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Removing Standing Water Under Your Bristol Home

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removing Standing Water Under Your Bristol Home Areas where torrential rains happen annually commonly see standing water, requiring water removal from your home.

Removing Standing Water

It is normal for a house to be built with a bit of space between the footer and the poured basement. When excess water collects under your home, however, it can create musty smells in your basement and seep through small cracks in the slab.

Areas where torrential rains happen annually commonly see standing water, requiring water removal from your Bristol home. In some soils, clay holds more water than in other soils. When it becomes saturated from heavy rains, this can create pools of water underneath your home. Standing water can also be the result of poor surface water drainage.

When standing water is a problem in your home, you need assistance from a professional water removal company like SERVPRO. We arrive at your home promptly to get all the water out from under your home and repair any damage that is present.

Prevent Standing Water
Surface water can run back toward your home when it is not diverted correctly from your foundation and structure. Downspouts which are not angled to move water away from your home and are not connected to a drain pipe make water run towards your home. Patios which are not angled away from your foundation cause water to collect under your home and lower spots in flower beds next to the foundation can also add to the problem of standing water under your home. Many issues can be created from standing water under your house if it is a problem which is reoccurring or if the area of standing water is large. Water should first be discharged, which usually requires a sump pump.

Standing Water Effects On Your Home
When standing water is a regular problem under your home, structural problems can pop up, and you can have a loss of foundation stability. The water can also lead to mold problems if left untreated. Mold affects the quality of your indoor air negatively. Water and moisture under a house can attract bugs as well, which may mean they can enter your home through a crack in the foundation.

SERVPRO can work with a foundation repair specialist to fix any damage to your foundation that the standing water may cause, along with helping you get the water out and drying the area thoroughly. If there is any mold growth, our technicians also clean that for you and sanitize the area with special cleaners.

SERVPRO of Kingsport/Bristol is ready to help you with water removal from under your home. Just give us a call at (423) 245-5552 so we can quickly come to your home and prevent additional damage.

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From Start To Finish - Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available In Bristol

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage From Start To Finish - Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available In Bristol Charred Elements in a Bristol Home Require Fire Damage Restoration and Repair.

SERVPRO Restores Smoke & Fire Damage to Your Property

Most general contractor can dismantle, transport, and dispose of damaged materials or other contents found in your home after a fire. However, it takes true skill to eliminate smoke residue, clean and deodorize the entire structure and overcome specific challenges that make each situation we face unique.  

There are very few restoration companies that can say they handle your complete restoration process from start to finish. Most usually perform one function or the other and leave the rest up to you. When it comes to fire damage in your Bristol area home, you want someone who can do everything you need, while limiting your loss and recovering as much as possible.  
In most cases, fires that occur in your kitchen, living room, dining area, bathroom, or bedrooms provide technicians with repetitive actions that they face daily. These are sections of your home that often contain fewer complications and require easier solutions.  
What you want is a company, like SERVPRO that excels at dealing with fires that reach outside of common household areas such as your attic, basement, or crawlspaces. These areas provide restoration technicians with challenging circumstances that require a particular level of experience, execution, and expertise to overcome.   
As with most fires, heat causes smoke to travel throughout your home, rising to the highest section possible, your attic. Along the way, smoke residues and other particles settle onto various surfaces, including exposed timber used for structural framing in your attic.  
The longer these residues remain, the harder they are to dislodge, creating smoke odors and damaging a variety of materials, some that require extensive cleaning, fogging, and deodorization services that SERVPRO technicians provide. You can imagine that the tight, confined space available in most attics, makes this one of the biggest challenges for technicians with less experience.  
However, basements and crawlspaces under your home can be just as challenging. Fires produce huge amounts of ash and soot that, when combined with water used during firefighting efforts, provide additional challenges that any technician must understand how to handle correctly to protect your home properly.  
Thankfully, SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol has the edge over other companies when a fire reaches an area that restricts movement or poses specific challenges. Our technicians train hard to overcome situations just like this regularly, providing you with the services you deserve to recover quickly. Call Today. (423) 245-5552

Investigating Flood Damage In Bloomingdale Caused By A Ground Floor Pipe Leak

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Investigating Flood Damage In Bloomingdale Caused By A Ground Floor Pipe Leak At SERVPRO, we spend time helping customers recognize and deal with the warning signs of flood damage before it occurs.

