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Storm Safety: Preparing for Peak Hurricane Activity with SERVPRO of Bath

8/18/2023 (Permalink)

Part of our fleet of vehicles and trailers seen preparing to depart after a storm. Our team has a fleet ready for whenever disaster strikes.

As hurricane season approaches its peak in the Eastern United States, preparedness becomes paramount. The time to plan and prepare is now. SERVPRO® of Bath offers expert advice on storm safety and is ready to assist with restoration services should disaster strike.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips:

  • Stay Informed: Regularly monitor weather forecasts and heed advisories from local authorities.
  • Create an Emergency Kit: Stock up on essentials such as water, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, first aid supplies, and important documents.
  • Protect Your Property: Secure windows and doors, clear debris, trim trees, and consider installing hurricane shutters.
  • Plan an Evacuation Route: Know where to go if evacuation becomes necessary, and practice the route with family members.
  • Prepare for Power Outages: Charge devices, have extra batteries, and consider a backup generator.
  • Protect Pets: Ensure you have provisions for your pets and a safe place for them to stay.

During the Storm:

  • Stay Inside: Seek shelter in an interior room away from windows and doors.
  • Avoid Electrical Equipment: Stay away from anything connected to electricity if your home is flooding.
  • Keep Updated: Continue to monitor weather updates and follow any instructions from local officials.

After the Storm:

  • Check for Injuries: Attend to any injuries and seek medical help if needed.
  • Assess Damage Carefully: Avoid downed power lines and report them to authorities.
  • Capture Evidence: Document damage with photographs for insurance purposes.
  • Call SERVPRO of Bath: We’re available 24/7 for immediate assistance with storm damage restoration.

SERVPRO of Bath's Storm Restoration Services:

  • Rapid Response: We're committed to responding immediately to your emergency.
  • Highly Trained Professionals: Our technicians have the skills to handle any storm damage situation.
  • Advanced Equipment: From water extraction to drying and dehumidification, we use the best technology available.

With proper planning and preparedness, you can help protect your family and property. SERVPRO of Bath stands ready to help you navigate the storm's aftermath, providing professional restoration services when you need them most.

When disaster strikes, we're here to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Spotting the Signs of a Potential Mold Problem

6/26/2023 (Permalink)

Microbial growth is seen on the back of drywall. This is a great example of how microbial growth can form on the back of drywall and other hidden areas!

Maintaining a healthy living or working environment requires a keen awareness of several factors, one of which is the potential presence of mold. This microscopic organism thrives in damp settings that are all too common in Eastern Carolina, which can have detrimental effects on indoor air quality. However, mold frequently grows in hidden spots, making it somewhat challenging to identify. The following are some prevalent signs that might indicate a mold problem in your property.

Visible Signs of Mold Growth

The most blatant indication of a mold problem is visible mold growth. Mold takes on various colors - black, green, or white patches on surfaces are common appearances. It often presents as a stain or smudge, blemishing walls, ceilings, or floors. However, remember that visible mold growth is just the tip of the iceberg. If you spot it on the surface, it's highly likely there's a more extensive infestation hidden away. It's crucial to remember that not all mold is harmful, but you should always consult with a professional if you discover mold growth.

Persistent Musty Odors

Mold produces a characteristic smell. If you notice a persistent musty or earthy odor, especially in damp areas such as basements, bathrooms, or kitchens, it could be a sign of concealed mold growth. Remember that your sense of smell might be the first to pick up on mold growth that your eyes can't see.

Allergic Symptoms and Health Impact

Mold exposure can potentially lead to health effects. If your allergic symptoms worsen in your home or a specific building and improve when you're away, this could point to indoor mold growth. Common signs of mold exposure can include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or red eyes, and skin rashes. Individuals with asthma might experience more frequent or more severe attacks.

Water Leaks, Flooding, or Past Water Damage

Areas that have experienced water leaks, flooding, or other forms of water damage are prime breeding grounds for mold growth. Damp materials or areas provide the moisture that mold spores need to grow and reproduce. If your property has a history of water-related issues, be vigilant about potential mold growth.

