Storm Season in Fort Worth, TX
It seems as though storm season has passed now that we are in mid-June. But as the ground dries up under the 100-degree weather we are most likely staring down, we’ve got to remember that there is still the chance of summer afternoon rains, and the detriment that can come with them.
Take for example this last Sunday, when a random microburst tore through DFW. It knocked out power to residence in Dallas county for several days. It downed power lines and trees, and even knocked over a huge crane in downtown Dallas an killed one person and injured several more.
That’s why it’s important to always be storm ready here in DFW. Where severe weather can strike at any time and be incredibly dangerous. It’s a good idea to keep your house weather proofed as well. Take some time in the downtime during the beginning of spring and fall to make sure your home is prepped for spring weather. Check shingles, trim back trees, check window and door seals. It’d be a good idea to make sure your electronics are plugged into surge protectors too.
If you’ve been hit by storm damage, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Cleaning Your Washing Machine
It’s important to maintain your appliances! You may give your fridge a thorough clean out, and your microwave a wipe down once a week. You clean the lint trap from your dryer every time you dry your clothes. But what about your washing machine? Are you noticing a foul smell every time you open the lid to start a new load?
Then it maybe time to give your washing machine a good clean! Hard-water minerals can build up as well as general dirt and grime and left-over laundry detergent – sort of like how your tub builds up soap scum if it’s not cleaned. Mold and mildew can hide under the washer lid/door.
So, to get rid of the funk, every six months when you do your spring and fall cleaning, here’s what to do if you’ve got a front-loading washing machine.
Grab white vinegar, a spray bottle, a towel or microfiber cloth, and some baking soda. First, clean around the gasket with that white vinegar and spray bottle. Wipe it down with the damp towel, and make sure to get all the stuff that’s accumulated.
Next, set your washer to the very highest level with the highest temperature. Add two cups of vinegar to your detergent dispenser and run through a complete cycle. When that’s done, add a half cup of baking soda to the drum and run again – still using the highest level and hottest water temperature. When it’s done, wipe down the inside of the drum. Go ahead and wipe down the front as well.
If you’ve got a top loading washing machine, you’ll need a toothbrush, vinegar, a towel or microfiber cloth, and baking soda.
Again, set your washer to the highest level and the hottest setting, add four cups of vinegar to the wash cycle. After it starts, pause your machine and let it sit for an hour. While it’s sitting, it’s a good idea to wipe down the nobs and the front of your washing machine. You can even use an old toothbrush to scrub out the fabric softener and bleach dispensers that have gotten clogged with gunk. Continue your wash cycle after an hour. Then follow that with a cup of baking soda, and at the end of your cycle wipe down your tub.
And now you’ve got a clean washing machine!
If you’ve had water damage from your washer, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Bathroom Mold Prevention in Fort Worth, TX
Mold is so common – that even the nicest homes in Fort Worth has it! We know! We’ve seen it! It can hide in closets, behind dishwashers, and under sinks – which is the perfect environment for it to grow. Because mold needs moisture, time, and darkness this makes the bathroom the perfect place for mold to hide and unfortunately, it seems as though mold and bathrooms go together like peanut butter and jelly. So, what can you do to fight against unwanted mold in your bathroom? Try and prevent it all together! Below are some steps to help:
- Clean your bathroom regularly.
- Use a squeegee for showers doors/walls – not only will this help with built up water spots, but it’ll also help prevent excess water build up.
- Fix your leaky faucets and shower heads.
- Use your fan! Your ventilation fan is there for a reason as it helps cut back on the humidity and excess moisture from your shower. If you don’t have a fan, open a window or invest in a small dehumidifier – like the ones we use here!
- Make sure your child’s toys are dry and cleaned and inspected regularly. Mold can grow in certain toys if not properly maintained.
- Keep your shower or tub as clutter-free as possible. Water can collect under bottles and promote mold growth.
If you are experiencing mold in your bathrooms, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Storm Season Is Almost Here
Spring is just around the corner here in North Texas, and with the deadly tornadoes in Arkansas this past week, it’s important to remember that we need to be aware of the Spring storm season ahead of us and we need to get prepared. Make sure your house is secured and ready for storm weather. Inspect roofs from last year’s damage, inspect window sills and door jams to make sure no water can make its way inside. In the event of an emergency, it’s a good idea to pack an emergency kit which you can find more about here, along with an emergency plan to help you and your family stay safe.
We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook know the importance of making sure everyone stays safe during severe weather situations, which is why we go on storm to help those in need. If you’ve been hit by a recent storm event, give us a call today at 817.560.3086.
Commercial Water Damage? We can handle that!
Short of a fire or natural disaster, floods are the worst thing that can happen to your office or business. It can affect your employee’s productivity, which in turn can mean lost revenue for your company. We know how incredibly frustrating that can be as a business owner or manager. We’ve been there before, after all!
That’s why we here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook work as hard as possible with specialized equipment to make sure that the drying process is quick and easy so you and your employees can get back to work as quickly as possible. We work hard to make sure the process is streamlined and you know what’s going on every step of the way.
If your commercial office space has been affected by water damage give us a call here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook today! 817.560.3086
The Team Is Back!
