets, and under flooring. The rapid response, as well as the rapid water removal and drying process, helps avoid wood rot, warping, buckling, the blistering of paint and wallpaper, and mold infestations.

For more details about SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth’s water damage cleanup services in the 76244 area, email the damage restoration company at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com. The office can also be reached by calling (817) 741-5737.

What Factors Determine If Carpeting Can Be Saved during the Water Damage Restoration Process?

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: When the carpet is damaged by water intrusion, several factors must be considered when determining whether carpeting needs to be restored or replaced.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth know that water damage restoration involving water contaminated with gray water and black water presents serious health effects for technicians, occupants of the home, and pets. A rapid response is crucial to prevent advanced secondary damage that heightens the health risk. The team of highly trained and certified technicians takes every precaution as they act fast to remove the contaminated water and begin the cleaning and restoration process.

After water intrusion or flooding, damaged carpeting is often a concern, and homeowners must decide whether the carpet can be cleaned, restored, and saved. While the replacement of carpet and padding can cost thousands of dollars, restoration, where applicable, is more affordable and cost-effective.

Many factors are involved in the successful cleaning and restoration of carpet and padding that has suffered water damage from a natural disaster, a sewage backup, or a water intrusion from a burst supply line, roof leak, or HVAC condensate pan leak.

Factor #1: Condition of the carpet and padding prior to the flood damage

A key factor to consider when determining whether the flood-damaged carpet can be salvaged is the pre-flood condition of the floorcovering. Three important questions must be answered:

  • What is the age of the carpet and padding?
  • What is the quality of the carpet and padding?
  • How were the carpet and padding installed?

The carpet and padding may have been worn out and in need of replacement before the flood damage occurred. Low-quality contractor-grade carpet and padding may not be worth restoring, especially if the product has any age and wear on it. Lastly, poor or faulty installation may create problems that hinder or prevent restoration.

Factor #2: Contamination levels of the floodwater

An accurate assessment of the contamination level of the offending floodwater is crucial in determining if cleaning and restoring the water-damaged carpet is possible. The water damage restoration industry categorizes water into three main types.

Category 1: Clean water

This category includes water from a broken pipe, supply line, or rainwater that has not been contaminated with sewage, soil, pesticides, bacteria, or chemicals. Carpet and padding soaked with Category 1 water can be restored by professionals utilizing the correct equipment, remediation procedures, and cleaning solutions. However, the carpet must not have been wet for more than one to two days. By forty-eight hours, the water that has been absorbed in the carpet and padding will begin to breed bacteria, elevating the contamination level to Category 2.

Category 2: Gray water

The concentrated contamination levels in gray water can cause health effects if the water comes into contact with the skin, eyes, mouth, or nose. Examples of Category 2 water incidents include overflow from a washing machine or dishwasher, spilled aquarium water, water from a toilet overflow with no solid fecal matter, and a sump pump failure. Padding contaminated with gray water must be replaced, but with proper drying, cleaning, and sanitization, the carpet can be salvaged. A 24 to 48-hour delay in responding to a Category 2 loss will elevate it to a Category 3 loss.

Category 3: Black water

Black water is rich in dangerous pathogens; other harmful agents in black water include raw sewage. A toilet overflow with a mixture of fecal matter and urine falls under Category 3, as does flooding from rivers and streams. Surface water from thunderstorms or the aftermath of a hurricane also creates black water. It is all but impossible to clean and sanitize a carpet suffering from Category 3 water contamination.

Homeowners are advised against venturing into a flooded basement due to the possibility of electrocution or a slip-and-fall injury. Water removal, cleanup, and sanitization are best left to professionals with the right equipment, personal protective gear, cleaning techniques, and powerful disinfecting, sanitizing, and deodorizing solutions.

Factor #3: Choice of restoration company to provide a rapid response

Quick action on the part of the homeowner to contact a reputable damage restoration company in the event of a water or flood damage disaster is the first step to a successful and cost-effective water damage remediation. The second step is the rapid response of the restoration professionals. A delay of a day or two can be catastrophic, allowing secondary damage to ruin carpeting, padding, baseboards, and subflooring.

The SERVPRO team sets the industry standard with a commitment to arriving at the client’s home in about an hour after the initial contact from the homeowner. Equipped with state-of-the-art cleaning technology and proven cleaning techniques, the SERVPRO technicians provide water damage cleanup and restoration services whether the water is Category 1 or the more dangerous Category 3, black water.

For more information about Fort Worth, TX, water damage restoration, email SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com. The team of damage restoration professionals can also be reached by phone at (817) 741-5737.

What Keller, TX, Pool Owners Should Know About Pools and Water Damage

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth shares answers to questions homeowners have about water damage from pool leaks.

At SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, the team is trained to remediate water damage resulting from a variety of water intrusion situations. Whether the damage is caused by a burst pipe or an appliance leak, technicians are trained and skilled in restoring the damaged area. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides water damage cleanup for all types of water damage, including water damage from a leaking swimming pool.

When Is the Right Time to Prioritize Pool Inspections and Maintenance?

Winter is a time when pool care is not at the forefront of homeowners’ minds. Because pools are rarely used during the winter months, it is easy for maintenance and repair concerns to be overlooked until the warm, sunny months return. However, neglecting to regularly inspect and care for the pool reduces the chances that the homeowner will spot signs that the pool or pool equipment has sprung a leak. These leaks can cause water damage or compromise the structural integrity of the pool, sending gallons of water cascading into the yard, the basement of the home, and the house’s foundation.

How Do Pools Cause Water Damage?

Filter failure

Pool filters eliminate debris and dirt in order to keep the swimming pool clean, sparkling, and inviting. Often, pools are equipped with a filtration system located in the home’s garage or basement. The close proximity of the pool filter to the home means that the house can suffer water damage if the equipment leaks or fails and if a pipe bursts. To avoid water damage in the basement or garage, the homeowner should add filter inspection to the pool maintenance schedule. When opening the swimming pool each season, be sure to check if the system appears to be in good working order. Also, be cautious when purchasing a pool filter that has already been used since the filter may have had problems that led the previous owner to sell it.

Basement or crawl space deluge

If a pool experiences cracks and structural failure, the basement or crawl space could experience water damage from massive flooding. Even smaller leaks can cause water to seep into the basement.

What Can Homeowners Do to Identify Pool Leaks?

One way to identify potential leaks is to regularly observe the water level in the pool. If the water level is lowering without a known cause, such as evaporation, a leak may be present. If the water loss is subtle, the homeowner can use tape to track the receding of the waterline to determine if there is any cause for concern.

An unexplained increase in the water bill may indicate that the swimming pool is leaking. However, a more expensive water bill can also be a sign of a leak unrelated to the pool.

Difficulties in keeping the pool’s water at the optimal pH level is another subtle indicator that a leak is present. Leakage introduces debris and soil into the pool water and can lead to the growth of algae and bacteria. The intrusion creates an imbalance in the water chemistry, making it challenging for the homeowner to maintain the ideal pH.

Will Insurance Cover Damage From a Leaking Pool?

When seeking insurance coverage for water damage resulting from pool leaks, homeowners should keep in mind that, while insurance may pay to restore the damage to the home, coverage may not extend to repairing the damage to the pool itself.

  • Flood insurance

Flood insurance is targeted towards storms and natural disasters and will not cover water damage caused by cracks in the pool or pool failure from wear. However, if rain and severe weather caused the pool to overflow and flood the home, flood insurance may cover the damage.

  • Homeowners insurance

Coverage for a pool leak may fall under dwelling coverage or personal property coverage, depending on the style of the policy holder’s pool. If the homeowner knew the pool leaked and did not take prompt action to resolve the problem before it damaged the home, the insurance company might deny the property damage claim because of the homeowner’s inaction.

Who Can Homeowners Call for Water Removal and Cleanup?

Whether a pool has a small leak or a catastrophic structural failure, the personnel at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth have the education, experience, and equipment to quickly, thoroughly, and professionally remediate the water damage to the home. Respectful and compassionate in their approach to serving clients, technicians evaluate the situation and provide the appropriate solution to promptly restore the water-damaged area and reduce stress for the homeowner.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to learn more about water damage restoration in Keller,TX, The damage restoration company can be reached by calling (817) 741-5737 or by emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How to Successfully File an Insurance Claim for Water Damage Restoration

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO shows Northeast Fort Worth residents how to increase their chances of getting insurance coverage for water damage restoration. 

According to FEMA, just one inch of water can cost a homeowner up to $25,000 of damage. Unfortunately, insurance companies can be picky about approving claims for water damage restoration and providing coverage for repairs.

