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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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SERVPRO - Taylorsville Mold Damage

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO - Taylorsville Mold Damage When a mold infestation strikes your home, our SERVPRO crew strikes back!

Dealing with Mold in Your Taylorsville Home?

Summer has arrived, and with it hot weather. That does not mean, however, that water and mold are no longer a concern in your home. As priorities change to yard work and outdoor activities, many residents forget to check their basements and laundry rooms for any possible problems.

Since most types of mold grow just fine at 85 degrees, Taylorsville homes still need to be checked for mold damage. It is not enough to wait for that tell-tale musty odor since certain types of mold do not even emit an odor. If you have waited too long, SERVPRO can still help you recover and return your home to its condition before the spores began to expand, grow and form masses. We have developed a four-step method that best uses our local personnel with a nationwide network of equipment and experience to get the job done in North Carolina.

First, we isolate the contaminated area. Technicians hang plastic sheeting over doorways, windows, and other openings to establish physical containment and ensure the mold does not spread to the rest of the home. They also seal HVAC vents to prevent accidental contamination of the ductwork. The final component is to create negative air pressure using air movers and fans. With particular airflow direction, this forces loose spores out of your home.

Next, our restoration team wipes down and cleans surfaces to remove the contaminating mold. We wipe down nonporous surfaces like glass and metal with a dry or wet cloth, depending on the thickness of the mold. If it is very thick or is growing in a layer of dust and dirt, technicians apply an anti-fungal agent to loosen and break up the growth so it can be wiped down. After wiping, team members vacuum surfaces using HEPA filters which can trap a single mold spore. Porous surfaces such as drywall and carpets are tough and costly to try and clean; we recommend disposing and replacing them in most cases.

The third step is to let dust and mold spores in the air to settle. After enough time, technicians wipe down all surfaces again. We do this from top to bottom and in the direction of the negative air pressure to help force loose spores out of your home.

The fourth and final step is to lower the humidity level of your home to stop growth and return spores to a dormant state. We do this by placing dehumidifiers and specially designed heaters in the affected areas to raise the temperature while removing moisture from the air. These devices are also effective in drying structural and personal property.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Stopping mold and restoring your home from the damage is not a quick and easy procedure. At SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties, we work hard to help put you back in your home as quickly and safely as possible. Call us today at (828) 396-1070 to schedule an inspection if you suspect there may be a problem.

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When Your Home has Fire Damage in Sawmills

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Your Home has Fire Damage in Sawmills Regardless of the size of the damage after a fire, call SERVPRO for best remediation efforts. You will be very happy with the results.

SERVPRO's Technicians Provide Thorough Remediation Services In Order to Prevent Finding Secondary Damage Later On After a Fire

After a small fire, you usually clean up the mess, soak up the water, and hope for the best. That water can create future problems, though, and the fire has created hidden risks, behind walls, in the ceiling, or below your floor.
 
Sawmills homeowners should know that not all fire damage looks like charred, crumbling wooden beams from a gutted house. Damage can also come in smaller sizes, from smaller, more contained fires. Kitchen fires are a good example of this, as are those that happen in a bathroom or bedroom when a candle begins to burn a curtain or linens. However, when these smaller-sized fires are not extinguished quickly, they can quickly become larger blazes which can damage the entire home.
 
SERVPRO is prepared and qualified to handle any size disaster involving fire damage in your home or apartment. If you rent your dwelling and there is evidence of fire damage when you move out, your landlord might keep your deposit to pay for the damages and cleaning costs. Having the damage repaired before an inspection can help you regain your deposit money.
 
For homeowners with fire damage in their homes, insurance policies usually provide coverage for this type of situation. Repairing the damage can prevent other problems from developing into full-fledged situations that need additional, and much more costly, damages in your home. Many problems that could have been prevented by timely repairs are often precluded from payments by most insurers, making it even more important that repairs are made as soon as possible.
 
Our technicians are ready to help you and your family remain in or return to your home after a fire. Our training includes courses in all aspects that are pertinent to recovery post-fire, in addition to our extensive experience. Calling us, SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties, at (828) 396-1070, can help get your home restored quickly and professionally. Because we know fires happen at any time, we are always available to take your call, at all hours, every day of the year.

