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How Remediation Companies Remove Mold From Your Knoxville Home

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Remediation Companies Remove Mold From Your Knoxville Home Mold spores can quickly grow and cause damage. SERVPRO of Knoxville can safely remove the mold from your Knoxville home.

Stopping, Cleaning, And Removing Mold Damage In Knoxville 

Every Knoxville home has mold spores. Each one is smaller than the eye can view unaided, and a clump of hundreds is smaller than a pinhead. Mold spores are usually inert and pose no threat to property or cause health concerns for some people.

Mold damage in a Knoxville home only happens when the spores are in contact with a source of water. SERVPRO teams train to stop mold growth, remove active and inert spores, and repair or replace damaged items.

Technicians trace the mold growth to its origin point to find and eliminate the source of water. With no moisture, spores quickly shrink and return to their usual, inert state. That means no further growth is possible unless the expanding mold finds another source. In most cases, the water comes from a dripping pipe or another plumbing issue. Our restoration teams can quickly repair minor issues such as a cracked connector, but for major plumbing problems, we recommend the homeowner brings in a licensed plumber.

With new growth halted, SERVPRO team members begin removing the mold. They isolate the affected areas by covering entrances and exits with plastic sheeting to prevent spreading the mold spores. Once sealed, technicians set up fans to draw the inside air and any loose spores in the air outside the home. As the air clears, they begin cleaning spores from each surface.

For small amounts of mold, technicians can often wipe surfaces clean with only a dry sponge. For thicker layers of mold, they use a cleaning agent with an anti-microbial agent to break up the growth for easier removal. As team members remove them, they wipe off every surface in the direction of the fans, so spores released into the air move toward the exit.

Mold spores can grow through the surface of some property. If spores penetrated deeply into items like drywall panels, team members remove and dispose of them. Disposal and replacement are cheaper than expending the labor cost to try and remove mold.

At SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville, our goal is to help each homeowner return his residence to its pre-infestation condition. If you can see mold growing along a bathroom ceiling or anywhere else in your home; call us at (865) 862-8907 for assistance. At SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville, our goal is to help each homeowner return his residence to its pre-infestation condition. If you can see mold growing along a bathroom ceiling or anywhere else in your home; call us at (865) 862-8907 for assistance.

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SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Ways to Effectively Combat Odor After a Fire in Rocky Hill

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Ways to Effectively Combat Odor After a Fire in Rocky Hill Fire damage can seem insurmountable when you first set eyes on it. Call SERVPRO right away to remediate.

Overcoming Smoke Damages from a Fire in Your Rocky Hill Home

Disasters in your Rocky Hill home can be challenging to overcome, even with the most dedicated of work on your part or those that offer to help. Many situations leave their primary effects which can prove overwhelming enough to overcome, but also have secondary effects that can be equally concerning to resolve. In a situation like a fire in your house, you not only have the immediate structural concerns to contend with, but you also have secondary effects like smoke and soot damages.

Fire damages in your Rocky Hill residence rarely become the responsibility of the homeowner to resolve. From the moment that the first responders leave the scene, you speak to the insurance provider covering your home and find out the details you need to get in order to file a claim that funds the restoration. Professionals like our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly to begin assessing the damage and determining what needs to occur to make the situation “Like it never even happened.”

While you might be the most concerned about the pressing structural concerns that occur from the widespread fire that had recently gotten extinguished, several secondary effects could pose a threat to those within the house such as smoke damages. This effect often presents itself as a noxious odor that spreads well beyond the immediately affected areas of your house and requires specialized equipment from our SERVPRO professionals to overcome.

Addressing this effect is one of the last steps in the restoration process, and it involves setting up equipment like thermal foggers to break up the odor on a molecular level. The odorless chemical solution removes the harsh scent from the atmosphere, and can also get safely used on embedded odors within fabrics, furniture, and drapery.

