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Common Causes of Water Damage in Commercial Buildings and Facilities

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County helps businesses recover from water damage with commercial water damage restoration services.

If fire or water damage sidelines a local business, services from a professional damage restoration company in Crowley, TX, or South Johnson County are needed to quickly restore the property. Every hour spent restoring the business means lost revenue and productivity. Commercial restoration presents unique challenges that require special training, experience, and resources to successfully handle any disaster, small or large, including water, fire, storm damage.

Water damage in the workplace can:

  • hinder productivity
  • disrupt sales
  • create an unsafe work and business environment
  • endanger the health of employees, clients, or customers
  • compromise the structural integrity of the facility
  • damage equipment and tools
  • ruin product, inventory, and supplies
  • interrupt customer service

At the first signs of commercial water damage, take immediate action to restore the property and reduce the negative impact of the incident by enlisting the services of a qualified commercial water damage restoration company.

Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Though the scale and the scope of work may present unique challenges, most problems can be averted or prevented altogether by resolving the causes of water damage when they are first discovered.

Some of the most common causes of commercial water damage:

  1. Damaged and leaky pipes

Pressure changes, frigid temperatures, and deteriorated water supply lines and sewer drains can cause water damage. Signs of water damage include water stains, bulging walls, a musty smell, and cracked or loose tiles.

  1. Damaged windows

Broken window panes and degraded and cracked seals around windows can result in water damage.

  1. Roof leaks

A leaky roof can damage ceilings and cause mold or mildew. Attic wiring can be a fire hazard if exposed to water from a roof leak. The multifaceted nature of a roof leak makes immediate restoration and repair essential.

  1. Foundation issues

Clogged gutters and inadequate drainage systems can also lead to water damage to the foundation.

  1. Sewage clogs

Signs of a sewage clog include pungent smells, gurgling noises in sewer pipes, and overflowing toilets. A sewage spill is very hazardous to the health of the workforce and customers and requires immediate professional attention.

  1. Sprinkler system leaks

Fire sprinkler leaks in commercial buildings are not unusual and require vigilant attention. Signs of sprinkler leaks include standing water, bulging and warped drywall, soaked carpeting, a musty smell, and visible mold.

  1. HVAC malfunctions

A clogged condensate drain pipe or a faulty condensate pump can cause water damage from an HVAC system.

Steps to Prevent a Commercial Water Damage Disaster

Taking the necessary measures to prevent water damage can save businesses from costly repairs and business interruption in the future.

  1. Schedule periodic maintenance inspections of the facility.

These inspections should target key causes and signs of water leaks. Quickly address any minor maintenance issues or water leaks before they expand in scope. Include mold testing in the inspection protocol.

  1. Invest in proactive, preventative maintenance.

Prevention is much less expensive than restoration.

  1. Implement an efficient flood warning system and action response plan.

Even though the factory, office building, or warehouse may not be in a flood plain, a severe thunderstorm can trigger a micro-flood in the parking lot, on the roof, or at an open loading dock door.

  1. Secure adequate property damage insurance, including flood insurance, before the emergency or water damage disaster occurs.

Water damage in commercial buildings is a serious problem that should be addressed by knowledgeable, experienced restoration specialists who possess the equipment, training, and professional certifications that validate their competency to handle all dimensions of water damage, fire damage, or storm damage disaster in a commercial environment.

As a locally owned and operated business, the SERVPRO of  Crowley and South Johnson County team lives and works in the community and is close by and ready to respond immediately when a business needs commercial property damage restoration or cleaning services. Being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises enables SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County to quickly leverage a massive response. This force multiplier makes SERVPRO the commercial restoration choice for business and industry when an industrial-sized disaster strikes. For major storms and disasters, they can activate special Disaster Recovery Teams for additional resources. Service areas include Crowley, Cleburne, Joshua, Keene, Alvarado, Venus, Grandview, Godley, Rio Vista, Cresson, and Lillian.

For more information about water damage restoration in Crowley, TX, contact the office by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at office@SERVPROcrowley.com.

How to Manage a Leaking Roof Until the Water Damage Restoration Specialists Arrive

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County highlights five tips for dealing with a roof leak. When a roof leak causes water damage, it is essential to call the water damage restoration company as soon as possible.

Experiencing a water damage incident from a roof leak, appliance malfunction, storm damage, or a flood is heart-wrenching. The dedicated team at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County understands the stress and anxiety. Years of experience and success with helping customers put their lives back in order have made them one of the highest-rated companies in the restoration business. From the initial call until the job is completed, SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County has the knowledge and determination to make a property damage incident “Like it never even happened.”

Managing Roof Leaks

A leaking roof is a serious matter. A minor roof leak can cause serious water damage. Upon noticing a roof leak, take immediate action to stop the leak and minimize the damage. More importantly, enlist the services of a reputable water damage restoration specialist to restore the damaged areas before advanced secondary damage occurs and a mold infestation breaks out. Follow the tips listed below to manage a roof leak until help arrives.

Tip #1: Prevent further damage to the interior of the home.

