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How to Get a Quote for Fire Restoration Services

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

When a fire damages your property, you want to know how much the repairs will cost. Restoration costs are determined by the extent of the damage. Expenses will increase depending on several factors. 

  • The amount of damaged building materials and contents
  • Materials or contents that can be cleaned
  • Materials or contents that must be replaced


Work with Your Insurance Provider

Typically, fire damage restoration is covered under most insurance policies. You should contact your insurance provider to review your coverage and policy limits for fire cleanup and restoration services. Your insurance provider will also be able to recommend a certified fire restoration company.



Get Professional Help

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle’s professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to handle residential and commercial fire damage emergencies.  After carefully inspecting and testing adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle will provide you with a detailed scope of work as well as the estimate cost of these recommended services. If you work with a novice or try to make the repairs yourself, you may not follow fire codes, which can cost you more in the long run. In addition, professionals often get better prices on building materials and get the job done faster.

Need a Fire Restoration Estimate?  Call Us Today  – (302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

When a fire emergency happens, you need fire repair and restoration professionals to help you recover from the devastation and minimize further financial and material loss. We understand that the hours and days following a fire emergency can leave you feeling vulnerable, and know that the damage left by a fire often extends beyond the structure itself. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is here to minimize the effects of a fire on both your home and your life. Our certified professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with specialized equipment, expertise, and empathy to get you through this crisis.

Returning Hotel Rooms to a Non-Smoking, Odor-Free Status

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle understands the importance of a clean and fully functioning commercial property.

As a hospitality and lodging provider, you want your guests to be comfortable during their stay. This includes ensuring your guests that their environment is free of the odors and residues associated with cigarettes.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle will help eliminate exposure to the harmful effects of third-hand-smoke — the residual, carcinogenic components of tobacco smoke that can linger on carpets, walls and other room surfaces long after smoking has actually occurred. Our IICRC-certified Cleaning and Odor Control Technicians have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors.

Nicotine Cleanup and Odor Removal

Upon arrival, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle’s team members will assess the room or rooms that need cleaning and odor removal. Although it may seem that the odor is only in the air, we search for additional sources. Furnishings and carpeting can attract and hold the tiny particles of ash, tar, and other substances that are incompletely burned. We start with a thorough cleaning, including the upholstery and carpet, using our commercial-strength steam extractors and professional cleaning products.

In addition, nicotine and other substances can stain walls and emit smells. Our crews will wash the walls with appropriate cleaners and may even suggest repainting the walls and sealing wooden portions of furnishings and headboards to trap any odor lingering beneath these surfaces.

Oftentimes, each room has a separate heating and cooling system, so we inspect and clean the vents and any ductwork to prevent the smoke smells from recirculating. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can also eliminate odors by changing the chemical composition of the minute particles floating in the air and embedded in surfaces and fixtures. One option is thermal fogging, a process where air cleaners combust in a heated chamber and then bond with and render any airborne particles odor-free. Other resources include hydroxyl generators and other oxygenation systems. Hydroxyl generators use a form of UV light that creates the hydroxyl radicals, which then react with solid pollutants like cigarette smoke and help destroy them. These processes eliminate the odors, not just cover them up like most air fresheners.

For your hotel to be profitable, you want as many rooms as possible to be available to your guests. Help ensure your guests’ comfort by calling SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle for a consultation at (302) 392-6000.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

As a locally owned and operated franchise, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle understands the importance of a clean and fully functioning commercial property. We believe a building’s appearance is often its first impression, and take our commercial services very seriously. Whether you require professional cleaning and deodorization to make your business look and smell its best, water remediation following an emergency, mold remediation to prevent health issues, or a disaster recovery team, we have the training and expertise to minimize loss of productivity and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Be Prepared: Have a Emergency Plan for Your Vehicle

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

To respond quickly in any disaster, your emergency planning should address every possible scenario. This includes emergencies while you’re in your vehicle; a roadside emergency can happen at any time. Below are key points to consider as you prepare a vehicle emergency plan: 

  • Keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car. This kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, and other supplies. Below is a checklist of emergency supply items for your vehicle.
  • Have an emergency plan for communicating and getting back together with your family if you are separated during a disaster.
  • Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
  • If you are evacuating in your vehicle:
    • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather or poor air quality.
    • Follow recommended evacuation routes (avoid shortcuts as they may be blocked).
    • Watch out for downed power lines and washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.

