Recent Water Damage Posts

Common Causes of Water Damage

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Hot Water Heaters Hot Water Heaters

There are a number of common issues that cause water damage in buildings.  Below are some of the causes and some fixes:

  • Probably the most common are broken pipes.  This often occurs due to age and sudden changes in weather, namely cold to hot.
  • Faulty household appliances like washers, dish washing machines, hot water heaters.  There are water pressure gauges & FloodStop systems that can be put in place to turn these off should something happen.
  • Clogged drains.  These should be cleaned regularly but it is a good idea to stay away from chemicals.  In the short run chemicals do the job, in the long run they can eat through piping.  Snaking the drain or calling a professional is your best bet.
  • Clogged gutters.  These can cause water to get diverted down a path that will flow inside the building.
  • Tree roots.  Make sure to monitor or remove trees that are growing next to your house.  Tree roots will often grown around pipes and over time can cause cracks.
  • Poor drainage.  We see this an awful lot in Texas where there are no basements, instead a crawlspace will get flooded.  Check your crawlspace when it rains. If there is standing water, there are some solutions but often an expert will need to be brought in.
  • New construction or a remodel.  Any type of construction leaves the door open for an issue to pop up whether that's an accidental nail through a pipe or a roof that wasn't sealed well.  

We hope that you are able to avoid any water issues but if something should happen, SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas is here to help.

Texas Crawlspace Dry Outs

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Crawlspace After Heavy Rain Flooded Crawlspace After Heavy Rain

In Texas, we typically don't have basements.  This is due to several factors.  Soil can be damp or have clay in it which can expand and contract causing foundation issues.  Additionally, the water table and frost line are much shallower which doesn't give the depth in the ground for a basement.  Bedrock, which is found throughout a good portion of the state, also makes it expensive to dig through to build.

Without basements, houses in Texas are either built on a slab or pier and beam.  Pier and beam equates to many concrete/stone/wood piers that stick out of the ground with wood beams running across the top supporting the weight of the home. Pier and beam means you will have a crawlspace.  

For a variety of reasons, crawlspaces can flood. Primarily we have found this is due to poor drainage around the house when it rains.  Often, older houses don't have good vapor barriers under the flooring which can allow moisture to seep under the floors and into the house. This may require extraction from the crawlspace followed by drying it out.  Special tools and processes like an indirect fired heater and pulling out wet air via ducting and axial fans can assist in this situation. It is also recommended to check the humidity in the living area to make sure elevated humidity does not cause secondary damage to walls, floors, personal items, etc.  Having a good water mitigation company at hand is key in these situations. 

A mitigation company like SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas can help work through this issue but a permanent solution should be explored.  Some homes have built in trash pumps to pump out the water anytime it floods.  Other home owners may require more extensive work done such as putting in a new drainage system like French drains.

It's Cold Out There, Beware of Freezing Pipes!

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Sink with pipes coming out of it. Older pipes coming out of a sink on an exterior facing wall

In Texas, we usually have mild winters with our coldest months being January and February.  It does not often fall below freezing at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and when it occurs it typically doesn't happen for long. Because of this, most homes and buildings are not built with pipes that are well insulated or in warmer parts of the house. 

When temperatures hit 20 degrees, you can really get into the danger zone with pipes bursting. This can happen with metal and PVC pipes.  Ice forms inside the pipe and creates a blockage.  When water freezes, it expands building up pressure from the blockage to the faucet. Eventually it is too much and the pipe cracks or ruptures sending water everywhere.

Solutions/Tips:

-Moving water has a hard time freezing and is why it is a good idea to keep water at a trickle during these cold weather times.  This does not mean you have to turn on every faucet, usually just pipes that have exposure to the cold weather like ones running along exterior walls.

-Add insulation to vulnerable pipes.

-Even if you will be gone, keep the building temperature at least 55 degrees.

-Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate and reach pipes in these areas.

-Know where your area water shut-off and outside curb valves are located.

-Have the name of a good plumber on hand.

-Have the name of a good water mitigation company on hand.

At SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, we are here to help with whatever emergency needs may arise such as a pipe bursting in wintertime.  Serving the DFW area, give us a call at 214-463-5880.

Home Appliance Water Issue Statistics to Know

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Old Water Heater Water Heater issue in South Dallas

Most people in United States have water heaters with a tank.  There are a number of people that have made the switch to tankless water heaters for a variety of reasons but most have not due to the added cost.  75% of tank water heaters will fail before the 12 year mark. If you are lucky enough to have your water heater approach the 10 mark, it may be time to change it out as a precautionary measure.  

Washing machine supply lines typically have issues on average around the 9 year mark.  As a preventative measure, have a plumber look at the supply lines and replace parts as necessary.

These are the statistics on average, of course things will happen before some of these timelines are met.  SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas is here to help with any water mitigation damage needs that may arise in your home or commercial building.

Water Damage Restoration Equipment

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage at Downtown Dallas Hotel Equipment Drying out a Downtown Dallas Hotel

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas has the latest equipment to help restore your water damaged commercial or residential property.  We have multiple types of air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry out an area that has been affected.  In addition, our warehouse keeps other equipment on hand for unfortunate disasters, such as wood floor drying mats, hydroxyl and ozone machines for odors caused by water damage, powerful space heaters for drying areas that are below the optimal temperature range, the Injectidry system for wall cavity drying, etc.  Equipment, however, is not the only part of the equation when drying out a structure.  Having trained and experienced technicians, such as those at SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, is necessary in order to set up the correct amount of equipment, as well as placing it in the proper areas.  If you have a water damage situation, call us today.

Water Damage - Crawl Spaces

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

Crawl Space Water Damage Mitigation in a Crawl Space

Crawl spaces that sustain water damage in the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) area can be a difficult situation due to the lack of access to the confined area, the potential for contaminants that may reside in crawl space, and the potential for secondary damage to the main floor of the residence.  When excess moisture or even standing water is in the crawl space due to flooding or a leak, the moisture can have a tendency to migrate to the living area of the house and cause water damage there as well, even if the water never directly touched the main floor.  The first step is to extract any standing water from the crawl space.  Once the water has been extracted, drying equipment, such as commercial dehumidifiers, air movers, and sometimes even portable furnaces, should be set up in order to pull the excess moisture from the affected areas and stabilize the area before additional damages, such as mold or rotting, can occur.  It is also important to note that the equipment needs to be set up properly so as to not contaminate the living area of your residence with contagions from the crawl space.  If you suspect water damage in your crawl space, call the experienced professionals today!

Water Damage Restoration in DFW

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage in ceiling in Plano DFW water damage in a ceiling in Plano

Water Damage Restoration Services by SERVPRO for Southwest Dallas

Water damage can be a result of several different types of losses for DFW properties, both residential and commercial. A broken pipe or appliance failure might be the first types of issues that come to mind. Storms and flooding can also bring damage to a property that requires mitigation, including biohazard-level treatments. Even destruction from a fire can include massive amounts of additional issues from the water used to extinguish the fire. When improperly cleaned, water loss can lead to the growth of mold colonies, which require professional remediation.  

The type of water damage in the property matters as it affects everything from the kind of cleaning solutions needed to whether our technicians require additional protective gear to come into contact with it. The categories for water cleanup types are category one clean water, category two gray water, and category three black water, which carries a rating as a biohazard. 

Cleaning up disasters that occur with residential and commercial properties requires equal parts of compassion, experience, and skill. When SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas technicians come onto a site to mitigate fire, water, or other damage of any type, we know it is likely one of the worst days of the property owner's life, and we empathize and attempt to make the remediation process as stress-free as possible. Our goal is always to restore rather than replace whenever possible, which helps reduce the amount spent on replacing damaged building materials or belongings. Time is of the essence, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The skills that each SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas technician acquires begins with the extensive and ongoing training they receive before ever setting foot onto a job site. We set up numerous scenarios for fire, water, storm, and mold damage for the technicians to learn the best practices for restoration and cleaning for every type of potential job they may find themselves on. 

