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Rare but Real Causes of Fires.

11/18/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that accumulated lint in your dryer vent can cause a fire?

How about a phone battery or old dishwasher?

How about non-dairy coffee creamer? 

True Story.

Here are a few rare but real fire-starters to be aware of:

1 – Recalled Appliances – take a look at the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website (www.cpsc.gov/Recalls) to make sure your microwave or computer battery hasn’t been recalled.

2 – Excess Sawdust – if you’re a DIYer, then you may have sawdust on your work surfaces. Make sure to clean workspaces with a vacuum designed to collect combustible materials to avoid accumulating dust which is flammable.

3 – 9-Volt Batteries – all batteries should be disposed of safely, but especially the 9-Volts. These have been known to spark when in contact with metal while in a trash can or junk drawer.

4 – Linseed Oil – if you use this to polish your butcher block countertops or other wood furnishings, make sure you wash the rag immediately after use as they can spontaneously combust.

5 - And finally - that non-dairy coffee creamer, as well as other manufactured foods can combust if exposed to an open flame.

Fire is destructive whether caused by a common or rare situation. Please exercise caution and know your risks. Proper fire safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Preventing fire damage to Dallas, TX, homes this autumn

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Carrollton shares fire safety tips to help the local community avoid fire damage disasters related to fall activities.

The fire and water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Carrollton are reminding the local community about seasonal fire hazards that homeowners need to be aware of this fall. The transition from the scorching heat of summer to the brisk chill of winter is marked by a period of pleasant, moderate weather that invites people out of their homes for outdoor recreation and to appreciate the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. When engaging in autumn activities, especially those that involve the use of fire, Dallas, TX, property owners should practice fire safety in order to enjoy the fall months to the fullest.

Falling leaves and proper leaf disposal

The vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn leaves are one of the most memorable visuals of the season. However, once the leaves have all fallen, the homeowner is left with piles of unsightly debris covering the yard. When it comes to leaf disposal, the first idea that may come to mind may be to burn the leaves, along with any lawn and shrub clippings lying around the yard.

If the local ordinances allow it, the homeowner can safely and legally deal with leaf piles through a controlled, carefully observed fire. What is not safe is adding trash to the fire. According to Scott Hultman, M.D., M.B.A., director of the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, “While leaves and grass clippings can be disposed of through burning, we caution against burning trash, which can result in unpredictable explosions and emit toxic fumes.”

When burning a pile of leaves, never use a flammable liquid or substance, such as gasoline or kerosene, to start the fire. Watch the burn at all times to ensure that it does not grow too large, and pay attention to the wind, which can quickly cause the fire to spiral out of control. Be prepared to put out the fire at a moment’s notice, and keep a water hose close by. Buckets of sand or a fire extinguisher can also help to smother the blaze.

If municipal regulations do not permit the burning of leaves or if homeowners are unsure of their ability to burn safely on their property, other leaf disposal options are available. Leaves and other organic yard debris can be recycled into a variety of beneficial materials, including compost and mulch. Also, some areas offer curbside pickup of bagged leaves and clippings, or in locations where leaf collection is not available, the homeowner can hire a yard waste removal service.

Staying safe around the campfire or firepit

Once the temperatures start to cool down, families are eager to get outside, light the campfire, and roast hot dogs or marshmallows. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns, “Campfire accidents send thousands of people to emergency rooms with burn injuries every year.” As long as fire safety is a priority, the warm glow of the flames can be enjoyed without incident or injury. Below are several tips to follow when gathering with family or friends around the campfire or firepit.

  • Build the firepit at a distance of 25 feet or more away from any structures. The site should be in an open area that is level and free from overhanging branches and greenery, as well as dry material like leaves, grass clippings, sticks, and brush.
  • As mentioned above, do not use flammable substances to ignite a fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep a water hose, sand, or a fire extinguisher on hand to quickly douse the fire.
  • Stay at a safe distance from the flames, and do not allow children to get too close to the fire, play around the fire, or jump over the fire.
  • Once activities around the campfire or firepit have ended, make certain that the fire has been completely extinguished before leaving the area. Put out all embers.

Who to call in the event of fire damage

The team of restoration and cleaning specialists at SERVPRO® of Carrollton can provide a rapid, full-service response to fire damage in Dallas, TX, and surrounding areas. Using industry-leading equipment and cleaning products, technicians remediate fire damage and remove smoke odors from the home. They are also skilled in a variety of contents cleaning methods, including dry cleaning, wet cleaning, spray and wipe, foam cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and immersion cleaning.

