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How Can Water Get Removed from Raleigh Basements?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged room; flood cuts along walls No matter where the water damage is in your home, SERVPRO tackles it with a vengeance and makes it "Like it never even happened."

Basement Flooding is a Common Threat to Raleigh Homes and Requires Water Removal Services to Resolve

The basement level of homes can often be the first affected by flood damage or a need for water removal. From the destruction of moving water to the weakening of structural supports, floor joists, and other exposed materials, mitigation of basement flooding should get started right away.

What Extraction Tools Help Raleigh Homes?

Water removal services in Raleigh homes can be vital to eliminating the immediate threats after water damage incidents occur. From burst pipes to ceiling leaks, standing water is a substantial concern. Pooling can often happen in the basement level of the house, making it vital to implement several of our recovery tools quickly to prevent the further spread and severity of moisture concerns. Some of the efficient extraction devices in our inventory include:

  • Wet vacuums
  • Submersible pumps
  • Light wands
  • Carpet wands
  • Weighted extractors

Water removal is vital to start as soon as possible in area homes after water damage incidents. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner team can help when you call (919) 615-1179.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Fire and Smoke Damage from Raleigh Homes?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Through Air Filtration and Surface Cleaning, we can Remove Smoke Damage from Raleigh's Properties

Removing circulating soot and smoke particles from the house can be one of the initial ways fire and smoke restoration get started in area homes. Air filtration improves indoor air quality and makes the environment safer to begin fire restoration efforts as soon as possible.

How is Smoke Damage on Surfaces Removed? 

Fire and smoke restoration in Raleigh homes and businesses can also include the removal of soot from surfaces. Circulating smoke particles come to rest on building materials and contents, which can cause damage to these substrates after prolonged exposure. Loosening and removing these soils should be a top priority for our responding technicians, which involves multiple strategies designed with preserving the underlying material in mind. Some of these include:

  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Potent solvents
  • Soda blasting
  • Controlled demolition

As challenging as fire and smoke restoration can become, we have experienced technicians to help when you need it. You can rely on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner team by calling (919) 615-1179.

How Does Muck-Out Cleaning Benefit Raleigh Homes?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Storm Damage Cleanup in Raleigh Properties can Keep Damaging Conditions from Worsening

We are a leading team for storm damage cleanup and recovery. We have a fast response and can manage the needs of your house to make these emergencies “Like it never even happened.”

How Can Storm Damage Cleanup Help? 

Muck-out cleaning and storm damage cleanup for Raleigh homes mirrors the importance of services like fire debris removal after a structure fire in area properties. The objective is to determine the full extent of damage to the property, the necessary restorative action, and prevent the situation from worsening. Removing mud and debris caked to surfaces and contents in your home after floodwater exposure and structural deterioration can be a way to protect these items from irreparable harm. We provide swift cleanup solutions that begin our mitigation process for storm damage cleanup and flood restoration.

With many areas of your home becoming impacted by severe weather conditions, such as the roof or the basement, varying cleanup needs exist. Damage to the attic of your home requires insulation removal and temporary roof tarping, while basement flooding might clean up broken masonry and infiltrating mud/silt.

Do Water Removal Services Happen Before Debris Removal?

There is an urgent need to remove standing water when it exists in any home after flooding or water damage. Because pooling water can quickly absorb and saturate exposed materials, moisture migration could become a significant obstacle to overcome without swift solutions like floodwater extraction. Before storm damage cleanup of debris and building material remnants can begin, standing water concerns must first get addressed. Several inches of water can often prevent responding technicians from thoroughly assessing the damage and the necessary restoration actions to help.

Removing floodwater after storm damage requires extractors capable of managing high volumes of standing water and potential solids and debris that might be present as well. Natural flooding introduces several types of organic matter into the household, along with possible contaminants, mud, and silt. Before much of this muck-out cleaning can begin in the home, any pooling water present must get removed. Several of the extraction devices used for this type of water removal services are:

  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Wet vacuums
  • Self-priming trash pumps

Is Structural Damage Addressed with Storm Damage Cleanup?

