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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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When Stormy Weather Threatens Your Durham Home

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Stormy Weather Threatens Your Durham Home Storms can wreak havoc on your home. Call SERVPRO for their professional experience, training, and equipment to restore your property.

Flood Damage Experts In Durham Talk About The Use Of Technology During Restoration Projects

When thunderstorms hit the Durham region rain, wind, and hail can ruin building materials that make up the structure of your house. The elements that exist during stormy conditions can cause a variety of types of flood damage. If water builds up outside and gets deep, then it can find its way into your house and negatively affect both your building materials and contents. The longer items inside a structure stay wet, the worse problems they can become. It is often necessary to call in a professional company like SERVPRO to remove the moisture out of your possessions and structural components as quickly as possible so that the flood damage to your property is minimized.

Rapid water removal is not as easy as it may sound and it can require specialized equipment as well as knowledge and experience. When our SERVPRO team mitigates flood damage in the Durham area, we use the most industrially advanced technology to aid in the project. As with everything these days, the tools utilized in the restoration industry are continually evolving as more research gets conducted and better technology becomes available. Our priority is to stay up to date with the latest findings and procedures so that we can bring to the table the best solutions to aid you with your compromising situation.  

During any mitigation procedures we conduct, not only do we use the most advanced technology but we also have a highly trained team. Our SERVPRO technicians that quickly respond to your emergency are IICRC certified and continually educated. We use a combination of what we have learned through certification programs and the knowledge that we have gathered through our on the job experiences in several different situations.  

Most water-related restoration projects require immediate extraction to remove standing water and saturated porous materials. Then rapid structural drying takes place so that moisture levels of organic materials return to preloss conditions which lower the chances of microbial growth. If you ever need help after a storm, calling SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 immediately can give you peace of mind after a disastrous situation.

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What a Stink After a Fire! Durham Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Help

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What a Stink After a Fire! Durham Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Help Smelly Smoke After a Fire in Your Durham Kitchen? SERVPRO Restores Great Indoor Air Quality

Lingering Odors in Your Durham Property Should Worry You after a Fire Loss

Fire damage incidents can be very destructive and in the process cause a significant financial setback for any homeowner. Whether the cause of the fire was a faulty heater, gas leakage, candle, short-circuiting or any other cause, such incidents are always associated with the surprise factor. Smoke odors are part of the challenges that residents of Durham struggle with when such incidents happen. We identify sources of such odors and neutralize them using appropriate deodorization methods.
 
We never assume things during fire damage restoration even when we are dealing with a small section of your smoke filled Durham property. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that soot and smoke can move to other areas within the building and stick to surfaces. If that happens, lingering smells remain in the building even weeks after the event. Ozone neutralization and thermal fogging are two main deodorization procedures we use to address the odor problem.
 
In thermal fogging, a deodorant is fed into a fogging device which thermally breaks down the product into small particles. We then direct the dispensed deodorants to the target area. Our SERVPRO team uses appropriate respirators when using this technique, and it is necessary to put up signs showing Thermal Fogging is in progress. The thermal fog appears like smoke, so, it is our responsibility to alert the local authorities to avoid cases of false alarm. It is necessary for unprotected people, and pets stay away from the site, and we make sure all pilot lights such as furnaces, water heaters, and gas ranges are off.
 
We use ozone generators to produce the ozone gas that we use for deodorization. Our SERVPRO technicians use this technique when addressing odors in unoccupied areas. We also place signs to alert people that this procedure is in progress and abide by the OSHA exposure levels when using this gas. Our team also ventilates the area at the end of the process before reentry. Hydroxyl generators are another option for chemically altering the malodorous compounds, thus rendering them odorless.
 
SERVPRO of Durham uses several deodorization techniques to neutralize toxic odors after a fire damage incident. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is in your home or business, call us at (603) 868-3343 when you need proven emergency services.

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What Are Highly Trained Specialists Look For When Scoping A Contaminated Property In Newmarket

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Are Highly Trained Specialists Look For When Scoping A Contaminated Property In Newmarket Water infiltration is one of the common forms of property destruction.

Five Things Water Damage Technicians in Newmarket Look For When Scoping A Contaminated Structure

Water infiltration is one of the common forms of property destruction. Causes include plumbing overflows, faulty appliances, pipe bursts, and roof leaks. Your home can be infiltrated by clear water or gray water. On rare occasions especially when it rains heavily, sewer backups can cause black water to infiltrate your home. As the best restoration technicians in Newmarket, we respond fast to stop further damage. Before water extraction begins, we start with scoping.

Scoping is where we use our expertise and water restoration equipment to determine the extent of the damage. As water damage technicians in Newmarket, we first inspect the affected area. During this process, we gather information about the structure. We also identify potential health hazards (S500 Principle 1, Health and Safety). Using this information, SERVPRO technicians choose the best mitigation and restoration measures.
There are many things we consider during scoping especially if water damage is due to black or gray water.

Number Of Materials Contaminated
At the scene of water damage, SERVPRO technicians begin by inspecting the number of contaminated materials. To provide an accurate count, each contaminated material is identified and recorded.

Porous Vs. Non-Porous
Once we are done counting, the next step is to check if the material is porous or non-porous. This is important especially when it comes to carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture. If carpets and rugs are non-porous, they may trap water beneath. This makes the top down drying process invalid.

Can Your Home Be Ventilated?
If it can, we can expedite the water extraction and drying process. Also, we can prevent mold growth in your home by improving airflow in and out of your home.

Decontamination And Restoration Of Your Valuables
Is decontamination of the materials possible? Can they be restored or do you have to replace them? This is an important stage in scoping as it gives homeowners a clear picture of the damage. Also, it helps homeowners to provide insurance adjusters with a record of the damaged items and their value.

Is The Contamination A Health Threat?
During scoping, SERVPRO water damage technicians determine the type of water flooding your home. By doing this, it will help provide a clear answer to the following question – is the water infiltration a health threat? If found to be a health threat, the right measures are put in place.

SERVPRO of Durham technicians follows the Water Damage Emergency Services Report as a guide. By doing so, we are able to scope your home thoroughly and gather the required data. If you're in need of professional water restoration services, call our 24/7 emergency line at (603) 868-3343.

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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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We Provide Fast Fire Damage Restoration In Durham

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Provide Fast Fire Damage Restoration In Durham Fires in the home can be a frightening experience for families.

Fast Fire Damage Restoration

Fires in the home can be a frightening experience for families. Acting fast and calling professionals is the best way to protect your property. We arrive within hours after you contact us and come prepared to restore your home. Our quick response time can minimize structural damage and may save many of your household items.

We highly train our SERVPRO technicians in Durham in fire damage cleanup and restoration. The fire team quickly extinguished the fire, which minimized the damage to your home, but a large amount of water was needed to complete the job. Typically, migration is part of fire restoration. Depending on the amount of water, our crew may use pumps, vacuums or extractors during the water removal phase. Also, our techs dry the structure after extracting water. The team may use fans, air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas thoroughly.

Soot, dirt and smoke residue covers the walls, floors, and ceiling. We advise against washing or wiping residues from the structure. Our expert fire damage team can perform a thorough inspection to evaluate the level of damage. We can perform minor repairs like taping to protect the property or boarding a broken window. For any additional structural repairs, we suggest homeowners contact a general contractor.

Our certified SERVPRO crew may use industrial air scrubbers, fans and fogging equipment to remove strong smoke odors. Plus, they can apply professional grade cleaning products to remove soot, dirt and fire residues from the ceiling, walls, and floors. We clean salvageable items in the home with our powerful odor removal products that neutralize and remove smoke odors. Our technicians discard burned items such as boxes, furniture, and clothing. The items that the crew saves are cleaned and sanitized and kept safe until the crew restores the structure.

When possible, you can trust our skilled SERVPRO of Durham fire damage techs to restore your home to its preloss condition. We work fast and aim to make homeowners feel “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (603) 868-3343.

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Getting Your Newmarket Home Dry After Water Damages

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Getting Your Newmarket Home Dry After Water Damages When your washing machine malfunctions and sends many gallons of water onto your floor, call SERVPRO. Contact us right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO Employs Many Methods to Dry Out Your Home After Water Damage

Among the many ways that you have set out to make your Newmarket home a little more comfortable and convenient, the purchase and installation of appliances have to rank very high on this list. With the simplicity of machine labor, you have a lot more free time and do not have to work as hard. Unfortunately, with water fed appliances, you are also always at the risk of a potential disaster.

Even if the water damage to your Newmarket home is not substantial, it is still advisable to pursue professional restoration services. With the widespread nature of water, many areas can get affected in a short period with no way of the homeowner knowing. While you might work to correct the damage you can see, dampness and moisture from the incident continue to plague the areas like subflooring and wall cavities.

