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Kitchen Fire Tips

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Between 2012-2016 the NFPA found that cooking was the leading cause of fires within the United States. It’s important to remember safety when cooking in our homes. Don’t leave stove tops or ovens unattended and if you do have to leave the room to host guests or for another reason, be sure to take an oven mitt with you to remind you that something is cooking on the stove or in the oven.

If you happen to have a grease fire in your home, do not pour water on it! It seems like it’s elementary, but when you’re panicked with a fire in your kitchen sometimes you can do silly things. Instead cover the fire with a cookie sheet to suffocate it. If it’s a small fire you can also use salt to put it out as well. Make sure to always have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case a fire breaks out in your kitchen.

For all your fire cleaning needs give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Fires Caused By Lightning

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

It seems like every weekend, we seem to have some sort of a storm and rain chance. But, that’s North Texas in the spring time, for ya! While we aren’t in a full-blown drought, it’s important to remember that the fire risk still isn’t over. Besides grilling, which we’ve talked about here, but your home could be struck by lightning during those spring storms.

It’s always wise to call the fire department to do a full inspection of your home if you suspect your home has been struck by lightning because it may not be obvious that there’s a fire. A lot of times, fires tend to spread along the inside walls of a home, unseen until they become a bigger home destroying fire.

A way to prevent your home from being struck by lightning and causing a fire, is to get a lightning protection system installed on the roof of your home. Companies will come out and install about ten-inch-long rods along your roof, that will have copper wires go to the ground of your home. They’ll help disperse the lightning away from your home to prevent damage causing fires. It’s also smart to have surge protectors for all major electronics in your home.

This springtime if you find your home struck by lightning, give us a call at 817.595.2506 today!

Smoke Detectors Are Important!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

The importance of smoke detectors have been ingrained into us, it feels like. We learn about fire safety and what to do when you hear a smoke detector first in school – and it’s repeated to us every year until we go to middle school. And – we’ve even been in the home when the batteries run out of the smoke alarm or every time we cook it sets off the alarm because it’s a little too close to the stove so we take down the smoke alarm.

We know this is bad, and we should absolutely think twice before taking out the batteries. Why? Because fire detectors work. According to The National Fire Protection Association every three out of five home fire deaths come from homes that don’t have a smoke alarm.

So, be sure to check your smoke detectors once a year, replace the batteries and make sure each and every fire detector is working in your home – they save lives after all!

For all your fire cleaning needs, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Why SERVPRO: Storm Update

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

We’ve packed up and we’re heading out! Wisconsin has been really good to us, and our team is bringing back tons of funny stories, and good times. But it’s time for us to move on out, and the next stop? Chicago! We are heading out towards the Windy City to help those affected by the polar vortex, and the fact that it’s just plain cold up there. We wish them safe travels!

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is part of a special team that helps out people in storm effected areas like much of the North saw during the polar vortex. When disaster hits, we are always ready to jump in and help those out in need. That's what makes us different from the rest of the industry. We love helping people and making a difference in their lives, and making it "Like it never even happened."

If you’ve been hit by a storm, give us a call at 817.595.2506 today!

Weather Related Allergies?

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to the weather in North Texas, we get some extremes. Extreme heat, tornadoes, rains. You name it, we have it. That includes extreme cases of allergies too. With the spring storm season coming up, we are going to get a TON of rain, and rain can cause flooding which causes mold.

But people often forget about another side of the weather. Something that affects most of us every single day. Allergies. Usually during the spring and fall seasons my allergies are going absolutely nuts! Besides the usual allergy medicine that I try and combat them with, I usually check out weather.com’s allergy tracker that you can find here.

This handy dandy tracker will tell you what pollen is the worst, will tell you what the mold spore level is, and will even tell you what the outlook is for allergies for the next week. It will also give you a handy tool to help you adjust your thermostat to the most ideal humidity level to keep you feeling comfortable.

If you’ve got any time of damage whether it’s storm or water give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Springtime Fire Safety

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Springtime Fire Safety Always use fire safety when grilling in Grapevine, TX!

When we think of home fire prevention, we think about the things we would normally keep an eye on during the winter months like space heaters, Christmas trees, fire places and ovens during cooking those big holiday meals. But spring time presents its own fire dangers.

For example, you may want to start up your outdoor grill after a long winter trapped inside to grill up some nice steaks.  Be sure to give your grill a good inspection before starting her up. Check the propane tank, and the gas line. Make sure everything is clean. If you’re using a charcoal grill, make sure that it’s started with the proper charcoal lighting fluid. And this maybe a given but put the grill in an open area with nothing flammable near it.

If you want to start up your fire pit, make sure all leaves and debris are removed from the pit, as those can create embers that can float into the air. And don’t throw anything like that in the fire. Always keep children away from open flames, and always keep a bucket of water next to you before you start the fire just incase of emergencies.

If you happen to suffer from a springtime fire, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. a call at 817.595.2506!

Polar Vortex? No Problem!

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Just last week a massive polar vortex decided to swing down and affect much of the northern part of the United States. We knew the franchises up there would need a little help with the inevitable water losses that would be coming in! When you have a big freeze and a sudden thaw like we saw up north, it can cause a whole lot of burst pipes. We are a certified Large Loss Response Team, so we’re able to handle large situations that normal franchises can’t handle.

So, Dakota – our production manager – packed up with some of our team last week and headed out! We brought our HUGE 26 foot truck filled to the brim with equipment, along with some other vehicles to help out those in need up north.

Whatever the disaster, we are always ready to help. Give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Water Damage Checklist

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the more devastating things that can happen to your business, short of a fire. Water losses can often close your office which in turn can mean lost revenue and productivity time.

Unfortunately, while there’s not much you can do about storm related water damage, it’s easy to curb any unexpected damage to your business by doing regular inspections of your commercial space. Below are some places to check for water damage on a routine basis.


  1. Roofing

                Rain seeping in through damaged roofs can go unseen and often cause water damage that goes left unnoticed for months and in turn causes mold growth that can cause health problems to you and your staff. Have a roof routinely inspected by a professional to prevent leaks, especially before our rainy spring season.

  1. Pipes

                Your pipes can cause a ton of headaches. If you’ve got a burst pipe it can cause hundreds to thousands of gallons of water to flood your office space. If you have a slow leak, it could cause mold. It’s a good idea to have a plumber come out and inspect your pipes.

  1. Sprinkler System

                Did you know that your sprinkler system can leak? It can! We’ve had a few jobs where a sprinkler had made a lot of damage in commercial buildings. Do regular checks to make sure your system isn’t faulty or broken. It can also save lives during a fire.

If you’ve had any water damage to a commercial property, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call today at 817.595.2506!

Are You Ready For A Disaster?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

When I worked back in retail, we had an employee only bathroom. However, we all know that with young children if they tell you they need to go now, they need to go now. We usually let small kids use our bathroom if they had a guardian or parent accompany them. One of my coworkers, a sweet older lady who didn’t have a bad bone in her body, bless her heart, let a child go back without a parent. What ensued next has been dubbed the diaper incident by those of us who were there to witness it. The poor thing, it seemed, had an accident on his way to the bathroom and was too embarrassed to tell anyone about it. So, he did his business (number 2) and tried to flush the diaper he was wearing.

Now, if you know anything about diapers and indoor plumbing, you should know they never should be combined. The combination in our pipes lead to a burst pipe, poop ‘splosion catastrophe. And it was a day or two before our plumber could get there. We didn’t know where the water shut off was, and it would have been really nice to know that information.

If you were to have a diaper incident in your place of business, whether it’s an office, retail or warehouse, do you know where your water shut off is? What about your employees? If you’re out of town, do they know where it is? That’s where we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County comes in! We have a special program called an Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP. We can make a plan of action for any event and any situation whether it’s water, fire, or storm damage. The ERP will help you minimize the damage to your commercial space and give us important information in the case of an emergency. The catch? There is none! This is a completely free service to anyone and everyone!

To get started on an ERP give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our Business Development Representatives at 817.595.2506!

A Very Wet February For Grapevine

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Temperatures are on the rise here in North Texas, and while it wasn’t as cold as the rest of the country here, we did see some cooler temperatures. The next few days are supposed to be nice with a high of 77 degrees, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t stay vigilant. It’s late winter, early spring here in Texas and that’s our rainy season.

We see most of our business come in during this time here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, and we have a feeling that this season is going to be no different. The next few weeks are supposed to be full of rain, making February a very wet month. It’s a good idea to waterproof your home. Inspect your roofs to make sure there is no damage from the winter or the previous storm season, pack sand bags for low laying areas, inspect your window seals, and review your insurance policy to see what it covers and what it doesn’t.

If you find yourself facing storm damage this spring, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call at 817.595.2506 today!

Temperatures are on the rise here in North Texas, and while it wasn’t as cold as the rest of the country here, we did see some cooler temperatures. The next few days are supposed to be nice with a high of 77 degrees, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t stay vigilant. It’s late winter, early spring here in Texas and that’s our rainy season.

We see most of our business come in during this time here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, and we have a feeling that this season is going to be no different. The next few weeks are supposed to be full of rain, making February a very wet month. It’s a good idea to waterproof your home. Inspect your roofs to make sure there is no damage from the winter or the previous storm season, pack sand bags for low laying areas, inspect your window seals, and review your insurance policy to see what it covers and what it doesn’t.

If you find yourself facing storm damage this spring, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call at 817.595.2506 today!

Here's Why You Shouldn't Use Bleach On Mold

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that you should absolutely 100% not use ANY bleach to kill mold? That’s been the common trick for years, you have mold? Use bleach. But that can actually do more harm than good. If you read the label on your bottle of bleach, it’ll probably say don’t use on non-porous surfaces like tile or ceramic. Basically, for bathrooms or kitchen countertops.

Chlorine bleach is diluted with water to make it safer for household use, and it evaporates much faster than normal water does. So, it won’t stick around on surfaces long enough, nor will it seep down into the surface the bleach is on to fully kill all of the mold. Mold has little roots that stretch down into the surface, like a weed. Don’t get all of the root and the mold will come back. The surface may also look clean, but bleach is just doing what it does best: stripping the color. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean its not there.  

If you suspect you’ve got mold in your home, give us a call today and we can come out and give you an estimate and a plan of action. 817.595.2506.

We Offer a Wide Variety of Services

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We Offer a Wide Variety of Services This Grapevine business suffered from huge amounts of water damage. We were able to get everything cleaned up and back to normal!

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County encompasses a large area that includes the cities of Grapevine, Keller, Southlake, Colleyville, Roanoke, Westlake, and the surrounding communities. We offer many different services to handle any problems that might arise on your property!