Among the most potentially problematic situations that could result from storm damage and subsequent flooding is the impact on building materials and structural elements. Prolonged exposure to these surfaces can lead to deterioration and degradation, making cleaning and repairs a costly and time-consuming venture. While many homeowners must pursue subcontractors to resolve the reconstruction needs of their house, our SERVPRO professionals provide a full-service experience with our general contractor license.

Post-flood and storm damage cleanup involves many steps and stages beginning as soon as our professionals arrive at the scene. We understand the urgency for your home and can mobilize quickly after disaster strikes. Give our SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner team a call anytime at (919) 615-1179

Looking For Speedy Water Extraction from Your Raleigh Home?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

a woman holding a pot to catch water falling from her ceiling Have excess water? Team SERVPRO has the equipment and trained technicians to handle the water damage extraction and remediation task.

SERVPRO Calculates the Equipment Needed To Expedite Water Clean Up In Raleigh Properties

Although it might not seem so, a water intrusion incident such as a burst pipe releases a finite amount of water into the property. After stopping the source, there is a need to extract any pooling water and dry wet materials to eliminate the entire water. Expediting water extraction means having enough resources to perform the removal and drying processes.

It is difficult to know what resources you need for water extraction in your Raleigh home unless you know how much water was released into the property. SERVPRO can make such estimations by making various calculations. Our technicians are highly trained, and we also have significant experience handling various situations, including:

  • Emergency services water damage 
  • Water damage remediation 
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 

Before starting water extraction, our SERVPRO technicians can determine the number or size of pumps needed to remove pooling water. We calculate the gallons of water by getting the cubic feet of the area covered in water and multiplying it with the depth of the standing water. Since the extraction equipment has a Gallon per Hour rating, we can choose those with a higher capacity. We make other calculations, including the air movers and dehumidifiers needed for drying.

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner has all the resources you need for water extraction. Call us at (919) 615-1179.

Is Fire Restoration Sufficient In Saving Damaged Contents In Raleigh Homes?

4/4/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering everything and debris everywhere Whether fire damage in your home was small or large, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our SERVPRO technicians 24/7 365 days a year for services.

SERVPRO Uses Several Approaches during Fire Restoration in Raleigh to Save More Items

Most people think of fire restoration as the cleanup and removal of clutter from a Raleigh property after a fire. However, the process can include several other processes, especially when a professional service provider is involved. When restoration incorporates such additional processes, it leads to the salvaging of more items. For satisfactory outcomes, you should work with a provider used to handling:

  • Fire damaged homes
  • House fire clean up
  • Water & fire damage restorations

SERVPRO starts fire restoration with straightforward processes like cleaning since it is cheaper and effective since many items are only affected by smoke residues. The cleaning processes can range from surface wiping to immersion, depending on the material and size of the affected item.

For charred items, cleaning may not suffice. Depending on the type of item, heavy abrasion or resurfacing might be necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches to restore charred surfaces, including blast cleaning with CO2, Sand, or Soda. Alternatively, we can use Roto pads, brushes, sandpaper, or abrasive powder. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner takes every possible step to ensure fire restoration helps save items in the affected household. Call us at (919) 615-1179 if you need assistance.

Worried About The Speed of Storm Water Removal From Your Raleigh Facility?

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

an overhead view of a flooded neighborhood Is your area affected by a recent storm? Team SERVPRO has large scale extraction and remediation equipment plus certified technicians for the job!

SERVPRO Understands the Ravages of Flooding and Thus Expedites Storm Water Removal in Raleigh

The “city of oaks,” as Raleigh is commonly known, is a beautiful city located in the heart of North Carolina. It is the capital of the state and the seat of Wake County. Apart from the beauty of its oak-lined streets, the city has more to offer residents and visitors, including fairer weather. For example, summers are hotter, averaging 78 degrees, but the winters are better with less snow and ice, unlike areas such as New England. The average temperature during winters is approximately 43 degrees.  

