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You Have the Questions, SERVPRO Has the Answers for Commercial Water Loss Mitigation in Durham

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial You Have the Questions, SERVPRO Has the Answers for Commercial Water Loss Mitigation in Durham Hey, A Big "Thumbs Up" for SERVPRO Water Removal to Our Commercial Center in Durham

Commercial Water Removal Can Solve Problems from a Leaky Roof Over Your Durham Office Building

Rain showers often leave Durham with a sweet fresh scent. Depending on your roofing type, any number of situations could have caused the leak. Last winter's ice dams, rodent and bird pests over the summer, or even shoddy work or faulty materials the last time your roof received any maintenance can all create a leaky roof.
 
When your office building holds a messy surprise for you after a rainstorm hits overnight, commercial water removal can help restore your Durham property. SERVPRO can get things back to normal and keep damages low. We do this by working together as a team, and also by including you in the restoration process. We realize that many people rely on your building for their daily operations and activities, and when it falters, a business can suffer. By minimizing interruptions as much as possible, this can keep your business thriving.
 
Our services are scalable, so if the amount of water requires a truck-mounted pump with submersible attachments, we can supply this for your needs. If hand-held units should suffice, then this can help keep costs lower than using larger pumps. Either approach is followed by SERVPRO technicians extracting all of the moisture out of the materials that sustained direct rainfall. Other materials nearby can also retain water, and we quickly dry these out, as well. Large air movers and desiccant machines get the moisture contained quickly. Dehumidification also addresses the moisture in the air and steadily decreases it back to normal again.
 
Wall and office dividers can also retain substantial amounts of water. We can take these outside so they can air dry quickly without loading the air with the evaporated moisture. Other furniture, such as upholstered chairs, sofas, and the like can also dry more quickly outdoors, in an unaffected area of the building, or whatever options are available to expedite the drying process.
 
Carpeting also needs to dry as quickly as possible. We often float carpets, where we can direct airflow both above and below the rug. The manner in which we do this prevents unnecessary stretching. This method requires us to move all the furniture out of the room. After we achieve dryness in the carpet, we can deodorize it. Water removal may leave furnishings and materials dry, but odor can linger. Hydroxyl generators using UV light offers treatments that can effectively remove these odors. When we bring the furnishings back in, they can also benefit from hydroxyl treatment. This gas is safe around plants, damp carpet and upholstery, and occupants, situations where we cannot safely use ozone.
 
SERVPRO of Durham assists businesses of all sizes in the Newmarket and Madbury areas with water removal services and other mitigation techniques. Contact us whenever your business requires professional services to remain safe. Our 24-hour service number is (603) 868-3343.

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How Drying Dishes Properly Reduces Mold Growth in Kingston

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Drying Dishes Properly Reduces Mold Growth in Kingston The kitchen is an easy breeding ground for mold. SERVPRO technicians have the expertise to remove the mold and keep your family safe.

Putting Dishes Away Wet can Lead to Mold Damage in Your Kingston Kitchen

Having children help with household chores teaches them responsibility and the value of working together. When your family enjoys dinner at home instead of dining out in Kingston, cleaning up afterward is just part of the evening. Teaching the proper way to wash dishes and plates after the evening meal should also include making sure that nothing still damp gets put away on the shelf.

Homeowners can protect their homes from mold damage in Kingston by making sure that dishes, as well as other household chores, get done the correct way. Even small amounts of moisture left on bowls or plates can add up, especially if shelves have plastic or rubber liners. While these are meant to protect your home, they can lead to extensive mold damage. Wooden shelves contain the cellulose needed by microbes, and so do many foods, as well as the packaging of several kinds.

Drips that run behind the shelves can also lead to mold damage in the basement of your home. Even if your home only contains a crawl space underneath, this area can harbor mold that later damages your home's other areas. Microbes such as mold reproduce through the ability of their spores to travel on air currents, including both the wind and your house's interior air currents.

SERVPRO understands that you do not want mold inside your home, especially inside your kitchen. We can get things cleaned up and back to normal quickly. For our mold damage remediation to remain successful, we need you to partner with us and only place completely dry items in the cabinet. We can protect the area where you store your dishes with a highly effective and very safe antimicrobial spray, as an extra precaution.