To learn more about SERVPRO of Carrollton’s fire and water damage restoration services, call the office at (972) 446-0383 or email office@SERVPRO10952.com.

Five factors that frequently contribute to water damage in the home

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton explores common sources of water damage in Farmers Branch, TX, homes.

SERVPRO® of Carrollton is a leader when it comes to providing water damage restoration services for homeowners in Farmers Branch, TX. A water damage disaster is inconvenient, stressful, and disruptive. An understanding of the typical sources and locations of water leaks can help the homeowner anticipate problems and spot water leaks and water damage issues in the earliest stages before a disaster occurs. By resolving a water leak early, the homeowner can prevent advanced secondary damage.

  • Leaks inside the structure
  • Leaks in the wall spaces around windows
  • Water intrusions
  • Foundation water leaks
  • Moisture seepage through concrete slabs

1. Leaks inside the structure

Leaks in the interior of a home or business may prove challenging to identify. If the leak goes unnoticed for a time, the effects will eventually become evident. Water dripping from the ceiling, bronze or black stains, and bubbling or wavy plaster are evidence of an interior water leak. A closer inspection of the leaks may point to a plumbing problem. If not immediately mitigated, the moisture can deteriorate support timbers, framing, and the foundation.

Interior water leaks may or may not be a result of faulty or interior construction. In any case, when moving into a new home or rental, look for signs of existing water damage and for evidence of repairs to the walls, ceilings, floors, and baseboards. Before moving any furniture into a new home or apartment, make a video of each room showing the ceiling, walls, baseboards, and flooring. Note anything suspicious. Take closeups. From day one, be vigilant in keeping an eye out for potential leaks. At the first sign of trouble, call in a professional to inspect the damage and offer mitigation and repair strategies.

2. Leaks in the wall spaces around windows

A window is a large hole in an exterior wall. If the breach is properly sealed with the window, caulk, and a moisture barrier, the areas around the window should not leak. Water leaking into the cavities around the window indicates serious structural issues with the home. The leak should be immediately resolved. A water damage cleanup and restoration company have the proper tools and equipment to remove the moisture from around the window. Delays in mitigating the water damage can enlarge the scope of the damage and increase the repair bill.

3. Water intrusion

A water intrusion can often result from storm damage to the roof. Detached shingles, limbs on the roof, or loose siding allow water to penetrate the house envelope, potentially causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. After a storm, inspect the home for broken windows, shingles in the yard, limbs and branches on the roof and ground around the house, and missing siding. Call in a licensed, bonded, and insured roofing contractor to inspect the damage. They should also be able to handle any gutter, siding, and window damage. If the water intrusion floods the attic, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton a call to inspect the damage, tarp the roof, and begin the damage cleanup.

4. Foundation water leaks

When the foundation is undermined by water and moisture, the entire home is at risk. A house is only as strong as its foundation, and a leak through the foundation may indicate a structural issue dating back to the time of construction. The cause of the foundation leak may be the slope around the home. Bad gutters or disconnected downspouts could be dumping excessive amounts of water too close to the foundation. Eventually, the water seeps through the foundation and into the basement or crawlspace. A moisture barrier is often required by municipal codes in most areas. A sump pump with a backup system should solve the problem. Also, inspect the grade around the home. A landscape architect can assess the situation and provide remedies where needed.

5. Moisture seepage through slabs

Concrete is not “as solid as a rock.” In fact, concrete is relatively porous and can readily wick water into the living space of a slab home. This “moisture migration” can have devastating consequences on a home or business. Puddled water on the slab promotes mold growth. The risk of slip-and-fall injuries is significantly elevated if the moisture is not eliminated.

Water and moisture in the home damage the structure and can lead to mold infestation. A delay can enlarge the scope of the water damage due to advanced secondary damage. Trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Carrollton for water, fire, storm, and commercial damage restoration. They offer emergency cleanup and restoration services 24/7, 365 days a year. Crews arrive on the scene in about an hour.

To learn more information about Farmers Branch, TX, water damage restoration, contact the office by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com.

Factors to consider when dealing with flood damage at a fitness center

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Carrollton highlights information that helps gym and fitness center owners to be better prepared for a potential flood damage disaster.

When a flood damage disaster occurs at a gym or fitness center in Carrollton, TX, water and flood damage restoration services are needed to make the facility operational again. The COVID pandemic caused many gyms across the country to experience a decline in gym memberships as Americans sought to social distance and protect themselves from exposure to the coronavirus. In contrast, the online fitness industry experienced rapid growth.

