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Professionals Talk About Remediating Grease Fire Damage in Wilmington

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professionals Talk About Remediating Grease Fire Damage in Wilmington This shows time lapsed images of pouring water onto a grease fire. Always smother a grease fire.

What You Can Do When a Kitchen Grease Fire Causes Damage in Your Wilmington Home

Everybody uses their stove, but sometimes being ignorant of proper fire-safety can lead to fire damage happening inside of your kitchen. You should always smother grease fires. If a pot of grease catches fire, cut off oxygen by covering it with a lid, or use an extinguisher. However, you should never apply water to a grease fire, as it can cause the fire to turn very violent and spread the fire from your pan to your countertops and cupboards. 

Fortunately for your Wilmington home, the fire damage was contained to one section of your kitchen by your sprinkler system, which snuffed out the fire through the use of powder. Greasy soot from the fire has stained your stove, the wall behind it, the countertops, and the cupboards. Furthermore, your kitchen has an unpleasant odor that is associated with something burning. To remediate all of these damages and see your kitchen in its pre-burned state again, it is imperative for you to call for help immediately.  

When you call SERVPRO, we always make getting to you promptly a priority. As soon as you call and explain your problem, we begin to assemble a team of highly trained technicians. Very soon after your call, our technicians travel to your home, bringing specifically created supplies to remediate fire damage.  

Our SERVPRO techs clean off the impacted stove and countertops, removing any burnt material. From there, we empty your cupboard and carefully pack your glassware away for thorough cleaning. SERVPRO uses a custom-created cleaning solution designed specifically to combat smoke damage and soot. 

Our technicians also use a spray-and-wipe method repeatedly to remove the soot from the surfaces of your kitchen. Our formula is lubricative and lifts the grime away from the impacted surface. To combat the malodor, SERVPRO set up a carbon filtered air scrubber to pull the very particles from the air that cause the scent and trap them. By the end of the work, we hope to return your home to you in its preloss condition, free of any reminders of what occurred. 

If a mistake causes a fire inside of your home, never wait for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of New Hanover by dialing (910) 762-8180. No matter the time, we're always ready to take your call.

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SERVPRO Provides Inspections, Assessments, and Mitigation for Flood Loss Situations in Wrightsville Beach

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Provides Inspections, Assessments, and Mitigation for Flood Loss Situations in Wrightsville Beach Wrightsville Beach Stormy Weather Problems? Call SERVPRO for Flooding Removal and Cleanup

Repairing the Minor Effects of Flood Damage Marring Your Wrightsville Beach Property

Puddles of rainwater on your Wrightsville Beach property's floor can indicate problems elsewhere. While you might not have yet found these places with similar damage, SERVPRO can help by first locating them and then mitigating the situation. Restoration of damaged areas helps return your house to its pre-incident condition and makes things safe again.
 
If such puddles for flooding happen after a rainstorm passing through Wrightsville Beach, flood damage may have started slowly and steadily progressed over a long period. We can help with such situations by locating the affected materials. Once we find damaged places in your property, we can discuss with you different options that can provide you with the best cost-effective results.
 
Flood damage never really goes away, even if it remained minor and remained undetected. Dry rotting of your house's wood frame, damage to drywall pieces, warping of wooden trim, peeling paint and wall borders, as well as wallpapered areas, hinges and metal handles that rust for no apparent reason can all happen after slight flood damage. Then there is the issue of contaminated water leaving behind unwanted, and unhealthy microbes and debris.
 
An open door or window, as well as a leaky porch roof, out-of-alignment gutters, and many other reasons, can push rainwater into your home. Each time it rains, the damage caused by this can worsen and spread. SERVPRO 's ability to track down the places affected this way can easily show us what needs to be repaired to prevent future storms from causing additional damage. Often, merely resealing around window casings can do the trick.
 
Our team can help you by finding currently undetected damage, mitigating such areas, and preventing it from happening again. We want your home to look “Like it never even happened” and remain so, long after we finish the job. Achieving this requires that we also do the work that prevents future intrusions of water, protecting your home from any additional instances of flood damage.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover also helps mitigate and prevent flood damage in the communities of Kure Beach and Figure Eight Island. Call us at (910) 762-8180 to discuss how we can help you protect your home from this and other kinds of deterioration.

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Wrightsville Beach, Water Spillage and Damage, and Yeah for SERVPRO!

