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Fire Damage Emergency Tips

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Emergency Tips SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle is here to minimize the effects of a fire on both your home and your life.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle’s technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (302) 392-6000

What to Do After a Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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What is a Biohazard?

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

Biological Hazards and How SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Can Help

Biological hazards, also known as biohazards, refer to biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms – primarily that of humans.  This can include samples of microorganism, virus or toxin (from a biological source) that can affect human health.  It can also include substances harmful to other animals.

Examples of biohazards include:

  • Human or animal blood.
  • Human or animal waste and body fluids.
  • Deceased animals.
  • Human remains.
  • Used intravenous needles/syringes.
  • Medical waste (used bandages, etc.).
  • Rotting food.

All of these substances can harbor bacteria (like E. coli) and viruses (like hepatitis and HIV) that can cause disease in humans and animals.  Biohazards may enter the body and cause damage if they are inhaled through breathing, ingested through swallowing or absorbed through breaks in the skin.

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, DE is trained to safely remove biohazardous substances 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.

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

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.

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure.  We follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle provides 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

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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Tips to Keeping Mud Out of Your House During the Rainy Weather

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips to Keeping Mud Out of Your House During the Rainy Weather SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

Designate just one or two entrances for muddy feet and paws.

The first step in keeping mud out of your house during wet weather is to limit the number of places where it can be tracked inside.

Use your mud room, or create one.

The whole purpose of this room is to provide a space between the oh-so-dirty outside world and the indoor living spaces in your home.  If you do not currently have one, it is time to make one. Any spot without carpet at an exterior entrance will do, but it is usually most convenient if it is located in a garage or laundry room

Use a mat-and-rug system at every entrance.

Every entrance needs a mat on the outside and a rug on the inside. The outside mat should be a bristly or rubber mat that will trap or scrape off mud. Just inside each of your doors, you should have a washable rug.

Teach your dogs and children to stay on the rugs.

Once you have your mat-and-rug system in place, teach your children and dogs to stop on the rug and stay there until you have had time to remove muddy shoes or wipe muddy paws.

Keep muddy shoes off of your floors.

A boot tray is a simple, inexpensive solution for muddy boots and shoes and can be placed on a porch or in your mud room by the door.

Keep towels by the door.

Keep a basket of clean towels in your mud room or by your designated entrance. This will ensure that a towel is always handy when you need to dry off a wet child or wipe muddy paws.

Residential Cleaning Services

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle have the expertise to provide a deeper clean 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 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 Us Today – 
(302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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10 Ways to Detox Your Home

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning 10 Ways to Detox Your Home Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home.

Create a Healtheir Home for You and Your Family

The average home contains hundreds of toxins, many of which we are unable to see, smell or taste. While these toxins may be tolerated individually and in small doses, problems can arise when one is exposed to them in combination or in larger doses. Everyone’s tolerance level is different depending on genetics, nutritional status and previous or ongoing exposure to toxins.

There are many things you can do to “detox” your home, some more practical than others. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

Take Your Shoes Off

  • Go barefoot or wear slippers. Outdoor shoes bring in dirt, pesticides and even lead.
  • Place floor mats vertically by your entryways to wipe your shoes. A clean mat will trap more dirt and residue from your shoes.

Keep the Air Clean

  • Keep your windows and doors open as much as possible to ventilate.
  • Use green plants as natural air detoxifiers.
  • Remove odors with baking soda or contact SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle to effectively deodorize your home.
  • Use fresh flowers or bowls of herbs like rosemary and sage to add a pleasant fragrance to rooms.
  • Have your air ducts and vents cleaned by SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.
  • Get a portable air cleaner/purifier, especially for the bedrooms.

Safer Cleaning Products

  • Start replacing commercial cleaning products with safer, greener ones.
  • Don’t be afraid of DIY; there are many effective and safe cleaners that can be made out of non-toxic household staples like baking soda, plant-based dish soap, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.

