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SERVPRO reveals the points of origins of fires at homes and measures to prevent these fires

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: This SERVPRO article shares with homeowners the various fire risks at homes and precautions to take.

Fires at homes and their points of origin 

According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are more than 350,000 home fires each year in the U.S., leading to more than 2,500 deaths. Statistically, 27% of all the annual fires reported in the U.S. happen at homes, which not only cause massive fire damage but also, tragically, lead to the majority of fire-related deaths.

SERVPRO shares the points where fires can start at homes and how homeowners can prevent them. 



  • Kitchens

As in commercial spaces, kitchens are one of the biggest origin points of fires at homes. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires and fire-related injuries.

There are several fire safety rules homeowners can follow when working in kitchens:

  • Never leave a burning gas unattended, especially when working with high heat activities like frying, boiling, or broiling.
  • Move combustible items away from stoves.
  • Switch off the stove and all appliances after cooking or when leaving the kitchen.
  • Designate a safe spot to place dish towels or hot pads, away from hot surfaces.
  • Wear a securely fastened apron over billowy shirts or bottoms to prevent getting burnt.
  • Keep a Class B fire extinguisher or baking soda handy in case of fire and do not use water as it will spread oil or grease and feed the flames.
  • Bedrooms

Around 15% of electrical fires usually originate in bedrooms. These fires can prove fatal as they usually happen during the night hours. The usual causes are faulty or overloaded wiring, malfunctioning lighting, cords, space heaters, or electric blankets. Contents such as beddings, draperies, and carpeting in the bedroom easily catch fire.

Below are some tips for preventing fires in the bedroom:

  • Do not neglect any loose or worn-out wall outlets.
  • Replace extension cords, chargers, lighting cords, or other power cords as soon they show signs of wear and tear.
  • Rewire favorite lighting fixtures like lamps if the cord is worn out.
  • Don’t overload outlets.
  • Unplug devices when not in use.
  • Educate children on how fire ignites and spreads. Statistically, 40% of structure fires accidentally started by children originate in the bedroom.
  • Living rooms

Fireplaces, chimneys, wood-burning stoves, and space heaters are the usual suspects of fires in the living room. 

Homeowners can practice a few safety precautions to prevent a fire in living rooms:

  • Get the chimney cleaned professionally.
  • Keep a distance between the combustibles, such as draperies and upholstered furniture, and the heat source.
  • Install a fireplace with a screen to prevent embers from escaping.
  • Completely douse a fire before leaving the house or the room.
  • Use the recommended fuel for the heat source.
  • Educate kids about the dangers of fire and the distance they should maintain from fireplaces for their safety.
  • Install smoke detectors.
  • Attics and crawl spaces

It is truly out of sight, out of mind when it comes to the inaccessible attics and crawl spaces. Surprisingly 13% of electrical fires start in these isolated spaces due to electrical failure or malfunction. 

The risk of these fires is higher in older homes, where electrical work may not be up to the standard quality or may have been a result of a DIY project. It is imperative to hire a professional electrician to check these areas for issues that, if neglected, can cause serious fire damage.

  • Laundry rooms

Dryers have proven to be the biggest cause of fire in the laundry rooms, where 4% of residential fires begin.

Preventing laundry fires is usually simple:

  • Don’t overload the washer or dryer, allowing room for laundry to tumble. 
  • Prevent buildup by cleaning the lint screen and drum between loads.
  • Clean the dryer exhaust vent and ducts annually.
  • Use flexible metal venting material.
  • Ensure the right voltage for the appliance.
  • Outside areas

Come summer, the grill, smoker, fire pit, and even dry vegetation become the catalyst for outdoor fires. These outdoor fires are responsible for 4% of residential fires but can be prevented by following a few rules: 

  • Keep grills or smokers about 10 feet away from the house structures (including the eaves), deck railings, trailers, vehicles, or combustible materials.
  • Clean the grill or smoker after every use to prevent fuel buildup.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy when grilling.
  • Keep a hose or bucket of water near fire pits, and clear the area of vegetation, fuel, or other combustibles.
  • Make sure fires are completely extinguished before calling it a day.
  • Avoid friction of any sort across dry vegetation that could cause a spark.

