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The Importance Of Keeping Doors Closed.

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know nearly 60% of people sleep with their door open at night? That simple decision could mean life or death in the occurrence of a house fire. A closed door can slow the spread of flames, decrease toxic smoke, enhance oxygen levels, and reduce temperatures. The average time to escape a house fire as gone from 17 minutes to 3 minutes, due to the increased use of synthetics in furniture and home construction, flammable materials and contemporary open floor plans.  

In addition to keeping your doors closed at night, it is important to keep your bedroom doors closed during the day while you’re away as well. If a fire starts in your home, the closed doors offer better protection to the personal items inside your bedroom. Also, it is important to get your children in the habit of closing their bedroom doors as well. Teach fire safety to your family and the importance of keeping doors closed.  

Mold Remediation Process explained.

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

1: Contact SERVPRO of Bath (252) 923-0213 

The mold cleanup and restoration process will begin when you call our office. Our office will ask a series of different questions to help us decide the right equipment, resources, and personnel best fit for you.  

2: Inspection  

SERVPRO of Bath will carefully inspect your residence or commercial business for visible signs of mold.  

3: Mold Containment 

SERVPRO professionals use diverse containment methods to prevent the spread of mold. They may use modern containment procedures such as, negative air chambers to separate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup operation. All fans and heating and cooling systems will need to be turned off to stop the spread of mold. 

4: Air Filtration 

Our unique filtration equipment allows our technicians to catch microscopic mold spores out of the air. We use powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. 

5: Removing Mold  

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Our techs use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to remove mold colonies and to help put a stop to new colonies from reestablishing. Removing and discarding of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate hefty mold growth. 

6: Cleaning Contents  

SERVPRO will clean all your belongings that have been affected by mold. We use a variation of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your possessions. We are also trained to remove odors using fogging equipment. 

7: Restoration 

Depending on the level of mold damage, building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, for instance, replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a business or home.  

Tips for Mold Damage

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

48 hours. That’s how quickly mold can become a problem in your business or home when there’s an invasion of water, like a broken/leaky water line, or a roof leak. Mold can cause damage not only to your property but to your health as well. SERVPRO of Bath has the specialized equipment necessary and expert training to handle your mold problem. 

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, review the facts listed below: 

  • Children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems are at greater risk with mold and health problems.  
  • A strong, musty odor could possibly mean there is hidden mold under carpet or behind drywall.  
  • Outstanding mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours. 

What you should do:  

  • Contact SERVPRO of Bath for mold estimates and remediation services. 
  • Stay away from mold affected areas. 
  • Turn off all HVAC system and fans. 

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call SERVPRO of Bath- (252) 923-0213

Top Ten Things That Cause Home Fires

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fires

Every home faces the potential for an assortment of risks with the most dangerous being a house fire. An accidental fire can occur from many items and can decimate a house in minutes if it is not handles properly and quickly. While proper insurance can help your financial loss, it is better to understand and try to prevent the situations that lead to house fires. Most homes have many combustible items.

This list is meant to help you not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of having a house fire. Whether it’s a candle accidentally burning throughout the night, faulty cooking equipment or another scenario, homeowners should be aware of the most common causes of house fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur.

  1. Your Grill

During the outdoor cooking season, grills left unattended on a wooden deck or next to the wall of a home can cause a fire. A heated grill next to a wooden fence can easily cause fire, and grills can also ignite the exterior walls of a home or garage if they are placed too close.

9.Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are everyone’s holiday favorite and a staple of the holiday season, but they come with risks. Especially when the trees begin to dry out.  A quick spark can set the whole tree on fire, so make sure to keep your tree’s water reservoir full and to unplug the tree when you are not at home.

  1. Faulty Wiring in Your Home

These fires erupt from overheating. To reduce this risk, make sure systems are installed properly with protective features.

  1. Kids Playing with Fire

Children are curious and sometimes get access to flammable objects which puts your property at risk. This includes matches, stove tops, candles and more. Make sure to keep lighters, candles, and matches away from the reach of small children.

  1. Candles

The lighters and matches utilized to light candles are just as dangerous as the candle themselves. Fires can start from unsupervised candles and children getting a hold of them.

  1. Electrical Equipment

These normally happen from short circuiting which causes sparks and ignites materials in your home. These are difficult to locate, because they are often hidden and a fire can begin burning before the homeowners know they have a problem

  1. Careless Smoking

Cigarette butts are a large perpetrator for house fires. They can be left unattended or dropped.

