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Water Damage Restoration Protocol Steps

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water and mold damage can be very destructive to your home or business. The most important thing to remember in case of a flood is to act quickly. First, call your insurance company to see if the damage is covered.  Most insurance agents or adjusters will recommend a reputable and approved restoration company to do the clean-up. Find out if you have a deductible and know what it is. If you do not have insurance the first thing you must do is dry out your basement.

If water is left longer than 48-hours, it can be considered hazardous and the cleanup process can turn into a much bigger expense.

The following clean up steps are the proper protocol:

  1. Extract the water and find the source of the problem.
  2. Remove any contaminated materials including carpet, drywall, boxes, and anything else that might have gotten wet. The level of saturation in the amount of time and materials were exposed to the water will determine if the items are salvageable.
  3. Place air-movers and dehumidification equipment throughout the flooded area. Keep them on until the basement and crawl space is thoroughly dry. This may take 3-5 days.
  4. Do not replace or remove any of the unsalvageable materials until your insurance adjuster has deemed them unsalvageable. Make sure all your items are free of mold before moving them to a dry area of the home.

If you find mold in your basement or crawlspace or there are signs in your house like a musty smell, you may need to have the air tested. This test should be conducted by a certified inspector and sent to an accredited lab for analysis. 

If you have a water or flood damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Grapevine/Northeast Tarrant County has emergency services 24 hours a day – 7 days a week! Our crews are highly trained to remove the damaged materials and begin the restoration process using specialized equipment to determine the wet areas, extracting any standing water and placing fans and dehumidifiers to remove all excess moisture to restore your home to “Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Grapevine/Northeast Tarrant County, your local water restoration and cleanup company at 817-595-2506.

Esporta - A Game Changer in Fire Restoration

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damaged Clothing

Here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, we specialize in the restoration of fire damaged items. A lot of items that come out of a home or business that have been affected by a fire are heavily affected by smoke and soot. Many companies will determine that these items are non-salvageable due to the extreme conditions. However, our technicians deem everything as salvageable until we can prove that it cannot be salvaged. The most common items that are usually replaced rather than restored are the soft cloth contents including, clothes, shoes, purses, etc. Our crews understand that these items can be important and hold value/memories that are not replaced by buying a new one.

Our team attempts to salvage these items with our Esporta Wash System. Our facility is one of the only restoration facilities that has this machine available for use and is operated by an Esporta Certified Operator. Third party independent laboratory testing has verified that the Esporta Wash System restores contaminated items to FOOD GRADE CLEAN by removing 99% of contaminants. Esporta’s patented and proprietary technology is the most effected washing solution available in today’s market. The items are held stationary and passed through detergent-laden water. The combination of the patented hydraulic action and the environmentally friendly detergent results in the removal of over 99% of the organic and inorganic contaminants. This process is five times more effective than traditional laundry.

What can be restored in the Esporta Wash System?

  • Leather goods of all kinds
    • Shoes
    • Purses
    • Jackets
  • Laundry of all kinds
    • Wash and fold
    • Press and Hang
  • Household goods of all kinds
    • Sleeping bags
    • Pillows
    • Comforters
    • Stuffed animals
  • Unique articles such as sports equipment
  • A wide variety of other articles

Not only does the Esporta Wash System have the best cleaning and disinfecting results, but it also maintains the structural integrity of the items during the multi-stage computer controlled patented cleaning process.

Upon arrival to a fire damaged home or business, the first-priority of our crew is to work with the customer to determine if they have any, what we call, 911 items. These items are a guaranteed 24-hour turn around for the customer so that they can have their most valuable/most important items returned as soon as possible for their convenience. This also leads to a simpler and faster claim settlement and a satisfaction guarantee ensuring delighted customers and insurance professionals.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 817-595-2506.

Local Damage Restoration Company Serves the Grapevine Area

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Summary: No disaster is too large for SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County. Extensive certifications, intensive training, more tools and equipment, and a broad base of experience equips the team to take on large damage restoration jobs.

