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When Water Damage strikes, call SERVPRO!

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage strikes, call SERVPRO! Insulation hanging from the ceiling of severely water damaged home.

What’s worse than a water main break in your basement? A water main break in your attic! This river home was left in ruin after a frozen pipe in the attic burst, causing thousands of gallons of water to flood the entire home. SERVPRO of Bath and Roanoke Rapids was called to clean up the aftermath! The owners were thrilled with the restoration work that left their foyer, kitchen, dining, and living room looking better than ever!

You won’t want to miss these before and after photos http://www.SERVPRObath.com/before-after-photos

If you find yourself in this situation here’s what to expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Here are standard questions asked:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?

Why you want an IICRC Certified Restoration Company

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

When water damages your commercial property, you want professionals to restore your business who understand the effects of water on wet materials and its long term effects especially in our humid climate.  

SERVPRO of Bath works closely with insurance companies to get you back on your feet as fast as possible.

As business owners know, contacting a professional restoration company is usually the first step to restoring your building. With so many other restoration companies out there, be sure to look for one that is professionally certified.  SERVPRO invented the science of drying and requires their technicians to be IICRC certified, the industry standard.

It is important to know that hiring an IICRC-certified company will have advantages  Before is more information about being an IICRC company:

  • What does IICRC stand for and what is it?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries.

  • How does a company receive an IICRC certification?

To receive an IICRC certification, restoration companies have to follow specific criteria. Some of the criteria include:

  1. Provide consumers with accurate data
  2. Conduct business processes with integrity and honesty
  3. Ensure that a trained technician is present for all work assignments
  4. Ensure that a continuing education program is in place
  5. Maintain policies for written complaints
  6. Hold liability insurance
  • Why it is important to choose an IICRC-Certified company?

There is a wide variety of forms water damage can take. Some of them include flooding, a burst pipe, and sewage backup. No matter the cause, water can leave a lot of damage to your building. In fact, standing water can lead to severe property damage as well as mold issues.

SERVPRO of Bath offers service 24/7 for all of our customers. You can call 252-923-4357 for your commercial emergency.

What you need to know about Storm Damage

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Eastern NC, storms are a a way of life.  Flood damage, wind damage and wind driven rain can permanently damage your home if not restored properly.


Wind Damage- When a storm hits your home and/or commercial building most likely wind will be involved. Winds can cause roof damage, fallen trees, wind-driven and broken windows. A professional should be in a place to offer solutions to any wind damages sustained to your home.

Ground Water- During a storm the ground looses its ability to drain all the water.  When this happens dirt and soil become soft and start to float along with the water. When storm water sits, it starts to carry debris and become a health concern due to the diseases it can carry. For faster drainage, call a SERVPRO. Mold starts forming in 48-72 hours, so time is of the essence to drain water, remove wet materials and dry out the building to reduce damage and lower costs of repair.


Hail Damage-   Hail can cause severe damage to roofs, siding, stucco, windows, and doors. Water can then penetrate your home which allows moisture and mold to cause further damage. 


When it comes to any storm damage keep SERVPRO of Bath in your mind.  Our crew and office staff our here to help you walk through your damages and it will be “Like it never even happened".

When the storm hit Windsor, NC, unfortunately they were hit with flood waters back to back in two weeks.  SERVPRO of Bath was there as soon as the waters receded both times to quickly remove the wet materials and begin the drying process.

Hurricane Irene in 2011 caused a tremendous amount of damage in our area.  Here at SERVPRO of Bath, we do our best to let you know when we can arrive at your home any time day or night.

SERVPRO of Bath understand Eastern, North Carolina because we are locally owned but have national support in case of emergencies. We hope you will call us at 252-923-0213.

Always Have a Plan when the Storm Hits

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

When your business is in danger from a storm you can’t afford to risk your investment to water damage from a flooded building. Prepare your commercial property for an oncoming storm and minimize the damage as much as possible.

1. Have a Plan

Your first priority should be to have a plan set for when a disaster hit. This plan needs to have clear steps to outline what to do in an emergency. The plan should include how to protect your building’s structure which may include boarding up windows or cutting back trees, how to safeguard your equipment by placing everything off the floor, and the first steps of how to recover by pumping out water and removing wet materials.


