Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

Flood Facts from SERVPRO of Metrocrest

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  It doesn't matter if your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert- there is always potential for flood damage.

Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you won't in the future.  In fact, 20% of all claims pain by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities.  On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States.  Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.  

According the American Red Cross (ARC), whom we are in sponsorship with, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters.  If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way.  Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.  If you are caught on a flooded road and water are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.  Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.  They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

With all the rain we have been having in the Dallas, Forth Worth, TX area. SERVPRO of Metrocrest wanted to share some important flood facts with you:

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO of Metrocrest Professionals at (972) 233-8400.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.  The SERVPRO system is prepared to handle any sized disaster.  The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.

When fire and water take control of your life, your local SERVPRO of Metrocrest Professionals will help you take it back. 

Spring storms in the Dallas, Tx area

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Spring in the Dallas, TX area usually consists of damaging winds and heavy rain. SERVPRO of Metrocrest has certified trained technicians, that can typically arrive on-site within 1 hour of being notified of a water damage cleanup and we are ready to get to work immediately. Whether it's a multi-floor commercial building or a residential home, we take immense pride in our ability to arrive quickly and perform professionally.  We remove the water from your structure and then dry the structure out with our professional drying equipment. We are available 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week. When flooding and water damage cleanup is needed, we will be there every step of the way.  If you find your property affected by flooding from a storm or hail, call SERVPRO of Metrocrest. We are the ones to call for all your water restoration needs (972) 233-8400.

Prevention for mold after a storm

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can happen any time. The following are tips to prevent mold after a heavy rain:

  • Work fast. Call in SERVPRO of Metrocrest which will help in the cleaning and disinfecting of your home from toxins and spores mold can release.
  • Disconnect all electronic equipment inside the home or building if there is standing water
  • Lower the humidity and temperature in the home or building: molds do not like these conditions. Open windows if the air outside is less humid than the air inside. Otherwise, turn on an air conditioner. If needed SERVPRO of Metrocrest will set up dehumidifiers to help.
  • Dispose of moldy items in a sealed bag
  • Make sure there is good ventilation within the building or home affected. SERVPRO of Metrocrest will use our fans if necessary, to promote good air circulation.
  • SERVPRO of Metrocrest will extract any standing water as quickly as possible.

If a storm hits in your area, call SERVPRO of Metrocrest for all your water mitigation and mold remediation needs.

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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

Heavy Storms are hitting the Dallas area = Flood warnings!

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

What Causes Flash Floods?

Not all floods are the same. Some develop over time; however, flash floods happen quickly, and can occur without visible signs of rain. Causes of flash floods include

Causes of flash floods include:

  • Excessive rain – within minutes of precipitation or up to 6 hours after.
  • Slow-moving rain of a long duration, such as occurs with thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
  • A dam/levee failure.
  • A sudden release of water held by an ice jam.
  • Rainfalls that exceed the capacity of underground drainage pipes and sewage systems.
  • Floods after wildfires which reduce the capacity of the ground to absorb water.
  • Urbanization, such as paving, which reduces rainfall absorption and increases runoff.

What areas are at risk of flood damage?

  • Low-lying areas.
  • Areas near water.
  • Areas behind a levee or downstream from a dam.
  • Areas near canyons.
  • Even dry stream beds, culverts, gullies, creeks, small streams, and low-lying grounds that appear harmless in dry weather can be at risk of floods.

If a Flood is Likely in Your Area…

A flash flood is extremely serious. Flash floods are typically accompanied by a dangerous wall of roaring water, which often carries rocks, mud and other debris. If you find yourself facing a flash flood…

  • Evacuate.
    Evacuate immediately to higher ground. Save yourself, not your belongings. You may have very little time to respond.
  • Secure your home.
    If you have time, turn off utilities at main switches/valves and disconnect appliances. Do not touch electrical lines or equipment if you are wet or are standing in water. Move essential items to an upper floor and bringing in outdoor furniture to prevent flood damage.
  • Do not walk through moving water.
    Only six inches can make you fall. If walking through non-moving water, use a stick to gauge depth/firmness before each step.
  • Do not drive through flooded areas. 
    Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles. If swept away in your vehicle, remain inside. If water rises inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.

