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Our Water Damage Professionals Discuss The Complex Calculations Necessary For Water Removal In Crossville

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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The Complex Calculations Necessary for Successful Water removal from Affected Crossville Properties

For water removal to be considered successful, it must be completed promptly and reach all areas with excess moisture. Various decisions are necessary, to achieve such results, including:

    •    Determining the type of extractor to use
    •    The number of equipment to have on-site
    •    The size of some equipment such as dehumidifiers
    •    How long the equipment might be needed on site

Some calculations are necessary to manage these crucial aspects of water removal when restoring Crossville properties. What complicates the process is the lack of standard figures to use. For example, estimating the amount of standing water to pump out may be difficult even when you know the GPH, gallons per hour, the pumps you have can move. Our SERVPRO technicians use the depth of standing water and the total area covered to determine the time the process might take. Our extensive experience also helps us factor in additional issues such as the incline angle.

Determining the amount of standing water in a property does not tell the whole removal story since some of the water soaks into porous and semi-porous materials around the property. Removing such water happens through evaporation. Our SERVPRO technicians estimate the total surface area of wet materials to determine the number of air movers and dehumidifiers necessary for timely removal. Our drying goal also determines the size of dehumidifiers to use and equipment layout within the property.

The time taken to restore the wet property is not just a matter of convenience to the homeowner. Taking too long can lead to secondary problems developing within the property. Mold can start to develop in periods as short as 48 hours, so diminishing the levels of moisture before the period passes helps. Using centrifugal air movers, which provide higher static pressure for a specific air volume and LGR dehumidifiers, our SERVPRO technicians, can fast track the drying process.

Making the right plans for water removal can be challenging. Call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Crossville Fire Loss in Your Home? Call SERVPRO for Full-Service Cleanup, Restoration, and Build Back!

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Gurus In Crossville Tell Us About Hazard Assessments and Controls

One day you could find yourself in a situation where you notice the smell of smoke inside your Crossville residence. Once you can smell these partially combusted particles entering your nasal system, fire damage has occurred in your home. When a blaze happens inside your house, building materials and contents can get ruined, and burnt materials can also cause several safety hazards. An excellent choice for fire damage mitigation is to call in the professionals at SERVPRO.

For example, fire damage occurring inside your Crossville building can cause things like drywall falling from your ceiling. This burnt drywall could land on one of the occupants in your house. The torched building materials could also cause you to breathe in charred particles. All of this is why our team of SERVPRO experts first works on making your structure safe for you and our technicians.

As soon as we show up on your property, we immediately begin assessing the situation for safety hazards. As a routine, our SERVPRO team that is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification or IICRC program always removes any potential safety issues before any work begins. During the initial inspection, we also figure out the extent of your damage and scope out the plan of action for cleanup and restoration.

Whenever contents or structural components get burnt inside your home, there is more than one safety hazard that can exist. If water interfered with the electrical wiring or building materials got burnt around it and caused a short, we can shut off your electricity and then eventually repair the problem.

Other safety hazards that can exist during a fire include incidents such as slip, trip, and fall hazards due to water used to put out the fire or fallen debris. We can also help mitigate inadequate lighting hazards created by burnt or otherwise malfunctioning light fixtures by adding work lights to the affected area. Since we are a full-service restoration company, we can also complete the necessary repair work, "Like it never even happened."

When a fire burns, our technicians are here to help. Anytime you need assistance from a professional restoration company, call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, and White Counties at (931) 250-5333.

Is Mold on the Menu of Your Sparta Bakery?

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

bakery window displaying various breads Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage in our bakery. We can remediate the mold quickly and effectively.

The First Steps After Finding Mold in Your Sparta Bakery 

Owning a business in any facet of the food and beverage industry requires a constant balance of guidelines, regulations, customer safety, and quality product from your Sparta storefront. As a bakery, much of your business comes from word of mouth and repeat, loyal customers, so you seek to address concerns the moment you find them to protect this relationship with your patrons. Knowing what to do in a crisis situation can help to limit its effects and spread, and get the right qualified individuals started on fixing the problem right away.

