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Protecting Present Day and Historic Durham Properties from Fire Damage

11/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged house with burnt interior Fire damage can destroy BOTH the contents and structure of your home. Contact team SERVPRO to mitigate the situation.

There are many large structures and properties in Durham that require fast fire recovery response in an emergency.

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 restoration companies like our SERVPRO team. A 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 has 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 for the property. If you can mitigate these losses, the overall costs and time restoration takes 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 even completes. 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.

A Bountiful Harvest in Durham Sets the Scene for a Warm and Inviting Thanksgiving

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck with supplies in the trunk It will be exciting to see the community at the Ole-Time Farm Fest for a fun day!

Spend the Day Learning, Bonding, and Having Fun in an Historic Durham Site

The Ole-Time Farm Fest at Bennett Place in Durham, taking place Saturday, November 21, 2020, between 10 AM and 4 PM, is the perfect opportunity for some family fun. Put away the cell phones and tablets and get ready for some games and contests from the mid-1800s. The small fee, $5 for those 17 and over, and $3 for those 4 - 16– goes directly toward Bennett Place’s upkeep and is greatly appreciated. For more information, call (919) 383-4345

To add to your enjoyment, Bennett Place also offers the following to the public:

  • Free picnic area, with tables available on a first-come-first-served basis,
  • Forested trails where the Bennett Farm was once located,
  • Gift shop with several items, including those that reflect the Civil War.

Fire damage is still a threat to the modern home. However, SERVPRO of North Durham knows how to mitigate damage and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call (919) 467-0880 for professional fire damage mitigation.

How Are Losses Reduced for Wet Commercial Buildings?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

plaques on SERVPRO office wall The outstanding SERVPRO team can mitigate water damage to your Durham commercial property--large or small. Our Wall of Fame shows why

SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Technicians Work Hard to Mitigate Water Losses in your Durham Business.

What should building managers do when water leaks occur in business premises?

A Durham business can differ from residential properties in both building assembly as well as size and contents. Business interruption due to a water intrusion issue can be painful for business owners because it can affect revenues and disrupt regular working hours. Our commercial teams are affiliated with local chambers of commerce and act quickly to return your business to a normal condition. We are aware of the differing types of everyday materials in commercial enterprises, and we know how to implement effective drying strategies to mitigate losses. As a company with access to national resources, we can mobilize both the equipment and the workforce required to respond; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How does water damage affect commercial buildings?

When commercial water damage occurs in your Durham business, it is vital to guard against further damages through mitigation. Water intrusions present a two-fold problem to commercial buildings. The first is the migration of liquid water. The second is the migration of water as a vapor. Water vapors can spread moisture into hidden areas of business premises, which could develop into uncontrolled mold growth or the break-down of building materials over time. SERVPRO commercial technicians can investigate cavities, crawlspaces, subfloors, and ceiling spaces to assess or control the spread of water vapors through your business. In some situations, we may contain a water-loss site to allow the company to continue during the restoration. Careful signage and barriers can be placed to inform any staff of the works procedure taking place.

What parts of business premises require special attention after water losses?

  • Wallpapers that are vinyl can trap moisture into walls and be a challenge to dry effectively.
  • Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems (HVAC) are usually large and spread throughout premises making assessment and restoration challenges.
  • Electrical power and water mains may have to be shut off at the source to contain or control water flow at the loss-site- forcing a temporary closure of the business.

Why are vinyl wall coverings in commercial properties tough to dry?

It is normal to find vinyl materials used in the building assembly of business properties. Vinyl can form a vapor barrier between any drying equipment and the walls behind. When there is evidence of moisture migration, either through liquid flow or vapor, the vinyl wall covering makes drying equipment less effective by trapping moisture. SERVPRO technicians have experience working with commercial build materials and detach the vinyl coverings to allow for dehumidification or drying equipment to clear the humidity's interior wall. Sometimes, removing a baseboard and drilling small holes beneath for cavity equipment is an effective measure to dry a wall void. Our crew chiefs can find the solution to your commercial property by relying on their experience and expertise to isolate and restore the property.

How are vinyl wall coverings and baseboards removed in a commercial restoration?

  • Detach the baseboard carefully using a claw device to expose the lower layers of the wall behind the vinyl covers
  • Drill small one and a half-inch holes in the bottom of the wall to allow air to circulate into the cavity behind vinyl wall coverings
  • Attach an injectidry system, modified air-mover, or dehumidifier to the drill holes, and push warm, dry air into the cavity.