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is a large loss response team. This designation is quite impressive. It means that the SERVPRO team of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County has achieved significantly higher standards than ordinary damage restoration and recovery businesses.

To be a SERVPRO large loss recovery team, a team must have:

  • Extensive certifications in damage restoration and disaster recovery
  • Intensive training and skilled coordination
  • Logistical preparedness: More equipment, tools, and resources
  • Broader experience involving large loss events and other SERVPRO professionals

In other words, handling a large-scale damage incident or disaster is not their first rodeo.

How is SERVPRO qualified to handle large loss events and disaster recovery?

With over 1700 franchises and more than 50 years of damage restoration and disaster recovery, no job is too large for the SERVPRO team of professionals. At the corporate, regional, and local levels, SERVPRO is poised and ready for any challenge.

SERVPRO is structured at the corporate level to manage, mobilize, and equip an army of damage restoration and disaster recovery specialists.  At the corporate level, the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the best of the best in the restoration industry. Its elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to tackle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager who coordinates seamless communication, mobilization, and timely mitigation. SERVPRO can dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor.

Clients for the commercial large loss program include:

  • Municipalities
  • Universities and schools
  • Property management facilities
  • Hospitality industry
  • The Pentagon
  • All commercial and industrial facilities

Clients also include apartment complexes, hotels, factories, distribution centers, warehouses, office complexes, shopping centers, large churches, auditoriums, civic centers, and more.

Examples of large loss response and disaster recovery team events

Large loss recovery includes hurricanes, floods, blizzards, wildfires, and any other large-scale disaster requiring the deployment of large numbers of people, materials, and equipment to meet the challenge.  Here are some disasters that have included the large loss and disaster recovery teams:

  • Tornadoes: Northern Texas (October 2019)
  • California wildfires
  • Hurricanes: Irma, Harvey, Matthew, Sandy, Ike, Katrina, Wilma, Rita
  • Floods: Carolina, Nashville, Chicago, Ohio
  • Blizzards: 2014 Polar Vortex

Extensive certifications

Designation as a large loss recovery team is significant in light of the extensive certification requirements. The elite large loss specialists are prequalified with the following certifications:

  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • SRT - IICRC Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • WRT- IICRC Water Damage Restoration
  • CCT - IICRC Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Mold - Abatement Worker Training
  • ECTP - SERVPRO Employee Certification Training Program
  • SERVPRO - Fire, Water, Carpet & Upholstery Certified
  • HAAG - Roofing Training Certification
  • Successful Subrogation I & II

The benefits of a commercial ERP: Emergency Ready Profile

Every commercial property should plan on some type of incident that requires outside help to resolve.  It could be a water, fire, or storm disaster. By having a plan of action in place prior to any event and including it in the regular training at the office, a business can help minimize the damage and cost if an unplanned water or fire event happens.  SERVPRO, as a free service to any commercial property in Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, would appreciate the opportunity to work with a business to create an Emergency Ready Profile.  It will contain all the critical information to help minimize damages and provide the resources for the employees of the company with property details and information. Such a profile would greatly assist a large loss response team when it responds to a disaster or damage incident at a commercial property.


No job is too large for SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County In the case of a major disaster such as the tornadoes of 2019, the occasional hurricane, or the Winter Vortex of 2014,  The large loss response team is ready. Extensive certifications, intensive training, logistical preparedness, a broad experience, and the full weight of the corporate large loss division make SERVPRO the industry leader in disaster recovery.

For more information about the disaster recovery specialists, contact SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at (817) 595-2506.

Residential Water Damage Restoration Case Study: The Newlywed Nightmare

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Summary: SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County used a hypothetical case study to help people understand the importance of knowing who to call after a water damage emergency.

