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What You Can Do When Your Wilmington Area Movie Theater Sustains Flood Damage

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

rainboots in puddle When it comes to flood damage that is caused by storms, being prepared and following through with your plan is essential.

What You Can Do When Your Movie Theater Sustains Flood Damage

When it comes to flood damage that is caused by storms, being prepared and following through with your plan is essential. Following a plan might not only help prevent disastrous levels of damage to your business, but it could also help ensure that injury does not occur. Making sure that you are in a safe place when the storm hits are critical. Insurance and remediation companies can handle the damage done to your business, but they cannot fix permanent harm done to your body.

The ocean-based storm that hit your independent movie theater caused flood damage inside the building you own. The lobby doors were breached, and now there are several inches of water inside, soaking into the carpet. Upon finding the damage inside of your theater, it is vital for you to call for professional help as soon as you can.

The faster that you can get a team like SERVPRO inside of your building to remediate, the better it can be for the outcome of the job. Flood damage is often time-sensitive and leaving it can cause further complications down the line, such as mold damage.

SERVPRO makes it a priority of arriving at your business when you need us there. We understand how vital foot traffic is for small businesses and, because of it, we work around your schedule. Our employees can even work through the night to keep out of sight and mind.

When SERVPRO arrives at your theater, we can bring advanced technology to handle removing the water from your building. Equipment such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors are excellent at removing water as quickly as possible. Considering that movie theaters are usually covered in carpet, extractors are a very useful tool. They remove water with suction, but also have a heating element inside that simultaneously helps dry carpet, upholstery, and drapes. Once the floodwaters are removed from your lobby, SERVPRO can do one last sweep to make sure that no water remains.

If flood damage impacts your business after a storm, never wait to call for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of New Hanover by calling (910) 762-8180. Day or night, we can be there for you.

SERVPRO Can Clean Your Commercial Kitchen in Wilmington

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

pan cooking over stovetop Wilmington Restaurants Rely on SERVPRO to Rid the Premises of Smoky Odors Post Fires

Wilmington's Commercial Fire Damage Technicians from SERVPRO

Kitchens are familiar places for fires to start. Commercial kitchens are not immune to accidents, and it is possible that someday a fire starts inside your Wilmington restaurant. After the building gets cleared by the fire department, it is time to assess the damage.

The number one priority is to secure the burnt area and make sure it is safe for your employees and customers. SERVPRO's commercial fire damage professionals in Wilmington know how to complete the restoration process by causing as little of a strain on your business operations as possible. Many times we complete the work outside of business hours so that your restaurant does not lose revenue as a result of the mitigation process.

When starting the cleanup and restoration process, our SERVPRO specialists remove anything that is severely burnt and needs to get replaced. Once all of the charred debris gets discarded, the next step is deodorization. Pungent odors sometimes have multiple sources that get removed to start the deodorization process. Protein-fueled blazes from meats are especially malodorous. Mechanical means can be used to neutralize the odors by recombining the odor-causing into no-offensive or no odor at all. Hydroxyl generators are a safe bet for this.

After items that create foul odors get discarded, surfaces that odor particles stick to get cleaned. Many times cleaning all of the soot residues inside a structure eliminates most pungent odors. However, sometimes odor particles penetrate deep into materials, and other methods get used to rid the area of the awful smells.

If foul smells are still present after all surfaces are clean, the conditions that caused the odor particles to penetrate building materials get recreated. We create smoke behavior by using chemical fogging equipment. Chemical foggers disperse microscopic particles of deodorization chemicals into the structure.

Smoke particles penetrate deeply into materials because they are microscopic. The use of industrial grades hoods helps vent odors to the outside. Odor particles range in size from one-tenth of a micron to four microns. Deodorant particles must be just as small and travel at a high velocity to be effective.

Other factors such as porosity cause odor particles to penetrate deep into materials. The more porous material is, the more likely it is to absorb odors. If the residue is more concentrated in an area, then the odor particles cover a larger surface area. The time an area gets exposed to smoke affects how deep odor particles penetrate.

If odors still exist after recreating the smoke's environment with deodorant chemicals, sometimes walls and studs get sprayed with a special sealant paint to seal the foul odors. For help restoring smoke problems, call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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How Water Damage Can Strike

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

lifeboat and house SERVPRO Can Save Your Water Damaged Home in Wilmington

Coastal Storms Can Bring on Water Damage

Living in a coastal area can be comfortable and relaxing in many ways, but can also come with some risks as well. Residents of Wilmington have to be ready for floods, hurricanes, and heavy storms, in addition to physical water disasters. Even properties on high ground are not immune to water damage and flooding. Knowing about the different types of water damage that could harm your property is the first step in mitigating the damage from disasters.
 
