Recent Posts

Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas, TX

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Dallas fire damage restoration services If you're facing the aftermath of a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO for professional fire damage restoration services.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Service in Dallas, TX

The aftermath of a structure fire is overwhelming. The losses are difficult to accept as you are surrounded by the destruction of personal items and the shelter itself.

However, accepting what is lost and adjusting to the circumstances is the only way forward. With an experienced Dallas fire damage restoration company working for you, you’ll be on your way back to normalcy.

For decades, SERVPRO of North Irving has helped countless property owners recover their fire-damaged properties in Dallas, TX. We understand the hardships and adjustments that come along after a fire. We do our best to minimize the recovery time.

Who you choose to manage your property restoration is a major decision. We’re here on standby to take your call 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. SERVPRO is “Faster to any size disaster” and we do all we can to make the process efficient. Call us at (972) 986-7677 with any fire damage recovery questions and for a free quote.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Process

After experiencing a major loss, you may be leery of placing your property recovery in the hands of a Dallas fire damage restoration company. We’re with you every step of the way through the fire restoration process and are transparent about all that is involved. To keep you updated and answer any questions you may have, we assign you a single point of contact.

A frequent question we hear is “What does a fire restoration company do?” We’ve put together this guide to familiarize you with how it works.

Phase 1: Fire Damage Inspection and Assessment

So what all is involved with Dallas Fire damage restoration? Fire and smoke damage restoration is about bringing the property back to its preloss condition. To plan out the process, we must have a list of everything that is damaged. 

We address what is beyond the surface of the obvious signs of damage to ensure that everything is recovered. This means we check the rooms and spaces adjacent to the affected area. Once we have all damage identified and itemized, we can begin the fire remediation work.

Phase 2: Board-Up and Roof-Tarp

SERVPRO is prepared to get started on the work immediately, but we may not be able to start until we have authorization (for example, from the insurance adjuster). 

Fire damage often leaves the property vulnerable to secondary damage from rain, vandalism, or theft. Imagine shattered windows, gutted walls, or holes in the roof left unguarded for several weeks.

We board up and tarp these areas to create temporary protection. Insurance companies may want to know what was done to prevent additional damage, and board up and tarping is a proactive safeguard.

Phase 3: Water and Smoke Removal

When people think of fire damage, they usually imagine singed corners and piles of ash. So why would there be water damage too? 

Fire sprinklers dispense 8-24 gallons of water per minute and a firehose dumps 50-125 gallons per minute, and this leaves behind water damage.

We eliminate damaging water and moisture with high-powered extraction machines, dehumidifiers, and air circulation acceleration. Lingering moisture will lead to mold growth, so the job is not done until everything is completely dry.

Fire damage leaves behind damaging soot, messy ash, and a strong odor. We use advanced techniques, specialized equipment, industrial cleaners, and air scrubbers to eliminate all remnants of smoke damage.

Phase 4: Fire Damage Restoration

Our goal is to restore rather than replace. We’ll clean, disinfect, and sanitize all that can be recovered, including personal items.

One way we recover personal property is with our Esporta Wash System. We place contaminated soft goods into the machine for thorough fire cleanup. Once these items have been processed, they will have achieved food grade cleanliness.

What cannot be restored will be rebuilt and replaced. We’ll replace drywall, wooden construction, paint, and put in new carpet. Our Dallas reconstruction services will do whatever it takes to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damaged Contents Restoration Service

Looking over all that has been severely damaged by fire, you may wonder how any of it could be recovered. Is it all bound for the dumpster? Not necessarily. Our Dallas Fire damage restoration services use a variety of techniques to restore your possessions.

Documents Restoration

While we may not be able to bring photos and documents back to their original condition, we can salvage the items for safekeeping.

Types of materials we restore:

  • Paper documents
  • Books and magazines
  • Manuscripts and files
  • Photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • X-rays
  • Blueprints and maps
  • Parchment

One of our most effective techniques is also used by Library of Congress historians. We use a vacuum freeze-drying process which is the only document preservation method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA). We also sterilize the documents using gamma irradiation technology.

Digitizing allows you to have a copy of the original when its present quality is perishable. We’ll scan and store your items in a confidential manner to protect your privacy.

Below is a complete list of document recovery methods our technicians use:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Furniture Restoration

We understand that furniture purchases are a major investment. The cost of a new set of furniture is considerable, and antique furniture is irreplaceable. 

The first thing we do is separate the legs of furniture from contact with harmful elements (such as wet carpet).

We’ll apply the most appropriate remedy for each piece of furniture. We disassemble the furniture to give each component a thorough cleaning.

  • Dry cleaning - Clean light residue from furniture surface or as a pre-treatment prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet cleaning - Removes moderate to heavy residues from the furniture.
  • Spray and wipe - Used on furniture that would be damaged from too much exposure to water/soaking.
  • Foam cleaning - Cleans upholstery fabrics would shrink or bleed from water-based cleaning.
  • Abrasive cleaning - Agitation of the surface for stubborn soiling.
  • Immersion cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of an industrial cleaning product.