A functional plumbing system is something that many people take for granted. It is expected that when a faucet is turned on the water flows out and when the faucet is turned off the water stops flowing. Homeowners may have never considered the possibility that their plumbing may malfunction and if that possibility occurs, they may not know how to react or who to call. SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County has ample experience in dealing with residential water damage from plumbing emergencies and other disasters. Over the years the team of restoration experts has come to the rescue of many water damage situations. Analyzing a case study can help people anticipate a water damage emergency and create a response plan should such an emergency take place. Consider the following hypothetical scenario.

A pair of newlyweds have worked tirelessly to have their new home ready and waiting for them when they return from their honeymoon. On the day of their wedding, they made last-minute preparations at their new home including having a plumber connect their plumbing to the city water. Not giving a second thought to the plumbing, the couple enjoys a flawless wedding and a romantic honeymoon.

Excited about their new home, the newlyweds decided to return from their honeymoon a few days early. As they turned into their neighborhood, they noticed a stream of water along the edge of the street. The newlyweds thought that perhaps someone was washing a car or watering their lawn or maybe the city is flushing a fire hydrant. Only when the couple pulls into their driveway that they discover the source of the water. Water is pouring out from under their new home and cascading from under the front door. The kitchen floor buckles and anything touching the floor is wet and saturated with water. What had happened to their dream home?

To their horror, the newlyweds discovered that the plumber had connected the water line but failed to thoroughly check all the connections inside the home. As a result, the waterline to the ice maker had been irrigating the carpeting for almost four days.

Immediately the newlyweds shut off the electricity and the water meter and tightened the connection to the ice maker so that the deluge would stop flowing. They assessed the extent of the damage and took lots of pictures with their smartphones for documentation. After unplugging fixtures and appliances and rescuing sensitive electronic equipment including computers and gaming systems, the newlyweds called their insurance agents. But the couple is still faced with a massive problem. Cleaning up is far beyond their capabilities. What would they do? Where do they go from here? Who would they call?

A situation similar to the above scenario is not uncommon. Whether it's from human error, a burst pipe, or a malfunctioning household appliance. Millions of people experience some kind of water damage emergency each year. If people do not have a plan in place, they can be met with mountains of stress and anxiety. However, if homeowners have a trusted water damage restoration specialist they can turn to then they can minimize stress and quickly get back on their feet.

Thankfully, the newlyweds knew to call their local SERVPRO to help manage the effects of the flooding. Realizing they need professional help, the couple called their local SERVPRO to begin the process of cleaning up the mess and restoring their home to its original condition. Though it was after hours, a real person answered the phone and assured the couple that a crew would be on the scene in about an hour. The operator reassured the newlyweds that everything would be fine. She gave them some further safety tips and provided instructions on how they could prepare for the arrival of the crew.

In less than an hour, the SERVPRO restoration specialists arrived and the team performed a thorough water extraction process removing any contaminants and preventing the growth of any mold. Their strong but safe vacuum system extracted water without harming the carpet or flooring. Because many building materials retain water, SERVPRO dried and dehumidified the home once all visible water was extracted. The house was then cleaned and sanitized and odors were removed. This process was especially important to the couple since the husband had asthma and the wife was allergic to mold. Until the SERVPRO team was finished, the newlyweds headed to the nearest hotel. Finally, SERVPRO restored their home so well that the house looked like the water damage never even happened. Although the water damage experience was not something they expected or wanted, they had peace of mind knowing that their home was in good hands.

For more information about water damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at (817) 595-2506.

Flood Damage Remediation for your Grapevine Home

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Floods can be highly destructive to your home, as water can seep into every corner and crevice of your home. It goes through rooms and walls, creating lasting and permanent problems unless it is treated adequately and quickly. To effectively mitigate and repair flood damage, you need the trained professionals at SERVPRO to come to your home and help you.

At SERVPRO, we offer highly qualified flood damage repair specialists who are here to work with you to restore your Grapevine home back to its previous state before the flood. We have a nationwide network of experts to make sure you are served in a timely fashion, by technicians who are familiar with your local area and the local building codes. Our flood damage repair services give you a comprehensive range of repair and cleanup service, covering everything from the removal of standing water to total restoration and reconstruction.


