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Immediate steps to take when water damage occurs in a commercial space

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The blog by the SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford team dives into the causes of water damage in commercial establishments. It also recommends some steps that property owners and managers must take right after the water damage has occurred.

Water damage in a commercial facility

From a malfunctioning sprinkler system, a plumbing leak to a natural flood disaster, commercial water damage not only leads to content and structure damage but also leads to disruption of operations. Employees get displaced and customers find alternatives to do business with. The decisions a business owner takes determine the extent of the total cost to the organization. SERVPRO shares the crucial steps business owners must take immediately after the water event to mitigate the damages. 

But first, here are the usual suspects of commercial water damage:

  • Roof leaks
  • Appliance leaks
  • Burst or leaking pipes
  • Firefighters battling a nearby fire

Immediate steps

  1. Safety First

Ensure that the water event has not weakened the building structure. Safety hazards such as falling ceilings to electrical hazards must be taken seriously. In case of a shaky structure, place a warning sign and lock the door if possible. Be careful of water that seeps through electrical panels or outlets. Old or damaged circuit breakers may not trip, and the area may have live electricity surging through it. Ideally, shut off the main electricity supply and steer clear of the area until the professionals inspect the damages and confirm the area is safe.

  1. Identify and stop the source of water

If the source of a water leak can be identified and stopped immediately that will help mitigate the water damage. Larger commercial buildings should have separate valves for each area so the entire building’s supply isn't turned off. If the location of the water leak is not easily identifiable, contact a plumber, building engineer, or facility manager. If the roof has failed, a restoration company must be hired to immediately tarp or construct the roof to prevent further water damage.

  1. 3. Documentation and insurance

The insurance company must be immediately notified of the water damage. The property owner must document the damage that has occurred with photos and videos. Since it may be some time before the adjuster arrives on the scene, property owners must have proof of the damage at its worst. Water removal and tarping may be needed immediately and waiting for the adjuster may not be possible. Therefore, proof of damage is very important. 

  1. Hire a restoration team

Hire a restoration company that can work with the organization’s official insurance company. A professional restoration team such as SERVPRO will arrive swiftly at the site, document all the damage, and will provide an estimate of the restoration costs. In case of extensive water damage, contacting a company that offers 24x7 emergency service is crucial. The team will create a plan to restore the property. They will use powerful, specialized equipment to remove the water; dehumidify and dry the structure and its contents; and remove mold growth if any. 

It is imperative to begin the water mitigation and restoration process at the earliest to prevent any further damage to the property and its contents.

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

Simple tricks to avoid frozen pipes and winter water damage

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog gives insight into the various causes of frozen pipes and ways to prevent the damage they may cause.

Tips to prevent frozen pipes and winter water damage

Come winters, the plunging temperatures often cause the pipes to freeze and disrupt the plumbing system, eventually leading to the bursting of pipes and enormous water damage. But this damage can be prevented by following some simple steps as shared by SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford in the blog below.

What causes pipes to burst?

At a temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, water expands, and its density decreases. This expansion creates immense pressure on its container, anywhere between 50,2000 and 114,000 psi. Irrespective of the material of the container, this tremendous pressure will cause it to burst. Pipes in exterior walls, crawl spaces, or outdoor faucets are especially prone to bursting when exposed to cold temperatures for any length of time. The consequent water damage and its repair costs can be prevented by following some basic preventive measures. 

Several factors lead to frozen pipes such as:

  • The type of building construction
  • The quality and quantity of insulation
  • The decline in temperature
  • The direction and force of the wind
  • Other weather-related conditions 

Moreover, buildings with a poor design are unable to withstand severe weather sufficiently and can contribute to their damage. Rusted or corroded pipes make leaks more likely. 

Pipe freezing can also be a particular problem in the warmer climates of southern states where buildings are not built to tolerate cold weather conditions. Damage occurs when the water supply is turned back on and the weakened pipes burst open. 