Besides the points of origin above, there are certain fire hazards that homeowners must watch out for:

  1. Candles

Candles are a brilliant way to adorn a special occasion or create a beautiful ambiance. They can, however, become a major fire hazard if left unattended. According to the NFPA, candles caused an estimated average of just over 7,600 fires between 2014 and 2018. New Year's Day, Christmas, and New Year's Eve are prime time for candle-related fires. 

Candle lighting must be accompanied by certain precautions:

  • Matches and lighters must be kept under lock and key, away from children.
  • Always extinguish candles before leaving the room. 
  • Keep candle flames at least 12 inches from any combustible materials. 
  • Consider other lighting options such as battery-powered flameless luminaries that are very realistic.
  1. Chemicals

Chemical fires are more common in industrial or commercial areas, but even a relatively small number of chemical fires in residences can prove to be very deadly as they are unexpected. 

There are two ways chemical fires are ignited. One is when volatile vapors from gasoline and other petroleum liquids reach a flash-point temperature or when the fumes contact a source of an open flame. Another way is spontaneous combustion when chemicals combine with oxygen in the air to produce enough heat to reach a flashpoint. 

Here are few measures homeowners can take to prevent these fires: 

  • Use an approved container to store all flammable liquids. 
  • Fill only 95 percent of the container to allow the vapors to expand without rupturing the container.
  • Tightly seal containers to prevent gas vapors from escaping.
  • Store the container at least 50 feet away from pilot lights and ignition sources, such as a water heater, space heater, or furnace. 
  • Keep the containers in a detached garage or shed, away from living spaces. 
  • Do not store oil-soaked or chemical-soaked rags after use as they can spontaneously combust under hot conditions in combination with oxygen. 
  1. Christmas trees 

A holiday tradition, Christmas trees come with certain fire risks. Since real evergreen trees dry out over time, they pose a danger of flash fire that can engulf a room in a matter of seconds. Artificial trees made with vinyl or plastic needles are safer in this regard, but an electrical fire is still a risk. 

Here are a few precautions to prevent Christmas tree fires:

  • Unplug tree lights on the Christmas tree when leaving the house or when sleeping. 
  • Regularly check the natural trees to ensure they are not too dry. 
  • Ensure a full water reservoir to prevent the tree from becoming tinder-dry.
  • Older Christmas tree lights that use incandescent bulbs generate a lot of heat and can be replaced by lights using LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs that are safer.
  • Faulty light strings must be changed or repaired.

Being aware of the points of origin and other fire hazards in a house is the first step towards fire safety. But in case of fire damage, homeowners can contact fire damage restoration companies like SERVPRO to help restore a house to its original glory. 

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Hurst, Euless, Bedford, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For fire damage restoration services, call SERVPRO® of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Six measures to prevent mold growth in a commercial property

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO article discusses the important measures that can be taken to protect commercial properties from mold growth.

6 ways to prevent mold growth in commercial buildings

Mold grows and spreads swiftly in the presence of moisture and heat. Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow. Wet cellulose materials, including paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, offer a perfect environment for the growth of some molds. Other materials such as dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery, also support mold growth. 

If left undetected and unchecked, mold can produce allergens and irritants that can potentially cause several health effects.



SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford’s mold removal experts shares the numerous measures business owners can take to prevent mold growth in their commercial buildings:



  1. Regular inspection

Often, spores multiply long before anyone notices. This is usually the case in areas that are not obvious or are hidden from view, such as underneath sinks and around window frames. Therefore, it is advisable to have a regular mold inspection protocol, especially in building areas or geographical locations where the moisture level is bound to be high. Mold must never be approached without gloves or masks.

  1. Timely repair 

Any repairs, major or minor, must be made at the earliest because the longer the issues are neglected, the larger the problem becomes. Water leakage of any sort, especially plumbing leaks, must be addressed immediately by a professional water and mold remediation company before it grows into a full-blown water and mold damage disaster. 

