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Water Damage Timeline

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 at

704-939-1944

Different Types of Storm Damage

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning up after a storm
  1. Storm Related Water Damage -  This category of storm damage includes flooding events like tropical storms, flash floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes or Pretty much any storm related event that causes water to intrude into your home or business. This type of damage often happens as a result of or alongside several of the other common types of storm damage. 
  2. Wind Damage - High winds can cause significant damage to roofs, trees, vehicles and windows.
  3. Hail Damage - dents in shingles, vents and cars
  4. Lightening Damage - can spark fires
  5. Winter Storms - Freezing Rain, snow which can cause roof collapse, ice dams and pipe bursts

Regardless of the type of storm damage that you may experience, SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is available to walk you through the necessary steps needed to restore your home or business.

Call us at- 704-939-1944

Flooded Basement due to Heavy Rains

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Heavy rains in Kannapolis, NC

SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • Your availability to meet us on site

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - 704-939-1944

Safety before the Feast

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving Safety Top causes of Thanksgiving Day Fires

Although this year's Thanksgiving may be scaled down from previous years, we all need to stay vigilant when it comes to cooking this year's feast.  According to the NFPA, cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries with Thanksgiving being the peak day.  Here are some safety tips to ensure that you have a safe day:

  • Never leave food cooking unattended
  • Use a timer and check food regularly while cooking
  • Keep small children at least 3 feet away from the stove and oven
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves that could catch on fire
  • Keep flammable items away from appliances in the kitchen that generate heat
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen year round
  • Make sure all kitchen appliances are turned off before going to bed
  • Check your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly

Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

If you do experience a fire or smoke damage during the holidays, or any time of year, SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is Here to Help!

Winter Weather Tips for Business

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Winter is Coming Prepare your business now for winter

Winter is just around the corner, so is your business ready?  SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is ready 24/7 365 days a year in the event that your business encounters a disaster, but here are some tips for winter preparations:

  • Clear downed tree limbs and branches around your building and property 
  • Inspect walkways and parking lots for drainage issues
  • Install non-slip mats and caution signs in slippery or hazardous areas
  • Clear leaves and debris from gutters to ensure they are working properly with downspouts directed away from your building
  • Shut off any outdoor faucets and make note of where your water shut off valve is located
  • Replace all of your air filters

Preparation doesn't prevent emergencies from happening, but it can help minimize the extent of the loss. 

How Thunderstorms Form

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When disaster strikes, Call 704-939-1944

Thunderstorms typically form when warm, moist air collides with cold air. The warm air becomes cooler which then causes condensation and water droplets. The rising and falling of air creates a thunderstorm cell.  The moving air can then create electric charges that build up allowing lightening to form and spark.  Thunder is the sound that occurs with the lightening strike but sound travels slower than light.  

Thunderstorms can consist of one cell (Normal Thunderstorms), multi-cells (Squall lines) or Supercells which produce damaging hail, high winds and possible tornadoes.

Should your home or business be damaged from any type of storm, SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is available to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Call us at 704-939-1944

Business Interruptions

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss - image of room with items stacked above floor Concord NC Business Water Loss

In the event of a water emergency in your business, are you prepared?  SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is readily available and experienced in restoring businesses after a flood or water loss.  Mitigation requires quick action.  The faster we arrive on site, the better the results, limiting the amount of business interruptions caused by the loss and keeping the claim costs lower.  

SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove has successfully assisted many businesses in the Concord, Kannapolis and Salisbury communities when the unexpected happened.  We are equipped to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible.  No job is too big for SERVPRO as we have more than 1700 franchises nationwide to back us up.

Every Second Counts

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Every second counts during a fire.  In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire. Fire experts agree that once an alarm goes off, you only have one to two minutes to escape safely. It is critical to have an escape plan in place and practice it at least twice a year to increase your chances of survival.  Make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home as well.  Here are some suggestions to help you develop your emergency escape plan:

  • Draw a map of each level of your home showing 2 ways out of each room.
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home.
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on second floors
  • Teach children how to escape on their own.
  • Practice your fire escape plan

When it comes to fire safety, advance planning is a priority. 

If you do experience a fire damage, SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is available 24/7 to help you navigate through the crisis.

Kitchen Fires

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

In general, Kitchen fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries in the United States with unattended cooking as the leading cause.  Always keep a lid nearby when cooking if you need to smother a small grease fire, but If you have a cooking fire, it's best to get out and call 9-1-1

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, floors and contents will often need a thorough cleaning. The team at SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove can help you determine the extent of damage, unsalvageable items and then use specific cleaning products to clean your restorable smoke damaged home and contents to preloss condition. 

Call 704-939-1944 for help in restoring your home or place of business in the event of a fire.  We are Here to Help!

Managing Mold in Your Home or Business

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Hidden Mold in Kitchen Wall - Kannapolis, NC Water damage created an environment for Mold growth inside the wall

When there is water intrusion, such as a roof leak or slow pipe leak, mold can quickly grow and become a problem in your home or business. Fortunately, SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove has the training, equipment and experience necessary to help.  Although every mold damage is different, the general mold remediation process follows this "typical" process:

  • Inspection for mold growth and hidden water sources
  • Damage Assessment
  • Third party Testing
  • Mold Containment using physical barriers
  • Air Filtration using our specialized HEPA vacuums to prevent mold spread
  • Removal of Mold Infested Materials 
  • Antimicrobial treatment 
  • Content Cleaning and sanitization
  • Restoration which may involve minor repairs such as new drywall, new flooring or painting

Call SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove at 704-939-1944 to help with your mold problems!