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The Ultimate Guide to Crossville Fire Damage Remediation Services 

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Specialized Fire Damage Cleaning Training Is Why SERVPRO Comes Through for Crossville

You scored a fantastic price on a package of new appliances for your Crossville home just before the holidays. A kitchen fire has transformed the fresh look of these recent purchases into a dingy and sticky mess. Before you get out the bucket and brush to try to make them look new again, schedule a consultation with our talented fire residue cleaning team. Intensive training in evaluating residue damage and informed product and technique matching is why we offer consistent and positive results.

Appliance Construction 

Most of the surfaces that make up modern appliances risk permanent fire damage in Crossville if appropriate cleaning steps are delayed or unforthcoming. Fire residues are highly corrosive and can discolor, warp, and etch even non-porous, solid materials. Appliances such as stoves, ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, and dryers are typically made of some combination of the following, all of which are vulnerable to acidic fire damage:

  • Metal
  • Paint
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Composite materials 
  • Formica

Location Exposes Appliances to Challenging Residues

The residues from a kitchen fire are protein-based, which means the coating adheres tightly to any surface and carries a distinctive and extremely unpleasant malodor. Because of the oiliness of the soot, water-based detergent solutions likely cannot loosen and carry away the soiling. Our technicians consider other options, why SERVPRO stocks a broad range of cleaning products. We might try increasing the alkalinity of the cleaning solution by mixing in additives to an all-purpose cleaner. Only trained employees should alter a solution to avoid toxic reactions. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is recommended when working with highly alkaline cleaners.

Take Care with Highly Polished Surfaces

Some materials such as aluminum can pit or dull if strong cleaners are applied and allowed to dwell too long. Consistent and thorough rinsing is critical, why SERVPRO maintains data on cleaning activities. Hard to remove residues might loosen with abrasive cleaners or tools, but the integrity of a glossy finish is then at risk. Our proprietary paste cleaners can produce excellent results if short dwell times are respected, and proper application and cleaning action follows. We use with clean, soft cloths or extremely fine “000” steel wool to scrub in a circular motion. A thin film of the paste lubricates during cleaning to prevent scratching.  

Training and experience are why SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties can restore your appliances to like-new condition after a fire. Call for an evaluation at (931) 250-5333 as soon as practical.

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Damage from a Flood in Fairfield Glade is Best Handled by Trained Professionals

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water pushed off of a floor with a squeegee. We have the best tools and technology to perform a sufficient restoration for your Fairfield Glade home. Call us today!

Let SERVPRO break down our tactics for your flooded Fairfield Glade home. 

Regardless of the cause, dealing with the fallout of a flood as efficiently and safely as possible. SERVPRO technicians want you to know why it is best to call the professionals in such a situation rather than trying to tackle the devastation on your own. After moisture seeps into your building materials and the structure of your home, only the experts have the best tools and technology to perform a sufficient restoration.

When it comes to flood damage in Fairfield Glade, any of the water that enters your home from the outdoors can be contaminated. Trained technicians deployed to your property promptly help to minimize the loss and help ensure that your home is restored to like-new condition.

Calling SERVPRO to address the water damage to your property after a flooding incident gives you access to specialty drying equipment and a full arsenal of industry knowledge. These are just a sampling of the tools that our trained experts come armed with when you call us for restoration:

Moisture Meters/Sensors – A moisture meter helps determine moisture content within various materials. A moisture sensor helps to find moisture in walls, baseboards, and carpeting.

ULV Ultra Low-Volume Foggers – These tools take liquid deodorizing agents and atomize them into a fine mist that is able to penetrate areas where smoke and soot residue might be present. SERVPRO technicians can also use this technology to impart disinfectants and fungicides into areas that are difficult to reach.

Thermo Hygrometers – This equipment measures relative humidity and temperature, giving our technicians the necessary information to create the right environment for optimum drying.

Once a SERVPRO team is deployed to your property, we ensure every detail is covered from planning your restoration to water removal, restoring your building materials, and thoroughly disinfecting to keep odors at bay while eliminating mold growth.

Do you have questions about addressing flood damage in your home? We invite you to give us a call at SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333. We will gladly send out a team of trained restoration experts as soon as possible to get started.

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End the Constant Battle Against Microbial Growth Using Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in Sparta

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Let SERVPRO be your go to for your Sparta mold damage.

A lunchtime cafe can suffer a substantial reputational hit if mold issues are present in any part of the dining area or kitchen. Not only do the odors of mold put customers off, but they can affect indoor air quality and hygiene standards. Unfortunately, mold does not just go away by itself. You may find that no matter how many times you clean mold, it keeps cropping up in the same areas every few days. If you notice recurring issues, you may want to consider contacting a professional remediation team. Microbial growth issues frequently go much deeper than surface appearance. 

