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How to Avoid a Fire Sprinkler Accident That Can Lead to Commercial Water and Mold Damage

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton offers a four-step plan to mitigate water damage from a fire sprinkler system activation or water leak.

Commercial water damage cleanup, restoration, and mold removal may be needed when a fire sprinkler system is deployed accidentally, spewing hundreds of gallons of water into the workspace, exam room, or retail space. In all of these situations, cleanup and restoration must be quickly initiated and rapidly completed so the business can resume normal business operations.

In most loss prevention strategies, the traditional fire sprinkler system is a key frontline defense against fire damage in the commercial sector. Concerning fire damage, fire sprinkler systems do afford peace of mind to property owners and facility managers. However, one-fourth of all property claims are related to a water loss, and these claims surpass $5 billion in property damages annually. A nagging concern persists regarding the possibility of a sprinkler system springing a leak and causing localized water damage. A worst-case scenario would be a malfunction in which the full activation of the system when the facility is vacant and closed for the weekend, evening, or holidays. This scenario would be catastrophic for the business.

Practical steps to minimize the frequency and impact of water damage from a fire sprinkler system

  • Conduct regular inspections of the facility and the sprinkler system.
  • Create a culture of water leak awareness and intervention.
  • Carry out intentional testing.
  • Implement maintenance, repairs, and pre-emptive replacement.

Step #1: Inspect the system for leaks.

Inspections can identify leaks in their infancy. Repairs can be made before equipment, inventory, raw materials, furniture, electronics, and important documents are damaged or destroyed.

Step #2: Create a culture of water release awareness and intervention.

Management can create a culture of water release awareness by consistently including the topic in daily updates, team briefings, and company-wide quarterly and annual meetings. Include a water release awareness flyer on company bulletin boards, and post flyers near the water cooler, breakroom, copy center, and restrooms.

Teach employees and staff the signs of a slow water leak. Key indicators are unexplained puddles of water on flat surfaces such as desks, file cabinets, tables, and especially the floor. Floor spills should receive immediate intervention to prevent slip-and-fall injuries. Sourcing the water or moisture is the next step. The first reaction should be to look up to the ceiling for a fire sprinkler head. If one is near or directly above the release, have the device inspected by the maintenance personnel or a fire sprinkler professional.

Moisture spots on fabrics and other absorbent materials should flag attention. Moist spots on paper, magazines, books, documents, and clothing are a telltale sign of a slow water leak. Special attention should be paid to moisture and pooled water on electronics, control panels, robotics, and electrical outlets. Small amounts of water on or near electrical circuits or electronic components can cause serious damage.

In a manufacturing unit or warehouse where a sprinkler system is configured to dispense a blanket of water over the production or storage area, a heightened awareness must be exercised by the regular employees and the maintenance crews. Raw materials and chemical compounds that are water-reactive present elevated risk hazards for personal injury and property damage. Fire or explosions may result when the materials are brought into contact with water or moisture.

A rapid-response notification system will improve employee participation. A dedicated text number for receiving notifications and documenting the water damage response by management will also enhance buy-in with the employees and onsite vendors and contractors.

Step #3: Carry out intentional testing.

Visual inspections are an indispensable component in any strategy to avoid the accidental activation of a fire sprinkler system. Intentional testing evaluates both the system and the hardware. Controlled tests by professionals yield real-time results that authentic the operational functionality of the sprinkler system.

Step #4: Implement regular maintenance, swift repairs, and pre-emptive replacement of aging, damaged, or defective parts.

High maintenance standards keep the fire sprinkler system in peak condition. When leaks or issues are reported, rapid repair not only resolves the problems, but also prevents a larger water release and the possibility of advanced secondary water damage that can result in mold, mildew, wood rot, or corrosive rust on metal and machinery. Pre-emptive replacement of sprinkler components as recommended and performed by fire sprinkler professionals is advisable to avoid an unwanted water discharge that could cost much more than the replacement of a simple, inexpensive sprinkler head.

