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Can Homeowners Remove Soot from their Fire Damaged Walls?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage in foyer Soot damage is difficult to remove. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your home.

SERVPRO Determines Appropriate Cleaning Methods in Raleigh  

After going through a fire in your Raleigh home, you need to develop a restoration and cleanup plan. The major challenge with fires is that smoke residue and odors are different depending on the fire's cause and source of the smoke. In some cases, washing walls after a fire is efficient, and in other instances washing the walls causes smearing and creates a bigger mess than when you started. Our trained professionals test a small portion of the soiled area to determine the proper course of action. 

How Do I Know if I Should Repaint the Walls?

SERVPRO Helps Decide How to Restore Your Home Best 

When all else falls during your Raleigh fire damage restoration project, painting the walls can help solve your smoke residue and odor problems. It is critical to clean the walls, typically with dry cleaning methods, before painting. If not correctly addressed, fire damage may become visible. Before painting and after thoroughly cleaning the impacted area, our technicians use sealers to cover any lingering stains to ensure full coverage. 

Is There a Comparison of Wet and Dry Cleaning?

  • Dry cleaning (non-washable) uses brushes and a vacuum rather than water and liquid cleaner.
  • Wet cleaning (washable) uses water-based cleaning products and often rinses with water after cleaning.
  • Technicians determine appropriate cleaning methods depending on the type of residue.
  • Oil-based residues require a dry solvent cleaning agent for effective cleaning.
  • Both porous and nonporous surfaces may require either type of cleaning. 

Various cleaning methods, products, and techniques may be used during the cleanup and restoration process. Each fire situation is different, requiring a specialized cleaning plan. 

For 24/7 after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What is the Fastest Way to Get Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services in Raleigh?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in property SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 stands ready to assist local properties in need of commercial water cleanup.

SERVPRO technicians are available around the clock to come to your Raleigh property to remove the water and return the property to its preloss condition

While it is frustrating to see that your Raleigh business needs water damage cleanup, the sooner it begins can lessen the number of items that need disposal. SERVPRO technicians can test the water and confirm if any harmful elements are present, as well as locate all areas that need extraction and drying through the use of their advanced moisture detection equipment.

How Do I Know What Kind of Commercial Water Cleanup I Need?
When calling for commercial water cleanup in your Raleigh business property, the SERVPRO technician asks questions about the nature of the water in the property, so the techs load the needed cleaning agents, disinfectants, extraction equipment, and other equipment. Using this one-on-one attention during the initial call allows the techs to bring everything required to successfully perform the mitigation, including sanitizing of surfaces and odor control applications. If furnishings are in harm's way within the structure, the technicians can remove them to a safe space during the restoration. Detailed notes of the process get made, including:
    •    Listing of any items that could not get restored, including photos
    •    Items that got packed out to another area
    •    Detailed report for all services rendered to assist with expediting any insurance claims filed for the business.

Preparing for Water Damage in the Future
It is stressful to deal with a sudden disaster in your business from fire, water, or other hazards. SERVPRO has a free app that allows business owners to notate access points for the building, the location of the water main, electrical panel, and other needed utilities for the SERVPRO team. Once the information gets filled out, you can summon the techs with a single push of the app in case something occurs within your property in the future, and you are prepared for it.

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 stands ready to assist local properties in need of commercial water cleanup. The techs have the equipment to remove any amount of water present and dry the property to get it returned to normal daily operations as fast as possible. Call us to set up the ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan for your business.

Is the Outside of my Property Ruined Because of Flash Flooding?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

ligntning on night background; trees in foreground Flash flooding in common in Raleigh. Should water invade your home, call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Emergency Restoration Teams are Available for Raleigh Residents with Flood Damage to the Interior and Exterior of their Homes

How does flash flooding affect the outside of a home?

