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What to Do When a Storm Floods Your Raleigh Bookstore Stockroom

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Do When a Storm Floods Your Raleigh Bookstore Stockroom A Raleigh Book Store Calls on SERVPRO for Storm Mitigation

Call SERVPRO Immediately to Attempt to Salvage the Book Inventory and Furnishings

Flood damage is the last thing any business owner would want to find in their stockroom after a storm. During an intense storm, it is easy for wind and rushing waters to cause debris to break a window or force open a door. An opening is all the rainwater needs to drain into your property and settle inside, and the stockroom of your bookstore is perhaps one of the worst places to be flooded. In these situations, it is good that there is adept help close.

There is no need to cover the expenses of professional water removal equipment to handle the damaging flood waters on your Raleigh property by yourself. Our skilled technicians can arrive at your business on your schedule to work out of sight when possible and come prepared with all of the equipment that they might need. Day or night, we can work the hours that work best for your business.
 
SERVPRO can remove the water from your property as quickly as possible with extractors and pumps. Depending on how much water is on your property, we can use portable extractors or truck-mounted ones. Our employees can identify if the water on your property has been contaminated by chemicals, or sewage, and recommend what should be kept or thrown away based on it. The final determination is yours.
 
After draining the water from your property, SERVPRO can clean up any debris and then proceed to dry out the structure of your property and belongings. We use tools like desiccant dehumidifiers and axial fans to encourage the evaporation of excessive moisture. We can also create a system to dry out wall cavities with our tools, to ensure everything dries evenly. SERVPRO can keep an inventory of the items you lost during the flood to make insurance claims easier on you.

Since a bookstore holds a very water-sensitive inventory, often books and ledgers can be non-salvageable. When possible, a freeze-drying process known as lyophilization can help salvage the pages and bindings in books.
 
When your property floods and it causes damage, do not hesitate. Call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222.

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Fire Damage Can Interrupt Your Family's Life in Raleigh

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Can Interrupt Your Family's Life in Raleigh Call on SERVPRO for expertly trained technicians and thorough fire damage restoration.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Fires and other disasters occasionally happen in Raleigh, making regular routines challenging to maintain. Restoring your home means your family's lives can also return to normal. Temporary housing in another location can create stress that can affect other areas of your lives. Even if your family stays with close friends or relatives, any unnecessary stress can leave long-lasting effects.

Families in Raleigh dealing with fire damage can look forward to a fully restored home when SERVPRO technicians begin working on their home. We come prepared with the skills, training, and equipment to carry out the repairs and restorative work your home requires. Our training includes certifications from the IICRC, and our equipment ranges from small detection devices, aiding us in locating pockets of ash and soot to larger items required to keep our workers safe while restoring your home. Others remove smoke particulates from the air, cleaning the air inside your home as we work.

Smoke particles infiltrate almost every part of a home during a fire. Because smoke holds such high temperatures before it settles, smoke forces its way into the smallest crevices. As these particles age, they slowly but steadily disintegrate into smaller pieces. Unless we remove these particles physically or change their chemical makeup, they can continue to bother your family. Thermal fogging can eliminate this situation for you and leave your home smelling fresh again. While this step often takes place after the other restoration aspects, especially when large fires caused extensive damage, smaller fires and their repair work can finish, followed by thermal fogging soon after.

Restoring your home after a fire can mean the end of disruptions to your family's regular routines and habits. Keeping this time to a minimum can help reduce the stress that follows any disaster, including fire damage. We want to help you protect your family from this unwanted interruption by reducing the time involved as much as possible. Our ability to work well as a team, and communicate with you consistently help reduce this time even more.

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest assists families in the Six Forks and Sandy Plains areas on a regular basis. Surrounding area residents can also rely on us for our professional skills and dedication to helping those coping with the stress of fire damage and other disasters. Call us at (919) 790-1222 to speak with one of our trained professionals, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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What to Do When the Basement of Your Raleigh Cosmetic Boutique is in Need of Water Removal

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Do When the Basement of Your Raleigh Cosmetic Boutique is in Need of Water Removal To prevent mildew growth, SERVPRO quickly removes water and dries out your commercial space after water damage.

