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Five Ways to Protect Your Home From Wind Damage

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Here in North Texas, we've been experiencing gusts of wind reaching up to 40MPH.  Chances are, you've probably seen loose items blowing around or heard someone complaining about their outdoor furniture getting damaged.  Although 40MPH winds may not be considered a windstorm, the gusts are most definitely strong enough to cause damage.  Fortunately, there are some methods that have been proven to defend your home against wind damage.

Five Ways To Protect Your Home From Wind Damage

  • If it's broke, fix it.
    • Confirm that all of your roof shingles are secure.
    • Repair loose or damaged fencing.
    • Ensure that your garage door is in good condition.
  • Secure outdoor items.
    • Place chairs, toys, umbrellas, etc. in a shelter.
    • Push heavier items such as grills or patio tables against a sturdy wall.
  • Examine trees in your yard
    • Loose branches may fly off and damage a window or a car.
    • Dead trees can blow over on top of a structure.
  • Move your vehicle to safety
    • Park your vehicle under a shelter of some sort.
    • If no shelter is available, avoid parking near a tree for the reason previously stated.
  • Have an emergency plan in place.
    • Make sure your insurance will cover possible damages.
    • Keep a restoration company that you trust in mind just in case damages occur.  
    • Stock the most well-protected room in your house stocked with emergency items.

Be sure to routinely check and maintain your home so you're prepared for whatever storm may come your way.  However, if you do happen to find yourself in a sticky situation, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is able and willing to help!  We are available 24/7 to take the stress of storm damage off of your shoulders! 

Give us a call at 817-596-8714

Why Your Business Needs an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Being a business owner comes with an excessive list of stressors.  Handling an emergency on your own should not be one of the items on that list.  That's why SERVPRO created an emergency program, to make certain that all businesses, small and large, are fully prepared for any disaster.

What is the SERVPRO ERP?

Unfortunately, disasters cannot always be prevented, which means it is crucial for businesses to have a plan to follow incase of emergency.  Our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is a step-by-step program made by us, specifically for your business, to ensure that all important structures, exits, and utilities, as well as important contacts, have been identified and documented.  This app works to provide business owners with a plan to follow in an effort to prevent any and all emergencies from escalading to the point of no return.  Our ERP includes the following:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • A precise profile document containing the most critical information about your facility.
  • A list of emergency contacts for every situation.
  • A guide to the recovery process after the disaster has occurred.
  • Facility details such as water, gas, and electricity shut offs.
  • A list of the primary contacts for your business as well as establishing SERVPRO as your primary restoration and disaster mitigation provider.
  • A step-by-step guide explaining the exact steps to take as soon as you notice your facility is in danger.

Why is it important for my business to have a plan in place?

Did you know that 50% of small businesses that endure a catastrophe aren't able to recover? The majority of businesses that are able to survive, do so because they had an emergency plan in place.  Having a plan serves as a mental insurance policy, protecting one's "peace of mind".  Protecting your facility will also protect yourself and your employees, establishing a certain amount of trust between your "employee" and "employer" relationship.  

Will SERVPRO help clean up and repair damage after a catastrophe?

The answer is ABSOLUTELY!  SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is prepared for any disaster thrown our way.  Our staff is trained to handle just about any disaster from busted water pipes to biohazard.  We can even help with your every day commercial cleaning needs.

If you are a business owner in or near Parker or Hood County consider giving us a call to help prepare yourself to protect your facility! You can contact us over phone or through email:

817-596-8714

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Signs of a Weakened or Busted Water Pipe

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Repairing busted water pipes and the damage they cause can be stressful for all parties involved.  Although there is no sure way to prevent wear and tear, there are some signs to look for in order to catch a leak early on.  

Signs That You May Have a Busted Water Pipe

  1. The formation of puddles under sinks, around toilets, etc. is one of the more obvious indications of a damaged pipe.
  2. Low water pressure can also be an effect of a leak or burst.
  3. Stains along walls or ceilings are another obvious sign of water damage.
  4. Discoloration in the water such as a reddish undertone or strange smells that mimic something metallic may be due to rust which will eventually weaken the pipes.
  5. Water bills may increase if there is a leak that has gone undetected for a period of time.

Too Hot to Handle

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

The idea of gathering around a bonfire with a group of friends is frequently thought about as the spring season approaches.  With this in mind, it's important to know how to safely go about this smoky activity.  Here's a few tips you may consider following to ensure your BBQ only cooks the food on the table.

  • Keep the fire contained by constructing a fire pit.
  • Avoid lighting an outdoor fire in high winds.
  • Ensure that there is a bucket of water and a water hose nearby incase of emergency.
  • Don't use lighter fluid once the fire has been started.
  • Make sure to put the fire out completely by stirring the ashes around and dousing with water.

Following these five tips will aid in preventing your fire from becoming "too hot to handle".

Water Damage Timeline

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

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

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (817)596-8714

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

How to Take Cover in a Storm

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

If a heavy storm or tornado were to hit our city right now, where and what would you do? SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties wants to help by sharing some advice on how to take cover during a storm/tornado. It’s important that we share our professional advice with our customers for their own safety. We advise that:

  1. Find a small room or hallway on the lowest floor possible
  2. Stay in the center of the room, and avoid corners because they attract debris
  3. Try and find a room constructed with reinforced concrete, brick or block with no windows and a heavy concrete floor or roof system overhead
  4. Avoid auditoriums, cafeterias and gymnasiums that have flat, wide-span roofs.
  5. Stay away from doors, windows, and outside walls

We hope that these tips will help in the future should a storm come our way. Please call us with any questions or concerns! (817)596-8714

SERVPRO’s Cleaning Professionals Will Open Your Business’s Doors Faster

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

A lot of Parker and Hood County businesses rely on being able to welcome customers or ship goods to customers directly from their store. Any event that causes this business to have to close their doors can be detrimental in keeping customers happy, and revenue flowing. Instead of focusing on customer retention and growing your business, you now have to stress about how long your doors will have to stay closed, how much inventory you may have lost, and how this will affect your work.

Commercial water losses can come in many different forms, each being just as worrisome as the last in the eyes of an entrepreneur. Without professional help, cleaning this damage can take an extensive amount of time; but SERVPRO professionals will get your business and all salvageable contents restored ASAP. With our services, your doors will open more quickly, thus allowing business pursuits to return to normal. Not only that, but professionals will also know how to recognize damage to structures that can’t be seen, such as water leakage inside of the walls or structures that have been weakened due to the loss. 

There is no time to lose when your business has a water loss, which is why you need SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties on site. Disaster doesn’t work 9-5 and neither do we; we are available 24/7 including holidays at 817-596-8714.

Shocking, isn't it?

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

What is the definition of the idiom 'force of nature'?

According to https://www.yourdictionary.com, a 'force of nature' is "A mighty natural force which is beyond human control, notably if potentially catastrophic, such as the elements or geological activity."

Lightning most definitely suits this definition.  

The chances of you getting struck by lightning are slim; about 1 in every 500,000.  However, the likelihood of your house getting struck by lightning isn't as unreasonable; about 1 in every 200.  Although the majority of people may go their entire lives without having to worry about lightning damage, those who have, generally face major consequences.

The state of Texas is at high risk for lightning damage; just below California.  In 2019, Texans made 5,780 insurance claims due to lightning damage.  These claims ended up costing more than $88.3 million.  This is important to know because the majority of lightning damage begins during the spring season and peaks in the summer.  These statistics may serve as an encouragement to prepare your home from lightning strikes this season.  Here are some things you may not have known about lightning damage:

  • Lightning damage doesn't always occur as a result of a direct hit.  When lightning strikes the ground, it can travel through metal pipes or electrical wiring to your home.  This generally causes the electrical outlets to blow and requires all new wiring throughout the house.
  • In 2019, lightning strikes, whether direct or secondary hits, caused 20 deaths and 100 injuries in the United States.
  • Around 19% of fires caused by lightning directly affect homes.
  • The majority of lightning damage occurs during the months of June, July, and August.

How To Minimize the Damaged Caused To Your Home Due To Lightning

  • Unplug electrical wiring from all outlets throughout the house.
    • Failing to do so can not only cause your outlets to fry but also the electronics plugged into them.
  • Installing surge protectors may also protect your outlets.
  • Installing a lightning rod may redirect the bolt to prevent it from striking your house.
  • Ensuring that your home has functioning smoke detectors will assist in notifying you if a fire has started due to the powerful bolt of electricity.
  • Consider adding lightning damage to your home or renters insurance in case of an emergency.

Although repairing damages due to any natural disaster isn't ideal, and taking preventative measures is inconvenient, accidents are sure to happen.  If your home or business is affected by lightning, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is more than willing to help! We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can give us a call at 817-596-8714.

Leaking Appliances?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

One of the most frustrating experiences as a homeowner is having to fix or replace things throughout the home as they begin to wear down. 

Cleaning appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines can be some of the more frustrating fixer-uppers, as they may leak water constantly for months before anything is detected by the homeowner. This means that the water has had an ample amount of time to seep up under the flooring, soak into baseboards, or even make its way to electrical outlets or other nearby appliances. It can also cause other types of secondary damage that are explained more here. Of course, as a homeowner, there are actions that you can take once the leak is detected that will limit the amount of further damage done; however, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties has a team of professionals, available 24/7 including holidays, that have been trained to tackle instances such as this.

While a mop may help clean up the affected surfaces, leave it to the professionals to handle extensive water loss clean-up and repairs to ensure that the job is done safely and properly. With over 18 years of experience, our technicians are able to make the loss look as if “it never even happened”.

What Does it Mean to be IICRC Certified

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is an IICRC certified firm. 

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a nonprofit organization that sets a standard for the restoration industry and provides training and certificates to qualifying cleaning and restoration companies. As an IICRC certified firm, SERVPRO has the privilege of displaying the certified logo.

All IICRC certified firms must

  • Conduct business with customers with honesty and integrity
  • Require that all job sites must include a technician who has been formally trained and has passed all required tests 
  • Require that all technicians participate in a continuing education program in order to keep them up to date with any changes or improvements in the industry
  • Require that all businesses maintain at least a minimum amount of liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to the Better Business Bureau or a similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of the arbitration.

