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SERVPRO: 7 sump pump maintenance mistakes to avoid

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog discusses the usual maintenance errors that homeowners make when taking care of their sump pumps.

7 common sump pump maintenance mistakes homeowners make

A sump pump plays a vital role in arresting the damage that flooding can cause due to storms and other plumbing issues. A sump pump helps pump away all the water from inside the house to a storm drain. However, these sump pumps need to be maintained properly so they are functional when the need arises. SERVPRO, a water damage restoration company, shares some of the maintenance mistakes that often lead to sump pumps failing in the hour of need.

Sump pumps can be distinguished into two types: submersible and pedestal pumps. The submersible ones are installed under the basement floor, while the “pedestal” pump sits above the sump basin. Here are some common mistakes that homeowners must avoid to keep their sump pumps functioning at their best.

  1. No power backup 

A storm will most likely knock out the electricity making the sump pump incapable of pumping out the water. Therefore a generator or battery backup system must be installed and regularly inspected to ensure that it works in case of flooding.

  1. No testing of the sump pump

The sump pump must be tested before spring and fall. This testing can be done by pouring in about a 5-gallon bucket full of water at an adequate pace until the float triggers and activates the pump. If the water level doesn’t drop down slowly and the pump doesn’t shut down when the float drops back to its original state, there are some issues that must be addressed instantly. In scenarios where the water level drops a bit too slowly, the discharge pipe or the pump may have some blockages that need to be addressed. 

  1. Neglecting the discharge pipe

Discharge pipes must be inspected regularly to detect any leaks or clogs. More importantly, these pipes must be directed away from the perimeter of the house to avoid water backup. Since these pipes are often underground, any flaws in these are not noticeable until it’s too late.

  1. Allowing debris in the pump

Any debris getting inside the sump pump can ruin its motor. Homeowners must ensure that the pump is placed on stable, flat bricks with no silt or gravel in the vicinity. If such debris gets inside, the float will cause the pump to malfunction. Installing a filter fabric in the sump basin will discourage any debris from entering the pump. 

  1. Ignoring the float switch

The float switch acts as a level sensor that causes the pump to switch on and off according to the water level. These float switches don’t last forever and must be changed every 7 years. The sump pump needs space around the float to both float and sink freely. So homeowners can set the float switch up so it triggers the pump when the water rises about 5 inches in most pits. 

  1. Unplugging the pump

Ideally, the sump pump must never be unplugged. But if the situation demands it, homeowners must remember to plug it back in so that when the flooding happens, the sump pump is activated automatically. 

  1. Incorrectly placed check valve 

A sump pump’s check valve prevents the water from flowing back into the pump and prevents the system from working too hard. The check valve is installed in the discharge pipe of the sump pump and should be placed in the direction that points away from the pump and/or as per the arrow on it. 

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford specializes in restoring residential and commercial properties damaged by water, fire, mold, and storm. With its state-of-the-art equipment, the company’s IICRC-certified technicians efficiently and swiftly bring a damaged property back to its preloss state. SERVPRO has 1900 strategically positioned franchises all across the US and Canada that enable a swift response to an emergency of any magnitude, anywhere in the country. Offering the best services in the industry, SERVPRO’s team undergoes constant skill upgradation and uses the latest technology and equipment to restore properties. Additionally, as the preferred restoration partner for most insurance companies, SERVPRO eases the insurance claims process for its clients. 

To learn more about SERVPRO’s water damage restoration services, contact Team Shaw of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: 7 tips to prevent water damage in your office building

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog offers insights into the steps commercial building owners can take to protect their property from water damage.

Maintenance tips to protect your commercial building from water damage

Water damage in commercial buildings can lead to major losses in terms of repair costs, disrupted business operations as well as revenue loss. Some catastrophic events such as storms cannot be prevented but business owners can prevent water damage events caused due to lack of maintenance, faulty plumbing, or malfunctioning appliances. SERVPRO, a commercial water damage restoration company, shares some maintenance tips for commercial property owners to prevent water damage incidents.