SERVPRO Acts Fast to Remove Water and Restore Your Commercial Space

When an appliance breaks or a pipe bursts, your property may become in urgent need of water removal services. A burst pipe can spew hundreds of gallons of water a minute. A basement is a common place for a business to store old accounting information that has yet to go digital as well as excess stock. When it becomes flooded from a burst pipe, your merchandise and records could be in severe danger. Fortunately, there is help nearby that can remove the water from your property as swiftly as possible.

Our experienced and IICRC-certified technicians can swiftly arrive at your Raleigh cosmetic boutique to conduct water removal services as quickly as possible. The issue of stagnant water can often be time sensitive. The longer it sits, the more damage it can cause to the structure of your building and your merchandise.

SERVPRO can bring advanced technology to your business so our specialists can remove the water promptly. Getting the water out of your basement is essential, so we use tools that can do it quickly and efficiently, like portable pumps and wet/dry vacuums. However, the water removal is only the first step in the remediation of your business.

Most basements have a concrete floor, and it can easily attract dirt or films to build upon the surface. When exposed to excessive moisture and left to sit, these dirty surfaces can easily support mold growth. Our technicians can thoroughly clean your concrete flooring with HEPA vacuums to help prevent mold. Afterward, we can use EPA-registered disinfectant if our technicians deem that it is needed.

When SERVPRO leaves your business, we want to ensure that the job is thoroughly done, including water removal, clean up, and drying excessive moisture. We strive to return your business to its preloss state while remaining as unobtrusive as possible.

When your business is in need of water removal, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222. After receiving your call, we can send our technicians as soon as possible.

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Raleigh's Methods for Water Removal After a Storm

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Raleigh's Methods for Water Removal After a Storm The first step after a storm is making sure that you and your family are safe. Follow that with a call to SERVPRO to get your house back to normal.

Water Extraction After a Storm Takes Professional Tools and Certified Technicians

When a storm makes its way into town, there are many ways water possibly enters your Raleigh home. Sometimes moisture comes into a building when it collects after the excessive rain. Other times high-speed winds blow objects into the exterior structure and create holes that water enters.
 
The first step in mitigating problems at your property is to make the area safe for occupants while work takes place. SERVPRO's water removal technicians in Raleigh then fix the source of the problem to keep moisture from entering. Next, our team extracts as much water as possible out of the building.
 
During the extraction process, we use a variety of equipment. Most extractors we use have three components a heater, pump, and vacuum system. All three components usually only get used when cleaning carpet or upholstery. During extraction, only the vacuum component is needed.
 
Some extractors are portable and get brought into the structure and used to pull water out of tight or restricted areas. Other extractors are truck-mounted, more powerful and able to hold more water. Truck mounted extractors are typically designed to be efficient for both water extraction and restorative carpet and upholstery cleaning.
 
Another component of any extraction system is the tool attachment used to vacuum. If the amount of water is small, then a lighter extraction wand gets used. However, if the carpet is wet, then it is 50% weaker than normal conditions. Sometimes agitation with light-weight extraction tools causes damage to the carpeting.
 
When carpet gets heavily saturated with moisture, larger extraction equipment often gets used. Some heavy-duty extraction attachments use weight to squeeze the carpet and make vacuuming water easier. Some tools use the weight of the operator as the technician using it stands on the unit.
 
If standing water inside a structure is over two inches deep, then a submersible pump gets used. A pump only gets used if the water does not contain any solid materials. The water then gets pumped in our extraction tank out your sewer system through your toilet.
 
After our technicians extract as much water as possible out of the building, the drying process begins. During drying the ideal environment gets created to lower moisture levels inside building materials. For professional assistance with moisture restoration issues, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh / Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 any time of the day.
 