When you discover mold damage in your Sparta bakery, you must commit to acting quickly. This organism can spread rapidly, affecting more surfaces, materials, and impeding on the creation and delivery of quality baked goods. First, call SERVPRO's team of experienced and certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT). Next, identify the source of the moisture damage and move all ingredients and susceptible contents to a safe location. 

Because of its volatility and threat of health effects to those exposed, our SERVPRO team must set up containment barriers to maximize our mold remediation efforts on-site. If this containment is the kitchen and preparation area, there is little to do but wait for remediation to complete before you can return to business as usual. 

Even more extreme cases do not have to get drawn out for extended periods. We have a division of contractors with more than 40 years of combined experience, meaning that they know what materials are too severely damaged to remain and what can get restored instead. Our professionals always carry a restore before replacing mentality, which is a commitment to saving our customers time and money with every phase of remediation. 

Because of both heat and the susceptibility of your kitchen area for moisture damage, mold can occur without much warning. Knowing whom to call and what to do in the earliest stages of this crisis can help to keep your doors open and save from escalated out-of-pocket expenses. Give our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team a call anytime at (931) 250-5333. 

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SERVPRO Says to Our Crossville Neighbors, Don't Be Caught Unaware by Sudden Groundwater Flooding--Be Prepared

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Floodwater entering under a Door in a Basement Flood Damage in Your Crossville Home? No Problem--Call SERVPRO

How to Prepare Your Crossville Property Against Flood Damage

Preparing your property to withstand flood damage is something every Tennessee homeowner can do to some extent. There are events such as levee breaks, flash floods, and storm damage that may still occur, but often, preparatory actions lessen the loss.

Homeowners wanting to limit the potential for flood damage in Crossville to their homes have several actions they can do to avoid water damage from storms in the future.

Research the Flood Potential of Your Area
To determine the amount of work needed to avoid damage from flooding and storms, you need to find out how likely your neighborhood is to flood. A good source is The FEMA Flood Map Service. It can show you the general flood risk of your region after inputting your zip code.

Steps to Take Outside
First, next time it rains, watch the runoff. Does the water flow towards your home or away from it? Any areas where water pools after a rainstorm could potentially be an entry point for water if a flash flood happened. Raising the grade around your home and the installation of French drains are two actions that help with dry-proofing your home.  

Foundation vents allow floodwater to flow through the crawlspace foundation of the house and inhibit moisture buildup, rather than pool around the exterior. For basements with windows, make sure that the metal wells protect against groundwater flow. Trim tree limbs that pose a threat to both the roof and windows of the home. SERVPRO technicians have the training to point out issues that can result in flood and storm damage to your home.

Inspect Your Home for Needed Repairs
You may not climb into the attic very often, but it is the first place leaks in the roof usually show up. Inspect your roof and attic regularly to stay on top of any holes that develop. Seals around doors and gutters are another common entry point for water, with some yearly maintenance, you can keep those issues at bay.

What Should Homeowners Do When Flooding Occurs?
An inch of water in a home has the potential to cause devastating damage to the property and contents. Bringing in SERVPRO technicians with their specialized equipment and cleaning methods helps limit the loss as they extract the water and dry the premises quickly.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 assists local property owners with the cleanup and restoration of their homes from flood damage. No matter if it is a little or a lot of water, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Advantages of Professional Fire Damage Remediation in Fairfield Glade

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

Home with smoke and fire damage. We know what it takes to get your Fairfield Glade home back on the top from fire damage.

SERVPRO will show you the advantages of our help with your Fairfield Glade home.

When a Fairfield Glade residence suffers a fire loss, a determined homeowner might try to clean up smoke and soot damage as a do-it-yourself project. A decision to try to clear away the residues caused by the combustion of structural components and the contents of your home is understandable.  The specialized nature of smoke and soot cleanup makes the goal difficult to achieve. Work with us to ensure mitigation and remediation efforts occur in a timely fashion, following the restoration industry's best practices.

