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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.

Looking for Home Fire Restoration in Raleigh?

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

the interior of a fire damaged house Affected by recent fire damage? Contact (919) 615-1179 if you need help with professional fire damage restoration services.

SERVPRO Professionals in Raleigh Remediate Fire Damage Soils

Fire damage can be sudden and overwhelming for property owners. Fortunately, professional care from licensed technicians can return a home to its preloss state while saving time and money.

SERVPRO addresses Raleigh homeowners’ fire damage restoration needs with Faster To Any Size Disaster service, commercial-grade tools, and EPA-registered sanitation solutions.

About Fire Damage Soils

Fire damage soils can be categorized based on what has burned:

  • Plastics, oils, and petroleum products release oily soils when burned and are challenging to clean and prone to staining. These fires tend to last longer because they burn more slowly and at lower temperatures
  • Items like paper and unfinished dry wood ignite at higher temperatures much more quickly, leaving behind dry deposits and fewer stains

Different types of home fire extinguishers address these soils:

  • Type A extinguishers handle dry flammable goods like wood and paper
  • Type B extinguishers specialize in combating oil and grease fires
  • Type C extinguishers are made to quell electrical fires

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner renders fire damage restoration for homeowners who call (919) 615-1179.

Mitigating Home Flooding in Raleigh Fast

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded basement Flooding and the resulting flood damage can quickly overwhelm your home. Contact Team SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Teams Provide Rapid-Response Flood Damage Cleanup

Raleigh, North Carolina, is a historic city that now houses over 474,000 residents within its 147 square miles. The City of Oaks, chartered in 1792, is one of America’s early examples of a planned city and is named in honor of Elizabethan landowner and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh.

Notable individuals from Raleigh include:

  • Painter Herb Jackson
  • NASCAR driver Loy Allen, Jr.
  • Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood
  • United States Marine Corps major general Oscar F. Peatross
  • Physician and African-American biographer Lawson A. Scruggs

Recent Flooding in Raleigh

It is no small secret that North Carolina is one of the most flood-prone areas in the United States. It has an annual average of 54 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow in mountainous regions. Much of the state is on a 100-year floodplain but experienced a 500-year flood as recently as 1999 with the disastrous Hurricane Floyd.

Raleigh’s November 2020 Floods

November 2020 brought severe flash flooding to North Carolina, mainly from weather systems coming from Tropical Storm Eta. Wake and Durham counties were among many affected.

Several rivers rose sharply, even after the rain stopped, including:

  • The Neuse River, which increased significantly to over 21 feet in Smithfield and was forecasted to reach 25 feet in Goldsboro
  • The Cape Fear River experienced moderate flood level increases compared to the Neuse, reaching almost 13 feet

Over 400 state roads were closed by the flooding, including Interstate 95 North, which was reduced to one usable lane in some counties and closed entirely in others.

Hurricane Florence and Flooding in Raleigh

In September 2018, the Cape Verde Hurricane Florence generated record freshwater flooding in the Carolinas. She broke an estimated 28 flood records in both states. This hurricane caused over $24 billion in damages in total. Despite its making landfall as a category one, its prolonged rainfall created additional complications compared to many other storms.

Damages in North Carolina included:

  • 33.9 inches of rain
  • Over 2,200 road closures
  • More than 90% of New Hanover County lost electrical power
  • Insurance losses totaled between $2.8 and $5 billion
  • 75,000 structures damaged by flooding and storms

Rivers rose severely. The Cape Fear River’s crested height was 61 feet, while the Pee Dee River crested at over 35 feet. Both figures were record-breaking totals.

Can SERVPRO Perform Flooded Home Repairs?

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner performs flood damage cleanup that is fast-acting and focused on restoration over replacement wherever it is safe and feasible. Many appliances, valuables, and nonporous furniture items are restorable after a flood.