Fortunately for you, our SERVPRO professionals have the tools and the expertise to make a difference in your water damaged home. From extraction solutions to thoroughly drying the areas, we work as quickly as possible to return your home to preloss conditions. While extraction might not always be a requirement, drying the area thoroughly continues to be in every water damage scenario.

To dry the area as it needs to be, our SERVPRO technicians often have to remove portions of drywall and paneling to access confined spaces in between the walls if those areas are discovered to get affected. The same goes for the areas beneath the flooring, into the support and subflooring materials that can often become overly saturated.

Several tools are necessary to dry out the affected area of your home. While the process usually consists of air movers and dehumidifiers, the injectidry system and large drying mats are also regularly in the rotation for drying out hard to reach places.

Appliances can cause a headache for any homeowner when they malfunction and spew water onto the floors. Our SERVPRO of Durham water damage specialists have all of the tools and equipment to get the job done quickly and correctly. Give us a call 24/7 aat a (603) 868-3343.

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Restoration of Commercial Water Damage Protects Durham Bakeries from Future Crises

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration of Commercial Water Damage Protects Durham Bakeries from Future Crises Keep the sweet treats in stock with water damage restoration with SERVPRO.

Water Damage Restoration by SERVPRO

Fresh bread out of the oven smells terrific, but few people can take the time to do this on a regular basis. Most residents in Durham rely on local bakeries to supply the needs of fresh baked goods, from loaves of bread to sweet doughnuts and other treats. Bakeries must adhere to strict standards of cleanliness regarding both equipment and building interiors.

One disaster that can make continued production difficult for a bakery in Durham is the existence of commercial water damage. This kind of damage comes in many forms and can cover a large area in a bakery's building, sometimes before you notice its presence. SERVPRO professionals know how to remove the effects of this and other kinds of damage that can happen within a business' interior. Removing such damage and anything affected by it starts the restoration process.

We clean damaged or otherwise adversely affected equipment, including mixers, bakeware, utensils, counters, and cabinetry. SERVPRO works with many local businesses so they can remain vital parts of our local economy and your bakery, like other food-producing businesses, must follow regulations to provide a healthy product to the public. The friendly restoration experts at SERVPRO know how to mitigate such damaging effects and keep them from spreading further.

Crumbling walls and other structural components, flaking paint and varnishes, deteriorating plastics and rubber trim, and other problems may not seem substantial enough to create concern. However, such decay can permit rodent and insect infestations to develop. These problems can undoubtedly pose health hazards to your employees, also, and create an unsafe working environment. SERVPRO understands the enormity of such situations and works quickly to restore safe conditions for both your employees and your customers again.

Removing such materials and replacing them helps restore the state of your building, but we also must locate the source of the water. In rare cases, we find that the water's intrusion was a one-time event, such as an overflowing basin, but in the majority of situations, ongoing leaks or drips cause water damage. We stop these after locating them with our moisture detection devices, including infrared imaging scanners.

SERVPRO of Durham wants to help your bakery rise to the top once again after you discover signs of water damage in your building. Call us at (603) 868-3343 if your bakery is located in or around Newmarket or Madbury and we can help you make it "Like it never even happened."

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It Is Not Always Your Durham Basement That Experiences Flood Damages

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It Is Not Always Your Durham Basement That Experiences Flood Damages Flooding Greatly Damages Foundations and Structures in Dover Properties--Seek Help from SERVPRO Fast to Limit Water Damages

SERVPRO Suggests to Homeowners in Durham to Respond to Flooding Quickly to Mitigate Damages

As a Durham homeowner, you likely can attest to the severe weather systems that can roll through the area with little warning. Planning for these storms is almost impossible, leading you to rely heavily on the fortifications of your home and its solid construction to ward off the risks associated with heavy rainfall and flooding conditions.

Even if your basement and foundation walls are durable and well-constructed, other areas of your Durham home could allow these flood damages to occur. For example, if high winds pull shingles off of your roof, this could expose the construction materials underneath and test the limitations of the build in preventing high volumes of water from passing through.

When you first discover water can penetrate into your home, you should seek the experience and expertise of our SERVPRO professionals. We respond quickly to your call, no matter when it happens, to help you limit the damages that your home experiences and save the contents of your home from becoming unsalvageably ruined.

Extraction is not always a requirement for these kinds of calls if the source of the immediate damages can get found and repaired. For substantial rebuilds and reconstruction, this work must precede restoration by a certified residential contractor or company of your choosing before our SERVPRO team can do our work.

Thoroughly drying the area is one of the essential components to our restoration process because it prevents structural components from getting weaker, exposes severely damaged areas which require replacement, and prevent secondary damages like mold growth from occurring as well.

Overcoming flood damages in your home is not something that every homeowner gets prepared to face. Fortunately, this is not a battle that you have to fight alone, as our SERVPRO of Durham flood restoration specialists are always available to help you overcome all of the damages caused by this disaster and to return your home to preloss conditions. You can reach us at any time by calling (603) 868-3343.

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Attic Space Sustaining Mold Damage in Durham Places the Entire Home at Risk

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Attic Space Sustaining Mold Damage in Durham Places the Entire Home at Risk If mold damage is found in your attic, call SERVPRO 24/7 for help

How to address mold damage in your attic space

Over the winter, ice dams and small leaks can permit water from melting snow to enter into the uppermost regions of your Durham home. The attic may not receive much traffic from your family, but microbes still exist there in substantial numbers.

The lack of time spent in the attic of your Durham home can mean mold damage can take over large areas before you notice anything wrong. If this mold enters into any holes or other imperfections in your air system's ductwork, mold particles and spores can soon become a problem in your living space down below the attic. We clean visible mold from unfinished wood in attics quite often with non-toxic methods.

SERVPRO's Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) use methods similar to sandblasting, but without the sand, to remove microscopic organisms harbored in your attic. After we finish, we use a HEPA-filtered vacuum to remove both the mold particles and spores, as well as the solid agents used to blast the microbes off surfaces.

As always, before beginning our work, we protect ourselves with personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and air filtering masks. We also protect your living area from contamination by enclosing your attic space and turning off the air system. Reducing the number of spores that migrate into other areas of your home keeps your microbial population much more controllable.

To further protect your home from microbial damage, we can discuss the need for an air scrubber that efficiently removes any particles in the air, including mold particles and spores. Air scrubbers keep any mold that escaped when you discovered it growing in your attic from restarting a new colony downstairs. Our machines change the air inside a home rather quickly, so they do not need to run for an extended period.

SERVPRO of Durham sends technicians to homes and businesses in the Newfields, Kingston, and Stratham areas to perform mold damage remediation. If you discover mold or other microbial colonization occurring in your home, call us at our local emergency service line number, (603) 868-3343, so we can assist you in maintaining a healthy interior environment for your family.

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When Your Durham Home Suffers Substantial Water Damages

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Your Durham Home Suffers Substantial Water Damages SERVPRO of Durham is here to inspect, assess, and restore your property back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO is Here For You When Water Damage Strikes Your Durham Home

As a homeowner, your Durham residence is always on your mind regarding how you can make it better equipped to withstand the forces of nature and the damages that these instances can do to your home. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent of homeowners taking the most extreme of precautions, you cannot plan for the possibility of internal water emergencies or issues that pose a threat all on their own.

Your Durham home can fall victim to water damages with little notice or warning, especially with instances like appliance failure and degradation. Water-fed machines like your washing machine or dishwasher often do not age well, and simple components like bushings are all that stand in the way of preventing overfilling. When these parts malfunction or break, your appliances continually get fed water (overflowing onto the floors in the area) until you manually shut down the supply line.

Our SERVPRO team has seen all manner of disasters like these throughout our time serving customers in our communities. While every situation differs slightly, our unique training allows us to handle every water damage situation that we might encounter, and become a clear choice for those looking for professional restoration done right.

The process begins with an assessment of the damages and a determination of what we need to restore your home back to the way it should be. Often these situations require extraction of present pooling water, which typically gets achieved with the use of portable pumps and wet-vacs. For more extreme extraction needs, we can dispatch a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet.

Drying the area is a critical component to restoration. It is essential that the area is thoroughly dried to prevent further damage to structural components or worsening damages like microbial growth.

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When it comes to overcoming water damages of any severity in your home, you want to make sure that the job gets done correctly. You can always put your trust in our SERVPRO of Durham restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and move on from the damages. Give us a call 24/7 at (603) 868-3343.

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Old Kitchen Outlets Can Cause a Small Electrical Fire in Your Durham Home

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Old Kitchen Outlets Can Cause a Small Electrical Fire in Your Durham Home When facing an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO for remediation and prevention efforts.

