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Is it Really Mold? A common question among homeowners

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

People have a sort of love/hate relationship with mold. Some mold is safe for you. For example, many types of cheese are cultured with mold, such as Brie and Blue cheese. Mold is also used for fermenting alcohol and making bread rise. However, some molds can cause negative health effects. Black mold usually refers to toxic types of mold. It is dark in color and may appear in small, black circles. The circles are usually clustered together. When you notice this in your home, you need to schedule mold removal as quickly as possible. Why? For the following reasons:

Quick Growth

The moment your drywall is exposed to water or moisture, it could start growing mold if there are spores present. In fact, in the right conditions, you could notice visible mold within 24-48 hours after water exposure. Black mold will also spread quickly. Mycotoxins from mold may impact the health of people in your home. It's important to catch it as early as possible to prevent it from spreading throughout your home and potentially causing health effects for your family members.

Airborne Spores

Dry black mold spores may become airborne. They get into your body through your nose as you breathe. The spores are microscopic, so you can't see them or know when you're inhaling them. Exposure to mold can cause health effects.

The spores will get into the air when they are disturbed, so it's important to handle mold damaged materials with care. Make sure that you use the proper methods and equipment to prevent mold from spreading to other areas of your home. Better yet, hire a professional to come help you remove the mold and prevent future mold growth.

If you think that you may have mold in your home, you should schedule our team to come to your home and look for evidence of water damage and signs of black mold. SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is a mold remediation contractor. A mold assessment company can test the mold to determine what type of mold you have. Whether it's black mold or another variety, if mold has damaged your home, you want it removed and remediated right away. The proper steps need to be taken to prevent mold spores from becoming airborne, spreading through your home, and causing expensive damage.

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Don't Let It Grow!

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold not only invades and damages your home, but it can also affect the health of your family.  Some varieties of mold may not be a concern to healthy individuals, while other strains of mold produce mycotoxins. There are some key signs of black mold that may help homeowners or renters identify the toxin. Here are the top three signs of black mold.

Water Damage

Mold thrives on water and humidity. If water damage is found in a house, it is very possible that black mold will be found with it. Rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens are especially susceptible to mold growth because of the high humidity in the atmosphere. Mold tends to grow near leaking pipes and condensation because it requires the presence of water. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth out to your home to check for sources of moisture and to mitigate water damage as soon as you notice a problem. In North Texas, water damage that is left to dry out on it’s own often results in mold damage.

Musty Smell

Often times, mold has a smell. If there are certain rooms of your Haslet or Saginaw home that have odor that seems musty or a little off (some people describe it as a mildew smell), it could be mold. Black mold can grow just about anywhere if the conditions are right, so even if it’s a room where mold growth seems unlikely, it is still a good idea to get it checked.

Seeing Mold

This common sign seems obvious, but if you think you are seeing mold damage in your home, then you are probably correct. Mold may be black or dark in color; sometimes it is fuzzy; and sometimes there are white threads or clusters of small dark specks. Make sure to check bathrooms, kitchens, and other humid rooms regularly for mold. Finding and treating mold is preferable to developing symptoms from it and wondering what the problem is.

Look for a mold assessment company to help identify mold damage in your home. Then to remove the mold, you will contact a mold remediation contractor. There are many mold assessment companies and mold remediation contractors in and around Fort Worth. SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is a mold remediation contractor.

The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. Set your thermostat to keep the indoor relative humidity low, or use a residential dehumidifier in damp areas of your home.

Black mold can be a very dangerous substance. It’s important to be aware of the signs of mold to prevent, identify, and treat it.  Black mold is often visible and can be smelled, so you suspect mold damage in your home call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth at 817-232-3333 to set up an appointment.

How to Protect Your Property From High Winds

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

This Dollar General sign was in a disarray after being damaged by strong winds early Wednesday morning in Rhome, TX.   The manager of the store arrived shortly after severe storms rolled through the area Wednesday to secure the back door.   As you can see in the picture the sign was hanging while the rest of the sign blew into a tree across the street.   

One of the biggest dangers from thunderstorms is flying debris caused by high winds that can damage buildings and endanger people. Take a look around your home or business and make these improvements to reduce your risk:

  • Trim trees and shrubbery away from buildings and remove any weakened sections of trees that might easily break off and fall onto buildings.
  • Contact your local utility company to trim away any limbs close to utility lines that could potentially pull down lines or even entire poles. When trimming trees it is important never to touch any wires. Trimming should usually be done by a contractor or the local utility company.
  • Promptly remove any debris in your yard or surrounding your business, such as tree trimmings, to reduce the risks of flying debris during high winds. Avoid placing yard debris in an area where it could end up in the street or near drains, which could become clogged during a thunderstorm’s heavy downpour.
  • Secure any parts of fencing that appear weakened or loose. High winds can easily dislodge boards and pieces from a fence, creating flying debris.
  • When thunderstorms are forecast, remove loose objects outside, such as lawn furniture, signs, garbage cans and potted plants.

SERVPRO ofNorthwest Fort Worth specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

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Winter Storm Preparedness-Frozen Pipes

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Its that time of the year when freezing temperatures come when you least expect them, especially in Texas.  Frozen pipes are a common occurrence during the winter months.  Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes.  This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes.  No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.  If you have busted or broken pipes, call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth immediately.

Why Choose a SERVPRO Franchise Professional?


They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

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They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. They have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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They Use Advanced Water Restoration Equipment and Techniques

Their advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. They finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

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Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

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

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Holidays and Kitchen Safety for homeowners

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

The holidays often come with a spike in house fires due to increased cooking.  Have you ever been running late, out the front door, and forgotten to turn off the electrical appliance, such as a stove, oven, or a space heater?  Creating electrical hazards in your home is all too easy.  You can do it unintentionally as you go about the business of a typically hectic day.

Here are some tips to eliminate potentially dangerous situations:

  • Maintain electrical appliances properly-repair or replace faulty appliances & replace broken or frayed cords
  • Don't run electrical cords under carpets
  • Don't overload outlets
  • Use extension cords only for temporary purposes 

If your home or business experiences a fire, call SERVPRO Of Northwest Fort Worth! 

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is dedicated to responding immediately to your Fort Worth fire damage emergency. A faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost.

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We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

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We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

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Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

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Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Fort Worth community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

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Emergency Services in Saginaw, TX

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Emergency Services in Saginaw, TX After SERVPRO, this upstairs bathroom is dry and ready for new flooring in Fort Worth, TX.

When you have a water loss, call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth at (817) 232-3333! A franchise employee answers the phone 24/7. We will ask you a few questions to find out the source of the water and what is wet. We will send a qualified crew out to your home or business right away, at your convenience, day or night. We show respect for your home, your property, and your family members. Please let us know your primary concerns, so that we can be sure to meet your needs. We will mitigate the water damage and dry the wet materials. If you file a homeowner's claim, we will communicate with your adjuster and invoice your insurance company. We minimize the disruptions to your routine, and keep our work areas tidy. Our entire staff wants you to be pleased with our work.

Recently, we helped a homeowner who had a different restoration company tell her that they would not be able to set up drying equipment because the job was too small. A few days later, she became concerned that the flooring upstairs was damaged. So she called SERVPRO. Our crew did a thorough moisture check in both levels of her home, identified the wet materials, and set up drying equipment. At the end of the job, the homeowner was happy that her home had been dried out properly. 

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