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Advanced Technologies Used in Property Damage Restoration

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The professionals at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth briefly explain the advanced restoration technologies they use and the importance of these tools for property damage restoration.

Whether it’s emergency water restoration companies or mold remediation companies, adopting new technologies improves the quality of service for everyone—insurance companies, fire restoration companies, and property owners. That’s why restoration companies are always bringing in high-tech solutions and cleaning techniques to provide the best care possible.

The professionals at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth take advantage of all types of advanced technology ranging from moisture detection and measurement equipment to drying and odor removal equipment.

Advanced Technologies Used by SERVPRO of West Fort Worth for Property Damage Restoration

#1: Moisture detection and measurement equipment  

SERVPRO utilizes specialized drying equipment to detect, measure, and monitor structure moisture levels. Infrared cameras, for example, allow technicians to detect water through a floor, wall, or ceiling. Their damage restoration experts measure the extent of moisture saturation in a building using hygrometers, sensitive moisture detectors, and other meters.

The company also takes advantage of remote monitoring applications. By monitoring the conditions of your property in real-time, the restoration team can plan visits based on collected data. At the end of the project, this data can produce better, more reliable documentation for insurance companies.

#2: Water extraction equipment

Commercial water damage restoration and water clean-up can be challenging and time-consuming without proper equipment. SERVPRO's team uses powerful extraction equipment to remove the bulk of water in homes and businesses to speed up the drying process. Some examples of the equipment they use include:

  •       Truck-mounted and portable extraction units designed for efficient water removal
  •       Gas-powered and submersible pumps to pump high-level water

#3: Drying equipment

Proper drying helps to prevent floors, walls, and furniture from swelling and warping. Once SERVPRO’s technicians have removed excess water from a building, they leverage industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining moisture from walls, ceilings, and floors. Dehumidifiers remove excess humidity from the air, while high-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate faster.

#4: Odor removal and deodorization

Water, fire, and storm damage can leave behind strong odors. During the clean-up and restoration process, technicians at SERVPRO use air scrubbers, thermal foggers, and deodorization agents to remove unwanted odors and deodorize the space. These machines remove airborne contaminants and control indoor air quality.

#5: Sanitizing agents, disinfectants, and antimicrobial treatments

Depending on the state of the property being cleaned, the technicians may need to use OSHA-approved cleaning agents to remove contaminants and/or odors. Deodorization products control odors that result from excessive moisture, while disinfection products stop the growth of harmful pathogens and other microorganisms.

About SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is a locally owned and operated leader in the property damage restoration industry. The company leverages advanced technologies to provide superior residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services in or near Fort Worth, TX. They can handle water damage restoration, fire damage, mold removal, and biohazard clean-up and also offer residential and commercial cleaning services.

This full-service property damage contractor is Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency service.

Contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth or follow them on Facebook for more information about property damage restoration in Fort Worth, TX, and the surrounding communities.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd Ste #106
Fort Worth, TX 76116

(817) 560-3086
office@SERVPROheb.com

Factors That Determine the Fire Damage Restoration Process and Timeline

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth go over some factors that affect the fire damage restoration process and how long it will take to reconstruct a fire-damaged property.

While it’s understandable to want to return to the property and begin rebuilding as soon as possible after a house fire, how long rebuilding a fire-damaged property takes depends on factors such as the severity of fire damage and the size of the building.

The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, a leading fire damage restoration company, have some guidance for homeowners wondering how long the property reconstruction process takes.

Factors That Determine How Long It Takes to Restore Property After a Fire

#1: The severity of the fire damage

The extent of damage is a primary factor in how long it takes to rebuild a home after a fire. For example, if a small fire breaks out in one room, and the damage is contained there, repairs can be done in one or two days. With a much larger fire that affects the entire structure, on the other hand, rebuilding can take several weeks or even months.

During a house fire, flames, smoke, soot, and even the water used to extinguish the fire all create different types of damage to a variety of surfaces.

