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A Flood From The Northeast Cape Fear River Can Cause Mold Damage In Your Castle Haynes Basement

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Flood From The Northeast Cape Fear River Can Cause Mold Damage In Your Castle Haynes Basement Flooding is one of the biggest threats that can cause mold damage inside of your home.

A Flood Can Cause Mold Damage In Your Home

Flooding is one of the biggest threats that can cause mold damage inside of your home. When the river outside of your home floods your basement, it has the potential to cause mold growth if it's not dealt with right away. However, sometimes you are not able to deal with the problem immediately, especially if the flooding happens when you are away on a summer camping trip.

By the time you use a wet/dry vacuum to get the relatively small amount of water out of your Castle Haynes basement, the mold damage has already taken root. Because mold is trickier to handle than just removing water from your home, one of the best things you can do is to call for professional help.

When you call SERVPRO, we always strive to travel to your home swiftly, as we understand that your time is valuable and that damages inside of your home often do not wait. One of our first employees on the scene is our Estimator who can walk you through the damage and answer any questions you have. Once we investigate the mold damage in your basement and find that it is impacting the walls and floor, we can begin the remediation process.

One of the first things that SERVPRO does when dealing with mold damage is constructing a barrier with plastic sheeting around the microbial growth. Doing this allows us to remove the mold without any fear of it spreading to a new place. Before we begin to clean the mold off the walls and floors, SERVPRO can set up an air scrubber with carbon filters. The device can filter the air as we work, pulling in mold spores and neutralizing the particles that create a musty scent.

To remove and clean mold growth, our technicians can use a disinfectant. Afterward, we can spray an antifungal agent to help prevent any future complications. Because the bare drywall has been exposed to mold, it is likely that we may need to remove it. Drywall is a porous material, and mold colonies root themselves, which can make it hard to clean the surface thoroughly. Should any drywall need to be removed, SERVPRO can give you the number of a contractor who can rebuild in the area after.

Should flooding cause mold damage in your home, it is best not to wait. Call the number (910) 762-8180 to get in touch with SERVPRO of New Hanover. We are always ready to remediate damage inside of your home.

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There Is Less Pain When Professionals Restore Water Damage in Elizabethtown Homes

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage There Is Less Pain When Professionals Restore Water Damage in Elizabethtown Homes Elizabethtown Home's Carpet Gets Dried and Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Removes Water and Restores Elizabethtown Properties After Leaks in a Stress-Free Manner

Most cases of water-related damage happen due to accidents such as a tap left running. However, other more annoying cases occur because an appliance breaks down or fails to perform as expected. The loss in these cases can be extensive because the Elizabethtown homeowner is less likely aware of the leakage. For example, a leak in a frost proof faucet that feeds your gardening hose might be hard to notice, primarily if you use the hose when no one else is in the house. After the cold winter temperatures (it only takes one night), any leakage in the line might not happen until you turn the frost proof faucet on and since you are working outside, you might only notice the flooding when a significant portion of the house is already affected.
 
When the water damage in Elizabethtown results from a failed appliance or installation, it is much more painful to the homeowner. If further mistakes occur during restoration, they only amplify the impact. At SERVPRO, we have the necessary tools, expertise, and human touch to help the homeowner deal with the loss with as little distress as possible. The most significant advantage of working with us is the ability to extract water from the affected areas within a short while. Such quick reaction reduces chances of other problems cropping up. Our goal is to make "Like it never even happened."
 
If there is a carpet in the affected area, our team from SERVPRO can use a weighted water extraction tool. It works very fast because the technician walks around and presses down on the wet carpet. The combined weight of the extractor and the technician helps squeeze out more water gently not damaging the nap. The extractor connects to a vacuum that sucks the water squeezed out. With this tool, we can extract as much as 97% of the excessive moisture within the first few hours of arriving at your property.
 
Once the initial extraction is over, our SERVPRO team dries the property back to its preloss state using air movers and dehumidifiers. This reduces the pain of dealing with additional secondary water damaging problems like mold or bad odors. Working with a team has extra benefits, too. For example, you do not have to worry about the mundane, yet energy-sapping tasks, like moving heavy furniture around during the restoration because our team takes care of everything.
 
A water restoration technician helps in many ways, which combined reduce the suffering a homeowner would have to endure. When you call SERVPRO of New Hannover, we are quick to respond to any size disaster. Call us at (901) 762-8180 our team is ready to help 24 hours a day.

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Mitigation Of Flood Damage Restores Safe Conditions In Homes In Carolina Beach

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Mitigation Of Flood Damage Restores Safe Conditions In Homes In Carolina Beach Conditions during a flood can become highly dangerous.

Mitigation Of Flood Damage

Conditions during a flood can become highly dangerous. Advisories state driving in such circumstances can cause vehicles to get swept away. This kind of situation arises because when floodwaters move through neighborhoods in Carolina Beach, they move with an incredible forcefulness.

The strength with which the water hits a Carolina Beach home can increase the amount of flood damage sustained. The interior structures inside your home can change the direction of the water after it comes in and this can cause more significant amounts of sediment to occur in different areas. Deposited sediment is only one aspect of damage caused by flooding.

SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled at professionally mitigating flood damage in all its possible forms. Removing sediment and other foreign materials is an easy task when it involves smooth surfaces. However, this task is nearly impossible to accomplish when it involves carpeting and other porous materials. We remove any carpets saturated by floodwater. Once we clean and dry the newly exposed flooring, we can bring in your home's new pad and carpeting.

Other areas of your home require the removal of materials. Drywall and other elements making up your home's walls can harbor microbes. Many of these microscopic pathogens can survive in barely damp conditions, making it crucial that we restore your home to an utterly dry state.

SERVPRO's Green Fleet arrives at your flood-damaged home carrying the equipment to get your property dry. We use air movers, extraction units of different types, air scrubbers, detection devices to locate and measure different things' moisture-content, heat-producing machines that raise the temperature which significantly increases evaporation rates, and various cleaning utensils and tools to make the restoration process steadily progress. We take your home from an absolutely unlivable condition and make it just "Like it never even happened." again.

Our technicians want to restore your home as quickly as possible so your family can move back home without any unnecessary delay after a flood. SERVPRO of New Hanover can make this happen for you. Contact us at (910) 762-8180 whenever your home sustains flood damage. We are always here to answer your questions and help guide you through this and other disasters.

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A Castle Hayne Solution For That Musty Mold Damage Odor

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Castle Hayne Solution For That Musty Mold Damage Odor Responding to mold issues in a warm and humid area like Castle Hayne can seem like an endless proposition.

Mold Damage Odor

Responding to mold issues in a warm and humid area like Castle Hayne can seem like an endless proposition. One of the reasons it feels unresolvable is the smell that lingers in many cases even after the mold is abated. Find a mold remediation service that communicates clearly with you throughout the process and answers all your concerns. We believe our job is incomplete until all aspects of mold contamination are addressed.

Warm and moist air is common in Castle Hayne during the summer, perfect conditions for mold damage. Homeowners need to be vigilant about eliminating moisture, the variable that fuels mold growth. Leaks must be repaired, and spills cleaned up. Running an air conditioner can reduce humidity levels to the 30 to 50 percent range recommended to avoid microbial growth. We can work to find, contain, and remove mold growth, but if the moisture is not managed mold recurs.

After SERVPRO crews systematically walk through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol underlying IICRC certification in Applied Microbial Remediation the following has happened:

    •    We contained the affected area with physical barriers and equipment such as negative pressure air scrubbers.

    •    We scraped or wiped off mold colonies, using abrasives such as soda blasting if the infestation goes beneath the surface.

    •    We cleaned up debris with HEPA equipped vacuums, bagging moldy materials and disposing of them according to local codes.

    •    We treated the area with EPA-registered disinfectants to inhibit future mold growth.

The final concern is whether the above steps eliminates that tell-tale musty odor emitted by growing mold. If the smell perseveres, SERVPRO mold remediation teams have advanced odor elimination tools as resources. We employ thermal fogging to create tiny odor-seeking particles that bond with the odiferous debris still airborne despite the use of air scrubbing filters during the mold removal phase. Another option is hydroxyl generators that produce radicals that also connect with the smelly particulates. Both of these solutions chemically change the characteristics of the musty-smelling bits, rendering them odor neutral.

