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Mold Remediation in Jacksonville Homes is Necessary to Overcome Colonies

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

mold growth in corner of room It does not take long for mold growth to get out of control. SERVPRO is standing ready to remediate your home!

The Importance of Prompt Mold Remediation 

When you believe mold damage exists in your home, there is little time to waste to act on these discoveries. Mold continues to move and spread, finding new hosting materials to use as a food source. It does not take long for situations to get out of control and infiltrate areas where accessibility is an issue.

Is Mold Going to Harm Your Home?

Before people can appreciate their need for mold remediation in Jacksonville homes and businesses, they must determine how mold can threaten their structure. It is often believed that microbial growth is common and less concerning when discovered. Several considerations make mold a threat to your property and a nuisance to comfortable living:

  • Destroying Structure – One of the primary ways mold can be a concern for your residence is the knowledge that colonies use organic matter as a food source. Materials like drywall become deteriorated from hosting these organisms, requiring them to be removed and replaced.
  • Wet Materials - Because mold cannot exist without moist conditions that facilitate colonization, damp and humid environments persist when mold damage is present. Our IICRC trained professionals must overcome the active growth and address wet pockets that could allow mold damage again.
  • Harsh Malodors – Another concern for active colonization is the volatile organic compounds that create offensive environmental malodors. SERVPRO professionals must use deodorization equipment and products to overcome these threats.

Needed Mold Damage Remediation

There are multiple strategies for removing mold colonies from your home. Depending on the severity and placement of active colonies, we can address these concerns with surface cleaning solutions, aggressive abrasive blasting, sanding, or even controlled demolition when other options have been exhausted.

Mold damage does not have to ruin your Jacksonville home. Call our SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties team today at (910) 319-0600. 

Fast Responses Help Jacksonville Water Damage Cleanup

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

Poster, wand, we do water extraction SERVPRO extracts the water and dries surfaces, fixtures, contents, and structures to mitigate damage in Jacksonville properties.

Several Types of Water Damage Threaten Homes

Damages from water leaks and moisture intrusion into your home are among the most common restoration needs for residences and businesses. Experienced recovery specialists like our SERVPRO professionals have rapid solutions to help with:

  • Structural drying
  • Water removal services
  • Content restoration
  • Surface cleaning
  • Repairs

Experiencing Damage in Several Ways

Jacksonville water damage can happen swiftly and from multiple sources. As leading restoration professionals, we can prepare for different types of compromised home conditions with our training and hands-on experience. Common threats include:

  • Leaking Pipes – Most commonly, water damage is a product of leaks and burst pipes. Aging utilities become vulnerable over time with various influences wearing down the plumbing materials or external forces like extreme temperature fluctuations.
  • Broken Appliances – Washing machines and dishwashers can fail under certain conditions, allowing leaks from the hoses feeding water to the unit or escaping pools of water gathered for the cleaning process.
  • Flooding – Natural flooding can rapidly invade a home with little warning, spreading out through multiple rooms and leaving a pooling mess with debris and mud across the floors. Cleanup of these emergencies must get calculated and carefully considered to avoid spreading contaminants.
  • Accidents/Spills – Accidents can also account for many water emergencies SERVPRO professionals help resolve. From an overflowing sink and bathtub to countless other issues, we know how to help.

The Threat of Pooling Water

When professionals first arrive at a damaged residence, they are often met with the visual of standing water when the disaster has introduced enough liquid to the impacted areas. With situations like burst pipes or flooding, standing water can be especially threatening, as there could be several inches of pooling continually working to absorb into exposed building materials and contents. To overcome these threats, SERVPRO professionals must utilize multiple extraction devices from our inventory, like wet vacuums, light wands, and submersible pumps.

