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Hidden Attic Mold Damage in Knoxville

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Attic Mold Damage in Knoxville Clogged gutters can lead to water intrusion and mold growth in your home.

Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water and Mold Damage

Gutters and downspouts clogged with leaves and other debris in the autumn lead to the growth of attic mold colonies in Knoxville. Water pools and does not drain, leading to the excess moisture entering your home in areas not often inspected. We are familiar with this phenomenon and have the strategies to remediate the current infestation and offer recommendations to avoid the problem in the future.

When water has its path impeded with materials that hold back the intended flow it must go somewhere. Damaged and poorly maintained gutter systems force pooled up water under shingles and through the siding, brick, or other cladding materials of your Knoxville home, causing mold damage in attics and between interior and exterior walls. Calling for our services at this point does not even cross your mind because you are entirely unaware of the problem.

As this water intrusion goes unnoticed, the mold growth and subsequent damage are missed as well. Not until you smell the characteristic musty odor or see feathery or leathery mold colonies moving across ceilings and down walls in your living areas do you begin to make the connection. Whenever you suspect mold damage, SERVPRO is ready to lend a hand.

Not only do we remediate mold according to EPA protocols, but we also inspect for and locate the genesis of the mold colonies, evaluating how the moisture necessary for mold growth entered the picture. SERVPRO technicians are masters at following the clues water leaves, and we also help you understand why moisture is such an issue with mold growth and how to eliminate it as a growing medium for the tiny fungi.

Your outdoor gutter and drain system works wonders at keeping water out of your home when cleaned regularly and installed and maintained properly. When water flows off the roof and into a working drainage system, it is directed away from your foundation and walls leaving interiors dry. When blockages develop, or the gutters and drains are bent or leaking, the water takes the most accessible route right into your home. Slush, snow, and ice buildup in the gutters create ice dams, which force even more moisture into your attic or walls. SERVPRO technicians are trained to identify these issues and help you arrange to have the gutter system rehabbed so that the water stays out and mold has no fuel to grow.

SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville has the technical knowledge and tools needed to remediate a mold infestation. Call (865) 862-8907 to start the process in motion, resulting in mold abatement and restoration of a working gutter and drain system.

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Electrical Overload Fire Damage in Rocky Hill

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Overload Fire Damage in Rocky Hill Sometimes too many appliances plugged into an outlet can cause a fire. Or wires in a house are older and spark. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO is Ready and Available Around the Clock, Especially When Homeowners are Facing Damage Remaining From a Fire

When Rocky Hill homeowners try to enhance the electrical capability of their houses, fire damage can result. Older homes with antiquated wiring are at obvious risk, but new construction also is not always equipped with outlets everywhere you might wish. If your attempts to accommodate appliances cause an electrical fire, we have the resources to help you respond and recover.
 
Family gatherings are hectic enough, but when competition for the last outlet in your home ends with fire damage in Rocky Hill from inadequately rated extension cords, you and your loved ones face evacuation rather than a cozy, congenial time. Today’s explosion of countertop appliances -- deep fryers, new age pressure cookers, stand-alone rotisseries, and convection ovens, to name a few -- join slow cookers, mixers, blenders, and food processors jostling for a grounded outlet. We have seen how this traffic jam ends in a smoldering fire or sparked blaze and can respond quickly, even on a holiday or weekend.
 
The thick and acrid smoke and soot from an electrical fire is a challenge for which our SERVPRO team trains continuously. You may despair of restorative efforts making a dent in the widespread residue, but our IICRC trained technicians master effective techniques that clean soot, restore finishes, and eliminate that horrible burning wire odor. An experienced project manager assesses the particular circumstances and develops a comprehensive plan. Then our fire damage crew systematically moves through your home, rapidly but skillfully using the proper products and techniques to clear away the coatings.
 
If your HVAC system operated during the fire, it may be contaminated and need cleaning as well. It should be deactivated until evaluated to prevent further spread of the soot and debris. If firefighting efforts used water, we likely attend to that first, removing water and assessing the moisture content of structures to avoid mold damage or the deterioration saturated woods and metals suffer if not quickly dried.
 
