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What Makes Mold Damage Threatening for Raleigh Homes?

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Understanding the Impact of Mold Damage Shows How SERVPRO Helps Raleigh Properties.

Mold is a common threat to homes around the Triangle, especially during the warmer months, where rainfall and severe weather become a concern for the area. Under the appropriate conditions, microbial colonies can develop in as little as 48 to 72 hours, using organic matter and building materials as hosting materials and food sources for the growing organism. There are many catalysts responsible for moist environments in the house that lead to mold remediation needs, including:

  • Flooding
  • Water damage
  • Elevated humidity
  • Damp confined spaces

Types of Residential Mold

Homeowners may have an easier time choosing professional mold remediation and effective cleanup when they understand what they are dealing with on their property. There are hundreds or more types of internal mold threats a home might experience. Aspergillus, for example, is a type of mold often found in an air conditioning system. Cladosporium is the mold typically found in moist, dark spaces or on drywall behind toilets. Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is another possible development for Raleigh residences that requires swift mold removal.

Is Mold Dangerous? 

Certain molds can produce byproducts that infiltrate the environment, but not all of them. A driving force for professional mold remediation should be the impact of these active organisms on installed building materials, contents, and other surfaces.  

How Can SERVPRO Remediate Active Colonies? 

Choosing the appropriate mold remediation strategy is contingent on the type of organism in the house, the affected areas, and the severity of the infestation. A thorough mold inspection allows our mold remediation team to create a custom recovery plan for the property. We begin with efforts like surface cleaning, but often more aggressive and abrasive cleaning tactics will be needed.

Are There Lingering Concerns After Mold Removal? 

Often there are some lingering effects and concerns with treatment. While much of the mold remediation process can be handled rapidly through direct action by our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians, there are other needs your home might have that can draw out the recovery process until they are resolved. Some include:

  • Mold Malodors – Volatile organic compounds generate harsh malodors throughout the property, where mold becomes a concern. We have effective deodorization equipment available to neutralize these smells and promote a comfortable living condition for the residents.
  • Mold Damage Repairs – There are times when your home may require some degree of damage repair after the treatment and removal of active colonies. Our team can help you quickly identify these areas to overcome this final step.
  • Post-Damage Surface Treatment – We can treat nearby surfaces otherwise unaffected by spreading mold using mold inhibitors and antimicrobial products. The objective is to make these surfaces uninhabitable if moisture becomes a concern again in the immediate future.

Understanding how microbes impact a home or business can help property management seek out experienced mold remediation help when these problems arise. Allowing mold to go unchallenged lets the colonies spread, worsening the situation. Our SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest team can help 24/7 when you call (919) 790-1222.

What Are the Stages of Water Damage Restoration for Raleigh Homes

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees walking in grass to the SERVPRO cars in the distance SERVPRO has the training and equipment for water damage restoration at Raleigh properties.

Water damage restoration in Raleigh properties is complex, but individual steps fit into designed stages.

Between plumbing leaks and breaks or flood damages, the need for water damage restoration is a constant for Raleigh area homes and businesses. Structures in the Triangle can be quickly and thoroughly impacted by even minor water damage incidents, illustrating the need for experienced WRT-Certified professionals to reach the property fast to help. SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest does more than say We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Site Preparation and Pre-Job Action

Understanding the home's needs and the current damage is necessary before our damage restoration and water mitigation actions can begin in Raleigh. Production management of our SERVPRO team is a competent inspection officer cataloging damage and documenting the spread and severity of water damage events. This phase consists of:

  • Damage Assessment – Documenting the impact of damage to the house and tracking moisture movement after a disaster helps guide our SERVPRO team to the most efficient water mitigation solutions that protect the property. 
  • Staging – Time and money are saved when we can reach needed equipment and products more easily and consistently. We can prevent cross-contamination through undamaged areas by establishing a transition room next to the damaged areas.  
  • Customer Consultation – Our priorities are not always the same as the homeowners, making a consultation a valuable aspect of the water damage restoration plan. We can use gathered information to prioritize what matters most to you.

