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When Water Damage is on Your Herriman Restaurant's Menu

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

Instead of commercial kitchen Water damage in your restaurant's kitchen can close your business. Call SERVPRO to remove the water from your premises.

The Tools SERVPRO Uses for Water Removal from Harriman Restaurants

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

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

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

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

Hire SERVPRO to Handle Storm Flood Damage in Your Lenoir City House

7/3/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with the dining table and chairs floating around After a storm, your flooded house may need help from the professionals. Call SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians and helpful remediation services.

Flooding in Lenoir City Calls for SERVPRO

The risk of massive damage to your house during a storm comes from the floodwater and wind. The speed of water extraction and drying can mitigate the physical damage to the structure and contents.

SERVPRO can perform storm flood damage repair in your Lenoir City residence. We have a team of experts who are well trained in the necessary restoration measures and the operation of state-of-the-art equipment to restore your home in the shortest time possible. Among the damages that flooding can cause to your house include:

  • Cracks on the foundation of your house are most common if it is built in an area with clay soil and concrete slabs.
  • Breakages or jamming of the doors and windows due to distortion of the frames.
  • The weakening of the drywall when soaked also creates a good environment for mold growth.
  • Wet insulation, which necessitates its replacement.
  • The framing can swell if the floodwater is left to stand for long.
  • Damage to your home's electrical system can be dangerous for everyone in the house.

We can use portable pumps to extract all the water from your house. We remove as much water as possible. Airflow is the other essential tool that water damage technicians use. Our SERVPRO team can use centrifugal air movers to dry your floors quickly walls by pushing the air directly to the surface.

If it is necessary to dry ceilings, our SERVPRO technicians can direct airflow across the damp ceilings to evaporate moisture. We also use dehumidifiers to dry a home. Dehumidifiers emit dry, hot air that can dry hard-to-dry areas like pillars, walls, voids, or other saturated areas.

Our SERVPRO team can also use non-penetrative moisture meters and infrared cameras to ensure no areas of your house have been left moist so that you can move back in safely.

To save your house from the damage inevitable when the flood water enters, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties for restoration services at (865) 986-3015. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Finding Professional Restoration Once Your Kingston House Fire Is Extinguished

7/3/2022 (Permalink)

a firefighter running with a hose to put out a house that's roof is on fire Dealing with fire damage in your home can be quite overwhelming. Partner with SERVPRO for effective remediation services. We are standing by 24/7.

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.

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

7/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a warehouse that is ready for use Team SERVPRO has the equipment and the trained personnel to help tackle the water damage in your place of business. Call us 24/7 - 365 days a year.

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.

Fire Damage Restoration of HardWood in Lenoir City

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

charred hardwood flooring yellow hue Fire damage restoration and repair of hardwood flooring after a Lenoir City house fire is possible -- just call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Restore Flooring after Fire Damage

When fires get out of control, they send hot smoke and ash into the surrounding atmosphere. Much of this smoke and ash bonds to surfaces on ceilings or upper walls in an indoor environment and can be challenging to remove. Once the flames are extinguished, non-bonded soots fall to the surfaces below, causing floor damage.

SERVPRO is a fire damage restoration service in Lenoir City that can help to repair your home after a fire. A burnt structure often shows significant signs of floor damage that may require technicians to clean at both the beginning and end of a service. Hard flooring can be categorized into four separate groups, with wood floors being among the highest value. Wood flooring has high concentrations of cellulose, which can lead to it absorbing any water used in the firefighting procedure and require prompt drying to mitigate potential loss. Smoke residues can also settle on wood floors, causing staining and malodors. Our technicians can help with:

  • Fire restoration
  • Smoke removal
  • Odor control

Our priority is to clean smoke-damaged hardwood flooring without causing harm to the floors existing finish. That means using non-acidic cleaning products to remove light and moderate smoke residues. Sometimes property fires can release aerosols into the home. Aerosols are volatile particles that can penetrate wood materials through the varnish and finish. SERVPRO technicians may have to utilize more advanced restoration methods in these situations. Generally, if there are signs of aerosol damage to wood floors, we begin by stripping the existing finish. The woods are then cleaned or sanded to remove the residues from the surface. Technicians can then return to the property several times to refinish the wooden flooring to its preloss condition.

  • Refinishing wood flooring without experience and expertise should be avoided at all costs.
  • Sometimes a subcontractor may be used to repair heavily damaged wood flooring.
  • The type of flooring, whether strip, plank, or parquet, can impact the amount of damage sustained during a fire.

If soot or ash damages your floors, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties for fire damage restoration at (865) 986-3015.

Why You Should Treat Water Damage Incidents in Oak Ridge as an Emergency

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet Restoring water damaged carpets in Oak Ridge is a cornerstone of SERVPRO services

Water Removal Mitigates Property Loss in Oak Ridge

Attending to water damage incidents is always similar to address any emergency. There are certain aspects that restoration professionals look at while at the site. A pre-inspection is necessary to apply 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 Oak Ridge

Securing your property is one of the first tasks that our SERVPRO technicians do when addressing water damage in Oak Ridge. It is an essential step since there is a possibility of facing hazards at the site. You do not want to face risky situations like 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, and sagging ceilings.

Stopping the water source and removing any standing water

Here, we can use appropriate pumps and 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 contacted 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 airflow rate to the wet areas, our SERVPRO technicians position air movers as per the IICRC guidelines. With time, the moisture content in air gradually increases, and we perform dehumidification to decrease it to acceptable levels.

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

Lenoir City Commercial Water Damage and Moisture

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

beauty salon seating From beauty salons to offices and restaurants--SERVPRO mitigates water damage in Lenoir City

SERVPRO Treats Water and Moisture Removal in Lenoir City

If your commercial building in Lenoir City ever becomes 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. Offices and bakeries can have varying aspects of water mitigation issues.

Some materials inside your place of business can resist water better than others. When working on a commercial water damage job in Lenoir City, our SERVPRO technicians use their knowledge of how moisture interacts with different materials when figuring out the project's overall scope. Whether materials get affected by water depends on how readily they absorb water from the air. Sensitive electronic components react differently than booth materials in a restaurant.

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 quickly. Non-porous materials such as plastic, glass, or vinyl have low permeance factors meaning that they absorb little or no moisture.

Vapor barriers are either waterproof substances or have a permeance of one perm or less. When a material has one perm of permeance, it means that only 1 grain of water vapor could pass through 1 square foot of the material's surface during one hour. A vapor barrier is a material that water cannot pass through or is highly negligible, such as vinyl wallpaper.

Hygroscopic materials 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 get wet. However, once these materials like fabric, insulation, and carpet get wet, they damage 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 quickly.

Our SERVPRO restoration team concentrates on drying out hygroscopic materials first when drying a structure. 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 office, bakery, or retail shop, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015. 

Flood Damage Calls for Drying and Contents Cleaning in Loudon

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

A person standing in standing water. SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is here to assist with all of your flood damage needs.

Loudon Residents Look to SERVPRO for Effective Flood Damage Cleanup

Rapid action is what any home or business owner needs in Loudon after facing flooding and storm damage. Only certified restoration technicians understand the urgency in these situations, so you can feel confident when hiring SERVPRO to handle everything from storm debris and water removal services to meticulous content cleaning. We are available 24/7 and get to work as soon as we arrive on your property to begin the assessment to evaluate the damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Water mitigation and muck-out cleaning are integral parts of handling flood damage in your Loudon property. We manage standing water, determine the contamination level, and follow the water migration path to ensure no moisture lurks in hidden areas. Because natural disasters like storm flooding come with varying levels of solids, mud, and debris, our Green Fleet comes ready with the best tools for the job, including:

  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Trash pumps
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps
  • Wet/dry vacuums

Cataloging, pack-outs, and storage available as needed

In many flooding situations, we must move or remove items so that they can either be cleaned or stored off-site for safekeeping. Our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) determine salvageability, and all items get carefully logged using our inventory system. If your items are to be moved off-site, everything will be under the care of our team for:

  • Focused/specialized cleaning
  • Sanitizing and deodorizing
  • Safe storage in our climate-controlled warehouse

Feeling a loss can be overwhelming when your life is turned upside down by a storm. SERVPRO not only acts with disaster-ready teams, but you can also count on our customer care team to assist with your insurance claims process. We ensure all documentation is in order and act as a trusted liaison with your insurance provider to help your claim move smoothly. 

Dial (865) 986-3015 to enlist the help of our crew at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties for storm flood damage assistance. We are your fire & water cleanup and restoration specialists!

Do Not Wait on Mold Remediation for Your Harriman Home

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

black mold on a brown wall 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, discovering 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. Such a process can both safely remove the growing colonies and prevent the spores from extending to all 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 soon as possible.

As with any mold situation, sectioning off the affected area from the rest of your house is crucial to prevent the spread of active spores to new areas. For this reason, air circulation equipment for your home 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 certified 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 reach out to professional and certified remediation specialists who can help you through the process. Give us a call today at (865) 986-3015.

Commercial Water Removal for Harriman Senior Residences

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

A woman in blue scrubs pushing a person in a wheel chair 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 it is also a matter of quality of life for a few of them. Senior care facilities have to keep a clean, dry, and safe environment for their residents. With more than twenty years of serving our fellow Tennesseans, SERVPRO understands exactly how important this is for the seniors and the concerns of their families. We maintain a 24-hour, on-call response team to ensure fast support.

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 for drawing 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. We will set up air movers to push warm, dry air over the carpets, tile, and wood floors if needed to dry the floors thoroughly. 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.

Why Smoke Odors Are a Challenging Fire Damage for Lenoir City

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged living room with debris on the floor and soot covering the walls When dealing with fire damage, odors can often remain when not remediated properly. Contact SERVPRO to assess and mitigate the scenario in your home.

Fire Damage from Smoke Malodors Impacts Lenoir City Properties Severely

There are many layers and phases of fire restoration and recovery for your home. It is necessary to approach these situations urgently, and your insurance provider will want experienced and reputable restoration professionals to help. We can aid in overcoming smoke damage like odors in your home after a disaster.

Open-Air Odors

Considering the many ways fire damage in Lenoir City homes and businesses can develop and spread, having effective strategies to combat smoke damage and its related effects is crucial. This begins with addressing airborne contaminants and smoke solids that make the environment dangerous for house occupants. HEPA filtration can also help to address harsh odors in the work area.

Trapped Smells in Soft Materials

  • Clothing – Clothing and other soft materials can absorb smoke odors quickly with their high porosity. Thermal fogging can often reduce or even remove trapped odors in these materials, but dry cleaning might also be needed in more extreme cases.
  • Furniture – It is necessary to quickly address any furniture that has absorbed smoke orders, especially the upholstery. We have specific cleaning technicians certified in upholstery and fabric cleaning (UFT) to help.
  • Carpets – Carpets can also rapidly absorb smoke odors into the fibers and padding layers. When combined with vaporous deodorization practices, cleaning the carpet with hot water extraction or bonnet cleaning tools can often overcome these threats.

Damage to Contents

In addition to the damage that odors can cause to the open areas and specific contents of your home able to absorb this damage, we must also consider how threatening malodors can be to large groups of personal belongings and keepsakes in the house. Even with the ability to clean these materials from soot deposits, it is often necessary to relocate them to our nearby SERVPRO facility for deodorization with our ozone chamber.

Trust in our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team when fire damages threaten your home. We can help 24/7 at (865) 986-3015.

Fire Damage Problems in Harriman

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

a fireman taking a pot off of a burned stovetop After the fire fighters leave, you will notice that water also damaged your property. Contact SERVPRO to help deal with both and remediate your home.

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 running 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.

Commercial Water Damage And Your Harriman Pet Supply Store

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

an isle in a pet store with leashes and food bowls Water damage in your pet store will certainly keep customers away. Call our water damage team 24/7 for effective water removal services.

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 stormy 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.

What Typically Gets Damaged by Commercial Water Damage?

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

insurance claim form and a pen SERVPRO says to Loudon Commercial Business owners--make sure you have interruption riders in case of water damage closing the doors

SERVPRO Techs Restore Lenoir City Businesses with Commercial Water Damage Repair

Commercial water damage affects business owners in Lenoir City on multiple levels. Not only does this type of disaster cost billions each year, but it can create more losses for future business until repairs, and replacement measures are complete.

Lenoir City, in need of water damage repair, can count on SERVPRO to get the job done right.

SERVPRO technicians use a meticulous and scientific approach to disaster cleanup that strives to minimize property loss and maximize cost savings during the mitigation and restoration process.

SERVPRO tools ensure that properties receive the same high standard of care required to mitigate disaster successfully. Equipment includes:

  • Sophisticated moisture measurement technologies to help establish drying goals and monitor surfaces throughout the mitigation process.
  • Extraction tools like wands and rovers ensure that water damage is successfully removed from carpeting and hard-to-reach areas on your property.
  • EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions are made to tackle a variety of cleanup needs. SERVPRO has over 100 proprietary solutions available for combating microbial growth, among other disaster concerns.
  • Industrial grade drying equipment includes air movement and dehumidification for a more efficient drying process.
  • Commercial deodorization tools remove lingering water damage odors by behaving like water saturation.

Navigating Your Options for Commercial Water Damage Insurance

Are you trying to find an insurance plan that fits your business’s needs?

Consider the following:

  • Different policies cover different things. Commercial coverage may need varying amounts of supplemental coverage depending on the type of business you operate. Most business owners, however, would do well to maintain protections for both business assets and the structure of your commercial property.
  • Coverage depends on the nature of the disaster. Sudden pipe leaks are more likely to be compensated than slow-acting leaks or drips that have caused damage over time. If the accident has taken a protracted period of time to occur, the insurer may reject compensating you for these damages on the grounds of potential negligence.
  • You need to know what is covered under your plan. Keep in mind that flooding is separate from water damage and requires additional supplemental coverage. Consult with your insurance agent about updating your coverage if you are concerned about the current state of your insurance policy.

Common Items in Need of Repair on Commercial Property

A commercial facility, such as a first-floor office, may need a broad spectrum of cleanup and replacement tasks performed to maintain safety and sanitation, including:

  • Electrical components in the walls may require a temporary shutoff for cleaning and restoration after wall cavity water damage buildup.
  • Carpeting and pad can quickly lose the ability to adhere to the floor. When this happens, throwing the carpeting away might be ideal compared to taking steps to preserve it. SERVPRO crews can offer guidance on the most cost-effective options for your flooring.
  • Wooden furniture and similar items with finishes can experience staining or spreading of pigment.
  • Inks in paper goods also bleed quickly after water damage exposure, which can spell bad news for clients looking to preserve essential business papers and other such documents.
  • Metals can corrode quickly without fast action. This includes components inside office devices and kitchen appliances.

However, some items cannot be replaced easily. Delaminated vinyl floor tiles, waterlogged ceiling tiles, and crumbly drywall are often cheaper to replace than to repair.

SERVPRO Preserves Water-Damaged Assets

Did you know that SERVPRO mitigation measures also apply to commercial documents? While document restoration can be quite costly, technicians are trained to offer several different document restoration measures that are cost-effective.

Documents in need of restoration can be air-dried on site. SERVPRO techs also have access to offsite cleaning facilities where materials can be frozen, then dried without accumulating additional water damage. SERVPRO can also create digital copies of your documents and upload them to cloud storage for your needs.

Restoration options include:

  • Air drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freeze-drying
  • Vacuum freeze- or thermal-drying

In most cases, documents that have suffered clean water damage can be frozen or dried within 48 hours if the moisture exposure is less than 24 hours old.

If the water damage in your workspace is confined to a small area, structure and contents drying can be accelerated with the aid of drying chambers made of polyethylene sheets. These chambers limit the spread of water vapor during drying to make the process faster and more efficient.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties provides businesses with service that keeps your property looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (865) 986-3015 to begin the disaster mitigation process 24/7.

Can Reconstruction of a Loudon Home After a Fire Happen if It Still Has Smoke Odors?

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

loudon fire dpartment Smoke odor and fire damage restoration are cornerstone's of SERVPRO services in the Greater Loudon Area

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training, Tools, and Experience to Restore and Refresh Your Loudon Home after Damage from Fire

Attic fires are one of the worst types of fires as they can rain down debris, smoke damage, and soot all over the lower levels of your Loudon property. This home disaster often creates huge odor issues throughout the home. It can bring cross-contamination issues if soot begins circulating through the residence's ductwork, spreading the smoke's scent throughout the property. Odor control measures need to be taken before any repairs or rebuilding occur, or you will be stuck with the smell of the fire as long as you remain in the home.

Can Fire Damage on Walls and Ceilings Get Cleaned?

There is never an absolute answer for the restoration of a Loudon home with fire damage. Many factors contribute to the outcome of every job SERVPRO technicians work on, such as:

  • If there is water damage wicked into the sheetrock of walls and ceilings
  • The amount of charring on building materials
  • The type of smoke residues left on the structure

The technicians test the residues to determine the best cleaning methods to use. In some cases, when the building materials have no evidence of charring, heat damage, or deterioration due to water, the techs may opt to use a sealant when the maximum amount of residues have gotten removed, and residual fire odors remain. Along with air quality improvement measures such as negative air chambers to port in the fresh air and air scrubbers to capture airborne particulates, the techs successfully remove all traces of smoke odors.

When you need restoration for your home and contents post-fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties (865) 986-3015. The trained, certified techs have the experience and equipment to get your home restored completely, “Like it never even happened.”

Is Eating Canned Food Safe After Loudon Fire Damage Restoration?

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

trash bin with burning food cans SERVPRO recommends to our Oak Ridge neighbors to toss fire damaged food, we can take care of cleaning up your home

Post-Fire Food Safety Assessment Experience: Why SERVPRO's Guidance Is Reliable

During Oak Ridge fire damage restoration, smoke, heat, and charring suffered by food and drinks cause safety concerns. If food sustains contamination or undergoes toxic chemical changes, house fire clean-up must include disposal of these tainted items.

Can Cleaning Interventions Make Fire Damaged Foods and Beverages Safe to Ingest?

Unfortunately, even innovative cleaning strategies cannot restore the safety of fire-damaged food in Oak Ridge homes. Understanding which consumables have crossed the line from edible to dangerous is vital to health and well-being, why SERVPRO helps homeowners sort the food in pantries as part of our fire mitigation and remediation services. Follow our recommendations to retain only foods completely unadulterated by a household fire's effects.

Which Foods Need Disposal During Oak Ridge Fire Damage Restoration?

One of the most common reasons why SERVPRO recommends tossing out food after a fire is the spoilage caused by high temperatures. Even food in sealed jars and cans harbor toxins after heat exposure because:

  • Elevated temperatures cause tiny cracks or seal breakage, permitting contaminants to enter.
  • Plastic containers or liners inside glass or metal can melt, leaching hazardous substances into the canned or jarred food.
  • Heat can activate food spoilage bacteria inside a sealed vessel.

Can Soot Infiltrate Seals and Contaminate Food?

Heat is not the only danger to canned, jarred, and vacuum-sealed packaged food. Microscopic soot particles can intrude through seals of professionally prepared as well as home-canned or bagged food. For example, soot can "climb" the ridges of a screw top, invading unopened containers after a residential fire. The act of twisting off the top of a bottle or jar, using a can opener, or tearing or cutting open a bag of food might introduce soot residues on the surface of the containers. The uncertainty of contamination is why SERVPRO often recommends discarding unopened jars and plastic packs.

Familiarity with the science of fire damage and food contamination is why SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties offers trustworthy advice during food storage space cleanup. Call (865) 986-3015 for a consultation.

Call SERVPRO for Help with Water Damage Cleanup in Loudon

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Leaking dishwasher Regardless whether it's faulty plumbing or an aging dishwasher, Team SERVPRO is ready to remediate water damage in your home.

Can Consumers Minimize Water Damage After a Leak in Loudon – SERVPRO

Consumers experience water leaks in their Loudon homes from leaky pipes, overflowing sinks, and faulty appliances that can cause additional damage if the water is not removed quickly. A leak under a sink is often missed until consumers notice a strong, musty odor. If a sink overflows, the water spreads across the floor, seeping into joints on the floor and spaces under cabinets. Connecting hoses to dishwashers and laundry equipment can burst, distributing hundreds of gallons of water into your home.

SERVPRO can help with water clean-up and water damage restoration in Loudon homes. Our response is less than four hours from your call, and we deploy equipment to extract water from cavities under cabinets and from hardwood floors. Our weighted water extractors can remove the excess water if the water has spread to carpeted floors. Responding quickly and removing the water can prevent further secondary damage from water, causing wood products to absorb moisture and begin swelling.

If you notice a strong, musty odor emanating from under the sink, there is a good chance there is a mold infestation, and the cabinets are soaked with water. SERVPRO can investigate and prepare recommendations regarding the best approach to remove the mold and dry the area. Mold can cause health effects, and consumers should not hesitate to request help eliminating mold.

There are a variety of steps consumers and homeowners can take to reduce the risk of water damage from leaks and overflows as well as mold damage from longer-term leaks:

  • Check under sinks and all visible plumbing for leaks and extensive condensation
  • Check dishwasher laundry machine hoses for cracks and replace if needed
  • Never leave a room with water flowing into a sink or tub. Turn the taps off first.

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties in Loudon and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (865) 986-3015.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Damage Remediation and Removal in Lenoir City

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

"Mold inspection" Count on the professionals at SERVPRO if you find and remove mold damage in your home.

Need Mold Inspection and Mold Damage Remediation in Lenoir City – Call SERVPRO

Mold infestations can occur anytime moisture, warmth, and food are abundant in our Lenoir City homes. High moisture levels caused by unventilated showers, leaky pipes, and even condensation from air conditioning provide great environments for mold spores to grow into colonies. Many homeowners do not realize they have a mold issue in their homes until they notice a strong, musty odor coming from one area of the house. Shower stalls, under sinks, under air conditioning units, and near leaky windows are common locations for finding a mold colony.

SERVPRO provides mold damage remediation in Lenoir City and the surrounding area. While mold is present almost everywhere, it is not until a colony becomes established that residents notice the musty odor attributable to a thriving mold colony. We urge homeowners to take action immediately once they see mold growing or smell the telltale odor of mold. Mold can cause health effects in many individuals.

Our team is well equipped to deal with mold removal and remediation challenges. Our SERVPRO team is highly trained in mold remediation, and we have specialized equipment on hand to deal with mold infestations. We are required by state laws to follow the specific inspection and documentation protocols for mold infestations. Our team can provide advice and the best approach for the process, depending on your unique situation.

If you notice mold growing or smell the odor in the air, don’t hesitate to request assistance from our team of experts. We can help by providing:

  • Inspections of mold contamination
  • Mold remediation
  • Removal of mold in bathrooms, attics, and anywhere mold colonies have become established

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties in Lenoir City and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (865) 986-3015.

Can Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Cause Water Damage in Lenoir City- SERVPRO

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes with logo Severe winter weather can lead to ice damming, frozen pipes and many other home disasters. You want help from the experts! Call SERVPRO for help.

SERVPRO Clears Water Caused by Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming in Lenoir City

While it does not often happen, frozen pipes can cause a great deal of water damage in Lenoir City when the temperature falls below freezing. Many homes are not well insulated, and pipes located inside exterior walls, external faucets, and irrigation systems can easily freeze and crack. Once the ice inside the plumbing thaws, hundreds of gallons of water can escape inside the walls and into homes, causing a great deal of water damage.

SERVPRO can help with water cleanup and water damage restoration in Lenoir City after a frozen pipe spills water all over the house. Once the homeowner notices a line has split, turn off the main water valve to stop the water flow. Avoid turning on electrical items such as lamps, TVs, radios, etc., that may be exposed to the water. Remove items from the floor, especially colored fabrics, which might leach colors onto the surface where they are sitting. Arrange for help from SERVPRO for water removal services and drying of your home and contents.

Homeowners should act quickly to control the water and begin drying. Compressed wood products, hardwood floors, and drywall absorb moisture, expand, and lose structural integrity (Particleboard and drywall).

During a cold spell, whenever there is a concern the pipes may freeze, consider the following actions to reduce the risk and the damage from frozen pipes:

  • Turn up the temperature inside your home
  • Open interior doors, so the temperature is uniform throughout the home
  • Open cupboard doors where there are water lines to heat these spaces as well
  • Turn on water taps to allow a slow drip. Keeping the water moving will prevent it from freezing.

These actions may increase your utility costs slightly during a cold spell; however, they will help avoid water damage, stress, and frustration when dealing with water in your home after frozen pipes begin to thaw.

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties in Lenoir City and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (865) 986-3015.

Why Is SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Service One of the Best in Lenoir City?

