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Effective Water Damage Restoration for Durham Properties

8/19/2023 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO teams to remove and mitigate the water damage to your Durham property. We are Here to Help® 24/7

SERVPRO® Mitigation and Restoration Solutions

Many first discover Durham by attending its beautiful institutions. The most notable of these is Duke University. As part of the famed Research Triangle, Duke University makes up a collection of renowned schools that promote a shared collective of knowledge to better research, development, and production of scientific advancement. The area is also home to North Carolina Central University, and while not as prominent as Duke, it still provides education to thousands every semester.

Water damage restoration for Durham properties requires experience and fast response. Because many places throughout the city are quickly accessible, our central location is vital. We can reach properties throughout Durham County, though a majority of our need is with the more than 280,000 residents of the 4th most populated city in North Carolina. We even have Large Loss solutions for structures like Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Durham Performing Arts Center, and the Duke University Hospital. 

Efficient Water Cleanup Approaches

  • Water Removal – It is crucial to quickly manage standing water concerns before absorption threatens more building materials exposed.
  • Moisture Management – Managing moisture, primarily in areas like porous building materials or humidity in the environment, combines many tools in our inventory.
  • Water Damage Repairs – Repairs can include initial steps like controlled demolition, plumbing replacement, and more intricate build-back services later.

While you step out of the way for our experienced team to begin water cleanup, take some time to take in the sights you might not always get to appreciate in Durham. Walk around the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and shop and dine at its unique boutiques and small business offerings. Whether you are taking a show at the Carolina Theatre or seeing the exhibits at the Museum of Life and Science, you know your home is in good hands with SERVPRO of North Durham. Call us at (919) 467-0880.

How We Help with Water Damage Repairs in Durham Properties

5/26/2023 (Permalink)

When you are faced with water damage in North Durham call SERVPRO. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Post-Water Damage Repairs Vary from Site to Site

Repairs and water damage in Durham, unfortunately, often go hand-in-hand. With so many business headquarters and high-rise skyscrapers making up the Durham skyline, we must be prepared for water damage recovery and build-back services that vary considerably from one site to the next. Having experienced contractors means we save time navigating North Carolina’s fourth most populous city and helping its nearly 300,000 residents recover.

Durham is most known for being the hometown of Duke University. Thousands call this campus home, and because of large, related structures like the Cameron Indoor Stadium, where the Blue Devils play basketball, to the Duke University Hospital, SERVPRO professionals must prepare for damage of all sizes. In addition, our central location allows us to quickly maneuver through Durham to sites like the Museum of Life and Science or the Carolina Theatre, but also help with homes and businesses throughout the Research Triangle and all of Durham County.

Where Are Water Damage Repairs Needed? 

Assessing your need for water damage repair must happen as soon as SERVPRO professionals begin work on a structure. For example, locations like the Nasher Museum of Art will require more concentrated and careful build-back and repairs to not entirely close the facility. High-rise headquarters also require special treatment from our Large Loss teams, such as the structures for Counter Culture Coffee, Burt’s Bees, and Southern Express. We recognize the needs of our customers to provide them with the best possible service.

  • Damaged wall systems
  • Sagging ceiling assemblies
  • Ruined carpet
  • Warped and cupping hardwood floors

Repairs are a vital part of restoring homes after water damage. As challenging as cleanup and recovery can be, proper repairs protect the property and return the residence to preloss condition. From restoration to water damage repairs, trust SERVPRO of North Durham. Call today at (919) 467-0880.

Advanced Processes Durham Homes Need for Water Damage Cleanup

3/28/2023 (Permalink)

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.

Durham Water Damage Repair Requires Professional Expertise

12/27/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can spread far from the leak. We always have a team standing by to begin the remediation process.

The Steps of Water Damage Repair

After burst pipes and other plumbing emergencies, many repairs and build-back services are necessary. We work to establish essential reconstruction needs through focused evaluation, starting with where demolition and discarding damaged elements might be a necessity.

Controlled Demolition Solutions

Before much other water damage repair in Durham homes can begin after water emergencies, our professionals must see where controlled demolition is needed. This process eliminates sagging materials and destroyed elements before they can impact other parts of the house. Some of the more common materials to be removed include:

  • Flooring
  • Carpeting
  • Drywall
  • Insulation

Repairing Broken Plumbing 

Leaks and pipe bursts can cause incredible damage to a house by spreading water and moisture far beyond this problem area. It is a priority of our SERVPRO team to repair this damage to get this vital utility repressurized and in use for your house again. Copper tubing can be cut away at the damaged portions and replaced with similar materials or a part of a rigid plastic line. 

Rebuilding the Walls 

With the plumbing repaired and any immediate threats resolved inside a wall system, it is time to restore these components. Insulation can be reinstalled around the pipes, and any framing studs removed can be replaced. These studs are important in securing the wall assembly's drywall panels. 

Finishing Surfaces After Reinstallation

Once components of the wall system have been replaced and the drywall panels reinstalled, it is necessary to refinish these surfaces. Panel seams need to be taped and coated, as well as screw holes. Outermost layers can be primed with antimicrobial products and painted like the rest of the room.  

Regarding water damage repair, there are several considerations for Durham homes. Experienced professionals of our restoration team can help your property through needed build-back services. SERVPRO of North Durham has professionals ready to respond when disasters strike. Call us at (919) 467-0880. 

Water Removal in Durham

6/26/2022 (Permalink)

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."

Take Advantage Of Water Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Durham Area Home

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

When leaks escalate, time is of the essence! Contact SERVPRO to assess the emergency water damage situation in your home. We are standing by 24/7.

Trust SERVPRO to Take Care of Your Durham Home When a Water Emergency Arises

Water damage comes in all shapes and sizes, some of which you might not even see until the problem is quite severe. It takes a qualified professional to address these issues in your home correctly, something you should look into, should you experience water intrusion on your Durham property at any time.

It does not take a massive leak to cause severe water damage in your Durham area home. Slow or small leaks can do significant damage, leading to the development of secondary damages, just as quickly as a giant flood that you can see coming. Luckily, we are here to help.

Your local SERVPRO provides you with access to IICRC-industry certified professionals, who specialize in water damage restoration on your property. We offer full-service solutions to common problems homeowners face while using restoration methods designed to tailor to your specific situation, giving you quality results when you need them.

SERVPRO technicians provide cleanup and restoration services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including weekends and holidays. When you request help, we respond immediately, regardless of your situation. Big or small, we have the tools, training, and resources to get the job done right the first time. We can also help those taking a proactive approach, protecting your home before events occur.

SERVPRO uses a variety of water extraction equipment, an advanced drying method, along with cleaning and deodorization services that help provide a clean, healthy living environment for you and your family. Our staff helps provide you with a stress-free claims process, ensuring that you obtain the results you deserve and make the most of what could have been a hazardous situation.

We keep you informed throughout the water restoration process, working with you to limit your losses and pay close attention to contents you cherish most. It is crucial for us to meet your needs and build a lasting relationship with our customers. We treat you with the respect and courtesy you deserve while providing you with the essential services needed to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Contact SERVPRO of North Durham, today. We can help restore water damage found in your home and help protect against future problems. (919) 467-0880

Expectations During Water Damage Restoration in a Durham Home

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

When your dishwasher leaks water in your kitchen, the situation needs to be handled right away. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 to quickly assess and remediate.

