Recent Water Damage Posts

Signs of internal water damage.

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

A bathroom toilet surrounded by slightly discoloring tiles indicating water damage. Water damage can be subtle. It’s important to know the signs and catch it before its too late.

While it may seem like water damages should be easy to spot, many times their signs are subtle and hard to find. Water damages, particularly when they go unnoticed for a long period of time, can cause extensive damage to the structure of homes and they encourage mold growth. Early intervention can save you time and money. Here are some signs that you might have a water damage in your home:

Wall Stains – Water damages can leave yellow, brown, or copper colored marks on your walls or ceilings. Excessive moisture can also lead to peeling, cracking, or bubbling paint. If you see any of these in your home, you may have had a water damage in the past or may have one currently. Rust marks under sinks or on water heaters don’t necessarily mean you have a current leak issue, but they are areas that you will want to keep your eye on in the future.

Damage to Floors – Floor boards affected by water may be discolored, but more often will show texture changes. Warped floor boards have gaps between them and curl at the edges. Some boards may have a spongy, soft spot or sink down lower than normal. Water damaged floors may also buckle or expand.   

Water Bill – If you notice that your water bill has been higher than usual then you may have a leak somewhere in your home. A water meter check, either of the flow indicator or an actual reading, can help confirm any potential leaks.

Odor – A musty odor can indicate both mold and a water damage. Mold can grow within 24-48 hours when provided with a source of moisture, so if you see any signs of mold in your home there is a good chance you have had a water damage.

If you suspect a water damage in your home it is time to call in the SERVPRO of Park Cities experts. Call us for 24-hour emergency services at 214-522-3000. 

Understanding Your Water Damage Park Cities

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

A facility that houses the air movers which are primarily used in the water removal process. 2 out of 3 times when experiencing water damage its not safe for you to remove the water yourself. Give SERVPRO a call for professional assistance.

We are not talking about phone water damage because the whole world knows you put the phone in a bag covered in rice, the rice absorbs the moisture and your phone is almost as good as new (key word: almost). But we are talking about a large scale water loss like what comes after a flood.

Water damage can be so many things but you know if you have water damage if there is rooting of wood, growth (mold), rusting of steel, and delaminating of material such as plywood. For some folks, it is a minor water damage like a stain in the ceiling from water coming in after a rain, but for others it is a bit more catastrophic like with a flood where water comes in and there is no stopping it.

Other than a flood, there are more causes for water damage. There can be a broken dishwasher hose, or maybe a washing machine overflow. It could also be broken or leaking pipes or maybe a clogged toilet. All of these and more could be causes of water damage. I recommend checking all pipes, drains, toilets, and anything that has waterflow or access to water to avoid this loss.

But be careful when going to fix water damage on your own. There are three categories of water and one is safe for you to clean without professional help.

There is “Clean Water” which is water that comes from a broken water supply line and a tub or sink overflowing. This is safe to clean on your own. The second it “Grey Water” which is water that comes with some degree of chemicals and microorganisms that contaminate and can cause health problems if consumed in any way. This water can be coming from toilets overflowing, a sump pump failure and water discharge from a dishwasher or washing machine. The last category is called “Black Water” and this is the gross, unsanitary water that comes from sewages, rising waters from streams and rivers, and standing water. “Grey Water” if not properly cleaned up can become “Black Water.”

In sure there are other cleanup companies that can do all the work but I can tell you with certainty no one will make it look "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Park Cities is at your service! If you have any questions or concerns about potential water damage in your home or business, give us a call at 214-522-3000 and we will gladly come out and figure out what you need. If you need our services, we will make sure it looks "Like it never even happened."

Are you in danger of Water Damage from the Storm in Park Cities?

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

An average home being rained on. The rain can produce water damage you won’t know about till its too late. SERVPRO of Park Cities can provide the professional help you need.

At SERVPRO of Park Cities we realize a water damage restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, it is important not to delay. Most Dallas homeowners know that moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem. No matter how moisture gets into the building, be it from rain (currently in our Dallas forecast), a burst pipe, or any other reason - the response should be the same. Bring in a certified firm like SERVPRO of Park Cities as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, never try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backflows contain a cocktail of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. SERVPRO of Park Cities, a certified water damage restoration service, not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, they have the protective equipment to remain free from harm.

