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Three Tips for Dealing with Drain Clogs

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Three Tips for Dealing with Drain Clogs Avoid a drain clog in your Dallas,TX home

Dealing with a clogged drain can happen to anyone. Food down the kitchen disposal, hair in the bath drain, or even just toothpaste buildup can lead to blockage in the pipes. If left untreated these clogs can lead to worse problems than just backed up water. Leakage or a pipe break could be the eventual result. Whether you’re in Dallas, TX, and need help with a stopped pipe, or are looking for ways to help prevent clogs in the first place, these tips may be able to help.

1. Avoid the Drain Clog if Possible

There are a few things you can do to help avoid a stopped up pipe in the first place. Running water when you use your disposal can help flush and carry away the diced up food. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to what gets flushed down your drains. Materials like grease or plaster can harden in the pipes and lead to clogging problems. A sink strainer can also be used to catch large items before they fall into the drain.

2. Use the Proper Tools

Once your drain is clogged the next step is to use the proper tools for the problem. In many cases you can clean the trap or use a plunger. Many plumbers recommend drain cleaners for small clogs as well. However, for hard to reach or stubborn clogs a drain snake may be your best option.

3. When in Doubt Call a Professional

If you’re not sure what the problem is or how to unclog it, your best bet is contacting a professional. They can assess your clog and take care of the situation before a pipe break occurs. If you do have leaking or broken pipes a water damage professional may be able to help.

If possible taking steps to prevent a clogged drain is preferable. However, knowing what tools to use for which type of clog can be just as important. Remember, when in doubt call a professional.

Top 3 Benefits of a SERVPRO Emergency Profile

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Top 3 Benefits of a SERVPRO Emergency Profile Always have a plan for the worst that can happen. When it does you are ready! Prepare your Emergency Ready Profile today!

Storm, fire and flood damage can happen to any business in Dallas, Texas. Fortunately, any business can prepare for a potential disaster by developing evacuation and continuity plans. Another emergency preparedness strategy that you may not have considered is a SERVPRO emergency profile.

This initiative can benefit your business in several important ways.

Timely Response

Floods and fires can be extremely costly to any business in terms of both required repairs and business downtime. Completing an emergency profile in advance ensures that you have a professional cleanup and restoration team readily available to render their services and help you resume normal business operations as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may waste valuable time trying to secure assistance, which may result in additional damage to your property and finances.

Advance Knowledge

As you build your profile, you may be asked to provide important information, such as the following:

  • Established chain of command to verify essential personnel
  • Critical site details, such as the location of water main valves and circuit breakers
  • A list of priority work zones

These details ensure that the response team is knowledgeable about your business from the onset, which may expedite their work.

User-Friendly

Registering your business and creating your emergency plan is relatively easy. You can visit SERVPRO’s website to get started. You may wish to use a smartphone or tablet, which enables you to take photographs of your building and add them to your profile.

Once you complete the registration process, you can download the ERP app. This useful tool enables you to easily update your emergency plan and share it with interested parties. The app also allows you to request your local team’s assistance at the touch of a button.

Advanced Preparation Is Key

If you want your business to quickly recover after a disaster, advanced preparation and a quick response are often essential. Your emergency profile enhances coordination between your business and the restoration team, allowing them to efficiently initiate and complete the process.

Basics of the Flood Cleanup Process

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Basics of the Flood Cleanup Process Flood water can contain high amounts of bacteria and disease. Be sure to sanitize all affected items properly prior to returning them to your home.

When your home is flooded, you may not know where to start the flood clean process. The EPA has several cleaning requirements for ensuring that your home in Dallas,Texas, returns to a habitable state after a flood. When flood mitigation experts have removed excess water, they start the sanitation process.

Your home is not clean until all the parts of this process are complete.

Item Assessment

Technicians may need to remove items from your home that have been damaged or destroyed by the flood. Anything in your house is subject to removal:

  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Draperies
  • Electronics
  • Documents
  • Books

The professionals will assess the items and decide if they can be set aside for cleaning or if they just need to be thrown away. All items that can be salvaged must be clean before they are placed back in your home.

Material Removal

If the flooding was extensive, cleaning requirements may dictate that part of the structure of your home be removed. Ceilings that have flood damage may be taken out, especially if they cover damp insulation. Even part of your walls or floors may have to be replaced. Those doing the repairs are likely to remove these materials before they attempt to disinfect anything.