  1. Flammable liquids

Chemical fires occur from spontaneous combustion: a reaction of chemicals combining with oxygen producing enough heat to ignite. Be sure to store fuels and chemicals in proper containers that are protected from the heat.

  1. Heating Equipment

When in the presence of fabrics, space heaters and baseboard heaters can create a household fire. It’s recommended to never leave the house with any type of space heater running.

  1. Cooking Equipment

The most common of household fires come from cooking – this makes up almost half of all house fires. This can occur from grease and oil being overheated on the stove. For grease and oil to combust without needing direct flame contact, the open flames and ovens are left unattended and aren't attended until it is too late. Another source are portable cooking appliances such as toasters and electric griddles. These appliances must be cool to the touch before being stored away. Practice safety by making sure to clean pans to eliminate grease along with removing crumbs and scraps from toasters and electric griddles.

Contact SERVPRO of Bath if you need help after any type of household fire.

SERVPRO of Bath can handle commercial fires

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help with the restoration after a commercial fire

When your commercial property has been severely compromised by fire damage, you need to rely on the expert assistance of a locally owned and operated restoration service. The damage caused by fire doesn't end when the flames are out. On the contrary, even after the fire has been extinguished, a host of other problems can develop.

When it comes to professionally controlling the commercial fire damage in your workplace, your best bet is to contact a restoration service that has experience in dealing with them, SERVPRO of Bath. While the fire itself may have caused considerable damage to your property, other things like debris, smoke, and mold growth, can threaten and try to keep your doors closed. When you call SERVPRO of Bath, we immediately begin the cleanup process to help you get your business back open.

A professional commercial fire damage restoration company like us offers an all-in-one solution. We will send a team of trainer and knowledgeable professionals to begin the immediate inspection of the property. Next, we will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis of the problem along with an estimate for our services. You are under no obligation until you agree to have our team begin the restoration work to your property.

Once the initial assessment and inspection have been completed, SERVPRO Bath will conduct a cleanup and restoration program. We safely discard remaining debris, remediate any mold or bacterial growth, and clean any stains or blemishes the fire may have caused. We are also able to remove stubborn odors that could still be lingering by utilizing ozone machines and foggers.

When it comes to cleaning up after a commercial fire, our service is to focus on any efforts to restore rather than replace property. Restoration will speed up the process to get your business up and running again. This will minimize loss of profits that would be increased if you had to wait for a new property to be built. We also focus on restoration of damaged documents, stock, and furnishings to expedite your opening. "Like it never even happened."

When it comes to dealing with the effects of a commercial fire damage, we are your locally owned and operated restoration and cleanup authority. When fire damage threatens your property in we will be there to assist you. Call SERVPRO of Bath.

Even the smallest amount of water can lead to mold growth

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

A small leak in your Bath, NC home can lead to mold

You had a small water leak, no big deal, you cleaned it up yourself.  Everything looks dried out and the problem is solved.  But now, a little time later, you see mold.  If you see visible mold, your best move is to leave it alone and call professionals. When you disturb mold by trying to remove it, you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. Mold spores are microscopic and when you try to clean them, the mold can release tiny spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. Call the professionally trained technicians at SERVPRO of Bath, we’re here to help with your mold mitigation.

What should you do?

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO Bath for mold remediation service immediately, we’re IICRC professionals.

What should you Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb any mold you find.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry or mitigate the area yourself.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants onto the mold.

About the Mold Remediation Services at SERVPRO of Bath

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it is one of the cornerstones of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We are locally owned and operated.  Contact us for services when you first find mold in your home or business.

DIY after a fire is never a good idea, call the professionals at SERVPRO to help

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Bath help with your fire damage

Once your home Beaufort County, NC is affected by a fire, your main priority is getting your home cleaned and repaired. In many cases, this desire leads people to try and do the projects themselves. If this were your plan, you should reconsider. If the fire damage is of any significance, many concerns need to be addressed. Can you do all of things you need to do yourself?

Standing water left behind after fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department have several important consequences. The resulting water damage can be furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly, thereby mitigating the damage. Unfortunately, fire damage also comes with water damage.

The smoke damage that results from a fire can quite dangerous. Actually, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unhandled, the smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke requires the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO of Bath have in their arsenal.

In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that can be saved. Instead, allow SERVPRO to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. We will assess, inspect and inventory your property. These inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned at our facility by our IICRC-trained technicians.

If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring us to put your home back in a repaired, healthy condition enables you to feel confident of the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bath is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Washington, Bath and other surrounding areas. We are proud to be an active member of our community. Call us to help.

