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No More Mistakes With Mold Damage Remediation in Wilmington

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO No More Mistakes With Mold Damage Remediation in Wilmington Mold can occur in the most unreachable places. Contact the mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Why SERVPRO Wilmington Provides Effective Professional Mold Damage Remediation

When you first notice signs of a mold infestation in Wilmington, chances are good some self-help might be your first choice. Unfortunately, mold often does not respond as expected to conventional cleaning methods because is it not typical household soiling. Introducing the moisture mold needs to grow during cleaning can make a mold problem even worse. Our mold remediation managers and technicians follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols, which is why we deliver successful outcomes.

Mold damage in your Wilmington home does not need to cause panic, even if you feel as though you tried everything and failed. When we follow the proper procedures, mold growth, and the damage it inflicts on structural components, abates. 

The SERVPRO mold remediation team locates, contains, and removes the active mold colonies. Containment methods include plastic barriers sealing off the work area and often a negative pressure air scrubbing system to force and capture contaminants through HEPA filters before venting to the outdoors. Our technicians wear personal protective gear to prevent tracking moldy residues into unaffected areas.

On solid surfaces, SERVPRO employees use mechanical means to remove the mold, including brushes and scrapers. Soda blasting is a gentle but effective way to rid some porous building materials of mold damage. We vacuum and wipe up debris in the workspace, bagging them for hazardous waste disposal following local regulations. The now-cleared area receives treatment with an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent. Coatings containing fungicides can prepare affected surfaces for further restoration efforts while at the same time inhibiting mold regrowth. 

We follow up by recommending you eliminate the source of moisture that fueled the microbial growth initially and helping with repairs. Mold spores are always in the environment, both indoors and out. They cause little harm when dry, but if water is available for as few as 24 to 48 hours, the moisture can cause spores to begin multiplying, damaging organic surfaces in your home and creating an airborne irritant to susceptible individuals allergic to mold or its toxins. 

SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere is ready to help abate active mold infestations and address the moisture sources that caused them. Call (302) 992-0104 to schedule a remediation assessment.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 1992104829

Residential: 1992104829

Commercial: 1992104829

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How to Dry Your Water Damaged Wilmington Basement

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Dry Your Water Damaged Wilmington Basement Did your basement unexpectedly become an indoor pool? Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

Flood Extraction in Your Wilmington Basement 

Flooding, even from breaches caused by storm damages to your Wilmington home, can find its way to the lowest levels and collect in your basement. The most common pathway for pooling water in this subterranean floor is through a deteriorating block wall, where water can find penetration points and reach the interior. Even with a drain system and graded concrete floors, flooding through these vulnerabilities could become devastating for your property. To counteract these effects, you need a fast response by competent professionals like our restoration team.

The faster that you can secure qualified professionals to address flood damage in your Wilmington home, the less detrimental these pooling effects can become. Our SERVPRO professionals have comprehensive training and experience gained through certification coursework designed by the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to become Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), many of which also have additional endorsements in Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) Our team can quickly assess the severity of the situation and develop an effective plan to mitigate and restore these conditions.

Flood recovery hinges significantly on finding the vulnerabilities and penetration points that allowed the emergency to occur in the first place. For your basement, this often means learning where block breaches exist, and earmarking these for full replacement or using more immediate strategies like hydraulic cement to prevent further infiltration. 

Extraction is a critical component of this flood recovery as well, and our SERVPRO team has a broad inventory of water removal equipment to address every severity we might encounter. From our wet-vacs and extraction wands to our engine-driven, gas-powered trash pumps, we can offer an effective removal strategy for every scenario involving standing water and oversaturation. We even have truck-mount options in our Green Fleet to provide an even more powerful solution when conditions are dire. 

Recovery after a flood loss can feel overwhelming for homeowners, but our SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere team can help. We have a wide range of sophisticated tools and machines that can quickly remove standing water and work to make these damaging disasters “Like it never even happened.” Give our professionals a call 24/7 at (302) 992-0104. 

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Proper Products in Water Damage

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Proper Products in Water Damage A peek of some of our products

SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere has trained, professionals in different aspects of our services. Water damage remediation is one of our specialties.  We have quite an array of products that we use in our water restoration.  One of our favorite products is bio-based. Here are some reasons why: Bio-based testing is used to confirm whether products sold as "botanical" contain synthetic compounds (derived from petroleum) that are not specified on the label. All living things contain carbon, which can be dated to identify the age of the ingredient and if it is from petroleum or plant sources.  The term "old" carbon is from petroleum while "young" carbon is plant based. This product we use is tested at 100% bio-based.  That is simply wonderful that SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere is able to use an authentic Botanical product.   