Along with hands-on training, our technicians pursue numerous certifications in the restoration industry as per the guidelines of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas employees participate in ongoing in-house training, which starts with the ECTP-employee certification training program and continues as methods of restoration continue to advance. We utilize state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment including probes, and thermal imaging to detect anywhere water migrates in a commercial or residential property so effective removal of any elevated moisture occurs during remediation. 

An essential certification that SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas employees receive is for Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and much of our specialized equipment assists in the mitigation of water damage. Portable extractors are one of the most frequently used items in our restoration arsenal. They quickly pull up large amounts of water, and when needed, we add weighted extractor wands, so the water absorbed into carpet and padding can be extracted and resulting in the saving of the carpeting in clean water spills, rather than have it counted as a loss. Another type of weighted extractor that we use frequently is the highly maneuverable Rover. This stand-on vacuum uses the weight of our certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT) to push water up and out where it is then collected and removed from the flooring. 

Dallas locals are no strangers to wild weather. The intense storms that roll through this area of Texas bring damages such as tree limbs through windows. High winds peeling shingles which lets rain leak in through a compromised roof or flash floods causing groundwater to enter a home are all water loss events that require professional cleaning and restoration to minimize damages to the structure and contents. The more quickly water extraction happens, the faster cleaning and water damage restoration efforts take place, which saves more articles from being counted as a loss. Our employees perform preventative measures on arrival, such as tarping over damaged roofs or putting barriers over broken windows until they can be repaired to stop any further water from entering the property.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas employees complete training and certification for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Tech (FSRT), and a crucial part of this training is the removal of water before it causes secondary damage after a fire. After extraction of as much moisture as possible, the drying phase of the restoration process begins. 

In the case of both water and fire loss, SERVPRO technicians may find the property requires controlled demolition techniques such as flood cuts. When this is necessary, our technician carefully cuts away, sheetrock above the waterline,  to encourage a significant amount of airflow within wall cavities for faster drying. This attention to detail can also significantly reduce reconstructions costs.

Drying a commercial or residential Big D property after a water loss is more than setting up fans to blow on wet surfaces. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) spend time setting up our air movers at specific angles to bank air throughout the affected areas to drive embedded moisture to the surface where strategically placed dehumidifiers capture and port away moisture allowing progressively drier air to cycle in the areas that are drying. We have specialized drying equipment such as drying mats to use in the restoration of wet hardwood flooring which can be restored on a case by case basis.

Once SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas technicians confirm drying goals are met, they move on to complete the cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces. This step is to inhibit the growth of mold and eliminate odors that water can leave behind. If the type of water loss is gray or black water, our technicians may find the situation requires stronger odor control methods. 

Mold growth is a particular focus before, during, and after cleanup of water damage. Because spores can set up home as fast as 48 hours and Dallas has year-round humidity levels in the optimal range that encourages mold growth, the expedited extraction and lowering of humidity in the structure needs to occur as timely as possible after a water-damaging event. If we find mold in the structure, our employees hold a certification as an Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) and have the expertise and equipment to perform mold remediation on all types of structures.

No one wants a reminder of that time they dealt with water damage in their home, yet odors left behind can do just that. Often cleaning and disinfection are enough to remove foul odors. In cases where it is not, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) deploy different methods and equipment to neutralize odors at the molecular level. The assortment of hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, ULV ultra-low volume foggers, and deodorizing gels and pellets are always at the ready stored at our facility and on our Green Fleet of vehicles.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas at (214) 463-5880 is available 24/7 to clean up and restore any size water damage to your property and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Category 3 Water - A.K.A. Sewage

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage Water Damage Removal in Dallas Commercial Sewage water that needed removed from a downtown Dallas commercial building.

