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How Hazard Assessment Helps in Raleigh Properties after Fire Damage

11/9/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Runs Smooth Fire Restoration in Raleigh Homes

Whatever financial or sentimental losses you face after fire damage pale compared to the threat of personal injury. Fire causes not only immediate property deterioration but also poses other significant hazards that can prevent you from entering your Raleigh home or taking the appropriate restoration actions. A professional can help identify and mitigate the risks at your premises.

A speedy conclusion to any task is desirable when dealing with Raleigh fire damage restoration processes. Therefore any action that does not seem to facilitate progress may seem unnecessary. Setting aside time to look for hazards that may or may not be there might seem like wasting time. However, since hazards can affect equipment and personnel, stopping all work, any time spent on evaluation is not lost even if you do not find anything of concern. Since SERVPRO crews are made up of several technicians, we can perform such assessments quickly.

Likely hazards after a fire:

  • Overhead hazards from partially burnt panels
  • Openings that may allow unauthorized entry 
  • Electrical shock hazards
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards

Fire precipitates these hazards in many ways, including compromising the structural integrity of materials through combustion. Our SERVPRO technicians check the level of char depth for solid wood or hanging materials attached overhead to ensure there is minimal risk of collapse. We can perform controlled demolition or provide temporary support for any vulnerable areas before we start working. 

Hazards From The Utilities In Your Burnt House

Utilities such as water and electricity can make your house hazardous in the event of a fire. The insulation of the electric cables running through the affected sections of the house can be compromised by the exposure to high temperatures leaving frayed wires that can shock anyone who touches them or damage any equipment plugged into outlets. Our SERVPRO technicians turn off power at the mains immediately on arrival at the property. If power is needed, we use equipment such as circuit analyzers to check for anomalies before turning on the power.

Water can cause hazards directly or affect other utilities, making them hazardous. For instance, the water spilled to quell flames can get into electrical circuits. Since moisture can conduct electricity, electrocution is possible when handling wet structural materials. Our technicians use non-contact voltage detectors to establish whether electric current flows through wet materials or standing water. Another problem from moisture, whether deposited during firefighting efforts or from damaged pipes, is leaving surfaces slick, leading to injury when people slip. 

Other likely sources of the slip or trip hazards:

  • Cables and hoses
  • Debris
  • Inadequate lighting

Your home can be hazardous after a fire because of poor management of resources and waste. For instance, most of the equipment used for cleaning, drying, and other restoration tasks requires cables and hoses to supply power or transport air or liquids. Careful positioning is essential when using or storing them. Our crews establish a staging area for all equipment before starting restoration. We also ensure a tidy layout of cables and hoses by taking actions such as bundling and zip-tying them.

Debris can also trip people if left scattered. We use large, wheeled trash cans to hold pieces of drywall, ceiling, or insulation that we tear down from the structure. Such demolition is necessary if there is significant charring or residue deposit. 

SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon takes every step possible to ensure fire damage mitigation efforts at your property run smoothly and safely. You can reach us at (919) 250-0455. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Necessary Technologies That Help Raleigh Homes with Water Damage

11/9/2022 (Permalink)

equipment in a water damaged home After a water intrusion occurs, you can trust that your Raleigh home is in good hands with our experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Helps When Raleigh Homes Need Water Restoration

Moisture intrusion may not seem like a severe issue since leaks often happen. Depending on the amount of water involved and the lead time before discovery, wetness can trigger severe structural deterioration at your Raleigh property. The best way to respond to severe incidents is to involve a professional water damage restorer who can use advanced technologies to counter the problems.

When someone mentions technology usage in Raleigh homes with water damage, it is easy to imagine big machines that may require special operation and transportation to your property. However, restoration technologies can be pocket-sized and still pack a significant punch that changes the course of water remediation processes. The trick is to know them and understand how to utilize them in the restoration process. Our SERVPRO crews are well equipped and fully trained on how to handle the tools to deliver quality outcomes.

Moisture location and management resources:

  • Infrared cameras
  • Moisture meters
  • Dehumidifiers

Locating moisture is a crucial weapon in fighting structural deterioration after water leaks. You may need to find a hidden leak source or moisture migration patterns since absorption, wicking, and evaporation transport moisture far after the initial exposure. Such movement means you might take significant action to extract and dry the visible water, only to face challenges because of the hidden moisture traces.

