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Water Loss at your Brunswick County Business

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

water on floor of building Commercial water damage to your Brunswick County business is a serious matter, and you want to get the water and damage cleaned up as fast as possible

A water line break in your business can be stressful and confusing since there are many factors to think about when figuring out if there is a leak, where it is, and how to repair it. The most common indication of a leak in your water line is physically seeing water come up on the street, on the sidewalk in front of your shop, or coming through the foundation wall. If the water is coming up in front of your business, it does not necessarily mean the leak is from the water line. Water travels and looks to the point of least resistance to the surface.

Commercial water damage to your Brunswick County business is a serious matter, and you want to get the water and damage cleaned up as fast as possible so you can operate as usual again. You need to close your shop while it is being repaired, and that means lost profits. That is when you need to call in the professionals at SERVPRO, who can clean up the water and fix any damages the leak has caused. When the break is small, our technicians can repair it before they begin cleanup. For larger problems, we partner with other professional tradesmen who can fix the break in a timely and reasonable fashion. The municipality should be called in if to inspect and repair major street line breaks.

 Another sign of a broken water line is a hissing or rumbling noise. Likely, your water main is broken if your water is not in use when you hear noise on the water pipe. The hissing is a great indicator of water exiting the pipe somewhere in-between the building and the city water main in the roadway. 

 Another sign is water pressure which is low. Not all water main leaks result in this. However, it is a possibility that should be checked out by professionals. SERVPRO can help you find the cause for the water line break so that it can be fixed properly and your building does not sustain any more water damage than it already has. 

 SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties understands that when water damage of any kind happens to your business, that time is of the essence to prevent further damage and loss. That is why we are ready to come out to your building and help you anytime you need when you reach out to us at (910) 755-6717.

Water Category Can Be Vital To Water Damage Cleanup in Calabash

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

water leak We have the expertise, experience, and equipment to handle your home's water damage emergency needs.

Do You Know What Type of Water Damage Could Affect Your Calabash Home? 

Water can enter the home at any time of day or night, which can be traumatic for residents in Calabash. When possible, call a professional migration team right away. The source of the water can play an essential role in the migration and clean-up process. A prompt response by a skilled team may save your property and could result in less contamination. 

During these situations, one of the last things property owners want to have to cope with is cleaning up and restoring their homes. We are a well-respected nationwide franchise known for our expertise in water damage cleanup and restoration. When we arrive, our technicians classify the severity of the damage by checking the source of the water in the affected areas. 

There are three categories of water, which are clean, gray, and black. Typically, when the source is clean water, the level of damage is less dangerous than when it is gray or black water. Clean water is the least contaminated type. Tap water and rainwater are prime examples of what we classify as clean. Gray water contains some contamination that could be harmful to homeowners. Examples of gray water include urine, wash water, and aquamarine water. Blackwater is the most dangerous to humans and may contain feces, parasites, bacteria, sewage, chemicals, and viruses. One of the most common examples of black water is flood water. 

Even though clean water is the least dangerous type, it is still essential to begin migration quickly because bacteria and fungi can contaminate clean water within 48 hours. Homeowners in Calabash can rest a little easier when facing a water emergency in their homes. SERVPRO uses proven and scientific methods to classify and remove each water category. Also, we use proper and efficient methods to clean up and restore the affected areas back to their preloss condition when possible. Homeowners should be aware that we may deem your home unsafe due to the water category. When this happens, a move-out may be necessary until after the cleanup and restoration are complete. We can be there to assist with packing and moving.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties provides emergency services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Contact us 24/7 at (910) 755-6717 for our professional water damage cleanup and restoration.

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Fire Damage at Your Ocean Isle Beach House

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

house fire SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties restores your home after fire damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Here to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Fires come in many sizes, just as homes range from small to extravagantly large. Large homes might have the luxury of spaciousness, but that can also cause homeowners to have a more difficult time detecting problems early. Fire is one such problem.

When a home in Ocean Isle Beach burns, homeowners often worry about the amount of fire damage their home suffers. However, the smoke and particles in soot pose just as much of a hazard to residents. These particles can carry carcinogens and irritants that make breathing difficult. SERVPRO removes all the damage, making your home, no matter how large or small, “Like it never even happened,” again, ready for your family to live in comfortable and familiar surroundings once more.

Removing charred building materials that once made up your home's interior can make your home seem bare, but it is part of the process we implement to prepare for new materials. Smoke-free, these materials pose no risk to your family's health.

