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Movie Theater Features Water Damage in Wilmington

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Movie Theater Features Water Damage in Wilmington Keep your concession stands operational after a water damage event with a quick call to SERVPRO and their fast response to your emergency.

SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Remediate Your Water Damage in Order to Minimize Any Downtime

Concession areas have many plumbing and drain points that threaten the rest of a Wilmington entertainment venue with damaging water leaks. Appliances and plumbing lines are all potential sources of anything from slow leaks to outright breaks that send large amounts of water throughout the space. Our full-service restoration company offers the skilled technicians and tools necessary to return your business to normal.
 
A leak in the water line to an ice maker in one of the secondary concession stands of your multi-screen theater soaked the wall behind the food prep area and the carpeting in front and into the theater. One of our experienced project managers assessed the circumstances and developed a plan to remove the water and handle the commercial water damage in Wilmington to building materials with minimal disturbance to your employees and theatergoers.
 
Drying the carpeting in place is preferable as the multiplex has carpeting in almost all areas and removing only the wet section would be difficult. The SERVPRO crew uses high-efficiency water extractors to suction out the moisture, adding a weighted wand to ensure that the padding also dries thoroughly. If the padding remains wet, the carpet reabsorbs that moisture and is at risk of mold growth and delamination.
 
Our crew also evaluates the wall area where the water line leaked. Probes and scanners that measure and locate the moisture in structures help us find any residual moisture, including pockets of standing water trapped behind the drywall. If necessary, we cut out a section or drill strategic holes to release the water or give us access so we can use the extractor wand to pull moisture out of the areas. SERVPRO arranges for repairs or replacements to the damaged piping to avoid future problems. At every point in the recovery, we focus on restoration and on permitting routine business activity to continue.
 
Post-water removal the SERVPRO team positions air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the drying. Technicians continue to monitor the moisture levels in the structures and to check to make sure the carpeting and padding are drying, not wicking moisture from any additional water source. Throughout the restoration process, we inspect for any microbial growth, sanitizing areas affected with professional antimicrobial products to inhibit any unwanted mold or mildew development.
 
When water damage arises in any area of your business, contact SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180. Fast action is essential when water saturates walls, floors, and carpeting, and we have the skills and the equipment to restore your property quickly.

For more information about the City of Wilmington, North Carolina visit:  https://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/

Fire Damage In Your Wilmington Apartment Needs Professional Remediation

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In Your Wilmington Apartment Needs Professional Remediation When a small blaze happens in your kitchen, SERVPRO can solve this problem.

Professional Fire Damage Remediation

Apartment leases in Wilmington commonly contain a clause regarding forfeiture of deposits whenever extensive damage exists in a dwelling upon vacating of the unit. What many leases do not contain is the fact that it is very simple for landlords to report uncompensated damage on any court filings, which can later end up in credit reports. If future potential landlords view this negative information, it can hinder the search for future apartments.

Accidents can happen to the most careful tenants in Wilmington, and fire damage is no exception. When a small blaze happens in your kitchen, SERVPRO can solve this problem. Doing so can help save your reputation as a responsible renter, and help you receive your deposit when it is time to relocate.

Carefully removing the charred wood and drywall can help reduce the amount of smokey smell remaining in your kitchen. However, we need to go deeper than this and also treat your furniture and carpeting with special odor-blocking agents. These neutralize the soot particles that continually produce the noxious odor.

Clearing away the soot clinging to the walls and ceiling in your kitchen also reduce the odor you smell. The longer we wait to remove this, though, the less efficient it is at removing the soot and restoring the paint or wallpaper. Waiting can result in the need to repaint or rehang wallpaper.

If a grease fire was the reason for your kitchen mishap, cleaning this without special cleansers can prove extremely difficult. At SERVPRO, we have the correct cleaning agents and tools to remove all traces of the fire and the damage it leaves behind. Certified by the IICRC, we know the latest in accepted procedures and can provide the attention you need to make things “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of New Hanover helps homeowners, landlords, and tenants in restoring their dwellings to pre-disaster condition. When fire damage happens to your home or apartment, call us for 24-hour services.