Hurricanes and Large Storms
A large portion of Wilmington water damage cases results from hurricanes and storms, due to proximity to the ocean and significant potential for tropical storms to move in. Although many homes are built with heavy winds in mind, exterior, and interior water damage can still result from any storm with heavy rain and wind. Large amounts of rainfall can flood houses and stain their walls and floors, and heavy winds can peel off roofing materials and blow objects through walls and windows, opening up the room to the elements. There is little to be done about these storms, aside from ensuring your safety by getting to a shelter or at the very least holing up in a bathroom or safe room.
 
River Flooding
The rivers and streams that swirl around Wilmington may be prone to flooding during a storm, causing significant damage to properties along their banks. Also, consider that intruding groundwater is contaminated with chemicals, pathogens, and organic debris. If your home is located on or near a river, consider taking precautions to have valuables placed six to twelve inches above the ground to avoid significant loss in the event of a flood.

Infrastructure Disasters
As with locations across the country, water fixtures can also malfunction or incur damage, leading to potential disaster for your property. Water lines and fixtures inside and outside of your home may rupture or fail, causing mild to severe water damage in portions of your home. Make sure that all water lines and fixtures in your home are relatively new and in good shape to avoid most of the damage associated with these disasters. Periodically inspect visible plumbing lines and couplings. Inspect hose drain lines from the washing machine and dishwasher every six months.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover has been a trusted locally owned and operated franchise for years now and has serviced many local clients with water, flood, fire, and mold damage repair and restoration services. If you require assistance with cleanup and repair of any water damage in the area, please don't hesitate to call us at (910) 762-8180 for fast 24/7 service.

What to Do When a Wrightsville Beach School Suffers Fire Damages

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

School Bell The experienced professionals at SERVPRO work quickly and efficiently so that schools can reopen their doors sooner after fire damage.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Keep Schools Safe after Fire Damage

There are plenty of things that you have to concern yourself with regarding the safety of the children that attend Wrightsville Beach schools. When you are dealing with an incident like a fire, regardless of the severity, the lingering effects and potential damage need to be removed, restored, and repaired right away. Knowing whom you can trust to handle any emergency restoration job can save you time, money, and resources.

As a decision maker for incidents like fire damage in Wrightsville Beach schools, the last thing that you want is excessive time getting lost from children kept at home while damage restoration is underway. Often, this fact alone is enough to discourage school systems from attempting to repair and restore fire effects on their own and leave it to the hands of trusted professionals like our SERVPRO team.

Regardless of the severity of the fire itself, there are always going to be symptoms that linger to make it unsafe for children. Smoke and soot damage are typical effects of any size fire, and with our tools and expertise, we can remove the presence of this damage efficiently. Cleaning surfaces, floors, contents, and ceilings usually get accomplished with scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters to prevent dust and debris from floating through the air while the cleaning is underway.

The scent of the smoke can also be a difficult thing to deal with, as this can be noxious in areas that are not well ventilated. Instead, our SERVPRO team can remove the foul smell at a molecular level with the use of dense fogging machines. The chemical fog itself is odorless, and reacts with the foul scent molecules, successfully neutralizing them on contact. Instead of masking this awful smell with a stronger scent, the process leaves nothing behind.

There are varying degrees of restoration when it comes to fire damage, but time is of the essence when classes are supposed to be convening. When you do not have the time to waste to correct and restore the damage left behind by fire or any manner of emergency, contact SERVPRO of New Hanover. Our experienced technicians can be reached anytime at (910) 762-8180.  

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Storm and Flood Damage in Carolina Beach

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Sandcastle Protect Your Carolina Beach Castle from Flooding with SERVPRO's Help

SERVPRO Is Here to Help with Flood Damage Services

Flooding may be inevitable living on the coast like we do, but that doesn't mean the extreme damage may not be preventable or at least reduced. Inspecting your home before the next storm is a big step to keeping your home intact and maybe even dry in spite of what the next storm can drop on us.

At SERVPRO, we do our best to minimize flood damage to Carolina Beach homes. Like Freeman Park, we may be smaller than many of the surrounding towns and cities, but that just makes each of our neighbors more important and valuable. Once you call us, there's nothing we won't do to help.

