Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Damage Restoration: What to Expect and Things to Avoid

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Storm Damage Restoration: What to Expect and Things to Avoid

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

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

Water Removal and Clean-up

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

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

Mold Removal

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

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

Always Call a Professional

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

About SERVPRO

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

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

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co.

1670 Keller Pkwy Ste 209
Keller, TX 76248

www.SERVPROgrapevinenetarrantco.com

5 Hail Damage Signs and When to Request Professional Storm Damage Restoration

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Grapevine provides advice on how to recognize hail damage, including five signs: soft spots, cracked shingles, dented gutters, pockmarked vents, and other damage. They also share when calling a storm damage restoration service in Grapevine, TX, is a good idea.




After any major storm, it's important to evaluate your roof's condition—hail storms especially. The friendly experts at SERVPRO have some tips for identifying hail storm damage and when you should call a professional storm damage company. 

SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co. is a leader in the storm damage restoration and water removal industry serving Grapevine and the surrounding area. Additional services provided are flood clean up, fire damage restoration services, mold removal, and air duct cleaning services. 

Ranking among the top storm and water restoration companies in the area, SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co. prides itself on providing customers with the absolute best customer service.

5 Hail Damage Signs and When to Request Professional Storm Damage Restoration

Any hail that is 1/4" in diameter is sure to cause some roof damage. The larger the hail, the more severe the damage. Here are five signs of hail damage that, if left unchecked, could lead to even more costly repairs. If your home presents one or more of these signs, call a trusted storm damage restoration company to have the roof inspected and repaired.

  1. Soft Spots on Shingles. Soft or bald spots on shingles are indicators of roof damage after a hail storm. Check these spots for dampness, as that suggests water has started to soak into the roof.
  2. Dented or Cracked Shingles. Dented or cracked shingles are a sign of more severe damage. At this point, water can seep into the home's sub-roofing and start to cause structural damage and the formation of mold.
  3. Dented Gutters. Hail damage to gutters appears as dings and dents in the metal. These dents may also appear on flashing and around window frames. 
  4. Pockmarked Vents. Like finding dented gutters, vents that are pockmarked are also a sure sign of roof damage. Pockmarked vents can lead to cracks and holes that may allow the elements, or even wildlife, into the home.
  5. Damage Around the House.  Look for dented, cracked, or missing siding on the outside of your home. These signs, along with cracked or shattered windows, damaged window sills, or window casings, indicate damage to the home’s entire exterior, including the roof. Finding such damage usually means that one, if not all, of the above signs will be present as well.

Sometimes hail damage is easy to spot. Other times extensive damage may not be visible, lurking just beneath the surface of a roof.

The Importance of Storm Damage Restoration 

Prompt storm damage repair is essential to protect the home's roof and structure. Calling in a professional early can save time and money by catching water leaks early before they cause more damage or lead to mold or mildew problems.

Even if the damage to the roof looks insignificant, any water that enters the home has the potential to wreak havoc on unprotected wood, insulation, drywall, and much more.

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.'s highly trained technicians can handle all storm damage restoration needs and related services. They service both residential and commercial properties in and around Grapevine, TX.

For more details about their services, follow SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.

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Contact information:

SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.

1670 Keller Pkwy Ste 209

Keller, TX 76248

How Often Should You Be Replacing Your Roof?

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to knowing how often you should replace your roof, there really isn’t any hard and fast rule. You have to keep an eye on its condition to be able to tell if you need to start thinking about it. If your roof is showing signs of damage, that could lead to major water or storm damage to the rest of your home. Our team wanted to share a few potential issues your roof may develop; any one of these may mean it’s time to replace your roof. 

Age

An asphalt shingle roof should last between 20 and 30 years, so if you have a 40-year-old roof, just keep in mind that you will probably need to replace it entirely in the next 1-5 years.

Shingles

Shingles can curl in two ways: by “cupping,” which happens when the edges of the shingles turn upward; and “clawing,” which is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to come up. Both are signs of weathering and indicate that potential leaks may possibly be developing, depending on the extent. Every homeowner finds themselves replacing a missing shingle, but it can be just about impossible to get a new shingle to match the color of an old one. Granule colors have changed pretty significantly over the years, and shingle colors often change with years of weathering. If your roof is starting to look like a patchwork quilt, you may want to consider replacing it soon. 

Damage

Cracked shingles are typically caused by wind damage, and if the damage is extensive and not isolated to just one area, you should start thinking about replacing your roof within the next few years. 

Algae Or Moss

This is not a big deal when it shows up on your roof, but it doesn’t give your home or business a great look. You don’t want to take matters into your own hands by power washing or scraping it away since that will often chip off all the protective granules and essentially render your shingles useless. You can use a wash that's one part bleach and one part water to remove algae or moss, and if you do decide to replace your roof, consider tiles that are algae-resistant.

Light

This issue is pretty obvious: if light can get in through your roof, so can rain. If you see any water stains during the next rainfalls, and if they spread or expand, you have an active leak, and it is time to contact SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County immediately to help remediate the water damage and potential mold growth.