Brick-and-mortar fitness locations are continuing to recover from the effects of the pandemic. According to fitness industry statistics, “In 2020, revenue dropped drastically due to the pandemic, social distancing, and the rise in online fitness programs. We saw in 2021 that the revenue for gym memberships rebounded and was on the rise again. The fitness industry revenue declined by 32.45% in 2020 but rebounded to 0.55% pre-pandemic levels at the end of 2021. The health industry that was hit the hardest during 2020-2021 were gyms and health centers. Even at the end of 2021, they were still down 22.5% from their revenue levels in 2019.”

For a gym that struggled to keep its doors open during the pandemic, a water damage disaster could be the unfortunate event that shutters the business permanently. Knowledge is key when preparing for a water damage disaster. By understanding the causes and effects of a water intrusion, as well as the insurance and restoration options available, business owners can put themselves in a better position to respond to and recover from water damage.

Causes of water damage at a gym or fitness center

At gyms and fitness centers, as well as other commercial facilities, water damage commonly occurs for the following reasons:

  • Cracked or burst pipes
  • Malfunctioning sprinkler system
  • Toilet overflow
  • Roof damage
  • Window seal issues
  • Leaking HVAC system
  • Storm-related flooding

Of these sources of water intrusion, some are more powerful and destructive than others. Whatever the cause, water damage over a short or long period of time can ruin gym equipment and compromise the structure of the building. Also, a mold infestation may develop if the water intrusion is not remediated and restored promptly.

Water damage to electrical gym equipment

Some of the workout machines common to many gyms and fitness centers may include electrical components that could be damaged by water. This equipment includes:

  • Treadmills
  • Elliptical machines
  • Rowing machines
  • Stationary bikes
  • Stair stepper machines

In addition, computers, payment processing machines, and television screens are other examples of electronic equipment that are vulnerable to water damage. If the equipment is to be salvaged, the business owner will need to secure the services of a water damage restoration company skilled in electronics restoration. By acting quickly to remediate the damage, restoration technicians may be able to restore the equipment to its original working order.

Insurance coverage for water-damaged gyms

An insurance claim payout helps alleviate the strain of lost income and gives the gym owner a path forward. Sufficient insurance coverage can mitigate losses in several scenarios, including the following:

  • Property is damaged by a water intrusion.
  • The facility has to be temporarily closed while repairs are being made.
  • Gym property is stolen by thieves during the temporary closure.
  • The business is forced to permanently shut down due to catastrophic damage.

Standard protections against water damage typically do not include flooding caused by severe weather and natural disasters. The fitness owner may also need to purchase additional flood insurance if the business is located in a flood zone.

Choosing a water damage restoration service provider

When searching for a restoration provider, choose a full-service damage restoration company with experience and proficiency in commercial damage restoration. A commercial water damage disaster is a complex situation and can involve a myriad of complicating factors, including:

  • Water damage
  • Mold damage
  • Electrical damage
  • Structural damage
  • Content damage

At SERVPRO® of Carrollton, the team of commercial damage restoration experts delivers a rapid response and a fast, thorough restoration process that minimizes the economic impact of a temporary shutdown. The staff understands that dealing with the insurance company is a difficult task, especially in the aftermath of water damage, so SERVPRO of Carrollton handles the insurance claims process in order to reduce stress for the owner of the fitness center.

For more information about commercial flood damage restoration for Carrollton, TX, gyms, fitness centers, and other commercial establishments, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com or by phone at (972) 446-0383.

SERVPRO partners with Major Insurance carriers.

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

A storm, flood, or plumbing problem can leave your home with extensive water damage. Immediate water removal is necessary to mitigate the damage. SERVPRO’s professionals specialize in water removal and water damage cleanup, then providing water damage restoration to your residence.

Our customer-focused professionals will assess the residential water damage to your property. Then, we’ll help you understand the severity of the property damage so you’re able to make the best decisions for the water damage restoration of your home. Our top-notch people use the most advanced equipment to detect hidden moisture and perform water extraction of any standing water.

SERVPRO has national agreements in place with State Farm, Farmers, Travelers, Allstate, Germania, Mercury Insurance and many others.  

These agreements have specific requirements that we have to follow to be a part of the program.  One requirement is that all of our associate must pass a background check every year.  

We strive to take the best possible care of your property.

We are available 7x24x365 days a year.

Water Damage and Restoration for Businesses.