Mitigation and Damage Prevention

Water mitigation describes the combination of actions SERVPRO professionals take to reduce loss and prevent post-disaster conditions from worsening. These needed efforts change based on the catalyst of the damage and how subsequent effects impede comfortable living. Some mitigative actions include:

  • Water Removal Services – Removing surface water involves several industry-leading extraction devices available to SERVPRO restorers, including high-pressure pumps, trash pumps, electric submersible pumps, wet vacuums, and engine-driven extractors. 
  • Bulk Material Removal – Building materials can be quickly and overwhelmingly impacted by spraying or flowing water from plumbing damage. Structural collapse or degradation is often easy to spot and requires removal to restore the rest of the property. 
  • Content Relocation – SERVPRO professionals scope the property for unaffected areas that will remain clean and dry through the restoration process. These rooms and spaces become temporary storage to protect personal belongings in water restoration zones. 

Drying and Moisture Management

Drying focuses on the most readily available resource in our recovery inventory, air movers. These units have a high-velocity output of warm, dry air that can help promote fast and thorough evaporative drying needs. As centrifugal and axial movers produce a higher humidity and moisture content level as surfaces dry, we must also pair this effect with desiccant and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. The progress of evaporative drying tools is continually monitored for production values, and units are increased or moved to suit changing conditions and needs.

Restoring the Original Appearance

Pre-loss condition means achieving the appearance and functions of your property before the damage occurs. Beyond the water damage restoration required to remove threats, your home might still require reconstruction and repairs to achieve this pre-disaster state.

Because water damages remain a continual threat to Wake County properties, our SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest team stays ready to help 24/7 with pre-stocked Green Fleet vehicles. Give us a call today at (919) 790-1222.

What Are the Tools Needed for Raleigh House Fire Damage Mitigation?

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

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From fire mitigation to soot removal, specific tools are essential to restoring Raleigh homes after a disaster.

Even with our expertise and extensive training to make us among the most knowledgeable fire restoration professionals in Wake County, we could not perform the needed fire and smoke damage cleaning without the appropriate tools and equipment from our inventory. With so many facets of smoke remediation and fire restoration, the list of needed tools is extensive. 

Hand Tools and Small Powered Units

Smaller tools can directly impact emergency services and fire mitigation practices early in a Raleigh home. Situations like debris removal can have far-reaching impacts on the total fire damage restoration process. Non-powered hand tools can aid us in scooping and removing debris, soot, and ash. Other hand tools might help with other aspects of cleanup or controlled demolition, such as:

  • Drywall saws
  • Oscillating tools
  • Shovels
  • Wet/dry vacuums

Indoor Air Quality Tools

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the main concerns of a fire damage restoration team working in a residence. Our SERVPRO professionals must be mindful of airborne contaminants and carcinogenic particles created during the partial combustion of several materials in the house. IAQ concerns create a volatile environment that slows the progress of other aspects of fire restoration. Hydroxyl generators are a common choice to resolve these threats, as the onboard HEPA filter traps particulates, and the unit also reduces the severity and presence of smoke malodors.  

Soot Cleaning Equipment 

One of the most challenging aspects of contending with soot and smoke soils during fire damage restoration is the varying compositions of the residue in question. Wet smoke damage, for example, create a thick and formidable soil deposit that dry solvents cannot clean. Several tools and products are needed to overcome soot deposits on surfaces to prevent the marring of the underlying substrate. These can include:

  • Media/Dry Ice Blasting Equipment – Abrasive cleaning is sometimes needed when soot soils are formidable or penetrate porous materials. Blasting equipment puts media with high-pressure water or air to dislodge and remove set-in soot damage. 
  • Vacuums –  Dry vacuums are a powerful tool to help pull loose soils and debris from a surface, leaving only the affixed soot damage on the surface for management with wet cleaning strategies. 
  • Dry Chemical Sponge – When thinner and more manageable soot residues exist, we can use rubber sponges that pull soot away from the surface. As the sponge becomes incapable of handling more soot soils, the rubber crumbles off for continued cleaning with a new surface. 

Malodor Removal 

Harsh and offensive odors are common traits in post-fire environments. The combustion of plastics and fuels can create overwhelming smells to accompany smoke and soot particles. These smells are among the final restoration aspects to address. They are partially removed by the time for deodorization with counteractant products and surface cleaning to remove soot and smoke residues in affected areas. When complete odor neutralization is needed, our tools to help in this endeavor include: 

  • ULV foggers
  • Air filtration tools
  • Hydroxyl machines
  • Ozone

Having the right products and equipment makes a considerable difference in the efficiency and efficacy of fire damage restoration. Our SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest team works to mitigate loss quickly using modern equipment and approaches that provide the shortest path to preloss conditions. When you call our team we can make it "Like it never even happened." (919) 790-1222.

