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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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SERVPRO Has The Right Equipment To Clean Up Your Wrightsville Bike Shop After A Flood

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Has The Right Equipment To Clean Up Your Wrightsville Bike Shop After A Flood Our team is ready and waiting for you call 24/7. We have the equipment to handle any job big or small so call us today.

SERVPRO - Reducing Commercial Flood Damage In Wrightsville Beach

Rental agencies are an important part of the tourism industry here in Wrightsville Beach. With every location just minutes away from the beach, getting there is sometimes just as fun. It’s why bicycle rentals are so popular and why the owners have to keep the doors open and every bike available to rent.

For a Wrightsville Beach bike shop, commercial flood damage centers around getting the inventory dry and clean for customers. SERVPRO teams can often respond within an hour or two and begin setting up the equipment we need to eliminate the effects of a flood.

Where possible, we start by lifting every bike out of the water while setting up a pump to remove the water. After hanging them up or at least putting the bikes on blocks or pallets, specialists spray every surface with an anti-bacterial agent. Since outside flooding contains soil and other contaminants, this is a necessary part of ameliorating the effects and making sure everything is safe for customers.

SERVPRO team members clean and dry each bike next. To prevent rust, they install a combination of fans to increase air circulation and dehumidifiers to draw moisture off the surfaces and out of the surrounding air. If needed in larger areas, they can also install air movers to force warm, dry air across the bicycles to speed up drying.

We use these same devices to help dry the structure as well. In concrete or sheet metal buildings, flood water does not affect most of them, but it is still necessary to reduce the humidity to provide a more comfortable environment for customers and employees.

No matter if you operate on Harbor Island or Middle Sound, SERVPRO of New Hanover is here to help reopen doors and serve customers. If you are still dealing with the effects of the last flood, contact us at (910) 762-8180 today to finish getting your shop back on its feet.

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SERVPRO Saves Your Valuables After A Wilmington Fire

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Saves Your Valuables After A Wilmington Fire SERVPRO has the right equipment to remove soot after a fire saving your belongings from further damage.

Restoring Personal Belongings Affected by Fire Damage Helps Restore Your Wilmington Home

The saying goes “where there's smoke, there's fire,” and many times, the smoke is just as destructive as the flames. At SERVPRO, we mitigate damage to both your Wilmington home and the contents inside. We know that your family's belongings are what makes your house 'home' and without them, things are just not the same. Our goal is to make things “Like it never even happened” for you.

When a family's home in Wilmington sustains fire damage, SERVPRO technicians working on the house's structure to remove damaged areas also take the items inside into consideration. We box things up, room to room, in clean boxes and label each with its inventory sheet's number. We take the majority of these items to our facility to clean and restore them.

We can set aside any items that your family needs immediately so we can work on those first, making sure that you receive them as soon as possible. Soot can spread its griminess with the slightest touch. We have the equipment to remove residue, even in the deepest grooves and minute details of your belongings.

We use ultrasonic cleaning techniques that act in a way similar to hydrogen peroxide, with its bubbling action, to remove foreign substances after fire damage. While we can clean hard surfaces in your home with special cloths that trap soot particles, textured items require more attention. A short time in the ultrasonic cleaning equipment works well at removing soot that manual cleaning might take hours to accomplish.

We can restore and clean items that can be immersed in water and also dry quickly. Your Grandmother's china and knick-knacks from your parents' vacations can once again find their place in your home and look just as lovely as before. Many customers find that years of dust that accumulated on their belongings no longer dulls them. Our equipment is this effective. Therefore, if antiques should not receive this treatment to maintain their patina, please inform us, so we know to use other restoration methods. While these might take longer, the final effects are our goal and your satisfaction with our work.

Once cleaned, some items might require deodorization. We use special chambers to do this with hydroxyl generators that remove the odors still embedded in these things. We only use ozone on completely dry items, and both methods are equally effective.

SERVPRO of New Hanover wants to help families in Kure Beach and Castle Hayne in the restoration of their homes and their belongings. We know that small things can bring immeasurable joy to your family members, and fire damage makes this quite apparent. Call us at (910) 762-8180, so we can mitigate everything and get things back to normal.

