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Faster to water damage

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wayne County provides 24/7 water damage restoration service in Wayne County area. Flooding and water emergencies do not wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Wayne County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Wayne County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (919)751-5353 Water Damage Timeline:
Within Minutes-
Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets. Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp. Hours 1 - 24:
Drywall begins to swell and break down.
Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
Furniture begins to swell and crack.
Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
A musty odor appears. 48 Hours to 1 Week:
Mold and mildew may grow and spread. Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp. Metal begins to rust and corrode.
Furniture warps and shows signs of mold. Paint begins to blister.
Wood flooring swells and warps.
Serious biohazard contamination is possible. More Than 1 Week:
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive. Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants. SERVPRO of Wayne County 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. 

What is in your ducts?

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever stopped to consider the air that circulates inside your home? It travels from your furnace, through your ductwork, into your home’s air, and back through the cold air return system. On its journey, it accumulates all kinds of nasty stuff: dust, hair, allergens, pet dander, mold spores, you name it. If it’s airborne, it will eventually collect in your ductwork. From there, it will get blown out into your home, making a dusty, dirty mess of your indoor air (you know, the stuff you breathe). The Benefits of Professional Air Duct Cleaning Purify Your Indoor Air. Getting rid of all the nasty particulate in your duct-work will help clean up the air inside your home. SERVPRO of Wayne County's comprehensive cleaning system ensures every square inch of your duct-work is thoroughly cleaned, helping you breathe easy in your own home. Reduce Allergies. While the seasons determine the severity of most allergy issues, homes with congested ventilation can cause allergic reactions year round. Contaminants such as dust, mold spores, pet dander and dirt accumulate in your air ducts over time and are blown around into various rooms in your house, preventing the allergy sufferers in your home from ever experiencing total relief. Less Dusting. Getting rid of the dust in your indoor air means less dust on your furniture/pictures/counters/everywhere! Who wouldn’t want to cut down on the tiresome chore of dusting? Improve Furnace Efficiency. Removing the dust, dirt, and debris from your HVAC system will help your furnace run better! Instead of heating the mess inside the vents, the heat generated by the furnace is more easily transferred through the ducts into your home’s air. As any homeowner will tell you, running a furnace is expensive! Don’t make your furnace work any harder than it needs to.
CALL US AT 919-751-5353 and get cleaner, healthier indoor air!

Commercial Buildings? We handle that too!

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

When commercial property has been damaged, time is of the essence. The professionals at SERVPRO of Wayne County understand the importance of getting to the site of the damage, quickly assessing the situation, and then getting the big gear down there to stop the spread of damage, contain the work area, and get to fixing things up quickly and efficiently so you can get back to profitable work as quickly as possible.

What Can We Handle?

Our company can tackle a wide array of various challenges. No matter what the situation, we have experienced and well-trained specialists on hand to tackle every aspect of repair.

  • Asbestos removal
  • Repairing fire and smoke damage
  • Water damage
  • Mold remediation
  • Environmental cleanup
  • Full reconstruction

We have the tools, the skills, the experience, the dedication, and the training to get the job done. There are many different challenges when it comes to restoring your commercial building, and that’s all the more reason you shouldn’t rely on just anyone. You need professionals who know how to handle these types of work environments and are committed to providing you with the absolute best service each and every time.

We Can Take Care Of Your Business Buildings!

Our trained staff can handle a wide array of damage restoration work, for any type of building or business. We have served restaurants, factories, medical centers, retail stores, office buildings and more. We give a full analysis to you of the damages and what actions might have to be taken for a full restoration.

Commercial restoration work is just what we do. We’ve been in this business for years and have seen every type of job site imaginable.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Wayne County at 919-751-5353 to see what old school work ethic looks like, and rest easy knowing we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Document Restoration and what you need to know

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, some of your most valued contents—documents, photographs, and books—could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.

Our Document Restoration Facility:

  • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
  • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

Need your valuable documents restored? Call Today 919-751-5353

Our Technology

Then SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Types of content:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

Document Cleaning and Disinfecting

In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.

Digitizing Services

In the digital age, converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals to digitize your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.

Protect your pets!!

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Picture this: You are not at home. A fire breaks out in your home. Your pets are there all alone. Just the thought of such a story horrifies me. Unfortunately, it is not an uncommon possibility. Recent data from the National Fire Protection Association indicates that 500,000 pets a year are affected by house fires. 

Annually, pets are responsible for starting 1,000 house fires. 