Our inspectors are extensively trained and certified to help keep your home water-free and dry. They will make a note of every possible source of water damage. This assessment includes damaged rain gutters and downspouts that need to be repaired or replaced as well as unsecured pipes that can be battered around in a storm until they break or burst, sending, even more, water into an already affected area. Once our inspection is completed, you will be given a copy of our recommendations along with a price list for each service. This is general to offer you an overview. We can also assist with insurance paperwork.

When the storms do strike our community, we are ready for it. Thanks to having a national support network, our local franchise can maintain a 24-hour response team with the best equipment available in the restoration business. Once you call, we can be at your home within a few hours and can start the job within minutes after arriving. Using our extensive inventory of pumps and other water removal equipment, most standing water can be extracted in less than a day. Next, our technicians will deploy a series of fans and dehumidifiers to finish the drying process. The fans are designed to increase the flow of air over carpets, drying them before mold has a chance to grow. The dehumidifiers are designed to draw water from nearby walls and ceilings to prevent the rotting of tiles and drywall.

SERVPRO of New Hanover is locally owned and operated. Restoring your homes isn't merely a set of businesses transactions. You are our neighbors and fellow members of the community. Call us today at (910) 762-8180 to schedule a free inspection.

Water Removal after a Hurricane or a Leak

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Sign For Hurricanes and Storm Damage call SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Is the Answer To All Your Water Removal Needs

Living in an area prone to natural water events means that it is always wise to take the proper precautions against dangerous and destructive natural forces, such as water. Remember these tips to save you money should you encounter an unwelcome water problem. Hurricane Matthew is a case in point.
 
Water removal in Silver Lake is no small deal. It can be heartbreaking and stressful to see your home ravaged by water. SERVPRO is always here to help you with the water extraction you need in an emergency. We can help you avoid water damage in the future, with the following tips.
 
An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure
It is possible that this finds you as one of the lucky homeowners who has escaped from recent waters unscathed, or perhaps, you were not so fortunate. Either way, information on prevention is helpful to everyone, from those who are unprepared to face a water event, those who are rebuilding after a disaster, as well as those who have unfortunately just been through (or need) water removal. It is never too late to prepare for the future.
 
Put Items Up High in Storage
While you cannot always completely avoid the need for water removals, such as from unexpected storms, hurricanes, and floods, an excellent way to protect your belongings can go far. Start by going into your storage areas: closets, garages, attics, and proper storage rooms. Put cherished items up high in these rooms to protect them from standing water.
 
The use of plastic bins to protect against water is the best thing you can do. These bins often have click-shut tops and can be easily stacked on top of each other. They were particularly useful in storage areas where you may not have storage shelves to use. Simply getting your packable belongings off of the floor can be a cheap solution to future problems.
 
Spring Cleaning
Yes, the dreaded term: spring cleaning. Basements often become the final resting place of old belongings, furniture, clothing, and other items that do not have another place to go inside your living space. Take the time to go through your basement once a year and declutter the area, pack up things you want to save in plastic bins, and get rid of things you will never use. Should the time ever come, you will be very glad that some of the clutter is gone and items you wanted to keep are safe inside their plastic bins.
 
The stress and worry of needing water removal services cannot be overstated. The economical costs and emotional havoc it causes can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 anytime for your water emergency. Our Storm Emergency Service team is available 24/7 to take your calls.

Our Team Can Help Prepare Your Home In Carolina Beach For Hurricane Season

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane sign Homeowners who prepared their homes in advance for a Hurricane sustained less damage than those who failed to do so.

Preparing For Hurricane Season Can Minimize Flood Damage In Carolina Beach

September is National Preparedness Month and knowing how to protect your Carolina Beach home from flooding brought by heavy rains and hurricanes can prevent costly damage from skyrocketing. In the aftermath, flooding of any quantity causes damage, but SERVPRO is here to help mitigate any amount of harm your property sustains.

When SERVPRO comes to clean up a home's flood damage, we arrive with pump trucks ready to begin extracting water and any debris from the home's interior. We also check to ensure that the interior is safe and remove anything that can cause injuries. Wearing personal protective equipment, we can work safely and efficiently. Injuries can slow a team down, so we always take care to prevent these wherever possible.

Homeowners who prepared their homes in advance for Hurricane Florence's arrival sustained less damage than those who failed to do so. Flooding that remained lower than other homes' means we can cut lower to the floor than we must in homes that remained unprepared. This may seem insignificant, but for an entire home, it can represent significant savings.

Boarding up windows and doors can also keep windows from shattering and debris from entering your home. This results in a reduction in clean up that requires attention and can also allow less damage to happen to your home's interior. Homes that have no boarding up beforehand often have several broken windows, and as high-speed winds from the hurricane enter, an unprotected home's furnishings often end up broken and smashed.

