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We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Hardwood Floors In Your Home

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you find that pipe leak has left water damage to the hardwood flooring in your home, it can be difficult to relax and overwhelming to consider cleaning up such a mess on your own.

When a leaky pipe creates a water damage in your home, SERVPRO of Metrocrest has the means to eliminate moisture and save your structure from potential mold proliferation. SERVPRO of Metrocrest can be at your home within hours to move, dry, and disinfect affected furniture as well as address the accumulated moisture in your hardwood floor. With wood, it is especially vital to keep moisture levels low to prevent structural damage and mold growth, and our professionals can use moisture meters with long, Teflon-coated probes to monitor both your floor and subfloor's moisture levels while drying.

Our team of certified technicians can use tenting to remove water from your flooring more effectively. This process involves covering flooring at ground level with a large sheet of plastic that is usually about 6 millimeters in thickness. Once taped down, this plastic helps pull moisture in the air out of surfaces more rapidly and can be used in combination with dehumidifiers during drying to capture more water vapor.

When treating hardwood floors, it is vital to mitigate any permanent buckling, cupping, or warping of the flooring. During drying, centrifugal air movers can be positioned to pull up moisture from both on top of and underneath the floor, which can also help dry the plywood subfloor. SERVPRO of Metrocrest technicians can use desiccant dehumidifiers to absorb this moisture and lower humidity considerably with the aid of materials like silica gel. In open areas like a living room, polyethylene chambers are often crafted to create smaller, contained chambers for faster drying.

If you have water damage to your hardwood floors call  SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400. We are always here to help!

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO 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

SERVPRO of Metrocrest is the mold damage specialists in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks underneath your home in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, it is possible that water can affect structural components without you realizing it. Water can leak into your crawl space and cause many problems. Many crawl spaces already have elevated temperatures and humidity levels making it a prime location for microbial growth. 

Extra moisture that gets added to a crawl space increases the chances of a fungus developing. For mold damage in the Dallas/Ft, Worth area to take place, it needs an organic food source, the right temperature, and moisture. If fungi grow inside your home, they can cause health effects with some people. 

Once microbes develop inside a structure, they can quickly reproduce and cause problems in other locations. Once the spores mature, they form structures called Hyphae. The hyphae grow down into the material as well as up above it and across the surface. The hyphae then release spores into the airflow of the building that float around until they settle down into a new location. 

If mold develops inside your crawl space, it can cause damage to structural components. Fungi can also create foul odors that can affect your entire house. Microbes inside your crawl space also can make their way into your ventilation system causing air quality issues. 

Whenever SERVPRO of Metrocrest technicians remediate fungal issues, we take extreme measure to prevent spores from spreading to unaffected areas. Before any work begins the crawl space gets sealed off so that no dust or debris created by the restoration process spreads across the building. We use poles and thick plastic to build a containment chamber around the affected area of the crawl space. 

If the entire crawl space is contaminated, then the floor joists get sealed off so that the insulation in the floor does not get affected. Once the affected region is sealed off from the rest of the home, the contaminated materials get removed. If the mold has not gone too deep into the floor joists they can be sanded down and restored. After sanding the affected wood gets sprayed with a specialized sealant paint. 

Before the containment chamber gets taken down, we vacuum all dust and debris with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. If you ever need help with microbial growth inside your crawl space, call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

If you have mold growing in or around your home,  call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400. We are always here to help!

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO 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

Water damage due to a kitchen appliance

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

When an appliance breaks it can create a mess. That is the case for this Farmers Branch, TX homeowner. Unfortunately, they had a very common kitchen water damage, their refrigerator water line burst.  When something like this happens, the volume of water that can spew onto your kitchen and spread throughout your house will shock you!  This homeowner was quick to call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400, to help with their water mitigation needs. SERVPRO of Metrocrest got to their home within an hour, accessed the damage and got to work immediately. SERVPRO of Metrocrest extracted all the water that had spread through the bottom floor of the home and then set up air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out their home.

If you have an unexpected water damage call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400. We are always here to help!