Relocate furniture, keepsakes, and other valuables to an area free from exposure to water and moisture. Put blocks or tin foil under the legs of furniture standing in water or resting on wet carpet. Avoid lifting heavy furniture or other heavy items. Catch dripping water in a bucket to prevent further water damage to the flooring.

Most of all, do not panic. The team at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County immediately dispatches a crew that will be on the scene in an hour or less. Leave the heavy lifting and the emergency tarping to the highly-trained and experienced technicians.

Tip #2: Inspect the attic or crawlspace.

If the leak is small and intermittent, inspect the attic for leaks. Tracing roof leaks in the attic can be tricky because water can travel a circuitous route over beams and supports. The leak may not be an exterior leak around a vent, fireplace, or skylight. The source of the intrusive water may be from a leaking pipe. HVAC units in the attic can produce an enormous amount of water, especially when the temperature is very warm. A clogged condensate drain or a rusted condensate pan may be the culprit. An HVAC professional may need to be contacted to resolve this issue. In any case, the SERVPRO team can begin the drying, dehumidifying, and restoration process after the water flow has been stopped.

Climbing into the attic or crawling under the house is not advised, especially if the area is saturated with water. Mold may be present, and if water is present, electrical shock is a potential hazard. Rely on trained professionals with the equipment and expertise to move around safely in the attic or under the house.

Tip #3: Examine the exterior of the roof from the ground.

One of the best ways to examine a roof from a distance is with binoculars or with a drone that has a camera. However, neither option will be much help for the untrained eye unless the source of the leak is obvious.

Tip #4: Look for these causes of a roof leak.

  • Aged or brittle roofing materials such as melted tar
  • Damaged flashing
  • Missing or lifted shingles
  • Debris piles on the roof that can trap moisture
  • Clogged gutters or downspouts

Tip #5: Clear away tree limbs, leaves, and small debris from the roof and gutters.

This activity is an ongoing necessity but is potentially quite dangerous. Homeowners who lack the necessary skills, equipment, and experience should enlist the services of professionals for these hazardous tasks.

What is the best way to manage a roof leak that has caused water damage to a home? The safest and best way is to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County. The team of experts has the equipment, training, and expertise to take control of the situation and begin the water damage restoration process before advanced secondary damage or mold growth can occur.

For more information about water damage restoration in Crowley, TX, contact SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County by phone at (817) 297-8588 or by email at office@SERVPROcrowley.com.

My Wall is Damp Behind My Sink Cabinet in Cleburne – Do I Have a Problem?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

Carefully removing water from your home is what we do. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Any Kind of Damp Wall in a Cleburne Home Can Signify Water Damage – SERVPRO Techs Can Locate the Source and Mitigate the Damage

You go to get something from under the sink, and you notice the cabinet floor seems damp. Or you decide to clean out from under the cabinet, and not only does the floor have moisture, but the wall in the back is damp too. Something is causing the moisture. SERVPRO in Cleburne can help.

How Do You Dry Cabinets?

Kitchen sinks can have slow, dripping leaks that can cause hidden water damage. As in this case, moisture had gradually soaked into the cabinet floor and the wall behind the cabinet. The homeowner now needs water mitigation in Cleburne to repair the damage

There are standard levels of moisture content for materials such as wood and walls. Our technicians use numerous techniques to determine the levels of water damaged content. This can include moisture meters, probes, and infrared cameras.  These are also used to track the source of the intrusion. Once they know what they are dealing with, they extract the water and dry the wall and cabinets. Depending on the level of damage, this can include:

 Controlled Demolition & Restoration

There are occasions when the structural elements cannot get completely restored. When this happens, controlled demolition is used. This can mean cutting out a portion of the drywall and replacing it. Flood cuts can be made to allow airflow into wall cavities. Once everything is completely dried, then the restoration begins, including the above. If the cabinet fronts were impacted, semi-refinishing might be needed. 

 Do not ignore minor problems like damp walls. There is always a cause that needs to be addressed. We are water mitigation experts and can take steps to stop the source. We then restore your home to preloss condition. Our goal is to leave it, “Like it never even happened.”

Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588 for expert water mitigation service. We are licensed and bonded – Contractor Licenses: Mold Remediation: MRC1353.

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How Can I Dry my Cleburne Carpet After a Leak?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Wet carpet in your Cleburne home can be a huge problem, call SERVPRO today.

A Wet Carpet in Your Cleburne Home can Invite Bacteria; Call a Professional Team to Help Dry or Dispose of it

It is not uncommon for your flooring to get wet whenever there is a leak in your Cleburne home. It only takes a minute for a pipe to burst or a kitchen sink hose to detach and allow water to drip all over your cabinets, countertops, and eventually the floor. Even if you can repair the issue and control the flow of water fairly quickly, every minute your carpets and rugs remain soaking water poses a risk.

Calling a water restoration company in Cleburne to help extract water and mitigate your loss is a smart move every homeowner should make. Our team is certified in water restoration, and we apply our knowledge to help resolve your issues. We recognize that emergencies happen around the clock, which is why our office is operating 24/7 to respond to your needs. As minor as a leak may seem, if you don't address water remnants living beneath baseboards or within wall cavities, you may find yourself with a bigger problem in your hands once bacteria multiplies and a musty smell permeates your home.

