Recent Water Damage Posts

SERVPRO of Balch Springs Helps Balch Springs After Flooding

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Floor Damage from Storm Water seen in hallway of building.

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

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

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

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

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Cautious Around The "Clean" Source if Water Damage Occurs

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Home A few do's and don'ts when it comes to dealing with water damage from a "clean" source.

Tips for when you have water flooding from a "clean source"?

Do:

  • Stop the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, as long as the access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possibly by mopping and blotting.
  • Absorb excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and lift up wet upholstery cushions to begin the drying process.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood block between furniture legs and wet carpeting. This helps with colors bleeding on carpet or other surfaces.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe, dry area.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting and window coverings off damp floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

What should you NOT do when a water damage occurs?

Don't:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possible causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

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

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

How Do You Get Water Out of Walls?

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

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

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

Why Is Flood Water a Risk?

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

The Water That You Can't See

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Four Classifications of Water Damage

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

THE 4 PRIMARY CLASSIFICATIONS OF WATER DAMAGE

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

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