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Help Avoiding Fire Damage in Your Wrightsville Beach Home

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Help Avoiding Fire Damage in Your Wrightsville Beach Home Be careful not to overload outlets in your home. Keep an eye out for damaged wiring that could start a fire. If you have a fire, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians can Assess Your Home for Possible Preventable Damage from a Fire

You may find it surprising, but a variety of house fires continues to affect homeowners on a regular basis. Fire-related losses soar as many of you attempt self-repairs trying to limit the costs associated with fire, or simply do not want to report smaller fires that would raise your insurance rates.
 
The majority of fire damage reported throughout the Wrightsville Beach area includes fire-related losses caused by preventable incidents. Paying more attention, learning to use products safely, or having a qualified professional inspect your home for possible hazards can teach you how to avoid causing fires in your home.
 
One of the leading causes of house fires is faulty electrical wiring. As we put more emphasis on electronics as a society, these types of fires become more common. Frayed cords, cracked or broken connectors and even outlets can lead to a fire. It is important to keep an eye out for any damage that might pose risks to you and your family.
 
Always avoid covering electrical cords with flammable items, be aware of each socket’s capacity to avoid overloading circuits and learn the difference between surge protectors and regular power strips. While both allow you to install multiple devices, only surge protectors can help you avoid damage caused by electrical shorts or spikes.
 
When SERVPRO technicians inspect your property, we check everything. We have several years of experience providing homeowners with solutions that fit their unique situation. Whether you need professional technicians to help recover from a recent fire or want help eliminating possible hazards, we can provide you with an answer.
 
Having your home inspected by an IICRC certified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, can help you avoid problems plaguing your home. We can help you locate problems, make repairs, and protect your home against possible issues before things get out of hand. When emergencies occur, our advanced equipment and a variety of resources lend you the assistance you need to return everything to normal as quickly as possible.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover has qualified technicians available 24-hours a day to assist you, call today. (910) 762-8180

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Water Damage from a Leaking Water Heater in Your Wrightsville Beach Home

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage from a Leaking Water Heater in Your Wrightsville Beach Home Wrightsville Beach Water Heater Leak by an Electrical Panel Can Be Hazardous

Cleanup and Water Removal Are Done Safely by SERVPRO

One of the more common causes of flooding inside your home is water heater overflows. Boilers and water heaters are typically located where you do not go too often, such as an attic, basement, utility room closet, or garage. Therefore, if a burst or leak happens, it is likely that you do not know there is a problem until after significant water intrusion has occurred already.
 
If you do experience water damage in Wrightsville from your water heater, try and remain calm and shut off the water feed line. Then, contact SERVPRO, our restoration company that specializes in water damage restoration and cleanup to deal with the mess left behind.
 
Since high temperature and late detection are problems with water heater floods, there are some dangers that it creates that exceeds normal flooding events. There are things to watch out for in case you are dealing with this.
 
The initial water bursting forth from the heater may be scalding hot, so do not rush in, especially if you see steam all over the area. You risk getting hot water burns otherwise. It is best to wait for a SERVPRO technician to arrive and take care of everything for you.
 
Another reason you should not rush into a flooded area is that the water could be contacting exposed wiring or power outlets. The water then carries a strong electric current, so do not take a risk in going into the water. Also, the situation creates a potential fire hazard, as the electrical system short and spark.

The water damage from a flood like this can damage wood, ruin carpeting, corrode metals and destroy expensive machinery and appliances. Mold spores can also be activated with enough moisture and organic materials to sustain them. Since mold growth is very likely in a case like this, our technicians at SERVPRO are also going to check for mold growth and hidden moisture with special moisture meters and can clean it up along with all the water. We do not leave until the area is thoroughly dried and sanitized.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover arrives at your home in a timely fashion to avoid further damage. Therefore, we encourage you to call us right away when you discover the problem at (910) 762-8180.

