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Rx for Hardwood Floors

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Rx for Hardwood Floors SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle's technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best

A Quick Guide to First Aid for Your Hardwood Floors

Special problems need special solutions—and that’s particularly true of wood flooring. When accidents happen, first aid is essential. Here are some tips from the American Hardwood Information Center that will help you maintain hardwood floors.

Food Spills

If caked or dried, use a sharpened knife blade and, working from the outer edge toward the center, scrape up the spill (while taking care not to scratch the wood surface). Rub the damaged spot first with a slightly dampened cloth, then with a dry one. If your floor has a waxed surface, re-wax and buff the area you’ve repaired.

Other Flaws

Crayon marks usually come off when rubbed with a soft cloth dipped in a mild dishwashing detergent. Removing chewing gum and candle wax, on the other hand, is more challenging. Apply a wood-floor cleaning product and let it permeate the spill to loosen, then scrape off the blemish with a plastic spatula or sharpened knife edge. You can also apply ice until the spill gets brittle, then remove in the manner described above.

Oil and Grease

On a surface-finished (urethane) floor, apply mineral spirits or TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) and wipe with a clean cloth. If your floor has a penetrating finish, applying TSP or a high-lye-content soap should do the trick.

Serious Stains

If your floor is marred by an ink spill or the remnants of a pet accident, clean the spot with No. 2 steel wool and mineral spirits or a cleaning product created for wood. Then cleanse with household vinegar and let it stand a few minutes. Depending on your floor’s finish, either re-wax and buff or apply two coats of urethane.

Stubborn Stains

Mix an ounce of oxalic acid with a quart of water, apply the solution to the stain and let stand for one hour. (Be sure to wear rubber gloves; oxalic acid is toxic.) Finally, wipe the damaged area with a dampened sponge. When dry, the next step is to refinish

Water Damaged Hardwood Floors

Cupping occurs when water is absorbed from the sides and bottom of the wood. This normally happens when water pools underneath the wood during a water loss. The edges will slightly raise or “cup.” Cupping can often be sanded out. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle utilizes advanced drying equipment and techniques to extract water and moisture from water damaged hardwood floors and restores them to their original state. 

If your hardwood floors have been affected by water damage, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle - (302) 392-6000

When Pipes Cause Water Damage In New Castle County

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Pipes Cause Water Damage In New Castle County Have Water or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Today – (302) 392-6000

If you’ve ever experienced water damage from a burst pipe in your home, you probably understand how stressful it can be, not to mention how expensive. Damaged items must be replaced, insurance claims must be submitted, and your life is on hold until everything is resolved. In addition, mold and mildew may compound the problem if not treated immediately. Fortunately, the professional water damage experts at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle are available 24/7 to help you. 



Leaky Pipes

Pay close attention to leaky pipes and other plumbing problems that may create a constant source of moisture in your home. If you find a leaky pipe, get it repaired immediately. But don’t try to evaluate or diagnose the moisture problem yourself. Leave that to the professionals.


Preventing Structural Damage

When it comes to water damage, never procrastinate. It can easily lead to structural damage, and structural damage will only get worse if ignored. That’s why you should have a qualified contractor accurately assess the situation.



Mold Hazards

Mold is often considered the worst type of property damage.  The presence of mildew or mold damage can result in serious health problems for anyone residing in the home. The cellulose used to manufacture drywall is a favorite location for mold spores to proliferate. You should look for mold and mildew on a regular basis in areas that are typically damp, such as laundry rooms and basements. If you detect a water moisture problem, a mold inspection should be completed immediately.



Additional Considerations

Attempting to deal with water damage from a burst pipe without professional assistance is unwise. Few homeowners have the skills to repair such damage on their own. If you attempt to do so, you may inadvertently make the problem worse, leading to expensive repairs. It is best to hire a water remediation company experienced in a broad range of moisture problems, as they can provide services such as mold remediationcarpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning, and water removal. An experienced company will provide a complete evaluation of the water damage, including a monetary estimate for the necessary repairs. Before hiring a water damage restoration company, ask if the company’s technicians are certified in water damage restoration. Your home is your major investment; addressing water and moisture problems in a timely manner should be your top priority. 

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 Should You Do When Your Building Is Contaminated With Black Water?

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Should You Do When Your Building Is Contaminated With Black Water? f your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle (302) 392-6000.