SERVPRO Starts the Remediation Process Quickly After a Fire for Best Results

Outdated outlets, wiring, and appliances can cause a blaze in your home and then leave fire damage behind. When it comes to the safety of your home, it is always best to check the plugs of your old appliances for damage or potential fire hazards. While harder to detect, it is also possible for outdated and faulty outlets in old homes to cause electrical fires. However, despite caution accidents can still occur. It is important to know that when these accidents happen, help is nearby.
 
While you may be tempted to wait and think about your options after your Durham home suffers fire damage, it is never a good idea to hesitate. Soot adheres to surfaces with the help of the heat from fire; the longer it stays in contact with whatever it is attached to, the more damage it can do. Soot can discolor your wooden cabinets and expensive countertops. Ashes can get inside of your vents and stove. Leaving the damage alone for too long can result in the loss of your belongings. It is best to get professionals into your home quickly so they can inspect the damage and get the remediation process going.
 
SERVPRO can use advanced technology to handle the soot, ashes, and odor left behind by the blaze. We can sand down the smoke off of your wooden cabinets and, afterward, they can be refinished to restore them to their pre-fire condition. Our SERVPRO techs can employ the use of thermal foggers to address the odor that clings to your kitchen. Thermal foggers trap the particles in that air that cause the odor and neutralize them. Lastly, SERVPRO can make sure to clean any ash from the vents in your kitchen.
 
Do not delay when you have a small fire in your home. Dial (603) 868-3343 to contact SERVPRO of Durham. No matter what time, we can take your call.

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Tools For Water Damage Remediation In Your Durham Business

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Tools For Water Damage Remediation In Your Durham Business When there has been a plumbing failure of any kind in your Durham business, it can create a lot of commercial water damage.

Water Damage Remediation

Plumbing fixture failures or faulty installations are the primary cause of interior water damage to businesses in Durham. Minor clogs and leaks should be handled properly since they can be the signs of more severe issues in your Durham deli. If an appliance, pipe, fixture, or hose contains running water, it must be maintained correctly and to prevent any losses related to water.

When there has been a plumbing failure of any kind in your Durham business, it can create a lot of commercial water damage. Water can quickly get into every nook and cranny, underneath flooring and inside walls. Cleaning up a mess like this is not a good idea, because if you miss anything, you could also wind up with mold damage. Letting our staff at SERVPRO help you instead is the smart choice, as we have all the tools needed to not only clean up the damage but to find any hidden moisture, too.

Once we arrive at your building, we locate the areas of your structure which are wet and determine precisely how wet they are compared to regular moisture levels. We use various devices to track moisture within the building.

The goal of SERVPRO technicians is to return all materials to their normal moisture content levels. We use moisture meters to find the moisture content of various materials to help us figure out if a structure is dry. Penetrating moisture meters have probes so we can test underneath flooring and inside wall cavities.

A moisture sensor is used to detect excess moisture in soft materials. It has sharp probes which penetrate through carpets and padding so we can figure out how far the water has gone. We can only detect that water is present with this tool, however, and cannot measure the amount of water that is there.

Thermo-hygrometers measure both relative humidity and temperature. Some can even measure the dew point. With the readings from these devices, in conjunction with a psychrometric chart or calculator, helps us to figure out the specific humidity.

SERVPRO of Durham has the necessary tools to help us determine where the moisture in your water damaged business in Epping, Kingston, or Newfields is. You can get in touch with us anytime you need by dialing (603) 868-3343.

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SERVPRO Gets Your Flood Damaged Durham Home Livable Faster

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Gets Your Flood Damaged Durham Home Livable Faster SERVPRO'S Green Fleet Follows the Yellows Lines to Your Property in Durham for Flood Water Extraction

Methods, Skills, Equipment and Experience Help for Rapid Floodwater Removal and Restoration

Flood damage can create a major impediment to day-to-day life in your home, even if the damage is relatively light. Flooding can knock out entire rooms, sections, or floors of a building, making them dangerous to navigate through and impossible to live in. SERVPRO has, through decades of experience and research, developed an approach to flooding that allows us to be in and out of your home as fast as possible to minimize the burden placed on you. So, how do we do it?

Fast Responses
SERVPRO technicians are ready on a 24/7 basis to respond quickly to calls about flood damage in Durham and surrounding communities. Being available at all hours allows us to protect homeowners from disaster even when it strikes in the dead of night and hours of precious time would otherwise tick away. Within four hours of your first call, our representatives arrive on the scene and begin mitigation work that prevents additional damage from happening and takes care of pressing issues on the spot. As a result, we save days or weeks of time and thousands of dollars in expenses during our restoration procedures and get your home back to a livable state in as little time as possible. "Like it never even happened."

Efficient Restorations
Our restoration work focuses on maximizing efficiency in two regards: time and cost. We specifically select innovative strategies and plans that, while more complicated and technologically involved than traditional solutions, take care of drying and restorative tasks far faster and more reliably than in decades past. Furthermore, our technicians take care not to employ redundant or unnecessary strategies if they are not needed to keep costs down. We also keep every part of your home in mind during our work and carefully monitor conditions to make sure that no changes are allowed to go unchecked.
 
SERVPRO of Durham has helped local homeowners to recover from flood damage disasters for years and has access to national-scale resource networks to make sure that your home receives the care it deserves. Call us at (603) 868-3343.

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Cleaning up Mold Damage in Your Durham Home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning up Mold Damage in Your Durham Home Say no to mold infestations and say yes to mold remediation with SERVPRO of Durham!

SERVPRO Can Take Care of The Mold Infestation in Your Durham Property 

If you have mold growth in your Durham residence, you have a moisture problem, too. Mold does not grow all by itself but requires some type of moisture. If you can control that, then you can control mold growth. Many times, a direct water intrusion is the culprit including a plumbing leak, roof leak, poorly sealed windows that are leaking, water run-off from bathtubs and showers, or drain back-ups.

Finding mold growth and mold damage in your Durham home does not make for a happy day, but it can be cleaned up. If the source of the moisture is solved, you also won’t have to worry about a new colony of mold returning. Professional help from a mold remediation company such as our staff at SERVPRO is the best way to go. Household products are not recommended, as they do not adequately clean the mold.

When we first arrive, we inspect the affected area to see how far the mold has spread. During remediation, we wear protective gear including gloves and a respirator to avoid breathing in the spores of mold as we disturb them. Sometimes, a full-face mask and Tyvek suit is needed.

A containment area is made around where the mold colony is to prevent the spores from spreading to clean parts of your home. SERVPRO techs use air scrubbers to filter out excess mold spores, and in situations where building materials such as framing are wet still, we use dehumidifiers with low flow to help the drying process.

When the mold is on porous materials like carpeting or drywall, it many times needs to be removed and replaced. When the mold is on these types of materials, it is not easy to clean, so it is better to get rid of it. Non-porous surfaces such as marble and tile are wiped down to remove the mold spores, and we use HEPA vacuums before and after cleaning of all affected areas.

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SERVPRO of Durham works hard to ensure we take care of your mold problem in your residence in Stratham, Newmarket, or Epping. You can be confident when you call us at (603) 868-3343 that we can make your home safe for you and your family again.

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Key Areas That Need to be Deodorized After Fire Damage to Your Kingston Home

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Key Areas That Need to be Deodorized After Fire Damage to Your Kingston Home Fire damage in your attic needs thorough remediation and restoration efforts. SERVPRO technicians can provide those services. Call today.

SERVPRO Technicians are Equipped With Tools Which Offer Complete Remediation Services to Homeowners


Apart from the carnage due to heat and flames, a fire also brings with it another huge problem- the odor. The smell of burning material can linger on in your home long after the fire has been contained. There are a few areas of your home that are more susceptible to accumulation of odors after a fire than others.

SERVPRO Professionals can pay particular attention to these areas and use some of the latest technology to combat odors after fire damage to your Kingston home. Here are some of the areas that can need more attention.

Confined areas
Confined spaces are magnets for odors after a fire incident. The smoke can fill these areas and saturate them with the smoke causing particles. If the area is heavily contaminated, SERVPRO technicians can use ULV foggers or an ozone machine to combat the odor.

Attics
Attics are uniquely challenging for the process of odor elimination after a fire incident. It is often needed to remove the contents to locate the source of the odor. There are two materials in the attic that are most severely affected by the odor-causing particles- the insulation and the rafters.

The material used in insulation is very porous, and the odor particles can penetrate deeper into it. The situation can get worse if there is a high air pressure within the attic. Ventilation and spraying deodorant with ULV fogger are perhaps the best options for eliminating such odors.

If the fire is particularly intense, the structural material including the rafters can be covered in smoke and soot. The odor elimination process in such situation starts by scrubbing the residue from the surfaces and spraying with a strong deodorant.

Another place where odor molecules can accumulate is the inside of an automobile. If your car is trapped in the garage on fire, the smoke and soot residue can penetrate the upholstery of the vehicle and can cause them to reek with burnt odor.

Call SERVPRO of Durham today at (603) 868-3343 to talk to one of our odor elimination experts.
 
