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Oak Ridge Homeowners Benefit from SERVPRO Service for Flood Water Extraction

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Oak Ridge Homeowners Benefit from SERVPRO Service for Flood Water Extraction SERVPRO Provides Industry-Leading Equipment for Flood Loss Drying and Restoration in the Oak Ridge Area

The Solution When You Need Flood Water Removal In Oak Ridge

Unexpected household crises create tasks often beyond the experience and capacity of Oak Ridge residents. When flash floods expose your home to severe damage, all might feel lost. Our company commits to providing the communities we serve with top-notch water damage mitigation services, essential when flooding from any cause overwhelms the ability of the typical homeowner to respond to the catastrophe in any meaningful way. Do not despair; we can help.

Flood water removal is a job for professionals in Oak Ridge. If the waters invade from overland flooding, a broad range of contaminants fills the bottom levels of your home. You not only need help to remove the water, but you also must be sure the evacuation includes proper containment and disposal of hazardous waste. Our technicians train extensively in best practices to capture, transport, and discard the flood waters according to local regulations.

Even if the flooding in your home is due to a freshwater plumbing accident or appliance malfunction, SERVPRO works fast to minimize the possibility of microbial growth. Mold spores are always in our homes and need only 24 to 48 hours to activate and grow with the availability of moisture. Regardless of the source of the flooding our motto is “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”

We use the submersible pumps and truck-mounted water extractors on our service vehicles to remove flood water from your home. SERVPRO can use your electricity or our generators if the flooding also knocked out power. This avoids delays that could expose you and your family to pathogens and risks of severe structural deterioration.

Once we remove the flood waters, including any trapped caches we discovered using moisture meters and thermal scanning, SERVPRO crews begin structural drying. Pumps and extractors move aside for air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. The moisture readings that we took earlier form the baseline for drying goals.

Because of the prevalence of unknown quantities of chemicals, human and animal waste, and other hazardous substances in flood waters, SERVPRO also treats affected surfaces and spaces with EPA registered antimicrobials. This sanitization step inhibits microbial growth and helps ensure safety and odor elimination after flooding.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is ready to respond if flooding damages your home. Call us at (865) 986-3015 round the clock for flood water removal assessment.

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Have You Ever Wanted to Know More About the Water Damage Remediation Process in Harriman?

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Have You Ever Wanted to Know More About the Water Damage Remediation Process in Harriman? Water damage can quickly accumulate in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

Increase Mitigation Success with Specialists When Water Damage Destroys Your Harriman Home 

Porous materials such as drywall, paneling, and wood grflooring can sustain severe damage when conditions change in your Harriman home. Preventing such damage from becoming permanent, or from spreading to other areas, keeps restoration costs as low as possible.
 
Specialized training of technicians helps ensure proper and complete mitigation of Harriman water damage in properties with such problems. Water can alter the color of upholstered furniture, cause carpeting to wear abnormally fast, and leave stains behind on walls and ceilings. Corrosion of fasteners and difficulties in opening and closing doors and windows with wooden frames also stem from any unwanted or misplaced water.
 
Our technicians receive intensive training and education to complement and strengthen the skills they acquire during their work. No job is too small, nor too large, for SERVPRO specialists to mitigate. A small amount of water can cause expensive problems inside a home. These problems do not always cost a homeowner in a monetary manner. Corrosion of electrical wiring can cause intermittent outages, flickering lights, and higher electric bills, or a fire that begins inside a wall and spreads throughout a house. Prevention early on helps keep such incidents under control.
 
Understanding this and other nuances of water damage and the importance of proper mitigation help keep us focused on the needs of restoration crews in completing the work on your home. Because of this, we always clean up the areas instead of merely pulling out damaged materials.
 
We understand that it is crucial to take readings of adjacent materials to ensure moisture has not penetrated otherwise seemingly dry sections of the wall. We also explain the possibility of secondary water damage as it pertains to your particular property, what signs to look out for, and what steps you might take to decrease the possibility.
 
SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties sends out professional employees, technicians, and specialists to perform water damage mitigation services for our customers. If water is causing you to experience problems in your home, call us at (865) 986-3015. We are always ready to assist the residents in Rockwood, Pawpaw Plains, and Tellico Village, as well as nearby locations.

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Three Common Fire Hazards And How To Prevent Them From Destroying Your Harriman Home This Holiday Season

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Three Common Fire Hazards And How To Prevent Them From Destroying Your Harriman Home This Holiday Season During the holidays, candle fires are four times higher than any other month.

Fire Damage In Harriman: Keep Disaster At Bay This Holiday Season

The holiday season is coming soon, and you know what that means. Holiday decorations, Christmas trees, wood burning fires, and holiday lights are likely to adorn your Harriman home. Also, family members and friends are going to gather in your home to celebrate with you. During this holiday, keeping your family, friend and home safe should be at the top of your list. At SERVPRO, we want you to enjoy the holidays like everyone else and not have your celebration interrupted by fire damage. Here are three common fire hazards and how to prevent each.