Condensation and Humidity Levels

Excessive condensation on your windows, walls, or pipes can indicate high humidity levels, which can foster mold growth. Condensation can provide the ideal conditions for mold spores to thrive, especially when coupled with inadequate ventilation or a lack of direct sunlight.

Recognizing these signs is just the first step. If you suspect a mold problem, it's crucial to act quickly. Ignoring the signs won't make the mold disappear; it merely gives it more time to proliferate and potentially lead to more substantial problems. SERVPRO® of Bath has trained professionals equipped with advanced tools and industry knowledge to help you navigate the mold remediation process effectively. We adhere to the highest industry standards and work diligently to help you maintain a clean, healthy environment.

If you suspect mold, a professional assessment is always the wisest course of action. Give us a call at 252-923-0213!

Safeguarding Your Property from Flood Damage: The SERVPRO of Bath Approach

5/16/2023 (Permalink)

Widespread flooding is seen, with several houses seen affected. Storm season is nearly upon us. Severe weather can strike with little warning, which is another reason SERVPRO® of Bath is available 24/7!

Floods can strike unexpectedly and cause extensive damage to both residential and commercial properties. Whether it's a natural disaster, a burst pipe, or a severe rainstorm, the aftermath can be devastating. But, there's hope. SERVPRO® of Bath offers professional, quick, and comprehensive flood damage restoration services that can help return your property to its pre-flood condition.

Understanding Flood Damage:

Flood damage goes beyond just the visible water in your home or business. It can also cause structural issues, mold growth, and ruin personal belongings. It's crucial to address flood damage immediately to prevent further complications and costs.

The SERVPRO® of Bath Approach:

While we tailor to the needs of each individual customer, we follow a systematic approach for handling flood damage:

  1. Emergency Contact: Our team is available 24/7 to respond to your flood damage emergency.

  2. Inspection and Assessment: We carry out a detailed inspection to assess the extent of the flood damage.

  3. Water Removal and Drying: Using state-of-the-art equipment, we remove standing water and dry out the affected areas.

  4. Cleaning and Sanitizing: We clean, sanitize, and deodorize all restorable items and structures damaged by the water.

  5. Restoration: We restore your home or business to its pre-flood condition, including repairs, reconstruction, and replacing damaged materials.

Why Choose SERVPRO® of Bath?

When it comes to flood damage restoration, the expertise and promptness of the service provider matter significantly. With our quick response time, advanced equipment, and experienced professionals, we are capable of handling flood damage of any size, ensuring minimal disruption to your routine or business operations.

Remember, when a flood strikes, SERVPRO® of Bath is "Here to Help®" 24/7/365.

The Hidden Dangers of Water Damage: What Homeowners Need to Know

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

Water is present underneath the hardwood floor. Water can be incredibly invasive, requiring a trained eye to handle it properly.

Water damage is an all-too-common issue faced by many homeowners, but what most people don't realize is that there's more to it than just cleaning up the visible mess. Let's take a look at some dangers associated with water damage and how SERVPRO® of Bath can help you mitigate these risks.

  1. The lurking threat of mold growth: Mold is a natural byproduct of excess moisture, and when water damage occurs, it creates the perfect environment for mold to thrive. Mold can begin to grow quickly after water exposure, and if left untreated, it can cause structural damage and potential health effects. SERVPRO® of Bath has trained technicians to help.

  2. The risk of structural damage: Water damage can weaken your home's structural integrity by causing wood to rot, metals to corrode, and drywall to deteriorate. This damage can be difficult to detect, as it often occurs behind walls or in hard-to-reach places. Our team at SERVPRO® of Bath can conduct thorough inspections to assess the extent of the water damage and take necessary steps to restore the affected areas.

  3. Hidden moisture and humidity problems: Even after the visible water has been removed, excess moisture and humidity can linger in your home, leading to further damage and potential health issues. We use advanced drying techniques and equipment to ensure that your home is properly dried, preventing long-term issues.

  4. Electrical hazards: Water and electricity are a dangerous combination, and water damage can pose a significant risk to your home's electrical system. It's important to have a professional assess the situation and take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of your home and its occupants.

Water damage may seem like a straightforward issue to handle, but the hidden dangers it poses make it a serious concern for homeowners. SERVPRO® of Bath is equipped to deal with all aspects of water damage restoration, ensuring that your home is safe and sound. If you suspect water damage in your home, don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.

