Do you know where your water shut-off is?
A pipe bursts in your home, flooding about half of your home. Do you know where your water shut-off valve is in your home? If you took more than thirty seconds to answer that, then it’s probably a good idea to locate it in the event of a water emergency. In fact, learning where your water shut off valve is, is just as important as knowing where your breaker box is. Usually, your water shut off valve is next to your meter which can either be outside, or it can be a basement (if you’re fortunate to have one here in Texas!). Make sure everyone in your family knows where it is, and how to turn it off too, just incase you’re not home in the event of an emergency.
For all of your water damage restoration needs, give us a call today at 817.595.0004
Categories of Water
We can’t stress enough how important it is to get a water loss that’s happened in your home or business cleaned up as quickly as possible. We’ve already talked about how it can cause dangerous mold growth, but did you know that it can make you sick in other ways?
When you have a water loss in your home, you may hear about the category that the water that has flooded your home is. Whether it’s from us or your insurance adjustor, it may mean that there is more work to be done to your home that’s beyond drying with our air movers and dehumidifiers.
Category 1 or “clear water” – This type of water comes from a clean source, like a water supply line that has broken or been disconnected from an appliance. This type of water can also come from a tub that’s overflowed. It’s important to get this cleaned up as quickly as possible because it can quickly turn into a category 2 water loss as it sits.
Category 2 or “grey water” - This type of water comes from drains that have overflowed like dishwashers, sinks, or washing machines. It can make you sick, or just very uncomfortable.
Category 3 or “Black Water” – This type of water is the worst classification of water that you can have. This is very, VERY contaminated water. It contains toxins, pathogens and other harmful things that can cause severe illness or even death when exposed. This type of contamination comes from toilet overflow that has feces in it, sewer backups, ground water and flooding from streams and rivers. It’s important to get this type of water cleaned up IMMEDIATELY and get your home or business properly sanitized.
If you’ve found yourself with a water loss, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford at 817.595.0004!
Rain, Rain Go Away!
The rain just doesn’t seem to want to stop – though, I’m not exactly complaining. I love rainy days here at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Though with the torrential downpours, we’ve seen streets flooded and we all know that that can lead to homes being flooded as well. Remember to turn around, don’t drown, and most importantly check your home before the next torrential rainstorm for possible leaks. Though, you can’t always prepare for a massive amount of water flooding through your garage and into your home, we can. We are on call 24/7, with emergency crews ready to dispatch at a moment’s notice and usually can be at your location within an hour.
Give us a call today at 817.595.0004, we are always “Here To Help!”
Your Floors & Water Damage
Kind of like an expensive car isn’t protected from hail damage, or dings in a parking lot even the most expensive floors aren’t protected from water damage. It can unfortunately destroy any type. Thankfully, there are signs. Here’s what to look out for just incase you suspect water damage to your flooring.
Carpet: If It’s smelly or discolored then it’s most likely got mold or mildew.
Laminate: Keep an eye out for any swelling, discoloration, or warping.
Tile: If you tap on the tiles with a coin and hear a hollow sound, it may mean the tiles have come loose. Cracking is another good sign.
Linoleum: Look for discoloration.
Hardwood: The easiest of all the flooring besides carpet to tell if your home has had water damage! Keep an eye out for dark spots that have mysteriously popped up recently, it could be mold or mildew. If your floor has started to cup or buckle, then it could mean water has gotten under and the planks of your floor have come loose due to water damage. And lastly, look for bulging or bubbling too your floor.
If you suspect your floor has had water damage, give SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford a call today at 817.595.0004!
Here's How To Prevent Your Washing Machine From Giving You Unexpected Water Damage
Did you know that some of the most common ways for water damage in your home is caused by washing machines? And there are so many different ways that your washing machine can cause a water loss like a supply line bursting, clogging, using the wrong detergent and even overloading the washer. The supply hose is the most common way for your washing machine to fail.
It’s wise to do routine inspections of your supply hose. Keep an eye out for cracks, blisters or a loose connection. Replace any hose that looks worn and tighten them if they’re loose. You should also replace your hose every five years even if you can’t see any problems – just to be on the safe side. When you’re shopping for a new hose try to get one that’s braided steel as it’ll hold up to more wear and tear over time. If you’re away from your home for any extended period of time, shut off the water supply line valve to make sure nothing can happen while you’re away from home.
