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6 Tips To Limit Storm Damage

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 6 Tips To Limit Storm Damage Give SERVPRO a call if you experience storm damage in your home or business.

Whether you are experiencing a hurricane, tornado, tropical storm, or another adverse weather event, any kind of storm can cause damage. You should be prepared to act quickly in order to stay safe and limit storm damage. Storms cause primary damage in addition to secondary damage such as water damage or mold growth. Here are six helpful storm tips to help avoid the worst issues:

1. Stay apprised of developing weather with weather reports or emergency radio, and plan for your personal safety based on expert recommendations or evacuation orders.

2. If flooding occurs, you should move important items to the highest point in your home to limit the extent of water damage. Sunlight may adversely affect furniture or other delicate items.

3. Install storm shutters or board up the windows of homes in regions prone to hurricanes. You may also secure your roof and siding to the frame of your home with specialized straps

4. Unplug as many appliances as possible and shut off the switches or valves for all utility supplies (gas, water, and power) to your home.

5. Once a storm has passed, try to remove excess water as quickly as possible and allow items to dry. If you air out furniture, keep in mind the risk that direct sunlight or heat may warp furniture, as mentioned previously in these storm tips. Complete the drying process indoors with a dehumidifier.

6. Have a disaster preparedness plan in place. Your family should be ready to execute an evacuation strategy and meet up in a sheltered location agreed upon ahead of time. Gather and store important documents in a safe place in case you need to grab them and evacuate.

These storm tips are intended to help you limit the extent of storm damage to your home in Charlotte, NC. After the bad weather passes, bring restoration experts on the scene to restore your home to pre-disaster condition. Visit http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/ for more information on storm damage. 

The Difference Between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Experts claim there are more than 100 types of mold bacteria inside the average home in Charlotte, NC. Colonies can include yellow, orange, green, and black mold. How is that possible? Many common fungus spores are found in cars, homes, offices, and outdoors because the fungi are constantly floating about in the air. The microscopic bacteria can enter any building through doors and windows, but the spores can also find a way inside homes on pet fur, shoes, and clothing. Once the spore plants itself onto a potential life source, it begins growing into a colony and eventually becomes large enough to be seen and destroyed.

Mold Removal

Mold cleanup, removal, and remediation are often terms used synonymously, but they are not the same. Completely removing mold is considered an impossible task because the spores float in the air and land almost everywhere. For this reason, a mold removal team can only clean existing mold from items within your home. Moments later, the bacterial spores, including black mold, often return.

Mold Remediation

Companies specializing in mold cleanup and remediation tend to offer more than removal services. With specialized training and equipment, the mold remediation team can locate the mold, assess the problem, and contain the area. The professionals often employ large air movers, HEPA air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers to remove any water that is contributing to the mold problem. Once the moisture is gone, existing mold colonies can be eradicated by getting rid of moldy materials. Items often include carpets, drywall, and wood.

Mold Prevention

The affected area may need an application of disinfectant or fungicide to eliminate any remaining microscopic spores and prevent future mold. The need to disinfect is especially true with materials that can be salvaged but have been near mold-infested items. Since black mold can be a concern, disinfecting the whole room may also be an option. Mold remediation specialists can also answer questions on how to prevent mold from attacking in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/ for more information on mold. 

How To Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Your Charlotte, NC home can take a pounding from winter weather. Snow, ice and frigid wind can all affect its exterior, and one common problem you might experience as a homeowner is frozen pipes. When the temperature drops below freezing, frozen water inside pipes can expand and cause them to burst. However, there are a few ways you can prevent this problem, as well the water damage and flooding a broken pipe can cause.

Insulate Your Pipes

Exterior water pipes are typically the most vulnerable to bursting during cold weather, but certain indoor pipes can be affected as well. Consider insulating pipes with foam insulation in these areas:

" Basement connections
" Under kitchen or bathroom cabinets
" Unfinished or non-insulated laundry rooms

Insulting pipes in these areas can offer them extra protection when winter temperatures plummet.

Drain Outdoor Water Lines

Maintaining outdoor water lines can prevent them from freezing over. Before the cold weather comes, drain sprinkler systems and hoses and winterize your pool. You may want to keep the outdoor valves open to prevent excess water from creating pressure, which can result in a costly water line repair bill if the pipes near these connections burst.