  • Water Damage: Water damage is a common problem in homes and businesses, so we know exactly how to deal with it. From burst pipes to rain water and flooding, our team has seen it all! A fast response is critical to preventing further damage, so we pride ourselves on our ability to respond rapidly to water disasters. We use specialized equipment to extract the water and dry out the property.
  • Fire Damage: Fires can be devastating, and they often leave homes and offices covered in a thick layer of soot. In addition to the soot and smoke, water damage is also common due to firefighting efforts. We know how stressful and traumatizing dealing with the aftermath of a fire is, so we are here to guide you through every step and give you peace of mind. We can remove soot from surfaces and get rid of the lingering smell of smoke. We can also use our Esporta machine to restore textiles and fabric such as your favorite shirts or your child’s favorite stuffed animal so that you can get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.
  • Mold Remediation: Mold growth inside a home or office can be hazardous to those living or working inside of the building if it is not left treated. Mold is a tricky thing to get rid of, so you should leave treating the microbial growth to the professionals. Our technicians have been specially trained to get rid of mold and keep it from returning; we even have formulas that have been specifically created to treat the problem.
  • Biohazard Cleanup: Substances such as blood, bile, urine, and other similar fluids can be extremely dangerous to clean up on your own, especially if you are not wearing the proper protective equipment. The technicians at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant county have the proper protective equipment and training to handle anything from crime scenes to kitchen accidents. Biohazard materials also need to be disposed of according to EPA and OSHA standards, or there is a risk f exposing others to harmful substances. Stay on the safe side and let us handle the mess for you.

Catastrophic Events: Hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms, wildfires, and other large disasters cause millions of dollars in damage, and they are often too much for the SERVPROs in the local area to handle. SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is a certified Large Loss Team, so we are part of a group that is able to travel to affected areas and assist communities in recovering and rebuilding after a large event. We have extra staff, vehicles, and equipment that allows us to handle over $100,000 in damages. Whenever disaster strikes, we are “Here to help.”

We are IICRC Certified

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We are IICRC Certified Water damage in the city of Grapevine, Texas. We complete all jobs to meet IICRC standards.

The IICRC, or Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, is the most trusted independent name in the restoration industry. They have developed industry-accepted standards, language, and terminology that enables the industry to communicate more effectively and make sure the correct procedures are being followed. SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County has taken special classes and exams as part of our IICRC certification. This certification helps you rest assured that your damages and losses are being handled by some of the industry’s most dedicated professionals.

No matter the size of the loss, we always complete every single job to meet the IICRC’s lofty standards. Whether you live in Grapevine, Southlake, Keller or anywhere in the area, your job will be completed to the highest standards in the industry. When you are trying to protect your home or business from water damage or fire damage, you need to be sure that every step has been completed correctly. Call us today at 817-595-2506 to see how our expert technicians can make any damage look “Like it never even happened.”

Grapevine Church Floods!

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

This Grapevine church experienced flooding when there was a leak coming from the baptism room and going out into the sanctuary completely saturating the sanctuary in standing water. When we arrived on scene, we extracted all the water and placed the air movers we had for emergency services. We then returned the following day with even more air movers (close to 50!). We also placed dehumidifiers to the area. We returned each day to the church to make sure that everything was drying according to plan and  fortunately, we were able to get the church back to normal and ready for worship in no time at all!

Has your church or other commercial building suffered from water damage? If so, give Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call today at 817.595.2506

Spring Storm Checklist

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

It may only be January, but in North Texas that means that the spring storm season is just around the corner. Because of that we need to prepare our homes for the upcoming spring from the fall and winter. For me, when starting big projects like this, it’s always better to get a head start and do things a little at a time over the weekends.

We know that spring weather in North Texas can bring a whole lot of rain and with that comes a whole lot of water damage. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your home is waterproof for the upcoming storm season.

  • Make sure to inspect your roof to make sure no there is no damage from last years storm season. Be sure to get it fixed ASAP if there is any damage to prevent more costly damage in the future.
  • Clean your gutters of leaves and other debris to prevent overflowing. While cleaning, do an inspection of your gutters and be sure to replace or repair any damages.
  • Inspect your windows and doors and make sure to repair anything that might cause water damage during the spring storm season.
  • Make sure to read up on your flood insurance policies if you have any.

If you do have any storm damage this spring, give Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call at 817.595.2506!

Mold Safety

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

It’s impossible to completely mold proof your home, however, it’s possible to make it mold resistant. We know that mold is everywhere and is instrumental in making many things that we use daily like penicillin and cheese, that being said not all mold is bad.

But it is important to know which molds are in your home, so you can better protect your family from the ones that are dangerous. If you suspect mold in your home, give us a call at 817.595.2506 so we can get it tested for you.

If you’re looking to make sure your home is mold resistant, make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed, limit the humidity in your home, and turn fans on when you shower. If you’ve got a water leak, get that fixed immediately and for any water emergencies give us a call so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Should You Choose SERVPRO: Dakota

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Dakota is one of our Production Managers here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, and is easily one of the hardest working people that we know. His attention to detail and expertise in the field make him a stand out leader, and his desire to help our customers during a rough patch really shows with each job that we do. Dakota has been with us for two years and is certified in WRT, ASD, CDS and Lead Renovator which means he can help you out with pretty much everything.

When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time playing disc golf with his friends and coworkers, playing with his dog, going to concerts and spending time with his family.

To schedule an appointment with us today and meet Dakota, give us a call at 817.595.2506

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO: Jessica

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Jessica is our Office Manager here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County. She is a strong willed, and dedicated person with an eye for detail and a fantastic work ethic. She has a fantastic dense of humor that makes a positive impact on both employee and customer’s days. She has been with us for a year but has over 16 years of experience in the restoration industry, making her a knowledgeable go-to for any question big or small. She is IICRC, WRT, and T&M training certified, and is an Xactimate queen! 

In her free time, she loves to write, watch movies and binge tv, and spend as much time as possible with her four-year-old son (who we think looks just like her)!

To schedule an appointment with us give us a call today at 817.595.2506

Why Should You Choose SERVPRO?

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Every day at SERVPRO we get asked by our customers: “Why SERVPRO?” We, of course, can give you statistics and show you our outstanding reviews from Google. But that just paints a picture of what we do – and how we do it. But to us, the answer of “Why SERVPRO” goes a bit deeper and we can find it in our staff.

Our staff is filled with amazing people, and each person brings unique qualities to our team. You’ll be hard pressed to find a day where someone isn’t laughing or telling some sort of story. We’re so much more than just a team, we’re a family here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant county and we are proud of that fact. In the following blog posts we will be showcasing members of our family – letting you learn a little more about them, and why SERVPRO is the best team to handle your disaster.

Ideal Conditions For Mold Growth

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing mold from growing in your home or office can be as simple as understanding what kind of environment mold likes to grow in. Once you know what to look for, you can use this information to keep microbial growth out of your home. Molds are found in nearly every environment on earth – both indoors and outdoors. The types of mold that grow inside your homes and offices prefer warm humid conditions. Basements and showers are extremely common areas for mold to grow. Once the spores find a suitable area, they will begin growing and spreading within 48 hours. If you have water damage from a storm or burst pipe, make sure the water is cleaned up quickly and properly. Our professionals are specially trained to get rid of water quickly so that mold does not grow; we will even spray affected areas with antimicrobial formula to be sure that mold cannot take root. Mold growth should be handled by professionals, or it could become worse. Call us today at 817-595-2506 if you have mold inside your home or commercial building.

Give Yourself Peace of Mind

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

I was recently in New York City on vacation, and as with most people who visit the city, the buildings absolutely stunned me. I know that if I was a building manager or a management company I would be incredibly stressed with the threat of water or fire damage always looming. But I know they have SERVPROs in the city, just like we have them here.

Give your business a peace of mind with SERVPRO’s Emergency Readiness Program or ERP! With an ERP we will visit your business location and map out all water shut offs, electric shut offs, and much more. It’s a completely free program and can give you the peace of mind needed to make sure your business is running smoothly. Give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call today at 817.595.2506 to schedule your ERP building appointment today!

Office Supply Store - Grapevine TX

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Office Supply Store - Grapevine TX Our technician - Dominic - is here working hard on extracting water from this Office Supply Store!

The rain in Texas has been non-stop for a while, and buildings are not able to handle the amount of water we have been getting. This office supply store has water coming in from multiple areas; it is even soaking up through the floor! Due to the puddles, some areas of the store even needed to be closed off so that customers wouldn’t slip. Our team got on site quickly and worked to control the water while the store called in a plumber and a foundation expert to address the issues causing the leaks. We know how important it is for your store to be able to operate normally, so we immediately got to work extracting water and setting up air movers to keep the space dry. If your commercial space suffers from water damage, call us right away at 817-595-2506.

Dog Groomer - Grapevine, Texas

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Dog Groomer - Grapevine, Texas Before and After of the area!

When disaster strikes, our team is always ready to go. This set of businesses was flooded when a pipe burst in one of them. Since the owners of the business were out of town, nobody noticed the broken pipe. Water flowed all over the floor and even seeped under the walls to affect multiple buildings. There was standing water in 6 suites! SERVPRO® of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County knows how important it is to get your business back to normal as quickly as possible, so we called in a huge crew and got to work right away. We needed a total of 236 air movers, 13 dehumidifiers, 2 power distribution boxes, and 1 generator to make sure every inch of the buildings got dried out!

There is no job too big for us, so if you have a large loss in your business call us today at 817-595-2506.

Quick Fire Facts

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding how fires start and what you can do to quickly put them out is important to keeping you and your family safe. Check out these quick facts and stats to get a better understanding of how to avoid having fire damage in your home.

  • About 50% of home fires are started by cooking accidents. Be sure you keep a fire extinguisher close at hand whenever you are working in the kitchen.
  • Just above 15% of residential fires are caused by electrical malfunctions or issues with the heating system in the home. This is why it is extremely important to have your appliances checked often and keep up with their maintenance year-round.
  • California, Texas, and Georgia lead the nation in fire deaths in 2016. Make sure you have a plan in place, so your family knows exactly what to do if a fire breaks out at home.

Being prepared plays a huge part of avoiding injury and death during a fire. Make a plan and be sure that everyone in the building is familiar with it so that if a fire breaks out, everyone knows exactly what to do.

If you have fire damage in your home, give us a call at 817-595-2506, and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Is All Mold Bad?

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

The fine folks in charge of home renovation shows have given mold a bad name. They tell tales of toxic black mold that kills everything it comes into contact with and leaves devastating health problems in those who “survive” the encounter. This is simply false information. Mold is found everywhere, both inside and out, and most people live their entire lives untroubled by it. In fact, we use mold to make many great things like penicillin and cheese! So, when does mold become a problem?

Everyone reacts to mold differently, so there is no hard and fast rule as to when mold is a problem. Generally, you want mold counts to be lower indoors than outdoors. This can be achieved with air scrubbers and other tools. If someone has allergies or asthma, you may want to be more cautious of mold spores in the air.

Visible mold growth indoors is never good and should be treated immediately. It is also important to note that “visible mold” may not be in a very visible area. Mold likes to hide in dark damp areas such as air ducts. If you detect a musty smell in your home, have it checked for mold. If any mold is discovered, call us at 817-595-2506. We serve Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville, Westlake, Keller, Decatur, Roanoke, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas.

