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Mold Damage Can Happen In The Attic During Winter Months In Newton

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Happen In The Attic During Winter Months In Newton Mold proliferates during any season whenever conditions become beneficial, including the cold winter months.

Mold Damage During Winter Months

When mold grows, most people think it only happens during warmer months in Newton, around pools, bathrooms, and other areas that remain damp or wet for extended periods. However, mold proliferates during any season whenever conditions become beneficial, including the cold winter months.

Because many homes have unheated attics in Newton, mold damage often remains undetected until someone needs something from storage. Discovery of mold often happens while looking for holiday items or winter sporting equipment. Finding microbial activity should signal the need for a call to remediation specialists.

SERVPRO technicians, highly trained in this and other home restoration activities, can eliminate the damage and restore healthy microbial activity. We work quickly so your family's routines and schedules can remain undisturbed. We know every household has their schedules to keep and we always do our best to work within your needs. If there is ever any concern regarding how our services might affect your family, please discuss this with us.

Before we eliminate the overgrowth of mold from your attic space, we use moisture detecting equipment to determine where the moisture comes. Sometimes this reveals a leaking roof, while other times we discover that the problem is inadequate or improper venting. We work with families to eliminate the problem so that it does not recur in the future.

Because heat rises, even in an unheated attic, it is often sufficient to allow mold access to liquid water. If the attic remained extremely cold, the water would freeze, starving the microbial population. Moisture can also travel on the air from hot showers, dryers, and even kitchens, adding to the moisture. No matter the sources of moisture, we can detect them. If the problem is ongoing and not easily eliminated, we install dehumidifiers, so the situation remains under control more easily.

For any concerns about mold damage in your attic, or elsewhere in your home, call SERVPRO of Catawba County East. We offer 24-hour services, every day of the year. Our number, (828) 465-6504, is local and always answered.

To learn more about Newton, North Carolina click here.

Why is it Essential to Act Fast After a Fire Damage to Your Catawba Property?

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why is it Essential to Act Fast After a Fire Damage to Your Catawba Property? Smoke and soot can severely damage your home, call SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out to restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Calling SERVPRO Immediately Can Lessen the Permanent Damage after a Fire

Fire damage can be devastating to your home. While a fire is an unfortunate event, a quick action is the only way to minimize permanent damage. If you do not act fast after an incidence of fire, your Catawba property can sustain severe cosmetic and structural damage due to the smoke and soot build up.

Fire damage restoration costs can dramatically increase if the cleaning process is delayed. Thankfully, SERVPRO professionals can help restore the fire damage to your Catawba property in no time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and ensure that any damage due to smoke and soot is minimized.

What happens minutes after a fire?

The first thing to happen after a fire is smoke and soot build up. Within a few minutes of the incidence, the smoke can fill your entire home and discoloration of your belongings can start almost instantaneously. The soot from burning synthetic material is acidic and can stain surfaces permanently if not cleaned promptly.

Even after the fire is put out, the smoke and soot can linger on and continue to wreak havoc on your furniture and other belongings. Metals begin to pit, corrode and rust, and the wood suffers surface stains that can be permanent.

Small, microscopic particles in the soot and smoke can penetrate surfaces if they are not cleaned promptly and efficiently. These particles can even cause structural damage to the floorboards and other wooden structures in your home.

What should you do after a fire damage?

The first thing to do after a fire damage is to seek professional help. Trying to clean the smoke and soot by yourself can worsen the damage. Here at SERVPRO, we have a team of IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified technicians that have years of experience in dealing with disasters of all sizes. Our experts ensure that the restoration process starts as soon as possible to reduce any permanent damage.

SERVPRO uses High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter technology to remove any traces of the minute smoke and soot particles from your upholstery and carpet.

Smoke and soot can permanently damage your property and belongings. Make sure that you act fast and seek professional help as soon as you can to avoid any permanent damage.

Call SERVPRO of the Catawba County East at (828) 465-6504 today to schedule an inspection. Our experts are here to help.

Click here to learn more about the Catawba Fire Department.

