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Smelly Air Conditioning Unit? Ask The Professionals!

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

An air conditioner blows smelly air out. Call SERVPRO® of Bath for all of your restoration and remediation needs!

Do you know that mold can be a symptom of hidden water damage? Strong, musty odors coming from your air condition unit may indicate a mold problem. Our local team in Bath, NC will locate the source of the excess moisture and repair the problem to discourage the mold problem from returning once the remediation process is complete.

Here is some information about mold from our website:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere; both indoors, and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems, or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive in moist environments
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water 
  • 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.

Call Us Today!

When you Washington home or commercial business needs mold mitigation services, our local team in Bath, NC can help. Call us today at 252-923-0213.

Eliminate Areas of Excess Moisture

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Common locations to find mold: bathrooms, kitchens, basements, near HVAC ducts. Always keep an eye out for areas with excess moisture.

Are you concerned that you may have mold in your commercial business? Mold tends to grow especially well in damp areas, meaning any existing moisture issues should be a top priority. Condensation, a small leak, improper ventilation—all should be handled as soon as possible to help prevent damage.

There are many different places mold can hide and grow without you even noticing that it is there:

  • In a property’s basement or crawlspace 
  • In the walls of bathrooms and kitchens
  • Underneath carpeting, especially if it is in an area with moisture problems such as a bathroom or kitchen
  • Ventilation ducts because they provide a dark, damp place for mold to grow

Mold can grow in your business without you even knowing it is there. This is what makes treating mold quickly essential - it may grow, spread, and damage your property far before the signs of mold show up.

The best way to get rid of mold is to tackle it at the source. Contact the mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO today to learn more about mold removal and mitigation services.

Let Professionals Handle Your Water Damage Needs

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water leaking across a floor. Water leaks can come on suddenly. Have a plan and call professional remediation services as quickly as possible to limit any damage.

Water damage can come from a variety of sources, the most common being from plumbing issues. Damage to an average-sized house from water can run a homeowner thousands of dollars. Antique furniture, electronics, hardwood floor and carpeting only add to the cost if they are affected.

At SERVPRO of Bath, we are trained to respond quickly to calls for a burst pipe or leaking water heater so we 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 dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers draw water from the air and nearby materials like upholstery and curtains. This creates a drier environment which allows evaporation to happen, thereby helping 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, removing even more water. 

If you need help with any type of water damage, let us be your first line of action to reduce and eliminate the effects of water damage in your home or business.

Why Choose SERVPRO For Your Emergency Restoration Needs?

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

A picture stating "about us." Understanding how vital response time is to an emergency water damage can be the difference between a minor repair and a full-blown restoration.

Fast Response Time is Everything

At SERVPRO® of Bath, we know that our fast response time is critical, as every minute counts when we are responding to a property damage emergency. In many cases, we arrive and work alongside the firefighters and other first responders as they are completing their jobs and leaving the scene.

This is when our job starts. We know that in many situations, immediate action is required to minimize the potential for further loss. For instance, water is especially invasive and will spread quickly and absorb into floors, walls, and furniture. Water damage will also be present in the aftermath of a fire emergency and will require immediate cleanup to prevent additional damage.

Faster Response Time

Property damage emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night. Our emergency response teams have the advanced training, specialized equipment, and experience to mitigate and restore any property damage emergency you may have. In most cases, we can arrive within four hours of your call. We will also help you with the insurance paperwork and process.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business experiences a property damage emergency, SERVPRO of Bath is Here to Help. ® Call us today at (252) 923-0213. We’ll restore your property damage in Washington, “Like it never even happened.”

5 Reasons To Hire Professionals Faster to Any Size Disaster

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

A professional advising an owner. We Arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster. For more information, just Contact Us.

Disasters occur every day at inconvenient times and in unexpected ways. Fires ignite in wastebaskets. Water damage builds up when condensation builds up on pipes behind walls. Fire in a neighboring building causes smoke damage in your building. When a disaster affects your property in Bath, NC, SERVPRO professionals arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster and work with you from their first emergency response to the completion of repairs and reconstruction.

Benefits of hiring our professionals.

1. SERVPRO professionals arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster

An immediate response is crucial to avoiding secondary damage, conducting accurate assessments, and creating a recovery plan. You can't afford to wait when it comes to addressing damage to your property. Even when other responsibilities demand your attention, water, fire, smoke, and mold continue with their destructive work.