Flood Damage Caused By A Pipe Leak

At SERVPRO, we spend time helping customers recognize and deal with the warning signs of flood damage before it occurs. However, unexpected incidents happen all the time, and it is not always possible to prepare for a residential leak. If water intrusion becomes an urgent issue, the best step is to call in the experts.

The secret to repairing flood damage in Bloomingdale homes is a familiarity with how water behaves. It is what our team can offer you; the knowledge of how different materials respond to flooding. Before we even turn up at your location, we have a good idea of what to expect and where to start the structural drying process.

The Scenario
Imagine a relatively common scenario. Flooding has occurred in a home because a ground floor pipe has burst or cracked and emptied water into the property. It is cold, clear liquid (likely free of bacteria), but it is covering the whole of the bottom floor with two inches of water. The efficiency and quality of the drying process, in this situation, depends on how quickly we can pump out the standing water and get fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers set up.

Soft Materials And Fabrics
Often, carpets turn out to be some of the hardest items to dry. It is because they are too large to lift up and out of the wet area. So, the SERVPRO technicians have to find a way to remediate them directly. The success of this is, once again, dependent on the fiber type and construction/manufacturing features.

Generally, it is more cost effective and causes less damage to leave the carpet where it is. However, what we can do is lift it up a few inches off the floor. It is a really effective way to dry because fans get directed underneath. They blow out cold, wet air and ensure that the most vulnerable parts (concealed subflooring) start drying first (from the inside outwards).

Hard Floor Coverings
Normally, we do not try to salvage floor coverings with a fibreboard construction, like laminate. They are highly permeable. So much so that the material can end up behaving like cardboard. It expands at a rapid rate and any adhesive qualities degrade. For this reason, it is not usually a cost-effective option to try and dry the covering.

On the other hand, if the leak has affected hardwood surfaces (block or plank), the rate of absorption is not such an urgent problem. Nevertheless, the drying capabilities depend on the fixing features, the age of the materials, the condition of the floor, the quality of the subflooring, and duration of water exposure.

Time is a crucial factor when it comes to drying any structural material. So, don’t hesitate to get in touch with SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol if internal flooding hits your home. Call us 24/7 at (423) 245-5552 for fast, reliable water damage repairs.

Prevent Water Damage To Your Bloomingdale Bathroom

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Prevent Water Damage To Your Bloomingdale Bathroom Bathroom Leaks Lead to Bloomingdale Bathrooms Water Damage--Dial Up SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Suggest a Rapid Response to Mitigate the Effects of Water to Your Property

Water damage is a homeowner’s nightmare. Leaks, drips, and floods lead to water-logged carpets, broken furniture, and even structural issues. When it comes to leaks in the home, the bathroom is one of the riskiest areas. There are many potential sources of leaks including a malfunctioning toilet, a burst pipe, a damaged bath seal, or even a bath or faucet left to run and forgotten!
It is always best to prevent a leak if you can. Water damage to your Bloomingdale bathroom may be expensive and inconvenient to fix. That is why SERVPRO recommends taking steps to stop it from happening in the first place.
Check Your Bathroom Regularly
You can prevent water damage by regularly checking your bathroom. Take the time to look under the sink and inspect the floor around the toilet. Examine shower screens and bath seals for leaks and look out for cracked tiles. Repair any damages quickly – the longer you leave them, the more chance of a problem developing. Replace caulking if need be, always a bathroom problem.
Look For Signs Of Leaks
Visible water is not always the first sign of a leak. A musty or damp odor or discoloration to walls and ceilings are also potential signs. If you suspect a leak, it is important to put in a call to SERVPRO straight away. Our IICRC-certified teams use thermal hygrometers, thermal imaging, and specialized moisture probes to examine your home for signs of damp, leaks, and raised humidity.
Be Careful With Your Drywall
Damp drywall is a serious issue that requires swift remedy. Water leaks are quickly picked up by drywall and the porous material acts like a sponge, wicking up water and quickly becoming saturated. That leads to wet walls, waterlogged insulation, and damp baseboards or molding.

