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LLRT? What's That?
When seconds count, you need a team you can count on. We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook are what’s called LLRT, or Large Loss Response Team.
What’s that mean, you ask? Well it means that we have the tools, employees, and experience to handle massive, massive jobs like a recent job we had that had eight hundred air movers. All hands were on deck for that one! Large Loss Response Teams are also held to a higher standard then just a regular restoration company. We’re required to keep extra equipment and staff on hand, so we be on our way to your location as soon as the call comes in.
We know that when it comes to businesses, time is money so we strive to move quickly and make sure everything is perfect so you don’t have to worry and can get your employees back to work as soon as possible.
If you’ve had a recent water loss in your Fort Worth commercial building, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!
Water Damage Stories: Fires Can Cause Water Damage?
Take a look at this paint bubbling from all the water dripping down!
Often times, when dealing with fires we think of hot flame, burning and scorching everything. But did you know that water is the secondary cause of damage to a structure after a water loss? Take for example this nail salon that we restored at the beginning of this year. Upstairs was a hair salon, and an automated vacuum/trash can started a fire when something got caught in the feeder. Most of the most was contained to that salon room, however the sprinklers in the entire building came on.
This proceeded to flood the entire salon upstairs, leading to water leaking down through the roof and flooding the nail salon downstairs! We were able to get everything cleaned up so that both salons could open back up, ready for business!
If you’ve affected by water damage, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Flooding in Fort Worth!
While we don’t have the rain totals quite yet for June, April and May already blew last years totals out of the water (see what I did there?). April of last year we got 0.77 inches of rain, this year we got 6.78! In May of last year, we got 1.87 inches of rain, and this year we got 8.15! How wild is that? No wonder we felt like we were under water for a good portion of the spring.
Rainy seasons like that are why it’s important that we are prepared for the rainy season and the flash flooding that can come with it. Be sure to stay aware of your surroundings at all times when the rains come – especially like the ones we’ve had the last couple of weeks where it’s been literal sideways rain.
When you get the alert for a flash flood in your area, get to higher land. And if you see a flooded roadway, turn around and don’t drown!
If you’ve been hit by the recent flood waters, give us a call today at 817.590.3086!
What's Your Water Damage Plan?
When water damage hits your home, do you have a plan in place just incase a toilet supply line breaks or storm water gets into your home? If you say shop-vac and a box fan, then you’re on the right track. Unfortunately, a shop-vac and a box fan aren’t quite the best way to handle a water loss and can lead to secondary damage like mold growth, warping of your flooring if you’ve got hard wood or laminate flooring, and a musty or moldy smell if you’ve got carpet. This can lead to sickness in your family, and that’s not good! Time is of the essence too, which is why SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is ready to go, no matter the time of day, or even the day!
Give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Water Damage Stories: Washer Supply Line
Air movers placed in the home.
Did you know that your washing machine can hold anywhere up to 15 to 30 gallons of water? Now think about how much water it uses during a cycle. Depending on the settings you selected, it can range anywhere from 45 gallons and 90 gallons of water in one wash.
That’s what happened to this house. The homeowner was doing a load of laundry, when unbeknownst to her the supply line had cracked. When the homeowner returned, there was water everywhere. Just one load of laundry managed to flood the entire house. Every single room from the guest bedrooms, master bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and halls were affected. That is a lot of water! Which is why make sure we are equipped to handle it. We loaded up our truck with 40+ air movers and 5+ dehumidifiers and headed out!
Once we get on site, we do a full 360 inspection, and then begin to extract the standing water from the flooring, and strategically place our dehumidifiers in spots that will increase drying time and ensure that nothing grows after we’re gone.
If you’ve found yourself with a broken water supply line give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Fall Storm Preparation
It seems like the wet days are behind us! We were a little waterlogged there for a while, though we’re very thankful we weren’t quite so under water as Oklahoma and other parts of the country were. But that doesn’t mean things are in the clear for us! In just three months’ time, past the heat of the summer, we’ve got fall upon us. And while we don’t get snow like the rest of the country, we do get rain and quite a bit of it!
It’s important to waterproof your house now that the spring rainy season is done in preparation for the fall rainy season. After all, fall is considered to be the second tornado season. We had a few pretty windy storms here the last couple of weeks, so it’d be a good idea to make sure all your shingles are in place and replace any that are missing or broken. Make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly and fix any leaks that you may have noticed from this season’s storms.
If you do find yourself with storm damage, give us a call at 817.560.3086
The Seriousness of Fires
Fires are devastating. Not only are they life threatening, but they can be life changing events as well. In an instant your home and all your valuables can be gone. But it’s important to know that some can absolutely be salvaged! It’s why we work on restoring, not replacing. We have special chemical sponges that can wipe down walls to get the soot off, and we have a special washing machine that can fit up to 8 loads at a time to wash your clothes and get the soot smell out of them. We can restore all manner of things – just ask us!
If you’ve found yourself in the face of a fire, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Commercial Losses Are No Joke!
Commercial losses – whether they’re fire, or water can stop time at work. Documents can get destroyed; money is lost because your employees aren’t at work. When disaster hits at your commercial business, minutes count. And that’s why we here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook are always ready to help. We have the equipment, and training needed to make sure we can mitigate the loss as quickly as possible so you and your employees can get back to work and back to making your business run smoothly. To make things run even smoother, give us a call to set up your ERP or Emergency Ready Profile. We will do a thorough walk through of your building, mark all water shut offs, and write a detailed course of action just in case an emergency strikes.
Give us a call today at 817.560.3086
Is Your Business Ready For Disaster?
You know where your breaker box is in your office, but do you know where your water shut off is? In case of a burst pipe, it’s important to know where that. That’s where we can help. We can make you an ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile, that details out your building and just where the shut off is. It also can help our guys when planning a course of action just in case your Fort Worth business has had some water damage. With an ERP we’ll detail out the floor plan of your building, what to do in any type of emergency and much more.
This can save you time, and money and get you back on track from disaster!
To set up an ERP appointment, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Fire in Fort Worth? No problem!
As much as we talk about water losses, we don’t seem to really talk about fires all that much. Fires are another thing we have the ability to handle! Did you know that often times fires turn into water losses? Think – what puts out a fire? We have the equipment and the training to make sure your home or business is taken care of promptly in the event of a fire.
We have a state-of-the-art Esporta Machine, which can handle up to eight loads of laundry at a time and get out the toughest soot smells. We have a trained staff that can clean all of your items from soot to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Give us a call today at 817.560.3086 if you’ve been hit by a fire!
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.
Raising Money for Gun & Hoses
Autographed footballs ready for the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Even though the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl fell victim to some bad weather, SERVPRO® still works to support our first responders. Guns and Hoses is an organization in North Texas that is dedicated to helping the families of fallen first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook wants to help them in their mission, so while we were at the game, we raffled off 2 signed footballs to raise money for this incredible organization. Both Boston College and Boise State fans were eager to support the cause and enter to win a keepsake from their favorite team. In the end, we raised over $500 to help Guns and Hoses on their mission. Thank you so much to everyone who bought a raffle ticket to donate to this amazing cause.
Water Damage Timeline
Water Damage: water seeping across floor and saturating carpet in Fort Worth home.
Here at SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook, we know a fast reaction is a key part of preventing water damage, but what happens if you don’t take care of the water right away? Check out the timeline below to see what happens when water damage is left unchecked.
