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SERVPRO: Six preventive measures to protect the roof from water damage

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: This SERVPRO article discusses how to prevent roof leaks that can cause severe water damage.

Six Steps to Prevent Roof Leaks 

A roof system is arguably the most vulnerable part of a building's exterior. Ultraviolet radiation, wind, rain, hail, snow, and sleet all impact a roof system's performance. Minor roof leaks that are neglected can become major causes of water damage. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth suggests measures that property owners can take to prevent roof leaks and save the massive repair costs associated with them.

  1. Create a maintenance plan

A roof maintenance plan goes a long way in preventing roof leaks. Like any other part of a building, roofs also need attention to function efficiently. 

  1. In-house maintenance program: There are some aspects of roof maintenance that do not require roofing professionals, but can be done by the building's maintenance personnel.
  2. Historical record: A detailed history of the roof installation, repairs and changes made, and a roof plan should be included in the historical file. 
  3. Professional inspection and contractor: A professional roofing contractor such as SERVPRO can be retained to perform roof maintenance that includes visual inspection and necessary repairs. These inspections should be performed regularly by trained roofing professionals, preferably on a biannual basis. 
  1. Check the drip edge

Drip edge is an angled piece of flashing that is installed over top of a fascia board. The purpose of a drip edge is to keep water off the roof and allow gutters to carry this water away from the fascia.

It is the cheapest element of roofing but a critical one. A missing or damaged drip edge will lead to a gap between the fascia board and the roof deck allowing water as well as critters to enter the premises besides causing wood rot. Therefore it is crucial to check that the drip edge is in good shape and doing its job.

  1. Inspect the roof flashing

The roof flashing is a thin layer of metal sheeting used to direct water away from seams and joints where moisture can penetrate the roof and cause serious water damage. It can be used around windows, doors, chimneys, gutters, or any exterior joint where the water needs to run off.  

  1. Flashing should be inspected for gaps, holes, and corrosion.
  2. Apply a new layer of caulk after peeling off the old one from around the edges of the flashing. Caulk serves as a protection against moisture but disintegrates over time. 
  3. Nails or screws may become loose because of the natural flexing of wood over time. Any raised nails or screw heads should be tightened to keep the flashing in place. 
  1. Don’t ignore the attic

Often the roof may show signs of a leak but the source may be the attic. The problem can arise due to improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, condensation, vent fans, and animal or bug infestation in the attic. 

  1. Look out for algae stains on interior plywood, mold, black rings, or rust around nails - a sign of condensation in attic spaces.
  2. Check the attic ventilation. Elements such as the soffit vents, louvers, or ridge vents, should never be blocked as that can lead to dangerous moisture and heat buildup.
  3. Don’t ignore a soaked insulation without rain, buckling shingles, and rotting sheathing and rafters as it implies a buildup in the attic. 
  4. Investigate if there are any clogged intake vents for paint, spider webs, dust, or insulation.
  1. Maintain the gutter system

Gutters are the collection system running across the edge of the roof that helps change the direction of water that is running off the roof to the downspouts. Gutters and downspouts play an integral part in preventing water damage and roof leaks.

  1. Clean the gutters regularly to avoid water pooling or back up under the shingles and into the walls and ceilings. The usual culprits for this blockage are dirt, leaves, branches, twigs, pine needles, and other outdoor debris. 
  2. Eliminate pests and rodents that may have made the gutters their home, thereby clogging them.
  3. Check the gutters for holes or rust. This damage can be repaired with the help of a gutter patching kit, caulking, or sealing. Gutters that are at the end of their lifespan must be replaced.
  4. Weak or missing supports and loose nails and screws must be replaced.
  5. The downspouts should extend several feet away from the house to avoid water draining too close to the foundation.

The gutter system should be a part of the regular roof maintenance and inspection plan and be cleaned at least twice a year. If the property is surrounded by trees and bushes, gutters should be inspected more frequently to discourage clogging due to plant debris. 

  1. Trim the trees

Greenery near the house is extremely comforting and visually appealing but it poses certain risks to the property. 

Overhanging trees must be trimmed so they cannot scratch the roofing material or puncture windows during storms and winds. The leaves and branches on an overhanging tree can also clog the gutters. 

For roof maintenance and roof leaks, and an experienced water damage restoration team, clients can contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth.

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

SERVPRO Busts the Myths around Fire Damage and Restoration

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO article busts 6 myths about fire damage and the restoration process.

Fire damage myths debunked

Often, people believe that fire damage restoration is too expensive and unnecessary, or they are just unsure about what the process entails. Many myths surrounding this topic must be debunked. In this blog post, SERVPRO of West Fort Worth discusses all the myths about fire damage and restoration so property owners can make an informed decision when faced with these damages.



# Myth 1: Smoke detectors are enough 

Truth: Smoke detectors are effective warning systems in case of fires, enabling a timely exit from the premises and protecting the occupants from potential danger. However, they cannot contain a fire.

Property owners must ensure:

  1. Smoke detectors are installed properly and have well-charged batteries.
  2. There is an evacuation plan in place for fire damage emergencies. The occupants of a property must be aware of the emergency preparedness plan.
  3. Invest in appropriate fire extinguishers or sprinkler systems.

# Myth 2: Sprinklers cause much more damage

Truth: A sprinkler system quickly eliminates the heat and controls the smoke from the fire, limiting the fire damage. 

Facts about the sprinkler system:

  1. Sprinkler heads are individually activated by fire temperatures above 155°. The other sprinklers remain dormant unless the fire spreads. 
  2. A typical sprinkler discharges 55 liters per minute. A firefighting hose expends up to 750 liters per minute. Any water damage caused by sprinklers is nothing compared to the water damage caused by firefighting hose lines.
  3. Property losses are 85% less in residences with fire sprinklers compared to those without sprinklers. 
  4. The combination of automatic sprinklers and early warning systems in all buildings can reduce overall injuries, loss of life, and property damage by approximately 50%.
  5. Sprinklers wash the larger particles out of smoke - the biggest cause of fire-related deaths - reducing its density and toxicity. 
  6. Fire sprinkler systems are eligible for insurance rate savings and may increase the property value.

# Myth 3: Most fires are caused by electrical malfunctions 

Truth: According to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, electrical malfunctions are neither the leading nor the second largest cause of fire damage. 

Statistically, here are the figures:

  1. Cooking equipment is responsible for nearly half of all house fires in the United States. 
  2. Heating follows as a far second, causing over 12% of the house fires in the US. 
  3. Electrical house fires make up only 6% of the house fires in the US.

# Myth 4: Flames are the biggest threat

Truth: Flames can create havoc, but smoke inhalation is responsible for maximum fire-related deaths. 

Smoke facts:

  1. Smoke is composed of toxic chemicals and is easily inhaled, leading to unconsciousness and then death. 
  2. Smoke can incapacitate and overpower swiftly, disabling occupants to make it to an otherwise accessible exit. 
  3. The synthetic materials in homes are dangerous and produce especially dangerous substances. 
  4. 50–80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries, including burns to the respiratory system.

Myth #5: The odor of smoke never leaves a fire-damaged property

Truth: The key to eliminating the smoke smell is prompt cleaning that prevents permanent damage from seeping into the home. The extent and intensity of smoke are decided by the following factors:

  1. Strength of the fire – Larger fires produce more smoke, so the resulting smoke smell will be more pervasive and more intense;
  2. Exposure length – The longer the exposure to smoke, the more the smoke odor will have permeate into the household materials;
  3. Burned materials – When burned, different materials produce different odors. Some smells such as those from burning synthetic or plastic materials are much harder to remove.

An experienced fire restoration team such as SERVPRO would have the advanced equipment such as nano filters and ozone generators and the expertise to eliminate smoke odor after a fire. With safe and efficient odor removal techniques and cleaning products, the SERVPRO team can bring a property back to its original glory. 

Myth #6: DIY restoration is enough

Truth: For minor and very controlled fires, DIY restoration can suffice. But here are reasons why some things are best left to the professionals:

  1. Hidden health hazards: A walk through a fire-damaged property can allow chemically laden soot to get into the eyes and penetrate the skin. Inhalation may lead to health effects in the short term.
  2. Special equipment: Soot cannot just be wiped away. Special equipment and methods may be needed to adequately clean up smoke and fire damage. 
  3. Loss of contents: There may be salvageable contents that a DIY restorer may throw away mistakenly. Only a professional eye can distinguish between what’s ruined beyond repair and what can be rescued.
  4. Time-consuming: Restoring a property to its pre-fire condition is a complicated and tedious task. The entire process involves salvaging belongings, cleaning up, repairing the home structure, and most importantly insurance claims to minimize the financial impact. 

The sooner a professional team begins the restoration process, the sooner life, and the property can get back to normal. Contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth for all fire damage restoration services.

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

SERVPRO restores contents such as documents impacted by water and mold after a storm

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: Precious keepsakes, such as documents that are irreplaceable for clients can be restored by the SERVPRO cleaning services after a storm and other water damage events.



Precious contents restoration after a storm strikes

When the storm settles and while the water, mold, and fire restoration companies like SERVPRO are restoring the property, there is something important and valuable that needs tending to. Precious keepsakes such as documents, photographs, rugs, and fabrics are a part of every home or business and are often irreplaceable. Can they be saved?

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. SERVPRO’s expertise and a “restore” versus “replace” mentality help clients save money while preserving precious keepsakes, documents, and memories.

Here is how storm restoration companies like SERVPRO takes care of the belongings:  

# 1 Contents cleaning

  • Dry Cleaning - It is used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - This is an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe - There are some items that cannot be cleaned and therefore just spraying and wiping may do the trick without any damage to the material.
  • Foam Cleaning - It can be used for upholstery fabrics that may shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - This involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

# 2 Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

When the property requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of West Fort Worth conducts an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. This has the following benefits:

  • A quicker remodeling process, as it allows freedom of movement
  • Protecting precious belongings from potential damage that may be caused by the water or mold that is still being cleaned. Moving the belongings while certain treatments are being used makes sense. On-site damage can be efficiently protected by moving the belongings. 

Once the restoration is complete, the SERVPRO team coordinates with the clients to move all the belongings back as per their needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on the insurance coverage.

# 3 Electronic Cleanup

Storm brings in immense water damage that can ruin electronics and can pose serious risks. Electrical devices must not be turned on or operated until the restoration team has assessed them. SERVPRO will coordinate the restoration of electronics, including:

  •  Television sets
  •  DVD players
  •  Computers
  •  And more

Prompt action is the key to restoring electronics and preventing further damage. The exteriors of electronic devices are first cleaned to help halt further corrosion and damage. Thereafter, they are cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

# 4 Document/Photograph Drying

Valuable documents, including photographs and business/legal/confidential records that have been damaged by water, should be handled with extreme caution. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage conditions, SERVPRO of West Fort Worth can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

SERVPRO’s Document Restoration Facility boasts of:

  • Innovative technology: The latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology, is used for sterilizing.
  • Security: The HIPPA Master-certified technicians keep the documents under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digitization: A computerized inventory system digitizes all documents
  • Flexible capacity: Large commercial losses, as well as small residential jobs, can be accommodated.
  • Full Service: A full range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization is available.

SERVPRO technology:

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, here are the methods for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying - The moisture content of documents can be reduced with air-drying within the first 48-72 hours. 
  • Dehumidification - Bringing down the humidity level with dehumidifiers can prevent further damage.
  • Freeze Drying - The SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovative vacuum freeze-drying techniques. The freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books are used by SERVPRO as well to ensure the best service for its customers.
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying -  SERVPRO’s vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).
  • Gamma irradiation- In many water damage situations, like sewage or floodwater, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. The Gamma irradiation process helps sterilize the documents safely and effectively.

Prevention 

Digitizing Services: Converting the paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals, one can save storage space and have access to records at the touch of a button. Most importantly, valuable documents will now be indestructible even in case of fire or flood. 




Documents that can be restored:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment



# 5 Contents Claim Inventory Service

It’s hard to keep track of precious content when a storm strikes. During the recovery process, SERVPRO’s Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) can ease the overwhelming worry and confusion that follows. Digital photographs and barcoding enable an accurate, room-by-room inventory of contents.

This service allows for:

  •  Pre-loss list and value of contents
  •  A detailed and accurate report
  •  Better information to settle claims quicker
  •  Assistance with the burden of proof for claims
  •  Peace of mind  




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

Why SERVPRO is the best solution to all restoration requirements in West Fort Worth

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO gives details on its services, technology, equipment, team certifications, and its vast presence and reliability in the local communities.

What makes a company like SERVPRO become an ideal end-to-end restoration solution for clients?

# 1 Holistic solution: Ideally, a restoration company like SERVPRO that can offer all restoration needs from water, fire, mold, and storm damage to content cleaning is the best solution. After a storm, fire, and flooding, it is comforting to have one holistic team that is on top of things and is coordinating every detail of the restoration process. Who wants to manage multiple restoration teams simultaneously?

The services offered by SERVPRO are:

  1. Fire damage restoration: The fire and smoke restoration team takes care of the fire aftermath such as soot and smoke residues, odors, water damage caused by the firefighting and suppression efforts, and other structural damages. 
  2. Water damage restoration: SERVPRO utilizes a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end. 
  3. Mold remediation: SERVPRO’s Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians have extensive training and advanced equipment to contain a mold threat, and to begin work on removing active colonization quickly from the damaged property. 
  4. Storm damage and related services: Thunderstorms and winter storms may cause water, mold, structural, and fire damage. The fire and smoke restoration specialists at SERVPRO can offer active mitigation, reconstruction, and restoration solutions for the damaged property. 
  5. Content restoration: SERVPRO specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Its expertise and a “restore” versus “replace” mentality help clients save money while preserving precious keepsakes, documents, and memories.
  6. Building services: SERVPRO is well-equipped and experienced in handling both the initial cleanup and the reconstruction required after a storm, fire, mold, and water damage event. This streamlines the process and minimizes the costs. The full range of reconstruction at SERVPRO are:
  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Cleaning
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair

# 2 Both Commercial and residential restoration solutions: A reliable restoration company must have the experience and the bandwidth to handle restoration and disaster recovery projects of any magnitude. The Large Loss Response team at SERVPRO is well-equipped for any situation at a residential or commercial property.

# 3 Advanced Technology: A restoration company should not only have the right equipment and technology but also the latest one to ensure that the best care is available to customers. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth has top-of-the-line equipment to restore a property in case of fire, water, or mold damage:

# Moisture detection and measurement equipment such as infrared cameras

# Water extraction equipment like submersible and gas-powered pumps 

# Drying equipment such as industrial grade dehumidifiers

# Odor removal and deodorization like air scrubbers

# Sanitizing agents, germicides, and antimicrobial treatments

# 4 Certified specialized Team: Each SERVPRO team member’s background is verified and has received extensive training to handle any situation. The specialty equipment used meets all IICRC standards, and the unique formulas are designed to reverse the damage caused to the property. The training program includes the following training and certifications:

  • IICRC Training: The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. SERVPRO professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.
  • Employee Certification Training: The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of the course and an examination. Modules include:

# Crew Training

# Fire Restoration

# Water Restoration

# Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

  • Initial Franchise Training: A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics.
  • e-Learnings: All staff at SERVPRO have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. This keeps the technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and maintains the professionalism that the company stands for.
  • Continuing Education Classes: SERVPRO of West Fort Worth offers both credit and non-credit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

# Water Damage Restoration

# Fire Damage Restoration

# Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry

# Restorative Drying for Loss Control

# Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

# 5 24-hours emergency response:

Disasters or emergencies may sometimes strike at inopportune times. A poor response time can aggravate the damage to the property. A restoration company that is available 24 hours, 365 days a year, and boasts of a disaster response team as well is invaluable when emergency strikes. 

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help with the damage caused by a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster occur. 

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

# 6 Locally owned: SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is locally owned and operated, allowing a swift response in the communities of Benbrook and Azle as well. Part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises gives SERVPRO access to more resources for larger cleaning or restoration projects or major storm scenarios.

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

To know more visit www.SERVPROwestfortworth.com and for restoration, remediation, and building services call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com



Eight factors to consider before selecting a commercial restoration company

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: Multiple factors help decide the right commercial restoration company that can efficiently and swiftly put the property back to its original state.

The essentials of a commercial restoration company

Fire, water, mold, or structural damage to commercial property can hamper business significantly. Immediate and professional help must be hired to restore the property to its preloss condition and to avoid any further damage.

With the associated stress of damaged property, zoning in on the right commercial restoration company can prove to be challenging and confusing. Here are a few essential criteria to consider before choosing the restoration company that will seamlessly handle all the commercial restoration needs:

# 1 Certifications

Research for a restoration company that has been certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) and would, therefore, adhere to the highest standards of restoration processes and ethics. Certifications in specific restoration services may also be a criterion.

# 2 The service portfolio

It is tedious and wasteful to hire multiple contractors to deal with multiple issues in the property. A one-stop restoration company that can efficiently handle every aspect of the restoration is the best bet. This avoids unnecessary hassles of coordinating between multiple service providers and the loss of time, energy, and money. 

SERVPRO is a holistic restoration company that offers all services that are needed to reverse the damage to property:

  1. Water restoration
  2. Fire restoration
  3. Mold remediation
  4. Storm restoration
  5. Roof tarping and board-up services
  6. Cleaning services
  7. Disaster response

# 3 Reviews and recommendations

Check online reviews or seek a recommendation from a friend or family member. Or even better, request a recommendation from the restoration company itself. Choose a company that is renowned for its integrity and commitment to quality.

# 4 Emergency services

Disasters or emergencies may sometimes strike at inopportune times. A restoration company that is available 24 hours, 365 days a year, and boasts of a disaster response team as well is very important when emergency strikes. A poor response time can aggravate the damage to the property. Therefore a team that can swiftly arrive on-site, assess the damage, and act immediately is what is required. Additionally, an experienced and capable restoration company must be equipped to handle big jobs.

# 5 Experience 

There are new restoration companies that are doing a splendid job, but experience is a necessity for large or complicated projects. Experience enables a restoration company to anticipate and approach the damage from a different perspective. 

# 6 Cost

A low-budget restoration company that doesn’t fulfill its promise or does a low-grade job may eventually lead to a massive increase in restoration costs. However, a company that quotes a ridiculously high estimate in emergencies and pressures the client could be assumed to be unethical. Therefore, one must seek companies whose commercials match their experience, certifications, and assurances.

# 7 Questions?

Put forth all queries and concerns regarding the damage assessment, the process, the certifications, the timeline, the costs, the warranties, the availability of crew, the communication channels, and so on. It is crucial to have clear communication and a sense of comfort with the company and its team to enable a successful and smooth restoration process. 

# 8 Technology and techniques 

A restoration company should not only have the right equipment and technology but also the latest one to ensure that the best care is available to customers. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth has top-of-the-line equipment to restore a property in case of fire, water, or mold damage:

# Moisture detection and measurement equipment such as infrared cameras

# Water extraction equipment like submersible and gas-powered pumps 

# Drying equipment such as industrial grade dehumidifiers

# Odor removal and deodorization like air scrubbers

# Sanitizing agents, germicides, and antimicrobial treatments

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

What Owners Need to Know About Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The team at SERVPRO discusses the importance of fire damage restoration for disaster recovery services in Fort Worth, TX. Experts like SERVPRO will have homes and businesses looking like new after a professional restoration service, no matter the fire or water damage issues that arise.



The CDC reports many dangers after emergencies and flood cleanup, fire, and water restoration companies like SERVPRO are essential to a quick recovery. Following the correct procedure after a fire safeguards the building’s occupants and its structural integrity. It also ensures a better chance that the insurance company will pay for restoration or rebuilding costs. 

Five Do’s and Don’ts of Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup

The SERVPRO team has helped thousands of Fort Worth residents handle disaster and water cleanup operations with quick, effective results. Here are a few words of advice from their building restoration service experts:

#1 DO Take Time Off

Fire recovery is fraught with emotion, and even watching a stress-free commercial cleaning service restore the area can feel overwhelming at times. Many people bottle these feelings, but it is important to take time away from work and daily routines. Until things get back to normal, the aim is to provide calm and professional support and recovery service.

Experienced companies like SERVPRO understand how traumatic a disaster can be to a family or business owner. They reassure clients with top-notch services and a smooth approach to every detail of the operation. If that means conducting an air duct cleaning service or mold remediation at a time that’s most convenient, that is what they do. 

#2 DON’T Be Impatient

Fire and the resulting commercial water damage affect every aspect of the premises, and even the most reliable fire restoration companies can’t fix everything in one day. It helps to have highly-trained restoration specialists, but all fire damage restoration services take some time to address the details. In many cases, fire damage restoration includes extensive work, like water removal, messy water damage, and tedious mold removal. 

These processes take time, but neglecting them is not an option. A poor job in any of these areas will only lead to increased costs in the future. SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration service will assist homeowners every step of the way, and there won’t be a single spot missed in the process.

#3 DO Call The Insurance Company

The sooner the insurance company knows about the fire, the better. In many instances, the insurance company will refer residents to SERVPRO in Fort Worth, Texas. Their services prevent further damage and start the restoration process sooner.

Ask the insurance company:

  • The timetable for addressing water damage
  • How to secure the property
  • How to file a claim
  • Whether they will work with SERVPRO as a reliable fire damage restoration company

#4 DON’T Enter the House Without Permission

Fires leave plenty of toxic chemicals behind, and even a small fire can generate enough carbon monoxide to kill a person. Soot is a secondary issue, causing respiratory distress and blockages around the premises. Homeowners and commercial property owners should not enter the premises or try to retrieve any items without a professional disaster recovery technician on-site.

Fires also result in structural damage, which makes the property unsafe to occupy and unstable to visit or clean. Stay away from the area until the supporting fire restoration companies like SERVPRO indicate that it is safe to be there. 

#5 DO Work with the Experts

A fire damage restoration service makes handling the aftermath of a fire far easier. Every SERVPRO team member understands the anxiety that business and homeowners face and will work to alleviate it. They also work closely with insurance companies to keeping the property owner calm and informed. 


SERVPRO offers decades of experience navigating stressful, messy events with top-quality residential and commercial water damage and fire damage restoration in Benbrook and surrounding areas. Find out more about the SERVPRO fire damage restoration service on Instagram, or call (817) 560 3086, night or day. Alternatively, visit their offices in Fort Worth, TX, 76116.

Find Out Why SERVPRO is a Premier Choice for Post-Disaster Cleanup and Restoration In Fort Worth, TX

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: There’s a reason why SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is a great choice in Texas. Their experts explain how the team can assist with severe post-disaster cleanup and restoration operations that are top-notch in any situation. They also share how comprehensive water, fire, and building restoration service are all that’s needed to erase the damage and leave any property looking like new again. 



If there’s any doubt about why SERVPRO is a top choice for cleanup services, one only needs to look at the costs and effort involved after storms, fires, or floods have ripped through a neighborhood or industrial area. According to the Perryman Group, local residents and business owners could expect to pay over $200 billion in storm damage in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Storm damage brings many challenges, but it is possible to leave the dirty work and physical labor to seasoned professionals, like SERVPRO of West Fort Worth.

Four Reasons Why SERVPRO is One of the Top Building Restoration Service Choices in Texas

A building restoration service handles every aspect of these types of events, and that’s why SERVPRO is one of the premier choices for post-disaster recovery in Fort Worth, Texas. Their technicians have ample experience in flood cleanup, water removal, and air duct cleaning service, which all need attention after floods, fires, or water damage. 

#1 Excellent Resources to Handle Disasters

One reason why SERVPRO handles disaster situations so well is its network. The franchise connections across the state mean ample resources to tackle any job in any location. The professionals are well-equipped to fix commercial water damage or conduct a full home restoration.

All SERVPRO teams have access to additional resources for a rapid and reliable response, no matter the size of the disaster. If recent storms have affected a home’s structure or the resulting water damage needs urgent attention, SERVPRO is on hand to check and repair every detail. 

#2 Highly Trained Teams

Each SERVPRO team consists of specialists who have worked extensively in the disaster recovery field. These teams train to handle projects related to:

  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2010 Nashville Floods
  • 2005 Hurricane Katrina

SERVPRO is at the forefront of disaster recovery daily, allowing the company to perfect its techniques and respond efficiently. These teams handle all aspects of disaster cleanup, including:

  • Air duct cleaning service
  • Mold removal
  • Fire damage restoration service
  • Flood cleanup and water removal
  • Residential and commercial cleaning service, including water cleanup

#3 Quick Responses to Reduce Total Costs

Storms cause massive damages to a building, allowing plenty of water into areas that should be dry. The water needs quick removal to save the structural integrity of the building. Pooling also leads to more expensive and inconvenient problems, like mold growth and corrosion. 

Many businesses and homeowners in the area have had to use mold remediation companies as conditions have deteriorated, but reliable water restoration companies like SERVPRO offer both services as needed. It’s why SERVPRO uses the latest flood cleanup techniques to prevent as much water damage as possible. 

SERVPRO also uses a comprehensive cleaning process to prioritize areas they know will be expensive to replace or restore if not given immediate assistance. The response team knows which surfaces to save and which could be replaced cost-effectively. The result is a shorter restoration period and more reliable results.

#4 Experience with Insurance Companies

Dealing with an insurance company after a disaster is part of the process. That’s why SERVPRO has developed numerous contacts in the industry to make it feel like a smooth and productive collaboration. As one of Azle’s leading disaster and fire restoration companies, SERVPRO works well with any insurance company and enjoys a solid reputation for quality work on-site.