Not all water damage is created equal, and the remediation steps you take depend on the original source of the water that flooded your building. Clean water is precisely what it sounds like: water that doesn’t pose immediate health threats and that comes from broken water lines, toilet holding tanks, rainfall, and snowmelt. If not treated in time, clean water can become gray water, which is water that does contain some contaminants. Gray water can include discharge from showers, sinks, aquariums, waterbeds and dishwashers. Then there is black water or floodwater. 



What Is Floodwater?

The water that enters a building during a flood usually contains dozens of harmful contaminants, which is why it is so important to work with a professional water remediation company after an incident. Floodwater usually contains soil, which can contain feces, pesticides, and other contaminants, natural or not. It can also contain sewage runoff, which may be contaminated by bacteria, molds, fungi, protozoans, and viruses. 


Why Work With a Professional Water Remediation Team?

Contamination can occur at any time, both during the flooding incident and afterward. That’s why—for the sake of your employees’ and customers’ health—you should work with a professional water remediation company after a flood. 


Though a water remediation company will do everything possible to restore your building to its pre-flood condition, its primary goal will likely be to free your building of any remaining contaminants. Don’t attempt to clean up post-flood damage on your own; instead, turn to a professional restoration team for help.

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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How Water Damage Affects Your Home

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage Affects Your Home Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle (302) 392-6000

Flooding, plumbing leaks, andwater damage can happen at any time. Internal and external forces can harm valuable items, carpets, furnishings and structural components. Even in a well-maintained building, pipes can break, toilets can overflow, and water can seep behind walls and under floors. Waterlines for refrigerators often create concealed leaks that go unnoticed until mold and mildew have accumulated behind the appliance. The same is true for washing machine hoses that have cracked or become clogged. Water damage can also occur after a violent storm, a flood, or several days of steady rain. Basements and lower levels are especially prone to this type of damage.



Water Damage Statistics


Any type of leak can cause property damage and create safety and health concerns. It's easy to think that water damage or storm damage won't happen to you, but statistics say otherwise. Water damage is among the most common causes of property insurance claims. One in every 55 homes will have a water-related property damage claim this year. While you cannot stop a storm, you can follow these steps to prevent water damage.



Kitchens and Bathrooms


Kitchens and bathrooms are susceptible to water damage due to the amount of plumbing in these areas. Fix leaking or dripping pipes promptly, and be aware of elevated humidity levels that could indicate an underlying plumbing problem. Maintain caulk around showers and bathtubs. Water that passes through gaps can penetrate walls and subfloors. If this sealant has cracked or separated, have it repaired. You can probably complete that task yourself.



Appliances


Inspect waterlines for appliances at least once per year. If hoses are brittle, cracked or crimped, replace them before they fail. Turn off the water supply for all appliances before traveling out of town. Pay special attention to hoses for washing machines, refrigerators, and ice makers. Since washing machines have inlet hoses and drains, they are especially prone to leaks.



Protecting Pipes


Protect plumbing from freezing by insulating pipes that travel along exterior walls or through unheated crawlspaces. On cold nights, open cupboard doors, and let faucets drip. Before winter, drain all watering hoses, and turn off valves for exterior faucets. If a pipe does freeze, don't thaw it too quickly. That's how pipes burst. To protect your plumbing, never set the thermostat below 55 degrees. If an emergency does occur, follow these steps.


•Turn off the water supply immediately. Call your utility company if necessary.

• Use mops and towels to remove as much water as possible.

• Turn on fans, dehumidifiers, or air conditioners to remove excess moisture.

• Use wood blocks or tinfoil to elevate furniture from wet surfaces.

• Remove area rugs, table lamps, and colored items to prevent staining and to help dry the underlying surface.

• Place wet sofa cushions and upholstered items on end for faster drying.

• Never use ceiling lights, TVs, or appliances in waterlogged areas.

• Remove books, magazines, and items that may bleed or stain.

• Stay out of areas where ceilings are sagging.


By taking preventive measures, you can minimize the likelihood of water damage affecting your home. If you do experience water damage at your home or business, respond quickly, and call a professional to handle the situation.   

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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Maintaining Your Water Heater Could Prevent A Water Damage

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Maintaining Your Water Heater Could Prevent A Water Damage If a leaking water heater causes water damage in your home, Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle (302) 392-6000

Maintaining your home’s water heater can extend its life and help it work efficiently. One way to ensure it runs at peak performance is to flush it out. This process cleans away sediment that collects inside the water tank and can be performed in a few simple steps. 



