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Flood Warning VS Flood Watch

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Warning VS Flood Watch #floodsafety

Do you know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning? SERVPRO of East Fort Worth wants you to be prepared in case of severe weather and know what to do if flooding occurs at your Fort Worth home or business. 

A warning means “Take Action Now!” and if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

A watch means “Be Prepared” because flooding is possible within your area. 

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

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saving your carpet after a flooding issue

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks, tub overflows, or dishwasher leaks in your Fort Worth property, water can quickly spread throughout your home. Whenever moisture gets into a structure, the carpet can get damaged. Carpet fibers are porous so water can soak into the material and hold moisture. If carpeting gets saturated, glues can weaken causing the backing to peel away from the fibers. 

Carpet can also hold in moisture causing microbes to develop on the surface of the sub-floor underneath. When mitigating water damage, our SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth technicians take extra measures to save carpeting materials. When the padding underneath the carpet gets wet, it can disintegrate and fall apart. Pad often gets removed and replaced since it is rather inexpensive to install. 

The first step in removing moisture from carpet is to extract it using specialized equipment. Either a portable or truck-mounted extractor is used to pull water into a tank, or heavy-duty weighted extraction tools get used to suck up the moisture if the carpet has a high level of saturation. Weighted extraction tools use the weight of the operator that stands on top of the unit and rides it across the carpet compressing the carpet allowing more moisture to get pulled out. 

After water extraction is completed, drying equipment will be set up to dry out the carpet inside your home. Air movers push air in a circular motion speeding up the evaporation process. Dehumidifiers then get utilized to pull moisture out of the environment and lower the building's relative humidity. 

In some cases, the carpet gets extremely wet and the sub-floor underneath is also affected by moisture. In cases like this, our SERVPRO technicians pull up the carpet and place an air mover underneath it to float the flooring material drying the floor covering from underneath while drying the sub-floor at the same time. Once moisture levels in both affected elements return to what they were before the loss occurred, the air movers are removed. 

Before we finalize the project we use carpet tools to put the material back into place like it was before drying procedures took place. The last step is cleaning the carpet with disinfectant.

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National Pet Day!

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

It's National Pet Day!

We know you love your pet everyday but who doesn't want an excuse to give your pet some extra love? If you don't have a pet today would be a great day to adopt one or spending some time volunteering at your local shelter. 

Here are some ways you can celebrate pets today. 

1 – Commit to Volunteer With a Local Pet Charity

Whether you choose to work for one day a week in a local shelter, or choose to donate food and supplies to a local charity, committing to helping out a pet charity is a fantastic and meaningful way to celebrate National Pet Day.

2 – Adopt a Pet

If you don’t currently have a pet, or if you feel like you have the room in your heart, budget, and home to care for another pet, consider adopting an animal from a local rescue facility or shelter for National Pet Day. 

3 – Take Your Pets for a Ride

If you have the kind of dog or cat that enjoys going for a leisurely car ride, fill up the gas tank, roll down the windows enough to let in a bit of the spring aroma—but no so much as to be dangerous to your pets—and take to the road.

4 – Go for a Pet Picnic in the Park

Take your dog, cat, or other pet for a picnic outdoors or to a local pet friendly restaurant(if feasible for your animal). Bring along a picnic lunch for yourself and your companion animal or hang out and order a snack for you and your pet if you opt to visit a pet friendly establishment.

5 – Procure More Pet Toys

Your pet had absolutely nothing to do with the writing of this post. But if they had, this idea likely would’ve topped the list.

6 – Schedule an Annual Visit to the Vet

All pets need to be looked after by a professional caregiver. What better day than National Pet Day to make sure that you’re fulfilling your responsibilities and getting them the medical attention that they need to thrive? Even if you’re not able to visit on National Pet Day, you can still make this the day you make the call and set the appointment.

7 – Take Your Pet to your local dog park or out for a walk/run

This is more doggie exclusive then anything but even if you don't have time for much else your dog probably cherishes the time you two spend out on your daily walk or jog. Try changing up your routine and taking a different route or trying out a new park to switch things up. 

