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SERVPRO suggests immediate steps to check water and mold damage after a storm

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: Discussing the emergency tips that one needs to follow to combat water and mold damage after a storm and the need for professional help to restore a house to its original state



Emergency tips for water and mold damage

Storms can wreak havoc on daily life and cause serious damage to homes and commercial properties. They are accompanied by water as well as mold damage. Specialized equipment and techniques are required to restore properties to their original glory. 

To contain the damage caused by water and mold, professional water restoration companies such as SERVPRO must be contacted to ensure safety and hygiene. Until professional help arrives, here are some emergency tips for water and mold damage control.

Water damage

Flooding and water damage after a storm needs attention within the first 24 hours. SERVPRO suggests the following actions to mitigate water damage:

  1. Click pictures: First and foremost, click pictures of the damage caused by the storm. This digital record of the premises is imperative for any insurance claims and to avoid any hassles at a later date.
  2. Dry it up: Move accessories from floor and table-tops and mop or blot excess water from floors, furniture, and upholstery. Leave the windows open and allow fresh air to circulate. Carpets must be dried within the first two days.
  3. Spot structural damage: Watch out for buckled walls, floors, and ceilings as well as any glass or other dangerous debris on the floor. Stay away from these structural damages until professional help arrives. 
  4. Steer clear of electricity: Do not use any electric or heating appliances that were submerged in water until they have been checked by the local utility. This ensures there are no surprise shocks. 
  5. Protect furniture and furnishings: Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. Remove wet and/or colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  6. Safeguard expensive art: Move expensive art pieces and other precious items to a dry and safe place until the damage is reversed.
  7. Maintain hygiene: Floodwater is a concoction of dangerous chemicals, human and livestock waste, germs, and other contaminants that can cause effects to health. So it is imperative to maintain hygiene by washing hands with soap and/or using alcohol-based wipes or sanitizers. 

Mold damage 

Mold damage usually accompanies storms and flooding since it thrives on moisture. These spores can multiply swiftly, causing health effects, leading to structural damage and ruining belongings. If mold is suspected, a professional mold remediation company such as SERVPRO must be contacted for successful mold removal. Here are some emergency tips to manage mold until then: 

  1. Avoid the fungus: Stay away from the mold to avoid any health effects that stem from exposure to mold spore exposure. 
  2. Do not attempt removal: Do not touch, blow air on, attempt to dry, or spray any disinfectants on the fungus. The mold removal must be done by a professional, mold remediation company.
  3. Switch off the HVAC: Turn off the HVAC system and fans to halt further dispersal of the spores. 

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill-upgradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.


For water cleanup and mold removal, call SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO and the six-step water-damage restoration service

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: Discussion on how the water damage restoration process works and how SERVPRO handles this process from the beginning till the end.

Know the steps to restore a property after water damage

Water damage can fall into various types and has several causes that lead to it. Therefore, every water damage event requires a professional and customized solution that can be summed up in a six-step process below. 

Water restoration companies like SERVPRO utilize a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end. 

Step 1 Emergency contact: This is the first step towards restoring the property. Contact a water restoration company that can respond to the emergency within 24 hours, which will help prevent any further damage.

Once a call is made to SERVPRO, the specialist will ask questions to help determine the equipment and resources that the restoration team will need to carry.

  • Name and contact information
  • Insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Step 2 Inspection and water damage assessment: A 360-degree inspection of the water damage will determine a successful plan of action.

The team at SERVPRO will take the following steps during the damage analysis:

  1. Identify and stop the water source

The source of moisture must be closed before any restoration or drying of the building can be conducted. The experts will also check for contaminated water.

  1. Identify the type of water

The categorization and classification of water damage - clean water, gray water, and black water - is imperative to a successful restoration as per industry guidelines. The level of contamination of the water will decide the restoration processes that must be used.

  1. Survey the extent of the water damage and inspect the premises

The extent of damage and the spread of moisture is checked to ensure proper and complete restoration. In addition, a holistic safety inspection is conducted for issues like lead or asbestos.