For more about the city of Wilmington, North Carolina visit https://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/.

Care For Pets During Flood Damage In Wrightsville Beach

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Care For Pets During Flood Damage In Wrightsville Beach SERVPRO Says to Prepare Your Pets for Flooding in Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach Storm and Pets--Preparation is the Key

Floods are dangerous for humans and animals alike. If you have four-legged companions, naturally you want to protect them when flood damage occurs. SERVPRO understands that the health and safety of their pets is a significant concern for many of our customers. That is the reason we have put together this short guide on how to care for pets in the Wrightsville area in the event of a flood or hurricane.

The best way to protect Wrightsville Beach pets during flood damage is preparation. Preparing ahead of time means you are ready in the event of a disaster and know what to do. Check out places that are used as flood shelters and make sure that they take animals (some do not.) Always keep a good stock of food and medicines for your pets on hand. SERVPRO suggests that you check The American Red Cross as a potential shelter site.
 
It is also wise to make sure you have a means of transportation. For most small animals or cats, a carry crate is ideal. Birds need a portable cage. Small dogs may also go in a carrier, or on a substantial lead.
 
Know what to do should your pet get lost, or if you are away from home during flooding. Ensure each animal is microchipped and has a collar with identifying information on it. Check whether friends or neighbors are willing to take in your animals if the evacuation order comes when you are away.
 
During a flood, if you are not evacuating, bring your pets indoors and keep them with you in the highest room of the house. Make sure they have access to fresh water (you may need to use bottled), food and dry bedding. Keep a favorite toy to hand – animals may become stressed and need familiar objects to help comfort them.
 
After the flood is over and it is time to return home, you may find standing water, or water damaged items, in your home. Put in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you can. Our IICRC-experts have pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers, moisture meters, and foggers on hand to deal with everything from water extraction to odor removal.
 
For help with the after-effects of a flood in Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, Elizabethtown and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 today.

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How the Mycelium Contributes to Mold Damage in Castle Hayne Homes

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How the Mycelium Contributes to Mold Damage in Castle Hayne Homes Understanding mold is key to controlling it. SERVPRO technicians are very educated when it comes to dealing with mold. Contact us today.

SERVPRO Technicians Take a Knowledgeable Approach When Dealing With a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold damage is a genuine risk for any homeowner. The fungus thrives wherever it finds a food source plus moisture to help it grow. As residents of North Carolina know, the state can get rather hot and humid during warmer months. The humidity gives fungus extra chances to grow. Older homes are at particular risk as they tend to be damper and darker. Today we are getting a little technical and talking about the mycelium, what it is, and the role it plays in mold growth in Castle Hayne homes.
 
Homeowners want to avoid mold damage in Castle Hayne wherever possible. Sometimes a little extra understanding of the life cycle of mold helps because when we understand how the fungus grows, we understand better how to stop it growing.
 
Mycelium is a fancy sounding name which means a mass of tiny branching cells. The microscopic cells that make up the mycelium are known as hyphae. As a mycelium grows, it absorbs nutrients from its surroundings – in the case of your home, that might mean eating into your drywall, carpet, or even wood or leather.
 
In nature, the mycelium is a vital part of the ecosystem because it eats decomposing plant matter and releases carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. However, you naturally do not want it eating anything in your home!
 
The Mycelium grows tiny mold spores which it releases into the atmosphere so they can travel and find new locations to start new mycelium. The movement of spores means mold spreads from one place in your home to another.
 
The mycelium is also the visible part of mold – it is what you see when you notice black, brown or green mold growing in the corner of your home.
 
SERVPRO is on hand to help with mold damage remediation. Our IICRC-certified technicians set up a containment area around the affected room to reduce the risk of more spores spreading. We also use a negative air machine to vent contaminated air outside your home.
 