During power outages, the pipes are likely to freeze as most of the heating systems are dependent on electricity.

Preventive measures

Property owners must deduce which pipes are a priority when inspecting and protecting pipes from freezing. As a general rule, exposed pipes in parts of a home without heat, pipes in exterior walls, and any plumbing or pipes on the exterior facing side of the home must be treated as a priority.

If the flow of water in faucets slows to a trickle during a cold snap, or if the property owners suspect that the pipes are vulnerable, action is necessary. Here are some preventive measures to make sure pipes don’t freeze:

  1. Insulate the pipes

Adequate insulation in the house, especially along exterior walls and in crawl spaces is crucial. Adding more insulation in the walls, attic, or along the overhanging eaves of a home is an inexpensive way to prevent water damage associated with pipe bursts. Insulate both hot and cold water pipes in these areas with a “pipe sleeve” or install UL-listed heat tape, heat cable, or similar materials.

  1. Keep the heat on

In the property owner’s absence, the thermostat should be set to somewhere around 55 degrees to prevent frozen pipes. However, it must be noted that the existing water in the pipes may still freeze during severe cold snaps. Draining the plumbing system thoroughly with compressed air to blow out the lines can ensure low spots are also devoid of water. 

Additionally, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate the plumbing.

  1. Let the faucet drip

A tiny trickle from faucets works like a charm. It reduces the pressure in the pipes and the constant flow of water through the pipes makes the freezing highly unlikely. 

  1. Thaw carefully
  • Identify the frozen pipes: If there is no water flow when a faucet is turned on, the likelihood of frozen pipes is high. Inspect under the sink to look for frost on the pipes or bulges in the waterline.
  • Switch on the faucet: Turn on the faucet to keep the water flowing and prevent pipe freeze by relieving the water pressure. Both cold and hot water must be turned on full throttle during the thawing of pipes.
  • Apply heat at the faucet: Pipes that have been identified as frozen can be thawed by applying gentle heat to the faucet with a hairdryer, small ceramic space heater, hot towels, or even electric heating cables. Heat must be applied until the full water pressure is restored.
  1. Call a plumber

Any existing cracks in the pipe must be addressed by a plumber immediately. This is imperative to prevent any further water damage and mold growth. 

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

What are the preventative measures businesses can take in anticipation of winter storms?

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog gives insight into the 6 crucial steps that businesses can take to mitigate winter storm damage.

6 smart steps to protect businesses from winter storm damage

As winter storms arrive, they bring with them massive destruction to property and the economy. Businesses must take preventive measures to protect themselves in the event of a winter storm. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford, a flood damage restoration company, shares some tips below.

An average winter storm in the US can cost $3.9 billion per event. Although the characteristics of winter weather vary with location, every business faces varying threats as winter nears. A small business or a large-scale enterprise must have a winter weather preparedness to mitigate the impact of such incidents on employees, customers, and the bottom line.

With the NOAA forecasts for La Niña being very similar to the 2020-2021 season- the worst winter storm on record for parts of the South- all businesses including ones in warmer areas must take winter weather preparations seriously.

Here are six steps to protect a business all season long.

Step 1: Assess the risks

The various hazards businesses need to watch out for during cold weather are:

  • Icy roads and snow accumulation
  • structural stress and damage
  • Dangerous fire activity
  • Slip and fall injuries 
  • Seasonal illnesses
  • Unsafe driving conditions
  • Road closures
  • Flight delays and cancellations
  • Local school delays and closures
  • Electrical fires and other hazards
  • Power/systems outages (both in the workplace and for employees working remotely)

Assessing the unique risks that a business faces is imperative for the preparation of a plan. Factors such as the location of employee residences, office location, type of industry, employees' work routine are some of the questions that help identify the threats that must be considered while making winter storm preparation plans. For instance, the increase in remote work presents its unique safety and preparedness challenges.

In the event of a storm forecast, the management must vigilantly check local news and follow travel safety recommendations to stay atop the regional threats. 

