Dallas Hardwood Floor Mat Drying Service

Hardwood floors can quickly show signs of water damage including cupping, bowing, and buckling in as little as 24 hours after water damage occurs. While harder types of wood can withstand the effects of water damage longer than softer woods, all wood is absorbent and requires special equipment to remove the excess moisture from the wood floor to prevent permanent damage and mold growth.

Advancements in water damage drying technology have made it possible to save hardwood floors damaged by water. Hardwood floor mat drying systems nave enabled restoration professionals to effectively extract the water and excess moisture content from the wood floor and subfloor, all without having to remove the floor.

How does Hardwood Floor Mat Drying Systems Work?

Because hardwood floors absorb water and can also allow water to pass through to the subfloor, the moisture must be suctioned to be removed effectively. When using hardwood floor drying mats, the mats are placed on top of the wood floor and are attached to high-powered air movers using tubing. As the air mover runs, it extracts water from the floors, and begins lowering the moisture content in the wood.

Hardwood Floor Mat Drying System
It is imperative that a professional perform hardwood floor drying, as it requires careful management to prevent over-drying that can damage the wood floors. Hardwood floors maintain a natural moisture content, and too much drying can cause the wood to crack or splinter. Special equipment is also necessary to effectively dry the floors as quickly as possible, preventing swelling of the wood that can lead to buckling and bowing.

Can My Hardwood Floor Be Saved after Water Damage?

Even if the floor has begun cupping, many times hardwood floors can be dried and restored after sustaining water damage. With that said, the sooner water damage cleanup can begin, the better the odds. Floors will often need to be refinished after the water damage has been addressed in order to restore the original beauty and shine, but can look as good as new even after water damage.

Benefits of Hardwood Floor Mat Drying System

Drying hardwood thoroughly instead of replacing them can;

  • Cut down on insurance costs
  • Greatly reduce impact on the property owner (you)

Should I Be Concerned About Mold Growth?

Mold growth is always a possibility when dealing with water damage, and hardwood floors are no exception. Mold can begin growing in as little as 24 hours after water damage occurs, and has an ideal growing environment beneath water damaged hardwood floors. Mold can grow on the wood itself if the moisture content in the wood is high enough.

Prevention is the best approach when it comes to mold growth, and hiring a water damage restoration professional as quickly as possible will give you the greatest odds of preventing mold and saving your hardwood floors.

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Hardwood Floor Drying in Dallas

Regent Restoration provides hardwood floor drying services in Dallas and the surrounding areas. Our technicians have the training, experience, and state-of-the-art hardwood floor mat drying equipment necessary to effectively extract water from hardwood floors, and can return your water-damaged floors back to normal. Contact Regent Restoration today to learn more about our water damage services.

We personally use the Dri-Eaz mat drying Rescue System.

What You Should Know About Your Flooded Basement in DFW

Dallas Flooded Basements

Basements are one of the most commonly flooded areas of a home, but there are things you can do to prevent basement flooding, or at least to minimize your losses if it’s already too late.

Wherever the water may come from, here’s what you need to know about flooded basements in Dallas and what you can do about it.

Common Causes of Water Damage in the Basement

There are numerous ways your basement can flood, and a common cause is floodwaters entering the home either through a crack or opening in the foundation, or from upper levels of the home. The water will travel to the lowest level of the home, often resulting in flooded basements. A plumbing issue can also result in a flooded basement, whether it is a broken pipe, leaking water heater or washing machine, or sewage backflow.

What To Look For:

  • Cracks in foundation
  • Cracks near top of home
  • Plumbing issues
  • Broken or frozen pipes
  • Leaking appliances

How to Prevent Basement Flooding

Whether or not you have had problems with water damage in your basement in the past, you should take steps to actively prevent water damage from occurring. One way to do this is to ensure your gutters are working and your downspouts direct water away from the foundation of your home. Water should never pool in the areas near your foundation, but should naturally drain away from the home.

Installing a sump pump in your basement can prevent extensive flooding, as it will work to pump water from your basement and remove it from the home before it becomes a bigger problem. If you have a sump pump, make sure to inspect it a few times a year to ensure it is working properly.

My Basement is Flooded, Now What?

Even with all the prevention in the world, basement flooding would still be a problem.