Fire damage can impact any area of your home, from floors to ceiling, and we do our best to match new sections to undamaged areas. We know that continuity in your home, from one area of a wall to the next, is one of those small aspects that mean a great deal aesthetically. We want a clean, polished look for your home, just as we know your family appreciated before the fire.

Cleaning up the contents of your home is a job we perform by hand. Some items, such as knick-knack collections, clean up well on-site, in large tubs that we bring specifically for that purpose. Our team gathers together and transports other items, including large draperies and window blinds, for cleaning at our facility. Once completed, all steps, from the restoration of your home to cleaning and removal of soot and grime of your personal belongings and household furnishings, bring together your house, fully restored and waiting for your return home.

SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties can be reached at (910) 755-6717. We know a fire can cause severe damage to your home, and we can help undo the damage. When working with homeowners experiencing fire damage, we understand there are many questions, but we have the answers and the experience to help get your family through this traumatic event in their lives.

To learn more about fire prevention in Ocean Isle Beach, click here.

Mitigating Water Damage in Leland Homes

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Growth After your property suffers water damage, call SERVPRO quickly to try and prevent mold from setting in. Fast action gives you better results.

Our Technicians are Quick to the Scene of a Water Damage Emergency

Wherever water ends up in locations that should normally be off-limits to the liquid, serious damage can result. Materials such as drywall swell soon after contact with the water is allowed to continue, and denser materials, such as wood, can also become swollen if the length of time increases even more. 
 
Homeowners know that there are many things that can cause problems for their homes but may not fully realize the extent of the Leland water damage in the event of a broken pipe or overflowing toilet. These situations call for much more than a quick mop-up of the area. Water spreads is drawn downward by gravity, and can also work its way upwards by using the absorbency of walls and drapes that touch the floor. 
 
As water saturates an area, secondary water damages begin to happen. The entire vicinity can start to develop mold within 48 hours. Odors quickly develop, as well. Staining of walls, carpeting, and area rugs can soon become noticeable. Wallpaper can begin to peel because of the increased moisture in the air. The aesthetic effects are not pleasant. However, we at SERVPRO can help you and your family by restoring your home, so it is “Like it never even happened,” again. 
 
Each and every aspect related to water damage is a crucial part of the entire restoration process. SERVPRO employees are trained extensively, earning them certificates from the IICRC. Combined with this detailed training is experience gained from large and small jobs. Our technicians know and understand the principles of restoration for each kind of disaster. Also, knowing how to use the tools and equipment needed to undo any and all damage, including extensive destruction, is required by many of the jobs we complete. We understand that your home is your castle, and we want to help you regain control of it again. 
 
SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties can help with water damage and other disasters, whenever they affect your home. Call us at (910) 755-6717, anytime, day or night, and any day of the week. We are always here for you. 

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Finding Mold Damage in Your Caswell Beach Summer Home

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Mold infestation on wall Mold can spread quickly and cause damage in its path. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Tackle a Mold Infestation in Your Home 

Starting off your annual vacation by finding mold damage in your summer home is never a pleasant way to kick off a trip. You could have traveled halfway across the country to relax and spend time with your family, but the discovery allows for anything but that. The damage can create unplanned expenses, such as the option of staying in a hotel until the mess is sorted out. While it is not always necessary, it is understandable that you would want to keep your family away from the mold as it can cause health effects. 
 
Relying on a professional restoration company can ensure that the remediation of the mold damage in your Caswell Beach home happens as quickly as possible. When you call us, our techs can get to your property shortly after. Our estimator can talk you through the damage, your options, and explain the process, as well as answer any questions. We strive to keep you informed, involved and updated. 
 
SERVPRO understands that a lot of mold in your home can make you worry about your belongings. Mold causes the decay of organic materials and having wooden furniture as well as leather inside of a mold-infected house is not good. However, we aim to remediate all of the damage that we can. 
 
To start, SERVPRO can section off the areas of your home where there is damage to limit the ability of the colonies to spread. While we clean the area thoroughly, we can set up air scrubbers with HEPA filters to catch spores and odorous particles into the air, eliminating the musty scent while we work. SERVPRO can thoroughly clean mold from non-porous materials using disinfectants and then reduce the chances of regrowth with antifungal sprays. We strive to make you feel "Like it never even happened," by the time we finish. 
 
