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Best Water Resistant Wood to Prevent Water Damage

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

best water resistant woods to prevent water damage - image of wet wood with SERVPRO logo If you notice water damaged wood in your home, contact the experts at our Dallas area SERVPRO for a free repair estimate.

For centuries, natural wood has been a standard building material. Its ornate grain and fortified integrity make it versatile to use for both interior and exterior construction.

A newly-cut piece of lumber is pure and unblemished. Ever notice how a brand-new fence accentuates how much the one beside it has aged? As strong as it is, wood weathers easily. Over time, heat, light, foot traffic, and water batter wood’s fibers.

Because wood is vulnerable to the elements, some opt for alternative materials like steel, plastic, MDF, vinyl or laminate faux wood, etc. However, this sometimes means losing the aesthetic benefits of wood.

Some homeowners are conflicted because they have water or moisture problems in parts of their living space, but they’d rather not replace it with other materials.

How do you preserve the wooden accents and features of your Dallas home without the hassle of constant repair or replacements from water damage? Today, we’ll offer water-resistant wood solutions so you don’t have to sacrifice the benefits of natural wood.

Best Water Resistant Wood for Your Home

In the clash between harvested wood and the elements, humans have been seeking solutions to timber decay for centuries. For example, It was a longstanding tradition for farmers to build their fences with wood from rot-resistant trees, such as black locust.

Recall the story of Noah. In this epic, the Bible details a blueprint of how the Ark should be built to sustain a flood for the ages. This plan to preserve all of life includes fortifying the ship with Cypress timbers and coating the boards with pitch.

Like Noah’s Ark, wood construction that can withstand days of rain is a combination of water-resistant wood and what you treat it with.

Water Resistant Wood for Indoors

Does your home have wood features in high-moisture areas (like windows that accumulate condensation)? Below are options of water-resistant wood for bathrooms that are also attractive for Dallas’ interior design.

  • Cedar - The material of choice for building a sauna, fragrant and durable Cedar wood thrives in damp climates and withstands many conditions. Cedar is resistant to shrinking, swelling, warping, and decay even with dramatic weather shifts.
  • White Oak -Stronger than Red Oak, White Oak is resistant to decay and moisture because of its closed grain with pores containing tyloses. 
  • Teak - What makes Teak wood remarkable is how its natural oils preserve the timber from rot and decay after being harvested.
  • Treated Pine – Pine is known for its toughness. When treated, Pine wood will then have a long-term resilience to decay and infestation.
  • Mahogany - Popular for its rich beauty, Mahogany holds its shape and is less prone to warping, shrinking, or swelling (compared to many kinds of wood). This is because of its superior ability to withstand moisture and atmospheric changes. 

Waterproof Wood for Outdoors

For Dallas outdoor wooden features (such as decks, balconies, outdoor furniture, roof terraces) that can stand up to years of water exposure, it begins with selecting the appropriate weather-resistant wood. Sealants help, but the quality of the lumber itself is the main consideration for water resistance.

  • Ipe - Ipe is a low-maintenance decking wood. Because it is acclimated to the highly-humid rainforest, Ipe is naturally waterproof and is rot-resistant.
  • Teak - Mentioned in the last section, this versatile rot-resistant wood is suited for outdoor use as well as indoor use.
  • Black Locust - Traditionally used for fence posts, Black Locust is considered the environmentally-friendly alternative to Ipe as its production does not contribute to South American deforestation, nor does it require chemical treatments. Among the trees indigenous to North America, Black Locust the strongest and most naturally rot-resistant.
  • California Redwood - The Redwood forests are a treasure in Northern California. Redwood has a beautiful hue and is naturally warp-resistant and fire-resistant.
  • Bald Cypress - Mature Bald Cypress trees yield a moisture-resistant wood that is not susceptible to decay. 

The strength of timber usually depends on what part of the tree the wood is sourced from. Heartwood comes from the core of the tree and is the strongest. Toward the outside of the logs is sapwood, and while not as strong, it can still be harvested for use. Heartwood is typically more expensive than sapwood.

How To Make Other Wood Water Resistant

If you don’t want to replace your existing wood with the suggested types, or if you choose to rebuild with one that is none of the above, you should know how to make wood water resistant, especially if the lumber is not pre-treated.

Even for those water-resistant wood types that were listed above, the ends of the timber may need a protectant to keep moisture and insects from penetrating the boards.

Create an Oil Finish

An oil finish both preserves the wood and accentuates its natural beauty. For this treatment, you would blend linseed oil and tung oil. Virgin wood needs multiple coats - anywhere from three to 20 layers.

Apply this mixture with a large bristle paintbrush and let the wood dry overnight. Apply more coats as needed.

Oil may need to be periodically reapplied for maintenance. For example, homes with wood floors need a new coat about once per year.

Commercial Sealants

Your hardware store will typically stock various kinds of varnish, polyurethane, or lacquer. These are highly recommended for their waterproofing benefits. 

To determine which product is best, ask for product recommendations from your store’s customer service. Be sure to tell them what look you’re going for, what kind of lumber it will be applied to, and what elements it will be exposed to (for example, bathroom humidity versus rain on an outdoor pergola).

Depending on which you buy, these treatments are applied with a brush or as a spray-on. Simply follow the directions as stated on the label. Typically, you would apply the coating in a room temperature environment (like a garage) and leave the pieces to dry overnight. 

