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Advanced Processes Durham Homes Need for Water Damage Cleanup

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

drying system installed in a water damaged home SERVPRO teams are ready to assist with water damage situations in your Durham home day or night. Give us a call right away.

SERVPRO Has Products to Ease Durham Water Restoration

Deep soiling is one likely outcome of water damage in a home. Such soiling develops because of residues dissolved in the intruding water or from compounds released when materials deteriorate from the moisture exposure. For example, if a pipe bursts in the ceiling, any dust accumulating in the ceiling cavity is swept down, soiling the contents in areas where the water leaks. A sound strategy would help clean up and restore your Durham home to its preloss state.

When handling Durham water damage cases, one of the main determinants of the outcome is the type of cleaning actions applied. A professional team like SERVPRO carefully controls the cleaning process by picking and combining different products to tackle specific cleaning challenges.

Different categories of cleaning products

  • Bleaching agents
  • Chelating agents
  • Buffered cleaning products
  • Foam modifiers

Bleaches are among the most used and readily available cleaning agents since they help clear stains. Bleaching action varies, so an agent's choice must match the staining source. Otherwise, it can worsen the situation. Bleach can work through oxidation since the addition of oxygen breaks down soils. It can also be a reducing agent that counteracts previous blemishes from oxidation. Therefore understanding which action is necessary to deal with blemishes or stains ensures the right choice of a bleaching product rather than simply going by the brand names.

Enhancing Cleaning Products

Although most commercial products are designed to be highly effective against water soiling, sometimes they might not meet your needs. If the need is limited, such as removing a single patch of stubborn staining, buying different cleaning products is not cost-effective. The input from SERVPRO technicians can help ease the situation since we know how to improve the effectiveness of standard bleaching products sold in the market. For example, heating the water used for cleaning solutions increases temperature, thus boosting the potency of reducing bleaches. Another handy step is increasing the acidity. Enhancement covers many other aspects because you can also modify the soils and water apart from modifying the cleaning products. You can only execute some of these enhancement procedures by mixing the cleaning solution with specialized products.

Specialized Water Restoration Processes

  • Maintaining pH at a standard level
  • Breaking down salts in hard water
  • Increasing or decreasing foaming characteristics
  • Separating and suspending soils

Soils from water exposure can be stubborn to address since cleaning also involves using water. For example, if a fabric bleeds, spreading dyes across other surfaces, cleaning can further distribute them. In such a case, finding a way to separate and suspend the dye remnants would be the best approach. Rather than looking for physical methods to achieve that, our SERVPRO technicians look for cleaning products that facilitate dispersion or deflocculation.

The water intruding the property causes problems like spreading soil. However, the water used for cleaning might also introduce some issues. If it contains a significant percentage of dissolved soils, it prevents soaps and detergents from lathering correctly, thus diminishing cleaning effectiveness. Our SERVPRO technicians use chelating to deal with the salts by making them water-soluble, thus conveniently cleaning your draperies, upholstery, or other fabric-based items.

SERVPRO of North Durham is willing to go the extra mile to ensure every aspect of water damage, including soiling, is adequately addressed "Like it never even happened." Call us at (919) 467-0880.

Handy Services Durham Professionals Can Offer After Fire Damage

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

technicians removing soot damage from a ceiling with sponges SERVPRO has experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your Durham home needs after fire damage. Give us a call right away.

Full-Scale SERVPRO Services Ease Durham Fire Mitigation

Fire damage is easily identifiable because of the blackened or charred surfaces left in the affected areas. Some materials also deteriorate entirely, leaving only fine ash as residue. Cleaning and replacing materials resolves most of the issues. However, some of the problems in your Durham home go beyond the scope of simple cleanup and replacement. To address these cases, you need assistance from a resourceful service provider.

An incident that leaves your Durham home with fire damage can involve various dynamics, including personal injuries as people escape the burning house or fatalities in extreme cases. Unexpected spreading of residues precipitated by house utilities such as the HVAC is also a likely problem and severe microbial growth when moisture from firefighting accumulates in hidden sections of the structure.

Extra services for fire restoration may require:

  • Bioremediation
  • Duct cleaning
  • Mold remediation
  • Reconstruction

Since SERVPRO fire restoration technicians have access to various personal protective equipment (PPE), we can readily respond to any task involving hazardous materials before resolving regular fire damage.