  1. Inspect the building envelope

A regular and detailed inspection of the building envelope elements such as foundation, walls, doorways, roofing systems, and windows can help detect any wear and tear over time. Any envelope elements that are functioning beyond their expected lifespan must be carefully inspected so timely repairs can be made. 

  1. Check the gutters

Cleaning the gutters is crucial to prevent water from seeping in through the roof or foundation. When debris such as leaves blocks the gutters, the water collects on the roof, or flows over the edge to pool around the building’s perimeter, the standing water will then start permeating into the structure causing serious damage. Therefore cleaning the gutters regularly is essential to prevent water damage.

  1. Plumbing repairs and upgrades

The high-volume usage of plumbing fixtures in a commercial building warrants a regular repair and upgrade. As the fixtures get older, their functionality decreases and a leak becomes likely. A plumbing inspection by a professional must be conducted to ensure that pipes and fixtures are repaired or upgraded on time.   

  1. Roofs

Most commercial building roofs are fitted with HVAC units, vent pipes, and other building system elements. The roofs are also often places where debris such as leaves, sand, and abrasives collect, and signages or billboards are installed. Building owners must get their roofs inspected for any possible broken seals and leakages. Flat roofs should be given special attention as even a little debris can cause a massive blockage leading to losses.

  1. Wall systems

A regular inspection of the exterior wall system is necessary to identify any imminent problems. With multiple openings due to lighting, HVAC system elements, air intakes, and window joints, the risk of water intrusion multiplies. Moreover, aging brick joints and damaged sealants increase the water damage risks. An inspection and a timely repair of these issues can protect the building from water intrusion. 

  1. Windows

During window maintenance, the window joints, weep holes and flashings should be checked for seal integrity. All the locks and cranks should function at their best. The walls around the windows and the window glass must be checked for any damage. Any fogging would suggest a seal failure that must be amended immediately. The window systems in a commercial building are an important protection against the outside elements and must be kept in prime condition. 

  1. Professional maintenance

An in-house inspection is great to keep things in working order. However, a professional team such as SERVPRO has the eye to detect the slightest, most obscure issues, arrest them immediately, and correct them with accuracy. A regular maintenance plan with a professional is a sure-shot way to prevent any water damage in commercial spaces. 

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford specializes in restoring residential and commercial properties damaged by water, fire, mold, and storm. With its state-of-the-art equipment, the company’s IICRC-certified technicians efficiently and swiftly bring a damaged property back to its preloss state. SERVPRO has 1900 strategically positioned franchises all across the US and Canada that enable a swift response to an emergency of any magnitude, anywhere in the country. Offering the best services in the industry, SERVPRO’s team undergoes constant skill up-gradation and uses the latest technology and equipment to restore properties. Additionally, as the preferred restoration partner for most insurance companies, SERVPRO eases the insurance claims process for its clients. 

Learn more about SERVPRO’s commercial restoration services. Contact Team Shaw of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: Maintenance tips for smoke alarms

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog lists the maintenance tips that will ensure that smoke alarms are functional, especially when the need arises.

Maintenance tips for smoke alarms

Fires are life-changing events that can disrupt lives and cause huge economic losses. According to The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), 60% of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. However, a smoke alarm is useful only when it functions well. SERVPRO, a fire damage restoration company, shares some simple maintenance tips to keep smoke alarms functioning at their optimum level.

1. Test the smoke alarm after installation

After the installation is complete, homeowners must test the detectors and demonstrate them to the family members. Identifying the sound of the alarm, discussing the steps to follow in case of an evacuation, and determining the meeting points would be the right steps. A fire drill practice is a great way to ensure the smoke alarm is followed by a methodical evacuation. Ideally, a smoke detector must be tested once every month to ensure its responsiveness.

2. Perform power tests monthly

Manually inspecting the smoke alarm at least once per month is recommended. Push the test button to confirm that the sensor is working and the alarm sound is audible and at an optimal level. Check all the smoke alarms in the house. 