SERVPRO Provide Water Repair Services in Durham Homes That Are Thorough and Effective

After a water damage event in your Durham home, such as a burst pipe, or leaking dishwasher, it is important to respond quickly and begin the restoration to prevent further damage. Contacting a professional for water damage repairs can guarantee a better outcome since these professionals use the right tools and advanced methods to remedy any water damage issues.

Your best bet is to find a water damage restoration company in Durham that is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), such as SERVPRO. Our technicians follow industry best practices and use the latest technology and techniques to restore your property to its preloss condition.

Restoration equipment can be classified into:

  • Detection devices
  • Extraction equipment
  • Drying equipment

Water and moisture evacuation

When SERVPRO professionals come to your home, they make a detailed assessment of the damage. Equipment such as moisture detectors and hygrometers establish the presence of moisture and help us understand how much repair work should be done. We can also check the porousness of the materials in the affected area to determine the level of water absorption.

Our technicians use several ways to remove water from your property. We can use high-powered pumps and vacuums, which are great at quickly hauling out all surface water from your home. Other methods are also useful.

Different methods used to remove water include:

  • Mopping
  • Vacuum extraction
  • Draining

After removing the standing water, some materials may be wet to the touch and, if left that way, can suffer further damage such as staining, warping, and growing mold. We take steps to dry the entire property, such as setting up dehumidifiers and air movers within the affected areas. Air movers enhance water evaporation from wet materials into the air, where it can be collected and removed using dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of North Durham has significant knowledge to deal with water damage effects. Call us at (919) 467-0880. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Removal Services after Flooding or Fire are Crucial to the Restoration of Your Durham Home

3/5/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage goes hand in hand with fire damage many times. Contact SERVPRO to assess the entire situation and remediate the damage quickly.

SERVPRO Reduces Water Losses with Fast Extraction and Restoration

After a home takes on water of any kind, drastic changes begin to take place. Homeowners in Durham can protect their homes from the damage these changes cause by having qualified professionals carry out the necessary services. One small crisis can bring about a multitude of problems.

Durham property owners often rely on professional water removal services to dry their homes out when saturation is an issue. Unwanted water can come from interior or exterior flooding or firefighting efforts. Large amounts of water on floors or heavily saturated walls and attics need to be removed and extracted until achievement of complete dryness in your home occurs.

SERVPRO uses the latest in technology not only to remove the water in your home but also to find hidden areas with water and moisture. Elevated humidity can also create problems, and we have solutions for that kind of situation, as well. Hygrometers and moisture detectors help us locate areas where water seeped into, even when it feels dry to the touch.

Determined by the location and the material affected, we might use only hand-held and highly portable extraction units, heating pads for floors, air blowers, or full-size pumps mounted on large trucks. Combining any of these, along with air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, and desiccant machines, our technicians steadily, but quickly, dry your home's interior. Other restorative work cannot begin while conditions remain damp.

Whenever flooding includes contaminated water, we ensure that not only do we eliminate all the water but that we also remove any pathogens or chemical residues. We put our skills to work so we leave each home or business “Like it never even happened.” Failing to remove all the water can set your property up for future problems with mold, deterioration, and destruction of materials, foul odors, insect and other pest problems.

The skilled professionals at SERVPRO of North Durham want to help you protect your home. Water removal services help prevent other problems from developing inside your residence. Because water damages from the first second it touches your home, contacting us at our local number, (919) 467-0880, can reduce total restoration costs while mitigating loss.

Does SERVPRO Provide Water Removal Services in Durham?

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Did a pipe burst in your home? SERVPRO is quipped and trained to provide fast water extraction.

Expert Water Restoration Technicians Help Durham Homes Recover from Water Damage

There is not a good time for a water leak to spring and allow water to spread throughout your home in Durham. Water can spread quickly under flooring, weaken drywall and soak upholstery. The longer water is left alone, the more severe the damage, so fast acting is your first line of defense when a ceiling leaks or a pipe burst.

In Durham, water removal services are available as soon as you contact our expert SERVPRO team. Before materials become compromised or, even worse, mold starts to grow and spread, call our staff. Upon arrival, we thoroughly assess the area closest to the leak and the rest of the home. Water damage travels fast and finding water deposits is critical in water extraction and remediation. To initiate our assessment, we focus on:

  • Finding the water source and making sure it is under control.
  • Identifying and correcting safety issues such as structural weaknesses and electric hazards. We coordinate with other contractors essential to creating a safe environment as needed.
  • Following the path the water took to find its hiding places.

With real-time information at hand, our team develops a plan specific to your needs with the goal of mitigating your loss. We also bring our industrial-grade equipment to kick-off the water extraction process and restore optimal humidity levels in your home. Our team is also ready to recommend specialty drying solutions for electronics, documents and photos, and other valuable items when needed.

SERVPRO of North Durham is ready to help as soon as you call us at (919) 467-0880. Our staff is eager to return your life to normal and to leave your house “Like it never even happened.”

What Can I Do to Prevent Water Damage in My Laundry Room?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO provides moisture control during water damage mitigation in Durham to protect contents and electronic devices

Restoration Pros Offer Effective Water Cleanup Services for Durham Homes

Washing machine failures are notorious for leaving homeowners with sudden large amounts of water to clean. A Durham homeowner might think the worst is over once the water is mopped up, but moisture seeping into walls and floors can lead to structural damage and microbial growth beneath surfaces.

If your property requires water cleanup in Durham after a major appliance failure, SERVPRO professionals can return your property to a pre-damage condition. Restoration technicians use sophisticated, cutting-edge technologies in tandem with tried-and-true cleanup methods to mitigate moisture damage and dry homes more effectively.

What Steps Can I Take to Prevent Washing Machine Water Damage?

  • Leave some clearance between your unit and the wall. At least four inches of space is sufficient for preventing kinks in the supply and drain hoses.
  • Replace hoses regularly. Supply line hoses require replacement every five years. Even a hose that looks fine on the outside can have a deteriorating interior.
  • Avoid overloading your unit. Whether you put in too many clothes or too much detergent, overwhelming your machine is a fast way to create water damage in your laundry room.
  • Use a water leak detector. This sensor can prevent flooding by automatically shutting off the water supply to your washing machine when a leak has been detected.

How Does SERVPRO’s Moisture Extraction Process Work and Why Does it Matter?

Before extraction can begin in earnest, SERVPRO professionals detect moisture with a variety of sensors and moisture meters, including infrared cameras, to assess the extent of the damage and formulate a plan for structural drying.

Extraction is performed several times over to reduce the time it takes for a structure to dry. Without moisture extraction with portable units, mops, and other tools, drying can take hours to several days longer, which can create secondary water damages in your home

SERVPRO of North Durham ensures that disaster-struck homes look “Like it never even happened.” Call (919) 467-0880 at any time of the day or night to begin the mitigation process.

What Areas Most Need Repair After Durham Water Damage?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Durham knows what crevises to tackle for water mitigation. Give them a call today.

