Recent Water Damage Posts

How to Restore Your Belongings After Water Damage

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

hole in the wall revealing leaking pipes, water on the floor, red bucket and sponge on the floor Call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth for help with water damage. (817) 293-5553.

Water in home settings can be devastating, whether from leaking pipes or backed-up drains or toilets. While there may be nothing you can do to prevent your items from becoming waterlogged in the event of an unexpected water leak, there are some things you can do to restore your belongings after water damage occurs. Here are a few ways you can clean up various items in your Fort Worth, TX home.

1. Separate Items

Before you officially begin the cleanup process, separate your items into those that are porous and nonporous. Porous materials may include wood, paper, rugs, and other types of fabric. Generally, these are more likely to harbor mold and bacteria from broken pipe water, so it’s essential to clean them quickly. Nonporous items are usually much easier to clean since they don’t absorb water and are less likely to harbor bacteria and mold.

2. Dry-Clean Nonporous Items

Dry cleaning may be appropriate when removing light water residue from nonporous items in your home. Items can also be dry cleaned before floor restoration professionals come in and thoroughly clean your items. 

3. Air-Dry When Appropriate

If you’re not dealing with dangerous water, such as sewage, it may be appropriate to gently air-dry most of your belongings. If possible, do so indoors unless the weather outdoors is ideal. You can increase the airflow inside your home using open windows, air conditioners, and fans. 

4. Toss Dangerous Items

Depending on the nature of floodwater in home settings, it may be dangerous to keep saturated items. If there is a high likelihood of the floodwater containing harmful bacteria, it may be best to throw away contaminated objects. In other cases, professionals may be able to safely clean and salvage some of your valuables. 

While you may be able to clean some of your belongings that water has damaged in your home, safety should always be your top priority, whether you’re dealing with a broken pipe or a sewer backup. It’s best to wait for professional help to arrive for help with dry-cleaning or salvaging contaminated items. 

Call  SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth (817) 293-5553. for additional information regarding water damage. We can professionally clean and restore the contents of your home. We are experts in water damage restoration and have top-notch equipment to dry out your home and get your life back on track as quickly as possible.

Commercial Water Damage

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

two men in green boots standing in water in a commercial building in Fort Worth, Texas If your commercial property experiences water damage, call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth.

Your Fort Worth business has been affected by flooding or water damage caused by a leak or sprinkler system going off, now what? SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is "Here to Help" 

Our crews are highly trained, and IICRC certified to help extract the water and help get your office back in working order. That doesn't mean just the carpet and walls, though. Here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth, we know time is of serious importance. Every day your office or business is closed and costs you more in the long run.

We offer several services to minimize as much damage as possible and help you get your business's doors back open. Here are some of the services we provide to help get your business back to preloss condition.

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a severe hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage conditions, SERVPRO of East Fort Worth can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, barcoding. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • A detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with the burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth has the ability to respond immediately to water damage so you can get back to business quickly. Our team of highly trained technicians is available 24/7 to assist with any size water damage emergency. Call us at (817) 293-5553.

What to do When Your Home Has a Water Leak

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

air mover equipment drying out water damage after a leak in a Fort Worth building SERVPRO of East Fort Worth equipment placed in a building after a water leak.

What Causes Water Damage? 

Water damage can originate from different sources such as a broken dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow, a dishwasher leakage, broken/leaking pipes, floodwaters, 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, approximately 10,000 gallons of water per year are 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 severe problems in the future. Mold can grow, and structures can rot or become weak from the water's strain soaking into them, resulting in damage and possibly collapse. 

Removing Water Once an Incident Occurs 

Once a Water leak occurs, your 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 Ft. 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 Ft. Worth as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

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 to determine the source of the damage and the possible extent of the area affected. Restoration services would then be rendered to the residence 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 subfloor drying equipment is left in residence. Our technicians take 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.

Remedy Sprinkler Water Damage from Commercial Business Fire

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

pipes in ceiling of an industrial building sprinkler syster SERVPRO of East Fort Worth offers 24/7 commercial damage services when sprinkler systems cause water damage after a fire.

SERVPRO Remedies Sprinkler Water Damage from Commercial Business Fires

A fire in a commercial business is devastating. Not only is the structural integrity of your building potentially compromised, but employees are out of work and your customers are not being served. 

