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Before the family arrives, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Before the family arrives, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls Unattended deaths often require biohazard cleanup

Sadly, we meet some of our customers at the worst time of their lives.

Recently a local resident called us for a complete biohazard cleaning after a family member passed away.

The elderly relative had passed some time before being found, and the residence needed cleaned before the rest of the family came into town.

Our team of highly trained professionals met with the relative, explained the specific cleaning and restoration process, and we cleaned the property.

Customers often ask how we train to clean sites such as this.

We explain the detailed level of training our SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team receives, followed by the fact that we treat every site with care and compassion.

We can't leave every customer with a smile, but we can help them through extremely hard times with our professional and courteous response.

Historic flooding continues in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Historic flooding continues in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri Hundreds of homes damaged as flooding continues to grow in the Midwest.

Historic flooding continues in the Midwest, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this disaster.

To date, 500 homes in one county have been destroyed. Three people have died attempting to cross flooded areas. Offutt Air Force Base has been inundated by floodwaters, resulting in sixty damaged buildings and the closure of their runway. And a nuclear power station in Brownville, Nebraska is preparing to shut down.

The loss and devastation will continue to worsen as rivers rise and overflow their banks.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls continues to monitor this situation, as does all of our franchises.

We are part of the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division, which is composed of the best of the best in restoration.

Your Wichita Falls team is part of an elite group of specialists who are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

We are faster to any size disaster, both here in Texoma and wherever else we're needed.

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Fire, water and smoke damages area home

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage isn't just fire. It's water damage from firefighting efforts. It's smoke that can creep throughout your entire home or business.

Basically, it's a mess.

At SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, we understand your frustration and anger over the loss of your property.

And we're here to help.

Our team of highly trained professionals will inspect your home or business and thoroughly document all damaged areas. We will also check for smoke damage throughout the property, to ensure we can restore your items to preloss condition.

This information will be shared with you and your insurance agent, along with our recommendations for restoring your property.

This may include determining if the property is safe to remain in place, or if we need to provide our pack out services to secure your items.

We will work with the adjuster to determine if furniture can be restored, or if it needs replaced.

Once we've completed the steps outlined above, we're ready to begin the restoration process.

You may not think it at the time of the loss, but with our help we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Why are there holes in my cabinets?

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why are there holes in my cabinets? When and why SERVPRO of Wichita Falls drills air holes

Water damage varies from clean water, grey water, and flood water.

Clean water, like this loss from a leaking water line, can easily be cleaned and dried. Therefore, this cabinet can be restored instead of replaced.

Our team of highly trained technicians know the first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.

That's why we respond quickly to all water damage sites and we immediately inspect the damage.

We extract the excess water to prepare the area for drying. We drill holes in cabinetry and install our Injector Drying System to ensure all areas are completely dry.

And we monitor all equipment daily, recording the moisture readings and adjusting the equipment as needed to speed the drying process.

We communicate our processes to your and your adjuster, and we listen to any concerns you may have.

When you have water damage, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

Call us at 940-263-1550.

Why does it take so long to get my house dry?

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why does it take so long to get my house dry? Removing the laminate flooring helps SERVPRO of Wichita Falls get this house drier in less time.

That question is one of many we hear after a water loss.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls uses a scientific method of drying to ensure all areas and surfaces are completely dry to prohibit mold growth.

When you call our professional team, we immediately begin to document the cause of water damage, the extent of damage, and all surfaces involved.

We then create each room in our software, noting the size and surface spaces damaged.

When we complete each room addition, our software tells us how many air movers, air scrubbers and dehumidifiers are required to begin the drying process.

Our professionally trained technicians are very thorough in their inspection for water damage and the documentation process so that you know every room in your home is either dry, or drying.

This gives you, your adjuster, and your insurance agent peace of mind.

When will it be dry? A typical house will be dry in about four days, depending on the extent of the damage.

Water damage? Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls today at 940-263-1550.

Summer storms wreck havoc on local mall

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer storms wreck havoc on local mall After 9 inches of rainfall in one day, this local mall flooded and many retailers were closed for a week.

“Since Saturday, these Oklahoma counties have experienced flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds. Initial reports show damage in numerous communities including Apache, Cyril, Lawton, Maysville and Walters. Further damage assessments are ongoing.” - Oklahoma Governor Todd Lamb.

That was in June, 2016. Over 9 inches of rain fell in one morning in the Lawton area. And a total of nine counties were included in the state of emergency declaration.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls responded to this storm quickly in order to help the local retailers at the mall.

The flooding affected every store within the mall, some worse than others.

This sports store had water standing inches deep, until our SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team arrived.

We immediately began extracting water, then began pulling up the damaged carpet. An inspection in their storage area revealed severely damaged drywall and wet insulation, which was removed. 

After setting up air movers and dehumidifiers, we moved on the adjacent retails.

Overall, the cleanup from this storm took about a week. The impact on retailers and homeowners was heartbreaking.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls was honored to provide assistance to these retailers during their time of disaster.

And we're here to help you. When disaster strikes, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

940-263-1550.

Preparing to assist after the storm

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing to assist after the storm One of hundreds of pieces of equipment SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is loading in preparation for Storm Team assistance after arctic blast hits Midwest.

Wind chills of -15 degrees forecast for central Iowa today, as can be seen in the National Weather Service advisory posted below.

Your SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team is loading up equipment and supplies, ready to assist the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery team.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENational Weather Service Des Moines IA401 AM CST Thu Feb 7 2019...Significant Winter Storm Will Continue to Impact the StateToday with Dangerous Wind Chills Tonight....After a band of moderate freezing rain, sleet, and snow passedover central Iowa earlier this morning, primarily freezing drizzleand light snow or flurries prevails at this time. The next roundof heavier precipitation is over northern Missouri and will bemoving into Iowa before sunrise. This will spread freezing rainperhaps mixing with sleet over southeast portions of Iowa withsignificant ice accumulations still possible in this area throughmidday today. Farther to the north and west, any lingeringfreezing drizzle will change to snow and then spread eastward thismorning.Strong northwest winds will develop by midday Thursday causingblizzard conditions over northern Iowa this afternoon into thisevening. In the southeast, there is a potential for tree damageand power outages where significant ice accumulation occurs.Hazardous driving conditions are expected over much of the regiontoday into this evening.Another round of bitter cold wind chills arrives late today intoFriday morning. Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings will be neededover much of central Iowa.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is ready to help those affected by the arctic blast

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is ready to help those affected by the arctic blast The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Winter weather advisories give us time to prepare for damage in a disaster.

Your SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team is loading up and preparing to join our national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team in assisting those affected by the ongoing arctic blast.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.




SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is ready to respond to any disaster

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is ready to respond to any disaster A 1200 pound heifer can cause significant damage to your vehicle.

This is the view from owner Kaycee Ryan's windshield as she was coming to work this morning.

For those of you city folk, this is a full grown heifer. She can weigh between 1000 to 1800 pounds.

