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Bathroom Exhaust Fans are Catching on FIRE

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

white ceiling with black burned fan Exhaust Fans are the newest leading cause of bathroom fires

I'm sure you haven't even given a thought to your bathroom exhaust fan lately. Most people don't think about it. As long as it works, why be bothered. Unfortunately for most homeowners, it's a ticking time bomb, waiting to go off. 

These fans are not designed to last forever and many are original installs.  Older exhaust fans are not thermally protected. Thermal protection causes the motor to shut off should they seize and overheat. This safety feature was not widely used until the early 1990’s. If you have a bathroom exhaust fan in your home, clean it twice a year.  If it starts to make noises or smells odd, it’s time to replace it.

The most common problem is the fans, which over time build up lint which can cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint, plastic fan blades and the nearby combustible wood structure. The speed at which the lint builds up is a function of the amount of use and the amount of particulate in the air in which it operates.

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SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B

Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810

Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

We always have a unique solution to any problem.

12/7/2019 (Permalink)

3 story building made of grey granite. brown wood, and black steel beams Modern Solutions for Modern Commercial Buildings.

Every Day we see Fire, Water, and Mold Damage Jobs. Each is unique as no two houses or commercial properties are the same. At each job site we are presented with a new set of challenges to piece your building back together. Some of our more challenging issues usually have to deal with Height. While commercial buildings are expanding at an exponential rate in Winston Salem, they seem to expand UPWARDS the most.
Plumbing issues can happen anywhere, but wouldn't it be just your luck for them to happen on the 3rd floor. We found ourselves in this exact scenario. Not only was it the 3rd floor, but it was 200 ft from each stairway and entry area. We've got tons of hoses to extract water, but not 3 floors worth!
Amazingly the answer was pretty simple for our Production Manager. He ran the hose up to the 3rd floor window of the apartment, where we were mitigating the water. We were able to successfully minimize the inconvenience to the customer. It took a little bit of out of the box thinking to get the job done.

The Signs of Electrical Issues in Commercial Buildings

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Large Old Grey Sky Scrapper Commercial building The Old RJR Building in Downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Some of the most common signs of electrical issues, might be a blink and you miss it type of moment. It's worth visiting a commercial property multiple times in all types of weather to make sure you are buying a reliable building. 

  1. Dimming or Blinking Lights
    Make sure to visit your building at night and during high traffic electrical usage hours. That way you can see if all the lights are working and nothing is dimming or blinking out.
  2. Old Wiring
    Depending on the age of you building, you may need to invest in an electrical overhaul of your entire building. Wiring, like the rest of us, will eventually deteriorate and become damaged with age. Be it chewed by mice, damaged by nails hammered haphazardly into walls or simple disintegration, a lack of insulation means exposed wires that can lead to sparks and fire.
  3. Dead Outlets
    A Major Hazard, dead outlets mean the electrical line has been interrupted in some way, and needs to be addressed immediately. 
  4. Patch Jobs and Modifications
    In today's DIY society, more and more people are trying to update and patch their electrical systems to update and run more currant. Only a licensed Commercial Electrician should ever work on a commercial building. 
  5. Low Amp Wiring
    Older buildings have lower amped wiring, when you try and push a high amp thru low amp wiring, it gets hot. It might even catch fire and spread thru the walls before you even know what is going on. It is always best to get an inspection done on older buildings. 

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While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

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SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B
Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810
Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

With Torrential Downpours Comes Potential Water Damage

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

flooded den with books and water everywhere Flooded Den with 1 inch of standing water

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Winston Salem North provides emergency restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Winston Salem North arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. When minutes matter, this immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 336-744-5104

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

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

About SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What We Can Do For You

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Our Crew Photos 2019 Crew Photo

Our Top 10 Reasons why you should call SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North