Top Restaurants to Visit in Raleigh

The city has excellent cuisines that you can sample, including gourmet Indian dishes such as Malai chicken Tikka, traditional southern fare, as well as regular foods like burgers, pancakes, and hotdogs, albeit with a Raleigh touch. Some of the popular establishments you can visit include:

  • Coquette, a French dining establishment with a traditional brasserie setting, banquettes, tiled floors, and sidewalk tables. Many people love their Mimosa, seafood, and escargots
  • Glenwood Grill, a veteran establishment for southern coastal dishes. It is popular for the wide variety of drinks and seafood on its menu. 
  • Sitti, a niche restaurant that specializes in modern Lebanese dishes. Apart from their Mediterranean dishes, many visitors also love their Lebanese red wine.

Experience Art from a Different Perspective

For art lovers, Raleigh offers many ways to explore artistic thoughts. The straightforward choice would be visiting the North Carolina Museum of Art, which has two buildings hosting several galleries, special exhibitions, and education studios. The most remarkable items include ancient Egyptian artifacts, African and Judaic art works as well as European Old Master paintings. The museum also has an outdoor park with works of art.

An alternative way to engage creative minds, especially for kids, is by visiting the Marbles Kids Museum, which has themed exhibits created to spark imagination through self-guided exploration. For instance, kids can play on giant chess boards with life-sized pieces. There is also a one-of-a-kind, kid-driven, smart power grid.

The Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden also offers a unique kind of art with thousands of flowers that bloom each spring. With over 60 varieties of flowers, visitors have a chance to explore a wide range of colors. The garden also offers a serene environment for relaxation accessible from sunrise to sunset.

How Does SERVPRO Expedite Storm Water Removal From Raleigh Business Premises?

Storms and other foul weather affect North Carolina from time to time. When such an incident happens, inundating your business, you should remove the water fast to limit the damage caused when materials are exposed to water over extended periods. Faster storm water removal also helps limit microbial growth and thus reducing secondary contamination of your business premises. Such unnecessary contamination could necessitate expensive services such as hiring:

  • Biohazard cleaning company
  • Biohazard remediation
  • Disinfecting companies

SERVPRO technicians use sophisticated equipment such as self-priming trash pumps to expedite storm water removal. We also take physical actions such as drilling vent holes or making flood cuts to reach water trapped in cavities.

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner has significant experience handling storm water removal. Call us at (919) 615-1179 to help when your property is inundated.

Can Condensation From AC Units Cause Unique Water Restoration in Garner?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Restoration in Garner

AC units produce a great deal of moisture as they cool the air in our homes. These units reduce the humidity in our homes. Water is one of the byproducts that must be moved away from the AC unit and the house.

SERVPRO encounters many homes with damage from condensation from AC units. Water restoration in Garner for situations with long term leakage and condensation is often more extensive than expected. Water may have been leaking from the AC unit for months or even years before being noticed. The environment provides excellent opportunities for:

  • Structural damage to the walls
  • Wood rot
  • Mold colonies
  • Bacteria, fungi, and viruses

Our technical teams assess the damage and the restoration procedures required to protect our clients' health from these potential infections materials. PPE, proper disposal, and application of antimicrobial agents are among the actions we routinely apply to protect our customers. We aim to restore your home, "Like it never even happened," while protecting your family's health.

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner for water restoration services in Raleigh and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (919) 615-1179.

Mold Damage Remediation in Raleigh

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Why Should Mold Damage Remediation Action Begin in Less than 48 Hours?

Many clients wonder why they need to address water leaks so quickly. They may have stopped the leak, and although they have mopped up the majority of the water, the carpets, walls, and interior cavities may still be wet. Can’t these materials dry on their own?

SERVPRO has seen many situations in Raleigh needing mold damage remediation. The clients have waited for 48 hours or even longer, only to discover mold colonies are increasing and spreading to all of the areas that are still damp.

Mold spores are everywhere, and they are only waiting for the right conditions to begin growing and establish a colony. Homeowners can always find these conditions in a building after a water leak. They are:

  • Food source – anything organic, such as wood, drywall, fibers, dirt, and even some insulating materials.
  • Temperature – we tend to keep our indoor building temperatures at the ideal levels for mold growth – 68F – to 85F
  • Moisture – add moisture from a water leak that is not dried correctly, and you have the perfect conditions for mold to grow.

SERVPRO technicians are keen to remove moisture as quickly as possible after a water leak to minimize the mold damage remediation your home or business will need.