And if you've ever run into one with your car, you know the damage that brings.

Kaycee and Aaron Ryan, our owners, aren't city folk. They know you have to be prepared for any scenario, and ready for disaster.

This morning didn't end in disaster, as Kaycee used her car to herd the heifer back to where she belonged. No harm to the heifer, no harm to the car.

It just goes to show how our professional SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team is always ready to respond to any type disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Gold Coat Ambassadors

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Gold Coat Ambassadors Owner Kaycee Ryan, 2019 Gold Coat President

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls takes great pride in being a part of the Wichita Falls community. We understand that communities like ours hold America together.

We want to do our part to ensure the Wichita Falls community thrives by helping those less fortunate, keeping the area safe and making our community the best it can be.

Owner Kaycee Ryan is passionate about our community, and was recently named President of the Gold Coat Ambassadors for the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Ryan served eight years as a United States Marine, and is now serving his country with the Air Force Reserve. He organizes and participates in our SERVPRO golfing events.

We also support our community in the following ways:

  • A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau
  • Barrel Racing Event Sponsor for the PRCA Rodeo
  • Interim-President for newly formed Texoma Women's Business Council (TWBC)
  • Meals on Wheels - Delivery Volunteer
  • Member of the North Texas Home Builder's Association
  • Member of the Wichita Falls Realtors Association
  • Member of Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Member of Wichita Falls Rotary Club - District #5790
  • National Corporate Sponsor for the American Red Cross
  • National Corporate Sponsor for the PGA Tour
  • PhasedIN - Advisory Board Member
  • President of TBW (Texas Business Women)
  • Sponsor for CMSA Texas Smokin Guns Mounted Shooting Club
  • Sponsor for the Wichita Falls Night Hawks Indoor Football Team
  • Sponsor of the WCMPA Rodeo

The SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team supports our community and our neighbors.

Call us today at 940-263-1550.

Severe fire damage, artwork damage at Wichita Falls home

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Severe fire damage, artwork damage at Wichita Falls home The living room of a local home sustained severe fire, smoke, and water damage.

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Wichita Falls home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

This homeowner chose SERVPRO of Wichita Falls to help mitigate the damage done to her home.

Initial inspection showed the home could not safely be lived in while the restoration was in progress.

The homeowners took what they could to a local hotel, and SERVPRO of Wichita Falls began removing restoreable items for cleaning and storage at our secure facility.

Thankfully, this homeowners home and art work was able to be restored and returned to the family.

As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

We're here when you need us. Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Fire, smoke, soot and water vs. fire restoration specialists

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire, smoke, soot and water vs. fire restoration specialists A bedroom in this home clearly shows where furniture was placed before the fire.

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Because fire, smoke, soot and water affects surfaces differently, you can rely on our IICRC trained technicians to thoroughly clean and restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Hot water heater leaks, leading to mold growth

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hot water heater leaks, leading to mold growth Negative air use and containment of treatment zones prevent contamination throughout the home.

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

Our team includes a Mold Assessment Consultant who inspects your property and prepares a remediation protocol that is strictly adhered to for the safety of our workers and anyone remaining in the property.

Have you ever wondered what some of the remediation protocols are? Here's an example for the home shown: "Remove all wet and / mold infused materials from within the building that have been
identified for remediation. All work areas will be sealed before disturbance of the
materials may begin. A negative pressure system will be established that prevents
disturbed materials from being spread through the building."

That's just one paragraph of many, designed to safely and effectively remediate mold.

If you have mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation.

The mold remediation process

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The mold remediation process Negative air helps contain mold spores.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

In this customers case, the hot water heater leaked and soaked the hardwood flooring and subfloor.

While the initial cleanup focused on drying the flooring, our technicians accessed the crawlspace to check for moisture.

Not only was water standing in puddles on the dirt, mold was already forming under the subfloor.

The mold remediation quickly became the SERVPRO of Wichita Falls priority, and a mold protocol was established.

A portion of the protocol states, "The surface of the soil under the building will need to be covered with polyethylene sheeting during the time that heavy growth is being removed. The pathway to the escape hatch should be lined throughout the time that personnel are working in the
space."

Yes, our mold protocols are that thorough and are designed for the safety of our team and your family.

If you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550. 

We have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Mold discovery leads to remediation

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold discovery leads to remediation Mold discovered on subfloor after inspecting crawlspace.

What should you do if you discover mold in your home or business?

Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

We have the training and specialized equipment to handle your mold problem.

Then, turn off the HVAC system and fans to minimize contaminating unaffected areas.

Our mold remediation professionals will inspect all areas of your home or office and develop a protocol to safely remove the mold.

The mold protocol is specific to your site, and includes instructions detailing the remediation process.

Some may include language like, "Remove all wet and / mold infused materials from within the building that have been identified for remediation. All work areas will be sealed before disturbance of the materials may begin. A negative pressure system will be established that prevents disturbed materials from being spread through the building."

Our goal is to ensure the safety of our team, and your family.

If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

We follow strict guidelines for mold remediation

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation We follow strict guidelines for mold remediation Proper protective gear is just one of the requirements when remediating mold.

"Mold Assessment Consultant (MAC) will check and record paperwork on each worker,
supervisor and others. All workers must have State registration cards, physicals, fit-test,
and medical forms, prior to going into the containment area."

That paragraph can be found in all our mold protocols for the safety of our team.

We also ensure every remediation site contains a decontamination chamber for the decontamination of personnel, equipment and movable items from the work area.

Mold can be a serious problem and may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Call us today at 940-263-1550.

Why do we test for asbestos?

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Why do we test for asbestos? Typical lab report on samples submitted for analysis.

Texoma has many homes, schools, and buildings with asbestos-containing materials. 

How do we know if your business may contain asbestos?

We know some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement. Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation. Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.

When SERVPRO of Wichita Falls responds to a water loss, our highly trained technicians ask several routine questions.

One question is, "when was your building built?"

If you know your property was built after 1990, you shouldn't have any asbestos or lead paint present.

If you own an older building, we assume the materials contain asbestos until a lab test proves it either does, or does not.

Either way, we will immediately begin the water mitigation process!

Because we know there’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls 940-263-1550.

Certified to be your commercial restoration specialists

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Certified to be your commercial restoration specialists After the storm: this local manufacturing company was missing part of its roof.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Every team member at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has the training, the skills, and the knowledge to restore your property.

When you need us, we're here 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 365 days a year.

Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

We offer Continuing Education courses to professionals

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We offer Continuing Education courses to professionals Learning and performing restorative drying for loss control is one of our CE courses.

Since 1967, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., has been redefining the mitigation and restoration industries. In addition to training at the regional level, SERVPRO developed the National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration and mitigation skills to Franchise Owners and insurance industry employees.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and franchise staff.

The CE courses provide you with information to better serve your customers.

These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is planning to offer a CE course in March, 2019. Time(s), date and location are pending.

Let SERVPRO of Wichita Falls help you earn your CE credit and help your customers!