Softened or bubbled drywall is a sure sign of excess moisture. If in doubt do not delay – our technicians have all the equipment necessary to test your drywall for moisture. If there is a problem, we remove baseboards and insulation so we can thoroughly dry out the wall. Doing this yourself is not only time consuming it can also be costly. Let our experts take care of it – we put everything back “Like it never even happened.”
We use plastic sheeting to create a sealed environment for drying. Next, we use air blowers, axial box fans, and dehumidifiers to dry the surface and inside of your bathroom wall. Bathrooms are humid places, so getting the right dehumidifiers in place is vital. Our teams monitor the drying process at every step to restore your wall and minimize the risk of further damage.
Do not wait for damage to worsen. If you suspect an issue with water leaks in your bathroom, call SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol at (423) 245-5552 today for assistance.

Cleaning Up Attics And Basements After A Fire In Bristol

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Up Attics And Basements After A Fire In Bristol Fire cleanup in attics and basements are two challenging but also highly different tasks.

Fire Damage Cleanup

Fire cleanup in attics and basements are two challenging but also highly different tasks. Each carries a range of challenges and obstacles for SERVPRO technicians to overcome but in remarkably different ways. In many cases, the main areas of a home can be considered our comfort zones, where we see the fewest unique situations and are most practiced. However, we have the edge over other companies when the fire reaches above or below the main levels, as our technicians are trained to deal with these challenging areas.

Challenges In Attics
Perhaps the biggest general obstacle we have to contend with in fire damaged Bristol attics is smoke. Smoke tends to travel up through the home, and many fires dump the material and its residues into the home's attic. For the exposed timber that lines most American attics, this is a disaster, as smoke particles can penetrate deep into the material and prove difficult to dislodge. We often have to use our heaviest and longest thermal fogging programs in attics to remove all smoke smells and extensively clean surfaces by hand to get in a thorough clean.

Challenges In Basements
Basements can also feel the effects of smoke, but ash is a much more typical and burdensome factor. Fires produce large volumes of ash and soot, which can stain surfaces, clog pipes, destroy electronics, and emit a strong odor. It can also mix heavily with water, creating additional challenges for SERVPRO technicians. This material usually requires a heavy cleaning: we use various high-powered mixtures and solutions to scrub out every bit of it from the home, along with the same fogging machines used for attic smoke damage to remove odors that could otherwise last for years.

SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol is a local provider of fire restoration and cleanup services. Whether the blaze is large or small, we have the resolve and equipment to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. Call us 24/7 at (423) 245-5552.

Hidden Mold in Bloomingdale Needs Professional Abatement

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Mold in Bloomingdale Needs Professional Abatement Don't let mold lurk in the corner. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Have an Arsenal of Assessment Tools to Find the Source of Your Mold Infestation

Every home has nooks and crannies within which to hide treasures, or, sometimes, to breed fungi and other nasty microbes. Musty and unpleasant smells often encourage you to spray air fresheners or other cover-ups and hope for the best. This superficial approach is not effective. Contact SERVPRO for a proper inspection and to devise a plan if mold is the culprit.
Resist the urge to try to manage mold damage in your Bloomingdale residence on your own. Although the health effects of molds can only be assessed by a physician, microbial colonies also damage the structure of and contents inside your home. Very specific protocols must be followed to remediate mold growth. An assessment of the causes that led to the mold proliferation is part of the comprehensive approach we take as mold recurs if the source of its food remains in place.
Mold needs moisture to activate and grow. Homes, offices, schools and other indoor areas harbor mold spores as a matter of course. The spores are also found outside and hitch a ride on pets, shoes, clothing, and the wind through your open doors and windows to infest your home. SERVPRO mold remediation experts receive special initial training and continuing education on the most effective and safe ways to isolate, contain, and remove fungal colonies. We do this while protecting unaffected areas of your home, sometimes with barriers and, in severe cases, with negative pressure ventilation.
The most important step after mold removal is to find the moisture and stop it from invading your home. Water moves in mysterious ways, and SERVPRO technicians are real detectives as they figure out where the problem resides. Ice dams, overflowing gutters, and ordinary roof leaks are common offenders. Slow leaks in plumbing or poorly vented appliances are also on the list of mold encouragers. On occasion, high ambient humidity within your home is the villain. An assessment of the conditions contributing to mold growth considers all potential sources. Then SERVPRO technicians go into action to eradicate the water to reduce the possibility of future mold growth and damage. Sealing gaps, reducing humidity, and repairing appliances are just some of the options.
Smelling something nasty? Hurry to contact SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol to have the odor checked out. The longer you wait to call the more difficult the remedy. Our dispatchers at (423) 245-5552 send out trained mold inspectors within hours.

