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Stress-Free Options for Commercial Fire Damage Disasters in Durham

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Stress-Free Options for Commercial Fire Damage Disasters in Durham Commercial fire damage requires professional mitigation services to ensure your space is safe after a fire.

Rely on SERVPRO for Professional and Efficient Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services

It is rare to find a business that is always prepared to face commercial fire damage disasters. Though you might have the necessary gear in place, like fire extinguishers, there are cases where such facilities might not be enough to prevent the unpredictable fires. That is why as a factory or shop owner in Durham you need to call certified restorers to help you mitigate the damage that results whenever such disasters strike.

Commercial fire damage disasters are unique and stressful, but that does not mean the end for your Durham business. You might end up making a big mistake if you assume all is safe after a fire has been put off. Even when the items have not been directly affected by the fumes, the soot residues can still contaminate them to some degree. Additionally, when the gases mix with moisture oxidation occurs and that starts corrosion. That is why you need to work with our qualified SERVPRO technicians to avoid making costly mistakes.

Our SERVPRO team understands the processes that follow when combustion takes place. Once we visit your premises, our technicians inspect the extent of the damage and formulate the various procedures to use during the restoration. Where necessary, we can provide your adjuster with the entire scope of the loss as well as the cost of the repairs. Our operations always abide by the local and state regulations.

Returning your contents to their preloss state is the aim of our SERVPRO restoration procedures. Our first inspection begins typically from the point where the fire started from, and then we go ahead and analyze how the smoke particles have penetrated. We understand that different fires leave behind different residues and thus we choose an appropriate cleaning agent when cleaning the mess.

Given that we have differing smoke residues, it is understandable to expect several odors with each having different sources. The small size of odor particles may make them penetrate surfaces easily. The rate of penetration can be high when there is heat, and the surface is porous. To prevent the unpleasant smells that they cause, we use deodorizing agents to control their effects.

SERVPRO of North Durham is a trusted service provider in storm, mold, water and fire damage restoration. Call us at any time at (919) 467-0880 and discover stress-free options.

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Restoration Technicians Repair Flood Damage in Gorman After the Storm

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoration Technicians Repair Flood Damage in Gorman After the Storm One common cause of storm damage is when the area floods and water leaks into your home.

Rely on SERVPRO When a Storm Leaves Your Home Damaged

Recently, mother nature has proven that she can be a little cruel sometimes. Giant storms have been occurring more often to the point where nobody is 100% safe. No matter what type of storm it is, if/when it hits your Gorman neighborhood, damage to your home is always a possibility. All of the most devastating types of storms including hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms bring with them high wind speeds and lots of rain.

Once the bad weather passes, it is a good idea to have the pros inspect your home for any damage. SERVPRO has years of experience with flood damage in Gorman. Sometimes damage caused by a storm is noticed even inside the house. Other times mother nature's wrath can damage your roof or exterior of your house, and you may not realize it until it has caused extensive damage to the interior of your home.

A common cause of damage in a storm is when the area gets flooded, and water starts to leak into the house. Alternatively, a branch could blow into your house and poke a hole in your wall or roof right in the middle of a torrential downpour of rain. Once an excessive amount of water gets inside your home, the damage must be quickly mitigated before the water causes more problems in the house.

Shortly after every big storm, our water damage crews at SERVPRO respond to a number of houses that suffer storm damage. As soon as a restoration crew shows up at the house, their first mission is to determine the source of the water and try to stop it from flowing into the house. Next, the crew uses an advanced water extraction system to pull as much of the moisture out of the house as possible.

Depending on the severity of the damage, extracting the water and stopping the source may not be enough. Our certified technicians use moisture sensors to see how wet the drywall or wood in the area got. If moisture levels are still too high after all of the water has been extracted, the next phase is drying. Our mitigation team uses air movers and dehumidifiers in the area of damage to dry out the wood and carpet before any mold has a chance to grow.

As long as storm damage is assessed by professionals promptly, the havoc wreaked upon your home will not get worse. If you think there is even a chance that the last storm damaged your house, contact us at SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 for 24/7 assistance.