Electronics Restoration

Some might guess that dusting the ashes off electronics is enough to clean them. The truth is that residue from smoke is acidic and corrosive to the electronic components over time.

We advise you not to attempt to turn on or use electronics that have been in a structure fire. Let the professionals clean these up for you so they can be saved. SERVPRO will carefully restore your televisions, DVD players, computers, etc. with our expert electronic fire damage cleaning techniques.

How Much Does it Cost to Restore Fire Damage in Dallas?

The average cost of Dallas fire damage restoration is $13,730 (while the national average is $13,566). 

Factors include:

  • Square footage of the damage.
  • Depth of the damage.
  • How much soot and smoke damage.
  • How much water damage.
  • Reconstruction

For more information on fire restoration costs, read our smoke damage repair costs guide! Keep in mind that the figures mentioned above are industry averages for fire damage restoration companies and do not necessarily reflect SERVPRO’s pricing structure. To get an idea of what we would charge, please contact SERVPRO directly for pricing information.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Fire Restoration?

Most homeowner insurance policies do provide coverage for structure fire damage. Some may cover expenses for temporary relocation. Be sure to save proof of your expenses such as receipts for lodging and new clothing.

If you’ve been living in a house for many years, you’ve likely forgotten what level of coverage you secured. To refresh your memory, it’s a good idea to set up a meeting with your insurance agent to go over your coverages prior to any fire event. Ask about deductibles and how much coverage levels for personal property and temporary relocation. You may need to increase your coverage or initiate a new policy with another company that offers more benefits.

We work with your insurance company to make the process as efficient as possible. Because of our great reputation, SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for many major insurance carriers.

Does Fire Damage Affect HVAC systems in Dallas?

During a structure fire, smoke and soot travel into the ducts of your HVAC system, even when the system is not running. Aside from being a health hazard, the soot and smoke damage warps the ductwork.

Dallas fire damage restoration addresses the HVAC system with a full inspection, cleaning, and sealing. This resolves many climate control and air quality issues caused by the fire damage. Our goal is to keep your environment comfortable and healthy by ensuring that your HVAC system’s life is not shortened by this unfortunate event.

Certified Dallas SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Service Ready 24/7

Fire damage is one of the most unfortunate things to happen to a home or business. You’re surrounded by loss and destruction. We understand the stress that comes with fire events. Our team of Dallas professional fire restorers is here to pick up the pieces and get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.

When you hire SERVPRO for fire damage restoration services, you will have a single point of contact and we will communicate with your insurance company on your behalf. This makes the process efficient and reduces stress for the property owner. Call us today to get started on your fire damage restoration process. We’re available 24/7 year-round for emergency contact at (972) 986-7677.

How Much Does it Cost to Clean Smoke Damage in Dallas

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

smoke damage to house in dallas If your home has been damaged in a house fire, contact the Dallas experts at SERVPRO for professional fire and smoke damage restoration.

Both small and large house fires have this in common - they leave behind smoke damage. The smell of smoke lingers to remind you of the fire event, but smoke leaves behind more than just odor.

Smoke discolors walls and fixtures. Soot can have a corrosive effect on appliances and electronics. Also of concern is how soot affects your health when inhaled, which can cause an array of health effects.

How much does it cost to clean smoke damage? While you can easily look up the price to replace an appliance, electronics, and reconstruction material, smoke damage restoration cost isn’t as clear cut.

Smoke damage cleanup is a complex part of fire damage restoration in Dallas, TX. Use this guide to understand what is involved in smoke damage clean up cost.

Filing an Insurance Claim After a Fire or Smoke Damage Incident

Fire damage restoration costs quickly add up, so many property owners will be looking for ways to defray the expense. Hopefully, you already have insurance coverage on your home or business.

Once everyone is safe and sound, the next thing to do is begin the claims process. 

  1. Contact your insurance company to initiate a claim filing. Insurance claims can be a long process, so the sooner you start the smoke claim process, the better. 
  2. Suss out what your policy covers by confirming the details with the insurance representative.
  3. Call a trusted fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO Dallas has worked with numerous insurance adjusters, so we know the process inside and out. To make the process more efficient, we work with the insurance company on your behalf.
  4. Take photos and video to document the damage. This should only be done after the fire department has said it’s safe to renter the structure.
  5. Take notes about the damage and itemize the losses (furniture, electronics, clothing, etc.)
  6. Do your best to provide an accurate valuation of the items that were destroyed. You may need to go through your credit card statements/online order history to provide accurate value figures.
  7. Request a copy of the incident report from the fire department.
  8. If you have been temporarily displaced, keep the receipts for all of your expenses. Your insurance company may reimburse you for the cost of temporary relocation.
  9. Let your insurance company and fire damage restoration company handle the rest. SERVPRO will even safely store your belongings while the recovery process is underway.