Types of Mold Found Indoors

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found everywhere, indoors and out. There are over 10,000 different species of mold, but out of this massive group, only 5 genera of mold are commonly found indoors

  1. Alternaria: Spores from this type of mold are in their highest concentration from spring to late fall in most areas. It is well known as an allergy causing mold and can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks. It has a coloring that can range from black to grey to dark brown.
  2. Aspergillus: This mold is one of the most common types that we find indoors. There are over 200 different species in type of mold, but only about 16 of them are known to pose a health risk. It can cause allergic reactions and infections in folks with weak immune systems. It is often mistaken for “toxic black mold” because it can appear black in color, but it also comes in a variety of other shades including grey, brown, yellow, green, and white.
  3. Cladosporium: Mold from this genus is also one of the most common molds found indoors. It can survive in colder temperatures than other molds, and it is rarely harmful to people. Of course, the spores can still cause allergic reactions, so you don’t want to let it begin growing in your house. This mold is generally a dark olive green or black in color.
  4. Penicillium: If this genus of mold sounds familiar, it may be because some members of this group are used to produce penicillin and create antibiotics! Other species in this genus are used for cheese making as well! This type of mold likes to inhabit carpeting, wallpaper, drywall, and insulation. It is usually blue or green, and it often creates a musty odor.
  5. Stachybotry chartarum: Also known as “black mold,” this type of mold produces mycotoxins (toxic compounds) that are harmful to humans. While the mold produces toxins, the mold itself is not actually toxic. Even so, you should have it removed as quickly as possible. This type of mold usually only appears on surfaces that have been in contact with water for a while, so always be sure to check your home for hidden leaks. Despite the phrase “black mold” this mold is actually a very dark green.

The Difference Between El Niño and La Niña

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

You may have heard the terms “El Niño” and “La Niña” before, but do you know what they mean? These terms are used to describe oscillating weather patterns that affect the area of the globe that contains the United States. While these events usually only last for about a year, they can sometimes span multiple years. They typically appear ever 2-7 years. El Niño refers to a period of warming in the Pacific Ocean and typically occurs over the winter season. It is categorized by higher than average temperatures and rainy, wet conditions throughout the Gulf Coast area and drier than average conditions in the Ohio Valley and Pacific Northwest. This event usually occurs more frequently than La Niña. La Niña is the opposite of El Niño. This weather pattern is characterized by colder temperatures on the ocean surface, greater chances for tornadoes, and below average temperatures in the northwest United States. Typically, we expect La Niña to follow closely behind El Niño, but this does not always happen. Knowing which weather pattern to expect can help you be prepared and prevent disaster. If your home or commercial building suffers from storm damage call us at 817.595.2506!

Flooding Advisory - Tarrant County

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Is it just me, or have you been feeling a little water logged with this week’s weather too? Even with a break yesterday, it seems like we will be underwater forever. Especially with the two types of advisories we are under today! (But don’t worry, we’ll be dry by next weekend.)

First, we’ve got a flash flood watch in effect until 10pm tonight. Which means stay very vigilant. Because we’ve had so much rain over the last week, any rainfall we get today will quickly overwhelm creeks, storm drains, and other areas that have an already high run-off rate. Monitor the weather and take immediate action if a flash flood warning is issued for your area.

Next, we’ve got a flood advisory in effect for Tarrant County. Because of all the rain, areas with poor drainage or are low lying will experience some flooding. Be sure to stay weather aware and turn around, don’t drown!

Finally, we’ve got a hydrologic statement, which means that there has been a significant amount of rain, and it could mean imminent danger to life, property, and the environment. In this case, the West Fork Trinity River in Lake Worth is near flood stage. Take caution around riverbanks, and obviously do not drive cars through flooded areas near the river.

If you’ve been affected by the recent rains here in Tarrant County, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call today at 817.595.2506!  

We Are A Large Loss Response Team!

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

We bet you didn’t know that we are a Large Loss Response Team, so what does that mean exactly? It means that it doesn’t matter the size of the loss we are always ready to handle it. It’s a big deal to be a Large Loss Response team because it means that SERVPRO Corporate holds our teams to a higher level of standard than most. We have more equipment, higher certifications, and more experience with a greater eye for detail than your standard commercial loss response team. With these things we are able to handle bigger storm losses. For example, we had the opportunity to travel to Houston to help restore and clean up after Hurricane Harvey last year. We know how devastating a storm can be, and we approach every job with the same care and compassion whether it’s a small house or a 20,000 square foot warehouse.

If you’ve recently been affected by the recent rains, we can help. Give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call 817.595.2506 and know that we are always “Here to Help.”

Preparing Your Commercial Building for Winter

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Winter is coming! And no, we don’t mean the white walkers. It’s not even November yet and the Rockies (including Denver) and parts of Texas have already seen snow, and that could be some foresight into the coming winter months. The Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a teeth-shatteringly cold winter, and El Nino is coming with forecasters already predicting snow for North Texas.

So, with that in mind, it’s important to prep your commercial building for the coming winter this fall.

  • Inspect the roof for damage.

If you haven’t yet, inspect your roof for damage from the spring and summer months. Although we had a fairly quiet spring and summer when it came to hail and tornadoes we still did have some strong storms with strong winds. If you haven’t detected any water damage from the recent rains, it’s still a good idea to go ahead and make sure there aren’t any unseen holes were water could have gotten in with you unaware.

  • Check your Gutters

Check your gutters for any blockages from leaves that have fallen during the fall months. Clean them out to make sure that nothing can overflow and potentially damage your building.

  • Inspect your insulation.

Inspect the insulation of your building, and make sure there is nothing missing, damaged, or has unexpected water and mold damage. Replace and damaged or missing insulation and call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County to help you deal with any mold.

  • Inspect your pipes.

Inspect your pipes in the early fall before the first freezes, a burst pipe could be devastating for your business. If you do have a burst pipe, give us a call!

If you do have water damage issues this winter, give us at 817.595.2506! We are always here to help!

Why You Should Never Use Bleach to Kill Mold

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Nobody wants mold in their home, so when you spot some, it may be a natural reaction to want to clean it yourself but think twice before you grab that bottle of bleach off the shelf. Using bleach to treat mold can actually make the problem worse! Even the EPA and OSHA have taken a strong stance against using bleach to treat mold growth.

Bleach is designed to work on surfaces that are not porous, but mold thrives in porous areas. Bleach is about 90% water, so once the chlorine evaporates, the leftover moisture creates a perfect place for mold to grow. Though it may look like the bleach has killed off the growth, it has actually only killed the top layer of growth and left the roots. These roots allow the mold to grow back stronger than ever

Bleach is toxic. Though it is great in small doses for simple cleaning tasks, you definitely don’t want to be dumping large quantities of it in your house or office. Children and pets get into everything – and this includes bleach. Even the fumes can create health problems! There are so many alternative solutions to treat mold with that there is really no reason to put your family or employees at risk by treating mold with bleach.

Bleach can actually weaken surfaces that you put it on. When bleach is used on surfaces such as wood, it begins to eat away at the fibers which weakens the structure. Even the slightest change to an important beam could have disastrous consequences!

When dealing with mold, it is important to make sure it is done right. That is why you should always leave it to a professional. Our experts will get rid of mold quickly and treat the affected areas to make sure that the growth does not come back. If you need mold remediation, call us today at 817-595-2506.

Holiday Fire Prevention

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

The Holiday season is right around the corner, and I personally love this time of year, the weather is cooler and it seems as though everyone is in a good mood. Christmas trees are alight along with fires and candles filling our homes with the warm smells of Christmas.

But that also means a higher risk of fire danger, between candles, decorations, and Christmas trees - it’s one of the most dangerous times of the year. For example, with the invention of artificial trees Christmas Tree fires are not very common, however they can be very serious when they do occur. On average one in every 32 home Christmas tree fires reported resulted in a death compared to the average of one in every 143 regular home fires. When it comes to Christmas tree fires they are started, usually, by a heat source set a little too close to the tree.

When it comes to candle usage, December is the peak time for fires. 12% of fires at home started with candles during the Christmas month, with the top three days for candle fires in the home to be Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

To protect your home from a fire this holiday season make sure to never leave a room unattended with a candle in it, and never leave anything that could possibly be a heat source near your Christmas tree.

From your friends down at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County we wish you Happy Holidays!

Washing Machine Maintenance

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Washing machines are our best friends! They take all the hard work out of doing laundry and allow us to sit and relax while we watch Sunday football, however did you know that washing machines failures are one of the most common was your home can flood? It’s true! While there are many different ways water from a washing machine to cause damage is the main reason is the water supply hose.

To keep from experiencing unexpected water damage in your home, you should be sure to do routine inspections of your supply lines. If the line is loose, tighten it up a bit. Look for any worn tubing or cracks and any worn hoses should be replaced. A good rule of thumb is to replace your supply line every five years, even if you don’t see any visible sign of wear. Try and upgrade to a braided steel one, as they’ll last longer and can hold up to more.

If you’re going to be away from your home from any length of time, you should shut off the valve to make sure nothing can happen by accident while you’re away.

If you have had any water damaged caused by an appliance, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call today! 817.595.2506

Is Mold Really That Bad?

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, as much as we try to avoid mold in our homes and businesses – it’s almost impossible. Mold is everywhere (In fact, the outdoor Mold spore count for today is moderate)! And we don’t mean to try and scare you, even if it is the spookiest time of the year.

Did you know that there are over 200,000 species of fungi in the world? And that includes over 100,000 types of mold too. While some species of mold can be bad for humans, not all of it is! Some molds can definitely be our friendly little helpers.

If you’ve ever been sick with a sinus infection or bronchitis and you’ve seen the doctor she may have prescribed you the antibiotic Penicillin, which is actually a type of mold! It typically grows on bread or other cheeses and has a distinctive green/blue color that’s sometimes mixed with white or gray. If you enjoy blue cheese salad dressing, then that’s a type of Penicillin! Penicillin has been in use as a drug since the 30s and is incredibly effective in treating infections.

While some mold is good, we still cannot stress enough that mold in your home is dangerous. It can cause severe allergic reactions and can be really dangerous to those with asthma, children, or the elderly. If you think you may have mold in your home give Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call today at 817.595.2506!

Halloween Fire Safety

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited! Halloween is exactly THREE WEEKS AWAY from today! It’s one of my favorite times of the year, and I think I’ve successfully eaten half my weight in Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins. But with all the spooky fun that comes along with Halloween, it’s very important to remember that safety – especially fire safety is important this time of year. Nearly 900 home fires a year are started because of decorations igniting. With every two out of five being started by a candle! Here are some tips from the NFPA to keep you and your little ghouls this Halloween.

  1. Use battery operated, flameless candles or glow sticks in your pumpkins and decorations.
  2. If you do use candles, be sure to keep any decorations like corn stalks, dried flowers, and crepe paper away from open flames as they can catch fire very easily.
  3. When choosing your costume for this year, try and avoid long flowing fabrics that can easily catch fire. If your little one is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are big enough for them to see out of.
  4. Keep all exits clear of decorations to keep from blocking escape routes.
  5. Test your smoke alarms!

And don’t forget to have fun trick-or-treating with your little ones this Halloween! If you do have any accidental fire or smoke damage this Halloween give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call at 817.595.2506!