Are HVAC systems affected by commercial water intrusion?

An HVAC system distributes air throughout a business property. This process can be problematic when water vapor raises the natural humidity of the indoor environment. Equally, duct lines can frequently be exposed to liquid moisture residing in crawlspaces or other parts of the premises. Restoring these systems is challenging due to limited access points. Assessing and repairing the ductwork and decontaminating sheet metal is vital in returning your business to a safe working environment. Some ducts are coated with fiberboard or flex duct, which usually has to be replaced in contaminated water damage situations. SERVPRO technicians can remove, dispose, and replace these materials to return your business to its preloss condition.

How do inner materials in HVACs affect restoration?

  • The type of material located inside a duct system plays a critical role in the ducts' ability to be restored.
  • Ducts with fiberglass linings can absorb moisture quickly and become hotbeds for microbial growth activity.
  • When there is the presence of mold or contamination in fiberglass linings, it may be necessary to subcontract an indoor air-quality professional to ensure safe and sanitary conditions.

Business interruption can be a nuisance and affect your bottom-line. Contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880.

Discovering Mold in your Commercial Building?

10/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Don't let mold take over your business, Call the mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO today for assistance.

We Have Commercial Mold Remediation Technicians that Can Help to Bring Down Moisture and Dispose of Microbial Fungi. SERVPRO is here for Durham Businesses.

Does mold die without water?

Finding microbial growth in your Durham business can be a headache. These organisms can cause unpleasant odors, be an eyesore, and cause health effects in some people. Moisture plays a crucial role in propagating colonies but does not remove them altogether from the premises. Mold spores lay dormant without water and are a natural part of any indoor environment. You can find mold spores in ductwork, wall cavities, and carpets of any commercial building. Disposing existing colonies before putting in place a plan to dry the property thoroughly are two strategies that applied microbial remediation technicians use to return your business to a sanitary state. 

What equipment is useful for eliminating microbial growth?

Air scrubbing equipment to get rid of microscopic spores or dust could affect indoor air quality in your premises.

Scraping tools to dislodge mold hyphae from materials and allow comprehensive removal of mold colonies.

Appropriate application of professional products, including disinfectant chemicals and anti-microbial paints or solvents. 

Why does mold return after a professional cleaning, and can it damage a commercial building?

As a business owner, you may opt to use janitorial staff or hire cleaners to deal with a mold issue. However, to tackle these issues, you need mold remediation technicians to return your Durham business to a sanitary state. Mold spores grow into colonies in the presence of moisture, organic matter, and temperature. These spores digest materials by producing an enzyme. The digestion process is why untreated mold in commercial buildings can deteriorate building materials. Mold remediation is the methodology used to control moisture and remove colonies ensuring your business returns to its preloss condition.

What should a property manager do to control molds?

Identify the issue and inform the staff of the affected area.

Establish a method to control the growth of mold by controlling moisture in the area

Clean and remove visible signs of mold using chemicals and steel wool or other friction-based cleaning sponges.

To get a handle on mold issues in your business. Contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880. 

A Storm Caused Flood Damage in Our Area. Where Can Durham Homeowners Seek Help?

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home If flooding occurs in your property, you need to act fast to minimize the cost of repairing the destruction.

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

Floodwater seeping into your property after a storm can cause health issues 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 the flood damage regardless of its severity.

What happens when flooding occurs in my property?
There is little 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 of the 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.

Since mold produces spores in the air, it can cause health issues to the property’s residents if ignored for an extended period.

How do technicians remove contaminated floodwater?
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 help 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 in 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 Procedures are Necessary During Fire Cleanup Exercises In Durham?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire Cleaning a fire-damaged property requires a combination of different approaches to deal with all forms of soiling caused by the incident.

SERVPRO Can Help You Prepare As Well As Perform the Fire Damage Cleanup Processes Your Durham Property Needs

Cleaning up a property damaged by fire is a multi-stage process because you have to remove the materials introduced by the combustion process, the firefighting effort, and the people that move around the premises in the aftermath of the fire. That is why SERVPRO plays a pivotal role in identifying problem areas and performing the necessary restoration procedures for your Durham home to regain its preloss state.

