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Flooded Basement? SERVPRO Shares Tips To Take Care Of It

4/16/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO Blog Lists The Steps That Homeowners Would Need To Follow To Clean A Flooded Basement. 

Tips to clean a flooded basement

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, floods are the biggest cause of disaster in America, averaging more than $3 billion in claims per year. Some of the common causes of flooded basements are improper sealing on the flooring and walls, drainage tile failure, improperly installed downspouts, debris in the gutters (eavestroughs), water supply line failure (broken, cracked, or clogged pipes), hot water tank failure, and sump pump failure. SERVPRO, a water damage restoration company, shares the steps homeowners should take to clean a flooded basement to prevent further damage.

  1. Where is the water coming from?

It is important to first identify the source of the leak before any action can be taken. A leak from a source within the basement must be addressed immediately by turning off the water. However, when the basement is flooded due to rain storms or melting snow, the next steps will differ.

Not every flooding situation can be handled by a homeowner. Professional water damage restoration teams such as SERVPRO can arrive within 24 hours, create an assessment report and begin the process of restoration at the earliest. Working with a professional also ensures that the insurance claim process becomes smooth. 

  1. Remove the water

Leaving the water standing for too long can lead to further damage including mold growth and structural damage. Therefore, immediate water removal is a crucial step. A sump pump, a wet-dry vacuum, or a bucket are several ways to remove the water. 

But it isn’t possible to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons without sufficient equipment or expertise. A professional team like SERVPRO can swiftly and efficiently take care of the water removal process by utilizing powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units.

  1. Remove the contents

Contents such as carpets and furniture can absorb a lot of water very swiftly. Unaddressed, this can lead to mold growth, warping, and rotting after 24 hours. Removing items damaged by floodwater is crucial to avoid mold growth, warping, and rot. It must, however, be noted that even a swift water removal may not be enough to salvage some contents. Carpeting, insulation, electronics, and paper goods as well as walls and furniture can get damaged beyond repair in a water damage event. 

  1. Dry and Dehumidify

Even though the visible water and the contents have been removed, the basement is far from being moisture-free. House fans are not as efficient as they take much longer to dry, leading to further damage. High-volume fans and structural drying dehumidifiers must be used to dry out the moisture hidden in walls and floors. 

Homeowners may not have access to this industrial equipment, it may be expensive to rent or it may require some advanced know-how. Therefore, hiring a professional restoration company like SERVPRO is advised to get rid of the hidden moisture. A professional team will use the latest dehumidification equipment and moisture meters to track and manage the drying process.

  1. Disinfect and Deodorize

Homeowners often use bleach to disinfect and baking soda to deodorize the area after the water has been removed. The bleach will successfully kill the live mold but not the mold spores. A household detergent may be more effective but a professional mold remediation company must be hired to ensure the complete removal of mold and prevent its recurrence. 

A professional mold remediation company such as SERVPRO will use the latest cleaning techniques as well as industrial-grade air scrubbers and fogging equipment to clean, sanitize, and deodorize the contents. 

  1. Rebuild and Restore

A flooded basement can lead to foundation cracks, damaged drywall, mold growth, warped carpeting, peeling paint, and unsealed windows and vents. These are repairs that a professional water damage restoration company can manage easily. But what about the areas that need reconstruction? SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co. not only repairs damaged areas and contents but also offers reconstruction and building services.

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 and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For property restoration services, contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO Recommends Regular Duct Cleaning In Commercial Buildings

4/16/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO Article Explains Why Commercial Building Owners Must Invest In Professional And Regular Air Duct Cleaning.

Why should air ducts be cleaned regularly in commercial properties? 

The caretaker of a commercial building is responsible for maintaining its indoor air quality and ambiance. Air duct cleaning is one such task that must be conducted regularly by a professional team to ensure optimum functioning and the general well-being of those working on the premises. This article by SERVPRO, a commercial cleaning service, discusses six reasons why regular duct cleaning is of utmost importance in commercial buildings.  

  1. High-quality indoor air 

Inadequate airflow can lead to the accumulation of pollutants such as dust, volatile organic compounds, molds, and microbes inside a commercial building. Poor quality air, inefficient air filtration, and duct leaks can allow the dust to enter the duct system. This pollutant-laden air can lead to health issues and reduce the productivity of employees. Therefore, cleaning the air ducts regularly is crucial for high-quality indoor air. 

  1. Prevent mold growth 

Water vapor can form within the duct system when cold air passes through, and when there is high water vapor content in the outside environment, the water droplets collect instead of evaporating. This moist environment along with the nutrition from the dust, dirt, dead skin cells, and animal dander in the duct offers a perfect environment for mold growth. This mold may cause health effects. A regular inspection and cleaning can prevent unchecked mold growths and musty odors.  

  1. Prevent pest infestation

A duct system offers a safe space with basics such as water for pests such as mice, squirrels, and bees. These pests often leave behind nesting material, hair, and dead insects, which in turn may contribute to mold growth. These contaminants can easily flow indoors with the air and cause possible health issues.

  1. Low energy consumption

Just one millimeter of dust and dirt build-up can reduce the efficiency of an HVAC system by 21%. A system that is heavy with dust and dirt has to work harder to maintain the required temperature. Regularly removing contaminants from the mechanical components of the air handlers and heating and air conditioning units enhances the energy efficiency of the HVAC system and reduces utility bills.

  1. Longer lifespan

A clogged unit means impaired airflow in the system. In such a scenario, the fan motor would need to work harder to distribute the conditioned air to all areas. With regular cleaning, the ducts will allow air to flow freely, deposit less dust on the evaporator coil, and the motor to consume less energy. This efficiency also grants a longer life to the equipment. 

  1. Enhanced productivity

Every employer dreams of high productivity, minimum healthcare costs, and low absenteeism. High-quality indoor air and efficient HVAC air filters offer exactly that. A clean duct ensures good quality air and reduces health effects. 

Commercial building owners can contact a professional commercial cleaning services team such as SERVPRO for a thorough duct cleaning and smoothly functioning HVAC. A professional team has the skill and equipment to access and clean all components of the system such as motor and fan housing; supply and return air ducts; diffusers and grilles; drain or drip pans; heat exchangers; cooling and heating coils; unit housing; and internal air ducts. 

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO is a commercial cleaning service that 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 commercial cleaning services, contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Prevent basement flooding with these simple precautions suggested by SERVPRO

4/16/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog explains how homeowners can protect their basement from flooding and water damage.

Top tips to prevent basement flooding in homes

According to industry estimates, 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day, and 98% of basements in the US suffer from some or the other type of water damage during their lifetime. The average cost involved with basement flooding, damage repair, and cleanup fall between $3,000 and $5,000, sometimes more depending on the severity of the incident. The best practice is to proactively take measures to prevent or mitigate the potential water damage that a flooded basement may cause. SERVPRO shares some of these measures below in the blog. 

  1. Inspect the roof gutters

Natural debris such as twigs, acorns, and leaves during spring and autumn often collect to block gutters. During rains, the water fails to get drained as the gutters are blocked by this debris. As a result, the water pools around the property’s perimeter and siding, eventually draining into the basement. This further leads to cracks and mold in the foundation that can escalate into big restoration costs. Clearing the gutters is the first step towards preventing basement flooding.

  1. Clean the downspouts

The natural debris can jam a downspout and push water through seams or back water up to the top. Inserting a long water hose with a high-pressure nozzle into the downspout from the roofline and forcing the water to push debris all the way through can help clear the downspouts.

  • The downspout should ideally drain the water at least 6 to 12 feet away from the home foundations. 
  • A metal downspout extension is more durable than the plastic ones and less prone to breakage.
  • Install underground PVC drain pipes to direct water to the front or back yards, without flooding the neighbors’ basements.
  • Connect the downspout to a dry well with a drainage pipe buried in a trench and packed in stone. The pipe runs at a gradual downward pitch of at least 15 feet or more from the downspout until it reaches a bubbler pot, where the water percolates into the hardpan clay soil. From here, the water will migrate away from your house.
  1. Grade the ground

Grading is a crucial measure to prevent basement flooding. It can be done by following one or all of the given methods:

  • A lawn that slopes downward away from the house at 1-inch per foot for 10 feet protects the basement from water backups.
  • Installing French drains is another method to prevent water from leaking into the basement. 
  • Creating a dry creek around the house and splicing the lawn in a specific way can direct all excess water into the creek. 
  • Building a porous pavement around the house can help absorb rainwater and thawing snow.
  1. Dehumidify

Basements are prone to dampness and mold due to their proximity to the earth and the inadequate ventilation. A 24x7 dehumidifier, especially during the humid months of April through October, can dry the condensation that appears on the foundation walls in summer. This is, however, not a permanent solution because by drying the basement the moisture is drawn into the basement more rapidly causing efflorescence and spalling of concrete and further damage to interior finishes. 

