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How to choose the right water damage restoration company?

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog suggests how to make the right choice when it comes to a water damage restoration service.

Tips to choose the right water damage restoration company

According to The American Insurance Association, water leaks lead to property losses worth over $10 billion annually. Whether the cause of the damage is natural disasters or leaks within the property, it is important to hire the right professional help to restore the property. What are the factors that a property owner must consider when choosing a water damage restoration company? SERVPRO shares some tips below. 

  1. Immediate response to disaster 

Water leaks lead to property damage that can compound over a while. Therefore, when choosing a specialist to help recover from a water damage event at the earliest, property owners must choose a company that has a swift emergency response. A water damage restoration company like SERVPRO is available 24x7 for its clients because it is proven that the sooner the response to a water damage event the lesser the damage will be. A company that can respond quickly offers peace of mind and immense confidence to a property owner.

  1. Licensed, Insured, well-trained team

When researching water damage restoration companies, property owners must check if the company is licensed and certified by IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification). This would ensure the company follows the highest standards of restoration processes. Additionally, the company must be properly licensed and insured in the state. A team that is constantly upgrading its skill-set and following the latest methods of cleaning is the best bet. 



  1. Reviews and references

When a water disaster occurs, it barely leaves time to research and identify the right company. At a time like that, one of the smartest ways to choose a water damage restoration is to ask for references from family, friends, and neighbors. A locally owned and operated company often has enough and trustworthy reviews online and offline. 



  1. Detailed estimate and plan for repairs

A professional water damage restoration company carefully assesses and documents the damage done and the necessary repairs. This estimate helps property owners make the best decisions on how to proceed and enables them to make insurance claims. A methodical and transparent water damage restoration process with reliable cost estimates is necessary for a satisfactory experience.

  1. Navigate insurance claims

An experienced water damage restoration company is likely to cooperate or have a pre-existing relationship with several insurance companies. An estimate created by the specialists helps in filing insurance claims in a timely and simple manner. In a time of crisis like this, every property owner needs a restoration specialist who can help with this potentially frustrating documentation and claim process.

  1. Latest state-of-the-art equipment and techniques

When a water damage event occurs, the latest equipment not only accelerates the restoration process but also ensures accuracy. The state-of-the-art equipment and techniques ensure that no moisture is left hidden in corners and crevices as it could be a potential cause for mold growth. The advanced technology that companies like SERVPRO possess also enables the restoration of important documents, artworks, and photographs that have been damaged by water. 

  1. Respect and professionalism

Every home has been created by its owners with utmost effort and love. When a professional water damage restoration team like SERVPRO enters the premises of a client whose property has been damaged, the foremost thought is to respect every corner and content of the house. The ultimate purpose is to ensure everything that a client values is restored and repaired to the best of the team’s ability. The team must maintain courtesy and sensitivity towards the house and its owners during the restoration process. 

Why SERVPRO?

Faster to Any Size Emergency

No matter where and how big the disaster is, SERVPRO can reach across 1,700 US and Canadian franchise locations and help its customers swiftly. The vast network of resources available to SERVPRO enables it to act immediately and efficiently. The water damage timeline above showcases the various stages of damage and the extent of restoration work it needs. A 24X7 emergency response gives SERVPRO the ability to arrest any disaster quickly and save huge amounts of money, time, and energy. 

Advanced Technology 

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. 

Certified Professionals

The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in fire damage restoration and other restoration services. 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 water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Facts about lightning that can save lives

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO article dismantles certain myths about lightning and shares important facts.

Busting some lightning myths

Every year, lightning detection systems in the United States monitor an average of 25 million strokes of lightning from clouds to ground during almost 100,000 thunderstorms. SERVPRO busts some myths that surround lightning and sheds light on facts below.

What is lightning?

Lightning is a giant discharge of electricity accompanied by a brilliant flash of light and a loud crack of thunder. The spark can reach over five miles in length, raise the temperature of the air by as much as 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and contain a hundred million electrical volts.

During a thunderstorm, it's best to take shelter but in case a safe shelter is not available, knowing the difference between lightning myths and the facts could prove to be a lifesaver.

