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How Water Damage Can Create a Mold Issue in Your Raleigh Home

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Water Damage Can Create a Mold Issue in Your Raleigh Home Water damage inside the drywall can cause mold. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage.

Raleigh's Water Damage Experts Discuss How Inject-Dry Systems Are Used

The goal during any water damage situation is to remove moisture as quickly as possible and preferably within 48 hours so that fungi cannot form. When your home in Raleigh gets negatively affected by moisture, professional companies like SERVPRO can help reduce the severity of the issues created. In most cases, we speed up the natural evaporation and drying process by utilizing air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers create air flow so that water keeps evaporating from wet surfaces while dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and provide the fans with hot, dry air. However, when certain building materials receive water damage, other measures must be taken to drop moisture levels and prevent mold growth quickly.  

When water leaks into your home, it usually accumulates on the floor first. Then, it soaks into your drywall and starts to wick its way up your walls, possibly causing extensive water damage to your Raleigh residence. If wall cavities get wet, fungi can form on the paper backing of the drywall and the wooden studs to which the drywall is attached. In some scenarios, our SERVPRO technicians cut the drywall a foot or two up from the floor so that air can get pushed into the wall cavity. In other situations, we use advanced technology to dry out the drywall and the wood trapped behind it without tearing up your walls.  

When your walls get wet, we often use injectidry systems to get air behind the drywall material by drilling holes into your drywall. We then connect the tubes coming from the injectidry unit to the holes in the walls so that the machine pushes air into the wall cavity, thus speeding up the drying process. The use of injection drying can save you and your insurance company the cost of replacing a large amount of drywall.  

Our highly trained team always strives hard to provide fast 24/7 service if you ever suffer a property disaster. If you ever notice that your drywall got wet after a water leak, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 right away.

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What Few People Know About Flood Damage Remediation in Raleigh

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Few People Know About Flood Damage Remediation in Raleigh Flooding affects your home when you least expect it. Contact Team SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

How We Can Help with Flood Recovery in Raleigh Home

When the waters begin to rise around Raleigh, our restoration franchise remains on alert to help those with the trauma that can result. We strive to provide the fastest possible service in the face of emergencies, and that begins with our customers. Whenever flooding occurs within your property, calling our experienced team of professionals to help can get our emergency response team in route with the tools and expertise to help preserve your home and its contents.

Overcoming flood damages within your Raleigh home begins with protecting the things that matter most. While it can be unsafe for homeowners to remain on the property once flooding has affected the house, our SERVPRO professionals can help to assess the full scope of the damage that the property has sustained and determine what items require removal to protect from further degradation.

Our fast response times and availability 24-hours a day is a direct response to the short timeline that homeowners have when dealing with formidable disasters to their residence. Within moments of exposure, construction materials can soak up pooling water and allow saturation of the material to the point of degradation in as little as a day or two. Getting the right mitigation solution started immediately is critical to preserving these structural elements to prevent unnecessary demolition and reconstruction later on.

The franchise prides itself on our top-tier equipment made available to our water restoration technicians. With extraction tools like our truck-mounted pumps in the SERVPRO Green Fleet that can pull water out of affected areas at a force of 300 psi to our drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers, our team gets uniquely prepared to quickly gain control of damages in a flooded home.

Flooding can be a challenging event for your home, and without the right resources and response to the situation, can get out of control quickly. Trust our SERVPRO of North Raleigh / Wake Forest water restoration technicians to help you clean up the mess and restore your property entirely. You can reach us anytime by calling (919) 790-1222.

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How Professionals Remove Water From Your Raleigh Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Professionals Remove Water From Your Raleigh Home Water can damage everything it touches, from the structure to furniture. Removing water quickly is important to restoring your home.

Choosing an Appropriate Drying System during Water Damage Restoration in Raleigh

There are several ways in which water damage incidents affect your property. For instance, if your wooden furniture stays in the water for an extended period, then it may swell, crack, or even break. Quick response is the best way of dealing with such incidents when they take place in your Raleigh home. We have to physically extract the water from your property by using pumps and portable/truck-mounted extractors. 

