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Commercial Fire Restoration for Balch Springs Businesses

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Balch Springs Fire Cleanup Soot on walls after a candle started a small fire in Balch Springs home.

Fire Restoration Services for Businesses

A fire at your business impacts more than just the structure of your building; it can damage inventory or machinery and displace workers or tenants. Outside of the expected fire and smoke damage, firefighting efforts may cause additional water damage.

Commercial fire restoration services should always be conducted by IICRC-certified professionals and we have multiple at SERVPRO of Balch Springs. This helps you to ensure that fire and smoke damage repairs have been handled appropriately and that your building, inventory, employees and tenants are safe. At SERVPRO of Balch Springs, it’s our goal to get you back to work safely, as soon as possible. Choosing our full-service organization means one team of experts can take your business from cleanup through full restoration.

Remediating Smoke Damage from Fires

Smoke damage from fires is often overlooked, but it’s important to understand that even a relatively small fire can leave your property with significant smoke damage.

During a fire, not all materials burn entirely. Even materials like wood, that appear to burn safely, can leave behind smoke and soot. Other materials used in the building and manufacturing process may leave behind dangerous chemicals. Some of this damage will be visible to the naked eye, but not all of it.

Smoke damage can cause or exacerbate health problems and decrease the value of your property. After any smoke damage event, it’s important to have your property professionally remediated.

Give SERVPRO of Balch Springs a call today!

SERVPRO of Balch Springs Helps Balch Springs After Flooding

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Floor Damage from Storm Water seen in hallway of building.

This Monday in Balch Springs turned into a flash flooding watch. The roads and highways became a disaster with high waters causing chaos around East Dallas. SERVPRO of Balch Springs has seen a 500% increase of calls on Monday. All of our technicians were called into work with a mission of helping each person that we possibly can. 

Some homes got unlucky with flooding water entering their home and leaving them in a feet of standing water. The homeowners were quick to give their local restoration company a call. Once SERVPRO of Balch Springs was on site, we began extracting any water and started installing equipment. Multiple dehumidifiers and air movers were installed in all homes that were affected with flooding. 

Thanks to the homeowners have a quick response to call us. We were able to salvage more contents and save some stress from the owners. This flash flooding came as a surprise to all of Dallas, but SERVPRO of Balch Springs was able to save the day! 

Does Your Insurance Company Cover Water Damage?

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage on Floor SERVPRO of Balch Springs is here to help your next water damage emergency.

Water damage sets you back badly if you were not prepared for it. For this reason, you need to ensure that you are covered against such issues. While you can get water damage insurance, certain scenarios will not be covered by your insurance. To help you with this, here is everything you need to know about water damage insurance.

What is Water Damage Insurance?

Water damage is insurance money that is paid out when your house is affected by water damage. It helps deal with the pairs. While companies like SERVPRO of Balch Springs come in and help restore your home, insurance companies ensure there are enough funds for the home restoration.

Situations Where Water Damage Insurance Works

There are situations where insurance companies will pay for the damages caused to your home. Here are the situations when your insurance will pay for your water damage:

  • Accidental leaks- Insurance will take care of leaks from pipes and broken washers that cause water damage.
  • Burst pipes- Water damage from burst pipes due to frozen pipes and any other incident will be covered
  • Damage from fires- If the water was used to put out a fire and caused damage to your property, the damage will be insured.
  • Roof leaks- If there was water damage to the interior of your house because of a roof leak, that would be catered to by insurance. The only thing you need to ensure is the leak was not caused by a fallen tree or a caved-in roof that was not fixed.
  • Water damage from storms like heavy and sudden rain,
  • Ice dam- Insurance will cover ice dams built in your gutter in cold months. If these ice dams result from neglect, you will not get them fixed.