Call us at 940-263-1550.

Insurance Agents and Property Managers: when they call you, call on us!

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Insurance Agents and Property Managers: when they call you, call on us! This church suffered severe damage after a recent storm and SERVPRO of Wichita Falls made it "Like it never even happened."

The first 24 hours following a water incident are the important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.

When your customer has water damage, they look to you to handle the situation. You collect information from them and provide reassurance everything will be returned to normal.

Research indicates the arrival of a cleanup and restoration company following a water incident signifies to the property owner a resolution to the problem is beginning.

A SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professional is often viewed as a hero arriving to save them from distress.

As their insurance provider sending this service, you can become the hero for helping them in their time of need.

SERVPRO has been providing water damage mitigation for insurance companies for over 40 years.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professionals understand your priority is helping restore your insured's property and piece of mind, while minimizing the loss on a claim.

Our technicians are trained to help:

  • Limit the extent of the damage
  • Reduce the claim cost
  • Provide real time electronic claims reporting
  • Reduce the length of time the claim is open

Before further water damage occurs to your insured's property and belongings, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Let SERVPRO clean and restore your shelter from life's storms!

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Let SERVPRO clean and restore your shelter from life's storms! Many Texoma churches trust SERVPRO of Wichita Falls for professional restoration services.

Your church is your congregations's shelter, helping shield them from the storms of life.

But if life's literal storms damage your place of worship - or if your cleaning needs go beyond the reach of your staff - call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

No stain is too small and no storm damage is too big for our SERVPRO professionals.

We have the training, experience and equipment to restore and clean churches quickly, helping make it "Like it never even happened."

Restoration:

  • Fire, smoke and soot
  • Water removal and dehumidification
  • Mold mitigation and remediation
  • Catastrophic storm response
  • Move outs and contents restoration
  • Electronics and equipment
  • Document drying
  • Contents claim inventory service

Cleaning:

  • Air ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard, crime scene and vandalism
  • Carpet, upholstery, drapes and blinds
  • Ceilings, walls and hard floors
  • Deodorization

When you need us, we're here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls. 940-263-1550.

Storm damage cleanup and restoration service

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm damage cleanup and restoration service Demolition has been completed on this home severely damaged by a hurricane

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Wichita Falls business owners and residents.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We have direct expertise in dealing with storm damage through our national SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, and have helped hundreds of families recover from losses from hurricanes and localized flooding. Severe weather happens. Be prepared to call the team with the experience, the equipment, and the resources to help make it "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - 940-263-1550.

Hot water heater leaks, causing water damage in local home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hot water heater leaks, causing water damage in local home SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team removes wet carpet to speed the drying process.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

This customer woke up to wet carpet, and quickly noticed in had spread to every room (except two) in the home.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls immediately responded with our professionally trained team and began the drying process.

Because at SERVPRO, we know an immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

If you have a water loss, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at          940-263-1550.

Commercial property damaged by ceiling leak

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial property damaged by ceiling leak Water damages were extensive, resulting in the removal of two bathrooms and one closet.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

This customer wasn't sure just how long the water had been running down from the attic, inside walls, and leaking out from under walls in a large part of their business.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls arrived on-site and immediately began extracting water to begin the drying process.

Because we know what happens during the first 24 hours of water exposure:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears

We also know that commercial properties still need to function with as little disruption as possible.

When your commercial property incurs fire or water damage, call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Toilet overflow or sewer backup?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Toilet overflow or sewer backup? We have the specialized training and equipment to safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.

If you need cleanup from water or sewer damage, please call us at 940-263-1550.

Just because you can't see water doesn't mean it's not wet!

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Just because you can't see water doesn't mean it's not wet! Water is trapped behind the drywall in the kitchen and laundry room.

This customer thought the only water damage from her HVAC and hot water closet was in the garage.

But our SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professionals found water on adjacent walls!

While inspecting the damage, our technicians are trained to check surfaces surrounding the immediate location.

We found water had traveled under the walls in both the laundry room and kitchen.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professionals specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls teams are dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

If you have water damage, call and let our team of specialists inspect and protect your home or business.

940-263-1550.

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Emergency Tips The science behind the remediation and restoration.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Wichita Falls 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.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 36 days of the year!

Call us at 940-263-1550.

Understanding Mold Remediation - Steps 1 through 3

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Remediation - Steps 1 through 3 Proper containment of our professionals and the job site is critical in mold remediation.

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 the “typical” process:

Step 1: Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

If you suspect mold in your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls today at 940-263-1550.

Understanding Mold Remediation - Steps 4 through 7

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Remediation - Steps 4 through 7 Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required on all mold remediation sites.

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 the “typical” process:

Step 4: Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment allows  professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If you have mold in your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls today at 940-263-1550.

Restoring and Rebuilding our Communities

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Restoring and Rebuilding our Communities Overwhelming devastation met with compassion

Why choose SERVPRO of Wichita Falls?

Because we have lived the heartaches and losses life brings. We understand how devastated our customers feel when they realize they've lost most everything they own.

Whether it's flooding from a hurricane, destruction from a tornado or a loss from fire damage, we have the professional training and experience you need to get your life back.

When you contact SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, our representative will guide you through the crisis and ask several questions that will help us better understand the equipment and resources needed for your site.

When we come to your home or business, we're ready to begin the restoration process. We will inspect and test to determine the extent of damage, and share with your our plan to mediate and restore your property.

We will treat you and your property with compassion and respect.

We will help you get through the crisis.

Our extensively trained and dedicated technicians are here to help you get your life back.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls. "Like it never even happened."   

https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com/

Missing roof means missing business

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Missing roof means missing business 24 hour emergency service mitigates damage

There is no such thing as a small disaster.

Your toilet overflowing is just as devastating as my neighbors kitchen fire.

And both are as disastrous as this local manufacturers roof being torn off during a recent storm.

Our SERVPRO of Wichita Falls professionally trained technicians arrived shortly after the event and immediately set out to inspect the entire facility for damage.

Our teams understood the plant managers concern regarding the restoration process and timing the restoration to avoid disruption.

We understood the plant employees concerns regarding a safe, clean environment.

Together, we worked the established plan.

And we got the plant to our SERVPRO level of dry. Because that's what we do.

You see, there is no such thing as a small disaster.

At this site, we had employees concerned about safety, and payroll.

We had plant management concerned about inventories and quotas. And payroll.

We had our SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team, who brought the expertise, the resources, and their compassion to this customer's site.

24/7. "Like it never even happened."

Why Choose SERVPRO of Wichita Falls?

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Choose SERVPRO of Wichita Falls? Owners Kaycee and Aaron Ryan

Imagine a Marine husband and father deployed overseas, leaving behind a wife pregnant with their first child. Following that deployment, imagine the young wife discovering her daughter must undergo emergency open heart surgery. Finally, understand how overcome this young mother feels when her place of employment terminates her, rather than allowing her time off with a sick child.

Kaycee and Aaron Ryan don’t have to imagine it, because they lived it.

And this became the moments in their lives that brought them to SERVPRO.

Upon returning home, Aaron left the Marine Corp and joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Kaycee returned to work in a SERVPRO franchise in California. Three years later, they decided to open a SERVPRO of their own, and chose Wichita Falls as their new home.

That was 2014. Today, the Ryan family is flourishing and celebrating the 5th Anniversary of their growing business.

When we say we understand the stress and worry that comes with a disaster and the disruption it causes your life, we truly do understand.

Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business please call us today at        940-263-1550.

"Like it never even happened."

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO "Like it never even happened." Kitchen fire covers home in soot

Easter is a time to celebrate new beginnings.

It can also be a time of disaster. And I don't mean Aunt Lulu's peep pie!

Martha called SERVPRO of Wichita Falls after a kitchen fire just two weeks after Easter. Grease in a pan had got too hot, flared up, burned numerous items on the stove top, and left soot throughout the house.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls immediately responded, knowing fire and smoke damage goes beyond the physical fire itself.

There will likely be soot covering walls and ceilings, smoke and soot clinging to the interior surfaces of duct work, and water damage to most surfaces due to firefighting efforts.

We inspected Martha's home and confirmed the majority of damage was in the kitchen. We did a pack out of the kitchen contents for restoration purposes, removed the items needing replacement, and cleaned all surfaces.

Our teams worked to ensure that each surface in each room was cleaned and deodorized.

When the job was finished, Martha thanked SERVPRO for being there so quickly, taking care of her property, and helping her get her life back. 

Her certificate of satisfaction comment sums it up better than we could:

"Broc, Mike, Thad, super sweet, watching for the animals, and left nothing unturned."

We agree, Martha. And we thank you for the kind words.

The Other Side of Storm Damage

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Other Side of Storm Damage Inside a local residence after the storm.

Some storm damage is obvious. Roofs torn off buildings, downed trees and power lines, and debris covering streets and lawns.

It may take days for storm damaged roofs to show signs of leaking inside your home or business, which can lead to secondary damage.

Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Wichita Falls business owners and residents.

Learn More

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Learn More

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

We're here when you need us. Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Want a deep clean? You need a SERVPRO clean!

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Want a deep clean? You need a SERVPRO clean! We have the experience, and the equipment, to get it SERVPRO clean!

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls for prompt service.

Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Have questions?

Call us today at 940-263-1550

Cleaning your air ducts promotes healthy air!

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning your air ducts promotes healthy air! Our technicians thoroughly inspect and clean air ducts.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the duct work of business to promote healthier air.

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

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

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls Professionals routinely inspects the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

 However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today at 940-263-1550.

For vandalism and graffiti cleanup call the pros at SERVPRO!

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial For vandalism and graffiti cleanup call the pros at SERVPRO! Graffiti can damage the surface of structures.

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 in a timely manner.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?
Call us today at 940-263-1550

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls 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:

Call us today at 940-263-1550.

Fire and smoke damage: what you need to know.

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and smoke damage: what you need to know. Fire damage is typically fire, water, and soot.

Fire and smoke damage goes beyond the physical fire itself. There will likely be soot covering walls and ceilings, smoke and soot clinging to the interior surfaces of duct work, and water damage to most surfaces due to firefighting efforts. There’s a lot that needs to happen to restore your property, and we’re here to help. One call to SERVPRO of Wichita Falls and our team of fire and water restoration experts will be on site to help you through the restoration process. We will work with your insurance agent to determine which items are a loss, and which items can be restored. We offer pack out services to inventory, documents, and remove those items that can be restored. We will transfer your items to our secure restoration warehouse and clean and treat your property to its pre-fire condition.

Have questions? Call us today at 940-263-1550 or visit our website at https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com

When fire strikes: what to do after a fire

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When fire strikes: what to do after a fire A downed power line burned through this roof and into the home.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. If it's not safe to be in the home, please leave the premises.

Then, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550. Our highly trained professionals will guide you through the steps we take to restore your property.

What should you do after a fire?

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What is black mold?

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is black mold? Mold thrives on moisture, and is often trapped behind wallpaper and under vinyl flooring.

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure.

If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Wichita Falls immediately at 940-263-1550.

Your belongings and storm damage

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your belongings and storm damage After the storm and ready for restoration.

Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

What is the water restoration process?

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What is the water restoration process? SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is your restoration specialist.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

Move outs and pack outs: If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Wichita Falls can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area.

A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Have questions? Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls today at 940-263-1550.

What is the water restoration process?

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What is the water restoration process? SERVPRO of Wichita Falls specializes in restoring your property.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

Move outs and pack outs: If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Wichita Falls can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area.

A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Have questions? Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls today at 940-263-1550.

Plummeting temperatures may lead to bursting pipes.

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Plummeting temperatures may lead to bursting pipes. Temperatures will be frigid this week in Texoma!

Temperatures are set to plummet this week across Texas and Oklahoma, according to the Norman reporting center.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls wants to remind our followers to bring your pets inside and follow these simple tips to avoid potential water damage from bursting pipes:

When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage—easily $5,000 or more.

The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. But even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze. The good news is there are some simple things you can do to keep your water running and your house dry.

“Pipe insulation can cost as little as 50 cents per linear foot at your local hardware store,” says Susan Millerick, IBHS spokeswoman. “So for not much more than the cost of the aspirin you’d need, you can avoid the headaches of cleanup, loss of precious keepsakes, and the cost of your insurance deductible.” Use the pipe insulation liberally to protect any vulnerable pipes.

Both the IBHS and the American Red Cross, which is in the business of emergency preparedness, have useful advice on how to prevent your pipes from freezing, as well as how to thaw them if they do.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is here to help you 24/7! Call us at 940-263-1550.

For more information on preventing and mitigating water damage, please visit:

https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com

Biohazard and Sewage Emergency Tips

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard and Sewage Emergency Tips SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean contaminated areas.

Biohazard contaminates like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible.

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

For 24/7 Emergency Service call us at 940-263-1550

Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls proudly serves Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Sheppard AFB, and surrounding areas.

Bloodborne infectious diseases pose serious health risk.

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Bloodborne infectious diseases pose serious health risk. Biohazard contaminates include blood, sewer and flood waters.

Exposures to blood and other body fluids occur across a wide variety of occupations. Health care workers, emergency response and public safety personnel, and other workers can be exposed to blood through needlestick and other sharps injuries, mucous membrane, and skin exposures.

The pathogens of primary concern are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Workers and employers should take advantage of available engineering controls and work practices to prevent exposure to blood and other body fluids.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

Need Biohazard Cleanup? Call Us Today at 940-263-1550

To learn more about SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, please visit our website at:

https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com

For Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup, Trust SERVPRO of Wichita Falls

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard For Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup, Trust SERVPRO of Wichita Falls Photo credit Photo by David von Diemar on Unsplash

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call us today at                940-263-1550

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. Our technicians follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

It Only Takes a Small Water Leak, or Even Excess Humidity, for Mold to Form in Your Home or Business.

