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Considering a Storm Door?

5/8/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of before and after picture with a storm door vs without one. Considering a Storm Door?

If your home's front door is durable and sturdy, a storm door may seem unnecessary. However, there are more benefits to a storm door, such as added protection against intrusion and energy efficiency. Here are some advantages that will help you decide if having a storm door is for you.

1. Noise Minimization: Noise travels the air through molecule vibrations. Recording studios use doubled doors that contain thick material to slow down the vibration of air, therefore reducing noise entry into a room. Similarly, storm doors introduce a noise reducing effect, turning your home into a quiet getaway.

2. Energy Efficiency: The first principle of insulation is that the seal of the barrier should have no gap, therefore not allowing temperature-regulated air to escape, and unregulated air to enter. A storm door can help improve insulation by adding barriers to your entryway, which is the most susceptible part of your home.

3. Security: Storm doors generally come with a bolt-and-padlock feature, advanced security vault locks or strengthen screens and reinforced fiberglass. These features add security to the home, compared to a regular door.

4. Style: The entrance door of your home is the first thing people see. If you are looking to make a good impression, storm doors can be crafted with elegance and according to your specifications using materials such as wood, plexiglass, aluminum, and PVC.

5. Affordability: Replacing any door in your home is not cheap. You will have to buy a prefabricated door, or the materials to make one and hire a professional contractor to install it. A beautifully designed storm door can be a better solution than simply replacing it with another regular door since it is more durable and reliable.

6. Ventilation: Storm doors are versatile and generally have screen and fiberglass windows, allowing to switch between them, to get air flow, or maintain indoor temperatures.

7. Value: Storm doors are durable and affordable. They can be made from wood, aluminum or other sturdy materials. They are made to last and can be a great investment because they will add value to your home if you decide to sell it in the future.

If you have a questions, give us a call today.

304-291-3434

Tracie (Dusty) Nichols

HVAC and Duct Cleanliness

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a before and after picture of a duct that was dirty vs clean. HVAC and Duct Cleanliness

A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and subsequent ducts are the key component to air quality. HVAC and duct cleanliness have a direct impact on the functionality of the equipment as well, a clean system ought to function at maximum capacity.

If your system is clean and properly functioning, it should provide you with positive indoor air quality and a lower monthly cost of running your HVAC system. You can keep your commercial ducts in a row by changing the filters within the system regularly - it is recommended to change them every 90 days. Check any connections for damage.

If you can see any damage to the connections, wires, or motors then the damage needs to be repaired immediately in order to keep your HVAC system safe and properly functioning. You should annually inspect your HVAC system and ducts to see if there is visible mold, a surplus of dust and/or debris, and rodent infestation. Signs of a rodent infestation would be feces and odors in your system or noises occurring in the system.

If your HVAC system and ducts have any of these signs then it is time to call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Morgantown has highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians that will provide you with a free estimate for your HVAC system and ductwork.

If you notice that your system isn’t working as well as it normally does such as an increase in electrical bill costs or the system is running more often than usual then it may be time for a cleaning as well.

If your system is regularly providing you with maintenance issues such as improper temperature or humidity issues, these may be signs or symptoms of your HVAC system needing a checkup. SERVPRO of Morgantown understands the significance of a properly functioning HVAC and duct system. We want to help you do all you can to maintain your system. When you are in need of professional cleanup and restoration of your commercial ducts call SERVPRO of Morgantown at 304-291-3434 for a free estimate.

"Like it never even happened."

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

Preventing Your Property From Flooding

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a house in water. Preventing Your Property From Flooding

What to do to help protect your property before flooding:

  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box.
  • If there are no restrictions, and you are building in a floodplain, take precautions, making it less likely your home will be damaged during a flood.
  • Raise your furnace, water heater, and electric panel to higher floors or the attic if they are in areas of your home that may be flooded.
  • Install check valves in building sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • Construct barriers such as levees, berms, and flood walls to stop flood water from entering the building.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage through cracks.
  • Consult with a construction professional for further information if these and other damage reduction measures can be taken.

If you have any questions, give us call today!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Cleaning Out Your Dryer Vent

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of someone cleaning out a dryer vent. Cleaning Out Dyer Vent

SERVPRO of Morgantown would like to send out an reminder!

You should clean out your dryer vent! You should do this more often then you think. If it is clogged or has built up it could lead to a fire. Which no one would want in their home. Over 3,000 residential fires occur due to dryer lint build up. Shocking, right?! Fire starting from not cleaning out your dryer vent is one thing but another reason to do so is to help out with your appliance to work efficiently and to save on your utility bill. Which everyone wants to save money!

Please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns. 

"Like it never even happened."

Tracie "Dusty" Nichol

304-291-3434

Five Factors That Affect the Cost of Mold Removal

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of samples of different types of mold that can be found in your home. Different types of mold that can be found in your home.