Candles
During the holidays, candle fires are four times higher than any other month. Yes, SERVPRO fire damage experts in Harriman respond fast to mitigate damage, but as a homeowner, you have a part to play. If you follow these recommendations, you will keep your family and home safe during this holiday season.

To reduce candle fires, always maintain a foot or more of space between the candles and any flammable material such as drapes. Use sturdy bases when setting candles. You can shop for these bases at the local store. If the whole family is going to step out of the room to spend time in the backyard, make sure no candle flame is left unattended.

Decorative Lights
After each holiday, families remove the decorative lights to store in a safe place until the next holiday season. While care is taken to ensure the lights are stored in a proper place, they may end up having cracked or frayed wires. If these lights are set up with frayed or cracked wires, a short circuit may occur. The sparks from the short circuit can start a fire leading to fire damage. To prevent this, stack the plugs. This is much safer especially if you have a large number of decorative lights. For the extension cords, make sure they are in good condition. During installation, use UL rated clips.

Deep Fryers
Holiday parties cannot be complete without deep fried turkey. Not only does it add a great touch to your party but it is delicious. As you already know, cooking oil is combustible, and if one does not take care when cooking, a fire can occur. Also, the vapor may ignite which poses a serious risk in your home. So, instead of a deep fryer, consider buying a deep-fried turkey from a professional service.

At SERVPRO, we want you to have a disaster-free holiday. So, if you need the help of SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties fire damage experts this holiday season, call our emergency line at (865) 986-3015. Happy Holidays from SERVPRO! The trusted leader in the restoration industry.

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SERVPRO Can Ice Water Damage in Your Harriman House

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Can Ice Water Damage in Your Harriman House Yes, Freezer Thaw Can Cause a Water Loss to Harriman Properties--Says SERVPRO

Thawing Freezer Can Cause Water Damage in Your Harriman Home

With hunting seasons and harsher winter months ahead, many Harriman homeowners are servicing their standalone freezer units to prepare for the storage requirements they have for prepared meals and components. Aging models and inadequate power supplies play a critical role in appliance failure, resulting in a thaw of the ice and stored items inside of these units. While some units can contain this volume of water, many cannot.

When your freezer malfunctions, your Harriman home could experience water damage from the rapid thawing of the contents exposed to a warm household. No matter where this appliance can get found throughout your residence, the higher volume of water it stands to lose can affect nearby materials and surfaces almost immediately upon exposure. In these situations, you need fast mitigation and restoration response from dedicated and trained professionals like our SERVPRO technicians.

Ideally, a homeowner is going to want to seek out the assistance of a service technician that can address the problems with their deep-freezing appliance but taking care of the water damage must get top priority. In a matter of a few hours to a full day, inadequately cleaned moisture and dampness can heavily saturate materials throughout the affected area and begin to weaken, distort, and bloat them. If the leakage occurs on the second level of a structure, the trickle-down effect of water can cause extensive damage.

Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to an emergency with the appropriate tools to extract the excess water fast. We have portable pumps and wet-vacs to pull water from the flooring rapidly. We can then set our collective sights on drying out the affected area of your home through the combined use of our air movers and dehumidifiers. These tools can force moisture and dampness from affected materials and remove it entirely from your property.

While a broken freezer might not cause the widespread damage that a flood could, the risks associated with water damage to structural elements and the contents of your home can be similar. Our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties IICRC-certified water restoration technicians have the expertise and advanced equipment to help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (865) 986-3015.

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When Water Damage is on Your Herriman Restaurant's Menu

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Water Damage is on Your Herriman Restaurant's Menu Water damage in your restaurant's kitchen can close your business. Call SERVPRO to remove the water from your premesis.

The Tools SERVPRO Uses for Water Removal from Harriman Restaurants

Removing water from your restaurant in Harriman can be a daunting task to take on alone. In addition to the visually apparent soaking and coating of water on floors, walls, and other surfaces in the building, further problems likely exist in the form of excess humidity and pockets of moisture hidden behind walls, floors, and ceilings. Some of these problems are impossible to remedy without specialized tools and machinery not commonly found in service industry businesses. SERVPRO can help provide the care your business needs at a realistic and affordable price point.  

Our work starts within four hours of your first phone call to us, as we prioritize Harriman restaurants and other businesses requiring water removal. Our crews arrive on the scene ready to evaluate the extent of damage and initiate the drying process, preventing as much damage as possible through fast and efficient care. The faster we arrive on-scene, the more damage we can prevent, so be sure to call us as soon as possible after the flood. After a quick assessment of the damage and creation of a plan of action, SERVPRO technicians can jump straight into their work.  

