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Keeping Sink Drains in Your Hickory Home Clear to Prevent Overflows

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Keeping Sink Drains in Your Hickory Home Clear to Prevent Overflows Sink overflows and water damage can be a hassle to deal with; Let SERVPRO take care of it for you.

Prevent Water Damage in Your Hickory Residential Home

Sink overflows can make more than just a soggy mess of your home in Hickory. If the situation gets out of control, it can result in flooding inside your house and severe water damage to your property. It can make an unhealthy living environment as well if the sink water is unsanitary, making it the perfect recipe for the growth of bacteria. To best deal with a sink which has overflowed, you should always try to prevent it from even happening.

It is not always easy to prevent a sink from overflowing in your Hickory home. Keep in mind that most overflows and subsequent water damage happen because of a clogged drain. When you can maintain the drain, water can flow to the sewers as it should. However, accidents do happen, and you need the help of a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO when dealing with a water emergency.

To keep your sinks clean, there are some simple steps you can take. Firstly, do not dispose of food scraps in your sink unless you have a garbage disposal already attached. Even if the scraps fit in the drain, they accumulate over time and can form a solid clog that restricts water flow. Also, just because oil, fat, and grease look fluid, does not mean they go right down with the water to the sewers. Instead, they can deposit and solidify in your drainage pipe, causing it to clog later. Instead, you should properly dispose of all your used oil and grease.

Avoid letting any hair go down the drain as well. It can accumulate just like solid food particles, then ball up and make a barrier which prevents water going through to the sewage system. A drain cover can help to filter out hair, plus other solid, large objects which could fall into your sink. Only take the lid out when you are cleaning your sink.

Even though they love it, do not let your children play with water in the sinks. They can get quite creative and have been known to flush small toys down sink drains. Toy cars and action figures are some of the most difficult clogs to clear, so teach your children early on.

When you are dealing with a sink overflow, call SERVPRO immediately. We can help solve the problem, plus repair any water damage the accident has caused. We work fast to avoid additional damage including mold growth, and we ensure your home is thoroughly dry again before the job is completed.

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SERVPRO of Catawba County West is trained specially to handle any water damage. If you reside in St. Stephens, Hickory, or Sweetwater, you can reach us at any time of day or night by dialing (828) 322-4400.

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Detecting And Removing Mold Damage In Sweetwater Homes

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Detecting And Removing Mold Damage In Sweetwater Homes Mold growth can occur anywhere in the house.

Detecting And Removing Mold Damage

Mold growth can occur anywhere in the house, including closets. When moisture accumulates in the closet, it can become a breeding ground for mold. In addition to moisture, mold requires pleasant temperatures, food, and mold spores to grow. Any mold damage removal process involves removing these items to prohibit growth. If all other requirements apart from food are met, virtually any substance that contains carbon atoms can provide the essential nutrients for mold growth. Even the soap residue that is left behind after a good cleaning, or the oil from your skin when you touch a surface such as stainless steel can provide sufficient nutrients for certain mold growth. In fact, most of the common materials found in homes such as organic fibers, paper, and wood are among the best sources of mold nutrients.

As such, eliminating mold from your house is almost impossible. If you notice the presence of mold or mildew on your property, contact SERVPRO immediately for mold damage remediation services in your Sweetwater home. Our IICRC-approved technicians can apply effective products to counter the mold damage and restore your property to preloss conditions.

How To Identify Mold And Mildew
SERVPRO has different methods of dealing with mold and mildew – two types of fungi with very similar characteristics. They are a prominent sign of water damage, they thrive in damp and humid areas, but both can affect you and your home differently. Their main source of food is organic materials such as plants, wood, drywall, and soil.

Given enough time, mold can cause serious mold damage to your home, resulting in structural components rotting and falling apart. Mold can be recognized by their slimy or fuzzy appearance, while mildew is noticeably downy or powdery. Immature powdery mildew looks whitish, but changes to yellow and then black on maturity. Downy mildew appears yellow at first, and then later on changes to brownish yellow.