Safety Issues Require Professional Attention

When fire damages your Fairfield Glade home safety concerns during cleaning are a high priority. Water used in extinguishing the flames needs evacuation to avoid slips and falls and secondary water damage. As a blaze moves from room to room, no items are spared. Synthetic materials common in home construction and decor create toxic residues that can be harmful to breathe and cause irritation when they touch your skin. Because of these concerns, we follow a protocol that requires our technicians to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while performing cleaning tasks and activities. 

Containment and Air-Filtering Strategies

Often SERVPRO sets up a containment area, isolating the affected space during work phases. Negative pressure air scrubbers ensure airborne contaminants pass through HEPA filters, capturing them for safe and lawful disposal. The use of air scrubbers can permit clean areas of your home to remain available as living spaces during a project. Remaining in your home during cleanup limits disruption and is cost-effective.

Matching Soils to Appropriate Products and Techniques

Smoke created by fire contains solids that deposit on surfaces as soot. Depending on the temperature of the blaze, the amount of oxygen available, and the materials burned, the sooty residue consistencies vary. SERVPRO technicians receive training targeted at selecting appropriate methods and products to loosen and lift different types of soot from structural components and contents. Completion of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework plus on the job mentoring from more experienced crew members lead to successful results.

Count on the crews from SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties to deliver consistently high-quality fire damage remediation services. Call (931) 250-5333 any time, 24/7, to arrange an assessment and preliminary mitigation and remediation plan.

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Call The Team With The Most Experience In Crossville Flood Damage Restoration

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Involvement in Crossville Flood Damage Can Speed Recovery

One of the significant challenges facing Crossville homeowners coping with flooding is the inevitable tendency of floodwaters to migrate widely throughout a home. Exacerbating the issue is the contaminated nature of floodwaters. The heavy rains of a storm can mix with chemicals, decaying animals, and industrial residues. If sanitary drainage clogs up, raw sewage also becomes a concern. Our certifications and experience working with hazardous waste are why we are a good match for the job.

Flood Mitigation and Remediation Safety Measures

Slick surfaces and direct exposure to pathogens are two ways that flood damage can endanger Crossville homeowners. We consider these complications carefully as we develop your project management plan. Our technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they shovel debris and pump out and extract the water. We contain the muck and floodwaters, collecting them for appropriate disposal per local rules and regulations. If the silt and dirt deposited a heavy coating on surfaces, freshwater rinsing helps before cleaning with EPA-registered products. Our resources include negative pressure air scrubbers, installed in the working area to capture airborne debris. The broad array of safety precautions we employ is why our involvement helps limit further concerns.

Controlled Demolition Enhances Mitigation

Despite the messy appearance, the choice we make to employ controlled demolition improves the chances for successful mitigation and remediation. Making flood cuts in drywall several inches above the flood line creates temporary flood damage that is straightforward to rebuild. During the time the cuts are in place reaching and extracting silt and water becomes easier, why SERVPRO plans for and implements them. The access also permits more thorough structural drying.  Air movers are better able to send warmed air behind saturated walls to facilitate the movement of water soaked into a structure into the air as vapor.

Disinfection Is a Required Step

After a thorough cleaning, we take advantage of EPA-registered antimicrobial agents to disinfect the surfaces soaked initially by the floodwaters. The viruses, bacteria, and fungal organisms that put your family at risk when the floodwaters swept in cannot get another chance to contaminate your home. Our persistence in managing these hazardous pathogens is why SERVPRO evidences the patience and knowledge needed to resolve a flood damage emergency safely. 

Our steadfast commitment to following industry best practices plus the possession of the resources to make it happen equals why SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties receives high praise from customers. Call us at (931) 250-5333 to access our experience, skills, and equipment when a flooding disaster occurs. 

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Why Professional Knowledge and Equipment are Necessary for Effective Water Removal in Crossville Homes

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Simple Factors That Might Interfere with Water Removal in Your Crossville Home

A wide range of incidents can leave various sections of your Crossville property submerged in water. Whatever incident leads to such an outcome, you have to remove the water fast to save your property from severe damage. Various steps, including extraction and dehumidification, help remove the water. However, some issues can interfere with the water removal process, especially if you do not hire a professional restorer.