Contact SERVPRO for a Free Water Damage Repair Estimate

Dallas, TX home and business owners do take pride in the appearance of their property. Real wood is a commonly used construction material that provides an attractive natural look for outdoor uses such as decking, or indoor uses such as cabinetry or wine cellars.

Wood can gradually degrade by continuous exposure to moisture, or in a water emergency event such as home flooding. When this happens, do you try to salvage the wood or start over with a different material?

SERVPRO is here to help Dallas property owners navigate wood damage problems. Our water damage repair and restoration services prioritize restoration over replacement wherever possible. 

Our goal for any job site is to make it "Like it never even happened," and this means the preservation of solid wood construction. Call us any time at (972) 986-7677 with questions about wood damage or for a free quote!

Dallas Commercial Mold Remediation and Testing Services

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

commercial building mold remediation If you find mold in your business, it's important to take care of it right away. Contact SERVPRO in Dallas for commercial mold remediation services.

These days it’s increasingly important to maintain the highest health standards with regular cleanings and disinfectants. The public trusts businesses to maintain a level of sanitation that keeps people safe. But sometimes public health issues creep up such as mold and mildew, which tend to sprout in tucked-away places and may go unnoticed for a while.

With all the hours your team puts into keeping your facility immaculate, it can be frustrating when you find mold growth. When you spot mold growing in a deep dark corner, or notice that distinct mold odor, it’s time to take immediate action to prevent the growth from spreading.

At SERVPRO, we are the Commercial Mold Remediation experts in Dallas, TX. We understand how important it is to maintain high cleanliness standards for commercial properties. Our goal is to remove infectious mold at its source, restore those areas damaged by mold, and take measures to prevent future mold growth. 

Our Mold Restoration Services are Available 24/7

Without timely action, mold spotting can easily turn into mold infestations. For this reason, the time to begin commercial mold remediation is the same day you notice it. 

When it comes to mold growth, the extent isn’t always apparent. SERVPRO’s mold experts have the training and experience to determine how invasive mold growth is. It has the potential to root deeply into walls, carpeting, furniture, HVAC systems, etc.

SERVPRO is available around the clock to perform commercial mold cleaning. Not only are we prepared to take immediate action, but we also work around your operating hours.

Your cleanliness and convenience are top priority so we’re available after-hours, overnight, weekends, holidays, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For decades, SERVPRO has provided professional commercial mold testing and commercial mold remediation for countless Dallas area businesses. We have the experience to address any commercial mold problem.

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings

Some commercial buildings have more foot traffic than others, especially schools. In facilities with strict public health policies, maintenance workers should be aware of where mold is commonly found, what happens if mold is left unaddressed, and how it might impacts the building environment.

Where is Mold Found

Mold tends to take root in dark, moisture-rich environments that provide a cellulose food source (such as wall material or textiles). Areas that trap moisture and do not have adequate ventilation (such as restrooms or showers) are highly prone to mold growth.

Places mold likes to hide:

  • Wallpaper or the other side of the drywall.
  • Paneling.
  • The top of ceiling tiles.
  • Beneath of carpets or padding that have gotten wet.
  • Around condensing pipes or pipes that leak.
  • Where condensation forms behind furniture or fixtures (such as bookshelves).
  • Condensate drain pans .
  • Inside air system units or ductwork.
  • Roof materials above ceiling tiles.

If the toxic mold issue isn’t properly addressed, there is a risk for further damage and a developing health hazard. Some facilities are subject to codes and strict health regulations. In such cases, toxic mold growth issues must be resolved as soon as possible.

Why Commercial Mold Remediation Requires Professionals

The EPA warns commercial property administrators of how destructive mold can be. The agency recommends addressing the problem promptly to save money, prevent extensive damage to building materials and furnishings, and to mitigate public health risks.

In many cases, commercial mold removal isn’t something a maintenance team can handle alone. With the help of an experienced commercial mold removal and remediation company like SERVPRO in Dallas, we manage your mold issue so your staff can focus on the necessary daily maintenance.

Our thorough 7-step commercial mold remediation process ensures that the facility is free of toxic mold and safe for human use. 

SERVPRO in Dallas offers:

  • Expertise and training: We have a team of IICRC certified technicians who are specially trained to find all the places where toxic mold grows and determine the best action plan to eliminate it.
  • Professional testing: We use professional-grade mold testing technology to determine what types of mold are present in your facility. Knowing what species of mold is present is how we assess how extensive the damage is and which treatment tactics are best.
  • Equipment: We use professional filtration equipment, HEPA vacuums, and air scrubbers to collect mold spores from the air. We use EPA-approved professional-grade disinfectants and foggers to deodorize the air.
  • Safety: We get close to the mold so that you won’t have to. Our team is equipped with the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) and the appropriate disposal supplies for contaminated materials.
  • Compliance: When you’re managing a commercial space, you’re probably quite familiar with codes and regulations. However, if you’re not aware of Texas Mold Law, SERVPRO is. Our commercial mold remediation operations are done according to state guidelines.

Put SERVPRO’s years of experience and professional equipment to work for you. We uncover the not-so-obvious causes of mold problems and resolve these issues at the source. Our goal is to make I "Like it never even happened," and to prevent it from happening again.

