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Emergency Water Extraction Specialists - Fort Worth, TX | Restaurant Bathroom Cleanup - Saginaw, TX | Water Damage Restoration Specialists - Alliance

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Water Extraction Specialists - Fort Worth, TX | Restaurant Bathroom Cleanup - Saginaw, TX | Water Damage Restoration Specialists - Alliance Overflowing Urinal at a Restaurant

We've all faced it at some point in our lives, the dreaded situation of water flowing over the bowl in the bathroom!  It's one thing if it happens in your own home.  You're typically able to pull the water shut off, take care of business and clean up relatively quickly.

Things get trickier when it happens in your business.   Is a customer going to notify you if they clog a toilet, or will they quietly exit the restaurant knowing the destruction that waits for the next person?  How about if a sewer problem results in a back up overnight, and you walk in the next day to find a disaster?

These scenarios are much more complicated to clean up, and can potentially be hazardous.  Beyond that, it may prevent you from being able to open your establishment at all until it's cleaned up. 

I remember this situation recently at a Starbucks in Hurst.  I had planned a meeting there at 10a, and found the doors to be locked, and two cheery baristas waiting outside offering up iced coffee.  Iced coffee?  I'm not sure why this is a thing, but needless to say I was very disappointed I didn't have access to HOT coffee and watched about 30 people try to gain access to the restaurant in the hour I talked to my client.  Imagine how much revenue was lost during the time they had to keep their doors locked.

Our experts at SERVPRO are IICRC certified, and know how to deal with such situations quickly and thoroughly.  It may involve biohazard suits, but depending on the situation, it may be prudent for us to use these.  We'll clean up the mess, discard of the waste in an approved manner, and then disinfect the area.  We'll even remove any flooring or walls that may need to be replaced, but hopefully cleaning and drying will do the trick. 

Our teams will assess the situation, suggest a plan, and keep you in the loop about our progress, and any complications discovered during the clean up.  We recommend storing our number in your phone now: 817.232.3333.  This is the second best number to know after an emergency other than 911!  We'll do our very best to make it "Like it never even happened." and enable you to return to business.

Safety Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey - Fort Worth, TX | Fire Damage Restoration Experts - Haslet, TX | Fire Prevention Tips - Saginaw

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey - Fort Worth, TX | Fire Damage Restoration Experts - Haslet, TX | Fire Prevention Tips - Saginaw Deep Frying a Turkey in Fort Worth, TX

Nothing says Thanksgiving in Texas like deep frying a turkey!  As a fire damage restoration specialist, it would likely make the most sense to encourage you to fry the bird up right in your garage, or why not the kitchen?  You're careful, right?  There's no way your curious cat won't try to tip over the boiling oil and spread it all through the kitchen....

While we are experts at cleaning up after such a disaster, we would rather spend Thanksgiving with our families, too, so we thought we'd share a few tips we found online.  However, since you've taken the time to read this far, why not store our number in your phone in case you need it: 817.232.3333.  Remember, you would call us AFTER the fire is out.  If you see flames, call 911 FIRST!  Once the fire department says it's safe to begin cleaning up, then call us and we'll assess the situation, and make a plan.  Here's what you can do to hopefully avoid the situation altogether:

Turkey Frying Tips from the Fire Restoration Experts

  1. Don't Setup Near the House - In fact, make sure you're about 10 feet away from any structure, keep animals and kids far away, and don't leave it unattended.  If you need a BRB, phone a friend, and have them stand watch.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry.  If there's excess water, then it can cause the oil to bubble vigorously and overflow.  It could then spill on the burner and cause a fire.
  3. Use a flat area.  The oil in the pot must be even and steady at all times to be safe.  Keep it on a flat, level surface and be careful with the amount of oil you use.
  4. Temperature monitoring is key.  Be cautious as the lid and handle can be hot and cause burns.  Make sure you have a way to keep track of the oil's temp as many fryers don't have their own thermostats.
  5. Be Prepared.  Just in case...   Have a fire extinguisher available (multipurpose, dry-powder) handy just in case the oil catches.

It's hard to be ready for everything that can go wrong, but if you take a few extra minutes to plan, then you can be enjoying some very tasty turkey while watching the Cowboys win on Thursday!  

If you do have any trouble that gets out of hand, call 911 first! Then call us...  our number is answered 24/7/365 and we'll head your way as soon as we can.  In the meantime, be safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Water Damage in Strange Places - Fort Worth, TX | Mold Damage Remediation Experts for Alliance, TX | Water Cleanup Experts for Saginaw, TX

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Damage in Strange Places - Fort Worth, TX | Mold Damage Remediation Experts for Alliance, TX | Water Cleanup Experts for Saginaw, TX Water Damage Example

We dealt with a strange mold remediation situation recently and wanted to share the story.  We had a client call and ask us to come out and look at some staining underneath a cabinet in their kitchen.  It was a very strange situation, as we normally deal with water damage right near the sink or dishwasher in the kitchen.  

