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Are Smoke and Soot Damages in Sparta Restorable With Cleaning?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

fire alarm smoke detector with red LED indicator on ceiling Did your home suffer recent fire damage? Contact SERVPRO for effective fire damage remediation services.

The Result of Fire Damage Can Be Extensive Soiling, Soots, and Staining. SERVPRO Can Arrest the Development of Permanent Soils in your Sparta Home.

Does bleach work on soot and smoke residues?

Getting rid of spots and stains in your Sparta home after a fire event can be challenging. Bleaches are widely available household products that seek to reverse the coloration of stains rather than remove them. Color stains occur because soils chemically bond with the surfaces they contact. These chemical reactions can occur under the higher temperatures of a fire. When using bleaches, it is crucial to avoid application on dyed materials as bleach can remove dye and soils. Reducing bleaches are useful when cleaning soots or smokes from hardwoods. These bleaches can strip the surface of the wood. It can then be refinished to ensure a uniform end product. While bleaching products can be practical in fire restoration, especially for protein fires, they are rarely the primary cleaning method SERVPRO uses to clean properties with soot and smoke soils.

Why are soot and smoke residues challenging to eliminate?

A property with fire damage in Sparta is likely to have a mix of soils and soots. Some of these soils may be easier to remove using dry cleaning or vacuuming. Other soots may bond to surfaces becoming tough to separate. SERVPRO technicians need to be ready to choose the right cleaning method to separate soots from the surface. The correct technique depends mostly on the type of soots as well as the type of surface. In some situations, a quick solution is to lubricate the surface, which can break the bond. A typical example of lubrication could be using detergent, which both lubricates and emulsifies the soils on the surface. Our technicians only opt for detergents in situations where a pre-test result shows water-based stain composition. Using a detergent on a wet or oily smoke can make matters worse.

What are the best methods for separating bonded soots from surfaces?

  • Chemical actions which can alter the composition of soots or stains
  • Suspension and dispersion are among the most common, which dissolve soots from a surface.
  • Mechanical cleaning avoids using chemicals in favor of friction that can break the bond between soot and surface through repetitive agitation.

Can materials suffer damage from cleaning agents?

A vital role of a restoration technician is to understand how cleaning methods affect surface materials. Aggressive action, whether chemical or mechanical, generally gets the fastest results; however, certain materials can become damaged using an overly aggressive approach. There is a careful balancing act that fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT) apply when cleaning a surface. These materials may include items like marble, fabrics, textiles, and other porous or semi-porous materials. Many materials in your home are restorable by applying proper chemical action, so SERVPRO operates with a restore over replace mentality.

What techniques are useful for surface cleaning?

  • Spray and wiping is a non-aggressive, quick-drying technique applicable to most surfaces.
  • Foam Cleaning may take longer but is useful for materials that could become damaged by excess water or temperature.
  • Shampooing is useful for upholstery and textiles to remove both stains and odors from the furniture.

What cleaning products clear away soot from fragile surfaces?

There are likely to be many fragile materials in your Sparta home. These surfaces require extra care and attention to avoid causing secondary harm during the cleaning process. Absorption is a method that we use for materials that are too fragile for solvents or excessive moisture. To clean a delicate surface, SERVPRO technicians apply an absorbent powder. These draw water and soils and residues into the powder, which can then be extracted using vacuum techniques. We commonly use absorbent powders on semi-porous materials like concrete, brickwork, marble, and textiles as these materials typically respond poorly to high volume wet washing. Absorbent powders are combinable with solvents, which produce a thick paste that can dry on the material before being vacuumed.

What consideration is there for applying chemical cleaning agents?

  • The type of surface or material, including dye, fabric composition, and porosity which can affect the impact of a chemical cleaning agent
  • The aggressiveness of the cleaning action being applied or the pH balance of the solvent/cleaning agent
  • Results of a pre-test on a discrete area of the fabric or material which can reveal whether a solvent causes any unnecessary damage
  • Always consult the manufacturer guidance for both the cleaning product being used, correct dilution, and the material's recommended products.

Getting rid of soils, soots, and smoke residues can be a challenge and, without effective administration, could cause further harm to the materials you are cleaning. For expert advice, contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333.

Why Is Training Vital When Choosing Mold Removal Companies in Sparta?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room Mold damage remediation is hard to handle on your own. Contact SERVPRO for professional advice and remediation services on your property.

Sparta Homeowners Are Looking for Reliable Mold Removal Companies

Sparta homeowners know that sometimes, you need to hire a contractor. Maybe a tree fell in your yard, or your roof has got a couple of missing tiles. Whatever the problem, the right professional can solve it quickly and get your home back in tip-top condition.

Another issue for local homeowners is mold growth. When you spot the signs of mold, it is time to start looking for mold removal companies in Sparta.

Why should I hire a professional?

We know how easy it is to think you will handle the fungus yourself, especially if the colony is small. However, it is better to hire a remediation company, because:

  • They have access to equipment, cleaning solutions, and antimicrobial treatments that you do not have
  • They have personal protective equipment to protect them while they work
  • They know how to look for hidden sources of moisture that might be lurking
  • They can dry the area out afterward using air movers and dehumidifiers, to discourage further fungal growth

Cleaning the mold yourself is not as effective as hiring a remediation company and might make the problem worse.

Why is training so necessary?

Training makes all the difference when hiring mold removal companies. A robust training program ensures all staff members understand the theory and practice of mold remediation. That means a faster, safer, and more efficient remediation process.

How does SERVPRO train its staff?

We train all our staff to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. The IICRC is a national non-profit certifying body for the restoration industry, and it establishes globally-recognized best practices and procedures for mold remediation.

Our comprehensive staff training includes:

  • A fifteen-day hands-on course for SERVPRO franchise owners
  • Self-paced certification training for all our employees
  • Access to ongoing e-learning so all team members can stay on top of the latest techniques and advances in restoration

Each of our franchise teams includes technicians specifically trained in mold remediation, so you know your home is in safe hands.

If you need a mold remediation team you can trust, call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333.

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What Areas of a Finished Basement Can Get Ruined by Standing Water?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Interior flooded basement flooring of laundry room Basements are easy areas for water damage to occur. SERVPRO can make it, "Like it never even happened."

Many Crossville Homes have Finished Basements, but This is Also the Most Likely Area for Water Disaster Pooling 

The basement level of Crossvillehomes has always been a point of entry for water from the outside. Even without the continued threat of flooding that some homeowners face, the nature of water to find the path of least resistance often directs flow to the lowest levels of your property to begin pooling. With a finished basement, standing water can become a considerable threat that should get addressed by experienced water restoration companies like our SERVPRO team.  

After several of the house's materials and structural elements become exposed, water damage repair for Crossville properties becomes a necessary recovery element. Several materials in your basement could show almost immediate signs of damage. 

What Areas of the House Get Damaged After Water intrusions in the Basement? 

  • Drywall – Gypsum is highly porous, allowing it to absorb water and degrade in as little as 24 hours. These materials must often get cut out and discarded where damp areas exist.  
  • Carpeting – Carpeting is also highly absorbent, though drying is often possible when prolonged exposure has not occurred. The padding underneath must often get replaced.  
  • Wood Framing – Beyond the drywall lies wood framing that, while semi-porous, can still absorb moisture and become compromised after only a few days. Into the demolition of the wall systems, we can identify what framing needs replaced.  
  • Insulation – Insulation vacuums often remove saturated material within wall systems. These materials are rarely worth salvaging.  
  • Fixtures – When you have converted the basement into a lounge for the house or a sport's den, fixtures like a bar and stools can also become damaged when water gets beyond the finish.  

We have contractors to help repair and recover your property after a water loss. Give our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team a call today at (931) 250-5333. 

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How Can I Get the Fire Damage Odors Out of My Belongings in Crossville?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

 kitchen with soot residue from fire damage Getting the smells of a fire out of your home is a tricky job. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for assistance and professional remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Perform Fire and Smoke Odor Restoration Services for Crossville Homeowners Restoration

Crossville residents may think that the worst is over after a home fire is successfully suppressed. However, soot and smoke odors can have lingering effects on surfaces in your home. Not only are fire damage odors unpleasant, but they can also indicate areas in the home that can be vulnerable to stains and corrosion if soot makes contact with moisture.

SERVPRO offers emergency response services for Crosville homeowners in need of fire and smoke odor restoration. This firm’s Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) are trained to meet restoration industry benchmarks determined by such organizations as the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

What Causes Fire Damage Odors?

Some fires, regardless of the size, can leave lingering odors and stains that last for weeks, or even months on end. Here is what Crossville homeowners need to know about the science behind fire damage odors:

  • Particles of incomplete combustion (PICs). These microscopic odor-causing particles are as small as ten microns in diameter, or one percent of the thickness of a dime.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The compounds, along with PICs, can infiltrate a variety of surfaces through porous materials or nooks and crannies in nonporous items. These residues can even hide behind walls and underneath your flooring. Without professional treatment, these odors can linger for months after a fire.
  • Components found in soot and smoke. When a fire burns, the odors can aid in determining what materials are burning. Wood fixtures and framing, for example, can give off a smell akin to a campfire. The gases that create this odor include:
    • Carbon monoxide (CO)
    • Benzene and formaldehyde
    • Acetic and formic acid
    • Various heavy metals and phenols
    • Nitrogen oxides (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2)

Burnt plastics and fabrics can also leave behind unpleasant odors and soils that can indicate what chemicals are released into the air along with carbon particles. SERVPRO’s commercial-grade sanitation solutions are designed to handle tough odors and soils that consumer cleaning products cannot restore successfully.

How Do Smoke Odors Affect Porous Materials?

SERVPRO takes on odor control solutions for a variety of porous items affected by smoke odors and soot particles. Fire damage residues penetrate and settle on all types of surfaces, even ones that Crossville homeowners might not immediately expect. Commonly affected porous items include:

  • Curtains, drapes, and upholstery. Cleaning these items with a home vacuum cleaner can inadvertently push soot and soils deeper into wood and fabrics. SERVPRO professionals handle these items with care during the restoration process. If your belongings require specialized cleaning, this team can refer you to a licensed professional who can perform the necessary services.
  • Hardwood flooring. Hardwood can be challenging due to the likelihood of soot penetrating planks. Depending on the extent of the damage, hardwood can often be preserved with proactive refinishing if cleaning does not provide the necessary results. In cases where extensive damage has occurred, replacement may be required.
  • Wood furniture. Cleaning the soot residues from wood furniture requires a careful balance of being sufficient enough to remove damage while affecting wood stains and finishes as little as possible. SERVPRO technicians can use proprietary mitigation solutions such as Wood Creme Paste or abrasion cleaning to address heavy soot stains and surface charring.
  • Clothes and bedding. Even clothes and linens kept in closets or drawers can suffer from fire damage residues and odors. While a regular wash can remove light odors, a commercial-grade solution may be needed to prevent accidental corrosion of appliances through exposure to soot and moisture.

How Can SERVPRO OCTs Mitigate Fire and Smoke Odors?

Odor control professionals at SERVPRO can use a variety of deodorizing solutions to address fire damage in your home, depending on the extent of damage present on your Crossville property.

  • Light smoke odors are typically defined as being confined to a small area with no structural damage and minimal visible residues. Technicians can remove any discernible sources of odors before increasing ventilation and cleaning with an EPA-registered deodorizing detergent solution.
  • Moderate smoke odors are characterized as being on both horizontal and vertical surfaces with some structural damage that affects a larger area of your home. The steps taken for light cleaning are pursued first before moving on to using ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging for odor control. Your HVAC system may need to be fully cleaned and sealed.
  • Heavy fire damage odors require comprehensive solutions. Structural materials are first sprayed with an odor counteractant, and exposed timber is sealed during the deodorization process. Hardwood furniture with severe smoke odors can be treated with dry solvent deodorizers. Deodorization with activated oxygen may be necessary.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties serves the community with mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (931) 250-5333 to start cleanup within hours of your initial contact.

How Can Professional Cleanup Companies Help if I Suspect Mold in My Crossville Business?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on ceiling tiles Dealing with mold damage can cause unnecessary stress for you. Contact SERVPRO to easily deal with the mitigation and remediation process.

Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Have the Right Methods and Cleaning Agents to Handle Your Crossville Cleanup Needs

Moisture and mold intrusion problems can begin to influence the indoor air quality of your business. Our team of IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO have perfected cleanup methods, and our industry expertise speaks for itself. We are available and ready. You need us to ensure your Crossville commercial space gets the prompt attention and mold remediation you are looking for.

Why Can’t I Clean Up the Mold on My Own?

Many people do not realize all that mold removal companies in Crossville to handle various projects. When it comes to mold species, there are thousands of types along with varying characteristics and colors. Each of these mold types has the potential for causing health effects, which is why you should address it carefully when you notice mold developing in your place of business. It is essential that you never touch or disturb the spores, as this can cause them to spread.

When you call SERVPRO to handle your mold remediation needs, we will:

  • Perform a site walkthrough
  • Do a moisture survey of your space
  • Commence with proper cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitization

SERVPRO possesses the qualifications, experience, and equipment to help us safely assess your mold contamination so that we can begin remedial action. We are here whenever you need a prompt mold assessment, and we take care of the moisture issue that brought the infestation to the forefront. With our tailored services and attention to detail, your commercial building will be back to normal fast, and everything will be “Like it never even happened.”

When you are looking for mold removal companies you can trust, SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties can be there fast to get to work. Call us at (931) 250-5333 to learn more about our mold remediation services.

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How Can Restorers Work Without Harm or Injury in My Fire-Damaged Crossville Home?

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

inside of a home that was fire damaged with burnt wood everywhere Fire damage can create hazardous situations for you and your family in your own home. Call SERVPRO for professional fire damage restoration.

Even in the Chaotic Mess Created by the Flames, Smoke, and Soot, SERVPRO Delivers Premier Fire Restoration Results Safely in Crossville

When a home suffers fire damage, a long list of dangerous circumstances can confront workers arriving to set matters to rights. Homeowners in Crossville are sensible to be concerned about both their own and our team's safety during the restoration process. Safety hazards require identification, evaluation, and control. Fire damage restoration always includes hazards and dangerous conditions. With adherence to the industry's best practices, the effects of a fire disaster can resolve without injury or undesired health effects for either occupants or restorers.

Why Do Restoration Professionals Inspect Every Fire Damage Site with an Open Mind?

Probably the most dangerous attitude a fire damage restoration worker at your Crossville residence can hold is to think they know what dangers exist without an inspection. Although many general safety concerns are the same across sites, each house's attributes impact how the safety risk plays out. Our project managers take the pre-planning safety inspection very seriously. They look for safety risks such as:

  • The configuration of the electrical and other utility lines/systems
  • The presence of hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead paint
  • The category of the water used for firefighting still standing inside the house or absorbed into structures or contents
  • The air quality in space that needs fire mitigation, remediation, and restoration services
  • The weakening of supporting structures because of charring, corrosive residues, or water damage, including overhead risks
  • The growth of mold or other pathogens because of fire-related water damage

Does the Fire Restoration Work Stop Because of the Safety Risks?

SERVPRO managers and technicians do not shy away from hazardous conditions. Instead, they educate themselves about how the safety risk can be controlled so that we can restore the fire damage, returning your Crossville home to preloss condition. Homeowners can foster a safe environment by sharing pertinent information with the restorers and learning about the proposed project plan. We work closely with you to establish a secure worksite, communicating clearly and completely expectations for our work crew and you and your family.

What Are Some Examples of Actions that Promote Safety During Fire Restoration?

Organizing the work site

  • Clear delineation of equipment, tool, and product storage areas (equipment and products can harm you if misused)
  • Using signs or barriers to create a perimeter around the workspace (preventing the chance of injury to your loved ones)
  • Consistent clean up of work area after work sessions (minimizing avoidable safety lapses like slipping, tripping, spilling)
  • Sort debris from restorable materials, but get homeowner and insurance carrier acquiescence before disposal)

Identifying Hazards Occupants Should Avoid

Your loved ones and you are not adequately protected from contaminated air, water, and toxic residues, and should stay out of active work areas. Ask about the reasons partial evacuation is recommended if you are confused or concerned.

Implementation of Controls

Fire damage restoration is most successful when performed immediately and completed quickly. Our technicians thus must control the environment to get the needed tasks done. Here are some ways our restoration team manipulates the surroundings to stay safely on task. Here are some considerations:

  • Elimination or Substitution—Can we sidestep the safety hazard or use a safer way to achieve the desired result?

Example: shut down the electricity if wiring is damaged or in the way near where work needs completion

  • Engineering—Can we alter the conditions to reduce the hazard?

Example: use a negative pressure air scrubber to reduce airborne particulates in the work area 

  • Proactive and Administrative Efforts—Can we prepare and train workers to take safety precautions?  Will scheduling work at certain times help?

Example: enroll managers and technicians in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) before sending them out on fire damage restoration jobs

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)—Can we shield workers from exposure to the hazards through the use of head-to-toe PPE?

Do My Family, and I Need to Evacuate Our Home During Fire Restoration?

The answer to this question varies with the situation. We pledge to do everything possible to create an area within your home where your family can thrive while we restore surfaces and clean up debris. Sometimes it is simply too dangerous to remain in your fire-damaged home. Our commitment is to work closely with you and your insurance company to make the safest decision. Compromised air quality, exposure to the elements when exterior building materials suffered damage, and weakened structural integrity are all part of the equation.

Strict adherence to safety best practices keeps your loved ones, you, and our workers from harm while SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties completes fire damage restoration. Line up our services by calling (931) 250-5333 even before the firefighters wrap up their tasks.

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

8/8/2020 (Permalink)

2 green toy SERVPRO ducks on ground Our SERVPRO team can extract the floodwaters from your Crossville home, "Like it never even happened."

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:

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. In such cases, our technicians can use advanced cleaning techniques since the value of the item justifies the cost of such restoration processes. In some instances, we can suggest a third-party curator or service to attempt the restoration of the vauluable item.

When the floodwater contains hazardous materials such as raw sewage or dangerous chemicals, the health risk to the house occupants is 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 with help from SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties, you can be assured of the right response. Call us at (931) 250-5333. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is the Electric Submersible Pump the Best Choice for Basement Extraction in Crossville?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

water flooding a garage/basement area Water can appear in your home in a variety of ways. Get the water out of your home quickly by calling SERVPRO.

When water penetrates your Crossville home basement, you want to utilize the fastest possible methods to recover the damage.

Multiple extraction tools can benefit your Crossville home under the right circumstances. As challenging as situations like standing water can become, having the right equipment to manage these scenarios can allow us to efficiently get the emergency under control upon arrival. Often, the job scoping phase can help determine the best tool for each property we helped through disasters.