SERVPRO professionals are experienced in working with insurance companies for water cleanup and restoration. As such, the team has learned a thing or two about how insurance companies decide whether to approve insurance claims or not. Read on for SERVPRO’s tips and tricks on how to file an insurance claim for water damage successfully.

Tips for Filing a Water Damage Restoration Insurance Claim

Know What Is Typically Covered and Not Covered

To most insurance companies, water damage falls under two categories: sudden and gradual.

Sudden or Accidental Water Damage

Most insurance companies cover water damage that’s difficult or impossible to predict or prevent. Examples of sudden or emergency water restoration include:

  • Frozen pipes that have burst
  • Water damage from extinguishing a fire
  • Severe rain or snowstorms that cause roof leakage

Gradual Water Damage

Insurance companies tend not to cover water damage that happened over time, was preventable or occurred due to the homeowner’s negligence. Examples of gradual water damage include:

  • Mold build-up
  • Leaking from improperly maintained plumbing, such as a leaking sink
  • Cracks in walls that lead to water leaks

Whatever the specific coverage, SERVPRO advises their clients to contact their insurance company immediately to report the damage.

Collect Evidence of the Water Damage

Insurance companies need proof of the damage when evaluating a claim. This proof consists of photos and videos of the water damage site.

It’s also important to hold onto the objects and possessions affected by the water damage. SERVPRO advises their clients to store those items in a safe place as they could prove crucial later.

Get an Estimate of the Water Damage

Schedule an appointment with a water damage restoration company to get an estimate of the cost of the repair. Depending on the type of damage, mold remediation companies and fire restoration companies may also need to look at the damage. SERVPRO provides their clients with a complete repair estimate and informs clients if they need to vacate the property for their safety.

Hold onto the Receipts

Be sure to keep all the documents and receipts from water restoration companies that inspected the damage. The insurance company needs to see these receipts at some point. SERVPRO provides their clients with itemized receipts they can easily enclose with their insurance claims.

Do Meticulous Record-Keeping

Immediately record all information related to the water damage, including the date, time, and exact location of the damage. SERVPRO professionals record the dates and times they speak with an insurance company, along with the highlights of each conversation and the representative’s name.

Schedule a Visit with an Adjuster

Insurance companies send claims adjusters to damaged properties to assess how much they’ll pay for a claim. Be ready to show the adjuster all the possessions damaged by the water and any receipts.

If Approved for a Claim, Proceed with Caution

A claim approval doesn’t mean the insurance company will pay for all repairs. Often, a settlement barely puts a dent in the cost of the repairs. In that case, it’s worth negotiating with the insurance company for a higher amount. The SERVPRO team is experienced at speaking with insurance companies and advocating for their clients’ fair reimbursement.

About the Company

SERVPRO is an industry-leading residential and commercial cleaning service for property damage. Serving the Northeast Fort Worth and Keller, TX communities, SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration, fire and smoke cleanup, and mold removal. The company office is located at 4200 Glenview Drive Fort Worth, TX, 76117. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth today at 817-741-5737 to get a free estimate.

Five Places Where Hidden Water Leaks Are Quietly Causing Water Damage

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: When hidden leaks cause extensive water damage, homeowners can turn to SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, a local leader in water damage restoration.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is a leader in water damage restoration in Halcolm City, TX, and the surrounding areas. The team of technicians serves the Fort Worth area with integrity and the highest professional standards.

Continuous or repeated exposure to water and moisture can damage subflooring, plywood sheathing, wood studs, and insulation. The fact that this water damage often plays hide and seek makes the situation even worse. Here are five favorite places where water damage and leaks can hide.

#1. Around a central HVAC unit

An HVAC system produces condensation on the indoor evaporation coils. The moisture, anywhere from five to twenty gallons depending on the humidity level, is collected in a shallow condensate pan and evacuated through a drain line to the outside of the home. If the line clogs, the pan will overflow. The inside portion of an HVAC system is often tucked away in the attic or closet, where the leak can go hidden for months. Inspect the inside evaporator coils and condensate pan when changing the filter. This proactive approach will enable homeowners to detect most leaks before a serious water damage issue arises. An annual inspection of the HVAC system by a certified technician should be on everyone’s spring cleaning list.

#2. Around a window air conditioner

As a window AC unit cools a room, moisture from the coils is directed to the exterior portion of the unit where it is discharged. If the evacuation tubing fails due to clogs, rot, or rust, the water will escape and drain into the wall space below the unit. Wood rot and a potential mold infestation can result. Feel for wet sheetrock or spongy flooring beneath the appliance, and be on the alert for a moldy, musty smell. The unit may need to have its filter and coils cleaned.

#3. Under the dishwasher

To keep water from seeping out of the tub, dishwashers have a watertight seal. However, leaks can develop in the joints of the dishwasher’s water supply line or in the drain line. Because the flooring underneath the dishwasher cannot be easily seen, a slow leak can cause widespread damage to the subfloor over time. The homeowner might not discover the damage until it is time to move or replace the dishwasher.

#4. Behind the washing machine

Tucked away in the laundry room, the washer can conceal leaks at the water supply line connections. Make a habit of inspecting the connections. Proactively replace the lines about every five to seven years to prevent a major water intrusion. Watch out for water pooling around the base of the appliance. When a leak does occur, resolve it immediately to prevent secondary advanced water damage.

#5. In the bathroom

The bathroom, the wettest room in the home, is a favorite hiding place for water damage and leaks. The normal use of the shower, tub, toilet, and sink yields sufficient moisture to foster a mold infestation. Several places where water damage and water leaks lurk include:

  • Under the vanity sink

A slow drip from a supply line or the drain under a bathroom (or kitchen) sink may hide out until the homeowner is alerted by a musty smell or spongy flooring. Limited or no ventilation, darkness, and moisture from the leak make the area under the sink a prime spot for a mold infestation.

  • Next to the shower or tub

The shower and tub have several water line connections, and each connection provides an opportunity for a leak. Since these connections are often concealed within a wall, any leaks are also hidden behind the wall. Water damage from the leak signals the homeowner to a problem. Warped drywall, peeling paint, blistering wallpaper, a spongy floor, and a musty smell give away the hiding place.

  • Under an unstable toilet

The wax ring between the toilet base and the toilet flange may develop a leak. Sometimes a pool of water around the base of the toilet hints at a problem. This type of leak usually goes undetected until the subflooring rots, allowing the toilet to wobble. In some cases, the toilet may fall through the floor when enough weight is applied to it.

  • Behind a bathtub or shower surround

At some point, tub and shower surrounds with multiple pieces will experience a caulk failure between the surround sections and between the sections and the wall. The water leak will eventually damage the wood studs and framing materials. When the caulk begins to turn yellow or pull away, remove the aging, failing caulk and replace it with a new caulk designed for the moisture and temperature variations seen in a shower and tub.

Hide and seek leaks often leave extensive water damage in their wake. A leak many months old has likely spawned a mold infestation. Special protective gear, cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaning solutions are required to get the job done quickly and, above all, safely.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial water damage. For more information about the Halcolm City, TX, water damage restoration company, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth office at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How Long Will Water Damage Restoration Around Haltom City, TX, Take?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The friendly professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth explains the water restoration process and how long each step typically takes to complete. 

Whether to address damage from a storm, plumbing mishap, or otherwise, water damage restoration is an intensive process. In best-case scenarios, it only takes a few days but can take weeks. Why does it take so long? 

Water cleanup spans more than simply removing water from a property, as water damage can have an unseen and lasting impact. Water removal and mold remediation companies complete a range of steps to treat buildings for odors, bacteria, microbes, and other harmful agents that can make their way into furniture, carpeting, and floorboards through outside water. 

Both to expedite the process and minimize the chance of secondary damage, such as mold, the experts at SERVPRO, a leading water damage restoration company in Fort Worth, stress the importance of calling for emergency water restoration services as soon as possible after water exposure. 

The Water Damage Restoration Timeline: What to Expect

1. Emergency Water Restoration and Removal

First, if a burst pipe, washing machine, or other appliance caused the flooding, the restoration company will turn off the water at the source. Next, large, truck-mounted pumps suck the water from inside the property. 

This process can take several hours, depending on how much water is present. After that, they take steps to dry the property and restore safe humidity levels. That often takes at least 72 hours, even with help from industrial dryers and dehumidifiers.

2. Salvaging and Removing Furniture

Unfortunately, furniture and valuable items are often lost after flooding. The remediation company will work to salvage what they can and then recycle, throw away, or donate whatever will not be kept. How long this will take varies in length depending on the number of damaged items.

3. Mold, Stain, and Water Remediation

Treating carpets and furniture is relatively straightforward and quick. It generally only takes a few hours.