Use Pipe Sleeves

Fitting indoor and outdoor pipes with pipe sleeves can protect your plumbing when temperatures drop. Pipe sleeves can prevent freezing by providing pipes with insulation and by raising the temperature within the pipe. You can create your own sleeve with heated tape and layers of newspaper if you need a quick fix before storm cleanup professionals arrive. These sleeves can also be helpful in keeping your pipes in good working order if you plan to be away from home for an extended period, such as for a Christmas holiday.

Dealing with frozen pipes at your Charlotte, NC home can be a stressful experience, especially if one or more burst due to the cold. However, knowing how winterize your plumbing and treat your pipes for the cold weather can help them withstand the ravages of subzero temperatures, wind, ice and snow. Visit  http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/ for more information on water damage. 

Mitigation vs. Restoration: What Is the Difference?

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mitigation vs. Restoration: What Is the Difference? Our team was called to handle this commercial water loss in Charlotte.

Flooding can have a devastating impact on your business. Ruined furniture, mold growth and standing water will undoubtedly make it hard to know where to start. How can you handle the cleanup process? If you seek out a flood cleanup company in Charlotte, NC you should become familiar with two different terms. These are flood mitigation and flood restoration. The following will explain the differences between the two.

Flood Mitigation

During the mitigation process, if you can salvage it, you should. Never listen to advice that tells you it’s better to replace everything. Most professionals in a flood cleanup company would rather try to mitigate the damage before they have to restore components of your commercial property entirely. In fact, it can be cheaper for you to clean up the damage, to remove the mold and to siphon through you and your employees’ belongings.

Flood Restoration

The step following mitigation is to restore your commercial property. This is what a restoration company will usually undertake next. After a flood, there is a high chance you’re going to have to restore some of the building. For instance, porous items such as paper, insulation, carpets, tiles and other furnishings may need replacing entirely. The mold can seep through the gaps in the material and make it impossible to clean thoroughly. Mold spreads quickly through the air when not taken care of. Professionals in the business will make sure that there isn’t anything left over from the flood damage.

When it comes down to it, a flood cleanup company is going to do its best to restore your business to the state it was in prior to the flooding. It never has to be a matter of restoration or replacement, however. In many cases, you will have to do a mix of both. It’s true that you usually can’t expect to save everything damaged in a flood, but there are salvageable components worth restoring. Visit http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/ for more information on commercial storm damage. 

Mold Moves Fast, So How Can You Keep It From Spreading?

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is one of those silent infestations that works fast. Once it takes root in your building, you have up to 48 hours to nip it in the bud, otherwise you risk having your entire building infested. Mold spores are extremely lightweight, and all it takes is a single puff of air to move them around from one room to the next. For this reason, professional mold cleanup in Charlotte, NC is essential for preventing mold contamination. Some things you can do to prevent mold from spreading include:

• Fix the water problem and dry everything up
• Keep indoor humidity below 60 percent
• Clean your HVAC system
• Seek the help of water damage and mold remediation experts for help immediately

Fix the Problem

First and foremost, you need to dry up the water source. If moisture is allowed to continue to invade the space, mold can continue to grow. The water damage control team you recruit should employ the necessary measures to dry up the space, including using dehumidifiers and air filtration systems.

Keep Humidity Levels Low

Mold cannot grow in low humidity and low temperatures, so keep indoor humidity levels low. If the outside humidity levels are lower than the indoor ones, open the windows; if the opposite is true, run the AC or use dehumidifiers.

Clean Your HVAC System

A major part of mold cleanup involves cleaning the HVAC system. Mold spores are so light that they can make their way into HVAC systems and move from room to room as hot and cold air circulates. If you want to effectively rid your building of mold contamination, you need to thoroughly sanitize your heating and cooling systems.

Call in the Professionals

To effectively rid your building of mold, you should hire a mold remediation team in Charlotte, NC. A professional team understands what tools are necessary to dry up the water, dry up the mold and restore your building so it’s like new again. If you have mold in your building and want to keep it from spreading, contact the mold cleanup crew near you today.
Visit http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/ for more information on mold.

