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How Hazard Assessment Helps in Raleigh Properties after Fire Damage

7/12/2022 (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

7/12/2022 (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

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

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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 surface, 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."

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)

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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.

Rapid Water Restoration in a Raleigh Home Helps Minimize Damage

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Carpet Restoration during Water Removal in Raleigh Homes

Water damage can greatly and negatively impact your Raleigh home, from minor leaks to significant burst pipes. Excessive moisture in drywall and carpets encourages mold growth which can spread and take over your home if not managed quickly. Further damage to your property can be significantly reduced with rapid and effective intervention by professionals.

The first step in a water restoration process at Raleigh properties is identifying and stopping the source. SERVPRO professionals take the burden off your shoulders by handling the cleanup and restoration for you. We also give quick tips over the phone before getting there to help minimize further damage from occurring. Our teams ensure everything gets completely dry, preventing mold growth and structural damage. Our equipment inventory allows us to manage every water damage need, such as quickly removing large volumes of water on all surfaces and dealing with complicated drying situations.

Considerations during project setup

  • Whether extensive demolition is needed
  • Availing time to evaluate restorability carefully
  • Need for specialty equipment

During project execution, SERVPRO factors some water losses are minor and only require basic monitoring during the drying process. However, complex water projects require additional work hence significant time and energy.

Water restoration involving carpets 

SERVPRO helps limit the potential for any additional damage to items in your home. This includes moving furniture and drying the carpet, which can be impacted by prolonged exposure to excess moisture. Our restorers use carpet wands to remove water from the carpet and expedite evaporation to dry the excess moisture that remains.

Factors influencing the method selected to clean a carpet 

  • The style of carpet such as level loop pile, multi-level loop, Berber, etc.
  • Carpet backings, including jute and polypropylene
  • Whether the carpet is tufted, woven, fusion-bonded, or unitary
  • Glue-down carpet or carpet tiles

SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon water restoration team has the necessary equipment to work on your water-damaged carpeting. Call us at (919) 250-0455 to resolve any effects of the water in your home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Raleigh Bathroom Water Cleanup After a Pipe Leak

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Mitigation for Residential Bathrooms

Pipe leaks, breaks, and bursts are among the most common causes of water damage in homes throughout the US. Even with regular maintenance, these disasters can occur anywhere and at any time. Outcomes can include increased water bills, damaged drywall and framing, and even potential mold growth, which can further impact a home's structural soundness.

Raleigh SERVPRO water cleanup technicians can respond to pipe-related disasters within several hours of a property owner's call. Commercial-grade extraction tools operated by highly-trained restoration professionals can make drying water damage hundreds of times faster than DIY solutions like running fans in an affected room. SERVPRO can also mitigate odors and bacterial growth related to a water damage incident. 

Cleaning up water-damaged bathroom walls, floors, and fixtures

SERVPRO's repertoire of water restoration tools can tackle many primary and secondary damages caused by plumbing failures in a residential bathroom, such as:

  • Portable extractors can mitigate floor and baseboard water exposure with minimal demolition necessary
  • Specialized EPA-registered cleaning solutions like SERVPRO's tile and grout cleaner can target and eliminate stains from bacterial and microbial growth 
  • Low-profile, stackable air movers can pull moisture out of walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers use cold refrigerant coils to remove humidity pulled up air movers via condensation
  • Ultra low-volume fogging, scented granule trays, and other OSHA-approved odor control solutions can remove stale, musty malodors related to water damage in a bathroom

Restoration technicians inspect an impacted bathroom throughout the restoration process to ensure that the room reaches normal moisture levels comparable to the rest of the home. High-end pinless and pin-type moisture meters can assess moisture in various structural surfaces alongside thermal imaging cameras.

SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon is reachable at (919) 250-0455 for disaster restoration that can make homes feel "Like it never even happened."

Removing Commercial Carpet Fire Damage in Raleigh

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Repairs Fire-Damaged Commercial Flooring 

When a Raleigh business endures even a small fire, porous surfaces like carpets are bound to be affected heavily. Fibers and fabrics are often restorable after absorbing smoke particles, but an estimated 98% of carpets are made of synthetic fibers. These porous surfaces tend to melt, char, and become otherwise unsalvageable when exposed to flames, high temperatures, and fire damage debris.

Fire damage cleanup for Raleigh businesses is available around the clock from certified SERVPRO technicians. Crew members receive a thorough education in fire mitigation strategies that can return the contents of a commercial facility to a pre-disaster condition based on restoration industry guidelines set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 

Is commercial carpeting restorable after fire damage?

