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Vital Phases of Restoring Raleigh Water Damage Incidents

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Technician monitoring water damage removal equipment Our team has various water damage restoration tools available for water extraction and the drying of your Raleigh home.

Our SERVPRO Team Knows Water Damage Cleanup 

Information is the best way for homeowners to be more at ease with work that must be done on their properties following water emergencies. From leaks to burst pipes, the impact of water on the house can be swift and widespread. Our services include:

  • Emergency Services
  • Extraction
  • Drying
  • Repairs

Raleigh water damage requires direct and fast action. As reputable restoration professionals for all of Wake County, we have team members ready to move when these disasters first impact your property. Our Green Fleet is standing by 24/7 for quick mitigation solutions.

Early Services for Water Damage Threats

Mitigation is one of the most necessary actions to alleviate the out-of-pocket expenses for the customer and protect the property from avoidable harm. While this could describe dozens of actions, mitigation often focuses most on relocating preservable contents, water removal services, and conducting any needed temporary construction or demolition before restoration starts.

Water Removal Services

Surface water is among the more significant initial challenges for responding technicians, primarily because it requires several types of units to achieve. Multiple extractors are often simultaneously needed, depending on the spread and severity of pooling and standing water concerns. Each type of water removal tool in our inventory is ideal for specific conditions:

  • Pumps – Pumps and submersibles are the more powerful extractors in our stock. These provide continuous and high-volume water removal services within a couple of inches from the flooring surface.
  • Vacuums – Vacuums manage a smaller volume of water that does not typically exceed more than an inch or two in overall depth. The portability of wet vacuums makes them ideal for extraction in some of the multi-story structures at NC State or the Downtown District.
  • Specialty Extractors – Units like drying mats, weighted extractors, light wands, and others can be used in particular water damage situations to help pull out moisture from flooring and wall assemblies before more significant harm to the structural integrity results.

The Focus of Full Drying

Drying is one of the critical elements of every water restoration project our IICRC-certified professionals undertake. Failure to fully resolve trapped moisture and damp pockets in wall and ceiling assemblies can provide suitable conditions for mold growth or allow the degradation of building materials. We must contend with water removal in three phases:

  • Surface Water - Surface water describes the state where moisture has yet to penetrate a material. This can be the pooling of water that must be addressed with extraction devices and the wet outermost layer, which is often the most widespread drying need.
  • Trapped Water - When water begins to move through porous building materials and find new, dry areas to impact, some of this moisture becomes trapped. Free water within a building material can be drawn out with equipment like drying mats, but only in the time before it begins to chemically bond with the material.
  • Bound Water - In the state where water becomes chemically bound to molecules in a hosting material, the affected element is no longer the same. Distortion, warping, bloating, and other potential changes to the material render it unsalvageable and require removal and discarding.

Needed Water Damage Repairs 

Repairs and reconstruction are often required to restore a home or business after a water emergency fully. Because we are full-service professionals, we provide a wealth of build-back services as needed following disasters. Some of the more common areas where these repairs are necessary are:

  • Plumbing
  • Wall Assemblies
  • Ceiling Systems

Raleigh water damage incidents keep our SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex team ready to respond when needed. There is no set time for disasters to strike, so trained technicians must be able to mobilize rapidly in a crisis. We keep our Green Fleet ready to roll out at the first notice of loss when you call (919) 615-1160.

Skilled Professionals for Restoring Raleigh Fire Damage

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

soot damage covering the walls and trim work in a home Fire damage can leave many lasting effects on your home. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 - 365 days a year for soot and fire cleanup services.

SERVPRO Overcomes Smoke and Fire Damage

Every structure fire and loss event features multiple layers of damage that must be overcome and restored. Because these conditions compound and spread rapidly, trained technicians can be valuable in returning a property to a preloss state.

Experience is paramount with Raleigh fire damage events. Understanding the necessary steps to make a damaged home safer after extinguishment and beginning required restoration actions is where SERVPRO can help. We have a growing roster of technicians providing expertise in several restoration niches to overcome the full spectrum of threats after fires. Our team includes:

  • FSRT – Fire Restoration
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning
  • UFT – Upholstery Cleaning
  • OCT – Odor Control
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • CDS – Commercial Drying

A Safer Work Area

Before much of the restoration and cleanup can get underway in a damaged residence, the property must be made safe enough for this work to occur. There are pressing concerns and hurdles to the recovery process beginning as soon as our IICRC-certified technicians arrive. Our primary objective from our first response to the incident is to make the work area safer for technicians and occupants. Focuses include:

  • Air Quality - Trapping circulating soot and smoke particles can make the air inside a fire-damaged home more favorable while potentially reducing the concentrations of soot deposits on surfaces.
  • Structural Integrity - Restoration professionals of our team must assess where significant structural fire damage has occurred, which could lead to a need for demolition and replacement. Temporary construction solutions are also needed to cover openings and vulnerabilities.
  • Water Damage - Extinguishment typically requires high volumes of water, which can cause concerns for the household. Our professionals provide focused extraction and drying solutions to help in this need.