Commercial Water Damage in Your Newton Florist Shop from a Leaking Cooler

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Your Newton Florist Shop from a Leaking Cooler If your floral shop experiences water damage from a leaking cooler, rely on SERVPRO to remediate the damage quickly and thoroughly.

SERVPRO Acts Quickly to Dry Out and Remediate Water Damage

Your walk-in coolers are an essential part of your florist shop. You have to have them working at all times to keep the flowers fresh. If one of your coolers starts leaking, you have a two-fold problem – water damage to your Newton business and flowers in that cooler possibly spoiling.

The cooler could be leaking and leaving commercial water damage in your shop in Newton for a couple of different reasons. The drain line could become plugged, causing water to back up and spill over the edges of the coil. Alternatively, the coil assembly is not pitched back towards the drain hose, making water pool in front of the drain pan and leak from screw holes. Either way, you should contact us right away at SERVPRO so we can fix the problem and any water damage as soon as possible, so you do not lose merchandise or have further damage done to your shop.

Besides your flowers, the main thing you are worried about in a situation like this is your flooring. Painted concrete could blister or flake and then needs repainting. If the paint has lead in it, we hire a subcontractor who is qualified to remove the original paint. Concrete is a porous substance, so water could wick up and leave chalk-like calcium deposits on the surface which we can brush off. Surface films or dirt on concrete support mold growth, so we clean this by using a HEPA vacuum and an EPA-registered disinfectant if needed.

Ceramic tile and grout joints are usually waterproofed when installed. However, any cracks make it vulnerable to water damage. Water can penetrate the grout, causing expansion or warping to the subfloor, which means the tiles break apart and come loose. SERVPRO techs need to reinstall the tiles once the subfloor is repaired. It could be necessary for us to dry the floor from the bottom or to drill holes in the floor for proper monitoring. We use a nonpenetrating meter to check for moisture under ceramic tiles.

No matter the cause, SERVPRO of Catawba County East can stop your leaky cooler and get your shop dried out again quickly. Business owners in the areas of Maiden, Catawba, or Conover should call us right away at (828) 465-6504 when a problem arises.

For more information about the city of Newton, visit http://www.newtonnc.gov/.

Renovation Work Reveals Commercial Water Damage in Family-Owned Businesses in Newton

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Renovation Work Reveals Commercial Water Damage in Family-Owned Businesses in Newton If you run into water damage while renovating your business, calling SERVPRO can help to prevent future damage.

Fixing Water Damage Issues During Renovation Can Prevent Future Problems

Business owners in Newton often upgrade and improve their stores to increase long-term profits. When customers believe a store is more modern, they feel higher levels of satisfaction overall and tend to spend more while shopping.

Some families have owned the same store for generations but when updating their Newton property, find commercial water damage during the renovations. Typically, most contractors who engage in renovations and improvements do not perform the work needed after discovering any unmitigated damage. The costs involved can also increase considerably, due to the change in plans and disruption of their workload. SERVPRO, however, does provide the services needed to remove damaged materials.

Our skilled professionals work alongside contractors to ensure that our customers receive results that help achieve their goals. Water damage can stall projects for lengthy periods for many reasons. We eliminate these obstacles and help your project stay on schedule.

Damage caused by water and moisture can take milder forms, also, such as staining ceilings and upper portions of walls. However, when severe damage exists, support beams can become less sturdy and unable to hold the weight involved in new projects. Other problems can surface, also, such as weak floors behind or under cabinets and counters, making it impossible to build new walls or other structures where desired. We clean these areas out of ruined materials, like wood, drywall, insulation and deteriorated concrete and prepare the area.

When water causes such extensive damage, finding the source can prevent future problems. Crucial to the future of your current project, we find where the water comes in and stop the flow. Even trickling water from a slightly leaky drain or water line can create substantial damage to new materials within a concise time. You can protect your investment when we partner with you to eliminate current and future problems.

Our equipment ranges from measuring and detection devices to machinery that can quickly restore drier conditions to the interior of your business. Many times, the path water takes may seem impossible to determine, but our hygrometers take the mystery out and reveal the location of increased moisture. When damage only involves slight cosmetic situations but you want to remove these issues, we can also assist you. We work with all sizes and complexities of water damage – we consider no job as too small or too intensive for us.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Catawba County East considers it an honor to serve other family-owned businesses. Water damage can prevent you from realizing your goals of an improved shopping experience for your customers, but we are always ready to come to your assistance. Contact us through our local number, (828) 465-6504, which we answer regardless of the time of day or night, or day of the year.

