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Fire Damage To Your Morganton Property

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage To Your Morganton Property Cleaning and restoring a property after a fire is more cost-efficient than replacement.

Fire Damage

Cleaning and restoring a property after a fire is more cost-efficient than replacement. Many fire insurance providers prefer to pay for the restoration of furniture and insist on both an inspection and making an attempt to clean before writing off entire living or dining room sets.

Restoring the effects of fire damage to your Morganton home is an option to consider when possible. To ensure that it is done correctly, without further harm, requires a professional. SERVPRO has decades of experience throughout North Carolina when it comes to successfully cleaning and returning your home and its contents back to its original state. To accomplish this, we have developed six cleaning methods based on the property and type of damage.

Dry Cleaning
We use this method to remove light-to-medium, non-greasy soils or to pre-clean excess residues before starting wet cleaning. Most of this is done with dusting cloths or feather dusters to remove dry, surface particles. For heavier soils or light debris, our technicians may use vacuums or dry sponges.

Wet Cleaning
We use this method to remove moderate-to-heavy smoke and soot residues effectively. Technicians typically saturate the items with water during the process. For heavier residues, we mix the water with a cleaning agent to ensure a successful finish.

Spray And Wipe
This is a wet method that applies water and a cleaning agent with a spray bottle instead of saturating the item. We prefer this method on items where there is a risk of the color running if it is soaked. A spray bottle also gives our technicians more control over the amount of water and cleaning used.

Foam Cleaning
This method uses a specially designed, pump-up spray bottle to apply foam rather than water and cleaning agents. It is particularly useful to clean upholstery fabric that might shrink under too much water or other liquid. For small areas, technicians also use an upholstery brush to agitate a shampoo solution, generate the foam, and then apply it by hand.

Abrasive Cleaning
The idea with this method is to use a thicker cleaning agent that contains abrasive ingredients to scrub rough surfaces such as rock and some types of marble, often with a brush, steel wool or abrasive scrubbing pads.

Immersion Cleaning
This last method uses saturation to soak an item with heavy residues completely. Immersion is very useful for a structural property like Venetian blinds. For other articles, we also use high-frequency sound waves for ultrasonic cleaning. The sound waves force millions of bubbles through the item and the immersion tank to agitate and scrub very solid residues. It is an excellent technique for items that have been left to absorb residues for days or even weeks.

Restoring your home and property is not a quick or simple process. However, SERVPRO of Burke County is here to walk you through every method and process. Call us today at (828) 874-0966.

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The Role Of Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers When Repairing Flood Damage In Drexel

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Role Of Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers When Repairing Flood Damage In Drexel We provide expert help and assistance with all manner of flood-related repairs.

Repairing Flood Damage

The dehumidifier is one of the key elements for flood damage repair. It is a relatively simple device, but it is very powerful, and it plays a vital role in applied structural drying. It works by drawing excess moisture out of the atmosphere and containing it in a secure receptacle so that it can no longer cause damage to surrounding materials.

There are two main types of dehumidifier, and both are valuable for structural drying. However, they tend to compatible with specific conditions and environment. At SERVPRO, we put lots of effort into constructing suitable dehumidification setups, because consistency is essential for success. The rate of dehumidification must surpass the speed of evaporation.

What Is A Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifier?
Low grain dehumidifiers (or LGRs) accelerate the drying process by adding another stage. Before the humid air gets directed across a cold coil and the water is forced back into liquid form, it is artificially cooled. The advantage of this is that the vapor transitions back into a liquid with a lot less effort and energy because it is already at a low temperature.

The addition of the cooling stage makes LGRs a very efficient choice. Like standard refrigerant machines, they perform at their best in rooms which are between 18 to 32 degrees. However, they can provide a lowermost specific humidity of around thirty-five grains to every pound.

When Are LGRs Most Useful For Drying?
As they are efficient to run and can handle lower humidity levels, SERVPRO recommends LGRs for nearly all flood damage cases. They are especially helpful when it comes to extracting water from porous structural substances. Whether a standard or LGR device gets brought into the affected space, the rate of drying requires careful control.