2. Disasters disrupt your daily routine

Many of the disasters that cause property damage quickly make it impossible for you to continue with your typical daily routines. When you turn the recovery efforts over to professionals, the work progresses quickly and smoothly, allowing you to turn your attention to your areas of expertise. Dealing with waste from your sewer system, the acidic soot from a fire, mold growth after high humidity, and structural weaknesses from disasters aren't tasks for property owners.

The response from a trained professional is the best way to feel comfortable that the cleanup and repairs are completed appropriately.

3. Cleanup professionals are equipped to tackle the disaster.

Professionals, such as those at a SERVPRO near you, have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to get the work done well. Reputable cleanup and repair professionals are generally required to complete ongoing education courses, including training sessions on specific types of disasters and damage.

Technicians also build up a certain number of hours under supervision. Professional equipment may include industrial-strength fans, specialized cleansers, and personal protective equipment. The average property owner may not have the time or money to obtain the expertise and supplies necessary for the full recovery from a disaster. When professionals arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster, they are fully equipped and ready to work.

4. Professional cleanup companies inspect and assess for secondary damage.

Property damage is rarely a straightforward, isolated situation. For example, firefighters use powerful water hoses to put out fires, and this results in water damage in addition to fire damage. When a pipe bursts open, water damage quickly occurs, and if water is allowed to sit, mold damage may also occur. If water damage affects wiring, there's a potential for electrical concerns. In general, a professional response is necessary for assessing risk and preventing more complicated issues.

5. Your insurance policy may cover a professional response.

In many cases, property damage cleanup and repair professionals work closely with insurance companies. This is true for the reasons already mentioned, as well as because a professional recovery may be less expensive than a DIY recovery. Check with your insurance provider before filing your insurance claim to determine whether and what is covered by your policy. Highly trained SERVPRO professionals arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster and are prepared to deal with any type of disaster efficiently and completely.

When disaster comes your way, don't give in to DIY temptations; hire a professional to ensure a full recovery.

6 Benefits of an Electronic Claims Service

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Electronic claim service. If your Washington, NC, home suffers from any disaster, contact SERVPRO to get help.

No matter what type of harm your Washington, NC, home might sustain, the SERVPRO electronic insurance claims service can be a great benefit. You will probably want to file an insurance claim for any loss, including everything from a flood resulting from a pipe burst to a mold infestation to a house fire. These are terrible situations, but fortunately, the electronic claims service can make it a much easier process. This ease can help you receive your settlement money sooner.

SERVPRO's Electronic Claims Service Can Help

1. It Improves Efficiency

The electronic claims service is much more efficient than traditional paper methods. Paper documents must pass through multiple hands, often in different locations. It can take days to receive them by mail, and only then can the process continue. Everyone who is authorized can access all of the information as it is updated. They can view it or even submit changes as they occur. For example, the insurance adjuster can upload photos and estimates of the damage online so others can view them in real-time and continue working. This efficiency can make for a seamless process amongst multiple parties.

2. It Increases Accessibility for Everyone

All claim information is saved in one location in an electronic format, even the most recent data. This method enables everyone involved to access documents, photos, and other important information nearly immediately and efficiently. They can also access it from anywhere with an internet connection, which means they can view the information pertaining to the damage from their office, on-site, or anywhere else.

3. It Enhances Security

The electronic file system is much more secure than traditional paper files. Essential forms, damage photos, and other insurance data are saved, encrypted, and backed up digitally and often automatically. This system reduces the chance of lost or misplaced insurance claim documents and other records.

4. It Heightens Convenience

Accessibility is convenient and straightforward from desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Not only can the various professionals, such as fire damage restoration experts, obtain the information from any location, but they can access it from virtually any device. This accessibility by multiple professionals at the same time also means easier interaction and collaboration amongst everyone.

5. It Boosts Accuracy

The data is stored in a virtual file in a digital format. Therefore, the accuracy of the information is typically much better than paper files or a mixture of different media. The computer software can identify errors that the insurance agent and other professionals may easily miss.

6. It Is Eco-Friendly

When everything is handled electronically, it can significantly reduce paper use. This digital process is very eco-friendly.

The insurance claim process is never pleasant. However, SERVPRO makes it easier for you and all professionals involved to keep it running smoothly from beginning to end. If you experience a flood, fire, or mold problem, or any other loss at your home, call your insurance agent as soon as possible. After all, the earlier you contact your insurance company, the quicker you'll receive the check. Then, you can finally start the restoration process to return your home to its previous condition.

