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Faster to your Delaware City, DE Water Damage

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Delaware City, DE Water Damage SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE responds Faster to any size disaster in Delaware City, DE

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster In Delaware City, DE

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

 48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

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NEW CASTE COUNTY, DE: EVERYONE LIVES WITH A FLOOD RISK

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage NEW CASTE COUNTY, DE:   EVERYONE LIVES WITH A FLOOD RISK Have water or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE (302) 392-6000

FACTS ABOUT FLOODS

Floods and flash floods have caused billions of dollars in property damage each year. They are among the most common and widespread of all natural hazards. Even more importantly, they're the number one weather-related killer. A flood can happen anywhere. Every state in the U.S. experienced some type of flooding or flash flood within the past five years.

Here are a few interesting flood facts that might take you by surprise 

  • No region is safe from flooding. All 50 states are subject to flash floods.
  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • A car can be taken away in as little as 2 feet of water.
  • To stay safe during a flood, go to the highest ground of floor possible. If your skin comes in contact with flood water, make sure to wash it with soap and disinfected water because the contents are unknown.
  • Flooding is caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 90% of all U.S. natural disasters declared by the President involve some sort of flooding.
  • In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, 3 gallons of water per person for 3 days, battery operated radio for weather reports, extra batteries, personal hygiene necessities.
  • Based on Floodsmart, a 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12” of water damage could cost more than $50,000.
  • Since flood damage is almost never covered by homeowners insurance, flood insurance is important for people living in high-risk flood zones.
  • To stay safe during a flood, go to the highest ground of floor possible. If your skin comes in contact with flood water, make sure to wash it with soap and disinfected water because the contents are unknown.
  • Communities particularly at risk are those located in low-lying areas, near water, or downstream from a dam.

Recovering Your Home or Business After Flood Damage

Regardless of the intensity of the floods water in homes or water in business, the results of the flood damage caused can be immense. In case your home is flooded or the business premises by either flooding as a result of rainfall, storms, pipe breaks or supply line break you need a professional water damage restoration company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.

If your property has experienced damage from a flood, call the experts at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE. We work with a variety of property insurers and can help you determine whether your damage is covered. 

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?  Call Us Today (302) 392-6000

Prepare Your New Castle, DE Commercial Property For The Winter

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Prepare Your New Castle, DE Commercial Property For The Winter Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Bear/Castle, DE

Tips For Keeping Your Facility Clean 

October is the perfect month for making cleaning and maintenance plans for the coming fall and winter.  To help building users stay clean, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE offers the following tips for making this seasonal transition as complete and easy as possible.    

FLOORS:

Floors take a beating during adverse weather conditions. Scrub entry floors to remove soils and recoat to give the floor added protection. Know product specifications: Some floor care chemicals, as an example, are best applied at certain temperature ranges.


CARPETS:

Many facilities delay cleaning carpets before and during the winter months. This can be a mistake as the carpets can become saturated with contaminants and impact indoor environmental quality. 

RESTROOMS:

Cleaning professionals often develop cleaning habits, especially in restrooms. Seasonal transitions call for taking a fresh look at restroom cleaning procedures and adopting some new technologies, products and methods where appropriate.

FLOOR MATS:

Install 15 feet of matting inside each entrance to capture ice melt, salt and sand before it is tracked throughout the facility.

REPAIR FLOOR DEFECTS:

Repairing floor defects will prevent soils and ice melt from becoming trapped in chips, cracks, crevices, etc.

HEPA FILTERS:

An easy way to remember when to clean or change HEPA filters is by changing them when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends; this year it ends on November 5.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING PROFESSIONALS:

While all the above are useful tips in keeping your office or commercial building clean and tidy they can take up valuable time you simply aren’t able to fit into your working day. Hiring the services of a professional cleaning company ensures you can concentrate on more pressing matters, yet still boast a clean, clutter free office space.

Commercial Cleaning Services

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Have Questions? Call Today – (302) 392-6000

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Halloween Cleaning Tips: Delaware City, DE

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Halloween Cleaning Tips: Delaware City, DE If you find yourself in a sticky situation that you can’t handle. Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE

How to Get Gum and Candy Out of Carpet

Even when Halloween is behind us, the candy will linger on for days. It is not unlikely for treat to end up on the carpet or some other unwanted location. No need to fret, candy in the carpet does not need to be as scary as it seems.  As long as you use the tips below and clean up the mess right away your carpet can be restored and ready for the next holiday festivity.