Handling the Insurance Work

Whether you rent or own your residence, a fire incident likely involves working with an insurance provider to secure the funding and claim approval for the needed restoration. We are a preferred vendor for insurance build-back and recovery services, whether the hundreds of thousands of homes in the region or iconic structures like the North Carolina State Capitol Building. We can help you streamline claim approval and get work started fast.

Protecting What Matters Most

Another objective of the restoration professionals addressing fire damage in your home is to manage and handle compromised contents. With how quickly fire and smoke damage moves through a structure, many of your personal belongings can be in harm’s way. Relocation solutions are the fastest option to prevent damage, but off-site cleaning at our SERVPRO warehouse might be necessary when exposure has already occurred.

How Destructive is Soot? 

Soot is corrosive and destructive to the surfaces and materials impacted by fire damage. Cleaning up these residues and soil deposits often requires a combination of approaches. While surface cleaning is the least invasive and aggressive of the restoration strategies, more abrasive and direct measures are often needed. These solutions can include media blasting and controlled demolition if the conditions are damaging enough. The choice of the preferred cleaning method depends on multiple factors:

  • Type of smoke damage
  • Location of buildup
  • Hosting material
  • Environmental conditions

Eliminating Lingering Malodors 

The lingering harsh odors are among the more challenging obstacles when much of the cleanup has been completed. Burning materials, especially chemicals, accelerants, and plastics, can overwhelm enclosed spaces with powerful malodors. While surface cleaning can counteract these intense scents, a combination of deodorants and neutralizing equipment completes this process.

With Raleigh fire damage events, it is vital to work fast to mitigate loss and prevent greater harm to the structure. Our professionals are ready to help 24/7 with stocked trailers and production vehicles ready to mobilize for all of Wake County. Call our SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex team today at (919) 615-1160.

The Purpose of Raleigh Mold Damage Remediation

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

equipment on orange shelves in a warehouse Mold damage in your Raleigh home is an issue that has to be dealt with quickly. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation and mitigation services.

Understanding Mold Damage Removal Solutions

With more than 40 inches of rainfall each year and a population rapidly reaching half a million, Wake County structures in Raleigh are susceptible to mold development and damage. The longer this situation goes unchallenged with remediation strategies, the more widespread and destructive it can become. Mold is an overwhelming presence in damp environments, impacting: 

  • Structure
  • Contents
  • Soft Materials

Raleigh mold damage is more common than many homeowners might think. More than this, mold and microbial threats can permanently impact the structure. Our SERVPRO professionals respond quickly with remediation and recovery solutions aimed at hosting materials and developing colonies. The greater the area affected by humid conditions or water damage, the more widespread and overwhelming the spread of mold organisms becomes. 

What is Mold Damage Remediation?

When microbial growth becomes a concern in your home, remediation is the solution that can help. Unlike broad claims to remove all mold spores from a structure, which is impossible, SERVPRO targets active mold colonies and organisms causing a threat to your residence. Without the moist conditions and damp pockets, naturally occurring mold spores do not cause issues for a home. Only when these spores are allowed to interact with organic matter in moist conditions is action necessary. 

Trained and Certified Technicians 

DIY mold remediation and cleanup seem cost-efficient and straightforward, but there is more to recovering a mold-damaged home than many realize. Failure to address all developing colonies can leave your residence continually contending with recurrences. Several industry niches are involved to sufficiently resolve the present mold, the causes of colonization, and the effects on the household. We have professionals for:

  • AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • WRT – Water Restoration
  • CDS – Commercial Drying
  • OCT – Odor Control

How Does Mold Damage Remediation Work?

