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What are Desiccant Dehumidifiers and How are They Used to Remediate Water Damage in Your Kingston Home?

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What are Desiccant Dehumidifiers and How are They Used to Remediate Water Damage in Your Kingston Home? Plumbing failures can cause a lot of water to accumulate in your home quickly. Call SERVPRO of Durham for all of your water loss restoration needs.

Water Damage Experts in Kingston Describe How Desiccant Dehumidifiers Work

A failure in your plumbing system is the most common type of water damage situation that occurs. Once a pipe breaks inside your Kingston home, many gallons of water can pour into your structure quickly. Moisture can easily seep into many of the materials that make up your contents and building materials. Once these items get saturated, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as the SERVPRO Franchise System to mitigate issues created by the disaster. When materials receive water damage, the ideal conditions must get created for them to dry out rapidly.  

Whenever moisture gets into your house, mold growth is always a possibility which is why our SERVPRO Franchise professionals always mitigate water damage inside your Kingston residence as quickly as possible. As soon as we show up, we inspect the building and figure out how severe the problems got and where in your house suffered from moisture-related issues. We use moisture sensors and meters to determine how wet the carpet, drywall, and wooden materials got after the leak. Once we make sure the work area is safe and develop a plan of attack, we begin removing moisture.  

To start, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals utilize specialized extraction equipment to pull out water while it is liquid. After our extractors pull out as much liquid as they can, we commence the rapid structural drying phase. During this procedure, we set up air movers and dehumidifiers. Air movers push air around while the dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air.  

There are two different types of dehumidifiers we utilize; one works off of condensation while the other uses chemical attraction to remove water from the air. Desiccant dehumidifiers use a water-absorbing silica gel to pull out moisture. The machine pulls air across a desiccant wheel that pushes smaller amounts at a time across the silica gel that chemically attracts moisture particles. A heating coil inside the unit then heats the air dispersed around the wheel to help the water vapor removal process. The dehumidifiers then release hot, dry air into the affected environment.  

If you ever have your plumbing system fail and need specialized drying, call SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 as soon as you notice you have a problem.

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Need Flood Damage Remediation? It's Easy If You Contact Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO Team in Durham

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Need Flood Damage Remediation? It's Easy If You Contact Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO Team in Durham Flooding in your home will not just subside on its own. Ignoring it will just lead to a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO for water removal.

Intense Storms Can Cause Little Bay to Flood Your Durham Home

Whenever a city has formed alongside a body of water, such as a lake, a river, or even an ocean, flood damage is always a possibility for the residents who live there. A severe storm can cause the water levels to rise and spread, hitting any homes who live along the shore. On the case of your home overlooking Little Bay, a severe rainstorm caused water levels to rise just enough to flood the entryway of your home. The tile floor, the base of the walls, and the brief flight of stairs that lifts the main floor away from the ground have all been exposed to stagnant water.

If the flood damage in your Durham home is ignored for too long, it can have severe consequences for the longevity of your home. It only takes three days for microbial growth to begin when your home has been exposed to water damage. As the water sits, mold damage can begin to form. Not only does the problem in your house become even more expensive as you leave it, but mold damage can cause health effects in whoever lives inside. The best way the deal with the flood damage inside of your home is to reach out for help as soon as possible.

SERVPRO firmly believes in arriving at your home as soon as possible. We do not like to leave things waiting, as it only allows the problem to grow and get worse. Not to mention, SERVPRO understands how stressful these kinds of situations can be on you as a homeowner. Getting there as swiftly as possible allows us to jump right into the remediation and gives it a better chance to go as smoothly as possible.

At SERVPRO, we always use advanced technology whenever we go to a job. To clean up the standing water in your entryway, we can use pieces of equipment such as portable pumps and wet/dry vacuums. Both of these devices allow us to extract water from your home as quickly as possible. However, merely removing the water is not enough. Our SERVPRO IICRC-techs must also remove any moisture lingering inside of the floor or the walls. SERVPRO can use drying flood mats and dehumidifiers in conjunction with air movers and ventilation fans to encourage the moisture lingering inside of your home to evaporate.

If a sudden storm causes flood damage inside of your home, always get help as soon as you can. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Durham by dialing (603) 868-3343. We are always ready to send a team of technicians to your home.

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Learn How To Prevent Mold From Growing In Your Durham Home

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Learn How To Prevent Mold From Growing In Your Durham Home Call our experts as soon as you discover mold its growth happens rapidly and SERVPRO can remove it safely at first sight.

Mold Damage and Growth in Your Durham Home's Basement

Finding mold growing in your Durham basement is cause for concern since mold can cause health effects. Basements which are dark and damp are very prone to mold infestations. Once it establishes itself in your basement, mold can be quite challenging to remove. The best way to prevent mold growth in the first place is to control the moisture and humidity in your basement.

Mold damage in your Durham home needs to be addressed as soon as you find it. Otherwise, it continues to grow and spread. SERVPRO technicians are professionally trained in mold remediation and can restore your home quickly, no matter how severe the infestation is. Add this to our excellent customer service, and it is not hard to see why SERVPRO is the choice of many when they have a mold emergency in their home.

To help prevent basement mold, monitor the humidity levels. You have to make sure that the levels of humidity are within levels that are acceptable. A hygrometer can be used to measure the levels of humidity. A reading of 45% or more is high and can encourage the growth of mold. When SERVPRO tech arrives to your home to clean up any present mold, we can take this reading for you. We section off the affected area so that we do not spread the mold spores throughout the rest of your home while we are working and establish negative air pressure inside the plastic barrier.

If you notice that you regularly have high levels of moisture in your basement, you can use a high-quality dehumidifier to keep the levels in check. Also, avoid growing any plants in your basement, as they provide the perfect environment for mold damage to occur. Only grow plants in locations of your home which are airy and sunny.

Congestion is something that can attribute to mold growth as well. Keep the clutter out of your basement. Too many items being stored can block the free flow of air and lower ventilation. Items like books and clothes stored here are food for mold. Store minimal quantities of these types of items away from direct contact with walls or the floor. Wood should also not be stored in your basement for the same reasons.

Ensure that your home is sloped in a way that rain and snow are directed away from your home. Moisture and water otherwise can pool around your structure, increasing leakage and moisture problems. When this happens, mold is pretty much inevitable.

SERVPRO of Durham has the experience to clean up the mold in your home in as quickly as possible before it spreads further. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (603) 868-3343 as soon as you realize there is a problem so we can make your home clean and safe again.

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Our Fire Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Durham Bakery!

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Fire Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Durham Bakery! To combat the fire damage in your Durham bakery effectively, and efficiently, it is imperative for you to call for help as soon as possible.

What You Can Do When Fire Damage Strikes Your Durham Bakery

Dealing with fire damage is never something any business owner wants to deal with but, unfortunately, accidents can happen. A faulty plug attached to one of your ovens caused a small electric fire to break out. However, before the blaze could grow to disastrous proportions, your sprinkler system managed to snuff the fire out. While the fire was suppressed, some key issues remain behind, needing immediate attention from professional cleanup and remediation services. The back wall of your bakery is scorched from the flame, covered in greasy soot. Furthermore, your bakery is filled with powder, which came from the sprinkler system designed to snuff out the flames.

To combat the fire damage in your Durham bakery effectively, and efficiently, it is imperative for you to call for help as soon as possible. Getting professionals into your kitchen can allow them to remediate the scorch marks left behind by the flames, and the bits of melted rubber from the heavy-duty chord that caused the fire. The longer than it takes for professionals to arrive at the scene, the more difficult the job becomes. As soot sits, it causes discoloration, and it cools, allowing it to adhere to the surface. Quickly addressing the soot means that the remediation can be more likely to succeed.

SERVPRO understands how important your business is, and we will work around your clock. No matter the time that you find the damage, we can be there within a couple of hours to remediate. Our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to swiftly travel to your business and help you get it back to its preloss state.

