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5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, we’re not only local and 24/7; we’re a full service company. “Here to Help” take your home from start to finish as our skilled technicians keep you informed every step of the way.

We have the training and skills not only to handle the damages to your home but to take care of your belonging, speak to your adjuster, and rebuild once the cleanup is done.  We want our customers to have the peace of mind in knowing that they won’t have to interview and be in contact with a plethora of vendors to handle their loss. SERVPRO can handle it all!

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Memorial Day

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

This Memorial Day, we honor, celebrate and remember the heroes who have sacrificed for our freedoms.

Our office will be closed in observance of the holiday so our crews can spend time with their families. However SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is always "Here to Help" if we're needed calls will still be taken and emergency services are available to those in need. 

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Happy Mothers Day!

5/12/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Mother's day from SERVPRO!

Why does it seem like moms are always cleaning? Juice and dirt on the carpet, crayon on the walls, or stains on the sofa. Let her kick back while someone else does the work this Mother's Day.

SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services  create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family. So Treat your mother to a home that's cleaned from top to bottom this mothers day. 

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

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When was the last time you cleaned your ducts?

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the duct work of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes 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 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.

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.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (817) 293-5553

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Happy Easter from SERVPRO of East Fort Worth!

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Easter!

We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring weather! The wildflowers are in bloom and the Easter bunny is on it's way! 

If you haven't already prepped and colored your eggs for today SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth would like to help get that perfect shade of green or orange today. 

If you're using food coloring

Our favorite orange shades of Easter egg with this method are Celosia orange, a beautiful deep rich orange color, or it's slightly different but festive alternative Orange sunset. Both can be achieved with drops of food coloring in white vinegar. Celosia orange takes 18 drops of yellow and 8 drops of red food coloring to achieve and the amount of time/darkness is up to you. For Orange Sunset you need 17 drops of yellow and 5 drops of red. 

If you're looking for green then green apple or the even brighter neon green are where it's at! For Neon green simply use 10 drops of green food coloring from McCormicks neon selection and for green apple use 20 drops of green and 2 drops of blue from the neon colors kit. 

You can leave the eggs to soak in white vinegar until they reach the desired color or if you'd like to make some orange and green combo eggs try filling a bowl with shaving cream and dripping dots of green and orange coloring over the top and swirling it to create a pattern before rolling the eggs in your colorful mixture. Once covered in saving cream you can sit them aside to soak up the color before wiping the shaving cream off and Ta-DA! tye-dyed eggs!

Natural Easter dying methods.

Anyone who's wanting to forgo the food coloring this year don't worry we have you covered too. 

Each dye color requires the same process—you just need to substitute the final ingredient to change the color.

Bring 1/4 water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of the respective fruit, vegetable, or spice (to create the color) to a boil.

For green eggs you can use parsley, spinach, matcha tea or a combination of turmeric and red cabbage. 

For orange eggs you can use onion skins, paprika, chili powder, or if using brown eggs turmeric. 

However you choose to decorate or celebrate. We at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth wish you a hopping good time today. 

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.

Need Emergency Board Up Services? Contact SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth today to schedule an appointment. 817-293-5553

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