Freeze It

Freezing is your best plan of attack with gum that hasn’t been stuck long. If caught before it gets too far down into the carpet fibers, this should do the trick. 

  1. Put several ice cubes in a sealable sandwich bag and lay it on top of the gum. (a can of compressed air will freeze the gum just as well)
  2. Once the gum is frozen solid,use a butter knife, spatula or spoon to scrape it up. Scrape in one direction to avoid damaging the carpet fibers. It will likely crack and break as you go, but if you have trouble, rub the stuck pieces with ice and try again. 
  3. Once you get all the gum out, gently scrub the area with a solution of soapy water and white vinegar.

Dissolve It

When you apply a solvent to gum, you’ll break down the polymers, which will make it less sticky and far easier to remove. 

  1. Choose a solvent like a citrus degreaser or mineral spirits (muscle rub products that contain methyl salicylate will also work).  
  2. Test a small area first, to make sure you won’t stain your carpet.
  3. Once you’ve tested, spray the gum or candy, or use a cloth to apply it.
  4. Wait 5 to 10 minutes for the solvent to work its magic, then gently scrape with a butter knife, spatula or spoon.
  5. Just as with the freeze method, you can finish up by scrubbing with soapy water and a little white vinegar. 

Oil It

As with solvents, oils will reduce the stickiness. You can try eucalyptus oil, olive oil or even peanut butter. Just be sure to thoroughly clean up these oils once the gum or candy is gone. 

  1. Test a small area first, to determine the oil will not discolor the fibers
  2. Apply oil directly to the gum or candy, saturating the candy. It’s not recommended to pour the oil directly onto the carpet. Instead use a clean cloth so you can better control the amount used.
  3. As with the other methods, next comes gentle scraping with a butter knife or other metal utensil.
  4. Finally, scrub with soapy water and white vinegar, making sure to remove all of the residual oils. 

Regardless of the method you decide to try, there may still be a little candy color left behind from lollipops or other hard candies. If so, try scrubbing with some more white vinegar, or apply a stain remover. Then, blot the area with water to rinse the carpet fibers, and let it dry.

If you are not satisfied with the results or would rather not deal with the hassle call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.  We offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.  Call Today – (302) 392-6000

More Cleaning Tips:

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?  Call Today – (302) 392-6000

Why Professionals Should Handle Sewage Cleanup In Delaware City, De

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Why Professionals Should Handle Sewage Cleanup In Delaware City, De Sewage Cleanup Professionals SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE

Sewage Cleanup vs. Plumber: More Than A Plunger 

You will need more than a plunger to take care of a sewage mess. However, a lot of homeowners will call plumbers because plumbers deal with the health status of the house's pipes. They make sure water flows well through the pipes of the home, and work on some appliances. But, if a sewage leak or backup happens into your house, a plumber won't know whether the area is properly sanitized if he does clean it up. He also won't know whether it has gone into other areas of the home that are unseen.

Plumbers are great at what they do, but they don't have the proper certifications to deal with a  New Castle County, DE sewage damage. 

While any type of water damage in dangerous to your home and your health, the lease of sewage is even more dangerous, requiring immediate action. With the existence of unsanitary water in your home comes the possibility of the contracting bacteria and viruses that could result in serious illness.

If this is a problem in your home, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  professionals should be called to handle the situation as they have the special training and equipment necessary to clean that type of contamination.

Types of Contaminated Water

There are three types of contaminated water that may exist as a result of water damage; category one, category two, and category three.

Category One – Clean Water

Category one, known as clean water, is water damage resulting from water that comes from a clean source such as a broken clean water supply line or a faucet. If this type of water damage is left untreated, it has the potential to turn into the more dangerous categories of two or three. The factors that must be taken into account as it pertains to the severity of the water damage includes time, temperature, and whether it has come into contact with contaminants.

Category Two – Gray Water

Category two, known as gray water, is water damage that has a large amount of contamination. This type of water damage has the possibility of causing discomfort or illness should it be ingested. Sources that could release gray water include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine but no feces, and dishwasher overflow.

Category Three – Black Water

Category three, known as black water, is very unsanitary with the potential to cause severe illness or death if it’s ingested. Any contact with this type of contaminated water should be avoided at all costs. Sources of this type of water include flooding from rivers or streams, water that comes from beyond the toilet trap, toilet overflow with feces, and standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Depending on what type of water damage you have, the water could range from relatively harmless to extremely dangerous. To ensure that you remain safe regardless of what type of water damage you have, it’s important to hire professionals to handle the cleanup and restoration. The following are some reasons why only professionals should handle the cleanup of sewage.

