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WOW!! Mold Can Cause All Kinds of Problems at Durham Homes--Be Smart and Call SERVPRO

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation WOW!! Mold Can Cause All Kinds of Problems at Durham Homes--Be Smart and Call SERVPRO Yikes!! Mold in My Beautiful Durham Home!! Better Call SERVPRO

Immediate Response Is Crucial to Your Durham Property during Mold Damage Remediation 

The degree of mold damage can vary from one site to the other, and there is a need to assess everything to determine the extent of the problem. The goal of the assessment is to help our team to come up with an appropriate site-specific remediation plan. If you notice some musty odor, discoloration in surfaces and staining on walls, then there are chances your property has a mold problem. Fuzzy or cotton growth of different colors may also sound a warning to any Durham resident.

Before our SERVPRO technicians start performing a mold damage assessment in your Durham home, we have to address the safety concerns of the building adequately. This is typically after a storm or other significant happenstance. If the load bearing walls shift, the roof can sag, cracks may develop, and the walls may not be straight. It is also the time when we check for severe wood rot and any form of deterioration that the moisture problem has caused to the structure. We check whether there is standing water in the structure, check for hidden mold behind wallpaper, under flooring, insulation, and carpet backing. An evaluation of attics and crawl spaces is part of the inspection. We communicate with the owner during the entire process.
 
A visual inspection may not be enough during the mold remediation process; our SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters to measure moisture levels of materials such as carpets, concrete, wallboard, plasters, and wood. A moisture meter has a probe, which we can insert into a surface to record direct readings. Some have sensors and pressing them against a wet surface is enough to take the readings. These devices can also play an important role when we are monitoring the drying progress of materials. A mold remediation has no value if there is an on-going source of moisture fueling the mold spores that are seated on an organic food supply.
 
We carefully inspect air conditioning units that are operating within the moldy structure and if possible clean or dispose of when we notice visible mold. With the help of a wet abrasive sponge and a disinfectant, we can clean wood furnishings and recommend a refinishing once dry. Through HEPA vacuuming, we can remove the mold that settles on surfaces when moving items or cleaning different parts of the structure. An antimicrobial spray is always part of the disinfecting process.
 
SERVPRO of North Durham offers an immediate expert response to ant storm, mold, water, and fire damage through the use of advanced cleaning and restoration equipment. Learn more about our operations and have your questions answered today by calling (919) 467-0880.

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Our Highly Trained Professionals Can Restore Your Water Damaged Durham Home To Pre-Damage Condition

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Highly Trained Professionals Can Restore Your Water Damaged Durham Home To Pre-Damage Condition Drying materials and surfaces lower chances of bacteria and mold growth.

Customized Water Damage Restoration Services For Your Durham Home

If you do not correct the water damage problem as soon as it happens, then additional challenges are likely to develop. For instance, if water removal does not take place within 24-48 hours, then some molds are expected to start growing on materials such as insulation, drywall, paper, and wood - items that readily absorb water. Our team performs rapid cleaning and drying when attending to such incidents in Durham to prevent their growth.

Our SERVPRO technicians remove wet materials from your house to make the cleaning process more manageable. If there are acoustical tiles in the house, we carefully inspect them since they can absorb moisture. If necessary, we can open up finished walls and drill holes slightly above the waterline. Even when the wall appears to be dry, we can use a moisture meter to confirm its moisture level. We make sure the area is thoroughly dry before sealing the drilled holes.

Our SERVPRO technicians have to clean the surfaces and materials by scrubbing with detergent or water. If some stubborn grease or stains exist on concrete surfaces, then we can use trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaner to remove them. TSP has corrosive properties, and our technicians wear goggles and gloves when using it. At the end of cleaning it is time to dry things out.

Drying materials and surfaces lower chances of bacteria and mold growth. During this step, we use wet-dry vacuums to remove water off materials and surfaces. These vacuums have attachments that help us to access the hard-to-get-at sections of your home. To enhance the drying process, we can put in place mechanical fans and heaters - heating never goes beyond 35ºC. As materials lose water to the surrounding, it is essential to absorb the moisture with the help of dehumidifiers. Desiccant dehumidifiers and refrigerant dehumidifiers are the common types of dehumidifiers that our team uses.