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

fire damsge After a fire incident takes place. You can trust that your home is in good hands with the experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

It is Because of Our Vast Fire Damage Restoration Resources and Dedication to Clients.

Lenoir City is home to numerous fire damage restoration firms, but not all are of the same quality. Many do not possess the resources necessary to clean up and restore all forms of fire damage effectively, while others may not seem as connected to their clients. Fortunately, SERVPRO is one of the better companies out there.

House fires are a relatively common occurrence in Lenoir City, which makes fire damage restoration services like SERVPRO’s essential to local homeowners. In the aftermath of residential fires, fire-damaged homes generally require extensive house fire clean-up efforts, smoke remediation, and fire damage restoration work. While several area companies can remediate such issues, SERVPRO is usually better able to perform the work for the following reasons: 

  • We have a team of skilled technicians with decades worth of combined experience in the fire damage cleanup and restoration industry
  • Our equipment is wide-ranging and cutting-edge, so we can often complete complex jobs that many other companies can’t
  • We are locally based, with resources close at hand, and our skilled technicians live and work in the communities they serve
  • Our experts are intensely dedicated to their clients, which often earns SERVPRO the highest customer satisfaction ratings on Facebook, Google Reviews, and Yelp

In each of these ways, SERVPRO generally outperforms other area fire damage restoration firms.

So, whenever you need fire damage restoration work done, remember that your neighbors at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties are always here to help. Regardless of the time of day or day of the week, we are ready for your call. Contact us anytime at (865) 986-3015 for assistance.

What Can I Do to Prepare for Potential Flood Damage in Loudon?

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Flood water around home When flood damage takes over your home, call on our skilled experts for remediation assistance right away.

There Are Several Things You Can Do to Prepare for Potential Flood Damage.

Loudon, like most of East Tennessee, is prone to flooding because of its notoriously rainy weather and the omnipresent rivers and lakes of this region. However, while this all makes suffering flood damage a greater risk for local homeowners, there are ways of avoiding or mitigating this serious threat.

Loudon flood damage remediators at SERVPRO routinely deal with the effects of floods and have a few suggestions for those attempting to avoid them. Flood victims often require various costly services like water removal services, basement flooding clean up, biohazard remediation efforts, and water damage repairs. These restoration hassles and expenses are why SERVPRO’s flood damage experts suggest taking the following measures to avoid or limit potential flood-related problems:

  • Landscaping yards so water naturally drains away from your home and ensuring that your drainage networks are always free of clogs and debris
  • Properly maintain your residence by periodically having it inspected for leaks and promptly repairing any cracks or damage found
  • Staying informed of local weather conditions and be prepared to move your valuables and prized possessions out of harm’s way before floodwaters arrive
  • Sandbagging the perimeter of your property and diverting approaching waters away from your home
  • Turning off the water and electric utilities before leaving your house in advance of flooding

While all of these steps are useful suggestions for limiting your flood damage risks, there are no guarantees when it comes to avoiding the disastrous effects of flooding.

With all that said, it’s comforting to know that companies like SERVPRO are always here and ready to help whenever your home is impacted by a flood. So, if you ever need assistance cleaning up and restoring flood damage, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015.

How Is SERVPRO Better Than Other Mold Removal Companies in Loudon?

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians in PPE SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of mold damage, Including the odors that come with it. Call us today, we are always available.

SERVPRO’s Experts in Loudon Are among the Most Highly Trained in the Industry.

In Loudon, successful remediation of mold and its effects requires the right professional knowledge and experience. SERVPRO technicians have the right specialized training and accumulated, work-related knowledge to expertly clean up and restore damage caused by mold growths.

When evaluating Loudon mold removal companies like SERVPRO in your search for the best one to handle your mold-related issues, it’s crucial to examine the credentials of their experts. You need to find out what organization trains and certifies a company’s mold specialists, if that organization is reputable, and if the mold removal company’s technicians are qualified to perform services such as mold inspection, mold removal, and black mold damage repairs. 

Some of the Specific Qualifications of SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation Experts Are:

  • Professional credentials from the highly respected Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in various mold remediation topics
  • Specialized training in handling water issues, including education in applied structural drying and water damage restoration techniques
  • Training in applied microbial remediation, upholstery & fabric restoration, and carpet cleaning to eliminate microbial threats and clean up their effects 
  • Certification in odor control that indicates our technicians’ advanced skills in eliminating the unpleasant, persistent smells of mold damage 
  • Decades of combined mold remediation experience performing everything from mold inspections to extensive black mold damage repairs

With all of this in mind, know that your friends at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties are always here and ready to assist you with all your mold removal needs. Regardless of the severity of your particular issue, rest assured that we can likely help. Call us anytime at (865) 986-3015.

Do I Need Skilled Restoration if My Dishwasher Leaked in My Lenoir City Home?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher overflowing with suds Dishwashers are common causes of water damage. It doesn't take long for a small leak to damage your flooring material.

SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Efforts Addresses Initial Cleanup and Moisture Detection to Lessen Damage to Your Lenoir City Home

Part of being a homeowner includes realizing that some accidents are unavoidable. If you have a dishwasher that springs a leak, you could end up with water under your cabinetry and seeping down underneath flooring into your subfloor. Depending on your dishwasher's location or any other appliance that leaks, you may also have water that migrates into different spaces within your Lenoir City home. Rather than underestimating the impact of a faulty device that leaks, you can call in the help of trained restoration professionals to handle the water damage.

Innovative water damage restoration in Lenoir City is an area where we thrive at SERVPRO. Once you call our qualified water restoration team, we will arrive quickly to begin the assessment to get started with water cleanup efforts. We are available every day of the week, 24 hours a day, making us Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Impact Will This Have on My Floors?

Whenever excessive moisture and humidity is present, it can bring on a range of issues. The initial line of defense is to make sure that your space's relative humidity levels get returned to normal. Once we extract any standing water, we begin drying with the help of dehumidifiers and air movers. Our skilled technicians monitor moisture levels throughout and adjust accordingly to help achieve our drying goals. Failing to address water intrusion promptly could lead to several issues with your flooring, such as:

  • Delamination, or the separation of layers, of engineered flooring from excess humidity
  • Cupping comes about with humidity changes, which is a dip in the planks of the floor
  • Buckling often happens when hardwood flooring begins to separate from the subfloor when humidity levels are high

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties not only addresses your flooring, but we can also handle cabinetry that may be at risk of costly damage due to excessive moisture. When you need skilled help with water damage restoration, we can be reached by calling (865) 986-3015.

How Fast Does SERVPRO Respond to Restore Your Loudon Home?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged room Storm damage is not match for our SERVPRO team. We are always equipped and ready to go to restore your home.

How to Manage Flood Damage in Your Loudon Home Efficiently

No other natural disaster costs more property damage and loss of lives in the U.S.A. than flooding. The cost of restoring a flood-damaged home varies based on the severity of the destruction. If the floodwater got to your foundation or basement and caused rotting, mold growth, or damaged your furniture, carpets, and home appliances, the restoration costs can be high.

We Respond Within 2 to 4 Hours to Restore Your Loudon Home

Even if the incident caused minor roof and ceiling drips, broken fixtures, and wet drywall, you still need some flood damage restoration guidelines. Restoring your Loudon home after flood damage can be overwhelming, but the following tips for water damage restoration can make things easier and more cost-effective for you. Efficient flood restoration begins with thorough cleanup to remove the water, mud, and dirt. The key steps to take when cleaning up your flood-damaged home include:

  • Shut down the power supply in your house to prevent electrocution hazards.
  • Prioritize your safety because flood water may contain bacteria, fungi, pesticides, and other substances that could harm your health. Therefore, wear protective clothing, a face mask, and rubber boots before you start cleaning up after a flood.
  • Prepare all the supplies you need like disinfectants, old towels or rags, and different cleaning products.
  • Remove stagnant water using wet/dry vacuums or pails.
  • Remove the porous materials which are contaminated or soaked and discard them.
  • Open doors and windows to let air circulate in your home.

It is Crucial to Remove Flood Damage Within 2 to 4 Hours to Prevent Mold Infestation.

Once you get rid of the water, it is time to dry the affected areas. You can buy or rent high-powered fans or air movers to speed up the drying process. Use a portable dehumidifier to remove water vapor from indoor air. You can also place desiccants in sealed areas such as containers and closets to dry the items inside. If the flood damage is extensive, you can seek help from SERVPRO flood remediation professionals. We have the expertise and tools to clean up your house, dry it and disinfect it to make the damage look “Like it never even happened.”

We respond with the most powerful and sophisticated extraction equipment available, like submersible pumps and portable pumps. SERVPRO emphasizes fast water extraction because it reduces drying time and repair expenses. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) can dry out your house thoroughly using air movers and refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers.

Our goal is to dry a structure to return the materials to their normal moisture content levels. We use moisture meters to find the moisture content of various materials and determine if a structure is dry. We can restore your house and help you salvage some of the possessions the floodwater damaged by cleaning them in our facilities.

If your Lenoir City, Harriman, or Oak Ridge home has flooded, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 as soon as possible for help. We can provide you with an optimal flood restoration experience.

What Types of Fire Damage Occurs Most Often in Lenoir City Attics?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

closeup of fireman's hand holding fire hose; water spraying from hose Water damage usually follows fire damage. SERVPRO knows how to restore your water and fire damage.

SERVPRO Techs Have the Professional Equipment and Training to Remove Signs of a House Fire from Lenoir City Properties

House fires caused by electrical malfunctions in Lenoir City attics are common reasons for needing mitigation. These areas are a hub of electrical wiring, plumbing, and often mechanicals for the home. When one of these systems sparks or fails, the result can be a fire. 

SERVPRO handles cleanup of fire damage in Lenoir City attic spaces and all the nuances this type of restoration service entails, such as:

  • Removing corrosive soot from surfaces
  • Removal of building materials and insulation as needed
  • Checking HVAC and ductwork for smoke damage

A fire in an attic can also affect the roof and floors below. Water damage from extinguishing the fire can seep through ceilings below the attic and cause a need for drying and possibly removing a sagging ceiling depending on the amount of water wicked into the building materials. Flames in an attic can easily damage a roof. If necessary, SERVPRO technicians can set up temporary repairs to inhibit water entry into the home through a damaged roof. 

Many residents use their attics for additional storage space. Soot generated during a fire can become airborne and travel inside boxes covering the contents inside with smelly smoke damage. SERVPRO technicians can inspect items and determine the best way to clean them for reuse by the residents. The goal is to curtail the number of things that require replacement and save homeowners money whenever possible. 

To limit the potential for the spread of soot outside the attic, containment over entrances and measures such as negative air chambers assist with keeping soot particles from winding up in other areas of the home. 

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 brings professional fire damage restoration services to Lenoir City properties and can handle house fire cleanup in an attic or any area of the home. 

Flooding in Lenoir City Basement

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

watr damaged concrete, salt deposits Rely on SERVPRO to mitigate flood-damaged homes in Lenoir City--even basement concrete damage

You Can Count on SERVPRO’s Experienced Professionals for your Flood Damage

When we purchase a home, we look at its location, the school district, and close-by amenities.  We may research whether it is in a flood zone because it could impact the cost of home insurance.  But we rarely consider its elevation and the likelihood of flood damage becoming a fact of life. Similarly, when we look at homes, we do not think of the likelihood of our basement flooding when there is a rise in water levels.  Protecting your home is essential to homeownership, and relying on professional staff is sound advice.

Storm Flood Damage

Homeowners in Lenoir City with flood damage in their basements can reach out to SERVPRO for an expert restoration service.  Our team holds certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which attests to our expertise in water restoration. Basements can be especially susceptible to damage depending on their finish.  From drywall to cinder blocks, each material carries its own risk of holding floodwaters and causing grave consequences for you and your family.  Let us enter your home and develop a targeted plan as soon as possible. Speed in taking action is the most significant step in mitigating your damages.

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO technicians may relocate your belongings and develop a staging area.  Even if the accumulation of water does not appear to be voluminous, the ability of upholstery, wood, and sheetrock to absorb it only exacerbates its effect.  Our team brings in pumps and discards any items that are beyond being salvaged, all while isolating other precious belongings as a preventive measure.

As our SERVPRO crew progresses, we bring in dehumidifiers and air movers to encourage moisture to rise and evaporate as quickly as possible.  During this process, you may perceive a white powder on your concrete slab, which is a residue from the elements in concrete. Our team removes, cleans, and disinfects the area with industry-grade cleaning solutions specifically designed for this purpose.

Protect your basement and your home with the help of SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties.  A call to (865) 328-1948 is a call to industry knowledge and expertise.  Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Our Specialists Explain What to Do If Your Carpet in Your Lenoir City Home Is Damaged

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

water stained carpet in corner Water and stain-damaged carpets can often be salvaged by SERVPRO--much to the delight of our Lenoir City customers

Water Removal Experts in Lenoir City Discuss What to Do with Wet Carpets

If excessive moisture ever happens to appear inside your Lenoir City home after a plumbing failure or appliance malfunction, it is wise to call in a professional company such as SERVPRO. If anything located inside the interior of your home gets wet, conducting water removal promptly can help you prevent issues like mold growth. If moisture stays inside your building for too long, the indoor relative humidity levels can rise and make other building materials, not near the wet source. When objects inside your home get wet that did not come into direct contact with liquid H2O, it is considered secondary damage. However, completing water removal quickly after a disaster occurs can eliminate many of the conditions that can cause secondary issues.

No matter how moisture gets into your home, it will always follow gravity and head straight down to your floor and underneath. Our SERVPRO technicians know to focus on wet flooring materials whenever we conduct water removal in Lenoir City. Our crew uses the most advanced technology to remove moisture from your contents and building materials. Once liquids hit flooring materials such as carpet, they tend to spread out before they head down into your subflooring. Depending on how large the leak is and how long it pours out, the bigger the area that will be affected.

Water Removal Services

Whenever dealing with wet carpets or any other building materials, for that matter, our SERVPRO team tries to extract as much water as we can while it is still in the liquid form. This is because once the moisture has soaked into materials or evaporated into the air, then it takes rapid drying to dry out the wet materials and remove water vapor from the air.

To begin, we use sophisticated extraction equipment to pull out moisture from your carpets. Then, we determine how wet your carpets still are after extraction by using a moisture sensor. If the carpet and pad underneath it received excessive damage, then they might need to get removed. But, in many cases, the issues can be resolved with prompt extraction and rapid structural drying procedures.

If anything inside your house ever gets wet, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 328-1948 any time of the day.

How Does SERVPRO Get Rid of Odors During Fire Restoration of Your Lenoir City Homes?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

lenoir city firefighter portrait SERVPRO recognizes the efforts of the Lenoir City firefighters and we hope to assist our neighbors with the aftermath of fire damage

SERVPRO Techs Use Advanced Technology and Tools to Combat Odors During Fire Restoration of Lenoir City Homes

Odors after a fire damage incident result from airborne chemicals, gasses, or tiny particles. SERVPRO techs use several techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to combat these odors during fire restoration of your Lenoir City property.   

In some instances, SERVPRO techs need to recreate the conditions that caused the odor to penetrate during fire restoration of Lenoir City properties. For example, our technicians use foggers to create a mist of deodorant molecules that resemble the smoke and penetrate the pores of materials. However, the size of the smoke and soot particles is not the only factor that contributes to their penetration into the material.

What Makes Combating Odor After Smoke Damage to Your Lenoir City Home Difficult?

Several characteristics of the smoke particles make them difficult to combat during the fire restoration of your Lenoir City home. Firstly, due to the microscopic nature of the particles (0.1 – 4 microns), they can accumulate in the pores of certain surfaces. SERVPRO techs often use thermal foggers to recreate the conditions that cause the odor particles to penetrate.

As most domestic fires burn at a high temperature, the pores of the various surfaces tend to expand, allowing the particles to penetrate deeper. Furthermore, when the heat is removed, the pores constrict, trapping the odor-causing particles.

Humidity also plays an important role in increasing the perception of odor in fire-damaged homes. High humidity levels help the volatile odor molecules to dissolve in moisture and carry them to your nose. Consequently, wetter air seems to have a stronger odor than dry air.

If you need assistance with fire restoration of your home, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015; we are available 24/7.

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

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

water spots on a wall A small leak can do just as much damage as a full blown flood. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties we are ready to help.

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. Restoration specialists best handle this water damage in your Harriman home at this point for several reasons. 

Consider How SERVPRO can Assist with Water Damage

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 to the structural integrity of the materials it seats into and has been known to damage household items 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 our SERVPRO team's experience 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.

Commercial Storm Damage In Lenoir City

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

A cafe with blue walls SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is here to help keep your business up and moving after a water damage.

Does My Lenoir City Café Have to Shut Down for Storm Damage?

SERVPRO technicians on our team can assess each situation to offer real-time solutions to keep your Lenoir City business open after storm damage when possible.

Choosing what steps are involved in restoring your Lenoir City business or keeping it open after weather emergencies hinge on the severity of the disaster and how quickly you have professionals like our SERVPRO team responding. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Commercial storm damage to Lenoir City cafes like yours does not have to be entirely compromising, especially when our technicians can arrive quickly. With effective containment measures, including physical barriers to establish a drying zone without cross-contamination, we can maximize the efficacy of our evaporative drying techniques using air movers, dehumidifiers, drying mats, and other specialty tools.

How can SERVPRO Work to Keep Your Doors Open After Water Damage from a Storm?

A few items to consider when you face storm damage:

  • Fast response to emergencies
  • Effective containment strategies
  • Powerful drying tools and technologies
  • After hours restoration to reduce impeding on your business

No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team a call today at (865) 986-3015.

What Are the Preferred Methods of Water Removal in Lenoir City?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

A man catching water dripping from above his head. Water damage is no match for SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties. Call us today.

Removing standing water is a critical process for efficient water restoration in Lenoir City homes. 

Eliminating standing water and pooling from surfaces within a damaged house can often fall to many pieces of equipment in our recovery inventory. The choice of these tools varies on the current conditions and the affected areas of the property. 

Stationary Extraction Units for Fast Water Removal Services

When substantial damage exists that is several inches in depth, water damage restoration for Lenoir City homes requires stationary extraction units to help. Gas-powered trash pumps and truck-mount extractors provide constant, powerful suction and disposal of flooding and standing water. 

Portable Water Removal Tools 

There is versatility involved with moving water removal tools from one area of the house to the next. Portability is a beneficial trait when several rooms have experienced standing water concerns or oversaturation. Wet vacuums are the staple of this portable effort for extraction, and many of the attachments like carpet and light wands are designed for use with these extractors. 

Specialty Extraction Equipment for Trapped Water

While much of the water removal services that our professionals provide can occur with tools and devices already mentioned, specialty extraction can be a need with specific affected materials and surfaces. Carpets, for example, require attachments for wet vacuums and extractors to remove trapped moisture in the fibers of the surface layer. Some of the machines and units necessary for this effort include:

  • Carpet wands
  • Squeegee wands
  • Light wands
  • Weighted extractors
  • Drying mats

Water damage is one of our highest calls for SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team. With how fast properties can be overwhelmed by migrating water and moisture, immediate mitigation and cleanup are critical to restoring a property to preloss condition. Give us a call today at (865) 986-3015.

Fire Damage Experts in Loudon

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Home damaged by fire When your home is damaged by a fire, you want experienced professionals on the job. Call SERVPRO day or night, we are always available to help.

Call on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Anytime a fire starts indoors, the aftermath is devastating. If your Loudon 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 wise to call SERVPRO's fire damage specialists in Loudon to ensure 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 case. Many factors affect how severely a home gets damaged in a blaze.

After a burn, the amount of damage created depends on 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 surface smoke and heat effect.

House Fire Clean Up

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 more challenging 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 whether the surface is paint, carpet, or fabric.

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

You Need Our Professionals When Mold Has Taken Over Your Office In Lenoir City

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Call the mold professionals at SERVPRO when your business is affected by mold.

Why Mold Growth Is Dangerous For Your Office

Clients are at the center of the business that happens in your Lenoir City office every day. Often business owners and managers get so fixated on the customers' needs and their employees that the building itself begins to show signs of wear or degradation without their knowledge. When older office buildings age, they become more susceptible to water penetration from the roof and even through the insulation on the sides of the structure. This persistent moisture can allow for mold growth in the right circumstances, and this is a situation that you want to take care of as quickly as possible.

One of the most troubling aspects of mold damage in your Lenoir City office building is the potential health effects that it can pose to your staff or the clients that come into that office throughout regular business hours. Our SERVPRO team can help you to identify where mold colonization has occurred and what must happen to remove it entirely from the premises.

Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

You can notice mold growth on your own without physically ever seeing it by identifying foreign smells that do not belong in specific areas of your building. Often, mold growth presents itself through a strong, musty odor that stands out. If you catch this scent somewhere in your building, there is a strong likelihood that mold colonization has occurred somewhere nearby. Our SERVPRO technicians can contain this organism and prevent the colonies from spreading further as we begin the necessary steps of removal.

Finding mold growth in your office is not something that you can often do easily but is something that you should be mindful of as the building ages. No matter what the situation, our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties has the remediation specialists that can help you restore the damage fast. Give our professionals a call today at (865) 986-3015.

What Is The Biggest Risk After Flood Damage Affects My Lenoir City Home?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Storm over homes When storm damage wreaks havoc in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO for help.

SERVPRO Focuses on Limiting Secondary Damage during Flood Restoration Processes

Flood damage from a storm may involve many issues, including the accumulation of filthy water inside your house, the collapse of structural elements such as ceilings, and deep soiling. However, you may have more to worry about since other issues like mold and severe contamination can develop. 

The appropriate response to flood damage in your Lenoir City property can help you avoid the burden of fixing secondary problems. Seeking assistance from a professional team like SERVPRO is one way that can guarantee this since we can take all remedial actions necessary. 

Professional Teams Regularly Handle:

  • Biohazard remediation
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Water clean up
  • Leaking roof from storms

On arrival at your flooded property, our SERVPRO crews first establish the aspects of the damage that might cause additional problems. For instance, the standing water on the floors and other surfaces is absorbed by structural materials causing them to swell, rot or develop other physical defects. 

Finding a way to remove the water fast eliminates or limits these problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use various water extraction equipment to facilitate faster removal. For instance, portable electrical submersible pumps, which can move as little as 100 gallons to as much as 18000 gallons per hour, are useful when there is significant water in the property. The pumps overcome any suction lift limitations and are best in occupied properties since they are electric-powered and therefore produce no fumes.

Other Useful Resources Include:

  • Dehumidifiers for proper moisture control to prevent mold
  • Fogging equipment for deodorization eliminating odors
  • Electric sprayers for dispensation of disinfectants

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties resolves any issue caused by flood damage, “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at (865) 986-3015 for assistance.

Quick Thinking Can Reduce Water Damage to Your Lenoir City Residence

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

water spewing from pipe Is your plumbing leaking? Call SERVPRO to dry the water.

A Fast Response from SERVPRO for 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 using a large bowl underneath the drip you empty 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 combating 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 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 necessary to get to work on the restoration and repairs required to give you back your home the way it was before the water damage incident occurred.

Equipment for Water Damage Restoration

Our initial assessment after cutting the water supply guides us to the point where the restoration should begin. Sometimes water extraction is necessary, which typically gets accomplished using 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 be addressed 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.

Loudon Businesses Benefit from Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration by SERVPRO

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

dryer vent connection on outside of home The hospitality industry has a higher risk of fires from clogged lint traps and air ducts. Remove any lint buildup often!

Fast Fire Damage Recovery Helps Honor Reservations at Your Hotel

The hospitality industry in Loudon faces significant challenges when a fire threatens to interfere with your guests’ travel plans. Visitors look forward to a comfortable room and inviting common spaces when staying with you. If our professional fire recovery team is on the job, we have proven strategies that allow you to welcome your guests while we mitigate and remediate the damage.

Poorly Maintained Lint Traps Are a Common Firestarter

Fire damage in your Loudon hotel can flare if cleaning of the lint filters and ductwork in your commercial laundry is delayed. The fibers caught in each dyer’s lint traps or a buildup in the venting ignite easily and can smolder as your housekeeping staff continues their other duties. Sprinkler systems swiftly quell the flames, saving your building but contributing to a substantial mess that needs immediate attention.

Rapid Response and Full-Spectrum Disaster Services

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and SERVPRO crews hold multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our broad range of applied specialties means we arrive prepared to implement the plan our project managers devise after a professional assessment of your fire scenario. Our service vehicles stock the equipment and products necessary to start ticking items off the work schedule without delay.