Clearing Moisture from Building Materials

Drying is the universal need of all water damage restoration projects that our SERVPRO team undertakes. As leading restoration professionals, we arrive with cutting-edge drying and evaporative tools to make a significant difference over a shorter contact time. The foundational elements of drying remain the same, combining the evaporation possible with appropriately placed air movers and the humidity regulation of a sufficient number of dehumidification units. It is often also beneficial for our professionals to work to manipulate the temperature of the drying zone to increase drying production and raise the thresholds of relative humidity ceilings.

How Do You Know It Is Dry?

Thoroughly drying your residence can only be done with thorough follow-up on evaporation progress and the moist conditions of the property. SERVPRO must re-evaluate wet materials for their current needs, and damp pockets get tracked through wall systems and structural assemblies to ensure that wet areas are not left to facilitate mold colonies. Multiple approaches can help our experienced professionals monitor drying progress throughout the household, including:

  • Detection devices 
  • Thermography
  • Moisture sensors

Water Damage Repairs for Your Home

Repairs can be required to return your home to preloss condition after flooding or burst pipes. Immediate repairs and assistance can be necessary when we arrive, such as replacing portions of the plumbing system and broken fixtures allowing for leaks. When controlled demolition eliminates installed building materials and structural systems, our professionals must take the final stages of restoration and recovery and replace these to their original appearance “Like it never even happened.”

Jacksonville water damage can occur in several ways and rapidly overwhelm a property. Our SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties team knows how to help when disasters strike. Call us at (910) 319-0600. 

SERVPRO Helps All Phases of Jacksonville Fire Damage Cleanup

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

before and after fire damage poster SERVPRO technicians help to make you feel "Like it never even happened." Call us for fire damage restoration in Jacksonville.

The Many Faces of Fire Damage Recovery

Because fires can affect a home in many ways, the damage recovery and cleanup of these emergencies involve several steps and stages. We have skilled professionals capable of helping your home through these restoration phases.

When contending with Jacksonville fire damage, it is crucial for restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team to respond quickly. Experienced FSRT-Certified technicians on our roster are ready to roll out when disasters strike.

Early Emergency Services to Help

Actions taken as soon as our professionals arrive can often be the difference in how long fire damage restoration takes or what structural elements and contents can get preserved. Emergency services precede the full inspection of the property to determine the estimation and restoration plan your insurance company will require to complete objectives like:

  • Water Removal
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Air Filtration
  • Fire Debris Removal

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Improvement

The air quality in your home after a fire gets extinguished is not typically safe for house occupants to endure. It is a priority of responding SERVPRO professionals to improve IAQ using a combination of tools and strategies. Debris removal, for example, can reduce concentrations of free-floating soot particulates. Contaminants to the environment overall are met with effective removal equipment like our HEPA 500 air scrubbers, capable of trapping particles as small as 0.3 microns. The result is a less volatile environment for restoration to begin.

Eliminating Soot from a House

Combustion does not always entirely engulf and destroy materials in its path. Partial burning creates carbon particles that stick to surfaces and become a significant obstacle to restoration and recovery. Several practices are necessary for varying levels of exposure:

  • Solvents – Wet smoke damage can be a challenging soil deposit to overcome, often leading to a need for solvents that can dissolve these smoke solids to wipe them away.
  • Alkaline Cleaners –  Basic (non-acidic) cleaning agents neutralize the high pH of corrosive soot particles.
  • Abrasives Blasting – Abrasives like baking soda and dry ice are strong enough to dislodge and remove soot buildup on surfaces but soft enough not to cause marring and permanent fire damage to the underlying substrate.
  • Material Removal – When other solutions have not been effective or are not feasible, controlled demolition is a suitable solution. Soot removal is most effective when the hosting structural element gets eliminated. 

Overcoming Malodors in Various Stages

Strong smells are another unfortunate byproduct of the combustion process, as burning materials and releasing chemicals or aerosols becomes a formidable obstacle for restoration technicians cleaning up after a fire. Malodors require direct action to neutralize or remove; rarely do these smells entirely dissipate. Smoke can become trapped in building materials, allowing for resurgences of offensive smells with changing conditions in the house. We have multiple deodorization methods ranging from fogging to oxidizing.