By design, basements are prone to flooding, and it will still happen, even to the best of us. But taking the right steps after the flooding occurs can make the difference between a little water and a major water loss.

Any standing water needs to be removed as soon as possible to prevent mold growth from occurring. The excess moisture and increased humidity levels create the perfect environment for mold growth, and proper extraction and drying are key components for preventing mold. If the water is the result of flooding or a sewage backflow, a professional water damage company should always perform cleanup due to the probability of harmful contaminants in the water.

During the restoration process, you may want to consider taking additional measures to prevent flooding in the future. If you don’t have a sump pump, now would be the time to install one. You can ask us about other steps you can take.

Flooded Basement Cleanup in Dallas & How We Can Help

Regent Restoration provides professional water damage cleanup and restoration for flooded basements in Dallas and the surrounding communities. We have the training, experience and equipment necessary to quickly extract excess or standing water, dry the entire area, and restore your home back to pre-loss condition after your basement floods. Contact us today.

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Steve is one of our senior project managers at Regent Restoration. He has been in the restoration industry for 12 years and is highly trained. His certifications include; odor control, water damage, applied structural damage and fire restoration. He compares his job to being a first responder and loves that he can help people in a stressful situation. He has a knack for calming nerves, which comes from being a father of 5. Yes….5!!! The newest addition to Steve’s clan is a little girl who was born in August. He and his wife, Judith, spend their time being devoted Dallas Cowboy fans and cheering on his own boys who play football and baseball.

Smoke Damage – What You Need To Know

Smoke damage is sometimes overlooked or considered secondary damage after a destructive fire, but ignoring smoke damage can multiply your damages and result in the loss of belongings that may have been restored if addressed sooner. The longer smoke damage goes unnoticed, the more damage it will cause—much of it irreversible.

Understanding what smoke damage is and how it affects the items in your Dallas home can help you put a stop to its destructive nature. Smoke and soot residues will continue to cause damages long after the fire is out, and the damage only gets worse as more time passes.

Why Does Smoke and Soot Cause Damage?

To understand how smoke and soot residues can damage your belongings, you first need to know that soot is an acidic residue left behind after a fire. Because it is acidic, smoke and soot residues can quickly cause permanent damage to porous materials and plastics. It will take longer for less porous materials to show physical damage, but the longer smoke and soot residues are present, the greater the risk.

Plastic or porous items – think small appliances, marble counter-tops or flooring, and alabaster – are often permanently discolored after a fire due to smoke damage. Harder surfaces like countertops, fiberglass items, and large appliances can begin to yellow within a few hours after a fire.

Yellowing will also affect painted walls and hardwood or vinyl floors within a few days, and the hardest materials – glass and porcelain – will begin to show signs of etching after a few weeks after a fire if untreated.

How Can I Prevent Smoke Damage After a Fire?

Because smoke and soot residues continue to damage your belongings for days and even weeks after a fire, it is important that cleanup begins as soon as possible to protect your belongings and reduce your losses. Many items susceptible to smoke damage can often be restored, but only when cleanup begins early enough to prevent permanent damage.

Don’t forget about items that weren’t directly or immediately affected by the fire. Assume that soot residues are on every surface in the affected area. If you plan to clean the smoke and soot residues yourself, work from the top down, starting with the ceiling. Assume there is smoke and soot residue on every surface, even if damage is not yet visible.

When Should I Call A Smoke Damage Professional?

Cleanup after a fire is a long process, and it’s important that smoke damage be addressed as soon as possible to prevent additional damage to your Dallas home and your belongings. You should contact a smoke damage cleanup professional if for any reason you are unable to perform cleanup yourself, or if you are concerned about potential smoke damage to your belongings.

Regent Restoration provides emergency fire damage and smoke damage cleanup in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. Our IICRC certified technicians will respond 24/7 to provide you with the highest quality service whenever you need us most. Contact us now!

  • Smoke Damage is often overlooked
  • Soot is acidic and can cause damage well after a fire
  • Quickly having your home cleaned is the best way to prevent permanent damage
  • Smoke and Soot can get on every surface, even though they may not be visible

How To Spot Hidden Signs of Water Damage in Your Dallas Home

[lead]Hidden water damage occurs when an undetected leak damages walls, floors, and other building materials in your home.[/lead] These water leaks are often slow and difficult to detect, but over time can lead to significant water damage to your Dallas home.

