Recent Storm Damage Posts

SERVPRO classifies 6 types of storm-related floods

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

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

Types of floods

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

  1. Flash floods

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

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

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

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

2. Coastal floods

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

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

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

3. River floods (fluvial floods)

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

4. Urban floods

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

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

  1. Sewage floods 

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO: 11 Hurricane Hacks for Homeowners

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

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

11 hurricane hacks to help sail through 

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

  1. Store water and lots of it

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

  1. Freeze Ziplock bags with water

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

  1. Fill the bathtub up with water

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

  1. Make the washing machine the cooler

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

3 Keep them safe in the dishwasher 

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

  1. Set up indoor pet potty

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

  1. Create light alternatives

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

  1. Cooking options

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

  1. Check out other stores

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

  1. Lower the air conditioning

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

  1. Click everything

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

  1. Keep cash

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

  1. Stock medication

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO 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

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/

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. 

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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

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