Water Removal Precedes Fire Residue Cleanup

Firefighters augment the sprinkler system activated by the heat and smoke with additional quantities of water. Water incursion is a safety hazard and a destructive force, even though it is essential to knock down the flames. SERVPRO crews count water removal as one of our core services, positioning pumps and operating extractors to evacuate the area of moisture to eliminate the slip and fall and electric shock potential water presents.

Containment of Fire Remediation Area

SERVPRO contains the fire damage work area for multiple reasons:

  • Limiting the space permits us to use advanced air scrubbing technology to filter the smoky atmosphere, trapping contaminants in HEPA filters, and venting to the outdoors.
  • Containment allows you to maintain normal business operations in other areas of the hotel, greeting your guests and providing them the rooms and meeting areas they reserved.
  • Partitioning off the affected space with heavy plastic sheeting and sealing the perimeter using the negative air pressure created by the air scrubbers limits the spread of odors, debris, residues from the laundry room to guest rooms and the other amenities of your hotel. 

Call on SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties when a hotel fire threatens to force your failure to honor commitments to customers. Contact us at (865) 986-3015 for a rapid response and practical plan, including cleaning out the clogged traps and ducts that caused the fire to start.

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.

Lenoir City Residents Call on SERVPRO for Fire Restoration

3/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Local Lenoir City Property Owners Get Professional House Fire Clean Up

Lenoir City is jointly named for the Revolutionary War officer and well-known statesman William Lenoir and his son William Ballard Lenoir. There are also two cities in North Carolina named after the father and son. Although the surname is French in origin, the family initially immigrated from England due to religious persecution in the 17th century.

William Lenoir was the youngest of ten children born in Virginia, and although he received no formal education, he taught himself to read and write Latin, Greek, and French. As a young man, he married and went on to see his family grow to nine children. He worked as a local schoolmaster and surveyor before joining the war effort.

Lenoir in the Revolutionary War

Once enlisted into the military, Lenoir served with honor during the Revolutionary War. He made a name for himself during King's Mountain's battle and found himself promoted to captain in his regiment. He was renowned for his bravery in three more critical battles of this period: 

  • Battle of Stono Ferry 
  • Siege of Savannah 
  • Battle of Haw River 

Post-Revolutionary War Service 

During the war, Lenoir achieved the status of major general, and when the War of 1812 broke out, he tried to join the ranks of the men fighting but was told he was too old to enter into a combat situation. This disillusioned Lenoir to the point he resigned from the military. 

Lenoir in Civilian Life

Lenoir was a staunch anti-federalist and served as a justice of the peace for Wilkes County, North Carolina. He had the honor of being the first president of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and there is a section named for him known as Lenoir Hall. He served in the state legislature and was elected to the State Senate as Speaker, serving from 1790 until 1795. He took exception to the new United States Constitution and argued that it should not get ratified until religious freedoms were guaranteed. The final version included those rights.

Can Professional Fire Restoration Work on Lenoir City Laminate and Tile Countertops?

The two most prevalent areas of Lenoir City where fire restoration services get needed for the cleanup of countertops are the kitchen and bathroom. There are special considerations for cleaning smoke damage from atop these areas of the home.

SERVPRO technicians have lengthy training using the restoration techniques as taught through the IICRC for the best outcome after fire damage in a home. These methods include:

  • Testing residues for smoke remediation
  • Removal of charred items during house fire clean up
  • Use of gentle yet powerful cleaning agents on countertops

Common countertop materials include wood, tile, Formica, granite, and laminate. The same cleaners cannot get used on all of these. The techs test the residues and ensure the application chosen will not harm the surface; this ensures the best outcome for the property owner during the fire restoration. 

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 brings years of experience and comprehensive training for fire restoration services to Lenoir City Properties.

Managing Mold in a Lenoir City Home Bathroom?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Mold Remediation Procedures Control Microbial Growth

Some level of mold perpetually exists both indoors and outdoors. However, its presence in a home can be significantly reduced by keeping moisture levels low. Unfortunately, plumbing troubles and appliance failures can create conditions where mold can proliferate in as little as 24 hours.

SERVPRO restoration crews are available 24/7 to perform Lenoir City residential mold remediation services with commercial-grade tools and personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Mold remediation
  • black mold
  • attic mold
  • basement mold remediation
  • bathroom mold removal
  • mold specialists

SERVPRO Education and Accreditation for Mold Remediation

Technicians at SERVPRO, as well as staff and franchise owners, receive education about mold remediation. Techs are certified to perform restoration services per Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. Mold-related certifications for technicians include Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT).

Courses are also available for non-SERVPRO staff who wish to learn more about water, fire, and mold damage:

  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • A non-credit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

Homeowners can call (865) 986-3015 for mold remediation services from SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties.

Seeking Out Fast-Acting Water Mitigation After a Pipe Leak?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Remove Water Damage from Lenoir City Homes

Pipe leaks can be tricky to spot early on and even more challenging to resolve with consumer-grade products, especially if the ceiling is damaged. The source of the leak could potentially impact upstairs floors and subfloors, make ceilings sag, warp, or crumble, and promote microbial growth.

SERVPRO professionals render Lenoir City water mitigation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. These technicians aid homeowners and insurance adjusters with a comprehensive, restoration-focused approach that minimizes damage to the home and its contents.

  • emergency services water damage
  • water damage remediation
  • basement flooding

Extracting Pipe Leak Water Damage in the Ceiling

Restoration technicians have the tools necessary to remove ceiling water damage, dry water-damaged joists, and replace unsalvageable drywall.

  • Ceiling extraction can be performed with a portable, back-mounted extraction unit
  • Carpeting below the leak that may have been affected can be treated with carpet wands or rover vacuums
  • Fiberglass insulation in ceilings can be vacuumed out, cleaned, dried, and reinstalled

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties aids homeowners who call (865) 986-3015 for water mitigation services.

Looking for Loudon Fire Damage Restoration?

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties for Mitigation

Loudon is a city whose motto is, “Proud of the past and focused on the future.” The town is also the seat of Loudon County and holds a population of over 5,000 as of 2010. The city’s name came from the colonial Fort Loudoun, which was built in 1756.

Loudon’s climate is categorized as a humid subtropical one. This designation features mild, wet winters and hot, equally wet summers. Precipitation averages between 2.9 and 5.3 inches per month, with autumn being the driest season and winter to early spring being the wettest. The city averages over 50 inches of rain per year, much higher than the United States’ 2017 average of 32 inches.

Landmarks in and around the Loudon area include:

  • Blair’s Ferry Storehouse, built in the 1830s
  • The 19th-century Lenoir Cotton Mill in Lenoir City
  • The Bowman House, built in the late 1820s by German migrant George Bowman
  • The Bussell Island site, which contains thousands of years’ worth of Native American artifacts
  • The Cannon-Calloway House and farm, established in 1850 and finished in 1872

East Tennessee and the Underground Railroad

In recent years, historical findings have tied The Underground Railroad to many locations in East Tennessee. The Volunteer State was not regarded as a central hub of the American slave trade, nor was it widely practiced there. Instead, it proved crucial for the abolitionist movement for many reasons, such as:

  • The geography of East Tennessee. Heavily wooded areas
  • The Presbyterians. Famous Presbyterian abolitionists included John Rankin, a minister who helped more than 2,000 slaves escape their bonds through The Underground Railroad
  • The Quakers. The Religious Society of Friends developed a prominent presence in the area after moving from North Carolina to such locales as Knoxville, Jefferson County, and Loudon County

Vital sites for the abolitionist movement have since been lost. A cave where Jefferson County Quakers from the Lost Creek Friends church would hide escaped slaves now sits under Highway 11E. Loudon County is reportedly home to “Cudjo’s Cave,” a landmark near a Quaker meeting area referred to in many oral histories of the abolitionist movement.

How Do SERVPRO Tools Ensure Proper Fire Cleanup?

SERVPRO has the team and skills for:

  • fire damage restoration
  • fire and smoke damage
  • fire damaged homes
  • smoke remediation

When Loudon homeowners require fire damage restoration for their properties, SERVPRO answers the call with industrial-grade mitigation tools, which include:

  • EPA-registered biocides to mitigate potential mold growth from moisture damage or fire suppression
  • Specialized water- and solvent-based solutions to address soot and smoke damage, as well as enzyme digesters to remove protein residues
  • HEPA filter vacuums and negative air pressure equipment prevent contaminant particles from spreading
  • HVAC cleaning and agitation equipment to remove soils
  • Dry fogging equipment for thorough coverage of fire odors

If a kitchen fire occurs on your property, SERVPRO professionals are trained per Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines to safely remove fire damage and unsalvageable debris from your property. Other items that may require further restoration, depending on the disaster’s severity, can be moved off site to a SERVPRO warehouse.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties renders fire damage restoration when property owners call (865) 986-3015.

Which Tools Are Necessary For Flood Removal From Lenoir City Properties?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Thunder storm, big lightning strike Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

For any Flood Removal Situation, You can Call SERVPRO.

Heavy rainfall is one of the common causes of flooding in cities. When such incidents happen, water intrudes on many properties, especially in low lying areas. Removal of the floodwater, mud, silt, and other debris from the affected properties is necessary to restore preloss conditions. 

Various resources are necessary to achieve the desired flood removal goals. SERVPRO sends fully equipped teams to the affected flood-damaged Lenoir City properties to facilitate the removal. Some of the tools we have in our production trucks include:

  • Assorted building equipment, including saws, hammers, and pry bars for opening up various assemblies
  • Regular and specialized water extractors such as self-priming pumps for removal of floodwater
  • Different types of moisture detection equipment
  • Trash cans and waste other waste receptacles

The tools help simplify the removal processes. For instance, the trash receptacles help organize debris removed from the property before disposal. The water extraction equipment helps expedite the removal of standing water from the property.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties has considerable experience helping property owners complete flood removal. Call us at (865) 986-3015 to provide all the resources needed to restore your property.

How Long Does It Take To Restore Loudon Property After Fire Damage?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO to Secure and Expedite Cleanup at Your Loudon Home after a Fire

After a fire incident affects your property, you would probably want to get everything back to normal as fast as possible. However, several factors can impede the recovery process interfering with your targeted timelines. Seeking help from a professional restoration team is one viable way to expedite the recovery.

 A Loudon house affected by fire damage can pose various risks to you or your family should you decide to venture in pre-maturely.  Some of the common risks include:

  • Physical injury from cave-ins
  • Electrocution by frayed wires
  • Respiratory issues from inhaling powdery residues such as soot or ash

Such risks can prevent you from taking action at the desired time.  Our SERVPRO technicians help in such cases since we have the resources to manage the risks.  Our teams are equipped with various PPE, including hard hats, rubber boots, and respirators, which protect them from various hazards, allowing them to venture in immediately.

Once they reach the site, the Fire Restoration Technicians also take steps to secure the property. For instance, we board up or create internal barriers with plastic sheets, thus preventing the unhindered spread of residues, thus improving the turnaround time.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties handles all types of fire incidents. Call us at (865) 986-3015 to assist you. 

Flood Damage Event in Lenoir City?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO to Help Manage Flood Damage Incidents in Lenoir City

Lenoir is a full-service city near Knoxville, founded in 1840 and incorporated in 1907. However, the history of settlement in the area stretches further back than that. For instance, the first European settlers arrived in the area around 1810. Among these early settlers was David Campbell, who had laid claim to the land where Lenoir City stands in the early 19th century. However, the State of North Carolina deeded 5000 acres of the same land to General William Lenoir as a reward for his participation in the American Revolutionary War.

The Lenoir family played a crucial role in the development of the area. Ballard Lenoir, the son of general Lenoir, moved into the area with his family and established a plantation producing ham from Berkshire hogs, flour, timber, and one of the earliest cotton mills in the south. When the railway lines were constructed in the area, a depot was constructed at the Lenoir plantation, paving the way to develop a community.

Other Famous People from Lenoir City

Apart from the Lenoir family, other people from the area have gained national recognition over the years for their contributions in different fields, including sports, academia, and music. Some of the notable names include:

  • Tommy Bartlett, a multi-talented sportsman who excelled in basketball and tennis. After completing studies at the University of Tennessee, he coached the basketball teams at the University of Chattanooga, Carson-Newman College, and the University of Florida.
  • Bernie Tom Collins, a publisher and music producer who helped many musicians produce great country music hits for at least 30 years. In the period starting from 1970 to 1990, he became one of Nashville's most successful producers. He received seven Grammy nominations and three CMA awards as the Producer of the Year.
  • Claire Christine Donahue, an American competition swimmer who received a gold medal for swimming in the 4x100 meter medley relay heats at the 2012 summer Olympics. At the 2011 Pan American Games, she had won two gold medals.

Fascinating Things to Do in Lenoir City

Exploring the Museum & Cotton Mill Site

The Lenoir City Museum & Cotton Mill provides a realistic insight into the history of the area. The facility has four rooms that hold various artifacts ranging from railroad cars, school memorabilia, and churches' relics. 

Hiking at the Hall Bend Trail Head

If you love nature, you can enjoy a great time at a five-mile loop trail, which favors all kinds of hikers. It starts with an open grassy area. There are also easy lake access points. For those looking for a challenge, hiking up to the limestone bluff is ideal.

How Does SERVPRO Help in Lenoir City Residences Affected by Flood Damage?

Flooding from storm incidents can have devastating physical effects on properties. Taking corrective steps in good time is essential to reverse the outcome. SERVPRO provides a team of professional technicians to help in different ways, including:

  • Safe entry into the property because they are equipped with different PPE
  • Faster cleanup and decontamination by using advanced equipment
  • Deodorizing the property and drying all wet materials to restore preloss conditions

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties helps homeowners find viable solutions after flooding. Call us at (865) 986-3015 to assist you.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties Now Hiring

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Loudon & Roane Counties Reconstruction Superintendent

Do you love helping people through difficult situations?

Then, don’t miss your chance to join our Franchise as a new Reconstruction Superintendent. In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive toward the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Our Franchise is seeking someone who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, enjoys meeting new people, has excellent communication skills, enjoys supervising others, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Are you highly dependable and super-excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero!

As a valued SERVPRO® Franchise employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with opportunity to learn and grow.

Primary Responsibilities
1. Customer Satisfaction

  1. Compile and resolve punch list items.
  2. Perform final walk-through with customer.
  3. Secure a signed Certificate of Completion and Certificate of Satisfaction from customer.
  4. Customer Communication
  5. Conduct pre-construction meeting with customer.
  6. Provide project update (daily narrative) to customers and clients.
  7. Construction Management
  8. Schedule all subcontractors and material suppliers.
  9. Ensure all work performed complies with the plans, specifications, local codes, and requirements of the scope of work.
  10. Document all project activities in the job book.
  11. Execute change orders.
  12. Subcontractor/Resource Provider Management
  13. Set expectations on a project-by-project basis.
  14. Maintain quality standards through site inspections.
  15. Provide evaluation and rating of all vendors and subcontractors.
  16. Coordinate inspections with local jurisdictions.
  17. Cost Control and Schedule Adherence
  18. Ensure material suppliers deliver exactly what was purchased.
  19. Ensure subcontractors complete all work in accordance with their purchase orders.
  20. Validate schedule and progress.
  21. Identify areas outside of contracted scope of work..

Necessary Experience and Skill Set
· Superb customer service track record

  • Effective written and oral communication
  • Basic math skills
  • Experience in restoration and/or construction preferred
    Formal Education/Training
    · High school diploma/GED
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred

Physical and Work Environment Requirements
Walking and/or standing throughout the day. Frequent driving and sitting. Occasionally climbing ladders. The employee is occasionally exposed to extreme conditions such as heat. The noise level in the work environment and jobsites can be loud.
Normal Working Hours, Additional Working Hours, and Travel Requirements

This is a full-time position, working 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday, 45 hours per week. This position frequently requires long hours, working on-call, and weekend work. Travel is required and is primarily local. However, some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000.00 - $50,000.00 per year

Loudon Residents Looking for Self-Help Tips Try Something New

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Get a Free Loudon Life Coaching Session With a Twist

On January 23, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Natalie Burtenshaw is hosting a free Zoom session to discuss self-improvement with a unique spin. Her seminar helps participants discover how tarot cards act as a useful tool for spiritual growth.

Burtenshaw strives to assist workshop participants with the following during this coaching session:

  • Discovering individual strengths and values
  • Moving past obstacles and challenges
  • Understanding the self and creating clear goals
  • Considering the possibilities for your future
  • Honing intuition while promoting spiritual development

While tarot card readings are typically seen as an esoteric divination tool, Burtenshaw showcases how they can be used as self-reflection, understanding, and planning tools. She insists that the future is not set in stone, but understanding what is possible based on individual choices can instill the confidence people need to move beyond challenges and accomplish their goals.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties offers a rapid-response solution for Loudon homeowners in need of water removal services when they call (865) 986-3015.

Lenoir City Families Solve Mysteries Together

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Augmented Reality Games Create Fun New Possibilities in Lenoir City

You Sleuth is a new augmented reality experience that encourages participants of all ages in Lenoir City and elsewhere to try something new. Like other popular augmented reality games, such as Pokemon Go, play relies on exploring your surroundings in real-time.

Here are some helpful guidelines for playing You Sleuth in Lenoir City:

  • Take detailed notes during the investigation to find the true culprit
  • Groups should designate roles such as interviewing, note-taking, and navigation
  • If there are multiple suspects, your group can split up to find and interview them
  • While this self-guided experience allows any number of people to play, small groups are recommended

The next mystery kicks off on January 25 at 10:00 a.m., and tickets start at $25 for this one-of-a-kind virtual event. The investigation typically takes between one and a half to two hours.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties supports Lenoir City residents with flood damage remediation and home restoration. Call (865) 986-3015 to begin the mitigation process.

Professional Disaster Mitigation in Lenoir City is One Phone Call Away

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties Offers IICRC-Accredited Cleanup for Lenoir City Properties

Lenoir City is a steadily growing Loudon County community, proud to be a part of the string of Knoxville metropolitan area towns located along the Tennessee River southwest of the city. Thousands of years of Native American history starting 8000 BC to 1000 BC can be found in many of the area’s archaeological excavation sites and was occupied by such tribes as the Cherokee until as recently as the 16th century.

By the early 19th century, however, Revolutionary War veteran General William Lenoir was deeded the land and officially laid claim to it after a legal dispute with pioneer David Campbell. From there, the 5,000-acre plot was turned into a large plantation that was mostly razed during the American Civil War. However, the cotton mill was spared by Union soldiers due to the high demand for cloth and low supply of processing facilities.

Today, Lenoir is quickly growing in terms of both population and infrastructure. Between 2000 and 2019 alone, the population is estimated to have increased from 6,400 to over 9,300.

Noteworthy people from the quaint suburbs of Lenoir City include:

  • Famed country musician Kenny Roberts
  • Author John Bowers
  • Olympic swimming gold medalist Claire Donahue
  • Basketball coach Tommy Bartlett
  • Baseball pitcher Graig Nettles

How Lenoir City’s Bussell Island Became a Historical Site

Bussell Island, formerly known as Lenoir Island, is well-known today as an ancient settlement and burial site for indigenous Americans during the Archaic period, from 3000 BC to 1000 BC. However, excavations of the area did not start until the late 19th century. They were put on hold once again during the first half of the 20th century.

The founding of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the Great Depression quickly proved to be a great boon for Lenoir City’s economy. TVA’s construction of the Fort Loudoun Dam started in 1940 and breathed new life into the local job market.

Another crucial project started by the TVA was the Fort Loudoun Extension, a second dam to be constructed just downstream from the original dam at the Little Tennessee River’s mouth. The goal was to divert water to the adjacent reservoir and increase hydroelectric power produced by the Fort Loudoun Dam. However, sufficient funding for this project was not procured until the 1960s, when the project was renamed in 1964 to “the Tellico Dam Project.”

This project immediately faced challenges by both activist groups and legislative blockades when construction was slated to begin in 1969. Still, the dam was eventually finished in 1979. During the years that the project was stalled, however, the University of Tennessee was able to find several important archaeological sites in the Tellico Basin that were later added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Among these is Bussell Island, which was given the reference number 78002606.

Lenoir City’s Brushes with Disaster

Development in Lenoir City, particularly during the 1990s, was not without its setbacks. These included:

  • In 1993, an F-3 tornado touched down just west of town in nearby Roane County but eventually migrated eastward. Several crucial structures were damaged, including the former Lenoir City Middle School / High School as well as parts of Downtown and the intersection of 5th Avenue and A Street. 55 injuries were reported as a result of this tornado
  • The William B. Lenoir Hotel and the US 11 block between A Street and B Street went up in flames in spring 1998. The fire spread as rapidly as it did due to the lack of firewalls between each building. Several structural losses were incurred, which included:
    • A Mexican grocer
    • Multiple apartments
    • Lenoir City Public Library
    • Wilburn’s Barbershop
    • A local school photography studio and lab

After the ruins were cleared, a new library, the Tennessee Career Center, and Roane State Community College were constructed there.

The early 2000s saw Lenoir City explode with new commercial developments, particularly along Highway 321. Later in the decade, Creekwood Park announced new developments, and a road was built between US-321 and I-75.

After a several-year lull, construction in the area resumed in 2014, creating new medical offices, The Venue community center, and the Lenoir City Utilities Board’s new headquarters. New shopping opportunities opened in The Market at Town Creek, which now features stores from several major chains and a Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Water Damage from a Lenoir City Home’s Drywall?

While drywall is a mainstay in most modern homes, it quickly becomes fragile the longer it is exposed to water. SERVPRO technicians are trained to provide professional water mitigation per the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) standards. These protocols include standards and guidelines for safely restoring and replacing drywall where needed.

Depending on the location and extent of the damage, processes for drying drywall include the following:

  • Cutting or drilling small holes in wall cavities to facilitate drying with centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Removal of compromised insulation in external walls. Some materials, like cellulose or cotton, require replacement. Fiberglass insulation, meanwhile, can often be cleaned, dried, and reinstalled
  • Partial demolition of walls is a must for drywall that shows signs of mold growth, warping, cupping, or crumbling. When the damage reaches that point, replacement is more cost-effective than restoration
  • Ceiling drywall, much like wall cavities, can have holes cut in it to facilitate airflow and dry ceiling joists
  • Water damage odors are removed from drywall using such tools as pump sprayers, EPS-registered biocides, and ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is prepared to bring residents Faster To Any Size Disaster service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (865) 986-3015 for rapid-response mitigation and restoration services.

Lenoir City Residents - Don’t Miss the Jobs Office JobExpo Virtual Job Fair.

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Looking for a Job? The Jobs Office Job Fair Can Help You Find Options in and Around Lenoir City, TN

What is more satisfying than the ability to access a variety of job openings all from the comfort of your home? The JobExpo Virtual Job Fair takes place the first Friday of every month, and it offers local Tennessee job seekers the chance to learn about local businesses and entities hiring in the area. There is never a need to travel or organize and plan interactions. All you have to do is log in from your computer, and you will have the Jobs Office virtual event at your fingertips. Registration is required two to three days before the event to ensure access.

  • Date: January 8, 2020, and recurring monthly each Friday 
  • Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST
  • Cost: This virtual event is free for all job seekers

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties supports all businesses and residents looking to find employment in their area. If you find yourself dealing with flood damage in your home, you need a crew on your side that will get the cleanup under control. Call us at (865) 986-3015, and we will send out our Green Fleet as soon as possible to get started.

Don’t Miss Yoga at Historic Loudon Theatre.

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Loudon, TN, Residents Can Enjoy Improved Health and Wellness with Power Yoga Classes

Taking part in yoga classes is a beautiful way to enjoy exercise while also quieting your mind. The great thing about athletic yoga is that Loudon residents have the ability to experience it at their level and pace, without the need for prior experience. Every Wednesday, you have the chance to move and center yourself with Power Yoga classes at the Historic Loudon Theatre. 

  • Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – recurring each week
  • Time: 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Where: Historic Loudon Theatre on 320 Grove Street in Loudon, TN

Advance registration is required for these yoga classes. Sign up by contacting the Nurtured by Nature Wellness Studio. 

Taking control of overall health and wellness is essential and always something that our team at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties fully supports. If you find yourself looking for help with water restoration, we have skilled IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) on the job. Call us 24 hours a day and seven days a week at (865) 986-3015, and we will send out a crew to get started with the assessment, water extraction, cleanup, and drying. When all is said and done, your interior will be just, “Like it never even happened.”

Lenoir City Residents Need Skilled Technicians to Handle Fire Damage When Restoring Their Property

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties Has IICRC-Certified Restoration Professionals Ready to Tackle Soot, Smoke, and Fire Damage

With a population of 6,418 people as of the time that the 2000 U.S. Census was taken, Lenoir City, Tennessee, has grown rather rapidly to a population of 8,642 in 2010. This is a region you will find nestled in Loudon County, Tennessee, and part of the state's eastern region in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area. Notable landmarks include the Tennessee River to the southwest area of Knoxville, TN, and nearby Fort Loudoun Dam.