8 – Provide Your Pet With a Home or Professional Spa Day

Give your pet or companion animal the grooming they need and deserve in honor of National Pet Day. To celebrate, you can go for that deep clean, get her nails done, and get them a cut and style, even.

9 – Dress Up

Some pets love them, some pets hate them, but nothing drives activity in your social media feeds quite as much as posting pictures of your puts dressed up in pet costumes. Make sure you’re using the ones that are actually designed for them, though, and always be safe about it.

10 – Throw a Pet Party

Chances are good that you have friends with pets too. Get all your pets together, provided they get along and throw a pet party (or fundraiser for your local pet charity or animal rescue) to celebrate National Pet Day.

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Protecting your car during a hail storm

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

A hail storm can do a lot of damage to the windows, metal, and paint of your car, but there are steps you can take to protect your car from damage, with the recent spring storms here in Texas scattering anything from pea sized to baseball sized hail it’s important to know what to do if and when a hail storm strikes. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to help keep you safe during extreme weather.

  • Get covered parking—Covered parking can save you a lot of hassle and money, especially in the middle of the country. Make sure to listen to hourly weather reports and move your car into the garage before a storm hits. Don't wait till the last minute to have a space cleared out to properly store you're car. If you don't have room in your garage or a carport, seek alternative parking.
  • Ride out the storm—If you don’t have access to covered parking, tryto find temporary shelter. Local malls, for example, usually have parking garages where you could park if you know a storm is brewing. If you don’t have a covered place to store your vehicle, find those options for the big storms. Use large buildings as hail shadows if you can’t find an area with covered parking. If a storm is coming from the east, for example, park on the west side of a large building. If the winds are strong enough, the building may be able to shield your car, causing hail to blow completely past it. If you do get stuck driving in hail, it's best to travel either toward or away from it. The reason is because windshields are better designed to withstand the impact of hail, whereas side windows may not be.
  • Use blankets or car covers—If you don’t have a shelter option, and you know a storm is coming, get something over your car. Some companies sell car covers specific to this purpose, but you can use your own blankets as well. Just make sure you duct tape them down—the winds can pick up pretty quickly during hail storms. The tape can leave a sticky residue on your car, but most likely won’t cause any damage to the paint. (Prepare in advance for this. Opt for personal safety and don’t do this if the storm is happening within a matter of minutes.) If you’re caught someplace where you don’t have the option to cover your car this way you can use your floor mats to place over your windshield to help prevent the hail from breaking it. It’s not the best option but at least it’s something
  • Always stay protected during a hail storm and do not leave your vehicle unless it’s necessary as hail can cause serious bodily damage. If you’re caught in a hail storm while driving and large sized hail is hitting your car, pull over, Make sure you pull completely off the highway, and cover up with a blanket, jacket pr whatever you have available in your car to use to shield yourself just in case the hail were to break any glass in your vehicle. get onto the floor face down, or lay down on the seat with your back to the windows if possible. Put very small children under you, and cover their eyes.

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Does your Fort Worth business need board up services?

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Board Up Services

If your home or business was affected by storm or fire damage that results in an opening in your building you may be in need of emergency board up services. Any opening in the structure needs to be properly boarded up to protect the building from weather and illegal entry. Your insurance policy also requires you to be proactive on protecting your home or business after any type of damage has occurred, otherwise the insurance company could account any further/secondary damage to the structure as negligence.

Not every situation requires the most extensive board up that the U.S Fire Administration has in their board up procedure manual, such as after a fire where the entire home is destroyed and is considered a complete loss. While each emergency board up is different, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is here to help.   

Let’s take a look at how to properly board up a structure after damage has caused an opening in the building.