Can I save my carpet and floors after a leak?

Our goal at SERVPRO is to minimize your loss of time and money and salvage as much as possible. Depending on the type of water leaking in your home, we may recover your items. In cases when the sewage water drips into your carpet, we discard it due to health and safety reasons, but when clean water is the culprit, we do our best to extract it and leave your flooring in mint condition. Some considerations and processes we apply at your home can include-

  • Checking for buckling in hardwood floors suffering from excess humidity
  • Checking for delamination in materials such as laminate flooring and vinyl where the layers separate
  • Using injecti-dry technology to dry underneath baseboards and within walls cavities

Water extraction is a successful process when the right tools and techniques are in place. Let our team at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County be your ally and protect your family. Call us at (817) 297-8588 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Should I Clean My Carpet After a Water Leak in Joshua?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaks in your home can create many problems very quickly. Get them taken care of and contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation.

The Pros at Your Local Joshua SERVPRO Clean Carpets after Removing Excess Water

Dealing with the aftermath of a water leak in your home is never a pleasant experience, especially when coupled with the humidity-causing heat in Joshua. The excess moisture from the leak coupled with the humidity often creates strong unpleasant odors, leaving your home in need of deep cleaning. This includes your carpet, even after extracting the moisture.

Does SERVPRO Use a Specialized Process to Clean Carpets?

Our Technicians Use Specialized Preconditioning and Rinsing Processes

Water mitigation in your Joshua home requires a thorough understanding of how to properly remove excess moisture through the use of proper technique and equipment. It also requires thorough cleaning to ensure restoring your house to preloss condition. Your carpet may appear clean but still can hold unwanted odor and debris, making deep-cleaning necessary.

What is the Importance of a Pilating Rake?

  • It agitates the surface to ensure the deepest clean.
  • It allows technicians to focus on heavily soiled or high-traffic areas. 
  • When finishing, technicians use it to rake your carpet all in one direction for a professional, finished look. 

Why do Technicians Precondition the Carpets?

  • Preconditioning ensures the longest-lasting and most thorough cleaning. 
  • It is another way to treat extra soiled or high-traffic areas. 
  • It provides extra dwell time for the Pre-Spray and Traffic Lane Cleaner.

During carpet cleaning, our technicians systematically move furniture to ensure all the impacted areas are treated. Then, after rinsing the solution, they extract excess moisture in a v-shaped pattern before using the pilate rake to create a finished look.

For 24/7 assistance cleaning your carpets, Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588. We make it, "Like it never even happened."


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What Are the Signs of Hidden Water Damage in Crowley?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can disrupt your daily life at your home. Contact SERVPRO to get water damage mitigation done by professionals.

There Are Several Signs Indicative of Water Damage in Your Crowley Area Home

Water damage is an omnipresent threat for Crowley area homeowners and, many times, it occurs without them even realizing it.  Small roof leaks, clogged gutters, and slow drips from hidden pipes can, over time, cause major problems and cost you considerably.  These issues may initially produce no visible effects or relatively minor ones, but they often develop into much greater concerns.  In order to catch minor leaks before they cause significant damage, you should know their telltale signs and have your home regularly inspected by trained professionals.

What Are Some Common Signs of a Water Leak?

As Crowley water damage restoration specialists, SERVPRO technicians know what to look for when it comes to identifying a water leak.  Based on their extensive experience in evaluating homes for water damage, they suggest looking for the following signs when inspecting your home for a potential leak:

  • Moldy smells
  • Mildew and mold on surfaces
  • Paint or wallpaper bubbling
  • Discoloration of structural elements
  • Drywall and plaster disintegration
  • Dry rot on wooden materials
  • Warping of walls
  • Buckling of ceilings and floors

If you notice any of these indications, your Crawly home likely has a water-related issue.  In order to prevent further injury to your property, you must contact a good water damage remediation service as soon as possible.

Why Is It Important to Have Your Home Regularly Inspected for Water Leaks?    

While minor water leaks eventually out themselves and homeowners can often detect them, they have usually done major damage to your home by that point.  Many times, small leaks can go undetected for weeks, months, or even longer.  Without specialized training and equipment, you can only spot these problems after they have damaged your home’s structural elements.  It is for this reason that you should have your home professionally inspected for hidden leaks regularly.  Services like SERVPRO can identify and precisely locate issues almost as soon as they start, saving you both time and money in the long run.  Our technicians have the high-tech tools necessary to do this.  This gear includes:

  • Sensors that identify moisture in carpets, baseboards, walls, and ceilings
  • Meters to detect actual moisture levels in structural elements and home contents
  • Thermohygrometers that help determine the dew point, relative and specific humidity, and vapor pressure of your home’s interior  
  • Infrared cameras that can see through walls and ceilings to precisely locate water leaks

How Does SERVPRO Restore My Home After a Water Leak is Found?

