Tips on Preventing a Water Damage
Commercial Water Damage
Water damage to your home or business can happen at any time, day or night. There are numerous sources that can cause a water damage such as leaky bathrooms, broken pipes, rainwater, faulty washing machine hoses, refrigerator ice lines and frozen pipes. We have put together a few tips that may help you prevent a water damage from happening. Knowledge is the best policy to help you prevent loss.
Putting a stop on leaks, drips and clogs
- Make sure to turn off the water supply before you leave for an extended length of time.
- Check the seal and caulking in your shower and tub area a few times per year to make sure there is no cracking or discoloration. If cracking and discoloration is noticed, it’s time to replace your caulking.
- Washing Machine: Check your washing machine hose every 3 to 6 months. Look for cracks, leaks and check to see if it looks brittle or deteriorated. If any signs are found you should replace hose immediately.
- If you plan to be away from your home or business for an extended length of time, it is a good idea to shut off the water supply to your washing machine, toilets, sinks and refrigerator.
- Icemaker: Inspect your ice maker line for cracks or leaks. If there is inflexibility or discoloring, this can lead to a burst or broken line. You should have this replaced immediately
- It is a good idea to inspect and replace all worn fittings and hose connections to all household appliances that use water.
Protecting pipes in the winter:
- Shut off and drain the water supply to outside faucets and detach and drain all gardening hoses.
- Wrap pipes located nearest exterior walls with pipe insulation or heating tape.
- Let faucets drip to prevent pipes from freezing. If a pipe bursts, turn off the main water supply and leave the faucet open until repairs are completed.
- When away from home in the lower temperatures, be careful how much you lower the heat. There could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes.
Everyone knows that if you are a home or business owner, chances are that you or someone you know will experience some type of water damage. So, the questions is not if this will happen to you or someone you know, but how you will handle the situation when a disaster strikes?
When your home or business is under water, every minute counts! Our highly trained SERVPRO of North Richland Hills team is ready to respond quickly, professionally and efficiently to your water loss 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com.
Tips for Preventing Air Conditioner Water Damage
Water Damage Caused By Air Conditioners
Summer is right around the corner and that means 100-degree weather if you live in Texas and air conditions running all day and night. While most people enjoy keeping their home or business cool and comfortable indoors throughout summer they don’t realize that air conditioners can sometimes cause a water damage if not properly maintained.
Did you know an air conditioning system can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily when working at peak efficiency? Normally the water will drain off the condensation coil into a collection pan and then is disposed of automatically into the sewer system but if the drain becomes clogged and the unit produces more water than it can handle, the water will overflow and can lead to damaged floors and carpeting. If not noticed it can also cause mold growth.
Although a clogged drain line is often the major source of creating water damage there are other causes such as excessive condensation that occurs when the unit is running round the clock in addition to evaporator coils that may freeze up and then defrost on a regular basis. Because most of the unit is typically hidden from view water damage can be occurring daily and accumulating into hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage.
1.Make sure to change the air filter every month. By changing the air filter monthly, it gives you the opportunity to check whether there is excessive moisture collecting on the condensation line. Making sure that the AC unit has clean air filters also helps prevent the unit from overworking and causing freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to water damage.
2. It is important to regularly check to see that water is indeed flowing from the opening of the condensation line directly to the drain as it was designed to do, especially during periods of very high humidity in the atmosphere.
3. When installing an AC condensation line, avoid using elbow connections if possible and have the line run in as straight an up and down direction as possible to facilitate water removal from the unit.
4. Consider having a professional air conditioning repair service to clean the condensation line at least once a year or every six months if the AC system is used on a year-round basis. A professional plumbing service can also install a condensation pump to help ensure the free flow of excess water into the proper disposal drain. A repair technician may recommend installing a device known as a safety float switch which will automatically shut down the power to an AC unit whenever condensation builds up and there is a danger of water overflow.
By following the four steps listed, you can help reduce the chances of water damage. If a water damage does occur SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is ready to help get your home or business dry. Call us at 817-589-1499 or go to our website at www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com
Facts about Tornadoes
The aftermath of a Texas tornado
Spring is here and with it comes the blooming flowers, nice weather and the threat of tornadoes. Although tornadoes can happen anytime throughout the year however there are 3 months when they more likely to occur: April, May and June, a transition time when unsettled weather is more likely to occur.
Tornadoes often appear with little warning and possess strong winds that can cause serious damage and according to The National Severe Storms Laboratory you don't have to live in Tornado Alley to experience a tornado, around 1,200 tornadoes touch down across the United States each year so preparation and understanding your risk is key.
Here are four things you need to know about tornadoes and tornado season:
1.Tornadoes can happen anywhere, any time of year.