Determining How Much Protection Is Needed

  1. Openings in the basement, first floor doors, windows and any point of entry accessible from a porch, fire escape or other potential climbing point require additional security measures. These openings should be barricaded with plywood, 2x4s, bolts and nails.
  2. Openings that are at least 10′ from ground level which are not accessible from a porch, fire escape, roof, or other climbing point can be secured with nails in each brace, and every 12″ around the perimeter. For these openings the plywood should be fitted so that it rests snugly against the exterior frame, butting up to the siding on wood frame buildings and up to the brickwork on brick buildings. It may be necessary to remove the staff bead so this fit can be flush and tight.

Boarding Up

  1. Cut plywood to fit over the window and door openings, flush with outside of the molding. Note: For buildings with metal door and window frames the alternative is to cut the plywood and 2x4s to fit the inside of the door frame buffed up against the band molding.
  2. Cut the 2x4s to fit the horizontal dimension of the plywood. You will need two 2×4 exterior and two interior braces for each window and three sets for each door. Note: For buildings with metal doors and window frames the 2x4s for the outside will be cut to the dimensions of the plywood, fitting inside the door frame, against the band molding. For the inside the 2x4s will be cut to the outside dimension of the door or window frame.
  3. Pre drill 3/8th inch holes in the plywood and the braces.
  4. The holes will be placed approximately 1/3 of the length of the brace from each outside edge of the door and window jam.
  5. The two window braces will be placed 1/3 of the distance from the top and the bottom of the window.
  6. The three door braces will be placed; one in the center of the doorway, and one half the distance from the center to the top and to the bottom of the doorway.
  7. Place the plywood over the exterior opening and nail to the frame. Note: For metal frames place the plywood and braces inside the frame against the band molding.
  8. Place the 2×4 braces over the interior and exterior of the door or window.
  9. Place the large washer over the carriage bolt and place the bolt through the holes.
  10. Place washer and nut inside and tighten securely. Torque the nut so that it slightly compresses the interior 2×4.

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Commercial cleaning services

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Despite having a standard cleaning staff, sometimes standard maintenance isn’t enough. When dirt builds up on flooring or odors develop past your janitorial staffs abilities, call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to provide prompt service and deep cleaning to get your office or business back to like new condition.

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet. From preventative cleaning to a deluxe deep conditioning and rinse. We have the skills and equipment to make your carpet look like new.

A good rule-of-thumb is to clean drapes approximately every two years. A recent survey by SERVPRO disclosed that the average customer believes drapes should be cleaned when they look dirty. Depending on your heating system, the amount of smokers in the home, and other factors, drapes may not show soil for two to six years. 

Hard flooring, like hardwood and tile, is often used in today’s homes and commercial properties. At first glance, hard flooring appears to be easy to clean, maintain, and restore. However, these materials tend to have soil accumulate over time, and eventually you’ll need professional cleaning to remove this buildup.

We have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. Also, our proprietary cleaning system allows our Professionals to properly clean and restore your floor’s original beauty.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

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When was the last time you had your Fort Worth businesses ducts cleaned?

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial When was the last time you had your Fort Worth businesses ducts cleaned? Using a HEPA filter on your HVAC system can keep pollutants from building up within your home. #SERVPRO

Spring cleaning usually makes you think of cleaning your home, but what about your business? Your HVAC system needs routine maintenance to continue running without issue as the summer months approach and we begin turning on the a/c more. In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes and businesses with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • pets
  • occupants with allergies or asthma
  • cigarette or cigar smoke
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • home renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are also more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

5 Benefits to Cleaning Your Air Ducts

  • Save Money. Removal of dust and debris from the coils of the air duct greatly reduces energy consumption rate. ...
  • Improve Health. The air quality of the business or home is usually important in terms of the internal air conditions. ...
  • Aid System Durability. ...
  • Reduced Allergens. ...
  • Eliminate odors.

SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth's cleaning process

Our SERVPRO technicians will start the duct cleaning process by using a patented piece of equipment called a roto-scraper.  This device automatically adapts to the shape of your ducts and their diameter while traveling through, removing all the debris and filth in the duct before the vacuuming begins. 

The next step in the process is for a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system to transfer the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

The air is then filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles that were in the air stream.  HEPA filters capture the debris and keep the indoor environment clean.