While smoke damages might not top the list of your primary concerns when it comes to dealing with the effects of a fire in your home, this is an essential part of the complete restoration process for our technicians. Our SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville team is ready to help overcome all of the effects of the disaster as promptly as possible. Give us a call anytime at (865) 862-8907.

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Saving The University Of Tennessee Buildings Requiring Water Damage Restoration

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Saving The University Of Tennessee Buildings Requiring Water Damage Restoration The faster that you can secure the restoration experience of our SERVPRO professionals, the less impact water ultimately has on the structure.

Water Damage Restoration

As a caretaker or overseer of the University of Tennessee buildings and associated properties, you are likely to encounter many situations over the years which require immediate attention from dedicated professionals. While you do employ maintenance and custodial parties to maintain the upkeep on these facilities and living quarters, some disasters require more concentrated restoration efforts than this staff can produce.

While you can bring to mind many scenarios which introduce water damage to various University of Tennessee buildings and properties, this is a situation which requires you to act quickly. The faster that you can secure the restoration experience of our SERVPRO professionals, the less impact water ultimately has on the structure itself as it spreads and saturates materials throughout the affected areas.

In the understanding that water damage is time sensitive, our SERVPRO professionals work to live up to our claim that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. This statement means that we are available to help you through any emergency at any time of the day. You can count on our team to help you lessen the impact of this incident and work to identify the source of the damage and repair this where possible.

One of the things that you need to remember regarding the care of your facilities is that you are on a competitive playing field with thousands of other institutions. It is essential to provide a great atmosphere and show potential underclassmen the care and immediate attention that you provide to your buildings in the event of an emergency situation. The kind of atmosphere and environment that you can provide with the unfailing upkeep of buildings and structures makes an impression on its own.

While this university is one that works to stay modernized as much as possible, there are still many older buildings throughout the campus that the staff here look to preserve and save for many years to come. This approach begins with understanding the importance of professional restoration in the event of water damage, and knowing how SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville water damage specialists can save at-risk materials from irreparable damages. Give us a call anytime at (865) 862-8907.

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The Far-Reaching Effects of Soot Damage in Your Knoxville Home

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Far-Reaching Effects of Soot Damage in Your Knoxville Home SERVPRO Starts the Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration As Soon as the Knoxville Fire Trucks Leave

SERVPRO Improves Air Quality during the Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration Services for Your Property

Soot damage is a common concern following a disaster in your Knoxville home. The manner in which it spreads to affect new areas of your residence, materials, and contents makes it one of the most challenging of consequences to restore. Even more to the point, this result from a fire disaster in your home is not something that the homeowner can readily remove on their own for several different reasons.

If you experience fire damages in your Knoxville residence, it can surprise you to how widespread and challenging they are to overcome. Many homeowners find themselves overwhelmed by the extent of the damage. The insurance company is often the one to require professional restoration work like our SERVPRO rapid response team. Not only can we provide a detailed estimate and photographic proof of the damage sustained, but begin work quickly on mitigating the loss throughout the affected areas of your home upon a signed contract.

Soot damage can be especially challenging because it coats everything that it comes into contact with, providing a sheet of dirt and debris for our SERVPRO technicians to clean up. Often these films can get remedied with dry/wet sponging or through the use of high-powered vacuums, but that rarely takes care of the entire problem. Soot travels through air ducts, leaving the residue throughout this network of sheet metal, fiberboard, or flex in the walls of your home that require concentrated efforts to remove.

Another concern about soot damage is the effect on the environment within your house that must get addressed quickly as well. Our technicians often have to employ equipment like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers outfitted with HEPA and carbon filtration systems to help remove debris and soot on even microscopic levels from the air in the affected areas of your home. This provides the added feature of safe and clean indoor air quality IAQ.

While soot damage is just one of the many symptoms that linger in your home after a fire gets extinguished, it is something that requires expertise and the right equipment to restore. Our SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville fire restoration technicians are available anytime that you need us by calling (865) 862-8907.

