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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.

Click here http://www.hickorync.gov/ to learn more about the great city of Hickory, North Carolina.

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.

For more information regarding the City of Hickory, North Carolina visit: http://www.hickorync.gov/

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.

Costs
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

What to Do When Deep Fat Frying Causes Fire Damage in Brookford Homes

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When Deep Fat Frying Causes Fire Damage in Brookford Homes Brookford Smoke & Fire Damage Needs Professional Clean Up--Call SERVPRO

Cleaning Up Smoke Odors and Damage Is a SERVPRO High Priority for Your Home


Many homeowners in Brookford own a deep fat fryer or are used to cooking ingredients at high temperatures, with lots of oil. Whether your vice is doughnuts, fries, chicken, or crispy fish, it is important to do it right. Deep fat fryers are a common cause of residential fires because hot oil is a danger.

When it is heated up, it starts to move erratically, and it can stick to surfaces and ignite. This type of fire damage in Brookford homes burns hot and fast, and it can be difficult to extinguish. It has been known to cause severe destruction, but the good news is that SERVPRO can help with cleanup and repairs. Keep reading to find out how our team deals with kitchen fires caused by hot grease and cooking fat.

Ventilation
The first step is to open all windows and doors in the kitchen. It encourages the flow of clean air and creates an environment which is safe for work. Be careful to keep the kitchen isolated from the remainder of the home to reduce smoke circulation. If your kitchen is in a basement and does not have any windows, call SERVPRO fast.

Removal
Mild to moderate pan fires tend to burn directly upwards. Therefore, when a fire gets extinguished quickly, the charred materials are usually restricted to a small area (a column around the cooker). The rest of the room may not burn, but it is likely to be covered in thick, greasy soot. SERVPRO removes all burnt items (oven door, cabinet doors, and damaged sections of flooring).

Cleaning
The tricky thing about kitchen fires is that they produce an oily type of soot. It cannot be dry-wiped from surfaces as it smears upon contact. The best method is to use a high alkali detergent and controlled amounts of water. Cleaning chemicals thin some paints, so it may be necessary to redecorate sections of the wall afterward. This can get real messy, save efforts and money by calling in SERVPRO to mitigate the damages.

Deodorize
While the walls are being cleaned, and we have found replacements for the damaged items, SERVPRO turns to the issue of odor. Grease and cooking oils have a distinct smell, and it is very unpleasant after a fire. It is not enough just to ventilate. Generally, deodorization is required. We install ozone generating machines if the house is vacated, or hydroxyl generators, if not, to capture and transform the smoke and soot particles. Thermal fogging, and HVAC system cleaning may also be needed to finish the service.

At SERVPRO of Catawba County West, we deal with kitchen fires on a regular basis. We understand how much damage they can cause and know that affected homes need lots of expert help. If you live in the Brookford area and need fast repairs, call us 24/7 at (828) 322-4400.

Fast Response to Water Damage Crucial to Area’s Electronic Industry

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast Response to Water Damage Crucial to Area’s Electronic Industry Regardless of the type of cables used, electronics don't do well when submerged in water. Call SERVPRO for quick remediation.

SERVPRO Has Experience When Dealing with Water Damaged Electronic Components


Roughly 40 percent of the world’s fiber optic cable is manufactured in our area. Two major data centers also call Western North Carolina home. Cutting edge industries like these need a reliable solution to the query, “Is there a water damage company near me up to the challenge of handling issues in our plant?” SERVPRO answers in the affirmative.
 
Industries change, but the new companies still need high-quality commercial water damage restoration services in the Hickory area. Our technicians are ahead of the curve, receiving specialized training for the unique circumstances surrounding water damage in the electronics sector. If your plant was in the path of torrential rains or flooding, your first call to us results in a team of commercial water damage experts arriving as soon as possible.
 
The initial focus once our crew sets up onsite is safely removing any electrical hazards at your site. Breaker panels and backup generator or batteries must also be reviewed as well as the obvious unplugging of equipment. Standing water will be pumped out and extractors used to remove moisture that evades the pumps. Absorbent material wipes up water on the electronic surfaces. Water vapor reduces in critical areas after we determine a drying goal or goals and move air movers and dehumidifiers into the affected building. No plant is too large for our efforts as we call upon other SERVPRO franchises, if necessary, for additional equipment or technicians. We scale up our response quickly by calling on our network of water damage specialists.
 
We often use gentle heat when responding to an electronics water damage disaster as it is crucial to prevent your machines and computers from cooling below the dew point. Holding the temperature to a proper level avoids condensation that ruins the internal workings of electronics. A move out of some items can be indicated to control the balance of temperature and humidity more efficiently. Any articles removed are inventoried.
 