Situations When Water Damage Will Not be Covered by Insurance

There are also times when your insurance will not work for water damage. Knowing about these will help you be careful with the care you give your home and figure out when you can rely on insurance and when to deal with it independently. Here are the situations where insurance will not cover water damage:

  • Flood damage. Any damage caused by extreme flooding will not be covered
  • Water damage is caused by negligence or lack of maintenance. If your home gets water damaged because you did not fix leaks when they occurred or did not carry out regular checks, then this will not be covered
  • Damage for intentional acts. If you set your ho on fire or turn off the heat in winter, then you will not be compensated for whatever damage
  • Water damage from backup sewer lines. You need to get a proper cover for that
  • Cost of repairing source. No compensation will be given for a broken heater or washer

Commercial Storm Damage Repair Process

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Balch Springs Storm Damage Experts We have trained professionals to handle any size disaster.

Implement  A Storm Preparedness Plan For Your Business

Storms can wreak havoc on commercial buildings. By implementing some sound storm preparedness plans you can reduce the risk of severe damage to your property in Balch Springs.

1. Mitigate the Risks
Strong winds and heavy rain account for much of the damage during a storm. Before the storm hits, prepare your property to reduce the risk of extensive damage.

Bring in outdoor equipment, such as grills and lawn furniture to avoid items becoming airborne. Board up windows and glass doors so they don't shatter during the storm.
Inspect roofing materials to ensure they are secured. Fix any loose materials right away.
Trim any loose branches near the building so they don't damage the siding or break windows.
Disconnect computers and other electrical devices. Don't unplug the refrigerator, however.
Move loose items away from windows inside the building as much as possible.

2. Train Employees on Storm Procedures
Make sure all employees and visitors understand what to do in an emergency. Property management must develop work instructions to address the risks and then train workers on the procedures.
Conduct emergency drills with all employees so that they are familiar with the emergency procedures. This will reduce the risk of people becoming panicked during a true emergency.
Designate evacuation exits and assign persons who are responsible to account for employees and visitors.

3. Inspect the Property After the Storm Passes
Wait until you are sure that the storm has passed before inspecting the building. If the emergency required persons to evacuate, don't allow employees to enter the building until authorities have given permission to do so.
Authorized personnel should inspect the property around the building to look for damage. They can identify issues to the structural integrity of the building and look for potential hazards that must be addressed. Call a storm restoration service if you need help with repairs.
Implement a sound storm preparedness plan to reduce the risk of damage during a storm.

What to do before, during, and after a storm

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in Balch Springs SERVPRO of Balch Springs Storm Damage Repair Team

After a flood happens in Balch Springs homeowners may be faced with property losses and damage. Unlike a pipe leak, which is relatively clean water, the cleaning requirements for floodwaters are different. Along with potential black water in the mix, there can also be debris and loosened materials to watch for.

Assessing the Damage

Anything the flood waters touch will need to be addressed. If the flooding is overwhelming, a flood clean professional help you address the problem and provide services to get your home looking “Like it never even happened.” During an initial inspection, in addition to checking flooring and walls, check the following for any contact with the waters:

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Carpet
  • Kitchen utensils, plates, cups, etc.
  • Appliances
  • Mattresses
  • Toys

While some of these may be able to be cleaned, such as appliances and furniture, some of them should be thrown away. Things like mattresses and stuffed animals can be difficult to completely clean. If a rug has been saturated more than 24 hours, it may need to be tossed. Any clothes, rugs and furniture should immediately be removed and set out to dry before cleaning.

A Thorough Clean

One of the main cleaning requirements for flood waters is a good flood disinfectant. It will not only eliminate bacteria, stains and odors but also help reduce the potential for mold to grow. Once any wet items have been dried, usually for at least 48 hours, the cleaning process can start. Be sure to clean anything that has been in contact with water and remember to take safety precautions during the process, such as:

  • Wear disposable gloves and clothing.
  • Avoid touching the face or eyes.
  • Refresh cleaning solution when it becomes cloudy.
  • Thoroughly wash hands after cleaning.

