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Avoid Fire Damage by Checking Your Furnace in Oak Ridge

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Fire Damage by Checking Your Furnace in Oak Ridge Let SERVPRO wipe away your soot damage.

Proper Weatherization can Diminish the Risk of Fire Damage in Oak Ridge

Preparing your home for winter can help minimize the expense of heating your Oak Ridge home. Sealing cracks around doors and windows prevent the loss of heat while keeping cold air from blowing in when wintry winds gust around outside.

SERVPRO recommends that homeowners check around the furnace's enclosure for soot and darkened areas because these can indicate an increased risk of fire damage to their Oak Ridge home. Signs of puff back may have gone unnoticed last winter, although the tell-tale sound might have bothered you and others when at home.

Making a thorough check around the furnace in the fall might reveal sooty residue. This residue comes from misfiring of the furnace. Delays in purchasing a new furnace can cause a fire in your home. Flames can quickly enter the ducts and burn through, creating fires in various areas in your home. Furnaces that experience puff back also spew soot into the air. The staining you see around vents within your house show the problem quite visibly.

After you purchase a new furnace, we can clean affected vents and ducts, to ensure the air heating your home remains clean. Timely removal of this residue from these areas helps keep additional build up from occurring around vents. SERVPRO workers can also get the walls soiled by the soot clean and looking “Like it never even happened.”

While a fire in the sense that many think about never happened, puff back can cause similar effects. Smoke and soot from a fire invade your home at one time, but with puff back, the soot build-up happens steadily over time. This fine soot can affect more than just the walls around the furnace and vents. Your belongings can become covered in a very thin film of it over time. A deposit like this can create a heavy odor all through your residence. We can eliminate these soot particles, also, with effective cleaning and rinsing methods.

The IICRC-certified technicians from SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties can eliminate the soot particles that filtered throughout your home and leave things smelling fresh again. If you notice signs of puff back, contact us at (865) 986-3015. Our technicians are more than happy to assist those in Tellico Village, Blue Springs, and Kingston, also.

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We Offer Water Damage Restoration In Oak Ridge

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Offer Water Damage Restoration In Oak Ridge When there is excess water in your home due to a leaking pipe, contacting professionals can reduce further damages to your home and belongings.

Water Damage Restoration

When there is excess water in your home due to a leaking pipe, contacting professionals can reduce further damages to your home and belongings. There is water in your bathroom and water also flowed to your bedroom carpet. Our trained techs work fast and can return your home to its preloss condition when possible. It is our team's goal to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Our SERVPRO water damage team In Oak Ridge can be on-site within four hours and shows up ready work quickly to protect the structure as well as the contents inside the home. A fast response can reduce the need to replace items and can save money on the cost of restoration. Plus, when crews work quickly, it may help lower insurance rates.

Since your bedroom carpet is soaked, our restoration services may also include deodorization. Our crews can remove any items that are causing the stench like wet carpeting and padding. The team may also use other techniques such as injection and direct spraying to neutralize and eliminate odors. Injection involves the use of a needle, syringe or pump to directly insert a small amount of deodorant into a specific area to remove odors. Direct spraying utilizes a sprayer or a hand pump to apply deodorants to an affected area. Techs may employ ULV fogging equipment to eliminate musty odors. Before we use either one of these methods, it may be necessary for homeowners to leave the property for their safety.

The team can also use air movers to remove odors from the affected areas. High-velocity fans and air scrubbers may also be put in place to flush out odors and speed up drying. Techs use air scrubbers to trap and flush odors from the affected areas. These machines also clean refresh the air, which can help enhance the atmosphere inside the home.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties offers water damage services in your area that you can trust. Our crews are highly skilled and can restore your home when possible. Contact us at (865) 986-3015 any time of the day or night. We are nearby and are here to help.

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Helping You Cope with Flood Damage in Harriman

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helping You Cope with Flood Damage in Harriman When flood damage affects your home, be prepared with the help of SERVPRO

Prepare for flood damage this September

Flooding can occur within minutes of a stream or creek overflowing near your home in Harriman. You do not need to live in a rural location for this to happen. Disasters like flooding lead to property loss, injuries, and even deaths. As individuals and communities, we can do a lot to prevent much of the human tragedy experienced.

September is National Preparedness Month, and SERVPRO wants to encourage families in Harriman to learn what they can do to stay safe around flood damage. While your home may seem one of the safest places in the world, after a flood happens, this changes drastically. You can teach your children about these dangers through the Red Cross's app, the Monster Guard.

This app is free to download and memorably educates children on how to keep out of danger and what to avoid doing in the even their home floods. This app also serves as a reminder to adults. After a flood, we can help make things safe again within your home from the dangers flood damage washes in and leaves behind.

