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High Humidity Can Lead to Mold Growth in Your Home

High Humidity Can Lead to Mold Growth in Your Home

Spring is definitely in the air and here in the South, it comes with warmer temperatures and increasing high humidity levels as we head into the summer months. While the warmer weather gives us a chance to enjoy outdoor activities, it also brings excessive moisture...

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Why is my basement flooding?

Why is my basement flooding?

Excessive, constant and heavy rains often cause puddling in yards, driveways and localized street flooding in some neighborhoods.  It can also cause unexpected water damage to your basement resulting in damage to walls, flooring, furniture and might lead to MOLD...

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What to Expect During a Fire Restoration Project

What to Expect During a Fire Restoration Project

Whether your home has suffered a small grease fire in the kitchen or a large loss house fire, the restoration process is basically the same.  Since some of us have never experienced a fire restoration project personally, here is a basic understanding of what to...

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Library Fire Case Study

Library Fire Case Study

Library Fire Shortly after 11:00am on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, a small fire was reported inside the Mary Livermore Library on the University of  North Carolina-Pembroke’s campus. The fire was contained to an unoccupied study room on the second floor of the library...

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Water Damage Tips

Water Damage Tips

As we've seen a lot over the last few weeks, plumbing emergencies such a frozen water pipes can cause significant damage to homes and wreck havoc on the homeowners.  Since time is of the essence if your home experiences a ruptured water heater, broken water pipe or...

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What you need to do after water damages your home

What you need to do after water damages your home

After the Disaster...The First 24 Hours (Informational brochure provided by the RIA, for more information visit www.restorationindustry.org/(800) 272-7012) Insurance companies play an important role in protecting individuals from a total loss when a catastrophe...

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Health Department

Health Department

Harnett County Health Department Located in the Government Complex in Lillington, NC approximately 30 miles from Raleigh, the Health Department houses Adult and Child Health; Women’s Health; Home Health; Environmental Health; Department on Aging; and Women Infants...

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What should you do if your water pipes freeze?

What should you do if your water pipes freeze?

Based on the current weather forecast, it appears that Jack Frost will be doing more than just nipping out our noses as we ring in the new year; he’ll be biting them with high temperatures below freezing.  When we experience temperatures in the teens (as forecasted),...

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Flooded Dorm

Flooded Dorm

What happens when you combine college kids tossing a football with a sprinkler system located in their dorm?  Four flooded floors, hundreds of students displaced from their dorm rooms, and a late night Emergency Services Call to PHC Restoration. Technical Director...

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ESUMC

ESUMC

A 5-alarm fire broke out around 10:00 pm at the 400 block of West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh on March 16, 2017.  The fire consumed an under construction, 241-unit, five story, wood-framed apartment building which was approximately 40% complete.  Over 130...

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Custom Molding

Custom Molding

North Carolina is not typically known for experiencing extremely frigid winters, so when temperatures drop below freezing homes and water pipes are often caught off guard.  This was the case for a homeowner in Lillington, NC who returned home from a vacation in early...

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Odor Control

Odor Control

There are no days off in the restoration industry.  Water pipes rupture, storms down trees, and fires spark on holidays, workdays and weekends and do so at all times of the day and night.  Water losses, tree removal and tarping of roofs tend to be the most common...

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Mold Removal

Mold Removal

Hotels strategically take guest rooms out of inventory during hotel renovations in order to minimize the impact on guest traffic while keeping the hotel open to guests.  On October 10, 2017, PHC Restoration received a call from a contractor performing such a...

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What to do if you have a kitchen fire in your home

What to do if you have a kitchen fire in your home

WRAL reported on a townhouse fire that broke out around 3am displacing over a dozen people this weekend in Durham.  The fire engulfed one townhome while adjacent units sustained smoke and water damage.  The suspected cause of the fire...unattended cooking. While not...

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How can you spot signs of a main sewer line clog?

How can you spot signs of a main sewer line clog?

When's the last time you gave any thought to the sewer lines in your home?  You are probably like most homeowners, sewer lines do not cross your mind unless you or someone you knows experiences a raw sewage back up in your home.  This unpleasant mess can lead to...

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Can my wet hardwood floors be saved?

Our home is usually the largest investment we make in our lifetime.  Whether we custom build or buy a house, we spend time selecting furnishings, floor coverings and finishes that make the home ours.  Many of us will spend a little extra to upgrade our flooring from...

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Fire Escape Plan

Did you know that more than 2 out of every 5 reported home fires start in the kitchen -or- that you could have less than 2 minutes to escape a home once the smoke alarm sounds -or- that 84% of the home fire deaths reported from 2010-2014 occurred in 1 or 2 family...

