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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.

Winter Weather Preparedness in North Carolina

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

General Winter Weather Preparedness in North Carolina SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks 252-331-7889

North Carolina Governor declared December 3-9 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week and encouraged that state residents plan, be prepared, and be ready for potentially dangerous winter weather in the upcoming months.

In spite of the forecasters' at The NOAA Climate Prediction Center expectation of a warmer and drier winter due to a mild La Nina, winter storms will occur.  

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks wants you to be Emergency Ready Prepared when disaster strikes.   We can help you put together your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.  Visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com with user name as ERP@ECityOBX.com, password is Ready.

For more information from the North Carolina Emergency Management Officials visit www.readync.org.

Winter Weather

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather  SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks at 251-331-7889

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season.  Cold weather, snow and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or your office. 

Ice dams form when the heated air melts the roof snow downward and the melted water runs into ice that is still frozen causing the water to dam up.  When this water is trapped, it can not flow or run into the gutter system and can backflow under the roof shingles and into the interior structure of your house or business.

Ice Dam damage:

  • Water can seep into your home or building’s walls, ceilings, insulation and other interior areas.
  • Ice dams can lift roof shingles causing water to leak inside your home.
  • Pressure and weight from the dams can pull off your gutters and lead to structural damage.

Our friends at Nationwide blog about Preventing Ice Dam Damage to Your Roof and Home.

If this disaster strikes, you need to take immediate action to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks franchise professionals have the winter storm experience and expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Prepare Your Home

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Home SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks 252-331-7889.

Prepare Your Home

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep your cabinet doors open during cold spells as this will allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water running through your faucets, especially those that run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off your outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn to “off.”
  • If you do shut off your outdoor faucet, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure that your gutters are clean and in good shape, secured. Leaves and such can clog and cause a damming effect which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace, HVAC system can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks has been serving the community since 1967.  We specialize in storm damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Winter Weather Alerts

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather Alerts SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks 241-331-7889.

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks wants to help you to be prepared for the upcoming winter weather.  The National Weather Service will issue advisories and warnings.  It is important that you understand these and know how to prepare for winter and  to be Winter Safe.

  • Blizzard Warning- Winds or gusts to 35 mph or more for at least 3 hours and lots of falling or blowing snow reducing your visibility to less than ¼ mile.
  • Winter Storm Warning- 6” or more of snow, or a combination of winter weather types with major impacts.
  • Ice Storm Warning- ¼” or more of ice accumulation.
  • Winter Weather Advisory- Less than 6” of snow, Less than ¼” of ice accumulation from freezing rain, Visibilities reduced in blowing snow with winds less than 35 mph, Combinations of these.
  • Wind Chill Warning- Wind chills of -25°F or colder with winds of 10 mph or higher.
  • Wind Chill Advisory- Wind chills of -15°F to -24° with winds of 10 mph or higher.

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks has been serving the community since 1967.  We specialize in storm damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

The Behavior of Smoke

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Behavior of Smoke SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, 252-331-7889.

Following a fire, there are two different types of smoke, wet and dry.  As a result there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

  • Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) Fast burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks Franchise Professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns.

Safe Holidays are Happy Holidays

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Safe Holidays are Happy Holidays SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Safe Holidays are Happy Holidays.  As you begin to decorate your home or business remember. . .

  • Inspect your lights before you hang them
  • Replace old lights
  • Never connect more than 3 strings of lights at a time
  • be mindful of low-hanging or damaged wires to protect your pets and children

The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers up holiday decoration safety tips and general rules for Holiday Safety on products we use to decorate with like "Snow", Paper, Trimmings, Candles, Trees, and lights.

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks has been serving the community since 1967.  We are dedicated to helping customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it "Like it never even happened."  We are ready 24/7, 365 at 252-331-7889

Did You Know. . . Houseplants Filter Your Air

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

General Did You Know. . . Houseplants Filter Your Air SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

NASA’s 1989 Clean Air Study researched how to clean the air in space stations and one of their findings showed that certain plants were particularly effective at filtering toxins from the air.

What you may not be aware of however, are the common household items found in and around your home emit chemicals that could be harmful.  Chemicals such as Benzene found in some spray adhesives, furniture polishes, motor oil.  Formaldehyde found in resins used to make composite wood products, like insulation, plywood and other building materials.  Xylene & Toluene found in certain paints, fingernail polish and adhesives. Trichloroethylene found in some household cleaners, sealants and degreasers.

Good news is there are low maintenance, low-light houseplants that come to the rescue and help to filter those toxins from your air.  The Peace Lily, Spider Plant, English Ivy, Variegated Snake Plant, Red-Edged Dracaena, Chinese Evergreen, and the Areca Palm are great filtering houseplants, according to mindbodygreen.  Pots Planters & More will help you choose right for your space.

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety and the American Red Cross

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Cooking Safety and the American Red Cross SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Scott Salemme, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region said “Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so we also have information cooks can follow to avoid a fire.”

When we come together as family and as friends to prepare the Thanksgiving meal and share in the “how to” of family recipes, it is easy to get caught up in the festive moment and to forget the potential hazards.

While cooking, remember to avoid wearing your robe, loose fitting clothing or dangling sleeves.  Never leave the stove unattended, even for bathroom breaks, just turn it off.  Here the American Red Cross suggests more cooking safety steps  

At SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks has been serving the community since 1967.  We are dedicated to helping customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”  We are ready 24/7, 365 at 252-331-7889.

Massive Recall on Popular Fire Extinguisher

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Community Massive Recall on Popular Fire Extinguisher SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Just issued last week was a massive recall on a fire extinguisher that is reported to be in more than 40 million homes.  The extinguishers are being recalled because they may not function properly in emergency situations.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission claims that the recall covers 134 Kidde push button and plastic-handle fire extinguishers made from 1973 through August 15 of this year.

The extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed and the nozzle has come off with such force to pose an injury hazard that includes death.    Read more at Kidde Fire Extinguisher with Plastic Handle Recall

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks will take care of any size fire damage cleanup.