  1. Repair foundation cracks

Concrete foundations in new homes often settle leading to minor, vertical cracks, which is expected. Hydraulic cement works great for patching holes in a foundation because it can be set up even underwater, and it expands as it sets to seal the hole and lock the plug in place. Homeowners can seal hairline faults with an epoxy sealant or polyurethane foam injection but persistent cracks must be addressed by a professional contractor.

  1. Test the sump pump

Sump pumps are lifesavers in the event of flooding caused by storms. By ensuring that the sump pump is well-maintained home, powered by a 120-volt backup battery and a check valve, homeowners can handle the flooding even during power outages that are common after storms. Notably, the pump should drain outside and far away from the home perimeter to prevent pooling and water backup.

  1. Install window well covers

Homeowners must select a basement window well cover made from strong acrylic plastic that’s both durable and backed by a guarantee. Installing a custom basement window can help prevent water pooling in the well after heavy rainfall. This cover should be securely fastened to the concrete foundation to prevent the water from seeping in from the sides. It is also important to install the right window well size in the right way besides ensuring adequate drainage. 

Why SERVPRO?

Faster to Any Size Emergency

No matter where and how big the disaster is, SERVPRO offers storm damage restoration services across 1,700 US and Canadian franchise locations swiftly. The vast network of resources available to SERVPRO enables it to act immediately and efficiently. 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 is a flood restoration company that 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 the water damage restoration process 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 flood restoration services, contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO classifies the types of floods that can lead to property damage

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog talks about the various types of floods and their impact.

Storm damage restoration services in Grapevine

A natural disaster can disrupt lives significantly. When the storm season arrives, floods are a given. But floods may be caused by reasons other than a natural disaster. It is important to be educated about the various types of floods and their impact on property and lives. This enables adequate preparation to prevent or mitigate flood damage. SERVPRO, one of the top storm damage repair services in Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, deep dives into the various types of floods and their associated risks.

  1. Flash floods

6 hours of heavy rainfall can cause the rapidly moving water to rise and cause severe property damage. Unpredictable and dangerous, these flash floods can sweep across a relatively small area and leave no time to evacuate or prepare. 

Usually caused by severe weather events such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tropical storms, flash floods can also be caused by a dam or levee breaking or a mudslide. These swift-moving waters can trigger mudslides, damage bridges, uproot trees, or mobilize heavy objects such as trucks and boulders. Homes and commercial properties can suffer heavy structural damage, foundation damage, damages to appliances, followed by mold infestation.

The impermeability of the soil makes urban areas more susceptible to flash floods compared to suburban or rural areas. Moreover, the areas near floodplains and with blocked drainage are also very prone to flash floods.

??2. Coastal floods

High winds, tides, heavy rainfall, or storm surges that move towards the coast during high tide cause the sea levels to rise. Thereafter, powerful waves breach the coast’s dune or dike, causing coastal floods. Fewer defenses and lower elevations make certain coastal areas more prone to these floods.

Some of the risks of coastal flooding are drownings, injuries, sickness due to exposure to contaminated water and mold growth, and other health problems. Residents must be aware of the different levels of coastal flooding and the dangers they pose:

  • Minor: Low likelihood of property damage and not directly life-threatening
  • Moderate: Elevated likelihood of property damage and possibly life-threatening
  • Major: Significant likelihood of property damage and seriously life-threatening
  1. Fluvial floods (river floods)

When the water overflows across the riverbanks due to natural disasters such as extreme rainfall from tropical storm systems, long-lasting thunderstorms, combined rainfall and snowmelt, and ice jams, fluvial or river floods occur. This type of flood is much more predictable, allowing sufficient evacuation time and mitigation of economic losses.