Cut the Power

It is vital to your safety that you turn off the power to your water tank before performing the flush. Turn off the circuits to the room where you have your heater, or snuff out the pilot light. While the tank cools, you can collect a few tools you will need to complete the flush, including rubber gloves, a garden hose, and a screwdriver. 


Connect the Hose 

Locate the drain valve on your water heater and connect one end of the hose there. Remember to wear the gloves. Set the other end of the hose into a large bucket or drainage ditch outside to collect the excess water and sediment. Once the hose is secure, turn the valve back on and allow the water to drain. 


Perform the Flush Several Times

Once the water drains for a minute, go to the kitchen and run the hot water faucet for a few moments to help the tank empty. Then you can close the water supply valve again until the draining stops. You can perform the water heater flush several times. Remember to close valves on the heater before you turn the water supply back on, then run the faucet until it stops spitting air and runs smoothly before you restore the main power to the heater. 

Maintaining your home’s water heater can boost its efficiency. Flushing your unit is one of the best ways to keep it operating for years of worry-free performance.

If something should go wrong and you still hear crackling or popping when you run your heater, call a water cleanup and restoration company to flush your tank professionally. If the sediment buildup is considerable, you may not be able to clear it on your own. 

Why 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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Can I Just Wait for Mold to Die?

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can I Just Wait for Mold to Die? If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Today – (302) 392-6000

Because mold is a living organism like any other, you may hope that mold will eventually die off on its own and leave you with a clean, mold-free home. But mold, particularly black mold, is far more dangerous than you think. If you want to rid your home of mold, you need to understand why the waiting game is one you’ll always lose.



Mold Is Everywhere

Just because you can’t see mold doesn’t mean it’s not there. Even if you don’t have mold growing on single surface in your home, the air is still riddled with spores just looking for the right conditions to take root. It’s also likely that if you had a mold problem once, you’ll have it again. Even if your home is dry, you’ll still find mold popping up in places like:

  • Dark, damp corners in bathrooms, storage rooms, and basements
  • Drywall and the interiors of walls
  • Underneath linoleum and vinyl flooring
  • In wooden flooring, door frames, and window frames
  • In your furniture and curtains
  • In and behind wallpaper



Even if it’s not prominent, you may still have mold hidden somewhere within your home. Watch for signs of black mold, including creeping, fuzzy growths.


You Won’t Fix Your Problem if You Don’t Address the Source

Mold cleanup isn’t enough if you don’t address that you likely have a moisture problem. Moisture is the root of all issues with black mold, whether it’s from flooding, an overly humid environment, or leaky roofs, windows, and appliances. Hiring a mold remediation specialist can help you pinpoint the source of your moisture issue, take steps to eliminate it, and fully dry out your house. A specialist can also help remove the threat of another mold outbreak in your home.

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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How to Deal with a Toilet Overflow

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Deal with a Toilet Overflow Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (302) 392-6000

How to Deal with a Toilet Overflow

At one time or another, you’ve probably had to deal with a toilet overflow. Sometimes it’s due to a simple clog that’s easy to fix. Other times it can be much more overwhelming. If sewer damage is involved, the impact can be devastating. 



What HappensWhen there is sewer damage, whether it’s a broken pipe or a clog, the wastewater has to go somewhere. If it can’t be drained, it can back up into your residence. This is why you usually end up with a flooded toilet when your sewer has been compromised.


Extra Measures

When the overflow begins, here’s how you can help prevent further backflow and the buildup of contaminated water:

  • Don’t flush toilets
  • Keep running water off
  • Turn off water to building


What To Do

The wastewater that overflows into your home due to sewage damage is full of dangerous contaminants and toxins. Unless you have the proper gear and equipment, you don’t want to be inside the flood or clean it up on your own. Call your sewage company immediately, and then call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle.

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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Water Damage Caused by a Storm in Delaware

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Damage Caused by a Storm in Delaware We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Delaware home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Flooding in your home can occur for a few reasons. Heavy rains, such as from a hurricane or another severe or torrential storm, typically cause flooding. Flooding may also occur due to a major plumbing issue. No matter the cause, water needs to be removed quickly so that the significant task of flood damage repair can begin. It’s important to find the right company to do the job. Here’s what to consider.  