At the start of the process, the ideal internal temperature is no greater than 30 degrees. When the drying process begins to draw to a close, the technicians incrementally reduce the internal temperature to a minimum of 20 degrees.

SERVPRO of Burke County is a local flood damage restoration service. We provide expert help and assistance with all manner of flood-related repairs. With the support of our structural drying techniques, you can get your home and your life back to normal in no time. Call us 24/7 at (828) 874-0966.

Water Damage In Your Valdese Home?

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage In Your Valdese Home? Valdese Unwanted Water Damages Carpeting and Homes--Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Rely on the Experts from SERVPRO for Recovery from Water Damage

Many homeowners commonly make the mistake of not seeking professional services until damages get so far out of hand that water begins to burst everywhere, or floods entire sections of their homes. A quality restoration company is not just here to help you recover after an event occurs, they are also here to help you prevent incidents from happening.
If you notice any amount of water damage in your Valdese area home, contact a local restoration company with IICRC certified technicians to perform a full inspection of your property. They can help determine how extensive the damages are and give you advice on how to proceed.  
At SERVPRO, we have experienced situations where tiny leaks remain undetected for weeks, or months, causing severe water damage and extensive mold growth to occur, without the homeowner even knowing it. Small leaks, hidden moisture, roof leaks, broken fixtures or appliances, as well as a variety of plumbing issues add to the situation if not maintained properly.  
Contact a company, like SERVPRO, when these kinds of issues become a problem in your home. We perform a full pre-inspection of your property, locate hidden moisture with infrared moisture detectors and make any repairs necessary to get the source of moisture causing the problem under control. Not to mention we have access to a variety of water extraction equipment and several years of experience dealing with water issues just like yours.
SERVPRO technicians can provide you with grading and drainage services to help prevent flooding during inclement weather, going as far as installing submersible pumps and backflow valves when necessary. We can also check all of the pipes on your property for leaks and make the necessary repairs to prevent issues from forming.
Avoid waiting until an event occurs on your property before contacting a professional restoration company, the more information you provide or, the more of a chance you give us to protect your home properly, the likelier you are to avoid extensive damages.  
Give SERVPRO of Burke County a call today. Any of our staff can provide you with a full description of available services and help you discover which solution would be best to address your unique situation.We are here to help, call anytime. (828) 874-0966

Fire Damage Restoration in Bridgewater

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration in Bridgewater SERVPRO Cleans and Restores Fire & Smoke Damage in Bridgewater

SERVPRO Offers Various Solutions to Smoke & Fire Damaging Events

Fire can cause serious damage to your property. There are, however, other damages which can seriously affect your home as well. Smoke odor invades personal belongings and building materials of all kinds. Soot damages walls which haven’t been burned by the flames. Experience a fire can be devastating, but SERVPRO understands that your cherished memories and possessions are at stake. We are fire cleanup and restoration experts, and we specialize in smoke and soot damage as well.
If your Bridgewater home is damaged by fire, it is critical to contact professionals who specialize in fire and smoke restoration process as quickly as possible to prevent any additional damage. Your local SERVPRO franchise is available anytime you need to minimize fire and smoke damage to your home.
Our restoration process is thorough, and we get to your home and help you in a short time after you contact us. We do a quick assessment of damages, pretesting and estimates. If needed, our technicians do emergency board-up, and structural stabilization, plus our methods are environmentally friendly when it comes to cleaning soot and other residues from fire damage. We also remove smoke odors, sanitize the area and do air purification to make your home safe and healthy again.
We carefully remove and secure any damaged household goods, personal possessions and other contents for restoration and cleaning. Industrial grade water extractors are used, as well as air movers, dehumidifiers, and other equipment to efficiently remove water that was left behind from firefighting efforts. Affected areas are reconstructed, and antimicrobials and disinfectants are used to prevent mildew and mold from growing.
SERVPRO gets your property back to normal quickly. Our specialized training, equipment, and cleaning methods, combined with our experience, results in faster cleanup and less smoke damage restoration costs. We use specialized cleaning methods and equipment to save your personal possessions, and many times we can restore your home’s contents to their former condition. "Like it never even happened."  We also help you with the process of insurance claims to make it as painless as possible for you.
If your home has experienced fire and smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Burke County right away to have our experts help you – just dial (828) 874-0966.

