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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Cleburne After A Fire

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

A technician using one of our air scrubbers in the attic of this home SERVPRO powered this air scrubber with our generator to clean the air in this home after a fire disaster struck.

Attics Cans Be A Common Place For Fire Damage In Cleburne

Many attics inside houses in Cleburne can have electrical wires or heating vents running through them. If an electrical wire short or another mishap occurs, a fire could ignite inside your attic.

The flames coming from the blaze could start to consume your building materials such as your trusses, drywall, and insulation. The smoke created can also cause fire damage inside your Cleburne home. When the smoke starts accumulating in the attic, your drywall ceiling can get affected, and it can make its way into your living space. It is also possible that smoke can enter your heating and ventilation system and cause foul aromas to get circulated throughout your house.

Ensuring Safety Is Top Priority

Before beginning any fire damage restoration work, our SERVPRO team first assesses the situation to make sure that your structure is safe for all building occupants. Burnt building materials can create a dangerous environment, and we can inspect and mitigate the following safety hazards:

Fall Hazards: If drywall is hanging from your ceiling, we can safely remove it so that it cannot fall and injure someone.
Trip hazards: If burnt materials and other debris have already fallen onto your floors, we can remove the debris or clear out pathways for foot traffic.
Electrical Hazards: If the source was electrical-related or wiring was affected during the blaze, we can shut off the power and get a certified electrician to repair the problems.

Removal Of Charred Materials

During an attic fire, our SERVPRO technicians can start by removing any severely burnt debris, including insulation or drywall. If other materials such as your trusses or roofing materials get charred, we can conduct demolition procedures and dispose of these large, heavy items. Once the large chunks of debris are removed, we can then vacuum up the remaining dust with a high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA vacuum.

Attic fires can become disasters that are best handled by calling SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588. We are available 24/7 and we can restore your loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Storm Damage Cleanup In Cleburne

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Give our specialists a call anytime that you need us at (817) 297-8588.

Cleaning Up After Tornadoes and Flooding in Cleburne Homes

While the Cleburne area is a slight risk for the severity of hurricanes that can make landfall at the Gulf of Mexico, the locale is almost always at risk for atmospheric conditions to accommodate tornadoes. With the torrential rains and substantial winds that accompany these natural disasters, roofs can get torn from residences, windows broken, and other structural damages can ensue. The result is often a direct penetration of water from the downpour against vulnerable areas of the house.

Cleaning up after incredible losses that tornadoes can leave behind begins with structural assessment and recovering flood damage in Cleburne homes. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly after you call to begin both emergency recovery services and assessment of the damage with our project manager and crew chief. Determining what needs to get done in your home extends far beyond the structural concerns. It also addresses the pressing needs for flood restoration to reduce further damages to exposed construction materials and contents in your home.

Water removal is one of the chief concerns for our responding restoration technicians, as standing water can threaten a residence in many ways, including:

    •    Allowing microbial development
    •    Weakening structural elements
    •    Creating hazards for occupants and restoration professionals

Removing standing water in your property falls to the capable equipment of our SERVPRO technicians, including our submersible pumps, wet vacuums, and specialty tools. Drying your house and its contents fall to evaporative drying methods using air movers, positive pressure systems, and dehumidifiers.

If mold has already developed from lingering moisture in the damaged residence, we have a team of licensed (#MRC1353) mold remediation contractors in-house to discard damaged materials and rebuild whatever was removed to limit mold colonization.

Tornadoes and flooding are both natural disasters that can, unfortunately, both strike simultaneously when the right conditions exist. When you are dealing with both structural damage and flood effects, trust in our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our specialists a call anytime that you need us at (817) 297-8588.

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Commercial Water Damage in Cleburne Office

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property “Like it never even happened.”

Long Weekend Results in Commercial Water Damage in Cleburne Office

The longer commercial water damage sits, the more extensive the loss to the structure and contents. The investment in fire and water detection as part of a security system can help firms get notifications of smoke and elevated moisture levels before the problem becomes a huge problem.

After an extended weekend, a Cleburne office needed help with commercial water damage clean up after the manager opened his office on a Tuesday morning and found nearly an inch of standing water in the front of the building.

Immediate Problems from Water Exposure
Due to the lack of on-site monitoring systems, it was not sure when the water loss started. The glue-down carpeting delaminated in the reception area where the majority of the water damage was. The techs remove it so the slab floor underneath could get exposed for both water extraction and drying. The techs moved the reception area furniture to another part of the office as only the legs needed drying and cleaning.

Extra Attention During Extraction
SERVPRO techs found water wicked into the sheetrock in the front of the office, through the use of their detection equipment. They measured above the waterline and removed it in a clean, straight cut known as a flood cut. This organized removal process makes repairs seamless after the mitigation efforts complete.

Drying and Cleanup
After extraction of the water loss completed, the techs set up drying equipment to quickly dry the reception area. The process gets monitored to attain drying goals. Then the techs wipe down all water-affected surfaces with antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents.