However, the danger with water damage is how it affects hidden areas in a home. Even clean water can lead to mold in any fabric or carpeting. If enough water has gotten to wooden walls or flooring, it can cause the wood to warp and degrade. 

Inspectors will check beams, walls, and other structural components to ensure the safety of the home’s residents. Some restoration companies also test for asbestos before working on any building materials, and waiting for the test results can take 24-48 hours.

4. Disinfecting and Deodorizing

Once the property is treated for mold, it is deodorized, disinfected, and thoroughly cleaned. This process takes less than a day and finalizes the water restoration process. 

Other Time Factors

Many of these phases of water damage restoration have very variable timeframes, based on factors such as: 

  •       The amount of water in the property
  •       How long water was in contact with the property
  •       How long it took to stop the source of the flood
  •       The source of the water (clean drinking water, sewage, floodwater, etc.)
  •       The size of the property and what parts of the property were involved
  •       How quickly the residential or commercial water damage restoration company was contacted and responded 

About SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth has served the community in Keller, TX, and surrounding areas since 1967, offering reliable water, fire, and storm restoration as well as mold remediation and commercial cleaning services. They are part of a nationwide franchise with more than 1,700 locations but are locally owned and operated.

Follow SERVPRO on Facebook to learn more about the water damage restoration process or contact them to schedule service today. 

Contact Information: 

4200 Glenview Drive
Fort Worth, TX  76117

Phone: (817) 741-5737
Email: office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Leaving Water Damage In Your Home Can Lead To Mold Damage

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water overflow from toilet Water overflow from toilet

Damages in your home are never something to ignore, especially when those damages can lead to future complications, such as mold damage. Sometimes financial difficulty, or other valid concerns, can stop you from calling for assistance when you need it. The story is pretty standard: a severe storm rolls in and soaks your basement bathroom through the open window. There are inches of water on the floor by the time that you find it the next morning, but you feel like you cannot afford to call for help and resolve to try to deal with it yourself. The decision can lead to future complications as only a professional can tell when a space is thoroughly dry.

Leaving any excess moisture in the structure of your home can lead to the growth of mold damage in your Fort Worth residence. Mold spores are omnipresent, and you cannot completely rid your home of them. However, they are relatively harmless until they come into contact with excessive moisture. As they feed off of the excess water, the mold spores can rapidly multiply and form a colony, which can damage the structure of your home and cause health effects. Calling for help as soon as you first begin to suspect you have mold damage is the key to a successful remediation.

Our SERVPRO techs can bring unique tools with them to remediate the mold damage in your home. One of the worst aspects is the smell, and we can set up an air scrubber to pull mold spores and odorous particles from the air while we work. SERVPRO can also set up a barrier made out of plastic sheeting to ensure that the mold spores cannot travel anywhere else when disturbed. Once it is safe to work, SERVPRO can disinfect and remove the mold before using an antifungal spray to help ensure there is no regrowth.

Do not delay when you find damage in your home. Dial (817) 741-5737 to contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. We are open 24-7 and ready to take your call.

Creating the Ideal Drying Conditions for Water Restoration in your Fort Worth Home

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Measuring moisture of affected tile Measuring moisture of affected tile

In dealing with any property restoration emergency, having access to the correct equipment goes a long way to reducing your claims loss expense. This principle is especially true in situations involving water, which can deteriorate contents, structure, and fittings overnight. One of the essential methods we use to reduce losses in your property is understanding how to dry your structure and contents properly. That means using moisture detection sensors, creating the right atmosphere for efficient drying and bringing in industrial extraction equipment. 

The task of water restoration in your fort worth home is built on the foundations of careful psychrometric measurements taken regularly to control losses. Increasing the temperature in a closed area, for example, allows the interior air to take on more moisture- this process can increase the efficiency of air-moving equipment. However, to create optimum drying conditions, a SERVPRO technician must take regular readings using thermal hygrometers to ensure that the indoor air is not overloaded with moisture, which can slow drying times. 

While restoration is underway, a SERVPRO technician may tent off the affected area to gain better control of the indoor environment. High levels of humidity, which are a natural byproduct of drying procedure, can also create ideal conditions for microbial growth. Leaving a humid environment overnight can lead to further damages. SERVPRO technicians may create an open system, by opening windows or allowing ventilation to exchange humid interior air with drier outdoor air, to prevent secondary issues like mold growth from occurring. 

Using our training in combination with advanced drying equipment allows SERVPRO technicians to dry a structure without risking secondary damages confidently. By creating the ideal drying conditions, the expense of your claim is significantly reduced, and your home has the best chance of returning to its preloss conditions. We can forward the paperwork to your insurance adjuster to ease the claims process and let you get back to your everyday life with as little inconvenience as possible. 

For advanced restoration services that get your home back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737.

How SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth Uses Advanced Equipment to Provide the Best Services to the Community

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains how using advanced equipment enables its team to deliver the best damage restoration services to the community.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the leading residential and commercial property damage restoration company serving Fort Worth, Keller, Park Glen, and the surrounding areas. Superior training, adherence to the highest IICRC cleaning and restoration standards, 24/7 availability, and a commitment to providing the best customer service are hallmarks of the SERVPRO team.

Over the last few decades, significant strides have been made in restoration and cleaning technology and techniques. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth has made the commitment to embrace these emerging advancements. SERVPRO technicians utilize specialized equipment, resources, and techniques to provide the best damage restoration and cleaning services in the industry to the Northeast Fort Worth area.

Choosing the best property damage restoration company can be challenging and confusing in light of the recent innovations in the restoration industry. Companies that take advantage of these innovations are more efficient, thorough, and reliable and can provide better results and greater value to customers.

Here are some of the advancements that empower SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth to restore a property to its preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

  1. Infrared cameras

Infrared cameras can detect water hidden behind walls, ceilings, and flooring. The ability to detect water hidden from view increases efficiency by eliminating the need to deconstruct damaged areas in search of hidden water. This technology can save on reconstruction services and the time required to complete the damage restoration process. Companies that do not have access to this amazing technology must rely upon water detection techniques that are inefficient, costly, and often fail to discover the full scope of the damage. Overlooking hidden water can lead to mold issues in the future. SERVPRO customers can be confident that the latest technology has revealed hidden water damage, which can then be mitigated with other cutting-edge tools.

  1. Hygrometers

Psychrometry is defined as “the science of study of various properties of air, method of controlling its temperature and moisture content or humidity and its effect on various materials and human beings.”

A hygrometer, an important measuring device in the science of psychrometry, detects and measures humidity in the air. This indispensable tool is an essential item in the water damage restoration tool kit. It lets the technician know that moisture is being removed from the structure.

Low humidity does not kill mold, but it does slow down the growth of mold. Optimal humidity levels in the home are between thirty and fifty percent. The only way to accurately measure humidity is with a hygrometer. A sustained low humidity level indicates that the water and moisture mitigation process is making measurable progress.

  1. Industrial pumps

In water damage disasters involving large-volume water intrusions, SERVPRO technicians will deploy industrial-grade pumps to remove water from buildings, stories below grade, parking garages, homes, and basements. These pumps can remove up to 36,000 gallons of water daily. The rapid evacuation of large quantities of water limits advanced secondary water damage in large-scale disasters. Staging a multi-pump response gives SERVPRO the ability to meet the needs of any size water damage disaster.

  1. Water extraction units

The well-equipped technicians have a wide array of water removal options, including both truck-mounted and portable units that efficiently remove water from a home or business affected by a water damage disaster. This equipment works to quickly remove any remaining standing water, as well as water in hard-to-reach places such as under flooring and in carpeting. Racing against the clock, technicians work to remove excess water and prevent further water damage and potential mold growth.

  1. High-speed air movers

A wide variety of high-speed air movers accelerate moisture evaporation, effectively curbing mold growth and advanced secondary water damage.

  1. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers

High-performance dehumidifiers eliminate remaining moisture in the air, bringing the drying process full circle. Mold needs water and moisture to thrive, so removing the moisture from surfaces and decreasing the humidity will prevent mold growth.

  1. Air scrubbers

After a fire, soot and contaminated dust particles must be removed from the air. Industrial air scrubbers quickly and continuously purify the air, remove harmful particles, and neutralize toxic fumes.

  1. Thermal foggers

Thermal foggers are employed to effectively deodorize a home or business. Sometimes thermal foggers are used to disperse fungicides. Because the vapor droplets produced by thermal foggers are so small (0.5-10 microns), the deodorizer can penetrate more deeply into surfaces that need to be treated.