  1. Move or block furniture

Furniture and property contents are moved and items are blocked to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.



Step 3 Water removal/extraction: Powerful vacuums and pumps are used to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water during the water removal process. 

  1. Move-out/pack-out

In case extensive restoration or cleaning is required, SERVPRO can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect belongings from further damage.

  1. Emergency water removal

The technicians initiate the water removal process almost immediately. Water removal helps reduce drying time and prevent secondary water damage as well as mold and bacterial growth. Powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial-strength wet/dry vacuums are used. 

  1. Inspect the carpet pad and carpet

This inspection helps determine if these items should be removed to protect the subfloor.

  1. Water removal equipment

SERVPRO uses a range of meters to measure moisture saturation; infrared cameras to detect hidden moisture; submersible and gas-powered pumps to extract high-level water and; truck-mounted and portable extraction units for efficient water removal.

Step 4 Drying and dehumidification: A surface may appear dry, but may still be wet to the touch upon further inspection as most building materials and flooring are porous and retain water.

  1. Drying/dehumidification

Room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity are used by SERVPRO experts to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the property. The progress is monitored with moisture meters to reach acceptable drying goals.

  1. Monitor floor and walls

These structures are inspected for moisture levels to monitor the drying process. 

  1. Drying equipment

Secondary water damage such as swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture is prevented by using industrial-grade dehumidifiers. Evaporation of moisture is encouraged with high-speed air movers.

Step 5 Cleaning and sanitizing: Water damage also affects belongings like furniture, clothing, and personal items. Therefore, thorough cleaning and sanitization are imperative.

  1. Contents restoration

SERVPRO specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold and makes restoration an economical process. Below are the services offered for cleaning.

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning
  • Spray and Wipe
  • Foam Cleaning
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Immersion Cleaning
  1. Odor removal and deodorization

Technicians identify and eliminate, not just mask, offensive odors by using industrial-grade air scrubbers and fogging equipment.  

  1. Sanitizing treatments

Depending upon the requirement, antimicrobial, antibacterial or disinfectant treatments may be used to sanitize the property.

  1. Disposal

SERVPRO will remove and dispose of damaged materials with guidance from the property owner and its insurer.

Step 6 Restoration: The last step is restoring the property to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels or it could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

  1. Emergency building services

SERVPRO provides the following building services in case the property has been damaged by a storm or water. The immediate concern may include temporary protective measures to prevent additional damages.

  • Board-Up
  • Roof Tarp
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Move-Out/Pack-Out
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  1. Repairs and minor building services

The following building and repair services may be necessary to restore the property to pre-water damage condition. 

  • Drywall Removal and Installation
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Painting
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  1. Building services and reconstruction

One qualified company to handle both the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas can save time and keep costs low. SERVPRO can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill-upgradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For water cleanup and mold removal, call SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County today at  (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO shares emergency tips and services needed after fire

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO shares emergency tips after fire damage and the fire restoration services that are necessary to bring a property back to its original state.

Emergency tips for fire damage

Fires can be traumatic for families and businesses alike. Once the firefighters are done, the mess that remains can seem daunting. A reliable, timely, and efficient fire restoration process that includes cleaning and fire debris removal through deodorization and air purification is crucial. Since fires are usually extinguished by water, a water cleanup would also be required to avoid secondary damage. 

However, until a fire restoration company such as SERVPRO comes to the rescue, follow some of the emergency tips:

  1. Limited movement: Refrain from moving around in the house to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  2. Cleanliness: Keep hands clean to avoid further soiling of upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  3. Cover the furnishings: Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  4. Prevent spoilage: If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  5. Coat the chrome: Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  6. Save the plants: Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves to allow them to breathe.
  7. Protect from smoke: Change HVAC filter and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
  8. Do not clean: Walls, carpets, upholstery, appliances, and garments need to be assessed professionally before choosing the method of cleaning and repair. An incorrect method of cleaning may ruin belongings or leave behind a smoke odor.
  9. Dispose of food and beverage: Canned or packaged products found near the fire, heat or water need to be discarded.
  10. Shock prevention: If the ceiling is wet, avoid turning on any fixtures since the wiring may be damaged.