Mold Treatment and Preventative Measures
Because airborne mold spores are always present both indoors and outdoors, the setup of mold infestations after a water loss can be an issue. With their extensive training and certification in mold remediation #MRC1353, the techs know the early warning signs as well as how to handle any existing mold growth without spreading the spores. After the drying, the application of antimicrobial sealant ensures mold will not be a problem before repairs get made.

When your property needs commercial water damage cleanup or mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588. The trained and certified techs make the loss to the property, “Like it never even happened.”

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Cleburne Flood Left Some Damage in Your Home? SERVPRO Can Mitigate and Try to Make "Like it never even happened."

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

water beads on surface of wooden floor planks SERVPRO Strives to Preserve Your Cleburne Home's Hardwood Flooring by Rapidly Removing Standing Water

Removing Wood Plank Flooring in Cleburne Homes after Flooding

Many construction materials used in building your Cleburne home do not immediately become severely damaged when exposed to migrating water. Because of the cellulose in the makeup of wood plank flooring from species like oak, maple, and pine, it does not take long for absorption to occur. Even without the threat of contamination from the flood scenario, water trapped in the planks can bond with the molecules of the wood and begin to warp or distort its appearance.

While We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, flood damage to Cleburne homes does not always get remedied as quickly as homeowners would like. Not only are there emergency services that must happen before this other damage gets assessed, such as temporary construction solutions for the roof, but we must often work through details with insurance providers as well before mitigation begins. If we begin working on a property and the wood flooring already shows physical distortions, we can help with a direct approach.

Controlled demolition has always been a sound practice with flood and water loss restoration, as overly wet materials can often be a starting point for damaging effects like mold growth. Damp wood flooring does not need to get entirely removed if suitable replacement materials can get used to rebuild portions of the floor. If these planks cannot get acquired, it is often more cost-effective and faster to replace the entire damaged area instead. Of course, SERVPRO technicians always try to preserve and salvage building components whenever possible.

Removing this surface layer can help to prevent migration of moisture into the subflooring material like OSB board and plywood. While it might be time-consuming to have our SERVPRO professionals replace portions of the surface flooring material, it can be every costlier still to remove the top layer and subflooring materials as well.

After flooding, it does not take long for saturation to begin in exposed wood plank flooring and other fixtures. However, we can help, from beginning a focused drying approach with air movers and drying mats to repair and reinstallation of the floor, our SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County team can help. Give us a call at (817) 440-4384.

Smoke Damage Clean-up

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO super- troopers Our crew cleans carpets!

Not all fires can cause visible fire damage; some only cause ‘smoke’ damage. And that is exactly the case with one of our local neighbors. In this case the customer had smoke damage in their home caused by a pan that was left on top of the stove and the pan still had food inside of it, unfortunately the stove was left on – and over time the food had burned and the pan itself started to burn. Even though there was no visible ‘smoke damage’, there however was an odor throughout the house.  

Our SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County was on a mission to get rid of the odor! Our crew washed down all of the walls, cleaned the air ducts and did carpet cleaning throughout the entire home. After the dedicated hours of our crew, the home was back to how it was – odorless!

In special cases like this one - give us a call! We’ll make it look {and smell} "Like it never even happened."

Why We Are The Best Choice In Cleburne After A Flood

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying a floor damaged by a flood Our team placed plenty of drying equipment in this room to restore the tile after a flood. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Extracting Flood Damage from a Cleburne Garage

While Texas homeowners are no stranger to floods, they may not be prepared for the thoroughness with which floodwaters can penetrate surfaces. Even two inches of flooding can mean tens of thousands of dollars in property damage and loss for a single home, and billions of dollars in claims each year. Without thorough cleanup, the structural integrity of a home can be put at risk by the contents of floodwaters. 

If your Cleburne home has experienced flood damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to provide you with a fast-acting mitigation service. The goal of these restoration specialists is to restore your home to a preloss condition with cutting-edge tools and fast-acting, EPA-registered cleaning solutions that work in tandem to keep your residence--and its occupants--safe and sound after flooding occurs. If mold develops in your home after flood damage occurs, this team is licensed for mold remediation (#MRC1353).

Sealing Cracks in Your Garage

Weatherstripping, sandbags, rain gardens, and drainage systems can all help minimize flood risk to your garage. Still, floodwaters can also penetrate cracks in your home, which can create further vulnerabilities in the structural components. Look carefully around the garage for cracks, especially the floor, and follow these steps to seal any that you find:

  • Sweep up all debris around the crack and remove any oil from the area to ensure that the filler you use sticks to the floor. 
  • Use a vacuum, if needed, to ensure thorough debris removal. 
  • Slowly fill the crack with concrete filler after cutting the tip off the nozzle, if using a new bottle.
  • Smooth filler over with a trowel or similar tool and let it cure overnight. 

How SERVPRO Restores Your Garage

Flooding can do significant damage to a garage without fast mitigation, so SERVPRO technicians work quickly to restore your home. If there are odors present after flooding, odor control technicians (OCTs) can disperse water- or solvent-based deodorization chemicals that bind with odor-causing particles to eliminate unpleasant smells. Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, which are used to disperse these deodorizers, penetrate surfaces in the same way that water does. Axial fans exchange the air in the home as much as 40 times to cleanse air before and after deodorizing to minimize odors and maximize safety. 