When people think of tornadoes they often associate them occurring in Central Texas, Oklahoma and other Great Plains states commonly known as Tornado Alley but tornadoes happen outside this area every year and, in fact, they can happen all over the world anytime the conditions are right.
2.The difference between tornado watches and warnings.
Many people are not aware of the difference in a tornado watch and a tornado warning, but the difference between the two is simple:
A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when weather such as thunderstorms in an area could produce tornadoes but it does not mean that a tornado will occur, it simply means you should be alert and pay attention to weather updates.
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in your area or that the storm circulation seen on Doppler radar may produce a tornado. You should seek shelter now. Even though there is a chance that the tornado will miss you or that one won't form, it is always best to be safe.
Remember if there's a tornado watch, you should keep watching the weather. If a warning is issued, that’s your warning to take shelter.
3. Never open your windows and doors or take shelter under an overpass.
While there are many good safety tips on tornadoes there are some that can put you in danger instead of making you safer. Here are two safety tips you should know:
Do not open your windows or doors during a tornado. It will not help, it just makes it easier for debris to fly through the open windows into your house.
If you are on the road during a tornado try to get inside a building as soon as possible. Do not stop and take shelter under a bridge. Taking shelter under a bridge or overpass if you're on the road is very dangerous. The winds from a tornado could blow you out from underneath or the structure could collapse on top of you.
4. Tornado season can't be forecasted.
Unlike hurricane season, there is not a forecast for the whole of tornado season, though various large-scale atmospheric patterns, such as the El Niño-La Niña cycle, can affect how a tornado season plays out. Tornado season starts roughly in April and is at its most active from May to June, but there have been many tornado outbreaks through the year so there is not a clear pattern. While some tornado seasons start out busy, they can diminish gradually and stop while some seasons have been known to be the exact opposite.
The only effective thing a forecaster can say is when and where a given storm system is likely to produce tornadoes with the next few days or hours, then watch for signs of them on radar or for spotters to see one on the ground and send a warning that generally only amounts to a few minutes. Those few minutes can be crucial so if you're under a tornado warning, pay attention.
After a storm passes the damage done to your home or commercial building can be overwhelming. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is here to help. Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
Summer Grilling Safety
Structure fire caused by grilling to close to the structure.
Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. A time for family and friends to get together and BBQ but even for a seasoned griller it can be dangerous.
The NFPA explains, “Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average 83% of home fires in 2009-2013, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average 13% of home fires.”
- These 8,900 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires.
- The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to clean, having the grill too close
Knowing general summer grilling safety tips will help ensure you and your family understand the precautions to take.
10 safety grilling tips put together by SERVPRO of North Richland Hills:
- Whether you are an experienced griller or a beginner always read the owner’s manual. This will ensure a proper installation and usage.
- Grilling should always be for outside use only. Open flames and smoke need to be properly ventilated and should always be placed outside.
- Place grills away from homes and structures. Wind can blow sparks that can quickly ignite structures causing damage.
- Make sure to place your grill on a stable surface. Each leg of the grill should be on equal plane to ensure coals and flames stay within the grill.
- Use proper grilling accessories. Long handled utensils will make sure that your hands and arms are properly protected from open flames reducing the chances of being burned.
- When grilling try to tie back loose shirts or aprons so that they don’t get caught in the wind or catch sparks from the flame. If possible buy flame retardant mitts and aprons to ensure safety.
- It is very important to know how to control a fire. If a flare up does occur remove food if possible or use a fire extinguisher or a garden hose. Sand will help if you don’t have access to an extinguisher or garden hose.
- Always pay attention and be aware of your grill. Setting timers for each type of food and never leaving the grill unattended can prevent old grease and oil from flaring up if left unnoticed.
- Purchase a splash mat to place under your grill. This will prevent sparks or hot oil from falling onto areas such as your deck. Hot grease can easily start fires if not properly handled.
- Explain to young children grilling safety. Allowing them to play or sit around a hot grill can cause danger to them.
Following these easy grilling safety tips can help prevent fires and ensure your spring and summer grilling is safe and fun.
If a structure fire does occur SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is ready to help 365 day a year, 24 hours a day. For more information call 817-589-1499 or go to our website at www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com
Common Mold Causes
Mold growth in hidden places.
Mold or mildew odors in your home are sometimes an early indication of Mold growth. Mold often emits musty or other unpleasant odors and although the presence of a musty, moldy odor does not mean that you have a mold problem, it is one of the early indicators that you could have a hidden mold problem and should have it checked out as soon as possible. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is here to help.