Fire Restoration at Raleigh Homes- How to Repair Smoke Damage

11/20/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged hallway with soot covering the walls When a fire causes damage to your living area, charring can often be the result. Contact SERVPRO as our technicians are standing by 24/7.

Rebuilding Your Raleigh Home after Fire Damage with SERVPRO

A fire is one of the most destructive elements of nature and can turn a habitable Raleigh home into a heap of dust within a short time. Even though there are proactive methods to control the destruction of the house, you cannot snub the damage that may have already occurred. Not only do the flames from a fire cause charring on things like cabinets, but you would be looking at the smoke, which causes widespread damage. The smoke penetrates carpets, clothing, furniture, upholstery, and other porous materials.

The ultimate goal of fire restoration in damaged Raleigh homes is to reinstate the property and contents to pre-incident condition, leaving a clean and safe environment. If cleaning is not done properly, the smoke odor lingers, and further ruin can occur to your contents and structure. SERVPRO professionals start by evaluating the situation, including the extent of the damage, to know what they are dealing with. Depending on the situation, our crews can use onsite and offsite techniques to restore your home.

Onsite restoration may include the removal of odor particles using the following:

Cleaning smoke damage

Only some restoration projects require a pack out. Some contents can be manipulated and cleaned within their respective spaces. SERVPRO crews might even clean items onsite and then move them to a designated area that has not been affected to be stored. However, when cleanup requires multiple treatments, contents could be packed and taken to the Franchise warehouse for cleaning.

Types of surfaces requiring detailed cleaning include:

  • Wood surfaces
  • Porcelain fixtures
  • Metal surfaces
  • Plastics and synthetic surfaces

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest knows rebuilding a fire-damaged home can be stressful, but you don’t have to face fire restoration alone. Call us at (919) 790-1222. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

You Need Proper Flood Damage Mitigation Allowing Your Family to Move Back into Your Raleigh Home Safely

9/18/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with furniture floating everywhere After flooding occurs in your home, you want everything dealt with properly. Contact SERVPRO for certified professionals to help you.

SERVPRO Provides the Services to Mitigate Flood Damages

Before and during a flood, your family's reaction can often reveal how much stress and shock they feel. At times, it might seem as if the flooding event equals the end of Raleigh as they know it and that nothing can ever bring things back to normal again. SERVPRO wants to assure you that we can help your family by remediating most things affected by the flood and help you manage your belongings so that your family recovers as quickly as possible.

Our services include taking an inventory of your belongings that we box up while in your Raleigh home to protect them from possible flood damage. Items that you disclose to SERVPRO workers that require special handling or that your family needs during the mitigation process receive priority treatment so you can relax and take care of other issues affecting your family.

After your home's mitigation process comes to a conclusion and the time for your family to return home comes closer, we begin returning your belongings so your family can easily find them. After we begin cleaning boxed items in our warehouse, we rebox them according to matching labels, keeping things orderly for your convenience. When we return your family's belongings to your home, we place each box or larger item back in the place designated at the time we packed it for cleaning, drying, and other restorative work. This inventory control helps reduce confusion and keeps things neat and tidy for unpacking items. We catalog non-salvageable items in a CCIS, Contents Claim Inventory Service, providing assistance with your insurance carrier and protecting our customer's interests.

Flooding can cause problems with plumbing, gas lines, and electrical systems. Before your family's arrival, experienced and IICRC-certified technicians and other specialists that SERVPRO partners with thoroughly checked to ensure these all met safety code and other standards of safety. Air vents and ducts in positions below the water line also required cleaning and disinfecting. All materials in your home are now in a preloss state, "Like it never even happened," and safe once again for all members of your family.

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest can assist you and your family from start to finish when flood damage threatens your home. Call our emergency services hotline at (919) 790-1222 so we can help you through the entire process of damage repair and mitigation.

Are Chemical Agents Effective Against Mold?

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room by the dresser Regardless whether there is a lot of mold or just traces, team SERVPRO is ready to investigate the extent and remediate. Call us right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Specific Chemical Agents During Mold Remediation in Your Raleigh Home

Molds are living organisms that can grow and become out of control in a home environment. While the guiding principle of mold remediation is to correct a moisture problem, chemical action may also be necessary to reduce mold growth or eliminate it.