While cleaning requirements may feel overwhelming on top of all the other stresses from the flooding itself, it’s important to ensure everything is clean. That will ensure any mold or bacteria is stopped in its tracks before becoming an issue down the road.

What To Do When Flooding Happens

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Couch In Home SERVPRO of Balch Springs Storm Flooding in Home.

When the flood water runs high in Balch Springs the most critical decisions you can make are what not to do. Avoid certain pitfalls and you can make it through the disaster with what's important.

Don't Stay Behind

You may feel tempted to sit tight and ride out the storm, but this is not in your best interest. Especially if your are receiving severe flood warnings, evacuate to a shelter or stay the night in a hotel. The well-being of you and your family are more important than your pride or property. Even if you did stay, there would be nothing you could do to prevent damage. You might end up in a situation where you need to be rescued from your flooded home.

Don't Touch the Water

Flood water can be contaminated with sewage and debris, so you should avoid contact with it whenever possible. It is especially crucial not to get it on your hands or face. If you need to get something done in a flooded area, it may be safer to hire water damage restoration specialists to handle it so you can avoid any accidents. Personal protective equipment can reduce your risk, such as:

  • tall, rubber boots
  • rain pants or waders
  • waterproof gloves

Don't Jump the Gun

Try not to shell out any cash until you're sure of your situation and know all of your options. There are federal and state emergency funds that can help with temporary housing or water damage repairs. It is also possible to apply for a grant from FEMA if your home sits within a declared disaster area. Don't buy any replacement furniture or appliances until all your repairs are finished, just in case things don't go as planned.

It can be tough to think about your home and belongings getting ravaged by flood water, but you need to prioritize health and safety when a storm hits. Taking your time and thinking things through can save you a lot of headaches later. Doing less may actually save you more!

Tips When Handling Storm Water

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Balch Springs storm damage We can handle any size disaster

When it comes to dealing with flood water in Balch Springs it's important to know that this type of water often falls into the black category. This can become a factor in many cleanup operations. It is important to understand where the water comes from and what to do if flooding occurs in your business.

Where Black Water Comes From

Contaminated water, otherwise known as black water, is any water that may have come in contact with fecal matter. This may include

  • Sewer water
  • Water from fields
  • Toilet backup
  • River run off

Flooding falls into the black category because often there is no way to tell what it has come into contact with. In most cases, it is best to assume it has been contaminated and follow the proper sanitation procedures.

What To Do If Flooding Occurs

If you're busy with storm damage or flood water, it’s important to conduct any repairs necessary as quickly as possible. Doing so can help prevent further damage and may also help when it comes time to talk to your insurance. Since flooding is considered to be contaminated water, it's important to remember to sanitize the damaged area as well as to clean the zone.

How Your Insurance May Help

Depending on your policy your commercial insurance may cover the costs of cleanup and repairs related to flooding. They may even recommend a flood restoration service who can help with every step of the process. If you have questions about what exactly is covered by your policy, it's important to talk to your insurance agent.

Understanding that flood water falls into the black category can help you take proper sanitation measures when it comes time to clean up. Most experts recommend thoroughly drying the area, and then following recommended sanitation practices. In many cases, your insurance may cover the cost of restoration. If you have any questions, a professional may be able to help.

SERVPRO of Balch Springs Employee Highlight

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Balch Springs Employee Highlight

Steven is the Production Manager at SERVPRO of Balch Springs.  He has several years of experience and has the following certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC): Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Odor Control, Fire & Smoke Restoration and Applied Microbial Remediation.

Being the Production Manager at SERVPRO of Balch Springs comes along with a lot of responsibilities. We're happy to have him on board and so are our customers. He's gone above and beyond to ensure that we leave a house or business in a better fashion than we found it. He is always teaching our technicians new techniques and is always giving helpful advice. Whenever you call SERVPRO of Balch Springs you will always received the expert help that you desperately need at the time. Whether it's Steven or someone on our team helping, we ensure that it will leave you completely assured you're in good hands. 