So what can you do to spot and stop leaks before they lead to water damage? It is possible, and requires only a few minutes of your time. Check these common locations for water damage on a regular basis, or when you think you may have a water leak. And when you spot water damage—don’t ignore it! Call a water damage restoration company.

Water Damage Under the Sink

One of the most common areas for water leaks in the home is under the sink. While it’s common to see water spots under the sink, it is certainly not normal. Check under the sink on a frequent basis to spot any standing water, water stains, or condensation. Keeping the areas under your sinks organized will help you spot problems sooner.

Let water run down your drain and check your pipes and seals for small leaks. Never ignore small or slow leaks under your sink, as small leaks can lead to big problems. Leaks will not fix themselves, and will almost always get worse.

Check the Walls for Water Damage

Pipes in your home are hidden in your walls, and when there is a small leak it may be difficult to detect. Over time, water damage tucked behind walls will make itself evident through staining or soft spots in the drywall.

A little bit of prevention can help water from entering your walls in your bathroom. Make sure to caulk around the bathtub and repair any broken tile or damaged grout. And if you have wet drywall, make sure it is properly dried or replaced to prevent mold growth.

Spot Mold and Mildew Growth

Water is often the last piece of the puzzle needed for mold growth to occur in our Dallas homes. Visible mold growth or a musty smell in an area where you suspect potential water damage is often an indicator that there is a problem somewhere in the area. Unexplained mold growth should never be ignored, nor should a strong musty odor that is also indicative of mold growth.

If you suspect a water leak but can’t find a source, you may be able to check your water meter to confirm a loss of water. Your water utility company will have more information for you about how you can check and test your system.

Water Damage Restoration in Dallas

Regent Restoration provides emergency water damage cleanup in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. Whether you have a small leak that has caused hidden water damage over time, or you experience a water damage emergency, you can trust our professional water damage technicians to respond quickly and deliver professional service in your time of need. Contact us today!

  • Water damage is not always obvious
  • Check areas common for water leaks
  • Walls can often hide water damage
  • Mold and mildew grow quickly when water is present
  • Contact your water company if you suspect a leak
  • Regent Restoration can help clean up water in your home

Fire Damage Prevention

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that most fires that occur in the home begin in the kitchen. Most kitchens have several potential fire hazards, and the first step towards fire prevention is identifying potential fire hazards and taking proactive steps to reduce your risk of fire.

While taking steps to prevent fires is a smart idea, you should always keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen in the event that a fire does occur. Make sure to have an extinguisher rated for the types of fires that occur in a kitchen and that you know how to use it.

Stove Fires and How to Prevent Them

In the fire damage restoration industry, we see a lot of fires that start in the kitchen, and of those most are related to the stove. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when dealing with flames or high heat on the stovetop, but luckily using a little common sense can prevent many of these things from happening.

Make sure to keep anything flammable away from the stove, even when you’re not actively cooking. Things like curtains, paper towels and potholders can easily ignite. You should also keep things like oil and non-stick sprays away from the stove, as these too can ignite and cause a fire.

Many of the fires our fire damage technicians see are due to unattended cooking. You should always monitor food left on the stove to cook. When cooking with grease, you should always keep a close eye on the food to make sure grease is not escaping the pan or has the potential to boil over. Never leave the room or your house when cooking—kitchen fires can spread quickly and cause a significant amount of damage in only a few minutes.

Inspect Your Appliances

Kitchen fires don’t always start on the stove, and other appliances in your kitchen like your toaster and microwave can also cause fires. Electrical appliances in the kitchen can increase your fire risk, especially if the appliances are poorly maintained.

Keep your appliances clean and check cords and cables regularly for signs of wear or damage. Avoid using extension cords or power strips it the kitchen, as this can be dangerous and increase your fire risk.

Steps to Take After a Kitchen Fire

Unfortunately, even with the best prevention, kitchen fires can and do happen. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and use smoke detectors to alert you of a possible fire, but also remember to recognize when a fire is burning too quickly and too dangerously that you should evacuate and call 911. Never put your own life at risk trying to save your property.

After the fire is out and it is safe to enter your home, call a fire damage restoration company like Regent Restoration in Dallas to clean and restore your home. Fire damage restoration is a complex job, and working with a professional ensures that not only the physical damage from the fire is addressed, but the secondary damage from smoke and soot are also taken care of. Call Regent Restoration for your fire and smoke damage restoration needs.