- Water spreads throughout the property and saturates all surfaces it comes into contact with. It is absorbed into carpets, walls, etc.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, or other dyes may begin to run and stain other surfaces.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods begin to warp.
- Drywall begins to warp and break down.
- Metal begins to tarnish & other furniture begins to warp and crack.
- Musty odor appears.
48 Hours – 1 Week:
- Mold may begin to grow.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Biohazard Contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically.
- Serious health risk posed to building’s inhabitants.
If your home or office sustains water damage, don't hesitate! Call us right away at 817-560-3086
Commercial Water Damage in DFW, Texas
Flooded storeroom needed water extraction and equipment placed to completely dry out.
This commercial retail space started experiencing flooding during a period of extremely heavy rain in North Texas this year. Water was coming into the store from multiple points, some of which the store was unable to locate. Multiple areas were showing water damage from warehouses to storerooms, and even areas that customers needed to walk through! For safety reasons, it was important to get rid of the water as quickly as possible. Once our crews got on site, they were able to determine that some water was likely leaking up through the floor because of possible foundation issues. The crew got to work right away extracting the water and setting up equipment. Once we had taken care of the standing water, we were able to set up air movers to dry out walls and other surfaces. The store was extremely pleased with our work as we helped them get through a stressful rainy period.
Holiday Safety Tips for Fort Worth
With the holiday season now upon us, there are a lot of things on our plates. From deciding what to get your cousin you drew for the family Secret Santa, to cookie exchanges at work it seems like the month before Christmas goes way too fast. For those of us who enjoy it, anyway. It’s important in all the hubbub to stay safe this holiday season by following these tips.
- Make sure to keep your tree watered. An under watered tree can dry out and be an extreme fire hazard.
- When decorating, check all electrical decorations for sign of wear or tear. Anything old or worn should be replaced and thrown out. If you don’t want to throw away the entire decoration, you can buy replacement wiring.
- Use fake candles instead of real candles when you do your decorating. Avoid open flame as much as possible. If you like the scent of candle, we suggest a wax burner though take caution with those as well.
From all of us here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
Signs of a Tornado
Sometimes, weather forecasting isn’t perfect. Sometimes, tornadoes do sneak by meteorologists and weather radars. It’s important to know the signs for a tornado, just incase one does happen and there is no warning for your area. Here is a list courtesy of NOAA for what to look and listen for (it also includes other tornado-preparedness information):
- Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. You can often see a funnel drop.
- Unfortunately, sometimes tornadoes don’t have a funnel. Look for whirling dust or debris on the ground under a lowered wall cloud.
- Hail or heavy rain that’s followed by dead calm – meaning no rain, wind, anything or look for a fast, intense wind shift. A lot of times tornadoes are rain wrapped and can’t be seen.
- Loud or continuous roar or rumbled, often described as being similar sounding to a freight train, that doesn’t fade after a few seconds like thunder does.
- During the night time, look for a persistent lowering from a wall could. It could be illuminated or silhouetted by lighting. Look for white power flashes, which are caused by powerlines being snapped in a tornado or very strong winds.
This storm season, stay safe! Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook for all your restoration needs at 817.560.3086!
Storm Damage in Fort Worth, Texas
We don’t really pay attention to small storms here in the Fort Worth area. We’re used to so much bigger storms, right? Rain with the occasional downpour and roll of thunder may seem relaxing to some. However, sometimes it’s the smaller storms that cause the biggest damage.
Smaller storms can rip off just a few shingles on your roof, allowing rain to leak into your attic. Unfortunately, if left undiscovered it can lead to problems such as stains on the walls and ceilings, musty and unpleasant smells, and mold. You can learn more about undetected water damage in your home on our blog here.
If there are undiscovered and left open holes, then pests such as insects, rodents, and birds can come in and make their home in yours and cause more damage than just water.
After a storm, it’s important to do a check of your home. If you suspect you have damage call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, 24/7! 817.560.3086
Large Loss Response Team
Not just anyone qualifies as a Large Loss Response Team, so what does it mean that SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook has a Large Loss Response Team? It means that no matter the size of the issue, our team is able to handle it. SERVPRO holds Large Loss Response Teams to a higher standard of care and requires teams to show attention to detail and the ability to meet SERVPRO corporate standards even with much larger losses. Our team has more equipment, higher certifications, and more experience than your average commercial loss response team. All of our extra equipment and training allows us to handle bigger losses such as large storms and even hurricanes. Our Team even traveled to Houston last year to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas in 2017. We know how difficult a storm of this size can be to recover from, so SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is proud to be one of a select few franchises who have the ability to help people, businesses, and even entire communities bounce back after they have suffered such a huge loss.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other huge disasters can leave an impact that can be felt for years, but our mission at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is to clean up and restore your commercial building as fast as possible so that you don’t have to worry. If your office or workspace has suffered a large loss, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086 to see how our Large Loss Response Team can help you get back on your feet.
Commercial Large Loss Response
Not just anyone qualifies as a Large Loss Response Team, so what does it mean that SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook has a Large Loss Response Team? It means that no matter the size of the issue, our team is able to handle it. SERVPRO holds Large Loss Response Teams to a higher standard of care and requires teams to show attention to detail and the ability to meet SERVPRO corporate standards even with much larger losses. Our team has more equipment, higher certifications, and more experience than your average commercial loss response team. All of our extra equipment and training allows us to handle bigger losses such as large storms and even hurricanes. Our Team even traveled to Houston last year to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas in 2017. We know how difficult a storm of this size can be to recover from, so SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook is proud to be one of a select few franchises who have the ability to help people, businesses, and even entire communities bounce back after they have suffered such a huge loss.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other huge disasters can leave an impact that can be felt for years, but our mission at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is to clean up and restore your commercial building as fast as possible so that you don’t have to worry. If your office or workspace has suffered a large loss, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.595.0004 to see how our Large Loss Response Team can help you get back on your feet.
Washing Machines & Water Damage
Did you know that water damage caused by washing machines is one of the most common ways your home can suffer from water damage? There are so many different ways it can happen too, like using the wrong kind of soap or detergent or overloading. However, the most common way for a washing machine to cause water damage is the water supply hose.
You should do routine inspections of your supply lines to make sure they are functioning properly. Keep an eye out for visible signs that the supply hose might fail. Worn tubing, cracks, blisters, or a loose connection. If the connection does feel loose, you should tighten it. Replace any worn hoses and be sure to replace them every five or so years even if there’s no visible sign of wear and tear. When choosing a hose, try and get one that’s braided steel. They’re stronger and can hold up to more over time.
If you go on vacation or are away from your home from any length of time, shut off the supply line valve to make sure nothing can accidentally happen while you’re away.
If you have had damage caused by your washing machine, don’t worry! Give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.
Mold in Ventilation Systems
Mold is everywhere. It’s hard to avoid it, if we’re being completely honest. Most mold spores are airborne, floating around and just waiting to land on the spot that has the right combination of humidity, moisture, and darkness for it to grow.
Unfortunately, your HVAC system at both your home and your work place can be the perfect place for mold to grow which is why it’s important to regularly inspect it. Mold in your ventilation systems can be dangerous. It can make your employees or family members sick and you don’t even have to see it.
When you check your HVAC system check for both mold or any condensation that has popped up. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours, so it’s important to get that condensation taken care of as quickly as possible. Make sure to check the insulation around the ducts as well, as that can also grow mold if exposed to moisture. Check the drains and pans to make sure everything is draining properly, as any clogs can use leaks which in turn can sprout mold.
