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Water Removal Linked to Clogged Downspouts in Stony Point

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Linked to Clogged Downspouts in Stony Point When debris and leaves get logged into your gutters and downspouts, water can pool around your foundation and cause damage. Call SERVPRO for help.

SERVPRO Technicians Check Many Points at Which Water can Enter Your Home and Cause Damage

Your Stony Point drainage system that begins with a well-shingled roof, properly canted gutters, and adequately maintained downspouts impacts the foundation of your home if any portion of the configuration fails. Heavy rains due to severe storm patterns need to drain away from your home. If water collects inside instead, you may need professionals to remove the water.
 
Seasonally torrential rains gush from your gutters and pound a depression around your house, resulting in an urgent water removal need in Stony Point. During the autumn, falling leaves join any storm debris clogging your downspouts and causing your gutters to pull away from your roof edge. This disrupts the carefully constructed pipeline that should allow water to flow down the gutters, into the drains, and finally deposited on a downslope away from your foundation. Inches of water build up in your utility room or crawl space because of the clogs, and our trained technicians and specialized equipment are ready to evacuate the moisture to avoid water and secondary damage.
 
Over the period of a few days, North Carolina can experience several waves of soaking storms. The ground around your home becomes supersaturated as the water fails to drain away, permitting the water to build up. SERVPRO water removal teams arrive with submersible pumps and high-efficiency water extractors to pull water out of your structure. Failing to remove this accumulation is a mistake as the ground cannot absorb more, and any insulation becomes waterlogged and prone to mold growth. Vapor barriers might need repair or reinstallation if they deteriorated.
 
Any plumbing or HVAC venting near the water incursion risks compromise if the level is not reduced or eliminated. Once we remove the water, SERVPRO workers inspect the ductwork and any other mechanical systems to ensure continued operation is appropriate. If a breach is identified, we add cleaning and sealing the venting to the water removal plan. If even small amounts of moisture remain, structural materials and fixtures risk continual deterioration.
 
Post-water removal, SERVPRO technicians will review the gutter and downspout issues and recommend repairs that avoid future water accumulation crises. Throughout the process, we work with your insurer to limit your out of pocket expenses.
 
SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties offers local residents the equipment and skilled crews to eliminate water retention problems. One call to (828) 396-1070 sets all of our services in motion on your behalf.

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Look for Mold Damage in These 3 Hidden Places in Your Bethlehem Home

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Look for Mold Damage in These 3 Hidden Places in Your Bethlehem Home It is important to rinse your dishes immediately after use before setting them in the sink to prevent mold growth.

Regularly Checking Your Home for Mold Can Prevent Further Damage

Mold damage is the bane of all householders. The fungi are present in most homes which makes it impossible to eradicate. Often mold appears to have vanished when in fact it has merely gone dormant, ready to resurface once more as soon as it has moisture and enough organic material to grow. Bethlehem homeowners are most likely aware of the typical places mold likes to grow, including damp areas such as bathrooms or laundry rooms, or cold, wet places like basements or porches. The telltale black or green patches alert you to the fact that the spores have taken up residence in your house.

Mold damage in your Bethlehem home gets worse when it is left unchecked. Colonies release new spores which travel to other areas of your house – they travel through the air, or even on your clothes or boots, or household pets. Keeping on top of the mold is important to stop it from spreading, which is why SERVPRO recommends you check out these three unexpected places spores settle in your home.

1. Air Conditioners Air conditioners are the perfect breeding ground for mold because they draw in moisture, which the fungus needs to grow, and pollen, which makes an ideal meal. Check your AC unit regularly for signs of growth and call in SERVPRO at once at the first sign of a problem. Our IICRC-certified technicians have specialist equipment and tools to clean even hard to reach nooks and crannies.

2. Dishes After you wash your dishes, you think of them as clean – and that is a good thing! However, dirty dishes are an ideal breeding ground for mold. Stacks of dirty, damp dishes provide both the moisture and the food source fungus needs to grow. Prevent mold growing on your crockery by running it under a tap immediately after your meal. Do not leave dirty dishes standing around, and always dry plates and bowls completely before storing.

