Desiccant Any Better
Desiccant and Generator in Action
SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington has a lot of tools and equipment at our disposal. Drying large commercial areas in a short period of time is important to minimize secondary damage as well as loss of downtime for any business. Desiccant dehumidification is one of these tools. In this case, a commercial sized desiccant dehumidifier was used to dry a portion of school that was affected by a severe water damage. Desiccant dehumidifiers work differently than conventional and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. They are able to dry faster and at lower temperatures than the other type of dehumidifiers. The lay-flat ducting can be directed to all of the affected areas. This ducting can be utilized on the floor or hung from the ceiling for ease of egress.
Small Commercial Water Damage
Three crew members working together
There are often times we like to share insights our team has developed over the years to help one make a confident decision when choosing a clean-up company such as SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington. Our company has been operating since 1990. We have developed a team of people who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable in our industry that work well together.
Here in this sanctuary we are helping clean up from a small water damage. We have three technicians here who are working to get the job done right. We treat all commercial jobs, big or small, the same way. We successfully dried this project in a timely manner the proper way so they were able to button it up with a sound mind that no microbial growth would occur. No commercial job is too small nor too big for us here at SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington.
Fire in Utility Room
Fire stricken room
There are often times we like to share insights our team has developed over the years to help one make a confident decision when choosing a clean-up company such as SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington. When it comes to fires that occur sometimes the damage can be devastating. In the photo attached, the home sustained a substantial loss. The cause of the fire was unknown at the time of this posting. You can see where the fireman banged holes to see if there was flame or burning inside the wall cavity. There was a lot of debris from the ruined contents throughout the area. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington was able to retrieve and save some of the contents and clothing from the adjacent rooms. The items we brought back to our warehouse in order to clean and deodorize them while the home was being re-built. We were successful in getting out both the black soot and odors from what we salvaged.
5 Easy Ways to Get Your Home ready to Sell on a Budget
Clean Homes Sell Faster
Selling your home can be a stressful time, especially for busy parents who are managing overpacked work, home and school schedules. It can be really challenging to stay on top of your home-selling progress, especially maneuvering around showings when you are often drawn in multiple directions. Not only will you need to be out of the house during those times, but so will your children and pets. On top of that, you’ll need to make sure your home is ready for a showing, and that means finding time to clean and pick up clutter in a day that is already full.
Selling your home shouldn’t have to steal all your free time. Here are 5 easy, simple ways you can keep your home spotless and attractive with time and money constraints.
Set the stage
Staging your home not only makes it more appealing to buyers, but it also helps them imagine what their lives would be like in your home. When you set the stage with potential buyers’ perspectives in mind, you create a blank slate for their imaginations. It might seem cost-prohibitive to purchase items that you are only going to use to stage your home, but there are many ways to stage your home on a budget. For example, you can save big on small, but meaningful, touches, like decorative hand towels and dining room table settings, from top brands like Macy’s—simply look online for Macy’s discount codes, coupons and cashback offers before you head out on your shopping trip.
Storage as décor
Quickly pick up and store clutter by using storage options that also function as décor or furniture. This is a great way to make a quick and easy sweep through the house the night before a showing. You can save money on these items by using inexpensive storage solutions, like baskets with lids, from retailers like Michaels (which offers new sale items each week). They can be stashed in a closet and still look organized, or set out in a room to appear decorative.
Ask a friend to be a pet sitter
Keeping up with the clutter and mess that comes with owning a pet can be a challenge for anyone, but it is especially stressful when you are selling your home. You can limit the amount that your dog or cat adds to the mess by asking a friend or family member to keep your furry family member on a part-time basis. Whether this is before or during showings or for an extended period of time, it can also be helpful to your pet. Moving is stressful on animals, so spending more time with a human they trust in a home where they are comfortable could not only cut down on clutter, but on anxiety as well.
Create a chore chart
Selling a home is a whole-family affair. Get your partner and your kids involved in the process by setting up a “Home Selling Chore Chart.” These are simple nightly chores everyone is assigned to help pitch in to keep your home looking its best. From straightening up the yard to dusting the blinds and from sweeping the bathroom to making the beds, a chore chart can help you feel confident during those unexpected showings that tend to pop up. This is a far more cost-effective option than hiring a cleaning company, and since you are spreading the workload among the whole family, it makes cleaning less time consuming as well.
Emphasize curb appeal
It’s a cliché, but it’s true—you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And that first impression occurs before potential buyers even enter your home. That’s why curb appeal is so important—and can often become one of the costlier aspects of preparing your home to sell. You can manage those expenses by purchasing outdoor décor through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This side of Amazon offers steep discounts on used or refurbished items. You can also get deals on lawn care services by looking for companies offering deals on Groupon or through your realtor.