Prepare for water damage: Pre-qualify a commercial restoration company

Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company before a disaster strikes. The chaos, confusion, and stress of dealing with a property damage disaster make finding a reliable, competent provider almost impossible.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton provide commercial water, fire, smoke, storm, and flood damage restoration. They offer twenty-four-hour emergency service, highly trained restoration technicians, and a rapid response to the damage scene. Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO can scale to any size disaster and handle the complex hazards presented by a commercial environment. The best equipment, the latest technology, and advanced cleaning techniques make SERVPRO of Carrollton an excellent choice for commercial property damage cleanup and restoration.

For more information about commercial mold remediation and water damage cleanup in Farmers Branch, TX, and surrounding areas, email SERVPRO of Carrollton at office@SERVPRO10952.com. The office can also be contacted by calling (972) 446-0383.

Hurricane Season Flood Prevention Tips to Help Richardson, TX, Residents Minimize Property Damage

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton shares flood prevention tips to enable homeowners and businesses to safely weather the upcoming hurricane season in the North Dallas area.

Flood restoration services are critical during hurricane season. Each year flooding causes severe damage to many homes and businesses across the U.S. Much of the damage occurs from hurricanes and related flooding.

From June through November, Carrollton, TX, has the potential to experience severe weather and heavy rains from tropical storms and hurricanes. Flooding can occur almost without warning, especially when a band of thunderstorms, a tropical storm, or the remnants of a hurricane stall out over a large area, dumping many inches of rain in just a short period of time. The key to overcoming the challenges presented by the severe weather is adequate preparation, a safety-conscious response, and a rapid cleanup and restoration.

Preventative steps can help protect homes and businesses from the ravages of a hurricane or other severe weather. Listed below are several tips to help reduce storm and flood damage. These tips focus on preparation before flooding strikes and what to do once the storm and flooding have passed.

Flood Prevention Tips for Hurricane Season

Tip: Prepare the outside of the home or business for the upcoming severe weather.

Severe weather involves several elements: wind, hail, heavy rain, sustained heavy rain, wind-driven rain, lightning, and flooding. The flooding may inundate an entire neighborhood or section of town, or floods may be very localized, involving one or two homes in a subdivision or cul-de-sac.

  1. Relocate outdoor machinery or equipment that might be affected by flooding. Tractors, lawnmowers, tillers, or equipment used in a business such as trenchers, skid steers, or excavators should be moved to higher ground. A shed next to a creek or stream is vulnerable to flood damage, so remove valuable equipment, tools, or belongings that might be damaged or lost should the structure be swept away in a flood. Electric or battery-powered outdoor garden tillers, weed trimmers, mowers, and shearers are water and moisture sensitive. Make sure these items are kept dry and safe from rising water.
  2. Secure or relocate outdoor furniture. Thankfully, Carrollton’s location protects it from the full brunt of the effects of a hurricane. However, the area is no stranger to hurricanes and occasionally receives a pounding. In 2015, Hurricane Bill had winds approaching 60 mph. Chantal (1989) blew through Carrollton with winds approaching 80 mph. Alicia (1983) had winds over 100mph. Lawn furniture, garbage cans, recreational equipment (trampoline), and small sheds can become damage-causing projectiles when swept up by strong winds.
  3. Businesses should reinforce anchors and bracing holding signs. If there is any concern, dismantle or relocate the signs. A broken storefront window could allow extensive wind-driven rain damage.
  4. If time and resources permit, install floodgates and sandbags to prevent flooding. Board up windows and doors. Where possible, apply emergency tarping to prevent water seepage. These dry flood protection measures can be very effective at preventing or reducing flooding.

Tip: Protect the interior of the home or business from flooding from a hurricane or tropical storm.

Flood damage can have a cascade of consequences. Pre-emptive measures can prevent this domino effect from occurring.

