We Are Available 24/7 For Your Wilmington Water Damage Restoration
The carpet in this home was soaked and needed our services right away. We responded as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Professional Water Extraction in a Wilmington Laundry Room
Whether it is from loose sealants, foundation damage, or other factors, garage flooding can be very damaging to the home. Without rapid mitigation techniques, this damage can put homeowners and their assets at risk of mold, warping, and other damage that can compromise their safety and living standards. However, there are professionals available to help.
If your Wilmington home requires water extraction, certified SERVPRO professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, for cleanup. Not only is your local SERVPRO dedicated to serving the community with disaster mitigation techniques that are second to none, but they also offer residential, commercial, and general contracting services (license #1992104829) to aid homeowners in restoring their home to a preloss condition.
Handling Washing Machine Leaks
- Shut off the water. To prevent further water damage, empty your washer and shut off the water supply connected to the machine.
- Inspect the machine. Washers can have leaks from various sources, with some of the most common being the water supply hoses in the back of the unit, internal hoses, and the pump. Check hoses carefully for mineral deposits and rust that can indicate a leak.
- Replace components. Your local hardware store is likely to have compatible replacement parts for many components of a washing machine, including hoses. Consider braided cables, which are designed to be more resistant to leaking. Replace hose washers and other hardware that connects your appliance to the water supply. For pump replacements, use a car jack or 2x4s to angle the machine and prevent tipping during repairs. If the belt is burnt or worn down to its threads, replace it as well.
How SERVPRO Restores Structures
When water-related disasters strike in your home, SERVPRO technicians can use their knowledge and skills to restore your laundry room. This crew has a variety of water extraction tools available, ranging from suction pads and rovers to pull moisture out of carpet and pad to extraction wands that are designed to pull water out of nooks and crannies. The extraction process is thorough to ensure that drying with air movers and dehumidifiers can succeed.
SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." After disaster strikes, you can call (302) 992-0104 for a cleanup that can begin within hours.
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SERVPRO Offers Tips for Buying Second-hand Appliances in Wilmington
Before you buy, check used appliances for frayed cords and other defects.
Thoroughly Checking Second-Hand Appliances Helps Prevent Fire Damage in Wilmington
Finding used appliances for sale in the local paper saves money in many situations. However, it would be best if you had more than a clean appliance. Plugging in the appliance gives you a chance to make sure it works before purchasing and taking it to your Wilmington residence. It is also useful if you use that time also to examine the cord and mechanical components, listen for any abnormal noises, or smell any odors that indicate smoldering parts.
Depending on the severity of any problems you detect, fixing them after you buy, but before you use them in your Wilmington home, can keep fire damage from becoming a reality. A frayed cord might develop when a washing machine ‘walks’ due to an uneven floor or unbalanced seating. This defect is entirely different than finding worn out internal motor parts. You can easily repair a cord by replacing it with the correct gauge, but a new motor might pose more of a challenge.
Lamps and chandeliers often have the highest wattage you can safely use in these fixtures shown in a prominent place. Using a 100-watt bulb in a lamp stating 60 watts or less can start a fire. This might happen because of overloaded wiring or because of materials that melt when you leave the higher watt bulb on for too long.
The danger of fire damage from the much smaller-sized lights used in holiday decorations comes from any nicks in the wiring, lost or burnt-out bulbs, or the accumulation of heat that ignites something near the lights. All lights used in the previous year need to be checked before use. Also, a smart habit against fire damage is to never leave electrical decorations on when leaving the house or overnight while your family sleeps.
Unfortunately, even with precautions, fire damage can still happen. SERVPRO has the specialists and technicians needed to make things “Like it never even happened.” Mitigation of areas affected by fire, smoke, and intense heat, followed by restoration work, undoes the damage. For the worst, most intensive damage, our building crew, under license number 1992104829, teams up with us so we can still provide our customers with a rapid recovery and excellent work.
SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere is nearby, also serving Newport and Greenville. We hope your family home does not experience fire damage, but if it does, call (302) 992-0104. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and can help reduce the stress associated with such disasters, any time of the year.
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Be Prepared for Severe Storms in the Wilmington Area--Call SERVPRO for Advice or Service
SERVPRO Says to Protect Wilmington Crawlspaces from Storms and Flooding with Encapsulation
Fixing and Preventing Wind Storm Damage in Wilmington
Each year in the United States, at least 867,000 people are affected by thunderstorms. Lightning alone accounts for at least 300 injuries per year. Globally, 16 million thunderstorms occur each year, and at least 2,000 storms are causing damages and injuries at any given time. Not only are severe storms and related damages stressful for homeowners to endure, but repairs can be costly and lead to long-term damages from mold and bacteria without professional cleanup. Is your number up?
