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Removing Pet Stains from Carpet

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Did you get a new pet over the holidays? It often takes puppies and kittens a little time to figure out where their bathroom is. If your carpet is beginning to smell like a litter box, these cleaning tips might help.

First, clean up the accident as soon as possible. Be sure to blot the stain instead of rubbing, which will cause the stain to set into the carpet fibers. There are a couple different recipes using natural cleaners.

White Vinegar and Baking Soda

Fill a spray bottle with plain white vinegar. Using a spray bottle allows you more control on the amount of vinegar used. Spray the entire stain until wet. Agitate with a brush if needed. Cover with baking soda. You will hear the baking soda begin to sizzle letting you know it's working. Allow the mixture to completely dry, preferably overnight if possible. Then vacuum up the baking soda.

Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and dish soap

Mix 4 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide, 2 tbsp. water, and a couple of drops of dish soap in a spray bottle. This can easily be doubled or tripled for larger stains if needed. Hydrogen Peroxide can have a bleaching effect so spot test for colorfastness. Spray the entire stain and agitate with a brush. Let the stain sit for 10 minutes then blot with a white towel. Repeat these steps if necessary.

Enzyme Cleaners

Enzyme cleaners like Nature's Miracle can be purchased at a number of stores and are specifically designed to break down urine, feces, or vomit. The enzymes breakdown this organic material helping to remove odors and stains. These cleaners also sometimes contain smells that encourage your pet not to use that area again.

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is faster to any size disaster.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth's Emergency Ready Profile includes:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth as your local Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Easy Storm Damage Preparedness Tips from SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth for Saginaw, Fort Worth, and Haslet

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Easy Storm Damage Preparedness Tips from SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth for Saginaw, Fort Worth, and Haslet In 2016 Texas weather included 90 tornadoes and over 35 inches of precipitation.

Texans often consider certain local weather patterns to be unique to our state – the hot, humid summers, the wide temperature fluctuations in the spring and fall, and all types of storms: tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, wind storms, and ice storms. Even if you watch the weather report on television every morning, Texas weather can surprise you, and before you know it, you're dealing with storm damage to clean up.

Storm Damage Preparedness Tips

First, put our number in your phone: 817.232.3333.  If you're in a situation where a storm has damaged your home, it's likely you'll get your loved ones out and you may be sitting in your car or at the neighbor's house wondering what to do next.  When you have SERVPRO's number handy, we'll be ready for you!

Next, consider your insurance.  Do you have the right kind?  Consumers usually shop for the best price, but around here, we really need to find the best value because nearly every Texan has to deal with storm damage to their home or vehicle at some point.  Ask your agent what your coverage is like if you suffer storm damage.  What about flooding? Should you consider adding flood insurance?  

The next project to tackle is to take an inventory of your personal property.  There are tools available for your phone or tablet that can simplify the process of documenting your belongings. 

Take a look around your home, and make sure that everything is secure.  Make a visual inspection of your roof and look for any potential problems.  Make sure any carports or porches are secured to the home, and their posts are fastened to the ground.

Seal the windows and doors.  North Texas weather has a tendency to damage the seals over time, and it's advisable to go back over these periodically.

Finally, as you watch the weather, when you know there is a storm approaching, make sure your yard is clear.  Secure outdoor furniture, and make sure gardening tools are put away.  Anything left out can become a missile in high winds, and a few minutes of care can remove these dangers.

If you do suffer storm damage, then we're here to help.  Call us at 817.232.3333. We'll work with you and your insurance company to help make it... "Like it never even happened."

Protect your Outdoor Faucets from Harsh Winter Weather – Water Damage / Fort Worth / Haslet / Saginaw

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect your Outdoor Faucets from Harsh Winter Weather – Water Damage / Fort Worth / Haslet / Saginaw Covering your outdoor faucets during winter weather can help prevent water damage.

As we prepare for colder temperatures in Northwest Fort Worth, it's important to think about outside faucets.  In Tarrant County many homebuilders don't really plan for sub-freezing temperatures, and want to save costs wherever possible.  Their main concern is NOT to prevent water damage, but rather keep things simple and as inexpensive as possible.