The Type of Services Available

When water enters your home, it can impact almost every surface. Drywall and wood features can become warped and may even rot or decompose. Fabrics and upholstery may become stained and moldy. Electrical work may go on the fritz. These are just a few of the many issues, and all will need to be remedied before the repair work is completed. Some items may be salvaged, but others will need to be fixed or replaced. The best results will be from a company that focuses on restoring your property to its former condition in a timely manner. The company may need to offer water remediation services if water is still in the home, and advanced equipment should be used to ensure thorough results. It’s also important that the company takes a full approach to repair work, including working with your insurance company to file a claim.

A Certified Company

While there may be several companies in your local area that offer flood damage cleanup services, you don’t want to trust just any company with this important project. Instead, you want to work with a certified company that has a great reputation. Look for a company that is affiliated with or certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. The certification to look for is the Cleantrust certification. In addition, while you should act quickly to schedule service with a flood damage cleanup company, you should also spend a few minutes reading consumer reviews to determine if the company is known for providing fast, quality work.

An Immediate Response with Focused Effort

When you contact a professional flood cleanup company for assistance, you should inquire about availability. The company ideally will offer around-the-clock service if you are dealing with a flooding issue in your home. You typically only have a number of hours to dry out the home before the potential risk for mold growth increases, so a timely response is imperative. In addition, ask about the steps the company will take to follow through on the work, the finished results you should expect, and the anticipated time frame. Flood damage cleanup can be significant, and the process may be lengthy. However, the company should be focused on working on your home until the work is completed.

At the first sign of a flood in your home, begin searching for a reputable company. When you focus on these factors, you can expect superior results.

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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Water Damage Emergency Tips

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are prevalent concerns. You may also get hurt lifting objects, as wet materials can be very heavy. Do only activities that are safe to perform, and evacuate if necessary.

What to Do After Water Damage

  • Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle at (302) 392-6000.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas when access to the panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Water Damage

  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't turn on your television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

When your home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need a 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 find the moisture and 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 the tips to protect yourself and your property.

ALSO SEE -   Fire Tips   |  Biohazard Tips   |  Mold Tips

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 to Keep and What to Discard After a Sewage Backup: Personal Belongings

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard What to Keep and What to Discard After a Sewage Backup: Personal Belongings Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle (302) 392-6000

Making a Decision on Your Personal Belongings

In addition to salvaging building materials, you probably want to salvage as many of your personal belongings as possible. We understand that it’s tough to decide what to keep and what to discard following a sewage backup, especially if some of your items are irreplaceable or have great sentimental value.

Indoor Furnishings & Other Belongings

Upholstered furniture may be impossible to salvage if it has been badly soaked in gray or black water, as fabrics will absorb a dangerous amount of sewage water and bacteria.

Hardwood furniture can be salvaged if dried and decontaminated thoroughly within 24 to 48 hours and no mold growth is found.

Laminate furniture should be discarded if the laminate has become delaminated, as this will allow contaminated water to penetrate into the pressed wood layer.

Furniture made of particle board or pressed wafer board should be discarded as they are very likely to absorb sewage water and bacteria.

Appliances and electrical devices must be carefully examined, preferably by an electrician. Discard all circuit breakers and fuses that have been submerged. If dark water has penetrated into your appliances, do not use them until they are determined to be clean and safe.

Window drapes can mostly be dried and restored using different techniques depending on the type of fabric. We recommend sending them to a professional dry cleaning facility. These facilities will have the techniques to remove odors as well.

Toys and play equipment must be discarded. Discard all stuffed toys. Even if you think you can completely clean and disinfect these items, keep in mind that they may badly affect your child's safety. Discard any item a toddler or baby might put in his mouth.

Fabrics, clothes, and linens are very hard to clean and salvage. You may want to consider sending damaged fabrics and textiles to a professional dry cleaning facility.

Food and Kitchenware

Discard all foods and medicines, including garden produce, that have come in contact with contaminated waters. Only foods sealed in airtight metal cans that are not bulging or damaged and have been properly sanitized can be saved.

Clean and sanitize dishes, cooking utensils, and food preparation areas before using them.

Discard items that are nearly impossible to safely clean, such as wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples, and pacifiers, since it's nearly impossible to clean them safely.

Related Article: What to Keep and What to Discard after a Sewage Backup: Building Materials 

Hire SERVPRO Professionals

Hiring a professional cleanup and decontamination company like SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle will increase the chances of salvage. The knowledge, experience, and special equipment of a professional company will allow a thorough dry out, which will prevent additional bacterial growth and allow an efficient decontamination and disinfection of affected areas.

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