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Is Your Office Building Really Clean?

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Office Building Really Clean? Did you know? We offer Carpets Upholstery Cleaning! Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us!

Even with general maintenance carpet and tile floors begin to show wear and dirt over time, especially in high traffic areas.When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, give SERVPRO a call, our skilled professionals can make your office shine.

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.No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises.

Here at SERVPRO Of East Fort Worth we specialize in total commercial cleaning and maintenance. Below is a list of the service we offer.

Carpet

  • Showcase
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Rotary Drying
  • Rotary Jet Extraction
  • Hot Water Extraction
  • Pre-conditioner & Rinse

Other Services Available for Carpet:

  • Maintenance program
  • Deodorization
  • Installation & Relaying
  • Dyeing
  • Stain Removal
  • Water Extraction/Drying
  • Repair
  • Warranty Inspections

Tropical Treatments for Carpets

  • Soil Protectants
  • Anti-Microbial
  • Anti-Static
  • Fire Retardants

Upholstery

  • Hot Water Extraction
  • Foam/Shampoo
  • Hand Dry Clean
  • Showcase
  • Machine Dry Clean
  • Dry/Wet/Dry

Floor Maintenance Systems

  • Stripping
  • Sealing
  • Finishing

Surfaces Cleaned and Maintained

  • Concrete
  • Ceramic
  • Vinyl
  • Marble
  • Terrazzo
  • Brick
  • Asphalt
  • Stone
  • hardwood
  • Rubber
  • Cork
  • Adobe

Other Services Available:

  • Maintenance Programs
  • High-speed Maintenance Programs
  • Disinfection
  • Deodorization
  • Pressure Washing
  • Degreasing

Draperies (dry or wet clean)

  • On location cleaning (without removal)
  • Take down/rehang
  • Mildew Treatment
  • Fire Retardant

Walls, Ceilings & Hard Surface Cleaning

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning
  • Metal Polishing
  • Light Foam Cleaning
  • Preparation for Painting
  • Interior Window Cleaning

Types of Surfaces Cleaned:

  • Wood Furniture
  • Washable Wallpaper
  • Grass/ Cork Wall covering
  • Fireplace Brick
  • Wood Paneling
  • Cabinets/ Countertops
  • Vent Hoods
  • Masonry (interior/exterior)
  • Painted Walls
  • Flocked Wallpaper
  • Acoustical Ceiling Tile
  • Ceramic Tile/Grout
  • Windows/ Glass
  • Kitchen/Bathroom Fixtures
  • Metal Fixtures

Other Services Available for Walls, Ceilings, & Hard Surfaces

  • Semi-refinishing
  • Restore
  • Deodorize
  • Polish
  • Degrease
  • Fire Retardant

Duct System Services

  • Cleaning
  • Sealing
  • Sanitization
  • Clean Rooms
  • Interior Windows

Fire, Smoke and Vandalism Cleanup & Restoration

  • Structure
  • Complete Cleanup & Restoration
  • Subcontract Services
  • Contents

Commercial Contents Cleaning

  • Clean
  • Disinfect
  • Appliances Cleaning
  • Deodorize
  • Ultra-sound

Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration

  • 24-hour Extraction and Removal
  • Drying Services
  • Anti-Microbial Treatments
  • Dehumidification

Deodorization Services

  • Thermal Fogging
  • U.L.V. Source Removal
  • Activated Oxygen

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Mold vs. Mildew; What's the difference?

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold vs. Mildew; What's the difference? If you notice mold in your home or business don't try to fix it yourself. Call a professional cleaner to make sure that it is done safely

Mildew and mold are both fungi, which are common in most homes. These types of fungi do well in environments that are moist and easily spread and thrive on numerous surfaces, thus making it difficult to get rid of them. However, if mildew and mold are left unattended, they can adversely affect large portions of a property. In fact, they might even result in structural damage and health problems.

Both are keen on warm areas where they might sprout their homes, from food to your shower to a sheet of paper. And, of course, no homeowner likes to see them in his or her home.

