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The Purpose of Raleigh Mold Damage Remediation

6/6/2022 (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.

Vital Phases of Restoring Raleigh Water Damage Incidents

6/6/2022 (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

6/6/2022 (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.

Skilled Water Mitigation Service Saves Cary Residents Time and Money

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water by the window of an apartment When excess water enters your living space, team SERVPRO can help. Contact SERVPRO immediately for effective water removal and drying services.

Call SERVPRO in Cary for Professional Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration

Homeowners may run into various water emergencies at any time, but how you address them and the speed at which water removal services get performed that count most. Rather than handling burst pipes or ceiling leaks on your own, skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) from SERVPRO get the job done fast. We use proven mitigation strategies to help lessen damage and the time it takes to complete your project. When you want your Cary property back to pre-water loss condition, we are here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How does water mitigation in Cary work? Whether you have a spill that created water damage to your carpeting or it seems as though water migrated behind your baseboards and walls, we get in to lessen the damage. SERVPRO has warehouses filled with all the equipment we need to restore versus replace whenever possible.

Water removal services begin after the initial assessment so that we can quickly pull up as much standing water as possible. This gets followed by specialized drying measures and dehumidification so that we can restore your flooring, belongings, and other materials to like-new condition.

How do different surfaces get cleaned?

When we get called for water remediation service, some of the following techniques might get used throughout your interior:

  • Damp wiping
  • Spray and wipe
  • Shampooing
  • Hot water extractions
  • Immersion cleaning and more

Moisture management is imperative with water-related projects

SERVPRO technicians are well-versed in all restorations, including moisture management during water incidents. We strategically place and adjust all of our air-flow management equipment and dehumidifiers as time goes on to best achieve our goals. 

You can always look at SERVPRO of Cary/Morrisville/Apex when you want specialized drying and prompt water mitigation. Contact us 24/7 by calling (919) 615-1160, and we will send our Green Fleet out as soon as possible.

Raleigh Skilled Emergency Water Damage Repair 24/7

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a broken copper pipe that is leaking water Finding that a burst pipe has dumped a large amount of water into your home can certainly cause stress. Call our technicians for repair services.

Call SERVPRO in Raleigh for Emergency Restoration and Water Damage Repair

Whether you have burst pipes or a failed water heater, you could be in for immense water damage that has to get addressed quickly. Skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) like our team at SERVPRO can get there fast to begin water mitigation efforts so that building materials and contents take on less water and moisture. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, arriving within just four hours or less of the time that you make initial contact with our customer care team. We come to your Raleigh property with all the best equipment for the job, help with pack-out services, and all of the reconstruction work necessary to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We have proven methods and the latest industry trucks to get you the best results when you need someone for water damage repair in Raleigh. Some of the equipment that we have access to for various projects include:

  • Truck-mounted extractors, free-standing pumps, and weighted rovers to facilitate water removal services. 
  • Moisture sensors and thermos-hygrometers to ensure no hidden moisture lingers that could lead to musty odors, secondary damage, and mildew or mold growth.
  • Debris removal/disposal and controlled demolition services to replace materials deemed unsalvageable due to water saturation. All controlled demolition is carried out by trusted area contractors and vendors with whom SERVPRO has working relationships.

Why would pack-out services be necessary?

There are several reasons we may utilize our pack-out/move-out services. In some cases, our team must pack up and relocate items to have room to work in the water-impact zone. Other times, things get moved off-site for further drying and cleaning. Everything gets logged for inventory using our trusted system to ensure your belongings get back into their proper places after restoration is complete.

Contact us at SERVPRO of Cary/Morrisville/Apex if you require residential or commercial water damage repair assistance. You can request help online or call (919) 615-1160.

Let Pros Handle Your Fire Damage and Restoration Needs in Raleigh

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged living room with debris covering the floor Dealing with fire damage is certainly stressful when you want it done right. Contact SERVPRO to assess and start the fire damage restoration process.

Raleigh Property Owners Trust SERVPRO for Reliable Fire Damage Restoration

Fire-damaged homes and commercial properties could have a great deal of charred debris and varying levels of smoke damage, even with a smaller blaze. To address the powerful odors that soot residues bring, you need skilled fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) to get the job done right. Failing to handle corrosive soot could mean costly secondary damage and pungent odors that remain as a reminder of the fire. SERVPRO is locally owned and operated. They are here to help all Raleigh residents get the results they need. Once we get done, your interior will be “Like it never even happened."