As a result, fire restoration companies have to employ a multi-faceted approach, ranging from damage clean-up to soot removal and water clean-up. That may require services from contractors, engineers, and even mold removal or mold remediation experts in addition to fire and smoke removal experts. Some restoration companies, such as SERVPRO, offer all of the above services. Working with a single contractor typically speeds up the process.

#2: The size and type of structure

Similar to the extent of damage, the size of the building that needs to be restored and its layout may affect the restoration timeline. Naturally, a small single-story home can be restored faster than a massive multi-floor office building. The number of floors involved and where the fire was might be relevant even if the fire is small, as moving equipment across floors can present its own challenges.

#3: The fire damage restoration company hired

Restoring fire-damaged properties requires special skills, training, and tools, and no two companies are equal in this respect. An established company with a well-trained crew and all the resources they need on hand will be able to complete the restoration process faster than a new company with an inexperienced team. It pays to be picky when looking into fire damage restoration professionals, water restoration companies, architects, contractors, and other professionals to work on a fire-damaged property.

About SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is a property damage restoration company serving residential and commercial clients in Fort Worth, TX, and the surrounding communities. Founded in 1967, the company is part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises strategically located throughout the country.

Their staff is highly trained in water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold removal, biohazard clean-up, and more. They also offer residential and commercial cleaning services.

Contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth at (817) 560-3086 or follow them on Twitter to learn more about the fire damage restoration process in Benbrook, TX, and surrounding areas.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd Ste #106
Fort Worth, TX 76116

office@SERVPROheb.com

5 Dangers of Delayed Water Damage Restoration

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth go over the risks of delaying water removal and explain why homeowners should call a water damage restoration company as quickly as possible after water exposure. 

The destructive power of water is nothing to underestimate, whether from a tiny pipe leak or a massive storm. Failing to address water damage can lead to secondary damage and the need for more costly repairs. The friendly professionals at SERVPRO, a leading water damage restoration company serving Azle, TX, urge homeowners to call for help as soon as possible after water exposure. Here’s Why:

5 Dangers of Delayed Water Damage Restoration

1. Weakened Floors, Walls, and Ceilings

Wood absorbs water like a sponge, and as a result, water damage can warp flooring if left unaddressed. Worse, even after the wood dries, residual moisture can cause the weakened wood to rot, leading the structural problems.

2. Mold Growth

Mold growth is arguably the biggest risk of delaying water removal. Even slightly elevated humidity levels can lead to mold growth in as little as 24 hours under the right conditions, and mold can lead to more than just cosmetic concerns and odors. It will accelerate wood rot and poses health effects, on top of the additional cost of hiring a mold remediation company.

3. Compromised Electrical System

The longer circuit breakers, wiring, or outlets are exposed to water, the higher the risk of irreparable damage, electric shock, and even fire. Water damage restoration companies have the skills and tools to deal with these dangerous conditions quickly and safely.

4. Lowered Home Value

Without professional equipment, it can be difficult to eliminate water damage entirely. When it comes time to sell a property, the inspector will be able to tell—or smell—the remaining damage, potentially leading to a lower appraisal.

5. Health Risks and Hazards

Flood water can carry harmful bacteria, microbes, toxic waste, fungi, pollutants, bugs, sewage, and more. These contaminants present health effects, and if they are left to linger, may spread to other areas of the structure. Carefully cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces is part of the water restoration process, and it's safer for everyone involved if that process starts quickly. 

6. Furniture Odors and Damaged Carpet

Like wood, water soaks into fabrics quickly. While the obvious risk there is fabric damage, not all water damages crop up immediately. Mold and other bacteria take time to grow. Carpets, furniture, and other cloth surfaces are especially prone to water-related odors. A damp carpet will also warp and ruin the foundation beneath it, especially if it’s wooden. 

Cleaning up the mess with household tools alone isn’t enough to get the job done. Using cutting-edge tools and techniques, a residential and commercial water damage company can prevent the need for replacement, assuming they can get started shortly after the water exposure. 

About SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of West Fort Worth ranks among Texas's top water and fire restoration companies and has proudly solved water damage issues in Azle, TX and the surrounding communities since 1967. They offer 24-hour emergency water restoration and only use the latest drying equipment and techniques for quality results. SERVPRO also offers commercial cleaning services. 

When it comes to water damage, don’t wait until the problem escalates—call SERVPRO of Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 for fast water removal and water damage repair.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd Ste #106
Fort Worth, TX 76116

office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO explains why a DIY sewage flood cleanup is a bad idea

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO talks about the risks associated with a DIY cleanup of a home inflicted with sewage flood. 



The risks of a DIY sewage flood cleanup

Sewage flooding is a critical problem that needs instant attention. The smell and the harmful bacteria and chemicals in the sewage water are a threat to the health of inhabitants. Although minor sewage issues can be addressed by homeowners themselves, a DIY sewage flood cleanup is a risk that homeowners must not take. SERVPRO shares why a DIY sewage flood cleanup is a huge risk. 

  1. Contaminated “gray or black water”

Sewage contains gray water that emerges from utilities like sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers. In a worst-case scenario, sewage water may consist of black water which is the water used to flush toilets mixed with human waste. There are several causes of sewage backups ranging from clogs in the home’s drain pipes, tree roots to damaged sewer lines.

Sewage, particularly black water, is contaminated with parasites, viruses, bacteria, or fungi. DIY sewage cleanup can pose a serious threat to a homeowner’s health, especially if there is any minor carelessness in procedure or absence of personal protective equipment. The normal gloves and masks are not enough protection when dealing with black water. There is a huge risk of contracting several diseases, such as hepatitis A and encephalitis from black water. Therefore, it is highly recommended to let the professionals deal with this hazardous task.

  1. Mold infestation

Mold growth is a risk that water damage poses. Mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours of a sewage flood incident. All it needs to multiply is moisture, organic material, and optimal temperature. Once the drywall and ceiling are waterlogged, the mold starts growing inside the walls and crawl spaces. During a DIY, a homeowner is not only exposed to the contaminated black water but also to mold that poses several health effects. Often, mold is difficult to detect and treat and can spread to other surfaces of the house, threatening not only the building’s structural integrity but also the health of the inhabitants. A professional mold remediation process is recommended to avoid these risks.

  1. Electrocution

A flooded area poses a huge electrocution risk. Homeowners mustn't enter the flooded house until the utility company has turned off the electric as well as gas service. During a DIY cleaning, homeowners will inevitably need to use equipment to clean the house. The risk of being electrocuted by electrical wires, equipment, and fixtures is high even when the power is switched off.

  1. Incorrect equipment

A household electrical mop and spinning scrubber can definitely help clean up spills or normal water leaks. But sewage flood water will permeate walls, floors, and subfloors. This moisture can stay hidden even after the visible water is removed. A complete sewage flood cleanup requires industry-grade tools such as dehumidifiers, moisture probes, air scrubbers, and heavy-duty fans. Without these tools, mold can spread and/or recur. 

Renting or buying this equipment may prove very costly for homeowners, and the ability to use this equipment correctly may prove to be a challenge.

  1. Recurrence of sewage flooding 

Identifying and correcting the root cause of a sewage backup is the most important step towards preventing water damage. However, an unprofessional eye may be unable to assess the actual reason for the sewage flooding. If the root cause is not addressed in time, the sewage spill may recur and may cost the homeowner more than it did during the first occurrence. 

  1. Higher costs

A homeowner who doesn’t have the technical know-how or the expertise in handling sewage backup may end up investing much more than is required to correct a sewage backup. If the owner misses out on even one minor step during the DIY cleanup, such as a small watermark or a mold spot, this could spiral into a huge mold infestation later. This obviously means higher costs than the homeowner had originally estimated. A professional team on the other hand would be able to assess what is needed and will address the sewage backup issue in one attempt, thereby containing the restoration cost. 