The Power of Scale: How Our Equipment Helps Us Handle Any Size Job in Washington, NC

3/20/2023 (Permalink)

One of the Semi Trailers dedicated to large fire & water damage restoration in Washington, NC and beyond. This trailer is filled with the tech and materials our professional technicians need to handle any size of fire or water restoration in Washington, NC

When disaster strikes your Washington, NC property, it can be overwhelming to see the damage that has been done. Whether it's a small water leak or a large-scale fire, the team at SERVPRO® of Bath is equipped to handle any size job with ease. Our secret weapon? Our state-of-the-art equipment.

Take, for example, our Disaster Recovery Team semi-trailer, which is filled with hundreds of air movers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers. This impressive fleet of equipment allows us to tackle even the largest and most complex jobs quickly and efficiently.

Air movers are used to circulate air and speed up the drying process, while dehumidifiers help to remove excess moisture from the air. Air scrubbers are used to clean the air by removing particles and contaminants, such as mold spores, from the environment.

With this equipment at our disposal, we're able to dry out properties faster, prevent secondary damage, and restore your home or business to its pre-disaster condition in no time. It's this combination of advanced equipment and our experienced team of technicians that sets SERVPRO® of Bath apart from the competition.

At SERVPRO® of Bath, we take pride in our ability to handle any size job, no matter how big or small. Whether you need water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, or any other type of disaster cleanup, we're Here to help. ®

So the next time disaster strikes, remember the power of scale and the equipment that SERVPRO® of Bath brings to the table. With our state-of-the-art equipment and experienced team, you can trust us to handle any size job and get your property back to normal in no time.

Need Remediation? Call the Commercial Water Damage Restoration Professionals at SERVPRO of Bath!

2/17/2023 (Permalink)

Water is seen below a floor. Water damage can difficult to find to an untrained eye.

Commercial property owners face a variety of challenges when it comes to maintaining their buildings and keeping them in top condition. One of the biggest challenges is dealing with the aftermath of fire and water damage. These types of disasters can cause significant damage to a property, leading to costly repairs and lengthy downtime. However, with the help of a professional fire & water damage restoration company like SERVPRO® of Bath, commercial property owners can benefit from a wide range of services that can help them get back up and running quickly.

SERVPRO of Bath is a national leader in fire and water damage cleanup and mitigation. We cover all of Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrell, Washington, and Bertie Counties in North Carolina, and anywhere in the nation for large-loss, storm, or disaster scenarios. We have extensive experience in dealing with the unique challenges that commercial property owners face. Here are just a few of the benefits that commercial property owners can expect when they choose SERVPRO of Bath as their restoration professionals:

Rapid Response Times

When a commercial property experiences fire or water damage, every moment counts. The longer the property remains damaged, the more expensive the repairs become and the longer the downtime. Our technicians understand the urgency of these situations and respond promptly to every call. They are highly trained and experienced, getting on-site quickly to assess the damage and begin the cleanup and restoration process right away.

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Techniques

SERVPRO of Bath uses the latest equipment and techniques to ensure that the restoration process is as efficient and effective as possible. This includes advanced drying and dehumidification equipment, thermal imaging cameras, and state-of-the-art cleaning solutions. By utilizing the most advanced technology available, we can minimize downtime and reduce repair costs for commercial property owners.

Experience with Commercial Properties

Commercial properties present unique challenges when it comes to restoration. There are a variety of structure types, from office buildings to retail spaces to manufacturing facilities, and each requires a different approach to restoration. With extensive experience in working with a wide range of commercial properties, we can tailor our services to meet the specific needs of each client.

Customized Restoration Plans

Every commercial property is different, and so is the restoration process. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to fire or water damage restoration and works closely with each client to develop a customized restoration plan that meets their unique needs. This includes developing a detailed timeline for the restoration process, coordinating with insurance companies, and providing ongoing support throughout the entire process.

Toilet Prevention Tips for Washington NC

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Water Dripping from a ledge. We are available for emergency water damage 24/7/365!

