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Our Water Damage Checklist That Every Homeowner In Sparta Needs

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Water Damage Checklist That Every Homeowner In Sparta Needs Rebuilding after a flood places you at risk of more problems such as mold growth.

Water Damage And Your Home – The Clean Up Checklist Every Sparta Resident Must Have

With heavy rains in full swing, there is no better time to prepare a clean-up checklist should your home flood. Most folks in Sparta want to start rebuilding immediately after water clean-up. Rebuilding after a flood places you at risk of more problems such as mold growth. To protect your family, here is a water restoration and clean-up checklist.

Contact your insurance adjuster immediately
Do you have flood insurance? Well, before water cleanup in your Sparta home begins, contact your insurance adjuster. After making that quick but very important call, start taking inventory of the damage. Armed with your camera or smartphone, take photos of your home and keep the camera safe in a Ziploc bag. You do not want the camera to fall into the water and lose the photos. Do not touch anything nor should you attempt any cleanup. This is best left to SERVPRO technicians. We are IICR certified and respond fast to your water damage emergency.

Sanitize your food cans and purify your water
To keep your family safe, purify your water for drinking, washing, and cooking. Take a clean container and clean cloth. Filter the water and boil it. Allow the water to cool. If boiling water is not possible, use unscented liquid chlorine bleach. For a gallon of clean water, add 8 drops or 1/8 tsp. Stir the water and let it to stand for 30 minutes before using. Avoid purification or iodine tablets. Store your food cans away from the flood water. If food cans come into contact with flood water, rinse and disinfect using a sanitizing solution. Discard all contaminated utensils.

Remove carpet, rugs, beddings, and furniture
Carpets, rugs, and furniture bear the brunt of a flood as they are on the floor. Since flood water may contain contaminants, remove and discard carpets, rugs, and furniture. If you want to salvage your carpets and rugs, hire a professional to shampoo and clean the carpets and rugs. If your beddings come into contact with flood water, discard them. For furniture made of metal, plastic or solid wood, cleaning and restoration are easy.

At SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties, we not only have the experience and know-how to clean, dry and restore your home but we offer peace of mind too. To get your property up and running again, call our 24/7 emergency line at (931) 250-5333.

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Dealing with Fire Damage From An Unexpected Firework Show? SERVPRO Can Help!

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing with Fire Damage From An Unexpected Firework Show? SERVPRO Can Help! Our team is here to protect your home and shed from fire damage.

Leftover Fireworks can Cause Fire Damage in Garages and Sheds in Wartburg

While many residents in Wartburg rarely have fireworks leftover after Independence Day, setting off any that you find during other times can result in problems with neighbors and possibly law enforcement. When people come across forgotten explosive items, storing them in the relative safety of the backyard shed or the garage seems like the most logical option, as New Year's Day also provides an outlet for these items.

However, if heat builds up where you stored these on your property in Wartburg, it can sustain severe fire damage. Even though these areas of your property do not affect your family's living space directly, such damage can create unsafe conditions that your children, as well as their friends, might become interested in and decide to explore.

Many members of the SERVPRO team have children of their own and understand that keeping our youth safe from harm is a vital part of family life. We want to help you protect your family from further trauma by cleaning up such damage and making things safe again, quite “Like it never even happened.”

Our IICRC-certified team members go in and wipe everything down that became covered in residue. Smoke residue can stain clothing and transfers easily. Removing this from machines, tools, and other solid, non-porous items must happen quickly to reduce the corrosion soot causes. When belongings stored in boxes need new containers, we re-box everything for you and make things look neat again.

Charred wood, structural framework, and other parts of your outbuilding can lose their strength and become too weak to perform as they once did after a fire. These sections need restoration to once again provide you with the security you want.

We discuss your options in restoring the structure to a sound condition again. Where a window's frame and the surrounding portion of wall burned, you may decide that you want a wall without a window or, instead, a larger one. These possibilities can help you recover in a way that benefits you instead of causing more frustration. We work with you in as many ways possible to help get your property back to normal again.

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SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties can help mitigate the damage caused by unscheduled post-4th of July accidental celebrations and restore your garage or shed. If you have a similar situation involving fire damage in Fairfield Glade, Doyle, or Sunbright, call us at (931) 250-5333, so we can help get things back to normal.

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Why Preparation is Always Key to Efficient Water Damage Remediation in Your Sparta Business

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Preparation is Always Key to Efficient Water Damage Remediation in Your Sparta Business If your business suffers from a broken pipe and subsequent water damage, your best bet is to contact SERVPRO immediately for water removal.

Commercial Water Removal Keeps Sparta Businesses Going Strong

When the bathroom pipes in your consignment shop in Sparta spring a leak and send a colossal mess everywhere, getting things dry again protects both your building and your clients' items. Water can become very detrimental to the environment of your shop and make shoppers' experience suffer. The possibility of mildew and mold becoming a problem throughout your shop also increases rapidly.
 
Shop owners who rely on our expertise in commercial water removal methods in Sparta recover more quickly from this kind of disaster. Many shops across the nation close when disasters happen because of the economic hardship and disruption related to these incidents.
 
In September, you can take part in the activities held for National Preparedness Month. SERVPRO's READY Profile Plan also helps reduce response time when catastrophes strike, helping minimize the damages almost all businesses experience when flooded with water. Becoming prepared for events that can damage your business is an essential part of a good business model. Putting a response and recovery plan into place before you need one can help you stay in business by guiding you through the restoration process and ensuring the achievement of your goals.
 
Preparing for disasters also includes planning for events such as fire and storm damage. When either of these occurs, water removal also must take place. Removing water from either firefighting efforts or what the storm pushed into your business must also occur in conjunction with other mitigation efforts. Without removing the water, damage from one area easily spreads to other locations. Moisture can affect your merchandise, and also make your shop's indoor air quality suffer. When items suffer too drastically to allow restoration, we list these on insurance claim forms for your convenience.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties Strengthens our communities in Fairfield Glade and Sunbright by providing water removal services and other mitigation and restoration techniques when businesses have sustained damage. Contact us to set up your business' READY Profile Plan or to let us know you need immediate services. (931) 250-5333 is our 24-hour services line, and is always available to you, every day of the year.

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Reducing Humidity as Part of Flood Damage Mitigation in Lake Tansi

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Reducing Humidity as Part of Flood Damage Mitigation in Lake Tansi When your area experiences flooding after a storm or river overflow, call the technicians at SERVPRO to get the humidity in your home under control.

Team SERVPRO Calculates the Rate to Effectively Remove Moisture From Your Home After Flooding

Flooding that invades a home in Lake Tansi can leave elevated humidity levels behind even after the completion of structural mitigation and restoration tasks. This humidity can continue for months, affecting belongings brought back in after cleaning and deodorization and causing mildew to develop on both old and new materials.
 
The residents can rely on SERVPRO technicians to mitigate their homes from all aspects of flood damage in Lake Tansi, including increased humidity. Our instruments can detect how much water vapor the air holds in a similar way that we measure the moisture content in solid materials. We compare these readings to industry standards or similar materials in your home. When we measure the humidity levels in your residence, we compare these to the air outside.
 
To restore normal humidity, we use dehumidifiers, desiccant machines, and air movers. Our powerful air movers slightly increase the humidity when we point them in the direction of saturated materials, but during a flood damage mitigation project, we direct these machines' airflow in paths that circulate the air throughout the home and then out an open window.
 
A large part of removing the moisture from your house after flooding occurs involves lifting the moisture out of concrete and other materials that retain water. Carpeting and saturated drywall and other wall materials no longer add to the equation after their removal from your home, but moisture can continue hiding in floorboards and wall frames and joists.
 
Measurements of these materials help us know which materials need more attention to maintain an efficient drying pattern. Keeping this in perspective ensures that your home's interior becomes dry more rapidly and uniformly.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties works with families in Doyle and Wartburg after disasters like flood damage take their toll. Getting your home back into livable condition, so everything is “Like it never even happened” is important to us, also. Our IICRC-certified technicians are only a phone call away, so whenever you need us, our 24-hour emergency number at (931) 250-5333.

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A Leak Behind Your Shower Can Cause Mold Damage In Your Harriman Home

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Leak Behind Your Shower Can Cause Mold Damage In Your Harriman Home Mold damage can be one of the trickiest types of damage to identify inside your home.

Mold Damage In Your Home

Mold damage can be one of the trickiest types of damage to identify inside your home. However, it is usually safe to call for professional help if you smell a constant musty odor in one place. Mold colonies usually grow due to a sudden increase in the moisture levels of your home, whether it is caused by excess humidity or water damage. The solution to this problem is not trying to rid your home of all of the mold spores that exist inside. In fact, it is impossible, as mold spores are omnipresent and harmless by themselves.

The mold damage inside of your Harriman home is an unfortunate side effect of leaky plumbing behind your shower. Should the mold damage be left without any remediation, it can cause further complications in the future. Mold growth leads to the decomposition of organic material, like the wooden structure of your walls. If left long enough, it can make the structure of your home less stable.

While you may not be able to see any physical signs of the mold, it may be wise for you to call for professional help if you begin to detect other signs, such as scent. The quicker that mold damage is remediated, the less likely it is to do further damage to your house. Not to mention, it is unwise to leave mold damage untreated because it can cause health effects.

When you call SERVPRO, we quickly assemble a team of our IICRC-certified techs and send them to your property with the proper equipment to handle the job. To begin the remediation, SERVPRO can section your bathroom off from the rest of the home, to limit the mold spores from spreading once they are agitated. After removing the tile of your shower to get to the structure behind it, our technicians can use a chemical disinfectant to clean the mold colonies. Afterward, we can spray the area down with an antifungal agent to help inhibit any potential regrowth.

Sometimes, the damage to the area can be too much and clean up is not enough. In those cases, SERVPRO can demo the area and then get you in contact with a contractor who can rebuild the space.

If you detect mold damage inside of your home, never leave it to chance. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties by calling (931) 250-5333. Night or day, we are always prepared to take your call.

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Quick Call Out, Assessment And Remediation Of Water Damage For Sparta Residents

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Quick Call Out, Assessment And Remediation Of Water Damage For Sparta Residents So when your home falls prey to water damage, the experience can be stressful and confusing in equal measure.

Assessment And Remediation Of Water Damage

Heavy rainfall, burst pipes, and malfunctioning appliances have one thing in common: they cannot be planned. So when your home falls prey to water damage, the experience can be stressful and confusing in equal measure.
 
Thankfully, there's a localized service that specializes in dealing with unforeseen water damage for Sparta residents. Just pick up the phone and SERVPRO can send a water damage technician to you as soon as possible. Our highly-trained work-force is always available for a quick callout, assessment, and remediation. Here's what you can expect.

First, a water damage specialist will be sent to your property to ascertain the extent of damage, alongside the type of equipment needed. Our priority is your safety, so a thorough inspection of potential electrical hazards, weak ceilings or crumbling subfloor is the first port of call.

Once we are completely satisfied that there is no immediate danger, we set to work removing all standing water, from apparent areas of pooling as well as less visible areas like crawl spaces or subfloor. Using industrial pumps we can drain excess water from your home in a flash.

The next step is thoroughly drying the affected region. Any remnants of moisture can quickly become hazardous, particularly in humid climates. We measure all areas using moisture meters to discover how deep the water goes, removing furniture in the process to be dried separately.

Wet/dry vacuums are used to extract residual water from carpets and hard surfaces. We then remove rugs to undergo a thorough inspection. What we are looking for is any evidence of delamination, bad seems or mold that could spread. Both sides of your carpet can be treated with antimicrobials, sanitizers, and deodorizers ensure a thorough clean.

The final step is to put your treated furniture, carpets and possessions back. SERVPRO then use a combination of dehumidifiers and rapid airflow systems to guarantee the affected area is completely dry and safe to inhabit. Then all that is left is to clear away our tools and walk you through a final inspection.

Here at SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties, we are water damage specialists. Call us today for an initial inspection on (931) 250-5333.

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Commercial Water Removal Technicians in Sparta Discuss Potential Issues

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Technicians in Sparta Discuss Potential Issues If your jewelry store faces water damage problems, call SERVPRO for quick remediation services so that your doors can remain open.

Our Technicians Effectively Dry Out Your Property to Help Prevent Any Mold From Growing

As the old saying goes, horrible things are bound to happen, and it can even occur at your Sparta jewelry store. Some stores are located in a business district on the street level of a multi-story building. When residing on a lower level, your business becomes at risk of water coming into your dwelling from above. When moisture flows into your store from the ceiling, it can ruin many things on its way down to the floor. The longer water pours into your shop; the worse problems can get. Water can saturate and destroy building materials that make up your structure. Excessive moisture elevates humidity levels which can cause issues throughout your place of business. For example, water vapor can cause some types of your products to rust and get destroyed.
 
As soon as a water leak occurs in the same building as your company's location, professional assistance from a restoration team like SERVPRO is a necessity. We can show up to your place very promptly for commercial water removal in Sparta. As soon as we arrive, we assess the situation and determine how severe the problems have become.
 
When a leak takes place within a business district, water often flows overnight when nobody is there. When pipes break or appliances malfunction during non-business hours, problems can potentially get very extreme. In many cases, owners of a company come into their store in the morning and notice that they are walking in deep, standing water.
 
As water sits, the chances you have of your products getting ruined increases. Elevated humidity and moisture levels cannot only damage your precious jewelry but cause fungi to develop. Mold can cause health effects with some, making it essential to prevent microbial growth so that your store is safe for all of your customers.
 
During the mitigation process, our SERVPRO technicians cater to your every need so that we reduce the loss of revenue restoring the damage can create. We take special care to make sure that all of your precious jewelry is kept safe during work procedures and that nothing gets ruined as a result of secondary damage. If you ever notice excessive moisture inside your jewelry store, call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 24 hours a day.

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Managing the Flood Damage in Your Sparta Home

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Managing the Flood Damage in Your Sparta Home When the Water Recedes at Your Sparta Property, Call SERVPRO for Removal and Cleanup

SERVPRO Focuses on Safety Along with Water Removal after Stormwater Intrusion

Living through a flood can be a very stressful period for anyone in Sparta. Having a family to take care of can make things much more unnerving. SERVPRO technicians live in the area and understand your concerns. We can help make things just “Like it never even happened.” for you and your loved ones.

Our technicians earn certifications from the IICRC and can restore your Sparta home back to preloss condition after flood damage takes its toll. Restoring a house includes ensuring that we reduce the pathogen population to safe levels, eliminate the water, silt, and other debris, return moisture levels to normal, and properly dispose of any damaged materials after we remove them.
 
Your home is what you use to protect your family, to gather together with relatives on holidays, and raise your children, so we know how important it is to you. We can help restore any degree of flood damage that affects your property. Removing materials such as water-logged carpeting and pad and wallboard makes room for new contents of the same kind. We discuss which ones you prefer and work with you every step of the way. We want you and your family to be delighted with our work.
 
Cleaning and drying out your home takes time and must proceed in a specific manner. We understand that you want to move back in as soon as possible, but drying things out too quickly can also create problems. This rapid drying is particularly true of wooden steps on stairs and interlocking floorboards. When problems do occur in these situations, we typically try to repair the area, but sometimes a replacement becomes necessary. However, we always keep your finances and overall costs in mind throughout the time we spend working on your residence.
 
We urge you to discuss with us any other areas that require particular attention inside your property that you might have concerns about so we understand how you want us to proceed. We partner with expert companies and general contractors including electricians and appliance specialists who can examine and inspect your household appliances and electrical systems to ensure that everything is in perfect working order before your family using these items. After a damaging water event, all infrastructure systems should be check and verified before use. Correctly restoring every part of your home is crucial to your family members' health and safety.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties works in Crab Orchard, Pleasant Hill, and Doyle to assist families after flood damage and other disasters cause problems with their residences. Call us at (931) 250-5333 so we can help your family, too.

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The Risk of DIY Water Damage Restoration in Your Sparta Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Risk of DIY Water Damage Restoration in Your Sparta Home Many different types of mold can be the result of water damage that was not dealt with completely. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO to remediate.

Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Drying Out Services in an Effort to Help Prevent a Mold Infestation from Setting in

There are too many varieties of potential water incidents that can occur in your Sparta home to name. With so many sources from the fixtures on sinks to the plumbing running throughout your house, damage from water can happen with little warning and sometimes without you realizing how severe the situation actually is.

A common belief among homeowners is to assess a situation like water damages in their Sparta residence and determine if it is something that they can clean up and dry up on their own. Often, the conclusion is that with smaller-scale messes, it is more cost-effective to try and remove the damages on your own rather than to contact professional restoration services in the area.

One of the drawbacks to this approach, however, is never fully knowing how extensive the damage is. A homeowner can believe that the problem has gotten resolved when, in fact, the situation persists beyond what can get easily seen. Such is the case with spills on the floor, when not immediately tended to, can result in water penetration into the subflooring allowing for persistent dampness after the surface layer is entirely dry.
 
Our SERVPRO professionals have specific tools like thermal imagery to determine the farthest reaches of moisture and dampness. This assessment ensures that drying efforts are absolute. Failure to completely clear out this dampness can lead to worsening conditions for your household, however.

One of the risks that you take by not completely drying out water damages to your home is mold growth. In as little as 72 hours, mold spores can seat on organic materials in a damp area of your home and begin to colonize and spread. Not only does this pose potential health risks, but it can weaken and degrade the materials used to construct your house as well. Then, you need SERVPRO professional remediation to contend with the growing threat to your household.

If you find yourself contending with water damages in your home, you might not immediately consider the possibility of taking care of it on your own. With the possibility of occurrences like mold growth due to persistent dampness, even basic water damage situations can benefit from our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties professional touch. Give us a call anytime at (931) 250-5333.

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Why Consider A Pack Out After Fire Damage In Sparta?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Consider A Pack Out After Fire Damage In Sparta? SERVPRO Returns Boxed Possessions Nice and Clean after a House Fire in Your Sparta Home

SERVPRO Strives to Preserve and Restore Sparta Homeowners' Possessions after a Fire

The damage done by a fire in your Sparta home is rarely confined to the area where it began. Even if the blaze is brought under control quickly, smoke and soot can spread throughout your home. The magnitude of the damage done to your home’s structural components, of course, captures your attention, but hundreds of individual items in your house are subject to harm. We can help restore both real property and possessions.
 
Fire damage in your Sparta dwelling is not limited to charring and smoke in the room where the fire started. Fire creates many compounds as it burns, depending on the fuel and the temperature. The vapor and materials not wholly consumed disperse in the air as smoke, and the particles within smoke deposit on surfaces as soot. The soot and smoky odor also contaminate furnishings, books, papers, dishes, linens, clothing -- an unlimited list of items that surround you in your home. Packing out the personal possessions is a strategy we might suggest because we have resources at our production center that can restore many of the items thoroughly away from the turbulence of the house restoration.
 
SERVPRO crew members inventory the objects we pack out, preserving a chain of custody for the articles. Off-site we review the possessions, taking note of their condition and what protocols are necessary to return them to preloss condition. We work together with you and your insurance company as we sort, helping you make informed decisions about which items are restorable with a reasonable amount of time and effort and what things are best discarded.
 
Our production staff takes the time to match the soot soiled items with appropriate cleaning products and techniques. We evaluate the damage the highly acidic soot inflicted piece by piece, determining if abrasives are needed to remove and smooth corroded areas. Ultrasonic cleaning equipment makes all the difference when soot-covered and tarnished items have intricate parts, using sound waves to dislodge residues from decorative goods like window blinds. Textiles receive washing or dry cleaning in industrial grade equipment.
 
Some items with high emotional value can be included in the “to restore” column even if 100 percent success cannot be assured. For example, pictures and documents can be freeze-dried if the water used to extinguish the fire saturated them. They might not come out of this dehydration process completely returned to the condition they exhibited before the fire, worth the attempt because they are irreplaceable and part of your family’s history and culture.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties can treat your movable possessions to custom fire damage recovery off-site while other crew members restore your home’s structural components. Call us at (931) 250-5333 immediately after the fire department leaves so we can personalize a restoration plan just for your scenario.

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