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SERVPRO suggests precautions that homeowners can take to prevent basement flooding

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO explains several steps homeowners can take to protect their basement from flooding and water damage.

7 tips to prevent basement flooding

A flooded basement entails massive expenses for water mitigation and restoration services. The best practice is to prevent basement flooding by taking proactive measures and containing the extent of the water damage. SERVPRO shares important tips that can help prevent basement flooding. 

  • Inspect the gutters

Homeowners must check the gutters once in spring and in autumn for natural debris such as twigs and leaves. A blocked gutter leads to the pooling of water on the siding and perimeter of the house when rains occur. This water then enters the basement through cracks and faults in the foundation.

  • The downspout must direct the water at least 6 to 12 feet away from the home. The water should drain downwards and away from the home foundations. 
  • Installing metal downspout extensions is recommended as they do not leak and are more durable than the plastic ones.
  • If the yard has space for add-on extensions, installing underground PVC drain pipes can direct water to the front or back yards. Ensure the pipes do not flood the neighbors’ basements.
  • Grade the yard

Grading the lawn to slope away from the house or installing french drains can ensure that the water doesn’t leak into the basement. This grading prevents the water from pooling around the house’s perimeter. Homeowners can create a dry creek around the house and splice the lawn in a way that directs all excess water into the creek. Moreover, a porous pavement around the house can help absorb rainwater and thawing snow.

  • Dehumidify

Moisture and humidity in a basement is inevitable due to its proximity to earth and the limited ventilation. Running a dehumidifier 24 hours a day, especially from April through October, can address this dampness. The dehumidifier will dry the condensation that appears on the foundation walls in summer.

  • Seal foundation cracks

Minor, vertical cracks are a normal occurrence in concrete foundations, especially in a new home. Hairline faults can be sealed with an epoxy sealant or polyurethane foam injection. However, persistent cracks must be taken seriously and should be addressed by a professional contractor.

  • Test the sump pump

Floods caused by storms can cause serious water damage to a home. It is crucial for homeowners to maintain their sump pump in case of a flooding situation. Moreover, power outages are common during and after storms. Therefore, a sump pump with a 120-volt backup battery and a check valve can be a blessing during this crisis. The pump should drain outside and far away from the home perimeter.

  • Add window well covers

Below-grade basement windows without the protection of window well covers allow rain and natural debris to enter the basement. Clear, acrylic covers successfully keep the basement dry while allowing in sufficient light.

However, poorly installed window well covers, inadequate drainage, and incorrect window well size can defeat the purpose of a window well cover. 

  • Review insurance

Most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover basement flooding. But flood insurance should be purchased separately from the National Flood Insurance Program, especially by homeowners who reside in high-risk flood areas. Review the insurance policy for coverage related to basement flooding.

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

SERVPRO: The impact of flooding on schools

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO shares how schools are affected by flooding and the steps one can take if such a situation arises.

Flooding at educational institutes

Flooding due to storms or leaks can disrupt the functioning of educational institutes and the routine of their students. SERVPRO explains below the impact of floods on a school and the immediate steps the staff must take.

Impact of floods on schools

1. Mold and odors:

The extent of water damage caused by floods varies on the time it takes to mitigate and restore a property. One of the common consequences of water damage is mold growth caused by the moist environment. The presence of mold leads to a musty smell that lingers long after the water has been removed. This smell can prove to be very bothersome for the teachers as well as the students. More importantly, if the mold remediation has not been done correctly, the occupants of the school are at risk of several health effects due to the mold spores in the air. 

The SERVPRO team ensures that after the water mitigation, mold remediation, and deodorization, the harmful mold colonies and the lingering musty smell are removed completely.

2. Loss of educational content:

Books, computers, projectors, and miscellaneous educational materials are vulnerable to water and can be seriously damaged. The SERVPRO team can coordinate the restoration of electronic devices such as computers. Moreover, SERVPRO’s document restoration facility has innovative technology and a full range of services to restore documents as well as digitize them. However, to restore these contents, time is of the essence. The sooner the damage is addressed, the higher the chances of saving the contents.

3. Damage to furniture, carpets, and upholstery:

Wood absorbs water quickly due to its porous nature. This leads to warping, flaking, blistering, and weakening of the furniture. This further diminishes the lifespan of the furniture and leads to an increase in costs for school administrators and local government units. Contents such as carpets and upholstery also get damaged due to flooding at schools. The SERVPRO team has the expertise to gauge if the furniture, carpets, and upholstery can be saved. However, if the items have been submerged in water for too long, a replacement is the likely outcome.