Myth #1 

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place

Fact: A tall, pointed object is a magnet for lightning. Therefore, lightning will often strike such a structure repeatedly. The Empire State Building is known to have been hit by lightning up to a dozen times during a single storm.

Myth #2 

Lightning only strikes the tallest objects

Fact: Even though lightning is attracted to tall objects such as skyscrapers, trees, and lightning poles, it can and does hit the ground, cars, and parking lots. Lightning can strike anywhere indiscriminately.  

Myth #3 

Being under a tree is safer than no shelter at all

Fact: Taking shelter under a tree is one of the biggest causes of lightning casualties. When lightning strikes a tree, the “ground charge” is likely to spread out from the tree in all directions. A tree during a lightning storm is bad news. 

Myth #4 

Far from rain or clouds, far from lightning

Fact: If thunder can be heard, lightning isn’t far. Lightning can strike more than three miles from the thunderstorm and beyond the rain or the thunderstorm cloud. Lightning has been known to strike areas as distant as 10 miles from its thunderstorm origins, where the skies seem blue and safe.

Myth #5 

Car rubber tires protect from lightning

Fact: It is not the rubber tires that offer protection during lightning in a car. It is the metal roof and sides that divert lightning. Therefore, convertibles, motorcycles, bikes, open-shelled outdoor recreation vehicles, and cars with plastic or fiberglass shells are sitting ducks for lightning disasters.

Myth #6 

Lie flat on the ground if caught in a storm outside

Fact: When lightning hits the ground, it spreads out potentially deadly electrical currents along the ground in all directions. Lying down offers more contact points for electrocution. 

Myth #7

A lightning victim can electrocute another person

Fact: It is absolutely safe to touch and offer first aid to a lightning victim since the human body doesn’t store electricity. 

Myth #8 

Wearing metal attracts lightning

Fact: It’s not the presence of metal that determines where lightning will strike. Factors such as the height, pointedness, and isolation of the object determine the lightning target. Having said that, being close to or touching a metal fence during a thunderstorm is unsafe as the electricity can be conducted across the fence and electrocute a person.  

Myth #9 

Shelter in a house will protect from lightning

Fact: A house is one of the safest shelters during a storm but one must take certain precautions inside a home as well to avoid being electrocuted. One must avoid any conducting path leading outside, such as electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, plumbing, metal doors, or metal window frames. Standing near windows must be avoided. The safest option is a professionally installed lightning protection system.

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 constantly 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 storm damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Water damage caused by animals

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The SERVPRO article explains how rodents and pests can infest the plumbing system and lead to pipe leaks, fire hazards, and infections in a home. It also urges homeowners to regularly inspect water sources for any leaks to avoid disasters. 

Water damage by animals

Water causes almost $7 billion of damage every few seconds in the country. The reasons can range from natural causes such as thunderstorms and hurricanes to sprinkler malfunction and sewage backups. SERVPRO, a water damage restoration company, discusses how pipe leaks and a pest infestation can cause severe water damage to property. 

Water Leak Facts

Here are some facts regarding water leaks that highlight the importance of inspecting and maintaining water sources that can become potential causes of water damage.

  • On an average, household leaks can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year.
  • Household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. This quantity can be used by more than 11 million homes, annually.
  • Ten percent of homes have unsuspected leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  • Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. 
  • Homeowners can save 10 percent of their water bill by fixing a leak in time. 
  • Regularly inspecting and maintaining dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads require much less investment than a water damage restoration. 

Water leaks caused by animals 

Rodents and pests often make their way into a home through the plumbing. What attracts them is a cozy place to live and an ample supply of food and water. A pipe leak left unaddressed can, for instance, attract an animal to seek residence. These animals often start residing in attics, between walls, in cabinets, and in crawl spaces. 

Once they have taken up residence in a property they start causing damage of various kinds from contamination to water leaks. 

