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Reconstructing After a Ceiling Leak in Your Durham Home

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged ceiling SERVPRO teams are ready to assist with water damage situations day or night. Give us a call right away.

As a Full Service Restoration Provider in Durham, Our SERVPRO Team Can Help With Repairs After Water Damage. 

When water damage threatens area homes, rebuilding and repairs are often close behind. A careful evaluation of the affected areas can determine where this is needed. We have an experienced team of restorers and a general contractor license to provide effective services to help.

Initial Emergency Services to Prevent Further Damage 

Water damage repair for Durham homes is not a single service that our SERVPRO team provides. Early mitigation and emergency services are among the most necessary actions that we can take to prevent greater damage to a property and to protect contents still inside the structure. Our experienced professionals can help in many ways, including:

  • Board Up – Structural vulnerabilities that leave the property exposed to outside elements or continued damages can get resolved with board-up services. 
  • Tarping – Situations like roof vulnerabilities leave a house needing tarping services to prevent further water penetration.
  • Controlled Demolition – Saturated materials like drywall and carpeting must often get torn out. 
  • Bulk Material Removal – Water damage can cause materials to become too heavy to remain installed, and they collapse. Removing debris and bulk materials can allow for more natural cleaning of compromised areas.

Water Damage Repairs After Mitigation Completes 

There are many areas where repairs and build-back are needed after the bulk of the threatening damage has been addressed. With access to damaged plumbing, for example, our contractor license allows for the replacement and rebuilding of these aging pipes.

The collective offerings of our SERVPRO of North Durham team after a substantial water damage incident provide customers with both restoration and repair solutions. As leading water recovery specialists, we can respond fast when disaster strikes. Call today at (919) 467-0880.

Odor Control for Your Durham Home After Fire Damage

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on fire damaged wall; outline of where pictures hung on wall SERVPRO can restore the smoke and soot from your home. We are always on call!

Fire Damage Restoration Includes 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.

Containment During Fire Damage Restoration

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.

Vapor Control

The next phase is vapor control. SERVPRO techs counteract odor particles that 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.

Thermal Fogging

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 paired 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 ventilating the treated area.

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

Proper Water Removal and Dehumidifying in Your Durham Home

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used on water damaged carpet Do you know how to dry water damaged carpet? SERVPRO does! Call us today!

Equipment Needed to Dry Out Your Property After Water Damage Efficiently

From damaged pipes to excess rain, water damage can wreak havoc on your belongings and your home. Even though it always happens when you least expect it, your reaction time is critical during an emergency. You need water removal in your house fast, which means you need professional help as well.

The water removal experts in Durham should be the first ones you call. We can arrive at your home fast with powerful, industrial equipment which extracts the water from your home as quickly as possible. When carpeting has been affected, we need to take special care to dry thoroughly to prevent mold growth underneath the padding where it is not visible.

One piece of equipment that SERVPRO technicians use to dry out your home and carpeting again is dehumidifiers. We consider both the capacity of the dehumidifier and the nature of the environment to figure out the requirements needed for your situation. We look at how many absorbent or porous materials are present, such as carpeting. The more porous materials present, the more moisture has been absorbed and evaporates into the air. In a case like this, we need more dehumidification to balance the evaporation.

Water Removal Services

We then calculate the dehumidifier capacity so we know exactly what equipment we need for the job. Once this is done and the drying process continues into additional days, we increase or decrease the amount of drying equipment based on monitoring the air conditioning in your home and the moisture content readings of the wet carpeting and your structure.

Each situation is different, and the amount of carpeting is present and how long it was saturated makes a difference. The accurate measure of a balanced drying system when we monitor is how fast your structure and contents are drying. If the moisture levels are lowering and the relative humidity is moving downwards steadily, the system is working. If the humidity is high and the moisture content of the carpeting and other materials is not reducing, we need to examine the situation to determine a more efficient drying system.

SERVPRO of North Durham monitors our machines closely daily. You can, therefore, be sure that once you call us at (919) 467-0880 in the areas of Durham, Gorman, and Rougemont, your home is restored to its original condition before the water removal emergency.

