Be Prepared for Freezing Temperatures & Frozen Precipitation
Although the weather has been warm, we still have a lot of cold weather ahead of us. Eastern North Carolina still has several months where the temperatures will most definitely go below freezing. Water is definitely a necessity, but frozen water can cause severe damage to homes and businesses. Water is unique in that it expands as it freezes, thus causing plastic and metal to break.
Common issues with pipes that are prone to freeze are:
- Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas such as crawl spaces, basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
- Pipes that run against exterior walls and have little or no insultation
- Pipes exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
Several Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Try keeping your thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
- Consider setting your temperature at 55* if you are going to be away from your home during a cold snap.
- If you have supply lines in your garage, keep the doors closed.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around your plumbing if they are prone to freeze
- Let cold water drip from faucets which have exposed pipes.
We hope these tips will help you avoid frozen pipes. However, if you notice damage from frozen temperatures as things begin to thaw out – react quickly and call SERVPRO of Bath. Remember, frozen pipes can quickly cause a lot of damage to your property. If and when this happens, give us a call, we’re here 24/7 and can make it, "Like it never even happened®."
Let a Disaster Remediation Company Improve the Mitigation Process
When customers have flood, fire or storm damage their personal or commercial property in eastern North Carolina, they often turn to us as a knowledgeable and reliable restoration company. They know we’re always here when they need us. Our service team is available 24/7 because we know that is important when managing the restoration process and saving your personal or business items.
Here are three ways a professional disaster remediation company can improve the mitigation procedure with a quick response.
- Timing Is Essential to Minimal Damage and Loss
When the initial call is made, the disaster team must be able to move quickly because decisions about the scene, water removal, and area restoration often require quick and comprehensive decisions. You will want a restoration service that responds to your call as soon as possible. You don’t want to try and handle the job on your own and make matters worse. By calling a restoration company that offers immediate on-site response with certified technicians, you’ll know you’ll receive up-to-date reports on the status of the job soon after the process begins.
- Quick Mitigation is Imperative
A quick response is important, but so is mitigating the standing water at disaster scene. Experienced restoration and remediation service personnel understand that they have a 24-hour window before mold and mildew often begin growing in the wet environment. Immediate mitigation at the scene can help prevent the growth of mold which causes more damage.
- Restoration is Vital
Once the water has been removed, the restoration process can begin. Repairing an area can be less expensive than removing and rebuilding, so it is important to dry the area out quickly and begin the initial site assessment to look for further damage. We know our clients depends on us as a quick, reliable restoration team.
Hiring a knowledgeable team with 24/7 availability allows home and business owners to prevent further damage and get back to work as quickly as possible. Call SERVPRO of Bath and let us help.
How to Handle a Sprinkler Flood at Your Office
We’re pretty sure the typical business owner doesn’t spend time thinking about the effects of flooding on their property due to their fire sprinklers being activated. However, it is an issue that could quickly get out of control and cost them tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The obvious solution to ensuring this doesn’t happen is prevention, but you’ll first need to know what could cause this.
Four Reasons for Accidental Activation
Believe it or not, the modern sprinkler system is not activated by fire alarms or even smoke caused by burnt food in your employee breakroom. They actually have to be subjected to extreme heat that either bursts the red liquid bulb or melts the metal sensor on the device. There are some things that can cause them to accidently activate, and here are some of the more common reasons this could happen:
- Improper installation of the system
- Vandalization of the sprinkler system
- A Factory accident
- The sprinkler heads being used inappropriately.
Immediate Steps to take to Prevent Loss
The very first step to take in an emergency flooding situation is to turn off the water. It’s important to have multiple people within your organization who are capable of doing this. Once you have the water shut off then the cleanup can begin. It’s possible that hundreds of gallons of water have been released in a very short period of time, so water damage to machinery, walls and floors can happen quickly. The best plan of attack is to contact an experienced and reputable water restoration company. They will be able to quickly and correctly dry each surface and reduce the risk of mold.
Your Long Term Approach
Now that you have the initial cleanup underway, your next step should be to contact your insurance company and prevent the problem from occurring again. Your employees must be trained to never hang anything from a sprinkler head or touch it. The ideal placement for sprinkler heads is in a location which is difficult for a person or even a machine to accidentally contact it.
A flood in your business may seem inconceivable, however there are some steps you can take to prevent and minimize damage. But in the case of an emergency, an experienced water restoration company such as SERVPRO of Bath can leave your facility looking “Like it never even happened.”
What Do You Do When Mold is Discovered In Your Apartment?
Your landlord has the responsibility to provide you and your family with a clean place to live. While mold is not necessarily dangerous, it is unsettling to look at and, for some people, it can definitely trigger allergy symptoms. There is also the point that mold can cause damage to a building's structure and a person’s belongings that have come in contact with mold. For these reasons and some others, if you discover mold in your apartment you should immediately contact your landlord or property management company. And, then you should contact a reputable company who specializes in mold cleanup. Here are some steps you should take as you discover mold contamination in your apartment:
- As we just noted, contact your landlord.