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County wants to ensure your residence looks, "Like it never even happened." You can call (817) 297-8588 any time you need disaster cleanup specialists.

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Removing Water From Your Crowley Property

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property For rapid disaster cleanup service that starts within hours of your initial contact, call (817) 297-8588.

Removing Water Damage from a Crowley Laundry Room

Water damage in laundry rooms can come from a variety of sources. The average washer hose fails after 8.7 years of use. If left unchecked, small pipe leaks, loose valves, or damaged hoses are enough to introduce gallons of water into your home each day. Not only are most homeowners not equipped to address this kind of damage, but it can also cause structural damages and allow mold to thrive in your residence.

If your Crowley home has suffered water damage after an appliance failure or pipe leak, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to your home to restore it to its preloss conditions. SERVPRO techs, staff, and franchise owners alike receive extensive education on water damage mitigation techniques and tools to ensure that homeowners get access to the most knowledgeable teams available after a disaster. If you find mold in your residence, SERVPRO is also licensed to remediate it for you. (#MRC1353).

Maintaining Your Laundry Room
To prevent the most common water damage situations in your laundry room, here are some tips:

    •    Keep utility sink drains clear and clog-free.
    •    Shut off washer hoses when not in use.
    •    Never leave the washer on when you are not home.
    •    Check washer and dryer hoses regularly for potential leaks or damage and replace them as needed.
    •    Clean around and behind laundry machines regularly.

How SERVPRO Can Help
A washing machine hose leak can wreak havoc on any laundry room, but SERVPRO technicians can use a variety of tools to determine the location and extent of damage and how to return the moisture content of surfaces to normal levels. If your laundry room has vinyl floors, it may be necessary to remove part of the flooring to evaluate and dry the subfloor, especially if it has delaminated due to water damage.

Technicians use centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to dry structural materials effectively. For a water-affected subfloor, air movers are placed every 150 to 300 square feet of affected surface area so as not to overwhelm dehumidifiers with moist air to extract and replace with warm, dry air. For water-affected walls, the air movers may be positioned at 45-degree angles in relation to the affected surface.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can ensure that your home looks, “Like it never even happened.” For rapid disaster cleanup service that starts within hours of your initial contact, call (817) 297-8588.

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Cooking is a Leading Cause of House Fires

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen stove on fire. House fire caused by a kitchen fire.

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires?

Often times food cooking is left unattended or forgotten, causing home fires and fire injuries that then cause approximately 49% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries. Unattended equipment is a factor in one -third (31%) of reported home cooking fires and half (48%) of the associated deaths.

After your local Fire Department has rescued your property and left - let your local SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County help you restore your property to its preloss condition. Combining our fast response time and the utmost professionalism, open communication throughout the entire job process - we strive to restore - not only the structure, but your peace of mind as well. SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County will work alongside with your insurance agent.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) they offer the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires:

  • 482,030 structure fires were reported in the United States in 2018.
  • These fires caused $9.9 billion in the property damages.
  • One structure fire was reported every 48 seconds.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes at your business or home, give the experts at your local SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County a call. We will work with your insurance agency and help make your property look “Like it never even happened”.

Water Damage in a Burleson home!

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom toilet caused water damage in the home. Leak caused by the bathroom toilet.

One day, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County received a call from a customer in Burleson with water damage that was caused by a toilet leak. The plumber had already been out and the leak was fixed. Once our technicians were dispatched - they were on location within’ 45 minutes of the initial call from the customer.

Our crew quickly worked together to determine the steps needed to resolve the water damage. Because of the quickresponse of our technicians and fast reaction, we were able to save the customers carpet and drywall – leaving the customer with minimum amount of repairs needed.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County prides themselves with completing a job and leaving the job, “Like it never even happened”.®

SERVPRO Helpful tip: if you notice your toilet making a noise – you should contact your local plumber to come out and perform maintenance to prevent any future water damage.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County technicians are highly trained in Water Restoration and can to take care of all your water damage needs. If you should find yourself in need of water damage clean up, call your local SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County.

Winter Weather Worries

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Winter storm have frozen over the outside pipes Pipes outside that freeze due to winter storms, can cause havoc for your inside pipes.

Winter weather can bring more problems than just your typical slippery roads and shoveling driveways and sidewalks. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing in the winter – your pipes are at risk of freezing,  which can create a major disaster to your property!

Frozen pipes occur when they are exposed to cold weather - such as those outside your property or in areas such as your basements, attics, garages or under both your kitchen and bathroom sinks. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused from the back flow pressure between the water source and the blockage.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Keep your garage doors closed if you have any water supply lines in there.
  • Open both the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • When the weather is cold outside, let cold water drip from your faucets that are served by exposed pipes.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature throughout the day and night.
  • If you are away during the winter weather - leave the heat on in your property. Set the thermostat no lower than 55° F.

If winter weather should cause you any water or winter damage to your property - SERVPRO of Crowley & Johnson County professionals are only one a call away! Ready to Any Size Disaster! (817)297-8588 Available 24/7 – 365 days a year!