Safety

Safety should always be the top priority when dealing with dangerous materials such as sewage. To avoid potential safety problems, you should never deal with sewage yourself but call professionals to perform the cleanup. Raw sewage has the potential to produce and spread a variety of dangerous germs and bacteria that could create illness and, if serious enough, potentially death. Those who are pregnant, elderly, or have a weakened immune system are more susceptible to these viruses.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE Professionals have the training and experience to follow the appropriate safety protocols to ensure a safe and proper cleanup. This involves the wearing of protective gear that is specifically designed to protect from diseases such as those potentially spread by raw sewage.

Quick Cleanup

When dealing with sewage, it’s important to have it cleaned up as soon as possible because the longer that you allow sewage to remain, the worse it will get. Relatively clean water can turn into a hazard in little time. Seemingly harmless water damage can turn into a serious problem in as soon as 12 to 24 hours. Most people don’t have the time or capability to clean up water damage in that short period of time. A professional crew can arrive in a few hours to begin the cleanup.

Additional Problems

While a water damage or sewage cleanup does involve cleaning up dirt and waste, it’s more than that. The cleanup could also involve cleaning up mold biohazard and broken plumbing or a septic tank. Most people don’t know how to clean up these things but professionals do. They also will be able to inform you on which of your possessions are able to be safely cleaned or restored.

Due to its ability to get significantly worse in a short period of time, water damage should be cleaned up quickly. That’s even more so if raw sewage is involved through flooding or a broken pipe. For the safety of you and your family, it’s important to leave the cleanup of sewage to professionals that are specifically trained for such occasions.

If you have a release of sewage in your home, call on the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE to restore your home.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (302) 392-6000

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Helping Hoarders Address The Mess In New Castle County, DE

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Helping Hoarders Address The Mess In New Castle County, DE Concentrate on supporting your loved one and let SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE take care of the cleanup of a hoarding situation.

The Facts About Hoarding

As one of Delaware’s premier restoration companies, we at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE often get asked questions about hoarding clean up. In order to understand the process of cleaning the residence of a hoarder, we first need to enlighten the family and friends of the facts about the issue itself. According to the International OCD Foundation:

What Is Compulsive Hoarding?

Compulsive hoarding includes ALL three of the following:

     1. A person collects and keeps a lot of items,   even things that appear useless or of little value to most people.

     2. These items clutter the living spaces and keep the person from using their rooms as they were intended.

     3. These items cause distress or problems in day-to-day activities.

How Is Hoarding Different From Collecting?

  • In hoarding, people seldom seek to display their possessions, which are usually kept in disarray.
  • In collecting, people usually proudly display their collections and keep them well organized. What are the signs of compulsive hoarding?
  • Difficulty getting rid of items
  • A large amount of clutter in the office, at home, in the car, or in other spaces (i.e. storage units) that makes it difficult to use furniture or appliances or move around easily
  • Losing important items like money or bills in the clutter
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the volume of possessions that have ‘taken over’ the house or workspace
  • Being unable to stop taking free items, such as advertising flyers or sugar packets from restaurants
  • Buying things because they are a “bargain” or to “stock up”
  • Not inviting family or friends into the home due to shame or embarrassment
  • Refusing to let people into the home to make repairs.

What Makes Getting Rid Of Clutter Difficult For Hoarders?

  • Difficulty organizing possessions
  • Unusually strong positive feelings (joy, delight) when getting new items
  • Strong negative feelings (guilt, fear, anger) when considering getting rid of items
  • Strong beliefs that items are “valuable” or “useful”, even when other people do not want them
  • Feeling responsible for objects and sometimes thinking of inanimate objects as having feelings
  • Denial of a problem even when the clutter or acquiring clearly interferes with a person’s life

Who Struggles With Hoarding Behavior?

Hoarding behaviors can begin as early as the teenage years, although the average age of a person seeking treatment for hoarding is about 50. Hoarders often endure a lifelong struggle with hoarding. They tend to live alone and may have a family member with the problem. It seems likely that serious hoarding problems are present in at least 1in 50 people, but they may be present in as many as 1 in 20.

Are Hoarding And Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Related?