Fire Damage In Bloomingdale

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In Bloomingdale The truth is that smoke and soot contamination make up most of the cost damage when it comes to restoration and replacement of property.

Fire Damage Cleanup

The worst effects of fire are visual to most people. A charred roof or a burned out kitchen makes the heart skip a beat. The same is not true for the smoke residue which covers a living room wall or discolors the family sofa. The truth is that smoke and soot contamination make up most of the cost damage when it comes to restoration and replacement of property.

When it comes to restoring fire damage effects in a Bloomingdale home, SERVPRO follows four specific cleaning actions to loosen soils and residues from structure and property surfaces. They are mechanical, lubrication, chemical, and suspension and dispersion.

Mechanical Action
Agitation of the residue or soil is an effective way to loosen most of them from the surfaces they attach to when settling. Mechanical is the first action taken to pre-clean surfaces that have an excess of non-greasy, dry residues before applying water-based or solvent-based cleaners. It is necessary in some cases because depending on the surface, applying a liquid cleaner first increases particle absorption into the surface.

Lubrication Action
The goal here is to make the contamination slippery by breaking the connection between it and the surface. A lubricating detergent adheres to the soil and residues, making them slide off of the surface and into the cleaning solution.

Chemical Action
With this method, our technicians use a cleaner to change or alter the contamination. The conversion of the residue or soil helps break its connection to the surface; allowing for easier removal. Two of the products in our inventory are Natural Fabric Brightener and Shampoo Super Concentrate. When mixed, they are exceptional at removing stains from cotton fibers and wool carpeting.

Suspension And Dispersion
Suspension happens when a contaminant dissolves or emulsifies into one of our cleaning products. Dispersion occurs after the contaminant is agitated into the cleaning product and mixes completely with it.

Each of these methods is useful for a variety of surfaces and types of contaminants. SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol has decades of experience in using them to restore your home and property to its appearance before the smoke and soot. Call us at (423) 245-5552 today to get started with an initial inspection.

Supposedly Odd Uses Of Air Movers Actually Make A Lot Of Sense In Long Island

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Supposedly Odd Uses Of Air Movers Actually Make A Lot Of Sense In Long Island Office spaces often contain copious amounts of carpeting, which is usually among the most severely damaged materials in offices with water damage.

Air Movers

One of our most heavily-used and critical pieces of machinery is the air mover. Air movers are high-powered fans that can create directed, precision air currents in a room. Much planning goes into the arrangement and operation of these machines, and our technicians may change their orientations regularly to maximize efficiency in the drying process. You may even witness some unusual or seemingly damaging processes, but these are part of SERVPRO policy and are designed only to increase the speed at which we dry an area.

Floating Carpet
Office spaces often contain copious amounts of carpeting, which is also usually among the most severely damaged materials in Long Island offices with water damage. To dry large areas of carpet quickly, our technicians may commonly lift up two ends of the carpet and allow one or more air movers to pump air underneath it. This can seem risky or even detrimental to some onlookers, but it, in fact, helps to dry the hard-to-reach undersides of carpeting more efficiently.

Unusual Angles And Orientations
Some business owners get confused when they observe technicians setting up air movers in seemingly arbitrary positions or wrong directions. However, more often than not, this is to make sure a circular current is established in the room. If the air movers were oriented head-on at walls and other surfaces, they would only press the water further into the surface and worsen the damage. By setting up angular arrangements, we help to whisk away water droplets without causing further damage to the materials underneath.

