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Remodeling Misstep Means Water Damage Issues in Garland

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Steps In to Mitigate Damage Caused by Leaks

Sometimes even experienced plumbers make mistakes that result in water damage in unexpected places. A bathroom update that results in leaking or poor drainage requires another look at the plumbing renovation and restoration of damage done to your home’s structures. SERVPRO of South Garland technicians receive training to detect where the water intrudes as well as how to return your home to preloss condition.
 
Water damage after a remodeling of your Garland bathroom is a frustrating outcome.  A decision to use a diverter spout to add a handheld shower in your classic tiled bath area causes a blowback issue resulting in water spraying inside your wall as well as through the shower head.  Even a small amount of blowback results in significant harm over time. Our technicians help pinpoint the problem and develop a plan to restore the damage.
 
A desire to retain the character of the original bathroom drives the decision to add to existing plumbing rather than tear out and replace. Unfortunately, the older pipes need help to connect with modern fixtures.  If the connections added, fail to seal and balance water pressure correctly, leakage occurs. SERVPRO of South Garland locates the problem and takes steps to dry out the saturated areas. Often an older bathroom has a large access panel in an adjacent room, closet or hallway we open to find the leak and then keep open to direct air flow that removes the moisture.
 
We work with plumbing contractors to resolve the blowback problem as we dry out the area behind the bathtub and shower. We also follow the path of the water to discover any migrating moisture causing damage to the walls or ceilings below. Older homes often have plaster construction which sheds water more easily than drywall. SERVPRO of South Garland water damage technicians still develop drying goals to ensure any lathes behind the plaster avoid secondary damage like mold growth or disintegration.
 
Air movers, augmented with dehumidifiers, do a thorough job of removing the moisture once the spout is re-installed with proper taping, caulking or other safeguards preventing further water damage. Bubbled paint or staining restore to the pre-leak condition when touched-up after drying is complete.
 
Do not despair if a remodeling project takes an unexpected turn. SERVPRO of South Garland has the staff, experience, and equipment to get things back on track. Call for an appointment at (972) 278-7871.

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Water Heater Water Damage in Garland from a Leaky

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Heater Water Damage in Garland from a Leaky Water Damage from Water Heaters Gets Mitigated Quickly with Our Help

SERVPRO TIP:  Inspect Your Water Heater Periodically to Avert Water Damage 

Have you checked your Garland water heater lately for signs of suspicious moisture? It can take the form of excess condensation on the heater’s surface or drops of water on the floor around it or in the catch pan. The team at SERVPRO of South Garland is often called in to deal with a flooded basement caused by a worn out water heater.

The useful life of a water heater is about 8 to 12 years, according to experts. At that point, tiny cracks develop, metal deteriorates, and rust forms. A wise homeowner regularly inspects the heater for signs of wear and the basement for evidence of water damage in Garland.
 
Standing water is a sure sign of a problem. But you can catch a leak in its early stages by checking for less obvious indicators, including:  

Moldy, musty smells along the walls or coming from boxes stored on the floor
Telltale stains on floors, walls, and ceilings, including rust
Warped, lifted floor tiles
Peeling paint
Excess condensation on the water heater    
 
If you see any of these danger signs, call SERVPRO of South Garland. We have the expertise and the equipment to remove the water, dry and dehumidify your rooms, and then clean, repair and restore them to make them livable again. We start with a comprehensive inspection and assessment of your basement.
 
Water damage can be so pervasive; it takes professional equipment to get your home dry. Our industrial strength pumps extract the standing water quickly. By removing as much water as possible, we speed up the drying time significantly.
 
After extraction, we deal with the moisture in the air. Powerful air movers blow damp air out. These are used in conjunction with dehumidifiers that remove water vapor and reduce humidity. Once the basement is dry enough, we clean up the damage, restore wherever possible, and replace when necessary. The result looks “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO of South Garland is here to help with your water damage problems and other water, fire and mold emergencies. Call us 24/7 at (972) 278-7871. We are centrally located, serving Garland, South Garland, Towngate, Duck Creek and other local areas.

We are always here to help and give you helpful information

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We are always here to help and give you helpful information You know it's on your to-do list.

Why SERVPRO? 

We are always here to help and give you helpful information.

SERVPRO of South Garland is always there for you when there is a water loss in your home, but do you know what is easier and much less of a headache?

Well the answer is preventing the water loss in the first place here are 5 easy tip to preventing a water loss in your home.

  1. Never pour Grease down your drain

I am sure you have heard this before, but some people still will tell you that it is safe if you flush it with hot water, or mix dish soap with it. While that may eliminate some of the risk grease may still stick to the pipes eventually causing significant damage or a blockage. The safest thing you can do is pour your grease into an old can and let it harden in the refrigerator. Then you can just toss it into the trash it is easy and not worries in the pipes.

  1. Do not use unclogging chemicals use a Drain Snake instead.

No matter how clean you are, the fact remains that hair and other debris will get into your drains and will cause blockages. This drives most people to grab a drain cleaning chemical, but what most people do not realize is how much these chemicals eat away at you plumbing and can cause leaking drains. So an alternative is a drain snake that is relatively inexpensive at a local hard wear store.  This will eat up most all clogs and will be safer for your pipes than drain cleaning chemicals.

  1. Watch where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.


    4. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

    5.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

 If you have need of our services now, call us at (972) 278-7871. As a locally owned business, SERVPRO of South Garland is dedicated to restoring the homes of our neighbors.

When to call a professional.

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When to call a professional. SERVPRO of South Garland (972) 278-7871

Why SERVPRO?

A water damage restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, it is important not to delay. Homeowners know that moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space, and taking advantage of every little crack and structural problem. No matter how moisture gets into the building, the response should be the same. Bring in a certified firm as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health threats once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, don’t try to handle it on your own. Floods and sewage backflows contain a cocktail of deadly bacteria, viruses and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. A certified water damage restoration service not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, they have the protective equipment to remain free from harm.

Restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of detergents formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also destroy all mold and microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.

Call SERVPRO of South Garland at (972) 278-7871.

Hotel Owners Facing Water Damage In the Garland Area

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Hotel Owners Facing Water Damage In the Garland Area Having water damage in a hotel has to be one of the worst fears for any manager or property owner.

Hotel Owners Facing Water Damage In the Garland Area

Facing Water Damage

Having water damage in a hotel has to be one of the worst fears for any manager or property owner. Any incident involving water on an upper floor can easily affect rooms’ two floors below. Water moves in mysterious ways and makes it into small areas that do significant damage.

It is crucial for owners of a hotel facing water damage in the Garland area to have connections with local restoration companies that help provide you with the services necessary to get water movement under control quickly. Without a prior relationship, you may find yourself facing far greater problems as they develop over time.

Knowing which company to turn to or what to do as an emergency unfolds on your property can make an immeasurable difference in some of the losses you suffer. As your regular employees evacuate guests and make preparations for the remainder of their stay, SERVPRO of South Garland technicians move in to locate the origin of the problem, making necessary repairs, and getting water out of the way.

With someone like SERVPRO of South Garland available 24-hours a day, you gain access to resources you simply cannot afford to keep on-hand. We provide you with industrial-grade water extractors, infrared moisture detectors, air movers, air scrubbers, and all the drying equipment you could need to get water under control on your property.

SERVPRO of South Garland has several years of experience providing customers just like you with the restoration services they need. We understand how to perform our services with as little disruption to your businesses operations as possible. Our technicians cordon off work areas with the proper signs to protect anyone who might come near while performing fast, efficient services to get things back to normal as promptly as possible.

Give your property its best shot at surviving emergency situations, cut down on confusion, and limit losses that develop over time. With the amount of time you put into providing customers with a quality experience, you deserve to experience it yourself.

Contact SERVPRO of South Garland for additional information about available services or help to schedule your initial inspection, today (972) 278-7871.

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Garland Flood Damage - Requires Fast, Complete Attention to Detail

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Garland Flood Damage - Requires Fast, Complete Attention to Detail Flood damage can happen at just about any time due to many factors, not the least of which are overflowing area basins and the storms that occur.

Garland Flood Damage - Requires Fast, Complete Attention to Detail

Water damage to your home is such that, without immediate attention, soaked drywall, carpets and the possible infection of molds make your home an uncomfortable place to live very quickly. This is what makes it necessary to call for the flood damage cleanup that Garland area homeowners appreciate.


What Is Critical To Understand About Flood Damage In Your Garland Area Home?
Flood damage in Garland can happen at just about any time due to many factors, not the least of which are overflowing area basins and the storms that occur all too often. The flooding can come into your home through the basement, due to faulty waterproofing and can get to work on destroying your home's foundation often before you are aware of it.
That is why it is crucial to enlist the services of a flood damage restoration company.


Getting Back To A Healthy Home.
When you contact a flood damage restoration firm, they arrive to begin the process of a complete inspection while setting up large air movers. Thus begins the evacuation of the bad air that wet things throw off. The process of removing the water starts at the same time.


The removal of the water, immediately, assists in preventing as much additional damage as possible because the furniture, wallboard, and carpet become soaked even more and continue to break down as well as the molds that may be present take hold and are transported, by the water, into other areas.


This water removal process may involve submersible pumps as well as powerful commercial wet-vacuums in all areas affected and on all surfaces. Nothing else can be attempted, nor should be until the water has been removed and the air is a bit sweeter.  It is necessary to organize and carry out the removal of furniture and other items that must be done to accomplish the drying out of the premises.


Dehumidifiers are then placed to assist in getting all of the moisture out of your home. This moisture, if not removed, continues to help molds and mildew and their dangerous work in your home and everyone who occupies it. It continues to get into all spaces, such as the closets in which your delicate clothing are hanging. It also continues to affect the building materials in a negative way.


The Next Step In The Flood Damage Restoration Is The Cleaning.
Powerful sanitizing agents are used on all surfaces that can be cleaned. This occurs after everything that cannot be wiped completely has been removed. This means a complete detailed cleaning of all rooms, spaces, and areas to ensure nothing, such as mold spores, germs or other allergens remain.


Restoring Your Home after This Flood Damage Cleanup in Garland.


Restoration involves the finishing touches of repairing your carpets or doing some patch and paint work. Water can damage hardwood floors and drywall. Some of the flooring or drywall may need to be removed and replaced.


There are so many things that need to go right, and we have it down to science, so, as a family owned and operated franchise, we at SERVPRO of South Garland stand ready to help your family during this confusing time in your life. When a major flood makes your home uninhabitable, give us a call as we have the personnel, the equipment, and the experience for anything relating to this emergency. That number, at any time, is (972) 278-7871.

Understanding Water Damage in Garland, Texas

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding Water Damage in Garland, Texas

When your home or business suffers water damage in Garland, TX, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.


There are three types of water.

Clean water is water from a broken pipe or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.

The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.

 Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.


Consider taking the follow precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water in Garland, TX


-Shut off water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
-Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
-Remove as much excess water as possible my mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table items.
-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
- Move any paintings; art objects computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
-Do not leave books, newspapers magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water in Garland, TX


-Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
-Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
-Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
-Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
-Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Call SERVPRO of South Garland at 972-278-7871

Flooding Can Happen In Garland, TX

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding Can Happen In Garland, TX

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from
  • Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, flood cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of South Garland can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile, or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible. Call us at 972-278-7871

When Storms or Floods hit Garland, SERVPRO is ready

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

When Storms or Floods hit Garland, SERVPRO is ready

SERVPRO of South Garland specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Garland, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (972)278-7871

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of South Garland

Faster to Any Size Emergency

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO of South Garland is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of South Garland arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious bio-hazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Call us at (972)278-7871