Most of these steps are appropriate for major fire damage. You might still benefit from calling your insurance company for small fires. 

Water Damage Restoration Costs

How is water damage relevant to the question, “How much does it cost to clean smoke damage?” When you think about fire damage, you may think of a bone dry environment with scorched material everywhere you look. 

When there has been a major fire event, there is likely to be water damage as well. This usually comes from a fire sprinkler system or a firehose. The water that snuffs out the flames drenches everything.

A fire hose can release around 150 gallons per minute. That can easily damage your property the same way a major rainstorm would.

How much does water damage repair cost alongside fire damage repair costs? In the Dallas area, the average cost for water damage remediation is $3,014. It’s $450 on the low end vs. $11,000 on the high end. This is about what it would cost compared to the national average ($2,976).

The above estimates are from external data sources and don’t necessarily reflect SERVPRO’s rates. Contact us anytime for our pricing information.

How Much Does Smoke Remediation Cost?

Professional smoke removal includes scrubbing the walls and floors with industrial smoke treatment cleaners. What cannot be restored will need to be replaced with new materials. Air scrubbing may also be necessary. SERVPRO can even recover certain electronics.

How much does it cost to clean smoke damage in Dallas? The current average for fire damage repair costs in the Dallas area is $13,730. That is $800 on the low end and as much as $106,500 on the high end. This is about the same as the national average ($13,566).

These estimates may not include other costs such as water damage repair, home reconstruction, storage for belongings, and temporary housing expenses.

Keep in mind that these fire damage restoration estimates are from a third party and do not necessarily align with SERVPRO’s rates. To get an idea of what we would charge for smoke remediation, contact us any time.

Deodorizing and Ozone Smoke Removal Costs

Smoke odor is a nagging reminder of the fire event, but smoke in the air can also trigger allergies. Removing and cleaning fire damaged items and materials will eliminate much of the odor, but perhaps not all of it.

How much does it cost to clean smoke damage (when you’re removing the remaining odor)?

On average, the cost to remove smoke smell from a house (professionally) is between $200-$100. For ozone smoke removal, the costs range from $200-$400.

SERVPRO’s rates may not necessarily match these figures. Contact us to learn more about our rates for Dallas odor removal.

Contact SERVPRO for Fire and Smoke Damage Repair in Dallas, TX

Smoke damage is an eyesore and has a strong odor. Soot is so damaging that just getting rid of the burnt pieces is not enough. We must also tend to what smoke has damaged and remove the remnants it leaves behind (especially the smell).

After a fire event, you should contact your insurance company right away and then call a reputable fire damage restoration company to get started on the recovery process right away.

When you call on SERVPRO for Dallas fire damage restoration, you not only hire a company with decades of local experience, but you also get:

  • Emergency services: roof tarp, board-up, and live security (to prevent secondary losses).
  • Fire cleanup services
  • Fire smoke odor deodorization
  • Move-out, move-in storage
  • Sanitation of all belongings
  • Textile restoration
  • Electronic restoration services
  • Reconstruction
  • 1 point contact - Keep track of the whole process by contacting just one person!
  • Faster service. Because we offer all of the services needed for fire damage restoration, we can make the process more efficient so you get back to life as usual sooner. 
  • Lower costs. The savings we gain by being more efficient is passed on to the customer.
  • Higher customer satisfaction. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

How much does it cost to clean smoke damage? The best way to get an accurate answer to this question is to call us at (972) 986-7677 for pricing info. We’re here to take your call around the clock, 365 days per year. Contact us any time!

Dallas Water Damage Repair Costs

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

dallas water damage repair If you find water damage in your home, contact the Dallas restoration professionals at SERVPRO for a free water damage repair cost estimate.

In 2018, the city of Dallas, TX initiated 84 improvement projects that combat flooding, prevent erosion, and correct storm drainage flaws.

As Dallas-area property owners become aware of the potential threat of flash flooding, plumbing emergencies, or wastewater infrastructure failure, they are soon to become familiar with water damage repair costs.

Your Dallas-area SERVPRO is prepared for any sized disaster, and we’re here to help property owners be prepared too. In this guide, we will share what all goes into flood damage repair costs and how insurance may offset these expenses. 

Water Repair Cost Factor #1: Water Categories

When an influx of water creates a toxic situation, this would incur sewage backup cleanup costs. Professional water damage restoration technicians use a water contamination category structure to assess the damage. 

Category 1: Clean Water 

Clean water is considered low risk and comes from a treated water source like a broken internal pipe. While considered clean, this water is at risk of becoming contaminated and progressing to category 2 if not addressed. Bacteria and molds will begin to grow in standing water.

The cleaning industry clean water cleanup averages between $3.75 and $4.00 per square foot.