SERVPRO wants families in our community to become as prepared for flooding and other disasters in Harriman because doing so helps reduce the amount of stress experienced when people know how to prepare themselves. Sometimes, only a small amount of work before a flood, if given time, can prevent thousands of dollars in damages from occurring.

Our IICRC-certified technicians can help mitigate the damages that your home and belongings do sustain, and reduce the overall adverse effect of flood damage promptly. Not only are we Faster To Any Size Disaster, but we also work in a rapid manner that diminishes the overall mitigation time, quickly getting you and your family back home and able to once again enjoy your normal life and routines.

Flooding can happen to any home, but we are ready to help those in Rockwood, Greenback, and Tellico Village make sense of things again after flood damage threatens your tranquility. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 for the assistance you need from a locally owned and operated company.

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Knowing When You Need Water Clean Up Services For Your Harriman Restaurant

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Knowing When You Need Water Clean Up Services For Your Harriman Restaurant More than anything, you have your Harriman restaurant to think about when it comes to efficient water cleanup.

Knowing When You Need Water Clean Up Services

Running a Harriman restaurant might be challenging enough without any of the hurdles or obstacles that stand to eat up your time and profits. One of the most significant challenges that many business owners have to overcome is clean up within their facility. While there are several instances in which your staff can handle minor incidents, water damages can often be a difficult opponent regarding adequate restoration and drying. In most cases, choosing professional restoration services can help you to get the job done correctly and often more efficiently than by taking matters into your own hands.

More than anything, you have your Harriman restaurant to think about when it comes to efficient water cleanup. While your customers require some place to sate their appetites, you have to focus on getting the situation resolved, and this often means closing your doors until the cleanup completes. This direct line of thinking can help to preserve the integrity of your eatery, by aiding in limiting potential damages to the contents and materials within the restaurant.

One of the things that a business owner should be thinking about when it comes to water damages in parts of their building is the effect it has on the flooring materials. In dining areas especially, the flooring is meant to be aesthetically pleasing, and water damage can quickly warp and distort these elements, causing them to need to get removed and replaced by our SERVPRO technicians called too late to a cleanup.

Another concern that you should consider is the moisture that can linger after water incidents within your building. If the damage is not thoroughly dried, including areas that you cannot readily see, you run the risk of irreparable damage to furniture like tables, chairs, tablecloths, and other organic materials. Secondary effects could also allow for the growth of mold if moisture does not get handled appropriately.

As you can see, your business depends on immediate service from the professionals that you can trust. You may think you are saving money by handling the cleanup on your own, but water damage is rarely as straightforward as it might initially appear. Trust our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties technicians to arrive quickly and work efficiently to get your doors back open to the patrons you serve. You can call us anytime at (865) 986-3015.

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How To Spot Mold Growth In Your Harriman Home

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Spot Mold Growth In Your Harriman Home The right way to correct mold growth in your home is to trust in the experience of a professional remediation team.

How To Spot Mold Growth

As much as the presence of a fungus growing in your Harriman home might leave you uneasy, the more unsettling truth is that many have these colonies sprouting and thriving throughout their residence without any knowledge. While common effects for these occurrences is a lingering and blatant odor that leads you to the source, in many cases, this is less overwhelming and easy to ignore.

Part of the problem with mold damages in your Harriman home is that many homeowners do not fully understand how mold spores seat and colonize. Moreover, you do not know where you should be looking. With a little bit of guidance to where you are most likely to find mold and some signs to look out for, you can better prevent the occurrence from happening before you have to call in the skilled remediation team we have at SERVPRO.

One of the first things that a homeowner needs to be on the lookout for is persistent dampness and moisture in areas of their home. This dampness is a feeding ground for spores that already exist naturally in the environment, allowing mold to get the nutrients it requires to spread and destroy organic matter they encounter. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you to isolate and repair the causes of moisture and dampness through areas of your home, even underneath it.

Spotting is the way that many colonies begin to spread throughout organic material they encounter in areas of growth in your home. These can easily get overlooked, especially in darker areas. Make sure to take the time to visually inspect low traffic areas of your home as well for any visible spots that appear on surfaces like drywall that has been affected by moisture.

The right way to correct mold growth in your home is to trust in the experience of a professional remediation team. You need a fast response time to help stop the growth and spread in its tracks and help better safeguard your house from a recurring event. Give our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties remediation technicians a call 24/7 at (865) 986-3015.

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Restoring Soot Damage In Your Oak Ridge Home

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Soot Damage In Your Oak Ridge Home Don't Toss Soot-Covered Possessions--Call SERVPRO in the Oak Ridge Area for a Fast Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Technicians Can Utilize Many Pieces of Equipment and Cleaning Products to Remove Soot Residue

Apart from structural concerns or demolition, one of the hardest effects of a fire in your Oak Ridge home (aesthetically speaking) is soot damage. This film of carbon from the burning of materials spreads out widely throughout the affected areas of your home and beyond, requiring a lot of concentrated efforts to remove and restore.

