Can Water Damage To Furniture And Appliances Be Repaired?

If your home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, in the Cary, Raleigh, Chapel Hill or surrounding areas call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up soon and work fast to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible. We’re available around the clock, 7 days a week.

Most of the time it, whether or not a piece of furniture or a household appliance can be repaired after a flood depends on the value of the item in question. It’s also important to understand that when you make a claim on your homeowner’s insurance for water damage, the insurance company will split the claim into two portions. The first is damage to the structure of the home, the second is for its contents. While both portions will be paid for by the company, they will be paid for separately.

Before the insurance company will write a check, they will want to look at each piece and assess the value of the item, along with an estimate for repairing the damage. A couch that’s worth $600-$800 will almost certainly be replaced, rather than reupholstered. An antique piece of furniture that has a lot of sentimental value, however, may be worth restoring.

In regards to electrical appliances, water can do very serious damage that is very difficult to repair, and they very rarely have any sentimental value. It’s almost always a better idea to replace them, rather than spend money trying to fix them, and have them malfunction in the near future.

If there’s ever any kind of water damage to your home, it’s recommended that you contact a professional. We’re available 24/7 through our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991. Our trained and certified professionals will be able to determine the severity of the damage and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum. As licensed contractors, we’ll not only be able to rip out all of the damaged drywall, and any other affected structure, we can rebuild your home as good as new.

Water Damage and Restoration for Business Properties Raleigh NC

What’s the Difference Between Water Damage in a Home and Business?

If your home or business has been affected by water damage, and you would like a professional opinion on the extent of the damage and the best way to have it repaired, contact us today. Our team of trained professionals is available 24/7, and we can help stop any further damage to your property, and get your home or business back to looking like new.

When approaching a water damage project, whether its a home or business can make a difference. The two largest distinctions between the two are size and cost. Businesses tend to be much larger than most homes, meaning that the water can cover a greater square footage area, and require more time and labor to try and repair.

Commercial locations also have lots of inventory and equipment necessary for the operation of the business. When water damage occurs, inventory can be damaged, or even destroyed. In the event of a leaking pipe or blown sprinkler head, every second that water is flowing can cost many thousands of dollars. In these cases, getting the water shut off and the drying process can’t happen too quickly.

Additionally, because most businesses have customers and employees coming and going on a regular basis, it is even more important to make sure that the drying process is handled properly, and that there’s no risk of mold or other harmful microbial growth within the walls, floors, and other damaged areas.

None of this diminishes how serious water damage in a home can be, but it does make the recovery process more involved. It’s much easier to temporarily displace a family from their home for a few days than it is for an entire business, which will lose profits every day that it’s not operational.

When your home or business is damaged by water, you’re going to want to have it resolved as fast as possible. We have the training and experience needed to stop any further damage, dry the existing water, and repair or replace anything that’s needed to get your home or business back into top condition. Contact us today.

Water Damage Restoration for Day Cares


How Can Professional Restoration Services Help a Day Care Center With Water Damage?

If your home or business has been affected by water damage, and you would like a professional opinion on the extent of the damage and the best way to have it repaired, contact us today. Our team of trained professionals is available 24/7, and we can help stop any further damage to your property, and get your home or business back to looking like new. We work with businesses in Cary, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill North Carolina.

There is a lot of hidden danger involved in water damage if left untreated, or if not treated properly. Harmful microbes, like mold and mildew, can grow within damp walls and floors. These microbes can cause serious health problems if they become airborne and then inhaled. Sometimes simply coming in contact with your skin can be enough to cause a nasty rash.

Health risks like these are bad enough for adults but can be much more dangerous to children. It’s absolutely vital that schools and day care centers take water damage seriously. No one wants to put children in harm’s way, but you might not even be aware of the potential health hazards caused by water damage until it’s too late.

The trained professionals at PRS can help determine how sever your water problems are, and take the steps necessary to properly handle the situation so that everyone can stay safe and healthy. We have the tools, training, and experience to stop water damage from spreading, dry the affected area, and replace any damaged parts of your home or business that can’t be repaired. Call us today at 919-467-1991, and we’ll work with your insurance company to make sure you’re taken care of.

Can You Really Get All the Water Out During a Restoration?

If your home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up soon and work fast to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible. We’re available around the clock, 7 days a week.

When we help customers with water damage problems in their homes, we’re often asked whether or not we’ll be able to completely dry out anything that’s been damaged by water. Leaving any moisture behind could possibly lead to more problems in the future, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to make sure that those problems are avoided.

It’s absolutely possible to get all of the water out of your floors, carpets, drywall, and any other part of your home affected by water. As certified members of the IICRC, we follow a set of specific set of standards and procedures to make sure that, one way or another, everything will be completely dry, with no risk of mold or other microbial growth.

Depending on the extent of the damage, that may only require drying equipment in order to remove all of the moisture, or it may call for damaged areas to be removed and replaced with new flooring, drywall, or whatever part of your home was ruined. The distinction between those two options is usually a matter of cost, rather than ability.