It is possible to clean visible mold by scraping and scrubbing. However, it is not feasible to detect all spores as they are impossible to see with the naked eye. SERVPRO equips our teams with dehumidifiers and moisture meters so they can monitor and reduce wetness, thus making it hard for mold to grow back.
 
For help with fungal remediation in Kure Beach, Elizabethtown, Wilmington, Leland and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 today.

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Combatting the Odors from a Toilet Overflow in Your Wilmington Home

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Combatting the Odors from a Toilet Overflow in Your Wilmington Home An overflowing toilet can cause damage to your home and leave behind an odor. Rely on SERVPRO to restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

Professional Services for Water Damage in Your Home

One of the most common causes of water damage in homes in Wilmington are overflowing toilets. Imagining your life without toilets is probably difficult, but there are many things which can go wrong with one that is not properly maintained. Children attempting to flush toys, general clogs, and septic tanks not draining correctly are all situations that can cause problems. Most homeowners thankfully are quick to discover an overflowing toilet, meaning they can act quickly to alleviate the issue.

Depending on the location of the bathroom in your Wilmington home and the type of overflow you are dealing with, you must approach the situation from different angles. A second story bathroom or an overflow which contains sewage presents obstacles which are unique in handling this kind of water damage.

When it comes to sewage, you want the expert help of the professionals at SERVPRO. Not only can we clean up all the water and dry your home back out, but we also need to combat the smells the mess left behind.

The first step in getting rid of odors is to of course get rid of what is causing it – in this case, the sewage. Odor problems from water damage occur because wet materials are not dry. Once the moisture level returns to normal, a lot of the odor problems go away as well.

In most situations with deodorization, odors are coming from multiple sources. To find all of them and figure out the specific methods to fight each of them requires technical equipment and much knowledge. Instead, SERVPRO techs use various methods to combat the smells.

One kind of deodorization agent does not work on every odor, so we use more than one type to treat the various odors we encounter in these situations. Plus, we ensure that you as our customer like the smell of the professional product we choose to apply.

When it comes down to it, SERVPRO of New Hanover are the ones to trust with a toilet overflow disaster. Not only can we clean everything up, but we ensure that your home in Castle Hayne, Wilmington, or Wrightsville Beach is back to itself again when you call us at (910) 762-8180.

Visit https://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/ for more information about New Hanover.

Using Storm Shutters to Prevent Flood Damage to Wilmington Homes

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Using Storm Shutters to Prevent Flood Damage to Wilmington Homes Installing storm shutters is one way of reducing damage to your home during a storm.

Storm Shutter Options for Your Home

North Carolina and Wilmington are no strangers to the great damage wreaked by storms. You cannot prevent a storm from coming, but you can take steps to protect your home from subsequent flood damage and reduce costly repair bills. SERVPRO believes that preventing damage is of paramount importance.

One way of reducing the risk of flood damage to your Wilmington home is installing storm shutters over your windows. Storm shutters protect the glass from the onslaught of hard rain and powerful winds and thus reduce the risk of leaks or, even worse, broken panes. There are several types of storm shutters on the market.

Accordion shutters are fixed beside windows and open out accordion-style to cover them in the event of a storm. Because accordion shutters are a permanent fixture, there is no need to store them, and they are usually easy enough for one person to operate.

Bahama style shutters are louvered units that provide shade and shelter by propping them above the windows. Like accordion styles, Bahama styles are a permanent fixture, and easy to use. On the other hand, they are not as durable as some options, so are not suitable for every home.

Roll-down shutters are lowered either by hand or by pressing a button, depending on the model. Roll-down styles attach above the window, then lower and lock into place when needed. They are pricier than some models but are very strong and also double as a burglary deterrent.

Storm panels are a non-permanent option. The panels are made of corrugated metal for maximum strength, and are put up and bolted into place in times of need. Storm panels are an inexpensive option, and many homeowners like the fact that they are removable when not in use. On the other hand, storm shutters are harder to handle than other models.