What are the services required after fire damage?

Ideally, any fire restoration company like SERVPRO should include fire, smoke, and soot recovery in its repertoire of services. Recognizing different types of smoke and their behavior patterns is vital to proper restoration.

  1. Structural Cleaning – After smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. A fire restoration company such as SERVPRO will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect different types of surfaces in the structure. Depending on the amount of soot, the cost of recovery can be reduced by cleaning lighter soot deposits. In other cases, surfaces are cleared of soot to ensure the new paint adheres properly to the surface. 
  1. Cleaning – All of the restorable contents including rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery must be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This is preceded by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics to determine appropriate cleaning methods. SERVPRO can provide both wet or dry cleaning services.
  1. Deodorization – Various deodorization methods are available to eliminate offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage after locating the source of the odor. 

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For fire restoration services, call SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Tips For Assessing Wind and Water Roof Damage and Deciding When to Call in Professional Storm Damage Restoration Services

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts from SERVPRO provide a guide to visible and structural signs of roof damage due to water and wind after a storm. The tips detail the effect that storm winds and rain have on roof coverings and surfaces, and the importance of professional storm damage restoration to remedy the potential long-term deterioration.



Most roofs are designed to withstand severe weather for decades, but powerful winds and relentless rain take a toll during extreme storms. In Texas, storm damage restoration is an essential service. It is best to know what to do when signs of roof damage become obvious, and one place to start is with storm damage restoration professionals, like SERVPRO.

How to Identify Roof Damage and When to Get Storm Damage Restoration Services

Wind and water are major concerns when it comes to roof damage after a severe southern storm. However, the signs of wind or water damage are not always apparent to the naked eye. It is best to assess the condition of the roof regularly and look for these issues:

#1 Signs of Wind Damage

Authorities generally classify damaging winds as exceeding 50 miles per hour, and there are two types of damaging winds:

  • Rotational winds include the winds expected in tornadoes
  • Straight-line winds commonly arrive during severe thunderstorms or hurricanes

Severe winds also fall under the classification of gusts or sustained winds. While gusts damage the roof if shingles or gutters pull loose, the sustained (high) winds do the most damage to a home or business.

Inspecting a roof after a severe storm is crucial, especially if leaking or other signs appear once the weather clears. Missing shingles are an obvious sign of damage, and cracked or already peeling shingles will be at the most significant risk of ripping off when high winds approach. The roof and ceiling suffer serious damage when exposed to the elements this way. 

When a roof is new, it is not unusual to see the loss of granules from the roof following a storm. Granules rub off new shingles as the loose shingles flap in the wind. It creates horizontal lines of granule loss as the rubbing shingle comes into contact with other surfaces.

Visible water leakage is another sure sign of roof damage. Leaks will often appear in the ceiling of the building as patches or spreading dampness. When there are signs of leakage, it also indicates potential damage to the shingles and the roof’s underlayment. Severe deterioration may even result in rainwater flooding into the attic and upper rooms of the building.

#2 Signs of Water Damage

Moisture is a terrible aspect inside any residential or commercial building. It might be water driven into the building by the high winds or seeping moisture as a result of standing water. If left unchecked, this water damage can be destructive, unhealthy for the building’s occupants, and expensive to repair.

Damage to the roof may not be apparent but looking in areas where water pools after heavy rain is a good place to start. Pooling indicates an issue in that area of the roof. The storm damage restoration team will also check around any chimneys and vents that use flashing to keep out the rain.

When water floods surfaces like the floor or the wall insulation, mildew and mold may cause health effeects. Developing organic matter in these hard-to-reach places is an urgent matter, and water restoration companies like SERVPRO become a vital service.

Storm Damage Restoration Professionals at SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Grapevine provides high-quality commercial cleaning service and building restoration service throughout Tarrant County. They are also one of the top fire restoration companies and mold remediation companies in the region.

