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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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Mold Damage Experts in Oak Ridge Talk About Issues Resulting From Water Leaks

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Experts in Oak Ridge Talk About Issues Resulting From Water Leaks Pipe breaks or leaks can happen quietly and cause damage for a long time before they are discovered. Call SERVPRO right away to remediate.

Team SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Spread of Mold Through Your Home

If a pipe breaks inside your Oak Ridge mobile home while you are out of town, it is possible that you will come home to a big mess. When water sprays into your home for a long time, it can affect everything inside your house including both building materials and your possessions. As time goes on, excessive moisture can cause microbial growth to occur on organic substances inside the building. The longer the water damage problem goes unnoticed, the worse the contamination can get.
 
Once a fungus develops it forms structures called hyphae that spread into, across and up out of materials producing spores that act as seeds. When mitigating mold damage in Oak Ridge, preventing spores from spreading to unaffected areas is essential. As the seed-like, microscopic particles float around in the air, they find places to settle and produce more fungal contamination. Microbes can get into the building's ventilation system causing air quality issues to arise.
 
Since mold can cause health effects with some people, containing spores to the originally affected area is our SERVPRO technicians' primary goal. To start, anywhere inside the home that got contaminated by fungi gets sealed off from the rest of the house. We set up a containment chamber using thick plastic sheeting and metal poles. The chamber traps in any spores and dust created by the mitigation process. We then set up an air scrubber that gets attached to the side of the contained area to suck in the air cleaning it with a HEPA filtration system.
 
The HEPA filter traps the tiniest of particles floating around in the air so that only clean air is exhausted out by the air scrubber. Anti-microbial solutions also get used during the process to kill mold and the spores created by it. The major focus of the mitigation process is to remove the contamination from all affected materials. Some fungi can be sanded off surfaces while our SERVPRO restoration crew uses a HEPA vacuum to suck up the dust created by the sanding process. In other cases, the contamination is so severe that affected items must be thrown away. When removing objects from the contained region, they are always carried out of the containment chamber in sealed plastic bags so that contaminated dust cannot escape into the unaffected environment.
 
After all contamination is removed, our SERVPRO technicians dry out structural components so that the fungi do not reappear. If you ever have to deal with remediating fungal issues inside your mobile home, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 any day of the week.

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Learn To Avoid Obvious Mistakes After A Water Damage Event In Harriman

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Learn To Avoid Obvious Mistakes After A Water Damage Event In Harriman When drying a structure after a water damage incident, we face different situations, and each situation presents unique challenges.

Avoiding Obvious Mistakes After A Water Damage Event

When drying a structure after a water damage incident, we face different situations, and each situation presents unique challenges. Despite the many state-of-art equipment and technological advancements, creativity in most cases provides the solution to the problem at hand. Here, we are going to look at some of the solutions we put in place when drying block buildings in Harriman.

When our SERVPRO technicians are drying cinder block walls after a water damage incident in Harriman, we check if there is some paint on the walls. Usually, semi-gloss or glass paints limit the moisture transfer from the interior to the exterior of the block walls since they act as vapor barriers. Where necessary, we drill homes near the wall's bottom to allow the water to drain from the cavities. The most appropriate location to drill these holes is around the mortar joint so that it is easier to patch them up once the drying process is complete. Drilling bigger holes in overly submerging walls can also enhance air circulation and an increased rate of moisture loss.

If the block walls of your home contain some insulation, the insulation's quality may deteriorate after exposure to moisture. It is also challenging to dry such insulation completely, and that is why our SERVPRO technicians usually recommend a replacement when the available air circulation procedures are not enough to salvage such items. By not replacing them, the wet conditions may create favorable conditions for mold growth, which can lead to health effects.

Bonds beams within the block construction can slow the drying time. Our SERVPRO technicians tap on the walls to determine whether bond seams are available. If we hear a hollow sound, they might not be available, but if it feels that we are tapping on concrete, it indicates their presence. By using a non-penetrating moisture meter, we can find out whether drying is complete. We usually compare the readings we obtain with those of a control area or item - contents or surfaces not exposed to moisture.

Do not take chances when SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties can return your home to its preloss state after the disaster. Call us at (865) 986-3015 at any time of the day and get timely and proven restoration services that you deserve.

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Spring can Bring Flood Damage with it to Harriman Homes

5/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring can Bring Flood Damage with it to Harriman Homes Flooding can happen very quickly and be devastating. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services and restoration options.