If you do have any water damage give us a call today at 817.595.0004!
When you've got a problem with water - let us handle it.
Water losses can be very scary! Sometimes you don’t know how or even why there is a giant puddle on your living room floor or the frustration of your dishwasher not working correctly – when it should be. It’s also stressful to even think about how you could even get that much water out of your home where do you even start? That’s where we at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford come into play.
We are a team of highly trained and specialized in water extraction on drying. We use specialized equipment to make sure that every drop of water is out of your home like air movers and extractors. We also make sure to use dehumidifiers to make sure your air is returned to the perfect level so no mold growth can happen.
If you find yourself with a water loss in your home or business, give us a call today at 817.595.0004
Spring Time Check Up!
It’s turning out to be a pretty wet spring here in North Texas, that’s for sure! With downpours both Saturday and Sunday, and then rain predicted for later this week – it’s important that we prepare our homes for weather related water damage.
Before the storms this week, take some time after work to take a look at your window seals, door jams, and roof to make sure that the hail this weekend didn’t cause any damage for water to leak in. Take a look around your attic too to make sure that there’s no unseen water damage that could cause mold growth in the future. If you haven’t already, clean your gutters from the fall debris so there’s no clogging. If you do have hail damage, make sure to get that taken care of as quickly as possible to ensure that no water damage can come into your home.
If you have suffered water damage this past week, give SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford a call today at 817.595.0004!
Spring Time Mold Growth!
With spring storms come humidity, and humidity comes mold especially if you’ve had a recent water loss in your home. Ideally, the air conditioning in your home should keep your home at a comfortable humidity level, however when the air is thick and soupy outside, we all know that can sometimes be impossible.
The humidity in your home also rises when you have a water loss, after all, standing water in your home evaporates into the air as it dries. Mold likes this humidity, as well as the wet flooring/drywall that you may have in your home due to flooding. It’s extremely important to get the water in your home extracted and dried as quickly as possible to prevent future mold growth.
If your home has suffered water damage that has led to microbial growth, give SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford a call today at 817.595.0004!
Does Your Family Have A Fire Plan?
House fires are unpredictable. As much as we try to prevent them, sometimes the unthinkable happens and a little spark from faulty wiring you didn’t know about can leave your home engulfed in flames. When this happens, do your and your family have a plan for getting out of your home and to a safe meeting point? A fire escape plan is an invaluable tool to make sure you and your family knows just what to do incase of a fire.
- Take a weekend and draw up a floor plan of your home for a visual to plan out a fire escape route. Walk through your home with your floor plan and note all the possible exit routes.
- Keep leashes and carriers by the door, and make sure your pet always wears her collar and tags if she escapes during the chaos. Note where your pet goes when scared to tell a firefighter if you don’t have the opportunity to get them out. Train your pet to come when they’re called.
- Choose a meeting place away from your home like a neighbor’s mailbox, sign post, or light post and mark the spot on your map.
- Do a tour with your entire family to make sure that they understand the plan.
In case the inevitable has happened, give SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford a call at 817.595.0004
Braving the Cold in Wisconsin
As a certified Large Loss Response Team, our franchise maintains a storm team that is able to travel to other parts of the country during disasters. Our storm team has been in Wisconsin for a week now doing their best to help those who have been affected by the polar vortex. While they have been enjoying the cold weather since we don’t see too much of it here in Texas, they are still working hard. Temperatures well into the negatives had caused pipes to burst spilling water out into many people’s homes. Though the water had briefly melted, it froze again before we could finish extracting it, so our team had to wait for it to melt again before they could begin the extraction process.
Once the water was able to be extracted, our crew immediately got to work setting up equipment in the buildings and making sure everything would be dried properly. Through the process of cleaning up the affected areas, our teams also found plenty of mold growth that needed to be taken care of as well. There is a lot of work to done, so the crew will stay up north for a while longer to fix up as much damage as possible.
They are now heading to Chicago!