Our commercial mold damage remediation team here in Sparta works with small, medium-sized, and large businesses. The trick to dealing with mold is to remove the essential element it needs to live: water. Moisture runoffs can lead to damp spots, which in turn allow spores to proliferate into unhygienic mold colonies. You usually find microbial growth issues in areas where there is water, like washrooms, kitchens, or refrigerated counters. Storerooms for food stock may have inadequate insulation, which can increase the likelihood of mold growth.

Microbial growth is easy to spread, and it can spread quickly if you are not careful. Usually, our commercial response teams set up a containment zone to guard against the spread of mold. We may augment this zone with further decontamination areas, clean rooms as well as negative air pressure. We understand that temporarily shutting down some, or all, of your eatery, can hurt monthly revenues. This is why SERVPRO works with qualified technicians to ensure any downtime is kept to a minimum. 

After the removal of mold is complete, you may notice lingering odors remain behind. Odor particles can stay in an indoor environment even after cleaning and disinfecting. This is especially true in malls where there is a lack of natural air circulation to replace odorous particles. SERVPRO can thoroughly fumigate your workspace using safe, water-based deodorants. Our powerful box fans can exchange the air quickly to ensure you get back in business as soon as possible.

Without professional remediation, mold can become a constant battle and a threat to the hygiene of your eatery. Contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333.

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Our Technicians Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Crossville

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

smoke damaged home after a fire A call to us is an invitation to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Don’t Face the Heat Alone In Crossville

The colder months are ideal for families and friends in Crossville to get together and cozy up at home.  Nothing beats the feeling of bundling up by the fireplace while enjoying a pleasant evening with your loved ones.  As we set up for these gatherings, we may light our fireplace and aromatic candles while we turn on the heat.  All of these activities can pose a risk to our home and cause an accidental fire, which is why we need to be cautious.  Electrical issues and open flames are among the top causes of home fires nationwide.

SERVPRO technicians work every day in Crossville to restore homes victim of fire damage.  The cleanup process may appear simple, but it is not as clear-cut as some may imagine.  Whenever there are soot and smoke remains on your walls and furniture, you require a specialized team to help you get rid of it.  The training our crew receives helps them identify the composition of the residue in your home and remedy it accordingly.  Generally speaking, organic materials such as wood leave fine dust behind, while plastics and manmade materials leave a stickier residue on your property.

Fire damage cleanup goes above and beyond, cleaning the visible evidence of the fire.  It also entails purifying your air and removing any lingering odors.  Many owners are surprised to find that even the smallest flames can leave behind an offending smell that clings to fabrics and drapes even in unaffected areas of the home.  When you reach out to SERVPRO, we offer an array of solutions to eliminate the problem.  If you think a deodorizing pellet is enough to do the job, you will soon discover that most damage requires industry-grade techniques.  Our crew applies its knowledge to neutralize and eliminate the smell, which may include air scrubbing, fogging, and the use of ozone generators.  As a homeowner, you can rely on our expertise and make the smell be a thing of the past.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is here to help keep your home in tip-top shape during the winter months.  Even if a small fire threatens to derail your plans, we are available at (931) 250-5333.  A call to us is an invitation to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Problem with a Water Loss in Your Crossville Property? We Can Help--And Fast--Call SERVPRO!

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Crossville – Loss Reduction and Damage Mitigation

Many people are very stressed about the water damage in their homes and wonder what to do about the mess. Many are also concerned about how much it is going to cost for repairs. Some of their contents may be damaged beyond recovery. If there is no insurance coverage, many are worried about how to handle all this expense.

SERVPRO is well aware of the expense of restoration for water damage to homes and businesses in Crossville. Our objective is to restore your home, "Like it never even happened." We always assess the situation, take action immediately to minimize the damage, and recovering/restoring everything possible to reduce the cost to the homeowner and the insurance company.

Minimizing Water Damage

Every water damage event is different based on the cause of the water damage, the amount of water dispersed throughout the premises, and the amount of time water has been in the building.

SERVPRO always responds within four hours under normal circumstances and has teams and equipment available on a 24 hour, 7-days a week basis. A fast response reduces the amount of water dispersed within the building, and the time it spends on floors or inside walls.

We urge clients with water damage to shut off the main water supply immediately if possible to control the amount of water flooding the home. Always ensure there are no electrical hazards of potential slip and fall hazards.

Many clients begin mopping up as much water as possible. SERVPRO can mobilize pumps and water extractors to begin removing liquid water that may be on the floors. Weighted extractors are utilized on carpets to draw water from the carpet and underpad. Air movers and dehumidifiers reduce the moisture levels in the home, including subfloors and inside walls. By reacting quickly to water loss situations, SERVPRO can minimize the damage and the cost and the time to return your home to its original condition.

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Fairfield Glade and Pleasant Hill and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.


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)

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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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