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Can You Spot Signs of Mold

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can You Spot Signs of Mold Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest for all your mold remediation needs (972) 233-8400.

MOLD, It is a homeowner’s worst nightmare:

There are several things to look out for that indicate you might have mold or an area that is prime for mold growth.

Strange Odors 
Mold, whether it is visible or not, emits an unusual and unpleasant odor. If an area in your home persistently smells musty, there is a good possibility there is mold in the room. 

Mold Growth 
There are so many varieties of mold that you can t really identify the type based on specific shape, size or color. It can appear as a furry, dark growth, as a black stain, or as black, white, orange, green or brown specks. Rather than look for out-of-the-ordinary, multi-colored flakes in every inch of your home, identify areas that are moist and then look for possible signs of mold. The fungus thrives in cool, damp areas, and it will be much easier to find it by limiting your search to areas that are affected by excess moisture.

Symptoms 
Your health can be a telling sign if there is mold in the home. Symptoms of a mold allergy include a consistently runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, dizziness, headaches and even memory loss.

Condensation 
Whether there is excess moisture on your windows or condensation dripping from your pipes, it is likely there is a great deal of moisture in your home. As a result, your home is becoming an ideal breeding ground for mold, and it indicates that mold might already be present in your home. 

Water Problems
If your home has ever had moisture problems, whether a toilet overflowed or a sewer backed up, it is at risk for mold. The best places to look for mold are areas where water remained for a long time. If your home has ever flooded, mold could grow underneath the flooring and behind walls. 

The Solution:
For areas that have already fallen victim to mold, there is hope. SERVPRO of Metrocrest is a local leader the North Dallas community in mold remediation and here to help! Please call (972) 233-8400 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Winter weather is in full swing in North Dallas

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter weather is in full swing in North Dallas Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest for your Water Mitigation Needs (972) 233-8400.

Winter is in full swing. Whatever part of North Dallas you are in, most people are experiencing very cold or freezing temperatures this time of year. Everyone wonders what needs to be done to protect their pipes in freezing temperatures. It is important to protect your pipes and your plumbing system in cold weather. It is especially important if you plan to be away from home for long periods of time.  
On the inside of your home: If you will be away from home for days at a time, make sure that all of your pipes are kept warm, especially in spaces that receive little or no heat. If any pipes will stay exposed to freezing temperatures, open up one faucet with a very small drip to keep water moving through the pipes.  
On the outside of your home: Protect your pipes as you would protect your plants. Cover up your outside faucets with foam or towels to insulate them.    Especially if you plan to be away from home this winter, remember to leave your contact information with a neighbor. You might consider giving them a key to your home, too, and leaving your preferred plumber's contact information behind should an emergency occur.  
Wondering what happens if pipes freeze? When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way a soda can would. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts and could result in serious damage. In North Dallas, just like other warm climate areas, our pipes are more vulnerable to freezing because most of them are located in areas outside of the main insulation. Pipes and valves on outside walls or in the attics are the most common trouble spots. If you open a faucet and water does not come out, you may be dealing with a frozen pipe.  

Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest a call so that our experienced team can come out and assess the situation. If a water pipe bursts, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve and if possible open a hose bib to relieve pressure until repairs can be done.  


SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400.

Smart, Safe Storm Cleanup Tips For The North Dallas Area

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Getting your home back into shape after a big weather disaster may require more than a broom and a mop. Here's a collection of our best cleanup tips for managing the aftermath of a storm in the North Dallas area.

For many people, when a terrible storm hits, it's the aftermath that is the worst. Debris, flood waters, power outages, broken tree limbs, shattered glass, piles of snow— these are all dangerous risks once a hurricane, tornado, or other weather disaster makes its way through a town or community.

Stop a Flood

With a heavy storm comes heavy rains, and inevitably flooding. If waters come into your home, be careful about getting it out. Turn off the power—but only if the water hasn't reached as high as any electrical outlets in the room where the main breaker lives. Otherwise you could be wading into an electrified pond.

Dry Out Your House

Once the storm subsides, hiring a professional service might be your best bet for a thorough cleanup, because they will know how to eradicate water in places you didn't even realize it had seeped. 

Stave Off Mold

Even if you think you've gotten all of your goods dried out and cleaned up, dirty and contaminated floodwaters may have already laid the groundwork for mold—not just on the walls, but inside them and in floors and furniture. 

Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest for all your clean up storm needs. (972) 233-8400.

Water Damage Restoration for North Dallas

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration is one of the most rapidly growing and evolving industries in the country. What used to consist of a contractor setting up a few fans in a flooded house has now become a bonafide science, largely in part to the greater understanding we now have of the serious negative health repercussions that can be caused by mold, mildew, and bacteria growth, and the better technologies available to tackle a water restoration job.

