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What is Water Restoration?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

What is Water Restoration?

Water Restoration is the restoring of your home to pre-damage conditions involves water removal, decontamination, and drying.

Standing water and moisture create the perfect environment for bacteria and microbial growth. Prolonged exposure to an environment like this can lead to allergic reactions and even disease. 

Parts of a water-damaged home may need to be rebuilt. Materials like drywall and carpet that have absorbed water often develop bacteria and microbial growth that can’t be removed. Replacing these materials is safer than allowing infectious organisms to saturate the air.  

SERVPRO Water Restoration Process

Repairing a water damaged home involves a process starting with a thorough inspection of the damage to the replacement of flooring, walls, and ceilings.

Step 1: Inspection – SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford can best assess the extent and amount of water damage in your home. Each inspection determines a class and category of water damage. Defining the class and category of water damage helps outline the best means to restore your property.

Step 2: Water Removal – Pumps and vacuums are used to remove water from your home. The type of equipment needed depends on the extent of the water damage. Water removal begins as soon as possible to prevent mold and bacteria growth.

Step 3: Drying – After all standing water and absorbent surfaces are vacuumed, drying and dehumidification begins. This step is important to clear up any remaining moisture after water removal. The drying out process can take several weeks to fully complete.

Step 4: Cleaning – All personal belongings need to be cleaned and sanitized to prevent unwanted mold and bacterial growth. Carpeting, clothing, and drapery are given antimicrobial treatments. Air scrubbers may also be used to remove particles and moisture from the air.

Step 5: Restoration – The biggest step in the process is restoration. The restoration involves replacing materials like drywall and insulation. Sometimes this process is as simple as installing a few panels of drywall, while serious cases could require replacing entire walls. Exposure to toxic substances like lead and asbestos is possible during restoration. Older homes are likely to contain these substances.

Here at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford are here to help you with whatever happens. Our 24-Hour Emergency Response is in place to help you no matter the time of night or day.

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Water Mitigation Process in Progress

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Mitigation Process in Progress

The reasons of water damagecan be different, such as flooding from storms, frozen or ruptured pipes. Whatever the reason, you’ll have to overcome some real hurtles and prevent more serious problems. You probably want to know, what should you do first? Here are some useful tips to keep water damage at a minimum and make the restoration process easier and faster. All the doings you read below are called the water mitigation process.

The Process of Water Mitigation

When your home is damaged by a flood, it is important to start the water damage mitigation process as soon as possible. It is not a secret, the earlier the better. The longer you wait the more damage the water does. If you do not call for the experts fast, your home and surrounding may suffer irreparable damage that can be very expensive to deal with.

It is important to make sure that you hire specialists who are certainly certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. You should know that the IICRC is one of the largest certifying bodies in the United States. When you hire a company that has IICRC certification, you can feel confident that you will receive the highest quality of care and that your home will be restored as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Watch Out for Danger!

The danger in the flooded house is everywhere. First, check for anything that could harm you. Turn off all power and gas in rooms that have sustained water damage. Watch for animals, sometimes dangerous insects and other things that usually come in with the water during floods. Standing water needs much attention for every step. It is dirty and can be hard to see through, be wary of debris underneath the water. At last, the water can contain dangerous pathogens or chemicals. So, one way or another, it is better to wear waterproof clothing.

Mold after Water Damage

In most cases, water damage leads to microbial growth. So, it’s important to keep on it. Do you know why? Everyone knows but we need to repeat is again. Mold causes a variety of health problems including respiratory health issues and asthma attacks in those with asthma as well as other unpleasant effects even for healthy folks.

Water damage can diminish the construction of your home especially if your property has been flooded for some time. Look at the foundation, your load-bearing walls, your basement, and any columns for crumbling and cracks. 

Wear Waterproof Clothing

It was already discussed many times about the dangerous pathogens and possible chemicals that you can find in the standing water. You should cover up fully with goggles, gloves, a helmet and a mask. That means that you should wear special clothes to protect yourself. Make sure that anything that was in the area that sustained the water damage is thoroughly disinfected, that includes yourself and your equipment.

Take Photos

Don’t be surprised! Once you’ve followed the above steps you will then be able to look at the damage and document it. Pictures of the water damage will be important when dealing with your insurance agency. If you are not insured, you don’t need to take pictures.

Dry Out Your Home or Building

It’s important to be quick about drying out your home or building to minimize the possibility of mold growing and of deterioration of the structure. Drying is the most important process as you shouldn’t only dry all the surfaces but not to damage it. This is the first thing you must do is get the water out your home or building. Of course, the longer your house stays flooded, the more damage it sustains. You can sweep a lot of the water through an open door if you have access to one. If the water is in the basement or a room without access to a door, you’ll want to use a pump. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford has specialty equipment. It helps to dry the surfaces faster and till the bottom. 

Inspect the Attic for Water Damage

You may not know this but the insulation in your walls can carry the water up to the attic so the best place to start is there. Considering that water can stay in the insulation for some time coupled with how hot attics can get, this is a recipe for mold and wood rot. Of course, if you were flooded from the pipe in your bathroom, you can forget about the attic inspection.

Ventilate the Area Suffering from Water Damage

Check all flooded rooms for moistened sheetrock and plaster. If you see signs of moisture, open your windows turn on your attic fan, if your electrical system has already been checked. Ventilation is important. You need room airing as much as drying.

Disinfect the Area

After you’ve ventilated the rooms and removed all wet materials, you should clean everything with a disinfectant such as bleach with water. This is the simple example of disinfectant that you can buy in the store. But make sure you wash everything to remove the residue from the water damage. Otherwise, your kids or animals that spend much time playing on the floor can be in danger.

When in doubt call SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford

If you’re suffering from water damage you can follow these steps to do water mitigation process in the fastest time. If you need any help or if the job is just too large for you to handle alone, call SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford 817.595.0004. Our Response Team is ready 24-Hour / 7 Days week / 365 days of the year.

Flood Awareness

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Awareness 

While dangerous floods and flash floods are possible throughout the year, they have a higher frequency during spring and summer thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes.  Intense rainfall or slow-moving storms that track over the same areas can cause a rapid rise of water and flash floods can develop within minutes.

On May 6, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed May 22-26, 2017 to be Flood Awareness Week in Texas.

All residents should know the implications of flood watches and warnings, assemble an emergency supply kit; develop a communication plan for reaching family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers in case of an emergency; and designate a meeting place in case of evacuation. 

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere. How to Prepare for a Flood explains how to protect yourself and your property and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly when you, your home, or your business is in danger.

FLOOD BASICS

WHAT:  Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop.

Flooding can occur during any season, but some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. Coastal areas are at greater risk for flooding during hurricane season (i.e., June to November), while the Midwest is more at risk in the spring and during heavy summer rains. Ice jams occur in the spring in the Northeast and Northwest. Even the deserts of the Southwest are at risk during the late summer monsoon season.

WHERE:  Flooding can happen in any U.S. state or territory. It is particularly important to be prepared for flooding if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as a river, stream, or culvert; along a coast; or downstream from a dam or levee.

HOW:  Flooding can occur in several ways, including the following.

- Rivers and lakes cannot contain excessive rain or snowmelt.

 - Excessive rain or snowmelt cannot be fully absorbed into the ground.

 - Waterways are blocked with debris or ice and overflow. - Water containment systems break, such as levees, dams, or water or sewer systems.

- Strong winds from tropical storms or hurricanes cause a storm surge by pushing seawater onto land.

The speed and duration of flooding can vary significantly.

- Flooding can occur slowly as rain continues to fall for many days. This type of flooding, sometimes called a slow-onset flood, can take a week to develop and can last for months before floodwaters recede.

- Rapid-onset floods occur more quickly, typically developing within hours or days. These types of floods usually occur in smaller watersheds experiencing heavy rainfall, particularly in mountainous and urban areas, and the water usually recedes within a few days.

- Some rapid-onset floods known as flash floods occur very quickly with little or no warning, such as during periods of extremely heavy rain or when levees, dams, ice jams, or water systems break. Densely populated areas are at a high risk for flash floods. In urban areas, flash floods can fill underpasses, viaducts, parking structures, low roads, and basements.

- The strong winds of a tropical cyclone or hurricane can push large amounts of seawater up onto the land, causing a storm surge. A storm surge combines with the ocean’s tide to produce a storm-tide surge. Storm-tide surges have been registered as high as almost 35 feet above normal sea level and can cause significant flooding across a large area. This generally occurs over a short period, typically 4 to 8 hours, but in some areas, it can take much longer for the water to recede to its pre-storm level.

IMPACT

The physical destruction caused by flooding depends on the speed and level of the water, the duration of the flood, terrain and soil conditions, and the built environment (e.g., buildings, roads, and bridges).

