Understanding Some Aspects of Flood Restoration In Your Durham Home
Stormwater Removal and Drying in Durham Needed? The Solution is SERVPRO
Durham Property Owners Look to SERVPRO for Storm Damage Mitigation
For as much potential hazards that could affect your Durham home, many homeowners opt for extensive coverage for their insurance to satisfy all of these possible problems. While you might get covered, when disaster strikes, seeing the kind of damage that nature can do to your property can leave you speechless. Fortunately, professional restoration services can help you to overcome any of the obstacles standing between the current conditions and a fully restored homestead.
One of the most commonly added options for insurance for homes in the Durham area is flooding. With the severe weather systems that can pass through the region with little warning, many homes are in the lower lying areas where flooding can readily occur. The trouble is, many homeowners do not realize that their houses are susceptible to these floodwaters until the damage has already occurred. By this point, you have to look for quick repairs and home restoration to overcome this present damage and prevent it from happening again in the immediate future.
When our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home following a storm initiated flood, our priority is to seal off the areas of vulnerability (when possible) to prevent the same issue from happening again. The solution may be as fundamental as using hydraulic cement to patch over holes and cracks in the mortar joints in the blockwork. However, there are other times where this process requires more intricate action to prevent further water penetration.
Extraction is the next step, as pooling water can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home. Water removal, executed by our skilled IICRC certified technicians using industry-leading equipment, is key to storm damage mitigation. In some cases, flood cuts by our SERVPRO technicians, this is the removal of drywall or paneling allowing for thorough drying of the inside of wall cavities. This process also quickly removes excess moisture from these saturated construction materials reducing the overall drying time.
This introduction to the flood restoration work that our SERVPRO of North Durham professionals do might be brief and concise, but it can show you how quickly we work to ensure that your home gets protected from further damage. Our team is available 24/7 to help you through any emergency that you face. Give us a call anytime at (919) 467-0880.
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Why SERVPRO Has Its Work Cut Out for Water Removal from Durham Basements
Finding water damage in your basement can cause panic. Contact SERVPRO right away for drying out and remediation services.
Certified Technicians are Trained to Dry Out Your Property After Water Damage
While water removal from a Durham home is rarely an easy task to accomplish, reversing the damage done to a basement can be another matter entirely. In most cases where water damage is severe enough to reach the subterranean level of a home, there is enough liquid to remain pooled and soaked into the materials down there, unable to escape back into the air up above. While drying out upper levels of a home may be possible with proper aeration and climate conditions, SERVPRO has to take extra steps to ensure that the average basement remains free of excess moisture after our restorations are complete.
The first step in many basement water removal cases in Durham is to extract any pooled standing water in the area. Being the lowest point in both the home and the surrounding area, any standing water remaining in the basement should have nowhere else to flow. We use either truck-mounted or portable water extraction technology to pump water out to the street or nearby natural areas and away from your home. Only once this task has been completed can we worry about other drying work.
Ensuring low relative humidity in a basement is a critical part of our work, as exposure to high relative atmospheric humidity for an extended time can degrade structural materials and cost thousands of dollars in damages later on. Without many windows or wind currents flowing through the area, a basement cannot lose water in its atmosphere or soaked into materials at all without the help of an experienced crew fielded by a certified company like SERVPRO. We take care to simultaneously take water out of the air and whisk it off of affected surfaces to provide a fuller, more complete drying experience for your home.
SERVPRO of North Durham has handled dozens of basement water removal jobs over the years and is available on a 24/7 basis to respond to your calls for help. Contact us at (919) 467-0880.
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Durham’s Mold Damage Technicians Explain Air Scrubbing Machines
If mold ever develops inside your Durham townhome, it can spread into areas throughout the building.
Mold Damage Technicians Explain Air Scrubbing Machines
If mold ever develops inside your Durham townhome, it can spread into areas throughout the building. Once a fungus develops it forms structures called hyphae that release reproductive spores into the air. These spores are microscopic and can float long distances before settling onto wet, organic materials.
Since fungi can cause health effects with some people, extra measures get taken to remediate the problem and keep the contamination from spreading and negatively affecting air quality. Specialized equipment and techniques are always implemented when mitigating mold damage in Durham. After our SERVPRO technicians determine where the growth has taken place, they seal off the affected region with thick plastic and poles.
After the containment chamber is set up a hole gets cut into the side to allow for a machine that helps clean contaminated air. Our SERVPRO specialists attach an air scrubber to the side of the hole in the chamber so that the machine creates negative air pressure inside the contained section. The negative air pressure sucks up any spores and dust particles created by the restoration process. The machine also works to clean or scrub the air inside the contained region.
