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Richard Smith to Play the Palace Theatre in Crossville

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

movie theater seats with two in between each one for social distancing It will be exciting to see the community at the Palace Theatre!

Crossville Residents, Don’t Miss an Evening with Musician Richard Smith

They always say that music soothes the soul, so what better way to get back into a groove than enjoying a live performance? Richard Smith will be coming to the Palace Theatre on January 23rd, and he’s bringing his musical talents and love for guitar-playing with him. Richard is known for work performed in-studio or touring with artists such as Eric Clapton, Les Paul, and more. This event will be limited to 100 seats to ensure safe social distancing, and tickets in advance are highly suggested as this will sell out.

  • Date: Saturday, January 23rd, 20201
  • Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Where: Palace Theatre, 72 South Main Street, Crossville, TN
  • Cost: All tickets $20 – limited to 100 seats sold to allow for safe social distancing

SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties supports the local arts and live entertainment venues. Why call on us if you suspect mold damage in your home? We care about our community and the health of those living in it. We arrive promptly and get to work using proven mold remediation methods, ensuring that your interior is left Certified: SERVPRO Clean! Call us at (931) 250-5333 to learn more about this and other restoration and cleanup services that we provide.

Stay Up To Date With Local Happenings At Sparta Public Meetings

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

truck outside of building We hope to see you at the Sparta Public Meetings!

Sparta Residents Given Opportunity To Learn More About Council Actions

As a local resident, it is natural to want to know more about what is happening in your local area and to have the opportunity to make your voice heard. Sparta Board of Mayor and Alderman meetings are regular meetings which are open to the public. Minutes are also available online, so you can review recent decisions. So far this year, the sessions included such topics as:

    •    Hiring part-time workers for the local water plant.
    •    Authorizing bids for sewer line upgrades.
    •    Annexing of disused lands.
    •    The approval of licenses for parades or temporary events (such as beer tents).

Meetings are held at 5 PM on the first and third Thursday of every month. You will find them on the second floor of Sparta City Hall.?
SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties supports any resident or business searching for flooding companies near them. Let us handle any flood issues you have – call us at (931) 250-5333.

Crossville Golf Lovers Are In Safe Hands With SERVPRO

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage Call the specialists at SERVPRO if your property is damaged by a fire.

Residents Can Stay Relaxed Thanks To A Reliable Smoke and Fire Cleanup Service From Our Technicians

Crossville is a compact little city, clocking in at just a little more than 10,000 residents at the latest census. Crossville has an exciting history. An early American settler named Charles Lambeth opened a store at this same site in 1800, and it originally had the name Lambeth's Crossroads. These days, the store's location is at the intersection of Main Street and Stanley Street, just a little south of the Courthouse. The land on which the Courthouse and the town square sit was donated by a local man named James Scott, who gifted it during the formation of Cumberland County and the appointment of Crossville as the county seat.

Crossville sits atop the Cumberland Plateau, which is the Southern part of the Appalachian Plateau. Its position means it enjoys a humid subtropical climate with wet and sometimes snowy winters and warm summers, but thankfully not too many weather extremes.

These days, residents and visitors appreciate that Crossville is an excellent place for leisure and enjoying the great outdoors. What better way to marry outdoor-sy pursuits with fun times than golf? Crossville proclaims itself the Golf Capital of Tennessee, and visitors can choose from twelve courses, ten of which are championship courses. There is something to appeal to golfers of all abilities. Some popular courses include:
    •    Wyndham at Fairfield Glade – a well-known luxury retirement resort with a 90-hole course.
    •    Heatherhurst Brae – here visitors can choose between two courses (the Crag and the Brae) and enjoy a relaxed 36-hole play with time for luncheon between rounds.
    •    Bear Trace – Tennessee's first golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, situated in the breathtaking Cumberland Mountains state park, is widely considered one of the best golf spots in the Crossville area.