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Fire Damage and Soot Cleanup from Electrical Incidents in Durham

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage and Soot Cleanup from Electrical Incidents in Durham Sooty Residue from an Electrical Fire in a Durham Home Gets Cleaned up by SERVPRO

Light Bulbs, Furnaces, and Wiring Often Are the Culprits Causing Home Fire & Smoke Damage

Common reasons for electrical fires in Durham can include light bulbs, lamps, and light fixtures. Installing a light bulb that has a wattage too high for the fixture or lamp you are putting it in is a leading cause of electrical fires. Be sure to check the minimum recommended wattage on any lamp or fixture and do not go above the recommended amount. Sometimes, a fire occurs when a paper or cloth is placed over a lampshade; the material heats up and ignites.
A fire in your Durham home from a faulty light fixture or bulb can cause a lot of fire damage fast. Hopefully, it was contained in the room it began in, but even then, you still have smoke and soot possibly in other areas of the home which needs to be cleaned. A SERVPRO crew is always here to help you in the event of an emergency, as we have the equipment and training needed to help you recover from a fire.
Not all soot residue is the same. Some kinds are easier to clean than others, and our technicians are trained to clean the four main types – wet, dry, fuel oil, or protein smoke residues. More kinds of materials are restorable in dry smoke conditions than wet. Dry residues carry few aerosols and deposit dry, small particles on surfaces. Dry smoke does not stain surfaces as deeply, either, and the odor is less pungent. Therefore, we need less aggressive cleaning procedures to get rid of dry smoke residues.
Wet smoke residues are harder to remove, so restoration is more difficult as well. A higher proportion of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components are in wet smoke. Wet smoke also moves slowly, so it has more time to get into crevices and enclosed areas.
For a fire like this, protein residues and fuel oil soot are likely not present. Protein residues mainly come from kitchen fires, while fuel oil soot happens after a furnace puff-back. The cleanup of spiderweb-like residues on the ceilings and walls needs professional help to limit smearing.
SERVPRO of North Durham is trained in cleaning all kinds of soot and smoke residues. No matter the type of fire you had in your home in Chester, Upland, and Orange Factory, we can clean and restore your home when you call us at (919) 467-0880.

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Rebuilding After Mold Damage in Durham

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Rebuilding After Mold Damage in Durham SERVPRO technicians have the training, experience, and special tools to remediate mold damage and restore your home to its original condition.

Rely on SERVPRO Technicians to Restore Your Home after Severe Mold Damage Takes its Toll on Walls and Flooring

Many homeowners in Durham and elsewhere in North Carolina, have a poor understanding of what causes mold. Many citizens have the idea that mold only shows up in homes where the owners are unclean or keep a dirty house. That idea is completely untrue.

SERVPRO understands that mold damage in Durham homes can happen at any time of year, regardless of housekeeping. Mold spores are harmless until they have enough water to expand and begin growing. The mold sends out hyphae to find food. These structures look like capillaries and serve a similar function, sending food and moisture to the growth to expand. When this mold colony goes undetected for too long, it can cause health effects for some people and destroy a home as surely as a fire or flood.

In extreme cases, after we remove the mold, we perform an additional inspection to determine the extent of the damage and what tools our restoration team needs. For abandoned or unoccupied homes, it is not unusual to bring in jacks and lifts to preserve structural integrity while our team replaces wall framing, load-bearing walls, columns, and other support structures.

With the walls not threatening to collapse on them, the team begins on the floor. We remove and dispose of every carpet, then examine the wood floor underneath. Unless the homeowner is insistent on preserving uncontaminated floorboards, it is cheaper for SERVPRO technicians to remove and dispose of it. If there is concrete underneath the carpet, we spray an anti-fungal agent on the pad and stretch new carpet after the cleaner dries.

Finally, we move to the roof. Since mold can grow in any direction, it is not unusual to find it went up walls and spread across the attic. In unoccupied homes, it can easily grow across roof panels and tiles. Depending on how extensive the damage is, demolishing and replacement can take from several days to a couple of weeks.