3. Window Seals Window ledges and surrounds typically collect dust and dirt, which provide a food source for fungus. Add condensation or even leaks from rainfall, and you have an ideal breeding ground for mold. Keep window surrounds clean and dry at all times. Invest in a dehumidifier to reduce humidity, and replace worn window seals.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to help with mold remediation. We clean and scrub visible mold, vent contaminated air from your home, and reduce humidity to discourage regrowth.

For help with fungus in Taylorsville, Kings Creek, Sawmills and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties at (828) 396-1070 for assistance today.

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Bethlehem Residents Receive Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bethlehem Residents Receive Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services Dealing with flood damage to your Bethlehem property can be a lengthy process, especially if you attempt to do things alone.

Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services

Recent storms have left many Bethlehem residents reeling from more damage than expected. Some are looking for temporary housing while others show a strong desire to get back home as soon as possible. If you find yourself suffering a similar situation, help is not far away.

Dealing with flood damage to your Bethlehem property can be a lengthy process, especially if you attempt to do things alone. Giving us a call gives you access to IICRC-industry certified technicians, advanced equipment, and the resources needed to get you back on track. Our crew is available to answer your call 24/7, 365, giving you the help you need, today.

After calling your insurance company and before returning to your flood-damaged home, call SERVPRO. Our technicians can make your return home safer, eliminating any hazards that may exist, and getting started on your home’s flood damage restoration immediately. You might be surprised by how many electrical, fire, and safety hazards are present after a flood. It takes a qualified professional to identify them all and to keep your family safe. At SERVPRO, we provide you with full-service solutions and work hard to mitigate any damages or reduce any losses you might experience. Our technicians manage your entire restoration from beginning to end, informing you of our progress and communicating all issues with your insurance company to ensure you receive the results you deserve.

SERVPRO technicians train hard and work harder so that you never have to worry about getting qualified help again. Whether you have your entire home or a single room flooded after a storm, it is easy to get the help you need to recover fast. We have water extractors and drying equipment of all shapes and sizes, along with the ability to identify, clean, and restore hazardous areas to make your home safe again.

By contacting SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties, you obtain access to local, highly-trained professionals who understand your circumstances and want to help you recover quickly. We provide you with quality cleanup and restoration services throughout Lenoir, Adako, and Stony Point in the quickest, most efficient manner possible while maintaining a safe, secure site. Call our emergency service line, today (828) 396-1070.

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Why Homeowners Trust SERVPRO's Emergency Water Removal Services in Taylorsville

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Homeowners Trust SERVPRO's Emergency Water Removal Services in Taylorsville Flooding happens but your quick call to SERVPRO after a storm can make all the difference in the remediation and restoration processes.

Our Team Responds Quickly When You Call After a Storm

Whether your home has been completely flooded by a major storm or has much more limited patterns of damage, removing water from the building is likely one of your top priorities. SERVPRO is ready and standing by after any catastrophe to help get your home dry as quickly as possible. Our water removal strategy in Taylorsville is designed to be as timely and efficient as possible to spare work and expenses later, while still being effective at drying out your home even while the rest of the neighborhood remains drenched.
 
Lightning-Fast Response Times
 
The core of SERVPRO's Taylorsville water removal strategy is comprised of our mitigation tactics. We have personnel ready around the clock to respond to calls and ensure that as little damage as possible happens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Within hours, we show up on the scene with water extractors and air movers to start removing moisture immediately, getting standing and voluminous water out of your home in as little time as possible.
 
Thorough Work
 
Getting done quickly is far from the most important aspect of what we do. Above all else, we make sure our work is thorough, so that you can have peace of mind and so that we can continue to provide our services to other homes in need. Machines such as dehumidifiers and deodorizers help to mop up the last vestiges of water in your home and erase any traces of what once happened. We also work closely with insurance companies, who often come to inspect the site and evaluate our performance. Hundreds of insurers across the country prefer SERVPRO because they never find our work lacking. In fact, if a flood or storm has impacted your home, your insurer may have expressly recommended us for restorations.
 
