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Why Is Professional Mold Remediation So Important for Raleigh Residents?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Proper Mold Remediation with SERVPRO Ensures Your Raleigh Interior Gets the Attention It Deserves

Many people fail to realize that mold can grow in many common areas within your home. You could find it on your drywall, carpeting, and hidden in other spots anywhere in your Raleigh property. Rather than thinking mold cleanup is something you can do on your own, it is always better to seek the help of trained technicians to safely and effectively handle black mold damage repair and more. SERVPRO shines with our IICRC-certified team in the restoration arena, making properties in the area Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Why does mold call for professional remediation in Raleigh, and what can SERVPRO do to help? Whether you need help with attic mold or basement mold remediation, you need to remember the following:

  • Avoid Health Effects –The presence of some forms of mold and mildew brings the potential for health effects for you, your family, and pets living within your home.
  • Proper Gear –Hiring SERVPRO as your local mold specialist means a team onsite using all the right gear for the job. 
  • Keep Mold from Returning –If you cannot treat the cause of the mold issue, you will run the risk of it coming back. We will determine the root cause, formulate a plan for repair and remediation so that your home gets back to normal fast. 
  • Save Money and Time –Your time is money, but you also want to save on your overall mold remediation project. We perform a professional assessment and work most efficiently to provide cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is available to address all of your questions and concerns regarding mold remediation. Call us when you need us at (919) 790-1222.

Getting the Best Water Damage Remediation Services for Your Situation in Raleigh

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet at shoestore; SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to dry carpet Carpet is the flooring of choice for many commercial spaces. Should you face water damage, don't go it alone. Call SERVPRO!

Removing Water from Carpeting in Raleigh Municipal Buildings

Because many Raleigh municipal buildings serve as a hub for specific activities, from paying your property taxes to getting building permits for new construction, even a small compromising disaster can limit your availability to customers. Water loss incidents can spread quickly throughout the affected areas and require immediate attention from qualified restoration specialists.

Water Damage Restoration

Undoubtedly, you have a custodial staff that manages your entire municipal building, though they might not have the expertise and training to manage water damage in Raleigh structures. Inadequate cleaning and management of water loss situations can lead to microbial threats or material degradation, both of which can result in costlier restoration work and a likelihood of replacing damaged materials and flooring.

Carpeted office spaces can often get preserved and protected with the fast response of qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, we have technicians ready to respond to threats 24/7. Carpets can quickly absorb water, so drying out these flooring options requires an array of sophisticated tools and practices beginning with extraction.

Short pile carpeting common to office spaces does not have a thick layer of the carpet before you get to the subflooring, padding, and concrete beneath it. Because this material can become thoroughly saturated after direct exposure to migrating water loss conditions, we have weighted extraction attachments for our wet vacuums to force water out of the fibers in the carpet and subflooring materials. Depending on the space available, we can use self-propelled or stationary extraction tools.

Because our SERVPRO team seeks to preserve instead of replacing materials unnecessarily, drying out the carpet is another critical step. By detaching the corners of the carpet, we can place a variable-speed centrifugal air mover between the subflooring and carpet to evaporate moisture lingering behind after extraction.

Much of the work that your office needs can happen after hours. It is our business to get you back in business, and that starts with an effective game plan to reduce moisture and dry out damaged areas to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest team a call today at (919) 790-1222.

Fire, Smoke, Soot, and Odors--Never Pleasant Effects for a Raleigh Home--Call SERVPRO for Restoration Services

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

looking out of window of fire damaged home; SERVPRO vehicle parked outside You know the restoration process is in good hands when you look out the window and see a SERVPRO restoration vehicle after a fire.

Fire Damage in a Raleigh Kitchen– Another Grease Fire

Fire and smoke damage to your house is a traumatic event. Even a small grease fire on the stove can leave smoke residue and odor all over your home. Firemen responding to the grease fire can have the fire under control quickly. Once the blaze is out, the main danger and threat to your home and family is over. Restoration from a small grease fire often involves:

  • Cleaning all contents in your home.
  • Deodorizing.
  • Repairing any structures or surfaces damaged from the fire.

Fire Cleanup and Restoration

Fire damage in Raleigh caused by a grease fire contained quickly can leave sooty residues and pungent odors, especially if meats were charcoaled to coal. SERVPRO fire and smoke damage technicians (FSRT) can work closely with you to assess the damage. We develop a plan of action to clean all surfaces, clean in place all your furniture, or send it out to a facility for restoration. Clothing and fabrics may need dry cleaning, and deodorization equipment may be required to remove all remaining odors from the grease fire thoroughly.

We understand that this grease fire event is scary for you and your family. Our teams are trained to listen to all your concerns and address them to your satisfaction. Smoke particles penetrate various surfaces differently. Hard non-porous surfaces, like countertops, can be washed to remove all the odor from the fire. For example, metal and porcelain surfaces are also examples of non-porous materials.