Water Damage in Your Morganton Home can be Ugly and Possibly Hazardous to Your Health

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Your Morganton Home can be Ugly and Possibly Hazardous to Your Health Water can seep into your house after an event causing damage. Invite SERVPRO to assess and remediate for more than satisfactory results.

SERVPRO Technicians Find the Source of the Water Damage before Beginning the Remediation Process

When water is present in your home in areas that are not designed to have water, these areas become damaged. Often, water leaves behind signs of its presence. Some of these are simply unappealing to look at, and others can create dangers in your home.
Morganton homes are not immune to water damage, no matter how well or recently they were built. Many newer homes in the United States have problems with moisture condensation because of their tighter construction. Others have problems with basements filling with water because gutters have downspouts placed too closely together in only a few areas, without any drainage system in place to draw the water away from the home's foundation.
Water stains, bubbled wallpapers, mold infestations, and warped and cracked flooring often remains behind after water has intruded. These changes in your home can destroy its appearance quickly, and also make your home unsafe for your family. Mold spores can find their way into areas that were otherwise untouched by water and create their own type of damage by disintegrating the surfaces on which they grow.
Larger problems are created when the foundation of your home is affected by water damage. If downspouts allow enough water to collect on the exterior of your home in concentrated areas, this can turn the once-solid ground into mud. This mud can move, and press against the foundation walls.
At the same time, crawlspaces can also become damaged. Remaining wet, crawlspaces can allow mold to grow and then enter your home through air intake venting systems. Often, floors inside of crawlspaces are dirt, and the presence of water turns this dirt into mud. Covered and dark, it can take a lengthy period for these areas to dry out completely.
Regardless of the nature of your home's problem with water damage, SERVPRO of Burke County has the professionals who can cure your house, making it “Like it never even happened.” To find out more, contact us at any time of the day or night at (828) 874-0966.

Why Mold Damage Comes Back In Bridgewater

3/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage Comes Back In Bridgewater Mold lives everywhere.

Mold Damage

Mold lives everywhere – inside your home, outdoors, at your work, in your child's school, even in your local hospitals. Eliminating mold is impossible. Controlling mold is something that can be done by controlling the environment. If this is done correctly, even if mold exists in your home, it can do nothing except remain where it settles.

When Bridgewater residents remove mold damage found in their homes on their own, they often find that there is more mold later on, and in additional locations. There are a few reasons behind this preventable phenomena. There are also ways to prevent mold from growing.

Removing mold in areas that are exposed to air currents can cause spores to be released into the air. Worse than this is when fans are used to dry an area that has mold after bleach has been used. Bleach only removes the color of the mold, while at the same time providing mold with one of the very things mold needs to grow. Hence, mold, ready to grow, is whisked off into the air, and then is deposited around your home.

Another way that mold can spread is when personal belongings that are infested with mold are thrown away. If they are carried to the garbage can inside your home and thrown away, this can allow spores to be released. Items that are moldy should be bagged up when found, and then, after the bag is knotted, taken to an outside garbage can to be disposed of safely. When you find mold growing, it is nice to remember that mold needs protection from sunlight, moisture, and cellulose. It does not take much time for mold to grow out of control and ruin clothing, other fabric items, carpeting and rugs, and much more in your home.

Mold can also indicate a problem with water leaks or drips nearby. SERVPRO technicians are trained to not only remediate mold and rid your home of mold damage, but also to locate the sources that support out of control growths of mold. Water from leaky windows, sagging gutters, and malfunctioning air conditioners are also sources. Having a dehumidifier installed can help prevent mold from growing when moisture comes from basements and crawlspaces.

