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3 Causes of Mold Growth

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Causes of Mold Growth Bathrooms with a shower should be properly ventilated to prevent mold growth due to humidity

3 Causes of Mold Growth

For a home in Vickery Meadows, TX, keeping the property clear of black mold can be important. Mitigation can go a long way to keeping your home free mold damage. Fortunately, understanding where and why mold grows can help you take the steps necessary to prevent this potential problem.

1. High Humidity

Areas of high humidity make a present a moisture problem that can lead to potential mold issues. You may want to consider the use of a dehumidifier or fans to help keep your home dry. Many ventilation systems include are designed to help prevent moisture build-up. You can also take simple steps such as running the fan during and after you take a shower help prevent water accumulation in high-moisture areas of your home.

2. Water Damage

Areas of water damage in your home may also be at risk for black mold. These can include places where a storm has damaged the property like attic or basement spaces. Water may also build up, more in locations such as under the sink. If not properly taken care of water damaged area can become a nice growth habitat for spores.

3. Flooding

Flooding is also likely to lead to mold damage. If your home experiences flooding, or pooling water, then it's best to contact a professional restoration service for water damage and mold cleanup. These professionals know how to properly dry and sanitize an area, and take the appropriate mitigation steps to help prevent issues such as mold growth.

Knowing that causes of black mold can help you take the appropriate mitigation steps if you believe your home may be at risk. Mold grows in moist areas meaning that places prone to high humidity, water damage or flooding may be the most likely areas for spores. If your home experiences one of these issues you can call a professional for help.

5 Steps To Take If You Smell Gas in Your Home

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Steps To Take If You Smell Gas in Your Home If a gas fire does start, a fire damage restoration specialist can help restore your home

Five Steps to Avoid a Gas Explosion in Your Home

If a strong odor is lingering in your home that smells similar to rotten eggs or sulfur, it is possible you have a gas leak. You might also hear a faint hissing noise. While natural gas is not toxic to breathe in, leaking gas is extremely flammable and is considered an immediate emergency. If you smell gas in your home, quickly take these five steps to avoid a gas explosion and keep your family safe.

1. Turn Off the Stove

Often, a suspected gas leak is actually the smell of gas from the stove that someone accidentally turned on. If that’s the case, quickly turn off the stove. Is the stove is not the source of the smell, make sure the oven and stove are both turned off regardless to prevent a gas fire.

2. Put Out Any Open Flames

If you smell a gas leak, never use a lighter or ignite any kind of flame. If any candles are lit or the fireplace is on, quickly extinguish the flames.

3. Keep Lights and Electronics Off

As soon as you detect the smell of natural gas in your home, refrain from turning on any lights or electronics which can start a gas fire. Grab a flashlight if necessary.

4. Open Doors and Windows

Allow gas to quickly escape your home by opening all the windows and doors. You can turn on the oven range hood fan to help remove some of the gas.

5. Evacuate Your Home

As soon as you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home, quickly get everyone, including pets, out of your home. Once you make it across the street from your home call 9-1-1.

Keeping your family safe and escaping your home should always be your priority if you smell a gas leak. If a gas fire does start, a fire damage restoration specialist can help restore your home back to its pre-fire condition.

3 Surprising Things You Can Do To Prevent Space Heater Fires

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Surprising Things You Can Do To Prevent Space Heater Fires Dallas building with space heater fire damage.

Did you know that space heaters are estimated to cause over 25,000 residential fires each year? If you rely on a space heater to warm your home or office in Dallas, TX this number can be alarming. Fortunately, you are not helpless and can minimize your chances of dealing with a burned space heater. Here are three surprising things you can do to prevent space heater fires in your living space.

Space Heater Fire in Dallas

1. Keep Filters Clean

Have you ever cleaned the filters in your space heater? If not, your heater is at greater risk of catching on fire. Dirt and debris collects on the filters over time and can cause the space heater to overheat and ignite. To keep this from happening, clean your filters regularly (preferably before each use).

2. Turn Your Heater Off Regularly

Many homeowners use space heaters just like furnaces to keep specific rooms in their homes warm during the colder months. However, a space heater is designed for only temporary use and can easily overheat if left on indefinitely. To reduce your chances of dealing with a burned space heater (or burned home!) remember to turn your heater off regularly.

