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Top 5 Easy Mold Damage Tips Until Professional Help Arrives

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Tips Until Professional Help Arrives Cleaning and removing a serious mold colony isn’t a DIY job. While waiting for the professionals to arrive, keep these top tips in mind.

Water damage and hot, humid summers can fuel mold growth. If you spot mold in your home or commercial property, you’ll need to act fast to prevent further damage to your building. Follow these top 5 quick and easy mold damage tips until the professional cavalry arrives.

Avoid These All-Too-Common Mold Damage Mistakes

When mitigating mold damage DIY while you wait for professionals, avoid these common mistakes:

  • Pick the right mold cleaner. You might think it’s bleach, but that’s a myth. Natural products like white vinegar are far superior and less dangerous for pets and people when cleaning mold spots and preventing regrowth in humid areas like bathrooms. 
  • Be mindful of cross-contamination. Once you start cleaning mold spots, spores can be released through the air. Turn off HVAC while you’re cleaning mold and dispose of cleaning materials and clothes to prevent cross-contamination. 
  • Remove the moisture source. No matter how much you clean, mold will return if it has enough moisture to support its growth. Fix leaks, clean spills, and lower humidity to 50% to stop mold from regrowing. Add a bathroom vent that goes to the outside to keep mold at bay. 

Mold Damage Tip #1: Fix Leaks and Clean Up Moisture ASAP

Mold is everywhere, and nearly any building will be dealing with mold at some point. The trick to keep it from growing to unacceptable levels is to maintain low humidity levels. 

Plumbing and roof leaks, water damage from flooding, and water damage from extinguishing a fire can fuel acute mold growth if not cleaned and dried within 48 hours. 

For the prevention of chronic mold problems, use a dehumidifier. Keep levels at 50%. Consider adding a bathroom or kitchen vent to lower humidity levels. Bathroom vents should go to the outside, not the attic or house eaves. 

Mold Damage Tip #2: Don’t Put Lipstick on That Pig

You might think that simply painting over a moldy wall will take care of the problem. Unfortunately, paint over mold will peel and create an even bigger, more costly mess on your hands. You have to appropriately clean the mold and prime the surface before painting. 

If painting in an area prone to mold, opt for mold-killing primers and paint to prevent regrowth. 

Mold Damage Tip #3: Use the Right Cleaner

Moldy basement? Prevent it from growing in other areas of the home with the right cleaner. You can purchase commercial cleaning products that inhibit mold growth or use a white vinegar solution in a spray bottle to take care of small spots. 

Mold Damage Tip #4: Stay Out of Highly Contaminated Areas

High levels of mold are unpleasant to deal with. In areas of high contamination, stay out until help arrives. Close off the site, and be sure to turn off fans and vents to these places until they’re professionally remediated. 

Mold Damage Tip #5: Consult the Specialists

Contacting a mold remediation company for help is one thing. But other contaminated or damaged materials like upholstery and carpets may need more specialized attention. 

Contact a water damage restoration professional specializing in mold remediation for a holistic approach to restoring your property and belongings. 

Key Takeaways

Cleaning and removing a serious mold colony isn’t a DIY job. While waiting for the professionals to arrive, keep these top tips in mind. 

We’re available 24/7 for your water damage and mold remediation needs in Richardson. Give us a call at (972) 690-1414 for a free estimate. 

5 Reasons to Hire a Mold Remediation Company in North Dallas

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

5 Reasons to Hire a Mold Remediation Company in North Dallas - image of woman looking at mold Professional mold remediation experts will accurately diagnose your particular mold problem and the appropriate course of action to get rid of it for

Mold is prevalent in the damp places, but in addition, mold spores are stubborn, and removing mold isn’t an easy DIY task. However, hiring a mold remediation company is a surefire way to remove persistent, toxic mold from your property.

At SERVPRO Richardson, our mold remediation experts have been restoring water-damaged and humid properties to a dry, mold-free condition for decades. Give us a call today at (972) 843-7879 for a free estimate on our Mold Remediation Services. 

Are you on the fence about outsourcing this all-too-important job? Here are five reasons to hire a mold remediation company in North Dallas

Reason #1: You’ll Get an Accurate Mold Assessment

Professional mold remediation experts will accurately diagnose your particular mold problem and the appropriate course of action to get rid of it for good. 