Our professionals mitigate loss and offer effective repair services for damages to Durham homes 

Water damages can happen in several ways, making it vital for professionals like ours to have a firm understanding of varied cleaning and restoration methods. In addition, we can help in areas like demolition, repair, and reconstruction to be a one-stop-shop for restoration and recovery.

Mitigating the Damages to Durham Properties

One of the most effective methods of mitigation and protection after disasters is water damage repair in Durham homes. Our experienced team of professionals provides a general contractor license to help with areas beyond traditional water restoration solutions. This can include controlled demolition when structural elements become weakened by water exposure.

Build-Back and Repair Needs

There are several areas where our license can be beneficial to returning a property to preloss condition. Water damages can be destructive and require several types of reconstruction services like:

  • Reinstalling the Floors – Flooring is often heavily damaged by pooling water and absorption, so our experienced professionals must use our contractor license to reinstall portions of the floor removed during demolition.
  • Repairing the Plumbing – Because the plumbing system is responsible for so many water damage emergencies in a home, the repair of this system is vital to restoring this service and preventing further damage. 
  • Reconstructing Assemblies – Putting the pieces of your home back together after demolition means reinstalling surface materials like drywall and ceiling materials.

It is beneficial to have experienced restoration professionals respond quickly to damage in your home, but even more so when these same experts provide needed water damage repairs. Our SERVPRO of North Durham team has a general contractor license to provide a wealth of construction services where necessary after water damages. Give us a call today at (919) 467-0880. 

Reconstructing After a Ceiling Leak in Your Durham Home

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO teams are ready to assist with water damage situations day or night. Give us a call right away.

As a Full Service Restoration Provider in Durham, Our SERVPRO Team Can Help With Repairs After Water Damage. 

When water damage threatens area homes, rebuilding and repairs are often close behind. A careful evaluation of the affected areas can determine where this is needed. We have an experienced team of restorers and a general contractor license to provide effective services to help.

Initial Emergency Services to Prevent Further Damage 

Water damage repair for Durham homes is not a single service that our SERVPRO team provides. Early mitigation and emergency services are among the most necessary actions that we can take to prevent greater damage to a property and to protect contents still inside the structure. Our experienced professionals can help in many ways, including:

  • Board Up – Structural vulnerabilities that leave the property exposed to outside elements or continued damages can get resolved with board-up services. 
  • Tarping – Situations like roof vulnerabilities leave a house needing tarping services to prevent further water penetration.
  • Controlled Demolition – Saturated materials like drywall and carpeting must often get torn out. 
  • Bulk Material Removal – Water damage can cause materials to become too heavy to remain installed, and they collapse. Removing debris and bulk materials can allow for more natural cleaning of compromised areas.

Water Damage Repairs After Mitigation Completes 

There are many areas where repairs and build-back are needed after the bulk of the threatening damage has been addressed. With access to damaged plumbing, for example, our contractor license allows for the replacement and rebuilding of these aging pipes.

The collective offerings of our SERVPRO of North Durham team after a substantial water damage incident provide customers with both restoration and repair solutions. As leading water recovery specialists, we can respond fast when disaster strikes. Call today at (919) 467-0880.

Proper Water Removal and Dehumidifying in Your Durham Home

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know how to dry water damaged carpet? SERVPRO does! Call us today!

Equipment Needed to Dry Out Your Property After Water Damage Efficiently

From damaged pipes to excess rain, water damage can wreak havoc on your belongings and your home. Even though it always happens when you least expect it, your reaction time is critical during an emergency. You need water removal in your house fast, which means you need professional help as well.

The water removal experts in Durham should be the first ones you call. We can arrive at your home fast with powerful, industrial equipment which extracts the water from your home as quickly as possible. When carpeting has been affected, we need to take special care to dry thoroughly to prevent mold growth underneath the padding where it is not visible.

One piece of equipment that SERVPRO technicians use to dry out your home and carpeting again is dehumidifiers. We consider both the capacity of the dehumidifier and the nature of the environment to figure out the requirements needed for your situation. We look at how many absorbent or porous materials are present, such as carpeting. The more porous materials present, the more moisture has been absorbed and evaporates into the air. In a case like this, we need more dehumidification to balance the evaporation.

Water Removal Services

We then calculate the dehumidifier capacity so we know exactly what equipment we need for the job. Once this is done and the drying process continues into additional days, we increase or decrease the amount of drying equipment based on monitoring the air conditioning in your home and the moisture content readings of the wet carpeting and your structure.

Each situation is different, and the amount of carpeting is present and how long it was saturated makes a difference. The accurate measure of a balanced drying system when we monitor is how fast your structure and contents are drying. If the moisture levels are lowering and the relative humidity is moving downwards steadily, the system is working. If the humidity is high and the moisture content of the carpeting and other materials is not reducing, we need to examine the situation to determine a more efficient drying system.

SERVPRO of North Durham monitors our machines closely daily. You can, therefore, be sure that once you call us at (919) 467-0880 in the areas of Durham, Gorman, and Rougemont, your home is restored to its original condition before the water removal emergency.

How SERVPRO Achieves Efficient Water Damage Mitigation in Gorman Homes?

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Leaking pipes are just one cause of water damage. SERVPRO knows how to locate the moisture source and dry your home.

The Regulation of Specific Drying Principles in Gorman Homes Increases the Efficiency of Restoration and Cleaning

Specific drying principles are a consideration of responding technicians when water damage incidents have occurred. After containment barriers and equipment have been deployed and installed, the regulation of temperature, airflow, and humidity is simpler. Portable heaters can increase temperatures to ideal levels for efficient evaporation, air movers can promote consistent airflow through the work zone, and dehumidifiers can help manage humidity concerns.

What Mitigation Actions Are Most Effective?

Water damage mitigation for Gorman properties also correlates to the management of these specific drying principles. Constant monitoring of cleanup and extraction efforts can showcase how concerns like standing water or moisture impact the environment. Our mitigation phase often consists of many focuses, including:

Protecting your home or business after a water disaster often requires more than mops and towels. We have advanced water damage mitigation equipment to help. Call our SERVPRO of North Durham team today at (919) 467-0880.

How the Beat Goes on After Water Damage in Durham Properties

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

A fast response time is necessary for water damage restoration. SERVPRO is equipped and always ready to go!

Our Fast Mitigation and Cleanup Response to Durham Properties can Keep Venues and Clubs Going

What was once a town almost entirely supported by the tobacco industry, more than a century of growth and development have changed Durham into a city driven by education, science, and medical research. In addition to changes in the focal point of the economy, Durham's expansion includes the arts and creative avenues such as music. Venues, bars, and clubs that require water damage repairs or water cleanup can benefit from our fast response to help with:

  • Burst pipes
  • Flood restoration
  • Water damage remediation
  • Emergency services water damage
  • Basement flooding
  • Ceiling leaks

Roots in Many Genres of the Music Industry 

Durham is among the most musically diverse areas of North Carolina, having been the home of multiple national acts and a thriving indie scene. Durham would be an origin for national acts like Branford Marsalis, 9th Wonder, and Iron & Wine. Because of this representation of multiple genres, many venues and live music stages have grown a loyal following within the city. This consistent live entertainment is often fueled by the younger crowd of college students from Duke University or North Carolina Central University. The youthful adult presence has changed the landscape of shopping centers and specialty stores that cater to buyers' more diverse assortment.