Once SERVPRO technicians have located and fixed the source of your water-related issue, they quickly get to work on restoring your home.  They start by setting a drying goal and planning a course of action.  Then, our workers:

  • Identify which structural elements have been impacted by moisture, using sensors and meters
  • Extract any standing water found with a wet vac
  • Dry exposed affected areas, like attics, with high-velocity fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers
  • Dry wet places behind walls and ceilings with injectidry systems
  • Treat impacted areas and materials, using state-of-the-art foggers and injection devices, with fungicides and deodorants  

Once all this work is complete, your house should be back in pre-leak condition.  Of course, the sooner we are contacted about your water damage, the less extensive it usually is and the faster we can repair it.   

Maintenance is a big part of homeownership and helps protect your property over the long-term.  As an owner, you should always be on the lookout for potential threats to your home and investment.  Properly maintain pipe networks, electrical systems, your roof and its drainage system, and repair any damage you can as you find it.  Prepare for all major storms by cutting tree limbs that could potentially hit your house, clearing away harmful debris that could get caught up in the wind, and cleaning gutters that might block water in them.  Always watch out for signs of slow-developing water damage and have your home periodically inspected for leaks.  Work within your own limits and hire trained professionals to do any work that is beyond your abilities.

Whenever you smell musty odors or do notice things like paint bubbling or discolorations, it is essential that you contact an experienced service for help.  Companies like SERVPRO have both the advanced training and equipment to effectively handle your water-related problem.  We are skilled at detecting and locating even the most minor leaks.  Once we locate them, we employ a wide range of innovative techniques to dry your home and return it to its original condition.  Often, after we finish our work, it might seem like your home never even experienced a water issue.  

If you ever need an inspection or are faced with water damage, rest assured that help is available.  Contact SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588 for assistance.

How Do I Cleanup a Leak Behind My Cleburne Kitchen Cabinets?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaks can slowly and quietly destroy your home. Call SERVPRO to mitigate the effects of water damage.

SERVPRO techs have the tools and experience to restore your Cleburne kitchen from water loss

A slow leak can do a great deal of damage in a Cleburne home. Particularly when the leak has a location in a spot that does not get looked at very often and is in a hard-to-reach place such as within the wall behind the cabinetry in a kitchen. When left alone, the water can continue to do damage, and the potential problem to include mold becomes a threat. Signs an unseen leak is happening in your kitchen include: 

  • Musty odors
  • Water appearing on the floor in front of the loss area
  • Interior of cabinets show signs of constant dampness

What is the Best Way to Do Water Cleanup in a Kitchen With a Leak?

When SERVPRO technicians work on water cleanup in a Cleburne kitchen with a leak within a wall covered by a cabinet, they will first attempt to extract the water and dry the area by opening the cupboards and clearing them out. The majority of cabinets have open backs, and getting to the wall with the issue usually is not a problem. However, if the moisture detection equipment shows that the water loss is widespread or the sheetrock shows signs of warping or buckling, it will require removal as part of the mitigation. 

First Actions in a Home with Water Loss

SERVPRO techs scope the loss area and determine how widespread the damage from the water is. When the area gets marked off, the techs always try to mitigate the Cleburne water loss with as little controlled demo as possible, so there are fewer repairs needed to bring the house back to normal. It is not uncommon to find that moisture under the flooring in the vicinity of the leak. However, in the case where a significant amount of the wall behind the cabinets gets wet, not only are there actions that need to happen to remove the damaged sheetrock, but also the need to inspect for mold colony growth existence as well. 

What Happens When Mold Gets Found as Part of a Water Damage Restoration?

SERVPRO technicians hold certification for mold remediation MRC1353 and know the steps to stop any further damage safely. If the worksite does not already have containment around the loss area to keep dust and airborne particulate to a minimum, the techs usually implement it to halt the potential for spore spread during the remediation process. Handling a mold infestation goes in tandem with drying the water loss area. Mold requires moisture to thrive, and once that crucial element gets removed, the techs can perform abatement and remove the dried colonies. 

Complete Drying is Paramount to Recovery From Water Loss

While there may not be much in the way of water extraction that needs to happen when a slow leak is a culprit, however drying the interior of the wall around the leak is crucial. After removing the cabinets, the techs cut away the deteriorated portion of sheetrock, leaving the undamaged portion in place. This makes the cosmetic repairs easy as all that needs to happen is a piece of sheetrock gets cut to fit the opening and sealed in place with joint compound will be flawless once sanded and the cabinets put back. Before any of that can occur, the cause of the water loss needs to get addresses. If the homeowner does not have their own plumbing company, SERVPRO can arrange for a local professional to perform any required repairs. 

For the drying phase, the technicians use professional drying equipment that rapidly brings down the interior humidity and allows the structural elements to dry completely. The process gets monitored carefully to ensure preset drying goals get met. The technicians:

  • Take careful readings throughout the home 
  • Scope the loss area to determine how elevated moisture levels are
  • Set drying goals per the unique readings gathered within the property as the baseline levels
  • Set a time frame for drying based on the collected information

Before repairs and installation of the cabinets occur, the technicians use both antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants on affected areas to ensure there are no odors left behind and no return of the mold infestation. 
SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County at (817) 297-8588  brings all the tools and equipment needed for water cleanup in local properties. With their years of experience and training, the certified technicians can turn around any amount of water loss in a house.

Removing Water From Your Crowley Property

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

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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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Water Damage in a Burleson home!

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage in Whitney Texas

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage of any size in your home can be devastating.

SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County received a call from an insurance adjuster requesting a water damage cleanup. The adjuster had a residential customer who recently had water leak caused by a washing machine inlet line. The location of the resident's home was a little over an hour away from our office in Lake Whitney. Our crew wasted no time – they followed the SERVPRO motto, ‘Faster to Any Size Disaster’, and were on location within 2 hours of the adjuster's initial call.

The resident's water leak had already been fixed by a local plumber - so our SERVPRO crew was able to quickly jump into action and start the cleanup!

The homeowner’s lake house was originally built by his father in the 1950s, and the lake house was the family’s vacation spot when he was growing up. With the home being of sentimental value to the customer, it was our personal goal to go in and work quickly to help restore his family’s lake house.

We value all of our customers, and make it our personal mission to leave our customers' homes and businesses – "Like it never even happened!"

SERVPRO TIP: If you notice water running or a water leak in your home; first thing you need to do is turn off the main water line in home! To do this, you'll need to locate your water meter and turn it off from there - to prevent any more flooding than what has already occurred. If you cannot locate the water meter or turn off the water by yourself – contact your local water company or a local plumber immediately to help you turn it off!

Is Water Damage Creeping into Your Joshua Crawl Space?

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

We are equipped to handle any water damage restoration need your home encounters. Call us today!

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 Have The Best Drying Practices In Joshua

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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. 

 

What Causes Toilet Leaks?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Poor quality materials or construction can result in cracked porcelain. This can go undetected until significant damage result.

Toilets can leak for a number of reasons:
• Faulty seals
• Loose closet bolts
• Leaking supply line or valve
• A cracked bowl

Replacing the Wax Gasket

Replacing the wax gasket can be easily performed in just a few steps:

1. Drain the toilet and close the supply valve.

2. Loosen and remove the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor.

3. Lift the toilet off and then set it aside. Be careful not to damage the toilet.

4. Scrape all the wax off the flange on the floor.*

5. Carefully place the new gasket on the flange, making sure it is completely centered.

6. Replace the toilet and press down firmly to compact the gasket.

7. Reconnect the water line, fill the tank, and then inspect for leaks.

*If you notice any damage to the closet flange, repair or replace the flange before installing your new wax gasket.

Replacing the Supply Line

1. Turn off the water supply to the toilet

2. Flush the toilet to remove as much water as possible from the tank. Then either place a container under the tank to catch the residual water, or soak it up in a towel, being careful to avoid damage to the components inside the tank.

3. Disconnect the supply line and replace it.

4. Turn the water on, and check to drips or leaks.

Poor Quality Materials 

Porcelain fixtures are fragile and can be easily damaged. In some cases there are defects in the material that cause failures which can go undetected until there is significant damage as a result. 

A leaking toilet can cause significant water damage to your bathroom. If your small leak turns into a big problem, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is here to help 24/7. However, with these few easy steps, you can fix this small problem before it becomes a big one.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

How to Clean Up a Water Heater Leak

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced a water heater leak, there are several simple steps you can take to clean up the leak and minimize safety risks. Try to limit the extent of the leak as soon as you notice a leaking water heater. Contact a plumber to fix a broken water heater or replace a failed water heater, and then determine the extent of the water damage. Follow these four steps to address the leak. For complete peace of mind, especially with a larger leak, you should contact a company that provides water damage restoration in Crowley, TX. 

1. Unplug electrical appliances in the affected area. You don't want to risk electrocution or other appliances being adversely affected by a leak.

2. Remove soaked carpets and moveable items from the area surrounding the leaking water heater. You may be able to dry out some items, but carpet may not be salvageable.

3. Dry the floor as soon as possible. You can use a mop, towels, or a wet-dry shop vacuum to remove excess water. You can also use a desiccant such as silica gel near soaked floors or walls.

4. Circulate air and dehumidify. This will speed the drying process and limit the extent of the water damage while making the environment less conducive to mold growth.

If you notice a leaking water heater in your home while the leak is still small, you may be able to limit the extent of the water damage by taking immediate action. If the leak is larger or has gone unnoticed for more than 24 hours, you should contact a residential restoration service in Crowley, TX. Either you or damage restoration experts will need to clean up and dry all the water to prevent mold. Make sure to also have a plumber replace a failed or broken water heater to prevent another leak. 

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Water Damage and Your Insurance Company

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Flooring in a Crowley home had to be removed by SERVPRO of Crowley technicians due to water damage.

Insurance Company Information after Flooding

Dealing with insurance companies is unavoidable when you have flood damage or a roof cave-in due to a pipe break somewhere. There are forms, phone calls and inspections. A few wrong steps and your claim may be delayed and repairs not done. Mitigation means reducing risk of loss and it's something that insurance was made for. Don't leave your flood damage claim in the hands of non-experts. You may forget a form or not include a task that's critical to getting a full claim for your flooded home or small business.

An experienced restoration company knows the procedures to follow with insurance companies and local governments. A licensed restoration company can negotiate on your behalf with your insurance company to get the best claim and estimate in place. They know the right vendors and contractors to help you to full restoration and mitigation from wall leaks to a supply line break. Use their knowledge to save money, time and effort. You don't have to be confused about your claim. Talk to an expert.