Mold Growth Removal
The easiest way to identify early mold damage is by the presence of irregularly shaped spots with different colors – white, black, gray, brown, yellow, green, and even blue. Since mold and mildew prefer humid environments, SERVPRO takes effective measures to keep your home dry. Once you contact us, our technicians can repair any existing water leaks and reduce the relative humidity to 30-50 percent. Avoid DIY solutions that claim to fight against mold, as the removal process can be hazardous to your health.

If mold growth has taken over your house, SERVPRO of Catawba County West is readily available to provide swift mold damage remediation services. Call us today at (828) 322-4400.

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Addressing Water Damage in Sweetwater

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Addressing Water Damage in Sweetwater Water Mills, not Sweetwater Homes, Need Flowing Water.

Rapid Removal of Water in Sweetwater Mitigates Damages

When your home or business suffers from water damage, it is imperative that immediate action is taken. With an emergency of this nature, you want to know that the company you hired is up to the task and employs the latest technology and tools to extract the water from your property ASAP. Addressing water damage concerns is an urgent matter, and it requires the assistance of a trusted leader in the restoration industry that you can rely on to deliver.
When water damage affects your Sweetwater property, call on SERVPRO and our professionally trained and certified IICRC technicians will be on the scene quickly to respond to your crisis. Our staff takes pride in knowing We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our highly trained professionals arrive at your property promptly and are armed with the knowledge to address your concerns and resolve your issues "Like it never even happened." When incidents of this nature occur, it is crucial to mitigate harm, so that the cost of clean-up and restoration efforts can be controlled.
You also want to know that the clean-up and restoration of your water damaged property are entrusted to a locally owned and operated company that is part of your community. While SERVPRO is part of a national network of franchises, it also maintains a local focus. Our company's affiliation with this network enables us to respond faster to emergencies with more resources to properly handle any size disaster. In the event of major storms and natural disasters, we also can call upon special disaster recovery teams, which are strategically located all over the country. However, typical water removal involves one or two of our vehicles to extract the water and mitigate damages swiftly. Our IICRC certified applied water damage restoration crew is always ready.
SERVPRO utilizes advanced technology and the latest equipment to address your water damage needs and ensure the proper clean-up and restoration of your property. We can also assist you with the insurance paperwork for a stress-free claims process.
Thanks to our proximity and online request access, you can contact SERVPRO of Catawba County West 24/7 to address your water, fire, or mold problems. Our staff is equipped with the tools, resources, and personnel to help when an emergency strikes. (828) 322-4400

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Fire Damage in Your Sweetwater Home can Range from Slight Smoke to Complete Destruction

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Your Sweetwater Home can Range from Slight Smoke to Complete Destruction Fire damage after a cooking accident can affect many aspects in your kitchen including the structure. Contact SERVPRO to assess the damage.

It is Best to Have a Partner Like SERVPRO When Dealing with Fire Damage Restoration

Fire is one of those aspects of life that we use almost daily, without actually thinking about the implications involved if it is mishandled. Fire can get out of control very quickly and spread to areas that were never considered to be at risk of catching on fire.
Homeowners in Sweetwater can restore their homes after fire damage has occurred. SERVPRO is ready to help in the restoration process. Certified by the IICRC, our professionals have the skills and experience needed to bring your home back to the state it should be in again. We have expertise in all sizes of damaged homes.
We also understand that the emotional stress of this type of disaster is not confined to the event itself, but that it soon affects every aspect of life for each member of your family. A quick but thorough job of restoring everything, from the structural aspects of your home to your personal belongings, can help cut the time down before you can return your family to their home. We make sure we work as fast as possible with no mistakes so that your home is restored “Like it never even happened.”
We assess each home to know where structural damage has taken place. This type of harm can occur because of the heat from the fire, the fire itself, the firefighters' water, or a combination of these factors. After it is known where deficits exist that can cause safety hazards, we assess the rest of the damage. Cleaning, repairs, and restorative work is conducted with our customers' safety and comfort in mind.
When in doubt about a structural or architectural aspect, we always discuss the matter with the customer. In areas where only part of a structure has been damaged and is in need of replacement, we match as closely as possible to the remaining undamaged sections.
For any kind or size of fire damage restoration, call us, SERVPRO of Catawba County West, at (828) 322-4400. We are always here when you need our help the most.