When a Raleigh Residence is subjected to flash flooding, there is likely interior and exterior damage. Floodwaters can pick up contaminants before reaching your home, then being deposited in standing water throughout the structure. Exterior moisture can become problematic for a structure due to condensation. Condensation occurs when a wet structure reaches a dew point and can permeate interior wall cavities. Insulation in wall cavities can result in extended drying times due to a lack of airflow within the wall cavity. Failure to ventilate these spaces can cause mold issues or unpleasant odors that affect both the exterior and your property's interior. While exterior drying is time-consuming, it can often be more convenient for homeowners than perform demolition of the walls.

How can I prevent wet exterior walls from damaging my home?

The critical factor in flood damage restoration for your Raleigh home is airflow. Restrictive airflow due to insulation or materials can extend the overall drying time and restoration procedure. SERVPRO technicians can drill small holes in the bottom of exterior walls to allow air-movement within the cavity. Using a thermal hygrometer with a portable furnace and dehumidifier, we can prevent wet walls from reaching a dew point. Controlling the dew point is essential to avoiding costly condensation damage. These methods can be crucial in areas of the home with fittings, such as a kitchen area. Drying the cavity is possible using this equipment by allowing airflow and ventilation. Using a boroscope and a thermal imaging camera, our technicians can ensure that secondary issues from flooding will not affect your home later.

Ensuring that wall cavities remain dry is essential to overcoming a flooding emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179.

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What Can I Expect from Restoration Services in my Raleigh Home?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Images cartoons of hurricane, fire, storm Raleigh Home and Business Owners Are Best Serviced by Calling SERVPRO for Water, Fire, Mold, Flooding, and Cleaning Help. We Beat the Elements!

No two disasters are the same, but our qualified professionals can help to overcome damaging effects with premier equipment, expertise, and fast response.

These days, restoration services involved much more than just cleaning up after a disaster strikes your Raleigh home or business. As a leading team in North Carolina, we have practical solutions for mitigation, restoration, reconstruction, and content management, including an active inventory of damaged goods. As a locally owned and operated facility, we care about the communities we serve and the people we can help through our experience and industry-leading equipment.


There is no mistaking how common water loss incidents can be for Raleigh homes and commercial properties, especially when you consider the frequency of emergencies like broken pipes, malfunctioning appliances, clogged air conditioning condensers, or other unexpected situations that could arise. Preparedness for these situations is critical, and it allows our experienced professionals the opportunity to arrive within hours of the first notice of loss. Mitigation that begins quickly can effectively reduce costs and losses.

Repairs and Mitigation Solutions

Mitigation alone is one of the most effective practices that our SERVPRO team can begin for Garner and Zebulon homes. This phase of our recovery focuses exclusively on reducing the severity of loss through immediate actions such as water removal, surface cleaning, debris removal, and controlled demolition. The blending of general contracting with restoration services is made more efficient by our full roster of building trade professionals on staff.

How Can My Home Get Dry?

As with all water loss situations, we must focus most on the solutions necessary to dry your Raleigh property thoroughly. Often this begins with identifying the migration of water throughout the house, and this is usually completed with surface moisture meters, probing moisture detectors, and thermal imagery. Identifying damp pockets can help our responding technicians better place drying equipment such as: 

  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Drying Mats
  • Positive Pressure Systems 


The positioning of our state leaves much of the greater Raleigh area, including areas like Knightdale and Garner, vulnerable to powerful storm systems passing through the region. Hurricanes can be among the worst of these conditions, but tropical storms, windstorms, and even torrential rain can also be destructive under the right circumstances. How our team responds to these emergencies can make the difference in the overall damage that your property experiences.

Construction Solutions and Repairs

Though flooding can often be a concern with your Raleigh home or business's structural breaches, much of this threat cannot be addressed until vulnerabilities in the structure have been resolved. Emergency services often get conducted by our general contractors, primarily because these efforts often hinge on sealing up openings created by storm losses or other compromising conditions. Some of the immediate construction solutions that we can implement upon arrival include:

  • Roof Tarping
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Tree Removal
  • Board Up 

Water Removal After Flooding

With the primary structural concerns addressed, we can turn our attention to standing water and other flood effects spreading throughout the property. The best methods of protecting your Raleigh home or business rely most on our effective extraction solutions to eliminate standing water concerns. While many tools can be used in this effort, we often rely most on submersible pumps, wet vacuums, trash pumps, and other water removal tools.