3. Replace batteries annually

Schedule a yearly battery replacement to ensure that the batteries don’t die out when the smoke alarm is needed. Refer to the manufacturer’s guide to replace the batteries properly. Do not wait for the battery to die out before replacement.

4. Clean the detectors annually

A dirty smoke detector can raise false alarms. A light dusting of the smoke alarm with a dry/damp cloth is good enough to remove dust and pollutants from the outside. But an annual deep cleaning is also necessary to ensure the alarm works well. For deep cleaning, the detector can be taken off the wall, the power source removed, and the external casing taken off. A dry cloth, air compressor, or vacuum hose must be used to clean the dust, and thereafter the detector can be reassembled. No liquids or cleaners should be used lest they ruin the device.

5. Install the detectors in the right places

Although smoke detectors should be installed across the house in bedrooms, kitchens, and enclosed areas, it is important to consider their ability to function in certain conditions. For instance, a smoke detector near cooking appliances can cause false alarms. It should be placed at least 10 feet from any heat and fire sources but too close to a window, duct, or door can decrease their effectiveness. Therefore, the right location of a smoke detector is also a big factor in deciding its effectiveness.

6. Investigate false alarms

In case of frequent false alarms, homeowners must determine the causes. Is it due to a wrong location such as being too close to a gas stove? Have the batteries died out? Perhaps it needs a little cleaning? If these are not the causes, maybe the smoke alarm needs to be replaced.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford specializes in restoring residential and commercial properties damaged by water, fire, mold, and storm. With its state-of-the-art equipment, the company’s IICRC-certified technicians efficiently and swiftly bring a damaged property back to its preloss state. SERVPRO has 1900 strategically positioned franchises all across the US and Canada that enable a swift response to an emergency of any magnitude, anywhere in the country. Offering the best services in the industry, SERVPRO’s team undergoes constant skill up-gradation and uses the latest technology and equipment to restore properties. Additionally, as the preferred restoration partner for most insurance companies, SERVPRO eases the insurance claims process for its clients. 



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

Why should property owners choose SERVPRO for mold remediation?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog explains why its team is one of the best choices when it comes to mold removal.

Mold infestation? Call SERVPRO

Why should you hire SERVPRO? Before reading this blog, review the Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules (TMARR) to get a good idea of what is required of a professional mold remediation firm, and what the mold removal process entails. Thereafter, read below why SERVPRO has been a one-stop solution for property owners seeking a professional and reliable mold removal team. 

1. Swift response

When property owners are faced with mold growth, they can call SERVPRO for instant emergency response. Before arriving at the scene, a representative will ask important questions to help determine the equipment, personnel, and resources that the project may require. A swift response can arrest further damage and unnecessary costs.

2. Detailed inspection and assessment

SERVPRO’s highly qualified team carefully inspects the property for visible signs of mold using its advanced technology and equipment. A licensed mold consultant will need to be called to perform a detailed inspection and collect mold samples for analysis and a detailed document is created to appraise the property owner of the mold remediation plan. The team is methodical and transparent in its operations and ensures the property owner understands the costs and steps that are involved in completing the mold remediation process.



3. Foolproof containment protocol 

Before carrying out mold removal, the SERVPRO team will contain the area that has been infested with mold to avoid further spread. A total surface area of 25 contiguous square feet or more requires immediate containment protocol to be followed. Ideally, when the mold is first discovered by the occupants, the area should be immediately isolated and all fans and HVACS should be switched off to prevent the spores from spreading to other parts of the house.

With the help of advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers and negative air pressure, the SERVPRO team carries out the remediation process without the risk of the spores spreading to the unaffected area.

Moreover, the SERVPRO technicians employ the use of specialized filtration equipment such as air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to capture and halt the spread of the invisible mold spores floating in the air during the remediation.

  1. Careful and efficient mold removal

The initial mold analysis helps determine the extent of mold growth as well as the types of surface infested. This helps decide the types of disinfectants, biocides, and antimicrobial coatings registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the team will use to remove mold colonies. In case of heavy mold growth, the team may need to remove and discard the materials like drywall and carpeting that are beyond rescue. The team not only removes the mold colonies but also ensures that there is no recurrence.

