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Get Professional and Effective Fire Damage Restoration Services in Wilmington

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen with debris everywhere Facing fire damage alone can be quite overwhelming. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for remediation services.

SERVPRO Restorers are available 24 Hours a Day to Offer Fire Damage Restoration to Wilmington Property Owners

Wilmington, DE, is among the most populated cities in the United States. It hosts a population of 70,166 as of the 2019 U.S Census. Thomas Penn named the city after Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, the prime minister who served during George II of Britain. It is among the great cities of the Delaware Valley Metropolitan area.

The Brandywine Valley and Wilmington are like a romantic, riveting tale of two centuries, two cultures, or even two worlds. This is a destination that has sharp contrasts. Gardens and Town. Culture and Commerce. Hip and Historic. Gritty and Gorgeous. These contrasts make each sight more beautiful and authentic, and each moment more distinct.

Built on the site of Fort Christina, which was North America's first Swedish settlement, Wilmington city is also home to other several Swedish settlements, including:

  • Oversidolandet near Ashley Heights and Woodcrest
  • Strandviken near Simonds Garden
  • Sidoland in South Wellington
  • Timmeron, also known as Timber Island along Brandywine Creek

In 1609, before Henry Hudson sailed up the Delaware River, the Lenape or Delaware Indians settled in the area led by chief Sachem Mattahorn. Back then, the residents called the area Bear Place or Maax-waas Unk. They named the area after the river flowed by the Maax-waas Hanna, now known as the Christian River. 

In March 1638, the Swedish South Company led by Pete Minuit arrived on Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel Grip. The company bought Maax-waas Unk and built Fort Christina. It served as the base of the New Sweden colony that consisted of the lower Delaware River, presently known as Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Industrialization and growth of Wilmington city

The First and Second World Wars stimulated vital industries to produce products needed in the war effort. These industries included machinery, shipyards, chemical producers, and steel foundries, which operated 24 hours 7 days a week. Other industries produced products like clothing, automobiles, and leather products. Due to the scarcity of labor, minorities moved north and settled in Wilmington. That caused tensions, which resulted in the 1919 race riot in Wilmington, Delaware.

The prosperity of the post-war period led to residential development on the outskirts of the city. This attracted more people to live in the suburbs of North Wilmington. Roads and highway upgrades and the construction of Interstate 95 construction that passed through several neighborhoods caused the city center’s population to reduce. Between the 1950s and 1960s, urban renewal projects cleared housing blocks in the East Side and city centers.

The city’s economy

The economy of the readily accessible city in Delaware is based on its high population. The city has many financial institutions with favorable policies and a well-established judicial system.

In 1981, Governor Pierre S. du Pont enacted regulations that turned the city into a national financial center. He targeted the credit card industry. The 1981 Financial Center Development Act did away with usury laws that eliminated the cap on interest rates that financial institutions might legally charge clients.

The chartered corporations of Delaware depend on the Court of Chancery for all legal issues. The court does not have a jury but a Judge who places legal decisions. It is a popular court both countrywide because of its competence, well-informed judiciary, and speed. When stakeholders seek to enjoin or block corporate activities, the court comes in handy since it can grant relief in the form of injunctions or restraining orders.

Arts and Culture of Wilmington

The city is home to several museums, galleries, and gardens for residents and tourists to enjoy. The most popular museum in the city is the Delaware Art Museum, which has a wide range of collections that focus on the mid-19th century English Pre-Raphaelite movement and the 12th to the 19th-century illustration of American art.

Wilmington city also hosts several traditional festivals and other events every year. The most popular one is the Italian Festival held in the second week of June. A Catholic Church, St. Anthony of Padua, organizes the festival, and it features Italian traditional food, music, and activities such as the carnival ride.

The Greek Festival is another event that brings large crowds together. The festival features traditional Greek music, food, crafts, and drinks. Other festivals include:

  • The Polish Festival features lots of entertainment, carnival rides, Polish cuisines, and lots of music.
  • The IndiaFest is an event organized by the Indo American Association of Delaware.
  •  The annual Big August Quarterly, which is a celebration of African American culture and history.
  • The Haneef's African Festival commemorates African American legacy.

The city’s fire department maintains a marine fire fighting force, a rescue squad company, two ladder companies, and five engine companies. Since 2002, all the city's firefighters are trained to the EMT-B level.

Emergency medical services throughout the city are provided through a contract with St. Francis Hospital. The hospital‘s EMS department operates with a minimum of five BLS transport units. 

How do SERVPRO technicians help Wilmington property owners with fire damage restoration?

Dealing with a fire's aftermath can be overwhelming, especially if the restoration process does not begin right away. Smoke and soot can cause significant damage to your valuable items and surfaces, leading to costly repairs. Involving a reputable restoration company like SERVPRO within 24 hours after the unfortunate happens can help minimize damage and get your house back to normal right away.

Our team of experienced restorers can assess the extent of the destruction, provide you with a detailed estimate, and start the process of reversing the effects of fire damage. Our restorers can also provide you with an overview of salvageable contents and those that need replacement. We also work with our customer’s insurance company.

Some of the common steps we take to secure a fire damaged property include:

  • Thorough property inspection to determine the severity of the damage and document our findings through videos or photos.
  • Prevent further damage by removing valuable items in the affected areas and securing the property by tarping the roof or boarding up openings.
  • Clean-up using advanced cleaning agents and innovative equipment to salvage various items and surfaces.
  • Deodorization using cutting edge techniques and products.

We can work quickly and carefully to get your property to its preloss state within the shortest time possible.   

A fire can cause devastating damage to your valuable items and structure. Contact SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington at (302) 762-8080 to get your home to its preloss state. "Like it never even happened."

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