While some damage could very possibly be dried safely and effectively, the time and costs associated may be more than the cost of replacement. In those cases, it’s in everyone’s best interest to go with the faster and less expensive course of action.

In either case, we will use our specialty tools and equipment to dry the affected areas, and precisely monitor moisture levels to make sure your home is up to standards. We do our best to leave your home dryer than it was before the incident.

Flood Prevention: Basement Waterproofing

If your home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up soon and work fast to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible. We’re available around the clock, 7 days a week.

A common question asked after recovering from a serious flood is what can be done to prevent it from happening again. There’s no way to completely prevent any type of water incident, but there are ways to minimize the risk.

Homes with basements are more prone to flooding that homes without, for the obvious reason that part of the structure is below ground. After a heavy rain, the ground may have trouble absorbing all the water, and it may spill into your basement through cracks and gaps in the bricks or concrete.

There are ways that you can waterproof your basement to prevent it from flooding, but it’s not a small project that can be done in an afternoon. It’s something that’s best done during the construction phase, but can be done as a remodeling project, even years after your home was built.

Beginning with the outside of the building, there are several key areas to focus on.

  • Observe the ground surrounding your home. If the ground slopes down towards your house, that’s exactly where the water will flow. Try adding dirt near the walls to direct the water away, instead.
  • Gutters and downspouts should extend at least 5 feet away from the building. This can be done easily, using simple extensions placed on the existing drainage pipes. The goal is to keep the water from draining directly on the foundation.
  • Plants, brush trees, and gardens should be places more than 12 inches from the walls. Root systems can directs water down and towards the foundation is planted too closely.

Once the outside of your basement is protected, there are steps you can take from the inside, as well.

  • Apply a coat of waterproofing pain to the walls and floor, such as Drylok. It will help keep the air dry, which will prevent mold or mildew from growing. Note that waterproof paint is different that water sealer, which would not work as well for this purpose.
  • Seal up any cracks or joints in the walls and flooring. Dry packing is a great way to ensure these minor faults don’t become a major liability in the future.

If it’s already too late, and you’re wishing you had known this before your basement was a shallow swimming pool, call us today on our 24/7 emergency hot line at 919-467-1991. Our team of certified trained professionals are standing by to help you in your time of need. We’ll work with you and your insurance company to put your home back in order and keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.

Should You Call Insurance or Restoration Company First?

When dealing with fire, smoke, or water damage to your home, the first thing you should do is contact Professional Restoration Services on our 24/7 emergency hotline at 919-467-1991. Our goal is to stop any ongoing damage, repair any existing damage, and return your home to top condition.

Our trained professionals will be able to assess the situation and determine whether or not an insurance claim is necessary. For some minor problems, it may only require a plumber or painter to fix something, costing you less than the deductible for your insurance policy. This may save you from filing a claim that can potentially be used against you in the future. Your rates may go up, or you may get dropped from coverage completely.

While a small leak from a household appliance may not be a big deal, it’s hard to know how far the damage extends without proper testing with specialty tools, like moisture meters and infrared cameras.

Calling your insurance company first may have some negative consequences that you may not be aware of. Most insurance companies have a list of 3rd party contractors that they work with on a regular basis. The relationship between these companies often leads to the contractors having the insurance companies best interests in mind, and not yours. This means that you’ll get the cheapest repairs possible, and not the most appropriate.

Fortunately, you have the right to choose which company you like handle these situations. That means that you can choose a company like PRS that will have your best interests in mind, and the insurance company can’t fight you on it, even if doing the job the right way costs them more money.

If your home has water, fire, or smoke damage, call us today on our 24/7 emergency hotline at 919-467-1991. We’ll work with you and your insurance company to put your home back in order and keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.

Is My Water Damage Bad Enough to Require a Professional?

If your home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up soon and work fast to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible. We’re available around the clock, 7 days a week.

Another common question that we get from our customers is how much water damage is enough to warrant calling a professional, and possibly filing a claim with the insurance company. This is a very difficult question to answer because in most a professional assessment is needed to know the extent of the damage. Many signs and symptoms of water damage can be well hidden within walls and beneath the flooring. What may look like a minor spill or leak may indeed be a very serious problem. Alternatively, what appears to be a major leak with extensive damage may be only minor surface damage with no serious underlying problems.

A situation that we see from time to time is an apparent leak in an upstairs bathroom, with visible signs of water damage to the downstairs ceiling. The best case scenario is that the leak is minor, caused by a shower curtain dripping water onto the floor, or the bathtub overflowing a bit. Neither of these are serious problems because they aren’t ongoing issues. The source of the leak has stopped, and the water simply needs to dry. A coat of paint can cover any water stains downstairs, and the problem is solved, with no need to make a claim with the insurance company.

On the other hand, it could be that there’s a slow but steady leak under the toilet. That leak may have been dripping water into the floorboards unnoticed for weeks, or even months. There may be wood rot, mold, or other microbial growth that needs to be addressed properly by trained professionals. This kind of job would certainly require an insurance claim and may take several days to fix.