When the moisture is hidden or absorbed by materials, there is no easy way to make observations and derive conclusions. However, technology eases things by using other metrics for such evaluations. Electrical conductivity is one such metric and requires equipment with two penetrative probes. After driving the probes into a material, the conductivity rate between the probes helps establish the moisture content. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrative moisture meters driven into wood, drywall, and other materials to take readings. The probes are insulated, leaving only the tips bare, thus allowing the meter to take readings of different layers separately. The second option relies on temperature differences since wet areas tend to be colder. Thermal cameras rely on this metric.

How Reliable are Water Restoration Technologies

Technology is only as adequate as the mastery level of the operator. Knowing where to use a specific tool and how to interpret the readings it produces is a basic skill. For example, our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified technicians know that natural wood contains some moisture content, so we do not expect a moisture meter to return a zero reading. We also check the material to ensure the chosen tool is appropriate and thus not likely to cause physical damage. For example, we can opt for non-penetrative moisture meters to evaluate vulnerable or hard materials such as tiles.

Preparing the equipment before use is essential for maximum effectiveness. Checking whether the tool is calibrated for the material you want to evaluate is vital. Moisture meters can be calibrated for wood or drywall, affecting the readings. Taking readings of known dry areas before proceeding to the wet areas can help you confirm the tools are functional. Finally, you should know that a fully functioning device can present false readings if extraneous factors interfere. Thermal cameras are particularly vulnerable to such interference.

Likely sources of interference:

  • Warm and cold air movement
  • Shadows and sunlight
  • Indoor air conditioning

SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon ensures you reap maximum benefits from various water restoration technologies by providing tools and trained technicians to operate them. You can reach us at (919) 250-0455 for timely assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Better Information Eases Raleigh Mold Damage Management

11/9/2022 (Permalink)

Technician removing tile in a mold damaged bathroom SERVPRO technicians in Raleigh are trained and experienced in all phases of mold damage remediation. 

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Mold Restoration Easily

Mold might have developed beneath the surface when you notice dark or brownish patches appearing on walls or ceiling panels. Other signs of trouble include materials like drywall swelling and crumbling at the slightest touch. You may have heard of people dealing with mold damage, but it is only when it develops in your Raleigh home that you get a clear idea of its full effects. 

When your Raleigh property has mold damage and requires remediation, you can get satisfactory results if you understand how and why it develops. Mold falls in the fungus family, and it contaminates any surfacae, provided the conditions it requires for growth are prevalent. These conditions include organic food sources and abundant moisture. These conditions allow microscopic spores that cannot be seen with the naked eye to sprout and start colonizing surfaces. Any remediation process must address the colonies on the surface and prevent new spores from germinating. SERVPRO provides the resources necessary to facilitate such steps.

Necessary mold remediation resources:

  • HEPA filtration equipment
  • Physical agitation equipment
  • Chemical agents
  • Cutting or drilling equipment

Mold colonies consist of the residues at the surface and the hyphae buried deep within materials. Mold also develops openly or within enclosed areas. With such variations in its development, abundant resources are necessary to facilitate remediation. Filtration devices help remove fine mold residues from different regions of a property. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians use HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners to dry clean structural surfaces and contents, removing fine residues and spores. The filters are also essential in addressing particulate matter released into the air during cleaning or demolition. An air filtration device layered with different types of filters and the High-Efficiency Particulate Absorbing filters helps restore indoor air quality after an incident of mold contamination.

Physical Solutions to Fight Mold

Unlike other forms of contamination, mold involves significant physical changes such as debris from the colonies accumulating on surfaces and physical material deterioration when mold consumes them to fuel its development. The physical aspects of the problem require physical solutions such as cutting away deteriorated materials from the structure.

Typical materials to remove:

  • Carpets and pad
  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper

Removal is usually necessary when an affected material is organic and porous since hyphae penetrate deep into its core, where even the most aggressive cleaning processes cannot significantly impact the outcome. During removal, drilling or cutting materials helps limit unnecessary damage, debris, and time wastage. Our SERVPRO crews have various tools, including drills, circular saws, pry bars, and rubber hammers, to tackle the tasks necessary for physical material removal.   

Another critical aspect of mold remediation is using chemical products to help manage soils or stop microbial growth processes. Chemical agents are also helpful in combating odors that develop in contents or structural areas affected by mold contamination. When addressing mold, it is essential to pick the right class of chemical agents. Generally, antimicrobial products should be good enough. However, a special category of products such as sporicides or disinfectants may be necessary when addressing specific challenges. For example, after wet cleaning surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians must take steps to ensure any residue moisture does not prompt the rapid growth of new mold colonies. Using a cleaning product with antimicrobial properties or applying such a product after cleaning helps delay growth. 

SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon is well equipped to handle mold damage. You can call us at (919) 250-0455. We can manage any incident at your property "Like it never even happened."

Keys to Cost-Effective Water Damage Mitigation in Raleigh

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Fast Mitigation of Water Damage Crucial in Raleigh

Sometimes property owners in Raleigh need to choose what to do after a disaster. A swift reaction to a destructive event like a broken water line initially seems expensive. However, professional water damage mitigation prevents the development of related complications – impediments that require extensive repairs and for a much higher cost.

When your property in Raleigh sustains water damage, you need specialists who can handle everything and uncomplicate the process. SERVPRO can do this and make it all "Like it never even happened." We also perform reconstruction work, including minor demolition, to prepare your property for the necessary work.

Other aspects involved in recovery from a water damage event include restoration of:

  • Plumbing,
  • The electrical system, and
  • Flooring repairs or tear-outs and reinstallation.

While the water damage might have occurred because of a broken pipe, older plumbing systems often have more than one place where a joint is loose or sections of the length are weak. With metal pipes, corrosion can cause leaks where water sprays onto surfaces in the area and leaves them continually soaked. We can repair these sections with upgraded materials, helping prevent future leaks.

Water and electricity never mix. If a busted water line sprays water onto an outlet, let SERVPRO's experienced technicians handle the situation. We have portable power resources available to us in the interim.

Water affects most flooring types harshly, and SERVPRO trains our technicians to deal with carpeting, tile, hardwood, and many other styles. Repairs are typically the most cost-effective option, but our specialists can remove the old flooring and reinstall new ones when the damage becomes severe. This option allows property owners to install new flooring, generally adding to their property's interior space.

SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon is always available to meet your needs. Just call our emergency services line at (919) 250-0455.

SERVPRO can Help You Remediate Mold in Your Raleigh House

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO if you suspect mold in your home, give us a call sign Mold remediation for your home is a job for SERVPRO. We are here 24/7 365 days a year.

Mold Remediation in Raleigh Requires Specialists

Mold damage is a secondary indication of water damage in your house, a situation that poses huge risks to its structural integrity and the items in it. Humidity and moisture are what mold thrives on; the mold spores need to float around and settle on an area with enough moisture to grow and spread. Taking long to contact a restoration service makes the damages extensive, and the restoration cost is higher.

To take the worries off the minds of the property owners, SERVPRO has a team dedicated to performing mold remediation in Raleigh with the highest level of efficiency possible. Our initial process involves using portable pumps to extract standing water or wet/dry vacuums when the amount of water is not so much. This enables us to conduct a faster drying process that halts the spread of the damage and speeds up the remediation process. Our job is to dry the wet structures and contents well.

SERVPRO has learned through many years of experience that the major factors that elevate the chances of a mold infestation in a household are:

  • Leakages in home appliances.
  • A broken pipe in the plumbing system.
  • Occurrence of a flood.
  • Leakages from the roof.
  • A sewer backup.

SERVPRO is sure to contain the infested areas by erecting barriers such as plastic sheeting to avoid the spread of spores to other sites. Maintenance of negative air pressure in the area guarantees containment as our HEPA air filters work to filter out the fungus spores that would otherwise spread to other areas through the HVAC and ventilation systems.

SERVPRO is well connected with indoor air quality (IAQ) experts, environmental hygienists, and mold testers responsible for testing the type and the amount of mold left in the house after the remediation process. These authorities give the green light if your home is safe for moving back in.

To get ahead of a mold infestation in your house, contact SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon at (919) 250-0455 for a swift and efficient remediation process. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Think SERVPRO for Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Raleigh

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Importance of Drying Zones after Water Leaks

Establishing drying zones is crucial in the successful water damage restoration of commercial Raleigh properties. Techs use the drying zones to isolate the damaged portion of the building so that your business is least impacted during the repair.  

SERVPRO techs control the humidity, airflow, and temperature in the drying zone to accelerate evaporation during the water damage restoration of your Raleigh property. Techs create this zone by sealing off openings between the affected and unaffected areas. Establishing such zones can serve many purposes-

  • It allows the restorers to focus their equipment's efforts
  • It can prevent the spread of contamination if present
  • As only the affected portion is isolated, these zones allow businesses to operate, albeit with a limited functionality

Placing the Drying Equipment During Water Cleanup 

After establishing the drying zone during water damage restoration, the SERVPRO techs place the drying equipment to create conditions that accelerate the drying process. The two drying equipment that techs routinely use in water-damaged Raleigh properties include-

Techs arrange the air movers so that there is adequate airflow on all affected materials to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. In most cases, multiple air movers are arranged in tandem to maintain the vortex. 

Positioning the dehumidifiers in the drying zone is crucial to maintaining the best drying conditions. All the water evaporated from the surface must be dehumidified, or it can cause secondary damage. SERVPRO techs use different types of dehumidifiers depending on how much moisture is removed. In some cases, techs can use multiple dehumidifying equipment to get the best possible result. 

Call SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon at (919) 250-0455; we are available round the clock to help you.

Fire Damage Restoration in Raleigh Happens Fast with SERVPRO

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team at a job-site Fire damage restoration for your home is a job for SERVPRO. We are ready at a moment's notice.

Dissolving Residues During Fire Damage Restoration 

Residues and soils that are not loose particles must be dissolved during fire damage restoration of your Raleigh home. SERVPRO techs use EPA-approved solvents to loosen the bonds between soils and surfaces, allowing them to be suspended. 

SERVPRO techs use water-based and solvent-based solutions to clean residues during fire damage restoration of your Raleigh home. We also perform a pre-test to ensure that the cleaning agent does not cause any damage to the surface. As the techs suspend the soils in the cleaning solution, it is rinsed or extracted from the surface.               

Steps to Dissolve Soils During House Fire Cleanup

SERVPRO techs use three steps to dissolve soils during the restoration of your Raleigh home-

  • Wash: During this step, the SERVPRO techs apply a cleaning agent to the surface and agitate it to penetrate and loosen the soils. Once the residues are dislodged, they dissolve or suspend in the cleaning agent. 
  • Rinse: It is a step of removing the residues using a cleaning agent. The techs use pressure, agitation, or absorption to penetrate and extract the cleaning agent containing the residues.
  • Dry: Drying is the final step of wet cleaning. SERVPRO techs remove all the water or solvent from the material during this step. Air movement, controlling humidity, and temperature can accelerate the drying rate. If the restorers don't remove the solvents completely, they can cause potential secondary damage. 

SERVPRO's restoration team aims to restore your home "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon at (919) 250-0455 to talk to our restoration experts; we are available 24/7.

Raleigh Trusts SERVPRO with Mold Remediation

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

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The Role of Negative Air Pressure in Mold Abatement

One of the most critical aspects of professional mold remediation in your Raleigh home is preventing the spread of airborne spores. Professionals like SERVPRO are experts at establishing containment barriers that prevent the spread of mold spores during the remediation process.     

SERVPRO techs establish negative air pressure during the mold remediation in your Raleigh home using equipment called the negative air machines (NAMs). The goal is to establish a pressure differential between the affected and unaffected areas of the building. The negative pressure inside the contaminated area allows techs to control the airflow into and from the area to undamaged parts of the structure.   

Air Moving Devices for Mold Damage Restoration

The air moving devices that SERVPRO techs use in Mold Remediation in Raleigh are fitted with filters to remove dust, mold spores, and other microbial particles from the air leaving the affected area. These devices are often called air filtration devices or AFDs and contain the following three filters-

  • Primary filter
  • Secondary filter, and
  • HEPA filter

As the air moves progressively through primary and secondary filters as it leaves the containment area, larger particles and dust get trapped. The HEPA filter is the final barrier that traps the microscopic spores and smaller fungal fragments. 

