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Archived Water Damage Blog Posts

Air Conditioning Water Damage in Leland, NC

10/3/2023 (Permalink)

Wet plywood and water in HVAC SERVPRO® of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties can help when an HVAC air handler drip pan overflow causes water damage

Summer is ending here in Southeastern North Carolina.  But that doesn't mean the temperature is going down anytime soon.   It means our Air Conditioning units will continue to be used heavily.  If you haven’t had your normal HVAC yearly check, it's never too late.  The two most common occurrences with air conditioning units causing water damage are the air conditioner drip pan overflowing and condensation.  These causes of water damage can range from a small ceiling area to multiple ceilings, walls, and floors being affected in a house.  If you think you may have an issue causing a leak give us a call to come investigate.  If you catch it early and have an HVAC tech fix the issue, the damage can be mitigated fairly easily.  We can remove the affected areas of material, and get things dry and the end goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties works hard to help the communities in the Brunswick beaches and retirement communities.  Having a water leak no matter how large or small is a traumatizing experience.  SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties is here to help individuals through this tough time and get their homes back to preloss condition. 

If you have had a water leak in your home, SERVPRO® of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties can help.  Call us today, 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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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.

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

What to Do Until Help Arrives!

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

room filled with wet debris Safety First!

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!

Faster Response and Clean-up of Your Water Damage

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

water on hallway floor Faster, professional response by SERVPRO leads to quicker clean up

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Call us today 910-755-6717.

Quick Response to Brunswick County Water Damage

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged wood floor SERVPRO’s quick response time is crucial!

Flooding and water emergencies as happen when we least expect. SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus counties is always on stand by and ready to provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

 Water is very intrusive. Water always spreads quickly throughout following gravity and the path of least resistance.  Within minutes water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery and belongings.  In 1 -2 hours, drywall begins to swell, metal surfaces tarnish, and furniture will begin to warp/ mold.  After 48 to a week, mold will aggressively grow, doors and furniture warp, and metal will begin to rust.  Over a week, structural safety is compromised, mold growth flourishes, and bio-hazard contaminants begin to pose serious risks.

 This is just a quick preview into what water can do once an emergency happens.  The important lesson to remember is to get help quickly.  If you have had a water emergency, call SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus counties and we can help mitigate the damages and help get your home back to its preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Brunswick and South Columbus counties 910-755-6717