Category 2: Gray Water 

“Gray water” has become contaminated with unsafe levels of microorganisms, chemicals, waste (like urine), or toxins. If ingested, people or animals could become ill.

The cleaning industry range for gray water cleanup averages between $4.50 and $4.75 per square foot. 

Category 3: Black Water

“Black water” is considered a significant health hazard and should be handled by trained professionals. At this level, the water is tainted with raw sewage, human waste, fertilizers, garbage, motor oil, etc.

The average cleaning industry costs at this stage range between $7.00 and $7.25 per square foot.

The above price figures do not necessarily reflect SERVPRO’s rates. Please contact us anytime for no-obligation pricing information.

Repair Cost Factor #2: Amount of Water Damage

Unfortunately, water damage to property doesn’t dry out like wet laundry. Once water penetrates carpeting, wood, drywall, furniture, etc., these may not completely dry out.

When materials remain wet and damp, they are likely to rot and become a hotbed for toxic mold growth. The breadth and depth of water damage to the property structure and contents is a primary factor in water damage repair costs. 

Repair Cost Factor #3: Area of Home Damaged

Because water damage restoration costs depend on what kind of materials need to be replaced and restored, expenses vary depending on what part of the home or business sustains the damage.

Roof

Depending on the type of roof you have, the work can be complex. Flaws in a roof can lead to additional water damage and rot. If the structure is rotting, there is a risk that you might fall through during a repair. 

Professional roofers know how to safely work around this situation. A minor roof repair may cost up to $400 while extensive repairs may cost well over $1,000.

Ceiling Repair

If ceiling damage is caught early, a DIY patch may fix it. However, if the ceiling is bowing downward, there may be gallons of water about to break through. Handling a ceiling that is about to collapse may be dangerous, so we recommend you hire a professional.

Ceiling water damage repair cost is between $278-$781 but a major repair could cost as much as $1,500.

Basement Damage

There are several ways a basement would be damaged by water. Window well leaks you may be able to fix on your own, but structural damage around the walls of your basement warrant professional help.

Water damage repair costs such as sealing basement leaks range between $500-$1,000, however, basement cracking repair is between $250-$800. Major foundation issues may cost up to $10,000 to cure. 

Drywall

Drywall replacement from water damage can be a DIY project, but property owners may lack the experience or the time required for that polished look that blends in with the rest of the fixtures. 

The average cost for drywall repair is $240, but if several walls need to be fixed, this would multiply.

Flooring and Hardwood

Flooring rehabilitation can be a DIY project, but as with drywall, property owners may not have the skill or time to do quality work.

Flood damage repair costs depend on the kind of floor. Vinyl flooring replacement is $787-$2,821, and hardwood flooring repairs average between $441 and $1,418.

Bathroom

With a flooded bathroom scenario, there would probably be damaged flooring, drywall, and baseboards. Damaged cabinets and mold remediation would add to the expense.

Again, property owners may not have the skill level or the time for all that a bathroom project entails, so hiring professionals is preferred.

Here’s a breakdown of bathroom leak repair costs based on national averages.

  • Vinyl flooring: $1,400
  • Drywall: $240
  • Minor mold remediation: $500
  • Vanity repair: $606

Total: $2,746

The above estimates do not necessarily reflect SERVPRO’s rates. Please contact us anytime for no-obligation pricing information.

Average Water Damage Repair Costs

Average water damage repair costs vary depending on where you live. The national average cost for water damage repairs is $2,967.

The average water damage repair costs in the greater Dallas area are $3,649. In Dallas, the low-end repair costs are $385 while the high-end costs balloon to $14,500.

The estimates given do not necessarily reflect SERVPRO’s rates. Please contact us anytime for no-obligation pricing information.

Water Damage Cost Calculator

With all the variables involved, costs for water damage repair depends on the specific location of the property. This fluctuates between zip codes and neighborhoods.

Curious about what it would cost to repair water damage to your property? You can get Dallas water damage restoration figures specific to your address with the Home Advisor water damage cost calculator

Does Insurance Cover Water Damage?

Homeowners’ insurance typically covers some water damage, but when damage is due to neglect or flooding, a claim may be denied. Properties in a high-risk area (such as flood plains) are prime candidates for supplemental flood coverage. Contact your insurance company for guidance.

If you do intend to file a claim with your insurance company, you should always document the water damage with photos and videos.

Contact SERVPRO for Water Damage Repair in Dallas, TX

Water damage restoration costs are determined by several factors including water contamination, the extent of damage, and which structures need the repairs. Repairing water damage costs may be high, but if left unaddressed toxic mold will start to colonize.

SERVPRO Dallas has been a top choice in water damage repair service for decades. We’ve worked with countless insurance companies to make sure the claims process goes smoothly while ensuring the repairs are done efficiently. 

Our water damage repair goal is to make it "Like it never even happened," so you can get back to life as usual ASAP. Call us at (972) 986-7677 for free pricing or with any questions you have about water damage repair costs.

How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

air duct cleaning SERVPRO dallas If you notice your heating or air conditioning isn't performing as well as it should, contact SERVPRO for professional air duct cleaning in Dallas.

When it comes to home maintenance in Dallas, there are so many things to keep track of that it just makes sense to have a cleaning schedule. A dirty window or a smelly fridge reminds us that it’s time to get to that house cleaning we’ve been putting off. 

But what is dirty isn’t always seen nor obvious. Air quality may be on the decline because of dirty air ducts. How often should you clean your air ducts? In this guide, we’ll go over what all is involved with keeping air ducts sanitary, so you’ll know whether or not to include the cleaning of dirty air vents into your home maintenance schedule. 

Do Air Ducts Need to be Cleaned?

Like many peripheral issues in the home, unless a problem happens, air ducts and vents are forgotten about. While simply changing the air filter or using an air-purifying apparatus are common solutions to air quality issues, we should remember to check the air vents and air ducts too.

How often should you clean your air ducts depends on your situation. If you have ductwork made from sheet metal, the ducts should be cleaned every few years. Some HVAC systems can be harmed from cleaning, so it’s best to refer to manufacturer directives before attempting to clean the duct structure and its components.

How often should you clean your air ducts depends on the circumstances regarding symptoms of air quality problems and other issues.

How Do I Know If My Air Ducts Need to be Cleaned

How often should you clean your air ducts depends on certain issues that arise in your household. Some situations call for the inspection and clean out of vents in homes. We’ll go over these factors one by one, so you’ll know if you’re among those who should consider scheduling an air duct cleaning.

Vent Filters Get Dirty Too Quickly

The frequency of contaminant accumulation plays a role in how often should you clean your air ducts. Dust, pet dander, dead skin cells, and other particles carried by the airflow builds up over time in the ductwork.

If you find yourself replacing air filters more often than usual (every three months) you may have an unusual amount of debris in your environment. This issue may lower the performance of your air system. 

HVAC systems are not supposed to clog up like this, so this could be a sign of an improperly installed system or an instance where it hasn’t been properly maintained. If you aren’t the first owner of the home, you may not have known of any issues with your system.

Unexplained Sounds Through Air Vent

Modern HVAC systems are whisper quiet. If you’ve been hearing strange sounds, this might be because there’s a blockage in your ducts, like a swooshing sound. While this wouldn’t be a clear sign of an air vent block, it could be additional evidence that there is a problem.

Frequent Respiratory Problems

How often should you clean your air ducts may relate to environmental health standards. Homes and care facilities that house those who are vulnerable to illness call for more caution when it comes to air quality. If there is reason to believe that the air quality is unhealthy, cleaning out build up in the air vents is worth looking into.

Sudden Rodent Infestation

Homeowners sometimes find that they are not the only ones living in their homes as rodents gain entry through small holes around the perimeter of the house.

When feral animals get into your home, they are likely to destroy things. Rats will bite and claw at wood and wiring, but what’s worse is the waste they leave behind that ends up mixing with the air.

Because of how destructive rodents are, you should get extermination help right away because these pests will continue to create a health hazard.

New Mold Growth

Mold in the air is patently unhealthy. Mold spores love to live and thrive in dark places with plenty of moisture and cellulose material to consume. HVAC systems are one of the ideal places for mold to take root.

Be it the weather or something goes wrong that causes water damage, mold can grow in air ducts and around vents. Cleaning the vents helps, but the problem won’t go away until the cause of the mold is dealt with.

How often should you clean your air ducts may come down to how susceptible your region is to mold growth. Mold has a distinct smell, and it adversely affects air quality. However, to confirm that you have a mold problem, you’ll need professional testing (and SERVPRO offers mold tests).

Spike In Electric Bill

Homeowners in Dallas, TX may see fluctuations in their electricity bills. But what about those times when a bill is higher than expected for the season?

When a blockage causes inefficiency in your HVAC system, this means you’ll be wasting energy with a unit that is forced to work harder. To resolve this issue, a professional technician will look for leaky ducts and clean out the parts that are blocking the airflow.

Inconsistent Air Flow In Each Room

Central air is supposed to keep each room at the same baseline temperature. When one area is cooler or hotter than the other areas, this is a sign that something is wrong with your HVAC circulation. If airflow seems inconsistent, it might be due to a blockage in the ductwork.

How Often Should Air Ducts Be Cleaned?

How often should you clean your air ducts is not set in stone, but the consensus among professionals is that it be done every 3-5 years. The EPA says that air ducts should only be cleaned on an as-needed basis.

The following circumstances warrant air duct and HVAC system cleaning:

  • Excessive pet hair and dander from a house with several animals.
  • Presence of persistent water and moisture issues.
  • Fire damage
  • Mold growth
  • When residents have special health concerns.
  • After a home renovation, remodeling, or when taking over ownership from a previous owner.