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Wrightsville Beach, Water Spillage and Damage, and Yeah for SERVPRO! SERVPRO Uses Advanced Equipment for Water Cleanup and Restoration in Wrightsville Beach

Water Damage Restoration for Your Wrightsville Beach House

One of the exceptional services that our technicians offer is emergency arrival times. We understand that water damage can occur at any time in your house. That is why we specialize in emergency restoration services to protect your property from further damages. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Every water damage restoration project in Wrightsville Beach is unique. The effort needed for each depends on a variety of factors including duration and extent of the lingering water. Once our SERVPRO experts arrive, they can start with the inspection this includes scoping out the restoration phases and equipment needed.

Our SERVPRO technicians inspect your home to assess the nature and extent of the damage. We use specialized tools and instruments to measure the moisture content in your house. Our team can poke or rest these tools on top of surfaces like floors, ceilings, and baseboards. Depending on the moisture readings, we can determine where to place the drying equipment once any residual water has been removed.

The longer the time from the discovery of spillage to the time we are requested to help, the higher the possibility of experiencing secondary damage. You do not want this to happen.

Our team removes any stagnant water from your home. We use advanced tools to suck water up from your room. Removing this water paves the way for the drying process. Our technicians use different types of air movers to aid in airflow circulation throughout the house. In a hardwood floor, our workers can use floor mats to draw water out. If need be, we can drill small holes in your drywall by the baseboards to facilitate the drying.

As a locally owned business, SERVPRO of New Hanover is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergencies. We have the resources and technicians to help. Just call us at (910) 762-8180 for more information.

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Tips for Recovering From a Fire in Wilmington

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Recovering From a Fire in Wilmington It doesn't take long for a small flame to grow into a large fire. Call SERVPRO for your fire damage restoration needs.

Restoring Your Home and Family Life after Fire Damage Occurs in Wilmington

Even small-sized fires can create disastrous results that continue to affect your house and family long after the incident. In addition to the rebuilding and restoration services we offer to the Wilmington community, we also have a few tips that could help your family feel better quickly.  

Various agencies in Wilmington help families whose homes have sustained fire damage, and SERVPRO puts you in contact with these helpful sources faster. We know that many of these places provide replacements for immediate needs like toiletries and other essentials while we work tirelessly to restore the personal belongings in your home. You need both present needs and treasured items to recover from a disaster involving fire damage quickly and thoroughly.  

When relatives know about an emergency, help from familiar, extended family members becomes possible while relieving anyone who heard about the fire through the news, neighbors, or from stopping by to visit, putting their minds at ease about your family's safety. Simple tasks like giving rides to after-school activities can take an enormous burden off your shoulders and keep your children's routines as normal as possible. The technicians at SERVPRO help keep you and your family updated on your property's restoration progress.  

Another call you should always make after any fire damage to your property happens is to your insurance adjuster's office. Explaining the situation can give them an idea of what else you should do to protect your property. They might ask for you to forward a copy of the fire department's report to their office to speed up the processing of your claim. Calling as soon as possible can mean the difference between finding shelter on your own or having someone help find suitable lodging, as well as provide you the funds for this as well as incidentals and meals. Because we work with so many of the insurance agencies in our area, we can help explain more complicated matters directly to the adjuster that might need clarification to help you settle claims in a more timely matter. Doing so can significantly diminish any stress your family might otherwise experience.  

While these calls do take some time and can seem tedious when you might still feel the shock of the fire's impact, the benefits your family gains are immeasurable. Making one of those first calls to

SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 begins the assessment of the damage and the restoration work necessary. We can help you make things “Like it never even happened.” so your family can get back to how they remember them.

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How to Guide: Water Damage Remediation in Wilmington for Beginners

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Guide: Water Damage Remediation in Wilmington for Beginners When water damage and a mold infestation combine, the result can be wet and produce an odor. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Has Water Damage in Wilmington Left Mold in my Home?

Imagine that your beautiful Hanover home suddenly starts to smell. At first, it is only a whiff, but as the days go by it seems like the bathroom smells more and more of mildew. You visit your local home improvement store and attempt to mask the smell with deodorizers, but it continues to linger with no apparent cause. When you finally call a handyman to take a look, you discover that your bathtub has been leaking into your crawl space for quite a long time and you now need to seek professional help to address the situation.

When there is water damage to your home in Wilmington SERVPRO is here to help. Our crew is trained to handle your water removal needs not only when there are natural disasters, but also when regular wear and tear brings challenges into your home. Thankfully, we are available 24/7 to answer your call and start the restoration process as soon as possible to mitigate further damage.

