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Need Water Damage Restoration in Wilmington – Call SERVPRO

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment sign Water damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service for your home.

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Services Water Damage Cleanup in Wilmington

A leaky plumbing fixture or cracked joint can spray water continuously inside walls and under sinks inside Wilmington homes a long time before the occupants notice it. Water spreads across floors, soaks carpets, under padding, and even penetrates the subfloor. The subfloor in your home is made of plywood or OSB (Oriented Strand Board) and provides structural support to the floor, whether linoleum, tile, hardwood, or carpeted floors. The subfloor can resist water for a short period; however, once it absorbs moisture, both types will swell and gradually lose structural integrity.

SERVPRO provides water damage restoration services in Wilmington to homeowners and businesses and the surrounding area. We specialize in removing water and restoring your building after a water leak. We emphasize with our customers how important it is to begin water removal immediately to prevent secondary damage due to structural issues and even mold growth. We are available 24/7 and will respond to your location within four hours after your call.

We can prevent secondary damage by removing water from carpets, and other flooring materials, including hardwood floors, before these materials, are further damaged. Carpets can delaminate. Hardwood floors can buckle and crack. Subfloors lose their strength if allowed to remain wet. We utilize a combination of specialized water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture. We can also make arrangements for a plumber to assist with repairs to the plumbing that caused the leak in the first place.

Don’t hesitate. Call SERVPRO for help removing water and moisture after a leak. Our services include:

  • Water removal services
  • Water damage restoration
  • Water damage remediation and reconstruction

Call SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere in Wilmington and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (302) 992-0104.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration in Hockessin

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trailer full of equipment ready for work SERVPRO fire damage restoration crew will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call. 24/7 365 days a year.

Need House Fire Cleanup, Restoration, and Reconstruction in Hockessin – Call SERVPRO

Many fires are extinguished quickly by the fire department in Hockessin, limiting the damage caused by the flames to one or two rooms. Unfortunately, the damage caused by smoke and odors can affect the entire home. Hot air currents and HVAC systems distribute the smoke to virtually every room in your home, leaving a smell on your clothes and contents. Cleaning up after a small fire takes a great deal of effort and time.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services in Hockessin and the surrounding areas for all types and sizes of fires. Our team can be onsite in less than four hours from your initial call, and we get to work as soon as the fire department gives the all-clear signal that it is safe to re-enter your home.

Clients utilize SERVPRO services for fire damage restoration and reconstruction of their home after a fire for many reasons:

  • Fast response and action mitigate further damage to your home.
  • We work with your insurance adjuster to manage all of the paperwork associated with claims.
  • We clean your contents and keep them in a secure, clean staging area.
  • We use controlled demolition techniques to protect your home.
  • The damaged structure is rebuilt, including flooring, cupboards, and walls.
  • Our reconstruction team of plumbers, electricians, floor specialists, etc., are available to rebuild your home to its original condition.

SERVPRO can utilize Our General Contractor License #1992104829 and Residential Contractor License #1992104829 to offer a seamless fire damage restoration service from the initial inspection to the final build back and walkthrough. Leave the stress and work to SERVPRO. We will look after everything you need to recover your home after a fire:

  • House fire cleanup
  • Water & fire damage restoration
  • Smoke damage remediation and odor removal

Call SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere in Hockessin and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (302) 992-0104.

Need a Guide to Understanding Mold Remediation in Wilmington

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Count on the professionals at SERVPRO if you find mold damage in your home.

Adherence to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold abatement protocol is why SERVPRO is a top choice in Wilmington

You hear many promises concerning residential mold remediation in Wilmington. Although homeowners understandably would like to rely on a company to eradicate black mold and other fungal infestations, the ubiquitous presence of mold spores in all dwellings means an outbreak is just a few drops of lingering moisture away. Complete mold removal is impossible, as spores remain. Successful mold remediation requires controlling moisture as well as using mechanical mold colony removal techniques. 

Why Choose SERVPRO and the EPA Mold Remediation Protocol?

Years of research resulted in the EPA developing a step-by-step process that delivers long-term results for Wilmington residents cognisant of the link between water damage restoration and practical mold growth inhibition strategies. Wise property owners look for mold specialists who understand and can provide effective water damage mitigation and remediation, which is why SERVPRO, with our extensive water damage restoration background, is appealing.

What Should Homeowners Expect During EPA-based Mold Remediation?

Safety and sustainability are the two pillars of the EPA mold inspections, remediations, and removal model. Preventing the spread of moldy materials is one reason why SERVPRO crew members wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while avoiding inhaling or skin contact is another. Negative pressure air scrubbing technology adds to the safety, filtering mold contaminants before exhausting the contained space’s atmosphere to the outside. Once we establish the extent of the mold infestation, including finding additional damp areas using moisture detectors and meters, we construct a containment barrier of heavy-duty plastic. Then our technicians:

  • Scrape and brush the mold organisms off non-porous surfaces
  • Blast porous materials with soda or dry ice to remove visible mold and incapacitate the deeply embedded hyphae’s (mold ‘roots”) ability to regenerate 
  • Gather and double bag moldy debris, including resides vacuumed or wiped up, for lawful disposal
  • Treat cleaned surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials

Proven processes and comprehensive training in water damage and microbial abatement are why SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere earns consideration for your mold remediation needs. Call us at (302) 992-0104 for more information and to schedule an assessment.

Can a Professional Pack-Out Improve Fire Damage Restoration Outcomes in Hockessin?

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician packing You want help from the professionals after a fire in your home or business.

Let SERVPRO assess the benefits of moving some or all of your contents to our production facility during a Hockessin house fire cleanup 

It might seem that boxing and moving out the furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions from your home would increase the stress of fire damage restoration in Hockessin. On the contrary, when you allow SERVPRO to use our innovative Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to itemize and track the precious items that make your house a home. 

When Is a Pack Out Indicated for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup?

The aftermath of a Hockessin residential fire can be overwhelming, challenging for any homeowner to process. Amid the water and fire damage, restoration can feel impossible to achieve. You might be tempted to toss all the contents into the trash as an understandable emotional reaction and because most people have no idea how to approach fire and smoke damage remediation of the thousands of items in the average household. Removing the contents to a secure space where highly-trained content restoration specialists evaluate the damage and plan for restoration nearly always results in many of your treasured possessions returning to full function and appearance.

Does a Pack-Out Assist On-Site Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) Perform Water and Fire Damage Restoration?

Clearing your home of its contents can facilitate efficient fire and smoke damage mitigation and remediation of structural components and fixtures. SERVPRO technicians move throughout your fire-damaged dwelling without the impediments and delays caused by working around and continuously moving contents. Removing contents that carry high moisture and smoke soiling loads accelerates competition of tasks like:

  • Water removal and drying, swifter with the removal of moisture sources 
  • Evaluation and matching of surface soot types to appropriate cleaning products and methods, unhindered by the drift of residues from contents
  • Deodorization of smoke damage stench, confined to building materials and fixtures, not hundreds of other items that can carry malodors  

Count on SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere to guide decision-making during fire damage restoration efforts, including pack-outs. Call (302) 992-0104 as soon as practical to get a jump on fire-damaged home recovery.

How Can Homeowners Streamline Restoration of Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Water Damage in Wilmington?

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes with a label reading: SERVPRO is here to help Frozen or burst pipes can be a real problem in your home, call SERVPRO for assistance right away. We are here to help!

SERVPRO offers Wilmington residents a one-stop solution when burst pipes and icy meltwater damage homes during freezing weather

During the winter months in Wilmington, frozen pipes and ice damming cause water damage that affect homes from roofs to foundations. The forces exerted when water freezes inside plumbing lines can burst pipes or force roofing materials to gap and admit melted ice drips; these forces can be powerful and destructive. 

What Exactly Is an Ice Dam?

When you see an icicle, you might admire its drama and sparkle, but SERVPRO technicians focus on the top of the frozen waterfall, tracing to it troublesome interior ceiling leaks, insulation and wall damage, and even attic mold growth. How does the dam build and cause the water damage needing remediation in Wilmington?

  • Poorly sealed and/or insulated attic or upper living areas permit the escape of warm air.
  • Clogged gutters or blocked downspouts pool water that cycles through freezing and melting, accelerated by warm house air exhaustion.
  • Liquid meltwater seeps in through gaps exacerbated by the expansion when frozen.
  • Building materials experience harm, including the need for ceiling repairs from water damage and much more.

How Do Pipes Freeze?

Even if your Wilmington home tucks all plumbing inside the house’s envelope, some spaces can experience sub-freezing temperatures. Frozen pipes split and can contribute to structural damage, including basement flooding. Where are pipes at risk, and what does SERVPRO recommend as prevention?

  • On poorly insulated outside walls (wrap lines in after-market pipe insulation)
  • Inside cabinets without a reliable heat source (open doors and keep the home’s temperature higher 24 hours a day)
  • Outside faucets (drain the tap in the fall and upgrade valves) and place bib covers

Why Is SERVPRO a Good Fit for Water Damage Remediation and Water Damage Repairs?

Not only does SERVPRO offer highly qualified IICRC-certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) experts, we also hold general contractor licensed status. Once the water removal and drying are complete, we attend to any tear out, rebuilding, and repairs needed to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Never despair despite the damage brought by frozen pipes and ice dams when SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere is on the job. One call to (302) 992-0104 offers wrap-around restoration and rebuilding services.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 1992104829

Residential: 1992104829

Commercial: 1992104829

What Causes Most Appliance Leaks?

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher spillage Appliance malfunction happens a lo. Water damage from it can be a hassle. SERVPROs trained techs will have your property back to preloss condition.

Appliances Often Develop Leaks Because They Are Poorly Maintained.

Appliances usually make your life easier but, if they aren’t routinely serviced, they can also cause significant damage to your Wilmington home. Some of the most common leaky appliances are air conditioners, washing machines, and dishwashers. Leaks from these machines often start in predictable ways, but many homeowners fail to prevent them.

Wilmington water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO frequently encounter and remediate damage caused by poorly maintained appliances. Leaks from these household appliances may be massive and sudden, or they can be slight and silently impact your residence over a long period. In performing their work, our water damage remediation crews have determined that such leaks are generally caused by one of the following:

  • Air conditioners with either a deteriorated, holey condensate drain pan or a clogged condensate drain line 
  • Washing machines that have damaged or defective hot/cold water supply hoses
  • Dishwashers with a defective water valve or leaky water pump seal
  • A degraded or damaged refrigerator ice-maker water supply line 
  • Water heaters with corrosion, a loose/faulty drain valve, a loose/faulty temperature & pressure relief valve, or a deteriorated anode rod 
  • Garbage disposals that have leaky upper flange seals, a poor drain line connection, or old motor seals 

Oftentimes, SERVPRO technicians find that emergency water damage services, like water clean up and water damage repairs, wouldn’t have been necessary had the homeowner gotten their appliances periodically inspected and repaired.

With all this in mind, remember to keep up on the maintenance of your appliances; it could save you a considerable amount of time and money in the long run. However, if you ever do need water damage restoration services, don’t hesitate to call your helpful neighborhood SERVPRO of Hockessin/Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 for assistance.

What Is the Potential for Serious Flood Damage in Wilmington?

11/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Over the Years, Wilmington Homeowners Have Often Suffered Severe Flood Damage.

Wilmington’s position along the Eastern Seaboard makes it a prime target for powerful coastal storms and the severe flooding they often bring. Torrential rains and storm surges have frequently swelled the Delaware River, overflowed the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, which pass through the city, and caused severe flood damage in local homes and businesses.

Through the years, SERVPRO technicians have helped countless homeowners in Wilmington remediate flood-damaged residences. These neighborly efforts have involved everything from water removal services and basement flooding cleanup to biohazard remediation and water damage repairs. In performing our tasks, we have witnessed the destructive effects of numerous floods, but these are a small fraction of what our area has historically experienced. A few of the more notable Wilmington floods are as follows:

  • September 2021 - Hurricane Ida-related floods submerged several city blocks and forced more than 200 people to flee their homes
  • May 2014 - Excessive rains from a large low-pressure system caused Brandywine Creek to overflow, wreak havoc on several residences, and disrupt travel
  • September 2003 - High water that followed in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Henri damaged hundreds of homes and destroyed several local bridges
  • September 1999 - Flooding connected to Hurricane Floyd caused $8 million in property damage in and around Wilmington

None of this is that astonishing, given that Delaware is in the top ten most flood-prone states. Moreover, this situation is likely to get worse because climate change is predicted to lead to more powerful storms and substantially higher sea levels soon.

Considering the real threat of flood damage in our community, it is reassuring to know that quality help is available nearby. Your friends at SERVPRO of Hockessin/Elsmere are always ready to help you at (302) 992-0104.

How Can I Do Water Mitigation on My Hockessin House?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO warehouse with equipment SERVPRO water damage restoration has the manpower and equipment for any size damage. Call for fast and immediate action for your home.

Hockessin Homeowners Can Take Several Steps to Mitigate Potential Water Damage.

The best way to limit potential water damage to your Hockessin residence is to prepare for it beforehand. There are several time-tested measures residents can take to protect their homes from the harmful effects of water and save themselves time and money in the long run.