Step 2: Delegate responsibility

Assigning the responsibility for the safety of employees as well as the business facility is important to ensure there is no confusion during the emergency event. All processes and responsible parties must be laid out for internal functions such as keeping employees informed of rapidly developing situations, ensuring all employees are accounted for and keeping facilities and equipment in safe operating condition.

Any organization is accountable for its employees’ overall safety and well-being for which all necessary safety precautions must be taken. A project team of involved stakeholders must be assembled to clearly outline the roles and responsibilities of each function. A clear, documented plan of who will do what during a winter storm is important to help avoid confusion, finger-pointing, and missteps during the emergency.

Step 3: Plan for each threat

A specific action plan must be prepared for each winter storm threat that has been identified. From extreme cold, freezing rain, heavy snow to carbon monoxide poisoning, and blizzard warnings, a specific plan must be created. The people responsible for each storm threat management must be kept in the loop to eliminate ambiguity. These people including employees and managers must be trained to watch out for signs of hypothermia, frostbite, and other health threats.

A winter storm preparation checklist must be prepared with each step explained elaborately. Include preparation items like filling gas tanks, dripping faucets, and buying extra supplies. All these winter weather scenarios must be rehearsed in drills with key leaders and people managers while employees must be trained on the safety measures during the seasons.

Step 4: Fortify against extreme cold

A business facility must be fortified to withstand winter threats and hazards. Regular inspections and maintenance of offices, supplies, and equipment must be conducted. Carbon monoxide detectors, elevators to walkways, and evacuation routes must be checked. These regular inspections allow timely maintenance and a functional system.

Additionally, a power outage backup plan must be made. Winter storms often knock out power lines, which can hamper employee productivity, threaten employee safety, and impede vital business operations. From keeping a variety of portable chargers and battery banks and investing in a backup generator to a secure data backup solution and communication plan, an organization must take necessary preventative measures before a storm arrives.

Step 5: Equip the people

Employees must be prepared and provided with the equipment and resources they need to stay safe.

  • Share tips with employees on staying safe this winter, at home or work. 
  • Review space heater and backup generator safety reminders. 
  • Ensure employees that work outdoors have adequate protective clothing and know how to recognize the warning signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Company vehicles should be serviced before the winter season to ensure the battery, tire tread, windshield wipers, and antifreeze levels are satisfactory. 
  • Make sure that employees have access to emergency supplies at home, at work, and while driving.
  • Stock up on winter safety essentials at the facility such as flashlights and first-aid supplies.
  • Make a winter emergency vehicle kit for employees who travel for work.

Step 6: Keep everyone informed

Build a communication plan for how and who needs to be contacted when a winter storm hits. Have accurate contact information on hand for third parties such as clients, vendors, utility providers, the landlord, and insurance company. Identify how storm-related information will be disseminated and maintain contact with employees during winter weather events. Have a plan to inform clients and supplies about important information such as office closures or delayed openings. An emergency communication system—with features such as multichannel delivery, two-way messaging, and pre-built communication templates can help when there are power outages. 

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

SERVPRO: Choose a property restoration company that is a part of a renowned franchise

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The SERVPRO franchisee at Hurst-Euless-Bedford explains how it is dedicated to excellence while serving the damage restoration needs of residents as well as business owners. 

Why hire a franchisee like SERVPRO at Hurst-Euless-Bedford?

It is a very relevant question. Why should any homeowner or business owner in Hurst-Euless-Bedford hire SERVPRO? The team answers this very pertinent question with an array of benefits that comes with an association with SERVPRO.

Before diving into the benefits, here’s the genesis story of SERVPRO. 

The genesis and rise of SERVPRO 

In 1967, Ted and Doris Isaacson founded SERVPRO as a painting business in California. The Isaacsons’ talent, hard work, and vision soon led to the expansion of the company into a franchisor of property damage restoration and cleaning specialists. Their first franchise was sold in 1969. The franchise strategically moved to Gallatin, Tennessee, placing itself within 600 miles of 50% of the U.S. population.