Some chemical products can damage materials, so they should be pre-tested before used in mold remediation for Raleigh properties. Some common chemical agents for use against molds are Chlorines such as bleach are not effective, but Phenolics are adequate sporicides. However, specific steps and understanding of how these chemicals are used are essential before applying since some chemical agents may give off toxic fumes.

  • Sterilizers destroy all living organisms on a surface, making them effective at cleaning resilient non-porous items like ceramics.
  • Bio-Stats are products that slow microbial growth and are especially useful for surfaces left overnight during remediation.
  • Biocides are similar to Stats. However, these agents are targeted to affect specific microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi.

Chemical action can help reduce or remove mold colonies. Contact SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest for mold remediation at (919) 790-1222.

We Are The Right Choice For Fire Damage Restoration In Raleigh

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged blue roof of a house Fire damage including soot and charring can certainly surprise you. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate the situation even any lingering odors.

Attention to Detail Is Why SERVPRO Effectively Cleans Raleigh Fire-Damaged Hardwood

When a fire moves through your Raleigh home, the harm done to walls and ceiling feels overwhelming, but drywall and ceiling tile replacement is relatively straightforward if restoration is impractical. The heartbreaking sight of sooty hardwood floors, cabinetry, and furnishings is another matter. Our technicians learn a broad range of strategies to clean hardwood during restoration-focused training courses, why we can bring most furniture, floors, and built-ins back to preloss condition.

Finish Matters

The first question we pursue when hardwood sustains fire damage in Raleigh is what type of finishes are involved. Depending on the age and construction of the furnishings, different finishes are present. Cleaning methods vary based on the finish. Our training and experience prepare our crews for likely restoration outcomes, why we start by determining whether the finish is:

  • Varnish
  • Shellac
  • Lacquer
  • Paint
  • Waxes 
  • Oils
  • Unfinished

Level of Damage Matters

We strive to be transparent in communications with you and your insurer, why SERVPRO is candid about the impact of significant fire damage on restoration potential. Cleaning works best if the integrity of the finish and wood's surface shows a limited extent of harm. Refinishing, repair, and replacement might enter the picture if we note the following damage:

Blistering -- this effect occurs when the surfaces affected were close to the heat, warping and cracking the finish and allowing soot to penetrate under the finish.

Staining -- this effect occurs if after blistering or other fire-related harm wet or protein-based soot infiltrates the wood.

Preferred Hardwood Cleaning Methods

Dry Cleaning -- used for unsealed or unfinished wood or where the residues are dry and ashy.

Details: Examples include feather or cloth dusting, dry sponges, and vacuuming.

Wet Cleaning -- Appropriate for moderate levels of wet or sticky soot using low alkali cleaners or mild detergents. 

Details: We move cloth or sponge in the direction of the wood grain, and apply oil-based furniture polish to replenish the wood's natural oils.

Semi-Refinishing -- Thick or adhesive residues might need a solvent-based cleaner that lifts off the uppermost layer of finish.

Details: We apply proprietary paste cleaners for a short dwell time (fewer than five minutes), and then remove with a soft, dry cloth, always wiping in the direction of the grain.  

Commitment to best restoration practices and the most effective products are why SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest can return the beauty of your hardwood furnishings. Call (919) 790-1222 day or night for our professional assessment.

We Work With Your Schedule To Provide Raleigh Water Damage Restoration So It Is Convenient

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in the hall of a business Dealing with water damage can certainly be trying. Contact SERVPRO and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

When Water Damage Strikes, SERVPRO Can Keep Your Business On Its Feet!

Even small leaks at your real estate offices can be disruptive for your normal work flow. If left unaddressed, a small restroom leak can quickly evolve into a small-scale disaster causing water damage to carpeting, electronics, and flooring. We at SERVPRO offer services to mitigate water damage in your business while being as unobtrusive as possible so that you can resume normal operations as soon as possible.

Our commercial water damage services in Raleigh begin with timely removal of spillage to avoid interrupting your office’s normal schedule. Professionals can come to your business during off-hours to deploy wet vacs that can suck up any water pooling on your floors. Our techs can then plug the leak if it is minor, however, a plumber may be needed in the case of a major leak.

Unfortunately, water that seeps into commercial grade carpeting will cause irreversible water damage, and the carpeting will have to be removed and discarded. Our IICRC-certified technicians can efficiently perform this service for you using our carpet removal tools to expedite the process and minimize strain on your work routines. Additionally, we are flexible in our work times and can perform clean up operations during times that work best for you.

