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Mold Damage Remediation in Your Conover Home

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation in Your Conover Home SERVPRO finds the source of your mold damage and takes steps to remove it and prevent the mold from returning.

Steps to finding, cleaning, and preventing mold damage

A mold infestation can rightly be called ‘the silent disaster.' There is no sound to announce its presence like a crackling fire or flood water smacking against the side of a home. The restoration cost to a homeowner can be just as expensive, however.

Before mold damage to a Conover home can be removed or treated, we have to find its source. SERVPRO technicians use visual inspection and air mold content meters to trace the spores to their origin and determine the extent of the mold growth. We do this to discover not just how much mold is present but also to find the source of moisture which has allowed the spores to expand and grow.

Mold needs moisture, a food source, and a temperature between 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit to grow. The simplest and quickest way for us to stop the mold is to remove the moisture. It does not have to be a significant amount; in a home several years ago, we found the spores began to spread from small leaks through a roof. The water dripped down an interior wall where it came into contact with spores over a utility room that held the owner’s washer and dryer.

In a situation like this, the first step is to stop further growth and clean the mold. We do this by using a waterproof caulk to seal the leak. Next, technicians remove infested sheetrock, ceiling tiles and other structural property for disposal. It is often cheaper to simply replace these items rather than spend time and resources attempting to clean them.

Now, our teams place dehumidifiers at the source to dry the area and bring down the moisture in the air (humidity). Once we have brought the numbers down far enough, the spores return to an inert state and are no longer a threat to the home or its residents. In this state, mold spores are easier to remove. Technicians can often use a commercial grade vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter which is designed to trap even a single mold spore off a surface.

A mold infestation is harder to find than the effects of fire or water damage. Removing the damage and restoring your home to its original state is usually easier though. SERVPRO of Catawba County East has both the experience and the training to help you put your home back together after a mold or any other disaster. If you suspect a problem, call today at (828) 465-6504.

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Call A Restoration Company Regarding Commercial Mold Damage In Conover

8/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Call A Restoration Company Regarding Commercial Mold Damage In Conover When a business is contaminated, the doors close and employees (not to mention the owners) do not get paid.

Commercial Mold Damage

Every mold infestation is unique when it comes to businesses. Mold growth discovered in a typical office is handled very differently than in a food service business like a delicatessen.

Mold damage in a Conover commercial structure can mean more extended, as well as extensive damage. When a business is contaminated, the doors close and employees (not to mention the owners) do not get paid. SERVPRO understands this means not just losing a week’s worth of profits, but homes and cars can be at risk of repossession as well if we do not help a business reopen its doors as quickly as possible.

Food in a refrigeration case or refrigerator has to be transferred elsewhere if we find mold on the outside. Our technicians do this to prevent accidental cross-contamination. The most common areas mold appears along the back of the unit where moisture is often trapped between the wall and the refrigerator and along the bottom of the unit where water often pools on the floor and is very difficult to find and clean.

If we find even a single active spore on the inside of the case, state health regulations require us to remove all food items and then clean the unit. Fortunately, we have one of the largest inventories of anti-microbial and anti-bacterial cleaners available in the restoration business.

These chemical cleaners enable us to clean out not just refrigerators and display cases, but clean and remove mold from every surface in the deli. They also leave behind a minor amount of residue which our technicians easily remove with water, scrub brushes and sponges.

Reopening your doors after any disaster is a difficult time for any business owner. As a locally-owned franchise, SERVPRO of Catawba County East understands many of these concerns. We work as quickly as possible to put your business and your life back to normal so you can continue serving your customers. If you see or suspect a mold problem in your business, call us today at (828) 465-6504 to schedule an inspection and receive a free estimate.

