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Handy Services Durham Professionals Can Offer After Fire Damage

11/22/2022 (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.”

Advanced Processes Durham Homes Need for Water Damage Cleanup

11/22/2022 (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 the choice of an agent must match the source of staining. 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 and 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.

Reasons Durham Homes Require Professional Mold Damage Remediation

11/22/2022 (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.

Clogged Sewer Lines can Cause Dirty Water Damage to Durham Homes

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle with loads of equipment outside SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for every size of storm damage restoration project. We are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

Water Damage is Possible if Rain Overflows the Sewer 

The sewer system helps protect the homes and businesses in Durham from flooding and carries wastewater away for treatment. When clogs form, toilets, sinks, and tub drains can become conduits for wastewater entering residences and commercial buildings. Overflows like this can create serious problems with water damage in a matter of seconds.

SERVPRO knows that every minute that ticks by means, an affected property in Durham suffers unnecessary water damage. We use industrial-grade restoration equipment to make all the work we do at each job as efficient as possible.

Our water damage mitigation and restoration equipment include both high-tech and low-tech items. We often use:

  • Wand-style sprayers,
  • Shovel, bucket, and squeegee combos, 
  • Negative pressure machines and air movers, 
  • Trash pump, and 
  • Fogging machines.

Using wand-style sprayer places rinsing water or disinfectant agents right where we need them and in the amount desired. We spray at least twice to reduce pathogens to an acceptable level and avoid unwanted health effects.

We often need these to remove accumulated debris that other equipment cannot handle adequately. Garbage bags and mops are also often part of our water damage cleanup gear after a bad storm.

Negative pressure machines help control the contamination in the air of affected rooms. We also use air movers to force damp air out of bathrooms and other areas. We build temporary containment walls of plastic sheeting, protecting other areas of your home or business.

When we find a home with standing water, we use a truck-mounted oversized sump pump-like set-up. We use a centrifugal trash pump with sewage and floodwater with heavy debris. These do not clog up from such contamination and get it removed from your property’s floor fast.

Sewage smells bad because it is bad. It can stink up your home. SERVPRO gets started with odor-solving methods almost immediately. We won’t quit until you are satisfied with how your residence smells. 

When your property sustains catastrophic water damage, call SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 to stop the damage from worsening. Protect your investment from further harm.

Protection from Further Damage Before Fire Restoration Begins in Durham

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Fleet ready for the day SERVPRO fire damage restoration services are second to none. Call now for the help you need.

Why are board-up services part of fire restoration service by SERVPRO in Durham?

It is common for windows, doors, and roofs to be compromised during a fire. The fire department may have to break down doors to gain access and punch holes in the roof to reach the attic to quell a fire. The heat from the fire may break your windows as well.

Part of the fire restoration service offered by SERVPRO in Durham includes board-up and roof-tarp installation to protect your home from rodents, the environment, and physical protection. We can provide emergency protection of your home to prevent additional damage while your insurance adjuster is assessing the damage to your home or business.

Also, SERVPRO offers the following services:

  • Safety, inspection, and fire damage review
  • Removal of water, chemicals, and drying
  • Removal of unsalvageable odor-causing materials
  • we clean all surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and countertops of soot and smoke
  • We clean, disinfect, and sanitize all salvageable contents and structures.
  • Our team also completes minor repairs, e.g., carpet and drywall replacement and painting.

Contact SERVPRO of North Durham for fire restoration service to Durham and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (919) 467-0880.

Bathroom Mold removal in Durham

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

a corner of a room covered in mold that is growing on the walls If you find mold in your house contact SERVPRO immediately. Our certified technicians will come with professional equipment to get the job done.

Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal in Durham Homes

Durham was established in 1849 with a railway depot built on land donated by Bartlett S Durham, incorporated in 1869. Durham is considered part of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary statistical area with a population of over 2 million people. NC Central University and Duke University are located within the city.

Notable sites within the city in addition to the two universities, including 

  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens
  • Museum of Life and Science, 
  • Durham Bulls Athletic Park
  • Cameron Indoor Stadium
  • Durham Performing Arts Center, 
  • Duke Lemur Center
  • Eno River State Park
  • American Tobacco Historic District
  • Duke Homestead and Tobacco Factory, 
  • Carolina Theater and 
  • Bennett Place.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Visited by more than 400,00 visitors every year, the gardens cover 55 acres, offering specialized gardens free of charge, 365 days a year. There have been some restrictions during current health concerns. Visitors should check ahead of time before visiting the gardens for opening hours. 

Duke Gardens got its start in 1935 with a gift of $20,000 from Sarah P Duke. More than 100 flower beds were planted. Today there are four distinct areas:

  • Historic Gardens
  • Roney Fountain
  • H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants
  • W.L Culberson Asiatic Arboretum
  • Doris Duke Center Gardens and 
  • Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden

There are over 5 miles of pathways and walks throughout the gardens. Many visitors enjoy visiting the park throughout the year, enjoying the changing vistas as the seasons change.

