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Let the Professionals Aid in Your Raleigh Home Remediation Plans

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Let the Professionals Aid in Your Raleigh Home Remediation Plans When a catastrophe happens in your home you need to call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO for help immediately.

Learn How SERVPRO Helps Local Raleigh Homeowners with Restoration Services

It can happen at any time of the day or night whether you are snug in your Raleigh home or at work or on vacation. Damage to your home occurring from fire, water, storms or even mold quietly growing undetected. No matter what type of loss has happened in your property, SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment to return your home to its preloss condition. 

Why SERVPRO? We know you have choices for restoration companies. We are part of the local community and take pride in supporting our friends and neighbors when they need assistance with cleanup from fire, water, or mold. Our technicians undergo extensive training and learn the best practices for mitigation as taught through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This organization is considered the highest standard of quality in the restoration sciences industry. We work hard on every site with a goal to always restore rather than replace items. This mindset saves property owners the cost of replacement for things that might otherwise get counted as a loss.

Mold damage in Raleigh homes requires fast remediation. Mold relies on stealth to remain undisturbed. Each spore only needs warmth, steady humidity, and food such as wood, paper or sheetrock to maintain a colony that, once established, tends to spread rapidly. 

Many homeowners first discover mold from a musty smell that does not diminish no matter how much air freshener gets sprayed in the room. The key with mold remediation first and foremost is containment. When SERVPRO mitigates mold damage in a home, we first identify any areas of excessive moisture. These areas are likely to host mold colonies, and then our technicians contain those areas to stop spores from reaching other areas of the home. 

Dryness is the enemy of mold. It cannot exist when humidity levels average below 45%. Our technicians carefully take readings in the home until the affected areas verify less than optimum moisture levels to ensure the colonies cannot regenerate. 

Once dried, our certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians remove the mold. We accomplish this using gentle hand-scraping, or for stuck-on infestations, the use of lightly abrasive soda blasting is a highly effective method. After removal, we commonly apply an antimicrobial sealer to halt any regrowth.

Water damage in a Raleigh residence emanates from many sources. Any of the plumbing in the home has the potential to leak. Appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, or the supply line to the water and ice maker in your fridge tend to give out over time.

When SERVPRO answers a call for water cleanup, we know the longer the premises remains wet, the more damage that happens. We arrive on-site quickly with every piece of equipment we require in our green service vans. Our certified Water Restoration Technicians scope the residence with our moisture detection equipment such as:

  • Non-Penetrating Meters: These detectors have two sensors and compare levels of moisture for anything between the two points and assist our technicians in determining exactly where moisture absorption begins and ends.
  • Penetrating Meters: Have surface-penetrating prongs that identify trapped moisture under the surface.
  • Hydrosensors: A penetrating meter that measures moisture within porous surfaces such as carpet or padding.
  • Thermo-Hygrometers: This type of detector measures both temperature and humidity within the water loss area, and assists our technicians in determining drying goals.

This advanced technology ensures we locate every possible place water migrated for thorough extraction. We have specialized equipment to assist in the mitigation of water damaged carpeting or upholstery, so there is a higher chance of restorability. 

Thorough dryness is paramount to halting secondary water damage issues such as buckling sheetrock, warped hardwood floorboards, or mold. Using our thermo-hygrometers, SERVPRO technicians carefully set drying goals that are unique to each location. No residence has zero percent humidity. Some air moisture is vital for air quality, but it should not be enough to allow mold spores to germinate.

After thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the water loss areas, we give the homeowner a detailed report of the actions taken during mitigation as well as any repairs necessary. 

When a Raleigh home has storm damage, we act quickly to begin water cleanup. Often by the time our emergency response teams arrive, in many cases, the water has receded or wicked into sheetrock, disappeared within wall cavities and requires speedy removal. 

SERVPRO technicians tarp over any damaged areas of the home to prevent any further water from entering the property during mitigation. We then perform water extraction and controlled demolition techniques such as flood cuts as needed to save as much of the structure as possible. 

If our technicians are unable to clean and restore water-damaged items on-site, we pack them out for in-plant cleaning on a case by case basis. After water removal and drying the home, we then thoroughly disinfect the property, so it is safe and healthy for habitation. 

Fire damage in Raleigh homes ranges in size from a small corner of a kitchen with charring and smoke damage due to a hot pan catching aflame to an entire home destroyed by an intense fire where the best outcome is to prepare the property for reconstruction.

Soot travels quickly, and airborne particles can easily be smaller than the human eye can see. SERVPRO technicians install airlock barriers or use heavy plastic sheeting over doorways and vents to contain the work site area. Removal of smoke residues requires testing it to determine the type of fire that left the residue and the proper kind of cleaning method for the best outcome. Improper cleaning of soot and smoke residues has the potential to cause further damage. 

After fire debris removal and cleaning, our technicians concentrate on odor removal. We have several types of specialized equipment for odor control as fire loss often leaves behind significant scents that require a layered-approach to complete odor eradication. When SERVPRO technicians complete fire loss mitigation, we leave behind no residual reminders within the property.

When home disasters strike, contact SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222. Our emergency response teams stand ready 24/7 to support our local community with assistance mitigating fire, water, storm or mold damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

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