Overcoming soot damages, or any fire damage effects in your Oak Ridge home for that matter, begin with finding the right restoration team. Often homeowners try to take care of portions of the cleanup and repairs on their own but fail to see that it is more cost-effective and less time-consuming to choose professional restoration services instead. Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to the emergency and work efficiently to remove the effects of the fire.

The ease with which soot can get cleaned varies based on its thickness and the material affected. While much of these surfaces and materials can get restored on site using various pieces of equipment from dry/wet sponges to high-powered vacuums, other materials like fabrics and drapes can benefit from our SERVPRO technicians working along with local drycleaning to more efficiently get these materials ready for reinstallation. Esporta machine systems may be available to clean a wide variety of fabrics and soft materials at our facility.

Carpeting can also prove to be a hassle when it has gotten heavily affected by the soot damages. In these cases, concentrated cleaning efforts from bonnet cleaning to our Premier Showcase level of carpet treatment get used for bringing the fibers of this flooring back to life. Even with light or moderate soot coverage, this is a recommended approach. Often this material also requires focused deodorization to remove the smoke damage embedded into the individual fibers and the base/padding.

While soot damages are just one aspect of the effects that you might experience from a fire in your home, they are often one of the hardest for homeowners to have to see. Our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties fire restoration technicians can help you to overcome all of the obstacles in returning your home to preloss conditions stretching well beyond the soot damage. Give us a call anytime you need us at (865) 986-3015 to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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How Small Leaks can Lead to Big Water Damage Issues for Your Harriman Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Small Leaks can Lead to Big Water Damage Issues for Your Harriman Home Pipe leaks under a sink can cause damage for months before they are discovered. Contact SERVPRO to assess and then remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand that Water Damage can be Something that Happens Over Time Rather than a Single Event

Small leaks might not seem like a pressing concern for you, but they can certainly cause enough of a problem if left to leak for an extended period continually. It takes only a brief time for water to saturate materials and to seep into sensitive subflooring or through cabinetry under the sink. Soon this water incident in your Harriman home is potentially in need of significant focused restoration work.

When you consider the persistent drip coming from a loose connection under a faucet or in the indoor plumbing somewhere in your house, over time substantial volumes of water can ultimately end up on the floor or into the woodwork of the cabinet storing the hardware for your sink. This water damage in your Harriman home at this point is best handled by restoration specialists for several reasons.

The first of these reasons is to eliminate the possibility of the damage getting worse by ensuring the proper drying measures get taken with the affected areas. In as little as 72 hours, moisture ridden areas can find themselves at risk of mold damages and microbial growth. This poses a risk not just to the structural integrity of the materials it seats into, but also has been linked with potential health effects for those exposed to the colonies. This also requires an entirely different professional team of SERVPRO professionals dedicated specifically to mold remediation.

Another consideration that you should make when opting for professional remediation is the experience that our SERVPRO team has with the work that needs to get done. Whether this ultimately involves removing the irreparably damaged components and replacing them or using concentrated drying efforts with large mats to penetrate into the subflooring, you know you are hiring out for a quality result.

Water damage on a very small scale might not seem like a pressing concern, but it does require prompt action to prevent it from getting worse. You can always rely on our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties water restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and thoroughly dry the area. Give us a call today at (865) 986-3015

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Cleaning Flood Damage In Oak Ridge

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning Flood Damage In Oak Ridge Our goal at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is to help you return your home to its pre-flood condition as quickly as possible.

Cleaning Flood Damage

Storms come through this part of Tennessee regularly, but sometimes they settle in and dump enough water to make the Little Tennessee River crest. Flooding is not common among Oak Ridge residents, but it is not a strange occurrence for us either.

Most residential water damage comes from treated, usually clean, water from damaged pipes or broken plumbing. Oak Ridge flood damage though comes from the river and other outside sources. This water would contain soil and other contaminants, sometimes even human waste if the sewer system were overwhelmed by the storm. When this happens, SERVPRO technicians take special precautions to clean the home and keep families safe.

To even enter the area and begin pumping out water or removing furniture to a dry location, our technicians first spray an anti-bacterial agent on the surface of the standing water, and any puddles that may be in the home. They do the same for the walls and floors after removing the contaminated flood water.

Unfortunately, with flood water, SERVPRO technicians have to remove and dispose of the carpet and pad underneath it. The contaminants make carpet and rugs very expensive to clean, and it is usually not worth the labor hours to even explore the possibility. One exception is high-value area rugs used in foyers or formal living rooms.