2. Protect Your Investment

Be ready to minimize damage with weatherproofing. This can include sandbagging the exterior of your building, installing weather stripping, moving your equipment and inventory to higher ground, and sealing any leaks. Minimize as much damage as possible by preventing storm water from intruding on the building.

3. Make Backups

One of the most important things you can do is back up your business data. You always want to have a few different ways to back up your office information.

4. Know Your Evacuation Routes

When the storm comes, your first instinct may be to stay as long as possible to ensure your building is appropriately protected. Instead, you should be focusing on safety. Lost inventory, equipment, and data can be recovered.

5. Have your insurance information at hand and know the process to file your claim.  Every insurance policy is unique.  Check to see if you have a flood policy. Even if you are not in a mandatory flood insurance area, consider getting the insurance since we do live in a flood prone area.  Do you have adequate contents coverage?  Loss of business income coverage?  Work with your insurance professional be sure you have all your bases covered well in advance of a storm.

Here at SERVPRO of Bath, we have cleaned up after many a storm in our area.  We are also are unlimited licensed builders with over 40 years experience to repair your building. You focus on safety, and we will take care of the rest. 

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Meet our crew here at SERVPRO of Bath.

Flooding and water damage events at can lead to commercial properties numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Bath

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready!

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready! SERVPRO of Bath has help personal and commercial owners after storms.

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Eastern North Carolina, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 252.923.0213

Conditions In Our Area Are Prone to Mold

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conditions In Our Area Are Prone to Mold SERVPRO of Bath knows what to do if mold grows in your home

More than a million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.  
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Since mold growth can occur in any home, watch for situations that promote mold activity.

Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples.  Wind driven rain is a common source of mold growth around your window.  A dark circle appearing on your ceiling especially when a bathroom is above is a cause of concern  Check your caulking around all sinks and tubs. 

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Bath to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 252.923.4357

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans in that area if possible.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Bath for mold remediation services.  252-923-0213

Quick Tips on Mold

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quick Tips on Mold Call SERVPRO of Bath for a mold problem in your home.

When spring arrives so will the  rainy season.  Rain can bring the opportunity for mold growth to present itself in your home. Call SERVPRO of Bath at the first sight of any moisture or growth. If you discover mold in your home or office, we are here to help.

Mold and fungal spores occur naturally outdoors, where fungi are the earth’s natural recyclers.  Indoor, mold needs moisture to grow.  Problems occur when trapped moisture, humidity, and dampness are present.

Common ways for excessive moisture that can lead to mold can include:

  • Damp crawl spaces
  • Flooding from surface water (storms, flooded streets, etc.)
  • Roof leaks
  • Leaking pipes
  • Poor caulking around windows, bathtubs, sinks
  • Lack of air flow when air conditioning or fans are shut off
  • Sewer back ups

How to prevent mold growth:

  • Control excessive moisture and condensation
  • Keeping susceptible areas in your home clean and dryIn the case of leaking pipes or a flood, standing water needs to be taken care of immediately. When materials are wet they should be clean, removed, replaced or dried out.  Items that are wet for longer than 48 hours or more may grow mold.  If properly remediated, damage will less and costs will be lower. 

SERVPRO of Bath will first isolate the area that has mold preventing further contamination within your home or business.  Then proper vacuuming will occur with HEPA vacuums and then areas will most likely be removed and apply negative air flow to remove particles from the area.

Call SERVPRO of Bath at

252-923-0213 to help you.

Follow Mold Safety Tips If you Suspect Mold

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow Mold Safety Tips If you Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans in the affected areas if possible.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Bath for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Do nottouch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself without containing the spread of mold.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants that are not approved for the elimination of mold as they usually do not kill the roots or stop the spores from spreading.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone 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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 252.923.0213

Does Your Bath Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Bath Home Have A Mold Problem? One of our clients had a mold problem and called us right away. Call SERVPRO of Bath today if you believe you have a mold problem in your home.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a false statement. Think about the following mold facts:

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

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our training, equipment, and knowledge to remediate your mold issue.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –(252) 923-0213

Reasons to use a Professional

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reasons to use a Professional Recent flooding to our area causes havoc. Call SERVPRO of Bath to help with the clean up.