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation It Only Takes a Small Water Leak, or Even Excess Humidity, for Mold to Form in Your Home or Business. The professional mold remediation team from SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com/mold-remediation

24/7 Mold Remediation from SERVPRO of Wichita Falls

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 24/7 Mold Remediation from SERVPRO of Wichita Falls Mold remediation "before" picture at local health care facility.

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Wichita Falls home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Wichita Falls 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.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Have a mold problem? Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls today at 940-263-1550.

Wichita Falls 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Wichita Falls 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service Water leak saturated carpet and laminate flooring in this customers home. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls responded quickly to help restore the property.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 940-263-1550

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Wichita 
Falls, TX

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Softball size hail damages homes in Wylie, TX

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

On the afternoon and evening of April 11th, 2016, an intense supercell thunderstorm traversed North Texas roughly from Wichita Falls to Tyler. This storm will be remembered for the massive hail it produced, especially in the city of Wylie where 80% of homes were affected and over $300 million in damage occurred. Fortunately, only a few minor injuries were reported.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls responded to the calls for help as part of our National Storm Response and were devasted to see the damage this storm caused.

For more information on this event, please follow the following link: https://www.weather.gov/fwd/20160411

Celebrate January 2019 Events

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

General Celebrate January 2019 Events We're a fan of the Jan!

January typically gets a bad rap. It's after the holidays and is perceived as a "blah" time of the year.

At SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, we celebrate the fun that this month brings!

For example, the 28th is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, and we love our bubble wrap! We use this product to wrap our customers household goods in to protect them from damage. (And yes, we're known to actually just pop a couple because IT'S BUBBLE WRAP!)

Below is a list of other highlights coming this month. Do you have a favorite?

January 25

January 26

January 27

January 28

January 29

January 30

January 31

Gift yourself a carpet cleaning!

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Gift yourself a carpet cleaning! One of the many vehicles used for cleaning at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, TX,

In celebration of love, we spend time in February buying chocolates and flowers for those dear to our hearts.

This year, give the gift of professional carpet cleaning for your home of business!

What, you don't think clean carpets and floors are romantic?

Imagine sitting on the floor in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and your favorite snuggle bug.

  • Is the carpet clean?
  • Did you spill your wine?
  • Is your snuggle bug in desperate need of a grooming?

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls can help you enjoy your Valentine's Day with professionally cleaned carpet.

Call us today to schedule a FREE estimate for your home or business at 940-263-1550.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Like it never even happened.

Flooding and water damage events in Texoma commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals 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. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Wichita 
Falls

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications:

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

For Immediate Service in Texoma, Call SERVPRO

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General For Immediate Service in Texoma, Call SERVPRO Texoma Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the Texoma area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 at 940-263-1550

Residential Services

Whether your Wichita Falls home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Wichita Falls commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: 

https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com/commercial-restoration-services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Building Services The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information. Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

By working with SERVPRO® of Wichita Falls to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call Tyler Watts or Denise Henry at 940-263-1550 Today for a No Cost Assessment
of Your Facility!

Wildfires in Altus, Oklahoma created soot and smoke damage to area homes

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wildfires in Altus, Oklahoma created soot and smoke damage to area homes Homes Threatened by Altus Wildfire

When wildfires broke out near Altus, Oklahoma last August, fire wasn't the only concern for homeowners.

Once the fires were contained, many residents in the area called SERVPRO of Wichita Falls complaining about residual soot and smoke smell.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows 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 Wichita Falls 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.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today at 940-263-1550

http://www.kswo.com/story/37968588/update-homes-threatened-by-altus-wildfire/

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.

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Biohazard Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. We follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today –(940) 263-1550

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

24 Hour Emergency Service

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls proudly serves Wichita Falls and surrounding areas.

For more information on these services, please visit our website at:

https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com/biohazard-cleaning

How Do Experts Find Hidden Mold?

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

If you have noticed a mold smell in a commercial building in Wichita Falls, TX, but do not see any signs of visible mold, hidden mold may be present. A fungus smell or mildew smell can be one of the most reliable indicators of the presence of mold that cannot be seen on surfaces. If this odor is present but you cannot find any evidence of mold, the next step is to contact a professional mold testing and clean-up service and stop searching on your own. If you disturb a colony while looking for hidden mold, it can be easy to spread spores and worsen the problem.

Experts rely on several tools and methods to locate hidden mold including:

• Borescopes
• Moisture meters and hygrometers (humidity)
• Thermal cameras
• Confirming mold smell
• Making test cuts or pulling up small sections of carpet
• Checking for signs of leaks

These methods may vary in effectiveness depending on the length of time since water damage created conditions conducive to mold growth. If a commercial property has recently experienced flooding or a severe leak, it is a good idea to contact a mold testing, clean-up and remediation service as soon as you suspect that mold may be growing. Mold can quickly develop on drywall, masonry or ceiling tiles that have been exposed to moisture. Some of these methods are more reliable once the source of the leak has been addressed but while there is still evidence of water damage.

If you are experiencing a persistent mildew smell or mold smell in a commercial property in Wichita Falls, TX, without any visible indications of mold growth, you should contact a reputable mold testing and clean-up service as soon as possible. These specialists can identify the source of a fungus smell and use the most effective tools and methods to confirm whether mold is present and start the clean-up process.

For more information, call us at 940-263-1550.

Get The Facts About Mold Growth After Flooding

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Flooding from broken pipes can cause massive amounts of damage if not cared for properly. Water damage can ruin flooding and sheetrock, leading to extensive repairs that may be expensive. The longer water is left unattended, the more damage it can cause, so the water cleanup process should be done quickly and efficiently.

Assessing the Damage

Damage from a broken pipe may be limited to a single room or, if left undetected for several days, could spread throughout an entire floor. To understand exactly needs to be done, it is important to remove any remaining water with the help of a sump or a trash pump and then thoroughly examine the damaged area. There are two types of damage to look for:

1. Water damage. This type of destruction involves any damage to the structure of your home from the flood. It includes ruined wood flooring, carpet, sheetrock, and insulation, among other structural components.

2. Secondary damage. Unlike other types of damage, this type of problem may not be visible without a thorough investigation. Warm, moist environments can become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria, so these fungi and pathogens thrive under wet carpet and in porous materials. In many cases, removing mold is more difficult than repairing structural damage.

Calling a Professional

Not only is repairing and restoring your home from flooding often difficult and time-consuming, but fixing secondary damage often requires the help of a qualified restoration company. Household cleaning products may not be strong enough to remove mold, and thoroughly disinfecting the area is necessary for safety. Call for help quickly to reduce the amount of damage caused by flooding.

In many cases, having broken pipes is difficult to handle on your own. After assessing the damage, calling a company for the water cleanup process may be a good idea. To reduce the impact of water damage, the issue should be dealt with quickly and efficiently. Visit http://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com for more information on water damage.