When Category 3 water damage, aka a sewage backup, hit a downtown Dallas commercial business, SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas was there within the hour to pump out and extract the water / sewage and help mitigate the situation. After the Cat 3 water has been removed, the problem is not yet mitigated however.  Additional steps to remove porous materials, apply antimicrobial agents, clean the affected areas, and decontaminate with additional equipment is necessary.  Equipment like HEPA air scrubbers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl machines are typically used to remove contaminants and dissipate odors.  In addition, it is always recommended that the workers taking on these unenviable tasks wear the proper protective equipment, such as respirators and Tyvek suits.  Don't take this monumental task on alone!  Contact us for any water or sewage, fire, mold, or commercial cleaning needs. 24/7/365.

Water Damage - Are Flood Cuts Necessary?

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

Drying equipment for water damage in Dallas Drying equipment being used to remediate water damage in South Dallas.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas has been repeatedly called to water damaged homes and businesses where other restoration companies told the owners that flood cuts and major demolition is necessary, but we deemed that course of action unnecessary.  This is certainly concerning, because while sometimes it is necessary to remove affected materials, especially when they have degraded or been affected by Category 3 water like sewage.  However, our certified professionals regularly dry areas that have been affected by water using our state of the art equipment and techniques while performing very limited demolition or flood cuts.  This helps to keep the costs down, speeds up the process, and causes as little interruption to the homeowner's life or business as possible.  Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas first for the best water damage restoration team around.  

Water Damage Ready Professionals

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Flowing Onto A Kitchen Floor We are here to help with your water damage emergency 24/7

Water damage can range from minor to absolutely disastrous. When faced with residential or commercial water damage, call SERVPRO of Southwest. We are recognized as a trusted leader in the water restoration industry. As a locally owned and operated franchise, our team has the knowledge needed to solve the problem quickly.

Offering 24/7 emergency service, customers will speak directly to one of our SERVPRO professionals who are highly skilled, trained, and certified water damage technicians. Customer Service is our top priority. 

As a professional water restoration company, we can work closely with your insurance agent to ensure that all of the required paperwork is completed accurately allowing the restoration process to move forward. Our team will stay in communication with you throughout the process, so timelines and expectations are clear. 

At SERVPRO, we have a six-step water restoration process using advanced technology. 

  1. Emergency Contact with our Customer Care Representative
  2. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
  3. Water Removal and Water Extraction
  4. Drying and Dehumidification
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

We understand that every water disaster is different. SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas is here to provide unique solutions. Call us (214) 463-5880 to help you quickly recover from your next water damage emergency.

Water Damage, Flooding and Restoration

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Waters Flowing In A Downtown Area With Ducks Floating Near By Storm Damage and Flood Waters Beware!

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas is ready to assist you with any of your water, flood or fire restoration needs.  To ensure the safety of your home, it is best to be proactive.  Doing so will lessen the severity of water damage or flood damage.

The best prevention of water or flood damage is the inspection and maintenance of the most common causes in your home.  Here are a few suggestions to help reduce the potential for damage.

  • Visible hoses and pipes in your home should be inspected regularly, like, dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, and ice makers.  Unfortunately, all of these types of appliances have hoses and pipes that in time will wear out.
  • Know where the water main to your home is located.  Make sure the main valve is in good working condition.  Should you have an appliance flood or pipe flood in your home, one of the first things that you will need to do is shut off the water to your home, so more damage is not caused.  Thus, you do not want a faulty main value since that could mean serious disaster.
  • If there is a sump pump in your home, check it regularly.  If it is broken or the battery backup is not working, it will be too late when you have a flood. 
  • Routinely check your gutters, roof, and the slope of your yard.  During monsoon season or rainy season, clogged gutters are a recipe for disaster.  Make sure that they are cleaned and clear of any debris.
  • Make sure that the slope of your yard moves water away from your home rather than toward the foundation.  
  • Check for roof leaks in the attic.  Don’t let them go unattended.  Doing so could cause leaks not just in the attic area but throughout your home.  Left unattended mold can result.
  • Keep an eye on your water bill.  If you notice an unexplained increase, you may have a leak inside or outside of your home.  Call a professional plumber to take a look.

Should you encounter a flood disaster of any kind, call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas (214) 463-5880.  Our professionally trained team is available to help 24/7 providing fast emergency service, day or night!