????4. Urban floods

Often the city or town drainage system fails to absorb the water from heavy rain and/or there is an evident lack of natural drainage in an urban area. This leads to urban or groundwater floods wherein the excess water overflows from the drainage system, spilling out into the streets. This not only makes driving hazardous but also causes significant structural damage to buildings. In case, the sewage pipes are infiltrated by this water, widespread contamination becomes a massive threat to health.

??5. Pluvial floods

Flat terrains in rural areas cannot absorb rainwater and make puddles and ponds instead. This excess standing water can seriously jeopardize the agricultural activities and properties in the area.

  1. Sewage floods 

Flash floods or unexpected heavy rainfall can disrupt sewage systems or treatment plants. The overwhelmed sewage systems then break down and release untreated sewage into water bodies. The harmful bacteria and chemicals in this category 3 water damage can cause some serious health effects. This type of  storm damage must be addressed swiftly to help ensure mold growth does not occur. Swift action will also minimize exposure to contaminated water that can cause health related issues. 

The storm damage caused by these floods can only be mitigated by being aware and taking timely precautions. However, in cases of severe storm damage, residents and business owners must reach out to flood damage restoration services such as SERVPRO to help restore their properties back to their preloss conditions.

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 including storm damage, water damage, and mold remediation.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in storm damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For storm damage restoration services, contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: Why Is SERVPRO The Best Commercial Cleaning Service In Southlake?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO explains biohazards, their classifications, and the cleaning service the SERVPRO team offers to restore the property to its original state of safety and hygiene. 

Biohazard Commercial cleaning services at SERVPRO

People working in professions such as medical fields, law enforcement, coroners, medical examination, property management, veterinary medicine, waste management, manufacturing, and agriculture are often at a high risk of exposure to biohazards. A biological material that poses a risk to human or animal health is called a biohazard. When these biohazards contaminate building materials or contents, hiring the best commercial cleaning services is a necessity to ensure the safety and health of the inhabitants. If you are typing commercial cleaning services near me in your Google search, SERVPRO will be one of your best options, especially if you are looking at a biohazard situation in your commercial property. 

The various levels of biohazards 

As per the Center for Disease Control, biohazards are classified into 4 levels to indicate the risk levels:

  • Biohazard Level 1: Agents that pose minimal threat to humans and the environment.
  • Biohazard Level 2: Agents that can cause serious illness in humans and are transmitted via direct contact with infected contents. 
  • Biohazard Level 3: This level entails pathogens that become airborne and cause serious diseases. Medications and treatments are usually available for this level of biohazard.
  • Biohazard Level 4: This classification includes viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that pose a high risk of life-threatening diseases. There are no treatments available for diseases caused by this level of contamination. 

How does SERVPRO offer the best commercial cleaning services?

With over 50 years of experience in biohazard decontamination and an industry-leading training program, SERVPRO offers the best commercial cleaning that raises the bar high when it comes to cleaning standards. Some of the common biohazard scenarios and SERVPRO’s modus operandi in decontaminating them are:

  • Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions inside a property not only bring in unpleasant odors but are accompanied by harmful microorganisms. SERVPRO’s commercial cleaners remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture. The structure is not just cleaned and disinfected but also deodorized to remove the stubborn smells.

  • Pathogens

Bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death are a huge health threat to inhabitants. SERVPRO’s commercial cleaners remove and dispose of these substances followed by cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing the property.

  • Methamphetamine Labs

The production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine can leave volatile chemical residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO’s commercial cleaners clean all surfaces in tandem with the highest standards and state guidelines. 

The SERVPRO biohazard commercial cleaning process 

Biohazards cannot be taken lightly. Every spot, speck, or smell has to be addressed. Even the invisible microbes must be removed using the most specialized techniques and equipment. SERVPRO professionals' training gives them the expertise to safely clean and remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA and health regulations. 

Step 1

Wear appropriate PPE, including liquid/airtight clothing, goggles, respirator, gloves

Step 2

Create a clean space or control room to manage entry/exit from the contaminated area

Step 3

Identify primary biohazards and areas of contamination

Step 4

Remove any unsalvageable items and clean visible damage

Step 5

Clean under and around the damaged area, stripping back each layer of floor or wall and testing beneath

Step 6

Use UV light sources such as hydroxyl generators to sanitize and deodorize the air

Step 7

Dispose of all biohazard material according to state and local regulations 

SERVPRO is one of the finest and most experienced commercial cleaners in Southlake that adheres to the highest cleaning standards for commercial spaces. Business owners must contact a professional commercial cleaner to take care of a biohazard threat and ensure the safety of its staff and customers.