Rodents and pests love chewing on plastic pipes made of PVC, CPVC, and PEX. Some rodents will even chew on galvanized steel pipes to file down their continually growing teeth. Sometimes, critters may occasionally visit when the temperatures are high and the rainfall is very low to nibble on the pipes. Some of the animals that may nibble the pipes are:

  • Mice and rats
  • Squirrels 
  • Opossums
  • Raccoons
  • Chipmunks
  • Skunks
  • Dogs

The water damage caused by leaking pipes can escalate into major losses for the property owners. In case of a suspected water leak, property owners must contact a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to inspect the possible source of the water leak. An experienced eye can determine if the cause of the water leak is due to gnawing by rodents and pests, and take measures accordingly. They may choose to replace parts of the chewed pipe or make extensive repairs.

Another consequence of the resident rodents and pests can be fire hazards. These animals may end up gnawing on not just water pipes but also electrical wires. The soft, plastic coating on electrical wires is easy on their gums, while the metal wire inside the insulation helps in wearing down the teeth. These gnawed wires can, however, lead to structural fires.

If the infestation by animals has been detected, there is a possibility of water leakage, structural fires, as well as infections. Homeowners must contact a professional water damage restoration service and plumbing services to address the issue. 

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 constantly updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, or surrounding areas 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 water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Flood Watch or Flood Warning?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

With as much rain as we’ve can get here in Tarrant County, it’s important to know the difference between flood watches, and warnings, and advisories as well as the difference between a flash flood and a regular flood.

Let’s start off with a flash flood versus a regular flood. A flash flood occurs when there is heavy or excessive rainfall in a short amount of time – usually in less than six hours. Usually, these types of rains can overwhelm storm drains and rise quickly, causing raising torrents.

flood happens when water overflows the confines of a stream or river, or in low-lying areas onto normally dry land.

Now that we know the difference between the two types of flooding, let’s move on to the warning and watches.

flood warning means flooding is happening in your area, and you should immediately take action and move to higher ground or a higher level in your home.

If you’re under a flood watch, it’s just like a tornado or thunderstorm watch. It means that the conditions are favorable for flooding and we should be ready should flooding happens.

In a flash flood warning, you should react immediately, usually, there will be an alert that sounds off on your phone warning you of the flash flood. Flash floods happen quickly – usually within a matter of a few minutes to a few hours, which means you need to move to higher ground as quickly as possible. If you don’t see it, that does not mean it’s not there.

SERVPRO: Know the factors that determine the water damage repair costs

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: This SERVPRO article explains the various factors that determine the expense of water damage repairs.

Factors that affect water damage repair costs

Water damage may occur due to a slow leak in the house or be a result of flooding. Homeowners may or may not have insurance for every kind of water damage and therefore the cost of repair to the owner may vary. There are, however, other factors that determine the water damage repair costs. SERVPRO of Grapevine discusses these factors. 

  1. The area impacted

The size of the area impacted determines the repair costs. It, of course, takes more time, materials, and manpower to fix an entire room that was flooded compared to a few square feet of damage. 

The dehumidification process would be more extensive in case of a larger area of damage. More widespread damage typically means that more materials such as documents, carpets, furniture, floors, drywalls, ceilings, and appliances will need repair and replacement.

  1. The location

The cost of living in the area of residence affects the water damage restoration cost. Moreover, a residence in an area that is high in humidity will require a longer dehumidification process thereby raising the time of repair and costs. A local water damage restoration expert like SERVPRO is an ideal choice owing to its experience and ability to give accurate estimates. 

  1. Presence of water

Sometimes the water drains away easily after the flooding incident or leak. In case the water is still present, professionals would need to bring in water pumps, dehumidification equipment, and moisture-absorbent materials to prevent further damage. Removing excess moisture adds more time to the mitigation process, leading to an added cost. The water restoration process cannot begin until the water removal happens. The amount of water, the area it is present in, and the ease with which it can be removed are factors that decide the restoration cost.

  1. Damaged materials

Water can damage not just the structure but also the contents in the house. The materials damaged will determine the expense of repair or replacement. There are different types of flooring, documents, furniture, appliances, and valuables that may need to be repaired or replaced completely.

