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New Construction & Remodels - Be Initially Watchful

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Thermal camera picture of wet carpet Thermal camera picture of wet carpet from a commercial construction new build

There is nothing like opening up a brand new building or getting back into a building that has had a fresh remodel recently completed.  These are exciting times but hold your breath a little while as there are a lot of moving parts for any type of construction from plumbing to electrical to drywall.  There are many opportunities for something small that was missed to blow up into a big issue. Nails errantly nailed into a pipe, roof not completely sealed, appliances not connected appropriately, drainage not designed correctly, etc.

Time will reveal most problems, usually sooner than later.  It is a good idea to closely monitor using all senses.  Visual inspections are the most obvious but be aware of any odd smells.  Additionally, listen close for any dripping or unfamiliar sounds.

A preventative measure worth looking into are leak detection and automatic water shut off systems that can help mitigate water damage if something should happen.    

And another part of this initial breaking in period of new construction is having the appropriate contact names on hand.  This means not only having the general contractor's contact information but also the subcontractors' contact information along with a great mitigation company like SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas.  We hope none of these issues happen at your place of business but we are here to help if something should come your way.

Specialized Tools for Water Damage to Take Service to the Next Level

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Specialty Equipment Used for Water Losses - A Rover Specialty Equipment Used for Water Losses - A Rover

Water is a very intrusive thing.  Due to the nature of a commercial building, there are many, many potential sources of water damage.  With a lot of area to cover, it is important to accurately and quickly locate the extent of the water damage, and effectively remove the water in a timely manner.

One differentiating tool to use is a thermal camera.  With a quick scan a technician can locate and validate the water intrusion.  A typical moisture meter can take awhile if there is a lot of ground to cover.  In addition, a meter can be thrown off by the electrical wiring, pipes and metal studs often found in commercial buildings.

A second specialized piece of equipment is a weight-assisted, electrically propelled rover.  Most mitigation companies will use a wand to extract water on carpeted flooring. This can take a much longer time to cover the same area and will typically still not be nearly as effective.  

At SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, we use these latest tools/techniques among many others.  If you have a water damage issue in or around the Dallas-Fort Worth area give us a call at 214-463-5880.

Commercial Emergency Readiness Plan, Are You Ready?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Office with water all over the floor Commercial office with water covering the carpeted floor

We like to assume that when it comes to accidents happening in the workplace that things will be status quo and nothing will interrupt our daily business routine. Unfortunately, bad wiring, rusted pipes, broken or loose fittings, long time unused sinks & bathrooms, sudden changes in weather, etc can all cause issues that seem to come out of the blue.  Inevitably things will always happen, it's just a matter of time.  This is why it is important to have a plan and the appropriate contacts in place when something does happen.  Brainstorm situations and take the time to write down your processes for these various scenarios.  The next step is to find reliable emergency response teams that can fill these roles.  At SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, we serve a number of commercial building owners, managers, and tenants including large office buildings, condominium complexes, apartment complexes, etc.  For these clients, we are the emergency contact for numerous services including water, fire, and sewage losses in addition to bio-hazard clean-up and COVID-19 disinfecting services.  Add SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas to your Emergency Readiness Plan today!

Commercial COVID Disinfection Services

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

Electrostatic sprayers and disinfectants Electrostatic Sprayers, CDC approved disinfectants, and Personal Protective Equipment

In recent months SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas has routinely performed disinfection services much more often due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Commercial businesses typically will ask us to perform routine preventative disinfection services, which consists of applying CDC recommended disinfectants to highly trafficked areas and high-touch surfaces, such as tables, chairs, keyboards, doorknobs, etc.  In some cases we have been performing the preventative application services daily and/or between shifts at manufacturing plants to help prevent cross-contamination of workers and hopefully contain outbreaks.  SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas also uses high-tech equipment, such as electrostatic sprayers, to help get full coverage of the intended application area.  In addition, our team members are temperature checked daily and wear top-of-line ppe in order to keep your employees safe as well.  Call us today for a quote on a routine preventative maintenance program for your business.  

