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Wrightsville Beach, NC, Residents Understand that the Risk of Flood Damage After a Storm is Extremely High

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Mitigate Flood Damage by Calling SERVPRO to Your Wrightsville Beach Property to Assist with Industrial Strength Pumps and Drying Equipment

A town residing in New Hanover County, North Carolina, Wrightsville Beach is situated east of Wilmington, making it part of the statistical Wilmington Metropolitan area. As of 2010, the United States census had Wrightsville Beach listed as having 2,477 people. The town itself is comprised of four miles of beach island, with an interior referred to as Harbor Island. There are also lots of pockets filled with commercial property located within the mainland.

Learning More About Wrightsville Beach in New Hanover County, NC

When it comes to recreational activities, this region is loaded with plenty of options for active lifestyles. There are wellness and healthy outdoor activities, watersports, and many community gatherings throughout the calendar year. Not only that, but Wrightsville Beach itself is one of the most accessible beaches in the region. The beach is known for spacious areas for planning your day in the sand or stepping into the crystal blue waters. Many people come here to paddleboard, surf, or experience some local cuisines at several eateries along the strip.

Wrightsville Beach, NC, Beginnings, and History

In 1881, there was a post office established called Wrightsville. The town is made up of two islands separated by two unique bodies of water. In between, you have Bradley Creek that runs through and the Hammocks, which is now known as Harbor Island. The Hammocks were separated from the entire beach by Banks Channel. During the 1700 and 1800s, this area of the Hammocks remained accessible via boat and a footbridge from the mainland. The central portion of the beach remained accessible only via boat.

1725 is when you have the first-ever documented history of current-day Wrightsville Beach, which started when the land was granted to Charles Harrison by the Lord's Proprietors. The grant itself was for 640 acres of land located just north of Heide Trask Bridge (present-day), which goes over the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Carolina Yacht Club had its beginnings in 1853 by seven men from the area that sailed and raced boats as a hobby. This club is now known to be the second oldest within the United States. Once the yacht club building was complete in 1884, it became the first permanent structure located on the beach that was only readily accessible via boat. Over time, some scattered commercial buildings and cottages popped up over the area, previously known as Ocean View. The town itself became incorporated as Wrightsville Beach in 1899 to honor Wilmington's Wright family.

Wrightsville Beach is Known for Tough Storms and Weather Events

Throughout the years, Wrightsville Beach has been through many notable storms, including two significant hurricanes in 1899. The first of these two storms hit in August, where it made landfall in the Hatteras region, but there was also notable destruction in Wrightsville Beach. The second hurricane hit the south of the town in November. Many buildings and other structures throughout the island became damaged, with some cottages were wiped-out entirely from the beach.

Another notable storm took place in October 1954 when Hurricane Hazel made landfall at the Holden Beach area. This storm made its way along the coastline, eventually hitting Wrightsville Beach. After that, there was plenty of destruction with Hurricane Connie in 1955 and then both Fran and Bertha in 1996.

Enjoying Local Attractions and Dining in Wrightsville Beach, NC

In addition to sandy beaches and waters on the Intracoastal Waterway, many attractions in the area are must-see. Some of the top options to experience include:

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History – Located on West Salisbury Street, this museum is housed in a Myers Cottage from the turn of the century. Here, you can learn all about the beach's early days while taking in artwork, information on the region, children's programs, and more. 

Crystal Pier – On Lumina Ave. S., this stunning pier is a great place to go when you want to get away for a bit. The dock is an excellent location for viewing local surfers or grabbing a bite to eat at the Oceanic Restaurant on the pier.

Stanback Coastal Education Center – This facility on Salisbury Street W offers a wide variety of children's programs, including the famous Touch Tank Tuesday event. You will find it is filled with wonders and learning, which is why many schools set it up for field trips! 

When it comes to Wrightsville Beach, NC, eateries, the list is long and filled with diverse options, such as:

  • Poe's Tavern
  • Bluewater Grill
  • Brent's Bistro
  • South Beach Grill
  • Gulfstream Restaurant
  • Oceanic
  • East Oceanfront Dining
  • Adapt Kitchen and Juice Bar

Flood Damage can be Costly and Devastating for your Wrightsville Beach Home – Call SERVPRO to Assist After a Storm to Ensure No Moisture Gets Left Behind!

When there is extreme weather in the Wrightsville Beach area, you need to know that you have skilled technicians to handle all water extraction, drying, and clean up. SERVPRO makes your restoration job a priority, and we are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Once you call, you will have our Green Fleet at your door within hours so that we can limit the amount of subsequent damage that sets in.