How Mold Can Be Prevented

Consistent maintenance and proactive prevention measures are the best ways to ensure a clean and healthy environment.

To prevent mold growth, you must first be aware of areas where moisture gathers to counteract the wetness. Keep these areas dry and well-ventilated as best you can.

  • Kitchen areas, especially around refrigerators and freezers.
  • HVAC components such as AC drain pans, compressor lines, vents, etc.
  • Doors and windows that are condensation-prone.
  • Trash receptacles (especially ones left outdoors that may be rained on).
  • Flooring that is regularly exposed to wetness. (Carpet should be replaced with an alternative flooring material in spaces that are likely to get wet.)
  • Bathrooms (especially those with shower stalls that have curtains).
  • Laundry rooms.
  • Basements.

SERVPRO is Dallas’ mold expert team. We know how to identify trouble spots and will work with you on a mold prevention plan built around the challenges specific to your facility.

Contact SERVPRO for Experienced Commercial Mold Remediation

SERVPRO has completed numerous Dallas mold remediation jobs, so believe us when we say that mold growth can happen in any kind of building. You are not alone.

The sooner you spot signs of mold, the sooner you can take action to prevent toxic mold growth. When a mold problem is left unaddressed, mold colonization will cause further damage and create an unmitigated health hazard.

SERVPRO is an industry leader in Dallas mold removal. For decades, we’ve helped Dallas-area businesses maintain healthy facilities by providing rigorous mold solutions. Not only do we do thorough mold remediation, but we also take measures to prevent it from growing back.

When you encounter a water emergency or notice mold, contact us immediately. Call us any time, 24/7 at (972) 986-7677 to get a free estimate.

Mold Removal Cost in Dallas, TX

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

mold under wallpaper If you've found mold in your home, contact the Dallas mold remediation experts at SERVPRO for a free estimate.

Mold - the uninvited guest. Once you’ve smelled it or spotted it in your Dallas property, it may be only the tip of the iceberg. There’s no telling how deep its roots are into your drywall or how much is growing in your air ducts.

Perhaps you’ve tried all kinds of products to eliminate mold from your house or property only to have it show up a short time later. Or maybe you need your facility to meet a certain health code to ensure that the spaces are sanitary and mold-free. It needs to be gone once and for all, but how?

Toxic mold removal and mitigation can be a big job, and property owners may not have the time, the proper tools, or enough staff to handle it all. SERVPRO’s Dallas, TX mold remediation team is prepared to thoroughly remove toxic mold and apply all remedies that prevent it from coming back.

So what does mold removal cost? With all the money property owners and managers put into maintenance, it’s understandable that this is a frequent question. We understand it’s important to know the cost upfront, that’s why SERVPRO offers a free mold removal cost estimate based on your unique situation. We’ll go over what is involved with a standard mold remediation estimate so you know what to expect.

What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus. While humans have an aversion to mold, it’s still a beneficial organism in the planet’s ecosystem as it decomposes dead plant material. Mold spores tend to take root in dark, moisture-rich environments that offer a food source (cellulose materials such as dust, wood, textile fibers, etc.)

Black mold (Stachybotrys) is probably what most people think of when it comes to mold, but this is just one of many colors it dons. Mold pigmentation is a spectrum: blue, green, orange, brown, gray, white, yellow, red, purple, and pink.

We identify it by its spotty appearance and musty odor, but not all mold is toxic. Molds that produce mycotoxins are considered toxigenic. 

The truth is that humans could never fully eradicate mold because spores live throughout the air. This is a good thing because mold plays a necessary role in the ecosystem’s life cycle. However, we can and should remove mold that ends up growing where it doesn’t belong - in shelters for humans.

How Do I Know if I Have Mold?

With mold, there are obvious and not-so-obvious signs that it’s made itself at home inside your property. Stachybotrys (or “black mold”) is conspicuous with its patterns of dark spots. Mold is also detected by smell as it emits a musty or sweet odor.

You’re more likely to find mold in areas that trap moisture such as bathrooms without enough ventilation or areas around leaky pipes and appliances that drip.

Mold test kits are another way to confirm that mold is present. These tests can be purchased from home improvement stores or from online retailers. This involves collecting a sample to send to a lab for testing.

SERVPRO in Dallas uses industry-standard tests to detect several species of mold. If you want a mold test, we will do it for you so you don’t have to come in contact with mold. After remediating thousands of properties, SERVPRO’s mold specialists know which areas are the best sources for mold specimens.

Where Does Mold Grow?

Mold needs moisture and a cellulose food source to thrive. So it will grow anywhere with those conditions, in dark places especially.

To do a thorough mold check, be sure to check the following places where mold typically takes root:

  • Around windows
  • On or behind drywall or wallpaper
  • Ceilings or on or behind ceiling tiles
  • Water-damaged materials
  • Flooring (especially damp carpet)
  • In air ducts, vents, or HVAC systems
  • Wall construction with plumbing lines running through it
  • Behind or under appliances that leak or drip (refrigerator, dishwasher, water heater, air conditioning, etc.)
  • Under or around sinks
  • Under stacks of paper or boxes

Any dark areas where moisture tends to collect is a prime location for mold growth. 

How Much Does Mold Removal Cost?

It would be so convenient to have a standard flat rate or an average mold removal cost, but estimates vary as each situation is different.

With Dallas mold removal, several factors are involved. Mold is destructive, so the extent of the damage determines the cost. 