Water in home or water in business situations can be devastating. It's not something that can be planned for. When it happens, it's important to deal with it as quickly as possible as part of mitigation efforts.

A bonded and experienced restoration company can help you set priorities.

- Water cleanup and drying have to be first priority.

- Have a thorough assessment for secondary water damage even in places untouched by flood damage.

- Get estimates for full restoration and mitigation.

- Organize staff and equipment for best execution and fastest completion of the job.

- File insurance claims in a timely fashion with all forms and data requested.

- Acquire all needed government permits to complete the work.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Toilet overflow with sewage in a Cleburne, TX home.

Different types of water carry different risks.

Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates.

The third categorization is more 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.

How To Flush a Water Heater

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by water heater in Cleburne,TX

A water heater, sitting in a dark closet or basement, is easy to forget. If you want to ensure the longevity of your hot water tank, then you may want to follow the steps below to flush the system, clearing out harmful sediment and debris.

1. Turn Off and Prep the Tank

To perform a water heater flush, you may want to have a garden hose and screwdriver handy. Additionally, you will need to prep the tank by first turning off the power and/or gas. Then, attach one end of the garden hose to the tank, and place the other end in a drainage area that can tolerate the hot water.

2. Flush the Tank

To empty the water heater, open the drain valve on the tank and make sure the water is escaping through the hose to the drainage area. After a few minutes, turn the hot water on from the nearest faucet. A couple of minutes after this, turn off the water supply. Once the water stops exiting the garden hose, turn on the water supply for only a couple of minutes to flush out the system again.

3. Refill the Tank

When all debris from the tank has drained, close the drain valve and turn on the water supply. Once the water pressure returns to the open faucet, you can be confident that the tank is filled. Be aware that the water from the tap will be inconsistent at first as air is flushed from the lines.

4. Turn On the Tank

Turn the power/gas back on only when the tank is full to protect the integrity of the system. Once the heat is on and the water is flowing strong, you can turn off the running faucet. If you are experiencing problems with the water pressure or the heating element of the tank, you may want to call a professional in Cleburne, TX, to examine any possible causes.

A water heater is an essential element of any home, and flushing the system ensures its continued use. Following the steps above, you can perform this task yourself and maintain your tank for years to come.

How To Replace a Leaky Toilet

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Every homeowner will likely face issues with an old toilet at some point.

It’s never a good sign when you have a leaking toilet in your home. The leak can become a major flood if not taken care of quickly. Follow these steps to learn how to replace your own toilet.

Removing the Old Toilet

Before you can install a new toilet, you have to remove the old one:

1. Measure the distance from the wall to the bolts on the base of the toilet and from the wall to the side of the bowl to ensure your new toilet is the correct size.
2. Turn off the water.
3. Flush to remove the water from the tank.
4. Take the tank lid off and wipe up leftover water.
5. Disconnect the water supply line from the tank, unscrew the nuts, and lift it off the bowl.
6. Wipe up leftover water inside the bowl and remove the nuts at the base.
7. Lift the leaking toilet up and set it onto a garbage bag.
8. Remove the wax ring from the drain hole, clean out excess wax, and put a wad of paper towel into the hole to prevent sewer gas from venting.
9. Clean the floor if needed, remove the old closet bolts, and replace them with new ones.

Installing the New Toilet

Now it's out with the old and in with the new. Here's how to install your new commode:

10. Warm up a new wax ring with warm water and place it onto your new toilet.
11. Remove the towel from the drain hole. Carefully place the toilet onto the hole. If you miss, it’s better to start with another new ring. Gently wiggle the toilet so it’s flat on the ground and aligned squarely with the walls.
12. Install any necessary hardware to the new tank, set it onto the bowl using a level, and tighten the bolts.
13. Connect the water supply, slowly turn the water back on, and check for leaks.

Every homeowner will likely face issues with an old toilet at some point. When it becomes a leaking toilet, follow these steps to replace it yourself or call a local toilet repair company in Crowley, TX, to ensure everything is done correctly and avoid the risk of future flooding. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcrowleysouthjohnsoncounty.com/.

What To Do When the Toilet Leaks Every Time You Flush

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Most everyone is familiar with a leaking toilet that continues to run after it is flushed, but far fewer people know what to do when water is leaking outside of the bowl and onto the bathroom floor. While not as common a problem as water leaking around the seal inside the toilet, this kind of bathroom leak can lead to severe water damage. The solution is to stop this small problem before it turns into a bigger one.


What Causes a Toilet To Leak?


Toilets can leak for a number of reasons:

• Faulty seals
• Loose closet bolts
• Leaking supply line or valve
• A cracked bowl

If you are seeing water on the floor around the leaking toilet and it is not coming from the supply line or valve or a crack in the bowl, chances are it is due to the seal under the toilet being faulty. You may be able to stop the leak by simply tightening the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor, but if that does not solve the problem, it is time to replace the wax gasket beneath the toilet.


Replacing the Wax Gasket.