The usual cause of mold is a unique combination of air conditioning and humidity. When an HVAC system quickly cools a building in humid conditions, condensation accumulates in the air ducts. 

Result? Mold growth. 

Mold remediation experts can find mold in hard-to-see and detect areas, and thoroughly clean and remove it. Call us for Richardson mold testing to correctly identify what type of mold you’re dealing with and how to treat it for fast removal properly. 

Reason #2: Mold Problems are Treated Correctly From the Start

Think about all the times you’ve tried to do a home improvement project yourself. You spend a lot of time researching the problem, coming up with a plan, executing the plan, and spending a lot of money in the process. 

Okay, now think about all the times your DIY projects went belly up, and you had to hire a professional to fix the initial problem and any issues you caused, and the amount of money you spent in the process. 

Hiring a professional from the start ensures that you don’t waste time, money, and your efforts remediating mold. A professional team can get it done the right way right from the beginning, saving you time and money in the long run.  

Our mold remediation experts at SERVPRO Richardson have the equipment, tools, and training necessary to pinpoint the mold source, clean existing mold, and stop regrowth.

Reason #3: Correct Mold Remediation Now Prevents a Bigger Problem in the Future 

Mold proliferates in hard-to-see places. Professional mold remediation now will prevent massive mold colonies from forming behind walls, ceilings, and attics that can cause health effects to inhabitants. 

Reason #4: Pointers from the Experts on How to Prevent Mold From Coming Back

Knowledgeable professionals can give you effective pointers to prevent mold from regrowing after cleaning and removing the initial contamination. 

Reason #5: Saves Money

In the long run, you’ll save money if you hire an expert from the start. However, the longer you wait, the more expensive mold remediation will be. 

Don’t Delay. Call Us Today for a Free Estimate. 

At SERVPRO in North Dallas, we have the experience and equipment needed to assess, remove, and prevent mold contamination properly. Call us today at (972) 843-7879 for a free quote. 

Clothing and Textile Restoration After Flood Damage in Richardson

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Clothing and Textile Restoration After Flood Damage in Richardson When returning to a flooded property, take the following steps to ensure your safety and minimize any further damage when salvaging clothing and other

Water is one of the most destructive elements. Besides damage to floors, walls, and ceilings, you could also be looking at water-logged clothing and textiles after a flood. What steps do you need to take to save your belongings?

We’ll cover our clothing and textile restoration steps in this article. Contact us today for a free estimate on restoring your water-damaged property in Richardson.

Salvaging Textiles: Precautions to Take

When returning to a flooded property, take the following steps to ensure your safety and minimize any further damage when salvaging clothing and other textiles:

  • Soiled garments can be contaminated with bacteria-laden grey and blackwater after a flood. So, wear gloves and tall boots that adequately cover your arms and legs. If the area is dusty and musty, consider wearing a mask. 
  • Be careful to avoid stretching the fabric. Gently lift water-logged textiles and place them on a solid surface for support when moving the items. 

Clothing and Textile Damage From Flooding: What and How to Salvage

Textiles that are beyond at-home cleaning, won’t thoroughly dry, or otherwise fit these categories can still be salvaged by the professionals at SERVPRO of Richardson:

  • Have discoloration and stains unlikely to lift in your home washing machine
  • Are severely contaminated with fuel oil or sewage
  • Are embedded with fiberglass insulation or chemical contaminants

Additionally, very thick clothing or blankets, stuffed animals, and animal beds should not be washed in residential washers and should instead be taken to a professional textile cleaner like SERVPRO. This is because residential washers do not use enough water pressure to properly reach and push the contaminants out of the textile. Likewise, textiles that are delicate should not be put into regular washers because they use agitation to clean which can damage them.

Textiles and clothing that can otherwise be cleaned and dried and aren’t contaminated with the above can be salvaged at home or at a dry cleaner. In that case, you’ll want to separate the items based on whether they must be dry cleaned, machine, or hand washed. Further, sort the items based on color and washing temperature.