We have put together a short list of problems that can lead to mold, mold odors, and damage to your home:
1. Plumbing Leaks
Hidden and undetected plumbing leaks often lead to extensive water damage and mold. Our SERVPRO of North Richland Hills technicians are experts at locating possible plumbing leaks and although some plumbing leaks are obvious other plumbing leaks may be hidden. Our state of the art moisture detection equipment helps locate and pinpoint moisture issues and hidden leaks. It is very important to act quickly once a plumbing leak is detected. According to the US EPA, mold can grow in 24-48 hours if building materials are not dried out quickly and properly.
2. Roof Leaks
Damaged, worn, or improperly installed roofs, roof flashing, chimney caps, rain gutters, and plumbing vent stacks can lead to roof leaks, which can lead to indoor mold growth and water damage.
3. Grading and Drainage Issues
Soils and landscaping should always slope away from a structure. Improper grading can cause water to run towards the foundation and walls instead of away. The water from rain and irrigation sprinklers can also invade the home and cause mold growth as well as water damage. Also, improper, failing, or missing rain gutter systems often cause water intrusion issues in residences and commercial buildings that is the source cause of many indoor mold growth problems.
4. Foundation Leaks, Vapor Drive, or Crawl Space Ventilation
Dampness, excess humidity, and condensation from the foundation can be attributed to many issues such as leaks in plumbing, grading or drainage issues, improper construction, missing or improper vapor barriers, poor crawlspace ventilation, support beams and wood piers touching soil, and foundation cracks and settling.
5. Misaligned Sprinklers and Sprinkler System Leaks
Are your sprinklers spraying the side of your home, on your windows, or on your foundation? This condition can cause water damage and force water to enter the building envelope and intrude into walls and under flooring causing mold growth.
6. Failing or Poor Caulking or Grout in Showers and Around Tubs
Showers and tubs should always be well sealed to prevent water from getting into surrounding walls and underneath. Failing to apply or properly caulk or grout as well as improper construction of shower pans and tub enclosures are common causes of water intrusion and mold growth. Moisture in the surrounding building materials can not only lead to mold growth in your bathroom but also the adjacent walls.
If you suspect that you may have mold in your home or commercial business call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499 or visit our website at www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com
When a Commercial Water Damage Happens
Commercial water damage at a Downtown Fort Worth Business
Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time and without notice. The effects of commercial water damage can be devastating to a business owner who is now faced with having to clean up the water damage and reopen their business as soon as possible.
Do you know how to handle water damage at your commercial property? Are you prepared to make the necessary decisions after a pipe breaks, your roof leaks, or the streets flood to protect your property? What is your plan?
Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. A little preparation for a water damage emergency and a plan of action in the event it ever happens can significantly reduce property damage and will get you back to business as soon as possible.
Commercial Water Damage Prevention
Large-scale losses can be prevented by following a few simple guidelines.
- Know where your emergency water shut-off valves are located, and have a contingency plan in place in case you are not available.
- Create an Emergency Ready Plan with directions for what to do in an emergency as well as a list of phone numbers of who to call in an emergency. Make sure someone you can trust has the authorization to make decisions if you are unavailable.
It is a good idea to have a trusted commercial restoration company such as SERVPRO of North Richland Hills information on file before disaster strikes. How quickly cleanup begins will impact the size of the loss.
Causes of Commercial Water Damage
Water damage can happen at any time. Whether from natural disasters, leaking roofs, frozen pipes, sewage backups, or flooding, water damage is a serious concern and a major threat to your commercial property.
Understanding the source of the water damage is essential for proper cleanup, as clean water from a broken pipe or a leaking roof during a rainstorm will be treated differently than floodwaters and sewage backups. Always protect your health, and let the commercial water damage experts handle the cleanup and restoration of your property.
Preventing Mold Growth After Water Damage
Proper removal and drying of the water is critical after a water damage emergency, and will prevent any long-term problems some experience after attempting water damage cleanup themselves, or by hiring someone who doesn’t have the proper equipment or experience. Mold growth can begin 24-48 hours after water damage, and starting extraction and drying as soon as possible after water damage is your best line of defense against mold.
Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills to extract the water, dry your structure and to clean and remove any potentially dangerous contaminants. Contact SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
Severe Weather Tips
Severe Weather in Texas
With the spring season comes lush green lawns and warmer sunny days. However, spring is also the prime season for severe weather such as tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash floods. Per the American Red Cross, there are steps that can be taken to help ensure your safety if dangerous weather is predicted in your community.
The following are a few safety steps that can be taken to be ready if a tornado warning is issued is your area:
- Know what your community’s warning system is.
- Choose a safe room in your home for your family to meet if a tornado is headed your way. This room should be a basement, storm cellar, or interior room on the lowest floor and should have no windows.