The Venues of the Diverse Music Culture of Durham

Some of the most active nightclubs and music venues for the city exist near the primary campus of Duke University. The metropolis area boasts amateur acts sharing the spotlight on open mic nights for a packed house to larger arenas and stages like Motorco Music Hall or the Durham Performing Arts Center. These buildings of all shapes and sizes rely on SERVPRO to help when water disasters occur.

How Do Water Damage Repairs Get Underway for Durham Homes and Businesses?

To determine where and if water damage repairs in Durham homes are necessary, damage assessments and inspections must occur. We have highly trained project managers and crew chiefs capable of walking through the property with the customer to determine where specific threats might exist that could result in controlled demolition or a need for reconstruction. This inspection can find:

  • Content damage
  • Structural weakness
  • Standing water
  • Mold growth

Can SERVPRO Perform Water Damage Repairs? 

With the general contractor license, we can perform multiple repairs and reconstruction services required in homes after water damage incidents. We can repair compromised plumbing, remove damaged flooring and wall systems, reconstruct removed building materials after controlled demolition, and more. We have solutions to meet the needs of water-damaged or flooded structures.

With many thriving venues and entertainment spots in Durham, the need for water cleanup and water damage repairs requires a fast response. As leading water restoration professionals, we can help. Give our SERVPRO of North Durham team a call anytime you need us at (919) 467-0880.

Fast Water Removal in Gorman Properties by SERVPRO

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for any type of water removal and remediation efforts you need. We can get your home back in order in no time.

Local Gorman Residents Trust SERVPRO for Professional Water Removal

Homes with water damage that occurs within a ceiling can affect multiple levels of a home. It is difficult for homeowners to clean up on their own without using professional-grade equipment to extract the water and dry the surfaces and floor joists.

The water type and speed at which Gorman water removal happens plays a crucial part in the restoration services' success. SERVPRO technicians scope the area to determine the size of the cleanup needed. The use of specific equipment such as infrared cameras, which do not detect moisture but rather the temperature and coolness areas, often pinpoint water collection within a structure. They can remove flooring on the upper level as is necessary to get to the water between floors to ensure no residual moisture gets left behind. Other investigation tactics include: 

  • Removal of a small piece of ceiling to look for drips from pipes
  • Checking for leaks in the supply line
  • Broken caulking allowing water to enter from the outside
  • Drainage issues

SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 stands ready to help local Gorman property owners with any size water removal needs.

Getting Water Restoration From SERVPRO in Durham Assures the Best Outcome

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Regardless of the way that your home was affected by water, SERVPRO is the effective company for water removal services. Call right away.

Durham Locals Trust SERVPRO With Their Water Restoration Needs

According to the last census, Durham has a population of nearly 250,000, but it started as a tiny railroad depot in 1849 on a portion of land donated by Bartlett S. Durham, named the town Durham Station. Once established, the area increased due to the tobacco industry in the region, with the American Tobacco Company setting up its headquarters in Durham. Other industries followed, such as textile mills and electric power generating businesses which further expanded the population by providing steady jobs. At present, Durham's population growth is centered around three primary industries: 

  • Education
  • Medical
  • Research

Education in Durham

There are several educational institutions in Durham. The two best known are Duke and North Carolina University. The Duke University Hospital is a national leader in the healthcare and medical research industry. The University Health System continues to be the largest employer in the city. North Carolina Central University is historically a black institution that boasts distinguished alumni, including André Leon Talley, editor at Vogue, politician Maynard Jackson, and R&B singer Sunshine Anderson. 

The two prominent universities are an essential part of the Research Triangle. The area south of Durham, known as Triangle Park, consists of 11 square miles of various research facilities. Duke University is home to the Nasher Museum of Art. Other cultural sites within the city include the Museum of Life and Science, Carolina Theater, the Durham Performing Arts Center, and the Duke Homestead. History buffs enjoy a visit to Bennett Place, which is the location where Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to William T. Sherman in the American Civil War. 

Although not settled until many decades later, the explorer John Lawson wrote about the beauty of undeveloped Durham when he traveled through the area in 1701. At the time, it was inhabited by various tribes of the Eastern Siouan nation. Early settlers had attempted to set up gristmill and work the land, but because most of the soil is clay, making it tough to grow food crops to sustain the community. However, tobacco and cotton were able to grow through the ground, and large plantations such as Hardscrabble, Lipscomb, and Leigh sprang up during the antebellum period. 

The tobacco industry continued to boom and encouraged the continued growth of Durham. In 1914, the city's infrastructure's failure was brought to light after a massive fire destroyed a large part of the downtown area in the business district. The water source used by the fire department failed and saw the creation shortly afterward of a city-owned water supply to avoid tragedies like this in the future. 

Can Water Restoration Save Wet Carpets in Durham Homes?

The challenge wet carpet brings to Durham water restoration jobs is one of the many water damage situations that the SERVPRO techs train for. 

Carpet presents unique challenges as the construction materials vary and the cleanup methods depend on:

  • The fibers that make up the threads
  • Backing material
  • Colorfastness of the dyes used

As long as the water saturating the carpet is from a clean source that does not contain sewage or contaminants, saving it is a possibility. SERVPRO techs have specialized testing methods and applications to determine the makeup of the carpet materials. This is important, so secondary damages such as bleeding dyes or shrinkage of the carpet do not occur. 

SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 brings their years of experience and professional equipment to every Durham water restoration job. 

Gorman Nature-Lovers are Invited to Guided Walk Along the Eno River

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Get out and enjoy the beautiful views the Eno River has to offer.

Not too far from Gorman, you can enjoy the Peace and Beauty of Bobbit Hole.

Take a short drive from Gorman to Durham to join a small group of interested hikers looking to explore our area's natural beauty. On Sunday, January 24th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., a guide will lead those seeking to explore the deepest place on the Eno River. As the rapids and steep bluffs, Bobbit Hole, is a sight like no other. As you prepare for the outing, keep in mind the following-

  • The hike is 2.6 miles long 
  • The trail is moderately difficult and not intended for beginners
  • There will be frequent stops where the guide will explain the local plants and history of the site.

Just like a guide is the best lead for a safe hike, so is SERVPRO the best leader of water mitigation efforts. Our team is equipped to handle the most challenging water situations to minimize your loss. From techniques to equipment, you can be assured that we are the best in the field.

SERVPRO of North Durham is your partner at all times when you need an expert opinion. Call us any time at (919) 467-0880 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Are Wet Areas at High Risk of Microbial Bacteria Growth in Durham?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

A wet property can quickly become a hotbed of microbial activity.

SERVPRO is a Leading Water Damage Restoration Provider that can Protect your Durham Home From Microbial Infestation.

Why are microbial bacteria associated with water damage?
Controlling microbial growth is a vital skill for restoration technicians working in Durham. Microbes are tiny living organisms that make up an essential part of the ecosystem. It is common for bacteria or viruses to be present in a wet or water-damaged property. Instances where microbes are apparent are treated with caution by restoration services because they can make you or our technicians sick. A human hair is 75 microns in size. Mold spores can be 4 microns by comparison with bacteria registering around 1 micron in size. Viruses can be as small as 0.2 microns. The assessment of microbial growth is often understood based on the length of time your home is subjected to water exposure, the source of water, and its contamination levels. In the presence of moisture, bio pollutants can proliferate and must be controlled.

How can I bring microbial growth under control?
Using a qualified water damage restoration firm in the Durham area can help rid your home of bio pollutants. For larger microbes, like mold spores, our team can deploy air scrubbing equipment fitted with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. These are effective at removing bio pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. Usually, a SERVPRO technician uses a multi-pronged approach by combining air scrubbing with biocides or anti-microbial chemicals. These can be dispersed throughout a property efficiently using an ultra-low volume (ULV) fogger or mister.

What are the safety measures used to prevent a microbial infestation?
- Containment of the affected area to prevent spreading
- The use of negative air pressure during agitative cleaning or demolition of materials
- Graded anti-microbial chemicals and decontamination zones for workers

A wet property can quickly become a hotbed of microbial activity. Contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880.

How Can I Prevent Water Damage Caused By Plumbing Failures?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

The Plaques Indicate the Broad Range of SERVPRO Services for Durham Area Homes

Certified Restoration Technicians Eliminate Water Damage From Durham Homes

Durham homeowners may be wondering what they can do to prepare for a plumbing-related disaster. A 1/8" pipe leak alone can bring dozens of gallons of water each day into your home. Without fast action, the moisture brought in by this kind of disaster can skyrocket home repair and replacement costs.

If your Durham home needs water damage mitigation services, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to restore your property to a preloss state as efficiently as possible. Your local SERVPRO team is trained to prioritize repair over replacement when feasible to minimize your property loss. Restoration services extend to a variety of structural materials and belongings, including:

  • Documents, electronics, and valuables
  • Apparel and fabrics
  • Upholstery and drapes
  • Carpeting, floorboards, and subfloors
  • Drywall, insulation, wall studs, and ceiling joists

What Causes Pipe Leak Water Damage?

There are several types of pipe leaks that can release varying amounts of water into your home. Here are the most frequent causes of residential pipe leaks:

  • Loose fittings and connections. Every so often, pipe connections loosen and erode, and require occasional tightening or replacement.
  • Unregulated water pressure. Water pressure that is too high can quickly erode pipes and create leaks.
  • Pipes without insulation. In wintry weather, pipes that lack insulation can quickly become damaged by ice buildup inside. Ice expands inside the pipes, which can put enough strain on the plumbing to cause it to burst.
  • Mechanical failures. Faulty installation or repair measures can lead to future water damage incidents.

SERVPRO technicians are trained in the mitigation of pipe leak water damage, no matter how small or large the disaster. Commercial-grade extraction, sanitation, and drying tools can prevent mold growth and structural damage to your property.

What Prevents Plumbing-Related Water Damage?

The key to preventing water damage from pipe leaks and plumbing failures in your home is reducing the stress on the system. Consider these tips for lessening the likelihood and frequency of plumbing failures in your home:

Soften Your Water

Lessen stress on your pipes by installing a water softener. The high amount of minerals in hard water can corrode the plumbing and create buildup inside water supply lines. Not sure if you have hard water? Check your locale’s most recent EPA water quality report. Water with minerals over 140 parts per million is considered to be hard.

The traditional solution for this is in the use of sodium-based softening agents. This process works by creating an exchange of ions between negatively-charged resin beads in the softener unit and positively-charged calcium and magnesium in the water. The sodium makes a brine that isolates minerals from the resin beads and washes them down the drain.

More recent developments allow for the use of electronic softening units, which can dissolve minerals with electromagnetic pulses.

Regulate Water Pressure

Monitor the water pressure in your pipes—normal levels for residential water pressure range from approximately 30 to 50 psi. Levels above 60 psi can cause problems for Durham residents, but this can be lowered with professional intervention or the installation of a pressure reducer. Residential water pressure should not exceed 80 psi.

Before adjusting your water pressure, check with neighbors to see if they have the same problem. If the problem is with the municipal water system, you may not even need to modify your water pressure.

Adjusting your own water pressure is a relatively simple process:

  • Find the bell-shaped pressure regulator near your home’s water meter. Contact your utility provider if you are unsure where it is located on your property.
  • Use a crescent wrench to loosen the lock nut somewhat. Turn the adjustment screw clockwise to increase water pressure and counterclockwise to decrease it. Adjust pressure one to two revolutions at a time.
  • Test the pressure by letting a faucet run for a minute before making further adjustments.

What Does SERVPRO Use to Salvage My Home After Water Damage?

SERVPRO technicians tackle water damage in several steps. One of the most crucial is moisture measurement. Several tools are used to evaluate moisture levels in, on, and even behind surfaces, such as:

  • Infrared cameras
  • Penetrating and nonpenetrating sensors and meters
  • Thermohygrometers

These measurements help technicians determine many crucial elements of the restoration process, including:

  • Calculating drying goals for various surfaces
  • Determining the placement of centrifugal air movers
  • Placement and implementation of dehumidifiers based on the type of device, room size, and relative humidity, among other factors.

Without accurate calculations, the structural drying process can create secondary damages that can increase loss and slow down the mitigation process.

SERVPRO of North Durham strives to keep your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” You can call (919) 467-0880 for disaster mitigation service that can start within hours of your initial contact.

How To Deal With the Aftermath of a Flood

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

To ensure a quick response time, file everything correctly the first time

How To Deal With the Aftermath of a Flood

Filing an insurance claim for a flood seems straightforward, but every insurer is different. Local water mitigation companies in Chester, NC, can help guide you through the process, but it is best to know several things before a disaster strikes.

  1. Know your responsibilities
  2. Fill out correct forms
  3. Prepare for adjuster visit
  4. Perform minor repairs
  5. Ask questions

Know Your Responsibilities
Every insurance company has rules in place for homeowners. You need to understand the expectations of your insurer to ensure the timely resolution of your insurance claim. Do you need to call the police? How long do you have before filing deadlines? What's your deductible? Know the answer to these questions before filing a claim for a water disaster, like a pipe burst.

Fill Out Correct Forms
As most homeowners know, the claims process is long and tedious. To ensure a quick response time, file everything correctly the first time. Forgetting a signature or submitting an incomplete form will only delay the process.

Prepare for Adjuster Visit
An insurance adjuster investigates every policy claim. The adjuster's job is to determine the value of the claim, and how much the insurer is liable for. Especially with water damage claims, the circumstances around the disaster are crucial for determining liability.

Perform Minor Repairs
While the insurance company may approve your claim, any damage following the initial incident may not be covered. It is necessary to mitigate further loss by performing minor repairs. For example, shut off water supply lines if a pipe burst or cover a hole in your roof to prevent more water damage.

Ask Questions
If you do not understand your responsibilities as the homeowner, or you are confused about policy coverage, ask questions. Being informed is a crucial part of ensuring you receive appropriate coverage.
An insurance claim is a necessary part of disaster recovery. While some may find the process intimidating, it really comes down to understanding your policy, mitigating further loss, and asking questions.