There is little proof that your system’s efficiency can be increased simply by cleaning the ducts. A more comprehensive cleaning has a better chance of doing this. This would include removing build-up from cooling coils, fans, and heat exchangers. If key areas of the system are not cured, this means the system is vulnerable to re-contamination. 

If professional cleaning isn’t done right, it can make matters worse than if you had just left it alone. More dust, dirt, and other contaminants would be released in the air with inadequate vacuuming, or technicians may accidentally damage the ducts or the HVAC system.

As for air quality considerations related to seasonal maintenance, the EPA recommends that all fuel-burning furnaces, stoves, or fireplaces be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before the heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

Contact SERVPRO for a Free Air Duct Cleaning Estimate

How often should you clean your air ducts is not very often. It’s usually done under abnormal circumstances.

The benefits of air duct cleaning are:

  • Improved efficiency for your HVAC system
  • Energy cost savings
  • Lower humidity helpful for mold growth prevention

If you run into performance problems with your heating and air conditioning systems or encounter health concerns, a SERVPRO duct cleaning may be in order. We’ll carefully clean the entire systems with the appropriate equipment (HEPA vacuums), and protect your belongings and HVAC systems from damage.

Air duct cleanings should only be done if necessary, so SERVPRO offers a free cleaning estimate to determine if your situation requires a cleaning. We are equipped to handle systems in homes, apartments, schools, offices, commercial buildings, and medical facilities.

Call SERVPRO any time at (972) 986-7677 with any questions you have about air duct cleanings or to set up a time to get your free estimate!

Dallas Professional Fire Restorers

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged building SERVPRO North Irving If you've experienced fire damage on your property, contact SERVPRO for professional fire damage restoration from our Dallas experts.

Fires often happen without warning, and it’s dizzying how rapidly it can decimate a structure. Thinking fast may be able to save a property from destruction, but what about the times we aren’t so lucky - like when you aren’t at home to stop it? 

After devastating losses over the centuries, humans have invented fire safety devices such as smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, smoke-activated sprinklers, etc. 

While we are perhaps in a better position to defend ourselves from fire than our ancestors, we are still vulnerable to destructive structure fires. Enter professional fire restorers. One step at a time, SERVPRO’s Dallas fire damage repair and restoration make up for what was lost.

The greater the fire damage, the more bewildering the experience can be for property owners. After the shock wears off, you’re faced with what to do next. The decision to hire professional fire restorers is no small matter, so in this article, we’ll tell you what you need to know about the fire recovery process.

Understanding Fire Restoration

Professional fire restorers are experienced in making a conclusive assessment of property damage from a thorough inspection. Fire remediation is the process of applying effective methods to remove soot, extract water from extinguishing flames, restore the air quality, and rebuild whatever cannot be salvaged.

When you look at a structure ravaged by fire, you may wonder if it’s beyond repair. With comprehensive restoration services, there is hope to bring a property back to preloss condition.

Homes and buildings are a huge investment. That’s why insurance is necessary in case the unthinkable happens. Professional fire restorers work with your insurance company to make the property like new so what you’ve invested in remains yours to enjoy.

How is Fire Restoration Accomplished?

Every situation is different, so as professional fire restorers we come up with a recovery plan that covers the specific needs of the property. Fire damage comes in all sizes, so we are prepared to do a complete fire damage restoration process for situations big and small.

The process begins when you call our emergency contact agent. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Our staff member will ask a series of questions to determine what is needed to address your issue. Within the hour, we will contact you to arrange service. As we are faster to any size disaster, the goal is always to get to the job site ASAP.

Within the next four hours, our team of professional fire restorers will arrive at the property to assess the damage. The first task at hand is always to mitigate secondary damage. For example, we will board up or tarp any openings created by fire damage that leaves the structure exposed to the elements.

Next, our trained technicians will walk you through the fire restoration process plans piece by piece so you’ll know what to expect and the intended outcome. Our professional fire restorers will also provide a brief to key decision-makers (an adjuster or property manager).

Pretesting allows professional fire restorers to determine what needs to be done from the inside out. From there, our team performs a thorough cleaning, a full restoration, and a complete deodorization.

Our team of professional fire restorers completes the work efficiently using state-of-the-art restoration techniques so the job is done right the first time. We understand that it’s not a restoration until the work is done with the care and quality that is made to last.

The last phase is the best part. We walk you through the completed work. Property owners are relieved to finally see things as they were before the fire. 

For the final walkthrough, we want to be sure you are completely satisfied with the outcome. We want to hear any of your observations or concerns, so we may swiftly address it.

Our Fire Restorer’s Specialized Equipment

Quality work can only be done with the right tools. To have the work completed in a timely way, technology and equipment must perform reliably. Our team of professional fire restorers is trained to use industry equipment to carry out efficient fire remediation.