Dealing With Fire and Water Damage

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing With Fire Damage and Water Damage

This may come as a surprise to you, but fire damage may not be your biggest concern when a fire strikes your home. In order to put the fire out, your local fire company uses a lot of water. While this sounds like a great idea at the time, all that water can cause damage to areas of your home not affected by the fire directly. This is why it’s important to examine all areas of your home after a fire for damage, even those places where the fire didn’t reach.

Unexpected Water Damage

The amount of water a fire department uses to put out your house fire can easily exceed one thousand gallons. That’s a lot of water for the structure of your house and your belongings to absorb in a short amount of time. In addition, if the fire is hot enough, some of that water gets converted to steam, which can penetrate areas the liquid water may not be able to reach. This is why your home can suffer significant water damage in addition to fire damage when a fire occurs.

Damage From Fire Hoses

Firefighters have one goal when they arrive at your house fire: to put out the fire as quickly as possible. To do this, they use powerful hoses to deliver the water into your home. While a fire hose is an efficient way to deliver a huge amount of water to a confined area in a short period of time, they can also cause damage to your home when dragged through rooms.

Fire damage isn’t the main problem you deal with after a fire at your North Texas home. Unfortunately, you may discover that smoke and water damage are also serious problems that need resolving in the fire’s aftermath. Fortunately, there exist fire restoration professionals who can help you recover your home and restore it to its former glory.
Visit www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com for more information on fire and water damage.

Why Professional Storm Damage Restoration is Important

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Why Professional Storm Damage Restoration is Important

While we can control many things in life, we may control natural calamities like wind damage, river flooding, hurricane damage, ice damage, ground water penetration, ice dams and much more. The weather system is dynamic and within a split second, it can cause massive roof damage, frozen pipes, and ice damming. More often, these natural events bring about huge impacts like flooding. At this point let us narrow down to storm damage and how you can seek the help of experts with flood pumps to help you with storm remediation.

What is a Storm Damage?

Firstly, it comes as a result of a severely troubled state of the atmosphere resulting in extreme weather conditions. Sometimes, a storm can be accompanied by rain, hail falls, and ice damming. Storms can cause damages including roof damage, wind damage, ice damage, hail damage, and roof damage which further causes roof leak.

Some storms could be less severe while others are violent, for instance, a hurricane. The resulting hurricane damage can cause massive property losses. Other damages related to storms include the creation of ice dams, flood waters, river flooding, frozen pipes from ice formation, roof leaks, wind damage, and ground water.

Effects of Storm Damage

Storms come with impacts so big. Severe storms can cause hurricane damages, flood water, ice damage, and frozen pipes. Your entire home could suffer roof damage that blows away your entire or part of your roof resulting in a roof leak. There's no way you can live in a house with a broken roof, so roof repair needs to be done as soon as possible.

Another problem could be hail damage which results from hail storms and can seriously destroy many properties. Also, storms could come with falling ice which creates ice damage in terms of ice dams. Ice damming is quite risky as it can destroy property or kill animals such as pets, not forgetting human beings.

We have already mentioned that storms can result in lots of flood water, and you need a storm remediation company with a powerful flood pump to carry out the water restoration and home restoration. River flooding or ground water can also cause massive property damage if storm remediation process is not expedited. The effect of storms includes property damage inform of rusting, rotting, and mold growth. If not worked on soon, such damage could result to adverse effects that would require high amounts of money for storm restoration and home restoration. It can leave people bankrupt, especially if they are not signed up for storm related insurance premiums.

Storms and electricity have never been friends. These damages can bring down utility supply lines and pose further danger to life and property. When people suffer storm effects, storm remediation and home restoration should be started as quickly as possible to prevent further damages. Roof repair and elimination of flood water should be the first priority. Storm remediation and water restoration should be left to the professionals with the right equipment like flood pump.

Storm Damage Restoration

Storms and flooding can cause huge damages – water damage, roof damage, hail damage, and wind damage which consequently result to flooding, ground water, roof leak, ice damming, ice dams, river flooding, and more. The answer after storm damage is to do storm remediation or storm restoration, water restoration, home restoration, and business restoration.

Professional Storm Remediation

Damage such as hurricane damage causes negative effects – it could take away your roof or leave you with roof leaks which will cost a lot in roof repair. But there is a process of restoration after such – after all, people need to move on with life. The solution is to call professionals to do storm restoration or storm remediation. It is true that you can try to work on it by yourself, but this is only to a very small extent – such as doing water cleanup from flooding or minor roof repair.

What you need is a professional storm remediation. Storm restoration companies exist to help people do home restoration and water restoration that result from storm and hail damage. The experts usually come with powerful tools like a flood pump to clean up the water during storm remediation. If you choose to do it your own, how do you even start dealing with frozen pipes? So, call the storm remediation company in your State for assistance. We can control some issues in life, but some we cannot. When they hit, we can use professional restoration services to help us get back up!
Visit www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com for more information on storm damage.

Tips For Preventing Frozen Pipes

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Storm Damage Tips For Preventing Frozen Pipes Pipes on an outdoor wall with additional insulation to prevent them from freezing.

Living in North Texas, we don’t have to deal with the months of freezing temperatures that are typical in the northern parts of the country; however, we unfortunately still deal with frozen pipes on a regular basis. Homes in warmer climates tend to lack the insulation that is the standard in places with frigid winter temperatures, so whenever we experience freezing weather pipes are quickly frozen if precautions have not been taken. Frozen pipes are inconvenient and problematic. Along with preventing water flow into your home, they regularly burst and cause costly damages. Be better prepared for the next artic blast by following these frozen pipe prevention tips:

  • Keep faucets dripping to relieve pressure and prevent the pipes from freezing. Particularly important over night when your plumbing system is not being used frequently and the temperature is dropping.
  • Disconnect hoses on outdoor faucets and use faucet covers to prevent them from freezing.
  • Seal any leaks that might be allowing cold air inside your house, especially in areas that are close to pipes.
  • If you have some particularly vulnerable pipes you can use heat tape. Heat tape and heat cables are electrically powered heat sources that you wrap around pipes that are at risk for freezing. Like using any other type of heater, they will need to be monitored to ensure their safe use.
  • Try to keep your house at a constant temperature all day and night. Many people turn down thermostats when they go to bed, but night time is when your pipes are most likely to freeze. Opening cabinet doors, especially at night, allows the warm air in your home to circle around pipes and reduce their risk of freezing.
  • Additional insulation is one of the best choices when preparing your house for winter weather. Any pipes on outdoor walls or in areas with less insulation (i.e. attic) may need some foam or fiberglass sleeves from your local hardware store. Insulation will always be less expensive than a water damage, so the more insulation the better.

If you do experience a burst pipe this winter, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls. We are a 24-hour emergency service business, and can have a professional on site within hours to help you get your home back to normal. Call us anytime at 940-263-1550.

Preventing Mold in the Bathroom

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Mold Remediation Preventing Mold in the Bathroom Mold growing in between caulking of a shower/tub.

