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Gear Up for the Holiday Season in Wilmington

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks and equipment outside of a work location SERVPRO is looking forward to the winter in Wilmington Holiday lights show!

The Winter in Wilmington Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show Delights Visitors

The 2020 through 2021 Wilmington Light Show on the Riverfront is about to start. Guests are invited to enjoy breathtaking light displays on the waterfront along Justison Street. Because this year's show is drive-through only, guests can even enjoy festive holiday light displays during rainy weather.

Tickets are available for the following dates:

  • Between November 27 and December 6, 2020
  • December 11 through 13, 17 through 20, and 26 through 27
  • January 2 and 3, 2021

This season's show is a drive-through show that accommodates vehicles housing up to 12 people to preserve public safety. Guests book their preferred time and date in advance and are cordially invited to bring drinks and snacks to enjoy as they take in the sights along the riverfront. Admission costs are $25 and cover a 90-minute window for viewing the light show.

SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere can preserve a Wilmington retail shop with stormwater extraction after a disaster. Call (302) 992-0104 to start the cleanup process.

Sunday Brunch and Music for Hockessin Residents

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged ceiling and walls It's a good idea to hire SERVPRO for fire remediation at your home.

Hockessin Locals Can Enjoy Soulful Sundays at Celebrations On Market

On Sunday, December 6, artist Toni Trower & Co. is hosting Soulful Sunday at Celebrations On Market. This acclaimed Market Street eatery features the culinary stylings of award-winning Delaware chef Marc-Anthony Williams of Bliss Catering and Events. Soulful Sunday events showcase live music from such genres as jazz, blues, and funk for an entertainment fee of only $5.

Soulful Sunday offers the following:

  • Enticing brunch drink specials on mimosas and Bloody Marys
  • Exquisite Afrocentric cuisine inspired by Floridian, Mexican, and Caribbean fare
  • Live music from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. during brunch

Doors open for this event at 11:00 a.m. While advance tickets are not required, reservations are highly recommended to enjoy entertainment, food, and ambiance during this brunch event.

Toni Trower is best known for such singles as "Keep It Moving" and the recently-released "Butterfly." During live performances, her vocals are often accompanied by pianist Monty Q. Pollard.

SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere offers rapid-response smoke and fire cleanup for Hockessin property owners when they call our team at (302) 992-0104.

Returning Wilmington Homes to a Pre-Loss Condition

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

water removal equipment at a business Excess water can quickly affect the structure and contents of your home. Contact our certified team for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere Preserves Water-Damaged Wilmington Properties

Wilmington is the most populous city in the Blue Hen State, sporting over 70,000 residents as of 2019 census data. The land was originally home to Lenape tribespeople, who referred to the land as “Pakehakink” or “Paxahakink,” before being settled in the 17th century primarily by European settlers from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden.

The Corporate Capital of the World is most well known for its contributions to chemical and weapons development and the home of the French Huguenot du Pont family, who would later found the DuPont corporation. Manufacturing in Wilmington focused on gunpowder, iron, leather, and transportation. By the mid-19th century, Wilmington was a prolific producer of carriages and iron ships.

In the first half of the 20th century, Wilmington was well-equipped to handle the production needs of the First and Second World Wars. Factories produced everything from cars and machinery to clothes and leather goods.

After World War II, Wilmington thrived due to the booming postwar economy and the significant improvements to infrastructure during the development of the interstate system. This economic upturn allowed the city’s size to increase dramatically and focus on building more residential districts.

The city is currently packed to the brim with cultural sites, art galleries, and other contributions to the arts and culture. Famed attractions in Wilmington include:

  • Brandywine Creek
  • The Delaware Art Museum
  • The DuPont Building
  • The Hagley Museum and Library
  • The Grand Opera House

A Brief History of Wilmington’s DuPont Company

Wilmington is home to the Du Pont family’s first estate in the Americas. The family remains one of the most wealthy in the United States. Their history in the United States started in 1800 when Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours migrated with his two sons to Delaware. Once there, one of the sons, Éleuthère Irénée, founded a gunpowder manufacturing plant near the Brandywine River.