RELATED: 11/26/2017 - 6 Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Use Plastic Wisely

  • Most plastics contain the toxic compound Bisphenol A, a hormone disruptor.
  • Choose products that are BPA-free especially when it comes to food containers
  • Do not use plastic containers in the microwave.
  • Choose baby bottles made from glass or BPA-free plastic.
  • Stay away from children’s toys marked with a “3” or “PVC.”

Avoid Non Stick Pans, Bakeware & Utensils

PTFE, a polymer used in nonstick cookware as well as in food packaging, can release potentially hazardous fumes.

  • PFOA, a chemical used in nonstick coatings, like Teflon, is a human carcinogen that many companies plan to phase out of their products.
  • Replace your pots and pans with healthier alternatives that won’t leach chemicals into the air. Try glass, cast iron or stainless steel.

Remove Dust

  • More dust means more toxins. Dust your furniture using a microfiber cloth.
  • Mop all surfaces at least once a week.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, for your carpets. HEPA-filter vacuums capture the widest range of particles and get rid of allergens.

Prevent Mold

Purify Your Water

  • Filter tap water to eliminate toxins by using a carbon filter (pitcher, faucet-mount or dispenser).
  • Use a showerhead filter to remove chlorine and other potentially harmful chemicals.

Check Radon Levels

Monitor Carbon Monoxide (CO) Levels

  • Leaks are most commonly found in leaking gas stoves, gas fireplaces, furnaces and chimneys and gas water heaters.
  • Use a certified CO detector to check your home for carbon monoxide leaks in furnaces and other home appliances.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle: Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the duct work of your home or business.

If your 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

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This 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. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle at (302) 392-6000 to schedule your air duct and HVAC cleaning.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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The Basic Spring Cleaning Tips

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning The Basic Spring Cleaning Tips Get a head start on your spring cleaning today and call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle - (302) 392-6000

The tips below outline basic techniques that will help you clean almost every surface (or object) in any room, leaving your home refreshed from top to bottom.

Wipe Walls and Ceilings

Use a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime with a solvent-free degreaser.

Reseal Grout Lines

The grout on wall, floor, and countertop tiles is extremely porous and stains easily. Protect it with a penetrating grout sealer; it's best to apply it with a small foam brush.

Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs

Synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Rugs without backings, including Orientals, require professional cleaning.

Dust Books and Shelves

Take everything off the shelves, and brush them (along with the books) with duster. Use the dust brush or crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into tight spots. Wipe the spines of leather-bound books with a clean, soft cloth.

Clean Upholstered Furnishings

Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. If there are stains, check the pieces for care labels. Use a vacuum's upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.

Polish Metal Door and Window Hardware

Liquid polishes and polish-impregnated cloths work well for medium-tarnished surfaces; pastes and creams are best for heavier work. If the tarnish doesn't come off, try a stronger product.

Dust Your Home Thoroughly

This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans and window casings. Always work from the top of a room down, vacuuming the dust that settles on the floor. Avoid using dusting sprays.

Wax Wooden Furniture

Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid. Apply paste wax, such as Butcher's wax, a few feet at a time with a cotton rag folded into a square pad. Let the wax dry; buff with a clean cloth.

Ensure Fire Safety

Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.

Wash Window Screens

Using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.

Clean Window Treatments

Many draperies and curtains are machine washable; check labels. Dry clean fabric shades. Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.

Wax Non-Wood Floors

Vinyl and linoleum floors that have lost their shine should be waxed with a polish designed for these surfaces. Most stone and tile floors can be treated with either a paste or a liquid wax designed for the material.

Residential Cleaning Services

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle has the expertise to provide a deeper clean 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 Bear/New Castle 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 Us Today – 
(302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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Avoiding Water Damage Caused by Sump Pump Failure

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoiding Water Damage Caused by Sump Pump Failure Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

If Your Sump Pump Fails, Your Basement Could Begin to Fill with Water

If you have a basement, your sump pump is often your last line of defense against flooding.  It works by safely diverting water away from your house and is especially important during times of heavy rain when it puts your home at risk of water damage.  If your sump pump fails, you could find your basement under water.  When this happens, it is important to act fast! Water damage can be a progressive issue and if not dealt with in a timely manner, this could lead to structural damage, mold and much more.