- Flooding can cause fatalities and serious injuries for people who are trapped or swept away by wading in, driving through, or boating across floodwaters.

- Transportation routes, power, water, gas, and other services may be disrupted. - Commercial supplies and government support systems may be temporarily unavailable.

- Drinking water supplies and wells may become polluted.

- Floodwaters can cause erosion, which can damage roads, bridge structures, levees, and buildings with weak foundations, causing their collapse without warning. The floodwaters may carry the worn-away mud, rocks, and other sediment.

- Landslides and mudslides can occur.

- Even a few inches of floodwater in a home can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

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Here at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford, we are prepared to help you with our 24-HOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE. Call us 817.595.0004

Concepts of Water Damage

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

The Concepts of Water Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford technicians are certified for drying excessive water damage. Accidents such as sewage backup, flooding, and broken pipes can happen to anyone. Quick action is necessary to stop further degradation of the property.

Our trained and certified technicians start the process by first stopping the flow of water. Without stopping the flow of water, the technician will not be able to start the repairing process of the residence. Stabilization the source is critical to proceed with the drying process and restoration.

To begin the drying process is water extraction SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford has numerous pieces of equipment that remove the excess water and moisture from the residence. We have tools that measure the moisture during the drying process.

Air movers are utilized to cycle the air which is an important process. The technician learns how to choose the right air movers, and how to place them properly for maximum results.

 The proper solution to help with the drying process and lessen the damage the structure of your home and belongings is evaporation. Evaporation is natural with proper circulation. This process is used to speed up the process or it can prevent the process.

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford technicians are trained in evaporation so to hurry the drying of the structure and furnishes along. This technique will prevent microbial growth and the structure will be stabilized. Every step of the drying process is critical for a positive outcome.

Call SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford for your residential water damage at 817.595.0004.

STEPS TO EXTINGUISH ELECTRICAL FIRES

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

STEPS TO EXTINGUISH ELECTRICAL FIRES

Electricity is a hidden danger to the residents in your community. Because it is so frequently used, most people tend to underestimate the risk potential and dangers that come with electrical fires. 

In fact, approximatley 7 percent of all residential fires stem from an electrical source, and because they tend to be difficult to identify, they are usually much more dangerous and destructive than other types of fires.

To keep your community safe, please keep these tips for combatting an electrical fire handy in the event of an emergency and share them with friends and family. Knowing how to respond quickly could be the difference between a small fire and a devastating disaster.

IF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE STARTS

  1. If the device that is causing the electrical fire is found, and you can reach the cord and outlet safely, unplug it. 
  2. If the fire is small, you may put it out by smothering it with baking soda.
  3. It may also be put out by removing the oxygen source with clothing or a heavy blanket if the fire is small and it is safe to do so.
  4. Don’t use water to put it out. Water is a natural conductor of electricity and if you throw water on an electrical fire, you can get shocked or electrocuted. Also, water may enable to fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room and potentially igniting flammable materials.
  5. Check your fire extinguisher. Electrical fires are a Class C fire, which means that you will need an extinguisher that is appropriate for this type of fire. Most residential fire extinguishers are multi-purpose and labeled ABC, but it is crucial to verify this before using it on an electrical fire. 

Electrical fires result in almost 500 deaths and more than 1,400 injuries annually. They are very dangerous. 

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE ELECTRICAL FIRE

  1. GET OUT!! You and any family members need to leave as soon as you can to prevent injury or loss of life. Do not try to be a hero.
  2. Close the door as you leave to contain the fire.
  3. Call 911 as soon as you are at a safe distance from the fire. 
  4. Do not re-enter your home until the fire has been contained by firefighters. 

While it is important to remember these steps to take appropriate action during an electrical fire, it’s equally, if not more, important to take actions to prevent them from occurring in the first place. 

HOW TO STOP AN ELECTRICAL FIRE FROM OCCURRING

  1. Invite an electrician to inspect the home to ensure it meets the safety provisions in the NEC. They can also identify if the home would benefit from AFCI protection. These devices recognize potential electrical hazards that are not detected by standard breakers and can be especially helpful in older homes. They can prevent between 50 to 75 percent of certain types of electrical fires.
  2. Always use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage for the fixture or lamp.
  3. Install child precautions when they are present to prevent accidental electrocution.
  4. Never use extension cords with heating units or air conditions. They should only be used temporarily.
  5. Do not overload the outlets. If additional circuits are necessary, consult with an electrician.
  6. Pay attention if you notice any warning signs of electrical failure. This includes flickering lights, buzzing sounds from the electrical system, and circuit breakers that often trip or fuses that frequently blow.
  7. Inspect electrical devices periodically to determine if there is wear or fraying of the wires. Do not use devices that show signs of fraying or wear. 
  8. Contact an electrician if you smell anything burning or see smoke coming from an appliance, cord or the plug, or if you see an outlet that is discolored.
  9. Only use portable space heaters with a safety mechanism that shuts them off if they tip over. Do not leave them on overnight or place them next to combustible materials.

