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Drying Out Your Electronics After Flood Damage in Crossville

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Drying Out Your Electronics After Flood Damage in Crossville 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. 

For more information about the City of Crossville, Tennessee visit:  http://www.crossvilletn.gov/

Factors Affecting Drying After Water Damage To Your Sparta Property

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Factors Affecting Drying After Water Damage To Your Sparta Property   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.

Click here for more about the city of Sparta.

Comprehensive Fire Damage Restoration Services In Crossville

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Comprehensive Fire Damage Restoration Services In Crossville   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.

Learn more about the local fire department here.

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

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Use SERVPRO's Certified Expertise When Your Fairfield Glade Home Has Flood Damage 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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Ultimate Solution for When Fire Damage Affects Your Crossville Home

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Ultimate Solution for When Fire Damage Affects Your Crossville Home 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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Our Specialists Can Help Eliminate Mold From Your Crab Orchard Crawl Space

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

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