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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

men in hazmat suits walking into a commercial building, photo taken from above, SERVPRO logo Do you need proactive cleaning of your commercial property? Call SERVPRO of East Arlington today at (682) 708-1001.

SERVPRO is Here to Help®

During unprecedented times caused by the global pandemic, our customers reminded our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services. We adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Years of Experience and Training

SERVPRO of East Arlington is prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of a regular janitorial staff.

The CDC encourages cleaning high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables.

Commercial Cleaning Checklist:

  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevators
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Specialized Products

A helpful tip that we use when cleaning is to mentally walk through an environment—if a person would touch it in any way—we clean it. This is especially helpful when determining the precise part of an object to clean. When cleaning a door, for example, the most important parts to clean are the handles, but also the flat surfaces right above the handles. People often push open doors on their flat surfaces, not just where handles are present.

The CDC recommends the 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. Some of our product line is available on Amazon.

Do you need proactive cleaning of your commercial property? Call SERVPRO of East Arlington today at (682) 708-1001.

Is SERVPRO the Mold Professional I Need?

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

two men in white hazmat suits, walking toward camera in industrial building, SERVPRO employees, cleaning mold, with masks on SERVPRO of East Arlington are experts in both water damage and mold mitigation and remediation.

SERVPRO is the Mold Professional You Need

Everyone knows a very high percentage of the rain that falls during the year falls in the spring. In Texas, we get through the storms and heavy rain by looking forward to the beautiful bluebonnets they help produce along our highways and rural fields.

Heavy rains can cause water damage in homes. Sometimes this damage occurs in a vacation home or in an area of the home that is not discovered until days, weeks, or months later, giving mold a chance to grow and really dig its roots.

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  2. Mold Containment
  3. Air Filtration
  4. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  5. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  6. Restoration

SERVPRO of East Arlington is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help if you notice or suspect mold in your home or business. Call us today at (682) 708-1001.

If you see visible mold, do not touch or disturb the mold or suspected mold growth. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. We suggest you: stay out of affected areas, turn off the HVAC system and fans, and contact a mold professional.

Qualified Mold Remediation Specialists

SERVPRO of East Arlington specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly fix your mold problem quickly and safely.

SERVPRO of East Arlington are experts in both water damage and mold mitigation and remediation.

Our professional technicians will restore your water damage or mold issue while providing excellent customer service.

Rug Cleaning for Fire Damaged High-Quality Carpet and Upholstery

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

production technician bending over in a hazmat suit cleaning a fire, the walls and ceiling and floor are covered in soot Protect your high-quality carpet and upholstery investment.

Rug Cleaning for High-Quality Carpet and Upholstery After a Fire

The highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time, especially after experiencing fire damage. These pieces of functional decor can be priceless, timeless, and a large investment. Protect your investment by having your Persian rugs maintained by a professional service.

SERVPRO of East Arlington offers several cleaning options to match any type of carpet and upholstery:

  • Bonnet Cleaning, a less aggressive method for short pile carpets
  • Hot Water Extraction, a more in-depth cleaning method for all carpet types
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse, to restore deeply soiled areas
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning, the most thorough cleaning method in the industry
  • Dry Cleaning, used when color-fastness is an issue

After a fire, more than carpets and upholstery are damaged. That is why, as cleaning professionals, we have equipment to clean varieties of surfaces and materials.

Cleaning vs. Replacing

Heat can burn flammable materials inside a structure, forcing removal and replacement of those materials, but the smoke coming from the blaze can also cause soils, soot residues, and intense aromas that are easier to restore. 

Our experienced and trained SERVPRO team knows that mitigating fire damage includes a variety of replacing, restoring, and cleaning techniques. Various fire residues adhere to each surface in your home differently, and we can help with it all.

Dry Smoke

Most fires go through stages of creating both wet and dry smoke. However, usually fires will have more of one type than the other. Dry smoke is created by fast-burning, oxygen-rich burns. Dry smoke is also usually created when organic materials like wood, paper, or natural fabrics burn.

Wet Smoke

Whether a fire produces a majority of wet or dry smoke depends on the amount of oxygen present, the combustion rate, and the type of substance that is burning. When the fire is starved of oxygen and burns at a lower temperature, it produces wet smoke. Wet smoke is also created when synthetic materials such as rubber or plastic burn. Wet smoke usually adheres strongly to surfaces and is difficult to remove. 

Cleaning Techniques

When our SERVPRO technicians work with hard surfaces, we can use water based-detergents and other wet cleaning methods. However, for porous surfaces, wet techniques could cause the soot to soak deeper into the material. Dry cleaning methods that use agitation can prove useful in these cases.

Dry Cleaning: Light Agitation

SERVPRO conducts the dry cleaning agitation technique with softer tools such as dusters or brushes. Special vacuums are also useful when removing some soot residues and using compressed air to blow off the soot.

Dry Cleaning: Medium Agitation

Residues that adhere to some of your contents and building surface materials could work better in medium agitation cleaning techniques. Dry sponges are an example of a medium agitation method, and they can be useful when removing soot residues from drywall. Dusting cloths or crumbling cleaners that work like a pencil eraser are also useful.

SERVPRO has the necessary tools, techniques and knowledge to save your rugs after fire damage. Protect your high-quality carpet and upholstery investment. For professional assistance after a fire, call us at (682) 708-1001, 24/7.

Dry Techniques for Cleaning Fire Damaged Home

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

men in hazmat suits cleaning after a fire near me, servpro techs, in a fire damaged home through a doorway Our experienced and trained SERVPRO team knows that mitigating fire damage includes a variety of replacing, restoring, and cleaning techniques.
  

Fire Damage Cleanup Restored Using Dry Cleaning Methods

When our SERVPRO technicians work with hard surfaces, we can use water based-detergents and other wet cleaning methods. 

For porous surfaces, wet techniques could cause the soot to soak deeper into the material. Dry cleaning methods that use agitation can prove useful in these cases.

Heat can burn flammable materials inside a structure, forcing removal and replacement of those materials, but the smoke coming from the blaze can also cause soils, soot residues, and intense aromas. 

4 Types of Smoke and Soils

A professional will know to use different chemicals and techniques when removing residues left behind, based on the smoke type. In most situations, smoke and the soils it leaves behind can be classified into one of four categories of smoke and soot damage: wet, dry, protein residue, and fuel oil soot. Knowing what type of smoke was present helps the technician pick the best method to remove soot residues on the various surfaces of your building materials and contents. 

Dry Techniques for Cleaning Fire Damaged Home

Various fire residues adhere to each surface in your home differently, and we can help with it all. Some of the most effective techniques are dry techniques. Dry techniques are not suited to all material types, but they work well on materials that might otherwise be damaged from a more intense cleaning process. 

Light Agitation

SERVPRO of East Arlington conducts the dry cleaning agitation technique with softer tools such as dusters or brushes. Special vacuums are also useful when removing some soot residues and using compressed air to blow off the soot. Light agitation is used for delicate or lightly soiled items that don’t require further scrubbing.

Medium Agitation

Residues that adhere to some of your contents and building surface materials could work better in medium agitation cleaning techniques. Dry sponges are an example of a medium agitation method, and they can be useful when removing soot residues from drywall. Dusting cloths or crumbling cleaners that work like a pencil eraser are also useful.

It's What We Do

Our experienced and trained SERVPRO team knows that mitigating fire damage includes a variety of replacing, restoring, and cleaning techniques. When mitigating smoke-related problems inside your home, it is invaluable to have the necessary knowledge. For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of East Arlington at (682) 708-1001, 24/7. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster®.

SERVPRO® of East Arlington Promotes Seven Employees

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO promotions, square boxes with SERVPRO employees pictures in them, head shots and names underneath SERVPRO® of East Arlington Promotes Jason Killion, Adam Martin, Sean Brown, Dustin Ingram, Evan Cluck, Austin Bucko, Amber Gillig

SERVPRO® of East Arlington Promoted Jason Killion, Adam Martin, Sean Brown, Dustin Ingram, Evan Cluck, Austin Bucko, Amber Gillig

SERVPRO® of East Arlington promoted seven team members to new positions!

Austin Bucko and Jason Killion move from Crew Chief to other positions within the company. Bucko moved from our Clarksville, TN, location to be a crew chief for our East Arlington location and has since been promoted to a production manager. As a production manager Austin is responsible for analyzing components of the job; assigning, monitoring and managing production crews; and ensuring SERVPRO customers are well-pleased with our work. His flexibility and willingness to serve our SERVPRO team is invaluable.

Jason Killion is now a member of our dispatch team. As a part of our dispatch, Killion is responsible for connecting clients with the proper SERVPRO services and making sure a project manager is informed of the job and client’s specifics. As a previous member of the crew, Killion has a good grasp on the restoration industry, allowing him to better assist clients in moments of great stress and tragedy.

Sean Brown, Dustin Ingram, Evan Cluck, and Amber Gillig step up from production technicians to crew chiefs. All have shown dependability and competency in their roles and now take on the responsibility of establishing workflow and coordinating requirements for the job and their crew. This role requires thorough knowledge of SERVPRO processes and commitment to frequent training in order to continue improving and ensure a job well-done. 

Adam Martin also moved from production technician to warehouse manager. He works to maintain the facility’s order which is key to the efficiency of our crews and contents cleaning.

Congratulations on these achievements and your continued growth! Thank you for your commitment to bettering SERVPRO of East Arlington.

About SERVPRO of East Arlington

SERVPRO of East Arlington specializes in the cleanup, restoration, and construction of residential and commercial property after a fire, storm, flood, pipe break, or other disaster. Mold remediation, commercial cleaning, smoke/odor removal, HVAC cleaning, contents restoration, and pack-out services are also available.