Commercial Water Damage and Odor Mitigation

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

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When a well-known retail store chain near Downtown Dallas had water damage to its back offices, along with an unpleasant odor as a result, SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas quickly sprung to action in order to resolve the issue.  They were able to pinpoint the source of the problem, put together a mitigation plan and estimate for the customer's corporate HQ approval, and answer any questions necessary to get started.  Once approval was granted, the SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas team worked with local management to set up equipment prior to the store's opening, so as to not disrupt the customer flow.  In only a few days, the area was dried out, and the odor had dissipated.  In addition, any potential growth or health issues had been mitigated through the use of air scrubbers and antimicrobial application.  Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas today to discuss your issue with our professionals and how they could use the latest techniques and state of the art equipment to mitigate any damages.   

Dental Office Flooded

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Laminate Water Damage Water migration below laminate / vinyl flooring.

When businesses have water damage, such as a dental office, it is important to get back to business as usual as quickly as possible.  When a DFW area dental office flooded due to a compressor failure, SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas was quickly able to extract the water and set up equipment to mitigate any potential secondary damage issues (nobody wants a mold issue in a dental office!)  Also, our trained and certified technicians noticed that the water had migrated under the laminate flooring (see the attached picture).  Unfortunately, when this happens it is necessary to removed the flooring so that the area can dry in a reasonable amount of time and before those secondary damages can occur.  Call us today for any of your water damage needs, commercial or residential, in the Dallas and greater DFW area.  

Commercial Construction Flooding

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Downtown Dallas Construction Site Flooded Downtown Dallas Construction Site Flooded

Construction sites area notorious for having water damage issues.  Whether it is due to drainage problems that still need resolved, a roof leak, a burst pipe during the construction process, or some other problem, SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas has got you covered.  We have handled all sizes of water damage projects, from seven floors in a downtown Dallas high rise, to water leaking down the walls from the newly installed sprinkler system in a condo.  No matter the problem, we have the resources and expertise to take care of things ASAP so that you can get back to work.  Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas today at 214-463-5880, and we can start extracting any standing water, decontaminating the affected area, and place commercial air movers and dehumidifiers in order to reduce the chance of any secondary damage!

Disaster Can Strike Without Notice!

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

A Drawing Of A Person Fleeing A Building In An Emergency Develop A Plan For Emergencies At Your Workplace!

No one ever expects an emergency or disaster at work. Emergencies and Disasters can strike anyone, anywhere and at any time. You and your valued employee could be forced to evacuate your business when you least expect it. The best way to protect your employees and yourself is to develop a well thought out emergency plan that everyone understands.  

Work emergencies come in all forms from floods to fires, toxic gas releases to explosions, and more. Preparation is key. It allows everyone to approach the disaster logically and calmly. This type of plan is not difficult to prepare. 

OHSA provides businesses with evacuation and procedures e-tool.  

Should your business be faced with a fire, water, or flood emergency disaster? Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas (214) 463-5880. We are available to help your business 24/7 because we are “Faster To Any Disaster.”

Commercial Fire, Water and Mold Disasters - What to do?

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO van outside commercial building One of our SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas Vans Ready To Handle Any Commercial or Residential Disaster

If your business suffers from a water or fire disaster, hiring SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas can drastically improve recovery times. Consult your Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP). This is a detailed document that outlines the steps that you, as a business owner, will need to take in the event of an emergency.  It includes critical information like shut off locations, contact information for emergency personnel and others relevant to your business and more. If you do not have an ERP in place, we will be happy to help you.  All your information will be stored on our convenient APP at no cost except peace of mind to you. 

It is essential to contact our insurance carrier right away. They will assist you in moving forward in the restoration process. They can provide you with timely and useful information that will get your business up and running. 

While we understand that you may be given other choices, contact SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas (214) 463-5880, our local franchise has the team of professionals in place to handle any size of commercial disaster. Our company has the reputation, people, and resources to handle the job quickly. We are responsive to your needs. 

We want you to focus your attention on moving your business forward. Our goal is to help you to be able to do just that. Look to our team for 24/7 emergency service after a commercial disaster strikes. 