Do not idle if you find mold damage inside of your home. Phone (910) 755-6717 to contact SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties. Whatever time you need us, day or night, we can be there. 

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Water Heater leak in Southport could lead to Mold

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

water heating leaking SERVPRO can help clean up the mess left by a leaking water heater.

If you do experience water damage in Southport from your water heater, try and remain calm and shut off the water feed line. Then, contact SERVPRO, our restoration company that specializes in water damage restoration and cleanup to deal with the mess left behind.

Since high temperature and late detection are problems with water heater floods, there are some dangers that it creates that exceeds normal flooding events. There are things to watch out for in case you are dealing with this. 

The initial water bursting forth from the heater may be scalding hot, so do not rush in, especially if you see steam all over the area. You risk getting hot water burns otherwise. It is best to wait for a SERVPRO technician to arrive and take care of everything for you. 

Another reason you should not rush into a flooded area is that the water could be contacting exposed wiring or power outlets. The water then carries a strong electric current, so do not take a risk in going into the water. Also, the situation creates a potential fire hazard, as the electrical system short and spark.

The water damage from a flood like this can damage wood, ruin carpeting, corrode metals and destroy expensive machinery and appliances. Mold spores can also be activated with enough moisture and organic materials to sustain them. Since mold growth is very likely in a case like this, our technicians at SERVPRO are also going to check for mold growth and hidden moisture with special moisture meters and can clean it up along with all the water. We do not leave until the area is thoroughly dried and sanitized. 

SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties arrives at your home in a timely fashion to avoid further damage. Therefore, we encourage you to call us right away when you discover the problem at (910) 755-6717.

Commercial Water Damage In Your Leland Office Building From Faulty Sprinklers

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Sprinkler head When your sprinkler system malfunctions, you can be left with a lot of water damage to clean up.

Commercial Water Damage from Faulty Sprinklers

Sprinkler systems are an affordable and usually reliable way of protecting your office building in Leland from fires. They prevent the loss of property and lives during a fire, and can even save you money as a business owner from tax deductions. However, when your sprinkler system malfunctions, you can be left with a lot of water damage to clean up.

It is essential for your office to be able to continue its daily operations without interruptions, so when a commercial water damage emergency arises, you want to be able to handle it as quickly as possible. That is where our technicians at SERVPRO come in, as we can be to your building in Wilmington quickly so repair the damages and get you back up and running fast.

Sprinkler water damage can include carpeting, drywall, and other building materials, plus wet tenant or office materials like upholstery, and the development of mildew and mold. There is also standing water that is left behind.

When you hire SERVPRO staff for help, our first step is to ensure all the water damage is taken care of and managed with the skill to prevent any further damage. We assess the damage that exists and create a plan to get your property back to its original state before the damage.

To avoid any more damage to any cloth, wood, or other porous surfaces, we remove them from your property and store them in a safe place until we are ready to put them back in place. A few of these items may need to be replaced depending on the level of severity of the damage and whether or not they can be restored.

Using water extraction equipment and water pumps, we remove the standing water. Air movers and dehumidifiers are used to finish the drying process more efficiently and effectively. Much like removing the water, fans and dehumidifiers are used to help ensure everything is thoroughly dry, and to prevent any mildew and mold growth.

Water damage has the capability of weakening the structure of your building or drywall and leaves permanent stains on upholstery and carpeting. If this has happened, additional construction or cleaning services may be necessary.

SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties wants to make sure your office building in Leland, Shallotte, Southport, Belville, or Bolivia is thoroughly dried and repaired after water damage. You can call us at any time by dialing (910) 755-6717.

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Water Damage at Realty office in Leland

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Wet ceiling tiles SERVPRO was able to fix this water damage in a 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 South 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 South Columbus Counties 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 South Columbus Counties right away!  910-755-6717

Preparedness Basics

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Storm prep ideas Having SERVPRO's number ready is an important step in Emergency Preparedness in Brunswick County

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.  

Southport apartment with Mold

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

mold on wall corner Calling SEVRPRO can get that mold in an apartment unit cleaned up quickly and correctly.

An 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 & South Columbus Counties at a networking event.  She made the call and was very happy that she did.  It turned out to be Mold as she suspected and the technician from SERVPRO of Brunswick & South Columbus Counties did a thorough inspection and determined that it was indeed Mold and found the source.  Within a couple of days, the source was fixed, the Mold contained, the area cleaned, and air filtered.  All from one call to SERVPRO of Brunswick & South Columbus Counties.

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