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The Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning For Your Knoxville Home

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning The Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning For Your Knoxville Home SERVPRO Provides Excellent Carpet Cleaning for Knoxville Properties

SERVPRO Cleans Carpets in Knoxville Properties Offering Extended Usage and Appearance

For as common as carpeting is to Knoxville homes, it is still very surprising how limited homeowner knowledge is regarding proper maintenance of this functional enhancement to their residences. While anyone can appreciate that a clean carpet looks better than a soiled one, there are multiple benefits to having the carpets in your home cleaned professionally, and to better understand the ways that you can keep these areas of your house looking like they should throughout the times in between these cleanings.  
 
Understanding what to do to keep carpets in your home looking nice can help you to reduce the need for frequent professional carpet cleaning in your Knoxville home. It begins with the upkeep, which can be something as basic as ensuring that the area gets vacuumed regularly to help dislodge dirt and debris from the upper layers of the fibers in the flooring. Other suggestions to keep a fresh look for your carpet is pilating the fibers to prevent matting, spot removal and even moving around the furniture in high traffic rooms semi-regularly to prevent wear patterns. More and more homeowners are placing slidable discs under the legs of heavy furniture to readjust their positioning for carpet cleaning and for help eliminate ugly indentations in the pile.
 
Ultimately, these practices are only intended to keep your carpets looking nice in between professional cleanings by our SERVPRO technicians. These services are necessary for the areas of your home with this type of flooring because the fibers in the material are magnets for dust, debris, pet hair, dirt, and many other soils. The upkeep mentioned above caters to the very top layer of this flooring and is not sufficient to clean the entire length of the fiber down to the base of the material. Fortunately, professional cleaning can offer you this level of cleanliness.  
 
There are multiple approaches to cleaning, which depend both on the style of carpet you have as well as the level of soiling that is present. For difficult jobs, especially after a water damaging incident we can us our truck-mounted system for carpet cleaning. For short piled carpets, bonnet cleaning is a common practice of our SERVPRO team. Dry cleaning aids in preserving colors that are prone to fade with the wear they experience. The Showcase Premiere Cleaning is the top of the line, implementing the most aggressive methods of cleaning to deeply penetrate all types of carpets and stands as the most effective approach in the industry. Our carpet cleaning also deodorizes the surface leaving a fresh scent.
 
When you conclude that your carpets are ready for professional treatment, give SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville a call. Whether it is a recommended annual cleaning or an emergency that requires an immediate response, our technicians are ready to help by calling (865) 862-8907.

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Mold Damage Remediation In Knoxville

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation In Knoxville Mold Remediation in Knoxville? Call SERVPRO

Knoxville Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration After a Mold Infestation

It is possible for mold to exist inside your Knoxville townhome and nobody even realizes it. Mold spores survive throughout most buildings in places such as heating ducts, carpets, and crawlspaces. When moisture gets introduced to an area inside the townhouse, these mold spores can get activated and cause a fungus to form.
 
It is possible to smell the pungent odor affected materials put off and once it grows it is visible. If you ever notice any sign of a fungus SERVPRO's mold damage technicians in Knoxville can help. As soon as signs of mold are noticed, it is a good idea to begin the remediation process.
 
Since mold can cause health effects, it is vital to remediate the fungal issue before health issues occur. Once fungi form they release microscopic spores into the air for reproduction purposes. These spores become airborne and travel to other areas of the structure, then settle to new locations. If the environment is ideal for mold growth in other areas of the home, then colonies can grow in multiple areas of the building.
 
Since mold spreads so quickly, it is crucial to take measures to prevent spores from traveling through the townhouse. To deter spores from getting into the air, containment chambers in the affected area get implemented. The part of the structure that is already infested with mold gets sealed off with plastic so that the remediation process does not cause spores to get all over.
 
An air scrubber then gets attached to the outside of the containment chamber. The air scrubber provides negative air pressure that sucks up any dust created by the workers and runs it through a HEPA filter before exhausting the air out. The HEPA filter traps spores, pollen, microbial, and dust particles that are 1 micron in size and smaller.
 
After all of the affected materials get removed inside the containment chamber they get put in sealed trash bags and disposed of properly. The area then gets vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum to remove any remaining dust particles. After the area is cleaned, anti-microbial chemicals get sprayed all over the affected region to kill most remaining mold spores. For professional help with remediating a fungi problem, call SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907 24/7.

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What You Can Do When a Storm Floods Your Rocky Hill Property

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What You Can Do When a Storm Floods Your Rocky Hill Property If a tree falls on your home during a storm, gallons of water can be let in leaving you in need of water removal and flood damage restoration.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Unfortunately, when a severe storm rolls into town, it is possible that it can bring flood damage with it. Storms can bring aggressive winds and intense rain with them. In fact, it is not uncommon for high-speed winds to knock over weaker trees. The young tree in your front yard can easily smash a window if it is uprooted and thrown against your home. That broken window can allow gallons of water into your home while the storm happens. When these kinds of situations occur, it is comforting to know there is professional help close to your home.

A storm can leave several inches of damaging flood waters in your Rocky Hill home. Water removal of this degree is not a job that any ordinary homeowner should have to tackle alone. Storms can easily carry dangerous toxins in their waters by tearing up sewage pipes and chemical containers. When storms bring black water with them, the cleanup process should be left to professionals as it is unsafe.

Our skilled technicians can arrive at your home as quickly as possible to begin the process. Our IICRC certified technicians uses advanced equipment to remove the flooded water, including extractors and pumps. We strive to get the water out of your home as quickly as possible, and these tools allow us to do just that.

After SERVPRO removes the water, we can clean up any debris the storm brought inside. It is not uncommon for twigs, rocks, broken glass, and garden decorations to get inside of your home. If black water has soaked through your carpets, we carry tools with us that can allow us to remove it quickly as it is unsafe to keep in your house even when cleaned.

SERVPRO can then use tools like ventilation box fans, air movers, and refrigerant dehumidifiers to dry out the structure of your home. Making sure everything is thoroughly dry helps prevent mold.

If your home becomes flooded after a storm, do not hesitate. Call SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907. Day or night, we can send our technicians to your home.

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Bearden's Water Damage Drying Techniques

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bearden's Water Damage Drying Techniques A variety of equipment is at our disposal to dry your Bearden home.

How SERVPRO can help dry your home after water damage

If a problem takes place and your Bearden home happens to suffer from an indoor flood, many steps get taken to remove moisture. Too much moisture inside your house can ruin contents or building materials. If moisture is left unattended, it is possible that mold growth occurs.

To prevent mold from developing inside a building the water must get extracted and then dried out. SERVPRO’s water damage technicians in Bearden get trained in using the industry’s best extraction and drying equipment. Whenever moisture becomes an issue, we use specialized equipment to extract all water out of materials such as carpet and upholstery.

After any standing water gets pumped out and we use our extraction tools on your furniture and carpet, we start the drying process. Any time we dry out a structure, our goal is to return moisture levels to preloss conditions. We accomplish drying by speeding up the natural evaporation process.

Typically, when drying out a building, we use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers inside the affected area. The job of the air movers is to push air into a circular motion. As water evaporates from wet materials, the air next to the surface becomes saturated with water. The air movers push away the wet air replacing it with warmer, drier air.

After wet air gets removed from surfaces, it gets pushed into the center of the room. Dehumidifiers then suck in the moist air and remove the water from it in liquid form. The dehumidifiers then exhaust out warm, dry air for the air movers to use to push around the area.

The ratio of air movers to dehumidifiers must be balanced for the drying process to get completed correctly. If there are too few air movers to dehumidifiers, the drying process does not happen as quickly as it should. Having too many air movers to dehumidifiers can cause secondary water damage.

Our IICRC certified technicians use their experience and knowledge to determine how many dehumidifiers and air movers to put into an area. For professional help with drying up moisture, call SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907 24/7.

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Removing Mold in Knoxville Homes

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold in Knoxville Homes Removing mold from an area is a complicated process. Contact SERVPRO, and we will walk you through the entire process.

Mold Remediation is a Process Made Up of Many Steps

Knoxville homeowners and residents usually pay little attention to mold unless it is to cut off a suspicious-looking corner off of a block of cheese. That is the experience most people ever have with mold, even though we all live with it everywhere we go.
 
For the most part, mold spores are dormant and pose no more threat than ordinary house dust. When mold damage does occur in Knoxville homes, SERVPRO is ready with an extensive inventory of chemical agents to stop mold growth, destroy active spores, and return an infested home to its normal condition.
 
The first agents we use are Commercial Disinfectants. They destroy 98 percent of organisms we find on most surfaces in the home. The types of disinfectants we commonly use are phenols, formaldehyde, chlorine, and alcohols.
 
To slow and stop the rate of growth of fungi, we apply Fungistats and Mildewstats. They are especially effective on paper products, textiles such as wool or cotton, and organic materials like leather. A benefit to using them is that they do not stain or otherwise damage surfaces.
 
For quickly reducing mold levels to a safe level, SERVPRO technicians use Sanitizers. These agents are especially useful on mold spores in kitchens and bathrooms, but they need reapplication on a regular basis. If not, mold can quickly start a new colony and spread to other areas of the home.
 
Sporicides also work very well to eliminates mold spores. They are stronger, however, and can pose a health threat in large quantities. To prevent this, we use all sporicides strictly to manufacturer recommendations.
 
A Sterilant is the strongest chemical agent in our inventory. It destroys all microorganisms it comes into contact with, so we handle them with protective gloves, at least, on every task. A common sterilant available commercially is chlorine bleach. The ones we use are more powerful than bleach, which makes them very effective on metal and glass items since the agents kill everything on them, but do not mar the surfaces.
 
Removing mold is not a simple process, but SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville has the tools and the training to use them to get the job done. If you have, or suspect mold is in your home, call us today at (865) 862-8907 to schedule a visit.

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Commercial Water Removal in Downtown Knoxville

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal in Downtown Knoxville If your Downtown Knoxville restaurant experiences water damage, call on SERVPRO for quick and efficient water removal services.

SERVPRO Removes Water Fast to Prevent Foul Odors in Your Business

Water leaking inside your Downtown Knoxville restaurant is never a pleasant situation and possibly causes you a loss in revenue. Water getting into your business can produce excessive amounts of damage. Sometimes water damages contents and building materials as well as creates foul mildew odors.

A water leak inside your restaurant possibly puts a strain on business functions. SERVPRO's commercial water removal team in Downtown Knoxville works hard to mitigate the problem without hindering the day to day operations of your restaurant. The entire project gets completed start to finish by sometimes changing the way things get done to accommodate your business.

SERVPRO's technicians know that replacing materials and loss of revenue get very expensive for your insurance company. When we enter a jobsite, our goal is to restore building materials and contents back to the conditions they were in before the water damage took place. When handling water damage inside your restaurant, we pay extra attention to odor control.

Water damaged materials sometimes put off foul, mildew-like odors. We know that pleasant aromas existing inside your restaurant is essential and we always take extraordinary measures to eliminate any unpleasant smells. The existence of water also possibly causes mold to develop if the moisture does not get dried out within 48 hours.

The presence of mold can create more malodor particles that are unpleasant to your restaurant customers. Odors tend to stay stuck inside materials and contents that are porous inside the building. Vinyl, upholstery, and carpet sometimes hold in particles that produce foul odors.

When mitigating any water issue, we always take steps to control odors that exist inside the carpet. To get the carpet dried out before mold growth occurs, we remove the carpet and place an air mover underneath to "float" it. When the interior rug gets wet, we spray the material with antimicrobial chemicals. The chemicals prevent any mold spores from growing into a fungus.

