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Avoid Tobacco Fires by using these 3 Suggestions

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Consider The Following Tips

If you or one of the residents in your home currently smokes, it's important to be informed on how to prevent a cigarette fire. After first checking with your local fire department in DFW, for any pointers they might have, consider other tips, as well.

1. Don't Smoke Indoors
There are a surprising number of flammable materials in your home. Any type of fabric will burn easily, so, if an ashtray gets knocked over, a stray cinder could easily start an ashtray fire and severely damage your home. In addition to the risk of fires, smoke from cigarettes can also damage the fabrics in your home and cause them to smell bad. This smell is difficult to remove with conventional laundry detergent.

2. Wear Removeable Clothing
If you or a family member smokes, make sure to wear clothing that can be removed easily after smoking and before entering the home. A jacket or a hoodie would be a good choice. This way, any odors are likely to soak into the removable item, rather than being tracked in and soaking into your furniture or drapes. It's also wise to wash this removable clothing often, as the odor will build up in these garments.

3. Consider Professional Odor Removal
If someone has smoked in your home for a while, or if there has been a cigarette fire, it's time to consider calling in odor removal and fire damage specialist specialist. Hiring a professional will ensure that your home is cleaned from top to bottom with the best equipment suited for the job. This thorough home cleaning can include your carpet, drapes, air ducts, upholstery, and more. There is equipment meant for every job, whether you need full fire cleanup or an odor removal detail.
With a conscientious mind and some knowledge, it is possible to prevent a cigarette fire before it happens.

SERVPRO technicians can answer all your fire, smoke and soot property damage cleanup and restoration questions for the DFW area

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

SMOKE AND SOOT CONCERNS FOR YOUR PROPERTY

When office spaces and apartments are closely packed together, like inside a DFW high-rise building, even a minor property fire can cause or contribute to significant smoke or soot damage to your Dallas property’s interiors and exteriors, including your HVAC unit. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists know a lot about the secondary damages from soot and smoke that happen as the result of a blaze. Fire creates smoke and soot, and the tiny particles float in the air and will become trapped in drapes, carpets, and furniture, or collect on surfaces and inside your HVAC system. When these issues arise and you see soot residue or smell smoke odors. Calling our Southwest Dallas SERVPRO Fire Cleanup and Restoration Professionals will provide top quality services, experience, knowledge, and trust that our SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas crews will quickly restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke and soot can permeate your walls, surfaces and air ducts leaving unseen odors throughout your property. Consulting a full-service cleanup, restoration and repair company is your top-priority to keeping restoration costs lower and salvaging as much of your property and possessions as possible. SERVPRO has a long history in the restoration industry, and we focus on salvaging and restoring your contents and structure whenever feasible. SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas provides exceptional fire, smoke and soot damage restoration services and experience, balanced with efficiency and cost-effective techniques in response to your property damage disaster.

Want to know more about how SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas can help with smoke odors and soot damage in your home following seasonal outdoor fire property damage?

Call us at 214-463-5880, and one of our specialists with be able to explain the whole process to you...  "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage In Southwest Dallas?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas is always ready and well-equipped to handle any disaster. If your home or commercial property suffers any fire, smoke, or secondary water damage, we are here for you. Our highly qualified team is dedicated to responding immediately to your fire damage emergency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And remember, the quicker our response time is, the less chance there is for additional damage to be done to your property.

Our team is trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), along with Employee Certification Training, SERVPRO Corporate Training, e-Learnings, and Continuing Education Classes to ensure that you are receiving the best care for your property damage.

We have a “Restore vs. Replace” mentality at SERVPRO. We would rather restore your damaged areas rather than replace them, if possible, because it is less costly for you. Our goal is to get your property back to its pre-fire damaged condition as quick as possible.  Although every fire damage situation is unique, here is our “typical” fire damage restoration process:

            -Emergency Contact

            -Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

            -Immediate Board-Up

            -Water Removal and Drying (if water                     damage is present)

            -Removal of Smoke and Soot from All                   Surfaces

            -Cleaning and Repair

            -Restoration

For more information on recovering from fire and water damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas by giving us a jingle at (214)463-5880 today.

Flood In DFW?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

Threatening the integrity of a building and endangering those within, flooding can result from numerous causes. Faulty plumbing, broken appliances, storms, and more can result in flooding and water damage. Once the water source has discontinued – either naturally or through repair – what's left? Pooled water, damage to floors, walls, structures, and more can be the final product of a flood or even a slow but prolonged leak.

After water damage, can you restore your home or company building yourself? This can be a tricky business and poses dangers of a varying nature. Safety measures must be taken, some expertise must be applied, the gravity of the situation must be recognized in no uncertain terms – the list goes on.

Let's take a look at water damage and how to handle it.

What Are the Damaged Materials?

Water can damage everything it touches, no matter what kind of building the leakage and/or damage occurs in. Everything inside or involved in the structure is prone to harm including devices, wiring, the floor, walls, etc. To know whether or not this clean-up is a do-it-yourself project, you must survey the extent of damage.