What stages must the fire damage cleanup crews complete in Durham properties?
    •    Moisture management
    •    Initial cleanup
    •    Removal of damaged materials
    •    A thorough cleanup
    •    Deodorization

You may not associate fires with water, so the issue of moisture management may not be high among your priorities as you plan to clean your Durham property after a fire. However, moisture can build up in your house in many ways starting with the fire suppression process whereby gallons of water might be pumped into your house to stop the flames. Even if other forms of firefighting, such as application of foam, are used, thus avoiding water, you might still need to address moisture issues. For example, openings such as shattered windows can allow rainwater intrusion. Fires also mess with the electrical systems, so your property might not be heated after the fire, and thus moisture can accumulate from condensation.

Whatever cause leads to the moisture accumulation at your house, finding a way to reverse or prevent its adverse effects is essential. One such effect is the deep setting of loose soils deposited on surfaces. Our SERVPRO crews assess the circumstances to determine which action can produce the desired result. Some of the solutions we pursue include:
    •    Water extraction
    •    Dehumidification
    •    Heating the building

Why is it necessary to perform initial cleaning during a cleanup exercise?
In properties badly damaged by fire, carrying out some limited-scope cleaning is necessary. What you need to clean on such a scope varies depending on the specifics of the incident. When our SERVPRO technicians restore extensively damaged properties, we perform initial cleaning of items that the occupants might need in their temporary abode. Alternatively, we can do the initial cleanup to protect items if full restorative cleaning might be delayed. In such cases, we pre-clean carpets, porcelain, furniture, and metal items. Initial cleaning utilizes simple methods such as vacuuming, wiping, or dusting the affected materials. We might also apply protective substances such as a thin film of oil on metallic surfaces to safeguard them against the corrosive effects of soot.

Which materials need removal during cleanup?
Moving materials from a fire damaged property is a common thing. For example, you might need to move items to an external storage facility or your temporary accommodation. However, regarding clean up, removal involves the demolition of the materials damaged irreversibly. Fires usually damage drywall, ceilings, and insulation, among other light materials, necessitating such teardown. Removing damaged materials requires the right tools to avoid damaging structural supports or other materials that might be retained after restoring the building.

Which areas need cleaning for the property to be fully restored?
    •    Surfaces such as walls and ceilings
    •    Furniture and upholstery items
    •    Appliances
    •    Utilities such as air ducts and electrical cables

Fire spreads residues like ash, soot, and other smoke by-products all over the property. The cleaning process should remove or neutralize all the unwanted residues, restoring the property to its preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians seek to understand the problems first before starting the cleaning. For instance, before cleaning surfaces such as walls or ceilings, we establish whether cleaning is the only restoration process required or the surface needs to be refinished. We also establish how severe the soiling is so that we can establish the right cleaning approach.

We utilize various solutions to achieve the desired outcome, including:
    •    Dry cleaning sponges
    •    Compressed air
    •    Brushes
    •    Vacuum cleaners

Cleaning with materials such as dry cleaning sponges or using compressed air removes residues without introducing any chemical agents to the soiled material, making them perfect solutions for removing residues without affecting the underlying material. A cleaning sponge is made with porous materials that absorb the soils from the surface when pressed firmly on the surface.

Some types of soiling, such as the wet smoke residues, require chemical agents to dislodge them from materials. In such cases, mild or moderate agitation is also essential, which can be done through brushing during wet cleaning.

Cleaning a fire-damaged property requires a combination of different approaches to deal with all forms of soiling caused by the incident, “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 to help.

How Damaged is Too Damaged From Fire to Restore Wood Furniture?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

roof/fire If you need a company you can trust! Call SERVPRO of North Durham today for any fire damage remediation needs.

SERVPRO technicians have a vast selection of cleaning agents and solutions for use in the restoration of wood furniture post-fire in Durham properties.

Even if covered in icky black soot, the wood furniture in your Durham home may have restoration potential. If you see any of the following problems, the piece probably needs refinishing for reuse, and restorative treatments will not be enough. 

  • Blistering of the wood finish
  • Staining that affects the wood grain
  • Cracking from exposure to heat may be a candidate for repairs on a case-by-case basis

Can My Pets Remain in the Home During Fire Damage Restoration?  

The best way to know if it is safe to remain in your Durham property during fire damage restoration is to talk to the first responders and get their opinion. In most situations, homeowners get advised to avoid the area where the fire happened and stay elsewhere. The reason for this is soot has the potential to be an irritant and is unhealthy to breathe for both people and pets. Birds, in particular, are susceptible to stress from both soot and the cleaning agents needed to remove smoke damage from surfaces. 

SERVPRO techs work on improving the air quality during the cleanup and restoration process. The use of negative air that works to port away airborne contaminants is a commonly used tactic. Air scrubbers are machines that have a labyrinth of HEPA filtration, and they work to capture airborne particulates that are smaller than the human eye can see. This latter method frequently gets applied with the use of containment around the work-site to inhibit the potential for cross-contamination. 

When your home needs fire damage restoration, SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 stands ready to come to your property 24/7. The certified techs have the training and equipment to make any size fire and smoke damage, "Like it never even happened."

Are Wet Areas at High Risk of Microbial Bacteria Growth in Durham?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking and flooded on wood parquet floor A wet property can quickly become a hotbed of microbial activity.

SERVPRO is a Leading Water Damage Restoration Provider that can Protect your Durham Home From Microbial Infestation.

Why are microbial bacteria associated with water damage?
Controlling microbial growth is a vital skill for restoration technicians working in Durham. Microbes are tiny living organisms that make up an essential part of the ecosystem. It is common for bacteria or viruses to be present in a wet or water-damaged property. Instances where microbes are apparent are treated with caution by restoration services because they can make you or our technicians sick. A human hair is 75 microns in size. Mold spores can be 4 microns by comparison with bacteria registering around 1 micron in size. Viruses can be as small as 0.2 microns. The assessment of microbial growth is often understood based on the length of time your home is subjected to water exposure, the source of water, and its contamination levels. In the presence of moisture, bio pollutants can proliferate and must be controlled.

How can I bring microbial growth under control?
Using a qualified water damage restoration firm in the Durham area can help rid your home of bio pollutants. For larger microbes, like mold spores, our team can deploy air scrubbing equipment fitted with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. These are effective at removing bio pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. Usually, a SERVPRO technician uses a multi-pronged approach by combining air scrubbing with biocides or anti-microbial chemicals. These can be dispersed throughout a property efficiently using an ultra-low volume (ULV) fogger or mister.

What are the safety measures used to prevent a microbial infestation?
- Containment of the affected area to prevent spreading
- The use of negative air pressure during agitative cleaning or demolition of materials
- Graded anti-microbial chemicals and decontamination zones for workers

A wet property can quickly become a hotbed of microbial activity. Contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880.

How is SERVPRO Prepared for Disasters in My Durham Home?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of damage with the equipment and experience to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

With a fast response and experienced master technicians on our roster, we have the expertise and the ability to recover damaged properties “Like it never even happened.”

From Durham to Gorman, we have thousands of homes and businesses throughout the greater Metropolitan area that depend on the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO team in a crisis. With master certified restorers on our roster in each of the primary niches that we serve, we can offer our customers a level of experience and confidence in the work that we do that provides peace of mind. We are locally owned and operated, meaning that the technicians dispatched to help with your disaster share these same communities with you. We are neighbors helping neighbors. This family-oriented style of operation and customer care has allowed us to become one of the top 100 franchises in the country.


It is often a considerable challenge to manage fire loss events that happen in Durham homes and businesses. After extinguishment, professional restoration teams need to reach your home as quickly as possible to begin sufficient mitigation work to reduce the spread and severity of fire loss effects throughout the property. This also often requires you to manage information and documentation for damage claims made to your insurance company. Our professionals can help to provide the appropriate documentation to your insurance adjuster to ensure that there are a few delays in approval as possible.

What Are Emergency Services? 

Protecting your property often means beginning emergency services for your Durham structure as soon as possible. Between In-house contractors and master certified fire restoration technicians, we have the experience and confidence to provide your home with efficient and effective recovery tactics. Emergency services reduce how destructive fire losses can become, and can involve both repairs and cleaning, such as:

  • Content Management
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Board Up
  • Tarping
  • Debris Removal

What is Expected from Mitigation and Restoration Phases? 

Knowing what to expect from technicians when we get to work in your Durham or Rougemont property can help you appreciate the varying levels of fire restoration. Mitigation is one of the blanket terms used to describe multiple tasks explicitly designed to address pressing damage concerns, including soiling, soot, airborne contaminants, structural weaknesses, and other immediate obstacles.


Because water losses are among the most common needs for a restoration team in Durham and its surrounding areas, we stay prepared for this inevitable loss incident by keeping trailers stocked with recovery tools. There are hundreds of causes for water loss incidents in homes and businesses throughout our service area, making our union of general contractors and qualified restoration technicians vital to the recovery of properties. Our emergency services in mitigation focus on providing effective solutions for both of these fronts.

What Tools Best Remove Standing Water? 

Standing water could be a substantial concern for Durham properties because it allows water migration to happen quickly. Absorption into materials like flooring, sealing materials, wall systems, and other sensitive areas can move water from one area of the property to another over a brief period. These concerns become challenging to address the longer they persist, so it is vital to begin water removal techniques with our team's arrival. Several extraction tools used in these efforts include:

  • Submersible Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Pumps
  • Light Wands
  • Carpet Wands
  • Wet Vacuums

What Efficient Drying Solutions Exist for Durham Homes? 

As with any water loss incident, drying your Durham home is the primary focus of water recovery after a disaster. No matter what areas of your property have become affected, there are specific tools designed to address lingering moisture and dampness where it is found. Air movers are often the foundation of the drying effort, allowing us to focus blasts of heated air at specific targets to promote evaporative drying as efficiently as possible.


While any disaster or emergency could impact your Durham business, fire and water losses are often among the most common call-outs that our professionals must address for commercial properties in the region. Our reliability in these areas can get attributed to our preparedness for these disasters with pre-stocked trailers and technicians available 24/7.

Are there Benefits to An Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP)?

We ensure that our fast response to disasters allows us to reach your property within hours of the first notice of loss. Those who have already completed the free Emergency READY Profile Plan are at a more significant advantage because our technicians already understand the layout of your structure, the location of specific shutoffs, and other essential details to protect what matters most.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned 

Deep cleaning your business has become a popular request in recent months following the devastation of viruses like COVID-19 on Durham businesses. The entire state of North Carolina saw the pandemic sweep through our cities, requiring business owners to take a closer look at the efforts they were taking to provide a sanitary environment for their staff and customers. Our newest defensive cleaning program ensures that you are getting the top tier cleaning approaches, products, and techniques for your business whenever necessary, including:

  • Applying Disinfectant
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Antibacterial Treatment
  • Air Quality Control


Being a coastal state, Durham residents have experienced multiple hurricane-level storms and devastating violent weather events in the past decade alone. Each of these adverse situations can sweep through the area and destroy multiple structures, leaving many homes and businesses vulnerable simultaneously.

Water Removal Solutions for Flooded Properties

Flooding is an unfortunate inevitability for many Durham homes and businesses after severe storm systems pass through the region. Standing water can be a substantial concern in structures, specifically because of how quickly absorption can happen in high permeability materials like wood plank flooring or drywall. Removing standing water involves several extraction tools, including wet vacuums, submersible pumps, and other specialty tools.

Drying and Reconstruction 

Drying your Durham home after a flood loss incident is only part of the solution to the problem your structure faces. Often, flood damage situations require some degree of repair or reconstruction to return the property to its original condition. With a team of in-house contractors available with our responding technicians, we can perform these repairs, and full scale build back, as required.

No matter what disaster your home or office faces, our SERVPRO of North Durham team can help. Call us today at (919) 467-0880.

What Should I Do After Finding Mold in my Business Premises?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

"Mold" If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

SERVPRO Commercial Mold Remediation Teams Help Business Premises to Overcome Minor, Moderate, and Severe Microbial Growth Issues.

Is mold growth a recurring issue?

Discovering the presence of mold can be an unpleasant find for any Durham business or premises manager. Treating a microbial growth issue requires professional assistance to avoid recurring problems or spreading throughout the work environment. Many places of work use soft carpets on floors or acoustical ceiling tiles. Both these materials are porous so that they can provide an ideal food supply for fungus and other microbial bacterias. It is not uncommon for businesses to work through microbial growth issues using in-house janitorial teams, but these businesses often find mold recurring in similar spots. Providing safe, sanitary conditions for your staff and customers does not have to be a constant battle. SERVPRO offers professional, commercial mold technicians who can perform an expert inspection of the problem and place the necessary steps for remediation. 

Is it possible to eliminate mold?

Mold spores naturally occur in any indoor environment. Our commercial mold remediation specialists in Durham are capable of bringing microbial growth under control. Remediation can mean removing unpleasant odors, mold colonies, and drying damp spots, or replacing infested materials. Microbes generally only become a problem for business owners when they come into contact with moisture and begin to proliferate, which can quickly get out of control. We have qualified technicians who can demolish infested materials while applying negative air pressure to the areas affected to prevent the spread of mold spores. Once the initial mold colonies are removed, we can use antimicrobial chemicals to avoid spores from building up through growth stages.

What are the steps of mold control?

- Control moisture

- Aggressively remove existing mold colonies

- Demolish and dispose of infested materials

If your business requires immediate mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880. 

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