We pay close attention to the fire damaging events in Raleigh and the surrounding areas that we also serve for active emergencies. Because of our status as a preferred vendor with many local and major insurance providers, our knowledge of current fire loss situations and progress can help us mobilize our technicians and equipment more efficiently even before we have been notified. Because fire losses are a common threat to area properties, we keep our technicians and equipment readily available to roll out fast in emergencies.

Debris Removal and Content Management

We can offer many emergency services, but debris removal and content management are among the most important. Remnants of burned construction materials and partially combusted contents can make conditions like odors, smoke, soot, and other threats more concentrated. Content management focuses on protecting your personal belongings that have become exposed to fire loss effects. Our pack-out process moves your possessions to our nearby facility for inspection and recovery. Some of the actions taken with your items in our care include:

  • Focused Surface Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Drying
  • Safe Storage

How Can My Home Get Cleaned After a Fire Loss?

Between surface cleaning for oily residues and other coatings on the walls and floors of your Raleigh home to air quality control for circulating contaminants and soot particles, cleaning your home is one of the most critical efforts that our fire restoration technicians can undertake after an emergency. We have multiple potent cleaning products, practices, and equipment to make this phase efficient and effective.


In our region, many businesses become victims of water losses, fire losses, and mold growth. As challenging as any of these individual losses might be, and efficient and fast response amid the crisis can help keep your doors open. It is estimated that nearly half of business is damaged from disasters never reopen. Because there are so many quality commercial properties here in Raleigh, we strive to meet our customers' priorities and demands to keep their business going, however we can.

What is a Large Loss Recovery Team?

Because many of the commercial properties throughout Raleigh and Garner are several thousand square feet in size, a single team is often not enough to overcome the substantial loss incident we encounter. As a large loss recovery team, we pool our resources with other sister franchises in our network to ensure that we have the necessary personnel, equipment, and experience to address even the most considerable loss incidents that our area can endure.

Safe and Sanitary Environments in Your Business

Premier cleaning services can mean both the restoration and renewal of your Raleigh business as needed. More recently, it has filled a necessary void in safe and sanitary operations for your facility. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our defensive cleaning program designed to showcase the top products, practices, and equipment to create an ongoing safe environment for your staff and customers.

Disasters can strike anytime, so you need a team that can respond quickly in an emergency. Call our SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner team today at (919) 615-1179.

Why Does the Raleigh Break Room Still Smell So Bad After a Fire?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

smoke coming from a brick office and fire and smoke coming from a brick office on fire The effects of fire damage can linger in your office if not properly taken care of. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Know that Some of Smelliest Residues are Hard to Remove and Create Big Odors in Your Raleigh Property Until Neutralized

It is convenient to pop lunch or a snack into a microwave oven at work; however, sometimes, a simple push of a button can go wrong. By design, microwaves contain a fire if you unplug the unit and leave the door closed. A colossal mistake happens when the oven door gets opened, and the rush of oxygen feeds the flames. This single misstep can blast smoky, oily residues all over the area. There are four main reasons a microwave can catch on fire:   

  • A short within the power supply
  • A power surge causes the oven to turn on when it is unattended
  • A defect in the design causes the oven to overheat  
  • Overcooking foods until oils or packaging ignites

What is the Best Way to Cover Up Commercial Fire Odor Damage?

In the aftermath of a breakroom fire in your Raleigh business, the fire odor, damage, and other issues cannot diminish with time. In fact, the longer that you wait to bring in professional mitigation by SERVPRO for the odorous particulate within the building, the more it can spread.