Thereafter, SERVPRO grew exponentially with 1000 franchisees across the country by the year 2000. Currently, the number of franchisees is almost double. What makes SERVPRO stands apart from its competitors is its proud history, a clear vision for the future, a team of dedicated professionals, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. 

The constant upgrade of skills and its IICRC certification, the latest equipment, cutting-edge technologies, advanced cleaning techniques, and the combined knowledge, experience, and resources of over 1700 franchises makes SERVPRO a holistic restoration service. 

The benefits of hiring a SERVPRO franchisee

The SERVPRO culture is to deliver excellence in its restoration services and returning a damaged property to its preloss condition, swiftly and efficiently. Here are the unmatched benefits of working with a SERVPRO franchisee:

  • Size matters: SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford has over 1,800 partners around the United States and Canada. In times of emergencies, the size of the restoration company a property owner hires makes a difference. Due to its presence across the country, SERVPRO is capable of offering superior service compared to non-franchised competitors.
  • Teamwork: With the vast number of franchises across the country, SERVPRO has access to an immense pool of knowledge, experience, and resources. The collective knowledge, skills, and experience as well as the problem-solving capabilities of all the SERVPRO franchisees put together are unmatched. 
  • Efficiency: Irrespective of the challenge, a SERVPRO franchisee has the capacity to resolve any possible problem. With access to nearly two thousand franchisees and their brilliant teams, nothing is impossible for SERVPRO. These franchisees’ experience base itself multiplies the efficiency levels, reduces errors and waste, and ensures absolute customer satisfaction. The SERVPRO team functions smoothly - crews arrive on the scene, communicate with the command center, roll out their equipment, deploy to the assigned areas, and begin the process of restoring the property. 
  • Swift response: Disasters such as flash floods and earthquakes can occur anywhere, anytime. With the vast network of franchisees across the country, SERVPRO can ensure that its clients are assisted swiftly and efficiently, no matter where they are. SERVPRO franchisees can reach out to their counterparts and deploy a small team of responders in the area the client is located in. A disaster situation can arise unexpectedly, therefore the response time must be minimal. 
  • High standards: Owing to the continuity of protocol, cleaning standards, process, performance, safety procedures, and quality across all SERVPRO franchisees, the response by the teams is unified, well-coordinated, and highly efficient. The constant up-gradation of skills and certifications ensures high standards and a synchronized response. 
  • Large-Loss Incidents: Addressing a disaster that impacts an entire city or a large area requires massive manpower. With the SERVPRO franchisees, dozens or hundreds of crews along with specialized equipment can be mobilized for a rapid, efficient, and well-managed response. Logistically, competitors cannot match SERVPRO’s speed and scope when events like tsunamis , hurricanes, or forest fires occur. 
  • One-stop-shop: It makes sense to work with a company that can take care of all the restoration needs. Industries and other companies with multiple locations in the region can trust their large-scale needs to one franchise instead of multiple associations with various companies. This also proves to be economical and efficient for any organization in the long run.

Create a Ready Plan now with SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford before disaster strikes. With its 24x7 emergency response, vast network, mammoth experience, vast skilled team, and IICRC certification, any homeowner or business owner would be in safe hands. 

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

Measures to take before, during, and after a fire occurs

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO blog talks about the things homeowners can do to prepare for fire events and the steps they can take during and after the fire has subsided.

Fire damage disaster preparation

As per the National Fire Protection Association, in 2020, local fire departments responded to an estimated 1.4 million fires in the United States. Property damage was estimated at $21.9 billion. Sometimes, fires events such as wildfires are inevitable but homeowners can be prepared to deal with the disaster and protect their loved ones. SERVPRO shares some important precautions that homeowners can follow before, during, and after a fire damage disaster occurs. 

Before the fire

Preparation is the first line of defense against a fire event. Here are some of the steps that homeowners can take to ensure they are ready if a fire does occur:

  1. Prepare a disaster relief kit

A “go-to bag” or a disaster relief kit that contains essentials such as extra cash, clothing, footwear, health emergency information, medications, and phone chargers can be prepared in advance for emergencies. Ensure it is a waterproof bag that contains items that are best suited to the family members' needs. Homeowners can look online for more ideas on how to pack a disaster kit.

  1. Family preparation

An evacuation plan is effective when every family member knows where to go and how to get there. For such emergencies, a family meeting place must be assigned far from smoke and fire but close enough for everyone to reach easily and swiftly. Two escape routes must be planned for every room in case of a fire block. These escape routes can be drawn out on a detailed floor plan of the house to make it easy to understand and recall. Everyone’s phone number must be saved on everyone else’s phone for easy communication. Families can conduct regular fire drills to ensure that everyone knows the plan of action when the need for evacuation emerges for real.

  1. Reliable transport

When a fire affects an entire community or municipality, an escape vehicle must be ready and available. Ensure that the tank is at least half full and the car is serviced and in good condition. Some important items can be stashed in the getaway car in case of emergencies. 

  1. Active home fire protection 

Smoke detectors can alert the family about a fire in the house and enable timely action. Fire extinguishers are invaluable if the fire is small and contained. Homeowners must invest in one and learn to use it correctly. This equipment must also be inspected and maintained regularly to ensure it is functioning smoothly.

During the fire evacuation

When a fire occurs, it can be chaotic and frightening. Being prepared enables the best decisions that ensure everyone’s safety.

1. Communications

During a wildfire, power lines and phones may not work. Family members should try their best to stay in touch with each other at all times. It is important to stay updated on the instructions and safest course of action from officials such as firefighters and police. Listening to emergency updates on news radio and weather stations is helpful when wildfires are affecting more than just one area. Communication is key to receiving and giving the right information so residents should try their best to keep all possible channels open.

  1. Pets 

Pets should be well-trained so they can be managed easily during an emergency. Pets should be in a place where they can be easily retrieved and should be able to respond to the owner when called. 

  1. Health and safety

Family members should check each other for any injuries once out of the fire zone. Exposure to smoke can cause health effects. 

Post evacuation 

It is unsafe to return to homes until the authorities have deemed the area and the house structure as safe. Fire damage to the house may require intensive restoration and rebuilding before the house becomes habitable. 

A fire can be an overwhelming experience but with good preparation and presence of mind, homeowners can protect themselves and their families during and after the disaster. Once the fire has subsided, homeowners can contact a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO to help them restore their homes to their 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

Water damage that a DIY pressure washing project can cause to a home

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The SERVPRO blog gives insight into the possible water damage disaster that a DIY pressure washing can cause to a home. 

The cons of a DIY pressure washing project

Dirt, grime, and oil stains can make a home look unappealing. Curb appeal can be enhanced by pressure washing the house, walkways, patios, roofs, and the driveway. However, a pressure washing DIY project by a homeowner can cause some serious water damage to a house. SERVPRO shares some of the ways such a project could prove to be expensive for a homeowner. 

Pressure washing requires special equipment that launches a fine stream of water at 1500 psi to 3300 psi. Without appropriate knowledge of the surfaces being cleaned and the appropriate cleaning chemicals, this high-pressure water stream with its approximate speed of 250 mph can severely damage a home. 

  1. Cracked or shattered windows

High water pressure can crack or shatter a windowpane upon contact while the suds and spray from the pressure washing wand may conceal the damage, resulting in large amounts of water being sprayed inside a house. Not only does this cause extensive water damage but the broken glass pieces can lead to serious injuries during cleanup. A DIY pressure wash gone wrong can raise the overall losses to a property owner. Not only will damaged window panes need to be repaired by a professional glazier but a pressure wash on a replacement window can render the warranty null and void. 