  1. Cleaning and odor removal

The IICRC-certified technicians are equipped in cleaning every type of material from furniture, decorative items, and curtains to clothing affected by mold. But mold often leaves an unpleasant musty smell. 

The technicians will not only remove the mold but eliminate all evidence of it ever impacting the area. The odor removal and deodorization team uses several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

  1. Miscellaneous services

A mold-infested structure such as a drywall need not be replaced completely. The SERVPRO building team will repair the damaged part of the structure. If there is a wall that needs a fresh coat of paint, the team will do it. Does a new carpet need to be installed to replace the old discarded one? SERVPRO will take care of it. From small to major repairs, SERVPRO is a one-stop solution for all mold removal and repair services for homes and businesses.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a property damage restoration company that uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring a damaged property back to its preloss state. With its strategically positioned franchises all across US and Canada; a highly trained team that receives constant skill up-gradation; and an IICRC-industry certification, SERVPRO offers seamless, swift, and reliable service to its clients, irrespective of the place, time, or size of emergency. 

To know more about SERVPRO’s mold removal service, contact Team Shaw of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Are you a commercial property looking for an Emergency Ready Plan in the event of a disaster? SERVPRO has the perfect plan for you

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog talks about Emergency Ready Plans that commercial property owners must have to protect themselves in the event of a disaster.

Is your business ready for any emergencies?

Businesses are often left paralyzed when natural disasters strike. The recovery time for businesses that have no emergency-ready plans is much longer and harder. Being prepared is necessary for quick response and recovery. SERVPRO, a commercial water damage restoration company, talks about its Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) advantages in the blog below.

Statistics show that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen. Most businesses that reopened had some type of response plan in place. When businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan to enable a swift resumption of normal operations, they lose not only revenues but also employee productivity and face secondary damage costs. 

Most full contingency plans are composed of incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity. The SERVPRO ERP addresses incident response and disaster recovery. It ensures that the owners and employees are aware of the next plan of action, who to call, and what to expect in case of a variety of disaster incidents. 



The advantages of the SERVPRO ERP

  1. A free assessment of the facility

The SERVPRO team will arrive at the facility and assess and document every weakness in the property. Any existing disaster response protocols will also be reviewed to understand their efficacy. This complete assessment requires no expenditure at all.

  1. A concise profile document with critical information

When an emergency strikes, employees and the building's manager will have access to a document that states all the critical facts they need at the time of emergency. This can save hours of time and effort when an emergency does strike. The document has information such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information that acts as a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call ahead of an emergency.

  1. A guide after the disaster has struck

Is it safe to go back to a disaster-struck building? An immediate plan of action can help mitigate the business interruption in an emergency.

  1. Access to the local SERVPRO disaster response team

Enrolling in the SERVPRO ERP gives businesses access to a local SERVPRO team and all the resources, technology, and experience that SERVPRO has acquired over years. An industry leader, SERVPRO offers the best services to its clients across 1900 locations across the nation. 

  1. A clear line of command during emergencies 

In the absence of a plan, a lot of time is lost in identifying who will authorize the restoration process. By establishing this line of authority beforehand, the wastage of time is avoided and an almost instant restoration and recovery process can begin. 



  1. Smoother insurance claims process

As one of the most trusted and preferred partners for insurance companies, SERVPRO helps businesses navigate the insurance claims process. All the necessary paperwork is easily managed when the restoration team and insurance company work together. Moreover, since SERVPRO has a super-quick response time in emergencies, it helps keep the claims low. 

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a property damage restoration company that uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring a damaged property back to its preloss state. With its strategically positioned franchises all across US and Canada; a highly trained team that receives constant skill up-gradation; and an IICRC-industry certification, SERVPRO offers seamless, swift, and reliable service to its clients, irrespective of the place, time, or size of emergency. 

To know more about SERVPRO’s Emergency Response Plan and commercial restoration services, contact Team Shaw of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO restores valuable contents damaged by water and mold

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: Important contents such as photographs and documents can be restored by SERVPRO’s specialized content restoration and cleaning services after a storm event is over.