Priority Number One—Dry the Place Out

Without question, the most important step a homeowner needs to take when faced with flood or other water damage is to waste no time in drying the area out. As has already been mentioned, the old standby of setting up all your house fans to dry out a flooded house or structure really isn’t very effective in the long run. It may do a satisfactory job on the surface, but deeper water damage to walls, wood, carpet and furniture, along with insufficient drying, can lead to more profound consequences such as mold and mildew growth, the flourishing of harmful bacteria, and in extreme conditions, actual damage to the structural integrity of the home itself.

To combat all these harmful possibilities, the best thing you can do is to call in a licensed water damage restoration specialist like SERVPRO of Metrocrest to tackle the job. We are well-schooled in all the latest methods of water damage restoration, and we have access to the most cutting-edge technology available to dry out your home and prevent harmful fungi and bacteria from getting a foothold.

 What to Expect

With any restoration project, expect a full-on assessment of your affected area from the get-go. SERVPRO of Metrocrest will set up dehumidifiers, air purifiers, blowers, fans, and special floor driers and cleaners to quickly and efficiently dry out your water damaged home. Besides these standard steps, and depending on the extent of the damage, your technician might also employ the use of wall driers, sanitizers, and mold and mildew remediation techniques and equipment to ensure that what is already a tough situation doesn’t get worse over time. The water damage restoration cost is far less than what permanent damage results in.

 In the Long Run

The full extent of the steps that need to be taken could be much greater, however. Depending on the amount of water that caused the damage and the duration of time that passed before a restoration crew was called in, you may be looking at a much larger project. Crawl spaces, ductwork, ceilings and insulation may also need to be attended to, and if there is severe damage to drywall, carpet, or structural aspects of your home, you may be looking at a larger home renovation project altogether. If this is the case, contact a general contractor after your restoration work is done in order to get your house back in working order as quickly as possible.

Please Advise

Water damage is not a problem where you want to cut corners or wait to address. Tackle these homeowner nightmares by calling a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Metrocrest immediately in order to ensure that neither the structure of your home or the health of your family is compromised. With the help of a qualified specialist, like us, you’ll fast be on track towards restoring your home back to its original condition.

Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest for all your water damage restoration needs. (972) 233-8400.

Mold both inside and outside your North Dallas Home

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold both inside and outside your North Dallas Home Allow the professionals at SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400 to take care of all your Dallas area mold remediation needs

Mold can be many different colors, smell musty, and will often look like spots. Regardless of what type of mold it is, it needs to be removed. If you see visible mold, do not disturb it by attempting to clean the area yourself, touching the mold, or blowing air across affected areas. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate throughout your home. If you suspect mold, keep loved ones out of the area, turn off fans and the HVAC system, and contact SERVPRO of Metrocrest.

Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors in places with high levels of moisture, such as leaks around pipes, windows, or roofs. If flooding has occurred and saturated your home, mold will also grow in drywall, dust, upholstery, and carpet, just to name a few. This is why it is of utmost importance to reach out to SERVPRO of Metrocrest immediately if any water damage has occurred - our specially trained professionals will ensure your home and belongings are properly cleaned and dried to inhibit mold growth. 

If you require mold remediation services in your home or business give SERVPRO of Metrocrest a call! (972) 233-8400. We will return your home or business back to “Like it never even happened.”

*SERVPRO of Metrocrest are Highly Trained Restoration Specialists*

Our SERVPRO of Metrocrest Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Home Fire Safety Tips For The North Dallas Winter Season

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Winter is the most wonderful time of the year. However, winter is also the most dangerous times of the year for home fires, as half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February. Before you turn up the heat to stay cozy and warm, read over our list of essential winter fire safety tips to keep you and your home safe this winter.

Space Heaters

Heating is the second leading cause of all U.S. home fires, and space heaters are the type of equipment most involved in these fires. Space heaters and other heat-producing appliances should never be left on or plugged in when no one is home, and only one appliance should be plugged into an electrical outlet at a time. Keep anything that can be burned at least three feet away from all heat sources, including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, as well as space heaters.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is called “the invisible killer” for a good reason, as the odorless and colorless gas is extremely hazardous and more common in the winter than any other time of year. The poisonous gas is created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, or propane do not burn. Heating and cooking equipment can be potential sources of carbon monoxide, and every home should take the necessary precautions against the invisible gas. Be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home and test the alarm at least once a month- and of course, have fire alarms throughout your home and test those often as well.

Generators

While generators are useful during power outages caused by winter storms, improper use of them can be very dangerous. Portable generators can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, electrical shock, or a fire hazard if misused. Your portable generator should be kept outside- as far away from your home as possible- and away from any windows, doors, and vent opening. Also, turn off the generator and let it cool down before refueling- never refuel while it is running.

Chimneys And Vents

A qualified professional should be cleaning and inspecting your chimney and vents every year before you start lighting your fireplace. Be sure to use dry, seasoned wood when lighting your fire to produce more flame and less smoke. Also, store your cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, placed outside at least ten feet from your home and neighboring buildings.

SERVPRO of Metrocrest responds quickly offering a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services to help you return home as soon as possible. Before risking further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at (972) 233-8400.