  1. OSHA-approved sanitizing and disinfection agents, germicides, and antimicrobial treatments

Over the last several decades, researchers and scientists have developed sanitizers, disinfectants, germicides, and microbial treatments that are environmentally friendly and safe for humans and pets. Utilizing these remarkable innovations proves SERVPRO’s dedication to creating a safe, clean & comfortable living environment for you and your family.”

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties that have suffered a property damage disaster. By leveraging the latest, most advanced technology, techniques, and solutions, the expert team of restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can restore a damaged property to its preloss condition and return life to normal for the homeowner or business.

For more information about damage restoration in Fort Worth, TX, call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

A Water Damage Crisis

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Water backup in shower Water backup in shower

As a Keller homeowner, you might not even be fully aware of all of the situations that could result in water emergencies in your home. To stop and think of all the possibilities can become overwhelming, not to mention that some of the sources of these incidents are nearly impossible to prevent. The best preparation for the possibility is to know whom to call to restore resulting damages quickly and mitigate your out of pocket expenses at the same time.

Water damage to your Keller home might come from a number of locations, but the result is almost always the same: excess water on your floors and walls that you do not have the time or resources to clean on your own. Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO team works to be the first to every disaster and can be reached any time of the day to help you restore the damage to your home from any emergency.

When it comes to water damages, our team arrives at your home and immediately starts to assess the condition of the affected area and the extent of the damage that the water has caused. Depending on the severity of the present water, our SERVPRO team could choose water extraction equipment such as pumps and vacuums or choose to rely on our concentrated air movers and dehumidification equipment to dry out the affected area.

Once the water has gotten successfully removed, the source of the problem can get identified and repaired. If the situation calls for more extensive construction than our team is equipped to handle, we can prepare the area for this construction so that a contractor only needs to arrive and install new materials in the formerly damaged areas.

Our team is an excellent choice for any manner of water emergency that you might have to face in your home. While the situation might seem overwhelming at first, our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specialists can have your home restored and your mind at ease quickly. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (817) 741-5737.

Northeast Fort Worth Damage Restoration Company Debunks Seven Water Damage Myths

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth debunks six water damage myths that can delay the beginning of the restoration process and lead to advanced secondary water damage.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the premier damage restoration company serving the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas with continuous coverage twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO technicians are the best-trained service providers in the industry. Customers can trust the property damage restoration team to handle any commercial or residential fire, mold, or water disaster.

Even if there is doubt about whether a water damage incident is severe enough to call a property damage restoration specialist, the homeowner should still make the call. There is nothing to lose but much to gain. Delay costs valuable time.

  • Time for mold and mildew to begin to grow
  • Time for drywall to wick up water
  • Time for bacteria to grow in carpeting, making it unsalvageable
  • Time for colors to bleed and fade in drapes, upholstery, and furniture
  • Time for baseboards to warp
  • Time for ceilings to collapse
  • Time for the flooring to buckle

In short, there is no time to waste when faced with a water or fire damage disaster, no matter how large or small it might be.

Here are six myths and misconceptions that need to be dispelled when considering what to do when faced with a property damage disaster.

Myth #1: “I will have to deal with the insurance company all by myself.”

Truth: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth will not only help the client deal with the insurance company, but the team will also walk the customer through the process and provide a free estimate of what it will cost to restore the damaged property. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth works with the insurance company to obtain for the client the best claim payout for the water, fire, or flood damage.

Myth #2: “The water will dry up by itself.”

Truth: Large scale water damage will not dry by itself. Small scale events can cause significant damage if the water is not immediately and completely removed. Water trapped in walls and under flooring can linger indefinitely, providing a perfect breeding ground for mold. Once the mold has established a foothold, the cost of cleanup can rise dramatically. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth uses advanced equipment and techniques to rapidly and completely remove water and moisture from a home or business damaged by water or flooding. Advanced technology measures moisture levels, enabling technicians to know when the water and moisture are eliminated.

Myth #3: “I don’t have to call a restoration company immediately.”

Truth: An immediate response from a water damage restoration professional is crucial to limit advanced secondary water damage. Swift action lessens the scope of the damage and is critical for insurance coverage.

Myth #4: “I can’t afford water damage restoration services.”

Truth: Insurance will usually cover some or all of the expenses to repair the water damage and restore the damaged scene to normal.

Myth #5: “I only have to worry about the water damage.”

Truth: A water damage event is multi-faceted. Mold growth, structural damage, and sewage damage are just a few of the other dangers that lurk after a water damage incident.

Myth #6: “I can clean up the water by myself.”

Truth: Remediating water damage requires professional training, special equipment, and advanced technology. Water, fire, and sewage damage create environments that are hazardous to human health. The restoration process involves more than water removal, drying, dehumidification, sanitizing, disinfecting, and deodorizing. Special precautions must be taken to preserve the health of the technicians during the restoration process and to ensure the health of the homeowner and any family members after the property is restored.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth strongly encourages homeowners, businesses, and other property owners to vet locally owned and operated property damage restoration specialists so that when disaster strikes, trusted options are immediately available. Taking hours to research property damage restoration specialists when every minute counts can allow the scope of the damage to expand and the expense of the restoration process to significantly increase.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage incident while also providing mold and mildew remediation.

For more information about damage restoration in Northeast Fort Worth, contact the office by phone at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Any Water Restoration Project in Keller May Require Multiple Steps To Complete

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water damages Water Damages

H2O is found naturally and is needed for you and your family to live a comfortable lifestyle at your Keller residence. Therefore, all homes have a complex plumbing system that could fail one day forcing you to contact a water restoration company like SERVPRO. Moisture does not mix well with the organic materials that make up your house's structure and interior building materials. When things get saturated, they tend to lose their strength and disintegrate. Anytime excessive moisture enters your living area, it is vital to start steps towards complete water restoration immediately.  

Problems with moisture are the most likely type of damage that your property can suffer. To prevent things from falling apart and mold from growing, our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 in Keller to conduct water restoration operations. If your plumbing system develops a crack or one of your appliances chooses to act abnormally, you could find yourself walking in water when you enter the affected area. As much as stepping in a puddle is unpleasant to you, your building materials and contents that you rely on to live a comfortable lifestyle are not designed to be able to recover from being wet quite like us humans are.  

Water is a powerful force, and we have all seen the devastation it can cause during floods or hurricanes. But what some people do not know is that the liquid natural resource can be destructive even in small amounts. Excessive moisture can and will ruin pretty much anything if it gets wet enough and it is left damp for a long enough period.  

To make matters worse, if materials inside your home get wet the presence of moisture can cause problems in other areas that the water never even touched. Escalated humidity levels are also known to destroy certain materials that make up a building's structure. Also, if humidity and moisture levels stay high for more than 48 hours, any organic substance inside your dwelling becomes susceptible to microbial contamination. If you ever see or feel wet materials inside your home, please call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 so that we can help prevent future secondary problems.

Team SERVPRO Thoroughly Remediates Water Damage After an Event in Your Home

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO Franchise can help remediate a water loss resulting from a faulty shower Our SERVPRO Franchise can help remediate a water loss resulting from a faulty shower

A hot shower at the end of a long day in Fort Worth is a welcome thing, but when the shower water begins to escape and to pool where it should not be, you have a problem on your hands. The shower pan or shower base is a waterproof floor which includes the drain and is made to protect the shower area subfloor. Made usually of concrete and tile, terrazzo, metal, or concrete, if it has missing tiles or is sloped poorly, you are dealing with water damage in Fort Worth from a shower leak.

 
If for any reason your shower has caused a leak in your bathroom, the issue needs to be fixed right away. Continual exposure to moisture quickly creates mold in your bathroom, and you need help with the water removal as well. SERVPRO can come to your aid whenever you need us.
 
Once our techs have entirely removed any standing water and then dried out your home again, we can perform the restoration services. These include all the tasks that are needed to return your home to its normal condition before the loss. The restoration process can include any repairs to the structure and contents, final cleaning, final inspections and all of our equipment being removed from the job site when done. We also ensure that all of your belongings are put back into place.
 
One thing SERVPRO staff has to watch out for in a water damaged bathroom is the condition of any ceramic tile which was affected. The grouted joints are usually waterproofed when installing over plywood. However, any cracks make it vulnerable to water damage. The tile often is unaffected, but water can penetrate the grouting, causing warping or expansion of the subfloor, which causes the tiles to come apart at the joints and become loose. We need to repair your subflooring in this case and reinstall the tiles afterward.
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is thorough when it comes to water removal and restoration of any damage left behind by the leak. You can trust us to take care of your home in Trace Ridge, Heritage Trace, or Keller when you call us at (817) 741-5737.