Water extraction in the basement of Crossville homes presents a unique challenge for restorers. This area of your house can be challenging to maintain once water loss effects have reached it, but there are also added obstacles such as potential debris and solids present in the water that might require other tools in our inventory to address. Standing water concerns often require electric submersible pumps, precisely because these offer continuous and quiet operation until water levels have reached a manageable depth. These electric pumps are not always the best choice, however, as some situations require more powerful equipment or tools capable of managing present debris.

What Other Extraction Units Get Used in these Scenarios?

Choosing SERVPRO over other restoration companies in the area means choosing a team with industry-leading equipment to make a difference for your damaged home quickly. Some of the other options apart from electric submersible pumps include:

  • Trash Pumps – These are gas-powered devices that can work efficiently with standing water featuring debris and other solids.
  • High-Pressure Pumps – The distance between your basement and the available drain can require a long discharge line. These pumps offer exceptional power to get water where it needs to go.
  • Wet Vacuums – When water depth is two inches or less, pumps can no longer maintain prime and wet vacuums take over.

If you have water in your basement, you can count on Our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team. We are available 24/7 at (931) 250-5333.


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

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water flooding on living room parquet floor in a house They arrive quickly and make the water loss in local properties “Like it never even happened.”

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 loss 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 of this 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 cost to address in the future. SERVPRO techs have extraction equipment that works on any type of flooring and 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 the loss 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 loss in local properties “Like it never even happened.”

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

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flood water in living room Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include flood damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

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 loss, our SERVPRO professionals can work to 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, there are some immediate steps that homeowners can take to reduce the ultimate loss 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 small 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 losses 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 losses 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 losses "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (931) 250-5333.

Who Repairs Damaged Structural Elements After Water Losses?

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

"24/7 Service" Don't let your Crossville gym be shut down due to flood damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Your Crossville gym can get threatened quickly by migrating water damages, but our in-house contractors can help with repairs and build back. 

As much as you would like a loss incident to be as simple as running a mop and some towels and completely protecting your Crossville gym, it is rarely that simple. Not only does our team of SERVPRO professionals need to establish drying zones and utilize powerful water removal tools for unique flooring materials used in your main gym floor, but substantial water loss incidents often also come with the added threats of requiring controlled demolition and reconstruction. 

Regarding water damage repair for your Crossville gym, there are many steps and stages that this could embody. Depending on the source of the damage that your business faces, you could need plumbing repairs along with the reinstallation of removed structural elements like drywall and rubber flooring. While the aspects of mitigation do not change, they often serve as a precursor to the reconstruction needed in specific areas of your gym. You can look at these stages to track when to expect rebuilding to begin:

  • Job Scoping
  • Extraction
  • Content Management
  • Drying 
  • Controlled Demolition 

How Soon Can Our SERVPRO Team Rebuild?

As a business owner, your priority is getting the gym back up and running at full capacity as soon as possible. If possible, we work to allow you to stay open in a limited sense by isolating damaged areas with containment barriers and working at the most convenient times to limit our interaction with your customers and staff. Because we have in-house contractors, we can offer a seamless transition between mitigation and the build back that the property could need. 

No matter how severe water losses might be in your gym, we offer a full-service approach to help make it "Like it never even happened." Give our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team a call today at (931) 250-5333.

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How Can I Save My Linoleum Floor After My Dishwasher Leaked?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

woman watching suds and water overflow from dishwasher Dishwashers are a frequent source of water damage. Inspect your dishwasher often for sign of leaks.

Your SERVPRO Water Damage Professionals in Crossville Have the Answers You Need to Restore Your Kitchen Floor 

Making sure you have a dishwasher in good working conditions is essential to avoid leakage or flooding issues. But accidents occur in the best of times. If your dishwasher flooded onto your kitchen linoleum floor in your Crossville home, read the following. 

Why is a rapid response necessary? 

Moving fast is always essential in any damaging water event in your Crossville residence. Having the professionals at SERVPRO handle a spill caused by a dishwasher leak means getting your kitchen back to order quickly and proficiently.  

  • Water can migrate under places such as the toe-kick of cabinets requiring water extraction. 
  • The substrate can become damaged, requiring the linoleum to be pulled up and replaced.
  • Ceiling repair may be necessary, depending on the location of the dishwasher. 

How Is Water Damage to Linoleum Flooring Handled? 

Because water losses can be vastly different; there are several steps SERVPRO takes to ensure you get the best service possible for your unique situation. These actions include: 

  • Calling the water damage emergency contact
  • An inspection and water damage assessment to your linoleum flooring and cabinets
  • Water removal or extraction as needed
  • Drying and dehumidifying using air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Cleaning and repairing flooring if needed
  • Restoration – “Like it never even happened.” 

Our team of experts provides the professional equipment needed for water removal or extraction, drying, and any cleanup or repair needed to have your linoleum floor looking as good as new. There is no need to try and take care of the problem by renting equipment only to have to call in the experts in the end. Let us take care of your problem and relieve your stress. 

Contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 for quality water damage service that is Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Can I Salvage Burnt Contents from a Housefire?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

electrical fire in the socket If you have an electrical fire in your Fairfield Glade home, call the professionals of SERVPRO to mitigate your problem.

Many Contents with Fire Damage Are Restorable. Call SERVPRO For Fire Restoration Assistance.

Do I need to replace home appliances after a fire?

Your Fairfield Glade home is likely full of appliances that could sustain smoke or soot stains in a fire. Refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and dishwashers are just a few items that are expensive to replace after a home fire. Equally, they are impossible to keep with odor-causing soot or soiling. Finishes on appliances can melt or bubble, which may cause synthetic odors like the smell of burning plastic to pervade your home. We operate with a restore over replace mentality. Our technicians can remove appliances, inspect their connections to your plumbing or electrics as well as surface soiling on the appliance itself. Hard surfaces, like those on appliances, are usually resistant to temperature and soot, which gives them a strong chance of successful restoration.

How do I remove soots from appliances?

The approach for removing fire damage from appliances in your Fairfield home is similar to our approach for hard surfaces. The material construction of these contents is usually nonabsorbent, like metals, plastics, glass, and Formica. Non-porous materials are easy to clean because soot do not penetrate the material itself but can, in some cases, bond with the surface. Our technicians rely on wet-cleaning methods which involve water-based cleaning solutions. Introducing water to a hard surface is safe because there is little chance of pushing soot further into the surface. The advantage of avoiding solvents it is not chemically dangerous and requires less application time when removing soot.

What are the top tips for cleaning appliances?

  • Use a dry sponge, cloth or feather duster to remove excess soiling from the surface of the appliance
  • Apply a surface cleaner directly onto the surface then apply a rinsing agent to remove any streaks
  • Finish cleaning the surface using a polish to return the appliance to its preloss condition

Why do some soot residues remain on appliances after cleaning?

The composition of this un-combusted soiling is influential in the effectiveness of the cleaning method. Some house fires burn synthetic materials or protein and grease like kitchen fires. These deposits are classifiable as wet smoke and may require further attention because they repel water. Wet smokes are easy to spread around without the correct cleaning method. It is often necessary to apply a strong alkaline, oil-based solvent that can bond with the grease-based soiling. Once the soiling bonds with the solvent, it becomes suspended and can be washed away using an alkaline rinsing agent. Measuring the type of soot you are dealing with is essential if you want to avoid causing further damage to your home. SERVPRO pre-test materials for the type of smoke can help us decide the most effective restoration method.

What can I do to remove stubborn burned spills in ovens and stoves?

  • Apply a full-strength industrial cleaner onto the surface and allow it to soak
  • Pull out removable fittings to get greater access to the surface
  • Once deposits are dissolved in the industrial cleaning liquid, scrub the surface using steel wool or stiff brush
  • Scrub greasy residues and check ventilation hoods, ducts along with both interior and exterior of the stove

How can I remove yellowing from wooden surfaces?

At high temperatures, some types of wood surface finish can discolor. Usually, this discoloration manifests as yellowing on parts of the surface. SERVPRO technicians can restore light wood damage by applying wood creme to the affected surface. Using light steel-wool we can gently clean the surface to restore it to its original condition. If woods have direct exposure, there is a chance that the finish burns away entirely and can char parts of the naked surface on the wood. When there are visible signs of wood damage, technicians can use soda blasting to abraid surface levels of the wood gently before refinishing it to a good condition.

Do I need a specialist for electrical repair after a fire?

Items in the home that have complex construction or electricity running through them need assessment and repair from a qualified electrician. Restorers can perform initial cleaning of the electronic device without causing damage before bringing in a specialist for service and repair. As part of our stress-free claim, SERVPRO can enlist trusted third-parties on your behalf so that you only have to deal with one point of contact from start to finish. At the end of service, we can pass on paperwork to an insurance adjuster.

If your appliances become coated in, soot or smoke residues use a professional restoration service to return it to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333.

How Do I Get Rid of Water Damage in My Pawn Shop?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

picture of sprinkler Did your fire sprinkler somehow break and started leaking water everywhere in your Crossville store? Call SERVPRO to handle the issue.

Disaster Mitigation Technicians Can Remove Commercial Water Damage from Your Crossville Business

With summer on the horizon in Crossville, many business owners are likely not considering inspecting their indoor sprinkler systems. However, all it takes is a mechanical failure, overheated system, or corroded pipe to saturate structures and inventory.

When business owners need commercial water damage cleanup for Crossville establishments, SERVPRO technicians provide emergency-response mitigation that minimizes losses. These techs carefully monitor moisture levels throughout the cleanup process to ensure that surfaces return to a clean, dry condition.

How Corrosion Impacts Fire Sprinklers

Three simple ingredients are needed to allow for corrosion in a sprinkler system:

  • Iron
  • Water
  • Oxygen

These components create electrochemical corrosion, which can eat through the pipes that feed your fire sprinklers. These holes can be as small as a pinhole and as large as a penny. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-prompted reports suggest that a whopping 73% of dry sprinkler systems experience significant amounts of corrosion after the 12.5-year mark.

One way businesses are extending the lifespan of their dry pipes is by replacing the pressurized air in their systems with nitrogen. This alternative works because nitrogen is an inert gas that does not trigger electrochemical corrosion due to the lack of oxygen.

How SERVPRO Dries Your Facilities

SERVPRO dries facilities with centrifugal air movers working in tandem with dehumidifiers. Here is how it works:

  • Air movers pull moisture off of surfaces and into the air.
  • This moisture is then taken in by the dehumidifier and passed over refrigerant coils, silica gel, and similar systems to separate the water from the air.
  • The dehumidifier collects water for disposal while expelling warm, dry air.

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 for service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Crossville, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties today at (931) 250-5333 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Make Sure My HVAC System Did Not Get Contaminated during a Flood in Crossville?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

Our Crossville SERVPRO Flood Specialists Use Specialized Cleaning and Drying Techniques

Experiencing a flood in Crossville can happen very quickly. After the floodwaters recede, there is a feeling of shock and the knowledge that the flood can affect your entire home. It can be challenging to know where to even begin. Since floodwater is contaminated, our technicians inspect your whole house to ensure it is properly cleaned and dried, including commonly unseen areas like your HVAC system. Left unchecked dangerous mold spores can turn into colonies causing significant damage.

What if My HVAC System Retained Moisture After the Flood?

SERVPRO Technicians A Course of Action to Ensure Your HVAC System is Clean and Functional
Flood damage impacts each Crossville home differently. Sometimes there may be no visible lingering damage, but because the water potentially contained contaminants, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) identifies it as gray (category 2) or black (category 3) water.

How Do I Know if I Need to Replace the Ductwork?

    •    If the ducts are sheet metal, they can generally be cleaned and dried without needing to replace them.
    •    If filled with fiberglass, the insulation needs to be replaced because when exposed to potentially contaminated moisture, it is no longer salvageable.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Dry and Clean the HVAC System?

    •    They remove any unsalvageable materials.
    •    Technicians use industrial-grade disinfectants on sheet metal.
    •    Specialists use tubing in conjunction with air movers to direct and circulate air to dry the ducting.

Our IICRC (Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) specialists venture into crawl spaces and attics to make sure that they address every impacted area in your home. Hidden damage in places such as your HVAC system and behind kitchen cabinets can cause structural damage and allow mold growth.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What Is the Best Choice for Extraction and Drying of My Crossville Home?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

pooling water on living room floor Water damage happens and when it does, SERVPRO is available and ready to restore your home.

Our SERVPRO Team Has Hundreds of Drying and Recovery Tools to Restore Your Crossville Home After a Water Loss Efficiently 

Removing any standing water from your home after a loss incident can be insurmountable without a variety of tools and machines designed for efficient extraction. Many property owners in Crossville have come to rely on the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO team to help with the extraction and drying that their homes need after a loss incident. 

With water removal for Crossville homes, especially, the right decision about extraction can be the difference in loftier costs and the irreparable damage that can occur in your home and to your belongings. Extraction and drying rely on the skills of our technicians, as well. Each of our responding technicians has accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration (WRT), and many have additional training in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) as well. 

Can I Extract Water from My Crossville Home on My Own? 

In a short and direct answer for DIY extraction, there are times that you can do. The trouble with picking and choosing when it is appropriate leaves much of this work up to interpretation. Choosing to address standing water on your own can allow for several potential concerns in your house, including: 

  • Unseen Water 

One of the biggest concerns with DIY extraction is not knowing where all of the water is. Many materials are highly absorbent, which means that even a seemingly localized incident can have spread through porous materials to new areas of the property. 

  • Missing Equipment 

Another concern that homeowners should have when addressing water losses in their house is their lack of cutting-edge equipment. In extraction alone, our SERVPRO professionals can choose between submersible pumps, vacuums, truck-mount extractors, and several specialty wands to remove both surface and trapped water.

  • Unskilled Approaches 

Consistent threats develop like lingering moisture without a full working knowledge of how to restore a damaged residence after water damage. Unchecked and undried, damp pockets that could not get reached with conventional drying can facilitate the growth of mold. 

What Tools Should Get Used for Removing Water in Crossville? 

Our restoration professionals have many tools at their disposal for handling surface and trapped water throughout your house. Depending on the situation and severity, our team can choose among: 

  • Wet Vacuums 

Wet vacuums can handle pooling water within a few inches in-depth, and can also be the foundational machine for many of the attachments like carpet wands. 

  • Submersible Pumps

Submersible pumps are a versatile tool that is ideal for standing clean water in your home like a broken plumbing pipe or malfunctioning appliances. 

  • Trash Pumps

Gas-powered trash pumps are an excellent choice for any standing water that might include debris, or when a more powerful tool might be necessary. Gas-powered pumps can outperform electric submersibles in many situations. 

Are There Special Tools for Removing Water from Materials in Crossville?  

Addressing surface water is one concern, but taking water trapped inside of materials is another entirely. Our professionals can use many specialized tools to remove and evaporate this water before it binds to the molecular composition of materials like flooring and drywall to cause irreparable water damage. Some of these specialty tools include: 

  • Positive Pressure System

By drilling small holes behind a removed baseboard, we can have a minimalistic approach to evaporating moisture and dampness in wall cavities. This plan is only useful when structural damage has not occurred. 

  • Carpet Wands 

Carpeted floors can quickly become compromised by standing water, but carpet wands pull moisture trapped in the fibers and padding beneath it. These attachments can get attached to truck-mount pumps or other extraction devices. 

  • Insulation Vacuum 

When portions of drywall get removed due to exposure, it is a likelihood that the insulation behind it has become compromised as well. We have an insulation vacuum to quickly and thoroughly remove wet and damaged material to improve the efficiency of drying. 

When Has Crossville Water Damage Become Too Much to Restore?  

Before the water damage mitigation in Crossville work has started, our project manager and crew chief walk through the residence with a customer to determine the extent of the damage and the ideal approach to restore it. One of the advantages of choosing SERVPRO is our in-house residential contractors who can help with controlled demolition and full-scale build back. 

You need fast and reliable assistance for extraction and drying after substantial losses that can leave standing water in your home. Our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team can help 24/7 by calling (931) 250-5333.

Can I Continue to Run My Crossville Business After A Water Leak?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

outside view of strip mall Did your retail establishment experience water damage? Call SERVPRO! We have the equipment and experience to quickly restore your business.

Yes, the Professionals at SERVPRO Use Low-Profile Equipment to Get You Back on Track 

As any small business owner understands, it is critical to keep your Crossville business running, especially when a relatively minor water leak disrupts the usual routine. If your office shares walls with a neighboring business, you may need to mitigate damages in your storefront and your own. 

What if Some of the Water Leaked Through to the Neighboring Business? 

SERVPRO Technicians Work to Come Up with A Restoration Plan to Suit Both Businesses 

You are sharing walls and pipes with your neighbors if you are dealing with commercial water damage in your Crossville strip-mall office. If the building sustains damage on both sides of a shared wall, SERVPRO can restore the damage of the impacted areas for both businesses. 

After Technicians Dry the Excess Water, what are the Next Steps? 

  • Restoration Specialists Extract water with portable extraction equipment to ensure they remove as much moisture as possible. 
  • We dry the room by using dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of the air, filter the air, and then exhaust the air back out, so it is warm and dry.
  • Technicians enhance drying by placing air movers throughout both businesses facing the walls at floor level to keep the warm, dry air from the dehumidifier moving. 

What Damage Could Occur to the Building if I Do Not Tend to the water Quickly? 

  • Secondary water damage occurs to walls and flooring; if moisture sits on them for too long, they can become warped.
  • Dangerous mold infestations may grow as they thrive on moisture and humidity and only need an organic source of food such as wood or drywall.  

What About My Inventory and Stock? 

Your investment in your inventory, stock, and fixtures certainly varies depending upon the type of small business you are running. Our crew makes every effort to protect these crucial aspects of your business. We can relocate to safe areas within the building or pack-out items, which can simplify the water extraction and drying processes and preserve your investments.   

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 240-5333. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Real Truth Behind Basement Fire Damage Remediation Struggles in Sparta

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged basement in a home Take precautions to make sure that your basement can withstand a fire. After a fire, contact Team SERVPRO to help with remediation services.

Remediating Fire Damage in a Sparta Home's Basement

Basement fires might not seem like the most common occurrence, but 6,500 of these residential fires occur each year and cause an average of almost $300 million in damages to structures and belongings. The most common heat source in these types of fires comes from electrical arcing. Whether the cause is a damaged light fixture, extension cable, or power strip, it is crucial to get professional mitigation to protect your home from corrosion due to soot damage. 