Many areas that hold mold populations do not yet suffer from mold damage. We clean these areas and then dry them so the mold no longer can affect those surfaces. When we work in heavily infested areas, we use enclosures to maintain a high level of control over the spores that release whenever mold gets disturbed. These areas can occur anywhere in your home, so we use special instruments to detect elevated moisture content.

Our IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) uses various devices and machines to perform effective mold damage remediation for those living in our communities. We want to help eliminate microbial infestations that might cause health effects and damage homes.

SERVPRO of Durham can be contacted by calling (603) 868-3343 whenever you need mold damage remediation services. Epping, Stratham, and Newfields residents are also encouraged to call us for these and other services that protect homes and businesses.

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What To Do After Fire Damage Strikes In Durham

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After Fire Damage Strikes In Durham After a fire, our priority is getting your home back to its best, "Like it never even happened."

What To Do After A Fire

Damages to your home and contents can be debilitating. Not only are our homes where we feel the safest, but they also house our most cherished memories and possessions. Fires of any size or scale can be challenging to cope with by yourself. When it comes to rebuilding, it can be a struggle knowing where to begin. Thankfully, professional restoration services are available to help you get back on your feet after any size disaster.

Properties that suffer from fire damage in Durham can benefit from a fast call-out, assessment, and restoration process. After the flames are extinguished, secondary water damage can become an issue. At SERVPRO, we have built our reputation on providing an active response network for our communities all over the US.

Calling our emergency line is the first step toward getting your home back on track. We can send a trained fire technician to your property within four hours of notification of loss. On arrival, we can carry out a visual inspection and pre-test your furnishings to help us decide on the best course of action.

In larger-scale fires where emergency services have been called in, we can use truck mounted extraction units to remove any excess water. Following this procedure allows us to begin mitigating loss as quickly as possible. Industrial grade wet/ dry vacuums can be used to remove any trace elements of moisture as well as removing surface layers of soot and smoke residues.

Smoke travels upwards, moving toward air pockets near ceilings and leaving behind smoke traces when it comes into contact with your surfaces. SERVPRO technicians are experts at tracing smoke, using wet cleaning methods to restore your ceilings, walls, and carpets. Once satisfied that the source has been restored as well as any areas smoke may have traveled to, we can begin work to return your home to a habitable condition.

Smoke odor can often linger long after soot and smoke have been removed, providing an unpleasant reminder of fire. We can use a combination of chemical odor removers, foggers and, in extreme cases, ozone generators to remove odors for good. At the conclusion of service, a SERVPRO technician can conduct a walkthrough to point out areas where work has been carried out.

After a fire, our priority is getting your home back to its best, "Like it never even happened." Contact SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 to book a service now.

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Reducing The Effects Of Water Damage to Newmarket Neighborhoods

9/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reducing The Effects Of Water Damage to Newmarket Neighborhoods Newmarket Homes Suffer Reduced Water Damages When SERVPRO Lowers Humidity while Extracting Water

Humidity Reduction Decreases Drying Time after a Water Loss

Most residential flooding in Newmarket and other New Hampshire homes comes from common and mundane sources like a rusted out water heater or a broken water line running through the garage and into the living areas. The results can still be as expensive as damage from a fire or when stormwater finds its way inside.

Restoring a Newmarket home after water damage means getting the water out and beginning the drying process as quickly as possible. SERVPRO restoration teams have the equipment and training to accomplish this and return each residence to its original, dry condition promptly. Our technicians carefully follow several key measures to support these efforts.
 
The simplest one to monitor is temperature. If the home heating and air system is available, technicians keep the temperature between 70 and 80 degrees. If not available, team members bring in space heaters keep the affected rooms in this range. In cold weather winter conditions gas powered, trailered in heaters can be employed.
 
As technicians use pumps to remove standing water, other SERVPRO specialists monitor the humidity levels. High moisture content in the air can slow normal drying, and even warp furniture and wood flooring. Our personnel installs dehumidifiers to lower the humidity while performing other restoration actions. These devices can remove up to 25 gallons of water each day, depending on the amount of moisture in the air and the devices used.
 