Our SERVPRO crew neutralizes remaining malodors as we remove any charred debris with hydroxyl generators and light fogging. During the deodorization process, you may need to stay out of your home for a few hours while the service is happening.

Call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 for 24/7 service. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We are located strategically to respond quickly to your fire damage event.

How Can Property Owners Perform Water Damage Restoration in Raleigh Homes?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used on water damaged floor Water damages everything in your home, from flooring to possessions. SERVPRO is on call 'round the clock for all your water damage restoration needs.

They Should Involve Reliable Water Damage Restoration Experts in Raleigh for Professional Services

The most common water damage problems homeowners face includes faulty water heaters, leaking faucets, and burst pipes. Unless you treat excess water in your home immediately, it can lead to electrical hazards, structural damage, and mold growth. Water damage restoration experts like SERVPRO can help when the worst happens. Our team of experts is one call away, offering expert guidance and solving problems fast.

SERVPRO’s team of restorers is available 24/7 to provide you with emergency water damage restoration services in Raleigh. We use advanced equipment and tools to help us handle water damage of any magnitude in a brief period. Our highly trained technicians also use innovative equipment and strategies to deal with the various challenges we face during the restoration process. Since water seeps into multiple surfaces, we can use moisture sensors to detect moisture in carpets and padding, helping us determine the severity of the damage. 

Regardless of the cause of water damage, the restoration process usually involves these steps:  

  • Thorough inspection
  • Water removal
  • Effective drying
  • Cleaning and sanitizing

Delaying the water removal process can increase the magnitude of the destruction. We act fast to minimize damage by using our hi-tech drying equipment. SERVPRO can use several centrifugal air movers to dry the affected surfaces. These tools help in increasing air movement in the property leading to a high rate of evaporation. Since water can bring about electric hazards, we can use portable ground fault circuit interrupters to protect our equipment and your appliances.

SERVPRO restorers have access to various unique but approved products that help us clean and sanitize the affected area. We can use microban mixed with a nonionic detergent to clean and sanitize your property. The product is effective against a wide range of bacteria. It also helps combat any odors present on the property.

Water damage restoration requires special equipment and products. Contact SERVPRO of North Raleigh and Wake Forest to get your home to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.” Talk to us today at (919) 790-1222.

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

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

fireman using fire hose; water coming out Water damage often follows fire damage. SERVPRO can completely restore the fire and water damage.

Fire Damage to Your Home

Fires can be a devastating force to your Raleigh home. Sometimes one of the worst effects fires can leave behind come 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.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

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.

Raleigh Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Advanced Techniques for Water Mitigation

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used on water damaged hardwood floors Unchecked water damage on hardwood floors can lead to warping and cupping. SERVPRO knows how to restore your flooring.

Why SERVPRO Combines Advanced Skills and Equipment during Water Cleanup in Raleigh

Water loss can happen at any time since water plays a significant role in day-to-day life. The steps you take after noticing the loss play a significant role in determining the outcome of the incident. Among the steps that should be prioritized is cleanup. Cleaning up the affected area helps remove standing water and any soiling or debris from the incident. We are IICRC certified, so we offer highly skilled teams and use state-of-the-art equipment to restore your Raleigh home.

Water Cleanup and Restoration

An exercise of water cleanup in Raleigh should address both current and future problems. In most cases, the current problem is making the affected areas habitable again. Extracting any standing water and drying contents should help make the area habitable. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced equipment such as dry-wet vacs and truck-mounted water extractors to remove water fast from all affected areas. The water extractors have pumping and vacuum capabilities, which allow the collection of standing water and extraction from soggy materials such as carpets.

Extraction removes most of the water. However, a significant percentage remains as moisture, which is more stubborn to deal with, especially when involving materials like wood. This moisture is also likely to cause long-term problems if not adequately addressed. Our SERVPRO technicians tap into their Applied Structural Drying skills to overcome challenges in the drying phase. In addition to using advanced drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers, we also use unique approaches. For example, when drying hardwood floors, we can seal the damp area with a plastic sheet to control the drying process, further preventing issues like the splitting of floorboards.

Water loss incidents can also cause foul odors because of microbial growth or from wastes pushed into concealed spaces. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their training to identify problem areas where mold can grow, or wastes pushed and remain hidden for long. We clean and deodorize such areas eliminating any odors.

In case of a water loss incident, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest Does Clean Up Water Damage in Raleigh Offices

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

outside corner view of multi-story office building Water damages not only your office's structure, but also the furniture, electronics, and documents.

Removing Standing and Trapped Water Can get Raleigh Offices Back Up and Running Quickly

With the open spaces of an office building, standing water can migrate quickly through the affected level. Mitigation by experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team allows better protective coverage of the damaged area, cleanup, and water removal. 