Our Employees

We pride ourselves on hiring people with a good work ethic, high integrity, and the ability to work in and adapt to tough conditions. We are continuously seeking individuals who are self-motivated, proactive, responsible, and service-oriented team players. If you are highly dependable and excited about exceeding expectations, consider joining us in our mission to help our customers in their greatest moments of need. See our available positions here any time.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of East Arlington is locally owned and operated and takes pride in being a part of the Arlington, TX community. We want to do our part in making it the best it can be. We proudly serve East Arlington, TX, and surrounding areas.

Why East Arlington Fabrication Plant Calls SERVPRO to Extract Water

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

a storage rack full of air movers along a wall, going up the side of an industrial warehouse, SERVPRO green We are proud to help businesses in this community with commercial water removal methods continue serving the public.

Flood water and storm damage events at commercial properties often involve numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, SERVPRO of East Arlington quickly assesses each unique situation and isolates the damaged area for cleanup. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Unique Challenges of Restoring Commercial Property

Our professionals 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. 

Why Arlington Fabrication Plant Calls SERVPRO to Extract Water

Once a factory or other assembly plant sustains water loss, drying the area to protect employee health and safety, machinery, and productivity is a priority. Drains are a simple solution to water removal or rerouting, but they can only do so much when massive amounts of water are present in multiple areas. For instance, overhead water sources can ruin machines and other equipment by forming pools of water in the depressions of equipment.

Water Extraction

Removing the water from where it would otherwise remain trapped prevents corrosion of metal and keeps microbial infestations from developing. When your equipment retains water, we suction it out with specialty tools like water and other material extractors, helping ensure that employees can continue their jobs with little interruption from us. Then, if the machinery's maintenance instructions call for it, we will even wipe machines with oil to prevent rust and protect equipment from possible problems. 

SERVPRO Equipment Enhances Air Quality

Air movers help us keep moisture from condensing on surfaces and direct water vapor toward desiccation machines. These machines draw moisture from the air and release dry, filtered air back into the area we are treating. This cycle cleans and dries the air.

Using our various machines and tools, we protect your equipment and building from harm. At SERVPRO, we are proud to help businesses in this community with commercial water removal methods continue serving the public. We want to ensure businesses stay afloat, operating, and contributing to the local economy; part of the way we do that is by getting involved to mitigate a storm or water disaster as soon as we can. Call us today to schedule a free estimate, (682) 708-1001. We are also available 24 hours for emergency service.

Why You Should Clean Your HVAC System This Spring

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

black and white image of a servpro technician staring at the camera holding HVAC parts SERVPRO of East Arlington can help. We offer heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) inspections and cleaning.

Spring is on it’s way, so it's almost time to open the windows and let in the fresh air. As you embark on cleaning your home this spring, you may forget an important piece of machinery that needs cleaning and maintenance as much as the garage needs cleaning! Don't forget about your HVAC system.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollutant levels inside your home can be two to five times higher than outdoors pollutant levels, and the ventilation system is often the largest contributor to low indoor air quality! Many systems go a long time before being inspected and cleaned, so if your HVAC system is like most, your dirty vents might be circulating odors, mold, and irritating dust throughout your home, too.

The EPA reports contaminants or foreign objects such as rodents, insects, dust, dirt, debris, bacteria, mold, and pollen have the ability to enter and collect in your air ducts. So not only is your indoor air quality worsened, but these critters and allergens can cause long-term damages to your HVAC system.

So, Who Cleans Air Ducts?

Cleaning your HVAC system is no easy task without the right tools, but that’s where a professional in the industry like SERVPRO of East Arlington can help. We offer heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) inspections and cleaning. In most cases, air duct cleaning is not essential to a smoothly run home, but after a major air-quality-reducing event like a fire with smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning is essential to limit the circulation of contaminants throughout the house.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

How Does SERVPRO Clean HVAC Systems?

Unlike most duct cleaning services, we use a Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and sweep clean years of dust and grime.

This system allows us to:

  • Remediate Bacteria, Fungi, and Mold

  • Reduce Potential for Mold Growth

  • Restore Peak Energy Efficiency

  • Eliminate Offensive Odors

  • Provide Free Written Inspections and Estimates

Our Duct Cleaning Process

  • First, we use patented equipment, such as the roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.

  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.

  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.

  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

If you have other cleaning needs, we provide various cleaning services. Call us today at (682) 708-1001.

When was the Last Time you Cleaned your Air Ducts?

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

black and white image of a SERVPRO tech reaching up into the hvac unit to clean the air duct with a round brush This can save you money in the long run and give you cleaner air to breathe. For more info on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today (682) 708-1001

When was the Last Time you Cleaned your Air Ducts?

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in low indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating Dust, Pollen, Odors, Dirt, and other contaminants.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used in homes for heating or cooling is wasted. This means contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten your system's life. Therefore, when an HVAC system is clean, it doesn't have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

What About Filters?

Although filters are useful to keep the air system working well, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through daily use.

More Than Dust and Pollen Circulates Through Air Ducts

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt, several other factors can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • Pets
  • Occupants with allergies or asthma
  • Cigarette or cigar smoke
  • Water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • Home renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, young children, and the elderly tend to be more affected by the types of low indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

SERVPRO of East Arlington professionals routinely inspect heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units (HVAC). Keeping them clean by hiring a professional in the industry can extend the life of the equipment. This can save you money in the long run and give you cleaner air to breathe. For additional information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (682) 708-1001.

4 Things to Know About Standing Flood Water

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

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After a flood, you may wonder what to do next. It's normal to feel lost, confused and stressed after a flood impacts your area. How do you prepare for water damage or contaminants in black water? Here are four aspects of standing flood water you should know about.

1. Water Can Be Electrically Charged

Some overflow waters can be electrically charged. If there is working power in your home, you need to take the utmost care to ensure the water isn’t pulsing with electricity. When it comes time to have flood water restoration professionals help you, your safest option is to turn off all power until you or they have finished cleanup.

2. Pathogenic Contamination

Blackwater is a major category of consideration for standing water, particularly after a backed-up sewer or storm. This floodwater occurs after 24 hours and is considered to be full of pathogenic contaminants. This water can be full of garbage, mold, and even sewage.

3. Look Out For Mold Growth

Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours and as late as 72 hours after the water has been stagnant. Warm, moist areas tend to be perfect for mold growth. After a flood, one of the most common types of damage people have to deal with is the mold that grows on everything from furniture and other items in the house—to walls themselves.

4. Get That Water Out

Removing the water should always be the first step when it comes to cleanup. It’s essential to make sure the black water is taken out as soon as possible before it ends up further damaging your home. Never let water sit in your home; use a professional to help clean it up.

The damage caused by a storm can be intense, and it can be challenging to know which steps to take when you have extensive water damage. You don't have to go through this process alone. Call SERVPRO of East Arlington for additional information regarding storm damage. Our professional team will help you every step of the way. We really are Here To Help®.

Smoke and Soot Dictate Cleanup Practices After Fire Damage

3/6/2022 (Permalink)

fire damage in rafters above residential home, charred wood going further into the attic Contact a professional in the fire damage restoration industry, like SERVPRO of East Arlington at (682) 708-1001.

Professionals Describe the Different Types of Smoke

Suppose you ever suffer from a structural blaze inside your Arlington home. In that case, it is always smart to consult a professional when going about cleanup and restoration. 

A professional will know to use different chemicals and techniques when removing residues left behind, based on the smoke type. In most situations, smoke and the soils it leaves behind can be classified into one of the following four categories of smoke and soot damage. Knowing what type of smoke was present helps the technician pick the best method to remove soot residues on the various surfaces of your building materials and contents. 

Category No. 1 - Dry Smoke

Most fires go through stages of creating both wet and dry smoke. However, usually fires will have more of one type than the other. Dry smoke is created by fast-burning, oxygen-rich burns. Dry smoke is also usually created when organic materials like wood, paper, or natural fabrics burn.

Category No. 2 - Wet Smoke

Whether a fire produces a majority of wet or dry smoke depends on the amount of oxygen present, the combustion rate, and the type of substance that is burning. When the fire is starved of oxygen and burns at a lower temperature, it produces wet smoke. Wet smoke is also created when synthetic materials such as rubber or plastic burn. Wet smoke usually adheres strongly to surfaces and is difficult to remove. 

Category No. 3 - Protein Residues

Protein residues can be found any time products such as meat, poultry, or fish burn. These residues leave behind a yellow or amber discoloration, but they can sometimes be clear and hard to see on a surface. Protein residues leave behind strong odors making deodorization the biggest issue when dealing with them.

Category No. 4 - Fuel Oil Soot

Furnace puff-backs can create fuel oil residues that consist of dust particles from the ventilation system and fuel oils that did not burn all the way. This type of soot usually has a gray or black color and can consist of large or small particles. Often, the electrically charged ions form formations in corners that resemble spiderwebs and can smear readily if not vacuumed and sponged off correctly.

If a fire ever ignites inside your home, it is wise to contact a professional in the fire damage restoration industry, like SERVPRO of East Arlington at (682) 708-1001.

The State-of-the-Art Equipment Necessary to Save a Silicone Roof

2/27/2022 (Permalink)

aerial shot of man coating a roof with white silicone roofing material, halfway done, Orange SERVPRO logo in corner If you experience commercial damage, call SERVPRO of East Arlington!

Saving Facilities After Silicone Roof Water Damage

Water damage is the second most common type of insurance claim a business owner can make. Twenty percent of all filed claims are related to water damage of some kind, whether this is from an internal pipe malfunction or external storm damage. Without thorough mitigation and drying, this damage can challenge the structural integrity of your business as well as the safety of employees and customers.

