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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)

SERVPRO truck in a parking lot. Don’t let your fire damage go untouched in Cleburne, SERVPRO is here to assist you.

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)

flooded room with lilac walls and white couch SERVPRO's up to date and effective water removal equipment can be the difference between secondary damages or effective remediation. Call right away.

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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Preparing for Floods As a Business Owner.

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in large room with staircase partially submerged in water A flood can happen when you least expect it. If your business experiences any water damage, contact SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County.

Many business owners make the mistake of assuming that they are not at risk for flooding due to their location, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. In fact, flooding is involved in natural disasters in 90% of instances, often affecting the areas that are typically the least likely to be flooded.

Business owners are wise to put a plan in place for floods as well as other disasters to ensure they can keep their staff safe and reopen quickly after the emergency passes. Knowing what to do in the event of a flood will provide everyone with peace of mind.

How to Prepare Ahead of Time

A few of the ways business owners can better prepare for floods are:

  • Utilizing the FEMA Flood Map to enter your location and understand the flood data for the area
  • Copying important documents and storing them safely, such as in a waterproof safe
  • Making an emergency training guide for employees so they can confidently know what to do should a flood begin
  • Marking evacuation routes clearly around the building
  • Adding a flood insurance policy to your existing business policy if necessary
  • Gathering supplies for an office emergency kit with enough food and water to survive
  • Elevating computers and other electronics if possible
Copy Important Documents in Case of a Flood

Business owners who are intent on reopening quickly will be wise to copy the right documents in advance to help them do this. Some of the following documents are a good place to start:

  • An outline for the continuity of the business
  • The contact information for anyone important to operations, such as vendors, staff and suppliers
  • Insurance policies, flood coverage and agent contact details
  • Instructions on recovery for digital files that are backed up
  • Any other banking information or operational details that are relevant

If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us 247 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.

Let Our Experts Take Care Of Soot Removal In Your Cleburne Home

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

fiery destruction to a house You can reach our technicians 24/7 by calling (817) 297-8588.

Why Soot Removal is Not Advisable for Cleburne Homeowners

For all of the layers of damaging effects that could exist after fire spreads in your Cleburne home, few are as destructive and hazardous as soot. Even with the likelihood of structural deterioration and weakening, soot is hazardous in both short and long term ways. Soot gets created when fuels like coal, oil, wood, and other materials do not entirely burn up. The result may be harsh carcinogens and particulates circulating in the environment.

What makes soot such severe fire damage in Cleburne homes is how widespread the effect can become. Because it can continually circulate throughout the environment and spread from the source to neighboring rooms and areas, contents and surfaces can quickly become coated by this black film. Even in this settled state, soot can still damage the material beneath it and those exposed to its presence in the environment.

Microscopic particles of soot can be hazardous to a respiratory system when homeowners and even our experienced SERVPRO technicians encounter it. Its small size allows an individual to inhale a concentrated amount and have these particles travel deep into the lungs, where it is challenging to expel. We take all of the necessary precautions and ensure that our professionals have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) even before assessing the damage and beginning initial mitigation steps. For this same reason, we encourage homeowners not to do their own damage assessment without taking the necessary precautions themselves.

Because of the acidic composition of these partially combusted materials resting on surfaces and contents throughout your fire-damaged home, our SERVPRO professionals must prioritize cleaning these areas. We have chemical sponges and potent cleaning agents that can wipe surfaces clean without allowing the soot to smear and stain, or aerosolized again. For many of the contents affected by soot, we can clean and deodorize these items in our SERVPRO facility. With our ultrasonic immersion cleaning tanks, we can restore glassware, toys, jewelry, and even porcelain pieces of art back to a pristine condition.

Soot can seem like a natural element to the aftermath of a fire, but it is far more problematic and hazardous than you might believe. Let our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team help you to remove soot and airborne contaminants for your home. You can reach our technicians 24/7 by calling (817) 297-8588.

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SERVPRO Keeps Your Business Afloat in Cleburne after a Water Loss

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Row of washing machines in a neat and clean laundromat SERVPRO Helps Cleburne Residents Keep Their Dirty Laundry Clean with Fast Water Damage Restoration Service

Why Commercial Water Damage Requires Professional Care and Attention in Cleburne

Commercial Water Damage Cleburne
Laundromats require regular inspection and maintenance of appliances to ensure they do not fail under the stress of multiple customers using them throughout the day. While inspections can reduce the number of malfunctions that occur, they cannot stop them completely. When water pipes or the appliances themselves malfunction, you can often find yourself ankle deep in water and in need of rapid, professional assistance.

We have an extensive roster of clients that have required restoration of commercial water damage here in Cleburne. Each service presents unique challenges, which are why at SERVPRO, we rely on our training and experience rather than one-size-fits-all approaches. Usually, an emergency at your Laundromat is considered a clean-water emergency. Although over-time, these issues can become increasingly severe, particularly when standing water is involved. Typically, tiled floors in this washing facilities are mopped and vacuumed up, leaving just work for the dehumidifiers and air movers to remove excess moisture.