Thank you to all of East Dallas for the continued support we receive! 

Balch Springs Water Damage Removal Team Shares Tips on Where Water Damage Starts

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spots Can Occur at Any Time Your Trusted Balch Springs Water Damage Removal Team is Here For Any Size Disaster.

There Are a Few Key Areas You Should Check for Damage in Your Balch Springs Home

Locating water damage and its sources is the first step in restoring your Balch Springs. Preferably, it would help if you had your home periodically inspected by professionals for water-related issues. However, there are some key places you can check on your own if you suspect a water problem.

When inspecting water damage spots in your Balch Springs home, SERVPRO technicians repeatedly find it in the same areas. They generally discover it near windows, in ceilings under leaky roofs, by pipe networks, around appliances, or beside water containers.

With all this in mind, some specific places you should check for water problems and associated damage are:

  • The caulking around your window frames, your windows’ glass seals, and the areas beside and under your windows
  • Attics, other spots directly under roofs, and places behind ceiling leaks or discolored structural elements
  • Under sinks and around known pipe networks, especially after hard freezes, where leaky or burst pipes may occur
  • or under washing machines, around the valves and gaskets of dishwashers, and near water heater tanks that haven’t been serviced in a while
  • Around old or corroded water containers that may have been neglected for some time

Should you locate a water leak and related damage, you will likely need professional water damage remediation to help you with water cleanup and water damage repairs.

With that said, it is comforting to know that the highly trained and well-equipped water damage experts at SERVPRO of Balch Springs are just a phone call away. Contact us at (469)-998-6445 for assistance whenever you need us.

Receive Same Day Fire Damage Assistance from SERVPRO of Balch Springs

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can Completely Ruin A Home We are your Balch Springs trusted fire damage repair team.

SERVPRO of Balch Springs Offers Prompt Fire Damage Restoration Services in Dallas

A fire can start in your home due to unattended space heaters, boilers, stoves, and electrical faults. SERVPRO's fire restorers can assess the destruction, including flame, smoke, soot, and water damage, and decide how to fix things. The intensity of the destruction usually depends on the severity and size of the fire. We examine a property to determine how far the flames, soot, water, and smoke penetrated the property.

Our SERVPRO restorers also examine the property's contents like furniture, carpets, and removable fixtures to determine what is salvageable. We can then provide complete fire or smoke damage clean up to get it back to livable, safe conditions. Cleaning up after a fire involves removing debris, smoke residues, and resolving water damage. It also involves removing and eradicating ruined contents and eliminating odors. 

The damage from the flames is what most people notice, but smoke can also cause destruction. Different kinds of smoke exist, including dry, wet, and fuel oil smoke. Wet smoke is the most challenging to remove. It covers surfaces in a thick coating and has a strong odor. Wet smoke comes from fires that burn at lower temperatures. On the other hand, dry smoke comes from fires that burn at higher temperatures and is easier to clean. It is not likely to find fuel oil smoke in a home unless an oil-burning furnace causes it. 

Smoke can cause significant destruction due to the corrosive effects and odor. It can begin the corrosion process a few minutes after falling on surfaces. It is a priority to clean it; otherwise, you may have to replace the affected surfaces. SERVPRO's emergency cleaning services may include:

  • Immediate cleaning of the rooms you need to use.
  • Deodorization of strong odors.
  • Containment, if only a part of the structure is damaged.
  • Water removal.

Some smoke residues are corrosive to surfaces. We can wipe residues from plastic surfaces, fiberglass surfaces, light-colored painted surfaces, and Formica countertops. Our SERVPRO team can also clean and protect metal surfaces that contain iron and chrome trim like door hardware, faucets, window frames, and lamps. Pre-cleaning the surfaces and coating them with lubricant can reduce further corrosion and protect them.