Diving into the History of Lenoir City, Tennessee

Prior to the arrival of the very first European settlers, Lenoir City had been home to Native Americans for thousands of years. At one point, archaeologists found evidence dating back to the Archaic Period between 8000 to 1000 B.C., showing that there was habitation in this region on Bussell Island at the southern point of the Tennessee River. 

A 5,000-acre parcel of land that included what is now known as Lenoir City was deeded as payment to General William Lenoir in the early 19th century. This was done as payment for the services he rendered during his participation in the American Revolutionary War.

Fast forward to the 20th century in the 1930s; there were many projects put together by the Federal Government that works to boost the economy of Lenoir City, TN. In 1940, construction began on Fort Loudoun Dam and Reservoir under the guidance of the Tennessee Valley Authority. This move provided hundreds of jobs for locals and brought in a broad range of road improvements all across the region. In the 1950s and 1960s, the construction of I-40 and I-75 began as part of the Interstate Highway System. After U.S. Highway 321 got constructed in the 1980s in Lenoir City, it offered more accessibility to Blount County’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Lenoir City, TN, Offers Plenty of Things to See and Do

From sprawling parks and nature hotspots to great restaurants and activities, there is never a dull moment in and around the Lenoir City area of Tennessee. Just a few of the more popular stops that people make when in the area include:

  • The Lenoir City Museum & Cotton Mill Site

Whenever you want to learn more about any city, it is best to check out local museums and historical sites. While Lenoir City seemed to be nothing more than a railroad stop, it has rich history and stories to uncover. At Lenoir City Museum & Cotton Mill, you will discover a broad range of artifacts detailing the city's history from the earliest times to the present. Within four rooms, you will see old equipment relating to rail cars, school memorabilia, items pertaining to Major William B. Lenoir, and relics from churches in the area. On-site, you will also have a chance to explore the cotton mill dating back to the Civil War in full operation until the 19th century. Here, you will have a glimpse of the cotton mill and how it evolved through the years.

  • Melton Hill Dam

Built back in 1960, Melton Hill Dam can be found on the Clinch River, where it serves as a way to help with power generation. You will find a campground and park where families can gather to experience nature and various activities at this site. You can enjoy playgrounds, recreational trails, campsites, and activities such as swimming, biking, hiking, fishing, and nature activities on any given day.

  • Lenoir City Pool

Not only is Lenoir City Pool an excellent summertime spot for families in the area to enjoy, but it is also open throughout the winter season. This public swimming pool is a massive lap pool that features slides at both ends. There are outdoor showers, restrooms, and concessions where you can get refreshments in addition to the pool itself. 

  • Lenoir City Park

There are many things to see and do in Lenoir City that you can enjoy free of charge, including Lenoir City Park. This park is home to incredible sports facilities, such as beach volleyball courts and two tennis courts. You will find seven picnic shelters, a fishing pier, walking trails, restrooms, and a pair of playgrounds for kids on the grounds here. 

  • Lenoir City Jamboree

When you want to experience some local entertainment, then a visit to Lenoir City Jamboree is sure to do the trick. This destination is well-known for being a family-friendly venue that does not serve alcohol and remains smoke-free, just right for all ages. You will find dancing and live music spanning many genres, including classic rock, country, bluegrass, and blues tunes from local and national artists.

From Emergency Board Ups to Powerful Equipment, SERVPRO Handles Your Fire Damage Quickly to Restore Your Lenoir City, TN, Interior to Pre-Loss Condition

After a fire in your Lenoir City Home, you may have broken windows, damaged doors, and openings in your roof. SERVPRO arrives fast to not only assess the damage, but we also offer emergency board-up services to protect your interior from the elements and trespassers until restoration is complete. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster to help you save your home and get it back to pre-fire condition.

When calling SERVPRO to help with fire damage in Lenoir City, our Green Fleet arrives stocked with the latest technology to handle the debris removal and total restoration efforts. Some of the equipment and techniques we use most often with fire restoration include:

  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Dry ice blasting
  • Moisture sensors
  • Sealants
  • Controlled demolition and more

Any level of fire loss can be devastating for you, your family, and your finances, which is why you deserve to have trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) on the job. SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties has the experience, skills, and equipment to handle the job fast so that you get back to normal quicker. Call us for help with fire damage at (865) 986-3015. We have crews on standby 24 hours a day to handle all of your emergency needs.

Don’t Let the Colder Weather in Lenoir City Stop Your Outdoor Fun

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

underwater shot of a pool and its lane lines It will be exciting to see the community at the Claire Donahue Aquatic Center!

The Claire Donahue Aquatic Center, AKA Lenoir City Pool, is Open Year-Round

Except for major holidays like Thanksgiving, Lenoir City residents are welcome to visit the covered pool. The city government renamed the pool after Lenoir City native Claire Donahue. In 2012, she won an Olympic Gold Medal in London. Her love of swimming is something that everybody of all ages and all fitness levels can enjoy. You can call 865-986-2715 to ask about hours and passes. The Fall Season’s activities and schedules (running from October 3 to December 22, 2020), and the Winter Season’s (January 4 to March 4, 2020) are different from the Summer Season.

Different activities take place at Claire Donahue Aquatic Center. You might be interested in:

  • Open swimming,
  • Laps (closed to recreational swimming),
  • Water aerobics, or
  • Rental periods for parties.

It only takes a fraction of what is in the Claire Donahue pool in Lenoir City to create destructive harm inside your residence. SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties can prevent unnecessary damage. Call (865) 986-3015 for expert mitigation and restoration services.

Enjoy Healthy Foods and More Near Lenoir City

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

barrels of vegetables laid out on a table It will be exciting to see the community at the Oak Ridge Farmers Market!

Lenoir City Residents Can Spend a Beautiful Fall Saturday at the Farmers Market

The Oak Ridge Farmers Market is once again open for business at Jackson Square on November 14th. In addition to the incredibly diverse amount of fruits, vegetables, and seasonal flowers, residents can also decorate their homes with fresh-cut, seasonal flowers from many local growers.

Other Items for Sale

Area Growers also have these products:

  • Local Honey
  • Gourmet Cuts of Meat
  • Specialty Cheeses
  • Fresh Baked Breads and Cookies from local kitchens

That’s not the end of things, either. Guest chefs participate in the traditional “Breakfast at the Farmers Market”, providing amazing, ‘Farm-to-Fork’ dishes. On many weekends, there is live music co-hosted by the Jackson Square Retail Association and the Market owners.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is proud to serve local Farmers Markets and other businesses in Lenoir City and the surrounding communities. If you need remediation or repair of commercial mold damage, call us today at (865) 986-3015

How Does Water Damage Affect Wood Floors?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

water on wood floor SERVPRO knows how your Lenoir City hardwood flooring can be damaged by water. Call us today.

Wood Flooring in Lenoir City Can Be Impacted by Moisture But SERVPRO Technicians Know How to Mitigate the Damage.

If you were to take a tour of Lenoir City, you would discover many beautiful homes. Quite a few of the homes in the area have wood floors. Wood flooring adds to the ambiance of a home and can enhance any décor. They are also susceptible to damage from moisture when there is a water intrusion in the home. If not attended to immediately, the entire floor may need to be replaced. 

Why Are Wood Floors Easily Damaged When Home Flooding Happens?

Whenever there is a water disaster in a home, the flooring is often the most impacted. While there are flooring materials available with a low permeance level, they tend to be expensive. Because of this, they are not always used in a typical home. Wood and carpet readily absorb the moisture from the pooling that occurs. A water damage restoration company in Lenoir City is needed to prevent extensive damage from occurring. SERVPRO understands the need for fast mitigation. We respond to callouts as quickly as possible.

Understanding the Situation

Before repairing or restoring the flooring, the severity of the water damage must get addressed. Advanced technology and equipment such as hygrometers, moisture meters, and thermal imaging get used to provide the needed information. These tools allow technicians to determine the damage below the surface and find hidden pockets of moisture. Because subflooring can be impacted, it is vital to track water migration. When it comes to wood flooring and other wood structural elements, there are three primary water situations that SERVPRO deals with on the job. They include:

  • Free-flowing – At this point, the water has not altered the wood floors and is the easiest to mitigate. Water extraction is basic, and specialty squeegee wands get used to assist in the extraction.
  • Trapped water – Wood flooring is typically made of planks, and at this stage, the wood has started absorbing moisture. Because of the corrosive nature of water, more severe damage can take place if left unattended. Our technicians can often remove trapped liquid with technology, such as floor mat drying systems.
  • Bound moisture – Swelling and distortion occur when water molecules bond with the wood. Warping around the seams is a sign of this. When the wood flooring has become this damaged, the planks need to be replaced.

If your flooring is exposed for an extended length of time, it may need replacing. Controlled demolition is a technique that our technicians use to help homeowners and insurance companies save money. It involves removing only the damaged portions of structural components, such as floors. This reduces the material getting replaced and makes reconstruction more efficient. 

Can Finishes on Flooring Prevent Water Damage?

Different types of finishes can impact the level of permeance, or moisture absorption, on wood floors. These coatings are designed to protect the flooring and make them less permeable. The standard floor and wood finishing products include:

Is Mold a Problem with Wood Floors?

Anytime there is a need for water damage restoration, there is a risk of secondary damage such as mold. Mold develops quickly and thrives on organic material such as wood and drywall. Colonies can propagate and spread in as little as 48 hours. Hardwood floors do not dry overnight, and our team is extremely vigilant in watching for mold growth. SERVPRO has mold remediation specialists who can provide the optimal mold remediation if required.

How Quickly Does SERVPRO Arrive if I Have a Problem?

If your home has suffered a water loss, we respond within hours. We do our best to be there as quickly as possible. Fast mitigation is the key to proper water restoration. Whether you have a small kitchen sink leak that left water damage to the floor and cabinet or your downstairs is flooded from a washer overflow SERVPRO handles it all. Water damage cleanup can involve:

  • Emergency mitigation 
  • Water extraction using the right pump for the situation
  • Advanced drying techniques
  • Industrial-strength equipment
  • Antimicrobial treatment if needed
  • Controlled demolition
  • Build-back and reconstruction

As homeowners in the Lenoir City area, we understand how even the most minor home flooding can disrupt your life. That is why we provide professional, well-trained technicians that can assess your needs. They then put together a plan of action to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. 

Your wood flooring is an integral part of the look and feel of your home. Let us help you maintain your home after water damage. Contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 for expert water damage restoration service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is it Safe to Stay in My Workplace During Water Restoration?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

yellow SHOCK size SERVPRO adheres to safe practices when restoring water damaged homes in Lenoir City

Lenoir City Office Workers Are Concerned about Water Restoration Safety

Any kind of damage to your Lenoir City office is disconcerting. It feels like your world has been turned upside down because nothing is normal anymore.

Proprietors who need water restoration in Lenoir City often ask if it is safe to stay in their office suites during the process. SERVPRO understands that you want to get back to normal quickly, and of course, no one wants to leave their work unnecessarily.

How do you know if it is safe to stay in your office?

We assess each situation on an individual basis. However, it is safe to remain at your desk in many cases so long as you stay away from the water-damaged area. This is especially true in the case of smaller leaks that do not affect your building's structural integrity.

We understand that it is easy to panic when a disaster happens. That is why it is essential to call us immediately so we can take steps to make your home safer and begin the remediation process.

What are some of the health and safety issues during water damage mitigation?

 Water damage mitigation comes with several risks:

  • Electrical hazards from wet sockets or appliances
  • Sagging ceilings
  • Water-logged drywall
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards
  • Potential fungal growth

How can individuals stay safe while waiting for remediation?

The best way to stay safe is to steer clear of affected areas, especially where there are sagging ceilings or electrical appliances. Also, people should steer clear of water-damaged areas if they are:

  • Elderly
  • In poor health
  • Recently recovered from an illness or surgery

 What health and safety measures can SERVPRO take?

We train our technicians to be health and safety conscious at all times. We equip our teams with personal protective equipment. Safety is our priority when we arrive at your place of business – we can board up windows or apply tarps if needed, and ensure we have a safe electricity supply to run pumps. We also seal off unsafe areas so staff members cannot accidentally enter them.

If you need safe and reliable water restoration, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015.

What Long-Term Issues Are Likely To Develop In A Lenoir City House After A Flooding Incident?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

Laundry room Flooded Ideally, all the problems caused by the flooding incident should end once you clean up and perform other restoration processes.

SERVPRO Seeks to Resolve Any Issues That Might Linger after Flood Damage Incidents in Lenoir City Properties.

Flooding may seem like a one-off event that goes away once you extract the water pooling inside your house, perform cleanup, and complete other general restoration processes. In most cases, this happens. However, some long term issues can also develop, prolonging your suffering or financial losses. When SERVPRO helps Lenoir homeowners manage flooding incidents, part of our effort goes towards eliminating any long-term problems.

What problems linger after resolving flood damage issues in Lenoir?
    •    Discomfort and health issues
    •    Structural damages
    •    Hazards from damaged utilities

Your home may be the best escape from the rigors of daily life, so it should be as comfortable as possible. After resolving a flooding incident, you might realize your home is no longer comfortable as it used to be because of bad odors that do not respond to your routine freshening approaches. You might also develop mild or severe health problems.

Such problems can be traced back to improper drying, deodorization, and decontamination of the property if such processes are improperly handled. The contaminated floodwater can reach concealed areas such as subfloors or wall cavities, where regular cleanup approaches might not work effectively. When our SERVPRO technicians handle the restoration, we take specific steps to ensure we address any hidden moisture, contaminants, or other materials. We tear down sections of the property and remove porous materials such as:
    •    Carpet and pad
    •    Drywall
    •    OSB subfloor

Replacing such materials ensures that no traces of contamination remain in the structure. We also clean and dry other materials removing odorous residues while also preventing deterioration processes such as rotting, generating new odors within your house.

Do all flooding incidents result in structural issues?
Any flooding incident can cause structural damage to your home. However, the severity of such damage varies greatly depending on what happens during the incident. For most people, the focus is on structural damage affecting porous materials such as drywall or ceiling materials, which crumble when wet. However, flooding can affect the foundation, frames, and other structural supports. Such damage is caused by:
    •    Hydrodynamic loads from moving water
    •    Extended waterlogging
    •    Hydrostatic pressure as the soil surrounding the structure over-saturates

Unlike soiling or deterioration of wall coverings, which are readily discernible issues, some forms of structural damage might be harder to notice. For instance, you cannot tell whether water pushing against the structure causes damage unless it brings down part of the structure. However, minor misalignments can happen and later result in severe damage.

The situation is almost the same when hydrostatic pressure in heavily saturated soil works against the foundation of your structure. You are only likely to realize a problem exists if major cracks develop, or part of the foundation gives way. However, problems can still exist even in the absence of such major signs. Our SERVPRO technicians thoroughly inspect your home before starting restoration procedures, making it easier to notice any minor changes that might indicate an underlying problem. If you involve a building contractor at an early stage, it is easier to correct the problems conveniently.

Structural supports can withstand exposure to water. However, when a significant amount of water is involved, and the exposure extends over an extended period, they might be heavily damaged. Wooden frames might look strong even after absorbing significant percentages of moisture, but if no action is taken to dry them, rotting takes root. Our technicians ensure that any drying steps taken remove all the excess moisture absorbed rather than just checking whether the surfaces seem dry. We use penetrative moisture meters to monitor moisture removal, ensuring no traces remain deep within the material to spark rotting or mold development.

How can flooding affect utility lines in the long run?
You can experience some issues with your main utility lines, including:
    •    Water pipes
    •    Electricity cables
    •    Gas pipes
    •    Sewer lines

Issues can range from corrosion of parts, clogging, or minor cracks that might later lead to severe malfunction. Damaged utility lines may be ineffective or downright dangerous. Again a thorough inspection by our technicians can help reveal problems at an early stage, allowing you to involve the right specialist before any issues become too pronounced to endanger or limit the level of comfort you relish in your house.

Ideally, all the problems caused by the flooding incident should end once you clean up and perform other restoration processes. However, some issues tend to persist. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties to help run the restoration exercise conclusively. You can reach us at (865) 986-3015. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Can I Prevent The Need For Office Mold Removal?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

"Mold inspection" If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Lenoir City Businesses Want To Save On Mold Removal Costs.

Looking after a Lenoir City commercial premises takes time and money. If your office is your main base of operations, you want to ensure it is in good condition and is safe and healthy for your staff.

If you suspect you need mold removal in your Lenoir City office, call us immediately. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and we have trained technicians on hand to remediate any mold situation.

However, prevention is better than cure, and there are some things you can do to reduce the need for mold removal.

What can I do to reduce the risk of mold growth?

Mold can grow wherever there is moisture and an organic food source. However, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of mold growth:

Repair plumbing issues immediately – if you notice a leaky faucet, a toilet running, or a leaky pipe, call a plumber ASAP.

Check doors, windows, and gutters for leaks or damage.

Schedule regular inspections – set aside time to examine your office for mold growth, water stains, fuzzy patches, and moldy smells.

Clean HVAC systems regularly.

Reduce humidity in your offices by setting up dehumidifiers throughout.

Carry out inspections thoroughly – it’s better to take the time now than face extensive mold growth later. If you notice any mold or a moldy odor you cannot trace, call SERVPRO.

How can SERVPRO help me?

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained technicians can assist you by:

Locating the source of moldy smells using moisture meters and thermal imaging.

Setting up containment around affected areas to prevent mold spores from spreading.

Using negative air machines and air scrubbers to remove mold from the air.

Cleaning away visible mold using HEPA vacuums, scrubbing, and media blasting.

Drying the area to discourage further mold growth.

We also deodorize your office after so it smells fresh and provides a pleasant work environment.

Our technicians leave your premises Certified SERVPRO Clean for your peace of mind.

For help with mold removal in your business, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015

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What Can I Expect During Professional Fire Restoration in Lenoir City?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire Training, experience, equipment, and integrity set us apart.

SERVPRO Prioritizes Communication with Lenoir City Homeowners During Fire Restoration -- We Partner with Our Customers for Optimal Results

The response you cannot accept from a restoration company during recovery from a household fire is silence on its evaluation results and the sharing of few details on the project plan. Transparency is critical, with the collaboration going both ways. We can only deliver our best work in Lenoir City if homeowners are forthcoming about structural details and pre-existing damage, of which we otherwise have no prior knowledge. At the same time, you deserve to know the full extent of the damage and how the various strategies we recommend promise to restore normalcy to your life and a return to your home's preloss condition.

Why Do Restoration Companies Emphasize High-Quality Cleaning Over Tear Outs and Replacement?
Professional and specially focused cleaning is the foundation of fire restoration for your Lenoir City home. Relying on the methods, products, and technologies available to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians on our team can clear away all types of smoke and soot residues. Cleaning and restoration are significantly less expensive than demolition and replacement, preferred by most insurance carriers, and likely to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses. Restoration is also less disruptive and time-consuming than a rebuild for you and your family.

What Is the First Phase of Professional Fire Restoration?
When SERVPRO crews arrive, our project manager lasers in on hazard assessment and controls. We must maintain a safe household and worksite environment for occupants and our employees. Once we identify the hazards at your site, we institute controls so the fire restoration project can proceed. Our project manager is diligent in communicating both the safety hazards and proposed controls to homeowners. Risks and possible controls at a fire site include:

    •    Overhead and underfoot threats such as partially burned ceilings, walls, floors, and stairs, weakened and likely to fall or fail to support a load
    •    Controls might include installing supports and taping off the area until materials are stabilized or removed.
    •    Firefighting water-related hazards such as --
    •    Slip, trip, and fall
    •    Electric shock
    •    Trapped water that could contribute to the collapse of structures, especially if weakened by heat and charring
    •    Water-borne contaminants
    •    Controls might include IICRC-trained Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) experts to remove, contain, and dispose of the water safely.
    •    Inadequate lighting and confined spaces
    •    Controls might include proper training, setting up of additional lighting, and avoiding solitary task assignment.
    •    Contact with potentially toxic airborne and settled soots and other residues
    •    Controls might include containing the work area, installing air scrubbing equipment, and utilizing IICRC training to ensure cleaning products and residues are appropriately matched.

Note: During water removal and fire residue cleaning and surface restoration, we recommend and observe the following:

    •    Temporary evacuation of you and your loved ones until living spaces can be made safe for habitation.
    •    Wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) by our workers

What Is the Typical Schedule of Fire Restoration Tasks After We Address Safety Concerns?
Water extraction and structural drying are at the top of the agenda. Until we eliminate the safety threats of water incursion, it is impossible to switch the lens to fire damage remediation. The next phases are:

    •    Pick up, bagging, and removal of charred and otherwise damaged debris.
    •    Assessment of the characteristics of the smoke and soot residues that cause corrosion while coating surfaces.
    •    Testing of proposed cleaning products and methods on the various surfaces affected.
    •    Adaptations of the cleaning regimens if surfaces show unacceptable damage from the initial cleaning match.
    •    Discussions with your insurance company, looping you into the communications, if some structural components or contents appear too damaged for restoration -- needing replacement instead.
    •    Implementation of approved and effective cleaning protocols to remove the soot residues.
    •    Arranging for repairs and rebuilding when cleaning was determined inappropriate.
    •    Choosing deodorization strategies if odors persist even after debris removal and thorough cleaning.
    •    Consideration of HVAC system cleaning or sealing if smoke and soot infiltrated and threatens to continue spreading residues and odors

Your confidence in the skilled team from SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties will only grow as we move from assessment by completing the tasks required to make it “Like it never even happened.” Training, experience, equipment, and integrity set us apart. Call (865) 986-3015 to get your fire restoration project going.

How Can I Deal With Water Damage Conveniently At My Lenoir City Home?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in home Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 to help.

SERVPRO Helps Lift the Burden Lenoir City Homeowners Face when Mitigating Damages Caused by Water Intrusions in Their Properties

ou have probably heard stories of the inconveniences other people have dealt with when significant water loss incidents affect their properties, thus prompting you to seek ways to manage the restoration at your property conveniently if the inevitable happens. When SERVPRO handles restoration in Lenoir City properties, one of the perks homeowners enjoy is convenience.

Which aspects of the water damage does SERVPRO help homeowners handle better?
What you recognize as water damage in your Lenoir City property is a combination of many unique problems, including:
    •    Absorption of water by porous and semi-porous materials
    •    Physical changes such as swelling or warping of materials
    •    Chemical changes such as rusting, staining or development of smells

You can deal with the problems conveniently if you have the right set of skills, equipment, or other relevant resources. When you involve SERVPRO, you can be assured of access to the best resources to handle the problems, thus granting you a minimal amount of disruptions.

What good example illustrates convenience brought about by better resources?

One of the crucial tasks performed during the restoration of water damage is tracking moisture movement around the property and identification of any hidden pockets of wetness.  While other companies do physical checks or use moisture meters, our SERVPRO technicians incorporate the use of thermal cameras. These gadgets introduce many advantages to the process, including:
    •    Eliminating the need for scaffolding to reach high ceilings
    •    Locating moisture hidden behind materials without demolition
    •    Faster completion of the inspection process
    •    They provide documentable proof that drying processes work

Although you may not prevent all water-damaging incidents in your property, you can reduce the inconveniences people face during restoration. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Is a Good Local Water Damage Restoration Service?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" No job is too big or small. Give us a call any time, we are always available.

In Lenoir City, Services Like SERVPRO Are Usually the Best Option.

Restoring a water-damaged house and its contents is not such a simple process.  It requires the experience of trained Lenoir City professionals that have the right equipment to do the job correctly.

Fortunately, local Lenoir City water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO have the expertise and gear to effectively handle your issue.  Our technicians have extensive training in restoring property impacted by water.  Some of the specialized certifications they earn are:

Water damage restoration

Applied structural drying

Applied microbial remediation

Odor control

Carpet cleaning

Upholstery & fabric cleaning

This industry knowledge enables SERVPRO to successfully remediate most water damage.  We are often able to preserve the structural integrity of your home, save your furnishings, and restore your most beloved possessions.  In many cases, our experts are able to make your home seem like it never even suffered water damage.

What High-Tech Equipment Does SERVPRO Use to Restore My Home and Its Contents?

Our technicians have a vast array of state-of-the-art tools in their arsenal.  This advanced gear makes it possible for them to effectively perform tasks that other services simply can’t.  Moreover, this equipment helps our professionals do your job better and more quickly than they could if they had less advanced gear.  We have an extensive collection of devices that can extract water from and dry your home.  Our technicians have powerful wet vacs and extractors that can rapidly remove standing water from your residence.  They also have high-velocity fans, air movers, different kinds of dehumidifiers, and injectidry systems to dry out your home’s interiors.  When all the drying is complete, we have advanced foggers to disinfect and deodorize your residence.       