  1. Shut off the electricity to outlets and circuits that could be affected by rising water. Electronics and water do not mix. Go the extra mile to ensure computers, printers, laptops, monitors, circuit panels, control panels, and other electrical interfaces are well-protected.
  2. Relocate furniture, personal belongings, equipment, electronics, and other valuables to an upper story or the high end of the home or business. Some items might need to be moved off-premises to ensure protection and safety.
  3. Doormats, area rugs, and runners should be rolled up and removed from the floor to prevent mold and mildew should the items become wet.

Tip: Before beginning any post-flood cleanup, address insurance claim concerns.

Contact the insurance agency handling the claim. Special instructions may apply to the situation. Document the damage with photos, video, and written notes, and do not move anything or throw any items away before the scene has been archived. If possible, store the images, video, and notes in the cloud.

A tip for recovering from hurricane damage: Choose a damage restoration company before the storm strikes.

Prequalifying a storm damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Carrollton, reduces stress and gives the homeowner a clear plan of action when a hurricane or severe weather damages the home. At SERVPRO of Carrolton, technicians utilize the best equipment, cutting-edge technology, advanced cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved products to clean and restore damaged properties. The team is trained and equipped to handle the entire cleanup and restoration project, including the insurance claim process. Upon arrival, a trained technician will inspect the site, assess the damage, and present the customer with a detailed estimate.

To learn more about Richardson, TX, flood restoration services, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383. The office can also be contacted by emailing office@SERVPRO10952.com

How the SERVPRO Team Helps Disaster Victims Recover from the Storm Damage of Hurricane Season

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton explains how communities devastated by a hurricane can benefit from disaster recovery services.

SERVPRO of Carrollton provides disaster response and damage restoration services that help communities recover from hurricane damage. A prime example of SERVPRO’s disaster response was on display in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey and SERVPRO’s Disaster Response

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the coast of Texas, causing $125 billion in property damage and disrupting the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents in the Houston and greater South Texas area. The slow-moving giant brought devastating flooding to the area. Two feet of rain fell in the first 24 hours after the storm made landfall. A measuring site near Jack Brooks Regional Airport recorded 64.58 inches of rainfall, breaking the total rainfall record for a single storm in the continental US. The storm’s footprint covered an estimated 28,949 square miles. The lumbering storm-damaged 204,000 homes, three-fourths of which were outside of the 100-year flood plain. Thirteen million people were impacted by the hurricane.

The Category 4 hurricane had sustained winds of 130 mph and posted wind gusts of up to 140 mph. Hurricane Harvey is the second costliest natural disaster in US history, surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina ($161 billion), which hit the Gulf Coast from August 23 through August 31, 2005.

FEMA referred to the outpouring of aid as a “Historic Disaster Response.” According to FEMA, “The Coast Guard deployed 2,060 personnel, 50 aircraft, 75 boats, and 29 cutters, rescuing 11,022 people and 1,384 pets. FEMA assigned 28 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams from across the nation to deploy to Texas to assist state and local agencies with the lifesaving mission.”

An estimated 43,000 people needed food and shelter after the storm. Dallas set up a mega-shelter that could accommodate 5,000 people.

SERVPRO launched a massive response to deliver storm and flood damage cleanup and restoration services to the disaster-stricken region. A corporate press release described the restoration franchise’s large-scale response to Hurricane Harvey, stating, “SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has been activated to help residents and business owners in storm-damaged areas on the Texas coast, throughout the Houston area, and in western Louisiana. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams will be assisting the 121 local Franchises already located in the affected areas. SERVPRO has more than 1,000 crews ready to mobilize, with nearly 300 crews already on the ground ready to assist home and business owners.”

SERVPRO of Carrollton and the larger family of SERVPRO professionals are able to come together to provide a well-coordinated response in the event of a catastrophic storm or other major disasters.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is prepared to meet the challenges of any size or type of disaster, including a hurricane, tornado, large-scale flooding, or the unusual frigid blast in February of 2021. Strategically positioned storm teams are ready to respond 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays.