Some processes may be necessary to finalize fire restoration to preloss conditions. Cleaning air ducts is one of the required finishing actions. If left unaddressed, they can redistribute residues back into the house later, causing physical soiling or affecting the indoor air quality. Another issue that might affect indoor air quality is mold if the moisture used in quelling the fire is not adequately dried off. These two problems do not always occur, so our SERVPRO technicians first inspect your property thoroughly before deciding whether to resolve those issues.

Easing the Challenges of Fire Restoration

Cleaning up the air ducts or other sections of the HVAC system is a challenging task. It is necessary to section off and place the return and supply lines in a negative air pressure system. Our SERVPRO technicians use a vacuum to extract the residues. We also use rotary brushes to help dislodge any stubborn soils. Some duct sections may be challenging to reach for a thorough cleanup, and the best solution for such areas is to seal the surfaces using an appropriate compound. Our technicians use a ULV fogger to mist the sealing agent ensuring a uniform coat.

Regular structural materials can also pose challenges, especially when the exposure to heat and flames is significant. For example, charring that compromises the integrity of structural support material or surface panels necessitates replacements. Tearing down entire sections or rooms to remove the deteriorated materials can push the costs beyond acceptable levels. Our SERVPRO technicians can facilitate controlled demolition so that you can replace only the deteriorated materials. We can also help find and supervise local tradesmen to facilitate necessary reconstruction.

Stubborn odors can stretch your home’s recovery from fire longer than you expect. Contrary to what you might believe, odors are not just in the air or on the surface of materials. They can emanate from volatile molecules deeply embedded in materials. The odor molecules constantly escape into the air, thus replenishing the bad smells you experience. Therefore, you need a deodorization approach to neutralize all odor molecules and penetrate deep into materials to reach all sources.

Potent deodorization methods:

  • Dry fogging
  • Photocatalytic oxidation
  • Ozone exposure

SERVPRO of North Durham responds fast and with the right resources to address fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Reasons Durham Homes Require Professional Mold Damage Remediation

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in a parking lot Found or smell mold? Our SERVPRO team in Durham can root out the cause and remediate the mold damage on your property.

SERVPRO Conveniently Resolves Durham Mold Damage Issues

On discovering mold contamination, it may seem like a benign problem. The signs that alert you of trouble in your Durham home can be a mild musty smell or slight discoloration and bubbling of surface finishes. Therefore, a DIY approach to resolving the mold damage may seem appropriate since it does not seem like much work. You might also want to save costs by doing things yourself, especially when you think the problem might recur. However, several reasons necessitate a professional intervention.

From a casual look at your Durham home, severe mold damage might seem trivial because the bulk of the contamination is hidden out of sight in wall cavities, ceiling spaces, or behind fixtures such as sinks and bathtubs. The true extent of the burden you face is only revealed after opening up the concealment. A professional like SERVPRO has excellent inspection resources, so it is easier to confirm whether the problem is superficial without opening up concealed areas.

Tools for non-invasive mold inspection:

  • Thermal cameras
  • Borescopes
  • Inspection cameras

Even when the extent of mold contamination is not hidden, decision-making can still be a challenge. However, if you consider the superior actions a professional team can take, you can change your outlook. For example, you may not know how to clear heavy mold residues from unfinished structural supports such as trusses or surfaces in an area like the attic. A professional team like SERVPRO can readily tackle such a challenging task through blast cleaning. Superior resources help throughout every stage of the remediation.

Mold restoration stages:

  • Establishing containment
  • Removing contamination
  • Cleaning settled materials
  • Drying and deodorization

Various types of containment are necessary for a mold damaged property. You probably know about installing plastic sheeting to cover large openings such as doors and hallways. Professionals like SERVPRO do a comprehensive containment by sealing HVAC vents and creating separate containment sections such as decontamination areas and clean rooms. Containment also involves setting up equipment to establish negative air pressure.

Removing Unwanted Materials

Microbial growth processes contribute to unwanted materials in many ways. The mass of colonies left on surfaces is one such category, while the deterioration of organic materials in contents and structural areas is another category. Procedural removal is necessary to present spreading soiling or exposure to hazardous materials. Our SERVPRO crews clean surfaces from top to bottom to rid them of settled spores. We also consider airflow direction, especially when setting a negative air pressure system.

Removing heavily contaminated materials deemed unsalvageable may also be necessary. Our crews remove porous materials such as drywall, insulation, and carpeting since mold hyphae penetrate them. We also inspect solid semi-porous materials like structural wood to determine the level of deterioration. Removal is necessary when rotting compromises the structural integrity of such materials.