Because both of those scenarios present themselves with almost identical symptoms, it’s hard to advise someone what the best course of action would be over the phone. If you see signs of possible water damage in your home and aren’t sure if it requires professional attention, call us today on our 24/7 emergency hotline at 919-467-1991. Our team of certified trained professionals is standing by to help you in your time of need. We’ll work with you and your insurance company to put your home back in order and keep yours out of pocket costs to a minimum.

 

Why You should hire an Expert for Fire and Water Damage Restoration

If your home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up soon and work fast to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible. We’re available around the clock, 7 days a week.

As a homeowner, dealing with fire or flood damage is an absolute nightmare. Having proper insurance coverage is a great way to reduce the financial strain, but the recovery and restoration process will still require a lot of work. Trying to tackle this kind of project on your own is admirable, but sometimes it best left to the professionals.

Water damage is complicated and can be much worse than it appears on the surface. What may seem to be a cheap Saturday afternoon DIY project could, in fact, be a major challenge that requires specialized tools and plenty of experience to complete. For example, what looks like a simple drywall patching project may involve plumbing, electrical or gas lines, and potentially harmful contaminants like sewage, outdoor flood water, and mold.

Fire damage is going to be a bit more obvious that flood damage, which can often be hidden deep within walls or floorboards. But that doesn’t mean the risks and challenges are any less daunting. Electrical wires may be signed and exposed, and burned wall studs may compromise the structural integrity of your home.

Trained professionals are able to expertly inspect your home and assess the damage, ensuring the safety of you and your family. They will also be able to provide estimates on the costs and timeframes for the necessary repairs and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum.

If you have a restoration project that you suspect may be more than you can handle, give us a call today. Our emergency hotline is open 24/7 at 919-467-1991.

Dangers of Mold After Water Damage

After a leak or flood within your home, a common and serious risk that you may face is the presence of mold. In your carpet, your drywall, even in the wooden beams, mold can grow almost anywhere that has adequate moisture. It’s going to look terrible, and smell twice as bad, but the worst aspect is the effect it can have on your health if left untreated.

If your home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up soon and work fast to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible. We’re available around the clock, 7 days a week.

It’s important to understand that the mold that grows on water damaged surfaces within your home is very different from the kind that grows on the leftovers in your refrigerator. In fact, there are several different types of black mold that could grow on water-damaged surfaces, and while they may present themselves differently, none of them are safe.

The first symptom is going to be a minor irritation, such as small rashes, coughing, sinus congestion, red watery eyes, and sneezing. These symptoms are likely to stay low and steady while the mold is contained within the walls. If it becomes exposed, either through demolition, or through growth to water damaged carpeting, or even under cabinets that are opened occasionally, the symptoms will likely worsen.

Adequate exposure to advanced mold growth can turn a minor cough into a severe one, and minor congestion into a serious sinus infection, as well as severe skin rashes and difficulty breathing. In fact, fungal infections all throughout your body are possible and may result in emergency hospitalization.

If any kinds of leaks are discovered within your home, you shouldn’t take any risks with repairing the damage. Our certified professionals are trained to detect the signs of mold that can cause these kinds of health problems for you and your family. We’ll assess the damage, and work with your insurance company to make sure that you’re protected, both environmentally and financially. If there are signs of leaks or mold in your house, call our 24/7 emergency hotline immediately at 919-467-1991.

How to Handle Wet Walls After a Leak or Flood

If your home has serious damage due to fire, wind, or water, call us immediately at 919-467-1991. We will show up soon and work fast to stop any further damage and begin the restoration process. We can work with your insurance company to make sure you pay as little as possible. We’re available around the clock, 7 days a week.

Water damage to your walls, whether from faulty plumbing or mother nature, needs to be addressed quickly and properly. Movable items like furniture and appliances can be moved out of harms way, but not much can be done to protect your walls in the event of a serious water event. Once the water has soaked in, you have a very small window to act. Walls that have been wet for less than a day, two at most, can be dried out with little to no long term risk. A steady supply of fresh dry air is important. An open window may not be enough, though. A few industrial box fans pointed directly at the wet wall for at least 48 hours should dry it sufficiently. All that’s left to do then is to paint over the stains.

For walls that have been wet for 3 days or longer, you’re best, and only safe option is to rip everything out down to the wood studs and rebuild with new drywall. Understand though, that if you have any DIY experience with patching holes in drywall, this is a bit more complicated. It’s easy to cut out drywall that feels wet to the touch with a box knife or drywall saw, but knowing how far the damage has spread beyond that requires training and experience. Drywall doesn’t need to be completely saturated to still have enough moisture inside to support mold and mildew. If any water damaged wood is left behind, all your hard work may be for nothing.

It’s recommended that you contact a professional. We’re available 24/7 through our emergency hot-line at 919-467-1991. Our trained and certified professionals will be able to determine the severity of the damage, and work with your insurance company to keep your out of pocket costs to a minimum. As licensed contractors, we’ll not only be able to rip out all of the damaged drywall, and any other affected structure, we can rebuild your home as good as new.


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