What is the Best Way to Clean Sheetrock in Need of Mold Damage Mitigation in Durham?

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

mold on ceiling Mold can be an issue in our area. SERVPRO has the know-how to restore your home.

SERVPRO Performs Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Durham Homes and Businesses

Many surfaces can get cleaned for reuse after professional Durham mold remediation. However, one requirement is that the article needs to be able to withstand the cleaning method. Porous objects such as sheetrock are poorly suited for the deep cleaning necessary to eradicate visible colonies. 

SERVPRO brings professional mold damage mitigation to Durham properties. The interior of sheetrock with visible mold growth is often too deteriorated for any restoration. The best outcome, in this case, comes from removing the building materials and bringing the interior humidity levels under 50%, which makes life unsustainable for mold growth. 

The technicians carefully inspect the property to determine the reason for the mold infestation. Mold is a symptom of a more significant issue at work within the property. Frequently seen problems that can lead to an infestation include unresolved water damage from leaks or poor ventilation retaining humid air instead of expelling it. 

Common Mold Removal Methods

  • Hand scraping and removing dried matter with hand vacs with HEPA filtration
  • The use of soda blasting
  • Sponge blasting on surfaces that cannot tolerate soda blasting removal 

SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 brings compassion and professionalism to every mold damage mitigation job in Durham properties. The technicians are available 24/7 to make the damage to the home, "Like it never even happened."

Water Removal Services After Roof Damage in Durham

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged roof, shingles missing Has a damaged roof caused a water loss event for your business? SERVPRO is the one stop shop for your commercial water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Works Fast to Keep Your Shop Open After a Water Damage Event

Bad weather can cause roof damage in the form of missing shingles, cracked tiles, or poorly attached gutters. Over time, water can come through and compromise the top floor, roof, and even walls. The damage can appear slowly, unnoticeably, and undetected – until it is too late. The results can be devastating to the business.

After a significant weather event, take some time to inspect your roof for water damage. If something does not seem right, SERVPRO can arrive promptly to provide appropriate water removal services for your Durham shop. Our highly trained technicians follow IICRC recommendations to ensure that your business is operational again as quickly as possible.

If the water damage reaches the ceiling tiles, removing and replacing individual pieces is typically less expensive than drying. Water usually stains tiles and causes them to bow. However, certain tiles (such as asphalt) are more resistant to moisture damage than others and may be salvageable. In any case, removing them allows air to circulate and dry the wet areas above.

When scoping the roof for water damage, SERVPRO technicians examine every part of the construction. Did the water affect the roofing material? If so, we undertake the necessary procedure to patch it permanently or replace it where necessary. The same process applies to any roof decking material and other structural parts that sustained water damage. There may be instances when a partnered and referred roofer is needed to complete the fixing.

Drying exterior walls can be difficult because of limited air movement. Insulation in wall cavities significantly reduces air circulation, thus extending the drying time. Regardless of this difficulty, drying is usually cheaper than removing and replacing drywall or other similar coverings. Besides that, demolishing the walls can cause much more interruption to the building occupants, whether workers, clients, customers, or dwellers. Our air movers, dehumidifiers, heaters, and ancillary equipment can deal with any issues. We may also drill holes in the top and bottom of the walls to facilitate air movement. The faster the circulation, the more rapid the evaporation.

Keeping an eye on your shop can go a long way towards avoiding hefty repair expenses. SERVPRO of North Durham offers 24/7 water removal services and can respond quickly to your emergency. Call us anytime at (919) 467-0880.

SERVPRO Tackles Storm Flood Damage in Durham With Air Movers and Dehumidifiers

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Person standing on hardwood floor after being dried; floor still damp When a storm damaged this home, SERVPRO was there. We are always on call for storm damage remediation.

Our Certified Technicians Assess the Damage and Put Together an Effective Remediation Plan

North Carolina residents know all too well the devastation storms can wreak. A severe storm can damage property, even flip houses, and of course, there is also the issue of flood damage from stormwater. In the event of flood water entering your home, it is a good idea to get in touch with SERVPRO as soon as you can. We have the equipment and skilled technicians on hand to get your home liveable again as quickly as possible.