Clean, Disinfect, and Pretreat

Floodwater is contaminated with bacteria, so simply drying wet clothes from a flood won’t suffice. You’ll need to disinfect the items with bleach, OxiClean, or a similar disinfectant safe for fabrics. 

Clean and sanitize your washing machine with hot water and bleach before you wash machine washable clothing. Then clean and pretreat the items:

  • Rewet damp clothes with clean water to wash away debris. Outside with a garden hose is best. 
  • Dried textiles must be shaken, brushed, or scraped to remove dirt. Then rinse these items with clean, cool water. 

Machine Washing Flood-Damaged Textiles:

  • Prewash the items to avoid staining. Use cold water with a strong detergent. Only wash a small load, but fill the washing machine to a full level. Use an enzymatic cleaner in the prewash cycle to clean sewage. Rinse, then spin dry. Then, complete the next step before machine drying.
  • The next step is to wash the items in the hottest water that’s safe for the fabrics. Use a strong detergent and disinfectant. Repeat until satisfied, then you can dry. 
  • Drying will set stains, so be sure to remove stains with pre washing and washing before you turn on the dryer. Use the regular setting. But if you’re worried about shrinkage, line dry your items. 
  • Iron the textiles to kill any remaining germs. 

Handwashing:

  • Pre rinse with cold water.
  • Prewash with a safe detergent and disinfectant
  • Wash by hand with the right temp and detergent safe for the fabric.
  • Lay flat to dry
  • Iron to kill remaining germs

Dry Cleaning:

  • Scrape off any mud and debris outside. Do not rinse a dry clean only item.
  • Dry the textiles outside in the sun to eliminate mold growth
  • Once dry, take the fabrics to a dry cleaner

Restoration After Flood Damage in Richardson

If your property has suffered water damage, give us a call today at (972) 690-1414 for an estimate on our water damage restoration services in Richardson. 

Professional Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Richardson

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Professional Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Richardson If water damage has got your commercial building operations down, contact us to get it restored and activities up and running ASAP.

It’s a given that when your employees head into work, the office will be dry and clean. But sometimes, accidents happen, and the yellow signs come out. Whether it’s a plumbing mishap or a natural disaster, SERVPRO in Richardson is ready to help with professional, Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services

Call us anytime at (972) 690-1414 for a free estimate. 

We’re Available 24/7 and Can Work Around Your Schedule

For our commercial partners, we understand that disrupting operations is a non-starter. Our Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services are designed to work around your schedule and are available 24/7, rain, shine, or flood. No pun intended.

  • Overnight
  • Weekends
  • Holidays 
  • 24/7, 365 days a year

If water damage has got your commercial building operations down, contact us to get it restored and activities up and running asap. 

Put Away Your Buckets and Mops

Water and flood damage takes way more to remediate than what you’d do for a simple coffee spill. Buildings damaged from water and flooding require the right tools and procedures to fully remediate and prevent mold growth. 

Our professional water damage restoration process uses the best tools in the business for cleaning and drying your property fast when consumer-grade supplies just won’t cut it. 

Our Commercial Water Damage Restoration Process

Locate the Source

In cases where the water damage source hasn’t been pinpointed, we’ll find it. The first step in the water damage restoration process is locating the source and eliminating it before we proceed with cleaning. 

We can repair:

  • Appliances
  • Plumbing
  • Additional water systems

Remove Water

Using powerful submersible pumps and industrial-strength wet vacuums, we remove hundreds of gallons of water from your facility. Disposal involves truck-mounted, portable extraction equipment. 

What About Carpet?

If we’re looking at a water-damaged carpet, we may be able to save it with a thorough drying process. In some cases, it will need replacing. Soaked carpet and padding, especially if it’s been sitting for a while, can become moldy and bacteria-laden. 

Thorough Drying

With high-powered fans and scientific processes, we’ll dry every square inch of your facility until all moisture is removed. Our thorough drying process ensures that mold and mildew won’t grow and jeopardize occupants’ health. 

For treating any lingering moisture and humidity issues, we’ll use desiccants and hygrometers. Also, we’ll look for any hidden water behind walls or inside ceilings with infrared cameras. 

Cleaning

We use EPA-registered industrial cleaners to disinfect and deodorize water-damaged areas correctly. If storm waters have entered your facility, we use compliant PPE to remove hazardous materials. 