Silicone Roof

Silicone Roofing Risks

While silicone roof coatings can help business owners with flat roofing save on electricity and other costs, there are some risks to consider when choosing to coat your roof:

  • Abrasion and tear resistance. Compared to other coatings like modified bitumen, silicone roofing is not the most durable. It can get very slippery when wet, which can make it more prone to tears. Foot traffic dropped tools, and other activities can potentially damage the coating.

  • Attracting dirt. Silicone roofing, which is often white, can get a visible coat of airborne dust and dirt over time, darkening roofing. Clean regularly to maximize the energy-reflective nature of the roof coating and save on HVAC costs.

  • Recoating. While recoating may not be needed as often as it is for other roofing solutions, it is imperative to choose silicone compatible with your current coating. 

Even if your business doesn't use silicone roofing, all roofs are subject to water damage under the right circumstances. Make sure your building is protected by keeping up with routine roof maintenance and knowing the lifespan of your roof. It may also be a good idea to regularly inspect your roof, ceilings and walls for signs of damage like discoloration, water spots, and missing shingles.

How SERVPRO Dries Your Facilities

Suppose you have a roof leak in your facility. In that case, SERVPRO can step in with years of expertise and the resources to efficiently complete the drying, cleanup and any reconstruction or construction needed.

SERVPRO of East Arlington uses centrifugal air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers in tandem to pull moisture off of surfaces, replacing the moist air with warm and dry air. To dry a wet ceiling, technicians will open ceiling panels on either end of the affected area and position equipment so that air circulates straight up and through the space between your ceiling and roofing. This placement also helps warm, dry air circulate through the affected space for better results.

If your office needs commercial water damage mitigation, you can count on a certified SERVPRO team to handle the damages quickly and efficiently—no matter how large or small the disaster—so you can get back to business. Our professionals are dedicated to restoring your business and ensuring that cleanup is done to code. Call (682) 708-1001 today for rapid disaster mitigation.

Who Cleans Water-Damaged Senior Living Facilities?

2/27/2022 (Permalink)

senior living facility after a pipe break, servpro air movers strewn on the floor of medical hallway, drying out the facility Call our certified technicians at SERVPRO of East Arlington: (682) 708-1001. We clean senior living facilities.

Dicey weather has caused many pipes to freeze, thaw, and burst, so SERVPRO of East Arlington gets numerous calls to perform common services this time of year.

If you own or manage a senior living facility or some other caretaking property, a leak and its results are plenty to deal with without other complicating factors that come with the caretaking sphere of business. 

The building itself is likely one of the last items you may consider in the event of a catastrophic emergency at a senior living facility. While a flood could put an average business out of the office for weeks, a caretaking facility has more on its plate. Timely water mitigation is a necessity.

SERVPRO is well-known for professionalism and service. It is in our name! We work with our clients to ensure their safety and satisfaction with our work.

Our Past Experience with Senior Living Facilities

Our SERVPRO worked on a senior living facility where a pipe burst causing flooding in four different resident's rooms. We arrived within the hour and got to work moving residents and their uncontaminated items to dry rooms, extracting water, setting up equipment, cleaning resident's affected items, packing it safely for the move, and ensuring all steps to dry and restore the structure were done in a timely manner! 

We know each moment counts, and we are proud to say we are Faster to any size disaster™ for that very reason. 

About SERVPRO of East Arlington

We are a completely turn-key company. We even do rebuilds and renovations. Our certified technicians stay in contact with our customers every step of the way to make sure our customers have the best experience and clearest answers! 

Call our certified technicians at SERVPRO of East Arlington: (682) 708-1001

The Importance of Fast Water Cleanup

2/27/2022 (Permalink)

servpro production technician cleaning up water in a facility wearing a black shirt, pushing a green device For fast water cleanup at your commercial business, call a professional in the restoration industry like SERVPRO of East Arlington.

How Fast Should Water Damage be Cleaned Up?

You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you rely on the building where location keeps business going. However, when a pipe or supply line springs a leak, it throws a kink in your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple and fast water cleanup or extensive and expensive water damage.

The First Few Minutes

Water damage begins with a variety of events, including:

  • Pipe break
  • Supply line leak
  • Toilet overflow
  • Adverse weather
  • Foundation crack

If all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. If possible, turn off the source of water as quickly as possible.

The First Few Hours

The longer water sits, the more potential havoc it wreaks. Once exposed to humidity, walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood—which often includes cheap flooring—can swell and warp. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can also damage furniture and other supplies in your workplace. 

The First Few Days

Damage that is not mitigated quickly will also become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth. Prolonged damage can interrupt your business’s daily operations, possibly harming your bottom line. To limit the extent of water damage to your business, call a professional in the restoration industry like SERVPRO of East Arlington. SERVPRO’s highly trained professionals are equipped with knowledge, experience and all tools capable to restore your business to its preloss condition. We know the disruption that results from supply line leaks, overflowing toilets, adverse weather, foundation cracks, pipe breaks and other catastrophes. By calling our emergency team, available 24 hours per day, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy and fast fix. For additional information regarding commercial restoration, call us at (682) 708-1001.

Space Heater Safety and Fire Prevention Tips

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

space heater near Fort Worth, TX Stay safe when using a space heater and remember, all heaters need space.

Cold temperatures inevitably make us want to cozy up under a blanket and crank up the heat, but before you bring the space heater up from the basement to get extra toasty, consider these safety and fire prevention tips. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is the leading cause of all house fires. 

Space Heater Safety First! 

SERVPRO of East Arlington has compiled some space heater safety and fire prevention tips to help you stay warm, but most of all, to keep you and your home or office safe from fire damage. 

  • Keep 3 feet of distance between your space heater and anything that can burn, including people!
  • Never plug your space heater into a power strip; always plug it directly into the wall. 
  • Turn off and unplug the heater whenever you leave the room, especially when leaving for the day or going to bed. 
  • Always place your heater on a flat surface, away from foot traffic. 
  • Educate your family and coworkers about the dangers of space heaters.
  • Keep the heater away from wet areas. This includes bathrooms, basements, and even wet hands and materials. 

Buy the Right Heater 

  • Check to see if your heater has a seal marking that it’s been tested by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory
  • Purchase a space heater that is suitable for the size of the room you would like to heat. Use small heaters for small spaces, and large heaters only for big, open spaces. Using a small heater in a large space will cause the heater to overwork and reduce its lifespan.
  • Know your heater’s wattage. Higher wattage = higher energy output. Low wattage = less energy. 
  • Choose a heater with an automatic shut-off that engages if the heater is knocked over or overheats. 
  • Know about the different types of space heaters: oil or water-filled radiator heaters, fan-forced heaters, ceramic heaters, and infrared heaters. 


Using these space heater safety and fire prevention tips will help prevent fire damage in the home and workplace. If you have any questions about fire prevention or if your property experiences smoke or fire damage to your home, call your local professionals at SERVPRO of East Arlington for assistance. We’re available 24/7 at (682) 708-1001.

Flood Warning vs Flood Watch

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding in East Arlington, Texas If your property experiences flood damage after a storm, contact SERVPRO of East Arlington at (682) 708-1001.

SERVPRO of East Arlington wants you to be prepared in case of severe weather and know what to do if flooding occurs at your Fort Worth home or business. 

A warning means “Take Action Now!” and if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood-prone area, move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

A watch means “Be Prepared” because flooding is possible within your area. 

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared! A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will happen, but it is possible.

  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware! A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten your life and property.

Protection from Wind Damage

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

tree fallen on power lines and house in East Arlington, Texas Storm repair is costly, follow the recommendations in this blog to protect your home from wind damage

This season many areas in the United States have experienced heavy winds and storms. The intense, powerful winds can cause significant damage to your home. Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property, from broken windows and fallen tree branches to severe damage to the roof, garage, or car. It can happen from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house.

Wind Damage from Different Types of Storms

Thunderstorms are the most common cause of wind and storm damage. However, winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are more robust and can cause severe damage. It can produce many types of adverse weather such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, etc.

Thunderstorms are responsible for wind damage cases in the U.S. However, storm damage repair may be costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage. Billions of dollars are spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year. Understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your property and save on restoration and repair costs.

It's important to know when and what type of storm is approaching in your area. You'll learn the potential level of damage to expect. These wind damage facts will help you better understand the likely wind damage and how to prevent it. Here are some steps you can take to minimize property damage when severe weather strikes.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Flying Debris

Most wind damage starts with unsecured flying debris. If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris in your homes, such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects, are secured or brought inside. Secure your doors and windows to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Roof Materials

Roofing material should latch to the deck. Loosely connected shingles will lift from the deck. Siding damage reduces at the construction phase. Fastened siding isn't as likely to lift off a structure in strong wind. Building codes will likely direct the minimum standards for connections. You, your architect, or your contractor may decide to exceed these minimums for a more robust storm-resistant structure.

Roof damage reduces during the construction phase when the roof deck, shingles, or membrane is applied over the decking. A well-designed roofing system will anchor the trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind.

Tree Maintenance

Tree maintenance to remove dead limbs or identify and remove weakened trees will reduce the likelihood of structural damage. Trees, at times, won't shift positions. If it does, it can shift and cause serious injury to the unwary. Roof openings and broken windows are the most common problem. Keep a roll of plastic sheeting that cuts to size and nails over the opening. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of an emergency close-up. Fallen trees may cause other severe safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

If your home or business sustains wind or storm damage, contact a restoration professional. SERVPRO of East Arlington can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

How Can SERVPRO of East Arlington Help with Hazardous Waste?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO technicians in white PPE suits and masks cleaning up biohazard materials on a sidewalk We are industry-certified to clean up biohazards, vandalism, and crime scenes.

