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How to Restore Your Belongings After Water Damage
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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 for additional information regarding water damage.
Secondary Damage to Hardwood Flooring
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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.
Ice Dams and Water Damage
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With winter weather swiftly approaching, it's time to be sure your home is ready for the colder temperatures. Here in Texas, the weather seems to have a mind of it's own. Even in winter, we could be wearing short sleeves on Monday only to need to break out the heavy coats by Friday.
When we do get low enough temperatures for ice and dare, we say it, snow. It often melts and refreezes as the temperatures fluctuate. This can cause temporary Ice dams or water drainage to seep into any available space where it will settle and eventually turn to mold as the weather warms up.
Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Warm air inside your home leaks into the attic and will warm the roof's underside, causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors, and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, resulting in water leaks to the inside. Frequently the result will be a water spot on the ceiling under the roof damage.
What to Do if an Ice Dam Occurs
- Don't get on your roof to solve this problem. It could be dangerous.
- Avoid standing on the ground and "chipping away" at the ice. Not only could this cause damage to your roof, but you can be seriously injured by falling ice, debris, or tools.
- Contacting a roofing contractor to fix your roof leak will not prevent future ice dams.
- Seal air leaks (Home Sealing) and sealing duct air leaks in your attic to stop warm air leakage (the source of the problem).
- After sealing leaks, add additional insulation in your attic.
- Provide adequate attic ventilation so that the underside of the roof and outside air are at the same temperature. Check to make sure attic insulation is not blocking roof ventilation.
- Clean leaves and other debris from gutters before the first snow. This will help prevent ice build-up in gutters.
- Hire a contractor who is an energy specialist or specializes in air sealing to do an in-home evaluation. A good specialist will use diagnostic equipment to evaluate your home's performance and generate a customized list of improvements.
Saving Your Carpet After a Flooding Issue
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If a pipe breaks, a 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.
Carpets can also hold in moisture. The moisture causes microbes to develop on the surface of the subfloor underneath. Our SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth technicians take extra measures to save carpeting materials when mitigating water damage. When the padding underneath the carpet gets wet, it can disintegrate and fall apart. Pads often get removed and replaced since it is relatively inexpensive to install.
The first step in removing moisture from the 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 sucking up the moisture if the carpet has a high level of saturation. Weighted extraction tools use the operator's weight that stands on top of the unit and rides it across the carpet, compressing the carpet allowing more moisture to get pulled out.
After completing water extraction, we'll set up drying equipment 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 for pulling moisture out of the environment and lowering the building's relative humidity.
In some cases, the carpet gets exceptionally wet, and the sub-floor underneath is also affected by moisture. In these situations, 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 also. Once moisture levels in both affected elements return to what they were before the loss occurred, we'll remove the air movers.
Before we finalize the project, we use carpet tools to put the material back into place before drying procedures. The last step is cleaning the carpet with disinfectant. For additional information, call our office!
Conserving Water Tips
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At SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, we often deal with water damage and flooding. While we know that no one plans on a water leak or other issues with their plumbing that could cause water damage and wastewater, we still care about our customers' homes and make 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 your shower time by setting a timer for five minutes or less and installing a low-flow showerhead 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 it 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 touchless 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 wastewater full of chemicals eventually flows into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. You can make your 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 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 an xeriscaped 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.
Commercial Water Damage
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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 Ft. 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, 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.
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
- 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 Ft. 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
- 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
Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter
As it gets colder, it's good to know that 17% of water damage comes from #frozen pipes. Be sure to check all of your pipes for possible freezing
It's winter in Texas, and while that might not mean snow or severe cold weather here in East Texas, it does mean temperatures can reach the freezing point. Freezing rain, sleet, icy roads are all problems we worry about in January and February, but what about your pipes?
As water running through your pipes begins to freeze, the water will expand 10% in volume until the pressure rises enough to split your pipes open, potentially causing severe water damage to your home. There are a few things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing in the first place, and – if you act quickly – there are even ways to thaw frozen pipes in your house before they burst.
How Can I Prevent My Pipes From Freezing?
- Add extra insulation. Adding insulation to water pipes in unheated areas throughout your home, including the garage, basement, and outdoor taps can make water less likely to freeze.
- Repair leaks. If your pipes have any cracks or leaks, make repairs before cold temperatures arrive. Otherwise, leaking water may freeze right at the cracks, expand, burst, and leave you with significant (and expensive) damages.
- Turn off appliances.
- If your washing machine sits in an unheated garage, turn off water supply lines and disconnect the hoses, especially if you know that temperatures that day are expected to drop below freezing.
- If you know you will be away from home for a few days or more, consider entirely turning off your main water valve to avoid plumbing system damages.
- Be sure to disconnect outside water hoses before cold weather hits so any sitting water in the hoses can't freeze, expand and destroy the hose or connect pipes inside.
- Open cabinet doors. Opening cabinet doors underneath sinks in kitchens and bathrooms allows heat to circulate the uninsulated pipes, especially if the cabinets are near exterior walls.
- Keep it moving. Gently turning on taps connected to pipes that are likely to freeze keeps the water moving and reduces freezing risk. Remember to let only a small amount of water flow through, and keep the cabinets around pipes open so warm air can circulate and increase water flow, as well.
How Do I Thaw Frozen Pipes in My House?
If you've already identified frozen pipes in your home, there are a few ways you can thaw them out before they cause a bigger problem.
- Turn off your water. Turning off your water supply will reduce pressure on the frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipe does end up bursting. Once your water is shut off, try the techniques below to thaw your pipes or call for professional help.
- Warm it. Use a hairdryer to thaw the entire area, so the water gently melts, reducing the risk of damage. You can also try using a heat lamp to warm the area.
- Wrap it. Wrap and secure a heavy towel around the pipe to concentrate heat to one area. Then, place a bucket underneath the pipes and pour hot or boiling water over the towel.
- Use a hose. If you have access to the pipe and it's large enough, you can try running a garden hose through it. When you can't push the hose through anymore, you've reached the frozen area. Try raising your end of the hose and running hot water through it until the ice can melt. Be careful during this process since overfilling could cause hot water to come back up on your end before the blockage has fully melted.
- Look for any leaks in your exposed pipes, as well as damp patches on your walls, ceilings, and floors. Once the pipes have thawed, there can still be a high amount of pressure to put you at risk for leaks or bursts. Some pipes may need to be replaced entirely to avoid future failure.
If the worst does happen, call the experts to help clean up any water damage caused by burst pipes or flooding. The trained, caring, and professional water damage technicians at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth are here 24/7 to help you through the entire restoration process so you can get your home and your life back to normal as quickly as possible. "Like it never even happened."
Water Damage from Sprinkler Systems
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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.