Roadside Emergency Kit Checklist

  • Cellular phone and charger
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light, hazard triangle, or flares
  • Tire gauge
  • Jack and lug wrench
  • Foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit
  • Spare fuses
  • Jumper cables or a portable battery booster
  • Weatherproof flashlight
  • Gloves, hand cleaner, and clean rags
  • Auto-club card or roadside-assistance number (if you belong to an auto club or roadside-assistance program)
  • $20 in small bills and change
  • Pen and pad of paper
  • Basic tools
  • Extra clothing
  • Water and nonperishable emergency food (enough for at least 3 days)

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.

How to Clean Window Screens

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

When was the last time you thought about your window screens? If your answer was “never”, you’re not alone. Maintaining clean screens is a necessary part of home ownership, plus it lengthens the life of the screens and makes it easier to see in and out of your windows. Add this task to your “Annual Cleaning List”, and we guarantee your house will have revived curb appeal that the neighbors can’t touch!

What you’ll need:

  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Garden hose
  • Thick sponge or microfiber cloth
  • Water
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Towels

Step One: Begin by removing screens from the windows. If you’re removing all of your home’s screens at once, take the time to label the metal frame with marker on a piece of tape for ease of reinstallation.

Step Two: Lay the screen flat on a towel, and run a handheld vacuum or a vacuum with brush attachment over the screen gently to remove loose debris like spider webs, dust and pollen. Flip the screen and clean the other side the same way.

Step Three: In the bucket, mix 1/4 cup of liquid all-purpose cleaner with 1/2 gallon of water. Lift the screen to an upright position and gently wash over both sides of each screen from top to bottom with a sudsy sponge or microfiber cloth.

Step Four: Before the soap can begin to dry, turn on the hose to run at a low pressure and rinse the screen clean. If you have a nozzle set to a powerful setting, you risk loosening the screen from the spline (especially with fiberglass screens) rendering the screen saggy or creating gaps between the screen and the frame. If you don’t have a hose, you might consider running the screens through your bathroom shower with the shower head on a gentle setting to rinse them off.

Step Five: Use a dry towel to absorb excess water on the screen, and allow the screens to air dry. Once dry, reinstall the screens and enjoy their clean, nearly transparent state. Maintain the screens regularly between soapy cleanings by using an extendable vacuum to remove dust and pollen.

Residential Cleaning Services

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.

Declutter Your Home Using The 5 Box Method

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

When your home is filled with clutter, trying to tackle a mountain of junk can be overwhelming. But like with most things in life, the hardest part is getting started.  With this simple-to-follow method and a little willpower, it is possible to conquer the clutter in your home.

Find 5 boxes and label them with these 5 categories:

KEEP

These are items that you need or use on a regular basis. Monitor yourself by determining if you have a place for each item. If you do not have the space for all of these items, go back through and reassess if you really need them. If so create a storage solution that fits the space without clutter.

DONATE

Here is your chance to be generous. Think about how someone else might get use out of these items versus the use it gets in your home buried in cabinets or closets. These items should be in good condition and worth giving to your favorite charity or Goodwill.

SELL

You should consider the financial benefits of selling your stuff at a garage sale or online. These items should be in good condition and worth more than it would cost to organize the sale. If you know you’re unlikely to get around to it – DONATE IT!

STORE

These are the items that you do not use regularly but cannot part with. Only keep what you have the available storage space for.