Replacing the wax gasket can be easily performed in just a few simple steps:

• First, drain the toilet and then close the supply valve.
• Loosen and remove the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor.
• Lift the toilet off and then set it aside, being careful not to damage the toilet.
• Scrape all the wax off the flange on the floor.
• If you notice any damage to the closet flange, repair or replace the flange before installing your new wax gasket.
• Carefully place the new gasket on the flange and be careful to make sure it is completely centered.
• Replace the toilet and press down firmly to compact the gasket.
• Reconnect the water line and fill the tank and then inspect for leaks.

A leaking toilet can cause significant water damage to your bathroom that is best remedied by contacting a professional cleanup company here in Crowley, TX. However, with these few easy steps, you can fix this small problem before it becomes a big one.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

4 Steps To Clean Up a Water Heater Leak

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced a water heater leak, there are several simple steps you can take to clean up the leak and minimize safety risks. Try to limit the extent of the leak as soon as you notice a leaking water heater. Contact a plumber to fix a broken water heater or replace a failed water heater, and then determine the extent of the water damage. Follow these four steps to address the leak. For complete peace of mind, especially with a larger leak, you should contact a company that provides water damage restoration in Crowley, TX.

1. Unplug electrical appliances in the affected area. You don't want to risk electrocution or other appliances being adversely affected by a leak.

2. Remove soaked carpets and moveable items from the area surrounding the leaking water heater. You may be able to dry out some items, but carpet may not be salvageable.

3. Dry the floor as soon as possible. You can use a mop, towels, or a wet-dry shop vacuum to remove excess water. You can also use a desiccant such as silica gel near soaked floors or walls.

4. Circulate air and dehumidify. This will speed the drying process and limit the extent of the water damage while making the environment less conducive to mold growth.

If you notice a leaking water heater in your home while the leak is still small, you may be able to limit the extent of the water damage by taking immediate action. If the leak is larger or has gone unnoticed for more than 24 hours, you should contact a residential restoration service in Crowley, TX. Either you or damage restoration experts will need to clean up and dry all the water to prevent mold. Make sure to also have a plumber replace a failed or broken water heater to prevent another leak.

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Flooding and Insurance Company

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Cowley home is flooded causing the wood floor to be removed.

Insurance Company Information after Flooding

Dealing with insurance companies is unavoidable when you have flood damage or a roof cave-in due to a pipe break somewhere. There are forms, phone calls and inspections. A few wrong steps and your claim may be delayed and repairs not done. Mitigation means reducing risk of loss and it's something that insurance was made for. Don't leave your flood damage claim in the hands of non-experts. You may forget a form or not include a task that's critical to getting a full claim for your flooded home or small business.

An experienced restoration company knows the procedures to follow with insurance companies and local governments. A licensed restoration company can negotiate on your behalf with your insurance company to get the best claim and estimate in place. They know the right vendors and contractors to help you to full restoration and mitigation from wall leaks to a supply line break. Use their knowledge to save money, time and effort. You don't have to be confused about your claim. Talk to an expert.

Water in home or water in business situations can be devastating. It's not something that can be planned for. When it happens, it's important to deal with it as quickly as possible as part of mitigation efforts.

A bonded and experienced restoration company can help you set priorities.
- Water cleanup and drying have to be first priority.
- Have a thorough assessment for secondary water damage even in places untouched by flood damage.
- Get estimates for full restoration and mitigation.
- Organize staff and equipment for best execution and fastest completion of the job.
- File insurance claims in a timely fashion with all forms and data requested.
- Acquire all needed government permits to complete the work.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from an experienced restoration company.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

Black Water Doesn't Always Mean Sewage

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Toilet overflows with sewage.

Different types of water carries different risks.

Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates. 

The third categorization is more 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. 

Seek Professional Flood Remediation Assistance

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Seek Professional Storm Remediation Assistance

What should you do in a flood damage situation?

Unfortunately, in most areas, the extensive destruction apparent in recent hurricane damage won't go away anytime soon. Seek knowledgeable storm remediation. Otherwise, you may find yourself battling a variety of long-term problems caused by flood water far into the future.

Requesting storm restoration assistance from an experienced firm usually provides the fastest way to permanently resolve many types of hurricane damage. Just as qualified roof repair should involve more than simply fixing a visible roof leak or a broken flood pump, water restoration in the aftermath of extensive flood water frequently proves complex. Rely on a firm trained in home restoration and storm remediation. You'll benefit by resolving some long-term flooding issues sooner.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

Skilled Cleanup Services

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Several benefits result from seeking qualified storm cleanup and storm remediation. Storm damage often creates unseen roof damage and wind damage issues necessitating roof repair. It may cause flood pump failures and groundwater concerns. A professional home restoration firm considers all types of possible hurricane damage and storm restoration issues, from roof leak and roof repair issues to hail damage repairs and long-term water restoration problems.

From replacing a damaged flood pump to verifying safe water restoration, these professionals offer valuable services. Ask a home restoration firm to extract dirty groundwater from the premises, assess wind damage and roof damage, document auto hail damage, and perform many other types of storm remediation.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

What You Need To Know About Floods and Black Water

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

What You Need To Know About Floods and Black Water

If a flood comes to your home in Cleburne, Texas you may wonder how safe it is to wade into the water. Many people believe that because rain caused the water damage, it is completely safe to touch. However, this is a dangerous assumption, because it could be black water.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Remediation Certification classifies water into these three categories:

• Clean
• Gray
• Black

What Should Homeowners Do? 