Once you contact us for house fire cleanup, we are there within hours to begin fire damage restoration in Raleigh. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians have access to all of the best equipment for smoke remediation and odor control, including:

  • Venting box fans that use high-velocity circulation to ventilate your home or business. We often use these fans before and after deodorization takes place.
  • Thermal fogging technology uses a fine mist of deodorizing solution to penetrate surfaces and pull out odorous particulates.
  • Air scrubbers with onboard HEPA filtration, perfect for pulling airborne particles from the fire zone to remove odors.
  • Ozone generators are great for particular circumstances. These units create ozone, made from unstable oxygen molecules, which chemically react with odor molecules, oxidize residues, and help remove odors. Important: While the ozone process occurs, all occupants and pets must be out of the property for safety purposes.

Let us be your trusted insurance liaison!

When you are going through all the motions of dealing with a fire, having someone to work with your home insurance provider can be a tremendous relief. SERVPRO ensures all documentation is filled out correctly and ready for your insurance claim to go as smoothly as possible. 

Request help online or call (919) 615-1160 when you need fire damage restoration services. You can count on SERVPRO of Cary/Morrisville/Apex to be available 24/7.

What Fire Damage Restoration in Raleigh Businesses Involves

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

tech extension pole wiping off soot From a small Raleigh retail shop to an immense warehouse, SERVPRO provides rapid fire and smoke cleanup service to keep your business in business.

SERVPRO and Rapid Raleigh Fire Restoration

Fire creates many problems for Raleigh commercial establishments, including disrupting daily operations even with minimal physical damage. Therefore, fire damage restoration must address the changes in materials while resolving any issues that can interfere with work operations.

Evaluating the situation before taking any action to facilitate fire damage restoration in Raleigh properties is essential since it reveals the true extent of the loss. For example, it is only possible to distinguish whether a surface is charred or caked with residues after wiping with something like a cleaning sponge. SERVPRO prioritizes inspection because we believe it helps expedite the entire renovation exercise.

How inspection expedites restoration

  • Early identification of unsalvageable materials
  • Easing choice of restoration resources
  • Optimum planning of renovation tasks

The necessary actions are based on what the evaluation reveals and the unique situation at your establishment. The layout of the premises is part of the uniqueness. For a massive property such as a warehouse, access to elevated areas and vast surfaces to clean can complicate what would otherwise be a simple remediation process. Residues and soils from the combustion process also vary greatly, thus requiring specialized tools or cleaning agents.

Choosing fire restoration resources

Fires are accidental, so one has no choice in determining how they turn out. Mostly, they ignite from malfunctioning appliances, improperly stored wastes, or negligent actions such as leaving tools powered on when not in use. However, restoration is a matter of choice once the damage is done.

Typical choices to make include

  • Selecting access tools
  • Deciding where demolition is necessary
  • Deciding how to finish

Our SERVPRO crews are equipped with tools such as extension poles, ladders, or cherry pickers to handle tasks like cleaning high walls and ceilings. When dealing with fire damage, the last step is to refinish the affected areas to their preloss state. Some types of finishing influence fire restoration processes. For example, if walls need repainting, cleaning effort is minimal.

SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex facilitates thorough fire damage restoration. Call us at (919) 615 1160. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Simple Steps That Ease Water Mitigation in Cary Properties

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

servpro cleaning products We provide industry-grade formulations for cleaning products to mitigate water-damaged belongings in Cary homes.

SERVPRO Skills and Water Restoration in Cary

Damage readily happens when pipes burst or house appliances malfunction. Repairs can be very costly and time-consuming. Mitigation can help limit the negative effects water intrusion triggers. However, completing water mitigation at your Cary home can be as challenging as doing repairs if the approach is inappropriate.

The most critical aspect of water mitigation in Cary properties is limiting the level of moisture contact with materials. Therefore, no matter how minor, any action qualifies as mitigation if it inhibits such exposure. SERVPRO focuses on strategies like repositioning materials, removing water, and manipulating airflow.

Some specific actions include:

  • Removing wet fabrics
  • Mopping and blotting
  • Tenting accessories like cushions
  • SERVPRO cleaning products

Even though fabrics are resilient against water damage since they dry fast, they can develop long-term issues if no action is taken after water intrusion. Stubborn or permanent staining is common because of running dyes or rust. Steps separating different fabrics, such as lifting drapes from carpeted areas or removing furniture standing on carpeted surfaces, are a viable defense against staining. Our SERVPRO technicians remove area rugs and pull up wet carpets where necessary.

Importance of Water Removal

Removing any water stagnating in the property helps limit the level of deterioration for exposed materials. It also minimizes moisture migration to other house parts initially unaffected by the leak.