For more information about Newton, click here.

When Newton Homes Take Flood Damage in a Hurricane, SERVPRO Helps Them Recover

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Newton Homes Take Flood Damage in a Hurricane, SERVPRO Helps Them Recover If you are facing a flooding scenario, call SERVPRO right away for drying and restoration services. The quicker you call, the better the results.

Our Technicians are Standing By Ready to Respond to Your Flooding Emergency When You Call

While Catawba County may be spared of the high risks inherent to parts of North Carolina that are much closer to the coast, we are not quite far enough inland to consider hurricanes a trivial matter. Hurricanes can and do regularly reach as far inland as Newton, creating flood damage situations and other hazards inherent to such storms of large or even moderate size. In the event of a hurricane, your first priority should be to secure the safety of yourself and your family. Later, however, SERVPRO can help to reverse any damage done.
 
Mitigation
 
We are ready after every major storm and natural disaster to ensure optimal responses to flood damage in Newton and surrounding areas. Our mitigation strategy relies on readiness and industry-leading response times. Within hours of your first call to us, our technicians should arrive and begin working to stop as much damage as possible from affecting your home, providing services such as water extraction, boarding, and tarping. These small acts often end up saving each homeowner thousands once restorations begin. Once the storm is cleared, we can then begin more involved processes including full water removal and damage restoration.
 
The Restoration Process
 
The second phase of our process involves repairing and refinishing your home to get it back to how it was before the storm hit. The ultimate goal of SERVPRO franchises nationwide is to help get your home back to normal within weeks of the disaster, and we are no exception to the rule. Through combined efforts of certified technicians, trained contractors, and friendly representatives, we can help you to recover from the effects of hurricanes and tropical cyclones no matter how dire things may seem.
 
SERVPRO of Catawba County East is ready after every major storm to respond to local calls about flood and water damage. If your home takes damage in a storm, be sure to give us a call at (828) 465-6504.
 
For more information about the Newton, North Carolina visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton,_North_Carolina

Water Damage Can Ruin Paint and Wallpaper in Your Newton Residence

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Ruin Paint and Wallpaper in Your Newton Residence Unwanted moisture in your home can cause your walls to bubble up. SERVPRO can completely dry out these areas and restore your home from water damage.

Solutions for Water Damaged Walls in Your Home

When a home experiences water damage, the water can affect it in many different ways. Drywall can lose its smoothness and crumble, leaving behind a mess on floors and openings in walls. Ceilings can bow down and even collapse, injuring anyone unlucky enough to be in the room at the time.

However, homes in Newton do not always experience such drastic episodes of water damage. Sometimes, damage reveals itself by peeling back layers of paint or causing wallpaper and border trim to come loose and bubble up in broad areas. Both can pose temptations to children who enjoy removing such areas to see who can pull off the largest piece.

The professionals at SERVPRO can fix the situation by drying the area completely. Determining the water's source can also help factor in the length of exposure. Newer water sources that only recently began pose much less risk than older sources. Older sources can mean additional locations in the home face higher risk of damage from moisture.

Removing flaking paint from walls in preparation of repainting can solve the problem but only after moisture levels return to normal. Repainting on damp walls can only result in paint that continues to perform poorly. Dehumidification efforts should continue until conditions return to normal humidity levels to help ensure painting efforts restore the room to perfect condition again.

For hard to replace wall borders, we can steam current ones off to preserve them for reapplication. If we begin before any become ruined, we can provide a better result for the homeowner. However, many times, this is not the case, and the homeowners must choose new border trim. We can ensure a fresh, clean, and a completely smooth wall that new trim can adhere to perfectly.

SERVPRO of Catawba County East can help restore your home after water damage affects your home's interior beauty. Call us at your earliest convenience, 24/7, any day of the year, at (828) 465-6504 for our 24-hour services.

