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SERVPRO is Always on Call to Tackle Cleburne's Fire, Store, Water, and Mold Damage Restoration Needs

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Is Your Cleburne Home in Need of Emergency Restoration? SERVPRO is Always Equipped and Ready to GO!

Since 2002, our team has worked hard to provide Cleburne homes and businesses with restoration services that they could trust. There were never shortages of companies from which to choose. Yet, we have pulled away from the competition with our commitment to our customers. We look forward to learning their feedback about every project we undertake. We are always looking for ways to improve in every niche of the industry. We have trained technicians capable of helping restore fire, water, mold, storm, flood, and biohazard loss, as well as the abatement of lead in residences.   

Fire Damage Restoration  

We know that fire losses can be among the most traumatic situations that our customers endure in their lifetime, and that is what has us work so quickly to soften this blow. We can immediately begin a thorough assessment of the property and ways that we can implement real-time mitigation strategies to slow the spread of damaging conditions. Removing debris and charred rubbish can help with efforts like deodorization, for example. We can also use this time to assess the vulnerability of valuables and contents in your Cleburne home to determine if relocation is in the best interest of these items. 

We can appreciate how stressful than working with your insurance company can be, especially if you are unfamiliar with what they expect and the documentation they need to approve a claim. Our team has become a trusted vendor with area insurance companies because of our fast turnaround with evidence, photographic documentation, and the needed estimates to approve work to begin. We can speak directly with your provider to save you the headache and red tape, helping to get work started quickly on your Cleburne home. 

Fire damage in Cleburne residences can often damage the structural integrity of materials, and some areas require controlled demolition and reconstruction once returned to the structure base of framing and studs. We have a full team of general contractors that can work in every phase of recovery from debris removal to controlled demolition and full-scale reconstruction. 

Water Damage Restoration

Water loss scenarios are among the most common request for service that our SERVPRO team receives, and this is due in part to the numerous ways that issues can arise in Cleburne homes. Because so many sources could exist, scoping of the job becomes a vital step. Our project management and crew chief work with the homeowner to determine the extent of the damage and an accurate record of what items have become affected and what areas of the property have fallen victim to migrating water loss effects. 

We do more than dry up water damage in Cleburne homes, however. We have effective strategies that can help us to accomplish these tasks faster than you expect. Our strategies can get accomplished through the use of advanced technologies and tools like our weighted extractors or tenting for focused dehumidification. It can also get attributed to a consistent balance of air movers and dehumidifiers to maximize even drying. 

Cleaning up after water loss events is equally essential to making these situations “Like it never even happened.” Residues and debris can stay on surfaces and flooring directly exposed to spreading water. We have potent cleaning products to remove these residues and protect the surfaces from irreparable staining. We can also ensure that mold does not become a threat in your Cleburne home by coating exposed materials and structural framework with antimicrobial spray solutions. 

Mold Remediation

When water loss incidents or high humidity levels persist for longer than 48 hours, the risk of microbial growth and their spread becomes considerable. Avoiding mold entirely in prolonged moist conditions is unlikely, as mold spores exist in nearly every environment waiting for the right circumstances to colonize on vulnerable organic material. With so many potential sources for mold damage in Cleburne homes, our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) remain among the most extensively trained and educated of our team. 

Because we can appreciate how health-hazardous colonization can be for Cleburne homes, our experienced professionals offer a free assessment and inspection to determine the spread and severity of mold conditions if you suspect its presence in the property. We have advanced remediation strategies for removing active colonies and returning your house to a safe environment. 

While the most effective remediation strategy involves controlled demolition by our licensed mold remediation contractors (MRC1353), we can also utilize strategies like media blasting. This abrasive strategy removes the surface colonization without damaging the substrate underneath. Also, soda blasting for Cleburne homes can help to reduce the harsh, musty odor that mold colonies emit. 

Storm Damage Restoration

While there is nowhere in the country wholly protected from harsh storms and severe weather conditions, Cleburne is vulnerable to many different types of violent weather events, including tornadoes, hail, torrential rainfall, and more. All of these have the strength and severity to compromise structures and welcome flooding or other damaging effects. Our general contractors can help with emergency board up and tarping services to reduce this penetration of flooding so our team can begin drying out a property. 