Our highly trained restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble. To learn more feel free to contact us at (214)-522-3000.

Professional Water Removal in your Park Cities Home.

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

fully furnished living area, with multiple commercial grade fans being used and drying tools. Professional water removal in the first 24-48 hours is very important in preventing the risk of further damage to your Park Cities home.

The Case for Professional Water Removal in Your Park Cities Home

When an appliance or plumbing line breaks in your Park Cities home the amount of water threatening your property can be shocking. If the emergency happens when you are out of town or even away on a work day you can return to several inches to feet of standing water in the affected spaces. Facing the task of removing this amount of water with a wet household vacuum or a bucket and mop is a mistake. You need water moved out fast, and our highly-qualified crews can help.

The keys to efficient water removal in Park Cities is commercial grade equipment and specially trained technicians. Water damage moves quickly from inconvenience to significant structural component deterioration if not removed fast. Water that lingers more than 24 to 48 hours also subjects your home to the risk of secondary damage such as mold growth. You need a partner during this crisis with experienced employees and state of the art water removal and drying tools.

SERVPRO crews arrive within hours in our signature green trucks loaded with the equipment needed to remove water, detect structural moisture levels, and dry out your home. Submersible pumps and truck-mounted water extractors do quick work of suctioning out large quantities of water. If the electricity in your home is unavailable temporarily for safety reasons, we forge ahead using generators on our vehicles. 

Our crews certify as moisture measurement experts through IICRC coursework. SERVPRO also uses thermal scanning devices to locate any hidden pockets of water that need release and extraction after the water loss. Determining the levels of excess water with meters and probes in building materials and fixtures informs our drying goals. We position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to remove residual moisture, vital to restore the function of the building materials shaping and supporting your home.  

A final step in the water removal protocol is sanitation with an EPA registered disinfectant. SERVPRO treats the affected areas to inhibit any potential mold growth and to control malodors. Our full-service water removal and damage mitigation services get your property back “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Park Cities is prepared for any water removal challenge with an industry-leading combination of skilled technicians and commercial grade equipment. Contact us at (214)-522-3000 for an immediate assessment to put this water crisis behind you.

Invisible Leaks

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

While some plumbing leaks are very easily noticed, others may stay hidden and cause extensive damage within in your home. This is a common issue in our modern day houses. The majority of our pipes are hidden by drywall and other structures, which is pleasing to the eye but not conducive to catching leaks. These hidden issues within our pipes can be the result of many different problems, from sediment buildup to acidic water, but are more commonly the result of worn down pipes due to old age. If these leaks go unnoticed for an extended period of time they can potentially lead to an unstable structure, or worse, mold. Time is key when putting a stop to water damage and mold growth, so if you suspect an "invisible" leak in your home you can follow these steps to try and suss it out.

  • Use your water meter
    • Make sure no water is used in your home for at least 20 minutes, and then go and check the leak indicator on your meter. If the indicator is moving, but no water has been used, then you possibly have a leak. To confirm the leak write down the numbers on the indicator, go an additional hour without any water use, and then check the meter again. If the numbers have changed then it is highly likely you have a leak. If a leak is still suspected then completely turn your water off in order to narrow down its location. If the indicator stops moving with the water off, then that means the leak is happening inside your home. If it continues to move then the leak is outside.
  • Use Your Eyes and Ears                         
    • Even when a leak has been confirmed via water heater it may still be difficult to find. Check all the places in your home where a leak would be typical, like sinks, showers, and toilets. Sometimes leaks can go unnoticed in these areas if they are small, especially those that come from toilets. Then walk around the house listening for dripping noises, check the spigots outside, and feel for moisture out in the yard. Walls, cabinets, and flooring should also be checked for discoloration or a musty smell.
  • Call the professionals
    • Once you think you have located the leak it is time to call in the professionals. A plumber can help fix the source of the issue, but you need a restoration company when it comes to the cleanup. Proper drying and removal methods are needed to insure the prevention of mold, along with the need for a mold test if it is already suspected.

Call SERVPRO of Park Cities at 214-522-3000 anytime if you have experienced a water damage in your home.