All of the air that is sucked into the air scrubber gets pulled through a specialized filter. These HEPA filters can trap microscopic particles. In many cases, these systems will stay set up throughout the work process to keep cleaning the air throughout the restoration. In some cases, the air being exhausted out by the air scrubber gets ran to an area that is wet and requires drying.
Plastic sheeting shaped like hoses can be run from the air scrubbers into a tight region such as an attic or crawl space. The air can also be directed into an air mover rapid drying circulation to help their efficiency. If needed, the plastic hoses can run from the air scrubber to the affected area that needs cleaning. This method comes in handy when the contaminated region is in a tight spot such as a closet, attic, or crawl space.
If the air scrubber was placed inside the contaminated region, then it gets HEPA vacuumed and cleaned off with anti-microbial chemicals before leaving the containment chamber. If you ever need assistance with a fungus, call SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 24 hours a day.
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Durham's Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Drying
Durham Professionals Turn to SERVPRO for Water Removal from Their Offices and Clinics
Water Extraction and Restoration Results Must Meet Certain Stringent Parameters in Health Care Facilities
If a water leak ever takes places at your doctor's office in Durham, extraction, and drying should take place within 48 hours. If materials inside the office stay wet for longer than 48 hours, mold growth can occur. Since mold can cause health effects, it is essential that microbial growth does not take place in your business due to a water leak.
The first step in the mitigation process is to eliminate any potential hazards and make sure that your doctor's office is safe for your employees and patients. The next step in a commercial water damage project in Durham is the extraction stage. If there are more than two inches of water on the floor of your office, our SERVPRO technicians use submersible pumps to pull the water out of the building into a sewer drain. After that, we use our specialized extraction system to remove moisture out of carpet and upholstery.
Once we extract as much water as we can, the rapid structural drying begins. During this stage, we create an indoor environment that speeds up evaporation and drying. To create this ideal environment, our IICRC certified crew sets up a combination of an air moving system and dehumidifiers.
Depending on the severity of the damage, at times we utilize equipment only during off-hours so that your business can stay open. In the event of contaminated water intrusion from flooding of any sorts, then the doctor's office should be closed until cleaned, disinfected, and okayed for reopening by the local authorities. If drying is necessary during operating hours, then we can work on drying a small section of the building at a time so that patients can still be seen. When equipment is set up, it gets strategically placed in areas that do not disrupt foot traffic.
Before equipment gets placed in your doctor's office, our SERVPRO technicians always establish a drying goal. To figure out when to pull the drying equipment, we first test the relative humidity and materials such as wood and drywall in the affected region. We then use these initial readings to establish what we want the humidity and moisture levels to be at the end of the drying process.
We keep a record of the test results and come back each day the equipment is set up and take humidity and moisture content readings. Once the relative humidity and moisture content levels inside the wood and drywall reach the initially desired and recorded goal, our technicians remove the air movers and dehumidifiers. For professional assistance with structural drying at your office, call SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 any day of the week.
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Leaving Your Slow Cooker Unattended Can Lead to a Fire in Your Durham Home
Crockpots and Instapots are very helpful for working families. Keep a close eye on them, however and replace if they get old. Contact SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Many Aspects of Fire Damage and the Appropriate Specialized Tools That are Most Effective for Remediation
With the long days that people are encouraged to work, it can be very tempting to throw something in a slow cooker in the morning and let it cook all day, but this can cause fire damage. A faulty outlet or old appliances are both common fire hazards inside of your residence. When it comes to the safety of your family and the longevity of your home, it is better not to leave appliances unattended inside of your home, even if they're advertised as an easy solution to dinner after a long day.
When accidents happen, it is a relief to know that expert help is not far from your home to help with the fire damage in Durham. We strive to answer your call no matter the time and get to your home as quickly as possible. No matter the size of the fire, large or small, we can find a way to help you and remediate your home.
The first SERVPRO employee to arrive at the scene of the fire damage is our estimator. They can go through the damage with you, identify some of the key factors of concern, and answer any questions you may have. While our estimator is walking you through the process, our technicians can arrive shortly after to begin the remediation.
SERVPRO has specialized tools to deal with the various categories of damage that fire can leave behind. It is not just ash that is caused by a blaze. Smoke can damage your furniture, clothes, electronics, and other belongings. Soot can leave behind greasy stains on your walls, floors, countertops, and stove.
Our IICRC-certified technicians can employ the use of air scrubbers with HEPA filters while we work to remove residues in your kitchen. The air scrubber can remove any odorous particles from the air while we tackle removing the tough stains from your home.
Do not delay when a fire occurs inside of your home. Dial (919) 467-0880 to get in touch with SERVPRO of North Durham. When it comes to fire, it is always better to jump straight to action and never to wait.
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Drying the Water Damage in Your Durham Home
When your refrigerator is leaking, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.
