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Removing Smoke Odor After a Fire in Your North Durham Home

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Smoke Odor After a Fire in Your North Durham Home Smoke odor can damage your home and it's contents and should be cleaned by a professional.

If you’ve ever accidentally burned your food instead of cooking it, you know first-hand how smoky your home can become. The smoke detector usually goes off, you open the windows, perhaps turn on a fan. Hours later the smoke smell still lingers, sometimes in your hair, or in the clothes you were wearing.

This is what happens on a larger scale when there is a fire in your home. The soot, and smoke embeds itself into your furniture, clothing and other porous items. Some homeowners attempt to remove the smoke odor themselves with consumer grade retails products and spray deodorizers; only to be frustrated when the smell returns. Smoke particles bury themselves into fibers, fabrics, and other porous items and need a professional deep clean in order to remove the lingering odor.

Some items in the home may only be lightly affected and simply need airing out. If items are covered in soot, it is best not to disturb them and allow our certified technicians to complete the job.

Here are some tips you can use before our North Durham technicians arrive onsite:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water.

After your home is affected by smoke, contact SERVPRO® of North Durham at 919-790-1222, for our smoke odor removal services that will return your home to normal. Like it never even happened.®

5 Signs Your North Durham Home Has A Failing Hot Water Heater

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Signs Your North Durham Home Has A Failing Hot Water Heater A failed hot water heater can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your North Durham home.

For most home owners, a hot water heater is one of those set it and forget items. It’s a silent, yet integral part of modern convenience. The average residential hot water heater holds 50 - 80 gallons of water. Unfortunately, when it breaks all of that water soaks into your home potentially causing extensive repairs or in some cases, replacement of contents.

Most homeowners have no idea their hot water heater is near the end of is serviceable life, but here are some red flags to alert you.

Rusty water. This one can be a bit problematic because it could be either the inside of the water heater rusting or it could be your home’s plumbing. You will need contact a professional to determine the difference.

Rumbling Noises. Unfortunately, the water in North Durham is hard. This means there are extra minerals in the water. Over time these minerals solidify into sediment which builds up in your hot water heater. The sediment can weigh down the bottom of the tank and shift around causing your tank to make gurgling or rumbling noises. Investigate noises immediately as this is often a sign that can lead to the unit overworking, or worse future leaks.

Condensation. If your unit has any moisture around it, there is a good chance there is an underlying leak or crack.

Lukewarm Water. If your hot water isn’t as hot as it used to be, or you find your family is frequently running out of hot water, it may be time to replace your unit.

Age. The average lifespan of a hot water is about 10 years. You should have a replacement plan in mind around that time frame ideally, before it breaks in order to prevent damage.

We hope these signs are able to alert you to a failing hot water and you can use them to protect your home before it breaks. If disaster does strike, you local SERVPRO® of North Durham is always here to help.

Grilling Safety Tips for Your North Durham Home

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grilling Safety Tips for Your North Durham Home The leading cause of home grilling fires are failure to clean the grill and leaks in gas/propane grills.

For many families, Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of the summer season. Grilling competitions and plenty of family gatherings are on the horizon. This also means the increase for fires. While NFPA cites July as the month with the highest number of outdoor grilling fires, May is the second highest month.

SERVPRO® of North Durham wants you to enjoy yourself and have a safe summer season. Here are some stats, do’s and don’ts for grilling.

Grill Facts

  • July is the peak month for grilling fires.
  • 16,600 people went to the emergency room in 2014 due to grilling related injuries.
  • 19% of all fires are due to a failure to clean the grill.
  • 23% of outside and unclassified grill fires were due to leaks or breaks
  • Gas grills pose a greater fire hazard than charcoal grills.

Don’t

Use a Grill Indoors

            Even small tabletop grills need to be utilized outside. Grills release the deadly colorless, odorless gas called carbon monoxide. They are also a fire hazard. Only use electric grills marked safe for indoor usage inside.

Turn on the Gas While The Lid Is Closed

            This can cause the gas to build up inside the grill. Once you light the grill and then open it there is the potential for it to explode, causing serious injury.

Overload Your Grill with Food

            While it may be tempting especially when feeding a large gathering, overcrowding the grill with fatty items can cause large fire flares.

Leave the Grill Unattended

            Have all your prep work ready so when you are grilling  you do not have to leave the area. Fires double in size every minute. Catching a fire early is key to keeping it from spreading.

Do

Check for Propane Leaks

            When using your grill for the first time after the winter season, you should check your gas and propane grill for leaks. Simply apply a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turn on the gas. If there is a leak in the hose, the soap solution will bubble. Leaks are also evident by a flame that refuses to light or the smell of gas.