Before extraction can begin, our team can perform a thorough hazard assessment to identify risks that could exist, including structural collapse or electrical shock. We have top-tier extraction equipment that can provide a steady, quiet draw of standing water from your Cleburne home, even without the availability of electricity. We can also implement advanced drying strategies, including drying mats for hardwood flooring or positive pressure systems to drywall and ceiling cavities. 

Cleaning up after a flood loss in Cleburne homes can be challenging when contamination is a factor. Remaining structural elements require thorough cleaning with disinfectants and antimicrobial sprays. We have a division of biohazard cleaning technicians that can help to clear up any severe contaminants like sewage, as well. 

We know how vital loyal customers are to the continued successes we’ve seen for nearly two decades. We have a fast response to emergencies and can work to provide the most cost-efficient solutions to return your home to preloss condition. Let our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County show you how we can help by calling (817) 297-8588. 

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Fire Damage Recovery In Your Cleburne Home

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Wet Smoke and Surface Refinishing for Fire Damage Recovery in your Cleburne Home

Our homes are full of synthetic materials. These human-made plastics contain all kinds of toxins and chemicals which are harmless in a healthy environment. However, by introducing excessive heat, such as in a fire, these chemicals released during the combustion process in the form of thick, hot smoke. Synthetic smoke residues are typically greasy and tough to remove, which is why we refer to them as wet smoke deposits. In the high temperatures and pressure of a fire, these wet smokes can bond physically with the surfaces that they contact. Often removing them can be more challenging than using household water-based cleaning solutions.

It is tempting to try and rectify fire damage in your Cleburne home without the assistance of professional services. However, where plastic or synthetic materials are among the debris, it may be more prudent to consider professional expertise. Unlike water-based staining and soiling, wet smokes can spread around quickly, resulting in further damage to your home due to a broader spread of the offending soiling. Besides, the products SERVPRO uses in removing wet smokes can be corrosive, which makes experiential knowledge of the product and its applications essential.

Most surfaces in your home use finishes. These finishes may vary in composition from the varnishes used on flooring to the sealant applied onto appliances. At high temperatures, finishes can melt, releasing chemicals into the home but also bonding with wet smoke in a fire. It can be tough to remove the bonded texture using water-based products or simply scrubbing at with steel wools.

To combat staining that has bonded at a molecular level, SERVPRO uses dissolution. Dissolution techniques involve applying a particular chemical to the surface that dissolves both the finish and the soots attached to it. Once the dissolution process is complete, we can remove both the solvent and the soiling at the same time. This measure can be exceptionally effective at restoring your home to a preloss condition because it ensures that the surface is refinished evenly once complete.

Tackling synthetic wet-smokes may be a challenge using household cleaning products. Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588.

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2020 Resolution Plan Ahead

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

With each New Year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster or water or fire damage to strike, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO’ Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure your business is “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020.

            In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO’ franchise professional them as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to more than 50 years experience and a system of more than 1,700 franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO’ READY mobile app, this important information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting immediate help right at your fingertips.

            Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in your building faster following a disaster. Don’t wait until a disaster strikes—resolve to be READY by contacting your SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County today to establish your Emergency READY Profile and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020.

Crowley Properties Benefit from SERPVRO Water Damage and Restoration Methods

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

air movers 3 in a bathroom SERVPRO's Advanced Equipment and Fast Response Time Mitigate Water Damage to Crowley Area Homes

How Fast Water Removal Can Lessen Loss in Crowley Homes

The two most common rooms that receive water damage in a Crowley home are the kitchen and bathroom, due to the sheer number of pipes and appliances that use water. These two rooms are followed closely by the laundry room and utility room or basement where the hot water tank is.

When any of these rooms in a Crowley home require water removal, the one thing they all have in common is cleanup efforts needed to begin as quickly as possible. Water migrates rapidly and wicks into sheetrock and under floors. The longer it takes to clean up, the more damage it does.

Why SERVPRO?
The technicians pay great attention to the details of the property. We use our advanced equipment to scope the home and look for all areas of water. Using this powerful extraction equipment, we extract the water from floors, behind walls, and other hard-to-reach areas as needed.

Extraction Preps for Drying
The detailed attention to water removal gets the loss area for drying. It is common for SERVPRO techs to make several passes during the extraction phase to ensure we pull up the maximum amount of moisture as this lessens the amount of time required for drying the property.