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What Happens After You Call Us? When Face with Water Storm Damage

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we are there to help our customers in a fire and soot damage situation with fast service in order to get you back on your feet.  Please feel free to contact us at:

817-741-5737

http://www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com/

What type of water overflow do you have in your Fort Worth home or business?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying restroom from a CAT 1 water loss SERVPRO equipment drying restroom from a CAT 1 water loss

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Luckily, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is here to help!

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow. It can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Did your home or business have a sewage backup or toilet overflow? Call us today at 817-741-5737 !

Water can damage your home

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water entering crawlspace Water entering crawlspace

H2O is found naturally and is needed for you and your family to live a comfortable lifestyle at your Keller residence. Therefore, all homes have a complex plumbing system that could fail one day forcing you to contact a water restoration company like SERVPRO. Moisture does not mix well with the organic materials that make up your house's structure and interior building materials. When things get saturated, they tend to lose their strength and disintegrate. Anytime excessive moisture enters your living area, it is vital to start steps towards complete water restoration immediately.  

Problems with moisture are the most likely type of damage that your property can suffer. To prevent things from falling apart and mold from growing, our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 in Keller to conduct water restoration operations. If your plumbing system develops a crack or one of your appliances chooses to act abnormally, you could find yourself walking in water when you enter the affected area. As much as stepping in a puddle is unpleasant to you, your building materials and contents that you rely on to live a comfortable lifestyle are not designed to be able to recover from being wet quite like us humans are.  

Water is a powerful force, and we have all seen the devastation it can cause during floods or hurricanes. But what some people do not know is that the liquid natural resource can be destructive even in small amounts. Excessive moisture can and will ruin pretty much anything if it gets wet enough and it is left damp for a long enough period.  

To make matters worse, if materials inside your home get wet the presence of moisture can cause problems in other areas that the water never even touched. Escalated humidity levels are also known to destroy certain materials that make up a building's structure. Also, if humidity and moisture levels stay high for more than 48 hours, any organic substance inside your dwelling becomes susceptible to microbial contamination. If you ever see or feel wet materials inside your home, please call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 so that we can help prevent future secondary problems.

Frozen Pipes

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Weather in Texas can be unpredictable, with sudden freezes happening as late as March. Now is an great time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they can be prevented.

SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.

  • Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  • Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Close any inside values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes.
  • In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors.  Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out:

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.

Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth immediately at 817-741-5737. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have.

Water Restoration Fort Worth – Removing Damaged Walls

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Drywall cut from a wall, and flooring pulled back from the wall as well as a vacuum in the room. SERVPRO has the tips and tools to assist your Fort Worth water damage.

We can help you through your water damage in Fort Worth.

Restoration of water damaged materials can vary a great deal depending on the type of water, the amount of water, and the length of exposure. Some situations may require de-sanitation of the entire premises. Specific rooms may require drying and dehumidification. Usually, drywall that is exposed must be replaced at least above the waterline.

SERVPRO provides restoration services for all types of water damage in Fort Worth. The first step is the assessment of the situation by our crew chief. Depending on the circumstances, he or she can arrange for deployment of the appropriate equipment and technicians to restore your home. This step includes pump mounted extractors for large amounts of water as well as submersibles. Removal of debris, and damaged unrecoverable materials for disposal.

Water Extraction from Carpets

Truck-mounted pump or portable extractors can be used to remove moisture from the carpets and underpad in clean water situations. If the water is contaminated, the flooring usually must be removed. The application of dehumidifiers in a negative pressure application can bring moisture levels down to acceptable levels. Negative pressure is used to exhaust moist air outside the home and draw dry air into the home from outside.

Removal of Baseboards and Walls

Water can easily penetrate drywall and seep under baseboards. Drywall exposed to water often expands and crumbles. If there is a limited amount of water in the room, remove the baseboards. Also the damaged drywall above the waterline. For high water levels, the entire damaged wall may be removed to facilitate drying of the structure before restoration.

By exposing this area, SERVPRO can also apply drying techniques to these areas using water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. We do not want to leave any pockets of moisture that can trigger mold growth later.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 for 24/7 serve. We serve the towns of Keller, Park Glen, Heritage Trace, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We can handle any type of water restoration challenge.

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Don't Let A Leaky Sink Cause Water Damage In Your Fort Worth Home

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

cement floor with three green air movers SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can help to solve water damage problems before they get out of hand.

How Your Leaky Sink Can Cause Permanent Water Damage In Fort Worth

Leaky faucets and pipes are the banes of homeowners everywhere. While modern engineering and sealants help to prevent many of the widespread issues that plagued us in the past, even the most well-made water lines and faucets can start to leak and cause damage to your home. If you identify a leak early on, you should be able to seal up the problem on your own, but often a few hours is enough to cause enough damage to call for help from a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. Here's how a small leak can cause big problems for your home.

Mixing with Chemicals
One of the most dangerous aspects of water damage in Fort Worth homes is the potential for water to mix with hazardous chemicals stored nearby. Many homes we visit have buckets and stores of cleaning chemicals directly below leaking pipes and sink basins. These can represent a significant safety hazard, especially if any of the chemicals are outside of their bottles (which may happen if you re-use rags and sponges). SERVPRO technicians know how to identify and take precautions against these potential safety risks so that you do not have to.

Mold Growth
One of the most popular reasons why we get called in to help remove mold from local homes is due to the presence of longtime leaks in cabinets and similar environments. With a steady supply of water, an environment that is almost always dark, and little activity to disturb its growth, mold can spread quickly underneath your kitchen sink. Patching up the leak and removing the water before any mold can grow is imperative to avoiding a widespread problem in your home.

Bleeding Colors and Finishes
Some dyes and finishes used on wood and other materials in your home may react poorly with water, potentially causing permanent damage to your home as colors wash out and bleed into one another over time. Again, the only way to stop these problems from progressing is to dry up the water as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you may need to re-paint, re-finish, or even replace any affected parts of your home.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can help to solve water damage problems before they get out of hand. Call us 24/7 at (817) 741-5737 for our services or a quote.

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Take The Stress Out of Water Damage Remediation in Fort Worth

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can lead to uncontrolled mold growth if not treated properly. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Creating the Ideal Drying Conditions for Water Restoration in your Fort Worth Home

In dealing with any property restoration emergency, having access to the correct equipment goes a long way to reducing your claims loss expense. This principle is especially true in situations involving water, which can deteriorate contents, structure, and fittings overnight. One of the essential methods we use to reduce losses in your property is understanding how to dry your structure and contents properly. That means using moisture detection sensors, creating the right atmosphere for efficient drying and bringing in industrial extraction equipment. 

The task of water restoration in your fort worth home is built on the foundations of careful psychrometric measurements taken regularly to control losses. Increasing the temperature in a closed area, for example, allows the interior air to take on more moisture- this process can increase the efficiency of air-moving equipment. However, to create optimum drying conditions, a SERVPRO technician must take regular readings using thermal hygrometers to ensure that the indoor air is not overloaded with moisture, which can slow drying times. 

While restoration is underway, a SERVPRO technician may tent off the affected area to gain better control of the indoor environment. High levels of humidity, which are a natural byproduct of drying procedure, can also create ideal conditions for microbial growth. Leaving a humid environment overnight can lead to further damages. SERVPRO technicians may create an open system, by opening windows or allowing ventilation to exchange humid interior air with drier outdoor air, to prevent secondary issues like mold growth from occurring. 

Using our training in combination with advanced drying equipment allows SERVPRO technicians to dry a structure without risking secondary damages confidently. By creating the ideal drying conditions, the expense of your claim is significantly reduced, and your home has the best chance of returning to its preloss conditions. We can forward the paperwork to your insurance adjuster to ease the claims process and let you get back to your everyday life with as little inconvenience as possible. 

For advanced restoration services that get your home back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737.

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Is the Tub Showering Water Beyond Your Ft. Worth Bathroom?

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage from leaking plumbing in bathrooms can spread to other rooms. SERVPRO is always ready to dry your home.

Restoring Water Damaged Components of Your Ft. Worth Bathroom

Water loss incidents that begin in the bathroom of your Ft. Worth home can often be troublesome to get under control. With many of the fixtures in this area without shutoff valves or with aging components that could be prone to stress and leaks, situations can quickly get beyond the capabilities of even competent and experienced homeowners. The best approach is to address these circumstances with a reliance on the fast response and capabilities of our restoration professionals. 

No matter where water damage occurs in your Ft. Worth home, it is imperative to get restoration technicians in route as quickly as possible. Mitigation can help not only to save you time and money but to protect areas of your home from requiring demolition and replacement. Our SERVPRO professionals have ready trailers and service vehicles that stay stocked and prepared for emergencies. Whenever we get a call for a water loss incident, we can quickly mobilize the right personnel and roll out with the equipment necessary to make a difference. 

