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Can SERVPRO Handle Odor Issues After Fire Damage to Lenoir City Homes?

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke After a fire, the smoke odors linger. SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to remove the odors.

SERVPRO Uses a Multi-Step Approach to Combat Odors After Fire Damage to Lenoir City Homes

One of the biggest challenges that the restorers face after fire damage to your Lenoir City home is the odor. SERVPRO technicians understand the science behind the odor-causing smoke and soot particles and use a multi-step approach to eliminate them from a fire-damaged home.  

SERVPRO technicians deal with odor-causing molecules after fire damage to your Lenoir City home by either masking the odor with pleasant-smelling deodorizers or chemically neutralizing them. SERVPRO techs use equipment such as Ultra Low Volume (ULV) misters to deodorize large areas after the fire and smoke damage, such as attics and crawl spaces. ULV foggers can produce small deodorant particles between 20-60 microns. However, other techniques are needed in some cases, such as fires involving protein residue and synthetic material. 

What is a Thermal Fogger that SERVPRO Techs Use During Fire Restoration in Lenoir City? 

A thermal fogger is an instrument that uses heat to vaporize a solvent-based or a petroleum-based deodorizer generating a 'smoke' or a fog containing very tiny particles (between 0.5 to 25 microns). As the deodorizer particles behave like smoke produced in a fire, they can interact more effectively with the odor-causing residues during smoke remediation of your Lenoir City home. The thermal fogs containing 'pairing agents' combine chemically with the odor-causing particles and neutralize them rather than just masking the odor. 

If the SERVPRO technicians decide to use this technique, all people, pets, and plants must be evacuated from the environment. As fogging agents are flammable, all flame sources, electrical arc, or flash are also eliminated. 

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015; we can deal with any size disaster. 

Why Choose SERVPRO to Manage Mold Damage in Lenoir City

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

mold on ceiling Did you find mold in your home? Call SERVPRO! We are trained and equipped to restore your home.

SERVPRO Offers Thorough and Effective Mold Remediation Services

Discovering mold in your Lenoir City property can be discouraging to a homeowner. The media spotlight on mold issues in recent years has been unrelenting, and what you hear can be frightening. Take the time to educate yourself about the realities of microbial growth and partner with a reputable mold remediation company to get your life back to normal.

Mold damage is a frequent problem in Lenoir City, and the reasons you experience it in your home are usually straightforward. Mold reproduces through spores, tiny particles that are present everywhere. Mold spores need water to grow and typically have no problem finding a moisture source outdoors.

Mold has the essential job of breaking down organic plant and animal materials, and if it were not available to do that task, outdoor debris would become unmanageable.

When water soaks into the structure of your dwelling, the spores floating or settled on surfaces swell and begin growing into colonies within 24 to 48 hours. Immediate response to any water damage is the key to avoiding mold growth, and SERVPRO’s water damage teams can remove moisture fast, minimizing the risk of damage from the mold.

Unfortunately, water damage often hides, and mold does not need light to multiply. Any organic surface such as wood framing, drywall, wallpaper, insulation, carpeting, and many more examples of common building materials and fixtures, sustain mold development if water is available. If a musty smell is noticeable, staining, and feathery or leathery growths of any color occur, a mold remediation assessment by SERVPRO is a must.

Mold Damage Remediation in Lenoir City

Our mold remediation crew trains to contain and remove the offending microbial infestation. SERVPRO technicians use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols to handle a mold outbreak. They are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists.

We take care to contain the outbreak, using physical barriers or equipment such as negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent moldy debris from circulating throughout your property during remediation. SERVPRO crews then remove the mold and any porous surface infiltrated, bagging the debris for appropriate disposal according to local hazardous waste rules. The affected area is sanitized with effective antimicrobials, and lingering debris is evacuated with vacuums equipped with HEPA filters.

The moisture source must be identified and then eliminated. SERVPRO monitors moisture levels in the air and structures until satisfied mold growth is unsustainable. Repairs of leaky plumbing or roofs need completion. Humidity levels must be reduced permanently to between 30 and 50 percent to prevent future development of the many mold strain spores still in the home.

If you suspect the possibility of mold damage in your home, SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties has strategies that work to eliminate current colonies and minimize problems in the future. Schedule a mold remediation specialist evaluation by calling (865) 986-3015.

Appliance Failure Could Create Water Damage in Your Lenoir City Home

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

top view of clothes in washing machine spin cycle Leaking washing machines cause water damage each year. Inspect your home often for signs of leaks.

SERVPRO Mitigates Damages in Lenoir City Properties from Water Leaks

Appliances in your home are a notable convenience. With all the time and effort they can save you, it is easy to forget that they are just machines. By their nature, appliances are eventually going to wear down and malfunction over time. With an appliance like a washing machine, this could spell a very substantial problem for your Lenoir City residence.

The trouble with appliances like your washing machine is that they rarely give you indications that they are close to breaking down. Something as simple as a bushing that has gone bad near the drum could be enough to cause the machine to overflow and spill water onto the floor. Worse still, the hoses on the back could break loose, allowing water to flow freely through your laundry area unabated until you notice the problem and manually shut off the valve. Considering the water damage this could cause to your Lenoir City home, and you need to know whom to call to help you clean up the mess and restore any harm that the incident might have caused.

Why SERVPRO for Water Damage Repairs

Our experienced SERVPRO team is available 24/7 for any emergency that you might have. Our emergency response crew can quickly assess the damage and eliminate the source of the water damage if that problem has not already gotten solved before we arrive. Cutting off the water supply to the washing machine prevents further incidents while the restoration process gets underway.

Extraction of the water is the primary concern, and there are many tools at our disposal to make this process quick and efficient. Depending on the severity of the situation, we can use everything from wet vacs to pump trucks to thoroughly extract all of the present water and prepare the affected area for drying. The volume of spilled water and the placement of the appliance can significantly magnify the water damage. The faster the moisture can get removed from the air and materials, the less likely that conditions would allow for mold growth. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians even use infrared thermal scanning to ensure that all of the water has been successfully dried from walls, floor voids, and flooring.

If you are dealing with any manner of a water damage emergency, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties. Our emergency response team is available anytime at (865) 986-3015.

Can SERVPRO Help Reduce the Cost of Mold Damage for Lenoir City Businesses?

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

heavy mold on wall and ceiling Mold can damage your business. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold for fast, effective remediation.

A Faster Response Helps Resolve Many Challenges Lenoir City Business Owners Face Because of Black Mold

On discovering mold growing at your Lenoir City business premises, the thought of cost is likely to cross your mind. Finding a way to minimize expenses would be desirable.

SERVPRO identifies various factors that influence the cost of mold damage in Lenoir City business premises. For instance, replacing more materials is costlier than just the cleanup of areas covered in mold residues. You might also incur indirect costs if customers or even your staff members abandon your business. Finally, the location within your property where the growth occurs can influence the removal processes, affecting the renovation costs.

Even when looking for ways to minimize costs, you still have to prepare for:

  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold Removal
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs

One of the effective solutions you can rely on when seeking a way to keep mold remediation costs manageable is speedy action. Doing so can halt the growth of black mold and reduce the level of mold remediation work needed. Since both surface and root-like hyphae attach to materials, they can deteriorate beyond repair if the infestation is left unchecked. 

When notified, SERVPRO sends a team to probe the level of growth and start remediation processes promptly. We investigate and address moisture sources. We clean up surfaces using common approaches like HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping or advanced ones such as soda blasting, removing mold traces “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties regularly handles mold damage in commercial establishments, thereby identifying cost-effective ways to address the problem. Call us at (865) 986-3015 for assistance.

How Does Flood Water Get Removed from Loudon Homes?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

wet tile floor from recent water damage Did your home suffer from flooding and resulting flood damage? Contact SERVPRO to be your partner during this trying time. We are here 24/7.

We Have Efficient Water Removal Services to Protect Loudon Homes After a Flood

Post-flood damage recovery and flood water removal can be essential services in Loudon. With the fast response of our storm damage team and flood recovery professionals, we can provide efficient mitigation solutions where needed. The presence of natural flooding can threaten the home in several ways, ensuring that water removal gets started as soon as possible. Some of these effects include:

  • Structural degradation
  • Ruined contents
  • Moisture migration
  • Mold development

How Can Water Removal Services Begin in Loudon Homes?

Floodwater removal in Loudon is one of the most necessary actions of flood restoration. From basement flooding to flood water infiltration into the main floor of the property, water removal services prevent more challenging conditions from developing. Extraction devices get selected on their ability to manage both the depth of current standing water and potential debris and solids that could be present.

With how important initial efforts like flood water removal are, having a quickly-responding team like SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties can prevent costly and unnecessary damages. Our professionals are available 24/7 by calling (865) 986-3015.

How Can Contents Get Restored After Loudon Housefires?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with debris everywhere If your home had a recent fire, time is of the essence! Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians and the right equipment for the remediation!

Damage to Belongings in Loudon Homes Can Often Get Restored After a Structure Fire

Most homeowners place a high value on their personal belongings, making this a critical aspect of the fire restoration services we provide. Often, this process involves the various on-site cleaning and recovery actions our technicians are available to perform. When relocation and on-site cleaning are not feasible, we have a nearby SERVPRO facility for advanced restoration.