A faucet cover is a relatively simple tool that protects your outdoor faucet against freeze damage.  The covers are quick and easy to install. Just place the cover over the faucet and lock it firmly against the house exterior.  This creates an air pocket around the faucet and protects it from freezing temperatures and ice accumulation.  

Water Damage Restoration Experts at Your Service

If the outdoor faucet remains exposed in the winter, the water in the pipe could freeze, expand, and burst the pipe. Water will rush out until you shut the water off.  If you are not home, a broken pipe can turn into a water damage disaster in no time.  If this does ever happen to you, then you'll want to give us a call as we are water damage restoration experts.  We've been working throughout Fort Worth, Saginaw and Haslet for many years, and we can mitigate the water damage and dry the wet materials.  

Our team in Haslet is ready to help if you do need water damage restoration services.  However, for a few dollars (generally less than $5), you can protect your outdoor faucets and reduce the chances that you'll suffer water damage.  

SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is your local resource. We recommend putting our number in your mobile phone:  817.232.3333.  You'll have it handy should you ever need our services.

Home Inventory App | Prepare Now for Disaster Recovery | Haslet | Fort Worth | Saginaw

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Inventory App | Prepare Now for Disaster Recovery | Haslet | Fort Worth | Saginaw SMART Phone apps make home inventory process simple

Disasters happen every day.  Our team at SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth has had the opportunity to help many people, often on the worst day of their lives after a fire strikes their home.  We always start with the most immediate areas of concern first: safety of all the family members, security for the property, and then mitigating damage as much as possible.  Depending on the situation, we can often dry out the existing structure without a huge reconstruction project.  It all depends on what happened, how long any water remained standing and how long before we were called into action.   During the mitigation process, we are often able to restore personal belongings as well.  Many times, the simple process of drying everything out and cleaning off any residue will restore items to a usable condition.  However, there are often considerable amounts of personal goods that are beyond repair and must simply be discarded and replaced.   We can assist homeowners with this process by working with them and their insurance agent to define the damage and outline a reimbursement.  This process is simplified when a homeowner has an inventory of their personal property.  In an ideal situation, there will be photographs, descriptions, and proofs of purchase for the items.  The more information you have, the better, and there are many automation tools available today to assist. The key to this process is taking an inventory BEFORE disaster strikes.  You might check with your agent to determine what they recommend if they have any tools you can use.  We did identify 5 companies that offer such tools.  We included their links below, and some relevant information about reviews, recent updates, etc.  We recommend trying out a few different apps, and try to enter information on one room in your home and see how it goes.  Mobile apps will often have a website companion site that can be useful in managing and updating information.  Spending some time now can help you save time later.  Instead of having to come up with an inventory after you’ve lost everything and aren’t thinking straight, you’ll have a detailed report to hand over to the agent and adjuster.  This will allow you to focus on the thing that matters to you most - your family.  We’ll worry about the structure, and do our very best to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

  • Allstate 
    • iOS: Version: 5.1.2 Rating: 2.4 out of 5 / Updated: November 15, 2017
    • Android: Version: 5..1.2 Rating: 3.6 out of 5 / Updated: October 6, 2017
  • DreamVault from American Family 
    • iOS: Version: 1.5.1 Rating: 1.5 out of 5 / Updated: July 6, 2016
    • Android: Version: Varies by Device Rating: 3.2 out of 5 / Updated: February 16, 2016
  • Country-Wide Insurance
    • iTunes App: Version: 3.6.3 Rating: Not Enough Feedback / Updated: July 21, 2017
    • Android App: Version: 3.6.0 Rating: 3.1 out of 5 / Updated: July 19, 2017
  • Liberty Mutual Home Gallery 
    • iTunes App: Version: 2.3 Rating: 1.5 out of 5 / Updated: March 31, 2016
  • State Farm® Homeindex® 
    • There is no mobile app.  This is available from a browser only.

Water Damage Prevention: Preparing your Northwest Fort Worth Home for Winter Weather

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Prevention: Preparing your Northwest Fort Worth Home for Winter Weather When your NW Fort Worth home is prepared for winter weather, you can have fun outside in the snow.