10/9/2018 Tarrant County Storm Update

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Bless the rains down in Texas! It’s a rainy day here in Tarrant County – we’ve already seen a River Flood Warning get issued, and a special statement regarding a Thunderstorm with heavy down pours, lightning, and gusty winds. And we’re forecasted for more rain into this afternoon and this evening.

With all this rain, it’s important to remember that safety is number one. Remember to turn around, and don’t drown. If you can’t see while you’re driving, it’s okay to pull over to a safe spot with your hazards on and wait for the rain to pass. It’s better to arrive alive!

If you find your home or business has sustained water damage from the rain, give us a call! We here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at 817.595.2506 and we can definitely help to make sure your home is returned to “Like It Never Even Happened,” and you don’t have the threat of secondary damage like wood swelling or mold to deal with.

Mold In Your Home? Here's How To Tell.

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t get me wrong, I love this weather. The rains are making it cool down, despite the humidity. It legitimately is starting to feel like fall here in North Texas! But with all this rain comes flooding and leaks in the home, and if that’s not taken care of – paired with the humidity it can lead to mold.

That’s why it’s important to keep an eye out for any leaks or unexpected flooding that may have popped up in your house. The faster you take care of the water damage, the less of a chance you have for a mold problem. But in case you missed a leak or any other unexpected water damages there are a few ways you can tell if you’ve got mold in your home.

  1. The most obvious way to tell if you’ve got mold in your home is if you can actually see it. It can be a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. If you suspect what you see is mold, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call and we can come out and look at it for you.
  2. If you notice a musty or strange odor that’s out of place in your home or certain rooms of your home, there’s a pretty good chance in your home has mold.
  3. Keep an eye out for yourself too, your health can be a very telling sign as to whether or not there is mold in your home. Keep an eye out for signs of the common cold like a runny nose, cough, sneezing and other things. If you notice you only feel like this in your home it’s important to call an expert like SERVPRO to remove the mold from your home ASAP, as some mold can be way more dangerous.

If you do find mold in your home DO NOT CLEAN IT WITH BLEACH! That will only discolor the mold, and not kill anything making it liable to return and make you sicker. Give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call today at 817.595.2506 and we can help you with your mold problem!

Flood Watches & Warnings: What's the Difference?

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

With as much rain as we’ve been getting lately here in North Texas 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.

A 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 what the difference between the two types of flooding are, let’s move onto the warning and watches.

A 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.

If your home has suffered flood damage from the recent rains, give us a call here at SERVPRO of  Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at 817.595.2506!

What is Covered by Homeowner's Insurance for Water Damage - Southlake, TX

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

So, you’ve had something happen that resulted in water damage to your home. Your first thought may be “What does my insurance cover?” Water damage is a tricky subject when dealing with the insurance. You may already know that floods aren’t covered by homeowner’s insurance, but you may not know that water damage coverage comes in many different shapes and sizes.

All insurance is different, and what may be covered on one person’s policy, may not be covered on the other. Talk to your insurance agent to see exactly what is or isn’t covered by your policy. Here’s a breakdown of what is and what may not be covered by your policy.

Appliances – Appliances may be covered, though it depends on the type of damage that occurred. If it’s a sudden and accidental loss such as a hose that connects to your fridge that breaks and floods your kitchen this could be covered. However, if it’s a gradual leak that hasn’t been addressed it won’t be covered by insurance. That’s considered failure to maintain your appliances.  Also, be aware that your insurance will not replace the appliance itself – replacement appliances will have to come out of your own pocket.

Pipes – Just like appliances, if a pipe breaks, and it’s an unexpected loss, then your insurance should cover the damage to your floors and walls. However, also like appliances, if it’s a gradual and slow leak (say under a sink) that has been neglected will not be covered because it could have been prevented.

Roof – Roofs are tricky and are often on a case by case basis. While a long-term leak caused by a poorly maintained roof may not be covered, if a tree falls on your roof or high winds blow shingles loose and cause leaks, then the inside of your home will be covered – but not the roof itself. For better understanding about what your policy covers when it comes to roofs, it’s better to talk to your agent.

Backed up drain or sewer line – No. Unless you add on extra coverage, you’re not covered if something gets backed up.

Seepage – Unfortunately, seepage isn’t covered by insurance because it is considered a maintenance issue.

For all your water damage needs call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County 24/7 at 817.595.2506!

Undetected Water Damage in Your Home

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water doesn’t have to burst from pipes or come from a bad flood to be a problem in your home. Sometimes, undetected water damage can cause the biggest headache. There are five tells that there’s water damage going undetected in your home.

  1. Stains on walls and ceilings. – Nobody purposefully looks up at their ceiling. However, it is important to thoroughly check the ceilings in your home for stains. There might be a bath tub or shower leak from one floor to the next, or your ceiling could be leaking into the attic. 
  2. Musty or unpleasant smells – Do you smell something musty, or even earthy, in your home? Hidden water can cause mold to grow, and a nasty smell is a good signal that something is wrong.
  3. Peeling paint – Not only can water stain your walls, but it can also cause the paint to lift. If you see your paint starting to peel, quickly find the source of the problem, or call a professional to fix it.
  4. Visual Mold Growth – Just like with ceilings, we don’t exactly pay attention to the corners of our homes, but often these small hidden areas can tell us about potentially harmful leaks or spills. Check to see if there are any discolored or fuzzy looking spots in isolated corners or hidden areas.
  5. Flooring Effects – When allowed to flow, water naturally seeks the lowest level. This is why rivers flow downstream. Water can seep under your flooring and collect – damaging your sub-floors. Check for and warping or deformation to make sure there is no water hiding beneath the floorboards. When this happens, it is important to act as quickly as possible, so we can restore your flooring to good as new.

If you suspect you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County now! We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 817.595.2506

How To Tell If Your Floor Has Water Damage

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

No floor is safe from water damage. Water can seep down to the sub floor or even seep up from a slab leak. It’s pretty easy to tell whether or floor has had any water damage, and with these tips, you’ll be able to spot it fairly quickly. Each floor type has a different set of signs of water damage, so familiarize yourself with all of the signs to prevent unpleasant suprises.

Carpet shows discoloration and an odor from mold or mildew.

Tile which has discoloration could mean it has water damage. Another trick is to tap on the tiles with a coin. If you hear an empty or hollow sound it means the tiles are loose and that it could be water damage.

Hardwood flooring has four main signs that water damage has occurred. The first sign is buckling which means the floor planks have completely removed themselves from the floor under them. Next, are dark spots – which could just be a part of the wood’s natural pattern, but if it’s a fairly new spot it is most likely mold or mildew. Third, is bulging which is when the wood planks bubble upwards and create sort of a crown shape. Lastly, is cupping. With cupping, the planks will have dips in the center and raised edges.

Laminate flooring usually sports swelling around the edges. Warping also occurs when the planks aren’t flat and are cupping or bulging. Discoloration could mean mold or mildew.

Linoleum flooring that is showing discoloration could mean that there is water damage.

If you suspect your floor has had water damage, call us today at 817.595.2506!

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - 5/3/18

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

A serve thunderstorm watch has been issued for North Central Texas including Tarrant County until 2PM today including the following areas: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo, Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Stephens, Tarrant, Wise and Young.

Hazards include strong winds, hail, flooding, and a potential for tornadoes. Stay indoors and away from windows and doors. Stay weather aware with a weather app such as the NOAA weather app, make sure your mobile devices are charged. Stay tuned to your TV as well. If there is flooding, avoid driving through it. Avoid down power lines.

Keep an eye on the radar here.

If you do sustain storm damage to your home, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call! We answer our phones twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!

Water Damage in Older Homes, Southlake TX

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Older Homes with Water Damage

I LOVE older homes, especially homes built in the 50s and 60s – I’m a post-modern fan. But, with older homes there is always the risk of finding a multitude of problems, from electrical, to structure, coding, and water. Water is probably one of the worst problems that can plague a home. It can rot out wood and cause dangerous mold. So, how do you tell if an older home has water damage? Here are some common signs:

What’s that smell? Sometimes water damage isn’t always in plain sight, so sometimes you have to make like a dog and follow your nose. Occasionally, some older homes might just have a musty smell due to their age, but if you walk into a specific room and your nose is assaulted by the smell of mold or mildew - more so than normal - then moisture damage is probably lurking behind the walls.

That’s an awfully ugly stain. You can pretty much spot a water stain from a mile away, almost everyone knows what they look like. If you’re purchasing an old home and see water stains or fresh paint in places it shouldn’t be – beware! Ask if the damage was repaired, and require proof to go along with it. If the stain pops up suddenly, get a professional out as fast as you can to see where the water is coming from.

That shouldn’t be crumbling like that. Crumbling wood around your windows and baseboards could mean water has gotten into the wood, making it crumble.

The Buckling. Buckling happens when the floorboards lift off from the sub floor. It is a sign that water has seeped into the dry wall or flooring and has made it swell. You’ll be able to see it and feel it when you walk over the spot; the floor will be warped and will feel as though you are walking over a bump. Get with a professional to determine where the water leak is coming from, and begin repairs before more damage is done.

If you’ve got an older home and have water damage – call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County today at 817.595.2506.

100-Year-Floods. What are They?

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Almost everyone is susceptible to flooding, especially those who live in low lying areas near bodies of water – especially during storm season. Flooding can happen at almost any time, and anywhere, in the United States. Coastal cities like Houston or Corpus Christi are especially at risk during hurricane season which happens from June to November, but peaks in August and September. Here in Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, we are more at-risk for flooding during the spring months.

When a flood does happen, you may hear reporters talk about a 100-year-flood, so what is it? We assume that it means the flood of the century. A historical flood only seen once within the last 100 years – even though they can occur two or three years in a row. The 100- year-flood is more about probability than it has to do with historical record.

The phrase ‘100-year-flood’ means that there is a 1 in 100 chance of a flood of that size occurring that year. It was a term made up in the 70's for insurance purposes, and is used to calculate who is required to get flood insurance and who isn’t. If you want to know if you live in a 100-year floodplain, you can check out a map here.

If you happen to live in a 100 year flood plain, and a flood does happen – give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call! We can make it like it never happened with our 24/7 emergency services! 817.595.2506

Water Categories

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

When we deal with water extractions in your homes, you may hear things like “category three” water cleanup, but what do the different categories mean? There are three different categories and each category describes a level of contamination within the water.

Category 1 or “clear water” is water that comes from a clean source such as a disconnected line from an appliance, a water supply line that has broken, or a tub that has overflown. With exposure to other materials, Category 1 water can quickly deteriorate to a Category 2.  

Category 2 or “grey water” is water that has come from a source such as overflowed drains from washing machines, dishwashers, or shower and sink, or aquariums. Category 2 water has contaminants that can make you uncomfortable or sick. Much like Category 1, Category 2 water can quickly turn into Category 3.

Category 3 or “black water” is the worst classification of water loss that you can have.  Category 3 water is incredibly contaminated water, and contains pathogens, toxins, and other harmful things. This type of water can cause severe illness, or even death, when someone is exposed to it. This type of water’s source can include ground water, toilet over flow with feces, flooding from rivers or streams, and sewer backup.