After using physical means to extract water from your water damaged Raleigh property, our SERVPRO technicians select an appropriate drying system. As water evaporates from wet surfaces, it gets added to the surrounding air as moisture. When the temperature of the room lowers with time, the moisture in the air can condense and cause secondary damage. The drying system that we choose must address this concern and remove the moisture as soon as it accumulates in the air. 

When it is necessary to exchange the moist air in the room with the outside air, which is usually drier, our SERVPRO technicians use an open system. During this technique, we may ventilate the building using air movers or fans, or even open the windows. We use this process when the air outside the structure has more than 20 gpp relative to the air within the building. Since the weather can change at any given time, it means the open system is efficient under certain conditions. 

Sometimes it is necessary to close off the site from the unaffected areas of the structure and the outside air. Under such circumstances, we use a closed system. We use dehumidifiers and air movers when controlling the indoor environments to yield the needed results. Irrespective of the drying system our SERVPRO technicians settle on, we work towards achieving a balanced drying system. Under such a scenario, we remove as much water vapor from the surrounding air as the fans or air movers put in. 

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest can restore and clean your residential or commercial property after it experiences water, fire, storm, or mold damage. You can learn everything about our 24-hour emergency services by calling (919) 790-1222.  

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We Have 6 Methods To Clean And Restore Your Fire Damaged Personal Property In Brookhaven

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Have 6 Methods To Clean And Restore Your Fire Damaged Personal Property In Brookhaven At SERVPRO, we use every method and tool in our inventory to restore everything possible after a fire.

Cleaning Personal Property After Fire Damage In Brookhaven

When possible, restoring a Brookhaven resident’s property after a fire is not just cost-efficient. It also helps lessen the personal loss to a family still dealing with watching that fire race through their home.

SERVPRO can restore most fire damage to the personal property of Brookhaven homeowners if flames did not heavily scorch it. Our teams use six methods to clean and restore personal property based on the type and level of damage, and the material that makes up the damaged item.

Dry Wiping
This is the first step our technicians take with almost every item. They use dusting cloths and sponges for dry surfaces with non-greasy, light-to-medium soot residues, usually a powder. If the layer of soil is very thick, they may use a commercial grade vacuum to remove it from the surface. Dry wiping is useful for other types of damage before our teams begin using other methods.

Wet Wiping
Technicians use this cleaning method for moderate-to-heavy soot and smoke residues. They use the same cloths and sponges, but also water or a mild cleaning solution. It is also our preferred choice for the property we cannot saturate with water or cleaners. In some cases, they use brushes for the better effect to remove much of the residues.

Spray and Wipe
SERVPRO technicians use a spray bottle filled with water or a cleaner for more control over how much they use for cleaning an item. It is our first choice with curtains and drapes when there is a risk of the color fading, or running down the surface and onto carpets or floors.

Foam Cleaning
This is similar to spray and wipe, but our teams use a pump-up bottle to force air into the liquid and apply foam. The method uses much less moisture while still applying a large amount of cleaning agent. It is our choice for cleaning upholstered furniture since too much liquid can cause the fabric to shrink and pull away from the frame.

Abrasive Cleaning
When the soot covers rough surfaces, like rock and marble, our technicians use a thicker cleaning agent and a variety of brushes to remove residues. For metal surfaces, they may have to use steel wool rather than a brush.

Immersion Cleaning
This is our choice for items with very thick residues and when other methods do not work. We immerse them in a tank containing water or cleaning agent and then use sound waves to agitate the entire surface area with thousands of cleaning bubbles. It is exceptionally effective, even on items which absorbed a large number of residues over time.

Cleaning and restoring personal property is not a quick process. At SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest, we use every method and tool in our inventory to restore everything possible after a fire. Call us at (919) 790-1222 today to schedule a visit.

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Keeping Shoppers Shopping After a Hurricane in Your Raleigh Convenience Stores

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Shoppers Shopping After a Hurricane in Your Raleigh Convenience Stores Storm water can not only causes physical damage to your business, but also causes lost business while you restore your shop.