Damage assessment is one of the first steps to any of our recovery tasks. Our estimator and management walk through the property with our detection equipment and moisture readers to determine the best approaches for restoring the residence. We can also determine the necessary equipment and personnel to get the job completed as promptly as possible. Understanding the spread of water damage can help us to know the best places to position drying machines to maximize their effectiveness. 

Our SERVPRO professionals must also address the saturation of elements within the bathroom, like vanities and shelving. While flooring and other materials can often resist water penetration for a time, fixtures like the vanity are not designed to do so. With running our high-velocity air movers and LGR dehumidifiers, which are ideal for highly saturated materials, we can often protect and preserve these exposed areas without the need for demolition. 

Water damage that occurs in the bathroom of your home can result in widespread damaging effects. You can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth team to work fast to get the situation under control and make this incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (817) 741-5737. 

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Call Us When Roots Are Causing Water Damage Problems For Your Fort Worth Home

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Reach out to us at (817) 741-5737 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Roots Can Get Into Your Fort Worth Pipes Without You Knowing

Regardless of where you live, including Fort Worth, being a homeowner comes with both great joy and great responsibility. The general upkeep of your home depends on your efforts, but there are also neighbors and elements beyond your control that put you at risk. Something as simple as a beautiful tree whose roots grow underneath your crawl space can compromise your plumbing and cause an almost imperceptible leak that slowly erodes your foundation and adds humidity to your living room without you noticing.

When you find water damage in your Fort Worth home, it is best to reach out to a professional team to assess the extent of the damage. Our SERVPRO technicians arrive upon receiving your call and can assess whether the humidity you sense in your living room is only limited to that area or if it has spread to other rooms. Furthermore, we trace the moisture to its origin and work with you to ensure the root compromising your plumbing is taken care of and the source of the leak repaired.

If the root in question is affecting your flooring, our SERVPRO team can help you restore it. For hardwood floors, we concentrate on returning them to their natural moisture level to prevent further buckling. If you have carpet, we use a wand to extract any water residue and make sure it is dry. Even beyond these obvious solutions, we take inventory of all your belongings in the living room including furniture, books, instruments, and decor that may also need to be restored. Our hygrometers help us determine whether they are also victims of excess moisture and we restore them appropriately.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is equipped to handle your water damage needs even when they are not catastrophic. It does not take a flood for your home to need the expert services of a trained team and we are just a phone call away. Reach out to us at (817) 741-5737 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Faster to your Ft. Worth Water Damage Event

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides 24/7 fire and water damage restoration service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (817) 741-5737

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our  Crew: https://www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com/employee-photos

Excessive Moisture and Your Keller Home

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Yikes! Broken pipes mean water on the floor and increased moisture in your home. Excessive moisture damages your belongings and the home's structure.

Any Water Restoration Project in Keller May Require Multiple Steps To Complete

H2O is found naturally and is needed for you and your family to live a comfortable lifestyle at your Keller residence. Therefore, all homes have a complex plumbing system that could fail one day forcing you to contact a water restoration company like SERVPRO. Moisture does not mix well with the organic materials that make up your house's structure and interior building materials. When things get saturated, they tend to lose their strength and disintegrate. Anytime excessive moisture enters your living area, it is vital to start steps towards complete water restoration immediately.  

Problems with moisture are the most likely type of damage that your property can suffer. To prevent things from falling apart and mold from growing, our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 in Keller to conduct water restoration operations. If your plumbing system develops a crack or one of your appliances chooses to act abnormally, you could find yourself walking in water when you enter the affected area. As much as stepping in a puddle is unpleasant to you, your building materials and contents that you rely on to live a comfortable lifestyle are not designed to be able to recover from being wet quite like us humans are.  

Water is a powerful force, and we have all seen the devastation it can cause during floods or hurricanes. But what some people do not know is that the liquid natural resource can be destructive even in small amounts. Excessive moisture can and will ruin pretty much anything if it gets wet enough and it is left damp for a long enough period.  

To make matters worse, if materials inside your home get wet the presence of moisture can cause problems in other areas that the water never even touched. Escalated humidity levels are also known to destroy certain materials that make up a building's structure. Also, if humidity and moisture levels stay high for more than 48 hours, any organic substance inside your dwelling becomes susceptible to microbial contamination. If you ever see or feel wet materials inside your home, please call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 so that we can help prevent future secondary problems.

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Discover Secrets to Waterproofing Your Fort Worth Crawlspace Before Storms Set in

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

If your crawlspace is getting excess water, contact SERVPRO to remediate and offer waterproofing options for your home.

Waterproofing and Sump Pumps for Fort Worth Crawlspaces

Severe storms are a regular part of Fort Worth weather. They flood homes quickly, leaving a mess of not only a homeowner’s personal property but also their residence itself. For homes with crawlspaces underneath, this can be a problem that affects the structural integrity, destroys items in storage, and even lead to a mold infestation if not dealt with quickly.
 
In these cases, waterproofing is needed for Fort Worth residential crawlspaces. SERVPRO restoration teams can seal off almost any type of leak into one unless there is major damage to the exterior walls or the sub-floor above it.
 
If standing water is a recurring issue with every rain, then the homeowner has two problems: Leaks and seeps into the crawlspace, and very slow or no drainage. Our technicians can address both of them simultaneously.
 
Team members remove water with a commercial pump and then use a combination of hand-drying methods and dehumidifiers to remove any moisture left in the crawlspace. Then they cover the dirt floor with thick, polyethylene sheets to serve as a vapor barrier, preventing water from seeping up inside. Team members extend these sheets up and onto the walls, securing them together and to the walls with two-sided, foundation tape.
 
Before securing them to the walls, however, an inspector carefully examines the walls for any cracks or leaks. SERVPRO specialists fill them with a hydraulic cement that blocks further water intrusion. Next, they seal every wall with a masonry cement that reduces water seepage from outside the home. Once they complete the walls, team members seal the polyethylene sheets in place.
 
Water can still penetrate through wood floors, however. In areas that flood regularly, the solution for recurring flooding may be to install a sump pump. These devices work automatically, and when water is detected, they switch on to remove it until the level returns to normal. Our technicians can install a sump pump and have it working in a day.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is to help you return your entire home to a dry, safe condition, and keep it in that state as best as possible. If you need us to return your crawlspace to what it looked like before flooding; call us today at (817) 741-5737 to get started.

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Our Water Cleanup Team In Keller Works Hard To Mitigate Disasters

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold and mildew begin growing with 24 to 48 hours after a water disaster so cleaning it up and extracting all of the moisture becomes crucial.

Our Team Works Hard To Mitigate Disasters

During September, SERVPRO encourages families in Keller to brush up on their preparedness skills. A disaster can strike your property at any time and come from almost any direction. Weather does not always play a role in these horrible circumstances because incidents such as broken pipes and fire can happen in isolated areas of your house.

When a broken pipe, fire-fighting activities, or overflowed basins occur inside your Keller residence, SERVPRO employees are ready to perform the water cleanup duties needed. We make mitigation fast and easy for homeowners and can do the same for you all year long. While September is National Preparedness Month, remaining prepared helps stave off damages that continuously worsen with each passing minute whenever unwanted water affects your home. In many situations, merely knowing how to shut off a water valve can save your home from severe damage.

Mold and mildew begin growing with 24 to 48 hours after a water disaster so cleaning it up and extracting all of the moisture becomes crucial. Other problems can come from the way in which materials in your home interact with water, also, and porous materials often become damaged to the point of requiring replacement. Responding as quickly as possible reduces this need, so we always strive to remain Faster To Any Size Disaster when we provide services to those in our communities. A fast response can also increase the odds in favor of your flooring and help it survive a disaster.

After removing water sitting in your residence, we address the issue of moisture in materials and water vapor in the air. Air movers speed up the circulation of the air drastically, and both desiccant machines and dehumidifiers work tirelessly to remove the moisture as air passes through these pieces of equipment.

When wall cavities, ceilings, and other portions of your home retain water, we discuss options with you regarding its extraction. The most effective way to do this aspect of water cleanup and removal mitigation involves the drilling of a small hole in an inconspicuous place so we can direct airflow with an Injectidry machine.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth wants to help mitigate the damage and restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” We serve those within the Park Glen, Summerfields, and Diamond Jarvis Hill areas with services designed to mitigate damage in many forms. Water cleanup methods are only one of our many services that help restore homes to preloss condition, making them livable again in a cost-effective manner. Call us when you have an emergency, any day of the year, at our 24-hour services line, (817) 741-5737.