While mold remediation and removal might describe different approaches, remediation hinges significantly on the ability of SERVPRO professionals to eliminate active colonies. This is achieved through multiple methods and focuses, which can be selected based on the degree of damage and the type of material hosting the colonies. Options include: 

  • Surface Treatment
  • Sanding
  • Media/Dry Ice Blasting
  • Controlled Demolition

Removing the Malodors

Volatile organic compounds created by a growing mold colony spread throughout the affected area of a residence. A defining trait of these compounds is their harsh, musty odor. While many homeowners can be grateful for this recognizable smell when needing to identify or speculate on the presence of mold damage, removing it can be a substantial obstacle. While counteractant products like beads and granules combined with surface cleaning can reduce odor severity, neutralization often falls to a combination of thermal/ULV fogging and hydroxyl generators. 

Mold Prevention with Damage Repairs 

Many remediation solutions cannot be fully completed until repairs, and reconstruction efforts have occurred. Not only does build-back need to happen to resolve structural vulnerabilities that allow moist conditions in the house, but materials are often requiring replacement. As full-service contractors, we can inspect areas like a leaking roof and temporarily board up these openings until we can complete the full reconstruction when inside cleanup and recovery near their end. 

For some households, Raleigh mold damage incidents are unavoidable. Groundwater or water leaks can create the ideal conditions for microbial development, and these colonies will spread through the structure until actions stop this progress. With experienced AMRT-Certified professionals ready to mobilize quickly at the first notice of loss, SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex is a trusted name throughout Wake County to help. Call now at (919) 615-1160.

Needed Inventory for Water Restoration in Raleigh Offices 

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Outside job-site SERVPRO provides commercial damage restoration 24/7 365 days a year. Call now!

Tools Likely Used During Raleigh Water Restoration

Leaks and plumbing breaks in your office building can have far-reaching implications for the structure, requiring immediate cleanup and repairs. By choosing SERVPRO's Large Loss recovery team, you can have a combination of IICRC-Certified technicians and a general contractor license to get you back in business as soon as possible.

Extraction Equipment

Extraction is an important part of water restoration in Raleigh businesses, especially office buildings where short pile carpeting and concrete subflooring can allow deeper pooling after leaks and burst pipes. There are many tools that SERVPRO can use to eliminate standing water throughout commercial structures, including:

  • Submersibles
  • Trash pumps
  • Vacuums
  • Light wands

Supplies for Surface Cleaning

However, water damage restoration can mean more than removing surface water and starting the drying process. Water migration in the office can impact several surfaces like drywall, carpeting, furniture, and more. The resulting absorption can discolor and stain surfaces, leave mineral deposits that create films and residues, or introduce contaminants or mold spores. Effective cleanup will involve strong detergents, chlorine-based cleaners, and potent botanical agents that leave a pleasant aroma behind in the active office setting.

Tools for Drying Wet Materials

In Large Loss applications, drying the structure requires specific tools and equipment. We have trailered machines like generators and desiccant dehumidifiers with lay-flat, quick-connect hoses to promote effective drying in multiple office rooms simultaneously. We can utilize thermohygrometers and moisture sensors to track the progress of managing moisture in the structure.

Keeping the Office Mold-Free

Preventing mold can be one of the priorities of water restoration services. The presence of microbial threats must be treated with urgency, preventing normal operations in these areas of your office. During the water cleanup, we can treat surfaces with mold-inhibiting products and thoroughly inspect once-wet materials that could support colonies to ensure no such threats exist.

When your office needs water restoration services, you can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex professionals to help. Give us a call today at (919) 615-1160. 

SERVPRO Manages Electrical Hazards During Fire Restoration in Raleigh

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the furniture and counters If fire damage affects your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our certified technicians are here to help form a remediation and mitigation plan.

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Power for Fire Damage Restoration Activities in Raleigh

In addition to structural, slip, and fall hazards, electrical hazards represent a real danger to homeowners in Raleigh after a fire. The fuse or circuit breaker panel may have been turned off or even disconnected after a fire to protect the work site from dangerous electrical currents in damaged wiring. Once the fuse panel is reconnected, electrical wires damaged during the fire are again live and pose a significant danger to anyone entering the home or the work site. The water inside electrical outlets and switches poses a hidden risk.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration of homes in Raleigh and the surrounding areas. We are very cautious around electrical wiring that could carry electricity in wet conditions. We turn off all circuit breakers in damaged areas. Power can be drawn from undamaged rooms in your home to operate water pumps, high-capacity fans, and dehumidifiers to dry and clean your house. We also provide temporary power solutions until the damaged wiring and fuse panel or circuit breaker systems are repaired by licensed electricians.

We remove all the fire-damaged material, including personal items and structures that cannot be recovered or restored. We clean all surfaces, removing smoke residues and odors from the fire. Our building services team can arrange repair and reconstruction of damaged structures, including electrical, plumbing, ceilings, flooring, and walls. SERVPRO coordinates all these activities to keep costs low and facilitate a rapid return to your home.