The Advantage of Skilled Build-Back Services

The combustion of building materials can often lead to a distinct need for repairs and reconstruction following a fire. Fire damage is one of the more challenging conditions for your structural elements, as prolonged exposure can ensure that these materials and unsalvageable. Often, controlled demolition is the suitable approach to help, but this leaves a need for rebuilding when much of the cleaning completes. Our SERVPRO team and our general contractor license can help with the needed build-back services.

Jacksonville fire damage is rapidly moving and overwhelming for the affected properties. As challenging as these situations can be for homeowners to manage, SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties is here to help you through each step of restoration. Call today at (910) 319-0600.

SERVPRO Can Help with Jacksonville Mold Damage Threats

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage can happen out of sight poster SERVPRO AMRT technicians can find and remediate mold damage in your Jacksonville home or business.

Dealing with Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold exists in almost every environment, making it a continual threat to your home and business when conditions exist to facilitate the growth of these colonies. We can help you return to everyday life when you suspect mold in your home.

Jacksonville mold damage can be alarming, particularly when you are unsure how far this problem extends through the house. Having trusted professionals ready to help makes a difference in the damage that a home sustains, and our SERVPRO team can reach your property quickly with IICRC-Certified technicians in several fields like:

How Does Mold Grow and Thrive?

It is important to understand environmental factors that could encourage the development and spread of mold in your home or business. Moisture is one of the significant components of active colonization, with spores requiring damp environments to set into materials and begin to grow. These organisms use specific organic matter as a food source, so having sensitive materials capable of supporting this colony is also a requirement. Warm temperatures are the final element, which is easy to achieve in a home with conditioned air to make the ambient interior below 55% humidity.

Why Is Mold a Threat to Your Home?

Many homeowners do not fully understand what makes mold damage a concern for their residences. The presence of mold is something that many house occupants have seen in their lifetime, making the discovery of these organisms less alarming. Mold development is a concern for your household, however. The presence of these microbial colonies is a sign that structural degradation is taking place, as these developments feed on the organic matter used as a host for the organism.

Can You Identify Mold Growth without Professionals?

While many sophisticated tools get used to confirm the presence of mold and the spread of these organisms throughout your home, there are means of identifying mold before you need remediation technicians. Homeowners can often use specific conditions like musty smells or spotting on surfaces to indicate where mold could become a threatening concern.

Remediation and Removal Solutions

Mold damage remediation and removal is not a universal, one-size-fits-all solution. Multiple phases and components can help, including:

  • Surface Cleaning

Sporicidal products and antimicrobial solutions are the first lines of defense and correction against mold development at the visible surface layer of hosting materials.

  • Sanding

Wood framing and similar materials can allow mold infestations just beyond the outermost surface layer, which actions like sanding can remove without requiring the demolition of the component.

  • Media Blasting

Using abrasives under pressure can often destroy surface mold development without significant material degradation.

  • Controlled Demolition

Demolition can be one of the final ways our professionals remediate mold damage and one of the most effective methods to accomplish this. Removing impacted elements prevents mold spread and avoids lengtheir attempts to clean surfaces that might prove unsuccessful.

Keeping Mold from Happening Again

Having mold happen once in your home can be devastating enough, let alone when this situation recurs repeatedly. It is vital to do anything possible to prevent this redevelopment of mold growth through direct actions with our general contractor license. Through repairs to areas like the foundation and roof, water penetration that allows mold production can get stopped. We must address environmental issues creating moist areas of the property instead of treating the products of damp rooms when naturally-occurring mold spores colonize on wet surfaces.

Jacksonville mold damage can threaten homes and businesses, especially when fast action is not taken to resolve the growth. Our SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties remediation professionals can help with cleanup and mold removal as your property needs. Call us at (910) 319-0600. 