After cleaning flood damage out of structures and contents, SERVPRO can perform home repairs that include:

  • Hardwood, tile, marble, and linoleum floor repair
  • Drywall installation
  • Electrical services and electronics repair

Your local SERVPRO features technicians certified in disciplines like Applied Mold Remediation and Applied Structural Drying, combining tried-and-true methods with cutting-edge technologies and a scientific approach to restoration.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 for flood damage restoration services.

Find Your Inner Zen With A Garden Tour Near Garner This January

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Juniper Level Botanic Garden Water damage can leave you stressed. Visit the beautiful Juniper Level Botanic Garden for a peaceful place to unwind, as SERVPRO handles the damage.

The Perfect Way To Unwind From The Festive Season In Garner

If you need to relax after the festive season, Juniper Level Botanic Garden in nearby Raleigh is an ideal place to do just that.

Tony Avent founded the garden in 1988 as a place to explore and promote biodiversity. The garden selects and breeds rare plant species to share with visitors and budding botanists. The philosophy of the garden is simple:

  • Be mindful in the garden.
  • Use compost and organic soil nutrition.
  • Allow the plants to grow in their natural form.
  • Have fun in the garden!

The garden is also home to the Center For Mindfulness and Nonduality, which offers regular retreats and classes. 

Garden visits must be booked – see the Juniper Level Botanic Garden website for details. Tours are free, but the visitors are encouraged to visit the plant nursery and shop, as all purchases raise funds for the garden’s work.

Every garden needs the right amount of water. Unfortunately, too much water spilled in the home can leave you in need of water restoration services. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 for help.

Test Your Trivia Skills In Raleigh

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

"Trivia night" Join in on the fun at Trivia night, every Monday at 7 PM at Southern Charred where you can enjoy delicious food as you play.

Have Fun With Friends At A Regular Raleigh Quiz Night

Southern Charred in downtown Raleigh is well known for its delicious BBQ food. As well as their famous BBQ platters and sides, Southern Charred offers home-cooked classics such as skillet mac, fried chicken, and waffles.

They also offer fun trivia nights:

  • Teams of up to eight people per table.
  • Hosted by Lee Jones, Triangle’s best trivia host.
  • Play for prizes!

You can purchase food and drink throughout the quiz. Trivia entry, however, is free for all. Trivia nights run every Monday from 7 PM, and there is no need to book. Simply show up with your friends, your general knowledge, and a drive to win! If you would like to try your hand at ax throwing, Southern Charred offers that too (check their website for more details.)

BBQ food is lovely, but of course, you have to be mindful of the risk of fire when cooking. Kitchen fires can be particularly noxious and leave behind foul-smelling soot. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner is here to help with fire and odor removal. Call us today at (919) 615-1179.

Raleigh Is Steeped In History Whatever The Weather

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo When you need assistance with flood damage on your property, call on our experienced team at SERVPRO.

North Carolina’s Capital Is An Example Of An Early Planned City

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and a magnificent early example of a planned city. It is also the seat of Wake County. Raleigh has an estimated population of 474,069. The city is known as the City of Oaks because of the majestic oak trees that line its sidewalks. It is also a center for academia and research, with several diverse neighborhoods, several different religions in the area, and a vibrant cultural life with festivals and museums galore.

Raleigh is an example of a planned city. In 1770, Joel Lane successfully petitioned for the creation of a new county. Wake County was created from parts of Johnston, Orange, and Cumberland counties, and got its name from Margaret Wake Tryon, the wife of William Tryon, North Carolina’s governor.

Raleigh was not the first capital of the county. However, in 1788, the area was nominated as the site of a new State Capital because its distance from the coast would protect it. It helped that the site was also close to Isaac Hunter’s Tavern, a popular watering hole for state legislators! Raleigh was granted a city charter in 1794.