  1. Leaking and rotting of window seals

The force of the pressure wash can instantly damage or completely dislodge window caulking. This will allow rainwater and further washing to seep into the window seals and cause extensive damage such as rotting wood, blistering paint, and mold between walls. This damage may get noticed by homeowners much later when things are already out of hand. Homeowners would need to get the damage inspected by a water damage expert. It is possible that the extent of the damage warrants not just drying and caulking but demolition and rebuilding services as well. 

  1. Dislodged shingle and roof leaks

Pressure washing the roof can strip the shingles off the roof and give way to water leaks from the pressure washing and any other forms of precipitation into the attic. Even with a minor water intrusion, the attic with its lack of air circulation and tendency to retain moisture becomes a perfect environment for mold growth. Unaddressed, the water leak can cause wooden structural beams to disintegrate, diminish the insulating capacity of attic insulation, and damage the ceilings. This entails a huge amount of restoration costs for the property owners.

  1. Damaged fascia and dislodged gutters

Fascia damaged by pressure washing may not support gutters properly, further exposing the fascia to more moisture and rot. Damaged gutters that do not direct the water away from the foundation may allow moisture to seep into the crawl spaces, leading to wood rot of mold infestation. Moreover, the fascia may leak water into the eaves of the home.

  1. Permeable wood siding 

High-pressure washing can penetrate the wood siding of a home and seep into the interior walls. The moisture in the dark, warm interiors of the house will inevitably lead to wood rot, mold infestation, wall stains, bubbling paint and wallpaper, warped sheetrock, and an unmistakable musty odor. By the time the signs of the damage become evident, the damage may be too extensive and would require the services of a professional water damage restoration and mold remediation service.

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

Winter Mold is a Scary Problem to Have. Let SERVPRO help!

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Even though mold is generally suppressed during the winter months, mold damage can still occur. Mold damage can affect the structure of your Hurst property.  SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford understands that your home or business is more than just the sum of its parts. It's where you've created valuable memories and successes that last a lifetime. 

How Can SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford Restore Your Property From Mold Damage? 

  • Our "restore vs. replace mentality" helps you preserve cherished mementos that are irreplaceable. It saves you money as well.
  • Some of our mold restoration services that we offer include move-outs, electronic cleanup, documents/photographs drying, and contents claim inventory service. 
  • The restoration process involves minor repairs such as installing new carpet and replacing drywall and painting, but it can also involve major repairs such as reconstruction in various areas of your Euless home or business- it depends on the scope of the mold damage.
  • No matter how major or minor the mold remediation process may be, our experienced technicians are trained to arrive on the scene with a 24-hour emergency response time. 

How Can SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford Handle Commercial Mold Remediation? 

  • Mold infestations can be caused by minor water invasions, such as a loose plumbing fitting or a roof leak. The key is to act quickly because mold left untreated can spread rapidly.
  • We first contain the infestation to prevent the spread to other parts of the building before beginning the restoration process. This also incorporates a mold damage assessment, air filtration, removing mold-infested items, and deep-cleaning your belongings. 
  • We utilize several methods to clean your belongings which include:
  • Dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Foam cleaning
  • Spray and wipe
  • Immersion cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning

Mold is a highly inconvenient occurrence that can happen in your Bedford home or business. While it doesn't take much for mold growth to spread, it also doesn't take much to call SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford if you are experiencing mold damage to your property. Call us today at (817) 595-0004. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

What To Do If Your HEB Hotel Floods This Fall

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

It’s no secret that the Metroplex receives a significant amount of rainfall, especially during the fall! Even though this makes droughts uncommon in the area, this can also mean we experience fairly frequent water damage, storm damage, and flooding. This can also pose a problem when insurance payouts are involved. When your Bedford hotel encounters a harmful storm, urgent action is necessary to minimize the damage.

What Kind Of Storm Damage Restoration Does SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford Offer?