Home Sanitation

To combat the germs that are undoubtedly present in flood water, everything that remains has to be sanitized. Every surface that is damaged by the flood must be cleaned with flood disinfectant. The appropriate protective equipment, such as goggles, face masks, respirators and gloves, should be worn. Try to avoid mixing different cleaners, as they may contain chemicals that release toxic fumes when combined. Sanitation is not complete until every surface has been cleaned and dried.

Cleanup is not always a quick process, but you want to make sure it is a thorough one. Following these cleaning requirements ensures that your home is safe once restoration is complete.

A Brief Overview of the Mold Remediation Process

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Brief Overview of the Mold Remediation Process Mold removal should be handled by experts for safety.

If you discover black mold in your home, you may want to know what the mold cleanup process will entail. While it is beneficial for you to understand the process, know that the best way to remediate the fungus is with the help of a professional. The Bent Tree, Texas, mold remediation expert that you hire will likely perform the following six steps to rid your home of mold and restore it to like-new condition:

  1. Contain spores
  2. Remove the mold
  3. Prevent the growth from coming back
  4. Clean up your belongings
  5. Use a HEPA vacuum
  6. Dispose of the mold in a safe manner

Contain Mold Spores

First and foremost, black mold spores need to be contained. If large amounts are present, your remediation team may seal off the affected area from the rest of the home. This is done to keep spores from spreading and further contaminating your home.

Remove the Mold

Once the affected area is contained, the next step is typically removal. To do this safely, the team may dampen the mold and then use bleach, borax, ammonia or vinegar to kill and wipe it away.

Prevent Future Growth

Next, your team may clean all the surfaces in and near the affected area. Mold spores can survive just about anywhere, so this is a crucial step to prevent future issues.

Clean Your Belongings

Any surfaces that cannot be easily wiped down will need to be thoroughly cleaned by a professional. Clothes, curtains and rugs should be brought to a drycleaner, while couches and other furniture made of porous materials may have to be disposed of.

HEPA Vacuum

Once everything has been cleaned and dried, your mold remediation team may use a HEPA vacuum to suck out any stray spores. This also helps to prevent future growth.

Disposal

Finally, the team may seal the HEPA vacuum bag and any unsalvageable materials in an airtight bag. The team will then dispose of these in a safe manner.

If you discover black mold in your home, contact your Bent Tree, Texas, mold cleanup experts right away. Your swift action can prevent costly damage.

Fire Extinguisher Tips for Your Business

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Extinguisher Tips for Your Business After fire damage to your building in North Dallas, TX, you may not be sure how to begin the cleanup process effectively.

Designating employees to become educated on fire extinguisher use may help protect property and life. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides an online training video to help familiarize you with proper use of extinguishers, but they remind you that it is supplemental and does not replace hands-on training. Fires are classified by the type of material burning and extinguishers are clearly labeled for their use:

• Class A. Items in this category include paper, some plastics, and wood. Since this class uses water, you would not use this extinguisher on any flammable liquid fires, oil, combustible metals, or electrical fire.
• Class B. These are suitable for flammable liquid fires, like those from solvents, gasoline, and oil.
• Class C. When electrical equipment is involved in the fire, you need a Class C extinguisher.
• Class D. A specialty class for metals like potassium, magnesium, and sodium. These metals react with the oxygen in water and combust dramatically.
• Class K. These are especially designed for a kitchen fire from oil and grease.
• CO2 Extinguishers. Effective for Class B and Class C fires.

Be safe when using portable extinguishers. Many extinguishers are rated for multiple classes of fires but using the wrong class of fire extinguisher can cause a fire to spread or react explosively. A good example of this is spreading a grease fire by using water. When using a CO2 fire extinguisher, take extra care to protect your hands from the super cooled nozzle, which can cause frostbite, and use only in a well-ventilated area to prevent too much loss of oxygen for your safety. Be sure only to use portable extinguishers on fires that have just started, not large fires.

After fire damage to your building in North Dallas, TX, you may not be sure how to begin the cleanup process effectively. Fortunately, a professional fire mitigation company is knowledgeable and efficient at handling all the details. One company to help with your recovery and restoration will save you a lot of trouble and get everyone back to work in a timely manner. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObenttree.com/.

The Facts About Water Damage and Insurance Coverage

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Facts About Water Damage and Insurance Coverage While traditional homeowner’s insurance won’t cover a basement flood, it will help you out in other similar situations.

You may not think much about your homeowner’s insurance coverage on a daily basis, but you’re sure grateful for it when you need it most. The right coverage can save you thousands of dollars and a whole lot of hassles. Some people aren’t sure whether their policy covers a basement flood. If you’re wondering the same thing about your North Dallas, TX, home, it’s important to understand the limitations benefits of your insurance plan.

What Your Insurance Won’t Cover

It’s first critical to know what a typical homeowner’s insurance coverage won’t take care of. There are a handful of issues you should be aware of if water gets into your house.

• You have water damage because of poorly maintained plumbing or appliances.
• You’ve got a flooded basement because of an outside water or sewage line.
• Homeowner’s insurance won’t cover typical flooding, such as a basement flood, regardless of the cause, including storms, overflowing water or draining issues.

Coverage for Your Dwelling

While your insurance won’t take care of a flood, it should help you out if your home has sustained water damage because of a faulty appliance. For example, if your refrigerator leaks water onto your floor or if your washer hose breaks and spills water everywhere, your coverage should take effect. Your insurance will help pay for the repairs of this damage.

Personal Property

Similarly, if problems with appliances or pipes damage personal items such as computers or other electronics, your insurance should cover the costs. In these cases, it’s important to speak to your agent, who will help you determine the extent of your coverage.

Take Note of Damage

Before you call a restoration professional to clean up any damage, take photos and make a list of damaged items so you can provide these to your insurance agent.

While traditional homeowner’s insurance won’t cover a basement flood, it will help you out in other similar situations. Become familiar with your insurance today. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObenttree.com/.

How To Understand Hurricane or Windstorm Commercial Insurance

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Understand Hurricane or Windstorm Commercial Insurance Don’t let a windstorm or hurricane in North Dallas, TX, ruin your dream.

A successful, seaside business in North Dallas, TX, is a business owner’s dream come true. If you are currently living this dream, do not let it turn into your worst nightmare. If a hurricane or tropical storm damages or destroys your business, you immediately turn to your insurance coverage for help. Do you know what storm insurance covers?

Making Sense of Terminology

When you think about storm insurance, it may be confusing at first because it differs slightly from typical commercial insurance coverage:

• This specialized insurance coverage has a separate deductible than your commercial property insurance. Rather than a set amount of money, it is a percentage of the costs associated with the hurricane damage. The range is typically 1 – 5% of the total recovery costs. In the case of a total loss, the amount out of pocket is the percentage of the value of your property.
• When your commercial property is damaged by wind, your insurance company will considers the cause. Hurricane deductibles are relevant only when damage results from a hurricane or tropical storm, typically when noted as significant by the National Weather Service. Insurance companies also consider the timing of this “trigger” event when looking at restoration coverage. Windstorm deductibles cover any other cause of wind damage.

Location, Location, Location

Policy availability and details depend on where your business is located. Not all states offer hurricane insurance. Most states that have this specific insurance are, understandably, along the East Coast where the majority of hurricane activity is in the United States. In addition to these coastal states, Texas, Mississippi and Hawaii are covered as well.

Don’t let a windstorm or hurricane in North Dallas, TX, ruin your dream. Although it may be stressful and time-consuming, storm insurance helps you and your business recover. Partner with your commercial insurance agent and a storm restoration specialist to return your livelihood to pre-storm condition. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObenttree.com/.

Exceptions to Commercial Insurance Mold Coverage

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Major trouble, such as flooding and severe storms, can lead to mold damage, but so can much smaller problems. For example, a poorly installed air conditioning unit could lead to a damp spot that is out of sight. Most molds are harmless, but some can lead to liability claims or affect the structure of your building. Fortunately, commercial insurance usually covers related issues in Dallas, TX, but you need to be sure you have the proper mold insurance.


Risky Qualities of Mold.


Mold has many qualities that make it a significant risk for property owners and their insurance companies.