These standards are the minimum for all cleaning and restoration businesses that have completed the IICRC program. It has been the driving force in establishing the industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water and fire damage restoration, and mold remediation.

Every five years, the standards and reviewed and updated.The cleaning and restoration field is constantly evolving with advancements in technology and science and, therefore, the standards must change to keep pace.

Personal Protective Equipment| Fire

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Housefires are, unfortunately, more common than most of us would like to believe. The damages are often minor, such as damage to an oven and the cabinets surrounding it; however, every once in a while, we will see a case of a total or near-total loss. In this situation, the structure that is left can be incredibly fragile and the sediment can be toxic. This is when personal protective equipment truly becomes a necessity. Here at SERVPRO, we prioritize keeping our people safe. So, in the case of a fire cleanup, here are a few examples of PPE that we utilize.

Head Protection: As previously mentioned, in the case of a bad fire, the structure that is leftover can be fragile. To prevent injuries from falling objects, we wear hardhats or something similar.

Eye Protection: Flying particles can cause burns, punctures, or abrasions to the eyes so protective glasses or goggles are a must.

Gloves: Gloves are essential during any mitigation, remediation, or simple cleanup project in order to protect ourselves from any hidden bacteria.

Masks: After a fire, there are all kinds of particles flying around that can be dangerous to inhale. Lead paint and mold are concerns, especially in older homes. To protect our team from inhaling anything harmful, we wear masks of some sort.

Clothing and Body Protection: In extreme cases, we may wear a suit to cover our clothes and any exposed skin. This is to protect from any harmful products, particles, or bacteria that may be floating around.

Foot Protection: Our team ensures that we are wearing sturdy shoes and often some sort of cover for our shoes in case of loose nails, wiring, or any poisonous substances that may be on the ground.

The Sewage Cleanup Process

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

sewage mitigation Category 3 water losses are a job best left to the professionals.

If your home is flooded with sewer water, the mitigation process is far different from a general water loss. Here are the eight basic steps that our team at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties follow when it comes to the mitigation of sewage.

  1. Wear Personal Protective Equipment

Sewage water is considered a Category 3 water loss. Because of this, technicians must wear impervious coveralls, rubber boots, goggles, and a face mask with a respirator to protect themselves from contaminants.

  1. Contain the Area

To prevent bacteria and other germs from spreading to other areas of the home, the area must be contained before the clean-up process begins.

  1. Pump Excess Water Out

Standing water is extracted through an industrial pump. It flows into a tank where it remains until it can be discarded safely after water cleanup.

  1. Remove Affected Items and Materials

All items in the area must be removed. If they cannot be cleaned, they are discarded. Walls, ceilings, and flooring must also be removed if they are touched by contaminated water along with toiletries and food items.

  1. Dry All Surfaces

All surfaces must be dried to avoid secondary damage. Technicians may use air movers or open windows to circulate fresh air from outside.

  1. Clean All Surfaces

Because sewer water contaminates everything it touches, all surfaces must be disinfected. Experts use powerful cleansers and tests to ensure that bacteria is gone.

  1. Restore Materials

After everything is clean, the restoration process begins. Walls and ceilings are rebuilt, and flooring is replaced by our sister company 4C Construction.

  1. Replace Salvaged Items

Any item that can be salvaged can be returned to the home once it's clean or safely discarded upon the owner’s request. We keep a list of items that were removed from the home to ensure that all items are cleaned and returned as requested.

As always, if you experience sewage or drain backup in your home, our team at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties are trained experts in the mitigation process. We are available 24/7 at 817-596-9714

Stormwater: Fact V.S. Fiction

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Drain Do storm drains lead to treatment plants?

During a rainstorm, flash flooding has potential to enter your home. Because of this, it is important to understand the difference between myths and facts about this water.

Myth: Stormwater drains in city limits lead to treatment plants

Fact: The majority of storm drains, and the pollutants that stormwater travels with, lead to lakes, rivers, ponds, and other large bodies of water.

Myth: Stormwater is clean

Fact: As stormwater flows down roads, sidewalks, and land, it picks up sediment, pet waste, litter, cigarette butts, lawn clippings, fertilizer, and other pollutants that may be found on the ground.

Myth: Stormwater is mainly an urban problem

Fact: Agricultural fields and pastures are a huge contributor to stormwater pollution due to pesticides, fertilizer, animal waste, and sediment runoff.

Myth: The state takes care of stormwater pollution

Fact: The state only manages a portion of land. States often set pollution guidelines, but it is ultimately up to individuals to step up and do their part in managing this pollution.

Myth: Stormwater pollution will eventually go away

Fact: Pollutants in stormwater may be washed away, but as those pollutants leave, more will appear. Throwing your trash over your neighbor’s fence doesn’t mean that the trash isn’t there anymore. Every person has to play their part in reducing litter and agricultural pollutants. 

Knowing the truth about stormwater and how it can be more problematic than often believed is crucial as we near the spring rainy season. Of course, if stormwater does contaminate your home, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is here for you! We are available 24/7 for emergencies at 817-596-8714.

Decluttering After the Holidays

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

I’m sure we all received a plethora of gifts for Christmas: clothes, home decor, beauty products, jewelry, toys, etc. With all of these new items, chances are that you are struggling to find a place for them to go. Clutter has been accumulating over the past year or so and it’s finally time to clear out your house and, consequently, your mind. Not only that, but having too much clutter in your home can quickly become a fire hazard or in extreme cases, a biohazard; and in case you are still searching for a reason to skim through the items in your home, here are 4 reasons why you should take the time to thoroughly declutter your home.

More Time on Your Hands

The more clutter you accumulate, the less time you have on your hands. Allow me to explain why:

Finally, a day off of work! You want to sit back and relax, but first, there are chores that need to be done. 

The more “things” you have, the more time it takes to clean. Just dusting and putting items back in their place will take an abundant amount of your designated cleaning time. Having fewer pieces of furniture and less decor, clothes, or toys, in general, will make spring cleaning go by a lot faster.

You Feel Confident About Your Home

Have you ever gotten embarrassed of your home when people come over? Maybe you made the typical “Oh please don’t mind the mess” comment. 

Surprise! Your house isn’t actually dirty, there’s just a lot of “stuff” lying around. Getting rid of items that aren’t essential or useful to your home or family could help relieve a lot of the stress that having guests over may cause.

A Sense of Accomplishment

This one is somewhat of a given. If decluttering or minimizing your home has been an outstanding goal for a few years, then it’s likely that accomplishing that goal will give you a little extra pride. 

Most of us feel proud, accomplished, and as if a weight had been lifted off of our shoulders when we reach a goal. Maybe decluttering is your goal?

Finally, time to relax

Many people say that a cluttered space creates a cluttered mind, and we could not agree more. 

Being in a dirty or cluttered environment gives most people stress, even if they don’t realize it. A lot of us can’t focus, struggle to get deep sleep, get anxious, or just generally feel stressed when our environment is not our ideal environment. Most often, reducing the number of items packed in your space will reduce some of the stress that it creates.

If you are in need of help relocating or reducing the “stuff” and “things” in your home, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is available to help! We can help you box up and remove any additional products that may need to be relocated. We are available 24/7 at 817-596-8714.

Happy New Year!

1/1/2022 (Permalink)

Happy New Year! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our family at SERVPRO! Comment on our most recent post to let us know what your resolutions are!

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Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours!

12/25/2021 (Permalink)

We just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a Merry Christmas! We wish for health, safety, warmth, and comfort for you and your families. 

Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROparkernortheasthoodcounties and comment on our most recent post to let us know what you got for Christmas!

Severe Weather: Fact VS. Fiction

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to dangerous weather situations, there are many myths that are spread among homeowners. It is important to understand the truths in order to keep your family and your home protected. Here are a few myths and facts about severe weather. 

Myth: Lightning never strikes twice.

Fact: Absolutely nothing can prevent lightning from striking the same person or location more than once. During storms, it is likely that taller buildings will be struck multiple times.

Myth: Trucks and large vehicles can make it through shallow floodwaters.

Fact: It only takes 1 foot of water to lift an average-sized vehicle off the ground and it only takes 2 feet of water to lift large trucks as big as semis. Not only that, but floodwaters can sweep away portions of the road which only makes for a more dangerous driving situation no matter the size of the vehicle. 

Myth: Storms and tornadoes always move east.

Fact: While it is more common for a storm to move from west to east, tornadoes are erratic and can change their direction at any moment.

Myth: Open your windows during a tornado so they don’t explode

Fact: Opening the windows will not change the interior pressure of your house. Tornadoes are violent and will likely destroy your windows whether they’re open or not. With your windows, open-air can easily enter the house and put upward pressure on the ceiling. Scientists believe that the lift provided by this pressure makes it easier for a tornado to lift the roof off your house, creating a far more dangerous situation

Myth: During freezing weather, drink alcohol to keep you warm.

Fact: Alcohol expands your blood vessels, allowing more blood to pass through and therefore, making you feel warmer. Despite this, if you drink alcohol and are then exposed to freezing weather, the dilated blood vessels will cool down quickly, sometimes assisted by sweating, and cause your whole body’s temperature to drop at a rapid rate.

Is Hoarding a Fire Hazard?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Cluttered room full of boxes Hoarding can create serious fire hazards.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hoarding disorder can be described as “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distres at the thought of getting rid of items.” In other words, people with hoarding disorder and their inability to get rid of items means that these items continue to accumulate until the clutter eventually spreads to the garage, vehicles, yards, and other storage facilities.

With Christmas approaching, the stuff and things are only going to be more, and the available space will only be less. There is no opportunity more perfect than now to declutter a few areas of the home. Allowing items to build up and take up a mass amount of space can actually be a danger to the home and everyone who lives in it; one of the biggest threats being fire hazards. 

With a variety of items packed into a specific area, hoarding not only increases the likelihood of a fire igniting but can also boost the size and magnitude at which the fire burns. Because of this, first responders will also have a difficult time accessing the fire if one were to break out as well as making it more difficult for them to get the flames under control. In some situations, the fire may be igniting more items faster than the fire department can put them out.