Many times antimicrobial chemicals, have deodorizing agents mixed into them. The compounds help dissolve malodor particles and serve as a masking agent. For professional help controlling odors inside your business, call SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hill / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907 for assistance anytime.

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The Fire Damage Specialists of Knoxville

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Fire Damage Specialists of Knoxville Smoke damage and odors can linger for a long time if not treated correctly right away. Contact SERVPRO immediately after a fire for best results.

Team SERVPRO Knows That Fire Damage Has Many Facets Which Can Include Soot and Smoke

Sometimes the unexpected happens, and a fire breaks out inside your Knoxville townhome. In any fire scenario, first things are first, and it is essential that you make sure your family and your pets are safe. Next, it is crucial that the blaze gets put out and the dangers involved get eliminated.
 
After the threats of fire are over, it is now time to deal with the damage it caused. The best move is to notify SERVPRO's fire damage experts of Knoxville immediately after the burn takes place. Our team is IICRC certified and has experience dealing with fires of all different levels of severity.
 
Sometimes when the blaze is small, smoke damage is the only issue. Other times, flames and heat burn and char contents and building materials inside your townhouse. Many times, some damage is evident, and other things get ruined that are not readily noticeable.
 
Smoke coming from a fire, many times devastates your home. Smoke often leaves soot residues and causes foul odors to remain inside a structure. When dealing with smoke damage, the first thing we do is clean any soot residues that exists.
 
Then, after soot gets cleaned our restoration crew works to get rid of foul odors that are still present. First, we remove the odor source and debris. Eliminating the source of pungent odors, sometimes keeps odors from spreading to other areas of the building.
 
Next, we re-create the conditions that caused the initial odor problem. If smoke caused the bad smell, then deodorizing chemicals get dispersed inside the building in a way that mimics how the smoke penetrated materials and made them stink. Our restoration crew usually accomplishes this task by using fogging equipment to pump deodorization chemicals into the air and building materials.
 
Don't let any damage caused by smoke go untreated. Whenever heat or smoke causes problems inside your home, call SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoya Hill / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907 for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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What to do When Water Damage Strikes and Causes Odors in Downtown Knoxville

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do When Water Damage Strikes and Causes Odors in Downtown Knoxville Downtown Knoxville Water Damage and Odors? Call SERVPRO for Smelling Like a Lily

SERVPRO Offers Equipment and Methodologies for Controlling Offensive Scents

Water damage invading and settling into your home is trouble all on its own, but when it brings smells along, it gets even worse. Downtown Knoxville is known for its high humidity, and that humidity can cause damage to the structure of your home if left unchecked. Along with that damage can come unpleasant smells, such as mustiness. One of the first indicators that there might be water damage in your home is the detection of an odor. Luckily, help is never far when this particular situation strikes.

Here at SERVPRO, our technicians are trained to do more than just dry your structure in Downtown Knoxville when water damage becomes a problem. We are also skilled in removing unpleasant odors that come hand-in-hand with water damage. Most often these scents have a source of one kind or another. However, if the smell is musty, it is often an indicator of mold. In fact, the high humidity that comes in the area is a perfect breeding ground for mold, as it brings constant moisture into your home.
 
SERVPRO can inspect for mold and rid your home of the odor attached to it. We can also dry out all the areas that are a problem and get them back to a level of dryness that is acceptable. We often choose to implement the multiple methods approach to combat the odors, which means using more than one. One such method is employing thermal fogging to neutralize odor-causing compounds. Another option is to use air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to capture airborne particles and mold spores. It can be these airborne particles that cause the foul odors attached to water damage and using this technique can leave your home odor free. Afterward, we can completely dry out everything in your home and make you feel "Like it never even happened."
 
Water damage brings all kinds of problems with it, but no matter the issue, SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville knows how to fix it. Do not wait, call us at (865) 862-8907 and let us get your home back to normal as fast as possible. 