You never know when you will need emergency water restoration services, but when you do, you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO® of Bath. Here are some tips from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety for inspecting and preventing toilet failure:

  • Be patient after you flush and wait for the valve to finish refilling the tank and bowl. If an overflow looks imminent, lift off the tank cover, lift the float to shut off the water flow to the tank, and then turn off the supply valve.
  • Twice a year, inspect a toilet’s components, such as the fill, supply, and flush valves and the supply line. Make sure you can turn off the water supply. If you have older screw-type valves that are hard to turn or start leaking, consider replacing them with simpler ball valves that are easy to shut off quickly.

Sewage backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians have the training, equipment, protective gear, and experience to safely restore sewer backups.

Call Us!

When your Washington home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Bath is Here to Help. ® Our technicians typically arrive within four hours of your call. Call us today at 252-923-0213.

Smelly Air Conditioning Unit? Ask The Professionals!

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

An air conditioner blows smelly air out. Call SERVPRO® of Bath for all of your restoration and remediation needs!

Do you know that mold can be a symptom of hidden water damage? Strong, musty odors coming from your air condition unit may indicate a mold problem. Our local team in Bath, NC will locate the source of the excess moisture and repair the problem to discourage the mold problem from returning once the remediation process is complete.

Here is some information about mold from our website:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere; both indoors, and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems, or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive in moist environments
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed; otherwise, the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Call Us Today!

When you Washington home or commercial business needs mold mitigation services, our local team in Bath, NC can help. Call us today at 252-923-0213.

Washington, NC Fire Damage Remediation Experts

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke damage is seen on siding. Regardless of the cause of fire, smoke damage can be tricky to handle properly. Let the experts take care of you!

If a fire damage has impacted your home, please call fire damage restoration professionals. Doing so can help limit structural damage, prevent mold, and get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. For fire damage restoration services, you can trust SERVPRO of Bath. Here are just a few considerations after a structural fire:

1. Emergency Response. Once you call us for service, we will respond quickly.  We'll ask the questions necessary to ensure that we can address the challenge you're facing, then we'll send the people and equipment needed to face the task.  

2. Inspection And Assessment. Upon arrival, we'll assess the damaged areas to determine the extent of the damage and make a plan to properly clean the fire and smoke damage from your property.

3. Water Removal. If water was used to extinguish the fire, we will work to remove the water as quickly as possible using specialized equipment, such as extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers.  This step minimizes the risk of additional structure damage and mold growth.  

5. Soot and Smoke Removal. Our crews are skilled in removing soot and smoke using specialized equipment and techniques. 

6. Cleaning and Deodorizing. Restorable items will be cleaned and deodorized. Deodorization is typically accomplished utilizing air scrubbers and foggers.  

We live and work in this area -- we might even be your neighbor!  SERVPRO of Bath is locally owned and operated.  We're ready to respond, so call us for your fire damage restoration and remediation needs 252-923-7205.

Water Removal After a Storm

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

A storm pours rain and lightning trikes near houses. Storms and storm-related damage can be challenging to prepare for. Call SERVPRO of Bath if your home or business is unexpectedly damaged!

SERVPRO can't stop water from rising out of rivers and creeks, but we do have the experience and training in water removal to help you lessen the effects of flood damage. Our personnel are among the most skilled in the field of disaster restoration, and we maintain an extensive inventory of specialized equipment to return to its original state as quickly as possible.

Since water damage can occur within minutes (paper goods and some fabrics), we maintain a 24-hour removal team that can arrive as quickly as possible to begin the process. If the power has not been restored or if your electrical system has been compromised, we also have a large number of generators at our disposal so we can begin extracting.

When the standing water has been removed, there is still the problem of trapped moisture. Our recovery team will deploy equipment to forcibly circulate air through your home. Once that has started, dehumidifiers are placed in key areas to increase the effectiveness of the specialized fans. To ensure carpet pads are dried completely, we may also use a number of heaters designed to not burn carpeting. These heaters are also excellent to help prevent wood floors from warping.

Like all of the company franchises, SERVPRO of Bath is locally owned and operated. Residents aren't just our customers, they're our neighbors and family. Call us at 252-923-7205 when you need emergency assistance.