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We Can Handle Any Water Damage Obstacles in Your Sparta Home

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage needs to be dealt with immediately. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Water Cleanup Sparta – Frozen Water Pipes

We recently experienced one of the worst cold spells in the history of the state. Our clients are just not prepared for frigid weather that stays below freezing for more than twenty-four hours. A recent client lives in a home that is not well insulated, and the water pipes are in the outside walls of the home. The furnace was running, but it was simply not enough to prevent a frozen pipe from splitting and spraying water inside the wall of the kitchen. She noticed the problem when water began running along the wall and then spreading out over the kitchen flooring.

SERVPRO responded to the water cleanup call from our Sparta facility. The client was calling for help to remove the water and to find the location of the leak. She is a single mother and needed help quickly. She was worried about the potential damage to her home and not having any water to wash dishes and giver her kids a bath. Our dispatcher gave her encouragement and provided suggestions regarding what she can do to mitigate the damage. These steps include:

Turn off the main water intake valve

Mop up water with towels wherever possible

Keep the furnace running; warm air absorbs moisture in cold weather

Remove items from the floor that are wet or could become wet

Place furniture on blocks

Remove wet area rugs from floors

Our SERVPRO team arrived at the client's home and quickly took over. We removed the remaining water and vacuumed the area rugs. Our client has tiled floors so there was minimal damage to the actual floor. However, pillows, papers, and toys were wet and needed to be cleaned and dried. Our technicians brought in a large capacity dehumidifier to remove the remaining moisture from the building.

Finding the frozen pipe presented a significant challenge.

We found the damaged pipe, after opening a portion of the wall in the kitchen. Exposure to the warm air in the home quickly thawed the pipe, and a plumber was able to replace the damaged section of the pipe. Insulation was placed around the pipe, after the area was thoroughly dried, to prevent this situation in the future.

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 for 24/7 service. We serve Crossville, Sparta, Lake Tansi, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Fast Response Will Save Your Crossville Property

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Speed And Reliability: Why SERVPRO Is A Crossville Restoration Leader

Situated on the Cumberland Plateau, Crossville is surrounded by picturesque mountains, lush wildlife, lakes, streams, and the Cumberland Mountain State Park. Residents, businesses, and visitors enjoy the outdoors and the many cultural offerings of the city. Be secure in the knowledge that if disaster strikes our team of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians are ready to mitigate and remediate the effects of water, fire, mold, or storm damage.

Water Damage
The typical reasons for water damage in Crossville are not storms and natural disasters. Just as in other regions, plumbing failures and appliance overflows or hose breaks are usually the reason for water losses. Even though these problems start with relatively clean water, avoid the temptation to wait for the moisture to drain away. Within 24 to 48 hours even potable supply line water percolates through crevices or soaks into porous building materials and can support microbial growth.

A wiser course is to contact SERVPRO for an assessment and recovery plan. We help arrange for repairs of the initial leak or rupture and then follow the migration path of the water to ensure we remove all of it. Our service vehicles not only stock pumps, extractors, and drying equipment. We also carry sensitive moisture meters and thermal imaging devices to ensure we map out the dimensions of the entire water incursion.

If water is trapped behind or under structural components, we employ best practice strategies to release and remove it. For example, water that trickled to the subfloor often responds well to a negative air pressure system. We seal mats to the wet areas on a hardwood floor, connect the mats to hoses and then a powerful extractor that suctions water from several layers. Once we remove the majority of the moisture, heated air movers and dehumidifiers reduce measured levels to normal.

Fire Damage
If a fire damages your Crossville home, make sure you contact us immediately after the firefighters release your property back to your control. The effects of the heat and smoke produced by fire are profound, damaging structures and contents immediately and progressively. Fire residues are toxic, and the air quality inside a burned house can be harmful. We have the IICRC training and advanced equipment and cleaning tools and products to complete fire cleanup safely and successfully.

As we remove the firefighting water, we often use air scrubbing technology to improve indoor air quality and start solving odor issues. HEPA filters catch airborne soot particles and vent to the outdoors from the work area, sealed with plastic sheeting and negative air pressure. Establishing a containment partition can permit you and your family to live in your home while we remove fire residues and debris, reducing expenses and disruption to your day to day routine.

Each type of soot and the affected surfaces have their  preferred cleaners and methods for effective remediation. Our technicians evaluate the characteristics of the residues we encounter and use best practices to eliminate them. We frequently recommend transporting damaged contents to our production facility for specialized treatments, including cleaning and deodorization. Once your property is cleaned, dried, and odor-free, we also return your restored possessions to make your house a home again.