If your Sparta home's basement needs fire damage cleanup after an electrical failure, you can count on SERVPRO to clean up the damage and restore your home 24/7, even during weekends and holidays. SERVPRO franchises are staffed with local residents who are in touch with the needs of the community. No matter what size disaster occurs on your property, technicians have the right tools for the job. 

Fireproofing Your Basement

  • Add blocks. Cut planks of wood to size based on the distance between your wall studs. Also, inspect your basement for signs of fire-resistant insulation or other fire protection measures. Put fireproof coating on the blocks after nailing them in locations where wall studs and floor or frame joists intersect. 
  • Close the gaps in your walls or flooring. This is especially important when you install your flame-resistant blocks. Any opportunity for fumes or flames to escape puts your home at risk. You can quickly seal gaps with a foaming caulk, which is also safe to apply near sensors and wiring.
  • Install a sprinkler system. Residential sprinklers can buy you much-needed time and can douse the fire before it spreads. 

SERVPRO Removes Residues and Odors

Whether extinguishers or sprinklers take out the fire, soot residues and odors are not easily remedied with consumer-grade cleaners. SERVPRO techs use several different methods, including HEPA-filter vacuums, for cleaning dry soot deposits, wet cleaners, and specialized creme paste solutions for wet solutions. SERVPRO even has oil-based cleaners to address melted rubbers, plastics, and other petroleum and oil-based products that have been set aflame. 

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties serves the community with cleanup that makes your home look, "Like it never even happened." Call (931) 250-5333 for mitigation services you can count on to restore your property.

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Why Did My House Flood When I Live Far from Waterways?

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm warning sign Tennessee gets its share of flooding from storms. SERVPRO is ready to assist. Call us today!

No Matter What Caused Flooding in Your Crossville Home SERVPRO is Ready to Help 

When you were house hunting, you discarded the temptation of living riverside, perhaps because of a fear of seasonal flooding. Even with this pre-planning, you now find yourself with a Crossville basement full of water and an urgent need for assistance to get it out. How did you arrive at this crisis? And what can you do now to get your home and possessions cleaned, disinfected, dried, and odor-free? 

What Is Flash Flooding? 

Crossville homes suffer flood damage for many reasons, and location near a lake, stream, or other waterway is far from the only cause. Our region of the country experiences heavy precipitation many seasons of the year. Sometimes the amount of rain, sleet, or even snow that falls in a short period can expose homes anywhere in our community to the risk of significant water flow or seeping into lower levels. Flash floods occur when excessive amounts of water collect in dry waterways or flow down other stream-like features like sidewalks, driveways, streets, and parking lots.  

Can My Home Fill with Water Without Obvious Flash Flooding? 

When storms "train" over a region, one shower follows another over a truncated time. The ground around your house can become saturated without realizing it. Eventually, the water has nowhere to go but through your foundation and into your home. This phenomenon becomes even more likely when the following elements are present: 

  • The ground immediately adjacent to your foundation does not slope away from the perimeter of your house
  • The materials comprising your foundation have cracks or washed-out mortar joints
  • Windows in the foundation are ill-fitting, broken, open, or poorly sealed
  • Gutters and downspouts at roof level have clogs or need repair 

Why Does My Roof and Gutter System Impact Flooding in My Basement? 

A properly functioning gutter and downspout system does little for your roof in the warmer months, but it protects the foundation of your property. Water sheets off the shingles, staying out of the attic and above-ground levels of your house. When it deposits into the gutters, it should move quickly to a series of downspouts that direct the water to flow out at least ten feet away from your foundation. Clogs preventing the free flow create conditions for lower-level flooding as follows: 

  • Water spills over the edges of the gutters, pounding down on the ground directly next to the foundation
  • The gutter spillage erodes the ground, creating depressions that drain into your house, not your yard
  • Plugged downspouts force water to flow down exterior walls, following that surface into the foundation  

How Can Professionals Get the Water Out of My House? 

No matter how the flooding occurred, you have an overwhelming mess on your hands. SERVPRO stands ready to help extract the water. This task is squarely one of the primary services offered for the communities we support. Our crew arrives with the training and experience to begin pumping water in Crossville immediately after a safety assessment. We stock our service vehicles with high-efficiency extraction equipment for every eventuality. Pumps manage water deeper than two inches, and truck-mounted extractors pull substantial quantities of fluid out without the need for electricity if storm damage cuts power.

It's Just Rainwater--Why Not Let It Drain and Dry on Its Own? 

Water damage happens fast, within minutes to hours. Flooding also brings dissolved contaminants and silt. Overland flooding flows through industrial sites, picks up water and pathogens from taxed sanitary sewers, and can drag dead animals, insects, and organic debris into your house. Between the deterioration happening within building materials because of the corrosive nature of water and the potential biohazards, floodwaters must be removed fast and by trained professionals. 

How Long Do We Have to Dry Out My Basement? 

Floodwaters are rich with organic debris that accelerate microbial growth, including molds, mildews, and pathogens potentially detrimental to your family's health and welfare. When the standing water recedes through extraction, our technicians continue to seek out trapped water and measure the levels of absorbed moisture. Molds can explode into walls full of colonies within 24 to 48 hours, needing only water and an organic surface upon which to grow. Structural drying must occur, and our crews establish drying goals and position equipment based on their training in psychrometry, the science of drying. We balance air movement, temperature, and humidity levels to facilitate the evaporation of the excess moisture. Air movers, heaters, and a range of different types of dehumidifiers help us reduce moisture to preloss levels. EPA-registered disinfectants inhibit further microbial growth and associated odors. 

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is well-prepared to provide all services needed to remediate your home after seasonal flash flooding. Contact us round the clock at (931) 250-5333 to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Trust Professionals For Protective Cleaning in Crossville

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a blue background To disinfect, SERVPRO uses products that meet EPA’s criteria for use and are appropriate to disinfect different surfaces where germs congregate.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties Can Help

SERVPRO is able to provide protective cleaning in the fight against this virus. Our expertly trained technicians work with environmental contamination on a daily basis. We perform anti-microbial work such as mold remediation, sewage spill cleanup, crime and death scene cleaning, and more. We know how to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for this pandemic.  As information and protocol change, we keep up with the latest and best, official and reliable instructions.

Services for Open Businesses

The SERVPRO team performs preventative cleaning in Crossville that includes disinfecting the frequently used touchpoints and surfaces. We are able to provide one-time deep cleaning and/or frequently scheduled services. We will work during open business hours or after-hours to accommodate your needs.

Services for Closed Businesses

Establishments that are closed, or are working on very limited hours, this is an ideal time to consider deep cleaning. This may also be a convenient time to consider have other types of cleaning done. SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan and White Counties offers HVAC cleaning, carpet cleaning, pressure washing, and more. Take advantage of being closed to perform repairs and renovations.

Services for Homes

Our team can provide assistance with any and all of your preventative cleaning needs. Keep in mind we are still performing mold remediation, deodorizing, and other core services.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is Faster to Any Size Disaster. When you need prompt harmful pathogenic or microbial cleanup and deep cleaning, give us a call at (931) 250-5333, and we send a team out, fast.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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Commercial Fire Damage In Your Crossville Restaurant

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage “Like it never even happened.”

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.

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 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.

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We Act Fast In Crossville After A Water Loss

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

A hole in the ceiling due to a flex-line leak A flex-line leak can cause water damage to a ceiling in your home. When you face holes caused by leaks, call our experts right away.

Water Removal Crossville – Frost Proof Faucet Leaked

Homes built in areas where there is a possibility of freezing temperatures during the winter usually have frost-proof faucets that deliver water to the outside for gardening and watering. During cold temperatures, the faucets are designed to prevent the water pipe from freezing and potentially causing the pipe to crack as ice forms inside the pipe. Occasionally the homeowner forgets to turn the inside tap off and drain the external faucet, causing water leaks inside the home during cold temperatures.

SERVPRO provides water removal services in Crossville and surrounding areas. We are well equipped to handle any emergency and respond in less than four hours in most situations. Our team is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to help our clients deal with water leaks and the ensuing damage.

Leaking Frost Proof Faucets

Frostproof faucets prevent water inside a pipe near the outside wall from freezing during a cold snap. As water turns to ice, it expands inside the pipe, and can easily cause the pipe to crack or one of the joints to come apart. Water usually begins leaking after the homeowner turns the outside tap on while working in the garden and may not be noticed until the owner finds water on the floors inside their home.

In many cases, SERVPRO can utilize weighted water damage extractors to remove water and moisture from carpeting and under padding. A weighted water extractor is a machine that one of our technicians rides to add weight to compress the water from the carpet as it passes over the floor. We use shop vacuums to vacuum water from tile and linoleum floors.

The final step involves deploying air movers to blow air over the damp carpet. The air absorbs moisture, and then dehumidifiers remove the humidity from the air. The floors and home can be dried relatively quickly using this method. For large amounts of water, SERVPRO may need to make flood cuts along the floor to remove water and moisture inside the walls.

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

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We Are Available 24/7 For All Your Crossville Flood Damage Restoration Needs

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Crossville – Heavy Rain and High Winds

The combination of high wind ripping away parts of your house and heavy rain pouring into your home can leave much damage, sometimes in minutes. If it is not the rain and wind, it is the floods that come later, with high water levels in streams and rivers. Contaminated floodwaters can do even more damage to your home or business.

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup and restoration services in Crossville and surrounding areas. Our teams respond to emergencies on a 24 /7 day a week basis. We are usually onsite within 4 hours to assess the situation and deploy the appropriate equipment and team members.

Cleaning Up After a Flood

Storms can bring unimaginable flood damage. Floodwaters bring contaminants into the home, which must be treated carefully to avoid exposure and sickness from bacteria, viruses, and chemical hazards. We urge occupants to remain outside the home in a safe location until SERVPRO has had an opportunity to assess the situation and provide protection from these hazards as well as from potential electrical and leaking gas exposure.

Our SERVPRO team can provide tarps to cover a damaged roof and board up services for broken windows and doors. We immediately assess the structure for damage and begin removing flood water and debris. We establish a staging area. We work closely with our clients to select an appropriate staging area.

We use the staging area to store equipment and supplies needed for the cleanup. It is also used to store your contents after each item has been cleaned and dried. We also identify the contents damaged beyond repair are too expensive to clean and must be removed. We establish an inventory of all items removed from the flood-damaged area for later insurance claims.

Our objective is to return your home and contents to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

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

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Fire Damage In Your Crossville Home

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Bathroom Fire Damage from a Crossville Home

Something that Tennessee homeowners may not expect to catch fire in their home is the bathroom exhaust fan. However, the buildup of dust and lint over time can create a hidden fire hazard that can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damages if left unchecked. No matter what time of the day or night this occurs, there is a team available to assist 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you have fire damage in your Crossville residence's bathroom, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are just a phone call away from removing debris and restoring your home to A preloss condition. Not only do these professionals receive extensive training in disaster mitigation standards and techniques, but they also undergo additional self-paced education. These learning opportunities are designed to expand their knowledge so they can better assist homeowners when disasters occur.

Maintaining Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan
    •    Remove dust buildup. You can wipe away the dust with a wet cloth and rinse it with warm, soapy water. Submerging the faceplate in warm water also helps remove debris. In between cleanings, use a few bursts of compressed air to remove buildup. A thorough cleaning should take place twice a year.
    •    Swap incandescent bulbs for LEDs. Not only are LEDs long-lasting energy-saving solutions for your bathroom lighting, but they emit less heat and decrease the electrical load on both the circuit and exhaust fan in your bathroom.
    •    Implement a timer switch. A timer can lessen the load on your exhaust fans and minimize fire risk.
    •    Keep the ducts clean. You can use a flexible duct-cleaning extension kit to get into hard-to-reach spots. If you prefer to have a professional do it, contact a licensed electrician.

How SERVPRO Removes Damage
SERVPRO technicians can quickly evaluate the source of the issue and clean your bathroom thoroughly. For mild soot deposits on walls and ceilings, dry cleaning sponges may be used. Technicians work from ceiling to floor to minimize the spread of soils and debris after cleaning. Wet cleaning with EPA-registered antimicrobials can also help eliminate certain odors.

Technicians can also check your bathroom vents, as well as those in adjacent rooms, for debris. They can also replace filters that have been contaminated by such damage. Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) can deodorize the interior with a UL V fogger, which uses water solvent-based materials to remove odors.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is a name you can count on for service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (931) 250-5333 for rapid disaster cleanup that starts within hours of your initial contact.

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Call Our Experts When You Need Water Damage Restoration Services

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

A moisture detecting device our experts use Many times there is hidden water which contributes to the damage. We have the state of the art equipment to detect this damage and start restoration.

Using Restoration Equipment for Water Damage in Crossville

A pipe bursting in your house is a troublesome part of homeownership. However, it happens to almost everyone at some point. It is important, when this happens, to deal with it effectively and in a timely fashion. When you leave moisture unattended, you run the risk of secondary damage such as dangerous mold infestations or warped flooring.

Experiencing this type of water damage in your Crossville home may require you to spring into action, quickly sopping up the excess and getting rid of any mess left behind. There are times when this is not enough. In these cases, it is crucial to use the appropriate equipment to detect moisture within the impacted areas.

SERVPRO water restoration specialists use thermal imaging cameras to detect moisture. At the beginning of the project, infrared cameras act as a tool to quickly evaluate the extent of the moisture within the home. They can capture images in challenging to reach places within the home without causing any damage. Thermal cameras do not display images of the actual moisture but capture images of temperature variations on a surface of the material. Depending on the time of day, and the temperature within the home, a material with hidden moisture may show warmer or colder than the surfaces without moisture. This ability to store thermal energy, either cold or hot, is thermal capacitance which varies according to the type of material.

After the SERVPRO technicians identify areas with moisture, they utilize moisture meters that measure the actual moisture level in various types of materials. It is essential to test un-impacted items within the home to help establish the moisture goal for the impacted materials. The same technician also takes the readings throughout the process to ensure consistency.

Non-penetrating moisture meters use conductivity, capacitance, or radiofrequency emissions to detect moisture while penetrating moisture meters, put tiny holes in the material, and use electrical conductivity to determine moisture levels by testing each layer of the material. Moisture meters typically give a wood scale that ranges from 5% to 30% and often give a relative scale for measure items that are not wood. Wood measurements are in percentages, while non-wood measurements are in points.

After detecting moisture, technicians move on to extracting excess water damage using portable extraction equipment and then drying the materials and the room through the use of high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers. These moisture meters can track the progress of the drying until drying goals have been attained. These goals are comparable to the moisture content of materials in unaffected areas of the structure.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333. We make it "Like it never even happened."

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We Are The Right Choice For Your Crossville Water Damage Restoration

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

A hole in a ceiling because of water damage A flex-line leak caused water damage in this ceiling. We were able to dry up the moisture soaking the insulation and damaging the ceiling.

Why SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Properties in Crossville Better

An uncontrollable leak, whether from a plumbing problem or burst water main, can cause water intrusion in your home, and it can be distressing to deal with. The floors of your home can get affected, and water may ingress into the smallest gaps, making it challenging to dry out naturally. The water can increase the chance of mold development and rot.

Even though the water may be clean, it can turn into greywater if it remains standing in your home for over 24 hours. To handle the water damage in your Crossville home, you can enlist the services of a genuine restoration firm like SERVPRO. We offer a rapid response at any time of the day or night. We provide full restoration services, which can eliminate the stress of calling multiple companies at varying times. Having one restoration company handle the project can also reduce costs.

We can perform a safety assessment of the affected area to ensure it is safe for you and ready or our technicians to start the work. Our technicians are trained in water damage restoration and applied structural drying. We can salvage personal effects and items that have not sustained severe damage. We can also minimize further destruction to your personal belongings by moving and blocking furniture if necessary. Our team can also make sure that the dust covers of upholstered furniture are not coming into contact with damp carpeting.

If it is necessary to remove any building materials like drywall from the parent structure, we can do so. We take precautions to remove only the damaged components that are impossible to restore to make reconstruction more affordable and efficient. At times, it is necessary to move contents like furniture and appliances so that our technicians can complete the restoration process more efficiently. We take care not to ruin hardwood and vinyl flooring, ceilings, and wall surfaces when moving such items.

We have a large inventory of water extraction equipment to pump out the water, and air movers as well as dehumidifiers to dry your home. We also have water restoration products like antimicrobial agents and sanitizers that can eliminate microbial contamination.

At SERVPRO, our customers are our priority, and we, therefore, do what we say. Our team understands that water loss incidents bring about uncertainty. We are proud to provide property owners with the guidance and support they need throughout the restoration process. We are locally owned and operated and are pleased to make our community better.

When in need of water damage cleanup services in Sparta, Fairfield Glade or Lake Tansi, contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333. We can handle the damage to make it appear, “Like it never even happened.”

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The Ultimate Guide to Crossville Fire Damage Remediation Services 

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Kitchen fires can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO when facing the aftermath of a fire. We are here 24/7 to take your call.

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.

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

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Mold on the Menu of Your Sparta Bakery?

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

The First Steps After Finding Mold in Your Sparta Bakery 

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

How to Prepare Your Crossville Property Against Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advantages of Professional Fire Damage Remediation in Fairfield Glade

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

A pipe that caused a leak in the property SERVPRO techs are trained to locate the leak and minimize the deconstruction needed during the restoration process.

Why SERVPRO Involvement in Crossville Flood Damage Can Speed Recovery

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

Flood Mitigation and Remediation Safety Measures

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

Controlled Demolition Enhances Mitigation

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

Disinfection Is a Required Step

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

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

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

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Wrong Extraction Equipment

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

Saturation

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

Moisture Transfer

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

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

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

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Opens Enclosed Spaces During Water Removal Jobs in Crossville 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Flood Damage Professionals Can Save Your Crossville Home

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Water Damage Repair And Restoration In Sparta 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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If Your Crossville Dental Practice Experiences A Fire, Our Professionals Can Help!

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call at (931) 250-5333, and we can send a professional team out to your office today.

Mitigating Commercial Fire Damage In A Crossville Dental Practice

Working in a historic building has its quirks, especially when dealing with adapting modern electrical fixtures in an older building. One faulty light fixture is all it takes to cause commercial fire damage in the waiting area of your private practice, and it can be challenging to ascertain how long it can take before you can get back to work. Foul smoke odors are off-putting enough, but potentially corrosive soot can damage finishes on wood and electronics if left alone.

If an electrical mishap in a historic building causes commercial fire damage in your Crossville dental practice, the experts at SERVPRO are prepared to save the day. Within hours of your initial call, we can have a team come in to mitigate damage and leave your waiting room looking pristine, “Like it never even happened.”

