Electrical Fire Damage and Restoration in Cary, NC

What Do I Do If I Have An Electric Fire In Cary, NC?

There are many things that can damage or ruin your home, and all of them are stressful. Not many are as terrifying as fire.

Your house, in a sense, is designed for fire. We don’t see it very often, but behind the walls and under the floors are electrical cables that move electricity around your house. It’s an essential element of modern life, but one we should always realize holds great danger. Electrical fires happen surprisingly often, and when they do, there’s an excellent chance your house will suffer damage.

 

What Can Cause An Electrical Fire?

  • One of the biggest problems is faulty wiring. Some you can see – the electrical cord on light for instance. Some are behind the walls and you can’t see them easily. In older houses, the standards were different and the old wiring may be of a lighter gauge. Simply put, if you try to do something like run a server farm out of an old, unmodified house, you’re going to heat those old wires up and they’ll catch eventually.
  • An older house may still have a fuse box instead of a breaker panel. A modern panel is a major improvement. If you have a fusebox, then you still have old wiring behind it. Caveat Emptor!
  • Often electrical fires are caused by faulty outlets or by worn out power cords. You should always inspect cords periodically. A frayed cord can spark a fire. Also, never run a cord under a rug, and never try to cut off the grounding plug on anything. It’s there for a reason. You can always buy an adapter.
  • High-wattage light bulbs that are used in a lower wattage device can also start a fire. Don’t use a high-watt bulb in a low-watt device.
  • Space Heaters. Never, ever use a space heater near anything flammable. Also, you may notice that the cord gets hot. If you used an extension cord, that one will get hot too and could become a real problem. If you need a space heater, don’t get the kinds with coils. Get the ones that radiate across the surface. That’ll be much safer.

 

Great, that’s how they start? How do you prevent them from starting?

If this is a worry for you, hire someone to inspect your house. It’s not cheap, but you won’t miss the money when you’re standing on your sidewalk watching your house turn into a fireball. Some people like to take the following precautions:

  • Check your receptacles (you can do this yourself).
  • Look in the attic and/or crawlspace to see if rodents or insects have compromised the casing on wiring.
  • Watch for erratic performance. If your porch light flickers constantly, you’ll need some work.
  • Do you have a breaker or fuse that constantly goes off? You may have inadvertently overloaded the circuit.

 

What Do I Do If I Have An Electrical Fire In Cary or Durham, NC and the surrounding area?

Immediately call 911. Other than checking on and alerting family members, nothing is more important.

After the crisis has passed, you need to assess the damage. We’ll be happy to come out and look at it. We’ll help you to talk to your insurance company. We can repair walls, floors, sheetrock, roofs – pretty much anything fire damages we can help to fix.

If you live in Cary, Raleigh, Holly Springs, or Durham, North Carolina, or the surrounding area, we can get a crew to you quickly. We can help you with the insurance company. We can assess any further structural damage and repair it quickly and at a very competitive price.

Water Damage From an Overflowing Bathtub in Cary, NC

What Do I Do If I Have Water Damage From An Overflowing Bathtub In Cary, NC?

Sometimes things can get crazy around a home and your bathtub can be a nice refuge when that happens. So, of course, you draw a nice, hot bath….and then craziness hits.

Your child decides that it’s time to shake and then open a carbonated grape beverage.

On your white couch.

Or a delivery comes to your door that has to be signed for. Or maybe the washing machine is unbalanced and is walking towards your basement steps a sad, lonely, suicidal machine.

You know what I’m talking about. Something happens that makes you forget what you were doing – until the water comes down the stairs to gently remind you of the awesome power of hydrology.

 

Nobody wants to see Old Man River coming from upstairs.

And as wonderful as indoor plumbing is, as big a boon as it is to modern life, at that point, living in a warm, dry cave will start to look pretty good.

Most modern houses have wood subfloors that may be covered in hardwood, laminate or carpet, although your bathroom may be tiled. And you almost certainly have sheetrock for walls.

As the water spreads across your house, it will soak the carpet and pad underneath. It will destroy laminate – don’t even worry about saving it because it’s gone. And it may warp or otherwise damage hardwood.

After it ruins those things (although you may be able to save the hardwood floors if you act promptly), the water will penetrate the subfloor system. If it goes far enough, it will soak the bottom of your sheetrock too.

And critically, it can cause mold, which is a long-term threat not just to your investment but to your health and that of your family.

If you do have an overflowing tub, you can forget about your stress relief for a bit. But if you call us – and you’ll need to do it right away – we can help save your house from long-term damage.