Our services include the fast drying of your structure which saves you as the property owner and your insurance company time and money. Rapid drying is safer, healthier, and provides less inconvenience for you and your family. It also minimizes the replacement of expensive structural materials. This process is also less disruptive and brings less stress during the remediation process.


After the visible water is extracted, SERVPRO experts start developing and planning for the places that are unseen – such as insulation, drywall, beams, framing, and ceiling tiles. Even if the room looks like it is dry, mold can begin growing behind walls and on the wood where you cannot see it, causing major problems down the road. Issues that insurance will no longer cover.

Our certified technicians are IICRC trained, following approved standards. We have a full range of equipment on hand, such as diagnostic equipment, desiccant dehumidifiers, low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, and thermal imaging equipment.

Our fast response and experience in flood damage repair make us an easy choice in restoration repair. We also help you converse with your insurance company to get your flood damage claim settled quickly and with the least stress possible on your part.


After your home has suffered from flood damage, SERVPRO of Grapevine is ready to help you at any time. All you have to do is call our team at 817-595-2506, and we will quickly send out professional staff to create a plan of remediation for your home or business to get your life back to normal as soon as possible.

Understanding Water Types

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water.

  1. Clean water (Category 1) is water from a broken pipe or any other CLEAN water source; rainwater is also considered clean.
  2. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water (Category 2). Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated for too long, causing bacteria to other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.
  3. Black water (Category 3) is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, human waste and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage backup, storm flooding, or any other type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for SERVPRO of Grapevine professionals to arrive:


  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow even more drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture, to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water. You will destroy your vacuum cleaner and will most likely cause electric shock in the process.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.


  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands THOROUGHLY if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread the damage to unaffected areas of the home or business.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system is there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Cleaning COVID-19

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

First, before we get into the nitty gritty, take a big deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a second and let it out through your mouth. Do it one more time for good measure… alright! Let’s talk about COVID-19, and what SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County can do for you during this unprecedented time.

Unless you’re like one of my friends who was hiking several volcanos in the southern hemisphere the last few months, you’ve most likely heard about COVID-19 aka Coronavirus. It’s a novel (new) virus that was first detected in China. It has since spread to all 50 states in the continental United States with 223 cases in Texas as of today, March 23rd, 2020. It’s thought to be spread through person-to-person when a person who’s infected coughs or sneezes. We also know that the virus can live up to 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and 2-3 days on plastics and steel. We still don’t really know a lot about it, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take precautionary action against the virus in our commercial spaces and homes.

We here at SERVPRO have a lot of years under our belt dealing with biological hazards like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and mold. We perform remediation on homes and businesses affected by mold, sewage, and hoarding situations on a weekly basis. Currently, we are being called on by several businesses and community leaders to help clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties, and we can help you too!

All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the CDC and local authorities. We also use several products that are considered hospital-grade disinfectants which the CDC recommends the usage of for cleaning similar pathogens. In accordance to the CDC, we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County recommend daily cleaning of the following high-touch surfaces:

  • Tabletops
  • Counters
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • Phones
  • Tablets
  • Bathrooms
  • Light Switches
  • Kitchen Areas
  • Water Fountains
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Carpet & Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Doorknobs
  • Shelving
  • Offices & Desktops

We are trained and have the necessary equipment to perform proactive cleaning and disinfectant of your facility or home! Give us a call today to schedule your facility clean. 817.595.2506!

For more information, take a peek at our Coronavirus Resource Page!

A Water Damage Timeline for your Fort Worth Home

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Timeline: Reasons Why You Need to Act Promptly

The last thing you'd want to greet your eyes when you come home from work is a soaked-up floor. Water damage in Fort Worth can happen in a jiffy. Now picture the extent of damage that can occur after leaving for a month-long vacation? A leaking hose in the home can send water spewing everywhere in the house, and it only takes a matter of minutes for the moisture to seep through the porous elements and fixtures, causing damage. If left unchecked, the water may accumulate inches above the floor, and that may put the structural integrity of the property at risk.

