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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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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 Worry About Your Flood Damaged Home In Wilmington, Our Team At SERVPRO Has Your Back!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Don't Worry About Your Flood Damaged Home In Wilmington, Our Team At SERVPRO Has Your Back! We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and are proud to provide quality cleanup and restoration services.

Flood Damage Restoration Services Available To Wilmington Area Residents

You made it a point to purchase a home with a basement so that you and your family have an area to gather during hazardous situations. However, what happens when the area of your Wilmington home that is supposed to protect you, is the problem you have to avoid.

Some residents feel that it's not a big deal if their unfinished Wilmington basement experiences flood damage. However, this is hardly the case, everyone should be worried about flooding, whether they put money into converting their basement into a living area or not.

Flooding can lead to cracks in your basement walls, trapping moisture in your walls, ceiling, and floor where corrosion, rot, and mold fester. It requires specific cleaning and restoration methods, provided by a water removal or water damage restoration specialist, like those offered through SERVPRO, to treat your basement for damage after a flood. Any amount of flooding in your basement presents a potential danger to your home’s foundation. Cement has a porous surface that can crack, crumble, and chip after prolonged moisture exposure.

Flood waters can also get underneath your home, rotting or shifting support beams and posts that provide structural integrity throughout. The best way to avoid problems like this involves preparing your unfinished basement against flooding. SERVPRO technicians can help you understand more about keeping your basement clean and dry while also providing you with the flood damage restoration services you need to get things back to normal after significant water intrusions in your home.

SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified restoration team could help you address weather-related soil erosion on your property that often leads to flooding in your home. We can also help you install additional drainage and sump pumps that help keep water away from your home. Our technicians can check your home’s gutter system, downspouts, and roofing to ensure that water gets directed away from your home where it belongs.

Take advantage of the experience and training SERVPRO of New Hanover gives you access to and call to start your home’s flood damage restoration, today. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and are proud to provide quality cleanup and restoration services throughout our local community. Call today (910) 762-8180.

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Many of the Biggest Problems With Wilmington Flooding Start With Delays

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Many of the Biggest Problems With Wilmington Flooding Start With Delays Floodwaters can quickly overwhelm an area and enter your home. Call SERVPRO right away for effective water removal services.

Severe Storms Allow Flooding in Your Wilmington Residence

Severe storm systems can impact Wilmington homes with a very little warning, especially when homeowners are unsuspecting of a possible issue with their roof, siding, or foundation. As much as the area has experienced flooding, it has become an understanding that the best approach to recovering from situations like these is to trust in the fast response and experienced technicians of the restoration industry.

Flood damages to your Wilmington home might seem straightforward, but many concerns linger from the immediate water penetration to several weeks following the flood. Addressing the damage to your home must happen quickly, as pooling water and saturation can begin to affect walls, flooring, and ceiling materials within hours of exposure. Our SERVPRO 24-hour emergency response team can help you.

With water damages, the timeline for irreparable damages is concise. Within only a few hours, drywall can bloat and distort, eroding beyond repair. Our mitigation team can arrive at your home fast in the face of an emergency to begin the necessary steps to limit the spread of the damage throughout the property and to preserve what elements can get salvaged.

Our ability to help our customers so swiftly throughout an emergency comes from our reliance on the advanced technology available to our SERVPRO technicians from the moment they arrive at your home. The professionals on site can utilize a range of pumps from portable electric options to our large 300 psi truck-mounted pump for the fastest extraction possible. Once the excess gets removed, our focus can move to drying with our high-strength air movers for fast vaporization of saturation and moisture to our industrial grade dehumidifiers to pull that vapor from the air efficiently.

Flooding is not something that area homeowners are unfamiliar with, though recovering from this disaster can be challenging without the right team arriving quickly with the tools to make a difference. Our SERVPRO of New Hanover emergency response team gets well equipped through our training and industry-leading equipment to handle every facet of flood damage restoration in your home. Give us a call today at (910) 762-8180.

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

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

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