How SERVPRO Keeps Convenience Stores in Raleigh Open after Hurricane Water Removal

Some of the hardest-hit businesses in the Southeast after a hurricane are small stores and service industries. With extended periods of closed doors, expenses incurred when replacing lost merchandise, and mounting water removal costs, Raleigh convenience stores often have a hard time surviving after taking massive damage from a hurricane. SERVPRO can help to make sure that your store stays open for business through the hard times ahead by maximizing the quality and efficiency of our services and taking precautions against future threats.

Rapid Response and Cleanup Times

One of the most easily avoided killers of convenience stores in Raleigh is slow water removal after a hurricane. Store owners often fail to get professional water removal services on-site in time to prevent additional damage from happening to the building, causing dangerous and expensive situations to arise on the premises. Over decades of refining our technique, SERVPRO has developed a reputation for providing some of the fastest response times and removal processes in the industry.

Preventative Action

While conducting water removal and restoration work, our technicians can also provide additional help to eliminate other potential sources of damage in your business. Anti-fungal treatments can help to safeguard against mold infestations, and we can conduct a comprehensive review of your water lines and systems to ensure that they remain safe and reliable for years to come.

Paperwork and Insurance Help

Our services extend beyond physical damage assessments and restorations. Our trained representatives can help with other critical tasks after a disaster, such as taking inventory of lost merchandise and communicating with insurance providers. Many local insurers prefer their clients to work with SERVPRO because of our communicative and experienced team and may have even recommended us to you. Call us if you are unsure about what steps to take after incurring water damage.

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest has helped local businesses to survive through years of hurricanes and water damages and carries the equipment and experience necessary to get doors open quickly and with minimal hassle. Contact us at (919) 790-1222.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Your Brookhaven Home

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Your Brookhaven Home If your property has suffered from a fire, cleaning and remediation is key. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Cleaning Your Brookhaven Property after a Fire Damage Experience Counts

Several problems that negatively affect our properties result when we experience fire damage incidents. Since most of the homeowners are not experts or do not have specialized restoration equipment to restore their property, it is necessary to work with professionals to reduce further damage and get your home or business back to its feet. Some of the areas that the fire ruins and renders them not fit for work includes countertops, cabinets, and walls. We are going to look at some of the processes that experienced restoration professional in Brookhaven use when attending to your property.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians can clean your cabinets, lighting fixtures, insulation and attics in your home during fire damage restoration in Brookhaven. Cabinets can be unfinished or finished, and that helps us to come up with an appropriate cleaning method. It means we have to start with an inspection, which helps us determine whether there was any preexisting damage and document everything before the cleaning process starts. The interior of most cabinets is typically unfinished wood, so, we use a dry cleaning sponge to remove the smoke residues. Some cases may force us to use sanding to remove the stubborn smoke particles.
 
We have to clean the lighting fixtures when we are cleaning the ceiling area. Our SERVPRO team turns off electrical power before cleaning these appliances. If we are not sure whether the cleaning solutions can affect the fixture's finish, we can start by pretesting. We understand that soot settles behind the light fixtures because of the lower temperatures of such areas. We use hand washing when the residues at the site are light to moderate; otherwise, we may decide to use the low-pressure steam cleaning technique. If we had to disassemble the chandelier when cleaning, we have to reassemble it back at the end of the cleaning process.
 
Generally, it costs less to restore your contents when compared to what you have to spend when refinishing or replacing. Since we have to dispose of the waste at the end of the cleaning process, we have to abide by the state and local regulations.

The goal of SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is to make your commercial or residential property “Like it never even happened” after the disaster. Call us at (919) 790-1222 and work with a trusted leader in the cleaning and restoration industry.

Upstairs Bathroom Leaks Result in Downstairs Damage in Your Home in Raleigh

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Upstairs Bathroom Leaks Result in Downstairs Damage in Your Home in Raleigh A leak in the upstairs shower caused a water stain on the downstairs ceiling.

Leaky Drains in Upper Stories can Create Water Damage in Ceilings in Raleigh

Even smaller-sized homes in Raleigh have a multitude of places where things can go wrong. Small cracks in materials, corrosion, normal wear and tear, and accidents can all create damaged and broken things that let additional damage happen to the same elements as well as other locations.