SERVPRO of North Durham is a locally owned and operated company that works around the clock to offer residential and commercial restoration services. You can learn more about our industry-proven services by calling (919) 467-0880.

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When a Flood Strikes Your Durham Residence, SERVPRO Strikes Back!

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When a Flood Strikes Your Durham Residence, SERVPRO Strikes Back! SERVPRO of North Durham is here to help return your home back to preloss condition!

Repairing your Home and Possessions after Flood Damage in Durham

The type of repairs necessary after a flash flood depends on the kind of water that has entered your home. Whitewater is clean with minimal health concerns barring the possibility of mold growth. Grey water is contaminated but poses a limited danger to a homeowner's health and safety. Blackwater, which is common in flash flooding, is tainted by raw sewage, animal carcass or other toxins and can cause e.coli, salmonella and other serious health concerns.

Homes suffering from flood damage in Durham rely on a quick assessment and remediation services. Often it is necessary to cordon off affected areas with only designated technicians using protective gear allowed to enter. Blackwater poses a severe health risk, and because of this, the cleaning procedure becomes more complicated.

We need to extract the water first and foremost. SERVPRO use portable extractors for damages that have been contained and only affect a small area. Where the impact is widespread, we can bring in larger truck-mounted extractors capable of removing thousands of gallons of water in one go. Blackwater complicates a restoration effort, and we may have to lift light structure that comes into contact with it, like drywall.

A home is not just a structure but also a collection of personal possessions that hold value in a literal sense and a sentimental one. Although flash flooding does tend to require more replacement of belongings than usual, SERVPRO can salvage a significant amount. Using wet cleaning methods, chemical foams or even sending items to a specialized facility can make a huge difference in our water restoration effort.

At SERVPRO our motto is to restore over replace. Restoring is typically inexpensive when compared to re-surfacing or replacing. It is also ideal for homeowners who do not have to discard those precious sentimental possessions after an unforeseen disaster.

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If you are picking up the pieces after a natural disaster, contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 for an emergency restoration service.

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Helping Restore Your Property With Water Cleanup Services Resolves Overflow Issues In Durham

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Helping Restore Your Property With Water Cleanup Services Resolves Overflow Issues In Durham A clogged drain in a running sink can lead to your bathroom sink overflowing.

Helping Restore Your Property With Water Cleanup Services

A clogged drain in a running sink can lead to your bathroom sink overflowing. Your Durham area home can sustain severe damage if this water remains on your floors. Water can easily saturate carpeting, the flooring underneath, and eventually end up in the ceiling of lower levels in your house.

When a resident in Durham finds such a mess, water cleanup begins at once by mopping up the visible water. Once you call us, SERVPRO professionals arrive and start by measuring the amount of moisture remaining in your floors, lower walls, and other materials. We track the water so we can more efficiently clean that up, also.

An overflowed sink typically involves clean water, which means saving your carpeting remains highly possible. Flooding, however, when it comes from outside your home or from a contaminated source like a back-flowing septic drain, means many damaged sections of your home require extensive cleaning.

September is National Preparedness Month, and many of the same tips homeowners learn for preparing for flooding can carry over to cleaning up much cleaner messes. Quickly removing objects that sit in the path of oncoming water can save them from needing restoration work later. Even after you turn the water off at the source in a stopped up sink, the water already on the floor continues to spread.

As the water flows outward, it slowly begins to evaporate. This release into the air creates water vapor. Our moisture detection units can read the amounts released into the air. If hot water was involved, this could increase the amount of water vapor the air holds. As this warmer air cools to room temperature, condensation on cooler surfaces in the area rapidly takes place. Turning on a fan can help keep condensation from occurring before we arrive.