Its modest beginnings took advantage of the abundance of natural resources available for manufacture. Eventually, they became the world’s largest black powder producer. An estimated 10 percent of Delaware’s population is purported to have been employed by the Du Pont family at the zenith of their various business ventures.

Several Wilmington locales are named for the Du Ponts and their associated businesses, especially along Delaware Route 141. These include:

  • Hotel du Pont
  • DuPont Chestnut Run Plaza
  • St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine Catholic Church
  • Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
  • DuPont Country Club

Today, the Du Ponts are more well-known globally for their associations with business, politics, and philanthropy, with a total estimated value in the billions. In Wilmington, the first estate founded by the family that housed the gunpowder plant, anglicized as Eleutheran Mills, remains to this day.

Wilmington, the Corporate Capital

Wilmington, and the state of Delaware as a whole, are referred to as the “Corporate Capital” of both America and the world. Several factors contribute to this particular moniker. For one, more than 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware. On top of that, over 75 percent of initial public offerings are conducted by businesses incorporated in Delaware.

So many companies choose to incorporate in Delaware that an estimated 25 percent of the state’s revenue comes specifically from incorporation. In Wilmington alone, over 300,000 businesses are registered at the CT Corporation on North Orange Street.

Highly competitive corporate tax rates, combined with the Court of Chancery ruling on corporate cases without juries, allow commercial entities to take care of legal matters quickly. Bipartisan efforts in government at the local, state, and federal levels have allowed for the proliferation of Delaware’s generous incorporation regulations over the years.

While other states, like Nevada and Wyoming, strive to implement similar practices in tandem with a lack of state corporate tax rates, Delaware’s Court of Chancery offers a wealth of influential legal precedents and high-profile cases that make it a preferable option for commercial entities.

The Court of Chancery differs from a typical court. The lawyers and judges appointed for cases specialize specifically in corporate law. This constitutional court exists separately from the state’s Supreme and Superior Courts to allow for more expedient handling of corporate claims, as well as civil and criminal matters.

What Does SERVPRO’s Structural Drying for a Wilmington Home Entail?

Structural drying is an essential part of water removal for Wilmington homes. This process depends on multiple tasks performed by SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians to succeed. These include the following:

  • Careful measurement of moisture levels in such surfaces as wood, drywall, carpeting, and upholstery
  • Moisture extraction with wands, pumps, mops, wet/dry vacuums, and other industrial-grade water removal tools
  • Use of EPA-registered biocides to remove odors and microbial growth
  • Calculation and placement of air movers and dehumidifiers to ensure safe drying without secondary damages

Proper placement of centrifugal air movers is crucial for ensuring that dehumidifiers can catch and isolate humid air to replace it with warm, dry air that successfully restores water damage in your home. Depending on the scale of the damage and the area in your home where the disaster occurred, SERVPRO techs can also erect polyethylene drying chambers to accelerate the process.

Various models of air movers are used for different applications during drying. Air movers with multiple speed settings, for example, are favored for drying tented carpet both on the surface and underneath. Technicians typically place air movers along walls every 10 to 16 linear feet at 45-degree angles perpendicularly to the wall to pull moisture off of them. These devices can also be positioned to dry inside of flooring, walls, and ceiling cavities.

SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere can ensure that your home looks “Like it never even happened.” Call (302) 992-0104 for a full suite of restoration services that can return your property to a clean and safe condition.

What Action Should Homeowners Take After Fire Causes Damage in their Home?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged foyer Although small in scope, damage from this fire traveled throughout the home.

Homeowners Can Call SERVPRO Technicians in Wilmington to Get Fire Restoration Services.

After a fire loss, homeowners wonder how to deal with the primary and secondary fire damage. Coming to terms with the situation and knowing what measures to take after such a devastating incident is the initial step in putting life back together. SERVPRO can help you in restoring your Wilmington home to its preloss state.  

What can I do after a fire?

After a fire, it is advisable to reach out to well-trained experts to perform fire restoration in Wilmington homes. It would help if you did the following after a fire:

  • Take care of your family's emotional needs because a fire incident can be traumatic. Schedule counseling if necessary.
  • If your pets are frightened, tend to them to ensure their comfort and safety.
  • Contact your homeowner's insurance provider to start the claims process.
  • Read and acknowledge the fire report's specifics that the responding fire department issues and ensure you obtain a copy. This report is an official document that details the fire loss's specifics and is vital for insurance purposes.
  • Document the fire loss by taking photos and detailed notes of damaged structures and contents.

Can I clean some items and surfaces myself?

It would be helpful if you let professionals clean up your home after a fire. SERVPRO can help in cleaning the affected structures and contents. Did you know that every material has unique characteristics and specific cleaning needs? If you use improper cleaning products or inaccurate dilution rates, further damage can occur to each item and household surface.

Our restorers know the most efficient and safest cleaning techniques for various items. We identify the type of surface that requires cleaning to determine which cleaning products and methods are safe to use on the specific surface. We take care to preserve the materials we are cleaning. 

Dealing with fire damage is an overwhelming task and calls for the help of professionals. The experts at SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere are qualified to carry out fire restoration services. Contact us through our hotline (302) 992-0104.

Are Dehumidifiers an Effective Piece of Equipment After a Flood?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Wet carpet Call SERVPRO after your Wilmington flood.

SERVPRO Technicians in Wilmington Use Dehumidifiers to Remove Excess Moisture from the Air 

Dehumidifiers are a piece of critical equipment following a flood in Wilmington. Flooding by nature means that water is abundant in your home. After the flood water recedes and technicians extract excess water from your home, dehumidifiers, in conjunction with air movers, speed up the drying process.

Why is it Important to Calculate Grain Depression? Technicians Use Grains to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Dehumidifiers

Our professional team dealing with flood damage in Wilmington uses the grain measurement to determine a dehumidifier's effectiveness. To do this, technicians use a thermo-hygrometer to measure the difference between the air exhausted from the dehumidifier and the intake air. This difference is called grain depression. When the grain depression is not a big difference, it means that the dehumidifier in question is no longer sufficient.

What are the Steps to Measure Grain Depression?

  • Use the thermo-hygrometer to measure both the relative humidity (RH) and the air temperature coming out of the dehumidifier's exhaust.
  • Use the thermo-hygrometer to measure the temperature and RH of the air in the impacted area. This reading represents the intake air since it is from the impacted area of your home.
  • Use a psychrometric wheel or chart to determine the impacted room's gpp (grains per pound).
  • Subtract the exhaust number from the intake number to determine the grain depression.
  • Monitor and reset dehumidifiers and air movers to optimize drying capacity

The grain depression measurement is helpful when determining the usefulness of a specific piece of dehumidifying equipment. However, it is crucial to also measure the relative humidity and temperature in the room to facilitate an effective drying process best. Following a flood, contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-010 for 24/7 assistance. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Is it Possible to Save Paintings During Mold Remediation in an Art Studio?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Art studio Mold damage in your art studio? SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

Wilmington Artists Concerned About Art Materials During Mold Remediation.

Wilmington art studio owners know how much time and effort it takes to put together an art studio or gallery. It is a true labor of love and an excellent way to showcase local artists.

No studio owner wants to deal with mold remediation in their Wilmington gallery. Mold can be disastrous for art materials. However, do not despair. Mold remediation is possible in many cases, and SERVPRO is on hand to help.

When should gallery owners contact SERVPRO?

We recommend you contact us as soon as you notice signs of mold. You do not have to see fungal growth – if you notice damp patches on walls, ceilings, or artworks, let us know. Likewise, if you smell a moldy scent, call us. The sooner we arrive, the better the chance of saving your materials. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, so do not delay. 

What does mold do to paintings and art materials?

Unfortunately, canvas and other art materials such as paper or natural brushes make excellent food for mold. The fungus is parasitic and grows by digesting organic materials. Once mold settles on art materials, it can: 

  • Cause unsightly black or green patches
  • Damage materials beyond repair
  • Spread throughout your gallery and find new places to propagate

Can paintings be restored after fungal growth?

Restoring paintings requires specialist knowledge and equipment, but it is certainly possible. The tricky part about restoring moldy paintings is that you must try to avoid using chemicals on the painted service. The type of painting makes a difference. It is tough to restore watercolors as any water-based products will cause them to run. Acrylics are a little more robust, and oil paintings are the hardiest of all.

SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere can restore some mold-damaged paintings, especially if the damage is minimal. However, in some cases, you may need to contact professional art restorers, who can:

  • Choose products designed for use on the artwork, which minimize the risk of damage
  • Repaint areas of the picture
  • Restore the canvas, board, and stretchers that support the painting

Our technicians will let you know how much we can do and what results we can get to decide on your next best course of action.

Is it possible to rescue blank canvases?

Yes, depending on the extent of fungal growth. Our technicians can use careful brushing and powerful HEPA vacuums to remove mold from the canvas's surface. We can also use antimicrobial treatments and cleaning products and dry the canvas afterward.

We understand the importance of restoring canvas to its original shape and texture. We will give you an honest assessment of each piece's condition and the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

What about paint and paintbrushes?

Paint stored in properly-closed tins can last for ten years or more, and the container should keep the mold out. However, if you see mold on the paint's surface or the paint smells musty, discard and replace it. 

We can treat paintbrushes with a combination of scrubbing and brushing the handles, and using detergent and antimicrobial agents to clean the bristles. We can also tackle other wooden objects such as: 

  • Canvas stretchers
  • Backing boards
  • Frames

Can SERVPRO clean the gallery space too?

Yes. When our team arrives at your studio, they will assess the space and contents and draw up a plan of action. The assessment includes testing for moisture and humidity, so we know what we are working with.

We will set up containment around the affected area to contain the mold and prevent spores from breaking off and traveling throughout your studio. We use scrubbing, HEPA vacuuming, dry and wet wiping, and sometimes baking soda blasting to clean walls, floors, ceilings, and crawl spaces. We also place air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your gallery and make it less habitable for mold. 

We deodorize everything before we leave to get rid of lingering mold smells. We can use air scrubbers and carbon filters, and we can also wet fog nooks and crannies and place odor-eating pellets around the building.

Will the mold come back?

Because mold is naturally-occurring, we cannot guarantee it will not return. However, you can take some steps to protect your art studio by keeping it dry and free of water leaks and drips. Consider investing in some dehumidifiers – choose a model that displays the humidity level as it dries. Keep your gallery building in good condition, and do not overlook leaks or wet patches.

If the mold does come back, do not attempt to clean it yourself, as this can make it worse. Let us know, and we will assist you.

For help saving your art studio from mold, call SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104.

A Fire Caused by a Cooking Appliance Left a Homeowner with Severe Fire Damage. Where Does a Homeowner in Wilmington Seek Help?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

oven covered with smoke and soot A fire in your house can cause much more damage than you’d expect. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services to get life back to normal.

Talk to SERVPRO Technicians to Help You Deal With the Fire Damage in Your Wilmington Residence.

The secondary damages of a fire are not only traumatizing but also tricky to handle. Watching your belongings and building materials damaged or covered in soot can cause massive stress. Fortunately, SERVPRO professionals in Wilmington can mitigate the damage and get your property to its preloss state.

What can I clean myself?

It can be overwhelming to handle the fire damage in your Wilmington property without the right equipment, products, and expertise. Proper training, hi-tech equipment, and advanced cleaning products are essential in getting your property to its pre-damaged state. If you try to clean any surface by yourself, you can worsen the destruction.

However, before our technicians get to your property, you can set aside items that require urgent restoration. Valuable items such as TV's and computers can have priority over items like glassware. That way, you can make the fire mitigation work a bit easier for our restorers.

Can the type of fire affect the restoration process?

The cause of fire and items burned determines the type of residues that settle on various surfaces. This can affect the cleanup process significantly. For instance:

  • If protein-based substances such as beef or chicken were involved in the fire, the greasy film could spread in your kitchen. Also, the grease can burn various surfaces when heated further, and only powerful chemicals can remove it. We can use concentrated wood oil soap to clean your finished wood surfaces such as paneling, kitchen cabinets, and wood floors.
  • If natural substances such as wood, paper, among other organic materials, were involved in the fire, a gray or black residue could cover surfaces in your property. Our crew can rely on a powerful vacuum and approved products to clean the area.

Can restorers remove the smoke odor in my property?

Even after cleaning smoke residues, your property can still have a charcoal-like odor. Our SERVPRO technicians can use appropriate tools, products, and cutting-edge techniques to remove the odor from your property permanently. Some products we can use to remove the odors include:

  • Odor counteracting beads
  • Water-based wet mist deodorizers
  • Solvent-based thermal fog deodorizers

We can also use air scrubbers to combat the odors. The equipment draws indoor air through several filters to capture gases and odors and exhausts clean air into your property.

The primary and secondary damages of a fire can lead to costly home repairs. Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 for proper restoration. "Like it never even happened."

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READY How Do I Restore a Home after Flash Flooding?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

white dog with SERVPRO items sitting Our SERVPRO Mascot and "Part-Owner" Understands the Need for Flood Water Removal and Mitigation in the Wilmington Area

Storms Can Lead to Flood Damage in your Wilmington Home; SERVPRO Provides Prompt, Safe Assistance for Residents in Need

Is reconstruction necessary after storm damages?

Adverse weather conditions in Wilmington can lead to flash flooding in the area. Rising water levels can back up sewers and overflow roads, which can affect your home. When water intrusion occurs as a result of flooding, it is considered as a contamination issue. Tainted water, often salty in this area, can complicate a water restoration project because many building materials can suffer permanent harm. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, grey or black water intrusion may require demolition to expose hidden moisture and discard ruined elements. The S500 recommends that "restorers should open assemblies" to remove contaminated materials from cavities. These assemblies could include floor-tiles, boards, baseboards, drywall, or other interior structures within the home. Opening assemblies can also help to provide an accurate assessment of subfloor and wall cavities.

How is contamination controlled in a flooded property?

A property with Flood Damage in Wilmington can continue to deteriorate after pumping standing water. Porous materials like insulation, drywall, and sheetrock can absorb contaminated water. Contaminated materials must be assessed for potential removal. In category two, water contamination- greywater- there is a good chance of cleaning wet materials. In grey water contamination, SERVPRO technicians can recover carpets or walls using chemical cleaners and pressure washing equipment. Blackwater requires removal and replacement. It is essential to have an expert assess water contamination. In some situations, pressure washing, for example, can worsen the condition of your home by converting contamination into aerosols.

How do restoration technicians return home to a sanitary state?

  • Remove obstructing assemblies through demolition to assess hidden materials
  • Clean and decontaminate salvageable materials like carpets, drywall, or upholsteries
  • Demolish and dispose of non-salvageable materials that have high-grade water contamination

Flash flooding can make your home unsafe. Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 to secure your property.

How Does Soot Get Removed from Fire-Damaged Newport Homes?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Soot covered walls after fire You can count on our professionals with state of the art equipment to quickly restore your property so you can return safely after a fire incident.

Soot is one of the most destructive effects of a fire loss, making it a priority to remove when restoration and mitigation get underway. 

Fire losses that threaten Newport homes and businesses can damage the property in many ways. Among the most challenging to overcome is the presence of smoke residues and soot. Puff backs are a typical example of this threatening black residue throughout the house when an oil furnace has a small explosion in the ignition chamber. Soot can also occur through partial combustion of exposed materials and contents in your home. A thick residue can be a substantial burden for cleaning technicians and present hazardous conditions for the property, so our SERVPRO team works to remove this carcinogen wherever it gets found. 

There are many layers and levels of fire damage in Newport homes that responding technicians like ours must address and overcome. While much of these concerns can get resolved during the mitigation phases with the application of advanced tools and technologies, soot can be a threat in multiple ways. From circulating particles to thick surface residues, there are varying strategies to resolve each of these types of soot and soiling damages to the structure and its contents. 

How Does Airborne Soot Get Removed? 

Circulating soot particles are microscopic, meaning that you might not always be able to identify their presence with the naked eye. Their small size is also hazardous in that breathing in these particulates can allow them to sit deeply into the lungs of those exposed, leading to respiratory conditions or worse. Removing these particles often requires several strategies that begin with addressing the present free-floating carcinogens and the residues on surfaces and contents throughout the structure. A combination of filtering and air purification tools can screen out particles as small as .03 microns with HEPA filtration screens. Tools and tactics for clearing the air often include:

  • Air Scrubber
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Air Duct Cleaning 

What Steps Are Necessary for Soot Removal on Surfaces? 