4. Food and water contamination:
Floodwater that reaches the school’s cafeteria or finds its way to pipelines that supply water is a serious health hazard. Flooding caused by sewage leaks or storms carries chemicals, pesticides, and bacterial diseases that can cause serious harm to health if ingested. This is the most serious category of water damage called “black water”. The authorities must contact a professional team such as SERVPRO to take care of this situation at the earliest.

5. Fire and electric hazards:

Floodwater can permeate floors, ceilings, and walls. This moisture eventually reaches the electrical wiring and power outlets leading to potential electrocution or a fire. 



Steps to take when the school is flooded

1. Alert the maintenance team: The maintenance staff of the school has the training to handle emergencies such as flooding. Alerting them is the first step to ensure that correct safety measures are taken on time. A trained team can contain this situation by immediately following the emergency procedures. 

2. Evacuate: Calmly escort students to a safer place if the school is functional when the flood happens. Do a headcount and ensure the safety of the students as well as the other staff. Usually, students and staff have undergone multiple drills that are mandatory for educational institutes to conduct. So the safe zone and the protocol would not be new to the students and staff.  

3. Switch off the power: The general electric switch must be switched off if it’s not located in the flooded area. This diminishes the chances of electrocution and electrical fires.

4. Identify and shut off the water source: Flooding caused by anything other than natural disasters has a source that can be switched off. It is crucial to identify this course to halt the water damage. From a burst pipe, an overflowing toilet to a leaking water heater, there are multiple reasons for flooding. 

Most importantly, authorities must contact a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO to address the water damage at the earliest. The SERVPRO team can swiftly respond to the disaster situation and immediately begin the mitigation and restoration work to ensure that the school can begin functioning as soon as possible.

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

SERVPRO recommends the steps to clean black mold at home

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO explains the mold remediation process that homeowners can follow. It also talks about the mold remediation process a professional team like SERVPRO follows when the mold-affected area is much larger.

SERVPRO talks about mold and its remediation

Black mold growing inside a home can have some serious health effects on the inhabitants of the house if left untreated. It is imperative to recognize this mold and take timely actions to arrest its growth. SERVPRO talks about black mold in-depth and how its professional team is well-equipped to handle this threat swiftly and safely. 

What is black mold?


Black mold or Stachybotrys chartarum usually grows outdoors in the soil, but it can also grow indoors in the presence of warm and humid conditions. Mold spores can easily enter a home through air conditioning systems or can even be carried in by people or pets. Black mold has a distinct mildew or musty odor although not all dark molds are “black mold,” and many dark molds are not even toxic. 

It feeds on organic material and moisture and often grows in areas such as bathrooms, basements, or kitchens. The Center for Disease Control recommends that all molds found in the indoor environment be eliminated, as exposure to this microfungus can pose serious health risks to occupants. Homeowners are cautioned to avoid cleaning black mold themselves. If they must, the affected area should be smaller than 10 square feet. For larger mold infestations, homeowners are strongly advised to call a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO. 

DIY - How to clean mold?

Before beginning the cleaning process, homeowners must wear protective gear before going near mold: goggles, use a N-95 respirator or better, clothing that covers the whole body, and gloves. 

  1. Dry the affected areas

Moisture is the food that allows mold to grow. It is imperative to remove the moisture completely or else the black mold can recur if presented with a warm and humid environment. 

  • Fix leaks in damp areas around tubs or sinks, as well as cracked or damaged pipes.
  • Clean and maintain the gutters so there is no water seepage in the house via the gutters. 
  • Ensure that the ground around the house slopes away so the basement and crawl space dry properly. 
  • Allow maximum ventilation in the house to keep the air flowing and to maintain a dry indoor environment.
  1. Prevent the spread 

Mold spores can easily travel from one area to another in the house through air ducts, vents, and doorways. Covering these openings with plastic sheets and duct tape prevents mold spores from spreading to the rest of the house during the black mold removal process.

  1. Keep or discard?

Homeowners should survey the house and look for contents and structures that have been affected by the mold. Drywalls that have been infested with mold would probably need to be discarded or replaced. Contents such as carpets and fabrics that have been in contact with mold for more than 24-48 hours would most likely need to be replaced. A professional team such as SERVPRO would be able to discern more efficiently the items that can be restored and those that need to be thrown away. 

  1. Removal

Once the affected area is sealed off and dried, homeowners can begin the removal process with extreme precaution. 