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Why Even Small Messes In Your Fort Worth Residence Might Need Professional Water Restoration

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Every situation that involves some water damage in your home might not feel like a disaster.

Professional Water Restoration

When you think about restoration for water damages in your Fort Worth home, many homeowners often take their mind to large-scale disasters encompassing multiple areas of their house. This train of thought could lead you to disasters like flooding, or water removal situations like busted plumbing or appliance failures. While these do happen, professional restoration services for water damage can benefit smaller situations as well.

Sometimes, homeowners should consider water restoration services for their Fort Worth home, even when you would not consider the mess to be a disaster. The thorough nature of the work that can get done and the speed with which it happens can be two strong selling points for this approach right away.

One of the reasons that you may consider choosing SERVPRO for even smaller-scale water incidents is the dedication that we have to the industry standard of restoration. You might not realize that many of the situations homeowners feel like they can clean up on their own end up inadequate, allowing for worsening conditions over a brief period.

One of the most likely scenarios with lingering moisture and dampness in your house is the threat of mold and mildew growth. This microbial intruder can pose potential health effects for your family when exposed to a growing colony, which requires immediate attention and removal to prevent these effects from taking hold.

Often, our SERVPRO technicians do not even need to extract water, but focus more on cleaning and drying the area sufficiently. If we are unaware of the extent of the dampness in the affected areas, we can utilize equipment like thermal imaging scans to determine where moisture might still yet be that needs attention.

Every situation that involves some water damage in your home might not feel like a disaster. Without the right cleaning and drying, however, it could very well turn into one. You can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth water restoration technicians to clean up the mess and get your home back to original condition quickly. Give us a call anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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Emergency Water Restoration In Fort Worth

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

A burst pipe caused significant damage and flooding to this home. SERVPRO was called to complete water restoration.

How SERVPRO completes water restoration

On the list of urgent Fort Worth household emergencies, the need to remove significant amounts of water ranks near the top. Water restoration is unlike most other cleanup or maintenance tasks, requiring specialized equipment and certified technicians. Immediate response to your crisis is also essential. We have all these requirements covered.

Appliances located in the upper levels of your Fort Worth home complicate water restoration circumstances. For example, having the laundry room located near second-floor bedrooms is convenient, but can cause water to flow down walls and even several flights of stairway if the washer’s pump breaks. Similarly, your kitchen’s dishwasher can send water into an adjacent family room when a hose disconnects or the computer panel malfunctions, and it continuously fills. You come home to hundreds of gallons in your lowest levels. Our team has seen this before and can help.

In addition to the pooled water at the lowest parts of your house, SERVPRO crews also note that floors, walls, steps, and ceilings above the water’s final resting place are soaked. When we arrive on the scene, our crew lead assesses all aspects of the water damage and designs a plan to remove the standing water and dry out saturated structural components. Our service vehicles are well-stocked with the equipment needed so work can begin right away.

Water deeper than two inches removes most efficiently when we use submersible pumps. As the water level falls, SERVPRO crew members switch out to our high-efficiency extractors. Infrared scanners help us locate hidden reserves of water. Releasing the trapped moisture is crucial. Technicians can drill holes, make flood cuts, or use extensions to suction water out of cells from the top.

We have success drying carpeting in place with weighted wands on the extractors, following an established protocol taught during the extensive training our SERVPRO crew members master. Hardwood floors benefit from the use of drying mats.

Walls and ceilings often dry out with just the addition of air flow and lower humidity. Throughout the process, our team uses moisture meters to establish a baseline on every surface affected by the water event. SERVPRO leads determine drying goals, and then we monitor the progress with additional measurements. The positioning of air movers and dehumidifiers, with the possible addition of heaters to obtain the optimum balance to move water vapor out of building materials, is the final step.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is eager to assist residents of our local communities with water restoration emergencies. Call for a consultation 24/7, any day of the year at (817) 741-5737.

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Water Removal Restores Your Fort Worth Home To Pre-Loss Condition

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

After your home becomes dry again, structural restoration, if required, can begin.

Water Removal Restores Your Home To Pre-Damage Condition

Floods can happen for many reasons in Fort Worth. Once flooding occurs, even if it does not overcome your entire home, a fast reaction from you can help minimize the damages your home experiences.

Homeowners in Fort Worth might need water removal specialists to extract thousands of gallons of water from an unattended broken water line or an intrusion of overflowed water coming from a nearby lake or river. Our pump trucks can remove water, even when disposal requires government designated locations. We always follow the legal requirements, helping protect our community and the environment from the risks of possible contamination.

The same contamination that causes such legislation to exist in the first place can also cause illnesses to your family members if they come into contact with any stagnant water. Just like municipal treatment facilities exist to render any pathogens or chemicals inert and neutral, we also clean up anything left after we perform the initial extraction.

Removing standing water, followed by smaller units that use either suction, heat, directed air, or a combination restore your home to a healthy dry condition quickly. As the indoor environment dries, many pathogens die off and no longer pose a threat to people. As we clean your home, any remaining microorganisms still present become trapped in our cleaning cloths. We dispose of these in sealed bags, making sure they never pose a threat to your family again.

After your home becomes dry again, structural restoration, if required, can begin. Carrying this out while your home retains any moisture often results in damage related to trapped moisture. SERVPRO technicians have training that teaches them not only what to do to restore your home, but also the order in which to take these steps.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth Helps families in the Diamond Jarvis Hill, Old Town Keller, and Woodland Springs areas by performing water removal services. You can reach us at any time by calling (817) 741-5737. Our 24-hour service line is answered every day of the year, including holidays, so we can better serve our communities.

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Trusting Restoration Specialists For A Water Damage Crisis At Your Keller Residence

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage to your Keller home might come from a number of locations, but the result is almost always the same.

A Water Damage Crisis

As a Keller homeowner, you might not even be fully aware of all of the situations that could result in water emergencies in your home. To stop and think of all the possibilities can become overwhelming, not to mention that some of the sources of these incidents are nearly impossible to prevent. The best preparation for the possibility is to know whom to call to restore resulting damages quickly and mitigate your out of pocket expenses at the same time.

Water damage to your Keller home might come from a number of locations, but the result is almost always the same: excess water on your floors and walls that you do not have the time or resources to clean on your own. Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO team works to be the first to every disaster and can be reached any time of the day to help you restore the damage to your home from any emergency.

When it comes to water damages, our team arrives at your home and immediately starts to assess the condition of the affected area and the extent of the damage that the water has caused. Depending on the severity of the present water, our SERVPRO team could choose water extraction equipment such as pumps and vacuums or choose to rely on our concentrated air movers and dehumidification equipment to dry out the affected area.

Once the water has gotten successfully removed, the source of the problem can get identified and repaired. If the situation calls for more extensive construction than our team is equipped to handle, we can prepare the area for this construction so that a contractor only needs to arrive and install new materials in the formerly damaged areas.

Our team is an excellent choice for any manner of water emergency that you might have to face in your home. While the situation might seem overwhelming at first, our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth specialists can have your home restored and your mind at ease quickly. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (817) 741-5737.

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Water Removal and Cleanup After a Shower Leak in Your Fort Worth Bathroom

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to stay vigilant to potential water damage in/or resulting from your shower or tub. Water damage can quickly result in mold.

Team SERVPRO Thoroughly Remediates Water Damage After an Event in Your Home

A hot shower at the end of a long day in Fort Worth is a welcome thing, but when the shower water begins to escape and to pool where it should not be, you have a problem on your hands. The shower pan or shower base is a waterproof floor which includes the drain and is made to protect the shower area subfloor. Made usually of concrete and tile, terrazzo, metal, or concrete, if it has missing tiles or is sloped poorly, you are dealing with water damage in Fort Worth from a shower leak.
 
If for any reason your shower has caused a leak in your bathroom, the issue needs to be fixed right away. Continual exposure to moisture quickly creates mold in your bathroom, and you need help with the water removal as well. SERVPRO can come to your aid whenever you need us.
 
Once our techs have entirely removed any standing water and then dried out your home again, we can perform the restoration services. These include all the tasks that are needed to return your home to its normal condition before the loss. The restoration process can include any repairs to the structure and contents, final cleaning, final inspections and all of our equipment being removed from the job site when done. We also ensure that all of your belongings are put back into place.
 