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When You Need Help Removing Water From Your Durham Property

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When You Need Help Removing Water From Your Durham Property Urgent water removal services are something that many homes in the Durham region can need during the early spring.

Removing Water From Your Property

You need water removal services, and you need them quickly. The spring thaw has come, and the old sump pump in your basement has broken due to the excessive water running around your home as the snow melts. Now your basement floor is covered with ankle-deep water as the sump pump can no longer deal with the excess.

Urgent water removal services are something that many homes in the Durham region can need during the early spring. However, it is critical and essential that the water should not be left for too much time to stagnate. The more time that water sits in your home, the higher the chance for structural damage grows. Fortunately, help is never far.

SERVPRO can arrive at your home within hours of your call to evaluate the damage done. From there, our skilled technicians can set up a plan to extract the water that has collected in your basement. We employ the use of powerful truck-operated pumps as well as wet/dry vacuums to remove all of the water that has built up in your home.

Once we have removed the stagnating water, our technicians can evaluate the level of damage to the structure of your basement. Concrete floors can often build up a chalk-like calcium deposit when exposed to water. Our technicians can clean your floors thoroughly to remove this and then set up a drying plan for the rest of your basement.

Depending on the amount of the damage done by the water, SERVPRO can dry out your walls and any belongings that have sustained water damage. We can do this through the use of tools like dehumidifiers, axial fans, and air movers that can eliminate moisture from the air and your home.

When your home desperately needs water removal services, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343. We can work to get your home as soon as possible and return your basement to its preloss state.

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Newmarket's Flood Damage Experts

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Newmarket's Flood Damage Experts When a tree branch falls on your house, it could create a hole and allow rain water into your attic and home.

Call SERVPRO After Storm Damage to Start the Restoration Process As Soon As Possible

When a storm breezes into your city, a dangerous environment for your Newmarket home gets created. Storms bring about increased rainfall and high-speed winds. The combination of wind and rain can cause problems to your house.

Sometimes wind flings objects like rocks or branches into your building creating a hole for water to enter. If rainwater gets inside your structure, it is smart to call in SERVPRO's flood damage specialists in Newmarket. It is likely that rainwater ruins contents and building materials and sometimes the water has a high level of contamination.

At times, branches fly into the exterior of your home, leaving the entire building exposed to rain. One common area that is susceptible to damage during a storm is your attic. Our technicians at SERVPRO are IICRC certified and receive specialized training to mitigate issues inside attics.

Water damage inside an attic happens in some different ways. When a tree or branch falls onto your roof, it possibly creates a large hole in your structure. Hard rain, hail or wind sometimes damages roofing materials which in turn possibly causes water damage inside your attic.

Some attics have good access while others are more difficult to enter. If the attic is easily accessed, then structural drying is quite simple. However, if it is not possible to get drying equipment in the tight space, then other measures get taken. Ceilings and insulation sometimes get removed so that air movers and dehumidifiers dry out the structural trusses.

If an attic gets wet enough, water soaks into the insulation inside the ceiling and sometimes causes the drywall to sag. In these situations, the drywall gets removed first then the insulation often gets pumped out, dried then put back in the attic. If the insulation is fiberglass, it quickly dries out and gets saved. Other insulation materials sometimes get discarded and replaced.

Problems inside your attic possibly get worse if you do not do anything to mitigate the problem right away. If you have a storm damaged attic that needs professional attention, call SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 for help 24/7.  

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Keep Your Retail Store Running Smoothly With Mold Damage Mitigation Availability In Durham

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Keep Your Retail Store Running Smoothly With Mold Damage Mitigation Availability In Durham SERVPRO Helps Keep Your Durham Retail Business Open with Mold Remediation

SERVPRO Recommends Controlling the Moisture Levels to Help Prevent the Growth of Mold

Mold is not just a problem that hits homeowners; it can affect retail locations throughout the area as well. When weather systems roll in, you need to make sure you are checking your retail store for mold damage. Since mold can cause health effects that impact a higher number of people gathered within your walls, it is your responsibility to ensure your store remains safe.

Keep your employees, customers, and building integrity secure by hiring an IICRC-industry certified professional with the right equipment, experience, and resources that can do the job right. The right company has trained in all aspects of mold damage remediation, providing help in Durham for virtually any material affected by mold.

If you discover mold in your retail store, many porous materials may be affected. The aprons your employees wear, table clothes used on displays or counters, paper products, and more. SERVPRO can inspect every inch of your store, checking insulation, drywall, carpeting, cement, and those areas that are hard to reach, such as rafters and beams throughout.

SERVPRO can help circulate clean air into your retail store, using air-movers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers to dry the entire area and catch airborne mold spores traveling throughout your store looking for a place to land. Our fully trained technicians disinfect a variety of surfaces, such as glass, plastic, concrete, metal, wood, brick, and stone with EPA-registered disinfectants to stop the spread quickly.

Mold can take hold fast, never hesitate to take the opportunity to give us a call. The affected area requires the proper attention within 24 to 48-hours, to prevent things from getting even worse. Limit any losses you might experience by contacting the professional mold remediation team at SERVPRO; we help you learn how to watch for water problems and prevent future exposure. Be ready for health code inspections by keeping your workplace within standard levels of moisture and "mold-free" within a reasonable tolerance.
 
SERVPRO of Durham has 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration teams ready to respond to your request for help immediately. We offer services throughout Newmarket, Stratham, Madbury and other surrounding areas, providing quick, efficient mold remediation services you can count on to keep your business running smoothly.

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Fire Damage from the Bathroom Exhaust Fan in Your Durham Home

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from the Bathroom Exhaust Fan in Your Durham Home SERVPRO Says to Keep Bathroom Vents in Durham Free of Lint to Help Prevent Fire and Smoke Damage

Smoke & Fire Cleanup After Electrical Fires are Common

Your exhaust fan in your Durham bathroom is excellent at preventing damp walls, steamed up mirrors, and fogged windows. They are also good at removing odors. However, they also pose a fire risk. Over time, these fans build up lint which insulates the motor and causing heat buildup. The lint provides a fuel source that is easy to ignite. To prevent a fire from occurring to your exhaust fan, it should be cleaned and inspected on a regular basis.
 
When your exhaust fan has gone overlooked and catches fire, you are left to deal with the fire damage and the cleanup. Your Durham home is far from what it used to look like, which can be very daunting and overwhelming. At SERVPRO, we are always standing by to help you after such a disaster. We can clean up the damage efficiently and quickly so your home can go back to its preloss condition.
 
When cleaning up after a fire, we can vary the aggressiveness of cleaning by controlling our application of the cleaning product. Some materials can suffer damage if exposed to heavy product concentrations. By using different techniques, we control how much product is applied.
 
Some surfaces or materials in your bathroom could be too fragile to withstand aggressive agitation or a direct application of solvent-based or water-based cleaning products. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs can clean them safely by absorbing residues from the material instead.
 
To do this, we use absorbent powders. Residues and soils absorb into the powdered and are vacuumed or extracted from the surface along with the powder. Absorbent powders can be effective at removing soils from porous surfaces such as marble, draperies, and fabrics. They are sometimes used along with solvents or other cleaning agents. Soils are treated first with the cleaning agent or solvent; then absorbent powers are put on the treated area. When it is dry, we vacuum the surface. Sometimes, solvents can be mixed with the absorbent powders to make a paste, which is applied and then left to dry before it is vacuumed off.
 
SERVPRO of Durham recognizes different surfaces in your bathroom in your home in Kingston, Newfields, or Epping. We are careful to use the correct cleaning techniques so as not to damage anything further, so you can feel confident in giving us a call at (603) 868-3343 for help cleaning up.

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Simple Structural Degradation Can Lead To Water Removal In Your Kingston House

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Simple Structural Degradation Can Lead To Water Removal In Your Kingston House Secure Foundations in Durham to Prevent Water Damage

SERVPRO Tip--Check and Maintain Your Foundation to Prevent and Mitigate Water Damage to Your Property

There are several factors in your Kingston home that can ultimately lead to a water emergency. While most of this is beyond the control of the homeowner, there are some things that you can prevent through a little bit of continued maintenance. Such is the case with cracks and erosion to mortar joints that hold your foundation walls together. While this might not seem all that difficult to manage, this kind of minuscule damage can worsen over time and create a significant water emergency in the right conditions. 

Most people do not go out of their way to visually inspect the structural integrity of their foundation on a regular basis, and there is a lot that gets buried underground that you cannot see. However, for what you can see, regular inspections can aid in preventing substantial water emergencies that require professional water removal services to your Kingston home.  
 
Our SERVPRO team of certified professionals has gotten extensively trained in water restoration efforts and practices to ensure that every house gets restored to preloss conditions. A combination of our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment work to prevent the problem from getting worse while simultaneously repairing and restoring the present damage.  
 