Wet Documents: Tips for Restoration After a Flood

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

In the event of a flood, wet documents are a nightmare situation for many business owners

Tips for Restoration After a Flood

In the event of a flood, wet documents are a nightmare situation for many business owners. Whether it's legal files, photographs, maps, or other types of essential documents, having a few things on hand and a solid plan of action can alleviate the burden of cleanup. To expedite the restoration process, you'll need:

  • Paper towels
  • Adjustable fans
  • Paperweights

Most urgently, you'll need to get the documents away from water as soon as possible. Use proper safety gear here, especially if the floodwater could be contaminated. At this point, you should assess whether you can restore your documents now or later. If you don't have the considerable amount of time or space needed to handle the damaged materials, or if the water is polluted, you should plan to deal with it later.

Restoring Documents Later
Freeze your wet documents in plastic bags to prevent mold. Lay them flat in the freezer to prevent further damage. Documents should not be held here long, so prepare your restoration workspace accordingly. If there's any concern about bacteria in the flooding, or if the documents are damaged beyond simpler drying methods, you'll want to call document restoration professionals in the Marcus Hook, NC, area. Seasoned experts will have technology that sanitizes, digitizes, or otherwise recovers your important files.

Restoring Documents Now
If you're able to manage document drying now, you'll want to first decrease the humidity in your workspace. Eliminate excess water by running a fan in the same room and allowing paper towels to soak up any moisture in your documents. Make sure the paper towels you lay documents on are plain — no designs, as these could bleed and transfer. You'll also want to hold down your documents with some sort of weight to prevent them from curling at the edges.
Cleaning water-damaged materials is a risky, time-consuming restoration process. With careful action and help when you need it, your wet documents can often still be saved.

3 Tips for Filing a Water Damage Claim

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded home in Durham, NC

3 Tips for Filing a Water Damage Claim

Bursting pipes are a mess and a headache, requiring attention right away. Therefore, homeowners in Durham, NC, should quickly speak with their insurance agency, seeking financial help and guidance. As the paperwork begins, it's important to remain attentive, constantly getting updates and asking questions about what is needed. Be in the know so that you can get the aid you deserve.

1. Remain Up-To-Date on Inspections

Sometimes, an agency denies a filing, stating it falls under gradual damage. This means that the issue began long before you called. While you may not have noticed the problem, it's hard to avoid looking negligent. To fight this, have annual evaluations and maintain records of your plumbing and roof inspections. Evidence of constant monitoring and attention may indicate you did all you could to avoid major trouble. Fix broken pipe complications immediately, and save those receipts.

2. Understand Your Policy Language

Know the policy language very well. It's tempting to rely on the insurer, but take matters into your own hands. Inquire about your exclusions and exceptions. Ask about who is making the decisions, taking note of names. If a denial occurs, ask who made the call and for what reason. Then, research a bit more for backup. For example, a bursting pipe is complicated. The plumbing replacement may not be covered; however, upon thorough reading, you may be able to request assistance for the resulting damage. This would provide compensation for a water remediation company to complete assessments as well as dry and restore the room.

3. Provide Photo Evidence and Estimates

As soon as you notice water damage, call in professionals to survey the property. Sometimes having an outside opinion, could help validate your claim. The experts can test the building for mold and determine the extent of moisture accumulation. All of this information can be sent to your insurer, along with photographic documentation.
Don't let a bursting pipe ruin your week. Contact your insurance agent and request help. During the early process, maintain contact and stay aware of what is needed. Knowledge and perseverance are essential.

SERVPRO Offers Water Damage Mitigation to our Local Homeowners in Durham

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Remove Water from Durham Homes Better Than a Robot!!

Disaster in Your Durham Home? Get Water Cleanup with SERVPRO!

Are you suffering the effects of water damage in your home after a busted pipe or faulty appliance? Water cleanup is needed right away. Here’s how to start the cleanup before the SERVPRO technicians arrive.

Turn Off Your Power
First and foremost, it’s important to shut off any electricity to the house that is in the vicinity of the spillage or puddles. Turn off your switches and unplug your electronics so that water services in your Durham home can be performed as smoothly as possible. Do not let electrical components come into contact with water, or any areas where there may be water damage. Shock or electrocution are always dangers waiting to happen.

Shut Off Your Water Main
If possible, you should be turning off your water main to prevent more water from coming into your home and adding to the pooling water. In these cases, the originating source of the water damage is unknown. If it is an appliance failure or burst pipe in an apparent area, do a local shut-off. SERVPRO technicians can help target the area where the damage started, tracking it to the areas it has affected. Then, the water removal and drying services can begin.

Stay Off a Wet Carpet
If the carpet has been damaged by water, we can inspect the entire carpet pad. In most cases, water soaks down through the layers of carpet and onto the pad. There is specific equipment that is used to extract water from these pads and dry them effectively. We can utilize weighted wands attached to wet vacs, and riding Rovers with the weight of the technicians squeezing out moisture and water from all the layers above the subfloor

Find a Water Cleanup Solution
Water removal happens as soon as the water damage is found. It is imperative to work quickly, so the water does not damage your house further. Industrial-grade tools and machines are used to quickly extract the water and dry the affected location to prevent the growth of bacteria or mold. Water mitigation is a key factor in the restoring of your home to its preloss condition.

Contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880 for efficient water cleanup and restoration services. We can help 24/7.

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

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

Every Second Counts When Doing Water Removal in Your Durham Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Professional Water Damage Restoration To Durham Homes

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stop Suffering Through Water Damage Alone in Your Durham Residence

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Read This to Change How You View Water Damage Remediation in Durham

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Don't stress like this dealing with water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO today to help you.

SERVPRO Handles Water Damage in Durham from an Aquarium Accident

Aquariums are a fun hobby many people enjoy. They range from the small five gallon tanks to large saltwater installations that can take up entire wall spaces. An aquarium can also be a potential source of water damage in a home.

When SERVPRO was called to mitigate water damage in a Gorman basement where the slate bottom from a 20-gallon aquarium had cracked and failed, aquarium water may look clear in the tank but once it is on the floor, the debris, uneaten food, aquarium residents and foul odor make it clear this is a gray water cleanup. The homeowner had quickly picked up the fish and relocated them; however, gravel and water remained on the basement floor.

Our local emergency response team arrived within four hours of the initial call to start the cleanup. SERVPRO technicians quickly extracted the water from the concrete basement floor and scooped up the gravel and debris. The area rug was removed for drying and disinfecting outside the work site.

Concrete is porous, and during drying, the air movers cause water vapor that has wicked into the concrete to rise and dry as a white residue that is easily brushed off. Once the affected floor area was dry, our technicians disinfected the flooring with our EPA-registered cleaners.

After a water loss such as this, more robust deodorization methods are sometimes needed. We have several methods such as gel pellets for covering odors and equipment such as hydroxyl generators which neutralize odors at the molecular level. Since the concrete seemed to be where the odor was emanating from, our technician chose to use ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging to eliminate the odor. This is a solvent or water-based deodorizer delivered as a wet, dense fog that penetrates in the same way the water initially did.

SERVPRO of North Durham is available 24-hours a day at (919) 467-0880 to come to your home and mitigate any size water loss event and make it "Like it never even happened."

