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Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Hildebran

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Hildebran After commercial water damage, SERPVRO understands the importance of not only reopening your doors, but having inventory for your customers as well.

SERVPRO’s Process to Save Inventory in a Print Shop After Water Damage

The primary source of water damage to Hildebran businesses is a plumbing issue like a split intake hose or a rusted out pipe connection. It normally results in a flooded floor which shuts down the facility until a restoration company can repair the leak and remove the water.

In most cases, the focus after commercial water damage in Hildebran is to preserve the building structure and contents. What SERVPRO usually does is remove standing water and then draw moisture out of carpets. If the disaster happened in a business like a print shop, our priority changes, as do our initial actions, to preserve completed work and in-stock paper inventory.

In this situation, we remove all paper to an unaffected area. It may not be possible depending on how much moisture the paper has already absorbed. If our crew members cannot remove the inventory, then our priority is to lower the humidity level and increase air circulation as quickly as possible. We can dry damp paper by starting both of these tasks within 24-48 hours after exposure.

We increase circulation with a combination of fans and air movers. The fans we set-up at an entrance and exit point to bring in dry air from outside the building while pulling the damp air from inside. To increase the efficiency of this process, we use the air movers to blow heated air across surfaces and the inventory to dry them. SERVPRO technicians carefully adjust the temperature of the air to heat the room quickly without causing the paper and cardstock to curl at the edges or otherwise react poorly to the increased warmth.

As the devices begin to work, we turn over the inventory to expose more surfaces and increase the amount of property we can recover. Preserving every sheet of paper, cardstock, or other item is unlikely, but we save most of it using this drying method.

For some businesses, simply reopening the doors is not enough. Print shops and other retail operations need to have a product ready to sell to customers. SERVPRO of Burke County has served our neighbors and fellow business owners for almost thirty years and is ready to help you today. Call us at (828) 874-0966 for more information or to schedule an inspection.

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Stopping Mold Damage in Bridgewater

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stopping Mold Damage in Bridgewater Removing mold growth is not simple, but with SERVPRO's experience and knowledge, we are able to make your home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Has Years of Experience Remediating Mold Damage

Mold spores are everywhere in Bridgewater; that means every home and business except for hospital operating rooms. Mold growth does not happen only in dirty homes on an episode of ‘Hoarders.' It is a common misconception, but the reality is just as simple.

Stopping and cleaning mold damage to a Bridgewater home means understanding how it forms in the first place. SERVPRO has almost thirty years of experience in restoration and how mold causes as much damage as a fire or flood by the time anyone notices a problem every year. Since mold thrives in a range from 68 to 86 degrees, it is also a problem in homes covering the entire calendar.

A mold spore is smaller than a mustard seed, and a mass of hundreds is no bigger than the period at the end of a sentence. Each spore is inert and no threat unless there is a source of moisture. Even just a few drops of water can cause mold to expand and begin seeking out a food source. Often, SERVPRO technicians find the source comes from a leaky pipe or when a tiny amount of rainwater finds its way under a roof and down an inside wall.

They do this by extending hyphae which quickly grow across surfaces. When they find a preferred source like drywall, the hyphae begin burrowing into it. Building materials are a favorite food source and why every home in North Carolina is at risk for mold.

Over the years, we learned that the most efficient way to halt mold and reverse the growth is to remove the water source. Once we dry the puddle in the attic or repair the pipe in the wall, spores quickly return to their dormant state. In this condition, it is easier for us to clean surfaces and remove any spore-infested material.

The task of removing mold growth is not a simple one, but the goal of SERVPRO of Burke County is to return our neighborhood homes to a clean, safe condition. If you have a mold problem or suspect there may be one, call us today at (828) 874-0966. We are here for you.

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Flood Damage In Your Hildebran Home

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage In Your Hildebran Home For any flood damage your residence suffers call SERVPRO!

Flood Damage Restoration

Your home can experience flooding even if the Hildebran area does not experience catastrophic weather events. Homeowners in lower-lying areas can find themselves walking on soggy floors in certain circumstances.