The boys (and ladies!) are back in town! After a long three weeks on the road in both Wisconsin and Chicago, our full team is back and ready to roll here in DFW! With the possibility of more storm events coming for the north, the team is already itching to get out into the field and having a blast with the customers up north.
We love meeting and helping new people. Stories of meeting customers and their experiences on the road never get old to us, especially when you’ve got a team like ours. Where humor is just waiting around the corner at every turn, and stories keep us laughing at our quarterly dinners for hours. We are proud of our team for doing all that they do for our customers. Good job up north, boys!
If you’ve had a water loss give us a call today at 817.595.2506, we are always “Here to Help!”
Textile Cleaning? We Got That!
Did you know that we can clean the clothes, textiles, blankets, and stuffed toys right here in our shop? It’s true! We are the proud owners of our very own Esporta machine, which can hold up to eight loads at a time. We use special soaps and formulas to make sure that we get everything that was affected clean. We can clean everything from soot and smoke damaged articles to water damaged things as well.
We know how stressful it can be to be faced with the possibility of having to replace things, which is why we focus on restoring and not replacing, and that means all your personal belongings not just your home.
We aim to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at 817.595.2506.
Why SERVPRO: Certifications and Training
We’ve got restoration down to a science – truly. We use formulas and chemistry every day to dry, treat, and clean homes and businesses that have been affected by water damage, fire damage, mold remediation and biohazard damage. That also means our staff must be highly trained to tackle anything that gets thrown our way.
That’s why we’ve developed the National Training Center at our national headquarters. It teaches every aspect of the restoration and mitigation process from start to finish. The coolest part? We’ve got a full sized, house in our training facility. We flood it, set it on fire… you name it, it’s probably been done. Every scenario, we’ve tested the best ways to tackle the situation at hand.
If you’ve been hit with water damage in your Fort Worth home, give us a call today at 817.560.3086
Meet The Owners!
This is Shane and Angie Parish. They are our owners and fearless leaders here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, and we want you to meet them! They’re originally from Ohio, before moving down here to Texas to open our three SERVPRO franchises. They are our fearless leaders here at SERVPRO and without them we all wouldn’t be here! They make sure things are running as smoothly as possible, and they are driven to succeed themselves and push all of us to succeed and do our very best as well.
Angie is certified in WRT as well as Lead Renovator Certified, while Shane is certified in WRT, CDS, ASD, Carpet Cleaning, Tile Cleaning, LLRT, Time & Materials, and FSRT. So, with them at the helm, we are seriously qualified to handle whatever problem you may have!
Give us a call today at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086
Fort Worth Emergency Kit
Flash Floods and heavy rains can cause huge issues in Fort Worth, Texas. Always be prepared with your emergency kit!
In Fort Worth, Texas, weather can change at the drop of a hat. Keeping an emergency kit in your home, car, and/or business can help you get through the disaster unscathed. Fort Worth sees all kinds of disasters from floods, to ice storms, to tornadoes. Check the list below to see what you should include in your kit.
- Water: One gallon of water for each person per day. This should be enough for both drinking and hygiene such as brushing your teeth. 3 Days is a good amount to be prepared for.
- Food: Make sure you are packing non-perishable food items. Again, a 3-day supply is ideal. Make sure you are storing these items properly… Nothing takes a situation from bad to worse quite like food poisoning.
- Flashlight: A powerful flashlight can be a lifesaver if your power is knocked out during a flood in Fort Worth. Make sure you also pack extra batteries if your light is not a hand crank flashlight.
- Battery-Operated Radio: Cell phones are a great tool for receiving information quickly, but if the power goes out, your cell phone is likely to die as well. Radios are one of the best ways to make sure you are up to date on all emergency information in Fort Worth, Texas. Be sure to pack extra batteries for your radio as well.
- First Aid Kit: A first aid kit can seem like a lifesaver, even when you need something as simple as a Band-Aid. These kits are relatively easy to assemble yourself, or you can order one on Amazon, or just pick one up from your local Fort Worth Walmart.
- Tools: A simple toolkit is something every household should have. This way you can take care of some issues yourself while you wait for the flood water to recede or the ice to melt so that you can get a professional in to tackle the problem.
- Medications: Always be sure you have your prescriptions on hand. It is also a good idea to pack basic medicine for headaches etc. as well.
- Baby and/or Pet Supplies: Make sure you have everything you need for each member of your family. Diapers, formula, pet food, and anything else you need to make sure everyone is taken care of.
- Cash: Cards don’t always work in an emergency. Cash is a surefire way to make sure you can pay for the things you need in Fort Worth.
- Important Documents: Depending on the situation, you may want to make sure that you have birth certificates, social security cards, insurance cards, etc. with you.
- Sleeping Bags/Blankets: If the power goes out, you will not be able to regulate the temperature in your home or office, and if you are in your vehicle, you may be stranded somewhere. Keeping a sleeping bag or blankets in your car can help keep you warm even if it is cold and gross in Fort Worth.
- Change of Clothes: A change of clothes can feel like a life saver if you have gotten the clothes you are wearing wet or soiled in some other way. Pack a few extra shirt and undergarments if you know you will be traveling or away from home in potentially hazardous conditions. Always remember to bring a jacket as well, Fort Worth may be hot most of the time, but it can get chilly when the sun goes down.