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Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO 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

Minimizing Storm Damage with SERVPRO of Metrocrest

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

If you ever endured storm damage to your home, SERVPRO of Metrocrest is here to help.  Our employees are trained and certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) to ensure that the technicians have the expertise in restoring your home. 

In cases where there is flood damage to your home, the IICRC categorizes four different classes of destruction as follows:

  • Class 1:  The lowest and easiest to deal with, this has a slow evaporation rate. Only part of a room or area was affected, there is little or no wet carpet, and the moisture has only affected materials with a low permeance rate, such as plywood or concrete.
  • Class 2:  With a fast evaporation rate, this level affects an entire room, carpeting, or cushioning, the wetness has wicked up the walls at least 12”, and there is moisture remaining in structural materials.
  • Class 3:  This class has the fastest evaporation rate, and ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors are all saturated. The liquid may have come from overhead. 
  • Class 4:  This class is labeled as specialty drying situations, which means there has been enough liquid and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone.

If your home is ever in need of restoration services from flood damage, call SERVPRO of Metrocrst (972) 233-8400.

Grilling Tips

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is in full swing! It’s time to get outside and enjoy those grills that have been unused all winter. Barbeques are fun but it is important to keep your home, family, and guests safe. Every year, about 5,700 grill fires take place due to malfunctioning gas grills, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. These grill fires equal up to an annual average of $37 million in damage, along with 100 injuries and 10 deaths. Don’t let one little mistake ruin your barbeque fun! Follow these tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association to make sure you are safe when grilling.

General grilling tips

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Grills should be located well away from the home (at least 10 feet), deck railings, and out from carports and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
  • Keep your grill clean by getting rid of any grease of fat buildup in the trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Before using your grill

  • Check the major connection points between the gas tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, along with where the hose connects to the burners. If any are loose, tighten them.
  • Check the propane tank hose for any potential gas leaks. To do that:
    • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
    • Turn on the propane tank. If there is a gas leak, the propane will start to release bubbles around the hose.
    • If you don’t see any bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
  • If there are bubbles being released around the hose, turn off the tank and check the connections. You then should have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the leak doesn’t seem to be stopping, call the fire department immediately!

When your grill is on

  • If you are cooking and start to smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
  • If the leak immediately stops, make sure to get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the smell doesn’t seem to be going away, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

If something goes haywire and a fire does break out SERVPRO of Metrocrest is here to help!

Call today for all your fire restoration needs (972) 233-8400.

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can help minimize the potential damage from a fire.

There are many scenarios people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area can find themselves in where there is a need for a fire extinguisher in their home. No matter what the source of a fire in a house is, knowing how to use this device is an essential part of understanding and implementing fire safety and preventing fire damage. 

How To Remember Directions for Use

The first thing to remember before trying to put out a fire in the home is to call the fire department. Once the fire department is made aware, a fire extinguisher can be used to attempt to control and eliminate a fire. An easy way to remember how to use an extinguisher is the acronym PASS.

P – P is for Pull. Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher. This allows the handle to be   squeezed, and also breaks the seal so the extinguisher can work. 
A – A stands for Aim. It is important to remember to aim low toward the bottom of the fire. 
S – The first S in the acronym is for Squeeze. Squeeze the handle, or the trigger.
S – The second S is for Sweep. Sweep the nozzle from side to side across the bottom of the fire until it is extinguished. If the fire does not go out, or if it starts back up again, then repeat step two through step four. 

It is extremely important to remember that evacuation is the number one priority if the fire doesn’t seem to be affected by an extinguisher!

Potential Fire Damages 

There are many possible sources for fires in a residential area, including kitchen utilities, outlets, candles, wiring, and many others. Preventing fire damage is key during a residential fire, whether it is from a kitchen fire or from any other source in the house. 

Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can help minimize the potential damage from a fire. In situations where damage does occur, call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400 to help with cleanup and fixing any damage left behind.