TRASH

This box should include any item that you do not need or want, and do not meet the selling or donating standards. Damaged and broken items should be included in the trash. Do not hold on to items you know you will never get around to fixing, selling or donating.

The Method

Work room by room and focus on one item at a time and determine its proper place. Work on one room at a time to provide yourself with an easy stopping point for interruptions. When you come to a stopping point, be sure to throw out the trash immediately. Close up the storage boxes and place the donate/sell boxes in the garage, or out of sight.

RETALTED ARTICLES:  Stopping Hoarding Before It Starts

Residential Cleaning Services

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 mess home "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.

Stopping Hoarding Before It Starts

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

You Are Probably Not A Hoarder

Are you a hoarder OR do you just need an extra hour to declutter a few spaces in your home?

Hoarding disorder is characterized by the persistent difficulty discarding of or parting with possessions, regardless of the value others may attribute to these possessions. The behavior usually has harmful effects—emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal—for the person suffering from the disorder and family members. For individuals who hoard, the quantity of their collected items sets them apart from people with normal collecting behaviors. Their possessions often fill up or clutter active living areas of the home or workplace to the extent that their intended use is no longer possible.

While some people who hoard may not be particularly distressed by their behavior, their behavior can be distressing to other people, such as family members or landlords. If you think you have a real hoarding problem, reach out to a qualified therapist for.

The good news is, you are probably not a hoarder, but you may have some hoarding tendencies. Here are some tips to help with these tendencies:

Start Slow

Don't go through your home and throw everything into the dumpster at once. This may lead to strong feelings of regret and anxiety; rather, go through one small space or collection each week.

Handle Objects Only Once 

Take the time to make a decision about an item in the present so you don't have to handle it again and again each time you decide to get organized.

Scale Down Collections 

If you've kept all of your childhood report cards, choose to save 1-2 and toss the rest. Consider framing or displaying one item from a collection so it's special, and then consign, donate, or recycle the rest.

Put It In A Box 

If you cannot decide to toss or keep an item, put it in a box for 6 months. If you don't open the box before then, you can let it go without regret. This is a great idea for people who hoard items like magazines, travel toiletries and newspaper clippings.

Toss Un-Used Items 

Owning a book about gardening does not make you a person who gardens and buying "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and never cracking the book or trying one of the recipes doesn't mean you're a cook. Resist the urge to buy tokens of a new hobby until you are actively participating in that hobby.

Consider Consignment

It's much easier to get rid of an item if you know it's going to a good home. If donating isn't a good option for you, think seriously about consignment. This way you're getting some money back for the item.

Hoarding Cleanup

Not every disaster to strike a home comes from the weather, or a fire started in the kitchen or elsewhere in the structure. Hoarding is an increasing problem for many families that require a professional cleaning and restoration service. 

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle offers a sensitive approach to these situations with the safety of the homeowner, as well as our technicians, in mind. We can remove the unwanted items from the house and address lingering issues such as odors, soiled areas, and structural damages. We have the equipment and expertise to contend with bacteria, pathogens, and the effects of infestations. Our premier cleaning services can make situations like hoarding “Like it never even happened.” It requires patience and skill from our technicians to tackle this problem and return your, or someone else’s home to a livable condition.  

Need Hoarding Cleanup 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.

How to Manage Spring Storm Damage

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Springtime is the right time for picnics, gardening, outdoor sports, and damaging storms. Everything from thunderstorms to tornadoes can wreak havoc on your property and enjoyment of the warmer season. Take matters into your own hands to prevent storm damage to your home, and be sure to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle when needed.

Look Up!

Take a peek at yours and your neighbor’s trees for any suspicious limbs. These include branches that appear to be decaying, ones that are too close to power lines, and ones that are too close to your home.

Practice Defensive Gardening

Sure this isn’t an actual term, but it is a good concept! Once you know your house well, you’ll likely know the areas of your yard more prone to puddling and run off. Use landscaping to your advantage by planting wet-footed plants or installing confined pea gravel, or placing splash blocks to redirect gutter flow.