Sagging

A sagging roof is typically an indication of a structural issue and demands immediate attention. There could be a problem with the decking in the attic or with the supports in the foundation, which is even worse. You're not necessarily in imminent danger, but this is the kind of thing that's a lot easier to take care of when it's small and localized, so call your roofing professionals right away for this roofing issue. 

When it comes to replacing your roof, there is no hard and fast rule. If you are experiencing water damage, it is probably time. Remember that SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is here to help if you are dealing with water damage, fire damage, or a mold infestation. We are committed to getting your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Getting Your North Texas Home Ready for Fall Season Storms

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Getting your home ready for the colder temperatures and stormy weather conditions of fall is smart, whether you are a homeowner, a business owner, or both. Weather may be unpredictable during the fall here in North Texas, but you won’t have to worry about it if you prepare now. Here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, we have some preparation projects for you to consider:

  • Remove dead leaves and debris from your gutters and drainpipes. This will prevent clogging during wetter weather. Drain all outdoor faucets ahead of freezing weather now, as well. 
  • While late summer is not the time to heavily prune trees and bushes, it is a good time to remove any branches that are dead or look like they could prove dangerous during a fall storm. If you have a tree that you think may be dead or dying, contact an arborist to come and take a look at it. If it is actually dead and near your house, you will want to have it removed before anything happens during a fall storm. 
  • Examine all your windows and doors for cracks. If you find any, have them sealed now so that you can stay warm and save energy this fall and winter. You’ll be saving both time and money here!
  • A roof inspection ahead of colder weather will tell you if your roofing needs any attention before fall storms. Loose shingles can be replaced more easily when it’s warm and dry outside. If you have siding on your home, look it over well for any loose sections; fall storms bring wind that can create problems here. 
  • Make sure your entrance walkways are in good shape with no buckling or crumbling. When the surrounding ground is wet it can compromise cement, causing it to crack and split, and that’s an accident just waiting to happen.

If you need help with the job of preparing your home for the upcoming stormy season, just call the professional team here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County. We have the experience and skills needed to take care of your property and belongings to keep them safe. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too!

Manage Flood Damage in your North Texas Business

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

During storm season here in North Texas, your business may experience some damage from flooding. Here are some tips you can follow to manage flood damage in your Fort Worth business:

Safety First!

  • Do not enter the building until a professional has cleared it if you believe that it has been structurally damaged or if there a flood risk remains.
  • Do not go anywhere near downed power lines or any standing water or metal objects near these downed wires. Stay away from damaged trees, and do not wade into floodwaters.
  • Avoid using open flames, especially indoors. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Once the worst has passed, assess any and all damage that the building has received. Inspect every part of the property for possible destruction, including machinery, making sure to avoid standing water or using electricity. 
  • Do not climb onto your roof unless the building has been deemed structurally sound, and practice precaution when climbing and working on ladders.
  • If using a chainsaw to cut fallen or damaged trees or branches, take precautions to ensure they do not cause any more damage when they fall.
  • Remove any wet material, such as rugs or carpets, and properly dry them out to prevent mold from establishing itself. Dry your premises by opening windows and doors; it can be helpful to have fans running if it can be done safely. 
  • You are at risk for mold within the first 24-48 hours following a flood, so it is vital to remove the water as soon as possible and start remediation. Flooding poses a risk to drywall, support beams, and foundations, as well, and floodwater can also contain dangerous contaminants and sewage so it must be avoided.
  • Keep track of everything that was destroyed or damaged in the storm by documenting it through photos or videos along with putting together a list of broken items. You will need this list for insurance purposes.


If your business has experienced a flooding event, contact SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County as soon as possible. Here at SERVPRO, our focus is your safety and we are here to offer our professional help for water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. We have years of experience in these areas and we are happy to help!

How to Manage Storm Damage Before Professional Help Arrives

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Dallas home with Tornado damage

Especially in North Texas, the thunderstorms that come rolling across the city can cause severe damage, leaving homes and businesses upset and at risk in their wake. Coming home to an uprooted or fallen tree (or two) can inflict costly damage, particularly if you don’t know how to ensure it doesn’t get worse before it can be properly cleaned up. That’s why it’s important to know how to manage storm damage before professional help arrives.

Storm damage comes in all shapes and sizes—it doesn’t fit into one clear box, but there are a few general steps to take to manage storm damage immediately after it happens:

  1. Don’t Go Outside Until You Hear the Okay

Whenever severe storms, tornadoes, or other natural disasters have watches or warnings around you, take caution! Make sure you monitor your radio and your phone to hear the okay to leave your home when the threat of the storm has passed. Your safety and well-being always should come first.

  1. Document the Damage

Before doing anything else, take out your phone and snap pictures of all the damage. This is essential to make any insurance claims on property damage that you have sustained due to a storm. By having photos of the damage before any cleanup has occurred, you’re more likely to be able to claim the maximum amount of coverage from your insurance that you can in order to cover the costs.

  1. Cover Any Areas Where More Water Could Enter

If your roof or home has any holes or damage that allows water to continue to enter your home, make sure you cover them to the best of your ability with a tarp or something else to prevent more water from entering. Chances are, rain may still be pouring down after you sustain some storm damage, and you never know when it may start up again even if it has stopped.

  1. Remove Excess Water

Is your basement now a mini-ocean? Do your best to remove any excess water you can by the bucketful or with a shop-vac. However, don’t attempt to do this until you are certain that there is no electrical damage and you aren’t at risk of your power channeling itself through the standing water. 


In all that you do after storm damage occurs, be sure to take caution and keep your safety in mind first and foremost. Once you have the time and signal to do so, call a local professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Grapevine/Northeast Tarrant County to get your place looking back to normal. You can reach us at 817-595-2506.

A Little Waterlogged? We Can Help!

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Are You Prepared For The 2020 Storm Season?

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Well, that was a little lackluster, wasn’t it? I was promised snow, SNOW people! But, I suppose that can be expected with Fort Worth. At least we got to see some snow back in January! However, we aren’t quite out of the clear yet for severe weather, especially with spring coming up! It’s important to make sure that your home is well prepared for the rainy season we have ahead of us. Make sure your roof is in tip top shape, especially after today’s “ice” storm, and all of your windows and doors are fully sealed to make sure no water can get in. It’s a good idea to inspect your attic too, just in case there’s some water damage you hadn’t noticed before.

This storm season, if you find yourself blown over, let us pick you back up. Give us a call at 817.595.2506 today.

Fort Worth Weather Update - 10/21

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Well, it was a pretty active night last night in the DFW area! Thunderstorms marched across the metroplex and produced storms with hail up to quarter sized, and up to THREE tornadoes with the biggest and most destructive one hitting in North Dallas.

While we needed the rain, and it was nice to go to sleep to last night (with the exception of out where I live – there were sirens) we definitely did not need the damage. Reports of damage stretch for miles including roofs torn off buildings, down powerlines – leaving thousands without power, down tree limbs and more.

Closer to home here in Fort Worth, we are packing up and rolling out to those affected in our neck of the woods. We can handle it all, from fires started by lightning and leaks caused by roof damage.  We are preparing for more weather expected to get severe come Thursday night into Friday morning with lows dipping down into the 60s.

If your home or business has been affected by the recent storms, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Weekly Weather Update for Fort Worth, Texas - 9/04

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Dorian is hitting the East coast as we speak, and according to our meteorologist at SERVPRO headquarters, it has been one of the weirdest and hardest Hurricanes to predict. We are on standby, ready to roll out to go help those in need as soon as they call us. But in the meantime, we are here in Texas braving another heat wave.

Yes, I said another.

Last week’s rain and temperatures dipping into the mid to low 80s was definitely a tease for fall! This week, however, we can expect to be back into the hundreds by Friday (insert groaning here). I don’t know about you, but I’m personally ready for fall weather. I’m ready to snuggle under some blankets on a rainy Sunday Morning and watch The Shining. But I digress. We should be back into the mid to low 90s by next week, with a slight chance of thunderstorms by the end of the week.

If your Fort Worth home has been hit by unexpected water or storm damage, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Weekly Weather Update for Fort Worth, TX - 8/26/19

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

The Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun! In fact, it began June 1st! Our newest storm is Tropical Storm Dorian, which right now is projected to hit the Windward Islands tonight. A hurricane watch has even been issued for that part of the Caribbean. While the forecast is uncertain, it’s expected to make landfall in Florida by the weekend.

But what does that mean for back here in North Texas? Well unless it completely swings west, there’s a very little chance of the storm to make landfall here. However, that doesn’t mean we’re out of the clear for some wet weather!

Today is our last 100-degree day, with a heat advisory in effect until 7pm tonight, and tomorrow is going to bring some cooler weather and rain! The forecasted high for tomorrow is 84 with a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms, the evening hours into Wednesday bring us the highest chance at Thunderstorms at 50% with the highs getting into the 86.

The rest of the week is pleasant, with temperatures reaching into the low 90s by the weekend.

As always, we are “Here to Help!” Give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Flash Flood Watch, 5.2.19

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

The flash flood watch for Tarrant County has been extended until Friday, May 3rd at 12 AM. Rain fall totals are already high and with saturated ground, an additional 1-2 inches could spell out disaster. It’s important to stay weather aware for not only flash flooding but also for possible thunderstorms and tornadoes. Keep an eye on the weather channels, most of them will offer live streams of weather coverage and radar maps on their Facebook pages. You can also download the NBC Weather App or the NOAA app from your app store on your phone to get coverage on the go.

If you are out on the go, remember to turn around and don’t drown. If it looks deep, it probably is. Heed warning signs, and make sure to stay away from windows and doors in case a severe storm rolls through your area.

If you’ve been affected by a severe storm this week, give us a call at 817.595.2506!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!  

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

Grapevine, TX Spring Weather

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

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

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