Our fire restoration services cover a broad spectrum of services, including:

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
  • House fire clean up
  • Controlled demolition, repair, and restoration of structural components in your home

Call SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex for fire damage restoration services. We provide service to Raleigh and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (919) 615-1160.

SERVPRO Completes Flood Damage Restoration in Raleigh Homes

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team at a job-site Storm and flood damage restoration services by SERVPRO are top-notch. Call now for the help you need.

Can SERVPRO Repair Concrete Floors in Raleigh After Flood Damage?

There are many different flooring types in Raleigh homes, and flooding can impact each one differently. Floodwaters may contain bacteria and viruses along with sand and silt, leaving deposits inside your home after it has flooded with water during a storm.

SERVPRO can assist with flood damage restoration of all types of flooring materials in Raleigh homes. The most important concept to remember is quickly removing water and debris, cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces, and drying the house to remove all humidity. Failure to act quickly can lead to mold colonies, warped or buckled hardwood flooring, delamination of carpets, and loss of structural integrity of the subfloor. SERVPRO responds in less than four hours after your call to begin cleaning and restoring your home.

Concrete floors may flake or blister and require repainting once the concrete has dried. All surfaces must be cleaned to remove dirt and deposits before repainting. Allowing the concrete to dry correctly avoids chalk-like calcium deposits from water wicking from the concrete.

Hardwood floors absorb moisture causing cupping or buckling of the floor. Wood strip flooring may loosen and form hills and valleys on your floor. Carpet over hardwood floors should be removed to avoid damage to the hardwood floor. Carpets should be dried to prevent delamination and mold formation. Particle board, plywood, and oriented strand board absorb moisture at different rates. Plywood may delaminate, and particle board materials may disintegrate.

SERVPRO can help clients in Raleigh after a storm causes flooding and damage to their homes. Call immediately to avoid long-term permanent damage. Our services include:

Call SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex for flood damage restoration services. We cover Salem and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (919) 615-1160.

SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation Services and Removal in Cary

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work Water damage restoration for your home is a job for SERVPRO. We are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Can SERVPRO Water Mitigation Efforts in Cary Avoid Removal of Insulation?

Our homes in Cary are insulated utilizing various materials depending on when they were constructed, and the building codes followed at the time. Fiberglass insulation, Cellulose, and Rockwool are common insulation materials used by many builders inside walls and ceilings to keep our homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Water leaks from broken plumbing or roof leaks affect these products differently. Early water detection inside walls or in the attic can reduce the total damage.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation services to residents of Cary and surrounding areas. Our mitigation services are focused on being on-site quickly to prevent the further spread of water and humidity that can damage structure and contents if left in place for an extended period. Many materials absorb moisture; however, we can save many materials if they are dried quickly. In addition, materials close to the water leak can be saved from exposure.

Fiberglass insulation is non-porous, does not break down or become matted, and can often be dried without losing its insulation rating. However, many fiberglass bats include a vapor barrier that prevents or slows drying. In these situations, we may need to remove the insulation bats to access the structure and dry it properly to avoid mold inside walls or in your attic.

Cellulose and Rockwool insulation materials tend to mat when wet and lose their insulation properties. Fire resistance and antimicrobial qualities are also affected. In most cases, we must replace these types of insulation once exposed to water to avoid mold formation and maintain insulation effectiveness in your home.

Our water mitigation services include:

Call SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex for water mitigation services. We cover Cary and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (919) 615-1160.

Benefits of SERVPRO Rapid Mold Remediation Action in Raleigh

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team on job-site Mold remediation for your home is no DIY project. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service.

SERVPRO Provides Rapid Response Mold Remediation Services in Raleigh

Residents of Raleigh sometimes notice the pungent, musty odor of mold in their homes. They avoid dealing with the issue, believing that it will dissipate and cause little problem for them. Once mold settles in, especially if there is a moisture or high humidity source, the mold colony will continue to expand and penetrate porous materials like fabrics and even structural components of their homes. The odor becomes more prevalent and noticeable in all areas of the house.

SERVPRO believes a rapid response to mold infestations and applying mold remediation techniques in Raleigh homes are important. Taking action immediately and removing mold-infested materials, contents and structure can avoid more expensive mold removal efforts if the mold colony is allowed to grow and thrive in your home.