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When Should You Consider Demolishing a Flood Damaged Business Structure in Wilmington?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial When Should You Consider Demolishing a Flood Damaged Business Structure in Wilmington? Flooding has become a more common occurrence in Wilmington.

Opting for Demolition when Your Commercial Business Sustains Flood Damage in Wilmington

Decades ago, flooding around Wilmington was similar to lightning strikes – one-time events that never happened in the same place twice. In more recent years, though, flooding seems to repeat itself in different communities, coming back to traumatize residents who expected repeat flooding less than they ever did the first time around. 

Because of this new propensity for repeat flooding in different areas, including Wilmington, many experts recommend demolition of commercial buildings once they succumb to a flood. The options of either relocation to higher ground or rebuilding with flood-resistant capabilities ensure the continuation of a business. SERVPRO can help get your business, warehouse, factory, or retail setting ready for demolition and help you through the rebuilding process. 

We serve all businesses, regardless of type or size, throughout the area. Because we are local, we understand the community's needs, the experiences we all have in common, and can help make things cohesive again. The sooner you can rebuild, the sooner you can provide your products or services to the community again. 

Before demolition, we must ensure that all the paperwork is ready and that your salvageable inventory and equipment no longer occupies the area. Your inventory sheets should reflect each item. You must remove salvageable items like metal staircases or recyclable materials before we begin. If needed, we can assist you in their retrieval. Once demolition starts, entering the premises becomes extremely dangerous. 

Tearing down the business you and your family own can be a very trying time, but we can assure you that rebuilding means a bright future. While elevating your business might seem a better option, the drawbacks to this are quite extensive. You need to relocate electrical, plumbing, and gas lines, as well as any communications systems' cabling. Entryways need new staircases, as well as reinforced doors. Windows often require resizing to accommodate reinforced walls built below them. Stability becomes a concern, also, as the footprint must remain the same and must not become larger than the original footage, even when additional space is available. Demolition with subsequent rebuilding from scratch solves these issues. 

While we can also demolish partial areas of a structure, or only interior area, after a significant flood, many changes weaken the current building. We want to help you do better than making it “Like it never even happened” - we want to help you make it so it cannot ever happen again.

SERVPRO of New Hanover can help make flooding a non-issue for you and your Leland or Elizabethtown area business. Demolition might seem extreme, but the work involved in coming back after a flood is also extreme. Call us at (910) 762-8180 so we can get things stable and secure for you.

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Our Professionals Overcome Water Damage In Your Wrightsville Beach Home

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Professionals Overcome Water Damage In Your Wrightsville Beach Home Our technicians have the equipment to dry and remove moisture from your home after a disaster strikes.

Effective Drying Equipment for Damaged Wrightsville Beach Homes

Disasters can strike Wrightsville Beach homes without much warning, from flooding to storm damages. However, there are also concerns that can happen within the home that can allow for damages of their own. Leaks to fixtures, failing appliances, and user errors are among the top culprits for water loss incidents that occur within the house, and our team can help to ensure that these occurrences are not devastating to your home and its contents.

While many Wrightsville Beach homeowners might not view water damage as a serious occurrence, it can have severe effects on your property without the right drying and moisture removal efforts. To adequately clean up the mess and dry out the saturated materials affected, you need advanced equipment and the expertise of professionals like our SERVPRO response team. We can arrive quickly to emergencies to ensure that the right steps get taken to protect the structural elements and contents of your home from impending irreparable water damages.

One of the ways that we can ensure our success when we get to work on water damage incidents within your home is through our advanced technology. We have tools like leak detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras. These devices can help to locate concerns within the plumbing where there might be potential leaks, and the cameras can help to identify moisture pockets in wall cavities, flooring materials, and more to ensure that we set up our drying equipment in the right locations for maximum results.

Our focus from the moment that we arrive is to protect and preserve installed materials when possible. When this is not possible through our conventional restoration techniques, our SERVPRO professionals can utilize controlled demolition strategies to remove irreparable portions of material without needing to take down entire walls or remove entire floors.

