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.
Flooded Commercial Building in Fort Worth, TX
Flooded warehouse caused by a sprinkler malfunction.
Here at SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth, a member of our office staff answers the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. So no matter when disaster strikes, we are ready and able to assist you.
That’s exactly what happened to a 1,000,000 square foot warehouse in Fort Worth one Sunday afternoon. A commercial sprinkler line broke, flooding about a third of the warehouse. Of course the facilities manager was in a panic because this particular warehouse was full of electronics. A member of our office staff took the call and immediately dispatched a crew of technicians as well as our owner, Matthew Hicks. The crew arrived at the warehouse within 90 minutes and began extracting the water. Before the day was over, our crew had 191 air movers and 2 generators set up and running to begin the drying process. The disruption to the business was very limited.
Ten Tornadoes rip through North Texas
Significant damage to home caused by EF-3 tornado in Dallas, TX.
The 10 confirmed tornadoes that tore through north Texas on Sunday October 20, 2019 will be the costliest tornado outbreak in Texas history, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. The estimated bill is expected to be over $2 billion and could rise above that as commercial and business claims continue to be assessed.
Dallas was hit by an EF-3 tornado that produced wind speeds of up to 140 mph. That tornado traveled more than 15 miles from northwest Dallas into Richardson and was three-quarters of a mile across at its widest. It wiped out at least three commercial neighborhood shopping centers, warehouses, an entire Home Depot, restaurants, stores, eight schools, five churches, and at least 1,000 homes.
The silver lining from such a tragic event is that no deaths have been reported.
'Tis the Season for Cooking Fires in Fort Worth, TX
Don't let your cooking go up in flames and start a house fire.
Cooking Fire Facts:
Based on 2012-2016 annual averages:
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 48% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries.
- Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
- Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 15% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
- Ranges or cooktops account for almost two-thirds (63%) of homer cooking fire incidents.
- Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (32%) of reported home cooking fires and half (45%) of the associated deaths.
- Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
The National Fire Protection Association offers some helpful tips to prevent cooking fires.
Rainbow mold found in Fort Worth home
Mold can come in a variety of colors.
Mold can come in a rainbow of colors and many molds can actually be more than one color. The only way to know for sure what type of mold may be growing is to have it tested by a lab. Some molds are inherently more dangerous and harmful than others, but they're all bad. Here are a few of the most common colors:
Green: the most generic color in mold. There are thousands of varieties of mold with this color. Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Cladosporium are among the most common.
White: can be found almost anywhere and loves host materials found in dark and damp conditions such as attics or basements. This mold looks like cotton and is very musty smelling.
Yellow: Some yellow molds can be highly toxic while other varieties are not so dangerous. Serpula lacrymans is a common yellow mold found growing on indoor and outdoor wood surfaces. It is an accomplished destroyer of damp and rotting wood.
Black: Often the color you hear about the most because it can be the most toxic. Exposure to certain mycotoxins, a by product produced by molds, can be a serious health risk especially for the very young, seniors, or people with pre-existing conditions like allergies and asthma. Stachbotrys chartarum is the primary culprit for causing health issues by releasing these mycotoxins. This mold is often found in leaky areas, old rotten wood, paper and foods.
Whatever color of mold you find in your home, it's best to let the professionals of SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth remove it safely. Call us today.