Restoring valuable contents damaged by a storm 

After a storm subsides, it is a long journey towards a normal life. From restoring the property, contacting the insurance company, to moving back, it is a process. Often water and mold can damage precious contents that have legal, financial, or sentimental value for an owner. Can these be saved? SERVPRO, a storm damage restoration, and commercial cleaning service shares its expertise in restoring contents damaged by water and mold after a storm. Before beginning its content restoration process, the SERVPRO team conducts an organized move out to enable a swift remodeling process and protect the valuable contents from further damage.

# 1 Contents cleaning

SERVPRO uses various technologies to clean different types of content. For light residues, dry cleaning is the ideal method while wet cleaning helps remove moderate to heavy residues. Some contents can’t be cleaned, and just a spray-and-wipe method would work better. Upholstery fabrics that could shrink or bleed would be foam cleaned. Abrasive and immersion cleaning are other methods of cleaning available.

# 2 Electronic Cleanup

Electrical devices must be cleaned at the earliest to prevent further corrosion and damage. Without being cleaned and inspected by a qualified technician, property owners should avoid using these devices for their own safety. 

# 3 Document/Photograph Drying

SERVPRO’s Document Restoration Facility is a state-of-the-art lab where its HIPPA Master-certified technicians handle damaged valuable documents, including photographs, manuscripts, x-rays, parchment, maps, and other business/legal/confidential records with extreme caution. SERVPRO’S innovative technology such as air drying, freeze-drying, gamma irradiation; 24/7 security surveillance of documents; digitization of documents to protect them from any future disasters and to save storage space; flexible capacity for different sized jobs; and a vast range of cleaning services make it one of the most reliable commercial cleaning services.  

# 4 Get an inventory

A storm can be an overwhelming experience and keeping track of all contents can seem impossible. SERVPRO makes this easy with its Contents Claim Inventory Service which clicks digital photographs of every item room-by-room and barcodes them to create an inventory. This detailed and accurate report not only gives owners peace of mind but also helps in the preloss evaluation of contents and creates hassle-free proof for claims to help settle claims swiftly.

After the storm has passed, a restoration team like SERVPRO is capable of taking care of the water and mold damage caused as well as saving the contents of the property that may seem beyond saving. Its high-end technology, swift response, and repair-over-replace mentality make it one of the best choices for property owners who want to save their valuable contents damaged by a storm.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a property damage restoration company that uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring a damaged property back to its preloss state. With its strategically positioned franchises all across US and Canada; a highly trained team that receives constant skill up-gradation; and an IICRC-industry certification, SERVPRO offers seamless, swift, and reliable service to its clients, irrespective of the place, time, or size of emergency. 



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

SERVPRO recommends fire safety tips that homeowners can follow for common electrical appliances

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog dives into fire safety tips that homeowners can follow to prevent home appliances from malfunctioning and causing fires. 

Fire safety tips for 7 home appliances

According to the NFPA, electrical failures or malfunctions were the second leading cause of electrical home fires in 2015–2019 accounting for 13% of home structure fires. As homes become more comfortable with advanced technology and appliances, the risk of electrical fire also increases. SERVPRO, a fire damage restoration company in Hurst-Euless-Bedford, shares some important tips to prevent electrical fires in homes due to malfunctioning appliances. 

All electrical appliances must be regularly maintained and inspected, placed in an appropriate location, powered adequately, and used carefully. Here are some safety tips for 7 common appliances:

  1. Washing Machine 
  • Connect and ground the washing machine properly.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s operating instruction manual.
  • Do not overload the washing machine.
  • Take care of the plastic components on the interior of the door that release the detergent. This helps prevent the water from leaking over the machine’s internal wires, which can cause a fire.
  • Dry the clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, such as gasoline or paint thinner, before loading them into the machine.