Five Factors That Affect the Cost of Mold Removal:

The cost of professional mold removal services for your home in Morgantown, can average anywhere from $500 to $6,000, with some infestations costing much more. Here are five factors that will affect the overall price:

1. Size of the Mold Problem  While you might be able to save money by tackling very small mold problems on your own, you will need the help of a mold remediation specialist for larger problems. Generally, the more widespread the problem is, the higher the cost. 

2. Expense of Added Mold Testing  If you want a better idea of the levels of mold in your home and what species of mold is present, you can request a mold test at an added expense. A specialist should be able to address any type of mold growth that is found, including performing black mold removal. 

3. Location of the Mold  If the mold in your home is easy to access, such as on the surface of the wall or floor, you can expect to pay less for mold removal. However, if mold is dwelling deep inside your walls or somewhere else that is hard to access or requires demolition, the price will rise. 

4. Source of the Problem  What caused the mold to grow in the first place? If your mold problem was caused by a large underlying issue, such a leaking roof, you will also need to consider the cost of addressing this issue. 

5. Cost of Required Restoration  If mold gets into the structure of your home, infects your carpet, or damages your belongings, the remediation specialist will complete the mold cleanup process and then fix any damage that has been caused. From replacing your carpet to completely rebuilding walls, these costs will certainly build up. 

Dealing with mold removal can be costly, but it is a necessary process. As you prepare to call in a mold remediation specialist, estimate what you can expect to pay by considering these five factors.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Types of Carpet Cleaning

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of tan carpet with different types on stains with a SERVPRO machine cleaning the carpet. Carpets good as new.

Did you know?

Carpet cleaning has many ways of being completed. There are different methods of ways of carpet cleaning.

  • Bonnet Cleaning is a less aggressive method for short pile carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction is different. It is a deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse helps restore deeply soiled areas in the carpet.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning is the most thorough cleaning method that SERVPRO of Morgantown offers.
  • Dry Cleaning is used when color-fastness is an issue.

For carpet cleaning you should get your carpets done every 12 months. If carpets are not taken care of, they can soil so bad that they will never return to the restored fibers.

Let us restore your carpets today!

Call today for a free estimate.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Falling leaves can cause issues with water.

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a home's gutter full of leaves. Falling leaves can cause issues with water.

When it is Fall that means leaves are falling and there is crisp weather. For some homeowners they luck out and their leaves blow away or be some else's problem, but for many they have to deal with the fall cleanup. While working on cleaning leaves out of the yard, you should not forget to pull the ladder out and clean the gutters to help drainage issues come spring. When gutters fill with leaves they become impacted throughout the winter months due to snow and ice.

Once the warmer weather comes around the homeowner can experience issues due to the gutters getting full. Rather than the water pushing away from the house, the water will flow over the edge, and fall into the foundation. All of this can be prevented by cleaning out your gutters in the fall rather than waiting until the spring.

Do's and Don'ts for Harmful Waste

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

An animated picture of harmful waste. Do's and Don'ts for Harmful Waste

Has your business ever experienced a disaster with Harmful Waste?

SERVRPRO of Morgantown knows how devastating this can be. So if this happens, we have tips for you. If not then this may be for your future, though we hope not. 

Harmful Waste (Sewage, Bloodborne Pathogens, and more):

Do:

  • Stay out of all areas that were affected.
  • Call emergency personnel if the source is life- threatening.
  • Always treat it as if the area is contaminated.

Don’t: 

  • Clean up any areas.
  • Touch anything because the items could be contaminated. *If this happens, please consult your local health department or physician.

We can help if this happens to you and we promise that we are here for you as a customer.

Give us a call. 304-291-3434

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

"Like it never even happened."

Do's and Don'ts for Vandalism

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a business building that has been vandalized. Vandalism.

Has your business ever been vandalized?

SERVPRO of Morgantown knows it can be very stressful and devastating. We try to help our customers as much as we can. So SERVPRO of Morgantown has some Do's and Don'ts that you should follow if this would occur to your business. 

Vandalism Damage:

Do: 

  • Clean egg damage as soon as possible.
  • Clean up glass from carpets and upholstery.
  • Save any containers that list all of the ingredients of the damaging products.

Don’t: 

  • Remove ink or paint.
  • Operate any electronics.
  • Get rid of any furniture wood chips, furniture, or any art objects.

SERVPRO of Morgantown knows how difficult this can be so give us a call today to help. We promise, "Like it never even happened."

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Struggling with Water Damage?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of an attic with mold and water damage. Water damage

Water damage can be some tough stuff to deal with, especially when the source of the water is small but continuous. This continuing water source can cause serious but undetectable damage to the inside of walls, floors, and under carpets. It's not noticeable until the problem is big enough to be recognized but the damage is already done by allowing the problem to go on and if it's not treated properly, mold can start to show, making the project even more expensive. So to avoid this problem and save some money, make sure you check your hot water tank and visible water piping throughout the house often to make sure that everything is running fine.

If you have any problems with water damage, give us a call. 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-34334