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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

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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