Your HVAC System Needs Professional Duct Cleaning Services

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Air duct cleaning. Clean the ducts in your Washington, NC home to avoid further damage.

The ventilation system running through your home has a direct effect on the quality of your indoor air. With this in mind, duct cleaning and maintenance should be a top priority. Commercial cleaning professionals can provide attention to all the components of your ventilation system, so you're confident that the motor, filters, coils, and all other parts are running efficiently.

Six Reasons for Duct Cleaning

When it comes to having your dirty ducts serviced, all companies are not the same. SERVPRO technicians are Here to Help and have the training and commercial equipment necessary to provide the professional results you deserve and expect.

1. Improved Air Quality

Many ventilation systems pull in a wide variety of contaminants, such as dust, microbes, mold spores, and pollutants. Once these contaminants make their way inside your home, there's usually not enough airflow to circulate them back outside. Dirt and dust can build up throughout your ventilation system, causing wear and tear that results in inefficient operation and unnecessary damage.

2. Mold Prevention

Heating and cooling ducts are common breeding grounds for mold growth. When you schedule routine professional maintenance, excess moisture and the organic materials that create a welcoming environment for mold spores are cleared away. Duct cleaning and disinfection steps may also prevent unpleasant musty and mildewy odors, as well as future mold growth.

3. Reduced Heating and Cooling Bills

When your ventilation system is kept clean and well-maintained, the airflow remains consistent, components don't have to work as hard, and the system has an easier time maintaining the desired temperature. When the machinery runs smoothly and doesn't have to work harder than necessary, operation costs are lower, and you save money on your utility bills.

4. Longer Equipment Life Span

Any type of debris in the heating and cooling system can affect the motors, fans, and other moving parts. This causes grinding and wear that damages those parts. In addition to this direct damage, the entire system will wear down more quickly because of the increased workload as the airflow is impacted. Routine repair and maintenance prevent early parts and system replacement.

5. Pest Prevention

Adequate ventilation requires openings that allow for plenty of airflows, and unfortunately, this may also mean that pests have easy access to the ducts. Screening meant to prevent pests becomes damaged and worn as it's exposed to natural elements and different temperatures. Avoid inviting insects and rodents into your home with routine inspections and cleaning services.

6. Increased Comfort

As you work to provide a comfortable living space, your family members and friends are more likely to hang around and enjoy the ambiance of your home. Additionally, clean, fresh-smelling home with comfortable, reliable temperature control is a nice place for you to spend your time.

SERVPRO of Washington, NC, has the specialized equipment and advanced technology necessary to thoroughly clean and repair your heating and cooling system. Team members have been trained in cutting-edge duct cleaning techniques to ensure your satisfaction. When you want to ensure a clean, fresh living environment, reach out to commercial cleaning and maintenance professionals.

4 Steps To Take When the Toilet Floods

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded toilet. An overflowed toilet can be an emergency. Contact a professional team to solve the problem.

When sewer damage affects your Washington, NC, commercial property, the situation can be classified as an emergency. The potential for exposure to bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants in the water is high. SERVPRO cleanup and restoration professionals have the training, personal protective gear, and cleaning equipment to handle the issue safely.

Take Quick Action

The flooded toilet is one of the most common causes of sewer damage. You may have experienced the dread that comes from watching the water rise too much after a flush. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take right away to prevent further trouble:

1. Shut Off the Water

Look for a shut-off knob or valve right behind the toilet and turn it counterclockwise. If the water continues to rise, take off the lid to the tank and pull the float.

2. Dry Up Overflowing Water

If the water doesn't contain sewage, use old towels to clean up the overflow. Even when dealing with clean water, it's best to protect yourself with rubber gloves and boots with good traction, so you don't slip. If the water isn't clean, it's best to contact a sewage company or other trained professionals.

3. Gather Your Equipment

A plunger may do the trick. Make sure you get a tight seal at the drain inside the toilet bowl. The goal is to force air or water into the drain, applying enough pressure to move clogged items out of the way. After the water moves down the drain, flush once more to be sure you don't need to repeat this step.

4. Sanitize Appropriately

In many cases, it's okay to sanitize the overflow. Be careful when using bleach-based products; these could cause damage to porous surfaces. However, in a commercial property or if there's evidence of sewer damage, your best option is to hire a professional.

If there's any question that sewage may be involved, contact water damage restoration professionals, such as SERVPRO professionals who are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Preparing Your Home for Vacation To Avoid Water Damage

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Leaking pipe. A leaking pipe can lead to a flood in your Washington, NC, home.