We'll clean upholstery and restore drapery and furniture to odorless conditions. We use the Esporta Wash System to clean fabrics to the highest of industry stands and food-grade cleanliness. 

Replacement

Our top goal is to restore your items and avoid replacement. But water is one of the most destructive elements, and sometimes, we can’t save materials that are too contaminated.

But we’re a one-stop-shop. You don’t have to spend time and effort looking for contractors to reconstruct parts of your building. We’ve got a reconstruction team on board who can replace things like flooring, walls, and more. 

Contact us today

Our commercial water damage restoration professionals in Richardson are waiting to hear from you. Give us a call today for a free estimate, and let us restore your property

Why is My Toilet Overflowing? What Do I Do?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet Overflowing To find a solution for a toilet that overflows, we need to find out why it’s happening. Unaddressed water damage leads to warped flooring and molding.

If you’ve lost count of how many times you’ve grabbed the toilet plunger or “snake” you’re probably asking yourself “Why does my toilet keep overflowing?”

We understand how frustrating it is when a toilet isn’t flushing properly, so we’ve put together some troubleshooting tips and solutions that may resolve this issue.

Why Your Toilet Clogs and Overflows

To find a solution for a toilet that overflows often, we need to find out why it’s happening. Below are common issues that cause a toilet to not drain properly.

  • Older toilet - An old house is likely to have old toilets. In the 1990s, first-generation toilets were designed to be “low flow.” These toilets are notorious for not flushing well, and newer designs are more reliable.
  • “Flushable” products - Because we flush toilet paper, we assume that other soft materials like wipes, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, and even paper towels go down the same way. Some toilet and plumbing scenarios cannot cope with anything but a moderate amount of toilet paper. Even if a wipe is packaged as “flushable” it still may not be compatible with some toilets.
  • Malfunctioning fill valve – The toilet needs enough water force for it to flush properly. The fill valve controls the amount of water in the toilet tank so it has enough for the toilet to function well. Without this balance, clogging occurs.
  • A pipe is blocked  - If there are no apparent problems with the toilet itself, there could be a blockage in the pipe that prevents the toilet from draining.
  • Sewer line problems - Are your neighbors having issues too? There may be a problem with the sewer line.
  • Damage to the Plumbing vent  – The plumbing vent maintains the pressure needed for normal movement through the pipes. When this component isn’t working correctly, this could affect the toilet’s ability to flush.

Solutions for a Toilet that Overflows

Once you’ve determined the reason the toilet is getting backed up, you can work on a solution. Here are some fixes for common problems.

  • Upgrade the toilet - If you happen to have one of those old-school “low flow” toilets from the 1990s, it’s time for an upgrade. Ask your local home improvement store staff which one they recommend for your setup.
  • Only flush toilet paper - Limit what you flush down the toilet to just a moderate amount of toilet paper. If you are on a septic system, use products that are labeled as “septic safe.” Remind people in the household to not flush only toilet paper down, even if the package says a product is “flushable.”
  • Check the fill valve - Is the tank refilling properly when the toilet is flushed? With the tank lid removed, flush the toilet and look for anything unusual when the tank refills. You may need to replace the fill valve or another component. Don’t attempt to flush the toilet again if it’s currently overflowing.
  • Call a professional - Sometimes the reason for a toilet overflow is beyond your understanding or control and you’ll need the help of a professional. A reputable professional plumber or sewer line service can resolve the matter.

Contact SERVPRO of Richardson for Bathroom Water Damage

If you find that several instances of an overflowing toilet have caused water damage in your bathroom, we’re here to help. Unaddressed water damage leads to warped flooring, damaged baseboards, and mold growth. Contact us 24/7 at (972) 690-1414 for an estimate!

Sewage Cleaning Services in North Dallas, TX

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Cleaning Services SERVPRO of North Dallas is prepared to respond to any sewage emergency. Our water damage experts will address the damage contamination step by step.

Sewage is also known as wastewater. Washing clothes, dishes, and body parts, as well as flushing toilets, all contribute to wastewater. Because sewage is biohazardous due to it containing human waste, systems are designed to keep sewage securely contained.