Downstairs water damage in your Raleigh home can occur when any leaks in drains or water lines create water damage below the floor and affect ceilings downstairs. SERVPRO can handle this predicament by repairing small plumbing issues and getting the area dried out. Once we have accomplished this, we check for water damage that affected the strength of the floor's framework. You may have noticed soft spots in your floor. These often appear before larger deficits. Rebuilding these must occur before we can continue with the restoration of visible parts of floors, ceilings, and any affected walls.  

Having a stable, sturdy framework in place and repaired plumbing that no longer leaks means we can begin working on re-establishing a normalized moisture content. We cut away and remove those materials that sustained water damage and get these ruined boards, sections of flooring, and rusted nails out of your home. Drying out damp materials keeps them from becoming damaged and keeps restoration expenses low.  

Soft spots in floors are not the only sign of water damage. Ceilings can also start showing discoloration and staining where water bleeds through to the paint. Staining does not always indicate water damage severe enough to necessitate the removal and replacement of the ceiling. Desiccation can often save your ceiling if caught in time and mitigation work begins soon after. SERVPRO technicians can then repaint the surfaces, restoring the room “Like it never even happened.”  

Just as floors can become soggy in the room where leaks exist, the ceiling below can also retain water. This extra weight can cause the ceiling to become misshapen, bowing downward from the load. Our technicians can drill a series of weep holes from which the water can drain away. Afterward, we patch these holes, and we reattach the drywall to the ceiling's framework. We complete the restoration with a fresh coat of paint in your choice of color.  

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest can get your home back to normal again after water damage sneaks up on you. Serving New Light, Rolesville, and Leesville, our IICRC-certified technicians help residents protect their property by performing the latest mitigation and restoration techniques. Call us at (919) 790-1222 to reach our 24-hour service line.

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How SERVPRO Can Help When it Comes to Flood Damage in Your Raleigh Store

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Can Help When it Comes to Flood Damage in Your Raleigh Store If your retail location ever suffers from flooding, contact the team at SERVPRO to mitigate the damage.

When Flooding Affects Your Raleigh Retail Store

The responsibilities of managing your Raleigh retail store unfortunately also come with maintenance and restoration duties when disaster strikes. When coastal storms hit land with enough force, this severe system can spell significant trouble for those in its path. Hurricanes, for example, can unleash several feet worth of rainfall over a brief period, even well inland. You need to have a plan of action which preserves your investment and your building, helping you to move forward in the aftermath of severe weather that allows for flooding.

One of the troublesome aspects of flood damages to your Raleigh business is how quickly this damage can spread throughout the building. With many construction materials and the content of the structure itself at risk, time is of the essence to help mitigate the situation so that it is not so detrimental to your business or to the possibility of reopening to the public in the immediate future. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can help you safeguard your stock that remains at risk throughout the disaster.

It is essential that one of your first calls should be to the insurance company that offers coverage for the building that you use. This agent can help you to understand what the insurance company needs to file a claim, and this often requires proof of the damage you believe occurred, as well as a catalog of the items that became ruined or irreparably damaged by the intruding water.

As tempting as it might be to begin this estimation and assessment on your own, it is better left to the SERVPRO estimator and project manager assigned to your project. These individuals get extensively trained in safe practices inspecting areas that could have extensive damage and considered dangerous for those without the appropriate safety equipment.

The critical thing to remember about flooding in your retail store is that the situation only stands to get worse the longer that you wait for professional assistance. Our SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest team of professionals is available 24/7 to help you throughout every step of the restoration process following a flood in your building. Give us a call anytime at (919) 790-1222.

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Preparing Now Can Help Reduce Your Need For Water Removal Services In Raleigh

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preparing Now Can Help Reduce Your Need For Water Removal Services In Raleigh When your property sustains a flood or a broken pipe, you need a company that can dry things out for you with rapid water removal services.

Water Removal Services

September is National Preparedness Month, and SERVPRO wants to help those living in our local communities become prepared for disasters that might strike. Many accidents involve water that invades homes and businesses, either through natural weather events or from incidents that only affect the interior of one house.