Commercial Water Damage in the North Dallas Area

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Many commercial building owners in North Dallas know that moisture is often the enemy especially when it can shut your business down. Water is capable of penetrating into any space and can take advantage of every little crack and can cause damage to the structure. It doesn’t matter how moisture has seeped into the building, the response should be the same. Bringing in a professional commercial water damage specialist like SERVPRO of Metrocrest can help to ensure there are no lingering health threats for you or your employees once the moisture is gone.

For more information on the services that SERVPRO® of Metrocrest provides regarding water and fire damage cleanup for your commercial structures, please visit or call:

www.SERVPROmetrocrest.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning or call today at (972) 233-8400

Protect Your Commercial Buildings from Water Damage Due to Plumbing Leaks

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Plumbing leaks in properties with multiple stories, such as office buildings and hotels in the North Dallas area, can be more destructive if someone does not turn off the water supply immediately once the leak is found. The property damage that results can end up in business interruption loss, as well as potential liability claims by tenants, guests, and other property owners.


If the leak takes place within normal business hours and there is a maintenance staff present, they will typically shut off the water supply. However, if it happens after hours, and there is no maintenance stuff, the employees who are currently there may not know what they should do.

To minimize losses, it helps to know emergency water damage guidelines. The following steps can be taken to examine property and set procedures.

Examine your property
Begin by inspecting the following areas of the building at least once every month to look for dampness:
    •    Water distribution systems, particularly galvanized and steel plumbing. Make a note of the condition and age of these systems.
    •    Underground parking, and other areas that cannot drain. These places may need portable or fixed pumps for emergency purposes.
    •    Fountains, pools, and other special water features.


Come up with emergency guidelines
Create a loss mitigation plan to which employees need to adhere when they detect a leak. It should be comprised of written guidelines that cover the following:
    •    A procedure for going through initial and annual training on the procedures with tenants and employees, so they know what to do in case of a water leak.
    •    The locations of water shut-off valves and directions on closing them. Add a floor plan or diagram if it is possible.
    •    Assigned procedures for shutting off sprinkler systems, including employees who can access the riser rooms.
    •    An emergency contact list with contact information for plumbers, maintenance staff, tenants, electricians, and water mitigation service vendors.
    •    Emergency contact information for the local water utility company
    •    Emergency contact information for your broker or agent
    •    Any other parties who could possibly be involved
    •    Locations of any key operating systems, as well as essential records and services
    •    Offsite storage of any essential documentation
    •    Procedures for relocation and movement of items, if applicable.
    •    Written procedures to be followed in the event of closing of the facility, shutdown of equipment, and evacuation.
    •    Procedures to take care of any issues developed in the process of building assessment.

Get in touch with your insurance agent:
    •    Arrange a preloss consultation with agent on mitigation of water. If necessary, this could be a joint meeting that includes a water mitigation vendor as well.
    •    Put in an automatic leak detection system, which will detect leaks and then shut off the water supply. Policyholders may get discounts from preferred vendors.
    •    Get in touch with your agent to see if it is possible to schedule infrared thermal imaging for your property. This technology is non-invasive and we'll be able to sense minuscule leaks from the roof and inside the walls of the building.
    •    Having a plan in place can minimize water damage Houston to the building and items within. This can help prevent a business interruption loss as well. If you would like to know more, call your insurance agent.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO of Metrocrest is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Metrocrest responds quickly to your North Dallas business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big.

For more information on the services that SERVPRO® of Metrocrest provides regarding water and fire damage cleanup for your commercial structures, please visit or call:

www.SERVPROmetrocrest.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning or call today at (972) 233-8400

Mold Prevention During the Winter Months

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention During the Winter Months Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Metrocrest if you need mold remediation. (972) 233-8400.

The wet season in the winter months is one of the best times of year for molds to grow and expand. Often mold is contained near sources of water where it can easily grow and reproduce. As it grows, mold can breakdown and compromise the integrity and strength of the source in which it lives.

Mold spores are microscopic and are naturally found in the air we breathe indoors and outdoors. When large amounts of spores grow, one’s health may be compromised. Mold can be killed, but if it is not removed properly, it can remain in the area just cleaned and the dry spores can be released into the air. Mold remediation services can help eliminate the mold in your home and personal items affected by water damage.

If you require mold remediation services in your home or business give SERVPRO of Metrocrest a call! (972) 233-8400. We will return your home or business back to “Like it never even happened.”

*SERVPRO of Metrocrest are Highly Trained Restoration Specialists*

Our SERVPRO of Metrocrest Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Be Prepared for Storms

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency checklists can ensure you are ready with the items you need should disaster strike. Print this list or visit American Red Cross to learn more. http://bit.ly/1eXVvAe

If you need help in a storm situation please call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400. We are at 24/7 business here to help at anytime!

We will return your home or business back to “Like it never even happened.”

*SERVPRO of Metrocrest are Highly Trained Restoration Specialists*

Our SERVPRO of Metrocrest Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes