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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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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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What Solution is Needed for Flood Water Removal in an Oak Ridge Property?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

flooded street with houses SERVPRO works fast to minimize the possibility of microbial growth during the flood damage restoration process

The Solution When You Need Flood Water Removal In Oak Ridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Assistance Helps Reduce Frustration after Flood Damage 

It is normal for frustration to build up when a flood affects your property. The soils, biohazards, and chemicals in the floodwaters ruin many valuables in the home especially if they are porous. The list of items that you might need to throw out after the incident includes carpets, furniture and building materials such as drywall. Even though insurance compensates the losses, some aspects like the time taken to restore the home, and how thorough the cleanup is, frustrate many people. Our professional services help Harriman homeowners navigate these incidents conveniently. 

Taking long before starting restorative processes after flood damage in Harriman leads to the ballooning of frustrations since you are not sure what sort of loss you have to address. Our SERVPRO team helps alleviate this by responding to your call within an hour, and arriving at the loss site within a few hours. Such a fast response is possible because we have fully equipped storm response trailers. 

Inadequate assessment of the damage caused by storms leaves many homeowners devastated, especially if it involves teardown of a considerable section of the house or disposal of many items. Our SERVPRO technicians work closely with your insurance adjuster to ensure all parties involved agree on what needs to be thrown out or saved. We also use advanced moisture detection tools including moisture sensors and thermal cameras to track moisture migration giving a clear picture of the resultant damage. 

Many homeowners are worried about the cleanliness of their homes after a flooding incident. The floodwaters leave different soils including silt, traces of biohazards like sewage and chemicals such as pesticides. A Bad odor might also develop when homes flood. Our SERVPRO technicians take several measures to ensure the affected home is cleaned to sanitary levels. We spray EPA-registered disinfectants into the floodwaters to control microbes. We also use OSHA approved cleaning agents to sanitize any affected areas. 

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

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How Fast Does SERVPRO Respond to Restore Your Loudon Home?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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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 floodwater 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.

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Flooding in Loudon Basement

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

Homeowners in Loudon 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 loss.

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) 986-3015 is a call to industry knowledge and expertise.  Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, “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)

A roof caving in after a storm hit this home We are Faster to Any Size Disaster and have storm damage experience, advanced equipment, and training to restore your home.

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

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Drying equipment with a plastic mat to suction moisture from a hardwood floor SERVPRO Provides Advanced Equipment for Drying Flood-Damaged Flooring in Loudon. We Can Help!

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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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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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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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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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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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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