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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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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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What You Can Do When Your Lenoir City Salon Sustains Water Damage

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What You Can Do When Your Lenoir City Salon Sustains Water Damage Lenoir City Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal and a Beautiful Appearance

SERVPRO Removes Water and Restores Your Business to Its Pre-loss Condition Whenever Possible

Water damage can be a nightmare for any business. When a leak from the washing area of your Lenoir City salon gets out of hand, it may seem like a problem that can close down your business for repairs. After all, it is water damage, and it is right in the middle of your employee's workstation. However, this does not have to be the case. Professional help is close at hand and can help you remediate the water damage to your salon without closing your doors.

Our technicians can work to repair the water damage in your Lenoir City salon on your schedule. We are available to work at any hours that you choose, including when your salon is usually closed. We understand how important it is that the water damage on your property does not impact the flow of your business. When you outsource the work, you can continue your business as usual while leaving the remediation to experts.

We strive to be as unobtrusive as possible to your business, even when it is essential to deal with the water damage as soon as possible. If you want us to work during your business's hours of operation, SERVPRO can also merely section off the area that is damaged. When an area has been sectioned off, we fix it out of the sight of your customers while still attending to the damage as quickly as possible.

Our technicians can bring in our tools with us to dry out the damaged area of your salon, saving you the expense of trying to acquire them yourself. Depending on the severity of the water damage, we may use multiple tools to get the job done, including silica gel dehumidifiers, air movers, and ventilation fans. SERVPRO uses all of these tools to encourage evaporation and rid your salon of the excessive moisture that the leak brought. We can help prevent losses to your beauty aids with fast water removal and restoration.

When water damage invades your business, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians to your business as soon as possible.

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Restoring Flood Damages To Your Loudon Property

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damages To Your Loudon Property Flood damage to your Loudon home is typically pretty straightforward.

Restoring Flood Damage

Loudon area homes might not experience the worst possible weather throughout the year, but even its favorable conditions can turn severe with little warning. There have been several instances of flash floods in the area following bouts of prolonged rain where the ground was not able to keep up with the high volume of water coming down from the sky. While you cannot account for the possibility of flash flooding, you can decide how you are going to respond to the damage if it affects your home.

Flood damage to your Loudon home is typically pretty straightforward. The detrimental side of the occurrence is the pooling water that can seep into the walls, floors and other areas of your home and cause lasting damages to the structural components of your residence. Additionally, since flooding typically occurs in the lower levels of your home that many homeowners utilize for storage, you could be risking the stored contents of this area the longer that you put off seeking professional assistance.

Our SERVPRO professionals have a long-standing history of restoring flood damage to area homes and witnessed firsthand the kind of destruction that severe weather can do to a house. Correcting this problem should begin as quickly as possible, as this aids in the restoration efforts being a success without the need for complicated repairs and costly remodeling.

Locating the source of the problem is a critical piece of the restoration puzzle, as you do not want this same disaster to occur again and again with every round of severe weather to roll through the area. A thorough visual inspection by our SERVPRO professionals can often locate the vulnerable areas in your foundation walls and show our specialists where they need to repair to prevent more water penetration in the future.

No one is ever really prepared for flood damage to their home, but the effects of the disaster are not ones that you have to face alone. You can always count on the experience of our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties restoration specialists. We can be reached any time you need us at (865) 986-3015.

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Do Not Wait on Mold Remediation for Your Harriman Home

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do Not Wait on Mold Remediation for Your Harriman Home Finding mold in your home can be scary, but you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO to fully remediate the damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Help You Recover from Mold Damage

While you might not have ever experienced mold in your Harriman home before, the discovery of it now has you questioning what you should do next. The best thing that you can do is to immediately contact IICRC-certified mold remediation specialists to help you through the entire process, ones that can both safely remove the growing colonies and prevent the spores from spreading to new areas of your home and continuing the present damage.

Your Harriman home was not built to have both your family and mold damage. With the high volume of organic materials that go into the construction of your house, it is a virtual buffet for thriving mold colonies, and they can ruin everything that they become seated into or spread out to reach. It is now fundamental knowledge that mold can cause health effects, regardless of the variety that is present in your home, so this is a condition that you should consider paramount and have the situation resolved as quickly as possible.