In Hildebran, flood damage may not come to the forefront of typical conversations as many homeowners go about decorating for the holidays. However, rainfall from damaged gutters and downspouts can create flooded areas on your property near your home. Saturation of an area just outside can leak in through cracks you may not know exist. Always following the directions regarding ornamental lights can help prevent damage to gutters and other exterior aspects of your property.

Another problem involving the condition of gutters and downspouts focuses on if the amount of debris prohibits water from flowing freely. When gutters become blocked, water overflows, often splashing up against the home's exterior. Clogged downspouts can turn into cascading waterspouts, while the water lands too close to corners, and then seep into the ground where it can affect your home's interior.

SERVPRO helps mitigate flood damage no matter the source. We also help prevent similar problems whenever possible. Flooding from water that came off your roof and then flowed through the soil around your home can still contain pathogens. Removing the water takes care of the majority of these microorganisms, but not entirely.

Once at your property, we begin removing the invasive water so we can treat your home appropriately. We must work quickly to prevent spreading water and increased saturation of your home. Flooring is one of our primary concerns. Carpeting may not fare well if we wait to begin the restoration process. Other flooring types can swell or separate. Wooden flooring can warp and crack while tile and other glued-in-place floor coverings lose their backings in the presence of water.

We also use machinery to accelerate the drying process. Large air blowers move the air around the rooms affected by flood damage which lifts the moisture into the air. Once there, commercial-grade dehumidifiers and desiccant machines remove all humidity so it cannot condense elsewhere inside your home. Stripped of moisture, many microbes and pathogens die. However, we remove these, also, by using air scrubbers. Cleaning by hand and topical sprays also eliminate these pathogens' ability to cause problems.

For any flood damage your residence suffers, call us, SERVPRO of Burke County, at (828) 874-0966. Locally owned and operated, we stand ready to help make your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Remediating Fire Damage to Drexel Homes

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remediating Fire Damage to Drexel Homes SERVPRO protects your home from further damage from weather, trespassing and animals by boarding up doors and windows.

The Five Categories of Fire Damage Restoration

Like anywhere else, each Drexel house fire is different. That means the clean-up has to be individually tailored. To determine if the damage is minor, medium, or major; we examine how fast the fire burned, what it consumed, and the amount of oxygen available as well as other factors.

After determining the types of fire damage in a Drexel home, we pull cleaning and restoration methods from five primary categories. SERVPRO then develops a restoration plan, so each method has the time, equipment, and personnel needed to complete work promptly that returns a clean, safe home to the owners.

Mitigation – This category is our first action after an inspection. Our efforts here are to prevent secondary damage from weather, trespassing, and animal intrusion. Restoration team members board up doors and windows as well as points where the fire may have burned through the roof or a wall.

Contents Cleaning – If possible, we try to clean personal property at home. If our technicians are unable to secure the home or if there is significant structural damage, then we take it to our facility to clean and place in storage until it is safe. We keep an extensive inventory of cleaning agents on hand to ensure we can restore as much of the contents of the home as possible.

Structural Cleaning – This is where we deal with damage on the walls, ceilings, and floors. If the fire burned for an extended period, then the smoke likely penetrated the walls and got into the framing, support beams, and the ductwork. We remove the residue left behind to prevent physical damage and to remove odor-causing particles. For crawlspaces we cannot fit into, we use a chemical fog machine and an anti-microbial cleaner to destroy residues.

Specialty Restoration – This is technically contents cleaning, but covers items which need special services and SERVPRO typically sends to a sub-contractor. Personal property in this category includes artwork, electronics, dry-clean-only clothing, and furniture that requires refinishing after we complete residue removal.

Reconstruction – When there is major damage to wall framing, columns, and other support beams, our response team installs jacks, and other temporary supports to prevent further degrading of the structure. As a licensed contractor in North Carolina, we can do everything from replacing a door frame to placing a new roof on the home.

Remediating the damage and restoring your home after fire damage is not a short process. The goal should always be returning to a safe, clean home instead of getting back inside one that is still a potential threat. SERVPRO of Burke County is ready to help our neighbors do just that. Call our office today at (828) 874-0966 for more information.