Once SERVPRO arrives at your bakery, we can remove the malfunctioning commercial oven inside the kitchen. With it gone, we can have access to the scorch marks that were behind it. SERVPRO can use a chemical cleaning solution to spray onto the damage and begin to break up the soot. Our technicians may have to repeat this several times, but with each time we're able to remove a little more soot.

SERVPRO can clean up your kitchen after we have removed the soot. The powder everywhere is a problem, and we don't want you to have to do extra work. Our technicians can thoroughly remove all of the suppressant powder and then use an odor-sealing priming paint on the wall, to erase any evidence that a fire ever happened in your kitchen.

If malfunctioning equipment causes a fire to strike your business, never hesitate to call for help. Use your phone to call and speak with SERVPRO of Durham by dialing (603) 868-3343. We're always ready to swiftly help you.

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What Few People Know About Effective Water Removal Services in Durham After Flooding

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Few People Know About Effective Water Removal Services in Durham After Flooding When flooding affects our area, your home can quickly become damaged. Contact SERVPRO immediately for water extraction services.

Recovering Your Durham Home with Floodwater Extraction

Flooding is an unfortunate occurrence that many Durham homeowners experience throughout their time living in the area. With the severe weather through all seasons of the year that can happen with little notice, combined with the possibilities of flash flooding when the ground becomes oversaturated, the likelihood that your home could get affected in a lower lying area of the region is persistently high. While many homeowners have taken preventative measures to avoid these circumstances, strong flow can still affect properties and cause substantial damage even with our fast response to emergencies.

One of the primary concerns is floodwater extraction for your Durham home, as pooling water can immediately begin to penetrate exposed materials and saturate them. Within the span of 24 hours, materials like drywall can get oversaturated to the point of bloating and degrading and requiring removal to restore the home completely. Having a team that can respond quickly to this situation is critical to preserving as many of the contents and affected areas of your home as possible. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can offer the full measure of our resources and knowledge to extract water from your property fast after flooding has occurred.

Our industry-leading equipment is essential for extracting floodwater from your property quickly. With truck-mounted pumps in our SERVPRO Green Fleet, we can remove water from affected areas of your home at a rate of 300 psi. Once the excess has gotten removed, our experienced technicians can get to work on drying out the exposed materials that can get preserved and removing elements like drywall that have gotten too damaged to preserve. Our air movers and dehumidifiers can work to dry out the framing and studs of the house before reconstruction begins.

While there are many steps to recover your home following a flood, having a team that can arrive quickly with the tools to quickly remove floodwater is essential to beginning restoration for your home. Give our SERVPRO of Durham rapid response team a call for any emergency that threatens your property at (603) 868-3343.

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Clearing up the Confusion About How Mold Damages Your Durham Home

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Clearing up the Confusion About How Mold Damages Your Durham Home If mold is not properly removed, it will re-infest the area and expand to new areas of your house.

Misconceptions About Mold Growth in Your Durham Home

Many Durham homeowners experience mold growth on their property throughout its lifetime. While this might be surprising for many to hear, the truth is, some of these never get the treatment and attention they need to prevent structural compromise or health hazards to the occupants of the property. There are many misconceptions about mold growth that can make appreciating the damage it can do difficult.

Among the chief misinformation out there regarding mold damage is that you can handle the removal of mold growth in your Durham property on your own. With so many varieties of mold that could seat and thrive throughout your home, understanding the risks and best approach to remove certain types can be impossible without the right amount of training and experience in the field. Our SERVPRO professionals undergo extensive training and education into the varieties of mold they could encounter in homes and businesses throughout the area and the best tactics to remove these colonies entirely.

Another misconception about mold growth is that it is not harmful. Some varieties of mold do not release harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can cause health effects, but their presence can still cause discomfort and agitate existing conditions and allergies. Quickly taking care of an active colony is the best way to limit exposure for yourself and your family.