Compulsive hoarding was commonly considered to be a type of OCD. Some estimate that as many as 1 in 4 people with OCD also have compulsive hoarding. Recent research suggests that nearly 1 in 5 compulsive hoarders have non-hoarding OCD symptoms. Compulsive hoarding is also considered a feature of obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) and may develop along with other mental illnesses, such as dementia and schizophrenia.

What Kinds Of Things Do People Hoard?

Most often, people hoard common possessions, such as paper (e.g., mail, newspapers), books, clothing and containers (e.g., boxes, paper and plastic bags). Some people hoard garbage or rotten food. More rarely, people hoard animals or human waste products. Often the items collected are valuable but far in excess of what can reasonably be used.

What Are The Effects Of Hoarding?

  • Severe clutter threatens the health and safety of those living in or near the home, causing health problems, structural damage, fire, and even death
  • Expensive and emotionally devastating evictions or other court actions can lead to hospitalizations or homelessness
  • Conflict with family members and friends who are frustrated and concerned about the state of the home and the hoarding behaviors

Can Compulsive Hoarding Be Treated?

Yes, compulsive hoarding can be treated. Unfortunately it has not responded well to the usual treatments that work for OCD. Strategies to treat hoarding include:

  • Challenging the hoarder’s thoughts and beliefs about the need to keep items and about collecting new things
  • Going out without buying or picking up new items
  • Getting rid of and recycling clutter. First, by practicing the removal of clutter with the help of a clinician or coach and then independently removing clutter
  • Finding and joining a support group or teaming up with a coach to sort and reduce clutter
  • Understanding that relapses can occur
  • Developing a plan to prevent future clutter.

How Can I Help A Hoarding Friend Or Family Member De-clutter?

Attempts by family and friends to help with de-cluttering may not be well received by the person who hoards. It is helpful to keep in mind:

  • Until the person is internally motivated to change they may not accept your offer to help. • Motivation cannot be forced.
  • Everyone, including people who hoard, has a right to make choices about their objects and how they live.
  • People who hoard are often ambivalent about accepting help and throwing away objects.

Can’t Compulsive Hoarding Be Solved By Simply Cleaning Out The Home?

No!  Attempts to “clean out” the homes of people who hoard without treating the underlying problem usually fail. Families and community agencies may spend many hours and thousands of dollars clearing a home only to find that the problem recurs, often within just a few months. Hoarders whose homes are cleared without their consent often experience extreme distress and may become further attached to their possessions. This may lead to their refusal of future help.

What Do I Say To My Loved One Who Is Ready To Talk About Hoarding?

When a person seems willing to talk about a hoarding problem, follow these guidelines:

  • Acknowledge that the person has a right to make their own decisions at their own pace.
  • Have sympathy. Understand that everyone has some attachment to the things they own. Try to understand the importance of their items to them.
  • Come up with ideas to make their home safer, such as moving clutter from doorways and halls.
  • Team up with them. Don’t argue about whether to keep or discard an item; instead, find out what will help motivate the person to discard or organize.
  • Help the person to recognize that hoarding interferes with the goals or values the person may hold. For example, by de-cluttering the home, a person may host social gatherings and have a richer social life.
  • To develop trust, never throw anything away without asking permission. 

Respectful & Compassionate

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE can inventory, sort, and pack items of value. Our cleaning technicians also gather articles that need disposal and arrange for proper disposition. As we work through the affected areas, you can count on our crew members to be respectful and compassionate.

No judgments are forthcoming because our employees receive information on hoarding as a syndrome, understanding that it is a condition over which the hoarder has little or no control. If the individuals suffering from hoarding behaviors decide to remain at their home during the cleanup, have no fear. Our workers master sensitivity training before their first job, ensuring as much comfort as is possible for all.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE’s technicians prepare for the mitigation of hoarding scenarios through intensive education, including learning to identify hazardous contamination situations. Vermin, chemicals, spoiled food, and many more concerns arise, and our crew knows how to react to even the most severe biohazard contaminants uncovered during the job. Have confidence we are ready to handle anything presented during the job.

Concentrate on supporting your loved one at this difficult time and let SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE take care of the cleanup of a hoarding situation. Call (302) 392-6000 to arrange a compassionate yet constructive consultation.

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (302) 392-6000

24 Hour Emergency Service

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Flood Clean Up Tips For Homeowners In Glasgow, DE

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Clean Up Tips For Homeowners In Glasgow, DE Severe thunderstorms can lead to flash flooding in Glasgow, DE Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle if you have storm damage (302) 392-6000

Severe thunderstorms can lead to flash flooding. Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000 if you have storm damage.

