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Is Mold Making You Sick?

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Wall with mold Toxic mold can cause serious health problems because of its ability to release mycotoxins which causes the illness of mycotoxicosis or mold poisoning

Mold is a type of fungus that is essentially everywhere and in normal amounts, environmental mold does not pose a serious health risk to healthy people with functioning immune systems. Toxic mold can cause serious health effects because of its ability to release mycotoxins.

If you suspect that you are suffering from mycotoxicosis it is important to contact a health care professional right away!

If you find mold in your home you can contact the franchise professionals at SERVPRO Hampton North will be able to inspect and assess your property and if there is an indication of mold, our franchise professionals have the training, equipment and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Preventing/Minimizing Water Damage in the Spring

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Storm cloud and rainbow Don't let the spring thaw leave your home feeling soggy!

There is no way for a homeowner to completely prevent all water damage under every circumstance however there are steps you can take to prepare your home ahead of the spring-thaw months to prevent common causes of water damage. 

  • Read and understand your homeowner’s insurance 
  • Avoid storing valuable items in your basement.
  • Install a basement pump or a water alarm 
  • Remove debris from window wells, gutters & downspouts
  • Check for and repair leaks around doors and windows
  • Inspect your foundation for cracks and repair any that you find to prevent water seepage
  • Trim any trees or bushes away from your home
  • Keep your roof in good shape, be sure to make regular repairs to prevent water leaks.  

If your home/business experiences water damage, our franchise professionals are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Spring Storms

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning storm Be prepared ahead of the storm!

Spring storms can be unpredictable. In the spring there are days in which we are closer to summer and other days where it snows! The changing weather during the spring can cause potential hazards that can be hard to predict/plan for since the weather can change rapidly, leading to the experience of many seasons in the same day! Mark Twain once said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” 

The most serious weather threat comes from powerful thunderstorms. Thunderstorms develop when warm moist air collides with cool, dry air.  Dangers associated with severe thunderstorms include lightning, tornadoes, and flooding. Since the weather changes so rapidly in the spring it is important to have an emergency plan in place. Having a first aid kit and an emergency evacuation/shelter plan as well as keeping a 3-5 day supply of water and non perishable food are all measures that can be taken to prepare for the potential of severe weather in the spring.

If your home or business experiences storm damage this spring, we are Here to help! Our Disaster Recovery Team is ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to any disasters that may strike in any season.

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's disaster recovery team truck Having our disaster recovery teams strategically placed throughout the U.S allows us to respond Faster to any size disaster.

No job is too large for SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team. Our dedicated team of elite large loss specialists are qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. We work with hotels, property managers, schools, local and federal governments to ensure that the services people need most during a disaster are up and running again and able to aid the community.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. Our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor is what sets SERVPRO apart from other companies.

We are dedicated to helping you get your business back up and running and making it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s Advanced Technology & Techniques

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Franchise professionals performing an inspection. We use specialized and industry leading equipment to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Hampton North provides a variety of specialized services to the Chesapeake area. Our franchise professionals are certified through The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This allows us to provide peace of mind to our customers because they are able to trust that our franchise professionals are properly trained on how to properly and successfully use the equipment for restoration and cleaning. 

We use specialized and industry leading equipment to make it, “Like it never even happened.” Our moisture detection and measurement equipment allows us to detect, measure and monitor a properties moisture levels.  If water is in your home we have state of the art water extraction equipment that speeds the drying process by getting the water out of your home. Our industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are used to remove any remaining moisture from you home and prevents warping of your floors, walls and/or ceilings.

Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process. We also use OSHA-approved cleaning agents to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants from your home.

How To Use a Fire Extinguisher

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher with labeled parts Do you know what you need to do in the event that you need to use a fire extinguisher?

We have all seen fire extinguishers fastened to the walls of businesses and even homes, we have all seen actors spray them uncontrollably around the room, and we have even seen professionals use them in news stories or instructional videos. But do you know what to do in the event that you need to use a fire extinguisher?

First, it is important to determine the proper type of fire extinguisher to use. There are 5 different types of fire extinguishers and each is meant for a different type of fire. 

Next, it is important to determine if it is appropriate to use a fire extinguisher. When a fire starts it is important to alert others in the area and have someone call 911, if you are in a large building have someone pull the fire alarm. A fire extinguisher should only be used if the outside appears clean and damage free and all necessary pieces are available and in working condition. Ensure that the fire is not blocking your escape route, determine a safe way to escape should the fire spread or fail to be extinguished. Ensure that you are not breathing in any of the toxic smoke from the fire. You should only use a fire extinguisher on a contained fire, meaning that the fire is contained to a single object such as a trashcan. 

Finally, when you are ready to use the extinguisher remember the P.A.S.S system.

Pull the pin

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the trigger

Sweep side to side

Your safety as well as the safety of others is always the primary concern in the event of an emergency. When there is a fire, always call 911. Do not place yourself in harms way attempting to put out the fire or trying to save any material objects. We here at SERVPRO Hampton North have franchise professionals on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to your fire damage cleanup/restoration needs

Staying Warm & Safe This Winter!

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Space heater Safely heat your home or business this winter.

With winter in full swing, it is important that we keep ourselves and our families warm during these colder months. We here at SERVPRO Hampton North want you to be prepared to safely heat your home or business. 

Never heat your home or business with a gas top stove or oven. Not only does this method of heating create an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, leaving an unattended stove can cause a fire.

Read, understand and implement all manufacturer warnings and instructions when using space heaters. Most home heating fire deaths (86%) involved stationary or portable space heaters. 