 

Restoring A Home After Damage From An Overflowing Bathtub

Getting your house back may involve several things, including but not necessarily limited to:

  • Working with your insurance company.
  • Removing your damaged possessions
  • Water extraction
  • Dehumidifying and drying
  • Odor removal
  • Repair and restoration

If you live in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary or Durham, North Carolina, or the surrounding area, we can help! We can get a crew to you quickly. We can help you with the insurance company. Aside from removing the water, we can assess any further structural damage and repair it quickly and at a very competitive price.

And then you can draw another bath. Just remember to turn it off this time.

What Do I Do If I Have Flood Damage In A Laundry Room In Cary, NC?

We repair water damage and offer restoration services to commercial locations in and around Raleigh. We are Cary natives and our office is in Apex. We are a locally owned and operated commercial water damage and restoration company. We work with almost all insurance companies.

A few reasons to choose us:

  • We are not just IIRC Certified restoration technicians, we are North Carolina State licensed General Contractors equipped to handle commercial jobs.
  • 24 Hour Emergency Services
  • Locally owned and operated
  • Case studies and references available

Laundry room disasters are a real pain for a homeowner. You’ll have a washer and dryer in a laundry room of course; in an older house, you may also have a water heater (new municipal or state codes typically don’t allow heaters inside anymore, and if you are a DIY type, you better check with your insurance company first).

Whether it’s an old heater or your laundry machine, once the water starts to pour out – and they both hold a lot of water – you have a major problem which threatens your biggest and most important investment – your home.

How Can This Happen?

It’s fairly straightforward, really. In the case of a water heater, they simply fail eventually. The combination of water, minerals, and high heat just causes problems. Eventually, a standard water heater will fail. You can take precautions, but it’s not possible to prevent it.

Tankless water heaters have a small advantage here: no water enters until you turn it on, so the only real danger you face is a bad pipe.

Washing machines have different issues. Th primary culprits are the hoses. There are two to bring in cold and hot water respectively, and a larger, rigid drain hose (really it’s more of a pipe) that hangs on the drain pipe to send the water safely on to treatment plant nirvana.

Sometimes the hoses leak or burst; if the drain pipe somehow pops out – like if you didn’t have it in firmly and the pressure just kicked it out – then the 22 gallons or so that your washer holds will soon be on your floor.

It’s also possible that the pipes the washing machine hoses are hooked to can themselves fail.

In that case, the water won’t stop at 22 gallons and it will run until you turn the main water switch off.

What Do I Do After A Laundry Room Flood?

Getting your house back may involve several things, including but not necessarily limited to:

  • Working with your insurance company.
  • Removing your damaged possessions
  • Water extraction
  • Dehumidifying and drying
  • Odor removal
  • Repair and restoration

If you live in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary or Durham, North Carolina, or the surrounding area, we can help! We can get a crew to you quickly. We can help you with the insurance company. Aside from removing the water, we can assess any further structural damage and repair it quickly and at a very competitive price.

We are Cary North Carolina’s fire and smoke damage experts with 25 years of experience in restoring damaged homes.

 

We are not just a restoration company; we are a North Carolina State licensed General Contractor and can handle any residential or commercial job.

 

If you have fire, water, wind, or smoke damage to your home or business feel free to call our 24×7 emergency hotline at 919-467-1991 now.

 

What If My House Catches On Fire In Cary, NC?

 

You can do everything possible to prevent a fire, but when one occurs, there are only a few ways to prepare for what will happen.

 

There are some basic safety tips to prevent fires: don’t overload outlets with electrical devices. Make sure to inspect your stove wiring on a regular basis. Be sure to clean your drier vents on a regular basis as well, because the heat from the dryer can catch lint on fire.

 

Secure matches and candles if you have young children.

 

If you live in a newer house, you may already have sprinklers installed; if not, consider doing so.

 

You can do all of that and still have a fire. Your house could be struck by lightning, for instance, and since most houses are still stick-built, it could ignite.

 

If you do experience a fire, the only possible remedy is water, so many of your possessions, not to mention vital documents, will be seriously damaged. And the flames, heat and smoke will also cause extensive problems.

You will also likely need to contact your insurance company, and its representative will ask you what your losses are.

With the huge amount of stress and anguish you’ll be dealing with, it won’t be easy to remember everything. So once or twice a year, it’s a good idea to walk through your house or apartment and videotape everything. Store it somewhere outside your house (a safety deposit box is ideal) so it won’t burn up too.

And you might as well put your critical papers there as well. There’s no point in taking a chance.

If you do have a fire, your local fire crew will show up and will use fire hoses to retard the flames. They may also cut holes in your roof to help control the fire and possibly in your walls to see if it’s safe inside.

