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The Quick Progression of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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When life gets busy, things that may seem insignificant at the time may get passed over. For example, that leaky faucet in your bathroom or the odd water spot here or there will get ignored.

Unfortunately, even the smallest of water issues can have destructive effects on your home. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage will progress quickly and spread rapidly if not properly addressed. Water damage can leak into your wood or vinyl floors, into your walls or through your soft carpet and furniture.

Here’s what you need to know about the timeline of water damage:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Living on the coast, we are susceptible to flash flooding from storms and hurricanes, so it is crucial to know what to do in those early hours after the event.

The 24 to 48 hours after the disaster or storm are vital to preventing long term or irreversible damage. While quick action can help in the long run, certain items in your home can immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects due to their fragile nature.

Items like furniture, upholstery, scrapbooks or precious photos are uniquely vulnerable to the damaging effects of water or moisture. They can take a longer time to dry out or can be ruined beyond repair with even the smallest amount of moisture. If that isn’t bad enough, these items are susceptible to mold, and it can take hold and grow quickly if left untreated.

SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save your belongings. We make sure to remove the fragile items quickly to start the restoration process as soon as we can.

We treat your precious keepsakes with care, and we do our best to help reverse the damage. However, if something cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you.

Within the First Week

Within the first week, water damage will quickly worsen and mold arrives in this timeframe. Mold can spread like wildfire if left untreated, and if it sets in and grows, it can be detrimental to the integrity of your home.

After One Week

The longer you wait to address the water issues, the higher the cost and the greater the efforts to restore your home will become. Parts of your home could be damaged beyond repair if not treated.

How SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte Will Help

Our restoration process begins with the first phone call, which ideally happens within the first 24 hours after damage. When we arrive, we begin the water extraction process to remove the bulk of the water. From there, we clean, sanitize and deodorize your floors and walls, and finish with our industry-leading drying equipment to dry up any remaining and hidden moisture.

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.Our technicians can assess the construction needs, and we can even help with the rebuilding process.

Regardless of the situation, SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte will take you along with us at every step and have you back in your home or business as soon as we can.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

SERVPRO Is the Restoration Restoration Business You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

"two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van" No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Life happens, and we want to be there for you when it does. Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in cleanup and restoration services to help you navigate water, fire and storm damage and the subsequent cleanup process, but we also offer disaster relief cleanup in the event of a natural disaster.

Water Damage

Flash flooding happens often without much warning, especially if it stems from a hurricane or a large storm system that moves through the area quickly. Whether it be an inch or a foot of water, any water damage at all can produce a serious impact. In fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

If you are a homeowner in Northeast Charlotte or you own a business in town, unexpected water issues and the upcoming hurricane season can cause major damage to your home or business. Our SERVPRO technicians are fully trained to handle all kinds of water damage and can help you get back to normal in no time.

We have the skills and ability to act quickly by drying up standing water, detecting hidden moisture and assisting in returning your space to the condition it was before the damage occurred. We pride ourselves on the ability to help people in their time of need.

Fire Damage

A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020.

If your home or business has suffered fire damage, we’ll jump right into action with our seven-step restoration process.

In order to be thorough while assessing fire damage, we follow that step-by-step procedure very carefully to understand the full extent of the damage and to help restore your home or business as safely and quickly as possible.

Storm Damage

Storms can develop in an instant and wreak immediate havoc on our homes, especially when you aren’t expecting the severity or location of the damage.When the unexpected happens and you don’t know where to turn, call us and we will be there for you.

Not only can storms damage the actual structure of your home, they can also damage your personal possessions and furniture. Thankfully, your possessions can go through our content restoration process with the intention of restoring them instead of replacing them. Your original items are as important to us as they are to you.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We are here and ready to help. Our SERVPRO experts will answer your call 247. We know that disasters and accidents don’t happen only 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, so we work around the clock to be prepared for when you need us. Reach out to our Emergency Line and receive immediate assistance, day or night.

With more than 50 years of restoration experience, our experts in green are the reason we are the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation. We’re locally owned and operated here in Charlotte, but we’re also backed by a network of more than 1,900 locations around the United States.

That means we have the resources of a large business with the touch of hometown love for Charlotte! You can count on us to have your home or business back to "Like it never even happened." status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

The 4 Things That Often Cause the 3 Main Types of Flooding | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

"a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway" Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

In the United States, flooding is the most common type of natural disaster and it claims more lives annually than lightning strikes, hurricanes or tornadoes. Flooding can impact any area, not just those in known floodplains, and can cause destruction that’s as localized as a single home or as widespread as an entire city.

Flooding can leave large amounts of destruction in its wake, but it typically falls into three main categories with four main causes.