If you do have mold in your ventilation systems, turn them off! You don’t want any more of that stuff spreading around. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook as soon as possible! We are available to help 24/7. 817.560.3086.
How To Avoid Fires While Grilling
Summer is here, and that means it is time for backyard grill outs! July is the top month for grill fires followed by May, June, and August. While flipping burgers and roasting hot dogs may seem simple, be sure to follow these tips to keep your party from burning out.
Keep the Grill Away From the House
While it may seem like a no brainer, lighting a grill inside your home can have disastrous consequences. Keep your grill out of the house (this includes kitchens, sunrooms, covered patios, and garages), and move it away from the house so that wayward flames do not ignite anything. Flare ups happen, so it is best to keep the grill away from anything flammable in order to avoid fire damage.
Keep it Clean
Failing to keep the grill clean was the leading cause of grill fires from 2011-2015. When you use your grill, fat and grease from your food will build up. Be sure to use a wire brush to scrape off any extra food that may have built up while you were cooking. Simply scraping the grill isn’t enough to ensure your safety; do a deep cleaning of your grill 2-3 times per year (or more if you use your grill often) and be sure to get all the nasty grease and build up out of all the nooks and crannies. In addition to helping prevent fires, keeping your grill clean is just plain hygiene! Nobody wants a burger with old fat stuck to it!
Never Leave the Grill Alone
This tip seems like another common-sense rule, but many properties catch fire because the grill was left unattended and was knocked over by kids or pets. Children under 5 accounted for about one third of contact-type burns. Keeping watch over the cooking area will help prevent your little ones from bumping into the grill or any hot equipment. Designate a grill master to keep watch over the grill and the area around it so that you catch any problems before they happen, and they can make sure the food is cooked to perfection.
Inspect Before You Grill
Propane grills are great for a backyard barbecue, but they also cause more fires than charcoal grills due to the more complicated equipment. Before you light the grill up, take a second to inspect your work station. Make sure the propane tank is connected to the grill correctly and that there are no leaks. A gas leak next to even the smallest flame can have huge consequences, so familiarize yourself with the way your grill works, and take care of the maintenance to keep it in working order.
Know What to do if a Fire Does Break Out
If a fire does break out, knowing what to do and acting quickly will keep everyone involved safe. Never use a squirt bottle to spray water on a grease fire. This can make the fire larger rather than putting it out, and small squirts of water are not likely to be enough to extinguish a fire anyway. Flour can also make things worse, so use baking soda, salt, or a fire extinguisher to combat flare ups. Keep a box of baking soda or a fire extinguisher where you can quickly and easily access it if a flame does get out of control.
Why Keeping a Clean Workplace is Good for Business
When you are busy trying to meet your company’s goals, keep track of your busy schedule, and still maintain a personal life, the last thing you would think to do is vacuum the floors in your office. Even though cleaning carpets and wiping tables may seem trivial, keeping a clean and tidy workspace is vital to the success of your business. Look at the list below to see why it is so critical to keep your workspace clean and fresh.
- First Impressions are Important
When you first meet someone, what is the first thing you notice about them? Is it their outfit? Can you tell if they have brushed their hair and teeth that morning? Just as you form a first impression of a person by the way they take care of themselves, customers will judge your company on the way your office looks. If you have papers strewn about, dirty floors, and smudges on your walls, it sends a message that you do not care about your work. If a potential client sat down to a business meeting and put their hand in something sticky, they will probably not want to work with you again. Making sure that your floors are clean, desks are tidy, and any spills are quickly cleaned up shows customers and employees that you are a professional business who cares about themselves and their work.
- Boosting Focus
Do you ever have so much to do that you just can’t decide where to start? Or have you ever seen a photo where there was so much to look at that you couldn’t take it all in? The same principle applies to your workspace. If you have clutter all over the place, muddy tracks on your carpet, and stains on the floor left over from last years Christmas party, it can be hard for anyone to stay focused on their work; especially if employees must take time away from their work to get rid of a mess in the lobby or other part of the building. Having a clean environment can help your employees focus on what matters rather than fixating on the mess surrounding them.
- Healtheir Employees
The average person spends around 8 hours a day in their workplace, so they will definitely be exposed to anything that is floating through the air or growing on the walls of the building. There are a huge number of indoor air pollutants, so investing in an air filter and making sure your systems are properly cleaned and cared for will help make sure that your employees aren’t inhaling any negative substances while they are on the job. Keeping walls, ceilings, and floors cleaned is an important part of making sure that no harmful substances in the office could be harming your employees.
To schedule a cleaning of your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Lakeworth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086!
The Importance of Smoke Detectors
We’ve all been in that scenario where you accidentally leave something in the oven slightly too long, and suddenly every smoke detector in the house is going off, but think twice before you take the batteries out of your device to prevent another interruption to your evening meal. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that three of every fire home fire deaths came from homes without smoke alarms, and the death rate for every 100 homes was more than twice as high in homes without functioning smoke detectors than in homes with them.
We are giving you these stats as a testimony to the importance of having a working smoke alarm on every level of your house; ideally, they should also be in each bedroom. Install your alarms in the center of the ceiling or up high near the ceiling if they are placed on a wall. Since heat – and therefore smoke – rises, a smoke alarm that is up high can alert you before a smoke detector that is located lower on a wall.
Once you have your detectors installed, you must be sure to test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year. The alarms won’t be any use to you or your family if they are dead when an emergency arises.
We hope that you never find yourself with your house or business in flames, but if you do, SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is here to help you get back on your feet again. Call us at 817.560.3086 to find out how we can restore your home and belongings after a fire.
The Truth About Black Mold
You often hear about toxic black mold in headlines and on tv shows, but what is the truth about black mold, and how scared do you really need to be? Read below to find out the truth about black mold.
Mold can be found nearly everywhere in the world – both indoors and outdoors. It can grow in any warm humid environment, and chances are you have probably already had a run-in with some type of mold and left the encounter unscathed. While it is true that pretty much any mold can release allergens and irritants, do some molds really have the ability to kill us?
The term “Toxic Black Mold” was actually created by the media and gained traction as insurance companies and public officials looking to capitalize on people’s fears. The truth is that not all black mold is toxic, and not all non-black mold is safe. Enough mold of any kind can kind can cause serious side effects, so it is best to get the problem remediated right away regardless of the type or color.
Toxigenic molds produce mycotoxins which have the ability to harm other living things. Despite this fact, some mycotoxins are tremendously useful; you may have even heard of one of the most famous mycotoxins: Penicillin which is produced by the mold Penicillium. Though this mold is technically “toxic,” we encounter it constantly in our everyday lives, and most people (without allergies to penicillin) are completely fine.
So, there you have it. Don’t let big headlines scare you. If you think you have any type of mold growing inside – even if you think it is harmless – it is best to get a professional on-site as soon as possible to determine the best way to treat the problem. Give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook for all of your mold remediation needs. 817.560.3086.
How To Spot Water Damage in Your Ceiling
It is easy to tell that your floor has water damage when you are standing in an inch of water in your living room, but how often do you check your walls or ceilings for signs of water damage? Pipes within walls and in between floors can leak or burst which can have major consequences if the problem isn’t addressed. Use the tips below to check your walls and ceilings for water damage.