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Keeping Your Packaging Plant Functional In The Face Of Commercial Water Damage In Hildebran

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Your Packaging Plant Functional In The Face Of Commercial Water Damage In Hildebran When your business in Hildebran sustains commercial water damage, the problems might be diverse and multi-faceted.

Commercial Water Damage

Daily operations at your packaging plant need to proceed smoothly and consistently. Problems that affect any aspect of the line can impose significant and far-reaching negative consequences. Hildebran residents rely on the economic power that businesses like yours provide to our area. Your plant affects other locations, also, by providing the materials required by factories elsewhere.

When your business in Hildebran sustains commercial water damage, the problems might be diverse and multi-faceted. You need a team of professionals who can use their training and experience to mitigate the damage and help restore your business. After making everything “Like it never even happened” at your plant, you, your employees, and those you supply goods to can get everything back to normal again completely.

Our technicians do more than cleanup of water-damaged materials. We help prevent secondary water damage through attainment of normal dryness. The drying equipment we use helps minimize possible rust and corrosion within your facility, preventing future mishaps with machinery. When machinery contains rust, slowed lines become only one facet of the problem. Rust can dislodge and find its way into finished products. This contamination can destroy finished goods.

We can help your employees with the process of auditing goods by marking item classifications appropriately on an inventory sheet. This can assist you in determining which products you must resupply, as well as facilitate the claims process with your insurance company.

Using moisture-sensitive detection equipment, we locate sections of your plant that harbor moisture more readily. Treating places such as these with Concrobium, a highly efficient microbe-inhibiting agent, can protect them from mold and mildew growth. Assuming that only one source of water or moisture exists in a facility can backfire on our customers and us, so we also use the same technology to locate additional places. Then we again eliminate the water at its source. Sometimes, water at one location can make it easier for water at another spot in your facility to appear.

No matter how many locations that we find water in at your facility, SERVPRO of Burke County's experienced technicians work hard to eliminate them all. Water damage steadily spreads, reaching from one type of material to another. Stopping it and mitigating the damage can save your facility. Call us at (828) 874-0966 to protect your packaging plant and everything that it stands for as soon as you notice a problem.

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The Impact of Fire Damage on Hildebran Properties and How We Can Control It

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Impact of Fire Damage on Hildebran Properties and How We Can Control It Our technicians understand that fire damage is comprised of the fire burned items, lingering smoke, and water that was used to put out the fire.

Get a Quick Handle on BOTH Fire Damage and Smoke Odors with SERVPRO

Residents of Hildebran should not underestimate the effects of a fire. A house fire can lead to significant property damage and a series of problems that may negatively impact your quality of life. To add insult to the injury, many people do not realize the full extent of fire damage or how a fire damage restoration company can come in handy.
For many years, SERVPRO has dedicated itself to protecting people from the consequences of fire damage in Hildebran. Thanks to our restoration services, we have managed to help numerous homeowners return their property to preloss conditions after a fire disaster, "Like it never even happened." Our team consists of highly trained technicians who are up to par with IICRC guidelines. Within a short time, we can respond to your emergency and immediately commence the cleanup process.
The first stage of a fire is called "ignition" and is usually characterized by a very small flame. It begins when oxygen, heat, and a fuel source combine, resulting in a chemical reaction that produces fire. Recognizing a fire in this stage can go a long way towards suppressing it or escaping the looming disaster. Otherwise; the fire can metamorphose into the growth stage, where it can burn nearby items and potentially bring the structure to its knees.
Fire damage does not just decimate your property. It can also leave bad odors and stains on various surfaces in the house. The smoke produced during the fire can travel across the structure and sully your items, leaving soot, dirt, and dust behind. This smoke residue can be extensive, sometimes spreading to adjacent rooms close-by.
For these reasons, SERVPRO can clean up and sanitize your home to reverse the fire damage. Our goal is to make your belongings usable again while preventing health issues that may have come with the fire disaster. Most importantly, our efforts can help eliminate bad odors that can linger for a long time.
The restoration process involves using several different cleaning equipment and industrial tools. Our technicians can even provide carpet cleaning services designed to remove small traces of soot, smoke, and other particles stuck in-between the carpet fibers. Vacuums cannot reach these residues easily.
When a fire crisis hits, you can count on SERVPRO of Burke County to control the fire damage. As a locally owned and operated business, we are part of your community too and understand your situation. For any assistance, call us today at (828) 874-0966.

