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Local Restoration Service helps Expedite Storm Water Extraction from Raleigh Homes.

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Two green SERVPRO vehicles Does your property have flood damage from a storm? Call the professionals at SERVPRO for their expertise.

SERVPRO Uses Sophisticated Equipment to Help Raleigh Homeowners Remove Floodwater 

Raleigh was set up in 1792 to serve as the permanent seat of the North Carolina state government. Unlike other towns established during the same era, which fulfilled specific economic needs, Raleigh was set up for administrative purposes. While this aspect may seem like a minor difference, it had an impact on the development of the city since there was no dominant force driving the economy, apart from the administrative functions of the government. However, various changes over the years helped turn around the city's fortunes. One of those was the growth of its main retail venue, Fayetteville Street, which became the top commercial center in the eastern part of North Carolina. Several higher learning institutions were also established by 1899, thus supporting the mostly middle-class population even in the absence of manufacturing or other heavy industry, unlike in other cities. 

The value of education institutions to the local economy is still high even in the 21st century. When the Research Triangle Park was established in 1959, it created tens of thousands of jobs in technology and science fields, propelling Raleigh to become one of the fastest-growing US communities. According to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top five employers in 2017 -2018 in the city were:

  • State of North Carolina
  • WakeMed
  • North Carolina State University
  • Wake County Public School System
  • UNC Rex Healthcare

The Origins of the Term City of Oaks

You have probably use the term "city of oaks" when referring to Raleigh city without realizing its origins. Although many oak trees line up the streets in the heart of the city, the expression has more to do with the city's establishment than the current flora. A piece of land measuring 1000 acres was purchased to help establish the city. The land was part of an oak forest owned by Joel Lane. Apart from being a plantation owner, Lane was also accomplished in administrative matters since, in 1770, he had petitioned the creation of a new county by the North Carolina General Assembly.

The location of the town was chosen for various reasons, including safety since it is located in a central area, thus shielding it from coastal attacks. Initially, New Bern was the capital of North Carolina. However, the British army laid siege to the port town, so it was no longer viable as a capital. Another cited reason was its proximity to Hunters Tavern, which state legislators frequented at the time. Raleigh was chosen as the name of the new town in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh, who sponsored two attempts to establish English colonies in North America.

Exciting Places to Visit in Raleigh

The booming metropolis offers visitors a big city feel and Southern charm. There is a combination of unique historical and current attractions that visitors can try to get a feel of what the city offers.

  • The James B. Hunt Library of the future. The bold, iconic library was established in 2013. It exhibits the preeminence of North Carolina State University as a technological research center. It has a unique architectural design with glass and zigzagging solar fins. Apart from the structure, the facility offers futuristic features, including touchscreen kiosks and a robot that fetches books. 
  • The Juniper Level Botanic Garden showcases over 27000 exotic, native perennials and unusual tree specimens that you cannot find anywhere else. It covers 28 acres and is open to the public only eight weekends a year. It is famously known as the "Eden of rare plants" by gardeners and researchers worldwide, even though it is not known to some locals.
  • The North Carolina State Capitol, which was originally the city's central point before it expanded. The Capitol was originally built in 1796, but a fire destroyed it in 1831. A new building was set up and completed in 1840. The administration still uses the Capitol, but it is open to the public for free tours, events, and education programs.
  • The Drive Shack is an interactive golf complex that caters mostly to big groups. It opened in 2019, so it is one of the recent developments in the city. It has 96 golf bays, a rooftop bar, an arcade area, and a full-service restaurant.

The futuristic Amenities in the city keep the progressive tradition of the town alive considering at its establishment, it was one of the few planned cities in the US. The initial city plan was a grid with two main axes intersecting at the central square.

What Strategies Does SERVPRO Utilize for Effective Stormwater Extraction from Raleigh Properties?

Flooding from storms or other extreme weather elements can leave properties in Raleigh inundated. Damage to the structure and contents within is the likely outcome after such an incident unless the correct steps are taken to mitigate the situation. SERVPRO has years of experience in the restoration business and offers homeowners viable solutions to save their properties.

Stormwater extraction differs from regular water removal for various reasons. In most cases, it involves more water compared to water spills. The water is also likely to contain debris or contamination, thus requiring specialized handling. SERVPRO counters these challenges by having the right resources, such as advanced equipment and highly trained staff. On arrival at the affected property, our technicians inspect the situation to establish the right response.

  • In case the water contains debris such as silt, mud, or other solids, specialized water extraction equipment such as self-priming trash pumps are necessary to handle the extraction. Our crews have access to various types of self-priming trash pumps that can handle anything from slurry to solids larger than 3 inches.
  • The effectiveness of extraction equipment may vary depending on the area covered or the standing water's depth. Our technicians use various equipment, including submersible pumps, truck-mounted water extractors, or high-pressure pumps for convenient removal.
  • Wading into contaminated water during extraction can pose health risks. Our crews use PPE's such as rubber boots and bodysuits to protect against such risks.

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest helps with cleanup and stormwater extraction from Raleigh properties. Call us at (919) 790-1222 for fast assistance. 

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