Mold Remediation
If you fear that your Crossville home has mold damage, we encourage you to call us for practical solutions to what many consider a particularly noxious problem. Once we assess the areas you feel are mold-infested, our specialists follow a proven mold remediation protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Although no treatment can rid your home of mold spores, the procedures we follow paired with rigorous moisture control successfully eliminate active mold growth.

SERVPRO’s goal on a mold remediation job is to reduce mold spore to normal levels after removing multiplying colonies. When we assess the scenario, we look for any hidden growth behind structural components as well as visible organisms. Mold needs only water and oxygen, not light, to proliferate and grows quietly behind walls and above ceilings.

We contain the moldy area, usually using heavy-duty plastic draping and the assistance of a negative pressure air scrubber to seal edges and then vent any airborne contaminants. Mechanical scraping and brushing followed by vacuuming remove the majority of surface-living mold. Porous materials can be saved in some cases by mild abrasive action, such as soda blasting. We double bag the fungal debris and dispose of it as directed by local hazardous waste management rules. EPA-registered antimicrobial treatment inhibits a resurgence of the mold, especially if moisture sources are eliminated as well.

Storm Damage
With the many waterways and higher elevations surrounding and traversing Crossville, flood damage is a constant concern. Our area receives more than the country’s average precipitation for a year. If rain and wind intensify during a storm, the consequences can be dire for your home. If you contact us for emergency disaster recovery services after a severe storm, be confident that we can help with all challenges.

Floodwaters are by definition highly contaminated, carrying mud, organic and inorganic debris, and even sewage and chemical runoff. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified crews adapt to the conditions we find at your home, shoveling silt and removing dead animals if needed, as well as securing your exterior from wind or rain damage. As we begin water removal efforts, we are aware that the fluids are potentially toxic. Our employees don personal protective equipment (PPE) and consider the use of air scrubbers to mitigate airborne contaminants. The Category 3 floodwater needs containment and disposal as hazardous waste. We are familiar with the local protocol and follow it.

Intensive cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-registered products follow to inhibit any pathogen growth. Our team then uses its expertise to dry out the flooded areas of your home. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are placed strategically to create the conditions where absorbed water releases as vapor, ready for containment and disposal. We work persistently until your home is clean, dry, and sanitized.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is prepared to respond to any residential or commercial disaster, transforming disruption and confusion back to preloss condition with professionalism and compassion. Call us at (931) 250-5333. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Different Cleaning Actions We Use To Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Crossville

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Any time something burns on your Crossville property, soot removal can become a large part of the restoration process.

Fire Damage Experts In Crossville Describe The Different Cleaning Actions

Any time something burns on your Crossville property, soot removal can become a large part of the restoration process. Smoke can add to your overall fire damage situation when it solidifies in the form of soot residues and soils. These soils can adhere to the various surfaces in your home and can sometimes be difficult to remove. When cleaning soot residues, our SERVPRO technicians utilize a variety of techniques.

When cleaning soot created by fire damage in your Crossville home, the idea is to break the link between the surface and the soil it is covering. For this to happen, one of these four cleaning actions must be implemented.

1. Mechanical Action
Known by some as "elbow grease," scrubbing and physical agitation can help dislodge soil particles. Even if our SERVPRO technicians know they need to use another method, we still often use mechanical action first. Loosening up the dirt can allow the other cleaning actions to work more effectively.

2. Lubrication
When surfaces get lubricated, they get slippery. Lubrication can help break the bond between the surface and the soil. The idea is that soils will get washed away by water or other chemicals if the surface is slippery enough.

3. Chemical Action
Chemical action occurs when one substance chemically changes or alters another molecule. Chemical action gets used in cleaning to alter the chemical composition of the soot residue. Once the soil molecules change, they no longer adhere to surfaces making them easily wiped or washed away.

4. Suspension and Dispersion
The most commonly used cleaning action is to suspend and disperse particles once their bond to the surface has loosened up. Suspension can take place when soil dissolves into a cleaning product. It can also occur when a soil emulsifies into a product.

Many cleaning operations use all of these cleaning actions. For example, when cleaning your car, you use water pressure to agitate the dirt, then soap to lubricate and chemically loosen up the soils. Suspension and dispersion then take place when the dirt combines with the soapy water and runs down into the ground.