One of the most obvious signs of water damage is discoloration. A yellow or brown spot on your walls or ceiling could mean that there has been a leak has occurred and need to be fixed. You may also see bubbling, cracking, or peeling paint as an indication that water could be causing some issues in your building.
While the water itself does not have an odor- it can cause something that does: mold. Mold can grow in any humid, warm place, so if a leak or spill is left unchecked, mold can definitely begin to grow on your walls and ceilings. Mold and mildew have a distinct musty odor, so if something doesn’t smell quite right, you should double check that you have no water damage or mold in your home or office.
Water damage may not always be visible right away, but sometimes you may be able to hear a leak or a gushing pipe when it first begins. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the way your pipes sound when they are working properly; know what it sounds like when water is running due to the washing machine, dishwasher, toilets, sprinkler system, or any other appliance that is connected to your plumbing system. If you hear something different one day, you will want to make sure that there are no issues with your pipes.
- Home is Difficult to Heat
If you keep cranking up the heat in your house, but it just doesn’t seem to warm up, you may have a water damage problem. Water and moisture can draw heat out of the walls and ceilings in order to evaporate. This means that instead of heating up your rooms, you are just heating up the water that has leaked behind your walls.
If you suspect water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086 to have our technicians fix the problem.
Do You Know Where Your Commercial Water Shut Off Is?
I remember when I worked retail, we had an employee only bathroom, the exception being small children IF they are accompanied by an adult. One of my coworkers let a child go back without a parent. Long story short, we had a diaper situation that lead to a burst pipe. At the time, we had no idea where our water shut off was and it would have been really helpful to know that information.
So, if something happens in your commercial location (retail, office or even a warehouse) do you know where your water shut off is? What about your employees? SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook can help you avoid massive damages by assisting you in creating a plan for when disaster strikes! With our Emergency Ready Profile, we can make a plan of action for any event whether it’s a storm, water, or fire disaster. It will contain important information to help you minimize the damage, and provide important information such as the location of the water shut off valve so that you can be prepared for the worst. This is a free service to anyone in the Lake Worth/Benbrook and surrounding areas.
To get started on an Emergency Ready Program, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our Business Development Representatives. 817.560.3086
Cleaning Your Cubicle
You spend a lot of hours in your cubicle a week, 40 hours or more! It tends to get a little dirty and disorganized. It’s important to give it a good clean every once and a while so you can feel and be more productive. You should split everything into categories, so you’re not completely overwhelmed when you get down to business.
- Supplies: Take an audit of what all you need on your desk during the work day. Pens, sticky notes, a note pad, scissors, staplers, and tape? Those can all stay on your desk. Get a little cup for your writing utensils to keep them out of the way and not in a disorganized pile. Move anything else you don’t use to a neatly organized drawer in your desk.
- Papers: If you don’t need it: toss it. If you think you might need it, then try and file it away in hanging files or on manila folders on your desk. You can even scan it in and save a PDF of it later. Make sure to shred your papers if you throw them away, however.
- Food: Keep it off the top of your desk and put it in a drawer. Throw out that box of crackers you purchased 3 months ago and only ate once. Wash your dirty coffee mugs, dispose of your water bottles, and maybe put the 75 Chick-Fil-A Sauce packets you have in your desk in the break room.
- Clothing: Don’t have your closet at your desk. Keep a sweater on the back of your chair, and your gym clothes in a bag under your desk.
- Personal Stuff: Keep your decorative things down to three-five things only at your desk. small decorations, Framed pictures, and maybe even a fern are all great things to have on your desk. It’s okay to make your space your own and personalize it, just don’t go overboard. If you have lotions, hand sanitizer, or lip balm keep it in the top shelf of your desk or in your purse.
When you’ve got your space decluttered and clear, start giving it a deep cleaning! Dust and wipe down all the surfaces with a disinfectant wipe. Use some canned air to blow the food from your keyboard or turn it upside down over a trash can and give it a good shake, wipe down your computer screen, and enjoy your newly organized space!
For all your other office deep cleaning give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.
What's That Equipment?!
Water losses are scary – nothing is worse than waking up to ankle deep standing water in your kitchen or coming home from a long day at work to a sagging ceiling. It may even seem a little daunting – how are you ever going to get this much water out of your home? SERVPRO is the answer, as soon as you call us, we’ll send out a team of highly trained experts to your home special equipment to speed up drying time and get your life back to normal.
Your next question maybe: what king of equipment will our guys be bringing?
Extractors – Extractors do exactly that – they extract water. They can remove water from flooring such as carpet, tile, hardwood, and even some upholstery. Depending on the severity of the damage, we will either use a truck mounted or portable extractor both of which we ride on! These extractors can extract hundreds, if not thousands of gallons of water, giving us the ability to handle any sized job.
Air Movers – Once all the standing water has been removed, we will bring in our air movers. Air movers are basically a special fan that can move air along a wet surface, drying your home or commercial business way better than a traditional box fan. We will be placing our air movers in strategic locations around the affected area to make sure that every inch of the area is dry.
Dehumidifiers – Dehumidifiers are large machines that draw in moist air and replace it with warm, dry air. Essentially, they remove residual moisture to lower the humidity of the room. This helps accelerate the drying process and get you and your home back to its pre-damaged condition.
When you have water damage, trust SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to have the right equipment and the right team to get the job done. Call us at 817.560.3086 – we’re ready to answer your call 24/7.
What's The Difference Between A Flood Watch And A Flood Warning?
When it comes to North Texas, I feel like we can either get a whole bunch of rain at once or no rain at all. There is no in between, and for that reason flooding is a problem here. But, when it comes to flooding, when is it a time to take it seriously and not just get annoyed by the blaring alert noise on your phone? Below is a handy guide.
Flood Watch: Just a tornado or thunderstorm watch, flood watches occur when the conditions are favorable. It doesn’t mean that flooding will occur, just that it is possible we may see flooding.
Flash Flood Warning: If there has been a flash flood that has been issued for your area: react immediately, especially if you are in a flood prone area. A warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent in your area. You need to move to higher ground as quickly as possible. If you don’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Flash floods can occur in a matter or minutes to a few hours.
Flood Warning: If you are under a flood warning, that means flooding is happening in your area. Take action immediately and move to higher ground.
You may find yourself asking… what’s the difference between a flash flood and just a regular flood. The National Weather Service states that a flood is an overflow of water onto normally dry land. It can be caused by rising water in rivers, streams, or even drainage ditches. A flash flood is caused by receiving a large amount of rainfall in a short period of time and cause raging torrents.
If your home has suffered from flood damage recently, give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.
Mold? Fungi? Are They All Dangerous?
I’ll be honest, whenever I hear the words ‘mold’ or ‘fungus,’ I think about the scene in Ghostbusters, where Egon is fixing Janine’s computer. She tells him that she likes to read and how she thinks it’s a fabulous time to spend her spare time, and she also plays racquetball. She proceeds to ask him if he has any hobbies. He looks up from the back of the computer and deadpans “I collect spores, molds, and fungus.”
Aside from Ghostbusters, we actually hear those words thrown around frequently. From articles on Facebook telling you all about the dangers of mold, or a special news report on your local news about it, it can be a little confusing. Are they all dangerous?
There are over 200,000 species of fungus in the world, including over 100,000 types of mold. Yep, mold is a subspecies of fungi! Other species include truffles, yeast, mushrooms and lichen.