SERVPRO of East Arlington Helps with Hazardous Waste

Although SERVPRO of East Arlington is well-known for fire and water restoration, you may not know that we offer hazardous waste disposal. Our highly-trained professionals can help you or your business with biohazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanup. We specialize in removing and cleaning common hazardous wastes such as bloodborne pathogens, sewage backups, illegal drugs, hoarding situations, crime scene residues, and more. We are trained to safely decontaminate these situations in accordance with OSHA and CDC regulations. Our sanitizing agents, antimicrobial treatments, thermal foggers, and deodorization agents help us make your property “Like it never even happened.” 

When you experience a biohazard concern or have hazardous waste on your property, leave the responsibility of hard cleanup to us. Bloodborne pathogens, bodily fluids, and other contaminated waste can put you at risk. Follow these steps after contamination. 

  • Call SERVPRO of East Arlington immediately at (682) 708-1001 for biohazard cleanup. 
  • Stay out of infected areas. 
  • Call first responders if the situation is life-threatening. 
  • Treat all areas and/or bodily fluids as if they are contaminated. 
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage. 

Don’t wait to call us when you have a biohazard emergency. These situations can leave home and business owners feeling vulnerable, violated, and unsafe. SERVPRO of East Arlington is here for you 24/7, 7 days a week at (682) 708-1001.

Are you Prepared for a Tornado?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

tornado in East Arlington, Texas Although tornado season is March-May, the weather can be unpredictable. Stay prepared with these tips.

There is no such thing as guaranteed safety. 

Freak accidents happen, and the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and occupants. Extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare. 

Most tornadoes are much weaker and can be survived using these safety ideas. 

Signs of a Tornado

  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
     
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base-tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!

  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen. 

  • Day or night- loud continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.

  • Night- small bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). A very strong wind is snapping these mean power lines, maybe a tornado.

  • Night- persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning, especially if it is on the ground or a blue-green-white power flash underneath. 

Prevention and Practice Before the Storm 

Have a tornado plan in place. Know where to take shelter. Practice a family tornado drill. Name a place to meet after a disaster—store protective coverings in or next to your shelter space for flying debris. When a tornado watch is issued, think about the drill and make sure safety supplies are handy. Turn on a local TV, radio, or NOAA weather radio and stay alert for warnings. 

The Storm Hits: Where are You? 

In a house with a basement

  • Avoid windows, get in the basement and under some protection. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above and do not go under them. They may fall through a weakened floor and crush you. 

In a house with no basement

  • Avoid windows, go to the lowest floor, small center room under a stairwell, or a small interior hallway with no windows.

  • Crouch as low as possible to the floor, face down, and cover your head with your hands. 

In an office building 

  • Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building. Crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter. Stay off the elevator. 

In a mobile home 

  • Get out! Even if your home is tied down. It is not as safe as an underground shelter or a permanent, sturdy building. 

At school 

  • Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly as you were told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms. 

In the open outdoors 

  • If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as possible. 

In a mall or store 

  • Do not panic; watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room, or other small enclosed areas. Crouch face-down and protect your head with your arms. 

In a car or truck 

  • Park the car safely, stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, cover your head. Suppose you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway. Leave your car and lie in the area, covering your head with your hands, avoid seeking shelter under bridges. 

After the storm passes, assess your property for damage and contact your insurance provider. When you are ready to begin repairs, call in the experts at SERVPRO of East Arlington. Our highly trained team specializes in storm damage restoration. We can do the clean-up, pack-out, water extraction, drying, reconstruction. We also work with your insurance to ensure a smoother claims process. We’re committed to helping our community. Call us anytime at (682) 708-1001.

Step-by-Step Lightning Safety

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

lightning and tornado over a field in East Arlington, Texas Remember the rule "when thunder roars, go indoors."

Lightning causes around 27 deaths in the U.S. annually, based on statistics gathered by the National Weather Service. Nationally, lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths. Lightning is the most frequent important weather threat to personal safety during the thunderstorm season. Unfortunately, Texas has observed several lightning fatalities and injuries. Why? The main reason is that people stay outside too long as thunderstorms approach or form nearby.  During the early part of the thunderstorm season, for example, May and June, "dry" thunderstorms are quite common. With these types of thunderstorms, little or no precipitation reaches the ground and, as a result, people are less likely to seek shelter. If thunder is heard, then the storm is close enough for a lightning strike.  DO NOT wait for the rain to start before seeking shelter, and do not leave shelter just because the rain has ended. Did you know?

  • The air near a lightning strike is heated to 50,000 ° F, which is hotter than the surface of the sun!
  • The average flash could light a 100-watt light bulb for more than 3 months.
  • Lightning occurs with all thunderstorms.

It's not raining, is there still danger from being struck by lightning? YES! Lightning often strikes outside of the heavy rain area and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Will the rubber soles of my shoes or tires on my car protect me from being struck? NO! However, the steel frame of a hard-topped car provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside the car than outside. To roughly estimate the distance in miles between you and the lightning flash, count the seconds between the lightning and the thunder and divide by 5. When skies darken, or thunderstorms are forecast, look and listen for increasing wind, flashes of lightning, the sound of thunder, and static on your AM radio. While no place is safe from lightning, some places are much safer than others. 

Where you can go…

  1. Get inside a house or large shelter
  2. Do not use a corded telephone during a thunderstorm.  Only use cordless or wireless phones instead.
  3. Remain clear of tall, isolated trees and telephone poles.
  4. Stay away from wire fences, clotheslines, or metal pipes and rails.
  5. If you are caught outside, away from shelter, you need to get to a place of safety as quickly as possible.
  6. Wait 30 minutes after you hear the last rumble of thunder before going outside.

What you can do...

  • Watch for signs of an approaching thunderstorm
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent.  This is your best way to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation
  • REMEMBER if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be struck by lightning
  • If possible, move to a sturdy building or hard top automobile
  • If safe shelter is not available, find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles
  • If boating or swimming, get out of boats and away from the water, get to land, and find shelter immediately

Our team at SERVPRO of East Arlington wants everyone in our community to stay safe during major storms. If you need emergency board-up to protect your home or storm damage restoration, give us a call at (682) 708-1001.

Storm Aftermath: What Next?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

roof of a house in East Arlington, Texas after a storm, yellow caution sign reads storm damagme Dealing with a storm's aftermath is stressful, but reacting quickly and effectively will prevent problems down the road.

Dealing with repairs and insurance companies after severe weather hits your property can be difficult. Homeowners can use the following tips to help tackle the storm damage caused by hard rains, flooding, or storm-related issues.

Safety First

If you and your family were away from home when the storm hit, do not return until it has been confirmed safe. Contact a storm damage expert like SERVPRO of East Arlington; we'll help you determine if your home is safe to return to.

Insurance

You will need to contact your homeowners' insurance adjuster as soon as possible. If your neighborhood has sustained widespread damage, find out if any special teams of insurance agents, relief workers, or contractors are coming to the area. Check your policy to determine what actions you need to take or talk to your agent to make sure you are following the proper procedures. Not following these actions correctly could result in a reduced claim. Inspect your property and make a list of all damages; take photographs of all noted damage if at all possible.

Recording And Documenting

Document your neighbor's damages, as well; this can prevent the insurance provider from downgrading your claim by saying the damage is from your neglect of maintenance or other unrelated issues by giving them away to compare. Keep a record of all the communication you have with your insurance provider and don't do any unnecessary repair work yourself. Hire a trusted storm damage restoration service provider such as SERVPRO of East Arlington to handle any repairs.

Be Scam Free

Always check the adjuster's identification. If you are evacuated, ask for money from your claim upfront. If they agree, you will be given a check for an amount deducted from your final settlement. Some providers will automatically offer a partial payment early on during the process. Review it carefully and decline it if you feel uncomfortable with any part of it. Never be afraid to ask questions and to expect an answer that makes sense or seems fair. 

Dealing with a storm's aftermath is stressful, but reacting quickly and effectively will prevent problems down the road.

SERVPRO of East Arlington is ready to help 24/7. Call us for your fire or water damage issues at (682) 708-1001.

10 Reasons to Partner with SERVPRO of East Arlington

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Arlington logo Call SERVPRO of East Arlington for your restoration needs at (682) 708-1001.

People and businesses rely on SERVPRO of East Arlington to restore water damage, fire damage and remediate mold. Here are a few out of many reasons why you can count on us to get the job done right every time. 

1. We Get It

SERVPRO of East Arlington understands your situation. You want to keep costs down, repair the damage, and get back to normal. Those are our goals, too.

2. SERVPRO Is Qualified

Our repair and restoration team members have the best training in the industry. Our results will create a measurable difference for you.

3. We Respond to You Immediately

You can reach us 24/7. When a disaster strikes, we respond as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of East Arlington can draw on more than 1,700 U.S. and Canada locations to get the right equipment and right professionals to you faster than other companies.

4. You’re Part of Our Team

We work with you and for you. You are in charge. You receive a complete explanation of the work we will do and why it needs to be done a certain way. Like you, we don’t appreciate surprises.

5. We Use the Latest Technology

The past few years have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of East Arlington to restore your property to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

6. We Practice the Golden Rule of Restoration

Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. SERVPRO of East Arlington professionals practices the golden rule, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." We make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restoration.

7. For Claim and Other Purposes, Your Loss Is Itemized

SERVPRO of East Arlington can give you an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. 