When your residential or commercial property remains exposed to water without any intervention, destruction follows. That's the reason householders are always advised to react promptly when faced with such an emergency. The following is a comprehensive discussion about water damage timeline and how to alleviate destruction by moisture.

Within a Few Minutes

If water flows uncontrollably from a sink faucet or a broken hose, it takes a few minutes for it to start ruining your stuff and valuables. It spreads all over the floor, saturating every surface it comes in contact with. These include walls and carpets. The once-fine polish on the furniture may bleed off while different dyes may stain other surfaces.

While stagnant on the floor, water may also reach books, papers, photo albums, and other critical documents. Water seeps into them and causes them to warp and become soggy.

Water Damage After Hours

Assuming you were out for the entire afternoon when the washing machine pipe breaks. From the first hour to 24 hours, several kinds of damage will have occurred. The interior will start reeking of an intensified odor. Drywalls may begin to swell and might even break down. Any metallic items or surfaces that come in contact with the water start to tarnish. In the kitchen area develops a musty and damp atmosphere.

Wooden flooring materials and sections of furniture that the water touches also get ruined within hours. Laminated wooden fixtures may swell ad the outer coating may get cracked. Dyes from napkins and colored decorative papers may spread all over the place, causing surfaces to stain.

Extent of Damage within 48 Hours and One Week

If a faulty faucet spirting water on the floor does so for two days or beyond, mold patches begin to grow in moist areas. The water also sips into wooden doors and windows and makes them warp. In some cases, opening and closing these apertures may become challenging.

Wooden flooring material begins to buckle, while surfaces attached using adhesives start to peel off, breakdown, or release. The home may pose health risks to persons with respiratory conditions or weak immunity. Asthmatic individuals also experience increased sensitivity due to the high rate of allergens and mold growth.

Expected Water Damages Beyond a Week?

Following torrential rains, your unoccupied holiday property may lack someone to take care of the flooded house. If control measures are not taken, water damage Fort Worth spreads to the entire property, leading to contamination. At such a juncture, homeowners incur higher restoration costs because of the need to rebuild the structure and removing contaminated stuff.

The home becomes unfit for occupancy because the extent of water damage has taken hold of the critical fixtures and elements of the property. The structure has become weak due to the wooden shell soaking too much water.

Practical Water Damage Prevention Tips

Carrying out preventative maintenance projects in your home, both inside and outside, helps you alleviate water damage. Below Are some of the critical areas that you need to focus on when scheduling for your maintenance routines.

1. The basement

Water damages may, at times, occur because of seepage in the basement. Cracks in the foundation would be the most probable cause. If you start noticing that water seeps into your home when you never experienced that, it should signal that your once water-proof cement has become weak by developing fissures. The next thing you can do to control the damage is to use a water sealant to the cracks to avert seepage.

Additionally, you need to ensure that the water flows away from the building whenever it rains. Seepage becomes further intensified because the landscape may be slanted in a way that ground runoff flows towards the home. You need to make sure that you patch up sections of the surrounding soil to prevent water contact with the foundation.

2. Plumbing System

Always make a point of inspecting the connection of your home, including drains and faucets that facilitate water flow from fixtures such as washing machines, ice makers, water heaters and dishwashers. Some homes have water-leak sensors that provide alerts whenever seepage is detected. Once you get the feed, identify the pipes that have leaks and replace them for efficient flow.

You may also want to check the pressure of the flow within the drains regularly. Under high pressure, pipes and hoses may burst. You can prevent that by investing in a pressure gauge and fit it in the faucet located outside the home. Turn the faucet to release the highest pressure. The reading you get on the gauge indicates the pressure of water inside your residence. Most homes in Fort Worth have pressure systems set between 40 – 70 psi. Whenever the force goes beyond 100 psi, you need to purchase a pressure regulator in your local hardware.

Are you planning on going for an extended vacation? Make sure you shut off the water flow to the washing machine. Also, remember to switch off the dishwasher.