Leave mold remediation to the trained experts

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Removal of mold should be left to the experts at SERVPRO of Bath

Mold is a type of fungus that is made up of micro-organisms that help decompose dead organic material such as plants, leaves, and wood. These collections resemble hair-like bodies and are too small to be seen individually with the naked eye. If they are thriving in your home or business, mold remediation is a must. As seen on the surface of an object, mold will appear to be black, blue or green.

Mold occurs naturally in both outdoor and indoor environments. Outdoors, it is one of nature’s ways of helping to break down dead organic matter. However, mold growth indoors can cause health effects so removal and clean-up of the mold is needed. SERVPRO of Bath recommends that you call us at the first hint of a possible mold infestation.

Indoors, mold can be found growing on any damp surface. A professional mold remediation service is the safe and most effective approach. The professionals from SERVPRO of Bath understand industry procedures and have the appropriate equipment and training to do the job. Moisture meters, hydrometers, "air scrubbers," HEPA vacuums, and antifungal and antimicrobial products are all utilized by our team of professionals.

SERVPRO technicians are trained to know where to search for harmful, hidden molds and complete the mold remediation protocols. We can also advise you how best to protect your home in Beaufort County.

Locally Owned with National Resources Available to us

We live and work in Bath and the surrounding areas, we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bath is close by and ready to respond to your mold damage emergency. Call us today.

Eliminating moisture in your commercial property can prevent the development of mold

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bath uses technologically advanced equipment to dry and prevent damage to your property

If you own commercial property in and around Washington and Bath, NC and it’s exposed to water damage, you need to get rid of the moisture quickly. Water damage can cause the development and spread of molds which were started by mold spores. The spores can occur naturally but they key is to not let standing water cultivate their growth. When you contract a water restoration company like SERVPRO of Bath, we’ll can make sure you won't have to contend with the aftereffects of water damage, such as mold.

When you call our Bath office, you’ll talk to our trained professionals and they will arrive at your place of business quickly. Before beginning water removal, our technicians will identify the source of the water damage, assess your needs and put together a plan of action. We’ll start with powerful pumps and wet vacs to remove large quantities of water to help prevent any possible secondary water damage that could occur. Our water remediation specialists will use sanitizer to disinfect your property which is the key to preventing bacteria and mold from growing and spreading. After we removed any damaged flooring, insulation and/or drywall, the dehumidifiers and air-movers will be set up around your place of business to dry affected areas.

Water damage can be difficult to deal with but having the right professionals on your side who can take the right course of action will alleviate your stress and preserve your property’s structural integrity. It's important to call in a team of restoration professionals who handle remediation and restoration processes quickly and with skill. This ensures your result of water damage will be reduced. The team you can trust is SERVPRO of Bath. Our goal is to restore your property and structure to its preloss condition in the most efficient time

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bath is strategically located in eastern North Carolina to respond quickly to water damage quickly. Call us today.

After water damage from a storm, it’s time to dry out!

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

When you think of water damage, you think about the aftermath of a heavy rain storm or a severe storm such as a hurricane. Water damage from a failed plumbing issue occurs often, however water damage from a heavy rain or storm is typically more severe. Storm damage to even the most moderately sized home can run into thousands of dollars of damage. Furniture, carpets, and other high-end household items in your home only add to the cost of the damage when they are affected. 

When SERVPRO of Bath receives a call to a property with water damage from a storm, our professionally trained technicians are ready to quickly respond quickly and remove water from the home as quickly as possible. Immediately beginning the drying process of both personal and structural property is key. One of the pieces of drying equipment our team begins with is the set-up of dehumidifiers. They actually draw water from the air and other property such as curtains and upholstered furniture. Removing the moisture and lowering the humidity levels in your home will create a drier environment which will allow evaporation to happen quicker and this will help save building materials like drywall and moldings.

As the dehumidifiers do their job, SERVPRO of Bath technicians will begin using extraction devices to dry carpets. For most carpets, that means using extraction wands to effectively remove water from both the carpets and the pads. For thicker carpets, we will also use a riding extractor. This is a large device and  someone typically rides on top and uses their weight to press down on the wet carpeting which allows the machine to remove more water. Most carpet pads are cheap and we usually advise replacing the padding rather than attempting to dry them, whether we replace the carpeting or not.

SERVPRO of Bath takes these types of actions first, to reduce and eliminate the effects of water damage in your home. If you need us to help return your home to a safe, dry condition, give us a call today.