If your Wilmington home has offered storm and flood damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to return your home to a preloss condition whenever possible. These technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials along with a bevy of cutting-edge technologies to safely clean and repair structures. This SERVPRO also has a contracting license for general, residential, and commercial purposes (#1992104829), so you can have your residence fixed even more quickly by a professional, well-rounded team.
Storm-Proofing Your Windows
? Window replacements. Consider replacing your current windows with heavy-duty ones that have built-in wind resistance. Many modern windows are crafted from shatter-resistant glass that can lower energy costs and improve insulation.
? Hurricane film. This quick, low-maintenance storm prevention option can stay in place all year long. Hurricane film also protects against UV rays. If debris or other circumstances break your windows, this film can also prevent glass shards from entering your property. However, hurricane film cannot prevent the displaced window frames.
? Storm shutters. One of the primary causes of damaged windows is high-speed winds from storms. These winds can fling debris, hail, and many other items at high speeds that can cause considerable damage to structures. However, storm shutters offer adequate protection against such occurrences.
How SERVPRO Restores Your Home
If leakage from a displaced window frame or loose window seal is affecting your walls and hardwood floors, SERVPRO technicians have a variety of extraction tools available to prepare the area for drying. For small-scale damages, floorboards can be dried and replaced as necessary depending on their condition. Small holes may be drilled in walls to encourage ventilation, which is especially beneficial for drying insulation that has been affected by water. Technicians may erect polyethylene chambers to facilitate drying in a more contained space.
SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere strives to leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." For lightning-fast disaster cleanup 24/7, call (302) 992-0104.
Why Calling SERVPRO is the Best Decision for Dealing With Mold Damage Situations in Wilmington
Regardless whether a mold infestation happens in a home or a business, calling team SERVPRO for remediation is the right decision.
Successful Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in Wilmington
No one wants to deal with mold growth in Wilmington. The stakes increase for business owners doing their best to cope with the challenge of microbial infestation in areas where the public visit or employees work. High on the list of concerns are health and safety regulations that evaluate problems like mold growth and abatement efforts when operating licenses are renewed, and premises monitored.
A local business had mold damage on their Wilmington campus, infesting the walls in a restroom. Bathrooms and other areas laced with plumbing lines and higher than average humidity levels are prone to mold growth. Proper mold remediation protocols must be followed in any space. In rooms where the potential for water spills, leaks, and increased relative humidity is elevated, repair of leaks and strict adherence to spill cleanup and water vapor removal via exhaust fans or dehumidifiers is critical. Minimizing moisture is the only sure way to limit mold growth.
The business owner believed the mold growth had been addressed appropriately in the bathroom. Relief turned to dismay when evidence of mold resurfaced. If mold remediation does not follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) procedures developed for schools and commercial spaces, the resurgence of mold damage is probable. Improperly corrected mold damage was the reason the business reached out to SERVPRO.
Conventional cleaning methods are not up to the task of clearing mold away. The diluted detergents, solvents, and soaps employed by housekeeping crews or inadequately trained mold technicians often contribute to the problem by adding water that fuels mold growth. Painting over the stains does not solve the problem. Mold continues to grow under paint.
As seen in the picture, a layer of paint covered the previous mold growth near the baseboard but did not prevent a rebound. Signs of the return of mold damage are apparent, including bubbling, discoloring, and peeling of the paint. As soon as the business noted the unsatisfactory results, SERVPRO received the call.
We sent an experienced mold remediation project manager to evaluate the situation. Using moisture meters, crews sketched out the perimeters of the mold colony. Our crew followed the multi-step process mandated by the EPA:
- Containment of the Affected Area
- Removal of Mold Organisms and Mold-Infested Building Materials
- Scrupulous Cleanup of Debris
- Bagging of Mold and Debris and Lawful Disposal
- Disinfection with EPA-Registered Products
Our construction division took over the task of repairing and rebuilding areas of the wall damaged by the mold and remediation actions. Holding both a general and a commercial contractor’s license allowed us to manage mold remediation and material restoration from start to finish. Clean inspection reports and the pride of providing clean restroom space to employees, customers, and the public is why SERVPRO ranks near the top of mold remediation service companies in the area.
Business owners need just one consultation to put SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere on their list of reliable mold remediation contractors. Call us at (302) 992-0104 with any questions, and we would be happy to drop by for an assessment.
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Call Us When Fire Impacts Your Wilmington Home
This fire was a result of a stove top being left on and unattended for too long. We arrived right away and began restoration.