As with any mold situation, sectioning off the affected area from the rest of your house is a critical step to prevent the spread of active spores to new areas. For this reason, air circulation equipment for your house gets turned off for the duration of the remediation process. By doing this, spores do not have a chance to be sucked into vents and exhausts to find a home in another damp area of your house.

The removal of mold colonies is an involved process that requires personal protective equipment to be worn by our SERVPRO technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to penetrate deeply into the surfaces housing mold colonies to eradicate the entire hyphae.

Dehumidification plays a critical role in the remediation process as well. Our SERVPRO professionals set up high-grade dehumidifiers to pull the moisture from the air and remove the food source mold spores need to grow and thrive. Preventing this might need to be ongoing, and you could get tasked with continuing to dehumidify the area for the foreseeable future if traditional waterproofing methods fail.

When you find mold in your home, you do not have to worry about it for a long time. When you reach out to SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties, you are reaching out to professional and certified remediation specialists that can help you through the process. Give us a call today at (865) 986-3015.

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Fire Damage Experts in Harriman

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts in Harriman SERVPRO responds quickly to help restore your home after a fire.

Call on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Anytime a fire starts indoors; the aftermath is devastating. If your Harriman home is ever the victim of a severe blaze, many different types of damage possibly occur. A fire's flames, heat, and smoke all cause different kinds of damage to the contents and building materials inside your house.

Sometimes fires behave strangely and all of the damage caused is not obvious. It is smart to call in SERVPRO's fire damage specialists in Harriman to make sure every area damaged gets the necessary attention. Smoke often travels to areas of the building away from the source that causes soot residues and unpleasant odors.

Whenever dealing with a fire situation, our SERVPRO technicians study how flames and smoke behave. The damage created during the burn is different in every situation. There are many factors affecting how severe a home gets damaged in a blaze.

After a burn, the amount of damage created depends on things likes what materials got burned and the amount of heat, oxygen, and moisture present. Airflow inside the building and the types of smoke residues present also play a role in determining how severe a structure gets damaged. Another factor that affects the cleanability of the damage present is the type of surfaces smoke and heat effect.

The type of surface smoke comes in contact with changes how the surface gets damaged. Porous surfaces allow soot residues and odors to penetrate deeply into the material and are harder to clean than non-porous surfaces. Synthetic fibers tend to collect more soot but are easier to clean than natural fibers.

Another factor that changes how easily an object is to clean is the age of the surface. As a general rule the older the surface is, the harder it is to clean. This rule holds true whether the surface is paint, carpet, or fabric.

To make sure all smoke and soot get adequately cleaned after a fire, it is wise to seek professional help. Remember, you can call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 for 24/7 assistance.

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Quick Thinking Can Reduce Water Damage To Your Lenoir City Residence

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Quick Thinking Can Reduce Water Damage To Your Lenoir City Residence Water damage to your Lenoir City residence does not have to be a traumatic event if you know whom to call when it happens.

Water Damage To Your Residence

Sometimes things go wrong, and if they do not immediately present themselves as emergencies, you might decide to just put them off until a later point. Something as fundamental as a leaking pipe underneath the kitchen sink can get easily remedied with the use of a large bowl underneath the drip you empty out once a day or so. The trouble with letting these problems persist is that it is only a matter of time before they get much worse, often splitting the pipe apart at the point of the leak. Now, you are combatting a significant water emergency in your Lenoir City home.

Of course, there are lots of times where pipes can be damaged or weakening without your knowledge. Regular inspections of your entire plumbing network can prove impossible to do on your own, and so you have just to remain hopeful that no problems arise. Water damage to your Lenoir City residence does not have to be a traumatic event if you know whom to call when it happens.

Once piping in your home breaks apart, you might not be fully aware of how to get the water to stop flowing to the break. Our SERVPRO team can quickly assess the situation and thwart the water supply were necessary to be able to get to work on the restoration and necessary repairs to give you back your home the way it was before the water damage incident occurred.