We Can Save Your Water Damaged Home In Dallas

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our certified technicians are available 24-hours by calling (214) 463-5880, and we can make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Helps Alleviate Post-Vacation Water Damage In Dallas Home

The two areas in the home most likely to suffer water damage in a Dallas home are the kitchen and bathroom. If the spill gets cleaned up quickly, it limits the amount of loss to the house; the real problem happens when an amount of time passes between the event and the cleanup.

SERVPRO answered a call from a Dallas homeowner to mitigate water damage in a kitchen from a leak under the sink. The family had left on Friday and come home on Sunday night to this scenario. They were unsure how long the water had been flowing into the room, but they had placed towels in the floor and attempted to mop up all they could. On the advice of their insurance adjuster, since it was a sudden pipe break, they contacted us for water extraction and cleanup.

Since the water could have been standing in the room for up to 48 hours, we did not treat this spill as a clean water spill because the more time that elapses between the water loss event and cleanup efforts give bacteria and mold time to set up home. Our technicians treat the water as contaminated during mitigation by wearing protective clothing and using antibacterial solutions in areas they are working.

We scoped the room to determine the areas of water migration. This action involved removing the baseboards and drilling drying holes inside the back of the cabinets to allow the water to drain so a more substantial amount of air could reach within the wall cavities and speed the drying process. The homeowner was relieved to find out through our moisture detection equipment that water did not breach the subflooring.

SERVPRO techs removed the breakfast table and chairs for drying and cleaning in another area of the home. After drying the kitchen, we thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the room to ensure it was disinfected and inhibit the growth of mold.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas stands ready to mitigate water damage to your home from any source. Our certified technicians are available 24-hours by calling (214) 463-5880, and we can make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

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Southwest Dallas Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Water Loss Mitigation

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Services by SERVPRO for Southwest Dallas

Water damage can be a part of several different types of losses for Dallas properties, both residential and commercial. A broken pipe or appliance failure might be the first types of issues that come to mind. Storms and flooding can also bring damage to a property that requires mitigation, including biohazard-level treatments. Even destruction from a fire can include massive amounts of additional issues from the water used to extinguish the fire. When improperly cleaned, water loss can lead to the growth of mold colonies, which require professional remediation.  

The type of water damage in the property matters as it affects everything from the kind of cleaning solutions needed to whether our technicians require additional protective gear to come into contact with it. The categories for water cleanup types are category one clean water, category two gray water, and category three black water, which carries a rating as a biohazard. 

Cleaning up disasters that occur with residential and commercial properties requires equal parts of compassion, experience, and skill. When SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas technicians come onto a site to mitigate fire, water, or other damage of any type, we know it is likely one of the worst days of the property owner's life, and we empathize and attempt to make the remediation process as stress-free as possible. Our goal is always to restore rather than replace whenever possible, which helps reduce the amount spent on replacing damaged building materials or belongings. Time is of the essence, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The skills that each Dallas SERVPRO technician acquires begins with the extensive and ongoing training they receive before ever setting foot onto a job site. We set up numerous scenarios for fire, water, storm, and mold damage for the technicians to learn the best practices for restoration and cleaning for every type of potential job they may find themselves on. 

Along with hands-on training, our technicians pursue numerous certifications in the restoration industry as per the guidelines of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas employees participate in ongoing in-house training, which starts with the ECTP-employee certification training program and continues as methods of restoration continue to advance. We utilize state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment including probes, and thermal imaging to detect anywhere water migrates in a commercial or residential property so effective removal of any elevated moisture occurs during remediation. 

An essential certification that SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas employees receive is for Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and much of our specialized equipment assists in the mitigation of water damage. Portable extractors are one of the most frequently used items in our restoration arsenal. They quickly pull up large amounts of water, and when needed, we add weighted extractor wands, so the water absorbed into carpet and padding can be extracted and resulting in the saving of the carpeting in clean water spills, rather than have it counted as a loss. Another type of weighted extractor that we use frequently is the highly maneuverable Rover. This stand-on vacuum uses the weight of our certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT) to push water up and out where it is then collected and removed from the flooring. 

