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Mold Remediation In Statesville/Mooresville

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

Residential Water Removal Expectations

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

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 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.

Understanding Fire Damage In Iredell County

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians are Extensively Trained in Restoring Your Business Property

A fire in your diner can be devastating. Not only will it do damage to equipment, supplies, and the building itself, but the repairs cause you to have to shut your doors for a time as well. Therefore, you want an experienced and professional company such as SERVPRO who has the knowledge and equipment to take care of your fire damage repair in a timely fashion. 
 
Various Kinds of Fire Damage 
 
Different types of commercial fire damage happen when your Statesville business suffers from a fire. Many materials are of course destroyed in the fire, being partially or wholly consumed in the process of combustion. Besides this, more damage occurs from the heat, and smoke residues which impact materials. Even more damage happens during the attempt of the firefighters to extinguish the fire. Water plus other extinguishing agents used to put the fire out can cause more damage to the building than even the fire did. Fire damage, in reality, consists of many kinds of damage. Materials suffer from burning, heat damage, charring, smoke damage, and water damage. 
 
Fire Damage Levels 
 
Not every fire has the same damage levels, nor do they require the same kind of restoration procedures. Any loss can involve a range of damage from small to major. 
 
Minor Fire Damage 
 
Smoke residue affects certain rooms or areas. Smoke residue levels are light to moderate. Restoration could involve dry and/or wet cleaning of walls, ceilings, contents, and floors. A few areas may need repainting, and only minor items need replacement. 
 
Medium Fire Damage 
 
The smoke residue levels are moderate, and more materials need wet cleaning to get rid of the residues. Some areas needed repainting and items needing replacement go up. Floors could need refinishing. Heat damage to cabinets, drywall, and contents need more materials to be replaced. SERVPRO technicians may be able to take contents and clean them on the job site. Smoke odors are present, possibly needed additional deodorization procedures once cleaned. 
 
Major Fire Damage 
 
Fire and heat damage is severely close to the fire source. Finishes and structural framing can be charred, which requires structural repairs. Smoke residues are spread throughout a significant portion of your building, and smoke odors are strong and even pungent. Emergency services, such as boarding up your structure, getting an electricity source, and getting rid of charred and smoke-filled debris could be needed. The restoration efforts from our staff involve extensive cleaning of your building and even could require restorers to pack and move out any salvageable contents for cleaning off-site. Various methods of deodorization are needed to get rid of smoke odors. 
 
Since fire damage loss presents restoration challenges that differ from normal clean and repair efforts, you want to contact SERVPRO of Iredell County as soon as you can after your business suffers fire damage. We use all kinds of services and work together with licensed contractors and subcontractors to get you the repair and restoration you need when you call us at (704) 872-7466.

Mold Damage Affecting Lake Norman Homeowners

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tips on Preventing Damage Caused by Mold in Your Lake Norman Home

You think that mold has invaded your house, but are unsure of what you should do to protect your home properly. The best response includes a two-part answer. First, do not touch it, contact a trusted professional to mitigate the situation for you. Second, act fast, hesitating gives more time for mold to spread, making your problem even worse.

With your families health and one of the biggest investments of your life on the line, you want to leave mold damage in your Sharon family home in the hands of a professional. So, other than being able to recognize the existence of mold in your home properly, you want to avoid making things worse. 
 
At SERVPRO we have the training and experience available to help prevent mold growth in your home from returning. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians offer a variety of tips to help you accomplish this goal including, maintaining an indoor humidity level between 30 to 60 percent by using air conditioners or dehumidifiers you can purchase at the store if they are not already in place.
 
Installation of exhaust fans in your kitchen to keep cooking appliances, dishwashers, and cooking itself from creating excessive moisture that allows mold to thrive. Including avoiding installation of carpet in areas with a constant water source such as bathrooms, kitchens, or washrooms. 
 
SERVPRO technicians also offer advice on using the proper cleaning products, such as bleach or other mold killing products that should be used regularly on your bathroom areas. However, the number one method available for proper mold damage mitigation involves controlling the moisture sources in your home. 
 
You should keep a constant watch on feedlines, pipes, or fittings on appliances like your clothes washer or dishwasher to ensure that they function properly, without leaks. Other appliances to inspect regularly include the ice maker or water dispenser on your refrigerator, water heater, kitchen or bathroom sinks and toilets. 
 