  • We provide sewage cleanup and restoration. The water from sewer system backups is not only grossly unsanitary, but they are also incredibly dangerous. Serious health effects can result from the viruses and bacteria present in this water. This situation must be promptly addressed for minimum damage.
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning is another service we provide for our HEB community. Even the best quality carpets and upholstery aren’t immune to dirt and grime after a certain period. We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods, including hot water extraction, bonnet cleaning, showcase premier cleaning, and more.
  • Part of what we do at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford involves taking preventative measures to halt further damage. These actions include spot removal, regular vacuuming, and using walk-off mats to reduce the amount of soil tracked on the carpet.
  • Odors emanating from your carpets, drapes, and other upholstery in your Euless hotel can put a damper on your property’s image. As experts in deodorization, we are trained to track and eliminate offensive odors which can come from inside or outside the structure.

What About The Ceilings, Floors, And Walls Of My Hurst Hotel?

  • First things first, before repainting, you should have your walls cleaned so that the primer and paint can stick properly.
  • Because ceilings and walls are exposed to several contaminants, it is vital to clean these areas because your HVAC systems can distribute these particles throughout your property.
  • While hardwood flooring seems sleek and low-maintenance from afar, this assumption is a myth because soil can accumulate over time in the floor’s layers.
  • Our team at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford has industry-approved and time-tested cleaning methods to bring back the original shine of your Bedford hotel’s hardwood floors.

Whether your property needs a moderate or deep clean, you can rely on SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford to bring you some peace of mind this fall. Call us at (817) 595-0004 we’d be happy to help. This franchise is independently owned and operated.

Why is SERVPRO the best choice for commercial cleaning services?

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The blog by SERVPRO gives insight into its exceptional cleaning services for all kinds of situations in residential, commercial, and industrial properties.



Why is SERVPRO the best choice for commercial cleaning services?

When the cleaning of commercial property and its contents goes beyond the scope of janitorial staff, it is time to call a commercial cleaning service. The commercial spaces need specialized and intensive cleaning that maintains the hygiene and aesthetics that are essential for a business to thrive. SERVPRO talks about a multitude of cleaning services that businesses often need, and why SERVPRO’s specialized training and products are one of the best options to get a property back to business swiftly and efficiently.

1. Air Ducts and HVAC

Maintaining the air ducts and HVAC system helps save energy, eliminate odors, prevent microbial growth, and improve the air quality for everyone in the building. On average, dust, pet dander, and other pollutants are recirculated 5 to 7 times a day which can cause contaminants to build up in the air ducts. HVAC system maintenance system includes cleaning the motor, housing, fans, grilles, coils, and register. 

SERVPRO technicians investigate the causes of any indoor quality concerns and make recommendations that may or may not include cleaning the air ducts. The SERVPRO team’s purpose is to resolve the problem, save money, and provide peace of mind. 

2. Biohazard and Sewage

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Biohazard cleanup and restoration of a business often stem from an unfortunate situation. 

Specialized training and experience are imperative when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances. SERVPRO’s technicians have the experience and the training to provide a meticulous handling and specialized cleaning process to its customers. 

SERVPRO provides cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

3. Trauma and Crime Scene

The cleaning and decontamination of trauma scenes are vital to the health and safety of residents and employees. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the cleanup is handled by trained professionals.

These situations need extreme discretion, professionalism, and privacy that the SERVPRO team has the understanding and experience of. The technicians use specialized equipment, protective gear, and specifically designed solutions to make sure the affected area is hygienic and clean. The ultimate goal is to minimize the stress for loved ones and property owners. SERVPRO is prepared for all types of situations.

4. Carpet and Upholstery

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree that regular carpet cleanings help extend the life of a carpet.

SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified to determine the best way to clean different types of carpets. The technicians use methods such as bonnet cleaning, hot water extraction/steam cleaning, showcase cleaning, and dry cleaning to clean different types of carpets.

5. Drapes and Blinds

When draperies need cleaning, make certain they are dry cleaned ONLY. Some cleaners have equipment designed for clothes cleaning, while others have equipment specifically designed for draperies. 