If you are in the middle of a flood or your house or business has been flooded, call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400.

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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

Dallas, TX Use a Certified Mold Remediation Company

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure you call in a professional mold cleanup crew who is trained in proper mold removal. They can ensure all mold is removed, help you identify why it was growing in the first place and ensure you do not end up with the same problem in the future.

Mold can become quite damaging. Not only will it damage your home in the Dallas, TX are but it also can cause serious safety issues for you and your family. The only way to protect your home and your family is to get rid of the mold once and for all. By stopping the spread of spores, removing moisture sources and getting mold removal professionals in to tackle the problem, you should be able to kiss your troubles with mold goodbye. Visit http://www.SERVPROmetrocrest.com for more information on mold.

SERVPRO of Metrocrest Technicians are IICRC-trained and certified, so they can determine what kind of loss you have and how to properly take care of it, so you don’t have any further problems.

Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest - We're Here To Help (972) 233-8400.

http://www.SERVPROmetrocrest.com/

Follow us on Twitter @SERVPRO9498

And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROofmetrocrest/

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

Dallas, Texas - Basic Flood Safety Tips

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dallas, Texas - Basic Flood Safety Tips SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400

With all the rain storms the Dallas, Tx area has been having over the past few days we thought it would be a good idea to share some basic flood safety tips. There is no good time for a flood. Big or small,a flood can cause a great deal of damage and poses a real risk to people living and traveling through the flooded area.

To make sure you and your family, home, and vehicles come through a flood without harm, follow these simple flood safety tips.

Prepare Before a Flood Hits

It may seem odd preparing for a flood before it even happens. However, if flooding is imminent, be prepared to leave your property. If floodwaters get too high, pack enough clothing and supplies to last a few days. Make sure to put important documents in your bag also. If time permits, try to move furniture and electronics to a second floor and flip off the circuit breakers to avoid electrical fires.

Keep Safe During a Flood

One of the most important flood safety tips to remember is to stay out of the water as much as possible. If you do have to evacuate during a flood, avoid walking through moving waters. As little as six inches of water can make an adult lose their balance and fall. Carry a walking stick with you to check for solid ground under the water ahead of you. Watch out for electrical equipment and fallen power lines.

If you’re driving during a flood, don’t attempt to drive through moving floodwaters. Two feet of moving water could be strong enough to wash your car away. If water begins to rise around your car, abandon the car if you’re able, and go to a safer area.

Dealing with the Aftermath

Return to your home only after being told it is safe to do so. You’ll need to begin the restoration process. Any remaining water should be removed as soon as possible. Everything within the home must be dried and disinfected quickly to prevent mold and mildew that can set in within 24 hours of the flooding. With SERVPRO of Metrocrest on your side we will help with all your water restoration needs. We are just one phone call away to make your flooding “Like it never even happened”.

Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest - We're Here To Help (972) 233-8400.

http://www.SERVPROmetrocrest.com/

Follow us on Twitter @SERVPRO9498

And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROofmetrocrest/

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

Dallas, Texas Thunderstorm Safety Tips

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dallas, Texas Thunderstorm Safety Tips SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400

There is a difference between SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH and a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING. A Severe Thunderstorm watch is issued when severe thunderstorms are possible in and close to the watch area. The watch is issued to alert you to the possibility that thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail may develop. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and your local media weather updates and stay informed. And a severe thunderstorm warning is issued when a severe thunderstorm has been spotted and is going to move through your county soon. The key is to remain calm but take precautionary action immediately to protect your life and property.

Act now to be prepared by knowing the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.