Sewage emergencies can and will happen due to sewer line failures or blockage within the system. It could also happen during a storm when floodwaters knock sewage-containing components out of place. 

However sewage gets inside your home or business, it’s necessary to exercise extreme caution whenever contaminated water is present. Making contact with the biohazardous waste in sewage threatens your health, and possibly your life.

How to Identify Sewage

If water is coming up through a toilet, shower, or sink drain that smells foul and looks dirty, there’s a high probability that it’s contaminated. If floodwaters enter your home or business from the street, there is also a good chance that the water has mixed with toxic waste.

Septic issues are another cause of sewage backup. The CDC advises those with septic systems to watch for these signs of septic failure:

  • Sinks drain slowly
  • Toilets drain slowly
  • Floor drains overflow
  • Sewage becomes visible outside the home

What to Do When There is Sewage Indoors

Because sewage contamination poses a serious health hazard, you should do your best to steer clear of it. Here are tips on how to handle a sewage contamination situation that is indoors.

  • Try to avoid the affected area as much as possible. Do not handle contaminated items without personal protective wear.
  • Turn off HVAC systems and open the windows for ventilation.
  • Turn off the main breaker if there are high floodwaters.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • You may add small amounts of chlorine bleach to standing water until help arrives.
  • Do not attempt to unclog drains because the sewage must be removed first.
  • Do not use a shop vac or other vacuum to remove contaminated water.
  • Call emergency services if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Take photos for property insurance documentation.

While no one likes to have a big mess in their space, it’s best to leave it alone and wait for professionals to come help. 

Call SERVPRO of North Dallas for Sewage Cleanup

SERVPRO of North Dallas is prepared to respond to any flood damage or sewage cleaning emergency. We have the proper personal protective equipment to get close to the contamination so that you won’t have to. 

Our team of water damage experts addresses the contamination step by step. First, we do an assessment of the area to see how much of it is affected. Next, we work to safely extract as much of the contaminated water as possible. Then we dry out the area and rid all materials of contamination, including any textiles that have been touched by the water.

If your home or business has been affected by sewage in any way, don’t delay! Contact us 24/7 at (972) 690-1414 for emergency contact.

Top Areas to Check for Water Damage in your North Dallas Home

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Areas to Check for Water Damage If you suspect that there is water damage lurking in areas around your household, we have some suggestions on where to look so you get to the damage.

There may be hints that there could be water damage in your home. One of the clues is a musty or moldy smell in the home. If you suspect that there is water damage lurking in areas around your household, we have some suggestions on where to look so you can intervene before it gets worse.

Exterior Water Damage

Look at the frames of the windows and doors. Dew accumulation leads to deterioration on the surface between the materials, such as bubbles, peeling paint, or warping. Also, you might find signs of moisture affecting the framing of the windows where pieces start to degrade and break away.

With siding, check where the panels meet for flaws where water can sneak in. Similarly, the water can pass through protective siding through cracks. If your exterior is wooden, look for signs of rot.

Next, we look to the roof. Are your gutters clear of debris and intact to control water runoff? Are there any missing shingles or depressions along the roof’s surface? Is the flashing in good shape? For tiled roofing, look for broken or loosened tiles. Just one flawed shingle, tile or piece of flashing is a vulnerable spot for water to creep in.

Interior Water Damage

Check around the window framing for signs of warping or peeling of paint. Do you see water stains on the walls or the ceiling? These are warning signs of water problems.

Next, check where water is used most: appliances, bathtubs, showers, and sinks. 

  • For appliances, check under the dishwasher, and behind the clothes washer. 
  • For sinks, check under the sink and look for warping in the surrounding countertop. 
  • For toilets (especially if it wobbles) look for warping and mold growth behind the toilet and around the base where there may be floor damage. 
  • For tubs and showers, look for damage around plumbing connections. If any caulk is missing around the tub, check the tub surround. Look up at the walls surrounding the shower. There may be warped drywall or mold and mildew forming from a lack of ventilation.

Attic or Basement

It’s easy to miss the progression of water damage in an attic or basement when you seldom enter these. Up in the attic, there may be damp or moist areas or watermarks on the surface above. Does it feel humid up there during the summer? Moisture is getting in somehow.