The first step in addressing odor from any fire is to eliminate soot and residues from surfaces. Our SERVPRO team is equipped with EPA-registered disinfectants that can clean dry soot on surfaces before it can corrode items, especially those with plastic or metal components, in your waiting room. We can also clean the soot out of your vents with agitating tools such as augers, brushes, and air whips, in conjunction with portable vacuums, to prevent the spread of smoke odors throughout your office.

The next step after thorough manual cleaning of surfaces is eliminating odors on a particle level. We have several tools to combat this, from the HEPA air scrubber with a filter that can absorb 99.97% of airborne particles, odors, and gases with an activated carbon and potassium permanganate filter; to the thermal fogger, which emits a solvent-based mist of deodorizers that bind with odor particles to wipe out odors.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is prepared to answer your call 24/7 and ensure that your commercial facilities are restored after a disaster. Give us a call at (931) 250-5333, and we can send a professional team out to your office today.

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Don't Just Sit There! Start the Crossville Flood Damage Remediation Process

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes storms bring floodwaters with them. Should your home be affected by flood damages, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Disastrous Flooding Calls for Debris Removal and Damage Mitigation in Crossville

Recovering after a flood leaves your property full of messy debris and foul-smelling muck is a job that many homeowners in the Crossville area lack the equipment to carry out safely. Removing the debris that invaded your home only partially leaves your home woefully unprotected and considerably at risk of extensive damage in the future. It also means your family can experience unwanted health effects from exposure to any remaining chemicals or pathogens.

Debris from floods includes decaying plants, soils, and thick mud, run-off from streams which can contain contamination from factories and other industrial activities, and worse. To eliminate these contaminants and other flood damage from your Crossville property, our IICRC-certified restoration specialists start with preparing to do the work safely. We always use personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce hazards that might cause us injuries.

Our full-body suits, heavy gloves, boots, and face masks let us do the work with little worry about the mess we extract from your house. Mud and more solid debris get carried out by the bucket-full. Steadily making progress, we soon reveal walls and floors that seemed lost forever under the filth left behind by the flood.

We spray clean water throughout to flush anything left behind on surfaces and then begin the steps needed to make the area safe for habitation again. After inundation by floodwaters, we need to not only clean the surfaces in your home that remain otherwise undamaged, but we must also sanitize them to kill the excess microbes that might cause problems for your family. We use specially formulated cleaners that we spray onto surfaces and then wipe off after a few minutes of dwell time.

Removing the waste and debris from your home on the outside also helps keep your family safe. Children often do not see the dangers in debris left behind after storms or floods, so we help get your yard and exterior areas of your home cleaned up by removing such hazards.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties remains prepared at all times, every day of the year, to help the residents of Sparta, Pleasant Hill, and Sunbright restore their properties after a disaster. Flooding can impose severe hardship on any family, but we are here to help with everything, including the messy work that restoration often requires. We are as close as a phone call to (931) 250-5333.

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When Odors Linger In Your Crossville Property, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (931) 250-5333 for an assessment and fast response to this serious and nagging problem.

Help From SERVPRO Professionals When Fire Damage Odor Lingers In Crossville

During the time elapsed since fire roared through your Crossville home, we are proud to report a 180-degree turnaround on your property. The firefighting water and chemicals are gone, structures and fixtures are dry, all surfaces are clean, and necessary repairs are complete. Your house looks “Like it never even happened,” but a considerable concern remains. Smoky smells and an unpleasant stench of melted plastics and laminates and smoldering fabrics remains. Our job is not done until the odors are eliminated as thoroughly as the soot and charring.

Fire damage includes odor in your Crossville abode, and it is impossible for you and your family to push the terror and worry of a household fire behind if the smell lingers. Our technicians train in advanced odor elimination, focusing on the noxious smells that the combustion of a broad range of materials leaves airborne and settled on surfaces. We follow a step by step protocol to eliminate the odors permanently, not content to use distracting cover-ups that fade away with time and frequently cause an even more distressing aroma when mixed with the fire-related odors.

SERVPRO deodorization technicians first comb through the entire fire scene to make sure no burned materials remain, including behind walls, under floors, or above ceilings. If fixtures like woodwork, cabinets, and flooring retain odor-bearing particles on the surface or absorbed into the cells of the material targeted cleaning with specialized products might dislodge the smell. Sometimes sealing surfaces works to block the odors from vaporizing. This technique is sometimes used when indicated to seal off sections of HVAC and air duct systems that retain fire odors after cleaning.

Odors that remain pose challenges overcome by sophisticated methods and cutting edge equipment. SERVPRO employs tools like thermal foggers that recreate the conditions during the fire. Deodorizers are combusted in heated chambers and, the fog spread to find, combine with, and neutralize odor particles. We also consider ozone machines and hydroxyl generators that change the odor-bearing airborne and settled residues at the molecular level, rendering them scentless.

Rely on SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties to clear the fire damage odors from your home permanently. Call us at (931) 250-5333 for an assessment and fast response to this serious and nagging problem.

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Crossville Suprise Water Damage? Try Calling SERVPRO

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

No Guess Work for Moisture Removal in Crossville Homes Once the Water Is Gone--SERVPRO Checks and Documents

24-Hour Emergency Water Removal Service for Your Crossville Home

Sometimes, life gets busy. Between work, family, and personal obligations, it can be easy to forget about the little things. A forgotten faucet can leave your home with drenched floors in need of water removal when you come home from buying groceries. Cleaning it up on your own can seem like an insurmountable task, and missed spots can lead to mold growth or damage to flooring or subflooring.

This is where our professional team at SERVPRO comes in handy: not only is the stress of water removal for your Crossville home taken off of you, but our technicians can work to preserve your carpeting and flooring and prevent mold growth in your home. For many years, we have specialized in fast response to any size disaster, whether its origin is water, fire, storm, or mold. Our goal is to leave your home like no disaster took place. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

In order to remove the water from your home, our professionals can use extractors which are either portable or truck-mounted, depending on the needs of the situation. In most cases, portable extractors are used to remove water before drying can take place. To mitigate damage from wet carpet or flooring, furniture is moved and blocked to minimize contact with water and preserve your furniture.

Once water is extracted, drying can begin. For this process, our technicians use moisture sensors to evaluate what areas need drying. Walls and furniture are also evaluated. Industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers are used in tandem to both pull moisture out of surfaces and eliminate it once it's in the air. This increased airflow also accelerates the drying process. The use of dehumidifiers not only absorbs and eliminates moisture from surfaces, but it also prevents the secondary effects of water damage, such as swelling or warping of floors.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, and White Counties is proud to provide professional, efficient water removal services. Our emergency service technicians are available 24/7 to help you. Call (931) 250-5333 today and let us know what we can do for you.

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SERVPRO Provides Crossville Property Owners with the Right Flood Damage Solutions

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Save Crossville Homeowners Demolition with Fast Flood Damage Mitigation

Removing Flood Damaged Drywall from Crossville Homes

All manner of water loss incidents, including flooding in your Crossville home, can quickly damage many materials and contents within the property. While you work to get the right professional team there quickly to begin essential mitigation efforts, in emergencies, entirely preserving and protecting affected constructional materials is impossible. Damage assessment that occurs from the start of our initial arrival at your home can determine materials and structural elements too badly damaged to preserve and restore.

Certain materials are more susceptible to this damage in your Crossville than others, and flood removal for standing water and compromised construction is essential to begin the road to restoring the property fully. Our SERVPRO team can work quickly to determine the full extent of the flood damage right away to begin bringing in the necessary equipment for extraction and air purification to reduce the possibility of secondary effects like mold growth.

Sheetrock drywall is a common staple in modern construction, but its porous composition also leaves it most susceptible to standing water and the wicking of moisture. Saturated, and often contaminated with Black Water, drywall can become unstable and bloated within as little as a day, leaving it unable in many cases to get entirely preserved even with the fast emergency response you can expect from our SERVPRO technicians. Instead, we work to preserve what we can from these exposed materials to make later reconstruction and replacement faster and more cost-effective.

We have licensed contractors on our team to oversee this controlled demolition. Once mitigation work completes and the affected areas are free of lingering moisture and debris, our residential contractors can get to work on replacing removed structural elements with new materials. This seamless transition between phases of work ensures that we can get you back into your home faster than you might have expected.

There are casualties that come with flooding in your home, and exposed drywall is often one of them. With our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties water restoration technicians and licensed contractors working together, we can make this situation “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (931) 250-5333.

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Drying Out Your Electronics After Flood Damage in Crossville

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Your TV and other electronics damaged by flooding will need professional evaluation before turning back on. Contact SERVPRO right away

SERVPRO Evaluates How to Best Remediate the Damage to ALL types of Items After Flooding in Your Home

High winds and heavy rains in Crossville can create power outages and flooding in the area. When your home has been affected by intruding waters, the effects can be overwhelming and devastating. Your once peaceful home is turned upside down by this powerful force of nature which does not belong indoors. 
 
No matter how much water has entered your home and created flood damage in Crossville, you want to move fast to get the water back out and dry your possessions. SERVPRO staff is standing by at all times for whenever you need us since these emergencies never happen at a convenient time. We waste no time getting to your home with our professional knowledge and tools to help you get back to life as usual. 
 
One thing that is likely affected in your home is your electronics. The most obvious examples include TVs, computers, microwaves, and stereos. We first ensure that no electrical hazards exist, and unplug all of your electronics. Any backup batteries are also disconnected, and fuses are removed, or breakers tripped. 
 
SERVPRO techs also remove any electronics from the affected area, or we at least cover them with plastic to stop any more water from affecting your valuables. We use powerful truck-mounted pumps to extract the standing water from the floor and wipe up excess water from electrical equipment. 
 
We are careful not to switch equipment on before an electronics contractor can evaluate the condition the unit is in. More damage could be caused by running an electric charge through your electronics. We call a qualified electronics restoration company as quickly as we can to help us evaluate the damage and restore your equipment. 
 
It is vital after flood damage that electronics are not allowed to cool to the dew point. Doing so causes condensation and corrosion, so the temperature is maintained above the dew point. 
 
When it comes to your media, such as DVDs, CDs, videocassettes, and audio cassettes, we lower the humidity as soon as possible. To do so correctly, we may need to set up a dehumidification chamber. We call in companies who specialize in cleaning and repairing media to ensure it is done right. 
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties understands that when you are looking at flood-damaged electronics and media, it is essential that whatever can be salvaged is done so since these items can add up to much monetary loss. Residents with a flood emergency in the areas of Sparta, Fairfield Glade, or Lake Tansi can reach us at any time by dialing (931) 250-5333. 

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Factors Affecting Drying After Water Damage To Your Sparta Property

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, our IICRC certified technicians are committed to getting your Sparta property back to the pre-water damage condition quickly.

Factors Affecting Drying After Water Damage

Drying is perhaps the most critical step in successful water damage restoration. However, the time required to dry your Sparta property fully depends on several factors. Understanding these factors can help you establish a realistic timeline for the restoration process.

Here at SERVPRO, our IICRC certified technicians are committed to getting your Sparta property back to the pre-water damage condition as quickly as possible. Our technicians use state-of-the-art technologies and a multi-modal approach for a faster drying. Here are four key factors affecting the rate of drying that you should know.

Temperature
Temperature is one of the most critical factors affecting the rate of drying. Warmer air can hold more moisture and can speed up the drying process. The ideal room temperatures for an efficient and speedy drying is between 70° to 80°. If the temperatures are kept higher than 85° however, the excessive moisture in the air can cause secondary damage. SERVPRO technicians closely monitor the air temperature to ensure a safe and effective drying.

The Amount Of Water That Must Be Removed
The amount of water to be removed also affects the rate of drying. Physical extraction of the water is most important as dehumidifiers can remove only about 30 gallons of water per day.

Relative Humidity Of The Air
Relative humidity is the ratio of the amount of water vapor currently present in the air to the maximum amount it can hold at a given temperature. Relative humidity (RH) over 60% can significantly slow down the drying process. SERVPRO technicians use high-quality dehumidifiers to reduce the RH and speed up drying.

Air Movement
Blowing the damp air away speeds up the drying process. If the air becomes saturated with moisture, the evaporation slows down considerably. High-quality air movers are used to improving airflow and speed up the drying process.

All these factors affect the rate of drying. SERVPRO technicians use a multi-step approach to develop a strategy that ensures a rapid and efficient drying.

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties today at (931) 250-5333 to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians. Our technicians will work with you to chalk out a plan that ensures a rapid and efficient drying.

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Comprehensive Fire Damage Restoration Services In Crossville

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Odor Removal After Water Extraction and Demolition, That Is a Lot--Call SERVPRO

Smoke and Odor Removal Are Critical Components of Fire Restoration

When a fire breaks out in your house, the damage left behind can be overwhelming. The key to regaining control at this difficult time is finding a fire damage restoration service that assesses the situation and then plans and implements all tasks using well-trained crews who possess the experience to handle all aspects of the multifaceted job. 
 
A bag of oily rags in your workroom spread black, thick smoke everywhere, the resulting fire damage in your Crossville home is far beyond your ability to clean up and restore. The soot and debris coat surfaces far away from the room where the fire started, and an oppressive, smoky smell pervades every area of your house. Our fire damage workforce trained to the standards enunciated by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Rest assured we can complete all necessary tasks using industry best practices, focusing on restoration techniques that leave your dwelling looking and feeling “Like it never even happened.” 
 
After your call, one of our SERVPRO project managers or an MSR meets with you at your home. After a comprehensive evaluation of your needs, the manager devises a detailed work plan that guides our technicians step by step through the restoration process. If water damage is present, common in fire damage scenarios, that is typically handled first. Then our crew meticulously cleans up the sticky and difficult to remove soot covering surfaces. 
 
An oily rag fire smolders, creating thick black smoke that adheres to everything. We have protocols in place for every type of surface affected -- vacuuming and dusting for light soot, spray and wipe for heavier deposits, and aggressive scrubbing with abrasives for the toughest coatings. Immersion cleaning and ultrasonic technology are available for appropriate items. Our team knows how to use these techniques to get the soot out without damaging structure or possessions. 
 
One of the most challenging things to eliminate when responding to a fire damage event can be an odor. SERVPRO uses a variety of techniques to remove the acrid stench of this type of fire. First, we discard the rags. Then we try other techniques from cleaning and sealing areas to finding and destroying airborne odor molecules with sprays. Thermal fogging recreates the heat of the fire, combusting deodorizing chemicals which then attach to tiny odor particles and change their chemical composition, neutralizing their sensory effect. We also invested in hydroxyl machines and ozone generators, cutting edge technology that removes even the most persistent smells. 
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is a full-service disaster restoration company, able to handle every step of your fire damage recovery, including working with your insurer. Call (931) 250-5333 after fire authorities give you the all clear and let us help you return your property to a pre loss condition.

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You Can Count Our Our Skilled Specialists After Your Crossville Clinic Experiences Flood Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Whenever disaster strikes, give our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties rapid response team a call at (931) 250-5333.

Roof Damages Can Flood Exam Rooms Of Your Crossville Clinic

Your Crossville clinic has expensive equipment and tools used to help treat and diagnose the patients that you see throughout the week. With only one severe weather incident, however, the structural integrity of the clinic’s roof can become compromised and allow moisture penetration. With the right level of damage to this critical defense, torrential rainfall and runoff can flow into your building unabated and find its way into examination rooms and office areas of your clinic.

One of the greatest concerns for flood damages in your Crossville medical facility is the inability to continue serving the community while these effects get restored by qualified professionals. Our SERVPRO professionals understand the severity of the situation and can help by responding fast to these emergencies with the advanced tools designed to dry up and clean the damaged areas quickly to get your doors open again to the patients you serve.

Another concern with spreading flood damages is the effect that this moisture can have on sensitive devices and equipment used to diagnose and treat patients that come into your facility. Our SERVPRO team can help with this by setting our Contents Department on the vital task of pack-outs for at-risk contents of your clinic to reduce this risk. These items can get stored safely in our warehouse after drying, and restoration work on the individual items has occurred as needed.

With a fast response to the emergency, there are many areas of your facility that can remain intact after thorough drying efforts from efficient equipment like our high-velocity air movers, dehumidifiers, and our injectidry system that can get used on wall cavities, ceiling materials, and flooring. We can use our moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery to identify lingering moisture that requires further drying efforts to ensure that we have eliminated dampness to avoid costly secondary effects like mold growth.

While you cannot predict when roof damage can allow flooding in your facility, you can prepare by knowing which restoration team can get there quickly with the expertise and equipment to help. Whenever disaster strikes, give our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties rapid response team a call at (931) 250-5333.

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Our Fire Damage Specialists Explain Our Restoration Process After A Fire In Your Fairfield Glade Home

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

We can work with you to get your property back to its best after extensive damages, contact SERVPRO at (931) 250-5333 twenty-four hours a day.

Major Fire Damage Restoration Procedure In Fairfield Glade

A major fire in your home can be an extremely emotional situation. Having to relocate to a safe temporary accommodation is hard enough, not to mention anxiety relating to your possessions. We are a service you can trust to provide professional remediation and to go the extra mile in restoring your contents. Extensive damages can often require general contractors, remodeling work and contents cleaning; we are here to help you every step of the way.

Excessive fire damage in Fairfield Glade can get expensive quickly. SERVPRO promise to operate with a restore over replace mentality. That means using the latest equipment and industry-leading training to salvage materials. We achieve this primarily by performing a pack out service. That involves creating an inventory of your possessions and moving them to a specialized cleaning facility. The itemized list can include any materials that are considered non-salvageable can be noted for passing on to your insurance adjuster.

At a cleaning facility, SERVPRO can use mechanical cleaning methods for expensive fabrics, upholstery, and clothing. We use Esporta washing machines which use hydraulic power to clean up to 90% of soiling on fabrics. For dense materials, our ultrasonic cleaning tanks can restore precious metals or valuables. Not all items can be salvaged after significant property damage, but you can trust us to do everything we can to restore your possessions to preloss conditions.

Usually, a major scale fire can damage structural components. A pack out procedure can help to clear space for general contractors to move in and begin repair work on the structure. SERVPRO technicians can make the property safe for contractors to do their work, restore property power and remove potential hazards. We liaise with third-parties on your behalf, so you only have to deal with one company throughout the process.

We can work with you to get your property back to its best after extensive damages, contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 twenty-four hours a day.

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Our Experienced Technicians Will Help You With Restoring Your Crossville Home

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

This water heater tank is leaking and could cause water damage in your home. Our trained technicians will arrive on time 24/7 to assist you.