Professional Drying Equipment
SERVPRO does not use fans to dry properties; we use high-velocity air movers which are driven by centrifugal or axial forces. These little machines deliver air at such a high speed; it causes embedded moisture to rise. The dehumidification equipment captures this moisture and ports it away. This action results in progressively drier air circulating in the loss area and thoroughly drying the property to pre-water loss condition.

Avoiding Mold
SERVPRO techs undergo extensive training and hold a certification in mold remediation #MRC1353. We know the conditions conducive to mold growth and how to inhibit infestations through professional-grade antimicrobial cleaners and the application of sealants when needed.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County stands ready to assist property owners with water removal of any size. Call (817) 297-8588, and our certified technicians arrive quickly to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage In Your Cleburne Homes

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Cleaning up after a fire loss incident can be a vital element to bringing a property back to preloss condition.

Common Cleaning Methods for Fire Damage in Cleburne Homes

Cleaning is one of the most critical stages of our SERVPRO team to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” for Cleburne homes. There are no universal approaches that work every time for every situation, however. As part of the experience and expertise that we can offer projects, we have the training to identify the type of material damaged, the residues or debris present, and potential concerns with specific cleaning techniques that could smear or stain particular surfaces.

Many products and tools can help to achieve fire damage cleanup for Cleburne homes. Each of these can help to accomplish dozens of specific practices designed to remove residues, debris, and other potential threats from the affected area. In severe instances where our advanced cleaning techniques cannot restore damaged surfaces or contents, we can rely on our team of licensed general contractors to help with controlled demolition, content management, and debris removal.

Ceilings and walls are among the most soiled of areas after a structure fire, because the circulation of the air during the fire forces smoke and soot particles upwards. Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple techniques for addressing residues left on ceilings and walls. We determine the best approach by the type of material affected and any additional factors like paint, wallpaper, and kind of soiling.

There are primarily three approaches to removing the residues, soiling, and debris from affected ceilings and walls after a structure fire. Dry cleaning with sponges and other tools is effective against non-grease soiling on surfaces.

Dry cleaning can also get used as a precursor to wet cleaning approaches. These would be effective on painted surfaces, wood, and metal materials. Dense concentrations of dry ash or soot or even oil-based residues can get removed with wet-cleaning approaches.

Peroxide cleaning is another approach that our SERVPRO team might implement in specific circumstances. This practice is one that our cleaning technicians already utilize for removing nicotine staining from ceiling materials. Because wet cleaning might be ineffective on textured ceiling materials, peroxide active cleaning can be an effective alternative.

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident can be a vital element to bringing a property back to preloss condition. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team a call today at (817) 297-8588.

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Is Water Damage Creeping into Your Joshua Crawl Space?

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Crawl Space Challenges During Water Cleanup in Joshua 

When water damages your Joshua home from any source, its natural tendency is to flow into the lowest levels of the structure. Fluids from plumbing leaks, appliance or tub overflows, and other water incursions such as leaky roofs or saturated soil around your foundation are likely to find a way into a basement or crawl space. Crawl space water removal and drying present specialty situations our technicians train to resolve. 

Access Difficulties 

Fitting into a crawl space during a Joshua water cleanup scenario can be tough for both our technicians and the equipment they need to remove water and dry out space. In some instances, it can be hard to position tools appropriately. If the space does not have proper vapor barriers in place, equipment might need to set up on dirt or mud, which can affect their operation. Insulation might need removal, creating a disturbance in the space that could send dirt, dust, and other airborne contaminants moving.  

Safety Issues 

Frequently SERVPRO crews encounter electrical and other utility systems threaded through a wet crawl space, mandating care in dealing with any hazards from electrical shock or leaks from gas lines. Before work begins, an assessment of the stability of the space is essential. We guard against any shifting or collapse of the space or overhead structures. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) by technicians is crucial. Setting up a containment configuration employing negative pressure air scrubbing technology can limit the drift of hazardous airborne substances that could interfere with safe working conditions or infiltrate your home. 

Submersible Pumps a Good Fit 

Because of space constraints, SERVPRO often recommends the use of a submersible pump placed at the lowest level possible in the area to remove the bulk of the water in the crawl space. Continual monitoring advises us when all pumpable standing water is gone. We then transition to structural drying strategies that match well with the particular situation. 