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO is a commercial cleaning service that 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 a*lso acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For commercial cleaning services, contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: Fire safety tips that college campuses must follow to avoid fire damage

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog gives insight into the preventative measures that campuses must adopt to prevent fires and the associated smoke damage. 

Fire damage restoration company gives fire safety tips for college campuses

Whether it is home or a college campus, students must be aware of the precautionary measures that must be taken to prevent fires. However, college campuses are different from homes, with their larger areas and unique protocols. Fires are not only life-threatening, but they also entail huge economic losses. One of the byproducts of fire damage is smoke damage that leaves a long-lasting impact on the affected property. SERVPRO, a fire damage restoration company, shares some statistics about campus fires across the United States as well as critical fire safety measures that the college staff and students must know and follow. 

Campus fires across the country

  • 94 percent of fatal campus fires do not begin on campus.
  • Smoking was the cause of 29 percent of the fatal campus fires.
  • 76 percent of fatal campus fires were due to alcohol.
  • Smoke alarms were absent or tampered with in 58 percent of the fatal campus fires that failed to alert authorities or the fire department. 
  • There was no fire sprinkler installation in 85 fatal campus fires.
  • 70 percent of fatal campus fires occurred on the weekend while 73 percent occurred between midnight and 6 am.
  • April was the month when 13 percent of the fatal fires occurred in the campus housing.

The National Fire Protection Association or NFPA and its partners offer vast resources of fire safety information to educate staff, students, and parents. It is crucial to be aware of these facts and preventative measures to prevent fire and smoke damage as well as avoid the fire damage restoration costs. 

6 Fire Safety Tips to Prevent Fire Damage on College Campuses

  1. Learn the evacuation routes: Students and staff must regularly participate in all fire drills and memorize the evacuation protocols and evacuation routes. Constant review of this information is necessary to ensure correct routes are followed if and when a fire does occur. 
  1. Identify the nearest fire alarm: Students or staff must be aware of the location of the fire alarm to be able to alert the campus and the fire department at the earliest. In case the fire alarm is too far or can’t be located at the time of the fire, dorm authorities must be immediately informed.
  1. Smoke detectors can save the day: Fires often go unnoticed until it's too late to control them or evacuate. With the help of a well-maintained smoke detector in every living room and dorm room, the campus residents and visitors can be alerted and evacuated in a timely and safe fashion. These smoke alarms must be constantly checked to ensure they have not been disabled by students. If the alarm has been disabled due to some problem, the college’s safety or maintenance department must be informed promptly.
  1. Clear the fire exits: Dorms can be limited in space and therefore their entries, lobbies, and exits must always be clear of any hindrances as this can delay the evacuation and escape. 
  1. Train to use a fire extinguisher: A fire extinguisher can be a lifesaver in situations where a fire blocks the exit. During an evacuation, students or staff can use the extinguisher to save their lives and those around them. Learning how to use fire extinguishers as a part of the fire safety training can be very helpful because during a fire emergency understanding instructions and implementing them correctly can be challenging. 
  1. No pranks: Practical jokes that can endanger lives or property must be avoided. Fake alarms can lead to real fire events being taken lightly. This “cry wolf” scenario must be avoided at all costs. 

College campus authorities can get in touch with a fire damage contractor to help review and maintain their premises for fire safety or install the best fire safety equipment. Fire restoration companies such as SERVPRO  located in Keller offer fire restoration services that can help return the damaged property to its original glory.

Why SERVPRO?

Faster to Any Size Emergency

No matter where and how big the disaster is, SERVPRO offers fire damage restoration services across 1,700 US and Canadian franchise locations swiftly. The vast network of resources available to SERVPRO enables it to act immediately and efficiently. 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 is a fire damage restoration company that 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 the fire damage restoration process 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, contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: Looking for a property restoration company? Choose a renowned franchise for best results

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Grapevine explains how its dedication to excellence in damage restoration ensures customer satisfaction. The blog shares the benefits of hiring a franchisee.