After a water disaster strikes your home, it can be hard to imagine your home repaired back to its original condition.

Here at SERVPRO of Bath we want to let you know that there is hope! We understand that water damage can wreak havoc on a home or business. Whether the damage is due to flooding, a pipe bursting or an appliance running incorrectly, the result is remediation. 

Proper and prompt remediation is needed before the water causes damage and mold begins to form.

Wood floors and cabinets may have to be removed if they water has penetrated and caused cupping or deterioration.

Once the damage has occurred, the fastest way to remove excess water is to rely upon the services of a local restoration company like SERVPRO.  Our goal is to be on site in 4 hours to prompt remediation can occur. 

The faster you call to have your emergency handled, the better the outcome will be.  Every minute/hour that goes by is more time in which your home is potentially “out of commission”. When SERVPRO is there is quickly we can help mitigate the loses and get you back into a safe home environment.

Once you contact us, we can begin a full program of restoration.

First, an immediate inspection and assessment of the damage and adjacent areas and then an estimate of the costs involved recovery are given to you. If you agree to the service, the professionals will then extract all of the remaining water in the building, checking especially for voids where water can go without being detected in most cleanup efforts. Our trained staff can make sure the building is completely dry.  The use of moisture meters, infrared cameras and hygrometers enhance our ability to guarantee dryness. When all of the excess water and any mold growth has been taken care of our professionals will clean and restore any furniture or other implements that water has damaged. A full check will be performed to make sure your building has not sustained any structural damage.

When you need prompt and efficient service for water damage, SERVPRO of Bath is here for you.

Call us at 252-923-0213

Water Damage in your home, what to do next?

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in your home, what to do next? Call SERVPRO of Bath when you have Water Damage to your home or business.

Water damage is the #1 reason homeowners file a file a claim with their insurance company.  Damage from water can happen very quickly.  Water follows the path of least resistance, saturating everything in its path.  It is important to know what you as a homeowner can do to help to prevent further damage from occurring.

Many times water damage in a home is the result of an accident within the home and not weather related.  Whether it is a burst water line connected to an appliance, a bathtub overflowing, water heater overflow, or a washing machine that is malfunctioning, the most important thing to remember is to call a professional.   Let us be your advocate with your insurance company. 

Many times insurance adjusters have a backlog, and they may not be able to get to your home for a few days. We can be eyes and ears for your adjuster to let him know the extent of your loss, and we can proceed with drying out your home until he or she can arrive.  With our experience with many insurance companies, we will know most times what will be a covered loss by your insurance company.

If you do not have insurance, we will also be there to help to dry out your home and help find ways to reconstruct as affordably as possible. 

At SERVPRO of Bath it is always our goal to put our customers worries at ease.  When you make contact with our office, you will always speak to someone local that knows this business inside and out.  We will ask a variety of questions including: what type of flooring you have in your home, what the square footage is, and what areas are affected.  This allows our team to arrive promptly and ready to handle whatever disaster you are facing.  If you are planning on filing a claim with your homeowners insurance, we can help guide you through the process and deal with your insurance adjuster directly.  At SERVPRO of Bath we are a preferred vendor for many local and national insurance companies.

After calling us at SERVPRO of Bath use the guide below to minimize the damage to your home and belongings.

DO-

  • Shut off the source of water if at all possible or contact a qualified person to stop the water.(city water department, plumber)
  • If water has affected anything electrical, turn off the power to the affected area at the breaker box if it is safe to do so.
  • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water off of wood furniture after removing table top items.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and flooring.
  • Remove any paintings, documents, computers or any other materials that are valuable or sensitive and store them in an unaffected, dry area of the house.
  • Hang curtains and/or draperies off of the floor.
  • Take and furs and/or leather items to a separate dry space at room temperature.