Fort Worth needs a trustworthy company for quick, effective disaster relief, and that’s why SERVPRO is the best choice for storm damage restoration in Texas. For more information about SERVPRO’S outstanding building restoration service, call (817) 560-3086 or visit their offices in Fort Worth, TX 76116. Alternatively, follow them on Instagram.

Frozen and Burst Pipe Water Damage Restoration Explained

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Is there hope for frozen and burst pipes in residential or commercial property? Here’s more information from the water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, Texas.



Every season, the team at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX, sees frozen or burst pipes wreaking havoc on local plumbing systems. Are there solutions for residential and commercial property owners? The water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO discuss the problem in more detail below.

Four Tips for Water Damage Restoration To Handle Frozen and Burst Pipes

Water damage restoration is sometimes the only solution to frozen or burst pipes. Repairs are sometimes complicated by other factors, including inclement weather, but there are a few options on hand. The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, Texas, offer four tips for handling frozen and burst pipes in the area.

#1 What to Do When a Frozen Pipe Bursts

Before calling a commercial cleaning service or one of the local water restoration companies, like SERVPRO, minimize damage caused by a burst pipe with these tips:

  • Shut the water supply. It is a great idea to know where the valve is to the main water supply on the property before an emergency. Turn it off as soon as the leak or freeze issue becomes apparent.
  • Call a water or building restoration service. Water damage restoration is a specialist’s job, and incorrect flood cleanup or mold remediation can result in much bigger problems. It might mean hiring someone for mold removal or extra air duct cleaning service when hidden problems affect the health of the building’s occupants.
  • Mop if it’s safe. Water causes nasty problems, and it might be helpful to assist in preliminary water removal with a bucket or mop while waiting for professional water cleanup. Only do this if it is safe—there should be no electricity or saltwater damages when walking or touch spills. If there’s uncertainty, wait for the water or fire damage restoration service to arrive and keep people away from the area.

#2 How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Weather forecasts are more reliable with modern technology. If a cold front is heading in, the following actions might prevent pipes from freezing:

  • Keep the thermostat above 55 degrees, even in unused rooms.
  • Let warm kitchen air into cabinets by opening doors that can warm the pipes behind them.
  • Open faucets to keep the water slowly circulating through the pipes so that it doesn’t freeze.
  • Turn off the water at the mains before going on vacation.

#3 How to Handle Burst Pipes

Even after precautions, pipes still freeze. However, property owners can do a few things to make these networks less likely to burst. 

  • If pipes freeze, turn the water off at the main connection. 
  • Open working faucets and leave the water running.
  • Open the faucet closest to the frozen pipe and start thawing the ice slowly. For example, lie a heat pack on the part of the pipe closest to the faucet, slowly moving it along the frozen pipe as the ice melts.

#4 Maintenance Projects to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Water and fire restoration companies like SERVPRO see many issues with frozen pipes each winter. However, inexpensive measures might avoid professional water damage restoration. Try these ideas:

    • Regularly check pipes for damage. As pipes age, even metal ones degrade and crack. If there is damage, call SERVPRO immediately—prompt repairs will prevent other issues from arising at the height of the cold weather.
    • Insulate pipes to heat evenly. Stable temperatures make the pipes less vulnerable to changes in the weather that may cause them to expand or contract.
    • Seal gaps where cold air enters. Even a small opening lets in enough air to significantly lower the temperature of a room. 
  • Insulate attics and basement spaces. If water pipes are running through these areas, insulation will prevent residential and commercial water damage from ruining a cozy home or office building.

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is locally owned and yet part of a nationwide water cleanup and property restoration network that has operated since 1967. They offer 24-hour emergency service to residential and commercial property owners in Fort Worth, TX 76116. See the SERVPRO Instagram page for more information or call the team at (817) 560 3086 today.

The Difference Between Extraction and Mitigation Techniques in Water Damage Restoration

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO explain the difference between water extraction and water mitigation, including when each method is necessary and the benefits of proper water damage restoration.

There are many steps in the water damage restoration process, but arguably the most important is water extraction and mitigation. What is the difference between the two, and what role do they play in the water damage restoration process?

The specialists at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX, utilize a comprehensive five-step approach to water damage restoration, including both extraction and mitigation. Here is what they had to say about the difference between these two vital water restoration techniques. 

Water Damage Restoration: The Difference Between Extraction and Mitigation 

#1: Extraction is the first step.

Water extraction is the first step in the water damage restoration process. First, the technician will identify the water source and take steps to prevent further damage if possible, such as turning off the water main or covering broken windows or roof damage. 

Then, they can begin extracting, or removing, the bulk of the water from the space. Even if there isn’t standing water, extraction is still necessary to remove water from absorbent surfaces, such as carpeting.

Only after extraction is complete can mitigation efforts begin. During the mitigation process, humidity levels are brought back to a safe level, and building materials are thoroughly dried. 

#2: Water extraction and mitigation have different purposes.

While both water extraction and water mitigation have a similar goal, they do so on different levels using different tools. Water extraction focuses on removing the majority of the water, while mitigation focuses on reducing any remaining moisture.

Bulk water removal will help prevent additional structural damage. For instance, drywall will absorb water at a rate of about one inch per hour. The faster standing water is removed, the better. On the other hand, reducing moisture helps bring humidity levels down and prevent the growth of mold. 

Mold begins to reproduce in high humidity areas in less than 24 hours, can damage building materials, and can pose health effects.

#3: Each process uses different machines and techniques

Water extraction typically includes two primary tools:

  • Submersible Pumps: In cases of standing water, submersible pumps may be necessary. These gas-powered industrial pumps can pull thousands of gallons of water from a space per hour, feeding it either to a storm drain or transport vehicle.
  • Industrial Wet/Dry Vacuums: For less extensive flooding or after the pumping process, wet vacuums are effective for removing excess water and moisture from flooring and other surfaces. In cases, these systems also pump a cleaning solution to remove moisture and contaminants at the same time. 

Water mitigation involves equipment such as:

  • Industrial Dehumidifiers: These machines work just like a small household dehumidifier but on a much larger scale. Many units can pull more than a gallon of water from the air per hour. 
  • High-Speed Fans: Fans help to evaporate left-over moisture and restore correct humidity levels in the property.
  • Moisture Detectors and Monitoring Equipment:  Specialists use a wide range of advanced tools to locate hidden moisture and continuously monitor the moisture levels of floors and walls throughout the restoration process.

About SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

Efficient water extraction and mitigation are both necessary to have a successful restoration after water damage. Serving Azle, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of West Fort Worth has more than 50 years of experience in the water damage restoration industry. Their professionals can handle everything from water removal to mold remediation.

For more information about water damage restoration in Azle, TX, contact SERVPRO at (817) 560-3086 or visit them on Facebook.



Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd

Ste #106

Fort Worth, TX 76116

www.SERVPROwestfortworth.com/

The Difference Between Flood Damage and Water Damage Claims

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, Texas, give residents advice on storm damage restoration claims and explain the difference between flood damage and water damage coverage.  

Regardless of the cause, dealing with water damage can be a stressful experience for home and business owners. Whether insurance will cover the damage is a common concern, and unfortunately, the answer is not always cut and dry. It depends on the type of coverage and the type of water damage.

The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth have provided quality storm damage clean-up and restoration services to home and business owners in Benbrook and surrounding areas since 1967 and have dealt with insurance policies of all types from every carrier. Here is what they had to say about the difference between water damage and flood insurance.

Storm Damage Restoration Tips: Understanding Flood vs. Water Damage Insurance

Homeowners insurance or commercial property insurance will cover most—but not all—forms of water damage. Flood damage is one example of a type of water damage that these policies won't cover. Instead, insurance companies offer what's often called an add-on, rider, or endorsement for floor coverage at an additional cost. 

Homeowners Insurance or Commercial Property Insurance Coverage

A standard homeowners insurance or commercial property policy will cover water damage if it is sudden and accidental. They will not cover gradual, preventable damage. Here are some examples of water damage insurance typically will cover:

  • Burst pipes and other plumbing system damage
  • Storm damage (excludes flooding)
  • Fire suppression system failure

Examples of situations where the insurance won’t cover water damage:

  • Pipe corrosion or unaddressed plumbing leaks
  • Window and door seal leaks
  • Gradual roof damage
  • Ground seepage

In addition to natural flooding, insurance also won’t cover sewage backups without a policy add-on.

Flood Damage Coverage

Flood damage specifically covers water damage caused by heavy rains, hurricanes, high tides, lake and river overflow, and other types of natural flooding. It will not cover any form of internal flooding, such as plumbing malfunctions or sewerage backups. 

Flood damage coverage is available at a regulated rate via the National Flood Insurance Program. While it is sold by private insurance companies, NFIP flood coverage is administered by the government. Homeowners can choose between two types of coverage:

  • Building coverage covers the structure alone, including the walls, flooring, ceiling, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. Water damage restoration, clean-up, and debris removal are also included. Up to 10% of the policy's maximum coverage amount can also be applied to outbuildings and separate structures on the property (garages, shops, sheds, etc.)
  • Content coverage covers everything within the structure, such as appliances, electronics, clothing, and other personal items. 

Both coverage types have special rules for basements. For instance, in a finished basement, flood insurance may not cover the full cost of the restoration. Personal items stored in a basement are also not covered.  

About SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth specializes in water removal, flood clean-up, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, and commercial cleaning services. They take the time to properly document water and flood damage and help home and business owners with the claims process—including paperwork. 

For more information about flood damage, water damage restoration, or what insurance will cover, call SERVPRO at (817) 560-3086 or visit their Facebook for more information. 

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd

Ste #106

Fort Worth, TX 76116

www.SERVPROwestfortworth.com/

What Business Owners Need to Know About Water Damage Commercial Services and Insurance

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO’s specialists explain the different types of water damage and when property insurance will and won’t cover the restoration process. 

From pipe leaks to widespread flooding, understanding what types of water damage commercial property insurance covers is vital to preventing unnecessary downtime and costs and is particularly useful before the damage has occurred.

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX, is a local leading commercial restoration company. Their team is here not only to help business owners better understand the scope of their property insurance coverage but to offer fairly priced professional restoration services whether insurance covers the project or not. 

A Guide to Commercial Water Damage Services and Insurance Claims

Keeping comprehensive commercial property insurance is one of the most important steps a business owner can take to prepare for the unexpected, and that includes water damage.

Achieving that begins with evaluating the risk of water damage to the property and understanding what coverage is necessary to mitigate those risks. If the unexpected has already happened, determining if the damage will be covered is also crucial for budgeting purposes.

What Commercial Property Insurance Will Not Cover

Most types of water damage excluded from commercial property insurance policies fall under the same category—preventable damage. If the damage was gradual and could have been prevented by regular maintenance or timely action, insurance will not cover it. That includes damage caused by:

  • Door or window seal leaks
  • Unaddressed roof damage
  • Poor plumbing system or appliance maintenance
  • Pipe corrosion
  • Mold and rot
  • Groundwater seepage

Outside of this, commercial property insurance also won’t cover natural flooding or sewage backup damage. However, flood or water backup insurance can be purchased separately. 

Water Damage Covered by Commercial Property Insurance

Commercial property insurance will cover any water damage that is sudden or accidental. This includes the most common types of water damage, such as:

  • Storm damage (but not flooding)
  • Burst pipes or other sudden plumbing system failures
  • Failed fire suppression systems
  • Utility failures that result in plumbing damage (some exclusions apply)

Avoiding a Water Damage Claim Denial

Because coverage often hinges on whether the damage was preventable and gradual or sudden and accidental, properly documenting the water damage and its source is vital to claim approval. 

A commercial water damage restoration company will be invaluable in this regard, as they have the experience to understand what insurance adjusters are looking for to determine whether the damage was preventable.

Beginning the water damage restoration process as quickly as possible is also crucial to avoid additional damage, such as mold. Even if insurance covers the initial water damage, it may not cover any damage caused afterward by a failure to act in a timely manner. It only takes mold spores 24 – 48 hours to begin to reproduce in damp conditions. 

About SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX, has provided comprehensive commercial water damage restoration services in North Texas for over half a century. With the resources of a major national franchise at their back, they can handle restoration projects of all sizes. 

In addition to water damage restoration, they also offer a range of other commercial services such as fire and storm damage restoration, mold remediation, and cleaning services. For more information, contact SERVPRO at (817) 560-3086 or follow them on Facebook for the latest industry news.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd

Ste #106

Fort Worth, TX 76116

www.SERVPROwestfortworth.com/

4 Things to Look for When Hiring Commercial Restoration Contractors: A Guide to Commercial Services

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth lay out four things to look for when enlisting the help of a commercial restoration company to clean up fire and water damage.




SERVPRO first started restoring commercial buildings in 1967. For decades, the company has served as the first name to call when a property suffers fire or water damage. As the most trusted brand in the commercial services business, SERVPRO now provides professional restoration services in over 1,700 locations across the United States and Canada. 

The restoration experts at SERVPRO know all too well how fire and water damage can cause chaos in your life, impeding the rational selection of a reputable commercial services company. That’s why the friendly team at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth curated a list of things to look for when hiring commercial restoration contractors.

4 Things to Look for in a Commercial Restoration Contractor

#1: Credible Website

In the digital age, the first step in your path to finding reliable water and fire damage restoration services is to peruse company websites. The website should look professional, and you should be able to find plenty of information about the company, like reviews, certifications, a complete list of services, and more. 

Seeing a full list of services is particularly helpful. Opting for a company that offers fire and water restoration-related services, like mold removal and air duct cleaning, is beneficial as you can cover all your bases with one contractor. 

#2: Licensing

Commercial building owners who hire unlicensed fire and water restoration companies risk doing additional damage to their properties. It’s vital to hire certified experts in water cleanup and mold removal to avoid lingering problems in the future. 

Look for a company that only hires professionals with the following certifications, among others:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WDT)

#3: References

All high-quality water and fire restoration companies can provide good references upon request. Some businesses that provide commercial cleaning services even keep detailed portfolios of past projects. Don’t be afraid to ask for references when approaching a company that offers commercial services.

Here are some examples of questions you can ask water, fire, and mold remediation companies:

  • Can you provide work samples?
  • How is your company’s safety record?
  • Is your company fully insured?

Treat these questions as a screening process to narrow down your pool of options. Once you have a shortlist, you can dig deeper into the company’s project history. 

#4: Experience

It should go without saying that if you’re facing fire, water, or mold damage, you don’t want to gamble on a company that’s new to the game. Commercial services represent a specialized field that requires extensive education, training, and experience.

You want a company that has a long track record of proven success—preferably restoring buildings similar to yours with similar damage. For instance, if you have a multi-floor office building, a contractor who has only worked on residential spaces might not be up to the task. Crew size may also play a factor in that regard.

Want to know more? Contact SERVPRO for more information about building restoration services in Fort Worth, TX

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

P: (817) 560-3086

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

Debunking the Top 4 Myths and Misconceptions About Water Damage Restoration

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO water damage restoration specialists offer residents of Fort Worth, Texas, information on 4 water damage myths and detail the benefits of their restoration assistance. 

Common Water Damage Restoration Myths Debunked

Myth #1: There’s no need to rush water damage restoration 

Homeowners may think that once the water has dried after a flood, there’s no damage left behind. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. While the walls and floors may appear to be dry, that doesn’t mean there’s no flood damage hidden behind or underneath surfaces. Mold can grow quickly, leading to a much bigger expense. It’s important to reach out to a trusted water damage restoration company as soon as possible.

SERVPRO professionals are trained to check for signs of water damage. They’re readily available to catch the window of opportunity before mold starts to grow. If mold is spotted, SERVPRO certified technicians can begin the mold removal process to make your home safe again! 

Myth #2: Insurance won’t cover the damages

After a flood, many property owners may assume that their insurance company won’t cover the cost of damages. However, in most cases, insurance policies will cover some or all of the damages! Every flood looks different, so it depends on your situation and your particular insurance policy. 

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX, works with your insurance and can help you make an insurance claim, quickly and easily.  

Myth #3: I’ll just rent some equipment; I don’t need a professional

While water cleanup equipment can be rented for a reasonable price, these machines are often cumbersome and difficult to use without the proper training. Water cleanup is a task best left to professionals who know how to effectively operate cleaning equipment. Water tends to spread quickly behind walls and under floorboards. That’s why turning water damage restoration into a “do-it-yourself” project isn’t such a good idea. 

SERVPRO technicians have the experience it takes to find all of the hidden water damage through the use of high-end technology, including moisture detection, water extraction, and drying equipment, as well as odor removal. SERVPRO professionals can ensure a speedy and thorough restoration process.

Myth #4: The carpet is unsalvageable

When faced with flood damage, many homeowners assume the carpet will need to be replaced. The truth, however, is that your carpet can be salvaged. The first step to take is to contact your local water damage specialists, like SERVPRO, to assess the damage to your carpet. Assuming the damage isn’t too bad, restoration technicians can begin the process of methodically drying and cleaning your carpet, making it usable once again.

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is the trusted company of Benbrook, TX to provide professional cleaning and restoration of your carpet and other parts of your damaged property.  

About the Company: 

SERVPRO is the top choice for water and fire damage restoration in the 76116 area. They specialize in the restoration and cleanup of commercial and residential properties. SERVPRO technicians are also certified in mold remediation and removal, as well as air duct cleaning, so think of them as your go-to source for home maintenance. Their goal is to make your living space comfortable for you once again. The SERVPRO team responds quickly to assess and clean up damage to prevent secondary loss. 

Call (817) 560-3086 now for a free quote, or go to SERVPRO of West Fort Worth for more information. 

How to Help Your Business Bounce Back After Fire Damage Restoration

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO offers four helpful, step-by-step ways for businesses to bounce back after being affected by fire damage.


How to Help Your Business Bounce Back After Fire Damage Restoration

Fire is a tragedy for any business, but there are proven steps that can be taken to ensure a smooth recovery process and proper fire damage restoration.

#1: Contact the Insurance Company ASAP

When fire damage affects a business, the first thing that needs to be done is contacting the insurance company. Filing claims and assessing damage can be a lengthy process, so it is best to get started as soon as possible. This will help avoid delays, meet deadlines, and schedule a prompt appointment with an insurance adjuster.

Furthermore, it is important to make sure that a copy of the insurance policy is available. Familiarize yourself with the details and inclusions of the policy as you move forward through the claims process.

#2: Gather All Necessary Documentation

According to the Insurance Information Institute, businesses in the US suffered over 4.3 billion dollars in property losses from fire damage in 2019 alone. Therefore, documenting the damage to the property is extremely important. Doing so will give the business its best chance at recovering any significant property loss.

Use multiple methods to document the damage, including photos, videos, and detailed written descriptions. Proper documentation will offer the best chance of recuperating the losses.

In addition to recording damage, here are a few other documents that should be gathered:

  • Copy of the fire report
  • Receipts documenting the fire damage restoration costs
  • Inventory lists to ensure no damage or losses get overlooked

#3: Salvage and Remove Undamaged Property

Once all the damaged items are documented, it is important to remove or secure items remaining inside the building to avoid any further damage. 

Electronics, equipment, and other expensive items are particularly susceptible to further loss. The business and property are often exposed after fire damage, which could allow thieves to steal anything valuable left behind.

Furthermore, it’s likely that the business will have been affected by the soot, debris, and smoke left in the fire’s wake. This can lead to unexpected damage to the property long after the fire has gone out. Therefore, it’s important to remove any important items that can be damaged by these factors as soon as possible.

#4: Begin Fire Damage Restoration and Repair

The final step is restoring the business to its original condition. Choose a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of West Fort Worth who can repair the damage quickly and help restore the property from start to finish.

Here is what to expect during the fire damage restoration process:

  • Step 1: Speak with the local repair and restoration contractor. Contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth.
  • Step 2: Bring in restoration professionals for inspection and damage assessment.
  • Step 3: These experts will secure the property from further damage, which may include boarding up windows and tarping damaged roofs.
  • Step 4: Immediate water cleanup will remove any water left behind from extinguishing the fire. 
  • Step 5: The restoration team will remove soot and smoke from all surfaces, including walls and ceilings.
  • Step 6: The property will be cleaned and sanitized. Also, harmful odors will be neutralized and removed.
  • Step 7: Bring the business back to its pre-fire condition and reopen as quickly as possible. This process can include painting, reflooring, and other repairs.

Why SERVPRO?

Call for 24-hour service at (817) 560-3086.

How Investing in a Commercial Cleaning Service Ensures Safety and Saves Money

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of West Fort Worth explains several services offered by a commercial cleaning service with restoration experience beyond traditional office cleaning. Disasters that could affect the health of a company's employees and customers are best left to professionals with biohazard, mold, or chemical training. Using an outside service not only ensures a safe cleanup, but it also has the potential to save the business money.

What Do Commercial Cleaning Services Offer?

As a Fort Worth, TX, business owner, you understand the necessity of a clean and professional-looking workspace. Not only does a clean, mold-free building ensure the safety of your customers and employees, it also gives a confident first impression. But is it worth hiring a commercial cleaning service? Absolutely, and this is why.

Time is money. The less time you or your employees have to spend cleaning, the more time you can spend on jobs that really matter. By working with a commercial cleaning service, you can focus on jobs that bring in income and offset cleaning costs. Trying to handle heavy jobs like water cleanup and mold removal on your own can mean having to repeat the process down the line.

Commercial building restoration presents challenges that a traditional cleaning service can't manage. It's essential to hire a company possessing resources, training, and experience with larger disasters. Water removal and fire restoration companies go beyond what a janitorial cleaning crew can handle by offering the services below.

HVAC and Air Duct Cleaning Service

A poorly working ventilation system can cause high energy bills and potential mold growth. The older an HVAC system is, the more likely it is to circulate the following contaminants:

  • Dirt and debris
  • Strong odors
  • Pollen
  • Dust

Having the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system serviced provides cleaner air for you and your customers, and it can also save you money. There is nothing worse than having to shut your whole business down to clean up a problem that's making your clients and employees ill. Inspections can also extend your HVAC unit's life, reducing the cost of repairs and how often replacement is needed.

Upholstery and Carpet Cleaning Service

Even high-quality furniture and carpeting will eventually soil. Hiring a commercial cleaning service to maintain your investments can prevent buildups of hair, gases, dirt, and dust. Preventative actions include:

  • Limiting soil tracking by using walk-off mats
  • Moving furniture to create new foot traffic patterns
  • Spot Removal
  • Vacuuming
  • Pilating a carpet to prevent matting

Business cleaning services also offer deep carpet cleaning to remove saturated dirt that could damage your carpet. It is recommended that you have this done at least once a year.

Deodorization and Odor Removal Service

Odors can come from any number of sources both outside and inside your building. For a persistent or severe odor problem, shortcuts like masking won't work. Water restoration companies train employees to identify and eliminate bad smells using various techniques and products for lasting results.

COVID-19 Cleaning Service

The Coronavirus pandemic has created extra challenges and considerations for Fort Worth, Texas, business owners. As the virus continues to change, you need a professional cleaning service familiar with handling hazardous cleanups. A building restoration service can provide a higher cleaning standard that meets the local authorities' and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements.

Using a professional commercial cleaning service to manage major cleanups is the best way to get the job done quickly and efficiently. While it may be tempting to do the job yourself, without professional training, you could create a larger problem down the line. Save yourself time, money, and aggravation by hiring a company that can ensure the proper results.

About the Company

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth specializes in commercial and residential cleanup and restoration. Whether you've had a COVID outbreak, need help with flood cleanup, or require fire damage restoration, the SERVPRO staff has the necessary training and experience for the job. To schedule service for your company or home in the 76116 Fort Worth, TX, area, call SERVPRO 24/7 at (817) 560-3086.

Top Reasons Why Hiring a Specialized Cleaning Services is Necessary in a Time of COVID

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of West Fort Worth explains the parameters and benefits of specialized cleaning to address the particular need for safety in the COVID era

SERVPRO is a professional cleaning company that offers residential and commercial cleaning, biohazard decontamination, and post-disaster emergency cleanup services. Our staff has extensive training and experience in all specialized cleaning industry standards. We respect your property, maintain your privacy, and provide reliable service.

Why SERVPRO?

Professional COVID Cleaning Service

In the COVID-19 era, janitorial services and carpet cleaning are no longer enough. You want an extensive cleaning program that focuses on pathogen elimination. SERVPRO’s higher standard of clean wipes out viral pathogens and helps ensure the safety and hygiene of businesses, restaurants, and all public facilities.

Our professional team adheres strictly to all CDC decontamination and cleaning standards. SERVPRO employs qualified technicians with AMRT, WRT, and ASD certifications.

Advanced Technology, Higher Standards

SERVPRO is committed to keeping up with the most advanced cleaning and decontamination technologies. We are constantly revising and updating our methods and equipment to make sure you receive the highest standard of service.

During this challenging time, SERVPRO’s professionals are prepared to clean and sanitize your home, business, or public facility according to CDC protocols.

Our procedures include:

  •       Porous and non-porous surface cleanup
  •       Surface disinfection
  •       Equipment cleaning and disinfection
  •       Waste disposal

Per CDC guidelines, we emphasize cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, including tabletops, counters, doorknobs, stair handrails, toilet and bathroom fixtures, light switches, keyboards, tablets, and phones.