We know that molds can be dangerous, even kill us if we come in contact with some species of mold. But there is a lot of fear mongering, especially from the sources listed above. Mold can actually be really helpful to us. When we pull out hamburger buns we forgot to eat last week and they’re moldy and gross and then we say “Look! I’ve been growing Penicillin!” That’s actually true. We use Penicillium to help create the antibiotic Penicillin. Penicillium can grow on bread, cheese, and other foods and has a distinct greenish/blue/white/grey color to it. Blue cheese anyone?
Mushrooms, truffles, and yeast are all fungi that we eat. Did you know that the European white truffle is the most expensive food in the world? One sold for $300,000 in 2012, and just a few shavings on top of your dinner can be hundreds of dollars. They’re expensive because of their rarity. They can only be found in Italy during the months of October, November, and December and they’re sniffed out by specialty trained dogs. Black truffles can also cost quite a bit of money but are more readily available.
We use yeast to help bread rise and to brew beer and we put mushrooms in our steaks, ramen, and on pizzas. There are endless possibilities.
So, the short answer is no! Not all molds or fungi are dangerous, however, we must advise against plucking a random mushroom off the forest floor or going ahead and toasting that piece of bread.
If you suspect mold in your home call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook right away! This type of mold can cause respiratory problems and can be incredibly dangerous especially to children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Don’t think just because we can eat some mold on cheese doesn’t mean that all of it is safe.
Call us today at 817.560.3086.
When it comes to mold, it’s better to nip it in the bud before it starts. Mold can cause structural damage to your home, as well as severe health problems. Luckily, there are ways to prevent mold from spreading around your home, below are some helpful tips and tricks to keep it from doing just that.
- Dry wet areas immediately.
Have a water loss? It’s important to dry the structure of your home as quickly as possible. Luckily, SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook can help with that! If you suffer a water loss, give us a call today!
- Keep an eye on your humidity.
You should keep the humidity inside your home around 30-60 percent, which is what the EPA recommends. You can monitor your humidity levels with a moisture meter that you can get at your local hardware store. If you notice condensation on windows, walls, or pipes dry the surface immediately. Identify the water source to make sure it isn’t a potential water leak and then invest in a dehumidifier for your home. AC units will also help reduce the amount of humidity in your home.
Regular maintenance of your home is important! Check to see if any pipes are leaking, or windows are leaking. Make sure to check all the supply lines running to your appliances, including your toilet. Inspect your roof. Fix any problem areas you may come across.
Make sure to turn on your bathroom fan to prevent moisture from growing in your bathroom, and make sure your laundry room is properly ventilated and all vents are venting outside of your home and not into the attic. Check your kitchen as well, as moisture can form when you’re cooking or doing the dishes.
And as always do regular inspections of your home. Check all the dark nooks and crannies like the hot water tank closet and under cupboards. If you do suspect mold, give us a call today at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086
The very thought of potential mold in your home is scary. Thoughts like ‘what will it do to my family?’ or ‘Is that why I’ve been getting sick so much?’ The very sight of mold is terrifying, and the same thoughts run through your head. If you think you do see mold in your home, do not touch or disturb it in way. Mold that’s touched or disturbed will become airborne and circulate your home, potentially causing a larger infestation and health risks. So, what should, and shouldn’t you do when it comes to mold?
First things first, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook! We will be on our way with our certified mold mitigation specialists. In the meantime, stay out of the area that you suspect has mold growth. If your HVAC or any fans are running, turn those off to make sure to limit the spread of spores – don’t blow air across it either. Don’t spray bleach on the mold either, because it will release those spores and toxins into the air. And don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook take your safety seriously, which is why we will be to your location right away to take a look at your mold problem. We are highly trained and certified to handle mold remediation and restoration, and we use specialized techniques and equipment to take care of the problem safely and quickly.
We are here to help 24/7! Give us a call today at 817.560.3086
Your Pets and Fire
Here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, we love our pets and they’re a part of our families! We can’t imagine the possibility of our lives without them, which is why it’s important to be sure to make sure your pet is safe in the event of a fire. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires annually, and 1,000 of those fires are started by pets who have knocked over candles or turned on stoves (United States Fire Administration). Because of the risk, we’ve put together some tips to help prevent and plan for a fire.
We cannot stress prevention enough! The number one way to make sure both you and your pet are protected from fires is to prevent them.
- Candles are the cause of an estimated 8,690 fires in the United States (National Fire Protection Association). While it may seem like a no brainer to blow out your candles before you leave the house or go to bed, we are human. Double check to make sure open flames are put out. Cats can knock over lit candles with their tails, or a dog might get excited and knock one off of a table.
- Keep electrical cords out of reach if your pet is a chewer, especially puppies. A puppy could chew through an electrical cord, which could cause a short. Not only is this dangerous for your puppy, but it’s also dangerous for your house.
- We like the warmth in the winter, and so do our pets! Keep bedding and toys away from fireplaces or other heating elements during the winter time.
- Test your smoke alarms! Make sure they’re working. Look to see where your pet goes to hide when they’re scared and make a note of it, so a firefighter can find them in the event of a fire.
- If you have a stove/oven that has knobs, try and take those off before you leave your home or go to bed at night. Animals can accidentally turn them on and catch anything that’s on top of the stove or in the oven on fire.
If There’s A Fire:
If the unimaginable happens and you do have a fire, below are some tips to keep your pet safe.
- In the event of a fire and you’re not at home, make sure your neighbors know how many pets you have and what their names are. You can also get a sign for your windows to let rescue workers know how many and what type of pets you may have in your home.
- Train your pet to come when she’s called so you won’t have to go looking for her just incase there is a fire.
- Keep leashes by the door so your pet can be evacuated easily, and you won’t have to carry an 80-pound dog out of the house.
- Have a pet emergency kit by either the door or in with yours. Make it easy to grab and go. Some things you’ll want to include are: a toy, medicine, treats, food, water, an extra collar and leash with tags, a first-aid kit, and any important documents you may need.
- Make sure your pet wears a collar with identification tags at all times just incase they get out of the home by themselves. If your pet manages to lose their collar by wiggling free or they aren’t wearing one, it’s a good idea to get your pet microchipped as well.
- Make a fire escape plan that includes your pet just incase there is a fire. Practice it with your whole family so everyone is on board.
In the event that you and your pet have been affected by a fire, give us a call! We are here to help 24/7. 817.560.3086
Six Most Common Causes Of Housefires
House fires are unimaginable, and something we never want to happen to our home. In 2016 a house fire was reported every 90 seconds, and the causes vary. It’s why you should be able to identify the most common causes of house fires, you’ll find the list of six in no particular order below.
If your lamp shades or fittings are close to the light bulb, then there Is a possibility of them heating up and starting a fire. It’s good to keep lamps away from piles of clothing. If they get knocked over they could cause a fire as well.
We all love candles, I am personally a fan of any of the pine tree scent or leather. But if forgotten about they can cause a serious fire hazard. Make sure to keep your candles away from flammable items such as curtains, Christmas trees, books or mail, and tissues. If you have pets carefully supervise them so they don’t knock anything over and always blow out a candle before going to bed or leaving your home.
Make sure the butts of your cigarettes are put out well. If not put out properly and the ashes are thrown in the trash or dropped on fabric such as furniture or carpeting, then they can cause a fire.