Obviously your first priority during a fire is safety: get your family and any pets out. They may panic, so be careful not to be scratched or bitten.

Once the fire is out, your house may still be unsafe. There will be lots of soot and the air will have particulates and other materials that could harm you. Don’t plan to go in right away and don’t touch anything until you’re sure it’s safe. And you can forget about food and drink – none of it will be safe. Just be prepared to throw it all away.

As soon as everything is secured or settled, call us and plan to show your insurance company the video or pictures you took.

You may also call the Red Cross or a local organization, possibly your church if you belong to one, to ask for immediate help.

When everything is calm again, ask the fire department before entering any damaged structure. There could still be hot spots that could reignite. Roofs could fall; floors could collapse.

The fire department will tell you when it’s safe.

Make sure they sign off on the utilities as well. Obviously you wouldn’t want to turn the gas on if there were still embers burning.

You’ll also need to contact your credit card companies if your wallet or purse burned up. They can send replacement cards.

Keep all of your receipts! This is very important as you can be reimbursed for many things.

If you live in Cary or the Research Triangle, call Professional Restoration Services. We can advise you as to what you’ll need to do to restore your property and make it your home again. Call us at 919-467-1991 today.

Emergency Call Process:

  1. Emergency call comes to our 24-hour hotline – 919-467-1991.
  1. On-call supervisor evaluates loss and dispatches our certified technicians.
  1. Certified technician arrives and assesses the damage.
  1. A mitigation plan is discussed with the client and insurance company.
  1. Restoration estimate is prepared and is sent to the insurance company.
  1. Estimate is approved and restoration begins

We can help work with your insurance company to get started quickly.

We can make your house your home again.

Water Damaged Carpet In Cary, Raleigh, and Durham

In the water damage and restoration business, we often have to deal with flood damage. We service Cary, Raleigh, Durham and all areas around the triangle.

If you have water damage in your home feel free to call us today. We are not just water damage and restoration experts, we are also North Carolina State licensed contractors native to the area who have done everything from mold remediation to complete home builds.

We typically service water damage which is significant enough to require an insurance claim.

Today we’re discussing water damage to carpets.

There are many ways water can reach your floor: a burst water heater or pipe, an overflowing bathtub or sink, a ceiling leak (which could quickly go from a leak to a collapse, with much greater damage to the floor and everything else below) or storm damage.

However it gets there, it’s a big problem.

On a bare floor, you may be able to minimize damage if you can get the water up very quickly.

With a carpeted floor, if the water gets beneath the pad – and padding is one area where you should never skimp because when you need it you’ll be seriously glad you spent the money – you can have serious damage up to and including mold.

What do you do when your carpet is soaked?

The first question is what kind of water is it? If it’s “clean” water – rainwater or water from a faucet – you may be able to salvage the carpet.

If it’s “black” water – in other words, water from a toilet or sewage – you face potentially serious health issues and it should be ripped out immediately.

This includes your padding. You should never remove and replace damaged carpet without replacing the padding beneath it, and absolutely never if you are dealing with black water.

Once you’ve identified the source of the leak and stopped it, you can move forward.

Homeowners can typically deal with minor cases in small areas.

It’s important that you restrict traffic while the carpet is wet.

You can rent a wet vac if necessary and use fans and household dehumidifiers. You may wish to temporarily pull up the affected part of the carpet to let air beneath it.

For a small area, this may be sufficient.

Whatever you do you should do it quickly: mold can develop within 24 hours.

For a major problem, you should call us. Professional Restoration Services can help. We can even help with the insurance company.

The first step is water extraction. Getting the water out of carpet quickly is essential. Otherwise, you will potentially have to deal with bacteria and mold and more serious damage to the floor beneath your carpet and carpet pad.

Once the standing water is removed, the remaining dampness has to be dealt with.

We have several tools to extract water, including:

  • Blowers and air movers
  • Fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Ventilation

As we said earlier, during this process it is important to keep everyone off the carpet (this includes children and pets), and dealing with it quickly is critical. The last thing you want is mold in your house.

It’s possible too that one part of your carpet can’t be salvaged and therefore must be partially replaced.

Professional Restoration Services can remove the damaged sections of carpet and padding, match your carpet and make a beautiful repair that is hardly noticeable.

Or if the entire carpet and padding must go, we can dispose of the old carpet and replace that as well.

We hope that you will not need our services – a household disaster is traumatic for anyone – but if you do, we will do everything possible to make sure that your home is made whole again.

Areas we service

We service Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Durham, and all surrounding areas.

For full details on flood damage, restoration and how the process works please see our water damage page.