Our SERVPRO team arrives ready to assess the situation and quantify just how much humidity is affecting the structure of your home. Our moisture meters and hygrometers help us monitor the situation as we place water extractors, dehumidifiers, and air handlers in your home to speed up the drying process. Once we restore the air quality and balance in your home, we tackle any remaining issues associated with the leak.

An important aspect of water damage and removal is monitoring the presence of mold in your home. Even though bacteria naturally exists all around us, it thrives wherever there is excess moisture. By using advanced technology, our SERVPRO team can detect the presence of mold and take action to remove it and preempt any future growth. Failure to curtail mold proliferation can cause significant complications to your home and health in the future.

SERVPRO of New Hanover is your ally whether a storm comes to our region, or your plumbing fails. By calling (910) 762-8180 you have access to our expert team of technicians, and we happily work with you until your home looks "Like it never even happened."

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The Real Truth Behind the Correlation Between the Aging Electrical Wiring in Your Wilmington Home and Fire Damage

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Real Truth Behind the Correlation Between the Aging Electrical Wiring in Your Wilmington Home and Fire Damage After fire damage resulting from an electrical fire in your home, contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage as well as assess the wiring situation.

Faulty Wiring can Cause Fire Damage in Your Wilmington Home

Many Wilmington homeowners have aging properties that got constructed decades ago. Without the steep regulations and required inspections that are a staple of modern construction, many of the building trades went unchecked and unquestioned with their installation of critical systems like electrical wiring. Additionally, the quality and insulation of the wiring itself have improved with time, but older materials remain susceptible to failures such as overheating and shorts that can combust. Faulty wiring is the cause of many fire emergencies throughout the area, and when disaster strikes, you need professionals that can respond quickly.

Once the first responders and firefighters have left your home, you have to assess the full scope of the Wilmington fire damage to know where to begin restoring these effects. Our SERVPRO team can respond 24/7 to give a thorough and honest assessment of the property to determine what restorative practices are necessary, the equipment needed to complete the job, and how many of our IICRC-certified technicians the job requires.

With early stages like debris removal and demolition, our contractors can get a look at the source of the damage and determine where a short might have occurred. While our professionals can rebuild and reconstruct damaged areas of the property, we also have the experience and skill to handle complex building tradecrafts, such as installing new wiring, conduit, and receptacles.

The controlled demolition in your home often coincides with other mitigation tasks performed by our SERVPRO professionals. From cleanup of soot and smoke residues through removing indoor air quality concerns with our hydroxyl generators and ozone machines, we have the expertise and the broad inventory of recovery equipment to make any fire damage situation “Like it never even happened.”

While you might not know about the age or degradation of your electrical wiring throughout your home, you can always trust in our rapid response recovery team to help. Our SERVPRO of New Hanover contractors and certified restoration specialists can help you through every phase of recovering your property after a fire. Give us a call anytime at (910) 762-8180.

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Protecting Your Wilmington Home from Flood Damage

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

Steps to preventing flood damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Understanding Mold Damage in Your Wrightsville Beach Home

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Understanding Mold Damage in Your Wrightsville Beach Home There are many types and colors of mold. Whether you see or smell it, contact SERVPRO to commence remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians will NOT ONLY Remediate Mold Damage on Your Property, They Will Expertly Teach You Many Effective Preventative Measures

People often confuse mold and mildew while both are used to describe fungal growth, mildew presents as a light colored powder, with molds containing more colors and a fuzzy texture. Regardless, these are all visible groups of fungi that form and spread over various types of organic matter, including many building materials found in your home. 
  
Discovering mold damage on your Wrightsville Beach area property is rather common. Most homeowners face this problem and only react after finding rather significant amounts in their home. The majority of mold species that exist are not all that harmful to healthy adult humans. We become exposed to various amounts of mold throughout daily life, at home, work, or school, both indoors and out. 
  
Health concerns usually only develop in the old or very young, others who have an existing respiratory condition or allergies may also have a reaction to mold. Some molds are used to produce a variety of food and medicine, which help protect us from some conditions. However, extensive, prolonged exposure can produce rather harmful effects, making it necessary to seek professional assistance to control how much mold interacts with us within our living environment.   
 
You may not notice mold in your home right away; it can be a very subtle or even hidden growth that begins in your problem. By the time you can see or smell mold in your home, the spread is often more than anyone can handle on your own, making professional remediation services essential. SERVPRO provides you with expertly trained mold remediation specialists who understand how mold acts, responds, and develops.  
  