Make sure that all heating equipment especially chimneys are regularly maintained through periodic cleaning and inspected prior to use. 

Keep heating equipment away from materials that are susceptible to catching fire such as furniture, clothing, bedding paper materials as well as other holiday decorations like Christmas trees. 

Almost half of all heating equipment related home fires occur during the months of December - February. So now is the time to inspect, clean and test all heating equipment to ensure that it is in proper working order.

SERVPRO Hampton North wants you, and your business to stay safe during these winter months.  If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, our franchise professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.” Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we are Here to Help.

Common Causes of Flooding & How to Avoid Them!

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Washing machine leaking water Avoid these common causes of flooding

Flooding in your home is a serious issue that can occur in any geographical location and can cause major chaos in your life. Luckily there are ways that you can prevent some of the more common causes of flooding to your home or business. 

Faulty Appliances: Appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and hot water heaters all use large amounts of water, and if the connection fails, or the line leaks or bursts flooding can occur rapidly. Be sure that when installing new appliances that all water valves are temporarily shut off. Carefully read and follow the manufacturer's instructions or have the appliances installed by a trained professional. Regularly monitor these appliances to ensure they are functioning properly and there are no leaks coming from them.

Broken/Leaking Pipes: Broken pipes are by far one of the greatest fears for homeowners. A broken pipe has the ability to flood your home in a matter of minutes, causing thousands of dollars in damage to your property. There are many factors that can result in a pipe leaking or bursting including corrosion caused by poor water quality, old pipes, freezing pipes can burst, and home projects can cause accidental damage to pipes if done without care. 

Knowing where your pipes are located is essential if you are planning on tackling any home renovation projects. It is important to regularly check your pipes for damage and to monitor your utility bill, a sudden unexplained spike in your bill may be an indication of a leak!

Clogged Drainage Lines:  It is important that water is able to easily flow into your house but it is also important that this water is also able to flow out of your house. Blockage in drainage lines can cause a very unpleasant mess. Always use a mesh screen in the sinks, shows, and bath tubs to prevent large obstructions from making their way into your pipes. Monitor what your are flushing as well, and do not flush anything that could block your system. If you start to notice that your plumbing is not draining properly it is important to correct the issue before the problem becomes worse.

Natural Disasters: Depending on your geographic locations you may be more susceptible to natural disasters such as hurricanes that often bring flooding. If you are able to plan for a natural disaster there are several steps that you can take to try to prevent or minimize the damage before it occurs. Here in Coastal Virginia it is important to know your zone this will allow you to view your property and plan accordingly. 

In home flooding is a concern that everyone should be aware of. If your home or business experiences a flood, don’t panic. SERVPRO Hampton North is here for all of your water cleanup needs. Our franchise professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.” Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we are Here to Help.

SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Process

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher leaking Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

We get it, water damage is STRESSFUL. Whether it is from a leaking pipe, a failed appliance, or natural disaster water in your home is not fun! At SERVPRO Hampton North we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property. Our six step process makes it easy to get your property restored. 

Step 1 - Emergency Contact: The restoration process begins by giving us a call (757) 825-9700. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources. Our franchise professionals are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment: We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage in order to develop an appropriate plan of action. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal: The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification: Using specialized equipment, our franchise professionals remove the remaining water that may be harder to access. By using room measurements, temperature, and humidity levels our franchise professionals will be able to determine the number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to finish drying your home/business. 

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing: Our franchise professionals use a number of techniques to clean your property. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. Our franchise professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors from your property. 

Step 6 - Restoration: Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Water in your home can be a hassle, but the extraction and restoration process doesn’t have to be. Give us here at SERVPRO Hampton North a call, and let us make your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Billion Dollar Disasters.

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Trucks plowing snow Since the year 1980 ten winter storms have caused over $2 billion of damage in the United States.

Since the year 1980 ten winter storms have caused over $2 billion of damage in the United States. Winter storms have the potential to produce strong winds, drop feet of snow on homes and businesses and the weight of ice from freezing rain can cause damage to power lines and trees. In addition the damage caused from the storm itself there is the aftermath of when all of the snow melts; a quick increase in temperate or heavy rain can set the stage for catastrophic flooding. For us here on the east coast we have face another winter storm hazard in the form of coastal flooding. Strong winds in combination with the high tide can overcome the coastline causing beach erosion and major damage to homes and businesses.

With winter weather approaching and the chance for severe winter storms increasing it is important to be prepared.

Keeping gutters clear of leaves and debris will allow water to move more freely and will help with drainage from your roof when snow begins to melt.

Keep your pipes warm to avoid them freezing and bursting. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. If you have a cold basement/crawlspace, or attic with pipes make sure to wrap those pipes in insulation to help keep them from freezing. Drip your faucets to keep the water flowing, even a small trickle of water can prevent the pipes from freezing.

Check your roof prior to the storm and repair any damages that are apparent. If a large amount of heavy snow accumulates on your roof it can cause it to collapse. Use a roof rake to remove the snow from your roof to prevent collapsing from the weight and also to prevent ice-dam damage.

When snow has accumulated on your roof, it is important to keep your attic space cold. This prevents the development of an ice dam; The snow from melting and then refreezing near the edges as icicles which can cause roof leaks that leads to water coming into your home and causing damage water damage on walls and ceilings. 

This winter if you suffer from any storm damage, SERVPRO Hampton North is Here to Help. With trained franchise professionals on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year we are ready to make your storm damage “Like it never even happened."