When your property in Raleigh sustains a flood, a fire, or a broken pipe, you need a company that can dry things out for you with rapid water removal services. SERVPRO technicians are both certified by the IICRC and Faster to Any Size Disaster, saving homes from worsening damages. Water spreads quickly, and as it does, costs increase significantly. Water does not need to be dirty to damage your home's furnishings or your family's belongings.

SERVPRO technicians know the latest methods in quickly removing the water that can slowly destroy your home. Because our services always match the magnitude of the disaster affecting your family, you never need to worry about paying for machinery we never used, nor about us not having the necessary equipment to do the job correctly. You play an essential role in defending your home from disasters involving water, also. Your actions can grow in scope far beyond shutting off the main water valve, stocking food, or filling sandbags.

The Ready.gov site breaks September into four weeks, with the first two devoted to making and practicing disaster response plans and learning skills to save lives. Invasive water poses several risks, including drowning and electrical shock. You can more easily prevent either of these by practicing a plan that your family puts together. After a life-threatening incident occurs affecting a loved one, knowing how to respond can save their life.

Emergency responders are often overwhelmed with disaster calls when an entire community floods, causing response times to increase drastically. Becoming a first responder for your family can thwart a tragedy and keep it from becoming a permanent loss. While we at SERVPRO can help restore your home and belongings with water removal strategies and drying out your home, we, unfortunately, can never undo the loss of life.

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest wants your family and all those in Brookhaven, Sandy Plain, Leesville, and Six Forks to use September to become more prepared for disasters that can strike any time of the year. Our water removal services help in successfully mitigating many types of damage, just as your preparedness can aid your family when they come face-to-face with disasters involving storms and floods. Call us at (919) 790-1222 for professional and skilled technicians who can assist you in rapid mitigation of these and other misfortunes.

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Understanding Hurricane Florence and the Impact on the Raleigh Area

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding Hurricane Florence and the Impact on the Raleigh Area Hurricanes Like Florence Can Be Extremely Dangerous, Be Prepared.

SERVPRO Advises All Residents to Heed the Hurricane Instructions from National and Local Authorities

September is the peak of hurricane season in the United States, even as Hurricane Florence heads towards the coast of the Carolinas. When it comes to being prepared for a tropical storm, and knowing what to do when one hits, it is essential for you to understand the nature of a hurricane. Understanding the basics about hurricanes can help you avoid injury during a storm and can give you the necessary knowledge to consider all the aspects while preparing your home for one.
 
So what is a hurricane?
When the winds of a tropically-based ocean storm hit seventy-four miles per hour, it is considered a hurricane. Hurricanes can strike Raleigh and the Wake Forest area this time around. They are low-pressure tropical cyclones that come from the Atlantic Basin, forming over tropical or subtropical waters where the heated water fuels the air currents. Additionally, they can be accompanied by thunderstorms, and in this case up to 30 inches of rain.
 
They are known for their characteristically intense and high-speed winds that are more than capable of doing property damage. Furthermore, the rain they bring can be so intense that it has the power to cause flooding in addition to deadly coastal storm surges. Stack this on top of a high tide, and the volume of water can cause catastrophic results. A Cat 4 or Cat 5 hurricane can submerge homes entirely in the area that they strike. EVACUATION. EVACUATION. If you are directed by the authorities, do not hesitate.
 
Hurricanes start at winds of seventy-four miles per hour, but they do not cap at that rate. There is a Category 4 rating that marks the destructive force of hurricane winds called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The scale measures the storm by giving it a number, one through five. A category one hurricane is a storm that has the least potential for damage, while a category five is the most dangerous and has the highest potential for damage. There is an exponential destructive potential between the numbers.
 
The rating of a hurricane is still only a number. Prepare, have your property secured as much as possible, have an emergency kit at hand, and prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.

Remember, safety first for you and your family. In the aftermath, you can call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest for help with water and debris removal. Our SERVPRO franchises also offer Storm Disaster Recovery Teams to help. (919) 790-1222

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