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Protect Your Sweetwater Area Business Against Water Damage

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Sweetwater Area Business Against Water Damage Your deli equipment needs to be maintained and damage free. Contact SERVPRO after water damage to investigate how we can help reach that goal.

Our Professional Technicians Pay Attention to Every Detail of Your Commercial Water Damage Restoration to Make Sure the Job is Done Right

Just like you use a variety of food prep equipment such as meat slicers, food processors, cheese graters, scales, and refrigerated areas to store your deli meat, we use a variety of specialized equipment to provide customers with the help they need to combat water damage emergencies.
Owning a business in Sweetwater has its ups and downs, but commercial water damage does not need to be one of them. You have expertly trained professionals nearby that work hard to keep your doors open and provide you with the protection your business deserves.
Having a water problem in your deli can lead to significant damage to your prep tables, storage containers, stainless steel pans, workstations and more. SERVPRO can provide you with the IICRC certified professional water damage restoration technicians that help prevent losses. We perform every service possible to help restore equipment and appliances damaged during a water incident on your property.
SERVPRO’s restoration technicians understand how to restore everything including food prep equipment, hand tools, and a variety of condiment or topping supply holders or applicators found in your serving area. We pay close attention to every detail and provide you with the results you deserve to have things back to normal operations as quickly and efficiently as possible.  
SERVPRO can handle restoration of your bread warmers, deli cabinets, countertop soup kettles, ovens, and even fryers or griddles used to provide hot fresh food to your customers. Never give up on items before letting a water damage restoration technician inspect everything fully. You just might have an opportunity to save some items that look like a loss.
Whether you are experiencing water damage on your property now, or want advice on how to protect yourself better, our office is open to you. We want you to be able to make the most of a bad situation and offer assistance both before and after to support business owners within our community.
Make the call to SERVPRO of Catawba County West for additional information about our services or to begin your restoration, today. (828) 322-4400

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Flash Flooding in Brookford Jeopardizes Appliances and Your HVAC System

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Flooding in Brookford Jeopardizes Appliances and Your HVAC System Basement flooding can do a great deal of damage. Call SERVPRO for quick water removal and to make your basement safe again.

Fast Response From SERVPRO Technicians Gets Your Property Dry in Record Time

No homeowner honestly hopes to succeed in predicting when the skies open, and several inches of rainfall pours in torrents, flooding out basements or crawlspaces. Flash flooding happens with no warning and very little opportunity to protect your home or its vital contents. Fortunately, SERVPRO responds fast to help you recover from this natural disaster.
Weather patterns in recent years seem to feature more pop-up storms that dump massive amounts of water, resulting in flood damage to your Brookford home. The ground surrounding your house saturates with rain. Gutters and downspouts overflow, which sends water rushing into the area next to your house. Moisture seeps through the walls of your foundation as the ground holds more precipitation than it can absorb. Inches of water accumulate, necessitating a call to our reliable flood damage restoration company.
The mechanical systems that heat and cool your home and provide hot water are in harm’s way when your basement floods. A quick response from SERVPRO gives you the best chance to escape with minimal permanent damage to this essential equipment. It is paramount to have a professional evaluate whether the flooding interferes with the safe operation of your furnace, water heater, or central air conditioning. Our staff has the training and experience to make the call, sometimes in consultation with other HVAC contractors.
Often homeowners choose their lower level for laundry rooms and food storage set-ups like second refrigerators, freezers, and pantries for bulk purchases. Flooding in these areas causes concern beyond simple structural water damage. Wiring suffers damage from the water, and food stored requires careful evaluation as to safety. Extended periods of immersion compromise packaging and lack of refrigeration causes spoiling.
Engaging SERVPRO for immediate water removal and cleanup minimizes the fear you have of offering food and beverages to your family and friends that threaten to make them ill. Laundry routines are back on track, and your home’s climate returns to normal with only minor delays when our professionals take the steps necessary to restore function to the conveniences you rely upon for day to day stress-free living.
We at SERVPRO pride ourselves at being Faster to any Size Disaster. Our speedy response time means we pump and extract flood waters within hours of your call, and then put in place effective drying strategies that return your home’s structure, its contents, and its mechanical systems back to normal in record time.
The reaction time of SERVPRO of Catawba County West is swift, and our technicians train for every problem flooding brings. Call (828) 322-4400 for a cleanup crew who exceeds your expectations.

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Dealing With A Grease Fire In Your Hickory Home

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing With A Grease Fire In Your Hickory Home Up to ninety percent of kitchen fires are cooking mishaps, with most of them being grease fires.

Fire Damage Due To A Grease Fire

Kitchen fires can spring up fast. Do you know what to do if it happens in your home? Up to ninety percent of kitchen fires are cooking mishaps, with most of them being grease fires. Learning when to smother a fire, when to use a fire extinguisher, and when to call the fire department are all imperative.

Grease Fires
In a class by themselves, grease fires in your Hickory home should not be handled like any other kind of kitchen fire. The best way to handle them is to smother it if possible so it can die out and you can avoid any further fire damage. Do not ever pour water on a grease fire.

Have a potholder, oven mitt, and lid which fits your pan handy when you are cooking. Put the oven mitt on if grease catches fire and smother the fire by placing the lid on the pan. Instead of dropping the lid from above, slide the lid over the flames. Turn the burner off and leave the pan where it is so it can cool. Do not lift the lid until the fire is completely out.

After you have experienced a fire in your kitchen, you may need help in cleaning up the soot, smoke, and other damages. You should call SERVPRO, a specially trained and experienced fire damage remediation company who waste no time in answering your call.

Baking Soda
If you have nothing to smother the fire with, baking soda is another tool that should be handy. Pour baking soda generously on the flames, as it extinguishes a small fire. You may need several boxes of it, however. Do not use flour since it can make the flames worse.

Your kitchen should also be equipped with a fire extinguisher. It needs to be one which is labeled safe to use on any fire, and within easy reach. Ensure that you teach everyone in the home how to properly use it. Do not ever hesitate to call the fire department if the fire is larger than you can handle yourself. You and your family’s safety comes first.

No matter the size of the fire, our technicians are here to help you clean up afterward. Soot and smoke can cause further damage, so we clean that up as well as repairing any damage and deodorizing the affected area. At SERVPRO of Catawba County West, we understand that even a small grease fire can be traumatic. That is why we are available by dialing (828) 322-4400 any time of day or night.

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Out-Of-Shape Gutters Can Force Rain Into Your Home, And Water Removal Is The Answer In Hickory

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Out-Of-Shape Gutters Can Force Rain Into Your Home, And Water Removal Is The Answer In Hickory Residences that have gutter problems may not realize there is a problem right away, but water removal can help rectify any damage.

Water Removal Is The Answer When Dealing With Out-Of-Shape Gutters

Your home has gutters to catch rainfall coming off your roof so that the water can be diverted away from your home. Water that splashes down the sides of your home, or puddles around the foundation, is capable of creating expensive problems. These situations can be caused by bent gutters, or by debris left behind by trees or animals.

Hickory residences that have gutter problems may not realize there is a problem right away, but water removal can help rectify any damage and also help prevent more damage in the future. SERVPRO's technicians are trained in how to perform water removal services. While overflowing gutters may not be as dramatic-looking as an overflowing basin, water can become trapped inside the walls, hidden from your sight. However, when water exits downspouts that have been placed too closely to your home, this water has much higher visibility – accumulating on both your lawn and on the slab inside your home.

Preventing this from happening is often as simple as a little bit of seasonal maintenance, but many times this is overlooked simply because of a busy lifestyle full of pressing obligations. When this is the case, your home needs the skills and experience provided by SERVPRO. We can remove any amount of water, either standing water where it has pooled, or water that has seeped into your home's structure and may be ruining your home from the inside out.

The methods we utilize include removing standing water, saturation, dampness, and elevated humidity. All of these can damage your home and the treasured possessions inside. For areas that are porous but retain moisture once wet, such as floorboards, we employ the use of heated mats that help extract the excess moisture from crevices and hard but porous materials. With this method, floorboards are much less likely to swell and warp, which, along with cracking and splitting, are very common with hardwood floors. When underlay has this problem, it can affect any flooring laid on top. Water removal does not solve the initial problem alone but also provides the protection your home needs from future damage. Mold, for instance, only requires a slight elevation above normal humidity levels to begin flourishing where it otherwise would have remained at acceptable levels.

