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Planning for Common Causes of Fire Damage to Office Buildings in Colonial Heights

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Planning for Common Causes of Fire Damage to Office Buildings in Colonial Heights Colonial Heights Businesses Rely on SERVPRO Post Fire Damaging Events

SERVPRO Offers Advice and Software to Mitigate Fire & Smoke Damage

When fire damage strikes an office building in Colonial Heights, it can be both difficult and expensive to restore things back to how they were before the disaster. Typically, the best strategy to reduce costs associated with damage and disaster is to learn how to prevent calamities from happening in the first place. Understanding what causes most fires in local offices can help you to avoid them in the future and decrease financial risk to your business in the long term. Ask us about our ERP Program to protect and mitigate damages of all types to your enterprise.

Electrical Fires
With computers, printers, and other devices now ubiquitous in modern office buildings in Colonial Heights, fire damage from electrical fires is never far away. Devices can malfunction, short circuit, come into contact with fire, overheat, or otherwise begin to catch fire and become a disaster even if the fire stays contained. Even if sprinklers or fire extinguishers manage to quell the blaze, you may incur smoke damage, burns to nearby surfaces, and chemical contamination. SERVPRO can help to clean up the effects of electrical fires large and small. Quite often, water removal from a sprinkler system activation is itself a major cleanup event.

HVAC Malfunctions
In Tennessee, winters can get cold, and many offices are prone to fire damage from a malfunctioning or clogged heating system. Depending on the heating your building uses, any number of potential disasters could occur, many of which are typically large and difficult to contain. SERVPRO technicians are trained to identify and plan for all types of HVAC fires and know how to keep the situation under control. "Puff-Back" from heating furnace malfunctions needs professional cleanup and restoration so that the soot tags do not permanently stain surfaces.

Smoking remains one of the most significant causes of fire damage in the country, even though smoking has recently decreased in popularity among all age groups. To best avoid smoke damage from nicotine and accidental fires, ban smoking from the entire building and enforce punishment against those who break the rules.

SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol has provided expert fire damage mitigation and restoration services to the local area for years. Call us 24/7 at (423) 245-5552.

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Removing Mold Damage In Long Island

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In Long Island Mold is a quiet threat which can affect every apartment, condo or house on Long Island.

Removing Mold Damage

Mold is a quiet threat which can affect every apartment, condo or house on Long Island. Usually, mold spores are inactive. In this state, they are no more harmful than common, household dirt. Inactive spores are in virtually every structure in the city.

Remediating the effects of Long Island mold damage is not a short or simple process. To ensure every residence is clean, owners need to engage a service specializing in removing mold. SERVPRO has a set of four procedures designed to contain mold, clean mold from the property, remove it, and dry the home.

The first procedure is to install mold barriers. Our technicians cover every entrance to the infested area with plastic sheeting and use negative air pressure to force loose spores in the quickest direction out of the home. Installation includes covering the air vents to prevent accidentally spreading the mold to other areas of the home. We also use the sheeting to create a clean room, if needed, for storing tools and protective gear.

Now, we clean the mold off surfaces. There are two types, non-porous like glass, plastics, and metal, and porous surfaces such as carpets, drywall, and fabrics. Non-porous surfaces are simpler to wipe down and clean. In many cases, SERVPRO can even do this inside the contaminated area. Our specialists remove most spores on these surfaces with a dry sponge or use an anti-fungal cleaner to dampen thick layers and then wipe them down.

Porous surfaces are more difficult to clean. If the mold has been in place for an extended period, it may not be possible to clean them, even with a strong detergent and a brush to agitate the surface, loosening the mold layers.

With both types of surfaces, we use vacuums with specially designed HEPA filters to trap mold spores after cleaning. For property we could not clean, we remove and dispose of according to state regulations along with the collected mold spores.

Our last procedure is to dry the affected area of the home and any property that we had to dampen to remove mold spores. Drying is necessary to reduce moisture which also reduces the chance of future mold growth. In most cases, we set up dehumidifiers to draw enough moisture from the air and surrounding property.

Cleaning and removing mold from your home can be a time-consuming and costly process. At SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol, we have more than twenty years of restoring homes to their original condition. For further information about our procedures, call us at (423) 245-5552 today.