Prepare For The Worst

Spring storms can vary from the powerful, like derechos, to the pleasant, like April showers. While different in length, both can bring a significant rainfall which can quickly result in floods. Whether you have a French Drain, sump pump, or central drain, be sure to check it often and schedule routine maintenance.

Know Before You Go

Prior to leaving your house, check the forecast and plan accordingly. If storms are brewing, be sure to close windows, secure pots and planters, close umbrellas, and stack or tie down patio furniture.

Show Your Basement Some Love

If your basement doesn’t get much foot traffic, don’t forget that it still deserves storms protection. Make sure anything stored in the basement is kept at least 4 inches off the ground (especially irreplaceable items like photographs and mementos). Check your basement often for water or mold accumulation.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Bear home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
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.

Fire Damage Restoration Service - Water Damage Restoration Service - Water Removal - Flood Damage Service - Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - Mold Remediation Service - Bio-hazard Cleanup - Suicide & Crime Cleanup - Board-up and Roof Tarping

Why Do You Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration After A Fire?

5/4/2019 (Permalink)

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (302) 392-6000

Fire damage to your home can be traumatic. In addition to the destruction from heat, your property and belongings can be damaged by smoke and soot. Smoke particles can coat walls, ceilings, and almost any surface and cause permanent damage if not cleaned quickly and efficiently.
 
The particles in the smoke contain unburned carbon that can be difficult to remove after a fire. Furthermore, not all particles are alike, and it takes a multi-step process to eliminate them. It’s a job for professionals who have years of training and expertise in fire damage restoration. Here are some strategies that professionals use get rid of smoke and soot damage from your property. 

Strategies are developed based on the type of residue

Here at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, our expert team evaluates the type of smoke residue and prepares a plan accordingly. Dry smoke residue is easier to clean than wet smoke residue. As dry smoke residue does not stain the surface as intensely as wet smoke residue, it is easier to remove by wiping. In these cases, our IICRC certified technicians use less aggressive methods to clean surfaces.

Wet smoke residues, on the other hand, are significantly harder to clean. The heat streams during a fire can drive these smoke particulates deep into cracks, crevices, and porous surfaces, further exacerbating the difficulty of cleanup. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle technicians use a variety of methods such as wet cleaning, foam cleaning, and abrasive cleaning to mitigate the damage caused by wet smoke residues.


Deodorizing

Smoke and soot pose another challenge during the restoration process—the odor. If proper precautions are not used during restoration, the odor can linger long after the fire. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle technicians use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers, heat foggers, deodorizing beads, and other methods to combat odors. Our technicians have years of experience in managing odors after fires of all sizes. We get your home smelling like home again in no time. 

Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle at (302) 392-6000 today to talk to one of our fire restoration experts.

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.

Fire Damage Restoration Service - Water Damage Restoration Service - Water Removal - Flood Damage Service - Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - Mold Remediation Service - Bio-hazard Cleanup - Suicide & Crime Cleanup - Board-up and Roof Tarping

What Happens During and After A Fire In Your Home?

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle (302) 392-6000

Fire damage can be a devastating experience for any property owner. A fire can destroy your property and its contents. Understanding the theory of fire can help you work through this unfortunate event.  Three components can wreak havoc on your property during and after a fire incident—fire, smoke, and heat. All of these components can cause a different type of damage, and the restorability depends on which component has caused the most damage.  

Fire and Heat

Fire and heat are the most devastating component of a house fire. The heat generated during the fire can cause extensive damage to the non-combustible material in your home as well. In many cases, the material that is entirely or partially damaged in a fire needs to be replaced during the restoration process.  