  1. The category of water

The dirtier the water, the worse the damage would be. Water damage caused by clean water such as that from an overflowing sink or broken line is easier to manage. Gray water damage is caused by the water used for showering or cleaning dishes. Blackwater is the most hazardous as it is sewage water that has been in contact with human waste. Repairs from gray and blackwater damage cost higher as it also requires decontamination. 

  1. Mold growth

Mold and mildew are considered secondary water damage that occurs when the water mitigation process is delayed. It is important to remove moisture completely from the property to prevent the growth and/or regrowth of mold. Left unattended, mold can cause serious health effects. The removal of mold growth is an extra step and expense that adds to the total damage repair cost.  

  1. Time of action

The longer the delay in the water mitigation and restoration process, the more the damage is. This is a simple rule that homeowners must be privy to. The sooner a professional team is contacted to address the water damage, the lower the cost of repairs will be. As time passes, the contents of the house start deteriorating and reach a point where they cannot be repaired. Replacement, as expected, will cost more. Additionally, mold and mildew is secondary damage that will add to the repair costs if homeowners fail to take timely action.

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 constantly updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, or surrounding areas 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 water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: What are the common causes of water damage in hotels?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: This SERVPRO blog dives into the usual causes of water damage in hotels that homeowners must watch out for.

Causes of water damage in hotels

A hotel requires constant maintenance and inspection to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises for the guests or the staff. The image and revenue of a hotel are dependent on its aesthetic and functional appeal. A minor leak left unaddressed in a hotel can damage the structure and expensive interiors, ruin guests’ possessions, affect electrical wiring that can become a fire hazard, and entail a massive repair cost that may or may not be covered by insurance. Consequently, all this means unhappy clients and damaged reputation. SERVPRO shares the common causes of water damage in hotels that hotel owners should watch out for.

  1. Floods: Floods are a phenomenon that can’t be controlled or stopped. The only thing hotel owners can do is ensure the safety of their guests, prepare for the forecast floods, and wait to restore their property after the storm has subsided.
  1. PTAC room: A packaged terminal air conditioner offers central air conditioning to the complete area. These systems often become overworked due to the spacious indoor areas that need to remain cool 24x7. This wear and tear can lead to water leaks and eventual water damage to the property. Regular inspection can ensure any initial leak is detected and arrested before matters get out of hand. A delayed correction of the situation could mean expensive repairs later on. Timely services and repairs ensure the cooling system is in prime condition and works effectively. 
  1. Faulty appliances: Electrical appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers are often worn out in hotels due to the high number of guests at one point in time. It is crucial to maintain these appliances regularly to ensure there are no water leaks or complete collapse of the equipment. The leak from these appliances can damage floors and walls, not to mention carpets and other expensive items.
  1. Old or burst plumbing pipes: This happens to be the most common cause of water damage in all commercial and residential buildings. And hotels have a massive and widespread plumbing network to ensure a constant supply of water throughout the property and across the day. Often, water leaks from rusty or old pipes in a hidden area like inside a wall, near the toilets, or underneath a sink remain undetected for weeks in the absence of a protocol for inspection. This can lead to extensive damage and disrupt the functioning of the hotel. The management needs to ensure a constant inspection of plumbing to avoid water damage. 
  1. Sewage backup: Sewage backup is a category 3 or black water damage. This water is severely contaminated due to its contact with human waste. It poses severe health effects to all inhabitants. The duration of exposure to this water and the porosity of the materials affected determines the damage costs. Some flooring materials and furnishing may be beyond rescue even by professional help especially if there is a delay in restoration activities. 
  1. Accidents and pranks: This is another reason hotels suffer from major losses. Even an innocent prank can lead to major damages. A bathtub flooding, for instance, can cause leaks in all the rooms below. The best practice is to ensure that the hotel is impeccably clean and well-maintained to avoid such accidents. Additionally, adequate insurance coverage can be very helpful in cases of severe damage.

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 constantly 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 commercial water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: Smoke and residues that fires result in

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: This SERVPRO blog talks of the various types of smoke and residues that fires leave behind in homes. This information is intended to help homeowners identify them and address them on time.