SERVPRO Efficiently Dries Out Your Home Regardless of the Source of the Leak
The refrigerator in your Durham home is one of the most important appliances you own. It is something that we have grown accustomed to relying on, and it works hard to keep up with our daily demands. Refrigerators, unfortunately, do not last forever, and sometimes the first sign that one is coming to the end of its life is a leaking refrigerator. It can leak in various ways including the leak coming from the bottom of the fridge, from the ice maker, or the water shut off.
No matter where your refrigerator is leaking, it is something you want to attend to as soon as you realize it. The appliance can create a good bit of water damage to your Durham home, and the longer you take to act, the more damage is done. It is the main reason why at SERVPRO, our staff is ready to help you at any time with a water disaster. Our training and tools assist us in cleaning up the mess in your home promptly.
Once we have removed any standing water, part of the drying process is achieved by using dehumidifiers. These machines are used to pull water vapor from the air and lower the relative humidity. As moisture is evaporated, the dehumidifier keeps removing it from the air until your home and contents are dry.
Dehumidifiers are rated by how many gallons of water they can remove from a particular space in twenty-four hours at 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 percent relative humidity. They operate best within a specific temperature range. Usually, the higher the temperature and relative humidity, the more efficient the dehumidifier. To increase the efficiency of refrigerant dehumidifiers, SERVPRO techs heat the area to temperatures between sixty-eight and ninety degrees Fahrenheit.
There are three types of dehumidifiers that we use for water damage restoration. These include low grain refrigerant, refrigerant, and desiccant. In this way, we can select the right machine depending on the situation and area we are drying.
SERVPRO of North Durham has industrial equipment to help dry your home in Weaver, Gorman, or Rougemont after a water damage emergency. Therefore, when a problem arises, it is always best to call us at (919) 467-0880 so that we can help you out, rather than you trying to do the job yourself.
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Durham's Fire Damage Restoration Services
Cleaning and Restoring Possessions and Structures Are Cornerstones of SERVPRO Services in the Durham Area
SERVPRO Offers Cleanup and Restoration for Durham Properties Post House Fires
Any time something burns inside your Durham home, multiple types of damage can take place. Some materials get burnt so severely that they must get removed and replaced. Other items get partially charred so that they need to get resurfaced and repainted.
Smoke created by the fire often travels to various rooms inside the house leaving behind soils and soot residues. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Durham offer a variety of services related to smoke and soot restoration. The full restoration process after a blaze requires following several steps.
The first type of service that gets performed after a house burns is mitigation. The goal of mitigation is to secure the structure and prevent further damage. Mitigation includes boarding up windows and emergency drying any water damage that occurred. For large scale building security outside contractors can be called in for those actions.
Next, structural cleaning takes place. The purpose of this step is to remove smoke damage from all components and deodorize them. In some scenarios, cleaning contents occurs when items are severely smoke damaged. Sometimes contents get cleaned on the job site other times they get transported to another location to get cleaned and deodorized. SERVPRO offers an excellent pack-out, storage, and rehabilitation service.
In certain situations, specialty restoration services get used to restore specific items. Some contents that need specialists to restore include electronics, dry cleaning of clothing, and resurfacing of furniture. At times artwork requires particular attention to restore to original conditions and can be sent out to a specialized company that excels at this cleaning.
In many scenarios, reconstruction takes place as a final step in the restoration process. In cases of severe fire damage, building contents get burned to the point of becoming non-salvageable. After all burnt materials get removed, the area is painted with a sealant paint so that any remaining foul odors get masked and encapsulated. Then the structural components get rebuilt which at times is more complicated than basic home remodeling.
The final goal of any fire restoration process is to bring the home back to preloss conditions whenever possible. For professional assistance with fire restorations services, call SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 seven days a week.
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Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Durham
If possible, SERVPRO will work on your water damaged gift shop in portions so that your doors can remained open to customers.
SERVPRO Works Quickly to Restore Your Business for Minimal Interruption
If a pipe breaks inside your Durham gift shop, many problems possibly occur. The existence of water sometimes causes your products or building materials to get damaged. In some cases, water creates hazards for your employees and customers and disrupts business operations.
If moisture lingers too long, foul odors and mold growth possibly occurs. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Durham have experience in restoring problems without having to shut down your business. Many times we complete our operations differently so that the functions of your gift shop are not interrupted.
From the minute our IICRC certified technicians show up on the scene, we are continually thinking about ways to complete the work without hindering your business. When we first secure the work area, we do it in a way that helps keep your gift shop functioning. We make sure any hazards for your employees and customers get fixed, or the areas get blocked off and labeled with "danger" signs.
Next, we extract all of the water out of the building that we possibly can. The extraction process sometimes gets done in small sections at a time so that we only have to close your shop down a portion at a time. After our SERVPRO technicians are confident that we cannot pull out any more moisture with our extraction equipment, we begin the drying process.
Before we start drying the structure, we test the temperature, relative humidity and moisture content of materials in the affected room or rooms. We then set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the region so that air flows in a circular motion. The dry-out process gets sometimes completed after business hours. Other times we dry out the building in a small portion at a time and move your products around so that we only close off part of your shop.
The combination of air flow and dehumidification speeds up evaporation and pulls moisture out of the air. The drying equipment stays set up until relative humidity, and moisture levels return to preloss conditions. Once we are satisfied with the moisture levels of building materials, we pull out drying equipment making sure that we do not get in your customers' way.
After the desired moisture levels get reached, the final cleaning and deodorization process begins. To make sure your business' mitigation project gets done the right way, call SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 for help anytime.
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Why Professional Mold Remediation is Needed for Your Durham Home
Some mold appears in plain sight and some hides behind walls and cabinets. Should you see or smell mold in your home, contact SERVPRO right away.
Team SERVPRO Has the Training, Certification, and Expertise to Remediate a Mold Infestation in Your Home
When people think of mold damage to Durham homes, they often attribute this occurrence with uncleanliness or a lack of upkeep with your house. The truth is, it is remarkably simple to have fungal and mold growth occur in your house, and it has no bearing on the cleanliness of your home or how apt you are to prevent it from happening.
The reality of mold damage in your Durham home is that most people have no idea that they could even have fungal growth until it is visible to the naked eye or happens to be strongly scented enough to alert you. Even with all of the damage and potential health effects that can get attributed to the presence of mold in your home, many homeowners deem this concern something they can manage on their own with conventional cleaning approaches. Unfortunately, without the appropriate tools and training, you are merely leaving the door open for future mold spore colonization.
Our SERVPRO professionals get specially trained in the most modern techniques for mold remediation and get certified by the high standards of the IICRC. Our expertise with all varieties of mold and the appropriate means of eradicating the present colonies makes us uniquely qualified to help you through the damage that your home faces.
Quarantining the affected area where mold is actively growing is a priority of our IICRC-certified remediation specialists at the moment we arrive at your home. This process prevents the spread of spores to new areas of your home while we work to sand down organic materials that house mold colonies and apply a chemical solution for deep penetration into the pores of these surfaces, ensuring that the entire hyphae gets eliminated by our efforts.
We have the knowledge and the tools to help you clean up the mess and work to prevent future instances of mold growth in your home. Our SERVPRO of North Durham mold remediation specialists cannot help you with a problem you never call about, however, so give our team a call today at (919) 467-0880.
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Commercial Water Removal Professionals Work Quickly To Restore Home Daycare Centers In Durham
Some situations affecting your Durham home daycare might require commercial water removal services to make everything “Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Water Removal
Providing daily care in your Durham home to children while their parents work means that you must always keep your home well-maintained. A small situation involving water can become a much larger one in a matter of merely a few minutes and cause severe problems for you and your business.
Some situations affecting your Durham home daycare might require commercial water removal services to make everything “Like it never even happened.” When it does, SERVPRO technicians can provide the services needed to adequately mitigate the situation adequately, meaning you stay in business. These include more than just removing the water but also eliminating the moisture in your home's materials and the humidity in the air. Pumping out visible water alone can leave much water behind, and this can lead to microbial growth, water stains, deteriorating carpeting and rugs, loosened wallpapers and borders, and a musty odor - all avoidable problems.
To prevent these situations from becoming a reality and affecting your business, we use the latest developments in restoration science. Because heat speeds up the process of evaporation, we use heaters that radiate warmth as well as floor mats that increase the temperature underneath them and then extract the evaporating moisture. When we expect favorable weather conditions, we open up doors and windows. Air blowers can move air currents so that humidity leaves your daycare home. Restoring dryness remains one of the industry's primary methods of preventing microbial infestation without the use of chemicals or other agents.
However, smells can remain, and our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can make everything smell as it should once again. Other permanent evidence of water damage that can appear includes water stains on upper walls and ceilings. We can test for the presence of moisture with our water meters and then proceed accordingly.
Because accidents that can close your business can happen anytime and come from both within and outside your home, we recommend that all businesses, regardless of their size, sign up for our READY Plan. The faster a business can recover from a disaster, the higher its chances of succeeding in the long run. If you need assistance completing a Plan, we welcome your phone call. We want businesses of all sizes to succeed in our community, including yours.
SERVPRO of North Durham can help you with water removal services, as well as other mitigations services, as needed. Keeping your business suitable and safe for children means a lot to us. Contact us at (919) 467-0880, anytime, and any day of the year.
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