The more invasive the mold is, the more labor and materials are needed to ensure that toxic mold is removed thoroughly. Lingering mold in places like drywall, baseboards or ductwork provides mold the opportunity to continue growing.

Labor

How much mold damage is present determines how many mold remediation professionals are needed on the job site. How many team members are needed and how long it takes for them to complete the treatment process is a significant factor in mold cleanup costs.

Materials

While it’s our goal to preserve as much of the materials and personal property as possible, items that are overly contaminated must be discarded. We safely dispose of these items. For contaminated textiles, we may be able to recover these with our industrial Esporta Wash System.   

With irreversible contamination damage to the construction, we replace these with new materials such as wood, drywall, trim, and paint.

Mold damage recovery methods such as the use of the Esporta Wash System or reconstruction with new materials also contribute to the cost.

Size of Affected Area

Mold removal cost is also determined per square foot. With more square feet comes more labor hours and potentially more replacement materials.

The number one priority for Dallas mold remediation professionals like SERVPRO is to make it like it never happened. With this goal in mind, we provide a complete estimate that includes everything required to remove toxic mold and prevent it from coming back.

With so many variables, seldom are two situations alike. To give you the most accurate quote possible for mold removal cost, we’ll need to see the mold damage in-person. Estimates are free and you can call us any time 24/7!

Contact SERVPRO for a Free Dallas Mold Removal Estimate

Mold removal can be so overwhelming because it’s so good at hiding and the number of species there are to keep track of. If every time you put the work in to get rid of mold, it ends up growing back, it’s time to call the SERVPRO professionals to get mold under control. With our extensive experience, we know exactly where to look and what to look for with types of mold.

What to expect with SERVPRO mold remediation in Dallas:

  • A thorough inspection for mold
  • Testing for many species of mold
  • Removal of mold from materials such as textiles, carpet, walls, ceilings, baseboards, etc.
  • Removal of mold from attics and HVAC systems
  • Odor removal
  • Commercial mold remediation

Take the first step toward getting mold under control and contact SERVPRO of Dallas for a free estimate. We’ll come out to your property and check everything out so we can create a complete quote for the cost to remediate mold. We’re ready to take your call 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.

Hail Damage Insurance Claim Time Limit in Dallas, Texas

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

large hail on the ground The time limit to file a hail damage insurance claim is written in your policy. Contact your insurance company to know what your time limit is.

Hail Damage Claim Time Limits

The time limit to file a hail damage insurance claim is started on your policy.  If you have questions or can’t find the time limit, contact your insurance company and ask what your policy specifies. 

People often think that hail damage insurance claims have a one (1) year time limit, but this isn’t always the case.  Since many policies are written differently, even within the same insurance companies, it’s safest to read your policy or ask your insurer. 

Can You Claim Hail Damage Twice?

If your property sustained hail damage one year,  got repaired as part of a claim, and then got hit with a different hail storm years later--could you file for hail damage twice?

If you are still paying for your insurance policy, you can file for hail damage twice.  Your insurance rate may increase, however, but this may be true even if you don’t file a claim. 

Increasing insurance rates are common after multiple claims are filed or when a disaster happens in your hometown and many insurance claims are filed at the same time.  In this instance, insurance claims will say your geographic area is more prone to hail damage, so they will raise their rates accordingly. 

Your insurance company is not allowed to cancel your policy that has been in effect for at least sixty (60) days.  So if you have a policy and need to file a claim, contact your insurance company and start the policy.  Your insurance company can cancel your policy if you did not pay your premium on time or if they can prove you previously tried to file a fraudulent claim.  

Read more about your Consumer Bill of Rights by the Texas Department of Insurance here

Consider filing a hail damage claim if any of the following have been damaged:

  • Roof
  • Skylights
  • Windows

The Hail Damage Claim Process

If you think your property has sustained hail damage, call an inspector to check it out.  Get documentation of the damage and be prepared for your insurance company to send an adjuster to also inspect the hail damage themselves. 

Property hail damage sometimes is obvious--we see broken windows and skylights amongst other items.  But even if you can’t see obvious damage to your roof, get it inspected anyway.  A simple inspection could save you the later pain of having to handle roof leaks and water damage. Even a small leak that goes undetected for months could provide enough humidity to start mold growth in your attic. 

If your property has obvious damage or if a roof inspector or storm damage restoration company has found damage, call your insurance company to get your claims process started.  Make sure to ask:

  • The amount of your deductible
  • The name, phone number, and email address of your insurance adjuster
  • What your claim number is

If you hire a storm damage restoration company to repair your property, they’ll need all of that information to help you process your claim. 

If hail has caused water damage in your property, call a water damage restoration company immediately.  Delaying water damage cleanup will result in more damage to your property. 

Call a Hail Damage Repair Company in Dallas

We’re a SERVPRO in Dallas with over 30 years of experience in storm damage restoration.  We have been involved in many storm restoration projects, including:

  • 2016 - Wylie Hail Storm
  • 2017 - Hurricane Harvey
  • 2019 - Tropical Storm Imelda
  • 2020 - Iowa Derecho

We can handle every part of your hail damage--from any water damage to emergency roof tarping and board-up, to window, floodlight, and roof repair and replacement.  We accept all insurance claims. 

Call us at (972) 986-7677 anytime or contact us online to set up a free hail damage inspection or appointment.  

