Recent Water Damage Posts

5 Dangers of Delayed Water Damage Restoration

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

5 Dangers of Delayed Water Damage Restoration

1. Weakened Floors, Walls, and Ceilings

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

2. Mold Growth

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

3. Compromised Electrical System

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

4. Lowered Home Value

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

5. Health Risks and Hazards

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

6. Furniture Odors and Damaged Carpet

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

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

About SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

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

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

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

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

office@SERVPROheb.com

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

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

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



The risks of a DIY sewage flood cleanup

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

  1. Contaminated “gray or black water”

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

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

  1. Mold infestation

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

  1. Electrocution

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

  1. Incorrect equipment

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

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

  1. Recurrence of sewage flooding 

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

  1. Higher costs

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO: 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

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/

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. 

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

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.