Landscaping and Water Damage

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Many homeowners in Farmers Branch, TX are unaware of the relationship between problematic landscaping practices and flood water entering the home. To protect yourself against unnecessary outside flooding by implementing a few simple yard management strategies.

1. Roofing and Gutters

Most homes constructed according to typical building codes will have correctly sloped roofs and gutters that divert rainwater away from the house. However, if the slope and porosity of the soil immediately surrounding your house are causing issues, it may be beneficial to extend the reach of your gutter downspouts with some inexpensive attachments. These flexible hoses will deposit the water farther into your hard, which can prevent water from pooling around your foundation during a rainstorm.

2. Ditches

For some yards, simply redirecting the gutters may not be enough. Outside flooding problems from other properties may cause unintended water flow to your residence. In these cases, extra landscaping design may be required. A drainage ditch with a large perforated PVC pipe at the bottom can solve several flooding issues and divert unwanted water into the storm drain. Such a solution provides immediate results and can be implemented by any homeowner with a few inexpensive materials from a local hardware store.

3. Mulch

Another tip for the homeowner wanting to improve rain drainage involves the type of ground cover. Short grasses in silt or clay soils tend to provide little protection against erosion. Over time, these materials will dissolve in rainwater and flow away from the property, exacerbating flooding problems. Using gravel or heavy mulches can improve drainage in problem areas that naturally get exposed to heavy rainfall, while preventing the soil beneath from washing away.

While the above tips can reduce the risk of interior and outside flooding they are not a replacement for the qualified flood restoration service that SERVPRO of Metrocrest can provide in the event that a significant amount of water enters your home.

If you are experiencing flooding in your home, call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400,

Do You Have a Plan in Place to Protect Your Business?  

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Many business owners are caught off guard when disaster strikes. Thinking that it would never happen to them or never even considering the possibility of a disaster, they fail to have a plan in place for their business. Unfortunately, many times, once disaster strikes, it’s too late. Many businesses are forced to close permanently after disaster because they were not prepared.

According to foxbusiness.com, there are 7 steps you can take if you are a small business owner to help protect your business from disaster.

  • Risk Assessment: Determine what types of emergencies are most likely to affect your company and then evaluate your level of preparedness. Check in with your insurance company, make sure employees are trained for emergencies, have data backed up and stored at a safe location.
  • Review Your Insurance Coverage: Talk with your insurance agent to make sure your business is covered if hit by disaster. After determining what types of emergencies your business is most prone to, make sure your policy covers those types of situations. Ask about business interruption insurance which helps business owners continue to pay on-going bills while operations are shut down during disaster recovery.
  • Create a Contingency Plan: Review your business operations and determine which are most important for the survival of your business. Form a process to manage these functions in the event of a disaster. Determine an alternate business location where business operations can continue during the recovery process.
  • Create a Communications Plan: Disasters create chaos and having a communications plan in place in advance will help minimize panic.
  • Back Up Your Data: Making sure all your data is backed up and stored in a safe place is critical. Cloud-based data solutions are best as they stay safe during disasters and can be accessed from any location.
  • Build an Emergency Kit: Have an emergency kit available on site including items like water, flashlights, fire extinguishers, etc.
  • Review and Rehearse You Plan: Once your plan is in place, make sure your employees know the plan and have practiced implementing it.

While disasters can be devastating to a business, preparation can help in the recovery process. By acting before disaster strikes and getting a plan in place, business owners can help protect their business in times of emergencies.

If your Business has a fire or water damage, call the company that cares, Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400.

Water Damage Timeline

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Metrocrest provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Metrocrest arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (972) 233-8400

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Metrocrest

SERVPRO of Metrocrest specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you have a water damage big or small call SERVPRO of Metrocrest. We are a 24/7 restoration company, always here to help!

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

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO 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

Commercial Building Restoration Services

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

When a fire or water damage happen, they may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Knowing the right company to help in an emergency is important to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO of Metrocrest is available 24/7 to help you restore your commercial property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained technicians to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

 Commercial Services

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 We’re Here To Help – 972-233-8400

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO 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