3. Never Leave Your Heater Unattended

Life gets busy, and it’s easy to forget you have a space heater running in the other room. For this reason, it’s strongly recommended that you never leave your heater unattended by an adult. You should also place it on a hard, stable surface that’s far away from carpets, fabric and other flammable items. Your heater should have at least 3 feet of space all around it whenever it is operating. You should also keep it away from children and pets that could knock it over and get burned by it.

If you rely on a space heater for warmth, follow these helpful tips to avoid dealing with a burned space heater or home fire. If your space heater does overheat, know the number to your local fire restoration experts in Dallas, TX. They can help with your fire damage and smoke cleanup efforts.

How To Prepare Your Business for a Flood

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Prepare Your Business for a Flood Review your insurance policy and find out what costs your policy will cover prior to a flood

How To Prepare Your Business for a Flood

Flooding can occur with little warning, and if you haven’t prepared, it could be time-consuming to restore your business in Northeast Dallas, TX. Knowing how to prepare your business for a flood can make you feel more confident about handling a disaster of any kind.

1. Backup Important Documents

After a flood, it’s often necessary to access certain documents, and not being able to quickly and easily access what you need when you need can slow down the restoration process. In addition to storing your documents in a water-resistant container that is high off of the ground, having extra copies of your documents can also be helpful. Many business owners choose to make electronic copies and paper copies to ensure that important information is not lost.

2. Check Your Insurance Policy

Restoration is often necessary after flooding, but having to put a project on hold because of the cost can be a major setback. It can be useful to review your insurance policy and find out what costs your policy will cover prior to a flood. Additionally, knowing what resources are available to business owners in your area after a disaster can give you a better idea of what costs you might be responsible for as the owner of your business.

3. Contact a Mitigation and Restoration Company Before Damage Occurs

If you know that your area is likely to sustain any type of damage from a flood, especially if severe damage such as black water damage is likely, it can be useful to contact flood damage restoration experts before your property is affected. After a disaster, you may feel as if you don’t have the time to research a company. However, by contacting professionals before a flood, you can ask questions without feeling stressed or rushed.

By preparing for flooding, you can help to protect your business from major damage. As you prepare, it can be helpful to backup documents, review your insurance policy and contact a restoration company prior to a flood.

Tips for Cleaning Your Crawlspace After a Flood

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips for Cleaning Your Crawlspace After a Flood SERVPRO has a well equipped team to respond immediately to your need.

A home flood can occur any time there is a storm. While there are things you can do to protect your home during storm season in Oak Tree Village, TX, floodwater may still get in. It’s important to mitigate the damage not only in the spaces you can see but also in the spaces that are not readily visible. You should always check your crawlspace for flooding after a heavy rain.

Appropriate Safety Precautions

There are several safety precautions to take when you know your home has storm damage. Anyone who enters standing water should wear proper protective gear:

  • Rubber boots
  • Heavy gloves
  • Face mask
  • Protective coveralls

You should also turn off the electricity to reduce the risk of shock. Use good judgment -- if you think any part of your home may be unsafe, stay elsewhere. Leave wading through floodwater in your crawlspace to the technicians from the flood restoration company that you hire to mitigate the damage.

Accurate Documentation

You should report your home flood to your insurance company, but an adjuster may not be able to make it to your house quickly if there are a lot of problems in the area due to the storm. To capture the most accurate evidence of the damage, it’s a good idea to take pictures or video of the flood’s impact on the crawlspace and other affected areas. This can be valuable when you are filing your claim.

Thorough Cleanup

Ideally, your sump pump will kick in when the water in your crawlspace starts to rise, so that should take care of a lot of the major extraction. The area must be completely dried and disinfected before the job is done, though. A thorough cleanup helps prevent mold growth and the subsequent damage it can cause to the structure of your home.

Home flood cleanup must cover both the areas you can see and those you cannot see. Don’t forget spaces such as your crawlspace when assessing damage.

How To Stop a Commercial Toilet From Flushing Repeatedly: 3 Steps

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Stop a Commercial Toilet From Flushing Repeatedly: 3 Steps Knowing how to maintain the unit can lower the risk of floods and the damage they cause.

Actions To Take When Commercial Toilet Flushes Repeatedly

If you own a Lochwood, TX, business, then your building likely contains one or more restrooms for employee and customer use. Maintaining commercial toilets are usually simple, as they run on a device called a flushometer that helps the units flush effectively. However, when these devices malfunction, it may cause a toilet overflow and flood damage. If you are dealing with such a problem, there are a few actions you can take to resolve it.

1. Open the Flushometer

Once you turn off the water supply to the toilet, you will have to open the flushometer to expose its inner workings. Use a wrench to undo the outer lid. Once this is loose enough, you can lift it off to expose the flushometer’s flange cover. Take a moment to ensure the water is completely shut off, or you may be dealing with an additional toilet overflow otherwise.

2. Clean the Gasket and Weep Hole

Once common cause of a commercial toilet flood is sediment buildup around the unit’s flange, which may also be blocking the weep hole. This hole allows water to drain out of the flange; however, when it stops working correctly, the flange can no longer form a tight seal. Once this occurs, it can be difficult to stop a toilet from flushing itself repeatedly. You may be able to resolve the problem by thoroughly cleaning away sediment and other buildup and ensuring the weep hole’s port is not blocked.

3. Reassemble the Unit

Once you have cleaned all the parts of the flange, replace it and screw the cover back on. Test the toilet with a flush and watch to see if it fills and shuts off. If it does not operate properly and you are concerned the unit will overflow again, call in a flood control and restoration service to inspect the lines and the toilet itself, which may prevent any moisture damage to your restroom’s floor.

A toilet that flushes repeatedly can cause increased water bill costs and toilet overflow problems at your Lochwood, TX, business. Knowing how to maintain the unit can lower the risk of floods and the damage they cause.

3 Ways To Limit Mold Spore Buildup

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Ways To Limit Mold Spore Buildup SERVPRO uses specialized equipment for mold testing.

Three Effective Methods To Limit The Concentration Of Spore Buildup

Mold spores are everywhere, but it is possible to limit the concentration of spores in a structure. Building owners and managers can arrange for carpet cleaning and rely on two forms of air filtration to prevent spores from accumulating at a property in Northeast Dallas, TX.

1. Clean Carpets

Carpet is a porous flooring material that collects dirt, debris and spores. If humidity levels rise or water damage occurs, spores will obtain the moisture necessary to grow. Mold can feed off of cellulose in the carpet and organic materials.

A high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA-certified vacuum can reduce the number of spores and food sources. Doormats near entrances can also limit the amount of dirt and spores tracked inside. Building owners or managers should schedule carpet cleaning several times a year.

2. Change HVAC Filters

Installing a fresh filter in an HVAC system can be helpful for lowering the concentration of spores in the air. In addition to regular filter changes, owner or managers may want to have this system inspected for signs of mold growth in drain pans, ducts or terminal units.

3. Use Air Filtration

Owners or managers can further reduce mold spores by running an air filtration or purification system. Most spores range in size from one micron up to 100 microns. A True HEPA filter can capture 99.97 percent of particles 0.3 microns or larger and will eliminate most spores. A HEPA Type filter may cost less, but this filter will only catch dust and spores that are 2 microns or larger.

These are three effective methods for reducing the concentration of spores in a building. If a musty smell persists even after carpet cleaning and air filtration, a building owner or manager should arrange for mold testing. The best way to resolve mold problems is to hire a certified cleanup and remediation service in Northeast Dallas,TX.

Consumers post air duct cleaning checklist

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Consumers post air duct cleaning checklist Dirty Air Duct in Dallas

Post Cleaning Consumer Checklist 

General

Did the service provider obtain access to and clean the entire heating and cooling system, including ductwork and all components (drain pans, humidifiers, coils, and fans)?

Has the service provider adequately demonstrated that duct work and plenums are clean? (Plenum is a space in which supply or return air is mixed or moves; can be duct, joist space, attic and crawl spaces, or wall cavity.) 

Heating

Is the heat exchanger surface visibly clean?

Cooling Components

Are both sides of the cooling coil visibly clean?

If you point a flashlight into the cooling coil, does light shine through the other side? It should if the coil is clean.

Are The coil fins straight and evenly spaced (as opposed to being bent over and smashed together)?

Is the coil drain pan completely clean and draining properly?

Blower

Are the blower blades clean and free of oil and debris?

Is the blower compartment free of visible dust or debris?

