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Don’t try to Sell a Dirty Home!

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

A door and walls with peeling paint and dirt and grime This could use some TLC. Could you sell it? Sure. Should you? NO.

In this market, the seller can pretty much do whatever he pleases. Buyers are plentiful, housing is scarce, and people are buying up houses like they’re going out of style! (Don’t worry, though—they’re not going out of style as housing has been a part of our species for millennia.)

So if you’re thinking of selling your home or property, don’t leave money on the table. Sure, you’ll get a sale if your house is a big dingy and odorous, but will it be as much money as you’d get had you hired a cleanup service to get any dust, mold, or mildew out of your air conditioning vents or water stains out of your hardwood floors?

Absolutely not.

Clean homes sell faster, easier, and for more money than homes that are dirty, or even just a bit worse for wear. Let SERVPRO of Greensboro North handle your Home Cleanup and Damage Restoration so you can get top dollar for your house and move on to the next phase in your life with no worries weighing you down!

When does Hurricane Season End?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Sattelite photo of A Cyclone approaching land Only one more month, folks!

If you’re like most Americans living in a state on the East Coast, you might be wondering how much longer the Atlantic Hurricane Season will persist. Sure, we in the Piedmont Triad aren’t in too much danger from Hurricane Storm Damage, but Hurricanes and Tropical Storms can still bring high winds and rainfall to Guilford County. Power outages, fallen trees, and other storm damage can still happen as a result of a solid-sized storm, even if it just passes by the Outer Banks.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season lasts from June 1st until November 30th, however sometimes a storm will fall outside of that window. 97% of Hurricanes and tropical storms happen during the season, and outliers usually fall in May, not December, which is a good thing…for now. It won’t be as we get closer to May. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, though!

Luckily, we only have two more months until Hurricane Season ends, but that doesn’t mean we’re entirely out of the storm. There’s still about ten weeks for things to spin out of control in more ways than one. If that happens to you, and the heavy winds and rain that can come as a result of tropical storms wallops your home or place of business, contact us at SERVPRO of Greensboro North, a premier cleaning and restoration company near you. Our Storm Damage Restoration Teams are franchise professionals, well-trained in removing debris and restoring your property so it’s "Like it never even happened."®

SERVPRO Understands Emergencies need a Rapid Response

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Man Sprinting across hallway with briefcase This Speedster is a Slowpoke Compared to our Rapid 24/7 Response

If you’ve just experienced fire damage, water damage, or storm
damage, you likely know time is of the essence! The difference between
restoring your precious belongings and having to replace them is a matter
of hours, and other Restoration Companies in Greensboro might not be
able to get to you rapidly enough to salvage everything.
SERVPRO of Greensboro North will arrange a service for you within one
hour of notifying us of your disaster, and can have a Franchise Professional
on-site within four hours to clean and restore your carpets, wallpapers, and
furniture, saving you thousands of dollars, since restoration beats
replacement any day of the week! (On another note, we are available all
days of the week if you need us, with 24/7 emergency service)
When disaster strikes your home or business, and you need help picking up
the pieces and putting it back together, remember that you’re not alone
with this task, and call SERVPRO of Greensboro North. We’ll make it “Like it
never even happened. ®”

What Flood Zone am I In?

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Flood map of ServPro Greensboro North A Flood Map of the Surrounding Area Around our Office.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the world of
flood prevention is no exception. The first step to preventing a flood is
determining your flood risk. It may seem like something difficult to
quantify, but luckily FEMA has Flood Zone Maps by zip code and Flood
Zone Maps by address.