Electronic equipment that comes into contact with water may short circuit and corrupt your company’s important data. SERVPRO can act as your first line of defense against electronic water damage by removing electronic equipment from areas affected by spillage and drying the outside of equipment to minimize further damage. It is recommended that you additionally contact an electronic specialist qualified to inspect and repair your equipment.

We know that real estate offices are busy places that can suffer when the normal work schedule is disrupted. If you need water damage mitigation in your business, then call SERVPRO of North Raleigh and Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222.

Understanding the Components of Water Removal in Raleigh Homes

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

drying gear--lgr dehu and air mover Water damage mitigation by SERVPRO using advanced drying equipment can often salvage belongs for our Raleigh customers

Mitigation Starts with Water Removal

Standing water can quickly threaten your household with flooding, broken pipes, appliance failures, and other major water damage events. More than this, several types of water removal services might be necessary to avoid costlier structural damage.

Getting Emergency Services Started Early

Water mitigation hinges on early efforts like water removal for Raleigh homes. Because there are multiple ways to reach this goal, we first prioritize the pressing issues like standing water and saturated building materials. The prompt arrival of our SERVPRO professionals ensures no delay in getting these mitigative steps started fast.

What Tools Influence Water Removal Services?

With how important the water removal objective is to the restoration process, it is no surprise that many of the tools and equipment in our inventory are designed for this purpose. We utilize several strategies and approaches to minimize moisture migration through the structure, however possible. Some of the common implements and instruments include:

  • Extractors: Water removal services begin with eliminating surface water by using pumps and vacuums. 
  • Air Movers: High-velocity blowers promote evaporation of wet materials, often preserving these elements in the process. 
  • Special Drying Tools: Some of our equipment is exclusively designed for specific materials that get wet, such as drying mats pulling moisture from plank flooring. 
  • Dehumidifiers: These tools help remove water in the air, which can increase with evaporative drying tools like air movers. 
  • Positive Pressure Systems: These units (injecti-dry) infuse dry air into the wall systems to promote evaporation of moist cavities. 

Water removal services combine several efforts of our professionals to eliminate as much water and harmful moisture from the property as possible throughout the mitigation and restoration processes. Our SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest team arrives with the tools listed here to get emergency services started as soon as possible and protect your property from avoidable harm. Call now at (919) 790-1222.

Hotels & Motels Searching for Help with Water Damage in Raleigh

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

ERP image on tablet The SERVPRO ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan can prevent or at least mitigate water damage to your Raleigh commercial hotel.

SERVPRO Technicians Determine the Cause of Water Damage When It Is Not Apparent

Water can cause significant damage in a small amount of time, especially when you are busy running a well-established hotel or motel in Raleigh. You become distracted by daily events while a storm can take its toll on your roof or a minor plumbing leak occurs that can go unnoticed for months. These situations allow water to enter your property at various locations and lead to corrosion, rot, and mold.

To continue providing your clientele with the highest quality stay possible, you should have your area hotel or motel inspected for water damage in Raleigh. Allow an expertly trained restoration specialist to help you maintain your property with little to no interruption to the services you provide. A quality restoration company has the personnel and resources available to locate, repair, and even prevent problems quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO technicians have access to the latest advances in water location and detection devices. Infrared moisture detectors make locating water on your property easier, while hygrometers accurately determine the amount of saturation. We also have water extractors of every shape and size, including attachments that allow us to easily reach small patches of water hidden within your walls, crawlspaces, or attic.

At SERVPRO, we show you the respect and understanding you deserve. Regardless of the problem, you are experiencing, our technicians put forth every effort to repair the situation to the best of our ability. We can even offer a variety of recommendations that help you prevent these incidents from developing in the future, saving you from dealing with large-loss situations that prevent your business from operating normally. We can set up a meeting to discuss the ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan for your particular building.

SERVPRO services include carpet cleaning, water removal, and restoration to cover every emergency, including fire, water, mold, and storm damage. Our technicians provide a one-stop solution, performing repairs and finishing touches on even the most challenging jobs. We also have commercial cleaning services that make maintaining your building a cinch, with cleaning technicians doing far more than a regular janitorial service.

Take advantage of emergency services available at SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest. We serve the entire area. Call today. (919) 790-1222