Considering all this, if you are ever impacted by a leak or another clean water issue, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 for help.

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I Need Water Removal at My Lenoir City Retail Store, How Fast Can I Get Help?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a damaged stainless steel pipe Water can leak in your store overnight and put you out of business for a while. Contact SERVPRO for quick water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Features Rapid Water Removal to Ensure Your Lenoir City Storefront Never Misses a Beat

There are many potential causes for water issues within your Lenoir City Retail store. You may have had a problem with plumbing, the bathroom may have had a toilet overflow, or a pipe may have burst overnight in the adjacent retail location. Even the slightest amount of water calls for fast, careful elimination, regardless of the cause. SERVPRO gets to work fast and makes sure that no hidden moisture pockets get left behind, bringing on increased secondary damage.

Can I Hire a Local Cleaning Crew?

Even if a cleaning crew brings mops, buckets, and wet/dry vacuums, they are never any match for the techniques that we have for water removal in Lenoir City. We have skilled IICRC-certified technicians ready to get to work quickly to limit the loss and ensure safety. To determine whether your project requires the help of trained technicians, consider the following questions:

  • Does water seem to be coming from the walls, under cabinetry, or behind the store's baseboards?
  • Is there a possibility that the water main contains sewage or chemicals?
  • Does it seem as though water may have begun to seep under the flooring in the loss zone?
  • Is the drywall within your retail location wet or buckling in any way?
  • Could there be a portion of the roof, a window, or a damaged skylight?

If it seems as though you answer yes to one or a combination of these questions, calling in help from trained restoration technicians is best for all your mitigation needs. SERVPRO has skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) ready to handle your emergency water removal, drying, and cleanup.

What If It Seems Like the Water has Moved Throughout the Space?

It is common for water to migrate while following a path of least resistance. With this quick migration, you need a team on your side with the right training to handle such water damage in your Lenoir City store. We not only come in to facilitate water removal, but we also have a range of tools that allow us to locate and eliminate hidden moisture pockets. Our team takes the time to scope your commercial location to focus our time on areas that need the most attention. We have advanced technology such as:

  • Moisture meters, sensors, and detectors
  • Infrared and thermal imaging technology
  • Borescopes, and more

Will We Need to Replace All Carpeting in the Store?

Whether or not your retail store carpeting must get replaced will depend on the materials saturated, the type of water, and the length of saturation time. Carpets made from different fiber blends may have a different reaction than others, with issues like bleeding dye, shrinkage, or disintegration. To ensure we use the right methods and products, we can do a spot test on the carpet that lets us know how to proceed.

How Does Water Removal Work?

For a water incident with a slight amount of standing water, our team might work while using:

However, if the water loss is significant or the water has lingered for a while, we use more involved measures. Our trucks come fully equipped with powerful water extraction tools, such as:

  • Submersible Pumps – these are ideal when water within your retail store is higher than two inches deep.
  • Truck-Mounted Extractors – these tools are capable of the rapid removal of hundreds to thousands of gallons.
  • Mops and Squeegees – these are great for drying various flooring and surface areas throughout your space.

Is the Job Handled Differently if a Toilet Overflowed?

Any wastewater coming from an overflowing toilet is Category 3 and can be both foul-smelling and messy. Additionally, Category 3 water is known as black water, which must be addressed by professionals who have property training and safety protocols in place. If toilet water is the culprit, it is better to close off the area to foot traffic until our team arrives. You may also put towels or rags down that can help with water absorption. However, avoid mopping, as this can spread contaminated water throughout the loss zone and beyond.

Once we arrive on-site, our team will:

  • Test the water so that we can determine the number of pathogens and bacteria present. This also helps us to choose the right anti-bacterial and anti-microbial treatments for the job. 
  • We wear full personal protective equipment (PPE), including respiration equipment, that protects us from harmful airborne moisture droplets. 
  • The crew also utilizes air scrubber equipment throughout the cleanup process. This helps to capture contaminants in the air to ensure healthier air quality levels during mitigation.

From start to finish, SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties has you covered with water removal, drying, and disinfection of your retail store. To have a crew sent to your location 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call our office at (865) 986-3015.

How Can I Start Cleaning Up This Flood Damage After A Storm In Lenoir City?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Living room carpet flooding Storm flood damage is no match for our team at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties.

Flood Damage Does Not Always Mean Stressful Cleanup – Let SERVPRO Restore Your Lenoir City Interior

There are many different working parts when it comes to flood restoration. After a storm with heavy rains, wind, and flooding, your property may be left in disarray. SERVPRO has the manpower and methods just right for tackling your cleanup needs. We will ensure your Lenoir City home is “Like it never even happened,” and back to preloss condition when all is said and done.

Flood damage in Lenoir City can be devastating due to the nature of the water involved. There might be any variety of contaminants in water from a storm, including:

•    Chemicals
•    Silt and sludge
•    Debris
•    Sewage, and more

Regardless of the type of water intrusion you are faced with, SERVPRO ensures the rapid removal of standing water and best practices for handling any contamination. Our team also wears personal protective equipment (PPE) for our safety and limits the amount of contamination tracked from one zone to the next.

Will There Be Musty Odors Left Behind?

Even after thorough water extraction and drying methods, odors can be left behind if not treated with care. Our water restoration technicians (WRT) are trained in odor control, using various odor-treatment methods, such as:

•    Time-release capsules filled with gel to trap mild odors.
•    Hydroxyl Generators, which utilize UV rays for neutralizing robust odor-causing molecules in the air.
•    Ultra-low volume (ULV) or thermal-based fogging equipment eradicates odorous molecules embedded in porous surfaces and objects.

In many situations, our skilled technicians use two or more of our many methods for odor removal to achieve optimum results.

Storm flood damage is no match for our team at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties. Call us (865) 986-3015, and we will deploy a crew as soon as possible to start the cleanup.

We Had a Kitchen Fire in Lenoir City, Will I Smell the Smoke Forever?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

furniture in a house that was burned by a fire House fires can occur at any time by accident. Contact SERVPRO for a team of professionals that can remediate the effects of a house fire.

SERVPRO’s Fire Restoration Efforts Help Remove Foul Odors from Smoke and Soot Within Your Lenoir City Home

Any fire leaves behind damage and foul odors, but kitchen fires often create a unique situation. When certain food items burn in a kitchen fire, such as eggs, meats, and other products containing protein, they put out protein residue. This substance quickly adheres to all surfaces, including walls, ceilings, cabinets, and out onto other surfaces in areas such as your adjoining spaces. Because removal of this slippery residue can be challenging, calling in the help of trained restoration professionals to your Lenoir City property is best.

Smoke Traveled into My Dining Room, What About My Belongings?

When you call us for fire restoration in Lenoir City, we take the time to address all items and areas affected by smoke and soot. Some of the steps that we take to ensure your property gets handled in detail includes:

  •   Removal – Our technicians will find and then remove any sources of smoke and soot. This includes bringing charred items off site for disposal, yet cleaning and restoring whatever possible.
  •   Cleaning – For residue that is not yet absorbed, our crew uses dry cleaning methods. For absorbed residues that call for a deeper clean, we use wet cleaning methods with our range of industrial-grade solvents.
  •   Odor Neutralization – To ensure that no odors linger after the removal and cleaning steps, our team utilizes various smell neutralizing techniques. We have odor-absorbing beads, as well as thermal fogging technology that works by putting out a fine mist that binds with smoke particles for easy removal. 

Due to the challenges involved with a kitchen fire and stubborn protein residue, professional assistance with fire restoration is critical. Call us at SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties (865) 986-3015, and we can deploy a crew 24/7 for emergency service. 

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Is My Oven Salvageable After a Fire in Lenoir City?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Eliminate Fire Damage From Lenoir City Homes

Fire damage in the home is most common in kitchens, with this one area accounting for two out of every five fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data. While ovens are built to withstand some degree of direct exposure to fire, the damage may require professional assistance to restore your Lenoir City residence.

SERVPRO technicians are trained to return fire-damaged Lenoir City homes to a preloss condition. This firm focuses on thorough training for technicians in the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for fire damage cleanup and restoration.

What Should I Do in the Event of an Oven Fire?

    •    Ovens can smother minor fires. Keep your oven door closed, and most small fires that occur can be snuffed out by the lack of oxygen. However, if additional suppression is needed, try baking soda, salt, or your kitchen fire extinguisher.
    •    Clean up after extinguishing. Ovens need a thorough cleaning after putting out a fire, not just for burnt residues, but also for the fire suppression methods you used.
    •    Confirm whether or not professional repair is needed first. If you are unsure about whether your oven can function after a fire, call an oven repair company for guidance after a small fire.

What Tools Does SERVPRO Use to Remove Soot Residues from My Kitchen?

SERVPRO uses a broad selection of cleaning instruments and solutions for cleaning a variety of surfaces:

    •    HVAC systems can be cleaned with agitating tools to dislodge and eliminate soot deposits.
    •    Light soot residues can be addressed with dry cleaning sponges and EPA-registered detergent solutions.
    •    More substantial damages, such as charred wood cabinets, can be removed with abrasive materials like soda ash or dry ice.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties keeps residences looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (865) 986-3015 for cleanup service from an emergency response team.

Who Restores Sewer Backups in Commercial Offices?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

regular handyman looking for trouble Having sewer problems in your place of business in Lenoir City? Don't call just anyone. Make the right choice, SERVPRO can remove the water damage.

Our Commercial Water Removal Teams Are Here to Help When a Sewer Blockage Affects Your Lenoir City Business

What causes sewers to backup in commercial premises?

When sewers back up, it is usually due to blockages in the drainage line between your plumbing system and the mainline sewers of Lenoir City. These can be due to grease buildup, improper flushing, or irregular maintenance. However, it is not uncommon for a sewer backup to occur in commercial premises because there is a significant stress on the system throughout the year. SERVPRO has experience working with commercial insurers and building managers to ensure these issues are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Is it safe to restore sewer backup using in-house janitors?

Most building managers use commercial water removal services in Lenoir City rather than in-house janitors. Sewers contain all kinds of harmful substances that require personal protective equipment (PPE) to deal with safely. Our technicians can bring portable water extractors on site, which can store up to 40 gallons of water at a time. These are vital equipment in office blocks because sewer backup occurs above the first floor, making truck-mounts or pumping equipment inappropriate.

How can I prevent sewer back up from occurring in my offices?

- Regular maintenance and inspection on an annual basis can identify issues before they cause a sewer backup

- Installing pressure reducing valves can help to control the amount of stress plumbing systems are under in offices with multiple bathrooms

- Sewer release valves can prevent blockages from becoming a significant issue

How do you sanitize an area after a sewer backup?

An essential method of sanitization is to remove any solid waste from the area altogether. To prevent debris from dripping through a building, SERVPRO uses double-sealed polyethylene bags when transporting biohazardous waste. Following an inspection, our team can then thoroughly disinfect and deodorize the area using water-based, non-toxic solvents. We can usually isolate these areas effectively to cause minimum disruption to your staff during restoration.

To manage sewer backups efficiently in your office, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015.

How Can I Get Rid of Kitchen Appliance Fire Damage in Lenoir City?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Provide Fire Damage Cleanup for Lenoir City Homes Affected By Kitchen Fires

Kitchen appliance fires in the home can be overwhelming to deal with, especially for Lenoir City homeowners cooking for loved ones on top of managing work and day-to-day tasks. Unfortunately, however, home cleaning products are not designed to tackle the complexities of fire and smoke residues.

When kitchen fire damage occurs in your Lenoir City home, SERVPRO technicians are ready to bring you rapid mitigation, repair, and restoration that restores your kitchen while minimizing loss of belongings.

Understanding Wet and Dry Smoke in Fire Damage

Fire damage can generate wet or dry smoke, depending on the type of material burned. Dry wood, paper, and cotton or wool, for example, typically produce a dry smoke from fast-burning, high-temperature flames. Synthetic materials, like foam rubber and plastics, produce low-temperature, slow-burning fires that leave behind greasy deposits that are harder to clean.

Several other factors affect the type of residues in a kitchen fire, including:
• The flame’s temperature and access to oxygen
• Burning speed
• Presence of combusted proteins

How SERVPRO Removes Kitchen Fire Damage From Your Residence

If the catalyst of the fire is an appliance failure, the resultant wet residues and aerosols require more cleanup than their drier counterparts. SERVPRO techs typically work from ceiling to floor, addressing dry, light soils before moving on to more heavy-duty cleanup measures.

• Venetian blinds and other materials might require immersion in an ultrasonic tank filled with water and cleaning solution to remove residues thoroughly.
• Protein residues from burnt animal proteins require enzyme digesters to mitigate odors and to alter these hard-to-clean deposits for easy sanitation chemically.
• The air in your home can be cleaned with HEPA-filter air scrubbers designed to catch soot particles and other impurities in the air.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties serves the community with emergency-response mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (865) 986-3015 when you need disaster cleanup at any time of the day or night.

What Needs to Happen to Clean Up After Water Damage?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

A man and his family catching water falling from above in pots Lenoir City we know how important your home is, call SERVPRO today we can help.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Can Help with Surface Cleaning and Post-Construction Recovery After Lenoir City Water Damages.

Water damage can occur from dozens of different sources in your Lenoir City  home, each of which can present its own unique challenges and obstacles with cleaning and recovery. Addressing the immediate threats first like migrating water and thorough drying is the ideal place to begin. Our SERVPRO professionals can help in this regard by arriving quickly with the cutting-edge equipment to help.

Regarding water cleanup for Lenoir City homes like yours, our technicians cannot begin these often intricate tasks without first addressing the immediate damaging effects throughout the residence. The best way that we can assess the full measure of the work that must get done and the appropriate personnel to complete these tasks is allowing our project manager and crew chief to scope out the job alongside the customer.

What is Job Scoping after Water Emergencies? 

Job scoping is a crucial element in meeting the needs of your home and its occupants after any disaster takes place. With water losses, we must quickly determine not only what damage has already occurred, but the migration patterns of the moving water to better protect other areas of your home that might not yet get affected. Several vital details can get learned through the scoping process, including:

  • Assessing Current Conditions  

You might not be able to recognize how widespread water damage might be or how minimal it could be until the appropriate assessments have gotten made. Through the use of advanced discovery tools like thermal imagery and hygrometers, we can have an understanding of present moisture pockets and where dampness might exist that needs to get dried.

  • Cataloging Loss

Losses might not always be apparent, either. With an area-by-area inspection with probing moisture detection tools and other practices, we can determine if certain exposed materials might be structurally compromised and a danger to our responding technicians or the occupants of the house.

  • Inspecting Exposed Contents 

The items in your home can be among the first things that become irreparably damaged by pooling water or migrating loss effects. Assessing these belongings on an item-by-item basis gives our technicians a better idea of what must happen with your possessions. From relocating them somewhere else on-site to removing them for safekeeping in our SERVPRO warehouse, we make the choices based on perceived risks.

Does SERVPRO Work with Insurance Providers?

Many homeowners do not always have as great of home insurance as they thought when loss incidents occur, so our responding technicians need to act quickly to minimize the expenses and time restoration takes. Even with coverage for water losses, there are many hurdles to getting a damage claim approved that our professionals can help with, including:

  • Documentation

Documenting losses and damage is one of the critical elements in preparing both an estimate for our customers and an accurate assessment of the property for the insurance adjuster.

  • Photographic Evidence

Using a combination of our own photographs and shots that our customers might have also taken of both the damage and the conditions of the house after the water loss incident, we can show tangible evidence that damage exists.

  • DryBook Software

One of the unique aspects of choosing SERVPRO for restoration is the use of our exclusive DryBook software. This program allows our technicians and management to input real-time data based on environmental testing, content management, and the progress of the drying process.

What Needs to be Cleaned After Water Losses? 

Cleaning up your residence after a water loss incident can be more necessary than many homeowners might initially think. Even with clean water disasters, residues, debris, and color bleeding can occur on surfaces and materials. Cleaning up these areas and contents involves the use of potent products approved by the EPA and advanced restoration techniques. We focus this corrective cleaning on:

  • Wall Surfaces
  • Contents
  • Wood Flooring
  • Carpets

Is There Cleaning Necessary After Reconstruction? 

While not every loss situation in your residence might require build back services, we have a team of in-house licensed contractors to help if it does. If reconstruction is a requirement for restoration, certain cleaning practices must take place after this as well. Dust and debris generated from new construction can often get resolved by wiping walls and surfaces throughout the areas where this build back occurred.

We strive to provide every customer with a fast and confident response after a water loss emergency because we recognize how quickly these situations can get out of control. Our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team can mobilize quickly to help you make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (865) 986-3015.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Lenoir City, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties today at (865) 986-3015 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Lenoir Restaurants That are Open or Serving Pick Up Meals Must Step-up Cleaning Protocols

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties is Available to Help

Many restaurants that are still preparing food (often for takeout) have an added responsibility to practice social distancing, protect employees and customers to help reduce the chances of pathogen transfer.

Keeping your workspace in Lenoir professionally cleaned is essential during this time, especially in a small city. Even if you believe you are doing a fine job with cleaning, there may be more that could be done, a higher level of service. Professionals have specialized equipment and access to hospital-grade disinfectants beyond what the public can access.

    •    Proper Application: Many cleaning products must be applied in a specific way and only on certain surfaces. At SERVPRO, our technicians are trained and understand how to use these products correctly.
    •    Training: Our SERVPRO technicians are certified by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) We have the training, knowledge, and experience to identify the correct steps for whatever situation we face.
    •    Experience Defined: Our expert SERVPRO crews work on bio-hazard cleaning, crime and death scene decontamination, sewage spill cleanup, and antimicrobial remediation every day of the week. We understand how to virus properly perform preventative cleaning.
    •    Information: Please call to discuss your needs; maybe we can help you focus on running your business and reduce stress.

In addition to helping restaurants, we work for other businesses and homes too. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties today, at (865) 986-3015.

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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

When Should I Call a Flood Damage Cleanup Team After a Garage Flood in Lenoir City?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Reflections in the floodwaters “Like it never even happened.”

After You Get Approval From Your Insurer, Call SERVPRO For Rapid-Response Flood Damage Mitigation in Lenoir City

Flood damage can be disastrous in any part of the home, including the garage. Not only can flood waters cause water damage and eventual mold growth on your property, but these waters can bring in insects, industrial waste, sewage, and other contaminants that can affect the safety of your home.

If you need flood damage cleanup for your Lenoir City home’s garage, SERVPRO technicians are ready to answer the call. These Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified pros, as well as franchise owners, receive hands-on training in water damage mitigation, biohazard cleanup, and mold remediation to restore residences affected by disaster to a pre-flood condition.

What Can Flood Damage Do to My Garage?
Flooding can affect almost every surface in your garage. Consider the following:

    •    It only takes a few days for floodwaters to tarnish and then corrode metals in your garage, including auto parts, tools, and shelving.
    •    Mold growth can start in as little as 24 to 48 hours after exposure, and can even reproduce on nonporous surfaces in the right conditions.
    •    Floodwaters not only contaminate personal effects and structural materials like drywall and concrete, but they can also compromise the safety of your electrical system.

Does SERVPRO Clean Structures, Contents, or Both During Flood Damage Cleanup?
SERVPRO techs can clean both structural materials and contents in your home that have been affected by floodwaters. Depending on the extent of flooding, the mitigation team cleaning your home may recommend moving your possessions offsite to a SERVPRO warehouse for contents cleaning and restoration. Not only can technicians ensure that your belongings are cleaned and restored as much as possible, but they can also take inventory of your belongings both during the pack-out process, which is beneficial for your proof of loss claim.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties provides emergency-response service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (865) 986-3015.

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What Equipment Best Removes Water from Lenoir City Homes?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling No matter how severe water losses might be, let our professionals help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Sump Pumps Can Handle Larger Lenoir City Properties  

Of the numerous tools used to overcome substantial water loss incidents in Lenoir City homes, the standard choice for extraction continues to be electric submersible pumps. Because of their versatility in the field following flooding and widespread water loss, we can even utilize these tools for large residential properties where many areas of the house have become damaged by migrating effects.  

Our crew chief scopes the entire property and its spread of water loss effects to determine if water removal in Lenoir City homes is necessary. Using software like our SERVPRO DryBook, we can document the parameter of the moisture damage. We then design a specific plan of action to begin reducing standing water and drying out saturated construction materials using a combination of centrifugal and axial air movers as well as refrigerant dehumidifiers. Grander properties might also benefit from the deployment of our trailered desiccant dehumidifier to introduce drier exhausted air into damp regions of the house.  

To address standing water, the ideal tool for this task is the electric sump pump. With the lower power demands (115V) of the individual units, along with the continual draw of standing water, our SERVPRO team can regain control of substantial losses. For more prominent properties with several inches of pooled water throughout a level, more than one submersible pump can provide continuous, quiet operation until the water level drops below two inches, where another piece of equipment is necessary to finish the job.  

For widespread demands like sprawling residential properties affected by significant water losses from plumbing breaks or other disasters, we can utilize our industrial-grade sump pumps as well. While the smaller devices can move a maximum of 18,000 gallons an hour, these more substantial units can move up to 6,000 gallons of water a minute. The size demands for extraction tools can get determined during the initial inspection phase before mitigation work begins. 

Though our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team has many extraction tools and equipment to choose from, the electric submersible pump is the standard for many reasons. No matter how severe water losses might be, let our professionals help make it “Like it never even happened,” by calling (865) 986-3015. 

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How Does Water Damage Hurt Tile in Your Lenoir City Home?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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We Can Reattach the Tile In Your Lenoir City Workshop!

A leaky pipe in your Lenoir City garage can be difficult to notice. Garages are usually filled with tools, storage bins, and cars, making it challenging to spot dripping water. As a result, water can accumulate and cause damage to the tile in your garage's workshop.  It is vital to contact professionals to mitigate damages because tiles can be costly to replace.  

When your Lenoir City home experiences water damage, you need the assistance of a restoration company that wastes no time getting to work. SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can arrive at your property within four hours to begin their repair work. Different types of tile react differently to water, and each type requires different restoration techniques. Workshop floors often consist of vinyl or asphalt tiling. Both types are easy to clean; however, they can detach from subflooring after being submerged for extended periods. Concrete and ceramic tile, on the other hand, are more resistant to spillage, but both have their downsides. Concrete tile is porous, allowing mold to grow on it after exposure to water. Ceramic tile is the most durable type of tile; however, the grouting holding it in place is susceptible to water damage.  

When we arrive on your property, we can get to work pumping out the standing water in your workshop with the use of wet vacs. We can then inspect your tile for damage and determine the best course of action. Asphalt or vinyl tile can be removed, dried, and reattached to your floor. If you have ceramic tile that is shifting due to damaged grouting, our techs can reinstall each tile with fresh grouting. In the case of concrete tile experiencing mold growth, we can clean the mold with the application of disinfectants.  

Finally, we make sure to inspect your subflooring with moisture meters to ensure that there is no additional damage.  

If your workshop floor has begun to fall apart because of water damage, then call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015. We are available 24/7, so call us, and we can help you feel "Like it never even happened."

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What are Some Odd Causes of Mold Damage in Your Property?

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

Icicles hanging from gutter Checking your gutters during the warm months can help prevent ice jams during the cold months.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ever-Present Microbe Does Not Mean Mold Damage Must Occur in Oak Ridge Properties

Microbes a new corner of Oak Ridge, and only the unwanted presence of water activates these otherwise harmless microorganisms. Once this occurs, however, and water continues to provide them with easy access to vital nutrients, mold can continue growing indefinitely. 
Homes in Oak Ridge require mold damage remediation to thwart growth and stop homes from succumbing to this constantly growing microbe. SERVPRO's specialists receive training in mold damage remediation and can provide you with specific information about how these can damage your property. 
Microbes can exist anywhere, even in freezing temperatures. However, they only exist in a dormant state most of the time. They require warmer, but shady locations, and enough water to release the nutrients from materials nearby as well as moisture to keep them growing.  This is why they prefer attics and basements, as well as closed-off rooms, crawlspaces, and under cabinets. A lack of air currents also helps microorganisms grow quickly and profusely. 
SERVPRO can help locate where moisture enters your home's living space and close the source off, this does not kill off the mold itself but forces it back into a dormant state. However, any microbes that settle in the area cannot grow, either. We perform remediation of areas with mold damage in a manner that keeps the already present ones contained, and also set up air scrubbers to remove any spores from the home's environment. 
No amount of remediation can wipe your home completely free of mold and mildew spores. Microbes are continually being reintroduced, as well, from outside sources. However, proper mold damage remediation gives your home a fresh start by reducing the population down to a healthy number and eliminating any sources of moisture. 