Finally, our deodorization specialists ensure all smoky debris are discarded. If odor persists, we clean surfaces and consider sealing porous materials to keep the odoriferous particles from vaporizing. Professional deodorization sprays may be effective, but we also use thermal fogging, a process that replicates the environment where the odor particles were dispersed. A heated chamber combusts the deodorant, allowing the now minuscule bits to find and neutralize the odor molecules. Hydroxyl generators are another option, changing the chemical composition of the tiny bits of smelly debris and rendering them odorless.
 
Look to SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville when an electrical fire threatens to derail your plans. Call us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (865) 862-8907.

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Commercial Water Removal for Assembly Plants in Knoxville

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal for Assembly Plants in Knoxville SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to quickly and efficiently remove water from large plants.

Proper Water Removal Can Prevent Future Water Damage

One of the final steps in manufacturing, assembly of the finished product occurs in many places in Knoxville. Water from flooding or a major leak can stall lines and keep production halted, making your plant late with orders.

No matter where invasive water comes from, Knoxville plant managers can solve the situation with commercial water removal. SERVPRO technicians, ready 24-hours a day, quickly remove standing water with appropriately-sized equipment. When floodwaters contain contamination, we directly address the issue according to IICRC protocols.

Pollutants come from anywhere the water traveled. They include both solids and liquids. We can eliminate some more easily than others, while certain ones create various threats of different severity. Many of these solid, and a significant amount of the liquid, contaminants disappear as we remove the water. We remove even more after we finish pumping out and extracting the water.

Wherever absorbent or porous materials exist within your plant, water fills the pores and holes. Using water's own properties against it, we heat different areas to speed up evaporation. We also create air currents with large air movers to direct moist air, so it goes exactly where we want it – outside through open windows or toward a desiccant machine or large dehumidifiers.

Without professional water removal services, your plant's interior might seem dry after your employees take care of the problem with mops, squeegees, and towels, but this often results in a more significant problem later when water damage sets in and begins causing problems. SERVPRO technicians can help your plant avoid this much more costly situation. Doing so and quickly responding to your plant's emergency situation can eliminate a substantial amount of future downtime, financial expenses, and other issues.

SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville employs dedicated individuals and then trains them in a variety of areas, ensuring they respond appropriately whenever our local businesses need assistance. Because emergencies happen at all hours, we answer our phone no matter the time, day or night, and every day of the year. Call us at (865) 862-8907 for 24-hour services which can protect your business from water damage and many related problems.

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Water Removal in Knoxville

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in Knoxville When water seeps into your basement, it is time to contact SERVPRO and enlist their help in drying out your home. Call today for a quick response.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Eliminate Excess Water From Your Home

Homes in Knoxville have seen torrential rains this year. We saw record-breaking totals in the spring, to heavy rainfalls experienced in late summer and fall, after hurricanes made landfall in the gulf and continued dropping precipitation throughout the Tennessee Valley. When the sheer volume of rainfall threatens to inundate your home, you need a reliable water removal service.
 
Storm after storm soaked the ground around your home this spring, summer, and fall. Eventually, moisture seeped into the lowest levels of your dwelling. Water removal in Knoxville is a hard task for a homeowner to complete without professional help. We offer residents powerful equipment and skilled technicians to deal with the devastation of standing water in their interiors.
 
Water is not a benign substance when it fills up spaces in your home. Many building materials begin a devastating deterioration cycle after a soaking. Wood swells, absorbing the water and becoming distorted in shape. Metal rusts and pressed wood and paper products, commonly used as walls, ceilings, and trim, literally dissolve. As the structure of the building materials changes, they weaken and become unable to performs the jobs expected of them. Supporting walls bend, walls crumble, and flooring sags, warps, and buckles.
 
SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in the skill sets needed to remove all traces of excess water to restore the strength and integrity of waterlogged building materials. We start with a straightforward process -- pumping and extracting the standing water out of all the spaces in your home. Our pumps work even underwater, and high-efficiency extractors pull water out of carpeting, corners, and hidden recesses.
 
Expect our work crews to monitor moisture levels and use advanced scanning technology to locate water hiding behind walls and in the cells of cinder block foundations. All water must evacuate, or your home is at risk of secondary damage such as microbial growth. Once the standing and trapped water is removed, we move on to drying residual moisture out of the structure and contents of your home. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers positioned throughout the flooded area continue to reduce moisture levels until the targets determined by our technicians are met.
 
SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville has years of experience in removing water from residences in the Tennessee Valley. Call (865) 862-8907 to schedule an evaluation of your water issues and to begin work on a plan that will leave your home “Like it never even happened.”
 
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Remediating Rocky Hill Fire Damage

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remediating Rocky Hill Fire Damage Although a small percentage of fires destroy a house completely, most of the remediation cost is from smoke and soot.

Fire Damage Remediation

Any house fire in a Rocky Hill home causes some damage. Although a small percentage of fires destroy a house completely, most of the remediation cost is from smoke and soot. The time to clean affected structure and property is a lengthy process, but usually, it is cheaper than dealing with a home that requires extensive work to clear out and replace burned property.

Due to smoke and soot, much of the Rocky Hill fire damage can center around the heating and air conditioning system. Once we begin to inspect a home, SERVPRO runs through a short checklist with the owner and fire department, if they were called out, to determine how extensive the residue may be and the actions we need to take.

First, what was the proximity of the vents to the fire? The closer the vents and the air conditioner or furnace were to the fire itself, the more likely we need to clean the system.

Was the air or heat turned on and in operation? If yes, did smoke enter the supply side of the system? If the answer to both is yes, then there is smoke residue inside the ductwork.

Did smoke blow out of the return vents? If it did, then the residue is probably throughout the entire duct works, and SERVPRO technicians must bring in extendable brushes and fog machines to generate a cloud of cleaning agents that can reach every surface inside the ducts.

How long did the fire burn? A quickly extinguished blaze does not have time to generate much smoke, which means the amount of residue is small. One that burned a longer period, even if there were few flames, generates much more smoke which travels through the home, leaving a residue over a wider area. The surface residue is thicker as well, requiring stronger cleaners. It is more likely that we need to remove and replace building material such as ceiling tiles, drywall, and floor trim.

Each question we ask at a house fire provides valuable information to help return your home to its pre-fire condition. The goal of SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville is to help you return your life to its pre-fire condition as well. Call us at (865) 862-8907 if you need us or just have a question.

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SERVPRO Handles Storm Flood Damage in Rocky Hill the Fastest and Most Effectively

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Handles Storm Flood Damage in Rocky Hill the Fastest and Most Effectively SERVPRO responds quickly to all storm damage emergencies, no matter the scope or size.

SERVPRO is Faster To Any Storm Disaster When It Comes to Rocky Hill Homes

The worst part of a major storm is typically not the storm itself, but the ensuing days after it. If your home is unlucky enough to be impacted by flood damage in Rocky Hill, it can take weeks to dry out after the storm on its own, and even longer for you to restore the damage without professional help. This is the problem SERVPRO sets out to solve. We cut restoration times to the shortest intervals possible while maintaining effective and thorough treatment solutions, meaning our services are unprecedentedly timely and comprehensive.

Storms can cause a host of flood damage problems in Rocky Hill, with entire blocks at a time sometimes becoming inundated with water during the worst storms. SERVPRO is always ready after major disasters to help, with a large stock of equipment and machines to best help residents in need. We offer full water removal solutions, including water extraction, assisted drying with air movers, and dehumidifiers. Once water has been cleared from the property, we can then begin work on restorations, applying our professional techniques and training to help save as many materials and belongings as possible from the costly tallies of full replacement. Restoring damaged materials almost always carries a lower cost than replacing them, so we evaluate each item separately to determine an appropriate treatment solution for it.