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Possible Causes of Roof Leaks to Your Taylorsville Commercial Building

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Possible Causes of Roof Leaks to Your Taylorsville Commercial Building SERVPRO Says Prevent Commercial Water Damage in Taylorsville, Maintain Flat Roofs

Physical Breakdown of Membranes on Roofs Can Close a Business

When you own a commercial building, there are several causes for roof leaks to occur. Any leak or water problem can cause serious damage to your frame shop and your merchandise. You should schedule regular inspections of your roofing system to avoid the most common issues.
 
While many problems are identifiable, many areas which are prone to leaks require challenging repairs, and if they are not done correctly, make Taylorsville commercial water damage many times worse. Your business needs routine inspections, therefore, so you can keep a close eye on these problem areas and save significant costs with proactive management.
 
If you do experience a water damage loss, however, SERVPRO can come to your rescue to clean up all the water and repair damages. For major roof repair work, they collaborate closely with trusted and skilled contractors to get your building in good condition again.
 
Sometimes, understanding possible causes for roof leaks helps to prevent major damages.
 
Clogged Drainage or Ponding Water
If you have a flat roof and there is no way for it to drain properly, it can begin to look like a swimming pool. Ponding water is one of the most common reasons for commercial roof leaks and water damage, adding a significant strain to your roofing system since one square foot of water weights about five pounds per inch.
 
You need to make sure water is freely and properly flowing off your roof between the gutters, drains, downspouts, and scuppers. In some cases, the current drainage system might not be routing water correctly, requiring roof repairs.
 
Damaged Perimeter Flashing
Roof leak repair is many times most needed at the outer edges or at inner parapet walls where flashings are installed to protect the roof membrane cover edges. If the flashing is installed improperly, damaged, or becomes loose due to storms or the wind, the edges of the cover can be exposed, letting water and moisture seep into the building and roofing system.
 
Open Roof Penetrations
Penetrations include drains, pipes, vents, HVAC units, hot stacks, conduits, gas lines, and other objects that puncture the membrane of the roof. These are prone to leaks and must be properly secured to make sure the roofing system is protected from water damage.
 
SERVPRO can step in to clean up any standing water and damage that is done from one of these penetrations on your roof causing a leak inside your building. They also can restore and repair many of your items inside your building to reduce your losses.
 
Damage to Roofing Membrane
As the membrane ages, it can blister, split, shrink, crack, or puncture, giving way to water and exposing the insulation of the roof under the membrane.
 
SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties understands that any water damage from your commercial roof can be devastating to your business, which is why we are available to you any time of the day, any day of the week. Just contact us at (828) 396-1070, and we can take care of the damages done by water so your business can be up and running like normal again.

Overwatered Spring Plantings Mean Damp Basements In Taylorsville

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Overwatered Spring Plantings Mean Damp Basements In Taylorsville Slowly seeping water is a benefit to mold spores, moisture taking them to a full-blown colony in 48 to 72 hours.

Water Damaged Basements


The warmer weather has everyone ready for flowers and the bright green leaves of your next vegetable crop. Many gardeners use irrigation systems like drip hoses to ensure the baby plants get the best start. Forgetting to shut off the water to plantings near your house is a common reason for water to collect in your basement or under a slab foundation. SERVPRO has techniques to turn back the page on this mistake and restore the water damage.

Water damage from soaker hoses gently dripping onto the ground around your Taylorsville home goes unnoticed until your basement is humid or the slab is wet, with widening pools of moisture spreading. Quick action from our water damage abatement team is a necessary part of the solution. Waiting even for a few hours increases the chance of mold development.

Overwatering near the foundation of your home is just as or even more destructive than a heavy spring rainfall. A rainstorm's water diverts through gutters and downspouts, hopefully away from your home's foundation. The targeted flow of moisture from a drip or other irrigation setup goes right into the lower reaches of your home. When SERVPRO arrives, our crew pumps out any standing water and extracts puddles and surface moisture with high power vacuums. Moisture level monitoring occurs periodically, informing our staff as to the positioning of air movers and the need for heaters and dehumidifiers.

Drywall and insulation evaluation is crucial; our employees are always on the look-out for possible mold growth. Slowly seeping water is a benefit to mold spores, moisture taking them to a full-blown colony in 48 to 72 hours. Lack of microbial growth permits us to attempt drying of floor coverings, walls, and even insulation if we direct airflow and heat appropriately. After we establish drying targets, we help homeowners plan for foundation plant watering in the future. The beds planted next to your home need to have the proper pitch to drain water away from the foundation. Timers or automatic shut-off valves are a good investment to avoid future water damage.

If good intentioned gardening practices cause water damage to your home SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties is in your corner. Call (828) 396-1070 to schedule a consultation.