Golfers are well catered for – the Crossville area boasts plenty of hotels and restaurants, alongside an outlet mall for bargain hunters and countless quaint buildings, antique shops, and heritage sites to keep the whole family entertained. Whether visiting Crossville on vacation or looking for local attractions for family days out, there is something for everyone.

Beautiful Landscape Comes With A Risk – Wild Fires
The Cumberland Plateau and environs are wild and beautiful. Unfortunately, acres of forest and brush means a risk of wildfires. The Catoosa Wildlife Management Area, situated on the Cumberland Plateau's upper part, includes 332 square kilometers of land. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency administers this area.

Wildfires can start very quickly:

    •    When the weather is dry enough, something as simple as the spark from a train wheel can start ablaze.
    •    Lightning can ignite a wildfire.
    •    Unfortunately, the most common cause of wildfires is human carelessness. Cigarette ends, matches, fireworks, and campfires are all common causes of wildfires.
    •    Hunters should also be wary – in rare cases, the spark from a rifle bullet can ignite vegetation and start a fire.
    •    Arson is also a problem, with careless people causing criminal damage.

Once a fire starts, certain conditions encourage it. If the fire is on a slope, it can burn and spread faster. Wind speed and direction can also fan the flames and make the situation worse. Dry weather means the fire can burn up fuel more quickly. When a fire is fast-moving, it is harder for firefighters to douse the flames.
Smoke from a Catoosa Wildlife Management Area fire can spread to Crossville, leaving homes in danger of smoke damage. In some cases, Crossville residents have found their town under a heavy blanket of smoke thanks to Catoosa wildfires. When this happens, the best advice is to stay indoors until the smoke has cleared.

How Does Smoke Damage A Home?
Smoke from a wildfire or a home fire can do a lot of damage to Crossville homes. Smoke is a noxious substance that forms during the combustion of materials. So what happens when smoke spreads through a home?

    •    Smoke and soot can stain all kinds of surfaces, including walls and ceilings, wooden furniture, and electrical appliances.
    •    Soot can contain all kinds of chemicals and compounds that lead to corrosion, and the smoke can penetrate deeply into porous materials such as plastic or old wood.
    •    One of the most noticeable smoke problems is the acrid smell that stays behind for a long time after the fire. Thankfully a good fire and smoke cleanup company will know how to deodorize a home and get rid of the stink.
    •    Smoke can get into tiny nooks and crannies, so it is a good idea to call on a professional company whose technicians know where to look for hidden patches of soot.
Smoke and soot are challenging to clean, so it is better to hire a professional company like SERVPRO, with access to industry-grade equipment and highly-trained technicians.

What Can SERVPRO Do To Clean Smoke Damage From Crossville Homes?
We train our fire and smoke cleanup crews to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards. We also equip them with a range of equipment, including:
    •    Baking soda blasting units to quickly scrub soot stains from walls and ceilings.
    •    Cleaning solutions and sprays for wiping down surfaces
    •    Air scrubbers to filter out smoke particles and restore air quality
    •    Powerful HEPA vacuums that capture particles
We also have ultra-low volume foggers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone generators on hand to deal with stubborn smoke odors. We know that removing smoky smells is a vital part of fire cleanup because your home does not feel or smell like yours as long as the soot odor lingers. We take care of every aspect of remediation, from the initial assessment to the final walk-through.

Smoke damage is challenging to clean up unless you have the correct equipment and the training to use it. Do not let worry about smoke damage cause you stress. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties. We have the training and equipment needed for effective restoration, and our technicians are waiting to assist you – call us 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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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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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.

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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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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Problem with a Water Loss in Your Crossville Property? We Can Help--And Fast--Call SERVPRO!

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

two small green logo SERVPRO rubber duckies and the banner Hey, Don't Duck Away from Water Damaged Restoration for Your Crossville Home! Call SERVPRO

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.

HERE IS CROSSVILLE

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

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow triangular sign showing a stick figure slipping on a water spill Don't Slip Up from a Water Leak in Your Crossville Property--Why Not Call SERVPRO for Fast Removal and Drying

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 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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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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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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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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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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