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Correctly Address Mold Damage Found On Your Property In Wrightsville Beach

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Correctly Address Mold Damage Found On Your Property In Wrightsville Beach Wrightsville Beach is a No-Fly Zone for SERVPRO Mold Remediation

Restoring a Mold Infested Property by SERVPRO

Quality mold remediation services follow a fairly established protocol to get mold growth found in your home under control. However, the company you decide to use should always maintain safety above all else when providing services like these on your property.
 
Finding mold damage in your Wrightsville Beach home is serious business. Mold can affect the health of you and your family gradually over time, without you even knowing the source. Different types of mold and mildew can hide in your walls, crawl spaces, attic, or basement for months or even years before exposing visual signs of contamination.
 
If you suspect mold growth in your home at any time, contact SERVPRO for help. Our expertly trained IICRC certified mold remediation specialists can help you and your family obtain the clean, safe home environment that you deserve. Once you see our recovery team in action, you know you made the right decision.  
 
SERVPRO takes pride in providing customers just like you with quality services that help protect your home. By using the training, experience, and equipment at our disposal, we make dealing with mold a thing of the past. Our technicians put vast resources to use to provide customers with a full-service solution they can count on to reduce costs and limit their losses.   
 
Many of the services SERVPRO offers, including mold remediation, water removal, cleaning, deodorization, and restoration of your property help homeowners secure a safe, healthy home environment for their families. It does not matter whether you have a single room or an entire building that requires our attention, we provide you with unique solutions to problems that exist on your property.
 
You are not alone, dealing with these types of issues is rather common. Many homeowners experience mold problems in their homes; it has nothing to do with the way you live or how you conduct yourselves on your property. Incidents happen, and when they do, it is best to seek professional assistance in finding a quality, safe solution.  
 
SERVPRO Of New Hanover can help you recover from a variety of issues that plague homeowners throughout the area. We answer your calls for help and provide you with the services you deserve during an emergency, call today. (910) 762-8180 For more info about this city click here.

SERVPRO - Wilmington Commercial Water Removal

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO - Wilmington Commercial Water Removal Your office cannot afford to prolong a water damage disaster. There are real deadlines in those deals and we work hard to meet ours after you call.

SERVPRO Has the Tools and Equipment to React Quickly to a Water Damage Event at Your Office

Many businesses today have eliminated physical, if not literal, paperwork as part of their daily routine. Going digital protects their clients from accidental loss in case of flooding, either from a sudden storm or broken pipes in a bathroom or break room. This is not possible, however, for certain businesses.

A real estate office still has plans, contracts, and other documents that require a paper copy. This requirement makes quick commercial water removal and drying out property so valuable in Wilmington. A pile of wet papers is useless for submitting a bid or closing on a house. This is why SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team to start the job within hours or even minutes after we get the call.

To ensure we return your business to its original state, we develop a drying goal. This is the condition that the waiting area, offices, and conference room should be in for our work to be completed. At the end of the restoration, we test for the following: Moisture content from dry, unaffected contents and the structure, Percentage of moisture in wood materials and Points in non-wood materials. As an example, the moisture content for subfloors in unaffected areas is usually ten percent while drywall should test out usually at 12 points.

These are the goals for affected areas and why we begin drying out the surrounding air as soon as we pump out or extract standing water. Once we get the moisture content (relative humidity) under forty percent, the air itself begins to draw moisture from building materials, furniture, and other property. The task for our technicians is to get the numbers of the affected rooms and assets lower than those of the unaffected areas. If the entire building is affected, our response team uses a pre-determined chart developed over decades of experience and testing as a guide.

For SERVPRO of New Hanover, pumping out water is only the beginning of the removal and restoration process. Each business has its own requirements, and after more than four decades, we have seen and met just about all of them. If you need our services, call us today at (910) 762-8180.

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Total Loss or Minor Fire Damage can Result in Like-New Restoration in Wilmington

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Total Loss or Minor Fire Damage can Result in Like-New Restoration in Wilmington After a fire, there are many restoration options to consider. Call SERVPRO to discuss and help with the remediation and restoration process.