Remediating Flood Damage Involves Water Extraction and Cleaning By Certified Technicians

Lakes and rivers surround Harriman and many area families spend time bonding with each other while spending time enjoying different recreational activities near them. Heavy rainfall and snow melt from higher altitudes can make these bodies of water swell and eventually overflow into our neighborhoods.

If your dwelling rests in a lower-lying area, flood damage can happen to your Harriman property very quickly. Moving your more valuable assets and belongings, including canned foods and perishable ones, as well, to higher levels of your home can provide the protection needed to keep them usable during the flood's aftermath.

This protection only lasts for a short while because the interior of your home after a flood recedes retains the moisture left behind. Evaporation of floodwater quickly disperses through your home, loading the air with humidity. Once moisture condenses on objects, water damage can easily take place to the very items you sought to protect.

Our professional flood damage mitigation specialists can help stop this process by clearing your home of standing water and then removing the remaining moisture. When we finish this process, removing the moisture from the air happens much more easily.

Cleaning your home so that no debris such as pathogen-filled silt, sand, or mud remains behind can seem tedious, but working in teams, we efficiently break down each task into simple steps that we quickly finish. The faster we work, the sooner we finish, and the more quickly your family can return home to live in their own home "Like it never even happened."

One aspect of a flood-damaged home that rarely survives covers your floor. Carpeting often becomes so saturated with debris, pathogens, organic matter, and other particles from the flood that replacing it becomes more cost-effective than a thorough cleaning and other restorative work. The benefits of removing such carpeting include the removal of the water saturating it, as well as the pathogens, as well as gaining direct contact with the underlay so we can more easily dry it out. Another added plus involves the lack of an odor-causing source, making odor control management much more easily attained.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties wants to help families in the areas near Oak Ridge, Greenback, and Pawpaw Plains recover as easily as possible from the catastrophe of flood damage. When a flood hits your home and affects your family, call us at (865) 986-3015 so we can provide you with expert advice and compassionate guidance through the recovery period.

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Commercial Water Damage And Your Harriman Pet Supply Store

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage And Your Harriman Pet Supply Store Pet store retailers in Harriman still need to protect their merchandise from commercial water damage.

Commercial Water Damage

Many people in Harriman prefer to buy their family pets toys, food, and other items from a store dedicated to pets and their owners instead of at other retail outlets because of the risk of contamination from other merchandise. Stores that sell plant fertilizer, household cleaning supplies, and automotive fluids cannot provide this security to customers.

Pet store retailers in Harriman still need to protect their merchandise from commercial water damage. Some items sit outside during promotional times, attracting customers to view more items inside the store. The items placed outside can bring rainwater inside when exposed to story spring weather.
SERVPRO experts mitigate businesses from any amount of rainwater that can damage merchandise, allow microbial infestation, and cause water damage. When storms bring worse weather to our area, we can perform complex services to keep your store from sustaining substantial damage when flat roofs leak and other disasters happen.

Drying your business out helps keep your business operations running normally, and keeps your customers happy. Extracting water when needed or using air movers and air scrubbers keep the interior healthy for your employees and customers. We can often resolve water damage, such as peeling paint and musty carpeting, fast with our state of the art equipment.

No matter how badly water damage might seem, SERVPRO professionals can help your business by restoring it "Like it never even happened." Many of our employees own pets, and we want to keep them safe, healthy, and happy. When we buy treats, toys, and food for them, we expect for them to contain no contamination. We can help you provide this for your customers.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties can be contacted by calling us at (865) 986-3015, at any time, 24/7 We want to help your family, including your animal friends, with expert mitigation of your water damage situation.

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Fire Damage Problems in Harriman

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Problems in Harriman SERVPRO addresses water damage left behind by extinguishing efforts before cleaning up fire damage.

SERVPRO Can Help with Water and Fire Damage in Your Home

Many times when a fire burns a house in Harriman water gets used to extinguish the blaze. Often homes that suffer burn damage also get affected by water. Different techniques get utilized when there are multiple types of damage present.

Smoke created by the fire spreads throughout the building leaving behind soot residues and foul odors. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Harriman know that excessive water can change the way soot residues get removed. A major part of any restoration process is cleaning any affected building materials or contents.

If a fire burns for a long time, many building materials can get burnt and charred. In some cases, flames burn a home so severely that all heating ducts and electrical wires ran in the attic get torched and the house no longer has power. If the house does not have electricity, then any materials that got saturated with water must get removed within 72 hours so that mold does not form.

When a fire gets extinguished, the fire department often saturates building materials throughout the entire house. When building materials are wet, everything must get removed including drywall and insulation. Once the house gets stripped down to the studs, drying equipment gets set up inside the building to dry out the wooden studs that make up the home's structure.