There is an optional process of a sealant or coating product that may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns as well.

Lastly, all filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

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Lead Paint and how to remove it safely.

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.

It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:

  • Windows and window sills;
  • Doors and door frames; and
  • Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches.

Be sure to keep all paint in excellent shape and clean up dust frequently.

Disturbing lead-based paint or removing lead improperly can increase the hazard to your family by spreading even more lead dust around the house.  In addition to day-to-day cleaning and good nutrition, you can temporarily reduce lead-based paint hazards by taking actions, such as repairing damaged painted surfaces and planting grass to cover lead contaminated soil. These actions are not permanent solutions and will need ongoing attention.  You can minimize exposure to lead when renovating, repairing, or painting by learning how to use lead–safe work practices in your home.

This guide will remove all layers of paint, requiring you to repaint.

1

Remember that lead paint does not pose a hazard if it's not deteriorating. You will be removing the paint if;

  • You will be renovating your house soon
  • The paint is peeling
  • You want to do it as a preventative measure for the future

2

Buy all the 'Things You'll Need'. They can be found at your local hardware store.

3

Take down curtains, because they can hold dust.

4

Move all obstructions, including paintings and furniture, away from walls.

5

Cover the floor, furniture, and all horizontal surfaces with clear plastic coverings.Tape it along the corners to hold it down. Close the doors leading to rooms that you won't be working in, to protect them from getting dust. You may want to even seal under the doors with the plastic too.

6

Send everyone who won't be helping remove the paint out of the building.

7

Wear full cover work suits, covering hair, feet and hands along with a HEPA filtered mask. No Exceptions!

8

Spray the wall with water, starting at the very top of the wall and going till the bottom.

9

Strip the moistened paint with wet scrapes, also starting at the top.

10

Hold a bucket under you as you strip the paint. You want as much dust and flakes to land in it as possible.

11

Do this until you have removed the paint everywhere that you want.

12

Clean up. For all the plastic coverings, grab them by the corners and wrap it up. You need to keep all the chips and particulate dust that fell onto the covering inside of it. If you don't, then what was the point of doing it in the first place? Find out what your city, state, or country's laws are on lead disposal, and follow them.

13

Wash your hands and change your clothes or shower.

14

Get ready to repaint your house!

Shopping List

Here is a list of supplies and tools you will need to set up the work area safely. These items are available in hardware, paint or garden supply stores.

Bucket

 Barrier tape,

rope or fencing 

Cones 

Heavy duty plastic sheeting 

Tape (masking, duct or painter’s) 

Stapler 

 Utility knife or scissors 

Rigid framing material for vertical containment

Painter’s hat 

Disposable coveralls 

Disposable N-100 rated respirator 

Disposable shoe covers

If you have other cleaning needs, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth provides a variety of cleaning services. Give us a call at 817-293-5553.

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Tips for conserving water at home.

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, we often deal with water damage and flooding, and while we know that no one plans on a water leak or other issues with their plumbing that could cause water damage and waste water we still care about our customers homes and making sure that there is clean fresh water for everyone. Incorporating some of the tips below will not only reduce your water footprint, it may also shrink your water bill.

Tips for daily water-saving practices

Here are 10 simple steps that can help reduce your daily water consumption and waste

Cut down the time on your shower by setting a timer for five minutes or less, and install a low-flow shower head or smart shower system. Every minute in the shower with a conventional shower head consumes around five gallons of water. Place a small bucket in the shower to collect water while it heats up, and use this water for your indoor plants.

Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, cleansing your face, soaping up your hands or shaving. This small act can save between 10 to 20 gallons of water per day. Investing in a touch-less faucet can help.

Run the dishwasher only when full. If there’s an eco-cycle, use it. If you wash dishes by hand, plug and fill the sink with warm, soapy water. Run the faucet only to rinse.

Fix leaky faucets. Each year in the U.S., household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water, the EPA notes, enough to supply the annual water needs of every home in Texas. Eliminating leaks can shave about 10 percent off your water bill.