SERVPRO Technicians are Quick to Start on Getting Your Home Restored

Whether a fire has ruined a minor part of a home or completely gutted it, there are options the homeowners should consider. If a small area was affected, smoke damage often has an impact on a larger area of the home, but this can be cleaned. The burned area can quickly be restored and at the same time. The destruction of larger areas or total gutting can result in new floor plans.
 
In Wilmington, fire damage is one of the reasons behind the reconstruction of homes, giving homeowners a newer-looking room, or even an entire makeover of their home. Fire damage can be devastating, but when it is handled in certain ways, a bad situation can be turned into a much better situation that has several other benefits in addition to the repairs and restoration. SERVPRO can repair fire damage of any degree, restoring homes, in part and in whole, so that it is “Like it never even happened,” or better.
 
Fire damage often spreads into areas that may not have been burned physically. Charring of walls in one room can affect the integrity of the wall in opposite rooms. This applies in particular when water was directed at the wall by firefighters. The steam produced by cold water coming into contact with burning materials can penetrate deeply into wood and drywall, and ruin other areas in this manner.
 
When a home is besieged by fire, the soot and ashes present can also affect personal belongings and furnishings. Correct cleaning of these items requires professional skills, and SERVPRO employees have those, as well as the experience, and IICRC certification, showing our dedication to providing the best to our customers. Fire damage can be a complicated catastrophe to cope with, but professionals who have gained skills via experience are crucial toward eliminating the damage.
 
After the damage has been removed, restoration of your home's structure is the first step. After finishing this part, crews can begin working on restoring paint, wall trim and moldings, carpeting and other flooring types, and essentials such as stair railings, cabinetry, windows and frames, plus much more.
 
Because we know that being forced out of your home by fire damage can prolong the trauma your family endures, we aim to complete the work required as soon as we can while at the same instance always providing the highest quality work possible. Call us, SERVPRO of New Hanover, at (910) 762-8180 for all of your fire restoration needs.

The Role of Filtration Agents When Repairing Fire Damage in Wrightsville Beach

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Role of Filtration Agents When Repairing Fire Damage in Wrightsville Beach Smoke odors can linger long after a fire has been put out. Call SERVPRO and let our proven techniques work for you.

SERVPRO's Experience with Odor Removal can Help with Fire Damage Remediation in Your Home

One of the biggest responsibilities for fire damage restorers is matching the methods to the environment. It is of particular importance when picking the right deodorizing formulas and chemicals. There is such thing as ‘one fits all’ for eliminating acrid smoke odors in a home.

There are several substances which SERVPRO can use to tackle fire damage in Wrightsville properties and neutralize bad smells. Some of the most common are absorption and filtration agents. They are designed to either filter the unclean air or absorb water from the air while re-odorizing the space at the same time.

There are two main types of filtration/absorption agent used by fire damage technicians.

Sorbents

Most sorbents are made up of three primary ingredients – sodium sulfate (the inert carrier), sodium bicarbonate (the absorptive compound), and a fragrance emitting substance. They have a limited impact, so SERVPRO never uses them alone. Normally, they get combined with more potent deodorizers and (sometimes) masking agents.

They are most effective on short pile carpets because longer fibers can end up trapping sorbents and making them difficult to vacuum later. While this is useful for the eradication of smoky odors, it is not good for a carpet to be in contact with these chemicals for too long.

Activated Charcoal

The other option is activated charcoal. Rather than being absorbent, it is actually AD-sorbent. The difference being that instead of drawing odor particles into their chemical structure, they cause them to stick onto the outside.

Activated charcoal is a type of high-grade wood, which gets treated with super-heated air (more than 600 degrees Fahrenheit). It causes the wood to expand, and the surface area of the material substantially increases. The bigger the size, the more odor particles the charcoal can pick up.

This substance is a common part of filtration deodorization procedures. Odors get eradicated by drawing affected air through filters of charcoal. These filters neutralize volatile organic compounds (VOCs) via adsorption. In some cases, SERVPRO then re-odorizes the fire damaged space by introducing a pleasant fragrance.