After moisture levels return to preloss conditions, smoke and burn damage issues that are present get addressed. It is possible that flames and heat burn trusses and studs so bad to where they get replaced. If the charring does not go too deep into the wood, then sanding the charred material off can work.

After all of the burnt material and smoke damage gets removed from the structural materials the area gets sealed with a specialized paint. The sealant paint coats the materials so that foul odors are trapped beneath it. The paint also protects the wood from microbial growth.

After problems with the trusses and studs are remediated, the reconstruction phase begins. If you ever need professional help with smoke or water damage call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 any time of the day.

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Where Mold Damage is Most Likely to Be in a Harriman Home

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Where Mold Damage is Most Likely to Be in a Harriman Home Steam and humidity from a hot shower may produce enough moisture for mold spores to grow and spread.

Call on SERVPRO if You Discover Mold Damage in Your Home

Any part of your home in Harriman can get mold damage if the right conditions are present, but some areas may be more likely than others to develop these conditions. Most species grow best in warm, damp places where they can mature safely without much interference, making some places around the house prime targets for infestation. Whenever we respond to mold damage calls, we take care to investigate these and other areas for any signs of additional growth, as an unknown, lurking colony could cause more problems later.

Bathrooms

With so much moisture in one area, it is no surprise that bathrooms in Harriman develop mold damage more readily than do other rooms in a home. With many water fixtures that can leak, break or overflow, the area could be doused in enough water to develop a significant fungal problem multiple times in one week. Even the steam and humidity from a hot shower may be enough to sustain some species. Mold prefers to grow in tile grout, wood or paneled surfaces, and beneath cabinets in home styles typical of the Harriman area.

Basements

Basements may be perfect places for spores to grow because of their climate regulation and elevated moisture levels. Lower elevations in the home support both optimal climates and water content, as any leaks or drips can easily make their way down. Basements are also dark more often than other parts of the home, which creates favorable conditions for a wider variety of mold species.

Outdoor Areas

While areas outside your home may not be climate controlled and undisturbed like the indoors, they also are much more exposed to the elements and rainfall than anywhere inside. Many types of mold prefer this environment, where safety may not be assured but a food source is, and you could deal with patches of growth on the exterior of your home or in other outdoor areas, such as patios, walkways, and tool sheds. Seasonal conditions are much more important for these cases, and we do not normally see many outdoor infestations in the colder parts of the year.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties provides expert mold damage remediation and restoration services for problems of any shape, size, and location. Call us at (865) 986-3015 to learn how we can help.  

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Why You Should Treat Water Damage Incidents in Harriman as an Emergency

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why You Should Treat Water Damage Incidents in Harriman as an Emergency Water damage can soak through carpets onto the subfloor. Contact SERVPRO to ensure all areas of your home are dried properly.

Contact SERVPRO at the first signs of water damage to

Attending to water damage incidents is always similar to addressing any form of emergency. There are certain aspects that restoration professionals look at while at the site. A pre-inspection is necessary to put in place appropriate measures to mitigate the loss. We are here to let you know how to handle such situations if you ever face them as a resident of Harriman.

Securing your property is one of the first tasks that our SERVPRO technicians do when addressing to water damage in Harriman. It is an essential step since there is a possibility of facing hazards at the site. You do not want to face risky situations such as unstable subfloors, falling ceilings, and electrical shocks. We can start by turning off the electrical circuits in your property, checking for any visible cracks in the walls and floors, as well as sagging ceilings.

Stopping the water source and removing any standing water then follows. Here, we can use appropriate pumps together with any relevant water extraction procedures to do the work. Since water freely moves around during such incidents, it is crucial to determine the extent of its penetration in walls, ceilings, floors and carpets using a moisture meter.

Sometimes the water might not have got into contact with part of your furniture and contents, so we move in and block its entry. Our SERVPRO technicians also detach water-soaked carpets and extract the water from the floor and pad. In most cases, chances of restoring the pads are minimal, and it is our role to discard them after doing the removal. During this step, we also inspect your carpets for bad seams and delamination and determine whether they are restorable or not. With the help of antimicrobials and deodorants, we treat surfaces and contents to prevent the possibility of mold growth.

To enhance the rate of airflow to the wet areas, our SERVPRO technicians position air movers as per the IICRC recommendations. With time, the content of moisture in air gradually increases, and we perform dehumidification to decrease it to acceptable levels.

At SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties, We are Faster To Any Size Disaster whether mold, storm, fire or water-related. Call us (865) 986-3015 if you need professional services that make the difference.

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