SERVPRO Combats Water Removal and Deodorization in Crossville Home

When a water heater tank has a seal failure, the result can be anywhere from 20 to 80 gallons of water released into the home. Ideally, the water removal should begin as soon as possible. However, that is not always possible in cases where the water spillage happens when no one is in the home.

One Crossville family needed water removal service after a couple of nights out of town when they came home to find their water heater had expelled large amounts of water throughout their home. Their first call after the insurance company was to SERVPRO to begin the process of extracting the water from the affected areas. Technicians arrived within hours and accessed the damage and formulating the best cleanup methods.

The water was being handled as a gray water level situation because the water had been in the home for at least 24 hours but less than 48 hours. The truck-mounted pumps were used to pull the standing water from the floors and where the carpeting met tile flooring, the weighted extractors pushed the water from deep in the carpet pad for thorough drying.

Only a few furnishings were affected, and they could be raised on blocks and dried in place since only the feet, not the fabrics had been in the water. Air movers were positioned to direct the air up and out of the area while a dehumidifier reduced the moisture to ensure complete drying. Surfaces that were wet needed wiping down with anti-fungal cleaners to ensure mold nor bacteria remained. SERVPRO technicians determined that using a UL fogger as the most effective for deodorizing the hard floors and affected areas to remove the unpleasant odor left behind by the water.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is available for water removal and emergency service 24-hours a day. Contact us at (931)_ 250-5333 and one of our experienced technicians can help you begin the process of restoring your home to normal.

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Understanding How Mold Can Grow In Your Crossville Home

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold will develop when there is a leak in your home and needs to be treated by professionals to prevent the spread.

Mold Remediation Professionals In Crossville Discuss Problems With Kitchen Sinks

Your kitchen is one room inside your Crossville house that is susceptible to water leaks. If a slow leak goes unnoticed for an extended period, a situation could develop where you have to call in a professional mold remediation company such as SERVPRO. Your kitchen has water and sewage pipes running in and out of it. Your kitchen sink is one area that has sewage pipes running out of it as well as hot and cold water running into it. If a slow leak develops in one of the pipes running close to your kitchen sink and organic substances stay wet for more than 24 hours, then mold remediation inside your kitchen may become a necessity.

If one of the pipes inside your sink cabinets leak, then the moisture can cause the wood making up your cabinets to get contaminated. Once a fungus develops on the surface of your cabinetry, mold remediation in your Crossville home is necessary to prevent the spreading of reproductive spores. Once an organic substance like the wood that makes up your cabinets gets wet, microbes can activate and form structures called hyphae. These hyphae can then spread into your wooden cabinets, out of the surface and across it. Once these fungal structures begin to develop, they start to release their seed-like spores into the air.

The spores then float around your structure until they find another place to settle. Whenever we show up to an emergency call, our SERVPRO team first takes measure to inhibit the spreading of spores. We accomplish this task by establishing containment of the affected area by using a plastic barrier.

Once the containment chamber is set up, we attach an air scrubber to a hole in the plastic. This machine creates negative air pressure within the chamber. This causes any particles in the air to get sucked into the air scrubber that is equipped with a HEPA filter that traps microscopic particles from exiting the plastic barrier. Any time you notice a fungus develop near your kitchen sink and need mold remediation, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 right away.

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Our Trained Experts Are Prepared To Restore Your Crossville Home

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts can handle removing soot and smoke from your home call them today so you can safely return.

Top Priorities in Restoring your Crossville Home after Fire Damage

Promptly recovering your home after a natural disaster is always a top priority, but the need for speed is probably most felt when there is fire damage to your home. Aside from the effects of the flames, the water and chemicals used to put out the fire can also add to the damage of your home, which is why homeowners must seek the most competent advice in short order. Reaching out to a professionally trained team can make the difference between a long drawn out, cumbersome restoration process and a more efficient one 

At SERVPRO our technicians have been trained specifically to address fire damage to your home in Crossville. Because we recognize that acting quickly is extremely important in the restoration process, we have designed our services to be available 24/7 and are standing by ready to act upon receiving your call. Many people do not realize that even though the fire is gone your home continues to be vulnerable until the restoration process begins, which is why enlisting our help rapidly is very important. 

Our SERVPRO Green Fleet has been trained to assess the damage upon arriving to your property. Keeping safety in mind, we are prepared to board up windows and openings caused by the fire to avoid the intrusion of outdoor elements into your home. Using personal protective equipment (PPE), we will conduct a thorough evaluation of the most immediate needs as well as damages not yet apparent but still attributed to the fire. By documenting this whole process, we become your resource when contacting your insurer to file a claim and can even offer insight into the extent of the remediation process. At the same time, we will attempt to save as much of your home’s structure and personal belongings as possible. 

The restoration of your home after fire damage is not a one-step endeavor. Our SERVPRO team is equipped and trained to handle the removal of smoke and soot from different kinds of surfaces and follow it with deodorizing and disinfecting techniques. Assuming that there is also extensive water damage caused by efforts to quell the fire, we will make sure that your home’s moisture levels are back to normal and that there are no hidden areas of concern that might result in a problem later on. The use of infrared technology, air movers, and other techniques all contribute to returning your home’s atmosphere to its natural balance. 

We hope your home is never the victim of fire, but if it is please know that SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is available at (931) 250-5333 whenever you need us. It is always our goal to make your home look like nothing ever happened. 

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Sparta Business Owners Count on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Damage Removal and Restoration

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Preserve and Clean Wood Flooring in Sparta Commercial Buildings

Water Damage to Your Commercial Property in Sparta

Dealing with water damage is not a pleasant experience. Whether water invaded your business as the result of a storm, a leaky roof or fire sprinklers going off, the result can be quite overwhelming. Recovering your commercial property and bringing it back to par is incredibly important as is working as quickly as possible to avoid further damage and any related loss of income.

Water damage to your commercial property in Sparta can spark many different situations, and at SERVPRO we are ready to help you through them. Very often, our business owners are very concerned with salvaging as much of their establishment as possible, as it represents a significant investment for their business. When there is water damage to your floors, walls, and ceiling, it is important to reach out to our team because we are specially trained to treat each surface individually to attain the best possible results.

If your property has hardwood floors, you may be in luck. Hardwood tends to stand up to moisture better than softwoods when affected by water, and the restoration process can be smoother than with other surfaces. When our SERVPRO team comes into your commercial property with the goal of extracting, drying and recovering it, you can observe that the treatment of your hardwood floors will focus on preventing warping or buckling from becoming permanent. The extent of the damage is determined by how long the floor was soaked and the volume of the water. This is why we can work quickly to begin the drying process, even if the service to restore your hardwood floor to ideal moisture levels takes some days.

Bear in mind that even when our SERVPRO team arrives with the equipment necessary to encourage airflow underneath the floor and speed up the drying process, there may be instances where the floor may not be salvageable. This may be the case if your floor is made of veneer and the veneer separates itself from the subfloor, or if the exposure to water was prolonged. Natural wood floors can often survive a good soaking, but laminates are typically tossed.

Aside from keeping your commercial property as safe as possible, it is important that you reach out to our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties as soon as possible after you discover the water damage. Our number, (931) 250-5333, is answered 24/7 so we can begin the recovery process as soon as we receive your call, which may make all the difference in protecting your investment.

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The Importance Of Preparation And Cleanup After A Flood Damages Your Crossville Home

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

You can call us any time, and we waste no time in getting to your property to help you dry back out.

Flood Damage Preparation And Cleanup For Your Crossville Home

The number one disaster is flooding, and that includes in Crossville. Even though most homeowners worry about the risk of fire, you might be at a higher risk of flood damage than fire damage. Flooding from storms can happen quickly and leave you unprepared.

There are, however, actions you can take to diminish or prevent flood damage to your Crossville home before a flood happens. If you have endured flooding in your home, you should contact our professional staff at SERVPRO, who have the tools and training needed to get the water out and your home dry and safe again.

You should firstly know what your risks in your area are, and examine your homeowner’s policy. Some do not address floods of any kind, while some cover particular situations or kinds of water damage. Speak with your agent for clarification and make sure you are covered. In the event of flooding, SERVPRO techs help you speak with your insurance agency so you can focus on your family.

Call a professional to help you elevate all your equipment in the home. Your water heater, furnace, generators, air conditioner or other permanent equipment, can be raised higher than predicted flood levels to help protect them if flooding occurs.

You can also keep sandbags on hand to help divert landslides and water during severe storms. Keep some building materials around as well so you can board up your home and make fast fixes afterward, like plastic sheeting, plywood, nails, lumber, and shovels.

Create and rehearse an evacuation route and do not forget to include any pets in this. Ensure all of your family members know how to shut off utilities and plan a meetup spot in the instance you become separated. Packing an emergency kit with medications, necessary paperwork, and any essential items is also an excellent plan in case you have to evacuate your property quickly. Become familiar with the flood alert signals for your area.

There are numerous steps you can take to prepare, but in the event of a flood, SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is here to help you restore your home in Sparta, Sunbright, or Crab Orchard once the storms subside. You can call us any time you need at (931) 250-5333, and we waste no time in getting to your property to help you dry back out.

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3 Risk Prevention Strategies To Protect Your Home In Crossville From Fire Damage

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

While candles may be a nice addition to your home's atmosphere, they are also a frequent cause of house fires across the country.

Risk Prevention Strategies For Fire Damage In Crossville

Although SERVPRO can help you take care of fire damage in your Crossville home quickly, you would doubtless be better off without having to deal with the problem in the first place. Prevention is the most critical factor influencing long-term costs associated with fire and smoke damage to American homes, and with a few small lifestyle changes, you can avoid many of the unfortunate fires that result from these high-risk habits.

Smoke Outside
We frequently get calls to help take care of fire damage in Crossville homes caused by the smoking of tobacco products. Most tobacco products can fill your home with hard-to-remove smoke odors just as quickly as a fire can, and can also start fires when improperly snuffed out. Smoking outdoors, preferably on a stone patio or away from the home, maybe an easy change to make that decreases your risk of accidentally starting a fire.

Artificial Candles
Many people enjoy the soothing scents and sights of a candle in one or several rooms of their homes, but while candles may be a nice addition to your home's atmosphere, they are also a frequent cause of house fires across the country. Replacing traditional candles with air fresheners and electric imitations can keep the same ambiance in your home without a significant risk of starting a fire.

Keep The Fireplace Empty
When the weather grows colder, homes across America light up their hearths to save on heating bills and give their living rooms a nice, warm glow. However, overuse of a fireplace can commonly result in a large house fire igniting very rapidly. While fireplaces are not very dangerous when being tended and watched, you should avoid letting them burn to save on heating costs.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties can help to mitigate and reverse damage caused by fire in your home. Call us at (931) 250-5333.

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Use SERVPRO's Certified Expertise When Your Fairfield Glade Home Has Flood Damage

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and its associated damage can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation options.

Why SERVPRO Should Help You with Flood Removal Services in Fairfield Glade

Icy conditions this winter in the Fairfield Glade area make driving hazardous, especially at night when temperatures drop and leave a thin sheet of ice on top of sometimes still-liquid water. In streams and rivers nearby, water under frozen sheets of ice can still move steadily along. When blockages exist, water can end up displaced, following any new paths of least resistance.
 
Why SERVPRO professionals help so many families in the area cope with the aftermath of flooding in Fairfield Glade by giving our expert assistance and flood removal advice is because of our sincere dedication to families much like our own. Our families make up the essential elements of our community, and we value their health and well-being.
 
When a flood happens, it can create such tremendous and drastic changes inside your home that it may seem foreign to you when you finally re-enter. Removing the water and debris is a tremendous and hazardous job. SERVPRO teams work in teams of two or three for increased efficiency and heightened safety. We extract any liquid water on hardwood floors and then dry them out until our moisture readers determine we have reached the standard moisture content percentage for similar materials.
 
Carpets, composite flooring, papers that were on the floor and became saturated, food in boxes or bags that floodwaters submerged, and anything else in a similar condition requires prompt disposal. Mold can begin to appear on surfaces within 24 hours and then spread to other areas. Mold infestations can quickly take over a house after a flooding incident. SERVPRO understands you want things back to normal, quickly, and that is the best way to handle things after a disaster. Allowing things to wait is the same as allowing damage to spread.
 
The IICRC-certified professional flood removal and damage mitigation experts at SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties understand a thorough approach to flooding in your home helps alleviate stress in your family and ensures complete mitigation of your home. Contact us at (931) 250-5333 when you need guidance in this or other disasters, and we can have your Lake Tansi, Doyle, or Sunbright home back to normal, “Like it never even happened.”

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What To Do After A Mold Infestation Has Damaged Your Crab Orchard Home

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth is something that you should take care of immediately, and our rapid response team can help!

Insurance Claims For Damages From Mold In Your Crab Orchard Home

Often when disasters and unfortunate circumstances impact your Crab Orchard home, the primary concern for the homeowner is the cost of the repair, restoration, or remediation required. As common of a request as this might be, costs of services often vary based on the severity of the problem and the steps required to return your home to its preloss condition, despite the damage that it has sustained. Often homeowners look to their insurance providers to foot the bill, but this might not always be the best approach to take.

Understanding the importance of removing mold damage from your Crab Orchard residence immediately is one thing, but getting the process paid for is another. We offer a comprehensive approach to removing mold growth from your property and restoring the damage it has caused “Like it never even happened.”

One of the first calls that homeowners often make is to their insurance provider. Many policies do not offer property damage coverage for situations like mold and fungal growth, but your insurance representative should provide you with a rundown of your options, if any, for reducing or eliminating your costs with a variety of claim. It might be advisable to contact our SERVPRO professionals before you choose to file a claim with your insurance, however.

When you contact our professionals first, we can arrive quickly to begin stopping the spread of the colonies throughout your home and preventing the situation from getting worse than it is. We also do a thorough inspection and cost analysis throughout this initial visit, including documentation of damages and a loss report. We can provide this evidence to your insurance provider to help expedite the claim you want to file. You might also find that our estimated costs do not exceed or only partly exceed a deductible you are responsible for, making it ill-advised to potentially raise your home insurance rates to file a claim.

Mold growth is something that you should take care of immediately, and our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties rapid response team can help. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (931) 250-5333.

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How Water Damage Affects Carpets in Your Sparta Home

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Carpeting is meant for comfort and enjoyment. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water on your carpet.

Important Consideration when Handling Water Removal in Sparta

Water that flows freely, whether from a burst pipe or a broken household appliance, can cause significant damage in your Sparta property. Responding fast and taking the right steps leads to a positive outcome. Fast response is not likely to be a problem because it only requires the restoration people and equipment to arrive at the site soon after the spill. Following the correct procedures is what many people fail to do. Our IICRC certified team knows the best way to handle such tasks having dealt with restoration projects for many years.  

Excess moisture is the main issue when you are dealing with water damage in Sparta, so thorough extraction and drying is crucial. Using either truck-mounted or portable extractors, our SERVPRO technicians reach all affected areas. We also have different wands for different surfaces. On hard floors, we use squeegee wands.  

Eliminating excess water on carpeted floors can be tricky because even after extracting standing water and drying the room, moisture is likely to remain at the bottom of the carpet and pad. Removing the carpet to dry these areas is also labor intensive. Our SERVPRO team floats the carpet to ensure thorough drying. This process involves sticking the exhaust port of an air mover on one corner of the carpet. We also fold a triangular section of the carpet on the opposite corner to protect the carpet from stretching. We calibrate the airflow to ensure the carpet rises 3 to 4 inches for thorough drying.  

The speed of drying property matters. Taking too long causes other problems like mold, rust or rot in different materials. Among the factors that affect the rate of drying are temperature and relative humidity because temperature affects the amount of moisture that air can hold. Our SERVPRO technicians take regular readings using thermal hygrometers enabling us to maintain the right conditions for timely drying.  

Moisture-related problems could escalate if mishandled. Call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties to assist you. You can reach us at (931) 250-5333 anytime. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Ultimate Solution for When Fire Damage Affects Your Crossville Home

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

When fire damage affects a portion of your home, your best recourse is to contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Call SERVPRO Instead of Attempting Fire Damage Restoration Alone in Your Crossville Area Home

After a fire occurs on your Crossville property, you may want to try cleaning up alone. However, this couldn’t be any farther from a good idea. Going it alone can put others at risk or lead to further damage. Without the appropriate training and equipment, you could even end up making your restoration cost more money in the long run.

If you are an area homeowner dealing with fire damage in your Crossville home, you are most likely wondering which direction to go with your restoration. Having the right tools and resources for the job is essential to a successful restoration. So, before you ever attempt home repairs, you need to ask yourself a series of questions.

•    Do you have the right tools available?
•    How much do all of these resources and other materials cost?
•    Is everything available in your area?
•    Can you do everything yourself?

While you attempt to come up with answers to all of these questions and more, damage continues to happen on your property. Most of which you probably don’t have the experience to handle. However, working with a quality, skilled professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, can come with a variety of benefits. We offer you faster, safer solutions, 24/hr emergency response, advanced equipment, and nation-wide resources.

Letting SERVPRO handle your fire damage restoration reduces the losses you could experience. Our technicians can help restore many of the possessions you might have just tossed out. We use a variety of techniques to return furniture, electronics, appliances, and other contents to life. All while taking less time and spending less money to resolve any potential problems.

SERVPRO can also help you protect your newly restored home from future problems. You are not alone and never should be, especially during a time like this. Our team understands how devastating fire emergencies can be and we do everything possible to provide you with peace of mind while helping turn your house back into a home again.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties has technicians at the ready. We are always willing and more than capable of helping area residents with all of their fire damage restoration, cleaning, and deodorization needs, call today. (931) 250-5333

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Are You Making These Water Damage Remediation Mistakes in Sparta?

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

If water damage affects your drop ceiling, contact SERVPRO to investigate and effectively remediate any damage.

SERVPRO Helps Sparta Area Homeowners Prepare Against Water Damage

Water damage to your Sparta home can come in a variety of forms. However, nothing is worse than advanced storm systems that can change your life forever. It is essential to protect your home and family against the type of events you do not have the power to control. The point is that water can damage both your home and its contents in a somewhat limited amount of time. So, it benefits you to seek professional help.

We are here to help provide you with the personnel, equipment, and resources that make restoring your area property after water damage in Sparta occurs, easier. Our staff is trained to answer questions, relieve stress, and help you reduce costs associated with getting back on your feet after a storm. You are not alone and do not have to tackle any of these tasks by yourself.

SERVPRO technicians understand how damaging storms can be. Everything in your home made up of wood, paper, construction materials, or electronics take severe damage. When these items get left in standing water for extended periods, things become even worse. Our professionals can remove surface and standing water fast, eliminating exposure and reduce damage to many materials found on your property.