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner for mold damage remediation services in Raleigh and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (919) 615-1179.

Water Damage Restoration in Older Homes in Raleigh

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Restoration Involving Lead-based Paint in Your Home

Raleigh, nicknamed the City of Oaks, was chosen as the state capital in 1788 and incorporated in 1792. Approximately 500,000 people live in the city, and 1.4 million people live in Raleigh's metropolitan area. Raleigh is one of the few cities known as a planned city since there was nothing in the area before being named the state capital. The city and the area around the city evolved from primarily an agricultural-based economy to a high-tech economy with Research Triangle Park's creation in 1959.

There are lots to do in the area. Some of the more exciting activities enjoyed by tourists and residents include:

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Pullen Park
  • Marbles Kids Museum
  • North Carolina Museum of History
  • Umstead State park
  • Historic Yates County Park
  • JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
  • State Farmers Market
  • Neuse River Trail
  • Lake Johnston Park
  • Mordecai Historic Park
  • The Raleigh Market

Although all of the above are great places to visit, we chose the following four to provide more information and detail.

Pullen Park

Pullen Park is located west of downtown Raleigh and is the 16th oldest amusement park in the world. It was the first park in North Carolina and the fifth oldest in the United States. Covering 66 acres, families for generations have enjoyed the carousel, miniature train, boat rides, paddle boats, and kids can play in the playground. There are tennis courts, a softball field, and a baseball field. Families also enjoy going for a swim at the Pullen Aquatic Center. There are activities to enjoy for the entire family.

Marbles Kids Museum

The Marbles Kids Museum is located in downtown Raleigh and offers themed events and exhibits, summer camps, feature movies in the IMAX theater, and special events year-round. At Marbles, kids are encouraged to use their marbles to learn new things, be healthy and active, create and innovate, explore and experiment, and connect collaboratively.

State Farmers Market

With over 75 acres of outdoor/indoor shops, restaurants, and garden centers, many people spend the afternoon at the State Farmers Market or even the entire day. Customers can pick up almost anything, including vegetables, fruit, meat products, garden items, and gifts for the family. The State Farmers Market is open every day of the week.

The Raleigh Market

If flea markets are more your thing, The Raleigh Market has been running for 50 years and is open Saturdays and Sundays. Located at the state fairgrounds, the Raleigh Market has hundreds of vendors offering many antiques to power tools, food trucks, and farm stands.

Health Concerns When Scraping and Sanding Lead-Based Paint 

Manufacturers added lead to paint well into the 1970s. Older homes may have wallpaper covering multiple layers of paint. With many properties passing through various owners, new owners may not be aware of the type of paint used previously.

SERVPRO provides water damage restoration services to many older homes in Raleigh. Our IICRC certified technicians often encounter situations where the paint is original or covered up with later modern non-leaded paints. SERVPRO implements safe work procedures dealing with older paint when:

  • Cutting or sawing materials
  • Breaking up the material
  • Drilling or piercing the material
  • Agitating the material or
  • Moving the material

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner for water damage restoration services in Raleigh and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (919) 615-1179.

Pro Water Removal for Raleigh Businesses?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

a woman holding buckets to catch water falling from her ceiling Regardless of how the water damage got into your home, team SERVPRO can help with remediation services. Call today.

Technicians Perform Commercial Raleigh Water Removal

Water damage is one of the most prolific and costly types of disasters that US residents face. Each day, an estimated 14,000 Americans encounter water damage, and insurance claim costs total an average of $2.5 billion per year.

SERVPRO renders commercial water removal for Raleigh businesses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that structures and assets are returned to a preloss state.

Water Damage Detection Methods

SERVPRO technicians use several tools to detect water damage in structures and determine the drying progress for different surfaces. These measurement apparatuses include:

  • Moisture sensors, which determine the presence of moisture in soft surfaces like carpet and pad
  • Moisture meters, which are calibrated to find specific moisture levels for materials like wood or drywall
  • Thermal imaging cameras, which detect water damage inside, underneath, and behind structures by revealing changes in temperature
  • Thermohygrometers, which determine relative humidity and air temperature, both of which are crucial for establishing drying goals

Homeowners can call SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 for water removal.