  • Most fires begin in the kitchen
  • Reduce risk by identifying potential hazards
  • Keep flammable objects away from stove
  • Clean and restore your home before re-entering

Creating A Disaster Preparedness Plan For Business Owners

Water damage can strike anywhere, anytime. Commercial properties can be at a greater risk of sustaining major water damage, and interruptions in your daily operations can put your business at risk for failure. Preparing for both large- and small-scale water damage disasters can help protect your business and get you back on track and back in business quickly after a disaster.

All businesses are at risk of sustaining water damage, whether from a natural disaster such as hurricanes or flooding, or from other sources of water damage like a broken pipe or leaking roof. And since many businesses are often only occupied for about eight to twelve hours a day, a small problem can easily cause a significant amount of water damage.

Despite the risks, most businesses don’t have an emergency plan in place. Establishing responsibilities and processes before a disaster happens can reduce your downtime after an emergency, and helps put your mind at ease.

Creating a Water Damage Plan

The weather can be unpredictable, and the severity of a storm can be an unknown until it is too late. Flash flooding can sometimes happen at a minute’s notice, and storm damage to the roof or windows can allow water into an otherwise secure building during a severe storm.

Whatever the reason, water damage can derail your business. Creating an emergency disaster preparedness plan can help your business prepare for a disaster, minimizing the impact on your business and your employees.

1. Establish Roles and Responsibilities

When disaster strikes, it is essential that you and your employees know who has the authority to make decisions related to your business. At least one other person should have the authority to call a water damage restoration company during an emergency situation. During area-wide disasters when resources are stretched thin, the sooner the call is made, the sooner someone will be able to respond to help.

2. Plan for Communication

During and after a water damage emergency, you should have a plan in place to notify employees of the current situation, needs, and plans moving forward. This can be accomplished by using an employee phone tree, email, or other reliable means of communication. Make sure your employees know where to go to receive information in an emergency. You will also need a team to communicate with vendors and suppliers, as well as any branches or outside offices.

3. Partner with a Water Damage Restoration Company

In a water damage emergency, you’ll want a professional water damage company on your side so you can resume normal operations as soon as possible following a disaster. Take some time before an emergency strikes to identify a water damage restoration company in Dallas that has experience with your type of business or building, and who has the resources available to perform water damage cleanup quickly and effectively.

Regent Restoration provides emergency water damage restoration services to businesses and commercial properties in Dallas and the surrounding communities. Contact us today to learn how we can help in a water damage emergency.

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  • Commercial Properties are often vacant for extended hours
  • Chances are water damage will occur when no one is in the building
  • Create an emergency water damage plan
  • Have a plan in place in case of an emergency situation
  • Partnering with a Water Damage Restoration Company speeds up response time
  • The sooner you contact Regent, the sooner the situation is handled

How We Handle Water Damage in Dallas

Water Restoration in Dallas

[lead]You Don’t Want To Be A Rookie When It Comes To Dealing With Water Damage In Your Home[/lead]

When someone is faced with water damage, their first thought is usually “oh no, what do I do now?” And while their intentions are usually good, doing the wrong thing in a water damage emergency can cause more damage by delaying the cleanup process.

So, if you are ever faced with a water damage emergency in Dallas, ask yourself “what steps can I take immediately to safely mitigate the damage?” Thinking like a pro can help you maintain your cool in a stressful situation, and can ensure that you are taking the right steps to reduce your total losses.

Find the Source of the Water Damage

[lead]Before you do anything, make sure the source of the water damage is under control. Whether this means shutting off a water valve or your main water line or waiting for floodwaters to secede, water damage cleanup cannot begin until the water is stopped.[/lead]

How to Handle Water Damage Cleanup Like a Pro

Our Team is Ready To Handle Your Emergency!
Our Team is Ready To Handle Your Emergency!

When someone is faced with water damage, their first thought is usually “oh no, what do I do now?” And while their intentions are usually good, doing the wrong thing in a water damage emergency can cause more damage by delaying the cleanup process.

So if you are ever faced with a water damage emergency in Dallas, ask yourself “what steps can I take immediately to safely mitigate the damage?” Thinking like a pro can help you maintain your cool in a stressful situation, and can ensure that you are taking the right steps to reduce your total losses.