Dallas locals are no strangers to wild weather. The intense storms that roll through this area of Texas bring damages such as tree limbs through windows. High winds peeling shingles which lets rain leak in through a compromised roof or flash floods causing groundwater to enter a home are all water loss events that require professional cleaning and restoration to minimize damages to the structure and contents. The more quickly water extraction happens, the faster cleaning and water damage restoration efforts take place, which saves more articles from being counted as a loss. Our employees perform preventative measures on arrival, such as tarping over damaged roofs or putting barriers over broken windows until they can be repaired to stop any further water from entering the property.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas employees complete training and certification for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Tech (FSRT), and a crucial part of this training is the removal of water before it causes secondary damage after a fire. After extraction of as much moisture as possible, the drying phase of the restoration process begins. 

In the case of both water and fire loss, SERVPRO technicians may find the property requires controlled demolition techniques such as flood cuts. When this is necessary, our technician carefully cuts away, sheetrock above the waterline,  to encourage a significant amount of airflow within wall cavities for faster drying. This attention to detail can also significantly reduce reconstructions costs.

Drying a commercial or residential Big D property after a water loss is more than setting up fans to blow on wet surfaces. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) spend time setting up our air movers at specific angles to bank air throughout the affected areas to drive embedded moisture to the surface where strategically placed dehumidifiers capture and port away moisture allowing progressively drier air to cycle in the areas that are drying. We have specialized drying equipment such as drying mats to use in the restoration of wet hardwood flooring which can be restored on a case by case basis.

Once SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas technicians confirm drying goals are met, they move on to complete the cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces. This step is to inhibit the growth of mold and eliminate odors that water can leave behind. If the type of water loss is gray or black water, our technicians may find the situation requires stronger odor control methods. 

Mold growth is a particular focus before, during, and after cleanup of water damage. Because spores can set up home as fast as 48 hours and Dallas has year-round humidity levels in the optimal range that encourages mold growth, the expedited extraction and lowering of humidity in the structure needs to occur as timely as possible after a water-damaging event. If we find mold in the structure, our employees hold a certification as an Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) and have the expertise and equipment to perform mold remediation on all types of structures.

No one wants a reminder of that time they dealt with water damage in their home, yet odors left behind can do just that. Often cleaning and disinfection are enough to remove foul odors. In cases where it is not, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) deploy different methods and equipment to neutralize odors at the molecular level. The assortment of hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, ULV ultra-low volume foggers, and deodorizing gels and pellets are always at the ready stored at our facility and on our Green Fleet of vehicles.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas at (214) 463-5880 is available 24/7 to clean up and restore any size water damage to your property and make it, "Like it never even happened."

We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Dallas Kitchen To Pre-Damage Condition

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Once you realize there is an issue, call us at (214) 463-5880 so we can quickly come and help you get everything back in order.

Water Damage Restoration In Your Dallas Kitchen

Some plumbing leaks in your Dallas home develop in areas which are easily noticeable, like the bathroom floor by the toilet or the area around the faucet. However, other leaks are much less recognizable. One place that is more difficult to see a leak is underneath your kitchen sink. These types of leaks can go unnoticed for a long time, and by then you have a good deal of damage.

You may open your cabinet underneath the kitchen sink in your home several times a day, but never more than a few seconds at a time and a leak is the last thing on your mind. By the time you do discover a leak and water damage in your Dallas home, the cabinet can already have sustained quite a bit of damage, plus there could even be mold growth. SERVPRO is always ready to help you when you discover a water damage emergency with our expertise and professional tools.

There are several plumbing components under your sink which can assist in developing a leak. Your water supply lines and valves are one such culprit. Unlike other parts under the sink, these parts are under pressure at all times. If a connection gets loose or there is a puncture in a water line, water leaks under your sink even when the faucet isn’t on.

Drying walls and floors under or behind cabinetry can sometimes be difficult. Walls behind cabinets can take longer to dry with the different layers of cabinet backing and drywall. If needed, SERVPRO techs may need to drill holes in the cabinet back to allow for air circulation. Forgetting underneath the cabinet, we may need to remove the toe kick and treat it with the appropriate biocide and utilize a vent system so dry air can be forced into the cavity. After the area is dry, we can replace this piece of the cabinet.

Leaks can also develop if you have a handheld sprayer attached to the kitchen sink. The water line for this can crack, and when the leak is low enough on the line, water drips into your cabinet below. Over time, your drain pipes can also develop a leak if they have corroded. Lastly, if the P-trap under your sink becomes clogged, it can cause water to build up to your drains and create a leak.

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas can assist you in restoring your kitchen in Cockrell Hills, Kessler, or Oak Cliff when your sink has a water leak. Once you realize there is an issue, call us at (214) 463-5880 so we can quickly come and help you get everything back in order.

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Oak Cliff Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO Water Loss Mitigation and Disinfecting

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

New Warehouse, But the Same Great Water Mitigation Service in Oak Cliff--SERVPRO

When You Spring a Leak in Your Oak Cliff Home

Sewer pipes do not break when it is most convenient. Your home needs year-round upkeep and care, but what happens when a pipe bursts suddenly in the middle of the night? You should never wait to act on water damage. SERVPRO is ready even when you are not which is why We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. Even at 3 a.m., you can reach our national call center so we can send our vans over with the equipment and technicians you need.
 
Don't ruin your shoes or your health trying to DIY solutions. Improper repairs and cleaning can lead to ongoing damage. SERVPRO can help mitigate water damages in your Oak Cliff home right away. When dirty water surprises you, removal and clean up needs to be quick and complete.
 
There are three different levels of clean, the last of which (sterile) is reserved mostly for operating rooms. For a typical home, it is the first two which are most important. Our IICRC certified technicians know how to take care of a water damaged mess.
 
Level one is "Sanitary," anything less is just considered dirty. Your average well-kept home is sanitary. With proper cleaning equipment that functions normally, any home can achieve this level of cleanliness easily. Any area can become unsanitary if it is not maintained properly.
 
The second level of cleaning is "Disinfected." If you have a broken sewer line, this is the level of clean you need. Our highly trained SERVPRO professionals use EPA registered disinfectants for the health and safety of everyone concerned. We deodorize in addition to cleaning once the initial water damage is removed and repaired. A disinfected home is considered 99% contaminant and soil free, leaving you free to return safely regardless of what type of pipe caused your water damage event.
 
When a pipe bursts in your home and makes a mess out of your life, call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas at (214) 463-5880 We can help make it "Like it never even happened," so you can get back to what matters most.

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How A Roof Leak Damages Your Home

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

A Ceiling Water Leak Which Has Caused Damage to a Residential Property in Dallas This picture shows telltale signs of a water leak. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas before more damage occurs.

Restoring Your Water Damaged Ceiling and Walls in Dallas 

If your property has a leaking roof, it is only a matter of time before water damage issues can show up. Typically the water will find its way through the ceiling, drywall and baseboard, damaging all the affected areas like cabinets, walls, and flooring.  When this happens it is essential to work with professionals who use specialized equipment to remove the water and dry these areas completely. We all know that water does not require much space to penetrate through places, so you have to act promptly to prevent your Dallas property from experiencing avoidable destruction.  

Choosing to not address water damage in your Dallas home can cause mold to begin to grow or deterioration of the affected materials.  A combination of mold and stagnant water decreases the chance of saving and restoring your possessions.  Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors and thermal cameras to check whether there is moisture in the wall cavities or ceiling area. Depending on the situation, we may use penetrating or non-penetrating moisture sensors.  

If an odor problem has already developed in the building, we remove the odor-causing substances and perform deodorization to neutralize such elements.  

The SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas team can work directly with your insurance provider to make the claim process simple. We achieve that by recording essential details and communicating with the insurance adjuster throughout the process. We also understand the importance of letting our customers know everything about the procedures we use during the restoration process. 

When your residential or commercial property has a water damage issue, call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas to know your options. We offer emergency cleaning and restoration services at any time of the day or night, call (214) 463-5880 to work with our experienced technicians.