  1. Scrub the surfaces with a detergent solution. Tougher mold spots may need multiple washes.
  2. Do not use bleach as it does not prevent mold from recurring. 
  3. After cleaning, dry the surface quickly with the help of dehumidifiers and fans. 
  4. Vacuum the remaining mold spores using a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner.

It is recommended to use water-resistant materials such as tiles, deep-sealed concrete, and water-resistant glues in case of remodeling. This, however, does not ensure mold won’t recur, especially if there is moisture and organic materials on these water-resistant elements. 

Consulting a Texas-licensed Mold Remediation Contractor is strongly advised instead of tackling mold remediation as a DIY project.  Prior to hiring a mold remediation company, review the Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules (TMARR). This will provide a good idea of what is required of a professional mold remediation firm, and what the process entails.

The SERVPRO method

SERVPRO’s mold removal and mold remediation team is the right choice for mold growth that has gotten out of hand.  Depending on the state's mold remediation laws, steps may vary. Here’s a brief insight into the steps they follow that ensure an efficient and complete mold remediation process.

  1. Inspection and mold damage assessment

The SERVPRO team carefully inspects the property for signs of mold using various technologies. Depending on state law and what is discovered, they may remediate, or be required to refer a property owner to an industrial hygienist who will thoroughly inspect the structure for visible and hidden mold, take samples of growth for analysis, and create a mold protocol which assists with creating a mold remediation work plan to be used by the SERVPRO technicians during the remediation process. 

  1. Mold containment

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

  1. Air filtration

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

  1. Removing mold and mold-infested materials

Disinfectants, biocides, and antimicrobial coatings registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are used by the technicians to eliminate mold colonies and to check the formation of new colonies. 

  1. Cleaning contents and belongings

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

  1. Restoration

The SERVPRO team can address repairs of all magnitudes - from small repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet to major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

Why SERVPRO?

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

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

SERVPRO: All About Biohazards and the Commercial Cleaning Process

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The article by SERVPRO discusses biohazards, their types and levels, and the general process to clean up this threat.



All about biohazards at commercial spaces

A biological hazard, or biohazard, is any biological material that poses a risk to human or animal health. Individuals working in the medical field are at the highest risk of exposure to biohazards. However, this exposure is also prevalent in professions such as law enforcement, coroners, medical examiners, property management, veterinary medicine, waste management, manufacturing, and agriculture. Scenarios in which solid waste or contaminated water saturate building materials or contents, commercial cleaning services and restoration treatments become necessary for health and safety. SERVPRO discusses biohazards in detail below.

The levels of biohazards

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are 4 levels of biohazards:

  • Biohazard Level 1: Agents that pose minimal threat to humans and the environment.
  • Biohazard Level 2: Agents that can cause severe illness in humans and are transmitted through direct contact with infected material. 
  • Biohazard Level 3: These include pathogens that become airborne and cause serious diseases. Medications and treatments are usually available for this classification.
  • Biohazard Level 4: Viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that pose a high risk of life-threatening diseases for which there are no treatments available. 

Categories of biohazards

There are four categories of biohazards that identify the types of materials involved and help determine the correct decontamination procedure for biohazard cleanup professionals.

  1. Pathological Waste

Pathological waste includes any type of human or animal organs, tissues, and body parts that have been exposed to infectious agents. This biohazard is found mostly in medical environments but may also be a result of accidents and violent crimes. 

  1. Liquid Waste

Liquid waste includes any liquid or fluid from humans or animals. This usually includes blood and blood products like serum and plasma. Other liquid wastes are semen, vaginal fluids, cerebral spinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, and saliva. This also includes blood and fluids from animals.

  1. Solid Waste

Solid waste includes a wide variety of non-sharp items that come in contact with human or animal specimen materials, such as tissues or body fluids. These items include, but are not limited to Petri dishes, pipettes, personal protective equipment, towels and linens, and any sort of dishes and containers. 

  1. Sharp Waste

Sharp waste includes any item in the vicinity of biohazard contamination that poses a risk of puncturing the skin. This includes medical equipment like needles, syringes, glass slides, and IVs with needles. In residential, commercial, and industrial environments, this waste includes knives, razor blades, saws, broken glass, and rough metal edges. 