Restoration Process For A Toilet Backup

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Nobody wants to have to deal with a water damage in their home or business, but this is especially true when that water damage is a result of a toilet backing up. When things in the bathroom go awry it can be overwhelming to figure out what your first step should be, but have no fear, SERVPRO is here to help. The following steps describe both what you should do in this situation, and what the restoration process looks like.

  • When a toilet starts to overflow, the best and first thing you can do to protect your home is to turn the water off.
  • Try to avoid the contaminated wet area as much as possible to prevent sewage from being tracked into any other rooms.
  • Call your insurance agent and SERVPRO to begin your restoration process as much as possible.
  • Highly trained SERVPRO professionals will tear out anything that may have been contaminated by the toilet water, including flooring, drywall, and ceilings.
  • Once all infected materials have been removed, our professional’s will disinfect the area. The disinfectant chosen depends on the job and the equipment needed to clean the space.
  • Finally, our crew will put in dehumidifiers and fans to remove any excess water that remains.

If you experience a water damage at your home, especially those that are created by a toilet or sewage backup call SERVPRO of Park Cities anytime at 214-522-3000.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Act Fast for Water Damages

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

North Texas is expected to have an extremely wet and cold fall, and the last few days have been proving that prediction to be true. When an increase in the amount of rainfall is expected you can assume that there will also be a rise in water damages, especially when you add in possible low temperatures. Water heaters break, pipes burst, and rain causes some very unwanted flooding. If you experience a water damage in your home of business know that time is of the essence when it comes to the restoration process. Within just 24 hours mold can begin to grow, so ridding an area of moisture as soon as possible is vital in preventing further damage to your property.

  1. After noticing a water damage turn off the source to the water (if applicable).
  2. Call your insurance to submit a claim.
  3. Call SERVPRO of Park Cities at 214-522-3000.

Acting sooner rather than later can save you time and money, so call SERVPRO of Park Cities anytime for all of your restoration needs.  

A/C Water Damages

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

With the temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees for the past week our air conditioners have been working over time in North Texas. If air conditioner units are not properly maintained then you may be at risk for a water damage, especially with the current temperatures. An air conditioning system can collect up to 10-20 gallons of water daily. If the system is not working properly, either due to a clog or a drain, the unit will produce too much water and potentially cause a water damage.  

Units are not typically in easily accessed place, so a water damage may be occurring unbeknownst to the owner. This can result in costly mold damage that can affect an entire home. Follow these tips to help maintain your unit and prevent water damages in your home:

  1. Consider having a professional air conditioning repair service to clean the condensation line at least once a year or every six months if the AC system is used on a year-round basis. 
  2. Make sure to change the air filter every month. By changing the air filter monthly, it gives you the opportunity to check whether there is excessive moisture collecting on the condensation line. 
  3. It is important to regularly check to see that water is indeed flowing from the opening of the condensation line directly to the drain as it was designed to do, especially during periods of very high humidity.

If you experience a water damage at your home or business call SERVPRO of Park Cities at 214-522-3000.

Drying a Water Damage

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its former condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a few fans or two around the damaged area, this can actually lead to secondary damages like mold. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any of these secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, we will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet material and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment. 

What exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature?" A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. 

The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. 

SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals have the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to hep dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business. 

It's not only the equipment, but the technology too. SERVPRO has developed DryBook, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process. 

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals have the training and equipment to help make water damage "Like it never even happened." Call us anytime at 214-522-3000!

Are You at Risk for Flooding?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA). "Approximately 75% of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists that the most common flood hazards in the United States are:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Unfortunately, even people who do not live in areas that are prone to flooding may become flood victims at some point. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the US, and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

Here in Dallas flooding events are unfortunately common, especially during this time of year. The combination of our dry climate, clay heavy soil (slow to absorb water), and a tendency for severe storms (high amount of rainfall in a small-time frame) provides the perfect recipe for flash floods. Flood insurance is a must for most people throughout our metroplex, particularly those that are close to any creeks or rivers. Follow these flood safety tips to keep you and your family safe during a flooding event.