Hire a franchisee for best services

With a variety of names in the market offering restoration services at various prices and expertise, it can be a confusing choice for a homeowner or a business owner. This article highlights the benefits of hiring a SERVPRO franchise such as Grapevine/NE Tarrant County. Before diving into the benefits, here’s the story of SERVPRO’s origins. 

The making of SERVPRO 

SERVPRO was originally a painting business in California founded by Ted and Doris Isaacson in 1967. Owing to their talent, hard work, and vision, the Isaacsons soon expanded their company into a franchisor of property damage restoration and cleaning specialists. After selling their first franchise in 1969, SERVPRO strategically moved to Gallatin, Tennessee, placing itself within 600 miles of 50% of the U.S. population

By the year 2000, SERVPRO experienced phenomenal growth with 1000 franchises across the country. Today, at double the number of franchisees, SERVPRO stands apart from and ahead of its competitors and is an industry leader. SERVPRO is known for its rich history, a strong vision, dedicated and professional teams, and a dedication to customer satisfaction. 

SERVPRO offers a holistic restoration service to its clients with its residential and commercial services; water, fire, and storm damage restoration services; mold remediation expertise; cleaning services; insurance support, and building services. The IICRC certified company constantly upgrades its teams’ skills, and offers the latest equipment, cutting-edge technologies, advanced cleaning techniques, years of experience, and resources of over 1700 franchises across the country. 

The benefits of hiring a SERVPRO franchise

SERVPRO believes in excellence and swift and efficient restoration of a property to its preloss condition. Its culture of delivering the best offers some unmatched benefits as mentioned below:

  • Omnipresent: SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County boasts of over 1,800 partners around the United States and Canada. When an emergency strikes, a property owner needs a restoration service that is available at all times, anywhere. A large restoration company with its presence across the country, SERVPRO offers superior service compared to non-franchised competitors.
  • Pooled resources: The pooled resources and experience of 1800 franchises across the country entail massive problem-solving capabilities. With SERVPRO, clients get access to an unmatched and immense pool of knowledge, experience, and resources. 
  • Efficiency: With nearly two thousand franchisees and their brilliant teams, nothing is impossible for SERVPRO. This experience base of these franchises multiplies the efficiency levels, reduces errors and waste, and ensures absolute customer satisfaction. The SERVPRO team is known for its swift arrival on the scene, effective communication with the command center, efficient deployment of equipment to the assigned areas to kickstart the restoration process. 
  • Quick response: Disasters such as flash floods and earthquakes do not arrive at a convenient time. They can wreak havoc anywhere, anytime. The biggest advantage of an association with SERVPRO is access to its vast network of franchisees across the country. This ensures that its clients receive immediate help, no matter where they are. The vast franchise network enables SERVPRO franchisees to deploy a team of responders in any area the client is located in. A disaster situation requires swift response time. 
  • Highest standards: The seamless enforcement of protocol, cleaning standards, process, performance, safety procedures, and quality across all SERVPRO franchises makes the SERVPRO teams extremely consistent in their response. With the constant skill up-gradation and IICRC certifications, the technicians are highly efficient and offer the best service in the industry.  Unified protocol and training enable a synchronized efficient response from all franchise teams.
  • Disaster team: When disasters strike an entire city or a large area, massive manpower is needed. The SERVPRO franchise can mobilize dozens or hundreds of crews along with specialized equipment for a rapid, efficient, and well-managed response. SERVPRO’s speed and scope during large-loss events like tsunamis, hurricanes, or forest fires occur are unmatched. 
  • Holistic service: It is logical to work with a company that can offer a holistic restoration service. SERVPRO franchises across the country enable industries and organizations to avail seamless and high-end services for multiple locations. This one-stop-shop feature of SERVPRO proves to be economical and efficient for organizations in the long run.

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County offers 24x7 emergency response, a vast network, mammoth experience, a highly skilled team, and IICRC certification. Create a Ready Plan now with SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County.

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, and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For property restoration services, contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant County today at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: Signs of damage that homeowners must watch out for after a storm

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog highlights the signs of storm damage in homes that owners must watch out for and address immediately.