A professional team such as SERVPRO has the training, the know-how, the experience as well as the latest technology to address sewage backup, efficiently and economically. Not only will the team be able to restore the property to its original state but will also protect the homeowner from the health risks of a DIY cleanup.

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 

# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire regular IICRC-industry certification.

For sewage cleanup and water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: How to maintain carpets in a restaurant?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO technicians discuss several tips to prolong the life of carpets in restaurants.

5 tips to maintain carpets at restaurants

Carpets give restaurants a welcoming and warm appeal. Clients visit restaurants not just for their food but also due to their trust in the hygiene and cleanliness practiced by the restaurant. However, when carpet hygiene is neglected, they can become an eyesore and a breeding ground for germs and allergies. This can break the trust of even the most regular clients. SERVPRO, a commercial cleaning service, shares some tips to help restaurant owners clean and maintain their carpets.

5 carpet maintenance tips

  1. Know the carpet 

Carpets are made of a variety of materials that have specific cleaning and care needs. Knowing the carpet is the first step to taking care of it. When choosing a carpet, it makes sense to consider the following:

  1. A carpet with a short pile that has been treated with a stain preventative. Long-haired carpets are harder to clean.
  2. A carpet that contains a UV protectant in case the carpet is exposed to a lot of sunlight. 
  3. Nylon is always a good option because it’s easy to clean. 
  4. Dense material with a lot of fibers holds up better to foot traffic.
  5. A patterned fabric hides stubborn stains.
  1. Protect the carpet

The dirt from outside and the grease from the kitchens must be prevented from being stamped on the carpet. It is advised to install rubber-backed mats around entry doors, food prep stations, and areas with a high risk of spills or excessive foot traffic. The soil from outside not only stains the carpets but the sharp-edged stones can damage the carpet fibers as well, causing premature wear and tear.

  1. Manage spills swiftly

Cleaning a spill quickly reduces the risk of stains and smells. Any solid material must be removed immediately and the moisture must be blotted, not scrubbed. 

In the case of a stain, applying an enzyme-based cleaning product breaks down the organic material for easier removal. This cleaner can be left overnight to soak in and then rinsed with water and a soft cloth in the morning.

Steam cleaning all areas where spills occur ensures no food particle is left behind. An anti-bacterial cleaner is another option for carpet cleaning.

  1. Watch out for the crumbs

Small food crumbs must not be taken lightly as they are a magnet for mildew and pests. Failure to remove crumbs or any dirt and sand daily can cause the carpet to rot and smell. Vacuuming the entire carpet at the end of every day is a good practice.

  1. Get rid of the grease

By the virtue of being in the vicinity of a kitchen, grease in the air will inevitably settle on the carpet fabric, despite all the precautions. As it gradually builds up, the grease will leave a sticky residue that will in turn attract dust, pollen, and other debris. The consequent odor and stains become stubborn to remove. A basic cleaning tool or product won’t help. 

A deep-cleaning service is the only answer. Not every restaurant would have access to this equipment or have the know-how to handle them. A commercial carpet cleaning service such as SERVPRO can help remove these long-standing stains and odors.

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in West Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 



# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For commercial cleaning services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO classifies 6 types of storm-related floods

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO talks about the various types of floods caused by storms.

Types of floods

The storm season is often accompanied by floods. Information on these types of floods enables residents to prepare themselves for these floods and take necessary precautions to mitigate water damage and maintain the safety of their loved ones. SERVPRO shares below the different types of floods and their dangers.

  1. Flash floods

Heavy rainfall for about 6 hours often leads to a swift rise of rapid-moving water that sweeps everything in its path. These flash floods usually occur without much warning across a relatively small area and leave little time to prepare.

Flash floods are usually caused by severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, tropical storms, or other weather patterns. They can also be a result of a dam or levee breaking or a mudslide. These rapid-moving water torrents can mobilize cars and boulders, uproot trees, destroy bridges, and trigger mudslides. They can also lead to massive structural damage to homes, including foundation damage, damages to appliances, as well as secondary water damage such as mold growth.