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WOW! Plumbing Leaks, Durham Home Flooded, What Next? Call SERVPRO of Course for Damage Control

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Leaks in Durham Homes Are for the Birds!! Call SERVPRO for Extraction and Drying

Dealing with Water Damage in Your Durham Home Caused by Leaking Pipes

Plumbing systems are susceptible to clogs, stoppages, and damage. Even a small crack can dump many gallons of water per day on your home. Water pipes in the kitchen or bathroom may break due to temperature fluctuations or wear and tear. Pipes installed in exterior walls or those located in the basement can freeze during the winter and are therefore more susceptible to breakage.
Leaking pipes may not cause too much damage if fixed promptly, but burst ones can cause extensive water damage to your Durham home, particularly if you do not turn off the water supply valve quickly. If the water from a faulty pipe soaks into walls, floors, upholstered furniture, paper products, and unfinished wood, it can cause damage worth thousands of dollars. Water intrusion can cause furniture to swell, paint to blister and fungi to appear in your home.
A speedy response to a water loss is crucial. It minimizes the damage and prevents the condition from deteriorating further. Our SERVPRO professional technicians can assist you in restoring your home to its preloss condition whenever possible. Our SERVPRO technicians have IICRC certifications arming us with the skills and knowledge required for successful water damage restoration and cleanup.
Water damage is never exactly the same in every home. A unique technique and process are required to treat it. Our SERVPRO WRT techs assess the damage before deciding on the most suitable method for restoration. We begin the water removal process promptly to prevent further damage. We use powerful pumps to extract as much water as possible from the affected areas so that we do not have to remove much of it with dehumidifiers. Extracting water physically is 1200 times more efficient than using a dehumidifier. Generally, both devices are needed to ensure that the RH relative humidity of the structure is within acceptable levels of 55% or less. Water vapor can cause secondary water damage to contents and structural elements.
Our technicians know how to undertake every step beginning from extraction to drying. Therefore, you can rest assured that your home is in safe hands. We identify and stop the leakage so that the restoration process can be effective. We also use moisture meters and sensors to identify sources of moisture intrusion and hidden residual dampness during the treatment. .
Even clean water can create a sour odor on your carpet, furniture, and linens. We can use specialized cleaning techniques to clean items within the affected area. Our technicians can also treat the area with antimicrobial solutions to prevent mold growth.
When water damage hits your home, the right company to call is SERVPRO of North Durham. When you call us, we respond fast. Call us 24/7 at (919) 467-0880 for top quality water damage restoration services in Chester and Orange Factory.

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Let the SERVPRO Experts of North Durham Restore Your Water Damaged Home

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

When you suffer water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO to restore your home.

Water Removal Services for Your Durham Home

One of the most destructive forces on earth, water can create much damage in Durham when a pipe bursts in your home. The real damage happens, however, when the water collects and is left to sit. Flooring materials begin to weather and warp, and drywall and pain get gummy and start to dissolve. Wood begins rotting, and mildew and mold growths can begin growing within a couple of days. Getting the water removed right away is your first concern.

Therefore, when you need water removal services in Durham, you want a professional company to help you out.  SERVPRO staff is well-trained and fully equipped to help you out with any water damage emergency. We can even help you restore much of your water damage furniture.

When it comes to upholstery, several problems occur when water is involved. Framing is usually made of wood, so it is subject to swelling and cracking. Framing joints also weaken plus water can cause glues to break down which causes damage to the furniture.

Fabrics which are dry clean only can spot from the water. SERVPRO techs many need to wet the entire piece of furniture to avoid water lines. Dust covers also bleed when wet many times, and if the cover sags it can stain your flooring or carpeting. The metal backing on buttons rust and create staining as well. When spotting occurs., we have special spot removal procedures that we follow. The wooden furniture legs can also stain carpeting.

We also work to avoid mildew growth by removing the source of water through rapid drying. Dehumidifiers and air movers are used to lessen the drying time of upholstered furniture.

When we are dealing with wood furniture, two problems arise when it is exposed to water. Water damage can create spotting on the finish or cause cracking, swelling, or weakening of the joints. We may be able to remove water spots with specialized wood care products. A furniture refinisher can repair problems with the frames of wooden furniture.

Furniture that is made of particleboard covered by laminate does not react well to water damage. The laminate can resist water and act as a vapor barrier, while the side that is non-laminated absorbs much water which can lead to warping.

When you trust SERVPRO of North Durham for your water damage removal needs in your home in Rocky Knoll, Bahama, or Marcus Hook, we work hard to restore as much of your property and belongings as possible. Call us at (919) 467-0880 any time of day, seven days a week so that our experts can get to your home as quickly as possible.

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

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

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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Why SERVPRO Has Its Work Cut Out for Water Removal from Durham Basements

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your basement can cause panic. Contact SERVPRO right away for drying out and remediation services.

Certified Technicians are Trained to Dry Out Your Property After Water Damage

While water removal from a Durham home is rarely an easy task to accomplish, reversing the damage done to a basement can be another matter entirely. In most cases where water damage is severe enough to reach the subterranean level of a home, there is enough liquid to remain pooled and soaked into the materials down there, unable to escape back into the air up above. While drying out upper levels of a home may be possible with proper aeration and climate conditions, SERVPRO has to take extra steps to ensure that the average basement remains free of excess moisture after our restorations are complete.

Water Extraction
The first step in many basement water removal cases in Durham is to extract any pooled standing water in the area. Being the lowest point in both the home and the surrounding area, any standing water remaining in the basement should have nowhere else to flow. We use either truck-mounted or portable water extraction technology to pump water out to the street or nearby natural areas and away from your home. Only once this task has been completed can we worry about other drying work.

Complete Dehumidification
Ensuring low relative humidity in a basement is a critical part of our work, as exposure to high relative atmospheric humidity for an extended time can degrade structural materials and cost thousands of dollars in damages later on. Without many windows or wind currents flowing through the area, a basement cannot lose water in its atmosphere or soaked into materials at all without the help of an experienced crew fielded by a certified company like SERVPRO. We take care to simultaneously take water out of the air and whisk it off of affected surfaces to provide a fuller, more complete drying experience for your home.

SERVPRO of North Durham has handled dozens of basement water removal jobs over the years and is available on a 24/7 basis to respond to your calls for help. Contact us at  (919) 467-0880.
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Drying the Water Damage in Your Durham Home

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

When your refrigerator is leaking, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.

SERVPRO Efficiently Dries Out Your Home Regardless of the Source of the Leak

The refrigerator in your Durham home is one of the most important appliances you own. It is something that we have grown accustomed to relying on, and it works hard to keep up with our daily demands. Refrigerators, unfortunately, do not last forever, and sometimes the first sign that one is coming to the end of its life is a leaking refrigerator. It can leak in various ways including the leak coming from the bottom of the fridge, from the ice maker, or the water shut off.
No matter where your refrigerator is leaking, it is something you want to attend to as soon as you realize it. The appliance can create a good bit of water damage to your Durham home, and the longer you take to act, the more damage is done. It is the main reason why at SERVPRO, our staff is ready to help you at any time with a water disaster. Our training and tools assist us in cleaning up the mess in your home promptly.
Once we have removed any standing water, part of the drying process is achieved by using dehumidifiers. These machines are used to pull water vapor from the air and lower the relative humidity. As moisture is evaporated, the dehumidifier keeps removing it from the air until your home and contents are dry.
Dehumidifiers are rated by how many gallons of water they can remove from a particular space in twenty-four hours at 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 percent relative humidity. They operate best within a specific temperature range. Usually, the higher the temperature and relative humidity, the more efficient the dehumidifier. To increase the efficiency of refrigerant dehumidifiers, SERVPRO techs heat the area to temperatures between sixty-eight and ninety degrees Fahrenheit.
There are three types of dehumidifiers that we use for water damage restoration. These include low grain refrigerant, refrigerant, and desiccant. In this way, we can select the right machine depending on the situation and area we are drying.
SERVPRO of North Durham has industrial equipment to help dry your home in Weaver, Gorman, or Rougemont after a water damage emergency. Therefore, when a problem arises, it is always best to call us at (919) 467-0880 so that we can help you out, rather than you trying to do the job yourself.