We pay especially close attention to communal areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, offices, water fountains, retail spaces, and elevators.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

At SERVPRO, we are committed to helping communities get back to normal with confidence. SERVPRO responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned service.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a thorough defensive pathogen-focused cleaning program based on 3 Cs:

  •       Consult: We offer an individually tailored cleaning program that suits the needs of your facility.
  •       Clean: Following your personalized program, we perform an expert deep clean using hospital-grade, EPA-approved cleaning solutions and following CDC protocols.
  •       Certify: Once our cleaning program is complete, we will conduct a thorough check and issue a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield for your business. When visitors see the SERVPRO shield on your front window, they can walk in with confidence, knowing that your facility works with the top professionals in cleaning and decontamination.

SERVPRO: A Cleaning Company You Can Trust

When searching for a cleaning company, you’ll want to check its local reputation and read customer reviews.

SERVPRO has been operating since 1967. We have passed the test of time thanks to our professional standards and commitment to prioritizing our clients above all else. We invite you to read what our clients have to say about working with SERVPRO.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

Based in West Fort Worth, TX, SERVPRO is a locally owned, locally operated company ready to respond to your needs on short notice. At the same time, we belong to a national network comprised of over 1,700 franchises, giving us access to extensive resources and enabling us to handle large cleaning projects. SERVPRO sets a nationwide service standard for cleaning, safety, and biohazard elimination.

For Superior Cleaning and COVID Safety, Contact SERVPRO

Want your business or facility to be 100% clean and pathogen-free? Ensure the health and safety of your staff, clients, and visitors with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. We are proud to serve the communities of Fort Worth, Lake Worth, Benbrook, Azle, Lakeside, Pelican Bay, Westworth Village, and White Settlement.

Call us at (817) 560-3086 or fill out our online form, and SERVPRO’s team will soon arrive on the premises to clean and decontaminate your facility.

4 Things to Expect During the Storm Damage Repair and Restoration Process

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Fort Worth, TX, has seen the effects of harsh storms in our area. From water cleanup to fire restoration, the team explains what to expect from a professional storm damage repair service.

Residents of Fort Worth, Texas, have a high chance of encountering tornadoes, floods, lightning strikes, and hurricanes. Although most homes and businesses are built to weather powerful storms, nature can destroy even the sturdiest construction. When a building is hit with water, mold, or fire damage, a professional storm damage repair company like SERVPRO of West Fort worth can quickly restore the structure.

SERVPRO has a certified response team ready to react to any disaster in the Lake Worth and Benbrook areas 24 hours a day and seven days a week. As a well-respected building restoration service, SERVPRO’s huge team of storm damage repair specialists can take on jobs that might overwhelm other storm damage repair companies. 

As one of the most trusted water restoration companies, SERVPRO offers the following tips on responding and what to expect after a home or business suffers storm damage. 

1. Water Removal and Water Cleanup

In most cases, storm damage results in water damage, either through weather-related leaks or flooding from pipes. Water damage can lead to serious health and structural issues, so it's essential to get water clean up following a storm immediately. 

Water restoration companies like SERVPRO have the experience and equipment to tackle water damage and flood cleanup before it damages a building beyond repair. 

Within minutes, water can saturate carpeting, furniture, and belongings. If left untreated for even a few days, it can promote rapid mold and mildew growth, break down drywall, and create a toxic environment. These are some of the reasons it’s essential to contact SERVPRO immediately after storm damage.

Water restoration companies provide the following services to identify and remove water damage:

  • Inspect the building to identify the extent of water damage
  • Employ powerful pumps and vacuums to eliminate standing water
  • Use industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry the building thoroughly
  • Provide professional cleaning to sanitize the environment and remove odors
  • Repair and restore areas of the building suffering from water damage 

2. Mold Removal 

Mold, which needs moisture to grow, is one of the most dangerous consequences of storm damage. This bacteria grows quickly—often within a day after a flood or leak—and can cause health effects if not detected early. Mold remediation companies like SERVPRO are experts at mold removal. 

Following storm damage, the mold remediation team will:

  • Eliminate the source of moisture causing mold growth
  • Identify and remove mold and mold-infested materials
  • Employ a powerful air filtration system to remove tiny mold spores from the atmosphere
  • Sanitize mold-infected materials and areas
  • Repair and restore areas damaged by mold

3. Fire Damage Restoration

Occasionally, storm damage can cause a building fire. Not only will the flames ruin parts of the structure, but smoke damage will leave other areas stained and unusable. If the fire department responds or your sprinklers kick on, you will also have considerable water damage.

Fire restoration companies like SERVPRO can take care of everything from board-up and tarp service to eliminating smoke odors and reconstruction. Your cleanup company can work directly with an insurance provider to expedite the fire damage restoration service.

4. Commercial Storm Repair and Clean Up

Often businesses suffer additional complications following storm damage. In addition to the services listed above, SERVPRO’s commercial cleaning service gets businesses up and running after a disaster by offering:

  • Commercial water damage cleanup and repair
  • Air duct cleaning service
  • Biohazard and sewage cleanup

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO is one of Texas’ leading water, mold, and fire restoration companies. For rapid storm damage repair, contact SERVPRO at 817-560-3086. Their offices are located at 8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116.

Preparing For Winter Storms

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

The last thing you want to be taking care of this winter is frozen pipes or other issues that come with the cold weather, and preparing for winter storms and all their rain, sleet, and snow is a good way to keep those scenarios far away. In anticipation of subpar weather this winter, follow these 6 tips to prepare for winter storms:

  1. Install weather stripping. 

Weatherstripping consists of sealing your doors and windows with material around the cracks to keep the cold air outside and the interior temperature regulated. Without weatherstripping, it’s easy for cold air, snow, and water to seep in through the cracks around your windows and doors, which makes your house chillier and also introduces potential mold growth. Adding weather stripping can keep the warm air inside your house while keeping cold air out, which also cuts down on your energy bill!

  1. Invest in a generator.

Especially if you have a business that people come to in-person, investing in a generator is a smart decision. This is particularly true if you have refrigerators or food storage of any kind on-site that will spoil if the power goes out. Winter storms often bring wind and precipitation, and these can down power lines at a moment’s notice. Having a generator to kick in just in case will help prevent any damage from going down if the lights and heat go out. 

  1. Keep blankets or other heat sources in storage.

If the power goes out, that also means your heat goes with it. To prepare for this, it’s a good idea to have extra blankets, coats, dry firewood for your wood-burning stove (if you have one), and an emergency phone charger that doesn’t require electricity to power up your phone even if the rest of your power is out.

  1. Identify where your garage door’s manual release lever is located.

Since winter storms can cause power outages, it’s smart to educate yourself on where your garage door’s manual release lever is located so you can still leave your house if the electric garage door isn’t working. 

  1. Open your cabinet doors to allow warm air to insulate your pipes.

On particularly cold days, it’s not a bad idea to leave your cabinet doors open under your sinks to allow warm air to circulate and insulate your pipes. Frozen pipes are a recipe for disaster, and it’s best to prevent them if at all possible.

  1. Stay off the roads as much as possible.

Winter storms bring ice, sleet, rain, snow, and wind, and all of these elements can spell danger on the roads. It’s best to stay at home and minimize your time on the roads during winter storms until all the precipitation is cleared.

Take a walk around your house and make sure you’re prepared for the winter storms that are inevitably coming your way! If you experience any winter storm damage, you can reach SERVPRO of West Fort Worth at (817) 560-3086. 

We Are Experts in Biohazard Commercial Cleaning

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues without a definite end date, many businesses are being more vigilant than ever in taking health and safety precautions. Has your business been exposed to someone with the virus? If you are looking for professionals to help you decontaminate your business from COVID-19 or any other biohazards like medical waste, blood, sewage, or bacteria, look no further than SERVPRO of West Fort Worth. We have over 30 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and contamination, which is a testament to your ability to trust us to safely remove any biohazards from your commercial properties.

Our biohazard team is trained in professional cleanup and recovery services for COVID-19 decontamination as well as chemical spills, blood cleanup, crime scene residues, and more. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting any area or building that has biohazards present, we also deodorize the area to ensure it doesn’t leave any unpleasant smells or health risks in the air as well as removing the actual biohazards.

For COVID-19 cleaning specifically, we offer a defensive pathogen cleaning program called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned that far surpasses standard janitorial cleaning with proactive viral pathogen cleaning procedures in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. 

For each Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned client, we create a tailor-made cleaning program for the unique needs of their facility, initiate a deep clean with our proprietary EPA-approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions in adherence to CDC standards, and leave a shield on your window or door to assure your customers or clients recognize and feel safe as a result of the cleaning procedures that have taken place at your facility.

In the event that you need someone to clean your commercial buildings or properties’ premises after COVID-19 or other biohazard exposure, dial (817) 560-3086. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth would be more than happy to assist you in returning your property to its former, safe, clean, and healthy state.

How Can I Get My Texas Home Cleaned Up After a Fire

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO Team Can Arrive Quickly to Your Texas Residences for Cleaning and Restoration Following a Fire

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident in Texas is one of the considerable challenges to making these disasters “Like it never even happened.” Without adequate and thorough cleaning and restoration practices implemented at the right times, surfaces and contents could suffer irreparable damages. Discarding materials and reinstalling them can be an unnecessary cost when our SERVPRO professionals can get to work quickly on the recovery steps required.

Effective cleaning and restoration after fire damage to North Texas homes begin with a fast and confident response. Because our technicians stay prepared to answer the call 24/7, we can often reach damaged addresses while there is still time and opportunity to protect many of the surfaces and exposed contents. Entrusting your home to responding technicians can often make the return to preloss condition more efficient and cost-effective.

What is Debris Removal?

Among the first steps in cleaning and restoring your fire-damaged home is debris removal. This process is one of the emergency services that our professionals offer and can help our technicians to gain control of an increasingly difficult situation. Shoveling out piles of ash and charred remnants of materials can help in many ways. Some advantages of beginning debris removal or muck-out for your home include:
    •    Reduces the concentration of soot
    •    Makes odors less intense
    •    Allows our professionals to inspect the property better

Is Soot Dangerous to Be Around?

Soot can be one of the most challenging obstacles for responding technicians, as this residue can react differently with each of the materials that it becomes exposed to after a fire. Also, the presence of soot can present health concerns for those in direct contact, which requires our professionals always to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment. From Tyvek suits to gloves and respirators, we can protect our cleaning team and eliminate cross-contamination with other areas of your house. The primary concerns about soot include:

    •    Acidic Nature – Because soot has an acidic base to its composition, its presence in a layer resting on organic surfaces can have a destructive effect. When residue goes prolonged periods without getting removed, it can mar or stain surfaces underneath it.
    •    Microscopic Particles – the size of soot particles is also an alarming concern because these microscopic particulates can get easily inhaled and travel deep into the lungs.
    •    High Concentrations – Circulating soot in the environment can present hazards like unclean breathing air and more substantial concentrations of soot residues on exposed surfaces.

How Can Residues Like Soot Get Cleaned?

Removing soot and smoke residues from the house requires several approaches and potent cleaning products. The best approach and technique to remove soot damage in the house gets determined often during the initial assessment and evaluation of the property following a fire loss. Our project manager can walk through the damaged building to begin cataloging loss and noting wherever soot removal techniques are necessary. These might include:

    •    Chemical Solvents – Emulsification can be an excellent method for removing oily soils from surfaces, and many of our chemical solvents can also have a positive effect on present soot damage. Pretesting is a way to determine what potent products are the best choice for the affected material.
    •    Soda/Media Blasting – Using a high-pressure output, soda, and media blasting equipment can help to restore the surface of a damaged structural element by eliminating soot without destroying the construction material beneath it.
    •    Controlled Demolition – There are some situations where material removal might be the only suitable solution. If soot has stained or marred a surface or item, our in-house contractors can remove only the damaged portions to make build back and reconstruction as efficient as possible.

What If Contents in My House Get Soot-Damaged?

Your belongings are just as susceptible and sensitive to soot exposure and damage as the construction materials used in your home. While you might not have the time to relocate everything of value or significance, our SERVPRO professionals can work on content management beginning as soon as we arrive. From on-site cleaning and relocation efforts to more intricate cleaning practices that can happen in our nearby facility and warehouse, we can improve the look and feel of damaged items efficiently.

Fires can be highly destructive to your home, especially surfaces battling the presence of soot and other residues. Addressing these concerns can involve multiple strategies, including surface cleaning, media blasting, and controlled demolition. No matter what your home needs, you can count on our SERVPRO of West Fort Worth team to help by calling (817) 560-3086.

Immediate Steps to Take After a Basement Flood and How Water Damage Remediation Will Help

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Basement flooding can lead to severe problems in any building, and property owners only have a short time to remedy the situation with the help of water restoration companies. Learn about how water damage can affect basements and the immediate steps to take before other remediation efforts from the professionals at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX. 


Immediate Steps to Take After Basement Flood and Water Damage Remediation

Whether your basement floods from a plumbing leak, fire suppression efforts, or an act of nature, unless you take prompt action, water damage can cause severe structural damages to the building and problems that can affect your health.

Understanding how basements flood and the types of water damage they cause will help you protect your home or business from unfortunate situations. It’s also necessary to learn how water damage restoration companies can bring your basement back to its original condition. Here, the experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth explain these topics in detail. 

Water Damage Risks from Basement Flooding

Water can get into your basement in four ways:

  1. Through the drainage system or sump
  2. Through cracks in the wall or floor
  3. Through entry points like windows and doors
  4. Through sewer lines under the house

Most people use their basement for storage unless they transform it into a room for daily use. With flooding, personal property like appliances, furniture, garments, and heirlooms are susceptible to irreparable damage.

Water damage can also affect flooring, drywall, and paint. Intense flooding around the house can weaken your foundation, which is where the basement sits, causing a visible shift to the building’s structure. Examples of shifting include gaps between walls and the ceiling or cracks in the floor.

Steps to Take Immediately After Your Basement Floods

Even a minor flood can rack up tens of thousands in repair costs, and the expenses go higher the longer you put off flood cleanup efforts. If you’re unsure what to do if your basement has rising water levels, stay out of the basement, and follow these steps.

  • Turn Off Power

Water and electricity create a dangerous situation. If your circuit breaker is in another room, turn it off immediately to stop electricity from flowing into your home. If the breaker is in the basement, do not enter the room, and call an electrician. 

  • Arrange for Water Removal and Cleanup

The longer water stays in the basement, the more water damage you will have. If you have more than a foot of water in the room, you may not be able to remove it all yourself, so reach out to water restoration companies who offer water removal and flood cleanup services, such as SERVPRO of Fort Worth. These experts will quickly rid the basement of water and proceed with drying efforts. 

Once they remove the water, they will use high-powered fans and blowers to dry every surface within the basement thoroughly. Neglecting this step can lead to further damages, including mold growth.

  • Prevent Mold Growth

Mold flourishes in dark, damp locations, and inhaling their spores can cause respiratory illnesses. Mold will start growing within 24 to 48 hours after a flood, so you may need to contact mold remediation companies for mold removal. Some water restoration companies offer the service.

  • Contact a Building Restoration Service

Building restoration includes water damage cleanup and restores your salvageable personal belongings and property. This professional service includes everything from flooring repair to furniture drying and restoration, typically necessary after a flood.

Water Damage Remediation Tips

After your basement floods and your water damage remediation efforts are complete, you should actively prevent the problem from occurring again to save time and money on repairs and replacements. One way to ensure that the remediation efforts remain effective is to schedule an occasional basement inspection and check for signs of moisture, mold, and other damages.

Another way to prevent another basement flood is with basement waterproofing. This process seals gaps, cracks, holes, and other openings within the foundation to prevent water from seeping into the area. Interior basement waterproofing is highly effective. Exterior waterproofing is ideal for maximum results, but only if you are willing to excavate the land around the house to access outdoor basement walls.

Why SERVPRO

For years, the experts at SERVPRO have been serving residential and commercial clients throughout the Fort Worth, Texas, area. As a leading water and building restoration company, their trained technicians offer various top-quality services, including fire damage restoration, water removal, and professional cleaning. 

To learn more about how they can mitigate basement water damage, call (817) 560-3086 or follow them on Facebook for their latest news and updates.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

P: (817) 560-3086

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd

Ste #106

Fort Worth, TX 76116

Fire Fighters Have Put Out the Flames on My Property. What Do I Do About the Fire Damage?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Talk to SERVPRO Experts in Texas to Help You Perform Fire Damage Restoration on Your Property.

Fire is a terrifying disaster that property owners can experience. Even after putting out the flames, the smoke residues may continue to destroy the valuable items and building materials in your Texas property. Fortunately, when you contact SERVPRO technicians within 48 hours, we can inspect your property and restore it to its former glory.

What are some of the dangers of fire damage?

If you delay fire damage restoration in your Texas property, secondary damage may begin to occur. Smoke residues, soot, and the water used to fight the flames can significantly ruin your home. Water can cause your wooden floor to bend and warp. It may also weaken structures such as support beams and lead to mold growth. 

The structures become vulnerable and can collapse since they cannot hold the weight. This can lead to severe injuries to the property’s residents.

How do you determine the severity of the damage?

Our team of restorers has certifications from the IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification to conduct fire damage restoration. We use cutting-edge techniques and advanced equipment and tools that effectively handle fire loss incidents of any magnitude. To determine the intensity of fire damage in your property, we: 

Inspect the property for smoke and soot damage

Use a dry-cleaning sponge to locate the affected areas.

Use wood crème paste to test wood furniture with a heavy concentration of soot.

Inspect the HVAC unit and ducts for odors, damage, and contamination. 

Once SERVPRO technicians get to your property, we begin mitigating the fire damage immediately to prevent substantial repair costs. Our restorers can remove valuable items from the affected area to access every corner of your property. We can keep you informed during every step of the mitigation and restoration process. 

How do you clean the affected property?

Cleaning the affected area helps in removing odors. Our highly trained technicians can use various techniques and cleaning agents depending on the surface. We can use a liquid crème cleaner such as stain scrub, a mild abrasive product to clean surfaces made of stainless steel like kitchen appliances. 

After the cleaning process is complete, the charcoal-like odor may persist. We can use several air scrubbers to remove the odors depending on the size of the affected area. The units pass the contaminated air through filters, which remove 99.99 percent of particles. The machines release clean air into the property. 

After a fire loss, contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth at (817) 560-3086 immediately to mitigate the fire damage. We can quickly restore your property to its pre-damaged state. "Like it never even happened." 

What to Expect During a Fire Damage Restoration Process

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Dealing with a fire is an overwhelming experience, and much of the stress occurs after the flames are out. A fire damage restoration service can restore your residential or commercial property once the fire is over, which SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX, explains in detail below.

What to Expect During a Fire Damage Restoration Process

A fire in your home or business can lead to extreme loss, resulting in expensive repairs and replacements. Fire damage restoration is a process that occurs after firefighters extinguish the flames to ensure that the residence or business returns to its pre-fire state. 

If you are experiencing this issue for the first time, you want to know how the process works. To provide a better understanding of what to expect during this time, the experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth explain a typical restoration procedure.

Confirmation That Property Is Stable

Before any remediation professional enters a dwelling after a fire, they must confirm that the building is structurally sound enough to enter by checking for exterior compromising damages like foundation cracks.

Damage Assessment

Once inside the building, the restoration team will inspect the damage and determine its extent. These experts will check the ceiling, the floor, and everything in between. Fire damage restoration professionals understand what to look for to ensure a complete assessment.

Water removal

Firefighters often use excessive amounts of water to put out a blaze, which usually leads to water damage and flooding. The fire damage restoration technicians will use commercial blowers and dehumidifiers to get rid of the remaining moisture. For baseboards, flooring, padding, and insulation that are unsalvageable, the team will safely dispose of them.

Water removal and complete drying of all surfaces are necessary to prevent high levels of mold growth, which may require the assistance of mold remediation companies for inspection and removal. 

Remove Soot, Clean, and Sanitize

One of the most dangerous aspects of dealing with the aftermath of a fire is the soot. Smoke damage can spread throughout the entire building, even in areas that didn’t have flames. Fire restoration companies use specialized equipment to remove traces of smoke and soot safely from the premises. They may also offer an air duct cleaning service to ensure that residents breathe fresh air.

Once soot and water cleanup is complete, the restoration team will clean all salvable flooring and upholstery to remove smells. They will also use special equipment like foggers and air scrubbers to disinfect and sanitize all remaining surfaces that contain fire, smoke, and water damage. 

Make Repairs and Renovations

As the final step in the fire damage restoration process, the team will carefully repair damaged ceilings, walls, and flooring. They may apply a sealant to mask the charred odor on unfinished wood surfaces, but they can fully repair finished wood by stripping, sanding, and refinishing the surface. 

The team will reconstruct the room to its pre-fire condition by shampooing or installing carpets, installing new drywall, and washing fabrics. This step in the process is an excellent time to seek renovation services, which a fire damage restoration company may offer.  They can make the room look like new, even if it means you have to replace furniture and personal belongings that have too much damage.

Why SERVPRO

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the top fire restoration companies in the area. They offer a residential and commercial cleaning service, including flood cleanup, soot and odor control, sanitation, mold removal, and a building restoration service to repair flooring, walls, furniture, and personal belongings. 

To learn more about their fire damage restoration service, call (817) 560-3086 or follow them on Facebook for their latest news.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

P: (817) 560-3086

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd

Ste #106

Fort Worth, TX 76116

Why SERVPRO Sets the Bar for Other Companies

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: A mold remediation company should be reliable and have a positive reputation in the community for you to consider hiring it for work on your home. Viewing a company’s certifications is essential to ensure that the services you receive will be the quality that you desire. The team at SERVPRO in Fort Worth, Texas, contains qualified technicians with AMRT, ASD, and WRT certifications. Homeowners nationwide respect SERVPRO for its services in mold remediation, water removal, fire damage restoration, and more.

Why SERVPRO Sets the Bar for Other Companies

You may be wondering why SERVPRO is the company that residents in Fort Worth, TX, trust with mold removal, fire damage restoration service, building restoration service, air duct cleaning service, and water removal. No matter what situation you find your home in, the SERVPRO team is ready to restore it to its proper state. 

SERVPRO aims to be the company that you can turn to when your home is in need. Other mold remediation companies might occupy your residence for days, but with SERVPRO, you can expect fast and high-quality service. 

What You Should Look for in a Mold Remediation Company

When you’re searching for a mold remediation company after experiencing water damage or flood cleanup, the most important factor should be certification. Mold is hazardous to the health of any individuals that live in its vicinity. Choose an expert with proven experience in eliminating mold from homes.

Many positive testimonies and reviews can be another sign of a reliable mold remediation company. When a company has impressed a client enough to leave unprompted feedback, this is a clear sign of excellent service. See what SERVPRO’s customers have to say about their experience with the company.

The feedback that customers give a company online says a lot about its reputation with its clients. A singular positive testimony is excellent, but when you research mold remediation companies, fire damage restoration companies, or water restoration companies, look for the compiled rating from as many reviewers as possible. As a general rule, avoid companies with three stars or less.

The SERVPRO Advantage

If you are still unsure about why SERVPRO should be your go-to mold remediation company in Fort Worth, Texas, see how it stacks up against the competition. SERVPRO professionals are even IICRC-industry certified to ease your mind when it comes to restoring your home. 

Members of our team hold Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, Applied Structural Drying Technician, and Water Damage Restoration Technician certifications. And with affiliations like the Azle Chamber of Commerce and Benbrook Chamber of Commerce, you can expect excellence throughout your experience.

About the Company

SERVPRO has been proudly restoring homes since 1967. We also offer commercial cleaning services along with residential services like mold remediation, water cleanup, water removal, and fire damage restoration. Business owners and homeowners all around zip code 76116 in Fort Worth trust the work of SERVPRO to restore their structures to their best state. With SERVPRO, it’s "Like it never even happened." 

That’s why SERVPRO should be your choice for mold remediation and other home restoration services all over Fort Worth, TX. Give us a call to find out more about what SERVPRO can do to help your home. 

New Franchise Ownership!

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

We have an announcement!

Our franchise has had a new change in ownership!! We would love to welcome Derek and Gabby Shaw to our SERVPRO team. They are now the proud owners of our three franchises. It goes without saying that our team is excited about this new change in leadership!

For those that are curious, here is a little bit about the new owners:
Derek was born and raised in Shreveport, LA to humble beginnings. He was instilled with a strong competitive nature that threw him into the corporate world of sales and leadership. Years of success in sales and sales management fueled his desire to be a highly successful entrepreneur. He took on that challenge and became a multi-unit area developer for Nekter Juice Bar in the DFW region that he manages with his wife, Gabby. Gabby was born and raised in southern Louisiana, where she was exposed to the family construction business, led by her grandfather and father. She has held positions in sales, management, and independent entrepreneurial ventures. At each step along the way, she gained valuable knowledge, expertise and leadership skills. During the start-up of the Nektar franchises, Gabrielle gained the experience of overseeing the build-out of the sites and supervising the construction. This experience gave her great insights and expertise as an entrepreneur, which would serve her well as a SERVPRO franchisee. They now proudly reside in Southlake and are fully immersed in the surrounding communities.

We look forward to everyone getting to meet them and work together. Please help us welcome them to the team!

Inspecting Your Home for Damages After a Fire

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to loss incidents, fire in your Texas home can prove challenging to overcome. Even without crippling structural damage, the effects of a recent fire can often be too far-reaching for the average homeowner to face independently. Conventional cleaning efforts and general deodorization, for example, pale in comparison to the effectiveness of professional restoration services.

Reacting to the fire damage in your Texas home can seem impossible. Once the extinguishment completes, you'll get your first look at the fire damage effects and what you have to overcome to get your house back to the way it was. Fortunately, this is not a battle that you have to fight on your own. Our trained SERVPRO Team can handle fire damage restoration. From soot cleanup to deodorization, we can get your house to the original condition effectively.

Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage from when we arrive at your home. We survey every area, whether directly connected to the fire in your home or not. Our thorough inspection ensures that the damages get cataloged and that our professionals have the right equipment and strategies to contend with what they face.

The insurance company that covers your home will receive the assessment of your damages. Most claims won't get pushed through without a detailed itinerary of the work that needs doing, a general estimated cost for materials and labor to restore the home.

Whether the damage in your home was widespread or not, this process remains the same. Our professionals take great care in assessing the scope of the damage that your home faces in the restoration process. You can trust our SERVPRO of West Fort Worth restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Call at (817) 560-3086.

How to Check for Roof Damage After a Storm

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your Texas property for storm damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it, and clean the water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms in Texas, wind damage lets the rain into your roof. Inside the home, look for stains that indicate the leak source and the area that needs roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to that area. Here are five familiar sources for a roof leak:

1. Vents and fans

2. Chimneys

3. Window dormers

4. Vent pipes

5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fix Water Damage

To complete your roof repair, start looking for materials with water damage. Check for discolorations and rotting wood and wet drywall and insulation. When you find mold, remain careful and don't spread during cleanup.

A mold remediation professional can help create a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials immediately. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. Our specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry. Call our SERVPRO of West Fort Worth office at (817) 560-3086.

Benefits of a Large Loss Response

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

When a disaster occurs in Fort Worth, TX, catastrophic loss often occurs. However, employing a restoration company that can offer a massive loss response can be useful for insurance agents and business owners.

  1. Equipped With the Right Tools


When a major disaster strikes, the aftermath can be devastating. Restoration experts will likely be overwhelmed with requests. Other smaller, local restoration companies may not be equipped to handle all types of disasters, and these companies may not have access to specialized tools. A restoration company with a broad reach can bring the necessary tools from various locations to assist in the cleanup and restoration process.

  1. Experience to Handle Catastrophes


Whether a catastrophic loss occurs due to flooding, storm or fire damage, it's essential for business owners and insurance agents alike to know experienced professionals restoring commercial properties can help. One person alone may not have the experience to respond to a major disaster. However, when numerous people assist in responding to a disaster, the combined expertise makes the loss response team manage many aspects of commercial property damage.

  1. Timely Reactions


When widespread damage occurs to an area, a local restoration company may not assess shortly after the disaster. Unfortunately, a slow response can cause a property to acquire more issues, such as mold growth, structural damage, etc. With a massive loss response, however, professionals can quickly assess a property, and after a thorough assessment, experts can assist in preventing additional damage and can begin restoration.

A massive loss response can make managing the effects of a catastrophic loss easier. An enormous loss response will allow various professionals from different areas to assess the damage. Experts will have the combined experience to handle multiple significant problems. Call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth at (817) 560-3086.

First Steps After Disaster Strikes Your Business

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Natural disasters like tornadoes are unfortunately a reality in the DFW complex, which is why it’s smart to verse yourself in what to do after disaster strikes your business. During 2019 and 2020, the devastating tornadoes in Dallas and Arlington brought lots of disaster to our city, and now is the time to educate yourself to know what to do if something terrible comes your way.

If your business experiences a natural disaster of any type, this is what you should do first.

  1. Stay out of the building until it is deemed safe to enter.

Never ever enter your storefront or office building until professionals deem that it is safe to enter following a disaster like a tornado, a fire, or a severe storm. There may be underlying structural issues that aren’t visible to the eye, and you should never risk your safety and well-being to enter a building without first having it examined post-disaster.

  1. Call for professional disaster restoration help.

In order to have someone assess the damage, rely on the professionals. You can reach SERVPRO of West Fort Worth at any hour of any day for emergency assistance by dialing (817) 560-3086 Call this number and relay the disaster that has occurred along with your business’s physical location, and after you talk to the operator, wait for help to arrive. There’s nothing that you should do before a professional can properly assess the damage that has occurred and take care of any issues that require immediate action.

  1. Take pictures of the damage for the property insurance claim.

While you wait for the professionals to arrive from a safe distance away from your business’s building, you can take pictures of the damage from afar to document what has happened. These pictures will be important to pass along to your property insurance carrier so you can make a claim after paying your deductible to receive any money back for the damage.

Although it may seem counterintuitive to stay away from your business’s building and do nothing beyond call for help and take pictures to document the damage post-disaster, trust us when we say that doing less is the safest thing to do. Disasters are to be taken seriously, and you should always let the disaster restoration professionals assess the safety of your commercial property before approaching and entering it yourself.


When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is here to help. Ring us at (817) 560-3086 for emergency assessments and restoration services after any disaster.

Immediate First Steps to Take If An Appliance is Leaking

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever come home to water pooling on your floor under your sink or by your refrigerator? You may have panicked. Immediate steps to take after a water leak aren’t really common knowledge, so it’s important to educate yourself beforehand so you know what to do if an appliance leaks on you! 

1. After you’ve discovered a water leak, shut off the water to that appliance.

Depending on when you’ve caught the leak, you may be able to avoid the most costly damage. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. After identifying a leak, shut off water flow to that appliance so that you can find its source.

2. Unplug nearby electronics.

Any electronics near the leak should also be unplugged and shut off. If the water from the leak appears excessive, turn off the circuit breaker to your home. Give your local electrician a call as well as the restoration professionals to assess the damage and how to proceed. Your safety is paramount.

3. Note where the water appears to be coming from.

Appliance water leaks often can be categorized into three common problems: a drain line leak, a supply line leak, or a burst pipe. A drain line leak stems from a leaky drain that isn’t properly working. This may be fast or slow and can result in bacteria in the line. On the other hand, a supply line leak stems from leaks in your water supply piping that brings water to your appliance.

4. Take pictures for insurance claims. 

Especially if extensive damage has occurred, take pictures of the leak and the subsequent water damage to file an insurance claim with. It’s important that you do this before cleaning up any of the mess so that you have accurate documentation of the leak.

5. Call the professionals. 

While there are ways you can attempt to identify the leak type and resolve it yourself, it’s always a smart investment to call the local plumbing professionals to assess the leak and fix it. If there is damage that needs to be cleaned up, you’ll probably need to contact your local restoration company, too.

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of an appliance water leak in your home, give SERVPRO of West Fort Worth a call at (817) 560-3086. We’re available 24/7 and have seasoned technicians trained and equipped to handle water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold, and other disasters.

5 Space Heater Safety Tips

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

As the temperatures drop lower and cold weather rolls in to stay for awhile, you’re probably breaking out the space heaters to warm up your home or business. While space heaters provide wonderful warmth during the colder months, they also can be safety hazards if they aren’t properly set up and monitored to ensure they don’t pose any risks to you or your home. A space heater fire is never on anyone’s agenda, so we recommend following these 5 space heater safety tips to avoid any unwanted fires from occurring:

  1. Carefully place your space heater at least 3 feet away from flammable objects. If any objects come in contact with the space heater’s electric heating face or a hot surface, it poses a serious fire risk. As a general rule, never sit or drape anything over your space heater, don’t set it near rugs, furniture, bedding, clothing, window treatments, or other flammable materials. Also, make sure that it’s sitting on a level surface so that it doesn’t accidentally fall or tip over. 
  2. Don’t use extension cords. Plug your space heater directly into an outlet. There’s a much higher chance of your space heater overheating or otherwise malfunctioning if it’s plugged into an extension cord or an outlet strip. Minimize these dangers by plugging your space heater directly into an outlet that has the power capacity necessary to fire it up and keep it running.
  3. Unplug it when you’re not using it. This should go for almost all appliances, but it’s especially relevant for your space heater. When you’re not using your space heater, you should first turn it off and then you should unplug it. Having a space heater running while you don’t want it to be running poses a fire hazard as well as a waste of energy. 
  4. Clean, inspect, and maintain your space heater. On a regular basis, you should clean your space heater and wipe it down to avoid dispersing dust and other allergens throughout your house. You should also carefully monitor your space heater to ensure that it’s working as it’s supposed to and nothing wonky is happening. If anything seems out of order, turn it off and unplug it right away until a professional can inspect it and you can safely run it again. Alternatively, you can just dispose of it and purchase a new space heater.
  5. Don’t run your space heater in the bathroom or a basement. Space heaters should never be run in places that are humid or wet because space heaters are not meant to be wet. Don’t handle your space heater if your hands are wet or you just got out of the shower. The electricity from the space heater could run through the water and shock you. This is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

While we love our space heaters as much as the rest of you, it’s important to run them safely when you have them operating. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is here to help you with any fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold that comes your way this fall and winter season, and we’re available 24/7 at (817) 560-3086. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help you fix any damage to your home or business. 

What to Do After Storm Damage, Repairs, Tips

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: While storms can wreak catastrophic damages upon a home or commercial building, promptly addressing the storm damage—first, to make emergency patches and then to take care of longer-term restoration—will go a long way in getting your home or business back to normal. Follow these tips from SERVPRO of West Fort Worth.

What to Do After Storm Damage, Repairs, Tips

Knowing the right steps to take after storm damage can go a long way toward protecting you and your family, as well as your property and finances, from risks of further loss. As challenging as storms can be, learning the steps to take before a storm comes through and turns your life upside down will arm you with the knowledge you need to stay prepared. Here are some tips from the restoration and cleanup specialists at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth.

Five Things to Do After Storm Damage

You can mitigate some of the damage caused by a storm by following this checklist:

  • Check your home for damage. 

While not all storm damage will be apparent immediately after the storm has passed, checking your home's condition will give you a clearer picture of the extent of the damage left by the storm.

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth's experts provide a word of caution to take all the necessary safety precautions when checking your home since unexpected damage may cause injuries. Watch out for loose or exposed ceiling tiles or floorboards, broken electrical lines, and slippery floors. Fortunately, some safety tips can help:

  • Avoid standing water
  • Avoid checking for storm damage in the dark.
  • Watch out for exposed nails, window damage, collapsed walls and roofing materials, and broken glass
  • Switch off the electricity and shut off the main gas line before entering a damaged home
  • Assess the potential damage

During a storm, some areas in a home are more susceptible to damage than others. One site that is often vulnerable is the roof. Common signs of roof damage include:

  • Split seams
  • Dented, missing, or broken shingles
  • Holes in the roof
  • Leaks in the ceiling or roof

Other areas that are susceptible to storm damage include doors and windows. Inspect all windows for damaged frames, broken panes, cracks, and holes. Remember to board up any broken windows.

Also, assess your home's exterior, looking for damage such as dents, holes, cracks, and chipping to any brickwork, paint, or siding. The storm could have also damaged outdoor appliances such as air conditioning units.

Taking all the necessary precaution, be sure to remove debris from the gutters and roof, and then check that the downspouts are intact and unobstructed so they can continue diverting water away from your home. Remember to check for mold, which is common after flood damage.

  • Get in touch with your insurance carrier.

Document the damage and loss that has been caused by the storm, taking photos before removing or moving any objects or debris. Remember to document any additional costs incurred due to the loss, such as hotel receipts or other temporary living costs.

Once all this information is together, contact the insurance provider to determine whether your insurance plan covers the damage caused. Likewise, inquire about the steps to take to make a claim.

  • Attend only to the damage you are capable of handling.

In some cases, the storm might not have caused extensive damage, and you may be able to restore what little damage exists with a few repairs before seeking professional repair services. Prompt repairs can go a long way toward limiting the damage. 

If that's the case, you should begin with what you can fix yourself, taking care not to cause additional damage. For example, if wind and water are getting into your home through a broken window, board it up as soon as possible. However, if you're not confident in your repair skills, it's best to get in touch with a company that can offer emergency repair services.

  • Choose the right contractor.

The next step is to hire a professional and trustworthy cleaning and restoration service company to restore your home to its former glory. Choosing a contractor that will promptly attend to your home's restoration, take care of water damage, and immediately mitigate the presence of potential mold is critical. 

It's essential to ensure that your house is once again a habitable, healthy living environment. That will likely require water cleanup (flood cleanup) and mold removal by a specialized commercial cleaning service.

Getting Back to Normal

While storms can wreak catastrophic damages upon a home or commercial building, promptly addressing the storm damage—first, to make emergency patches and then to take care of longer-term restoration—will go a long way in getting your home or business back to normal. 



Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO is a leading storm damage restoration company that has served Fort Worth for upwards of 50 years. They can handle all aspects of the restoration process, from water removal to debris cleanup.

For more information about storm damage cleanup and restoration, contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth
3717 Commerce Place Suite E
Bedford, TX 76021

(817) 560-3086
https://www.SERVPROwestfortworth.com

Commercial vs. Residential Water Damages in Fort Worth, Texas

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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As we move into the colder, wetter months, we all have to consider the possible damages that our structures can sustain during this time of year. Summer’s storms are past, and now from leaky roofs and moldy siding to deep ruts in the driveway or potholes in the parking lot, the fall and winter months will bring their own set of concerns to both home and business owners. Weather won’t be as violent, but rains can last a lot longer, and then will come sleet, ice, and snow.

For the homeowner, some of the exterior concerns due to weather will be:

  • Eroded landscaping
  • Rutted driveways, especially those that are graded either up or downhill
  • Moldy siding, window sills, door-jambs, window panes, and roofing
  • Rotting wooden fencing and decking
  • Leaking roof
  • Puddles and pooling

For the business owner, some of the exterior trouble spots can be:

  • Potholes and eroded surfaces in public parking areas
  • Eroded walkways or damaged, buckling sidewalks and public walkways
  • Leaking roofs
  • Damaged materials and machinery that have not been stored properly

When it comes to the interior spaces, businesses have to keep an eye on employee bathrooms and kitchen/break areas to make sure that leaks are handled immediately and that spills are cleaned up right away. During bad weather, customers and vendors will track water and debris into your building, and both for safety and aesthetics, it will be a good idea to keep up with this type of accumulation to prevent water damage. Have an umbrella stand ready for everyone who comes through the door!

Homeowners also need to keep up with spills, leaks, and traffic, but it will obviously not be such a large job. In a home, water damage is more likely to come from a water heater or dishwasher that is malfunctioning, or a washer that has developed an issue.

One thing both types of structures have to be concerned about is mold, however - it is never a good thing to realize that a colony has taken hold in either your home or your business.

The team at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is experienced in all types of clean up after water damage to both homes and businesses, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. Call us today at (817) 560-3086!

How Often Should You Be Replacing Your Roof?

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to knowing how often you should replace your roof, there really isn’t any hard and fast rule. You have to keep an eye on its condition to be able to tell if you need to start thinking about it. If your roof is showing signs of damage, that could lead to major water or storm damage to the rest of your home. Our team wanted to share a few potential issues your roof may develop; any one of these may mean it’s time to replace your roof. 

Age

An asphalt shingle roof should last between 20 and 30 years, so if you have a 40-year-old roof, just keep in mind that you will probably need to replace it entirely in the next 1-5 years.

Shingles

Shingles can curl in two ways: by “cupping,” which happens when the edges of the shingles turn upward; and “clawing,” which is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to come up. Both are signs of weathering and indicate that potential leaks may possibly be developing, depending on the extent. Every homeowner finds themselves replacing a missing shingle, but it can be just about impossible to get a new shingle to match the color of an old one. Granule colors have changed pretty significantly over the years, and shingle colors often change with years of weathering. If your roof is starting to look like a patchwork quilt, you may want to consider replacing it soon. 

Damage

Cracked shingles are typically caused by wind damage, and if the damage is extensive and not isolated to just one area, you should start thinking about replacing your roof within the next few years. 

Algae Or Moss

This is not a big deal when it shows up on your roof, but it doesn’t give your home or business a great look. You don’t want to take matters into your own hands by power washing or scraping it away since that will often chip off all the protective granules and essentially render your shingles useless. You can use a wash that's one part bleach and one part water to remove algae or moss, and if you do decide to replace your roof, consider tiles that are algae-resistant.

Light

This issue is pretty obvious: if light can get in through your roof, so can rain. If you see any water stains during the next rainfalls, and if they spread or expand, you have an active leak, and it is time to contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth immediately to help remediate the water damage and potential mold growth.

Sagging

A sagging roof is typically an indication of a structural issue and demands immediate attention. There could be a problem with the decking in the attic or with the supports in the foundation, which is even worse. You're not necessarily in imminent danger, but this is the kind of thing that's a lot easier to take care of when it's small and localized, so call your roofing professionals right away for this roofing issue. 

When it comes to replacing your roof, there is no hard and fast rule. If you are experiencing water damage, it is probably time. Remember that SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is here to help if you are dealing with water damage, fire damage, or a mold infestation. We are committed to getting your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Office Fire Safety Precautions to Observe

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

In the event that a fire ever occurs in your office, it’s important to have a few fire safety precautions in place to keep your employees and commercial building prepared for dealing with one. While having a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors goes without saying, do your employees know what to do if the alarm sounds or they have to use the extinguisher?

Here are a few fire safety precautions that you should ensure are in place:

  • Make sure your employees know how to use a fire extinguisher. Every 6 months or so, hold a training session where your employees learn how to use a fire extinguisher if they don’t already know how to use one. Something as simple as this could be the difference between an accidental office fire from a microwave or a lighter being extinguished or burning up everything in sight. Here’s a great article on how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Regularly change your smoke detectors’ batteries and ensure one is installed in every room. As a general rule of thumb, test your smoke detectors once a month and replace their batteries twice a year. By ensuring that your smoke detectors do their job and have the battery juice to sound, you can prevent office fires whenever smoke occurs first.
  • Share your office’s evacuation plan. Depending on the size of your office, you need to have one or multiple evacuation plans to adhere to the building’s fire code. Make sure to take into account any legal requirements for fire evacuation plans before you post them around the building and share them. 
  • Do a few fire drills. Sharing your office’s evacuation plan isn’t enough. Hold a couple fire drills and run your employees through the proper evacuation routes so they know where to go if the building catches on fire. Rehearsing an evacuation plan makes it that much easier to take action in the event that a fire actually occurs.


With all of these fire safety precautions in place, we hope that you’ll never have to manage the aftermath of an office fire. However, If you ever end up dealing with fire damage, water damage, mold, or other natural disaster damage, give SERVPRO of West Fort Worth a call at (817) 560-3086. Our team of professionals are trained and equipped to help you manage restoration and cleaning.

What To Expect From A Commercial Restoration Project

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you already have a lot on your plate on any given day. You need to know who to call when something goes wrong or your business is damaged. Whether the damage your business is experiencing is from water, fire, or other weather-related issues, you need a company with the expertise and availability to assist you quickly after a disaster. 

Here are some things to look for when seeking a Commercial Restoration Company.

  • Efficiency.

Lost time is lost money. When looking for a company to help you restore your business, you need a team that understands how important and necessary it is to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

  • Availability.

When in the midst of a disaster, you need to be able to pick up the phone and have immediate assistance from a team of highly trained professionals. It is important to pick a company that is available 24/7 for emergencies and near your business. 

  • Communication. 

In times of stress, you need people who can talk you through it and communicate a plan, not add to it. When seeking Commercial Restoration, make sure you find someone that is ready to communicate a plan, a time frame, and peace of mind. 

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is ready to be that company for you. We have experience in damage restoration and have covered commercial loss for many clients. Here are examples of restoration projects we’ve handled:

  • Flood Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Inclement Weather Damage
  • Damage from Equipment Failure
  • Damage from Vandalism
  • Damage from Accidents 
  • Damage due to Aging of Property

We are available 24/7 and are experts in restoration projects in restoring businesses to their proper condition. If you would like to receive assistance from our team of highly trained professionals here at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, call us at (817) 560-3086 or seek assistance online!

Dealing With Water Damage in your Attic

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Considering the attic isn’t an area that is used often by homeowners, it’s easy to forget about it. This is the main reason water damage in the attic often goes unnoticed. If water damage isn’t addressed, it can cause more damage to the areas below the attic and potentially cause mold. The signs of water damage usually include water stains, mold, or musty odors in your home. It is important to make sure you take the proper steps to assess the damage as soon as you notice in order to assure your safety and health, and avoid expensive repairs. 

In order to address the damage, you must first find the source of the problem. Begin by evaluating the damage. Where is the water coming from? Could it be a burst pipe or a hole in your roof? Make sure to check the roof for leaks on a regular basis. The water damage in your attic can also be caused by a lack of ventilation. Humidity can get trapped in the attic and cause a buildup of condensation, which causes water damage. Be sure to remain safe throughout this process and turn off all electrical items before touching anything. 

The next step is to inspect for mold and fix any leaks. As previously mentioned, water damage can lead to a more serious issue, mold, and mildew. Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours, and it’s easy for it to go unnoticed. When inspecting for mold, it is important to take the proper precautions and be careful. Some mold is toxic to humans and if the mold is a serious issue rather than a small one, it’s best to contact a professional. It is also advised to contact a professional before attempting to fix any leaks unless you have to tools and skills to do so with ease. 

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always ready to help and assist you with any water damage or mold you may have! If you’re in over your head with water damage, give us a call at (817) 560-3086.

Why an ERP is Absolutely Necessary for Your Business

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

An ERP, or Emergency Ready Plan, is a method of planning for emergencies before they even occur. Why should your business have an ERP? Your emergency strategy will be carefully devised to guide you and your employees when taking the decisive action necessary during a disaster of any size. The SERVPRO Ready Plan information will give you the security of emergency preparedness, and your plan information can be downloaded into our Ready Plan app to instantly share with SERVPRO so that the damage can be intercepted right away. 

Here are some things to consider while putting your ERP into place:

Planning Ahead

  • Talk with your employees to formulate as many disaster scenarios as they can come up with. The most recent hurricanes that have hit Texas have created numerous learning opportunities for preparedness. Studying such tragedies can help you more effectively project other possible disasters to better plan for them. 

Protecting Everyone

  • It is necessary to create an ERP that protects anyone in the building. The Department of Homeland Security refers to this as “Protective Actions for Life Safety,” and includes:
    • Fire Drills. Rehearsals for action during a fire.
    • Sheltering. Sheltering staff during a natural disaster.
    • Sheltering in Place. Sheltering staff during a man-made emergency.
    • Lockdown. Eluding an active shooter.

Incident Stabilization

  • Stabilizing an incident means preventing further damage on the scene. This can be accomplished by training your employees in various rescue procedures including:
    • First Aid and CPR
    • Proper Use of Fire Extinguishers

Evacuation Team

  • Without guidance during an evacuation, people will often panic. Consider adding an evacuation team to your ERP:
    • Assign point persons to guide evacuees out of the building.
    • Appoint helpers to assist persons with disabilities.
    • If an exit is blocked by a hazard such as a collapsed ceiling, make sure the evacuation team is trained to redirect employees to an alternate exit.

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is a reliable, professional provider of emergency cleaning and restoration services when you experience fire and water damage. SERVPRO can expertly help you devise an effective Emergency Readiness Plan for your business here in the Benbrook/Lake Worth area.

Getting Your North Texas Home Ready for Fall Season Storms

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Getting your home ready for the colder temperatures and stormy weather conditions of fall is smart, whether you are a homeowner, a business owner, or both. Weather may be unpredictable during the fall here in North Texas, but you won’t have to worry about it if you prepare now. Here at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, we have some preparation projects for you to consider:

  • Remove dead leaves and debris from your gutters and drainpipes. This will prevent clogging during wetter weather. Drain all outdoor faucets ahead of freezing weather now, as well. 
  • While late summer is not the time to heavily prune trees and bushes, it is a good time to remove any branches that are dead or look like they could prove dangerous during a fall storm. If you have a tree that you think may be dead or dying, contact an arborist to come and take a look at it. If it is actually dead and near your house, you will want to have it removed before anything happens during a fall storm. 
  • Examine all your windows and doors for cracks. If you find any, have them sealed now so that you can stay warm and save energy this fall and winter. You’ll be saving both time and money here!
  • A roof inspection ahead of colder weather will tell you if your roofing needs any attention before fall storms. Loose shingles can be replaced more easily when it’s warm and dry outside. If you have siding on your home, look it over well for any loose sections; fall storms bring wind that can create problems here. 
  • Make sure your entrance walkways are in good shape with no buckling or crumbling. When the surrounding ground is wet it can compromise cement, causing it to crack and split, and that’s an accident just waiting to happen. 

If you need help with the job of preparing your home for the upcoming stormy season, just call the professional team here at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth. We have the experience and skills needed to take care of your property and belongings to keep them safe. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, too!

Top Three Spots to Check for Water Damage in your North Texas Home

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Catching water damage before it becomes evident can save you time and money, so knowing the top spots in your home to regularly monitor for damage is crucial for any homeowner. Instead of waiting until a water stain appears on your ceiling or water pools on the floor under your sink, make it a priority to inspect these three spots for water damage on a monthly basis.

  1. Check under the sink.

Sinks are regularly located in your kitchen, your bathrooms, and maybe even in other rooms in your house. Since water flows from the faucets and comes up through pipes underneath the sink, it’s not uncommon for leaky sinks to occur. Always inspect the cabinetry and piping underneath your sink for any leaks or moisture.