Our initial assessment after cutting the water supply guides us to the point where the restoration should begin. Sometimes water extraction is necessary, and this typically gets accomplished with the use of wet-vacs and portable pumps. Drying the area thoroughly with air movers can give our SERVPRO technicians a better look at the remaining damage to determine the scope of structural concerns that could exist.

Repair of the damaged plumbing is subject to the severity of the break. While there are some minor repairs that our restoration specialists can handle on site, some more dramatic and severe plumbing concerns should likely get handled by this tradecraft.

When water damage threatens your home, you can trust the experienced and professional technicians at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 by calling (865) 986-3015.

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Commercial Water Removal for Harriman Senior Residences

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal for Harriman Senior Residences SERVPRO understands it is important to keep your residents safe and works quickly to remove water and restore your senior care facility.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Keep Senior Care Facilities Safe

Every Harriman business experiences some level of water intrusion in their life. Although flooding from the outside can be very destructive, most businesses are more familiar with the damage caused by split water lines and failed plumbing.

Commercial water removal for Harriman businesses is vital to customer support, but for a few of them, it is also a matter of quality of life. Senior care facilities have to keep a clean, dry, and safe environment for their residents. With more than twenty years serving our fellow Tennesseans, SERVPRO understands exactly how important this is for the health of the seniors and the concerns of their families. To ensure fast support, we maintain a 24-hour, on call, response team.

Our first task is to stop more water from coming into the common areas and individual rooms. If parts of the building are not affected, and some of the residents are going about their normal routines, we cannot simply turn off the water main as we could at a retail operation.

What our IICRC certified technicians can do is shut down the water to individual floors and locations like individual or visitor bathrooms and the kitchen. If the problem is a loose connection or some other minor problem, we can fix that. When there is a major failure in the system, we recommend calling in a licensed plumber.

Once we do halt the water intrusion, SERVPRO technicians clear out the water. If the level is around ankle-deep or higher, we begin with commercial grade water pumps to remove the bulk of the flooding. For lower levels, or when the pumps are no longer effective, we use extraction wands to remove the majority of the water still clinging to the surface. They are also very useful to draw water out of rugs and carpets.

This takes care of most of the water, but that may not provide a safe enough environment for seniors. If needed to dry the floors thoroughly, we set up air movers to force warm, dry air over the carpets, and tile and wood floors. Technicians can also install exhaust fans at the exits to pull any damp air out of the facility to reduce the drying time.

Water removal needs to be accomplished quickly to ensure our more vulnerable and at-risk citizens remain in a safe environment even when disaster strikes. If you need our services for a senior care home or any other business, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties today at (865) 986-3015. We are here to help.

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SERVPRO Takes Care Of Deep Flood Damage In Loudon

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Takes Care Of Deep Flood Damage In Loudon In the aftermath of large-scale flood damage, you may find your home filled with features, objects, and areas decimated by the raging waters.

SERVPRO Takes Care Of Flood Damage

In the aftermath of large-scale flood damage in Loudon, you may find your home filled with features, objects, and areas decimated by the raging waters. SERVPRO carries a broad array of tools and trains staff members to adequately respond to and handle any contingency you might have and can reverse any effects of flood damage across your home. Here is a short overview of some of the most drastic changes a call to SERVPRO can have in your home.

Repairing Cabinets And Islands
Cabinets and islands are often among the most challenging spots in a home to repair after flood damage in Loudon. These spots can be heavily damaged by water trapped inside, foster fast mold growth, and are difficult to access and repair due to the presence of countertops and amenities above damaged areas. SERVPRO technicians are trained to respond to and repair damages to cabinets and islands of all shapes and sizes without causing further damage to your kitchen and bathroom areas. In most cases, we should be able to conduct selective repairs of damaged features, although we can also assist with full replacement if that is a more viable approach.

Scrubbing Stained Walls
Many floods carry dirt and other contaminants that can leave behind deep, dark stains on your walls and molding. We can remove these stains from almost all walls, and keep your rooms as aesthetically pleasing as the day they were built. While taking care of stains, we can also help with other overdue renovations, should you so desire.