Electronic water damage situations often result in us working with other contractors. We pledge to collaborate purposefully with any specialized electronic recovery firms to deliver to you the very best outcome. SERVPRO also helps you preserve and detail the evidence for your insurance carrier to be certain your out of pocket expense is limited.
 
SERVPRO of Catawba County West takes pride in responding to the needs of our changing economy and the industries now in our region of West Central North Carolina. When leaking or flooding puts your electronic firm at risk, call us at (828) 322-4400.

Preparing Your Home for a Flood in Fairgrove

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing Your Home for a Flood in Fairgrove It is imperative to take out Flood Insurance if you live in an area prone to flooding.

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing By to Help with Your Flooding Event


When your home sustains flood damage after natural disasters like floods and heavy storms, it is important that you address the situation as soon as you can with proper water damage restoration services from SERVPRO, so your home is restored to its condition preloss. When flood cleanup is not done in a reasonable time, mold sets in and causes unpleasant and disturbing odors and health problems. Every water damage restoration project is different and has its issues. However, the general idea for flood repair jobs to be successful is complete and thorough drying before any attempted rebuilding.
 
Mitigation Tips for Flood Damage
 
As a homeowner, you must be aware of how to protect your Fairgrove home during a flood to minimize flood damage. Depending on the flood risks for your area, there are different options you should consider, some of which are simple to implement and are not expensive, while others might need SERVPRO to come in and help you. Installing drainage systems, sealing low windows, elevating buildings or moving them away from flood plains, building flood walls and levees, are all things you can consider. While weighing your options, remember that some methods require building permits. Flood damage could be inevitable in some situations. However, you can mitigate and manage the effects of flooding by using protective measures.
 
Making Sure Electric Outlets and Switches are Above Projected Flood Waters
 
In your home, the level of the electric panel board is regulated by a building code and must be a minimum of one foot over a potential flood elevation for your area. If it is not, speak with a licensed electrician or licensed flood damage contractor so they can elevate all your outlets and wiring to the right height.
 
Is Your Sewage System Prepared?
 
Having a floating floor drain plug installed helps a flood damaged home when the drain pipe backs up. When flood water enters your sewage system and causes sewage to back up into your home, a back-flow valve needs to be installed. Check with flood damage contractors for any permit restrictions.
 
Flood Insurance
 
It is not enough to handle the above flood damage options if you live in an area prone to flooding. These options can minimize the damage to your home, but homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage cleanup and repair, so you need to buy a separate flood damage insurance coverage.
 
After experiencing a flood in your home, hopefully, you could take all precautions possible. However, at SERVPRO of Catawba County West, we understand that there is still some damage that you need help cleaning up and restoring. So, do not hesitate to give us a call at (828) 322-4400 whenever you find yourself in this situation.

Problems Encountered With Upholstery In Hickory

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Problems Encountered With Upholstery In Hickory Upholstery is highly sensitive to water damage, and problems can be compounded if treatments are delayed or done ineffectively.

Upholstery And Water Damage


Most American homes have at least some upholstery furniture. Upholstery is highly sensitive to water damage, and problems can be compounded if treatments are delayed or done ineffectively.

SERVPRO acts fast to save and restore time-sensitive objects such as sofas and chairs through our strategy of mitigation, limiting the damage done to the material. However, how does upholstery end up being permanently damaged by water? There are a few ways.

Swelling
Most sofas with water damage in Hickory have to contend with frames and supports made of wood, which can absorb water and begin to swell in a flood or water damage situation. Wood can then crack easily, destroying the inner skeleton of the furniture. Glue may also break down or be washed off by water, potentially causing collapse under weight if water does not dry up soon enough. This problem can go hand-in-hand with warping and stretch of fabrics, as well, as these may stretch connections and joints further than normal in the furniture body.

Water Spotting
Some fabrics are dry clean only, and when they take uneven water damage, this can lead to major water spotting problems. To combat this, SERVPRO technicians must sometimes fully soak the furniture in water to prevent visible lines from forming during the drying process.

Color Bleed
Avoiding color bleed is usually just a matter of time. Continued exposure to high volumes of water causes the color in many types of fabric to bleed off and blend with carpeting, other materials, and itself to cause serious discoloration in a material. We take extra care not to allow furniture with color bleed to dry before being washed out, as this can cause permanent damage.

SERVPRO of Catawba County West is a local expert on recovering from and restoring damages caused by a flood or water disaster. If your home has taken water damage, call us 24/7 at (828) 322-4400.