Soot particles can be both airborne and embedded within porous surfaces, including the paint on the walls and carpet. Time-release air fresheners and cover-up sprays are not powerful enough to combat the scent of smoke. SERVPRO techs have multiple methods for administering odor control to handle both airborne and embedded particulate. Through the use of professional equipment such as thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators, the techs can neutralize odors at the molecular level, never to return.

No one wants to be around commercial fire odor, damage, and other aftermaths post-fire. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 for the fast, thorough restoration of your property and contents.

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The Recent Storm Caused Severe Damage in My Property. How Do I Conduct Flood Damage Restoration?

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning storm over a home Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

Talk to SERVPRO Technicians to Mitigate the Flood Damage in Your Raleigh Home.

Flooding can pose health hazards to the residents of a home and lead to costly destruction if you delay the restoration process. After a storm causes a flood in your home, seek help from restoration experts to avoid additional damage in your Raleigh property.

Why should I hire SERVPRO technicians?

We have a team of competent technicians who have mastered cutting edge restoration techniques that can mitigate the storm flood damage in your Raleigh home. We use advanced equipment and tools to restore houses after flood damage. The equipment also enables our technician to speed up the flood damage mitigation and restoration process.

How do professional restorers ensure the property is safe?

Before beginning the restoration process, we check if there are hazards like sunken ceilings and live electricity lines in the affected property. Our crew chief also assesses the property and determines which work activities should take place. Our technicians observe the property for structural damage to determine if it is safe to enter. We check areas such as:

Walls and floors


Electrical systems

Furnishings and carpets

Should I contact an electrician?

When homes flood, we recommend that the homeowners avoid the flooded area since it poses an electrical danger. It is essential to turn off the main power supply and avoid getting into contact with the floodwater. Contacting an electrician is also advisable. The professional can examine if the flooding has affected your electrical system.

How do you speed up the drying process?

Drying a home is a critical step during the restoration process. Since there is no electricity supply in your property, our experts can use portable generators to power water extraction and drying equipment. We can use electric submersible pumps to extract water from your house. If the floodwater contains dirt and debris, we can use a self-priming trash pump because it can pass solids like leaves, sand, and dead plants. It extracts excess water from the home, leaving only moisture, which we remove using air moving and dehumidifying equipment.

We can also dry the affected areas using portable electric heaters. These devices expedite the drying process, particularly of wooden materials. Nevertheless, heating some materials directly can ruin them. Therefore, our technicians use sandbags to prevent the heat from destroying the surfaces and materials we are drying. 

Flood damage can lead to costly repairs if not handled on time. Talk to SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 to restore your flood-damaged property. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

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What Should I Do If My Garner Wallpaper Gets Wet After a Water Leak?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in home If you ever suspect that your wallpaper has gotten wet after a pipe in your house leaked, call SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner.

For Water Mitigation Services After One of Your Pipes Leak Inside Your Garner Home Call SERVPRO

Whenever a pipe breaks inside your house in Garner, moisture can starts to flow at the source, and then it can follow gravity and your walls and floors to travel to other places. Once H2O starts to build up on your flooring, it can then begin to soak into your drywall and other wall coverings from the bottom up.

How can you remove moisture from my walls?

During water mitigation efforts in Garner, our SERVPRO technicians work towards removing moisture as quickly as possible so that we can save your building materials and contents. If your drywall or other wall coverings get wet, they could lose their structural integrity and have to be replaced. But, if we can dry out your walls quickly enough, we can prevent secondary issues such as mold growth from occurring.

Is it possible to dry out and save my wallpaper?

    •    Wallpaper Construction- Wallpaper can be semi-porous or non-porous and constructed from vinyl, paper, linen, or cloth, although vinyl is the most common.
    •    Initial Inspection- Paper and cloth wallpaper can retain moisture, but the actual moisture content can be difficult to determine because the material is so thin. A non-penetrating moisture meter can be used to tell which portions of the wall got wet behind the wallpaper.
    •    Restorability- Wallpaper can be restored in most situations if it is exposed to category one or two water. If wallpaper contacts category three or black water such as moisture coming from the ground or a sewage line, it cannot be restored because of the substrate to which the material is applied.
    •    Drying Procedures- The best way to dry out wallpaper is to dry the wall it is attached to from behind by removing the baseboard and drilling holes into the drywall. We can then use an injection drying system to pump air into your wall cavities.