3 Categories of Floods

Flash floods are the most common type of flooding incident, as they are triggered by heavy rain over a short or prolonged period of time. When water is not able to be drained away by the ground, flash floods can occur and sweep up anything in their path, including cars and people.

River floods happen along riverbanks, when the water’s volume swells beyond what the banks are able to contain. Essentially the river will be overflowing into neighboring areas.

Coastal floods are just like river floods in that they are caused by an overflow of water. Coastal floods occur near oceans or gulfs that have risen to flooding levels.

4 Causes of Natural Floods

Heavy rainfall. Heavy rainfall can quickly lead to flash floods when it becomes too much for an area to handle. This is especially true in areas with a large volume of concrete, as the ground is unable to absorb excessive moisture, which is why floods are so common in urban areas.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.

Dams and levees failing. The destruction of a failing dam or levee and the resulting flood is a frightening thing, as evidenced during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. When cracks occur or excess pressure is present due to a high volume of water, these structures can break and impact everything in the surrounding area.

Snowmelts and ice dams. When winter’s chill is around for a prolonged period of time, a lot of moisture can be trapped within snow and ice—and when spring comes, this moisture must go somewhere. Melting snow can cause floods, and these can be exacerbated by ice dams or ice jams that form in rivers and create a blockage that then leads to a flood.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

Helping Your Business Through Anything | SERVPRO? of North East Charlotte

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

"a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage" SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte is your local commercial restoration expert. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

Being your own boss or owning your own business can seem like the perfect job. Reality, though, is that while it does have its benefits, it doesn’t come without risk. The risk we are referring to is that if a disaster or accident were to happen, it could cause major disruptions.

But lucky for you, SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte is here to cover any recovery needs you have! We can help carry the burden of your business needs when it comes to disasters and emergencies.

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and flooding are some of the top causes of financial loss for businesses here in the United States. These are the types of incidents that can quickly cause a lot of damage, and even more so there’s a delay in responding. We have someone on call 24 hours a day, so that if you have an emergency, you have someone to call on.

Emergency Ready Plan. You can begin the recovery process before a disaster ever strikes, all you have to do is become prepared! We work to help you create the perfect plan that works for your unique needs. Things like alternate meeting sites or temporary vendors to use during a crisis—these are things that we can help sort out for you.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We are known for taking care of general cleaning needs like carpet cleaning or upholstery restoration, but what you might not realize is that we also handle specialty needs like safe biohazard removal. We have been in this industry for a long time, which means we have seen and done it all.

Restoration Services. Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control—storms bring floods, pipes burst in the winter or a toaster catches fire. Regardless of what may happen, the disaster will require cleanup and restoration. No one can get there faster, or handle it with professionalism better than SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte.

Industry Specialization. Our highly trained technicians have had decades of experience and training, learning the ins and outs of every type of commercial enterprise. No matter what industry you’re in, we can tackle your cleaning or restoration needs. We also work to enclose the area so that we don’t disrupt your normal business operations.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Spring Showers & Other Weather Hazards | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

"an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky"  Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte is a click away if you experience any damage

The largest nations in the world are Russia and Canada. The United States is a close second though, based on total land mass.

Having such a large nation means that “spring weather” can mean many different things for many people. Each season brings about distinct weather patterns, and the spring season is no different. And as we all know, different weather types can bring different weather threats.

The spring season is right around the corner, officially starting on March 20. Here’s a good look at what to expect in different areas of the country.

First up, the Pacific Northwest region. The weather here is wet with heavy rains, which can lead to flooding or water damage. In higher elevation areas, they are also possibly dealing with melting snow and ice, which cause problems of their own.

Moving to the Upper Midwest and Northeast regions, they are the ones that deal with the winter weather more than anyone else. In fact, they jump right over the spring season it seems, because during the spring months they are still dealing with snowstorms or blizzards! Sounds awfully cold to us here in North Carolina, right?

The West Coast, on the other hand, basically has a non-existent winter. Rather than cold weather, they are preparing for and dealing with excessive heat waves. These intense temperatures can put people in danger, but they also combine with dry conditions to create a fire hazard.

When you look at the Midwest, from Iowa to Texas, this is the middle part of the United States, where there are much drier, windy conditions. During the spring, they may face windstorms, derechos and wildfires. Because it’s so dry and windy, these wildfires can be easily spread and cause mass destruction. And as if that’s not enough, part of the region is also “Tornado Alley,” which is where tornadoes are most likely to occur.

And in our area, the Southeast region, we’re looking forward to pleasant temperatures and sunny days. But the spring also brings abundant rain at times, along with the threat of severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes. We’re landlocked here in Charlotte, but for our southern neighbors along the coast, rip currents and early-season hurricanes can also be a factor.