Wrong Extraction Equipment

Most of the water removal processes in Crossville require equipment to accomplish. Choosing the wrong equipment can delay the process or even cause unintended damages. For example, when extracting water from the floor, it is essential to choose the right wand for carpeted areas and other materials such as wood. Our SERVPRO teams have both squeegee and carpet wands to ensure we do not damage the surfaces. We also ensure we have the right hose length for maximum efficiency when extracting water because extremely long ones reduce lift efficiency. Short ones, on the other hand, might force unnecessary movement of the equipment.


The final stage of water removal involves drying water that soaks into building materials and contents through evaporation. Compared to extraction, the process is 1200 times slower so any minor inefficiency can derail the drying timetable by a significant margin. Evaporation of moisture from materials increases the level of humidity in the surrounding air. After attaining the saturation point, it is not possible to continue drying. Increasing temperature helps air hold more moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians also take other steps, such as using dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air or venting the saturated air outside the structure.

Moisture Transfer

Apart from stopping the drying process, the saturation of air with moisture can transfer water damage to areas initially unaffected. As the humid air moves to colder areas of your property, it condenses forming water droplets, thus causing wetness in the new areas. Such an outcome is likely if the evaporation rate is higher than the rate of dehumidification. Our SERVPRO technicians do calculations to determine the correct number and placement of air movers and dehumidifiers before starting the drying process.

With the right skills, water removal is more manageable. Call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Let's Find that Hidden Moisture in Your Water Damaged Crossville Home with SERVPRO's Help!

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow triangular sign showing a stick figure slipping on a water spill Don't Slip Up from a Water Leak in Your Crossville Property--Why Not Call SERVPRO for Fast Removal and Drying

Why SERVPRO Opens Enclosed Spaces During Water Removal Jobs in Crossville 

A flurry of activity happens in a Crossville home after sustaining a disastrous event. Without immediate action, the effects of most incidents spread and worsen. This increased amount of damage means additional work, time, and expense. SERVPRO always keeps your family in mind as the work progresses.

While we work on a house in Crossville needing water removal services, we often come across enclosed spaces built into the house's construction. While these dead spaces comprise only a small area, complete aeration is why SERVPRO sometimes must open these compartments. When spaces are too small for standard ventilation, cutting away a wall of the cavity allows us to do this. Our building services crew often performs this task for us.

Larger spaces forming enclosed cavities require an entry point and an exit point for dry air to ventilate these areas. Ventilation is crucial to attaining complete dryness again. Allowing any part of the structure to retain moisture can lead to mold infestations as well as harbor moisture that continues to evaporate into the house's environment, increasing water vapor levels.

Water removal methods should restore normal humidity inside your home. Opening up smaller spaces might seem unnecessarily destructive, but we always rebuild these spaces once dry, making things “Like it never even happened.” Whenever possible, however, we prefer making a pair of small openings for our Injectidry equipment's tubing over tearing down and reconstructing any structures. Weep holes are helpful, especially behind removed baseboards for allowing draining of enclosed water and then a means of forcing in warm, dry air.

The Injectidry equipment is very powerful, useful in several water removal situations, and highly efficient. Wooden floorboards and carpeting are two other places where we might pull out materials in your home to remove water from where it lies trapped. Of course, we attempt to extract hidden moisture first with drying mats that cover a small surface area and create great suction. No matter where we work to extract and remove water, we carefully monitor the area with equipment that reveals the location of moisture.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties helps restore homes in Fairfield Glade, Around Lake Tansi, and throughout Crab Orchard using internationally-accepted water removal methods. Call us at (931) 250-5333 and learn about the many other reasons why area residents call SERVPRO for restoration and mitigation services.

Our Flood Damage Professionals Can Save Your Crossville Home

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Room with red couch and water covering the floor and wicking up the walls “Like it never even happened.”