As SERVPRO’s Hockessin water mitigation experts know, water is often one of your home’s primary enemies. It can impact your residence via leaky or burst pipes, roof and ceiling leaks, appliance malfunctions, or corroded water storage containers. When water does affect your living spaces, it could destroy household contents, cause the proliferation of mold growths, produce persistent, pungent odors, cause basement flooding, promote structure-destroying dry rot, and necessitate thousands of dollars in water damage remediation. Therefore, it pays to know how to protect your living spaces from the water before it does any damage.

Some ways you can prevent or mitigate potential water damage are:

  • Having your home periodically inspected for roof and foundation issues, water damage, and possible leaks
  • Keeping up with appliance maintenance by having them routinely examined by professionals for any potential problems
  • Properly maintain your roof by keeping its gutters and drainage network clean, retiling it when necessary, and replacing it after the suggested time 
  • Ensuring that drainage systems on your property are clear and allow water to drain away from your home
  • Remaining vigilant against potential water leaks, watching out for their telltale signs, and not being lazy to address them properly

If none of these measures avert a leak, rest assured that SERVPRO of Hockessin/Elsmere can usually fulfill all of your water mitigation needs. So, whenever you need help, call us at (302) 992-0104.

Cleaning Up Soot After a Fire in a Hockessin Office Building

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trailer with a wall of equipment Commercial fire damage restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every disaster.

Smoke remediation in Hockessin properties involves several trusted methods of soot cleanup and removal. 

Smoke and fire damage is threatening situations for area businesses and can be so bad that some offices never reopen. We understand the urgency and importance of thorough cleaning and restoration, and we are available when disaster strikes to get mitigation started. 

Fire Debris Removal and Inspection

No fire damage restoration in Hockessin offices or commercial structures can occur without effectively overcoming pressing concerns like fire debris. Heaps of charred remnants amplify odors and soot damage, so we provide a thorough inspection to earmark where cleaning and restoration are needed most, as well as:

Surface Cleaning for Building Materials

Surface cleaning of specific building materials and structural elements is a vital process, as this is where much of the soot and smoke deposits are present. High heat fires force soot against vertical surfaces, which must be cleaned using a combination of dry cleaning strategies with chem sponges and wet cleaning options using alkaline cleaners and solvents. 

Content and Furniture Cleaning 

As fire damage spreads through the structure, more and more of the contents, furniture, and electronics can become impacted by these migrating conditions. Soot under pressure can force its way into cracks and crevices, making focused cleaning and restoration vital for the things that matter most in the building. We can even provide off-site cleaning for concentrated attention. 

Fire damages are among the most threatening emergencies that any business or office space can endure. One of the chief concerns for fire and smoke damage removal is addressing soot deposits throughout the facility. Our SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere team can provide efficient surface cleaning and aggressive restoration tactics to make fire losses "Like it never even happened." Call today at (302) 992-0104.

Emergency Services to Protect Flooded Wilmington Homes

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

standing in a pool of storm water in home Storm damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Initial actions mitigate loss and prevent worsening conditions after a flood in Wilmington properties. 

Flooding is crippling for homes and businesses in the area, making it a situation that our SERVPRO team must respond to help quickly. We have experience in water and flood restoration, making our fast response an effective means of mitigating the losses flooding can cause. 

Water Removal Services 

One of the most necessary emergency services needed after storm and flood damage in Wilmington homes is water removal. Floods leave standing water and pooling threats throughout the property, and several extraction tools must play a part. Often, natural flooding is most easily mitigated with a combination of vacuums and high-power pumps. Specialty extractors can also help when materials like carpeting become impacted. 

Flood Cuts and Controlled Demolition

Controlled demolition and bulk material removal is another area where emergency services can benefit a flood-damaged home. Standing water can ruin drywall, forcing moisture further up the wall system without direct actions like flood cuts. Moisture removal in wall cavities is more thorough and efficient, with access to low-profile air movers and evaporative drying equipment. 

Content Relocation and Discarding

We understand how destructive spreading floodwater can be for contents and furniture in the path of the migrating damage. Relocation is often one of the first choices to protect these items. When exposure already occurred, off-site cleaning at our SERVPRO facility could be the answer. This intricate care of your personal belongings includes:

  • Focused cleaning
  • Drying
  • Deodorization
  • Disinfection

Flood damage creates a substantial obstacle in returning a property to its original condition. With the pace that homes can become overwhelmed by intruding water and debris, emergency services play a vital role in protecting these properties and their contents. Our SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere team is standing by 24/7 at (302) 992-0104.