But mold and mildew also have striking differences when it comes to size, color and texture.

Mildew is a surface fungi that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or even white fungus that is lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew is easily treated with a store bought cleaner and a scrubbing brush.

Mold, on the other hand, can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger infestation. This type of fungus can appear almost "fuzzy" — especially when it is found on food — or even slimy in nature.

The following are the different effects that can be caused by mildew and mold if left unchecked:

Mildew Effects

Mildew affects crops and plants. However, it can result in health risks if it happens to develop indoors. The spores of mildew cause respiratory problems, sore throat, headache, and coughing.

Mold Effects

This has the potential of causing major structural damage over long periods. Different mold strains cause various health problems. Some common effects on health are extreme fatigue, depression, dizziness, pain and inflammation in joints, migraines, heart problems and respiratory problems. Respiratory problems may include nasal congestion, throat and eye irritation, skin irritations, sneezing etc.

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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Candle Safety

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

General Candle Safety Flameless candles are a safe alternative to lit candles and produce a similar soft, glowing effect.

With the weather turning cooler and holidays approaching, many of us are lighting up festive scented candles to welcome the season. Whether they be for decor or pumpkins this fall. We were at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth want you to stay safe while enjoying these luminous additions to your decor. 

Here are a few candle safety tips to review before you light your next candle:

1. Burning candles should never be left unattended.

2. Keep candles away from anything flammable.

3. If your candle is in a candle holder, it should be sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over.

4. Candles should be placed where children and pets can’t reach them.

5. The National Candle Association recommends that candlewicks be trimmed to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.

6. Keep the pool of wax in the candle clear of debris such as wick trimmings.

7. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for candle use. Most candles should be burned for only a couple of hours at a time.

8. Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer rather than blowing them out, as hot wax can splatter

Flameless candles are a safe alternative to lit candles and produce a similar soft, glowing effect. Lit candles are not recommended for use during power outages, so use battery powered flashlights, lanterns and even flameless candles instead.

Finally, any talk of candle safety is incomplete without a reminder to check all smoke alarms in your home. Working smoke alarms greatly increase your chances of surviving a home fire, so check them every month to ensure they are working properly.

Pets and Fire Safety

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pets and Fire Safety When disaster strikes it effects you & your pets. Be prepared, make sure they have clean correctly sized pet carriers ready in case of an evacuation.
 No one wants to consider the possibility of facing a fire emergency in their own home, but it could happen at any time. Coming up with a fire plan is key to getting yourself and your family out safely. But what about your pets? including pet preparation in your fire safety plan is crucial to be able to get your furry friends out in time. Keep your furry companions safe by following these steps to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets. 
  • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
  • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
  • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.

Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.

  • Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
 

Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

  • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static  cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

BE PREPARED. Have A PLAN.

  • Know their hiding places! During a fire your pets will be terrified, and they’ll most likely run to in the places they feel most safe.  If you don’t know their common hiding places, you could run out of time to save your furry, scaly, or feathered friend.
  • Map it out!  Find their hidey-holes and niches. Map these out on a piece of paper, and include the map in your fire escape plan.
  • Always evacuate your pets on a leash or in a pet carrier. Pets will panic at the smell of smoke, and may bolt when outside, making them impossible to find.
  • Prepare an emergency kit for each of your animals. The kit should contain your pet’s food, veterinary paperwork, prescription medications, and an updated photo and description of each animal. You may have to board your pet at a kennel or other facility until you get settled after a fire, and they will require proof that your pet has current vaccinations.
  • Have an evacuation plan. If you have to evacuate your home, and you cannot return for a while, have a plan of action!
 

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What to do when your DFW home has a water leak.

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do when your DFW home has a water leak. equipment placed in a bathroom after a water leak.

What causes water damage? 

Water damage can originate by different sources such as a broken dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow, a dishwasher leakage, broken/leaking pipes, flood waters and clogged toilets. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water used in the home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks. On average that is approximately 10,000 gallons of water per year wasted by leaks for each US home. A tiny, 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day.