Until we arrive to begin restoration after you experience flood damage in Wrightsville Beach, there are several steps that you can take:

  • Reduce any additional risks:When your home floods, there could be other dangers, including the risk of electrical shock. Be mindful to eliminate slip and fall accidents, plus take the time to see if you can safely turn off the power to the flood zone.
  • Avoid contact with water:Because floodwaters contain contaminants, it is best to steer clear of it until our crew arrives.
  • Block off the area where water is coming in: If possible, shut any doors leading to the flood-zone and put old blankets or towels down to try to limit water traveling rapidly into unaffected areas of your home.

SERVPRO of New Hanover is the team to call when you have flood damage after a significant storm front comes through. Once you call us at (910) 762-8180, we send a team out to your property to begin assessment followed by extraction and drying measures.

Wrightsville Beach Residents Can Travel by “Reindeer”

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Caroling by “Reindeer” Trolley is Part of the Holiday Fun Awaiting Wrightsville Beach

Christmas carols, Santa, and holiday lights await visitors to the historic downtown in nearby Wilmington. It is a delightful time, and you can enjoy caroling by carriage or trolley. These carriages are horse-drawn, and you can snuggle down under a blanket while heading out for a tour of the Christmas lights. Santa Claus will be handing out free candy canes to the kiddos. The event is happening:

  • December 18 & 19
  • December 23 & 24

The magic is from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Tickets are:

  • Adults - $14
  • Kids under 12 - $6.00

It all takes place at Market & Water Streets, downtown Wilmington. Trolley tours are available as well.

SERVPRO Proudly Serves Wrightsville Beach

SERVPRO of New Hanover provides fire debris cleanup to Wrightsville Beach and surrounding areas. If you need fire damage mitigation, our company has the expertise, experience, and equipment to handle the job. Our technicians are certified and fire and water cleanup and restoration. Contact us at (910) 762-8180 for more information.

Christmas Open House & Market in Wilmington

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Shop Wilmington Artists & Vendors While Enjoying the Festivities

Plan to take the whole family to enjoy this fun-filled, festive Christmas event. Not only can you take in the sights and sounds of Christmas while getting your holiday shopping done, but you can tour the Burgwin-Wright House. The house will be decorated for the holidays, and it is lovely. It is the only colonial period structure open to the public. 

The event is free, but they do suggest a $5 donation when touring the Burgwin-Wright House. The proceeds go towards educational programs. There will also be a Toys for Tot drive going on. It is a chance to give back to the less fortunate in our community. 

It all takes place on December 12, 2020, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Plan to enjoy the day at this wonderful event hosted by the Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens. 

SERVPRO of New Hanover provides mold inspection and mitigation to Wilmington residents. If you see us at the Christmas Market, be sure and say hello. If you need mold remediation, contact us at (910) 762-8180.

Wilmington Counts on SERVPRO for Water Damage Repair

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Wilmington Businesses Trust Us to Provide Water Damage Mitigation When a Water Loss Occurs

Wilmington, NC is a beautiful port city that is home to the Riverwalk. This 1 ¾ mile riverfront walk was named "Best American Riverfront" by USA Today in 2014. Residents enjoy both the river and the beach, as do the many visitors that flock to the area yearly.

Native Americans & Colonials

Algonquin tribes were among the primary tribes of indigenous people who lived in the area when the Europeans' colonization began. Both Europeans and Africans took part in the history of Wilmington. Giovanni da Verrazano, a 16th-century explorer, is the first white person to see the area. English colonists would build the first European settlement in the 1720s. John Watson, a landowner, established a community in 1732 on the Cape Fear River. It was known as "New Carthage," but that name would change several times. It would become "New Liverpool" and finally morph into "Newton." Governor Gabriel Johnson ruled this North Carolina city. The name would change again to honor the Earl of Wilmington, Spencer Compton, around 1739.

Early settlers migrated to Wilmington from various locations such as Pamlico, Albemarle, Virginia, and South Carolina. But the significant influx would be from:

  • Northern British colonies
  • West Indies
  • British Isles

The Revolutionary War Comes Along

Before and after the War of Independence, lumber and naval stores were the region's primary economy. Wilmington would play a significant role in the Revolutionary War. As a prominent port, it was commercially vital. Many outspoken city leaders would encourage patriot separation. One of the most prominent voices was Cornelius Harnett. Part of the General Assembly, he would rally folks to stand against the Sugar Act. 

