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Third Floor Water Loss

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Air Movers Drying Air movers are set in a hallway to move air in certain directions for the fastest drying possible.

Recently SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North was called to a local retirement community for a water loss coming from a third floor condominium. 

We never like to hear this because we know it effects more than just the one tenant. When there is a third floor water loss, where does the water go? All the way down till it finds the last thing it can wick in to. SERVPRO used our applied Science of drying to quickly mitigate all 3 levels, removing damp insulation, drywall, and drying everyone's condos out with 4 air movers in a vortex and a dehumidifier in each room, making the process extremely fast.

Do you have issues with any type of water around your home or business? Call (336)744-5104 for any questions or help you may need!

Summertime Tips

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

summertime cleaning When frustration and heat get the best of you, call SERVPRO for help!!

Get carpets, upholstery, and curtains or draperies professionally cleaned, or look for DIY options. Rent a steam cleaner or invest in your own -- there are a variety of affordable steamer/vacuum combos that you can use again and again. If you have pets, choose a steamer with a special setting for pet hair and stains.

Don’t forget your bed – mattresses, pillows, and comforters could also use a good refresh. Have pets? Invest in new pet beds or wash removable covers then put them outside in the sun to freshen up. This is also a good time to go through your linen closet and replace worn out towels and bedding. Finally, if your throw pillows are a little stale, put them in the dryer with some tennis balls and tumble to get rid of dust, then put them outside to air out.

When all of this doesn't work for your time or favor, call the Pros at SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North!

Response time

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Extracting Water A SERVPRO technician uses an extractor to clean a water loss on a concrete floor.

When it comes to water damage, response time and experience matter. Structural weakening, rot, and dangerous mold growth can occur if the problem isn’t solved quickly or properly. Allow the highly trained pros at SERVPRO to restore your property to its clean and dry state as quickly as possible. We know how stressful this situation can be, and we are here to help with everything from cleanup to dealing with your insurance company.

Is Water Damage Dangerous?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage in a basement A water loss in a basement, could cause structural defects to your home.

Water damage can be and is a serious situation. Water moving through your home or business can carry with it any contaminates that it has come into contact with. Electrical hazards are common when water damage has occurred, so do not enter the area until it’s deemed safe.

Mass amounts of water or contaminated water can also be a danger to anyone who comes into contact with it. It can be difficult to center on what the water contains, and could have chemicals, dirt or bacteria that carry common diseases within it. Also, depending on the size or amount of the water event, structural damage to the property could occur. Water damage may also make the area a harbor for mold and mildew.

Fire Damage & How it effects Your Home

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employee in PPE Remember SERVPRO in the event of a disaster!

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North understands the devastation that occurs when a disaster such as a fire takes place in your home or business. We want our community to see how fire damage effects properties and is educated on how SERVPRO can help them. 

Collapses: If structures in the home like support beams or the roof are affected this could cause more damage to the interior. 

Odor: The longer fire damage sits in a home the worse it gets. The sooner you can get someone to mitigate the job the sooner the smell will improve. 

Water Damage: Damaged piping or a damaged roof can create flooding. 

In the Event of a Disaster remember SERVPRO of Winston Salem North!  

Biohazard Containment

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

containment set up for biohazard cleanup A technician in full Tyvek and PPE preps a containment area to limit the biohazards reach.

SERVPRO offers safe & effective crime scene & biohazard cleanup services quickly for homes & businesses due to sewage, trauma, chemical spills & more. We isolate areas as quickly as possible to eliminate contaminates spreading to other areas of your home or business. Whether it be blood, or any bodily fluid, SERVPRO is ready to help!! "Like it never even happened."

Call us today at (336)740-5144 for any issues or questions you may have on the subject!!

Dangers of a Sewage Backup

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

realistic sewage backup A very realistic view of a Sewage Backup and its effects on all surroundings.

Sewage back ups are among one of the worst plumbing problems because of the risk that they present to homeowners and residents. Sewage can spread illness, disease and even death. The National Resources Defense Council reports that nearly 2 million cases of illnesses are caused by sewage contamination each year. Sewage is full of contaminants, viruses and bacteria that pose a serious threat to people and their pets. In addition, sewage may contain other toxic substances like pesticides, residuals from pharmaceutical drugs, fungi and protozoan.

Here are some of the most common bacteria that are found in sewage and what they can do the human body:

  • E. Coli – Causes abdominal cramping, diarrhea and occasionally death.
  • Acanthomoeba – Causes eye, nose, throat and ear infections.
  • Salmonella – Causes abdominal cramping and diarrhea
  • Heliobacter Pylpri – Leads to increased chance of ulcers
  • Hepatitis – Causes liver infection and liver failure
  • Leptospirosis – Creates muscle aches and vomiting
  • Coronavirus – Including COVID-19

Who can work in Biohazard cleanup?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

biohazard cleanup A certified and trained SERVPRO Professional in action!

Who can work in biohazard cleanup? Because there is no specific education requirements, certifications, or work experience required to work in biohazard cleanup, it is often believed that anyone can work in biohazard cleanup. The fact is, biohazard cleanup is not for everyone.

Biohazard cleanup can be a stressful, demanding profession that requires you to work long hours and encounter a wide range of tragic circumstances. If you think biohazard cleanup is the same as a standard cleaning company or janitorial service, or if you imagine biohazard cleaning to be similar to your favorite episode of CSI, you will quickly find that neither is true.

The good news is that a career in biohazard cleaning can be incredibly rewarding, as you take some of a family’s burden away and offer them compassion and respect when they need it most. More than anything, biohazard cleanup helps families heal.

Sewage Waste Cleanup

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

"Helping make Water damage "Like it never even happened" SERVPRO Poster  Trust the Pros at SERVPRO!!

SERVPRO experts are ready to assist in the clean up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home. 

Blackwater is the mixture of urine, feces and flushwater. Whenever a commode backs up, or overflows, or the dreaded pipe busts in the crawl space, it is imperative to properly mitigate all contaminated areas as soon as possible!!

Trust the Pros at SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North!!

The Effects of Water on a Grease Fire

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

The definition of a Grease Fire is "The type of fire resulting from cooking oil or any other flammable cooking or lubricating materials."

In the event of a grease fire:

  • Turn off the heat, but do not try to move the pot from the stove as the grease could splash on you or the kitchen surfaces.
  • Put a lid on the pot or frying pan to cut off oxygen to the fire.
  • If the fire is out of control, the most important thing to do is to call 911 and get everyone outside.
  • Do NOT pour water on a grease fire. Water can cause the grease to splash onto yourself or kitchen surfaces and spread the flames.
  • Do NOT fan the fire with a dry or wet cloth. This can also cause the grease to splash or fire to spread onto other surfaces.
  • Do NOT use flour on a grease fire. While sometimes baking soda can extinguish a small grease fire (though not if the fire is too overwhelming), flour cannot and should not be used.
  • Due to chemical risk of contaminating your kitchen, putting out a grease fire with your fire extinguisher should be the last resort.

How to prevent a grease fire:

  • Stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the deep fryer or frying pan.
  • Slowly heat the oil to your desired temperature.
  • Turn off the burner if you suspect the grease is getting too hot.
  • Place the food in the grease carefully to prevent hot grease splatter.

Q. What do you do after a grease fire occurs in you home?

A. Contact us at (336)744-5104