Urban areas are more prone to flash floods than suburban or rural areas. The lack of soil or the inability of soil in dry areas to absorb the water are the usual reasons for this increased risk. Areas near floodplains and with blocked drainage are particularly dangerous.

Residents are advised to be alert to any flood warnings and evacuation announcements. 

2. Coastal floods

These types of floods are caused by strong winds, tides, heavy rainfall, or storm surges that move towards a coast during high tide, causing sea levels to rise. When powerful waves breach the coast’s dune or dike, the area will be flooded. Coastal areas with fewer defenses and lower elevation are the most affected when powerful waves breach the coast’s dune or dike. Coastal areas are prone to flooding due to their proximity to the ocean, and the evident impact of climate change.

Coastal flooding can lead to drownings, injuries, sickness due to exposure to contaminated water and mold growth, and mental health ramifications . There are three levels of coastal flooding:

  • Minor: Low likelihood of property damage and not directly life-threatening
  • Moderate: Elevated likelihood of property damage and possibly life-threatening
  • Major: Significant likelihood of property damage and seriously life-threatening

3. River floods (fluvial floods)

A river flood occurs when the water rises over the top of the riverbanks. Extreme rainfall from tropical storm systems, long-lasting thunderstorms, combined rainfall and snowmelt, and ice jams are the usual causes of river flooding. Although river floods can be predicted much ahead of time and allow enough evacuation time, a break in a dam or dike can lead to major economic damage. 

4. Urban floods

Failure of the city or town drainage system to absorb the water from heavy rain and/or the lack of natural drainage in an urban area can lead to urban or groundwater floods. The overflowing drainage system spills water out into the street, making driving dangerous, causing significant structural damage to buildings, and infiltrating sewage pipes. 

5. Pluvial floods
These floods are common in rural areas where the flat terrain is unable to absorb the rainwater, causing puddles and ponds to appear. This type of flooding can severely impact the agricultural activities and properties in the area.

  1. Sewage floods 

Unexpected heavy rainfall can overwhelm sewage systems or treatment plants. The consequent breakdown of these systems releases untreated sewage into water bodies. These floods are a serious hazard since the sewage water is contaminated with harmful bacteria and chemicals that can cause infections, diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and other diseases. Sewage can even leak through pipes or drains or come up through toilets, sinks, or showers.

Swift response and thorough cleanup is the only answer to this health risk. 

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 

# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire regular IICRC-industry certification.

For storm damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: 11 Hurricane Hacks for Homeowners

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The article by SERVPRO shares several household hacks that homeowners can use in anticipation of a hurricane.

11 hurricane hacks to help sail through 

There are many safety measures and guidelines that homeowners in hurricane-prone areas are aware of. But there are some hurricane hacks that homeowners can follow as backup plans when the hurricane strikes. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth shares a few hurricane hacks that can help.

  1. Store water and lots of it

During and after hurricanes, water shortage can be a huge issue. Here are a few ways homeowners can stock water.

  1. Freeze Ziplock bags with water

Stack the fridge with ziplock bags three-quarters full of water before the storm arrives. In the likelihood of a power outage, there would be an abundant supply of water.

  1. Fill the bathtub up with water

Filling the bathtub up with water before a storm hits is a smart hack. If the power is down for long, the water can be used to clean, drink or flush toilets. Use a plastic tablecloth or shower curtain to line the tub for maximum hygiene.

  1. Make the washing machine the cooler

Stack the washing machine with ice to keep drinks and other perishable items cold in case of a power outage. The benefit of using a washing machine is that the water will drain out as the ice melts. However, remember to unhook all the lines from the washer to avoid water or sewage backup.

3 Keep them safe in the dishwasher 

A dishwasher can keep the water in and it can keep the water out. In the absence of a water/fireproof safe, a dishwasher can double up as a waterproof safe to store valuables like photo albums or legal documents. Since dishwashers are bolted to the counter, the documents will not go anywhere.