Psychometry Principles for Jacksonville Water Damage Restoration

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water spewing from pipe Air temperature and humidity can affect the drying process.

Drying Factors of Water Damage Restoration 

One of the critical lessons our SERVPRO team learns in our pursuit of knowledge on effectively managing water and flood damage is psychometry, or the study of how water behaves with materials and under specific conditions. Knowing these answers can help our restoration team to provide direct and effective drying and cleaning approaches. Ultimately, the process comes down to balancing specific drying principles.

Suitable Airflow 

Water damage restoration for Jacksonville properties will start with the proper drying equipment and implements. The use of air is crucial to begin evaporation and allow moisture grains of the environment to find their way outside the residence. Manipulating airflow can involve several approaches and pathways, including:

  • Air movers
  • Ventilation
  • Structural openings

The Right Temperature 

There are many ways that having an ideal drying zone temperature will help the efficiency and efficacy of water removal and restoration. Warmer temperatures allow molecules to move faster, ultimately drying surfaces quicker or permitting needed surface-cleaning chemical processes to do the same. Warmer temperatures in the drying area also increase the relative humidity, allowing the environment to absorb more moisture before stalling the evaporation processes.

Regulating Relative Humidity

Humidity is another essential factor of psychometry to consider. More than balancing the airflow and the temperature is required, as the environment ends up overwhelmed by the newly generated moisture grains from the evaporation process. SERVPRO must implement tools and strategies to reduce this relative humidity to manageable levels, allowing the complete drying process to continue and reducing heavy air saturation that might promote secondary threats like mold growth. Tools used in this process can include:

  • Hygrometers
  • Heaters
  • Desiccants
  • Low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers

You cannot predict how disasters will impact your property, but you can choose who to trust with water damage restoration in your Jacksonville home. Give our SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties team a call at (910) 319-0600.

Handling Storm Flood Damage in Hampstead Homes Calls for Expertise

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Person wearing boots walking through floodwater SERVPRO of Pender/West Onslow Counties has the expertise to safely restore your flood-damaged property.

How SERVPRO Handles Storm Flood Damage in Hampstead

When dealing with flooding issues resulting from a storm, the expectations regarding restoration are high because floodwater usually contains potentially harmful contaminants. Biological contaminants like bacteria and viruses occur naturally in floodwaters. The water can also seep into the walls and floorboards, causing fungus growth like mold. 

The other effects of flooding include peeling paint, warping or cupping of wood floors, damaged wiring, and rotting drywall. When storm flood damage occurs on your Hampstead property, SERVPRO is the right firm to hire. Our flood damage repair process may include the following steps: 

  • Inspection
  • Pack-out 
  • Water extraction and drying
  • Deodorization
  • Reconstruction

Inspection

Our team can assess the damage from the storm, document everything thoroughly, and create a suitable restoration plan. 

Pack-out

A pack-out falls under the private property section in your homeowner’s insurance policy. Our SERVRPRO team can clean, dry, and properly repair the items removed from your residence before returning them. We are well-equipped to pack-out different things, including appliances, furniture, and the contents of kitchen pantries or cupboards. 

Water extraction and drying 

Our SERVPRO technicians can remove the water using powerful pumps. Our team can also use axial air movers to dry your home. Axial air movers deliver lower pressure at high volume and can cover larger areas of affected materials. We can place refrigerant dehumidifiers in the middle of affected rooms to ensure even drying. These devices eliminate water vapor from the air through condensation. 

Deodorization

Flooding often causes a foul smell. We can use deodorizing pellets or granules to eliminate it. These are odor absorbers containing fuller’s earth as their main ingredient. It functions like a sponge to hold and absorb smells. We can apply the pellets to a particular area or the whole home. 

Reconstruction 

SERVPRO can perform minor and major repairs to restore your residence. Minor repairs may include replacing drywall, painting the home, and replacing carpeting. The significant repairs may consist of reconstructing specific structures like the hardwood floors. 