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

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Things Our Flood Damage Team Does in Your Loudon Home

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

flooded street Acting quickly on flood damage in a Loudon home is the key to experiencing the least amount of water loss.

Complete Flood Damage Restoration in Loudon Homes 

One of the hardest things about flood damage is the loss of treasured possessions to water. Sometimes things without a significant monetary value are priceless in terms of sentimental value. That is why on every restoration and cleanup job we do, we work with compassion and the application of our advanced restoration techniques to restore items whenever possible.

Acting quickly on flood damage in a Loudon home is the key to experiencing the least amount of water loss. The longer building materials and contents are retaining moisture, the less chance of full restoration to their preloss condition. A recent call to home involved a tree limb breaking a window and rain entered the corner space of a room. The homeowner was concerned only about a wet box of hand-typed recipes from her mother which she assumed was a loss.

Our SERVPRO technicians removed the box of papers and logged them for freezing in our facility. Freezing stops any further damage from occurring while the method of drying is decided on based on the condition of the document, expense, and restorability potential.

The broken window was sealed up until the homeowner could arrange to have it repaired and our technicians cleaned up the rest of the water in the area. We used moisture detectors to verify there was no residual moisture in wall cavities or the baseboard areas before the drying phase began. Air movers and dehumidifiers quickly dried everything in the area and then our technicians cleaned and sanitized all surfaces to leave it both clean and without any residual water odors.

The technicians determined for the type of paper and ink used that air-drying in small batches would be the best way to handle the recipe collection. Once it was completed, they were returned in their original box the very grateful homeowner.

SERVPRO of Loudon and Roane Counties is available 24-hours a day at (865) 986-3015 to respond to flood damage in your home. We arrive within hours of your initial call and make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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How to Avoid Fire Damage by Checking Your Furnace in Oak Ridge

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

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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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What Steps Can a Homeowner When Water Has Invaded your Home?

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

waterproof boots in water We use tools such as dehumidifiers, air movers, drying mats, and ventilation fans to encourage any lingering moisture to evaporate.

What You Can Do When You Find That Your Home Needs Urgent Water Removal Services

There are many ways in which you can come to find that your home requires the assistance of professional water removal services. When it comes to your home, a broken water supply line from your washing machine allowed a lot of water to leak out onto your bathroom/laundry room floor. When you found the water, you realized it was just too much to clean up on your own and knew it must have been there for a few hours, at least. 

Call a water damage restoration specialist. 

Knowing that the best thing you could do for your home was to call for help immediately, you reached out for water removal services in the Lenoir City area. Leaving your bathroom flooded would be irresponsible, as water damage has the potential to get worse as time goes on. While you may mop up the visible water on the floor, you don't know how much was absorbed into your tile flooring or the wooden base of your sink. Excess moisture can feed mold spores, which are omnipresent, and can lead to a variety of new problems that are expensive to fix. 

Calling SERVPRO in your hour of need was the best thing that you could have done to preserve the longevity of your home. Now, our technicians can quickly assemble and travel to your home as swiftly as possible. When SERVPRO arrives, our Estimator can do the initial investigation of the damage and answer any questions you have. Afterward, our technicians can get to work. 

SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville always uses advanced industry-grade equipment to get the job done. To remove the excess water lingering in your bathroom, we can use both extractors and wet/dry vacuums. Once the standing water has been removed, SERVPRO can focus on drying out the floor. We can use tools such as dehumidifiers, air movers, drying mats, and ventilation fans to encourage any lingering moisture to evaporate. 

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

Porous materials such as drywall, paneling, and wood flooring can sustain severe damage when conditions change in your Harriman home. Preventing such damage from becoming permanent, or from spreading to other areas, keeps restoration costs as low as possible. 
Specialized training of technicians helps ensure proper and complete mitigation of Harriman water damage in properties with such problems. Water can alter the color of upholstered furniture, cause carpeting to wear abnormally fast, and leave stains behind on walls and ceilings. Corrosion of fasteners and difficulties in opening and closing doors and windows with wooden frames also stem from any unwanted or misplaced water. 

Intensive Water Damage Training

Our technicians receive intensive training and education to complement and strengthen the skills they acquire during their work. No job is too small, nor too large, for SERVPRO specialists to mitigate. A small amount of water can cause expensive problems inside a home. These problems do not always cost a homeowner in a monetary manner. Corrosion of electrical wiring can cause intermittent outages, flickering lights, and higher electric bills, or a fire that begins inside a wall and spreads throughout a house. Prevention early on helps keep such incidents under control. 
Understanding this and other nuances of water damage and the importance of proper mitigation help keep us focused on the needs of restoration crews in completing the work on your home. Because of this, we always clean up the areas instead of merely pulling out damaged materials. 
We understand that it is crucial to take readings of adjacent materials to ensure moisture has not penetrated otherwise seemingly dry sections of the wall. We also explain the possibility of secondary water damage as it pertains to your particular property, what signs to look out for, and what steps you might take to decrease the possibility. 

If a broken supply line causes an appliance to leak water, never wait around to get help. Use your phone to contact SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville by the number (865) 986-3015. 24/7, our doors are open, and we're ready to help you.

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Commercial Water Damage In Lenoir City

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Does My Lenoir City Café Have to Shut Down for Water Damage?

SERVPRO technicians on our team can assess each situation to offer real-time solutions to keep your Lenoir City business open amid water losses when possible.

Choosing what steps are involved in restoring your Lenoir City business or keeping it open after water loss emergencies hinge on the severity of the disaster and how quickly you have professionals like our SERVPRO team responding. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Commercial water damage to Lenoir City cafes like yours does not have to be entirely compromising, especially when our technicians can arrive quickly. With effective containment measures, including physical barriers to establish a drying zone without cross-contamination, we can maximize the efficacy of our evaporative drying techniques using air movers, dehumidifiers, drying mats, and other specialty tools.

How can SERVPRO work to keep your doors open after a water loss?

    •    Fast response to emergencies
    •    Effective containment strategies
    •    Powerful drying tools and technologies
    •    After hours restoration to reduce impeding on your business

No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team a call today at (865) 986-3015.

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What is the Equipment Used to Restore Your Lenoir City Home?

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Relying on Advanced Extraction Tools in Lenoir City Homes

Having the right equipment to address extraction in your Lenoir City property is not always as straightforward and simple as it might seem. While many homeowners have some machines that can work to reduce standing water scenarios after water loss incidents occur noticeably, this does not mean that these devices are the best available options for the extraction that must happen. Much like our SERVPRO professionals arrive to perform mitigation with a production trailer stocked with tools and equipment of varying sizes and strengths, there are often multiple available options that can help you quickly get a handle on the damaging situation occurring in your home.

While there are specific tools for water removal in Lenoir City homes that are only made available to restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team, there are several options that can get purchased or rented from facilities nearby when disasters strike. Depending on the severity of the water loss situation, you might be looking to utilize one of these options:

Wet-Vac – This is a tool that many homeowners in the area already own, as this is a useful cleaning tool for shop areas, garages, vehicles, and basements. The drawback here is that homeowners must manually dump collected water from the tank as opposed to discharge hoses attached in the other options listed here.

Portable Sump Pump – This is a submersible electric option that works exceedingly well when there are several inches of standing water damage in an affected area of your house.

Engine-driven Trash Pump – while you can purchase these extraction tools, these are also able to get rented. Because they run on gasoline, you do not have to have active power to the house to begin extraction.

There are many tools that both our SERPVRO of Loudon & Roane Counties professionals would use for water extraction and what you too might decide is best under specific conditions. Whether you need a professional opinion or feel overwhelmed by the water loss, you can count on our fast response and expertise. Give us a call anytime at (865) 986-3015.

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Restoration Professionals in Lenoir City Tell the Best Ways to Remove Fire Damage Odors

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Different Responses That Can Help Deal with Odor from Fire Damage Incidents in Lenoir City

Fire incidents lead to different problems that must be dealt with to restore the preloss conditions in a property. The most common problem is a bad odor, which can develop from minor or catastrophic events. The response taken to remove odor from a property may depend on the intensity of the fire damage.

Ventilating the confined area

Some fire damage incidents in Lenoir City may be localized within a specific area but produce a thick smoke that spreads throughout the property. Such smoke may contain particulate matter, aerosols, and other residues, thus emitting a bad smell. It is easy to deal with such odor by ventilating the property to remove smoke remnants. Our SERVPRO technicians use axial air movers to ventilate such property, removing the particulate-filed air and replacing it with clean outdoor air.

Placing activated oxygen units overnight

Real particles, which keep evaporating into the air, compose the invisible odor, thus resulting in the smell that reaches the nose. If the odor originates from residues on surfaces of different materials within the property, a simple procedure such as ventilating the property cannot deal with the odor effectively. Our SERVPRO technicians can use activated oxygen to deal with such odor. We set up ozone or hydroxyl generators within the affected property, at least overnight, eliminating all traces of bad odor.

Thermal fogging the structure

Some fire odor issues can persist even after a thorough cleaning and standard deodorization processes. Such persistence mostly occurs because of the deep penetration of odor molecules into materials. Any deodorizer used must be delivered deep into the affected materials to neutralize the odor molecules. Thermal fogging helps our SERVPRO crews remove such stubborn order since it mimics the smoke patterns that deposit the odor molecules initially.

Different kinds of odor problems can develop depending on how a fire incident unfolds. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 help fix all the effects from the fire, "Like it never even happened."

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Sewage or Water Problems in Your Lenoir City WorkPlace?

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Removal Experts from SERVPRO in Lenoir City Talk About Sewage Backups

Any building that has public restrooms such as your office building in Lenoir City is susceptible to a sewage system failure. If a toilet backs up or if any sewage drain gets clogged, it is vital that you call in a professional commercial water removal company such as SERVPRO.

Any time a disaster takes place, our SERVPRO technicians know that getting your offices back up and running quickly is vital. The first step to any commercial water removal project in Lenoir City is to make sure the working area is safe for all occupants. Our crew goes through your office complex and makes sure that there are no potential hazards. If we do find dangerous situations, then we take steps to make the building safe before work begins. Once the work area is deemed safe, our team assesses the situation and figures out the extent of the damage.

What happens when a restroom malfunctions causing sewage?

  • Any time a sink or toilet drain breaks or clogs and backs up:
  • The water could be contaminated
  • If the source of the moisture is a sink, it is labeled greywater or a category two situation
  • If the source is a toilet or main sewer drain, the contamination levels are high, and the project is treated as a category 3 or black water scenario.
  • We conduct commercial water removal with a category 2 or 3 sources as a biohazard, and we take extra steps to prevent the spread of the contaminated

When dealing with black water, we are forced to remove any porous materials like carpet and pad that got wet. If the drywall retained moisture, then we may have to remove that as well a foot or two up from the floor. Before we begin removing materials, we establish a containment chamber so that hazardous particles in the air get trapped within the affected region. We then attach an air scrubber to the plastic barrier that pulls any harmful particles through a HEPA filter before getting released in the air. If to the exterior of the structure, this is considered negative air pressure.

If you ever have a toilet backup or any other type of water damage inside your office complex, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 any time of the day.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Lenoir City After A Fire

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

A home burned down and soot and charred belongings all over the ground We removed all the ruined materials, both structural and contents, and began to neutralize the pungent odors in this property after a fire.

How Professionals Choose Appropriate Fire Damage Cleaning Products in Lenoir City

Ordinary dirt and grime in a Lenoir City home usually clear away with the application of soap, water, and some “elbow grease.” The residues left after a household fire are not as easily removed. If the homeowner uses a general cleaner and conventional techniques the soot-based soiling often smears and spreads, or remains stubbornly stuck, making the situation worse instead of better.

Residues Meet Their Match

Lenoir City fire damage residues need professional attention to ensure removal without harming surfaces. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained workforce carefully matches different types of residues found in various spaces in your dwelling with the proprietary soaps, detergents, and solvents we find most effective.

Evaluation of Soot and Surface

The soot that covers the walls, ceilings, floors, and contents of your home consists of the incompletely combusted materials that provided fuel for the fire. Because those materials are different room to room, the residues left vary as well. SERVPRO reviews the consistency of the soot, characterizing it as dry and ashy, wet and sticky, or protein-based and varnish-like. We also check out the structural components covered with residues, determining how durable and able to withstand aggressive cleaning strategies those surfaces are.

Pre-Cleaning and Testing

If the residues are loose and dry, we use vacuums, dusters, and dry sponges to remove. Even in cases where the soot is more closely adhered, we employ these strategies to pre-clean. SERVPRO technicians have a good idea of the types of cleaners that help break the bond between wet or protein-based soot and surfaces, but we want to avoid unintended damage. We pre-test the soaps, detergents, or solvents on an inconspicuous area to judge the efficacy of the cleaning product and see if the solution harms the surface. Likewise, we try out degrees of agitation or temperature adaptations to see if the chosen cleaner works better or mars the surface.

Take advantage of the training and experience the fire damage restoration crews working for SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties possess. Call (865) 986-3015 to arrange for our professionals to assess your fire loss.

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SERVPRO Offers Peace of Mind to Lenoir City Residents After Mold Infestation

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Offers Peace of Mind to Lenoir City Residents in Need of Mold Remediation

The presence of mold in your Lenoir City residence causes worry and embarrassment. If you try to get rid of the mold on your own, it also likely causes frustration as the staining and musty odor often returns or worsens, no matter how hard to try to find and use proper techniques. Effective mold abatement requires adherence to a research-based protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and specialized products and equipment. Our crews are experienced and well-prepared to follow the prescribed procedures, why we succeed at this challenging task.

Transparency in Mold Remediation
Mold remediation in Lenoir City as elsewhere must be understood for what it can and cannot accomplish. Be very wary of any contractors who promise complete mold eradication, because save for highly-specialized spaces like laboratories and some healthcare settings that pledge is impossible to attain. Mold spores are everywhere, and removing them entirely is not practical in your home. What can be accomplished is the removal of an active mold colony infestation and inhibition of future outbreaks. Our honesty when communicating what we can deliver is why our mold remediation services can be trusted.

Moisture Is the Culprit
One of the reasons why SERVPRO offers mold remediation services is the need we observe during our water damage mitigation and remediation. Moisture fuels the growth of otherwise dormant mold spores. Often when we investigate a water loss, mold growth has already taken hold and is winning the battle, especially if an unnoticed slow leak allowed structures and contents to absorb water. Mold damages building materials, using them as a source of nourishment and consuming them in the process. Susceptible individuals report health effects from allergies and reactions to the mycotoxins produced by mold.

The EPA Way
Although we do access mold testing if needed, usually, the affected area is obvious. Staining, crumblings materials, and that musty, “off” smell guide our technicians to the microbial infestation. Mold does not need light to grow, why SERVPRO checks building cavities nearby. Once we establish the perimeters of the colonies, we do the following:

Contain the area
We use 1.6 mil polyethylene barriers to isolate the moldy area, usually employing negative pressure air scrubbing technology to seal the working space off from the rest of your house. The air scrubbers force contaminated air through filters, capturing many contaminants stirred up during remediation and venting the residual air to the outside.

Protect You and Our Employees
Inhalation and skin contact with mold residues can irritate and possibly compromise the health of certain people. Our technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators and body coverage. The choice to implement PPE protection minimizes the tracking of moldy residues into other areas of your home.

Remove the Mold
Notwithstanding the claims of makers of antimicrobial products, research demonstrates that the most reliable way to rid a residence of active mold growth is mechanical. Brushing, scraping, and abrasive techniques like soda blasting are all used to remove the mold organisms physically from affected surfaces.

Clean Up Debris
The mechanical removal disturbs both mold and the surfaces upon which it grew, why SERVPRO is sure to use HEPA filtered vacuums, and through wipe, downs to account for all particulates.

Judicious Use of Antimicrobials
Although broadcast spraying is ineffective when used in isolation, the application of EPA-registered antimicrobials as part of the final cleanup can help inhibit mold rebounding. Some innovations, like antimicrobial-impregnated surface coatings, can offer a safety net when restoring walls and other surfaces before painting.

Eliminate the Moisture
If not already accomplished during a prior water loss project, the source of moisture that fed the initial outbreak must be found and remediated. Our experience in coordinating this essential step in nearly all water emergencies is why SERVPRO has the resource to minimize a recurrence of mold-friendly conditions.

Our comprehensive training and knowledge of the mold life cycle are why SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties intervenes effectively when engaged in providing mold remediation. One call to (865) 986-3015 gets the help you need fast.

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How Leaking Windows Cause Water Damage to Your Lenoir City Home

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

interior shot of water damaged window; rotting wood from water leaks SERVPRO can inspect your windows for signs of water leaks. Fixing a leakage issue today can help prevent major problems tomorrow.

Water Removal Lenoir City – Leaky Windows

Architects design windows to keep out moisture and rain. Buildings often shift over time, causing gaps sometimes to appear, allowing moisture and water to enter. Caulking around windows and doors may also fail, allowing moisture to penetrate. A combination of condensation, damp, and leaking windows can contribute to mold growth and damage to the structure around the window or door.

SERVPRO provides water removal and damage restoration for Lenoir city and surrounding areas. We provide our services on a 24/7 basis and respond to owner's calls in less than four hours. We believe that a fast response can significantly reduce the damage. Our skilled team can deploy the appropriate equipment to remove moisture and restore your home.

Water leaking into a home around windows and doors can do a great deal of damage to the structure, the flooring, and may even cause health issues for the occupants. Window frames may rot away slowly, and mold infestations can occur, spreading high concentrations of mold spores throughout the home.

SERVPRO checks for water leakage around window and door frames. We utilize moisture meters to check for high moisture levels inside walls and cavities. We may need to remove drywall and insulation that has been contaminated by mold infestations. Once the structure has dried, the window frames can be repaired and sealed. New insulation and drywall can be installed and painted.

The wood in wood frame windows may have deteriorated. Water that has been leaking around the window for a long time can cause this type of damage. The wood structure around the window opening needs verifying for structural integrity, and new windows need installing.

SERVPRO can help consumers with this type of water damage in addition to leaks from plumbing, overflowing sinks, and toilets. Our technicians can restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Why Professional Restoration Services are Necessary for Water Loss Events in Lenoir City

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Organize and Prioritize Water Damage Issues using Lenoir City Professional Restoration Firms

Unwanted water in your home causes a real problem for your possessions and impact your day-to-day life. There are many actions worth taking immediately after a water emergency that can help you to limit loss. Taking light-weight items out of the affected area is a priority but be careful to seal any possessions into bags or lay down sheeting to prevent moisture spreading throughout the home during removal. You may also want to consider how to get the water out, either by pumping, evaporation, or dehumidification.

Different homes respond differently to water intrusion, which is why many residents choose professional water damage restoration services here in Lenoir City. Using professional help can organize the situation into a manageable, time-efficient process that takes your home back to its preloss condition. By enlisting the assistance of a company like SERVPRO, it can be possible to salvage many of your possessions and prevent the integral structure of your home from sustaining permanent harm.

Water intrusion may result from open joints in the structure of your home. SERVPRO recommends you conduct regular maintenance checks before and during the winter period to limit potential emergencies. These fissures can occur over time as materials expand and compress throughout the year in response to temperature. While areas of the home that are well-insulated like your living room tend to be impervious to adverse effects of temperature, other areas like a garage, porch, or crawlspace can be more vulnerable. Periods of excessive rainfall can result in the exposure of cavities in your home's structure, causing a water emergency.

Practicality is crucial to overcoming a water loss scenario with minimal lasting harm. Here at SERVPRO, our water restoration technicians (WRT) can prioritize areas of concern and restore them first. These areas of interest may include precious documents or textiles, which can sustain more damage than denser items. We can also put in place hydrothermal equipment to control the temperature and humidity in the affected area. By taking regular measurements, we can ensure you remain safe against secondary damages like mold growth.

Use professional restoration to organize and prioritize your home emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 now.

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Call SERVPRO When Your Lenoir City Home Needs Water Damage Remediation Services

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom/Toilet Call us today! SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015, and we can take a look for you!

Protecting Your Home From Water Damage In Lenoir City

There are so many ways that your home could find itself in need of water damage remediation services. However, what matters most is how quickly you can acquire the services for your home. The longer that excess moisture sits in your home, the more potential there is for further damages.

Hypothetically, imagine a situation where your Lenoir City home experiences water damage. Imagine that a crack forms in the tank of your toilet, and tiny beads of moisture escape it every day and all day. Soon enough, the wall behind it becomes wet. It is essential to deal with water damage as soon as you find it, or else moisture left to its own devices could feed a mold colony before you know it.

When you contact SERVPRO, our technicians quickly gather and travel to your home. We prioritize speed because we know how unnerving it can feel to have water damage sitting in your home. We're available day or night, waiting to help you when you need it most, and our technicians are expertly trained.

When we arrive at your home, SERVPRO can get to work right away. After turning off your water and pulling the toilet away from your wall, we can begin to address the water damage that dribbled down the back of the wall. Should the damage be less advanced, our technicians could set up drying equipment and drill a tiny hole to feed an air blasting tube through. Devices like heaters and dehumidifiers can help extract moisture, and air blasting tubes can help us reach places that would typically be impossible.

Alternatively, should our SERVPRO techs decide it is best to remove the drywall, we can make flood cuts and remove the specific section that is damaged. Making cuts like this can help prevent mold damage while also saving most of the drywall. Once our SERVPRO technicians finish, we can leave your home, confident that you feel, "Like it never even happened."

If you find yourself in need of our help, never wait. Dial the number (865) 986-3015 to speak with SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties. No matter the day or the time, we're here to help.

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How to Choose Effective Commercial Water Damage Remediation Services in Loudon

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water damage spots on office ceiling Water damage in a commercial building can quickly become extensive.  Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage.

Commercial Water Damage in Loudon Needs Fast Action

The regular janitorial staff cleans up a lot of the problems that happen within an office building. Sometimes, such as in the case of commercial water damage, the job is bigger than their equipment. 

When SERVPRO technicians received a call to handle commercial water damage in a Loudon office from a massive ceiling leak, they arrived quickly on-site to scope the damage and begin the cleanup. They used their moisture detection equipment to locate all areas of water for extraction; this ensures nothing gets left behind to cause secondary damages. Fortunately, although the industrial carpeting received a soaking, the water did not run behind the baseboards or within wall cavities. By swiftly gathering up and disposing of the saturated ceiling tiles, our SERVPRO technicians reduced the interior moisture levels, made for a safer restoration service, and mitigated the damages to the aforementioned flooring.

Extraction Equipment is Just One Difference

SERVPRO uses extraction equipment that has the power to pull water up and out of surfaces. They did several passes to remove as much water as possible.

Setting Drying Goals 

The technicians take ambient humidity measures to determine the amount of time and number of air movers it will take to bring down the air moisture to levels that do not encourage mold growth or the formation of musty odors. Then, they carefully monitor conditions in the water loss area during the drying phase of mitigation until the readings meet the preset goals. One of the critical elements of this phase of restoration is the use of dehumidification equipment in tandem with the air movers to actually capture and port the moisture off-site. 

Final Cleanup and Repairs

Once the property verifies as dry, the technicians do a complete wipe down of all affected surfaces with their proprietary cleaners and disinfectants. Once the water loss mitigation completes, the lead technician walks the property owner through the actions taken to ensure they are happy with the results. They report any needed repairs to the plumbing to assist the building in restoration to its pre-water loss condition. 

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 is ready to handle commercial water damage and get your business reopened as fast as possible, "Like it never even happened."

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We Have State Of The Art Products To Restore Your Loudon Home After A Flood

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Using Botanical Cleaners in Dried Loudon Homes

Cleaning is an essential step in recovering a Loudon home after a flood loss incident. These disasters can leave your home disheveled, combatting residues and debris, and at the mercy of odors that have moved in with the prolonged exposure to standing water. Contamination is also a potential factor depending on how the flood penetrated the residence. We have many potent cleaning products to suit the individual needs of your house following these contamination threats.

Because of how readily odors and contaminants can exist after flood damage in Loudon homes, the most potent available cleaning products often get utilized. Phenolics, quaternary compounds, and chlorine-based agents are among the strongest and most reliable for removing potential contaminants and bacteria but are not always the best choice for your property. Cutting through some misinformation about the reliability of these compounds, botanicals are becoming a favored choice in cleaning and restoration for many reasons.