Baseboard Removal
In offices with baseboards mounted along the walls, these may need to be removed during or even before air movers are set up. Water tends to collect beneath baseboard, whether it is made of wood or vinyl, and by removing it, SERVPRO gains access to some of the most inaccessible and often damaged parts of your walls.

SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol helps businesses of all shapes and sizes to recover from and get doors open as soon after disasters as possible. Call us at (423) 245-5552.

Help With Mold Damage Found In Your Colonial Heights Home

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Help With Mold Damage Found In Your Colonial Heights Home Mold growths often look like common dirt blotches but may develop into patches with many different colors and have a musty odor associated with them.

Mold Damage In Your Home

The battle against mold damage developing in your home is a constant one. Since mold is everywhere, in the air and on many surfaces throughout our environment, exposure is inevitable where moisture is present.

Damp, dark spaces within your Colonial Heights home are perfect breeding grounds for mold damage. However, controlling the sources of moisture found in your home can significantly increase your chance of avoiding these types of damages from developing in your house entirely. At SERVPRO we prefer to maintain a relative humidity level below 50%, promptly repairing plumbing leaks, damaged roofs, and windows. Thoroughly cleaning and drying any areas affected by flooding, properly ventilating your shower, laundry room and cooking area, all of which greatly increase your chances.

However, how do you know what mold even looks like if you have never seen it before? Mold growths often look like common dirt blotches but may develop into patches with many different colors and have a musty odor associated with them. If you find mold spores growing in your home, there is no reason to discover which type of mold you have. If you can see it, or smell mold, a possible health risk may already be present, requiring you to contact a restoration company, like SERVPRO, to deal with the situation properly.

A company with expertly trained remediation technicians can perform the proper services and repair the source of moisture causing the issue. The best thing you can do is have the mold removed and work on ways to prevent future growths from forming within your living space. SERVPRO technicians highly suggest seeking professional assistance with any area larger than 10 square feet. It is likely that you do not have the resources or experience to handle the larger contaminated areas on your own.

Contact SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol today for additional information or assistance regarding mold contamination in your home. We are here to help (423) 245-5552.

Flood Damage To Your Long Island Home Caused By Your Water Heater

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage To Your Long Island Home Caused By Your Water Heater A cracked water heater can cause significant flood damage to your property.

Flood Damage Restoration

You ignored the signs for too long, and now your aging water heater’s base cracked, and 50 gallons of hot water flooded your basement. You lined up a local plumber to replace the heater. SERVPRO fits your criteria for a flood restoration company “near me” to help with wet carpeting and furnishings.

Flood damage, when you have living spaces on all levels of your Long Island home, hits hard. Laundry facilities, heating and cooling systems, and an extra bedroom are all at risk when the water heater fails. We send a restoration team equipped to pump and extract water and then begin the drying cycle to your home. The earlier you call for assistance, the better when water threatens your furnace and electrical appliances. Our staff will determine first if it is safe to work in the flooded area and to shut off any electricity or natural gas that could cause danger during the water removal.

SERVPRO staff have the training to dry floor coverings in place. If the subfloor of your basement is concrete, we loosen the carpet to check the condition of the pad, depending on how long the padding was under water an effort may be made to dry it along with the carpeting. We pull and replace questionable pads even if the carpet can be dried. Air movers placed strategically reduce the moisture in the carpeting; often some aimed to dry under the carpet.

If a bedframe kept the mattress above the water, we operate dehumidifiers to dry the air. Wooden and plastic furniture withstand surface disinfecting with proper solutions. Any upholstered couch or chairs need water extraction with our professional wet vacs and then airflow and heat for further drying. Again the length of time the water had stood before we arrived is key. Mold grows in less than 48 hours if conditions are right. We can treat porous materials like padded furniture with disinfectants, but vigilance must occur for the tell-tale signs of a musty odor and mold bloom. If mold takes hold, we recommend disposal for safety.

Water flooding your basement is your cue to contact SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol for the best advice and assistance. Call (423) 245-5552 to dispatch a flood damage abatement crew.