Mold in bathrooms is a common problem in almost every home. Darkness combined with excessive moisture provides the perfect conditions for consistent mold growth. Constantly cleaning and re-caulking, to keep a growth problem under control, can be time consuming and expensive. The best defense against mold is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Here are a few tricks to help you stop mold growth in your bathroom:

  • Run the ventilation fan while you are showering, and leave it on for 15 minutes after. If you don’t have a fan open a window or use a dehumidifier.
  • Use a squeegee after a bath or shower to remove some of the excess moisture. Instead of a squeegee, a small towel can be used to dry any accumulated water.
  • Try to avoid keeping a lot of things inside of the bath/shower. They can hide mold growth as well as collecting water to promote it. Children’s toys are particularly notorious for growing mold, so be sure to dry them as much as possible and clean them regularly.
  • Fix leaky faucets and shower heads.
  • Use a shower curtain that can be put in the washing machine. There are also many mold-resistant liners available.
  • Clean out the shower and wash bathroom rugs regularly.
  • Check for any other signs of mold in the bathroom under the sink, behind the toilet, etc.

If you are consistently experiencing mold in your bathroom, regardless of how often you clean, then you may have a larger, hidden growth problem. Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550, and one of our experts will be at your house to inspect the issue promptly.

American Red Cross - Holiday Tips

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents. 
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition.  Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.

Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Light the Night... Safely

Kitchen Caution

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Stay safe this holiday season. Tips from your friends at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls!

SERVPRO donates 35,000 diapers to folks in need following Hurricane Harvey

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls was 1 of 240 nationwide franchises that responded for cleanup efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

Are you winter weather ready?

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for the coming cold

weather? Cold weather can have a huge

impact on your home or business if you

are not ready for it. From heavy rain

and freezing temperatures to damaging

winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause

serious and costly property damage.

While you cannot control the weather,

you can take steps to be prepared and

help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to

weather, consider taking the following

precautions to protect your property

before colder weather hits.

 

- Check your business property

for downed tree limbs and

branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice,

and snow can cause branches to

fall, which could cause damage

to the property and potentially

cause personal injuries.

 

- Roofs, water pipes, and gutters

should all be inspected to ensure

they are in proper order. Gutter

downspouts should be directed

away from your building. Clear

gutters of debris that may have

gathered during the fall. Leaves

and other obstructions can

cause a damming effect, which

can lead to roof damage and

interior water problems.

 

- Inspect property, especially

walkways and parking lots, for

proper drainage to alleviate

flood hazard potential.

 

- Inspect all handrails, stairwells,

and entryways to address and

correct potential slippery or

hazardous areas. Install mats or

non-slip surfaces and post caution

signs where water could be present.

 

- Protect water pipes from freezing

by simply allowing water to drip

when temperatures dip below

freezing. If pipes are under a

cabinet, leave the cabinet doors

open, allowing warm inside air

to circulate around the pipes. If

the building has outdoor faucets,

consider shutting water off at the

main valve in the basement or

crawl space. Once the valve is off,

open the outdoor faucet to ensure

it drains, preventing any remaining

water from freezing in the pipe.

 

Ask your local SERVPRO®

Franchise Professionals about

completing an Emergency READY

Profile® (ERP) for your business.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment

to your facility, and provides

you with a plan to get back in

business fast following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes, call

your local SERVPRO® Franchise

Professionals to strike back.

 

SERVPRO Industries honors SERVPRO of Wichita Falls

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Industries honors SERVPRO of Wichita Falls Storm Response Crew

SERVPRO Industries, Inc.

May 31 at 1:15pm · 

Storm Spotlight: This month, we shine a light on SERVPRO of Wichita Falls for their bravery and commitment as leaders in storm response.

One of the first responders during a major hailstorm in Wylie, TX, this team worked tirelessly to assist their neighbors in the North Dallas area. Thank you, SERVPRO® of Wichita Falls, for your dedication to your community!

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls will celebrate their third anniversary in July. As past employees of a California franchise, Kaycee and Aaron Ryan had the experience and drive to become frequent responders to storm events nationwide in the last 2.5 years. Last April, a major hailstorm hit the town of Wylie, TX damaging roofs, windows, and siding which allowed rainwater to intrude into homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls was one of 19 Franchises that answered the call to assist their neighbors in the North Dallas area. After they produced all jobs that were dispatched to them, SERVPRO of Wichita Falls was the first to have all job files complete and turned in to the Storm Site. 

Storm Events Include:

Detroit, MI 8/2014

Washington, DC 2/2015

Springfield, MO 1/2016

Wylie, TX 8/2016

Joplin, MO 5/2017

Rockport & Port Aransas (Hurricane Harvey) 9/2017

Micro-storm Events Include:

North Texas 5/2016

Lawton, OK 8/2016

North Texas 10/2016

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - Storm Response Crew

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Storm Damage SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - Storm Response Crew SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - Storm Response Crew

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls - Storm Response Crew


We have responded to every nationwide mobilization call from SERVPRO Corporate since this franchise opened in 2014.


Detroit, MI 8/2014 


Washington, DC 2/2015


Springfield, MO 1/2016


Wylie, TX 8/2016


North Texas 5/2016


Lawton, OK 8/2016


North Texas 10/2016

Is a renter's policy worth the investment?

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Community Is a renter's policy worth the investment? Fire caused by faulty Scentsy candle warmer.

Recently we had two apartment complexes in our area that experienced fire damages.  Unfortunately, many of the tenants did not carry insurance for their contents and most of their contents were lost or required professional cleaning that they could not afford.  Please review the attached article from Texas TDI regarding the frequently asked questions for renter's insurance and remember that any insurance agent that you approach will provide a free renter's insurance quote.  It's worth the investment to protect your belongings. 

The average household has over $10k in electronics alone so having a spreadsheet with contents documented with paid receipts will also go far in helping you through a claims process should it ever happen.  With easy access to our phones and video documenting these days, also consider creating a room by room video documenting the contents you own, where you purchased them and when.  Keeping a flash drive with all of this pertinent information and documentation in your safe deposit box or safe could save you countless hours in the future.

 

 

http://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/consumer/cb043.html

Renters Insurance

(June 2016)

If you live in a rented house or apartment, you'll need renters insurance to protect your personal property. Renters insurance pays to repair or replace personal property - things like your clothes, furniture, and electronics - if they are stolen or damaged. Renters insurance won't pay to fix the house or apartment building if it's damaged. The building owner's insurance policy covers that.

Some landlords might require you to buy renters insurance as a condition of your lease.

Types of Policies

Insurance companies sell two types of renters policies. They have different amounts of coverage.

  • Named-perils policies cover property that's lost or damaged because of events listed in the policy, such as fire and theft. These policies won't cover losses caused by events that aren't listed in the policy. Named-perils policies are also called specified perils policies.
  • All-risk policies cover every type of loss, unless the policy excludes it. These policies are more expensive than named-perils policies because they cover more losses. All-risk policies are also called comprehensive or open-perils policies.