If you have a water loss, don’t wait! Call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County today, we answer our phones 24/7! 817.595.2506

Vacation & Water Damage

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Summer time is right around the corner, which means one thing: vacation. There’s always so much on our minds when it comes to vacations: do we have everything? Do we have boarding passes? What time do we need to leave for the airport? Are the dogs being watched? You double check to make sure everything is unplugged, and ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your house to make sure it doesn’t catch on fire, but what about the opposite of fire? What about water damage?

Most of us don’t think about the possibility of water damage when we are away on vacation. However, nothing would be worse than coming home from the Happiest Place on Earth and finding yourself standing in a few inches of water. Here are some things to add to your pre-vacation check list.

  • Shut off the water valve - The easiest way to avoid damage is to turn off your water at the main valve, and we recommend doing this for both long and shorter trips. If you’re not sure where the main water valve shut off is, call your plumber. He can also test to make sure it’s working properly.
  • Appliances and more – if don’t want to shut off your main water valve because someone is house or pet sitting, or your sprinkler system is set to run, you should turn off the valves to your appliances like your dishwasher, ice maker, and washing machine.
  • Gutters – If you didn’t clean out your gutters while doing your spring yard maintenance, you should do so now. If there’s a sudden summer storm while you’re away, it could unleash havoc on your home.
  • Check your insurance policy – if something should happen while you’re away it’s important to double check your insurance policy. Some policies are voided if the home is unoccupied for an extended period. Some policies even have a requirement that someone must check the premises at least once a week.

If you come home from vacation to a water loss, don’t worry! Call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at 817.595.2506, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!

Removing Water Rings from Tables

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

We’ve covered some heavy-duty water damage topics here on our blog. However, what about the little things? Like water rings on tables, for instance? We’ve all had it happen... a guest doesn’t use a coaster, or your kids simply ignore them. Whatever the case may be, it’s still an unsightly problem. If it’s not too late in the game, however, it is possible to remove water stains from your furniture using a variety of tips and tricks found below.

First off, how do cups stain tables in the first place?

Basically, water rings are a mark left by glasses or other damp materials and the wood absorbs the moisture. Sometimes it’s a cloudiness or a white ring (or dark ring) that is caused by moisture that’s trapped in the finish – which is also the sign of a weak finish. In this case, the moisture hasn’t quite reached the wood yet and has just settled into a layer of finish. If you act quickly – there is hope!

The first thing you can try is hot air. Hot air is one of the best ways to treat water marks that have just recently occurred. You don’t need anything fancy either, a hair dryer will do just fine. Using its lowest – but still warm – setting, move the hair dryer back and forth directly over the mark. This should draw out the moisture in most cases, but just be cautious because it will also heat up the wax finish and melt it slightly. Buff out the area with a soft rag once the water mark has evaporated.

Second is toothpaste. Put a basic white toothpaste on a clean, dry rag and dab it directly onto the stain. This method works by using the abrasive qualities of the toothpaste and water extraction alone. Let the toothpaste sit for a few minutes and then gently rub it along the line of the stain. Be sure not to scrub too hard or go too far out of the stain, and don’t use a gel or a brand with bleaching agents. Both could potentially cause more damage.

The third method you can try is mayonnaise. I know, if you’re like me and you can’t stand the smell of mayo, then this may not be for you. Spread the mayo on the stain and leave it sitting for no shorter than three hours, overnight works best. After it has been left on for the desired amount of time, simply wipe it away.

If you’ve got a white ring that doesn’t respond to any of the above solutions, try using superfine 4/0 steel wool and a finishing product. First pour the finishing product on the stain and then use the steel wool to abrade the surface lightly in the direction of the grain (Be cautious and gentle! You don’t want to damage your table more). Use a towel to wipe away the excess finish. When you’re done with the steel wool, use the finishing product one more time to polish the entire surface of the table. Wipe away the oil and put a clear finish over the top.

If you’ve got dark rings, that means the water has already seeped through the finish and into the wood. Unfortunately, when this happens the above techniques won’t be effective. It may need to be refinished.

For your bigger water problems, call SERVPRO of Grapevine/Ne Tarrant County! We answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 817.595.2506

Fire & Pets

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires annually. Unfortunately, pets knock over candles and turn on stoves starting over 1,000 fires a year. We here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County love our pets, so we’ve put together some tips to help you both prevent and plan for a fire with your pet.

Prevention

As always, prevention is the number one way to make sure your pet is protected against a house fire.

  • It seems like a no brainer, but make sure all open flames are extinguished before you leave your home or go to bed. Cats are notorious for knocking over lit candles.
  • If your stove has knobs, take them off before you leave or go to bed at night. You can also use covers like the ones you’d use for baby proofing. This prevents animals from accidentally turning something on.
  • Our pets enjoy warmth during the winter just as much as we do! However, it’s important to keep their bedding and toys away from open flames like fireplaces.
  • As always, make sure you’ve got working smoke alarms!
  • If your pet likes to chew, keep electrical cords out of reach. A pet could chew a wire and cause a short that starts a fire.

In the Event of a Fire

Sometimes, though the unthinkable happens and your house does catch fire, here are a few things you can do to make sure your pet is safe.

  • Your pet should wear a collar with identification tags at all times in case they get lost during the fire.
  • If you haven’t already, get your pet microchipped. In the event they aren’t wearing their collar, or they manage to wiggle free of it, they can be easily identified and returned to you.
  • If there’s a fire while you’re not home, make sure your neighbors know how many pets you have and their names. If you trust them enough, you can even give them a spare key to use in the event of an emergency.
  • Get a sign for your window! Many places offer signs to let firemen and rescue workers know you have pets in your home.
  • Have a pet emergency kit available. Some things you’ll want to include are food, water, a toy, first-aid kit, leash, treats, medication, and any important documents you may need.
  • When testing your smoke alarm, or when vacuuming, try and see where your pet goes to hide when they’re scared or in distress. This information will make it easier to evacuate with your pet and can let firefighters know where your pet is in the event of a fire. 
  • Have an escape plan put into place that includes your pet, and practice it.
  • Keep leashes and crates by the door so if there is a fire your pet can be rescued easily, and you can evacuate easily too.
  • Train your pet to come when called – it’ll make evacuation and rescue a breeze.

If you and your pet have been affected by a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24/7 just give us a call (817-595-2506) and we’ll be on our way.

What to do after a fire in Southlake, TX

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do after a fire in Southlake, TX A fire can be devastating but know that it is all okay.

A house fire is something we never want to happen to our homes. Unfortunately, they do happen – frequently as well. In 2016 one home fire was reported every 90 seconds, and they are incredibly traumatic events. You’ll be bombarded by so many different emotions at once, it’ll be hard to figure out which way is up. Just take a deep breath and everything will be okay! The most important thing is that you and your family are safe. Call your loved ones and let them know what happened, and then your insurance know as well. Once you do that, restarting your life can begin.

When the fire is finally out, check with the proper authorities to make sure it’s safe to enter your home. The firefighters will go through precautionary measures and procedures to make sure the area is safe for you to enter the home and evaluate the damage.

Sometimes the most surprising thing to occur with a house fire is water damage! A massive amount of water is used to put out the fire and it can sometimes cause more damage than the fire! Water can not only damage your belongings, but it will also pose a more dangerous situation: mold. Call us here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County and we will arrive as soon as possible to assess the damage and gather your belongings to begin work on restoring them.

Lastly, when you leave your property, secure it! Burglars could come in and rob you of your remaining property – making a bad situation worse, or someone could be injured on your property. Ask the authorities on how to secure your home.

If the unimaginable happens, call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at 817.595.2506. We are here 24/7!

What To Do When Storm Damage Occurs in Grapevine, TX

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO in Grapevine and N.E. Tarrant County, we know a thing or two about what the phrase “Spring Weather” means to us. It means a whole lot of rain, thunderstorms, lightning, hail and even tornadoes. We know what to do DURING a storm, but what do we do after the storm? Here are some helpful tips to get yourself back on track after a storm hits.

  1. You and your family’s safety is the number one goal. Watch out for safety hazards such as broken glass, and exposed nails. If dealing with flood waters be sure to wear protective clothing including boots, gloves, eye protection and masks as flood waters can carry sewage, bacteria, and other dangers. Stay away from downed powerlines. Be sure to use a flashlight instead of a candle when inspecting your home at night.
  2. When it’s safe to do so, document your damage. This will help when filing your insurance claim. Be sure to take photos and videos of your entire property – from multiple angles. Take photos of both the exterior and interior.
  3. If you have flooding, water extraction is the most important step to restoring your home. By choosing SERVPRO of Grapevine and N.E. Tarrant County you can be sure that the water extraction will be handled quickly and professionally. Our professionals can evaluate your belongings to see if they can be cleaned and restored.

SERVPRO of Grapevine and N.E. Tarrant County takes storm clean up seriously. We will make sure you are back on your feet in no time. Give us a call, 24/7 at 817.595.2506!

Common Causes for House Fires

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Common Causes of House Fires

There are several causes for house fires. Listed below you will see some of those causes.

 Cooking Equipment

Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire very easily if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, when cooking on hotplates.

 Heating

Keep portable heaters at least one meter away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, laundry, clothes and even yourself. If you have a furnace, get it inspected once a year to make sure it is working to safety standards.

 Smoking in bedrooms

A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame, as the butt may stay lit for a few hours. If it meets any flammable materials such as furniture, it can burst into flames.

 Electrical Equipment

An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power point that is overloaded with double adapter plugs can cause a fire from overuse of electricity.

 Candles

Candles look and smell pretty but if left unattended they can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room.

 Faulty Wiring

Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires from electrical hazards. Some signs to see if you have bad wiring are:

1) Lights dim if you use another appliance.

2) For an appliance to work, you must disconnect.

3) Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently.

Have a licensed electrician come and inspect you house or contact your landlord if you have any of the above occurrences.

 Lighting

Lamp shades and light fittings can build up heat if they are very close to light globes.

Here at SERVPRO of Grapevine and N.E. Tarrant County, no matter the type of fire loss or residue left, our highly trained professionals understand the behavior of smoke and the cleanup processes to best utilize during fire restoration services. We are ready for whatever happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 817-595-2506.

Thunderstorm Preparedness

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm Preparedness

All thunderstorms are dangerous and produce lightning. On average lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more in the US each year. Dangers associated with thunderstorms include strong winds, flash flooding, hail, and even tornadoes.


To prepare for a thunderstorm:

  • Trim or remove tree limbs near your home. Remove any dead or rotting trees.
  • Secure outdoor items.
  • Postpone or cancel outdoor activities.
  • Go inside - if you can't reach a building, get in a hard-top vehicle.
  • Secure doors and windows. Close blinds, curtains, or shutters.
  • Unplug electronics.

When a thunderstorm occurs:

  • Remember this phrase: "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors". Go inside during thunderstorms.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio such as a NOAA Weather Radio for updates and information.
  • Unplug electronics and appliances to prevent damage from lightning-caused power surges.
  • Water conducts electricity. Water-based activities and chores should be avoided during a thunderstorm.
  • Windows, porches, and doorways can be dangerous in storms - stay inside.
  • If you can't get inside, try to avoid natural lightning rods - like a large tree in an open field, and try not to be the tallest thing on a hill, open field, or beach.
  • Try not to touch metal - including your car - metal conducts electricity.
  • Stay in your car if you're driving. Pull over and turn on your hazard lights until heavy rain ends.

