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Unwanted Water Spillage in Your Durham House? SERVPRO Can Help--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Avoid Extensive Water Damage Restoration Services in Durham--Contact and Contract SERVPRO

Every Second Counts When Doing Water Removal in Your Durham Home

Generally, significant water spills occur in an instant. However, damages do not happen uniformly. Although the water might take just a few minutes to fill up your property, the damages left are mostly cosmetic in the first few hours. Letting the water sit over extended periods is what leads to severe damage. The need to reduce stagnation time is why every second counts during water removal.

Swift Spillage Removal Means Less or No Damage
Taking quick action within the first few hours can add an aspect of damage prevention to the exercise of water removal in your Durham home. Materials such as drywall and wood absorb water slowly, and therefore, immediate extraction can help preserve their structural integrity.  Removing water fast requires sufficient resources.  Mops and buckets may do the job, but it can take too long. Pumps and other extractors are better suited for the job. For example, a truck-mounted water extractor can remove thousands of gallons within a short while. Our SERVPRO crews pack different equipment in our green trucks, including:

Water Claw Sub-Surface Flood Extractors
Rover High Volume Extractors
Submersible pumps
Wet Vacs

Tick Tock Tick Tock Results in More Water Damage
If water sits for over 12 hours, it has time to wick into different materials including drywall or wood panels, therefore, necessitating advanced removal procedures. Because drywall construction is gypsum-based material sandwiched between two sheets of paper, water left to sit in a property over an extended period can cause extensive damage through wicking. Such damage can extend several inches or even feet above the waterline. Our SERVPRO technicians cut off the extensively damaged sections of drywall. This controlled demolition is called a flood cut. We then use methods such as dehumidification to dry excess moisture from the rest of the drywall and the exposed void.

Methods and Equipment Can Save Fixtures and Cabinets
Depending on how the spill happens, the water might reach concealed or hard to reach areas of your property. Floors and walls behind cabinets are a good example. If left untouched for over 24 hours, such water can lead to the development of mold. It is necessary to drill small holes to ease removal. Our SERVPRO technicians drill these weep holes in the cabinet to improve air circulation then patch with a comparable material after drying.

For faster removal of water from your Gorman, Rougemont, and Bahama properties, call SERVPRO of North Durham to help. You can reach us at (919) 467-0880. We have the resources to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Our Professionals Discuss The Dangers Of Flash Flooding In Durham

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Risks Of Flash Flooding In Durham Homes

Flash flooding is one of the most destructive forces that can affect Durham residents, primarily because of the sudden onset of the emergency and the number of properties that can become affected simultaneously by the powerful wave. As many homeowners likely pursue DIY restoration tactics, it is crucial to know the present risks with natural disasters like flash flooding and several inches of standing water in your property.

Our SERVPRO professionals would urge all uncertified restorers to use caution when addressing flood damage in a Durham home. Especially in situations where natural flooding has occurred and compromised multiple properties throughout the neighborhood, it is imperative to take the right precautions as you work to begin water removal and drying strategies. Water in these situations should get treated as contaminated, and the appropriate protocols and disinfection practices should be in effect.

As you might expect, flash floodwater can enter and spread through your home quickly. With little to no warning, you should attempt to grab irreplaceable and invaluable items only if it is still safe to do so. Once water makes the flooring no longer visible, it is not advisable to get into the water – even with rubber boots and protective equipment on your body. Even our SERVPRO professionals would exercise caution in how contaminated floodwater got managed, starting with prioritization of extraction and drying.

Apart from the potential collection of bacteria, decomposing materials and carcasses, and even sewage, you should remove standing water before entering it because:

    •    You can risk electrical shock if live wires or electronics have come into contact with the water rising in the house.
    •    Debris could have sharp edges and points, which can cut or puncture the restorer – even with protective gear.
    •    Heightened chance of infestations with reptiles and rodents, both of which can create additional stress for unprepared homeowners.