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Park Cities professionals can help! We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get your home or business back to normal as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO of Park Cities professionals are ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Preparing Your Pipes

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Pipes on an outdoor wall with additional insulation to prevent them from freezing.

Quick Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes

Living in North Texas, we don’t have to deal with the months of freezing temperatures that are typical in the northern parts of the country; however, we unfortunately still deal with frozen pipes on a regular basis. Homes in warmer climates tend to lack the insulation that is the standard in places with frigid winter temperatures, so whenever we experience freezing weather pipes are quickly frozen if precautions have not been taken. Frozen pipes are inconvenient and problematic. Along with preventing water flow into your home, they regularly burst and cause costly damages. Be better prepared for the next arctic blast by following these frozen pipe prevention tips:

  • Keep faucets dripping to relieve pressure and prevent the pipes from freezing. Particularly important over night when your plumbing system is not being used frequently and the temperature is dropping.
  • Disconnect hoses on outdoor faucets and use faucet covers to prevent them from freezing.
  • Seal any leaks that might be allowing cold air inside your house, especially in areas that are close to pipes.
  • If you have some particularly vulnerable pipes you can use heat tape. Heat tape and heat cables are electrically powered heat sources that you wrap around pipes that are at risk for freezing. Like using any other type of heater, they will need to be monitored to ensure their safe use.
  • Try to keep your house at a constant temperature all day and night. Many people turn down thermostats when they go to bed, but night time is when your pipes are most likely to freeze. Opening cabinet doors, especially at night, allows the warm air in your home to circle around pipes and reduce their risk of freezing.
  • Additional insulation is one of the best choices when preparing your house for winter weather. Any pipes on outdoor walls or in areas with less insulation (i.e. attic) may need some foam or fiberglass sleeves from your local hardware store. Insulation will always be less expensive than a water damage, so the more insulation the better.

If you do experience a burst pipe this winter, call SERVPRO of Park Cities. We are a 24-hour emergency service business, and can have a professional on site within hours to help you get your home back to normal. Call us anytime at 214-522-3000.

Signs of a Water Damage

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage mark on a bathroom wall.

While it may seem like water damages should be easy to spot, many times their signs are subtle and hard to find. Water damages, particularly when they go unnoticed for a long period of time, can cause extensive damage to the structure of homes and they encourage mold growth. Early intervention can save you time and money. Here are some signs that you might have a water damage in your home:

Wall Stains – Water damages can leave yellow, brown, or copper colored marks on your walls or ceilings. Excessive moisture can also lead to peeling, cracking, or bubbling paint. If you see any of these in your home, you may have had a water damage in the past or may have one currently. Rust marks under sinks or on water heaters don’t necessarily mean you have a current leak issue, but they are areas that you will want to keep your eye on in the future.

Damage to Floors – Floor boards affected by water may be discolored, but more often will show texture changes. Warped floor boards have gaps between them and curl at the edges. Some boards may have a spongy, soft spot or sink down lower than normal. Water damaged floors may also buckle or expand.   

Water Bill – If you notice that your water bill has been higher than usual then you may have a leak somewhere in your home. A water meter check, either of the flow indicator or an actual reading, can help confirm any potential leaks.

Odor – A musty odor can indicate both mold and a water damage. Mold can grow within 24-48 hours when provided with a source of moisture, so if you see any signs of mold in your home there is a good chance you have had a water damage.

If you suspect a water damage in your home it is time to call in the SERVPRO of Park Cities experts. Call us for 24-hour emergency services at 214-522-3000. 

Common Causes of Household Water Damages

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Warped wooden floor from a water damage caused by the refrigerator's supply line.

Water damages are a problem that many homeowners have to face. According to the Insurance Information Institute, they accounted for 45% of household insurance losses in 2015. Water damages can be caused by many things – floods, sewer backups, or even the process of putting out a fire - but the majority of them originate within our own homes. Knowing the potential sources of any water related issues will allow you to be proactive against them. The risk of a water damage in your home can be reduced through regular maintenance and general awareness of the following items:

Leaking or burst pipes are the leading source of residential water losses. A variety of things can cause pipes to malfunction, such as corrosion, movement of a house overtime, high water pressure, clogs and blockages, freezing temperatures, or even tree roots. The best way to determine if you have a leak is to check you water main, but you can also be wary of leaks by watching out for water pressure changes and checking accessible pipes for rust or corrosion.  