SERVPRO of North Hanover has spent many years serving homeowners in the Wrightsville Beach area. We have all the skills and expertise you need to get rid of smoke and soot for good. Call us 24/7 at (910) 762-8180 for fast, reliable fire damage repairs.

Preventing Water Damage from Faulty Appliances in Your Wilmington Home

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage from Faulty Appliances in Your Wilmington Home Your dishwasher uses a lot of water to get your dishes clean. Prevent a water damage emergency resulting from your dishwasher with maintenance.

SERVPRO Technicians can Remediate Water Damage AND Provide You with Tips to Avoid Future Damage


Most home flooding and water damage occur from appliance and plumbing failure. The cost of these disasters can add up fast to hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. There are certain everyday appliances in your home which you should be more aware of to prevent water damage. When an accident does happen in your home, SERVPRO is the one who can help you clean up the mess and dry out your home.
 
You should also know ahead of time what your home owner’s policy covers in case of water damage to your Wilmington home. Then if something does happen, you can get the coverage you need.
 
Dishwasher
 
The hoses and lines on your dishwasher can blow out or leak, many times during a wash cycle, and your kitchen is flooded with many gallons of water. You should never run your dishwasher while you are not at home. If a pipe bursts, you can lower the amount of water damage done by shutting the water off at the water supply line undeath the sink. Then, SERVPRO technicians can come in to help you repair and clean up the damages.
 
Rubber hoses are used to supply water to dishwashers in many cases, and they break down over time. Therefore, you should take the rubber hose and replace it with a much sturdier, steel-braided hose which you can find at most home improvement stores.
 
Washing Machine
 
Dishwasher drains or water hoses which malfunction result in some of the most common insurance claims for homeowners. You should inspect your washing machine hoses often. If they are more than five years old, replace with steel-braided hoses.
 
For even more peace of mind, you can install an automatic shut-off valve that is equipped with an alarm to let you know of any problems with the hose.
 
Leaky Toilet
 
Any leaks from your toilet are signs of trouble. Cracks in the toilet or tank are not common unless something hits the tank. More frequently, the supply line to the water tank gets a leak in it. It is better to replace a toilet that is leaky than to repair it.
 
If the problem is the water supply line, it is simple to repair with a metal-braided supply line since they are usually hold up better in the long run.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover is specially trained in handling all sorts of water damage situations. If you have an appliance which has failed, give us a call at (910) 762-8180, and our technicians come out to your home quickly to fix the damages and get your life back on track.

Water Line Break in Your Wilmington Business

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Line Break in Your Wilmington Business Water Break in Wilmington Can Close Your Business--Call SERVPRO to Get Your Doors Reopened

Lost Revenue from Water Problems Gets Shortened with SERVPRO's Help

A water line break in your tea shop can be stressful and confusing since there are many factors to think about when figuring out if there is a leak, where it is, and how to repair it. The most common indication of a leak in your water line is physically seeing water come up on the street, on the sidewalk in front of your shop, or coming through the foundation wall. If the water is coming up in front of your business, it does not necessarily mean the leak is from the water line. Water travels and looks to the point of least resistance to surface.

Commercial water damage to your Wilmington business is a serious matter, and you want to get the water and damage cleaned up as fast as possible so you can operate as usual again. You need to close your shop while it is being repaired, and that means lost profits. That is when you need to call in the professionals at SERVPRO, who can clean up the water and fix any damages the leak has caused. When the break is small, our technicians can repair it before they begin cleanup. For larger problems, we partner with other professional tradesmen who can fix the break in a timely and reasonable fashion. The municipality should be called in if to inspect and repair major street line breaks.
 
Another sign of a broken water line is a hissing or rumbling noise. Likely, your water main is broken if your water is not in use when you hear noise on the water pipe. The hissing is a great indicator of water exiting the pipe somewhere in-between the building and the city water main in the roadway.
 
Another sign is a water pressure which is low. Not all water main leaks result in this. However, it is a possibility that should be checked out by professionals. SERVPRO can help you find the cause for the water line break so that it can be fixed properly and your building does not sustain any more water damage than it already has.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover understands that when water damage of any kind happens to your business, that time is of the essence to prevent further damage and loss. That is why we are ready to come out to your building and help you anytime you need when you reach out to us at (910) 762-8180.