The following is a list of supplies to have on hand:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Emergency food and water
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Essential medicines
  • Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards

Before the storm be sure to:

  • Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors.
  • Watch for signs of approaching storms
  • If a storm is approaching, keep a NOAA Weather Radio or AM/FM radio with you
  • Postpone outdoor activities if storms are imminent
  • Check on neighbors who require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

During the storm remember if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struct by lightning, you will need to go to a safe shelter immediately. Move to a sturdy building or car. Do not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles. If lightning occurs and you can not find a sturdy shelter get inside a hard-top automobile and keep the windows up. If you are on water, get out of a boat and move far away from the water. If you are close to telephone lines and metal pipes move away, they conduct electricity and are very dangerous. Remember to unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information. Try to avoid using the telephone (unless of an emergency) or any electrical appliances and avoid taking a bath or a shower.

If you are caught outdoors and there isn’t a shelter nearby try to find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding. If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees. If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet and place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible.

After the storm check on neighbors who may require special assistance such as infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Avoid all downed power lines as they are live electricity. Remember to continue to monitor the NOAA Weather Radio and your local media for latest weather updates.

Definitions of tornado watches and warnings from The Weather Channel

If a storm hits your home call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400.  We are a 24/7 restoration company.

Be prepared for Storm Season

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be prepared for Storm Season When a disaster strikes call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400.

Storm Season is upon us. Being prepared for storm season can easy your mind. It is a good idea if households build disaster kits with enough supplies for at least three days, including water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents. They should also have an emergency plan in which each person knows how to reach other members of the household. The plan should also include an out-of-area emergency contact person, and where everyone should meet if they can’t go home.

 BEFORE THE STORM:

  • Pick a safe room – an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Move items inside that could be picked up by the wind such as lawn furniture, trash cans and hanging plants.
  • Watch for tornado danger signs such as dark, often greenish clouds, a wall cloud or cloud of debris, large hail, a roaring noise or funnel cloud.

DURING A TORNADO:

  • Go to a safe room such as a small windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. Do not seek shelter in the hallway or bathroom of a mobile home. If you can get to a sturdy shelter or vehicle, abandon the mobile home immediately and go to the nearest sturdy building, using your seat belt if driving. Do not wait until you see the tornado.
  • If caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you can’t get to one quickly, get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the nearest sturdy building.
  • If driving, either stay in the car with the seat belt on and put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible. Or, if you can get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, get out of the car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

When disaster strikes call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400.

Tips To Minimize Water Damage From Storms In The Dallas Area

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips To Minimize Water Damage From Storms In The Dallas Area SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400

Severe weather in the Dallas, TX area can often bring rising waters, and floods that affect thousands of properties throughout the North Dallas Area. In addition to the mud, and debris, flood waters can be contaminated with sewage, and even bring snakes, insects, and other critters. Flooding can present a challenge for property owners. Instead of putting yourself at risk its best to call in a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Metrocrest.  Without proper cleanup, many homes and business will require mold removal in the Dallas area, and the surrounding communities.

While clean water from broken water pipes, a leaky roof, or even a leaking dishwasher, can be safely mopped up, special care needs to be taken with floodwaters. The bacteria, microbes, and debris can cause health concerns. Professionals recommend that individuals entering floodwaters have proper protective clothing, footwear, and eye protection. Take every precaution to keep yourself, and your family safe.

When the water recedes, the prospect of cleaning up after the storm is overwhelming, even for the most prepared. Furniture, personal items, drywall, floors, and the structure of the property must be evaluated for damage, and the water damage cleanup should begin immediately. Depending on the level of contaminants in the floodwater and how long the water remained on the property, will determine in part, the level of water damage to your home. Saturated drywall will often need to be removed; however, many other items including carpets, furniture, and draperies may be able to be cleaned and restored to their pre-flood state.

SERVPRO of Metrocrest has the tools, training, and expertise necessary to restore your property to its original state. Locally owned, and operated, our team is available 24 hours a day, whenever disaster strikes. Trust us to clean up your property after a storm, fire, or other event to help ensure that a mold infestation doesn’t take root in your home. Our climate, particularly after a severe storm, supports rapid mold growth. It is essential that your property is properly cleansed, and dried, prior to restoration. Often, our remediation team finds mold infestations due to improper flood and storm damage cleanup.