Helping Your Home's Interior Dry As Quickly As Possible After A Flood Passes Through Crossville

When your home in Crossville was built, the building envelope became a crucial part of the structure. The envelope keeps the majority of the elements outside of your property while helping your heating and cooling equipment maintain your home's interior at a comfort level suitable for your family. However, no envelope is wholly airtight and allows air to escape or enter in small amounts.

The same small gaps that let air pass in or out of your house in Crossville also let flooding enter into the envelope's materials. While your living space becomes visibly drenched in dirty water, the interior cavities of your walls, floors, and other structures also soak up filthy water.

SERVPRO professionals learn during training that every component of a building, including houses, must come under scrutiny to ensure that our drying techniques resolve the saturation by thoroughly drying the entire structure. Water travels from damp areas into those with less moisture. Stripping the moisture from a room until our readings indicate that the area is dry again is only part of the goal.

We also need to dry out the envelope's structure. When moisture blocking materials are part of the structure, these can affect the drying process. Other materials might release moisture more slowly than other materials, making it necessary for us to use more intense methods.

The tighter the envelope around a house, the slower the interference from outside weather occurs. When the outside is drier than the interior of the house, we can often open up the windows and entryway doors to help decrease the amount of water vapor and subsequently, the load on our machines. However, after a flood or major storm, the air outside is often saturated. This makes the outside just as damp, and possibly even damper, then the interior environment.

Because of the variations in building materials and their permeability, as well as the tightness of the building envelope, we prepare a drying plan. Drying plans help keep our team efficient and on schedule. We monitor the progress to ensure that any needed changes happen as soon as possible.

Each job's drying plan differs from all others. One water emergency in the home might differ from another emergency that occurs in that same home because of seasonal changes, varying locations of invasive water, and the amount, as well. Without fail, we monitor each plan regularly, even if we have already done work at that same site in the past.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties responds to emergencies like flooding and storm damage in Sparta and Fairfield Glade. Call our emergency line, (931) 250-5333, so we can restore your property to preloss condition.

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We Help You Get Back To Business In Sparta After A Water Damage Disaster

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

piece of equipment that scans for water damage Many times there is hidden water which contributes to the damage. SERVPRO employs the use of high-tech equipment when dealing with restoration.

Commercial Water Damage Repair And Restoration In Sparta 

While outside flooding can cause problems around Sparta, most water intrusions come from common sources like a failed water heater, a split, overhead pipe, or some other plumbing issue. These problems may not draw as much attention as the Calfkiller River breaking its banks, but the results can be just as expensive when it comes to repairing or replacement of property. 

A leaking or broken pipe is not an uncommon problem in fitness centers and spas around Sparta. Eliminating commercial water damage in these Sparta businesses takes skill and experience in demolition, repair, and restoration of the facility. SERVPRO response teams rapidly do all this so that the owner and her customers can get back to their regular routines. 

The first action is to stop the source of water intrusion. The team leader shuts off the water as close to the leak point as possible so that other areas of the center can provide full service to customers as technicians work to resolve the issue. 

Next, SERVPRO team members pull down the section of the wall or ceiling in front of the leak to expose the problem for repair. Technicians can make most repairs, but if they find a major problem, the team leader recommends bringing in a licensed plumber. 

After completing repairs, technicians put everything back together. They replace any wall and ceiling frames too soaked by water for restoration, and then hang new wall panels and ceiling tile off them. Depending on the extent of the water damage, response teams can usually complete this in a day or two. 

As technicians complete restoration, other team members clear the fitness center of the water. They use extraction wands and other devices to remove the majority, and then switch to long-handled squeegees to push any remaining trace of moisture out the nearest door. 

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties knows how important it is for customers and employees that every local business keeps its doors open. Our goal is to reopen every business here and in nearby communities like Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Lake Tansi as rapidly as possible after a plumbing or other water intrusion issue. If your business is underwater or has it running down a wall and across the floor, call us at (931) 250-5333 today. 

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