No matter where you live in this great nation, weather hazards are everywhere! That’s why whether you are on the West Coast or in the Southeast region, you must always be prepared.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Does Your Business Have an Emergency Ready Plan? | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte will be there to help.

Running a business can be a lot of hard work, dedication, time and fun! That’s right—it can be fun, but fun doesn’t happen or make you successful if you don’t have the other qualities as well. And SERVPRO is here to help you with those top three qualities.

When you’re struck by a natural disaster or an accident, it can take over your business in a matter of minutes! So it’s essential that you have some kind of plan in place, and that’s what we want to help you with. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses aren’t able to reopen their doors after they have been hit by a natural disaster. And 20% of the businesses that do reopen are forced to shut down within the first year of business.

This is why it’s important that you have a plan in place. It’s scary to see that three-quarters of all small businesses don’t have an emergency plan in place. Let’s change that!

As a locally owned and operated business, we are ready to help other local businesses. Whether your business operates in Charlotte, River Run or Mallard Creek, we can help you prepare an Emergency Ready Plan.

We will work with you to carefully parse through your business needs and requirements, as well as special challenges you might face in the wake of a disaster. The Emergency Ready Plan will be personalized to your specific business, offering you all the details about what to do in a weather emergency or similar situation. Our goal here at SERVPRO is to help you become so efficient that when or if a disaster strikes, you can easily hit “go” and know that everything else will fall into place.

So, in short, your local SERVPRO experts are here to help you with the hard work, dedication and time piece of your business plan, so that you can focus on the fun part. Get started on your plan today by giving us a call.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

The Lowdown on Restoration Services | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

a green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte to get the job done.

It’s almost impossible to own a home or business for a long period of time and not experience some kind of natural disaster or damage. It can be anything from a tornado, a lighting storm or something as simple as a busted pipe.

That’s where SERVPRO comes in! We are known best as being a cleaning company, but what some might not be aware of is the full-service, stern-to-stern cleaning, restoration and reconstruction that we provide as well.

Take a deeper look into how SERVPRO defines “full service”:

Water damage recovery. Whether your home or business has been affected by rainwater or a faulty appliance, water damage is likely to happen at some point or another. SERVPRO is always on call and ready to help you get your place fixed up.

Fire damage recovery. Fires happen every 23 seconds here in the United States. This is a part of a 40-year trend downward. And as you can imagine, fires can produce a lot of damage, but we have lots of help to offer you.

Mold removal. After a leak or water damage has exposed your home or business, mold can creep up and threaten the structure. And it spreads quickly and easily. Which is why you should leave that cleanup to the professionals.

Storm recovery. No matter the type of storm that has affected your home or business, it can bring large-scale damage and destruction. Luckily for you, we have technicians on call 247, so that you can immediately get started on the cleanup process.

Commercial needs. We offer business owners the same services that we provide to homeowners, but we also offer a little more! We can handle specialized cleaning and care, helping you make your business shine.

General cleaning. Whether it’s a residential or commercial property, they all need the normal day-to-day cleaning. But oftentimes we get busy and skip over important things like carpet or upholstery cleaning. That’s why we provide you with a heavy-duty cleaning, so that you can focus on more important things.

Specialty cleaning. We can provide you with document restoration, air duct cleaning or even biohazard cleanup. No matter what it is, if it can get dirty, we can work to get it clean.

Construction. Sometimes, disasters or accidents can take a major toll on your home or business and require a reconstruction rather than a simple restoration! With SERVPRO to call on, you can rest assured that we can handle that and get the facility back to its preloss condition. 

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done

The 4 Components for Starting and Ending a Fire | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

A small paper house burning If your home or business has any damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte is ready around the clock to help you recover.

Have you heard of a tetrahedron? Don’t worry, we will share our answer with you! It’s a three-dimensional, triangular shape with four equal sides.

This discussion about the tetrahedron relates to fire safety, believe it or not. In fact, there is something called a fire tetrahedron, which relates to the four major components a fire needs in order to survive! Read on to learn more.

<h34-things-a-fire-needs-to-live">The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. Fuel is clearly what will make something go, and fires need this in order to keep roaring! Things that can easily be burned, like wood, plastic or organic materials, will continually feed a fire with the fuel it needs.

Heat. A fire require heat in order to get it going and keep going. Once something has been exposed to heat, it will eventually ignite or melt, producing more fuel for a fire.

Oxygen. Oxygen is needed by every living thing, and a fire is no exception to the rule. Oxygen provokes an expanding series of chemical reactions, which can generate products of combustion in the process.