Prepared for the unpredictable, SERVPRO is able to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1950 SERVPRO partners nationwide, including Carrollton, TX. No disaster is too big. Recent mass mobilizations of disaster response efforts include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma (Cudjoe Key, Florida
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey (San Jose Island, TX)
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew (McClellanville, South Carolina)
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike (Galveston Island, TX)
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina (near New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • 2005 Hurricane Wilma (Marco Island, Florida)
  • 2005 Hurricane Rita (Southwest Louisiana)

SERVPRO of Carrollton is a leading provider of disaster recovery response because of its ability to leverage networking relationships with other members of the SERVPRO community. SERVPRO of Carrollton has the experience needed to coordinate the manpower, information, logistics, and physical resources to conduct large-scale cleanup, recovery, and restoration. No other US property damage restoration company can match the expertise, manpower, equipment, and logistical capabilities like SERVPRO can.

Commercial enterprises, manufacturing units, distribution centers, hospitals, institutions, and property managers are urged to proactively pre-qualify SERVPRO of Carrollton, TX, as their dedicated property damage cleanup and restoration team. In the event of a natural disaster or a large-loss disaster, one call to SERVPRO of Carrollton gives the customer, large or small, access to a property damage restoration team that can immediately scale to meet any type or size of disaster.

Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton to learn more about storm damage restoration services in Farmers Branch, TX, and nearby areas. The office can be reached by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com

How to handle a toilet overflowing in your home.

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage from an overflowing toilet can be a big mess to clean up.  Here’s what you should know and what you should do.

How much damage can a toilet really cause?

When a toilet in your home overflows, the damage can be immense, whether the tank malfunctioned or there was a clog in the bowl. Damage can be compounded when the bathroom is located on the upper floor of your house since the water can seep down to the lower levels, often undetected. Water can affect flooring systems, ceilings, wall cavities, and possible insulation in a case like this.

It’s good to remember that not all the water damage from an overflowing toilet can be seen, so it’s good to call in the pros at SERVPRO, especially if the damage happened while you were away.

What to do when a toilet overflows
 

An overflow from a toilet in your home requires water removal and help from a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. You must act fast in a water emergency such as this to prevent further damage, and we understand that. We are always standing by to help you with the knowledge and the tools that are needed.

How SERVPRO helps


Restoring your home to pre-damage conditions involves the removal of water, decontamination, and drying of the home and materials. When it comes to water extraction, we use vacuums and pumps to get rid of all the standing water. We start this step as soon as possible to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold and degradation of building materials and furnishings.

 We will take into consideration if the water damage has been sitting for a while and will act appropriately to address long-standing damage. Drying and dehumidification can begin once water is removed This step gets rid of any remaining moisture. It can take several days to complete, and we monitor our equipment daily to ensure an optimal drying time.

Thermal sensors and moisture sensors and infrared cameras can help detect hidden pockets of moisture. It’s critical that all moisture is removed to prevent mold and odors. Any belongings that were affected must be cleaned and sanitized to stop any bacterial and mold growth. Antimicrobial treatments are given to draperies, carpeting, and clothing. This also helps stop odors from forming.

The restoration process after water damage
 

The final step is restoration. Restoration is a significant step in the process. It may involve replacing materials such as insulation and drywall that got wet and were torn out. Sometimes, it is merely replacing a few panels of drywall. More severe cases need entire walls replaced. We call certified contractors in for help with this process. SERVPRO technicians will consult with homeowners every step of the way, and do their best to restore all belongings, walls, carpeting, etc. to pre-damage condition. In some cases, building services may be required depending on the extent of water damage and possibly mold for long-standing water damage issues.

Call SERVPRO of Carrollton for water damage.



SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree wants to ensure your home is fully restored and safe again for you and your family. When you have a water damage emergency, no matter how long ago the damage was, reach out to us right away at (972) 446-0383, so we can help you clean up your home as quickly as possible.

4 Phases of Structural Drying

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Structural drying of a building after a flood is crucial to prevent further damage. When water enters a building, it seeps into all sorts of nooks and crannies and absorbent materials. Without drying the building properly, excess moisture will cause mold growth and even lead to structural damage. 

Structural drying occurs in four vitally important phases — water removal, evaporation, dehumidifying the air, and maintaining temperature. Calling professionals to dry a building as soon as possible after a flood, storm, burst pipe, or leaking roof is the only way to prevent serious water damage problems down the road.

Please read on to learn about what is involved with structural drying.

What is Structural Drying?

Structural drying refers to the process of removing all water from surfaces. After that, professionals use extraction tools to eliminate all excess moisture from structures. The result is that the structural materials are returned to their original state and level of dryness before the water event. 

Four Structural Drying Phases

The structural drying process occurs in four phases. It is an effective and proven process for drying out a residential or commercial property after being flooded.

Phase 1: Water Extraction 

The primary drying phase of structural drying involves extracting all excess water from wet surfaces. Apart from water pumps, specialist equipment can suck an incredible amount of water from carpets, upholstery, and soft furnishings. Getting this first step right dramatically speeds up the evaporation and dehumidification phases because there is less moisture to remove.

Phase 2: Evaporation

Increasing airflow considerably enhances the water evaporation rate from hard and porous surfaces. Although opening windows will boost air circulation, professional high-velocity air movers are required to remove moisture content from structural framing before it can do more damage. 

In some cases, it may be necessary to create openings in baseboards and moldings for the evaporation process to force damp air out from unseen places. 

Phase 3: Dehumidification

The third phase in the structural drying process involves air drying. In other words, you must remove water vapor from the air. When water dries from porous materials, it doesn’t just disappear. Instead, it creates a humid environment in the building. Without dehumidifiers in the drying process, moisture gets absorbed into absorbent materials. 

The dehumidification process prevents mold growth, ensuring minimal risk of secondary damage to the structure. 

Phase 4: Temperature Control 

Maintaining a constant ambient temperature is one of the most crucial phases to help speed drying times. It’s a fact that water vapor evaporates faster in warm temperatures. So, by keeping the air temperature between 70°F and 90°F, you save hours of drying and return your building to a dry condition in the fastest time possible.

In Conclusion 

Structural drying is crucial after a severe water event. Flooding creates a damp indoor environment that can lead to secondary damage like mildew, mold, and rot. Therefore, using tried and tested drying procedures is vital. 

Has your property suffered water damage after a flood, storm, or plumbing disaster? If so, call SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree for Dallas mold restoration. We have many years of experience in minimizing the severe effects of water damage on a building’s structural integrity. 

Call us anytime day or night at (972) 446-0383.

How do I inspect my home for damage after a storm?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

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The storms have stopped and the wind is calm. Outside the skies begin to clear, revealing downed trees, misplaced outdoor furniture, and random pieces of debris. From your window, your property appears unharmed. But is it really? What about the roof? The windows? The new siding and gutters?

There's no telling what kind of property damage a storm can bring. Even if it appears your property survived the wicked winds, taking a walk around your home could reveal a hidden problem you might not have seen otherwise.

Here's a quick checklist of what you should look for, courtesy of the National Storm Damage Center:

1) Window Damage
Get up close and personal with your windows, checking for shattered glass, broken panes, or damaged frames. Look carefully for small holes or cracks in unsuspecting areas.

2) Roof Damage
Check for loose or cracked shingles. If you have an asphalt roof, unidentified dark spots could be storm damage. Determine if any debris is lodged under shingles, too.

3) Clogged Gutters
Heavy rains can down limbs, bringing with it leaves and small branches that can clutter your gutter. Check for fragments jammed along the gutter and in the downspout.

4) Exterior Damage
Siding can tear loose, paint can peel, and stucco can break free. Even brick can suffer the wrath of a bad storm. Take a walk around your home and check for any potential damage. Holes, breaks, and splitting are common side effects of a storm. Discoloration of siding or brick is another symptom.