DON’T-

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches or any other electrical equipment has been exposed to water.
  • Leave books, magazines, newspapers or any other colored items on wet flooring and/or furniture to prevent staining.
  • Leave wet Oriental rugs or any rug, on a carpeted surface to prevent staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water.
  • Use TVs or any other appliance while sitting in wet material.
  • Enter rooms or turn on light fixtures in a room where the ceiling is wet or sagging from retained water.
  • Wait to call our team. The longer you wait to call, the more secondary damage is occurring. 

Faster to your Water Damage Event

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Bath provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in your area.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bath provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Bath arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –

252-923-0213

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Bath

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service Call SERVPRO of Bath with any water damage. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Bath is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -

252-923-0213

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bath has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Our goal is to be on site within 4 hours of your emergency day or night and have a preliminary estimate to your adjuster in 8 hours.  

We hope you will consider SERVPRO of Bath as we are unlimited licensed builders with over 60 years combined experience.  We are very familiar with the challenges of weather in Eastern NC whether it be a storm, flood, or mold.  Give us a call at 

252-923-0213

Smoke Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage Call SERVPRO of Bath today. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Bath has many years experience withcommercial buildings and personal homes when it comes to fire damage.

Typically a fire has damage from water when putting out the fire. Even though areas were not physically on fire, the smoke damage usually penetrates throughout the building.  

Getting the smell of smoke out of any building regardless of the cause (for example grease fire) can be extremely challenging.  Walls must be washed down with special solutions to remove odor and/or paint that traps the smoke odor. Sometimes a fire can cause smoke damage in the ducting of the building.

Knowing the difference between what can be cleaned and what cannot be cleaned comes with training and experience and will save our clients thousands of dollars.  SERVPRO invests a lot of time and money to ensure you have the best of both.  If you had smoke damage to your commercial building or personal home, SERVPRO of Bath is here to help.

After the fire, then reconstruction must begin.  Many times this may be the ideal time to some remodeling such as removing a wall completely to open your floor plan, or adding a room.  One of our retail clients was able to increase the height of their second floor since a new roof had to added.  A tragedy can sometimes turn into a blessing.

With over 60 years combined experience as unlimited licensed builders, we can HELP!

Call SERVPRO of Bath at

252-923-0213.

What to do in the first 24 hours?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do in the first 24 hours? SERVPRO of Bath is here to help in any disaster no matter how small.

A fire in your home or business is devastating.  Even the smallest fires can destroy your favorite memories and belongings. 

When we receive the call we will respond quickly, and we can help you restore your home and belongings. 

The first 24 hours can make a major difference in restoring your home.  Below are some things we believe you should and should not do. 

THINGS TO NOT DO:

1. Wash any walls or painted surfaces.


2. Clean or wash carpets and furniture.


3. Clean or wipe down any electrical equipment.


4. Send your clothes to a dry cleaner.  We do not want your clothes to be clean improperly and have permeant smoke odor.

THINGS TO DO:

1. Place aluminum foil or wood between furniture legs and wet carpet.


2. Place a small layer of oil on chrome appliances or trim. 


3. Try your best to limit the amount of movement in the home. When you do this it will prevent soot particles from spreading even more.


4. Place old and clean linens on areas that are high traffic areas in the home. 

5. Do not disturb area where fire started to help determine cause of loss.

6. Leave the building to prevent smoke inhalation causing damage to your body.  

SERVPRO of Bath has many years experience cleaning up after a fire and getting your business back up and running as soon as possible, or back into your home.  Most cases require extensive remodeling of which we are unlimited licensed builders having building over 100 homes from ground up.

Consider SERVPRO of Bath, locally owned and operated in Bath, NC covering 5 counties in Eastern NC.

252-923-0213

SERVPRO of Bath Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Bath Smoke and Soot Cleanup This picture is the aftermath of a kitchen fire at one of our customers homes. Smoke and soot damage can cause a strong odor in your home.

