Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Residential Water Damage Scenario

by: Grace Clark

Water damage within the home is an emotional and devastating event. Your washing machine began spewing water everywhere, the toilet water is running all over the floor, water is spilling out from beneath the sink from a burst pipe, the HVAC developed a slow leak or the water heater failed.

As a homeowner, you will want to do as much as possible to get rid of the water. You are already stressed out but are you prepared to do the following.

1. First, you must turn the water off. If the water is due to a broken pipe or a water heater, you must turn off the main line.

2. Find your fuel box and turn off the power to the house, even if it is just puddles or a minor leak. Don't stand in any water until the electricity is off and do not touch any electrical appliances.

3. Assess the water damage so that you know the type of cleanup required. Also, take photos for documentation to the insurance company.

4. Remove your possessions that are not damaged.

5. Now, the fun part – prepare to get rid of the standing water. You will need a water vacuum that can be picked up at the home improvement store. Wear boots, gloves and a mask if needed. Your vacuum can hold up to 5 gallons, but you must continually empty it.

6. After you have lowered the water level to the point where you can use a mop for the remnant puddles, it is now time to start your clean-up of debris. Debris floats through the water, so be careful.

You are almost done! Next, it is time to disinfect all the nearby surfaces that the water affected. If porous items like furniture or fabric made items, books, rugs, were damaged, they must be set aside for cleaning or they must be discarded.

Now that you have the water somewhat under control. It is time to start looking for mold. Mildew and mold begin growing within 24-48 hours. Mold thrives on moisture, therefore, can you be sure that you have extracted all the water and removed all the moisture from walls, ceiling, and floors. Did you open the windows and use fans? Disturbing mold growth can disperse the spores, so what do you do?

To save yourself time and a headache – call the professionals at (972) 227-0800SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County handles all water damage emergencies, fire or mold events with efficient methods and the proper equipment and tools. We are locally owned and operated. We are able to respond quickly to begin putting your life back to pre-loss condition.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC provides its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses in the United States. They foster diversity in the world of commerce.  Diversity promotes innovation, opens new channels of revenue and creates partnerships which provide opportunities that fuel the economy.
WBENC’s Vision - To be the leader in women’s business development.
WBENC's Mission - To fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying and facilitating development of women-owned businesses.

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

The goal of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program is to encourage and effectively promote the use of minority and woman-owned businesses in the Department's procurement activities. The DSHS HUB Program Office seeks to: 
  • Ensure the Department complies with state law and administrative rules governing the HUB program.
  • Assist minority and woman-owned businesses in becoming certified as HUBs.
  • Share information regarding the Department's procurement policies and procedures.
  • Promote the use of HUBs in day-to-day procurement opportunities.
  • Assist in fostering relationships between prime contractors and HUBs through the Mentor Protégé Program.
  • Ensure that prime contractors make a good faith effort to provide subcontracting opportunities to HUBs.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Water Damage Prevention Strategies

By Grace Clark

Water damage in Dallas is a dangerous, debilitating reality that can leave an individual's property in bad shape. For this reason, many homeowners view it as their worst nightmare. Unfortunately, there are a wide variety of factors that can make your residential property susceptible to water damage. Nevertheless, accessing and implementing water damage prevention strategies can help preclude your property from destruction or structural weakening. With that idea in mind, be sure to review the following tips and tricks for how to prevent water damage: 

Indoor Water Damage Prevention
• Ensure that your hose connections have been secured to water supply lines for dishwashers, icemakers, and washing machines. 

• Re-grout and re-caulk around tubs, showers, and sinks. Also, replace missing tiles and leaking shower pans. 

• Replace and check your washing machine hose consistently. This is especially important if you note signs of bulging, cracking, or some other sort of deterioration.

• Follow all recommended maintenance policies and procedures for your equipment and appliances.

• Attain regular maintenance services from a licensed, certified HVAC contractor. 

• Open your cabinet doors so that heat can reach pipes near exterior walls and under appliances.

Exterior Water Damage Prevention 
• Hire roofing contractors to repair damaged or deteriorated roofing materials.

• Ensure that your downspouts, eaves, and gutters are free of debris. This enables water to be drained without complications. 

• Add ventilation and insulation to your attic. This can extend your roof's life and decrease the likelihood that ice dams will cause water to start backing up beneath the roofing. 

• If the building contains any outdoor hose connections, have them disconnected every fall to decrease the likelihood of burst pipes. 

Call SERVPRO Immediately 
Although accessing and implementing water damage prevention strategies can help decrease the likelihood of disaster, there's still a chance that something could happen. If your property is struck by water damage, you should call the professionals of SERVPRO. Each of our IICRC-certified technicians offers a fast response, excellent customer service, and holistic services. Some of them include vent cleaning, air duct cleaning, deodorization, sanitation, content restoration, and mold prevention/removal. Because of our commitment to offering cutting-edge, customized services, we've become industry leaders with over 1,650 operating franchises. Moreover, we operate ethically and in excellence at all times to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. We're ready to solve any and every water damage issue you have, so contact us immediately.