We’re Here to Help. 

How to Get Flooded Water Out of the House?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

man picking up a wet box from a flooded floor Storm flood waters are almost always considered contaminated. Take precaution when cleaning after flood waters.

Home Flood Clean Up

The water from floods that are the result of a storm is considered Category 3--grossly contaminated.   This type of water is considered to pose a serious health risk to human health and shouldn’t be touched.  

The reason to categorize it this way is that as the water hits the ground, it picks up everything that is out in nature--including pesticides, oil from the street, and many mother unknown contaminants.  

So, if flood water is contaminated, then how do you soak up flooded water?  

How to Clean Up After a Flood

If you live in an area prone to flooding or Hurricanes, talk to your insurance company about getting the necessary insurances to make sure your property is covered.  

Many property owners are often caught off-guard by rising waters and are saddened and frustrated to learn that their insurance claim is denied.  Don’t let this happen to you! 

“Hurricane insurance” is actually made up of a combination of various types of insurance and endorsements.  Talk to your insurance company about:

  • Homeowners Insurance
  • Flood Insurance
  • Windstorm Coverage
  • Other endorsements you may need to be fully covered for the typical type of damage in your area 

After you have the right insurances to protect your property, then prepare your property to handle the possible weather coming your way.  Make sure your property has proper and clear drainage and invest in sandbags and other water-prevention tools to keep the water out. 

Even with proper preparation, water may still find its way into your home.  In this case, we recommend you keep the following in mind:

  • Wear protective gear.  Wear protective clothing to protect yourself.  We recommend water-resistant overalls and nitrile gloves to start.  You may also want to consider goggles and an N95 mask. 
  • Stay safe.  Don’t try to lift heavy equipment on your own.  If it’s waterlogged, it will be much heavier.  Also, don’t mess with compromised electronics. 
  • Inspect your property.  Grab a mop, bucket, or a wet vacuum and start extracting the water.  If the water is more than these simple tools can help you with, consider calling a professional water damage restoration company to help.  They will have industrial equipment made to quickly extract water. 
  • Consider where the water went.  Did it find its way behind your walls?  If the water is at your baseboard, there’s a good chance it’s found. It's now gone underneath it and has wet the insulation behind the drywall.  Wet drywall will have to be removed.  If your flooring is carpet or has buckled, it will also have to be removed. 
  • Sanitize your property.  Wherever the water touched should be cleaned to kill any live contaminants and help avoid mold growth. 
  • Dry your property.  Air movers and dehumidifiers help remove the excess moisture from your property.  Check for any wet spots around your property to make sure you know exactly where any hidden water is.  

Call for a Free Flooded House Clean Up Estimate

If your property has been affected by floodwaters, give us a call.  We have over 30 years of experience in the water damage restoration industry, and we have restored thousands of properties after every type of water damage.  Our technicians have been part of the cleanup efforts in:

  • Local Dallas storm flash floods
  • Hurricanes, including Harvey
  • Iowa Derecho storm of 2020

We accept all insurance claims and also work directly with property owners who are paying for the restoration themselves.  

Give us a call or contact us online anytime to set up a free water damage inspection appointment. 

Other Cleaning Up After a Flood Tips

Almost every water storm damage that is Category 3 will require some kind of repair or reconstruction for your home.  If you work with a professional water damage restoration company, ask them if they are full-service and if they’ll also be available to reconstruct your property.  Working with one company can save you the headache of managing multiple contractors.  

After flood damage, properties typically need repairs for:

  • Drywall
  • Flooring
  • Cabinets

Choose a Trusted Storm Damage Restoration in Dallas

We’re a full-service SERVPRO in Dallas with decades of experience.  When we arrive to help you with your storm damage cleanup, we will be there for you 100% of the way.  We offer:

  • Water Extraction
  • Emergency repairs like roof tarping and board-up
  • Drying
  • Demolition
  • Cleanup
  • Repairs / Reconstruction

Call us anytime at (972) 986-7677 for immediate water damage assistance.  We’re Here to Help. 

How Long is Water Remediation in Dallas?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

man and woman walking through a flood office Water remediation typically takes 3 to 5 days.

In Dallas, most water remediation projects will last somewhere between 3 to 5 days.  What determines the length of your water restoration project will depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • The category of water.  There are three classifications of water from clean water to severely contaminated: 1, 2, and 3.  The more contaminated your water, the more will have to be done to clean and make your home safe again--which will extend the timeline of restoration. 
  • The contents in your home.  If the water flooded a room with many items, it’s very likely that those items will have to be moved to the restoration can be done properly.  
  • The weather.  To dry quickly, warm, dry air will have to be introduced into your property while eliminating excess moisture and humidity.  If the weather outside is adding to the moisture in the environment, your timeline may be extended as the drying equipment has more work to do than usual. 
  • Flooring type.  Some floors are easy to dry, like vinyl and some tile.  Hardwood flooring and carpets present their own challenges and can extend the timeline of your project. 

How Long Can Water Sit on Hardwood Floors?

Does water ruin wood floors?  No, it doesn’t have to--if you act fast to get the water extracted and the drying process started.  The best water restoration companies understand this, and that’s why they will respond 24-hours a day, every day of the year, to your call. 