Finding the right professionals to help you overcome water damage in your home is simple. If you want to make the damage “Like it never even happened.” give our SERVPRO of New Hanover water restoration technicians a call today at (910) 762-8180.

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Don't Let Water Damage Spoil Your Wilmington Bakery

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let Water Damage Spoil Your Wilmington Bakery Even a little water can close a business indefinitely.

Commercial Flood Removal in Wilmington Keeps Your Cake Shop Open for Business

Cakes and other delicious treats help the people in Wilmington celebrate so many important milestones in life, Birthdays graduations, promotions, weddings, and everything in between seems so much better when a cake makes its way into the center of those gathered together. Providing such an essential part of these events means keeping everything sparkling clean and sanitary in your facility.  

Wilmington businesses like yours can end up closed after a flood unless you call immediately for experts in commercial flood removal. We recommend signing up for our READY Profile, which can help you prepare for this and other disasters, significantly decreasing the difficulties in remaining open, or reopening after only a short closure. The faster you respond to an emergency, the less likely your business suffers permanent damage.

When SERVPRO helps another business after a flood, we use the most effective but least costly methods. We understand that extra expenses cut into your profits. We protect your business by communicating with you honestly and providing you with information that can help save you money and time. When pumping water after a flood out and away from your business, we use either our pump truck or begin straight away with smaller units that remove any remaining puddles of water.

Once we have the floors dry, we begin working on cleaning up your equipment, shelving units, display cases, window sills, and anywhere else that the floodwaters touched. We dispose of all contaminated foodstuffs for you, clearing the way for new stock. We provide you with a list of destroyed inventory to aid you in replacing the lost goods to communicate with your insurance adjuster more efficiently.  

To get your shop completely dry, we use heavy-duty air movers. These units speed up the amount of air exchanged in your business and whisk moisture out of walls and other surfaces. Our desiccant machines pull this moisture out of the air. Another piece of equipment that we rely on during flood damage mitigation is our air scrubbers. These extract mold spores from the air, keeping it free of contamination.

SERVPRO of New Hanover appreciates your presence in our area, be it Kure Beach, Figure Eight Island, or Elizabethtown. Call us at (910) 762-8180 when high water or rains flood your business. We are glad to do everything we can to help you recover after such a setback and help keep your business going.

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Proven Tips to Remediate Water Damage in Wrightsville Beach

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Proven Tips to Remediate Water Damage in Wrightsville Beach When your crawlspace is affected by water damage, quick action can produce effective results. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and water removal.

Water Removal For Your Wrightsville Beach Crawlspace

With the presence of groundwater, springs, precipitation runoff, and lingering effects from rising water levels throughout the region, your Wrightsville Beach crawlspace could have pooling water that should get addressed as promptly as possible. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not even realize when a problem persists in this area of their home, as it is not a place that gets checked often for potential concerns. If moisture and dampness persist in this area, it can allow for situations like mold growth to occur, so drying out this crawlspace is critical to protecting the entirety of your home.

Identifying concerns with the crawlspace and understanding when you need water removal for your Wrightsville Beach property can be a challenge for a homeowner. Many homeowners simply cannot get underneath their property to assess damages or potential threats and have to wait until other signs present themselves before they recognize a problem exists. With flooding throughout the area, you can often get assured that even if your home itself did not fall victim to the rising water, that your crawlspace did. Our SERVPRO team can quickly assess the situation for what must happen and the severity of any damages that might exist.

When acted upon quickly enough, our SERVPRO professionals can work to extract water from the crawlspace of your home and potentially prevent the formation of mold colonies. Naturally existing mold spores only require a damp environment to seat and thrive, and removing the moisture from this area of your home can keep colonies from forming if this problem has not already occurred.

We can also offer services such as crawlspace encapsulation which can work to divert water away from this area of your property and continually protect all of the elements of your home with thick plastic sheeting.

While there are many ways that your crawlspace can get affected by excess water, allowing this problem to persist can cause significant concerns for the structural integrity of your home. Give our SERVPRO of New Hanover rapid response team a call anytime at (910) 762-8180.

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