Above, you’ll see the results from looking up our address at SERVPRO of
Greensboro North. We’re fairly safe thanks to some waterways nearby that
should help any standing water drain away, but you may not be as
fortunate!
Go to https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search and plug in your address or zip
code and see what your flood risk is. Then you can look at ways to mitigate
your risk, like building smarter, getting insurance, or getting to know the
industry professionals over at SERVPRO of Greensboro North, just in case
everything goes south and you end up flooded. As a premier water cleanup
and restoration company, we specialize in doing everything that can be
done to best restore your home to the way it was before disaster struck,
and make it “Like it never even happened. ®”

4 Things To Do If Your Home Floods

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Rain, rain, and more rain. They’re moments in the year, sometimes too many where our community goes days on end with rain. Then changing over to snow and ice in the winter if the temperatures manage to drop below freezing for a substantial amount of time. While snow is pretty to look at, what often accompanies it is a fearful weather condition. Ice can cause trees to topple over onto your roof creating a hole where water can seep into all areas of your home including the basement. 

Falling trees can rupture the pipes of your home as well which may cause hundreds if not more gallons of water to spew out into your basement, flooring, walls, and ceiling. Any amount of standing water in your home may spell disaster if not mitigated promptly. Significant water damage can begin to warp your hardwood floors, stain your carpeting, and create a mold growth situation.

Calling an experienced water cleanup crew with IICRC Certification and experience in restoration is key to beginning the process of getting your home back to normal. Our team is trained in proper drying methods and mold testing to help keep your family safe. We’ll also reconstruct your house after it’s been restored to streamline the process. 

When many customers call our office to request our services it’s critical you’ve already completed a few tasks beforehand. Listed below are a few key steps homeowners should take if they experience water damage. 

  1. Shut Off The Water Source
    1. Locate the cut-off valve in your home. It’s likely underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink. 
  2. Do What You Can In Order To Mitigate The Damage
    1. Try to soak as much water as you can on your own using towels. 
  3. Call A Water Cleanup Company
    1. Available 24/7 with 20+ years of experience and contractor license for repairs. 
  4. Speak To Your Home Insurance Provider  
    1. Save your insurance agent’s contact information on your phone, or write it down. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, 336-379-1772.

Steps to Help Prevent Trees from Falling on Your Home?

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

When people are looking to purchase a new house the curb appeal, amount of acres and layout are the primary focus. Counting the number of trees that surround the house is possibly the last thought on a prospective buyer’s mind. It’s essential, however, that house hunters do take into account how many trees there are near or on the property for the protection of their investment. Severe weather may pose the most likely risk to that investment through the possibility of ice storms in the winter and powerful winds in the spring. 

An ice storm and powerful winds may cause weakened trees to fall on your property; through a window or even the roof. Pertaining to ice storms a quarter-inch of ice may begin to weigh down branches and a half-inch of ice may even lead to them breaking. Likewise, powerful winds from a hurricane, tropical storm or any other strong system that has the potential to spawn tornadoes may result in down trees. Especially if the ground is saturated from recent rainfall.

To help reduce the possibility of a tree falling on your home our team has listed several steps you can take below. 

  1. Look to see if there are any trees on your property or even near it that may be weakened and pose a risk to your home. Perform this task regularly especially at the beginning of the winter and spring. 
  2. Consider having a professional tree service company cut down trees that are weakened or are in close proximity to your property. 
  3. Continuous severe storms can cripple a tree’s integrity leaving it vulnerable to a strong ice storm or hurricane completely toppling it over. After every storm makes sure to examine the trees around your home for abnormalities. 
  4. Check with your home insurance provider to ensure you’re properly covered if a tree does fall on your roof. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772.  

5 Common Causes of Fires In The Workplace

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

We all can do our part to reduce hazards in our respective workplaces including fire prevention. While the coronavirus has rightfully placed public health at the forefront of workplace safety it’s critical that people don’t forget other dangers in the workplace. According to estimates from the National Fire Protection Agency, fire departments across the United States responded to 3,340 office fires from 2007-2011.

Any sort of interruptions in your business whether in or out of your control can hurt your bottom line. Compounded by the pandemic, your business set ablaze may only add to your stresses. To help you think of potential fire hazards in your place we’ve listed out five common causes of fires according to NFPA.org. All of the common causes listed can be applied to warehouses, factories, office spaces, restaurants, and other commercial properties. 

