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When to call a professional?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When to call a professional? SERVPRO of East Ft.W uses advanced water damage inspection & extraction equipment to help them find the moisture & to remove it as quickly as possible

It is Highly Recommended that you call in a Professional Water Restoration Company after a Water Damage Loss.  The Water Damage may not seem very severe to you, but that is what is only visible to you on the Surfaces! We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Depending on the Size of the Water Loss when you Try to Dry yourself you may be causing more Damage than you think.  Wiping Away and Towel Drying Surfaces Only clears the Water that is Visible.  There may be More Water Trapped in Materials that require more Drying.  Leaving the Affected Materials Wet will cause Secondary Damages.

Professional Water Restoration Companies like SERVPRO of East fort Worth have special Tools and Equipment used specifically for Water Damage.  Tools that can detect Moisture in Materials and Equipment that can Dry Affected Materials.  Having Professionals called to Perform Services will make sure your Water Damage is Dried Completely and Correctly. 

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Containing dust and allergens post construction

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Containing dust and allergens post construction Mold containment in a hallway during reconstruction.

Every construction project, no matter how large or small, will create debris and need cleaning.  Fortunately, there are many ways to keep post construction cleaning to a minimum, all of which SERVPRO of East Fort Worth can provide. 

Our certified and trained professionals can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

Pre-construction site protection certainly has its  financial benefits.  It will help reduce required labor, prevent incidental damage to unprotected areas, and shorten project lifetime. Containment also has some safety benefits – it creates a safety barrier to keep unauthorized people away from the work area and will help prevent the spread of airborne particles/construction dust, and mold, some of which may be toxic and difficult to clean completely.

 Overtime these particles settle over surfaces and belongings, traveling through HVAC systems  float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors,or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

It is possible to suffer from post construction dust and mold for months or even years, especially if the HVAC system has not been properly sealed or cleaned. This can negatively affect the occupants, chiefly those with compromised immune systems or those sensitive to allergens.

Our certified team here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth creates a site protection plan in accordance to each customer’s unique needs. Construction and site protection can at times be obstructive to those who choose to occupy the home throughout the project. However, our team strives to design contaminate shields that won’t compromise the occupants’ use of the home. By utilizing our vast range of materials to protect HVAC systems, carpeting, walls, ceilings, and everything in between, SERVPRO of East Fort Worth can save you time, money and headaches.

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Smoke Alarms, what you need to know.

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms, what you need to know. Did you know working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home #fires in half?

While SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is here to help in the event that you suffer from a fire. We still want each of our customers to be safe as possible. Here are some tips to make sure your house is prepared in the event of a fire. 

There are different types of smoke detectors

There are two main types of smoke detectors: - those that use photoelectric detection - those that use ionization detection

Ionization detectors are more common because they are generally mass produced and typically inexpensive, but photoelectric detectors are fairly affordable as well.

Ionization detectors are best at detecting flaming fires, while photoelectric alarms are usually more sensitive to smoldering fires. The best idea is to either have a combination of the two types of alarms or find one alarm that utilizes both types of detection.

How many smoke alarms do I need?

For maximum protection one smoke alarm per room except the bathroom, kitchen and garage. Heat alarms may be considered where fumes from cooking or smoke from cigarettes or open fires could lead to unwanted alarm activations.

For minimum protection one smoke alarm for each level/floor of your home.

You should test your smoke alarm often

Test your smoke alarm at least once a month to ensure it is functioning properly. Most alarms have a test button. Simply hold the button for a few seconds and see if the alarm sounds. If you don’t hear it, or it is faint, it’s time to replace your batteries. Keep your family safe by remembering to check your alarm regularly.

If you don’t change your alarm’s batteries, you’ll likely hear that annoying high-pitched periodic chirp until you do. While the sound is grating, it does an excellent job reminding you when the battery is low, and it is time for a fresh one. If you’re not sure whether or not the battery is dead, test it in a non-safety device.

When in doubt, throw it out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. It never hurts to give your fire alarm a fresh new battery even if you aren’t sure if the last one is dead. Consider writing the date on the new battery with a permanent marker so when it dies, you can see how long it lasted and know approximately how long each battery will work in your particular alarm.

Experts recommend you change your smoke alarms about every 10 years. When it comes to your family’s safety, you’ll want to make sure your equipment is functioning well and that you are using the latest technology to warn of fire danger.

Combination alarms are available

Arguably even more dangerous than a fire is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide gas is odorless and tasteless, yet extremely toxic, and therefore very dangerous. It is produced by vehicles and gas-powered furnaces and unsafe levels of it cause hundreds of deaths each year. If possible, look for a fire alarm that also includes a carbon monoxide sensor.

Know your Evacuation Plan!

The purpose of a Smoke Alarm is to give an early warning of an outbreak of fire! It is vital that you and your family know exactly what to do when the Smoke Alarm activates.

Plan an escape route, then run fire drills. If possible, figure out two ways to exit every room, even if that means out a window. Make sure everyone in the household understands and can run through the escape route. The practice should include the post-exit meeting place outside.