  1. Set up indoor pet potty

With the heavy rains and flooding, walking a pet is not likely. Therefore, laying sod inside a kid's pool can help relieve a pup as the storm rages outside.

  1. Create light alternatives

The flashlight on the smartphone or battery-operated LED light bars have longer lives than regular flashlights. Glow sticks in a bottle of water are an interesting personal light for kids or even adults. 

  1. Cooking options

Cooking is tricky without power. A camping stove is a piece of handy equipment during power outages. Although it may take a little longer to cook with this stove it is worth the investment, especially in a hurricane-prone area.

  1. Check out other stores

Grocery stores and big-box stores quickly run out of stock when a hurricane is predicted. But one can check out places like office supply stores, home improvement stores, and army supply stores too in case of some urgent requirements. 

  1. Lower the air conditioning

Just before the storm hits, closing all blinds and curtains can keep the heat out and cool air in. Keep the AC temperature low. So when the power goes out, the house will take longer to warm up. 

  1. Click everything

Take pictures of every room, closet, exteriors, and all contents before the storm. Document everything as it will be useful while making insurance claims.

  1. Keep cash

As the power goes out, debit and credit cards will cease working. Withdraw maximum cash so any emergency purchases after the storm are easy.

  1. Stock medication

Refill and stock up on daily medication as pharmacies may run out of the medication. Restocking of essential medication may also take time after the hurricane. 

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 

# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire regular IICRC-industry certification.

For storm damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: What Are the Signs of a Reliable Restoration Company for Homeowners?

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO article discusses the qualities that a homeowner must look for when researching for a good restoration company. The right choice can mean a smooth, economical, and reliable restoration of the property while a poor choice can spiral into further losses and unexpected expenses.

What makes a home restoration company worth hiring?

Every year the country experiences natural disasters such as floods and fires that damage homes across the country. A poor choice in a disaster recovery team can cause further losses to a homeowner. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, an experienced disaster recovery specialist, shares what it takes to be a top-notch restoration company that homeowners can rely upon without a worry.

  1. The right credentials

A professional restoration company understands that its team is its biggest asset. So it invests in the team’s training and constant up-gradation. Homeowners should look out for restoration companies certified by IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration). The IICRC certification ensures that the team is well-versed in the latest technology and procedures and also operates under a strict code of ethics. 

The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Industries. The IICRC offers multiple certifications across the Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Industries that are taught by highly trained approved instructors and schools. 

SERVPRO is an IICRC-certified restoration company that has been maintaining the highest standards of cleaning and restoration across residential and commercial properties for over 50 years.

  1. A robust network

An experienced restoration company functions smoothly and swiftly due to its vast network of plumbers and contractors to speed up the recovery process. Moreover, a restoration company that has franchises across a vast territory has the resources to address any cleaning or restoration issue at any location. A restoration company such as SERVPRO has experience in working with property owners across various locations across the United States as well as Canada. Moreover, an experienced remediation company has the resources and connections to manage the process from start to finish, which makes restoration a seamless process.

  1. Availability and swift response 

When disaster strikes, there is no concept of day or night. A disaster response team that is available 24X7 and can reach the location in a matter of minutes is what counts. A professional restoration team ensures that they are accessible and available at all times. 

Homeowners must keep the contact information of such restoration companies handy in cases of emergencies. These companies may also be associated with the insurance carrier of the homeowners, which shortens their response time drastically.

  1. Collaborates with the insurer

A restoration company that works with the client’s insurance is a blessing. Homeowners can confirm if the restoration company they are opting for works with their insurance carrier or not. A history of collaboration between the restorer and the insurer eases and hastens the filing and claims process. An experienced restoration company like SERVPRO will have established relationships with several insurance carriers, insurance agents, house inspectors, adjusters, and other relevant contractors. 