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster, and we have the resources to respond quickly, regardless of the size of the event. Our disaster recovery teams stand at the ready to help homeowners and commercial property owners mitigate the damage caused by floods, storms, sewage backups, fires, and other events. We will start immediately by assessing the damage, removing the water, drying and dehumidifying, cleaning and repairing, and completing the restoration, so you and your family can resume life as quickly as possible. Call us today (972) 233-8400 for any water damage or mold removal needs throughout the greater Dallas area.

Spring brings wild weather in the Dallas, TX area

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring brings wild weather in the Dallas, TX area SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400

With damaging wind and rain expected again this week, SERVPRO of Metrocrest is ready for whatever happens.  We are here when flooding and water cleanup is needed by our Coppell, Farmers Branch, Addison, and all surrounding Dallas area neighbors.  If you find your property affected by flooding from storms or hail, call us (972) 233-8400.

At SERVPRO of Metrocrest, we have crews ready 365 days a year, and 24 hrs per day.  Our trained technicians, typically arrive on-site within 1 hour of being notified of a water damage cleanup and they are ready to get to work immediately. Whether it's a multi-floor commercial building or a residential home, we take immense pride in our ability to arrive quickly and perform professionally.  We remove the water from your structure and then dry the structure out with our professional drying equipment.

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.

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

North Dallas has been hit with terrible hail storms and hail damage this year

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage North Dallas has been hit with terrible hail storms and hail damage this year A home in the North Dallas area hit by hail.

What is a Hail Storm?

Hail storms are defined as thunderstorms that produce hail. Hail is a form of solid precipitation that is produced by thunderheads (aka thunderclouds). Hail stones are balls or clumps of ice that form in thunderheads due to the combination of sub-freezing temperatures and convection cell updrafting in the clouds.

How Hail Forms

Thunderhead clouds create strong updraft winds that cycle the precipitation up towards the top of the cloud, freezing and turning into hail along the way. In the top of thunderheads, where the updraft winds are weaker, gravity takes over and the hail stones start to fall. As hail stones fall back through the cloud, they pick up additional moisture from the cloud and grow in size. Hail stones can repeat this rising / falling action (called convection) many times. Once heavy enough to overcome the updraft winds, they fall all the way to the ground.

Hail Storm Safety and Preparation

Thunderstorms that produce hail can be very dangerous and must be taken seriously. Ever been hit by a golf ball or a baseball before? Now imagine a solid ball of ice falling at up to 120 mph from thousands of feet up in the air. Large hail falls with enough force to damage roofs, cars, break windows and more. If a person were to be directly hit with large hail, it could cause serious bodily injury, or death. It is imperative to seek shelter immediately when faced with hail storms, severe thunderstorm watches and severe thunderstorm warnings in order to protect yourself from falling hail.

Additionally, severe thunderstorms that produce hail can also produce tornadoes, violent winds and excessive rain. These conditions can also cause power outages and interruption to other public services. Pay attention to National Weather Service storm advisory warnings and take shelter indoors to stay safe in hail storms. If you are in your car when a hail storm hits, pull over to the side with your flashers on to reduce the chances of having an accident.

If you were hit by terrible hail damage like so many in the North Dallas area, call SERVPRO of Metrocrest (972) 233-8400. We will work around the clock to make sure your disaster is “Like it never even happened.”

Flooded Commercial Building in Dallas, TX

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooded Commercial Building in Dallas, TX SERVPRO of Metrocrest Drying Equipment Ready for Action!

SERVPRO of Metrocrest was called out to a flooded building that was under construction in Dallas, TX.  Flash flooding had caused approximately 15,000 sq ft of the building to fill with water.  Fortunately, only concrete flooring was affected.  The water, however, had gotten as high as 12 inches deep in some areas and affected a very important electrical room.  SERVPRO of Metrocrest pumped and then extracted water from the structure before setting up drying equipment.

