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Protecting Present Day and Historic Durham Properties from Fire Damage

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Many Large Structures and Properties in Durham Require a Fast Fire Recovery Response

North Carolina has a proud and detailed history going back for hundreds of years, and Durham has been a considerable part of that. While the municipality was not incorporated until 1869, the area's settlements and inhabitants go back much farther. Many historic properties exist within the city borders and in the metropolitan area. These old structures require the protection of city officials, the historical society, and even professional fire restoration companies like our SERVPRO team. Fast response to emergencies can keep these attractions open and available for tourists, residents, and students in Durham.

Duke University Campus in Durham

While it has not always been named Duke, the school was established more than 180 years ago in 1838. According to the records from the fall semester of 2019, the college was an educational home to nearly 16,000 students between its undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Those who spend years under the Blue Devil banner also contribute to Durham's growth and evolution, its shopping centers, and its restaurants. This is especially true with areas like the Shops at Erwin Mill and the University Shopping Center on 70.

There are multiple attractions of the University and its campus that can appeal to those who do not attend the institution. For example, the famous basketball venue, Cameron Indoor Stadium, hosts the ACC Duke Blue Devil team through many sold-out matchups. This building is a Basketball Museum and Athletics Halls of Fame for those looking to learn a little about the decorated history of Duke athletics and their time with the conference.

Historic Districts of Durham

In total, there are 19 protected historic districts and areas throughout Durham. Each of these has several structures that have been included in the National Register of Historic Places. Each of these individual districts and portions of streets within the city has its own story to tell. However, some of the most popular and visited of these revered areas of the municipality include:

  • American Tobacco Historic District
  • Burch Avenue Historic District
  • Downtown Durham Historic District
  • Morehead Hill Historic District
  • West Durham Historic District

Durham Cultural Centers and Museums

When you consider how the city was born shortly after the American Civil War, it makes sense that North Carolina and the Durham area became a battleground between the Union and the Confederates. To chronicle the site's history and the continued development and evolution of art and entertainment, the city has multiple cultural centers and museums for visitors to see. Each of these structures has numerous exhibits detailing Durham's growth and the accomplishments of some of its talented sons and daughters.

  • Museum of Life and Science – This entire facility is designed to inspire a love and fascination with science and biology that public schools do not have the time or resources to help instill in youth. There are many exhibits ranging from the farmyard and the hideaway woods to areas devoted to space travel, dinosaurs, and harnessing wind power.
  • Museum of Durham History – This is one of the most comprehensive museums for learning about Durham's glorious and sometimes violent history. Exhibits are timely and thoughtful, such as the long-running 150 faces of Durham, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the city, or the show celebrating the 19th amendment and the suffrage movement at the centennial year of its passing in 1920.

Attractive Retail Experiences for the City

As the fourth largest municipality in North Carolina, and part of the Research Triangle, it is not surprising that so many retail locations exist to attract travelers to the area. While there are multiple smaller establishments like the Durham Farmers Market that have been in action since the late 1990s, offering the best of the area's abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and crops, the primary revenue from retail comes from the larger shopping centers in and around the city. The Streets at Southpoint are an excellent example of this, as there are more than 150 stores and services in this area off of Fayetteville Road. After more than two years of construction, the site quickly became a premier shopping destination for Durham. The building features a 70 ft. glass wall separating indoor and outdoor portions, as well as multiple anchor stores.

What Must Happen First When Dealing with Fire Damage in Durham?

The first steps that get taken after a fire gets extinguished in your Durham home are the most important, as these dictate the continued damage to the property. If you can mitigate these damages, the overall costs and time restoration can be minimized. With our relationship with so many insurance providers in the area, our SERVPRO team is often notified of the need for cleaning fire damage in Durham homes before extinguishment is even completed. The faster that we can reach a property once it has been cleared for our technicians to enter prevents unnecessary ruining of your personal belongings and more considerable structural combustion and destruction.