• It can grow just about anywhere, on drywall, wood, carpets, and paper.
• Mold travels by air, on clothing, and through ventilation systems.
• Where mold spores take hold, they begin to break down the materials being used as food. This process can weaken and eventually destroy those materials.
• Mold often grows where it isn't seen. Once you've found it, the damage may be extensive.

Your insurance company may help you avoid mold damage, reducing your risk and theirs. However, you also need to be aware that many of these companies have policy exceptions.


The Fungus Exclusion.


This policy exclusion pretty much means that mold remediation and resulting construction aren't covered. Fungus includes mold and mildew, as well as spores, toxins, odors, and the by-products of existing fungus. Some commercial insurance policies have language to the effect that fungus is covered if it was caused by fire, civil commotions, vandalism, or sinkhole collapse. However, there's isn't much likelihood that your mold problem originated from these situations.


Limited Fungus Coverage. 


With this type of policy, your damages, clean-up, and repairs are all covered by fungus that is the result of a specific cause other than fire or lightning. These specific causes include water damage and leaking fire-extinguishing equipment. If the mold is a result of flooding, the damages will only be covered if you have a flood coverage endorsement. Consider talking with your Dallas, TX, commercial insurance agent to determine whether you have the coverage you need.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObenttree.com/.

How To Be a Grill (Cleaning) Master

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

No grill master ever earned the title without first being a grill cleaning pro. Whether it’s a yard sale steal or a top-of-line splurge your summer staple needs regular maintenance and cleaning to remain the master’s tool it is. Before you grab your apron grab your gloves and prepare for a major seasonal cleaning, making your grill the best it can be for a Bent Tree, TX summer!


Gather Your Materials.


As every master knows, a successful grill session requires all materials to be prepared beforehand. With the same concept in mind, prepare for your grill cleaning session with a few necessary supplies:

• Work gloves
• Grill brush
• Stainless-steel wipes
• Whisk broom
• Bucket
• Dish soap
• Foil
• Paper towels


Know Your Terrain.


Proper grill maintenance will minimize the risk of a grease fire, improve the performance of your grill and provide a clean aesthetic for your grill mastery. While there are some variances for cleaning charcoal and gas grills, start with the basics:

• Wearing work gloves, remove grill grates, racks and pans and set them in a bucket of hot water and dish soap. It is best to start this process while the grill is still slightly warm, but ensure all dials are off and the propane tank is disconnected.
• Cover heating elements with foil and use the grill brush to vigorously scrub the underside of the hood and inside walls of the grill and wipe down with a wet paper towel.
• Remove the components from the bucket and scrub down with the grill brush before replacing inside the grill.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObenttree.com/.

Preparing for Flood Damage

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Serious storms that produce flooding can threaten Bent Tree, TX, and require professional damage remediation at any time of year. However, there are countermeasures that homeowners can put into place before the deluge to minimize storm damage.


Know the Landscape.


Understanding the terrain around your property is vital. Conduct some simple research to familiarize yourself with your neighborhood’s geography.

• Determine if your home is located within a flood plain. Online tools and flood maps can ascertain whether your property is in a flood zone.
• Identify established evacuation routes and emergency shelters.


Prepare Your Home.


Both long-term planning and short-term response to imminent flooding are important strategies. Well-timed preventative measures can help minimize flood damage.

• Build a flood wall.
• Elevate your electrical panel, water heater and furnace above floor level.
• Install plumbing check valves.
• Keep storm drains and gutters cleared.
• Seal basement walls and floors.
• Keep tools and materials for filling sandbags accessible.
• Bring outdoor furniture and other belongings inside.
• Shut off propane tanks.
• Fill sinks and bathtubs with water for flushing toilets and cleaning.
• Fill water bottles for drinking.


Keep Yourself Informed.


Installing a reliable weather app on your personal electronics and monitoring conditions can help you maximize your response time when a weather event is on its way. Likewise, local radio and television stations provide the latest updates and information.


Prepare for Evacuation.


If authorities advise or mandate evacuation, gather your family and pets and move promptly along designated routes. If time permits beforehand, move belongings higher in your home, such as onto a second floor. Shut off utilities and unplug appliances. Be sure you have emergency kits with medications, supplies, and important documents such as identification and insurance papers.

For most homeowners, serious flooding will be at most, a rare event. Appropriate preparation can make a world of difference in weathering nature’s extremes.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPRObenttree.com/.