  1. Don’t forget to look behind the toilet. 

Your toilet is another frequently-used appliance in your home that uses a lot of water with every flush. Monitoring the space behind and around your toilet for any water damage is always a good practice.

  1. Take a look at your roof.

It’s easy to forget to look at your roof for water damage, but if your gutters aren’t working properly or your roof isn’t in good shape, there’s a fair chance that water may be seeping through your roof into your attic, your garage, and your ceilings. It can be hard to know what to look for, but any obvious water stains are a bad sign. Be sure to check out the roof from the exterior and the interior sides (your ceilings). 

Water damage can be costly and affect the structural integrity of your home, and so it’s important to keep an eye out for water damage before it wreaks havoc. If you’re looking to buy a new home, here are a few things to look for to ensure that you don’t prematurely buy a home that’s susceptible to water damage. 

If you recognize the signs of water damage on one of your regular rounds inspecting the vulnerable areas of your home, contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth at 817-560-3086. With state-of-the-art technology and training, our disaster restoration professionals are equipped for handling the job.

HVAC Maintenance For Your North Texas Apartment Complex

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your apartment complex HVAC systems at regular intervals throughout the year will ensure that all the heating and cooling units on your property are running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed during a professional service call, and a professional will have the specialized training and experience necessary to do this type of job correctly. The comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves are important to you as the owner, and your tenants, too. 

It’s important to ensure that the upkeep that is necessary to prolong the life and efficiency of all the HVAC units in your apartment complex gets done, and done right, and some tasks you can actually complete yourself monthly and seasonally in between your scheduled maintenance call from your professional. These tasks can be:

  • Make sure to use high-efficiency, pleated filters when you are replacing them. Filters of this type contain an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as dust or those that carry bacteria. Air filters need to be replaced in every unit, every 90 days
  • Ensure that your landscaping company doesn’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds while they are cutting your lawn areas so that you can be sure that your HVAC units stay free of grass clippings as well as leaves and pollen
  • Keep at least two feet of space clear around all outdoor heating and cooling units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines monthly
  • In summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier
  • Replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water ahead of the Fall season
  • Replace your carbon monoxide detector batteries regularly
  • Ensure outdoor AC units are on level, firm, and dry ground
  • Clean AC condensate drains with bleach/water mixture on a routine basis

Your professional maintenance company can check all your apartment complex ductwork periodically, too, and this will ensure that everything is sealed properly and ready for your scheduled tune-ups on your apartment complex HVAC systems.

Here at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, we make sure we maintain all the training and skill sets that are required for taking care of your HVAC system, and we also handle cleanup projects both large and small. We handle fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Safety Tips For Using A Fire Extinguisher

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

OSHA states that fire is the most common emergency occurrence owners of homes and small businesses should plan for. One of the best ways to be prepared is by having a fire extinguisher readily available, making sure it’s properly maintained and audited, and by being educated on its proper use. This will already be a fire safety requirement for any business, and it’s a good idea for the homeowner, as well. 

OSHA requires employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur so that it can be determined if/when an evacuation needs to take place. OSHA has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this training is helpful for homeowners as well.  

The PASS training technique is recommended: 

  • P. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A. Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire. 
  • S. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent. 
  • S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished. 

Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. Such training should enable anyone to be able to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately. 
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should also know how to keep the route from becoming blocked
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher (outlined above), and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again. 
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel. 

NOTE: Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If the environment becomes too dangerous, everyone should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can evolve very quickly, and people need to understand that safety comes first and foremost. 


SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is here to help with cleanup projects both large and small and are dedicated to getting your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. We also handle mold prevention and remediation, as well as fire damage and water damage.

How to Manage Storm Damage Before Professional Help Arrives

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Especially in North Texas, the thunderstorms that come rolling across the city can cause severe damage, leaving homes and businesses upset and at risk in their wake. Coming home to an uprooted or fallen tree (or two) can inflict costly damage, particularly if you don’t know how to ensure it doesn’t get worse before it can be properly cleaned up. That’s why it’s important to know how to manage storm damage before professional help arrives.

Storm damage comes in all shapes and sizes—it doesn’t fit into one clear box, but there are a few general steps to take to manage storm damage immediately after it happens:

  1. Don’t Go Outside Until You Hear the Okay

Whenever severe storms, tornadoes, or other natural disasters have watches or warnings around you, take caution! Make sure you monitor your radio and your phone to hear the okay to leave your home when the threat of the storm has passed. Your safety and well-being always should come first.

  1. Document the Damage

Before doing anything else, take out your phone and snap pictures of all the damage. This is essential to make any insurance claims on property damage that you have sustained due to a storm. By having photos of the damage before any cleanup has occurred, you’re more likely to be able to claim the maximum amount of coverage from your insurance that you can in order to cover the costs.

  1. Cover Any Areas Where More Water Could Enter

If your roof or home has any holes or damage that allows water to continue to enter your home, make sure you cover them to the best of your ability with a tarp or something else to prevent more water from entering. Chances are, rain may still be pouring down after you sustain some storm damage, and you never know when it may start up again even if it has stopped.

  1. Remove Excess Water

Is your basement now a mini-ocean? Do your best to remove any excess water you can by the bucketful or with a shop-vac. However, don’t attempt to do this until you are certain that there is no electrical damage and you aren’t at risk of your power channeling itself through the standing water. 


In all that you do after storm damage occurs, be sure to take caution and keep your safety in mind first and foremost. Once you have the time and signal to do so, call a local professional restoration company like SERVPRO of West Fort Worth to get your place looking back to normal. You can reach us at 817-560-3086.

Water Damage in a Fort Worth Commercial Facility

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

From a sprinkler malfunction to natural flooding disasters, water inside your Fort Worth commercial structure is never a good thing. When you have suffered from a water damage, you need to get the experts in there to completely remove the moisture and get you back to work fast!

Timeline of water damage to a commercial building:

Within minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads into floors, drywall, fixtures, equipment, and documents.

1 to 24 hours:  

  • Drywall swells and brakes
  • Hardwoods and furnishings swell and crack
  • Microbial growth begins

Days 2-5:

  • Mold growth accelerates
  • Wood is saturated and warped
  • Ceilings collapse
  • Flooring is likely on salvageable

7 days and beyond:

  • Structural safety is compromised
  • Contaminants are a serious threat
  • Mold spores’ risk to occupants
  • Restoration costs escalate

Plan of Action

To be prepared, you need to develop a contingency plan in case of a water, fire, mold, or storm damage emergency. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth has an Emergency Ready Profile that is a free assessment of your facility for when such disasters strike your business. The SERVPRO ERP identifies the line of command for authorizing the cleanup and restoration to begin. This saves time which will get your business up and running quicker saving time and money. It also provides detailed information such as water and gas shut-off valve locations and priority contact information. This will provide the crews a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call.

Please do not wait until disaster strikes call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today to get your individualized Emergency Ready Profile for your commercial facility ~ 817-560-3086

Mold: A Permanent Beast

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from any home or business. However, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on pets!
  • Mold spores thrive in a wet environment. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor. Anywhere this smell is present could be a problem area for mold.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45%.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

SERVPRO and Your Insurance: A Match Made in Heaven

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Plenty of equipment

After a disaster at your Fort Worth, business you may contact your insurance adjuster to file a claim and figure out the next steps for restoration. In many cases, your agent may have a preferred restoration vendor, such as SERVPRO, that they recommend for a variety of reasons. In addition to being certified professionals, a preferred restoration team may also be able to help your insurance agent in a number of ways.

Damage Assessment

One important aspect of an insurance claim is a damage assessment. The insurance agent and a SERVPRO professional each have to conduct their own evaluation of the damage. In many cases, the restoration company is the first one on the sight to be the eyes and ears for your insurance company, so choosing a preferred vendor of the insurance company ensures that those companies have a good, working relationship. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth has worked with State Farm, Farm Bureau, Farmers, Allstate, Nationwide and so many more for years. Therefore, we have strong relationships with professionals from each of the mentioned insurance companies.

Electronic Inventory System

Your insurance agent/adjuster may also recommend a local SERVPRO as they offer the use of an electronic inventory system. This system can be accessed remotely and can store files needed for the insurance claim. This can allow all the information to be kept in a single location making it easy for your agent to access what they need as they work on your claim.

Contents Cleaning

Another service provided by SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is contents cleaning. Our warehouse is able to house an impressive amount of contents that may have been damaged at your home or business. Our team packs these contents and bring them back to our facilities to clean. Each item will require a different cleaning solution depending on size, material, and if the item is mechanical or electrical in nature. Our team has the resources for document restoration, as well. So, if more than one restoration service is needed, we aim to be an insurance professionals’ one stop shop for anything that they might need.

Our team is Here to Help you and your insurance team to quickly and efficiently resolve your water or fire damage issues. Due to long lasting relationships with your local insurance professionals, we hope that it makes your decision to trust our SERVPRO team that much easier. Give our office a ring at 817-560-3086 if you have any questions you would like to address. We would be more than happy to help in any way that we can!

Esporta - A Game Changer in Fire Restoration

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

The Esporta Wash System saves our customers time and money on their insurance claim.

Fire Damaged Clothing

Here at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, we specialize in the restoration of fire damaged items. A lot of items that come out of a home or business that have been affected by a fire are heavily affected by smoke and soot. Many companies will determine that these items are non-salvageable due to the extreme conditions. However, our technicians deem everything as salvageable until we can prove that it cannot be salvaged. The most common items that are usually replaced rather than restored are the soft cloth contents including, clothes, shoes, purses, etc. Our crews understand that these items can be important and hold value/memories that are not replaced by buying a new one.

Our team attempts to salvage these items with our Esporta Wash System. Our facility is one of the only restoration facilities that has this machine available for use and is operated by an Esporta Certified Operator. Third party independent laboratory testing has verified that the Esporta Wash System restores contaminated items to FOOD GRADE CLEAN by removing 99% of contaminants. Esporta’s patented and proprietary technology is the most effected washing solution available in today’s market. The items are held stationary and passed through detergent-laden water. The combination of the patented hydraulic action and the environmentally friendly detergent results in the removal of over 99% of the organic and inorganic contaminants. This process is five times more effective than traditional laundry.

What can be restored in the Esporta Wash System?

  • Leather goods of all kinds
    • Shoes
    • Purses
    • Jackets
  • Laundry of all kinds
    • Wash and fold
    • Press and Hang
  • Household goods of all kinds
    • Sleeping bags
    • Pillows
    • Comforters
    • Stuffed animals
  • Unique articles such as sports equipment
  • A wide variety of other articles

Not only does the Esporta Wash System have the best cleaning and disinfecting results, but it also maintains the structural integrity of the items during the multi-stage computer controlled patented cleaning process.

Upon arrival to a fire damaged home or business, the first-priority of our crew is to work with the customer to determine if they have any, what we call, 911 items. These items are a guaranteed 24-hour turn around for the customer so that they can have their most valuable/most important items returned as soon as possible for their convenience. This also leads to a simpler and faster claim settlement and a satisfaction guarantee ensuring delighted customers and insurance professionals.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 817-560-3086.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at  817-560-3086 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

With the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned badge on your window, you are reassuring your employees and customers that you understand the necessity for a new standard of clean. 

SERVPRO is the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration.  Partnering with our company to provide professional, proactive viral pathogen cleanup for your building will lend you our decades of experience and expertise.  

Are you ready to get started? 

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

West Fort Worth Biohazard Cleanup Specialists Make Homes Safe

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help

Summary: SERVPRO of West Fort Worth cleans up biohazards quickly, safely, and according to guidelines. Highly-qualified, skilled, and well-equipped technicians make a biohazard site safe again as quickly as possible.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States. Every four minutes, a person moves to the area — around fifteen per hour, over 360 per day, and almost 2400 per week. The North Texas area includes 13 counties, over 150 cities, and 7.4 million people.

The greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is also a hub of business, industry, and biotechnology. The greater Dallas-Fort Worth region is a major center of healthcare and medical innovations. The biotechnical community is estimated at over 1,100 research, development, and testing laboratories and more than 450 biomedical companies. Over 30,000 businesses from every research, technology, manufacturing, industrial, and service sector call the area home. With a growing population and one of the strongest business and investment environments in the nation and the world, the Dallas-Fort Worth area needs to have 24/7 access to professional, knowledgeable, and certified biohazard cleanup services.

What Is Biohazard Cleanup?

Biohazard is an umbrella term for biological substances, solutions, liquids, and materials that are harmful or lethal to living organisms. For homeowners, businesses, and commercial property owners around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, biohazards can present serious health and safety challenges.

Biohazards can be found almost anywhere. Commercial property owners should be acutely aware of the necessity to be cautious around biohazard situations. Failure to observe proper handling and removal procedures may lead to personal injury, death, lawsuits, and EPA and OSHA violations. These violations may result in fines, or worse.

Homeowners are not exempt from the danger of biohazards. Asbestos, lead, toxic chemical spills from a previous resident, sewage spills, animal feces or remains, and narcotic residue or paraphernalia are some examples of very toxic situations that people may encounter.

Examples of Biohazards

The decontamination of a home or business due to biohazards can be both dangerous and emotionally traumatic. Specialized training and experience are essential to consider when selecting a company to clean up the biohazard.

Whether a residence, a business, or a commercial property, it is important to know what constitutes a biohazard. Some situations present a threat of injury or death if improperly handled. Other biohazard situations present legal challenges. A competent, certified professional biohazard specialist can identify and rate a biohazard and present solutions that are safe, secure, and meet legal requirements for site management, clean up, and disposal of biohazards.

Examples of biohazards include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal bedding/waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Vandalism cleanups involving toxic substances
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup
  • Microbiological cleanup
  • Lab cleanup: sharps (needles), glass slides, scalpels, etc.

There are different kinds of biohazards. Some of these examples may never present themselves in a home or business. While a home or commercial property may not be exposed to as many biohazards as other places, it is still vulnerable.

Levels of Biohazard

There are four biohazard threat levels:

  • Level One: This level includes E. Coli, Bacillus subtilis, and more. The danger level is low, posing only a minimal threat to people, animals, and the environment.
  • Level Two: This level includes HIV, Hepatitis B, and Salmonella. Level two biohazards are contracted through contact with any infected materials and can make people extremely ill.
  • Level Three: This level includes tuberculosis and other airborne pathogens which expose people to serious illnesses.
  • Level Four: This level includes biohazards that pose the highest threat. Diseases they cause, such as the Ebola and Lassa viruses, have no treatments and could be life-threatening. For threats of this severity, it is recommended to contact the nearest EPA office for help. Failure to handle high-level biohazards in a manner that is safe, secure, and according to regulatory guidelines could lead to illness, injury, death, fines, or litigation.

What to Do When a Biohazard Event Occurs

If biohazard exposure occurs or is discovered in the home, business, or commercial property, it needs to be resolved immediately. Most levels need specialty cleaning services. These companies are trained to solve the problem quickly, safely, efficiently, and according to guidelines. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is a 24/7 company that specializes in cleaning up many levels of biohazard exposure. They comply with health regulations and have the equipment needed for safe clean up, collection, removal, and disposal. They will decontaminate a home, business, or commercial property in the event of trauma, chemical spills, sewage backups, hoarding, and more.

To contact a biohazard cleanup specialist nearby, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, Texas, at (817) 560-3086.

Local SERVPRO Highlights the Seriousness of a Sewage Spill

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help

Summary: SERVPRO of West Fort Worth stresses the importance of hiring professional water damage restoration specialists to deal with a sewage spill.

Sewage spills and toilet overflows are hazardous and should be considered emergency situations. The bacteria in sewage can cause serious illness and should be cleaned up immediately. This scenario illustrates the seriousness of the situation and the many factors that come into play when dealing with a hazardous spill, especially one in a high-traffic facility.

Case Study: Mess in the Mission

The basement of the old church fellowship hall was converted into a ministry that provided clothing, household goods, food, and toys to families in the church and the community. The sharing project was clean, well-organized, and very inviting until the catastrophe struck. There had been some warning signs in the past, and minor sewage backups had occurred occasionally. The building originally was a home, but the septic system had met code requirements. Still, a blockage coupled with a high-traffic weekend resulted in the basement filling with an inch or more of liquid and sludge. The church members decided to clean it up as much as possible.

The decision to tackle the mess without expert help was a big mistake for the following reasons. The sewage covered most of the basement, and it was impossible to assess the full extent of the damage without walking in sewage, which was a couple of inches deep. Every time a toilet was flushed, more sewage backed up. Unavoidably, raw sewage was tracked throughout the multi-building facility. The entire facility, every building, eventually had to have the carpet cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized. As a safety precaution, every surface was wiped with sanitizer to avoid the potential spread of E. coli bacteria, especially in the nursery and toddler areas.

In the basement, anything that was on the floor had to be either cleaned or discarded. Clothes, shoes, toys, appliances, non-perishable food items, and lots of books were bagged up and hauled off. The sewage was shoveled up and hauled out in buckets. The furniture, clothing racks, and shelving in the basement had to be wiped down many times during the cleanup process. Since the septic tank could not be pumped out for a day or two, more sewage seeped into the basement. After three days, the leadership decided to call in a professional cleanup team. The septic backflow had been remedied. The trained, experienced, and well-equipped crew quarantined the building, set up safety barriers and warning signs, and got to work. The team suited up with protective clothing, rubber boots, rubber gloves, respirators, protective eyewear, and more. They brought in the necessary equipment to get the job done swiftly and safely. When they finished, it was impossible to tell that there had been a major black water incident in the basement.

In any situation involving water, people should take basic precautions such as staying calm, avoiding any electrical hazards, avoiding slip and fall hazards, and using a flashlight in dark or dimly lit areas. Here are 6 other safety tips to take away from the sewage spill scenario above.

  1. Identify and resolve any sewage backup issues before they arise, as it will save money in the long term. These are three types of water: clean water, gray water, and black water. Clean water comes from a broken water pipe, a leaking faucet, or a sprinkler system. Gray water comes from a washing machine, a dishwasher, or a toilet with only a minimal amount of urine but no fecal matter. Gray water can quickly become black water if not treated soon. Black water contains fecal matter and harmful bacteria. It can cause illness if it finds its way into the body through the eyes, mouth, or a cut.
  2. Establish guidelines and protocols for hazardous events such as a sewage or chemical spill.
  3. Maintain a well-stocked safety kit consisting of protective footwear or booties, protective eyewear, a respirator or masks, rubber gloves, heavy-duty garbage bags, disinfectant, disinfectant wipes, several LED flashlights, and a basic first aid kit.
  4. Should an overflow or spill occur, avoid tracking black water throughout the facility. Avoid walking on exterior sidewalks or walkways with contaminated footwear. The fecal matter could still be tracked by others into the building or into their homes.
  5. Once an area is contaminated, put up safety barriers and signage to redirect foot traffic.
  6. Immediately call in a trained, experienced, and well-equipped cleanup team to do the job quickly, thoroughly, and safely so the facility can be up and running as soon as possible.

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency and should be dealt with as quickly as possible. The skilled professionals at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment, and protective gear to safely restore a home or business contaminated from a black water overflow from a toilet, septic tank, or sewer line. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth can be reached by phone at (817) 560-3086.

Water Categories - What Are They?

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water is water, right? You know you’re not supposed to drink salt water, and it’s probably not wise to drink from a random lake or river you find out on a hike unless you have one of those fancy filtering straws. You also know not to go near the toilet bowl water (and no matter how many times you tell your dog to stay away, she just doesn’t listen). But did you know that water has different categories and that when dealing with a water damage in your home we use these categories to see how we need to mitigate the situation at hand. It can help us dictate whether or not we need PPE or Personal Protective Equipment, and how much of it we need. It can also help us decide what type of cleaning supplies we need too!

So, what are the water categories?

Using IICRC (IICRC S500), or Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, guidelines, we categorize water into three categories. So, what are they?

Category 1 or “Clear Water” – This water comes from a source that’s clean, for example your water supply line broke on your refrigerator, flooding your kitchen. That would be considered clean water. It can also come from a sink or a tub that’s overflower. However, when it comes to clean water losses, it’s important to act as quickly as possible because not only can it bring mold and mildew but the longer it sits  and mixes with dirt or other particles on the floor the faster it can degrade from a category 1 to a category 2.

Category 2 or “Gray Water” – This is water that has bacteria present, think about a water source that you wouldn’t want to drink from. You wouldn’t want to drink your bathwater, or the soapy water that comes from the dishwasher or washing machine. Gray water has no solid waste in it, but it’s carrying microorganisms and the nutrients needed for those microorganisms. It can cause discomfort or some sickness in the event that some gets ingested. If you’ve had a toilet overflow that had urine in it, sump pump failure, this is all considered category 2 water. If left, just like category 1 water, it can devolve to category 3 water.

Category 3 or “Black Water” – This is the highest category that we can use when it comes to water. It is disgustingly unsanitary. It usually includes raw sewage or water sources that are considered to be contaminated. Sea water, ground water, and water rising from rivers and creeks are all considered to be category 3 water sources. Category 3 water is incredibly dangerous and can cause serious illness or even death if consumed by humans.

We take water losses seriously, and we know how fast water can go from a category 1 to a category 2 and so on and so forth. It’s why we are ready to go 24/7, 365 days a year. We have our crews on standby no matter the day whether it’s a regular Tuesday or a holiday. Our trucks are stocked and ready to roll out, and we can be to your location in as little as an hour! Give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

We are LLRT!

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

When seconds count you definitely need a team that you can count on for your commercial property loss. That’s where SERVPRO of Lake Worht/Benbrook comes in. We are what’s called LLRT or a Large Loss Response Team.

What does that mean? Well, it means that we have the equipment, manpower, and the tools needed to handle absolutely massive jobs. Like, jobs that require upwards of 800 air movers! Our team is highly trained as well to make sure that each job goes smoothly and professionally. We are also held to a higher standard than a regular restoration company and attention to detail is critical to us. We are 24/7 so we will be on our way as soon as you call us.

Time is money when it comes to businesses, and a warehouse flood can cost your business a lot of money in both time and loss of revenue. We strive to get each job done quickly so you can get back to work.

If you’ve had a recent water loss in your commercial building in Fort Worth, give us a call today at 817.560.3086

Storm Season Is Almost Here!

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

It’s been a pretty wet season for us here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, but we are definitely not complaining! We love the rain here, we think you can never have too many rainy days… but your house might not think that. While we really may not be fully into storm season yet, with all this rain we’ve been having it’s good to keep prepared and make sure your house is ready for the upcoming storm season so you don’t have an outside water loss, which can cause a lot of damage and a lot of issues. Make sure your pipes are cleaned out from leaves from the fall, and make sure that your windows and doors are sealed right and no water can make their way inside.

If you do find yourself with a situation where the outside water isn’t well, outside, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Battling the Unexpected

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

As homeowners, we try everything we can to make sure that we prevent water damages from happening to our home. We make sure all windows and doors are air and moisture tight, we perform routine maintenance on our washing machine vents, and hot water heaters, but sometimes water loss can be inevitable. It can come from where you don’t even expect it like a slab leak or a burst pipe from a wall. It can be overwhelming when you’re standing in ankle deep water and have no idea where to start. That’s why we are here for you! Whatever the reason we can be there to help in sometimes as little as an hour (depending on where you live in the metroplex) and can get that water mitigation happening as quick as possible so you don’t have to worry about any secondary damage that could occur. We have the knowhow and the teams to make sure that everything is good to go when we leave your home on the last day.
So, when the unexpected happens, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

It’s exactly one week until Christmas! We’ve been busy at my house, baking cookies, decorating, and wrapping presents. It’s definitely been a very busy holiday season both at home and at work! We have quite a few house fires under our belt, and we wanted to remind everyone about the dangers of the holiday season, as it’s easy to forget about simple safety measures during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

  1. If you have a live tree, make sure to keep it watered! A dry tree can burn extremely fast, and extremely hot!
  2. Keep lit candles away from flowy decorations and dry plants. Keep them up on a shelf, away from pets as well. If possible, use battery operated candles instead.
  3. Inspect all your electrical decorations for frayed or damaged wires when you decorate, replace any electrical plugs that seem dangerous.
  4. Keep close when you’re baking or cooking! Cooking related fires are all too common in the holiday season. Keep a close eye on that turkey, and make sure it’s very dry and room temperature if you’re frying one this Christmas.

Be safe, and from our family here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to yours – have a great holiday!

A Variety Of Services!

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook can do a whole lot - and the best part about it si that we're 24/7! If you have a water pipe burst on Christmas Eve, we've got you! A fire on the 4th of July from a stray firework? No problem at all. We can help no matter the time or place. 

Here's a list of our services, and we hope you'll give us a call for all of your water, fire, and mold restoration needs. 

  • Water Loss – Extraction & Drying
  • Fire & Smoke – Structural, Contents, & Electronics
  • Odor Removal
  • Mold Remediation
  • Asbestos
  • Lead Paint
  • Construction Services
  • Commercial Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Biohazard
  • Trauma & Crime Scene Clean Up
  • Hazmat
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Sewage Clean Up
  • Oil Clean Up
  • Contents – Pack Out
  • Textile Cleaning & Odor Removal

Fort Worth Restaurant Cleaning

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Restaurants get dirty, it’s just a fact of life. No matter how much we clean, and clean and clean them they still can get pretty messy with the daily hard use of dinner rushes and lunch rushes. That’s where SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook comes in. We can come to your restaurant and do a deep cleaning of your kitchen, getting all the grease traps and under appliances to make your kitchen sparkling like new. The best part is, you don’t even need to close shop! We can come in overnight after all your patrons have left and do our cleaning then. So, no lunches are missed, and dinners are always served.