Invest in water-efficient appliances, like dual-flush toilets, a smart sprinkler system and an eco-friendly washing machine. Look for products with the EPA’s WaterSense label.

Turn off lights when you leave a room and unplug chargers when they’re not in use. Water is used in the process of electricity generation, so unnecessary consumption of electricity also wastes water.

Use biodegradable cleaning products, including soap, shampoo, laundry detergent and household cleaners. When you wash your clothes or clean your tub, that waste water full of chemicals eventually flows into streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. You can make your own household cleaners with non-toxic household ingredients like baking soda, white vinegar or lemon juice, borax and soap.

Recycle and reuse whenever possible. Products from t-shirts to laptops consume gallons of water during the manufacturing process. Extending the life of your laptop, reusing scrap paper or reducing how many new clothes you buy can save water.

Water your plants in the cooler air of the early morning or evening so the water soaks into the soil instead of evaporating. Keep buckets outside to capture rainwater you can later use to water plants. If you have a sprinkler system, shut it off during rainy periods, and check it regularly for leaks.

Replace your water-hungry grass lawn with axeriscaped garden. This water-efficient landscape design, already popular in some parts of the Southwest and Texas, utilizes drought-tolerant native plants, flowers and trees along with organic mulches and stones, like lava rocks, pebbles or gravel.

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What to do when lightning strikes

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do when lightning strikes We are proud to serve our local communities: Fort Worth, Everman,Forrest Hill

It’s springtime in Texas, and while we’ve enjoyed a cooler start to the season than usual, storms are still popping up, with heavy rain, hail and lighting. While we’re used to high winds and hail causing damage around this time of year there’s one very typical part of storms we don’t always consider. Lightning.

Severe thunder and lightning storms are more than just frightening - they can also cause a lot of damage. There are approximately 20 million lightning strikes that reach the ground annually in America, each of which can reach temperatures of 50,000-degrees Fahrenheit, which is five times hotter than the sun’s surface, and can travel at speeds up to 90,000 miles per second. In fact, hundreds of thousands of insurance claims related to lightning damage are filed each year, reporting over $1 billion in losses.

Why does lightning cause so much damage? Rather than traveling straight down, a lightning strike typically spreads along the ground, affecting the surrounding areas (for miles, on occasion). The voltage of a lightning strike can travel through wiring and into buildings, which can easily short out computers, phones, TVs, appliances and other equipment in both personal and commercial properties.

Some power surges are even strong enough to ignite fires. But damages aren't limited to the effects of a direct lightning strike on your property; perhaps lightning strikes a neighbor's tree, which then splits and falls through your roof.

To protect your electronics from damages, plug them into point-of-device surge protectors. Even better, unplug them before a storm hits. Although electronic devices may keep your kids occupied and entertained during a storm, you should prohibit the use of plugged-in electronics when thunder and lightning are in the area.

Keep a battery-powered TV or radio handy so that you can use these devices instead and keep your kids safe. Consider playing a few fun card games or board games with your kids during storms while listening to weather updates on the TV or radio. . If you're worried about power surges, you can install lightning rods on your roof to direct the surge into the ground and away from your home's interior.

After a storm, avoid using landline phones if any electrical lines were downed. If you notice any live wires or other power surge damages, call an electrician to have your home inspected and repaired. Remember that water conducts electricity, so keep it away from any questionable electric issues.

Luckily, most standard homeowner’s insurance policies cover lightning damages. Businesses can purchase equipment breakdown insurance on top of property insurance for added protection.

If you or someone around you is struck by lightning, call 911 immediately. The main three things to check for in a lightning strike victim are breathing, heartbeat, and pulse.

Lightning strikes are incredibly serious and kill about 10% of victims. The other 90% of strike victims are often left with severe burns and disabilities. If the victim is not breathing or responsive, someone who is qualified to perform CPR should do so as soon as possible.

An automatic external defibrillator can also come in handy during these circumstances. Children, the disabled, and the elderly may require extra assistance after storms strike, so be mindful of others and help as much as you safely can.

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