We started to examine it, and concluded that we would have to dig into the wall to determine what was happening.  As we removed the drywall, we soon found that the problem was bigger then the stain visible on the outside of the wall.  We immediately noticed that musty smell and soon saw evidence of mold. Since our crews are specially trained to meet the standards established by the IICRC, we knew what to look for and what to do next.

Water Damage Restoration Job Becomes a Mold Remediation Job

These two area often go hand-in-hand because mold loves to grow where water has been left to collect.  What we found behind the cabinet was that the original contractor had punctured a water supply line during the original installation of the cabinets.  Since the nail remained in place, the leak was very slow, and was trapped because of the insulation that was packed in around the supply line. Over the years, water found a way, and more and more escaped and collected in the insulation giving the mold an opportunity to get established and grow. 

Our crews came to the job knowing that mold may be an issue, and had the right equipment, training, and safety gear needed.  They removed the damaged drywall, cabinet and insulation and disinfected the area.  Our team worked with the insurance company to outline the problem, agree to a solution and oversaw the reconstruction as well.  

It didn't all happen in one day, but in a short amount of time, we identified the problem, cleaned it up, disinfected it, dried it out and restored it.  Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."  The homeowner agreed, and was glad that they don't have to worry about whatever potential effects of mold exposure may have.  

If you ever see one of those weird water stains, just give us a call and have us check it out, because you never know what you might find.  Call our office at 817.232.3333.

Storm Damage Restoration Experts - Fort Worth, TX | Water Damage Cleanup Specialists - Saginaw, TX | Hail Damage Cleanup for Haslet, TX

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration Experts - Fort Worth, TX | Water Damage Cleanup Specialists - Saginaw, TX | Hail Damage Cleanup for Haslet, TX Hail aka Sky Diamonds by Roofers and Collision shops!

Winter can bring some interesting weather to North Texas.  Some days, like today as I write this article, it's 80 degrees!  I see pictures of hunters in Michigan and New York all bundled up because of the cold in mid-November, and I'm still in short-sleeves and shorts!  

However, I've seen some crazy storms here, and the worse ones usually involve ice in some form or fashion.  I've learned recently that roofers and body shop owners have an interesting name for hail:  sky diamonds!  They may not come out and say this while inspecting your roof or car for damage, but when they hear that there's hail in the forecast, they get a special twinkle in their eyes.  

Hail Damage Usually Leads to Water Damage

If the hail damage is significant enough to cause holes, or damage roofing tiles, then water will likely get in and start to access your walls, ceilings, etc.  The first step in these situations is to get the roof tarped and mitigate the on-going damage from having more water getting into your home.  We'll let the roofers work with what they know best, and we'll focus on getting you dried out and on the road to recovery.  

In many instances, we can dry out the walls and ceilings and not have to remove any debris.  Our teams know what to look for, and will examine a job, document the scene with pictures and then work with your insurance company on a solution that's clean, safe and acceptable to all.  The ultimate goal is to return your home "Like it never even happened." 

We recommend taking a moment now and storing our number in your phone: 817.232.3333.  If there's anything life threatening, then be sure to call 911 first.  Once you can be sure your family is safe, then call us to come in and stop the on-going problem with tarps, etc. and figure out a path forward with fans, dryers, mops, whatever it takes!  We're the experts when it comes to recovering after the storm.

Water Damage Time Bombs in Your Home | Expert Tips from the Water Damage Restoration Experts for Fort Worth, TX

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Time Bombs in Your Home | Expert Tips from the Water Damage Restoration Experts for Fort Worth, TX Rubber Washing Machine Hoses

As the water damage restoration experts for Tarrant County, we've pretty much seen it all, and many times, we've seen it repeatedly.  One job we clean up frequently are burst washer machine hoses.  These are typically rubber supply line hoses that are constantly under pressure.  They have a lifespan of about 5 years, and will often break in the middle of the night or while you're at work.  Gone unnoticed, such a break will dump hundreds of gallons of water in your home quickly. One reference I found mentioned that washer machine hoses are responsible for $150 million dollars in damage each year!

Most pros recommend replacing these hoses every three to five years with stainless-steel braided hoses.  They generally cost less than $20 are are reinforced, with a flexible steel mesh.  For a few dollars more, you can get hoses that have a check valve, and they automatically stop when they sense a drop in pressure.  A $30 investment can save thousands in damage.  