The SERVPRO team carefully inspects and tests fabrics to determine which of the System’s five cleaning methods is best suited to the fabrics. The team uses state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for cleaning fine fabrics.

SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford has an exclusive process and state-of-the-art equipment to dry clean draperies at home. A specially formulated solvent is injected into the drapery under pressure and the chemical is extracted, leaving the drapes clean. This special process not only cleans impeccably but also protects the material from any shrinkage. SERVPRO offers quality cleaning and at a reasonable price.

6. Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors

As the holiday season arrives, redecoration and deep cleaning is a decision many property owners take. Cleaning the walls and ceiling often becomes necessary as dirt and grime gets kicked up during these renovations. Cleaning helps keep the dust from building up and keeps the air clean. 

SERVPRO offers professional cleaning for ceilings and walls. With its specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods, the technicians at SERVPRO can clean and restore the floor and ceiling’s beauty.

7. Odor Removal and Deodorization

Unpleasant odors can originate from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when an odor problem is serious or persistent. The science of identifying and eliminating odors is tricky. 

SERVPRO is IICRC-trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. The technicians have access to the equipment and odor removal products to identify and eliminate offensive odors. 

8. Vandalism

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting and become the source of significant damage. From relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property, vandalism can wreak havoc on a property owner’s peace of mind.  

SERVPRO acts swiftly to remove vandalism and graffiti from afflicted properties. The team can remove spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls as well as clean 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 up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

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

How does lightning damage a house?

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO article gives insight into the impact of lightning on a house. It also discusses simple measures for protection during a lightning storm.

When lightning strikes a house

Lightning is the occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage between a cloud and the ground or within a cloud. This violent and sudden electrostatic discharge generates a bright flash and thunder. SERVPRO, a storm restoration company, explains the impact of a lightning strike on a house.

What Happens When Lightning Strikes a House

A cloud-to-ground lightning bolt will find the path of least resistance from the cloud to deep into the ground. Most houses have a path that the lightning can follow, causing immense damage in its wake. From gas and water pipes, electric lines, phone lines, cable TV/internet lines to gutters, downspouts, and metal window frames, any reasonable conductor becomes an opportunity for the lightning to continue its journey

Only a home with a professionally installed lightning protection system can prevent a direct lightning strike. It is important to be aware of how lightning can damage a house and the dangers it poses. Here are some damages that may occur to a house when lightning strikes:

  • Shock wave damage: Lightning can crack and break bricks, concrete, stone, and even cinder blocks. It can damage chimneys which are made from brick and stone. Lightning's shock waves can blow out plaster walls, shatter glass windows, create trenches in soil, and crack foundations.
  • Power surge damage: The electrical system of a house is the most common point of entry of increased voltage from a lightning or surge event. When lightning strikes a nearby power line, it can travel from the power line to the meter and then into the home’s electrical panel into the home’s wiring, burning the insulation and fusing the wires. It can travel through the wiring to the outlets and damage the electrical appliances as well. This can be a potential fire hazard as well. 
  • Fire damage: A house is made of highly flammable materials such as wood. As lightning travels through the house, it can easily ignite a fire. The attic or the roof is the most common area where lightning can start a fire since it has to pass through some structural material before reaching a conductive path. As the wiring or the pipes come in contact with lightning, a fire hazard becomes a very imminent possibility.  

Preventive measures 

It is always wise to take preventive measures in anticipation of a storm.

  • Trim the trees: Tall objects attract lightning. A tall tree near a house can become a possible direct route for lightning to enter the house. So trimming the trees close to the house is a safety measure homeowners can take. 
  • Pay attention to the shingles: Repair and replace shingles that are damaged or missing to protect the house from a devastating lightning strike. Ideally, replace shingles made from wood with shingles made from fire-resistant asphalt, tile, or metal to prevent possible fires.
  • Be cautious: During the storm, avoid direct contact with any potential lightning routes. Appliances or landlines should be avoided. Do not take a bath or do dishes during the storm. And unplug the computers and large appliances. 

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