Practice good fire safety habits. Install smoke detectors in every room of the house and testing them monthly to ensure their batteries are working. 

Now that you are safe, you will need fire and water mitigation.

Call SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford

24-HOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE at

817.595.0004.

Got mold?

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Got mold?

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Can mold cause health problems? Molds are usually not a problem indoors unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported because of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing. This brochure provides a brief overview; it does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional. You may also wish to consult your state or local health department.

Prompt mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions.

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817.595.0004

Flash Flood Watch North Central Texas

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING...

3.27.2018

The Flash Flood Watch continues for:

* Portions of North Central Texas, Northeast Texas, and South Central Texas, including the following areas, in North Central Texas, Bell, Bosque, Collin, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Falls, Fannin, Freestone, Grayson, Hill, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Limestone, McLennan, Montague, Navarro, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise. In Northeast Texas, Anderson, Delta, Henderson, Hopkins, Lamar, Leon,Rains, and Van Zandt.

* Through Wednesday evening

* Rainfall amounts between 2 and 3 inches will be common with isolated amounts up to 5 inches possible.

* Soils will saturate quickly, and periods of heavy rain will likely result in rapid runoff and a potential for flash flooding.

 *A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding. You should monitor the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service and beprepared to act should Flash Flood Warnings be issued for your area.

If your property is affected by the storms and have water damage, please call SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford at 817.595.0004. We are you 24-HOUR RESPONSE Team ready to make it like it never happened.

Most Common Types of Fire

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

The 4 Most Common Types of Fire

While a fire can start anywhere at any time, below is a list of the top four most common causes of fires. This information may even help you to prevent starting a fire.

1. Kitchen fires are the most common type of fire. Whether it is from burning food, grease, or an electrical problem, often all three can cause a fire. Grease is the major cause of a fire it can grow and spread quickly, getting out of control and spreading to other rooms of your home, before the fire department arrives.

2. Electrical fires are the second most common type of house fire. When you have electricity and water it can be bad. Often, if the wiring is old or not grounded a fire can start and someone can be electrocuted. Electrical fires can be caused by several different things, including old wiring, faulty wiring, broken or old breaker boxes, faulty appliances, and the improper use of outlets.

3. During the cold winter months’ portable heaters and electric blankets start their fair share of fires. If you must use a portable heater make sure you one that has a timer and an automotive shut-off. In place of electric blankets try using a heavy quilt.

4. Smoking is the fourth leading cause of fires. If you can smoke outside and make sure you put your cigarette out before going back inside your home. People fall asleep smoking more often than most people can imagine there are nearly a thousand deaths a year in the United States, because of smoking not to mention the loss off property. It does not take much for an ember off the tip of a cigarette to catch a chair, couch, rug, or curtains on fire, so be extra cautious when smoking in your home.

You can’t always prevent a fire especially an electrical one due to poor or faulty wiring or appliances. So, when you have the option to use extreme caution such as smoking or cooking please do so!

Here at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford 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 817-595-0004.

Thunderstorms and Severe Weather

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorms and Severe Weather Thunderstorm in DFW Airport.

Be Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather

  • Educate yourself on the local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms. (NBC-DFW-WEATHERCBS-DFW-WEATHER)
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household.
  • Decide with members of your household a safe place in your home for members to gather during a thunderstorm.
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed and remove damaged branches.
  • Protect your animals by bringing them inside your home.
  • Family & emergency contact information.
  • Copies of personal documents.
  • One gallon of water per person in house hold.
  • Food items that are non-perishable and easy-to-prepare.
  • Medications and medical devices.
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone with chargers

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford (817) 595-0004

Services

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Services

Damage caused by a fire is a devastating time for you and your family and your home. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. After the departure of the fire department, your home may suffer from water damage caused by fire departments efforts in extinguishing the fire. Our professionals will handle your belongings and home with the utmost respect and walk you through the process. Our technicians specialize in handling fire and water damage and to quickly restore your home.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire or water damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

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