Mold can appear in any home, regardless if it has been occupied for generations or empty for a couple of years. To remove it and replace the damage is a process that requires training, special tools, and experience. For details on how we can preserve and rebuild your home, call SERVPRO of North Durham today at (919) 467-0880. We are here to help.

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Water Removal in Durham

12/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in Durham Toilets always overflow and cause damage at the wrong time. Contact SERVPRO should such an event cause damage in your home.

SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage From Your Home in Stages

Storms strike our area, but Durham is not prone to flooding from rainwater of rising creeks. Most of the water issues in our community result from a split washer hose in the garage or a rusted out water heater in the hallway.
No matter if the need for water removal in Durham comes from a broken toilet or a broken levee, the result needs to be taken care of immediately. SERVPRO has over twenty years of experience in North Carolina and can remove any amount of water, regardless of how high or low the level.
First, we have to get rid of the standing water. With pumps and water extraction wands, we can remove about ninety percent of the water within a day in any home. Our equipment is commercial grade and tested regularly. If there is an issue with the power, we also have an extensive inventory of generators to provide uninterrupted electrical support for as long as we need it.
Now, we use the extraction wands to draw out water from the carpets and wood floors. Technicians reduce the power on the wands to prevent damaging the nape of the carpet and surface of the wood. We immediately dispose of any pad under the carpet. They begin to disintegrate within an hour or two after exposure to flood water and are cheaper to replace than restore.
With the visible water removed, SERVPRO technicians examine any crawlspaces and sub-floors. If we find more than a trace of moisture, we use the extraction wands to draw it out. If we cannot use them effectively, then the restoration team uses air movers to force warm, dry air into the space to increase evaporation.
Finally, our technicians remove water from the air. High humidity is uncomfortable and encourages mold growth. To draw down the humidity, we set up dehumidifiers in the rooms with the highest percentage of moisture content. Each machine draws out 20 gallons of water each day from the surrounding air.
Using all of these removal methods, we can return most homes to their pre-flood condition in just a few days. If you are dealing with a flooded home, duplex, or apartment complex, contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 to help you put everything back the way it was, or as we prefer to say; "Like it never even happened."

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Water and Electricity Safety After Flood Damage in Your Durham Home

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water and Electricity Safety After Flood Damage in Your Durham Home Call SERVPRO to Safely Remove Water from Your Durham Property When Electricity May Be a Hazard

SERVPRO Works Safely in Storm Affected Properties

We usually think about floods regarding tropical storms or being near big rivers and surges. However, you may not necessarily be safe in Durham. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and they can occur in several different ways, including heavy rains. When floodwaters enter your home, they have the potential to do a great deal of damage to your belongings and structure.
Flood damage in your Durham home needs to be taken care of as soon as possible by professional remediation specialists. Contacting us at SERVPRO is the smart thing to do, as we can arrive quickly at your home with the right equipment and the knowledge needed to do the job thoroughly and correctly.
Various hazards can present themselves in a flood damage emergency, which includes electrical ones. Water conducts electricity, so mixing the two can be disastrous. Electrical hazards can potentially be anywhere on the job site, as floods can cause water to enter the wiring system.
The first thing SERVPRO staff checks is the power distribution box. We turn off all circuit breakers. If only part of your home is affected, we turn the circuits off for the areas which are damaged. If water is inside wall cavities or electrical outlets, this step is especially important. We may even need to have a licensed electrician to do an inspection.
Sometimes we may need to turn off the power source where it enters your home. The power can be turned off at a meter found outside. Turning off the source of power at a meter could require assistance from the local power provider or utility company. We use a generator if the electrical system is considered unsafe at this point and no other form of power is available.
In a wet environment, using electrical equipment to clean up the mess requires using Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. We always ensure the ground plugs are unbroken and cords have no cuts, frays, or nicks.
SERVPRO of North Durham wants to ensure that our staff and your family are safe during the remediation process, which is why we follow these safety precautions when it comes to electricity and water. If you reside in the areas of Bahama, Orange Factory, or Gorman and experience a flood emergency, you can rest assure in knowing this when you call us at (919) 467-0880 for help.

