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Rodent Infestation Cleanup in Elizabeth City,Outer Banks

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Rodent Infestation Cleanup in Elizabeth City,Outer Banks SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City cleans up after a rat infestation 252-331-7889

In most cases, you may never see a mouse or a rat, unless your infestation is severe.  Such is the case with a local business with a serious rodent infestation of rats living above the ceiling and in the walls.  Ceiling tiles had to be removed and replaced, the carpets had to be cleaned and treated to safely remove urine and feces.  

Evidence that you may have a problem is the obvious droppings around drawers, cabinets, or under the sink.  Nesting will produce piles of shredded material, so look for signs of chewing on walls, floors, or food packages.

If you see any of these infestation signs, please take action and precaution.  First,  you need to have the rodents trapped and removed and seal up all point of entry, holes.   This article offers advise on How to get rid of mice.   Once this has been successfully done, then the cleanup process can begin.

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks technicians are trained and qualified to safely clean and disinfect your home or office to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Your Outer Banks home is your largest investment, what happens when disaster hits?

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Outer Banks home is your largest investment, what happens when disaster hits? SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks 252-331-7889

Your home is more than likely the biggest investment that you will ever make and one that holds a lifetime of memories.

What happens if you wake up to see 2 inches of water in your kitchen?  What would you do?  Do you know who you would call?

We are SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks and we have been serving homeowners and businesses like you since 1967.  

As a leader in the field of water damage repair and restoration, our crews are trained to help you when disaster strikes, to help walk you through the drying process and help to make it #LikeItNeverEvenHappened.

If disaster strikes your home, be sure to remember to call SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks at 252-331-7889

#SERVPROOBX #NoWorries #SERVPRO

Elizabeth City & Outer Banks Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Elizabeth City & Outer Banks Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

It is very important to follow our safety tips if you suspect mold to be in your home or business.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home or office.

When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home or office.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.

Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – [252-331-7889]

When Storms or Floods Hit Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, SERVPRO is ready!

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks.

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks,  we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today [252-331-7889]

Thunderstorm Safety in Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, NC

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Community Thunderstorm Safety in Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, NC Are you ready North Carolina?

It is important to be prepared for thunderstorms and severe weather. 

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour or produces hail at least 1" in diameter.

Do you know the difference between a Thunderstorm watch and a warning?  WATCH out, severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch North Carolina area.  Be WARNED, severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.  The American Red Cross tells us how to prepare for thunderstorms and suggests getting trained in first aid and to put together an emergency preparedness kit.

When damage strikes, you can be ruined or You Can Be Ready. Visit Emergency Ready Plan, Username: ERP@SPECityOBX.comPassword:Ready.  

At SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, we are "Always Ready to Help".

Faster to your Elizabeth City, Outer Banks Water Damage Emergency

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Elizabeth City, Outer Banks Water Damage Emergency SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks provides 24 hour fire and water dmage restoration services in Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –252-331-7889

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO® of Hampton

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew

Certifications

  • ASCS - Air Systems Cleaning Specialist
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • VSMR - Ventilation System Mold Remediators
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • LCT - Leather Cleaning Technician
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • CMR - Council-certified Microbial Remediator
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • IICRC Certified Firm

Dryer Vent Safety Facts

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Dryer Vent Safety Facts SERVPRO Elizabeth City/Outer Banks will clean your dryer vent system

Dryer Vent Safety Facts

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety commission (CPSC) estimates that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually.  These fires account for an average of 10 deaths, 310 injuries, & more than $84 million in property damage annually.

  • Mold Risk

A full load of wet clothes placed in a dryer contains about one-half gallon water

  • Safety First

If your clothes dryer takes longer than one cycle to dry clothing, you may have a fire hazard in your dryer that requires a cleaning. 

  • Higher Energy Costs

The clothes dryer is one of the most expensive appliances to operate.  A dirty vent line can drastically increase the dryer run-time, resulting in higher energy costs.

  • Clean the Vents

By cleaning the vent, you reduce the risk of mold and fire hazard.  

Clogged Dryer Vent Sparked Fire that Displaced 9 People 

 

Fact or Fiction-Common Causes of House Fires

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

General Fact or Fiction-Common Causes of House Fires Fact or Fiction-Common Cause of House Fires

In an episode of SaveOnEnergy.com's Fact or Fiction,  they explore common causes of house fires in the United States. 

SaveOnEnergy.com took a  poll that reveals most people believe the primary reason for house fires begins with cooking mishaps.

Several of their respondents chose electrical failures or candles as primary reasons for house fires.

What do you think comes in first place? Visit Fact or Fiction-Common Causes of House Fires

How Can SERVPRO Restore Soft Contents?

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning How Can SERVPRO Restore Soft Contents? Technology to help restore your treasures and valuables

 

We recently took on a new department, and it is TEXTILE CLEANING & RESTORATION.
 
What does this mean for you? No more subcontracting out textiles, we are now your one stop shop! We are now the home to the Esporta Wash System.  We provide full service Textile Cleaning & Restoration.
Esporta’s proprietary technology is the most effective washing system available today. Types of damages we can restore are contaminated water & sewage, heavy smoke & soot, mold, and bio waste contaminated goods. We restore what used to be considered “non restorable.” With the Esporta System we can restore, leather goods of all kinds, household items of all kinds, sports equipment, and specialty items like pillows, stuffed animals, purses, shoes and so much more. To give you an idea of just how amazing this system is, laboratory testing has verified that the Esporta Wash System can restore to Food Grade Clean by removing 99% of contaminants. By utilizing the Esporta Wash System we provide you with a simpler and faster claim settlement process in addition to restoring soft goods. Our cleaning technicians are Esporta trained and certified.

 Textile Cleaning & Restoration. . . See How We Do It

What Should Be Cleaned & Restored vs. Replaced

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning What Should Be Cleaned & Restored vs. Replaced To Clean and Restore vs. Replace (Photo: Shutterstock)

Our friendly insurance adjusters at National Underwriter Property & Casualty say when determining whether soft-surface-content items such as fabrics and carpets should be remediated or discarded,  it can be difficult to determine.


SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/OBX works directly with your insurance adjuster,  as the restoration contractor.  We are able to classify the indoor space that has been affected by a water loss into zones based on the amount of water damage.  These zones are determined based for example areas of the structure that were not affected by the water loss or those directly affected by the water loss.  


After the classification, cost effective remediation methods are tailored to the expected condition of the items in each conditional area.


This process helps to determine the amount of aggressive cleaning needed, thus helping to keep the costs at a minimum.  Read More: Determining the fate of soft-surface items


SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/OBX offers Lunch & Learns to Insurance Adjusters to show them how we are able to restore soft content items (Textile Restoration) with our Esporta® Wash System.  This technology not only saves the insurance company money, but it also helps to prevent filling up landfills with chemicals & man-made fibers.  How it's Done