If your home has been hit by a flood or major storm, be sure to call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties right away at (828) 396-1070 for our 24/7 emergency services.

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Handling Water Damage After a Heavy Storm in Taylorsville

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Handling Water Damage After a Heavy Storm in Taylorsville If a storm leaves your home with flood damage, call SERVPRO for professional water removal services.

Steps to take if you experience flood damage in your home

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and quick summer thunderstorms can all create significant damage to your home. Even though the wind causes damage such as downed trees or torn shingles, heavy rains can lead to flooding, even if you are not along the water. There are some helpful steps you can take after your home in Taylorsville is damaged by water from a storm before help arrives.

Before water damage professionals, such as SERVPRO, arrive, you can remove as much excess water as possible from your Taylorsville home by blotting and mopping. Wipe water from wooden furniture after lamps and other tabletop items are removed. If cushions or upholstery are wet, take them out and prop them up so they can evenly dry. If there are any books or magazines which have gotten wet, pick them up, since the colored covers can stain whatever they are lying on.

During the summer, you run your air conditioner to get rid of the excess water in the air. Since winter is dryer, you may not need to do this in colder months. If the air seems heavy with moisture, you should think about running the AC unit, even if it is colder outside. You can also purchase a dehumidifier if you would rather not run your air conditioner in the colder weather. Also, keep in mind that our technicians at SERVPRO have industrial fans and dehumidifiers that they use to help dry your home out faster.

If whole rooms are flooded, turn off circuit breakers to these rooms to avoid water contacting any electrical appliances. Do not use your vacuum to remove water. Instead, utilize a wet-dry vacuum, or even better, is letting our IICRC-certified technicians use our truck-mounted pumps to remove any standing water after they arrive at your home.

Do not turn on any appliances in a flooded room, and if the water has saturated the ceiling, do not use ceiling lights or fans. If the ceiling is sagging from moisture, do not stand in or walk through the room, since the ceiling could collapse.

When your home is severely flooded, your first step should be to call SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties, as it is not safe for you to perform the water removal yourself. Our experienced staff can take care of everything for residents of Bethlehem, Taylorsville, and Lenoir when they call us at (828) 396-1070.

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Taylorsville Funeral Home Survives Water Damage

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Taylorsville Funeral Home Survives Water Damage Keep your doors open for the families and loved ones who need your services when SERVPRO restores water damaged areas of your funeral home.

Water Damage To A Funeral Home

A town relies upon its funeral homes, needing their services especially in times of disaster. Like any business, however, a funeral home can suffer from roof leaks, pipe breaks, or other ways water intrudes and damages property. Restoration professionals help put the business back to rights and serve to preserve access to a critical service community members need.

Elegant and historical, the classic architectural lines of your family mortuary mask water damage that threatens this Taylorsville institution. Aging pipes slowly leaked, discoloring plaster and causing paint to peel. Bulges in the ceiling tiles reveal the problem grows incrementally. An inspection by our experienced project manager pinpoints areas of concern. We outline the steps needed to restore this place where treasured memories and celebrations of lives occur to its previous glory.

SERVPRO technicians use sophisticated technology to locate leaks and pockets of water causing the evident damage. Arrangements for repair of the older plumbing infrastructure take initial precedence. Then our team begins the work of removing residual water and reducing moisture in the structure and contents of your funeral parlor. Pumps and extractors pull water out, operated by certified technicians to avoid further damage to your property.

We take precise measurements of moisture levels to establish drying goals. Then we position powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in walls, ceilings, and floors to normal levels. Carpeting and furnishings saturated by water receive expert attention including evaluation as to whether any mold damage is present. Moldy materials may need to be removed and replaced, but we focus on restoration of all other items so the community can turn to you in their time of need. Restoration is less time consuming and costly than tear out and replacements, thus much less disruptive to your essential business.

SERVPRO offers document restoration services as part of our water damage recovery options. Business or client records damaged by the leaking plumbing often respond well to a freeze drying method also called lyophilization. We work with you to determine which articles may profit from this relatively costly process. An inventory of items removed is created and maintained as we work through your documents.