What to do When Fire Devastates Your Wilmington Home
Fire damage is a devastating reality for people who experience a fire in their homes. After you ensure everyone in the house is safe, you must go about the task of recovery and restoration. Time is of the essence, especially with significant fire damage. There are some things you may be able to do on your own, but you should also contact the professionals right away.
Fire damage in your Wilmington home is traumatic, but springing into quick action could ensure restoration instead of replacement. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist in your time of need. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
During the time that you wait for professional assistance, first and foremost, make sure you are safe. Safety should always come first. Walking on soot-covered floors can be a serious slip and fall risk. After ensuring everyone in the residence is safe, secure valuables, keepsakes, and relevant documents. Move them off the premises, if possible, to keep them away from the lingering odor of smoke.
When trained professionals from SERVPRO arrive, they assess the damage. The amount of fire, smoke, and soot damage dictates the extent of the repairs. This is a critical step in developing a plan of action. Right away, technicians board up windows and any gaping holes, as well as tarp roofs to keep the structure safe and protect against secondary damage.
Next, SERVPRO technicians tackle removing and cleaning soot from your belongings. Then we attack the odor. Smoke odor is often the most stubborn part of fire damage. Smoke can permeate through every nook and cranny of the home. We use specialized deodorizers and equipment, catering to your unique situation. If clouds of smoke filled your home, we similarly fog the house to make sure the deodorizer reaches everywhere throughout the home. After your home is clean and deodorized, technicians begin rebuilding structural damage. We are general contractors, license number 1992104829, and have the skills to restore your home.
When fire damage impacts your home, contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104. We want to help restore your house, "Like it never even happened."
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We Discuss How To Prevent Storm Damage To Your Wilmington Crawlspace With Encapsulation
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Preventing Storm Damage with Wilmington Crawlspace Encapsulation
Direct care of the crawlspace beneath a Wilmington home can help to reduce and even prevent loss and damage after severe weather events take place. Even contending with excessive groundwater that can become an issue after a steady rain, encapsulation provides a means of protecting the crawlspace from immediate damages and preventing the migration of hazardous and harmful effects to the living space above this open area.
Preventing a flood in Wilmington crawlspaces begins with having the right installed barriers and protective measures. Our SERVPRO team can assess the needs of your crawlspace in this regard by speaking with the homeowner and getting underneath your home to directly examine the affected areas.
Encapsulation hinges on the installation and application of thick 6 mil lay-flat poly sheeting. This material is the same used by our professionals to contain a damaged area for more efficient and effective drying or recovery. In this sense, the sheeting gets installed along the ground, and in many cases, the walls of the crawlspace and even along the floor joists above this area. The plastic sheeting is moisture resistant, keeping any groundwater or flooding from seeping through it.
Water diversion equipment can also help you to do even more to combat groundwater and the destructive flooding after severe weather events. With the installation of devices like sump pumps, our SERVPRO team can redirect water flow from this crawlspace area out to a drainage area a safe distance from your household.
Preventing moisture in this space beneath the main floor of your house reduces the threat of microbial and fungal growth. Preventing colonization of mold spores can also help to reduce any airborne health effects that come with exposure to these colonies when they affect subflooring and supports underneath the floor of your first level.
Knowing what to expect with crawlspace encapsulation can help homeowners to appreciate how they can better protect their properties commonly affected by flooding and storm damage. Give our SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere team a call for an estimate and assessment at (302) 992-0104.
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Ways to Prevent Fire Damage and Accidents that Protect Your Family in Hockessin.
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Let us help your Hockessin home prevent fire damage.
A fire requires both fuel and oxygen to burn. While it produces heat, it also requires initial heat to start consuming both fuel and oxygen. A fire can happen in any part of your Hockessin home, damaging both your belongings and your family members. Fire can begin in different ways and places.
Fortunately, there are many ways that residents in Hockessin can prevent fire damage from harming their property or causing injuries that hurt their family members. Many of these involve keeping heat sources away from fuels. Oxygen makes up almost 30% of the air, so we need to control errant sparks, instead.
Fuel sources come in many forms – wood, paper, carpeting, clothing, plastics – in short, almost everything inside your home can feed a fire. Sparks and localized areas of intense heat happen within our homes in many ways that we often do not notice. Friction creates enough heat to light a match or lighter, or it can also wear a hole into an electric cord.
Exposed wires can spark, catching fuel items on fire. Because of this, SERVPRO technicians never place cords underneath rugs or mats. We also check our equipment for cuts in cords and make repairs before they can worsen. Sometimes this means replacing the cord with a new one of the same gauge. Smaller wires should not be used because smaller cords cannot handle the amount of electricity needed to power the equipment. Hanging cords on nails or hooks can also cause the wires inside to break.