  1. Falls within the budget

Sometimes the insurer may not cover every restoration expense. If the property owner’s budget is limited, a cheap restoration service is still a bad idea and a long-term loss. A good restoration service will aim to work within a client’s budget by offering competitive rates and completing the job thoroughly and professionally. 

  1. Gives references upon request

An experienced restoration company shares reviews and feedback received from its customers. Property owners may research these reviews on the company website, social media, and review sites to choose the restoration company that is a good fit for them. Even personal references given by family members and friends are a good place to start the research with. 

  1. A complete range of services

Coordinating between multiple teams for different services can prove to be a painful and expensive deal as a property gets restored and cleaned. Therefore, choosing a restoration company like SERVPRO that not only restores but also provides cleaning 

services is a convenient and economical option. 

  1. Empathy and experience

An experienced restoration company like SERVPRO of West Fort Worth has dealt with numerous home damage situations due to water, fire, or mold. Post such traumatic events, homeowners are often disturbed and confused. The SERVPRO team understands and empathizes with the homeowners and aims to create a smooth, swift, hassle-free, and economical restoration experience.

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 

# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire regular IICRC-industry certification.

For fire and  water damage restoration services, mold remediation services, and cleaning and building services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

SERVPRO: Fire Safety Tips for Educational Institutes

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: This SERVPRO article lists the usual causes of fires at educational institutes and how the management can take certain measures to protect staff and students from fires.

Why fires occur at educational institutes and how to prevent them

Fires at educational institutes can be catastrophic. To protect young lives and the staff, the institute management must follow several measures to prevent these incidents. SERVPRO shares the usual causes of fires at schools and some tips to protect the school and its people from fire damage.

The usual suspects, statistically

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), structure fires in schools in 2013-2017 caused $42 million in direct property damage.

  • 37% were started intentionally
  • 24% were due to playing with a heat source
  • 20% began in a kitchen or cooking area
  • 12% were due to heating equipment

NFPA also stated that structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. cost $14 million in direct property damage in the same time period.

  • 87% began in a kitchen or cooking area
  • 5% were started intentionally
  • 3% were due to smoking
  • 2% were due to heating equipment
  • 2% were due to electrical faults

Fire safety tips for schools

  1. Preventive measures

Establishing school, daycare, or church school safety procedures is vital to keeping a school safe from fires. 

  • Fire-resistant landscaping: Planting shrubs and water-resistant trees can help prevent fires from spreading. Fire-resistant trees can be planted at least 30 feet away from the school and at least 10 feet apart from one another. Additionally, keep the shrubbery and trees trimmed for unobstructed movement.
  • Gadgets: Installing motion sensor exterior lighting or lighting on timers as well as alarms on doors, windows, roof hatches, and ventilator openings is very helpful.
  • Fire-proof the trash: Place trash bins far away from the building and install metal lids that can be locked to prevent intruders.
  1. Educate about fire safety 

Educating the staff and students about fire safety is the first step towards prevention. 

  • Fire drills: Conduct expected and unexpected monthly school fire drills in which everyone participates.
  • Handy maps: Give an emergency exit map to each classroom and label all of the exits and paths to safety.
  • Response training: Train students on how to respond to a fire alarm during a school fire drill.
  • Accessible fire safety equipment: Know the locations of the fire protection system, fire alarm pull stations, and sprinklers.
  • Buddy system: Creating a buddy system, especially for students with specific needs, is a way to ensure that every child is taken care of. 
  • Safe zone: Create a safe zone that students identify and can meet once they exit the building. This safe zone can be reiterated during fire drills.
  • Right count: Have a roster at hand to ensure every student is accounted for.
  1. Regular fire safety inspections

Just establishing a curriculum for fire safety education isn’t enough. The management must invest in constant review of the school, daycare, or church facilities to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises when there is actually a fire event. 