SERVPRO of Burke County wants to help you control mold damage and ensure that your home remains that way. When you have discovered mold in your home, do not hesitate to call us at (828) 874-0966. We can begin remediating any size mold problem within the hour.

Why Water Removal in Bridgewater is Sometimes Required Before Other Services

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Water Removal in Bridgewater is Sometimes Required Before Other Services Don't let water stand in the way of your construction project. Call SERVPRO to remediate so that the project can go on.

Removing Standing Water Can Help Prevent Secondary Damage From Mold

There are a few construction-related projects which cannot proceed until everything at the site is completely dry. These projects include remodeling, repairs, and room additions. These projects can fail unless they are protected from the damaging effects of water in the home itself and moisture in the air.
Completing projects in Bridgewater such as these can trap moisture inside different areas of your home, causing many different problems in the future that water removal can prevent. SERVPRO can remove water with a large pump truck that uses suction to remove standing water. Water is also found in the air in the form of humidity. Increased humidity, or dampness, must also be dealt with to ensure the best results possible.
When air contains more water than it should, using a dehumidifier can help. Reducing the moisture can take a day or two, but the time involved is worth the results that can be obtained. SERVPRO uses dehumidifiers to help remove moisture from the ground in situations where crawl spaces are acting as a conduit for moisture to enter a home. Carpeting can also absorb a substantial amount of moisture, but dehumidification can bring moisture back to normal levels, wherever the moisture is being trapped. Placing a dehumidification mat on a hardwood floor can also decrease the level of dampness.
Because moisture travels to drier environments, drying one area will also make other areas drier. As the air becomes drier, it can then absorb the moisture that was trapped before inside the floors and walls, as well as in other areas. Moisture trapped and left as-is can allow mold to grow, affect newly-installed drywall, or cause wood to swell and then warp, buckle, and crack. These problems can destroy even the best work in any remodeling or repair job. Adding a room onto a home with higher than normal humidity levels should have a dehumidifier installed, to ensure that humidity levels remain at normal levels.
Calling SERVPRO of Burke County can prevent problems through water removal services that can protect the outcome of your current projects. We can be reached day or night at (828) 874-0966. Because we know construction projects happen year-round, we are always here, ready to answer your call.

Quality Tools To Assist With Restoring Your Business From Flood Damage In Drexel

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Quality Tools To Assist With Restoring Your Business From Flood Damage In Drexel Air moving equipment, with proper inlet and outlet screens and attachments, assist with the drying process through evaporation.

Is Your Drexel Business Recovering From Flood Damage? We Have Just The Right Tools to Assist!

Preparing your local grocery store for the possibility of flooding can only take you so far. When things finally start to happen that get out of your control, whether your business survives or not comes down to the quality equipment that your restoration company provides.

When faced with handling flood damage in your Drexel area business, learn more about the services and supplies available from the restoration company that you choose. A variety of special equipment and products make your restoration successful, while also enabling them to provide you with a higher level of service.

SERVPRO technicians understand how important it is during a flooding incident on your property to maintain safety and remove as much water as possible, in the fastest way possible. Therefore, we utilized a variety of equipment and products to assist with the process.

Detection devices help with identifying the location of the water source invading your business and help our technicians determine which of our drying methods are producing the best results. While deodorization equipment, such as pump sprayers and foggers help apply professional products to eliminate and treat odors developed during your event.

SERVPRO uses a variety of extraction equipment including hand-held and truck mounted extractors that help with the removal of standing water from your structure. Our extractors come armed with waste tanks ranging from 5 to 100-gallons, giving us the ability to handle any size event. We also utilize sump pumps in rare occasions when water more than 2-inches deep exists.

Air moving equipment, with proper inlet and outlet screens and attachments, assist with the drying process through evaporation. While dehumidification equipment helps remove water vapors from the surrounding air.

