Hot Water Heater- The Small Appliance That Can Cause Major Damage
Hot water heaters can cause major water damage in your home.
Hot water heaters are found in every home in Haslet and Fort Worth and are cause for several homeowner's insurance claims every year. A small leak or the failure to maintain the unit can cause thousands of dollars in property damage and disrupt your routine for several days.
So what can a homeowner do to help prevent such a water damage loss to your home? Consumer Affairs offers several things to look out for:
1. The age of the unit
Most manufacturers estimate the lifespan of a hot water heater to be between 8-12 years. If your unit is nearing this age, it may be best to replace the unit before a major problem occurs.
2. Water doesn't get as hot
If the unit only produces warm water, it may be close to malfunctioning.
3. Rusty water
If you notice rusty water coming from the hot side of your faucets, the hot water heater could be rusting away on the inside and needs to be replaced.
4. Rumbling or noisy sounds coming from the unit
Over time, sediment will begin to build up on the bottom of the unit. The sediment causes the unit to be less efficient and can cause further wear and tear.
If you notice your hot water heater has any of the above issues, it may be time to call a professional plumber and have the unit replaced. If it does leak and causes damage, call our trained technicians at 817-232-3333 to immediately begin drying your home.
Water Damage Prevention in your Haslet, TX Home - The Washing Machine
Inspect drain and supply line hoses to prevent a water damage from occurring.
Have you ever started a load of laundry and then left to run a quick errand such as pick up the kids from school? An unattended washing machine can leak and cause massive water damage in your home very quickly. It is one of the most common insurance claims that we handle. AIG Insurance Company offers the following tips to prevent a loss from occurring:
1. Follow the manufacturer's installation and maintenance guidelines.
2. To keep supply and drain hoses from kinking, maintain a 4 inch gap from the wall.
3. Inspect drain and supply hoses at least once a year. Make sure they have not become kinked or are leaking. Pay close attention to the connections and insure the hoses are not damaged or frayed. Check to make sure the drain hose is fully inserted into the drain line. Consider replacing supply hoses with a sturdier stainless steel braided hose.
4. Turn off supply valves when leaving for vacations or extended periods of time.
5. Consider replacing supply valves with automatic shut off valves with water sensors.
6. Don't overload the machine with too many items at once.
7. Use a detergent designed for your washing machine.
Storm Warning, Watch, or Advisory
Severe weather can happen suddenly in North Texas.
As the saying goes if you don't like the weather in Texas just wait 5 minutes for it to change. We sometimes even experience all four seasons in one day!
So what's the difference between a storm watch, warning, or advisory? A watch is issued when the risk of a hazardous weather event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. A watch means that dangerous weather is possible. People should have a plan of action in case a storm threatens and they should stay weather aware especially when planning outdoor or travel activities.
An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent, or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings, that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.
A warning is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property. People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.
If you do suffer storm damage anytime of the year, the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth are available to help 24 hours a day 365 days a year at 817-232-3333.
What to Expect on Day 1 when your Haslet, TX Home Floods?
These moisture meters allow us to find wet materials in your water damaged home.
When water damage strikes your home, it can become overwhelming very quickly. The water seems to keep coming and spreads quickly throughout your home. Furniture needs to be moved, the carpet gets soaked, maybe a plumber needs to be scheduled and you may not know where the cleanup should begin. That's when you should call our highly trained technicians at 817-232-3333.
A real member of our team answers the phone 24 hours a day and can dispatch a crew quickly. We will begin by asking about the cause of loss and information about your home such as the square footage and how many rooms seem to be affected. This information will help determine how much and what kinds of equipment we will need.
When the crew arrives, they will begin by scoping out the house, usually starting where the problem occurred if known. They will begin to develop a game plan and prioritize what steps should occur first. Paperwork will need to be signed by the homeowner authorizing our crew to begin work and to give basic information on what to expect. Our technicians will use specialized equipment such as moisture meters to determine what materials are wet. Some demolition of drywall or removal of baseboards may be needed. Drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers will be placed strategically throughout the affected area. Within 24 hours, we will speak to your adjuster if you will be filing an insurance claim. And we will share our projected timeline and plan with both the homeowner and the adjuster. A followup appointment should be scheduled for the next day so we can continue to monitor the drying progress.
Why So many Cobwebs After a Fire?
Dementor or Soot Web?
We've seen a lot of house fires in Fort Worth while being in the restoration industry. Often times customers are embarrassed that suddenly several cobwebs have appeared after the fire. They swear they just cleaned that area of their home. I assure them that dark gliding figure lurking in the corner of their home is a soot web and not a Dementor from Harry Potter or a cobweb covered in soot.