  • Practice drills during less-than-desirable times: in the middle of the night, in very cold weather, etc., as well as under more ideal circumstances.
  • Tweak the plan as necessary. Who may be capable of actually sleeping through the alarm? This should be addressed. Make sure that an escape plan is in place for physically disabled occupants, babies and pets.
  • Purchase a folding ladder in case an escape through an upper window is necessary.

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Dealing with Smoke and Soot after a fire

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing with Smoke and Soot after a fire #SERVPRO has the experience to #repair #smoke #damage and deodorize your home or business after a #fire. #FireDamage #SmokeDamage

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth's smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Fort Worth will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. Any questions or to schedule an inspection give SERVPRO of East Fort Worth a call (817) 293-5553

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Keeping your home safe and preventing grass fires.

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping your home safe and preventing grass fires. Wildfires affect America’s farms and ranches, damaging and destroying homes, barns, agriculture production facilities, crops and livestock.

It's summer in Texas and that means high temperatures and little rain. grass and brush is dry and could easily catch fire. Here's what you can do around the house to make sure that a fire doesn't break out close to home.

  • Keep flammable objects (lawn mowers, oil or gas cans, propane tanks and wood piles) at least 30 feet away from the home at all times. Move flammables, such as lawn furniture and toys, during wildfire activity.
  • Keep roofs, gutters, decks and patios clear of leaves, pine needles or other flammables at all times.
  • Remove flammable mulch and vegetation within 5 feet of the home and replace with nonflammable material.
  • Remove tree or shrub branches that overhang within 10 feet of your house, roof or chimney.
  • Keep lawns watered and mowed, or if water-conserving, make sure debris is removed within 30 feet of home.
  • Trim tree limbs 10 feet above the ground (these are called ladder fuels).
  • Install 1/8-inch metal mesh screens over vents and under decks to prevent ember intrusion.

Even with preventive measures taken fires can still occur, but these tips can greatly reduce your risk.Always have smoke detectors and a fire safety plan for you, your family and your pets. Get out safely, and call for help. Once the fire has been put out SERVPRO of East Fort Worth would be happy to help with the water extraction and fire restoration of your property.

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Post-Construction Cleaning Services

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Along with our restoration and rebuild services, SERVPRO of East Fort Worth provides a variety of cleaning services. One of the cleaning services we provide is Post-Construction Cleanup.

After restoring and rebuilding your property, there is still more work to be done. It is important to get your property clean and ready to use. Let SERVPRO of East Fort Worth get your property clean and ready to go!

Both interior and exterior cleaning is needed after rebuild and construction services. When cleaning, the following areas are usually dusted and cleaned:

Interior Cleanup

  • Walls (removing dust, dirt, scuff marks, and smudges)
  • Ceilings and light fixtures/fans
  • All trim (including baseboards and door and window frames)
  • Door faces, sides, and tops
  • Floors
  • Ducts, vents, and baseboard heaters
  • Windows (including tracks and frames)
  • Cabinetry, appliances, fixtures, and countertops
  • All trash and plastic coverings removed

Exterior Cleaning

  • Exterior windows and doors
  • Entry doorways
  • Driveway and paved surfaces swept and power washed
  • Exterior lights dusted
  • All trash on property (including lumber and debris) removed

If your property is in need of Post-Construction Cleaning, give SERVPRO of East Fort Worth a call at 817-293-5553. No matter the size, we are Here To Help.

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Minimize Indoor Mold on Your Fort Worth Property

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Minimize Indoor Mold on Your Fort Worth Property flooring in a Fort Worth home with covering to contain a mold infestation

Mold is perhaps one of the stealthiest potential building maintenance challenges. Airborne mold spores are as ever-present as they are invisible. While it’s necessary in nature, the presence of mold indoors can be downright unhealthful. It could render your real estate in Fort Worth, TX, unusable. That's why it can be important to know some mold prevention techniques, which you can use even while not using your building.


Know What Makes Mold Grow


There are three components conducive to the flourishing of mold spores.

1. Moisture

2. A food source

3. Warmth

Generally, moisture is the most important condition for mold growth, and may arise from many sources. Water pipes or roofs may harbor leaks. Condensation can intensify in areas with poor ventilation or insulation, such as basements. Humid climates naturally generate dampness, which can seep into the structure and aggravate preexisting problems. A disaster such as a flood may cause serious water damage, after which immediate mold prevention measures should be taken by a mold remediation specialist.

While mold growth begins with moisture, a steady source of food can really make it mushroom. Unfortunately, such sources are usually readily available in common building materials such as wood, drywall and carpeting. All these contain cellulose, which comes from plant cells and is rich in the nutrients mold needs. Additional food sources include dust and other organic substances.

Mold thrives particularly well in hot, humid places. There's a direct relationship between moisture and air temperature. The higher the temperature, the more moisture the air can hold.


Ward Off Prospective Mold Troubles


You can take practical steps to foster mold prevention in your unoccupied building. Be familiar with your building's materials, keep surfaces free of debris and make reasonable improvements to substandard fixtures. Turn off the water to avert any surprises from leaky pipes. Keep the heat down, but not all the way off if you can avoid it. The aim is to maintain low humidity by cultivating a cool, dry environment. Some air movement can actually help in this regard and can dry up existing condensation. 