  1. We Get It
    We understand your situation. You want to keep costs down, repair the damage, and get back to normal. Those are our goals, too.
  2. Qualified
    Our repair and restoration team members have the best training in the industry.  Our results will create a measurable difference for you.
  3. We Respond To You Immediately
    You can reach us 24/7. When a disaster strikes we respond as quickly as possible. 
  4. You’re Part Of Our Team
    We work with you and for you. You are in charge. You receive a complete explanation of the work we will do and why it needs to be done a certain way. Like you, we don’t appreciate surprises.
  5. We Use The Latest Technology
    The past few years have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow us to restore your property to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
  6. We Practice The Golden Rule Of Restoration
    "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." We make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.
  7. For Claim And Other Purposes, Your Loss Is Itemized
    We can give you an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.
  8. We’ll Help You Prevent Losses, Not Just Deal With Them
    Our Emergency Readiness Plan
    Our services start with prevention. We’ll come out to your business or home and do a review of how you can protect yourself, your family, your business, and your property from potential losses.  Which we provide Free of Charge.
  9. We Handle Any Loss From A Natural Disaster—Big Or Small
    Have multiple locations? No problem. Suffer a small loss from water or fire or wind? We can handle it. Have a massive, complex disaster to recover from? That’s within our scope of services, too.
  10. We’re Approved, Certified, And Experienced
    We’re trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our professionals attend SERVPRO continuing education classes. SERVPRO has been in business for more than 50 years.  Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry.

Read more about Water Damage in our Blog

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B
Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810
Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

Our Commercial Standard Services

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Our Commercial Standard Service Flyer Our Commercial Standard Services
  • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICES 
    • Catastrophic Storm and Wide Area Event Response
    • Large Loss and Single Event Response
  • WATER DAMAGE SERVICES 
    • Water Removal and Dehumidification 
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation 
    • Building Stabilization and Climate Control
  • FIRE DAMAGE SERVICES n
    • Smoke and Soot Cleanup n
    • Pretesting (For Best Cleaning Methods)
  • BIO-REMEDIATION & CRIME SCENE SERVICES 
    • Vandalism Cleanup
    • Unattended Death Cleanup
  • FACILITIES CLEANING & RESTORATION
    • Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
    • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds Ceiling, Walls and Hard Floors
    • Odor Identification and Deodorization
    • Post Construction Cleanup and Selective Demolition
    • Reconstruction and Construction Drying
    • Specialized Media Blasting
  • CONTENTS CLEANING & RESTORATION
    • Move Outs and Contents Restoration 
    • Electronics and Equipment Cleaning and Restoration
    • Art and Document Restoration n Data Recovery
    • Contents Claim Inventory Service
    • Cargo Recovery (Trucking Industry)
  • TOTAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    • IICRC Certified
    • Mobile Command Centers
    • Electronic File Documentation
    • Online Data Reporting
    • Mitigation Performance Validation
  • INVOICING
    • Detailed Estimates and Digital Pictures
    • Expense Reporting

More of our blogs on Fire Damage and Safety

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

CLICK TO CONTACT NOW

OR

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B
Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810
Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

Grease should never go down the drain

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

massive fatberg in the tunnels under london London's Infamous Fat Berg of 2017

The fats in the grease and oil from your kitchen mix with the other chemicals in the sewers and form nasty conglomerations of chemicals that can build up and block the pipes that take our dirty water to the wastewater treatment plant.

When you pour grease into your sink it's just beginning its travels. The grease and oil head down your pipes and into the sewers where they meet up with all the other wastewater from the area. Here is where the nastiness starts.

The fats in the grease get broken down into their component parts — fatty acids and glycerol. These fatty acids bind calcium found in the sewers — created from biological processes including the corrosion of concrete — to create a "soap" compound. While it's called a "soap" because of its chemical composition, this isn't something you'd want to wash yourself with.

When you do accidentally get some grease in your pipes, you can go ahead and wash it out using boiling water and a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, according ot Scott English Plumbing. This will help push it out of your pipes, though it will still be able to coagulate in the main water system.

The best plan is not to let any grease get down the drain if you don't want the sewer coming out of your faucet.

Read more about Water Damage in our Blog

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B
Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810
Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

A Commercial Emergency Readiness Plan

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A man, woman, car, machinery responding to a disaster While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one.