If you ever notice soot residue inside your Fairfield Glade, Crab Orchard, or Sunbright home, call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 any day of the week because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What You Can do When Water Damage Occurs at Your Crossville Hotel

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage keep guests from checking into your hotel. Call SERVPRO for fast water damage remediation.

Is Your Crossville Hotel Affected By Water Damage? Give Us A Call!

Hotels are intended to offer the most comfortable and welcoming experience possible for customers. One pipe leak in your Crossville hotel can flood several rooms within a matter of hours, forcing you to act quickly to mitigate water damage. When faced with such a problem, you should contact a company that can act rapidly to get you back on your feet.  

If a broken pipe in your Crossville hotel is causing water damage in your rooms, then you should contact professionals from SERVPRO. Our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can arrive at your business within hours, allowing us to help you get your doors open as soon as possible.  

In the few hours before we arrive, there are several things you and your employees can do to help with water damage mitigation. To avoid permanent water lines from forming on your hotel room furniture, you should use wet rags to wipe down the wooden sections of affected beds, dressers, and chairs. Once our SERVPRO technicians arrive, we must use up precious time searching for the source of your water troubles. You can search for potential leaks in your bathrooms to help minimize our inspection period. Additionally, you can mop up some of the spillages to reduce the amount of time we spend extracting water.  

After locating and plugging the source of the flooding, we can begin removing standing waters with the use of industrial grade wet vacs. Upholstery, bedding, and cushions that came into contact with the water can be hung up to air dry or run through your cleaning room driers for a faster drying process.  

Carpeting can often be the most challenging part of a room to dry, but it is usually the most vital. Wet carpeting can facilitate mold growth in your floors or can disguise water damage below. To avoid this, we use specialized carpet removal tools to strip off wet sections of your carpet and dry them with the use of dehumidifiers and air movers.  

Hotels need to maximize the number of rooms they have open to thrive as a business. Unfortunately, an unforeseen leak or broken pipe can force you to close several rooms to customers and can incur high long-term costs if the water unless quick water restoration takes place. If your business has been the victim of commercial water damage then contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333.

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Our Technicians Have The Necessary Training and Equipment To Restore Your Crossville Home

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

When contaminated stormwater soaks into the walls and carpet of your home, we will tear out and discard the hazardous organisms and chemicals.

Remediating Flood Damage In Crossville Homes

With Lake Holiday right in the city limits, Crossville residents know exactly what happens floodwater breaks the banks. They also know that quickly getting the water out and their home dried by a professional restoration company is the best way to protect it.

To reduce and eliminate flood damage in Crossville homes, SERVPRO trains every responding team member to become an Applied Structural Drying Technician or ASD. Each of these technicians can use every device in our equipment inventory to return each home to its dry, original condition.

They begin with pumps and extraction devices to get rid of standing water. These devices draw the majority of the water out of the home and prepare it for ASDs to dry out the home. Since the flood damage has caused water intrusion coming from outside the home, the technicians have to dispose of all carpets and clean the floors with a powerful, anti-bacterial agent before moving forward.

Once they finish cleaning SERVPRO ASDs use several key devices to dry the home for reoccupation. They place dehumidifiers inside to draw water from the air to lower the moisture content and increase evaporation efficiency.

As those devices work, other team members set up air movers and exhaust fans. The air movers are a warm air blower that ASDs can direct over floors, across the property, and even up walls to dry them without causing further damage. They install the fans at exit points to draw out the damp, inside air, which augments the effectiveness of the air movers and the dehumidifiers.

There is one easy task that homeowners can do immediately after a flood to help their home before a SERVPRO response team arrives. Since evaporation is important, opening all of the doors and windows increases air circulation and speeds up the process. It only works though if the air outside is drier than the inside the home. Owners should only do this; however, if it is safe to step into the water.

At SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties, we are proud to support such a wide area of Tennessee homes and businesses in Sparta, Lake Tansi, and Fairfield Guide among other communities. If it feels like a flood has taken your home from you, call us today at (931) 250-5333 to help you get it back.

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Managing Water Damage in Crossville Homes is Straightforward with a Professional Restoration Company

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Water is essential to human life, but it can cause headaches for homeowners immediately after a water loss incident and in the long run. A burst pipe can cause gallons of water to pool in your living room, bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom. To prevent further damage to your home and contents, you should stop the flow of water by shutting off the main water line. 

If water has pooled in several rooms, cut off the gas and electricity from the main source to prevent electrocution and fire hazards. You should then call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to help you manage the water damage in your Crossville home. Before beginning the cleanup process, we assess the damage and take photographs that are useful when filing an insurance claim. Our technicians also remove valuable possessions from the affected areas. 