Emergency services combine the expertise of our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and our cleaning technicians accredited from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Air quality control and fire debris removal are among the primary first steps that must occur to make the residence safe for restoration to begin, even if it is not safe for the occupants of the house to return.

Content management is another critical aspect of early mitigation for fire-damaged Durham homes and properties. While much of the cleaning and recovery can happen through on-site cleaning or relocation to safe areas of the structure, some items and belongings can benefit from pack-out to our SERVPRO facility nearby for more concentrated cleaning, deodorization, and secure storage.

Fire disasters do not have to become total losses. Our SERVPRO of North Durham can help get you back home as quickly as possible when you call (919) 467-0880.

What Can I Do to Prevent Water Damage in My Laundry Room?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Restoration Pros Offer Effective Water Cleanup Services for Durham Homes

Washing machine failures are notorious for leaving homeowners with sudden large amounts of water to clean. A Durham homeowner might think the worst is over once the water is mopped up, but moisture seeping into walls and floors can lead to structural damage and microbial growth beneath surfaces.

If your property requires water cleanup in Durham after a major appliance failure, SERVPRO professionals can return your property to a pre-damage condition. Restoration technicians use sophisticated, cutting-edge technologies in tandem with tried-and-true cleanup methods to mitigate moisture damage and dry homes more effectively.

What Steps Can I Take to Prevent Washing Machine Water Damage?

  • Leave some clearance between your unit and the wall. At least four inches of space is sufficient for preventing kinks in the supply and drain hoses.
  • Replace hoses regularly. Supply line hoses require replacement every five years. Even a hose that looks fine on the outside can have a deteriorating interior.
  • Avoid overloading your unit. Whether you put in too many clothes or too much detergent, overwhelming your machine is a fast way to create water damage in your laundry room.
  • Use a water leak detector. This sensor can prevent flooding by automatically shutting off the water supply to your washing machine when a leak has been detected.

How Does SERVPRO’s Moisture Extraction Process Work and Why Does it Matter?

Before extraction can begin in earnest, SERVPRO professionals detect moisture with a variety of sensors and moisture meters, including infrared cameras, to assess the extent of the damage and formulate a plan for structural drying.

Extraction is performed several times over to reduce the time it takes for a structure to dry. Without moisture extraction with portable units, mops, and other tools, drying can take hours to several days longer, which can create secondary water damages in your home

SERVPRO of North Durham ensures that disaster-struck homes look “Like it never even happened.” Call (919) 467-0880 at any time of the day or night to begin the mitigation process.

What Actions Ensure Effective Flood Damage Removal From Durham Homes?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides State-Of-The-Art Resources Enhancing Flood Restoration in Durham

After your Durham home floods, you might not be sure what to do next. However, it is easier to decide if you know the procedures that help manage flood damage. Another viable alternative is to involve a professional restoration team immediately after realizing your property has flooded.

Flood damage removal from Durham homes takes several processes, most of which must be performed concurrently for maximum effectiveness. Therefore, the help from SERVPRO, which avails both sophisticated equipment and trained work crews, is crucial in resolving the problems sparked by flooding.

The common processes you have to address:

  • Cleaning to remove water and soils
  • Chemical control of contaminants like biohazards
  • Deconstructing and rebuilding the structure
  • Moisture management

Floodwater is laced with hazardous materials like herbicides, fuel oils, and biohazards. One way to address these materials is through chemical action. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians spray a broad spectrum, EPA-registered disinfectant directly into the flooded areas of your property before starting other restoration processes to control the hazardous materials.

Removing any standing water and soils such as silt swept in by floodwater is necessary to regain access to the property and halt the deterioration of various structural materials and contents. Removing such soils requires appropriate equipment. For instance, using mops and buckets to remove standing water is a tedious process. Our SERVPRO technicians use pumps to quicken and simplify the removal process.