  1. Clothes Dryer
  • Ground the dryer and clear the vicinity of combustible substances.
  • Use a lint filter regularly and clean the lint from the screen and around the drum before or after each use. Clean the lint from the vent pipe once a year. Clothes taking too long to dry is an indication that vent cleaning is needed.
  • Vent the dryers outside using rigid or semi-rigid metal venting materials. 
  • Opt for metal vent pipes to ensure proper airflow.
  • Hire professionals to inspect gas dryers regularly.
  1. Electric or Gas Ranges
  • Clean all the grease and flammable residues from the burner, stovetop, or oven. 
  • Keep all combustible items away from ovens.
  • Never leave the cooking range unattended. Switch it off when leaving the kitchen.
  • Protect oneself by rolling up sleeves, tying long hair, and wearing non-slip footwear when cooking.
  • In case of a smell of gas inside the oven or near it, open a window and call a professional immediately.
  • Safely connect the oven and the hood.
  • Install safety devices such as stove safety guards, stove knob stops, and stove locking straps.
  • Use a powder fire extinguisher, baking soda, salt, or wet rags to douse a grease fire. Water can make the fire worse and uncontrollable.
  1. Refrigerator
  • The fridge must be powered as safely and efficiently as possible.
  • Inspect the power cord and electrical outlet for wear and tear.
  • Clean the back of the fridge or freezer regularly to avoid the accumulation of dirt at the back of the appliance.

  1. Dishwasher
  • Never leave the dishwasher switched on and unattended. 
  • Use a grounded wall socket to power the dishwasher.
  • Inspect the plastic components that release the detergent on the interior of the door for any damage. 
  1. Electric Heater
  • Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable materials like paper, drapes, or carpet.
  • Place heaters on a stable, horizontal surface. 
  • Keep heaters away from water and wet areas. 
  • An overheated cord, plug, and wall outlet of a heater must be unplugged immediately and inspected by a professional.
  • Don’t leave a heater unattended, especially with kids and pets as they may knock it down or get accidentally burnt.
  1. Microwave Oven
  • Never use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave oven, as they can cause fire. 
  • Avoid using microwaves for drying or sterilizing baby bottles, clothes, or blankets.
  • Clean the food debris, grease, or stains regularly from the microwave and its outer edge.

To ensure electrical fire safety, homeowners can register newly bought appliances on the manufacturer’s website thereby ensuring regular safety information and updates about the household appliance. These safety tips can help prevent appliance fires and protect the house and its inhabitants. For fire restoration services, homeowners can call the SERVPRO team to restore the 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 contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO recognizes the 7 signs of hidden water damage

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog shares the usual signs of hidden water damage to help homeowners recognize them and take timely action. 

7 signs of hidden water damage

Flooding and leakage are visible signs of water damage that can be immediately arrested before they turn into major water damage events. However, several hidden water damage incidents go unnoticed for a long time and are discovered when the damage is too massive. SERVPRO, a water damage restoration company in Hurst-Euless-Bedford, identifies some signs that can alert homeowners to hidden water damage and prevent the need for extensive restoration. 

  1. Mold Growth

Green, white or brown spots are a sure shot sign of mold. In the presence of standing water for over 48 hours, mold grows and multiplies swiftly, often in the seams of ceilings and floors that are hidden from view. Homeowners who intend to undertake a DIY mold remediation project must review the Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules (TMARR) to understand what the process entails. TMARR is also a reliable resource to find a Texas-licensed Mold Remediation Contractor that can take care of the mold remediation process.

Mold growth must be addressed by a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO to prevent any health effects. A professional team will have the latest equipment and know-how of the protocol that is necessary for safe and efficient mold removal. 

  1. Musty smells

Those strange musty odors are indicative of mold growth due to excess moisture, poor ventilation, and darkness. It is crucial to identify the source of the smell and remove the mold growth with help of a professional team at the earliest. Left unaddressed for too long, the hidden mold growth or moisture can cause adverse health effects. 

  1. Peeling walls

When moisture is hidden in drywalls, it causes the paint and wallpaper adhesion to the drywall and sheetrock to weaken, flake, and bubble up. This ruins the aesthetic appeal of the home but more importantly is a sign of hidden water damage that entails severe consequences if not addressed swiftly.  

