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Tools For Cleaning Flood Damage In Your Valdese Home

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tools For Cleaning Flood Damage In Your Valdese Home Heavy rains can occur throughout the year in Valdese, putting your property at risk.

Tools For Cleaning Flood Damage

Heavy rains can occur throughout the year in Valdese, putting your property at risk. Storm drains that are backed-up, cresting rivers, and saturated ground all can create significant flooding when there is excessive rainfall. Mudflows and flash floods are dangers which can happen after these storms, creating a threat to your home and family.

If your home in Valdese does become flooded, you need help fast to clean up the flood damage and to prevent even more damage from occurring, like mold and mildew growth. To do so, you need experienced professionals who have the right training and equipment, such as SERVPRO. We are ready to help you anytime you need.

To do the job correctly, we use various detection and monitoring devices, which let us track moisture within a structure. Moisture sensors are used to find moisture in soft materials. It has sharp probes which penetrate through carpeting and padding to show how far the water has migrated. It is an excellent tool for us to use during our initial inspection since it is easy to use and lets us know how far the water is.

Moisture meters are used by SERVPRO technicians to find the actual moisture content in different materials and to help us know if the structure is dry. These meters test underneath wood flooring and inside wall cavities with special probes. They can also check individual layers and give out readings with sensors when the meter is put on the material surfaces.

Thermo-hygrometers measure both the relative humidity and the temperature in your home. These readings are used to help us determine the specific humidity in the affected area. We compare the regions affected by moisture to unaffected areas to get appropriate readings. We also measure outside your home.

As you can see, SERVPRO of Burke County is equipped with various professional tools and knowledge to help us dry your home out thoroughly and efficiently. Anyone residing in the areas of Glen Alpine, Hildebran, or Connelly Springs, can put their trust in us to get the job done right when they call us at (828) 874-0966.

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How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home   Mold is an unwelcome guest in many homes, but you can take steps to make sure it doesn't grow in yours!

Nobody wants mold to grow in their home. Yet nearly every day, we visit homes in Burke County where mold has taken residence. So what exactly causes mold growth, and how can you prevent it from happening in your home? We cover that below.

What Causes Mold Growth?

The truth is that mold is already in your home; in fact, it’s everywhere. Spores are in the air around you (indoors and outdoors), so it’s impossible to eliminate them. Fortunately for you, it isn’t much of a problem until it actually begins growing in your home.

Most homes present two of the three necessary components for mold growth: food (any organic material) and warm temperatures. The only reason mold isn’t growing in every home from Valdese to Morganton is because many homes lack the final ingredient: moisture. One of the most common reasons mold growth even begins is because of water damage caused by flooding, leaks, or a similar incident.

Preventing Mold Growth

Now that you know how mold growth begins, it’s important to understand how prevent it. While it’s easy to say “Don’t get your stuff wet,” it doesn’t help when disaster unexpectedly hits your home. Here are three things you can do to prevent mold growth:

  • Dry wet areas immediately. Mold growth can occur within as soon as 24 hours once moisture is present. The longer you let areas stay damp, the higher your chances that mold will take hold.
  • Let air circulate. Cold air is not very good at holding moisture, which means mold is less likely to grow in cooler areas. Make sure that air is circulating well in your home; you might even want to open your windows if the weather’s nice enough.
  • Call a cleanup and restoration company immediately after water damage. You might have dried up the water from burst pipe, but don’t assume you’re in the clear. Floors and drywalls tend to absorb the water, which leads to mold growth that you can’t see until it becomes a serious problem.

If you follow the tips above and mold still grows in your home, call us at (828) 874-0966 and we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Damage Remediation Services Available For Your Morganton Area Home

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services Available For Your Morganton Area Home When you find mold lurking behind things or in plain sight in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO and speak to one of our experts.

Our Technicians are Properly Certified to Deal With a Mold Infestation in Your Home

If you are not already aware, household-mold is a type of fungi that can reproduce using spores that travel through the air. There are various facts about mold that occurs in your Morganton area home that you should be aware of and take seriously, combating this issue in your home is far from a joke.  

Finding mold damage in your Morganton home is serious business. A majority of the time it takes a highly-trained professional to control mold growth in your home, and the process can be quite extensive, depending on the amount of exposure that exists. The longer you dismiss the problem, or ignore the issue altogether, the harder it becomes to return your living environment to normal.  

  • Mold is a fungus, commonly referred to as Mildew.
  • Molds can live both indoors and outdoors, often thriving in warm, moist, oxygenated environments.
  • Mold can grow anywhere in your home that contains all three conditions. However, there are more frequent locations than others.
  • Regardless of the species or amount of mold found in your home, it can cause health effects.
  • The best way to control mold in your home is to maintain possible water sources properly.