  1. Botanicals Are Favorable Smells  

If there is a single gripe from homeowners and business owners about the cleaning products that are most effective for cleaning up after bacteria and other contaminants, it is the smell. Chlorine-based and phenolic cleaners have potent, harsh smells that can even be a health hazard with enough direct, prolonged exposure during application. Herbal products have a pleasant odor, making it easy for residents to stay in unaffected areas of the house if possible – even with harsh odor sensitivities.

  1. Botanicals Utilize Powerful Natural Cleaning Elements

With products that our SERVPRO team can use, such as Benefect cleaners, odors are much more pleasant without compromising the cleaning capabilities of the product. With the foundation of thyme oil, thymol, or citric acids, we can remove even challenging residues.

  1. Botanicals Are Sometimes Required 

In specific structures, the use of botanicals is not only beneficial for fast and more pleasant cleaning but has become required for the restoration process. Many government structures demand the use of botanical products, as they are a greener alternative and can allow for the continued use of a structure despite even widespread disinfection.

Cleaning is a necessary element to flood damage recovery, and often botanicals can be a wise choice for our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team. No matter how we can help, give our professionals a call at (865) 986-3015.

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Best Fire Debris Cleaning Practices in Lenoir City

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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What Fire Debris Cleaning Entails for Lenoir City Homes 

Debris cleanup after a Lenoir City structure fire is often the responsibility of the property owner, though most insurance policies offer some degree of coverage for this task. Often it is easier to rely on the expertise and experience of professional restorers to oversee this cleanup and recovery, as the right tools and techniques can prevent further loss and damage to your house. 

While fire debris cleanup for Lenoir City homes might be a necessary step when disasters occur, many homeowners do not know what to expect. Professionals like our SERVPRO team must approach debris and rubbish removal from a household in phases, all of which fall under the emergency services your home requires before even full mitigation work can begin. Knowing what to expect from our team and even our in-house general contractors can showcase the importance of these tasks.

Ash and Rubble  

Some homeowners might take the term debris removal literally, and rightfully so. A significant portion of these actions involves the shoveling out and disposal of half-burned remnants of construction materials, contents that experienced a total loss, and ash. We can work quickly to remove these piles of dust, debris, and charred remains as these can continue to be a catalyst for odors and other airborne threats. A dumpster may be rented to contain the removed fire-damaged materials and contents from the home.  

Vacuuming Sediment and Residue 

Clearing off surfaces and contents in the affected areas of your home is also a vital element to the initial mitigation approach your property needs. We use dry vacuuming to address heaps of soot and smoke particles that come to rest on surfaces and materials. Dry vacuuming is one of the agitative cleaning practices that can safely reduce residues without damaging the surface beneath them. The focused removal of these threats can limit erosion of construction materials and potential marring of contents. 

Controlled Demolition and Cleaning 

Post demolition cleanup is another element to debris removal, as much of this controlled demolition must happen before our SERVPRO team can begin mitigation. We work closely with reputable contractors in the area to ensure that we can transition seamlessly between this demolition and the cleaning and restoration work yet to begin. 

Fire damages might pose a threat to your home, but our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team can help with effective and efficient debris removal and recovery. Contact us anytime at (865) 986-3015.

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We Discuss How To Deal With Water Damage in Your Lenoir City Home

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Deal With Water Damage in Your Lenoir City Home After a Water Heater Leak

When compared to other appliances, water heaters work under tougher conditions because they hold water and transfer it continuously. When these appliances break down, they can cause expensive damage in a home. Water heaters can leak when deposits build up on the bottom of the tank, corroding the tank liner and heater elements.

If the corroded bottom of the tank fails unexpectedly, the water in it and the continuously fed-cold water supply can soak different structures in your home. When your Lenoir City property has water damage that results from a water heater leak, you need to act speedily to prevent further damage. The water released can seep into cracks in the baseboard, floorboards, under the carpets, and many other areas.

Water that gets under hardwood flooring can cause the wood to warp, necessitating the replacement of the affected wood. The water that flows behind walls can ruin the support system and wooden studs. It can also ruin drywall and other vulnerable items. Mold is another problem associated with moisture, and it can cause health problems to the residents of your property. The emergency water extraction services that SERVPRO provides can help you prevent such issues.

We have advanced cleaning and restoration equipment that enables us to restore homes to their pre-incident condition. With our services, you can look forward to swift water damage repair. Our restoration process often includes the following steps:

Using equipment like thermal imaging cameras, our water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) can inspect your home to determine how moisture traveled. We can then take the right steps to restore the affected areas.

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Our technicians can use extraction equipment like carpet wands, submersible pumps, and deep extraction tools to extract water from the flooring.

Using air movers helps increase evaporation to expedite drying.

Our SERVPRO technicians can use refrigerant dehumidifiers to dry your home and its contents. They work in the same way as air conditioners to remove water vapor from the air. We also monitor the drying process to confirm that the affected areas are dry.

We can disinfect the affected areas to eliminate microbes. Our crew can do the last check to confirm that your residence is safe for occupation.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties can handle water loss incidents of any magnitude. Contact us today at (865) 986-3015 for restoration services in Loudon, Harriman, and Oak Ridge. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What are The Five Most Common Types of Water Damage on Lenoir City?

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Five Most Common Types of Water Damage in Lenoir City Homes and What to Do About It 

There are five main reasons for water damage to occur in a home, and all of them require fast action. If there is any chance that the water ran under flooring or behind a wall, DIY cleanup is no longer an option. 

Some of the most frequently encountered water removal needs in Lenoir City homes by SERVPRO, in some cases, were preventable. No matter how it happened, to avoid secondary issues, it is advisable to get professional water cleanup. 


Consumer-grade wet/dry vacuums, even the rented ones, do not have the necessary power to extract deeply embedded moisture like the equipment used by SERVPRO technicians. They also scope the property with their state-of-the-art detection equipment to ensure they do a thorough water cleanup job. 

Broken Pipes

A common type of water loss in a home comes from broken pipes. Often a slow leak pointing to a faulty or worn seal suddenly gives way, and an indoor flood happens. Turn off the water, blot, and mop up what you can and contact SERVPRO to ensure the loss area receives proper extraction and drying.  

Clogged Rain Gutters

When gutters overflow, it has the potential to damage the roof and send water inside instead of the downspout. SERVPRO technicians recommend having your gutters cleaned, and the installation of gutter guards or screens inhibits this issue.  

Poor Drainage

Drainage is another mostly preventable issue. As it rains, watch where the water goes, if it runs towards the home or pools around the foundation, there is a problem. Some solutions are to raise the grade around the house, install foundation vents or French drains to assist with directing the flow away from the property. 

Faulty Washing Machine Hose

Faulty hoses are another widespread occurrence. Very few people stay in the room with their washing machine, and if the hose breaks, gallons of water winds up on the floor very quickly. Delamination of tile flooring, water behind baseboards, and subflooring are all common scenarios. Fast water extraction and the use of specialized drying such as drying mats assist with recovery from this type of loss.  

Flash Floods

You can't stave off a flash flood. The best plan of action is when you know the water is a threat, move valuables and furniture away from the most likely entry point and block it with towels or sandbags to slow the progression. Because this type of water is a category three biohazard, do not self-clean and bring in SERVPRO.  

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 has the knowledge and equipment to handle any water removal, call us for both fast and thorough cleanup, "Like it never even happened."

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The Science Behind the Equipment Used for Flood Water Removal in Loudon

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Technicians from Loudon Spell Out Equipment Calculations

Storms that strike the Loudon region can cause water to pour into your home. Whenever building materials get wet on the inside of any structure on your property, it is vital to call in a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our team knows that time is critical when dealing with your wet building materials and contents. We can arrive promptly and begin mitigation efforts right away.

During most flood damage projects in Loudon, our SERVPRO team utilizes a variety of specialized industrial equipment. For example, we have instruments that test materials inside your house for moisture content. We then have access to extraction equipment that can enable us to remove any water while it is still a liquid. Then, during the drying stage, we can set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the natural evaporation process and structural drying.

However, to properly utilize all of our advanced technology, our technicians must know a few calculations. We often use standard formulas to figure out how to best use the equipment we set up. We can apply sciences, including psychrometrics, to speed up the drying phase and eliminate the possibilities of mold growth on any of your organic materials.

In some situations, a severe storm can leave standing water inside your structure. When this occurs, our SERVPRO technicians can set up submersible pumps to suck up the water and pump it into one of your sewage drains. To figure out how long pumping the water requires, we determine how much water is present by calculating the cubic footage of the standing water. Since there are 7.48 gallons of water in a cubic foot of liquid, we multiply the cubic footage of water present by 7.48 to get the number of gallons present. Then, we divide it by the pump's gallons per hour rating so that we can figure out how much time pumping water requires.

When determining how many air movers to use in a specific area, our IICRC certified crew uses standard calculations given to us by the certification program. The general rule is that we install one air mover in every affected room. If carpets are wet, we set up one air mover for every 50-70 square feet of the affected area.

Getting the calculations right can help us speed up the overall restoration process. To get help from professionals in the restoration industry, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015. We are here to help you return your home to the way it was before the devastation of the storm and make it seem, "Like it never even happened."

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Seeking Professional Assistance Reduces Anxiety after Fire Damage in Your Loudon Home

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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We will handle your fire damage in Loudon.

Seeing smoke billowing out of your property or getting a call that your house is on fire can create much uncertainty. Fires have the potential to reduce your highly valued property to a pile of rubble in a matter of minutes. Luckily, fact action quells most fires before they turn catastrophic. However, that is rarely the end of problems for the affected Loudon homeowner.

It Is Easier To Save Items

Items left caked in soot, and other residues is a common outcome when fire damage affects a Loudon home. Most items are salvageable if appropriately cleaned. Fires also open up home interiors to vandalism or damage by weather elements through shattered windows or holes on the roof or walls. Professional assistance helps deal with both problems quickly, thus helping save items. Our SERVPRO teams separate contents into categories of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items. If content move-out is necessary, we also create inventory worksheets indicating which items need light or heavy cleaning. We also board up the structure to protect the contents within.

The Restoration Process is Organized

Restoring property damaged by fire to its preloss state takes several activities from tearing down building material remnants, removing debris, cleaning, and drying the property among other steps. To the untrained eye, it is not easy to tell which steps to start with and how long the entire process might take, which builds up frustration. FSRT, Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician training, helps our SERVPRO team break down the process into stages and groups of tasks, simplifying its implementation. For example, we start with thorough scoping of the loss site instead of diving into restoration immediately.

The Right Equipment

When faced with a difficult task, the mere sight of sophisticated equipment can be reassuring because it indicates that every step necessary to restore your property can be accomplished. Our green trucks arrive at the loss site with a wide range of equipment including:

  • Pressure washers
  • Cherry pickers
  • Surface scrubbing equipment
  • Duct Cleaning Systems

It is normal to feel anxious after a fire incident. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties to help manage the cleanup and restoration. You can reach us at (865) 986-3015. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Lenoir City Home

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

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How Our Preparedness Helps Early Work in Lenoir City Homes

We have many ways that our professionals can get notified of water loss incidents that affect our Lenoir City customers. Our first indication of an emergency can originate directly from a customer, from their insurance provider, or even emergency calls made to our parent company. No matter how we get the news, customers can expect that we already have steps in place to approach water loss scenarios quickly and confidently.

While effects like standing water must get addressed immediately, there is time between your initial call to our team and water removal in Lenoir City homes. Once our dispatcher notifies the appropriately qualified personnel of the loss incident, our management in this project reaches out to the property owner to have that individual meet our team when we reach the damaged site. Collectively viewing the damage can help our professionals to better understand what loss effects are most problematic to you and the severity of the damage.

Our conversation with the customer can also help to divulge helpful tips that can lead to faster recovery times when our professionals arrive. While we have many of these tips listed throughout our website, we always work to provide the most practical information to property owners on how to help in the overall water damage restoration scope until our SERVPRO team first arrives at the house.

Our ready trailers at our facility stay stocked with water restoration equipment, specifically our inventory of cutting-edge extraction and drying machines. Because saturation is such a concern, we address standing water immediately with any of our multiple options in water removal tools, including our light wands for smaller extraction needs and portable sump pumps that can provide continual suction in even limited spaces.

We know how delicate water loss situations can be, especially when our customers are struggling to find their place in the worsening conditions. From the time that you call our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team, wheels are in motion to get your property back to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime at (865) 986-3015.

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Commercial Water Damage in Lenoir City? Call SERVPRO for Fast Removal

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Removal Is Our Speciality in Lenoir City 

Speed and a skilled workforce supported by industrial-grade equipment make calling the professionals a necessity when water incursion threatens your Lenoir City business. No matter how loyal and on-task your in-house or contracted cleaning staff is, a significant water crisis needs the services of our disaster response company. Avoid long-term problems and permanent damage to your facility by calling us in to help. 

Contamination Issues During Water Removal 

A significant concern when you require water removal from your Lenoir City commercial property is the level of contaminants in the fluids. Even relatively clean water from a supply line can pick up debris within your building quickly. If sewage or chemicals are in the mix, local regulations might mandate specific protocols to keep occupants safe and for containing and disposing of the water. 

Training and Experience Set Us Apart 

SERVPRO crew leads and project managers are certified to evaluate the water threatening your business, appropriately characterizing it as Clean/Category 1, Gray/Category 2, or Black/Category 3. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best practices we follow and our experience in the industry permits us to assess and create a plan to manage and dispose of even heavily tainted water appropriately and swiftly. 

Qualified Technicians and State of the Art Equipment 

Once SERVPRO management finalizes your business’s water removal plan, our crews immediately begin implementation. We arrive with fully-stocked service vehicles, ready for pumping and extracting the water. Our response is scalable, ensuring that if more workers and equipment are needed, we can access additional resources fast. The equipment we use is designed to remove substantial amounts of water appropriately and swiftly. 

Disinfection and Drying 

Especially important if the water contained hazardous substances such as human waste, SERVPRO treats soiled and affected surfaces with EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants. After the bulk of the water evacuates from the space, and our team completes the disinfection tasks, we move to high-speed structural drying. Air movers and heat facilitate the movement of absorbed water from building materials to the air as vapor. Evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers capture the airborne moisture for removal out of your commercial building.  

Rely on SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties to provide professional commercial water removal services round the clock. Call (865) 986-3015 immediately to arrange for assessment and rapid removal of any category of water. 

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Loudon Property Wet from Bad Weather? SERVPRO Can Mitigate the Storm Damage

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Clean Up Minor Flood Damage in Your Loudon Condo

Sometimes, you do not have the time or money to reach out for professional flood damage remediation services, and that is okay. Not everyone is in a position where they have spare cash saved up or can pay for an expensive service. It is essential, no matter what, to attend to the damage and make sure that it doesn't have a chance to lead to further damages inside of your home.

It is never wise to leave the flood damage inside your Loudon home alone to its own devices for very long. Firstly, introducing water to mold spores can activate them and allow them to cause damage inside your home. Mold can cause health effects in some individuals, so it is not safe to allow inside of your home. Secondly, water damage can cause unsightly looking stains, bubbles, and cracks along the floor and walls of your unit. Get to work right away to avoid these issues.

So, how do you remediate the flood damage in your condo on your own? SERVPRO has some advice for you, based on our professional expertise in the field. The flood damage inside of your home came from an open window in your bathroom. A puddle of water has formed on your laminate flooring, around your toilet and bathtub. The most important place to start is to get rid of this standing water. If it sinks into the laminate flooring, it can ruin it.

The best way to remove this water is with a wet/dry vacuum or an extractor, but not everyone has access to these devices. Because the puddle is relatively contained, and small, towels and a mop can work to clean up the water. However, removing the puddle is not enough. Here at SERVPRO, we highly recommend for you to ensure that there is no excess moisture remaining.

If you have a small space heater and a resident-grade dehumidifier, putting them both into your bathroom to work together is best. Also, run the exhaust if one is in the ceiling to vent to the exterior moisture. These devices can help draw excess humidity out of the structure of your home. After some time, should you notice any bubbling or cracking in the flooring or the musty smell of mold, you should reach out to SERVPRO right away.

If you need professional flood damage remediation, get help now. Communicate with SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties by phoning (865) 986-3015. Day or night, we're here for you when you need it.

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SERVPRO Recommends to Call Us to Make Your Fire-Damaged Home Whole Again

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO at Your Service Loudon Property Owners Breather a Sigh of Relief When the SERVPRO Green Fleet Arrives for Cleanup and Restoration of Their Fire Damaged Homes

Fire Damage Crews in Loudon Can Cleanup and Restore Your Property

If your property in Loudon ever burns, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. However, there are a few things that you can do to speed up the mitigation process before we arrive. Upon arrival, we begin checking your structure for any potential hazards. Since you are planning to start some of the work yourself, it is smart to avoid any safety hazards you find.

When starting to restore fire damage in Loudon, our SERVPRO team usually shuts off all of the utilities running to the house. If you think the blaze was the result of a gas leak, it is wise to shut off the gas supply running to your home. If water was used to extinguish the inferno, it is smart to shut off the electricity to prevent electrical shorts or worse. A pipe break, from the fire's heat, can add more water to the already wet areas from the first responders' extinguishing efforts.
Next, you can start cleaning surfaces inside your home where you notice soils and soot residues. You can remove soot residues sometimes just by simply cleaning them with a dry towel or hot, soapy water and a rag. The general rule is that you can clean hard, non-porous surfaces with soapy water and a rag. However, when cleaning softer, porous surfaces moisture can soak the soils deeper into the material, therefore using a dry towel to wipe off soot residues proves to be the better option.

Looks pretty complicated? Worried about making more of a mess than the soot and residues already have done? We advice property owners to step back, ask yourself, can "I really restore my home to its pre-fire damage condition?" Probably not, contact SERVPRO's skilled FSRT fire and smoke damage restoration technicians to make you feel, "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 for fast 24/7 service conducted by our highly trained team.

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Dealing With the Inconveniences of Commercial Water Damage Affecting Your Harriman Office

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Let SERVPRO get your Harriman commercial water damage fixed quickly.

Severe water damage in an office setting might not seem that likely to happen. However, a problem in the restroom or leaks in hidden pipes running along the ceiling or interior walls can lead to severe damage in your Harriman office. Since such incidents happen when least expected, knowing what to do to reverse the adverse effects and restore your premises to its preloss state is what matters. Working with a professional commercial water damage restorer is likely to simplify the process. 

The most noticeable effect of commercial water damage in any Harriman office is disruption of normal operations. Clients and the members of staff expecting you to serve them cannot interact in a wet environment. Operating wet electronics is also risky because it can lead to short-circuits that damage them or hurt those using the equipment. A few steps, such as moving wet items and isolating wet sections can help restore some degree of normalcy. Our SERVPRO teams help move items from wet sections. We also provide plastic sheets to cover items or isolate affected areas. 

After extracting the water, it is necessary to dry moisture from contents and building materials. If there is a wall-to-wall carpet in the office, the drying process is more complicated. Removing the carpet for quicker drying increases the chance of ruining it while in place drying can leave water traces. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the situation considering factors such as the carpet type and level of saturation to determine the best approach. We also have a wide range of drying equipment to tackle different aspects of the problems. They include: 

LGR Dehumidifiers 

Desiccant Dehumidifiers 

Air Movers 

Injecti-dry systems 

Although the main problems caused by water loss incidents are instant, others might take some time to manifest. Excess moisture in the office or light spills on electronics and documents might not have immediate effects. However, over time, smudges and mold can develop on documents while electronics can fail because of rust. Our SERVPRO technicians check humidity levels inside and outside the office using thermo-hygrometers. We then take corrective measures such as dehumidification. 

You can deal with office water spills conveniently with the right help. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties to help. You can reach us any time at (865) 986-3015. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Our Highly-Qualified and Compassionate Team is Why SERVPRO Delivers Results in Lenoir City

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will always be there for your Lenoir City disasters, no matter how substantial the loss.

We care about the fire, water, and mold losses that occur in our Lenoir City.

The aftermath of a Lenoir City residential water, fire, mold, or storm loss affects not only the structural components and contents inside your home but also your peace of mind and sense of security. What sets our team apart is the balanced approach we cultivate,  providing our highly-skilled services to you with exceptional care and compassion. Our owners set the tone, striving to enhance our customers’ satisfaction by seeking advanced training and pursuing leadership roles in the restoration industry.

Water Damage

Until it happens in your home in Lenoir City, profound water damage to structural components and contents from seemingly insignificant leaking is difficult to imagine. Small leaks often go unnoticed, hidden behind walls and collecting trapped water under cabinets or other structures or fixtures. No building materials are impervious to eventual deterioration if water remains unmitigated and unremediated.

Staining of a ceiling, bulging of a wall, or an unpleasant odor are signals of the harm water does over time and cannot be ignored without substantial detrimental consequences to the integrity of your home’s structure. The sooner you reach out to the professionals on our team for help to determine the source of the water damage and to devise a plan to respond to it the more likely we can halt the harm and dry out the structural components of your residence.

SERVPRO’s water damage team arrives ready to complete a thorough investigation, armed with training, experiences, and sophisticated scanning and moisture metering devices. The migration of water from one space to another must be mapped out so our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews can take the steps needed to remove any trapped water and devise the most efficient structural drying approach to restore normal moisture readings. Failure to locate and resolve all of the damage exposes the building materials and continents of your home to the risk of progressive deterioration and secondary complications like mold growth.

Fire Damage

Homeowners in Lenoir City face fire damage with confidence when we answer the call for assistance. Even relatively minor blazes can create substantial consequences for the building materials and contents throughout your home, so it is wise to have our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) evaluate the situation as soon as possible after the fire is extinguished. A comprehensive plan and its implementation are critical components to making it “Like it never even happened.”

One surprise many homeowners experience after successful firefighting efforts is the incredible amount of water and chemical retardants used to knock out the flames. SERVPRO is a full-service disaster response company, so we are undaunted with the need for water removal and structural drying as the first step at a fire scene. Our IICRC-educated managers and technicians hold multiple certifications in restoration industry best practices, moving from task to task swiftly and competently.

Clean up after a fire requires specialized knowledge of the characteristics of different types of soot and the most efficient methods to remove them. Our crews match products and techniques for structural components in your home and for furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions we transport to our production facility. Our content restoration technicians have a broad array of resources available to clean, dry, deodorize, and restore everything from heirloom crystal to your child’s stuffed animal collection damaged by heat and fire residues.

Mold Remediation

A lot of “hype” surrounds the issue of mold damage in Lenoir City as well as in other communities. Although homeowners should seek assistance upon discovering visible fungal growth, there is no need to panic. Falling for any scare tactics from unreliable companies that claim they can deliver mold elimination is counterproductive. Understanding that mold spores coexist with humans in every home and commercial building is a fundamental step toward limiting the damage mold can do to your home.

SERVPRO mold remediation specialists seek the source of water behind any fungal outbreak and recommend repairs or other strategies to eliminate the leak, condensation, high humidity, or seepage. We stress that moisture control is essential to minimize future mold growth. 

We also offer professional mold remediation services, following the protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The research-based step of procedures keeps you and your family safe from the sometimes irritating effects of mold residues as we remove active colonies and clear the affected area of excessive quantities of spores and the toxins some strains of mold can emit. To limit drift of the debris to other spaces, we contain the work area, frequently employing a system of heavy plastic sheeting and negative pressure air scrubbers to seal off the affected section. Our technicians wear personal protective equipment to limit tracking residues elsewhere after we remove the growth. Mold brushes and scrapes off solid surfaces, and even porous materials respond well to innovative techniques like soda blasting. 

Storm Damage

Extreme weather affects more areas every year, and flood damage in Lenoir City can link to the overflow of streams and creeks in the community after heavy rain. Thunderstorms bring high winds that can topple trees and poles, damaging roofs, windows, and siding. Driving precipitation during the storms invades through the weakened roofs and broken windows, filling lower levels with water.

Storm and flood damage is a Lenoir City’s residents worst nightmare. The rapid emergency response you can expect from our SERVPRO IICRC-trained team is the antidote to the fear and confusion experienced after the trauma of destructive weather. 

Crew members secure your home with tarps and boards as our managers assess the interior damage. A plan forms quickly, and technicians unload necessary equipment from our fully-stocked trucks to address water removal followed by structural drying.

The water collecting inside after storm damage is by definition Category 3 or black water, highly contaminated and capable of exposing inhabitants to health issues. Our employees are familiar with local regulations and contain and dispose of the dirty floodwater appropriately. We use EPA-registered cleaning products and disinfectants to treat the surfaces that came in contact with the floodwater, inhibiting the potential for microbial growth.

Respect and results are why SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties earns positive feedback from customers relying on our expertise in response to a broad range of property damage emergencies. Call (865) 986-3015 immediately after disaster strikes. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Are Here To Help When A Fire Has Damaged Your Lenoir City Apartment

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Night or day, our professionals can keep the damage away.