Identifying any immediate damage can save you time and money, especially if the damage is excessive and requires a call to your insurance company. Waiting to repair your home can create more costly problems somewhere down the road.

If you suspect damage from the storm, give us a call and we can work with your insurance company if the damage in extensive.

972-446-0383

What are the Signs of a Water Leak?

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

 

Water leaks can be insidious in that they can go on undetected for days, weeks, or even months before you discover them. Identifying signs of water damage to your home sooner rather than later can make a difference in lessening the damage and the costs to repair and restore your home back to normal. Here are a few signs that may indicate water damage in your home.

Darkened materials

Many materials common in homes show water damage through discoloration in various degrees. Colorants used in fabrics, paints, flooring, ceilings, and other surfaces can change color when they encounter water of any kind, often turning a darker shade. The shape, spread, and specific color of these spots can fluctuate depending on how much water has been released, and what materials it has already come in contact with. One of the most damaging processes in a water-damaged home is color bleed from one fabric to another, but a call to SERVPRO can help to avoid color bleeding by addressing issues as quickly as possible.

Odd earthy or musty odors

Numerous complications of water damage can create unusual and off-putting odors, sometimes very soon after the damaging water incident happens, and sometimes only after a period of time. Corroding metals, soaked wood, other materials, and long-term mold growth can all create exceptional and pungent odors in your home. While smells can be useful to identify a problem, you don’t want them around forever! That’s why our trained technicians use multiple deodorization methods to do away with the odors in your home of any unwanted smells. If you observe an unusual smell in your home, call the pros to get the problem handled right away!

Unusual sounds

Unusual sounds behind walls and below floors could be symptomatic of a water leak or other plumbing issue in your home. Drips may be obvious when you hear them but be alert for other unusual sounds as well like whooshing. Water at high pressure inside pipes in your home can create unique sounds when something is awry. It might even be a hum that you hear. If you hear anything unusual behind those walls, give us a call and we’ll come to investigate.

Call in water remediation specialists when you need help

SERVPRO technicians are ready 24/7 to respond quickly to floods, burst pipes, and other mishaps, saving time and money by getting to the job site faster. By identifying and treating problems earlier, we can help to prevent situations such as mold growth and severe oxidation from causing damage to the structural components of your home. 

SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree helps homeowners who experience water leaks, floods, and other disasters in their residences, helping get their homes back to normal.

Call us at 972-446-0383if you experience water damage of any kind.

Texas Weather can be Unpredictable.

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

If your home experiences a lightning-caused fire-

After any fire, your primary focus should be safety first. Here are a few tips from SERVPRO to keep you safe while you wait for fire remediation specialists to show up:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • 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 a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of the leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Once the pros at SERVPRO of East Phoenix show up, recovery begins! We offer a range of effective restorative tactics, including debris removal and emergency board up or tarping by our construction division. Our licensed contractors can also oversee the reconstruction and renovation of your property once fire mitigation is complete. Our technicians focus on every damaging effect throughout your property from air quality concerns to soot, smoke residue, and odor removal. We offer comprehensive restoration to make the process more efficient and cost-effective for our customers.

If you experience a lightning strike, call SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree is available 24/7 to help if you experience a home fire as a result of lightning. Our IICRC Certified technicians have years of experience and the training to handle any fire damage situation. 

Call us at 972-446-0383 to help you recover from a lightning fire in your home. We’ll get you on the path of recovery as quickly as possible!

What does a Thermal Camera do?

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

A thermal imaging camera is a specialized piece of equipment that restoration professionals use to detect heat. The thermal camera can create images of any form of detectable infrared radiation by capturing different heat levels to help determine the temperature of an object in it. 

Thermal imagery is a great way to analyze your home’s heat loss and leaks. First, however, you need to know how to interpret the images. For example, infrared cameras detect thermal energy escaping due to missing insulation, cracks around windows and doors, and electrical hotspots. 

However, thermal imaging can also detect particular cold areas and can help to identify water leaks and cold spots in homes.