- Prepare your lawn for strong winds by removing any damaged limbs from trees and making sure your lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants, etc. are secured.
Thunderstorms are also common in the spring and can produce very dangerous lightning. A few thunderstorm safety tips recommended by the American Red Cross are:
- Where there is thunder, there is lightning! If thunder can be heard, then you are close enough to be in danger of lightning strikes. Go indoors!
- Postpone any outdoor activities, such as sporting events and picnics until the storm passes. It is possible to get struck by lightning even if it is not raining.
- Take shelter in a building or vehicle with windows closed and stay clear of the windows.
- Do not shower or bathe during a thunderstorm.
Spring can also be the time of year for flooding. Flash floods occur suddenly when water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area. Below are some safety steps recommended in the event of flooding:
- Be prepared to evacuate and head for higher ground.
- Stay away from floodwaters.
- Do not drive on flooded streets.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood danger.
While severe weather can be frightening, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of the ones you love, by being prepared and taking precautions.
In an event of a disaster call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
Tips on Preventing a Residential or Commercial Fire
House Fire North of Downtown Fort Worth, Texas
SERVPRO of North Richland Hills knows that coming home to a house fire isn’t any one’s idea of a good time. A fire can destroy your home or business in a matter of minutes. Everything inside your home can go up in smoke in a blink of an eye. Most fires occur with little to no warning, but they can be prevented if you follow some of these small fire safety prevention tips.
- Don’t Use Damaged Power Cords
Always check your power and extension cords for any damages, worn out ends, exposed or fraying lines. Damaged cords will most likely cause an electric shock and if the cord is worn out, the heat it generates can lead to a fire with direct contact to any flammable material. Avoid a potential fire damage by replacing damaged or worn cords.
- Turn Off Your Appliances
If you plan on leaving your home for any amount of time, make sure you turn off any electrical appliances. It only takes one malfunction while you’re away to quickly turn into a disastrous house fire.
- Clean Out That Dryer Lint Trap
Believe it or not, leaving the link to buildup in your dryer’s lint trap can lead to a house fire. Cleaning lint out of your dryer’s lint trap only takes a few seconds and can greatly reduce the risk of a house fire. You should also consider checking your dryer hose for any lint or debris buildup.
- Never Leave Lit Candles Unattended
Many people will light candles in their home for numerous reasons, but it is very important that you don’t forget that you have a candle burning. A single candle can cause major fire damage if it is knocked over or placed too close to flammable material. When lighting candles make sure you place them in secure holders far away from anything that can catch on fire. Always blow your candles out before leaving the room or your home.
Following these 4 simple tips can help minimize the risk of a fire but if a fire loss does occur SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is ready to help 24/7/365! Call 817-589-1499
Commercial Water Damage
Commercial Water Damage Northeast of Downtown Fort Worth
Commercial Water Damage Repair
As a commercial business owner, you know that any type of water damage can be detrimental to your business. It is crucial when faced with a water damage loss that you can resume normal operations as soon as possible to protect your business. If your business is forced to close until water damage repairs are complete your short-term losses will start to add up and your customers may find somewhere else to go which could cause you to lose their business long-term.
SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in commercial water damage repair and can help ensure that damages are kept to a minimum, reducing your total losses. Commercial businesses have unique needs when it comes to water damage repairs and the best way to protect your business and its assets is to leave water damage repairs to the pros.
What to Do If Your Property Floods
When your commercial property is affected by water or flooding, the source of water needs to be addressed before water damage repairs can begin. Water damage can affect expensive or specialized equipment and inventory, and losses can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. If your property floods, quick action is necessary to mitigate the damage. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is always ready to respond.
Choosing a Commercial Water Damage Repair Company
Whenever your business is affected by water damage, a fast response is necessary. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills provides emergency, 24/7 service and has the equipment and personnel it takes to get your business up and running quickly. SERVPRO is a trusted and experienced commercial water damage restoration company that delivers quality customer service and exceptional water damage repair service for commercial businesses.
In an event of a disaster call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
Winter storm in Fort Worth, Texas
Texas winter is on its way and along with it come the Texas ice storms! SERVPRO of North Richland Hills has put a list together to help winterize your home and help prevent water damage from a storm.
- Insulate wall and attics, weather strip doors and windows, and install storm windows or cover existing windows with plastic.
- Maintain heating equipment by having it inspected regularly.
- Insulate pipes and allow faucets to slightly drip to prevent freezing.
- Ensure the stability of your home by hiring a contractor to check the structural ability of your roof to maintain heavy weight from the buildup of snow or water.
- Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! 817-589-1499