What You Should Do When Fire Damage Happens Inside Your Lenoir City Apartment

No one wants to deal with fire damage inside of their home, but small fires happen more frequently than you would imagine. Living in an apartment complex can be affordable for many people seeking out a place to live. However, it can also be rather small and cramped, leading to clutter. When the candle burning on your coffee table began to get lower to the table as it burned, some papers were just a little too close and caught fire, which then spread to some nearby magazines, and then to a throw blanket.

By the time the small blaze was put out in your Lenoir City apartment, fire damage had been left behind on the wooden coffee table in your living room, as well as the carpet underneath it. The fire was easy enough to put out on your own, but the flames still left behind scorch marks, soot, and a foul smell in your living room. You might consider throwing away the table and the carpet in this situation, but it is best to call for professional help swiftly. It is possible that the items can be remediated and returned to their preloss state.

After you call SERVPRO, we can send our technicians to your home as quickly as possible, along with advanced technology made to fight fire damage. Our techs are highly trained and have gone through our Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP,) allowing them to be prepared for whatever barriers they may find inside of your home.

SERVPRO can start by removing all of the scorched remains from the fire, taking away anything unsalvageable from the scene. From there, our technicians can set up an air scrubber equipped with a HEPA filter to pull the particles from the air that are responsible for the foul scent. Afterward, SERVPRO can use cleaning solutions specially made and designed to break down soot to remove the stains from your coffee table as well as your carpet. Once finished, SERVPRO can return your living room to you as if the fire damage never happened.

When fire damage impacts your apartment, never hesitate. Reach out to SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties by calling (865) 986-3015. Night or day, our professionals can keep the damage away.

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Our Professionals Discuss Issues With Tornadoes In Loudon

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

If you ever suffer from problems after a tornado or severe thunderstorm strikes your region, call SERVPRO at (865) 986-3015 24/7.

Flood Damage Experts In Loudon Discuss Problems With Tornadoes

Recently, tornadoes have plagued the Mid-Western part of the country, and it is possible that the Loudon area could get negatively affected by severe weather. Over the last week or two, hundreds of tornadoes have been reported in the United States, which has created several victims of excessive flood damage. The presence of tornadoes can cause conditions in areas far away from the funnel cloud system. Places several miles away from a tornado can suffer from excessive rains and problems with high-speed winds. Many regions located hundreds of miles away from most of the tornadoes have still felt their fair share of issues that have forced them to call in professional flood damage restoration companies such as SERVPRO.

Many regions have suffered from flooding caused by overflowing rivers. Once water builds up outdoors, flood damage inside your Loudon home is possible. Moisture coming into your house from the outside can create several issues with your building materials and contents. For example, when water enters from the ground, your carpets are the first item affected. When carpets get saturated, its backing can peel away from the fabric and cause your flooring to lose its structural integrity. Water that comes into your property from the outside can be contaminated, which can also force our SERVPRO team to remove and replace your carpeting materials.

Once your carpets get wet, your subflooring materials are the next to suffer from moisture-related issues. If wooden materials get wet, mold damage can occur if they stay wet for more than 48 hours. When mitigating water-related problems inside your house, our SERVPRO water restoration technicians or WRTs take measures to remove all moisture within 48 hours.

We can accomplish such rapid drying by creating an atmosphere that speeds up the natural evaporation and drying process. We do this by implementing industrially advanced equipment, including high-velocity air movers and specialized dehumidifiers. If you ever suffer from problems after a tornado or severe thunderstorm strikes your region, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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SERVPRO Provides Duct Cleaning Services to Loudon Commercial Properties

5/26/2019 (Permalink)

The ceiling of a commercial facility showing exposed air ducts with circular vents that and hanging light fixtures Loudon Large and Small Business Rely on SERVPRO for Duct Cleaning

Maintain your Air Conditioning with Regular Commercial Duct Cleaning in Loudon

HVAC systems circulate air throughout your commercial property all year round. Over time, particulates picked up from outside may lead to dirty and clogged air ducts. Equally, the presence of moisture or mold can also be a cause for concern. Regular checkups for your air conditioning system by a licensed professional is an essential part of your business. Doing so maintains clean indoor air quality (IAQ) for staff and customers while preventing temporary forced closure. No business wants a "sick building" to compromise health, safety, and even production.

The restoration procedure for commercial duct cleaning in Loudon is complicated. These systems are multi-faceted so work could include thoroughly cleaning supply or return ducts, registers, and air handlers. In larger businesses with several rooms, HVAC cleaning could require several technicians. Fortunately, SERVPRO has a specialized commercial team led by a crew chief who can identify tasks and delegate duties efficiently.

Neglecting your air conditioning system may seem like a cost-effective solution, but permanent replacements can be both time-consuming and expensive. Maintaining your air ducts by cleaning regularly could help to expand the lifespan of your HVAC system. Equally, cleaner ducts increase the efficiency of your air conditioning as well as reducing the overall energy consumption of your business.

One of the common reasons businesses contact SERVPRO is because they notice an unpleasant odor. The source of odor can often be soiling inside a ventilation shaft. As air is circulated, so too is the odor. We have the training, licensing, and resources to eliminate foul, unpleasant odors from the workplace. Using chemical agents, we can remove stubborn soiling which, once the affected area is dry, should remove unpleasant smells. Some stubborn odors may linger even after a thorough cleaning; our technicians can purify your air ducts by releasing vaporized solvents into supply ducts using thermal foggers. These solvents contain chemical pairing agents that find and neutralize odors.

Keeping a clean, well-maintained HVAC system is essential to your business, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 today.

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Removing Odors from Smoke Damaged Clothing in Lenoir City Homes

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help with your personal items too.

Let SERVPRO help restore your personal belongings as well.

Soft materials and fabrics can often take much of the widespread damages after a fire in your Lenoir City residence. Removing soot residues and smoke particulates from your belongings is one of the most challenging hurdles to overcome after a disaster, but this often pales in comparison to the widespread effects of harsh odors. With fabrics like clothing, drapes, and furniture, these foul odor molecules can permeate beyond the surface and seat into the material, becoming more and more difficult to remove without immediate and deliberate action.

We have multiple strategies and advanced technology for addressing fire damage in your Lenoir City home, including the odor effects that can impact your clothing and fabrics. Our SERVPRO professionals understand the importance of responding quickly to these emergencies, so we keep our personnel and our equipment ready to roll out at a moment’s notice to fire disasters that affect our counties. As is the case with every disaster like this, we must work quickly to establish effective mitigation and containment, both of which can protect your property from further and more devastating damages.

With recovering fabrics damaged by smoke and other foul odors after a fire, cleaning is often one of the first steps that must occur. While many of your belongings can get removed as part of the pack-out process by our SERVPRO team, what remains must get cleaned with our dry-cleaning, hot water extraction, or another advanced machine. This process can help to reduce the smell in these items but rarely removes it entirely.

We focus on the use of thermal and UV foggers to penetrate damaged materials with an odorless chemical compound that neutralizes smoke odor molecules on contact. This machine is a portable unit, helping to address these same symptoms throughout the residence quickly.

Fire damages can occur in many different stages in your home, but our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties professionals have the experience and equipment to handle each of these effects. Give us a call anytime at (865) 986-3015 to make fire loss damages “Like it never even happened.”

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Call Our Experienced Technicians When You Experience Water Damage In Lenoir City

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

We can remove the damaged drywall and repair the origin of the water leak, don't hesitate and call us right away.

Small Amounts of Water Damage Cause Big Problems in Lenoir City Homes

One of the most prevalent issues we see regarding water damage in homes happens with small-scale water loss events. After a pipe break or appliance leak, the homeowners use a wet/dry vac or sop up the water with towels and consider the issue handled. Then a short time later they notice a musty odor — one of the biggest giveaways of incomplete water cleanup.

No matter how the water damage happened in your Lenoir City home, it is crucial to engage professional cleanup to ensure moisture has not wicked into drywall, traveled behind baseboards, under flooring or behind walls. Excess moisture usually cannot be readily seen without the use of detection equipment such as probes or thermal imaging.

As SERVPRO technicians locate raised levels of moisture, those areas receive attention to inspect building materials and determine if our drying and cleaning methods allow for the restoration of the materials. Baseboards are notorious for holding moisture, and our technicians sometimes need to remove them to allow for adequate airflow behind the wall.

We use air movers to lower the moisture levels in rooms in tandem with dehumidifiers. The Injecti-Dry system is our go-to solution for concentrating warm, dry air behind walls or flooring and rapidly reduces water vapor. Even hardwood flooring that has experienced buckling or warping may be restored through complete drying methods if remediation efforts begin quickly enough after the initial event.

After thorough drying and cleaning with our professional solutions to eliminate the musty odor that water leaves behind, the potential for mold growth is addressed at this stage of restoration to ensure it is not an issue. Moisture readings determine the room meets established drying goals and a detailed cleaning with our powerful antifungal cleaners inhibit the growth of mold.

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 if you experience water damage in your home. Our emergency response teams can be onsite within hours and are available 24/7 to return your home to its preloss condition and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Call Us 24/7 If Your Lenoir City Laundromat Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Once you realize there is a problem, call us right away at (865) 986-3015.

Commercial Water Cleanup In Lenoir City

Water leaks in your Lenoir City laundromat can be a devastating blow. Not only can it cost a good deal to clean up, but it can also slow down, or even shut down, your business temporarily. Whether you are sending employees home during cleanup, managing the distraction, or have lost equipment, water damage inevitably causes your business to take a hit. Preventing water damage from happening is, of course, the best solution.

If a water damage emergency has struck your Lenoir City business, you need the professional help of a remediation company who is not going to waste time getting you back up and running. At SERVPRO, we understand that time is money when you are running a business, so work quickly and efficiently to help you with the water cleanup. We also try to take as much stress off of you so you can focus on your business, including speaking to your insurance company for you.

Appliances, like the large washing machines in your laundromat, are common sources for water damage. Other things such as your air conditioning unit, water heater, or if you have a refrigerator on the premise can also cause significant damage. The washing machines especially can release hundreds of gallons of water when water supply hoses fail.

Something that SERVPRO technicians have to be concerned about with water cleanup and restoration is deodorizing the affected area after all the water damage is fixed. For your hard surface flooring, we deodorize either by mop application with an appropriate EPA registered disinfectant, or we use fogging with the right odor control. For large surface areas which are severely damaged, we use a ULV fogger. For your walls and ceilings, we can usually deodorize them in the same manner as floors using a ULV fogger or pump sprayer to apply the disinfectant.

Your drains and pipes of your plumbing system are susceptible to stoppages and clogs, which then leads to overflowing of toilets, washing machines, and sinks. Just a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can let loose up to 250 gallons of water per day.

The other thing that can cause water damage in your structure is missing, deteriorated, or damaged roofing materials. Any holes in your roof or other roof damage can allow water to enter into your building and run-down walls and ruin ceilings and floors.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties wants to help you get your business in Rockwood, Greenback, or Tellico Village back on track when you experience a water damage emergency. Once you realize there is a problem, call us right away at (865) 986-3015. You don't have time to waste, and our crew can make sure to keep that in mind.

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How to Find the Right Fire Damage Remediation Company in Kingston For Your Situation

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Each scenario of fire damage is different and must be assessed before starting the remediation process. Call SERVPRO to come out to the scene.

Fire Damage Remediation in Kingston

In a restoration service after a fire, the typical steps are to remove charred materials and decide which items need disposal as well as what can be salvaged. Often, odors can remain much longer than the fire itself because smoke or soot is residing in tough to reach areas. After thorough deodorization using water-based sprays or thermal fogging those odors can linger causing an unpleasant reminder to the homeowner of previous events.

We know that dealing with fire damage in Kingston is as much about restoring infrastructure as it is about tackling odors. Getting a home back to preloss conditions means creating an environment that has no noticeable signs that the damage occurred at all; making it, in essence, "Like it never even happened." To provide this kind of service SERVPRO encourages our technicians to gain IICRC qualifications in smoke odor control as well as fire damage.

A stubborn odor may pass with time, but most homeowners want to get back to their every day lives with as few reminders of the fire as possible. SERVPRO can deploy thermal foggers throughout the structure of your home to ensure all odors are removed. Thermal foggers use a heating element to vaporize cleaning solvent.The advantage of this method is that the vapor behaves in much the same way as smoke meaning it enters the same ventilation points, nooks and crannies to neutralize odors.

Still, in some cases, a tricky odor can stay behind even after a fogging procedure. In fires that involve high air pressure, it is not uncommon for insulation to expand and become porous. Porous materials imbibe smoke and could be permanently damaged so we may have to remove and replace insulation in your attic or other cavities.

If an odor is still hanging around after all other options have been exhausted SERVPRO can deploy advanced Ozone generators. These machines actively alter airborne particles not only neutralizing but eliminating odor particles. Since these machines require a home to be vacated during and after use, we only deploy these when necessary. More often than not a varied approach using all or some of the above is more than enough to tackle the fire and smoke odors.

When you need to get your home back to preloss conditions, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015.

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NO, Not in Loudon without Water Damage! Call SERVPRO For Mitigation

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

"Like it never even happened." That Is Why to Call SERVPRO for Water Loss Cleanup in Loudon

Will Wall Cavities Dry on Their Own in Your Loudon Home?

Water loss incidents present a widespread threat to your residence, beginning at the source of the damage and spreading out quickly from this point to neighboring areas and rooms. With plumbing stretching throughout your entire home from the primary supply line, you have a literal network of piping hidden in the walls, beneath flooring, and above your ceiling materials. Whenever a weak point in this plumbing becomes a breach in the line, the bulk of the effects can occur within wall cavities.

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that if left alone that water damage to their Loudon home can resolve itself. While water does eventually dry in many cases, this drying does not occur before substantial damage to structural elements, and secondary effects like mold growth have occurred. A wise decision is to reach out to our highly-trained, IICRC-certified water restoration technicians for a prompt response to the emergency with mitigation solutions to help you right away.

Our professionals must first diagnose the point of the plumbing break when we first arrive at your damaged home. While much of the damage can indicate a general area to begin the search, leak detection equipment can pinpoint precise locations for controlled drywall removal and direct access to the area in need of repair.

If our SERVPRO professionals can get notified of the emergency quickly enough, we can often preserve most of the damaged construction materials. With the understanding that you cannot wait for wall cavity water damage and pooling to resolve itself on its own, we can utilize effective tools like our injecti-dry system for a minimalistic approach to drying out the wall cavities using entry points drilled behind where the baseboards line the bottom of the walls. We can double check the effectiveness of these efforts with moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery.

In short, it is never a good idea to allow water damage to persist anywhere in your home. You risk structural degradation and mold growth. Let our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties rapid response team make it “Like it never even happened.” Call anytime at (865) 986-3015.

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Expectations In Lenoir City

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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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Sewage or Water Problems in Your Lenoir City Work Place? Call SERVPRO

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Keep Customers from Exiting Your Lenoir City Business after a Water Mishap by Calling SERVPRO

Commercial Water Removal Experts In Lenoir City Talk About Sewage Backups

Any building that has public restrooms such as your office building in Lenoir City, is susceptible to a sewage system failure. If a toilet backs up or if any sewage drain gets clogged, it is vital that you call in a professional commercial water removal company such as SERVPRO.

Any time a disaster takes place, our SERVPRO technicians know that getting your offices back up and running quickly is vital. The first step to any commercial water removal project in Lenoir City is to make sure the working area is safe for all occupants. Our crew goes through your office complex and makes sure that there are no potential hazards. If we do find dangerous situations, then we take steps to make the building safe before work begins. Once the work area is deemed safe, our team assess the situation and figures out the extent of the damage.

Any time a sink or toilet drain breaks or clogs and backs up the water could be contaminated. If the source of the moisture is a sink, then the water has a possibility of being contaminated and is labeled as grey water or a category two situation. If the moisture source is a toilet or main sewer drain, then more than likely the contamination levels are high, and the project is treated as a category 3 or black water scenario. Any time we conduct commercial water removal with a category 2 or 3 sources, we take extra steps to prevent the spread of the contaminated moisture.
When dealing with black water, we are forced to remove any porous materials like carpet and pad that got wet. If the drywall retained moisture, then we may have to remove that as well a foot or two up from the floor. Before we begin removing materials, we establish a containment chamber so that hazardous particles in the air get trapped within the affected region. We then attach an air scrubber to the plastic barrier that pulls any harmful particles through a HEPA filter before getting released in the air.
If you ever have a toilet backup or any other type of water damage inside your office complex, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 any time of the day.

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If You Have A Mold Issue In Your Harriman Home Our Specialists Can Help!

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties are experts in cleaning mold from your home.

Mold Damage Restoration For Your Harriman Residence

The dreaded mold that every homeowner in Harriman never wants to see needs a few conditions to be able to grow. Understanding these can help you keep the mold from invading your family’s space. Mold needs things such as mold spores, a food source like drywall or wood, darkness, moisture, warmth, oxygen, and enough time (most molds can start growing in only 24-48 hours when the conditions are ideal).

What do you do when you find mold and mold damage in your Harriman home? You shouldn’t try to clean an infestation on your own, as typical household cleaners are not good enough to thoroughly clean it up. Instead, reach out to our professionally trained staff at SERVPRO. We have all the tools and training that is needed, plus the proper equipment, to rid your home of the nasty stuff and keep it from spreading further.

Because of the short time mold needs to make itself known, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time. Our SERVPRO techs waste no time arriving at your home to help. We first contain the affected area with plastic sheeting to prevent clean areas of your home from becoming infected while we clean. We can use different methods of cleaning depending on the surface that the mold is on, and some porous materials like drywall may need to be removed and replaced to dispose of the mold properly.

Humidity is a huge culprit of mold. If the weather has been especially humid for a few days or you live in an area where humidity is high naturally, mold growing in your home can be a common sight. Ensure your home is well ventilated in these cases.

Leaking pipes or roofs can also create mold. These types of leaks can be the worst, as they can go unnoticed for a time, allowing the mold time to start growing and then to spread. Make sure you are regularly inspecting your roof for damage to avoid those types of leaks.

Even cold surfaces can be a problem, as they can create condensation. The condensation collects on cold concrete floors and metal pipes. Anywhere condensation collects are primes spots for the growth of mold.

Another common cause of mold is water building up in the ground around the foundation of your home, which is why you need to ensure the ground is sloping away from your home rather than towards it. If needed, some landscaping can be done to prevent this, or you can even dig ditches or drains to channel the water away from your structure.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties are experts in cleaning mold from your home in Tellico Village, Kingston, or Rockwood. Hopefully, it won’t be an issue for you, but if you find an infestation for any reason, get in touch with our crew right away by dialing (865) 986-3015.

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We Will Restore Your Harriman Home After A Fire Causes Significant Damage

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is traumatic, but we can be your top ally in making your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Fixing Fire Damage To Your Home In Harriman

Now that the weather is dreary and cold, we need to be extra vigilant of the dangers threatening our homes. Aside from concentrating on the consequences of below zero temperatures, such as frozen pipes, ice dams, and snow-covered driveways, we need to be vigilant of those materials that might ignite and incur fire damage to our homes. Something as simple as a faulty furnace or wire can be the beginning of a very traumatic experience.

Luckily, SERVPRO is here if ever your home in Harriman faces fire damage. Even as you vacate your home, our team of experts is here to guide you through the process of making your home inhabitable once again. Our support is triggered by your call, and we are ready to take action 24/7 through our rapid response team. Our team’s training and expertise help you restore your home quickly and effectively, minimizing as much as possible the collateral damage of the fire.

Frequently our clients express desperation when they see the soot damage caused by the flames. It feels like every single surface is saturated with soot, including your carpets and upholstery. Before you attempt to remove any residues, allow our SERVPRO crew to apply their industry knowledge and devise a plan suitable for each section of your home. Through training, we know that each material requires a specific substance and methodology when removing the remains of smoke and soot, and we can take the proper steps. Applying inappropriate cleaners may result in even more damage and further delay. It's best to leave this process to the professionals.

Lingering odors is also a by-product of fire damage to your home, which is why we also address the issue as part of the remediation process. Along with traditional cleaning methods, such as shampooing and disinfecting your carpets, we also apply advanced techniques to neutralize and eliminate any odors that cling to your home and furniture. Keep in mind that at SERVPRO salvage as much of your home as possible. However, when carpets and upholstery have been drenched in water for too long, or have been affected by debris, we may proceed to remove it before it becomes a health hazard.

At SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties, we are here to help. Reach out at (865) 986-3015 at any time of day, so we can rapidly come to your assistance. Fire damage is traumatic, but we can be your top ally in making your home look “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Breaks Down Fire Damage Move-Out Process

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our team is trained to carefully pack all personal belongings, clean them, and store them until they are ready to go back to the client's property.

Why SERVPRO Services are Vital for a Move-Out After Fire Damage in Harriman  

Are you wondering why SERVPRO fire damage restoration services are the best? We have the best service delivery that ensures the safety of our client's health and their belongings. When conducting a fire damage restoration, we make sure that the contents inside your structure are properly taken care of. To conduct a successful moving process, we ensure that we understand what is most important to the client. The entire process involves moving the contents inside your structure to a remote location before we embark on fire damage restoration in Harriman.

After a house fire in Harriman, various situations may require our SERVPRO experts to move your belongings. This is done to ensure that our professionals have enough space to work without worrying about damaging your belongings. There are various reasons why moving your belongings is inevitable. Firstly, moving your belongings provides room for a quick restoration process that saves time and resources. In addition, the contents of your property require to be protected from any form of damage. Moreover, the structure might be too damaged to an extent that the security of your belongings is compromised.

Another reason why our SERVPRO experts recommend a move-out is because of water that may find its way into your property after a fire damage. Water poses a huge threat to the contents of your property thus the best way to salvage your belongings is through a move-out. With a properly conducted move-out, you are assured that your belongings are secure. This provides us with enough space to complete the job impeccably. However, it is important that you note that the decision by our experts to call for a move-out can be determined by the extent of fire damage.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties understands that the move-out process can prove to be hectic. For that reason, be sure to reach us on (865) 986-3015 to get the best advice on services for a seamless move-out.

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Let SERVPRO Be The Rainbow At The End Of Your Storm In Loudon

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage like this needs SERVPRO to come to the rescue.

Flood Damage Restoration for Your Loudon Residence

Heavy rains in Loudon can cause a great deal of flooding and damage to your home. When the storms in your area have been rough and caused the excess water to enter your home, you want to deal with it as soon as possible.
Flood damage cleanup for your Loudon home needs to be done by professionals who can work in a timely fashion. Our staff is thoroughly trained and equipped to handle such a situation, and we can do so concerning you and your family, and quickly to prevent additional damage from occurring. It is not difficult to see why SERVPRO is an excellent choice for the cleanup and restoration of your home.
Once our initial inspection of your property is done to determine the scope of the flood damage, our priority is to remove all the standing water we possibly can. We use the latest in water detection technology so we can create a moisture map and determine the saturation levels and areas which are affected but not necessarily visible. We use special moisture meters so we can find any hidden pockets of wet material.
SERVPRO technicians can then start using truck mounted or industrial extraction pumps which are portable. Water is much easier to extract while it is in its liquid form, rather than after it is turned into a vapor. Most of our time is spent on extracting as much water as possible so that drying your property is much easier and faster.
Once we have extracted all the water we can, we use industrial fans and dehumidifiers to pull any leftover moisture from your property. These machines are positioned and monitored daily to ensure the fastest drying time. We also go over with you any materials, such as flooring or drywall, that may need to be replaced and what we can salvage.
SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties works to get your home in Lenoir City, Tellico Village, or Blue Springs back to the way it was before the flood damage occurred. Call us any time at (865) 986-3015 so we can assist you quickly and you can return to your average, everyday lives. Going fishing, click here for information on one of the many lakes you can enjoy.

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

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

During the holidays, candle fires are four times higher than any other month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO Can Ice Water Damage in Your Harriman House

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

Yes, Freezer Thaw Can Cause a Water Loss to Harriman Properties--Says SERVPRO

Thawing Freezer Can Cause Water Damage in Your Harriman Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Cost of flood damage in Oak Ridge mostly depends on how long the property remains under water.

Addressing The Costs Of Flood Damage Oak Ridge

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

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

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

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

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

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Helping You Cope with Flood Damage in Harriman

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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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Cleaning Flood Damage In Oak Ridge

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

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.


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 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 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)

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)

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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SERVPRO Takes Care Of Deep Flood Damage In Loudon

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

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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Carpet Cleaning

10/22/2013 (Permalink)

3 rooms and hall $99.00. Call us to schedule.


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