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Fabric Shop Needs a Fast Pack Out Before Water Removal in Colonial Heights

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fabric Shop Needs a Fast Pack Out Before Water Removal in Colonial Heights Fabric stores and other retailers can face water damage in the future. Should your store have a water damage emergency, call SERVPRO right away.

Our Water Damage Restoration Team Offers Many Services to Customers After an Incident

Any company in Colonial Heights can face the need for water removal. Pipes leak, windows permit rain to blow inside, and appliances malfunction. All of these problems and more cause water to soak into building materials and damage contents. Some types of businesses present special considerations when water intrudes, and we are up to the challenge.
Your fabric store in Colonial Heights requires commercial water removal after a pipe bursts in the common wall with a neighboring retailer. Because your store is full of fine fabrics and sewing supplies, your business needs an efficient and professional pack-out to minimize loss of your precious goods. Our crews are familiar with a thorough and proven protocol that creates a comprehensive inventory of your fabric, sewing machines and supplies, business documents, and more. Designated members of our crew pack up and move articles threatened by the moisture to a dry area of your property or an off-site space before your building receives necessary water removal and drying services.
Business owners depend upon SERVPRO’s full-service restoration approach to take care not only of the immediate problem but also issues that arise later if water is allowed to damage the goods and products you sell. We scale up our response upon entering your business, assigning workers to move vital items immediately so that other members of the crew can begin pumping and extracting the water. Throughout the process, we communicate with your insurance company to clarify what is wet or damaged and what has been removed until the store is dry and ready for business. Our communications form the basis for any successful insurance claims you make.
During the time that crew members are assessing moisture levels, scanning for hidden pockets of water, and releasing and clearing standing water, you can review and consider the condition of the items we packed out. Any of your goods that sustained some water damage can be identified and restored via proper laundering or dry cleaning techniques. You make decisions about your inventory not in a panic, but with calm and deliberation.
Meanwhile, the SERVPRO crew moves past the water extraction in your business to employing professional drying techniques to ready your space to reopen. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are some of the tools our workers use to return your retail space to preloss condition. Once the space is ready, you refer to our inventory to reverse the process and move your products back to the shop.
SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol offers many kinds of help when your commercial space fills with water. Let us assist you to get your business back on track with a call to (423) 245-5552.

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Local Creeks Can Cause Flood Damage To Homes In The Bristol Area

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Local Creeks Can Cause Flood Damage To Homes In The Bristol Area Bristol's two main creeks can overflow into residential areas whenever precipitation persists for too long a period.

Local Creeks Can Cause Flood Damage

Bristol's two main creeks can overflow into residential areas whenever precipitation persists for too long a period. Even with help from local and federal government agencies, revitalization efforts to clean Beaver and Sinking Creeks cannot rid the water of dangerous pathogens that exist in the waters. The evidence shows that E. Coli's presence remains strong, leaving Sinking Creek on the Impaired Streams 303(d) list. [1]

Residents near Bristol enjoy activities on the two creeks but know that their homes can suffer flood damage whenever their banks fail to hold them. Testing that shows high pathogen levels mean that flooding from either creek can pose severe threats to the health of those restoring homes and the families who return home upon completion of any necessary work. Technicians at SERVPRO understand the risks and keep their skills sharp when using personal protective equipment (PPE) and Universal Precautions while working.

Our goal is to leave your home looking “Like it never even happened.” while keeping ourselves protected from possible risks. The elimination of pathogens helps to ensure that your home's environment poses no dangers to you or your family. We achieve this by drying out your flooded home using methods taught by the IICRC.

As we eliminate soggy carpet and waterlogged wall materials, much of the floodwater comes out of your home, also. However, the air and other materials that we can dry out still retain a great deal of moisture. We use huge air movers, desiccant machines, and air scrubbers to remove this moisture from all areas of your residence.

Pathogens and other microbes require increased moisture in their environment to live and propagate themselves. Unable to obtain adequate water, any remaining microbes soon die. While the water we removed contained many of the pathogens, many remain behind in silt and mud. We also remove this debris, carried in by the flooding and then dumped into your home.

SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol hires employees who understand our community and the concerns of our citizens. We want to assist families affected by flood damage in any way possible, and restoring homes can help us reach our goals. Contact us for assistance with any disaster you and your family face by calling us at (423) 245-5552. SERVPRO is always ready and able to help you.


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An Answer For Mold Damage In Your Colonial Heights Home

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation An Answer For Mold Damage In Your Colonial Heights Home There are a lot of reason for mold to develop in the attic of your Colonial Heights property that you might not be aware of until it is too late.

Mold Damage In Your Home

Many of us assume that mold only occurs in a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room, somewhere in your home with a regular water source. However, there are a lot of reason for mold to develop in the attic of your Colonial Heights property that you might not be aware of until it is too late.

Heavy rainfall, plumbing issues, and problems with appliances or inadequate maintenance can all cause severe problems in the attic of your Colonial Heights home that often lead to mold damage. Without accessing your attic on a regular basis, it can be easy for things to get out of control, causing structural damage, and leaving corrosion, rot, or mold to thrive.

SERVPRO technicians check more accurate, pinpointed locations for attic problems. Finding the source causing the problem and controlling water in your home is the first step of any mold remediation. With that said, there are some common causes of attic mold that warrant discussion.

A leaky roof can allow water into unprotected areas of your home below including your attic, walls, ceilings, floors, and basement. SERVPRO technicians take roof damage very seriously since even a small amount can wreak havoc on several areas of your home. Water tends to follow the least path of resistance, settling into the lowest area of your home.

Missing or improperly installed insulation can also have a severe impact, allowing moisture into your attic that gets trapped and produces mold. Poor installation can act as a vapor barrier while the wrong kind of insulation results in higher heating and cooling costs. Improper attic ventilation can also trap warm moist air inside, creating the ideal environment for mold to grow.

SERVPRO professionals can perform a full inspection of your attic space and introduce ideas and implement suggestions that give you control over the humidity level in your attic, basement, and home. Many of which improve your indoor living environment while drastically reducing the possibility of mold growth in your home and giving you more of a healthy, clean atmosphere to enjoy.

SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol has IICRC technicians standing by to answer your call, today. We can perform mold damage mitigation services and help you protect your property better (423) 245-5552.

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Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in Blountville

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in Blountville Finding flooded areas in your home can be downright frightening. Contact SERVPRO for dedicated remediation efforts and restoration services.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Remediate Water Damage in Your Home

If you are a resident of Blountville and you happen to experience a water damage incident, you have to treat everything as an emergency. Contacting licensed restoration providers is highly recommended so that the damaged areas can be pre-inspected and mitigating measures put in place. Some of the dangerous situations to address at that time include deteriorated subfloors, falling ceilings, and electrical hazards.
Water damage in Blountville may lead to standing water on your property which has to be pumped out using appropriate pumps. Our SERVPRO technicians who operate in the area carefully examine the damaged area and check whether there is any standing water in the crawl spaces, walls, and floors below it. A moisture meter is used to determine the extent of water penetration in your property. During that process, the technicians move and block your furniture as required. Detaching the carpets and extracting water from the surface flooring also takes place.
After completing water extraction, treating the surfaces follows. Here, appropriate antimicrobial and deodorizing products are used to treat floors and carpets. Before treating a carpet, it is necessary to examine damages like visible mold, bad seams, and delamination. If the carpet cannot be salvaged because of too much damage, you may be advised to do a replacement. At this point, the SERVPRO technicians will also remove stains from your furniture.
Drying wet surfaces is a crucial goal of the restoration, and for that to happen, technicians may position air movers to facilitate the flow of air. Based on IICRC standards, the professionals determine the number and size of dehumidifiers to put in place. The work of the dehumidifiers is to move dry air into the affected areas and increase the rate of evaporation.
After finishing the job, our technicians from SERVPRO ensure that all supplies and tools that are not needed at the site are put away. Additionally, we make sure your property is ready for use by removing all the debris.
SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol is here to attend to all your mold, storm, fire and water damage disasters. Call us at (423) 245-5552 to learn more about our restoration and cleaning options.