Rising water is one of the most frightening problems that a homeowner may face, and the resulting flood clean-up is both costly and time-consuming. It is a scary prospect watching floodwaters creep slowly toward your home. If high water makes an incursion, severe damage and a horrible clutter of muck, debris, and germs may follow. Acting quickly after the water recedes can decrease the damage and perhaps make some possessions and furniture salvageable. Even carpet may be restorable, depending on the extent and the type of the flooding. Unfortunately, many electronics exposed to the water are typically considered a loss. Don’t take water damage lightly. Even if the area only had an inch of water, or is just damp, it can become the ideal situation for mold growth within days. Mold may contaminate walls, carpet, furniture, and flooring. It can lead to breathing issues including asthma, and severe illness. Learn more about Mold and its negative impact on your health.

Below are some useful flood clean-up tips for home and business owners. If any mold is suspected, we recommended using the services of an IICRC-certified mold remediation specialist such as SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE rather than attempting clean-up yourself.

Clean Up Tips for Homeowners

  • Before going into the house to begin flood clean-up, check for downed power lines, gas leaks, foundation cracks, or other obvious problems.
  • If power lines are down near the home, avoid puddles or standing water. Calling on professional help is the best way to avoid injury or electrocution.  
  • Be on the lookout for wild animals, including snakes. Floodwaters tend to uproot them from their natural areas, and it is possible that they have entered the home or are in the general vicinity.
  • While cleaning up, wear protective gear such as boots and rubber gloves.
  • Waterlogged cleaning products, paint, batteries, and fuel are contaminated and considered hazardous. Learn more about disposal of these items.
  • Discard food items and drinking water if it has come into contact with the flood waters. This includes canned goods and bottled water. Follow the maxim: When in doubt, throw it out!

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.  

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

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What Is A Puff Back?

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Is A Puff Back? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE to take care of the cleaning of the soot and chemicals.302-392-6000

How Can SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Help You After A Puff Back In Your Bear, DE Home?

Is Your Furnace Ready for Winter? 
It doesn't get much worse than finally giving into turning on your furnace for the next few months and having it blow a whole bunch of soot back out through your entire home. 

What is a Puff Back? 
The term "Puff Back" refers to the sudden explosion of soot into your home or business caused by a malfunction in the heating system. This soot is usually a sticky, greasy, grimy mess that can present a sever health hazard. All of those minuscule, oil based particles embed themselves in your curtains, carpets, and clothing while contaminating the air with known carcinogens. 

How Can I Know if I had a Puff Back?
Puff Backs are characterized by the oily black soot left behind, often appearing like spider webs. The soot and other debris from the explosion can easily be carried throughout your home by the exhaust and heating systems meaning that every room in your home has the potential to be damaged.   

You might be tempted to try and clean up this mess by yourself, but running a vacuum over the soot only grinds it deeper and creates stains that will never come out. Wiping the soot from walls and ceilings creates a place where paint will no longer stick, and unless the soot is quickly and professionally removed, it can cause corrosion of metal on doorknobs, faucets, and even electronic equipment in the home. Because every inch of the home is affected, a puff back is an overwhelming job to clean properly. 

Here are some helpful tips on what you should do, should a puff back occur in your home:

  1. Assess the situation and the amount of damage that was done.
  2. Wash all affected clothing and fabrics in the house - some may require professional cleaning.
  3. Throw away all exposed foods.
  4. Call a repairman to fix the malfunctioning furnace.
  5. Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE to take care of the cleaning of the soot and chemicals.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding to any size disaster with 24-hour emergency response.

Contact us today, at 302-392-600, to see what SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE can do to help you! 

Why Is Fall Gutter Cleaning Important?

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Water Damage Why Is Fall Gutter Cleaning Important? If you fail to prepare… SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle will be there

Cleaning Gutters Is Essential To Property Maintenance In Delaware City, DE

Water is your home’s enemy. It will flood, rot, mildew, and destroy your home if you allow it. Your home has defenses against water damage. Your roof is its first, but not only, line of defense. Your gutter system provides a vital secondary line of defense to warding off water damage. Gutters keep your home’s perimeter from becoming waterlogged and potentially leaking into the basement or causing other damage to the structure, as well as surrounding landscaping.

Gutters…And Why They Should Matter To You.

How do gutters work?