The Stamp Act would follow, and Wilmington would hold demonstrations against that. 

Liberty, Property, and No Stamp Duty

This phrase was the cry on October 19, 1765, when townspeople flocked to burn an effigy of residents who supported the Stamp Act and protest the new law. Others would gather at a "funeral" to mourn the death of liberty. But when they discovered she still had a "pulse," a celebration followed. 

Attempting to Bring Calm

Governor William Tryon would attempt to bring the two sides together, but it was not to be. He pleaded with the residents on November 18, 1765, but the locals claimed their rights were restricted. Governor Tryon ordered the stamps to be kept aboard the Diligence. Court business was stopped, as was all Cape Fear shipping. The unrest ended up being so great Tryon would eventually move his government seat to New Bern. Ultimately, the Stamp Act would be repealed by the Westminster Parliament in 1766.

Railroads Bring Commerce

Wilmington looked forward to railroad transportation, and in the 1830s, it took place. A plan was put together, and the track was laid, with completion taking place in 1840. It would be the longest single line of railroad track anywhere in the world. The railroad also had a fleet of steamboats that serviced passengers traveling between Wilmington and Charleston. They also carried freight, and with the city being a stop-over point, commerce grew.

The Antebellum Period

Other things besides the railroads were growing. Church cemeteries had filled up, and in 1853 Oakdale Cemetery would be established on 65 acres. It would be North Carolina's first rural cemetery. Other happenings during this time included:

  • Establishment of the Wilmington Gas Company in 1854
  • Gas-powered lights replace oil lamps
  • Construction on a new city hall began in 1855
  • Thalian Hall opera house is established
  • First public school, Union Free School, opened in 1857
  • Free people of color open businesses and develop trade

The Civil War Comes to Wilmington

Blockade runners, both privately owned and Confederate, would use the port in Wilmington as their base. They would bring much-needed supplies from England to waiting troops and cities. The Union tried to stop the running of supplies to the South. Fort Fisher fell to Union troops, and the port was closed. One month later, Wilmington's Battle took place in 1865, and Union forces captured the city. Much of the battle took place on the city's outskirts, so period houses and buildings were preserved.

A City Full of History

Today much of the past can be seen in Wilmington. The downtown monuments and historic buildings include:

  • George Davis Monument
  • Confederate Monument
  • Bellamy Mansion
  • Cotton Exchange of Wilmington
  • Temple of Israel
  • Murchison Building

SERVPRO of New Hanover Proudly Serving Wilmington Businesses

Burst pipes and leaking HVAC systems can all cause water intrusions that call for water damage repair services. When that happens, SERVPRO is here to mitigate the damage. We arrive at your property as fast as possible and do a scope of the premises. Once that happens, and a plan of action gets put in place, our technicians:

  • Provide water extraction services using various types of pumps
  • Dry the building using industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Clean the structure and content
  • Use controlled demolition if needed
  • Repair and restore the facility

Emergency mitigation is vital to prevent secondary damage from occurring. Water is caustic and can damage surfaces. Mold can rapidly develop when moisture is allowed to remain in place. Early intervention is crucial to prevent these problems. SERVPRO of New Hanover understands the importance of restoring your business fast. Your business needs to be open to support your family and maintain customers. We can help with that by providing water damage repair to your Wilmington business. Contact us at (910) 762- 8180. Ask about our ERP plan that can help you be prepared before a disaster.

Experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees in Wilmington

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Enjoy a Bit of Holiday Magic with this Popular Wilmington Family Tradition

From November 21st to December 24th, Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington gets turned into a sparkling winter wonderland. Fun for the entire family, the Cape Fear Festival of Trees is with artfully decorated holiday trees and plenty of seasonal cheer. Hours for this event are Monday through Saturday from 12 pm to 8 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm. Pricing is just $5 for adults with free admission for children 12 and under with a paying adult. 

  • Experience festively decorated timbers
  • Take advantage of unique photo opportunities
  • Vote on your favorite holiday tree
  • Bring home the magic by purchasing commemorative ornaments and holiday wreaths
  • Immerse yourself in winter splendor with decorated restaurants and shop windows

Community is crucial, and SERVPRO of New Hanover is proud to enjoy events such as this with our local families and businesses. If you have damage from tropical storm flooding, we are the team to call for repair and restoration. Contact us 24 hours any day of the week for emergency service by calling (910) 762-8180.