If you have a heater to keep your electric bill down during the winter time, it’s a good idea to keep it away from anything that can catch fire easily like furniture, curtains or laundry. If you’re one of the few people that still have a furnace anymore, get it inspected yearly to make sure it’s still working properly.
- Faulty Wiring
If you have faulty wiring in your home, it can cause fires from shorts or other electrical hazards. Fortunately, there are three signs you watch for when it comes to faulty wiring. First is if you blow a fuse or trip breakers more often than not. Second is if you need to disconnect one appliance in order for another one to work. Third is if your lights dim when you use another appliance.
- Appliances or Other Equipment
Stoves and ovens, if left on with things inside or on them, can cause fires. Especially if they’re not cleaned properly. Things that use electricity to heat up like hair straighteners, toasters, and TVs should be inspected frequently for cord damage.
If you’ve suffered from a fire, and need help cleaning up, we can do that! No matter the type we are equipped to handle any size job. Give us a call today at 817.560.3086
Water Damage and Commercial Buildings
Water losses and commercial properties. They go together as well as toothpaste and orange juice, which is to say that that don’t. Water loss can cause a lot of time lost, which means it can cause a lot of revenue to be lost on top of the cost it’ll take to fix the damage.
Aside from storms, you can keep ahead of the damage by doing regular maintenance checks on your commercial space. Below are the four most common ways for water to cause damage to your business.
- Sewer Lines
Sewer backups are unexpected and can’t really be attended to with regular maintenance. However, they are messy. If you suffer from a back up or break, then you have the potential for black water which is water that is contaminated with sewage or bacteria. It could cause illness or even death.
- Sprinkler Systems
Sprinkler systems can leak, and they can damage a lot especially if the water is just pouring out, which has been known to happen. Do regular checks to make sure the system isn’t faulty, or in need of repair – if it does, call a repairman to avoid damage.
Pipes can cause a number of different headaches. A slow leak could cause problems like mold. A burst pipe can cause hundreds if not thousands of gallons to flood your office space. In the winter time, drip your faucets so they don’t freeze. It’s also a good idea to have a plumber come out and inspect them.
When we get rain in North Texas, WE GET RAIN. It’s a good idea to have your roof routinely inspected to prevent leaks. Especially right before the spring storm season.
If you’ve had a water damage on your commercial property, give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call today at 817.560.3086
How To Tell If Your Flooring Has Suffered From Water Damage
Even the most expensive of floorings aren’t safe from water damage – it can destroy any type. If you’ve had a recent water loss in your home that was known, or you’re suspicious but not sure of a slow leak, then it’s important to know what signs to look for in your particular type of flooring. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to tell.
Linoleum: If your flooring is discolored, that could very well mean it has been exposed to water.
Hardwood: Unlike other flooring, hardwood has four main signs that it has been exposed to water. First are dark spots. Some dark spots may be naturally occurring in the wood, if there are any that have cropped up recently, then it’s likely mold or mildew. Second is buckling, which means the planks have removed themselves from the flooring below them. Third is cupping, look for dips or raised edges. And lastly, look for bulging, if your flooring has started to bubble, looking almost like a crown then you’ve most likely have water damage.
Laminate: Look for warping, swelling, or discoloration.
Tile: Tile maybe a little harder than most to tell if you’ve had any water damage to it. A good trick is to tap on the suspected tiles with a coin, if you hear a hollow or empty sound it could mean the tiles have come loose. Discoloration is also another good tell.
Carpet: Smelly, discolored carpet? Probably from mold or mildew.
If your floor has any of the above signs, give us a call today, we’re here to help! 817.560.3086
What To Do In The Event Of A Storm?
Even though the end of spring and the start of summer was last week, here in North Texas that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re in the clear for severe weather. Severe weather can pop up any time during the summer, and especially when we transition from summer to fall. We know what to do during storms (go inside to a non-outside facing room, close curtains and blinds... etc.) but what about after the storm? Below are three helpful tips in the event that your home has suffered storm damage.
- Safety is the number goal! Make sure you and your family are safe after the threat of the storm has passed. Watch out for safety hazards such as broken glass and exposed nails. If you’re dealing with flood waters be sure to wear protective clothing like boots, gloves, eye protection and masks. If your home has been damaged by flood waters, it can contain bacteria, sewage, or other dangers.
- To help with filing your insurance claim, document the damage! Take videos and pictures of your whole property, and from different angles too. Take photos of all the damage from the inside and the outside.
- In the event of a flood, extracting the water is the most important step to restoring your home! As soon as you hang up the phone, we will be on our way to your location immediately with the proper equipment to begin extracting and drying. We will also evaluate your belongings to see if they can be cleaned and restored.
We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook take storms and storm clean up seriously. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help with whatever happens. Give us a call today at 817.560.3086
Just What Kind Of Water Damage Is Covered By Insurance?
If you’ve suffered a recent water loss in your home, your first instinct is to call your insurance. That’s why we have home owner’s insurance, after all! But, what sort of damage is covered by your insurance? Each policy is different after all and what’s covered by someone’s policy may not be covered by another. It’s a good idea to talk to your provider to see what is and what isn’t covered by your policy. Below, we cover some of the more common causes of water loss in a home and if it may or may not be covered.
Some appliances maybe covered, though it depends on what kind of loss it is. If it’s sudden and accidental, like a hose disconnecting from your washing machine and flooding your utility room – it may be covered. If it’s a continuous leak that hasn’t been addressed, that is considered to be a failure to maintain your appliances and won’t be covered. Be aware that your insurance may also not cover your appliance if it gets damaged either, it could have to come out of your own pocket.
Just like appliances, roofs are on a case by case basis most of the time, and actually can be really confusing. For example, if it’s a gradual leak it may not be covered because it could fall under the ‘failure to maintain’ category. However, if your roof has been hit by a tree because of a severe thunderstorm, then your home should be covered. We recommend calling your insurance agent about your policy for better understanding when it comes to roofs.
When it comes to pipes, it definitely depends on the situation. If it’s a burst pipe that’s unexpected then your insurance should cover the damage. If it’s a gradual leak, like in a hot water closet or under a sink, then that can be considered failure to maintain and will not be covered.
Seepage isn’t covered by your insurance because it’s considered to be a maintenance issue that could have been prevented.
Backed up drain or sewer line? No.
Unless you’ve added on extra coverage, you’re unfortunately not covered by insurance.
If you’ve suffered a water loss, call us today at 817.560.3086 we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Cleaning Your Dishwasher
When you’re cleaning your house, doing the dishes is probably on your list. But what about the dishwasher itself? Cleaning the dishwasher probably didn’t even cross your mind. It’s important to clean your dishwasher to prevent dirty dish water from pooling at the bottom of the basin, smells, and even bigger problems that may occur down the road such as drainage back up that can cause water damage.
- Start with a completely empty dishwasher, pull out the bottom rack completely and examine the drain. Make sure it’s not clogged and remove any gunk or hard chunks. These could prevent drainage resulting in water damage to the structure of your home or damage your dishes and the appliance itself.
- Replace your bottom rack, and with the dishwasher still empty, fill a dishwasher safe cup with around one cup of white vinegar, and place the cup in the upper rack of your dishwasher and run it using the highest water setting. Vinegar can help cut through mineral deposits and old detergent build up and help with deodorization.
- With the dishwasher still empty, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the basin and run on the shortest cycle using the hottest water possible. This can help remove stains and help with any residual odors.
