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Mooresville Emergency Water Damage Tips:

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

  • Shut off the water source if possible. 
    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. 
    • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. 
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs. 
    • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature. 
    • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting. 
    • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water. 
    • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 
    • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

American Red Cross Ready Rating Program

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Teaming Up to Help You Be Ready

SERVPRO is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help business and homeowners across the nation get READY for any disaster.

The American Red Cross Ready Rating program is a free web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Through the Ready Rating program website, readyrating.org, property owners complete a 123-point self-assessment of their level of preparedness for weather-related or other emergencies. The Ready Rating assessment also offers tips and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness.

“Through the generosity of SERVPRO, the Red Cross will help empower workplaces to re-open more quickly after natural or man-made disasters such as water main breaks, medical emergencies, power outages, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes through the Ready Rating Program,” said Tom Heneghan, manager of Business Continuity Programs for Red Cross.

“Up to 40% of businesses never re-open their doors after such disasters; SERVPRO’s partnership will enable more businesses, schools and organizations to become better prepared.  We are excited to have SERVPRO join us in community outreach efforts to educate and highlight the importance of community preparedness in neighborhoods across the country.”

“This partnership just makes perfect sense,” said Rick Isaacson, Executive Vice President of SERVPRO Industries, Inc., “and truly completes the readiness equation for businesses and other property owners. The Red Cross Ready Rating Program allows individuals to assess their readiness for a disaster, so they can take all the necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect their property from damage and loss.  But, when disaster does strike, knowing what to do and who to call saves time-and fast response is key to minimizing damage and downtime.  That’s where SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Program can help. Together, these two programs offer maximum peace of mind to businesses and other organization.”

Protect your property

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Cold Weather can wreak havoc and cause costly damage to your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damages winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.  To help prevent weather-related damages, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, and snow can cause branches to fall and can cause damage to property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order.
  • Clean chimneys and exhaust systems to ensure they are free of debris.
  • Test gas lines if they have been dormant to ensure they are in good working order with no leaks.
  • Inspect your property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when tempuratures dip below freezing. If the pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate. Insulate all exterior pipes.
  • If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains.
  • Make sure all exterior doors, garages, roll-ups and windows have sufficient weather stripping.

SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day 7 day a week for your emergency water and fire damage cleanup needs.

5 Tips to Prevent Water Damage

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Most Homeowners insurance policies cover basic water damage claims up to the purchased limit.

But you know what’s a lot easier than going through the claims process? Preventing the water damage in the first place!

Check out these 5 suggestions for preventing water damage:  

  1. Be careful where you plant 

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.  

  1. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.  

  1. Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.  

  1. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.  

  1. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

10 Fire Tips For Your Home

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

For most people, homes are one-time assets, containing their most precious belongings. A home is the most important thing you own. It is prudent to ensure the security of your home and family from destructive elements such as fire.

Many homes are destroyed due to fires. Fires may occur due to accidents through carelessness or negligence. It is therefore essential to know of ways and means to keep your house safe from fires.

Listed below are 10 tips for ensuring fire safety for your home:

1 Install a few smoke detectors, preferably on each level. Smoke detectors help save lives and property with early-warning mechanisms. All instructions regarding smoke detectors must be observed scrupulously.

2 Maintain and test smoke detectors periodically. Replace smoke alarm batteries. Most detectors give out signals when the batteries get low to avoid the danger of forgetting about you batteries.

3 Keep an eye out for potential fire hazards. Look for things like frayed or torn cords on electrical devices such as televisions, stereo systems, lamps or computers. Watch out for heaters that are too close to flammable items such as clothing, fabric, books, magazines or old newspapers.

4 Keep match boxes and lighters out of reach of children. Children are fascinated with fire, and curiosity can get dangerous. Keep temptation at bay by hiding matches and lighters. Better still, keep them locked away.

5 Stay on guard when cooking or baking in the kitchen. Many home fires begin in the kitchen. It's always best to be cautious and exercise care in attending to areas that are prone to fire accidents.

6 Have an emergency fire-exit plan handy at all times. Family members should be aware of this plan, and safety drills are in order from time to time. Escape plans have helped families to be safe in fires.

7 Always exercise caution when using, placing or lighting candles. Candles can easily allow other things to catch fire if you are not careful. Have proper candle holders, protective covers and extinguishers for candles.

8 Avoid electrical fires by always unplugging all electronic devices and appliances after use. Plugged-in appliances and electronic devices are fire hazards.

9 Take good care of fireplaces or wood-burning stoves that you use during the winter. Ensure proper safety and upkeep of such devices and keep children out of reach of fire.

10 Teach children about the hazards of fire and ensure they are aware of fire safety rules. Remember, the wellbeing of your family is important and everyone is responsible in understanding the hazards of fire.

Prepare Your Statesville Home Against Flood Damage That May Occur

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Statesville Home Against Flood Damage That May Occur Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO for remediation efforts and/or prevention tips.