Extraction is a primary component of the water removal service, and depending on the severity of the water that is present, can get accomplished with a pump truck from our fleet or vacuums and portable pumps. It is imperative that our team surveys and assesses potential structural damage to ensure that the damage is not worse than initially thought.  
 
Our SERVPRO professionals look to locate the source of the damage and repair this problem to your foundation. With cracks, holes, and worn mortar joints, the penetration can typically get sealed off with the use of hydraulic cement. The compound is sturdy and can withstand high-pressure water, giving you a lasting solution to the formerly pregnable wall.  
 
Needing water removal services might seem traumatic, but if you reach out to SERVPRO of Durham quickly, you can rest a little bit easier. Our emergency response team is available anytime you need us by calling (603) 868-3343.

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Understanding Mold Remediation for Your Newmarket Home

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Remediation for Your Newmarket Home Finding mold in your home can be overwhelming, SERVPRO technicians are trained and certified to properly and thoroughly remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Offers Thorough Mold Remediation Services

Fungal growth in your Newmarket home is far from common. While you might have encountered moldy, damp basements and attics throughout your life, this is a condition that you should not put off resolving in your own house. Basic research can lead you to “home remedies” for removing colonies of fungus that you might find helpful, but these are typically ineffective for wholly removing the organism seated on the surfaces of the affected region of your home.

The best solution for the remediation of mold damage to your Newmarket home is to hire professional restoration services to handle it for you. Our SERVPRO specialists are uniquely trained to IICRC standards of mold remediation to combat varying severity levels of growth as well as multiple varieties of fungus. Our training gives us a distinct advantage in removing mold colonies, as we have a better understanding of the best remediation methods and equipment for each possible type.

There are several levels of the remediation process, the first of which is isolating the area to prevent the spread of active spores from the mold colonies. The effort begins with shutting off circulation of air in your residence until the remediation gets accomplished. The affected area is isolated, and the spores contained and nullified through our use of negative air chambers.

Scrubbers are used most often to cleanse the surfaces where mold gets spotted deeply. The process removes the farthest reaches of the hyphae, preventing any of the mold colony from survival. Deodorizing is also a necessary component of the remediation process, as this musty scent can become difficult to live with comfortably. Foggers are a typical choice for this process, as the dense fog they create neutralizes foul odor molecules in the air and leaves behind no scent at all.

The remediation process gets completed with the removal of moisture from the air and surfaces by our SERVPRO professionals. Often this can get accomplished with dehumidification equipment. You may get encouraged to continue dehumidification on your own if the source of the moisture is not evident upon inspection.

If you have found mold damage, do not hesitate to call professionals like ours to help. Our SERVPRO of Durham emergency response team is available 24/7 at (603) 868-3343.

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Experienced Flood Damage Technicians In Kingston Help Mitigate Damages

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Experienced Flood Damage Technicians In Kingston Help Mitigate Damages SERVPRO Rises to the Occasion to Remove Stormwaters from Kingston Properties

Rely on the Crews from SERVPRO for Stormwater Removal and Clean Up

Recently, many areas of the country have been plagued by some violent storms. If a storm ever comes through Kingston, there is a good chance the area gets hit with high levels of rain and wind. The combination of large volumes of rain and high winds can cause significant damage to your property.

SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Kingston can come to your aid when your house gets damaged in a storm. Our property restoration teams have experience in dealing with all types of damage rainwater and wind can cause to your home. Flooding and brutal storms can cause problems to the exterior and the inside of your home.
     
Sometimes wind can cause objects to fly into your house. For example, say during a storm the high winds tear off a tree branch, and it flies into your house. Now there is a hole in your house that rainwater is filling. If you call in SERVPRO, we can help the problem cause as little damage to your home as possible. First off, our restoration team can come in and seal the hole off so that no more water gets into the structure. For emergency service, we can typically use tarps and plywood to mitigate damages. If the water inside the home is excessive, then we can extract all of the water out of the carpet and floor. Then, our team can test moisture levels and see if there is still moisture in the floors and walls. This process can take a short time, or it might take weeks to restore your home to its preloss condition.
 
If there is still high moisture levels inside the floor and walls of your home after extraction, we can then implement our structural drying process. During this process, we can set up air movers and dehumidifiers to get the moisture levels back to normal. Usually, these devices work in conjunction with the water extraction equipment.
 
When your house gets damaged in a storm, it is essential to get the problem mitigated quickly so that any damage endured is kept to a minimum. To minimize storm caused damage, call SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 for help 24/7.

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What SERVPRO Does During Restorations For Fire Damage In Kingston

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What SERVPRO Does During Restorations For Fire Damage In Kingston The final stage in most SERVPRO fire damage jobs in Kingston is the restoration process.

Fire Damage Restoration

The final stage in most SERVPRO fire damage jobs in Kingston is the restoration process - when we send our best teams to conduct repairs, remodels, and refinishes around your home to restore it to the same quality it was in before the disaster ever happened. This, however, is often one of the longest and most cost-heavy parts of the process, especially for larger fires that cause more damage. Here is a short outline of some of our more common restorations after a fire.

Rebuilds
Many cases of fire damage in Kingston cause structural damage significant enough to warrant a partial or full rebuild of the area. This means that structural components such as walls, ceilings, floors, and supports are removed and rebuilt with fresh materials. We are fully certified to conduct such repairs, and our technicians have years of experience and training under their belts in this capacity. No matter how severe the damage may be, we can return your home to a state of normalcy quickly and efficiently.

Repainting
Even light fire damage often warrants some amount of repainting. We stock a vast selection of different paint types and colors to match your home's needs perfectly. We also offer unique mold-resistant paint options to help safeguard your home against future threats of mold damage.

Installation Of Carpet And Finishing
Once the base materials of the walls and floors have been renovated or examined, they may still need refinishing or recarpeting to be fully brought back to operation. We do everything in an efficient, fiscally sound fashion and aim to restore existing materials rather than replace them at any opportunity. We can handle many expert refinishing tasks, but may also call on trusted third-party specialists to care for specific materials and situations.

SERVPRO of Durham is a local provider of fire damage restorations, repairs, and rebuilds that are ready for your call 24/7 in the wake of a disaster. Contact us at (603) 868-3343.

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Water Damage Can Happen Because of Leaks Around Shower Enclosures in Newmarket Homes

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Happen Because of Leaks Around Shower Enclosures in Newmarket Homes Leaks in Newmarket Bathrooms Cause Damage

Hidden Leaks Lead to Water Problems and Damage

Water is used throughout a Newport home, from washing machines to kitchen sinks to bathroom fixtures. When these devices leak, water can pool in locations that should always remain dry. Other times, breaks in water lines create the problem.

Newmarket homeowners can expect water damage to developing whenever water ends up where it should never exist. One such location is through tiny cracks in the grout around shower enclosures. Once these areas begin to take on water, they then disintegrate behind the grout, also. Water can affect any area adjacent to the shower enclosure, including above locations. This is because water seeps into porous materials quite quickly, sometimes defying gravity in a process called wicking.

When SERVPRO receives a call about water damage that comes from an undetermined source, we assure the homeowner that we carry the equipment and devices just for that purpose. Our hygrometers can detect water-laden materials, which allows us to follow the water back to the source. Many times, we find that undetected leaks and open areas that should not be created the problem. We eliminate this situation. In the case of a shower releasing water, we tear out the defective materials and replace them with all new ones or partner with a rebuilding company for the renovation.

We can often paint over the water stains found on walls and ceilings below and next to the shower area, saving the homeowner the expense of replacing these sections of the affected room. There are times, though, when this is not possible because of the amount of deterioration. Each home is unique, and we must assess each one on its own merit.

Our goal is to restore your home with the least intrusive and most cost-effective methods available to us. We want your home restored, so it is “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Durham can be contacted by calling our local number, (603) 868-3343, at any hour on any day of the year. We remain dedicated to our community and know emergencies happen round-the-clock.

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Power Outages Can Cause Water Damage to Your Durham Grocery Store

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Power Outages Can Cause Water Damage to Your Durham Grocery Store Your customers depend on your store location to provide them with groceries for their meals. When facing water damage, it is best to contact SERVPRO

Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Tackle Water Damage on Your Commercial Property

Grocery stores in Durham offer a steady supply of food and produce to the residents here. As with any grocery location, there are often several aisles of frozen fare. When a power outage strikes, these units offer the potential for severe damages to your store when the foods inside start to thaw. This problem continues to get worse the longer that your establishment is without power.
 
When you are dealing with commercial water damages to your Durham store, you are often concerned about the losses in profit that you are going to sustain. While the immediate water damage is apparently one of the primary concerns that you have, you also have to think about the loss of the products as they spoil in the cooling units and the loss of customer traffic as the mess is cleaned up.
 