Tips to Avoid Water Damage

  1. It is important to make sure your sump pump is in working order.  Otherwise you risk the chance that it could fail when you need it most.
  1. After heavy rains, check the sump pump inlet screen for any blockages. Blockage is one of the leading causes of sump pump failure.
  1. Occasionally, test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly. You can do this by filling the pit with water and watch to see if it is pumped away.  If not, you may have a problem.
  1. Check the float control to make sure it is free and not restricted or hung up.
  1. Replace the battery backup every 2-3 years.  The last thing you need is to find out your batter backup is dead in the middle of a power outage during a big storm. 

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle – (302) 392-6000

Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

When your home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

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

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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What is Black Mold?

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold? Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of "black mold" or "toxic mold". These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

How Do I Tell If it’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –(302) 392-6000

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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Why Your Home Should Not Have a Wet Basement for Long

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Your Home Should Not Have a Wet Basement for Long When failed construction leads to a wet basement, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle to extract the water and moisture.

Repair Water-Damaged Areas in Your Basement Without Delay

Do you have a wet basement? Even if you don’t know the root of the problem, you should take action now. This is a situation you’ll want to resolve right away to prevent even more serious, ongoing damage.

Often, a wet basement indicates a failure of your foundation. When your foundation begins to waiver in its duties of keeping moisture and water on the outside of your home, it rarely happens all at once. With the appropriate tools and experienced eyes, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle's team of restoration specialists can identify and repair these vulnerable spots before further degradation occurs.

The scope of service depends on the products and procedures needed to rectify the problem. Simply applying a waterproofing formulation or even trenching along the exterior perimeter to control French drains and tiles may be in order. Hydrostatic concrete is also in our arsenal of products. Vapor barriers form an integral factor in the prevention of water seepage.
 
Additionally, your wet basement can allow for mold growth. With naturally occurring mold spores in the air, warm air and moisture are the only elements required for these spores to seat themselves on surfaces and form colonies. Resolving dampness through SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle's dehumidification and drying processes can eliminate the components that encourage fungal growth. 
 
From the moment our restoration specialists arrive at your home, we locate the source of the moisture, assess the full scope of the damage, and map out a restoration plan. While a wet basement might not seem like a huge problem, it could lead to much more disastrous results if it is not resolved immediately. Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle today at (302) 392-6000.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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Getting Prepared for Spring Rain!

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Getting Prepared for Spring Rain! When a storm hits your Bear home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

While many of us look forward to the changing season of Spring with the warmer weather and the trees and flowers starting to bloom, there is one part that isn’t so great. Springtime always seems to bring plenty of rain and plenty of rain always brings a higher risk of water damage to your home.

Roof Leaks

With the increased showers as well as high winds, roof damage can happen or be revealed as water seeps through your roof and damages your ceilings and walls. To reduce the risk of roof leaks, you should inspect your roof for any damages from the winter and inspect it after every major storm.

The most common cause of roof leaks is a damaged or missing shingle from storms or fallen branches. If you do experience water damage inside your home from the ceiling or wall, you will want to contact a professional from SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle to inspect the damage, remove the water, and remediate the damage. 

Window & Door Leaks

Another common source of water damage is from old or damaged windows. Water especially from a huge storm can blow into cracks and crevices around your window causing water damage that may not be discovered quickly allowing mold to develop and cause further damage.

Make sure to inspect around your windows and doors for cracks or old caulking that has peeled or cracked off. You can usually caulk any small cracks or crevices to ensure water doesn’t seep into your home causing damage.

Broken Sump Pump

If you have a basement, you understand the importance of a sump pump. Without one water can seep into your basement and cause lots of damage. One of the most common causes of a flooded basement is a sump pump that stopped working.