 After the storm passes:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don't drown!
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas.
  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Keep a close eye on your pets to keep them safe.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Grapevine and NE Tarrant County are highly trained and certified. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge they need to help with any water or fire loss.

SERVPRO of Grapevine and NE Tarrant County

817-595-2506

We are here to help 24/7!

Commercial Property Water Loss and Extraction

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Water Loss and Extraction Commercial Water cleanup in Grapevine, Texas.

Commercial Property Water Loss and Extraction

Water is the single most long-term destructive substance in the indoor environment. It can dissolve or weaken building materials, damage floors and ceilings, and can also cause microbial growth if you don’t fix water damage quickly and professionally.

The faster the water is extracted the less damage to the building structure and contents.

The first thing to do if you are dealing with water damage at your place of business is to remove the water immediately. The faster the water is extracted the less damage to the building structure and contents. In situations, this is not enough. Standing water from carpet, flooring and walls can cause permanent damage if not taken care of in a timely manner

Extracting water in commercial buildings or properties, is a very important part of any large water loss. Fire sprinklers, used to stop fire from spreading, can leave you with wet and soggy office spaces. 

Water extraction is used to assist in the prevention of microbial growth from expanding and growing. Extraction of water is also needed to keep floors from buckling. The dehumidifiers and air movers will be placed by the technicians in the necessary areas of the building.

A SERVPRO manager will walk the property with the owner/manager and adjuster explaining the process and to answer any questions they may have about removal of property, items and demo.

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

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

Grapevine, TX Spring Weather

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Grapevine, TX Spring Weather Residential lightning strike in the kitchen. Grapevine, Texas

Quick Response plus High Standards

equals SERVPRO

Spring is around the corner and we all know what that means here in North Texas: Thunderstorms, high winds, hail, lightning strikes and possible tornadoes.

When these types of weather events happen, it means possible property destruction and loss for many residents in the DFW Metroplex and surrounding counties. This can be very devastating to you as the homeowner and your family. Following a severe storm which may include: high winds, damaging hail and lightning, these can cause major damage to your home both structurally and with the exterior. It is very important to have the damage inspected. SERVPRO is here to help you during this time.

By choosing SERVPRO of Grapevine and NE Tarrant County you will receive local support with personal care for your situation. Here at SERVPRO we are ready for whatever happens.
 
We use state of the art equipment that will clean your home and help ease you and your family’s peace of mind. SERVPRO technicians are qualified and highly trained with Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC). We work side by side with your insurance company, insuring that communication about the handling of your home is done to your satisfaction and in a timely manner. We work hard to make it “Like It never even happened.” Your satisfaction is our goal.

*Call SERVPRO of Grapevine and NE Tarrant County at (817) 595-2506 to schedule an inspection with our trained and qualified technicians.

Mold Prevention for Bathroom

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Prevention in Bathroom

Mold in bathrooms is a common problem in almost every home. Excessive moisture and provides the perfect conditions for consistent mold growth. Constantly re-caulking, to keep a growth problem under control, can be time consuming and expensive. The best defense against mold is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Here are a few tricks to help you stop mold growth in your bathroom:

  • Turn on the ventilation fan while you shower and leave it on for 15 minutes after. If you don’t have a fan open a window or use a dehumidifier. Check ventilation fan for dust and debris, clean as needed.
  • Leave shower curtain and/or door open to allow air flow dry out the shower/bathtub.
  • Use a squeegee after a bath or shower to remove some of the excess moisture.
  • Keeping items inside of the bath/shower can hide mold growth as well as collecting water to promote it. Childs bath toys are particularly notorious for growing mold, so be sure to dry them as much as possible and clean them regularly.
  • Fix leaky faucets and shower heads.
  • Use a shower curtain that can be put in the washing machine. There are also many mold-resistant liners available.
  • Check for any other signs of mold in the bathroom under the sink, behind the toilet, etc.

If you are experiencing mold in your bathroom, regardless of how often you clean, please call us here at SERVPRO of Grapevine / N.E. Tarrant County at 817-595-2506 to schedule an appointment!

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

Restoring Commercial Property After Water Damage

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Commercial Property After A Water Damage

Commercial Buildings Flood and Water

Commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response when dealing with flood and water damage in the Grapevine / N.E. Tarrant County area. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, SERVPRO of Grapevine / N.E. Tarrant County works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Grapevine / N.E. Tarrant County technicians specialize in the water damage cleanup and restoration of commercial property after a water damage event. Our technicians are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency arises in your business, give us a call!

SERVPRO of Grapevine / N.E. Tarrant County

817-595-2506

 Helping to make it

“Like it never even happened.”

Winter Storm Advisory for North Texas

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Liam:

Winter weather advisories for the threat of snow, freezing rain and sleet have also been issued from North Texas and Eastern Oklahoma into the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic. At this time, winter weather advisories are not in effect for the downtown neighborhoods of Dallas-Fort Worth, but are in effect for the northern suburbs. 

Winter Storm Preparedness: Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

Winter storms don’t happen very often in Dallas; however, cold weather does come to town. That being said,

The National Severe Storms Laboratory categories a winter storm as having snow, sleet, or freezing rain. In North Texas we can see any of this type of precipitation. When the temperature is below freezing, and precipitation is in the forecast, SERVPRO of Grapevine and N.E. Tarrant County knows what types of calls to expect: water damages.

How Water Pipes Freeze and Break

A water damage during a winter storm happens when your pipes freeze. When water freezes, it expands and creates pressure inside the pipe, which can cause it to break.  The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed.  Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.

Indoor Frozen Pipe Prevention

Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. Detaching the hose allows water to drain from the pipe. Otherwise, a single hard, overnight freeze can burst either the faucet or the pipe it's connected to.

Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas. If you have pipes in an unheated garage or cold crawl space under the house, wrap the water pipes before temperatures plummet. Hardware or building supply stores will have good pipe wrapping materials available.

Allow steady water flow. In some places you're advised to leave a steady drip or pencil-lead-thin stream of water flowing from a bathroom faucet during the worst of a cold spell.

SERVPRO of Grapevine and N.E. Tarrant County 817-595-2506

Can You Save Your Beautiful Carpet From Mold When It Get’s Wet in Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co?

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s Fast Response can Help Prevent Mold Infestation

It doesn’t take much for a rug to get wet.  In rare instances the culprit can be extreme weather or run-off after a storm, more often the cause is a broken pipe or appliance is enough to thoroughly soak a carpet through.  Once this does happen there is a genuine concern that you might be facing mold growth in the near future.  Mold is a fungus that thrives off of moisture and an organic food source for sustenance.  Carpet fibers are an excellent food source for mold, once fungus gets into your carpet, it is difficult to get it out again.

The best way to save your beautiful carpet from mold damage after it gets wet in Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. is to call SERVPRO at once.  The key to saving floor coverings from microbial growth is to dry them out quickly and thoroughly, not allowing the spores a chance to grow.  Our technicians are IICRC certified and have the equipment and skills to dry your carpet fast.

On arrival, we begin by extracting as much water from your carpet as possible.  We use specialized tools and make several passes over the affected area because we understand that thorough extraction is key to the success of the drying process.

Once extraction is complete, our next step is to dry your carpet.  SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. will use up to three different kinds of air movers strategically placed to move air over the area and wick out what moisture is left.  We also use dehumidifiers to lower the moisture levels in the air and hasten the drying process.

We understand that thorough drying is the only protection against mold growth.  To make sure we dry your carpet and structure up to its dry standard we use a range of equipment including moisture meters and moisture probes to measure the moisture content continuously through the drying process.

If your carpet gets wet, do not put your home or carpet at risk for microbial growth!  Call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co, we are always here to help!  Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

817-595-2506

Do you know how to shut off the water at your work?

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

When something goes wrong at work usually our first instinct is to call the boss or maintenance. What happens if they happen to be in a meeting or out of the office if you suddenly find yourself with water going everywhere and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you even start?

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. can help commercial properties in preplanning for a water, fire or storm disaster. By having a plan of action in place prior to any event and including it into your regular training at your office you can help minimize the damage and cost if an unplanned water or fire event happens.  SERVPRO, as a free service to any commercial property in Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co., would love the opportunity to work with you and create an Emergency Ready Profile.  It will contain all the critical information to help minimize damages and provide the resources for the employees of the company with property details and information.

Call your local SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. to set up an appointment to meet with one of our highly trained representatives, we are always here to help!

Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

817-595-2506

Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, Let's Be Storm Ready!

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County knows that severe weather can happen anywhere at anytime. According to the National Weather Service Storm Ready website, every year Americans cope with an average of the following:

  • 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms

Of all the presidentially declared disasters, roughly 98% of them are weather related. This leads to about 500 deaths per year and close to 15 billion dollars in damage.  Knowing the risk of severe weather, taking preemptive measures helps you be better prepared when disaster strikes.

Asses Your Risk

  • First, understanding the types of hazardous weather that is possible where you live and work and the possible impact it could have on you, your family and your business is key to being weather-ready.

Take Action

  • Making a communication plan for your home and business is the next step in being prepared for severe weather in your area. Having an emergency kit on hand is a good thing, so is making sure you have important documents and anything valuable in a safe place.

If your home or business is ever affected by severe weather SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is always here to help! Call us any time, day or night, our phones are answered 24 hours a day / 7 days a week!

817-595-2506

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County Can Clean Up Your Hotel Rooms!

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

If you run a hotel in the Grapevine/NE Tarrant County area then you know how important it is to provide the cleanest rooms possible to your patrons. Your business runs on a solid first impression and customer approval.  When your guests enter into one of your rooms for the first time, it’s imperative that it looks clean and smells great.  This encourages people to come back time and time again plus promotes outstanding reviews.  Allowing SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County to deodorize your rooms helps create the amazing first impression you want them to experience.

We Identify Odors

Hotels and many commercial buildings do not always have the ability to open windows and let in clean fresh air. This is one reason SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County has special deodorization techniques.  We have a highly trained staff that knows how to identify and eliminate stubborn odors. 

We Handle Odors

The techniques we use to handle odors are specifically designed to restore your rooms to a desirable state. Unwanted smells can be trapped in upholstery, carpets, draperies and even hard surfaces.  Using fragrance or air fresheners is not the answer to an odor problem.  There have been state of the art advances in proprietary cleaning that has changed the way deodorization works.

The professionals here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County are ready to take your hotel to the next level of clean. We would be honored to work with you to even schedule routine cleanings to prevent offensive odors from becoming excessive in any room.

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is here to help!

 Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.

Give us a call! 817-595-2506

When a Storm Hits SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is Ready!

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Out technicians are highly trained and certified to use specialized equipment to restore your damaged property to the condition it was in prior to being affected by the storm.

Faster Response

We are locally owned and operated, because of this, we are able to respond faster with the right resources which is critical when water damage has occurred. A fast response decreases the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises, and elite Disaster Recovery Teams across the country.

Have Storm Damage? Call us Today!

817-595-2506

Grapevine/NE Tarrant County Smoke and Soot Damage

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can be very sneaky and invasive possibly causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County allows us to be able to assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.

Smoke & Soot Facts:

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, it seeps through any holes used by your plumbing to go from floor to floor. Depending on what type of smoke it is may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

Wet & dry are the two different types of smoke. As a result, there are different types of soot residue following a fire.  Before any restoration begins, SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County will perform a test on the soot to determine what type of smoke damage occurred.  The cleaning process will then be based on the result of the test.  West Smoke is produced from any plastic & rubber.  Dry smoke is produced when you burn paper and wood.  Protein Fire Residue is produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire and causes and extremely pungent odor.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every smoke and fire damage circumstance is a little different. A unique solution is required for each situation that is tailored for the specific conditions.  We here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your smoke and fire damage.  Our mission is to always treat you and your property with empathy, respect and care.

Have any Questions about Fire, Soot or Smoke Damage? We are always here to help!

Call 817-595-2506

Hurst-Euless-Bedford Residents: Mold Safety Tips to Follow If You Suspect Mold

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

If you think you see mold in your home, do not disturb it. The reason being is that you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your entire home.  When mold is disturbed it can release microscopic mold spores that easily become airborne with the ability to circulate inside your home.

What Not to DO:

  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with suspected or visible mold growth.
  • Do not spray bleach or any other disinfectants on the mold.
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Do not disturb or touch the mold.

What to Do:

  • Make sure you stay out of any area that you suspect has mold growth.
  • Turn your HVAC and any fans you have off.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County for our certified mold remediation services.

Here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, we are specialist in mold cleanup, remediation and restoration. Our crews are highly trained and certified restoration professionals.  We use specialized techniques and equipment to properly remediate your mold problem safely and in a timely manner.

          If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today!

  SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.    817-595-2506

Having an Emergency Ready Plan for Your Business is Key When Fire Strikes

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County understands how important your business and commercial endeavors are and we offer a way for you to plan for the unexpected! Our Emergency Ready Profile allows us to be completely familiar with your commercial building so when we receive your call anytime, day or night, we are ready to engage and already know the structure that needs our help.

At no cost to you, we provide a thorough assessment of your building that is conducted by our highly trained staff, permitting us to advise you on how best to plan your response to a fire disaster. By taking advantage of our Emergency Ready Profile you are able to develop a personalized and comprehensive disaster restoration plan that will begin to operate the second the fire is reported to us. 

By having and ERP in place with us here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, our highly trained technicians will become instantly familiar with the layout of your commercial property as we will have already obtained all the critical information about mechanical, security and electrical systems so they can respond quickly to your commercial fire damage needs.

Give us a call and set up an appointment to have your business proactively assessed by SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County.

We are always here to help!

817-595-2506

Unique Challenges Present when Restoring Commercial Properties in Grapevine/NE Tarrant County

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage and flooding events at commercial properties in Grapevine/NE Tarrant County are often complex with various issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a large scale event or a relatively small water cleanup we work quickly to assess the full scope of the situation and isolate the affected area.  There are many instances in fact that your normal operations will be able to continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Unique Challenges Present when Restoring Commercial Properties

Our highly trained professional technicians are always mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to remediate and restore your facility while working closely with you and you plus your insurance if the loss results in you filing a claim. SERVPRO has the fastest response time of anyone in our industry.  We know too well that every hour spent on cleanup is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is always here to help!

If you experience and water damage or flooding you can give us a call anytime. 

Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

817-595-2506

Surprise Mold Growth in Bedford, Texas

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Surprise Mold Growth in Bedford, Texas Surprise Mold Growth Bedford Texas

A Bedford Texas homeowner went on vacation for two weeks in July only to come back to surprise mold growth covering a significant amount of the inside of their house. The week prior to their vacation we were experiencing cooler days than normal here in the DFW Metroplex and they didn’t think twice about turning their thermostat up to 80 before they left.  Unfortunately, their HVAC unit decided to spring a leak shortly after they left for vacation and the true Texas summer heat came back. The moisture from the leak and the higher than normal temperature inside of their home supported the fast spread of mold growth.

We were able to perform the mold remediation before it could spread any further. We cleaned and treated all the effected areas and it looked like new when our job was complete.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  • Emergency Contact SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. 817-595-2506
  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

Have Questions? Call Us Today.  SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. is Always Here To Help!

817-595-2506

Water Damage in Grapevine, Texas

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Recently a home in Grapevine Texas flooded due to a water main break under the foundation. We were called in to begin the restoration process and were able to quickly extract the water to avoid any mold growth and any further damage to building materials.  When a home is flooded it is very important to extract the water as soon as possible. 

The following list shows a timeline of the effects water can have on a structure:

Within Minutes:

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

Hours 1-2:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

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

Have any questions? Call Us Today! We here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. are here to help!

817-595-2506

October is National Fire Prevention Month

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

October is National Fire Prevention Month.

The American Red Cross says that on average there are 36 people that are injured and 7 people killed per year due to house fires. Also they state that every year there is 7 billion dollars worth of damage as a direct result of house fires.

There are many things you can do to help prevent a fire in your home and help you avoid being a statistic.

  • Never use appliances or electronics with damaged electrical cords
  • Never leave portable fireplaces, candles and heaters unattended
  • Never leave appliances such as ovens, curling/flat irons on and unattended
  • Have your HVAC tested and always repair when needed
  • Be sure to keep flammable materials away from sources of heat
  • Make sure you always empty the lint tray when you use your dryer
  • Keep lighters and matches in a safe place that is not accessible to children

Even with multiple habits and measures in place to prevent a fire it is always best to be prepared for a fire and be ready for action if one was to break out.

  • Teach children how to dial 911 in case of any emergency
  • Have at least two emergency escape routes and be sure that all members of the household know what they are
  • Everyone in the house, no matter what age needs to know how to stop, drop and roll in case an article of clothing catches on fire
  • Have fire detectors located in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every floor of the house
  • Test fire detectors monthly
  • Replace the batteries in fire detectors at least once a year

If a fire does happen to touch your life we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County are always here to help! Give us a call anytime, our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  817-595-2506

5 Steps When Faced with Fire Damage in Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Step 1: EMERGENCY SERVICES & BOARD UP

Once firefighters are onsite and attempting to extinguish the fire, they may have to knock out windows and cut holes into walls and the roof to provide ventilation. Doing this will provide ventilation and will slow down the fire’s growth.  Once they have successfully extinguished the fire we are able to start extracting any standing water, plus properly board up any holes in the exterior of your home.  The purpose of boarding up your structure is to protect your home and your belongings from the elements.

Step 2: ASSESS THE DAMAGE

We will evaluate the severity of the fire damage to your home or business. Depending on the extent of the damage and what type of fire it was we will estimate the full scope of work needed to remediate your possessions and property to their original conditions. 

Step 3: SMOKE & SOOT REMOVAL / DEODORIZATION

Smoke and soot contain chemicals that are harmful to your health. They can also permeate drapes carpets, basically, all textiles will have been vulnerable to be affected by the fire.  With immediate cleaning by our extensively trained staff using industry approved methods we eliminate not only the odor but the potential risk of breathing in these toxins.

Step 4: THE CLEANING & DRYING PROCESS

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. will now be able to extract what remaining water they can throughout all effected areas. Once this is done, we place dehumidifiers that will pull the moisture from the air and industrial air movers to accelerate evaporation.  This is the fastest most controlled drying process possible.  Once every part of your home has reached the dry standard we go back through and cover all areas that were affected with an antimicrobial disinfectant. 

Step 5: CLEANING & RESTORATION OF YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY

We have a dedicated space where we handle disinfecting and removing hazardous soot and smoke residue from all of your salvageable personal belongings. From family heirlooms, framed artwork, to your kitchen’s glassware and dishes.  Our restoration goal for your personal items is to get them back to the exact state they were in prior to the fire.

If your home or business has been affected by a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week just give us a call (817-595-2506) and we’ll be on our way!

Suspect You May Have a Mold Issue?

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can be a very sneaky culprit that can cause major issues for your home and can possibly cause health effects. These signs can aid you in identifying any noticeable or hidden causes of mold.  Detecting mold growth early can save you money and trouble before it becomes a large problem.

Mold Smell - In any parts of your house have you noticed a moldy smell? The more prominent the smell of mold, the more likely it means there could be mold growing nearby.

Seeing Mold - Even the tiniest amount, when spotted, means there is enough moisture in your house for mold to grow. It may be more prevalent in the places that you can’t see that are near where you’ve spotted it. 

Condensation - Humidity levels above 60% can lead to mold growth. Condensation can often occur on cold surfaces, examples of where this can commonly occur is on windows and metal pipes.  The water from condensation can build up and create a moisture problem.  It is generally recommended to keep the humidity level in your house between 30% to 60% as to not promote mold growth.

Every mold growth scenario is different and requires a unique solution. One of our specializations here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is mold damage restoration.  We have advanced training in restoration techniques, the specialized equipment, and the experience to quickly restore your home quickly and effectively.  

If you think you may have a possible mold issue, give us a call! We here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County are always here to help!  Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.  (817-595-2506)

Dealing with Storm Damage in Grapevine/ NE Tarrant County

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Living in Texas we all know just how unpredictable the weather can be!  Storm damage can happen at any time and can cause an intense amount of damage to your home or business. Strong winds can cause downed trees and damage to your roof, heavy rains can cause unforeseen flooding. These events can easily create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy in place if you are ever effected by a storm will help you be ready if disaster strikes.

We here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. have compiled a list of the next steps to take after incurring any storm related damage.

1. First, Assess the Damage -Immediately cover any broken windows and secure doors. If your roof is leaking, temporary plastic sheeting can be used to prevent even more water damage. You can clear debris that is blocking walkways or driveways but be sure to never touch any downed powerlines.

2. Now it’s Time to Call SERVPRO of Hurst – Euless – Bedford! We are a highly trained Emergency Response / Disaster Recovery team that specializes in Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration. As a trusted leader in the industry we pride ourselves at having the fastest response time and every minute counts when water is where it shouldn’t be.

3. Next, Notify Your Insurance Company – Your next step should be to call your insurance agency and let them know the situation. The claims process can be time consuming so be sure not to procrastinate. Most likely you will be assigned a claim number and an adjuster who will be speaking with you in a timely manner to schedule a visit. We work with all insurance providers and make sure there are always open lines of communication on our progress with the drying out process and taking care of your home or business.

If your home or business has been effected by a storm, we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/ NE Tarrant Co. are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week just give us a call (817-595-2506) and we’ll be on our way!

Suspect You May Have a Mold Issue?

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can be a very sneaky culprit that can cause major issues for both you and your home. These signs can aid you in identifying any noticeable or hidden causes of mold.  Detecting mold growth early can save you money and trouble before it becomes a much bigger and more dangerous problem.

Mold Smell - In any parts of your house have you noticed a moldy smell? The more prominent the smell of mold, the more likely it means there could be mold growing nearby.