And when you add additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the fire and water commercial damages compound quickly. A lot of companies cannot afford to close for a day, and SERVPRO of East fort Worth understands this.

That is why we offer 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

For Example:

If a fire burns through a building and activates the sprinkler system, there is now both fire and water damage. This is often the case with fires since flames are smothered with water—and that water can be just as damaging or more damaging than the fire. 

We are a one-stop-shop.

Since SERVPRO has the knowledge, equipment, and staff to treat fire and water damages simultaneously, our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they don't need to look for multiple companies to take care of the different types of damages. SERVPRO even acts as a liaison between insurance companies and clients which makes working with us that much easier.

Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make fire and water disasters “Like it never even happened,” with residential and commercial services. For questions regarding SERVPRO of East Fort Worth commercial services, contact us at (817) 293-5553.

Does SERVPRO Fix Sprinkler Water Damage?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Sprinkler system from commercial business near me hanging from the ceiling, gold and red The first step after an incident is to make sure all water damage is addressed as soon as possible.

Installing a fire sprinkler system offers reliable and affordable fire protection to your Fort Worth commercial properties. Not only do sprinkler systems save lives and prevent property losses from fires, but they also save millions of dollars to business owners by way of tax deductions, code and ordinance compliance, insurance savings, and the ability to continue business as usual.

But for as beneficial as sprinkler systems may be in reducing the harm caused by a fire, the downside is the damp mess left behind after an incident.

Is the Damage Worth It?

To prevent a fire from spreading, the sprinkler system springs into action as soon as a fire is detected. This typically occurs during the "flash-over" stage, or when the fire transitions from the "growing" stage to the last stage–a fully developed fire. Sprinkler systems can address the specific area of the fire, preventing the spread.

This may seem as though you are trading one catastrophe for another–a flood versus a fire, but the reality is properly functioning sprinkler systems are designed to reduce the amount of water used to put out the fire. A sprinkler system may use hundreds of gallons of water to douse a fire, while firefighters will use thousands.

Sprinkler System Water Damage

With that said, any water used indoors means you are left with a moisture problem that needs to be addressed quickly. Sprinkler system water damage can include wet drywall, carpeting, and other building materials, not to mention the furniture and contents that will be affected and standing water left behind.

The first step after an incident is to make sure all water damage is addressed as soon as possible. The longer water sits inside; the worse all the affected materials will be. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth's skilled and trained technicians can assess the existing water damage and develop a strategy to return your property to its original condition, making it "Like it never even happened."

What to Expect

  • Clearing out possessions: To avoid further damage to possessions made from wood, cloth, or other porous surfaces, they will be removed from the property and stored in a safe place until ready to return. Some items may need replacement depending on the level of damage and if they're restorable.
  • Removing the water: Water extraction equipment, dehumidifiers, and air movers are used to remove water efficiently and effectively.
  • Drying the area: After removing the water, dehumidifiers and fans will help make sure everything is thoroughly dry to avoid growth from forming.
  • Repairing: When water damage ruins materials beyond repair or leaves permanent stains on carpeting and upholstery, restoring the property may require construction or additional cleaning services. 

Secondary Damage to Hardwood Flooring

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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There are many ways water damage in your home or business can occur. Some of the most common examples are broken or leaking pipes, appliances malfunctioning, or flooding. The key to keeping the extent of water damage to a minimum is a quick response to start drying. Otherwise, secondary damage to the property will be inevitable. Secondary damage can be many things from delaminated carpeting, discoloring of building materials, musty odors, mold, or warped flooring.

In this case, we are talking about hardwood flooring in particular and what happens. Wood is a semi-porous material that absorbs water slowly between the wood joints. If the wood has been affected by water damage and is caught quickly, there are drying mats that can extract the water out of the wood and bring it back to its original state. If a wood floor has absorbed a significant amount of water and has dwelled for an extended period, then the wood floor will begin to cup and stain. If the floors are left in this condition, it will get worse to the point of no return and must be removed. If wood floors are treated as soon as you see cupping, there is still a chance of them being saved. Water will get extracted, and then once dry. The wood can be sanded and refinished to get a smooth surface again.

If you or someone you know ever experiences water damage, the first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth and start the drying process to prevent unnecessary damage from occurring! If water damage occurs and has gone unnoticed, call us in, and we will survey the damage. Our goal is to save as much as we can and assist in replacing materials if necessary.