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When Mold Damage has you Singing the Blues Instead of Rocky Top in Your Knoxville Home

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Mold Damage has you Singing the Blues Instead of Rocky Top in Your Knoxville Home SERVPRO is the trusted choice to remediate mold damage from your home.

Why SERVPRO Is the Name to Trust For Mold Damage Remediation In Knoxville

Some companies in Knoxville that address mold damage issues make promises of a mold free result that ignores the fact that mold spores are always present in the environment. Others play on the fears many consumers have of the health effects of mold growth despite the lack of a proven connection between mold and illness in all cases. Finding a company that has a proven track record of mold remediation success without the hype is so essential. 

Abating mold damage in Knoxville requires adherence to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols developed for schools and commercial buildings. Vigilance in moisture management is critical, and the only way a homeowner can ensure that mold will not again become a problem. This balanced approach is why working with our experienced mold remediation crews guarantees the best outcomes. 

Why SERVPRO mold remediation offers such compelling results is clear. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) complete a rigorous course of IICRC classes that prepare them to complete mold remediation quickly and efficiently. We invest not only in the industry best practices training of our employees but also in cutting-edge equipment and products that help us contain and remove mold damage. 

SERVPRO protects the safety of you and your family during mold remediation by taking deliberate steps to contain the mold damage during removal procedures. Physical barriers and air scrubbing equipment prevent the spread of moldy debris during the remediation process. Our technicians wear personal protective equipment not only for their safety but also to ensure that hazardous particles are not tracked inadvertently throughout your house during the remediation. 

Why SERVPRO is the obvious choice for mold remediation is the professionalism we bring to the difficult tasks involved in abatement. Although we believe it is crucial to contain and remove mold we also avoid using scare tactics or unsubstantiated claims when consulting with homeowners. 

The single most important step a homeowner completes to minimize the risk of mold reinfestation is to locate and eliminate moisture sources that activate the mold spores and feeds their growth. SERVPRO works closely with customers to achieve this goal as it the most reliable way to avoid future mold issues. 

Why choose SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville for mold remediation? Our certified technicians and investment in appropriate equipment ensure a favorable result. Call us at (865) 862-8907 to schedule a mold damage evaluation.  

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How SERVPRO Can Help You Come Back From Smoke Damage in Your Bearden Home

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  How SERVPRO Can Help You Come Back From Smoke Damage in Your Bearden Home Our priority is to take care of your home and restore the smoke damage "Like it never even happened."

Bearden's Fire Damage Restoration Team Talks About Problems Associated With Smoke

If a fire ever starts inside your Bearden residence, both the heat and smoke created by it can cause you problems. Flames can burn your contents and cause fire damage to your building materials. Smoke can also cause many issues throughout your home as it floats through the building. The effects of smoke can easily be seen after something burns in the form of charred objects or discolored surfaces. During most fire damage restoration projects, dealing with smoke-related issues is a large part of the process.

Shortly after the burn takes place, the effects of smoke can be seen on your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. During any fire damage project in Bearden, our SERVPRO team inspects your entire home looking for stains or discoloration due to smoke. As soon as we receive your call, we send our emergency response team out to inspect your home and to write up an initial estimate for you and your insurance company. During the first estimate, we walk around your property and determine what we think will need to be replaced and what we think we can repair with cleaning or refinishing techniques.

Smoke consists of substances that did not fully combust or turn into gas with the application of heat. Since fires burn different fuels at a variety of different temperatures the composition of the partially combusted particles varies. Fires that burn fast, hot and have plenty of oxygen put out a dry smoke that is the easiest to clean and can be wiped off of most surfaces. Blazes that burn slowly at lower temperatures and are oxygen starved release wet smoke that can adhere well to surfaces and be extremely difficult to clean.

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Smoke can also penetrate deep into porous materials causing them to produce foul, burnt aromas. Sometimes the smell of smoke and burnt substances can linger in the building after all charred items get removed, and soot residues are cleaned. In these cases, deodorization techniques such as ULV fogging or using an ozone machine get utilized. If you ever suffer a structure fire on your property, call SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907 24 hours a day.

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The Benefits Of Our Commercial Cleaning Services In Knoxville

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Benefits Of Our Commercial Cleaning Services In Knoxville Professional commercial cleaning is needed for Knoxville businesses.

Commercial Cleaning Services For Knoxville Start-Ups

Many Knoxville residents are taking advantage of the growing economy, and opening businesses. These start-ups in our area cover everything from new garages to light industry, returning needed manufacturing jobs to our area. The hours are long, and every dollar counts.

Professional commercial cleaning is still needed for Knoxville businesses though. SERVPRO cleaning teams can perform multiple services on a flexible schedule. They tailor everything to meet both the business needs and its budget. It is far cheaper to have a professional service come in once or twice a week to perform tasks that do not need a paid, 40-hour a week work crew.

In a garage or a light manufacturing plant, our routine cleaning services usually stay in customer service areas, bathrooms, and breakrooms. They include vacuuming or cleaning carpets, mopping and waxing floors. Maintaining clean floors is also a safety issue for most businesses, but many owners do not bring in an experienced work crew. Instead, they try to do the job themselves on the weekend.

SERVPRO can schedule a cleaning crew to meet every schedule. Our teams can arrive on a Saturday evening at 6 pm to clean up a kitchen, so it’s ready for the next week, or show up at 5 am on a Monday to steam clean a carpet before everyone else comes in to start the day.

Our crews are there for emergencies as well. Spills happen in any business, but if oil spills across a service bay or an entire work area, it is not enough to mop it up. Until we remove every trace of the hazardous material, it is not safe for employees and the business may have to partially, or completely, shut down. Our chemical inventory contains industrial grade degreasing agents and other cleaners not available to retail stores. Technicians trained to use them per state and federal regulations to protect the environment while removing the spill and helping companies reopen.

That is our goal at SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville. To help local businesses maintain a clean welcoming environment and help them reopen for business as quickly as possible when disaster strikes. If you need us, call (865) 862-8907 today.

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Team SERVPRO Offers Ways to Avoid Secondary Damages After a Knoxville Storm

10/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Team SERVPRO Offers Ways to Avoid Secondary Damages After a Knoxville Storm Flooding after a storm can send a great deal of water into your home literally in minutes. Call SERVPRO for water removal services right away.

Removing and Cleaning Flood Damage in Knoxville Homes

Knoxville residents have much experience in riding out storms and preparing for floods when the Tennessee River swells out of its banks. Usually, the flooding covers the streets and parks, with only a few homes in low areas taking the worst of it. Now and then, a Fall storm can drop an incredible amount of water in just a few hours.
 
SERVPRO approaches Knoxville flood damage with an aggressive cleanup method. Our office is ready to respond 24/7 whenever a customer needs us, but we also can help every house, duplex, and apartment building owner prepare their property for the next major storm.
 
When it comes to clean up, our first task is to get any standing water out of the home. Once our restoration team arrives, they can begin work within minutes. The first device we use is a commercial grade water pump. Depending on the size of the home and the amount of water present, our technicians can remove it in one or two days.
 
Since this is outside floodwater, our restoration crew does have to take additional precautions, however. Floodwater contains soil and many other contaminants, so before starting with the water pump, they spray the surface of the water and nearby property with an anti-bacterial agent to reduce the risk to ourselves and the property owners.
 
After finishing with the pumps, SERVPRO team members remove and dispose of any carpets that were underwater. Since we cannot guarantee 100% that the carpet is safe after cleaning; we recommend replacement. After removing the carpets and carpet pads, technicians scrape away any debris and then spray the entire floor with an anti-bacterial cleaner. Our teams can then lay down and stretch a new carpet in place if the owner chooses us for that.
 
If there are wood floors, technicians use extraction wands to draw water from between floorboards and then clean them with another anti-bacterial agent. If the water covered the floor for too many hours, it might have softened the finish on the wood. If this happens, our teams can quickly remove the finish and begin drying the floorboards with air movers to force warm, dry air over the surface. That pushes out moisture into the air, where we can capture and remove it with a dehumidifier.
 
Our goal SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville is to return your home to you in a clean, dry, and safe condition. If you find that you need our services later this year, call us immediately at (865) 862-8907 to schedule a visit and get started. We are here for you.

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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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