- Take pictures of the mold infestation and provide them to your landlord or property management company.
- Make yourself available when the mold mitigation company arrives.
- Make sure an air quality test is performed at your apartment to ensure mold spores aren't in other areas of the space.
- Once the tests are performed, the mold remediation company can begin the mold remediation process.
It’s unfortunate, but some landlords may not be as cooperative as they should. If your landlord ignores you or refuses to take responsibility for the mold remediation process, there is a specific way you should handle the situation. Here are some things you can do if your landlord or property management company won’t take action:
- The first thing you need to do is contact an attorney. An attorney can tell you the best way to proceed as well as let you know what your legal rights may be.
- After you contact an attorney, make copies of everything. Make sure you’ve made copies of written notices, photos and any receipts for costs you’ve incurred trying to resolve the mold issue on your own.
- Next, call a company and schedule an indoor air-quality test. You will need these results to prove that the conditions in your apartment or home are a threat to you and your families’ health.
- Lastly, if necessary, file a lawsuit. If you do this and win, you may receive some type of settlement for your damages which could include reimbursement for your attorney fees and any tests or remediation services you’ve paid for, a reduction in rent and possibly other costs determined by the court.
If you have signs of mold in your apartment or rental property, your landlord is the responsible party for mold cleanup. He or she should contact a professional mold remediation company such as SERVPRO of Bath.
4 Benefits of Hiring a Professional
SERVPRO of Bath uses state of the art equipment to completely dry areas damaged by water.
Commercial or residential water damage can a very challenging and costly problem faced by property owners. From general plumbing issues to running toilets, there are many things that can cause flooding. Even though it they could seem easy to clean and repair on your own, there are some benefits to hiring a profession restoration business to handle the repairs.
To Prevent Mold Spores from Spreading
A water damage restoration business is trained to properly clean areas where water moves, in between the walls, under your floorboards, and creeping into places that are not seen or may be hard to reach. These professionals can help you salvage areas that could have to be replaced if proper cleaning doesn’t take place. And, in locations where mold has developed, a professional can clean it properly to prevent the mold spores from spreading.
To Avoid More Damage
If someone is inexperienced with how to clean and restore areas where water damage has occurred, it is possible for someone to make a mistake and make the problem worse or allow it to escalate if it’s not handled correctly immediately. Professionals in this line of business are able to visit the business right after the mold damage has occurred to prevent further damage or problems from developing.
To Identify Signs of Moisture Which are Hidden
A professional will be able to use stage of the art moisture tools to identify hidden signs of moisture that are more often than not undetectable to home and property owners. They can also take more steps to prevent future water damage from occurring.
For Top-Notch Restoration Services
A water damage professional will be able to replace and restore flooring, insulation and dry wall for a finished product that looks wonderful using the highest quality materials available to them.
Steps You Should Take After A Workplace Fire
We’re sure you have a lot on your mind with your daily tasks at work. You probably don’t think about what you’d do in case of a fire. It would be terrible if it were to happen, but would you know what processes to follow to ensure recovery and safety? You should develop a fire restoration plan so an untimely fire wouldn’t stop your business in its tracks.
What Are Your Initial Considerations?
Of course, the first response to a fire should be the safety and well-being of your employees. Then, you need to reach out to the appropriate team of people to help you put out the fire and take care of the damage in the aftermath.
You Should Contact 911
You need to implement your emergency plan which means you need to get everyone out of the building. You need to call your insurance company and report the damage. Then you need to contact a restoration company who handles fire damage to get your office back in working condition.
You Need to Stay Away
As much as you might like to be there, you should never re-enter your business during or after a fire. There is nothing in the business that’s more important than your own life. Fire crews can salvage many items, and you can replace office equipment, but you are not replaceable. Also, touching damaged materials could make things worse or cause you harm or cause injury.
Work With Your Fire Insurance Company
Your business probably has reliable insurance to cover the damages from the fire. This coverage should take care of the damage, even if the fire had started in a neighboring space. Your contact at the insurance company should walk through the area and make notes of the damage and what losses the business incurred.
Get Experts to the Office
A professional, experienced restoration company can ensure you can safely return to work. The team will use state of the art equipment to do smoke cleaning and sanitize affected areas. Stay in touch with them so you know what the timeline to completion is.
Fire restoration is a thorough process, so make sure you work with a reputable group of professionals. Call SERVPRO of Bath, we’ve got the training and knowledge to handle your fire restoration.
