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Mold in Leland Residence

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Leland Residence Mold in Leland residence

A homeowner in Leland, NC was recently doing some heavy spring cleaning in her home when she came across what she though was mold behind her refrigerator.  Instead of just wiping it down or having her husband tear open the wall, she decided to give SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties a call to check out the suspected mold.  She had used them previously at work and was comfortable that they could handle the job.  She made the call and was very happy that she did.  It turned out to be Mold as she suspected.  The technician from SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties did a thorough inspection and determined that it was Mold and found the source.  Apparently, the water hook-up to the refrigerator had a very small pin size hole in it which was leaking onto the wall and onto the floor.  After being referred to a plumber that could fix the leak, SERVPRO went to work to contain the Mold, clean the affected areas, and make sure to get the air filtered with air scrubber.  Everything was clean and dry!  With one call to SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties the homeowner had her mold issue taken care of completely.

If you suspect you may have a Mold issue, SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties can help.  Call us today, 910-755-6717!

Commercial Water damage at School

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water damage at School School water damage caused by water fountain

A local maintenance supervisor at a Leland school walked in to find 3 classrooms flooded from water fountain that broke free from the wall and fell to the floor.  Luckily this happened overnight on a weekday and not on the weekend when the mess could have become much larger.  Having used SERVPRO before at a previous school at which he had worked, he knew to call SERVPRO right away.  The supervisor actually had the number handy in the ERP he had completed with the SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus County marketing rep a couple months ago.  After getting the water shut off and getting the water fountain fixed, SERVPRO began their services. Air movers and dehumidifiers were placed throughout the classrooms and things were “Like they never even happened” within a couple days.  Are you a maintenance supervisor in need of emergency help at your commercial property?   SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties is here to help!  You never know when you are going to need help and SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties is always ready to help with commercial fire or water damage.  If you have water damage in your commercial property, call SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties today, 910-755-6717.  

Attic Fire in Leland, NC

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Out of town on a vacation that the homeowner was dreaming of for months, he receives a alarming call from his neighbor.  There had been a fire at his Leland, NC home in Brunswick Forest.  His neighbor has assured him that it was just a small fire and the Brunswick County fire department has everything under control.  The fire was in his attic and was started by his HVAC system.  Structurally the home and roof were intact, his HVAC needed replaced and he needed his attic contents and some upstairs bedrooms cleaned.  His first thoughts were of SERVPRO.  He had used SERVPRO for a water damage in his rental unit a few years prior.  The homeowner called SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties and sent an appointment for when he would be back in town.  Upon meeting with the SERVPRO Production Manager and going over the scope of the fire damage and the course of action, the homeowner was appeased.  The hardworking crews started the next day with removal of smoke and soot from the home.  Within a few days, the team from SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties had things back “Like it never even happened.”  If you have smoke or soot damage from a fire in your residence or commercial building, call SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties today, 910-755-6717.  SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties is Here to Help!

Mold in Brunswick County Commercial Property

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Brunswick County Commercial Property Commercial Mold Remidiation

A commercial property manager goes to do a quick walk through a small shopping plaza which has just been constructed.  Expecting to see that finishing touches will be needed before the new tenant can move in, the manager notices large patches of dark material throughout the space and on nearly every wall.  Mold.  Realizing that she needs to act quickly, she calls SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties.  With the manage getting ready to get a lease signed and have a tenant move in within a week, SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties moved quickly to get remediation services started.  First, SERVPRO made sure that the source of the water or moisture were addressed.  Next, the highly trained technicians were able to remove drywall were needed and clean all the surfaces using HEPA vacuums.  Finally, air scrubbing filtration equipment and dehumidifiers were run in the contaminated commercial unit.  Once again, SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties was able to help another commercial customer.  If you think you may have an issue with mold in your home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties today.  910-755-6717. SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties is Here to Help!

Water Damage at Realty office in Leland

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage at Realty office in Leland	Realty Office Water damage in Leland

A local Realty company in Leland, NC had frozen pipe burst in the men’s restroom on the 3rd floor of their building.  The three story building, in addition to housing the realty company, house multiple other businesses that were affected on the 1st and 2nd floors.  SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties was called out immediately to help with this loss which included multiple inches of standing water in various locations in the building.  The very first thing that the technicians did was to make sure that the scene was safe.  Falling ceiling tiles were taken down before they could fall and an electrician was brought in to make sure the electricity was safe.  SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus technicians then got straight to work extracting the water from the affected areas.  Baseboards and drywall were removed only where necessary.  Some areas of drywall on the large staircase had to be removed to ventilate these large 3 story walls.  Air movers and dehumidifiers were put to work as soon as the demo was completed.  With the offices in a rush to get re-opened for business, SERVPRO work tirelessly to get the affect areas completely dry.  Next time your commercial or residential property is hit by an un-expected water loss, contact SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus right away!  910-755-6717

Fire Extinguisher accidental discharge in business

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Fire Extinguisher accidental discharge in business Make sure to check your fire extinguishers periodically!