Eno River State Park

Located just 15 minutes from Durham, the state park offers almost 30 miles of trails along the Eno River. There is backcountry camping available for individuals and groups. All supplies and equipment must be carried in and out. Kayaking and canoeing are permitted when there is sufficient water flow to support these activities. Visitors enjoy picnicking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking the trails.

American Tobacco Historic District

The American Tobacco District comprises 14 buildings that trace back to North Carolina’s tobacco industry dating from the 1870s to the 1950s. The American Tobacco Company Manufacturing Plant is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The entire area was redeveloped beginning in 2001 and now is a much-visited tourist, cultural, and entertainment area. 

The American Tobacco Historic District is located close to hotels and restaurants, with five venues nearby. 

There are also several attractions nearby. For example, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Durham Performing Arts Center, and several others are also within walking distance. There are many places to grab a drink and something to eat for visitors and residents to enjoy.

Attic Mold Removal Caused by Bad Bathroom Exhaust Fan in Durham

Bathrooms naturally generate a great deal of humidity from hot showers and long baths. Exhaust fans are installed to remove some of the moisture and exhaust it to the outdoors. A faulty exhaust fan can cause mold growth in the bathroom, and broken exhaust pipes routed through the attic also can cause mold to grow in the attic.

SERVPRO provides mold inspection, remediation, and mold removal services to Durham area residents. We can inspect the bathroom area and check the attic for signs of mold infestations. Also, our services include:

  • Clean all surfaces to remove mold spores
  • Remove damaged materials that have absorbed moisture
  • Dry all surfaces and structure
  • Minor repairs, including broken exhaust pipe repair

Call SERVPRO of North Durham for mold removal in Durham and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (919) 467-0880.

SERVPRO Brings Professional Equipment and Expertise to Durham Fire Damage

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO truck parked on the street next to a house After a fire in your home, call SERVPRO for professional help. Our technicians will make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Answers Calls for Fire Damage Cleanup in Durham 24/7

Many fires in local properties get limited to a portion of the property. One of the most significant issues in this type of fire cleanup is to prevent odorous soot particles from traveling to other home areas. 

SERVPRO technicians have many applications to address the odors left behind by fire damage in Durham homes. A common complaint from property owners is smelling fire odors in areas of their homes unaffected by the initial fire. 

Consumer-grade products fail to remove these smells because, during a fire, the hot air expands and forces odorous soot particles deeply into porous surfaces, including walls and furniture. Cleaning agents and equipment such as the Esporta Washing System help remove all traces of the fire from the house.

Masking odors does not work long-term and allows odors to spread. Passive smoke odor removal includes many of the following actions: 

  • Replacing HVAC filters and cleaning ductwork
  • Using thermal fogging devices to neutralize embedded odors
  • Washing fabrics and upholstery 

SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 has long experience handling fire damage restoration in local Durham properties.

Skip DIY Fire Damage Restoration and Calling in Skilled Services in Durham

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and fire coming from under a door between two rooms If fire damage strikes your home, you need to deal with it quickly. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional advice. We are standing by.

Fire Damage Restoration with SERVPRO Gets You Certified Techs Handling Your Durham Property’s Clean Up

Water & fire damage restorations indeed take many intricate steps from start to finish. Even if you have some experience with cleanup, it is essential to know that even the smallest amount of soot left behind in fire damaged homes can leave a lingering reminder of the event that took place. SERVPRO handles fire and smoke damage with years of proven success in the field, which gives Durham property owners peace of mind.

Smoke remediation, deodorization, and sometimes detailed controlled demolition will all be part of a project for fire damage restoration in Durham. SERVPRO works to address soot and smoke residue along with total deodorization of your interior and belongings. It is vital that all musty odors from moisture left behind from extinguishing the flames get addressed as well.

Just a fraction of the technology SERVPRO may use during your fire restoration project includes:

  • Gels, beads, and vapor-releasing agents to help mask unpleasant odors.
  • Cleaners enhanced with enzymes to break down odorous particulates, making them easier for our filtration units to absorb them.
  • Air scrubbers and ozone generators that work to neutralize foul odors quickly.

With any fire event, part of the house fire cleanup often includes controlled demolition and the removal of charred, unsalvageable debris. All of this work gets executed by highly-trained and licensed contractors. Depending on your needs, this process may include:

  • Minor repairs like drywall replacement, re-painting, and new carpet installation.
  • Major repairs like total reconstruction in one or more rooms of your home.

When you need fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup, you can trust our team at SERVPRO of North Durham. Call us at (919) 467-0880 when you need an emergency response.

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.