Water Bomblet - Ice Maker Supply Line

While the water line for the ice maker isn't as big, nor is it supplied with the same amount of pressure, it's usually a pretty simple plastic hose.  While you're in the process of upgrading your washer machine hoses, we also recommend getting a stainless-steel braided hose for the ice maker.  Here's one on Amazon for $25!

You may wonder why we offer such tips on our blog when it’s our job to clean up the messes?  What we’ve found is that there are plenty of messes, and these articles won’t likely solve them all.  What we do hope is that we’re able to establish ourselves as an expert in the community.  Perhaps you found us after the fact and need help, or you’ve been wondering about that hose, and how often they break.  Even if you take our advice, your neighbor may not.  We’d greatly appreciate your referral to them!

If you do ever have a problem, then be sure to give us a call at 817.232.3333.  We have the equipment, know-how and specialized training to restore you back to normal quickly and safely.  

HVAC Duct Cleaning Can Make a Huge Difference in your Haslet, TX Home | Air Duct Cleaning Fort Worth, TX

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning HVAC Duct Cleaning Can Make a Huge Difference in your Haslet, TX Home | Air Duct Cleaning Fort Worth, TX HVAC Ductwork in Attic In Texas Home

Summertime means it's HOT in Texas!  Our HVAC units are working overtime to keep us cool.  I'm sure you've heard the mantra of changing your air filter, but if you haven't had the ductwork inspected in a while, it may be prudent to have us take a look.

HVAC Duct Cleaning When It's Needed

We don't just start to work cleaning without first doing a thorough inspection and determine if cleaning it is really necessary.  If our inspection shows a potential problem, we'll review it with you first, and make a recommendation on how to best proceed.  

Our cleaning methodologies can help to remove dust, pollen, odors, dirt, debris and other contaminants.  Removing these potential irritants will mean less opportunities for hazards in your home, and will extend the life of your HVAC equipment, too!  At SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth, we have specialized training so that we know what to look for, and how to evaluate the potential hazards we find.  We have a variety of equipment we can starting with vacuums, but we also have other tools that can go to the next level if necessary and appropriate.  

Give us a call today and we can talk about your current situation, and outline some plans of action.  Call us at 817.232.3333.

Grease Fire Tips for Fort Worth, TX Restaurants and Cooks | Haslet and Saginaw Fire Restoration Experts

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grease Fire Tips for Fort Worth, TX Restaurants and Cooks | Haslet and Saginaw Fire Restoration Experts Commercial Grease Fire

I'm sure you've heard this by now, but grease fires are VERY different from other types of fires.  Whether you're at home, or working in a commercial restaurant or helping to make burritos at church on Sunday, knowing the basics can help you in a crisis! 

Grease Fire - Action Plan

When grease does catch, here are some of the things you CAN do to help:

  • Put the lid on the pan to choke out the fire.  Fire needs oxygen, and if you can eliminate its source, it will burn out.
  • Use baking soda to smother the fire.  Flour and other items will NOT work.
  • Use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher  A commercial kitchen should have these handy, and you can get one for your home from Amazon from the link above.
  • Call 911

Grease Fire  - Don't

  • Don't use water to attempt to extinguish the flames.  It will simply spread the fire, and won't help.
  • Don't attempt to move it.  The grease could splash, and you might spread the fire, or burn yourself in the process.
  • Use anything other than a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher or baking soda.  Other solutions will NOT help!

One the fire is out, assess the situation.  Depending on the severity, it may be prudent to call us at SERVPRO to check it out.  We have IICRC training to understand fire damage, and we know the best ways to mitigate it.  Put our number in your phone today so you have it handy, 817 232 3333.   When disaster strikes, get somewhere safe, call 911 first, and then call SERVPRO!  

Retail Emergency Water Extraction - NW Fort Worth, TX | Commercial Water Damage Remediation - Saginaw, TX

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Retail Emergency Water Extraction - NW Fort Worth, TX | Commercial Water Damage Remediation - Saginaw, TX Retail Water Backup in Tarrant County, Texas

Excess water can impact people's lives in a variety of ways, whether you're dealing with a situation at your home or business.  Consider the situation of a flavored popcorn store in Tarrant County.  Something went awry in their building, and by morning, water had accumulated so that it was sitting above the bottom rail of their counter.  


The water from their location, spread into their neighbor and affected their business as well.  Regardless of the cause, the main thing that a retail business needs to do is to get dried out, quickly, so that they can conduct business normally.  It's one thing when you may not be able to use your own home for a few days when dealing with emergency water extraction, but a business has a broader impact.  They have a cost associated with not being able to use their facility, but then there's the lost revenue from not being able to conduct business as the normally would.   