Water removal methods include:

  • Extraction with wet vacuums
  • Wiping surfaces
  • Blowing dry air over wet areas

The chosen method depends on many factors, including the immediate mitigation goals, the amount of water involved, and the type of materials affected. An extractive process is essential for significant water volumes stagnating on surfaces, especially if the surface is porous. Carpeted floors require deep extraction equipment. On the other hand, you can wipe hard floor surfaces to dry. Our SERVPRO technicians also use air movers to boost water removal through evaporation.

SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex can significantly improve your water mitigation efforts with our vast wealth of knowledge. You can reach us at (919) 615 1160. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Essential Information About Flood Damage Loss in Raleigh

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Here to Help Poster raining SERVPRO is always here to help our Raleigh neighbors after storm damage.

Resources from SERVPRO Ease Raleigh Flood Restoration

Flooding is known for its devastating effects on homes. However, abiding by this general outlook can mislead you about the level of flood damage left at your Raleigh home. Consulting a professional to help with restoration creates an advantage since you can get accurate information about all the issues you face.

When an experienced team handles flood damage losses in Raleigh properties, decisions are based on technical information and inference from past restoration jobs. That way, fair judgment is possible, ensuring valuables are not disposed of unnecessarily or time wasted trying to save unsalvageable materials. Better information also helps SERVPRO complete the renovation faster.

Flooding characteristics

  • Flooding is invasive but not always terminal
  • The most outstanding issues may be easiest to handle
  • Widespread soiling is common

When flooding is severe, structural components like frames and wall panels cannot survive the immense physical strain and deterioration from exposure to significant moisture levels. However, since most flooding situations do not reach extreme levels, terminal structural damage does not always develop. What is highly likely is deep soiling since floodwaters sweep materials outside and deposit them inside properties. In contrast, dyes, resins, and other materials released from contents and structural areas internally stir soiling.

Flood damage patterns

Although disorganization is one of the outstanding characteristics of storm damage, some issues tend to recur in most incidents and can be regarded as flooding patterns. Some are visual, while others are hidden. For example, the level where rising water reaches is visible along wall surfaces, indicating where mitigation is required. Invisible issues include the deep contamination of porous materials that even a thorough cleanup cannot eliminate.

Factors influencing damage

  • Whether water is fast-moving or slow rising
  • The amount of water involved
  • The period property is submerged

Flood water exerts significant pressure on structures since even 6 inches of moving water can knock down a person. When the water is fast flowing, the pressure is extreme enough to knock down entire structures. The amount of water involved matters since it determines how deeply house sections are submerged.

SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex is fully equipped with information and tools to handle flood damage. Call us at (919) 615-1160. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Essential Information About Flood Damage Loss in Raleigh

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Here to Help Poster raining SERVPRO is always here to help our Raleigh neighbors after storm damage.

Resources from SERVPRO Ease Raleigh Flood Restoration

Flooding is known for its devastating effects on homes. However, abiding by this general outlook can mislead you about the level of flood damage left at your Raleigh home. Consulting a professional to help with restoration creates an advantage since you can get accurate information about all the issues you face.

When an experienced team handles flood damage losses in Raleigh properties, decisions are based on technical information and inference from past restoration jobs. That way, fair judgment is possible, ensuring valuables are not disposed of unnecessarily or time wasted trying to save unsalvageable materials. Better information also helps SERVPRO complete the renovation faster.

Flooding characteristics

  • Flooding is invasive but not always terminal
  • The most outstanding issues may be easiest to handle
  • Widespread soiling is common

When flooding is severe, structural components like frames and wall panels cannot survive the immense physical strain and deterioration from exposure to significant moisture levels. However, since most flooding situations do not reach extreme levels, terminal structural damage does not always develop. What is highly likely is deep soiling since floodwaters sweep materials outside and deposit them inside properties. In contrast, dyes, resins, and other materials released from contents and structural areas internally stir soiling.

Flood damage patterns

Although disorganization is one of the outstanding characteristics of storm damage, some issues tend to recur in most incidents and can be regarded as flooding patterns. Some are visual, while others are hidden. For example, the level where rising water reaches is visible along wall surfaces, indicating where mitigation is required. Invisible issues include the deep contamination of porous materials that even a thorough cleanup cannot eliminate.

Factors influencing damage

  • Whether water is fast-moving or slow rising
  • The amount of water involved
  • The period property is submerged

Flood water exerts significant pressure on structures since even 6 inches of moving water can knock down a person. When the water is fast flowing, the pressure is extreme enough to knock down entire structures. The amount of water involved matters since it determines how deeply house sections are submerged.

SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex is fully equipped with information and tools to handle flood damage. Call us at (919) 615-1160. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.