Mold remediation is not over without doing some finishing touches. Drying and deodorization are the main finishing processes necessary. Unlike other property damage, mold limits your choices during the finishing stage. For instance, misting water-based deodorizers in the property can be counterproductive since moisture promotes mold growth. Regular drying involving air movers to boost evaporation can also spread residues. A professional restoration team has access to superior equipment such as hydroxyl generators for deodorization and desiccant dehumidifiers for drying.

SERVPRO of North Durham offers convenient services to eliminate worries about managing mold damage. Call us at (919) 467-0880 when you need assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Licensed Commercial Flood Damage for Durham

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

flooded warehouse From flooded warehouses to small offices or retail shops in Durham--SERVPRO is the solution for cleanup and restoration.

Water Restoration Technicians Can Help your Business

Flooding can affect commercial buildings as badly as residential properties. As a property manager, it is vital to be proactive when dealing with flooding to help reduce losses. SERVPRO is a twenty-four-hour emergency restoration service for local businesses. 

The costs of flood damage in Durham businesses can spiral out of control without the right restoration company. Our SERVPRO production crew is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC). We have extensive training in specific flood-related areas such as applied structural drying (ASD), water restoration (WRT), and general construction (OSHA). Using our expertise, we can help your business recover from:

  • Flood damage
  • Storm damage
  • Ceiling leaks from storms

Large quantities of water can exert significant pressure on the structure of a business. Over time this constant downward pressure can cause ceilings to sag and collapse and warp or bend joists at the base of walls. The removal of standing water is vital to protect your business property. We achieve this by using electric submersible pumps transporting water from the property to a nearby sewer point. Electric pumps can remove hundreds of gallons of water each hour and significantly mitigate potential losses. If floodwaters in the premises contain debris- as is common in flash flooding, for example- we can use pumps capable of passing solid waste. 

  • Floods commonly affect cavities behind walls requiring specific drying equipment like inject-dry systems and removing parts of the structure.
  • Porous materials in the building assembly can break apart after consistent water exposure and require replacement. 
  • SERVPRO technicians can remove and replace damaged structural materials and perform reconstruction on areas of the premises.

Be proactive against flooding at your business. Contact SERVPRO of North Durham for flood damage assistance at (919) 467-0880.

Prevent and Mitigate Bathroom Fire Damage Incidents in Durham

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

post fire damage bathroom--cleaned SERVPRO fire damage restoration service can make your Durham bathroom look "Like it never even happened."

Trust SERVPRO to Fully Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Bathroom fire damage incidents are rising, and the fire department data can prove that. Most of these fires occur when the exhaust fans we install in our bathroom malfunction for one reason or another. Their work is to prevent mirrors from steaming up, deal with fogged windows, and stop damp walls --simply put--reduce the humid air inside a bathroom, especially after a shower. Sometimes they can prove vital when removing unpleasant smells.

As the fan runs over an extended period, lint and dust settle on it and insulate its motor. The insulation causes heat to build up, and any spark can quickly ignite the lint. Within a short time, the fire can spread to any combustible material nearby, such as cosmetic towels. That is why our SERVPRO team advises you to clean the bathroom exhaust vent and tile walls where dust is likely to settle to prevent fire damage to your Durham home.

We encourage you to work with our SERVPRO technicians when your property suffers fire damage. We know your structure requires a thorough cleaning, but we first perform a pretest before settling on appropriate restoration procedures. In situations with lighter soot deposits, repainting and refinishing might be unnecessary. Deep soot deposits may force us to prepare the area for repainting.

Typically, smoke leaves behind unpleasant odors that our SERVPRO technicians work towards eliminating. Using thermal foggers, we can dispense deodorants with odor-neutralizing properties. We strive to improve IAQ. We also perform pack-outs of contents and belongings when we believe your contents will likely get additional damage while the restoration work is in progress.

SERVPRO of North Durham is an industry leader offering commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. Call us at (919) 467-0880.

Water Damage Restoration at a Durham Daycare Center

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

inside pre-K nursery school Improve indoor air quality and have the water removed from your Durham home's daycare center by calling SERVPRO.

Commercial Water Removal by SERVPRO

Providing daily care in your Durham home to children while their parents work means that you must always keep your home well-maintained. A small water leak can become much more significant in merely a few minutes and cause severe problems for you and your business.

Some situations affecting your Durham home daycare might require commercial water removal services to make everything "Like it never even happened." When it does, SERVPRO technicians can provide the services needed to mitigate the situation, meaning you stay in business. These include more than just removing the water but also eliminating the moisture in your home's materials and the humidity in the air. Pumping out visible water alone can leave excessive dampness, leading to microbial growth, water stains, deteriorating carpeting, loosened wallpapers and trim work, and a musty odor - all avoidable problems.