Reducing humidity also helps speed up evaporation. The longer water stands, the more get absorbed by property like carpets and drywall. Increasing evaporation helps convert more water to vapor, so technicians speed it up by installing air movers to force warm, dry air over damp surfaces. To draw this increased vapor out of the home, team members use exhaust fans to pull the damp air out of affected rooms and direct it out of the home, along with the LGR type dehumidifiers.
 
Both fans and air movers increase air movement throughout the home, helping to dry the air and surrounding property. Technicians carefully monitor the speed and temperature of both devices to ensure they do not cause secondary damage or accidentally increase humidity levels by raising the temperature too rapidly. When not correctly placed, it is possible for uninformed or unskilled technicians to actually cause "raining within the structure."
 
Drying a home after water intrusion is not a quick process. SERVPRO of Durham is here to walk homeowners through every step, so they have confidence in our actions and their choice of restoration companies. If you need us, call (603) 868-3343 today to get started.

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What Makes Your Durham Basement Meet Conditions for Mold Growth?

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Makes Your Durham Basement Meet Conditions for Mold Growth? Finding mold on a wall in your basement is undoubtedly an issue of concern. Contact SERVPRO for an investigation and remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Extensive Experience and Training When it Comes to a Mold Infestation in Your Home

A basement in your Durham home is a common staple used for storage and utility purposes. While some have taken the added step of finishing this broad area of their residence, it rarely makes it less susceptible to the risks of underground construction. One of the glaring concerns with the sublevels of a home is the possibility of mold growth. The more you understand about this potential hazard for your property, the better prepared you are for avoiding it or getting the situation resolved immediately upon its discovery.

For as much as homeowners know about mold, there is a lot that they do not know about mold damages to their Durham homes. It is a common misconception that mold goes away on its own or that it is not as dangerous as some might label it. Unfortunately, neither of these are true. There are considerable risks with allowing mold to grow in your home as it spreads quickly throughout the affected area and it can pose significant potential health risks to those exposed to the thriving colony. These facts make it imperative to contact professional remediation experts like our SERVPRO team.  

Avoiding this occurrence might seem impossible, but that is not always the case. Underground foundation work like basements often tends to be on the damp side. This moisture is a combination of outside pressure from underground water against the footer and foundation of your home. Additionally, moisture is also able to weep up through the cracks that form in concrete flooring or leach through blockwork with an exterior side. While modern construction seeks to heavily waterproof this construction, many homes in the area had gotten constructed before this was a common practice.

Our SERVPRO technicians have also found that the general darkness and limited temperature range of the basement areas also contribute heavily to the colonization of mold spores. The focus of our technicians, however, is to eliminate or significantly reduce the present moisture to prevent a food source for mold spores. With equipment like industrial grade dehumidifiers and air movers, we can displace moisture and provide arid conditions in its place.

Understanding some of the common threads in mold growth can help you better identify the signs that mold growth could occur or might already be happening. If you discover mold, it is best to leave the removal of the colony and the possible restoration of the affected materials to the experienced and certified applied microbial remediation technicians we employ at SERVPRO of Durham. You can reach our rapid response team 24/7 at (603) 868-3343.

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Remediating Commercial Fire Damage To Durham Shops

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediating Commercial Fire Damage To Durham Shops Business fires in Durham usually extinguish thanks to sprinklers and other fire suppression systems quickly.

Remediating Commercial Fire Damage

Business fires in Durham usually extinguish thanks to sprinklers and other fire suppression systems quickly. That limits the physical damage from actual heat and flames, but there are still problems with smoke or soot residues and the odors they can cause.

Lingering odors are often the last concern after commercial fire damage to a Durham business. For a specialty business, like a coffee shop, SERVPRO understands that eliminating odors is just as, if not more, important than other restoration concerns. Fortunately, many of the methods needed to remove odors are the same for cleaning smoke damaged furniture and structural property.

The first step to eliminate odors is to remove damage property from inside the business and increase air movement. Team members remove tables, chairs, sofas, and other items to the outside if weather permits. Our personnel can set up tents on-site, move items to temporary storage, or bring them to our facility if needed to clean them. With everything outside, team members set up fans and air movers to increase circulation.

As the air starts to clear of odors, SERVPRO technicians begin cleaning surfaces. For metal surfaces on the coffee brewers and other appliances, wiping them down with a sponge and a mild cleaner removes the odor-causing residues in most cases. If the residue is very sticky or thick, the technician may need a stronger cleaning agent or a soft-bristled scrub brush. These remove the residue without marring the surface of the appliance.

Meanwhile, other technicians use sponge mops and cloths to wipe down ceilings, walls, and floors. If there are odor-causing residues in area rugs, specialists use commercial rug shampooers with a strong carpet cleaner to remove them. If the residues are exceptionally thick, the team leader may decide that it is cheaper to remove and dispose of the area rug than to expend the labor hours and materials to try and remove them.

Outside, technicians can wipe down most furniture using the same materials and tools as with the appliances. If there are upholstered items like some sofas and easy chairs, it may be necessary to use a fogger to force a cloud of cleaning particles through the surface of the fabric and into the padding underneath. For thicker residues, technicians can also use an immersion tank that generates bubbles and forces them through the upholstery.

If you have had a fire in your business, you should remove the residues left by it as quickly as possible. To eliminate the residues and the odors they cause, contact SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 today. We are here for you.

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Dealing With The Moisture Problem After Flood Damage In Durham

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing With The Moisture Problem After Flood Damage In Durham Once we have addressed all possible hazards in the crawl space, removing the standing water is the next step.

Dealing With The Moisture Problem After A Flood

Even without a flood damage incident, accessing a crawl space is always challenging. Their doors are usually small, and since the restoration work requires the use of specialized equipment, you can imagine how arduous it can be to pass through. Having an accessible point of entry is not enough, some equipment such as dehumidifiers might lack enough space upright. We also have to remove the insulation, the mud, and inspect the HVAC system of your Durham property.

Most flood damage incidents in Durham are associated with black or gray water, so, our SERVPRO technicians must wear safety equipment during the restoration process. Remember, most crawl spaces have running electrical circuits, and deactivating them is critical to avoid possible electrical hazards. We also check whether the moisture problem can make the building to collapse and whether it has affected the foundation walls and footings.

Once we have addressed all possible hazards in the crawl space, removing the standing water is the next step. We first identify the lowest point on the site and then use submersible pumps to do water extraction. We also set up a plastic moisture barrier to prevent a possible spread of the water vapor problems. At this point, we are ready to dry the floors, walls, and other structural components.

Where appropriate, we place dehumidifiers and air movers in the structure to enhance the evaporation process. Some situations may force our SERVPRO technicians to do some demolitions to create enough room for the dehumidifiers or air movers. We perform such actions after a thorough consultation with the property owner. After that, we monitor the drying process as we work towards achieving the drying goal.

In instances where the demolitions are not enough to create enough room for the equipment, we might connect flex hoses to dehumidifiers and facilitate the movement of air to the site. Some of the dehumidifiers that our SERVPRO team uses have duct collars that serve this purpose.

SERVPRO of Durham is an industry leader in commercial and residential cleaning and restoration. Call us at (603) 868-3343 and allow our highly trained technicians to the job the right way.

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Unexpected Water Damage In Your Durham Retail Store

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Unexpected Water Damage In Your Durham Retail Store Don't Be a Dummy, Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup at Your Durham Clothing Store

Durham Areas Businesses Rely on SERVPRO When in Need of Water Cleanup and Restoration

The strip center that you have your Durham store in likely was not constructed specially for your business. This arrangement of your store situated in the building likely came about due to several other businesses once existing in this spot and moving on for one reason or another. The trouble with aging buildings is that when you move from one leaser to the next, the upkeep up of the building suffers from a lack of concentrated attention.

Over time, elements intended to keep external threats out such as the roof of the building erode and degrade with the winter's freeze and the spring's thawing warmth. Without inspection of this building done on an annual basis, you might be entirely unaware of threats that exist in the immediate future when a severe weather situation occurs. Now you are contending with water damages in your Durham retail store.

Our SERVPRO professionals have the experience and rapid response to help you mitigate much of the damage that your building would receive from such an occurrence. This fact is dependent on the immediacy of your call, however. The objective is to remove the possibility of the situation getting worse by tarping or boarding up leaks and penetrations of your roof to allow our technicians to get to work on restoring what damage exists inside.