SERVPRO of New Hanover is your go-to source for mold remediation and odor elimination. Our phone line at (910) 762-8180 is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because disasters do not wait for business hours.

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Why It Is Important To Clean Your HVAC System during Fire Damage Restoration in Carolina Beach

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why It Is Important To Clean Your HVAC System during Fire Damage Restoration in Carolina Beach Fire Damage Often Means Cleaning the HVAC System in Carolina Beach Properties

Complete Fire & Smoke Residues and Odor Remediation Needed? Call SERVPRO

Fire damage incidents are always frightening. Luckily, if you promptly take the right restoration actions, you can prevent further damage and salvage most of your contents. It is not all about cleaning the soot and smoke particles that you usually see after a fire; there are inspections that we perform in your Carolina Beach home during the restoration to uncover hidden issues. For instance, have you ever asked yourself what it takes to clean a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system after a fire event?

 
While cleaning the HVAC unit may not be mandatory during fire damage restoration in Carolina Beach, our SERVPRO technicians never take chances. If the system is contaminated, it can spread smoke residues within the structure once you switch it on. When we are performing HVAC duct cleaning, we adhere to the state and local regulations. We are going to look at some of the steps we follow when cleaning these vital systems.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians start by identifying the location of the fire in relation to the return side or supply side of the HVAC system. Even if the system was off, air pressure might develop from the heat which can move smoke particles into the ducts. Knowing whether the unit was operating during the fire and the duration it took is equally essential. So, irrespective of the situation, we have to inspect the system and check whether it has smoke residues and odors. Our Green Fleet supplies our SERVPRO technicians with the heavy-duty equipment and cleaning and deodorizing products to complete the task at hand.
 
Once we are sure some level of contamination exists in the unit, checking the extent of the damage follows. It is the time when we identify the type of smoke particles and whether odors are present. Our SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the design and operation of HVAC systems, and that helps us to identify mechanical damage, and if present, we may recommend a replacement. Depending on the state of the filters, we can clean or do a replacement several times during the recovery process. By using ULV Foggers, we can perform deodorization to neutralize the odors.
 
At SERVPRO of New Hanover, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and offer residents 24-hour emergency services. Call us at (910) 762-8180 when you need a trusted industry leader to serve you.

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Remediating Water Damage in Wrightsville Beach After a Storm

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Water Damage in Wrightsville Beach After a Storm Damaged roofing or siding can allow a great quantity of water to enter your home. Contact SERVPRO right away for water removal after a storm.

Team SERVPRO Has the Experienced Technicians and Effective Equipment for Water Removal After a Storm

Making up part of the North Carolina coast, Wrightsville Beach can take the brunt of any storm and come out the other end. That does not mean there is not clean up or other restoration efforts required once the rain stops.
 
Much of the Wrightsville Beach water damage comes from a storm lifting or pulling siding and roofing tiles off the home and then water blows in behind or underneath them. SERVPRO understands that, unlike a basic flood, or a plumbing failure, this can mean water intrusion from the attic down to the sub-floor and crawlspace.
 
In this situation, our first action is to split the response team and handle two tasks at once; remove the water and protect the home. Technicians bring in a commercial-grade pump to draw out any standing water and then switch to extraction wands for smaller amounts. The reasons here are to remove the source of further damage to the home and allow floors, carpets, floor trim, and drywall to begin drying as quickly as possible.
 
As they remove the water, other SERVPRO team members secure the home against further damage from rain and other storm effects. These specialists board up broken windows and use either plastic sheeting or plywood panels to cover holes in the roof and other damage to the walls along the roofline. These same actions to reduce water damage also protect homes from secondary problems like animal intrusions, trespassing, and looting after a storm.
 
Once the water is gone and the home secure, our teams reduce the effects already caused by the storm. They start with an inspection of the attic insulation for water intrusion. If the insulation, rolled or blown-in, is soaked from the storm, technicians remove it and then use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the attic completely before new insulation can be brought in to replace it.
 