SERVPRO also has the expertise to determine whether your water damage is hazardous to you and your family. We take great care, providing you with water damage restoration services that are specific to your situation. Whether you face biohazardous situations, have mold and mildew exposure, or need a simple water extraction that doesn’t damage your belongings further, we can help.

SERVPRO professionals work diligently to remove excess water from your property. We deploy extraction, dehumidification, drying, cleaning, and decontamination equipment that minimizes your losses. Our technicians understand how water acts and takes the proper steps to get water exposure under control fast.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties services the entire area, including Crossville, Harriman, and Doyle communities. You can depend on our staff of licensed professionals to provide you with the water damage restoration services you need. We make every event, “Like it never even happened.” Call, today. (931) 250-5333

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When A Disaster Strikes Our Team Will Quickly Restore Your Flood Damaged Commercial Property In Harriman

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is dedicated to helping local businesses survive and overcome flooding after a storm.

SERVPRO Gets Gas Station Doors Open Faster After Flood Damage In Harriman

Statistics show that flood damage to gas stations in communities like Harriman can be some of the most challenging events for those businesses to overcome. Nationwide, almost half of all uninsured businesses do not reopen after a storm closes their doors. SERVPRO is committed to driving that number as low as possible and providing the kind of fast, efficient, and cost-effective emergency mitigation and restoration services that businesses need after a storm. Here's a quick overview of how we keep our clients' doors open.

Fast Responses
We have the resources to respond to flood damage in Harriman gas stations and other businesses on a 24/7 basis. As soon as you call SERVPRO, or activate your Emergency Ready Profile, a timer starts ticking for our technicians to arrive on the job site and get to work within four hours. By arriving on the scene quickly, we can immediately start drying the place out and prevent some of the more expensive and time-intensive restorative processes that can keep doors closed and stop revenue from coming in.

Cost-Efficient Treatments
Our use of industrial-strength machinery and treatments help to keep costs low and drying speed high. By using air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out entire floor spaces at once, we can eliminate many of the human resources expenses that come with less well-equipped damage mitigation services. Insurance companies often prefer and recommend us to businesses facing flood damage thanks to our lower overall costs and more thorough treatments.

Nationwide Resources
In the event of a storm that renders many local homes and businesses in need of help, we can tap into the nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises to secure additional help from other locations. Do not be afraid to call us even if other stores around you are already working with us: we can handle any sized catastrophe that could strike Harriman.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is dedicated to helping local businesses survive and overcome flooding after a storm rolls through the area. Call us as soon as possible after a disaster at (931) 250-5333.

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Our Specialists Can Help Eliminate Mold From Your Crab Orchard Crawl Space

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

When homeowners in Crab Orchard notice areas succumbing to mold damage, acting quickly helps regain control of the situation.

Mold Damage Can Start In Crawl Spaces And Spread To Living Areas Of Your Crab Orchard Residence

There are many areas in your Crab Orchard home that you rarely, if ever, see. These areas often contain nothing of importance to you in the way of material possessions, but you should check them for damage every now and then. These areas include spaces below your home, as well as above it. Basements, crawl spaces, and attics all contain the resources needed by microbes to reproduce as soon as moisture content levels escalate above normal.

When homeowners in Crab Orchard notice areas succumbing to mold damage, acting quickly helps regain control of the situation and keeps mold from spreading to other, uncontaminated areas. SERVPRO can perform remediation of mold, even in small, tight areas that receive little traffic, have inadequate ventilation, and suffer from a lack of lighting. We carry all of the tools needed for such work, and we perform our job professionally and as quickly as possible. We want to keep disruption to your family to a minimum.

Our remediation services include treatment of the area to prevent regrowth, as well as detection of the moisture that allowed the colonization to occur in the first place. Treatment includes removing all traces of mold through a technique that blasts the area with dry ice pellets. These evaporate into gas that we force out of your home with the use of flexible tubing. You never need to worry about cleaning up after we leave.

Finding the spot where water enters your home also helps prevent recurrence. This actually takes place before we begin remediation. We want to ensure that we stabilize your home's humidity levels, so some drying with air movers might take place. If so, we use effective air scrubbers in conjunction with these to ensure we trap all airborne spores.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties can remediate your home's mold damage situation, so your family lives in a clean and safe home. Mold can cause health effects, and often resolves these issues. Call us at (931) 250-5333 if you live in Sunbright or Pleasant Hill, as we also provide mold remediation services to these and other nearby areas.

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Our Water Damage Checklist That Every Homeowner In Sparta Needs

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Water Removal In Sparta Gets Your Residence Dry Fast

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

One thing you do not want is to return to your Sparta home and see that it needs immediate water removal.

Water Removal Gets Your Home Dry Fast

Summer is here again in Sparta and with it comes vacation time and getaway weekends. Each time your family packs up to leave home for a while, you go overwritten, or mental, checklists including each crucial detail. Omitting one thing from the list can bring disaster to our home or make your experience less than perfect.

One thing you do not want is to return to your Sparta home and see that it needs immediate water removal. Forgetting to turn off the main water line before your mini-vacation left your entire home open to the destructiveness of a busted water pipe. Our workers can get the water cleared out fast, and get things dry again for you and your family.

We always discuss how to proceed with areas involving the worst damage, but we prefer to restore materials instead of replacing them. Depending on how long the water sat inside your home determines how much damage your residence sustains.

Carpeting and wooden floors get hit the hardest, of course, but floors can seem better off than their actual conditions. Underlay, glues, padding, and other structures suffer considerably once exposed to water and moisture. Removing them so they can dry more rapidly helps extract additional water from your home while also minimizing the possibility of further damage.

The air in your home also needs the moisture stripped from it, and we perform this by using both desiccant machines and dehumidifiers throughout your home. We place these in areas that retain elevated levels of moisture. Smaller areas, like inside walls, might seem sealed off but they can still contain water. We drain these with small holes drilled behind temporarily removed baseboards and then air them out with Injectidry systems.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties can help restore the level of comfort in your Crab Orchard, Harriman, or Wartburg home after a broken pipe changes everything. Water removal services performed by our technicians make it happen fast. Contact us at (931) 250-5333, 24/7, and we can help make things right again.

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When You Need Fast Water Removal In Your Sparta Bookstore

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

After Water Intrusion, Do Not Leave Your Bookstore Inventory Hanging Out to Dry, Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Several Methods for Restoring Water Damaged Documents

Running a business is stressful enough without a water damage incident to slow things down for you. While you work hard to ensure that your Sparta bookstore is well stocked in the latest editions and the classics for the readers that frequent your store every day, you also should be mindful of unexpected events that could threaten your business and keep your doors closed to this adoring public. Having a plan in place to contend with a water loss incident, like knowing what professional restoration service to call, can save you time and money in the long run.

There are plenty of ways that water damage can affect your Sparta bookstore, even to the point of requiring water removal services. Whether faulty plumbing or appliances are to blame, or even a neighboring store is the culprit, the sense of immediacy is familiar to any of these. You want to make sure that you do not have to keep your doors closed for long if at all. One way to ensure this is to entrust your business to the experienced hands of our professional restorers.

From the moment that our experienced SERVPRO professionals get the call about the emergency in your business, we respond quickly to help limit the damage to your building and to the stock inside. With so many hardcover and paperback books that you have on the shelves, excessive moisture could ruin them and prevent them from ever getting sold.

For this reason, our SERVPRO technicians can work quickly to remove this stock from the affected area and keep it from getting exposed to the moisture while the restoration efforts are underway. This may sound simple, but anytime papers, documents or books are exposed to moisture degradation begins and possibly even mold development. We cannot always gurantee the complete restoration of these items on your shelves. Immediate drying or freeze-drying with a process called lyophilization can often achieve positive results. Once these complete, and your store is ready for business once again, these novels and publications can get returned to the store to their rightful positions on the shelves.

While running a business might be challenging enough, the last thing you need is to shoulder the burden of excessive water damage all on your own. Give our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties experienced water restoration technicians a call anytime at (931) 250-5333 to help you clean up the mess and get your business back to ship shape.

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Remediating Flood Damage In Crab Orchard Homes

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO assesses the type of water in a home to create an effective plan for removal.

Types of water found in homes after flood damage

Crab Orchard homeowners deal with many types of flooding. Most water in a home comes from sources like a failed water heater or a split line on a washing machine. When the threat is from outside the home, it can mean an additional set of problems.

Since Crab Orchard flood damage can come from inside and outside sources, SERVPRO technicians are prepared to deal with gray water and black water. Both types are contaminated and present additional precautions and requirements when removing them from home.

Gray water is also called sullage. Usually, it is all wastewater generated in a home that does not contain feces. Often, this water backs up into a home after outside floodwater overwhelms the local storm drains and sewer systems. Sources of gray water include flooding from bath and shower drains, kitchen and bathroom sinks, washing machines, and dishwashers.

If gray water is present, SERVPRO technicians wear protective boots to prevent it from contaminating clothing. Before beginning to remove it, team members spray the surface with a chemical agent to neutralize bacteria that might be on the surface. Our specialists then use a combination of pumps and extraction wands to remove the gray water from the home. If the local sewer system is available, they can pump the water directly into it.

Blackwater contains or is thought to contain, feces and other contaminants which means a high probability of even more harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens. Sources of black water include water from creeks and rivers which crested their banks and backed-up sewers which were pushed into the home by floodwater. Extreme flooding can also disturb septic systems, which can send hundreds of gallons of contaminated water into a home.

If a SERVPRO team leader even suspects there is black water in the home, every technician dons a protective suit, boots, and even a breathing mask if needed. They spray the surface of the water and all nearby property with an anti-bacterial agent to reduce the risk of any pathogens and other bacteria. Blackwater is not considered safe to pump directly into a sewer system, so our restoration team brings in a tank truck to receive all water they remove from the home.

Removing flood water and remediating the damage can a time-consuming and challenging task. Our goal at SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is to reduce the property damage and health risk of contaminated floodwater by quickly removing it from your home. If you need our services, call us today at (931) 250-5333. We are here for you.

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Mold Damage Specialists In Sparta Explain Remediation Methods

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Soda blasting can be done to remove mold damage from the inside our outside of your home.

Methods used to remove mold damage

Once a fungus develops inside your Sparta home, prompt remediation is necessary so that spores do not spread to other areas and create more problems. Once the mold has affected building materials, they either get removed and replaced or cleaned free of contamination. Several techniques can be employed depending on the kind of affected material and how long it has been contaminated.

Before any work begins, the area where microbial growth has occurred gets sealed off with thick plastic. During any mold damage restoration in Sparta, containment chambers are designed to trap in dust and spores created by the removal process. Air scrubbers then are attached to a hole in the chamber creating negative air pressure.

In many cases, our SERVPRO technicians remove microbial contamination using sanding, ice blasting, or soda blasting. If wall studs are affected, they can be sanded down past the contaminated surface. Other materials can be cleaned using blasting methods. Similar to sandblasting the ice and soda methods use substances other than sand in a blasting gun to remove contaminants.

Soda blasting methods use sodium bicarbonate to remove mold off of various materials. The chemicals are safe to come into contact with food and work well removing many different types of mold. The soda is abrasive and gets shot out of the blasting gun at a high rate of speed stripping the fungi from the item.

Ice blasting is similar to soda blasting but uses dry ice instead of the sodium bicarbonate chemical. Rice-sized dry ice pellets get blasted out of the gun at supersonic speeds. The ice goes from a solid state to gas without reaching the liquid phase as soon as it hits the surface. The reaction forces the contaminants into the air to be cleaned with the air scrubber.

In some cases, the section of the house impacted by microbial growth is not severe enough to require a removal process. In these situations, our SERVPRO technicians spray the area with anti-microbial chemicals. The specialized solutions work to kill spores before they become airborne.

Even when using one of the blasting methods, anti-microbial spraying often occurs as a safety measure to inhibit reproduction. If you ever need help with removing fungi, call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 any time of the day.

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The Advantage Of Professional Fire Restoration For Your Sparta Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damages can present themselves in several different ways in your residence.

The Advantage Of Professional Fire Restoration

When you experience a fire in your Sparta home, the last thing that you need is to wait on restoration teams to arrive days later to start determining the nature of the problems that you face. You want a restoration company with an established track record of responding quickly and having the knowledge and expertise to restore a home.

Fire damages can present themselves in several different ways in your Sparta residence. Once you initially see the damage after a fire has gotten extinguished, it could feel overwhelming to understand what must get done to bring your house back to preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO professionals have training in all facets of fire damage restoration and can help you overcome any of the obstacles standing between your home’s current conditions and where it needs to be.

Our project manager and estimator can walk around with you and explain some of what needs to happen in order to restore your home while we assess the full scope of the damage to your residence. This process is critical to map out the equipment and personnel necessary to complete the job in the most efficient way possible.

Often substantial fire losses require reconstruction efforts before restoration can begin, especially when there are several points that allow external element exposure. Small areas can get boarded up or tarped over by our technicians, but more substantial damages require rebuilding before we can begin our restoration efforts in your home.

Once this task gets completed, our SERVPRO professionals can work to eliminate the lingering elements from the recent fire in your house. We can clean up the soot damage, remove the harsh odor often left behind, and prepare interior areas of your home for remodeling or replacement by a residential contractor.

A fire in your home is rarely something that a homeowner can deal with on their own. Our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties fire restoration specialists is standing by to help you overcome any of the effects fire has on your home. Give SERVPRO a call 24/7 at (931) 250-5333.

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Using the Right Equipment during Water Damage Restoration in Sparta is Vital

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes your home, we strike back to restore it back to prel-oss condition!

Your Water Damaged Home in Sparta is in Good Hands When SERVPRO is Involved

Water damage can impact mechanical systems and structural components in many ways, and remediation is essential. There are several principles and established techniques that professionals use to mitigate the damage and salvage items, but each situation requires a unique solution. To do the right thing if you experience such events as a Sparta resident, we advise you to seek specialized expertise.

When we are attending to water damage in Sparta, our SERVPRO technicians use detection and monitoring equipment to identify wet areas. After locating such regions, we measure their level of wetness and compare the results to the standard moisture levels. Some of the devices we use to do this job include moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermo-hygrometers.

If our SERVPRO technicians are trying to detect moisture levels in soft materials, then using a moisture meter is an option. The device's sharp probes penetrate through the content and determine how far the water has traveled. When it detects the presence of water, a beeping sound goes off, and a light blinks. It is a handy tool during the initial stages of the inspection, although, it cannot give us the actual amount of moisture in surfaces.

To find the actual moisture content in a material, our SERVPRO technicians use a moisture meter. We have penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters. Those with penetration capabilities have probes that do the job, while the nonpenetrating meters have sensors which can provide a reading once we place them on surfaces. We take multiple readings at different layers and then average them before, during and after drying to find out whether the methods are working.

Measuring the relative humidity (RH) and temperature of the in the rooms we are working in is equally important, and we do that using a thermo-hygrometer. When there is a high RH in the area, we can put in place dehumidifiers to absorb the additional moisture.

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SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is a dedicated industry leader that performs fire, water, mold, and storm damage restoration. Call us at (931) 250-5333 at any time of the day if you need industry proven services that work.

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Discovering Widespread Mold Damage In Your Crossville Home

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture in Damp Basements of Crossville Homes Leads to Mold Damage Needing Remediation from SERVPRO

Fast and Professional Remediation Limits the Negative Effects of a Mold Infestation

You might get surprised to learn how frequently Crossville homes get impacted by mold growth; you might be even more surprised to learn how likely such an occurrence is in your own residence. This possibility is even more likely in areas that are prone to dampness and moisture but are not heavily traveled such as your basement and lower levels of your home. Mold can grow and expand throughout this area and all of its stored contents without you even realizing it.

In order for mold damage to happen to your Crossville residence, only a couple of factors need to be present. Warmer temperatures and moisture and dampness must exist in the environment. When these two elements are available dormant mold spores in the environment can thrive on organic materials present in this region of your home.

While the severity of this condition depends on when you first discover it and contact the appropriate remediators to resolve the issue, regular inspections to these less frequented areas of your home can help prevent widespread damages. Our SERVPRO professionals can perform this inspection if you are unsure as to what you need to be on the lookout for regarding mold growth, not to mention that our inspection methods are far more intricate and advanced than merely walking through the house. However, we do not do mold testing. If this is needed, and if mold is uncovered, it typically is not, then we would refer you to an outside, independent testing company.

When damage, being found that requires remediation, work gets done quickly to section off this area to prevent the spread of spores while the work is underway. If the mold damage is severe enough to require removal of these elements, the damaged areas get walled off for demolition and reinstallation. The new materials, before hanging, get sprayed with an antimicrobial solution to make them less prone to mold growth in the future.

Fighting off mold in your home might require several different approaches. No matter what your home might need to get restored and the mold damage removed, you can always trust in the applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties to take care of it. Give us a call today at (931) 250-5333.

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You Should Contact Professional Restoration Services If a Storm Has Caused Havoc in Your Home

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Count on SERVPRO to help address all of the areas affected by water damage.

When water enters your home from a storm call SERVPRO for a thorough assessment

A severe storm can cause water damage inside of 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 the damaging water 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.

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 are in need of 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.

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Removing Commercial Mold Damage In Crossville

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

In a business like a Crossville pet store, commercial mold damage cleanup centers around the property, rather than the structure.

Commercial Mold Damage

Mold spores are present in every Crossville business. The only difference between them is how a restoration service cleans and removes the mold. A pet store, as an example, is treated differently than a standard office setting.

In a business like a Crossville pet store, commercial mold damage cleanup centers around the property, rather than the structure. In our experience, SERVPRO restoration teams do not have to deal with carpets and much of the building material damage that often comes with a mold infestation.

With a pet store, our teams deal primarily with the retail, front of the business and the storage area in the back. There may also be a private office for the manager, but it is usually small, and our team restores it fairly quickly.

Mold only grows when there is enough water, a food source, and the temperature is between 68 and 86 degrees. While mold does not usually consume padded items like dog beds or scratching posts, the infestation renders them unsafe to sell, since mold can ruin the appearance of an item and the spores can adversely affect some people.

The spores also are easily spread by air currents and by ordinary foot traffic. That means there can be multiple points of infestation, which makes finding the source of the mold more difficult for a SERVPRO inspector.

If there is mold across much of the store, our restoration teams use dry and wet methods. To begin with, they wipe down every surface, including the walls, with dry sponges. The dry method often removes most of the spores and allows us to leave the animals, fish, and reptiles in place.