In the event of storm flood damage, call SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties at (910) 319-0600 for restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

SERVPRO Can Perform Fire Restoration in Your Jacksonville House

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged rook, debris on floor; smoke and soot damage on wall No matter the scope of the fire, smoke and soot damage occur. SERVPRO is your one-stop-shop to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Restoration in Jacksonville is Best Left to Professionals

A fire in your residence can be devastating, and the restoration process might appear overwhelming. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) states that fire is reported every 24 seconds in the United States, with the direct damages accruing to as much as $23 billion in property damage yearly. After the fire department completes its job, it is the turn of restoration professionals to get your home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO has brought together a well-trained team of fire restoration professionals to ensure that homeowners encounter no hardships after the incident. We have the latest restoration equipment and products to effectively perform fire restoration in Jacksonville homes. Our technicians are well versed with the S740 Standard set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which contains the guiding principles for a safe and efficient restoration. To restore a property, SERVPRO performs these broad categories of tasks:

  • Assessment of the extent of the damage to the property and the contents.
  • Taking actions to prevent additional damage.
  • Decontaminating the house from soot, smoke, and dust.
  • Restoration of the property and the contents to their conditions before the fire.

One of SERVPRO’s most vital restoration services is cleaning up. A few minutes after the fire, smoke may discolor the walls, rust can start forming due to acidic residue, and acid stains can be visible. Appliances are most likely to be stained, and a lot of soot residue may be left behind. We have industrial-grade cleaning solutions to ensure none of these are unsolvable problems. 

We also deodorize a property to remove the unpleasant smells and sanitize the house to ensure it is safe for your re-entry. Our SERVPRO restorers can use a photocatalytic oxidizer to deal with the odors. In this device, a photocatalytic lamp shines ultraviolet rays on a titanium dioxide surface and produces hydroxyl radicals. These radicals break down and oxidize bad smells into water and carbon dioxide. 

A stitch in time saves nine. Taking time before calling us can worsen the fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties at (910) 318-0600 for fast, efficient, and cost-effective restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Water Cleanup in Jacksonville Demands Expertise

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

Outside view of office building Water can quickly damage property. Call SERVPRO of Pender/West Onslow Counties for fast remediation!

SERVPRO Handles Commercial Water Cleanup in Jacksonville 

I have water damage in my commercial building, which has ruined some structures and items. Who can help me restore the property to avoid disrupting the flow of services to customers?

You can count on SERVPRO to perform the necessary cleanup and repairs for water damage of any severity. We offer commercial water cleanup in Jacksonville to restore properties to their initial condition. With our services, your customers and employees can access the property after a short time. We can help you prevent revenue losses that can add up to the cost of cleanup and restoration.

Our restorers are highly qualified to evaluate your property and clean everything up. Before restorers get your property under their control, it is advisable that you:

  • Find out what is causing the leakage and turn off the water to avoid escalation of the water damage. Immediately contact SERVPRO so that we can extract the water and mitigate the damages.
  • Stay away from the rooms with standing water until you know the electricity is off.
  • When it is safe to get in, get your items, the vital documents, and unaffected furnishings.
  • Ensure you have PPEs like masks when entering the building to avoid contamination.
  • Keep watch of the area affected to prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing it.

Our SERVPRO team can devise a plan to clean up your property to ensure it is clean and dry before restoring it to its preloss condition. We have non-penetrative moisture meters that help us detect areas of high moisture concentration without tearing down walls, which allows us to conduct a faster and more cost-effective operation.

SERVPRO also has centrifugal air movers that blow dry air to affected areas to accelerate the evaporation rate, drying your commercial property faster. Air movers operate in different positions, providing flexibility in how restorers direct airflow. We also have devices that enable us to recover vital documents and records that the water did not severely damage so that you don’t have to start from scratch.