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Stormy Weather can Pose Flood Damage Mishaps for Drexel Homeowners

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stormy Weather can Pose Flood Damage Mishaps for Drexel Homeowners SERVPRO can make your flood damage "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage Is A Major Threat To Your Drexel Home

Changes in the seasons can bring about violent storms that pour increased amounts of rain onto homes in the Drexel area. Small and localized flooded areas often develop because of these more substantial downpours. Leaving windows open to catch the last few days of summer weather can also permit copious amounts of rainwater to splash through screens, drenching floors, wall section below the windows, and nearby furniture.

Drexel residents with storm-related flood damage can rely on SERVPRO to resolve the problem before it can spread. Waiting to deal with flooding almost never happens, but cleaning up with only a mop and bucket rarely suffices in preventing future damages. Water seeps into the smallest cracks so easily, but extraction methods need to sufficiently remove all traces of water, not only the visible portions.

Water that came in through a window rarely poses the same microbial risks that water seeping up your steps and across your home's threshold bring, and SERVPRO's experts can handle both professionally and swiftly. Our extensive and continued training includes many IICRC certificates, including Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) and Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT). Mitigating the damage caused by flooding and other water-related events is one of the things we do best at SERVPRO.

A home that looks great and is safe at both the structural and microscopic levels can still contain a musty odor after the completion of flood damage restoration work. To ensure the complete satisfaction of our customers, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) works with property owners. It is imperative to us, individually and as a company, that each of our customers is satisfied with our work.

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Contact SERVPRO of Burke County at (828) 874-0966 for all of your storm damage remediation needs. Your home deserves restoration that protects and preserves, and you and your family deserve the place you call home to look, feel, and smell like home once again.

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Contact a Professional to Provide Water Removal Services After a Storm in Hildebran

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Contact a Professional to Provide Water Removal Services After a Storm in Hildebran A storm can cause damage to your roof, allowing unwanted water into your home.

SERVPRO can properly remove water in your home after a storm

Storms can take their toll on your home. Some only damage the exterior, while others make their way inside. If severe enough, a storm can create significant problems that affect the structural integrity of your home.

When facing storm damage that requires water removal in your Hildebran area home, you want access to someone that can make repairs quickly, effectively saving the rest of your home from exposure. The company you use should have access to all of the equipment, resources, and training to complete the job right the first time, avoiding secondary damages that develop over time.

Without the proper equipment, a restoration company can only guess about the level of saturation in your home. It takes moisture detectors, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air movers, and water extractors of all shapes and sizes to get the job done right. SERVPRO has access to these tools and more, making us a valuable resource during emergency situations. 

With IICRC certified technicians and years of experience in the restoration industry, SERVPRO ensures that you receive the help you deserve. A storm can tear off portions of your roof, causing water to enter your attic, walls, ceiling, and more. Mold can develop over time, along with rot and corrosion. The technicians working on your home need to understand and recognize hidden problems while making the right choices to correct each problem individually.

Windows and doorways are often damaged as well. You need someone to go through everything, with the ability to correct issues they find. SERVPRO has restoration technicians, as well as personnel well versed in repairing everything in your home. We make every effort to restore items, contents, and personal belongings, but also have the skills necessary to repair or replace damages found as well.

With our 24-hour emergency service and fully qualified personnel, you can rest easy knowing that a professional is on the job. We can do everything necessary to return your home to a quality condition that your family can enjoy for years to come.

SERVPRO of Burke County stands ready to provide you with dedicated teams that care about you and your home, call today. (828) 874-0966

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Connelly Springs Mold Damage Can Be Insidious

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Connelly Springs Mold Damage Can Be Insidious Mold without Remediation in a Connelly Springs Home Can Cause a Lot of Damage

SERVPRO Detects and Remediates Secret Mold Patches in Your Connelly Springs Home

Mold growth is the slowest moving disaster to affect a home. It is also the only one that can go unnoticed for weeks and months. Despite that, active mold spores cause millions of dollars in cleaning and replacement costs each year.