If you or a loved one needs assistance removing cluttered items from the home to prepare for Christmas, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is here to help! You can reach us 24/7 at 817-596-8714.

5 Common Types of Mold and How They Could be Affecting Your Business

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Mold thrives in damp and dark environments where the temperature stays between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The catch? These environments are usually located within walls, behind baseboards, above ceilings, or even within air ducts; areas that we don’t typically inspect. There is no sure way of preventing mold growth, especially in hard-to-reach areas, which means that it is important to know what the effects of different growths may be so you can prepare for any scenario and deal with it immediately.

Alternaria

Alternaria is the most common form of allergenic mold in the world. This velvet-textured, dark green growth, with over 250 different species is commonly seen in areas with high moisture or humidity which makes this one of the most common types of growth to occur after some sort of water loss. Some species of Alternaria can also be found in dry, windy conditions, causing them to be extremely airborne in certain scenarios. 

Aspergillus

Aspergillus is among one of the 3 most common types of mold found in American structures, along with black mold and pink mold. This is another case of airborne mold spores that cling to nearby surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and furniture. They typically make their way throughout a building via the heating or air conditioning system, making it a challenge to identify the exact location that aspergillus may strike next.

Cladosporium

Cladosporium is an allergenic mold type. This can be found in both warm and cold conditions and is often located within indoor materials such as fabrics, upholsteries, and carpets. It is typically an olive or brown color with a suede-like texture. Remember your grandma’s old, mildew-scented furniture? It might not be mildew after all. This is one of the biggest reasons why it is recommended to thoroughly clean all fabric furniture that may be bought second-hand.

Penicillium

Although this growth may be famous for its antibiotic production, it can also be the culprit of multiple health effects. Penicillium is easily recognizable for its blue or green color and velvety texture. It is often found in older buildings hiding under or behind carpets, wallpaper, or ducts. It spreads as rapidly as a virus and if left untreated, can cause serious long-term health effects.

Stachybotrys

Stachybotrys is also known as the famous “black mold”. It is a toxigenic (yes, that means toxic) mold that can cause serious health effects. This mold thrives in wet areas with high humidity levels that maintain these conditions for extended periods of time. It is known for growing on wood, cardboard, paper, or hay. The moral of the story, make sure all rooms are well ventilated and throw away your old newspapers; there’s no need to keep them folded up in boxes within a humid storage room or building.

Although there are thousands of other types of mold spores that have not been discussed in this article, this offers a brief explanation of five of the most common types of mold that could affect your business. If you do happen to notice mold growth, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is available 24/7 at 817-596-8714 to assist with most mold remediation-required services.

Different Types of Smoke Residue

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fires are difficult to contain no matter the magnitude and even if you are able to successfully stop the spreading, smoke residue is inevitable. Depending on the size, cause, and location of the fire, the residue may look a little different. Here are five different forms of soot from fires.

  • Dry smoke residue: Dry smoke residue occurs during fast-burning fires that burn at a high temperature. These are typically fueled by paper or wood. Fortunately, the residue is typically powdery and doesn’t smear when you wipe it which makes for an easy clean-up process.
  • Wet smoke residue: Wet smoke is created by low-heat, smoldering fires. Both plastic and rubber produce this residue and the waste is often thick and moist and most often has a stench.
  • Protein residue: Protein residue forms when organic material evaporates during a low heat fire. Often a product of cooking, this residue is essentially invisible to the eye, but can permanently damage or discolor painted, varnished, or other finished surfaces.
  • Fuel/oil residue: Fuel/ oil residue, also known as petroleum residue is not often found in home or business fires unless petroleum was being stored on site. However, it is not uncommon for a building’s furnace to have a “puff back” when igniting, causing a small explosion. This means that the building owner may be dealing with fuel residue even without the instance of a fire. The residue is sticky and strong and often has an obnoxious odor. It will inevitably ruin fabric or upholstery if not cleaned immediately.
  • Fire extinguisher residue: Fire extinguisher residue does not always require cleanup after use unless it is a chemical extinguisher. The reside and clean-up process varies depending on the type of extinguisher used.

Obviously, the ultimate goal is to avoid having any form of fire and therefore, avoid the resulting waste; however, this is not always possible. If your home or business is in need of rehabilitation after a fire, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is here to help! We are available 24/7 at 817-598-8714.

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family to Yours

11/25/2021 (Permalink)

Who else has been patiently awaiting Thanksgiving day? As for some of us, we have not been the most patient, but we are grateful that it is finally here. Indulging in a table full of food, watching or playing football with family, and trying not to start an argument with the in-laws is a day that most Americans look forward to. Well, except the part with the in-laws. While some of us are anxious to see the end of this year and hopeful for what may come next, others are sad to let the year go. Fortunately, it's now time to start putting up our Christmas trees, wrapping presents, and thinking of New Years Resolutions. Our family here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties wishes everyone the happiest of Thanksgivings! 

Check Your Home for Weaknesses Before a Storm

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Leaking window Check your home for leaky windows!

Storms. We know that they can be destructive and/or dangerous, especially when water or other debris manages to get inside your home. If this happens it can have a number of negative impacts. For example, if water enters your home it may cause mold growth, lifted floorboards, damaged furniture, or wet walls or insulation. These are the most common occurrences. But, no worries, SERVPRO is here to help. Here are a couple of useful tips!

You can prevent some of these things from happening by “checking your home for weaknesses”. By this we mean, check your windows for any leakage from previous rain, remove any dead branches from trees around your house, secure outdoor items, and periodically have your roof inspected. Doing this won’t guarantee that your home will be completely safe from a storm, but it improves your chances of having no or minimal damage.

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties provides the services to find & fix these problems. Be sure to give us a call if you have any concerns regarding your home (817) 596-8714.

Check Your Home for Weaknesses Before a Storm

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Leaky window Check your home for leaky windows!

Storms. We know that they can be destructive and/or dangerous, especially when water or other debris manages to get inside your home. If this happens it can have a number of negative impacts. For example, if water enters your home it may cause mold growth, lifted floorboards, damaged furniture, or wet walls or insulation. These are the most common occurrences. But, no worries, SERVPRO is here to help. Here are a couple of useful tips!

You can prevent some of these things from happening by “checking your home for weaknesses”. By this we mean, check your windows for any leakage from previous rain, remove any dead branches from trees around your house, secure outdoor items, and periodically have your roof inspected. Doing this won’t guarantee that your home will be completely safe from a storm, but it improves your chances of having no or minimal damage.

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties provides the services to find & fix these problems. Be sure to give us a call if you have any concerns regarding your home (817) 596-8714.

How to Remove Cigarette Odor at Home

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Man smoking a cigarette We can remove cigarette odor!

Here's a scenario: You just bought a house (congratulations!) but the only downfall is that the previous owner was an avid smoker. The entire house smells like cigarettes and the windows and walls have a thin layer of soot coating them. You aren't able to get a professional cleaning crew to tackle the residue before you officially move in which means that this project has now become a DIY. What should you do? Well, here are a few things that you can do to help eliminate that stingy odor.

  • Fresh air
      • When you walk into your new home and are hit with the overwhelming scent of cigarettes, I’m sure the first thing you would do is open a few windows. Fresh air will eventually rid the odor from the house.
  • White vinegar
      • Vinegar is a cleaning agent that can cut through odors naturally. Try leaving a few small bowls of vinegar in the most fragrant rooms to absorb the odors. Also be sure to wipe or spray down all of the furniture, walls, and floors with this agent 5-7 times per week. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, try adding some lavender essential oil to the mix. 
  • Baking soda
      • Baking soda is also an all natural odor absorbent. Sprinkle this on cloth furniture, carpet, rugs, curtains, or any other fabric material, allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes, and then wipe or vacuum away. Leaving a few bowls of baking soda lying around will also absorb some of the odor. Be sure to not allow any baking soda to mix with the vinegar though as it will create a chemical reaction.
  • Clean your air ducts and replace the filters
    • Cigarette smells can stick to air ducts and be blown throughout your house. This means that even if you clean your house top to bottom, it won't do any good if the air ducts and filters are still hoarding that odor.

These methods will all take time. Unfortunately, cigarette odor is not a scent that can be quickly or easily eliminated. Of course, if none of these odor removal methods prove to be successful, searching for professional help may be the only option. 

If you find yourself in need of professional odor removal, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is here to help! We have the highest quality products and equipment that will cut through almost any smell. We are available 24/7 at 817-596-8714.

DIY Projects that Should Be Left to the Professionals

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Most of us are guilty of loving a good DIY project.  Not only can it save you a little money, but it can also allow you to take the time to learn a new trade.  There are some projects, however, that can be incredibly dangerous if not completed to perfection. Here are a few examples of DIY projects that should be left for the professionals.

  • Installing a hot water tank

    • Installing a hot water tank involved dealing with 240 volts of electricity to be fused with the gas lines.  Doing this job incorrectly can result in an accidental explosion.
  • Cleaning led paint
    • Most houses that were built prior to 1980 contain lead in the paint that's on the walls.  This paint must be cleaned but before that can happen, it is important to test the extent of lead within it.  Hiring a licensed professional is essential in this situation.
  • Removing trees
    • This DIY is not only dangerous, but it can also be illegal.  Trees are essential to survival, therefore, most cities have declared it illegal to cut down trees without authorization from the city or a licensed professional. Not only that, but removing a tree improperly can result in damage to structures, injury, or in some cases, fatality.  Cutting down a tree looks simple, but this may be a better project for the pros.
  • Switching from electric to gas stove
    • This is another DIY project that can turn into a legal matter.  This project requires you to handle both gas and electricity.  If executed poorly, it may prove fatal.  Not only that, but depending on where you live, it may also be illegal to do this conversion without the assistance of a licensed professional.  Moral of the story, this is another one to leave to the pros.
  • Electrical rewiring
    • This one tends to speak for itself.  Making any sort of changes to your electrical system can lead to accidental electrocution or even fatality.  Therefore, it does require a permit.

To conclude, there are some DIY projects that may be too dangerous to execute as a DIY project.  Hiring a professional to make electrical improvements, to remove unwanted foliage, or to update kitchen appliances will not only ensure that the job is done correctly and protect you from injury, but it could also avoid running into legal matters.  Of course, if your DIY project does go wrong, you can always rely on SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties to help clean up the mess. We are available 24/7 at 817-596-8714.

House Fires: Fact VS. Fiction

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

According to sf-fire.org, nearly 4,000 Americans die each year in house fires and over 2,000 are severely injured.  Not only that, but about 80% of civilian deaths each year are due to fire occurring within homes.  While most of these fires cannot be anticipated, there are a few things that homeowners and their families do, or don't do, that can increase the impact of this disaster.  Here are a few debunked myths about house fires that may help you protect yourself and your family in the future.

Fact VS. Fiction

  1. Myth: Smoke alarms are enough to protect your house from a fire.
    • Fact: Smoke alarms simply alert you when a fire has formed.  They are not any good for putting the fire itself out.
  2. Myth: Newer houses are safer than older houses in terms of fires.

    • Fact: Although older houses may have outdated electrical wiring, newer houses are built with more synthetic materials and lighter woods that are actually more flammable. In an older house, you may have longer to put the fire out, but a newer house only gives you seconds to react due to its flammable bones.
  3. Myth: You have a few minutes to escape a fire.

    • Fact: As stated above, you may only be given a few seconds to escape your home once the fire has started.  It's tempting to grab family heirlooms before they are destroyed, but are they worth your life and health?
  4. Myth: The sprinkler system will activate in the entire house if only one room is affected. 
    •  Fact: If only the kitchen has caught fire, the sprinklers in the kitchen will be the only ones that activate.  It all goes one room at a time.
  5. Myth: In a fire, the flames are your biggest danger.

    • Fact: If you find yourself caught in a fire, it will be the smoke that gets to you first, not the flames.  Smoke is made up of all kinds of dangerous chemicals such as carbon monoxide that are incredibly toxic to humans.  If inhaled, it can cause unconsciousness followed by death.
  6. Myth: Children know what to do if they get caught in a fire.

    • Fact: Unless a specific plan has been established, children may not understand what to do in a fiery situation.  A lot of the time, children will hide in their closet or under their bed to escape the flames, not knowing that this is actually more dangerous.  It's important to make sure young children understand what to do if they notice that a fire has started.

These few myths debunked may help you react safely if you find yourself in the midst of a home fire.  As always if your home has experienced any amount of smoke or fire damage, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is able and willing to help.  We are available 24/7 to help you recover your home or business from any disaster. You can reach us at 817-596-8714.

How Can We Help Your Commercial Business?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

There are many ways SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties can help your commercial business! We provide a variety of cleaning expertise that could always be put to use in your commercial building. Here are just a few of our cleaning services that we would love to provide for you.

Carpet Cleaning:

                A yearly carpet cleaning can remove offensive smells and stains, provide fresher air due to removal of dust and dandruff, and bring longevity to your carpets.

Air Duct Cleaning:

                The airflow going in to your building, should be fresh without any foul smells. Having your air ducts cleaned can provide cleaner, better smelling, bacteria free air.

Deodorization:

                Deodorizing a building brings an overall better smell to the area. With people going in and out, coffee spills, human function, or really anything that can bring on tough odors, smells of all sorts start to linger. This can bring an overall better smell to your building.

Document Drying:

                If your commercial building were to flood or the fire sprinklers were to be triggered, the important files and documents could become ruined. SERVPRO provides document drying which basically means, we will dry and restore to our best ability, your documents, books, pictures, and files.

                If you would like to learn more about our services and how we can help you, do not hesitate to call and ask! (817)596-8714

Cleaning Hack: Glass Stove Tops

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Glass stove tops can add a sleek, modern look to any kitchen.  They also come with the major perk of not having to worry about cleaning grates or drip pans.  Everything has its downfall though.  Anyone who has ever owned or used a glass stovetop knows that the smallest splatter immediately becomes an eyesore as it is much more noticeable.  If the stove is not cleaned after use, these noticeable blemishes can become difficult to remove as well as potentially becoming a fire hazard.

Stoves in general tend to collect water spots, grease, and burnt crumbs better than any other common home appliance.  While cleaning your stove is obviously important, it can bring up questions such as, "How do I remove the grease without leaving scratches?" "What cleaner do I use to make sure there isn't a weird film left behind?" "The water spots are too resilient for basic cleaner.  What can I use to remove these?".

Here are 7 cleaning hacks that you can use to clean even the toughest messes off of your glass stove top.

  1. Sprinkle baking soda over the problem areas and cover with a hot towel.  
    • This is a common method used to remove stuck on grease and grime.  All it entails is sprinkling baking soda over the problem area, running a towel under hot water, placing said towel over the baking soda, and allowing it to sit for 15mins.  After the 15mins is up, you should be able to use that same towel and rub it over the area in circular motions to remove the baking soda and grease.  If a residue is left behind, you can use a microfiber cloth to buff it off.  No expensive products, no elbow grease, and no frustration.
  2. Use a razor blade to scrape off water stains

    • I'm sure we've all experienced that moment when water boils over the top of the pot and leaves that annoying ring of water burned onto the stove.  While these are a bit more difficult to remove, it isn't impossible.  With this hack, you'll want to proceed with caution.  Using a flat razor blade and running it straight across the water stain will remove this spot.  Be sure to keep the blade straight and not at an angle in order to prevent scratching.  If the blade alone is struggling to remove the residue, try laying a hot towel over the area to loosen things up.
  3. Distilled white  vinegar.
    • This alone may not remove tough stains but if you're looking for a good product to use for every day cleaning, this is it.  It is affordable, easy to find, and easy to use.  Not only that, but it doesn't leave a residue to be burned off like a lot of other products do.
  4. Combine dawn dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.  
    • This one requires gloves, a scrubbing brush, and some elbow grease.  Some stains are truly a pain to get off.  If none of these other methods have worked for you, then this surely will.  First, squirt dawn dish soap over the stove top.  Then, cover with baking soda.  Finally, add about a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide over top of the solution.  Once all of the products have been applied, proceed to scrub with a dish brush but make sure to be wearing gloves to prevent having direct contact with this solution.  Once you have scrubbed for a few minutes and the mixture is fully combined, allow it to sit for about 3 more minutes and then wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
  5. Car wax to prevent future difficulties.

    • Take some car wax, buff it on top of your clean stove, wipe away the excess with a paper towel, and then any future grease or grime should wipe right off.
  6. Use a glass cleaner once the stove has been successfully cleaned.

    • This will remove any streaks that may have been left behind to make your glass stove look brand new.
  7. Typical stove cleaner

    • Obviously you can skip the hassle and try using a general store-bought stove cleaner to help remove any problem areas.  Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleaner of your choice to ensure optimum results.

To keep that sleek, minimalist look that a glass stovetop provides, as well as prevent fire hazards due to stuck on grease and grime, try out these cleaning hacks.

As always, if you have experienced a fire in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties! 817-596-8714

Tornado Safety

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

What is the difference between a 'tornado watch' and a 'tornado warning'?  According to the Red Cross, a 'tornado watch' means that there is potential for a tornado to form.  A 'tornado warning' means that there is already a tornado or one is about to form.  

So what do you do in this situation?  Chances are, if you've been tied into a tornado warning before, you already have an idea of what to keep with you.  However, if you're new to a location that is known to participate in Mother Nature's spinoff (no pun intended) of the children's game 'Twister', there are a few things that you should know as far as preparation goes.

What to Do When You Get Word of a Tornado Watch:

Don't wait for the tornado watch to turn into a tornado warning before stocking your safe space.  When you receive word of a watch, immediately begin packing your safe space (which we'll get to in a minute).  Also keep the news or a radio on and listen to the current weather report.  You'll want to keep track of what is going on and when it is going on so you know how to better prepare.  Let your children, spouse, or other housemates know what's going on so they can stay in the loop (also no pun intended).  Communication in this situation truly is key as we don't want anybody unaware of the determined procedure.  You may consider walking to a neighbor or a friend's house nearby if they have a storm shelter or basement to seek refuge in.  

Where should your refuge be located:

One thing is for certain: if you live in a trailer house or mobile home, you'll want to find a sturdier structure to seek shelter in.  In fact, if you  live in a mobile home in an area that is at risk for having a tornado, you might consider investing in placing a storm shelter on site.

Other practical places to seek refuge include 

  • basements
  • rooms with no windows and few doors located on the lowest floor
  • bathrooms
  • under a sturdy piece of furniture with a mattress, blanket, or towel covering your head and neck
  • closets
  • pantries

Where not to seek refuge

  • rooms or spaces located on the top floor of the house or building
  • cars
  • rooms with windows
  • avoid being near bridges or highway overpasses if you are outside during this time
  • areas located directly underneath a heavy object (ex. when in the basement, don't hide directly under the fridge or piano located in the room above.  The structure of the house could be compromised, causing the object to fall through.)

If you are outside when a tornado hits, run to the nearest sturdy building or even a drainpipe.  The car is not a safe place to seek refuge in this situation.  However, if you do get trapped in the car, keep your seatbelt on, the engine running,  tuck your head down below the windows, and cover as much of your body, especially your head with a blanket or coat to protect against broken glass or flying debris.

Now that we have determined where the safe space should be located, it's time to determine what needs to be placed inside of that safe space.

What to pack in your safe space

  • non perishable food items
  • water
  • flashlight
  • radio
  • portable charger
  • batteries
  • blankets
  • diapers, bottles, formula, etc. if you have a baby
  • toys for children
  • medication

Now that you have your safe space picked out and fully stocked with what you need, it's time to really start watching the weather.  Hopefully you have been listening to the weather report this whole time though.  Here are a few things that you should look for as far as weather conditions go.

Weather conditions that indicate a tornado

  • a dark green colored sky
  • a large, dark, low lying cloud
  • large hail
  • a loud sound that sounds like a freight train

If any of these weather conditions occur, seek refuge IMMEDIATELY!  Fortunately, you already know where to hide at this point and you have all of the materials you need already placed in the shelter.  Once the tornado hits, there's not much you can do except protect yourself and wait it out.  As always, if your home or business does happen to play victim to tornado damage and you are in need of a crew to help clean it up, you can trust SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties to do the job.  Give us a call at 817-596-8714.

Personal Protective Equipment | Water

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we aim to keep our employees as safe as possible.  One of the ways that we go about this is by providing what we call PPE, or personal protective equipment.  This is equipment or clothing articles that our crew uses when dealing with certain hazardous materials or substances.  An example of a hazardous situation that would require PPE is a water loss.  

With water losses, there are three categories that we like to consider to determine how contaminated the water is. Category 1 is clean water that doesn't pose any threat to humans.  An example of this could be tap water straight from the sink.  Category 2, grey water, meant that the water contains some contaminants and could cause a human illness if ingested. This may come from broken toilets or sump pumps.  Finally, category 3 is called black water.  This water is highly contaminated and my include biohazardous materials such as urine or feces.  These categories are greatly considered when determining what PPE is necessary while performing the mitigation process. Here are a few examples of PPE that we use during a water loss and what justifies us wearing them.

  • Gloves are a staple piece for our crew.  No matter the job or the category of the loss our team is always wearing a pair of gloves.
  • Rubber boots are always worn when there is standing water in any room of the house.  Wet socks are uncomfortable enough as is.  Add some contaminants in there and you've got a recipe for disaster.
  • Safety goggles are another staple piece in our PPE closet, and for obvious reasons.  Our crew is highly susceptible to getting things in their eyes while working.  Safety goggles will shield their eyes from water, insulation, drywall, and anything else that might be floating around.
  • Safety suits are worn when the water loss is a category 3.  This category includes things such as sewage where there are a lot of dangerous contaminants and bacteria in the water that could be incredibly dangerous to our crew members.
  • Respirator masks are also worn when the water is considered highly contaminated and dangerous.  Mold and other bacteria can easily form in this category and can be dangerous to inhale.

These are just a few examples of PPE that our crew wears when handling a water loss.  These items help keep our people safe so that we can create a safe environment for the homeowners as well.  

As always, if you have experienced a water loss in your home or business, give us a call!  You can contact us at 817-596-8715.

What Are Flood Cuts?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

When a business has endured a water loss or water damage, the mitigation process can be tedious.  If absolutely any moisture is left behind, it may cause secondary damage in the form of mold, or make the building materials unstable.  Of these building materials, we include drywall.  

Once moisture has penetrated your drywall, it only takes about 48 hours for dry drywall to soften exponentially or for mold to begin growing.  In order to prevent this from happening, SERVPRO often removes the bottom 12-18 inches of drywall from a home or business.  This is called performing a 'flood cut'.

Are Flood Cuts Really Necessary?

Moisture isn't always visible to the human eye.  That is why we use our state of the art equipment to detect moisture that may be hiding behind walls.  If moisture is detected, a flood cut is a reliable method that we use to dry out that space.  This entails removing the bottom 12 or 18in of drywall so we can use our equipment to circulate air and avoid the growth of mold behind said drywall in the future.  There are a few factors that we use to determine whether or not a flood cut is necessary.  These factors include

  • How much, if any, insulation is behind the walls.  
  • What category of water affected the area.
  • The length of time that the water was left sitting before being removed.

The intent of the flood cut is to avoid you, as a business owner, having to close your business for an extended period of time due to secondary damage caused by the initial water loss.  Drywall and insulation are both incredibly absorbent and take a long time to dry out, making it the perfect habitat for mold.  If the drywall, insulation, and surrounding areas are not properly cleaned and dried, it will cause even larger and more expensive predicaments in the future.  That is why professionals recommend allowing us to perform a flood cut, to save you from future trouble.

As always, if your business has endured a disaster, give us a call! 871-596-8714

Burn Baby, Burn... Or Don't

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?  Do you know what kind of fire that extinguisher is made for?  Did you know that homeowners are recommended to have at least FOUR fire extinguishers in their home?  Chances are, probably not.  A common misconception is that one fire extinguisher is made to put out any fire, when in reality, there are actually four different classes of fire extinguishers and they are all made for different purposes.

The four classes of fire extinguishers are labeled "A, B, C, and D".  Class "A" is most commonly the extinguisher found in households because it puts out ordinary combustibles such as paper and wood; this is also the most well known extinguisher. The other three classes will be described below:

  • Class B: Class B extinguishers are for use on flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil.
  • Class C: Class C extinguishers are for use on electrical fires only
  • Class D: Class D extinguishers are designed to put out flammable metals.

Some extinguishers are multipurpose, and can be suitable for two or more classes of fire.  If this is the case, the extinguisher will be labeled as such (A-B, B-C, or A-B-C).  Professionals recommend that every home and business owner have at least one fire extinguisher for each class.  This will ensure preparedness in any burning situation.

When engaging a fire extinguisher, it is important to remember to P.A.S.S.

  1. Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher to break the seal.
  2. Aim the fire extinguisher low, at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the handle of the extinguisher to release the extinguishing agent.
  4. Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire until the fire is fully put out.

In case your home does experience the devastation of a fire, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties can take over the cleaning and restoration process to relieve some of the stress on your shoulders! You can contact us anytime, 24/7, at 817-596-8714.

3 Types of Secondary Damage That Can Occur After a Water Loss

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

When a water loss first occurs, your home will most likely experience immediate damage.  This can include loss of important documents, electrical shortages, or wet drywall.  If the water is not removed quickly and the area is not dried properly, there can also be damage that is caused after the flood.  This is called secondary damage.  The best way to prevent this from happening is to hire a professional to remove the water and reverse the effects of the loss.  However, if not attended to immediately, here are a few examples of secondary damage that you should look out for.

  1. Mold Growth

    • The first, and most familiar example, is mold growth.  Mold loves moist environments.  This is why it is such a common effect of a water loss.  If left untreated, mold can continue to spread and damage other areas of the house.
  2. Warped Hardwood Floors

    • Another familiar cause of water loss is warped hardwood floors.  This is when wood flooring absorbs the moisture sitting on top of it, causing it to disfigure and/or rise off of the foundation.  Warping is why flooring is commonly removed and replaced after a water loss.  Wood furniture can also become disfigured if exposed to moisture.
  3. Corrosion
    • The third example of secondary water damage is corrosion.  If any pipes, screws, or nails were exposed to moisture during a water loss, they may eventually begin to rust.  This can weaken the metal piece and cause it to eventually break.   

When dealing with a water loss, these examples of secondary damage can be detrimental to your home.  Our team here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is trained to look out and resolve these issues BEFORE they occur.  If you are in need of professional mitigation due to a water loss, give us a call at 817-596-8714.

Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are one of the most basic fire safety devices that are available to us.  They have been installed in almost every home and business across the board.  What a lot of people don't know though, is that even smoke alarms require a minimum amount of maintenance.  There are just a few things that the U.S. Fire Administration recommends to ensure that your smoke alarm is up to par.

  1. Check your alarms monthly.

    • Although some smoke alarms are self-testing, it is still recommended to manually test them once a month.  This can generally be done by holding down the button in the center of the alarm until it begins to beep.
  2. Replace non-hardwired detectors batteries annually.
    • The last thing you want is to find out that your smoke alarm's batteries are dead.  Chances are that by then, it would be a little too late.
  3. Clean your detectors annually.
    • Your average dust bunnies can, in fact, impede on your alarms performance.  Make sure to take the device off of the wall and see that it is sparkling and not sparking.

It may seem tedious to perform these tasks but it's important to make sure that your smoke alarms aren't being sabotaged.  After all, you probably don't want to be without warning if your home happens to catch fire while you're asleep. A few minutes of your time to ensure that things are working properly is well worth it when your assets are on the line.

Source: Safewise.com

If you do find yourself in need of a fire mitigation crew, call SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties! 817-596-8714

We Are Available 24/7/365

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

If you are frantically googling 'water repair near me', you are most likely in a dire situation that requires assistance ASAP.  Whether it's one o'clock in the morning or one o'clock in the afternoon, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is prepared to take on any disastrous situation!  Our team is available around the clock seven days a week.  What truly makes us stand out against similar businesses?  We are the ONLY call you'll need to make.  We will personally clean all salvageable items, remove wet flooring, dry wall, and insulation from the affected area, and use our equipment to dry out the same area and prevent the growth of mold.  We will also take the liberty to contact your insurance adjuster to handle the billing as well as hire a trusted construction company to cover the repairs.  We are adamant about leaving no loose ends.  

If you are experiencing the aftermath of a flood, fire, mold, biohazard, vandalism, or you're in need of a general deep cleaning, give SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties a call at 817-596-8714

The Top Five Causes Of House Fires and How To Avoid Them

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

"Mmm," you moan as the smell of barbeque brushes your nostrils.  Your mouth begins to water, your stomach begins to growl, a warm shiver tickles your spine.  Your body begs for a slice of whatever is cooking in the kitchen, until, all of a sudden, you realize that that's not food at all.  It's your house.  Your house is on fire.

Don't you just hate when that happens! You think you're about to get a hot meal, but instead, you get an insurance claim.  Alright, alright, I'm kidding.  I'm hoping you can tell the difference between Risky's Bar-B-Q, and a risky BBQ (that’s a little pun for y'all around Parker County).

On a serious note, house fires can be seriously detrimental.  They endanger you, your family, your pets, and your assets.  Although there is no sure way to completely prevent sparks from flying, there are some things that should be kept in mind and paid attention to. Here are the five most common causes of house fires and how you can do your best to avoid them.

  • Cooking is the cause of a whopping forty-nine percent of residential fires.  Now that's not giving you permission to eat out every day, but it is encouragement to watch what you put on your stove.  More often than not, these fires are caused by grease that gets overheated.  Grease is an incredibly flammable substance once it reaches about six-hundred degrees Fahrenheit.  When it reaches this point, it can combust spontaneously, even without direct flame contact.
  • Toasters and ovens can also start fires if not cleaned properly.  Oils and crumbs that sit at the bottom of these machines can catch fire when exposed to extreme heat, like they are.
    • How do you prevent these things from causing a fire?  Leaving anything unattended on your stove is not a good place to start, especially if you're cooking something in oil or grease.  Also, make sure to clean your cooking equipment often to ensure that there are no crumbs or oils trapped at the bottom of them.
  • The second most common cause of house fires are heating appliances such as space heaters.  These kinds of fires are less common than ones caused by cooking, causing only twelve percent of residential fires, but can be equally as detrimental.  Heaters that are fueled by kerosine are especially dangerous, as the fuel is extremely flammable.  Electric heaters can also be dangerous if the electrical wires short out, causing sparks.
    • How to avoid fires caused by heating appliances: simply unplug or turn off your heater when nobody is around to supervise it.  Not allowing the heater to overheat will also contribute to the act of avoiding flames.
  • As stated above, electrical shortages can create sparks, causing fires.  Generally, shortages don't happen "just because", they are usually caused by faulty wiring or by having too many things plugged in at once.  Although only ten percent of residential fires are caused by electrical shortages, it is still important to take what preventative measures you can. 
    • Avoiding electrical shortages is slightly more difficult than avoiding the fire starters previously discussed.  Having an electrician inspect your home or business is one of the safest ways to ensure that you aren't at risk especially if you live in an older home.  
  • If you're a smoker, chances are you've heard the "why smoking is bad for you" speech a million times over.  I'm not here to shame or commend your life choices, but, when you put your cigarette in the ashtray, check to see if there are any red ashes left.  Cigarette ashes only cause about five percent of house fires, but are the cause of about twenty-three percent of fire deaths.  This is because this fire most often starts while the resident is asleep.
    • How to prevent fire caused by cigarettes: ensure that your cigarette is fully put out when placed in the ashtray.
  • The fifth most common fire starter in the home is the beloved candle.  Didn't think Bath and Body Works could cause so much trouble huh?  Truthfully, this is another one of those situations where the open flame is fine, as long as somebody is supervising it.  Most fires caused by candles happen when the resident has left the home or when a flammable object, such as paper, is left within reach of the flame.
    • The best way to prevent fire caused by candles is to remove flammable objects from the surrounding area, as well as blowing the candle out when planning to leave it unsupervised.

Overall, house fires aren't completely preventable, but they are avoidable.  By watching what you do, keeping things tidy, and not leaving open flames unattended, you can save yourself a lot of money and frustration.

If for some reason you do experience the rage caused by fire damage, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is more than willing to help!  We are open 24/7/365 and are always ready to answer your calls.  You can contact us at 817-596-8714

A Storm’s-A-Brewin

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

What do you call a deer in a rainstorm?  A raindeer.

I'm sure that raindeer would love a nice shelter to stay in until the storm passes.  Hey!  What about a nice storm shelter?

Now, whether or not you allow animals in your shelter is totally up to you, but there are a few things that we recommend you keep in there in case you or your furry friends need somewhere safe to hide.  First off, if you don't own a storm shelter or one isn't accessible to you, it is recommended to seek refuge in a basement or in a room placed close to the center of the house.  This is so there are as many walls as possible between you and the outside.  Also try to pick a room with few windows and/or doors.

Once you have planned out where you want to seek refuge incase of emergency, the next step is to stock up that space with some essential items.  These items will support you in case of a power outage, freak injury, or possible starvation.

Essentials To Keep In Your Storm Shelter

  • Radio- Keep a battery powered radio with you in case your phone dies or the phone lines are down. 
  • Battery powered walkie-talkies- These are useful when trying to communicate with someone nearby.
  • Battery powered or wind up flashlight- If the power goes out, you still may need to navigate your way around.  Having a flashlight that you can trust is essential.
  • Batteries- While we're on the subject of battery powered objects, keeping a new package of batteries in your emergency kit might be a smart choice.
  • Backup generator- While this isn't essential, it might come in handy.
  • Warm clothing and blankets- Storms can be unpredictable.  You never know when you might need a change of clothes or a blanket if the power fails.  
  • First aid kit- This one speaks for itself.  Bumps and bruises shouldn't be left unmended.
  • Essentials for your family- This includes any medications, diapers, or formulas that you or a family member might require.
  • Food and water- Water is obviously vital for human survival and so is food.  Be sure to take into consideration any food allergies while packing your emergency kit.

Now that we've covered a few emergency essentials, let's dive further into food items.  Obviously fresh fruits and veggies aren't good options when stocking a storm shelter as they will perish pretty quickly.  Lets go over some non-perishable food items that you can keep in your shelter.

Food Items To Keep In Your Storm Shelter

  • canned fruits and veggies
  • canned soups and ravioli
  • canned meats
  • granola bars
  • beef jerky
  • MREs or Meals Ready to Eat
  • pet food
  • baby bottles and formula (if applicable)
  • crackers
  • pickled goods

It may also be beneficial to stock up on disposable eating utensils such as paper or plastic plates, bowls, cups, forks, knives, and spoons.

Once you have added these essentials to your storm shelter or refuge, you and your family will be all set!  Don't forget about the raindeer though.  I'm sure he'd appreciate a warm shelter too.

Is Your Dryer a Fire Hazard?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 clothes dryer fires are reported yearly.  These dryers, on average, cause about 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss.  The leading cause of these types of fires, 34%, is failure to clean the dryer vents.

Why are dryer vents the leading cause of clothes dryer-related fires? 

While cleaning the lint filter in your dryer does lower the risk of starting a fire, it doesn't abolish it completely.  Despite common belief, lint filters don't catch everything.  Lint tends to get trapped in the vent connected to your dryer.  This vent heats up every time your dryer is being used and with nowhere for the trapped lint to escape the heat, it becomes a fire hazard.  That is why professionals recommend getting your dryer vents cleaned at least once a year.

How do I know when my vents need to be cleaned?

There are a few obvious signs that appear when your vents need to be cleaned.  This includes: 

  • Clothes taking longer than normal to dry
  • Clothes are unusually hot to the touch when cycle is over
  • The laundry room heats up when the dryer is in use
  • Burning smells
  • Dryer stops working
  • Vent flap isn't opening

If any of these signs occur when partaking in your normal laundry routine, it may be time to call in a professional to make sure everything is clean and clear.  Fortunately, our team at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is trained and experienced in this field.  If you notice any of these things happening or if it has been over a year since your last vent cleaning, give us a call! 817-596-8714

Reviews Help Us, Help You

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Customer Reviews We love hearing back from our customers!

Here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, when it comes to our customers, we want to make sure we are providing the best service possible. We understand that any disaster in your home is frustrating and can become very stressful. Whether it's fire, water, mold, stained carpet, or damaged belongings, we can handle it for you. We want to leave you, knowing that we have given you back power and control over your home. 

Our goal is to make YOU happy and ease your stress through the process. We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on our review page on our website. These comments leave only room for us to grow and improve us for the future. Call SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties today at (817) 596-8714

https://www.SERVPROparkernortheasthoodcounties.com/customer-reviews/reviews

SERVPRO is Ranked Top Ten in Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

For the last seven consecutive years, SERVPRO has been ranked #10 franchise in their franchise 500 as well as being ranked #1 in the cleanup and restoration category.  SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is more than proud to be a contributing member to the success and prestige of this thriving company.  With over 1,700 franchises nationwide and offering multiple branches of service such as water mitigation, fire mitigation, mold remediation, and general cleaning for homes and commercial businesses, SERVPRO is hard to beat.

Choosing SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties means we'll arrive on site, ready to protect your home from further damage, within 4 hours of receiving a call.  Our team of IICRC certified technicians will use our state of the art equipment to remove debris and affected materials, salvage as many items as we can, and sanitize all affected areas of your home or business.  No matter what, we are always sure to do the job right, the first time.

A full list of our services include:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Storm damage restoration
  • Mold remediation
  • Cleaning services
    • Carpet
    • Drapes
    • Air ducts
    • Vents
    • Biohazard
    • Upholstery
    • Sewage
    • Trauma and crime scene
    • Vandalism and graffiti
    • Odor removal

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (yes, that includes holidays) to assist you with whatever cleaning or restoration needs you may have.  Disaster doesn't run on a schedule, which is why we are ready to help at any hour of the day or night.  As always, if you are in need of a cleaning and restoration team in your home or business, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is ready and willing to help!  Give us a call 817-596-8714!

The Home Stretch Of Recovery

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Thank You! Thank you for supporting us!

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties has been working around the clock to reach as many people as possible.  Because of the snow storm back in February, so many homeowners have had to experience the frustration and inconvenience of water damage.  Busted water pipes are no joke, and neither is the amount of damage caused by the water loss.  Not only does it flood your home, but if not treated quickly and properly, it can cause mold spores to form.  Although we have not been able to reach every call that comes in, we have been moving as fast as we can, to do what we can, for the people that we have been able to help.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to every person that has been patient and kind throughout this season.  We truly appreciate each and every customer that has shown us support and grace during this time period.  We hope to be returning to normal soon, so we can help more people like YOU! 

Water Moves in Strange Ways

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

In the water mitigation world, it is very important that we check every inch of wall and flooring after a flood. Whether it be a small sink overflow, and busted pipe, or a huge storm, finding all the moisture in the affected area is a must. Water will move in strange ways sometimes. Years of studies and experience shows that no matter how much we think we know, or how we may predict the water to move, we cannot truly be sure. If a SERVPRO technician comes to your home to scope, they may start to look in places where water did not necessarily go. To prevent further damage and mold growth to begin, all moisture must be extracted. If you need any services from our SERVPRO professionals, do not hesitate to call! (817)596-8715

We are here for YOU

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Any water or fire damage to your home or commercial business? Call SERVPRO! SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. Our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service. We are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster with the training, equipment, and experience to respond to your restoration needs. We are also locally owned and operated. Our priority is the customer and the restoration of your belongings. We believe that a communication is an essential role in restoring a home, so our office is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

24-Hour Emergency Service

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Highly Trained Leader in the Restoration Industry

Locally Owned and Operated

Have questions? Call us today- (817) 596-8714

Mold Can hide

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Foggy weather can cause the beginning stages of mold to form. The moisture in the air contacts many surfaces which then allows the moisture to be absorbed by the materials. Since it is hard to tell where exactly fog and moist air can travel to, finding mold before it is too far along in its growth, can be difficult. At SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, we can help you. Our technicians are trained in mold detection and removal. Mold can cause a number of issues like coughing, sickness, deterioration of your home, and much more. We will find the mold hiding in your home and remove it! All you have to do is give us a call. Do not hesitate to ask us questions either! Call us today! (817)596-8714

Community Service

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a local water mitigation company that serves you, your neighbor, friends, and even high school buddies. We wanted to serve the community, so we decided to help out! As our company grows more popular, we want to show we still care about the small things, like helping out the community. No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO of parker of Northeast Hood Counties. Since we are privately owned and operated, we have the ability to make things like this happen. Our goal is to serve! SERVPRO is a great choice because we will always be willing to help where we can. If you need any assistance, or have any questions for us, do not hesitate to call. We want to be there for you and our community. Call us for any questions you might have, we are always happy to help. (817)596-8714 

Quick Cleanup for Commercial Buildings

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings are a big deal in the fire and water mitigation world. They are sometimes the largest companies and often times, in small towns, keep money flowing through. We know of several big companies in our small town of Weatherford. It is important to us here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties to keep our commercial buildings up and running. Since we are a 24-hour service with all the right tools and expertise to fix any water or fire issues, we want to show our customers how quickly and efficiently our technicians can work, especially when a huge company is relying on us! If you have any questions or concerns regarding our commercial building drying techniques or cleanup, just call us. (817)596-8714

We Care About You

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Our customers mean so much to us here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties. When we get the call and move out to a home to start work, we like to check in with the owner and make sure the communication is clear. Making sure our customer has a full understanding of our plan and point of attack is the most important part of the job. Customer satisfaction will and always has been important to us. Your safety is a huge deal to us too. We will always warn you of the safety hazards in your home once we inspect and place our tools to fix up your home. Some things we might warn you about would be for example, power cords going from the fans to the outlet in the wall, or the types of chemicals we would be using. If you ever think of any questions for us, do not hesitate to ask us! (817)596-8714

Fire Safety Precautions

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

How often do you think about the common accidents that could happen in your home? It is easy to get into the flow of everyday life, and forget the small things that could make a huge difference. For example, leaving your lights and appliances on or plugged in. While our technology is improving every day, man made things are still faulty. This is why it is important to take certain precautions for you and your home. Over 50,000 homes are affected by electrical fires alone per year. We want to give you the best advice we can, to prevent this happening to you, our loyal customers. Purchasing a fire extinguisher, a smoke alarm, or extra circuit protectors are some of the few things that SERVPRO highly recommends you should buy for your home. Before you leave your house for the day make sure you unplug unnecessary things like lamps, hair straighteners, games consoles, etcetera. SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties wants you to be in the safest position possible when you are in the comfort of your home. Give us a call today for any questions you may have. (817)596-8714

The Best Customer Service

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties has great customer service. We believe that our customers deserve respect and honesty above all. Regardless of any possible hindrances, for example, a language barrier, or an allergy to a certain chemical. We want to be transparent with our restoration process and certain chemicals we use, if we use any. Our customers are important to us; communication is the key to a successful job completion. Never be afraid to ask questions or call our office for information. Since our job is to help you, we want to do our best by showing you that we care about your belongings and personal reassurance. When it comes our work, you are the most important person to impress. Call us today for any questions or concerns. (817)596-8714

Smoke Particles in the Air

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Why lingering smoke smells in your home are dangerous. When the remaining smell of a house fire lingers in a home, it can be dangerous to you and your pets. Particles in the air from the smoke may linger. Even though our eyes cannot see the dangerous particles in the air, we are breathing it and it is there. Many times, diy smoke removal methods include using harsh chemicals. Things like ammonia, bleach, or vinegar are used to “remove” smells. These cleaning methods will leave toxic smells and particles in the air that you breathe. Thus, leaving you with more chemicals in your home than before. While these methods sometimes work for small jobs, more often than not a professional should be involved. If you have smoke damage in your home, please call your local SERVPRO professionals. SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties would be more than happy to clean your home of harsh smells and chemicals. Give us a call today! (817)596-8714

Handling a Small House Fire

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Since SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties has dealt with many fire jobs in our several years of experience, we would like to share a few tips as to how to handle a small house fire. We want to start by saying that, obviously, fire is dangerous and spreads quickly. We want you to be safe and retain some skills just incase an accidental fire starts in or around your home. First and foremost, you should always have your own personal fire extinguisher. The first step you would take if a fire were to start would be using your extinguisher on the flames. Secondly, call 911. Emergency services is always there to help. The next step would be to open your doors AFTER THE FIRE IS OUT. From there, you wait for emergencies services, then call your local SERVPRO for a smoke smell removal, air filtration, and possible removal of burnt walls or counters. Call us (817)596-8714

Fast Response to Storms

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, we specialize in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained to use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly with the needed resources to start the restoration process. A fast response lessens the chances of permanent damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

When storms move over Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you have any questions or storm damage, contact us at (817)596-8714

Commercial Buildings

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings are damaged more often than one would think. Since there are many people going in and out of the building throughout the day, there are multiple things that could happen. Commercial buildings are usually several stories high. So, this means there will be restrooms on every floor along with washing machines, sinks, water fountains, etcetera. With each use of the restrooms or water fountains, the higher the flood risk is. Not to mention rain leakage through the roof or a busted pipe. In a commercial building, flooding is a high risk and can be difficult to manage and correct but luckily, SERVPRO is here to help!

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties want you to know that no matter the size or extent of the damage, we can fix it. Call us today!

Fire Cleanup Safety

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

When dealing with a fire catastrophe, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties wants you to know that we take on the situation carefully and seriously. Our goal is to keep you safe while restoring and cleaning up the leftovers of the fire in your home. For your safety and convenience, SERVPRO offers the option of pack-outs &/or professional clothing washes (to remove smoke residue and smells). We want you to be taken care of in the midst of all the cleaning and possible tear-out. If you need fire clean-up and odor removal, do not hesitate to call us! We want to help and provide the best services to you for your satisfaction. SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties will be here for you! Call us (817)596-8714

Commercial Buildings Flood Too!

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

commercial building Commercial buildings flood just as often as residential.

Whether it’s a small office or a 3-story printing business. Commercial size buildings flood too! SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties can definitely help in this kind of situation. Here at SERVPRO, we know that every hour that your building is flooded or filled with smoke, you’re losing revenue. So, we want to get your business up and running as efficiently and quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will take care of you and your business “Like it never even happened.” If you have any questions about our services, please call us today at (817)596-8714. We provide many other services like carpet cleanings, duct cleanings, and mold removal/prevention as well. Email or call us today for even more information!

Why SERVPRO is a Great Choice

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

24/7 service We are a 24/7 service!

Why SERVPRO is a great choice when deciding on which water mitigation company to use. Our crew is on the job 24 hours a day for 7 days a week. Since we are a 24-hour service, our phone lines are always open to you and you can call no matter the time. We understand the struggle of waking up or coming home to a flooded floor or a busted water pipe. We also provide pack-outs and, if need be, a great team of technicians to restore any and all of your personal belongings if they are damaged. Here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, we care for our customers. We want to ease your stress through what can sometimes be a vigorous process of drying and restoring your home. If you have any questions, call us today! (817)596-8714

The 3 Water Categories

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water Categories This picture represents three examples of water categories.

In the water mitigation world, there are three categories of water. When dealing with these categories, we must be thorough. The first is category 1, clean water from a precise source. For example, a sink overflowing into the bathroom floor. If the floor is not contaminated with anything dirty and there are no pets. We would probably consider this a “1.” A category 2 would contain a significant amount of biological contaminates. If this water were consumed it could cause sickness or discomfort. This would be something like a dishwasher leak. While the water may not look super dirty to the eye, the chemicals in the water from the dishwashing machine could be harmful to humans and animals. The most harmful is a category 3. Category 3 is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic or toxigenic agents. More often than not, the water we deal with is a “1” or a “2.” Call SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties today if you have questions. (817)596-8714

Why Reviews Help Us, Help You

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro Logo SERVPRO

We have been helping out our community for quite a few years now. Here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, we value the people that we live closest to, and the community we create together. If we help, encourage, and push each other and our businesses, we can grow to be even better. Letting our locals give our business reviews on things like Google and Yelp, gives us the drive to improve ourselves. Since the local businesses, like ours, here in Weatherford can benefit from your reviews, and ultimately serve you with more improved skills, why not leave a review? It only takes a few minutes of your time and we greatly appreciate it! Call SERVPRO today or leave a review for us. (817)596-8714

We're Here 24/7, Do Not Hesitate To Call Us

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

flooded Floor Waking up in the middle of the night to a flooded floor like this can be frustrating but, don't hesitate to call us!

A water loss can happen at any moment. Since, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties will always be here for you, our phones ring 24/7 for your convenience. The phone lines are always open because here at SERVPRO, we understand that water losses have no manners or sense of privacy. They come and go as they please! It is easy to underestimate how much damage water can cause. But we can assure you, the longer you wait, the more likely your personal belongings and home will be damaged. So, do not hesitate to call, even if its 3a.m.

Your safety and comfort are important to us. YOU are our priority no matter the time or place. Please, if you have any questions or concerns, call us. (817)596-8714.

Let Us Inspect Your Home For Mold

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Under carpet This is mold that was undetected until the carpet was pulled up and revealed a large amount of mold growing.

Mold can grow pretty much anywhere. Carpet, underneath tile or wood, and many other places. It begins when a surface becomes saturated with water. But, if a surface is quickly dried and restored, then the chances of mold growth are dropped significantly. The real worry comes from a surface that has been wet for a long period of time. In many cases, unfortunately, mold is not visible or noticeable until it begins emitting a bad odor. Once mold has reached this point, it can become dangerous as it releases toxins in the air that we breathe. This can lead to illness and in some cases asthma.

 Since mold is preventable, we highly recommend having one our SERVPRO professionals come and inspect your home. This way, we can prevent this from happening or remove any hidden mold. SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is here to provide you with our services and bring peace of mind to those in a moldy situation. If you suspect mold, or have any questions or concerns, please give us a call. (817)596-8714

Frozen Water Pipes!

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Bursting water pipe Bursting Water Pipe

Frozen Water Pipes

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” That means cold weather and high risk of frozen water pipes. If the water pipes in your home run anywhere without electrical heating, or the heating system fails, they are more prone to freeze.

You may be wondering, “why does this matter?”, or “won’t the water in the pipes eventually melt again?” Here’s what you need to know! Frozen pipes are a danger to your home because they can burst from the high amounts of pressure.

 If this happens, water could leak into your house, cause damage to your belongings, or mold could start growing. Here are some tips on preventing a frozen pipe.

1) During winter, turn your thermostat up a few degrees.

2) Open some cabinets in your bathrooms to allow warm air circulation to the pipes in the walls.

3) If water pipes run through the garage, keep the garage doors shut.

Checking Your Gutter System

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

An overflowing gutter and pooling at the bottom of a downspout Overflowing Gutter & Pooling Downspout

Checking Your Gutter System

Gutter systems are very important for your home. Gutters catch rainwater and direct it to the downspouts and into your home’s drainage system. This process protects the foundation of your house. It is very important that you check your gutter system at least once a month, especially during the rainier seasons.

If the gutters or downspouts are not functioning correctly, issues may occur. Without proper drainage, the soil alongside your home will start to wear away or water may leak into your basement or crawl spaces. Some signs to look for in a broken gutter system are standing water inside the gutters, improper drainage, or pooling at the downspouts. High winds during storms can highly damage gutters as well.

If you discover that your gutter system is failing, find water in a crawlspace of your home, or simply want us to come out and inspect, our SERVPRO technicians are happy to help. Call SERVPRO of Parker & Northeast Hood Counties now!

(817) 596-8714

Helping out the community

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

WHHS Alumni

SERVPRO of Parker & Northeast Hood Counties helped a group of old high-school friends out with a project for one of or own. They took on our project and did it as a service to the community! This group of WHHS Alumni was very thankful for our willingness to serve, be involved and make things better. 

Did You Know?

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

If you find yourself dealing with contaminated water, from a water loss, call in the SERVPRO experts for help.

There are three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water" is from a clean source like a broken water line; however, if left untreated, can degrade into a category 2 or 3.

Category 2: "Gray Water" may contain bacteria and viruses, and can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3: "Black Water" comes from flooding rivers or sewer backup and may contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes. 

Let our highly trained experts help you decipher what needs to be done and walk you through the process.

We are open 24/7, and 7 day's a week.

Have questions? Call SERVPRO today at 817-596-8714.

Ribbon Cutting for Panera Bread

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

So excited Panera Bread is in Weatherford!

We are so excited to be a member of The Weatherford Chamber. We had the ribbon cutting for Panera Bread.

Ribbon Cutting for The Dog House

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

The Dog House

Another great ribbon cutting! We love welcoming new business’s to our community.

What is IICRC?

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

What is the IICRC? Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It's a non-profit certification body for the restoration industry founded in 1972. #SERVPRO is certified with the IICRC for water, fire, and mold damage. With IICRC certified technicians are trained to operate at a higher standard within their designated certification. One of the main benefits of an IICRC professional to handle your home is knowing who you are hiring.

Have questions? Call us today- (817) 596-8714

Foggy weather

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

With the foggy weather comes moisture and mold. The warm weather we enjoy so much is saturated by a significant amount of water, which generated the excessive moisture around you. While many fear what the humidity means for their hair or their skin, have you thought about what it means for your home?

In humid climates, homes run serious risk of damage from collecting all of the moisture the air carries. A common result of high humidity levels in your home is mold. Mold grows quickly, in warm, damp conditions and can fester into an entire colony within 24 hours of their spores attaching themselves to surfaces and feeding. As mold grows and spreads throughout your home, allergens and irritants are released into the air which creates a dangerous situation for you and your family. The allergens and irritants can become toxic, causing respiratory problems and other health issues. That's why it's critically important to take steps in preventing mold growth in the first place, We recommend starting with a dehumidifier for your home. Using a dehumidifier will help you maintain optimal humidity levels that are both healthy and comfortable. Running fans, and checking up on your HVAC system will also help keep the humidity down. Make sure everything is running smoothly and functioning properly to help circulate air flow, and if you need help with an inspection you can always call SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties.

Call SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties at 817-596-8714.

Oh No My Water Heater Broke!!!

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

A water heater breaks, the sink won't stop running or some other clean water source causes damage to your home. You've called SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties and we're on our way, but in the meantime there are some things you can do to help mitigate.

Shut off the water source

Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building

Remove as much excess water as possible

Wipe excess water from wood furniture

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet

Remove paintings and place them in a safe/dry place

You may have noticed I said 'clean water source' in the beginning of this post. Water from toilets, outside the home and any other contaminated source pose a different danger. When water damage has been caused by contaminated water we suggest avoiding all contact and washing your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Have questions? Call SERVPRO today at 817-596-8714

It's Freezing!

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

During these cold winter months, keeping warm is a necessity. Keeping your pipes warm is just as important for your household/business. One of the most prominent ways that households flood is because pipes freeze and the metal becomes hard and compressed over night. Once the water is turned back on, the pipes heat up, expand, and bust. This is what leads to flooding water in the house and a massive mess. Nobody wants that! It is important to keep your pipes warm during these winter months to avoid this predicament. House floods can cause some major problems especially during the holiday season. If you have any questions on how to avoid this issue, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 596-8714.

Equipment

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties Improves Equiptment to Improve Your Home/Business:

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties has recently invested in a new company van, and it will allow our business to help you and your home/business by being more reliable. The owner of SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, Charles Guynes, flew to Tennessee to get the van and then drove the 10 hours back to Weatherford. By having a new van, it allows our business to more reliable by not worrying about a vehicle and being able to get to our destination even quicker than our customers are used to. Our employees are also loving the roominess and warm heater! For more information about our franchise and the steps we are taking to improve, please call us at (817) 596-8714. 

Did You Know?

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

There are three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water" is from a clean source like a broken water line; however, if left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3.

Category 2: "Gray Water" may contain bacteria and viruses, and can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3: "Black Water" comes from flooding rivers or sewer backup and may contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes.

Fireplace Safety Tips

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety Tips

1. Burn only dry, split firewood.    Avoid chemically treated woods.

2. Install a chimney cap.

3. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

4. Close damper when fireplace is not in use.

5. Schedule a yearly fireplace and chimney inspection.

In Case of Frozen Pipes

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Some tips on what to do if you have frozen pipes:

1. Keep the faucet dripping.

2. Apply heat to affected section of pipe with a heating pad or hair dryer.

3. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.

4. If you still have trouble, call a licensed plumber.

Response Times

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Response times are a huge factor in minimizing water and fire damage. Download our Ready Plan App to create a Ready Profile so that when disaster strikes, help is just a click away. bit.ly/1eXVvAE

Parker and NE Hood County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parker and NE Hood County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 817-596-8714

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Parker and NE Hood County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Parker and NE Hood County

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

It's Freezing!

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

During these cold winter months, keeping warm is a necessity. Keeping your pipes warm is just as important for your household/business. One of the most prominent ways that households flood is because pipes freeze and the metal becomes hard and compressed over night. Once the water is turned back on, the pipes heat up, expand, and bust. This is what leads to flooding water in the house and a massive mess. Nobody wants that! It is important to keep your pipes warm during these winter months to avoid this predicament. House floods can cause some major problems especially during the holiday season. If you have any questions on how to avoid this issue, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 596-8714Happy holidays!

Mold Remediation

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur just about everywhere. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at (817) 596-8714

Crazy Storms

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you have any storm damage, contact us at (817)596-8714

Parker and NE Hood Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate multiple 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.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SMOKE:

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. 

Every fire is different, and that is why every fire needs to be handled carefully and assessed correctly in able to ensure the best for you and your family/business. If you have any questions about what SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties can do for you, call us at (817)596-8714

Season's Greetings

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

The Holiday season can be a hustle and bustle for everyone, and sometimes it is just too much. With family and friends coming over for fun and games, there are always things to be cleaned. Your neighborhood SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties can help with that. SERVPRO takes great pride in being able to remove spills and stains in even the toughest circumstances. SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is able to professionally clean your house and make it shine just in time for the busy holiday season and any time you would like. Call our staff at (817) 596-8714 if you have questions about cleaning and the job that our company does. Happy Holidays from our family at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties to yours!

Equipment

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties Improves Equiptment to Improve Your Home/Business:

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties has recently invested in a new company van, and it will allow our business to help you and your home/business by being more reliable. The owner of SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, Charles Guynes, flew to Tennessee to get the van and then drove the 10 hours back to Weatherford. By having a new van, it allows our business to more reliable by not worrying about a vehicle and being able to get to our destination even quicker than our customers are used to. Our employees are also loving the roominess and warm heater! For more information about our franchise and the steps we are taking to improve, please call us at (817) 596-8714. 

Oh no! A flooded house!

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

A flooded home is the last thing anybody wants during the holiday season! However, with pipes freezing and water heaters busting, your friendly SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is here to help. 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding the water hazard emergency. These question will help us be able to bring the needed equipment to dry your house and remove water as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO representatives will ask several questions:

  • your name and contact information
  • the address of the water emergency 
  • your insurance information (if applicable)
  • where the flooding/damage occurred 

CALL TODAY: (817)596-8714

We understand that when you call us, you may be distressed, anxious, and confused, and you need a specialist to guide you through this process. SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties has specific water damage training and experience to help get you through this crisis. We specialize in water restoration; it is the foundation of our business.  

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