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Take Advantage Of Water Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Durham Area Home

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Take Advantage Of Water Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Durham Area Home You can trust the pros at SERVPRO of North Durham to get the job done.

Trust SERVPRO to Take Care of Your Durham Home When a Water Emergency Arises

Water damage comes in all shapes and sizes, some of which you might not even see until the problem is quite severe. It takes a qualified professional to address these issues in your home correctly, something you should look into, should you experience water intrusion on your Durham property at any time.

It does not take a massive leak to cause severe water damage in your Durham area home. Slow or small leaks can do significant damage, leading to the development of secondary damages, just as quickly as a giant flood that you can see coming. Luckily, we are here to help.

Your local SERVPRO provides you with access to IICRC-industry certified professionals, who specialize in water damage restoration on your property. We offer full-service solutions to common problems homeowners face while using restoration methods designed to tailor to your specific situation, giving you quality results when you need them.

SERVPRO technicians provide cleanup and restoration services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including weekends and holidays. When you request help, we respond immediately, regardless of your situation. Big or small, we have the tools, training, and resources to get the job done right the first time. We can also help those taking a proactive approach, protecting your home before events occur.

SERVPRO uses a variety of water extraction equipment, an advanced drying method, along with cleaning and deodorization services that help provide a clean, healthy living environment for you and your family. Our staff helps provide you with a stress-free claims process, ensuring that you obtain the results you deserve and make the most of what could have been a hazardous situation.

We keep you informed throughout the water restoration process, working with you to limit your losses and pay close attention to contents you cherish most. It is crucial for us to meet your needs and build a lasting relationship with our customers. We treat you with the respect and courtesy you deserve while providing you with the essential services needed to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition.

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Contact SERVPRO of North Durham, today. We can help restore water damage found in your home and help protect against future problems. (919) 467-0880

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Water Removal Services after Flooding or Fire are Crucial to the Restoration of Your Durham Home

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services after Flooding or Fire are Crucial to the Restoration of Your Durham Home SERVPRO Provides Industry Leading Pumps and Devices for Water Removal in the Durham Area

SERVPRO Reduces Water Losses with Fast Extraction and Restoration

After a home takes on water of any kind, drastic changes begin to take place. Homeowners in Durham can protect their homes from the damage these changes cause by having qualified professionals carry out the necessary services. One small crisis can bring about a multitude of problems.

Durham property owners often rely on professional water removal services to dry their homes out when saturation is an issue. Unwanted water can come from interior or exterior flooding or firefighting efforts. Large amounts of water on floors or heavily saturated walls and attics need to be removed and extracted until achievement of complete dryness in your home occurs.

SERVPRO uses the latest in technology not only to remove the water in your home but also to find hidden areas with water and moisture. Elevated humidity can also create problems, and we have solutions for that kind of situation, as well. Hygrometers and moisture detectors help us locate areas where water seeped into, even when it feels dry to the touch.

Determined by the location and the material affected, we might use only hand-held and highly portable extraction units, heating pads for floors, air blowers, or full-size pumps mounted on large trucks. Combining any of these, along with air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, and desiccant machines, our technicians steadily, but quickly, dry your home's interior. Other restorative work cannot begin while conditions remain damp.

Whenever flooding includes contaminated water, we ensure that not only do we eliminate all the water but that we also remove any pathogens or chemical residues. We put our skills to work so we leave each home or business “Like it never even happened.” Failing to remove all the water can set your property up for future problems with mold, deterioration, and destruction of materials, foul odors, insect and other pest problems.

The skilled professionals at SERVPRO of North Durham want to help you protect your home. Water removal services help prevent other problems from developing inside your residence. Because water damages from the first second it touches your home, contacting us at our local number, (919) 467-0880, can reduce total restoration costs while mitigating loss.

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Odor Control For Your Durham Home After A Fire

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Odor Control For Your Durham Home After A Fire Odor control goes a long way after your Durham home has suffered fire damage.