Keep Your Grill Clean

            Dirty grills are one of the leading causes of home grilling fires. Be sure to remove grease and any buildup from the grill and in the tray below the grill. Charcoal grill users should allow the coals to cool completely before disposing of coals and ashes.

Place Your Grill on Stable Ground

            The grill should be level on a flat surface.

Wait to Re-Light

            If the flame goes out, turn off the grill and the gas, then wait a minimum of five minutes before re-lighting it.

Have a Safe And Enjoyable Summer

These home grilling safety tips can help prevent fire, injuries, and damage to property. If disaster does strike, SERVPRO® of North Durham is always here, 24/7.

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/

Restoring Your North Durham Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your North Durham Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/2rbpAIc

Flooding and water damage events in North Durham commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO® of North Durham

SERVPRO of North Durham specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our technicians are highly trained in commercial property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our technicians are equipped with the knowledge to restore your North Durham business property.

Activities for Memorial Day Weekend in Raleigh and Across North Carolina

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Although summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, 2017 many mark Memorial Day weekend as the beginning of the summer season. Some families choose to celebrate by staying home while others are more inclined to find an outing. If you prefer to travel outside of the Raleigh, and Triangle areas, North Carolina has an abundance of natural resources to enjoy.


Raleigh



  • May 26th WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park

  • May 29th Memorial Day Observance at Historic Oakwood Cemetery


Zoos, Beaches, Aquariums, Museums, or Historic Sites open on Memorial Day



  • NC Aquariums

  • NC Zoo

  • NC Museums of History and Natural Sciences

  • State Parks and Recreation areas (most are open check before going)

  • May 27th Town of Atlantic Beach annual fireworks display

North Durham DIY's Mold Remediation: A Recipe for Disaster

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation North Durham DIY's Mold Remediation: A Recipe for Disaster Mold could be an invisible guest in your North Durham home.

After the storm that hit the Triangle area on April 25, 2017 many homeowners decided to go the DIY route. While this is usually a source of pride, and a way to save cash, there are some projects that should be left for the professionals. Mold remediation can be a hazardous and costly project, especially if the work must be done more than once to fix prior mistakes. Weather absolutely plays a factor in mold growth, from excessive rain to flooding wherever there are moisture intrusions you can have the potential of a problem. If your home has a musty, damp, or mildew smell, you may be experiencing the first signs of secondary growth, commonly referred to as mold.

DIY Mold Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Mold spores
  • An organic material food source
  • Temperatures between 32 – 122 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Darkness
  • Warmth
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture
  • Time

 

Directions:

Mix a food source of your choosing (i.e. drywall, wood, upholstery) with mold spores, oxygen, and moisture. Keep a dark, damp area continuously warm for several days. Add humidity greater than 60% to feed the mold spores.

If you went the DIY route and are now experiencing a musty, damp smell, you may be experiencing the first signs of secondary growth, commonly referred to as mold. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If you see signs of mold, call us today at: 919-790-1222.

 

Fighting the Flu

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

The weather has become increasingly warmer, but that does not mean the flu season is over yet. Flu season started October 2016, and it may come as a surprise, but the official season does not end until May.

This season the flu has hit residents of Durham county and the entire state especially hard with the death toll now at 170. This is a stark comparison to the 59 flu related deaths across the state from last year.

Each season the influenza vaccine is changed to accommodate suspected strains. According to the CDC this year Flu B is the most common strain. For those that were vaccinated early the effectiveness of the vaccine is reported to be 73%.

With another two weeks to go until flu season is officially over, health officials still recommend vaccines. Other preventative steps include:

  • Washing your hands. Soap and water is still the most effective way to kill germs. In those instances when soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer is a good alternative.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay at home if you have had a fever. Remain home bound until you have been fever free without the aid of any fever reducing medication for 24 hours.
  • Cover your sneezes and coughs with a disposable tissue.

The flu season is nearly over. We want our community to stay safe and healthy and be ready for the upcoming summer fun!

 

 

Source: www.flu.nc.gov

Earth Day 2017 Events in North Durham and Across North Carolina

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Community Earth Day 2017 Events in North Durham and Across North Carolina Earth Day 2017

Earth Day was created on April 22, 1970 to create national environmental awareness. The most common way to celebrate is to plant a tree. If you’d rather celebrate out and about here is a listing of events in Durham, NC and across the state.


Durham Central Park is hosting an Earth Day Festival on Sunday April 23, 2017 from Noon – 5pm.  This is a free event and open to the public.