Protecting your foundation is your gutter system’s main purpose. Ideally, water should be diverted a minimum of ten feet from the foundation, but that can vary, depending on the grade of the lawn. Over time, without properly working gutters, water would cause cracks to form which can potentially collapse your home’s foundation. Even if the foundation stays intact, mold can still grow which can be a nuisance to remove. Other structural damage may occur as well if your gutters are not properly maintained.

What could happen if I don’t care for my gutters?

  • Gutters are secured to your home on a fascia board. When gutters overflow, fascia boards are the first part of your home to be damaged. When your fascia board is rotten, the entire gutter needs to be removed in order to replace the board, which is a fairly costly mistake.
  • Wood rot from overflowing gutters can destroy windows, doors and even entire walls.
  • Your home’s landscaping can also be a victim of poor gutter maintenance. When gutters are clogged and water overflows, trenches are created in flowerbeds and small bushes and flowers can be killed by the cascading water.
  • Ice dams can cause serious damage to your home. When an ice dam gets large enough, melted water backs up behind it and seeps underneath the shingles. Sooner or later, it will make its way into the insulation and down to the ceilings and exterior walls, under the eaves, ruining sheetrock and paint. If the ice dam breaks free, it can pull shingles and gutters off with it, and it will damage anything it falls on: shrubs, windowsills, cars, pets, and people. If the roof sheathing stays wet, it can form mildew and start to rot.

When should my gutters be cleaned?

Living in an area that has both falling leaves in Autumn, and tree pollen and seedlings in the spring, most homes in New Castle County, DE need to clean the debris from the gutters twice a year. If you have no trees taller than your roof, you might be able to get away with only an annual inspection of the gutter system. If you have trees taller than your gutters, anywhere close to your home, you most likely will need your gutters cleaned twice or even three times a year.

Ideal time for cleaning gutters vary from property to property and depends on a few factors.

  1. The type of trees on your property greatly effects when leaves shed.

Examples

Evergreens: Even though they look like they are covered in   leaves all year, evergreens are not always green. Needles die, turn brown, and fall every year. Most properties with heavy evergreen coverage in New Castle County, DE need their gutters cleaned at least twice in the Fall; once in September and again in late November.

Deciduous Trees: They shed their leaves all at once after changing colors every Fall. These trees drop their leaves in a short time frame and most trees in our area are clear of leaves in early December marking the time to clean the gutters.

  1. The temperature, sunlight, and soil moisture greatly influence when the leaves fall.

Mild & Warm Fall: Expect the leaves to stay on the trees a couple weeks longer.

Cold & Dry Fall: The leaves will typically shed much earlier.

Cleaning gutters is essential to proper home maintenance. If cleaned too soon, you will find yourself cleaning them multiple times. The easiest way to know when it’s time to clean your gutters this Fall is to look out your window. When the leaves are gone and you can see the sky beyond the trees, it’s time to clean your gutters.   See Other Fall Cleaning Tips

If clogged gutters have caused damage to your home call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, De Today! (302) 392-6000

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME Before Guests Arrive

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Cleaning HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME Before Guests Arrive If you lead a busy lifestyle and can’t find the time to clean your home, call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA –(610) 352-6000

SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s Guide to Cleaning Your House In Minutes

In an effort to help get you a little more organized, SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA is sharing this quick and easy guide to clean your home before your guest arrive.

30 MINUTE CLEANING

10 mins.          Tidy up common areas.

10 mins.          Wipe down sinks and countertops in the bathroom and kitchen. Load the dishwasher.

 5  mins.          Empty the garbage bin and take the trash out.

 5  mins.          Replenish guest towels, soap and toilet paper.

TOTAL CLEAN TIME: 30 MINS.

60 MINUTE CLEANING

30 mins.          Complete 30 MINUTE CLEANING

10 mins.          Vacuum and/or sweep the floors.

10 mins.          Clean toilets and tidy up bathrooms.

 5  mins.          Dust all surfaces.

 5  mins.          Make the beds.

TOTAL CLEAN TIME: 30 MINS.

120 MINUTE CLEANING

60 mins.          Complete 60 MINUTE CLEANING

 5 mins.           Launder towels.

20 mins.          Clean floors and baseboards.

10 mins.         Clean bathtubs and showers.

10 mins.            Clean out the fridge and microwave.

10 mins.          Tidy the entryway and closet.

  5 mins.          Wipe down all mirrors.

TOTAL CLEAN TIME: 120 MINS.

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA has the expertise to provide a deeper cleaning than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services? Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA(610) 352-0700

Residential Cleaning Services include: