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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

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.

ULV Foggers are Great Deodorization Tools

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO ULV Foggers are Great Deodorization Tools ULV Fogger

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.

Classes of Water

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Classes of Water Class 3

Classes of Water

Classes of water damages relates to the evaporation rates. There are four classes on water damage restoration projects. Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation. This means small areas with minimum moisture absorption. Class 2 is a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation. This means significant areas affected with highly porous areas. Class 3 is the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation. This means water may have come from overhead and basically the entire area is saturated. Class 4 is a specialty drying situation. Simply this means the water is trapped or hidden and has a low rate of evaporation. These usually require longer drying times.

Whether your home or business endures a Class one, two, three or four, SERVPRO of Brandywine/Wilmington is here to help.

Hydroxyl Generator's

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Hydroxyl Generator's Photocatalytic Hydroxyl Generator

SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington has a few dozen Photocatalytic Hydroxyl Generators. It is a newer piece of equipment that takes the place of the older ozone machines. Ozone machines are still used in some scenarios. These Hydroxyl’s are another great way to purify and clean the air whenever odors and germs are present. UVA rays are emitted form the lamp pass through the anatase – coated reactor sleeve. That forms electron hole pairs that react with oxygen and water. Hydroxyl radicals are then formed and dispersed by the fan and decompose pollutants. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington uses these machines mostly in fire and smoke damaged homes and in Category 3 water damages mostly. Although we can use them for other reasons too. Our hydroxyl machines are SERVPRO green too!

Portable Extractors

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Portable Extractors One of our Extractors

SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington keeps up with technology and state of the art equipment. The amount of equipment that is utilized on a daily basis is vast.  Extractors are one of our tools that is used on a daily basis. While each crew has at least one on their trucks, we have additional at the shop. Extractors, both portable and truck mount, are monumental in our services. We own approximately dozens of units in this branch. The portable new portable extractors are magnificent. They combine powerful productivity functions to make it very versatile. The unit’s pre-filters help boost its performance. They are rugged and have HEPA filters to capture airborne contaminates. These extractors are wonderful because they are portable and we can get into places without dragging long hoses throughout.

Why Cleaning is Not Just a Chore

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

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Why Cleaning Isn't Just a Chore: The Health Benefits of Housework

Most people hate the idea of having to do housework. Cleaning and organizing the home isn’t fun compared to spending time with loved ones, going to the movies, or doing any of the various activities we consider enjoyable. However, there are unexpected benefits to cleaning—and learning about them may just change the way you think about dusting and doing the dishes the next time your house is looking dirty.

Breathe Easier 

Indoor air pollution is making us sick, but not enough people seem to be talking about it. As HomeAdvisor notes, “Issues like mold, radon and carbon dioxide are hazards to your health. If your home contains one or more of these elements, you may be at risk for that could have been avoided!” You can help reduce irritants in your home by doing things like avoiding products that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). But one of the best things you can do to improve indoor air quality is clean regularly. Cleaning your home reduces dust, pet dander, mold, and mildew that can make you and your family sick.

Cleaning tips for healthier air:

  • Take off shoes before entering the house to keep outside dirt and dust from coming in.
  • Keep pets groomed to reduce shedding and dander in the air.
  • Change air filters regularly based on your household needs.
  • Prevent mold and mildew by using fans in the bathroom that move moisture outside.
  • Open windows on nice days to air out the home and increase ventilation.

Sleep Better 

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary where you can leave the stress and anxiety from your day behind and transition into peaceful slumber. After all, regularly getting a full night’s worth of sleep is critical in maintaining our overall health. However, when you have dirty clothes slung across the floor and cobwebs in the corners, it’s not easy to fall asleep. Rather, you’re stuck there in bed thinking about how cleaning the bedroom is one more thing you’ll have to put on your to-do list.

Research suggests that being clean and organized can actually improve sleep. According to survey information collected by the National Sleep Foundation, 75 percent of people say they sleep better with clean sheets. Furthermore, people who make their beds in the morning are reportedly 19 percent more likely to say they get a good night’s rest. And it’s not just about keeping the bedroom tidy—experts say that staying organized in other parts of your life can prevent anxiety-induced insomnia. 

Reduce Stress 

Clutter causes stress. So, if you struggle with stress and anxiety, picking up around the house may actually help improve your mental health. A clean and organized home serves as a respite from the chaos of the outside world. Furthermore, taking a messy house and turning it into something you would see featured in a Better Homes & Gardens editorial provides you with a sense of control, especially when our lives seem completely chaotic. Next time you’re feeling like the cortisol levels in your body are out of control, try tackling one thing on your cleaning to-do list and see how it makes you feel. Chances are, you’ll be moving on to the next one and chasing that sense of relief from anxiety.


Cleaning may not be at the top of the list of your favorite activities, but housework has some surprising physical and mental health benefits. For one, your home may be making you sick. Indoor air pollution is often worse than it is outside. When you clean regularly, you reduce the amount of irritants that contribute to allergies and pulmonary illness. Being clean and organized can also improve sleep since it makes you more comfortable and less likely to fret over your to-do list at night. Finally, a clean home is a less stressful home. Clutter in the house equals clutter in the mind and many people find that tackling a mess is an effective release from anxiety.

SERVPRO Rappels Down 17 Stories

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington participates in local community events as much as possible. In this specific event called “Over the Edge”, we had our very own Carleen scale down a building. This event was a unique fundraiser to rappel down 17 stories- a whopping 222 feet! This event was designed to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics Delaware. The event started in the morning and went all day long ending into the early evening. The event took place in downtown Wilmington on Delaware Avenue. This event was one of its kind in Delaware. This year, 2018, the event had 90 edgers and we help raise more than $125,000. This is the eighth year this event has taken place and this event over the eight years raised $1,021.00 total for the Special Olympics. We are proud to say we helped support the cause.