If your floors are sealed, you’ll likely have a little bit more time before water penetrates and starts to damage the wood.  If your hardwood floors are not sealed, the water will begin to seep and soak into the wood immediately.  

When dealing with hardwood floors, time is of the essence.  The faster the response, the better the chance the water damage restoration company will have of successfully saving the floors. 

Ask your damage restoration company what tools they have to save hardwood floors.  Experienced and professional companies will have specialized tools made to save hardwoods--make sure the company you choose has the proper equipment to help. 

If you have water damaged wood floors, you may have to consider water damage repairs.  Luckily, floor replacement is almost always part of a covered water damage insurance claim. 

Water Damage Repairs in Dallas

The process of repairing water damage wood floors unfortunately includes demolishing the current flooring.  For carpet, this involves:

  • Taking out the carpet pad, carpet, and then 
  • Making sure to dry the subfloor
  • Then, putting down a fresh pad and carpet. 

Taking out the carpet and pad will take about a day.  Drying will take 3-5 days, and then installing new carpet takes another day.  The delay in replacement usually comes from ordering your carpet and waiting for it to be shipped to your contractor.  

For hardwood flooring, the process will take longer.  This involves:

  • Taking out the damaged floor.  This may involve days of demolition.  Your damage restoration company will usually install temporary containment areas so the dust from the demolition doesn’t spread to other areas of your home. 
  • Drying the subfloor. 
  • Ordering a new floor and waiting for it to acclimate.  True hardwood floors require a two-week acclimation period where the wood will take its final shape with the help of the natural humidity of your property.  This process can’t be rushed. 
  • Installation, which usually takes less than one week. 

If you are ordering new flooring after a major storm has hit your hometown, expect delays from manufacturers.  

If you are filing an insurance claim, also keep in mind that your insurance company has to approve everything.  Your insurance adjuster may take days or even weeks to give final approval.  An experienced water damage restoration company will understand how to give the adjuster the documentation they need to make their decision, but ultimately, the decision to approve or deny your claim rests solely on your insurance company and not your contractor. 

Water Leak Damage Repair

Remember that the first step to water remediation has to be to fix the leak that caused the flood in the first place.  Without fixing the leak, any water extraction and cleanup will be in vain.  

Hire a water restoration contractor that can help you find and fix the leak.  If the leak isn’t fixed, the water damage company may start with the water extraction to help with a worsening problem, but they should have the leak found and repaired if they want to take further action. 

How Can You Get Rid of Water Damage in Dallas?

If you are in the Dallas area, we are available 24-hour a day, every day of the year to help.  We have over 30 years of experience in the damage restoration industry, and we have helped restore thousands of properties for our North Texas neighbors.

  • IICRC Certified Water Damage Technicians
  • All Insurance Accepted
  • Full-Service Water Damage Restoration -- from Extraction to Reconstruction
  • Storm damage water remediation including severe storms and hurricanes

Call us anytime at (972) 986-7677 or contact us online to schedule a crew of technicians to head your way or schedule a free water damage estimate. 

Contact us anytime.  We’re Here to Help.  

Dallas Restoration Expert Water Damage Cleanup Tips

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician extracting water Water damage needs to be taken care of immediately to avoid mold growth and other damage. Call us anytime at (972) 986-7677 for immediate help.

Water damages vary in severity, and not all of them require a professional water damage restoration company to be called to your property.  

How do you know when you can handle the water damage on your own versus calling a professional?

  • Consider the source of the water.  Do you have ready access to it so you can shut it off?  If the source of the water damage is something you can’t control, call a professional.  They will locate the source and stop it. 
  • Consider the type of water.  There are three (3) categories of water: 1, 2, and 3.  Cat 1 water is clean.  This is water that comes from a clean pipe, like a faucet or sink.  Cat 2 and Cat 3 water is contaminated, with Cat 3 water being so contaminated that it poses a threat to human health.  Think of Cat 3 water being sewage, water dripping from the ceiling, or even rising water from floods.  If you’re dealing with Cat 2 or Cat 3 contaminated water, call a professional.  
  • Consider the amount of water.  If it’s more than you can handle with a mop and a bucket, chances are that the water’s flow is not well controlled and it’s likely found its water behind your walls and underneath your floor.  If this is the case, call a professional damage restoration company.  
  • Is there also fire damage If your water damage was a result of someone putting out a fire, then your restoration project needs both water and fire damage restoration--a process that is best left to professionals who can handle the work safely. 

Whatever route you decide to take, make sure to handle the water damage as soon as possible.  Water that is allowed to sit will eventually damage the surfaces it's on and will result in mold growth. 

Free Water Damage Cleanup Estimate

If you decide on using a professional water damage restoration company in Dallas, give us a call anytime at (972) 986-7677 or contact us online.  We’ll visit your property and conduct a water damage inspection for free.  

All insurance claims are accepted. 

Water Damage Restoration Tips

If your water is manageable with the tools you have at home, then follow the following tips to make sure it’s taken care of properly. 

  • Take care of the water immediately.  Water that lingers will eventually become contaminated and cause mold growth.  
  • Extract all of the water.  Use a wet shop vac or mop to pick up the water.  Make sure to look under furniture, too.  If the furniture is too low to the ground, consider picking it up by putting small pieces of wood on its feet to help elevate it. 
  • Set drying equipment.  Put fans on the floor to help everything dry.  If the humidity outside is low, open the windows and let that warm, dry air in. 
  • Clean and sanitize everything the water touched.  This is a good safety precaution to take in case the water had any contaminants.  
  • Did you use any towels to help?  Wash them immediately.  Use a hot wash cycle and bleach if possible. 