Raleigh’s Famous Namesake

Raleigh’s famous namesake is, of course, Sir Walter Raleigh, for whom the city was named:

  • Not much is known of Raleigh’s early life, except that he was born in Budleigh, South Devon, England, and that he was born around 1552 or 1554. He came from a protestant family, and his father had to hide to escape being imprisoned in the Tower of London for his beliefs. 
  • Raleigh traveled to Ireland and back again before his voyages to the new world. Queen Elizabeth granted Raleigh a charter in 1584, giving him the right to explore and colonize. The terms of the charter stated that the lands must not be possessed of any Christian prince or inhabited by Christian people. In return, Raleigh would be given one-fifth of any gold and silver mined in that area. He must establish a settlement within seven years.
  • Raleigh twice attempted to establish a colony at Roanoke. The Roanoke colony is known as the lost colony because its inhabitants disappeared, and no one knows what became of them.
  • He is famous for bringing tobacco to England from the new world, although some historians claim this is the stuff of legends, and tobacco was already known in England.
  • Raleigh was charged with treason for his part in the plot against Elizabeth’s successor, James, and imprisoned in the Tower of London. He was eventually pardoned and allowed to make another sailing voyage but was ultimately executed.

See Some Historic Sites In Raleigh

Raleigh is home to several fascinating historical sites. History lovers will not want to miss:

  • The Pullen Carousel, which is an original wooden carved carousel from 1900. Aside from replacing a few mechanical parts, the carousel looks just as it did when it was first installed in Pullen Park. It boasts a wooden menagerie of 52 animals and two sleighs and features a Wurlitzer organ.
  • Wakefield, also known as the Joel Lane House, dates from 1769 and is the oldest dwelling in Wake County that is still standing. The house is open to visitors and is filled with interesting eighteenth-century artifacts, while the grounds house a period-typical city garden and an authentic herb garden.
  • The Pope House is another restored home that is worth seeing. Dr. Pope, a prominent African-American Raleigh citizen, had the house built in 1901 and filled it with every modern convenience. The house had a full bathroom, a combination of gas and electric features, and running water in the kitchen, all of which was very impressive for the time.

The Fayetteville Street and Historic Oakwood districts are filled to the brim with impressive historic buildings, and it is well worth setting aside time to walk around each of them when you visit. 

Raleigh Has An Impressive List Of Museums

When you are finished seeing historic sites, Raleigh has a wealth of museums to keep you entertained:

  • The Contemporary Art Museum offers an ever-changing program of installations. You can view works by local, national, and international artists, and many installations are multimedia.
  • The North Carolina Museum of Art was the first in the country to be funded by state legislation. Its impressive collection covers over 5000 years of artistic endeavors, from ancient times until the present day. The permanent collection is free to visit to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy and learn about art.
  • The North Carolina Museum of History helps visitors learn about state history in a hands-on and entertaining way. It houses several collections and runs educational programs throughout the year. It also includes the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
  • The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the oldest in the state and is also the largest natural science museum in the Southeastern United States. The museum is spread across four sites and includes a nature exploration center, a forestry museum, a nature & science center, and a satellite facility.

SERVPRO Supports Raleigh In The Aftermath of Storms

In April 2011, North Carolina (including Raleigh) was battered by storms. Thirty tornadoes were reported in the state on April 16th, causing widespread damage. One enormous specimen, which hit Raleigh, was 500 yards wide and had wind speeds of 160 mph. There were 24 deaths across the state, along with 300 injuries and millions of dollars worth of damage.

Anyone who remembers those tornadoes will remember how devastating the after-effects can be. That is why SERVPRO is on hand to help Raleigh residents with flood water extraction. We are locally owned and operated, which means we know Raleigh and understand the importance of getting back to life as usual after a storm or flood.

We equip our technicians with a range of free-standing and truck-mounted pumps, along with extractors and carpet wands, to remove flood water from your home. Thorough extraction makes it easier to dry your home and restore it “Like it never even happened.”

We also handle disposing of items that cannot be saved, cleaning those that can be saved, and deodorizing your home to rid it of damp smells. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner is here to help with flood water extraction. Call us today at (919) 615-1179.

Holiday Bazaar in Raleigh at Moore Square

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

a woman holding a credit card and a phone while surrounded by shopping bags and presents SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing everyone at the Holiday Bazaar!