SERVPRO technicians train in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, masks, boots, and full protective clothing suits if necessary. As well as the utilization of the proper tools used to disengage carpeting and pad, separate seams, and reinstall as needed.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Giving you a unique look at the tools that are at the disposal of our technicians when they answer your call to our office. SERVPRO of Burke County is available anytime, 24-7, to assist, call today. (828) 874-0966

Local Businesses in Connelly Springs Look for Quality Flood Restoration Services

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Local Businesses in Connelly Springs Look for Quality Flood Restoration Services Call SERVPRO if Your Connelly Springs Business is Under Water

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Flood Damaged Business

You work hard to create a quality environment that is enticing to your customers. When they enter your local coffee shop, you want them to feel comfortable. You provide them with the flavors and morning pickups that they need, while they enjoy the warm, inviting environment you have created for them.

Even though you may have taken all of the proper precautions to protect your Connelly Springs business from flood damage, your preparations could turn out to be inadequate. Flood waters entering your business have the ability to leave debris and mud behind, among other things that cause extensive damage to your property. These damages cause you to seek access to a company that provides you with that same comfortable feeling and a chance to recreate, or even improve the environment your customers enjoy so much.
Choosing SERVPRO as your flood damage restoration company provides you with access to expertly trained technicians, that have the expertise and equipment necessary to minimize the disruption of any services you provide to your customers while making the entire event, "Like it never even happened." In most cases, we have a high success rate in restoring many of your companies assets, including furniture and equipment that you would have considered lost otherwise.
We understand that every hour that your business is affected by a flooding event results in a loss of revenue and productivity. So, when it comes to responding to your needs during an emergency, we have emergency 24-hour service and access to highly-trained water damage restoration specialists to complete your repairs as quickly as possible.
It does not matter if you own a small local company or are the property manager of a high-rise residential building, SERVPRO has the resources to help return your property to a quality preloss condition after a flood, while also offering services for any fire, storm, or mold event that may strike. We have disaster recovery teams stationed throughout the state, giving us the ability to respond to disasters quickly.
Regardless of the size of event your business faces, SERVPRO would like the opportunity to provide you with the quality, efficient services you deserve. We can even give you professional cleaning and preventative maintenance to keep your property looking its best.
Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Burke County for all of your quality cleaning and restoration needs. We are here to help. (828) 874-0966

Stopping the Spread of Mold in Hildebran

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stopping the Spread of Mold in Hildebran Moldy Floors and Walls in Hildebran Need Remediation

Best Bet: Let the Skilled Technicians from SERVPRO Remediate Your Mold Issues

Mold is, by nature, quick to spread. When it enters a home, the mold can work its way throughout the structure with ease, finding places where conditions are just right to begin growth. As such, mold can start with a small colony in a bathroom or dark corner, but quickly spread throughout the home and create more problems behind walls, under floors, and in other rooms. Stopping the spread of mold is key in preventing more damage, so try to keep on top of these preventative measures.
Turn Off the HVAC System
One of the easiest ways for Hildebran mold damage to spread is through your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Ventilation and air currents allow mold to have its spores picked up and whisked away, and then spread throughout the building. Although this is less necessary for mold which is restricted to unseen areas, if the mold is in any common area of the home, your HVAC system has high potential to spread it elsewhere. Unless otherwise directed by SERVPRO technicians, you should shut your HVAC system off as soon as you have positively identified a significant mold colony.
Get Things Dry, Quickly
If your home has extra water or water damage related to the mold growth, your priority should be to get things dry. SERVPRO carries specialty equipment for large drying jobs, but you can help by airing things out before we arrive and drying up small problems yourself. Note that you should never touch a moldy area, and if these need drying, you should leave it to our personnel to handle.
Keep Things Isolated
In the wake of mold or other types of damage, some homeowners attempt to consolidate belongings into a separate room on their own, to take stock and keep things safe. Our advice is to allow these objects to remain in their original place, as they may contain high amounts of mold spores and could spread them to otherwise clean rooms. Our technicians can take stock of your belongings and separate items in a professional manner, and in a way so as to keep the fungi isolated.
SERVPRO of Burke County is a locally-owned franchise of a national restoration corporation that provides some of the best equipment, personnel, and customer service to help your home recover from disaster. Call us 24/7 at (828) 874-0966.