If you need your restaurant kitchen cleaned, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Preparing for a fall rainy season - Fort Worth, TX

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

With temperatures soaring towards 99 degrees this week, it’s hard to imagine that just a few months ago we were practically drowning with all the rain we were getting. What I wouldn’t give to be back at that spot! I love the rainy season, and I know a lot of us are praying for a little bit of rain to help beat the heat.

But it’s good to point out that with fall coming up, the rain will be coming soon. After all, fall is our second tornado season of the year. It’s important to make sure that your house is in tip top shape, in preparation for the fall and winter months to come. Here’s a handy checklist:

  • Clean out gutters and make sure they are in working order. Broken or clogged gutters can lead to overflow or worse and cause water damage to your home.
  • Ensure that flower beds are draining properly.
  • Check door seals and window seals to make sure that no water can get in from inside.
  • Make no shingles are damaged on the roof and replace the ones that are.

If you find yourself in the middle of a water damage caused by rain, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Hurricane Preparation

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane season has officially begun! With the first storm hitting New Orleans just a few weeks ago, it’s important that we’re storm aware until late November, when storm season finally ends. In the event of a hurricane making it far enough inland to North Texas, we need to make sure our house is well protected from winds, hail, and rain. Do a thorough inspection of your home and repair any problem areas that you may see. If vacationing on a beach in the next few months, make sure to keep an eye on the weather and make proper safety kits and have emergency plans in place in the event of a hurricane.

Has your house been affected by storm damage? Give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Commercial Cleaning? We Got That!

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

As we always say here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook: a clean workplace is a happy workplace! And that’s why we are proud to offer commercial cleanings for any and all types of businesses. If you’re a small store, or a company with three floors in a high-rise we can take care of that. We don’t even have to interrupt your employees while their working either. We can come in at night or even over the weekends to get the job done. We also use the greenest of techniques to clean with – so you don’t have to worry about chemicals or allergens bothering your employees while they’re working.

So, if you need your carpets cleaned, or your cubicles wiped down. Give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Fort Worth Fires - We've Got That.

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fires are devastating. They can happen at any time, no matter how careful an individual is on making their home as protected against fires as possible – the unthinkable can happen. Whether from a lightning strike, an accident happening in the kitchen or a short in your garage door opener – we’ve seen it all. And we can restore it all too. We are always ready for the call and we can start your fire loss as soon as possible. Whether it’s cleaning your precious belongings or the walls in your home we’ve got the crew, and the know-how to do it.

So, if you’ve been affected by a house fire, give us a call today at 817.560.3086 and we will be on our way to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We've Got Water Damage Restoration Down To A Science

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

We’ve discussed protecting your home against water damage, but sometimes it’s just inevitable. Sometimes, the water can come through a hole in your roof, or your garage can flood because of a burst water heater. Whatever the reason, we can be there to help in sometimes as little as an hour. We work hard to make sure that your water loss is mitigated in a timely fashion so that you don’t have to worry about any secondary damage that may occur. We have the teams and the knowledge to get your job done right and done right every single time. We also have the equipment to handle a job of any size, whether it’s a small house or a huge commercial warehouse.

So, whenever the unexpected happens, give our team a call at 817.560.3086.

October Blood Drive!

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that we have another blood drive coming up? We’ve paired up with Carter BloodCare again this year to offer a comfortable and a seamless donation! The donation will be on October 18th from 10 AM to 2 PM and snacks and refreshments will be offered. But that also means that it’ll be during the Halloween season, so you can expect some fun Halloween treats! We will have a link for registration soon, and will make an announcement on our Facebook page, where you can RSVP. So, keep an eye out for more details in the coming months – especially in September.

If you’d like to sign up, you can also give the office a call at 817.560.3086 and leave a message. Happy donating!

New Water Loss Detection Technology

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

With technology evolving every day, our houses are getting smarter. Products like Ring and Nest are common sights in homes, along with Amazon’s Alexa and even smart fridges from Samsung. With all these innovations to our more important and seen appliances, it makes sense that our smaller ones would have upgrades too.

Water is probably, singlehandedly, the most used product in our home. It can also cause the most damage outside of a fire to our homes if a leak or sudden failure of appliances should happen. We’ve written about some things to combat water damage in the past, like sensors placed around the spots in your home that could have the highest risk for a water loss such as a laundry room, heater, or bathroom. Either these sensors would let out an alarm – sort of like a smoke detector – alerting to a water loss or they would be attached to a shut off valve to help stop the flow of water and prevent making a bigger problem. These are great, and very useful but if you don’t have a sensor in a spot that could be vulnerable like under a sink or near a toilet it could still spell disastrous.

 Now, there are some cool and innovative companies that are making water detection and conservation in your home is even easier than before. For example, there is a company that installs a water shut off valve that measures the pressure and temperature of the water flowing through the pipe and can tell you even if there’s the smallest leak somewhere. How? Through a Wi-Fi connection in the device that automatically connects to an app to tell you gallon usage, if the water pressure is off, and even if it’s going to get too cold and something is going to burst.

Homes are getting smarter every day, are you prepared?

Give us a call at 817.560.3086 for all your water loss needs!

Smoke Alarm Importance

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Remember in school, when you used to have a fire fighter come into your class or a general assembly and talk about how important fire detectors are? I sure do, I also remember the coloring books that they handed out every time they spoke. To my six-year-old mind, I thought that those were  

They’re loud, and obnoxious, and they are so important.

Did you know that in 2012-2016 the NFPA estimates that fire departments respond to an estimated average of 355,400 home fires to the tune of 6.5 billion dollars’ worth of property damage? The leading cause of fires is cooking.

And that’s why it’s important to have smoke alarms in your homes, it’s important to do routine maintenance on your alarms like testing the alarms and replacing the batteries when needed. Make sure to have them in all areas of your house. It’s wise to have them in your kitchen, all your bedrooms, your living rooms, and even laundry rooms.

If you find yourself in the aftermath of a house fire, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Fires & Lightning

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

The rainy spring season maybe over, but we’re not out of the clear with our summer thunderstorms yet! And even though we’ve had a fairly wet spring, with lakes being over their normal levels and the soupy humidity still hanging in the air, it’s important to remember that there’s still a fire danger when it comes to the weather outside.

We aren’t dry enough yet to have wildfires, though that’s more seen on the edges of DFW, as I said above, we aren’t out of the clear for thunderstorms in the summer yet – and we’ve still got fall coming up too! You may find yourself wondering just what I’m talking about… I’m talking about lightning.

Your home could be struck by lightning! Did you know that Texas leads the nation in lightning strikes? It’s true! According to a company named Vaisala that measures lightning, Texas had 3.3 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes alone in 2017! With those numbers, just think about how many houses are struck by lightning each year!

So, what do you do if your home is struck by lightning? Call the fire department first off. Make sure they do a full inspection of your home. Fires started by lightning can often lurk in your walls and spread quickly, causing a bigger fire. Follow your emergency plan as well to make sure your family is safe in the event of a fire.

If you’re looking for way to prevent your home from getting struck by lightning, look for a company that can install a lightning protection system on the roof of your home. The company will come out and install about ten-inch long copper rods on the roof of your home that will be connected to copper wires that run to the ground. They’ll help disperse the lightning away from your home and into the ground and preventing fires from starting. It’s also really smart to have your electronics hooked up to surge protectors.

If your home has been struck by lightning and caused a fire, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

LLRT? What's That?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

When seconds count, you need a team you can count on. We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook are what’s called LLRT, or Large Loss Response Team.

What’s that mean, you ask? Well it means that we have the tools, employees, and experience to handle massive, massive jobs like a recent job we had that had eight hundred air movers. All hands were on deck for that one! Large Loss Response Teams are also held to a higher standard then just a regular restoration company. We’re required to keep extra equipment and staff on hand, so we be on our way to your location as soon as the call comes in.

We know that when it comes to businesses, time is money so we strive to move quickly and make sure everything is perfect so you don’t have to worry and can get your employees back to work as soon as possible.

If you’ve had a recent water loss in your Fort Worth commercial building, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Water Damage Stories: Fires Can Cause Water Damage?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Take a look at this paint bubbling from all the water dripping down!

Often times, when dealing with fires we think of hot flame, burning and scorching everything. But did you know that water is the secondary cause of damage to a structure after a water loss? Take for example this nail salon that we restored at the beginning of this year. Upstairs was a hair salon, and an automated vacuum/trash can started a fire when something got caught in the feeder. Most of the most was contained to that salon room, however the sprinklers in the entire building came on.

This proceeded to flood the entire salon upstairs, leading to water leaking down through the roof and flooding the nail salon downstairs! We were able to get everything cleaned up so that both salons could open back up, ready for business!

If you’ve affected by water damage, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Flooding in Fort Worth!

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

While we don’t have the rain totals quite yet for June, April and May already blew last years totals out of the water (see what I did there?). April of last year we got 0.77 inches of rain, this year we got 6.78! In May of last year, we got 1.87 inches of rain, and this year we got 8.15! How wild is that? No wonder we felt like we were under water for a good portion of the spring.

Rainy seasons like that are why it’s important that we are prepared for the rainy season and the flash flooding that can come with it. Be sure to stay aware of your surroundings at all times when the rains come – especially like the ones we’ve had the last couple of weeks where it’s been literal sideways rain.

When you get the alert for a flash flood in your area, get to higher land. And if you see a flooded roadway, turn around and don’t drown!

If you’ve been hit by the recent flood waters, give us a call today at 817.590.3086!

What's Your Water Damage Plan?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage hits your home, do you have a plan in place just incase a toilet supply line breaks or storm water gets into your home? If you say shop-vac and a box fan, then you’re on the right track. Unfortunately, a shop-vac and a box fan aren’t quite the best way to handle a water loss and can lead to secondary damage like mold growth, warping of your flooring if you’ve got hard wood or laminate flooring, and a musty or moldy smell if you’ve got carpet. This can lead to sickness in your family, and that’s not good! Time is of the essence too, which is why SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is ready to go, no matter the time of day, or even the day!

Give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Water Damage Stories: Washer Supply Line

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Air movers placed in the home.

Did you know that your washing machine can hold anywhere up to 15 to 30 gallons of water? Now think about how much water it uses during a cycle. Depending on the settings you selected, it can range anywhere from 45 gallons and 90 gallons of water in one wash.

That’s what happened to this house. The homeowner was doing a load of laundry, when unbeknownst to her the supply line had cracked. When the homeowner returned, there was water everywhere. Just one load of laundry managed to flood the entire house. Every single room from the guest bedrooms, master bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and halls were affected. That is a lot of water! Which is why make sure we are equipped to handle it. We loaded up our truck with 40+ air movers and 5+ dehumidifiers and headed out!

Once we get on site, we do a full 360 inspection, and then begin to extract the standing water from the flooring, and strategically place our dehumidifiers in spots that will increase drying time and ensure that nothing grows after we’re gone.

If you’ve found yourself with a broken water supply line give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Fall Storm Preparation

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

It seems like the wet days are behind us! We were a little waterlogged there for a while, though we’re very thankful we weren’t quite so under water as Oklahoma and other parts of the country were. But that doesn’t mean things are in the clear for us! In just three months’ time, past the heat of the summer, we’ve got fall upon us. And while we don’t get snow like the rest of the country, we do get rain and quite a bit of it!

It’s important to waterproof your house now that the spring rainy season is done in preparation for the fall rainy season. After all, fall is considered to be the second tornado season. We had a few pretty windy storms here the last couple of weeks, so it’d be a good idea to make sure all your shingles are in place and replace any that are missing or broken. Make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly and fix any leaks that you may have noticed from this season’s storms.

If you do find yourself with storm damage, give us a call at 817.560.3086

The Seriousness of Fires

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fires are devastating. Not only are they life threatening, but they can be life changing events as well. In an instant your home and all your valuables can be gone. But it’s important to know that some can absolutely be salvaged! It’s why we work on restoring, not replacing. We have special chemical sponges that can wipe down walls to get the soot off, and we have a special washing machine that can fit up to 8 loads at a time to wash your clothes and get the soot smell out of them. We can restore all manner of things – just ask us!

If you’ve found yourself in the face of a fire, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Commercial Losses Are No Joke!

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial losses – whether they’re fire, or water can stop time at work. Documents can get destroyed; money is lost because your employees aren’t at work. When disaster hits at your commercial business, minutes count. And that’s why we here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook are always ready to help. We have the equipment, and training needed to make sure we can mitigate the loss as quickly as possible so you and your employees can get back to work and back to making your business run smoothly. To make things run even smoother, give us a call to set up your ERP or Emergency Ready Profile. We will do a thorough walk through of your building, mark all water shut offs, and write a detailed course of action just in case an emergency strikes.

Give us a call today at 817.560.3086

Is Your Business Ready For Disaster?

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

You know where your breaker box is in your office, but do you know where your water shut off is? In case of a burst pipe, it’s important to know where that. That’s where we can help. We can make you an ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile, that details out your building and just where the shut off is. It also can help our guys when planning a course of action just in case your Fort Worth business has had some water damage. With an ERP we’ll detail out the floor plan of your building, what to do in any type of emergency and much more.

This can save you time, and money and get you back on track from disaster!

To set up an ERP appointment, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Fire in Fort Worth? No problem!

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

As much as we talk about water losses, we don’t seem to really talk about fires all that much. Fires are another thing we have the ability to handle! Did you know that often times fires turn into water losses? Think – what puts out a fire? We have the equipment and the training to make sure your home or business is taken care of promptly in the event of a fire.

We have a state-of-the-art Esporta Machine, which can handle up to eight loads of laundry at a time and get out the toughest soot smells. We have a trained staff that can clean all of your items from soot to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call today at 817.560.3086 if you’ve been hit by a fire!

Storm Season in Fort Worth, TX

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

It seems as though storm season has passed now that we are in mid-June. But as the ground dries up under the 100-degree weather we are most likely staring down, we’ve got to remember that there is still the chance of summer afternoon rains, and the detriment that can come with them.

Take for example this last Sunday, when a random microburst tore through DFW. It knocked out power to residence in Dallas county for several days. It downed power lines and trees, and even knocked over a huge crane in downtown Dallas an killed one person and injured several more.

That’s why it’s important to always be storm ready here in DFW. Where severe weather can strike at any time and be incredibly dangerous. It’s a good idea to keep your house weather proofed as well. Take some time in the downtime during the beginning of spring and fall to make sure your home is prepped for spring weather. Check shingles, trim back trees, check window and door seals. It’d be a good idea to make sure your electronics are plugged into surge protectors too.

If you’ve been hit by storm damage, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Cleaning Your Washing Machine

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

It’s important to maintain your appliances! You may give your fridge a thorough clean out, and your microwave a wipe down once a week. You clean the lint trap from your dryer every time you dry your clothes. But what about your washing machine? Are you noticing a foul smell every time you open the lid to start a new load?
 
Then it maybe time to give your washing machine a good clean! Hard-water minerals can build up as well as general dirt and grime and left-over laundry detergent – sort of like how your tub builds up soap scum if it’s not cleaned. Mold and mildew can hide under the washer lid/door.

So, to get rid of the funk, every six months when you do your spring and fall cleaning, here’s what to do if you’ve got a front-loading washing machine.

Grab white vinegar, a spray bottle, a towel or microfiber cloth, and some baking soda. First, clean around the gasket with that white vinegar and spray bottle. Wipe it down with the damp towel, and make sure to get all the stuff that’s accumulated.

Next, set your washer to the very highest level with the highest temperature. Add two cups of vinegar to your detergent dispenser and run through a complete cycle. When that’s done, add a half cup of baking soda to the drum and run again – still using the highest level and hottest water temperature. When it’s done, wipe down the inside of the drum. Go ahead and wipe down the front as well.

If you’ve got a top loading washing machine, you’ll need a toothbrush, vinegar, a towel or microfiber cloth, and baking soda.

 Again, set your washer to the highest level and the hottest setting, add four cups of vinegar to the wash cycle. After it starts, pause your machine and let it sit for an hour. While it’s sitting, it’s a good idea to wipe down the nobs and the front of your washing machine. You can even use an old toothbrush to scrub out the fabric softener and bleach dispensers that have gotten clogged with gunk. Continue your wash cycle after an hour. Then follow that with a cup of baking soda, and at the end of your cycle wipe down your tub.

And now you’ve got a clean washing machine!

If you’ve had water damage from your washer, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Bathroom Mold Prevention in Fort Worth, TX

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is so common – that even the nicest homes in Fort Worth has it! We know! We’ve seen it! It can hide in closets, behind dishwashers, and under sinks – which is the perfect environment for it to grow. Because mold needs moisture, time, and darkness this makes the bathroom the perfect place for mold to hide and unfortunately, it seems as though mold and bathrooms go together like peanut butter and jelly. So, what can you do to fight against unwanted mold in your bathroom? Try and prevent it all together! Below are some steps to help:

  1. Clean your bathroom regularly.
  2. Use a squeegee for showers doors/walls – not only will this help with built up water spots, but it’ll also help prevent excess water build up.
  3. Fix your leaky faucets and shower heads.
  4. Use your fan! Your ventilation fan is there for a reason as it helps cut back on the humidity and excess moisture from your shower. If you don’t have a fan, open a window or invest in a small dehumidifier – like the ones we use here!
  5. Make sure your child’s toys are dry and cleaned and inspected regularly. Mold can grow in certain toys if not properly maintained.
  6. Keep your shower or tub as clutter-free as possible. Water can collect under bottles and promote mold growth.

If you are experiencing mold in your bathrooms, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Storm Season Is Almost Here

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is just around the corner here in North Texas, and with the deadly tornadoes in Arkansas this past week, it’s important to remember that we need to be aware of the Spring storm season ahead of us and we need to get prepared. Make sure your house is secured and ready for storm weather. Inspect roofs from last year’s damage, inspect window sills and door jams to make sure no water can make its way inside. In the event of an emergency, it’s a good idea to pack an emergency kit which you can find more about here, along with an emergency plan to help you and your family stay safe.

We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook know the importance of making sure everyone stays safe during severe weather situations, which is why we go on storm to help those in need. If you’ve been hit by a recent storm event, give us a call today at 817.560.3086.

Commercial Water Damage? We can handle that!

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Short of a fire or natural disaster, floods are the worst thing that can happen to your office or business.  It can affect your employee’s productivity, which in turn can mean lost revenue for your company. We know how incredibly frustrating that can be as a business owner or manager. We’ve been there before, after all!
That’s why we here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook work as hard as possible with specialized equipment to make sure that the drying process is quick and easy so you and your employees can get back to work as quickly as possible. We work hard to make sure the process is streamlined and you know what’s going on every step of the way.

If your commercial office space has been affected by water damage give us a call here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook today! 817.560.3086

The Team Is Back!

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

The boys (and ladies!) are back in town! After a long three weeks on the road in both Wisconsin and Chicago, our full team is back and ready to roll here in DFW! With the possibility of more storm events coming for the north, the team is already itching to get out into the field and having a blast with the customers up north.

We love meeting and helping new people. Stories of meeting customers and their experiences on the road never get old to us, especially when you’ve got a team like ours. Where humor is just waiting around the corner at every turn, and stories keep us laughing at our quarterly dinners for hours. We are proud of our team for doing all that they do for our customers. Good job up north, boys!

If you’ve had a water loss give us a call today at 817.595.2506, we are always “Here to Help!”

Textile Cleaning? We Got That!

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that we can clean the clothes, textiles, blankets, and stuffed toys right here in our shop? It’s true! We are the proud owners of our very own Esporta machine, which can hold up to eight loads at a time. We use special soaps and formulas to make sure that we get everything that was affected clean. We can clean everything from soot and smoke damaged articles to water damaged things as well.

We know how stressful it can be to be faced with the possibility of having to replace things, which is why we focus on restoring and not replacing, and that means all your personal belongings not just your home.

We aim to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at 817.595.2506.

Why SERVPRO: Certifications and Training

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

We’ve got restoration down to a science – truly. We use formulas and chemistry every day to dry, treat, and clean homes and businesses that have been affected by water damage, fire damage, mold remediation and biohazard damage. That also means our staff must be highly trained to tackle anything that gets thrown our way.

That’s why we’ve developed the National Training Center at our national headquarters. It teaches every aspect of the restoration and mitigation process from start to finish. The coolest part? We’ve got a full sized, house in our training facility. We flood it, set it on fire… you name it, it’s probably been done. Every scenario, we’ve tested the best ways to tackle the situation at hand.

If you’ve been hit with water damage in your Fort Worth home, give us a call today at 817.560.3086

Meet The Owners!

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

This is Shane and Angie Parish. They are our owners and fearless leaders here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, and we want you to meet them! They’re originally from Ohio, before moving down here to Texas to open our three SERVPRO franchises. They are our fearless leaders here at SERVPRO and without them we all wouldn’t be here! They make sure things are running as smoothly as possible, and they are driven to succeed themselves and push all of us to succeed and do our very best as well.

Angie is certified in WRT as well as Lead Renovator Certified, while Shane is certified in WRT, CDS, ASD, Carpet Cleaning, Tile Cleaning, LLRT, Time & Materials, and FSRT. So, with them at the helm, we are seriously qualified to handle whatever problem you may have!

Give us a call today at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086

Fort Worth Emergency Kit

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Flash Floods and heavy rains can cause huge issues in Fort Worth, Texas. Always be prepared with your emergency kit!

In Fort Worth, Texas, weather can change at the drop of a hat. Keeping an emergency kit in your home, car, and/or business can help you get through the disaster unscathed. Fort Worth sees all kinds of disasters from floods, to ice storms, to tornadoes. Check the list below to see what you should include in your kit.

  • Water: One gallon of water for each person per day. This should be enough for both drinking and hygiene such as brushing your teeth. 3 Days is a good amount to be prepared for.
  • Food: Make sure you are packing non-perishable food items. Again, a 3-day supply is ideal. Make sure you are storing these items properly… Nothing takes a situation from bad to worse quite like food poisoning.
  • Flashlight: A powerful flashlight can be a lifesaver if your power is knocked out during a flood in Fort Worth. Make sure you also pack extra batteries if your light is not a hand crank flashlight.
  • Battery-Operated Radio: Cell phones are a great tool for receiving information quickly, but if the power goes out, your cell phone is likely to die as well. Radios are one of the best ways to make sure you are up to date on all emergency information in Fort Worth, Texas. Be sure to pack extra batteries for your radio as well.
  • First Aid Kit: A first aid kit can seem like a lifesaver, even when you need something as simple as a Band-Aid. These kits are relatively easy to assemble yourself, or you can order one on Amazon, or just pick one up from your local Fort Worth Walmart.
  • Tools: A simple toolkit is something every household should have. This way you can take care of some issues yourself while you wait for the flood water to recede or the ice to melt so that you can get a professional in to tackle the problem.
  • Medications: Always be sure you have your prescriptions on hand. It is also a good idea to pack basic medicine for headaches etc. as well.
  • Baby and/or Pet Supplies: Make sure you have everything you need for each member of your family. Diapers, formula, pet food, and anything else you need to make sure everyone is taken care of.
  • Cash: Cards don’t always work in an emergency. Cash is a surefire way to make sure you can pay for the things you need in Fort Worth.
  • Important Documents: Depending on the situation, you may want to make sure that you have birth certificates, social security cards, insurance cards, etc. with you.
  • Sleeping Bags/Blankets: If the power goes out, you will not be able to regulate the temperature in your home or office, and if you are in your vehicle, you may be stranded somewhere. Keeping a sleeping bag or blankets in your car can help keep you warm even if it is cold and gross in Fort Worth.
  • Change of Clothes: A change of clothes can feel like a life saver if you have gotten the clothes you are wearing wet or soiled in some other way. Pack a few extra shirt and undergarments if you know you will be traveling or away from home in potentially hazardous conditions. Always remember to bring a jacket as well, Fort Worth may be hot most of the time, but it can get chilly when the sun goes down.

Raising Money for Gun & Hoses

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Autographed footballs ready for the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Even though the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl fell victim to some bad weather, SERVPRO® still works to support our first responders. Guns and Hoses is an organization in North Texas that is dedicated to helping the families of fallen first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook wants to help them in their mission, so while we were at the game, we raffled off 2 signed footballs to raise money for this incredible organization. Both Boston College and Boise State fans were eager to support the cause and enter to win a keepsake from their favorite team. In the end, we raised over $500 to help Guns and Hoses on their mission. Thank you so much to everyone who bought a raffle ticket to donate to this amazing cause.

Water Damage Timeline

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage: water seeping across floor and saturating carpet in Fort Worth home.

Here at SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook, we know a fast reaction is a key part of preventing water damage, but what happens if you don’t take care of the water right away? Check out the timeline below to see what happens when water damage is left unchecked.

Within Minutes:

  • Water spreads throughout the property and saturates all surfaces it comes into contact with. It is absorbed into carpets, walls, etc.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, or other dyes may begin to run and stain other surfaces.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods begin to warp.

1-2 Hours:

  • Drywall begins to warp and break down.
  • Metal begins to tarnish & other furniture begins to warp and crack.
  • Musty odor appears.

48 Hours – 1 Week:

  • Mold may begin to grow.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Biohazard Contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically.
  • Serious health risk posed to building’s inhabitants.