Keep your doors open for the families and loved ones who need your services when SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties restores water damaged areas of your funeral home. Call us at (828) 396-1070 to arrange for a consultation.

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Fire Precautions To Keep You And Your Family Safe In Your Taylorsville Home

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Precautions To Keep You And Your Family Safe In Your Taylorsville Home Home fires may be more common than you think, so being aware of possible fire dangers in your home is essential.

Fire Precautions

Home fires may be more common than you think, so being aware of possible fire dangers in your home is essential. When you have prepared ahead of time and know some fire prevention tips, you can do a lot in preventing these catastrophes which plague thousands of homes each year.

Cooking related accidents equate for forty percent of fires reported annually. It takes just seconds for a blaze to begin in your kitchen and cause fire damage to your Taylorsville home. Unattended stoves and ovens or distractions are the main reason.

SERVPRO is a professional fire damage remediation company who can assist you in a timely fashion after you have experienced a kitchen fire. We clean up all damages, including water, soot, and smoke, and even help you with speaking to your insurance agent.

During the winter months, fires from fuel-based or electrical heaters are quite common. These heaters need to be kept three feet or more away from anything that is easily flammable like clothes, furniture, and curtains.

Bedroom fires from smoking account for over seventy percent of fatalities from house fires. If not disposed of properly, a cigarette butt can remain lit for hours. Ensure that you do not fall asleep with a lit cigarette in your hand.

Old wiring is a common problem in older homes, having been worn out over time. Inadequate installation of wires also causes electrical fires. If your circuit breaker trips often, you need an electrician to look at your wiring, as this goes a long way in preventing fires.

Many fires are caused by electrical wiring or equipment such as dryers, washers, irons, oven ranges, and water heaters. Ensure you know the rating of an appliance before you plug it into an extension. Do not overload an extension or circuit, as they can overheat or malfunction, and have a certified electrician do a yearly check-up of the wiring system in your home.

Other things to be careful with are candles, barbecuing too close to your home, and children playing with matches or lighters. When you teach your family the dangers ahead of time, they can be more aware of their surroundings when handling these things so you can remain safe in your home.

When accidents do happen, SERVPRO understands how stressful the situation can be, which is why we work quickly to come up with a remediation plan for you and go over it with you before we begin. SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties should be notified as soon as your kitchen fire is out. The sooner you contact us at (828) 396-1070, the more damage we can prevent from water, soot, and smoke left behind.

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Water Removal Services in a Lenoir Property

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services in a Lenoir Property Don't Wait to Call SERVPRO for Water Removal in Your Lenoir Home

Count on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Damage Restoration Services

A homeowner can become confused after his/her home suffers the effects of a broken pipe or appliance. Standing water in the hallway, bedroom, or other area of your house can eventually lead to severe damage and consequently, expensive restoration.
 
If water damage occurs to your Lenoir property, stopping the flow is critical. Cut off the leak if you can, and then contact our trained technicians from SERVPRO to deal with the water damage problem. Our expertise includes inspection & water damage assessment, water extraction, drying & dehumidification, cleaning & sanitizing, and finally, restoration. Until we arrive, remember that safety comes first and only turn off your main power supply if no electrical hazards are present. Once you shut down the water source, wait for our staff to come and commence the water removal process:
 
Protecting the Furniture
Our priority is to move your furniture away from wetted areas to allow for drying. To prevent staining and damaging the wooden legs of larger furniture, we place them on small blocks or aluminum foil. SERVPRO water damage restoration experts can also treat your books and important documents that have been affected.

Eliminating Residual Moisture
When moisture from the water gets into your walls, carpets, and furniture, it can become a breeding ground for mold. As such, it is important to remove the moisture as soon as possible. We have industry leading dehumidifiers, air movers, axial fans and techniques for rapidly extracting moisture from the air and affected elements.

Checking for Mold
As our team extracts the water and dries out your home, we are always aware of the possibility of mold growth. Our reasoning of restore before replacing means we attempt to salvage water damaged carpets and padding. This type of flooring is conducive for mold proliferation. By quickly removing the moisture, the chances of mold spores developing into colonies is greatly reduced.
 