Smoke and soot is very aggressive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke travels to cooler areas and upper levels of a home or building.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may significantly affect your plan of action.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bath will need to test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Please see below for some additional information regarding smoke and residue:

  • Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire. Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

As you now know each fire and smoke damage disaster is unique. Each requires a unique solution to your situation. Here at SERVPRO of Bath we have the equipment, experience, and knowledge to restore your home or building. We will always treat your family with empathy and respect.  Your property is treated with care and stored at our facility while repairs are being made.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 252.923.0213

Did You Know There Are Different Types Of Smoke?

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Did You Know There Are Different Types Of Smoke? Room with extensive smoke damage from house fire.

the first step in a fire is to determine what caused the fire we can start to decide on what equipment and cleaning materials to use in the effective areas. The different types of smoke are below:

Wet Smoke happens when rubber and/or plastic burn.  These types of fires burn at a lower temperature than other types of fires. Since the plastic/rubber burned it will leave behind an overpowering odor and will leave behind a pasty residue.

Dry Smoke occurs when papers and wood are burning. Paper and wood burn very quickly and at a high temperature. These types of fire will cause a lot of damage to the ceilings and even into attics.

Soot smoke this type is when there is a malfunction with the furnace and HVAC system. When this happens, it will put smoke throughout the home through vents. Before cleaning and repairs can happen, the furnace will need to be replaced or repaired.  Then the vents in your home can be cleaned so that left over smoke does not continue to go through your home.  

When you have fire and/or smoke damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Bath to help you assess the damage, be your advocate with your insurance company and remediate and repair the damages.

SERVPRO OF BATH 

252-923-0213 

Covering Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrell and Washington Counties.  Our second franchise SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids covers an additional 5 counties in Eastern North Carolina.

Pros Of Having Renters Insurance

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Over 90% of homeowners have an insurance policy on their home however, less than 40% of renters have renters insurance. When a landlord owns the building or home you are living in, they most likely will only have insurance just for the structure but not what is inside.

Unfortunately, your landlord’s property insurance will not help you if a disaster were to strike. Below are a few pros to having renters insurance:

  • If your personal belonging have been damaged or stolen, a basic insurance plan will reimburse you for those items.
  • Damage caused by a fire or flood will be covered by a renter’s policy. Also, if your apartment or home was severely damaged and was not livable, insurance will pay or help you pay for other living arrangements.

Although you may not be a homeowner, renters insurance provides you with many protections that may be beneficial in the future or in the event of an emergency.  Plans can sometimes be as low as $12 a month.  Here at SERVPRO of Bath, we work with your insurance and here to help!  Call us today – 252.923.0213

Fire Safety

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety One of our clients homes caught on fire a few months ago. Here we are replacing one of the roof trusses.

Many of us know fire 101 in our homes. We know not to leave an open flame such as, a candle or gas stove stop unattended. Even though we may feel comfortable with our knowledge of fire safety here are a few tips and reminders:

  • Have a fire extinguisher on in your home. Fire extinguishers play a crucial role in protecting your home during the very early stages of fire.
  • Avoid overloading your outlets or outlet extenders. They can easily over heat if they are being over used.  Check on your outlets as often as you can.  Make sure to replace any that may be getting worn out or old.
  • When doing laundry, remember to empty link tray from dryer on every use. When the lint is not cleaned it can cause the dryer to heat to a higher temperature. Therefore, the machine will have to work harder and also work at a lower efficiently.
  • Make sure space heaters are at least 2-3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles. These items can cause a risk of fire if they come in contact with the unit.
  • Check to see if smoke alarms are working every month and replace batteries twice a year. 

When is mold really mold?

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When is mold really mold? Mold on a picture frame,

We often get calls from folks that think they have mold in their homes, asking us for an estimate to remediate or clean the area. In some cases, it may not necessary, because, what the home owner is actually seeing is either, remains of insects from getting in your home or wear and tear stains.

It looks just like mold but it's not. How can you tell?

Try rubbing the surface with your finger to determine if the spot is hard or soft and dusty. If it's hard, it's probably not mold.... If you are still not certain, give us call for some advice on what to do.

There's no sense spending money if you do not have to...Call us today with any mold questions!