Extraction Solutions for Local Businesses

Water removal is one of the critical processes completed by water removal companies in Raleigh office buildings. With short pile carpeting being a commonly installed construction material with concrete subflooring, water pooling can be a significant concern after situations like a burst pipe or a ceiling leak. We use several tools and devices that help us manage surface water and trapped moisture, including:

  • Carpet wands
  • Wet vacuums
  • Squeegee wands
  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Submersible pumps

Protecting Inventory and Furniture

From electronics to furniture in the office building, water damage can ruin fixtures and contents. Part of the mitigation plan for damaged office spaces is relocating these items before irreparable harm results. Even sensitive materials specific to the business do not require off-site relocation but can be dried and stored in the building to keep these records acceptable. 

Drying Options to Restore Damaged Offices

Thousands of commercial properties exist in the Greater Raleigh area and rely on rapid drying solutions to resume normal operations. Office buildings have several building materials that can quickly absorb moisture, from short pile carpeting to drywall. Evaporation involves using efficient water removal equipment like carpet wands, air movers, and trailered desiccant dehumidifiers. 

Removing water and drying up the damage can involve many processes and equipment. Because migrating moisture can spread quickly, irreparable harm can result without the fast and focused intervention of our SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest team. We can help 24/7 at (919) 790-1222.

Flood Damage And Insulation In Your Raleigh Home

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A man catching water dripping from above his head. Water damage in odd places after storm damage is not uncommon. SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest knows what to do.

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, including flash floods, heavy rains, tidal storm surges, tidal storms, and mudflows.

Even if you are not living 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.

Storm Flood Damage Remediation 

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 the 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, SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is thorough with the 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.

Three Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Fire Damage in Raleigh

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Heed SERVPRO's Advice to Reduce the Chance of Fire & Smoke Damage

Keeping your home safeguarded against fire damage in Raleigh does not take much time or money, but still, every year, SERVPRO franchises nationwide clean up after hundreds of fires that could have been avoided or prevented with minor changes. While the risk of your home catching fire is probably low, you can drive that risk even further down with some simple changes in your lifestyle and situation. Some of these changes could even end up saving you money on other expenses, in addition to reducing the likelihood of a future fire. 

A Good Lightning Rod

Lightning remains one of the most common causes of fire damage in Raleigh and other cities in the Carolinas due to relatively frequent rainfall, thunderstorms, and the occasional hurricane in many months of the year. Lightning rods are designed to attract lightning to a contained, grounded metal avenue and prevent many fires from starting every year across the United States. Make sure your lightning rod(s)is in good condition and, if you do not have one installed, consider hooking one up to your property. Nearby tall trees can also divert lightning away from your home but can also catch fire themselves and later spread to the home.

Keeping Lights Off

Not only does reducing light bulb usage in your home save money on power expenditures, but it also significantly lowers your risk of an electrical fire. Traditional light bulbs may sometimes produce sparks or catch fire when they burn out or experience a power surge, potentially blooming into a dangerous and fast-spreading electrical fire. Consider investing in newer LED lighting, or just flip the lights off whenever you do not need them.

Avoid Using Candles

Candles are a remarkably common source of house fires in the United States, even though most American homes use them only for decorative and ambiance purposes. While candles can imbue the air with a pleasant smell and make your home prettier, they are also a huge fire hazard. At the very least, you should put out any candles when you leave the room for longer than a two or three-minute period, but cutting back on their usage altogether is often a better option.

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is an experienced local provider of fire damage restoration and cleanup services. If your home has been affected by fire, call us at (919) 790-1222.

Why is Water Mitigation Important for Raleigh Residents?

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in a living room. Trying to wrap your head around water damage can be frustrating. Reach out to SERVPRO of North Raleigh and Wake Forest today.

Water Mitigation Can Help Reduce Losses and Prevent Secondary Damages. SERVPRO Can Help Mitigate Water Damage in Your Raleigh Home

When water empties into a home environment, it begins to attract microbes and can immediately absorb any pre-existing dirt or grime. A water spill can often worsen over time as micro-organisms reproduce, which can cause a clean water spill to escalate into a grey or black water scenario quickly. The process of preventing water from degrading and damaging materials in the home is mitigation. Mitigation can help with:

  • Water damage repairs
  • Water clean up
  • Burst pipes

The main proponent of water mitigation in your Raleigh home is to drain and dry the property as quickly as possible. Wet surfaces and materials can easily break down with prolonged exposure. SERVPRO technicians guarantee to arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss to help reduce the likelihood of water damages becoming permanent. Water mitigation relies on:

  • Expert organization, including setting staging areas, tracking water migration, and assessing materials.
  • High-powered machinery to pump out water or dry the indoor environment efficiently.
  • Effective cleaning methods specific to the type of materials, such as emulsifying powders for carpets or disinfectants for hard floors. 

To prevent excessive losses after a water leak, contact SERVPRO of North Raleigh and Wake Forest for water mitigation at (919) 790-1222.