SERVPRO Remediates Flood Damage and Provides Prevention Ideas to Homeowners

While most homeowners living in an area constantly affected by flooding take the proper precautions to limit the losses they suffer, should an accident occur, it may be impossible to prepare your home for each and every circumstance.  
 
You should give a local environmental emergency restoration company a call to help protect your Statesville area home against flood damage that may occur. It makes sense to take the necessary precautions to protect your investment; everyone should.
 
However, SERVPRO feels that you have much more to worry about than natural disasters, or the amount of inclement weather you may experience this year. Several of your household appliances have pipes, feedlines, and connections that constantly feed water into your home, potentially developing clogs or leaks that may cause significant problems, even if you maintain them properly.  
 
Your refrigerator produces excess moisture, especially when operating in warmer environments. Every time anyone opens the door, air passes over the condenser coils, creating condensation, pooling water underneath your refrigerator. While most models these days come fitted with drain tubes that siphon excess fluid into drains, they can clog, break, or even crumble over time. Having a model that includes an ice maker, gives you, even more, connections to maintain.  
 
If you have a dishwasher, it can malfunction, overflow, and flood your entire kitchen within minutes. That does not include concerns about slow leaks causing significant damages behind or underneath that you cannot see until it is too late. SERVPRO technicians find that these problems often affect your flooring, walls, cabinetry, and countertops, not to mention structural damages if placed into an external wall or near a window.  
 
These are just a few of the appliances found in your home that SERVPRO has found to cause significant flooding issues. Think about your other devices, with a constant water source, that you should pay close attention to if you want to avoid things getting out of hand. Your clothes dryer and washing machine, water heater, and plumbing fixtures found throughout your home all pose risks that you must maintain on a regular basis to avoid damages.  
 
Get help from SERVPRO of Iredell County today. Professional IICRC certified technicians are waiting for your call. (704) 872-7466

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SERVPRO Helps to Keep Your Home Livable

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage  SERVPRO Helps to Keep Your Home Livable Keeping homeowners informed and updated on the restoration process has helped to earn us a national reputation for quality care and service.

Our SERVPRO Team Can Assist in Making Your Home Livable Again After Water Damage Strikes


Except in the most severe situations, you should be able to live in your home even as SERVPRO technicians go through the motions of water damage restoration. We always try to keep residents in their homes wherever possible, even if it means making accommodations in how we go about our business. Of course, access to some parts of your home may be impeded while we do our work, but these efforts are designed to keep the rest of the building working and livable with as little trouble to you as possible. Here's a brief overview of how we try to keep your home functioning as normal during restorations.

Quarantines

When water damage in your Lake Norman home has especially strong odors or mold presence, our technicians may put in place some quarantine measures to keep a section of your home separate from the rest of the structure. While this may entirely cut off access to part of your house, it also stops odors and mold spores from reaching beyond where they have already taken hold. Our quarantines range greatly in size, from a small area in the corner of a room to an entire wing or section of the home.


Safety Markers

SERVPRO technicians put up markers and warnings wherever there may be a safety hazard, helping to keep them as well as you safe from harm. This can be especially beneficial in situations with flooding or otherwise serious water damage where major electrical, structural, or chemical hazards may exist.

Active Cooperation

Our personnel is always careful to inform homeowners and insurance companies alike when the situation changes or needs shift. If anything happens that may change your living conditions or personal safety in any way, our technicians or representatives always contact you before going any further in their work. Keeping homeowners informed and updated on the restoration process has helped to earn us a national reputation for quality care and service.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Iredell County carefully tailors each restoration job to place as little strain on the homeowner as possible. If your home has suffered from a disaster, call us anytime at (704) 872-7466.

Wood Fire Risks In Commercial Kitchens

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Wood Fire Risks In Commercial Kitchens SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians assess your restaurant's situation after the oven fire.

Commercial Kitchen Wood Fire Risks


Nothing tastes as great as a pizza or entree cooked in a wood burning oven. Crisp crusts and juicy, bronzed meats and veggies are delicious, but if the oven and its chimney or venting system malfunctions the search for tasty food leads to a restaurant disaster. Fire damage traceable to a wood burning oven is a job for the experts at SERVPRO.

Your chef's evening offerings went up in flames, causing fire damage to your Mooresville restaurant. Today's commercial kitchens experiment with the new taste sensations created by solid fuel, such as hardwoods, charcoal, and specialty woods and chips like mesquite, hickory, and fruit woods. The flavors come with a risk in the depths of the wood fired oven. These often rustic, frequently brick and mortar cooking appliances are hard to clean and maintain. Restaurants commonly make a choice to let the fire smolder at the end of the night, citing the difficulty of extinguishing the fire and a preference to keep the interior warm so that the temperature needed for roasting meats and cooking pizzas occurs quickly during the next shift.