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Overcoming Flood Damages At The University Of Tennessee

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Overcoming Flood Damages At The University Of Tennessee Flood damage to your University of Tennessee campus is a situation that is often out of the skillset for the maintenance department you have on staff.

Overcoming Flood Damage

Running an institution like the University of Tennessee has a lot of moving parts. While you work to ensure that every aspect of the facilities here is in top form, with so many students and faculty to manage throughout the semesters, there are too many variables to avert disaster or emergencies entirely. With this knowledge, it is always wise to have a good working relationship with professional restoration services to help you any time that a situation might be out of your control.

Flood damages to your University of Tennessee campus, regardless of the facility that it damages, is a situation that is often out of the skillset for the maintenance department you have on staff. Major disasters like this require immediate attention and fast response to help mitigate the damage the building experiences and also to get restoration work started promptly as well.

Our SERVPRO team of professionals knows that We're Faster To Any Sized Disaster, and that is precisely why we have made that a slogan for our restoration work. In instances of flooding, natural or otherwise, many areas of your facility could get affected simultaneously. In many cases, you might not fully realize how extensive the damage is until it can get properly assessed.

While extraction is one of the critical elements of our SERVPRO restoration approach, drying holds an equally important role as well. Inadequate drying in wall cavities, underneath the flooring, and above ceiling areas can lead to worsening conditions like mold growth. This compounding damage is a public relations nightmare to contend with, as you have to relocate classes or entire dormitories into temporary housing until remediation completes.

If you're the person responsible for overseeing cleanup and restoration after significant emergencies like flooding, you should have a procedure in place for the right professionals to work to bring your facilities back to preloss conditions. You can always depend on our crew of restoration specialists at  SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville. We are available anytime by calling (865) 862-8907.

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Drying Out Hardwood Floors in Knoxville After Water Damage

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Out Hardwood Floors in Knoxville After Water Damage When the hardwood flooring in your home suffers from extensive water damage, contact SERVPRO for drying services and remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Assess and Then Dry Out Your Home After Water Damage

Perhaps one of the most discouraging sights a Knoxville homeowner sees after excessive water enters living areas is damage to hardwood floors. Regardless of the source of the moisture, if enough is present, it eventually spreads across the floors of your home. Although properly installed and finished hardwood is resilient if the spill or leak is mopped up quickly, more extended exposure can swell and distort the organic fibers of the floor. We have strategies that prevent further damage and can ready the surface for restoration.

The source of water damage to your Knoxville hardwood floors can vary, from overflowing tubs and sinks, leaking aquariums, rain blown in an open window, plumbing fails in nearby walls or a host of other reasons. Vigilance on the part of the homeowner in cleaning up occasional spills and a call for professional help when a more significant water event occurs is critical. The faster our well-qualified water remediation crews respond, the more likely your hardwood floors recover successfully from water damage.

When we arrive, the crew chief assesses the situation, noting the ingress point of the water and the migration pattern of the moisture across the floor. SERVPRO uses sensitive moisture meters to map out the areas of damage and to establish a baseline as we determine the drying goals for the flooring. Hardwood typically lies over at least one type of subfloor which can contribute to unresolved and continuous water damage if we do not address its drying as well.

SERVPRO technicians employ extraction equipment always available on our service vehicles to remove standing water. We use pumps for water deeper than two inches, and truck-mounted wanded extractors for residual, non-absorbed moisture. After the surface is clear of water, we move to advanced technologies such as drying mats to remove the moisture saturated inside the planks and in the subfloor.

Drying mats permit multiple and customizable configurations best designed to remove the water fast and in the areas targeted by our metered readings. Hoses concentrate pressurized air over panels adhered with an airtight seal on the water damaged expanses. The water from all flooring layers suctions out as the system works. SERVPRO employees train extensively on how to operate the drying mats, adjusting and adapting the configuration as the drying progresses.

Take advantage of our specialized floor drying equipment and the experience of our trained technicians at SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville. Avoid the necessity of replacing expensive and beautiful hardwood floors after water damage with one call to (865) 862-8907.