Drying Techniques We Consider 

  • Creating a closed drying system by blocking foundation vents
  • Placing air movers and dehumidifiers in the space if room permits
  • Trying flex hose ducting to direct warm, moving air inside if the space is too tight for the equipment
  • Removing a portion of the flooring above, with permission, to gain access
  • Using portable materials to devise partitions to make smaller drying areas that respond to efforts faster.

Water cleanup in crawl space needs creativity, skill, and experience. Call on SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County (817) 297-8588 to review all possible strategies to dry out your property after a water loss. 

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We Are The Leader In Flood Damage Restoration in Cleburne

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

One of our air movers drying the floor of this home after flood damage struck After all of the water was cleaned up, the team placed plenty of drying equipment to finish the job in this home when it was hit with flood damage.

Remedying Flood Damage to a Cleburne Home

Every year, Texas homeowners must be wary of flood damage to their homes. Flooding is the second most common claim most homeowners can make when it comes to property damages, behind wind and hail damage. In 2015 alone, over 6,000 flood claims were filed with total damages over $441 million. This marked the 13th most significant event in total claims payments, with payouts averaging at a whopping $66,295.

If your Cleburne residence needs fast flood damage removal, SERVPRO technicians can be at your door within hours of your call. These teams know the ins and outs of flood damage cleanup and mitigation, and use state-of-the-art technologies to get the job done right for you. If your home requires mold remediation after disaster cleanup, your local SERVPRO is also licensed to provide mold remediation services (#MRC1353).

Top-of-the-Line Disaster Mitigation Equipment

SERVPRO, run by a tight-knit, family-oriented crew, prioritizes coming together and aiding families and the community at large with high-end, commercial-grade equipment. This includes drying water-damaged structures with centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers, removing odors with specialized deodorization equipment, and using a variety of OSHA-approved, EPA-registered cleaning agents to disinfect surfaces.

How SERVPRO Can Help

When your home has fallen victim to flooding damage SERVPRO technicians are ready to bring their own power sources, if needed, to remove water and contaminants from your home. Some items may need to be removed from the home and disposed of at the discretion of homeowners and insurance adjusters, such as flood-saturated carpet. Other structures, like drywall and wood supports, can be salvaged by high-velocity centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, as well as desiccant dehumidifiers. 

Before drying, however, technicians must thoroughly disinfect surfaces and ensure proper ventilation for walls with flood cuts and weep holes. Not only do these techniques promote ventilation in waterlogged walls and ceilings, but they allow for drying of the interior layers of drywall and sheetrock, which often include materials like gypsum and cardboard.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County Is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. If your home has experienced flooding or other types of disaster, call your local team today at (817) 297-8588.

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Elements of Fire Damage Cleanup in Cleburne

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO will break down the elements for your Cleburne fire clean up.

To prepare for the cleanup of a fire’s aftermath in Cleburne, we must determine the location and types of all residues left throughout your home. The composition of the structures coated with soot is also part of the equation. Because the variables can differ depending on the materials combusted, the amount of oxygen feeding the burn, and the temperature, we often employ several distinctive approaches to clean portions of the same damaged home.

Inspection and Pretesting

The success of fire damage cleanup in Cleburne depends on proper evaluation of and preparation for the particular circumstances. Pretesting cleaning strategies saves time and resources, avoiding making an already challenging situation even more difficult to manage. Customizing the cleaning agenda permits our training and experience to deliver the best outcome.

Residue Capture and Release

SERVPRO’s restoration technicians use fluids and air to release residues from surfaces before containing the coatings for appropriate disposal. Dry and loose soiling vacuums away easily. More closely adhered coatings must be dissolved to loosen the bond to the surface. 

Observe TACT During Fire Damage Cleanup

Dissolving allows for the suspension of the “stuck” residues in the cleaning solution, which can be flushed from the surface. Facilitation of this process requires manipulation of the following elements:

  • Temperature
  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Time

Temperature and Agitation

A rise in temperature assists in the dissolving of residues as it accelerates the chemical reaction between the cleaning product and the soil. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the optimal temperatures for our range of cleaning solutions, moderating the application of heat to mirror best practices. The surface tension of water-based cleaning solutions reduces as heat rises, allowing better penetration of surfaces. Heat causes both soil and cleaner molecules to move faster, improving dissolving action and encouraging soils to remain suspended. Adding agitation helps to dislodge the soils.