  1. Minimize moisture

Mold thrives on moisture. Signs of condensation and wet spots around the building foundation, roofs, windows, or ceilings are red flags that must be addressed swiftly to prevent water and structural damage. The following steps could be taken to combat excessive moisture:

  1. Insulation: Poor insulation can cause moisture build-up indoors, raising the cooling and heating costs. Proper insulation can reduce heat transfer that causes moisture buildup, preventing the air from outside from getting inside and vice versa.
  2. Ventilation: It is crucial to keep the air flowing throughout a building to avoid moisture. Adequate ventilation and change of filters help increase the airflow and keep moisture at bay. 
  3. Dehumidification: Indoor humidity should be below 60% relative humidity or 30-50%, if possible. Dehumidifiers are ideal for this purpose.
  4. Unobstructed drip pans: Keep any heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, sloped, and flowing properly as they can provide an ideal environment for mold to thrive.

  1. Service the HVAC unit

The HVAC system must always be clean and well-maintained. Replacing air filters regularly, applying an HVAC mold inhibitor, using a disinfectant before applying mold inhibitor, keeping the ducts dry, and checking for air intakes should be a part of an HVAC strategy to combat mold growth. 

A complicated HVAC system may, however, require professional assistance.

  1. Dry foundation

The grade around the building should slope away from the foundation so there is no water pooling. The grade may deteriorate over time and should be checked periodically. The drainage should also be checked for any debris and clogs to ensure proper flow. 

  1. Flat roof drainage 

A flat commercial roof generally has poor drainage due to design issues. Well-maintained rain gutters, scuppers, and inner drains can help with the proper drainage and keep mold at bay. 

Mold can be controlled through regular commercial building maintenance and inspections combined with the proper design, installation, and maintenance of commercial HVAC systems. 

For commercial cleaning services and mold removal, commercial property owners can reach out to a professional team such as SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford. 

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Hurst, Euless, Bedford, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For commercial cleanup and mold remediation services, call SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO shares 10 Steps Property Owners Can Take to Prevent Plumbing Leaks

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: This article by SERVPRO dives into the various preventive measures that businesses and homeowners can follow to prevent damage caused by plumbing leaks. 

10 Tips to Prevent Plumbing Leaks

A plumbing system consists of much more than just the visible components – the sinks, faucets, water heaters, and drain pipes. An extensive network of supply and drain pipes is usually running within walls or floors or buried underground, hidden from the view. 

A poorly maintained or neglected plumbing system in a commercial building or a home can lead to major leaks causing expensive water damage.

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford shares the common causes of plumbing leaks and the various measures business owners and homeowners can take to prevent them.

The common plumbing leak culprits are:

  • Dishwashers
  • Icemakers
  • Water heaters
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Washing machines
  • Showers and tubs

10 Preventive Steps 

  1. Reduce water pressure 

As per experts, high water pressure simply reduces the life of plumbing as it stresses the pipe joints, faucets, and appliance valves. Water pressure can be measured with a hose bib gauge and should lie within 40-85 psi, normally. Anything above this range will put immense pressure on the plumbing and eventually give way to leaks.  

  1. Soften the water 

A high mineral content in water, known as hard water, slowly builds up minerals such as magnesium and calcium in the pipes. This leads to restriction of water flow, corrosion of joints and fittings, and increasing pressure.

Installing a water softener is the best method to combat hard water. Most softeners use sodium to counteract the minerals in the water, but there are electronic softeners that use only electromagnetic pulses to dissolve minerals. 

  1. Insulate the pipes

Pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures or drafts can freeze and leak. It is advisable to insulate all exposed plumbing that is accessible and seal any external openings that allow frigid air to contact water supply lines. When temperatures drop below 25 degrees, the household thermostat should be set at 55 degrees or higher and taps should be left slightly open to allow water to dribble out as long as freezing temperatures persist.

  1. Replace washing machine hoses

A leaky or ruptured washing machine hose is a common cause of leaks. Rubber hoses that supply water to washing machines have a lifespan of five years only. Therefore it is a good measure to replace rubber hoses before they leak and use braided stainless steel lines that are much more durable.

  1. Do not ignore minor leaks

Leakage of any magnitude is not normal. It is advised to do a visual inspection of all faucets, toilets, and exposed pipes as well as any signs of leaks where the pipes penetrate the walls or foundation. Small pools of water on the floor, water stains near the pipes, or warping of wallboard or paneling could indicate the presence of a leak. 

All plumbing fixtures should be solidly attached to the floor or wall as the seals can break pipe connections. Even a pinhole in supply lines is a sign of internal corrosion that is a warning of the imminent bursting of pipes and severe flooding. These signs must be addressed immediately by a water damage restoration company.