Getting Back To Normal After Fire Damage In Taylorsville

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Getting Back To Normal After Fire Damage In Taylorsville Smoke Odors & Fire Damage in a Taylorville Property

Your Taylorville Property Gets TLC from SERVPRO After a Fire

A home fire is something that homeowners dread. We all hope it will not happen to us, but sometimes fires do occur. The aftermath of a fire is distressing for anyone. Your home and belongings may be damaged. Life can feel strange and stressful, and you are desperate to get back to normal life.
 
SERVPRO is here to help you get back to normal after fire damage to your Taylorsville home. Our IICRC-certified technicians have the skills and know how to clean your home and belongings and leave things “Like it never even happened.”
 
The first step in fire remediation is assessing the damage. Our teams are trained to inspect your home and possessions so we can determine the extent of the smoke and fire damage. Various materials react to fire differently, and so the type of loss differs from item to item and from surface to surface.
 
The next step is to devise a cleaning plan that restores your house and belongings as well as possible. Every element has different cleaning needs. Some of the cleaning options we have at our disposal include:
 
•Using towels and brushes to clean surfaces
•Employing water or air pressure to help lift and clean soot
•UV machines that use sonic vibrations to get materials clean
•Cleaning chemicals and solutions
 
Our technicians know which cleaning action is best for each type of fire damaged surface or item. No matter how long it takes, we see every cleaning job through to the end. A thoroughly cleaned home helps you feel more normal after a fire. However, some smoke odor can remain, and this is an unpleasant reminder of the fire. SERVPRO staff is trained to use a variety of methods to remove smoke odors from your home. For example, we have access to air scrubbers, thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines for the deodorization and disinfecting of your home. We also place air movers and axial fans in the right positions to help dispel odors.
 
The proper cleaning schedule and careful attention to deodorization are vital for restoring your home so you can get back to normal life as quickly as possible.
 
If you need help restoring your home after a fire, SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties is here to help. Call us at (828) 396-1070 for the help you need.

Mold Damage in Your Taylorsville Home Needs a Fast Response

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Your Taylorsville Home Needs a Fast Response Don't let the mold spread. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate.

Timely Professional Mold Remediation Will Lead to Success

Mold is the real danger of water damage, as it is something we might not be able to see physically. However, once it finally shows itself, it is only a matter of time before your entire home could be covered with the stuff. Usually, if your home is not completely dried and correctly ventilated in twenty-fours or less from the initial water damage incident, additional damage occurs, bringing mold along with it.
 
One of the biggest hazards that is found during water and flood damage restoration is mold infestation plus the infestation of other potentially dangerous microbes. Mold damage in your Taylorsville home, therefore, needs mold remediation as quickly as possible. The areas which have been wet for longer than forty-eight hours start to sprout mold.
 
Molds are a part of the natural environment and reproduce using tiny spores. These spores are not visible to the naked eye and float through air both indoors and outdoors. Mold can start growing indoors when the spores land on surfaces which are wet. There are several types of mold, but none will grow without moisture of some kind.
 
At SERVPRO, we realize that long term exposure to mold and mold spores causes health effects to you and your loved ones. We also recognize that if mold remediation and mitigation is not performed in a timely fashion, mold has the potential to damage your home severely, therefore causing its market value to fall dramatically, amongst other detriments.
 
When you call a SERVPRO technician to your home, you can expect a fast response. An estimate of the damages is drawn up after your home is properly inspected. We find what started the mold infestation, and we explain to you that just cleaning or bleaching these visible areas of infestation is not the solution. Unless all of the moisture is eliminated, the potential for the mold to grow back is high. Mold spores will always be present, but mold will not grow or spread if it does not have the moisture and the right environment to feed off of. You can also do things such as using exhaust fans while cooking, turning on air conditioners and dehumidifiers in warmer weather, and increasing ventilation in your home.
 
We also figure out what the extent of the damage is and how much time elapsed before we were called in. We take you through each step of the way during the restoration and mitigation of the mold, so you can have peace of mind and fully understand all that is happening.
 
Time is of the essence with a mold infestation and inspection for mold and remediation. At SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties, we realize this and that the longer it takes to tackle the outbreak, the more damage you have. Therefore, as soon as you call us at (828) 396-1070, we make arrangements to have technicians to your home as soon as possible.

Commercial Water Removal in Taylorsville

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal in Taylorsville Don't let water damage close your auto repair shop for good. Call SERVPRO for remediation services today!