Retail Shopping Impacted by Water Backup 


In the case of this popcorn store, the bulk of their products were off the floor already, and undamaged by the water.  Their biggest problem was to get their display cabinets dried out fast and thoroughly to avoid any permanent damage.  


As you can see in the picture, they used fans and propped up the center displays to allow the air to blow through and around them.  They were unable to operate for just one day, and were back to business as normal (or close to it) by the weekend.  


They had the expense of getting dried out, and then had to sort things out between their own insurance company and the building's owner.  Luckily, they could get the water extracted soon after they found it, and got dried out before any permanent damage was done to their displays or equipment.


This is exactly the type of situation that SERVPRO is geared for.  Whether the situation is limited to a 1000-square-foot retail store, or a 50,000-square-foot department store, we would be ready to assist.  We have substantial equipment at the ready at each of our locations, and then each franchisee has access to emergency help from the greater network of SERVPRO professionals.  We stand ready 24/7/365 for just about any emergency, and we'll make it "Like it never even happened. ®"


 

Disaster Recovery Plan for Businesses - Fort Worth, TX | Importance of DRP - Tarrant County, TX | Disaster Recovery Service Specialist for Haslet, TX

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Disaster Recovery Plan for Businesses - Fort Worth, TX | Importance of DRP - Tarrant County, TX | Disaster Recovery Service Specialist for Haslet, TX You'll need more than this for your Disaster Recovery Plan

 


Nearly every business needs to have a Disaster Recovery Plan so that they can recover and get back to work as quickly as possible.  Whether you're dealing with water damage, fire damage or some other natural disaster, you need to have a way to clean up and get back to work.


While you are experts at your business, SERVPRO are the experts in the damage restoration business.  Once you've experienced some type of loss (and once everyone is out of immediate danger), the first thing to do is call SERVPRO.  Even before you get to page one of your Disaster Recovery Plan, simply insert our number: 817.232.3333.  Call us first, and we'll be on the scene quickly to begin the cleanup, and help you determine next steps.  We'll be able to give you an initial assessment, and let you know if your current location will be unavailable for hours, days or weeks.  


Disaster Recovery Plans are Unique and Specific


As you consider how to craft your plan, you can review the many resources available on the Internet to help you get started.  Consider obtaining this guide from Druva.  At no cost, they offer many best practice tips on how to prepare for, and recover from a disaster.  Their primary focus is on making sure that your data is saved every day, and that you have the means to restore it.  Every business, from a one-man show to a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate has data that's important to their business.  


At SERVPRO, we aren't experts in data storage or recovery, but we do know how important it can be to get your business back on track.  We can take care of removing debris, drying out water logged structures and furniture, and determine when it's safe to begin restoration of the property.  We can help get your structure back "Like it never even happened. ®"  


As we perform our magic (aka hard work with expertly trained professionals), your Disaster Recovery Plan will help you keep your business going, and hopefully your customers (and source of revenue) won't even know you had a problem!

Mold Remediation Experts for Halset, TX | Mold Inspection Fort Worth, TX | Black Mold Removal - Saginaw, TX

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Experts for Halset, TX | Mold Inspection Fort Worth, TX | Black Mold Removal - Saginaw, TX Mold Remediation from Leaky Windows

In this example, the homeowner started to notice a funny smell in their home.  It was that tell-tale "musty odor" that lets you know there's a problem, but you can't tell exactly what or where the problem is.


The client started moving things around and finally noticed that mold had begun developing behind where their son's bed was placed in his room.  They didn't realize that the window outside his room was leaking, and mold started to develop.  They knew that having mold in their home, especially near where their son spends 8 hours or more each day is probably not a good thing.  


Our role in mold remediation is not to guess about the medical problems that may or may not stem from it, but work to remove it.  As you can tell from this picture, something doesn't look right, and it needs to be removed, and sanitized.  


Mold Remediation and Structural Restoration


Our goal in any situation is to limit the cost of restoring your home back to the way it was.  We seek to find a balance between cleaning walls and floors, and removing affected carpeting, drywall, and support structures.  Our crews that work on mold remediation have received specialized training and are certified by the IICRC.  


As a result, our crews know what to look for, and can properly determine if the affected areas can be cleaned and sanitized, or must be removed and rebuilt.  In some cases, they may attempt to clean the affected areas, and determine afterward if that will suffice or if further construction will be necessary.  We will discuss our plans with you and your insurance company and determine the best AND SAFEST way to proceed for all involved.  At SERVPRO, we seek to make it “Like it never even happened.”  


If you smell that funny smell in your home, have us out to conduct a mold inspection so that we can determine next steps.  Call us today at 817.232.3333.