Heating the Garage

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

With a winter that has been colder than normal, no one likes to walk out of the comfort of their warm home and into a very cold garage. A few months ago, one of our friends installed a mounted gas heater in his personal home (many other home owners and/or business owners have used space heaters as another option).  The heather has made the space much more enjoyable to be in while working or just simply getting into your car. Even though heaters have many pros, there are a few cons; At times you can become anxious thinking the heater could catch fire. Here are a few tips when having a space heater in your space:

  • Do not leave space heaters unattended. If you are not going to be home or going to bed turn off the heater.
  • Make sure the heater is in a proper area. One that is staple and no chance of falling over.
  • Be sure to check it surrounding areas, check for water or other close items that could cause a problem.

Be wary of frozen pipes

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

The winter weather has been different this time around for North Carolina residents.  With it comes a few joys of children playing in the snow and having days off school.  However, there are still plenty of dangers to look out for. Among these dangers are frozen pipes. Running water in your home can easily be taken for granted.  When the water doesn’t seem to want to run through your faucets, it can leave a bigger impact on your personal home and place of business.

Pipes that are most likely to freeze are those that are the outdoor lines.  These lines can be for something as simple as your sprinkler system.  To avoid pipes from freezing or bursting here are a few tips:

  • Drain water from outdoor pipes before the cold weather arrives in your area
  • Monitor your pipes in your kitchen and bathrooms by leaving cabinet doors open to let warmer air circulate.
  • Add additional insulation around pipes
  • Keeping your home at a consistent warm temperature 24/7

ODOR EATERS

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning ODOR EATERS SERVPRO of Bath has 2 sizes of Ozone Generators to fix your odor problem.

Are you dealing with smoke odors, pet odors, state-musty odors, tobacco odors, or food and cooking odors? Commercial deodorizers may help fight some airborne pungent odors, but to eliminate other foul odors, it may be necessary to do an ozone treatment. Ozone is used to destroy undesirable smells just about anywhere, in full-time and vacation homes, apartments, basements, nursing homes, cars, trucks, buses, boats, classrooms, locker rooms, and gymnasiums. Ozone is also approved by the FDA to be used in food processing plants to scrub yeast and mold spores from the air because of its great deodorizing and disinfecting abilities.

SERVPRO'S ozone generators are extremely effective because they produces O3 which attacks odors at their source, even if they are clinging to walls, fabrics and ductwork. SERVPRO ozone generators intentionally produce the toxic gas, ozone, that is used for commercial and residential applications. When contaminates such as odors, bacteria or viruses contact ozone, their chemical structure is changed to a less odorous compounds. As more ozone attacks the remaining compounds, they are eventually destroyed. This process is called oxidation. Ozone essentially reverts to harmless oxygen after it is used.

If you or someone you know is living with unwanted odors, call SERVPRO of Bath! We are on call to help at 252-923-0213

Devastated over your water damaged Family Bible or important papers?

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Devastated over your water damaged Family Bible or important papers? Books damaged by water can be restored

SERVPRO of Bath can help when water damages your important papers! We can vacuum freeze-dry your special documents. You may want your damaged documents restored for sentimental or legal reasons. Often these documents are one-of-a-kind or are irreplaceable. These important papers include family bibles, personal/medical documents, government/business records, personnel files and blue prints.

SERVPRO Document Restoration Service uses the process of sublimation. This process takes frozen documents through temperatures and pressures that turn moisture into vapor. The result is a dry document that can be restored or reused.

Water damage may occur when a basement floods, water damage from about or water from extinguishing a fire. SERVPRO will help you decide which documents to save and which ones to discard. We will box up, freeze and ship your damages papers with  the care and security they deserve.

If you have questions about water damaged documents and how we can help, call SERVPRO of Bath at 252-923-0213.

Cooler weather may cause fires

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cooler weather may cause fires Even though the fire did not occur in this room, the smoke and soot traveled to the second floor.

As we approach the cooler weather, fires increase in inside the homes.  SERVPRO of Bath recently helped a homeowner who left a bulbed Christmas candle in the window which caught a curtain on fire. Almost the entire house was damaged as result of this fire.

How to prevent fires at home:

Most people know the basics of fire safety at home, such as not leaving burning candles unattended and keeping a fire extinguisher on hand. Here are a few more things you can do to prevent fires at home.