Chemical Chain Reaction. A chain reaction resulting from the three items mentioned above is what will continue to feed a fire. So long as the chain reaction isn’t disturbed, a fire will continue to burn. 

<h34-ways-to-stop-a-fire">The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. The most common way to stop a fire is to cool it, or exhaust the heat! This is usually accomplished by dousing the fire in water. But remember that because of the heat, the water is likely to evaporate or even boil, so it will take a lot of water to put a fire out.

Smother it. Sometimes a fire can’t be put out with water alone; it will need to be smothered! Removing all oxygen will eventually put the fire out, because you are starving it from the oxygen it needs. This is the mechanism behind the popular “stop, drop and roll” mantra we’re taught as kids.

Starve it. Something has to keep feeding a fire, so therefore logically speaking, the best thing you can do is starve a fire. Remove any fueling agents like wood and grass in order to help the fire come to a natural end.

Interrupt the chain reaction. Another guaranteed success is to interrupt the chain reaction, and you can do this by using chemical agents like halon. While these agents are effective, halon also has an elevated potential for ozone depletion, meaning it is an environmental threat and has been banned.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

The Process for Restoring Your Home After Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

A house floating in a large body of water When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

On a daily basis, there are 14,000 Americans who experience water damage issues in their homes. If this happens to you, you can count on us here at SERVPRO to help you all the way through the cleanup process.

Because any kind of damage to your home is life-altering, we will be here ready and waiting for your call. Here’s what to expect from us at every step of the process:

Emergency Contact. Emergencies tend to happen at the most inopportune times, and because we know that, we are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will talk with you to gather information about the nature of the damage, set up an appointment to visit the site in person and determine next steps. We know that a quick reaction time isn’t only necessary for your home—it’s also important for your checkbook and mental well-being.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. When our SERVPRO technicians arrive, we immediately make sure that the water has been stopped at the main source. We will then evaluate the damage, making note of any hazards along the way, and sit with you to figure out where to begin.

Water Removal. We will start by removing all the water inside of your home. We use powerful pumps and extraction units that can remove hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water from your home.

Damaged Material Removal. As we remove the water, we will work with you to discuss what items can be saved and what will need to be replaced. We will act quickly to remove the items and use industry-leading equipment to help restore your belongings.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Water damage obviously creates a need for cleanup, sanitizing and deodorization for many things inside the home. We will work diligently to make this happen by using time-tested techniques to restore your belongings.

Drying. The drying process doesn’t stop once the standing water is gone. There is remaining moisture that eludes the eye, which we can remove by using our cutting-edge equipment. Base on the specific needs of your situation, we do whatever we can to help moisture levels return to normal. This will help prevent mold growth.

Monitoring. Throughout the process of drying out your home, we stay in constant contact so that we can assess the damages and make sure we are using best practices. We will call and make visits daily so that we can adjust equipment and techniques as needed to speed things up.

Repairs and Construction. While the water might be gone, it doesn’t mean the hard work is over. That’s when the reconstruction or repairs begin! And we can handle everything from the simplest things to large scale rebuilds if that’s what it takes.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened.”

Restoration Can’t Wait | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”fire.jpg” alt = “a small interior room showing extensive damage from a recent fire" > If a fire issue pops up during the holidays, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte.

Picture this: It’s Friday evening, your best friend is over for a sleepover, pizza was just delivered and you’re anxiously awaiting TGIF to start. We’re talking two solid hours of your favorite shows. Life is good!

But these days, you don’t have to wait for Friday night to watch your favorite shows. Life is all about instant gratification. You can watch what you want, when you want.

While there are still some times in life when we have to wait, there are some instances where you not only don’t want to wait—you simply can’t. That’s the case when disasters or accidents strike your home or business, leaving you in a desperate situation.

And here at SERVPRO, we understand that to the fullest. That’s why we’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can help you during your darkest hour.

After a fire. While the flames of a fire can cause major damage to a structure, the truth is there are other aspects to consider.

Flames may burn up your possessions or the building structure, but even if they don’t, soot or smoke can not only cover your home from floor to ceiling, but also absorb into the walls of the home. That leaves behind residue and odor that’s difficult to remove.

After water damage. Even a small leak needs to be cleaned up quickly. When water damage sits, it can create another mess that can easily cause damage as well. Standing water or even moisture left in place for only 48 hours can result in mold growth.

And we know mold is not something that is an easy fix, especially the longer you go without addressing it. It not only causes health issues, but it absorbs into the structure of your home.

When disaster strikes, prompt action can help fix the problem and prevent future problems. That’s why we’re here for you when you need us, 247.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.