We’re a SERVPRO in Dallas

We are located minutes west of Downtown Dallas.  Our location is conveniently located near all major highways so we can get anywhere in DFW within a few minutes.  

Our technicians are available for dispatch 24-hours a day, every day of the year.  Call us anytime for water damage restoration in Dallas or any surrounding city. 

We’re Here to Help. 

Who Should I Go to for Hail Damage in Dallas?

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

rooftop with skylights broken after a hail storm Call us anytime at (972) 986-7677 for hail damage repair in Dallas and surrounding aeas.

Hail storms happen a few times a year in North Texas.  Most of the time, the hail that falls is small and doesn’t cause serious damage.  But sometimes, a hail storm can produce golf or baseball-sized hail, and that’s when many properties experience the usual signs of hail damage:

  • Broken windows
  • Broken skylights
  • Damaged roof 

In 2016, Wylie, Texas experienced a major hail storm.  When we responded to the demand for roof damage repair, we saw that some properties actually had holes through the roof!  Thankfully, hail storms this serious are rare, but we’re still always ready to help no matter the severity of the storm or the damage sustained to your property. 

Hail Damage Roof Insurance

Hail damage is covered by many standard home insurance.  In Texas, hail damage claims are very common--in 2019, we reported the most property damage of any other U.S. state.  

With hail being a common occurrence in our hometown, make sure you ask your insurance company if your policy does cover hail.  Be prepared and ask what exactly your policy covers and what your deductible is.  Many damage restoration companies will ask for your deductible to be paid upfront before they start work.  

Should I File a Hail Claim?

Many of our clients choose to file a hail claim only if the price of the repairs and restoration is less than their deductible.  This estimate for hail damage repairs is largely dependent on how damaged your property is, so an in-person inspection will almost always be necessary.  

During a hail damage inspection, we will inspect your:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Exterior Walls
  • Fencing
  • Roof
  • Anything else that may have sustained damage

Estimates are prepared quickly, and you’ll be able to make your decision to file a claim soon. 

While we wait for your decision, it’s important to prevent any future damage to your property.  This is handled with emergency services, like:

Free Hail Storm Damage Estimates

If your property has experienced hail damage in Dallas or surrounding areas, give us a call.  We’ll inspect your property and prepare an estimate for free.  If you are filing an insurance claim, we’ll present the estimate to your insurance adjuster and work with them to get your property fixed and back to preloss condition. 

Call us anytime at (972) 986-7677 or contact us online to set up an appointment.  

How to Report Hail Damage

If you do decide to file a claim, call your insurance company to let them know you need to file a claim and your chosen restoration company is ready to turn in an estimate to your adjuster.  As soon as you give us your adjuster’s name and claim number, we’ll contact them and get the process started for you. 

As soon as we receive the adjuster’s verification that your repairs are covered, then we’ll get started with reconstruction.  

If your claim is denied, we’ll work with you directly to help restore your property.  

Repairing Property Roof Damage

When a powerful hail storm hits North Texas, there is usually a sudden surge in demand for roof repair companies.  This may extend the timeline of your roof damage repair, but rest assured that we have helped many homeowners handle this process before, and we will help you, too. 

Our office is available to either repair just a portion of your roof or complete full roof replacement.  

We’re a Full-Service Damage Restoration Company in Dallas

We are a 30+ year damage restoration veteran company.  Our SERVPRO in Dallas is minutes away from downtown, and we can get anywhere in North Texas in just a few minutes.  

If you’ve experienced hail damage in Dallas or surrounding areas, give us a call anytime to set an appointment for a free estimate or to start emergency roof tarping and board-up.  We’re available 24-hours a day, every day of the year.  

Call us anytime.  We’re Here to Help. 

How Long Does it Take for Mold to Grow After Water Damage in Dallas?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

mold growth after water damage Mold grows quickly after water damage occurs. Contact our Dallas SERVPRO for mold remediation and water damage restoration before mold sets in.

After water damage, mold and mildew growth will occur anywhere from 24 hours to 48 hours. But how quickly mold grows can depend on ambient conditions, and if the water damage is mitigated quickly. So, just how long does it take for mold to grow after water damage in Dallas?

Mold Grows Fast After Water Damage Indoors

Outside, it can take weeks for mold to fully form and grow. But indoors, mold after water damage happens fast because indoor conditions don’t allow for as much airflow as the great outdoors. Also, direct sunlight can inhibit mold growth so, the darker, and less ventilated a space is, the faster mold can grow. In some cases, mold will form as quickly as 24 hours after water damage. 

Mold Loves to Hide

Mold spores thrive in damp, dark environments. When leaks and other water damage occur, water will find its way into every nook and cranny of a building. Behind walls, inside floorboards, beneath carpets, attics, and other hidden, dark places make ideal conditions for mold growth. 

Soft Surfaces Are More Conducive to Mold Growth After Water Damage

Porous and soft organic surfaces, like carpeting, drywall, and wood, are prime locations for mold growth. If the moisture after a water damage incident is not cleaned quickly from these types of surfaces, they will begin to rot as the mold spores feed on them. 