Selling your house is a transition time that can sometimes feel like limbo. You are probably eager to spend your time and money on your new home, so it’s easy to look only ahead instead of where you are right now. However, trying out some of these time- and cost-saving home prep tips could be the very thing that gets you closer to enjoying the next chapter in your life.
Tips to Thaw Frozen Pipes
Tips to Thaw Frozen Pipes
Locate the problem pipe, if possible, and open the faucet. It is important to open both the hot and cold handles to help relieve pressure. As the pipe thaws, running water aids the melting process. If one pipe is frozen, there is a chance another may have frozen too.
Apply heat to the frozen section using a hand-held hair dryer or portable electric space heater. Do not use a blow torch as it could be a fire hazard. Do not use a propane or kerosene heater as these are hazardous for indoor use.
If the pipe bursts make sure you shut off the main water line into your property.
If you are unable to locate or access the frozen pipe area, call a licensed plumber.
After a plumber comes out, SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington can help you out with any water damage that may have occurred.
Practicing Safety With Space Heaters
As you probably know the winter season is upon us. There are ways we can batten down the hatches and try to stay safer and warmer. Fires are a major winter hazard. It is important to have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Make sure your portable space heater is up to date, well designed and placed properly. The newer space heaters turn off automatically when they reach a certain temperature and if they accidently get tipped over. Choosing a place to put the portable space heater is just as important. Make sure it is clear and free of another object and it is placed on a hard, even, nonflammable surface. Avoiding extension cords with space heaters are a good practice. We always unplug them here at the end of the day. Unfortunately, some people do not heed or pay careful attention to these warnings and may have a fire that could have been preventable. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington cares about your safety.
Pipe in basement wall frozen
Winter storms can be blistery cold. When the temperatures drop down and stay down into the lower teens pipes tend to freeze. Water expands as it freezes and this put tremendous pressure on the pipe. It does not matter if the pipe is metal or plastic. Often times people do not know they have a frozen pipe until it bursts. One of the most common frozen pipes we find are pipes that are exposed to the elements of the outdoors like; hose bibs, water sprinkler lines and swimming pool pipes. If people winterize those pipes properly it helps eliminate those pipes from freezing. The number one source of frozen pipes we see are from water supply lines that are in the interior of the home but are not a heated space like; crawlspaces, basements, attics and garages. The second most common frozen pipes are from pipes that run along exterior walls of the home/building.
Water Damage from Storms
Using the right tools
When a storm blows through our area some homes and business can be affected. Whether the storm is from heavy rains or high winds water can infiltrate your property. No matter the source of water or where it finds its way too, the water should be removed in a timely fashion. Water can affect or impact everything it comes in contact with. Drywall and wood can deteriorate or warp. Fabrics and upholsteries can hold the moisture and become moldy. Carpet and padding also can hold moisture causing odors and delamination. Leaving the water damage unattended to may cause secondary damages. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington knows how to inspect and handle water damages. We use state of the art and the newest techniques available. We are a trusted company in the area that carries certifications and has emergency hour services. We are a local company that has been serving the area since 1990. SERVPRO is here to help at 302-762-8080.
Detecting Water Leaks
Sometimes detecting hidden water leaks can be difficult to do without tearing into the walls. If you suspect you have a water leak and do not see any evidence of water damage you can easily check your water meter. If all your appliances that use water (washing machine, dishwasher, ice maker etc.), and spigots are off inspect your water meter. If the water meter is still metering, there is a good chance water is still coming in. Monitoring your water bill is another easy way to detect surges in your water usage. According to the U.S. Department of Interior (Geological Survey) the average person uses 80 -100 gallons per day. That is approximately 3,000 gallons of water per month. Checking outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems are important too. Did you know a pin hole leak can account for 6,300 gallons of wasted water a month? Did you know taking a bath averages 36 gallons of water? Click here SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington is here to help if you do get water damage in your home or business.
ULV Foggers are Great Deodorization Tools
SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington has many types of deodorizing tools. ULV Foggers are fantastic tools in our arsenal. Our team likes to use this specific tool as a means of deodorizing. They are used to deodorize structures, vehicles, carpets and space that have malodors. These ULV machines are compact in size and handle our SERVPRO products whether they are water based or solvent based. The machine takes the liquid and atomizes it to a heavy mist. It is a fantastic tool we use as it gets into hard to reach spots where normal spraying cannot get to. The machine is light enough for the technicians to carry and of course is our signature color of green! These ULV foggers add to our extensive, robust inventory.