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SERVPRO - Finding Mold Damage in Knoxville

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO - Finding Mold Damage in Knoxville You can trust our SERVPRO team to remediate the mold on your residential property "Like it never even happened."

When mold damage strikes your Knoxville home, SERVPRO strikes back. 

Knoxville residents have seen a lot of floods and other water damage this year. Every home affected has different needs when it comes to restoration, and if it is not done quickly enough, many of them also wind up with a mold issue.

Restoring a home in Knoxville after mold damage requires a professional service, just like after a major storm system dropped thousands of gallons of water on and into a home. SERVPRO has the restoration experience to know that mold is just as damaging and costly as other disasters. To deal with it properly, we ask the homeowners a set of questions before we even begin our initial inspection.

“Why do you think you have mold?” – The usual answer is that they can smell it or see it. Not every mold strain gives off the usual musty odor though. Spotting a streak of mold across ceiling tiles or along the floor trim gives us a single location, but not necessarily the point of origin. To get that, our inspector can use an air content meter to trace the mold back to where the spores first expanded.

“Have you had mold problems before?” – If the homeowner answers yes, that gives us our first location to examine. Common areas where mold growth is a recurring threat are places with high humidity and a greater chance of leaks such as attics, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.

“When did it start?” – This answer helps identify the extent of the growth. It takes more than just a few days for mold to grow into a visible problem. If the homeowner tells us that he just saw mold under a sink, then it is very likely the spores started behind the sink, in another room; possibly even the attic or basement.

The answers to these questions mean that SERVPRO technicians need to remove sink cabinets and probably at least one or two sections of drywall behind them to trace the mold and the leak or another source of water. Depending on how long the mold was growing, cleaning and remediation can take a few days to several weeks.

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Restoring your home is not a quick process, but asking the right questions can save not just days and weeks, but hundreds of dollars in costs as well. If you have a question or to schedule an inspection, contact SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907 today.

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Finding the Cause of Flood Damage in Your Knoxville Home

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Finding the Cause of Flood Damage in Your Knoxville Home A small hole in your foundation can cause severe damage during heavy rainfall and flooding.

SERVPRO Remediates Damage and Takes Steps to Prevent Future Damage

You cannot predict the weather, nor can severe weather ever get prevented. With this understanding, you are perpetually at the mercy of the construction of your Knoxville home’s foundation to prevent water from penetrating through the block and mortar joints and pooling on the floors. While modern homes have several lines of defense to prevent this from happening, older homes in the area were not as well built to withstand years of exterior water pressures. 

A lot of it results from the lack of having a French drain, as is the case with many of the homes built before the 1980s in the area. Before then, there was no real standard in place regarding the installation of these systems even though they have existed for much longer than that. It was at the discretion of the contractor building the house, and in many cases, they saved time and money and left it out entirely. The missing water diversion equipment like this can explain the number of flood damage cases our SERVPRO team sees that affect Knoxville homes. 

With just a small hole or crack in the foundation of your home, you have opened yourself up to a lot of potential problems down the road. Over even a short period, regular water penetration can wear out these vulnerable spots even further, causing them to allow even more water through when there are significant weather events and flooding conditions outside. The ever-present water underground works on these weakened portions of your foundation and continues to the point that even short-lived severe storms can quickly flood your lower level. 

Our SERVPRO team can quickly assess this flooding situation and work through the restoration plan to bring your home back to the way it used to be. While much of this restoration focuses on the removal and extraction of the water using our portable pumps and pump trucks, locating the source of the problem and sealing off these vulnerable areas is equally important. By sealing off these penetration points with hydraulic cement, you can feel more comfortable with the entire restoration process and trust that it is going to last. 

Flood damage might get caused by several different things, but inadequate water diversion implements are a typical one. When you are facing flood damages in your home, trust our experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville. We are available anytime by calling (865) 862-8907. 

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