What Off-Site Cleaning is Available for Fire-Damaged Items in Loudon Homes?

Fire damage restoration for Loudon homes often hinges on the actions that we can implement for damaged contents. When pack-out occurs, and personal belongings are relocated to our warehouse, our cleaning technicians have multiple options to clean, restore, and protect these possessions. Some of these include:

  • Esporta Wash System
  • Ultrasonic Tank Cleaning
  • Focused surface cleaning
  • Ozone chamber deodorization
  • Secure, safe storage

Fire damage restoration often involves more than fire and smoke damage cleanup, but also the restoration and recovery of damaged contents. Our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team can help with a fast response and trusted cleaning practices. Give us a call today at (865) 986-3015.

How Can SERVPRO Help Flooded Lenoir City Restaurants?

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded room over tile floor with chairs floating Flooded restaurants have the danger of being closed for a long period of time. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and help with flood damage.

No Matter the Cause, Flood Damage Can be Destructive to Your Lenoir City Business

Flood damage can rapidly overtake restaurants or other businesses in the area after storm damage. Our SERVPRO team can respond fast with mitigation and cleaning services to help.

Determining the Existing Flood Damage Threat

Job scoping can be beneficial in reducing the impact of flood damage for Lenoir City restaurants and businesses. This service ensures that our technicians have the appropriate information to prepare a focused flood restoration and cleaning plan to overcome flood damage quickly. This process carefully evaluates services, contents, and other exposed areas to determine where immediate attention is necessary, and other restoration practices can follow suit. Much of this job scoping process as intended to provide:

  • A focused flood restoration plan
  • Calculated estimate of job costs
  • Timeline for restoration and recovery

Removing Standing Flood Water from the Premises

Floodwater extraction can also be a priority for our responding technicians and one that requires multiple tools used in succession to overcome several inches of pooling in many cases. Our team must address standing water concerns with circulating debris and solids, making the choices for extraction limited to those with larger intake and discharge hoses and higher power output, such as are self-priming trash pumps and truck-mount extractors.

Surface Cleaning and Content Recovery

Modern kitchen spaces in restaurants and cafes often feature stainless steel counters and cabinetry, as this is easy to clean and less likely to absorb odors and other threats from years of use. When flood damage impacts these surfaces, cleaning is often possible to avoid tear-out and reconstruction. Porous materials are less fortunate in this regard, as they will be subject to removal and discarding when contaminated water exposure occurs. This is similar to contents in the restaurant, regarding what can be cleaned and what must be discarded. We fixate on relocating any items not directly impacted by the flood to prevent irreparable harm while flood restoration continues.

Off-site cleaning options for recovered items can include:

  • ESPORTA Wash Cleaning
  • Ultrasonic Tank Cleaning
  • Ozone Chamber Deodorization

Can SERVPRO Conduct Reconstruction and Repair Services?

Because we have a general contractor license that permits us to conduct specific reconstruction and repair actions necessary for the property, we can save customers time and money on this phase of flood damage restoration. Often prolonged exposure of floodwater to flooring can result in a need for baseboard removal and thorough assessment of the structural integrity of the tile or concrete flooring in the kitchen areas. Fixtures like shelves, trim, and other construction elements must often be removed during the controlled demolition process and replaced once flood damage restoration services are complete.

As threatening as flood damage might be to your restaurant, our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team can help you get back in business quickly. We understand how quickly these situations can get out of control and impact other areas of your business, so we establish direct containment and cleaning methods to help. Call us today at (865) 986-3015.

When Is Air Duct Cleaning Necessary for Lenoir City Homes?

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

spraying device in an air duct Contact SERVPRO for air duct cleaning in your home.

Airborne dust, debris, and pollutants can make challenging living conditions in Lenoir City properties.

As ductwork and HVAC systems age, they become more likely to allow a build-up of debris, dust, dander, and other allergens or pollutants. The indoor air quality (IAQ) can become directly impacted by these concerns. Because homeowners rarely consider the need for air vent cleaning, a thorough professional inspection of the ductwork network can indicate otherwise.

Is There Air Duct Cleaning Near Me? 

Our experienced professionals understand the urgency some homeowners might have when they believe contaminants or airborne threats might exist in their households. We respond fast to Lenoir City, Loudon, Harriman, and other communities throughout Loudon and Roane Counties.

What Can You Expect with Ductwork Cleaning? 