Rumors and wrong information can get found all over the internet and spread through the people that you know. Perhaps one of the most concerning of these is that mold growth eventually goes away on its own, and this is rarely the case. Damp areas of your property tend to stay that way and continually perpetuate an atmosphere ideal for mold colonies to form and thrive until professionals like our SERVPRO team intervene. The worse the spread becomes, the more materials become irreparably damaged and the longer occupants of the house remain exposed to VOCs and spores from the spreading colonies.

Fighting mold growth in your home is a battle that homeowners cannot face on their own. With so many variables and types of mold that could get encountered, trust our SERVPRO of Durham mold remediation specialists to help you get your property back to its original condition. Give us a call anytime at (603) 868-3343.

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When an Unattended Candle Causes Your Epping Bedroom to Burst in Flames

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When an Unattended Candle Causes Your Epping Bedroom to Burst in Flames Candles are beautiful to view, but left unattended, can cause a fire. SERVPRO is ready to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Leaving an Unattended Candle Lit Can Leave Your Epping Home in Need of Fire Damage Removal Services

Even something as small as a candle has the power to cause a fire in your home and leave you in need of professional fire damage removal services. Leaving a candle unattended in any part of your home is never a wise idea. It may have seemed like the candle was far enough away from a curtain, or other flammable materials. However, fire can jump further than you'd expect from one surface to another. It is always better to be vigilant when it comes to fire hazards.  

Unfortunately, an unattended candle inside of your bedroom has left your Epping home in need of fire damage removal services. The candle caught nearby cosmetic materials on fire, leaving a bubbling mess of plastics and makeup as it spread along the surface of your dresser. From there, the fire jumped to the curtain next to the dresser and then began to burn it up as well. By the time you put out the flames with your home fire extinguisher, soot and ash had already spread throughout your bedroom. In these events, it is fortunate that professional help is close by to call upon for help.  

When you contact SERVPRO, we always make it a top priority to arrive at your home as quickly as we possibly can. When it comes to fire damage, our employees understand how time-sensitive the situation can be — the longer that soot can sit on the walls, your dresser, and bed-covers, the more of a chance it has to cause discoloration to those materials. Not to mention, it is easier to remove the melted plastics while they're still pliable rather than when they are completely cooled.  

Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians can remove the smoke-damaged bedspread to be washed thoroughly in a solution that can help remove the stains and smell. From there, SERVPRO can throw away the remains of the burnt up curtains and then focus on removing the soot stains from your wooden dresser and bed frame using either a chemical or lubricative cleaning solution. Both solutions are designed to remove the grime, but chemical solutions try to break it down on a structural level while lubricative ones try to lift the grime from the surface to which it has adhered. Once the area is clean, SERVPRO can finish off the job by using a hydroxyl generator to help combat the foul smell.  

Should an accidental fire break out in your home, never hesitate to get help as soon as you can. Speak with a representative of SERVPRO of Durham by phoning (603) 868-3343. No matter the time, we're always available to assist you. Want to know what is happening in Epping? 

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Advice From Professionals on Drying Your Durham Water Damaged Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Advice From Professionals on Drying Your Durham Water Damaged Home Inspect your home often for signs of leaking pipes.

We Can Handle Water Removal In Durham

Water breaches from a pipe burst, roof leak or plumbing issue can damage your property you do not address it promptly. It is best to contact restoration specialist like us right away to reduce costs. Our team can respond quickly, which can reduce further damages to your home. Standing water inside the home should be removed as soon as possible because excess moisture can cause mold growth and can damage your home’s structure if it sits for more than 48 hours. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and can restore your home when possible.  

SERVPRO water removal technicians in Durham are efficient and can first check the structure to determine the type of equipment they need to successfully and adequately complete the job. In most instances, the team can employ either portable or truck-mounted extractors to remove water fast. Pumps, wet vacs, and wands may also be put in place to help eliminate moisture from the affected areas such as from the flooring and sub-floors as well as from the carpeting.  

Our teams thoroughly dry the structure to prevent rot and mildew from growing. The crew employs air movers to circulate warm air throughout the structure and to dry the area quickly. The techs utilize high-velocity axial fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from inside the home. The use of air movers, dehumidifying machinery and fans can help with the drying stage by reducing humidity. Our trained technicians use heaters to dry certain areas rapidly. Hidden moisture inside the home can damage your floors, carpeting, and walls, which makes contacting us the right thing to do in emergencies such as this one.  