After receiving the weekend call for help from the customer, SERVPRO was able to arrive on site within one hour.  The happy customer had called SERVPRO of Metrocrest because we had previously performed an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for the customer.  This ERP allowed the customer immediate access to our emergency contact information.  The ERP gave technicians from SERVPRO of Metrocrest exact information regarding emergency shutoffs, entry points, and important points of contact in the facility.

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

www.SERVPROmetrocrest.com/storm-flooding-restoration

or call us today at (972) 233-8400

North Texas Storm Preparation Information from SERVPRO of Metrocrest

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage North Texas Storm Preparation Information from SERVPRO of Metrocrest Be Ready North Texas for Storms - SERVPRO of Metrocrest is READY!

NORTH TEXAS STORM PREPARATION INFORMATION


Taking proactive steps to protect your family and property from severe storms before they hit can save lives and minimize damage to your home or business in North Texas.


Severe storms including hail storms, tornadoes, and floods can cause billions of dollars in damage in the United States every year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and unprepared. When preparing for a storm, it is important to have a storm plan and make sure everyone in your home knows the plan, in case of emergency.


Having a plan increases your chances of keeping you and your family safe. If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider buying flood insurance, as flooding is typically not covered under most homeowners insurance policies. In order to stay safe, it is important to understand your risks and have a plan of action in place before the storm hits.


Creating Your Storm Safety Plan


The first step is to create a written disaster plan and review it with everyone in your family, or as we call it at SERVPRO® of Metrocrest an ERP, Emergency Response Plan. Make sure everyone knows where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Identify an emergency meeting place, such as a park, building, or other landmark near your home. If you get separated during the storm, have everyone meet at the designated location.


It is smart to assign an out-of-state friend or relative to be your family's emergency contact person. Teach all of the adults and responsible children how to shut off utilities in your home. Shutting off gas and water mains can decrease your risk of additional damage.


When a severe storm is approaching your North Texas community, tune into a local TV or radio broadcast covering the storm and follow evacuation orders, if they are issued. Check your emergency supplies and make sure you have enough water for everyone in your home, typically 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days. Fill up your bathtubs with clean water. Turn your refrigerator and freezer up to the maximum setting so your food will stay cold for as long as possible in the event of a power outage. If you have storm shutters on your windows, make sure they are closed and secured. If not you can use pre-cut plywood to cover exposed glass. To prevent damage from flying objects, bring outdoor furniture, tools, pots and toys in from outside. Secure important documents, photographs and other valuables in a waterproof and fireproof case.


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


www.SERVPROmetrocrest.com/storm-flooding-restoration


or call us today at (972) 233-8400

Spring is Storm Season in Texas - SERVPRO of Metrocrest is Ready

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring is Storm Season in Texas - SERVPRO of Metrocrest is Ready test

Spring is Storm Season in the North TEXAS Area

In the past few months the North Texas Metrocrest area has been hit with severe weather and storms. The following are the most common storms we see in our area. If you have damage to your home or business from these devastating storms, call SERVPRO of Metrocrest at (972) 233-8400 and we will make it “Like it never even happened”.

 

Hail Storms

  • Many residents living in the North Texas area have already experienced a severe hailstorm and witnessed the damage hail can cause to homes, automobiles, businesses and other property. When a hailstorm hits, it does the greatest amount of damage to the exterior of your home or property. Common types of damage caused by hail are: roof damage, siding damage, shingle damage, window damage and automobile damage.

Thunderstorms

  • Thunderstorms can produce many types of damaging weather such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and more. The biggest contributors to damaged property are likely hail and wind, which can cause many types of exterior property damage

 

Tornadoes

  • For many areas around the U.S., damage from severe tornadoes presents a very real threat. Most tornado damage is done by high winds, with recorded speeds exceeding 300 MPH and the flying debris propelled by these fierce winds. The most damage from tornadoes happens in "tornado alley" - a part of the U.S. that includes Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, etc.