If you ever suspect that your wallpaper has gotten wet after a pipe in your house leaked, call SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 24/7.

Why Do You Need Professional Fire and Odor Restoration?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

heavy smoke and soot on walls and ceiling after hoiuse fire. No matter the size, fire damage produces smoke and soot odors. SERVPRO knows how to remove these odors.

SERVPRO Fire and Odor Restoration Helps Raleigh Homes Smell Good Once More

Raleigh homeowners hope that they will never be the victim of a house blaze. And we certainly hope that a fire will not happen to you, either. However, no matter how attentive you are, sometimes a disaster occurs anyway, and this is where SERVPRO can help.

Raleigh homeowners who need fire and odor restoration services are often particularly concerned about the leftover smoky scent. It is natural to be worried about smoke smells – smoke has a distinctive aroma that is pervasive and hard to remove.

Why are smoke smells so pervasive?

Smoke smells are hard to eliminate because of the way smoke particles interact with nearby surfaces. Smoke particles are tiny – some may even be smaller than certain bacteria! Because smoke particles are little, it is easy for them to slip inside other materials and set up residence there.

Once smoke molecules penetrate other materials, it is tough to get the smell out. In the case of soot, the particles may also contain harmful chemicals.

Which materials smell worst after smoke damage?

Porous materials and materials that absorb smells readily are particularly susceptible to bad odors after a fire. Such materials include

  • Clothes
  • Upholstery
  • Fabric and drapes
  • Certain kinds of plastics
  • Wood and plaster used in building materials

Can I do anything to help with odor restoration?

There is lots of information out there about how to handle smoke odors. Suggestions include:

  • Airing out your home
  • Cleaning all upholstery and fabric
  • Throwing away anything that is smoke damaged
  • Mopping hardwood floors
  • Getting your carpets professionally cleaned 

SERVPRO understands the urge to clean up your home as quickly as possible, especially if it smells terrible. However, we recommend waiting until you have talked to one of our professional cleanup crews before deciding which actions to take.

Why do I need a professional cleanup crew?

SERVPRO recommends all local householders should call in a professional fire and odor remediation crew after a fire in Raleigh. We train our teams in the latest fire and odor restoration procedures. We equip our teams with extensive knowledge and all the necessary equipment to get better results than if you attempt to DIY everything.

Our teams assess every aspect of your home. Our assessment includes the structure itself and all the contents, including furniture, drapes, and even clothes and books. We train our teams to look at the extent of the damage and decide on the best course of action. When you work with us, you augment your chances of recovering essential items instead of throwing them away.

We also recommend calling in the professionals, so you do not put yourself in any danger. As we discussed earlier, soot particles can contain damaging chemicals. There are also health hazards associated with structural damage to your home, leftover water from firefighting efforts, and even hidden mold growth due to remaining damp patches.

What can SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Gardner do to help with odor removal?

Working with a professional team is the safest and most effective option for odor removal. We equip our technicians with a full range of equipment designed for battling odors and leaving your home smelling fresh.

Our visit begins with a professional assessment of your property and a comprehensive restoration plan designed to get your home livable again. We begin by removing leftover moisture from fire hoses or any other water. We have a range of extractors for this purpose, ranging from small wand extractors to powerful truck-mounted pumps. We take care of any immediate structural hazards such as broken windows or damaged masonry, to ensure the work area is entirely safe.

Once we have a blueprint in place, we set to work cleaning the surfaces in your home. Our cleaning methods range from spot cleaning and soaking to dry brushing and abrasion. Our teams know the best process for each material and level of smoke damage, so you can rest assured we always use the right method for the job at hand.