In a water damage situation, it is important to act fast to get the water removal services you need. SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties is strategically located to respond quickly to your emergency. Call us anytime at (828) 396-1070.

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Mold Is Sneaky -- Hire Professional Mold Detectives To Catch It in Taylorsville

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Is Sneaky -- Hire Professional Mold Detectives To Catch It in Taylorsville Whether mold is visible or you can just smell that something is not quite right in your home, SERVPRO can find the source of the mold and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Use the Latest in Detection Tools to Locate Moisture and Mold in Your Home

Homeowners are often driven crazy by a musty, funky smell without finding the source of the underlying mold growth. Just because you cannot see mold colonies does not mean they are not hiding, possibly damaging the structure of your home and making individuals reactive to molds uncomfortable. Contact SERVPRO if you suspect mold is present and we do our best to locate and remediate.
 
Certain areas of your home hold a musty smell. You notice it most clearly on an outside wall, sometimes stronger if you sniff at a light switch or electrical outlet. To manage mold damage to your Taylorsville home you need to find it and then hire a reliable mold remediation firm that follows Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. We inspect for signs of mold in all the likely places, and some not so likely, to find and remediate mold growth in your home.
 
When the moldy smell confines itself to exterior walls with no visible evidence of microbial growth, SERVPRO is likely to suspect an outdoor source of moisture. The mold may be growing in the recesses between the exterior and interior walls. If your home is insulated, the materials used possibly are contaminated as well.
 
Expect SERVPRO technicians to inspect the exterior of your home. We seek areas of siding that appear warped or bulging. Other signs include paint peeling unevenly or much sooner than is reasonable given when the house last received a new coat. If your home features stucco or brickwork, we look for cracks or missing pieces. Leaky or poorly hung gutters or loose flashing may have been the areas of ingress for rain, snow, or other forms of precipitation.
 
We may also remove plaster or gypsum board in the interior of the house near the smell to investigate whether mold colonies exist between the walls. When we find the infestation, the EPA protocol of containment, removal, and disinfection removes the current problem. We remove wet and moldy insulation as well, replacing it after remediation finishes. Remediation is not complete until the moisture source is removed, so gutters, flashings, and siding or brick/stucco need repair to limit the recurrence of the mold problem.
 
Call on SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties at (828) 396-1070 if you fear mold colonies hide in your walls. Relentless detective work finds the mold and EPA directives followed remediate the outbreak.

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Take Control Of Water Damage Happening In Your Bethlehem Area Home

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Take Control Of Water Damage Happening In Your Bethlehem Area Home We explain our services in detail, communicate with your insurance company, and help with any paperwork associated with your claim.

Protect Your Property When The Unexpected Happens

Having a plumbing leak or broken appliance does not need to cause extensive damage to your home. With help from a qualified professional, you can reduce any losses you experience and get everything back to normal fast.

Dealing with water damage on your Bethlehem property often requires help from someone who understands how water works. You want access to a trained company with years of experience, not someone who just got started in the business, a brother-in-law, or friends.

SERVPRO technicians can help you avoid secondary damages that develop over time. The issues often left behind by someone with less training and experience. It only takes a small water leak getting into an area behind your wall or in your floor to start causing damage that leads to warping, swelling, cracking, and more.

Mold only needs 24 to 48-hours to begin spreading throughout your home. Without the proper experience, small pockets of water give mold the perfect environment to grow. An expertly trained technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, use infrared moisture detectors, water extraction equipment and attachments of all sizes to get the job done right.

With someone like SERVPRO on your side, you never have to wonder if the person working to provide your loved ones with a clean, comfortable living environment has the right skills, tools, or experience. We work hard to ensure you receive the results you deserve and make every effort to make you comfortable while we perform your water restoration.

We explain our services in detail, communicate with your insurance company, and help with any paperwork associated with your claim. Our technicians take control of your entire restoration process, making the experience as stress-free as possible. You have more to worry about, let us help you straighten things out.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties provides you with IICRC certified technicians, with several years of experience and access advanced industrial-grade equipment. Give us the opportunity to address water intrusions occurring in your home, today. (828) 396-1070

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