Lightning

  • You may be surprised to learn that lightning is a major cause of storm damage in many areas around the country. The National Lightning Safety Institute estimates the cost of lightning damage in the $5 to $6 billion dollar per year range. Lightning that hits trees and the ground is a common cause of wildfires, structure fires, property damage and power outages. 

 

Floods

  • Floods are typically the result of heavy rain and water that rises faster than storm drains can handle. Flash floods driven by quick, violent bursts of rain can flood homes, basements and businesses, causing serious damage to both interiors and exteriors. Flooding is a very dangerous storm phenomenon that results in numerous deaths and extensive property damage each year.

 

For more information on the services that SERVPRO of Metrocrest provides regarding storm damage cleanup for your commercial or residential structure, please visit or call:

http://www.SERVPROmetrocrest.com/storm-flooding-restoration

or call us today at (972) 233-8400

SERVPRO Of Metrocrest: 5 Tips to Minimize Dallas Area Water Damage from Storms

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Of Metrocrest: 5 Tips to Minimize Dallas Area Water Damage from Storms SERVPRO Storm Fact: No Job is Too Large!

Severe weather in the greater Dallas metropolitan area often bring rising waters, and floods that affect thousands of properties throughout our community. In addition to the mud, sludge, and debris, flood waters can be contaminated with sewage, and even bring snakes, insects, and other critters. Flooding can present a challenge for property owners – risk safety and health to do the cleanup themselves or contact awater damage restoration company. Without proper cleanup, many homes and business will require mold removal in the Dallas area, and the surrounding communities.

While clean water from broken water pipes, a leaky roof, or even a leaking dishwasher, can be safely mopped up, special care needs to be taken with floodwaters. The bacteria and microbes, not to mention the snakes, rodents, and debris can cause health concerns. Professionals recommended that individuals entering floodwaters have proper protective clothing, footwear, and eye protection.  Traumatic puncture wounds due to sharp debris can occur. Take every precaution to keep yourself, and your family safe.

When the water recedes, the prospect of cleaning up after the storm is overwhelming, even for the most prepared. Furniture, personal items, drywall, floors, and the structure of the property must be evaluated for damage, and the water damage cleanup should begin immediately. Depending on the level of contaminants in the floodwater and how long the water remained on the property, will determine in part, the level of water damage to your home. Saturated drywall will often need to be removed; however, many other items including carpets, furniture, and draperies may be able to be cleaned and restored to their pre-flood state.

SERVPRO of Metrocrest has the tools, training, and expertise necessary to restore your property to its original state. Locally owned, and operated, our team is available 24 hours a day, whenever disaster strikes. Trust us to clean up your property after a storm, fire, or other event to help ensure that a mold infestation doesn’t take root in your home. Our climate, particularly after a severe storm, supports rapid mold growth. It is essential that your property is properly cleansed, and dried, prior to restoration. Often, our remediation team finds mold infestations due to improper flood and storm damage cleanup.

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster, and we have the resources to respond quickly, regardless of the size of the event. Our disaster recovery teams stand at the ready to help homeowners and commercial property owners mitigate the damage caused by floods, storms, sewage backups, fires, and other events. We will start immediately by assessing the damage, removing the water, drying and dehumidifying, cleaning and repairing, and completing the restoration, so you and your family can resume life as quickly as possible. Call us today for any water damage or mold removal needs throughout the greater Dallas area.

SERVPRO of Metrocrest is ready for Wind and Rain Damage in Dallas, TX

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Metrocrest is ready for Wind and Rain Damage in Dallas, TX SERVPRO of Metrocrest is ready for Dallas, TX Storm Damage

SERVPRO of Metrocrest knows, as we all do, that strong winds are usually coupled with heavy rains here in Dallas and surrounding areas.  SERVPRO of Metrocrest is always ready to respond to your water damage needs, residential or commercial, relating to wind and flooding rain.