Moving down into the house, specialists examine walls and ceiling panels. If water has soaked in, team members remove and dispose of them since drywall is cheaper to replace than spend the labor hours attempting to restore them. If needed, the team uses the same air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the framing and wall cavities before installing new panels.
 
These actions are only the first steps SERVPRO of New Hanover takes to return every home to its original state after a storm. If you need us, call today at (910) 762-8180 to set up an inspection.

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Remediating Mold Damage in Carolina Beach

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Carolina Beach Finding mold patches in your home needs not set you into a panic. Contact SERVPRO technicians to come out and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Use the Most Current Effective Methods to Remediate a Mold Infestation in Your Home

As a coastal town, Carolina Beach is a beautiful place for residents and tourists. Unfortunately, its location also puts it a risk for extreme weather and the problems that often come with it. The excessive water and high humidity from area storms also increase the likelihood of mold infestations.
 
Remediating mold damage in Carolina Beach homes requires a mix of cleaning and removal methods. SERVPRO restoration teams train to put a home back together, no matter if there is damage in the attic, walls, or anywhere else in a residence.
 
Mold spores can grow in most environments. All they need is a temperature between 68 and 86 degrees, a food source, and just a small amount of water. Since this is the comfort range for most people and mold can feed on nearly every type of building material, our technicians concentrate on reducing the available sources of water and moisture to stop mold growth.
 
A SERVPRO inspector begins with a visual check and an air moisture meter to quickly find the source. Usually, team members can eliminate it in just a day or two, repair minor damage from a storm or plumbing issue, and move on to cleaning and removal.
 
Mold naturally seeks out a darker, damp area like an attic or behind walls, since that environment provides more moisture. That preference also makes it more difficult for technicians to clean the area. To ensure destroying as many spores as possible, they use several methods: Vacuuming, spraying anti-fungal cleaning agents, and soda blasting.
 
If the mold is dry and powdery, team members use vacuums with HEPA filters to remove it. These filters can trap mold concentrations smaller than the unassisted eye can see. If the mold is slightly damp or sticky, our teams spray anti-fungal agents over every surface and then allow the chemical to dry. Technicians then scrape surfaces clean of the now dead spores and vacuum up the results.
 
Soda blasting is a fairly new method, but very effective. Technicians use a device similar to a sandblaster, except it streams sodium bicarbonate across affected surfaces. This method removes even heavy mold from roof support structures and then our restoration crew vacuums up the mold-contaminated soda.
 
Removing mold and remediating the effects is not a quick process; it takes a trained restoration company to accomplish it correctly. The role of SERVPRO of New Hanover is to return your home to its clean, pre-mold condition. If you see mold, or merely suspect a problem, call us today at (910) 762-8180. We are here to help.

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Water Category Can Be Vital To Water Damage Cleanup in Elizabethtown

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Category Can Be Vital To Water Damage Cleanup in Elizabethtown We have the expertise, experience, and equipment to handle your home's water damage emergency needs.

Do You Know What Type of Water Damage Could Affect Your Elizabethtown Home? 

Water can enter the home at any time of day or night, which can be traumatic for residents in Elizabethtown. When possible, call a professional migration team right away. The source of the water can play an essential role in the migration and clean-up process. A prompt response by a skilled team may save your property and could result in less contamination.

SERVPRO in Elizabethtown provides quality water damage restoration. During these situations, one of the last things property owners want to have to cope with is cleaning up and restoring their home. We are a well respected nationwide franchise known for our expertise in water damage cleanup and restoration. When we arrive, our technicians classify the severity of the damage by checking the source of the water in the affected areas.

There are three categories of water, which are clean, gray and black. Typically, when the source is clean water, the level of damage is less dangerous than when it is gray or black water. Clean water is the least contaminated type. Tap water and rainwater are prime examples of what we classify as clean. Gray water contains some contamination that could be harmful to homeowners. Examples of gray water include urine, wash water and aquamarine water. Blackwater is the most dangerous to humans and may contain feces, parasites, bacteria, sewage, chemicals, and viruses. One of the most common examples of black water is flood water.