  1. Test all shutoff valves

The location of the main water shutoff valve and how to operate it in emergencies must be common knowledge. Since valves often freeze in the open position due to the accumulation of mineral deposits, it is a good practice to test the main valve yearly to ensure it turns off and on easily. All individual shutoff valves such as those installed on the wall behind toilets and under sinks must also be tested. 

  1. Inspect the drainage function

Water should travel easily down the drain pipes while creating a familiar swirl pattern as it enters the pipes. The appearance of bubbles or a gurgling sound during drainage could indicate a problem that needs to be corrected.

  1. Install floor pans

Floor pans under appliances are the first line of defense against water leakage. They cannot prevent catastrophic leaks but can prevent water damage from minor and slow leaks. 

  1. Get a water alarm

Water alarms alert the inhabitants of a water threat. These sensors can be placed in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or next to the sump pump.

  1.  Purchase a water flow monitoring system

A water flow monitoring system is protection for the complete property. It is attached to the water main and measures the water flow into the premises. In case of continuous water flow that is over and above the normal usage, the system will stop the flow of water automatically.

In case of water damage caused by plumbing leaks, property owners can get in touch with water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford. 

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Hurst, Euless, Bedford, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO® of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

The damage caused by thunderstorms and winter storms and how SERVPRO can help

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO offers its storm restoration services that include fire, water, and mold remediation as well as roof tarping expertise in case of damage caused by thunderstorms and winter storms. 

Thunderstorms and winter storms damage?

The US experiences thunderstorms and winter storms that can cause extensive damage to homes and commercial properties. It is important to ascertain the damage caused and to contract a specialized storm restoration company like SERVPRO, at the earliest.

Thunderstorms are violent, short-lived weather disturbances that are usually accompanied by lightning, thunder, dense clouds, heavy rain or hail, and strong gusty winds. Below are the common thunderstorm damages:

  1. Hail storm damage: Thunderstorms can produce hail that can be devastating to personal property. Smaller hail can destroy crops while larger ones can dent cars, break windows, and damage roofs. Hailstorms can lead to serious roof leaks that can spiral out of control, leading to structural problems.
  2. Tornado damage: A tornado can cause massive structural damages to buildings with its strong winds and the debris that it carries in its wake. The most violent tornadoes with wind speeds of up to 300 mph can destroy large buildings, uproot trees and hurl vehicles hundreds of yards. 
  3. Lightning damage: Lightning that hits trees and the ground is often responsible for wildfires, structure fires, property damage, and power outages. When a property is struck by lightning, electricity passes through the wiring causing severe damage to any electrical appliances that are plugged in. 
  4. Flood damage: Thunderstorms often bring in torrential downpours of rain that can flood homes, basements, and businesses, causing serious damage to both interiors and exteriors. Floods are typically the result of heavy rain and water that rises faster than storm drains can manage.

Winter storms are precipitation that is mainly snow, sleet, or freezing rain. Often coupled with strong winds and below-freezing temperatures, winter storms can be dangerous. 




  1. Water damage: Cold snaps and temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit can cause pipes to freeze and burst. The resulting water damage can be extensive. 
  2. Fire damage: Unattended fireplaces, improperly cleaned chimneys, or space heaters plugged into overloaded outlets or left too close to flammable objects, can cause fires during a winter storm.
  3. Roof damage: The additional weight of snow and ice can damage gutters and cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The cycle repeats worsening the damage caused.
  4. An ice dam: Snow often melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This ice dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

How can SERVPRO fix the damage?

  1. Water and mold damage restoration

Flooding caused by thunderstorms and winter storms can cause severe water and mold damage to properties. A water and mold restoration company like SERVPRO can swiftly and effectively bring the property back to its original state. 

The team uses a scientific approach for water removal and cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

  1. Fire damage restoration

Fire caused by lightning or damaged appliances during a winter storm must be handled by a specialized team of technicians to ensure the safety of the property. SERVPRO has been successfully implementing fire damage restoration for businesses and homes alike.

  1. Roof damage restoration

Falling trees, fire, high wind, and hail storms often cause roof damage. Initial roof assessment by a professional team, such as SERVPRO, is imperative for safety. Tarping the roof prevents secondary damage while the roof is inspected and repaired. An emergency board-up service can also be provided to protect the building from weather, animals, and illegal entry.