How To Prevent Break Room Fires and Banish Foul Food Odors

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Having a break room for employees in a commercial building can make the days more pleasant. Being able to brew a fresh cup of tea during a long afternoon or cook hot popcorn can lift everyone’s spirits and ease the work along. Improper use of appliances and careless housekeeping, however, can at best lead to foul odors and at worst set off dangerous fires.

One dreaded workplace scenario is burned popcorn. Property owners and managers may not realize, though, that smoke cleanup methods from a professional fire restoration company may also include effective building deodorization. The following measures can fend off break room fires and prevent burned food from wafting foul odors throughout the facility.

• Think heavy-duty. In a workplace break room, use only industrial-grade appliances that are UL-listed.

• Forget extension cords. Plug all appliances directly into outlets with proper overcurrent protection such as breakers and GFCIs.

• Get detection. Install smoke and heat detection devices in all break rooms. These systems should be monitored by a central station.

• Clean up. Keep all appliances and outlets free from dirt and debris. Doing so not only helps with safety considerations, but it can also reduce unpleasant odors.

A Dreaded Workplace Break Room Mishap

Everyone in the office immediately knows it has happened. Burned popcorn never stays a secret. The smell wafts through every air vent and settles into each office, lobbies and waiting areas so that customers are greeted by the stench while employees have to work on despite the bad smell.

Many commercial property owners and managers have a fire restoration and cleanup team on file in the event of a major disaster. However, this same specialist company can also clean foul odors from the air using advanced equipment and techniques so that everyone can breathe easier.

If your office in Charlotte, NC is riddled with burned popcorn smell, a fire restoration company experienced in smoke cleanup can provide thorough building deodorization from unpleasant break room odors. Work and business go better and smoother in a safe, clean environment.
Visit http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/ for more information on commercial fire damage.

How to Handle Electronics After a Fire

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire has occurred in your Charlotte, NC home, it is imperative for restoration efforts to begin right away. What about electronics, though? Even if your electronic devices were untouched by fire, did you know that they could still be harmed by smoke damage? Here are the two things to remember when it comes to technology during a fire cleanup:

1. How Electronics Are Damaged

Smoke can permanently damage electronics. At first, it may not seem obvious as to how, but here is what happens when smoke makes its way into your device: keep in mind that technology produces heat, and when smoke covers a device, it can be prone to overheating. If you know about electronics, then you know how damaging too much heat can be. Smoke can filter into the inside of devices and create a black film. The circuits may then short due to the trapped heat inside. Not only is this a fire hazard, but it can leave irreparable damage to your belongings.

2. How Electronics Are Restored

Fire cleanup and restoration of electronics have to happen, and a specialist should be the one to assess them. You should never put yourself in any danger with safety hazards, and electronics that were damaged are just that. Smoke can corrode internal components and cause failure. You should not handle any device until you have had it looked at by a professional. This means no testing devices, and no shutting them off. Always have someone by with the knowledge to do so.

After a fire, you have a lot to worry about when it comes to the fire cleanup. The restoration after extensive fire or smoke damage is not something you should take lightly by any means. If an item does not look damaged, many will assume it is okay. This is not the case, however, and you should look at electronics, especially after a fire. Visit http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/ for more information on fire damage.

4 Ways to Be Ready For the Next Flood

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

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4 Ways to Be Ready For the Next Flood

It is always good to plan ahead for oncoming flooding. Repairing storm damage can cost thousands of dollars if you do not have the right insurance policy. Fortunately, there are various ways to protect your house in Charlotte, NC so that you can evacuate with peace of mind.

1. Waterproof Exterior Walls

It does not take a lot of water to damage a property. It can still take a lot of time and money to repair flood damage that brings fewer than two feet of water inside your home. A waterproof veneer consisting of a brick layer reinforced by a sturdy membrane can help prevent a small amount of flood water from entering your property. In some cases, a membrane can be enough to keep water at bay entirely.

2. Raise Electrical Components

Outlets, meters and service panels should be at least one foot above your home’s flood level. Systems being exposed to even a small amount of flooding can cause them to short circuit.