Are you going on a vacation? If so, make sure you take care of that water pipe repair you’ve been putting off. There is nothing worse than coming home after a couple of weeks away and finding your basement flooded or worse. While you can talk to a water remediation specialist in Washington, NC, to discuss preventative measures, there are at least four things you can do to protect your home right now.

1. Inspect for Leaks

Before you go on a vacation, be sure to walk through your property and inspect for leaks or a broken pipe. You’ll want to check all visible pipes for any signs of leaking. You will also want to pull out appliances and check that hoses are secure. Do not leave any suspect pipe or hose unattended. Contact a plumber to fix the problems.

2. Clean Gutters

While a failed water pipe repair is one cause of water damage while a homeowner is away on vacation, clogged gutters are another. If leaves and other debris make it impossible for a gutter system to drain correctly, the excess water will pour out over the sides and down toward the foundation of your house.

3. Request a House Sitter

Even when you assess your home and find nothing wrong, there is still the possibility of the home becoming flooded. Asking a friend or family member to watch your house while you are away can ensure that if water issues arise, someone is there to address them quickly.

4. Shut Off Water at the Main

If you cannot find anyone to watch your home while you are away, it is best to shut off your water supply. Make sure to turn it off at the main, so there is no water coming into your home. It doesn’t hurt to notify the water department because they might be able to turn your water supply off at the street.

Before going on a vacation, make sure any water pipe repair or maintenance is complete. Also, try to find someone to watch your property. If not possible, turn off your water for good measure.

Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Man looking for the source of mold. 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.

Top Reasons You Should Call an IICRC Company

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Logo of IICRC Hire an IICRC company when dealing with mitigation and restoration.

The main reason you should call an IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification)  company when dealing with mitigation and restoration is because the unseen, such as smoke, soot and water, can cause extensive damage to your property. Even the smallest amount of unseen water or residue from a fire has the potential to cause serious indoor air quality and structural damage to your property over time.

The key to preventing costly restoration expenses is to reach out to a team of professionals immediately. An IICRC company is trained to use the proper equipment and technologies, which can make a big difference in reducing damages and expenses associated with fire and water damage loss.

SERVPRO is an IICRC Company

SERVPRO of Bath is an IICRC company, and they have the training, technology and equipment needed to help mitigate loss from fire, storm or water damage.

We use moisture sensors to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. Moisture meters are used to determine the moisture content in those materials and to also accurately monitor the drying process. Our thermo hygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. This helps calculate and create an environment that is most beneficial for drying.

Once moisture is removed, the ultra-low-volume (ULV) foggers can be used to dispense liquid deodorizing agents. This produces a very fine mist that can easily penetrates where odor-causing residues have accumulated. They can also be used to inject disinfectants and fungicides into walls and other hard-to-reach areas. Finally, thermal foggers, which dispense solvent-based products, create a dense fog of particles which can attach and neutralize odor causing particles.

One thing that you should remember when handling a contaminated loss, is that it’s important to not only dry a structure, but to disinfect and deodorize it which is something an IICRC Company is trained to handle. So, remember this, if you have damage don’t be afraid to call a certified, professional team like SERVPRO of Bath. We can help restore your property so you can move on with life.

Choosing SERVPRO of Bath for All Types of Water Damage

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a carpet flooded with water. Water damage caused from a pipe that burst.

When you think of water damage, most people will immediately think of 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 find is due to 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 add to the cost if they are affected.

SERVPRO is Ready to Respond Quickly

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 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, let us be your first line of action to reduce and eliminate the effects of water damage in your home or business.

How To Safely Clean Up After a Water Intrusion

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a flooded kitchen Flooding can cause severe water damage.

If you discover floodwaters penetrating your home in Washington, NC, you will have to take immediate action. First, it's important to know the proper cleanup method for each of the three levels of contaminated water. Cleaning up water from an overflowing river would probably necessitate many more safety precautions than cleaning water from a bursting supply line in your home.

1. "Clean" Water

Clean water (aka Category 1 or white water) comes from a relatively sanitary source. This means it's safe to touch without protective gear. Just because the water is clean doesn't mean you can ignore it, though. Within 48 hours, white water can develop into gray water. Mold is also likely to begin growing during this time.