Check Off Your Gift List Brought To You By The Raleigh Night Market

Holiday shopping season is in full swing in Raleigh, and anyone looking for something special on their gifting list can find it at the Holiday Bazaar. This two-day event occurs at Moore Square, where more than 40 artisans with booths showcase their handmade wares, including offerings from local farms, artisans, craftspersons, unique candles, and much more. There will be numerous photo ops, live music, and other holiday-centric fun for the whole family to enjoy. The Brew Box Coffee Company will be on hand both days with a selection of coffees for attendees to purchase while they stroll the event. 

  • Dates: December 12 and 13, 2020
  • Time: 10 AM and 5 PM
  • Entertainment: Ron Baxter Jazz Duo and DJ Handsome Robb

Business properties rely on SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 for commercial mold remediation services. The technicians have comprehensive training and professional equipment to mitigate the infestation and make it "Like it never even happened."

Enjoy Wine, Chocolate, And A Christmas Movie In Raleigh

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

a clapperboard with a Santa hat on it It will be exciting to see the community enjoying the outdoor festivities!

Raleigh Residents Can Relax and Relish the Holidays

Raleigh residents should grab their warmest, favorite blanket, comfy outdoor chairs for the fam, and come out to enjoy a fun Christmas-themed movie along with some wine and chocolate. This event continues every Friday and Saturday until January 3, 2021. The screening gets held outdoors, and the movie night may be rescheduled if the weather is bad. The Chocolate Boutique has a large selection of snacks to purchase. Due to current health regulations for events, there is a limited number of spaces available for seating. We recommend participants make reservations to hold their spot. Kids under 18 are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult. 

  • Date: December 4th and 5th, 2020
  • Time: 6 PM
  • Enjoy locally crafted ice cream and chocolate
  • Outdoor seating with social distancing guidelines observed

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 serves the local community with any size or type of water extraction services needed and with their professional restoration services, make the damage to the property "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Supports The Local Raleigh Area With Fire Restoration Services

11/28/2020 (Permalink)

smoke billowing from the windows of a house Odor can linger long after fire damage is remediated. Contact our team for effective odor remediation techniques after a fire.

Fire Damage Needs Fast Action For The Best Outcome In Raleigh Properties

The City of Raleigh has a long history. It was initially founded in 1792 and named after the famous English explorer, Sir Walter Raleigh. There were so many oak trees in the area that an early nickname was "The City of Oaks." A host of famous folks hale from this city such as: 

  • Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic figure skater
  • Cliff Bleszinski, the lead designer of the popular Xbox 360 game Gears of War
  • Michael C. Hall, an actor that appeared in Dexter and Six Feet Under
  • Andrew Johnson 17th President of the United States

Climate in Raleigh

Like other states in the Southern part of the United States, Raleigh's overall climate is humid and subtropical. It has mild winters around the 41-degrees Fahrenheit and yearly, fewer than 70 days on average that drop below freezing. Light snow occurs most winters, with the moderate accumulations overall being five inches. Summers are generally hot and humid, with an average temperature of 80-degrees peaking in July. Heavy storms are not uncommon; however, the incidence of hurricanes and tropical storms is rare, with only 44 hurricanes impacting the area since 1930.

Best Places to Visit in Raleigh

The best times to visit Raleigh are June through August, and there are many excellent destinations. One of the top tourist draws for the city is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This natural history museum has rotating exhibitions that include dinosaurs, skeletons of whales, live animals, and hands-on learning for visitors. The North Carolina Museum of Art is another popular place. This venue is one of the premier art museums in the American South. After undergoing a three-year expansion, the museum reopened as one of the top museums nationwide. The building houses a permanent collection with a collective 5,000 years of history. Attendees can enjoy the exhibitions inside or take in a live show at the amphitheater. There is a park outside the facility with trails to enjoy outdoor collections of art.

Shoppers and foodies can enjoy The State Farmers' Market. The market is open seven days a week and attracts food connoisseurs and people who enjoy local produce. There is always a large selection of vendors to purchase from, including local honey, baked goods, and much more. The market opens at 5 AM and closes at 6 PM.