The common biohazard scenarios

Backed by an industry-leading training program and over 50 years of experience in biohazard decontamination, SERVPRO professionals clean properties with a higher standard of cleanliness. The common biohazard scenarios are:

  1. Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO franchise professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

  1. Pathogens

SERVPRO franchise professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO franchise professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

  1. Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO franchise professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

The clean-up process

When it comes to cleaning biohazards, not even a single spot or item can be overlooked or missed as it can pose serious health consequences. Since microbes are invisible to the naked eye, removing them requires a special kind of know-how. SERVPRO professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. The generic steps that the team follows are:

Step 1

Wear appropriate PPE, including liquid/airtight clothing, goggles, respirator, gloves

Step 2

Create a clean space or control room to manage entry/exit from the contaminated area

Step 3

Identify primary biohazards and areas of contamination

Step 4

Remove any unsalvageable items and clean visible damage

Step 5

Continue to clean under and around the damaged area, stripping back each layer of floor or wall and testing beneath

Step 6

Use UV light sources such as hydroxyl generators to sanitize and deodorize the air

Step 7

Dispose of all biohazard material according to state and local regulations 

Whenever certain biohazard wastes or contaminated water saturate building materials or contents, biohazard cleanups and restoration treatments by a commercial cleaning company such as SERVPRO are necessary for health and safety. 

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

SERVPRO: Tips to File an Insurance Claim for a Smooth Experience

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The article by SERVPRO lists down the tips that property owners can follow while making their insurance claim after a storm damage event.

Tips for insurance claims after storm damage

As mother nature wreaks havoc on homes and businesses alike, the path to restoration of property and normal life may seem daunting. One of the major tasks that lie before property owners is filing for insurance claims. SERVPRO shares tips to make the best of insurance claims after a storm damage event:

  1. Mitigate the damage

Protect the property from further damage but refrain from making any major restoration or repair work to the property before contacting the insurance company. Document all expenditures related to repairing and overheard living expenses in case of displacement. 

  1. Choose an experienced restorer 

Research and hire a professional storm damage restoration company like SERVPRO. Not only will a professional team provide an accurate damage and repair estimate but will also help with insurance claims. Make sure the contractor hired to repair the damage is reputable, established, licensed, bonded, and insured. Beware of out-of-state “storm chasers” ? contractors who swoop into town after a big storm. 

  1. Review the policy

Knowledge is a powerful weapon. Acquire an in-depth understanding of the policy, how to proceed, and what to expect help in a fruitful claim discussion. Since every insurance policy and claim is different, reviewing the policy gives better clarity.

  1. Contact the insurer quickly

Provide the insurer with the policy number, latest phone number, and email address. Give an accurate description of the extent of the property damage and any special needs. A claim should promptly be started and the insurance adjuster’s visit scheduled. In case of a flood insurance claim, reach out to the agent who sold the policy to file the claim. Document every conversation with the time, date, and name of the representative spoken to.

  1. Document the damage

Click photographs and document the details of damaged items, including the date of purchase and approximate value—and collect receipts, if any. Many companies request an inventory of the items. Survey the house and document every item, including high-value ones, room-by-room. 

  1. Check before discarding

Take pictures of damaged items that need to be discarded for safety as per the local municipality rules. The insurance adjuster usually needs to see the damaged item physically or in pictures.

  1. Stay updated

Remain alert about the status of the insurance claim filed. Most insurance companies use SMS/text message alerts for a claim filed, estimate availability, and payment made.  

  1. Keep a claim diary 

In all the flurry of activity post a storm incident, things may become blurry and confusing. Pen down everything in a claim notebook to ensure nothing goes amiss:

  • All calls about the claim - name, title, and contact information; and the date, time, and issues discussed. 
  • Notes from every phone conversation 
  • Recap of insurance adjuster’s visit, including name, date, and notes about the inspection
  • List of any expenses incurred till date, including receipts



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

SERVPRO: What Should Homeowners Do Once the Fire Has Been Extinguished?

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The article by SERVPRO shares a post-fire checklist that homeowners can refer to.

Post-fire checklist

There are multiple reasons a fire may occur at a home. Once the fire is extinguished, there are hundreds of things that need to be taken care of besides the fire damage restoration of the home itself. SERVPRO understands how daunting a challenge this can be, and shares a simple post-fire checklist that homeowners can use to decide their next steps.

1. Contact family

A fire is a traumatic event that can overwhelm. It is a time when everyone needs support from family and friends. Letting family and friends know about the incident is important to begin the process of rehabilitation and restoration.

Also, inform the property owners immediately so they can take steps regarding their property and recovery.  

2. Call insurance company

Notify the insurance agent to begin the claim process immediately. Until the fire is reported to the insurance company, repairs cannot begin. And the longer the repairs are delayed the worse the damage can become. Once the process begins, an insurance agent can handle property emergencies, lodging, and living expenses.

Contact the personal bank, mortgage lender, auto insurance agent (in case of vehicle damage), and utility company. Notification of the fire damage event to these entities may provide relief from late fees on payments while the restoration work takes place.

Fire damage restoration companies like SERVPRO work with insurance companies by providing repair estimates and helping with claims. Make sure to get a copy of the fire report which is helpful in providing more information for the insurance agency.

3. Get the property assessed 

An insurance adjuster is likely to visit to evaluate the fire damage to the house. This evaluation will determine if the home can be saved, or if it must be demolished and rebuilt.

In case the house can be saved, a professional fire damage and water damage restoration company like SERVPRO can come to the rescue. Besides the direct damage from the fire, damage caused by heat, smoke, and soot will also need redressal. The water damage caused by fire extinguishing activities is another aspect that must be addressed at the earliest to avoid secondary water damage such as mold.

Fire damage often runs deep and it takes a professional restoration team’s skills and state-of-the-art equipment to detect and amend the damage that may be invisible to the inexperienced eye. 

4. Get clearance to enter the house 

Await a clearance from the fire department before entering the house that has been damaged by fire. There is often hidden damage that can lead to the fire restarting. Damaged roofs and floors could also collapse and cause serious injury. Additionally, there are health effects associated with inhaling smoke and soot that must be addressed before moving back in.

Entering the house too soon can also impact the insurance claim so it’s advised to await the green signal from the fire department and the insurance company. 

5. Organize the possessions

Segregating the damaged and undamaged items in the house helps to be more organized. A list of all undamaged articles along with their details such as model number, current price, and receipts is very useful while filing an insurance claim. Providing photos of these items is also advisable.   

Undamaged items must be removed from the fire-damaged property to protect them from looting. These items can be stored safely in a rented storage unit restoration of the house is complete. 

This assessment of damaged contents can be done by the homeowner or a professional restoration company. A professional restoration team will be able to assess if certain items can be restored or not. This can help reduce the claim and also help save valuable items that can’t be replaced with money.

6. Find a place to stay while the house gets restored

Until a professional team has restored the house and disposed of all unsafe elements including mold, smoke, soot, and unstable structures, the homeowner would need another place to stay. Most insurance policies will pay for the food, clothing, and shelter for a specified period of time. Homeowners can contact local disaster relief services such as the American Red Cross, government agencies, the local church, or family and friends for a safe and temporary place to stay in until the house is restored. 

After a fire event, it is crucial to take care of one’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. So a comfortable place to stay is crucial.

7. Restore, rebuild, and move forward

With the help of the insurance agent and a professional restoration company like SERVPRO, homeowners can begin the task of restoring and rebuilding their homes and eventually return to their lives. 

It is important to deal with the right fire damage restoration company to ensure that the restoration work is accurate, economical, and swift.

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

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

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

Fires at homes and their points of origin 

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

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



  • Kitchens

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

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

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

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

Below are some tips for preventing fires in the bedroom:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Laundry rooms

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

Preventing laundry fires is usually simple:

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

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

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

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

  1. Candles

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

Candle lighting must be accompanied by certain precautions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a few precautions to prevent Christmas tree fires:

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

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

Six measures to prevent mold growth in a commercial property

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

6 ways to prevent mold growth in commercial buildings

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

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



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



  1. Regular inspection

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

  1. Timely repair 

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

  1. Minimize moisture

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

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

  1. Service the HVAC unit

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

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

  1. Dry foundation

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

  1. Flat roof drainage 

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

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

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

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

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

10 Tips to Prevent Plumbing Leaks

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

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

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

The common plumbing leak culprits are:

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

10 Preventive Steps 

  1. Reduce water pressure 

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

  1. Soften the water 

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

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

  1. Insulate the pipes

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

  1. Replace washing machine hoses

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

  1. Do not ignore minor leaks

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

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

  1. Test all shutoff valves

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

  1. Inspect the drainage function

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

  1. Install floor pans

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

  1. Get a water alarm

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

  1.  Purchase a water flow monitoring system

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

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

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

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

Thunderstorms and winter storms damage?

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

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

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

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




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

How can SERVPRO fix the damage?

  1. Water and mold damage restoration

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

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

  1. Fire damage restoration

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

  1. Roof damage restoration

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

  1. Disaster recovery team

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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



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

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