One important aspect of flood damage remediation in Durham is the drying process. Our teams arrive at the scene equipped to pump floodwater from your house. After we achieve water removal, it is time to turn our attention to drying your home. Fast-drying is vital to prevent further damage or even mold growth on your property. Of course, fast drying is also an essential part of restoring your home so you can continue with your life.

We use two main pieces of equipment for drying your home: dehumidifiers and air movers.

Dehumidifiers for Water Removal Services

Dehumidifiers draw in moisture-saturated air and pass it over cooling coils where it forms condensation, which is collected in drip trays. Air movers encourage evaporation by directing air over wet surfaces. More evaporation means faster drying times.

The number of dehumidifiers needed depends on the amount of moisture in your home, the extent of the damage, and the types of wet materials (porous or nonporous). Our IICRC-certified technicians consider the humidity, nature of the environment, and type and capacity of dehumidifiers at hand to calculate how many dehumidifiers to use.

Water Clean Up with Air Movers

The number and type of air movers we need depend on the kind of wet materials, the extent of water damage, and the room's layout or building. We use a combination of downdraft, centrifugal and low profile air movers for maximum effect.

SERVPRO understands that calculating the position of air movers and dehumidifiers is key to effective drying.

Contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 today for help with flood remediation in Durham, Gorman, Rougemont, and the surrounding areas.

Skip DIY Fire Damage Restoration and Calling in Skilled Services in Durham

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

smoke entering room under door. flame Even smoke and soot from small fires need professional restoration. Call SERVPRO today!

Fire Damage Restoration with SERVPRO Gets You Certified Techs Handling Your Durham Property’s Clean Up

Water & fire damage restorations indeed take many intricate steps from start to finish. Even if you have some experience with cleanup, it is essential to know that even the smallest amount of soot left behind in fire damaged homes can leave a lingering reminder of the event that took place. SERVPRO handles fire and smoke damage with years of proven success in the field, which gives Durham property owners peace of mind.

Smoke remediation, deodorization, and sometimes detailed controlled demolition will all be part of a project for fire damage restoration in Durham. SERVPRO works to address soot and smoke residue along with total deodorization of your interior and belongings. It is vital that all musty odors from moisture left behind from extinguishing the flames get addressed as well.

Just a fraction of the technology SERVPRO may use during your fire restoration project includes:

  • Gels, beads, and vapor-releasing agents to help mask unpleasant odors.
  • Cleaners enhanced with enzymes to break down odorous particulates, making them easier for our filtration units to absorb them.
  • Air scrubbers and ozone generators that work to neutralize foul odors quickly.

With any fire event, part of the house fire cleanup often includes controlled demolition and the removal of charred, unsalvageable debris. All of this work gets executed by highly-trained and licensed contractors. Depending on your needs, this process may include:

  • Minor repairs like drywall replacement, re-painting, and new carpet installation.
  • Major repairs like total reconstruction in one or more rooms of your home.

When you need fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup, you can trust our team at SERVPRO of North Durham. Call us at (919) 467-0880 when you need an emergency response.

How SERVPRO Achieves Efficient Water Damage Mitigation in Gorman Homes?

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO reatoration equipment being used in bathroom; drying carpet and area Leaking pipes are just one cause of water damage. SERVPRO knows how to locate the moisture source and dry your home.

The Regulation of Specific Drying Principles in Gorman Homes Increases the Efficiency of Restoration and Cleaning

Specific drying principles are a consideration of responding technicians when water damage incidents have occurred. After containment barriers and equipment have been deployed and installed, the regulation of temperature, airflow, and humidity is simpler. Portable heaters can increase temperatures to ideal levels for efficient evaporation, air movers can promote consistent airflow through the work zone, and dehumidifiers can help manage humidity concerns.

What Mitigation Actions Are Most Effective?