Creosote builds up if the oven and chimney remain uncleaned. This coating ignites and sends heat and smoke billowing throughout your restaurant kitchen. Once this occurs the food inside is torched, and the entire facility, including dining areas, need evacuation. You risk business closure for quite some time if the fire damage remains unrestored. The soot and smoke the fire created need extensive cleaning, tasks SERVPRO technicians provide along with deodorization services.

SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians assess your restaurant's situation after the oven fire, working with specialized contractors to repair the venting system and oven itself. They also use dry or wet cleaning techniques to remove greasy grime from surfaces. Walls and ceilings, other cooking equipment, tables, chairs, tableware and other contents are all part of the overall cleaning plan. Because the characteristics of the soiling make it hard to remove through normal cleaning techniques using the skills of our team makes business sense to get your eatery up and running again.


 


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


Count on the expertise of SERVPRO of Iredell County to assist you when your restaurant suffers from a wood-fired oven disaster. A call to (704) 872-7466 gets skilled staff at your site within hours to restore the damage.

The Importance Of Drying When Dealing With Mold In Statesville

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance Of Drying When Dealing With Mold In Statesville The SERVPRO team is also happy to advise you on how to spot potential mold problems in the future and on ways to reduce mold breeding grounds.

SERVPRO Can Make Your Residential Mold "Like It Never Even Happened."


Mold is an unwelcome guest that can quickly creep up on any home in North Carolina. Mold spores love humidity which makes the warm, humid summers in much of North Carolina a perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold looks unsightly and makes your home less pleasant to live in, especially when you factor in that unmistakable moldy smell.

SERVPRO are experts in dealing with mold damage to your Statesville home. That is why we recommend putting in a call to us at the first sign of mold. You can often spot the black mold spores on surfaces, or you might notice because of discoloration on your walls or ceiling. Even if you do not see the mold at first, the smell is often a giveaway.

We arrive at your property fully prepared to assess the mold situation and establish containment before cleaning commences. That is the start of the process. However even after the cleaning is done, there is still the matter of drying out the area. Mold thrives in damp conditions which is why drying is such an important part of the mold remediation process.

Our IICRC-certified experts are trained to assess your home to determine how best to dry it out. We understand that bringing in air movers or dehumidifiers too early can make the problem worse, as they move the mold spores through the air. That is why we are strict about establishing containment and cleaning top to toe before we start the drying part of the process.

As soon as it is safe to run air movers and dehumidifiers, we do so. We carefully monitor the drying process as it progresses. We also remove any materials that are too damaged to dry out because we know that their presence contributes to the humidity in the air and makes the drying process more difficult. Our moisture detection equipment gives us an accurate picture of the situation.

The SERVPRO team is also happy to advise you on how to spot potential mold problems in the future and on ways to reduce mold breeding grounds. For example, this might mean running a dehumidifier more regularly or keeping a close eye on damp areas such as your bathroom or basement.


 


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


Tackle the mold problem in your home with the help of SERVPRO of Iredell County. Call today at (704) 872-7466 for help.

Water Removal You Can Trust For Your Statesville Home

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal You Can Trust For Your Statesville Home It is undeniable that water damage is the worst nightmare for any property owner.

Water Removal


It is undeniable that water damage is the worst nightmare for any property owner. Just a moment of water being present in the wrong place at the wrong time can totally demolish a whole building down to its foundation. There is nothing superficial about this kind of property damage. For one thing, water damage is multifaceted. Once it is found, it is imperative that the relative restoration efforts are performed efficiently and promptly to mitigate any potential microbial infestations which could develop from secondary water damage.

Potential causes of water damage and the need for water removal include leaky roofs, natural disasters, fire-fighting efforts, broken pipes, faulty appliances, foundation cracks, faulty sump pumps, and clogged toilets. Your Statesville home is a significant investment which needs to be protected, so you have to act quickly if a water disaster occurs and call the professionals at SERVPRO right away.

What You Can Expect With SERVPRO
SERVPRO understands the importance of a rapid response when it comes to water removal. We come to your home as soon as possible after you contact us and give you a free consultation and assessment of the damages. We create an accurate evaluation which includes the source and class of the water that is creating the damage, how much water has caused the damage, and how much time had elapsed before we were called in to help. We also have transparent communication in regards to a mitigation and restoration plan, making sure you understand everything that we are going to be doing.

The Bottom Line
When it comes to water removal and water damage restoration, time is of the essence, and our SERVPRO team recognizes this. Our trained professionals are available to give you emergency water removal services at all hours of the day, to lessen any losses in your home. We take on every challenge with integrity, professionalism, expertise, reliability, and passion, as we work to establish your trust Our main goal, however, is to make sure you are completely satisfied, and that the entire process has as little stress for you as is possible.

SERVPRO of Iredell County are standing by and ready to help you in your time of need. When any water damage problem arises in your home, contact us at (704) 872-7466 so we can help remove the water and repair the damage.