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Keeping Your Daycare Open with Commercial Water Removal Services in Colonial Heights

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Your Daycare Open with Commercial Water Removal Services in Colonial Heights Water from an overflowing toilet is always considered black water and highly contaminated, needing professional water removal services.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Sanitizes Your Commercial Space after Water Damage  

Daycare centers in Colonial Heights are hectic places with a great deal of responsibility for the protection and care of children. With this many children, accidents are bound to happen.

When a disaster develops after a child flushes a toy or other objects down a toilet, your Colonial Heights daycare needs commercial water removal. SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster, day or night, making us the perfect choice when you need us most. With water overflowing into your daycare from a toilet, things can go from bad to intolerable quickly. Even without solid waste in the toilet, water from backups is always considered black water, and highly contaminated. Local health regulations can require the closure of affected businesses until resolution of the situation.

SERVPRO wants to help prevent the closure of essential businesses such as yours. We know that without your services and facility, many families face unexpected problems finding suitable childcare arrangements, possibly hindering their ability to perform their work duties, snowballing as it affects additional businesses in our community.

We can assure you that not only do we remove the water invading your daycare, but also perform decontamination of the affected area. We earn IICRC certificates in Commercial Drying (CDS) as well as Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). Once we complete the work, things look “Like it never even happened,” and you can return to your regular routines.

Restoring a daycare after such an incident includes sanitizing all the toys, equipment, and furnishings near the affected bathroom. While it might seem to contain little risk, parents of young children appreciate the efforts made to provide a clean environment.

Also, odors often arise after an area is saturated, and our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can fix this situation quickly, as well. After an affected area is clean once again, odors can interfere with parents' perceptions of your facility.

SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol's technicians always strive to perform the work needed to ensure our customers receive the restorative work their businesses need. Locally owned and operated, we stay in tune with the needs of our local economy. Whenever our services, including commercial water removal, are required, we treat your business as an essential part of our community. Contact us at (423) 245-5552 for 24-hour services, every day of the year.

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How Will Your Home Exterior in Bristol Resist Flood Damage?

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Will Your Home Exterior in Bristol Resist Flood Damage? Brick exteriors can protect your home against heavy floodwater, but can be very expensive to repair if cracked or damaged.

Four Home Exteriors and How They Hold Up Against Flood Damage

In some cases, flood damage in Bristol may damage your home's exterior much more than the interior. The flood may simply not work its way in, or may not reach far inside. Knowing how your home's exterior can withstand flood waters could be important in such a situation to determine what treatment it needs, from a light hosing-down to a much larger restoration project.


Vinyl siding remains one of the most popular home exteriors across the United States, and it overall provides excellent protection against flood damage in Bristol. While individual panels may crack, break, or tear off, they are often easy to repair or replace without doing much to the rest of the exterior. Most vinyl siding is also weather-resistant by nature and should be relatively easy to clean off and make right.


Homes with brick exteriors can resist greater volumes of floodwater but can be much more costly to repair if significant damage does occur. Repairing a cracked or destroyed brick exterior is much more time-consuming and costly than merely reattaching vinyl sides. Water may also work its way into the brick and mortar, potentially creating pockets that can expand and contract cyclically, causing damage over time.


Stucco siding may be highly likely to chip and break in a flood and can be damaged in many of the same ways as brick exteriors. While stucco may be somewhat less costly to repair and restore than other types of siding, it is among the most likely to be damaged in a storm.


Metal exteriors are usually the ideal protection against a flood. They are thoroughly waterproof, usually resistant to the effects of water and oxidation, and can hold fast against debris and impacts. Metal exteriors rarely need more than a cleanup and repainting after a flood.

SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol is a local company with national resources and backing that provides damage mitigation and restoration services to residents in the area. Give us a call at (423) 245-5552.