3. Prevent Damages to Your Belongings

Sometimes your house may be cluttered with too much off-season stuff. Protect them by storing them inside water-resistant bins, most so in damp areas where pipes are fitted. That includes the basement and the attic.

Store your storybooks, photographs and other memorabilia in areas less vulnerable to water damage in Fort Worth. Construct shelves to store these items. You can also have shelves in the basement to create storage space, instead of leaving them on the floor where water seepage may cause the growth of mold colonies on them.

For all your water damage needs, give us here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call at 817.595.2506!

Fort Worth Washing Machine Maintenance

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

White washing machine with the door open showing aa silver drum. Taking care of your washing machine is important so you can avoid water damage.

Do you know how many gallons of water your washing machine can hold? On average, a single washing machine can hold 15 to 30 gallons water. Now, think of how many times your washing machine drains, and then refills during a cycle it’s usually around two, right? That means – depending on the settings you have selected – your washer can use anywhere from 45 gallons to 90 gallons of water in just one wash. Now, think about if your washing machine somehow malfunctioned, and you didn’t have any idea that it happened. It would definitely dump a lot of water all over your home. What’s worse is that insurance may not even cover it because it could be considered something along the lines of “failure to maintain” which we will definitely cover in a later blog on just what that means. So, what can you do to make sure your washing machine doesn’t fall apart, and you don’t end up with a massive puddle in almost all the rooms of your home?

Taking Care of Your Washing Machine

With the next week going to feel like spring here in Fort Worth, it is enough to make anyone want to get out and get to work on their spring cleaning and maintenance out of the way while it’s nice; and before it gets too hot here to do anything but sit on the couch with the air conditioning on a high and a tub of ice cream. While you’re cleaning your gutters and cleaning out your garage, maybe take a peek at your washing machine one day to see how it’s doing maintenance wise.

  1. First thing is first, inspect the hoses. Failing hoses is probably the number one source of water damage when it comes to washing machines. Make sure to check for bulges, cracks, and make sure the fittings are secure. Replace anything that looks concerning, and maybe consider a metal hose instead of a rubber or plastic one.
  2. Have you washed your washer? That sounds weird, but it’s imperative to wash your washer to make sure your laundry stays clean and fresh. Just run an empty cycle with a load of hot water and about two cups of white vinegar. Then in the middle of your cycle, add in about a half cup of detergent.
  3. After you’ve washed it, make sure to wipe down your drum, your door, and the rubber gasket that lines your washer door. This will ensure that your washer won’t give off any gross odors.

It’s probably wise to inspect the hoses at least every six months and do the general cleaning about once a month to keep your machine fresh and to keep it from stinking up too much. Some other general washing machine tips are:

  1. Use the right type of detergent. Believe it or not, your washer could use a special type of detergent. Check the right kind in your washer instruction manual.
  2. Make sure you’re using the right amount too, too much will leave a residue, and nobody wants to have to clean that.
  3. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of leaving your laundry in your washer for an extended amount of time and forgetting to put it in the dryer. If you’re very guilty like me and find that your clothes have turned a bit mildew-y, do about a splash or two of white vinegar in your clothes and rewash with your normal amount of detergent. It’ll take away that mildew smell easily.

And that’s it! Washing machine maintenance is important to keep potential water damage emergencies at bay. If you do find yourself with a water damage emergency in your Fort Worth home, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

A Little Waterlogged? We Can Help!

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

How much rain did you get in your city? Here in Grapevine we got well over one inch of rain, and not going to lie – I was a little waterlogged coming into work today! Our phones have been ringing off the HOOK with water losses coming in from all over: from Southlake to Keller! We have teams waiting on standby too, just in case anything happens, whether it’s a small 1,000 square foot apartment, to a big 100,000 square foot warehouse! And it doesn’t matter if the source of water is all this rain or if it’s a burst pipe, we’ve got the equipment to help you out.

So, give us here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call today at 817.595.2506 and we can be on your way to help you with whatever happens.