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Yellow Mold in Your Outer Banks Home

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Yellow Mold in Your Outer Banks Home Mold cleanup in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks.

Why is there yellow mold growing in your home?  Where did it come from, and what do you need to do about it?

What we do know is that mold grows in damp areas like bathrooms, around leaky plumbing, around leaky window frames, in damp basements, or in attics with a leaky roof.  Did you know that mold comes in different colors too?  Yep, mold can be yellow, white, brown, green, and of course black.

Special care needs to be taken to remove mold even for what may seem to be a simple task.  Mold spores spread easily and can become airborne, scattering to other areas of your home, making the mold problem even worse.  Even worse, those mold spores when inhaled can cause serious health risks such as an itchy rash, wheezing, and sore throats.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. In addition to health risks, mold can cause property damage. 

What you can do until help arrives

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call Us Today – (252) 331-7889

Free Air Duct System Inspection in Elizabeth City and Outer Banks

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Free Air Duct System Inspection in Elizabeth City and Outer Banks SERVPRO Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks offers a FREE Residential or Commercial Air Duct System Inspection.  Now you have a reason to add an air duct inspection to your Spring cleaning to do list. 

The excitement of warm weather seems to encourage us to want to clean.  SERVPRO remediation specialists suggests adding heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance to prepare for the warmer weather to come.  SERVPRO Industries, CEO, Sue Steen suggests the maintenance will help your HVAC work at its maximum efficiency and quite possibly reveal a problem that you might need to address sooner than later.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the duc twork of your home or business

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City / Outer Banks and our air duct cleaning services can help keep your air duct system clean and help extend the life of your equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

CALL AND ASK FOR YOUR FREE AIR DUCT INSPECTION AT 252-331-7889.

Vacation Rental Safety

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Community Vacation Rental Safety SERVPRO Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

How do you know if a vacation rental property is safe for your family?  Popular home rentals websites indicate that they are not responsible for the condition of the property.  So it's up to you to keep your family safe.

Vacation Rental Dangers and three things you should do the moment you walk in the door.

1.  Go find the water heater.  Be sure to look in the basement or a closet.

2.  Install your compact carbon monoxide, battery operated detector right outside the room between the water heater and the furnace.

2. Locate the fire extinguisher, and be familiar with how to operate it and remember where it's located.

3.  Plan a fire escape and locate all of the exits and the smoke alarms.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) more than 400 people die from accidental Carbon Monoxide poisoning. #SilentKiller  Tips to make sure your rental home is safe from fire and carbon monoxide.

Home rental vacationers are also vulnerable to fires.   Before you arrive, you should ask the homeowner where the fire extinguishers are located.  You and your family should know where all of the exits are located too.

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks #AlwaysHereToHelp 

SERVPRO is #1 in the Restoration Services Industry

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO is #1 in the Restoration Services Industry SERVPRO is #1 in Restoration and #12 in the overall Franchise 500 for 2018

SERVPRO , a cleanup and restoration franchise company, continues to dominate its segment of Entreprenuer magazine's Franchise 500 listreceiving top ranking in the Restoration Services industry, for the 15th consecutive year.  

Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., CEO, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list.

SERVPRO was among 20 other highly recognizable companies such as McDonalds (#1 overall), Re/Max, 7-Eleven and Supercuts to name a few. 

Globe Newswire says The purpose of this list is to use objective and quantifiable  measures of a franchise operation to help those would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities, and the evaluation process is based on "The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500".

  • Costs and Fees
  • Size and Growth
  • Support
  • Brand Strength
  • "Our results show that the industry is strong—and that the strongest franchisors are those who've learned to balance between innovating to attract new customers and remaining reliable enough to keep the old ones happy."

In an online article by Globe Newswire, Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., CEO was quoted as saying, “SERVPRO’s financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company’s success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees. The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer.”

Water Intrusion After A Storm and Mold in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Intrusion After A Storm and Mold in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks Containing the Mold

Water intrusion after a storm can create serious health problems for Elizabeth City and Outer Banks residents.  In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. 

"People are anxious to get on with their lives after a flood," said one of FEMA's top officials for disaster recovery, "but if you had flood waters in your home, take the time to clean thoroughly so problems don't arise later that affect your health."

Should you detect a mold problem, stay out of the affected area. Don’t touch or disturb the mold by blowing air across the mold surfaces, see more about WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Read more about our “typical"  Mold Remediation Process at SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.  We are #FasterToAnyDisaster 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Have Mold Related Questions? Call Us Today – (252) 331-7889

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Elizabeth City/Outer Banks Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

General Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Elizabeth City/Outer Banks  Home We are an IICRC Certified Firm at SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

For Immediate Service in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, Call SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

General For Immediate Service in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, Call SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks Elizabeth City and Outer Banks Residents: We provide immediate service day or night, call 252-331-7889.

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 252-331-7889

Residential Services

Whether your Elizabeth City or Outer Banks home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Elizabeth City or Outer Banks commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Flood Water in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Water  in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  Your location no longer seems to be a factor-there is always potential for flood damage.

 Fema.gov reports that in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.  It’s not a matter of if, but when and FEMA reports that nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.

#TheAmericanRed Cross claims that floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  Here are some tips they advise to follow:

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, Stop, Turn around, and go another way.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, the same holds true. If you are in your car and waters are rising rapidly, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. 
  • Keep children out of the water. Children may not recognize contaminated water and lack judgment. 

If your home or business is affected by a flood, SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks is your water damage restoration company.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure if not treated properly and quickly. 

Cleanup can be overwhelming and that’s why the “SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any size disaster.  When fire and water take control of your life, let your local SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks help you take it back. 

Do you have water damage in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks call us at 252-331-7889.

Weatherizing Around Windows and Doors

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Weatherizing Around Windows and Doors SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

Weatherizing Around Windows and Doors

Are you feeling a draft even though your windows and doors are closed?  Chances are that you need to add or replace the seal on the windows or replace the weather stripping around the doors. 

Conducting a maintenance check or inspection of your home can help minimize the risks for potential damage caused from extreme cold temperatures or winter storm conditions.

You want to caulk around cracked window seals, replace any broken windows and add weather stripping or caulk to loose window panes.  The diy network offers tips on weatherproofing doors and windows.

Should water damage occur due to extreme weather or something else, give us a call, we’re your 24/7 Emergency Service, SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks at 212-331-7889. #SERVPROOBX #LikeItNeverEvenHappened

Water Damage and Your Property

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage and Your Property Broken, Hidden Water Pipes Can Wreak Havoc

After the plumber has fixed the leak, the flooding has subsided, or the fire department has left, getting your structure and your belongings properly dried and cleaned is crucial to a quick and successful restoration. 

Moisture can cause mildew, fungus, and mold to grow and can attract insects, termites and even rodents.  These factors can destroy the very foundation of a home and your belongings. 

At SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property after water damage to your home or business.  Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property, and your assets.

Every water damage incident varies and requires its own unique solution; however, our restoration process stays the same.  Want to know what to expect?  See more about our SERVPRO  water damage restoration process and click on details of each process.

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks has been helping to make it #LikeItNeverEvenHappened for families and businesses in Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks since the 90’s.  Call us at 252-331-7889.