  1. Stains and Discoloration

A leaky roof or leaking pipes behind walls can cause discoloration of walls or stains that can be aesthetically unappealing. It is advised to address the source of the leak instead of painting over the stains to avoid bigger water disasters later. 

  1. Warped Floors, Walls, and Ceilings

Wood, drywall, and other hard yet porous surfaces have a high absorption capacity and can begin to buckle and warp as they become saturated with moisture. With the structural integrity of walls severely compromised, homeowners are at risk. Therefore, any warping or creaking in walls or floors must be investigated for hidden water damage and repaired at the earliest.  

  1. Hike in Utility Bills

During certain months, water bills are expected to rise. But anything out of ordinary bills may indicate possible hidden leaks. If homeowners have a general idea of their monthly water bills and usage trend, they can easily spot an unusual bill. These anomalies are signs of a potential water damage problem.  

  1. Water Under the Sink

A little moisture under the sink is not extraordinary. But a continuous drip or leak is a sign of an underlying plumbing issue. Homeowners must inspect their plumbing fixtures regularly for any hidden water damage and avoid a full-blown water damage event.

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, contact Team Shaw of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: Debunking Some Storm Damage Myths For Homeowners

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO Busts The Myths About Storm Damage That Mislead Homeowners, Leading To Further Losses. This Blog Shares The Facts About Storm Damage.

Busting Storm Damage Myths 

When a storm arrives, there is little control over the consequences. But being well-informed and prepared is a great tactic to mitigate losses and prevent further property damage. A lot of myths often surround storm damage that cause homeowners immense loss simply due to misinformation. SERVPRO, a flood restoration service in Bedford, busts these myths to help homeowners make the right decisions at the right time when it comes to storm damage restoration.

Myth #1: Storm damage signs are always visible

Fact: Minor cracks, small punctures, or small dents are not always visible or taken seriously. However, a thorough inspection by a professional roof expert may reveal that these minor and often invisible signs of storm damage can escalate into major structural threats and sources of water damage. A roof that has not collapsed or isn’t showing visible signs of damage does not indicate it is undamaged. Once the storm is over, just a visual survey of the property is not enough. The hidden signs of roof damage can be:

  • Shingle bruises

A roof shingle that gets displaced or blown away during a storm is easily noticeable but spotting a shingle bruise would need a closer and professional eye. What are shingle bruises? They are small, dark spots on the shingles where an impact of hail causes the granules to come loose.

  • Nicks & dents in soft metals

Hailstorms can cause nicks and dents in the soft metals of the roof. Ideally, after a hailstorm, the roof must be inspected for dents that may reveal, upon closer inspection, that the shingles have been bruised as well.

  • Loose granules

Roofs lose granules over time but a storm can increase the loss of granules by a huge margin. This often goes unnoticed as these granules are usually found on the ground or in the gutters. Only a roofing professional can recognize these minor and almost invisible flaws in the roof and prevent further disintegration.

Myth #2: Roofing warranties cover all storm damage 

Fact: A new roofing system does not include all storm-related warranties. Most roofing companies and manufacturers exclude storm and hail damage from roof warranties. If homeowners update the coverage, a roofing warranty will still not be enough if the storm damage is undocumented and left unaddressed.

Myth #3: Avoid filing a claim to avoid an increase in premium

Fact: When a storm affects an area, an insurance company will automatically raise the home insurance rates in that area, whether a claim is filed or not. A property in a storm-prone area and a history of filed claims will most likely lead to a hike in the premium. When a house undergoes storm damage, it is advised to make swift insurance claims even in case of minor damages and initiate the restoration process. 

Myth #4: Minor damage doesn’t need to be claimed

Fact: A minor damage can quickly turn into a full-fledged restoration project if not addressed in time. Homeowners can make insurance claims even with a minor damage situation. Once this minor problem changes into major roof problems, insurance companies can deny the claim attributing negligence as the cause of damage.  

Myth #5 Filing a claim can lead to the cancellation of the policy 

Fact: By law, an insurance company cannot cancel a policy if the homeowner is paying premiums on time. 