Is the drywall damaged? For days following a leak or flood, drywall can hold on to water. This can threaten the integrity of a building. To make your walls and ceiling look like new again, complete replacement of plaster/drywall may be necessary.

Some areas might just need some drying out. You may be able to salvage wooden pillars, furniture, etc., but this is on a case-by-case basis. Most often, after flooding, electrical appliances and carpeting will need to be removed and disposed of properly.

If you suspect possible damage with asbestos, call a professional immediately.

During Clean-Up – What Should You Expect?

Both water and debris will need to be cleared from a flooded area. Due to muddy floodwaters, insects and certain animals may be attracted to the property. While cleaning the area, don't be surprised if you have to deal with insects, snakes, rats, and more.

If a floor feels like it's sinking in or drooping, be extremely careful walking in the area. If you're not sure where it's safe to step, you can get hurt. Avoid going into a structure that looks like it's falling apart.

Tips and Precautions

PPE (personal protective equipment) and clothing should always be worn when cleaning up or dealing with water contamination, water damage, etc.

To remove water and mud from your property, you cannot use a regular vacuum cleaner. Dehumidifiers, heavy-duty fans, and commercial wet vacs should be used.

To avoid infection, after drying, areas must be thoroughly cleaned and/or sanitized. For services like ceilings and walls, detergent and warm water may suffice. However, hot water and soap are recommended for dirty items like dishes, cooking utensils, silverware, and more.

The Best Advice For Handling Water Damage

If your home or business has experienced water damage, you may not want to attempt repair and/or restoration on your own. It can be extremely difficult to deal with and even unsafe. But, if you contact the water damage experts at SERVPRO, you can begin the process of post water damage recovery in expedited fashion.

Set your mind at ease by letting certified and experienced professionals take care of the problem. Do you have water damage? Don't wait another moment. Contact us today.

Know That You Are Covered...

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Your homeowners' policy is likely designed to take care of accidents that were unable to be foreseen. While it can secure against most of the things that can go wrong with your home in Dallas, TX, you may need additional insurance for certain issues. Sometimes your basement flood can be covered, and sometimes it cannot.

What Isn't Covered?

There are several things your homeowners' policy probably doesn't insure:

  • Flood damage
  • Issues resulting from negligence or improper maintenance
  • Backup of municipal sewer lines
  • Repair of the flood's source

You may have to purchase additional insurance coverage for some of these issues. The cost of some of the repairs, however, such as repairs done by restoration professionals for problems caused by poor maintenance, will probably have to be paid out of pocket.

What Is Covered?

If the accident that causes the damage is sudden and unavoidable, such as a water heater that breaks and causes a flood, your homeowners' policy will probably protect you. If your floor or a wall needs to be replaced, your dwelling insurance can take care of it. If items are ruined in the flood, the personal property clause in the policy can help you pay for their replacement after the deductible is met.

What Additional Protection Is Needed?

If you experience frequent flooding in DFW, it is a good idea to purchase flood insurance. Water backup coverage can help you when your basement is flooded by a backed-up sewer line or a clogged pipe outside your home. Talk to your insurance agent about other options that may be helpful for you to have to protect your home.

If a sudden accident causes a basement flood, a lot of the damage is probably insured by your homeowners' policy. Some special circumstances might require further coverage, though. It is important to make sure you understand your policy and have the right one in place before a problem occurs.

Why Trusting a Restoration Professional After a Fire is So Important

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot are very Invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and Soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas (214) 463-5880

Help Protect Your DFW Home With SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Protecting a DFW Home Includes Calling a Professional Flood Damage Restoration Team After a Storm

Dallas Texas lines its streets with beautiful homes and splendid trees. Each house has its history, and architectural details can be seen virtually everywhere. However, homes are vulnerable to rising water levels, backed-up sewage lines, and ceiling leaks when storms strike. If and when you discover water in your home, do not hesitate to call a professional water restoration company.

In DFW, leave the restoration needs to SERVPRO. Our crew specializes in handling the toughest situations while preserving the original elements of your home as much as possible. At SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, we train with industry experts and know that being quick isn't always the answer, particularly when structures are older and boast hardwood floors and architectural details. Our focus is to work with efficiency while mitigating your loss.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas staff is ready to answer your questions about the restoration process, and we understand the importance of getting it done right. In our work, we carefully comply with local regulations and focus on your family's safety and preserving your belongings. As necessary, we coordinate with relevant parties such as insurance representatives and sub-contractors, so the restoration process is seamless. Our clients can expect to see the following actions upon our arrival:

  • A complete assessment of the damage. A close inspection of all areas of your home is critical to a successful water restoration process.
  • Water extraction and evaporation with the aid of pumps, extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers.
  • Mold prevention through the application of anti-microbial solutions and the removal of unsalvageable items affected by storm water.
  • Specialty drying solutions to restore priceless items such as photographs and documents.