SERVPRO understands that controlling mold is as easy as controlling moisture levels in your home. We use a variety of equipment to remove moisture including air movers, dehumidifiers, and advanced moisture detection to get even the smallest areas under control. We can even make recommendations that help prevent future growth. 
  
Contact SERVPRO of New Hanover to schedule your mold remediation services, today. We can provide you with the services you deserve. (910) 762-8180 

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How Frozen Pipes in the Basement Cause Water Damage in Wilmington

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Frozen Pipes in the Basement Cause Water Damage in Wilmington Spring is almost here, but freezing temperature swigs still occur. Visually inspect the plumbing in your basement for signs of leaking.

Leaking Pipes in Your Wilmington Basement Can Damage Your Home

The basement in your Wilmington home might be a place for storage, or a laundry area, or even a finished living space. What this area also holds is access to much of the primary plumbing branches that divert from the main service line where it enters your home beneath your main floor. As convenient as this access might be for maintenance and upkeep of the lines, it can also leave these plumbing elements exposed to the rogue severe temperature drop that can occur randomly throughout the North Carolina winter season, falling far below the freezing threshold.

It is no great surprise that frozen or freezing pipes can lead to an immediate need for water removal in your Wilmington home. While sometimes these freezing temperatures can dam the water inside of the lines, forcing pressure to swell in the pipes until it breaks apart at a connection, other times it can warp or distort the pipe itself, allowing the plumbing to be more susceptible to steady leaks and sprays. Our SERVPRO professionals have the experience and equipment to extract water from your damaged basement quickly, but also to fix the concerns with the plumbing to prevent the damage immediately reoccurring.

From the time that our professionals first arrive at your damaged home, we have to assess the severity of the pooling water and identify the problematic plumbing. We can use both moisture detection devices and thermal imagery to get a layout of the spread of the damage and where the most saturation has occurred to get immediate access through the drywall of where the leak has gotten found.

Our SERVPRO team arrives with a wide array of fast extraction equipment that can remove excess water from the exposed area. From our portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands to our gas-powered trash pumps and extractor trucks, we have the equipment to handle any sized situation with efficiency.

Water loss incidents can happen with little warning. Whenever they occur, reach out to our experienced and courteous professionals at SERVPRO of New Hanover. You can reach us anytime by calling (910) 762-8180.

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Flooding, Cleanup, and Restoration by SERVPRO Make Wilmington Property Owners Delighted!

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding, Cleanup, and Restoration by SERVPRO Make Wilmington Property Owners Delighted! Wilmington Tropical Storm Damage--Call SERVPRO-The Experienced Recovery Team

Why Wilmington Homeowners Should Not Cleanup Flood Damage on Their Own

The minute there is an intrusion into your home by water, the clock starts ticking on the flood damage to your home. There are three designations for water: clean, gray and black. Flood water automatically falls into the gray or black water category due to the contaminants and debris picked up along the way.
 
Wilmington flood damage can be better mitigated the faster the water extraction begins. The Gray or Black Water has the potential to cause illness and is generally not safe for direct contact by the homeowner. SERVPRO technicians don PPE personal protective equipment and with their training and equipment reduce flood loss.
 
When you contact us, our certified technicians advise you what to do before we arrive and if you should remain in the home. We arrive onsite within four hours and conduct a thorough analysis of the water condition and affected areas so the best mitigation efforts can be implemented.
 
Water extraction is the primary goal for beginning restoration efforts against flood water. SERVPRO technicians have many resources such as submersible pumps and truck-mounted extraction pumps that can pull thousands of gallons of water from the home so the drying process can begin as fast as possible.
 
The next step involves both disinfecting and deodorizing. SERVPRO attempts to clean and restore affected possessions and removes items that cannot be saved through restoration efforts and get approval from the homeowner before removing items. An odor may remain in the home after drying, and we have multiple methods of effectively deodorizing your home. In some cases, more than one method may need to be applied to eradicate odors. From mechanical means like air scrubbers to foggers and deodorizing gels and pellets, we can provide solutions to enhance the indoor air quality.
 
SERVPRO of New Hanover knows you need flood damage cleaned up as fast as possible and it is not a job you should do on your own. That is why our emergency services are available to you 24/7, just call (910) 762-8180 and one of our certified technicians will begin the process of eliminating the water in your home and restoring it to preloss condition “Like it never even happened.”

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