We also have the resources to deal with other types of damage simultaneously. Many homes suffer from fire, mold, and other types of damage in tandem with flooding, but our well-rounded portfolio of certifications and training techniques allow us to combat these with ease. Our service helps to ensure that other types of damage do not gain the upper hand in your home or go undetected.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville is a locally-owned franchise of a national company that provides professional water and flood damage removal and restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (865) 862-8907.

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Small Water Emergencies can Benefit from Water Removal Services in Your Rocky Hill Home

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Small Water Emergencies can Benefit from Water Removal Services in Your Rocky Hill Home Some water that overflows can be contaminated. Contact SERVPRO to quickly help remediate the damage after water is found on your property.

Trained Professionals Will Tackle Smaller Problems Before They Turn Into Large Scale Damage

The dry state of a Rocky Hill home is what protects it from many different kinds of damage. Moisture of any severity can create situations that can, in turn, cause a fire, water damage, mold, dry rot, and other forms of structural damage inside your home.

To protect your home from these disasters, you should arrange for water removal services in Rocky Hill to make things right again. Doing so immediately after a washer overflows or a toilet backs up can save you from higher repair costs in the future. If highly absorbent materials such as fiberglass insulation or newer carpeting become wet, extracting the water often protects these from becoming so damaged they require disposal and replacement. If either of these become exposed to water for long enough periods of time, you can expect a costly bill for the replacement materials and labor required to install them.

At SERVPRO, our goal is to protect your home from these sorts of damages. One of the most common ways we do this involves removing the water that threatens your home. We use machinery and equipment that directly addresses the nature of the water that invaded your property. For standing water and flooded lower areas of your home, pump trucks stand ready. Elevated humidity in your attic that comes from poor venting practices receives monitoring and dehumidification. Regardless of the degree to which your home experiences water problems, we can take care of the situation professionally and resolve the problem, so your home remains protected.

After we finish the necessary water removal procedures, we spray areas that might foster mold growth. This spray protects your residence in these locations from both current mold spores and other microorganisms and future ones that might settle there later.

Calling SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907 is the first step in protecting your home from invasive water. Our water removal services are tailored to the specific needs of your property and can make everything “Like it never even happened” quickly.

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Electrical Shorts Can Cause Fire Damage to Your Rocky Hill Apartment

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Shorts Can Cause Fire Damage to Your Rocky Hill Apartment You should regularly check your appliances to prevent fire damage from frayed cords and wiring.

Fast and Efficient Fire Damage Restoration Services

Everyday living requires the use of multiple electrical appliances. Some are larger than others while others are handheld and even portable. Your Rocky Hill apartment most likely holds several examples of both sizes. Any appliance, regardless of size or function, can develop problems with frayed cords or pinched wiring.

In the Rocky Hill area, fire damage can come from problems with wiring or cords that become overheated or come into direct contact with materials that ignite when exposed to bare wires. Checking your appliances on a regular basis can prevent this situation. At SERVPRO, we understand that every home contains several appliances but cannot stress enough the importance of such maintenance.

After appliance-created fire damage affects your apartment, we can mitigate the problem quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO technicians earn and retain certificates from the IICRC in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), enabling them to carry out the required work. When water from the fire department remains behind, saturating your walls and floors, our extensive equipment can handle this aspect, as well.

Because fire and smoke create noxious odors from the soot, removing as much as possible can reduce smells significantly. This is crucial with shared central air or heating systems between apartment units in the same building. Otherwise, your neighbors may experience problems with soot particles that flow into their dwellings, impacting their air quality for months. Because timely responses can minimize this situation, mitigation should begin immediately after any size fire.

Even in small fires that never required the fire department's response, smoke can travel far and wide. We have the equipment and measuring devices to detect where smoke went, and can then clean it up, eliminating the problem before it can spread. Fire does not need to be large to require professional clean up services.

SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville is always ready to help with fire damage mitigation, no matter the severity. Cleaning up soot and smoke deposits protects your health and that of others around you. Our local number is answered 24/7 by professionals who can provide the assistance you need. Contact us at (865) 862-8907 any day of the year to make sure your apartment receives the attention it needs. 

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How a Hot or Cold Day Affects Mold Damage in Knoxville

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How a Hot or Cold Day Affects Mold Damage in Knoxville SERVPRO Is the Solution to Mold Remediation in Knoxville. Don't Let Unsightly Mold Remain in Your Home.

Mold Proliferation Does Vary with Temperature Changes and Other Factors

While stopping mold growth is very difficult without adequate tools and training, slowing (or accelerating) expansion could be as simple as changing your thermostat. Mold is hardy by nature, but that does not mean it is invulnerable to environmental changes. The key to controlling mold damage in Knoxville could very well be careful climate control. Before calling SERVPRO to your home, consider what each of these conditions can do to affect mold growth.
 
Warm Temperatures
The ideal conditions for mold damage in Knoxville tend to involve temperatures at or slightly above room temperature. These temperatures are not only the most comfortable for humans, but also for most types of mold. Mold usually grows fastest when your home is in its default state. While cranking up the air conditioning or turning off the heat may help to slow the spread of mold, it will also likely create uncomfortable conditions for you, so consider carefully any changes you make. Ask SERVPRO about the moisture factor in mold proliferation.
 
Cold Temperatures
Few types of mold grow well in colder climes as warmer ones. In northern parts of the country, the fungi are much more common in the summer, as freezing temperatures present a serious impediment to efficient growth. However, living in low temperatures can create safety hazards, meaning that a cold day only tends to advantage non-climate-controlled parts of the home such as garages and outdoor areas.
 
Summer Heat
Particularly hot summer days can be either harmful or helpful, depending on conditions. Unfortunately, most hot days in Knoxville tend to carry with them conditions of high humidity, fostering increased mold growth. Sometimes, however, hot and dry air can help to eliminate moisture and deny vital nutrients to the mold. Using those principles, SERVPRO technicians may also take advantage of specialized lamps to target patches of mold growth with concentrated heat.
 
SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville is available year-round to respond to your call for help. If you have found mold damage in your home, call us today at (865) 862-8907.

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How SERVPRO Deals With Smoke For Rocky Hill Fire Damage Restorations

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Deals With Smoke For Rocky Hill Fire Damage Restorations Smoke is pervasive: it finds its way into all corners of a burned area, embeds itself deep into materials, and cannot be removed through normal means.

Fire Damage Restoration

Although it may be the last thing on your mind when a fire hits, smoke often ends up becoming one of the costliest and most difficult aspects to recover from after a fire. Smoke is pervasive: it finds its way into all corners of a burned area, embeds itself deep into materials, and cannot be removed through normal means. However, it cannot be ignored, either, as long after other aspects of the fire damage in your Rocky Hill home have disappeared, the smell of smoke may still linger in the air. SERVPRO stocks machines specifically designed to combat smoke for this reason, as nothing but the most high-quality equipment can effectively eliminate smoke odors.

The bedrock of our smoke removal strategy for victims of fire damage in Rocky Hill is the deodorizing fogger. Foggers are machines that, as the name implies, create a specialized fog in your home. This fog is composed of special cleaning and deodorizing compounds that seek out smoke particles and neutralize them, removing the odor at its source. The fog simulates the path and behavior of smoke, so that deep corners and challenging materials are treated effectively. We employ two varieties of this machine: thermal foggers, which are placed in large areas such as rooms or hallways, and ULV (ultra low-volume) foggers, which help to deodorize tight places such as the space behind walls or in HVAC vents.

In addition to fogging technology, our expansive selection of cleaning tools allows us to target larger aggregations of soot and ash, eliminating the most pungent sources of odor with ease. Furthermore, our planning expertise and site management help to keep odors from spreading and contain treatments to as tiny an area as possible in your home.

SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville has the tools and training required to take out any smoke odors your home may have. Call us 24/7 at (865) 862-8907.

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