Overflows typically occur when there is a blockage in the plumbing system. With nowhere to go, a flushed toilet will quickly overflow and cause a mess that no homeowner wants to deal with. Overflows can also occur when the drains in sinks or showers are blocked - grease in kitchen drains is a common blockage culprit! They can even be the result of accidents when people forget to turn faucets off, or a child "accidentally" flushes their toy down the toilet. 

Malfunctioning household appliances - such as washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, and refrigerators - often cause water damages. These situations are usually the result of cracked or broken hoses, general age of the machines, or bad connections. Washing machines and water heaters are behind the majority of appliance related water problems. With washing machines, the issues stem from the hose or overflows, whereas water heaters will leak or even burst.

Roof leaks and clogged gutters often go hand in hand. Gutters over weighted with saturated leaves can pull off the roof fascia, damaging the roof in the process. Roof damage can also result from storms (particularly a problem here in Texas), poor maintenance, and general wear and tear. Leaks from the roof can mean constant and consistent water damage to your home, starting from the attic all the way down to the foundation if it is not fixed. Gutters can also cause water damages in ways other than those that are roof related. Clogged gutters will overflow which can potentially warp or break away exterior siding, which then leaves wooden framing and interior walls susceptible to further water damage.  

Water Damage? Call Us Now!

SERVPRO of Park Cities is at your service whenever you experience a water damage in your home. Calling us is the first step to ensuring your home can quickly return to normal. If you have any questions or concerns about a potential water damage in your home, call us anytime at 214-522-3000.

Call the Cleanup Team that is FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

There's no such thing as a small disaster - especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property.

SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for you business. SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals are trained and equipped to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary water damages. With rapid response time and full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals can help you regain control quickly, by helping to ensure your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized, and protected.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of Park Cities, your local water damage cleanup and restoration professionals, at 214-522-3000.

The Science of Drying

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a few fans or two around the damaged area, you local SERVPRO, SERVPRO of Park Cities, professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet material and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment. 

What exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature?" A wet building  can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. 

The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. 

SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals have the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to hep dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business. 

It's not only the equipment, but the technology too. SERVPRO has developed DryBook, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process. 

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO, SERVPRO of Park Cities, Professionals have the training and equipment to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster.

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA). "Approximately 75% of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States are:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the US, and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals can help! They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO of Park Cities Professionals are ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage: What To Do and Not Do Until Help Arrives

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

We have specialized equipment for any kind of disaster especially water damages. We will restore everything and make it "Like it never even happened."

As you all might know, SERVPRO of Park Cities is a cleanup and restoration company. We work on everything from water damages, such as a floods or water heater leaks, to biohazard cleanups, such as crime or sewage cleanups. 

We are that company you wish you never have to contact, but in case of an emergency, we are here to help. Here are a few Emergency Tips that will assist you in taking the proper action during a water damage until your SERVPRO professional arrives:

WATER DAMAGE FROM A CLEAN WATER

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electric shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by moping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hand furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON'T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possible causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

WATER DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON"T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possiblity of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Please follow these DOs and DON"Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. 

What do you consider Water Damage?

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Park Cities, we have the right equipment and highly trained team to do the job. Call us at 214-522-3000, we will gladly help.

We are not talking about phone water damage because the whole world knows you put the phone in a bag covered in rice, the rice absorbs the moisture and your phone is almost as good as new (key word: almost). But we are talking about a large scale water loss like what comes after a flood.

Water damage can be so many things but you know if you have water damage if there is rooting of wood, growth (mold), rusting of steel, and delaminating of material such as plywood. For some folks, it is a minor water damage like a stain in the ceiling from water coming in after a rain, but for others it is a bit more catastrophic like with a flood where water comes in and there is no stopping it.

Causes

Other than a flood, there are more causes for water damage. There can be a broken dishwasher hose, or maybe a washing machine overflow. It could also be broken or leaking pipes or maybe a clogged toilet. All of these and more could be causes of water damage. I recommend checking all pipes, drains, toilets, and anything that has waterflow or access to water to avoid this loss.