All water types contain microbes. Microbes within the water, as well as the length of time water,  is allowed to remain, can cause a white emergency to deteriorate into greywater. Greywater emergencies are not harmful to human health but can cause rot or mold to emerge. This Category 2 greywater can also occur if cleaning products are dissolved in the liquid. Sewage back-ups are generally considered black water. These scenarios require infectious waste removal licensing as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent pathogens from ingestion.

SERVPRO is adept at dealing with all kinds of water emergencies. Every technician is trained in the various techniques and methods that are useful for restoring commercial properties. These may include water removal, microbial awareness, as well as dealing with and disposing of infectious waste materials. Our first step is to pump water out of the property using submersible gas pumps that deposit water into an open sewer point.

Once the standing water is reduced, a SERVPRO technician, or team of technicians, can begin implementing proper drying techniques. These begin using wet/ dry vacuums known as water extractors to remove any residual moisture left behind after pumping. Gas-powered pumps are usually only ineffective below two inches of standing water. We can then place a combination of rapid-air moving devices to encourage the evaporation process.

Since standing water naturally migrates from wet to dry, it may be necessary to inspect structural cavities using sensors, moisture meters, or thermal imaging cameras. We stock advanced structural drying equipment should your business property require this process. Evaporation and temperature increase evaporation but also indoor relative humidity. This increase in humidity can be a microbial growth concern. By deploying dehumidifiers in conjunction with air-movers, we can prevent that from happening. In the event of microbial growth, something that patrons of a laundromat frown upon, we can use our Mold Remediation Contractor License #: MRC1353 to take care of the problem.

If your business suffers an emergency involving any-type of water, contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588.

Making the Right Choice for Restoration | SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

green work van with SERVPRO logo at clean up site A quick response from SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County ensures your Clean-up and Damage Restoration needs are professionally completed.

When choosing a restoration company to work on your home, it is important to make a well-educated decision. The time after damages occur is trying, and it is essential to know you are in good hands. Choosing a company that is both customer- and quality-focused will ensure your home is repaired in a smooth and efficient manner.

Additionally, choosing a company with a wide range of expertise is key. Because so many damages can cause more serious issues—water damage compromising structures or fire releasing hazardous air particles for example—having a company that can handle the full range of damages will come in handy.

<h3we-re-the-right-choice">Why We’re the Right Choice

When you are comparing the various restoration companies, it is important to know you are choosing wisely. Here are some things to look for to ensure you are making the right choice for restoration:

Around the Clock Availability

Disasters have no consideration for convenience, which is why we make reporting damage as convenient as possible. We have an emergency line on 24 hours a day so you can call as soon as damage strikes, regardless of the hour.

Technicians Who are Experts

Our technicians are leaders in their field who have undergone an advanced training system in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the IICRC. They are able to use the latest technology and methodology to ensure your restoration is as efficient as possible.

A Comprehensive Coverage Network

With over 1,700 franchise locations across the country, we have a wide range of resources at our disposal for restoration. Because we have so many experts across the country, we are able to treat community-devastating natural disasters with the same level of care and efficiency as we can a localized flood.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Categories of Water

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

high water in foreground with Dollar Store in the background Flood water containing contaminants that penetrate all porous materials with which it comes into contact.

Risks associated with exposure to different categories of water

Clean water, which is considered Category 1,  is almost always safe for consumption. Gray water, Category 2, has been used but does not contain gross contaminants.

Black water, Category 3, is dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It? 

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with harmful elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of dangerous microbes, including bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses. It may even include the norovirus, parasites, and other infectious material. 

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way? 

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches. 

Visit our website to learn more about sewage problems and the cleanup process. 

 

SERVPRO is always here to help 24/7/365

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

Large warehouse in the background with multiple green Servpro vehicles and large trailers parked in front SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is ready to respond to any size disaster like this 100,000 square-foot flooded warehouse.

SERVPRO is a nationwide network of franchised locations with a physical presence in virtually every community in the US and parts of Canada. We are a network of over 1700 individually owned and operated franchise locations, with the combined capability to respond to any loss at any time. We are also a part of the communities in which we operate, so that each community is represented by a small business owner who can assure you will receive personal service.

With over fifty years in the industry we are a leading provider of Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration, Water Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation, and Commercial Large Loss Restoration services.

If your home or business in Crowley, Cleburne, Alvarado, Burleson, Joshua, Granbury, Glen Rose, or Fort Worth requires services, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County has the people, the equipment, the training, and the experience to handle any size loss. W e are always here to help 24/7/365.

We can be reached by calling 1-866-737-8899 anytime you need us.