Cooking fires do not always happen because of grease or oil that caught on fire. Fire damage can start when towels are hung too near the stove. Frayed edges on a time-worn pair of hot pads or oven mitts can also catch fire. For the same reason, avoiding loose sleeves while cooking is always advised. Handles turned away from the edge should not force anyone cooking to place their hand over another burner. Microwave ovens, toasters, and electric grills need space around them to not only keep boxed foods and other items from burning, but to also prevent heat building up inside the appliance.
Garages and other places where dampness occurs might seem like an impossible place for a fire to start in stacks of newspapers or old magazines, but spontaneous combustion can happen if just the right chemical reaction takes place. These items also provide bedding for pests, and disposing them avoids many problems. Storing flammable liquids should only happen in well-labeled containers. When using gas-powered items like lawnmowers or chainsaws, you should let the motor cool down before refilling.
There are many ways in addition to these to help prevent problems that can cause fire damage or personal injury. When someone becomes injured, seek medical help immediately. When your home in Newport or near Greenville sustains fire damage, call SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104. We're here, 24 hours each and every day of the year.
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When Your Wilmington Commercial Property Experiences Water Damage
Water damage? Don't go it alone. SERVPRO is always on call.
Commercial Water Damage Wilmington – Employee Kitchen Sink Overflow
Distractions in any situation can cause significant problems, especially in commercial operations. However, something as simple as an employee forgetting to turn off the faucet in an employee kitchen sink caused by a phone call or an emergency in the operations area. Water can overflow, spilling onto the floor, and spreading over a large area before someone notices.
SERVPRO has provided commercial water damage restoration in Wilmington for many years, and we have seen almost every type of situation. Some are storm-related, flood-related, and many caused by a series of preventable events. We respond to all situations and provide fast service to all our customers. Out of service situations for our commercial customers can be costly, especially after delaying restoration for any reason.
In situations like the one described above, SERVPRO can clean up and dry the affected areas while commercial operations continue. We are familiar with every type of safety issue. We can work closely with the shop foreman to ensure that services and production are maintained.
Our crew chief quickly assesses the situation and can arrange for site cleanup and drying to occur during the day or after hours as needed. We can bring in water extractors, air movers and dehumidifiers to remove all moisture.
Safety is always at the forefront of our assessment. We understand how important it is to avoid potential electrical shocks to employees, our staff, and electrical powered equipment. Depending on the amount of water and how far it has spread, we may recommend partial curtailment in some cases while water cleanup is underway.
SERVPRO also has Contractor Licenses:
We can provide full-service cleanup and restoration services for commercial and residential buildings for water, storm, and fire damage events. Coordination of water removal and restoration enables a return to an operational status much more quickly.
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How to Handle Every Damage Remediation Challenge in Wilmington With Ease Using These Tips
Whether it's water damage, flooding, or some one disaster that has affected your home, calling SERVPRO is the most effective response. Call today.
If Disaster Strikes Your Wilmington Home You Need To Call SERVPRO
As a restoration team that has been proudly serving Wilmington and the surrounding areas for nearly 30 years, we have learned from every project to become a prominent and respected name in the industry decades from when we first opened our doors. Our business has always had a family-feel, and that stems from multiple generations of the same family running operations. While we are an extension of a significant restoration brand in the country, we have never given up on our relationships and roots that have been the catalyst to our successes.
Much of what makes our water recovery department such a talented group is both the commitment to achieving the highest levels of education and training available for this nice of the restoration industry and the commitment of our team to invest in the cutting-edge equipment, instruments, and technology that can help our Wilmington customers. Even aspects like our initial inspection of a water-damaged property can happen more efficiently and thoroughly with the use of advanced tools like our infrared imagery and hygrometers.
Areas where standing water can get found must get addressed before other mitigation practices can begin in these areas. Our SERVPRO team has multiple choices with extraction tools, this decision depending on the severity of water damage in Wilmington homes and the location of standing water that must get removed. Sump pumps offer continuous discharge and can run on portable power solutions that our team provides should utility services become compromised.
Something unique to our brand is our documentation and methods of monitoring the drying process in a Wilmington home. The same instruments that get used during the initial inspection can also help to determine the success of our drying efforts, but the milestones reached and overall progress get logged to our DryBook software.
Identifying mold growth in your Wilmington home might not be as easy as many might believe. Without a distinct, clear cause for this organism to seat and thrive, some homes in the area likely contend with colonies and have no idea that they exist. This spreading organism can emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) that can cause detrimental health effects to those in your family that could get exposed. The concentration of these VOCs worsens the closer that a property owner gets to active colonization.