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Fast Professional Response to Your Rocky Hill Fire Damage

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fast Professional Response to Your Rocky Hill Fire Damage From Wildfires to Rocky Hill House Fires Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Excellent Results for Fire & Smoke Recovery

A fire in your Rocky Hill home can be a tremendous shock. When faced with a significant household emergency, a homeowner usually takes some time to consider the options available. Waiting even a few hours before lining up restoration means permanent damage to the structural components and contents of your home. Put your trust in us: We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

As the flames that consumed materials in your Rocky Hill home extinguish, the fire damage is just getting started. Smoke pervades every space, even far from the initial site of the fire. The components of smoke include toxic gases, water vapor, and tiny particles of the fire’s fuels -- your household’s goods and structures -- incompletely consumed. Those particles comprise the soot that can coat every surface, both vertical and horizontal, in a fire-damaged dwelling. We have strategies to clear and clean up the soot fast, setting the stage for other restoration steps.
 
SERVPRO crews train to be masters of fire damage restoration, able to assess the aftermath quickly and confidently design a plan for speedy recovery. Fire residues are highly acidic, rapidly damaging all materials typically found in a home. Plastics discolor within hours, and as time passes walls and fabric yellow, metals tarnish, glass etches, and wood breaks down. When cleanup lags, the cost of returning your home to preloss condition soars. Speed is vital.
 
Speedy cleanup and restoration is the norm for SERVPRO, but have no worries that the quick pace of our work compromises quality. Our crews bring skill and experience to your fire damage project, matching the correct products and tools to eradicate the different types of soot found in your home most efficiently. Our immediate ability to recognize the characteristics of the soot coating everything allows us to work smarter and more efficiently. Your property benefits as we clear the corrosive debris swiftly and steadily, halting the progression of deterioration.
 
Our protocol is to arrive at your home within hours of your first call. SERVPRO vehicles stock water removal, drying, and fire residue cleaning equipment and products at all times, jump-starting the delivery of our fire remediation services. Because our crew members hold multiple certifications, there is no delay between our employees removing the water left after firefighting efforts and their shift to smoke and soot cleanup and restoration.
 
At SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville, we pride ourselves on our fast response and full-spectrum restoration services. When you need immediate help after a fire damages your home, call us (865) 862-8907 any hour, any day for reliable and rapid restoration.

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What Mold Damage Actually Does To Your Knoxville Home

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Mold Damage Actually Does To Your Knoxville Home While many homeowners are aware of the threat of mold growth in their houses, they do not fully understand what mold can do to the house its itself.

Mold Damage To Your Home

While many Knoxville homeowners are aware of the threat of mold growth in their houses, they do not fully understand what mold can do to the house itself. Many people understand the potential health risks with exposure to colonies but do not fully appreciate the toll that an active colony can have on the structural integrity of your residence. The better you can appreciate this destructive force, the better prepared you are to combat it upon discovery.

The trouble with a general lack of information about mold damage in your Knoxville home is that many homeowners begin to assume that it is not as harmful as they previously believed. Moreover, they are given an idea that basic cleaning methods can remove the present growth and eliminate the problem. However, this is rarely the case.

One of the main things you should know about mold growth is that the colony is constantly feeding. Mold spores seat into organic materials like wood, drywall, and fabrics throughout the affected area of your house. This organism continues to eat at these materials until they rot and fall apart, and the organism continues to move on to new areas to grow and thrive. With enough time spent eroding materials, areas of your home can become unsalvageable to our SERVPRO remediation specialists and require demolition and replacement.

Failure to stop the spread of these active spores throughout your home, as they can easily move through ductwork for your central air system, can lead to widespread concerns for your entire house. Mold found in your ductwork is incredibly intricate to remove and requires specific training and specialized equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals have this specific training and expertise to prevent the further spread of the colony throughout your home and remove the presence that exists.