Gear Up for Those Thanksgiving Meal Calories and Get Moving in Wrightsville Beach With a 5K Race

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

2 SERVPRO vehicles in front of a commercial property Just like our neighbors train for 5k’s, SERVPRO continually trains for emergency restoration scenarios.

Enjoy Some Much-Needed Fresh Air at the Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot

For our community to stay up with social distancing and safety guidelines, enjoying an open-air activity might be good for the soul. The Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving 5k run or walk all around the Wrightsville Beach Loop. This event is taking place on Thursday, November 26th, with registration beginning at 7:00am. The 5k kicks off at 8:30am, and there is also a one-mile fun run scheduled for 8:45am.

Further details on this family-friendly event include: 

  • Sponsorship by the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
  • Free admission for all spectators
  • Prizes, food, and fun for everybody!

Always caring about our local community's health and well-being, SERVPRO of New Hanover welcomes all attendants to this annual event. Should there be a circumstance where you require assistance in water cleanup and restoration for your home or business, you can reach our skilled crew by calling (910) 762-8180. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Hiring Skilled Restoration for Your Wilmington Home Ensures Prompt, Reliable Results

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

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When it Comes to Fire and Smoke Companies, SERVPRO Offers Round the Clock Services Wilmington Homeowners Can Trust

Nestled in the beautiful state of North Carolina, New Hanover County is one of 100 counties in the area. Despite being one of the smaller land area counties within the state, this region is home to over 200,000 citizens. Within New Hanover County, you also have Wilmington, which is one of the largest cities in the entire state.

Created in 1729, New Hanover County is primarily a maritime region with an Atlantic Ocean border on the east with Cape Fear River located to the west. This area has become home to a broad range of incredible historical landmarks, including:

  • Cape Fear Civil War Shipwreck
  • Peterhoff
  • Wilmington National Cemetery
  • Fort Fisher
  • Audubon Trolley Station

New Hanover County has a total area of 328 square miles, with 137 square miles made up of water and 192 square miles comprised of land.

Fire and Smoke Damage Companies to the Rescue in Wilmington, NC for Businesses and Homeowners Alike

Any loss for a property owner becomes a significant blow, both from a personal and financial standpoint. As IICRC-certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT), we know how to handle a fire damage situation to bring our customers the best results.

SERVPRO of New Hanover is dedicated to community engagement, especially in times of need. We work closely with various local charities to help prevent accidents within the home while fostering well-being throughout the region.

  • Through programs like Nourish NC, The American Red Cross, the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM), and the Wilmington Chamber Foundation, our team is committed to making a difference.

Fire events are devastating for all involved. Our team at SERVPRO of New Hanover works closely with New Hanover County Fire Rescue and other first responders in the region to provide emergency services to all community members. With our 24/7 emergency response team and highly specialized techniques, we have the manpower and expertise to restore your family home or place of business to preloss conditions. Whether you have a blaze at your place of business as significant as the Wilmington Terminal Company fire of 1953 or a small kitchen fire within your condo, you can trust that our skilled technicians will act fast and get the job done.

Common Reasons to Contact Skilled Fire and Smoke Companies for Emergency Service

From communities filled with family homes to populated areas with businesses, this region is not exempt from fire and smoke damage. With fast action and proven methods, fire and smoke companies of New Hanover can lessen the blow and the onset of secondary damage.

  • Grease Fires –What may begin as a small fire on a stovetop can turn into something significant in a matter of seconds. If the fire spreads and damages your ceiling or structure, you need restoration and reconstruction by trained technicians. Working with an industry-certified company ensures you can address handle your fire damage accordingly.
  • Electrical Fires –Often hidden until they spread into other rooms or floors of your property, an electrical fire is one that calls for careful consideration. It is imperative to have a team that will follow the fire's path to ensure that no area is left unaddressed. Failing to locate all fire damage areas means that corrosive soot and smoke may get left behind in your walls, ceilings, and ductwork.
  • Smoke Damage –In some instances, your interior could suffer smoke damage from a fire in a nearby home. Professional restoration crews have various tools at our disposal to handle your soot and smoke removal needs. We employ specialized equipment and stop at nothing to ensure you have the indoor air quality (IAQ) that you deserve.

When faced with a fire inside your home, you must follow a plan of action to get the best results. Before a fire even takes place, these are some tips that will ensure you are thoroughly prepared:

Put a plan into writing as a reminder to make necessary phone calls initiating cleanup so that you do not get overwhelmed.