A local business in Brunswick County had a fire extinguisher accidentally discharge overnight because it fell from its hanging location.  The business immediately called on SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Cos. to help them get them get their offices cleaned and open for business again.  SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Cos. got to the scene as quickly as possible and after scoping the damage and planning, starting cleaning.  After setting some air scrubbers and HEPA vacuuming, the SERVPRO team wiped every surface and then steam cleaned the carpets.  The final results were a sight to see for the owners, who were able able to open the doors and get back to business in a matter of a few hours.  SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Cos. making it "Like it never even happened." once again!  Make sure to check your fire extinguishers periodically to prevent accidental discharges like this from happening.

Holiday Fire Safety

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Safety Holiday Fire Safety

The Holidays are upon us again this year. And with the Holidays comes the increased risk of house fires.  Whether from candles burning in the home, lighted decorations, Christmas Trees, or the Holiday cooking, the Holidays are prime season for house fires. SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties wants to make sure you and your loved ones play it smart and safe!  

Cooking- If you are going to deep fry your turkey, make sure to do it outside on level ground and at least 20 feet from your house.

Candles-  If you are going to burn candles in your home, make sure to leave about 1-2 feet of space in every direction between the candle and anything flammable.

Christmas Trees-  Make sure to get a freshly cut Christmas Tree and to keep it thoroughly watered throughout its time on display.  Artificial trees aren't of too much concern as most are flame- retardant.

Decorative Lights- Make sure to inspect all strings of lights and extension cords for damage or frays. 

Fireplaces-  Soot build-up can catch on fire. Make sure to get your fireplace cleaned before using each burning season.  Also, use a screen to keep sparks and embers from popping out.

These are just a couple tips to keep you safe this Holiday Season!  

Water damage from broken pipe in Leland

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage from broken pipe in Leland Broken pipe in Leland bathroom

You wake up and walk into your bathroom to start the day.  As you step into the bathroom, your foot splashes down in about an inch of water.  As you turn on the light and see that water is everywhere in your bathroom, you see that the water is coming from underneath your sink and cabinet.  You quickly rush over to investigate more.  Opening the cabinet you see that a pipe has broken.  Luckily, it is above the shut-off valve.  You turn off the water immediately.  Your next thought is to try to clean up the water, but there is A LOT of WATER.  You know you need a plumber. Check.  Who can help with the water and whatever damage this water is or may do to the bathroom floor and cabinets?  That is where SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties can help. 

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

When you call us, our consultant will guide you through several questions that will help us respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

We carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

After the bulk of the water has been removed, we use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. Our Professionals use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

We clean, repair, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

If you have had a broken pipe in your home or water damage from another source, SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties can help.  Call us today, 910-755-6717!

Mold in apartment unit in Southport

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in apartment unit in Southport Mold in apartment in Southport

Apartment manager in Southport recently discovered some suspected Mold in a unit that she was getting ready to turn over to new renters after the previous tenants moved out.  Thinking better than just having her “maintenance guy” just try to wipe up the suspected Mold, she remembered she had met a marketing representative from SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties at a networking event.  She made the call and was very happy that she did.  I t turned out to be Mold as she suspected and the technician from SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties did a thorough inspection and determined that it was indeed Mold and found the source.  Within a couple days , the source was fixed, the Mold contained, area cleaned, and air filtered.  All from one call to SERVPRO of Brunswick and S. Columbus Counties

If you suspect you may have a Mold issue, SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties can help.  Call us today, 910-755-6717!

Hurricane Basics

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Below is some basic information and tips for protecting your Brunswick county home or business during Hurricane season. It is best to be knowledgeable, have a plan, and be prepared.

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world.

Each year, many parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. Affected areas include all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas and areas over 100 miles inland, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, parts of the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific. A significant per cent of fatalities occur outside of landfall counties with causes due to inland flooding.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. 

Basic Preparedness Tips

  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.

  • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate

  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

  • Make a family emergency plan.

  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Preparing Your Home

  • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.

  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.

  • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.

  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.

  • Consider building a safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.