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Will my Balch Springs home ever be the same after fire damage?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage repair in Balch Springs Balch Springs homes aren't safe from fires! Be sure to give us a call if you experience any fire damage.

Bring In SERVPRO To Return Your Balch Springs Home To Its Original Condition

Why Are Fire Odors So Bad When The Physical Damage Looks To Be Minor?

A common issue with fire damage restoration in Balch Springs homes is odor control. SERVPRO response teams know that even a small amount of smoke can leave pungent, and difficult to remove, odors in the furniture, clothing, and even structure of each home. 

Where Do Response Teams Begin?

We begin restoration efforts by removing the residues left behind by the smoke and material burned in your Balch Springs. Our tools include the following:

  • Brushes – For dry, powdery residues, technicians use soft-bristled brushes to wipe them off surfaces. They use stiff-bristled brushes to break up wet, thicker residues. The stiff-bristled brushes are especially useful on brick, concrete, and stone surfaces. 
  • Vacuums – Paired with a special filter, they can trap the smallest bit of residue for removal from the home. Technicians use them on carpets and hard surfaces like tabletops.
  • Cleaners – Technicians use cleaners to help soften, and loosen residue layers for easier removal. Our inventory includes agents designed for every surface from recliners to fireplaces. 

Does This Remove All of The Odors?

Not all, but it does eliminate the source of most of them. For very strong odors trapped in surfaces, SERVPRO technicians may use a more pleasant, covering smell to mask the odor until it fades. Where the odor deeply penetrated structural material like drywall or wood framing, it may be necessary to replace them. For curtains and upholstered furniture, we also have access to an extensive number of chemical agents designed to lift odor-causing particles out of those surfaces. 

For more information on what services we offer give us a call today! 

How Can I Restore My Balch Springs Home After A Flood Damage

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Balch Springs water damage repair We have crews available to handle any water damage emergency.

Hire SERVPRO Restoration Teams to Clean and Restore Your Balch Springs Home

Every Balch Springs home suffers after a disaster of any kind. Flooding, though, continues to cause problems until all of the water and the soaked, damaged property is removed from the home.

All SERVPRO has to do is Pump Out the Water, Right?

No, stopping Balch Springs flood damage only starts with water removal. SERVPRO technicians use the latest equipment available to rapidly pump out flooding from your home, but that won’t eliminate every threat. Our team members also draw water out of personal and structural property like sofas and wall panels, dispose of items too damaged for restoration, and spray every affected surface with an antibacterial agent to reduce threats and stop mold growth.

How Do You Get Water Out of Walls?

For paneling, technicians use the following devices to remove trapped moisture:

  • Air Movers that generate a warm airflow which carefully pushes moisture out into the air without cracking or splitting drywall and other panels.
  • Fans to draw the cool, moisture-filled air away from affected rooms, which speeds up the natural evaporation rate.
  • Dehumidifiers to pull water out of the air, which increases the efficiency of the other devices.

Our restoration teams also use these devices to dry out sofas and other furniture. Team members place each piece on blocks or pallets and use the fans to increase air circulation all around them.

Why Is Flood Water a Risk?

Water that flows in from outside carries soil and other contaminants. SERVPRO technicians spray every surface affected by the flood to neutralize bacteria. This action, along with removing the water, also helps to reduce the possibility of mold growing inside your home, causing another disaster as we eliminate the first one.

Balch Springs Residential Fire Damage Restoration

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Kitchen Area Soot damage can have lingering effects if not treated right away!

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration  

In the event of fire damage in Balch Springs, problems can arise not only from the fire itself but also from smoke, soot, debris, destroyed objects, and water damage from firefighting efforts. Ultimately, fire damage repair can be a long and challenging process and potentially compromised structural integrity. Because of this, Balch Springs fire damage restoration is typically best left to local professionals and carefully aligned with insurance policies. 

Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Damage to your Balch Springs home, residence itself can be the most challenging hurdle in many cases. Burned objects, wood, furniture, flooring, or anything else can be challenging to remove without specialized tools. Additionally, it can be tough to tell which objects can be salvaged and which are damaged beyond repair, thanks to commonly heavy amounts of soot and ash. Depending on the intensity of the fire, this may require an entire team of people to clean up. 

Smoke Damage Restoration

In addition to darkening and staining even the hardest to reach corners, smoke can also leave a pervasive smell long after the house is visually clean. This is due to tiny and microscopic particles of smoke, which often work their way into the walls and floors of the house itself. Cleaning up smoke in a Balch Springs home typically requires special equipment and a lengthy cleaning time. 

Water Damage Restoration

Water damage often surprises homeowners as being an even more significant problem than the fire damage itself. Whether through firefighters' hoses or burst pipes, heavy water damage is relatively common among fire-damaged Balch Springs homes. Depending on the scale and intensity of the water damage, this may require extensive reconstruction efforts. 

If your Balch Springs home has experienced fire and smoke damage of any kind, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Balch Springs. 

Flood Damage Restoration and Biohazard Remediation in Balch Springs

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO flood damage repair A SERVPRO of Balch Springs work vehicle.

Water Cleanup and Flood Damage Repairs – Balch Springs

Many commercial buildings have been requiring biohazard remediation from floodwaters, carrying hazardous materials into their commercial premises. The floodwaters have infectious waste, bacteria, viruses, and various chemicals that can be hazardous to human health.

SERVPRO of Balch Springs technicians are trained flood damage specialists with the expertise to safely remove, restore and repair your commercial properties after a flood. Our emergency response teams can be onsite in less than four hours to begin work and protect the contents and the structure from further damage.

Let us help you return to normal operations. We are available 24 / 7 for:

  • Water Clean up
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Biohazard remediation
  • Flood Damage Repairs 

Avoid delaying cleanup and disinfection. Mold infestations can also occur in 24 hours, which adds to the dangerous mix of chemicals, biohazards, viruses, and bacteria that may exist in your commercial property after a flood. This toxic mix can be hazardous, causing health effects.

3 Things To Know About Commercial Property Insurance in Case of a Fire

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Balch Springs Fire Damage Repair A kitchen fire in SERVPRO of Balch Springs that our team was able to clean up & remove any soot damage.

Commercial Property Insurance

In the event that your Balch Springs building experiences a fire, you'll want to have the right commercial property insurance. This is essential for financing parts of the fire damage restoration process. If you're unfamiliar with this type of insurance, here are three things to know as a business owner.

1. What Can Be Covered
One of the most important parts of getting commercial property insurance is determining what it will cover in the event of a fire. Essentially, this type of insurance covers the building itself, the assets inside and the assets that are just outside. These are some things that can be covered:

  • Computers
  • Equipment
  • Documents
  • Landscaping
  • Inventory

After thinking over what you have, consider how much your business’ assets are likely worth and choose the amount of coverage that covers these costs. Also, consider any deductibles that would need to be paid before your coverage kicks in.

2. What Steps To Take
If you're looking to get this type of commercial insurance, there are some key steps you should take. First, thoroughly inspect your property. Take stock of every physical asset you encounter.
Next, meet with an insurance agent to get a better sense of how your coverage would work. If you can afford the agreed-upon coverage, it would likely be wise to invest in it.

3. What the Cost Is
The cost of your commercial insurance can't be immediately determined. Insurance agents need to analyze the replacement value of your inventory. Your agency will also take several other factors into consideration. Essentially, the cost will be lower if your building is less likely to experience a fire. This can involve your building's materials, the city's fire protection, the fire preparation in your building and the building's tenants.
In the event that your building experiences a fire, you'll want to be prepared with commercial insurance. Assess your property and consider taking steps to protect it.

SERVPRO is Your Balch Springs Cleaning Experts

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Balch Springs Water Damage Repair We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Balch Springs is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

SERVPRO of Balch Springs Is Here To Help!

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Balch Springs is Locally Owned and Operated We have technicians ready to go out to you today!

SERVPRO of Balch Springs makes it as easy as possible for you when you experience water damage to your home or business.  You do not need to call multiple companies to take care of each step in the process because we take care of it all!  Not only do we come out to your property 24/7 to inspect and assess damage and provide water extraction and removal, but we also provide the services below:

  • Drying and Dehumidifying
  • Cleaning and Making Minor Repairs
  • Move Out/Pack Out
  • Storing your belongings in our Climate Controlled Warehouse
  • Restoration/Rebuilding Affected Areas

Our team members are experts in each of these areas and we have the equipment and cutting edge technology to get the job done efficiency and at the highest quality. 

The Water That You Can't See

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Any water damage in your facility, in general, is bad.  There is no such thing as a small disaster.  Especially when the water you cannot see contains bacteria.  Unseen water can create a much larger claim down the road.  So before you try to clean things up yourself, consider how this will potentially affect the property if the clean-up is not done properly. 

Our professionals at SERVPRO of Balch Springs understand how disruptive unseen water damage can be for you and your customers.  For this reason, SERVPRO of Balch Springs offers 24-hour emergence response, and, under normal circumstances on-site of a water damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  By responding quickly within a full line of water clean-up and restoration services, our staff will help you reclaim your home quickly while drying, deodorizing, and protecting your belongings. 

So, before risking the value of your home SERVPRO of Balch Springs highly advises you to give our team of trained professionals a call.  Our staff is available 24/7 dedicated to helping our community when disaster strikes! 

Four Classifications of Water Damage

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

While there are three basic categories of water (clean, grey, black), there are also four classifications of water damages.   The IICRC’s S-500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration separates water damage into four distinct classes. Each class is based on the severity of the water damage, and they determine what steps must be followed in the mitigation and restoration process.

THE 4 PRIMARY CLASSIFICATIONS OF WATER DAMAGE

  • Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. It affects only part of a room or area; a little amount of carpet or carpet pads may or may not be wet.  Also, larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.  
  • Class 2 involves a significant amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. An entire room of carpet and cushion pad is affected. Water has risen up walls less than 24 inches. There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.
  • Class 3 involves the largest amount of water, absorption, and evaporation.  This water loss has saturated an entire area.   Water may have come from overhead which may impact ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushions, and subfloor.
  • Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations. Wet materials with low permeance or porosity such as hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, light-weight concrete. Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity. These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.

SERVPRO of East Dallas has the knowledge, experience, and proper equipment to locate any hidden moisture lurking out of sight and clean up water damage of any size and get it done right the first time.  If you or anyone you know experiences water damages, give our team a call.

Emergency Readiness Profile

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Be Emergency Ready with SERVPRO of Balch Springs.  Download the Emergency Ready app at no-cost!  It is a readiness plan that places your business ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency.  Download the Free App

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers, owners, and residential homeowners. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration in Balch Springs

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. 

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give our team a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.