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Mold Damage Cleanup from a Leaky Pipe in Your Wake Forest Home

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Cleanup from a Leaky Pipe in Your Wake Forest Home SERVPRO TIP--Stop Leaks in Wake Forest, Less Chance of Needing Mold Remediation

SERVPRO Says that Moisture Is the Invitation for Mold Growth

One of the biggest wastes of water in your Wake Forest home is a slow water leak. If not taken care of, plumbing leaks hidden behind your walls can lead to severe water damage. One subtle sign of such a leak is mildew or mold. Dark, moist areas that are usually hidden under flooring and behind walls allow mold to thrive. If a pipe begins leaking, mold begins to grow in the area. When you see mold in unusual places where water does not ordinarily accumulate, you could have a leaking pipe.
 
Not only do you need to deal with the failed plumbing and water damage, but the mold damage now present in your Wake Forest home also needs to be handled. Mold continues to grow and spread until the moisture is gone and the mold is cleaned up. Since mold can cause health effects, it is critical to deal with it as soon as you find it. SERVPRO technicians are always standing by to help you with these issues and make your home safe again.
 
The leaky pipe has to be taken care of to stop your moisture problem in the first place. When cleaning up the mold, we may have to take out and discard porous materials such as drywall. Mold can grow on or fill the empty crevices and spaces of these materials, making it difficult to clean or remove the mold thoroughly. When it comes to nonporous materials, these can be cleaned most of the time with damp wiping techniques and HEPA vacuuming.
 
SERVPRO staff clean from the top of your structure to the bottom, since mold spores settle downward. Not that we necessarily, clean the entire house. We clean surfaces in the direction of airflow,  toward the negative air machines which we set up. The area is also contained with a physical barrier to prevent the mold spores from spreading to clean areas of your home.
 
We dry your structure as well to keep the fungi from continuing to grow. Instead of setting up air movers which could spread the mold, dehumidifiers with a low airflow can be used. Some of the drying procedures have to wait until containment and mold removal are complete. Air scrubbers that use HEPA and carbon filters can capture motes of mold floating in the air and also help to deodorize any unpleasant musty odors. By removing damaged materials that have absorbed moisture, we also speed up the process of drying.
 
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest makes sure to thoroughly clean and dry your home in Rolesville, Six Forks, or Sandy Plain when there is mold damage present. Reach out to us at (919) 790-1222 as soon as you realize there is mold growth so we can help you stop it.

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Flood Damage Cleanup After Storms in Your Raleigh Home

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup After Storms in Your Raleigh Home Make sure that you and your family are safe during a storm and possible flooding. After that, contact SERVPRO to safely dry out your property.

SERVPRO's Fast Actions After Flooding Can Help Prevent Secondary Damages From Forming

When a severe thunderstorm rolls through the Raleigh area, the risk for damage to property rises greatly as the heavy rains create water damage, plus flooding inside your home. Flooding from storms like this is a significant problem which requires a combination of methods to treat it correctly and protect your health. Unlike a typical burst pipe or a leaky roof, flood damage many times includes raw sewage which can complicate the process of remediation.
 
As soon as flooding happens in your home, you need to get in touch with us at SERVPRO so we can mitigate the flood damage in Raleigh and remove the flood water safely. Our team of experienced workers is specially trained and equipped to get the floodwaters out of your home quickly and dry your home back out.
 
As soon as we arrive at your home, we do a damage evaluation of your property. We give you an estimate on the progress which needs to be started before we initiate any cleanup work and give you the most precise approximation.
 
Once you consent to the quote, our SERVPRO staff can begin removing the flood water. We drain as much damaging water as we can by using industrial, truck-mounted pumps. Once this part of the process is done, the chances of hazardous mold growing lessen. We also target water by using advanced moisture detectors to find hidden water behind drywall and under flooring.
 
Once we drain the standing water, we use powerful fans and dehumidifiers to complete the drying process. Then, once the debris and water are removed, there can still be odors lingering in the air. Therefore, we clean and deodorize the affected areas to remove these odors.
 