Flash flooding incorporates water from multiple sources and areas, presenting an impossible situation for determining contaminants and risks. No matter how severe the situation, you can count on the expertise of our SERVPRO of North Durham team to help, or to help you with information to do the job safely. Give our professionals a call anytime at (919) 467-0880.

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Professional Water Damage Restoration To Durham Homes

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO works hard to help you take your mind off of your Durham home water damage.

SERVPRO works hard to help you take care of your Durham home water damage.

Durham residents have little concern over flooding for the most part. While a thunderstorm can fill the streets occasionally, homeowners know that their major water intrusion issues come from faulty appliances or plumbing issues like a rusted out elbow joint under a sink. 

Restoring a home in Durham from water damage takes special training and an extensive equipment inventory. SERVPRO response teams train to all industry standards when it comes to removing standing water, drying the structure, and lowering the inside humidity level to a normal, comfortable level. 

After stopping the source of the water, team technicians move in with water extractors to draw water off surfaces, out of carpets, and from between floorboards. They can adjust the vacuum speed and introduce heat at the same time with these wands and other devices to quickly remove water and dry surfaces without accidentally damaging them further. 

If the water intrusion went unnoticed for an extended amount of time, then the water level can be much higher and require a larger pump for removal. Regardless of the amount pumped out, and since this is treated water, technicians pump it directly into the nearest drain. 

Next, SERVPRO team members install fans at key points to draw damp air out of the home. They reduce the inside moisture level, increasing the natural evaporation rate, and drying the interior without secondary damage to building materials like drywall. 

For items that absorbed so much water, they also use air movers. These machines generate warm, dry air that technicians can adjust to flow across surfaces to force moisture into the air where the fans pull it outside the home. They can also use these machines, attached to a hose, to dry the spaces under floors and behind walls.

Finally, technicians use commercial grade dehumidifiers to draw out of the air. Depending on its size and the air moisture content, each one can remove 25 gallons every 24 hours. This both lowers the humidity level and augments the efforts of the air movers and fans. 

Restoring a home is not an easy or quick process. At SERVPRO of North Durham, we take every step necessary to return a dry, safe home to its owners and residents here and in surrounding communities like Gorman, Rougemont, Bahama. If you have had any amount of water spill across your floors or elsewhere in your home, call us today at (919) 467-0880 to begin restoring your residence to a dry, livable condition. 

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Our Technicians Discuss How To Avoid Damage In Your Durham Kitchen After A Fire

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

In case of a fire incident in your Rougemont, Orange Factory, or Rocky Knoll property, call SERVPRO of North Durham to help.

Fire Damage Technicians In Durham Talk About Preventing Kitchen Fires

According to statistics, the local fire department receives around 50 structure fire calls each year. Fortunately, fire damage occurring inside your home can often be prevented by following certain safety practices. Several of these structural blazes ignite during cooking, and according to the National Fire Protection Association, 66 percent of kitchen infernos start by unattended cooking. The statistics also say that 62 percent start from stovetops.
Once a problem starts inside your kitchen, it can quickly spread and cause fire damage inside your Durham home in rooms other than the blaze's source. Once objects burn inside your kitchen, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. After you, the homeowner extinguishes the fire, things you do to try to fix the problems could make issues worse. For example, cleaning soot residues with the wrong chemicals can smear the soot and cause more damage to the surface you were trying to clean.
The best thing you can do yourself is to prevent a fire from starting in the first place. Many kitchen blazes can be avoided by never leaving the kitchen while you are cooking. Keeping your appliances, including your oven and stove clean can also prevent unwanted grease fires from igniting.
Our SERVPRO experts also recommend that you regularly test smoke detectors and make sure that they have operable batteries and are working at all times. It is wise to have a smoke detector located just outside of your kitchen. If detectors get put inside the kitchen, they could go off during cooking when any amount of smoke enters the kitchen. If they are close to but outside of the kitchen, then they should not go off unless an actual kitchen fire starts.
It's smart to have a fire extinguisher that has been checked close to the kitchen area. Putting out a fire shortly after it starts can reduce the total amount of damage suffered by your home's building materials and contents. Once the fire gets extinguished, it is then good to call in our SERVPRO technicians so that we can assess the situation for you.
In case of a fire incident in your Rougemont, Orange Factory, or Rocky Knoll property, call SERVPRO of North Durham to help. You can reach us at (919) 467-0880 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Your Pizza Parlor is On Fire!

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you make sure your food is the only thing on fire.

SERVPRO will keep your business up and running.

The restaurant business is not simple. Aside from the regulatory aspect of owning an eatery, you need to worry about staffing, competition and keeping current with marketing trends. Your inventory is perishable and closing even for a day can cost you in terms of revenue and market share. So, when you suddenly find that there has been fire damage to your pizza parlor, you know that time is of the essence in restoring it. You cannot afford to lose momentum.

Thankfully, SERVPRO is available to all business owners in Durham who are affected by fire damage. If there is ever a time to call a team of specialists who is available 24/7, this is it!

Our technicians have formal training and on-the-job experience to restore your pizza place as soon as possible; you only need to call us. Upon arrival, we ensure the safety of the site and quickly proceed to assess the damage so we can tailor our plan to minimize your losses.

In a fire, the flames, smoke, and soot are a cause of distress, but so are the extinguishing agents used by firefighters. Our SERVPRO fire restoration technicians (FRT) are prepared to handle your specific needs and work with you to preserve as much of your inventory as possible. We also recognize that you may have specific health department guidelines to comply with, which we take into account when formulating our work plan.

As we work, we may divide your restaurant by utilizing protective plastic sheeting, which allows us to isolate damaged areas. This isolation is crucial in preventing the spread of damaging agents throughout your restaurant. Throughout our process, we carefully document each step, so you may have it at your disposal when filing an insurance claim.

Do not let the unexpected derail your business plan. SERVPRO of North Durham is here to help. Call us at (919) 467-0880 and let us leave your pizza parlor “Like it never even happened.”

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We Discuss The Crucial Steps Of Mitigating Flood Damage In Your Durham Home

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Call (919) 467-0880 whenever you need professionals who understand the mitigation process and can erase flood damage from your property.

Important Steps Of Mitigating Flood Damage In Durham Properties

As soon as the water recedes from flooded areas in Durham, SERVPRO knows it is time to start mitigating the damage so people and businesses can get back to their usual activities. Many drastic differences come about when a home sits under water, no matter how high that water rises or for how short a period the incident lasts.

SERVPRO wants to assure residents that our extensive training gives us unique insight into mitigating flood damage in Durham, making it possible to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Our teams use standardized and internationally accepted methods that give you the results you need after a disaster.

We use small extraction units to get the water out of enclosed spaces. Wherever possible, we use buckets, too, as this brings more team members into this preliminary aspect of the job. The goal is to get your house dried out and as quickly as possible while remaining efficient as we can. Doing so saves you money while getting your property back to livable condition. This goal remains a factor throughout the time we work on your home.

Drying your home requires our air movers, plus desiccant machines. Dehumidifiers remove the water vapor that fills the air as rapidly as our machines pull it out of your home’s framework and damp structures. While we have these machines running, we also work on cleaning the debris from the property.

Removing what the flood brought in includes removing silt and other sediments from your floors, as well as damaged carpets, composite flooring, and other coverings. We cut out damaged sections of your walls, which can help air movers dry the uppermost sections of these walls’ interiors. As we do this, we also apply disinfectants. This can happen with both sprays for isolated areas or misting with a fogger to treat larger surfaces evenly and quickly.

As SERVPRO workers engage in these and other activities, we also use monitoring devices that show the progress of your house. Drying too quickly can cause problems, just as leaving moisture inside a property can increase the amount of damage.

Cleaning residues from surfaces before spraying the area with disinfectant helps the chemicals work more effectively, decreasing the possibility of cross-contamination. Before your family moves back home, everything becomes clean, dry, and safe again.

SERVPRO of North Durham’s service area includes Weaver, Upland, and Chester. Call (919) 467-0880 whenever you need professionals who understand the mitigation process and can erase flood damage from your property.

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Stop Suffering Through Water Damage Alone in Your Durham Residence

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

If your water dispenser leaks it can slowly cause water damage if no one notices. Contact SERVPRO today for water damage remediation assistance.

Leaking Water Bottles can Create Localized Water Damage in Your Durham Home

Temperature changes rarely cause problems with the plastics used in food packaging, including water bottles. Large bottles come in a sturdier grade than personal sized bottles, leading many to assume they are indestructible. However, containers can get broken along their seams if mishandled. Allowing your children to use a case of unopened bottles as a make-shift table or seat for friends while marathon gaming at your Durham residence can become problematic.

Cleaning your Durham home's floors after guests leave can alert you to water damage from leaky bottles before it becomes severe. A two-liter bottle of water that leaks all over your floor might seem unimportant to your teens, so they never tell you what happened while letting the water soak into the carpet and floor underneath. Water spreads both horizontally and down, and if more than one bottle leaked, the damage multiplies even more rapidly.

Drinking water like this remains clean and calling SERVPRO as soon as you find localized water drenching your carpet can save you the expense of replacing your floor covering. We can extract the lost water to protect both carpet and pad, as well as prevent any delamination from occurring.

To prevent stains or discoloration, our specialists can clean the entire area to remove soil and allow the carpet to dry evenly. This prevents water marks from showing up once the drying process completes. To make this happen faster, we can place an air mover so the carpet dries. Air movers also promote even drying across the surface.

When thicker padding exists under the carpet, we can use our weighted claw device, which compresses the fluid saturating the dense pad while simultaneously using a pump to extract the water. We perform this before cleaning the carpet, as doing so saves time later when extracting the water during routine carpet cleaning tasks.

SERVPRO of North Durham carries out mitigation and restoration of carpets and other flooring types in residential settings throughout Bahama, Upland, and Weaver after water damage events occur. Your home does not require a deluge of water to need professional services. Call us to make sure your home stays protected. Our 24-hour service line is (919) 467-0880, and is answered every day of the year, including weekends and holidays.

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Our Flood Damage Technicians Discuss Our Black Water Procedure For Your Durham Home

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Black water emergencies require specialist training and remediation procedure.

Black Water Flood Damage Procedure For Durham Homeowners

Contaminated flood waters can pose a severe risk to your health and require special cleaning procedures from a dedicated professional. A scenario involving contaminated water- also known as black water- could be the result of an external situation like road overflow or an internal one like a backed up open sewer point. Both types require personal protective equipment (PPE) to remediate damages safely.

Homeowners who need help with flood damage in Durham can rely on our out of hours technicians for assistance. On arrival, SERVPRO can immediately get to work securing the job site. Securing the site involves eliminating safety hazards as well as containing the area of damage by setting up physical barriers. Once the quarantine zone is established, only persons wearing appropriate PPE like full-body suits, respirators, and eye protection can enter.

The first step in dealing with a contained black water emergency is to disinfect the site thoroughly. SERVPRO provides technicians with a full range of EPA registered disinfectants. Using shovels, we can begin to remove debris as well as standing silts from the property. Since some of these materials may be considered biohazardous waste, our technicians handle the removal, packaging, and disposal of waste from start to finish.

Contaminated water migrates rapidly so thoroughly drying excess water from carpets using industrial grade extractors is the next step. Once your SERVPRO technician is satisfied that all harmful waste is removed and the area adequately dried, we can conduct a thorough safety inspection to decide which materials are salvageable and which are not.

Generally speaking, a black water flood situation means that the majority of items must be replaced rather than restored. Non-porous structural contents can be pressure washed and disinfected onsite. Porous items like carpets, pads, or other fabrics are usually considered non-salvageable so must be disposed of in line with state and federal guidelines. At the end of service, we can speed up drying using dehumidifiers and dispose of debris at an approved waste disposal site.

Black water emergencies require specialist training and remediation procedure. Contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 now.

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Why Fast Remediation is Necessary for Commercial Water Damage in Durham Retail Stores

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can ruin inventory and interrupt your business. SERVPRO has the experience to provide the least disruption while removing the water.

Why You Need Quick Commercial Water Removal in Your Durham Retail Store

Water can enter your retail store because of a leaky roof. Holes or tears in membranes after something falls on the roof can cause rainwater to enter a commercial building. The edges of the membrane of a roof may also become unsecured and let water into the building.  

When there’s commercial water damage in your Durham retail store, you need to take the necessary steps to lessen the effects of water. You should contact a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO to solve the issue. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience required to manage water loss. We respond quickly to reduce the destruction and manage the restoration project effectively.  

Water can ruin the products in stock, and you may have to discard them. It can also lead to the interruption of business operations and financial losses if you do not attend to it immediately. If the incident occurred during your store’s busiest season, then the loss of potential profits would be more significant. During such a crisis, the cash can flow out because of the costs related to repairs and the everyday expenses of your business like loan repayments, and utility bills. If you are forced to shut down your store for several days or weeks, your customers could look for the products they need elsewhere and find a retail store they like better than yours.  

Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect the affected areas and establish priorities, goals, and tasks. If there’s water on the floor, ceiling or walls, we can use equipment like wet/dry vacuums to extract it so that the areas can dry faster. Our services for handling water damage in retail stores also include drying, dehumidification, and odor removal. Our technicians perform building structural dry outs using a combination of high capacity air movers and dehumidifiers. We change the location of air movers during drying so that the surfaces can dry evenly and thoroughly. Our restoration specialists monitor and maintain proper humidity, temperature, and moisture levels during the entire process to ensure quick and complete drying.  

If you have water damage in your business premises, call SERVPRO of North Durham. You can reach us any time of the day or night at (919) 467-0880. We have the expertise to handle a water loss incident of any size.

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After A Tropical Storm Damages Your Durham Home Call Our Experts Right Away!

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

You can count on us to help restore your property completely.

Tropical Storms That Can Flood Durham Homes

Tropical storms and hurricanes are unfortunate circumstances that affect homes and businesses throughout our Durham region. With the severity of these storm systems as they pass through, structural damage could result on account of strong winds and torrential rainfall. Damages to roofs, windows, siding, and even indirect damage like falling trees can give a clear pathway for disasters like flooding to begin. Water intrusion is almost impossible for homeowners to contend with on their own, so getting the right professional personnel to the scene quickly can help to reduce the overall damages your property experiences.

Contending with storm and flood damage in your Durham home starts with a fast response from our SERVPRO professionals. With an entire contracting division on our team to offer temporary emergency repairs in these damaging circumstances, we can help to stop the flow of water into your property with boarding and tarping services. While these same contractors work to fully restore and repair the damages to your home following mitigation, this can allow our professionals to get to work on extraction and drying inside of the house.

With so many structural weaknesses that can follow substantial storms passing through the area, flooding can quickly become a widespread situation for multiple homes. Our readiness for these circumstances can help us to address these damaging conditions in several locations simultaneously. We have a growing Green Fleet of service vehicles and are part of a Large Loss Recovery Team that can address even substantial loss incidents without delays.

We know that every customer values their property and wants the best possible restoration solutions when flooding begins. Our SERVPRO team arrives with state-of-the-art recovery tools to help remove standing water and to address saturation of construction materials and structural elements with our initial visit.

No matter when severe weather incidents occur in our area, you can confidently know that our SERVPRO of North Durham team is standing by for any damaging effects that this system can cause. You can count on us to help restore your property completely. Give us a call anytime you need us at (919) 467-0880.

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