As a part of the routine, authorities can include the following:

  • Audit the facility: Conducting a facility audit, especially for older buildings, is crucial to ensure all equipment and structure are well-maintained and do not pose a fire threat.
  • Unblock: Ensure all doorways, stairways, windows, and emergency exits remain unblocked at all times.
  • Maintenance: Inspect kitchen equipment and appliances to make sure they’re up to date and functioning properly.
  • Check the fire prevention gadgets: Inspect the sprinkler system across the facility to ensure it is functioning properly. Special sprinkler systems and decontamination showers in all science labs are a wise investment. Maintain the fire extinguishers and/or hoses. Ensure that there are enough pieces of extinguishers across the facility.
  1. Change the routine, find the flaws

Holding unscheduled fire drills, at different times of day and under different conditions, bring forth any problems with the fire safety plan. When staff and students undergo fire safety drills at unusual and unexpected times, hidden problems may surface. This allows timely redressal and avoids any unexpected protocol failure in real-time. 

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in West Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 



# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For fire damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Benefits of commercial duct cleaning according to SERVPRO

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: This SERVPRO article discusses six reasons why property owners should get the ducts cleaned in their offices by a professional team.

Six reasons why air duct cleaning is important for office buildings

Many factors contribute to the indoor air quality of a commercial building. One factor that is often overlooked is air duct cleaning. This SERVPRO article discusses six reasons why commercial buildings need to have their air ducts cleaned regularly by an experienced commercial cleaning service

  1. Better indoor air quality

Indoor air in commercial buildings can be much more polluted than the outside air due to inadequate airflow. The indoor pollutants are dust, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and molds, and microbes. Poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filtration, and duct leaks can result in dust entering the duct system. Breathing in these contaminants and dust can make the occupants sick and impact overall productivity. Therefore, it is imperative to clean commercial air ducts for healthy and clean air.

  1. Check mold growth 

High humidity in the building or water leaking into the ducts provides the perfect environment for mold to develop and circulate throughout the building. Mold may cause health effects and must be arrested. 

Periodic duct inspection and cleaning ensure there are no unchecked mold growths and lingering odors that can impact the employees and business productivity. 

  1. Prevent pest infestation

It is reasonably common for mice, squirrels, bees, and other pests to gain access to the duct system and leave behind nesting material, hair, and dead insects. Unchecked and uncleaned, there could be an accumulation of these particles that can then be blown in and lead to possible health issues.

  1. Low energy consumption

The regular removal of contaminants from the mechanical components of the air handlers and heating and air conditioning units results in a more efficient HVAC system. This efficiency enables easier maintenance of temperature, thereby reducing energy consumption and costs. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, just one millimeter of dust and dirt build-up can reduce the efficiency of an HVAC system by 21%. A healthy and clean system means healthy energy bills.

  1. Longer equipment life 

An HVAC system that is clogged with dirt, allergens, dust, and other particles build-up will have a shorter lifespan. Debris in the ducts impairs airflow through the system, so the fan motor has to work harder to distribute the conditioned air to rooms. Clean ducts will allow air to flow freely and the motor to consume less energy. This will deposit less dust on the air conditioner’s evaporator coil.

Regular cleaning of the ducts will ensure that the equipment is in a prime state and will last for years to come. 

  1. Increased productivity and health

With high-quality indoor air and efficient HVAC air filters, the ducts could stay clean for years. Clean ducts reduce the possibilities of any health effects on employees, which means lower absenteeism and healthcare costs. 

A regular inspection can help avoid these issues and ensure a smoothly running organization and a fresh ambiance.

Why get professional duct cleaning?

A professional commercial cleaning services team would be able to access and clean all components of the system such as motor and fan housing; supply and return air ducts; diffusers and grilles; drain or drip pans; heat exchangers; cooling and heating coils; unit housing; and internal air ducts. Whereas, amateur hands can actually worsen the situation. 

Commercial property owners must hire professionals, such as SERVPRO with advanced equipment and technology to thoroughly clean the ducts and ensure a healthy and clean indoor air quality and HVAC system.

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 

# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire regular IICRC-industry certification.

For commercial cleaning services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com