Types of smoke and residues fires leave behind

When the fire is extinguished, the damage in the house is not limited to the damage caused by the actual flames. Smoke and soot can also cause visible and invisible damage. SERVPRO shares how to identify soot and smoke damage.

  1. Synthetic: Synthetic, oil-based materials such as plastics and fabrics burn to produce thick black smoke. This smoke leaves behind a smeary residue that can be very messy if not cleaned properly. This could include everything from window coverings, furniture, carpets, and electronics. When synthetic materials burn they produce a cloud of thick black smoke and a residue that clings to objects and walls.

Vacuuming is usually the preferable option followed by dry-chem sponge cleaning.

  1. Protein: Kitchen fires caused by the burning of proteins such as meats and beans often leave behind a yellowish-brown residue that looks like grease. This grease can cling to painted surfaces and wood causing permanent discoloration. The removal of this residue must be done using chemicals formulated for protein-based residues. 
  1. Natural or dry smoke: The burning of natural products such as wood and paper produces a dry powdery residue that is greyish-black in color. These are easier to clean up compared to synthetic or protein residues. Since this residue is so fine, it can fall easily into cracks and crevices, obscured from view. If not cleaned properly the odor may remain. Vacuuming with a bristled brush, followed by dry-chem sponge cleaning are the recommended methods.
  1. Wet Smoke: Wet smoke is caused by the burning of rubber or plastic. It occurs during a slow-burning fire with a low temperature. The odor it leaves behind is extremely strong. Moreover, cleaning the thick residue is a time-consuming and tedious process that requires professional help. 
  1. Soot 

Soot is almost always the result of a fire. It’s a powdery black substance that occurs when the fuel source doesn’t burn completely. Soot ionizes and sticks to all different types of surfaces and is very difficult to clean and remove. This fine powder can even get stuck in the HVAC system and get distributed throughout the building. Soot inhalation can pose serious health effects to the inhabitants if not checked properly. Thorough removal of soot, smoke, and the odor by a professional fire restoration specialist such as SERVPRO is recommended after a fire to ensure complete safety.  

Why SERVPRO?

Faster to Any Size Emergency

No matter where and how big the disaster is, SERVPRO can reach across 1,700 US and Canadian franchise locations and help its customers swiftly. The vast network of resources available to SERVPRO enables it to act immediately and efficiently. The water damage timeline above showcases the various stages of damage and the extent of restoration work it needs. A 24X7 emergency response gives SERVPRO the ability to arrest any disaster quickly and save huge amounts of money, time, and energy. 

Advanced Technology 

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. 

Certified Professionals

The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in fire damage restoration and other restoration services. 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 damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO responds swiftly to water damage at every milestone

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO team shares the water damage timeline and how it impacts a property at various stages. The blog also discusses how SERVPRO is the right choice for quick and professional restoration of water damage.




SERVPRO responds on time 

The extent of water damage is directly proportional to the amount of time it takes to mitigate and restore the damage. Delayed water damage restoration can escalate a situation from mild to severe within hours and days. SERVPRO shares the water damage timeline and why a 24x7 response service is the best way to minimize damage and save costs.

The water damage timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout the 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.

The SERVPRO team can swiftly arrive on-site, assess the damage, and begin the water mitigation process. With the help of powerful pumps and vacuum units, the team can quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from the property. This in turn helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth. 

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, indicating the presence of mold.

With its state-of-the-art technology and 50 years of experience, SERVPRO methodically identifies the issues and documents the water damage restoration process from the beginning till the end. The technicians utilize room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry the property. 

48 Hours to 1 Week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread, forming colonies.
  • 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.

The SERVPRO team provides the service of move-out to homeowners in case of massive restoration work. The threat of shaky structures and the uncontrolled spread of mold colonies often mandate that the owners move out to a safer accommodation while the professionals take care of the damage. 

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.

Once water damage has been occurring for over a week, the risks it poses to the homeowner’s health are compounded. The SERVPRO team carefully assesses the plan of action which includes restoration of important contents, removal of mold, biohazard decontamination, deodorization, and minor as well as major building services. 