The services include:

  • commercial water damage, 
  • flood cleanup, 
  • fire damage restoration service, 
  • air duct cleaning service, 
  • water removal, 
  • water cleanup, and 
  • mold removal. 

Visit SERVPRO of Grapevine, TX, at 1670 Keller Pkwy. Ste 209, Keller, TX, 76248. Or contact their professionals at (817) 595-2506 for more information.

Four Steps to Take While Waiting for Commercial Restoration Services to Arrive After Water Damage to Residential Or Commercial Property

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO offers four essential steps immediately after discovering commercial water damage in Keller, TX. While waiting for the arrival of commercial restoration services, follow this advice for containing the damage, filing the insurance claim, and contacting a professional cleanup service.



Commercial restoration services become necessary for many reasons, and one common occurrence is water damage. A professional building restoration service mitigates floods caused by a storm surge or excessive rain, appliance leaks, burst or leaking pipes, and roof leaks. Business owners need to know what to do in these scenarios, especially while waiting for the commercial restoration services team to arrive.

4 Steps to Take Immediately Following Water Damage to Commercial Property

Many events could result in serious water damage, but all of them require a prompt commercial cleaning service to set the property right again. 

#1 Switch Off the Water Mains

When a property owner discovers water damage, Step One is always to find the source. If the problem is still active, such as a burst pipe or leak, shut down the water source. The company may need to call a professional plumber to control the water or close the water main before continuing. 

Water leakage can happen anywhere in a commercial or residential building for various reasons. If the source is not apparent, a professional service may need to help with a diagnostic search through the area. 

#2 Confirm the Water Source

If a leaking or a burst pipe is the issue, closing the water source will prevent further issues. If not, Step Two is finding other possible sources of the water damage. Important checks include walls and the roof, where pipes pass through, and various openings could present challenges.

Enlisting a water damage cleanup and restoration professional is crucial when a commercial building has suffered water damage. It can be dangerous with floors weakened by standing or running water, and collapse could result in possible injuries. There are also risks with fiberglass insulation, asbestos, and mold spores.

#3 Call the Insurance Company

Step Three is for the business owner to notify their insurance company about water damage and start a claim. Some commercial property policies may not cover water damage, so it is crucial to ask for details about the building’s policy coverage. Documenting the damage with photographs is also essential.

#4 Contact A Water Damage Restoration Expert like SERVPRO

Step Four is to find reputable commercial restoration services in the area, like SERVPRO. Sufficient expertise in water removal and water cleanup is essential. 

Commercial water restoration companies like SERVPRO have years of experience to cover cleanup, water removal, drying out processes, and tear-out aspects of commercial restoration services in Keller, Texas. They safely complete dry out and removal tasks, minimizing damage and the risk of exposure. The commercial restoration service also offers emergency service and mold remediation as one of the industry’s most reliable fire restoration companies.

Reliable Commercial Restoration Services with SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Grapevine is one of the most trusted water damage restoration and mold remediation companies in the area. The professional team is ready to assist with any water damage, from air duct cleaning service to mold removal, commercial water damage, and fire damage restoration service. 

Contact SERVPRO for reliable assistance at (817) 595-2506. Their professionals are happy to assist with more information about commercial water damage restoration, flood cleanup, and mold removal in Southlake, TX. They work from 1670 Keller Pkwy. Ste 209, Keller, TX, 76248.

A Brief Look at the Different Types of Water Damage and Potential Water Damage Restoration Solutions in Keller, Texas

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The professionals at SERVPRO present the case for water damage restoration in three categories with common examples of how this water damage may affect a residential or commercial property. They also explore how water restoration companies handle commercial water damage.



Water damage restoration is essential to any commercial or residential building, and the service comes in many forms. Understanding the types of water damage and the unique water removal or water cleanup solutions is crucial to keeping the property in good working order for years to come.

Why Water Restoration Companies Offer the Most Effective Solutions

Water and fire restoration companies excel at flood cleanup and commercial water damage services, and there are numerous other solutions available. The types and causes of water damage vary, and emergency mold removal or a Category 3 water damage problem will certainly need professional intervention from a company like SERVPRO.