As cold winter weather sets in here in Saginaw, Haslet, and Rhome, it can have a huge impact on your home if you are not properly prepared. Heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet, snow, or ice - all have the potential to cause serious property damage. When you take a little time to become prepared, you will feel more comfortable and help prevent costly damage to your home this winter.

Check your trees for weak limbs and branches too close to the roof or windows. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. Remove the branches which are too close enough to your home.

Inspect your porches and patios for drainage problems and slippery areas. Proper drainage is important to alleviate flood hazard potential from rainy weather. Install mats or non-slip surfaces where water could be present.

Clear leaves and debris out of your rain gutters and downspouts, and make sure they are working properly.  Direct gutter downspouts away from the structure. Leaves, acorns, and other debris can obstruct the flow of water along the gutters and through the downspouts which  can lead to roof damage and water leaking into your house.

Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water faucets to drip when outside temperatures are below 32 degrees. Leave the cabinet doors open allowing inside air to circulate around pipes. Cover your outdoor faucets to protect them. Water that freezes inside a pipe can cause the pipe to crack or break, and then when the ice melts, water can damage your home.

At SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth we are here when you need us. Call 817.232.3333 anytime.

Storm Response in Texas – SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is Here for You!

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Response in Texas – SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is Here for You! Storm-caused water damage can interrupt your winter plans.

If a large-scale storm strikes the North Texas area, you can be assured that SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth will be working with the national network of 1,700 Franchise Professionals to provide a timely response and mitigate storm damage to homes and businesses around Saginaw, Haslet, and Blue Mound. We are proud to be part of your community. Our emphasis is on providing great quality work and an outstanding customer experience.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth at 817.232.3333 day or night in the event of storm damage. We are ready to help and we provide 24-hour Emergency Service. Our trained water damage technicians will quickly begin the process to mitigate the damage and restore your home to preloss condition.

Whether you have damage from rising water and flooding, water intrusion from roof damage, or any other type of storm damage, we know how to help. With our specialized equipment and scientific drying techniques, we will minimize damage to your home and get it dry quickly.

Water Damage Restoration Process in Saginaw, Haslet, Fort Worth TX

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Process in Saginaw, Haslet, Fort Worth TX This clogged sink in Fort Worth, TX caused water damage in a two story home.

Water damage should not be taken lightly. Whether from a burst pipe, foundation leak, clogged toilet, flood, or any other source, water damage can be hazardous to health and costly to repair if immediate action is not taken. Waiting to call can lead to wood rot of floorboards and wood wall studs, mold growth in drywall, and permanent damage of furnishings.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth at 817.232.3333 right away so we can provide water mitigation services. This is what you can expect: 

  • When water damage is detected, the homeowner should call immediately, day or night. Water damage can get infinitely worse in a short span of time, so the issue needs to be addressed by a certified professional right away. Water damage will only escalate and become more costly the longer it remains untreated.  
  • A technician will come to inspect the home and do a damage assessment.  This will include identifying the source of the water and what type of water it is. Each room will be carefully checked to see if it has been affected by water damage. 

There are 3 categories of water:

Category 1 – clean water. This would be water from a tub that overflows or a broken water supply line. It poses minimal risk to humans.

Category 2 – grey water. Water from a dishwasher or washing machine would fall under this category.  This water is considered significantly contaminated and could cause sickness in humans.

Category 3 – black water.  This water could be from sewage, ground surface water, or standing water. Black water is considered grossly contaminated as it likely contains harmful bacteria that can cause severe illness in humans and animals. 

  • After the assessment is completed, a plan is generated. Many times the first step will be water extraction. This is done through industrial strength wet/dry vacuums and submersible pumps. Carpets and carpet pads are inspected and removed if determined to be beyond repair. Moisture detectors and infrared cameras are used to detect pockets of water that may be hidden in cracks and crevices.  
  • Removing the water is not enough. Flooring and walls retain moisture, and they need to be dried in an efficient manner so as to prohibit mold growth. Materials that are contaminated or non-restorable will be removed. Through the use of commercial grade dehumidifiers and air movers, as well as application of antimicrobial treatment, customers can rest assured knowing their home and belongings will soon return to acceptable industry standards of dryness. 
  • The final step in water damage management is restoration. Some furnishings or structural elements of the home may not be salvageable. Restoration professionals will return the home to its previous condition by replacing carpeting, flooring, insulation, or dry wall, or even reconstructing parts of the home destroyed by water damage.   