With our specialized equipment, our team is fully prepared to tackle common fire damage remnants such as: 

  • Wet smoke – Comes from plastics and synthetics. Characteristics: Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary.
  • Dry smoke – Comes from paper and wood. Characteristics: fast burning, high temperatures, dry, and powdery non-smeary residues.
  • Protein – Virtually invisible, but discolors paints and varnishes. Characteristics: extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel oil soot – Furnace puff backs.
  • Fire extinguisher residue - Potassium bicarbonate powder left behind.

Additional equipment such as water extractors, dryers, and foggers are used as well.

Hiring a Professional Fire Restorer

When a deluge of water is needed to put out a structure fire (either from sprinklers or fire hoses), the potential for water damage must be addressed. If not, this leads to rotting in the construction and mold growth. 

Not all Dallas fire restoration companies can do water damage remediation, but SERVPRO can. We’ll coordinate fire and water damage restoration tasks that are tailored to your situation. We use high-powered water extractors and drying equipment so that moisture doesn’t have a chance to cause further damage.

The smell of smoke is a lingering reminder of fire damage. We use special deodorization equipment for unpleasant odor removal. Our professional fire restorers use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers that atomize liquid deodorizing agents. This fine mist penetrates those areas that are deeply saturated with odor-causing residues. 

For confined spaces, our technicians use thermal foggers to distribute the gaseous solvent in large volumes. This fog neutralizes odor-causing particles by pairing with tiny deodorant solution particles.

We’re proud to say that we make it “Like it never even happened.” Our powerful equipment and an expert team of trained professionals makes our super-efficient fire restoration procedures possible.

Dallas Fire Restoration Benefits

To make the most of your insurance claim benefits it’s crucial to choose the right fire damage recovery company. Experience and consistency make all the difference. For over 30 years, SERVPRO in North Dallas has been repairing fire damaged homes and businesses with comprehensive restoration.

When you work with SERVPRO you’ll get:

  • Full-service restoration - Being equipped to handle different types of damage means we do it all.
  • Help with the insurance claims process - We are experienced in dealing with insurance companies. We’ll deal with the insurance company on your behalf.
  • Reconstruction - Sometimes the damage is so severe it needs more than a clean-up. We’re prepared to fill the role of contractor and rebuild the structure - including roof work.
  • Care for your possessions - We help document, store, and clean your valued items. If you must temporarily relocate during the restoration process, we’ll carefully move your items to safe storage. Live 24-hour security safeguards the property from theft.
  • Special items - It may seem like some damaged items are a lost cause, but we have solutions. We will carefully clean your smoke damaged electronics. 

For cleaning smoke and water contaminated soft goods, we are the only Esporta Certified SERVPRO in Dallas. We’ll restore and sanitize precious items like antique table linens, favorite stuffed animals, wedding gowns, etc. in an industrial washing machine.

Contact SERVPRO for a Free Fire Restoration Estimate

SERVPRO is the leading fire damage restoration company in Dallas, TX. Fire damage disrupts your life - especially when it happens to the home you live in. We’re here to help you get back to life as usual as soon as possible. 

We are faster to any size disaster, and our decades of experience have made our fire damage restoration process exceptionally efficient. Our team of IICRC technicians has the expert knowledge, experience, and the best equipment to do the job right the first time so it’s the only time.

Secondary damage to your property might impact your insurance claim. To prevent this, you’ll want to get started on the house fire restoration process right away. We’re on standby 24-7. Call us anytime (972) 986-7677 with any questions or for free pricing.

How to Clean Clothes Exposed to Mold Spores

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

The EPA reports that millions of tons of textiles are added to landfills each year in the United States. In the piles of Dallas refuse, there are likely clothing favorites or items of sentimental value. They would have been used for many more years if not for mishaps.

Mold can be absorbed by clothing in a few ways. Either the fabric becomes infected with mold, or it comes in contact with other moldy clothes. 

Mold spores are abundant in the air as mold is a natural decomposer in our environment. Spores will feed on any cellulose material, including fabric. When the environment is dark and damp, this encourages the growth of a mold colony.

Say you put some clothes in storage. Somehow water gets into the container or box from a plumbing problem or flooding. When damp materials go unnoticed for some time, this gives mold a chance to flourish.

If you pull items from storage and notice they are damp or musty, you’ll want to clean them right away to avoid mold growth. Mold is unhealthy, and wearing items with mold means it’s as close to you as can be, allowing you to breathe it in and touch your skin.

As the team of mold experts in Dallas, SERVPRO’s goal is to restore items so they don’t have to be replaced. In this guide, we’ll cover how to clean clothes exposed to mold spores or items infected with mold.

How to Recognize Mold on Clothing

As you sort through a bin of clothing that had prolonged exposure to water or moisture, be on the lookout for signs of mold. 