8. We’ll Help You Prevent Losses, Not Just Deal with Them

Our services start with prevention. We’ll come out to your business or home and do a review of how you can protect yourself, your family, your business, and your property from potential losses. That’s another old rule (from Ben Franklin) we like: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Check out our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan

9. We Handle Any Loss from A Natural Disaster—Big or Small

Have multiple locations? No problem. Suffer a small loss from water or fire or wind? We can handle it. Have a massive, complex disaster to recover from? That’s within our scope of services, too.

10. We’re Approved, Certified, And Experienced

We’re trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our professionals attend SERVPRO continuing education classes. SERVPRO has been in business for more than 45 years. Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry.

Find Your Leaky Roof Source Quickly

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

blue water drops coming from the roof of a home in East Arlington, TX Call SERVPRO of East Arlington for water damage cleanup and restoration after a major storm.

After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your damaged property as quickly as you can. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may also see missing shingle tiles from the ground, but those don't always represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from a more minor roof feature.

At SERVPRO of East Arlington, we:

  • Find the source of the leak
  • Stop the leak &
  • Clean the water damage.

Find the Leak

During storms in Texas, wind damage can let rain in through your roof. From the inside, look for water stains on your ceiling and walls that indicate the leak.

Common places to see leaky roof damage:

  1. Vents and fans
  2. Chimneys
  3. Window dormers
  4. Vent pipes
  5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Dealing with Water Damage

  1. Check for discolorations and rotting wood, wet drywall, and insulation.
  2. If you haven't found mold, start drying any wet materials immediately. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. 
  3. If you find mold, remain careful to not spread it during cleanup. Mold grows on wet, damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. A mold remediation professional creates a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry.
  4. For more assistance, call a local construction, restoration, and mold remediation crew like SERVPRO of East Arlington at (682) 708-1001.

Don't Forget, We Clean Air Ducts

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

air ducts in East Arlington, Texas If you need your air ducts cleaned, call SERVPRO of East Arlington at (682) 708-1001.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in low indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your Texas home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used in homes for heating or cooling is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten your system's life. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn't have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes with air ducts, several other factors can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • Pets
  • Occupants with allergies or asthma
  • Cigarette or cigar smoke
  • Water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • Home renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers and young children, and the elderly, tend to be more susceptible to the types of low indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

SERVPRO of East Arlington professionals routinely inspects the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe. For additional information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (682) 708-1001.

Sewage System Backups

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

The reason you should choose SERVPRO of East Arlington is that we are not afraid to get down and dirty. SERVPRO has the expertise, experience, and equipment to safely remediate sewage damage in your home, business, or crawlspace. 

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. 

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today!

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of East Arlington will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business to pre loss condition. 

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants. 

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated can upgrade to category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • It May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly upgrade to category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. 

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

State of The Art Equipment

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The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow us to restore a property to pre loss condition quickly and more effectively.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water locations for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from the ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

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Career Opportunities at SERVPRO

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Interested in being a part of the SERVPRO family? Apply today! Image of cell phone. Interested in being a part of the SERVPRO family? Apply today!

With 17 franchises in 6 locations throughout TN, FL, and TX, SERVPRO Team Nicholson is an exciting, diverse, innovative place to work. We foster positive company culture, offer competitive compensation packages, and prioritize community involvement. Come find out what it takes to be a part of our team! 

Our mission is to be a proud, laser-focused team holding each other accountable while creating positive opportunities for our people and becoming the most efficiently run organization in the markets we serve. We value honesty, reliability, relationships, trustworthiness, and authenticity! Our team develops and provides solutions; we are go-getters and carry a “bring it” attitude to our work environment. We listen and value each other’s thoughts and ideas and strive to bring them to life. We are built on hard work, transparency, good business, and integrity. We believe “You can’t go wrong doing the right thing.” 

Bill Repsel, our Regional Administrator, shared his testimony on what it's like working for SERVPRO. He said "Every day is a new day. It is an opportunity to serve others in our community in a time of need. We have an incredible team of people with great talent that strives to make a difference every day." 

SERVPRO of East Arlington is proud of the work we do and is always looking for like-minded people interested in a rewarding career. Please submit your resume to recruiting@SERVPROclarksville.com, stop by our office at 7435 Pebble Dr, Fort Worth, TX. from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday, or click here to check out our current job openings.

Team SERVPRO Has the Experience to Eliminate Many Different Types of Soot Residues Remaining in Your Home After a Fire

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

If you experience soot damage, call SERVPRO East Arlington today! If you experience soot damage, call SERVPRO East Arlington today!

Team SERVPRO Has the Experience to Eliminate Many Different Types of Soot Residues Remaining in Your Home After a Fire

Your Texas home was not intended to stop fires before they spread to other areas of the house. In fact, most of the materials used for the construction of your home have the ability to catch fire and help it to spread throughout the structure. Unfortunately, this can spread the effects of this blaze throughout your property and cause a lot of work for the professional restoration team that you choose to help clean up this mess. 
 
Working to clean up the mess after the incident is over is no easy task, either. Most often the substantial effects that stand out are smoke and soot damages. These are common versions of fire damage in homes, and they can often prove to be challenging to remove without the right equipment. 
 
Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have the tools and expertise to help you through often widespread soot damages throughout your household. While the most concentrated of this effect can get found around the fires originating at the point where it burned the longest, this is not always the case. This matted debris and film from the combustion leave a dark, often black residue on surfaces, furniture, flooring, and other materials. 
 
Removing this residue requires multiple approaches. For wall surfaces, scrubbing with wet and dry sponges can often remove the bulk of the present film. Confined spaces like ductwork require high powered vacuums to get used instead. 
 
Smoke damage often presents itself in the form of a harsh odor lingering in fabrics, carpeting, and open spaces throughout affected areas of your house. Removal of this odor typically requires thermal fogging, a process that releases an unscented chemical compound into the environment and contents of the room to break apart odor molecules and leave no discernable scent behind. 
 
There is very little that most homeowners can do alone to bring their homes back from the harmful effects of a fire. When you face these kinds of damages, seek out the professionals we employ at SERVPRO of East Arlington. We can respond quickly and get your home back to preloss conditions as soon as possible.

Renovating your Home?

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Renovations call for more than just cleaning! Call SERVPRO of East Arlington today! Renovations call for more than just cleaning! Call SERVPRO of East Arlington today!

Just because it’s winter time it doesn’t mean home renovation projects necessarily go on hold. Since the weather outside isn’t really ideal for outdoor renovations, homeowners tend to start projects indoors to utilize time. When it comes to indoor projects, it’s always a good idea to start thinking of safety first. So how should you go about preventing accidents and practicing safety?

Start by making sure you have the proper equipment and that it works correctly. This is the first major step to thinking about safety with your home renovation projects. Malfunctioning equipment can cause injuries, air quality problems, messed up projects, and more, so a quick and thorough check will go a long way.

Wearing the right clothing and protective gear is extremely important since protecting your eyes, hands, ears, and skin is always a good idea. Taking care when using certain equipment, like ladders and power tools, is important too.

The outside of your body isn’t all you should worry about with renovation safety; caring for your lungs is also important! Be sure to have good ventilation when sanding, sawing, or painting. Wearing a protective mask may also be a good idea since particles from sanding and other projects can be so fine in texture.

Also, don’t forget that things like renovation dust will clog your air filters in your home more quickly, so always change them once you’re finished with your project. This is probably one of the most important cleanup projects since the air quality in your home is important to your health.

If you decide at the end of a large renovation project (or just because it’s overdue!) that your HVAC system could use a revamp itself, call us for an air duct cleaning. Our service technicians will come to your home and perform a hassle-free and thorough cleaning, extending the life of your furnace and improving your air quality at the same time. 



Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget Your Carpets

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Arlington can take care of your cleaning! SERVPRO of East Arlington can take care of your cleaning!

When’s the last time you’ve had your carpets cleaned at your home or business?

Spring cleaning brings visions of dusting off shelves, organizing closets, and decluttering from winter’s hibernation tendencies. Although we don’t want to admit it, most of us can’t remember the last time we’ve had our carpets professionally cleaned!

Oftentimes, our carpets are not the most obvious offenders when we think about what makes our home messy or unclean. Unfortunately, according to some recent microbiology research, the average carpet is about 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Gross! When broken down, that means there is an average of 200,000 bacteria per square inch…

Sounds like we need to clean our carpets more often! And while it may seem like bacterial infections are the risk here, it’s actually allergies. Springtime itself brings a fresh onset of allergies, but one way to combat those is to have your carpets professionally cleaned (we can help you out!).

When shoes are worn from outside and brought into the house, bacteria, pollen, and dust can be tracked into the carpet fibers. These allergens can later be kicked up into the air, causing household allergy symptoms. Not to mention thousands of dead human skin cells have also settled into the carpet fibers, along with pet hair too. This makes out for a dust mite buffet, as dead skin cells are their primary food source. Dust mites also can inflame allergy symptoms.

So what can you do? Vacuuming is important, so be sure to do this at least weekly. This will help with the dust mites and the pet fur, but you do need to get your carpets deep-cleaned for the best effect. Although you can clean them yourself with an at-home system, it’s not recommended. Water that can be left behind from cleaning may form mold, which will further irritate allergy symptoms.

When you’re ready for a thorough spring cleaning, give us a call! We’ll be over in no time to spruce up your carpets.   



Flu Season isn't Over

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Check out these steps to protect your family from the flu! Check out these steps to protect your family from the flu!

Sneezing. Sniffling. Aching. Fever. It might seem that the flu season should be wrapping up, but don’t be so sure about that already: this year’s flu season is right up there with some of the worst that has ever been recorded. And all states in the US have reported widespread flu activity so far this season – all except Hawaii, anyway.

The flu spreads easily and strikes quickly, but you’re not completely defenseless.