Schedule A Emergency Ready Profile Today!

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Plan Dashboard Your Personal Emergency Ready Profile Is On Your Phone!

It is essential to plan to lessen business interruption after a disaster.  Nearly 50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a disaster!

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas is ready to help commercial customers develop a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile.  The plan will help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.   All the information you may need; contacts, property manager, insurance information, etc. will be accessible from your cell phone.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas offers a complimentary Emergency Ready Profile to commercial businesses.

Your ERP with SERVPRO® will include:           

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in an emergency
  • A guide to help get you back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas a (214) 463-5880 to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile!

We Help You Get Back To Business In Oak Cliff After A Water Damage Disaster

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Air Movers When you experience water damage such as a busted water line, we can bring the equipment and prompt action to mitigate the situation.

Getting Your Oak Cliff Restaurant Dry After A Loss Incident

Water loss incidents are far more dramatic in a  business, as a higher volume of people end up displaced when there isn't a prompt response to get the situation resolved. With an establishment in the food and beverage industry, you have added levels of concern involved in the recovery of your business after water damage spreads through the area. There are many ways that your staff and the custodial team can get this situation under control if they act quickly before the damage becomes too severe.

As much as many business owners have trusted our SERVPRO professionals to help overcome water damage to Oak Cliff buildings in the past, the full measure of our expertise and resources is not always necessary for smaller scale water emergencies. The first step, as with any loss incident of this variety, is to determine the source and work to stop the flow of water to this breach or vulnerability until the appropriately qualified repair personnel can arrive to complete this task.

The focus now is on getting the restaurant dry so that you can avert a more damaging condition like mold or microbial growth, which can become very damaging to both your reputation and standing with the health department. Mold does not thrive in dry locations, meaning that getting the work started to clear out moisture and dampness is imperative. While you might not have the commercial grade drying and recovery equipment available to our SERVPRO team at your disposal, there are machines that you can rent that can help you to make this task more effective when dealing with water damage.

From local home improvement and hardware locations, you can often find a selection of:

Air movers and drying fans
Dehumidification units
Extraction tools

Depending on the situation in your restaurant, different tools and equipment might be necessary to get the building dried out. You can trust our SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas team to arrive quickly to help if the situation gets out of control or you need a second look at your recovery efforts. Give us a call anytime at (214) 463-5880.

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Our Technicians Explain Common Water Damage Issues In Your Dallas Office

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Common Water Damage Problems For Dallas Offices That SERVPRO Can Fix

One of the most pressing problems for our nationwide corporate clients with water damage in their offices is minimal interference with daily operations from our crews. While some large-scale damages like floods might shut down an entire area or floor of a building at once, most of our work involves localized and minimally intrusive solutions for common water damage issues in office buildings. Here are several common issues we come across, and how we take steps to stay out of the way when we handle them.

Leaks constitute a majority of the water damage calls we get from Dallas offices because they are both hard to predict and time-sensitive issues. SERVPRO responds Faster to Any Size Disaster, even small leaks that might seem unimportant and minimally intrusive to your daily business. However, without a fast reaction to the problem, a small leak could cause hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of damages. We come in shortly after your call to identify the source of the leak, cut it off, apply localized drying processes to the area, and clean up any visible damages we can identify. This entire process can often happen within just a few hours of your initial call.

Small Floods
A busted faucet or malfunctioning break room appliance can cause a small flood in part of the building before you have a chance to shut off the water. While these issues do typically require the help of a certified damage mitigation company like SERVPRO to stop mold growth and other complications from happening, we take care to cordon off only the affected areas while drying any remaining moisture out.

Whether for a real fire or an accident, sprinklers going off in your office can sometimes cause severe damages. Depending on how long the sprinklers were activated for and what parts of the building they soaked, we may need to implement more intensive drying solutions such as heavy-duty air movers and dehumidifiers. If the damage is light, however, we may not even need to interrupt a workday to do our job.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas has years of experience helping corporate clients overcome everything from day-to-day maintenance and leaks to large-scale flooding and storm damage. Call us 24/7 at (214) 463-5880.