Earth Day Events in NC State Parks


Not all events are on Saturday, April 22, some are the week of.  Be sure to double-check before you go.


Crystal Coast Earth Day


Fort Macon State Park


252-726-3775


Celebrate Earth Day with over a dozen local organizations at Fort Macon State Park.  Each group will have a booth with displays and/or activities showcasing their conservation efforts.  


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm


Start Location:


Fort Macon Visitor Center


Earth Day - Salamander Soiree


Lake James State Park


828-584-7728


Earth Day! What better way to celebrate our wonderful planet than by searching for slimy amphibians? The wonderful world of salamanders will be on display as Park Ranger Kevin Bischof leads a hike to different types of salamander habitat in search of these small, elusive amphibians.


Date of Event:


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 1:00pm


Start Location:


Paddy's Creek Area - Holly Discovery Trailhead


Lake Waccamaw State Park Friends - Earth Day 5K Walk/Run/Corn Hole Tournament/Concert


Lake Waccamaw State Park


910-646-4748


Lake Waccamaw State Park Friends Earth Day 5K Trail Walk/ Run/ Corn Hole Tournament/Concert on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Come out with family and friends and enjoy Lake Waccamaw State Park on Earth Day. Walk or run a 5K course covering the trails and boardwalks of the beautiful and diverse park terrain. The 5K event proceeds go directly to park improvements and new programs for visitors.


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:00am to 7:00pm


Start Location:


Lake Waccamaw Visitor's Center


Earth Day at the Park


South Mountains State Park


828-433-4772


Bring a friend, or just come and make a friend! Volunteer with Friends of South Mountains State Park and show your love for the park by getting your hands a little dirty helping park staff with a project to make your park more beautiful. Project will be decided by park staff prior to the event, but projects may include trail work or a project in the picnic area or on the Kids TRACK trail.


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm


Start Location:


Visitor Center


Discovery Hike


Jones Lake State Park


910-588-4550


Join a park ranger for a hike through the bay forest at Jones Lake State Park and "discover" why this environment is unique.  Discussion on the hike will include the flora and fauna of the forest, and why Carolina Bays are important.  Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for this program.


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:00am


Start Location:


Visitor Center


Nature Designs Art Festival


Raven Rock State Park


910-893-4888


Nature Designs Art Festival is an official event of the 2017 North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation.
 


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm


Start Location:


Visitor Center


Biological Wonderland Hike


Carolina Beach State Park


910-458-8206


Come celebrate Earth Day by joining a Park Ranger at 11:00 a.m. in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area for a hike along the trails. Learn about the different habitats that exist within Carolina Beach State Park and how each habitat affects the plants and animals that call the park home. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information, call 910-458-8206.


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am


Start Location:


Flytrap Trail Parking Area


Earth Day at Chimney Rock


Chimney Rock State Park


828-625-1823


Help us celebrate the NC Science Festival! Public and private conservationists have been protecting lands in and around Chimney Rock for well over 100 years.  Join state park rangers, regional biologists, and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape.


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm


Start Location:


Riverwalk behind the Old Rock Cafe


Earth Day – 4/22/17


Gorges State Park


828-966-9099


Earth Day – 4/22/17
Join the Gorges Park Naturist on Earth Day for and informative and fun look at the connection between the Park Visitor Center and Earth Day!  The LEED certified center has many Golden Features which work in harmony with the earth.  This will be a rain or shine event with,  
No Reservations Needed! 


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm


Start Location:


Park Visitor Center


Earth Day Scavenger Hunt


Goose Creek State Park


252-923-2191


Meet at the visitor center to learn about Leave No Trace ethics on Earth Day and participate in a fun and interactive scavenger hunt.  All ages are welcome.  Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to take a walk through the woods.
 


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am


Start Location:


Visitor Center


Not all events are on Saturday, April 22, some are the week of.  Be sure to double-check before you go.


Stewardship Hike


Jockeys Ridge State Park


252-441-7132


Jockey's Ridge offers a view into preservation projects of the past as well as restoration projects. On Earth Day, join us for this 1.5 mile hike to look at the decisions and science involved in the management of public lands.


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:30am


Start Location:


Visitor Center


NC SciFest: Natural Pigments


Elk Knob State Park


828-297-7261


Come see the different colors you can find in nature.  Learn the process of creating your own natural pigments.  Experiment with different colors.  All materials provided.  Wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty.  Meet at the outdoor amphitheater.