This water damage timeline showcases the importance of addressing even a minor water damage situation immediately. Left unchecked, small water damage issues can escalate into larger and more dangerous concerns that eventually cost much more time and money. Moreover, it is very important for homeowners to contact a water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO, which has the resources and the experience, to respond swiftly. 

Why SERVPRO?

Faster to Any Size Emergency

No matter where and how big the disaster is, SERVPRO can reach across 1,700 US and Canadian franchise locations and help its customers swiftly. The vast network of resources available to SERVPRO enables it to act immediately and efficiently. The water damage timeline above showcases the various stages of damage and the extent of restoration work it needs. A 24X7 emergency response gives SERVPRO the ability to arrest any disaster quickly and save huge amounts of money, time, and energy. 

Advanced Technology 

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. 

Certified Professionals

The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in fire damage restoration and other restoration services. 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 water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO recommends fire safety tips for common electrical appliances

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO talks about fire safety tips that homeowners can follow to prevent fires due to malfunctioning appliances.

Appliance fire safety tips

Modern technology and innovative equipment have simplified lives tremendously. From simple chores to complex tasks, almost all chores are now being performed by advanced machinery and technology. This comfort is accompanied by the risk of electrical fire hazards in homes. According to the US Fire Administration, 25,000 electrical fires are recorded every year. SERVPRO of Grapevine suggests important tips that can help prevent electrical appliance fires.

Here are some fire safety tips for some of the common home appliances:

  1. Washing Machine 
  • Ensure the washing machine is properly connected and grounded.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions.
  • Do not overload the washing machine.
  • Maintain the plastic components on the interior of the door that are responsible for releasing the detergent. Faulty ones cause water to leak over the machine’s internal wires, resulting in a fire.
  • Dry the clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, such as gasoline or paint thinner, before washing them.
  1. Clothes Dryer
  • Ground the dryer and keep the nearby area free of combustible substances.
  • Always use a lint filter and clean the lint from the screen and around the drum before or after each use.
  • Vent dryers directly outside using rigid or flexible metal venting materials. The air exhaust vent pipe must be unrestricted and the outdoor vent flap opens freely.
  • Clean out the lint from the vent pipe once a year or more often if clothes take longer than normal to dry.
  • Opt for metal vent pipes to ensure proper airflow.
  • Get gas dryers regularly inspected by a qualified professional.
  1. Electric or Gas Ranges
  • ??Remove grease or other flammable debris from the burner, stovetop, or oven. 
  • Never leave combustible items near ovens.
  • Always supervise the range when cooking and switch it off when leaving the kitchen.
  • Roll up sleeves, tie back long hair, and wear non-slip footwear when cooking.
  • Before using the range, make sure it doesn’t smell of gas inside the oven or near it. If it does, open a window and call a professional immediately.
  • Make sure the oven and the hood are safely connected.
  • Install safety devices such as stove safety guards, stove knob stops, and stove locking straps, especially in a house full of kids.
  • Be careful and alert when frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling.
  • Turn pot handles inward to avoid accidentally knocking a pot off the stove.
  • Never pour water over a grease fire as this can encourage the flaming oil to spread swiftly and uncontrollably. Use a powder fire extinguisher, baking soda, salt, or wet rags to douse the flames.
  • Install a smoke alarm designed for kitchens to avoid false alarms during normal cooking activities.
  1. Refrigerator
  • The fridge must be powered as safely and efficiently as possible.
  • The power cord and electrical outlet must be inspected for wear and tear.
  • Clean the back of the fridge or freezer regularly. Accumulation of dirt at the back of the appliance is one of the most common causes of fridge fires.
  1. Dishwasher
  • Never leave the dishwasher on when going to bed or before leaving the house.
  • Avoid using extension cords. Use a grounded wall socket to power the dishwasher.
  • Check the plastic components that release the detergent on the interior of the door. If these components are damaged, the water can leak over the machine’s internal wires, causing a fire.
  1. Electric Heater
  • Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable materials like paper, drapes, or carpet.
  • Place heaters on a stable, horizontal surface (preferably on the floor). Do not put it on any furniture.
  • Keep heaters away from the bathroom and away from water.
  • Never touch the heater with wet hands as it can cause electrical shock.
  • If the cord, plug, and wall outlet are hot to the touch, unplug the heater immediately and call a professional for an inspection.
  • Never leave a heater unattended, especially with kids and pets as they may knock it down or get accidentally burnt upon touching the hot surface.
  1. Microwave Oven
  • Always use microwave-safe dishes. Never use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave oven, as they can ignite a fire. 
  • Do not use microwaves for drying or sterilizing baby bottles, clothes, or blankets.
  • Clean the food debris, grease, or stains regularly from the microwave and its outer edge.