SERVPRO responds within four hours of your call to inspect the mold infestation and identify the source of moisture. Depending on the size of the infestation, state law may require specific inspection and documentation protocols to be followed. We can provide advice concerning this process and help you with the mold remediation process. Our mold remediation technicians establish barriers to the rest of the home and negative pressure rooms to avoid the distribution of mold spores to other areas of the house.

Early detection of mold colonies, inspection, and removal significantly reduces the total effort, the cost, state-mandated documentation protocols, and inconvenience to your family. Identification of the moisture source and removal also helps prevent additional occurrences of mold. SERVPRO can assist homeowners and businesses dealing with mold infestations and provides the following services:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Bathroom mold removal

Call SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex for mold remediation services. We cover Raleigh and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (919) 615-1160.

Raleigh Residents Often Need Water Cleanup Services

7/3/2022 (Permalink)

tech with drying system duct SERVPRO techs can set up special drying systems after an appliance leak in your Raleigh home. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Is Raleigh’s Go-To Water Cleanup Firm

Water leaks are a common occurrence in Raleigh homes, as they are in most other residential areas. These troublesome issues can have varied causes, resulting from weathering, age, poor maintenance, or even defective appliances and plumbing. Regardless of what prompts a water leak, rest assured that there are ways to limit and repair its damaging effects.

Raleigh water cleanup firm SERVPRO has dealt professionally with water leaks and their effects for several years. Our water damage remediation crews have provided local homeowners with high-quality water removal services and water damage repairs, addressing such things as ceiling leaks, burst pipes, and malfunctioning appliances. Over time, our technicians have found that the need for water cleanup services often arises from:

  • Poorly maintained roofs, debris-clogged gutters, and storm-related damage that gradually or rapidly leads to ceiling and wall leaks
  • Windows that allow rainwater or melting snow to enter your home because they have deteriorated seals are cracked or are otherwise damaged
  • Old, defective, or temperature-compromised piping that either catastrophically ruptures or develops slow drips
  • Aged or malfunctioning washing machines and dishwashers, and other appliances that have worn-out seals, valves, or water intake/outlet lines
  • Corroded water heaters that have rusted through, enabling water to pass out of them and into the surrounding area

Remaining mindful of these common leak sources and diligently working to prevent them is key to protecting your residence from water-related damage. However, whenever water problems do occur, it is reassuring knowing that a company like SERVPRO can help.

So, if your home ever suffers a damaging water event and needs water cleanup services, remember your friends at SERVPRO of Cary/Morrisville/Apex. We likely have all the training, experience, and equipment necessary to effectively remediate even your most demanding water problem. Contact us at (919) 615-1160 whenever you need our help.

Deodorization Is Crucial to Effective Fire Restoration in Raleigh

7/3/2022 (Permalink)

servpro poster smoke and soot removal SERVPRO restores your fire and smoke damaged business in Raleigh back into great preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

Raleigh Fire Cleanup Crews Expertly Deodorize

Whenever your Raleigh area business experiences a fire, its facilities are generally fouled by smoke and related odors. These troublesome smells originate from fire residues and airborne particles and can be quite challenging to neutralize. With that said, there are local remediators like SERVPRO that can effectively eradicate them from your business.

SERVPRO, a trusted commercial fire restoration firm in Raleigh, routinely cleans up the odorous effects of major fire damage. Our skilled technicians are expertly trained and equipped with the latest high-tech tools so they can return your shop, store, restaurant, or hotel to its normal operations sooner than other fire restoration companies can. In performing their deodorization work, SERVPRO’s fire and smoke damage experts:

  • First, inspect your property, starting at the fire’s origin and working outward, and determine what is causing persistent odors
  • Then, work to mitigate further smoke damage and the spread of unpleasant odors by employing HVAC cleaning systems to remove smelly particles from air-circulation ductwork
  • Next, employ state-of-the-art smoke remediation equipment like air scrubbers and ozone machines to remove or neutralize airborne odor particles
  • After that, they use high-tech foggers to treat impacted areas with industrial-grade deodorants and injection devices to counteract odors in furnishings and other possessions
  • Concurrently, workers use dry, wet, abrasive, or innovative methods to clean smelly fire-related residues off of interior surfaces
  • Finally, your business is checked one last time to ensure that its odor issue has been fully dealt with and deodorizing pellets are left in critical locations to freshen interiors

Whenever you need commercial fire restoration work done, know that your neighbors at SERVPRO of Cary/Morrisville/Apex can help. Our skilled crews are knowledgeable in all aspects of fire damage remediation and adept at odor elimination. So, call us at (919) 615-1160 when you need fire damage recovery assistance.