Recent Storm Damage Posts

Awaken Your Creative Side at Crossville’s Art Circle Public Library

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van with equipment Master the art of origami while SERVPRO masters the art of restoration in your home after a flood.

Join Crossville’s “Plateau Origami People” and Learn More about this Eastern Art Form 

Looking for something interesting and relaxing to do at the end of your workweek? Well, the “Plateau Origami People” group has just the activity for you. Come see and learn how to create new origami shapes from the group’s skilled origamists at Crossville’s Art Circle Public Library every Friday. Additional details about the weekly meetup are as follows:



The activity takes place between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

It is being held in Room 112, the Obed River Room.

It is open to everyone that is of at least high school age.  

Participants should bring their own origami paper.

Spectators welcome



At SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties, we understand the importance of creativity and how fostering it can help us in our everyday lives. In fact, we remain at the cutting edge of the flooding cleanup industry by routinely exercising our creative muscles. We are continually developing novel and innovative ways of effectively cleaning up flood damage. So, if you ever need flood damage remediation, contact us at (931) 250-5333.



What Does Cleaning Up After a Flood Entail?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Standing in flood water Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include storm flood damage. Don't let the moisture take over your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Is there flood cleanup near me? Our SERVPRO team can help Crossville homes to get back to normal after a flood. 

Cleaning is an intricate step in all of the restoration and recovery necessary for Crossville homes after a flood. Houses and businesses rely on the fast response and thorough practices of our SERVPRO team to clean up the structure after a flood. Unsurprisingly, many mitigative steps must precede the surface cleaning that the home requires. 

When you ask about flood cleanup near me in Crossville, you might have several steps and stages leading to the final result. Our professionals understand that each element of the restoration process is a piece of how easy or complicated it becomes to clean the structure once extraction and drying occur. 

Mitigation and Cleaning Practices Include Several Stages

  • Extraction: Surface water removal and trapped water removal are vital to preventing structural deterioration and secondary effects like mold growth from forming. 
  • Muck Out: With standing water removed, mud and debris become more visible and accessible for removal with wet vacuums and other cleaning approaches. 
  • Controlled Demolition: Identifying structural weaknesses and vulnerabilities leads to the need for controlled demolition. These initial steps can ultimately protect more of the building materials. 
  • Drying: Beginning the drying process involves the appropriate placement of air movers and dehumidifiers. To conserve available outlets, air movers can be connected together in a process known as daisy-chaining. 
  • Surface Cleaning: Films and residues can get left behind on structural elements. Even though much of the directly exposed materials must get discarded, we have antibacterial solvents and detergents to use on lightly exposed areas like framing and subflooring.

Cleaning up after a flood is often far more involved than eliminating surface debris and mud. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties team a call today to help at (931) 250-5333.

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.

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.

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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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." 

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

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A giant hole in the ceiling of this home after a storm We have the state of the art equipment, expertise and experience to restore your home right away. Call us right away tp prevent further damage.

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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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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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.

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

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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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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