Your budget, your needs, and even the look of your home all determine which system is best for you. One thing is for sure, though: In the event of storm damage to your home, SERVPRO is on hand to help. Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive equipped with pumps and extraction tools to rid your home of water, and air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce humidity and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

For help with flood cleanup in Carolina Beach, Leland, Elizabethtown and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 today.

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Spots in Your Wilmington Home Prone to Mold Damage

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Spots in Your Wilmington Home Prone to Mold Damage If you discover mold in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate.

Areas of Your Home to Routinely Check for Mold Damage

While mold can begin growing anywhere in the home, some areas are more susceptible to infection than others. Whether you have existing mold damage in your Wilmington home or you are concerned about the risks your home may face regarding mold and fungi. If you are to prepare for it adequately, it is important to understand where mold is most likely to start growing. Ask a SERVPRO representative about mold-resistant paints, waterproofing, or other anti-mold treatments for these vulnerable parts of your home.

Bathrooms

By far the most common place for mild mold damage to appear in Wilmington is in the bathroom. Bathrooms regularly have high volumes of water flowing through them, and some of this water inevitably escapes proper receptacles to dampen walls, ceilings, cabinets, and tile grout in the room. While mold damage is very common here, it is thankfully not as likely to spread around the home, as bathrooms are usually more isolated than other rooms.

Basements and Closets

Basements, closets, and other dark and secluded places are especially prone to serious mold damage. Mold thrives in the dark, especially when ventilation and air flow is weak. Sometimes, conditions may even be good enough to allow mold to grow without an extra water source, as is typical in most cases. Be sure to check back corners of closets and basements every once in a while to catch mold before it gets out of control.

HVAC Systems

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are often the source of some of the worst mold damage cases we get. When mold takes root in a home's ventilation system, spores are easily picked up and spread around the home, infecting numerous rooms at once. SERVPRO technicians carry a broad range of HVAC certifications and training credentials to clean up these disasters as safely and efficiently as possible.

SERVPRO of New Hanover is a fully certified and equipped provider of mold remediation and restoration services. Call us for any mold issue, large or small, at (910) 762-8180.

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Understanding Various Smoke and Fire Damage Possible in Your Wilmington Home

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding Various Smoke and Fire Damage Possible in Your Wilmington Home Smoke spreads quicker than fire and has the potential for creating more damage. Contact SERVPRO to assess the damage and remediate.

Our Technicians Assess the Fire Damage and then Create a Tailored Remediation Plan

A serious emergency, house fires in Wilmington leave you facing a major cleaning project once the fire has been put out. While the flames themselves can create extensive damage to your home, smoke is a primary cause of damage as well when a fire happens.
 
Scheduling a fire damage restoration service in Wilmington for your home fire is the smart thing to do. Companies such as SERVPRO are specially trained and certified to handle all kinds of fire damage correctly and help you salvage anything possible. Our technicians use clues to figure out the kind of smoke which has damaged your home. We can restore your home back to excellent condition after a fire.
 
There are various types of smoke damage that we take the time to identify before we begin restoration. Wet smoke damage is caused when a fire burns or smolders at a lower temperature. They produce few flames but usually put out much smoke. We distinguish wet smoke damage by its powerful smell and thick coating.
 
Dry smoke damage, unlike wet smoke damage, is created from high levels of heat. A dry fire in your home, when hot, creates a dry, thin, and powdery substance. The residue which is left by dry smoke damage, in general, is many times easier to clean than what is left from wet smoke damage.
 
A more unusual kind of smoke damage is fuel oil smoke damage. When a fire is caused by flames in an oil burning furnace, your home can be affected by fuel oil smoke damage. It creates a powerful odor and can wreck couches and other upholstered pieces. At SERVPRO, we can help you clean up even a mess like this.
 
We can also clean up smoke residues from protein fires and fire extinguisher residue.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover is available for all your smoke, and fire damage needs anytime you need us. If you live in and around the areas of Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and Castle Hayne, you can reach us just by dialing (910) 762-8180.