Some cosmetic restoration may need to be done, as flooding can cause condensation on windows, scattered debris, peeling wallpaper, and stuck drawers or cabinets. We help you restore all these issues and more so that your home is fully restored to preloss condition.
 
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest understands that flooding in your home in New Light, Six Forks, or New Hope is very stressful. However, when you contact us at (919) 790-1222, you can rest assured that you have called on the team that can help you get your home back.
 
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New Hope's Mold Damage Specialists

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation New Hope's Mold Damage Specialists If you discover hidden mold growing in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Follows Industry Standards to Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

Sometimes fungi hide from you and you do not find it until it gets out of control. Anytime water gets into your New Hope home, mold possibly forms. Many times a fungus grows from a slow water leak that you did not know existed.

As soon as you notice fungi growth, it is vital that the problem gets remediated promptly. Sometimes if left untreated, mold causes health effects in some people. To be on the safe side, call SERVPRO's mold damage experts in New Hope to give you an estimate on what the remediation process entails. Anytime a fungus is present it means that mold spores exist as well. If you do not do anything about the mold problem, many times the spores float to other areas of your home and create more fungi.

Our SERVPRO specialists are IICRC certified and know how to mitigate many types of mold damage scenarios. Our crews use industrially advanced equipment and chemicals to remediate fungal issues. All procedures we conduct throughout the restoration process follow strict standards and guidelines set by the EPA and IICRC.

The EPA mold remediation guidelines got developed for schools and commercials buildings. Our team of specialists follows these guidelines for residential properties. The guidelines provide a flowchart of critical steps in mold remediation.

The IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide For Professional Mold Remediation is the first published standard for the restoration industry. The guide includes principles to follow including to protect the health and safety of workers and occupants during the restoration process.

Another principle we follow from the IICRC guide is to control the contaminant from its source and make sure spores do not get airborne and cause fungi to grow in other rooms. The guide then suggests that everything contaminated gets removed from the home. Lastly, the guide stresses the importance of correcting the moisture problem so that a fungus cannot grow in the same or other areas.

Do not take your chances with mold. Anytime you even think you might have a mold problem call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 for help twenty four hours a day and seven days a week.

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Flood Damage And Insulation In Your Raleigh Home

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage And Insulation In Your Raleigh Home Even if you don't live in a high-risk flood zone, flooding is always possible from heavy storms.

Flood Damage And Your Insulation

Even though fire is a more common fear among homeowners in Raleigh, you can be as much as ten times more likely to have your home damaged by water than by fire. Sources of flooding and water damage to your property can come from weather-related flooding, which includes flash floods, heavy rains, tidal storm surges, tidal storms, and mudflows.

Even if you don't live in a high-risk flood zone, flooding is always possible from heavy storms. If your home in Raleigh has experienced flooding and flood damage, it is imperative that action is taken right away to restore your home. SERVPRO is always standing by to help you mitigate any flood damage and clean up your home.

When your home is flooded, one thing we need to check is your insulation. Moisture lessens its ability to work, and so it may have to be removed. Unlike other kinds of insulation, however, fiberglass insulation might not permanently lose its power. It is sometimes possible for us to dry it.

Rockwool and cellulose insulations usually mat when they get wet. Plus, moisture antimicrobial qualities and the fire resistance of cellulosic material. Rockwood also has metal in it which can rust when wet. Therefore, these kinds of insulation might need replacing.

SERVPRO techs also understand that vapor barriers on fiberglass insulation can slow drying, so it cannot always be restored. It can be difficult to dry insulation inside fully enclosed ceiling cavities or walls. Stopping the growth of mold is also a big concern in this situation.

Drying wall cavities requires us to ventilate them. One way we do this is by drilling holes in between studs and removing the baseboards. We then use these holes to force air into the wall cavities to increase evaporation. If a lot of moisture is present, we might need to remove drywall. There won’t always be moisture inside your walls during a flood situation. We use moisture meters to detect any hidden moisture.