To find out more about how water removal can help provide the protection your home deserves, call the experts at SERVPRO of Catawba County West. We are ready to take your call when you need us most, regardless of when that may be. Our number, (828) 322-4400, is local, as are we.

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Tangible Benefits Of SERVPRO Mitigation Services In Mountainview

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tangible Benefits Of SERVPRO Mitigation Services In Mountainview Perhaps the most significant benefit of SERVPRO mitigation services for Mountainview residents with flood damage is their effect on cost.

Advantages Of Mitigation Services

All SERVPRO locations nationwide pursue a strategy of mitigation, in which we arrive in as little time as possible to a job site. Our technicians arrive at your home within four hours of your call, an industry-leading time. Once there, they begin to set up various machines, evaluate the extent of damage, and attempt to locate its source (for clean water floods). There are multiple benefits to this strategy, and its successful implementation has allowed our franchise to blossom into the national presence it has today.

Perhaps the most significant benefit of SERVPRO mitigation services for Mountainview residents with flood damage is their effect on cost. We commonly have operating expenses and fees far lower than competitors, and central to this is our mitigation approach. When we arrive early and start services immediately, we can prevent some of the deepest and most severe damage from happening in the first place. These services are particularly notable for flood damage, where standing water has the potential to seep into foundations and wreak havoc on your home's structure. When we arrive within hours with proper water extraction and evaluation tools, these hardy damage sources are taken out of the picture completely.

Duration Of Services
The second major boon incurred through our mitigation services comes in the form of time spent on the job. Faster restorations are better for all parties involved, and mitigation helps speed up the process by days or even weeks. As aforementioned, our mitigation strategy is designed to eliminate some of the hardiest damage types, and these often require the most time and effort to remove. The more superficial the damage, the better, and you should be able to live in your home comfortably in no time.

SERVPRO of Catawba County West is a locally-owned restoration company with national resources and backing. Call us as soon as you find damage to your home at (828) 322-4400.

Recover From Mold Damage Affecting Your Sweetwater Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Recover From Mold Damage Affecting Your Sweetwater Home Moisture and Mold Remediation Go in Tandem in Sweetwater Homes, Call SERVPRO for Help

Water Leaks Lead to Mold Damage—Call SERVPRO

After an incident involving water strikes your home, you should seek expert mold remediation services. Done right, these services help get mold groth in your home under control while also assisting with the prevention of future contamination.  
If you have found in your Sweetwater mold damage or the signs of mold growing, seek help immediately. Any number of events that occur on your property over time can provide microscopic mold spores with the perfect environment to thrive.  
Have expertly trained SERVPRO technicians inspect portions of your home, regularly, this includes checking your roof for leaks and inspecting your attic for issues related to insulation and ventilation. Doing so helps avoid excessive moisture buildup that allows mold growth and causes major issues that affect your indoor air quality.
SERVPRO has responded to calls where a single leaky window lead to mold growth hidden inside of a homeowner’s walls that noone could even see, until it was far too late. The same goes for leaky plumbing fixtures, appliances, and drainage pipes that run throughout your home.  
SERVPRO technicians can locate pockets of moisture hidden in your walls using infrared moisture detectors, remove existing water, and perform the repairs you need to get things under control quickly. Our IICRC certified technicians also offer a variety of recommendations to assist with prevention to help keep your family safe.
Almost every room in your home is susceptible to mold damage. Whether it is danger from outdoor exposure or problems that arise due to a broken appliance, making the right decisions after an event occurs means the difference between recovering quickly or facing severe damage to your home.
Keep an eye on your laundry room, kitchen, basement, bathroom, attic, roof, as well as your yard. Poor grading, or improper landscaping can lead to extensive problems with your plumbing and drainage that are important tools necessary to help you avoid disaster.
Contact SERVPRO of Catawba County West today for a full list of services available or to get the help you need to quickly and efficiently restore your property to a quality pre-mold damage condition. (828) 322-4400