Preventing mold growth might not be possible for specific residents, especially those who do not realize that damp and moist areas of their Wilmington home exist. Our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) have the training and expertise to perform a thorough inspection of the suspected areas for the presence of moisture. We utilize the same discovery devices for water damage assessments to identify likely areas where mold colonization could exist.
Despite how stressful these situations can be, mold damage in Wilmington homes still often gets pushed off for a more convenient time. As a team with decades of experience in this niche of the industry, we aim to help homeowners overcome these colonies and their damaging effects before demolition and reconstruction is the only feasible remediation solution left.
Fire loss incidents can be some of the most destructive and varied disasters that our SERVPRO professionals ever face. Fire damage in Wilmington homes and businesses can be a layered threat, requiring stages of restoration and recovery efforts to carefully navigate the situation to prevent it from getting worse. Among the chief concerns when the team first arrives is the assessment process. If it is safe to do so, we can perform this walkthrough with both the customer and the insurance provider to ensure that everyone knows what the property needs to return to preloss condition.
Homes and businesses alike are at the mercy of the most efficient methods of fire suppression and extinguishment. While firefighters can often cause structural damage and water damage on their own, so can sprinkler systems installed in your Wilmington property. As prepared as our team can become to address effects like odors, soot, smoke residue, air quality threats, and other risks, our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) can mobilize to these affected homes as well to oversee the drying and extraction of water-damaged areas of the house.
It is our job to get your home ready for the next step in recovery, and with fire damage in Wilmington homes, this often means preparing for painting and reconstruction. Our priority is making this process as simple as we can on the customer, regardless of the mitigation and restoration work required. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”
We take it as a point of pride that we have the involvement we do in a large loss recovery team because this means that we can do more to help our Wilmington residents whenever disasters strike. In an area where severe weather can never stay ruled out, we contend with many of the destructive results of these events after the storm passes. Our disaster relief team is on call 24/7 with stocked trailers to address pressing threats like water damage and flooding.
We do not cut corners, and we seek to help anyone and everyone that needs us. That is why after some significant flooding situations and natural disasters, our SERVPRO team could take more than 24 hours to respond to the damage in your Wilmington home. Because of our focus on helping everyone who needs it, we can work as efficiently as possible to ensure that your property gets the attention and mitigation strategies it needs.
Because of our success in the realm of storm relief and flood recovery, we have been able to extend our services beyond our borders to help other states after natural disasters. To date, we have been to Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, and Illinois. This same focus to help out other franchises short-staffed after catastrophes are the same relationships we construct to help out our home when another ugly weather event targets our Wilmington streets.
The choice of professional restorers is a big one, and many select our SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere team for our central location and commitment that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (302) 992-0104.
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Safe Cleaning & Rebuilding After Flood Damage to a Wilmington Home
Let SERVPRO show you the safe way to clean your Wilmington flood damage.
We know safety when it comes to your Wilmington home flood damage.
Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States today, and homeowners near the Delaware River are familiar with the risks that living near bodies of water can present. However, it is just as important to be vigilant about the effects of flooding after cleanup: after all, this type of disaster creates an environment where microbes and bacteria can thrive.
If stormy weather or river swells cause flood damage in your Wilmington residence, certified SERVPRO technicians are prepared to come to your property at a moment's notice to mitigate damage and return your home to a clean, safe condition. Not only are these professionals available 24 hours a day, but they can also use sophisticated tools and equipment to sanitize your home after flooding occurs.
Floods can pose many risks to homeowners besides the development of mold. Floodwater often contains microbes, sewage, and other contaminants that can be unsafe for any resident. With this in mind, SERVPRO gets straight to work cleaning your home. Structures can be power washed as needed. Spaces in wall cavities and beneath floors and subfloors may need water removed with the aid of back-mounted or truck-mounted extractors, depending on the severity of the flood. Disinfection, a step often handled after drying in clean water disasters, must be done first in a flood situation. Sanitizing the area before drying it also prevents the spread of microbes and contaminants in the air.
Once items have been cleaned in your home, SERVPRO can use centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers that kill microbes and odors. Porous items, like carpet and pad, must be disposed of at the discretion of supervisors and insurance adjusters to minimize risk to homeowners. After removing water, disinfecting and drying your home, SERVPRO can do more than recommend a professional for home restoration. This team possesses a general contractor license (#1992104829) and can work with you to restore your home even more extensively after flood cleanup.
SERVPRO of Hockessin/Elsmere is dedicated to providing the community with service that leaves your home looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (302) 992-0104 today if you have a disaster that needs lightning-fast professional cleanup that begins within hours.
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