If your home or office sustains water damage, don't hesitate! Call us right away at 817-560-3086

Commercial Water Damage in DFW, Texas

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded storeroom needed water extraction and equipment placed to completely dry out.

This commercial retail space started experiencing flooding during a period of extremely heavy rain in North Texas this year. Water was coming into the store from multiple points, some of which the store was unable to locate. Multiple areas were showing water damage from warehouses to storerooms, and even areas that customers needed to walk through! For safety reasons, it was important to get rid of the water as quickly as possible. Once our crews got on site, they were able to determine that some water was likely leaking up through the floor because of possible foundation issues. The crew got to work right away extracting the water and setting up equipment. Once we had taken care of the standing water, we were able to set up air movers to dry out walls and other surfaces. The store was extremely pleased with our work as we helped them get through a stressful rainy period.

Holiday Safety Tips for Fort Worth

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

With the holiday season now upon us, there are a lot of things on our plates. From deciding what to get your cousin you drew for the family Secret Santa, to cookie exchanges at work it seems like the month before Christmas goes way too fast. For those of us who enjoy it, anyway.  It’s important in all the hubbub to stay safe this holiday season by following these tips.

  1. Make sure to keep your tree watered. An under watered tree can dry out and be an extreme fire hazard.
  2. When decorating, check all electrical decorations for sign of wear or tear. Anything old or worn should be replaced and thrown out. If you don’t want to throw away the entire decoration, you can buy replacement wiring.
  3. Use fake candles instead of real candles when you do your decorating. Avoid open flame as much as possible. If you like the scent of candle, we suggest a wax burner though take caution with those as well.

From all of us here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

Signs of a Tornado

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes, weather forecasting isn’t perfect. Sometimes, tornadoes do sneak by meteorologists and weather radars. It’s important to know the signs for a tornado, just incase one does happen and there is no warning for your area. Here is a list courtesy of NOAA for what to look and listen for (it also includes other tornado-preparedness information):

  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. You can often see a funnel drop.
  • Unfortunately, sometimes tornadoes don’t have a funnel. Look for whirling dust or debris on the ground under a lowered wall cloud.
  • Hail or heavy rain that’s followed by dead calm – meaning no rain, wind, anything or look for a fast, intense wind shift. A lot of times tornadoes are rain wrapped and can’t be seen.
  • Loud or continuous roar or rumbled, often described as being similar sounding to a freight train, that doesn’t fade after a few seconds like thunder does.
  • During the night time, look for a persistent lowering from a wall could. It could be illuminated or silhouetted by lighting. Look for white power flashes, which are caused by powerlines being snapped in a tornado or very strong winds.

This storm season, stay safe! Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook for all your restoration needs at 817.560.3086!

Storm Damage in Fort Worth, Texas

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

We don’t really pay attention to small storms here in the Fort Worth area. We’re used to so much bigger storms, right? Rain with the occasional downpour and roll of thunder may seem relaxing to some. However, sometimes it’s the smaller storms that cause the biggest damage.

Smaller storms can rip off just a few shingles on your roof, allowing rain to leak into your attic. Unfortunately, if left undiscovered it can lead to problems such as stains on the walls and ceilings, musty and unpleasant smells, and mold. You can learn more about undetected water damage in your home on our blog here.

If there are undiscovered and left open holes, then pests such as insects, rodents, and birds can come in and make their home in yours and cause more damage than just water.

After a storm, it’s important to do a check of your home. If you suspect you have damage call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, 24/7! 817.560.3086

Large Loss Response Team

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Not just anyone qualifies as a Large Loss Response Team, so what does it mean that SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook has a Large Loss Response Team? It means that no matter the size of the issue, our team is able to handle it. SERVPRO holds Large Loss Response Teams to a higher standard of care and requires teams to show attention to detail and the ability to meet SERVPRO corporate standards even with much larger losses. Our team has more equipment, higher certifications, and more experience than your average commercial loss response team.  All of our extra equipment and training allows us to handle bigger losses such as large storms and even hurricanes. Our Team even traveled to Houston last year to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas in 2017. We know how difficult a storm of this size can be to recover from, so SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is proud to be one of a select few franchises who have the ability to help people, businesses, and even entire communities bounce back after they have suffered such a huge loss.  

Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other huge disasters can leave an impact that can be felt for years, but our mission at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is to clean up and restore your commercial building as fast as possible so that you don’t have to worry. If your office or workspace has suffered a large loss, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086 to see how our Large Loss Response Team can help you get back on your feet.

Commercial Large Loss Response

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Not just anyone qualifies as a Large Loss Response Team, so what does it mean that SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook has a Large Loss Response Team? It means that no matter the size of the issue, our team is able to handle it. SERVPRO holds Large Loss Response Teams to a higher standard of care and requires teams to show attention to detail and the ability to meet SERVPRO corporate standards even with much larger losses. Our team has more equipment, higher certifications, and more experience than your average commercial loss response team.  All of our extra equipment and training allows us to handle bigger losses such as large storms and even hurricanes. Our Team even traveled to Houston last year to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas in 2017. We know how difficult a storm of this size can be to recover from, so SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook is proud to be one of a select few franchises who have the ability to help people, businesses, and even entire communities bounce back after they have suffered such a huge loss.  

Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other huge disasters can leave an impact that can be felt for years, but our mission at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is to clean up and restore your commercial building as fast as possible so that you don’t have to worry. If your office or workspace has suffered a large loss, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.595.0004 to see how our Large Loss Response Team can help you get back on your feet.

Washing Machines & Water Damage

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that water damage caused by washing machines is one of the most common ways your home can suffer from water damage? There are so many different ways it can happen too, like using the wrong kind of soap or detergent or overloading. However, the most common way for a washing machine to cause water damage is the water supply hose.

You should do routine inspections of your supply lines to make sure they are functioning properly. Keep an eye out for visible signs that the supply hose might fail. Worn tubing, cracks, blisters, or a loose connection. If the connection does feel loose, you should tighten it. Replace any worn hoses and be sure to replace them every five or so years even if there’s no visible sign of wear and tear. When choosing a hose, try and get one that’s braided steel. They’re stronger and can hold up to more over time.

If you go on vacation or are away from your home from any length of time, shut off the supply line valve to make sure nothing can accidentally happen while you’re away.

If you have had damage caused by your washing machine, don’t worry! Give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.

Mold in Ventilation Systems

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is everywhere. It’s hard to avoid it, if we’re being completely honest. Most mold spores are airborne, floating around and just waiting to land on the spot that has the right combination of humidity, moisture, and darkness for it to grow.

Unfortunately, your HVAC system at both your home and your work place can be the perfect place for mold to grow which is why it’s important to regularly inspect it. Mold in your ventilation systems can be dangerous. It can make your employees or family members sick and you don’t even have to see it.

When you check your HVAC system check for both mold or any condensation that has popped up. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours, so it’s important to get that condensation taken care of as quickly as possible. Make sure to check the insulation around the ducts as well, as that can also grow mold if exposed to moisture. Check the drains and pans to make sure everything is draining properly, as any clogs can use leaks which in turn can sprout mold.

If you do have mold in your ventilation systems, turn them off! You don’t want any more of that stuff spreading around. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook as soon as possible! We are available to help 24/7. 817.560.3086.

How To Avoid Fires While Grilling

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is here, and that means it is time for backyard grill outs! July is the top month for grill fires followed by May, June, and August. While flipping burgers and roasting hot dogs may seem simple, be sure to follow these tips to keep your party from burning out.

Keep the Grill Away From the House

While it may seem like a no brainer, lighting a grill inside your home can have disastrous consequences. Keep your grill out of the house (this includes kitchens, sunrooms, covered patios, and garages), and move it away from the house so that wayward flames do not ignite anything. Flare ups happen, so it is best to keep the grill away from anything flammable in order to avoid fire damage.

Keep it Clean

Failing to keep the grill clean was the leading cause of grill fires from 2011-2015. When you use your grill, fat and grease from your food will build up. Be sure to use a wire brush to scrape off any extra food that may have built up while you were cooking. Simply scraping the grill isn’t enough to ensure your safety; do a deep cleaning of your grill 2-3 times per year (or more if you use your grill often) and be sure to get all the nasty grease and build up out of all the nooks and crannies. In addition to helping prevent fires, keeping your grill clean is just plain hygiene! Nobody wants a burger with old fat stuck to it!

Never Leave the Grill Alone

This tip seems like another common-sense rule, but many properties catch fire because the grill was left unattended and was knocked over by kids or pets. Children under 5 accounted for about one third of contact-type burns. Keeping watch over the cooking area will help prevent your little ones from bumping into the grill or any hot equipment. Designate a grill master to keep watch over the grill and the area around it so that you catch any problems before they happen, and they can make sure the food is cooked to perfection.

Inspect Before You Grill

Propane grills are great for a backyard barbecue, but they also cause more fires than charcoal grills due to the more complicated equipment. Before you light the grill up, take a second to inspect your work station. Make sure the propane tank is connected to the grill correctly and that there are no leaks. A gas leak next to even the smallest flame can have huge consequences, so familiarize yourself with the way your grill works, and take care of the maintenance to keep it in working order.

Know What to do if a Fire Does Break Out

If a fire does break out, knowing what to do and acting quickly will keep everyone involved safe. Never use a squirt bottle to spray water on a grease fire. This can make the fire larger rather than putting it out, and small squirts of water are not likely to be enough to extinguish a fire anyway. Flour can also make things worse, so use baking soda, salt, or a fire extinguisher to combat flare ups. Keep a box of baking soda or a fire extinguisher where you can quickly and easily access it if a flame does get out of control.

Why Keeping a Clean Workplace is Good for Business

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

When you are busy trying to meet your company’s goals, keep track of your busy schedule, and still maintain a personal life, the last thing you would think to do is vacuum the floors in your office. Even though cleaning carpets and wiping tables may seem trivial, keeping a clean and tidy workspace is vital to the success of your business. Look at the list below to see why it is so critical to keep your workspace clean and fresh.

  1. First Impressions are Important

When you first meet someone, what is the first thing you notice about them? Is it their outfit? Can you tell if they have brushed their hair and teeth that morning? Just as you form a first impression of a person by the way they take care of themselves, customers will judge your company on the way your office looks. If you have papers strewn about, dirty floors, and smudges on your walls, it sends a message that you do not care about your work. If a potential client sat down to a business meeting and put their hand in something sticky, they will probably not want to work with you again. Making sure that your floors are clean, desks are tidy, and any spills are quickly cleaned up shows customers and employees that you are a professional business who cares about themselves and their work.

  1. Boosting Focus

Do you ever have so much to do that you just can’t decide where to start? Or have you ever seen a photo where there was so much to look at that you couldn’t take it all in? The same principle applies to your workspace. If you have clutter all over the place, muddy tracks on your carpet, and stains on the floor left over from last years Christmas party, it can be hard for anyone to stay focused on their work; especially if employees must take time away from their work to get rid of a mess in the lobby or other part of the building. Having a clean environment can help your employees focus on what matters rather than fixating on the mess surrounding them.

  1. Healtheir Employees

The average person spends around 8 hours a day in their workplace, so they will definitely be exposed to anything that is floating through the air or growing on the walls of the building. There are a huge number of indoor air pollutants, so investing in an air filter and making sure your systems are properly cleaned and cared for will help make sure that your employees aren’t inhaling any negative substances while they are on the job. Keeping walls, ceilings, and floors cleaned is an important part of making sure that no harmful substances in the office could be harming your employees.

To schedule a cleaning of your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Lakeworth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086!

The Importance of Smoke Detectors

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

We’ve all been in that scenario where you accidentally leave something in the oven slightly too long, and suddenly every smoke detector in the house is going off, but think twice before you take the batteries out of your device to prevent another interruption to your evening meal. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that three of every fire home fire deaths came from homes without smoke alarms, and the death rate for every 100 homes was more than twice as high in homes without functioning smoke detectors than in homes with them.

We are giving you these stats as a testimony to the importance of having a working smoke alarm on every level of your house; ideally, they should also be in each bedroom.  Install your alarms in the center of the ceiling or up high near the ceiling if they are placed on a wall. Since heat – and therefore smoke – rises, a smoke alarm that is up high can alert you before a smoke detector that is located lower on a wall.

Once you have your detectors installed, you must be sure to test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year. The alarms won’t be any use to you or your family if they are dead when an emergency arises.

We hope that you never find yourself with your house or business in flames, but if you do, SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is here to help you get back on your feet again. Call us at 817.560.3086 to find out how we can restore your home and belongings after a fire.

The Truth About Black Mold

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

You often hear about toxic black mold in headlines and on tv shows, but what is the truth about black mold, and how scared do you really need to be? Read below to find out the truth about black mold.

Mold can be found nearly everywhere in the world – both indoors and outdoors. It can grow in any warm humid environment, and chances are you have probably already had a run-in with some type of mold and left the encounter unscathed. While it is true that pretty much any mold can release allergens and irritants, do some molds really have the ability to kill us?

The term “Toxic Black Mold” was actually created by the media and gained traction as insurance companies and public officials looking to capitalize on people’s fears. The truth is that not all black mold is toxic, and not all non-black mold is safe. Enough mold of any kind can kind can cause serious side effects, so it is best to get the problem remediated right away regardless of the type or color.

Toxigenic molds produce mycotoxins which have the ability to harm other living things. Despite this fact, some mycotoxins are tremendously useful; you may have even heard of one of the most famous mycotoxins: Penicillin which is produced by the mold Penicillium. Though this mold is technically “toxic,” we encounter it constantly in our everyday lives, and most people (without allergies to penicillin) are completely fine.

So, there you have it. Don’t let big headlines scare you. If you think you have any type of mold growing inside – even if you think it is harmless – it is best to get a professional on-site as soon as possible to determine the best way to treat the problem. Give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook for all of your mold remediation needs. 817.560.3086.

How To Spot Water Damage in Your Ceiling

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

It is easy to tell that your floor has water damage when you are standing in an inch of water in your living room, but how often do you check your walls or ceilings for signs of water damage? Pipes within walls and in between floors can leak or burst which can have major consequences if the problem isn’t addressed. Use the tips below to check your walls and ceilings for water damage.

  • Discoloration

One of the most obvious signs of water damage is discoloration. A yellow or brown spot on your walls or ceiling could mean that there has been a leak has occurred and need to be fixed. You may also see bubbling, cracking, or peeling paint as an indication that water could be causing some issues in your building.

  • Odor

While the water itself does not have an odor- it can cause something that does: mold. Mold can grow in any humid, warm place, so if a leak or spill is left unchecked, mold can definitely begin to grow on your walls and ceilings. Mold and mildew have a distinct musty odor, so if something doesn’t smell quite right, you should double check that you have no water damage or mold in your home or office.

  • Sound

Water damage may not always be visible right away, but sometimes you may be able to hear a leak or a gushing pipe when it first begins. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the way your pipes sound when they are working properly; know what it sounds like when water is running due to the washing machine, dishwasher, toilets, sprinkler system, or any other appliance that is connected to your plumbing system. If you hear something different one day, you will want to make sure that there are no issues with your pipes.

  • Home is Difficult to Heat

If you keep cranking up the heat in your house, but it just doesn’t seem to warm up, you may have a water damage problem.  Water and moisture can draw heat out of the walls and ceilings in order to evaporate. This means that instead of heating up your rooms, you are just heating up the water that has leaked behind your walls.

If you suspect water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086 to have our technicians fix the problem.

Do You Know Where Your Commercial Water Shut Off Is?

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

I remember when I worked retail, we had an employee only bathroom, the exception being small children IF they are accompanied by an adult. One of my coworkers let a child go back without a parent. Long story short, we had a diaper situation that lead to a burst pipe. At the time, we had no idea where our water shut off was and it would have been really helpful to know that information.

So, if something happens in your commercial location (retail, office or even a warehouse) do you know where your water shut off is? What about your employees? SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook can help you avoid massive damages by assisting you in creating a plan for when disaster strikes! With our Emergency Ready Profile, we can make a plan of action for any event whether it’s a storm, water, or fire disaster. It will contain important information to help you minimize the damage, and provide important information such as the location of the water shut off valve so that you can be prepared for the worst. This is a free service to anyone in the Lake Worth/Benbrook and surrounding areas.

To get started on an Emergency Ready Program, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our Business Development Representatives. 817.560.3086

Cleaning Your Cubicle

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

You spend a lot of hours in your cubicle a week, 40 hours or more! It tends to get a little dirty and disorganized. It’s important to give it a good clean every once and a while so you can feel and be more productive. You should split everything into categories, so you’re not completely overwhelmed when you get down to business.

  1. Supplies: Take an audit of what all you need on your desk during the work day. Pens, sticky notes, a note pad, scissors, staplers, and tape? Those can all stay on your desk. Get a little cup for your writing utensils to keep them out of the way and not in a disorganized pile. Move anything else you don’t use to a neatly organized drawer in your desk.
  2. Papers: If you don’t need it: toss it. If you think you might need it, then try and file it away in hanging files or on manila folders on your desk. You can even scan it in and save a PDF of it later. Make sure to shred your papers if you throw them away, however.
  3. Food: Keep it off the top of your desk and put it in a drawer. Throw out that box of crackers you purchased 3 months ago and only ate once. Wash your dirty coffee mugs, dispose of your water bottles, and maybe put the 75 Chick-Fil-A Sauce packets you have in your desk in the break room.
  4. Clothing: Don’t have your closet at your desk. Keep a sweater on the back of your chair, and your gym clothes in a bag under your desk.
  5. Personal Stuff: Keep your decorative things down to three-five things only at your desk. small decorations, Framed pictures, and maybe even a fern are all great things to have on your desk. It’s okay to make your space your own and personalize it, just don’t go overboard. If you have lotions, hand sanitizer, or lip balm keep it in the top shelf of your desk or in your purse.

When you’ve got your space decluttered and clear, start giving it a deep cleaning! Dust and wipe down all the surfaces with a disinfectant wipe. Use some canned air to blow the food from your keyboard or turn it upside down over a trash can and give it a good shake, wipe down your computer screen, and enjoy your newly organized space!

For all your other office deep cleaning give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.

What's That Equipment?!

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water losses are scary – nothing is worse than waking up to ankle deep standing water in your kitchen or coming home from a long day at work to a sagging ceiling. It may even seem a little daunting – how are you ever going to get this much water out of your home? SERVPRO is the answer, as soon as you call us, we’ll send out a team of highly trained experts to your home special equipment to speed up drying time and get your life back to normal.

Your next question maybe: what king of equipment will our guys be bringing?

Extractors – Extractors do exactly that – they extract water. They can remove water from flooring such as carpet, tile, hardwood, and even some upholstery. Depending on the severity of the damage, we will either use a truck mounted or portable extractor both of which we ride on! These extractors can extract hundreds, if not thousands of gallons of water, giving us the ability to handle any sized job.

Air Movers – Once all the standing water has been removed, we will bring in our air movers. Air movers are basically a special fan that can move air along a wet surface, drying your home or commercial business way better than a traditional box fan. We will be placing our air movers in strategic locations around the affected area to make sure that every inch of the area is dry.

Dehumidifiers – Dehumidifiers are large machines that draw in moist air and replace it with warm, dry air. Essentially, they remove residual moisture to lower the humidity of the room. This helps accelerate the drying process and get you and your home back to its pre-damaged condition.

When you have water damage, trust SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to have the right equipment and the right team to get the job done. Call us at 817.560.3086 – we’re ready to answer your call 24/7.

What's The Difference Between A Flood Watch And A Flood Warning?

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to North Texas, I feel like we can either get a whole bunch of rain at once or no rain at all. There is no in between, and for that reason flooding is a problem here. But, when it comes to flooding, when is it a time to take it seriously and not just get annoyed by the blaring alert noise on your phone? Below is a handy guide.

Flood Watch: Just a tornado or thunderstorm watch, flood watches occur when the conditions are favorable. It doesn’t mean that flooding will occur, just that it is possible we may see flooding.

Flash Flood Warning: If there has been a flash flood that has been issued for your area: react immediately, especially if you are in a flood prone area. A warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent in your area. You need to move to higher ground as quickly as possible. If you don’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Flash floods can occur in a matter or minutes to a few hours.

Flood Warning: If you are under a flood warning, that means flooding is happening in your area. Take action immediately and move to higher ground.

You may find yourself asking… what’s the difference between a flash flood and just a regular flood. The National Weather Service states that a flood is an overflow of water onto normally dry land. It can be caused by rising water in rivers, streams, or even drainage ditches. A flash flood is caused by receiving a large amount of rainfall in a short period of time and cause raging torrents.

If your home has suffered from flood damage recently, give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.

Mold? Fungi? Are They All Dangerous?

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

I’ll be honest, whenever I hear the words ‘mold’ or ‘fungus,’ I think about the scene in Ghostbusters, where Egon is fixing Janine’s computer. She tells him that she likes to read and how she thinks it’s a fabulous time to spend her spare time, and she also plays racquetball. She proceeds to ask him if he has any hobbies. He looks up from the back of the computer and deadpans “I collect spores, molds, and fungus.”

Aside from Ghostbusters, we actually hear those words thrown around frequently. From articles on Facebook telling you all about the dangers of mold, or a special news report on your local news about it, it can be a little confusing. Are they all dangerous?

There are over 200,000 species of fungus in the world, including over 100,000 types of mold. Yep, mold is a subspecies of fungi! Other species include truffles, yeast, mushrooms and lichen.

We know that molds can be dangerous, even kill us if we come in contact with some species of mold. But there is a lot of fear mongering, especially from the sources listed above. Mold can actually be really helpful to us. When we pull out hamburger buns we forgot to eat last week and they’re moldy and gross and then we say “Look! I’ve been growing Penicillin!” That’s actually true. We use Penicillium to help create the antibiotic Penicillin. Penicillium can grow on bread, cheese, and other foods and has a distinct greenish/blue/white/grey color to it. Blue cheese anyone?

Mushrooms, truffles, and yeast are all fungi that we eat. Did you know that the European white truffle is the most expensive food in the world? One sold for $300,000 in 2012, and just a few shavings on top of your dinner can be hundreds of dollars. They’re expensive because of their rarity. They can only be found in Italy during the months of October, November, and December and they’re sniffed out by specialty trained dogs. Black truffles can also cost quite a bit of money but are more readily available.

We use yeast to help bread rise and to brew beer and we put mushrooms in our steaks, ramen, and on pizzas. There are endless possibilities.

So, the short answer is no! Not all molds or fungi are dangerous, however, we must advise against plucking a random mushroom off the forest floor or going ahead and toasting that piece of bread.

If you suspect mold in your home call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook right away! This type of mold can cause respiratory problems and can be incredibly dangerous especially to children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Don’t think just because we can eat some mold on cheese doesn’t mean that all of it is safe.

Call us today at 817.560.3086.  

Mold Prevention

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When it comes to mold, it’s better to nip it in the bud before it starts. Mold can cause structural damage to your home, as well as severe health problems. Luckily, there are ways to prevent mold from spreading around your home, below are some helpful tips and tricks to keep it from doing just that.

  • Dry wet areas immediately.

Have a water loss? It’s important to dry the structure of your home as quickly as possible. Luckily, SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook can help with that! If you suffer a water loss, give us a call today!

  • Keep an eye on your humidity.

You should keep the humidity inside your home around 30-60 percent, which is what the EPA recommends. You can monitor your humidity levels with a moisture meter that you can get at your local hardware store. If you notice condensation on windows, walls, or pipes dry the surface immediately. Identify the water source to make sure it isn’t a potential water leak and then invest in a dehumidifier for your home. AC units will also help reduce the amount of humidity in your home.

  • Regular maintenance.

Regular maintenance of your home is important! Check to see if any pipes are leaking, or windows are leaking. Make sure to check all the supply lines running to your appliances, including your toilet. Inspect your roof. Fix any problem areas you may come across.

  • Proper ventilation.

Make sure to turn on your bathroom fan to prevent moisture from growing in your bathroom, and make sure your laundry room is properly ventilated and all vents are venting outside of your home and not into the attic. Check your kitchen as well, as moisture can form when you’re cooking or doing the dishes.

And as always do regular inspections of your home. Check all the dark nooks and crannies like the hot water tank closet and under cupboards. If you do suspect mold, give us a call today at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086

Mold Tips

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

The very thought of potential mold in your home is scary. Thoughts like ‘what will it do to my family?’ or ‘Is that why I’ve been getting sick so much?’ The very sight of mold is terrifying, and the same thoughts run through your head. If you think you do see mold in your home, do not touch or disturb it in way. Mold that’s touched or disturbed will become airborne and circulate your home, potentially causing a larger infestation and health risks. So, what should, and shouldn’t you do when it comes to mold?

First things first, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook! We will be on our way with our certified mold mitigation specialists. In the meantime, stay out of the area that you suspect has mold growth. If your HVAC or any fans are running, turn those off to make sure to limit the spread of spores – don’t blow air across it either. Don’t spray bleach on the mold either, because it will release those spores and toxins into the air. And don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook take your safety seriously, which is why we will be to your location right away to take a look at your mold problem. We are highly trained and certified to handle mold remediation and restoration, and we use specialized techniques and equipment to take care of the problem safely and quickly.

We are here to help 24/7! Give us a call today at 817.560.3086

Your Pets and Fire

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, we love our pets and they’re a part of our families! We can’t imagine the possibility of our lives without them, which is why it’s important to be sure to make sure your pet is safe in the event of a fire. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires annually, and 1,000 of those fires are started by pets who have knocked over candles or turned on stoves (United States Fire Administration). Because of the risk, we’ve put together some tips to help prevent and plan for a fire.

