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Vital Phases of Restoring Raleigh Water Damage Incidents 

3/4/2023 (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

3/4/2023 (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

3/4/2023 (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.

Trust SERVPRO for Fire Restoration in Your Raleigh Home

3/2/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked Even a small kitchen fire in Raleigh gains the attention of multiple SERVPRO experts.

Fire Restoration in Raleigh Demands Professionalism

A fire has ruined several building materials and items in my home. Who can help me bring things back to normal? You can trust professional restorers to repair your residence.

SERVPRO is available 24/7 to perform fire restoration in Raleigh homes. Working with specialists is vital because a fire can ruin your home’s structural integrity in ways that are not visible immediately. Some signs that your home might have structural problems after a fire include the following:

  • Cracks in concrete, masonry, or bricks,
  • Cracking or warping steel 
  • Visible charring in wood
  • Warped drywall

Apart from the apparent issues a home fire causes, like blackened walls and melted plastic or glass, smoke and soot can keep causing damage. Soot has acidic properties that can ruin your home’s structure. The acids in sulfur and carbon corrode items like locks, cabinet pulls, and door knobs. This damage can make your home unsafe or difficult to sell.

Smoke also discolors porous materials in a home. Plastic and some types of stone, like marble, can become permanently discolored after exposure to smoke. Smoke may also discolor carpets, walls, clothes, curtains, and upholstery.

The water from firefighting efforts can create ideal conditions for mold infestation. Mold can be difficult to manage and requires expert remediation. Our SERVPRO technicians can remove the standing water in your home using equipment like electric submersible pumps or wet/dry vacuums. We can use air movers to sweep saturated air away from surfaces and replace it with dryer air. Once the moisture is in the air, our SERVPRO team can use dehumidifiers to remove it.

Another concern after a fire is air quality. Removing all hazardous chemicals and toxins from small enclosed spaces like closets and cupboards is essential to ensure safety. Our SERVPRO technicians can use air scrubbers to remove airborne particles, gases, and odors from the air. We capture these particles and introduce clean air back into the environment.

SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex has expertise in fire damage repair. Call us at any time for help at (919) 615 1160. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Water Restoration Solves Minor Flooding of Your Raleigh Residence

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

drying mats on wood flooring in a kitchen SERVPRO deploys drying mats with advanced equipment to mitigate water damage in Raleigh homes--even the kitchens.

Minor Storm Damage Needs Water Restoration Work

Our experience has shown that preventing extensive damage to houses in Raleigh is not only possible, but it is also the most cost-effective approach. Water restoration services are what your home needs after mitigation of the harmful effects of storm damage and flooding.

Homeowners in Raleigh benefit from water restoration work done by the same company performing the extraction, drying, and mitigation phases after a torrential storm. While these different stages can be completely separated, combining them where possible, or having them overlap, makes the entire restoration process faster and more economical.

While slight damage or small, isolated areas where rain formed indoor puddles might seem easy enough to mop up and forget, it takes little effort to call for a professional inspection and assessment.

Small amounts of rainwater can cause damage, such as:

• Inside the walls and under and around windows,

• Wood floors and sub-floors under carpeting, and

• Electrical components.

Over time, window frames can develop cracks and crevices that allow water to seep inside. The moisture then causes additional deterioration inside, eventually affecting larger portions of the interior area of the wall. The results of such situations can include soft, crumbling walls, mold, discoloration of the wall, and odors.

The horizontal nature of your floors means water can spread out and get into numerous spaces. Hardwood flooring either falls apart (parquet floors) or warps (cupping and crowning). We can utilize drying mats with negative air pressure (vacuum) to suck up water and moisture from the joints. Splintering can also happen. Rainwater that seeps into porous particle boards can become rounded and swollen with water. These areas eventually dry out and disintegrate, leaving behind tiny pieces of the material--almost like sawdust.