When you experience flooding in your home in New Light, Brookhaven, or Six Forks, SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is thorough in their remediation process to get your structure dry and safe again. Give us a call at (919) 790-1222 as soon as possible after an emergency like this so we can help.

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Understanding the Basics of Mold Damage to Your Raleigh Home

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding the Basics of Mold Damage to Your Raleigh Home Finding mold in your home does not need to cause a panic. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Offers Mold Remediation as Well as Preventative Tips for Homeowners 

Mold can cause extensive damage to your Raleigh home if it is neglected. Understanding the basics about mold can help you spot the early signs of the damage and take steps to mitigate the problem before it gets out of hand.

The best line of defense against mold damage to your Raleigh home is to act fast and seek professional help. SERVPRO technicians have a better chance to control the situation if they spring into action during the early stages of the damage. Here are some facts that you should be aware of regarding mold and the damage it causes to your home.

Mold begins with a spore
Spores are microscopic structures that germinate to form mold. As they are microscopic, they can stay suspended in the air for a long time, and even a tiny mass can contain thousands of individual spores. If a mass of these spores is disturbed by anything, thousands of them are set free and can float in the air to reach almost anywhere in your home. SERVPRO professionals have the necessary equipment to limit this spread and contain the damage.

As the spores are tiny, even a gentle wind can carry them off and keep them suspended. The airborne spores eventually do settle down due to the gravity.

Spores germinate to form mold colonies
Spores can stay dormant for a very long time, waiting for the right conditions for germination. The right conditions include high moisture content, the right temperature and organic material to support growth.

Once the spores settle on a surface, they can absorb excess moisture and swell. They begin to grow by forming a network of filaments called hyphae. Some of these hyphae function as make-shift roots and anchor the mold network to the surface. Other hyphae bear spores on their tops.

Right conditions are essential for mold to thrive
Mold can thrive and grow if the conditions are just right. Excess moisture and a temperature between 68 to 86 degrees are ideal for the spores to germinate. Organic material such as wood, paper, fabric, walls, can act as a source of food as well.

Any surface that is open to the air accumulates spores over time, and if the conditions of temperature and moisture are conducive, mold can start growing.

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Who Do You Call When Fire Damage Overtakes Your Raleigh Home?

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Who Do You Call When Fire Damage Overtakes Your Raleigh Home? Fires can be a devastating force to your Raleigh home.

Fire Damage To Your Home

Fires can be a devastating force to your Raleigh home. Sometimes one of the worst effects fire can leave behind comes less from the flames and more from the extinguishing efforts of the dedicated firefighting teams in the area that put out the blaze. Depending on the severity of the structural fire to your home, extinguishing might have taken quite a lot of water and time to achieve. This scenario can result in a lot of water damage on top of the fire restoration that you already need.

While this is often a lesser considered fire damage aspect to Raleigh homes, excessive water damage is often the result that many families have to deal with before proper fire restoration service can even begin. Fortunately, you have a local restoration company at your disposal that can help you deal with all aspects of fire and water restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment to give you back the home you had before the fire ever started.

When our SERVPRO restoration specialists arrive at your home to begin assessing the damage, our concentration lies in preventing further damage from occurring. Our team boards up broken windows and tarps over holes that might have gotten created from the fire or the extinguishing efforts, successfully protecting your home. This process prevents elemental damage from occurring while the inside restoration process is getting completed.

To successfully restore your home from its fire damage, water restoration has to get accomplished first. Our specialists utilize pump trucks and portable pump devices to quickly extract all present pooled water from your floors throughout the affected area. Once drying efforts are a success from combining both dehumidification and air moving equipment, our focus can switch back to assessing the fire damage present in your home.

While there are many stages to successfully restoring your home after a devastating fire, choosing the right restoration team can take a lot of stress and worry off your shoulders. When you are facing fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest. We can be reached anytime at (919) 790-1222.

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