  1. Disaster recovery team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help with the damage caused by a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster occur. 

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wildfires

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Hurst, Euless, Bedford or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 



  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill-upgradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For storm restoration services, call SERVPRO® of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004. or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Commercial cleaning and restoration by SERVPRO’s specialized team

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: Details of SERVPRO’s commercial cleaning and restoration services in the event of a storm, water, mold, and fire damage in properties of all sizes and emergencies of all magnitudes.



Storm, fire, water, or mold emergency at your commercial property or office?

When crises like these arise, it is imperative to contact a licensed and specialized commercial cleaning and restoration company that will efficiently and swiftly restore your property to its preloss condition. This allows for businesses to resume and for life to return to normal.

SERVPRO has restored and cleaned numerous small office buildings, restaurants, high-rises, and government/military bases. With its unique blend of training, experience, and equipment, SERVPRO has a multitude of commercial cleaning and restoration services that will undo the damage to a business at the earliest.



  • Commercial water damage restoration

Left unchecked, moisture from floods, rainwater, burst pipes, and more can leave floors, drywall, and furnishings susceptible to stains and microbial growth.  

SERVPRO team will provide the following resources to manage the damage and restore the property:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Commercial fire damage restoration

Fire and smoke damage to a business or commercial property is often accompanied by secondary water damage - a by-product of firefighting and suppression efforts with water. SERVPRO takes care of the damage with the following experts that address every individual challenge presented by fire:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Commercial mold remediation 

Mold is caused by various factors, one of them being water damage such as a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. A mold problem poses potential health effects to people. A highly-trained team of specialized technicians helps remediate the mold damage caused:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Commercial storm damage restoration

Storms with wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage to properties in the blink of an eye. 

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of elite, large-loss specialists who are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle disasters of any magnitude. A commercial operations manager supervises the recovery by ensuring seamless communication and timely mitigation.

  • Commercial cleaning services

SERVPRO offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. 

  • Air Ducts and HVAC - It is important to maintain air ducts and HVAC systems to save energy and improve the air quality for everyone in the building. Cleaning the motor, housing, fans, grilles, coils, and register are some of the focus areas of cleaning. 
  • Biohazard and Sewage - An unfortunate situation may require sanitation cleanup services to accident, crime scene, or suicide cleanup. This requires meticulous handling and a specialized cleaning process.
  • Trauma and Crime Scene - The cleaning and decontamination of trauma scenes are vital to the health and safety of residents and employees. SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment, protective gear, and specifically designed solutions to make sure the affected area is hygienic and clean.
  • Carpet and Upholstery - The technicians determine the best way to clean the building and ensure that each different type of carpet is properly cleaned and cared for. 
  • Drapes and Blinds - The team, equipped with state-of-the-art gadgets, inspect and test fabrics to determine the appropriate cleaning system to clean fine fabrics and intricate pieces. 
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors - Following a remodeling or reconstruction, these areas must be cleaned up of the dirt and grime that is inevitable. This allows for cleaner air and prevents dust on the property.
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization - The source of the odor is identified by the technicians. It is then eliminated with the help of several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces.
  • Vandalism - It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, SERVPRO also cleans driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Hurst, Euless, Bedford, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill-upgradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For commercial cleaning and restoration services, call SERVPRO® of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO shares facts about mold and how the mold remediation process works

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO discusses the nature and causes of mold spores and how the technicians take care of mold growth that has gone out of hand.

What is mold? 

Mold spores grow and spread in the presence of moisture and heat. They produce allergens and irritants that can potentially cause other health effects.

Facts about mold:

  • Omnipresent: It is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 
  • 100,000 different types: Mold comes in a diverse variety although not all types are harmful. Five kinds of mold, including black mold, usually grow indoors and are harmful.
  • Swift multiplier: Mold thrives on moisture and can grow exponentially within 24 to 48 hours after a water damage event. In fact, higher than 45 percent indoor humidity can support mold growth. Unfortunately, it also remains hidden for long if left unnoticed.
  • Sneaks in: Mold spores are microscopic and can enter homes through open doors, windows, and heating & air conditioning systems. Clothing, shoes, and pets can also become carriers of mold.
  • Strong odor: Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead to the source of the problem.
  • Bleach is useless: Bleach may kill the mold but the spores survive, ready to multiply again.

Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules (TMARR) states that if five square feet of visible mold is detected, a Texas-licensed Mold Remediation Contractor must be consulted.

Mold remediation process

Every mold damage scenario requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same:

Step 1 Emergency contact 

A mold-cleanup-and-remediation process begins when you call a mold remediation company. SERVPRO’s representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the requisite equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2 Inspection and mold damage assessment

Local and state laws may require a specific inspection and documentation protocol based on the size of the affected area. SERVPRO can advise on this process, providing guidance based on the unique situation.

The representatives at SERVPRO carefully inspect the property for visible signs of mold using various technologies to detect even the mold hidden from view. Thereafter, they create a mold remediation plan or protocol and will collect a mold sample for analysis. 

Step 3 Mold containment

When the mold contamination affects a total surface area of 25 contiguous square feet or more, various containment procedures must be implemented to prevent the spread of mold. 

SERVPRO may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the remediation process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be switched off to prevent the growth of mold.



Step 4 Air filtration

The technicians use specialized filtration equipment to capture microscopic mold spores in the air. “Air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums halt the spread of these mold spores during the mold remediation process.

Step 5 Removing mold and mold-infested materials

Disinfectants, biocides and antimicrobial coatings registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be used to eliminate mold colonies and to check the formation of new colonies. Removal and disposal of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be needed to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6 Cleaning contents and belongings

Restorable items such as furniture, decorative items, curtains, and clothing affected by mold can be restored using an array of cleaning techniques. Odor removal and deodorization can also be executed using fogging equipment.

Step 7 Restoration

This final step brings the property back to its original glory. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. It could also entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

Why SERVPRO?

  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Hurst, Euless, Bedford, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill-upgradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For mold remediation services, call SERVPRO® of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

4 Key Facts Property Owners Should Know About Storm Damage Restoration

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The SERVPRO professionals discuss four important facts about effective storm damage restoration in Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Texas, and the surrounding communities.



Have storms damaged property or buildings in the area? SERVPRO of Hurst - Euless- Bedford, TX, has many years of experience in offering a reliable storm damage restoration service. Their professionals provide the latest water removal and cleanup techniques, ensuring quick and effective residential and commercial water damage solutions. 

Here are some other facts that property owners need to know about storm damage restoration services, including water and fire restoration companies like SERVPRO:

SERVPRO of Hurst - Euless- Bedford, TX, Explains Four Facts About Storm Damage Restoration

#1: Thunderstorms Are The Leading Cause of Storm Damage

While hurricanes and tornadoes devastate communities and make the news, thunderstorms are more frequent and often more destructive. These common events are responsible for more than half of all storm damage to properties in the United States, and that’s before the ill-effects of brush fires ignited by lightning strikes, standing water, and flooding.

The repair experts at SERVPRO have seen the devastation of fire and water damage after a storm. The quickest solution is a speedy water cleanup from their professional service, especially after a severe downpour or flooding.

#2: Types of Storm Damage Restoration

While thunderstorms are frequent, the destruction depends on the storm and how severe the conditions get each season in Texas. 

  • Hail produced in thunderstorms can be as big as a softball and fall at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The ice can easily smash holes in roofing and windows, allowing the elements into a building and causing severe water damage. 
  • Lightning is powerful, bringing trees crashing down to open gaping holes in a property where rain and debris enter. Compromised properties are structurally unsound, and it is essential to call in SERVPRO’s building restoration service to avoid future complications. For example, protecting properties with tarping stops further damage and prevents the need for mold removal as moisture stays outside.
  • Flooding is equally dangerous. Texas thunderstorms typically last for about an hour and cover an area of approximately 15 miles, so streams and rivers in the area often overflow. Flash floods fill properties, and rain saturates the ground with nowhere to escape—a flood cleanup on speed dial might prove more useful than expected.

Water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO can quickly cover holes using roof tarping and other techniques. If there’s a flood or tree damage in progress, rather call the SERVPRO professionals for their 24/7 emergency service. Their equipment holds off the worst effects until the storm damage restoration can begin in earnest.