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How to choose a storm restoration company

Competition in the Restoration Industry has grown exponentially over the last 15 years. From start-up companies to national franchises moving into the area, home and business owners now have more options to choose from when selecting a storm restoration company to...

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How to Prevent Mold Growth?

Mold is a 4-letter word that we hope we never have to deal with in our homes.  If left untreated, mold can cause some health concerns and can spread and weaken the structure of your home.    Moisture is the number one ingredient needed for mold to form and grow. ...

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Hurricane Flooding

I was reminded that 21 years ago today, Hurricane Fran tore through Central North Carolina and though I was in college at the time, I still remember the impact it had in our area.  It is the first hurricane that I remember even though I did sleep through most of the...

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Odor Control

Where's the Chicken?  That was the common theme and reoccurring question posed in yesterday's Odor Control in Restoration CE class hosted by PHC Restoration in Raleigh yesterday. We often associate odor with bad smells that often go away (smelly feet, cooking...

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New Desiccant Dehumidifier

New Desiccant Dehumidifier

Time is of the essence when it comes to responding to emergency service calls especially when water is involved.  In addition to always having a team on-call ready to respond to these situations, PHC also has emergency response trailers stocked with extraction and...

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Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Many of us are packing our bags to enjoy one last trip to the beach or a family get-a-way before school starts back in just a few short weeks.  As we check to make sure we have plenty of sunscreen or confirm our hotel reservations, take a few extra minutes to protect...

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Restoring Kindness

Have you ever had anyone leave you a note to show they care?  Have you ever been in a drive thru line when the person in front of you paid for your cup of coffee?  Have you ever been given a free ticket to an event just out of kindness?  Better yet, have you ever done...

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Your Homeowners Insurance May Not Cover

We all know disasters can strike our homes or businesses at any time whether it be a busted water pipe, a grease fire or tornado damage.  We all do what we can to prevent damage to our homes but sometimes accidents, weather and part failures are out of our control; so...

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Peak Grilling Season–Grilling Safety Tips

One of my favorite evening activities this time of the year is a friendly game of corn hole followed by cooking on the grill.  To me it is a relaxing, fun way to spend time with friends.  Sometimes, I'm even surprised at how quickly friends stop by when tell them you...

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Control Humidity and Preventing Mold Growth

A lot of us look for was to conserve energy and save a few dollars on our electric bills during the summer months.  This can be easily accomplished by unplugging appliances that aren't used every day and by turning the thermostat up a few degrees while you are at work...

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Prevent Water Damage While on Vacation

This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer which means it's time to look forward to weekend trips to the beach and family vacations.  These trips are a great way to have fun with friends and family or just get away for a little peace and quiet; however, as one...

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ELECTRICAL FIRES

ELECTRICAL FIRES

Have you ever seen sparks when you plugged something into one of your electrical outlets?  This past weekend, my 7-year old nephew saw sparks when I plugged in his electrical cord for his Ipad, and got a little worried thinking the house was going to catch on fire. ...

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House Fires in Modern vs Older Homes

Almost everyone who lives in and around Raleigh heard about the massive 5-alarm fire that completely demolished a 6-story apartment complex under construction in downtown Raleigh last month.  It was reported that the fire spread so quickly because of the stage of...

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Business Disaster Plan

When we think of disasters that can affect our businesses, we often think of floods, fires and tornadoes, but are you prepared in case a blackout or computer virus attempt to cripple your business? I was talking to a small business owner recently about some of his...

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Leaky Roof

A leaky roof can range in severity and inconvenience to the homeowners.  While the cause of some leaks is obvious (missing shingles, storm damage or fallen debris), it is not always easy to find the exact location of the problem.  Here are a few ways to find the...

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Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Did you know... North Carolina averages 26 tornadoes, 3 tornado fatalities and 39 tornado injuries each year Tornadoes most frequently occur in the late afternoon and early evening hours Damage from straight line thunderstorm winds can look like and be just as bad as...

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Emergency Supply Kit

We’ve all heard the line…”disaster can strike at any time” and in the restoration industry, PHC sees disasters firsthand all the time. Disasters can hit a homeowner in the form of fire damage, water damage or storm damage and since most can strike without notice, we would like to pass along some tips for putting together an Emergency Supply Kit for your family which can help in any situation. Here is a list of items that would be good to have on hand:

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Insurance Policy

Do I have coverage for the trees in my yard that were hit by lightning? If I had a fire in my home, will I have full coverage to cover all repairs? If water damage forced me to leave my home while repairs are being made, will my insurance policy cover the costs? Do I have flood coverage?

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Plumbing Related Water Damage

As we have mentioned in previous blogs, water damage can be costly and a big inconvenience. There are many different things that can lead to water damage in your home, but today, we are going to focus on Plumbing as the cause. In David Letterman fashion, here are the top 10 reasons for water damage resulting from plumbing:

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