Find the Source of the Water Damage

Before you do anything, make sure the source of the water damage is under control. Whether this means shutting off a water valve or your main water line or waiting for floodwaters to secede, water damage cleanup cannot begin until the water is stopped.

Always make sure it is safe to enter your home after water damage has occurred. Be aware of electrical hazards and sagging ceilings, or in the event of flooding check for gas leaks and keep an eye out for things like snakes that may have come inside with the floodwaters. If there is potential for the water to be contaminated, always wear protective gear when handling water-damaged items to protect your health.

Call A Water Damage Cleanup Professional

Thinking like a pro means calling a professional. Water damage cleanup professionals in Dallas recognize the need for fast cleanup of water damage, and the best way to minimize your losses is to call someone who has the equipment and personnel resources to extract the water and begin drying as soon as possible. In widespread flooding situations, the sooner you call the better, as there are only a limited number of resources available.

You should also call your insurance company to begin your claim, but know that you can hire whomever you choose to perform the water damage cleanup work. If your claim is covered by your insurance, the water damage restoration company will work directly with them on your claim.

Address Immediate Concerns

While you are waiting for the water damage cleanup team to arrive at your Dallas home, you can take further steps to protect your property. If it is safe to do so, move things like draperies and colored area rugs to prevent staining. Furniture should either be moved from the wet area, or you can place aluminum foil under the legs to prevent wicking and rust stains.

Some things like books and magazines will be permanently damaged by the water, and can be removed. Inventory or document all non-recoverable items for your insurance claim. It may be possible to restore items of high value, photographs or collectibles that cannot be replaced.

Water Damage Cleanup in Dallas

If you need to hire a water damage cleanup professional, it is important that they have the proper combination of training and experience to handle your situation. Ask any questions you have about their cleanup process and whether they have experience with your particular type of water damage.

At Regent Restoration, our water damage technicians are IICRC certified in water damage restoration and structural drying, and we provide emergency, 24/7 water damage response in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you in your time of need.

Always make sure it is safe to enter your home after water damage has occurred. Be aware of electrical hazards and sagging ceilings, or in the event of flooding check for gas leaks and keep an eye out for things like snakes that may have come inside with the floodwaters. If there is potential for the water to be contaminated, always wear protective gear when handling water-damaged items to protect your health.

We use high tech tools to find and clean up water in your home!
We use high tech tools to find and clean up water in your home!

Call A Water Damage Cleanup Professional

Thinking like a pro means calling a professional. Water damage cleanup professionals in Dallas recognize the need for fast cleanup of water damage, and the best way to minimize your losses is to call someone who has the equipment and personnel resources to extract the water and begin drying as soon as possible. In widespread flooding situations, the sooner you call the better, as there are only a limited number of resources available.

You should also call your insurance company to begin your claim, but know that you can hire whomever you choose to perform the water damage cleanup work. If your claim is covered by your insurance, the water damage restoration company will work directly with them on your claim.

Address Immediate Concerns

While you are waiting for the water damage cleanup team to arrive at your Dallas home, you can take further steps to protect your property. If it is safe to do so, move things like draperies and colored area rugs to prevent staining. Furniture should either be moved from the wet area, or you can place aluminum foil under the legs to prevent wicking and rust stains.

Some things like books and magazines will be permanently damaged by the water, and can be removed. Inventory or document all non-recoverable items for your insurance claim. It may be possible to restore items of high value, photographs or collectibles that cannot be replaced.

Water Damage Cleanup in Dallas

If you need to hire a water damage cleanup professional, it is important that they have the proper combination of training and experience to handle your situation. Ask any questions you have about their cleanup process and whether they have experience with your particular type of water damage.

At Regent Restoration, our water damage technicians are IICRC certified in water damage restoration and structural drying, and we provide emergency, 24/7 water damage response in the Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you in your time of need.

Huge Water Restoration in Frisco From Broken Toilet Pipe

[lead]Water damage can be hectic and we understand this![/lead]

We recently received a phone call from a customer who was overseas in England and got notice that her house had just flooded in Frisco, TX.

Within 35 minutes our Certified Technicians were on scene and assessing the damage in the home. The house had 6 rooms affected and tons of water trapped in the carpet and pad.