Commercial Water Removal In Wilmington

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal In Wilmington Two or three inches of standing water soaking the carpet is a problem, but drying out documents means the difference between staying open or closing.

Two Types Of Dehumidifiers: Refrigerant And Desiccant


Medical record keeping is doing its best to move to digital. Not everything is scannable into an electronic document which means the process is only as fast as the slowest data entry technician. When records become soaked from a sprinkler system, failed plumbing or another source of water, they cannot just be thrown out with the hope each patient has a complete copy of their history.

Commercial water removal for a Wilmington clinic or doctor's office only starts after the majority of the water has been pumped out. Two or three inches of standing water soaking the carpet is a problem, but drying out the contents of a filing cabinet means the difference between staying open or losing patients. Each SERVPRO franchise maintains an extensive equipment inventory to help ensure doctors and their patients keep their relationship intact. Our primary tools to lower humidity and dry records are two types of dehumidifiers: Refrigerant and Desiccant.

The refrigerant dehumidifier draws moisture from the air by forcing air flow through refrigerated coils. This action condenses moisture where it drains into a water tray, or a pump removes it from the room. This type of dehumidifier is preferred where the temperature is over 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the electrical power may be sporadic. It is more efficient on paper and highly porous surfaces such as carpets and drywall.

The desiccant dehumidifier is more productive than the refrigerant dehumidifier in colder climates (below 50 degrees). It lowers moisture levels by forcing air flow over silica gel. The gel surface attracts air vapor and captures it. Water condensed by this method is heated and vented outside of the structure. This type of humidifier is more efficient with dense materials such as hardwood floors and cabinets.

To ensure large numbers of records, the rooms, and storage cabinets used to store them are thoroughly dried, technicians use both types of dehumidifiers. Although the refrigerant is more preferred with paper records, both methods dry documents without damaging them. Protecting medical records from water damage is important to both doctor and client. SERVPRO of New Hanover has the experience and equipment to preserve every vital record in your clinic, office or storage site. If you need our services, contact us now at (910) 762-8180. We are here to help from start to finish.

Types Of Water Damage And Their Effects On Wilmington Homes

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Types Of Water Damage And Their Effects On Wilmington Homes When it comes to water, even a small amount can cause severe destruction in your home.

Types Of Water Damage


When it comes to water, even a small amount can cause severe destruction in your home. It may not seem dangerous to you at first glance, but, water is capable of dissolving a large variety of substances, more than any other liquid.

Water can make its way through a sheet of drywall easily enough, turning your Wilmington area home into a huge sponge. Even when water damage situations develop slowly over time, the situation can get out of hand rather quickly and require professional help to address the situation properly. There are three types of water that SERVPRO technicians would like for you to be aware of that contain different levels of contamination from harmful substances. It helps to understand more about what you are dealing with in your home.

The first of these water categories includes water referred to as white water, often delivered by a clean water source that poses no significant health risks to you and your family. Water from an overflowing bathtub falls into this category.

Grey water is the next category; which may carry a substantial amount of biological chemicals or environmental contamination along with it. Water spilled from an aquarium or dishwasher fits into this classification.

Finally discussing black water, that includes water that enters your home through a grossly unsanitary source, or water suspected of carrying disease-causing agents. Many flood water situations or spills from septic systems belong in this category.

When it comes to dealing with water situations, SERVPRO uses universal safety procedures to protect the workers on site and the occupants of your property. Even when you are sure that the water you are dealing with falls into category one, you should consider relying on a professional with the expertise and equipment necessary to ensure that the water damage gets addressed properly.

At SERVPRO, our team of highly-trained technicians thrives on restoring your residential property to a quality preloss condition. Offering 24-7, seven days a week, emergency response times, which allow us an opportunity to address any situations you may face quickly and efficiently. Contact SERVPRO of New Hanover for assistance with water or associated damage or preparing for the challenge today. We are ready to help (910) 762-8180.