3. Anchor Fuel Tanks

Clean flood water can become contaminated if a fuel tank sustains damage. An unanchored tank can be swept up by the flood, creating a leak and spilling oil into the basement, which causes a number of problems. It is much more difficult for a professional crew to clean up contaminated water than clean liquid.

4. Clean Gutters Routinely

You should make cleaning the gutters a regular part of your chore routine. Leaves and other debris can get caught in the gutters, and even a small amount of rain can cause the system to break apart. The likelihood of this increases with heavy storms bringing out harsh rainfall. Water can overflow from the gutters, degrading the home’s siding. This water also leaks into the home’s foundation, which can necessitate even more complicated repairs. Prepare sufficiently so you do not fall victim to extreme flooding in Charlotte NC.

Visit our website for all information on storm damage at http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/.

3 Best Ways To Avoid Frozen Pipes

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

The winter season in Berrhill, NC, brings with it chilly conditions. It’s ideal weather for cuddling up with a hot cup of cocoa, but it’s not always good for your home’s pipelines. Freezing temperatures can result in frozen pipes. In the worst case, the pipes may burst. If that happens, the first response is to call a water line repair and cleanup service. Fortunately, you can keep the water flowing by following a few simple tips.

1. Use Heating Tape

Pipelines need added warmth when the thermostat hits those frigid temperatures. Heating tape gets the job done. Place it directly on pipes that are easily accessible. There are two types of tape available:

• Manual
• Automatic

You must plug and unplug the manual version. The automatic tape shuts on and off according to the heat level. Make sure you follow the safety instructions and precautions when using this approach.

2. Open the Doors

In most cases, pipes are more freeze-prone because they’re enclosed behind cabinets. These spaces are especially cold and dank during extreme winter weather. Pipelines benefit from the circulation of heat, so open the cabinet doors. Additionally, keep all your home’s interior doors open. This helps ensure the water lines receive enough warm air.

3. Let the Faucets Drip

Frozen pipes aren’t the only problem you may face. There’s also the possibility that the water lines might burst. You can go from no water flow to water flooding your home. This is preventable by letting the faucets drip. Water dripping from the faucets keeps the pipes from freezing. It also prevents the blockages that increase pipe pressure.

You have no control over the cold winters in Berryhill, NC,  However, you can control the impact wintery weather has on your home’s water flow. When you follow the tips above, you’re less likely to experience frozen pipes. If for some reason the pipes burst, call a reputable water line repair service immediately.

If you would like to see more information visit our website at http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/.

Preventing Frozen Pipes This Winter

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

As the weather turns colder and the snow piles up, it’s important to understand how the changing seasons affect your facility’s maintenance routine. Winter poses different hazards and there are different methods of preventing them. Keeping your building warm and dry means understanding these risks and doing the work that will protect you from them. Let’s talk about how to prevent frozen pipes, which can burst and lead to water damage indoors.

Tips for Preventing Pipe Freezing

Use the following tips to help prevent issues with pipes freezing:

• Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
• Add insulation to crawlspaces and utility access areas.
• Insulate pipes that pass through unheated areas of the building.
• Increase ventilation to pipes in kitchen and bathroom areas.

The general rule you want to follow is this simple: Making sure your pipes receive the benefit of your regular HVAC climate controls will prevent ice from forming in them. That’s why it’s important to check on insulation and to keep your temperature controls at a reasonable setting day and night. Temperature fluctuations in the main work areas are amplified in crawl spaces and other less-insulated parts of the building.

Pipes Freezing in Extreme Temperatures

No matter how hard you try to prevent frozen pipes in Prineville, NC, the winter weather occasionally just throws you a curveball. That means there’s a chance an extreme cold period could overcome your prevention measures, especially if that cold snap is more drastic and longer than usual for Prineville, NC. When that happens, it’s important to have an emergency plan.

This emergency plan needs to include local restoration experts who know how to deal with a burst pipe, so you know that you will get help with cleanup and with water line repair afterward. If you work with your insurance company and plan, it’s easy to make sure your choice will be covered, too, so you have an easy-to-follow plan of action when an emergency strikes that will help your facility bounce back after an emergency.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROwestmecklenburgcounty.com/ to find more information for your commercial restoration needs.