SERVPRO techs ensure that filters used in the AFDs are periodically checked for any integrity breaches and installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. In most situations, the air from the HEPA AFD is exhausted outside the building to minimize the chances of cross-contamination. 

Mold damage can spread if you are not proactive in its mitigation. Call SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon at (919) 250-0455, and we can help to remove the infestations safely.

Dealing with Smoke Odor after Fire Damage at a Raleigh Home

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team on job-site When fire damage restoration is needed for your Raleigh home, its time to call SERVPRO.

Reliable Fire Damage Cleanup at Raleigh Homes

A fire can have terrible and deep-rooted effects on your Raleigh home. Even if the fire was just a small kitchen flare-up or contained quickly, its byproducts could damage the property long after the flames have been extinguished. Smoke odor is one typical example of the negative consequences of a fire. It can permeate your home, and if no measures are taken, it may compromise the indoor air quality. Therefore, in the unfortunate event, you suffer fire damage, getting rid of the smoke smell quickly and effectively is crucial.

Proper fire damage cleanup in Raleigh homes makes restoring possessions overwhelmed by strong smoke odors possible. Smoke odor infiltrates everything, even in parts of the house untouched by fire, including items in storage or those tucked away in drawers. Most household deodorizing sprays and scented candles provide only temporary relief. They may also interact with smoke odor and create an additional unpleasant smell. SERVPRO crews understand how odor molecules permeate a property and utilize various odor removal methods such as thermal fogging techniques and ozone treatment.

Other harmful effects of a fire

  • Soot damage
  • Charring effects
  • Melted glass, and plastics
  • Blistered paint

Soot can coat walls, ceilings, floors, and household items, leading to serious discoloration. The chemical combination makes this coating challenging to remove. Also, burned or charred wood is inherently unstable. Following a large fire, a structural engineer can determine if the replacement of structural elements is required.

Smoke odor removal 

Dealing with smoke odor would be easy if all that smell came from one source, and perhaps could use only one method to eliminate all. Neutralizing the various malodors sometimes involves more than one type of deodorizing action.

Steps towards effective smoke odor removal

  • Removing odor sources like charred debris
  • Cleaning surfaces with odor-causing residues
  • Sealing surfaces exposed to malodors
  • Mechanical means like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators

SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon crews is highly-trained in using the proper equipment for fire damage restoration, including smoke odor removal "Like it never even happened." Call us at (919) 250-0455.

SERVPRO Understands the Effect Water Damage Has on Garner Homes

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician restoring water damage in home Water damage restoration for your Garner home needs to be handled by SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment for every service.

Rapid Water Removal in Garner Homes Minimizes Damage

From natural disasters to faulty plumbing, there are many ways that water can damage your Garner home. Unwanted, pooling water can be a terrifying situation with devastating effects. Some of the effects may go unnoticed but should not be ignored. To help minimize the damages, you should consider hiring a water damage restoration company.

Leaving water damage in your Garner home untreated for an extended period can cost you in the long run. Structural weakening may occur depending on the amount of water and duration the problem goes unnoticed. Solid materials that make up the foundations of your home, such as masonry, stone, or concrete, can soak up water through their cracks and pores. The water can freeze during colder months and expand. Unless these pockets of water are removed, they weaken the entire structure leading to severe structural problems. Qualified SERVPRO water remediation specialists help inspect your home after significant water pooling or intrusion.

Long-term effects 

A coat of paint over damage to your home's ceiling and drywall will not conceal the signs home inspectors look for if you decide to sell your home. Your property value diminishes with evidence of water damage.

Effects of water on wood

Since many homes today have wooden floors, baseboards, and furnishings, along with load-bearing elements like posts and beams, SERVPRO addresses water damage to these areas in your home. Our technicians recognize that the damage may be widespread; hence come prepared for a thorough cleanup. Wood absorbs moisture immediately and begins to swell. If left untreated, the damp wood starts to rot. Subfloors may begin to warp and split and might require replacing and restoring. When exposed to water, drywall also deteriorates, damaging the wallpaper or paint on the walls.

The short terms effects

  • Damage to personal belongings
  • Electrical damage
  • Carpet delamination
  • Unpleasant smell

SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon can restore your home "Like it never even happened. Call us at (919) 250-0455; we are available 24/7.