Strong Economy in Raleigh

Raleigh has a diverse economy that includes financial institutions, electrical and telecommunications industry equipment, clothing, paper products, and pharmaceuticals. The city is one corner of North Carolina's Research Triangle. This is one of the United States' most expansive and thriving research parks for tech and biotech-based research. Forbes has listed this area as one of the best places to grow a business or a career. Some of the top companies based here include: 

  • Capitol Broadcasting Company
  • Carquest
  • First-Citizens BancShares
  • Golden Corral
  • Waste Industries

Raleigh Has Different Regions

The Raleigh area has several geographic regions. Downtown is home to many historic buildings, including the renowned Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel, the City Market, which got restored, and the business district that includes the PNC Plaza, one of the largest buildings in the city. There are also some schools in this area, including: 

  • Shaw University
  • Campbell University School of Law
  • St. Augustine's College

Midtown Raleigh is both a residential and commercial area in the north part of the city.  East and West Raleigh have suburban development with several subdivisions within the East, and West Raleigh has many schools much like Downtown: 

  • North Carolina State University
  • Meredith College
  • Historic Saint Mary's School

North Raleigh is a continually growing area that has older, established homes along with newly built subdivisions. South Raleigh is known as the least developed area in the city as regulations limit housing densities and building permits need to meet specific requirements.

Raleigh Fire Department 

In the early days of the city of Raleigh, a volunteer fire department supported the ever-growing community.  1912 saw the establishment of the first municipal fire department. At present, there are a total of 15 stations with emergency first responders serving the local area with the needed equipment to fight both large and small-scale fires in local properties.

Would a Small Kitchen Fire Need Fire Restoration Help in Raleigh?

When it comes to local fire restoration needs, many Raleigh residents make a common mistake in terms of post-fire actions: attempting to clean up the charring and smoke damage on their own. It is best to bring in a professional, certified team for the process.

Avoiding the Spread of Soot in the Home

A small fire that produced little in the way of damage in your home, particularly true of kitchen blazes, can cause widespread fire odors in the house through the spread of soot via the HVAC system or foot traffic in the area. The reason that kitchen fires should always get professional cleanup include:

  • Protein fire residues are nearly invisible and coat surfaces
  • The pungent odor can spread if not removed
  • Water or flame retardant used to extinguish the fire can seep under tile or cabinets and need extraction and drying

The techs often use containment that covers doorways and vents to inhibit the spread of soot. If needed, after the mitigation on the structure completes, the techs can inspect and clean the home's ductwork if required with their specialized equipment.

Odor control is a large part of the fire cleanup process and in cases where removal of ruined items and cleaning surfaces is not enough. The techs can bring in devices such as hydroxyl generators or thermal foggers to eliminate any residual smoke odors. 

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 when you need fire restoration for your property or contents. The certified techs are available when you need them 24/7 and arrive rapidly to make the fire damage a thing of the past, "Like it never even happened."

Take a Ride in Raleigh at the North Carolina Railway Museum

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO car in front of a business building SERVPRO is looking forward to the morning train ride in Raleigh!

Enjoy Family Fun on a Friday Morning Train Ride in Raleigh

On Friday, November 20th at 10:30 AM, the North Carolina Railway Museum and New Hope Valley Railway offers a train ride through the woods of New Hill. During the ride, guests enjoy riding in a steam locomotive and viewing the beautiful scenery.

While at the museum, guests can check out the heritage equipment dating back to the 1920s. The museum also has a fully functional garden railroad (G Scale) for you to view. A train ride is a perfect fall activity for families, children, and railroad enthusiasts.

Here are some details about the ride:

  • Train rides last for one hour.
  • Face coverings are required for both guests and volunteers.
  • Tickets range from $6-$10. 
  • Guests may bring food and beverages onboard.

If you need reliable Flood Cleanup in Raleigh, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179. We perform home restoration for disasters, both big and small.