Seeing Mold - Even the tiniest amount, when spotted, means there is enough moisture in your house for mold to grow. It may be more prevalent in the places that you can’t see that are near where you’ve spotted it. 

Condensation - Humidity levels above 60% can lead to mold growth. Condensation can often occur on cold surfaces, examples of where this can commonly occur is on windows and metal pipes.  The water from condensation can build up and create a moisture problem.  It is generally recommended to keep the humidity level in your house between 30% to 60% as to not promote mold growth.

Every mold growth scenario is different and requires a unique solution. One of our specializations here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. is mold damage restoration.  We have advanced training in restoration techniques, the specialized equipment, and the experience to quickly restore your home quickly and effectively.  

If you think you may have a possible mold issue, give us a call! We here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/ NE Tarrant Co. are always here to help!  Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.  (817-595-2506)

Water Cleanup - Keller, Texas

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

We were called in to perform the cleanup on this Keller, Texas that suffered water damage from a leaking roof.

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

 

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

 

What To Do After Flooding

 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

 

What NOT To Do After Flooding

 

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

 

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Water Damage - Colleyville, Texas

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

We were called out to this Colleyville, Texas home due to irrigation pipe bursting outside.   

Flooded areas are not only a hassle to clean, but can also be a threat to your health. It’s important to know what to do after you experience flood damage so that you can get your life back to normal, come back to your property, and receive speedy payment from your flood insurance claim. This article contains important steps to help you make sure the process is as quick and painless as possible.

After you’ve experienced flood damage, a flood claim has to be filed. You should expect to hear from an insurance adjuster.

Before the adjuster visits your property (before your flood claim payment can be issued), you’ll need to take important steps to prepare for the insurance claim.

TAKE THESE IMPORTANT STEPS:

  • Separate damaged property from undamaged property so it’s quicker to assess what you need coverage to repair.
  • Take photographs of all damaged property, including discarded objects, structural damage, and standing floodwater levels. Be careful!
  • Make a list of damaged and lost items including the date of purchases, values and receipts for each item, if possible.
  • Place flooded items outside the home. Officials may require disposal of damaged items, but wait for instruction to throw anything in your insurance claim away.

DURING THE VISIT, THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER WILL:

  • Examine your damaged goods and property.
  • Help determine your final estimate for flood damages.
  • Give you a Proof of Loss form. This document is your official claim for damages. It substantiates the insurance claim and is required before the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) can compensate you for flood damage.

NEXT STEPS:

  • Complete, sign and return the Proof of Loss form to your insurance company within60 days of the flood.
  • Once insurance received the form, you and your insurance company agree on the amount of damages, then they will issue payment.

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Water Loss - North Richland Hills, Texas

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

We received a call about water loss due to washer drain hose being unplugged. We found the master bathroom, master bedroom, both master closets, laundry, hallway, and the sun room to be affected. We were able to come in and perform the cleanup in order to avoid any further damage. The laminate flooring was badly damaged so we had to remove it before drying the floors underneath. When our job was complete, the floor was ready for reconstruction.


 If laminate flooring is left intact without proper drying, it can cause other issues listed below:



  • Peaking

  • Buckling

  • Gapping

  • Mold and Mildew

  • Chipped Corners


We are Water Damage Specialists:



  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

  • Family owned and operated franchise

  • We Bill the Insurance Directly - One Less Thing for You to Worry About

  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques

  • We use advanced drying equipment and techniques

  • More than 45 years of experience


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Water Damage - Ft Worth, Texas

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

This home in Fort Worth, Texas had a hot water heater located in the garage, which burst while they were away on vacation. We arrived within one hour of being notified of the loss to begin the water extraction process. When the water extraction was complete, we started the drying process immediately. The homeowners were extremely thankful for our quick response time. Most of the flooring throughout the home had to be removed, but we worked quickly to remediate the damage and the drying was complete within 5 days.


Our Water Damage Restoration Process
Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.



  • Step 1: Emergency Contact

  • Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

  • Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

  • Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

  • Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

  • Step 6: Restoration


We are Water Damage Specialists:



  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

  • Family owned and operated franchise

  • We Bill the Insurance Directly - One Less Thing for You to Worry About

  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques

  • We use advanced drying equipment and techniques

  • More than 45 years of experience


Have Questions? Call Us Today - We're Here To Help


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Water Damage - Grapevine, Texas

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

This Grapevine, Texas home flooded due to a water main break under the foundation. We were called in to begin the restoration process and we were able to quickly extract the water to avoid any mold growth and any further damage to building materials. When a home is flooded, it is very important to extract the water as soon as possible. The following list shows a timeline of the affects water can have on a structure:

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

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

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Water Removal - Fort Worth, Texas

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

We received a call from a Fort Worth, Texas homeowner when their kitchen was flooded by an overflowing dishwasher. We were able to perform the water removal in a timely manner to avoid permanent damage to the tile and baseboards. The homeowner was very happy with our service. 

This is a mess than can be avoided if you check out the tips below:

  • Check the Soap You’re Using

If you purchase whatever soap you find on sale at the grocery store, you may be setting yourself up for overflow. Stay away from regular dish soaps and stick to the stuff made specifically for dishwashers. Check the owner’s manual of your dishwasher for more information.

  • Fix Any Clogged Drains

A clogged drain should be given attention as soon as possible. A dishwasher drain is similar to the drain in your sink. You need to clean it occasionally.

  • Make Sure the Dishwasher Is Level

Put a level at the bottom of the dishwasher and see if it’s aligned properly. If not, do what you can to rectify the situation.

  • Find out How Old the Dishwasher Is

If your dishwasher is on the older side of the spectrum and has been used countless times, this may be the cause of overflow. It may be time to replace it.

  • Replace the Door Gasket

The seal around your dishwasher door is called a gasket. It’s supposed to keep water from escaping, but if it’s worn or torn, it won’t work.

  • Look at the Spray Arm

If the spray arm is cracked or warped, the spray pattern may change. The arm may direct water to areas of the door where there is no gasket.

  • Check for Your Dishwasher’s Model Number Online

Go online and see if your dishwasher has any known defects. This will let you know if you need to worry about overflow in the future.

We are Water Removal Specialists:

  • Immediate response, 24 hours/7 days per week
  • FREE Inspections and FREE Estimates
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly - One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We are faster to any disaster
  • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

 

Have Questions? Call Us Today - We're Here To Help

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Water Damage - Colleyville, Texas

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

We received a call about a home in Colleyville, Texas that suffered water damage due to a water main break. Several rooms were flooded but the damage in the hallway was severe and needed new flooring. First, we had to remove the water and then we had to remove the laminate flooring that was badly warped. When the drying process was complete, the floor was ready for reconstruction.

Here at SERVPRO, we know every very water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The list below shows the steps we take to ensure the problem is solved.

  • Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

  • Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

  • Step 3 - Water Removal/Water Extractoin

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

  • Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

  • Step 5 - Cleaning andd Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

  • Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

We are Water Damage Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Family owned and operated franchise
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly - One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • Commercial and Residential Services
  • More than 45 years of experience
  • FREE Estimates and FREE Inspections

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Water Extraction - Keller, Texas

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

A sewage backup inside a Keller, Texas home caused a bathroom and guest bedroom to flood. We were called in to perform the water extraction and cleanup. We were able to remove the water and clean the damage from the baseboards. Then we used our advanced drying equipment to completely dry the room before sanitizing and deodorizing. Sanitizing is always an important step after a flood to prevent the spread of bacteria.

The following is a list of harmful things that can live in your carpet if its left untreated:

  • Allergens and mold spores
  • Norovirus
  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • E Coli

We are Water Extraction Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Family owned and operated franchise
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly - One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use advanced drying equipment and techniques
  • More than 45 years of experience

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Water Damage Fort Worth, Texas

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

A home flooded in Fort Worth, Texas when a water pipe burst inside the wall.

To get started in the restoration of a home or business that has been affected by water damage, it is important to know the extent of damage that you are getting into. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are four classes of destruction that explain the severity levels of water damage. Knowing the class of destruction first will help in making a restoration plan to fix the water damage.            

Classes of Destruction

  • Class 1: Class 1 is the easiest water damage to deal with due to the slow evaporation rate. Only part of the room or area is affected for this class and there is little to no wet carpet that has been affected.
  • Class 2: Due to the fast evaporation rate of Class 2, the whole room becomes affected. From the carpeting to the walls and structure, moisture covers the room.
  • Class 3: This class involves the fastest evaporation rate where ceilings have now become involved. Most instances from this class have had liquid come from the ceiling. The moisture in these incidents will most likely affect the ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors.
  • Class 4: When an area has reached class 4, this means that the liquid has had enough time to completely saturate materials such as hardwood, brick or even stone. These incidents require specialty-drying situations.

We are Water Damage Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Family owned and operated franchise
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly - One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use advanced drying equipment and techniques
  • More than 45 years of experience

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Commercial Fire and Water Damage - Fort Worth, Texas

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

4/28/2017

 

An electrical fire in the attic was the cause of the fire and water damage in this Fort Worth, Texas office building. There are a number of common causes of office fires, including:

  • Extension cords overheating
  • Presence of combustible materials
  • Damaged power cords
  • Failed cooling mechanisms in computers
  • Use of faulty electrical equipmentWe are Flooded Office Specialists:
  • This fire started when an electrical box failed in the attic of the commercial building. The heat from the fire made the plastic water line melt. The water from the damaged line put out the fire, but it flooded the building. In just a few short days, we were able to clean up the fire and water damage and get them back in business. The customer was very satisfied with our service.
  • Immediate response, 24 hours/7 days per week
  • FREE Inspections and FREE Estimates
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly - One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We are faster to any disaster
  • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment817-595-0004 or 817-595-2506Follow us on Twitter @SERVPROHEB
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Fire and Smoke Damage - Grapevine, Texas

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

4/28/2017

 

A kitchen fire was the cause of the fire and smoke damage in this apartment unit in Grapevine, Texas. We were called in to clean up the disaster. We were able to tear out the damaged materials and sanitize and deodorize the home. Fortunately, the fire was contained in the kitchen and quickly extinguished so the damage did not spread throughout the apartment.

So how can you prevent kitchen fires?

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling.
  • Turn off stove or broiler whenever you leave the kitchen.
  • Set a timer while cooking and check it regularly. 
  • Don't leave the house and take the chance that you might forget about the food cooking in the kitchen.
  • Keep things that can catch fire, such as potholders, towels and food packages, away from heat. 
  • Everyone in your home who cooks needs to know what to do in case of a kitchen fire:
  • When in doubt, get everyone out! Close the door behind you. Call 911.
  • If a small grease fire starts and is confined to a pan on the stove, put on an oven mitt and smother the fire by sliding a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don't move the pan and keep the lid on until the pan is cool.
  • In case of an oven or microwave fire, turn off the appliance and keep the door closed. Unplug the microwave if you can reach the outlet. Do not use the equipment again until it is certified safe.
  • If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over — or back and forth — to put out the fire.
  • If you get a small burn, immediately put it under cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. If the burned area is bigger than a fist — or if you have any questions — seek medical attention right away.817-595-0004 or 817-595-2506Follow us on Twitter @SERVPROHEBG
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