When this is not enough, our teams use an anti-fungal cleaner to wet a sponge. The cleaner breaks up the mold and lets the technician wipe it from the surface. The wet wiping method usually cleans up the rest of the mold from tables, storage racks, cardboard boxes, and most exposed property.

If there is a small amount of mold left or the item needs a more thorough cleaning, our team may need the store owner to move the animals from the affected area. Our technicians then either spray everything in place or use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove the mold. For very thick layers of mold, they may need to use both methods.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is to help you reopen your business as quickly and safely as possible. If you need our assistance, contact our team today at (931) 250-5333 with any questions or to schedule a visit.

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Addressing Minor Symptoms of Fire Damage In Your Harriman Home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team can help clean and restore fire damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Here to Help When Fire Damage Strikes Your Home in Harriman

Fires in your Harriman home might not always be the variety that forces you to relocate until an extensive reconstruction project completes. While you might be grateful that the damage was not too severe, there are still going to be lingering effects that make comfortable living challenging to manage. Instead of trying to work around these effects, or clean them up on your own, trust in the experience and efficiency of professional restoration services.

While the fire damage to your Harriman home might primarily be superficial, this is still something that you are going to want to address to move forward from the traumatic event. SERVPRO technicians get uniquely trained to deal with all facets of fire damage and the best approaches to restoring the damage to your home. This training makes our team qualified to handle any symptom that you might face in your house following a fire of any size.

Most typically, homeowners worry about the soot and smoke damages to their home along with a smell that overpowers the affected areas. For the soot and smoke, our technicians utilize several different strategies to clean up the damaged areas and prepare them for resurfacing and repainting. Often this process merely involves concentrated cleaning efforts on the walls, ceilings, and floors. Debris in the air can get addressed with an air scrubber fitted with a HEPA filter.

Combatting the noxious odor that exists in the affected areas involves another set of equipment and practices. Our SERVPRO professionals use our thermal foggers to introduce an odorless chemical solution into the environment in these regions. This chemical interacts with the harsh smell, neutralizing it at a molecular level to leave behind no scent at all.

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These are just a several of ways that our experienced team can help you through what might initially seem like minor symptoms of a recent fire. Trust that our SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team of experienced restoration specialists can help you through any lingering effect that makes it difficult to live comfortably in your home. Give us a call anytime you need us at (931) 250-5333.

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Why Using the Right Equipment Counts During Water Removal in Sparta

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is sometimes readily apparent but often lies behind walls. Contact SERVPRO to make sure your property is adequately dried out.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Accurately Measure Moisture Levels on Your Property


Water removal is one of the most important services you need as you work towards returning your damaged properties to their preloss state after the disaster. Remember, you might not be thinking straight after such events, and we recommend that you work with an experienced service provider. If you want to prevent further damage to your Sparta home, you should also act quickly.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive restoration training and use IICRC-approved techniques when offering water removal services in Sparta. If you seek mitigation services as soon as you can, then you can avoid a situation where you have to replace most of your items and save money. Using the right tools also contributes a lot to the success and quality of the remediation.
 
While sometimes it can be easy to locate the places affected by the water, there are instances where our SERVPRO technicians have to use water detection equipment. Apart from detecting moisture presence, these tools help us know whether we have attained the standard moisture content at the end of the remediation. If we have to identify if there is water in carpets or baseboards, we can use moisture sensors and meters. When we need to measure both the relative humidity (RH) and the temperature, can use thermohygrometers.
 
After extracting the water using either truck-mounted or portable extractors, it is time to dry your property. To speed up evaporation, we set-up space heater and air movers. With time, the surrounding air might become so much saturated with water vapor, and we have to extract the moisture before it condenses. Here, we can use refrigerant dehumidifiers or desiccant dehumidifiers to absorb the extra moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians always take readings so that at the end of the restoration we make sure we attain the required standards.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is a trusted leader in mold, fire, storm and water restoration. Call us at (931) 250-5333, and we can have your property appear “Like it never even happened.”
 
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Excessive Moisture Feeds Mold Spores In Your Crossville Home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Protects Against Structural Damage to Your Crossville Property--Call the Experts for Help--SERVPRO

SERVPRO Says--Remove the Moisture for a Thorough Mold Remediation Service

You might be under the impression that some moisture in your house, especially during the humid months might be normal for your Crossville home. The trouble is that most people do not fully appreciate the conditions that are a requirement to grow mold and fungal organisms in these moist areas of your house. With just slightly elevated temperatures and moisture in the air, spores have the resources that they need to seat on organic materials and grow into colonies.

Fighting mold damage in your Crossville home can be a challenge if the colonies are already widespread. Regardless of the severity, choosing professional mold remediation is a smart choice. This choice ensures that the job gets done promptly and professionally, limiting the possibility of it recurring after a short time
 
Our SERVPRO professionals get specially trained in the latest techniques and most modern equipment to remove mold colonies and to remediate the damage that mold and fungal growth can do to your home. From the expertise regarding the proper PPE to wear to prevent exposure to the quarantine and remediation processes themselves, you are in good hands.
 
Once our team of specialists arrives at your home, setting up a containment of the affected area to prevent the spread of active spores is critical to stopping the damage. To minimize stoppage of spore activity, your air circulation appliances and equipment need to get shut off during the entire remediation process.
 
Lessening the moisture in the air is another critical component of the remediation process. By eliminating the dampness, spores and colonies have lost their source of water to continue growing and thriving. The method of mold remediation begins with an inspection of the entire area to locate the point where the water and moisture have gotten through and into the room. Dehumidification equipment gets used to pull moisture from the air and may get encouraged to continue in areas that are prone to stay damp.
 
When you find mold growing in your home, you should waste little time in reaching out to SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties. Our experienced and professional remediation specialists can help you to eliminate the issue and restore the damage that mold has caused. Give us a call today at (931) 250-5333.

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Restoration is Possible After Severe Fire Damage Happens to Your Crab Orchard Home

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

When you are facing damage after a fire at your home, SERVPRO is the restoration company to call for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow a Plan to Restore Your Home After Fire Damage

Crab Orchard residences offer those in our community a sense of peace and safety from the rest of the world. Disasters that keep a home unlivable can happen without any warning to the occupants, even though individuals remained diligent in taking various precautions to prevent such events from taking place.
 
Even if homeowners took all possible hazards into account, fire damage in Crab Orchard could still happen. Lightning strikes can cause a fire to happen, quickly destroying a home. Furnaces and other heating equipment can malfunction and start fires. Cooking fires quickly get out of control because of their surprisingly fierce moment of initial combustion that steals precious moments of reaction time.
 
Many times, homes sustain only a bit of damage that restoration crews can quickly mitigate. When a house fire guts a home, destroying a majority of its interior or ripping a section of exterior wall out, only an experienced restoration company can sufficiently perform the complicated work required. The highly trained technicians at SERVPRO hold IICRC certificates in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and other areas of restoration science, making them capable of performing the work required.
 
When a fire causes so much damage that the home's interior surfaces need replacing in their entirety, some of the interior frameworks might also require some minor controlled demolition. When we encounter such situations, detailed discussion with the homeowners takes place. Although this may seem like a horrific situation on top of an already terrible one, it also opens up opportunities for new floor plans.
 
A new floor plan may involve the entire home or only certain parts. The extra work involved typically does not cost much more than it does to restore using the original floor plans but can increase the worth of your home significantly. The result can also make recovering from the fire much more comfortable for your family members.
 
As we prepare everything in your home for the reconstruction work, we eliminate all safety risks. Removing all charred materials, we also pull out and remove the carpet tack strips, remaining fasteners from sections of the desired framework, and any glass on the floors. We cover over sections of flooring that became damaged during the fire to provide a temporary floor. We always keep worker safety in mind as we work, both for our own employees and for those that follow us.
 
After the completion of all reconstruction work and your family returns home again, odors can begin manifesting, especially whenever humidity or heat spike. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) understands how this can affect your family. Using thermal fogging can often remove such bothersome odors, as can machinery that produces odor-eliminating gases. Other deodorizing techniques can help in especially problematic areas.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties serves the local inhabitants around the area, from Sparta to Fairfield Glade, helping ensure that homeowners can provide a safe and beautiful home for their families. When fire damage threatens your home, call us at (931) 250-5333. We answer our phone 24/7, every day of the year.

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Fighting Mold Damage In Your Crossville Bakery

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation to Your Bakery or Other Eatery in Crossville

Trust SERVPRO to Protect Your Food Establishment with Professional Mold Remediation

Your Crossville bakery heavily relies on the foot traffic that comes through the door to stay afloat and succeed through the rise and falls of peak seasons. Even with a highly successful establishment, you really cannot afford for disasters or damages to occur that could potentially close off your doors to your clients and those passersby that might wish to try out your creations.
 
That is why the discovery of mold damage in your Crossville bakery is nothing to shrug off and attempt to clean on your own. It is common knowledge at this point that mold can cause health effects, which can be a harmful situation for you and your staff, not to mention the countless customers that frequent the storefront. Instead of allowing this to continue, or attempting to resolve the issue on your own, it is best left to professional remediation services to rectify the problem quickly and get your doors and kitchen back up and running.
 
The problem with attempting to take care of mold damage on your own is that conventional cleaning methods are rarely effective against even the most ordinary varieties of fungal growth, as they fail to reach the entire organism. Instead of allowing the problem to occur again and again from inadequate removal techniques, it is time to trust our experienced and professional SERVPRO team.
 
From the moment that we arrive, we can address primary concerns like the cause of the mold damage. Surprisingly, in many cases, it has a great deal to do with improper exhaust setups that allow steam and moisture to remain trapped in the warm kitchen. When these two components are constant, you have the right scenario for mold growth.
 
Our SERVPRO remediation specialists get thoroughly trained to handle all varieties of fungal growth, and our remediation and removal techniques come straight from the high standards set in place by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification organization. This certification ensures that our technicians have the skills and the experience with the appropriate equipment to remediate the mold damage to your business and get you back to serving customers quickly. In the case of food service inspections, documented proof of mold remediation can be an added positive feature.
 
When you first discover mold damage in your bakery, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties. Our experienced remediation specialists can be reached anytime at (931) 250-5333.

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Making Preparations To Deal With Flood Damage In Your Sparta Area Home

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Storm Damaged Properties in the Sparta Area

The Emergency READY Profile Plan Offered by SERVPRO Helps You Prepare for Storm Incidents

Flash floods often occur in every region of the United States as a result of massive rainfall or rapid thaw of winter snow. Sparta city drains, dams or levees can fail, causing events that maybe no one has prepared to overcome.  

There are many low-lying areas near river beds or coastlines, sections where predominant surfaces lead to extensive flood damage in your Sparta home. Water from flash floods can severely damage structures in its path. All it takes is 2-ft of fast-moving floodwater to sweep vehicles away, knock trees over, or level buildings.
 
Flash floods rarely come with a warning, making preparations necessary to protect your family and property. It helps to create and practice an evacuation plan for every member of your household. Make sure that everyone understands their role, knows where to go, and take the proper steps to protect contents and personal belongings you may have to leave behind. Request a free consultation from SERVPRO to offer our ERP, Emergency READY Profile Plan that can mitigate damages by being as prepared as possible.

Since flooding often leads to the possibility of both electrical and fire damage, ensure that every adult in your home knows how to turn off the primary gas, water, and electric services. Always make sure to contact your insurance company to update your flood damage insurance policy, and contact a trusted restoration company, like SERVPRO, for assistance preparing and restoring your property.
Take a complete inventory of personal belongings, contents, and valuable items in your home. Store your insurance policies, deeds, and relevant documents such as your property records or vehicle ownership papers in a safety deposit box located on an upper floor to help them survive any size event.  

We strongly suggest utilizing our ERP Plan to have your valuables, documents, and much more secure. Make preparations before storms get out of hand, store lawn furniture, outdoor hoses, awnings, or barbeque equipment. Do your yearly pruning, keep tree branches or shrubbery under control, maintain your eves and downspouts, keep on top of anything that might cause problems during heavy winds or rain.  

Contact SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties for access to IICRC-industry certified technicians, 24-hours a day, throughout the area including Lake Tansi and Doyle. We provide quality cleanup and restoration services you can trust. (931) 250-5333

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Cleaning Fire Damage from an Oven Fire in Your Sparta Home

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Sparta Kitchen FIre and Smoke Damage? No Problem, Call SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore Smoke and Oil Fire Damage in Kitchens

Kitchens are the focal point of most homes in Sparta. It is where family meals are made, and conversations are had. While it is an essential location in every home when a fire erupts what happens next? Besides stoves or microwave oven fires, your regular oven can burst into flames as well. It often results from leaving it unattended for a long time, an overflow of foods, food scraps burning on the bottom of the oven, or splattering grease or fat. It is essential to clean the coils and oven routinely, monitor food while cooking and use a lid or tin foil to contain items which can boil over.
 
If your oven has caused a fire in your Sparta home, you need to attend to the fire damage as soon as possible after the fire is out. Damage such as this is best left to professionals, like our team at SERVPRO. We have the training and proper tools to assist you in getting your home clean and make any necessary repairs and also suggest others for large reconstruction needs so you can return to a safe home again.
 
After a fire, the first 24 to 48 hours are essential when it comes to recovery. Our fast emergency response quickly stabilizes your home and ensures that we can recover as much of your property as possible. The smoke and acidic smoke damage which is many times made when fires are extinguished accelerate the corrosion and deterioration of components of your structure. Besides this, fires are frequently put out with water or even dry chemicals.
 
SERVPRO's restoration process includes mitigating the damage and providing water restoration and smoke damage cleanup as fast as possible after the original damage happened. Contents in your home also need to be evaluated for recovery based on things such as the effect of heat and smoke, replacement vs. restoration, loss of use, sentimental value and decreased life expectancy.
 
Our restoration services can include demolition, soot removal, emergency board up, and thermal deodorization for smoke damage mitigation. For large remodeling and rehabilitation services, we can call in other professionals to help us.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties works fast to restore your home in Wartburg, Sunbright, or Crab Orchard after a fire, as we understand that the longer your home sits, the more damage is done. Give us a call at (931) 250-5333 as soon as the fire is out so we can help you.

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Water Damage Specialists in Sparta

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

If the water line on your washing machine breaks, you may not know until a great deal of damage has been caused. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene Equipped to Remediate After Your Water Damage Event

Sometimes appliances break and water spills into your Sparta home. For example, if a water line breaks on your washing machine, your utility closet can fill up with standing water quickly. Even if the water did not spread outside of the closet, mitigation work is still needed.

Not all water damage situations seem like major problems. However, any time water gets where it is not supposed to be, SERVPRO's water damage experts in Sparta are here to help. Even though the problem may seem minor, worse problems can come about if the damage does not get professional attention.
When standing water stays in an area for an extended period, other problems arise. Water can soak into the walls and flooring of the closet and spread moisture to other areas of your home. If moisture seeps deep into the walls or flooring material, damage of structural materials is possible. If organic materials stay wet for a long time, it is possible to have a mold problem in the future.

When you call the IICRC certified crew at SERVPRO, we have experience in preventing future problems from arising in your home. After the leaking washing machine gets repaired, the water restoration crew comes in and removes the appliances out of the closet to assess the damage. At this point, our team uses their extraction equipment to vacuum up all of the standing water around. After all standing water is gone, our water damage crew uses moisture testing equipment to see which materials the water soaked.

If our experts see flooring or wall materials that are damaged and cannot be dried out and repaired, then they get removed. If moisture levels are high and materials are not yet damaged, then drying can occur. Most times our restoration specialists remove the closet's baseboard so that air can get underneath the drywall. We then set up air movers and possibly a dehumidifier in the closet and dry all of the moisture out of the area. Once moisture levels inside the flooring and walls are back to normal, we remove all of our drying equipment.

Water damage experts can help even if a water damage scenario seems minor. If you have a small water damage issue inside your utility closet call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan, & White Counties at (931) 250-5333, for assistance 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Sustaining Flood Damage in Sparta is a Situation from which Your Family Can Recover

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage can leave you stressed and not knowing what to do next, call SERVPRO for expert remediation services.

The Sooner You Call SERVPRO, the Better the Results

Flooding, to many people in Sparta, is an unwanted aspect of the warmer days during the end of Winter and the beginning of substantial showers during Spring. To add to the complications involved in preparing for such catastrophes, floodplains frequently change.

Residents in Sparta may not realize how horrific flood damage can affect a home until it happens to them. Every inch of your home's floor becomes invisible, replaced by a watery blanket. In this blanket of water, debris such as sticks, small animals, fish, garbage, and other things float around. As the water recedes, some of these things become wedged into the small areas of your home, under furniture, behind doors, up against walls, and many other places. Removing these foreign items helps give homeowners a sense of control again, but anyone engaging in this should proceed cautiously.

At SERVPRO, we know how to help by guiding homeowners through the entire process. Many people who call because of the floodwaters in their home cannot hide the level of anxiety they feel. We help calm people with facts and reassurances. Our IICRC certified technicians can help your family recover much of what seems lost. Because the materials vary widely inside your home, from building materials to personal belongings and household furnishings, we also use many different methods to restore homes and the contents of those homes.

Because we work as quickly as possible in restoring your home, your family can soon return to normal, everyday living. Routines help decrease stress, so we know their absence can harm your children, and we would like to prevent this from happening. We gain a tremendous amount of satisfaction in handing a child a favorite stuffed toy they thought disappeared forever.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties wants to help your family regain the lives you thought had changed forever. Contact us at our local number, (931) 250-5333, for the latest in technology and an experienced crew who can help mitigate any level of flood damage safely and efficiently.

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Professional Commercial Water Removal In Sparta

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Sparta Bistros and Bars Stay Open After Water Damage with SERVPRO's Hard Work

SERVPRO Rapidly Extracts Water from Sparta Businesses to Keep the Door Open

Accidents not only happen at home, sometimes things happen to businesses as well. It is a horrible way to start your day when you go to work and find out that something happened to your Sparta company building. Commercial buildings are not immune to having bad things happen to them. When a tragedy at your place of business takes place, there are other things to consider besides just getting the problem fixed.
 
When an emergency takes place and damages your home, repairing the problem is usually all that is involved in damage mitigation. When dealing with commercial water removal in Sparta, there are other factors that our experts at SERVPRO consider. Our crews always fix the problem as usual, but the way in which the problem gets restored may be different than damage mitigation at a private residence.
 
In the instance that water damage takes place in your business, SERVPRO does everything it can to make sure the water intrusion impacts your daily business affairs as little as possible. Our WRT technicians can figure out how to not only fix the problem if it is minor, but keep you from losing money from loss of revenue. When mitigating commercial property, we aim to keep the business disruption-free as possible.
 