Every piece of equipment that operates on electricity or gas presents safety risks. In addition to the above-described general safety tips, you need to take some special precautionary measures for every individual appliance in your home.

To ensure electrical fire safety, you are recommended to register newly bought appliances on the manufacturer’s website – this way, you will receive updates on safety information about your household appliance, as well as notifications if the product is recalled.

Following these safety tips ensures that fires due to negligence are avoided as much as possible. For fire restoration services, call the SERVPRO team to restore the house to its original glory.

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 constantly updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, or surrounding areas 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 damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO’s seven tips to stay safe once the storm is over

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO explains why homeowners should be cautious even after the storm is over. The blog shares several measures that people in hurricane-struck areas must follow.

Tips to stay safe after the storm has passed

A storm can be a devastating experience but the aftermath can be equally destructive. Even after the tumultuous winds have subsided, the torrential rains have ceased, and the lightning has died, the danger remains. There are unimaginably harmful situations that persist until the restoration work is not over, inside homes as well as outside. SERVPRO, a storm restoration service, shares several precautions to stay protected even after the storm is over.

  1. Avoid stagnant water

Standing water is a common phenomenon after the hurricane has passed. Flash flooding commonly accompanies a hurricane and can knock down power lines. This allows for electrical currents to pass through the ground and standing water. It is imperative to avoid wading or driving through stagnant water as it could be hiding a sinkhole trap or an electrocution threat. These puddles of standing water are also breeding grounds for bacteria and mosquitoes and may contain sharp objects that can be seriously harmful. 

  1. Switch off gas connection

Ideally, gas pipes should be turned off in anticipation of a hurricane, especially if it’s unlikely to be used. Any smell of leaking gas must be followed by an immediate switching off of the home’s main gas valve. A burst gas pipe could lead to highly toxic air inside the house and entails severe damage to life and property. 

  1. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning

After a storm dissipates, there may be power outages lasting for a while. The use of generators is not uncommon. However, carbon monoxide (CO) is a threat that homeowners must watch out for when the use of generators is rampant. CO can replace the oxygen in the air quickly and can lead to suffocation and death. It is crucial to keep the generators at a safe distance from windows, doors, vents, and garages that are attached to the house. A CO detector comes in handy as it can raise an alarm before CO could pose a threat. 

  1. Use clean water

There is a likelihood of power loss after a hurricane. This means that the electronic filtration system that cleans the district or city’s water is non-operational. Therefore, the tap water is no more safe to drink, clean, or cook with. One of the main items on a hurricane preparedness checklist is storing bottled water. If the list has been followed, the availability of clean and safe water would not be an issue. 

  1. Avoid hazardous debris

After a hurricane, debris such as fallen trees, roof tiles, window panes, and many other materials pose a hazard. Sharp edges or rusty nails in these items can prove dangerous. If the debris has been spotted, it's advisable to steer clear of it and not take any risks, especially as all medical centers will be overwhelmingly crowded and busy. 

  1. Return home when it’s safe

Homeowners must return home after an evacuation only when it is deemed safe by the authorities. Stay updated about the evacuation procedures on local news channels, the status of the areas of concern, and the return of power. After a hurricane, returning to normal life takes time. 

  1. DIY repair

In case the homeowners remain in the house during the hurricane, they must check for damages and protect themselves and the house from any further harm. For instance, a broken window or a leaking roof can be temporarily repaired by the homeowners to the best of their ability. Any material procured for these repairs can be claimed during insurance. Keep a record of all the receipts of expenses made during this time.

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 constantly 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 storm damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com