While local utility companies often promptly work to restore power to your building, often the damage has already been sustained. Before you get your doors opened back up again to customers, you have to clean up and restore the area to eliminate the possibility of customer injuries and to mitigate further losses from damage from lingering water on electrical units and the flooring of the store. When facing a considerable mess like this, you should consider giving our SERVPRO team a call.
 
No matter what time of the day it is, our team is ready to help you bring your store back to preloss conditions. While our SERVPRO professionals might not be able to restore the damage to the frozen products that you have had within these units that were shut down, they can ensure that the water damage that it caused gets dried completely.
 
As you know, the sooner that this damage gets restored and you remove the water in the affected area, the sooner that you can allow customers back into the store and continue making money as usual. Allow our emergency response team to quickly assess the damage and get to work on cleaning up the mess. Clean-up allows you to get things back to normal much more quickly than attempting to resolve the problem on your own.
 
You cannot predict when incidents like extended power outages are going to occur. When the ensuing water damage affects your business, give SERVPRO of Durham a call. We can be reached 24/7 at (603) 868-3343.

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Be Vigilant About Mold Damage In Durham This Winter

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Be Vigilant About Mold Damage In Durham This Winter Moisture and Mold in a Durham Ceiling May Result in This Mistake

Mold Infestations Are Not a Seasonal Gift--Call SERVPRO for Help

Winter is a time of holidays, festive cheer, good food and time with family. Unfortunately, it is also peak time for weather damage, broken pipes, mold damage and more. Contrary to popular belief, winter temperatures do not discourage fungal growth as the fungi are hardy and able to grow wherever they find moisture and a food source. SERVPRO is on hand to help Durham homeowners with mold remediation this winter.
 
Nobody wants mold damage putting a blight on their festive celebrations in Durham this year. Fungal growth is often associated with summer, but winter provides plenty of opportunities for spores to grow and set up colonies throughout your home. Vigilance is key to stopping mold before it gets out of hand.
 
Start by checking damp areas of your home such as basements or porches. Look for distinct sources of leaks such as broken doors or windows, or even damaged downpipes or plumbing. Get water leaks fixed immediately – they create a damp environment which is ideal for mold.
 
Having the family home or guests over during the festive season contributes to humidity too – there is likely much cooking going on and you might find the bathroom gets more use and appliances such as washers, dryers, and dishwashers are switched on more frequently.
 
Keep your home well ventilated, even on cold days. Open doors and windows regularly. Invest in one or more dehumidifiers to reduce humidity and thus reduce the opportunities for mold growth.
 
Do not forget to check your HVAC system. HVAC ducts make an ideal breeding ground for mold. Make sure units are well-maintained; empty drip trays regularly and do not allow moisture to pool.
 
Keep an eye out for visible signs of the mold such as a musty smell or visible colonies, and deal with any leaks, pooling water or excess moisture in the home immediately.
 
SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with mold damage. We are equipped with air filters, air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums and more to remove visible mold and dry out the environment to reduce the risk of regrowth.
 
For help with fungal growth in Newmarket, Epping, Madbury and surrounding areas this winter, call SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 today.

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Ocean, River, and Rain Water All Contribute to Flood Damage Risk in Newmarket

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ocean, River, and Rain Water All Contribute to Flood Damage Risk in Newmarket A quick response from our trained technicians can make all the difference when your home is facing a flooding situation. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Our Technicians Arrive Quickly With Equipment and Manpower to Dry Out Your Flooded Property

The Granite State suffers from flash flooding when torrential rains pound the area. Exacerbating the destructive power of the rain is the potential in Newmarket for the Lamprey River to overflow its banks and Great Bay to produce a storm surge if the weather conditions are right. Homes in Newmarket are at risk of damage from flooding, requiring a fast and efficient professional response.
 
Flood damage in Newmarket is like no other disaster, storm-swollen waters soaking yards, businesses, and homes. The response to flood damage must be immediate, as the longer the waters invade a residence, the more likely that structural damage is a result. The scale of the flooding demands restoration efforts be made by trained technicians, using high-capacity water control equipment.
 
Homes that feature living areas in their lower levels are particularly vulnerable to flood damage. Family rooms or expansion bedrooms face ruin when flood waters creep up the walls and soak through carpeting. SERVPRO flood damage response crews base their successful flood damage restoration efforts upon the advanced training received. State of the art equipment and proven water removal and drying methodologies form the basis of our award-winning flood restoration services.
 
Water removal is accomplished using powerful pumps and high-efficiency extractors. The training SERVPRO crew members master in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses make a difference. The need for a speedy response is emphasized, and proper techniques stress the removal of water completely, without causing further damage to the structure or fixtures in the affected areas. Carpeting, for example, can survive a flood but risks secondary damage if the individuals handling the heavy-duty water extractors are poorly prepared to operate the tools. Stretching, tearing, and delamination are all threats when an inexperienced attempt to remove the water occurs.
 
Professionals from SERVPRO know how to suction the water from both the carpeting and its pad using weighted wands, patiently and skillfully moving over areas until all apparent water is gone. Often the padding can be dried in place, but our crews may decide to remove and replace it as a relatively inexpensive fix when the contamination risk is high, and the padding remediation is taking longer than expected.
 
The key to a successful flooding restoration in a living area is that balance between speed of cleaning and drying thoroughness. SERVPRO project managers work closely with you to lay out the options for your particular circumstances, making the best choices depending on the extent of the flooding damage and our ability to return moisture levels to preloss norms. Lighter involvement of contaminants like sewage and seawater supports a persistent attempt to restore preexisting materials and contents, with the addition of appropriate sanitization treatments. Severe contamination with infectious waste or chemicals may impel the decision to remove and replace heavily soiled items and even structures.
 
Get the help you need when facing flood damage challenges with a call to SERVPRO of Durham. Our staff awaits your call 24 hours a day at (603) 868-3343.

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Water Removal Services after Flooding or Fire are Crucial to the Restoration of Your Durham Home

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services after Flooding or Fire are Crucial to the Restoration of Your Durham Home Durham Water Damage Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Reduces Water Losses with Fast Extraction and Restoration

After a home takes on water of any kind, drastic changes begin to take place. Homeowners in Durham can protect their homes from the damage these changes cause by having qualified professionals carry out the necessary services. One small crisis can bring about a multitude of problems.

Durham property owners often rely on professional water removal services to dry their homes out when saturation is an issue. Unwanted water can come from interior or exterior flooding or firefighting efforts. Large amounts of water on floors or heavily saturated walls and attics need to be removed and extracted until achievement of complete dryness in your home occurs.

SERVPRO uses the latest in technology not only to remove the water in your home but also to find hidden areas with water and moisture. Elevated humidity can also create problems, and we have solutions for that kind of situation, as well. Hygrometers and moisture detectors help us locate areas where water seeped into, even when it feels dry to the touch.

Determined by the location and the material affected, we might use only hand-held and highly portable extraction units, heating pads for floors, air blowers, or full-size pumps mounted on large trucks. Combining any of these, along with air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, and desiccant machines, our technicians steadily, but quickly, dry your home's interior. Other restorative work cannot begin while conditions remain damp.

Whenever flooding includes contaminated water, we ensure that not only do we eliminate all the water but that we also remove any pathogens or chemical residues. We put our skills to work so we leave each home or business “Like it never even happened.” Failing to remove all the water can set your property up for future problems with mold, deterioration, and destruction of materials, foul odors, insect and other pest problems.

The skilled professionals at SERVPRO of Durham want to help you protect your home. Water removal services help prevent other problems from developing inside your residence. Because water damages from the first second it touches your home, contacting us at our local number, (603) 868-3343 can reduce total restoration costs while mitigating loss.

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How Did Mold Damage Get Into My Newmarket Home?

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Did Mold Damage Get Into My Newmarket Home? SERVPRO of Durham has the tools and technology to detect mold in your home, no matter how hidden it may be.

SERVPRO Can Answer All Your Newmarket Mold Related Questions

The most important thing to remember after you discover mold damage in your Newmarket home is not to panic. Mold growth is a common problem in homes all across America, and you are neither the first nor the last to encounter and eventually rebound from a mold infestation in your home. You may already be wondering what went wrong, either out of curiosity or a desire to prevent a similar disaster from cropping up in the future. In truth, mold does not need much to take root in your home.

Mold damage in Newmarket starts with a natural process, as tiny mold spores enter the home through wind currents or physical carriers. There exists no way to prevent this from happening: mold spores are so small and ubiquitous that their spread cannot be easily controlled. You may be wondering, then, why mold found its way into your home now and not earlier. It may be due to random chance - you could very easily have never had the right species in the right spot in your home to grow into a sizable colony. Or, more likely, an event created suitable growing and living conditions for the fungus.

