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Spring Cleaning

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

With the arrival of Spring it is a great time to think about those "Spring Cleanings".  

Hear at SERVPRO of Union County, we have a large group of technicians that have extensive cleaning experience from mold, bio-hazard, post construction cleanup to everyday cleaning and maintenance of a home.  

With an extensive spring cleaning of your home you should also think about a duct cleaning.  We offer duct cleanings here at SERVPRO of Union County as well.  We can quote most residential homes over the phone.  So give us a call today!

Spring is a great time to think about these types of cleaning.  So give us a call today at 704-764-3216 to schedule your estimate today for the cleaning and/or duct cleaning services as well.  

We look forward to speaking with you.  

Does your Union County home have a mold problem?

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –704-764-3216

Winter Fire Safety

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

During the winter months the risk of home fires increases. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in the winter than any other season. 

  • Kitchen Fire
  • Wood Heaters
  • Kerosene Heaters
  • Space Heaters
  • Candles
  • Overloaded Circuits

All of these are hazardous to your home.  Make sure that when you are using these that no flammable objects are more than three feet away.

Make sure that you have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. 

If you are going to be away from your home, you should make sure that none of these items are left running or open flames unattended when no one is home. 

In the event that you have a fire, do not panic call 911. 

After the fire is contained, please reach out to SERVPRO of Union County at 704-764-3216.

We will dispatch our emergency team to assist you.  

Emergency Water Damage

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Union County will respond to your emergency water call 24 Hours a day.

  • 24 hour on call staff
  • 24 hour answering service
  • Rapid Response time
  • Large Loss
  • Insurance company communication

SERVPRO of Union County has a team of experienced personnel that is on call 24 hours a day to be on site as soon as possible to handle your emergency water issues.  We will be at your home ready for the water extraction and removal of any damaged materials affected by the water.  We will set all the necessary equipment to make sure that dry the home out as soon as we can.

Feel free to call us at 704-764-3216

Kitchen Grease Fire

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Grease fire occurs when the oil becomes too hot.  

If you have a grease fire, first do not panic. Here are some steps to help you in the event that a fire does occur in your home.

  • Cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet
  • Turn off the heat source
  • DO NOT ADD WATER
  • DO NOT REMOVE THE PAN FROM THE AREA
  • Small fire add baking soda

A grease fire is very dangerous if you were to remove it from the area.  Moving the pan will cause the grease to spread and increase the range of the fire.  

Once the fire is contained, there will be a very strong odor in the home.  After the fire department has inspected the area and it is now safe to return into the home, you should then consider contacting your insurance company and your local SERVPRO.  SERVPRO of Union County will send out their specialized team in order to clean the home and the textiles and contents in the home.  We have a very strong team of professionals that specialize in this area and are always willing to assist.  

We understand that this time is very stressful and we are always here to help.  Please call us at 704-764-3216.

Before the Storm: Flood Prevention

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know? Flooding is North Carolina’s second most common natural hazard. Many wether agencies are reporting that floods and hurricanes are becoming more extreme with each passing year. The damage caused by these intense storms can ruin homes or entire communities for weeks, months or even years. With storms like Hurricane Dorian hurtling through North Carolina, it is important that you know how to prepare for flood damage as best you can before it happens. 

One of the best ways to prepare for flooding is to elevate any electrical components. This includes sockets, switches and wiring. These sources should be elevated at least twelve inches above expected flood levels. By elevating these components, you are preventing a potential safety hazard during the recovery and restoration process after the storm has passed. 

Another great way to prepare for flooding is to waterproof your basement. While this can be a greater investment into your home, it pays off greatly if you reside in a region that experiences flooding often. Additionally, a battery-operated backup generator is a great machine to consider adding to your home incase of a power outage during a storm. 

Moving your furniture and valuables to a safe area is an important step in the preparation process. Consider storing important documents like birth certificates and insurance policies in waterproof boxes or sealed bags. 

Above all, the safety of you and your family is the most critical step in the preparation process. If flooding does occur, be sure to call SERVPRO for all of your flood damage restoration needs. Our office is ready to start your recovery and restoration plan to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How We 'SERV': Local Restaurants and Water Damage

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Local restaurants tend to use more water than your typical business. From cooking to cleaning, restaurants use water in almost every aspect of their work. Because of this, these businesses can be affected by water damage more severely than others. For example, sprinklers are necessary in every restaurant as fires are more typical in the kitchen. However, excessive water can lead to water damage and ruin carpet, cloths, fabric and food. Additionally, busted water pipes can leak or crack, causing serious damage to anything around it. Even water overflow from restrooms can create a major problem for a restaurant. If left untreated, mold can form and spread under carpet, tiles or in wall paneling. Textiles will lose their color and walls will stain from excess moisture. 