To prevent these situations from becoming a reality and affecting your business, we use the latest developments in restoration science. Because heat speeds up evaporation, we use heaters that radiate warmth and floor mats that suction moisture from hardwood flooring. When we expect favorable weather conditions, we open up doors and windows. Air blowers can move air currents so that humidity leaves your daycare home. Restoring dryness remains one of the industry's primary methods of preventing microbial infestation without using chemicals or other agents.

However, odors can remain, and our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can make everything smell as it should once again. Other permanent evidence of damage that can appear includes water stains on the upper walls and ceilings. We can test for moisture with our water meters and then proceed accordingly.

Because accidents that can close your business can happen anytime and come from both within and outside your workplace, we recommend that all companies sign up for our Emergency READY Profile Plan regardless of their size. The faster a business can recover from a disaster, its chances of succeeding in the long run, are higher. If you need assistance completing a Plan, we welcome your phone call. We want businesses of all sizes to succeed in our community, including yours.

 SERVPRO of North Durham can help you with water removal and other mitigations services. Keeping your business suitable and safe for children means a lot to us. Call (919) 467-0880

Issues Fire Restoration Addresses in Durham Showrooms

6/26/2022 (Permalink)

dollar bills flaming, many Don't let your profits go up in flames from a fire in your Durham business--Call SERVPRO to get your doors re-opened--"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Resources Overcome Durham Fire Damage Incidents

Your showroom is vulnerable to all aspects of fire, whether smoke, heat, or flames. Smoke readily soils highly polished surfaces and items. Heat and flames can leave materials charred or consumed. When planning the fire restoration process, you must find ways to reinstate everything in the facility to its preloss condition.

Fire restoration in a Durham showroom is not over simply because charred materials and soot are removed since the utility of such a facility may be diminished. You may need a dedicated team like SERVPRO that works tirelessly and has sufficient equipment to address all categories of problems.

Critical areas to address

  • Indoor air quality
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Hazards

The combustion process produces various byproducts, including soot, aerosols, and vapor. Restoration processes such as teardown of the burnt ceiling and wall panels release dust. While most of these materials settle on surfaces, a significant percentage remain suspended in the air, so your premises may not smell right long after the fire. Taking care of the indoor air quality is essential for the well-being of your staff and customer satisfaction. Our SERVPRO technicians use thorough cleaning approaches such as HEPA vacuuming to capture all residues from surfaces. We also run air filtration devices to finalize cleaning, removing particulate matter and gaseous materials from the air.

Appliance malfunction after fire

Your valued items like printers or electronics may be burnt directly by the fire or damaged by soot accumulation around their internal components. Unlike the flames and heat, whose immediate effects, soot gradually affects electronic circuits. Therefore, you might notice intermittent failures before the item ceases functioning. Our SERVPRO technicians take a preventive approach when dealing with electronics after a fire. We clean the exterior, store them in dry areas and then have them professionally inspected before you can start using them. 

Actions that address hazards

  • Placing warning signs 
  • Organizing debris in trash cans or bags
  • Boarding up the property after damage

SERVPRO of North Durham is fully committed to ensuring fire restoration delivers beyond expectations addressing any problem "Like it never even happened." Call us at (919) 467-0880.

Water Removal in Durham

6/26/2022 (Permalink)

clogged toilet cartoon From a clogged toilet to a misbehaving dishwasher--SERVPRO cleanups up water damage for our Durham neighbors.

SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage from Your Home in Stages

Storms strike our area, but Durham is not prone to flooding from rainwater from rising creeks. Most of the water issues in our community result from a split washer hose in the utility room or a rusted-out water heater in the garage.

No matter if the need for water removal in Durham comes from a broken toilet or a burst pipe, the result needs to be taken care of immediately. SERVPRO has over twenty years of experience in North Carolina and can remove any volume of water.

With pumps and water extraction wands, we can remove about ninety percent of the water within a day in any home. Our equipment is commercial grade and tested regularly. If there is an issue with the power, we also have an extensive inventory of generators to provide uninterrupted electrical support for as long as we need it.

Now, we use the extraction wands to draw out water from the carpets and wood floors. SERVPRO technicians reduce the power on the wands to prevent damaging the nape of the carpet and surface of the wood. We immediately dispose of any pad under the carpet. They begin to degrade within hours after exposure to flood water and are cheaper to replace than restore. In the case of clean water spillage, we try to salvage the padding.