#1 Three Types of Water Damage

Category 1 water damage restoration generally involves pipes that have broken, an overflowing sink, or rainwater. The water is “clean,” posing minimal health risks to people and the environment as long as it abates within 48 hours. After that point, exposure to contaminants could raise the water damage to the next category.

Category 2 water damage mostly involves greywater or pooling. The water is not potable and may contain chemical waste, such as detergents or soap. Greywater easily fosters the growth of microbes, so there is a greater health risk, and the problem needs swift intervention.

Category 3 water damage is the most dangerous situation, involving sewer water or flow contaminated with oil, grease, urine, and other harmful substances. This “blackwater” quickly becomes a cesspool for viruses, bacteria, and other toxic microbes and allergens. A blackwater leak is exceptionally unhealthy in both a residential and commercial setting.

#2 Four Common Water Damage Causes

Roof

One of the significant causes of water damage emanates from a damaged roof. High winds and excessive rain damage the roof in various ways. However, it may go unnoticed for days, even weeks. 

During that period, water enters cracks or openings, pooling and soaking into wood and insulation. It then enters the space and damages the ceilings below. Signs of a leak from the roof include bowing of the ceiling and wrinkled paint on the walls.

Appliances

Another source of water damage is from appliances that malfunction, such as the dishwasher or the washing machine. Whether it is a slow leak over time or a significant burst in the pipes, it can cause a great deal of destruction to the floor, wiring, and wall insulation.

Sewers

Sewage malfunction is even more serious than straightforward water damages. It is vital to call a commercial cleaning service immediately after a blackwater leak. A sewage backup is extremely dangerous to the health of the building’s occupants because of the bacteria involved.

Pipes

One of the most common problems is a leaking pipe. Toilets, sinks, bathtubs, even sprinkler systems can spring a leak, causing endless damage within the walls, floors, ceilings, and cupboards. Mold is the most common result, often discovered before the source of the leak becomes apparent. 

A musty smell in a room is a sure signal that mold may be lurking. If so, it is best to contact professional water damage restoration services like SERVPRO immediately.

Water Damage Restoration Services from SERVPRO

The professionals at SERVPRO of Grapevine, offer years of experience in building restoration service as one of the most reliable water damage restoration and mold remediation companies in the area. Their fire damage restoration service and air duct cleaning service are also top-rated, with skilled technicians to deal with a range of emergency damage issues.

Call SERVPRO today at (817) 595-2506 to request an inspection of a water-damaged commercial or residential property. Alternatively, visit the SERVPRO team at 1670 Keller Pkwy. Ste 209, Keller, TX, 76248 for more information.

Commercial Property Water Removal

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Water is the single most long-term destructive substance in the indoor environment. Water may dissolve or weaken building materials, damage floors and ceilings, and cause microbial growth if water damage restoration is not implemented quickly and professionally.

When water from a leak, flood, storm, or activated fire sprinklers is present at your place of business, step one is to remove the water immediately. The faster the water is extracted the less damage to the building structure and contents. In many situations, simply removing most of the water is not enough. Water trapped in carpet pad, under the flooring and behind the walls can cause permanent damage if not properly dried out in a timely manner.

Once the majority of water is removed, dehumidifiers and air movers will be placed by technicians in necessary areas of the building to finish the dry out process. Combining water removal, with dehumidification and air circulation aids in the prevention of microbial growth from expanding and growing. 

A SERVPRO manager will walk the property with the owner or manager and adjuster explaining the water damage restoration process and answering any questions they may have about removal of property, items and demo.

At SERVPRO of Grapevine and N.E. Tarrant County we are here for your water and fire needs 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call us at 817-595-2506

Helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO is a Top Choice for Emergency Restoration Services

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO explain why Keller, TX residents may benefit from hiring their professionals to repair and restore damaged buildings, as well as the benefits of emergency restoration services.

SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County offers various emergency restoration services, including water clean-up and water removal, flood clean-up, fire damage restoration services, and mold removal. They also offer commercial cleaning and air duct cleaning services.