  1. Cooking equipment including ovens, stovetops, microwaves, and burners. 
  2. Heating equipment including space heaters. 
  3. Electrical equipment including computers, printers, and other electrical office items. 
  4. Smoking on the premises.
  5. Fires that are intentionally set. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772. 

References  

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/US-Structure-in-Office-Properties 

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks 


https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes

What Are The Main Causes of Restaurant Fires?

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the foodservice industry has become one of the most negatively affected industries. With mandated government closures and limits on capacity, there is much on the mind of restaurateurs. Covid-19 has forced restaurants of all shapes and sizes to think outside of the box to best stay afloat and serve their community. Colliding with those thoughts are worries that are always a concern of business owners which are fires. 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there are  7,410 structural fires pertaining to restaurants every year. Causing thousands of dollars in fire damage. 40% of restaurant fires occur in the kitchen caused by stoves, ovens, and other electrical as well as gas appliances. Lighting equipment and smoking are also contributing causes to restaurant fires. 

A few tips to help prevent restaurant fires whether it’s a fast-food establishment, fast-casual, or fine dining. 

  • Include in your new employee training fire prevention and safety rules to be followed.
  • Regularly train current employees on kitchen safety. 
  • Instruct all servers, cooks, and bussers on the fire extinguisher utilization. 
  • Have a designated area for smoking a safe distance from the building. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772. 

References  

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Heating 

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Heating_Safety.ashx 


https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/Eating-and-drinking-establishments

Rising Numbers of COVID-19

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Greensboro for the ending of 2020 and beginning of 2021 was one of the top 10 cities per 100,000 for confirmed coronavirus cases according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force. It’s critical even with the rollout of the vaccine that individuals and organizations continue to follow public health guidelines from your local and state officials as well as the C.D.C. 

SERVPRO of Greensboro North has performed hundreds of proactive and post cleanings for commercial spaces since the beginning of the pandemic. Equipped with our corporate patented SERVPROXIDE disinfectant our Production Technicians have disinfected small office spaces to large industrial plants. Each of our crew members is trained in effective sanitization methods to grant you and your employees peace of mind as you head back into the workplace. 

2021 is a promising year with many heading back into the workplace for the first time since early spring 2020. Coming together as a community was necessary in order to combat the pandemic and show that we’re #greensborostrong. Please continue to wear your mask, practice socially distancing when required, and if you do have an employee test positive at your facility please give our team a call. 

If your home or business is in need of one of our other services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772. 

References 

https://www.wxii12.com/article/coronavirus-greensboro-north-carolina-covid-task-force/35164895


https://www.wfmynews2.com/video/news/health/coronavirus/professional-cleaners-phase-two-disinfecting-deep-cleaning-businesses-phase-two/83-d8886d0a-7ae8-45f1-8771-a8b27f860f27

What To Do If Your Hotel Catches Fire?

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

graph showing the main causes of structural fires for hotels/motels from 2009-2013 and deaths associated with them. Report: NFPA's "Structure Fires in Hotels and Motels" (PDF, 2 MB) Author: Richard Campbell Issued: September 2015

Whether traveling for business or pleasure hotels and motels try to make their customers as comfortable as possible during their stay. Most people let their guard down when staying in a hotel believing nothing bad while away from home. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association on average, one of every 14 hotels or motels reported a structure fire each year.

If you’re planning a vacation or going on a business trip soon check to be sure the hotel has working fire alarms in every room as well as a sprinkler system. Once you get to your room review the escape route if there is a fire. When you’re sleeping Keep your key card on the nightstand then you won’t forget it if the fire alarm goes off. Lastly, stay low to the ground to avoid smoke inhalation and take the stairs not the elevator. 

Structural fires located in hotels and motels can result from cooking accidents to cigarette smoking which is why it’s critical you stay on guard during your stay. If you’re unable to escape your room dial 911 and hold a light source by the window for the local fire department to locate you. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772.  

References 

https://nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fact-sheets/HotelsFactSheet.ashx

https://nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/HotelMotelSafety.ashx 


https://nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/Hotel-and-Motel-Structure-Fires