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Biohazard Clean Up After Animal Intruders

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Cats, birds, and rodents are the most common intruders to a home or business. Common places that these animals could hide are in your attic, basement, vent system, or chimney. Animal fecal matter is considered hazardous waste and should be disposed of by a professional. There are many excellent resources available for locating information about a particular illness or disease. You can also call your local Health Department for more information.

Should an unwelcome animal enter your home, it is advised that you do not attempt to remove the animal on your own. You could risk illness and injury not only to yourself, but to the animal as well. Contact Animal Control immediately.

SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville specializes in removing, disposing of, and sanitizing materials that have been affected by animal waste, as well as removing any odor. Call us today to schedule a consult.

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/animal-industries/animal-health-and-diseases/a-z-list

http://publichealth.nc.gov/topics.htm

Water Damage Requires Immediate Action

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen area showing removed flooring, cabinets, and appliances, wet subfloor, some mold on wall Wet materials were left to sit in this kitchen, causing wide spread damage and mold growth.

In any water damage event, the goal is to dry out the wet materials as soon as possible in order to prevent them from having to be replaced. When water is left to sit for an extended period of time, it makes the floor and other affected materials unable to be dried completely. This can lead to floor covering, sub floor, cabinets, and other wet materials needing to be replaced. It is more expensive and more time consuming to replace these items than it is to restore them. In addition to that, mold begins to grow just 48 hours after wet materials are left to sit untreated. The effects from water damage happen quickly and need immediate action to avoid worse damage and costly repairs. SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville arrives at your home quickly and ready to return your home back to preloss condition. 

Commercial Duct Cleaning

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

man inspecting air ducts with flashlight Call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville to schedule a duct cleaning for your business!

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit of poor indoor air quality. If your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Unit (HVAC) has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

Keeping your HVAC unit clean can extend the life of the equipment which can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe. However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns during a consultation at your business.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

Crawlspace Work

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician wearing personal protective equipment, kneeling in front of crawlspace No job is too big, no crawlspace is too small for our SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville Production Technicians

If dark, confined spaces are not for you, call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville. Our skilled technicians are experienced in navigating through crawlspaces and attics to perform a variety of different services. Water and fire mitigation/repairs, mold remediation, sewage back-up, and biohazard clean-ups are the most common services that are needed in hard to reach areas of your home. 

As pictured, one of our production technicians prepares to enter a customer’s crawlspace. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is worn to protect this technician while he works on cleaning up the sewage back-up that happened underneath a customer’s house. 

If you suspect a problem in your hard to reach crawlspace or in your dark attic, give us a call - We are Here to Help.

Ice Dam Cause and Effect

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

diagram pointing where an ice dam is and the water sitting above it Remove wet materials near the affected area and place a fan to slow the leak and amount of damage until help arrives.

An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof which prevents melting snow from draining as it should. Typically during the winter season, the temperature on the interior of the house is turned up to keep the inside warmer. As the heat rises and escapes into the highest level of your structure (typically the attic), the snow on the peak of the roof starts to melt. The water runs down the roof and begins to pool and refreeze the further away it gets from the heat source. This is why it is most common to see dams forming on the edges of roofs or in the gutters. 

Effects of an Ice Dam

Ice dams cause leaks when snow melts higher on the roof and that melt water hits a ‘dam’ of ice. With nowhere else to go, the water is forced to back up under the roofing materials and into the structure. Ice dams cause water to pool and seep under shingles. The wet building materials cannot dry out quickly enough to keep mold from growing.

There are plenty of warning signs that your house will exhibit to alert you to a possible ice dam.

  • You see long/large icicles forming on the edge of the roof, or off the front edge of the gutter
  • Ice is coming through the soffit of your roof
  • Ice is forming behind the gutters
  • You see ice or water on the exterior wall
  • You see water coming through the frame of a door or window
  • You see water coming through the ceiling or interior wall

Now that you are armed with this knowledge, you can prepare for this winter. Do some research on preventative maintenance, find a quality roofer, and keep SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville on your speed-dial!

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

large carpet area with carpet cleaner in view, dark carpet shows the "before", lighter carpet shows the "after" To schedule a carpet cleaning for your business call us at 252-291-4492

Did you know carpet cleanings are not only performed in homes, but businesses too? Carpet cleanings are often performed on a routine basis in homes to keep carpets looking brand new, but businesses and commercial buildings also use carpet cleanings to keep their areas looking professional and tidy. Cleaning carpets is also commonly done if a water damage happens that affects the carpet.

A clean carpet can attract more customers by showing that you take care of your business and care about how it looks. SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville has experienced technicians that can quickly turn the condition of your carpets around. We understand that businesses work best with minimal interruptions which is why we can clean your carpet after normal business hours no hassle.

Choose a Provider You Can Trust

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

screenshot of web page showing customer reviews for SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville You can also scroll through our Testimonial page and read the nice comments our customers have left. 

In the unfortunate instance you would need emergency services for fire, water, or storm damage, you would want a provider that is skilled and knowledgeable as well as understanding in a time where you can be stressed and upset. For cleaning or reconstruction services, you want a provider that you can trust in your home or business, and can get the job done quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville is all of that and more. Our office workers and technicians treat every customer with respect and keep them updated on the status of their job. The technicians in your home or business are knowledgeable and certified, and recognize how stressful some situations can be. But don't take our word for it; just look at our 5 star Google, Facebook, and Yelp ratings. 

Holiday Fire Hazards

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

close up of Christmas tree with red ornaments and candy cane DID YOU KNOW? The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully, your holidays may go from festive to frightening. The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season:

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
  • Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or before going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed to not tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees. Keep anything that can catch on fire—like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.

Holiday Cooking Safety

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Cooked Thanksgiving turkey with rolls, mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables, and other sides The number one reason for a home cooking fire is unattended cooking.

Did you know that the peak day for home cooking fires is Thanksgiving Day? With the holidays coming up, many people have gatherings for family and friends which means more cooking and more time spent in the kitchen. There may be a lot of cooking to keep up with and it could get a little hectic in the kitchen, making it easier for an accidental fire to start. Here are some easy safety tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the holidays:

  • Test smoke detectors to make sure they are working and replace batteries if needed.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and lids nearby. If you are frying food in grease use a lid to smother the flame, do not use water on a grease fire-it will make it worse.
  • Do not leave any cooking unattended. Set timers if you need to check on food.

Should your holiday cooking get out of hand, call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville to take care of any fire or soot damage.

https://www.mrcooper.com/blog/2018/12/17/7-holiday-cooking-safety-tips-for-your-kitchen/

Got Frozen Pipes? Here’s What To Do

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

frozen water faucet Frozen pipes are a serious matter and should be thawed to avoid a major water leak in your house.

Cold temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze. Freezing inside a pipe creates a lot of pressure which can cause the pipe to burst and likely lead to serious flooding, especially when there is no one around to turn off the water. If you notice your pipes have frozen, you will want to thaw them before they break.  Thaw them by first locating the pipe and opening the faucet. Then apply heat near the faucet and work your way down. You can use a hair dryer, hot towels, a portable space heater or heat lamp, or electrical heating tape, but never use an open flame as that could cause your pipes to break.

If that seems a little intimidating, here are some preventative measures you can take to protect your water pipes from freezing during those cold spells.

  • open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
  • let cold water drip from a faucet, even a small amount of running water will prevent freezing
  • if you plan to be out of town, set thermostat to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees F
  • for long term solutions, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawlspaces and seal cracks/holes around windows and doors to keep warm air inside

Should you ever experience flooding or damage from a broken water pipe in your home, call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville.