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What Do I Do After a Flash Flood Damages My Sparta Home?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Basement with standing water SERVPRO has the tools and skill to bring your basement back from water damage "Like it never even happened."

Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to flooding situations in your Sparta basement to remove this threat and clean exposed surfaces. 

Flash flooding can surround your Sparta home with water and lead to substantial damages depending on where penetration occurs. As quickly as professional restorers need to respond to these situations, it is wise to approach these emergencies with the understanding of the present damage to avoid health hazards or threatening conditions. From the first notice of damage, our SERVPRO professionals can quickly mobilize to conduct a thorough inspection of the grounds to determine the best restoration solutions.

Addressing flood damage in Sparta homes in any capacity can be time-consuming, as these effects spread rapidly throughout the structure. Knowing how to respond to these conditions and where water is likely to enter your home can ensure that the appropriate preventative measures get taken to reduce the spread and severity of standing water and contaminants. Initially, homeowners can take some immediate steps to reduce the ultimate damage experienced, such as shutting off utilities to the house, removing your valuables, and getting everyone out of the house quickly.

How Can Flooding Enter Your Home? 

Flash flooding might seem straightforward, but there are many ways that it can enter your home. With the sudden onset of this emergency, there's little time to react when penetration has begun. In many ways, understanding the path that floodwater can take can showcase where damage might ultimately be the worst. Any path flooding takes to enter your home can lead to both structural compromises and a need for water damage repair. Some of the avenues that natural flooding can take to enter your home include:

  • Drains - There are many reasons why natural flooding is considered a blackwater event. The sudden severe presence of water can overwhelm sanitary sewer systems and drains to allow for a backup into your home.
  • Window Wells - Inset window wells provide openings to the basement level of your home and sit beneath the grade of the soil outside. When pooling water gathers around the outside of your home, these window wells can be openings for water to pour unabated into the lower level of your house.
  • Through the Foundation - As strong and sturdy as masonry can be, concrete masonry units (CMUs) are not impenetrable when it comes to standing water or hydrostatic pressure. Any minor vulnerabilities can quickly become full-scale openings for water to pour into the basement.

What Must Happen to Resolve the Situation? 

Many people assume that they know how to resolve flood damages when they occur but fail to realize the extent of restoration and recovery needed. Each phase, from mitigation through reconstruction and build back, is a step in returning your property to its original condition. With a team of in-house contractors capable of helping with controlled demolition and repairs, we can offer a comprehensive solution for flood damages in the basement of your home. At its base levels, restoration after a flood begins in several specific areas:

  • Extraction - Water removal is always one of the focal points of flood restoration. Flooding rarely occurs without leaving standing water, so we must utilize multiple extraction tools to remove surface water damage for more efficient and successful drying.
  • Cleaning - Contamination, and debris are often threats that accompany natural flooding in the basement of your home. After controlled demolition and other materials get discarded that have become exposed to this category three loss, we can work on cleaning the surfaces left like framing, concrete, and masonry.
  • Repairs – With a portion of our roster devoted to residential contractors, we have several technicians experienced in various building trades to offer repairs and reconstruction where it is needed.

How Can the Area Get Dried to Prevent Mold Growth? 

The presence of water after a flood can lead to moist and damp conditions throughout the lower level of your home. Within 48 hours, these wet pockets can facilitate mold growth. One of the most effective methods of preventing microbial threats is to dry the affected area as quickly as possible. As a reputable restoration company, we have industry-leading drying tools in our inventory to make this phase go promptly. While ultimately drying flood damage can involve dozens of machines and devices, some of the most commonly used are the following:

  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Electric Portable Heaters
  • Floor Drying Mats

The full drying and recovery of your flooded basement level requires many steps. With experienced technicians and cutting-edge tools and technologies to help, our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team can make flood damages "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (931) 250-5333.

Commercial Fire Damage In Your Crossville Restaurant

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

fire burning You need a team you can trust after a fire strikes in your business. Call SERVPRO right away.

Commercial Fire Damage in Your Restaurant in Crossville Is No Match for SERVPRO

A fire in your restaurant, especially the kitchen, can spread fast. The flames move from one area to the next, impacting your restaurant equipment, linens, furnishings, and anything else that gets in the way. Even if the fire damage is contained in the kitchen, heavy soot and smoke residue spread throughout the adjoining spaces, calling for professional restoration to get everything back in like-new condition.

With a single phone call, SERVPRO springs into action to get you the help you need when faced with commercial fire damage in Crossville. Our technicians show up promptly to get started on an extensive assessment to formulate the best course of action. We have extensive training and professional recognition through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Get Back to Business, Fast

When your restaurant faces fire-related issues such as smoke odors, destruction, and water saturation, SERVPRO knows how to get everything back to normal so that you can get back to business. We work diligently to remove odor impact by cleaning all surfaces that are covered in thick smoke and soot residue. Such removal ensures that all surfaces are clean and ready to go once you and your staff are ready to re-open the doors.

Commercial Fire Materials

There are times when certain materials are destroyed in a commercial fire. All of the items falling into this category are removed promptly, reducing further sources of odors. Any smoke particles that infiltrated carpeting, cabinets, walls, or ceiling tiles are also addressed with specialized cleaning methods or removed altogether and replaced with new materials.

As the mitigation and restoration wrap up at your restaurant, we will do a final walkthrough with you to ensure your satisfaction. For any lingering odors, SERVPRO technicians employ the use of air scrubbers as well as thermal fogging that can combat odors right at the source. If tough smoke odors have impacted the carpets throughout your restaurant, we also have specialized gels that may be injected into the padding to keep foul smells from moving through the affected space.

Never go it alone when you are faced with commercial fire damage in your restaurant. SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties helps you get back to business. Give our office a call at (931) 250-5333, and we can send out a team to get to work fast.

What Scenarios Can Lead to Mold Development and Damage in Morgan Hill Homes?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Graphic Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage in your property.

Threatening Conditions Can Encourage Mold growth in Morgan Hill properties. 

Mold is one of the most destructive emergencies a property can face, yet continues to be an underrated situation property owners put off solving or remedying. Prolonged exposure can require reconstruction or repairs.

The Threats of Humidity

Humidity is another cause for microbial growth and the need for mold removal in Morgan Hill homes. During specific seasons, environmental moisture content can become a considerable and threatening factor to area homes and businesses. Without the appropriate ventilation and airflow to regulate rising moisture concerns, it could result in mold development.

Unresolved Storm Damage in Area Homes

The threat of storm damage is also a persistent concern in the region, and post-flooding recovery can leave your home contending with water and moisture for several days or weeks. Mold only takes a few days to develop and can spread quickly in moist environments.

Leaking Fixtures or Plumbing

Another possibility for a source of mold damage in your home is a persistent leak or drip from aging plumbing fixtures and connections. While these situations do not often lead to widespread water damage, the moisture around the structural cavity can facilitate mold growth. Condensation and drips can impact many elements of your utilities, including:

  • Plumbing
  • Connectors
  • Fixtures
  • Drainpipes

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remove Active Mold Damage? 

There are several steps that our professionals can take to remove mold damage once it exists. Active colonization is the priority, as naturally occurring mold spores are impractical to remove completely. Several remediation approaches can eliminate colonies, beginning with surface treatments using antimicrobial products and with methods like surface sanding or media blasting. Demolition is only used as a last resort.

Once mold damage exists, there is a finite amount of time before these organisms cause irreparable harm to hosting materials. Our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team has experience and training to be leading remediators in our service area. Call us today at (931) 250-5333.

Does My Tile Floor in my Crossville Home Need to Come Up After Water Damage?

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with water covering the floor Water damage in the kitchen needs quick attention. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Techs Arrive Quickly And Use Their Professional Equipment To Save Your Crossville Home!

The kitchen is one of the most likely areas in a Crossville home to receive damage from water due to the number of appliances and supply lines in the room. When this happens, cleanup effort must begin as rapidly as possible to:

  •   Halt the migration of water within the home
  •   Limit damage to flooring
  •   Inhibit the possibility of musty odors and mold issues later

If your tile floor did not allow seepage to the subfloor underneath and the seal on the grout remains intact, there is a good chance the restoration of your kitchen may occur with the tile left in place.

What is the Best Way to Cleanup Water Damage in My Kitchen?

When a water damage event occurs in your Crossville kitchen, the water migrates rapidly under toe kicks on cabinets, baseboards, and under heavy appliances. If any water gets left behind, it can lead to other issues such as deterioration of the building materials and other secondary issues that can lead to further costs to address in the future. SERVPRO techs have extraction equipment that works on any type of flooring. They have the power to lift away even deeply embedded moisture. The more water that gets removed, lessens the time needed for drying. Before SERVPRO arrives, you can hasten the process by:

  •   Using mops or towels to absorb the water  
  •   Turning off the water if it is from a pipe break
  •   Move kitchen chairs and tables out of the area if it is safe for you to do so

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties has certified technicians ready to respond 24/7 at (931) 250-5333. They arrive quickly and make the water Damage in local properties “Like it never even happened.”

Do Flood Removal and Restoration Companies in Crossville Handle All Flooding Incidents the Same Way?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

a tree that has fallen on a house and damaged the roof Storms can damage your property as well as bring water inside. Contact SERVPRO for flood removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Assesses Loss Sites Affected By Flooding Thoroughly Before Developing an Action Plan for the Restoration

Storms affect properties in many ways, including blowing off roofs, shattering windows, and dumping gallons of contaminated water inside. It is rare for different incidents in Crossville to turn out the same, so companies need to vary their approaches during restoration to match the challenges each flooding presents.

What determines how a company handles an incident?

Flood removal and restoration companies operating in Crossville are adept at managing damages caused by storms. Scoping the property in the aftermath of the loss reveals critical issues, including:

  • Whether clean water or groundwater breached the property
  • The presence of openings that need sealing
  • The level of deterioration in different types of materials

Is scoping a flood-damaged property a complicated process?

The fundamental aspects of the process are straightforward for a professional team like SERVPRO since they involve checking for physical changes to the affected materials. However, establishing the presence and level of contamination is more intricate. Our technicians focus on issues such as:

  • The porosity of the affected materials
  • How hazardous the contaminants are
  • Whether sophisticated utilities like HVAC are affected

Exposure of porous materials like carpets and drywall to contamination leads to permanent damage because most regular cleaning procedures cannot remove all traces of the contaminants. The only exception is when highly valuable items such as oriental rugs are affected. Our technicians can use advanced cleaning techniques in such cases since the item’s value justifies the cost of such restoration processes. In some instances, we can suggest a third-party curator or service to attempt to restore the valuable item.

When the floodwater contains hazardous materials such as raw sewage or dangerous chemicals, the potential health effects to the house occupants can be critical. Faster removal and proper disposal are essential. Our technicians use protective gear such as respirators, rubber boots, and gloves to handle removal safely. We also arrange for safe disposal rather than using the normal drainage or septic tanks.

The damage left by flooding can vary greatly, but you can be assured of the right response with help from SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties. Call us at (931) 250-5333. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Call SERVPRO after a Fire in Crossville?

10/10/2021 (Permalink)

fire and smoke billowing from the roof of a house Fire damage cleanup includes dealing with any remaining odors. Contact SERVPRO to discuss the custom fire damage restoration plan for your home.

Fire damage in Crossville and the SERVPRO solution

After a fire in Crossville, there can be a great deal of damage from the blaze and water used to quell the blaze. In addition, smoke particles can be acidic and carcinogenic, which can cause potential health effects to occupants. Removing soot particles from a variety of surfaces found in the home presents another challenging task. Careful attention to details such as thickness, composition, and material type must be considered during the cleaning process.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration service in Crossville and surrounding areas. We respond the fastest, maintain the highest standards of professionalism and quality work. Within four hours of your call, we are on-site and assessing the situation, the type of fire, debris from the fire, and the degree of damage. We develop a fire cleanup and restoration strategy, review our approach with the client and insurance adjuster, and get to work.

Wherever possible, we restore your contents vs. replacing them. Our customers appreciate that we make every attempt to save treasured family heirlooms and personal items that the family is attached to. In addition, restoring your contents can be accomplished faster, at a lower cost, and gets you back to your home more quickly. Restored items are held in a clean and safe staging area until they are returned.