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Flood Damage Restoration From A Storm in Newton

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration From A Storm in Newton Newton Flooding Needs Rapid Water Extraction to Mitigate Water Damage--Contact SERVPRO

There Are Many Challenges to Storm Damaged Properties

A massive storm can knock down a tree, sending it crashing on the roof and flooding the attic and second floor of the house. The result can be devastating to the homeowner. In fact, falling trees from severe storms are a common source of damage to homes, causing millions of dollars in property destruction. In particular, old and diseased trees are very susceptible to flooding and high winds, but even the strongest of trees can come hurtling down.
When this happens, you need to find a reputable cleanup and restoration company to secure your property. SERVPRO has many years of experience and can provide the flood damage restoration services you need in Newton, NC. Our IICRC-certified technicians work with state-of-the-art equipment to speed up the process and return your home to preloss conditions.

The first thing our flood damage restoration professionals do is perform a safety evaluation. We inspect the structure, and then identify and get rid of any safety hazards. The water itself can be dangerous, as it may contain hazardous materials and toxic contaminants. The electrical system can also be a source of danger, as water conducts electricity.
Depending on the type of construction, accessing the attic can be easy or difficult. The number of equipment that can be used to repair the water damaged area is limited. Sheetrock can also complicate the drying process. Demolishing the newtdamaged drywall can make it relatively easier to dry the structural components in the room. We may also need to remove sheetrock to provide access to certain areas within the attic. We do try to restore before we replace where it makes sense.
In most flood damage situations involving attics, SERVPRO technicians use insulation vacuums to remove insulation and save it for reuse where possible. Bagging may also come in handy for smaller areas. Sheetrock demolition and insulation removal can create high air movements and large amounts of dust, which can spread throughout the building. In this case, containment may be necessary to avoid cross contamination.
When a tree comes down in a storm and hits your house, you do not have to look far for a restoration company. SERVPRO of Catawba County East is a local operation and offers 24/7 flood damage restoration services. Call us today at (828) 465-6504.

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Fast, Effective Fire Damage Restoration For Your Newton Area Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fast, Effective Fire Damage Restoration For Your Newton Area Home After everyone in your house is accounted for and the fire fighters leave, call SERVPRO to remediate the fire damage after a fire in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Home

Once firefighters have left your property and you get the all-clear to return, it may seem as though your problem is under control. However, without professionals to help clean smoke and soot residues from your walls, furniture, and other belongings, your home may never return to normal.
Leaving ash covered belongings unattended in your Newton family home can make fire damage look timid after corrosion, discoloration, and odors begin to develop. With the proper training, equipment, and experience a fire damage restoration company helps you prevent extensive damages and loss.
Calling SERVPRO as soon as possible gives restoration technicians a much better opportunity to clean smoke damage and restore items often affected by a fire. Ash and soot can discolor surfaces within minutes, tarnish metals, fiberglass, and wood finishes within hours. Waiting too long adds to your problems, causing permanent damage to your walls, ceiling, and flooring.
Knowing how to react during a fire damage emergency in your home can save you or a family members life. Understanding what to do after a fire can make a huge difference in how your SERVPRO restoration technicians approach restoring your home. Giving professionals as much notice as possible can mean the difference between a long, drawn-out restoration process and services that can happen much sooner.  
The entire restoration process that SERVPRO provides is extremely detailed; they provide you with water removal, cleaning, reconditioning, restoration, and repair services developed specifically for each item found in your home. Every step of your restoration process outlines effective treatment, handling, and disposal methods to your insurance company, saving you time and money, getting you what you need to recover, faster.
Working with a trusted restoration company helps reduce the losses you experience during a fire event in your home and gives you access to qualified odor neutralizing specialists that make every effort to prevent odors from returning in the future.  
Give SERVPRO of Catawba County East an opportunity to provide you with the experienced, professionally certified technicians, quality services, and peace of mind you deserve. (828) 465-6504

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The Five Step Mold Damage Remediation Process in Newton

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Five Step Mold Damage Remediation Process in Newton Spores can exponentially multiply from a small number to a very large one. Contain and remediate a mold infestation by contacting SERVPRO today.