But be careful when going to fix water damage on your own. There are three categories of water and one is safe for you to clean without professional help.

Categories of Water

  • There is “Clean Water” which is water that comes from a broken water supply line and a tub or sink overflowing. This is safe to clean on your own.
  • The second it “Grey Water” which is water that comes with some degree of chemicals and microorganisms that contaminate and can cause health problems if consumed in any way. This water can be coming from toilets overflowing, a sump pump failure and water discharge from a dishwasher or washing machine.
  • The last category is called “Black Water” and this is the gross, unsanitary water that comes from sewages, rising waters from streams and rivers, and standing water. “Grey Water” if not properly cleaned up can become “Black Water.”

In sure there are other cleanup companies that can do all the work but I can tell you with certainty no one will make it look like it never even happened. SERVPRO of Park Cities is at your service! If you have any questions or concerns about potential water damage in your home or business, give us a call at 214-522-3000 and we will gladly come out and figure out what you need. If you need our services, we will make sure it looks "Like it never even happened."

Quick Tips from SERVPRO of Park Cities to prevent Water Damage

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

Keep Calm, we will make it look “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at servproparkcities.com or 214-522-3000.

Remember last year, May 2015, when the whole month it rained and the DFW area was flooded? 2015 was the wettest year on record for the DFW area. In the entire year, we had 62.61 inches of rain; in just the month of May we had a new record high of 16.96 inches of rainfall! And now we are close to the end of 2016 and the rain doesn't seem to end. And all that water didn’t just disappear, oh no it went into our roads, parks, buildings and even into our homes with our families. Here are some tips to prevent water damage the next time mother nature decides to run out of tears.

To prevent water damage, follow these tips to avoid costly repairs:

#1. Ensure good drainage:

  • Clean your gutters.
  • Direct downspouts 5-10’ away from the house.
  • Slope your yard away from the foundation.

Your maintenance costs would be very little. Cleaning the gutters is a no-cost DIY project, but if you would like to hire someone to do the dirty works, the costs would be between $50-$250. To slope your yard away from foundation, there will have to be some additional top soil to create a slope.

If you were to put it off, the foundation could settle cracking the basement walls and the cost to stabilize would be around $15,000-$40,000.

#2. Test your sump pump:

  • Check your sump pump once a year.
  • Test more frequently during storm season.

To test your sump pump is free. But if you need a new one, including installation costs, would be around $150-$350.

If you were to put it off, the basement could flood, ruining everything you own including drywall and flooring. Some insurances don’t cover flooding and if you keep putting it off, you run the risk of mold and mildew which can turn into a very expensive problem very quickly.

#3. Fix water leaks:

  • Repair any noticeable dripping pipes.
  • Check for dark spots under pipes and on ceilings.
  • Repair any cracked caulking.
  • Inspect the roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles.

Maintenance costs could be to contact a plumber would be $250 or for a roof repair a few hundred dollars to $1,000.

If you were to put it off, water drips will ruin the cabinets under the kitchen sink and run down the floor sheathing and joists underneath, so structural repairs plus new kitchen cabinets and flooring will be needed. If the roof rots, a new roof will need to be in place as well as repairs in the rooms directly beneath.

Following these three steps is a good start to preventing water damage. For some extra tips or in need of some repairs due to water damage, contact us, SERVPRO of Park Cities and North Garland at 214-522-3000.

Rain is on the way for Dallas, SERVPRO of Park Cities is ready if you need us

3/7/2016 (Permalink)

Even a little water can cause major damage if not cleaned properly, Call SERVPRO of Park Cities, 214-522-3000 to make sure

At SERVPRO of Park Cities we realize a water damage restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, it is important not to delay. Most Dallas homeowners know that moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem. No matter how moisture gets into the building, be it from rain (currently in our Dallas forecast), a burst pipe, or any other reason - the response should be the same. Bring in a certified firm like SERVPRO of Park Cities as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, never try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backflows contain a cocktail of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. SERVPRO of Park Cities, a certified water damage restoration service, not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, they have the protective equipment to remain free from harm.

Our highly trained Dallas restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.