Moisture seepage and water leaks are subtle and easy to miss in a building until it is too late. For example, small water drips from the ceiling or pools of water on floors mean a significant problem in the plumbing system or roof. Therefore, when interpreting a thermal image, it is essential to understand it doesn’t offer X-ray vision.

Is Blue Always “Wet” on Thermal Imaging?

There are many sources of moisture in buildings, including humidity (in all seasons), condensation, leaking pipes, rain and snow, and even human and animal breath. Usually, low humidity is fine, but leaks or a lot of condensation can cause serious problems. Unfortunately, a thermal imaging camera cannot “see” moisture in walls. Still, it can detect subtle temperature differences and patterns that indicate the presence of water. 

Different colors are used to interpret an object’s temperature or amount of heat. The color range is red, orange, black, yellow, and purple. In this case, bright colors such as red, yellow, and orange indicate high temperatures, and purple, dark blue, and black indicate low temperatures. 

Red, yellow, and orange: Indicates warm to high temperatures. 

Dark blue, black, and purple: Represents cool to freezing temperatures. 

Leaks or moisture almost always appear cooler and bluer then the surrounding material. Therefore, it becomes easier to make informed decisions when you understand how to read and interpret the thermal cameras. 

Using thermal imaging cameras makes it easier to spot potential moisture problems. This can help prevent the need for destructive testing methods to check for leaks. 

Humidity Patterns in Houses

Humidity in buildings often spreads in a recognizable pattern depending on the location of the water. 

On walls: Downward triangular patterns are formed when water spreads downwards.

Ceilings: Any shapeless, unstructured shape with regions of wet, damp, and wet matter that spread outward with varying temperatures.

Flooding: The overflowing water runs along the wall into the insulation and over the wall studs. 

Hot water pipes: Leaks from hot water pipes appear as warm areas.

SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree is Here to Help!

A thermal camera is easy to operate and helps to identify unseen moisture issues in homes damaged by a water event. At SERVPRO of Carrollton, our team of experts uses thermal cameras for our Dallas water damage restoration services. 

Call us today at 972-446-0383 to find out how we can remove excess moisture and prevent mold growth after a flood.

We can restore your Dallas Business to Pre-Damage Condition.

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup In Dallas

Small businesses in Dallas are particularly vulnerable to disasters like fire and flood. They do not have the assets of a national network to fall back on, so shutting down for restoration and cleaning for even a week can mean closing their doors permanently.

Commercial flood damage to a Dallas business like a convenience store needs cleaning by a professional restoration company. SERVPRO technicians train extensively to remove water, replace unsalvageable building material, and dry all restorable property.

Most commercial water damage comes from an activated sprinkler or a broken water line. That is treated water, and considered clean, requiring no special efforts to remove it from the business. With flood damage, water comes from outside, usually after a storm. This water is contaminated and can contain soil and other contaminants like pesticides and animal waste. Before starting other efforts, technicians spray the water and all affected surfaces and items to kill any bacteria.

Now, they use pumps and extraction wands to remove the water. The commercial pumps work best with water higher than an inch or two. If the water is only about ankle-deep or lower, technicians start with the extraction wands for more efficient removal. Since this is a convenience store with little or no carpet, SERVPRO team members then force any trace amounts of water out the nearest exit using long-handled squeegees.

Next, one of our inspectors determines if there is any permanent damage to floor trim, paneling, or ceiling tiles. Each of our team members can quickly remove affected building material with a minimum of disruption to the rest of the store.

For equipment that is wet, but otherwise undamaged, our personnel set up fans inside to force the damp air outside. It lowers the humidity and speeds up the normal evaporation process. To further increase the rate of drying, technicians also set-up air movers to force warm, dry air across and under equipment and shelving.

It doesn't matter how flood water entered into it, our goal at SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree is to help you reopen so you can begin supporting your customers once again.

If you require our services, call us at (972) 446-0383 today to schedule a visit.