For these rugs, the contaminants left by the flood water have to be thoroughly cleaned and then completely submerged in a biocide, the strongest anti-bacterial agent available. After submersion, our technicians clean the rugs again and then dry them as quickly as possible without causing any secondary damage. Once we complete that task, the owner must bring in an Indoor Environmental Specialist to test the rug and make certain it is safe to return to the home.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is to help you return your home to its pre-flood condition as quickly as possible. If you are dealing with past flood effects, or maybe you have questions about how to protect your property before another storm hits our area, call us today at (865) 986-3015. We are here for you.

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Harriman's Commercial Water Damage Experts Describe How Moisture Affects Various Materials

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Harriman's Commercial Water Damage Experts Describe How Moisture Affects Various Materials SERVPRO's Arsenal of Water and Moisture Removers--Harriman Business Owners Rely on Our Business for Help

SERVPRO Treats Water and Moisture Removal According to the Nature of the Wet Element

If your bakery and cafe located in Harriman ever become the victim of a water pipe or appliance malfunction, water can flood the building. Excessive moisture inside a structure can cause many issues including the decreased structural integrity of drywall and the breakdown of carpet glues. The longer any building materials are left wet, the better chance they have of falling apart structurally rendering them useless. If organic substances stay wet for longer than two days, microbial growth can occur.
 
Some materials inside your place of business can resist water better than others. When working on a commercial water damage job in Harriman, our SERVPRO technicians use their knowledge of how moisture interacts with different materials when figuring out the overall scope of the project. Whether materials get affected by water or not depends on how readily they absorb water from the air. This article does not touch on the possible water damage to baking products.
 
Permeance is the measure of water vapor flow through a material. Very porous materials like carpet and upholstery have a high permeance level. They absorb and release moisture easily. Non-porous materials such as plastic, glass, or vinyl have low permeance factors meaning that they absorb little or no moisture at all.
 
Vapor barriers are substances that are either waterproof or have a permeance of one perm or less. When a material has one perm of permeance, it means that during one hour only 1 grain of water vapor could pass through 1 square foot of the material’s surface. A vapor barrier is a material that water cannot pass through or is extremely negligible at best such as vinyl wallpaper.
 
Hygroscopic materials are ones that easily absorb and hold onto water vapor from the air. Having a high permeance factor also means that these materials can be dried more quickly when they do get wet. However, once these materials like fabric, insulation, and carpet do get wet, they get damaged quickly. Once the hygroscopic substances get saturated, they tend to swell. Just as a sponge absorbs water quickly, it can be squeezed to relinquish that moisture also quickly.
 
When drying a structure, our SERVPRO restoration team concentrates on drying out hygroscopic materials first. Next, we work on specialty drying of materials with vapor barriers or other substances with low permeance. For help with rapid structural drying after a water leak occurs in your bakery or retail shop, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 24 hours a day.

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Finding Professional Restoration Once Your Kingston House Fire Is Extinguished

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Finding Professional Restoration Once Your Kingston House Fire Is Extinguished Kingston House Fire Damage? Don't Wait, Call SERVPRO

Kingston Fire Damage Restoration Should Be Handled by a Professional Company--SERVPRO

When a fire breaks out in your Kingston home, you trust in the local professionals at the fire department to do their part to put out the flames and extinguish the threat. Unfortunately, once it reaches the point where you can safely assess the situation, nearly all of the damage has happened. Now you set your attention on finding a way forward from the current damage you face to return your home to its preloss conditions.

Fire damages in your Kingston residence appear in many areas and many ways. Our SERVPRO technicians work closely with you to determine what lingering effects make living in your home the most difficult and then work our way back from this priority. All of this starts with an initial assessment of the property to determine the full scope of the damage that our restoration technicians face.

Fire extinguishment can sometimes cause damage itself, however. With the high volumes of water necessary to quell significant incidents and the need for access holes through parts of the exterior of your home, at times it can feel like this process caused more damage than the fire did. Our technicians can get to work quickly on removing the water and cleaning up the mess this process left behind.

Then our SERVPRO professionals set their sights on other significant concerns, like the likely widespread smoke and soot damages. Heavy-duty vacuum systems can remedy a lot of the present soot damages, even in inaccessible areas, and sponges used dry or with a cleaning solution can help to remove more set in stains. Deodorization with thermal foggers is one of the last steps in fire restoration. It can help you to breathe a little easier in your house once again. SERVPRO techs often place HEPA filtration equipped air scrubbers to grab any airborne particulates and odors.

With the widespread damage of significant fires, you can often find yourself at a loss of how to proceed. Your insurance adjuster insists on professional restoration to get the claim approved, and our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team of experienced restorers is ready to clean up the mess. We even coordinate our efforts with you and your adjuster to reduce the stress. Give us a call anytime at (865) 986-3015.

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