SERVPRO of Durham water removal services are available 24/7 and can restore your property to its preloss condition when possible. We are near you and are ready to help when you need us. Call us at (603) 868-3343 to make an appointment. Our teams work fast and can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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The Many Reasons Why We Are Your Best Option To Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Durham

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Many Reasons Why We Are Your Best Option To Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Durham Household fires are a lot more common than you think.

Why Use SERVPRO When Your Durham Property Suffers Fire Damage

Household fires are a lot more common than you think. Most of them start in the kitchen and are relatively easy to contain with limited charring or structural damage. These are not newsworthy, but they can be stressful for the homeowners that suffer them; especially when it comes to cleaning away soot or smoke residues. The common kitchen fire has resulted in a well-spring of services who can help to restore your property. Today, we discuss why you should choose us.

There is a lot to think about when fire damage in Durham properties needs remediation. Where to put possessions during service, how best to tackle different types of smoke and how long it should take to wait for a call-out. SERVPRO operates a 24-hour call line to help homeowners get answers. We can arrange a service within four hours of notification of loss and have external cleaning facilities where we can take possessions for deep cleaning.

From our experience, structural damages tend to be kept to a minimum in a house fire. Usually, the more pressing concern for homeowners is the visible soot deposits and unpleasant smells that can linger after the flames are extinguished. SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize the behavior of smoke and can locate sources of odor that may not be visible to you. We are also IICRC certificate holders in smoke odor control.

As a national franchise, we share knowledge gained from fire restoration in properties all over the US. One vital part of our procedure is the pre-test. A SERVPRO technician can assess different types of smoke, which is influenced by the types of material burned in a fire. Knowing this allows us to tailor our approach to the specific needs of each customer rather than a one size fits all method. Ultimately, this has led to better customer service, efficient uses of time and a fuller service.

You need professional expertise to restore your home correctly, contact SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 to get it.

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The Clock is Ticking. Why the First 48 Hours Matter After a Flood in Your Durham Home

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Clock is Ticking.  Why the First 48 Hours Matter After a Flood in Your Durham Home Removing standing water within the first 48 hours significantly reduces damage to your home.

The truth is that the first 24-48 hours after a flood are crucial to your home’s restoration process. It is also true that damage occurring in your Durham area home continues, long after the water returns from wherever it may have originated. You only have a short window before your belongings, furniture, and other contents become permanently damaged.

Flood damage on your Durham property quickly makes its way through a series of cosmetic changes within just the first few hours of saturation, easily leaving stains on your carpeting or furniture and seriously harming appliances and electrical items that are all a regular part of our everyday lives. You can overcome this situation though; all you need to do is understand what water is doing to your home.

The following 12-24 hours allow bacteria to form in stagnant water, and for more permanent damages to form on various surface materials found in your home. In as little as 48 hours mold sets in, causing an entirely new set of circumstances. You may want to take it upon yourself to begin your restoration, but the truth is that you are most likely making things worse. Unless you have the equipment, resources, and personnel to perform flood damage services of your own, call SERVPRO for help.

SERVPRO has IICRC-industry certified technicians ready at a moments notice to attend to all of your needs, 24/7. Our entire staff works with you to get things back to normal fast and relieve the amount of stress involved in restoring your home to its former glory. We can perform a variety of personal, caring services that help limit any losses you might experience.

SERVPRO’s services were designed to both help you prepare and recover quickly. Our technicians can help you understand which areas of your home are more susceptible to flooding and provide solutions that minimize your losses. Low-lying areas, areas near water, behind a levee or near a dam, stream, gully, or creek all seem harmless until flooding begins.

SERVPRO of Durham can also help you determine whether additional drainage or sump pumps can assist in your time of need with highly trained personnel, ready to clean and restore your home whenever you need us. Call us 24/7 at (603) 868-3343.

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