Signs of storm damage

A storm can disrupt lives and businesses and leave a long-lasting impact. One of the grave impacts of a storm is the damage caused to homes. SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, a storm damage restoration company, shares some signs of storm damage in homes to watch out for.

After a storm passes, it’s important to give the entire exterior of a house a thorough inspection and look for the following signs of storm damage.

1. Roof Damage

Strong winds can throw around debris that can potentially damage the shingles on roofs. Spotting and repairing damaged shingles immediately is crucial to prevent further problems such as leaks, mold, and drafts.

The various signs of roof damage are:

  • Missing/broken asphalt shingles
  • Cracked or broken tile, slate, or concrete shingles
  • Pieces of the roof in the gutters
  • Leaks in the roof/ceiling
  • Dents in the gutters, boots, chimneys, vents, or flashing on the roof

When the force is high, the shingles can tear off, especially on older roofs. Without shingles, the roof sheathing or insulation underneath is exposed, increasing the risk of water seepage underneath the healthy shingles. Safely tarping it in case of rain can protect the house until more permanent restoration takes place. 

2. Exterior Damage

A storm accompanied by very high winds, hail, or heavy rain can seriously damage a home exterior. Owners must inspect the exteriors for the following signs of damage: 

  • Dents/holes in the siding
  • Torn/missing sections of siding
  • Exposed flashing or sheathing
  • Chipped siding
  • Discoloration/chipped paint

3. Window Damage

Most windows have reinforced glass to help protect the windows from storm damage. In a scenario where the windows do not have this extra layer of protection, there are high chances of window damage. Left unaddressed, damaged windows can expose a home to drafts, debris, and pests.

The usual signs of window damage are:

  • Damaged window frames
  • Broken glass
  • Shattered windows
  • Damage to storm pane or shutter

4. Visible Shingle Granule Loss

Dark spots on an asphalt shingle roof that look like holes or dents are a sign of granule loss. The small granules that cover the tar shingles can slough off from hail, making those spots susceptible to leaks. Homeowners can also inspect gutters and downspouts for granules. This happens when granules break off due to hail and flow into the gutters.

5. Water Damage

Water stains on ceilings are a sign of an obvious leak. After a storm, damaged shingles, ice dams, or even clogged gutters can lead to water stains. However, spotting these leaks is not always so easy. Homeowners can check for dark spots in the attic, which is a good indication of water damage

6. Large Debris on the Roof

Large sticks or branches on a roof or near the siding are a common sight after a storm. However, this debris makes it difficult to assess the damage and generally requires a close-up inspection to detect the extent of the damage. However, this must be done with care and completely avoided if it seems dangerous. 

7. Dents in the Siding

Siding made of aluminum or other soft materials can easily be dented by hailstones. Fixing this is quite easy but leaving it unaddressed for too long can put a house at the risk of water damage. This is because dents can loosen a siding or create small gaps or cracks in it that allow for water to seep in.  

8. Clogged or Broken Gutters

Clogged, broken, or overflowing gutters will drive the pooling water to go down the side of the house and under the shingles. This can cause damage to the fascia (the boards along the roof edge) and soffit (the underside of an eave).

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 a*lso acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For storm damage restoration services, contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: The usual suspects behind drywall damage in offices

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog discusses the reasons behind drywall damage in commercial buildings and its impact.

Drywall damage in commercial buildings

With its fire resistance and fireproofing qualities, drywall is a very popular element in commercial buildings. Like most things, drywall is also susceptible to damage, which must be addressed immediately for aesthetic and safety reasons. SERVPRO of Grapevine discusses drywalls and the common causes of drywall damage in commercial buildings.

What is drywall?

Drywall is a building material used to cover framing on walls and ceilings. Gypsum, a naturally-occurring, eco-friendly mineral, is mixed with other materials to create a slurry. This slurry is sandwiched between two layers of paper and dried. The paper type and thickness, along with the chemicals in the slurry, determine the type of drywall.

This dried layer is screwed onto the framing structure, the joints between drywall panels are taped to hide the gap, and then mud is applied to smooth the transition and patch the screw holes. Once the mud dries, it’s sanded to a fine finish and the wall is textured or painted.