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:00pm


Start Location:


Outdoor Amphitheater


Earth Day Hike


Pettigrew State Park


252-797-4475


Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely stroll down the boardwalk to learn about the plants and animals that call the area home.  You will get to see Pettigrew State Park from a different perspective!  Call the park office for more information (252)797-4475


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00pm


Start Location:


Park Office


Earth Day Hike


Medoc Mountain State Park


252-586-6588


To celebrate Earth Day, come to the park, join a park ranger, and hike the Stream Loop Trail.  As we walk the trail, we will talk about the various sights and sounds around us.  The hike will take us alongside Little Fishing Creek and then deep into the woods.  Dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water.  Call the park office at 252-586-6588 to register for this FREE program!


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:00pm


Start Location:


Picnic Shelter parking lot


Earth Day Celebration


Mayo River State Park


336- 427-2530


Come out and celebrate Earth Day at Mayo River State Park!   We will have Greensboro Parks and Recreation's Famous Ecobus displaying live birds, snakes, and other live animals on board! Do you want to do a service project to help the environment?  We will be hosting a cleanup project on the Mayo River. (registration is required).  Do you want to help with a resource management project?


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm


Start Location:


Mayo Mountain Access


Earth Day Night Hike


Mount Jefferson State Natural Area


336-246-9653


Meet the park ranger on Earth Day for a one-mile round-trip hike along the ridgeline out to Luther Rock. See amazing views, stars and the lights of town below. We watch for owls, and listen for wildlife.  Bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.  Parts of this hike are considered strenuous and hiking at night can be physically challenging.


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:00pm


Start Location:


Park Office


NC Star Party: Celebrate Earth Day


Hammocks Beach State Park


910-326-4881


Join us for the annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party which is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Come learn the basics of stargazing and be amazed by all to see!  We will also be celebrating Earth Day at this event... GO EARTH!  You will get a chance to use a telescope to get a closer look at the sky above.


Date of Event:


Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:00pm


Start Location:


Visitor Center


 

Easter Egg Hunts Across the North Durham and Durham County Area

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Easter Egg Hunts Across the North Durham and Durham County Area

With March 20th marking the official first day of Spring 2017 the Easter Bunny and his colorful eggs are not far behind. If you haven’t made it to an Easter Egg hunt yet, there is still a little time. This year Easter is on April 16th. There’s still plenty of time to take the kids to egg hunts around the North Durham and Durham County community. This year you can find egg hunts at the following locations:

April 8th

Durham – 10am – 12pm West Point on the Eno. Infants – 12 yrs old. Bring your own basket!

Durham – 10am – 11am. Campus Hills Park.

Durham – 10am – 12pm. Oak Church. Infant to 5th grade.

Durham – 12pm – 4pm Hollow Rock Bluffs. Adults only 21+.

April 9th - April 15th

Durham – 10am – 6pm. Tre Bella Boutique

April 14th

Durham – 9:30am – 5pm. Museum of Life and Science. 6 and younger.

April 16th

Durham – 12:30pm -3pm Durham Central Park. Infants – 12 yrs old. One of the largest hunts in Durham!

If you’re looking to travel for an egg hunt here are some iconic locations across the state:

April 14th

Wilmington – 10am – 2pm. Battleship NC

April 15th

Benson – Smith’s Nursery 10 and younger. Non-perishable items to the West Johnston High School is appreciated as admission.

Winston-Salem – 9:30am – 4:30pm. Easter Festival Old Salem’s Historic District.

April 16th

Asheville – Biltmore House Ages 10 – 16.

Are Dirty Carpets Making You Sneeze?

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Are Dirty Carpets Making You Sneeze? North Durham car covered in pollen dust.

The Bull City is home to prestigious universities, entertaining sports teams, beautiful arts centers, and pollen. For those suffering from tree allergies, the peak season of April is near. Welcome, the thin film of pollen dust that coats cars, and homes and leaves sufferers with watery eyes, and runny noses. Hence the greenish-yellow tint on cars across NC this time of year. According to a study done by Elon University, North Carolina has the dubious pleasure of being ranked high among states worst to live in for those with allergies.


If you leave your windows open to enjoy the fresh breeze coming through, you can expect the NC pollen to collect in your home like dust, thus potentially aggravating existing allergies. The constant battle to keep the pollen off the cars, and out of the home is enough for some people to just give up.


If your home has carpet, the pollen dust can collect in the fibers and even thoroughly vacuuming may still leave remnants behind.


SERVPRO® of North Durham offers residential and commercial carpet cleaning. Our technicians are courteous and knowledgeable in all the ways to remove stains, and clean your carpets to like new condition.


Call us anytime at 919-467-0880 to schedule services.


 


 


Source: Elon University Newspaper