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Protecting Your Wilmington Home from Flood Damage

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protecting Your Wilmington Home from Flood Damage Inspecting your roof regularly can protect your home from flood damage.

Steps to preventing flood damage

Severe storms, heavy rains, and flooding in Wilmington can cause costly water damage to your home and the loss of your valuable possessions. There are steps you can take to protect your home from flood damage. It is helpful to know some things you can do to take extra care of your home, especially if you live in a flood prone area.

The first step to protect your Wilmington home from torrential rains and flood damage is to inspect your roof. A roof which is leaky can cause much more damage to your home than water stains on the ceiling. Roof leaks keep insulation in the attic wet, leading to mold and rot.

As flood damage remediation specialists, our SERVPRO technicians can help you clean and repair damages from flooding, whether it is a leaky roof or another problem.

You should also have an inventory of your personal belongings, backed up with video, photos, or both. Something such as this kept in a watertight container, or secure location is invaluable during the aftermath of storm and flood damage. Scanning documents is also a good way to keep copies of all necessary records. Doing so helps you get the right insurance claim should you need it.

Keep your downspouts and gutters clean and repair any leaks in your gutters right away. Regularly inspect them to ensure they are draining properly.

You also want to make sure the ground on your property slopes away from your home to help keep your basement dry. Having a sump pump installed can also remove ground water that seeps inside.

Rising water can cause sewage to back up into your home through the drain pipe in an area which is flood prone. It damages your home and can be a health hazard. To prevent this, a backflow valve can be installed.

HVAC equipment should also be installed above a level which the water could reach in a flood prone area. If it cannot be elevated, think about putting it on a masonry or concrete block wall.

When a flood disaster happens in your area, and your home is affected, our SERVPRO staff is ready to take care of you. Our industrial tools such as truck-mounted pumps, fans and dehumidifiers can get your home dried back out. We can assess all the damages when we first arrive and determine what is salvageable.

SERVPRO of New Hanover works fast once you alert us there is a flood emergency at your home. Residents of Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and Castle Hayne just need to reach out to us at (910) 762-8180.

For more information about the city of Wilmington, visit https://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/.

Mitigating Water Damage in Wilmington Homes

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Mitigating Water Damage in Wilmington Homes After your property suffers water damage, call SERVPRO quickly to try and prevent mold from setting in. Fast action gives you better results.

Our Technicians are Quick to the Scene of a Water Damage Emergency

Wherever water ends up in locations that should normally be off-limits to the liquid, serious damage can result. Materials such as drywall swell soon after contact with the water is allowed to continue, and denser materials, such as wood, can also become swollen if the length of time increases even more.
 
Homeowners know that there are many things which can cause problems for their homes but may not fully realize the extent of the Wilmington water damage in the event of a broken pipe or overflowing toilet. These situations call for much more than a quick mop-up of the area. Water spreads, is drawn downward by gravity, and can also work its way upwards by using the absorbency of walls and drapes that touch the floor.
 
As water saturates an area, secondary water damages begin to happen. The entire vicinity can start to develop mold with 48 hours. Odors quickly develop, as well. Staining of walls, carpeting, and area rugs can soon become noticeable. Wallpaper can begin to peel because of the increased moisture in the air. The aesthetic effects are not pleasant. However, we at SERVPRO can help you and your family by restoring your home, so it is “Like it never even happened,” again.
 
Each and every aspect related to water damage is a crucial part of the entire restoration process. SERVPRO employees are trained extensively, earning them certificates from the IICRC. Combined with this detailed training is experience gained from large and small jobs. Our technicians know and understand the principles of restoration for each kind of disaster. Also, knowing how to use the tools and equipment needed to undo any and all damage, including extensive destruction, is required by many of the jobs we complete. We understand that your home is your castle, and we want to help you regain control of it again.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover can help with water damage and other disasters, whenever they affect your home. Call us at (910) 762-8180, anytime, day or night, and any day of the week. We are always here for you.

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