Most mold damage cases SERVPRO technicians see in the field also accompany some form of water damage. Whether through a flood, leak, or a simple increase in humidity, excess water in the home is the easiest way to pick up a nasty mold infestation. Our first order of business in any mold remediation project is to search for, and correct this moisture issue, as leaving it without repair invites mold back into the home after we finish our work. In the future, be vigilant against leaks, drips, and other sources of moisture in your home, as they could be the harbingers of future mold problems for your household.

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SERVPRO of Durham is a locally-owned company that provides home damage mitigation and restoration services to those in need. Call us 24/7 at (603) 868-3343 for our help or a quote.

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Student Tenants Cause Water Removal Challenges In Durham

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Student Tenants Cause Water Removal Challenges In Durham Apartment and Store Front Buildings Benefit from SERVPRO 's Rapid Water Removal Services in Durham

Durham Apartments Benefit from Swift SERVPRO Water Extraction Services

Landlords who cater to college students may be able to chuckle after a crisis is averted, but rookie tenant mistakes can result in the need for Durham commercial water removal services. Overflowing sinks and tubs or malfunctioning toilets are common causes of water problems in student housing. Our fast and trained teams of technicians help subdue the damage.
 
Inexperience with doing laundry caused some of your freshmen tenants to overstuff a couple of washers in the basement utility area, requiring emergency water removal in your Durham apartment building. The abused clothes washing equipment spewed many gallons of water throughout the basement of the complex, threatening storage areas, other machines in the laundry room and the HVAC system. Our experienced crew arrives within hours of your call and gets directly to work removing the water.
 
We assess the safety of working in several inches of water before putting our equipment to work. If the power must be shut off to prevent electrical shock, SERVPRO workers take full advantage of our truck mounted pumps and water extractors to suction out the water using our vehicles to provide electricity. While the pumps and extractors work on reducing the volume of standing water, our technicians take baseline moisture measurements to determine drying goals for floors and walls in the affected area.
 
Air movers and dehumidifiers positioned professionally begin the task of moving moisture out of structural elements and fixtures like flooring or wallboard. SERVPRO technicians also evaluate the flooded area to discover if any hidden water remains. The cinder block construction of many lower levels can retain water inside the open cells of each block or behind paneling or drywall. We extract this water when found as it risks microbial growth and material deterioration. Tactics like drilling through mortar joints and removing sections of wall covering releases the water to avoid secondary damage.
 
Tenant storage areas pose a challenge, but SERVPRO responds by packing out boxes and items in harm’s way, staging it in another area of the apartment building for renters to review their possessions. We can extend the option for exclusive drying techniques like freeze drying when the water damages documents. We work with your insurance to help you and your tenants make decisions on which items are worth expensive drying efforts and which may need disposal.
 
When your renters turn laundry day into a flood, call SERVPRO of Durham for reliable water removal services. Our office staff dispatches crews as soon as possible after your initial contact at (603) 868-3343.

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Space Heaters and Fire Damage in Your Durham Home

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Space Heaters and Fire Damage in Your Durham Home Space Heaters Can Cause Fire Losses in Durham

SERVPRO Tip--Follow Manufacturer Instructions to Prevent Fires Caused by Heating Appliances

The colder weather is approaching in Durham, which means many people start using space heaters for extra warmth. They can be safely used. However, with improper use, these little heat boxes can be rather dangerous. These appliances are built to be as safe as possible, and there are several factors you should consider while using one.
 
Choose a space heater which is a tested model that has been deemed safe for use by guidelines of the manufacturer. Preventing fire damage in your Durham home can be as simple as this. Only use the device while someone is present – never while you are not home. Space heaters also need to be kept on the floor and be kept away from animals and small children. Do not use an extension cord to operate it, and be sure the cord is not frayed or damaged before you use the heater.
 
In case of a fire, you need the professional help of SERVPRO, a fire damage remediation company which is specially trained in restoring all kinds of fire damage. These situations create a lot of different cleaning challenges. A building which is burning has several complex reactions between various elements which include the air flow patterns of the building, the kind of material burning, how much oxygen, heat, and moisture are present, the kind of smoke residues current and the surfaces impacted by heat and smoke.
 
Fire damage can present very different restoration and cleaning situations depending on how the elements interact as the fire progresses. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to handle any of these situations.

Other factors that matter is the kind of materials that burned, temperature changes, impingement and air pressure. Smoke and heat, for instance, can damage some surfaces and not others, while high heat can cause some finishes to bubble.
 
SERVPRO of Durham is knowledgeable in handling all types of fires so that you can trust us for your fire damage cleanup and restoration. If you are a resident in the areas of Newmarket, Kingston, or Durham, you can reach us anytime at (603) 868-3343.

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Dehumidifiers, Drying and Flood Damage Restoration in Durham

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dehumidifiers, Drying and Flood Damage Restoration in Durham Flooding can be devastating and leave your property under many feet of water. Contact SERVPRO for drying and remediation efforts.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Have the Experience to Handle ANY Type of Flooding or Storm Emergency in Your Home

Durham is a peaceful community to live in, but just like most places, it is equally prone to flood attacks. If the unthinkable happens, you may find yourself in need of proper restoration services. A good flood damage restoration company should be able to assess your needs and initiate the drying process as quickly as possible to get your home back to normal with minimum disruption. They should send their best professionals swiftly with the right equipment to start work straight away.
 
SERVPRO is an experienced flood damage restoration franchise in Durham with a very impressive reputation. Following IICRC guidelines, we have managed to restore many homes that sustained extensive water damage after a huge flood. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and can provide large dehumidifiers to facilitate the drying process.
 
Our flood damage restoration services include pumping out residual water and removing furniture and other items to prevent additional loss. After mitigating the damage, professional SERVPRO technicians conduct the drying process using special dehumidification equipment. Factors such as airflow, humidity, and the composition of the wet materials determine the approach, occasionally requiring the use of heat sticks or heat mats in addition to the standard tools.
 
In the past, flood damage restoration experts had limited options when it came to restoring a water-damaged site. It was common to simply remove and discard damaged pads, carpets, and drywall, and then install new materials. Not only did this approach cause a lot of disruption to the occupants, but the process was also very expensive. Today, we can often restore flood-damaged contents without the need for replacement, thus allowing you to return to your normal life much sooner with significantly less disruption.
 
In some flood damage situations, SERVPRO also undertakes the responsibility of repairing the site, for instance rebuilding damaged fittings or replacing wall and floor materials. Using special technology, our technicians are able to take consistent measurements of temperature, moisture content, humidity, and carbon dioxide levels during restoration. The results help accelerate the drying process and reduce the number of visits to the site while keeping you adequately informed.
 
Time is money when a flood hits your home. As soon as possible, contact SERVPRO of Durham to repair any flood damage sustained. If the water stays for too long, mold and mildew may start to develop and present various health effects. You can reach us anytime at (603) 868-3343.

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Commercial Water Damage Signs to Look Out For in Your Durham Business

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Signs to Look Out For in Your Durham Business Retail and Grocery Stores in Durham Do Not Need Water on the Floor, Only in Bottles

SERVPRO Provides Removal After Water Intrusions Mitigating Damage and Odors

A faulty plumbing system is a serious threat to Durham retail stores. The water leaking from the broken pipes can ruin the walls, roofs, tiles, and any documents it comes across. The results can be terrifying. It could set the business several months behind and potentially cause the loss of important files.
 
A competent restoration company is the best weapon against commercial water damage in Durham. As a locally-based business, SERVPRO is a part of your community and understands your needs. We have a stock of up-to-date water damage restoration equipment, as well as highly trained technicians on standby. Following IICRC recommendations, we can return your business to normal conditions within no time, "Like it never even happened."
 
There are many methods of determining the presence of commercial water damage. In some cases, you may be able to hear water damage without actually seeing it. For instance, it may sound like creaking floorboards, rushing water, or dripping water. Of course, these sounds may also be present with a perfectly functional plumbing system. The idea is to identify signs of a change in the plumbing system.
 
You can also use your sense of smell to detect water damage within the store. Dampness has a distinct odor that sometimes comes with the pungent smell of mold. Watch out for other indicators of moisture damage such as a pool of water from a leaking or dripping pipe. If you come across an unusual puddle, keep an eye on it after cleaning it up to see if it returns. If it does, you may be dealing with a seepage or leakage.
 
Mold growth usually goes hand in hand with water damage. The presence of mold suggests that the area has too much moisture that needs to be removed immediately by drying. Mold has a unique, irritating smell, and can cause health effects. Discoloration on certain materials or surfaces in the store is a strong sign of water damage. SERVPRO professionals can help you repair the problem and restore the water-damaged materials.
 
In your efforts to push your business to the pinnacle of success, you cannot afford to lose time due to commercial water damage. SERVPRO of Durham is strategically located and has many years of experience offering water damage restoration services. For any emergency, we are available 24/7 at (603) 868-3343.

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Water Damage Discovered In Your Durham Home Needs Immediate Attention

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Discovered In Your Durham Home Needs Immediate Attention Durham Water Pipe Leads to Damage at Durham Properties--Call SERVPRO for Removal and Cleanup

Comprehensive Restoration Post Water Intrusion is a SERVPRO Hallmark

The harm water does to a residential property in Durham is among the most serious problems a homeowner faces. Other maintenance tasks can be delayed with few additional consequences. Water damage must be dealt with as soon as possible, however, because of the pervasive deterioration it brings to the structure of your home.
 
A common source of water damage in your Durham property links to inconspicuous leaks in plumbing. The drips and seepage slowly saturate the structure of the house, causing wood to rot, metal to rust, and mold to multiply. Eventually bulging and staining of walls and ceilings, peeling paint, and unpleasant, musty odors signal the destruction happening within the walls. Our certified water damage experts have the training and the equipment to confront and conquer this hidden devastation. The sooner we respond, the better.
 
Our crew arrives at your home within hours of your call. An experienced SERVPRO project manager assesses the damage and outlines a plan that removes water, reduces moisture and restores the structure and features of your home. Since the water damage hid behind walls, expect us to plan and make careful openings to access the affected areas. We find and arrange for repairs to the leaks in the pipes, and then move on to treat and dry out all saturated spaces.
 
We remove any standing water with pumps or powerful extractors. If the water appears contaminated with mold, we contain it and discard according to local regulation. SERVPRO is a full-service restoration company, so we include a comprehensive EPA approved mold remediation performed by our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians in the restoration blueprint for your home if indicated. After the mold and evident water disperse, our technicians establish drying goals using many moisture measurements taken throughout the damaged areas. Air movers and dehumidifiers complete this essential task of reducing moisture as appropriate for the different materials.
 
Our mission is always restoration rather than demolition and repair. This saves you money, protects the unique features of your home, and limits the disruption to your return to preloss condition. After the structure, drywall or plaster, and other fixtures dry, we focus on restoring as much of the original framing, supports, and interiors as possible. Our workers receive advanced education in Applied Structural Drying, Water Damage Restoration, and Odor Control. This knowledge base and our extensive experience in water damage abatement mean we deliver on the SERVPRO promise to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
 
Contact SERVPRO of Durham at (603) 868-3343 as soon as you suspect water is the culprit behind the damage in your home. Our staff answers round the clock, every day of the year.

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Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration - Fire & Smoke Damage Fire Damage in the basement of a local Church. The Church is a historical building built approximately 120 yrs ago & is home to 2,500 parishioners.

Fire and smoke damage to your home or business can be a huge and unexpected bump in the road.  SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience in the fire and smoke restoration business.  At SERVPRO, our disaster restoration experts will be there to help you clean up and restore your home or business to its pre-loss condition.  Our certified team offers customers professional restoration expertise while providing the highest level of integrity, quality and service, including but not limited to the following:

  • Work directly with your insurance company and assist you in the claims process
  • Deal directly with professional dry cleaners to get your clothing back to you quickly
  • Smoke and odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Structural cleaning with environmentally friendly methods
  • Cleaning and storage of personal belongings
  • Climate controlled storage
  • Complete Demolition
  • Thermal Fogging and Ozoning on site or in our cleaning facility

Fire spreads a variety of chemicals and soot, depending on the source of the fire.  This creates challenges in cleaning and decontamination, which can be hindered if not done properly.  In addition, smoke can be caustic in nature resulting in the necessity for prompt removal to minimize damage to fabrics, ferrous metals, electronic devices, chrome and painted surfaces.  Our Disaster Restoration Experts are ready to respond 24 hours a day to start the cleaning and restoration process to help minimize the damage.

Our project managers will support you throughout the entire restoration process, informing you every step of the way.  Property damage by fire, smoke and especially water must be treated promptly and efficiently to ensure the best results and prevent further damage.  We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including holidays for any emergency. At SERVPRO, our IICRC certified team will make sure your loss situation is handled correctly and professionally to minimize discomfort, inconvenience and unnecessary additional costs. We specialize in insurance claims and we'll even bill the insurance company directly so you have one less thing to worry about.

We know a home or business disaster such as a fire is a traumatic event.  No one expects a fire to happen to them, and therefore they frequently are unprepared for what they must do to help return their lives back to normal.  Our goal is to help you regain control to make your damage "Like it never even happened."

Homeowners: Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Below-Freezing Weather

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

 As the weather dips into colder temperatures, it is crucial to protect your home’s water pipes against freezing. Untreated pipes in your basement and crawlspaces can be an expensive and scary scenario for any homeowner.

Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem

Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.


A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.


In the U.S., frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often can be prevented. Taking a few simple steps, even now, may save you a lot of aggravation and expense.

Prevention

There are three common causes of frozen pipes:

1. Quick drops in temperature
2. Poor insulation
3. Thermostats set too low

Luckily, there are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If Your Pipes Do Freeze ...

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and call 1-800-SERVPRO.
  • Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • Again, if your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call 1-800-SERVPRO. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.

 

9 Positive Effects of Giving to Charity

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

You might be surprised to learn that, ultimately, it might be you who reaps some of the best rewards of your donation. Here are nine positive effects of giving to charity.

1. Experience More Pleasure
In research conducted by the National Institutes of Health2, participants who chose to donate a portion of $100 they were provided enjoyed activated pleasure centers in the brain. Although this experiment was controlled and scientific, it did show that donating money simply makes you feel better, which is something we can all benefit from.

2. Help Others in Need
We don't live in a perfect world, and there's never going to be a perfect time to give—but there are always people out there in need of help.

3. Get a Tax Deduction
If you give to an IRS-approved charity, you can write off donations on your tax return. Donating your cash is a great way to reduce the amount of money you send off to Uncle Sam, and for a good cause, to boot.

4. Bring More Meaning to Your Life
When you donate money to charity, you create opportunities to meet new people who believe in the same causes that inspire you. That, and making a real impact on those causes, can infuse your everyday life with more meaning. 

5. Promote Generosity in Your Children
When your kids see you donating money, they're much more likely to adopt a giving mindset as they grow up. 

6. Motivate Friends and Family
When you let your friends and family know of your charitable donations, they may find themselves more motivated to undertake their own efforts to give.

7. Realize that Every Little Bit Helps
You don't need $10,000 to make a difference in someone's life. In developing countries, even just a few US dollars could result in a week's worth of meals for a starving child, much-needed medical attention, and even improved schooling. 

8. Improve Personal Money Management
If you set a scheduled $100 donation each month for a particular charity, that can motivate you to be more attentive to your own finances in an effort to ensure you don't default or fall behind in your monthly donations. Anything that gets you to pay closer attention to your bank account is a good thing—especially when it helps those in need.

9. Give, If You Can't Volunteer
This might not necessarily be a positive effect of charitable giving, but if you're too busy to volunteer or otherwise donate your time, giving money is the perfect workaround. Never think that you can't improve someone's life or the world itself if your personal or professional schedule won't allow the time. Writing out a check is a simple way to show you're willing to help others in any way you can.

Do you know of any other positive effects of donating money to charity?

Movember

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

General Movember "Growing facial hair is fun. Helping out my fellow man by growing a flawless moustache is as good as it gets." -Tyson Bostrom

Since the beginning of the month, we have been contemplating the spirit of Movember whose origins are to raise awareness for men’s health issues. If you are interested, you can donate directly on the Movember.com website.

To a lesser and more entertaining extent, we thought this would be an excellent chance to show you the efforts of our fantastic Project Manager, Tyson. He believes strongly that cancer awareness and research is important for all cancers, and is quite excited to embarrass himself this month in the hopes of raising a few dollars. This is Tyson’s fourth year in a row participating in Movember.

If you would like to make a donation via Tyson’s page, visit https://us.movember.com/donate/payment/member_id/8610093/.

We would like to thank all who have already donated -- every penny makes a difference!     

Thank you!

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

It’s Thanksgiving week, and you’re probably looking forward to spend the weekend feasting with family and friends!

But before we get to the weekend, we want to spend some time saying ‘thank you’ to all those who’ve helped make our business what it is. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be so happy and successful doing what we love!

On that note, we’d like to give out a huge thank you to all of our customers for using our services, giving us feedback – both positive and negative, helping us build a better company and staying with us while we do.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hurricane Matthew

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Matthew Two feet of water filled the downstairs of this apartment during Hurricane Matthew.

Our crews are finally coming home in time for Thanksgiving! They have been helping clean up in North Carolina after the mess Hurricane Matthew left behind.  This picture shows damage in an apartment building before we performed services. 

SERVPRO has the best Storm Team in the country, equipped to mobilize wherever disaster strikes. Our franchise is proud to play a part in helping people all over the nation in need of assistance.

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