Left unfixed, these leaks can cause more sever problems in the future. Mold can grow, and structures can rot or become weak from the strain of the water soaking into them resulting in damage and possibly collapse. 

Removing water once an incident occurs. 

Once a Water leak occurs your first priority should be removing the water and drying out the area to prevent further damage. Calling in professionals should be your first task before trying to deal with the water yourself. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is on call 24/7 and ready to help deal with any disaster day or night. We can arrive quickly and begin removing water from your home with our expert equipment so that the drying process can begin as soon as possible.

Different removal methods and measures are used depending on the category of water. Due to the destructive nature of water, chosen restoration methods also depend heavily on the amount of water, and on the amount of time the water has remained stagnant. For example, as long as carpet has not been wet for longer than 48 hours, and the water involved was not sewage based, a carpet can usually be saved if it is relatively new; however, if the water has soaked for longer, then the carpet is probably irreparable and will have to be replaced. Water damage restoration can be performed by SERVPRO of East fort Worth as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

You can learn more about classification of water and how it effects our cleaning methods here.

Beginning the restoration process

Water damage restoration is often prefaced by a loss assessment and evaluation of affected materials by our trained and certified technicians. The damaged area is inspected with water sensing equipment such as probes and other infrared tools in order to determine the source of the damage and possible extent of area affected. Restoration services would then be rendered to the residence in order to dry the structure, sanitize any affected or cross contaminated areas, and deodorize all affected areas and materials. After the labor is completed, water damage equipment including air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub floor drying equipment is left in the residence with our technicians taking readings on the drying process as it progresses. 

No matter the time of day or night, we offer you the services you need. Call us 24/7 at 817-293-5553 for professional, timely service.

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Dealing with Smoke Damage After a Fire

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing with Smoke Damage After a Fire We here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth specialize in #Fire and #Odor #remediation. Call us today if you've been hit by disaster, we're available 24/7

If you’re dealing with fire damage, it’s time to call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth. There are several, little-known facts that are crucial tosmoke damage restorationprocedures. Put your health and property first by learning more about the recovery period.

Ventilation is the First Step

Immediately following a fire, focus on ventilation for the home. The professionals may not be on-site yet, but you can improve the situation right now. Open the doors and windows. Use any fans within the home to move air out of the structure. Our Technicians will bring in industrial fans for this purpose, but get the process started yourself.

Consider your health when it comes to ventilation too. Wear dust masks if you must be inside the home. Remove children, pets and older residents from the premises. The particles in the air can be irritating to some people.

Odors Don’t Dissipate on Their Own

There’s a misconception about fire damage cleanup and ventilation. You might believe that fire odors will simply dissipate with enough fans blowing in the house. Soot and other fire byproducts are chemically based substances. Unless they’re physically removed, they’ll continue to react with the drywall, wood and other materials.

Our smoke damage restoration professionals will clean, remove and service the structure as necessary. They’ll deodorize rooms with careful attention to humidity and corrosion issues. There shouldn’t be any remaining odors after a professional cleanup job. Subtle odors equate to dirty conditions that will only grow stronger over time.

Soot Moves into Every Crevice

Cleaning off the walls and ceilings is only the beginning of the fire damage cleanup process. Most people don’t realize that soot is an extremely fine particle. It floats and lands on nearly every surface. If you have light fixtures near the damaged area, be sure to remove the bulbs and clean them. Soot finds its way into the threaded base. Hazards arise if you turn the fixture on without cleaning it first. Soot can be a fire hazard if it’s not cleaned away in its entirety.

Smoke Damage Restoration Applies to Electronics and Antiques

If soot can find its way into light fixtures, your electronics might fall prey to it too. Discuss fire damage cleanup in reference to your televisions, audio receivers, and other devices. It may take time to restore these items, but it’s worth the effort when it’s done right.

Think about any antiques that you might have as well. SERVPROs restoration experts can bring these items back to life. When an antique has either sentimental or monetary value, restoring it should be part of your recovery process.

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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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