Secondary Water Damage at Your Business
When water gets loose in your business, whether from a toilet overflowing, the water cooler spilling or a hot water heater overflowing, it can be invasive and event harmful. It needs to be cleaned up, but what people don’t know is that there’s more to the cleanup than just removing the water and restoration of any visible damage. If your business isn’t cleaned properly by a professional, you could end up with secondary water damage which can result in even more hazardous conditions.
Primary water damage is normally fairly obvious. It’s the damage that is easy to detect and is normally seen. This type of damage could include moisture in the drywall or the structural framing of the space. It can also be warped hardwood flooring, wet carpet and padding, and damaged furniture and the content of your business.
Not so obvious is the secondary damage, this is damage that you don’t see right away, and it usually comes from the result of a water damage which hasn’t been taken care of quickly. This type of damage could cause swollen floors, warped wood floors and door casings or baseboards that have swollen. You could even see cracking in walls. Quickly evaporated water can lead to secondary water damage. High humidity allows moisture to penetrate porous materials. Secondary damage can be harmful to your home. It can cause structural damage and could lead to problems with mold growth
If your office has experienced water damage, or you come to work and find water damage, call SERVPRO of Bath quickly. Our professional team can come evaluate your businesses damage and put a plan in place to stop water damage and prevent secondary damage.
Commercial Hazards in Old Spaces
Commercial buildings and warehouses can be filled with all types of hazards, specifically when they are old which is the case throughout many towns in eastern North Carolina. They can have miles of plumbing throughout the building and water pipes in commercial buildings burst all the time – just like your home! The difference with your home and a commercial business is that in your home your possessions are affected, but with a business, a burst pip can bring business to a complete stop.
In recent years many old buildings and warehouses are being renovated and when they are inspected it’s typically a mystery as to what lies behind the walls. Generally, there are pipes behind the walls, and water along with those is just one thing that can potentially cause many other problems. Water within a sprinkler system could have leaked and come in contact with different surfaces of the building. This could have caused contamination. Water from leaking or broken pipes could have flow between the walls and collected unsanitary pollutants along the way. Maintenance workers can try and turn off the water, but the water has to be turned back on, so it is imperative that the leak be found and fixed before that happens.
If you own a commercial building and have experienced a flood or other type of water damage, should contact SERVPRO of Bath and speak with our professionals. Our trained team of technicians will assess the damage and create a plan to manage the water damage. SERVPRO of Bath can work also with your property manager, maintenance manager or facility manager to get your building and business up and running as quickly as possible. Call us today, we’re happy to help.
SERVPRO of Bath – We’re Locally Owned & Operated
SERVPRO of Bath is locally owned and operated. John and Cindy Baldwin live and work in the community. They are proud to be a part of Beaufort County. They are part of SERVPRO’s national network of over 1,700 franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams capable of providing additional resources to them during catastrophic storms, such as Hurricane Florence , Tropical Storm Michael and, most recently, Hurricane Dorian.
SERVPRO’s franchise system has over forty years of experience in disaster cleanup and restoration. Nationwide there are over 10,000 qualified professionals, available 24/7, 365, to help customers who have suffered a disaster get their lives back. SERVPRO has a track record of proven results and they’ve earned the trust of homeowners, property managers, and business owners throughout the US.
SERVPRO of Bath is proud to also serve these counties:
If you’re located in any of these counties, call SERVPRO of Bath for your Fire Damage, Water Damage and Mold Remediation needs. Call today, we’re prepared for any disaster.
Choosing SERVPRO of Bath for All Types of Water Damage
Recent water damage caused from a pipe that burst.
When you think of water damage, most people will immediately think flooding due to heavy rain or a hurricane. We know that hurricanes cause damage to your home and property, but most often, the water damage we fine is due to a plumbing issues. Damage to an average-sized house can run a homeowner thousands of dollars. And, antique furniture, electronics, hardwood floor and carpeting, along with many other items only ads to the cost if they are affected.
When SERVPRO of Bath receives a call for a burst pipe or water heater, our team is trained to respond quickly so they can remove water as fast as possible. Once we’ve removed all the water, we immediately begin the drying process to both personal property and the structure. One of the things we do during the drying process is to set up are dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers draw water from the air and property nearby, like upholstery and curtains. By removing moisture, we lower humidity levels in the home creating a drier environment which allows evaporation to happen and that helps save building materials such as drywall.
As the dehumidifiers work, SERVPRO technicians use extraction devices to dry any carpeting. In most cases, that means we use extraction wands. For heavier carpets, our team can also use a riding extractor. On this piece of equipment, a driver rides on top of the device and uses his or her weight to press down the carpet and pad. This allows them to remove more water. Unlike carpet, most carpet pads are inexpensive, so we usually recommend replacing verses attempting to dry them.
If you need our help for any type of water damage, call us at 252-923-0213. Let us be your first line of action to reduce and eliminate the effects of water damage in your home or business.