At SERVPRO we find that helping to inform our customers helps garner more lasting relationships and prevents significant damage events that might otherwise cost you your home. We want to be there for you when you need us the most. However, we also want to help you avoid these situations altogether if at all possible.  

SERVPRO technicians inform our customers by sharing information and helping them make quality decisions that help protect their health and home. When you understand the situation you face, you are more likely to seek the help you need to get things under control and avoid hesitation that makes things worse.

SERVPRO’s IICRC certified mold remediation specialists are available 24/7, all year long and give you access to the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to keep your home environment as healthy and clean as possible.  All you have to do is contact SERVPRO of Burke County for access to quality services you can trust. Call today. (828) 874-0966

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The Significance of a Proactive Approach in Mitigating Water Damage to Your Bridgewater Home

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Significance of a Proactive Approach in Mitigating Water Damage to Your Bridgewater Home SERVPRO technicians have the training and equipment to quickly and efficiently mitigate water damage and prevent future damage from occurring.

Call on SERVPRO Immediately to Minimize the Effects of Water Damage to Your Home

You may choose to wait for disaster to happen first and respond later. You may choose though to anticipate a disaster’s likelihood of happening and prevent it. The choice is all yours. However, all factors considered, you are better off adopting a proactive approach to mitigate water to your Bridgewater homes and property.

By having been operational in the area for far too long, we at SERVPRO are by all means familiar with the significance of such kind of approach. We have a team of experienced and IICRC-certified technicians who have identified some of the attendant core benefits. We are all the more glad to share them with you.

Chief among these benefits is the fact that you stand to incur less water damage if water damage does actually happen. That is because this approach enables you to seal all the various loopholes that may result in adverse damages later. You do not want to forfeit this benefit at all, owing to the sensitivity of most of the possessions that may be negatively impacted.

Next in line, as SERVPRO has consistently noted, is your expenditure of greatly-reduced costs of repairs later. This stems from the fact that you incur reduced damages as pointed out and explained above. Any sane property owner may naturally want to spend as little amount of money as possible. This makes your adoption of this approach non-negotiable.

The third major benefit you stand to accrue is timely intervention and mitigation of any possible future damages. Our technicians have helped untold scores of homeowners identify and deal with any leaks that may let in much water later. Most of the affected persons have later on sent their feedbacks telling us just how our interventions saved their property from further intense damage.

Dealing with the effects of water damage is no joke. That is why it is in your best interest to forestall the phenomenon by all means. The last major benefit of this proactive approach, we at SERVPRO has identified, is less time wastage on your part in your attempts to mitigate these side effects. That is because the approach shields you from too much damage which requires too much time to restore.

Count on us, SERVPRO of Burke County to handle all your inspections and proactive maintenance. Call us right away at (828) 874-0966. We will be all the more glad to assist you, just like we have already assisted scores of homeowners like you!

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4 Facts About Fire Damage In Valdese And Beyond

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4 Facts About Fire Damage In Valdese And Beyond It is no exaggeration to say that fire damage is a risk for every homeowner.

4 Facts About Fire Damage

It is no exaggeration to say that fire damage is a risk for every homeowner. It is also understandable that people, in general, do not like to talk about house fires. After all, a blaze in the home and the risk of injury or even loss of life is frightening. However, at SERVPRO we believe that talking about fire and understanding more about it is useful because the more you know, the more you can plan to prevent a blaze starting, and determine what to do in the event of a fire in your Valdese home.

The National Fire Protection Association is a rich source of facts and guidance about home fire damage, electrical risks and related hazards in Valdese and beyond. The NFPA is a trade association which publishes standards and guidelines for use by local governments in the hope of preventing fires and educating the public about them. Here are 4 facts about home fires courtesy of the NFPA.

1. An average of seven people dies in home fires in the US every day, which is a very sobering thought. It is clear that home fire safety is of paramount importance across the country.

2. Three out of five home fire deaths (for the years 2010 – 2014) occurred in homes without working smoke alarms. SERVPRO recommends installing at least one fire alarm on every floor of your home and carrying out regular tests to be sure the units are operational.

3. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of injuries after a home blaze. The kitchen is a risky area when it comes to home fires, and it is a good idea to be vigilant at all times when cooking. It is especially important to you keep an eye on cooking pans at all times.

4. The second most frequent cause of home fire injuries is heating equipment, and the most common cause of heating equipment blazes is a failure to clean things properly. The leading cleaning problem when it comes to home heating is creosote build up in chimneys which is why you should inspect and clean your stove and chimney each year.

It is not always possible to prevent a fire but being vigilant and taking sensible precautions does help. In the event of a home blaze, SERVPRO is on hand to help with cleanup and deodorization afterward to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

For help with fire cleanup in Hildebran, Rutherford College, Valdese, Glen Alpine and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Burke County at (828) 874-0966 today.

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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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