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How Fast Water Damage Mitigation Reduces Costs for Wilmington Homeowners

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Fast Water Damage Mitigation Reduces Costs for Wilmington Homeowners Do you know how to repair water damage? SERVPRO does! Call us today!

Advantage to Quick Mitigation for Water Damaged Wilmington Homes 

Water loss incidents can quickly spread throughout your Wilmington home and threaten areas even far removed from the source of the emergency. As much as many homeowners might strive to handle many of these disasters on their own, water losses can affect areas beyond what can get easily seen, requiring sophisticated equipment and mitigation tools to overcome. Without a fast turnaround on the effects to your house, construction materials risk deterioration and the property also becomes susceptible to hazardous conditions like mold growth. 

Professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team can offer real-time solutions for water damage to Wilmington homes. We have a broad inventory of equipment, and with the connection to a larger parental brand, we can continually upgrade and improve our equipment and tools to be the most competitive in the restoration industry. We know how quickly water loss incidents can get out of control, so we have a 24/7 response to these emergencies to begin mitigation work as soon as our professionals first arrive. 

Mitigation serves to reduce your overall loss when disasters strike your residence. While this ultimately involves multiple tasks happening simultaneously, it involves working to extract standing water, dry saturated elements, and protect the contents of your house that are at risk for damages. Our SERVPRO team has extensive training the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to offer our customers fast and confident solutions when every minute counts. 

Our fast response in a water loss crisis can get vital drying efforts started immediately to prevent unnecessary tear out and replacement of materials like carpeting and drywall. We have a restore before replacing mentality, and that begins with a quick mobilization whenever emergencies occur. 

While many homeowners might strive to provide their house with the restoration and cleaning it needs when damaging situations occur, water loss incidents can spread much farther than you might realize. Trust in our SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington team to work quickly to make these situations “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (302) 762-8080. 

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Storms Affecting Your Home or Business

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Affecting Your Home or Business This duct vent was affected and not cleaned quickly resulting in mold.

Few things can be as bad as a storm damaging you home or business. Properties can get damages from multiple weather events like flash flooding, high winds or even hailstorms. Reviewing your homeowner’s insurance policy can help out by making sure you have the proper insurance to cover the claim. Hiring a restoration company as soon as possible to help mitigate your loss is important. Even if your insurance has not accepted financial responsibility yet getting the emergency work done can be crucial. The work will have to be done anyway and often times the longer it sits the worse it may become.

SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington is locally owned and operated and has been serving the community since 1990. We are here to help you at 302 762-8080.

Upholstered Furniture in Fires

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Upholstered Furniture in Fires During an Upholstery Cleaning

Often times when people sustain a fire or smoke damage to their home, they worry about their belongings. Furniture and upholstery often times are affected by this. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington is able to successfully clean most items.  We clean furniture even when it is not soiled and dirty looking.  Germs, dust and mites often invade your furniture and you may be unaware.  We are able to professionally reduce these allergens and help extend the life of the furniture.  The smoke and soot from an event may add to the soiling of upholstered furniture.  In this picture you can see the amount of soiling left behind.  We were able to use our SERVPRO products and training to remove the soot.  The odor also was also eliminated with our cutting-edge technology. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington is the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals here to help.

Taking a Bite out of Grime

6/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Taking a Bite out of Grime Police Canine Suits being Cleaned Properly

SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington partners with local police departments for cleaning/restoring training gear.  This week SERVPRO, using the patented “Esporta Wash and Sanitizing System”, cleaned some police canine training gear. These suits are designed to keep the wearer protected from bites from large dogs while performing necessary canine training.  Suits like these can pose quite a challenge.  Each suit has many layers of padding and cloth. They are soiled with dirt, grime, as well as animal saliva and fluids. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington must not only sanitize the material, but also protect the fabric from being damaged as well as not having any residual detergents that could harm the animal. After cleaning, each piece is hand dried without heat to ensure there is no shrinkage of the material. All of these pieces were properly cleaned and restored “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Up After A Rodent Infestation

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Cleaning Up After A Rodent Infestation Cute lil' Critter's Can Wreak Havoc

Rodent infestations can be difficult to deal with; for many homeowners, getting rid of the critters is only one part of the process. Afterwards, many people are also faced with the task of cleaning up the house and making repairs to any damaged spots caused by chewing or nest-building. It’s hard to believe such tiny animals can wreak so much havoc on a house, but they can really make a mess, especially if an infestation isn’t caught right away. It’s also imperative that a thorough cleaning is done immediately. While not all mice are disease-carriers, many can spread bacteria and viruses through their stool.

Cleaning up your home and making small repairs may not sound like big jobs, but they can be if they aren’t done right. After hiring a professional exterminator to come in and take care of the mice you’ll need to create a budget for repairs so you’re not blindsided by additional expenses. Often, mice like to hide behind baseboards or wood furniture, and in spaces like attics, crawlspaces, and basements. Doing a thorough examination of your home can help you figure out what needs to be addressed first.

Find the right help

For major infestations, a DIY job just won’t cut it. A professional exterminator can come in and take care of the problem safely and efficiently, so it’s important to find the right company for your needs. Look online at all the different options in your area and do some price comparisons. You can also read reviews to get an idea of how each company rates with their customer base.

Look for damage

You may have noticed damage from mice in certain areas of your home -- such as beneath the kitchen sink or in the pantry -- but it’s important to do a thorough investigation around your home to look for any other spots they might have infiltrated. Check behind, inside, and underneath wood furniture for any signs of chewing or nesting, as well as around baseboards. Even if you find no damage, you might still find signs that mice have been around, such as droppings or scratch marks. Remember to throw away any food that might have been in contact with a mouse, including pet food, to avoid contamination by disease or bacteria.

Clean and disinfect

Cleaning and disinfecting your home will take some time, so be prepared to spend a few hours going over every area inside your home with bleach, hot water, and vinegar. These are the best solutions for cleaning up after an infestation because there are no chemicals involved, and because vinegar will neutralize any odors left behind. Remember to use gloves and open the windows if possible for ventilation.

Use an air purifier

Because mice can contribute to unhealthy air quality in your home, it’s a good idea to do everything you can to clean things up. Airing out each room is a good start, but if inclement weather prevents you from opening windows, consider using an air purifier with a good filter. Be sure to clean it out often to prevent bacteria from growing inside.

Cleaning up after a rodent infestation can be a big chore, but if you start things off right by using the correct tools and cleaning supplies, you can get it done in no time. Be sure to call in a pro if the job seems too big; it’s always better to err on the side of caution so you can make sure everything is done right.

SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington is here to help! 302 762 8080

Desiccant Any Better

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 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

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 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

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning 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

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Tips to Thaw Frozen Pipes Leaky Pipe

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.