If you have water in your home after a storm, do not wade into it unless doing so is necessary. It is also important to dry out the area as soon as possible. That water can spread disease and cause mold growth. 

It’s essential to call an experienced restoration company in Cleburne, Texas as quickly as possible after water damage or flooding occurs. Be sure to rid your home of the black water as soon as you can to keep you and your family safe. Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

What To Expect During Storm Damage Restoration

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Front room is flooded by storm water.

What To Expect During Storm Damage Restoration

Storms can have a significant effect on your Crowley, TX business, especially if there is flooding involved. Water damage isn’t confined to just the physical appearance of the walls, floors, and furniture; floodwater can also carry pathogens and harmful bacteria. Proper storm restoration, including the need to tear out of damaged materials, can help restore the appearance of your building as well as mitigate the risk of mold and other harmful substances that can make you and your employees sick. The best way to ensure your Crowley, TX business is ready to reopen after a storm is to trust experienced trained experts to carry out each step of the restoration process.

1. Extraction of Water

If a storm leaves your building flooded, the first thing to do is remove the water. Timing is extremely important; extracting the water as quickly as possible is key to reducing the amount of damage. Generally, restoration experts will use professional-grade equipment to remove the water safely and completely.

2. Tear Out Wet Materials

Depending on the level of flooding, there may be materials that are too compromised to save. In this case, a restoration crew will tear out wet materials to avoid contamination and prepare to return your building to its normal appearance.

3. Dry Out Materials and Structural Components

Restoration professionals usually have special tools and equipment to hasten drying time for floors, walls, and internal structural components. Once excess water is removed, it can still take awhile to get all the moisture out of the hidden parts of your building, such as the carpet mats and wall studs. A thorough drying process is essential to reduce the risk of mold.

4. Final Restoration

Once the water is removed, the tearing out of damaged materials is complete, and everything is dry again, the crew can complete the final touches on your storm restoration. The water damage to your building may require upholstery and fabric cleaning along with odor control procedures to ensure the best results.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on storm damage.

Fire Damages Often Turn Into Water Damages

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remediation

Firefighting systems such as the fire sprinkler system or a fire truck leave a lot of water in the building that can end up causing water damage. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the restoration company to use dehumidifying and drying techniques after water extraction to ensure the building is completely dry.

Wet Smoke and Wet Soot Removal

This stage of fire restoration involves soot and smoke cleanup from personal belongings, furnishing and the affected surfaces on the property. The restoration company uses specialized techniques and products to clean wet soot from the building. Everything within the building is cleaned and sanitized.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on fire damage.

Fix Water Damage Fast by Calling in the Pros

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fix Water Damage Fast by Calling in the Pros

Water damage can happen anywhere. It can occur over hours, days or even months. But there's no luxury of time, effort or expertise when it comes to water cleanup, risk mitigation and the restoration process. Whether its water in business or a kitchen pipe break, the work is complicated and requires many skills. If not done properly from beginning to end, the work can be sloppy. Drying time and equipment may be insufficient and not reach all the wet areas. Shoddy work may lead to even more damage and expense.

The Right Skills for the Best Results

Getting the right results is not a do it yourself weekend project. Cleaning up after any kind of water damage needs different skills and tools than a weekend carpenter has.

To fix flood damage, you needs to know:
- Assess water in home or business for secondary damage that you may not aware of.
- How to assess a supply line break or a pipe break.
- The different requirements of water in business versus water in home. Building codes and regulations will vary between the two.
- The operation of industrial equipment for successful water cleanup of a flooded business or home.
- The proper procedures and equipment for completely drying out a home or office. Ripping out carpeting is not enough especially where flood damage is concerned.
- The correct methods to follow for restoration of furniture to its original state in a flooded home or business.
- How to dry and disinfect items affected by flood damage.

Use a Professional Restoration Company to Save Time

Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Can you spend days draining a flooded home? Can you take time off to deal with filing mitigation paperwork and meeting with inspectors? Do you have the time to trace a pipe break, roof leak or supply line break? Can you afford to get injured while dealing with water in home or have an employee hurt cleaning up water in business? Of course not. Bring in an insured, competent water damage restoration company to help out.

Professional firms have the staff who can work off hours. They have the training, equipment and experience to complete the job done in the time estimated. While you're at work, they can be drying out your basement, patching the supply line break or disinfecting your kitchen. Water cleanup will go much faster with the right people doing the job.

If you want your flooded home or business to be returned to its original state, call in the professionals from an experienced restoration company.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on water damage.

Flooded Basement

8/25/2014 (Permalink)

The Engineering Department Hallway.

We recently received a call from a hospital in which the entire basement level was flooded with standing water. Our unbelievably talented crews rose to the occassion and removed all the standing water, cut out about 200 linear feet of drywall, and dried all the structure and contents in less than 5 days. Within a week we had replaced all the drywall, textured, painted, and replaced all the cove base. Once we were out of the building it was Like it never even happened. The customer was in awe.