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Pack Out Alternative as Part of Fire Damage Plan in Colonial Heights

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pack Out Alternative as Part of Fire Damage Plan in Colonial Heights Rummaging through your property after a fire is overwhelming. SERVPRO technicians handle that and itemize your property for you and insurance claims.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Many Options When Assessing the Scene After a Fire

When a fire causes significant damage in Colonial Heights, the immediate aftermath can be overwhelming to the homeowner. There are so many different issues to resolve in a short period that mistakes can be made, and solutions can be missed. Hiring a reliable restoration service helps sort and order tasks during this stressful time.
One way to manage a vital component to fire damage remediation in Colonial Heights is to participate in a pack out of documents and personal belongings. Our technicians receive specific and detailed training on how to implement a professional pack out. Working with our crew to accomplish a pack out is a wise way to divide fire damage recovery into manageable portions for you.
When SERVPRO packs out your home, expect all items to be removed to a safe and secure area for review at a later time. If there is an area on your property that is untouched by the fire and the remediation efforts such as a detached garage or another outbuilding we may stage the items there. In many cases, there is no clean space nearby, so we transport the items to an off-site spot.
Expect a detailed inventory to be developed by the SERVPRO workers as we box and remove the items. We create this paper chain of command to be able to locate needed items quickly and provide claim evidence for your insurance agency. Once the items are removed, you make decisions about the need and efficacy to restore any or all of them.
Since water damage commonly occurs during firefighting efforts, one of the first things to consider is whether documents and pictures should receive special treatment using a freeze-drying technique that removes water vapor after freezing items without permitting it to return to a liquid state. Although papers treated in this matter may still show some damage, it is an advantageous method to prevent the speedy destruction of wet papers that would be the result otherwise.
The upside of a pack out is to give you time when you can focus and not feel unduly rushed to sort through and determine which items to restore and which can be discarded. You also have information about coverage for the cost of restoring items and the probability of coverage of claims for the expense available from your insurance company when reviewing the packed out materials.
SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol provides a pack-out option for personal belongings during the fire damage restoration process. Ask about it when you call (423) 245-5552 to request a fire damage evaluation if you are curious about how this opportunity may benefit you.

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Heavy Rains Require Commercial Water Removal In Blountville

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Heavy Rains Require Commercial Water Removal In Blountville When heavy rains pour down on the Blountville area, adjoining commercial or municipal building sometimes share the unfortunate bounty.

Commercial Water Removal

When heavy rains pour down on the Blountville area, adjoining commercial or municipal building sometimes share the unfortunate bounty. Older structures with additions or passageways connecting one to another often see the building with an interior space further below ground than the others collect the runoff from many roofs. Our water removal crews determine the water pathways and make the best plan to evacuate the water from all sources.

As your family business grew, it stayed in place but annexed neighboring buildings. A complicated situation presents when several roofs or drainage systems spring leaks during torrential rains, and the water migrates mainly into one subterranean space. Not only do you need an expert Blountville water removal company, but you also must find a firm that can recreate the flow of water to ensure no hidden pockets of damaging moisture remain.

SERVPRO meets your needs on all counts. We have the technicians and the equipment ready to react quickly when a commercial space fills with water. If the power is out because of high winds knocking out the grid or for safety reasons, our trucks feature vehicle mounted equipment so the pumping and water removal proceeds immediately. In addition to self-contained extraction machinery, our project managers and highly trained crews are familiar with the ways water pools and hides when interconnected buildings are involved.

Expect multiple moisture level probes to be used by our workers in critical areas of the affected space as the water recedes, and the use of technologically advanced scanners to locate obscured water reservoirs. If the SERVPRO team does not remove all of the water, even in unexpected places, the structure and contents of your amalgamated commercial space are at risk of continued and secondary water damage. Wooden framing, metal supports, brick, concrete, and other materials are all vulnerable to deterioration and eventual collapse from residual water. Microbial growth is possible if water remains for more than 24 to 48 hours.

We find the water between walls, over ceilings, and along the edges of passageways and use proven strategies to remove it. Methods may include using wet vacuums with extended wands to pull water from above, drilling holes in mortar joints or at the bottom of walls to release moisture, or removal of wall panels or other structures to get at difficult to reach recesses. Once the standing water is gone, we then move on to efficient drying techniques to get your commercial spaces back to normal operating condition.

Rely on SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol to remove the water that collects anywhere in your business’s buildings after significant rains. One call to (423) 245-5552 brings an experienced and trained team to your aid fast.

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