Wiring runs through the voids of walls in a house, and saturated drywall can leave metal parts corroded or worse. Any cracked or damaged cables can endanger occupants. Let our electrical experts handle this for you. We can protect your house from fire and your family from potential shock hazards.

Contact SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex at (919) 615-1160 for your property's restoration services to prevent worsening water damage.

Water Damage Repair on Raleigh Kitchen Cabinets with SERVPRO

1/8/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with water covering the tile floor An unexpected water intrusion in your kitchen can often leave you unprepared. Call team SERVPRO. We are standing by 24/7.

Dealing with Water Damage on Wood in Raleigh Homes

Kitchens have many potential hazards, one of them being water. Many things can lead to water damage in your kitchen cabinet - perhaps a leak in the kitchen faucet, a defective appliance, you name it. Irrespective of the cause, it is important to deal with the damage immediately. The longer water damage remains in your Raleigh home, the worse it becomes. You can contain the damage by contacting a professional water restoration company such as SERVPRO.

A professional water damage repair company can dry out the affected areas and ensure any damage to structural components is repaired. Most kitchen cabinets are made using different materials, including hardwood, wood veneer, plywood, particleboard, and MDF, all of which are wood-based. Though these are durable materials for cabinets, they are not waterproof. Delamination and warping from moisture can be severe, necessitating a total cabinet overhaul if no rapid measures are taken, especially for medium-density fiberboard or plywood kitchen cabinets. SERVPRO crews are well-skilled in handling repairs on all wooden surfaces.

Moisture in kitchen cabinets can extend to other areas affecting

  • Baseboards
  • Flooring
  • Drywall

Repairing moisture-damaged cabinets

After evaluating the situation, SERVPRO crews remove everything from the cabinets and inspect the extent of the damage. We check the corners, door hinges, and the wood’s firmness. Also, since moisture in cabinets can create an ideal environment for mold that can rapidly migrate into surrounding materials, the crew asses the wall behind for moisture and possible microbial growth.

Repair equipment include

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers
  • Venting fans

Air movers have multiple functions; for example, shrouds can be attached to the snout of air movers, allowing them to push dry air under cabinets.

If you have moisture problems in your kitchen cabinets, SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex can provide quality water damage repair. Call us at (919) 615-1160 to restore your cabinets to full functionality. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Need Mold Damage Remediation in Raleigh – Call SERVPRO

12/4/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall in the corner of a room Whether the patch of mold is large or small, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us for knowledgeable technicians and the necessary equipment to help.

SERVPRO provides Mold Damage Inspections and Remediation in Raleigh

The robust and musty mold odor is never welcome in Raleigh homes and businesses. Many consumers only realize they have a water leak or moisture issue once they notice this odor. Mold spores are everywhere, and a mold colony can begin growing in as little as twenty-four hours after surfaces are exposed to moisture in warm conditions with lots of organic food sources available.

SERVPRO provides mold damage inspections and removal services in Raleigh and surrounding areas. As long as there is a moisture source, mold will continue to grow, damaging contents and structures in your home or business. The strong, musty odor will persist without proper cleaning, removal, and drying.

Our IICRC-certified mold technicians arrive onsite within four hours of your call to inspect the mold infestation and propose the best approach for removal. If there is a persistent moisture issue, we can help with repairs to plumbing and other conditions causing moisture in the area of the mold colony.

Large infestations must be contained to avoid spreading mold particles and spores to other areas of the building. We install containment barriers, create negative pressure rooms, and bag all materials in place before removing them for disposal. Once the site has been cleaned and disinfected and the moisture source removed, SERVPRO can coordinate our extensive building services team to make repairs.

Repairs and restoration of damaged structures, including drywall, plumbing, electrical, and flooring, along with many additional building services, are available to assist our clients in bringing their premises back to full functionality.

SERVPRO provides the following mold-related services to our clients in the area:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Black mold damage removal

Call SERVPRO of Cary / Morrisville / Apex for mold damage restoration services. We provide service to Raleigh and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (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.