Restoring Ruined Flooring
All types of flooring can suffer damage from a flood, but some, such as carpeting, can be especially vulnerable. Whether the floor is totaled or only lightly damaged, we can apply treatments and restorative processes in due and proportionate amounts, getting your home back to the way it was before the flood without unnecessary costs and hassle.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties provides expert flood damage repair and restoration services to the local area. If your house has been damaged in a storm or flood, do not hesitate to contact us at (865) 986-3015.

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How to Manage Mold Damage in Lenoir City

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Manage Mold Damage in Lenoir City Responding quickly to water damage in your home reduces the risk of mold damage because SERVPRO removes moisture quickly.

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 usually have no problem finding a moisture source outdoors.

In fact, 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 fungi.

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.

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 and 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, or humidity levels must be reduced permanently to between 30 and 50 percent to prevent future growth 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 going forward. Schedule a mold remediation specialist evaluation by calling (865) 986-3015.

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Expectations In Lenoir City

1/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Fire Damage Restoration Expectations In Lenoir City Lenoir City Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Smoke & Fire Damage

Lenoir City Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Smoke & Fire Cleanup and Restoration

When a fire breaks out in a Lenoir City residence, extinguishing the flames is just the first step. Charring, soot, and smoke damage are challenging problems for the homeowner, and successful outcomes rely on using proper tools, products, and techniques to restore a property to preloss condition. We offer highly-qualified technicians and state of the art equipment to transform fire damage to "Like it never even happened."

Once the firefighters leave and access to your Lenoir City house is again available, our fire damage crew assesses the issues. Our production manager develops a comprehensive plan to address all necessary tasks, starting with water removal and damage abatement and then moving on to soot, smoke, and odor remediation.
 
Firefighting typically involves significant quantities of water and sometimes chemicals to extinguish the flames. The unabated damage water does to property is ongoing, destabilizing and deteriorating structures as well as risking secondary harm such as mold growth. It also poses a slip and fall safety hazard for both inhabitants and restoration technicians during the recovery period. SERVPRO crews use powerful pumps and extractors to remove standing water. Then they determine drying goals based upon the moisture content of the affected structures and features. High-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers move water vapor out of the structure, captured by the dehumidifiers via condensation or desiccant technology.
 
Crews evaluate the soot and smoke damage and employ the appropriate tools and cleaners to remove the residues and restore surfaces. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified, trained in the restoration industry's best practices. Light soot and ash respond well to dusting, dry sponging, and HEPA filtered vacuuming. Stickier residues found when the fire smoldered may need spray and wipe techniques or abrasive tools or cleaners to dislodge. Some substances when combusted deposit a lacquer-like coating on surfaces that requires the use of solvents and abrasion to remove. Immersion or ultrasonic cleaning works well for removable fixtures and articles with intricate details.
 
The HVAC system in the dwelling needs inspection as it may have suctioned soot and smoke inside the ducts during the fire, dispersing the debris throughout the property. At a minimum, filters need replacement and more thorough cleaning done by SERVPRO if indicated.
 
After the fire damage, debris and residues are removed, and surfaces cleaned, any lingering odors need attention. SERVPRO (OCT) deodorization specialists use strategies like thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators to change the chemical composition of odor-bearing particles to neutralize them. Occasionally surfaces still emitting odors after cleaning need sealing to contain the smell.
 
Rely on SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties to come to your assistance with confidence after fire damages your home. Work crews are just a phone call away at (865) 986-3015, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Appliance Failure Could Create Water Damage In Your Lenoir City Home

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Appliance Failure Could Create Water Damage In Your Lenoir City Home Lenoir City Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Appliance Water Damaging Events

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, and 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 overfill 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, you need to know whom to call to help you clean up the mess and restore any harm that the incident might have caused.
 
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 incident 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 greatly 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, leaving you with the peace of mind that the affected area has gotten entirely restored.
 
If you are dealing with any manner of a water emergency, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties. Our emergency response team is available anytime at (865) 986-3015.

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