Even though clean water is the least dangerous type, it is still essential to begin migration quickly because bacteria and fungi can contaminate clean water within 48 hours. Homeowners in Elizabethtown can rest a little easier when facing a water emergency in their home. SERVPRO uses proven and scientific methods to classify and remove each water category. Also, we use proper and efficient methods to clean up and restore the affected areas back to their preloss condition when possible. Homeowners should be aware that we may deem your home unsafe due to the water category. When this happens, a move-out may be necessary until after the cleanup and restoration are complete. We can be there to assist with packing and moving.

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SERVPRO of New Hanover provides emergency services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Contact us 24/7 at (910) 762-8180 for our professional water damage cleanup and restoration.

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After a Fire We Can Reduce Smoke Odors

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After a Fire We Can Reduce Smoke Odors Fire damage restoration often includes dealing with water damage as well. Contact SERVPRO to remediate both right away.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training to Remediate Fire and Water Damage in Your Home


Fires can occur at any time and without any prior notice. When there is a fire in your home, call professionals to inspect the home as soon as possible. They are experienced in fire damage restoration and can make your home look “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO fire damage services in Wrightsville Beach also include water removal when needed. At times, firefighters use a great deal of water to extinguish the fire. When that occurs, our technicians may use a variety of methods to extract water from the affected area. Extractors remove water from areas such as carpets, upholstery, and floors. To remove water from carpeting, flooring or upholstery technicians may use the vacuum extractor. If there is a large amount of water in the home, the team may use a pump. To dry the area, technicians, typically, use air movers or high-velocity axial fans to speed up drying.  
 
When dealing with smoke odors, the crew can reduce smells in your home. Smoke can be pungent and offensive and often lingers in the area after a fire. The team will remove charred furniture and other burned items with the homeowner's consent. Also, the crew can shut off the HVAC system during cleaning to prevent smoke residue, ash, and soot from spreading throughout the home via the vents and ductwork. Fire, ash and smoke residues can contaminate ducts if it filters through ductwork. We inspect the HVAC system to determine the extent of smoke residue and to check for smoke odors. If smoke residues are there, we clean the affected areas to prevent ash, soot, and smoke from being blown throughout your home when you use your HVAC system.
 
Our first objective is to prevent fire and smoke damages from further damaging your home. We may need to board or tape to secure the property and to prevent intruders from coming in the home. It is important to note that if the structure needs major work, homeowners must call a contractor to do the repairs.  
 
We provide 24/7 emergency services. Call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 for a fast response.

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When You Experience Water Damage In Your Castle Hayne Home

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When You Experience Water Damage In Your Castle Hayne Home Plumbing Leaks in Castle Hayne Can Be Destructive--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Castle Hayne Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Cleanup and Restoration

As a Castle Hayne homeowner, you are quite familiar with the severe weather systems that can come rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean and have a dire effect on the houses in the area. Fortunately, your home had gotten constructed to withstand a lot of these severe storms and the effects they might have. What your home did not get prepared for, was the likelihood of water damage inside of your house.

Fixtures and plumbing are often a significant contributor to water damages that affect your Castle Hayne home. When items like faucets and sink plumbing age, they sometimes have a difficult time withstanding their standard tolerances for pressures and flow, leaving them vulnerable to failures and malfunctions. Some of these cases might not cause disastrous damages, but it could still require professional restoration to bring your house back to original conditions before the leakage started.

Our SERVPRO team can begin the restoration process the moment that we arrive at your home. We assess the extent of the damage that the broken plumbing or malfunctioning fixture allowed and work to set up a plan for what needs to happen to restore this damage and the kind of equipment necessary to complete these tasks.

Smaller instances of water incursion might only require some drying efforts and cleanup to restore, but even this needs to proceed in a particular professional standard. Leaving moisture or dampness after an incident like this could allow compounding damages like mold growth to occur within 72 hrs. To avoid a circumstance like this great lengths are taken to ensure that all of the dampness and moisture get thoroughly dried up before the restoration process completes.

While every case of water damage to your home might not be disastrous, there is something to be said about having the right personnel clean the mess up and get things back to normal. You can always trust in the expertise and professionalism of our SERVPRO of New Hanover team to help you clean up the mess and ensure that all of the moisture gets successfully extracted from the affected areas. "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (910) 762-8180.

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