SERVPRO technicians recommend keeping an eye on gutters and downspouts on the outside of your home to ensure they work correctly and remain clear of debris that may cause them to fail when you need them. Having your roof inspected provides you with the piece of mind necessary to avoid worrying about the next storm that comes through your area, allowing water to seep into unprotected areas of your home. 
 
Take the time to contact SERVPRO of Iredell County today for addition ways to help battle mold in your home. (704) 872-7466

The Effects of Standing Water in Mooresville

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Respond Quickly to Prevent Possible Secondary Damage

Standing water is one of the most destructive forces in a flood. Although significant initial damage can occur from rampaging storms or unmitigated internal flooding, standing water becomes a far larger problem if it is not dealt with in short order. Fast water extraction through the industrial-grade pumps and extractors used by SERVPRO helps to avoid significant damage from mold, freezing in the winter months, and erosion and oxidation. These are some of the most devastating effects of standing water, and the top factors that make its removal an urgent task. 
 
Freezing 
 
If your home has taken flood damage in Mooresville in the colder months of the year, it may be only a matter of time before the water freezes over and creates a much bigger problem. Most urgently, frozen water expands, cracking wood, concrete, rock, and even metal in your home. Furthermore, a layer of ice may form and coat your home. This ice can react negatively with many materials and force the replacement of otherwise easily restored items. 
 
Mold Growth 
 
In all months of the year, SERVPRO ends up in a race against the clock to remove standing water before mold growth can occur. Mold will almost always grow after a flood if water is not removed promptly, creating a potential biohazard in your home as mold may cause health effects. Mold remediation is an additional and time-intensive process to add to your home's restorations, so a fast response is critical to avoid more work in this vein. 
 
Oxidation and Erosion 
 
Simply having water on top of them causes many materials to degrade over time. Metals and especially iron can rust and oxidize, causing severe and sometimes irreversible damage to that metal and anything attached to it. Other materials such as concrete and drywall can be eroded quickly by the water, especially if it is particularly acidic (not uncommon in a flood). Getting the water out fast helps to avoid most of this type of damage, and we can usually handle restorations on the rest. 
 
SERVPRO of Iredell County is a local expert when it comes to flood damage. For our assistance and restoration services, call us 24/7 at (704) 872-7466

Iredell County Storm Damage Response

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Works Fast to Preserve Your Storm Damaged Possessions

Water kept pouring down, it moved around the side of the house and filled the entire area surrounding your home with water. It just wouldn't stop raining; everyone felt helpless. However, there was simply nothing anyone could do to prevent this event from happening. Even though most of the water is gone now, homeowners now face the task of cleaning up mud-soaked areas of their home and are hopefully dealing with their insurance companies to get some assistance in addressing their current situations. Just remember that it is far easier these days to find help during these types of situations; you're not alone.

We have several teams of highly trained technicians that specialize in performing storm damage repairs to your Statesville home. We're available to assist you at any time, day or night, and work hard to ensure that your home gets returned to a quality preloss condition. We'll even help you communicate everything to your insurance company and get the proper paperwork started for your claim. 
 
After our SERVPRO technicians arrive on site, we carefully inspect the entire area affected by the storm and begin mitigating the losses you suffer immediately. We identify any possible hazardous situations that could develop and limit them by turning off the electricity and checking for falling ceilings or deteriorated subfloors. Once we've performed this initial inspection and determined that the area is safe, we'll explain which services we plan to provide and answer any questions you may have. 
 
SERVPRO offers water removal services to pump out any standing water that still exists in and around your home. We use moisture meters and other equipment to determine the extent of water penetration within your flooring, walls, and crawl spaces; and extract as much water as possible. Your carpeting, furniture, and other personal belongings are all handled with great care and moved to a dry location where they can be properly taken care of to prevent secondary damages from developing. 
 
Our technicians at SERVPRO remove all furniture as quickly as possible to prevent stains from forming on your carpet. We'll then examine your carpet for damages and determine if it is possible to dry and reinstall them. But before we do, we treat the floor and back of the carpet with deodorizers and antimicrobials to help protect it from further damage. 
 
Once we've taken care of all of the standing water and your personal belongings, we position the proper drying equipment to begin fully drying the affected areas. We follow IICRC recommendations to use air movers that deliver a warm, dry rapid airflow to wet surfaces. There is a lot more to our services than described here and even more situations that we can assist you through. 
 
Give us a call at SERVPRO of Iredell County today, (704) 872-7466. We're ready to make your situation, "Like it never even happened."