Damaging Winds Basics

What are damaging winds?

Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph. 

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles. 

Who is at risk from damaging winds?

Since most thunderstorms produce some straight-line winds as a result of outflow generated by the thunderstorm downdraft, anyone living in thunderstorm-prone areas of the world is at risk for experiencing this hazard. 

People living in mobile homes are especially at risk for injury and death. Even anchored mobile homes can be seriously damaged when winds gust over 80 mph.

Dallas Water Damage Tips

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dallas Water Damage Tips Dallas storms can cause a lot of water damage. SERVPRO of Metrocrest is here to help!

When you have water and flood damage, consider taking the following precautions to help minimize danger or prevent further damage while waiting for SERVPRO of Metrocrest help to arrive for your home or business.

Damage From Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock.  Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.  Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.  Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/ or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

  • We have had some strong storms come through our area this past week, so please call us at the first sign of damage.  We are always here to help!

    SERVPRO of Metrocrest Wants You To Understand Flood Facts

    11/25/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage SERVPRO of Metrocrest Wants You To Understand Flood Facts SERVPRO of Metrocrest in Dallas is here to help if floods or water cause damage to your home or commercial building

    Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  It doesn't matter if your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert- there is always potential for flood damage.

    Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you won't in the future.  In fact, 20% of all claims pain by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities.  On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States.  Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.  

    According the American Red Cross (ARC), whom we are in sponsorship with, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters.  If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way.  Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.  If you are caught on a flooded road and water are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.  Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.  They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
  • If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO of Metrocrest Professionals at (972) 233-8400.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.  The SERVPRO system is prepared to handle any sized disaster.  The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.

    When fire and water take control of your life, your local SERVPRO of Metrocrest Professionals will help you take it back. 

    SERVPRO in Dallas, TX wants you to Protect Your Property this Winter

    11/25/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage SERVPRO in Dallas, TX wants you to Protect Your Property this Winter SERVPRO of Metrocrest wishes you a safe and happy holiday season

    Cold weather can wreak havoc and cause costly damage to your home or business if you are not properly prepared.  Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage.  While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.  To help prevent weather-related damages, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.

    • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches.  Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
    • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building.  Clear out the gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall.  Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, causing roof damage and interior water problems.
    • Clean chimneys and exhaust systems to ensure they are free of debris.
    • Test gas lines if they have been dormant to ensure they are in good working order with no leaks.
    • Inspect your property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.     
    • Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. Make sure all exterior pipes are properly insulated.
    • If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement of crawl space.  Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.        
    • Make sure all exterior doors, garages, roll-ups, and windows have sufficient weather stripping.
    • Ask your local Dallas area SERVPRO of Metrocrest Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business.  The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.  Call SERVPRO of Metrocrest at (972) 233-8400.

    Be Prepared for Storms

    10/30/2015 (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

    Tropical Storm Erika

    8/27/2015 (Permalink)

    TROPICAL STORM ERIKA:

    Hurricane Hunters investigated Tropical Storm Erika this morning and determined the strength, as far as minimum surface pressure, is about the same but she is not very organized. The showers associated with Erika are displaced south of the center of the low pressure, which means Erika is more exposed to weakening. The next couple of days will be tough on Erika due to strong vertical wind shear (winds increasing with height). If Erika can withstand the battering over the next couple of days, she will likely stay on the path further to east, just off the coast of Florida. If Erika dramatically weakens, the path will steer more westward, heading directly towards Florida but the system will be much weaker. As we approach the beginning of next week, Erika will slow down which could still bring high rainfall totals to Florida and the Carolinas. Erika is also going to be impacted by the high pressure that has taken up residence in the central Atlantic. The forecast models always have a hard time determining how much the outskirts of the ridge of high pressure will weaken over time, which affects the path of tropical cyclones. Tropical systems always go around a high pressure (low pressure never moves towards high pressure).

    Please continue to keep in mind the media has a tendency to focus in on the most devastating forecast path in order to increase their ratings, even if this is not the most probably path.