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Professional Water Damage Restoration Services in North Durham

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Cleanup by SERVPRO Mitigates Damages to North Durham Properties

SERVPRO Can Restore North Durham Properties After Water Intrusions and Leaks

Water damage is a serious problem that can interfere with the comfort and convenience of home. This challenge may be as a result of flooding or a slight continuous leak that can ultimately lead to much moisture finding its way into your house.

It is essential for residents to secure the input of an experienced water damage company in Durham such as SERVPRO. Our competent team of technicians can implement several initiatives meant to remove all the water that has accessed your home.

Our SERVPRO technicians usually start by identifying the source of the water and stop it to prevent any further damage, if it is minor and had not yet been done. Secondly, our technicians can deploy various types of water extraction equipment including truck mounted pumps depending on the quantity of water that has flowed into your house.

To get rid of the water that has leaked into the carpet, SERVPRO technicians use specialized extraction wands that are designed to handle such complicated water removal tasks. The quality of your carpeting is something that our technicians take into account and to this end, and then we use the most appropriate power settings for the wands. Sometimes, it can be challenging to introduce equipment in some restricted regions within your house such as small spaces between walls. In such scenarios, we use air movers to pump warm air into such areas, and this aids the extraction of moisture through evaporation. Small holes may be drilled by the baseboard area to force warm air into the wall cavity to enhance the evaporation rate and drying time.

Once we have been able to get rid of the water that has leaked into your home, we have to ensure that the humidity levels are within the acceptable range. The SERVPRO team uses dehumidifiers to address the issue of excess moisture, and then measure results compared to the baseline readings when the job was started. Upon completion, you can feel "Like it never even happened."

In case you experience water damage, please go ahead and contact SERVPRO of North Durham at (919) 467-0880. We also respond immediately to residents of Gorman and Rougemont.

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5 Signs Your North Durham Home Has A Failing Hot Water Heater

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

A failed hot water heater can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your North Durham home.

For most home owners, a hot water heater is one of those set it and forget items. It’s a silent, yet integral part of modern convenience. The average residential hot water heater holds 50 - 80 gallons of water. Unfortunately, when it breaks all of that water soaks into your home potentially causing extensive repairs or in some cases, replacement of contents.

Most homeowners have no idea their hot water heater is near the end of is serviceable life, but here are some red flags to alert you.

Rusty water. This one can be a bit problematic because it could be either the inside of the water heater rusting or it could be your home’s plumbing. You will need contact a professional to determine the difference.

Rumbling Noises. Unfortunately, the water in North Durham is hard. This means there are extra minerals in the water. Over time these minerals solidify into sediment which builds up in your hot water heater. The sediment can weigh down the bottom of the tank and shift around causing your tank to make gurgling or rumbling noises. Investigate noises immediately as this is often a sign that can lead to the unit overworking, or worse future leaks.

Condensation. If your unit has any moisture around it, there is a good chance there is an underlying leak or crack.

Lukewarm Water. If your hot water isn’t as hot as it used to be, or you find your family is frequently running out of hot water, it may be time to replace your unit.

Age. The average lifespan of a hot water is about 10 years. You should have a replacement plan in mind around that time frame ideally, before it breaks in order to prevent damage.

We hope these signs are able to alert you to a failing hot water and you can use them to protect your home before it breaks. If disaster does strike, you local SERVPRO® of North Durham is always here to help.

Winterizing your North Carolina Home

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

10 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

While the start of winter is not officially until December 21st, the cold weather has already begun making its way towards residents of the Triangle NC area. Though the occasional warm front may tease, winter is coming.


Before an all-out cold front attacks it’s best to have your home prepared by winterizing it. Winterizing your home is not as difficult or expensive a task as you may think. Your home is one of your largest assets. Protecting it as much as possible from disaster can potentially save you thousands.

Most everything on the following list can be done by anyone with even modest home improvement skills.


Identify The Water Line Shut-Off Valve

This important control device is usually located inside the home in newer construction. Once detected inform other members of your household and mark it with a large colored tag. The tag will come in handy during an emergency. After pinpointing the water valve, check that is not rusted and that it can closed completely. If any issues are discovered the valve will need to be replaced right away.


Keep It Tidy

Make sure gutters are clean and downspouts are facing away from the home. Also trim any tree limbs that are in danger of breaking during a storm or under the weight of snow and ice.


Check Your Chimney

Fireplaces keep us warm, but they can also be a hazard in the winter. Don’t let your ashes pile up. Keep the fireplace and hearth clean. An extension of your fireplace is the often neglected chimney. Wood burning chimneys need to have a free and clear chimney cap.


Regular Maintenance When it’s cold outside, you want your heat to work. Routine maintenance twice a year on your heating and cooling system will detect potential problems early and keep your unit running efficiently.


Replace Batteries

The US government reports carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. Be sure there are working carbon monoxide alarms in centralized locations on every floor of your home. It’s also a good time to check your fire alarms are in good working order as well.


Clean Filters

A clean furnace filter will not only reduce allergens in your home, but also maintain the health of your heating system. Depending on the type of filter, you can change it once at the beginning of the season and you’re good to go all winter long!





Keep Your Faucets Warm

Now that summer is over, it’s time to put away the garden hoses and pull out the faucet wraps. Wrapping your outside faucet is an easy, economical way to keep it from freezing when the temperatures drop.


Drain Your Tank

Hot water heaters should be flushed once every six months. This is especially important in the Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest area because of the large amounts of sediment that collects in the bottom of the tank from the regions hard water. Flushing the hot water heater, extends the life and could potentially keep the bottom of the heater from rusting out due to heavy sediment debris weighing down the bottom of the heater floor. While you’re out there, check the pressure relief valve as well.


Wash and Dry

FEMA cites there are close to 2,900 home dryer fires every year. Cleaning the lint trap in your dryer isn’t enough. You will also need to clean the trap on the outside of your home. This trap is easily clogged, but only takes moments to clean.


Cover your AC Unit

Your AC unit worked faithfully during the summer months. Before it goes into hibernation, clean out the drain pans, empty any excess water, and cover your unit for the winter. If you have window units, either remove them to reduce energy costs, or insulate them if removing the unit from the window is not an option.


There are your ten tips for winterizing your home. Preparation is always the best defense. However, if a catastrophe does strike, your local SERVPRO® of North Raleigh, Wake Forest, and North Durham is always here night or day. Disaster never takes a day off and neither does SERVPRO®.