For more information on Newton, visit http://www.newtonnc.gov/.

Prevent Water Removal Issues From Your Newton Grooming Salon Dog Wash Station

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Prevent Water Removal Issues From Your Newton Grooming Salon Dog Wash Station It's not funny if a faulty station or problem with the setup causes a flood in your Newton grooming salon and you need professional water removal.

Water Removal Issues

Any pet grooming salon owner knows that washing a dog is a messy business. Whether your staff wash each pooch themselves in a dog washing station or have self-serve stations in place for customers to use, the risk of splashing is real – some dogs are happy with a bath, but others frolick and shake and cause a mini tidal wave.

However, it is not so funny if a faulty station or problem with the setup causes a real flood in your Newton grooming salon and you need professional water removal. Closing down for the afternoon while the issue is dealt with means less grooming, fewer customers, and less profit. That is why SERVPRO recommends taking care with your dog wash station setup and double checking for any potential problems.

The most important thing is to choose sturdy washing units made of a non-porous material such as stainless steel, or fully tiled units. A good robust tub does not leak. The tubs should also be big enough to handle even large breeds without causing overflow, and we also recommend choosing a hand-held shower sprayer option so you can direct the water.

Make sure all plumbing is tight and correct. If you are in doubt, it's better to call in a professional plumber than run the risk of a leak and the resulting need for water removal. Check the pipes and plumbing regularly and keep an eye out for signs of leaks such as damp patches or mold.

Be mindful of where you choose to install your dog washing stations. It is best if the surrounding area is tiled so that cleanup is easy and water cannot seep into the vicinity. Check grout between tiles regularly and replace it if it looks worn.

Of course, even with good planning accidents do happen. SERVPRO is on hand to deal with any water removal and cleanup needs. We equip our IICRC-certified technicians with free standing and truck mounted pumps and water extractors for swift water removal. You can also use our Emergency Ready Profile app to prepare your grooming salon for such eventualities.

For help with water overflow in Conover, Providence Mill, Startown, Drums Crossroads and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Catawba County East at (828) 465-6504 today.

To learn more about the city of Newton click here.

Fire Damage Restoration Services Newton Residents Can Count On

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services Newton Residents Can Count On Calling SERVPRO after a fire will put a crew of trained and experienced technicians to work on the remediation and restoration job.

Our Technicians Handle Fire Damage Restoration Events Regardless of the Size of the Damage

At SERVPRO, our staff experiences a lot of the same things that you do. We have families, homes, and troubles that go beyond the everyday occurrence. Our technicians work and live right here in the same community you do, so, we have first-hand knowledge of the situations Newton residents may experience.  

We consider it an honor to provide answers that help our neighbors recover from fire damage in Newton. Which is why we chose to make a variety of services available that can help you recover quickly from many unfortunate situations that may occur. You are not alone and do not need to address these problems on your own; we train so that you do not have to.

Owning a home today is very different than in years past. After a fire, it would take calling many different companies to perform the repairs you need. Today, SERVPRO technicians provide you with full-service solutions to all of these problems, making it possible to receive help faster, preventing many losses you may have experienced before.  

Our technicians can board-up and secure your home during a restoration that helps protect what remains after a fire. We also make returning to your home safer, helping you avoid hazards or potential problems that create even more damage.  

When you call SERVPRO, you get access to an entire team of qualified professionals that can handle everything from the disposal of unsalvageable items to placing the finishing touches on repairs that help make your house a home again. Sure, there are many services used in between, but you get the gist.  

You no longer need to wonder, or stress over, which company to call during an emergency. Having a relationship with our local office gives you peace of mind, and access to fast, efficient fire damage restoration services that you can rely on to perform even the smallest jobs in a clean, professional manner.  

SERVPRO of Catawba County East stands ready to provide services throughout the area. Whether you live in Conover, Oxford Park, or Drums Crossroads, our entire team is nearby and available to help. (828) 465-6504

For more information about the City of Newton, North Carolina visit: http://www.newtonnc.gov/

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.

Visit http://www.conovernc.gov/ to learn more about Conover.

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.

Visit http://www.conovernc.gov/ for more about the city of Conover.