As mentioned earlier, mold nestles into clothing fibers and is nurtured by moisture and wetness. Mold infection from spores in one fabric item can spread to other clothing nearby. To avoid close contact with mold, you should treat these items before wearing them.

The Mold Smell

Mold has a distinct odor. Its smell is usually the first sign that it’s present. Mildew and mold have a similar smell. Mold odor is described as musty, earthy, and sometimes sweet. 

Mold Stains on Clothes

Do you notice tiny black or gray-speckled spots that aren’t part of the original fabric design? These are mold or mildew stains.

If you discover damp clothing, you’ll want to clean and dry it as soon as possible to prevent the growth of mold on clothes.

How To Clean Clothes Exposed To Mold Spores

Before we get started on how to clean clothes exposed to mold spores, we recommend that you use protective gloves to handle items affected by mold, especially when disposing of contaminated items.

The sooner you clean clothes exposed to mold, the better. The longer infectious mold remains in clothing, the deeper and further it colonizes, making it harder to remove from clothing.

While concentrated laundry detergent is usually the go-to for tough stains and deodorizing, it isn’t the most effective for mold removal. However, Borax is a laundry booster that is believed to be effective against mycotoxin (what makes mold toxic) and can be used to clean the affected items.

Pre Soak Mold-Affected Clothes

As with other stained fabrics, soaking helps loosen up the fibers to release mold particles. Using a bucket or sink, soak the mold-affected articles in water with commercial pre-soak (per package instructions) or one cup of vinegar for about an hour.

Using a Washing Machine 

After the pre-soak, you then move the items to the washing machine for a few cycles. Vinegar and baking soda are the cleaners of choice as they are more effective against mold than laundry detergent. 

First cycle: Setting the machine water temperature to hot, add one cup of white vinegar. Wash items in the solution for a full cycle.

Second cycle: Run the same items in the washing machine again, but with a half cup of baking soda instead of vinegar.

Bleach is considered to be a stain-fighter and a mold-killer, but it’s dubious if it kills mold on fabric. It’s more effective on non-porous surfaces. 

Dry in the Sun

Is it a sunny day in Dallas? Perfect. Skip the dryer and hang the clothes out to dry outside. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant and mold killer.

Clothes dryers can be humid (mold loves moisture) and can lock in stains.

Once the items have completely dried and sunbathed, put them through another cleaning cycle and dry outdoors once more. 

Once two rounds of cleaning are complete, check your items for any lingering odor or mold stains on clothes. If there are still stubborn mold stains after washing the items several times, you may need to go ahead and dispose of them.

When Should I Throw Away Moldy Clothes?

The rule used to be that fabrics items should be discarded based on thickness. Such items would be down-filled blankets or jackets, pillows, any items that are thicker than a half-inch.  The reason is because typical washing machines (both the ones at home and at a commercial laundromat) don’t use enough water pressure to soak the entire fabric and push the mold out.  

Today, there is a specialty washing machine called the Esporta Wash System that is made especially to decontaminate clothing and textiles--even bulky items that are a half an inch thick and more. 

The Esporta uses hydraulic pressure and a mixture of six detergents to literally put detergent-laden water through an entire fabric--no matter the thickness or size.  The result is that almost all of the contaminants in a fabric are washed away, leaving a pH balanced and food-grade clean clothing or blanket to enjoy again. 

The Esporta can even wash items filled with foam, down, or stuffing. 

The only time we recommend throwing away a moldy item is when the mold has destroyed the fabric by eating through it.  In these cases, you would see holes in the fabric.  If this is the case, make sure to put on gloves and dispose of these items or other contaminated textiles into heavy-duty trash bags and close them tightly.

Don’t want to say goodbye to your favorite clothes or items with sentimental value? Good news! SERVPRO in Dallas can help. Our Esporta Wash System is an industrial machine used to treat contaminated soft contents like stuffed animals, shoes, hats, blankets, and more. 

Our Esporta Wash System can remove over 99%  of mold for all soft goods and restore them to former food-grade safe cleanliness.

Contact SERVPRO for a Free Dallas Mold Removal Estimate

How to clean clothes exposed to mold spores comes down to how soon you discover the problem and how quickly you respond with the proper cleaning procedures.

For SERVPRO in Dallas, TX, timeliness matters - we are faster to any-sized disaster. When water problems aren’t addressed right away, more damage will ensue, and mold infection is likely to continue. 

When you have an ongoing mold problem or have a huge mold cleanup on your hands, call SERVPRO for Dallas mold clean up and remediation. Our team gets close to the mold with proper PPE (so you don’t have to), looks for mold in hiding places, and works to stop water damage at its source. 

As mentioned earlier, we also have the Esporta Wash System to restore clothing and other textiles. Reach out to us at (972) 986-7677 with any questions you may have about mold cleaning or for free pricing!

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.