We do not stop when your home looks clean – we also carry out deodorization to ensure it smells fresh. We have many deodorizing techniques at our disposal. These include thermal fogging, odor-absorbing beads, air scrubbers, and even air movers and fans.

Because fighting odors is an essential part of our fire restoration work, you can rest assured that you will not be left struggling with unwanted smells that remind you of the fire. We understand that smoky aroma can be very upsetting to homeowners after a fire, so we include deodorization in our fire restoration efforts.

If you are concerned about lingering smoke smells after a fire, give SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Gardner a call at (919) 615-1179.

My First Floor Apartment in Raleigh Is Swamped With Stormwater – Can A Professional Restoration Company Help?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

laundry room that is flooded with water Removing the water after a storm is only part of the restoration process. Contact SERVPRO for storm damage remediation for your apartment.

SERVPRO of Raleigh Understands Storm Damage and the Flooding it Can Cause – Our Expert Crews Will Return Your Apartment to Pre-loss Condition as Quickly as Possible

Strong winds and heavy rains sweep through North Carolina during storm season, creating havoc. Flooding is a significant part of the damage in Raleigh these storms impact. 

What is the process of removing flood water from my apartment?

 Calling a professional stormwater removal service in Raleigh is the first step. The longer you wait, the more secondary damage is done to your apartment. If you live in a first-floor apartment, the storm damage may have spread throughout the entire home. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians are storm damage specialists. They understand the unique cleaning and restoration process that comes with water intrusions from bad weather. Your crew will:

  • Scope out the situation and put together a plan for water removal, repairs, cleaning, drying, and restoration.
  • Muck out and clear away debris using PPE equipment.
  • Extract standing water with powerful truck-mounted or portable pumps.
  • Dry out the apartment with heavy duty air driers and humidifiers.
  • Remove the contents to our warehouse for cleaning if required.
  • Repair or replace any structural damage.
  • Clean, restore, and repair the contents of the home.
  • Restore or replace carpeting or flooring.
  • Deodorize and sanitize

  We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO understands disaster can strike any time. As North Carolina residents, we also grasp how much damage storms can cause to our area. That’s why we are committed to quality stormwater removal services 24/7. We answer your call for help day or night and holidays too. 

 Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 for water restoration services that leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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What is the Best Way to Handle Smoke and Fire Damage Odors in Raleigh?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up shot of fire Call SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 when you need us to address fire damage, smoke, and odors within your home.

Hiring Trained Technicians Ensures Your Raleigh Interior is Free of Fire Damage, Odors, and Smoke

A house fire is one of the worst incidents you could experience. You may ask yourself how to proceed and whether or not you can restore your Raleigh home to preloss condition. We want you to know that SERVPRO is there when you need us with a Green Fleet stocked up with the latest tools and products to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Should I Call Professionals to Handle the Fire Damage?

Several factors determine the manner that smoke affects your interior after a fire. The way that SERVPRO approaches fire damage, odors, and smoke in your Raleigh home include:

•    The size of the blaze – A bigger fire will put out more smoke, meaning that the odors left behind will be more intense and pervasive.
•    The length of exposure – The longer your interior is exposed to smoke and soot particles, the deeper the odorous elements embed themselves into your building materials and belongings. When left too long, the acidity of the smoke residue becomes corrosive.
•    The types of materials burned – When various materials burn, they will emit different odors. Some of these soot residues are easier to remove, yet others are difficult to clean without the right products and methods.

SERVPRO removes area rugs, window treatments, blankets, pillows, and other materials for proper cleaning. All windows get washed along with window shades and any affected screens. Every solid surface is also wiped down while using dry or wet cleaning methods depending on the type of residue present. Our technicians will spot test various areas to determine the right way to proceed to preserve as many of your interior belongings and materials possible.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 when you need us to address fire damage, smoke, and odors within your home. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and available for emergency services 24/7!