Technicians at SERVPRO Follow the Latest Approved Mold Removal Techniques When Dealing with Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold can grow throughout a home and remain unseen for a long time. Individual spores are smaller than the tiniest seed, and even a growth of thousands of spores is no bigger than a pinhead. If there are food sources and moisture, mold can grow year-round in most houses, condos, and apartments.

SERVPRO uses our industry standard to clean and remove mold damage from Newton homes. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) has developed a five-step process that cleans and removes mold, changes the local environment that created the initial problem, and protects workers and residents while we return homes to a clean state.
The first step we take is to reduce exposure and spread. Our technicians build containment around the infested areas to prevent the accidental transfer of spores to clean rooms and hallways in the home.

Our next step is to write it all down. Our team leader records every action to include the type of mold found, location, and the test results in every room and hallway of the air and structural property for mold and moisture content. The numbers from the clean areas of the home are the baseline we use to determine when the infested parts of the house are clean.

Now, we begin controlling the level of contamination. To reduce the mold in the air as we start to clean, team members set up negative air machines at the points of contamination. These machines draw out spores, dust, and other particulates from the air. We use special, HEPA filters which are designed to capture even a single spore from out of the air.

Step four is removing the contamination. By combining the negative air machines with flexible hoses and exhaust fans, we can blow captured mold spores directly out of a home. Spores that have settled onto furniture or other surfaces we clean using vacuums with HEPA filters or wipe them down with dry or wet cloths. After each round of cleaning, we wait for mold to settle and then repeat until test results meet the baseline.

The last step is to lower the moisture to a normal level. Mold spores become inert and harmless when the surrounding air is too dry. As we finish removal, other technicians set up dehumidifiers to lower the moisture content to the normal, baseline level in the clean areas of the home.

Restoring any home to a level clean enough for occupation is never a quick procedure. SERVPRO of Catawba County East ensures our result is a place that looks like it did before we arrived. If you wish to schedule an inspection, call us at (828) 465-6504 today.

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Respond Quickly To Water Damage Found In Your Conover Home

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Respond Quickly To Water Damage Found In Your Conover Home When facing water damage issues on your Conover property, contact a professional water damage restoration company for help.

React Quickly To Water Damage

We understand that you work hard to provide you family with a nice home, food, and entertainment. The last thing you want to do is deal with water issues after a hard days work, but that does not mean that you should ignore problems that exist until you have the time or energy to react.

When facing water damage issues on your Conover property, contact a professional water damage restoration company for help. There is no problem with asking for assistance to handle water issues in your home; every homeowner faces them at some point. It is important for you to take the appropriate action to get things under control quickly, ensuring that you do everything possible to protect your family home.

Making the decision to call SERVPRO at the first signs of water intrusion can make a huge difference in the quality of your restoration. It only takes 24 to 48-hours for mold to become a problem and 48 to 72-hours to cause significant damage including swelling, cracking, warping, splitting, and separations that wreak havoc on the structure of your home.

A small leak in your roof allows water access to untreated materials in your attic, causing massive damage to your framing and insulation. Other unprotected areas of your home, including the inside of your walls, ceilings, and floors can all develop significant damage if left exposed for too long. SERVPRO technicians can help locate the issue causing the problem, repair it, and remove any excess water that may cause additional damage.

At SERVPRO, we use our experience and training to provide customers with quality results they deserve. We also work with your insurance company to help provide you with a stress-free claims process and make emergency situations feel like a chance for making improvements. Obtaining the services you deserve has never been easier.

SERVPRO of Catawba County East has expertly trained technicians available 24-hours a day, ready to assist with emergency situations on your property, call today (828) 465-6504.

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Cleaning Up After A Fire In Conover

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Up After A Fire In Conover Cleaning up after a fire is a big task, that's why you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO for help!

Fire Damage

Cleaning up after a fire is a big task, with primary emphasis rightly placed on floors, walls, and ceilings. Unfortunately, some restoration companies stop there, with little effort made to clean smaller structural property.