When it comes to flu prevention, we’ve got 5 tips for you – and they all involve the place where you likely spend the majority of your time: your home.

  1. Wash your hands!

One of the single most important things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu virus is to wash your hands. A great habit to get into is washing your hand's first thing when you get home. This will help to minimize the influx of viruses and bacteria that you may be carrying around with you from your day.

  1. Change your dish towels regularly, or use a paper towel

You and your family share more than you might realize. Stop sharing germs by making sure that you launder your towels regularly, or better yet, just use disposable paper towels to minimize germ transfer from person to person.

  1. Break out your humidifier

Might sound strange, but the flu virus doesn’t thrive well in humid, warm environments, so up your defense by utilizing your humidifier.

  1. Wipe down all hard surfaces

Flu germs float in the air, but they eventually have to land somewhere! Disinfect hard surfaces like countertops, handles, faucets, light switches, etc.

  1. Look at your home from ‘Kid-Level’

Be sure to wipe down and disinfect areas your children have more access to, including those cabinets you may have overlooked during your cleaning or the floors they may be crawling around on.

Follow these tips and stay healthy this flu season, and as always, we’re here “Ready for whatever happens” should you need a little help cleaning!



When "What If" Becomes "What Now?"...Emergency Ready Profile

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Being a property manager or landlord is not always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems do not care if you are on vacation or if you are out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The key to being prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is to implement our Emergency Ready Profile.

 As many 50% of businesses have to close down following a disaster. Majority of businesses that survive a disaster had a preparedness plan in place beforehand. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile not only helps your business in having a plan in place but also assists to keep you and your staff members informed on exactly how to handle fire and water damage.

 To learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile visit SERVPRO of Lake Arlington --- http://www.SERVPROeastarlington.com



If a Pipe Bursts: The Importance of Timely Water Mitigation

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Check your home for pipes bursting. Check your home for pipes bursting.

You depend on your business in East Arlington to keep money flowing in, and you depend on the building where it’s located to keep business going. When a pipe or supply line springs a leak, however, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple cleanup or more extensive water damage.

The First Few Minutes

Water damage can be caused by a variety of events:

• Pipes breaking
• Supply line leaking
• Toilet overflowing
• Adverse weather flooding
• Foundation cracking

Even if all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. Turning off the source stops more water from making the problem worse. 

The First Few Hours

The longer water sits, the more potential havoc it wreaks. Walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood can start to swell and warp if they are exposed to too much humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors, and supplies in your workplace. The First Few Days of water damage that persists can interrupt your business, having a negative effect on your bottom line. It can also become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth. 


To limit the extent of water damage to your business, SERVPRO of East Arlington needs to begin pipe burst cleanup as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy fix. 



Smoke Residue Can Accumulate after Fire Damage to Your Texas Home

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Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Fire Damage Restoration

An incidence of fire damage can cost you a ton of money and time to restore. The ability to restore after such damage depends on the extent of damage caused by the flames as well as the smoke and soot residue as well.

Smoke and soot particles are one of the most significant contributors when it comes to fire damage to your Texas home. Not all fires produce identical residue and the time and effort required to clean these different types of residue determines the success of the restoration process. IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians use their extensive knowledge about different types of residue during the restoration process. While some residues have a minor impact, some others can cause deeper damage.

The Dry and Wet Residue

Wet and dry residues are most frequently encountered after a fire incident. All fires produce both these residues, but their relative proportion can vary greatly. For instance, a rapid burning fire that has an abundant supply of oxygen usually produces dry residues. On the other hand, if the fire was slow-burning with less than optimal oxygen supply, the majority of residue formed is wet residue.  

Another thing affecting the type of residue generated is the type of material burning. While natural materials such as wood and cotton result in drier smoke residue, synthetic materials such as rubber and plastic produce wetter smoke.

As it turns out, drier residues are easier to clean compared to wetter residues. SERVPRO technicians can use less harsh techniques such as cleaning with a sponge to clean the damage due to drier smoke, but wet residues often require more intense cleaning processes.

Protein Residue

Protein residue is quite common if a fire breaks out in the kitchen. The burning of meat, poultry, or fish usually generates this type of residue. It is pale yellow and can stain surfaces quite easily. It is also accompanied by the characteristic odor that can linger on for a long time. The odor cannot be eliminated without a thorough cleaning process followed by an efficient deodorization. Protein residue can be quite difficult to eliminate, and the restoration process may require additional time.

5 Easy Ways to Prevent Fires This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a time for friends, family, and traditions. With those traditions comes decorating, and with decorating comes some common hazards which cause disasters that can be avoided with a little know-how and a few preventative measures.

December is the peak time for household fires, and the top 3 days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Candles, lighting, fireworks, and Christmas trees are some of the main culprits when it comes to property damage from fires. Here are 5 easy ways to avoid tragedy this holiday season:

  1. Use flameless candles

These are a safe alternative to traditional candles, and with the many different varieties now available on the market, your options are limitless. They often look and smell like real candles, but don’t have to risk factor their more-traditional counterparts.

  1. Be cautious using traditional candles

Put traditional candles in stable holders and keep them at least 12 inches from anything flammable. Also, don’t fall asleep with candles lit and when you leave the room, blow them out.

  1. Take care when celebrating with fireworks

When it comes to celebrations involving explosives, extreme care should be exercised. 10 percent of fireworks fires occur from December 30th through January 3rd, with the peak of these fires occurring on New Year's Day.

  1. Be careful with holiday trees

Pick out a tree with fresh green needles when not using a flame retardant artificial tree. Make sure you keep the tree watered daily and dispose of it properly at the end of the season by finding a local tree recycling program. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, from 2011-2015 there was an average of 200 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year, and this cost $14.8 million in property damage annually.

  1. Don’t overload electrical outlets

When using adapters/splitters or extension cords and power strips, don’t overdo it. Use common sense and only plugin items if there is an available outlet.



Keep Safe During This Festive Time of the Year

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Only YOU Can Prevent Winter Home Fires

While it may seem counter-intuitive, the winter season is high time for home fires in the community. According to the US Fire Administration, home fires occur most often in the winter, which means we all need to be more aware of how we are heating our houses, decorating, and cooking our wintertime meals. As a matter of fact, cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.

Winter storms also contribute to the increased home fire risks during this season. As stated by the Texas fire department, prolonged outages often increase the risk of residential fires, and these outages often occur as a result of a heavy buildup of snow and ice on powerlines and trees. When the power is out, alternative methods of lighting and heating come into play, and these can be hazardous. Candles, generators, and propane heaters are just a few examples of some potentially dangerous workarounds that people employ during outages.

And fires aren’t the only hazard that is increased by winter weather. Beware of the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide. It’s an odorless, colorless gas that’s created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, propane, and others do not burn completely. Heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can cause carbon monoxide, so always keep this in mind and exercise caution.

Practicing safety is especially important during these winter months, so here are a few quick tips to reduce the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning this winter:

  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen when using your fireplace
  • Keep all combustible materials at least 3 feet from any heat source
  • Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut off in case it tips over, and never leave it unsupervised
  • Always use charcoal grills outside in a well-ventilated area
  • Never bring your generator indoors. Keep it outside in a dry area, away from home air intakes
  • Professionally clean your chimney each year before using
  • Plug only one heating appliance in an outlet at any given time

Stay safe, Texas! And remember: we’re here 24/7 and “ready for whatever happens”!



What Steps to Take During A Fire

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United States fire departments respond to roughly 360,000 house fires per year which results in injuries and destruction. Using the steps from our previous fire damage blogs will help prepare and prevent you and your family from a house fire. The American Red Cross recommends that you teach your family two ways of escape, along with a predetermined meeting point outside the home. Once set in place, you should review the routes as well as a backup plan at least once a year. But when one occurs, take immediate action with these steps from SERVPRO of East Arlington shared below:

  1. Use a fire extinguisher. If the fire is small and you know how to use a fire extinguisher, put your skills to use. Extinguishing the fire reduces structural damages and the risk of injuries. DO NOT pour water on a grease fire! Since water and oil don’t mix, when you dump water on a grease fire it sinks to the bottom of the pan and evaporates instantly, increasing the intensity of the heat.
  2. Leave the home. If you don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher or have no way of getting to it, leave your home immediately. There is always less time than you think to get out of a burning structure safely.
  3. Protect your hands and lungs. If a closed-door or its doorknob feels warm, leave it closed. And, if smoke fills the home, get low to the ground, and stay low until you are safely out of the building. Inhaling the smoke can cause people to become disoriented and render a person unconscious. Placing a shirt or rag over your nose and mouth will help to filter out combustion particles while you escape.
  4. Stay out. Once you escape your home, do not attempt to re-enter. Going back inside only puts yourself and others in danger.
  5. Call for help. When you get outside your home, immediately call 911. The fire department has the necessary gear and training to enter your home and rescue people or pets that may be stuck inside within minutes.

Have smoke or fire damage? Call SERVPRO of East Arlington today!



East Arlington Smoke & Soot Cleanup

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Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Arlington will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today!

9 Ways To Manage Mold

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  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters.

  2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. 

  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. 

  4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. 

  5. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. 

  6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

  7. Clean or repair roof gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

  8. Improve airflow in your home. Without good airflow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows, and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

  9. Keep mold off household plants. They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.

For  more information visit our SERVPRO of East Arlington page --- http://www.SERVPROeastarlington.com

10 Things You Should Know About Mold

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  1. Mold exposures include health effects.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For more information, visit our SERVPRO of East Arlington page--- http://www.SERVPROeastarlington.com

Mold Remediation Procedure in your Texas Home

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When a homeowner encounters a problem with mold growth in their Texas home, it is an unwelcome situation that requires mold remediation immediately. If a homeowner is concerned that he has a problem with mold, then a SERVPRO expert can effectively administer mold indoor air quality testing, which will determine the severity of the problem. When a technician completes a mold inspection, a homeowner will be ready to start mold remediation services, if required. A homeowner will benefit from choosing a reputable and highly rated company in Arlington that will be able to administer mold remediation services in an efficient and timely manner. When a homeowner is preparing for a mold remediation service in his or her home, here is what can be expected during the process. 