Finally, our technicians remove water from the air. High humidity is uncomfortable and encourages mold growth. To draw down the humidity, we set up dehumidifiers in the rooms that were affected by the unwanted water. We have various types of dehumidifiers serving different goals:

  • desiccant dehumidifiers-portable and trailered for great water vapor removal
  • LGR-low grain refrigerant depending on ambient temperatures
  • Gel and silicate products for directed absorption 

Contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 to help you put everything back the way it was, or as we prefer to say; "Like it never even happened."

Restoration Technicians Restore Flood Damage in Gorman after the Storm

6/26/2022 (Permalink)

tree in front of house in storm Gorman properties receive rapid storm damage mitigation from SERVPRO. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Rely on SERVPRO When a Storm Leaves Your Home Damaged

Recently, mother nature has proven that she can be a little cruel sometimes. Giant storms have been occurring more often to the point where nobody is 100% safe. All of the most devastating types of storms including hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms bring with them high wind speeds and lots of rain.

Once the bad weather passes, it is a good idea to have the pros inspect your home for any damage. SERVPRO has years of experience with flood damage in Gorman. Sometimes the damage caused by a storm is noticed even inside the house. Other times mother nature's wrath can damage your roof or exterior of your house, and you may not realize it until it has caused extensive damage to the interior of your home.

A common cause of damage in a storm is when the area gets flooded, and water starts to leak into the house. Alternatively, a branch could blow into your house and poke a hole in your wall or roof right in the middle of a torrential downpour of rain. Once an excessive amount of water gets inside your home, the damage must be quickly mitigated before the water causes more problems in the house.

Our Green Fleet can respond swiftly to extract any remaining groundwater and then begin the cleanup and restoration service. Flood water is a category three Black Water alert. Our crew members don PPE personal protective equipment during the initial actions.

Depending on the severity of the damage, extracting the water and stopping the source may not be enough. Our certified technicians use moisture sensors to see how wet the drywall or wood in the area got. If moisture levels are still too high after all of the water has been extracted, the next phase is drying. Our mitigation team uses air movers and dehumidifiers in the area of damage to dry out the wood and carpet before any mold has a chance to grow.

As long as storm damage is assessed by professionals promptly and the water extraction and drying are complete, we can minimize the demolition if needed. Contact us at SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 for 24/7 assistance.

Fire Damage and Soot Cleanup from Electrical Incidents in Durham

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on wall surrounding burned outlet Sooty residue from an electrical fire in a Durham home gets Cleaned up by SERVPRO.

Light Bulbs, Furnaces, and Wiring Often Are the Culprits Causing Home Fire & Smoke Damage

Common reasons for electrical fires in Durham can include light bulbs, lamps, and light fixtures. Installing a light bulb with a wattage too high for the lamp you are putting it in is a leading cause of electrical fires. Check the minimum recommended wattage on any lamp or fixture, and do not go above the recommended amount. Sometimes, a fire occurs when a paper or cloth is placed over a lampshade; the material heats up and ignites.

A fire in your Durham home from a faulty light fixture or bulb can cause a lot of fire damage fast. Hopefully, it was contained in the room it began in, but even then, you still have smoke and soot, possibly in other areas of the home which need to be cleaned. A SERVPRO crew is always here to help you in an emergency, as we have the necessary equipment and training to help you recover from a fire. 

Not all soot residue is the same. Some kinds are easier to clean than others, and our technicians are trained to clean the four main types – wet, dry, fuel oil, or protein smoke residues. More kinds of materials are restorable in dry smoke conditions than wet. Dry residues carry few aerosols and deposit dry, small particles on surfaces. Dry smoke does not stain surfaces as deeply, either, and the odor is less pungent. Therefore, we need less aggressive cleaning procedures to remove dry smoke residues. 

Wet smoke residues are harder to remove, so restoration is also more difficult. A higher proportion of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components are in wet smoke. Wet smoke also moves slowly, giving it more time to get into crevices and enclosed areas. 

Protein residues and fuel oil soot are likely not present for a fire like this. Protein residues mainly come from kitchen fires, while fuel oil soot happens after a furnace puff-back. The cleanup of spiderweb-like residues on the ceilings and walls needs professional help to limit smearing.

SERVPRO of North Durham is trained in cleaning all kinds of soot and smoke residues. No matter the type of fire you had in your home in Chester, Upland, and Orange Factory, we can clean and restore your home when you call us at (919) 467-0880.