In the basement, water can leak from plumbing or enter via hydrostatic pressure around the perimeter of the house. Look for damage around the windows and window wells along with swelling and water stains on the basement walls.

Check any plumbing that may be running water to the basement (bathroom or laundry room). Also, check for puddles around the sump pump or other draining apparatuses. If the basement isn’t draining properly, this leads to water damage.

Call SERVPRO of Richardson for Water Damage Restoration Services

SERVPRO’s teams are trained on advanced moisture detection techniques and specialized equipment. We remove water-damaged materials, extract as much water and moisture as possible, and use thorough drying techniques.

We work to solve the water damage problem at its source and eradicate all traces of moisture to prevent toxic mold growth. If you have recurring water damage problems or don’t have time to address these issues, give SERVPRO a call at (972) 690-1414 for a free estimate.

What To Expect From A SERVPRO Commercial Restoration Project

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Project If a death, vandalism, biohazardous event, or contagious disease situation occurs in your facility or property, call on the experts at SERVPRO.

Managing your commercial facility is already a lot to handle, so when an event like a fire, storm, workplace accident, or vandalism happens, it throws your whole schedule off. 

The longer your business facility has to be fully or partially shut down impacts your bottom line and often your employee’s pay, so SERVPRO’s top priority is to get your facility back to normal as soon as possible while minimizing interruption of operations.

The Commercial Restoration Process

Commercial property operations are complex, so before a restoration company can make any guarantees or promises, they need to have a full understanding of your situation. During your consultation, they are made fully aware of any regulatory issues involved with the nature of your business so that the restoration process is aligned with compliance.

From there, the scope of the project will be outlined. The restoration company should clearly explain how they will address all the action items needed to recover your property back to preloss condition. SERVPRO is a comprehensive commercial restoration provider, so we usually cover all the action items needed to do a complete restoration.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation

Our thorough water extraction is the fastest in Dallas. We are available 24/7 for emergency contact. Within a few hours, our team of IICRC-certified technicians comes out to the site fully equipped with all that is needed to do a speedy water and moisture extraction. This includes hard floors, carpets, rugs, furniture, and surfaces.

We use the most efficient drying equipment and advanced drying techniques to thoroughly remove all water and moisture from the area so that mold has no chance to take root. We use moisture-sensitive tools to test the area for any lingering droplets.

From there we test for contamination and remove what cannot be salvaged. We replace any construction materials or flooring that had to be removed. We make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

From a small fire to significant fire damage, our team of fire damage restoration experts is prepared to do a full restoration while coordinating with your insurance company. We protect your property with tarping, board-up, and secure temporary storage while the project is in progress.

We remove all construction ruined by fire, all traces of soot, and odors with air scrubbers and deodorizers. We also salvage property like furniture, electronics, and even documents. 

Other Commercial Scenarios

What makes our commercial services comprehensive is our preparedness to handle less common scenarios. We handle sensitive scenarios with careful consideration and discretion.

If a death, vandalism, biohazardous event, or contagious disease situation occurs in your facility or property, we have the proper personal protective equipment and training to do a complete and proper recovery. We’ll work with you to protect your privacy while making your facility safe and clean again.

HVAC Maintenance For Your North Dallas Apartment Building

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

HVAC Apartment Maintenance If your maintenance staff is a bit overwhelmed these days, SERVPRO is here to help to protect your HVAC units while keeping your utility costs low.

Put simply, the goal of HVAC maintenance for your apartment buildings is to get the most life out of your systems. Replacement of air conditioning and heating is very expensive and can easily cut into your investment property profits, so you want them to stay operational as long as possible.

SERVPRO is here to help commercial property owners and maintenance managers keep their apartment properties in great shape. We offer HVAC duct and vents cleaning services to improve the air quality, reduce stress on the overall system, and maintain your utility costs.

Monthly Filter Replacement

While the label on a 1-inch air filter may say that it can last up to three months, heating and air conditioning experts say that it should be replaced about once per month. While the assumption about an air filter is that it manages air quality, this device does more to protect the unit.

When a filter is full to the point that obstructs the airflow, this puts stress on the system causing it to “run hard” and thus shortens the lifespan of the system. This leads to increased use of electricity and raises utility costs.