Initial Assessment

When a mold remediation procedure is started, an initial assessment will be administered by a SERVPRO specialist. This technician has received specialized training to detect and recognize mold spores and growth in an indoor area. Once the air quality test has been finished, a homeowner will be given a set of written instructions for proper mold removal protocol. The mold removal protocol encompasses specific guidelines for a mold remediation company like SERVPRO to execute.

Mold Removal

When a technician has completed the initial assessment and provided a homeowner with the written protocol, the home will be ready for the mold removal process. To ensure mold spores do not spread, our mold remediation technicians will establish barriers throughout the home. The technicians will then remove any porous surfaces that have tested positive for mold, which could include drywall, carpet, carpet padding, and insulation. When the removal steps have been completed by the technicians, they will then clean and sanitize all surfaces followed by an application of an antifungal paint or product.

Air Scrubbing and Clearance Testing

Air scrubbing and clearance testing are the final steps in the mold remediation process. When all of the contaminated materials have been removed from the home, the technicians will reduce mold spores in the air by using air scrubbers. By using air scrubbers, the SERVPRO technicians will effectively restore healthy air levels within the home. After the process has been completed, the technicians will perform a final clearance test to the home. A SERVPRO technician then will sign a document that certifies the mold remediation has been administered and was successful, which is the final step in the procedure.  The homeowner can safely return to his home and enjoy the fresh, clean air.



Texas Residents: Follow These Tips If You Suspect Mold

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If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of East Arlington for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of East Arlington specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today!

What Makes Mold Grow in Your House?

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Molds are a type of fungus that naturally grow in many places, but inside your house, they can cause health effects and negatively impact air quality. Therefore, preventing mold in your house is important for the health and safety of your family and visitors who spend time in your home. The good news is that preventing mold is quite simple, and the key is controlling moisture and humidity in your house. So just why is your house so attractive to mold, and what can you do to stop it?

You Probably Have a Moisture Problem

Mold needs moisture to grow. Before it becomes the unpleasant, fuzzy patches of black mold, mold exists as invisible spores in the air. Those spores are essentially inactive until they come in contact with moisture, at which point they begin the next developmental stage and begin the dreaded black mold invasion. Common sources of moisture include:

Standing water
High humidity 
Broken water mains
Broken pipes
Leaking roofs and windows
Air conditioners


Any one of these problems can be enough to prompt an outbreak of black mold inside your home. Getting rid of the moisture can help to cease the spread of mold, but it’s not enough to get rid of the mold fully.

How Do You Handle Mold Cleanup?

The safest option is to contact a mold remediation specialist here at SERVPRO of East Arlington. Our mold remediation specialists possess the tools and knowledge needed to not only carefully remove mold from your surroundings, but also help you prevent it from reappearing. Working with our mold specialists can help you understand the type of mold that has taken root in your home and can often lead to identifying water damage or other issues that had previously gone unnoticed before the mold problem began. 

While waiting for help to arrive, you can get a head start on disposing of contaminated materials and drying out saturated items. Do everything you can to contain the mold infection and prevent it from spreading further until it can be destroyed. For more information on mold remediation check out our website at http://www.SERVPROeastarlington.com

Common Mold Misconceptions

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When it comes to mold, there’s a lot of information out there, however, that doesn’t mean that it’s all correct. From methods of cleaning mold to which types of mold may cause health effects, misconceptions are everywhere. If you find yourself browsing through the internet looking for information after encountering mold growth in your home, keep an eye out for these common mold misconceptions:

  • Mold is Only Found in Water-Damaged Homes

While it’s true that mold normally forms in areas that have issues with water damage or flooding, that’s not the whole picture. Molds and mildews are always present—both indoors and outdoors. When mold spores land on a surface that contains any amount of moisture, it can begin to grow. So regardless of whether or not you’ve had recent water damage to your home, all homes have the potential to wind up with a mold problem, especially in high humidity areas like crawlspaces and basements.

  • It’s Not Dangerous Mold if it isn’t Black

While black mold does have a dark appearance, it’s not the only type of mold that can cause health effects for people. You can’t solely rely on the color of mold to determine its level of toxicity, and some dangerous molds come in colors such as brown, green, yellow, or white. When it comes down to it, a significant group of any mold type can release enough spores into the air to affect those with allergies, asthma, and other conditions, so it’s important to address any type of mold growth promptly.

  • Black Mold is “toxic” to Humans and Animals

Calling black mold “toxic” implies that it is somehow poisonous to those who come into contact with it. In reality, there is no “toxic mold”—although molds can be toxigenic. If a toxigenic mold is growing and releasing spore into the air, it can create unhealthy air quality conditions that affect members of the household. Black mold is one of the most well-known toxigenic molds associated with health effects.

  • Mold Can be Treated with DIY Methods

There’s a lot of DIY advice out there from unreliable sources that tell homeowners that treating mold with bleach is enough to fix the problem. Although bleach can indeed be an effective surface cleaner, mold often colonizes porous materials that cannot be treated with this DIY method like behind walls, under floors, inside insulation, etc. For remediation that eliminates the issue for good, a professional team of mold technicians should be contacted to evaluate the scope of the problem. 

While there’s no question that mold can be a headache for homeowners, it’s not a problem that has to result in an empty wallet and a damaged home! At SERVPRO of East Arlington, we provide fast, highly-effective mold remediation. Best of all, our services are guaranteed! 

Don’t rely on random, incorrect information from the internet to treat your mold issues—just give our experts a call for a free estimate!

For more information about understanding mold and the mold remediation process check out our website at http://www.SERVPROeastarlington.com

Texas Experiences Tornadoes Too

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Here’s a little background on tornadoes:

  • A tornado is a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud with winds that can reach up to 300 mph
  • Damage paths can be extensive, being over one mile wide and 50 miles long
  • Tornadoes sometimes are brought in with tropical storms and hurricanes
  • They can be predicted by tracking rotating thunderstorms
  • Tornadoes often bring hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, and lightning to the area they affect
  • When a warm front meets a cold front, tornadoes are formed
  • Most move from southwest to northeast
  • Tornadoes usually only last ten minutes or less
  • They’re most likely to occur between 3 - 9 pm
  • Tornado Alley is the part of the United States that sees the most twisters, and this area ranges from western Texas to North Dakota
  • Southern states see a peak in tornado activity between March and May, while northern states see the most twisters between June and August

Because of the state’s geography and early spring season, Texas often sees strong storms blow through the area. This time in East Arlington, there have been various homes and duplexes damaged or destroyed by these tornadoes, with the estimate still being anticipated to increase.

Being prepared for a storm is important, so when the National Weather Authority releases information about an anticipated storm (or one that has been verified), it’s best to heed their warnings. Getting to safety is the most important in the event of a storm – you can leave the damage restoration to us.



What to Do Before, During, And After A Storm

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As we escape the cold, winter months and transition into warmer weather, among that comes the increase of storms. As you know, thunderstorms thrive in rapidly rising warm air and humid areas like the South. The high humidity, in conjunction with warm temperatures, creates massive amounts of warm, moist air rising into the atmosphere, where it can easily form a thunderstorm. However, there are several things that you can do to make sure you and your property stay safe during storms.

What to do before the storm:

  • Check that loose item such as outdoor furniture, umbrellas, and trampolines are safely secured.
  • If it is safe to do so, check that gutters, downpipes, and drains are not blocked.
  • Park your car undercover and away from falling debris.

What to do during the storm:

  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • If outdoors, stay away from drains, gutters, creeks, and waterways, where the water can move up to 10 miles per hour.
  • Be prepared for power outages, if possible carry flashlights or any portable light.
  • Floodwater is dangerous and toxic – never drive, walk, ride, or swim in floodwater.

What to do after the storm:

  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Keep clear of damaged buildings, power lines, and trees.
  • Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris, and damaged roads or bridges.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.

If you suspect damage after a storm, count on the experts at SERVPRO of East Arlington. For more information about our flood damage services or to get a quote, call us today!



When Disaster Strikes Your Property

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Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Clarksville home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of East Arlington can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. There are steps you can take to prepare for the potential damage to your home and property and minimize the after effects should your home be hit hard by a storm. 

First, be sure you know what you are covered for under your homeowner's insurance. Most policies cover damage due to tornadoes, fire, ice, wind, severe temperatures, lightening and hailstorms. However, flooding due to a storm is not generally covered under most policies. Never assume your home and property are protected. If you have questions about your policy contact your agent. 

Immediately following the storm inspect your home and watch out for hazards such as broken glass, exposed nails and downed power lines. Stay at least 10 feet from downed lines and contact your utility company immediately.

If your home does sustain damage after severe weather, contact your insurance company and have your home inspected by a qualified restoration specialist to determine what repairs are needed. If it is necessary to relocate during the restoration process your insurance company may be able to reimburse you some of the expenses to do so. 