2. Somewhat Contaminated Water

Gray water (aka Category 2) is not thought of as highly contaminated water. However, it does come from an unsanitary source. Water from a clothes washing machine or an aquarium could be considered gray water. This water is known to have bacterial and/or chemical contaminants. You should wear rubber gloves throughout the cleaning process. It's critical to clean and sanitize the area thoroughly before it has time to develop into something more toxic (i.e., within the next 48 hours).

3. Highly Contaminated Water

Black water (aka Category 3) is heavily polluted. It's likely to be highly unsanitary due to biohazards like fecal matter or blood. It could also contain dangerous chemicals or an unknown array of contaminants. You'll definitely want to hire water damage restoration professionals to ensure that the proper cleanup techniques are used for the well-being of your family and home.

Even the cleanest water can cause severe damage to most household materials, as well as the structure itself. Knowing that it is contaminated water adds another important factor to the restoration process. Before you begin the remediation process, it's essential to determine the level of contamination.

4 Benefits of Hiring a Professional

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Image of SERVPRO equipment to dry areas damaged by water. 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.

4 Benefits to Hiring a Restoration Professional

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Call SERVPRO for Emergency Service Any Time, Day or Night

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a person drawing on a chalkboard and wrote "24/7" SERVPRO has 24 hour availability.

An emergency can happen at any time of the day or night. SERVPRO's more than 1,700 locally-owned franchises provide 24 hour service, seven days a week.

Why Speed Matters

A fast response is critical for minimizing ongoing damage in many emergencies. This is particularly true of water damage. Flooding and other water emergencies that are not mitigated promptly can create numerous problems:

  • Spread of water throughout the property
  • Absorption of water into furniture, walls, floors and other items
  • Promotion of mold growth

Water Damage Progression

  • Within the first few minutes of a water emergency, water can spread throughout your property. It will also begin to be absorbed into floors, walls, upholstery and contents. Books, photographs, and other paper items will begin to swell and warp. Furniture finishes may bleed, damaging carpets.
  • In the first 24 hour period, furniture may swell and crack. Drywall will begin to swell and break down. A musty smell may develop. Metal surfaces may tarnish. Ink and dye from clothing and paper goods may cause stains.
  • Two weeks to 48 hours after a water emergency, mold and mildew growth may become a problem. Metal items may rust and corrode. Paint will begin to blister. Doors, studs, wood flooring, furniture and windows may swell and warp. Biohazard contamination may occur.
  • After the one week mark, structural safety and contaminants become a concern. The time and expense required to restore property may increase significantly. More property may need to be replaced, rather than restored.

SERVPRO Is Faster to Any Size Disaster

When you contact a SERVPRO franchise in Washington, NC, you will receive a response within one hour. A team can be on-site within four hours and provide a verbal briefing within eight hours.
The 24 hour availability of SERVPRO professionals makes it possible to rapidly mitigate your damages, saving you time and money on your restoration. SERVPRO franchises are always open and ready to assist you.

SERVPRO of Bath Handles the Entire Remediation Process

11/26/2020 (Permalink)

Image of the surroundings of a house flooded. Don't let water damage ruin your home, call SERVPRO of Bath for your entire remediation process.

Water damage can come from many different sources, with varying intensities, danger levels, and reach of damage. Ultimately, many different objects, surfaces, and materials in a home can suffer water damage from the same event, and many homeowners question how a company such as SERVPRO of Bath handles a comprehensive water damage cleanup job. In this blog post, you'll learn about some of the techniques our technicians use to control and repair water damage in local residences.

The Water Damage Remediation Process

Identifying the Source and Water Type

Before any restoration, the water damage must be correctly defined by water type and we must find the source. Did it come from a storm, flood, or even a pipe burst? There are several different types of water which will affect the safety and cleanup protocols we use. The water categories are either clean, gray, or black. If necessary, our team of specialists will work to stop the water flow as efficiently as possible, to avert further damage to your home.

Surveying Damage and Mold

After we understand what type of damage we’re dealing with, our technicians will search the home to find any objects that have been affected and what needs to be done. We do this two different ways, visually and with moisture detection equipment. Additionally, we look for signs of mold growth, which often takes priority in a cleanup operation.

Furniture and Water Removal

The next step is to remove all furniture from affected areas, and then pump out any additional water. We use industrial-grade machinery to pump water from the interior to the exterior of the home, with either a portable or a truck-mounted pump.

Drying and Odor Treatments

At this point in the remediation process, we bring out additional heavy-duty machinery to begin drying and deodorizing the affected area(s).  We do this to make sure no more damage or mold growth occurs, and to remove any bad odors.  