Smoke and Soot Residues 

Smoke and soot arise if there is an imbalance in the three ingredients (fuel, oxygen, and heat) required for burning. In an ideal situation, the burning material combines with the oxygen to generate heat and carbon dioxide, and there is no smoke or soot residue. However, during a house fire, the conditions are far from ideal. As the oxygen supply is not optimal during a house fire—and as the types of fuel available vary greatly—the material burns incompletely and generates smoke.  

Smoke contains a variety of components, including suspended particles, gasses, and aerosols. As the smoke particles are microscopic (about 0.1 to 4 microns in size), they can penetrate porous surfaces such as drywall and fabric and cause discoloration and odors. Once these particles settle on surfaces, it is called soot, which can be challenging to clean and can cause extensive damage to your house and belongings. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle technicians are IICRC certified and have years of experience in handling almost any type of smoke and soot residue. Hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, thermal foggers, and HEPA and carbon-filter air scrubbers are key weapons in our arsenal to combat odors and floating particulates. 

Fire damage restoration is a job for the professionals. We have all the equipment and expertise to get your home back to its original condition as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle today at (302) 392-6000 for your fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration services.

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.

Fire Damage Restoration Service - Water Damage Restoration Service - Water Removal - Flood Damage Service - Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - Mold Remediation Service - Bio-hazard Cleanup - Suicide & Crime Cleanup - Board-up and Roof Tarping

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

4/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Learn About the Hazardous Waste in Your Home

EPA considers some leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them.

Safe Management of HHW

To avoid the potential risks associated with household hazardous wastes, it is important that people always monitor the use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in their homes. Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the regular trash.

The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Certain types of HHW have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets. They can also present hazards to children and pets if left around the house.

Safely Handle Household Hazardous Wastes

  • Follow any instructions for use and storage provided on product labels carefully to prevent any accidents at home.
  • Be sure to read product labels for disposal directions to reduce the risk of products exploding, igniting, leaking, mixing with other chemicals, or posing other hazards on the way to a disposal facility.
  • Never store hazardous products in food containers; keep them in their original containers and never remove labels. Corroding containers, however, require special handling. Call your local hazardous materials official or fire department for instructions.
  • When leftovers remain, never mix HHW with other products. Incompatible products might react, ignite, or explode, and contaminated HHW might become unrecyclable.
  • Check with your local environmental, health or solid waste agency for more information on HHW management options in your area.
    • If your community doesn’t have a year-round collection system for HHW, see if there are any designated days in your area for collecting HHW at a central location to ensure safe management and disposal.
    • If your community has neither a permanent collection site nor a special collection day, you might be able to drop off certain products at local businesses for recycling or proper disposal. Some local garages, for example, may accept used motor oil for recycling. Check around.
  • Remember, even empty containers of HHW can pose hazards because of the residual chemicals that might remain so handle them with care also.

Reducing HHW in Your Home

Consider reducing your purchase of products that contain hazardous ingredients. Learn about the use of alternative methods or products, without hazardous ingredients, for some common household needs. When shopping for items such as multipurpose household cleaners, toilet cleaners, laundry detergent, dish soap, dishwashing machine pods and gels, bug sprays and insect pest control, consider shopping for environmentally friendly, natural products or search online for simple recipes you can use to create your own.

Below are some ideas to get you started. Additional information is available from EPA's Safer Choice program.

Hazardous Waste Source Reduction Around the Home

Drain Cleaner

Use a plunger or plumber's snake.

Glass Cleaner

Mix one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in one quart of water. Spray on and use newspaper to dry.

Furniture Polish

Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice in one pint of mineral or vegetable oil and wipe furniture.

Rug Deodorizer

Liberally sprinkle carpets with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes and vacuum. Repeat if necessary.

Mothballs

Use cedar chips, lavender flowers, rosemary, mints or white peppercorns.

Silver Polish

Boil two to three inches of water in a shallow pan with one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of baking soda and a sheet of aluminum foil. Totally submerge silver and boil for two to three more minutes. Wipe away tarnish and repeat if necessary.

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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