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When Water Damage Threatens Your Bristol Retail Store

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Water Damage Threatens Your Bristol Retail Store When your retail location suffers from a water damage incident, contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO for efficient remediation services.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Need for a Quick Turn Around Remediating Damage to Your Busy Store

Your Bristol retail location lives and dies on the foot traffic and loyal local customers that it receives on a daily basis. Even at the most successful of times, something lurks in the shadows that threatens to close your doors and keep you from serving the community around you: a water loss incident. While you cannot predict how or when it might happen, this is something that is a legitimate threat that any business owner should prepare for in whatever way that they can. The more prepared that you are for the possibility of a water emergency in your building, the faster you can respond and get resolution.

From busted water lines to leaking sprinkler systems, your store can see all kinds of commercial water damage in Bristol that happens quickly and spreads out through the stock you have in the building. Combatting this damage is often something that business owners cannot do on their own, but fortunately, you do not have to. You can always depend on the experience and rapid response of our SERVPRO team to help you restore your business and get your doors back open again quickly.

When our team arrives at your store, we get to work on repairing the source of the problem that you faced if the situation has not already gotten repaired. Once this completes, we can evaluate the full scope of the damage and what needs to happen to restore your building and allow for customers to return.

From weighted extractors to remove water from saturated carpets to our SERVPRO injectidry system, removing the moisture and dampness from the incident is critical. Lingering moisture can allow mold growth to occur, which can significantly extend the time until you can return to business as usual.

Contending with water damages, whatever their cause, can seem overwhelming and stressful when you appreciate that lost time is lost profits. Our SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol team of restoration specialists can respond quickly to your call and work as efficiently as possible in cleaning up the mess and preparing your storefront for its grand reopening. Give us a call anytime at (423) 245-5552.
 
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Inspecting Your Bristol Home For Damages After A Fire

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Inspecting Your Bristol Home For Damages After A Fire When it comes to loss incidents, fire in your home can prove challenging to overcome.

Inspecting Your Home For Damages After A Fire

When it comes to loss incidents, fire in your Bristol home can prove challenging to overcome. Even without crippling structural damage, the effects of a recent fire can often be too far-reaching for the average homeowner to face on their own. Conventional cleaning efforts and general deodorization, for example, pale in comparison to the effectiveness of professional restoration services.

Reacting to the fire damage in your Bristol home can seem almost impossible. Once the extinguishment completes, you can get your first look at the effects of the fire and what you have to overcome to get your house back to the way it was. Fortunately, this is not a battle that you have to fight on your own. Our SERVPRO team gets trained to handle all manner of fire restoration, from soot clean up to deodorization to help make the steps towards getting your house to original condition more effectively.

Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage from the time that we arrive at your home. We survey every area, whether directly connected to the fire in your home or not. This thorough inspection ensures that all of the damage gets cataloged and that our SERVPRO professionals have the right equipment and strategies to contend with what they face.

This assessment of your damage gets delivered to the insurance company that covers your home. Most claims cannot get pushed through without a detailed itinerary of the work that needs to get done and a general estimated cost for materials and labor to restore the home to preloss conditions.

Whether the damage in your home was widespread or not, this process remains the same. Our professionals take great care in assessing the scope of the damage that your home faces so that no stone gets left unturned in the restoration process. You can trust our SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol fire restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Give us a call anytime at (423) 245-5552.

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Packing Out Your Home During Water Removal At Your Colonial Heights Home

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Packing Out Your Home During Water Removal At Your Colonial Heights Home Whether a pipe burst in your plumbing or an appliance came disconnected unexpectedly, there are multiple reasons why you might require water removal.

Packing Out Your Home During Water Removal

While no one wants to think about the likelihood of substantial water damages in their Colonial Heights residence, it is often a wise practice to prepare for what you might do in the event that it occurs. While it would be customary to reach out to your home insurance company to begin the necessary steps to afford the repairs and restoration you require, it might also fall to you to get that same professional outfit at your home and getting to work on the problems that you face.

Whether a pipe burst in your plumbing or an appliance came disconnected unexpectedly, there are multiple reasons why you might require water removal services for your Colonial Heights home. The right team for the job is one that can respond quickly to these emergencies and work to keep the contents of your home, as well as its structural elements, from getting irreparably damaged as much as possible.

From the moment that our SERVPRO team responds to your call, we start working to determine the full scope of the damage that your home faces. Our technicians understand that water extraction is a critical component to the restoration your home needs, and employs pumps and wet-vacs (among other specialized equipment) to begin removing the water from the area.

If this affected area has contents which could become highly damaged by the present pooled water, packing out these items is a common practice of our SERVPRO team. This service takes these items to a nearby facility for concentrated restoration (where needed) and opens up the area inside of your home for the right personnel and equipment to get the water removed and the area thoroughly dried.

Once the moisture and dampness have all gotten eliminated with air movers, dehumidification machines, and other equipment, we can safely bring the removed items back into your home and place them how they originally were.

When you have substantial water damage in your home, time is of the essence to get the situation handled. You can count on the emergency response team that we have at SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol. Our technicians are available 24/7 by calling (423) 245-5552.

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Flood Damage Restoration in Bristol

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration in Bristol Finding your home flooded after a storm can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response and thorough remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Many Types of Services When Dealing With Moisture and Odors After Flooding

Stormy weather in Bristol can bring about excessive rain and high-speed winds. Rain can cause places in town to flood that can cause water to enter your home. High-speed winds can blow objects like rocks and branches into windows allowing rainwater to get inside the house.
 
Any time rainwater enters a building; pungent aromas can exist. A vital step in flood damage restoration in Bristol is the deodorization process. After moisture gets extracted and dried out of the structure, mildew-like smells can still exist from the rainwater.
 
When combatting odors, the first step our SERVPRO technicians take is to remove the source. If the source of unpleasant aromas is rainwater, then anything that got wet gets extracted and dried. If there are wet contents inside the home creating the smells, then they get cleaned and dried, or discarded.
 
In most cases, odors come from a variety of sources. To figure out every source and the specific methods to battle each smell would take technical equipment and extensive knowledge. Instead, we use multiple ways to combat the fragrances so that we cover all of the most common sources.
 
There are many industrially-approved methods that are proven to work with different types of malodor particles. For each practice used, there are specialized chemicals or equipment as well as specific application methods. Each technique is designed to get rid of unpleasant fragrances in different ways.
 
Some chemicals work as masking agents that cover up foul odors with more pleasant ones. These chemicals come as time release beads or product additives. Other methods are absorption or filtration agents that absorb moisture from humidity and some oils. An example of this is activated charcoal for air filtration systems.
 
Pairing agents are products that combine with odor particles causing them to fall onto a surface to be cleaned up. Pairing agents are often dispensed from an ultra-low volume fogger. Disinfectants and sanitizers are used to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth. Most of these chemicals come in liquid form that can be sprayed from a pump or hand sprayer.
 
During most restoration projects that take place after a flood, deodorization takes place as well as disinfecting and sanitizing to prevent mold growth. For help with deodorization, call SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol at (423) 245-5552 any day of the week.

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A Window Was Left Open And Caused Water Damage In Your Long Island Family Room

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Window Was Left Open And Caused Water Damage In Your Long Island Family Room While accidents can happen, it is not good when they lead to trouble such as water damage.

Water Damage In Your Family Room

While accidents can happen, it is not good when they lead to trouble such as water damage. Your family room is a place where televisions, game systems, and other valuable belongings are stored. It is where your family gathers to spend time together. However, if a window gets left open during a severe storm, and water makes its way inside, you may find yourself with a room filled with water instead of your family.

Leaving the water damage in your Long Island family room for too long can cause further problems. Electronics can break when exposed to water, wood can warp, and furniture can become mildewy. When water damage impacts your home, it should be dealt with as quickly as possible, so extra damage cannot be done over time. Fortunately, this situation can be addressed professionally with a simple phone call.

At SERVPRO we strive to get to your home quickly after your call. Our employees can be there within hours. If there are any pools of water on your hardwood floors, we can extract them first so we may begin to dry out the structure of your home and your belongings. SERVPRO uses advanced trade-tools such as air movers, ventilation box fans, and desiccant dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture levels inside of your home.

We can create drying spaces based on the unique structure of your home. If we find a patch of your hardwood floor remains wet after the structure of your home has been dried, we can create a fix for that situation. A standard solution is to create a tent of polyethylene so that the dehumidifiers are removing moisture from the air in a concentrated space. Here at SERVPRO, if we hit a snag in our drying plan, we are determined to find a solution.

If an open window allows water to damage your home, do not hesitate. Phone SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol at (423) 245-5552. Day or night, we can quickly arrive at your home to help return it to its pre-damaged condition.

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After A Fire Damage Takes Place In Bristol, Structural Components Require Cleaning

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After A Fire Damage Takes Place In Bristol, Structural Components Require Cleaning Our SERVPRO technicians have the proper equipment to safely remove soot from all your personal belongings.

Say No To Fire & Soot Damage and Say Yes to SERVPRO Restoration Services


Smoke coming from a fire that accidentally started inside your Bristol home can travel throughout the entire house. Smoke leaves behind soot residues on just about every surface it contacts. Cleaning materials and contents are cheaper than replacing them and works well in many different cases.

The cleaning stage can be the most time consuming, yet most essential part of the process. During fire damage restoration in Bristol, all affected contents and structural components get cleaned and deodorized. Certain structural components inside your house require specific methods and chemicals to remove all of the soot residues.

When cabinets get affected by smoke, different methods get used on the finished and unfinished parts of the cabinet. Finished wooden surfaces get cleaned with dry sponges or wet cleaning methods. Surfaces such as the wood inside the cabinet that is not finished first gets wiped down with a dry sponge that collects the soils and soot. If soils still exist, we use denatured alcohol to remove the soot so that it does not soak into the wood.

Lighting fixtures are other items that are attached to the building's structure and are prone to collect soot. Before we clean light fixtures we pretest the chemical mixtures to make sure it does not damage the finish on the fixture. We then turn off the power and remove the entire fixture and clean every part of it.

Windows also are common places for soot residues to exist. Cleaning smoke damage from windows requires cleaning the glass, frame and any components. When our SERVPRO technicians clean smoke damaged glass, we use a low-alkaline glass cleaner to prevent streaking.

The draperies and rods around your windows get removed and taken down for soot removal and cleaning. Fabric draperies get washed in a washing machine and deodorized. The rods that hold the curtains get cleaned with wet cleaning methods that remove soot from all of the cracks and grooves.

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The various items inside a home get affected by smoke differently depending on things like what fuel was burned and how hot the fire got. Soot residues are composed of different chemicals so one method may not work for all affected areas. Seeking out professional help from SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol by calling (423) 245-5552 after a loss can save you a lot of time and money.

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Heavy Spring Rains Result in Blountville Flood Damage

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Spring Rains Result in Blountville Flood Damage Flooding can often be devastating. Contact SERVPRO quickly to remediate the damage to your home.

Team SERVPRO Efficiently Dries Out Your Property After Flooding

Historic homes in the Blountville area risk flooding during periods of relentless rain often seen in the late winter and spring. The area is tangled with many smaller streams and creeks that swell and overflow during the precipitation, adding to the threat of floods. Overwhelmed sewer systems also can send contaminated waters into basements, foundations, and crawl spaces. Professional assessment from a reputable flood recovery company is a wise plan.
 
Seeking the assistance of experts when flood damage invades your Blountville dwelling increases the chances of a successful and safe resolution. Our focus on premium customer service is second to none, and our crews are ready for all flood-related challenges because of the commitment our employees have to master IICRC training. Evaluating the quality of the water invading your home is fundamental to devising the most appropriate water removal, structural drying, and disinfection plan for your circumstances.
 
SERVPRO production managers assess the level of contamination of the flood waters inside your home, choosing the legally mandated method to contain and dispose of gray or black water. Gray water is slightly tainted, but flooding often confronts homeowners with black water, particularly if sewer back up in involved. Human and animal waste requires mitigation by technicians dressed in personal protective equipment, a service with which our crews have experience and training. If the flooded area of your home provides storage for paints and household chemicals, the need for expert hazardous waste management increases if they spill or are absorbed into the water.
 
Once SERVPRO crews pump and extract the water, we search for hidden recesses that contain moisture. Meters and scanners help, and if necessary we drill holes in masonry or remove sections of walls to release and capture the water. Drying goals determined by the levels of moisture and ambient humidity are achieved using our high-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Thorough drying is a must to avoid microbial growth. We also use our training to apply registered disinfectants to inhibit any remaining risk posed by the pathogens the flood waters brought.
 
Take the opportunity to let the professionals at SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol guide your through a flood damage restoration in your home. One call to (423) 245-5552 puts you in touch with all our years of experience and considerable flood damage recovery resources.

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What to Do When a Dishwasher Leaks in Your Bristol Home and Causes Water Damage

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do When a Dishwasher Leaks in Your Bristol Home and Causes Water Damage Dishwashers are a necessary part of the modern home. Should yours fail and dump water onto your kitchen floor, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Arrives to Assess and Then Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Water damage can quietly sneak up on you from leaks in your home without you ever being aware of it. When a situation like that arises, it can quickly cause a headache. However, the problem can become even worse when it is your dishwasher that broke and leaked water all over your kitchen floor while you were away at work. The liquid can end up sitting for the entirety of the day, and during that time it has free reign to soak into your floors, walls, and cupboards. Fortunately, there is qualified help near you to assist.
 
While you are away at work, the stagnant pool can cause water damage to your Bristol home. Excess water can encourage the growth of dangerous mold, cause rot, and weaken the structure of your residence. While the water might seem to be gone, the truth is that is has absorbed into your belongings and they are holding that moisture. However, our IICRC-certified technicians know how to tackle excessive moisture content and water damage.
 
SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration and cleanup services industry. Our technicians are equipped with advanced drying technology. Through the use of air movers, dehumidifiers, and axial fans, we can create an environment that encourages evaporation. An environment that is not too moist is essential for drying out your furnishings and belongings. Without the creation of an ideal environment, the water can just find something else nearby to sink into instead.
 
Once SERVPRO receives your call, we can send out our technicians immediately. Once at the scene, they can address the spots of your home that need to be dried and begin to work as soon as possible. We strive to get to work as quickly as we can because water damage, like other damages, is better addressed sooner than later.
 
When an appliance breaks in your home, call SERVPRO of the Kingsport / Bristol area at (423) 245-5552. We strive to return your home to its preloss condition as quickly as we can.

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There is No Need to Panic After Experiencing Fire Damage in Colonial Heights

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage There is No Need to Panic After Experiencing Fire Damage in Colonial Heights Smoke particles and soot settle on surfaces during a fire and SERVPRO removes during the restoration process.

SERVPRO’s Highly Trained Technicians Properly Clean Fire Damage

Despite the specialized fire prevention and detection systems that we have in our buildings, fire damage remains a top concern. It is also worth noting that different challenges arise from different fire situations. While we expect to remove the dirt that smoke residues leave behind, there are several processes that restorers perform to return your Colonial Heights home to its former state, and all that requires specific equipment and skills.

You need to treat all fire damage events in Colonial Heights as an emergency to prevent further damage. When our SERVPRO team arrives at your property, we perform a pretest and identify items we can replace, clean, and those that need further examination. From our inspection, it is possible to determine the scope of the loss and share with the adjuster, and after that schedule the estimated mitigation processes.

Given that smoke particles and soot settle on surfaces, removing them is necessary during the restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians know the behavior of smoke during a fire, and that makes it easy when finding the most massive smoke deposits. For instance, hot smoke settles typically around cold areas, and we usually find it near closed drawers, unheated rooms and outside windows and walls. Also, closing doors is not enough to stop the movement of smoke, and that is why our team always inspects all the rooms in the building.

There are a number of factors that determine the cleaning method we choose when cleaning surfaces and items. These include the amount of heat, the age of the surface, the moisture content, type of area, material type, air pressure and temperature change. For instance, it is hard to clean areas where the fire was too hot since in such cases the heat makes surfaces to become porous. Therefore, odors and residues can easily penetrate into those areas, and we might be forced to perform some refinishing once we complete the cleaning.

When water comes into contact with some smoke particles, odors may result. Where possible, our SERVPRO technicians remove the odor source and perform deodorization. When the smells are coming from cracks, we direct deodorizing fog or smoke into those spaces by using thermal foggers.

At SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is storm, mold, fire or water related. Call us at (423) 245-5552 if you want your property to return to its preloss state.  

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The Right Call for Mold Damage in Your Colonial Heights Home

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Right Call for Mold Damage in Your Colonial Heights Home Mold can sneak up on you and spread rapidly in your home. Call SERVPRO to investigate the situation and remediate any damage.

SERVPRO Quickly Investigates a Mold Infestation Throughout Your Home

With the humid air through a significant part of the year, your Colonial Heights home might be more at risk of mold growth and fungal colonies than you know. The conditions necessary for mold growth in your home are only dampness and moisture combined with an increase in temperature. When these two conditions get met, spores in the air can find the nutrients and food they need to seat themselves on surfaces in that area and grow a thriving organism.
 
You would not be the first Colonial Heights home to experience mold damage, but too often homeowners believe that the problem is not severe, or it is something that they can remedy on their own. To be clear, it is widely understood that mold can cause health effects to you or your family coming into contact with the colonies, so it is something that should get handled promptly. Moreover, conventional cleaning methods are often ineffective for removing the entire hyphae, meaning that the colony itself could merely sprout forth again after a short time.
 
When our SERVPRO remediation specialists begin work on your home, we focus our efforts both on removing the present growth and identifying the source that fed the spores in the first place. Understanding where the source of the water is can aid our technicians in sealing off these areas and keeping conditions from allowing further colonies to grow again in this same area of your home.
 
With the latest techniques and equipment, our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians get to work quickly on isolating the area where the growth occurs and preventing these spores from spreading to new areas of your house. Once the colonies have gotten removed, dehumidification begins to pull all of the moisture from the area. It could get recommended, in very damp areas of your house, to run similar equipment indefinitely to keep spores from being fed and forming damaging fungal growths.
 
Discovering mold damage in your home does not have to be an overwhelming experience, nor do you have to handle it alone. Our experienced team at SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol is available to help you anytime you need us just by calling (423) 245-5552.

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