These steps can take you a long way toward curtailing future mold issues. If you have any problems, call on professionals who can help.

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HOW TO DEHUMIDIFY YOUR HOME TO PREVENT MOLD GROWTH

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

We all know that a humidity level in your home that is too high can promote mold growth. Mold grows quickly in damp conditions, establishing a significant colony within 24-48 hours. Allergens and irritants are released as it spreads, and in some cases the situation can become toxic to those with respiratory problems. Children, older people, and pets can be especially susceptible to this danger.

Using a dehumidifier in your home can help to prevent this situation. Optimal humidity levels are between 30-50%, with 45% being the best level possible. A dehumidifier will help to maintain your indoor humidity at a comfortable level, which saves you money and helps to stunt or prevent any mold growth. Small units are available at reasonable prices, so you can put one in every room of the house that is devoted to water: the bath, laundry, and the kitchen!

Making sure your HVAC system is running at its most efficient will help to keep down your humidity levels, as well. Vents should be cleaned before the wetter months and replacing filters before every season is always a good idea.

Running fans when it’s humid outside helps to keep the damp down and cool you off at the same time. Circulating air keeps everything drier. If it’s more humid inside than out, crack a window.

Give your houseplants some outside time, as well; potting soil is wet, of course, since you must water your plants, so putting them out in the sunshine can be helpful. The leaves of a houseplant can also sustain mold growth, and you will want to keep an eye on that. There are natural solutions that can be applied to take care of this issue.

Call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth at (817) 293 5553 for all your larger cleanup projects after a fire or flood. We are also experts in mold remediation!

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Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Property

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with repairs and insurance companies after severe weather hits your property can be difficult. Homeowners can use the following tips to help tackle the storm damage caused by hard rains, flooding, or storm-related issues.

SAFETY FIRST

If you and your family were away from home when the storm hit, do not return until it has been confirmed safe. Contact a storm damage expert like SERVPRO of East Fort Worth; we’ll help you determine if your home is safe to return to.

INSURANCE

You will need to contact your homeowners’ insurance adjuster as soon as possible. If your neighborhood has sustained widespread damage, find out if any special teams of insurance agents, relief workers, or contractors are coming to the area. Check your policy to find out what actions you need to take or talk to your agent to make sure you are following the proper procedures. Not following these actions correctly could result in a reduced claim. Inspect your property and make a list of all damages; take photographs of all noted damage if at all possible.

RECORDING AND DOCUMENTING

Document your neighbor’s damages, as well; this can prevent the insurance provider from downgrading your claim by saying the damage is from your neglect of maintenance or other unrelated issues by giving them a way to compare. Keep a record of all the communication you have with your insurance provider, and don’t do any unnecessary repair work yourself. Hire a trusted storm damage restoration service provider such as SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to handle any repairs.

 BE SCAM FREE

Always check the adjuster’s identification. If you are evacuated, ask for money from your claim upfront. If they agree, you will be given a check for an amount that will be deducted from your final settlement. Some providers will automatically offer a partial payment early on during the process. Review it carefully and decline it if you feel uncomfortable with any part of it. Never be afraid to ask questions and to expect an answer that makes sense or seems fair. 

Dealing with a storm's aftermath is stressful, but reacting properly will be an immense help and can prevent problems down the road.

The SERVPRO Team of East Fort Worth is ready to help 24/7. Call us for your fire or water damage issues at (817) 293-5553

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Keeping It Clean: An Overview of Our Cleaning Services

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Keeping It Clean: An Overview of Our Cleaning Services Have Questions? Call Us Today – (817) 293-5553

At SERVPRO of East Fort Worth we offer a large variety of cleaning services. We can handle the simple cleaning that comes from general day-to-day wear and tear as well as major cleanups after sewage spills, bio hazard contamination and crime scene messes. This article showcases the range of cleaning services we provide.

Standard Cleaning Services

Life is busy, and you don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your property. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your work space look its very best.

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris or other contaminants. Keeping your HVAC system clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by cleaning and maintaining your carpet and upholstery. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth offers a range of specialized cleaning methods and products to treat a variety of carpet and upholstery types.

Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floor Cleaning

Ceiling, wall and floor cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. These surfaces are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. We have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. Our proprietary cleaning system allows our Professionals to properly clean and restore your ceilings, walls and floors.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources, both inside and outside a structure. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent. We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors.

Contents Cleaning

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their preloss condition. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, depending on the extent of the damage. We also specialize in restoring your damaged electronics. We have the training and equipment to restore many of your electronic devices.

Other Cleaning Services

When cleaning goes beyond the normal everyday cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of East Fort Worth a call. We offer a wide array of services to help you get back to business after your property experiences a crime, death or other disaster.

Biohazard Removal and Cleaning

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is trained to safely remove bio hazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Sewage Cleaning

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized, making it “Like it never even happened.”

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other bio hazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Vandalism Cleanup

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from your home or commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.

Our large range of restoration and cleaning services allows us to restore your property, no matter what is needed. If your property has cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of East Fort Worth a call at 817-293-5553.

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