Soot webs are formed when petroleum or synthetic based materials have burned. These soot particles are magnetized and float along the warm air currents in the home. The warm air from the fire source wants equilibrium and seeks out cooler, low circulation areas such as corners on exterior walls.
Do not attempt to clean these soot webs on your own. It can often make the cleaning process harder. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth at 817-232-3333.
Time to Winterize Your Saginaw, Haslet, or Fort Worth Home
Prepare your home for the first hard freeze tonight.
This morning the temperature in Saginaw, TX was balmy and in the high 60s. Temperatures are plummeting and the wind chill will be in the lower 20s by this evening. Tonight will be the first hard freeze since the beginning of the year. That means it's time to protect those pipes and get your home ready for winter already. Below are a few tips you can do tonight to protect your home:
1. Cover your outside faucets
One of the cheapest and easiest measures is to purchase inexpensive Styrofoam faucet covers. Simply place the rubber ring around the faucet, adjust the cover over the faucet, and tighten.
2. Warm up pipes on exterior walls
Some pipes, like kitchen or bathroom, run along an exterior wall. Open up the cabinets in these areas to allow warmer inside air to circulate around the pipes and keep them from freezing. You can also let the faucet drip slowly to keep the water flowing, making it harder to freeze.
3. Replace your furnace filter
Time to schedule an appointment to have that heater checked out and tuned up. A simple thing you can remember to do now is to change the filter. A dirty filter slows air flow, reduces efficiency, causes allergies, and can even be a fire hazard.
4. Reverse those ceiling fans
Now that cooler temperatures will be hanging around, it's time to reverse the spin of your ceiling fan. Flip the switch on the fan to make it rotate clockwise which will help push warmer down and recirculate throughout your home.
Pet Fire Safety in Saginaw, TX
An estimated 1,000 home fires are started by pets each year.
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that each year animals, including household pets, are responsible for starting 1,000 house fires each year. The following are a few tips to keep you and your pets safe:
1. Reduce or extinguish open flame exposure
Pets are curious and may try to investigate unattended open flames such as candles or fireplaces. Cats are notorious for knocking things off of counter tops and dogs can easily do the same with their wagging tails. Make sure candles are inaccessible to pets or opt for flame-less candles instead.
2. Childproof or Remove Stovetop Knobs
Never leave anything on top of your stove top that your pet may want to investigate. An accidental nudge of stove knobs is the number one cause of house fires started by pets. Remove the knobs all together or invest in some childproof safety equipment so your pet is unable to turn them.
3. Secure young pets
Young pets are the most curious and likely to chew. Secure them in a crate or use baby gates to section off a safe portion of a room.
4. Secure loose wire
Some pets my find loose wires as a chew toy. Make sure pets are unable to access wires or cords.
The Art of Drying
Humidity levels play an important role in the drying process.
Psychrometrics- Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling a SERVPRO Professional to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.
Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process. Restoration professionals must establish an environment favorable to drying. The restoration professional must also understand how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions, without causing secondary damages through improper drying processes.
At SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth, we understand the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation, but perhaps more importantly, we understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively.
Our 1-4-8 Promise
Trained professionals making water damage "Like it never even happened".
If you do suffer a water damage loss, what you can expect from SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth:
One Hour: Within one hour from the notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange for service. If you contact us directly, a member from our office team always answers the phone 24/7.
Four Hours: Within four hours of notification, we will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.
Detailed Explanation: We will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.
Eight Hours: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your insurance adjuster.
After the Storm
After the storm, hire professionals you can trust.
The weather in North Texas can change in 5 minutes. Sometimes it seems we see all four seasons in the same day! Drastic weather changes can cause severe storms to pop up at anytime. The following tips will help get your life back to normal more quickly.
1. Contact Your Insurance Company
After a severe storm, the wait time to get an appointment with an adjuster can be significant. Get on the wait list as soon as possible by being one of the first to call.
2. Hire Professionals
If your home has roof or water damage, don't wait to hire a professional company. There will be many fly by night contractors that will knock on your door. Hire a company that comes recommended by neighbors or has a good Better Business or Goggle rating.
3. Document Affected Areas/Items
While you are waiting for your insurance adjuster or professional to arrive, you can begin documenting damaged areas or items in your home. Insurance companies will require an itemized list so you can begin taking photographs. Be sure to include things like serial numbers on high end items such as electronics.
4. Make Emergency Repairs
Even before your adjuster arrives, emergency repairs can be made. If your roof has been damaged, you need a professional to tarp it. If windows have been broken, they need to be boarded up. If water has intruded the home, mitigation needs to begin immediately to help minimize damage to the structure and your personal property.