Each of our air duct cleaning services begins with a thorough and informative inspection of your HVAC system with snakes and borescope cameras. When we have evidence of blockages, throttling, or possible microbial concerns, we can begin removing the build-up using a combination of powerful HEPA vacuums and drill-powered whips, bristled brushes, and other instruments to loosen soils.

Are There Benefits of Air Vent Cleaning? 

Lower Energy Costs After Heating Duct Cleaning:The removal of blockages and throttling from your ductwork can increase production values for the furnace overall. When the system does not have to work as hard to produce the intended results after AC duct cleaning, this higher efficiency can get reflected with lower energy costs. 

Increase the Life of Your HVAC Equipment with AC Vent Cleaning:Specific practices, such as high-pressure air cleaning coils and other vital pieces of your HVAC unit, can improve its performance and increase its lifespan. Similarly, vacuuming build-up and debris during ductwork cleaning can reduce the needed power and production output and potentially extend the unit's life.  

Improve Indoor Air Quality Through Air Duct Cleaning Services:The IAQ of your home can often be directly correlated to actions taken to remove build-up. Moist conditions can facilitate mold growth and other agitative conditions like harsh odors. AC duct cleaning prevents the furnace from reintroducing several possible threatening microorganisms and threats to the property, such as:  

  • Dander
  • Pollen
  • Bacteria
  • Mold
  • Fungal spores

Are Certain Times of the Year Worse for Airborne Allergens? 

Warmer months, especially those encouraging the bloom of trees and flowers, can wreak havoc on individuals sensitive to allergens in the environment such as tree pollen, fungi, or microbial spores. From later winter through the final months of the summer, those with springtime allergies can still feel the effects outside. When these pollen cells become trapped in your HVAC system or keep recirculating through dirty ducts, these springtime allergies could impact you for the entire year inside without air duct cleaning. Many homeowners are shocked to learn that the indoor air quality is inferior to the outside air quality.

How Experienced is SERVPRO with Ductwork Cleaning Near Me? 

With accreditations through various standard-setting restoration firms like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA), we have the training and knowledge to identify threats and clean them safely and correctly.

While you cannot always determine the complete condition of your ductwork and when AC duct cleaning is necessary, our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties professionals provide honest inspections and never recommend services you do not need. We are ready 24/7 to help at (865) 986-3015.

Local Loudon Residents Call on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Remediation

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with debris everywhere Regardless of the room the fire affected, team SERVPRO can help. Call us for trained technicians and the right remediation equipment for the job.

Fire Damage Restoration Works Against Grease Fires in Loudon Kitchens

Nothing can leave damage and odors behind like dinner gone wrong. This form of house fire cleanup leaves multiple challenges for technicians that they are more than ready to meet such as: 

  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Need for a smoke remediation
  • Strong, pungent fire odors

SERVPRO technicians bring everything needed for Loudon fire damage remediation jobs. This type of house fire clean up can entail extensive smoke residue removal and more than a single type of odor neutralization application.

The majority of kitchen fires happen when either a protein with ice still present comes into contact with hot oil or water gets tossed on a grease fire. Both of these scenarios cause the water to turn instantly into a vapor and rise taking the oil particles and flames along with it. This action can cause a fire to spread rapidly with a large amount of damage in a short time. Fortunately, many of the EPA-registered, professional cleaning agents the techs utilize during fire restoration services can tackle even stuck-on smoke damage. 

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 brings years of experience and expertise to every fire damage remediation in Loudon properties.

Lenoir City Businesses Get Commercial Water Mitigation

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

a huge puddle of water on the wood floor Was your business affected by recent water damage? Contact our technicians for water removal services right after any incident.

Leaking Ceilings are Unsightly, SERVPRO Performs Water Damage Remediation in Lenoir City

There are a wide array of devices that the SERVPRO technicians use against commercial water damage. One of the most used is the infrared cameras for moisture inspections. Interestingly, this type of equipment does not actually detect moisture.

While the technicians scope the Lenoir City building during commercial water mitigation, it is vital to understand what an infrared camera can and cannot do: 

  • It is valuable during water removal services as it locates excessive moisture within the structure
  • Very beneficial for locating wall and ceiling leaks
  • Can pinpoint the problem area in a leaking roof from storms

SERVPRO relies on this device because it is very sensitive to temperature changes. The two most prominent ways that moisture gets detected are through evaporation and thermal capacitance. When a liquid evaporates, it cools the surface as it leaves, resulting in a cooler/darker display on the thermal cam. Thermal capacitance shows up on the thermal cam as a warmer image indicating that the moisture is storing thermal energy within the structure from the warm surrounding air. After dark, it is common for the moisture to show as cooler. 

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 serves the local Lenoir City community for any size and type of commercial water mitigation needed.