The Fire Damage Restoration Process
SERVPRO of Flower Mound Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition!
As with almost everything in life, each fire damage is a little different and as such requires a unique solution. The general process however stays the same. The following steps show our restoration process for a “typical” fire damage.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO® of Flower Mound office. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch technicians with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO® of Flower Mound technicians can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
The SERVPRO® of Flower Mound technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. Using 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.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. 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.
Setting up a containment for mold
SERVPRO of Flower Mound technician taping cabinets
A local company called in SERVPRO of Flower Mound when they discovered they were in need of mold remediation. After years of wear and tear water permeated the carpet in their office space and left without remediation it grew mold. SERVPRO of Flower Mound ensured a protocol had been made and quickly got to work on the site. For those that do not know, mold remediation cannot begin until a containment has been set up. The containment ensures that mold from the affected area will not spread to unaffected areas. Here we see a SERVPRO of Flower Mound technician in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) working on the containment. In addition to the tape a cover will be placed over the door and any other openings will be closed.
With fire comes water
Lightning strike causes house fire
The chances of being struck by lightning in the U.S. in a year are 1 in 700,000. The chances your home catches fire is maybe .03%. One unlucky family experienced both of these phenomena during a recent storm. As the firefighters hosed down the lightening caused fire that began to engulf their roof, the family became acutely aware of just all that they had lost. What was not charred was now soaking wet and more than likely unsalvageable.
This is where SERVPRO of Flower Mound is here to help. As worry turns to overwhelming our technicians, managers and office staff all have the training and the knowledge to walk with you through your time in need.
We never want a family to need our number, but in the event of an emergency make sure you have ours on hand. SERVPRO of Flower Mound (972) 420 – 4771.
Emergency Readiness Plans, why you need one NOW!
Local office space after mold remediation
Imagine a service that would empower each and every employee in your office. Enabling them to respond to emergencies and save you thousands of dollars. Now imagine that service was offered to you for no more than the time it takes you to call and set up an appointment. This is not a fictitious scenario and in fact is a service we offer! The Emergency Readiness Plan is a saving grace for many companies after they've experienced an emergency. The aftermath of everything from a hail storm or water damage from heavy storms to a sudden appliance fire can be mitigated when a company has an ERP already in place. Investing in a free ERP is much like insurance, protecting yourself down the line from unknown emergencies. Call SERVPRO of Flower Mound and make an appointment today for your free ERP!
What to do until help arrives
Water damage to a business
A water heater breaks, the sink won’t stop running or some other clean water source causes damage to your home. You’ve called SERVPRO® and we’re on our way, but in the meantime there are some things you can do to help mitigate.
- Shut off the water source
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building
- Remove as much excess water as possible
- Wipe excess water from word furniture
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
- Remove paintings and place them in a safe/dry are
You may have noticed I said ‘clean water source’ in the beginning of this post. Water from toilets, outside the home and any other contaminated source pose a different danger. When water damage has been caused by contaminated water we suggest avoiding all contact and washing your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
What happens when you don’t mitigate
Water damage untreated will likely end up with mold
Unbeknownst to you water entered into your home or commercial property. It sat and temperatures rose and fell, as they tend to do this time of year in Texas. Time goes by and by the time you stumble upon some unchecked cabinet, or unused corner of your property, mold has begun to grow. This is a more common cause of mold, but it gives us a chance to talk about the importance of mitigation.
Drying out your home or commercial property immediately after a water damage changes the size and severity of the damage and ultimately saves money and time. Ignoring a wet spot or choosing to not have an ERP (Emergency Readiness Plan) created for your property leaves you at risk.
For a complimentary ERP call SERVPRO of Flower Mound at (214) 250-1626.
"What are you guys doing?"
When it comes to water damage, especially in a home, a common question is “what are you guys going to do?” In a previous post I touched on the 6 Steps of Water Damage Restoration:
- Emergency Contact
- Inspection and Damage Assessment
- Water Removal/Water Extraction
- Drying and Dehumidification
- Cleaning and Sanitizing
In this post I want to shine light on the meat of the process so to speak, number three: water removal/water extraction. This step removes the majority of the water from your home/property which in turn reduces the drying time and also helps to prevent mold growth as well as secondary water damage. With the use of powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units, SERVPRO is able to quickly remove hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water from your property.
Water Damage at a Local Bank
Inwood National Bank
Sunday evening as families were preparing for Christmas, a water line at a nearby bank burst and water began to flood the two story property. Proof that water damage can strike at any (and usually the most inconvenient) time. Commercial water restoration presents its own unique challenges, most importantly for the business owner, is that every hour spent cleaning is an hour of lost revenue. Thankfully the team members at SERVPRO of Flower Mound have the training, experience and equipment to manage water and flooding damage of all sizes. Whether it be a large water emergency, similar to the bank, or a smaller water damage event, SERVPRO of Flower Mound will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to completion.
Have the resources to handle storms and disasters
Ready to take on any size disaster
SERVPRO of Flower Mound is proud to be a part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and to have an elite Disaster Recovery Team within our repertoire. The elite large-loss specialists are prequalified to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:
- 2018 Hurricane Michael
- 2017 California wildfires
- 2017 Hurricane Irma
- 2017 Hurricane Harvey
- 2016 Hurricane Matthew
- 2015 Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma
- 2015 Carolina floods
- 2014 Polar Vortex
- 2013 Boulder, Colorado Flooding
- 2012 Super Storm Sandy
- 2010 Nashville Floods
Should a storm or major event strike, call (972)420-4771.
Let our family take care of yours
The team that works and plays together
With offices across the country, technicians nationally certified and a factory that makes patented cleaning products SERVPRO is not a small company by any meaning of the word. SERVPRO of Flower Mound, however, distinguishes itself by being a franchise that has all of the means of a large corporation, while maintaining a family owned feeling. The credit for this falls onto the shoulders of our owner, John Mondy. Due to his scrupulous hiring standards and acceptance of “nothing short of amazing”, the team here at SERVPRO of Flower Mound is truly bonded like family. When disaster strikes and your family is in need of help, call ours. 24/7/365 we don't stop until we've made it "Like it never even happened." (972) 420-4771.