Once we begin working, we use heavy-duty air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the water that escaped into your home's air. Floor mats that extract the moisture hiding there help remove what our extraction wands left behind. As our work continues, we monitor the drastic reduction of moisture from your house's materials and the air. Water cleanup also includes wiping down and sanitizing any belongings, walls, and other surfaces that came into contact with the water.

SERVPRO of North Durham's 24-hour service number, (919) 467-0880, is answered by qualified professionals who can provide you with immediate assistance when your home needs water cleanup services. Always Faster To Any Size Disaster, we work with families in Weaver, Upland, and Rougemont protect their homes all year long.

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Communication About The Processes Of Fire Damage Mitigation And Restoration In Durham

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Communication About The Processes Of Fire Damage Mitigation And Restoration In Durham When homeowners in Durham face fire damage, many of them just want to get things back to normal.

The Processes Of Fire Damage Mitigation And Restoration

After a traumatizing event in your Durham home involving fire and smoke, many personal belongings need specialized cleaning services, forming one of the more crucial aspects of mitigation and restoration. We clean many items on-site when space permits such activities. When we do not have enough space, we perform this at our facility.

When homeowners in Durham face fire damage, many of them just want to get things back to normal. Explaining each step of the restoration process to our customers can make the time required seem less stressful, as well as less mysterious. How we handle your personal belongings and household items is a relatively straightforward process.

SERVPRO technicians take great dare when packing these items up and filling out inventory lists, typically working in teams to make the work more efficient. These lists are not the only pieces of documentation we provide our customers, though. Each box, of course, has a corresponding label to each entry on the inventory sheets, but other labels can indicate the status of a box's contents.

We ensure that the label on each box provides current information about the contents. These labels inform you about questionable items, damaged belonging, and possible additional claims that need your attention. Questionable items typical cover those belongings that you, the customer, felt might have a chance at restoration and wanted our technicians to attempt cleaning the items. Some of these may become successful, others might break during cleaning (causing them to fall into the additional claims category), and others we leave for you to decide about the outcome.

Damaged items are those belongings we attempt to clean but because of exposure to heat during the fire or the contrast between the heat and the cold of the firefighters' water endure hairline cracks in its material end up broken even more. This is common and many times is not foreseeable by visually inspecting the items it occurs in before cleaning begins. You might still want to keep the item, or you may wish to file a claim on it with your insurance.

Claim items come from either of the two above categories when cleaning either reveals additional flaws, the item breaks further, or our best efforts do not satisfy you. You need to forward a list of these items to your insurance adjuster as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of North Durham can help homeowners in Rocky Knoll save their Bahama, Upland, of Marcus Hook home after it sustains fire damage. Calling our local 24-hour service line at (919) 467-0880 puts you in contact with friendly IICRC-certified technicians who know the importance of communication during the entire mitigation and restoration process.

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Water Damage Can Often Be A Result Of Remediating Fire Damage Inside Your Durham Pub

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Can Often Be A Result Of Remediating Fire Damage Inside Your Durham Pub If you ignore the water damage inside of your Durham pub, it can lead to further damages occurring on your property.

Water Damage Can Often Be A Result Of Remediating Fire Damage

When the fire department extinguishes a small fire that occurred inside of your business, it can leave behind a significant volume of water damage. The kitchen of your pub may only show a few small signs that a fire did happen, such as soot built up around the walls of the oven. However, the water damage is a little more obvious, as the walls are soaked, and the tile floor has been exposed to copious amounts of water. It is wise to call for professional help immediately, not only to address the remnants of the fire but also to remediate the water damage.

If you ignore the water damage inside of your Durham pub, it can lead to further damages occurring on your property. The significant increase in moisture creates the perfect environment for mold spores to grow into mold colonies. Water can sink through the spaces between the tile and cause the base of it to become engorged, causing cracks in the tile itself. Leaving the water damage can only result in further damages that are higher in cost to address than the source would have been.

SERVPRO responds to calls immediately, striving to arrive at your home within hours. No matter the time, we can send our team to your business. We can work through the night to remain unseen by your customers, as we understand how important the foot-traffic of your business is.