  • Have your heating system serviced regularly by a professional, including chimneys from wood-burning fireplaces. Clean around heat sources and keep dust and other flammable items away from ignition sources.
  • Remove the lint from your dryer filter after every use. A clogged filter and lint trap makes your dryer less efficient, reduces the airflow needed to keep heat from building up in the vents, and forces lint onto the heating coils. Also, never let your dryer run when you are out of the house or when you’re asleep.
  • Keep firewood, piles of leaves and trash away from the home. If a grass fire starts nearby, these items next to your home could easily become kindling. Never dump hot ashes inside or near your home; keep them in a metal container well away from your house and garage.
  • Avoid using outlet extenders or plug-in power bars: they can quickly overload an electrical circuit. Replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Store containers of cooking oil well away from the stove. When cooking with oil, never leave the stove unattended. To stop a grease fire, turn off the burner and place a lid on the pan to suffocate the flames, or pour on lots of baking soda. Never pour water on a grease fire or try to carry the pan outside; water splatters the grease and makes the fire bigger, and the pan will be much too hot to carry.
  • Consider using borrowed heat to keep outdoor pets warm.  During winter months, avoid using heat lamps, solar lamps, trouble lights, heated watering bowls or other such heated devices, which could lead to a potential fire. Borrowed heat involves providing warmth from a heating system located in a separate building. If this isn’t possible, consider bringing your pets inside.
  • Be sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. Smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smoulder undetected for days before igniting a fire. Never discard smoking materials on the ground or in plant pots.

Hurricane Irma now a Category 5

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Irma now a Category 5 Current Path of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma continued to strengthen Tuesday as an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 storm, prompting states of emergency in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida, sending residents to stores to prepare for the worst.

At this point, we do not know if the storm is going to turn northward.  Even though Eastern North Carolina is very familiar with hurricanes, we need to take this storm seriously.  Many of the homes in our area are built to withstand winds at 130 mph however Irma's maximum sustained winds had increased to near 175 mph.

Be sure your yard is clear of debis and/or furniture.  Time to purchase tarps and check on the maintenance of your generators.  Have emergency power blocks all charged for your cell phones.  

"Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days," the NHC said. 

Irma's center was expected to move near or over the northern Leeward Islands late Tuesday and early Wednesday before affecting Puerto Rico by Wednesday, the hurricane center said.

"Irma is now one of the strongest hurricanes we have witnessed in the last decade as a Cat 5 storm with winds of 175 mph," Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Tuesday.

When Hurricane Matthew hit Bertie County, SERVPRO of Bath was ready!

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Hurricane Matthew hit Bertie County, SERVPRO of Bath was ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Eastern NC.

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 252-923-0213 SERVPRO of Bath

Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. Finding the source is critical to stop continued growth.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

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

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Bath 252-923-0213.

What to do if you find mold

8/21/2015 (Permalink)

Recently we worked with a homeowner who lost the sale of his home when the inspector found a large amount of mold in his crawl space.  This was caused by the excessive moisture due to improper ventilation.

SERVPRO of Bath was able to remove the mold and correct the rotting wood all within 72 hours from first call.  A previous contractor informed him he would have to rip out his floor in the sunken living room space.  All that was necessary was to increase ventilation in the crawlspace after clean up and replacement of a joist.  

Now our customer can put his house back on the market while we are still in the height of the selling season.

Call SERVPRO of Bath at 252-923-0213 anytime day or night.  We are always here to help.

Emergency Services

8/21/2015 (Permalink)

Welcome from SERVPRO of Bath.

As always our 24/7 service line is available should a storm come our way.  We are in hurricane season, and storms are starting to pick up.  We wish the best for those in Houston.  SERVPRO teams from across the United States are there and more are on the way to handle the large amount of devastation.  With over 1,700 franchises, we support one another should a large catastrophe like this happens.

We are here to help should you incur damage from a hurricane here in our area.  

If you come home to a flood and find ankle deep water, we are always here to help.

Call SERVPRO OF BATH 252-923-0213 anytime day or night.

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