Rest assured that our SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas team is here to provide the latest water restoration technology. Call us at (214) 463-5880, and let us work hard to meet your water restoration needs.

"Like it never even happened."

Why To Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas When Your Home Floods

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

What Value Does Professional Flood Damage Mitigation in Dallas Offer?

Floods can happen any time, even during dry seasons. The intensity of each incident varies from catastrophic to mild levels, thus leaving different extents of damages. When an incident only affects your property, you might struggle in deciding whether to hire a professional to handle the mitigation process or get help from family and friends. Knowing what value mitigation of flood damage by a professional can offer makes it easier to decide.

Preventing Future Problems

Although the focus after flood damage in your Dallas home might be how to solve immediate problems such as cleaning up the filth and drying the premises, you must also pay attention to problems that might develop in future that tie back to the flooding incident. Mold development and deterioration of structural parts are common long-term problems. Professionals address both current and long-term issues concurrently when restoring your property. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians apply cleaning agents with anti-microbial properties and use advanced equipment to check for hidden pockets of moisture, thus minimizing chances of mold development.

Working Faster

Restoring a flood-damaged property is a tedious process. Even though family and friends might provide an abundant workforce to carry out the process, the lack of equipment and skills can hamper progress.  Professional restorers undergo regular training, and the frequency of handling similar incidents equips them with the necessary experience to work faster. Our technicians earn IICRC acknowledgement in best practices from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Professionals also have a reputation to uphold and a payday to look forward to, which motivates them further to work faster.

Water Damage Restoration

A flooding incident has the potential to change the outlook of your home forever. Water can alter the visual appeal of your walls because drywall discolors from wetness. Materials such as floorboards might also cup or buckle from water exposure forcing you to change them or opt for a different floor type. With professional assistance, it is possible to restore your home to its previous state, under most circumstances. Our SERVPRO technicians follow different procedures to ensure we achieve the intended goal. We take photos of the damaged site before starting the restoration, which provides a reference point if needed. We also match the color of new panels to existing ones in areas that we demolish for restoration purposes. We also use advanced methods such as drying chambers to save wooden floors along with drying mats and an injecti-dry delivery system.

A flood-damage restoration exercise should solve all problems and offer value for money. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas at (214) 463-5880. We fix flooding fast, "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Response Profiles Are So Important For Your Business, Here's Why:

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Having an Emergency Response Plan in place is imperative when owning or managing a business.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas offers a complimentary service to any business that doesn't have a sufficient plan. Emergency Ready Profiles or ERP's, are an excellent way to be proactive ahead of any disaster. The plans are compiled by our team of experts, and documents with photos and directions are placed in a single folder for you and your employees. All sensitive areas in your building, such as shut-off valves and exits will be tagged for you. Your employees will know what to do, and where things like gas, electrical, sprinklers, and water shut-offs are located, in case of an emergency.

ERPs have all the important information a company would need during an emergency such as insurance contacts, policy information, and local emergency responders. The plan is available on SERVPRO's Ready App, so that it can be accessed at any time, and any place.

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas at 214-463-5880 to learn more about getting your free Emergency Response Plan from the professionals. We hope you never need us, but if you do, we will be there and make it "Like it never even happened." 

How SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas Remediates A Fire In Your Home

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Your Advocate After Fire Damage in DFW

Words cannot express the feeling of devastation you may experience when faced with fire damage to your property. Whether a natural disaster caused it and you are one of many facing the need for recovery, or a fire started and affected only you, the result is the same; it is overwhelming. Your most immediate response should be quick and effective to avoid damage from spreading and escalating.

When you experience fire damage in the DFW metroplex, SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas is there to respond quickly to your call. We are equipped to be one of the fastest in the industry to respond, and we do this by having a team on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, that is not enough. What is most important is that our team is also prepared to apply the latest technology and industry best practices to restore your property and bring it back to normal.

Why SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

In case of fire damage, our SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas team is often faced with the consequences of the fire itself, and with the damage caused by those putting out the fire. There is usually water to contend with, as well as debris that has traveled through your property, along with smoke and soot adhered to much of your walls and the contents of your home. When our Green Fleet arrives, you experience their initial efforts focused on extracting all water remains, drying your property, and removing soot as much as possible. Doing all this while keeping your family and our staff safe is our priority. 

At SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, we are highly trained to undertake a critical next step- deodorizing your home. Our staff is continually being educated in newer products and techniques so they can bring them to you in the case of disaster. Deodorizing after fire damage is extremely important, and we do it according to industry best practices. For example, our team may apply a dry fogging technique to your property. In this process, we disperse solvent-based deodorants by using specialized equipment. The dispersion process allows the solvent to penetrate your home and belongings, which overcomes the odor and eliminates it. Even though it sounds like a straightforward process, it is one that requires many safety precautions and specific steps before the actual fogging. 

Restoration after fire damage is best left to experts such as SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas. We are not only able to respond to your needs expediently, but we are explicitly trained to restore your property and leave it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (214) 463-5880 and make us part of your team.