Our array of water removal tools starts with portable or truck-mounted water extractors that pump water out of the building and onto the street. We remove standing water, and then we can begin to clean up any remaining moisture that cannot be pumped out. Our industrial-strength air movers create directed air currents inside your restaurant that pick up droplets of moisture off surfaces and keep them in the air. Then, we bring out chemical or thermal dehumidifiers that collect airborne water droplets into buckets for easy removal. To make sure we haven't missed any spots, we use handheld thermohygrometer technology to identify pockets of moisture in the area, even those behind walls and hidden from view.  

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties provides some of the most reliable and affordable flood damage mitigation and restoration services available to local businesses. Contact us 24/7 at (865) 986-3015.

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Our Fast Response To Your Flood Damage Emergency In Oak Ridge Will Lower Your Restoration Cost

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Fast Response To Your Flood Damage Emergency In Oak Ridge Will Lower Your Restoration Cost Cost of flood damage in Oak Ridge mostly depends on how long the property remains under water.

Addressing The Costs Of Flood Damage Oak Ridge

When your Oak Ridge property floods, the costs you incur restoring it might feel like it only aggravates your unfortunate situation. However, failure to take the right steps is what would worsen the outcome. If you are not sure how to approach the issue, you can involve a distinguished restorative service to handle the process. Their expertise saves you some of the cost you would have incurred because there is no guesswork involved, and the process ends quickly.

Cost of flood damage in Oak Ridge mostly depends on how long the property remains under water. Serious problems such as mold growth, rotting in wood and rusting of metallic items develop when there is extended exposure. Our SERVPRO team can help you limit exposure duration by pumping water out of the property within a reasonable period. We have different equipment including submersible pumps, and extraction wands, both mobile and truck-mounted ones.

It is common for flood water to have different forms of contaminants including sewage, fuel oil and chemical wastes. Apart from extracting water from all the affected areas, it is necessary to clean such areas thoroughly and depending on the type of contaminants it might not be easy. Our SERVPRO team has various resources to clean such flood-damaged properties. We can use pressure washers to deal with any form of soiling. Our water extractors also have the heating capabilities necessary when restorative cleaning requires the use of hot water.

Sometimes, you might want to have an estimate of how much cost you are likely to incur before the restoration process starts. Although there are online tools that you can use to estimate cost based on the height of the water flooding your property, such tools might not be very accurate. If our SERVPRO team inspects your property, we can give a better estimate based on the items affected and our experience dealing with similar situations.

When your property floods, SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties can help you deal with the problem with ease. You can reach us at (865) 986-3015 and time.

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The Advantages Of Hiring SERVPRO When An Ice Dam Forms And Causes Mold Damage In Your Harriman Home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Advantages Of Hiring SERVPRO When An Ice Dam Forms And Causes Mold Damage In Your Harriman Home Ice dams form when warm air escapes through a poorly insulated roof, and this heat then melts the underside of the ice and snow that accumulated.

Ice Dam Formation On Your Roof Can Lead To Mold Damage In Your Harriman Home's Attic

Colder weather means turning up the heat in our homes in Harriman. Keeping things comfortably warm can help stave off colds and flu episodes, as well as protect our homes. Letting heat escape through a poorly insulated roof and exterior walls in your residence can lead to higher heating bills.

Harriman residents should know that a lack of insulation in their roof can lead to mold damage. Ice dams form when warm air escapes through a poorly insulated roof, and this heat then melts the underside of the ice and snow that accumulated. Sunlight melts some of the snow on the top of the snow cover, sending water off the roof or trickling underneath in places where the cover is thinner. Overnight, when temperatures drop again, the top layer refreezes and traps the water underneath. The heat escaping can continue to melt the lowest part of the snow.

The weight of this ice and snow on your roof can eventually push water between shingles. As this water slowly enters your home, it can compress insulation further. This leads to more heat escaping through your roof. The moisture that entered remains, providing the microbes already present with the ability to begin growing in full force.

Installing new installation can prevent ice dams, but many homeowners find that mold damage already exists when they pull out the old insulation. SERVPRO can remediate this microbial invasion and make everything “Like it never even happened.” Any repairs to the roof should also occur at this time, to prevent any leaks or drips that can harm newly installed insulation. Afterward, you can safely install new insulation without worrying that either problem might return.

When mold damage occurs in an attic, many of the things stored there can also become covered in microbial growth. Some items stain easily because of the materials involved in their construction. However, we can restore many belongings to excellent condition. We can perform this cleaning in your home if space allows for our workers and equipment.

Because mold spreads via spores, SERVPRO's technicians set up air scrubbers in the living areas of your house. These machines clean the air and trap microscopic particles, including dust, spores, and small fibers. This is very important to consider if any ducts in your attic contain holes, tears, or breaks that spores might have entered before we remediated the situation.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties wants families to live in homes that contain no mold damage, especially since microbes can cause health effects. We serve residents in Kingston and Rockwood, as well as the Blue Springs area. Contact SERVPRO any time of the day or night, 265 days a year, by calling (865) 986-3015.

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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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