#3: Hurricanes and Tornadoes Cause the Most Wind Damage

It is a well-known fact that extreme winds associated with hurricanes topple buildings and trees. These destructive forces also rip the roofs off any standing structure and expose a home or business to untold water damage and debris. Quick action by a storm damage restoration company like SERVPRO minimizes secondary damage—they even do an air duct cleaning service to ensure those channels provide pure air flow after a hurricane has run its course.

#4: Rapid Water Removal and Flood Damage Restoration is Essential

After a storm, water flow can still destroy the items in and around a property with floods, pooling, mold, and bacteria. If the home or business owner acts quickly, these items could be salvageable. However, they would need to be thoroughly dried to avoid mold growth and other deterioration. 

The structure must also be thoroughly and professionally dried and aired. If not, the property might become a health and safety hazard, adding considerable expense when calling in any mold remediation companies. SERVPRO’s affiliation with national water restoration companies ensures its technicians offer local customers access to the latest equipment and know-how, which is the perfect way to handle floods and other water damage.


The SERVPRO team offers outstanding service and many years of experience in storm damage restoration, including emergency services, reliable cleanup assistance, and an interesting  Instagram feed. It is locally owned and operated from 3717 Commerce Place Suite E, Bedford, TX 76021, and the SERVPRO technicians are available at (817) 595-0004.

4 Facts About the Power of Saltwater Damage Restoration

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Blog Summary: The SERVPRO professionals discuss four saltwater damage facts, explaining how saltwater affects water damage restoration for the residents and business owners of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford, TX.

Texas has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Gulf, but all that salt in the air means that the region’s home and business owners are bound to need water damage restoration services at some point. The humidity in the coastal areas can be as overwhelming as the summer heat, and the chances are good that visitors will see water or fire restoration companies rushing to an emergency service during extreme weather.

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford, TX is one of the area’s premier residential and commercial water damage restoration companies. Their experts offer advice on dealing with salt, humidity, and water restoration companies in the area.

Four Saltwater Facts and How It Affects Water Damage Restoration

#1: Saltwater Damages Far Exceed Rainwater Issues

The high salt content in saltwater is considerably more destructive than regular rainwater. A home or business can have a professional service dry surfaces contaminated by rainwater. If the surface isn’t delicate and the absorption is minimal, this may often be the end of the story. 

However, saltwater pooling on surfaces sees much more damage. It is extremely corrosive, even when a surface dries off completely. The salt residue continues to eat away at the material beneath—the only way to stop the process is to call water damage restoration experts like SERVPRO who understand residue and flood cleanup.

#2: Salt Water and Electricity—A Terrible Combination

Salt is an excellent conductor of electrical currents. While a home is under saltwater, the water itself can carry a dangerous charge. After the flooding has subsided, salt residue also conducts electricity outside protective features, like electrical fixtures designed to keep people safe. 

The salt residue corrosion also eats through wire cladding on dried-out electrical components, exposing the wiring and causing unexpected short circuits. If there’s a chance that a home or business has a bad combination of salt and electricity, it is best to call a professional water and fire damage restoration service like SERVPRO to handle it safely.

One benefit of SERVPRO’S extensive national network is the 24-hour emergency services and professional building restoration service options, no matter the location. They also offer an air duct cleaning service to sweep the HVAC systems after extensive water damage restoration or electricity issues.

#3: Salt Encourages Extensive Mold Growth

When a building has flooded, damp items tend to play host to unhealthy organic material. However, when floodwaters contain salt, the mold grows even quicker, and it is far more difficult to eradicate. It is important to protect people’s health, and mold removal or mold remediation companies like SERVPRO offer this service as part of water damage restoration.

The highly-trained technicians have honed skills over many years, and the professional service might be the only way to prevent the vigorous mold growth common to saltwater-damaged buildings.

#4: Salt Destabilizes the Property’s Foundations

All major floods carry the danger of soil erosion, but saltwater alters the entire chemical makeup of the soil. It kills plants that aren’t adaptable and destabilizes the structure as the soil shifts and displaces other components. Water removal from around a house or office building is a priority, but this applies even more to saltwater issues. 

Getting rid of the salt residue is the only way to restore the soil and structural integrity. It is a good idea to call in the services of building restoration companies, like SERVPRO. These teams are locally owned and operated, and they know how to handle extensive saltwater damage without compromising the environment around the property.