Prevention:

We cannot stress prevention enough! The number one way to make sure both you and your pet are protected from fires is to prevent them.

  • Candles are the cause of an estimated 8,690 fires in the United States (National Fire Protection Association). While it may seem like a no brainer to blow out your candles before you leave the house or go to bed, we are human. Double check to make sure open flames are put out. Cats can knock over lit candles with their tails, or a dog might get excited and knock one off of a table.
  • Keep electrical cords out of reach if your pet is a chewer, especially puppies. A puppy could chew through an electrical cord, which could cause a short. Not only is this dangerous for your puppy, but it’s also dangerous for your house.
  • We like the warmth in the winter, and so do our pets! Keep bedding and toys away from fireplaces or other heating elements during the winter time.
  • Test your smoke alarms! Make sure they’re working. Look to see where your pet goes to hide when they’re scared and make a note of it, so a firefighter can find them in the event of a fire.
  • If you have a stove/oven that has knobs, try and take those off before you leave your home or go to bed at night. Animals can accidentally turn them on and catch anything that’s on top of the stove or in the oven on fire.

If There’s A Fire:

If the unimaginable happens and you do have a fire, below are some tips to keep your pet safe.

  • In the event of a fire and you’re not at home, make sure your neighbors know how many pets you have and what their names are. You can also get a sign for your windows to let rescue workers know how many and what type of pets you may have in your home.
  • Train your pet to come when she’s called so you won’t have to go looking for her just incase there is a fire.
  • Keep leashes by the door so your pet can be evacuated easily, and you won’t have to carry an 80-pound dog out of the house.
  • Have a pet emergency kit by either the door or in with yours. Make it easy to grab and go. Some things you’ll want to include are: a toy, medicine, treats, food, water, an extra collar and leash with tags, a first-aid kit, and any important documents you may need.
  • Make sure your pet wears a collar with identification tags at all times just incase they get out of the home by themselves. If your pet manages to lose their collar by wiggling free or they aren’t wearing one, it’s a good idea to get your pet microchipped as well.
  • Make a fire escape plan that includes your pet just incase there is a fire. Practice it with your whole family so everyone is on board.

In the event that you and your pet have been affected by a fire, give us a call! We are here to help 24/7. 817.560.3086

Six Most Common Causes Of Housefires

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

House fires are unimaginable, and something we never want to happen to our home. In 2016 a house fire was reported every 90 seconds, and the causes vary. It’s why you should be able to identify the most common causes of house fires, you’ll find the list of six in no particular order below.

  1. Lighting

If your lamp shades or fittings are close to the light bulb, then there Is a possibility of them heating up and starting a fire. It’s good to keep lamps away from piles of clothing. If they get knocked over they could cause a fire as well.

  1. Candles

We all love candles, I am personally a fan of any of the pine tree scent or leather. But if forgotten about they can cause a serious fire hazard. Make sure to keep your candles away from flammable items such as curtains, Christmas trees, books or mail, and tissues. If you have pets carefully supervise them so they don’t knock anything over and always blow out a candle before going to bed or leaving your home.

  1. Smoking

Make sure the butts of your cigarettes are put out well. If not put out properly and the ashes are thrown in the trash or dropped on fabric such as furniture or carpeting, then they can cause a fire.

  1. Heaters

If you have a heater to keep your electric bill down during the winter time, it’s a good idea to keep it away from anything that can catch fire easily like furniture, curtains or laundry. If you’re one of the few people that still have a furnace anymore, get it inspected yearly to make sure it’s still working properly.

  1. Faulty Wiring

If you have faulty wiring in your home, it can cause fires from shorts or other electrical hazards. Fortunately, there are three signs you watch for when it comes to faulty wiring. First is if you blow a fuse or trip breakers more often than not. Second is if you need to disconnect one appliance in order for another one to work. Third is if your lights dim when you use another appliance.

  1. Appliances or Other Equipment

Stoves and ovens, if left on with things inside or on them, can cause fires. Especially if they’re not cleaned properly. Things that use electricity to heat up like hair straighteners, toasters, and TVs should be inspected frequently for cord damage.

If you’ve suffered from a fire, and need help cleaning up, we can do that! No matter the type we are equipped to handle any size job. Give us a call today at 817.560.3086

Water Damage and Commercial Buildings

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water losses and commercial properties. They go together as well as toothpaste and orange juice, which is to say that that don’t. Water loss can cause a lot of time lost, which means it can cause a lot of revenue to be lost on top of the cost it’ll take to fix the damage.

Aside from storms, you can keep ahead of the damage by doing regular maintenance checks on your commercial space. Below are the four most common ways for water to cause damage to your business.

  1. Sewer Lines

Sewer backups are unexpected and can’t really be attended to with regular maintenance. However, they are messy. If you suffer from a back up or break, then you have the potential for black water which is water that is contaminated with sewage or bacteria. It could cause illness or even death.

  1. Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler systems can leak, and they can damage a lot especially if the water is just pouring out, which has been known to happen. Do regular checks to make sure the system isn’t faulty, or in need of repair – if it does, call a repairman to avoid damage.

 3. Pipes

Pipes can cause a number of different headaches. A slow leak could cause problems like mold. A burst pipe can cause hundreds if not thousands of gallons to flood your office space. In the winter time, drip your faucets so they don’t freeze. It’s also a good idea to have a plumber come out and inspect them.

  1. Roofing

When we get rain in North Texas, WE GET RAIN. It’s a good idea to have your roof routinely inspected to prevent leaks. Especially right before the spring storm season.

If you’ve had a water damage on your commercial property, give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call today at 817.560.3086

How To Tell If Your Flooring Has Suffered From Water Damage

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Even the most expensive of floorings aren’t safe from water damage – it can destroy any type. If you’ve had a recent water loss in your home that was known, or you’re suspicious but not sure of a slow leak, then it’s important to know what signs to look for in your particular type of flooring. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to tell.

Linoleum: If your flooring is discolored, that could very well mean it has been exposed to water.

Hardwood: Unlike other flooring, hardwood has four main signs that it has been exposed to water. First are dark spots. Some dark spots may be naturally occurring in the wood, if there are any that have cropped up recently, then it’s likely mold or mildew. Second is buckling, which means the planks have removed themselves from the flooring below them. Third is cupping, look for dips or raised edges. And lastly, look for bulging, if your flooring has started to bubble, looking almost like a crown then you’ve most likely have water damage.

Laminate: Look for warping, swelling, or discoloration.

Tile: Tile maybe a little harder than most to tell if you’ve had any water damage to it. A good trick is to tap on the suspected tiles with a coin, if you hear a hollow or empty sound it could mean the tiles have come loose. Discoloration is also another good tell.

Carpet: Smelly, discolored carpet? Probably from mold or mildew.

If your floor has any of the above signs, give us a call today, we’re here to help! 817.560.3086

What To Do In The Event Of A Storm?

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Even though the end of spring and the start of summer was last week, here in North Texas that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re in the clear for severe weather. Severe weather can pop up any time during the summer, and especially when we transition from summer to fall. We know what to do during storms (go inside to a non-outside facing room, close curtains and blinds... etc.) but what about after the storm? Below are three helpful tips in the event that your home has suffered storm damage.

  1. Safety is the number goal! Make sure you and your family are safe after the threat of the storm has passed. Watch out for safety hazards such as broken glass and exposed nails. If you’re dealing with flood waters be sure to wear protective clothing like boots, gloves, eye protection and masks. If your home has been damaged by flood waters, it can contain bacteria, sewage, or other dangers.
  2. To help with filing your insurance claim, document the damage! Take videos and pictures of your whole property, and from different angles too. Take photos of all the damage from the inside and the outside.
  3. In the event of a flood, extracting the water is the most important step to restoring your home! As soon as you hang up the phone, we will be on our way to your location immediately with the proper equipment to begin extracting and drying. We will also evaluate your belongings to see if they can be cleaned and restored.

We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook take storms and storm clean up seriously. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help with whatever happens. Give us a call today at 817.560.3086

Just What Kind Of Water Damage Is Covered By Insurance?

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

If you’ve suffered a recent water loss in your home, your first instinct is to call your insurance. That’s why we have home owner’s insurance, after all! But, what sort of damage is covered by your insurance? Each policy is different after all and what’s covered by someone’s policy may not be covered by another. It’s a good idea to talk to your provider to see what is and what isn’t covered by your policy. Below, we cover some of the more common causes of water loss in a home and if it may or may not be covered.

Appliances? Depends.
Some appliances maybe covered, though it depends on what kind of loss it is. If it’s sudden and accidental, like a hose disconnecting from your washing machine and flooding your utility room – it may be covered. If it’s a continuous leak that hasn’t been addressed, that is considered to be a failure to maintain your appliances and won’t be covered. Be aware that your insurance may also not cover your appliance if it gets damaged either, it could have to come out of your own pocket.

Roof? Depends.
Just like appliances, roofs are on a case by case basis most of the time, and actually can be really confusing. For example, if it’s a gradual leak it may not be covered because it could fall under the ‘failure to maintain’ category. However, if your roof has been hit by a tree because of a severe thunderstorm, then your home should be covered. We recommend calling your insurance agent about your policy for better understanding when it comes to roofs.

Pipes? Depends.
When it comes to pipes, it definitely depends on the situation. If it’s a burst pipe that’s unexpected then your insurance should cover the damage. If it’s a gradual leak, like in a hot water closet or under a sink, then that can be considered failure to maintain and will not be covered.

Seepage? No.
Seepage isn’t covered by your insurance because it’s considered to be a maintenance issue that could have been prevented.

Backed up drain or sewer line? No.
Unless you’ve added on extra coverage, you’re unfortunately not covered by insurance.

If you’ve suffered a water loss, call us today at 817.560.3086 we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Cleaning Your Dishwasher

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

When you’re cleaning your house, doing the dishes is probably on your list. But what about the dishwasher itself? Cleaning the dishwasher probably didn’t even cross your mind. It’s important to clean your dishwasher to prevent dirty dish water from pooling at the bottom of the basin, smells, and even bigger problems that may occur down the road such as drainage back up that can cause water damage.

  1. Start with a completely empty dishwasher, pull out the bottom rack completely and examine the drain. Make sure it’s not clogged and remove any gunk or hard chunks. These could prevent drainage resulting in water damage to the structure of your home or damage your dishes and the appliance itself.
  2. Replace your bottom rack, and with the dishwasher still empty, fill a dishwasher safe cup with around one cup of white vinegar, and place the cup in the upper rack of your dishwasher and run it using the highest water setting. Vinegar can help cut through mineral deposits and old detergent build up and help with deodorization.
  3. With the dishwasher still empty, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the basin and run on the shortest cycle using the hottest water possible. This can help remove stains and help with any residual odors.

For all your other cleaning needs, don’t forget SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is here to help 24/7! Give us a call today at 817.560.3086

Protecting Your Business Against Tornadoes

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Every year in the United States there are around 1,000 tornadoes, with Texas being one of the states with the highest number of outbreaks (an average of 132 tornadoes). While only three tornadoes touched down in Tarrant County last year, and it’s been a quiet year so far this year, it’s still important to make sure your business is prepared for a tornado at any given time during tornado season.

Protecting Your Employees

The most important thing to do is protect your employees. Without your employees you wouldn’t have a business, after all! If you haven’t already call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to set up an Emergency Readiness Program.

During storm season, be sure to pay attention and monitor the weather – especially if there’s a change of severe storms for the day, or a tornado watch in your county. Purchase a NOAA weather radio that’s either battery powered or hand-crank. Download a weather app for your phone, preferably one that offers you notifications when there is a watch or warning issued for your area.

Make sure your employees know where the designated safe room is in the event of a tornado. The room should have no windows or outside facing walls. Close interior doors to help compartmentalize the building and put more barriers between you and flying debris. If you have employees out in the field, plan with them in case severe weather strikes.

Protect Your Property

If you’re building a new location, work with your contractor or architect to ensure high wind rated products are being used. Make sure your employees have a place to go as well – be it a tornado shelter, safe room, or interior room.

If you’re not building a new location, and you’re able to (with the property management company or landlord’s permission) retrofit your property. This can include reinforcing the roof by bracing and strapping the roof, make your doors more wind resistant. Even building a tornado shelter is a good idea. Proper maintenance of the business grounds such as trimming trees and bushes, as they can fall on building walls or roofs and damage the structure. Make thorough inspections of your building to make sure everything is in place and missing or loose.

If a storm hits your commercial building, we know what to do! Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth Benbrook at 817.560.3086

Building A Fire Escape Plan

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

A household fire is something that we all think would never happen to us – but it starts with something as simple as a candle left alight or some faulty wiring. Suddenly, your home is engulfed in flames. Do you and your family have a plan for getting out of your home safely? A fire escape plan is an important tool to make sure your family knows what to do in the event of a fire.

Here are some tips to get your family prepared:

  1. Make sure you gather everyone in the event of a fire. Walk through your home and note all the possible exit routes.
  2. Draw up a floorplan of your home for a visual. Label each room and mark at least two exits per room – just in case one is blocked by fire or smoke.
  3. Do a walkthrough of your house with your family and make sure everyone knows and understands the escape plan.
  4. Choose a meeting place outside like a neighbor’s mailbox, a light post, or a stop sign. Be sure it’s a safe distance from the front of your home. Mark your meeting place on your escape plan.
  5. Once you’re out, stay out! Do NOT go back into a burning building. If a family member is missing, let the fire department dispatcher know when you call.

If your home has been affected by a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24/7. Give us a call at 817.560.3086

Hail Damage Prevention

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that there are around 3,000 hailstorms in the United States annually? Even though some of these storms aren’t quite severe enough to produce tornadoes, or even floods, they can still cost you a ton of money in property damage. Here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook we are prone to hail storms and they can be the costliest type of severe weather in the state of Texas after hurricanes.

While we can’t completely prevent hail damage, we can lessen the impact by preparing our homes from the inevitable. Here’s a small list of ways you can protect your home:

  • Pay close attention to the weather – Keep an eye on your TV or phone, it will often give you a warning.
  • Repair your roof – Inspect your roof before the storm season starts. If you find any damage, be sure to repair the issues right away. Even if the damage is something as tiny as a broken shingle, it can make way to bigger problems in the future.
  • Trim your trees – If hail can put dents into a parked car, it can definitely cause cracks in branches. Damaged branches can fall and damage your roof or car.
  • Close the drapes/blinds – If a storm is coming, close your drapes! Hail can hit your windows and cause the glass to break. Drapes can prevent debris that can be carried inside your home from the wind.

And as always: stay safe! If your property does sustain storm damage, SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is here to help! Call us 24/7 at 817.560.3086

Hoarding Tips - Lake Worth

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Chances are you’ve seen the television show Hoarders. If you haven’t, the basic premise is that a psychologist, a professional organizer, and cleaners go into an individual’s home and help clean up their hoard. When help arrives, the person in question is met with a deadline of some sort, whether it’s eviction, child protective services coming, adult protective services coming, or animal welfare coming and removing their children/themselves/their pets from the home. This show is fascinating to us because we can’t imagine anyone ever living like that. Unfortunately, it’s estimated that at least 2-6 percent of the population is affected by a hoarding disorder. The average age for hoarding is around 50, though it’s suggested that hoarding can appear as early as 11 to 15 years of age.

Hoarding can cause a mess of a problems. Not only does it cause strain on relationships and mental health, it can cause an unhealthy living environment as well. Mold and mildew can become present under piles of things, especially with an unknown water leak. Piles of stuff could topple and seriously injure or even kill the individual(s) living in the home. However, one of the biggest safety concerns relating to hoarding is fire.

The possibility of a fire in a home when hoarding is involved. Cooking becomes unsafe because of items piled high on countertops or on the floor. If the individual in the home uses a heater, the heater could easily fall over and start a fire, or a pest could chew on electrical wiring.

Hoarding also hinders first responders. If exits or doors are blocked, then they can’t get in the home to help the person in need. They won’t be able to move through the home in a swift manner and can even be trapped or injured by falling objects.

When it comes to cleaning out the home, approach the situation with compassion and understanding. While some items in the home maybe trash to you, they could be valued possessions to a hoarder. Hoarding is related oftentimes to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety. It can even be genetic.

If family or friends come in to help clear a hoarder’s home, it’s usually met with great distress because often times they don’t get to choose what or what not to keep. If not dealt with in the proper way, within a few months a home could be packed to the brim again.

So, what do you do if your loved one is a hoarder? How do you approach the situation? Here are four tips to get you started on helping your loved one.

  1. Seek Professional Help – Try and find a therapist that specializes in hoarding, OCD or anxiety. They will help the individual understand how hoarding is affecting their life and how to develop healthy habits and abilities to combat it. However, make sure they are ready to make these changes. Don’t force them into seeking help if they aren’t ready.
  2. Talk About Safety – Stress safety. They maybe more open to change if you express your concern for their wellbeing and safety in a hoarded home.
  3. Celebrate the Small Victories – Help the individual by setting small goals. Even if they take five hours to sort through and throw away a box, celebrate it! It’ll help them feel proud of what they’ve accomplished.
  4. Hoards Can Have Biohazards – Hoarding situations oftentimes have biohazards such as animal and human waste, or animal remains. You can call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to help handle anything biohazardous.

We are here to help, no matter the emergency. Just give us a call: 817.560.3086.

Bathroom Mold Prevention - Benbrook, TX

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Even the nicest of homes can have a mold problem – and it’s very common! Environments like hot water heater closets and under the bathroom sink can provide the perfect environment for mold to grow. Mold needs both moisture and darkness to thrive, and in some cases spread in as little as 48 hours. Mold can be expensive and time consuming to keep a growth problem under control. The best way to defend your bathroom against unwanted mold is to prevent it all together! These eight steps will help you prevent mold:

  1. Try and keep your shower or tub as clutter-free as possible. Water can collect under bottles and promote mold growth.
  2. Dry, clean, and inspect your children’s toys as much as possible. Mold can grow in certain toys if not properly maintained.
  3. Run the ventilation fan while you’re showering to cut back on the humidity and excess moisture hanging around during and after your shower. It’s a good idea to leave it on for 15 minutes after your shower, too. If you don’t have a ventilation fan, open a window or invest in a dehumidifier.
  4. Bathroom rugs and shower curtains are perfect places for mold to grow. Be sure to wash or replace these regularly. You can even purchase shower liners that are mold-resistant!
  5. Fix leaky shower heads and faucets.
  6. Check everywhere for signs of mold. Some places to check are under the sink, behind the toilets, and even in drawers.
  7. Clean your shower regularly.
  8. Try and clean up excess water daily, use a squeegee for shower walls/doors or a towel.

If you are noticing mold frequently in your bathrooms, you may have a bigger problem. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to do a mold assessment! 817.560.3086

Prevent Water Damage from Freezing Pipes

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

This damage caused by a frozen water pipe in the attic in Fort Worth

As winter bears down on Fort Worth, we're going to address some tips on how to deal with the risk of frozen water pipes. The water damage experts here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook have many years of experience in dealing with pipes which freeze, whether those pipes are in a wall, in the attic, in the garage or in your crawl space.  Every year, usually right after our first hard freeze, our customers in Fort Worth, Azle, Lake Worth, Benbrook and surrounding areas confront pipes which have frozen and burst.  

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; this applies to frozen pipes about as well as any situation where that saying might be used.  Here are some of our best ideas for preventing this type of damage:

Before winter gets here in force:

  • Find the shut off valves for exterior water sources like hose hookups and outside faucets. Close these valves and open the faucets to drain any residual water. Be sure to leave the faucets open all winter.
  • Review insulation options for any plumbing in crawlspaces, attics or which is generally exposed to extreme cold

During Winter:

  • Keep your home heated above 50 degrees, even if you won't be home for extended periods.
  • For faucets inside the home which may have plumbing in exterior walls of the home, leave the faucet on enough to allow a slight drip out of the faucet.
  • Leave cabinet doors open if there is plumbing in the cabinet - this will permit the warm air to circulate more evenly across the pipes.
  • Keep your garage door closed as much as possible

At this point, you may be asking yourself why you would go through all of that - what's the big deal if my pipes freeze? Well, frozen water isn't really the big deal - it's the stress the frozen water puts on the plumbing.  As we all learn early in life, water expands when it freezes. This expansion is what causes the pipes to fail, whether it's a tiny pinhole or a 3 inch long split of a pipe. Then, once the frozen water melts, the water rushes into your home via the breached pipe. Under normal household pressures, a half inch diameter pipe might allow as much as 50 gallons of water to pour into your home every minute. 

If all of the preventative steps weren't enough, and your pipes have frozen and are now leaking into the home, turn off the water to the home immediately at the main shut off.  Then call the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook to assist you with the clean up process.

Responding to Water Damage in Commercial Properties

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Damage to drop ceiling in commercial property in Fort Worth

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook will work as quickly as possible to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Frankly, there are about as many different issues presented by water in your commercial building as there are types of businesses. Each business, and each water damage, is unique. Our team of commercial water damage experts will design a remediation program custom tailored to your needs.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals here at SERVPRO are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call at 817-560-3086 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need!

Keeping New Year's Resolutions

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

New Year's Resolutions are a time honored tradition - we take the opportunity of the change in the calendar to change our habits.  Whether or not our good intentions turn into real change is often decided in the moment the resolution is made, not in the first weeks of the new year.  To ensure the best chance of keeping your New Year's resolution, take some advice from goal-setting research.  

The wisdom below didn't originate here in our office, but, it is something we try to follow each time we set new goals at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook. The essence of the ideas about to be covered have been repeated many times, in many formats - you're likely to encounter them in any article or training session related to goal setting.  Why is that? Because they work, at least that has been our experience...

For the purpose of this article, we're using a weight loss goal - modify the lessons as needed to match your individual goals.

You want New Year's resolutions to be SMART:

Specific: Be clear with want you want to happen/achieve. Avoid vagueness. Too much detail is better than too much.  Say, "I want to lose 12 pounds total and 3 inches from my waistline" versus "I want to lose weight and look better in clothes". 

Measureable: Your resolution should be tracked and your progress measured.  Losing weight lends itself easily to this, but, for other types of resolutions, you might need to get more creative on how you measure it.  For example, if your New Year's resolution is to spend more quality time with your family (you can be more specific, cant you?), then maybe you will check your social media posts weekly to ensure your posts highlight the time you are spending with your family. Or, maybe you'll make a weekly photo journal of you and your loved ones enjoying each other's time.  Whatever your goal, devise a way to measure it and then keep track.

Achievable: Make goals/resolutions that you can meet/keep. Incremental improvement is much easier than making an enormous leap.  Setting an unobtainable goal leads to frustration and, likely, abandoning the endeavor. Rather, be realistic with yourself and set your target within reach.  If you reach the goal too easily, you can set another, more challenging goal upon reaching the first (just be sure to keep them SMART).  So, opt for, "I'm going to lose 15 pounds" versus "I'm going to fit into on my old Army uniform". 

Relevant: Resolutions which don't make it into February are usually resolutions made without the proper relevancy.  To undergo the changes necessary to keep meaningful resolutions, the desired change has to be relevant to your individual view of your improved life. If you are setting a change goal, the reasons for your change have to be clear to you and you have to have buy in from yourself.  Structure your goals around the proper reasons, and you'll find them much easier to reach.

Timed: Put a clock on your resolution/goal, just be sure it is a realistic clock.  Much like setting an unobtainable goal can lead to frustration, setting an unrealistic timeline can also lead to failure. However, not having a timeline can be just as dangerous, so, be specific with the timed nature of the resolution. Opt for "I'm going to lose 15 pounds by July 1st" versus "I'm going to lose some weight". 

We implement this SMART approach to all of our goal setting at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook.  We hope the ideas help you reach your milestones for 2018!

Fire and Smoke Damage Experts in Fort Worth present Safety Tips for Extension Cords

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tis the Season... of extension cords.  

If your home is anything like ours in Fort Worth, you find yourself making use of extension cords.  Lights on the tree, lights on the home, other decorations needing power... the list can expand quickly.  Usually, these items end up plugged into an extension cord, and sometimes the extension cords end up plugged into other extension cords!

All of these cords present a number of hazards - the Fire and Smoke Damage experts of SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season, so we are offering these safety tips related to extension cords.

  • Inspect all cords for damage prior to use. Cords that have exposed wires, frayed or cut insulation, cracked sockets or loose (or missing) prongs should not be used.
  • Ensure the cords are designed and rated for the intended use and power load. Indoor/outdoor use, gauge of the cord, gauge of the items plugged into the cord and load through the cord should all be considered.
  • Stop using any extension cord that feels hot to the touch - the danger presented by a hot cord is very real.  Unplug any hot cord immediately.
  • Avoid pinching cords under doors, windows or heavy furniture. Extension cords are easily compromised if the insulation around the wires in the cord gets damaged.
  • Extension cords pose a tripping hazard. Keep them out of walkways, doorways or any high traffic area.
  • Do not run extension cords through walls, ceilings or under rugs. This may cause the cord to overheat.
  • Extension cords should be a temporary solution - if you are using them year round, you should consider upgrading your electrical system in your home.

Here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook, we use extension cords nearly every week.  Safely using them is something we train on regularly, and being aware of potential hazards is always on our mind.  Keep the safety tips above in mind this holiday season and you should enjoy all of the festive decorations you desire.

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