Various pump types help with different flood removal situations:

  • Submersible pumps for pools deeper than 2 inches
  • Self-priming trash pumps for solid-filled water
  • High-pressure pumps for high head areas such as basements

Moisture management is also a crucial aspect of flood removal since it helps manage odors and limit microbial growth. Moisture management requires processes like opening structural cavities such as walls and floors and using efficient equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers.

SERVPRO of North Durham is well prepared to respond to any level of flood damage affecting your home. Call us at (919) 467-0880 for timely assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Special Care Need To Restore Fire Damage To Durham Brew Pub

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Illustration Our fire damage experts can have your property back to its original state, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Some Durham businesses recover quickly from fire and restock and move on after a quick cleaning. Other enterprises find fire recovery 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 that both makes and sells a unique product, your restoration plan and timetable may be different from competitors that are simply pass-through businesses. SERVPRO can respond to a broad range of restoration concerns simultaneously, with technicians who have training in industry best practices for fire and smoke damage and water damage, which is frequently a challenge at a fire scene.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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 way 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 fire fighting occurred is likely tainted with the effluents from chemical extinguishers or water.

With all its equipment, your brewery requires 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 the requirements of local licensing bodies so you can get back to brewing once we remediate the fire damage.

Where Can Durham Homeowners Seek Help After Flood Damage?

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Flood water in home You need expert assistance for any level of flood damage in your home. Call SERVPRO today for help.

SERVPRO’s Team of Experts in Durham Can Handle the Flood Damage in Affected Properties.

Flood water seeping into your property after a storm can cause health effects and affect its structural integrity. Fortunately, if you contact a certified restorer like SERVPRO, we can get your Durham property to its pre-damage condition. With our decades of experience and innovative equipment, we can handle flood damage regardless of its severity.

What Happens When Flooding Occurs on My Property?

There is not a whole lot anyone can do to prevent flood damage from an act of nature. The storm flood damage in your Durham residence can affect different structures and contents. Some things that can happen after a flooding incident include:

  • Drywall can sag and disintegrate
  • If water sits in the property for an extended period, wood surfaces swell, warp, and rot.
  • Contamination and delamination of water-soaked carpet
  • Water can short out electrical systems, causing shock and fire hazards as well as damage to electronics.

How Does One Identify Mold Damage?

Mold growth occurs both indoors and outdoors. It grows in damp areas like the bathroom or basement:

  • It can be green, brown, purple, or black.
  • It has an earthy, musty smell, which indicates its presence even if it is not visible.
  • The affected area can be slippery.

Mold can cause health effects.

How do Technicians Remove Contaminated Flood Water?

Floodwater, often referred to as black or category three water, may contain many contaminants. This is the reason why it is vital to hire professional restorers to handle the cleanup process. Restring your home as quickly as possible is also vital to reduce the overall damage. Our restorers have access to various high-tech equipment that helps us to restore flooded homes. We can use self-priming trash pumps to pump out the water. Our team can also clean and decontaminate your home to eliminate potential chemical, environmental or biological contaminants the floodwater brought.

Our SERVPRO team can also dry and dehumidify your home to ensure no moisture remains. Airflow is an essential tool for drying. We ensure that air movers provide a continuous flow of air across all damp surfaces. It can be challenging to get your property back to its preloss state after flood damage. However, with the help of our professional restoration team, we can restore your house within a brief period.

If flooding occurs on your property, you need to act fast to minimize the cost of repairing the destruction. Contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 for help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Areas of a Durham Property are Most Susceptible to Flood Damage?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Have Training and Experience Handling All Types of Storm Damage in Durham Homes

The Durham area experiences heavy rains, hurricanes, and tropical storms throughout the year. All of these weather events can cause various types of storm damage that affect local properties and contents. 

There are various ways that flood damage can affect a Durham home. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training and certification to handle the restoration services required by this type of home damage. The lowest levels of a structure, either a crawlspace or a basement, tend to bear the brunch of floodwater when it enters a house. SERVPRO technicians have the training to handle these issues, including early actions such as: 

  • Inspection of the property to identify target areas for restoration 
  • Tarping roofs, blocking windows, and other temporary repairs to inhibit water from entering the property
  • Removal of home contents during the mitigation as needed

High winds that accompany these storms can damage shingles and roofing components, the result being water enters the attic. This situation often continues until the homeowner notices a wet spot on the ceiling or water actively dripping into the room. When this type of damage happens, SERVPRO technicians can quickly extract the water and use their specialized vacuums to collect the fiberglass insulation for cleaning and sanitizing for reuse if possible. In cases where the water has been entering the structure for a period, the inspection conducted by SERVPRO techs includes looking for signs of a mold infestation. When working on basements or crawl spaces, the techs can recommend to homeowners actions such as waterproofing or encapsulation to halt the damage from the continued entrance of water. 

SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 restores Durham properties that have any amount of flood damage. The techs arrive quickly and clean up the water, so it is "Like it never even happened."

What Areas Most Need Repair After Durham Water Damage?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Our professionals mitigate loss and offer effective repair services for damages to Durham homes 

Water damages can happen in several ways, making it vital for professionals like ours to have a firm understanding of varied cleaning and restoration methods. In addition, we can help in areas like demolition, repair, and reconstruction to be a one-stop-shop for restoration and recovery.

Mitigating the Damages to Durham Properties

One of the most effective methods of mitigation and protection after disasters is water damage repair in Durham homes. Our experienced team of professionals provides a general contractor license to help with areas beyond traditional water restoration solutions. This can include controlled demolition when structural elements become weakened by water exposure.

Build-Back and Repair Needs

There are several areas where our license can be beneficial to returning a property to preloss condition. Water damages can be destructive and require several types of reconstruction services like:

  • Reinstalling the Floors – Flooring is often heavily damaged by pooling water and absorption, so our experienced professionals must use our contractor license to reinstall portions of the floor removed during demolition.
  • Repairing the Plumbing – Because the plumbing system is responsible for so many water damage emergencies in a home, the repair of this system is vital to restoring this service and preventing further damage. 
  • Reconstructing Assemblies – Putting the pieces of your home back together after demolition means reinstalling surface materials like drywall and ceiling materials.

It is beneficial to have experienced restoration professionals respond quickly to damage in your home, but even more so when these same experts provide needed water damage repairs. Our SERVPRO of North Durham team has a general contractor license to provide a wealth of construction services where necessary after water damages. Give us a call today at (919) 467-0880. 

Experienced Professionals Care for Various Fire-Damaged Materials in Gorman Homes

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Dark grey smoke in the air. Let SERVPRO of North Durham help with your many fire-damaged materials after a fire.

The type of material affected requires different cleaning practices in fire-damaged Gorman properties. 

SERVPRO professionals understand the magnitude of post-fire loss effects in homes and businesses. Migrating particles and smoke damage can ruin installed materials without swift action and mitigation solutions provided by our fast-responding technicians. 

Cleaning Carpeted Floors 

Fire damage restoration for Gorman homes means addressing how the fire has impacted installed building materials in your house. Carpets are a common staple and one that soot particles and smoke damage can readily affect. Cleaning these flooring elements is possible with one of several potential options, including:

  • Conditioning
  • Hot Water Extraction
  • Deluxe Bonnet Cleaning

Cleaning Wood Surfaces and Fixtures

Wood can be a wild variable in fire restoration, primarily because of different types and applications. Soot and smoke damage on these materials requires us to work quickly to prevent the destruction of these exposed elements when acidic soot compositions etch the finish or varnish of finished wood surfaces. Wood créme cleaners are non-abrasive products that do not overwhelm damaged wood with moisture threats. 

Cleaning Tile Floors and Backsplashes

Tiles can exist in several areas of your house but are traditionally installed as kitchen or bathroom flooring, as well as accents to the walls of these rooms in a backsplash fashion. When fire damages exist, soot can cover the tile face and get into the grouted joints of the tile. Cleaning includes strong alkaline cleaners for the tile faces and solutions like muriatic acid for cleaning grout. 

With so many building materials and contents present in every fire-damaged home that our SERVPRO of North Durham assists, we must come prepared for various restoration approaches. Our experienced restoration professionals have effective mitigation and cleaning methods to return homes to preloss condition fast. Give us a call today at (919) 467-0880.

What Makes SERVPRO a Strong Choice for Mold Remediation in Durham Homes?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

mold on a white wall It is imperative to handle mold appropriatly at the first sign. Call SERVPRO of North Durham

Overcoming mold in Durham properties should be fast and efficient. 

Considering the damage that mold colonies can do to homes and businesses, there is no room for delay in beginning effective remediation. Our experienced team of remediators has the experience, equipment, and knowledge to identify mold threats and begin removing active colonies. 

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

While there might be several mold removal companies in Durham, not all of them are made from the same foundation of experience and customer service. SERVPRO of North Durham has become a trusted name in mold removal and remediation solutions, and much of this has to do with our fast response to emergencies. With a Green Fleet of service vehicles ready to mobilize 24/7, we have professionals at your doorstep when you need it most. 

Effective Remediation Practices for Damage of All Types

Our SERVPRO professionals recognize that not all damage situations are the same, so restoring mold colonization in one property differs from the other. We choose among several restoration and remediation strategies to provide the most custom recovery options that your home might need, including:

Is Controlled Demolition Possible? 

Our general contractor license is one of the remaining advantages to considering SERVPRO for the remediation and recovery of your damaged home. This allows us to complete controlled demolition, repairs, and reconstruction services as needed after mold damage harms the property. We can quickly transition to build-back services after remediation. 

Mold is not uncommon, making it vital for homeowners to have an effective and trusted solution when microbial threats develop in their residences. As leading remediation professionals for the area, our SERVPRO of North Durham provides effective removal solutions and damage repairs "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (919) 467-0880. 

How to Succeed With Water Damage Remediation After a Situation in Durham

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

"SERVPRO has state of the art drying equipment" You can count on our professionals with state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry your property so you can return safely after a water incident.

When Durham Property Owners Arrive Home to Water Damage 

This is the time of year for making holiday travel plans, and one thing no homeowner is planning on is coming home to water damage. 

If you arrive home to water damage in your Durham home, extraction and drying needs to begin as rapidly as possible. Unfortunately, the longer the water remains on-site, the more it degrades. After 48 hours, even water from your supply lines gets handled as a class three biohazard. 


The certified technicians know how to handle all types of water spills, from clean water to water containing sewage and debris. To maintain safety during the cleanup, they test the water to determine the nature of any bacteria or contaminants present, so they choose the correct cleaning agents to ensure the home returns to sanitary standards for habitation.

Common Issues After Water Damage of This Type

When SERVPRO technicians arrive at the residence, they begin water extraction immediately. Portable pumps remove water quickly, and when a large area of the home receives the effects of water spills, they utilize truck-mounted extraction units to remove water. 

Due to prolonged exposure, the delamination of tile flooring is a prevalent problem. Depending on the results of testing the water, the carpet may have restoration potential. If too much time elapses, the technicians cut the carpet into strips and dispose of it, so the floor and subfloor get dried completely. 

Once water breaches the flooring, this is especially damaging if the water damage happens in an upper story or over a basement. The ceiling below and floor joists in between levels require drainage and airflow assistance, such as weep holes drilled or removal of ceiling tiles to ensure the area dries properly. Sheetrock readily wicks water, and controlled demolition tactics to open up the walls for drying are necessary. After drying, SERVPRO technicians apply any needed odor control to ensure no musty scents remain in the home.

When water damage happens, call SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880. The emergency response team is ready 24/7 to make the water damage in your property "Like it never even happened."