Mold spores have a harder time invading and growing on hard surfaces, like concrete or tile. In these instances, mold can take up to three weeks to start growing. However, mold growth left untreated for several weeks or months means you could be left dealing with structural damage to the building.

Thoroughly Clean Water Damaged Areas Quickly to Reduce and Destroy Mold

How long it takes for mold to grow after water damage depends on how ventilated and open the area is. Kitchens and living rooms are often the last places that see mold growth because they often get the most sunlight and airflow. But the key to inhibiting mold growth is to clean any water damage ASAP. 


At SERVPRO of North Irving, we’ve seen our fair share of water damage and mold growth. If you’re dealing with the aftermath of flooding or plumbing leaks, contact our Dallas SERVPRO location online today, or call us 24/7 at (972) 986-7677. Our team provides professional mold remediation and water damage restoration services to communities across the Dallas area. We’ll get back to you immediately and stop those mold spores in their tracks.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Wind Damage in Dallas?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

interior shot of a blue roof tarp You will likely need a windstorm insurance rider to be covered for wind damage. Call us at (972) 986-7677 for a free hail and wind damage estimate.

Typically, homeowner's insurance will cover wind damage if you have an additional rider that specifically covers windstorms.  Call your insurance company and ask to verify what your policy covers. 

What Does Windstorm Insurance Cover?

Windstorm insurance covers damage caused by gusty wind events, which are typically seen during hurricanes, gales, and tornadoes.  A major windstorm occurred in Mid August of 2020 in Iowa, called a Derecho.  The Iowa Derecho was responsible for wind speeds of up to 140 MPH and millions of dollars of damage.  

Windstorm insurance is a specialty type of insurance, and is usually an added rider to a typical property-casualty insurance policy.  In other words, windstorm insurance is an additional type of insurance you need to purchase if you live in an area prone to strong wind storms. 

Call for a Free Wind and Hail Damage Estimate

If your property has wind and or hail damage, we’re ready to help.  We accept all insurance claims, and we’ll work with your adjuster to help get your property back to preloss condition. 

We offer:

  • Roof repair or replacement
  • Board-up
  • Roof tarping
  • Debris cleanup
  • Water damage restoration (if the wind damage caused water to enter your property)
  • Reconstruction

Call us at (972) 986-7677 or contact us online anytime.  Estimates for wind and hail damage in Dallas and surrounding communities are free. 

Is Wind Damage Insurance Worth It?

If you live in an area prone to wind damage, then wind damage insurance is likely a good investment for your property.  Your local insurance brokers can explain the likelihood of wind damage occurring in your area, and they will be able to give you estimates to add this rider to your existing insurance policy.  

When you have estimates for this insurance, ask yourself about how much it would cost you to pay for wind damage out-of-pocket.  Typical wind damage causes roof damage where either some or all of your roof may need to be replaced.  Roof repairs and replacement can range from a few thousand dollars to $10,000+. 

In many instances, paying for a loss yourself will be much more expensive than even years of paying for a wind damage insurance rider. 

Where to Buy Wind and Hail Insurance

If you already have an insurance agent, give them a call to see if their insurance company offers riders for wind and hail insurance.  It’s almost certain that they will.  Work with them to understand:

  • What exactly your current policy covers today in regards to wind and hail damage
  • How much a rider for wind and hail damage will cost
  • What exactly the additional insurance will cover
  • If there are any exceptions to your insurance company covering your loss
  • What your deductible will be if you do need to file a claim

How Your Wind and Hail Deductible is Handled

When one of our clients’ properties sustains wind or hail damage, they typically give us a call immediately after the damage has occurred.  The reason to act fast is to help prevent further damage to your property.  If your insurance company finds that you did not act quickly, they may find you negligible and may not pay for the damage they’d consider to have been preventable. 

After a call, the process is:

  • We visit your property to conduct an inspection of the damage.  We will take photo documentation and measurements. 
  • On the same visit, we’ll also perform emergency services.  These can include roof tarping and board-up.  
    • Roof tarps are thick, water-resistant pieces of plastic that are firmly attached to your roof to help prevent anything from entering the property. 
    • Board-ups are pieces of wood that are attached over broken windows, doors, and exterior portions of a property.  They help prevent weather from entering the property, and they also discourage unwanted intrusion from people and animals. 
  • If your property has water damage, that will also be taken care of on the first trip. 
  • Once the emergency services are done, we will create an estimate to repair the damaged parts of the property.  We offer:
    • Roof repair and replacement
    • Exterior repairs
    • Window replacement
    • Door replacement 
  • If this is part of an insurance claim, the estimate is presented to your adjuster.  Once they approve it, we can get started on repairing your property.  If this is not an insurance claim or your customer denies coverage, then we will work with you directly to complete the restoration process. 

We’re a Damage Restoration Company in Dallas

We’re a SERVPRO in Dallas with over 30 years of experience in the damage restoration industry.  We’ve seen and restored many properties after wind and hail damage, and we know how to help you, too.  

We helped the city of Wylie, Texas recover after a major hailstorm in 2016, and we also traveled to Iowa to help the state's recovery efforts after the 2020 Derecho.  

Our managers and technicians are certified, professional, and have years of experience to help restore your property correctly after any kind of storm damage

Contact us anytime for a free estimate: (972) 986-7677.  

We’re Here to Help.