Left untreated, the damage caused by a water emergency escalates at an alarming rate, which can leave a house unsafe and pose serious health risks. That is why fast water damage restoration is so important. The sooner a homeowner calls, the sooner experienced technicians can stop the progression of damage, saving customers thousands in repairs and getting them back to living in a safe and healthy home.

Playing Santa's Helpers in Azle, TX

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Community Playing Santa's Helpers in Azle, TX Delivering presents and household essentials to Seniors.

We were fortunate to volunteer with Azle Good N.E.W.S. The Good N.E.W.S. Living at Home/Block Nurse Program is a community based system which enriches the quality of life of seniors in Azle and surrounding areas by providing essential social support services, thus enabling them to stay in their homes and avoid premature entry into nursing homes. Good N.E.W.S. provides services such as friendly visits, shopping assistance, transportation, light household chores and repairs.

SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth adopted one of these Seniors as an angel this year. We also volunteered to deliver the presents to several other angels. The look on their faces was heartwarming. They were all so appreciative of everything they received. The hugs and smiles we received filled our hearts with the holiday spirit.

Flood Damage from Rising Water in NW Fort Worth, Texas

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage from Rising Water in NW Fort Worth, Texas Flood water has left a mess in this dining room in Fort Worth, Texas.

Experiencing a flood in Texas is a frightening ordeal. Flooding is a distinct type of water damage because it is water rising up over areas that are not usually submerged, and up into your home. The water is contaminated, and the damage is not covered by regular homeowner’s insurance policies. It’s devastating to see one’s belongings immersed in standing water. Some of the damages that occur from a flood are immediate and obvious, such as a couch that is drenched or books that are waterlogged. Other types of damage aren’t instantly apparent.

Here is a look at the general timeline of how flood damage progresses:

Within the First Hour

This is the emergency stage. The flood damage during this stage is obvious. There is rushing or standing water in the house, and household items and furniture are submerged. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth at 817.232.3333 to set an appointment for as soon as the water recedes. Our company specializes in water damage restoration in NW Fort Worth, Saginaw, Haslet, and the nearby communities. We will start the process of water extraction and address the restoration that needs to occur.

Within 24 Hours

A homeowner may think that if the water recedes or is removed quickly enough, the leftover moisture can be left to air dry and the homeowner’s possessions will be able to be salvaged. However, without professionals to evaluate the residence and assess the damage, there will likely be lasting repercussions. For instance, any water that was absorbed into wooden furniture can cause the wood to splinter or swell and weaken the structure. Also, a pervasive odor will likely start to be noticeable as carpets, fabrics, and walls will still be saturated with moisture. Untreated, the damage will continue to escalate. IICRC standard is for porous materials affected by flood water to be removed and disposed of. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth to handle the demolition and tear-out as well as treating your home with antimicrobial and drying out the structure.

Within a Week

Once a week passes, the odor will likely be more prevalent. Without professionals to handle the drying process, items such as carpets, drywall, and wood floors will have remained wet too long which invited mold and bacteria to grow. The water saturation by this point has also likely started to cause a chemical breakdown of wood fixtures, drywall, and insulation.

Long-Term Effects

The progression and extent of the water damage will vary depending on the length of time the flood water was in the home, how quickly water was extracted, and how long it took for most of the moisture to dissipate. Some damage that may appear are swollen or bowed wood floors and wood furniture that is structurally compromised, warped, or rotted. Flood damage can leave the home unsafe for inhabitants and can be very costly to fix. 

The effects of a flood are felt long after the water is removed. Mold growth and structural weakening of furniture and floors are two of the effects that can’t be seen at the outset but will wreak major havoc on a family’s health and home. This is why immediate water mitigation is so important. Your experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth are available around the clock to deal with the devastating effects of a flood. They will address the potential hazards, both seen and unseen, to restore your family’s home and peace of mind.