While some landlords leave it up to the tenants to replace their own filters, you might consider doing this for them as a courtesy. Because the HVAC system belongs to you (and not your renters), it’s in your best interest to protect your investment with well-timed filter replacement.

When to Do Yearly Maintenance

Other HVAC maintenance tasks are done once per year, or sometimes twice a year. According to an experienced HVAC tech-based in Texas, the ideal time to address these items is in the spring when the temperature is above 75.

Wash Down Outdoor Units

The outdoor units should be cleaned once per year to preserve the fan motor. When the fan is too dirty, this causes it to overheat and over amp which affects its performance. For the best energy savings and efficiency, it’s good to clear out any debris once per year. 

Have a Technician Check Refrigerant Levels

Is the unit running but not cooling? This could be a sign of a refrigerant leak. Even with no change in performance, it’s still a good idea to have a professional check the levels. The system may be due for a recharge or show signs of a developing leak issue.

Check Drain Lines

Condensation needs a place to go, so that’s why there are air conditioning drain lines connected to your plumbing system. Clogs in a condensate line can cause water damage, so you’ll want to check on this at least once a year to make sure it’s draining properly.

Contact SERVPRO of Richardson for an HVAC Cleaning

SERVPRO is not an HVAC service, but we do duct and filter cleaning to help you maintain the air quality and maximize your system’s lifespan for your apartment building properties. 

If your maintenance staff is a bit overwhelmed these days, we’re here to support your efforts to protect your units while keeping your utility costs manageable - especially during those hot summer months.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had your vents, ducts, and permanent filters checked for build-up and debris, contact us at (972) 690-1414 for a free evaluation of your apartment property! 

Preparing Trees for Storm Season in North Dallas

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Preparing Trees for Storm Season Trust SERVPRO of Richardson and their team of experts to help recover and restore your storm-damaged property.

Trees beautify any property and give us much-needed shade during the hot months. However, storms can be unkind to trees, forcing them down with strong winds or sending destructive lightning bolts down their trunks.

When a tall tree comes down, it can damage a roof, break a window, or down utility lines. When there are heavy soil saturation and persistent gusts of winds, even the strongest trees can collapse.

While we can’t defend our trees from nature’s fury, we can take measures to mitigate damage to trees and other objects. Make time to tend to your trees before the next storm season hits.

Examine the Trees

Inspect each tree for damage such as “deadwood,” decomposition, dense canopies, splits, or damaged trunks. Infestation, illness, or other weaknesses can topple a tree in a storm.

Next, consider proximity to structures and powerlines. Tall trees too close to these things are a risk. Sometimes utility crews will come through and trim back problem trees. While this should solve the problem, the tree is vulnerable to infection or infestation if the cuts are done incorrectly.

Once you become aware of any tree problems on your property, you can plan the best course of action for each issue you discover.

Perform Maintenance

Trees need seasonal pruning, pest control, mulching, watering, fertilization, and care by an arborist when needed.

Plan to prune your trees in the late fall or early spring. Removing branches that are too close to structures plus dead or weak branches reduces the chance of damage. Pruning the low damage of young trees helps you avoid instability from multiple leaders.

Be careful not to overcut the limbs or cut into the root system. If you are unsure of how to properly prune a tree, consult the experts or hire an arborist. 

Thin the crowns by cutting back limbs and foliage from inside the crown. This reduces the weight and allows more air and sunlight to come through.

As for new planting, there are other best practices. New trees should be planted where roots won’t be intrusive or where they won’t tower over things they can fall on. Use stakes and ties to train trees to grow straight up so they don’t bend down.

Be mindful of where you dispose of cut wood and branches. These can become projectiles during a storm.

Call an Arborist

Some tree challenges can leave the average homeowner stumped. Arborists will be able to properly assess storm damage risk factors and help you save your favorite trees from infection and decay.

When in doubt, call the experts. Being proactive saves you emergency tree removal expenses and inconvenience.

Call SERVPRO for Help After a Storm

While we may not be arborists, we specialize in Richardson storm damage restoration. We’ve been recovering storm-damaged properties for over 30 years. If a fallen tree damages your home or business, we’re ready 24/7 to come help! After you call your insurance company, call us at (972) 690-1414.