Thankfully, SERVPRO is a choice solution for all of your commercial and water damage needs. Our specialists can answer any questions you may have about your restaurant recovery process. Additionally, our crew determines the type of water damage and creates an effective plan of action, resulting in a speedy start to your restoration process. SERVPRO’s team of trained professionals then begin water removal and extraction through our highly effective equipment. Water and moisture is pulled out of every surface and material found in the affected areas to ensure no mold can develop over time. Lastly, SERVPRO is able to restore your items through specialized cleaning techniques with industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. 

Whatever type of water damage your restaurant may be experiencing, SERVPRO is here to help recover and restore your belongings. Our crew of trained professionals will ensure your restaurant is back in business as soon as possible and that your equipment is left “Like it never even happened.”

How Can SERVPRO Serve Your Business?

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

With the innovations of SERVPRO’S Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system, a business owner is able to upload individual portfolios of their business and locations to our servers. But what exactly does that mean for small businesses? In the event of an emergency at your business, like after a flood, fire or storm damage occurs, our technicians are able to view and obtain critical information before they even arrive on site. In critical situations, this can save valuable time and your business can benefit from faster response times. Additionally, our technicians receive more details about your situation, allowing them to create a more effective plan of action. So what are other ways businesses can benefit from this system?

Our ERP system allows businesses to create custom profiles for each business location or franchise. If multiple locations have been affected by the same disaster, our technicians are able to view each store layout and specifications so that we can put together the most effective plan for each location. This system enables business owners to avoid the confusion and strains that follow dealing with disasters in multiple business locations. Additionally, businesses with unique or complex layouts can store blueprints, eliminating time spent on finding water mains, pipes and electrical breakers. This cuts down on time used by technicians looking for critical sources on site. Older commercials buildings can be vulnerable to more severe water damage, making quick response time a top priority. Whether it be new or old, your business will benefit from the effectiveness of SERVPRO’S ERP system.

The Life of Mold

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Close your eyes and picture a seed. It’s small, simple and ready to be carried away to find a home. Before mold forms, it starts off as a small spore, bearing the likeness of a seed. Spores can be smaller than a pinhead and undetectable to the eye. But inside of this spore are thousands of more spores. Once that spore is broken, these internal spores are released into the air. Airflow then carries these spores away until they find a place to land. When these spores find a surface to settle on, they may lie dormant or immediately begin to spread. Spores wait for the right environment to grow in, which are determined by temperature, food and moisture.  Mold typically grows best in temperatures between approximately sixty and eighty degrees. However, some forms of mold can withstand freezing temperatures or survive in one hundred degrees temperatures. It also feeds on organic materials in surfaces, like wood, drywall and natural fibers and is attracted to high moisture and humidity levels. 

Wherever these conditions are present, mold may not be far behind. The combination of these conditions depends on the speed of which the mold grows. If you suspect mold in your home or place of business, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO for all of your mold remediation needs. We can restore your property to it’s fullest potential and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Restoration: Cleaning Basics

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, our goal is to restore your belongings, home or business to its pre-fire condition. Depending on the amount of damage and its severity, our SERVPRO experts must assess the needs of your property and find the most efficient clean up solution. But where do we begin? 

First, our highly qualified team locates smoke residue by inspecting the afflicted area. This inspection starts at the source of the fire. We then follow its path and trace the distance of the smoke throughout your property. Next, we identify the type of residue left behind. Several types of residue may exist even within the same affected area. Our restorers will choose the best cleaning solution to address each type of residue. 

Additionally, the type of afflicted surface is identified. Like residue, types of surfaces affect what methods and solutions will be used to most efficiently clean your belongings. We carefully inspect each aspect of this process to ensure that your materials are preserved. Using wet and dry cleaning processes, we are then able to remove residue particles from your surfaces. Lastly, we carefully dispose of all of the residue, debris and cleaning waste used in the process. 

Each step of our Fire Restoration process is important to bring your property back to it’s preloss condition. Our detail-oriented team ensures that all of these steps are applied appropriately and that the most efficient methods are used to best ‘SERV’ you.