To fully restore a Conover home after fire damage, SERVPRO has developed a plan that includes fixtures and items other companies either treat as an afterthought or do not service because the profit margin may be too thin for them.

Restoring built-in or free-standing cabinets depend if the item is finished or unfinished. Exteriors are typically finished and require one of the specialty cleaning agents in our inventory. Technicians remove the handles, backplates, and other hardware to check the entire surface for physical damage. If there is exposed wood, we clean it with denatured alcohol. Interiors are usually unfinished. These surfaces are wiped down with a dry, cleaning sponge. If any soot or smoke residue remains, they clean the area with a wet, cleaning sponge and denatured alcohol. If residues are remaining, technicians sand the surface with customer approval.

Wall and attic insulation are not usually affected by smoke residue, but it can retain odors. The appearance may change slightly, but technicians need to change only the top three or four inches to remove odors.

Drapery Rods
It is not enough to just wipe down the surfaces. We take down the rods and valances to examine and clean the walls behind them as well. If the rods are movable, technicians apply a silicon spray to lubricate and protect them.

Light Fixtures
Hanging lights such as chandeliers are difficult to clean. Many companies try to spray them with water and then let them drip dry. We take pictures of the fixture and then take it down and disassemble it if necessary to clean. If we use a cleaning agent, a technician will spot test it on the side of a piece that is unseen when assembled and in place.

It is not enough to spray and wipe down the large surfaces or replace damaged drywall and ceiling tiles. To make your house into a home again, SERVPRO of Catawba County East understands that we have to get it as close to its original state as possible. If you have suffered damage, call us at (828) 465-6504 today.

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Flood Damage and Your Conover Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage and Your Conover Home Flooding Means SERVPRO to Restore Your Conover Property

SERVPRO Offers Services to Negate the Effects of Flooding

Besides fire, nothing is more destructive than flood and water damage to your home. However, too many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that their homeowner’s insurance covers damage from flooding. Extreme weather can cause major and unexpected flooding, so you need to know if your home has coverage.
Causes of Flooding
Significant amounts of moving water can happen any time there are extreme weather conditions in your Conover neighborhood. Sometimes, floods form slowly, letting homeowners react before flood damage occurs. The most common kind of flood is overland flooding, which happens when streams or rivers overflow their banks. Another type is after heavy rains, with the amount of ground water exceeding the capacity of underground sewer pipes, drainage, and street drains to channel them away from structures.
When this happens to you, be sure to contact the professionals at SERVPRO, as they are a professional flood remediation company who can help you clean up the water and repair any damages.
Flash flooding results in just minutes after a substantial rainfall, or a levee or dam break. These floods are especially dangerous because of the volume and speed of the water that may be filled with debris and rocks.
Hurricanes are common along the Atlantic seaboard. Besides torrential rains, a hurricane is accompanied by high winds which can exceed 155 miles per hour. Hurricanes produce storm surges along areas of the coast and can create flooding several hundred miles inland. This surge is contaminated water that can lead to secondary water damage in the form of mold growth and biohazardous exposure. The rain that is excessively caused by these storms can also result in land and mudslides.
No matter the cause of flooding, SERVPRO is fully equipped to handle flood damage, no matter how big or small it is. Our number one goal is customer service, and we work every day to achieve the highest customer satisfaction possible with each job we do. If that means we must work around the clock to make sure you are happy and comfortable with the job we are performing, that that is what we do. Water removal, cleanup, and restoration of your home is our specialty. We aim to make you feel "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Catawba County East arrives quickly at your home after you contact us at (828) 465-6504, to assess the damage, view your options, and get a personalized disaster recovery plan written up just for you.

Mold In Your Conover Basement

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold In Your Conover Basement Since it gets no sunlight and very little ventilation, it is often humid, therefore creating the perfect environment for mold to grow.

Mold In Your Basement

One room in your home where mold is most often seen is your basement. There are several sources of moisture found in this room, and any water problem in the basement takes a long time to dry out. Since it gets no sunlight and very little ventilation, it is often humid, therefore creating the perfect environment for mold to grow.

Even worse, once mold begins growing down here in your Conover home, it likely goes unnoticed for a long time if you do not spend much time in your basement. Basements do not always get cleaned, so the dirt and dust also help mold to grow and create additional mold damage. The discovery of mold is not a happy event, but SERVPRO can help you to clean it up and get rid of the moisture problems that created it. They have the training and special tools to thoroughly do the job right and make your basement safe again.

There are materials in your basement, such as wood, drywall, and insulation which mold loves to grow on. High humidity plus colder temperatures make much condensation. The condensation collects on cold concrete floors, metal pipes, and on walls.

A significant cause of mold in the basement can also come from flooding. If your home is flooded in any way, water can run down into the basement and stay there long after other rooms have been dried. There are dangerous molds, such as toxic black mold, which can grow after a flood. They need materials to be quite soaked for several days to start growing.Pipes that are leaking in your basement or rooms nearby also lead to mold growth in your basement. Water in the ground can find its way into the basement through cracks in the wall.

After the water evaporates in the basement, it raises the level of humidity. Then, the humidity stays high due to lack of ventilation and sunlight. Certain mold can start growing in your basement from this high humidity.

One of the biggest signs of mold in your basement and you needing to call SERVPRO for help is the smell. Odors build up and are quite noticeable in your basement because of stagnant air. Do not ignore a moldy or musty smell, as this probably means you have a mold problem.

Instead, contact us at SERVPRO of Catawba County East of so that we can find the mold problem and take care of it for you. Mold can cause adverse health effects, and you should not leave it unattended. We can be easily reached by dialing (828) 465-6504, so do not hesitate to let us know of a mold problem right away.

Impediments to Water Removal After Water Damage Hits Conover

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Impediments to Water Removal After Water Damage Hits Conover Water Damage from Floods or Broken Hoses in Your Conover Home Get Help from SERVPRO

Water Damage to a Conover Home Can Occur in Many Ways

When SERVPRO is called in to handle a water removal job, we take care to determine the exact cause and origin of the incident in question. Different sources require different approaches and have different obstacles. In general, removing water after a hurricane or massive storm is harder than after floods starting from "clean" water sources inside the home. We prepare our technicians extensively for these scenarios so that they can be as prepared as possible when they arrive to help restore your home.
Furniture and Debris
If we encounter large debris in a Conover water removal job, we are almost certainly dealing with the effects of a storm or hurricane. These floods originate from outside the home and rush in, carrying in debris from outside and making a mess of interior belongings. Sometimes, debris and physical obstructions may be minimal, causing little to no delays for our technicians. In other situations, however, we must contend with large, heavy, and potentially hazardous materials including furniture, vegetation, warped wood and metal, and even dead animals. Some of these require special qualifications to legally remove, allowing us to make ample use of SERVPRO's wide range of certifications.
Chemical or Electrical Hazards
Sometimes, specific chemicals or electrical elements may be present in a submerged or dampened environment, creating serious hazards for unsuspecting persons. This is particularly the case after storms when winds can topple electrical lines or carry in harmful substances from afar. We recommend avoiding damaged areas until our personnel arrive and confirm that it is safe to re-enter. Our technicians have access to a wide range of safety equipment including full-body suits that allow us to go where you cannot safely.
Whether from lightning, electricity, or any other cause, fires can start in the aftermath of many major storms and hurricanes. While not inherently very dangerous once they have been put out, fires nevertheless create additional restoration tasks for us, extending the recovery process by days to weeks depending on the severity of damage.
SERVPRO of Catawba County East is a cleanup and restoration company ready around the clock to respond to disasters in the local area. Give us a call anytime at (828) 465-6504.