Managing fire cleanup, soot removal, and smoke odor removal may require the following services from our highly skilled technical team:

  • Controlled demolition
  • Removal of debris and accumulated soot
  • Application of cleaning and solvents
  • Complete house fire cleanup and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland / Morgan & White Counties for fire damage restoration service in Crossville and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (931) 250-5333.

The Ultimate Guide to Crossville Fire Damage Remediation Services

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen; smoke and soot on walls, furniture, and f.loor Kitchen fires increase as we approach the holiday season. Be safe! And call SERVPRO for your fire damage restoration needs.

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, and 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, and 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 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.

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

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged office hallway; SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to dry structure and carpet Water weakens carpet backings and structural items. SERVPRO is always available to begin remediation after a water loss event.

Let us Help You with Your Water Damage Restoration

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.

Water Damage Restoration

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 remove 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.

How Does Mold Remediation Training Preserve Crossville Properties?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on baseboard and wall; surrounding outlet; carpet on floor Surface mold often indicates further damage inside walls. Inspect your home often for signs of moisture and mold.

SERVPRO’s Employee Training Programs Ensure Thorough Mold Remediation in Crossville

As water damage and related claims increase in the United States, so does the need for mold remediation. Crossville property owners need more than a surface-level cleanup to mitigate mold growth. Visible microbial growth on surfaces often indicates further damage inside wall cavities and other structures, which can potentially cause health effects without professional intervention.

SERVPRO professionals address Crossville mold remediation needs via comprehensive employee, staff, and franchise owner training resources. A well-informed restoration firm is more able to provide mold cleanup services tailored to a homeowner’s unique circumstances while observing Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

SERVPRO Training in Mold Remediation and More

SERVPRO’s educational efforts prepare restoration technicians, franchise owners, staff, and even professionals in related industries for dealing with mold remediation. Team members can earn additional certifications after their Employee Certification Training, such as:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

SERVPRO technicians can expand their education in mold and other mitigation categories, such as fire and water damage, with self-paced e-learning modules. These modules use video presentations and supplementary materials to introduce and reinforce concepts. At the end of each module, technicians are tested. This commitment to continuous learning allows SERVPRO professionals to stay up-to-date on current restoration industry standards and prepares them for specialized restoration tasks.

Homeowners can call (931) 250-5333 for SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and ready to mitigate 24/7.

Contact Professional Restoration Services If Storm Damage Has Caused Havoc in Fairfield Glade

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Storm clouds; lightning in clouds Did summer storms cause flooding in your home? SERVPRO is available 24/7!

When Water Enters Your Home From a Storm, Call SERVPRO for a Thorough Assessment

A severe storm can cause water damage inside your home, and it is unwise to leave it for very long. The elements of a storm are thunder, lightning, and heavy rain. However, a storm can also bring heavy wind, and that wind can break a window in your home and allow the storm to reach the inside as well. Water does more damage over time, so allowing it to sit stagnantly is one of the worst things you can allow to happen in your home. Fortunately, there is help close to clean up the mess that the storm left.

Allowing storm damage to sit in your Fairfield Glade home does not only open the door to further problems, such as mold but can also cause structural damage. Over time, water can weaken the walls and floors of your home because it can cause rot.

Equipment for Storm Damage Restoration

When our skilled technicians arrive, one of the first things they can do is remove any puddles of rainwater leftover in your home to begin the remediation process. Through investigation, SERVPRO can discover the areas of your home that need drying, especially when using tools such as moisture meters. We can use advanced tools like refrigerant dehumidifiers to lower the moisture levels in your belongings to an acceptable degree.

Should your walls have sustained a great deal of damage, SERVPRO can set up a wall cavity ventilation system. Directing dry airflow to both the front of the walling and the inside cavity helps quicken the drying process and ensures that it is done evenly. A conventional method of setting up this system is by using air movers that have vents attached to them. Our advanced tools can be applied wherever damage that is manageable has occurred.

When your home is hit with a damaging storm, do not hesitate. Contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333. We can arrive at the scene as soon as possible so we can get the remediation process started.