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Texas, is a premier water damage restoration service that performs quick water cleanup and saltwater removal. The team eradicates salt contamination from all surfaces and offers many other tips and services on their Facebook page. Contact SERVPRO’s professionals at (817) 595-0004 or visit the offices at 3717 Commerce Place Suite E, Bedford, TX 76021.

The Five Most Important Facts to Remember When Dealing with Fire Damage Restoration Services in Texas

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Blog Summary: The fire damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO offer advice about dealing with serious fire damage to a home or business in Texas. They explore the top facts about water and fire damage and what to expect from local fire restoration companies when they take on the job.



Fires are traumatic for everyone involved, and being able to act quickly after the event is crucial to the recovery process. While flames are the most prominent cause of damage, many other issues leave a mark on the place. Home or business owners can prevent further damage to their properties, but it is important to know what professional fire damage restoration services can do for the building.

Five Handy Facts About Fire Damage Restoration Services

The destructive power of a fire is tremendous to witness, but it can be sad and daunting for the owner of the property to see a lifetime of work and memory under a blackened exterior. Fire damage restoration is possible with a reliable local service, like SERVPRO. 

Here are five handy facts to remember when faced with fire damage as a home or business owner.

#1 Safety

A fire-damaged building might be dangerous to enter, even after the flames are extinguished. The temptation to begin the cleanup process might be strong for the owner of the property, but it is always better to leave the cleanup to fire damage restoration service professionals, like SERVPRO. They are insured and trained to handle unstable burned buildings with the utmost care.

#2 Soot

Soot is the fine, black dust left behind after a fire. It is the by-product of burning coal, wood, or substances with an oil base. Soot inhalation can lead to health effects. If there is severe soot contamination in a home or building following a fire, the owner will need to call an equipped building restoration service to deal with the fire damage and begin cleanup safely.

#3 Water Damage

A surprising result of fire is water damage since it is one of the most useful substances for putting out the flames. The damages that water can inflict on the residential or commercial property are significant, especially when left to pool and fester.

After the fire has been completely extinguished, the home or commercial property needs to dry completely. Otherwise, mildew and mold begin to grow, and health effects abound. Professional water restoration companies like SERVPRO have the experience and skill for proper water removal and water cleanup following a fire.

If mold does become an issue, mold remediation companies deal well with the problem. The professionals at SERVPRO deal with this problem after a fire more than one might imagine, initiating mold removal to preserve what is left of the home or business.

#4 Textile Damage

Fabrics and other textiles within a building are difficult to restore. Removing soot and smoke odors from these materials can be nearly impossible, including carpets, clothing, and draperies. Commercial water damage companies like SERVPRO are not magicians, but they do have the tools and skill to remove many odors and stains from carpets and delicate items.

#5 Fire Damage Restoration Consultation

An essential thing to remember is the invaluable help that fire restoration professionals provide in dealing with fire, smoke, and water damage. Their experience equips them to effectively handle the cleanup and restoration process, quickly assessing damages and determining what can be saved or restored. 

Professionals like SERVPRO also remove the water that remains after extinguishing the fire, drying every surface thoroughly, and preventing dangerous mold growth. If there’s more to do, their skills also cover air duct cleaning, flood cleanup, mold removal, and other fire or water restoration services.

Call the professional fire damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Texas at (817) 595-0004 for high-quality services day and night. They work from their location at 3717 Commerce Place Suite E Bedford, TX 76021. They will inspect the damage, assess the situation, and clean and repair the damages as quickly as possible.

Prepare Before Severe Weather Hits

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SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford knows that severe weather can happen anywhere and any time. 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

Roughly 98% of presidentially declared disasters are weather related. This leads to about 500 deaths per year and close to 15 billion dollars in damage.  In 2020, NOAA reports estimated severe weather, tropical storm and hurricane damages totalling around $74 billion. Knowing the risk of severe weather, and taking preemptive measures helps you be better prepared when disaster strikes.

Assess Your Risk

  • First, understanding the types of hazardous weather 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,
  • Make sure you have important documents and anything valuable in a waterproof safe place.

If your home or business is ever affected by severe weather or water damage SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is always here to help! Call us any time, day or night, our phones are answered 24 hours a day / 7 days a week!

817-595-0004