Storms Can Bring Down Trees

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Can Bring Down Trees Trees Down After a Storm

Spring & Summer Storms Can Cause Damage to Your Home

Did you know thunderstorms cause a whooping $15 billion in property damage, in the U.S. annually? There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S.  Fun Fact: Worldwide there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and approximately 2,000 thunderstorms in progress in any given moment.  (nssl.noaa.gov) While most thunderstorms can be less severe, some can be destructive and frightening. You should know the safest part in your home to go to during an event such as the basement or in area away from windows.  An emergency list or kit should be readily available.  These things should include: flashlights, extra batteries, weather radio, canned/dry goods, don’t forget the pets, can opener, bottled water, first aid kit, blankets, extra clothing, prescriptions etc.  Your important ID’s, should be in a safe place you are able to access if needed.  Maintaining your home properly always is a plus.   Tree limbs that are overgrown should be trimmed; roofs may need repairing from the harsh winter.  These small maintenance upkeeps may help during such an event.  Sometimes under the right conditions, rainfall can cause flash flooding. A lot of times you may have “no” or “limited coverage” coverage on your homeowners’ insurance.   Flooding is a common claim we take care of here at SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere. If you sustain water damage after a storm we are here to help. 302 992 0104

IICRC Standards

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial IICRC Standards IICRC Certified

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an organization that sets standards that SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere follows. The S550 Standard is for Professional Water Damage Restoration of Commercial Structures. It is a procedural standard for performing water damage in the commercial, industrial, institutional, and complex residential structures. This standard includes building and material science, drying complex materials and systems, safety and health, documentation, logistics, inspections, restoration procedures, HVAC and equipment. SERVPRO follows the universal standards and best practices in our expertise in water damage restoration. It is impractical to use blanket rules in every water damage situation because every water damage has unique circumstances. Our company follows these guidelines and procedures and our staff is trained and certified. We reference their standards and strive to be up to date with the latest standards so we are able to implement them.

Spring Has Sprung

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Has Sprung Spring is in the Air.

Cleaning Your Home

It’s the time of the year we all look forward too. Everything feels fresh, new and hopeful, but I bet you don’t feel the same about spring cleaning! It’s that daunting task that we feel compelled to do, but don’t know where to start. Just remember, spring cleaning does not need to be overwhelming. Take a deep breath and a step back. Go through your house and make a thorough list of all you’d like to accomplish. Start simply by de-cluttering and organizing one room at a time. Then you are ready to dust and wipe down and sanitize all your hard surfaces. When done move on to the next room. Take it one day at a time, one room at a time. Just remember SERVPRO is just a phone call away for all your deep cleaning needs, whether it’s mold removal or a good old-fashioned carpet cleaning, SERVPRO is here to help at 302 992-0104. Good luck and Happy Spring! 

Closing Job Files Quickly

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Closing Job Files Quickly Drying Documentation

When a job file is created at SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere, we contact the customer immediately. We also take the opportunity to have quick, prompt service so the customer can depend on a reduced number of pending files with their insurance company. Our technicians work effectively and cohesively with customers’ insurance providers in the filing of claims. It is fact that files that are closed faster usually have lower claim costs associated. When a file is open for lengthy periods of time, the opportunity for more problems and expenses can rise. SERVPRO completes and closes job files properly so that our customers can regain control of their lives as quickly as possible.

We close our files quickly by mitigating and restoring the property in a timely manner. Not only does this get the restoration process started, but his also can help prevent secondary damages. SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere is reputable for our job file execution.

Working Fire Alarms Save Lives

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Working Fire Alarms Save Lives Working Fire Alarm

Smoke alarms save lives. There are many smoke alarms you can have in your home or business. It is easy to take smoke alarms for granted if you have some already in your property. Protecting what matters most, your life and your property, should make you stop and think about the last time you had yours serviced or replaced. There are many types and brands available on the market today. Most smoke alarms run on batteries. Have you changed your batteries lately? It is up to you to make sure they are working batteries. Perhaps making it an annual “to-do” item may help resolve this. Some smoke alarms are hardwired into the electrical system of your home or business. These fire alarms have different features you can utilize. Just because you may have hard wired fire alarms, you may still need to change those batteries as well. Again, setting up reminders to complete this task is a good thing to do. Help keep your family and property protected by keeping working fire alarms.

Efflorescence

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Efflorescence Results were perfect.

Efflorescence, something that many of us come across but may not be sure of what it is. It’s a crystalline deposit of salts than can be seen on floors, or walls or other surfaces made of concrete or stucco, or brick and stone. This is commonly found in basements, but can be seen in other areas as well. Here is a recent example that SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere, Delaware found on an outdoor water wall where the salt and water found in the grout and cinderblocks behind the glass tiles created the efflorescence found in picture.

The way SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere handled this was to use a dry brush and a diluted solution of muriatic acid as to not damage the glass tiles. The homeowner was made aware that this will be an on-going solution, but not a cure. Very happy homeowners!

Some Fire Prevention Tips

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Some Fire Prevention Tips Clear Stove Top

When one thinks of fire it may remind them of destruction and loss. It may be hard to think what we can do to prevent fires however, in some cases we may be able to prevent some. Accidents happen. That is why they are simply called accidents. A bit of common sense can aid help us. Some examples would be: such as not leaving candles lit, forgetting about them or placing them near something too close, leaving food or containers on the stove while walking away, plugging in too many cords into the same receptacle, cooking barbecue too close to the house or trying to light it with gasoline. Simple precautions and thinking ahead before we do something are good rules of thumb. If you see something that you think could cause a problem fix it or get rid of it. Those of us who are old enough to remember, there use to be a little TV cartoon, Smoky The Bear. The cartoon told of how you can help prevent forest fires. We can use the same mantra when it comes to helping prevent housefires. Be careful, think what you are doing and hopefully, prayerfully, you never will have an event that causes destruction of property damage or even perhaps personal injury.