Water can weaken the wooden structures and corrode metal, which could lead to high-priced reconstruction work. Water also weakens the backings of carpets, making them susceptible to wear and tear. Mold growth is the other problem you may deal with after a water loss incident. Organic matter and moisture are the only prerequisites for mold to grow and it can form colonies if no one detects it. We offer an immediate response to water intrusion to prevent additional destruction of the contents of a home and building materials like drywall, hardwood flooring, and carpeting. 

Our knowledgeable Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) can use portable extractors like wet/dry vacuums to remove stagnant water. If a carpeted floor has absorbed the water, we can inspect the carpet and the pad to determine if it is necessary to remove them to protect the subfloor. If removal is unnecessary, our crew can use the right method to clean the carpet based on the soiling level and then deodorize it. 

Our SERVPRO crews also use portable air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas. Air moving and dehumidification equipment removes water from damaged materials and the indoor environment, speeding up the drying process. Evaporation adds moisture to the air as it is evaporated from saturated materials. Dehumidification removes this moisture from the air. We set up air movers and dehumidifiers to achieve a balanced drying system, meaning that the rate of evaporation is slightly less than or equal to the rate of dehumidification. Sometimes, water damage may not be clear and our crews, therefore, use infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in building materials. 

Our technicians have the experience to take quick action, get the cleanup and drying process started, and work closely with your insurance company to manage the claims process and paperwork. We can keep you and your insurance firm informed at every step of the cleanup process. 

When you need water cleanup services in Sparta, Fairfield Glade or Lake Tansi, call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties to get help. We offer a quick response to any size emergency. You can reach us 24/7/365 at (931) 250-5333. 

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We Can Handle Any Size Water Damage Disaster That Occurs In Your Sparta Medical Facility

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleanup After Water Damage In Your Sparta Medical Facility

Medical facilities and specialty clinics exist throughout Sparta to offer residents a focused niche of care and healing. With so many locals that depend on the availability of this business, it is not surprising to entrust your building to the care of more than just experienced custodians. When water loss incidents occur, the effects can often spread too quickly for conventional cleaning and drying approaches to be effective enough. The result is moisture ridden areas that exist out of sight and can continually provide worsening conditions for both your facility and those that use it.

Water cleanup in your Sparta medical building is one of the first steps that our professionals must take. With effective management of this situation, we can often work around the affected areas to contain the damaging symptoms and allow your business to keep its doors open while we work to restore and mitigate your loss. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast response to these loss incidents, arriving with the full measure of our recovery and mitigation equipment.

For cleanup, we want to ensure that even worse conditions do not develop. It is important to not only address potential contamination and germs that could exist, especially in the medical facility, but there are also secondary effects like mold growth to consider as well. We have advanced SERVPRO-developed cleaning agents and antimicrobial sprays that can help to prevent mold colonization and help to disinfect and clean damaged areas of your building as quickly as possible as well.

An important aspect of preventing the situation from spreading to new areas, patient rooms, and designated areas of the hospital with expensive or advanced technology and equipment, is powerful extraction tools. Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple options for removing standing water from tile and carpeted areas of your facility, from our wet-vacs with extraction wands to our truck-mounted pump options for efficient removal at a rate of 300 psi.

Your patients and staff all depend on a fully functioning medical facility, and when water loss situations occur, this can be challenging to produce. Our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team works around the clock to keep your doors open if possible and overcome all of the damaging effects of this water loss incident. Give us a call anytime at (931) 250-5333.

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Crossville Storm Damage? What to Do Next? Call SERVPRO!

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Let Flooding Monopolize Your Crossville Home! Call SERVPRO for Stormwater Removal and Restoration

Flood Damage Incidents in Crossville Should Not Cause Panic Any Longer

No matter how big a flood damage incident appears to be, immediate action can make a huge difference. There is no need of taking risks with your investment when you work with an experienced service provider that uses the right equipment to deal with any size disaster. Once we determine that your Crossville property is safe to enter, we have to come up with appropriate water extraction methods to remove the moisture from the site.
 
During flood damage restoration in your Crossville property, slip, trip, and fall are some of the things that our SERVPRO technicians look at when analyzing the safety of the site. Wet buildings may have slippery floors and power cords which are likely to trip those walking within the structure. To limit the danger that such cords present, we may decide to use a zip tie to tape them down. It is also essential to turn off the supply of electrical power to the site to prevent possible electrocution.
 