The impact of drywall damage

In an office space, damaged drywall can cause some serious damage in many ways:

  • Structural issues are inevitable when damaged drywall goes unrepaired for a long period.
  • Health issues are a possibility due to musty odors and dangerous mold growth.
  • Wire exposure is likely when the holes and cracks in the drywall grow larger over time leading to numerous safety hazards.
  • Energy efficiency is significantly reduced as cracks and holes in drywalls will lead to loss of insulation. Higher utility costs can prove to be detrimental to a business.

Causes of drywall damage in commercial buildings

Drywall damage can be cosmetic or substantial. Either way, it must be repaired immediately. Even minor damage can ruin the aesthetics of an office and lower its value. Whereas substantial damage to a drywall can threaten the integrity of the structure making it a safety concern. Holes, nails, bubbles, and dents are all signs that a commercial drywall needs some attention.

  • Plumbing Issues – A large bubble in drywall or a damp odor indicates a plumbing issue. Plumbing issues are one of the leading causes of drywall damage in commercial buildings. 
  • Wear and Tear – Shifting and shuffling furniture such as desks, filing cabinets, and chairs can lead to dents, marks, and cracks in drywall. Moreover, aging drywall or damaged drywall with dents and cracks must be repaired and maintained to prevent further damage. 
  • Severe Weather – Storms, hail, high winds, and heavy rains can lead to drywall damage. This can be worse if there are pre-existing structural issues and flaws in the building that have not been addressed yet. 
  • Foundation Settling – The foundation is likely to settle over time leading to cracks in the drywall. It is possible to cover up these cracks with a paint job but severe damage may require more extensive repairs. 
  • Termites – Office buildings in certain areas may be more susceptible to termite damage. Unaddressed, termites can seriously jeopardize the integrity of drywalls and pose a safety concern to the employees and customers. If termites are detected, building managers must immediately call a pest control company as well as a professional team to take care of the drywall issues.

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 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 commercial 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 commercial damage restoration services, contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at (817) 595-2506 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Guide: Spring Clean Office Space Clutter

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Glove on hand wiping window Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of Grapevine/ NE Tarrant County can help. Schedule your cleaning

The turn of a new year inspires us to clean out the clutter. Homes, garages, and sheds are usually stocked of old unneeded or forgotten items. As we make room for new outdoor equipment and begin pulling out the things we haven't used most of the past year, we sometimes forget about our office spaces? Often, work is seen as separate and those spaces can often become stagnant.

This new year, SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County wants to remind you that having a clean and organized office space is just as important as a clean and organized home.

Getting rid of old papers, creating a new organization system, and removing the clutter can help make your work more efficient and easier to handle.

Tips to Help Get You Started

  1. Gather and redistribute

Gather up every item that isn't where it "belongs" and put it where it does. If it doesn't have a home, give it one or toss it.

Note: Consider an adhesive hook for hanging coats, scarves, lanyards and other items that take up space or look cluttered. It's an inexpensive way to make your office space tidy.

2. Clear off your desk

Remove everything, clean it thoroughly, and put back only those essential items for daily use.

3. Organize your desktop

Now that you've streamlined your desktop, it's a good idea to organize it. Use desktop organizers, baskets, and file folders to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, and boxes for smaller items.

4. Organize your drawers

Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc. Use drawer organizers for small items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

5. Proximity

Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

6. Sort mail

Don't just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now and toss the junk before it begins to pile up. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or handoff.

7. Assign discard dates

You don't need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded. 

Note: Legal or financial documents must be kept for a specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

8. Filter your emails

Some emails are essential to read; others are just not that important. When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and reply first.

9. Consider going digital

How much of the paperwork that you have could be scanned and saved? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you've used in the past by scanning and uploading them to your computer. Make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

10. Straighten your desk

Do a quick straighten at the end of the day, so you have a clean start the next day.

Deep Cleaning

Now that you've decluttered and organized your space, you may notice the dirt and dust left behind where you've moved your desk from, or the path you take to talk to and from your office might look a bit dirtier than others. 

Freshen Up Your Walls

You spend a lot of time in your office space, so give it some TLC. Add photos of family or beautiful paintings to the walls. Ceiling and wall cleaning should also be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business, too. If you're thinking about adding a fresh coat of paint to your office to help freshen it up after you've reorganized, you should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly.

Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County can help. Schedule your cleaning today by calling (817) 595-2506