Iredell County Red Cross Fire Safety Tips

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for HELP.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Mold Damage in a Mooresville's Basement

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Carpets and Walls Can Be Damaged by Mold Growth

If water isn't pumped out or otherwise removed quickly from a house, the conditions for mold growth rapidly become favorable. Basements are a near perfect settings for mold colonies to grow. The moisture level is higher than the rest of the house thanks to below ground excavation,  exposed plumbing and, in many cases, the presence of a clothes washing machine adds to the problem.  

All this results in an increased chance for mold damage in Mooresville homes. With over four decades in the restoration business, SERVPRO also knows that basements are not occupied nearly as often as other rooms in a house, so any leak or puddle in an out of the way corner tends to go unnoticed. 

If this has occurred in your home, call us immediately. Mold growth can be dealt with quickly if it hasn't spread too far. Our technicians can clean small patches by hand using anti-microbial chemicals to kill the mold and then wipe it off of furniture or other surfaces. Please do not try to use bleach to clean a mold patch. If the fungi are dry, they can vacuum them up using specialized equipment and air filters to capture the spores before they escape into the atmosphere. Air scrubbers are excellent devices for this spore removal.

Mold that has grown into carpets or walls may require that the affected items be discarded. Carpets will need to be cleaned or replaced. We use an extensive number of anti-fungal cleaners that can kill the mold without damaging the color or nape of your carpet. If what we pull up is a standard, commercial carpet it will probably be more costly to clean it rather than purchase a new one. 

With the cleaning completed, our restoration team will use heaters designed to be drawn across the carpet to dry it. This specialized equipment does not burn or otherwise damage the fibers. As this is being completed, other technicians will set up dehumidifiers to draw out the excess moisture from the air to prevent mold from beginning to expand and grow again. 

If the basement walls are concrete or stone, technicians will clean them using the same chemical agents. If the room has been finished with paneling or drywall, these panels may have to be replaced in the severest of circumstances. Drywall, in particular, is vulnerable to both water and mold damage. Even a small amount will crumble the affected panels, causing more work and cost. 

If you have found or are worried about mold damage in your basement or other parts of your home, the sooner you deal with it, the better. Call us today at (704) 872-7466 for one of our inspectors to start the process. SERVPRO of Iredell County is here to help you return your home and life back to normal. "Like it never even happened."

American Red Cross Safety Tips during Hurricane Season

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

The official hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, and the American Red Cross urges preparedness and the use of safety tips to stay ahead of the storm.

Although the 2016 hurricane season has been relatively quiet, August and September can typically be the height of hurricane season because the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean continues to rise. Hurricanes cause problems for people in coastal areas, but the storms can also cause damage hundreds of miles inland. In 2011, tropical storms caused devastating flooding in Pennsylvania and New Jersey hundreds of miles from the coast.

“The best defense against any threat of a hurricane is for folks to get ready now,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “Any one of these storms could make landfall and become a serious danger to people living along the coast, as well as hundreds of miles inland.”

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO Hurricanes can bring heavy rainfall, high winds, tornadoes, rip currents, storm surges and inland flooding. The Red Cross has three steps people can follow - build a kitmake a plan and be informed.

An emergency kit should a gallon of water per person, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications and copies of important documents. Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Learn about how your community responds to hurricanes and plan routes to local shelters. Remember family members with special medical needs and plan how you will care for your pets.

KNOW WHAT WARNINGS MEAN A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are a threat within the next 48 hours. Review emergency plans, stay informed about the situation and be ready to act if a warning is issued. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected within the next 36 hours; complete storm preparations and leave the area if ordered to do so by authorities.

The Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist is available to learn more about what to do if a hurricane might affect your community. For more information on hurricane safety, visit the preparedness section of our web site.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP

People should also download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of hurricanes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps

Communication Planning for an Emergency

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Having a good communication plan in place is essential to being prepared for an emergency. The following is some helpful information from http://www.ready.gov/family-communications.

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Think about how you will communicate in different situations.

Complete a contact card for each adult family member. Have them keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse or briefcase, etc. Additionally,... complete contact cards for each child in your family. Put the cards in their backpacks or book bags.

Check with your children’s day care or school. Facilities designed for children should include identification planning as part of their emergency plans.

Family Communication Tips

Identify a contact such as a friend or relative who lives out-of-state for household members to notify they are safe. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.

Teach family members how to use text messaging (also known as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.

Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up by visiting your local Office of Emergency Management web site.