Preparing for the next hurricane is just as essential as it was for Hurricane Florence. Each one has the potential to devastate a home left unprepared for the wind and rain brought inland. SERVPRO is always ready, Faster To Any Size Disaster, to help mitigate flood damage and get things back to normal.

After flood damage caused by a hurricane or any other weather event, call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180. We are here 24/7 and ready to take your call. Serving Kure Beach, Figure Eight Island, Leland, and the surrounding areas, we can quickly restore your property “Like it never even happened,” again.

Understanding Various Smoke and Fire Damage Possible in Your Wilmington Home

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke coming out of structure 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 a lot of 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. 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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How Can Commercial Water Removal Services Save Your Flooded Wilmington Restaurant?

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

Restaurant Kitchen Water Removal from a Wilmington Restaurant Keeps Customers Happy--Thanks SERVPRO!

Count on SERVPRO for Wilmington Area Business Water Extraction and Cleanup

A flooded restaurant is nothing short of a nightmare for any restaurateur. Whether it is due to a ruptured pipe, broken appliance, or a natural disaster, the best recourse during such a situation is to get the water removed as soon as possible. Thankfully, professional water extraction services can help you get the job done before the situation gets out of hand.

Here at SERVPRO, we have a team of experts who can save your Wilmington restaurant from any long-lasting water damage. Our IICRC certified team has years of experience dealing with water-related emergencies in retail establishments. We work hard to make sure that your doors are open while we mitigate the situation and prevent any further damage.

The SERVPRO technicians spring into action as soon as we hear from you. They assess the situation, make a plan and start getting things under control as quickly as possible. We also understand the risk of additional water-related damage that can result from inefficient water removal and drying. As a result, our technicians use a multi-step drying approach to get your restaurant back to the pre-damage condition as quickly as possible.
 
Efficient drying is the key to limiting additional damage  
Residual moisture from inefficient drying can result in secondary damage such as mold growth and food and product contamination. SERVPRO technicians use some of the best drying equipment and moisture sensing devices to eliminate residual moisture after a water-related incident in your restaurant. We use high-efficiency dryers, dehumidifiers, and air movers to create a perfect situation for the most efficient water removal from your establishment.

Our technicians understand the physics and mechanics of the drying and use that knowledge to speed up the whole process. They use a combination of heat and relative humidity control and air movement to create the most efficient situation for drying. We also make sure that when we have completed the service, your restaurant is as ready as possible for any inspections and certifications. We also provide documented paperwork as evidence of a dry environment.

Call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 today to speak with us and discuss your situation. Remember, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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We Act Fast In Wilmington To Restore Your Home's Flood Damage

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

fans, dehumidifiers and equipment sitting on shelves in our warehouse We have large inventories of water restoration equipment to handle any size flood damage disaster.

Safely Protecting the Contents of Your Flooding Wilmington Home

In the wake of substantial disasters like hurricanes, your Wilmington home can become both structurally damaged and susceptible to hazardous flood effects. As much as you want to avoid these unfortunate circumstances, it is often safer to vacate the premises to stay safe and then work to restore and repair structural concerns when the storm passes. When flooding is seemingly inevitable, there are steps that homeowners can take to protect their belongings and reduce their loss. 

Hurricanes, tropical storms, and other severe weather events consistently present risks of flood damage to Wilmington homes. Content management is a significant division of our SERVPRO team, especially during flood disasters. Even with our advanced technology and tools, we are at the mercy of the severity of the water damage and how long these contents have remained exposed to the standing water. Your involvement ahead of the storm can help to save you from losses that have no set monetary value. These items might include keepsakes, heirlooms, and irreplaceable treasures.

As much as you want to save all of your possessions for what can feel like an inevitable loss, there are some practices you can employ before our professionals arrive after the storm has passed. Apart from the traditional approach to hurricane-proof a home, including boarding up windows and shutting off utilities, you can also round up the precious belongings of your home to protect them from what is coming as you get to a safe location.

You often have limited time to prepare your home for what flood damage could occur, so you have little time to waste in gathering up your possessions as well. Employ the entire family in helping to grab what belongings matter most, as these can be a source of comfort even amid the destructive power making landfall with higher category storm systems.

We are here with you when disasters strike, as our homes are in the same communities as you. We can be there quickly to help overcome the harmful flooding conditions in your home and to mitigate your losses. No matter what help you need, you can count on our SERVPRO of New Hanover restoration specialists to provide it. Give us a call today at (910) 762-8180.

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