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Why Does Mold Grow In Your Long Island Basement?

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Does Mold Grow In Your Long Island Basement? Mold spores exist all over your house and in the environment outside of your home as well.

Mold Damage In Your Basement

There are plenty of questions that people have about mold growth in their Long Island residence. With a plethora of bad information that can get found across the internet, it is important to get the facts straight about a discovery like this in your home, and the best approach to remove this fungal colony before it causes too much damage.

Since many of the instances of mold damages that our SERVPRO professionals encounter in Long Island homes gets uncovered in the basement, many homeowners are naturally curious as to the reason. Of all the places that mold growth could occur in your home, what makes the basement such a common location to find a colony?

Mold spores exist all over your house and in the environment outside of your home as well. These microscopic organisms are waiting for the conditions to get met so they can seat on materials and colonize. Basements often provide an essential component to this colonization with persistent moisture. This area of your home is continually under attack by the external water looking to force its way into your property. In cracks and crevices, and even through seeping into the concrete flooring from below, moisture finds a path inside the basement and provides a damp environment.

Another condition that basements tend to allow to aid mold growth is darkness. Do not assume that mold colonies require darkness to grow and thrive, but rather these areas provide better conditions for rapid expansion. Many varieties of household mold can spread more quickly in the dark, which in turn means a broader remediation area for our SERVPRO technicians.

Warmth is another condition that many basements have to offer mold spores, which can accelerate their growth rate. Since many homes have their furnaces in the basement, this persistent warmth throughout the months this is in use provides a continual breeding ground for mold spores if the moisture conditions already get met.

Better understanding the conditions required for mold growth and the likelihood that any basement could be at risk for colonization should help homeowners appreciate the need for regular inspections. You can usually quickly tell if mold is present by a musty odor or by physically seeing the colony. If mold is growing in your home, give our SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol mold remediation technicians a call right away at (423) 245-5552.

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The Benefits Of Professional Restoration When Your Colonial Heights Home Needs Water Removal

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Benefits Of Professional Restoration When Your Colonial Heights Home Needs Water Removal Water loss events in your home occur from multiple sources including natural disasters like flooding or disasters like appliance malfunctions.

The Benefits Of Professional Restoration

Water loss events in your home occur from multiple sources including natural disasters like flooding or more homemade disasters like appliance malfunctions. Overcoming the kind of high volumes of water that can end up in your Colonial Heights residence after an unfortunate circumstance like this can prove a challenge, but with professional restoration assistance, the situation is simpler to manage.

With water disasters in the home, many homeowners choose to attempt to clean up the mess on their own and do what they can to dry out the area. There are a couple of different reasons why home solutions are less effective than professional restoration for your Colonial Heights water removal and restoration work.

The first of these considerations is that most homeowners have very little idea about the reach of the damage that their home actually faces. While you can treat the issues that you can see, with high volumes of water present, a considerable amount of damage lies under flooring, in wall cavities, and above ceiling material. Our SERVPRO technicians employ thermal imagery to see beyond these obstructions to find lingering moisture and dampness.

Another thing to consider is the lack of the appropriate equipment to effectively restore your home following a water loss incident. Some substantial concerns require extraction tools that are much stronger than wet-vacs and portable sump pumps. With high volumes of pooled water, the most efficient approach is a truck-mounted pump from our SERVPRO fleet of vehicles.

One of the final considerations is the likelihood that your insurance company is going to encourage you to seek out the work of a professional restoration company rather than attempting to do the work on your own. This approach better guarantees the quality of the restoration and that the job gets finished efficiently and correctly.

You might not consider the ways that you can face water damage on your own in your house, as you can already appreciate the benefits of choosing professional assistance. No matter which side of the fence you are on, our SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol water damage restoration technicians can help you to return your home to preloss conditions quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (423) 245-5552.

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Overcoming Soot Damage in Your Bristol Residence

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Overcoming Soot Damage in Your Bristol Residence When you find yourself staring in disbelief at the fire damage in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for efficient remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Has the Experience to Eliminate Many Different Types of Soot Residues Remaining in Your Home After a Fire

Your Bristol home was not intended to stop fires before they spread to other areas of the house. In fact, most of the materials used for the construction of your home have the ability to catch fire and help it to spread throughout the structure. Unfortunately, this can spread the effects of this blaze all throughout your property and cause a lot of work for the professional restoration team that you choose to help clean up this mess.
 
Working to clean up the mess after the incident is over is no easy task, either. Most often the substantial effects that stand out are smoke and soot damages. These are common fire damages to Bristol homes, and they can often prove to be challenging to remove without the right equipment.
 
Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have the tools and expertise to help you through often widespread soot damages throughout your household. While the most concentrated of this effect can get found around the fires originating point where it burned the longest, this is not always the case. This matted debris and film from the combustion leaves a dark, often black residue on surfaces, furniture, flooring, and other materials.
 