Carpet Removal and Final Cleaning

In many cases, some or all of the carpeting in a room will need replacing. We make sure to evaluate carpeting carefully for moisture so we do not incur extra expenses. Sometimes, a cleaning may only be necessary, particularly when water damage is contained early on. After that is completed, we clean up and sanitize all of the walls and objects, and bring back any furniture that had to be taken out during this process.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive water damage cleanup company in Washington, NC, call SERVPRO of Bath today! Don’t wait! The earlier water damage is contained, the less damage that occurs.

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.

Did you know that SERVPRO makes most of their own cleaning products and antimicrobial?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Most people do not, so let us tell you about it. 

SERVPRO's EPA registered antimicrobial is a great product! SERVPROXIDE™ is as safe and effective as it gets for an antimicrobial out there.

SERVPROXIDE™ is an EPA registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial that carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating and it doesn’t require you to wear PPE (personal protective equipment.) Plus, it is safe for everyday and general-purpose use. It is designed to kill harmful mold, mildew, and bacteria on hard surfaces, and it also keeps mold, mildew, and bacteria from growing back for up to four weeks. SERVPROXIDE™ is fragrance-free with a mild odor that quickly disperses.

SERVPROXIDE™ is also an excellent deodorizer once an odor is removed. And, since it is an oxidizer, it does not mask odors such as tobacco and fire smoke, pet and musty odors, and even stale cooking odors just to name a few, it removes them.

This antimicrobial product can also be used to deodorize your internal HVAC system, and it can also be applied by wet fogging or dispersed through a ULV type mister for deodorization and application purposes.

It can also be used in electrostatic sprayers for a full and even application and is also NSF listed (no rinse required food contact surfaces), so it is clean to use.

For the best antimicrobial products around, applied by a team of trained technicians you can trust, call SERVPRO of Bath today!

SERVPRO of Bath: We are Cleaning Experts

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bath is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19), we’d like to reminder our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we are IICRC certified and adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

We have specialized training and we are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if it has been exposed to the coronavirus. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go above and beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as tabletops, countertops, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include, but are not limited to:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

We use specialized products. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call SERVPRO of Bath today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today at 252-923-0213!

Steps You Should Take After A Workplace Fire

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of Bath – We’re Locally Owned & Operated

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  • Bertie
  • Hyde
  • Martin
  • Tyrrell
  • Washington
  • Halifax
  • Herford
  • Northampton
  • Warren

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.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bath

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

With the evolution of the internet comes customer research. The way a consumer decides which company to call when they have water or fire damage is through an online search. Sure, they may ask a friend, but then they are sure to search the recommended company online. If you’re searching for water or fire damage in eastern North Carolina, you’re likely to see SERVPRO of Bath included. But why choose us over another restoration company, here’s our answer:

It’s easy, SERVPRO of Bath is faster to any disaster. Our goal is that within an hour of a call , you will have received a call back with a time our technicians will be to your location. Within four hours we will be on our way and onsite. And within eight hours the cleaning will be underway.

Another reason you should choose us, we have the ability to handle any size of loss. SERVPRO of Bath has a trained team of technicians and staff and we have the capabilities to send an army of trained workers to your home or office. PLUS, we own the latest equipment to ensure the job is done right. With dehumidifiers, extractors, air scrubbers and movers we have the right tools to get the job done!

Call SERVPRO of Bath when a disaster strikes your home or business.

Let Us Handle Your Crawlspace

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Just one the many reasons people call SERVPRO of Bath is because we’re not afraid to get dirty. We do the things that most people don’t want to do. Homeowners definitely don’t want mold in their home, but when it’s discovered they think they can tackle the job and remove it themselves. Bu, when it shows up under their house, in the crawlspace, they often change their mind. Tight spaces filled with spiders, other crawling insects and reptiles tend to make people feel claustrophobic. Then, add to that you should wear a hot Tyvek suit and the job is going to be exhausting – picking up the phone and calling us is easier than doing this type of work for yourself.

Lucky for our customers, SERVPRO of Bath is ready to take your call! For our technicians, working in tight spaces is just another day in the life of a professional tech. We move effortlessly through spaces that others wouldn’t consider entering. We’re looking for mold and we’re ready to find it and destroy it, and when we’re done, we’ve added another happy customer to our list.

When you have a tough job like this, call SERVPRO of Bath, that’s why our professionals are here and that’s what we’re trained to do.