Our job is to make the mitigation process as inexpensive yet comprehensive as possible while still making sure the job gets done right. For example, if you own a bar and restaurant and your sprinkler system malfunctioned in the middle of the night, by going off and flooding the entire building, you might need emergency service for water extraction. Perhaps your business is only open from 3 PM to 11 PM, but you do an excessive amount of business during that time. Our crews can change their schedule to complete the mitigation work during the business' after-hours so that you do not lose out on any revenue. By being flexible, small and large business owners and management companies realize that SERVPRO is there to help.
 
Our crews are experienced with reducing downtime from damage to commercial properties and can work hard towards preventing loss of revenue and inconvenience to your customers. If your business suffers any water damage, call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (930) 250-5333 for help 24/7.

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Dry Rot Areas in Floors can Indicate Existing Mold Damage in Crossville Homes

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Cleanup in a Crossville Home Is More Complicated that Throwing Away a Petri Dish--Call SERVPRO

Expert SERVPRO Service Mitigates the Effects of Mold Infestations

It is very easy to track large amounts of rain and snowfall into your Crossville home when coming in from outside. Children's snowsuits can also hold a lot of water in their insulating fibers. Allowing saturated outerwear to drip dry near the front or back door can lead to problems over time.  

Moisture in your Crossville home can easily cause mold damage when it can freely travel around inside. Water evaporates readily only to condense elsewhere, always in the search for equilibrium. It is difficult to achieve this balance, so the cycle produces a continuous source allowing for microbes to develop into mold and mildew. When weather causes large amounts of moisture to collect near your entryways, problems can begin to develop.

Soggy carpet that seems to dry out can trick you while the moisture seeps into the padding and the underlying floorboards. Even a space heater can fail in situations like this because it only forces the moisture to evaporate, with no means to collect that same moisture. Instead of developing mold and mildew on the lower areas near the door, higher areas become more prone, instead.

To prevent this from becoming a problem, hanging wet clothes over the tub can contain the water and allow it to drain away safely. Placing shoes and boots on a rack, also in the tub, and then running them through the clothes dryer after they dry a bit can help keep moisture in the home from rising too much. Many factors can contribute to excess humidity in the home, why not eliminate known sources?

SERVPRO technicians hold certificates from the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). We understand how mold colonies live, travel, and affect your home. Because mold eats at the materials it infiltrates, these weaken and form soft areas. Mold does not stay in one place and travels via spores into other areas of your dwelling. Our moisture meters detect areas that contain elevated levels of moisture, which we can dry out, pointing us in the direction of possible mold colonization.

To help kill any mold that somehow escaped, we use hydroxyl generating machines because of the safety of the gas produced. Unlike ozone, hydroxyl does not require people and pets to stay out of the treated area. We can also safely treat areas with damp carpet or plants when using hydroxyl. Using this also provides us with excellent results. Air scrubbers are also used during demolition and restoration work to capture mold debris and spores in HEPA filtered devices.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is ready to help you combat mold damage in your home. Call us at (931) 250-5333 so we can remediate mold in your home through our 24-hour services.

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Getting You Back Into Your Sparta Home After Fire Is Top Priority

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Our crews are familiar with a wide range of approaches that keep the soot, smoke, and other debris contained during restoration.

Your Home After A Fire

Sparta residents have the same fear of house fires as individuals throughout the rest of the country. Perhaps the most disturbing part of suffering a home fire is the confusion and fear felt when you think you may have to evacuate. Finding fire restoration company that has strategies to keep you in your home during recovery can be a real plus.

Immediately after authorities give you the all clear for your Sparta home, line up a reputable fire damage restoration company. It's imperative that you work with an experienced company that understands the need for fast and thorough assessment and remediation. If soot and smoke damage are left without cleaning and other appropriate treatment, it can warp, etch, and discolor building materials and contents permanently, beginning immediately and worsening throughout the hours, days, and weeks post-fire. We have technicians with the training and the experience to ensure every step is done correctly and fast, bringing your devastated home back to its cozy and comfortable state.

SERVPRO carefully assesses the situation at your home before crafting a plan and getting work crews moving. Our project managers check for safety issues and help determine if areas of your house offer a healthy environment in which your loved ones can live and sleep during our work. We collaborate closely with your insurance company throughout the process and help provide the evidence needed if you do need a few nights in temporary housing for your health and welfare. Our crews are familiar with a wide range of approaches that keep the soot, smoke, and other debris contained during restoration, including state of the art air scrubbers and professional grade barriers.

As a full-service restoration company, SERVPRO can address not only the actual charring, smoke, and soot issues, but also the water and chemical extinguishing agents used to knock down the flames. Water removal and damage recovery precede the fire debris cleanup because moisture leads to secondary damage like mold growth and porous material decomposition so quickly. Once the water damage is under control, we begin cleaning surfaces with effective methods matched to the type of sooty residue. Odor removal is the last step and is the key to making your now-restored house feel like home again.

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is able to respond to all the task necessary to restore your home after the fire. Call (931) 250-5333 for our speedy dispatch service.

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Cleaning Commercial Water Damage in Your Crossville Diner After a Sink Leak

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Diners, Leaks, Water Damage, Crossville, and SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Help Keep Your Business Open During Water Removal Service

Plumbing leaks in your commercial kitchen can be very frustrating, and leaks under your sink in your Crossville diner can be even more perplexing. Kitchen leaks can occur from various sources, and can sometimes be mistaken for a leaking drain pipe. Being able to pinpoint the source of the leak helps to expedite getting it fixed, but either way, it needs to get repaired right away.
 
The sink in your luncheonette in Crossville gets used every day, pretty much non-stop while you are open for business. Dealing with commercial water damage from such a leak is not only inconvenient for your daily operations, but can pose a danger to your employees from wet flooring around the sink area. SERVPRO staff can come quickly to help you possibly fix the source of the leak, but at least to clean up any water and mitigate damage.
 
Structures which are water-damaged, as well as some of our cleanup procedures, can create slip, trip, and fall hazards. Wet surfaces are usually slick, and power cords and equipment hoses can be a tripping hazard. Therefore, we post warning signs and alert your staff about such dangers while we are working.
 
People may not recognize the potential hazard of walking from a wet carpet to a hard floor. Wet shoes might not slip much on carpeting, but when someone steps onto hard flooring, a severe slip hazard is present. We ensure that everyone understands this hazard.
 
Power cords and hoses can become tangled during emergency SERVPRO services. During the stage of drying, cords can be a problem. We always tape down or gather cords with a Velcro belt or zip tie to avoid this danger.
 
After all the water and moisture are removed, we also sanitize the affected area to prevent any microbial growth. Moisture meters are also used to find any moisture which may be hidden.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties understands the necessity to work quickly and thoroughly to get your business serving food. If your diner is located in Sparta, Lake Tansi, or Crossville, you can reach us at any time by dialing (931) 250-5333.

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We Eliminate Odors from Mold Damage in Crossville at the Source

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Our professional team uses the latest technology to detect where the hidden mold is coming from in your home.

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Infestations And Odors From Your Crossville Home

Odors can often be among the most troubling parts of a mold colony in your home. Some types of mold emit strong, foul or musty odors that can persist for months or years after the mold dies off. Less experienced mold remediation companies sometimes leave smells behind as a telling indicator of past damage in the area. SERVPRO makes a point to eliminate all odors that result from mold damage in Crossville, using our detailed inspections data and specially-designed equipment to find the odor's source and eliminate it.

Finding the Source

In most cases, the origin of these foul smells in your home should be centered around the physical, visible mold damage in your Crossville home. However, this may not be the only offending spot: there could be additional mold patches in other parts of the area, collections of odorous particles in or near air vents, or additional unnatural odors in the home. We find the source of these smells using our state-of-the-art inspection and detection equipment, which includes devices such as water sensors and thermohygrometers to find additional sources of smell and odor.

Removing the Odors

Just knowing where the smell is coming from is not very useful unless you also have a plan to remove the odor from the area. SERVPRO uses industrial-strength fogging machines to distribute an even, far-reaching deodorizing fog that seeks out and neutralizes odor-causing particles in the air and your home's materials.

Preventing Future Problems

Our mold remediation service is designed to be thorough so that you should have as little chance as possible at suffering another mold infestation in the future. By eliminating sources of excess water, removing and sanitizing visible mold growth, and filtering spores from the air, we help to stop future problems before they ever get an opportunity to start growing.

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SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is available around the clock, every day of the week to respond to your call for help. If your home may have signs of mold damage, call us at (931) 250-5333.

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Professional Water Removal in Crossville

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

Whether it's your hot water heater or other appliance that leaked, water damage feeds dormant mold spores in your home. Contact SERVPRO to prevent.

SERVPRO Technicians Investigate to Find ANY and ALL Hidden Pockets of Water Before Secondary Damage Spreads Through Your Home

Water can be difficult to remove from all areas of your Crossville home. Investing in professional help to be certain it is evacuated completely is an investment you will not regret. The average homeowner does not own the equipment or the skills to complete the job easily, but we have both available 24 hours a day.
 
The destructive action of water can be hard to imagine since we also rely upon it daily for drinking and cleansing. When it collects inside your home because of plumbing leaks, negligence, or natural disasters like flooding it is urgent to find a Crossville professional for fast water removal. Our work crews are familiar with efficient methods to get the water out and finish the task with proper drying strategies.
 
Building materials make water removal harder as they absorb the moisture and allow it to pool up in hard to locate recesses. SERVPRO technicians respond to these challenges with training in accurate moisture measurement and technological advances like scanners that help us detect areas where water hides. It is relatively straightforward to pump out and use vacuum extractors to attack visible standing water after a water heater bursts, for example. Quickly responding to this acute problem resolves the situation without much additional work.
 
If the heater slowly leaked over a period of time instead, the water may have seeped into the cells of a cinder block wall or collected between the subfloor and the vapor barrier to your crawl space. Removing that water is trickier but just as necessary because otherwise it deteriorates your home’s foundation and creates the optimum environment for mold growth if it remains for several days. Our SERVPRO crews are educated in the characteristics of water intrusions from many sources and use their skills and experience to find and eradicate all the moisture.
 
Our focus is on restoration, not demolition and replacement, so expect persistence and creativity from SERVPRO as we search for and release hidden pockets of water. We may use long wands to suction water out of areas between walls or drill small holes at the bottom of walls to release trapped moisture. Throughout the process, we plan for the least disruptive way to accomplish the most good and follow that lead.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is eager to assist with your water removal needs. Call (931) 250-5333 to arrange for a professional evaluation.
 
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Cleaning and Drying Commercial Water Damage in Crossville

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO in Crossville for Commercial Carpet Cleaning After Water Damage to Your Business

Count on SERVPRO to Minimize Your Business Downtime After Water Intrusion

Flooding can shut down a Crossville business for a day or much longer. If there is an excessive amount of water, the time needed to repair and restore can take over a week.

Commercial water damage affects Crossville businesses differently. The type of business determines how SERVPRO performs specific tasks and if the emphasis is on removal or cleaning. For a warehouse operation, drying the floors and lowering the interior humidity is the essential points. For a child care center, we place more initial emphasis on the cleanliness and safety of the facility.
 
Carpets and the floor pads used to protect from falls trap a significant amount of water within and underneath them. Once we remove any standing water, our next step is to dry out not just the carpets and pads, but the floor underneath. This service does depend on the amount of water, its cleanliness, and the cost-effectiveness of restoring rather than replacing.
 
To reduce the disruption to the business, we prefer lifting an entry and exit point for both and then using a series of air movers to force warm, dry air under the floor covering and across the concrete surface underneath.
 
Those are not the only items we check for water and rot. Drywall is very vulnerable when it becomes wet. If too water-logged, a panel can crumble at a touch or fall apart in the hands of someone trying to remove it. If the drywall is not too wet, technicians can dry it using air movers and box fans. We place the first devices to blow warm, dry air over the damp surface; adjusting the temperature and airflow speed against the amount of moisture trapped inside. The airflow forces moisture out of the affected panel and carries it in the direction of the box fan to blow it outside of the structure. Small holes can be drilled to inject circulating air to enhance the drying time.
 
For both drywall and floors, water damage also brings the potential threat of mold. In a childcare business, we recommend spraying every surface with an anti-fungal cleaner. In the case of carpets, allow SERVPRO technicians to use an anti-bacterial shampoo to ensure their cleanliness.
 
For some businesses, merely reopening the doors is not enough. SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties understands that customer service sometimes means customer protection as well. We have decades of experience to help take care of every business, no matter how small their customers may be. Call us today at (931) 250-5333.

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Tracking Excess Moisture After Flood Damage in Crossville

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Hidden Moisture After Flooding in Crossvile Calls for SERVPRO Inspection and Abatement

SERVPRO Uses Measuring Devices for On-Going Flood Damage Scoping

Floods are often among the most difficult disasters to clean up thanks to their far-reaching and costly consequences. Floodwaters in Crossville can seep into the deepest nooks and crannies of your home, causing severe structural damage over time.

Finding hidden pockets of moisture and liquid water is equally important as repairing the initial effects of flood damage in your Crossville home, as these pockets may go undetected for years at a time until their effects are so pronounced as to be impossible to ignore. SERVPRO technicians are armed with an array of tools to help find pockets of moisture in your home and determine for certain whether or not the environment is stable.

Moisture Sensors
Hand-held moisture sensors are used in Crossville flood damage jobs by our technicians to find pockets of moisture hidden in walls, floors, and furniture. Even after our thorough drying process, some moisture can remain, and these devices allow us to hunt down and eliminate the last vestiges of water in your home. Once we find signs of moisture in an area, our technicians then create a plan to address the problem, be it a simple air-drying solution or more thorough drying process involving the best technology SERVPRO has to offer.
 
Moisture Meters
Moisture meters are used on wet materials to determine exact moisture contents of the material. Using this data, we can plot out moisture patterns across the room and determine our approach to the solution. These devices are critical for the successful implementation of air movers, devices that create powerful wind currents in a specific direction and pattern.
 
Thermohygrometers
Thermo-hygrometers are used both for tongue twisters and to measure atmospheric conditions in your home. These devices allow us to pinpoint exact readings of temperature and humidity, providing valuable information on how effective our dehumidification process is. Keeping track of humidity is essential, as higher readouts may lead to oxidation of metals and allow for mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties is ready around the clock to respond to calls for help from residents. Call us as soon as possible at (931) 250-5333.

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Mold Damage Remediation You Can Trust in Crossville

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can damage many things like walls in your home. Contact SERVPRO when you first see or smell mold for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Find the Mold Infestation Cause Before Finishing Remediation

Our community has a modern history stretching back over 200 years. If your historic home sustains water damage that goes unheeded, you may be facing microbial growth that damages the structure of your dwelling and causes an unpleasant smell that pervades your interior. Although only a medical professional can make the connection, individuals with sensitivity to high mold levels can suffer health effects where growth is ongoing.
 
Trust the abatement of mold damage in your Crossville home to a restoration company that seeks out and uses only research-based methods to contain and remove mold. We use protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when remediating a mold outbreak in your home.
 
A key component of the EPA approach is containment throughout the process. SERVPRO offers homeowners state of the art negative pressure air scrubbers to vent the area affected. High-efficiency HEPA filters catch moldy particles, and we also drape the space with the colonies with heavy-duty plastic sheeting to limit reintroduction of the mold into other areas of the home as much as possible.
 
Once contained, the moldy material is removed. If the colonies infest porous surfaces, the SERVPRO crew may have to remove some structures as well. If we are not certain all of the mold is gone, we risk immediate reinfection. The mold and attached materials must be discarded according to local hazardous waste regulations. SERVPRO is familiar with that procedure.
 
We then apply professional antimicrobials to surfaces to reduce the possibility of regrowth. HEPA filtered vacuums remove additional debris. We replace materials removed and complete finishing touches like painting or finishing new wood surfaces. As we get closer to the finish, we make certain the moisture source that fueled the mold damage is located and eliminated. Minimizing moisture is the only way to avoid mold growth.
 
The last step is to use deodorization techniques if an unpleasant smell lingers. Cover-ups are ineffective. SERVPRO odor elimination specialists work through a range of methods until one works. The strategies range from a thorough cleaning to technologies like thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators.
 
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties has trained technicians and professional equipment to remediate mold in your home. Call (931) 250-5333 for a consultation if you suspect spores are reproducing. The integrity of your home’s structure and healthy indoor air quality depend upon it.

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Professional Water Damage Solutions in Crossville

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

If your washing machine, dishwasher or other equipment breaks and sends a great amount of water onto your floors, it's time to quickly call SERVPRO.

Our Certified and Equipped SERVPRO Technicians are Standing by Ready to Dry Out Your Property After an Event

Water has the regrettable ability to damage everything, including the structure, fixtures, and contents of your Crossville property. It also does its harm fast, hardly allowing for a homeowner to make rational decisions about how to respond before secondary damages begin to mount up as well. We have experience in water damage response second to none, with our local franchise supported by a nationwide network of industry leaders.
 
You have the misfortune of watching as your washing machine discharged over 30 gallons of soapy and dirty water across your laundry room floor. Quick action is critical to keep this water damage in Crossville limited in scope within your home. A water damage response team dispatched to your location takes control of the situation readily, working with you and opening a line of communication with your insurance company to minimize your out of pocket costs.
 
Our SERVPRO crew begins the job with powerful extraction equipment designed to rid the laundry room of water swiftly. The water involved is gray, or slightly contaminated, and we discard it according to local rules. A crew member uses probes to assess the moisture levels in the flooring as others make sure to gauge the extent of any leakage into other levels or rooms of your home. We establish drying goals and position and turn on air movers and dehumidifiers to achieve those targets.
 
We look to see if water leaked through the floor or down a wall into another room. If so, crew members make efforts to clear out that moisture as well. Simply hoping that the water will dry up of its own volition is a mistake as drywall and ceiling tiles saturated with moisture become incubators for microbial activity and risk disintegration, bulging, and staining. Anywhere the water moved is assessed and drying goals assigned, with regular checks of moisture levels for determining when the equipment finishes the tasks.
 
Keep in mind that immediate action to resolve the water damage is typically required for your claims to be approved by an insurance company. All effects of the washer overflowing need to be mitigated in a responsible and timely way. Making a claim later for damage done now will likely be denied. We help you develop a record and document the steps you and SERVPRO took to restore your property to the condition enjoyed before the washing machine failed.
 
Any water damage event large or small is within the scope of services offered by SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties. A call to (931) 250-5333 sends out an experienced team shortly, with all the skills and equipment needed to restore your premises.

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