Our team of professionals focuses on getting the inside dry and the mess cleaned up so that your business can continue as you would prefer. Regarding getting the roof repaired, our SERVPRO team works alongside many reputable contractors in the area and can help you find a suitable commercial roofing team to repair the damage and assess for more pressing issues.

There are no good ways to prepare for even a small water emergency in your store. Insurance is always an option. With so many high traffic areas and investments that you have made in the stock of the store, there is no time to waste on getting the situation addressed. Give our SERVPRO of Durham specialists a call whenever you need us at (603) 868-3343.

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Preparations For Flash Flooding In Your Durham Residence

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparations For Flash Flooding In Your Durham Residence Flooding and Storm Damage to Durham Homes Needs Swift Water Removal from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Provide Fast Service to Mitigate Storm Causing Water Damage

Residents of Durham are no strangers to severe weather that can strike with little warning. As ground becomes overly saturated during periods of heavy rainfall, houses and commercial properties find themselves at risk of flash flooding situations. Often, these scenarios require torrential downpours that last for extended periods of an hour or more, but at times the intensity can be less with steadier rains that lead up to the severe storm.

Flash flooding is a scenario that requires homeowners to act quickly to save the contents of their home from irreparable damages. In these situations, Durham homes that do not typically exist in floodplains are as susceptible to the flood damage as those that are. Preparing for a situation like this might take considerable work, but it can help you to stay better protected from the unexpected.

One of the services that our SERVPRO team offers is a simple inspection into the structural integrity and strength of your foundation. This area of your home is one of the first lines of defense against a sudden barrage of floodwater. This inspection can help you to identify vulnerabilities in your home's exterior wall before you are testing its resolve against a natural disaster.

Some homeowners do not anticipate a problem, then it happens, and you need someone to show up quickly and help you preserve the contents of your home from getting ruined. We have a solution. A pack out service from our SERVPRO technicians has us arriving quickly and removing the at-risk items in your home and taking them someplace safe, generally our facility, for drying and restoration work even as we pump out the stormwater from your home. A pack-out also frees up space inside the structure for more freedom of movement for the water removal and drying processes.

Flash flooding can happen quickly and with only a limited warning. The best thing that you can do is to prepare your home for this possibility with a preemptive inspection and the right professional team of restorers to remove the mess and bring your home back to its prior condition. You can depend on our SERVPRO of North Durham rapid response team, and reach us 24/7 by calling (919) 467-0880.

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Preventing the Spread of Mold Damage in Your Durham Property

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing the Spread of Mold Damage in Your Durham Property Mold Remediation and Cleanup for Durham Properties--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Durham Homes with Professional Mold Remediation

Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, some factors may lead to mold damage. For instance, you might experience the mold problem after flooding, foundation leaks, or plumbing leaks. If a musty smell develops after a water intrusion incident, it is time to work with a professional and prevent significant damage to your Durham property.
 
Let us begin by looking at the common problems that mold damage causes in Durham when it grows in basements. Usually, mold grows in moist conditions, and if your basement has organic contents such as carpeting, insulation, sheetrock and wood framing, there is the possibility of experiencing this kind of damage. As the air moves from the basement to the upper living spaces, it might lead to health effects. If you work with our SERVPRO technicians, we can keep such issues under control by ensuring the moisture level in your property is low and checking whether ventilation and waterproofing are correctly set up.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians are performing mold cleanup and remediation, we begin by doing a detailed inspection. During the inspection, we identify the source of the water and the extent of the damage. If the water was coming from a leaking plumbing system, we can repair it and stop the flow if it is a minor fix. For substantial repair work, we recommend that our customer calls a plumber. Movements and vibrations at the site can make the mold spores move to uncontaminated areas. That is why we always put containment measures in place.
 
As a containment measure, we can surround the area with a poly barrier that is 4 mil to 6 mils thick. After that, we can introduce negative pressure and perform HEPA filtration around the containment to minimize the movement of mold spores. We can also set up a decontamination chamber, where our SERVPRO technicians can clean tools, masks, and suites, before re-entering the site. Installation of zipper doors can also limit the spread of spores.
 
Do not get upset when you experience water, fire, mold, and storm damage. Call SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 for stress-free commercial and residential restoration services.

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