Removing this residue requires multiple approaches. For wall surfaces, scrubbing with wet and dry sponges can often remove the bulk of the present film. Confined spaces like ductwork require high powered vacuums to get used instead.
 
Smoke damage often presents itself in the form of a harsh odor lingering in fabrics, carpeting and open spaces throughout affected areas of your house. Removal of this odor typically requires thermal fogging, a process that releases an unscented chemical compound into the environment and contents of the room to break apart odor molecules and leave no discernable scent behind.
 
There is very little that most homeowners can do alone to bring their homes back from the harmful effects of a fire. When you face these kinds of damages, seek out the professionals we employ at SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol. We can respond quickly and get your home back to preloss conditions as soon as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (423) 245-5552.

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Kitchen and Bathroom Mold Remediation in Your Colonial Heights Residence

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Kitchen and Bathroom Mold Remediation in Your Colonial Heights Residence Finding mold in your kitchen or bathroom can cause you to panic. Call SERVPRO and let us handle the remediation.

Certified and Experienced SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Household Mold Infestations and Offer Tips to Help Prevent Recurrences

While you might have experienced mold growth throughout your life in various places, no homeowner wants to find this same occurrence in their Colonial Heights residence. The basement is often a common location for such an incident, as it is often difficult to keep this area completely dry throughout the better part of the year, but surprisingly, it is also common to see these colonies sprouting up in poorly ventilated rooms like bathrooms and kitchens.

Finding mold damages in your Colonial Heights home can be overwhelming to see, but even harder to combat on your own. While you might have seen sites online that encourage DIY methods for mold removal, the truth is that exposure to these colonies could cause health effects. This situation is always one that should get handled by certified, experienced professionals.


Fortunately, our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians get uniquely trained to handle any variety of mold or fungal growth and the best approaches to remove this presence from your home completely. When we arrive at your home, our first step is to isolate the room where the colony has gotten located to prevent the spread of spores to new areas of the house.

With a bathroom or a kitchen being so heavily used, it is critical for our team of SERVPRO professionals to act quickly to remove a colony from where it seated. Often sanding and soda blasting can be two effective approaches, and in more challenging areas we often combine these efforts along with a penetrative antimicrobial solution sprayed on the colony. These efforts help our team to remove the entire organism, unlike DIY methods which often only remove the surface mold.

Finding mold growing in your home, especially in a heavily used area, is nothing that any homeowner gets prepared to find. Fortunately, with our training and expertise, our SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol remediation technicians can help you to overcome this presence in your house and restore your home to its original condition. We are available 24/7, so call us anytime you need us at (423) 245-5552.

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Health Club Needs Help with Mold damage in Bristol

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Health Club Needs Help with Mold damage in Bristol If your health club starts exhibiting mold damage or has the tell-tale musty smell, call SERVPRO for remediation before your members find alternative.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene Quickly to Help Keep Your Club Doors Open After a Mold Infestation

Workout spaces of many kinds enrich life in Bristol. Full-service complexes with pools, basketball courts, tracks, cardio, and weight areas contrast with boutique spaces that cater to yoga or women’s fitness. All of these enterprises can contend with microbial infestation because of high moisture and humidity levels. These businesses promote health and wellness and need to control any issues that create concern about safe and sanitary areas for their patrons to exercise. Our microbial remediation technicians can help.
 
When a musty smell and streaks of mildew greet members of your health club, the Bristol commercial mold damage requires professional remediation. Your daily faithful have other options in the area, so you need to manage the problem swiftly. Working with a mold abatement company that designs creative solutions permitting a portion of the facility to remain open gives your customers confidence that their loyalty to you and your motivational staff is well placed.
 
SERVPRO mold remediation crews receive thorough applied microbial technician training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We employ the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol during a project, showing beneficial results in eradicating current mold infestation and helping to inhibit future outbreaks.
 
An experienced project manager assesses the extent of the mold damage in your facility and then creates a plan to keep all safe and secure during remediation. The EPA procedure mandates a containment strategy to separate the affected area from spaces in your center that show no mold growth. Heavy plastic sheeting and negative pressure air scrubbers with HEPA filters isolate the mold-containing structures and fixtures. Temporary air ducts operating with the air scrubbers exhaust the air from the moldy sections as SERVPRO remediators scrape and soda blast the mold off surfaces.
 
We remove any surfaces extensively infested with mold hyphae, bagging these building materials with the mold debris removed and vacuumed from floors after the physical loosening and elimination of current mold colonies. SERVPRO is familiar with local hazardous waste rules and disposes of the bagged residues in compliance with their parameters.
 
As we concentrate on the moldy areas, other spaces in your health clue continue to operate. After we rid your business of the mold colonies, we treat affected areas with EPA registered disinfectants. To limit future mold growth on other surfaces in your business we use professional products that discourage the proliferation of tiny mold spores into expanding colonies.
 
Partner with SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol if your fitness center shows signs of mold growth, Call us at (423) 245-5552 to set up a consultation to craft a remediation plan.

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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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