For all your other cleaning needs, don’t forget SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is here to help 24/7! Give us a call today at 817.560.3086
Protecting Your Business Against Tornadoes
Every year in the United States there are around 1,000 tornadoes, with Texas being one of the states with the highest number of outbreaks (an average of 132 tornadoes). While only three tornadoes touched down in Tarrant County last year, and it’s been a quiet year so far this year, it’s still important to make sure your business is prepared for a tornado at any given time during tornado season.
Protecting Your Employees
The most important thing to do is protect your employees. Without your employees you wouldn’t have a business, after all! If you haven’t already call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to set up an Emergency Readiness Program.
During storm season, be sure to pay attention and monitor the weather – especially if there’s a change of severe storms for the day, or a tornado watch in your county. Purchase a NOAA weather radio that’s either battery powered or hand-crank. Download a weather app for your phone, preferably one that offers you notifications when there is a watch or warning issued for your area.
Make sure your employees know where the designated safe room is in the event of a tornado. The room should have no windows or outside facing walls. Close interior doors to help compartmentalize the building and put more barriers between you and flying debris. If you have employees out in the field, plan with them in case severe weather strikes.
Protect Your Property
If you’re building a new location, work with your contractor or architect to ensure high wind rated products are being used. Make sure your employees have a place to go as well – be it a tornado shelter, safe room, or interior room.
If you’re not building a new location, and you’re able to (with the property management company or landlord’s permission) retrofit your property. This can include reinforcing the roof by bracing and strapping the roof, make your doors more wind resistant. Even building a tornado shelter is a good idea. Proper maintenance of the business grounds such as trimming trees and bushes, as they can fall on building walls or roofs and damage the structure. Make thorough inspections of your building to make sure everything is in place and missing or loose.
If a storm hits your commercial building, we know what to do! Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth Benbrook at 817.560.3086
Building A Fire Escape Plan
A household fire is something that we all think would never happen to us – but it starts with something as simple as a candle left alight or some faulty wiring. Suddenly, your home is engulfed in flames. Do you and your family have a plan for getting out of your home safely? A fire escape plan is an important tool to make sure your family knows what to do in the event of a fire.
Here are some tips to get your family prepared:
- Make sure you gather everyone in the event of a fire. Walk through your home and note all the possible exit routes.
- Draw up a floorplan of your home for a visual. Label each room and mark at least two exits per room – just in case one is blocked by fire or smoke.
- Do a walkthrough of your house with your family and make sure everyone knows and understands the escape plan.
- Choose a meeting place outside like a neighbor’s mailbox, a light post, or a stop sign. Be sure it’s a safe distance from the front of your home. Mark your meeting place on your escape plan.
- Once you’re out, stay out! Do NOT go back into a burning building. If a family member is missing, let the fire department dispatcher know when you call.
If your home has been affected by a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24/7. Give us a call at 817.560.3086
Hail Damage Prevention
Did you know that there are around 3,000 hailstorms in the United States annually? Even though some of these storms aren’t quite severe enough to produce tornadoes, or even floods, they can still cost you a ton of money in property damage. Here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook we are prone to hail storms and they can be the costliest type of severe weather in the state of Texas after hurricanes.
While we can’t completely prevent hail damage, we can lessen the impact by preparing our homes from the inevitable. Here’s a small list of ways you can protect your home:
- Pay close attention to the weather – Keep an eye on your TV or phone, it will often give you a warning.
- Repair your roof – Inspect your roof before the storm season starts. If you find any damage, be sure to repair the issues right away. Even if the damage is something as tiny as a broken shingle, it can make way to bigger problems in the future.
- Trim your trees – If hail can put dents into a parked car, it can definitely cause cracks in branches. Damaged branches can fall and damage your roof or car.
- Close the drapes/blinds – If a storm is coming, close your drapes! Hail can hit your windows and cause the glass to break. Drapes can prevent debris that can be carried inside your home from the wind.
And as always: stay safe! If your property does sustain storm damage, SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is here to help! Call us 24/7 at 817.560.3086
Hoarding Tips - Lake Worth
Chances are you’ve seen the television show Hoarders. If you haven’t, the basic premise is that a psychologist, a professional organizer, and cleaners go into an individual’s home and help clean up their hoard. When help arrives, the person in question is met with a deadline of some sort, whether it’s eviction, child protective services coming, adult protective services coming, or animal welfare coming and removing their children/themselves/their pets from the home. This show is fascinating to us because we can’t imagine anyone ever living like that. Unfortunately, it’s estimated that at least 2-6 percent of the population is affected by a hoarding disorder. The average age for hoarding is around 50, though it’s suggested that hoarding can appear as early as 11 to 15 years of age.
Hoarding can cause a mess of a problems. Not only does it cause strain on relationships and mental health, it can cause an unhealthy living environment as well. Mold and mildew can become present under piles of things, especially with an unknown water leak. Piles of stuff could topple and seriously injure or even kill the individual(s) living in the home. However, one of the biggest safety concerns relating to hoarding is fire.
The possibility of a fire in a home when hoarding is involved. Cooking becomes unsafe because of items piled high on countertops or on the floor. If the individual in the home uses a heater, the heater could easily fall over and start a fire, or a pest could chew on electrical wiring.
Hoarding also hinders first responders. If exits or doors are blocked, then they can’t get in the home to help the person in need. They won’t be able to move through the home in a swift manner and can even be trapped or injured by falling objects.
When it comes to cleaning out the home, approach the situation with compassion and understanding. While some items in the home maybe trash to you, they could be valued possessions to a hoarder. Hoarding is related oftentimes to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety. It can even be genetic.
If family or friends come in to help clear a hoarder’s home, it’s usually met with great distress because often times they don’t get to choose what or what not to keep. If not dealt with in the proper way, within a few months a home could be packed to the brim again.
So, what do you do if your loved one is a hoarder? How do you approach the situation? Here are four tips to get you started on helping your loved one.
- Seek Professional Help – Try and find a therapist that specializes in hoarding, OCD or anxiety. They will help the individual understand how hoarding is affecting their life and how to develop healthy habits and abilities to combat it. However, make sure they are ready to make these changes. Don’t force them into seeking help if they aren’t ready.
- Talk About Safety – Stress safety. They maybe more open to change if you express your concern for their wellbeing and safety in a hoarded home.
- Celebrate the Small Victories – Help the individual by setting small goals. Even if they take five hours to sort through and throw away a box, celebrate it! It’ll help them feel proud of what they’ve accomplished.
- Hoards Can Have Biohazards – Hoarding situations oftentimes have biohazards such as animal and human waste, or animal remains. You can call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to help handle anything biohazardous.
We are here to help, no matter the emergency. Just give us a call: 817.560.3086.
Bathroom Mold Prevention - Benbrook, TX
Even the nicest of homes can have a mold problem – and it’s very common! Environments like hot water heater closets and under the bathroom sink can provide the perfect environment for mold to grow. Mold needs both moisture and darkness to thrive, and in some cases spread in as little as 48 hours. Mold can be expensive and time consuming to keep a growth problem under control. The best way to defend your bathroom against unwanted mold is to prevent it all together! These eight steps will help you prevent mold:
- Try and keep your shower or tub as clutter-free as possible. Water can collect under bottles and promote mold growth.
- Dry, clean, and inspect your children’s toys as much as possible. Mold can grow in certain toys if not properly maintained.
- Run the ventilation fan while you’re showering to cut back on the humidity and excess moisture hanging around during and after your shower. It’s a good idea to leave it on for 15 minutes after your shower, too. If you don’t have a ventilation fan, open a window or invest in a dehumidifier.
- Bathroom rugs and shower curtains are perfect places for mold to grow. Be sure to wash or replace these regularly. You can even purchase shower liners that are mold-resistant!
- Fix leaky shower heads and faucets.
- Check everywhere for signs of mold. Some places to check are under the sink, behind the toilets, and even in drawers.
- Clean your shower regularly.
- Try and clean up excess water daily, use a squeegee for shower walls/doors or a towel.
If you are noticing mold frequently in your bathrooms, you may have a bigger problem. Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to do a mold assessment! 817.560.3086
Prevent Water Damage from Freezing Pipes
This damage caused by a frozen water pipe in the attic in Fort Worth
As winter bears down on Fort Worth, we're going to address some tips on how to deal with the risk of frozen water pipes. The water damage experts here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook have many years of experience in dealing with pipes which freeze, whether those pipes are in a wall, in the attic, in the garage or in your crawl space. Every year, usually right after our first hard freeze, our customers in Fort Worth, Azle, Lake Worth, Benbrook and surrounding areas confront pipes which have frozen and burst.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; this applies to frozen pipes about as well as any situation where that saying might be used. Here are some of our best ideas for preventing this type of damage:
Before winter gets here in force:
- Find the shut off valves for exterior water sources like hose hookups and outside faucets. Close these valves and open the faucets to drain any residual water. Be sure to leave the faucets open all winter.
- Review insulation options for any plumbing in crawlspaces, attics or which is generally exposed to extreme cold
- Keep your home heated above 50 degrees, even if you won't be home for extended periods.
- For faucets inside the home which may have plumbing in exterior walls of the home, leave the faucet on enough to allow a slight drip out of the faucet.
- Leave cabinet doors open if there is plumbing in the cabinet - this will permit the warm air to circulate more evenly across the pipes.
- Keep your garage door closed as much as possible
At this point, you may be asking yourself why you would go through all of that - what's the big deal if my pipes freeze? Well, frozen water isn't really the big deal - it's the stress the frozen water puts on the plumbing. As we all learn early in life, water expands when it freezes. This expansion is what causes the pipes to fail, whether it's a tiny pinhole or a 3 inch long split of a pipe. Then, once the frozen water melts, the water rushes into your home via the breached pipe. Under normal household pressures, a half inch diameter pipe might allow as much as 50 gallons of water to pour into your home every minute.
If all of the preventative steps weren't enough, and your pipes have frozen and are now leaking into the home, turn off the water to the home immediately at the main shut off. Then call the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook to assist you with the clean up process.
Responding to Water Damage in Commercial Properties
Damage to drop ceiling in commercial property in Fort Worth
Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook will work as quickly as possible to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Frankly, there are about as many different issues presented by water in your commercial building as there are types of businesses. Each business, and each water damage, is unique. Our team of commercial water damage experts will design a remediation program custom tailored to your needs.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals here at SERVPRO are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call at 817-560-3086 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need!
Keeping New Year's Resolutions
New Year's Resolutions are a time honored tradition - we take the opportunity of the change in the calendar to change our habits. Whether or not our good intentions turn into real change is often decided in the moment the resolution is made, not in the first weeks of the new year. To ensure the best chance of keeping your New Year's resolution, take some advice from goal-setting research.
The wisdom below didn't originate here in our office, but, it is something we try to follow each time we set new goals at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook. The essence of the ideas about to be covered have been repeated many times, in many formats - you're likely to encounter them in any article or training session related to goal setting. Why is that? Because they work, at least that has been our experience...
For the purpose of this article, we're using a weight loss goal - modify the lessons as needed to match your individual goals.
You want New Year's resolutions to be SMART:
Specific: Be clear with want you want to happen/achieve. Avoid vagueness. Too much detail is better than too much. Say, "I want to lose 12 pounds total and 3 inches from my waistline" versus "I want to lose weight and look better in clothes".
Measureable: Your resolution should be tracked and your progress measured. Losing weight lends itself easily to this, but, for other types of resolutions, you might need to get more creative on how you measure it. For example, if your New Year's resolution is to spend more quality time with your family (you can be more specific, cant you?), then maybe you will check your social media posts weekly to ensure your posts highlight the time you are spending with your family. Or, maybe you'll make a weekly photo journal of you and your loved ones enjoying each other's time. Whatever your goal, devise a way to measure it and then keep track.
Achievable: Make goals/resolutions that you can meet/keep. Incremental improvement is much easier than making an enormous leap. Setting an unobtainable goal leads to frustration and, likely, abandoning the endeavor. Rather, be realistic with yourself and set your target within reach. If you reach the goal too easily, you can set another, more challenging goal upon reaching the first (just be sure to keep them SMART). So, opt for, "I'm going to lose 15 pounds" versus "I'm going to fit into on my old Army uniform".
Relevant: Resolutions which don't make it into February are usually resolutions made without the proper relevancy. To undergo the changes necessary to keep meaningful resolutions, the desired change has to be relevant to your individual view of your improved life. If you are setting a change goal, the reasons for your change have to be clear to you and you have to have buy in from yourself. Structure your goals around the proper reasons, and you'll find them much easier to reach.
Timed: Put a clock on your resolution/goal, just be sure it is a realistic clock. Much like setting an unobtainable goal can lead to frustration, setting an unrealistic timeline can also lead to failure. However, not having a timeline can be just as dangerous, so, be specific with the timed nature of the resolution. Opt for "I'm going to lose 15 pounds by July 1st" versus "I'm going to lose some weight".
We implement this SMART approach to all of our goal setting at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook. We hope the ideas help you reach your milestones for 2018!
Fire and Smoke Damage Experts in Fort Worth present Safety Tips for Extension Cords
Tis the Season... of extension cords.
If your home is anything like ours in Fort Worth, you find yourself making use of extension cords. Lights on the tree, lights on the home, other decorations needing power... the list can expand quickly. Usually, these items end up plugged into an extension cord, and sometimes the extension cords end up plugged into other extension cords!
All of these cords present a number of hazards - the Fire and Smoke Damage experts of SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season, so we are offering these safety tips related to extension cords.
- Inspect all cords for damage prior to use. Cords that have exposed wires, frayed or cut insulation, cracked sockets or loose (or missing) prongs should not be used.
- Ensure the cords are designed and rated for the intended use and power load. Indoor/outdoor use, gauge of the cord, gauge of the items plugged into the cord and load through the cord should all be considered.
- Stop using any extension cord that feels hot to the touch - the danger presented by a hot cord is very real. Unplug any hot cord immediately.
- Avoid pinching cords under doors, windows or heavy furniture. Extension cords are easily compromised if the insulation around the wires in the cord gets damaged.
- Extension cords pose a tripping hazard. Keep them out of walkways, doorways or any high traffic area.
- Do not run extension cords through walls, ceilings or under rugs. This may cause the cord to overheat.
- Extension cords should be a temporary solution - if you are using them year round, you should consider upgrading your electrical system in your home.
Here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook, we use extension cords nearly every week. Safely using them is something we train on regularly, and being aware of potential hazards is always on our mind. Keep the safety tips above in mind this holiday season and you should enjoy all of the festive decorations you desire.