Since mold expands slowly, some homeowners think they can stop it with bleach and paint over visible signs. The truth is that bleach does not usually kill mold; it may force it back into an inert state for a time, but the potential threat is still there. If you want to stop mold damage and keep it from returning to your Connelly Springs home, you need to call SERVPRO today.

To get rid of it, first, we determine exactly where it is and how much is there. While it is possible to ‘follow your nose’ and trace that musty odor which comes with most mold, the most efficient method we have is to use air content monitors to check the percentage of particles and follow the highest readings. Moisture sensors and infrared cameras aid in detecting damp areas that offer the fungi the water they need to grow.

To halt mold growth, we eliminate the source of moisture; this means removing standing water like puddles and closing off continuous drips from leaky pipes. Once eliminated, active spores contract and return to a dormant state. No further growth means no further damage.

Now, we begin to remove existing mold. If the spores have had time to grow into building material such as sheetrock, causing deep hyphae (root-like) penetrations, we remove the entire, affected panel. It is much more cost-efficient to remove and replace, rather than attempt to restore. While this material makes for great interior walls, it quickly crumbles at efforts to trim it down since the cardboard backing has been consumed. If it gets wet, sheetrock almost breaks apart at the first touch.

Personal property (clothing and furniture for example) is easier and cheaper to clean. Mold spores tend to settle out of the air on these items rather than grow across or into them. Technicians wipe down furniture using dry cloths and brushes but also use an antimicrobial cleaner if needed. If the surfaces are rough (i.e. marble countertops), we use powered brushes and agitators to remove any spores before cleaning.

For clothing, curtains, and other fabrics, we maintain large, commercial washing machines at our facility. We use detergents designed to remove mold and other contaminants without damaging the material. If a material is dry clean only, we send these items to an outside facility for cleaning.

At SERVPRO of Burke County, we understand that any disruption to your life is unacceptable. Every action we take is designed to return your home to its original state as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened." If you see or suspect, a mold problem in your home, call us today at (828) 874-0966.

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Finding the Cause of Roof Leaks in Your Valdese Home

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Finding the Cause of Roof Leaks in Your Valdese Home Clogged Gutters Can Cause Roof Leak and Attic Leaks in Your Valdese Home. Better Call SERVPRO

Ceiling Leaks Can Indicate Many Water Damaging Issues

Roof leaks are not always easy to diagnose. It may not even be your roof that is leaking at all. When you have a stain on your ceiling, it is a common misconception that the leak started right above that area. Water travels, so when there is a leak in your home, it could be traveling downward from another part of your home, dripping onto the ceiling and making you believe that is the location of the leak.
You need an experienced water damage remediation company, such as SERVPRO, to help you determine where the leak and water damage is coming from. There are some other things to think about as well, as water on the ceiling of your Valdese home can be the cause of a variety of things. SERVPRO has the tools and knowledge to find the real cause of the leaking.
Leaking or Dripping Pipes
Plumbing can be found in your attic and can be either leaking or accumulating condensation which causes water to drip. It is a common occurrence and leads to a roof issue that is missed interpreted. SERVPRO can spot this problem during an initial inspection.
If your home is not insulated or vented properly or has a whole-house humidifier which is set too high, condensation can build up, causing moisture in your house, especially the attic. These humidifiers should not be put over thirty percent per the manufacturer guidelines to avoid this issue.
Moisture in a crawl space can be a factor as well. It is invisible and rises eventually through your home, stopping at the roof deck and causing condensation. Our technicians can help get rid of this moisture with the use of our industrial pumps and dehumidifiers.
Clogged Downspouts and Gutters
When your gutters get clogged, the water has nowhere to go but in your home. Gutters must be maintained properly, so water does not back up with any debris. Gutter guards can help prevent the buildup of debris in the gutters, or you can just keep them cleaned out properly. Checking them every few months is a good idea.
SERVPRO of Burke County is here to help you whenever you need, no matter the time of day. Give us a call at (828) 874-0966 if you see the dreaded ceiling spots so we can find the problem and fix it for you.

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