Water damage mitigation for Gorman properties also correlates to the management of these specific drying principles. Constant monitoring of cleanup and extraction efforts can showcase how concerns like standing water or moisture impact the environment. Our mitigation phase often consists of many focuses, including:

Protecting your home or business after a water disaster often requires more than mops and towels. We have advanced water damage mitigation equipment to help. Call our SERVPRO of North Durham team today at (919) 467-0880.

When Does Water Removal Happen After Flooding in Durham Homes?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fallen large tree damaging 2 homes Storms give water many opportunities to enter your home. But no worries! SERVPRO is always ready to restore your home!

Storm Systems can be Destructive to Durham Homes, Leaving Many Contending with Standing Floodwater

There are many paths floodwater can take when entering homes, from water penetrating the attic space after roof damage or the deterioration of foundational blockwork. Removing standing water is always a priority of responding technicians when they begin addressing:

  • Flood restoration
  • Basement flooding
  • Emergency services water damage
  • Water removal services
  • Flood cleanup

Removing Water and Debris from Flood-Damaged Properties 

When flood water removal in Durham homes is necessary, this decision is not the same as traditional water damage effects that could impact the property. We utilize specific equipment to address natural flood damage, which often comes with debris and solid matter. Muck-out cleaning is a common staple of flood restoration services we provide, which indicates the type of debris extraction units must contend with when removing surface water.

As destructive as flooding can be, it is necessary to get mitigation going quickly. Our SERVPRO of North Durham team can help 24/7 at (919) 467-0880.

How the Beat Goes on After Water Damage in Durham Properties

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle and restoration equipment stacked outside of business A fast response time is necessary for water damage restoration. SERVPRO is equipped and always ready to go!

Our Fast Mitigation and Cleanup Response to Durham Properties can Keep Venues and Clubs Going

What was once a town almost entirely supported by the tobacco industry, more than a century of growth and development have changed Durham into a city driven by education, science, and medical research. In addition to changes in the focal point of the economy, Durham's expansion includes the arts and creative avenues such as music. Venues, bars, and clubs that require water damage repairs or water cleanup can benefit from our fast response to help with:

  • Burst pipes
  • Flood restoration
  • Water damage remediation
  • Emergency services water damage
  • Basement flooding
  • Ceiling leaks

Roots in Many Genres of the Music Industry 

Durham is among the most musically diverse areas of North Carolina, having been the home of multiple national acts and a thriving indie scene. Durham would be an origin for national acts like Branford Marsalis, 9th Wonder, and Iron & Wine. Because of this representation of multiple genres, many venues and live music stages have grown a loyal following within the city. This consistent live entertainment is often fueled by the younger crowd of college students from Duke University or North Carolina Central University. The youthful adult presence has changed the landscape of shopping centers and specialty stores that cater to buyers' more diverse assortment.

The Venues of the Diverse Music Culture of Durham

Some of the most active nightclubs and music venues for the city exist near the primary campus of Duke University. The metropolis area boasts amateur acts sharing the spotlight on open mic nights for a packed house to larger arenas and stages like Motorco Music Hall or the Durham Performing Arts Center. These buildings of all shapes and sizes rely on SERVPRO to help when water disasters occur.

How Do Water Damage Repairs Get Underway for Durham Homes and Businesses?

To determine where and if water damage repairs in Durham homes are necessary, damage assessments and inspections must occur. We have highly trained project managers and crew chiefs capable of walking through the property with the customer to determine where specific threats might exist that could result in controlled demolition or a need for reconstruction. This inspection can find:

  • Content damage
  • Structural weakness
  • Standing water
  • Mold growth

Can SERVPRO Perform Water Damage Repairs? 

With the general contractor license, we can perform multiple repairs and reconstruction services required in homes after water damage incidents. We can repair compromised plumbing, remove damaged flooring and wall systems, reconstruct removed building materials after controlled demolition, and more. We have solutions to meet the needs of water-damaged or flooded structures.

With many thriving venues and entertainment spots in Durham, the need for water cleanup and water damage repairs requires a fast response. As leading water restoration professionals, we can help. Give our SERVPRO of North Durham team a call anytime you need us at (919) 467-0880.