There are instances where our SERVPRO technicians have to perform the necessary restoration in confined spaces. Such locations are generally hard to move around in, and entering and exiting may also be challenging. Attics and crawl spaces are examples of confined spaces. We follow safety guidelines when addressing hazards such as infectious waste, sewer gas, and electrical wiring in these areas. Our technicians don PPE personal protective equipment to remain safe during these services.
 
Most flood instances require our SERVPRO technicians to extract standing water from the site. Some water extraction methods may be aggressive when compared to others, so, we have to choose a method that suits the soaked items or surroundings to prevent further damage. Extractors can be portable or truck-mounted. We prefer to use portable extractors when working in confined spaces and truck mounted extractors when there is enough space. It is important to note that truck-mounted extractors are more powerful when compared to portable types.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties offers trusted commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. We can make your property to appear “Like it never even happened” by using specialized and advanced equipment. Learn more by calling us at (931) 250-5333.

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Our Crew Can Remove Soot From Your Crossville Apartment

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

You can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO team to make fire loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

Soot Removal In Damaged Crossville Apartments

Many widespread effects can result from a fire loss incident in your Crossville apartment. Some of these concerns must get addressed first as they can work to prevent damages from affecting other units, but more localized threats can also become a hazard to your residence if they are not removed and restored quickly and confidently. Soot residue can often be a troublesome effect to deal with as cleaning it without the appropriate equipment, and cleaning agents can result in staining the surface where it rests.

As a carcinogen, soot can also be a hazard to the breathing air in your apartment, making it a priority on the fire cleanup list for restoration specialists. Our SERVPRO team has extensive training in all facets of fire restoration in Crossville, including the use of specialized, high-powered vacuums, scrubbers, and brushes ideal for removing soot residue without damaging the material underneath.

In addition to the widespread effects of soot and smoke residues on surfaces and contents throughout your unit, our SERVPRO team must also address the airborne particulates. We have a unique array of air purification equipment that can help us to lower debris, soot, smoke, and dust content in the environment. A single air scrubber or hydroxyl generator can address a broad area of your damaged property, and we bring multiple machines to a recovery job to make it as efficient and thorough as possible.

It is always advisable to trust in the experience and equipment of our team when removing potentially hazardous or damaging effects from your apartment. Once a surface becomes stained, it is often impossible to restore it to its original condition. Even with our advanced equipment and extensive training in fire recovery, we cannot always overcome the damages of human error.

Soot is a common effect after a fire loss incident and one that can spread quickly throughout a smaller residence like an apartment. You can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team to make fire loss effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (931) 250-5333.

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Need Fast Water Restoration Services? SERVPRO is The Company to Call!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage emergencies occur, you can count on our SERVPRO team to respond quickly.

Clean Up of Ruined Drywall in Water-Damaged Crossville Homes

For as typical of a construction element that drywall is for Crossville homes, it is also the material most likely to suffer irreparable damage in a disaster. Protecting these elements can be a difficult task after water damage has occurred, but with the right response from trained professionals, mitigation work can get started to better prevent irreversible devastation and destruction of construction materials, contents, and other susceptible areas of the property.

Addressing the effects of a water loss incident on wall construction materials in your Crossville home involves multiple phases that start with water cleanup. With the training and experience of our SERVPRO professionals, we can reach water damaged homes fast to begin our mitigation steps. These approaches get designed and executed to save our customers money and time. Damage assessment and debris removal are an intricate and essential component to full recovery for residences, and this process begins from the moment our technicians arrive at your address.

In a day, drywall can become bloated and distorted to the point of becoming unsalvageable. Not only can this distortion and saturation make drywall too heavy for installation hardware like screws into framing, but it can also begin to erode and degrade the sheetrock material. With this wall material being so porous, it can easily absorb a considerable volume of moisture and water, allowing it to swell and disintegrate after only a brief period. Our professionals must clean up this mess upon our arrival and remove saturated portions of drywall still installed in your house.

Our SERVPRO team must also address protecting unaffected drywall through containment and rapid drying solutions. With the speed that water damage can spread from the source throughout the property, our professionals must work immediately to prevent new materials from becoming saturated.

Cleaning is a vital component to every restoration and recovery project that we undertake, and preparing your home for the reinstallation of new drywall and preventing existing materials from experiencing irreparable damage is part of this preliminary process. Give our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties rapid response team a call 24/7 at (931) 250-5333 to make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.”

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