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

If you’re a business owner, any kind of water damage to your facility needs to be remedied quickly with the least amount of downtime to your daily business functions. A call to SERVPRO will help you get water damage repaired and restored in order to minimize downtime and prevent loss of revenue.

Whatever size the water damage is to your business, we have the experience and equipment to deal with it. Our professionals will work closely with you and the other occupants of your building during the restoration process to have as little disruption as possible to your daily business activities.

Call today 972-446-0383.

Prevent Water Damage in your Home.

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage usually sneaks up on you. We rarely get advanced notice of leaks, drips or flows. Once they happen, it’s too late, since the damage is already done.

The good news is that a little proactive maintenance can help you spot leaks before they start. Here are a few of the most common places for leaks:

Sinks and faucets. These fixtures are used multiple times a day, and over time, they can become fragile and wear out. The supply lines are under pressure, so if there is a problem, it usually sprays a stream of water and is easy to find. Drain system problems will show up as more of a small leak or seepage.

Refrigerators. Today’s modern refrigerators often have automated ice machines, which require a water source. Also, most refrigerators have a defrost cycle that happens at least once a day. You may have even heard a sizzling noise coming from your refrigerator. That’s the sound of the defrosted water hitting the evaporator coil. The evaporator coil usually dissipates the water before it hits the drip pan, a safety area that accumulates defrosted water droplets. But an improperly working defrost system can cause a water leak.

Clogged gutters. Are your gutters properly maintained? Gutters full of debris are one of the leading causes of roof damage. Overflowing gutters can cause soffit damage, and water can seep into the interior of the house from walls or around the foundation. Gutters should be inspected and cleared of debris as necessary.

Roof damage. Falling limbs can cause serious roof damage. If a limb perforates the roof membrane, it will turn into a costly repair. Many times, damaged roofs allow water to seep in, causing mold and rot to take hold. That’s why it’s important to inspect attics and roofs for damage.

Old copper pipes. If your house was built between 1950 and 2000, there is a good chance you have copper piping. House remodels are the perfect time to inspect and replace plumbing if necessary. Today, older copper plumbing supply lines are being replaced with PEX. PEX is made of cross-linked polyethylene and has great durability and strength.

Clogged sink drains. Many items can clog a drain in a sink. These drains can become clogged with food, grease or hair. Be careful if you decide to plunge instead of calling a plumber, since plunging creates significant pressure on the drain system. While most of the time it can push a clog through, sometimes you could damage a pipe connection and spring a leak.

Make sure to take care of the systems in your home that create a comfortable living space for you. Occasionally inspect and repair any issues you find with gutters, roof systems, supply lines or drains. This can potentially save you a lot of time and money!

If you ever have an issue, we are always#heretohelp

972-446-0383

How will I know if my home in Preston Ridge is actually dry?

11/11/2022 (Permalink)

Preston Ridge residents and businesses need to know about our drying process!

Most of the surfaces in homes and businesses are porous, so when they are exposed to water, the water can seep into them. Although these surfaces may be dry to the touch, they may retain moisture, which, left untreated, can cause the materials to break down, warp, or cause mold damage.

Drying and Dehumidification Process

Our team uses room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the area. We also monitor and document the drying process to ensure the damage is dried thoroughly. Here is some additional information from our website about our drying process.

Monitor Floor and Walls

We check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process. 

  • Monitor Floors
  • Monitor Walls

Drying Equipment

  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping floors, walls, and furniture
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, accelerating moisture evaporation

Call Us Today!

When you have water damage, hiring a company that documents and monitors the drying process is crucial. Our Carrollton and Bent Tree team is Here to Help ® when your Preston Ridge home or business has water damageCall us today,

972-446-0383.

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Taking care of your contents after water or fire damage.

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carrollton, SERVPRO of Bent Tree specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

We are locally owned and support businesses in Carrollton.

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

Providing Your Business Cleaning Needs

You work hard every day to build your business, so the last thing you need to deal with is a disruption to your daily functions. But accidents-both large and small- can happen at any time. SERVPRO can help during those times with specialty cleaning for your commercial property. 

We have the equipment and experience to get the job done, whether you have a routine need, like air duct and HVAC system cleaning, or face a major emergency, such as biohazard and crime scene cleanup. Or, maybe you’ve had an outbreak of COVID-19 and need a clean reset.

Our professionals are skilled and work with the most advanced cleaning products and techniques to clean and restore your commercial property so you can focus on getting back to work with the least amount of downtime possible.