One thing SERVPRO staff has to watch out for in a water damaged bathroom is the condition of any ceramic tile which was affected. The grouted joints are usually waterproofed when installing over plywood. However, any cracks make it vulnerable to water damage. The tile often is unaffected, but water can penetrate the grouting, causing warping or expansion of the subfloor, which causes the tiles to come apart at the joints and become loose. We need to repair your subflooring in this case and reinstall the tiles afterward.
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is thorough when it comes to water removal and restoration of any damage left behind by the leak. You can trust us to take care of your home in Trace Ridge, Heritage Trace, or Keller when you call us at (817) 741-5737.

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Fort Worth Flood Damage: Sudden But Solvable With SERVPRO

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

The devastation of a flash flood cannot be solved by a home shop vac and a mop.

Flood Damage

Flash flooding in the Fort Worth area causes worry and concern for residents. Often occurring without much or any advanced warning, the flood waters inundate roadways, trapping people in the vehicles. The water saturates the ground, resulting in damage to lower levels and foundations requiring professionals restoration.

Ft. Worth flood damage resulting from the remnants of hurricanes and tropical storms or just “pop up” thunderstorms is a real headache. Residents experiencing the severe weather may be feeling good because they escaped harm from high winds and tree litter, but then find their homes awash in the runoff. Flood water has the potential to be very destructive, but we have the tool and the techs to remove water fast and dry out your structure thoroughly.

If the storm interrupts power do not delay calling SERVPRO for assistance, thinking we work only when your home has live electricity. Our service vehicles come equipped with truck-mounted pumps and water extractors, offering more suction than stand-alone models. We also generate power to operate the equipment within our response vans and trucks. We get to work immediately, pumping out water standing more than two inches above your flooring and then using our commercial grade wet vacuums to pull additional moisture out of corners, recesses, and other hard to reach places.

During the water removal process, our team monitors moisture levels with meters that measure the water absorbed by building materials and contents as a percentage. Following guidelines learned during IICRC training, team members set drying goals and use proper equipment and experience to ensure those goals are achieved. SERVPRO Applied Structural Drying specialists are experts in using air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers to bring moisture down to acceptable levels.

Our work crews are also familiar with the possibility of hazardous substances infiltrating your home along with the floodwaters. Because the water sweeps over pavement and ground, and may also back up from storm sewers and drains, we are vigilant for signs of contamination. SERVPRO trains our responders to identify, contain, and properly dispose of water that may contain human or animal waste, chemicals, or other contaminants. We treat non-porous surfaces soaked with gray or black water using professional and proven antimicrobial products. Our team also identify and advise homeowners to discard porous items that cannot be cleansed of chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and other hazardous pathogens.

The devastation of a flash flood cannot be solved by a home shop vac and a mop. You need the skills and tools provided by SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to recover from this serious water event. Call (817) 741-5737 as soon as possible to get our flood abatement specialists on the job.

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Full-Service Water Damage Mitigation Services Available For Your Fort Worth Area Home

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Keep the Water in the Trinity River--Not Your Fort Worth Home

Trust SERVPRO for Water Removal from Your Fort Worth Home

Having water damage in your Fort Worth home can be a difficult circumstance. A broken pipe, faulty appliance, severe weather, or even your roof can lead to significant problems that require professional help to address correctly.
 
You need access to a company in the Fort Worth area that has a proven record dealing with water damage, someone who can assess the extent of damages on your property and explain their restoration solution in full-detail. Luckily, we are equipped to handle any size water damage situation that may occur in your home, no matter what caused it initially.

With many years of experience, IICRC-industry certification, offering homeowners just like you professional solutions to water damage to your property, our technicians make a huge difference. SERVPRO has an entire Green Fleet, stocked and ready to deploy 24/7, 365, arriving on your property immediately to provide you with an action plan you can count on to rectify the situation quickly.

We inform our customers of every aspect of the restoration process, providing knowledge and understanding while we work to restore your property to a quality pre-damage condition. SERVPRO technicians use the latest cleaning and restoration methods, advanced extraction equipment, along with quick and efficient drying services to get the problem under control fast.

You expect a certain degree of professionalism, efficiency, and understanding when dealing with a professional company and SERVPRO delivers, exceeding any expectations you might have from the start. We use water extractors of all shapes and sizes to remove water from your home, dry the entire structure, and address your home’s contents as needed to help limit any losses you might experience.
 
Using infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air moving equipment and a variety of techniques, our technicians return moisture levels in your home to normal. A process that helps reduce secondary damages and ensures a successful recovery. "Like it never even happened."
 
Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for full-service solutions to water damage issues on your property, or to learn how to protect your home better, today. (817) 741-5737

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What Type of Water Damage do I have?

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

This is a small flood that occurred on a carpeted home here in Fort Worth

What type of water overflow do you have in your Fort Worth home or business?

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Luckily, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is here to help!

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow. It can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

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Steps that Occur in Water Damage Cleanup in Keller TX

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

This is an example of wet insulation that fell from a cieling

What Happens After You Call Us? When Face with Water Storm Damage

 

 

 

Within Minutes

 

 

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

 

    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

 

    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

 

    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

 

 

Hours 1 - 24:

 

 

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.

 

    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

 

    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.

 

    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

 

    • A musty odor appears.

 

 

48 Hours to 1 Week:

 

 

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

 

    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

 

    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.

 

    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

 

    • Paint begins to blister.

 

    • Wood flooring swells and warps.

 

    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

 

 

More Than 1 Week:

 

 

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

 

  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

 

 

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we are there to help our customers in a fire and soot damage situation with fast service in order to get you back on your feet.  Please feel free to contact us at :

817-741-5737

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Water Damage in North Fort Worth

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage from broken water heater in Fort Worth

SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth can help stop a flooded house in Fort Worth

 

One of the worst feelings in the world is waking up to a flooded house due to a water leak within your home.  Some of the major culprits of water damage are caused by broken supply lines to the toilet, supply lines to dishwashers, supply lines to clothes washers, AC leaks in the condensation lines, and water heater tank leaks.   It is a good general rule of practice to have your AC and your water heater serviced by a licensed professional at least once a year in order to avoid leaks. Also check your supply lines to the toilets and dishwashers at least once a year for cracks or frays within the line.  These simple checks can help one avoid costly damage due to water leaks within your home. 

 

If you are faced with a water leak the first order of action is to find the source of the leak and, if possible, stop the leak.  The easiest and most efficient way to do this is to turn the water off to the house, which is located next to the water meter. The meter is located outside of the home by the front street, and can be easily turned off with a T bar wrench.

 

Once the water leak is stopped it is then time to extract the water as quickly as possible.  The longer the water is sitting in the home the more damage to belongings and structure occurs. Possible mold growth can start to develop if the water is not removed within a timely fashion. It is very important to call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth when face with water in the home.  We have the ability to quickly extract the water to lessen the home damage. We understand drying technology to properly install air movers and dehumidifiers in order to quickly dry out areas in your home.

 

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we work hand in hand with your homeowners insurance to safely and professionally dry our your home, thus saving the you time and expense and quickly getting you back on their feet after a water loss.  Most insurance companies prefer to work with our company due to our professionalism, honesty, and industry experience in the field of water loss remediation.  We work closely with insurance adjusters and insurance companies in order to help ease the burden on the affected homeowner.

 

If you are faced with a water loss please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth.

 

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Backup Sewage

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

A customer's house with Category 2 water damage

If you experience a water loss, you may hear insurance adjusters refer to the water loss as category 1, 2, or 3. Any water loss, regardless of the category, can be damaging. Water can rot wood, rust steel, and delaminate materials.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.

Below, we explain the main types of water damage as defined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC):

 

Category 1: Clear water

Category 1 water refers to a source of water that does not pose a substantial threat to people who come in contact with it. An example of a category 1 water loss could be a broken water supply line or a sink that over flows. After time, category 1 water can progress into category 2 or 3 water as it mixes with soils or building materials. Time and temperature can also cause category 1 water to move to category 2 or 3.

 

Category 2: Grey water

Category 2 water is a source of water that contains some degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants that could be harmful to humans if consumed. Examples of category 2 water could be an overflowing toilet or a dishwasher that malfunctions. As with category 1 water, category 2 water can deteriorate due to time and temperature.

 

Category 3: Black water

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated. This water could contain unsanitary agents and harmful bacteria. A common cause of category 3 loss is from sewage backup. A toilet backup that comes from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water. This category of water is dangerous to humans and should be dealt with immediately by experts.

 

Should you find yourself with a category 3 water loss, call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. We operate 24/7 and can get to you quickly so that you and your loved ones stay safe.

817-741-5737

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Frozen Pipes

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

 

Weather in Texas can be unpredictable, with sudden freezes happening even as late as March. Now is an great time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they are highly preventable.

SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.

  • Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  • Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Close any inside values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes.
  • In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors.  Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out:

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.

Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth immediately at 817-741-5737. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have.