If you find mold growing in your home, you are better off to call professional remediation services right away. Our SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville applied microbial remediation technicians can respond quickly and help you to remove this threat before it causes much irreparable damage to your home's structural elements. Give us a call anytime at (865) 862-8907.

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Fire Damage Inspection and Estimation in Your Fort Sanders Residence

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Inspection and Estimation in Your Fort Sanders Residence When fire has damaged a part of your home and you and your family plus any pets are safe, contact SERVPRO to effectively remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Efficient and Effective Fire Damage Remediation Services After a Fire in Your Home

Once the first responders have successfully snuffed out the fire in your Fort Sanders home, you are left to face the damage that it has done. While there are a multitude of ways that this fire likely affected your residence, few of these symptoms are manageable for you the homeowner to contend with alone. Almost always, fire recovery is a process that should get completed by competent and qualified professional restorers.
 
Your insurance company is likely one of the first calls that you make to begin the process of restoring your home back to its prior condition. As a home insurance carrier, you have certain allotted coverages for unexpected events like fires, and this same provider likely has a working relationship with a reputable and credible restoration company. Soon, that company is calling you for information about the fire damage affecting your Fort Sanders residence.
 
Our SERVPRO estimator and project manager are often the first to set out to a new client's home to assess the situation in person. For one, the insurance company providing the coverage for your home is going to need a soft estimate to begin filing the claim and getting the work started as quickly as possible.
 
This estimation follows a thorough inspection detailing the full scope of the work that is necessary to bring a home back to preloss condition. This estimation carefully considers the equipment needed and the personnel required to do the job as efficiently as possible. A soft (non-concrete) job length time also becomes a part of the submitted information to the insurance company processing the claim. This work all happens with little required on your end, just part of our SERVPRO policy to make things easier on the client in an often stressful time.
 
There is no way to fully prepare for a fire in your home, but the right team of qualified specialists can help you to get back to the way things used to be much more quickly. You can rely on our rapid responders at SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville. Give us a call anytime at (865) 862-8907.

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Dripping Drains and 100-Year Floods Equally Capable of Causing Mold Damage in Knoxville

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dripping Drains and 100-Year Floods Equally Capable of Causing Mold Damage in Knoxville Finding mold in your home can leave you quite upset and frustrated. Contact SERVPRO to determine the cause of the infestation and to remediate.

Our SERVPRO Technicians are Equipped With Updated Moisture Detection Tools to Find the Cause of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Knoxville homeowners whose properties sustain one type of damage from a disaster sometimes find themselves faced with other crises soon after. This happens because one disaster often paves the way for another to take its place. Just like damage from water often follows after a fire, microbes gain a long-lasting foothold on homes that have suffered intrusive water in the recent past. Mold can grow easily from condensation on an un-insulated water line or trace moisture left behind by a flood.
 
Because water vapor can easily escape and hide in your home, mold damage in Knoxville can quickly take root. Microbes do not need very much moisture to thrive and can reach into materials like drywall and stucco to obtain any moisture available. This 'mining' for water steadily eats away at these materials and causes them to crumble at the gentlest touch.
 
The technicians at SERVPRO know how to use the latest types of technology to locate moisture in materials before it can damage anything. This same technology keeps mold damage from spreading. When we remediate an area in your home, we check elsewhere that moisture might hide. We also examine the amount of water vapor in the air. Higher than normal levels can assist microbes and increase the possibility of future mold damage.
 
Our use of forced air, ventilation, heat, dehumidifiers, and desiccant machines help extract all of the moisture from hidden areas. Moisture always moves from moister areas to drier ones. SERVPRO technicians use this natural characteristic to efficiently remove all latent moisture from your home's interior, stopping any future old damage. We use our readings from infrared thermography devices to help us locate the sources of the moisture so we can eliminate it from happening again.
 
You can reach SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville by calling us at (865) 862-8907. Our 24-hour service line is always ready to help you prevent and remediate mold damage, protecting your Bearden, Holston Hills, or Lyons View residence.

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