SERVPRO Technicians can Get Your Shop Opened Quickly After Damage

In a residential neighborhood, standing water usually means the loss of some personal property, time in a motel for the residents and a limited amount of restoration costs. It does not usually affect the person's ability to go to work or draw a paycheck. This limitation is not the case when disaster strikes a business.

Quick commercial water removal for a Taylorsville structure such as an auto repair shop can mean the difference between reopening for business and closing the doors permanently. SERVPRO has decades of experience in helping our communities and local businesses get back to work and back to normal as well.

Since most of the water in commercial flooding is from damaged plumbing or faulty sprinklers, the water involved is usually clean. That means the water is free of sewage and other contaminants which make removal and clean-up more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. It also means that our technicians use a checklist of actions that is designed to help you reopen your doors and begin servicing customers as soon as we can safely do so.

First, we secure your facility. This step includes not just protecting your structure from further water damage or trespassing, but also looking for electrical hazards, deteriorating floors and sub-floors as well as falling ceilings if the source of the water leak was from a sprinkler, an upper floor, or the roof.

Next, technicians remove standing water. They use industrial pumps along with generators if the power is still out. Once the water is gone, the response team examines crawl spaces, under floors and behind walls to ensure we have not missed anything.

If everything checks OK, the next step is to lower the humidity levels of the building itself and the surrounding air. Technicians determine levels with moisture meters and then set up a combination of air movers and exhaust fans at exit points in the shop. These commercial machines rapidly exchange damp air for drier air from the outside, and we maintain a scaled inventory of them for use in small areas like storage rooms to larger, multi-bay areas like the shop floor. For smaller rooms with carpeting (e.g. a manager's office), we may also set up a dehumidifier to speed up the process to prevent pulling up and replacing the carpet or the pad underneath.

Reopening the doors after a disaster is a time-consuming and often expensive, process. SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties is here to make sure it is not a frustrating one as well. Our technicians walk through every step with you and even assist with your insurance company if it is helpful to do so. Call us at today at (828) 396-1070 to get started.

How To Know If The Flood Damage In Your Taylorsville Home Is Serious

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Know If The Flood Damage In Your Taylorsville Home Is Serious The scope and intensity of the repairs depend on how much water is inside the house and which materials are already wet.

Categories Of Water Intrusion


At SERVPRO, we like to remind our customers that no restoration job is impossible. While severe flooding can lead to complete destruction of some items, there are always others that are salvageable. In fact, as long as repairs get started within two days of the original incident, the chance of full remediation is high.

Nevertheless, the scope and intensity of the repairs depend on how much water is inside the house and which materials are already wet. When handling flood damage in Taylorsville, our technicians carry out an inspection first to determine the level of water intrusion. The assessment adheres to official guidelines from the IICRC. Keep reading to learn more about the categories of water intrusion and what they mean for Taylorsville residents.

Class One
Class one involves minimal water intrusion, which means that this is the least serious type of water damage. Most items affected are non-porous (concrete floors, appliances, etc.) In this case, only limited repairs are necessary. Pumping is enough to extract most of the liquid, after which a small dehumidifier can be used to complete the job. Typical Scenario: a toilet overflows onto a sealed tile floor.

Class Two
There is a significant volume of water. Several porous items are affected (curtains, carpets, etc.) The extraction takes longer, in this case, because more water is absorbed. Dehumidifiers are used (for longer periods) to draw water vapor out of soft materials. Typical Scenario: a burst water pipe inside a gypsum board wall.

Class Three
Substantial amounts of standing water remain after the incident. Many porous items have absorbed flood liquids. The most intensive rates of evaporation are required to extract it in a timely fashion. The SERVPRO technicians probably need to lift carpets and (in some cases) make holes in the walls to increase ventilation. Typical Scenario: natural flooding causes rapid water intrusion, which quickly soaks the ground floor.

Class Four
The most severe type of flood damage involves water that gets trapped between building materials. It is tough to handle, takes a long time to restore, and it does cause lengthy disruptions to regular routines. The drying process is complex and requires the use of considerable vapor pressure differentials. Typical Scenario: a severe sewage overflow or backup which soaks through the walls.

At SERVPRO of Alexander & Caldwell Counties, we approach every emergency with a unique strategy. Our repair methods are tailored to fit the needs of your home and guarantee a fast, effective restoration. Call us 24/7 at (828) 396-1070 today.