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Call Our Crew When Your Dallas Resort Experiences A Water Damage Emergency

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our dedicated water restoration professionals anytime by calling (214) 463-5880.

Addressing Water Loss In Your Dallas Resort

With the amenities and stellar customer service that you provide, your Dallas resort has become a premier destination for those traveling through the area. With the booming metropolis of Dallas nearby, your guests vary from vacationers to business parties looking to unwind after long days of conferences and meetings. When water loss incidents occur in your facility, it is vital to get these situations resolved as quickly as possible to both protect your resort and its reputation with guests and the online community.

While you undoubtedly have a custodial staff and a maintenance team to handle situations, for loss incidents, these teams are often inadequately trained for full-scale water cleanup in your Dallas resort. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to water loss incidents, arriving with the full measure of our IICRC-certified water restoration and structural drying specialists and the industry-leading equipment for effective mitigation that can save you money and get restoration completed quickly. It is our business to get you back in business.

While water loss incidents can inconvenience guests and company parties staying on the property, fast response to these situations can ensure that the area to get restored is much smaller and more manageable. Our professionals can also offer effective emergency repairs, fixing concerns with plumbing or structural damages that have allowed the water damage to occur or that are necessary to return your property to its original condition.

With a broad volume of recovery equipment, our SERVPRO team can arrive with multiple air movers, dehumidifiers, and a variety of extraction equipment to remove excess water and moisture quickly from the affected areas. With the right response to these emergencies, we can often prevent the need for extensive tear out and reconstruction with our effective rapid drying solutions.

You have a reputation and guests to consider whenever water loss incidents occur, so trust our SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas rapid response team to arrive 24/7 with effective mitigation solutions. You can reach our dedicated water restoration professionals anytime by calling (214) 463-5880.

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You Can Depend On Our Experts At SERVPRO To Restore Your Fire Damaged Dallas Restaurant

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

We are ready 24/7 to respond to your call!

Responding To Fire And Smoke Damage In Your Dallas Restaurant

A fire breaks out in your Dallas dining establishment. It is short lived as sprinkler systems, and alert employees douse the fire quickly. The smoke and soot that a commercial kitchen fire produces can spread fast, moving into other areas of your restaurant even though the flames did not damage those spaces directly. Well-qualified technicians, following fire restoration industry best standards, implement a plan that manages all aspects of the recovery and gets you back in business.

Commercial fire and smoke damage are a Dallas restaurant owners greatest fears. Not only does the emergency expose employees and customers to immediate danger, but an inexpert restoration effort can also drive customers away if the lingering effects of the smoke and soot are not eliminated. Even if your establishment has a trusted cleaning company or on-staff housekeeping staff, our skills and training are critical to complete all aspects of smoke and fire cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO sends IICRC-trained and certified employees and fully equipped service vehicles as quickly as possible after your call for help. A seasoned crew leader assesses the damage and prioritizes the tasks. Water and chemical extinguishing substance removal is first, followed by an evaluation of the smoke damage.

The protein-fueled fire usual in kitchens creates a noxious smelling smoke that deposits a thin, extremely adhesive soot on surfaces. SERVPRO professionals use appropriately matched cleansers on this lacquer-like coating. We also choose tools that help our crew loosen and dislodge the residue, employing agitation and careful abrasion to remove the smoke damage. The team does not limit our efforts to the kitchen. Every surface in all the spaces -- dining areas, restrooms, coat checks, front desk, lounges, and the rest -- are inspected, cleaned, and treated.

Smoky odors persist in the air and settle on surfaces, particles carrying the smell working their way into crevices and fabrics. SERVPRO handles odor eliminating systematically, removing foul-smelling objects and cleaning thoroughly to begin. Advanced odor elimination technologies like thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators seek out the smallest odor bearing particles. These options neutralize the smell at the molecular level, ridding your restaurant of this last sign of smoke damage, not merely covering up the stench.

Rely on SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas to handle all the challenges of restoring the smoke and other fire damage in your commercial property. We are ready 24/7 to respond to your call at (214) 463-5880.

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