All renters policies have a total dollar limit. The dollar limit is the most the insurance company will pay you for a claim, even if the cost to repair or replace your property is higher. Make sure you buy a policy with a high enough dollar limit to replace your property if it's stolen or destroyed.

A deductible is the amount of a covered claim you pay. For example, if you have $25,000 in damages with a $250 deductible, the insurance company will deduct $250 from the amount it pays you.

Renters Insurance Coverages

Renters insurance policies typically include three types of coverages: personal property coverage, loss of use, and personal liability.

  • Personal property coverage pays to repair or replace your personal property, up to your policy's dollar limit. In addition to a total dollar limit, policies may limit payments for certain kinds of property. Common limits are $100 for cash, $2,500 for personal property used for business, $500 for valuable papers, and $500 for jewelry, watches, and furs.
    Renters insurance also covers your luggage and other personal items when you travel. This coverage is usually limited to 10 percent of the amount of your policy or $1,000, whichever is greater.
  • Loss of use pays your additional living expenses for things like food and rent if you have to temporarily move from your house or apartment. Loss of use coverage is generally limited to a percentage of a policy's personal property coverage.
  • Personal liability protects you against a claim or lawsuit if someone is injured in your home. The amount the policy will pay varies by company.

Note: Ask about buying additional coverage if the value of your personal property is more than your coverage limits. People often buy endorsements to add or increase coverage for jewelry, fine arts, antiques, computers, and electronics.

Also consider additional liability coverage if you don't think the basic limits are high enough. Your company might require higher limits if you have potentially dangerous items like a pool or trampoline.

Actual Cash Value vs. Replacement Cost Coverage

Renters policies usually pay for losses on an actual cash value basis. This means the insurance company will subtract an amount for depreciation and wear and tear from the value of your property before paying your claim. For example, if someone steals your five-year-old television, the insurance company will only pay you the cost of the television minus the depreciation and your deductible. The settlement amount won't be enough to buy a new TV similar to the one that was stolen.

For a higher premium, you can buy replacement cost coverage. Replacement cost coverage pays what it would cost to replace your property, minus your deductible and up to your policy's dollar limit. This coverage could provide you with enough money to buy a new TV like the one that was stolen.

If you have replacement cost coverage, some policies will pay up to $1,500 to repair or replace your damaged property, without applying depreciation. However, if the damage exceeds $1,500, the company will pay the loss on an actual cash value basis. You must then repair or replace the property with an item of like kind and quality before the company will pay the remaining amount of your claim.

Other policies pay replacement cost differently. Read your policy or ask your agent to find out how your policy pays a claim.

Note: A complete inventory of your personal property can be helpful if you ever file a claim. Your inventory should list each item, its purchase date, value, and serial number. Take pictures or a video of each room, including closets, open drawers, storage buildings, and garage. Keep the inventory and receipts for major items in a fireproof place or another location. Use the Texas Department of Insurance's Home Inventory Checklist to help you create your inventory.

Coverage for College Students and Dependents

College students and other dependents living away from home probably don't need renters insurance if they're covered under their parents' or guardians' homeowners policies. Ask your agent or company if your policy covers children and dependents living away from home.

Homeowners policies generally cover a dependent's personal property at 10 percent of the policy's personal property limit. For example, if the parent's insurance policy has a personal property limit of $50,000, their dependents have $5,000 in coverage while living away from home. Dependents also receive 100 percent liability coverage.

Shopping for Insurance

Rates vary among companies, even for the same or similar coverages. It pays to shop around. The following tips can help you shop:

  • Keep an inventory of your property to keep track of what you own and its value. Make sure you buy enough coverage to replace your property if it's stolen or destroyed.
  • Get quotes from several companies. Use HelpInsure.com to help you compare companies and shop for insurance. The comparison guide lists sample rates for renters insurance based on $25,000 coverage on your personal property.
  • Ask about endorsements if you want more coverage than the policy provides.
  • When comparing prices, be sure you understand the coverage that each policy provides. A cheaper policy could provide less coverage.
  • When getting a price quote or applying for insurance, answer questions truthfully. Wrong information could cause you to get an incorrect price quote or could lead to a denial or cancellation of coverage.
  • Consider factors other than cost, such as a company's financial strength and complaint index. The financial rating indicates a company's financial strength and stability, and the complaint index is an indication of its customer service record.
  • Review your credit score. Some companies use your credit score when deciding what rate to charge you. It's a good idea to look at your credit reports each year and correct any errors. For more information about credit scoring, visit TDI's Credit Scoring and Insurance web page.
  • Buy only from licensed companies and agents. Learn more about a company, including its license status, complaint history, and financial rating from an independent rating organization by calling TDI's Consumer Help Line or by visiting our website

Having Trouble Finding Renters Insurance?

The Texas FAIR Plan Association offers a tenant policy for qualified consumers who can't get renters insurance from a licensed company. To be eligible for this coverage, you must have been denied insurance by at least two Texas-licensed property insurance companies and may not have received a valid offer of similar insurance from a company licensed in Texas.

FAIR Plan policies are available only through Texas-licensed agents. For more information, contact your agent or the Texas FAIR Plan Association at 1-800-979-6440 or online.

Get Help from TDI

For insurance questions or for help with an insurance-related complaint, call the TDI Consumer Help Line at 1-800-252-3439 or visit our website.

Visit HelpInsure.com to shop for automobile, homeowners, condo, and renters insurance, and TexasHealthOptions.com to learn more about health insurance and your options for coverage.

The information in this publication is current as of the revision date. Changes in laws and agency administrative rules made after the revision date may affect the content. View current information on our website. TDI distributes this publication for educational purposes only. This publication is not an endorsement by TDI of any service, product, or company.

For more information, contact: ConsumerProtection@tdi.texas.gov or 1-800-252-3439

Catastrophic & Historic Rain Fall for Texas

10/30/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Catastrophic & Historic Rain Fall for Texas Catastrophic & Historic Rain Fall for Texas

Pray for the Texans' in the affected areas and that we don't have any more tragedies of folks getting swept away in flash floods. Homes and contents are just "things," stay alert and evacuate your family if notified! If the roadway in front of you is under water, turn around and choose an alternate route. Vehicles can hydroplane or be swept from the roadway in as little as a few inches.

If your home sustains water intrusion and damage, there are over 1700 franchises nationwide to help get your home back to pre-loss condition.

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Freeze Warning in Effect for Texoma

10/31/2014 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Freeze Warning in Effect for Texoma Frozen copper pipes!

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While we are all praying for the much-needed rain to help Texoma recover from the Stage 5 drought, be aware for sudden drops into freezing temperatures.  If you have not winterized any of your exterior pipes, keep an eye out for cracked pipes as the day continues tomorrow.  Every winter season in Texoma, brings freeze events where we see several homes with broken pipes in attic spaces as well as exterior water intrusions due to cracked exterior pipes. 

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