Plenums

Is the return air plenum free of visible dust or debris?

Do filters fit properly and are they the proper efficiency as recommended by HVAC system manufacturer?

Is the supply air plenum (directly downstream of the air handling unit) free of moisture stains and contaminants?

Metal Ducts

Are interior ductwork surfaces free of visible debris? (Select several sites at random in both the return and supply sides of the system.)

Fiber Glass

Is all fiber glass material in good condition (i.e., free of tears and abrasions; well adhered to underlying materials)?

Access
Doors

Are newly installed access doors in sheet metal ducts attached with more than just duct tape (e.g., screws, rivets, mastic, etc.)? 

With the system running, is air leakage through access doors or
covers very slight or non-existent?

Air Vents

Have all registers, grilles, and diffusers been firmly reattached to the walls, floors, and/or ceilings?

Are the registers, grilles, and diffusers visibly clean?

System Operation

Does the system function properly in both the heating and cooling modes after cleaning? 

Want Quick Action From Your Insurance Company? Call the Right Cleanup Team

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Want Quick Action From Your Insurance Company? Call the Right Cleanup Team Storm damage? You need storm restoration response

Like anyone in Dallas, TX, you dread the thought of water damage or a flood infiltrating your business. If you need immediate help following incidents such as these, you should have two groups on your mind: your insurance agency and a storm restoration company. Both of these essential helpers will help get your business back on track.

Your First Responsibilities

Large thunderstorms, hurricanes, or problems with sewage or plumbing can bring large amounts of water into your office. This flood damage can pose serious health risks and may damage your building and important materials. Make sure do the following without delay:

  • Safely exit your building.
  • Stay away from any black water.
  • Call a disaster relief company.
  • Get in touch with your insurance provider.

What the Restoration Team Will Do

Qualified, experienced storm restoration professionals have the skill and equipment to remove all the water from your office and to get your facility back to pre-flood condition. The technicians will inspect the affected area and will then determine what they can salvage and what they must restore or completely replace. The team will extract all water and dry your floors, walls and furniture. They’ll also clean and sanitize all parts of your office.

What Role Does the Insurance Play

You need to provide your insurance company with detailed information about the incident so it knows how to proceed. Your agent will review your policy and discuss with you what it will cover and what, if anything, storm restoration and cleanup costs it will not cover.

How They Work Together

Sometimes, an insurance company will delay claim processing or payment because the storm response team is slow to do its part. A top professional company such as SERVPRO will get on the case quickly to help move the insurance process along.

You need a quick, successful storm restoration response. With SERVPRO and your insurance company working in tandem, you should be in good shape.

Do You Have Water Dripping From a Light Fixture?

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do You Have Water Dripping From a Light Fixture? Water damage on a light fixture in a Dallas,TX home

How to Fix Water Dripping from a Light Fixture

Water dripping from the ceiling is a serious and yet all too common problem. When that ceiling drip turns into water in a light fixture scenario, the situation can become hazardous. That is because electricity and water can be a dangerous combination. To ensure your family’s safety in Dallas, TX, call in a water mitigation team. While you wait for the team to arrive, there are four steps you can take to help get the job done quickly.

1. Utilities

Make sure the electricity, gas and water are turned off to the area affected by the leak. Water can conduct electricity from an active electrical line, and that can become a very dangerous situation as the current flows through the metal parts of the light fixture.

2. Announcing

Make an announcement to everyone in your home that there is water in a light fixture. You should probably also let them know the gas, water, and electricity will be turned off for an unknown number of hours. Once the water mitigation team arrives, and the source of the leak has been found, you can make another announcement regarding the required shutoff time.

3. Draining

Ceiling damage from water can sometimes pool and cause a protrusion in your ceiling. If that is true in your case, you may consider draining the area. With a bucket in hand, softly pierce the center of the sagging ceiling bulge with an item like a small wooden dowel. Be prepared for a deluge from the tiny hole.

4. Cleaning

Not only is it important to remove the water from the floor, but you may find it necessary to keep additional water from hitting your newly cleaned surface. Use a bucket to catch the leaking water if it is still dripping, and place towels around as necessary.

If the leaking water in a light fixture fell onto the carpet, you can make a request that your water mitigation team handle the water removal and disinfecting of the flooring area. Once repairs have been made, your home should be good-to-go.