Odor Control

Even a small fire in your Durham home leaves behind various types of damage to clean up. You not only have to deal with what the flames burned, but you likely have water from the firefighters who helped put the fire out, and you have smoke and soot damage. It is not wise to leave any of it lingering for long before restoration is started, as more damage continues to occur.

Odor control goes a long way after your Durham home has suffered fire damage. At SERVPRO, we have the training and skills necessary to perform odor control thoroughly and correctly so that the smoke odors are no longer present in your home.

Various techniques are used in controlling odors. There are multiple phases to an odor control system. The first phase is called containment. Our goal is to block or contain odor molecules from vaporizing back into the air. We spray a chemical deodorizer onto materials causing the odor. The chemical makes a barrier that slows down or stops odor molecules from evaporation off the source material. We directly spray the smoke residues on charred areas with an odor counteractant using a pump-up sprayer.

The next phase is vapor control. SERVPRO techs counteract odor particles which became airborne before the spraying for containment. We apply products made to release deodorant vapors into the atmosphere. They counteract the malodor vapors they contact in the air. Vapor control is quite effective in fire damage cases.

The last phase of odor control is thermal fogging. We dispense solvent-based deodorants using thermal fogging equipment. They pass through a heated area and are combusted. Combustion breaks the deodorant solution down into very small particles. Because of the small size, the particles can go anywhere the malodor particles are pair with the malodor and neutralize it by changing the chemical composition. Dry fogs quickly penetrate and deodorize because of the small particle size. Most of it evaporates within a few hours. The last thing we do in the fogging procedure is ventilate the treated area.

SERVPRO of North Durham can come quickly after your home has suffered a from a fire. We can clean and repair all the damages for residents in the areas of Bahama, Durham, and Gorman, plus deodorize the smoke odors left behind when you give us a call at (919) 467-0880.

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Special Care Need To Restore Fire Damage To Durham Brew Pub

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Special Care Need To Restore Fire Damage To Durham Brew Pub SERVPRO of North Durham is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to better serve you.

SERVPRO Has The Proper Fire Damage Equipment and Technology To Restore Your Durham Property 

Some Durham businesses recover quickly from a fire, able to restock and move on after a quick cleaning. Other enterprises find fire recovery to be more complicated, particularly if they combine retail or serving spaces with a production area dedicated to signature products. Your restoration company must understand your priorities and needs as the cleanup commences.

Breweries with restaurants are popular destinations for those looking for one of a kind eats and drinks. A wood-burning oven sparked a kitchen blaze, and fire damage spread throughout your Durham brew pub. We know we need to work closely with you to restore all areas of your business as they are so interrelated.

When you run a business both makes and sells a unique product, your restoration plan and timetable may be different from competitors that are simply pass-through businesses. SERVPRO is capable of responding to a broad range of restoration concerns simultaneously, with technicians who have training in industry best practices for fire and smoke damage as well as water damage, which is frequently a challenge at a fire scene.

The SERVPRO project manager assigned to your crisis discusses your options honestly and keeps your insurance company apprised. Any water damage is abated first, as the clock starts ticking on secondary issues like microbial growth, which could be devastating for your beer and ale production. Other crew members begin work cleaning soot and chemical extinguisher residue, systematically working their ways through the kitchen, dining area, and brewery.

Safety concerns about food and drink stored within the premises merit discussion with experienced SERVPRO supervisors. Heat and smoky debris can compromise the contents of even sealed and refrigerated containers, including cans, bottles, kegs, and tanks of your artisanal brews. Any food stored in areas where firefighting occurred are likely tainted with the effluents from chemical extinguishers or water.

Your brewery, with all its equipment, require evaluation after the fire to ensure that smoke, soot, heat, or water did no permanent damage. SERVPRO collaborates with other contractors with specialized knowledge and helps you answer questions and meet requirements of local licensing bodies so you can get back to brewing once we remediate the fire damage.

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Many questions and concerns arise after a fire in a brewpub, and SERVPRO of North Durham is ready to help find their answers. Call as soon as the fire crews allow at (919) 467-0880.

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