Our IICRC-certified techs can bring unique trade tools with them that specialize in the remediation of water damage. SERVPRO can use a combination of extractors, ventilation fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to clean up the damage inside of your pub. Extractors are particularly useful for any standing puddles of water while the other three tools are used in conjunction to draw moisture out of your equipment and even the building itself.

If extinguishing a fire ever causes water damage to your property, never hesitate to call for help. Reach out to SERVPRO of North Durham by phoning (919) 467-0880. We always aim to return your business to its pre-damaged state.

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Flood Damage Mitigation Makes it Possible to Move Back Home in Durham

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Mitigation Makes it Possible to Move Back Home in Durham Flood damage can seem insurmountable. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Provides Thorough Remediation After Flooding in Your Home

Eliminating the hazards in your Durham home when a disaster affects its condition keeps your family safe from injury and illness. At SERVPRO, we take your family's comfort and health very seriously as we work on your home. We know that microbes and parasites carried into your home, as well as other debris, can continually cause concerns and problems, so we remove these as quickly as we can.
 
When a SERVPRO crew arrives at your home, we start by taking a thorough assessment of the flood damage in Durham affecting your home. Some situations, such as carpeting, require the removal of materials before we proceed to additional steps in the mitigation process. Carpeting and its underlying padding become so contaminated during a flood, that removal of more porous floor coverings becomes necessary to protect the home and its occupants from the lingering effects of flooding. Microbes only require a small amount of moisture to remain viable and capable of causing severe illnesses.
 
Because of the ability of carpet and padding to hang on to and trap moisture, flood-damaged carpeting can make drying out your home, and its overall restoration, take much longer than needed. Removing these two pieces of your home's interior facilitates more rapid drying of the flooring underneath while keeping the air from absorbing any evaporated water previously held in the carpet's fibers.
 
Silt and washed-in sediment can also harbor germs throughout your residence's interior. We use specially angled brushes to sweep this out of cracks and crevices, away from the fine grooves and indentations of brick and concrete, and anywhere else silt might get stuck and that our vacuums need a boost. Some of these brushes contain very stiff bristles, so we always choose with care to avoid damaging softer materials.
 
Removing everything from carpet and padding to excess moisture and debris helps get your property ready for our ventilation and drying machinery. We use moisture detectors to ensure our work progresses correctly, as well as help us detect any hidden pockets of water or moisture that might cause damage to your property in the way of mold growth or damage from water. The longer water can hide inside your home from a flood, the more likely these problems become.
 
SERVPRO of North Durham continues to assist families in Upland, Weaver, and Chester when disasters like flood damage make their houses uninhabitable. Calling us at (919) 467-0880 can make everything “Like it never even happened” so you can move your family back home soon.

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Drying Methods Can Make A Big Difference During Water Cleanup In Durham

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Methods Can Make A Big Difference During Water Cleanup In Durham Professional water cleanup technicians must use appropriate drying techniques when mitigating water damage challenges.

Drying Methods Can Make A Big Difference During Water Cleanup

Professional water cleanup technicians must use appropriate drying techniques when mitigating water damage challenges. There are specialized equipment and drying methodology to choose from, and the situation at hand determines the methods we select. Some of the methods we use when addressing water intrusion challenges in Durham include open drying, closed drying, and dehumidification.

When the outside air is drier and warmer compared to the one inside your Durham property during water cleanup, the SERVPRO team may decide to use open drying. It means we have to measure the temperature inside and outside the building to be sure this method can effectively speed up the rate of evaporation. For this method to work, the outside air needs to contain over 20 grains of water per pound when equated to the one in structure.

If we have to implement open drying, then our SERVPRO technicians start by sealing off the affected area from the outside air. We can do this by closing all doors and windows as well as installing dehumidification, air movement, and heating equipment to control the inside environment and remove the evaporated water vapor. In situations where the affected area is a small part of a big room, then we can create a drying chamber by surrounding the area with plastic sheeting.

Evaporation adds moisture to the air, and there is a need to remove it through dehumidification. Our SERVPRO technicians can decide to use refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers. Refrigerant dehumidifiers cool the air they take in below the dew point, and it condenses in its internal evaporation coils. We then remove the water that collects, and the process goes on and on. On the other hand, desiccant dehumidifiers work by absorbing the moisture from the damp air. The equipment has two outlets with one blowing dry air into the structure and the other one removing wet air from the building.

SERVPRO of North Durham is a trusted leader in mold, storm, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us at (919) 467-0880 for our highly trained technicians to return your property to its preloss condition.

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The Mold Damage That Harms Your Durham Residence

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Damage That Harms Your Durham Residence Mold and mildew can grow almost anywhere in Durham properties.

Mold Damage In Your Residence

Mold and mildew can grow almost anywhere in Durham properties. These microbes often remain undiscovered until their colonies become quite large. They also come in different colors, with some sticky while other strains of microbes seem dusty, instead.

Your dwelling in Durham can contain mold damage from one or more of several strains of microbe. All microbial infestations covering an area larger than ten square feet require professional remediation to protect the home from current damage. SERVPRO's remediation services address this as well as the prevention of future problems, including the possibility of other colonies forming in other locations.

When we remediate a home, we make sure that the area we work on remains enclosed in a negative pressure containment system. We set these up to keep any free-floating microbes from passing into clean sections of your house. The way these systems catch microbes forces them either outside or into a HEPA filter. Both methods work well at removing these excess microbes.

We realize that many microbes might already exist in the air within your home, just waiting for the perfect spot. We counter this with different methods. We use air scrubbers in other areas of your home to remove any spores that already escaped. Mold can release spores at any time. We also treat mold-prone areas with antimicrobial sprays.

Microbes require the presence of moisture before they can begin growing. Your home's indoor climate should stay dry enough to prevent any overgrowth of microbes. Mold damage indicates that a leak or other source of moisture exists. We rely on our moisture sensors to locate these so we can eliminate them. Even slight elevations can cause mold problems, and any amount can lead to structures in your home becoming damaged from the water itself.

SERVPRO of North Durham is ready to help your family live in a freshly-remediated home that is now free of mold damage. Clean air keeps you from breathing in spores that might cause health effects. We are here to help you keep your home safe and healthy, and only a phone call away. Contact us at (919) 467-0880, so we can start remediation and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Acting Quickly to Limit Flood Damages in Your Durham Home

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Acting Quickly to Limit Flood Damages in Your Durham Home SERVPRO Advices to Have Flood Insurance to Protect Your Durham Property

SERVPRO Says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster--Call for Storm Damage Help

The unpredictable weather of the spring and summer months throughout the Durham area can leave your home a little worse for the wear. As possible as it is for your home to sustain damages all at once that can lead to emergency conditions, more often, these damages are slow and happen over years of wear. Once enough roof or siding damage has occurred, these elements fail at their weakest points and allow for water penetration.

While this might not always lead to flood damages in your Durham residence, a significant storm with a hard run off or torrential rainfall could flood your home over a brief period. Depending on where your house sustained the storm damages that allowed the penetration, various areas of your residence could have to face this high volume of water. Your best solution is to reach out to our SERVPRO restoration team immediately.

Not only does your insurance company require the assessment of a professional to finalize claims to pay for restoration work on your house, this same assessment can help you to better understand the damage that your home has sustained throughout the flooding for yourself. This inspection details the areas of your home that require the most attention, what equipment is necessary, and also what contents and structural components within your house have become irreparably damaged.

Our SERVPRO professionals also work as quickly as possible to mitigate the damages to your home to prevent them from getting worse. Even amid the inspection process, which can be an involved step, mitigation must begin right away to keep the cost of the restoration down and unsalvageable damage to a minimum.

There is no way to prepare for a flood occurring within your home adequately, but with the right professional assistance, you do not have to be on your own to clean up the mess and restore the damages. Depend on our SERVPRO of North Durham team of restoration specialists. Give our emergency response team a call at the first sign of water damage at (919) 467-0880.

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