To prevent this from happening, you can do three things. You can get a backup battery for your sump in case the power goes out. You can get a backup sump pump that is usually set to come on if the water rises above the normal level for your working sump pump. So if your sump pump either stops working or can’t pump the water out fast enough, your backup will kick in.  The last thing you can do is install a water sensor alarm on the floor near the sump pump. While you may still have some water damage, at least you will be able to catch it fast and have SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle’s professionals come out to pump out the water and dry out your basement.

Foundation Cracks

If the foundation around the base of your home and the basement walls cracks, water can seep into the basement or crawl space. A sump pump won’t help you since the water is seeping through the walls as opposed to being channeled to the sump pump.

Usually people discover foundation cracks after a big storm or when a gutter is clogged and the water is falling right by your house. Repairing foundation cracks can be a very expensive job depending on the situation but without the repair, there is no way to prevent the water leaking into your basement or crawlspace.

It never hurts to walk around the perimeter of your home checking for any potential foundation cracks as well as checking any bare walls in your basement and/or crawlspace.


Call the Pros of SERVPRO for Water Damage This Spring

If you should suffer water damage whether from Spring weather or a cracked pipe or an overflowing bathtub or toilet, call the water damage cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle at (302) 392-6000 for 24-hour emergency service. 

At SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, we have specialized equipment, professional training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to its pre-water damage condition.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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The Ultimate Room-By-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning The Ultimate Room-By-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist Get a head start on your spring cleaning today and call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle - (302) 392-6000

Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes after a long winter. It is that time of year to open the windows and let the fresh air in. 

This checklist will help you get a jump start your spring cleaning.

The Basics for Each Room

  •  Sanitize light switches
  • Clean door and sanitize door handles
  • Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Dust curtain rods and blinds
  • Clean or vacuum curtains
  • Wash windows and window sills
  • Mop or vacuum floor
  • Shampoo rugs or carpet
  • Clean air vents/registers
  • Replace air filters as needed
  • Replace light bulbs as needed
  • Test and replace smoke alarm batteries

Kitchen

  • Dust top of high surfaces including fridge, microwave/range hood, cabinets
  • Clean stove top
  • Clean oven
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Discard old or expired food in pantry, fridge, and freezer
  • Clean refrigerator
  • Defrost freezer
  • Wipe drawers and shelves in refrigerator and freezer
  • Clear counter tops
  • Degrease cabinet doors and backsplash
  • Remove items from cabinets and thoroughly clean inside
  • Deodorize and degrease the kitchen drain

Dining Room

  • Dust china in china cabinet
  • Launder and press table linens
  • Polish silver
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Vacuum or spot clean chair cushions

Bathroom

  • Discard expired medication, personal care products or makeup
  • Clean makeup brushes
  • Clean vanity
  • Wipe mirror – Try this streak-free trick
  • Clean tub and shower
  • Clean children’s bath toys – Try these tips
  • Clean showerhead—Try this plastic bag trick.
  • Replace shower curtain liner
  • Clean toilet
  • Scrub tile grout
  • Remove and replace caulk

Laundry Room

Bedrooms

  • Dust/polish furniture
  • Donate unused clothing
  • Organize closets
  • Wash bedding including sheets, pillows, duvets, and bed skirts
  • Flip mattress

Living Room

  • Dust/polish furniture
  • Wash slipcovers, blankets and pillows
  • Vacuum sofa and chairs
  • Clean ceiling fans
  • Dust and clean lamp shades
  • Dust electronics—Try using dryer sheets
  • Dust and clean decor
  • Sanitize remote controls

Kids’ Playroom

  • Sanitize plastic toys with soap and water – Try these tips
  • Wash stuffed animals and soft toys
  • Donate unused toys
  • Organize toys and play areas

Office

  • Recycle unneeded paperwork
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Dust bookshelf
  • Dust electronics
  • Sanitize keyboard and mouse

Garage

  • Declutter tools, sporting equipment and toys
  • Open up garage door to air out the space
  • Clean garage door
  • Clean garage door frame
  • Replace batteries in garage door openers

Residential Cleaning Services

A clean environment is a healthy environment. Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don’t worry, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle has all the tools to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

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