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Water Damage Timeline

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Timeline Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

Water Damage Timeline

At SERVPRO we understand that time is of the essence when it comes to water damage. Mold can develop within days of the damage occurring. So, it is imperative that all water is extracted as soon as possible.

Here is the water damage timeline to walk you through the steps of an untreated water damage emergency. 

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.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

6 Ways To Save Money & Water This Spring!

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 6 Ways To Save Money & Water This Spring! 6 Ways To Save Money & Water This Spring!

6 Ways To Save Money & Water This Spring!   

  1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Water comes out of the average faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute. Turn off the faucet after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it’s time to rinse.
  2. Turn off the tap while washing your hands.  Save a few gallons of water and turn the faucet off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.
  3. Fix your leaks. Annually Households waste about 1 Trillion Gallons nationwide. Fix leaks and save big! 
  4.  Re-use your boiled pasta water to water your plants. Instead of dumping the water used to boil your pasta reuse and save! 
  5. Cut your showers short. Older shower heads can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute. Speed things up in the shower for some serious water savings.
  6. Use Vegetable Cooking Water to Water Your Plants. There are tons of nutrients that your plants could benefit from being poured down the drain!  

Storm Tips and Tricks

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Tips and Tricks Count the number of seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder to get an idea of how far away a storm is and how long you still have before

Storm Tips and Tricks 

Storms or strong winds can cause a lot of bother and damage, so it pays to be prepared. Count the number of seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder to get an idea of how far away a storm is and how long you still have before it arrives. Every three seconds is roughly equivalent to one kilometre.

  • Take patio furniture, bins, gardening tools and ornaments inside or secure them
  • Close sunshades and put away parasols
  • If you’re in the woods, seek shelter in a group of low trees and never stand under a tree standing on its own
  • You are best protected in a car
  • Don’t stand in front of an open window
  • Unplug all electrical devices to prevent them being destroyed if lightning strikes
  • Disconnect radio and TV cables
  • Put your car in your garage or under your carport

Prevent hail damage

  • Park your car in a garage or under a roof
  • If you have to park your car outside, then protect it with a thick blanket
  • Protect skylights with a thick blanket or old carpet
  • Leave your pool cover open instead of closing it

Driving in a storm or hail storm

  • Look for a safe, covered place and wait for the storm to pass
  • If you cannot find shelter, then stop in a safe place and wait for the storm or hail storm to pass. This reduces the impact and damage

Thank You To All Of Our Wonderful Administrators!

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thank You To All Of Our Wonderful Administrators! You are an invaluable member of our team! Thank you for all that you do!

Happy National Administrative Professionals' Day!

In honor of National Administrative Professionals' Day. We would like to thank our wonderful office staff. Thank you for your amazing customer service and hard work without you none of this would be possible! Behind every successful team there is an efficient administrative professional! Today is the perfect day to thank you for all of your help and hard work!  

We appreciate all of your patience and dedication for taking care of Arlington residents in their time of need! Your service is greatly appreciated and a blessing to us all!

You are an invaluable member of our team!

Thank you for all that you do!

How To Properly Use A Fire Extinguisher

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Properly Use A Fire Extinguisher If you have the slightest doubt about your ability to fight a fire....EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!

The following steps should be followed when responding to incipient stage fire:

  • Sound the fire alarm and call the fire department, if appropriate.
  • Identify a safe evacuation path before approaching the fire. Do not allow the fire, heat, or smoke to come between you and your evacuation path.
  • Select the appropriate type of fire extinguisher.
  • Discharge the extinguisher within its effective range using the P.A.S.S. technique (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep).
  • Back away from an extinguished fire in case it flames up again.
  • Evacuate immediately if the extinguisher is empty and the fire is not out.
  • Evacuate immediately if the fire progresses beyond the incipient stage.

Most fire extinguishers operate using the following P.A.S.S. technique:

  1. PULL... Pull the pin. This will also break the tamper seal.
  2. AIM... Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle (or its horn or hose) at the base of the fire.

    NOTE: Do not touch the plastic discharge horn on CO2 extinguishers, it gets very cold and may damage skin.

  3. SQUEEZE... Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  4. SWEEP... Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat steps 2 - 4.

If you have the slightest doubt about your ability to fight a fire....EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY! 

The Truth About Mold

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Truth About Mold Over 70% of homeowners are unaware of mold lurking in their walls.

As a homeowner you are vulnerable to certain types of damages such as water and even mold! Mold can develop at anytime, anywhere in the world!

Most homeowners do not inspect their homes for leaks and moisture build up. Even the newest of homes could have excess moisture in even the smallest nooks and crannies.

It is imperative that homeowners prepare themselves for any possible damage to their home.

Here at SERVPRO of North Arlington we believe education is key in preventing any and every possible damage situation. 

Do you know the truth about mold? Mold can grow in any environment there are over 100,000 different species of mold. Over 70% of homeowners are unaware of mold lurking in their walls. And 100% of all type of mold have the potential to cause health problems for your family. The symptoms of mold related illness are often confused for the common cold. Mold toxicity symptoms include but are not limited to; 

  • Sneezing
  • Itching,Watery eyes
  • Runny Nose/Nasal congestion
  • Itchy nose, Mouth & Lips 
  • Fatigue/Weakness
  • Headache/light sensitivity

The truth is mold is everywhere. And by arming yourself with the proper information you can handle any mold situation in your home.

How To Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home...

Check out these easy tips on how to prevent mold growth in your home. And remember prevention is key! 

  • Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. 
  • Dry wet areas immediately. Mold cannot grow without moisture. Don't leave wit items hanging to dry. If you hang dry certain items dry items outside. 
  • Prevent Moisture with Proper Ventilation
  • Monitor moisture humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter  from your local hardware store.  
  •  Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors.
  •  Keep mold off household plants.The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.

If you are suffering from mold damage on your home call your local SERVPRO of North Arlington at (817)557-1447.

Water Damage Statistics

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Statistics Did you know? About 93 percent of all water damage can be prevented.

At SERVPRO of North Arlington we understand that water damage from the usual wear and tear can occur at anytime. Texas homeowners must be prepared to resolve any damage that may occur in their home. That is why SERVPRO of North Arlington is ready 24 Hours/ 7 days a week with skilled technicians ready to respond to your water emergency. 

Here are a few statistics for North Texas   Homeowners to bring awareness to water damage in the home.

Water damage in homes typically comes from the following sources:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaky roof
  • Broken washing machine hose
  • Plumbing problems
  • Insulations issues

Usually water damage in the home is not at the forefront of a homeowners mind and is considered a rare occurrence. 

Take a look at just how often it does occur with these Water Damage Statistics:

  • Almost 40 percent of all homeowners have said that they have experienced loss from water damage
  • About 93 percent of all water damage can be prevented
  • Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States
  • 250 gallons of water is released a day due to a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe
  • About 20 percent of all insurance claims related to water damage of some kind
  • Billions of dollars in property losses are spent each year as a direct result of water damages

If your experiencing water damage and need help today. Call Your local SERVPRO of North Arlington at (817)557-1447. 

Our technicians are standing by to respond to your water emergency now! 

A Flood of Emotions

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Flood of Emotions When damage strikes our local SERVPRO technicians are ready to respond 24/7!

SERVPRO of North Arlington knows that with every flood comes a flood of emotion. When your home, business or belongings become damaged, you don’t just want things clean, you want your life back!

And that’s where SERVPRO comes in. SERVPRO of North Arlington specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration. Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all that we can to help you regain control following a disaster. Our goal is to make it like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of North Arlington has local storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate whether your home or business is ready. In addition to our own resources, we have access to equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon our local strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams such as http://www.SERVPROnortharlingtontx.com/water-damage-restoration for catastrophic storms and major events.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (817)557-1447

Did You Know There Are Three Types of Contaminated Water?

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Did You Know There Are Three Types of Contaminated Water? If your home or business is suffering from water damage call your local SERVPRO of North Arlington (817)557-1447

At SERVPRO of North Arlington we understand that water damage could strike at anytime. Our local North Arlington technicians are ready to respond to your emergency 24/7! 

In the U.S alone it is estimated that over 14,000 homeowners rush to deal with water leak emergencies every day. It is important that you know the source of the damage when you call your local SERVPRO of North Arlington. Because without knowing the source of the damage it is difficult for our technicians to decipher how to assess and repair the damage. To avoid a longer repair time knowing the category and source of the leak or damage is instrumental in restoring your property to pre-disaster condition. 

Did You Know There are 3 Types of Contaminated Water?

When your local SERVPRO of North Arlington is called you will be asked a number of questions such as; do you know the source of the damage? How severe is the damage? And with this information we will then categorize the damage type and prepare your repair plan with in minutes! 

The Three Types of Contaminated Water 

Most home or business owners are unaware that there are three types of contaminated water. These three are broken up into categories depending on the source.

Here are the three types of contaminated water:  

  1. Category 1: "Clean Water"- Clean water is from "clean" source such as a broken water line. A category one water damage originates from a source that does not contain waste. This category is less severe as it presents less risks for humans conducting the restoration.
  2. Category 2: "Grey Water"- Grey water is water that may contain bacteria and viruses. Harmful, if consumed by humans and may cause sickness. Examples of category grey water include dishwater, washer water and more.  
  3. Category 3: "Black Water"- Black water is extremely unsanitary and harmful to humans. Black water may contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals and microbes. Examples of black water are sewage backup and flood water.  

If left untreated these categories may degrade.It is imperative that water damage is treated immediately. Time is of the essence when a disaster hits. Our local SERVPRO of North Arlington technicians are standing by 24/7 to help! 

If your home or business is suffering from water damage call your local SERVPRO of North Arlington (817)557-1447

How Prepared Is your Family for an Emergency?

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Prepared Is your Family for an Emergency? Does Your Family Have an Emergency Plan?

When Disaster Strikes!

Is your family prepared for an emergency?

Disasters can strike at anytime and when they do time is extremely important. At SERVPRO of North Arlington we understand that these situations can be unavoidable. This is why here at SERVPRO of North Arlington we have provided tips for Arlington families to be prepared for emergency situations. 

  • Prepare an Emergency Kit- depending on the type of disaster injuries may be imminent. It is essential in the event of an emergency to have an emergency kit nearby. Have your kit made and in a safe location that is easy to access. Your kit must include items such as first aid kit, flashlights, and non-perishable food items. 
  • Arrange a "Safe Haven"- Plan your emergency exit and arrange a meeting place for your family in case of separation. Be sure that small children are aware of how to exit and where to meet in the event of an emergency. 
  • Keep Extra Supplies on Hand- If you need to escape your home for any reason and you plan to use your vehicle. In an emergency you may not be the only family that needs to evacuate the area. Have your escape route out of the city mapped out. Keep maps in your vehicle with your emergency kit and extra supplies such as gas, jumper cables,batteries, flares and more. 
  • Emergency Etiquette- In emergencies it is imperative that your family remains calm. Although, it may be hard to control your emotions in unpredictable situations it is essential that your family is mentally prepared for all survival situations. Prepare small children for what is to come next. Keeping your family informed may keep everyone calm enough to escape emergency. Go over " Emergency Etiquette",to prepare your family for any situation. 

If your North Arlington home is suffering from Storm, Fire or Water Damage call your local SERVPRO of North Arlington at (817)557-1447