While carpets are typically made of synthetic fibers that react poorly to fire, these surfaces are often restorable because of how smoke clings to surfaces. Soot particles often rise and stick to walls, ceilings, and other elevated surfaces before sinking to the floor.

When carpeting in a commercial facility endures soot exposure, SERVPRO technicians can:

  • Pull up carpet and pad for inspection of adhesives, subflooring, and overall damage
  • Vacuum loose, dry soot deposits with HEPA-filter vacuums 
  • Mitigate odors with thermal fogging solutions, injection systems, or sprays
  • Disinfect fibers with EPA-registered antimicrobials

In some cases, replacing carpeting might be more cost-effective than attempting a restoration. If residues from the fire bond with carpet fibers, they can permanently darken them. This difference is especially apparent in cases where exposed carpet is significantly darker than areas that had furniture sitting atop it during the fire. Even with cleaning, these color changes may still be visible. SERVPRO can install new carpet and pad for commercial entities per property owners’ needs.

Commercial property owners can call (919) 250-0455 for "Like it never even happened" cleanup results from SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Fixes Laundry Room Damages in Garner

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Garner Water Cleanup Services for Appliance Breaks

Overflow of laundry rooms can be caused by mechanical malfunctions, overfilled machines, or water pressure concerns. These factors can result in a grey water disaster with soap suds, clothing-related debris, or fabric dyes compromising floors, walls, and belongings. Garner homeowners need constantly-available water cleanup services to ensure this disaster does not enable mold growth.

Where necessary, Garner home water cleanup services from SERVPRO provide comprehensive inspection, mitigation, and rebuilding services. This firm aims to return the damaged property to a sanitary, pre-disaster condition quickly and safely. SERVPRO is available 24/7 because minimizing the time between disaster and cleanup can help homeowners significantly reduce overall mitigation time and costs.

Restoration strategies for a laundry room overflow

SERVPRO professionals can address water's impact on flooring and contents after a washer overflow in the following ways:

  • If moisture seeped underneath baseboards or affected walls, SERVPRO techs can temporarily remove baseboards for cleaning and drying and reinstall them after mitigation. Sections of unsalvageable drywall, typically located near the baseboards, can be cut away for future replacement. This process conserves most of the wall while increasing drying potential inside the wall cavity
  • Techs can remove flooring to inspect and treat wet subfloors with air movers and dehumidifiers. Partial sealing of rooms with polyethylene sheeting can further reduce total drying time
  • Upstairs laundry room overflows can create leaks that are treatable with drying and extraction on the floor below. Air movers pointed upward can mitigate moisture from the wet ceiling cavity
  • Technicians can dry tile and vinyl floors with mops, squeegees, and wet/dry vacuums. Air movement and dehumidification help dry grout and minimize the chances of damaging tiles by swelling

Homeowners can contact the SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon crew at (919) 250-0455. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and prepared to lend a helping hand 24/7.

Water Damage Cleanup for Business Furnishings in Garner

5/28/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Commercial Water Removal in Garner

Businesses rely on functioning plumbing and water systems to maintain a comfortable standard of functionality for their employees and clientele. Whether these systems are for restrooms, kitchens, or sprinklers, Garner commercial facilities need fast-responding cleanup that helps them keep downtime to a minimum while providing cleanup that is as thorough as possible.

Commercial water damage mitigation by Garner SERVPRO technicians can return commercial facilities to a pre-disaster state that lets businesses open their doors once more. SERVPRO can perform cleanup that complies with commercial insurance policies and local regulations for business properties. 

Upholstery cleanup and restoration for commercial furniture

One of the biggest challenges for businesses facing water damage is how to handle cleaning up assets, including upholstery like dining booth seating, waiting area chairs, desks, and tables. On top of that, a disaster like a sprinkler failure can also significantly impact structural materials like carpeting, subflooring, and drywall.

SERVPRO has strategies in place for salvaging all of these materials where possible. For upholstery specifically:

  • Technicians can gently wet fibers to cover water spots before performing extraction that ensures that water stains no longer remain
  • Hot water extraction tools can pull moisture and contaminants out of fibers and furniture, greatly accelerating the drying process
  • Odor control methods for furnishings can include spot treatments with injection systems, fogging, and careful spraying with OSHA-approved solutions

Upholstery is often salvageable after water damage and can be dried after treatment with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Commercial property owners need a team that can help them when they need it most, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call SERVPRO of East Raleigh / Zebulon at (919) 250-0455 to begin the cleanup process.