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SERVPRO DIY Wallpaper Removal Hack

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

The trick is- hot water cleans better than cold water. When you use the hottest water possible on walls with wallpaper it will cause almost a steam effect to the paper. The paper will “wilt”- get soft, allow the water and moisture to get in the wallpaper, then work into the wallpaper adhesive which will force the paper to be peeled away from the wall.What are the steps to removing wallpaper with water?1. Get a clean bucket, have access to hot water, have access to a toilet to flush down dirt water, and have a good sponge that you can get walls wet and clean with.2. Make sure that you have a work light in darker rooms; be careful when working around traditional light bulbs- water to hot light bulbs may cause the bulbs to shatter.3. Use a putty knife or a 5-in-1 multi-tool, and try to scrape or peel away as much wallpaper as you can- with no water.***Wallpaper is typically made in layers.***Most residential wallpapers have two layers, the top one will more times than not peel away from the wall.The wallpaper backing, which has the adhesive portion, is what we need to get wet.4. Place the hottest water you can stand in the bucket.5. Add a heaping tablespoon of salt.6. Place your sponge in the bucket and allow it to soak.***Sea sponges work best. But you can also use the sponges you see at a home improvement store by the ceramic tile supplies.7. Clean the sponge, some sponges have dye in them, some still stink from the ocean, and others have been in storage and just get dirty.8. Use your multi-tool to "score" the wallpaper in different sections.9. Apply the hot salty water solution to the wallpaper. Allow it to sit for approximately 10 mins and then use your putty knife or multitool to find a corner that is coming loose.10. Slowly start peeling away the wallpaper from the wall. Apply more water when needed generously.11. Once the wallpaper is removed you will need to wash the glue from the walls. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMOVE ALL OF THE GLUE; otherwise, you will have issues with your paint sticking to the wall and the paint will crackle!!

Why did SERVPRO choose the color green for their vehicles?

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

The restoration crews of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville are always close by, helping to recover disasters in your area from fire, water, and mold damage. It is hard to miss the green service vehicles as they travel throughout Davidson County, North Carolina. But where did the green color come from? In the early 1970's the founders of SERVPRO® used a color chip paint sample chart to identify the most eye-catching color. It was a highly technical process. The founders showed the chart to as many people as they could and asked, “Which color on this chart would be impossible to miss?” By a wide margin, the color most identified was 1970 rally green, a color used on Porche 911 automobiles.  Now used on entire fleets of vehicles in every SERVPRO franchise nationwide, from production vans to disaster recovery storm trailers, our vehicles are prepared for any size disaster. 

Did you know that SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville offers trauma scene clean up?

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville can respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes. SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville's technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Their first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services Include:*Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals*Tear gas and pepper spray residues*Fire extinguisher residue*Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants*Crime Scene Residues From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation. Bloodborne Pathogens:SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville can remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO team members clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure. Methamphetamine Labs:SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville realize many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO franchise professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Holiday Fire Tips from SERVPRO of Lexington Thomasville

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree and Fireplace Home fires are more common at Christmas.

Did you know that there are more home fires at Christmas than at any other time of the year? SERVPRO of Lexington Thomasville would like to inform you of some safety tips that will help prevent accidents from a fire happening to your home or business during the holiday season.

Christmas Trees:

- When it comes to lighting your tree this year, make sure that you are using power strips to plug your lights in. This will help prevent the overloading of your household wiring.

- If you do not have an electrical outlet near the location of your tree, be sure to use extension cords. This will help with avoiding stretching of the electrical cords which could potentially be a tripping hazard.

Candles:

-When using candles, do not burn them for more than 4 hours at a time. Putting them out every 4 hours helps prevent in the spilling of hot wax.

Fireplaces:

-Stack wood carefully away from the fireplace.

-Keep tinder enclosed or out of reach of any sparks that could be thrown out of the fire.

SERVPRO of Lexington Thomasville is available 24/7, 365 days a year. We take pride in being faster to any size disaster and making your home or business look "Like it never even happened." If you find yourself to be the victim of a house fire this holiday season, please give us a call. We can come out within a few short hours of you calling us.

SERVPRO’s List of Do’s and Don’ts for Deep Frying a Turkey this Thanksgiving:

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Deep fryer causing fire in a structure. The fire was created by a deep fryer that overflowed on an open flame in a structural building.

With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville would like to share with you some tips for deep frying your turkey this year! Every year, fire departments across the country get called out for house fires on Thanksgiving, most of them because of improper cooking techniques. Here is a list of dos and Don’ts for deep frying your turkey this year!

Do’s:

  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance away from trees and structures.
  • Keep the fryer on a stable and level surface.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling.
  • **** Remember oil can ignite when it contacts the burner. ****
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A turkey that is 8 to 10 pounds is best.
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes.
  • Use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms.
  • In case of emergency keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.

Don’ts:

  • Never leave fryers unattended for any reason whatsoever.
  • Never leave kids or pets unattended around the fryer.
  • Do not use too much oil. **** Dropping your turkey into too much oil will cause oil to overflow from the pot and can result in significant injury and/or fire once the oil meets the fire or heating element. ****
  • Avoid moving the fryer when it is in use.
  • Do not deep fry a frozen turkey. Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator for at least 3 to 4 days before cooking. **** Allowing ice or water into the hot oil can cause flare-ups. ****
  • Watch the weather forecast, you never want to work with a fryer when it’s raining or snowing outside.
  • Never put the turkey into the fryer when the burner is on. Submerge turkey in oil and then turn on the burner.

SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville is always available in case you do have an accident and require us to come out. Remember, we are always faster to any size disaster and make your property look "Like it never even happened." We are happy to be of service to you and your family during the upcoming holidays! Whether it is because of water damage or something as extreme as fire damage, there is no job that is too big or too small for your team here at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville.

SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville Offers Smoke Odor Removal

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Cigarette burning with SERVPRO logo Our professionals are trained in treating smoke damage to your home or business.

Did you just recently purchase a property and a smoker had lived there previously? Have you decided to give up cigarettes for good but still struggle with your house or car smelling like smoke? Did you know SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville offers cigarette smoke odor removal?!?!?! Removing a cigarette smoke smell from your home will begin with a thorough cleaning to remove any tar and nicotine from walls, ceilings, and other hard surfaces. Soft surfaces will also need to be cleaned thoroughly. This will be followed by a deodorization technique, possibly using an ozone or hydroxyl machine. Once the odor is removed from your ceilings and walls, we would follow up with a recommendation for an HVAC/duct cleaning, carpet/floor cleaning, as well as a drapes/blinds/window treatment.  We are the #1 Choice in cleanup and restoration based on Commercial and Residential Attitude and Usage Tracking studies. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers and 1,550 homeowner decision-makers on the first choice for future needs related to cleanup and restoration work. Studies were conducted by C&R Research: in October 2019 and Decision Analyst: in October 2019. The needs for each situation may vary, so contact your local SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville for a customized plan. 

Water Standing Outside Your Home or Business?

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Barn with standing water outside of it. Water standing outside your home or business can cause serious problems.

What Happens When You Call SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville to Treat Water Damage to Your Home or Business?

When you call SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville, our specialist will guide you through several questions that will help us appropriately respond to your unique water damage. Once we understand the type of water damage that has been done, a SERVPRO Professional will schedule a time to come out and assess the damage and begin working on a restoration plan created specifically for you and your property. A fast response is necessary, and we like to come out and develop you plan for you as soon as possible after your initial call with us.

Once our SERVPRO Professionals arrive at your home to assess the damage, we will discuss with you the severity of the damage done to your property, the hazards that may be present, and determine what can be restored. We can also assist you with the shutting of the source of the water coming into your property.

Service work begins with a thorough extraction of water. This helps to prevent the spread of water into your property, and also helps with reducing the amount of time it takes to dry. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, we will communicate this with you.

Before we begin the drying process, our technicians will clean, sanitize, and deodorize the affected areas of your home or business. Our industry-leading drying equipment will eliminate any water that you cannot see. During the drying process, our professionals will monitor the equipment daily that we use for drying. Once the drying process is complete, your property may need construction work to get you back to the original preloss condition. We can handle both the initial water mitigation and the construction that needs to be done. We are a “Do-All” company and there is never a job that is too big or too small for us to handle.

Chemicals that were improperly stored spontaneously combusted

10/15/2022 (Permalink)

A home caught on fire when chemicals stored in the garage spontaneous combusted due to hot weather A home caught on fire when chemicals stored in the garage spontaneous combusted due to hot weather

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the training needed to restore your home to it's pre-fire condition. These steps show you our process for a fire damage emergency..

The restoration process begins when you give us a call. That is STEP ONE. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us arrive quickly with the appropriate equipment and resources. We will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This is STEP TWO and is important for developing a plan of action. Fire damage can affect windows, walls, and roofs. To protect against further damage, SERVPRO can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. That is STEP THREE. The water removal process is STEP FOUR and begins almost immediately, removing the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces which is STEP FIVE. SERVPRO will clean all of the restorable things that were damaged by the fire. This is STEP SIX. Using many cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Restoration is STEP SEVEN, getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Never store chemicals in a garage or an area that can be affected by extremely high heat. In the event that this happens, Call SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville.

Why call SERVPRO instead

10/7/2022 (Permalink)

Industrial fridge cleaned out after odor was found Industrial fridge cleaned out after odor was found

SERVPRO was called in for a terrible odor in a commercial kitchen. The odor was coming from an industrial fridge. SERVPRO cleaned and deodorized the fridge and the entire kitchen. Most restoration companies are called for repairs, reconstruction, etc. SERVPRO is a do all company. We will come clean something as simple as a fridge making your situation "Like it never even happened". No job is too small!

Apartment units caught on fire from unsupervised candle

10/1/2022 (Permalink)

apartment unit damaged from fire Apartment unit damaged from fire due to a candle being left unattended while lit.

Our team has been working on this apartment complex that was damaged by a fire due to a candle being left unattended in the bedroom. We have cleaned up, tore it down to the studs, removed all the damaged supports and frames and replaced them to make the building safe again. Four units were damaged due to one candle. NEVER leave candles alone when in use and call SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville for fire damage, including smoke and soot. We will make it "like it never even happened".