The team at SERVPRO understands how overwhelming dealing with damage to a home or business can be. They have the expertise and training to handle any emergency restoration, from storm damage to house fires. 

Why SERVPRO is a Top Choice for Emergency Restoration Services

In the aftermath of a storm, fire, burst pipe, or other disasters, hiring a qualified restoration company to inspect, evaluate, and deal with the damage should be a top priority. An experienced emergency restoration service like SERVPRO brings a great deal of knowledge and skill to the table. 

What makes SERVPRO one of the best emergency restoration companies in the Keller area?

Locally owned

As a locally owned and operated building restoration service, SERVPRO is an integral part of the local community here in Keller. They are ready to respond quickly with whatever commercial cleaning or emergency restoration services are required. Their connection to the communities in Grapevine and the NE Tarrant County area gives them a unique perspective and appreciation for the needs of local home and business owners.

National Resources

As a part of a national network of franchises, SERVPRO responds faster and with more resources than most local companies can. Special Disaster Recovery Teams are also available as an additional resource when a major disaster strikes.

Qualified Restoration Technicians

Cleaning and restoring a home or business requires a crew of highly trained technicians to avoid lingering issues such as mold or odors. That’s why SERVPRO team members are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and undergo ongoing training to stay up to date on the latest in emergency restoration technology and techniques. 

Advanced Restoration Equipment and Techniques

The right tools and equipment are as essential as training and experience when it comes to building restoration services. SERVPRO utilizes the most advanced equipment in the industry, including moisture detection devices, water extraction and drying equipment, odor removal, deodorization, sanitizing, and antimicrobial treatments.

Comprehensive Restoration Services

Many types of property damage end up requiring multiple restoration approaches. For example, storm damage may result in the need for both water removal and mold remediation. 

Because SERVPRO offers a full range of restoration services, they can handle all aspects of the restoration process, regardless of the types of damage incurred. There’s no need to hire a second contractor or deal with multiple insurance claims. In fact, SERVPRO will even help manage the insurance paperwork.

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Grapevine and Northeast Tarrant county offers the highest quality emergency building restoration service in the area. From mold removal to fire damage restoration, their highly trained crew is ready to inspect the damage and repair it as quickly as possible. 

Call SERVPRO at (817) 595-2506 for more information about emergency restoration services in Keller, TX, and the surrounding communities. They take pride in being the trusted leader in the restoration industry. 

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co.

1670 Keller Pkwy Ste 209

Keller, TX 76248

www.SERVPROgrapevinenetarrantco.com

Fire Damage Restoration Tips: What to Do While Waiting for Your Contractor

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Navigate the restoration process with ease by following SERVPRO’s four tips for preparing for fire restoration services while waiting for your contractor, from addressing safety concerns to minimizing the chance of further damage. 




The first step in the fire restoration process should always be calling a trained professional. However, many homeowners find themselves at a loss for what to do after that.

The experts at SERVPRO put together this list of things to do while waiting for a fire restoration contractor to help with that. They also stress that no one should enter the building until it has been cleared for entry by the fire department. 

SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co. is a local leader in the fire damage restoration industry. In addition to fire restoration, they offer a wide range of other emergency restoration services, such as water removal and mold remediation. 

Fire Damage Restoration Tips: What to Do While Waiting for Your Contractor

 #1: Start an Insurance Claim

While the fire restoration contractor will likely help manage the insurance claims process—SERVPRO does—it helps to notify the applicable insurance company of the fire as soon as possible and open a claim. Likewise, it's vital to take pictures of all the damage before moving anything or beginning any clean-up efforts. Detailed documentation is key to a successful claim. 

#2: Air Out the House for Mold and Mildew

Firefighters often use large amounts of water and sometimes even chemicals to put out house fires. A problematic side effect can come in the form of mold and mildew that develops in dark and damp areas. These fungi can compromise the internal strength of the house while also posing potential health effects.

Mold should only be removed by a trained professional due to the risk of exposure to harmful spores. Instead, leave it alone and open the windows to help air out the space. This step may also help with humidity levels. 

#3: Only Move Around the House if Necessary

The main concern with initiating cleaning is the possibility of exacerbating any damage. This also holds true for soot which can stick to shoe soles and transfer to other surfaces.

Avoid spreading unnecessary stains and creating more work by limiting movement throughout the space. To this end, it may be prudent to focus on areas further from the damage and leave more significant damage to the fire restoration contractor.

#4: Inspect and Clean Personal Items 

Smoke can affect clothing and other personal items in addition to interior surfaces. Avoid loading affected clothing in the washing machine as soot and other small particles can build up and cause clogs. Instead, check the local area for dry cleaners that can handle fire-damaged clothing.

Kitchen items may also require attention if the space is still inhabitable. Try soaking any dishes, utensils, and other kitchen gadgets in water and bleach to remove smoke damage. Do not consume any food or ingredients that were near the fire or suppression efforts, whether it remains intact or not.

About SERVPRO

After fire damage, SERVPRO helps Grapevine and NE Tarrant county residents take control and restore their homes.  For more information on fire damage restoration services in the Keller area, call SERVPRO today at (817) 595-2506 for a fast and free quote.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co.

1670 Keller Pkwy Ste 209
Keller, TX 76248

www.SERVPROgrapevinenetarrantco.com

Storm Damage Restoration: What to Expect and Things to Avoid

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO detail what to expect from storm damage restoration services in Keller, TX, and how to avoid more damage in the future.

A major storm can cause all manner of damage, but the lingering effects of flooding can be among the most severe. After the water drains away and surfaces begin to dry, the real flood clean-up begins.

Storm damage restoration and repair can be a daunting prospect. Understanding what to expect from the process and knowing what to avoid when preparing to hire a professional for clean-up and restoration will help make the entire storm damage restoration process less stressful. 

That’s why the friendly experts at SERVPRO of Grapevine and Northeast Tarrant county put together this list of things to know before hiring a storm damage restoration company.

Storm Damage Restoration: What to Expect and Things to Avoid

The first step in a storm damage restoration project is the initial evaluation and inspection. SERVPRO stresses the importance of hiring an experienced building restoration company for this process.

Two of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when dealing with storm damage? Beginning to repair the damage before documenting it and trying to do everything themselves. Hiring a storm damage restoration contractor will not only make clean-up easier and safer but also ensure the insurance claims process goes smoothly.

Water Removal and Clean-up

Once the storm damage is properly documented for insurance purposes, the clean-up process can begin. The nature of the repair or restoration needed will depend on the type of damage to the building. Water damage after flooding, whether from flash floods or a storm surge, requires water removal using pumps. 

Once any water is removed, the restoration team will clean all the surfaces and take steps to reduce the humidity level in the space. Water clean-up can take a long time because the surface needs to be thoroughly dried before carpeting or flooring can be restored or reinstalled, but it should not be rushed. Even slightly increased moisture levels can lead to mold growth in the future. 

Mold Removal

In cases where mold has already taken hold, the clean-up will continue even after the water has been removed. There are many different varieties of fungi that can form on wood and floor surfaces. 

Many, such as black mold, can be hazardous to be around. Mold removal should only be done by a mold remediation technician who has the proper protective equipment and can safely and completely remove and clean the mold.

Always Call a Professional

Because of the potentially dangerous nature of storm damage restoration, it should not be attempted by anyone but a skilled technician. Water, fire, and mold restoration companies—or those that offer all the above—have the particular knowledge, tools, and skills to properly assess storm damage and provide the best suggestions and advice concerning the remediation and restoration of the site.

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Grapevine and Northeast Tarrant county provides 5-star service in the building restoration service industry. From commercial water damage, mold removal, and fire damage restoration services to air duct cleaning and commercial cleaning services, SERVPRO’s certified crew will get the job right. 

Contact SERVPRO at (817) 595-2506 for more information about storm damage restoration in Keller, Texas, and the surrounding communities.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co.

1670 Keller Pkwy Ste 209
Keller, TX 76248

www.SERVPROgrapevinenetarrantco.com