  • Always take pictures of all areas of your home. Having shots of each room allows you to have the documentation you need for your insurance company.
  • Gather any receipts and copies of payments you have made on big-ticket items within your home. These essential documents help determine value should you lose these items in a fire.
  • All details are critical, so be sure that you are careful with descriptions of items, including serial numbers, if possible.
  • Have the name and contact information of a trusted fire and smoke company handy so that you know whom you can call to begin the restoration process.

How Can Fire and Smoke Companies Help Me Recover After a Fire?

Fire recovery and restoration call for meticulous planning and cleanup efforts. Working with our certified specialists at SERVPRO ensures that your Wilmington home is restored to preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." We cover everything within the house to get the results you want, from your carpets and upholstery to insulation and structural elements.

When called for any smoke or fire damage project in Wilmington, we assess the devastation level and adjust our plan accordingly. Some of the advanced equipment that we utilize most for fire incident cleanup includes: 

  • Deodorizing pellets and gels
  • Thermal fogging equipment to seek out embedded particulates and neutralize them
  • Ozone machinery best for extreme odor removal situations
  • Hydroxyl generators work to alter the chemical nature of odors during the cleanup phase
  • Ultra-light volume foggers (ULV) that disperse chemicals which bind to and alter malodor chemical composition
  • Sealants and paint primers

Our efforts focus on restoration and reconstruction versus replacement, which sets us apart at SERVPRO of New Hanover. When you need fire and smoke companies that you can trust, you can always look to us for prompt emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us at (910) 762-8180 to deploy a crew to your location.

Who Can Homeowners Contact to Restore Their Homes After a Fire?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van parked outside of home Our experienced technicians have the equipment your home needs after a fire. Call us today for immediate assistance.

Wilmington Residents Should Call SERVPRO for Professional Restoration.

 Can’t Homeowners Have a Crew Remove Scorched Items and Paint Over the Walls?

Returning Wilmington homes to a pre-fire condition requires more than paint and hauling out trash. SERVPRO teams have technicians specially trained to preserve the home, clean property, and remove odors.

Where Do Restoration Technicians Begin?

To begin fire damage restoration, our teams first have to stop and prevent further damage to each home. These first steps are emergency services, or mitigation activities, which include:

  • Boarding up doors, windows, and roofs – Between the fire and efforts to extinguish it, doors and windows are easily broken and have to be covered temporarily with plywood to reduce the effects of weather. If the fire burns through walls and the roof, technicians stretch tarps over the damaged areas and secure it with fir strips, nails, and screws.
  • Demolition and debris removal – Heat, flames, and smoke can ruin a large amount of personal and structural property.
  • Ventilation - Although our teams board up everything when we are not working, technicians set up a series of fans to increase air circulation. This activity, along with installing dehumidifiers, reduces odors, forces out damp air out of the home, and lowers the humidity. Both help dry the interior without physically touching anything, reducing the risk of additional damage.
  • Weather plays a key role in ventilating an interior.

Is That All SERVPRO Does at First?

No. If there is personal property that has to be cleaned immediately, our teams can remove items to our facility, where we have an extensive inventory of cleaning agents, isolation chambers, ultrasonic cleaning tanks, and more that can restore the appearance of anything from curtains and blankets to sofas and tables. Odor elimination and soot and soil removal are goals we pursue to restore content and personal treasured possessions.

To learn more about what SERVPRO of New Hanover can do for your home here or in Wrightsville Beach, call us today at (910) 762-8180. We are ready to help you restore your home and your life to its pre-fire state. 

What is the Easiest Way to Clean Up After Heavy Flooding?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Dark storm clouds Storms can occur any time of year. Our professionals are always on call to meet your restoration needs.

SERVPRO Handles Contaminated Water and Flood Damage – Call Our Crew to Your Wrightsville Beach Home for 24/7 Emergency Service

Whether you have flooding brought on by heavy rain or local bodies of water overflowing, you need to be able to handle the fallout from the surge. Water is known for causing substantial damage, which calls for skilled professionals to take care of clean up and mitigation, which is where SERVPRO thrives, and we want you to know that we are available 24/7. You can even call us over the weekend or during a holiday, and we will send out a crew to your Wrightsville Beach property as soon as possible.

Is It Possible to Prevent Further Damage?