There are almost 1 million small businesses across North Carolina, with almost 2 million employees.  That would roughly be 45% of the workforce across the state. That is a staggering number, and a huge boon for us! It’s Truly Amazing how great our small state is for Entrepreneurs.  Winston Salem is currently in the mist of re energizing downtown and the triad itself is growing exponentially every year. 

With all that growth, there are bound to be some downfall. Most Small Business fail within 3 years, and it’s not always the business’s fault. We encounter some that go under because of infrastructure and plain old bad luck and timing. One of the best courses of action to prevent a catastrophic loss for your company is an Emergency Readiness Plan ( ERP )

What is an Emergency Readiness Plan

ERP is the best way to mitigate damages to your company incase of a loss which may include

    • Fire 
      • Fire or smoke damage from faulty wiring
      • Fire damage from restaurant kitchen fire
    • Water 
      • Water heater failure
      • Sewage back up
    • Mold 
      • Previous water damage that was not mitigated properly
      • Leaking Roof
      • Dirty HVAC
    • Crime or Vandalism  
    • Storm
      • Hurricane
      • Flash flooding

Most Homeowners are not able to locate their water shut off value, so to assume your employs know where that may be located is just plain bad planning.  Fortunately for the small business in Winston-Salem, we provide an ERP for Free! All you need to do is call and set up a time and date, and one of our associates will not only come out and set everything up. We recently updated our program to include an App, but it’s also easily accessible online, or we can always print a quick folder for you to keep in your office. 

More of our blogs on Fire Damage and Safety

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

CLICK TO CONTACT NOW

OR

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B

Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810

Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

Commercial Plumbing Issues

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

a river of water running over rocks We should never forget that between 1-3 % of all water on Earth is Potable water, aka fresh and drinkable water.

We should never forget that between 1-3 % of all water on Earth is Potable water, aka fresh and drinkable water.  Therefor Water Conservation should always be a concern. Not only is it wasting finite resources, but it could cost your business $$$.

Some of the most common plumbing issues in commercial buildings are

  • Leaky Faucets
    • Most businesses have between 1-10 leaking faucets in their building
    • A single leaky faucet leaks 7-10 gallons a day
    • The average cost of a single leaky faucet will be between $60 - $200 a year.
  • Running Toilets
    • Most businesses in NC must have a restroom for employees
    • A single running toilet will lose between 20 and 40 gallons a day
    • The average cost of a single running toilet will cost between $400 - $1000 a year
  • Silent Leaks
    • A Silent Leak is a very small leak, almost undetectable inside your plumbing system
    • Over time, most of these leaks will cause massive damage to internal building structures
    • Where there is water and warmth, there will be Mold Growth, which can be an extensive clean up and maintenance issue. 

Read more about Water Damage in our Blog

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B

Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810

Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

Commercial Property Investing

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Large Glass and Brick Building While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one.

What is a commercial property 

  • retail buildings
  • office buildings
  • Hotel / Motel buildings
  • industrial buildings
  • apartment buildings
  • “mixed use” buildings, where the property may have a mix, such as retail, office and apartments.

Before Investing in a Commercial Property the best thing to do your research

Common questions to ask

  1. Year built? Older buildings might be a great deal upfront, but they can have issues and require more investment down the road.
  2. What kind of property are you looking for?
  3. Are you looking to use the building for your own business, rent it out, build equity, and/or something else entirely?
  4. What kind of location do you need?
  5. Do you need to buy or could you lease the property?
  6. What's your situation regarding cash, financing, and/or ability to make a down payment?
  7. What's your risk tolerance?
  8. How much time can you commit to the property?
  9. How much work are you willing to put into the property?
  10. What skills/knowledge are you bringing to the table?
  11. What skills/knowledge will you need to hire experts for or contract out?
  12. What kind of property manager might you need (or not)?
  13. Are you willing to do the duties of being a landlord?
  14. Finally, are you ready/willing to make a investment/purchase of this size?

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While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

CLICK TO CONTACT NOW

OR

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B

Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810

Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

Fax Number: (336) 744-5105