SERVPRO of Montgomery County can walk you through the steps necessary to restore your home and property after a storm. Our technicians are highly trained to clean and restore your home after disaster strikes. 24-Hour Emergency Service

Step-By-Step Lightning Preparation

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Lightning causes around 31 deaths in the U.S. annually (based on statistics from 2006-2017). Nationally, lightning ranks second only to flash floods in weather-related deaths.  Lightning is the most frequent important weather threat to personal safety during the thunderstorm season. Unfortunately, Texas has observed several lightening facilities and injuries. Why? The main reason is that people stay outside too long as thunderstorms approach or form nearby.  During the early part of the thunderstorm season, for example May and June, "dry" thunderstorms are quite common. With these types of thunderstorms, little or no precipitation reaches the ground and, as a result, people are less likely to seek shelter.  Click below for statistics on lightning events (resulting in property or crop damage, injuries or fatalities) by month and by hour. While Most lightning casualties occur at the beginning of an approaching storm, a significant number of lightning deaths occur after the thunderstorm has passed.  If thunder is heard, then the storm is close enough for a lightning strike.  DO NOT wait for the rain to start before seeking shelter, and do not leave shelter just because the rain has ended.Did you know?

  • The air near a lightning strike is heated to 50,000 ° F, that is hotter than the surface of the sun!
  • The average flash could light a 100-watt light bulb for more than 3 months.
  • Lightning occurs with all thunderstorms.

It's not raining, is there still danger from being struck by lightning?  YES!  Lightning often strikes outside of the heavy rain area and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.Will the rubber soles of my shoes or tires on my car protect me from being struck? NO! However, the steel frame of a hard-topped car provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.  Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside the car than outside. To roughly estimate the distance in miles between you and the lightning flash, count the seconds between the lightning and the thunder and divide by 5. When skies darken, or thunderstorms are forecast, look and listen for increasing wind, flashes of lightning, sound of thunder, and static on your AM radio.  While no place is safe from lightning, some places are much safer than others. 

Where you can go…

  1. Get inside a house or large shelter
  2. Do not use a corded telephone during a thunderstorm.  Only use cordless or wireless phones instead.
  3. Remain clear of tall, isolated trees and telephone poles.
  4. Stay away from wire fences, clotheslines or metal pipes and rails.
  5. If you are caught outside, away from shelter, you need to get to a place of safety as quickly as possible.
  6. Wait 30 minutes after you hear the last rumble of thunder before going outside.

            What you can do...

  • Watch for signs of an approaching thunderstorm
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent.  This is your best way to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation
  • REMEMBER if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be struck by lightning
  • If possible, move to a sturdy building or hard top automobile
  • If safe shelter is not available, find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles
  • If boating or swimming, get out of boats and away from the water, get to land and find shelter immediately

4 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

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Follow these tips to prevent water damage in your Texas property. Follow these tips to prevent water damage in your Texas property.

With the school year coming to an end, this means kids will be “flooding” into homes this summer. View these suggestions from SERVPRO of East Arlington for preventing water damage while your kids are home.

1. Be careful 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.

2. Clean out roof gutters.

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 severe water damage So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. If your gutters are too high, be safe, and get a professional to check them.

3. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals.

Most folks don’t realize these chemicals are eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is an excellent solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

4. Never pour grease down your sink.

It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water; grease can still cling to your pipes and could even cause some severe damage and blockage. The safest thing to do is pour your grease in an empty can and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens, you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done. However, we know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays.

Freezing Temps = Freezing Pipes

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Now that winter is finally here, there’s bursting pipes everywhere!

As temperatures drop below freezing, water pipes both at your home and your workplace run the risk of freezing and potentially bursting. When this happens, flooding and damage can occur to the property and possessions. Although bursting pipes can lead to a myriad of issues, the good thing is that this can often be avoided. Here are a few tips to help safeguard against freezing pipes:

Add extra insulation

Pipes that are located in the basement or attic may not be adequately protected from freezing temperatures. Adding extra insulation, such as fiberglass or foam rubber, can be a solution for exposed pipes in these areas.

Caulk holes and cracks

All holes and cracks near pipes should be sealed to keep out cold air and keep warm air inside. This should be done both on the inside and the outside of the building.

Drip your faucets

Opening the faucet can relieve pressure in the pipe that is created from the frozen water, keeping the pressure from building up and therefore reducing the chances that the pipe bursts and you have a flooding situation.

Open cabinet doors

Warm air will more readily circulate pipes if cabinet doors are kept open. If the air around the pipe is kept warm, the chances of water freezing within the line will be reduced.

Make sure the heat is up

Keep your household or business temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even when there’s no one occupying the building for periods of time.  

If disaster does strike and damage is done by frozen pipes flooding your property, our team here at SERVPRO of East Arlington is ready to spring into action and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime, we're ready to respond to your emergency 24/7. 



Pipe Burst at Local Texas Restaurant

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Late last week, we responded to the complaint of flooding inside a local restaurant in the area. Water covered much of the customer dining space, leading to an obvious issue for the restaurant when trying to serve its clients (see image above). As it turns out, there was an issue with freezing water inside the pipes located in the ceiling of the building, which caused an emergency sprinkler head to burst and water to erupt into the dining space.

Contrary to popular belief, water pipes don’t burst just because of the H2O performing a phase change into ice. When water freezes inside a pipe, pressure begins to build up internally within the walls of the pipe because water expands as it freezes. This pushes water inside the pipe toward the faucet or valve, causing increased water pressure which eventually can cause a pipe to rupture.

To reduce damage costs and have a speedy and effective turn around to fix the damage from the burst pipe, the restaurant called SERVPRO of East Arlington.

Our highly trained restoration specialists performed an inspection of the restaurant to determine the scope and extent of the water damage and performed tests to determine how far the moisture traveled, that way we could ensure proper and complete restoration of the building. We removed the water through the extraction (we use pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove the water) and set up air movement in combination with dehumidifiers. After restaurant hours and through the weekend our construction team was hard at work replacing water-damaged drywall and painting the walls of the restaurant.

Our team was able to effectively resolve the restaurant’s water damage issue within no time, allowing the business to run as normal and continue to serve its customers with little downtime.

Whenever you’ve got an issue with water damage, don’t hesitate to call us! We’re a local Arlington company and we’re ready to respond 24/7 to your emergency needs, repairing the damage “Like it never even happened.”



What is an Ice Dam

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Have you ever heard of an ice dam?

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and

into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

So what causes ice dams?

They’re often caused by poor ventilation and climate control within the attic of a home. When the attic gets too warm, this can cause snow on the roof of the home to melt. When your home has recessed lighting, skylights, intricate roof designs, and/or heating ducts, you’re probably at an increased chance for an ice dam to form.

How can you check for ice dams?

You can look for some warning signs that will tip you off to the presence of the sometimes elusive ice dam. Icicles can be an initial sign, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along with the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.” Another sign is if ice is coming through the home’s soffits or forming in the gutters, or there’s ice appearing on the exterior walls. 

Do you know what to do if you have an ice dam?

Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter. If winter weather causes water damage to your property, we’re here to help. Call us at SERVPRO® of East Arlington; we’re available 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.



Drastic Results from Water Damage to Your Texas House

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One of the worst things that a homeowner can find themselves grappling with is a flood. In the aftermath of a flood, the property becomes susceptible to extensive water damage that can adversely impact your home. Water damage becomes progressively worse with each passing minute, and can give rise to the following problems:

  • mold and mildew proliferation in your walls, furnishings, and carpets
  • the growth of microorganisms that cause rotting in wood and fabric
  • odors that become progressively worse/permanent
  • the drywall becomes warped, soaked, and unusable
  • wood and furniture become malformed and starts to smell
  • metal rusts and starts to tarnish

Once these problems begin to surface, your insurance claim will often rise in cost. Additionally, your chance of recovering your home and restoring its original value can decrease drastically. It's also important to note that water damage can make your home difficult or impossible to live in if fungi begin to grow. The fungi show up as black or green mold and can appear wherever moisture or water has accumulated. More problems can surface including buckling floors, wooden door casings that swell up, wallpaper that peels, and adhesives that lose their bond with ceramic tile. Some other challenges that can occur include the staining of fabric, failure of electronic components, and peeling of paint. Home occupants are also at risk of contaminants in the water and air. Finally, exposure to contaminants can pose a variety of health effects.

Conclusion

The many results from water damage can hurt your Texas home. However, you can limit initial damage to your home by immediately calling in a water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. The rapid execution of the water removal process helps protect the health of your household members from deteriorating. By contracting such a professional team of water damage specialists, the technicians immediately attack and quickly arrest mold growth before it becomes a serious, health-compromising issue in your home. Additionally, SERVPRO can offer a wealth of other cleanup services that help restore your Sango residential property to its previous condition. You can then resume living in it without fear or anxiety. With extensive industry experience, we know how nerve-wracking dealing with water damage can be. And that's why we work with experience and excellence to eliminate all issues that negatively impact your abode.

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in Texas too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Arlington is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Sango community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. Call us today!



Why SERVPRO of East Arlington?

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The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of East Arlington Professionals to restore a property to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water locations for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from the ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

The use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be needed to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property.

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

Give SERVPRO of East Arlington today!



Ready for Whatever Happens

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SERVPRO of East Arlington is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.

SERVPRO can provide:

  • Over 40 years of experience as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider.
  • A SERVPRO franchise nearby - more than 1,500 franchises servicing 48 states.
  • More locations for faster responses.
  • Quick response time to help ensure the damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly.
  • Large loss capabilities - no fire or water damage is too big.

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind and knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Know what to do, who to call, and what to expect in advance helps receive timely mitigation and can help minimize the effects water and fire damage can have on your business.



SERVPRO More Than Just Water Cleanup

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SERVPRO of East Arlington does more than just water damage cleanup, fire cleanup, mold clean up, and carpet cleanings. With our addition of a construction division, we are able to provide building services most restoration companies can not. Like for example, the removal of graffiti.

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed promptly.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today!

SERVPRO of East Arlington will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

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