Contact SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties when dealing with commercial water damage at (910) 319-0600 for efficient cleanup. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why You Might Need a SERVPRO Mold Remediation Team in Hampstead

8/19/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth along ceiling and wall by window Many strains of mold exist that might inhabit your home. SERVPRO’s mold remediation addresses each kind and can protect your residence.

Our Mold Remediation Prevents Future Colonization

Many strains of mold exist that might inhabit your home in Hampstead. Not all types of mold act the same. However, SERVPRO’s mold remediation addresses each kind and can protect your Hampstead residence.

There are various reasons why you should have SERVPRO perform mold remediation to protect your Hampstead dwelling. Besides leaving your property protected from re-colonization in the future, we provide excellent value to our customers in other ways. 

You can depend on SERVPRO to protect your home and its contents from microbial infestation by:

  • Curing the problem of excessive humidity that attracts microbes,
  • Removing carpets, drywall, or other infested materials and replacing them, and
  • Using a powerful microbial inhibitor that treats current mold and repels incoming microbes.

Too much moisture does more than cause materials to deteriorate more rapidly – it creates a welcoming setting in which microbes thrive. Our IICRC trained techs eliminate this problem by using drying equipment like our air movers and desiccant machines. Moisture detection equipment helps us locate the source to stop additional water from seeping into your home.

SERVPRO can also provide dry cleaning services for customers’ clothing, draperies, and other household linens. Even non-cellulose fibers can support microbes if any organic matter has gotten embedded in the fabric. Specialized cleaning removes contaminants and can preserve clothing and household furnishings, including upholstered furniture.

Concrobium sprayed onto just-cleaned surfaces seals everything. As it dries, this clear liquid immobilizes leftover microbes and leaves the surface inhospitable to any new microbes that might have started a new colony. We can also reduce the risk of infestation of new materials we install in your home by coating them with Concrobium.

Removing mold is not enough. SERVPRO helps protect houses in our area by preventing future infestations by making the interiors of our customers’ dwellings inhospitable to microbial life. Prevention is part of thorough mold remediation.

Call SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties at (910) 319-0600 for services your family can count on to protect your residence and everything inside.

Fight Dampness in Jacksonville with Professional Water Mitigation

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

Copper Pipes Water damage spreads far from the source. SERVPRO has the technology to locate the hidden moisture.

The Ways Water Mitigation Protects Your Property

Leftover dampness from a water leak can remain within your home’s atmosphere long after you have fixed a leaky pipe. Our professional water mitigation team can help by ensuring your Jacksonville residence experiences appropriately dry conditions.

Prompt and proper water mitigation of your Jacksonville home provides more than one type of protection. If any of these conditions have become established within your residence, then you can trust SERVPRO to eliminate them. A lack of excessive and unnecessary moisture protects you and your property from secondary damage that even small amounts of water can cause.

The conditions that you should be aware of so you can protect your home include:

  • Microbial overgrowth, 
  • Softening and weakening of porous materials, and
  • Unwanted odors.

Microbes like mold or mildew can stain clothing, ruin keepsakes, destroy paintings, and much more. Microbes have deep-reaching tendril-like structures that dig into whatever it lives on, leaving discolorations behind when someone cleans the surface.

Damp pockets in your dwelling can lead to the destruction of materials like drywall and carpeting. Dry rotting takes place slowly but is very preventable. Repairs are almost impossible, making replacements the norm.

Foul odors that do not seem to come from any specific location might stem from stagnant water near the air intake vents for your HVAC system. Air fresheners and room deodorizers cannot do anything substantial because the next time the heat or A/C starts, a new batch of smelly air gets pushed into your home’s living space.

When SERVPRO performs water mitigation, we use special detection equipment that shows where the intrusive water originates. When doing this work, we drain or otherwise remove any water or moisture present. Then, we can seal off the sources of water, which helps keep your home from becoming damp in the future. 

Call SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties when your home is giving you problems at (910) 319-0600. We can help find existing problems and get things fixed for you.