Prevention is a Priority

  •  Extinguish open flames — Like moths drawn to light, pets tend to be curious about flames and will be attracted to candles, lanterns, stoves and open fires like the fireplace or BBQ. To avoid problems make sure all sources of fire are completely extinguished and do not pose a threat.
  • Remove or protect stove knobs — Pets accidentally turning on stove knobs is the leading reason for pet started house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Remove or protect stove knobs from activation while you are away.
  • Flameless candles — Although not as aromatic as regular candles, the light bulbs in flameless candles are unlikely to start a fire if knocked over by your pet.
  • Inspect and pet proof — Be alert to loose electrical wires, appliances, and other hazards within your pet’s reach.

Mold and understanding it

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is impossible really. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

High Waters? Turn Around-Don't Drown

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.

The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

IICRC Certified Contractors-What is the advantage?

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

With most home improvements costing significant time and money, it’s essential that you hire a reliable contractor for the job. This ensures that the work will be done in a timely and efficient manner. While it might seem difficult, looking for an upstanding contractor is actually easier than you think. Just check for certifications from trusted organizations in the industry.

One of our notable certifications includes the ANSI/IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) S500 Water Damage Restoration certificate. This provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. From the initial inspection to mold remediation, we’ll deal with the issues involved with water damage though our quality materials and highly trained team.

Here’s more on how hiring an IICRC-certified contractor like SERVPRO of Wayne County can benefit you:

  1. Peace of Mind — You can be sure that we’ll present you with accurate information while conducting business with honesty and integrity. We maintain a liability insurance to protect you and your investment in the event that an accident occurs in your property.
  2. Expertise — No matter the job you can count on us to do a superior job. As an IICRC-certified contractor, our team is formally trained and passes all the required tests.
  3. Up-to-Date — An IICRC-certified contractor participates in a continuing education program to keep up with the latest changes in the industry.
  4. Client Satisfaction — We remain complaint-free from the Better Business Bureau, but we still maintain a written complaint policy and comply with the Bureau in resolving disputes, as IICRC dictates.

Wildfires and what you need to know

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wildfires and what you need to know Wildfires can cause extensive damage to personal property

  1. A wildfire is an uncontrolled fire. Wildfires often occur in wild, unpopulated areas, but they can occur anywhere and harm homes, agriculture, humans, and animals in their path.
  2. Firefighters also refer to these disasters as surface fires, dependent crown fires, spot fires, and ground fires. Want to make local firefighters happy -- and even better at their jobs? Bake cookies to say thanks! 
  3. 90% of all wildfires are started by humans.
  4. One of the largest fires in recent history was in 1825 when a fire tore through Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, burning 3 million acres of forest.
  5. Weather conditions can directly contribute to the occurrence of wildfires through lightning strikes or indirectly by an extended dry spell or drought.
  6. Wildfires can be caused by an accumulation of dead matter (leaves, twigs, and trees) that can create enough heat in some instances to spontaneously combust and ignite the surrounding area.
  7. Lightning strikes the earth over 100,000 times a day. 10 to 20% of these lightning strikes can cause fire.
  8. Manmade combustions from arson, human carelessness, or lack of fire safety cause wildfire disasters every year.
  9. An average of 1.2 million acres of US woodland burn every year.
  10. A large wildfire or conflagration is capable of modifying the local weather conditions (AKA producing its own weather).

Thunderstorms 101

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

What is a thunderstorm? A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

Why do I sometimes hear meteorologists use the word “convection” when talking about thunderstorms? Usually created by surface heating, convection is upward atmospheric motion that transports whatever is in the air along with it—especially any moisture available in the air. A thunderstorm is the result of convection.

What is a severe thunderstorm? A thunderstorm is classified as “severe” when it contains one or more of the following: hail one inch or greater, winds gusting in excess of 50 knots (57.5 mph), or a tornado.

How many thunderstorms are there? Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and at any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress. There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone. About 10% of these reach severe levels.

When are thunderstorms most likely? Thunderstorms are most likely in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours, but they can occur year-round and at all hours.

Thunderstorms frequently occur in the late afternoon and at night in the Plains states. What kinds of damage can thunderstorms cause? Many hazardous weather events are associated with thunderstorms. Under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms causes flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities. Hail up to the size of softballs damages cars and windows, and kills livestock caught out in the open. Strong (up to more than 120 mph) straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes. Tornadoes (with winds up to about 300 mph) can destroy all but the best-built man-made structures.

Where are severe thunderstorms most common? The greatest severe weather threat in the U.S. extends from Texas to southern Minnesota. But, no place in the United States is completely safe from the threat of severe weather.