Soot and smoke residues often vary based on the material affected and the combusting materials. Protein residues, for example, get produced from grease fires in the kitchen. The incomplete combustion of fuels like wood produces thick smoke soiling that coats wall surfaces, ceilings, and floors throughout your house. There are multiple solutions to address these acidic residues, and they get selected based on the underlying materials impacted. We can pre-test potential cleaning strategies through small sample spaces to determine the most efficient approach for your specific construction materials, paints, wallpaper, and other involved products. These strategies for residue removal often include:

  • Soda Blasting – With pressurized air or even water combined with media like baking soda, this cleaning approach can dislodge and blow away thick soot residues on surfaces without damaging the underlying substrate. 
  • Agitative Cleaning – Brushing, vacuuming, and feather dusting can be useful in removing dry smoke residues and a preliminary action to take with thicker soot residues before emulsification. 
  • Chemical Solvents – Oil-based soils can benefit from the application of oil-based solvents. Testing the effectiveness of specific cleaning products can identify the type of residue and the best approaches for removing it. 
  • Controlled Demolition – When all else fails, removing the impacted material entirely and later replacing it is the most direct restoration path. 

How Do Damaged Contents Get Cleaned? 

Your personal belongings can often also get highly damaged by circulating soot particles and residues forming on the surfaces of exposed items. Relocating these belongings to our nearby facility can allow for intricate cleaning and restoration actions to take place, such as:

  • Ultrasonic Tank – Hard materials like glass and ceramics coated with soot residues can benefit from time in the immersion tank. Millions of exploding microscopic bubbles loosen soils on the damaged item and thoroughly clean every crevice. 
  • Surface Cleaning with Solvents – Surface cleaning is necessary for many of the items brought into our SERVPRO warehouse after a fire. We can identify the type of soiling and use chemical solvents, agitative practices, and abrasive methods to remove surface soot. 
  • ESPORTA Wash System – Clothing and soft materials that cannot stand up to the immersion tank can get thoroughly cleaned with a gentle cycle with this advanced restoration technology. 

Soot is often one of the most challenging obstacles for our team and homeowners to overcome after a fire loss incident. With so many variations of how this can damage your property, our experienced SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere team can help with multiple approaches tailored to any soot presence in your house. Give our emergency line a call anytime at (302) 992-0104. 

What Is the Best Option for Restoring My Home After a Fire?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire and smoke on electric wire plug indoors If a fire has damaged your property, contact SERVPRO today.

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Wilmington Home After a Fire or Any Disaster

Fire is the probably most feared disaster for any homeowner. Except for being in a hurricane or tornado, it is the most physically damaging to a home. It leaves otherwise untouched property covered in soot residues left by burning material. 

Which is Worse to Deal with, Soot Residues, or Physical Damage?

There is no worse type of damage, only different methods to deal with the different types of Wilmington fire damage. That’s why SERVPRO is the best option. Our crews train to deal with every type of damage to your home, regardless of what it may be. 

Where Do Your Crews Begin?

After laying down plastic sheeting to avoid tracking residues into untouched areas, our crews pull out everything too damaged to repair or clean. That includes scorched items like carpets, flooring, wall paneling, and more. 

After removing it all from your home, specialists then move in to clean each surface. Depending on the thickness and type of residue, team members use the following methods:

  • Dry Wiping – Specialists use sponges and cloths first to remove powdery residues left behind by higher temperatures and faster burning fires.
  • Wet Wiping – Here, team members use sponges and cloths with water or a cleaner to remove thicker layers of residues and stickier residues left by slower burning fires with a lower temperature.
  • Agitation – This method is preferred on stone and brick surfaces to remove any residues that penetrate the surface and resist dry and wet wiping. 

What about the Smell?

SERVPRO specialists use cleaning agents designed to suppress and eliminate malodors generated by the soot residues. Where needed, they also have access to ozone generators designed to produce particles that bind with and eliminate odors, no matter how deeply they penetrate surfaces. 

Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere today to restore your home here or in Newport. Start the process today by calling (302) 992-0104. We are here for you.