Chemical Action

The rule SERVPRO professionals follow is that like dissolves like. We match the type of fire residue with a similarly based cleaner to unlock the bond between the soot and the surface. We also use care when our training leads us to combine different categories of chemicals to remove stubborn soiling and staining. 

Patience Pays Off

SERVPRO technicians also take into consideration the dwell time needed for the chosen cleaning solution to release the residues. Particular timeframes are research-based, and impatience is likely to result in only partial cleaning or complete failure of the attempt.

Rely on the expertise and training of the SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team for efficient fire damage cleanup. One call to (817) 297-8588 can resolve all your fire recovery needs.

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We Have The Best Drying Practices In Joshua

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment in the kitchen of a home after water damage hit The drying equipment you see pictured here was placed in this kitchen after it suffered a water loss.

The Science of Water Damage Restoration in Joshua

Understanding the scientific foundations behind professional water removal and structural drying after a water loss helps when you need mitigation and remediation services in Joshua. Managing a water emergency is far more complicated than mopping and suctioning, followed by opening windows and scattering a few fans across the affected area. We strive to work closely with our customers and take the time to explain the effects of the damage and the reasons for our personalized recovery plan.

What Is Psychrometry?

A solid understanding of psychrometry assists our team as we devise a practical and efficient plan to resolve water damage in your Joshua home. Although we might not use the term repeatedly, psychrometry informs every phase of our recovery efforts. Our technicians must comprehend how air, water, temperature, and a broad range of building materials relate as we aim at appropriate and thorough drying of the structure and contents of your home.

How Water Damage Occurs

Water damages building components, furnishings, and personal possessions in two primary ways. Liquid water can touch materials directly, causing swelling and corrosive effects. High levels of water vapor also affect a variety of porous materials, becoming absorbed and damaging the items. SERVPRO team members use psychrometrics to measure the amount of moisture in the air. We need to make sure that the air surrounding damaged materials is dry enough to facilitate evaporation as drying proceeds. 

Manipulating Temperature and Air Movement

To increase the speed of evaporation, SERVPRO technicians adapt temperature and calculate optimal air movement and direction. Warm air can hold more vapor than cooler air before becoming saturated, making heaters or heated air movers essential tools in our arsenal. We use instruments like thermo-hygrometers to monitor the relative humidity, understood as the amount of moisture the air currently holds, during water damage remediation.   

Dehumidification 

To make the most of our application of psychrometrics in your water damaged home, SERVPRO technicians employ dehumidifiers to remove the water vapor. As we balance the relative humidity, providing an opportunity for absorbed water to evaporate, eventually moisture levels return to normal.

We take water damage recovery seriously at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County, investing in technician training in the elements of psychrometry. Call (817) 297-8588 to benefit from our mastery of these critical scientifically-based drying practices. 

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Some Steps to Cleburne Standing Water Removal

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Choosing the Right Tool for Extraction in Cleburne Homes

Removing standing water from Cleburne homes is rarely something that homeowners can manage entirely on their own. With the sensitive timetable present after water damage occurs until affected surfaces and contents become irreparably destroyed, it is vital to get experienced and qualified professionals in your house to help. Our SERVPRO team has accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), and Health and Safety (HST.)

The need for water removal in Cleburne homes is not something that can go away on its own, even if this water level gradually recedes. Materials are continually absorbing this standing water, and it permeates walls and flooring to reach previously unaffected areas of the property. Extraction becomes one of the most vital steps to preventing this migration, and that process can begin shortly after our professionals first arrive at your damaged residence.

Our SERVPRO team has a large inventory of cutting-edge, advanced equipment to help in every phase and process of recovery work that we attempt. With extraction, we need a broad range of equipment to address various severities, complicated areas of the house, and available power. The objective is to offer every customer the right tool for the job so that water removal happens efficiently. Not only can this save you money, but it also helps to limit the deterioration of materials and the further migration of water loss effects.

We have multiple choices when it comes to extraction devices, and these include:

  • Light wands with wet-vacs
  • Portable sump pumps (electric) 
  • Trash pumps (gas) 
  • Weighted remote-controlled extractor (ride-on)
  • Engine-driven extractor truck 

The right choice in equipment for your home depends on where the damage is and how severe this situation has become. You can count on the experience of our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team, and our professionals to arrive with the full range of extraction tools listed above to help. Give us a call today at (817) 297-8588.

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