 There are a lot of factors for any project involving flood damage in Wrightsville Beach. To start with, if there has been massive flooding in the area, you must not remain in or re-enter your home until deemed safe to do so by local authorities. If everything is clear, call our team at SERVPRO, and we can send out a crew to: 

  • Inspect and assess your property for all signs of water damage and overall safety.
  • Work on removing contents to either salvage or discard
  • Perform pack-out services for any items set for further cleaning off-site or stored until the restoration project is complete
  • Total cleanup of all debris and removal of water, followed by preparation for drying
  • Repair or replace any materials as needed, including controlled demolition for any unsalvageable drywall, carpeting, and other building materials
  • Sanitization and deodorization to keep musty odors from developing within your Wrightsville Beach home

To ensure everything is "Like it never even happened," our crew does a final walkthrough and looks for hidden moisture with the help of sensors and detection tools. SERVPRO of New Hanover can handle your flood damage, so your home is brought back to preloss condition. Call us at (910) 762-8180 for more information on our services!

What are the Key Factors for Drying a Home?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment drying water damaged hardwood floor Did a burst pipe cause water damage to your home? SERVPRO knows how to dry and restore your home.

Four Key Factors Go into Drying out the Premises in Wilmington, and SERVPRO Understands How to Put Them All Together for Proper Drying

Home of the USS North Carolina battleship Wilmington is a beautiful city full of historical sites, flowering gardens, and beaches. It is a coastal town that visitors flock to during tourist season. Many of the homes in Wilmington are older homes that are architectural beauties. Nevertheless, older homes often have older plumbing, leading to water intrusion and a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO. 

What is the Time Frame for Drying a House?

When a water spill happens from something like a burst pipe, immediate mitigation is vital. Water removal in the Wilmington home needs to happen as quickly as possible to prevent the water from migrating to unaffected areas. It is necessary to prevent secondary damage, such as mold, as well. Water extraction figures significantly into the drying time. There are four key factors that impact how long it takes to dry both the building and content. They are:

  • Temperature
  • Air movement
  • Humidity
  • Amount of water to be evaporated

These all need to be considered during the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians understand the "wet goes to dry" rule, meaning that the moisture in wet materials seeks to move to drier materials. To balance out wet air seeks drier air. Two scenarios happen with this rule:

  • Dry air absorbs moisture from wet surfaces.
  • Dry surfaces absorb moisture from wet air.

Conclusion: a delicate balance is needed to make sure the proper drying methods and time get used to dry out your home. Because everyone's situation is different, the time necessary to dry and restore the house and the belongings differ.


Hot air can possess more moisture than cold air, so the best temperature for drying is 70° to 90°. SERVPRO technicians can use portable heaters to increase the temperature of the area if heat is not available. The technicians need to ensure the drying process does not put too much moisture in the air without the proper dehumidifiers in use.

 Air Movement

When a room has experienced water damage in Wilmington, it can often be damp and humid. Air movement involves blowing warm, dry air in and blowing the moist air out. Industrial strength air movers are used to accomplish this. As the drying process proceeds, the techs position the air movers to promote even thorough drying. 


The measure of moisture the air is currently retaining at a given temperature is relative humidity (RH). It is determined by the ratio of water vapor in the air compared to the amount of water vapor the air can contain. It's not something that a homeowner would typically think of, but most people's comfort level is between 30% and 50% RH.

If the RH is over 60%, drying time becomes slower due to the air's saturation. The moisture in the air needs removing at this point. Dehumidifiers are the most effective at lowering the relative humidity. SERVPRO techs use dehumidifiers with air movers in the correct ratio to provide optimum drying power.

Amount of Water Needing Evaporating

The more liquid water removal there is, the less water vapor needs to be removed by dehumidifiers. Physically extracting as much water as possible from the scene is 1200 times more effective than using dehumidifiers. SERVPRO extracts water with:

  • Submersible pumps in standing water over 2".
  • Truck-mounted pumps that can extract 36,000 gallons per day.
  • Portable pumps for hard to reach or lesser amounts of water.
  • Rovers for water removal from carpet
  • Squeegees for hard surfaces.

Drying Your Home in the Right Amount of Time

While SERVPRO certainly wants to quickly return your home to preloss condition, the proper drying time needs to be utilized. Successful drying equals the right humidity levels, the correct temperature, precise water extraction, and air movement. All of these things differ, depending on the circumstances of the water damage. 

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians understand how it all works together and are pros at water extraction and drying your home and the content. They apply their knowledge and experience to bring about the best results. They strive to ensure your home looks, "Like it never even happened."

We know the significance of getting your home back in order after any water intrusion. Having your home disrupted is no fun. That's why our teams arrive on the job quickly and work as fast as possible to get the job done.

Contact SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 for expert water removal service. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.