Homeowners must contact a professional flood restoration service such as SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford for a swift and smooth restoration process. The qualified technicians will assess and document the storm damage, take necessary actions to correct the damage, and help homeowners in filing their insurance claims.

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 flood restoration services, call Team Shaw of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO is one of the best insurance restoration contractors for property owners in Hurst-Bedford-Euless

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog discusses the various ways in which SERVPRO can expedite insurance claims for property owners. 

SERVPRO: The best insurance restoration contractor 

Property damage not only means disruption of lives but also huge restoration costs. As owners begin the task of rebuilding or restoring their homes or commercial spaces after a disaster caused by storm, fire, water, or mold, insurance claims can prove to be a challenge. Property owners often find themselves searching for an ‘insurance restoration contractor near me’. This is an important step, as a restoration contractor that works with most local and national insurance companies ensures that property owners can experience a seamless and smoother restoration and insurance claim experience. SERVPRO, an insurance restoration contractor, shares why it is one of the best options for residents of Hurst-Bedford-Euless.



  1. Reasonable claims: When the SERVPRO team arrives at the damaged property, it methodically analyzes and assesses the restoration costs, before it begins its job. The expert technicians work in a manner that ensures that the owners receive the best services without exorbitant costs.  
  1. Emergency response means low claims: When disaster strikes, a swift and efficient response is the need of the hour. Any delay in response can mean exponential losses. This is not a favorable scenario for property owners or insurance companies. Therefore, insurance companies work with restoration companies like SERVPRO which are known for their swift response and professional teams. SERVPRO’s 24x7 Disaster Response team along with almost 2000 franchises across the United States make for a very reliable and resourceful team. As the damage gets stopped at the earliest stages and restoration begins swiftly, insurance claims remain low and realistic. 
  1. Pretesting lowers claims expense: SERVPRO’s experienced team, latest technology, and upgraded methods enable extensive pretesting on every loss to determine the extent of possible restoration. This is a viable way of ensuring that the claims expenses remain low and the property owner can afford the expenses that are not covered by insurance. With its restore vs replace attitude, SERVPRO tries its best to restore a property owner's damaged property and contents to its original glory and avoid expensive replacements altogether.
  1. Claims inventory service: As a professional restoration company, SERVPRO creates an itemized loss inventory to organize and expedite the claims process. The team clicks pictures of damaged items and creates a report that presents a clear and simple account of the situation to the insurer. This methodical inventory service helps expedite the claims process as well as the restoration.  
  1. Electronic claims information: Amidst these technological advancements and digitization across industries, SERVPRO has kept pace. Its Claims Information Center offers fast, accurate information to insurers enabling swift and sound decisions. From a complete electronic job file and online access to informative reports and performance comparisons to industry standards, insurance claims are swifter, fairer, and easier than ever.
  1. Superior, time-tested training: Every SERVPRO franchise is trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration. Constant up-gradation of knowledge and skills at SERVPRO’s state-of-the-art IICRC Approved Training Facility is available to franchise professionals and insurance clients. This dedication to the highest standards and skill up-gradation makes SERVPRO a reliable partner for insurance companies and a reliable restoration company for property owners. 
  1. Vendor qualification compliance and professionalism: SERVPRO associates with qualified vendors only when it comes to local and national insurance companies. The restoration company offers the following benefits owing to these stellar standards:
  • A Customer Care Center to achieve prompt handling of the claim.
  • Implementation of best practices and job process programs.
  • National Accounts qualification criteria and annual compliance checks.
  • Crew and vehicle standards.
  • Insurance requirements.
  • File documentation requirements.
  • Quality assurance program.



SERVPRO works closely with insurance companies to save everyone’s time and money. 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file are made available to insurers within hours. The protocol and high standards are aimed at expediting the insurance claims process and the restoration of the damaged property. The aforementioned points showcase why SERVPRO is one of the most preferred partners for insurance companies and the most reliable restoration company for property owners.

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 property restoration services,  contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com