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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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Make The Correct, Informed Decisions Concerning Fire Damage In Your Bristol Area Home

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Make The Correct, Informed Decisions Concerning Fire Damage In Your Bristol Area Home Bristol Fire Damage and Prevention May Be Possible with the SERVPRO ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan

SERVPRO's ERP Plan Provides Fire & Smoke Support and Advice

In some cases, fire damage to your home may be unavoidable. Lightning could strike on or around your property; a neighbor could have a fire that spreads your way or a wildfire in the area could get out of control. Under these circumstances, it may be impossible to control the situation. 

However, there are still many steps you can take to limit the losses you suffer after fire damage strikes your Bristol family home. Having an existing relationship with a local fire restoration company can provide you with the best opportunity for recovery. Giving you access to the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to mitigate fire hazards that already exist and the attention you deserve should a disaster occur.
A variety of fire hazards, such as those that arise from cooking, misuse, or negligence can be prevented by just changing your habits. Make the correct, informed decisions necessary to keep your home safe and help IICRC-industry certified technicians from SERVPRO protect your property the right way. Install fire-safety features throughout your home, including the smoke and fire alarms, fire doors, extinguishers, and fire resistant materials whenever possible.

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Fire potential still exists, regardless of what you do to prevent it. Get your family ready by creating a plan of action that each member of your family should follow to remain safe, obtain the proper insurance, and use every tool available to protect your investment the right way. SERVPRO works hard to limit any losses you might experience, by helping you eliminate existing hazards, and showing you how to minimize the effects of water, fire, and smoke damage in your home. 

SERVPRO's Ready Plan App helps provide accessibility to workers and gives pre-existing instructions that help get you back into your fire-damaged home, faster. By filling out an Emergency READY Profile, you gain access to expertly trained disaster mitigation and restoration providers, a no-cost assessment of your property and the ability to document critical information that helps reduce the stress involved in processing your insurance claim.
SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol stands ready 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to provide you with emergency cleanup and restoration services throughout the Blountville, Colonial Heights, Long Island area, call today. (423) 245-5552

Eliminating the Conditions that Can Lead to Mold Damage in Your Bloomingdale Home

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Eliminating the Conditions that Can Lead to Mold Damage in Your Bloomingdale Home Past flooding, leaking pipes, and saturated ground outside your home can all cause higher humidity levels in your home which can lead to mold growth.

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage and Takes Steps to Prevent Future Mold Growth

A continuous state of elevated humidity is a primary cause of excessive microbial growth in Bloomingdale residences and can quickly increase the amount of damage that follows. Other factors, such as the presence of absorbent materials in the home can also play a role in how rapidly microbial growth occurs.

Whenever a residence in Bloomingdale sustains mold damage, one of the aspects examined inside the home includes the presence of water sources. Leaky water lines, past flooding events, and saturated ground near the home can all increase the amount of humidity the interior of the home experiences. SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters and other devices to locate the sources as well as areas where moisture accumulated. Once we locate these areas and sources, we can then resolve the situation that caused microbial growth to affect the home.

Mold remediation experts know that the existence of future invasive water can cause the microbial problem to return, rendering mold remediation efforts useless. Once we eliminate these sources, we can then begin removing mold-damaged materials, laundering and cleaning household items and furniture, and caring for the carpeting throughout the home. Walls that harbor mold, even if dormant, need cleaning and dried.

During our work, maintaining a set of controls to keep all mold contained safely, affects the overall outcome of our labor. This includes the use of plastic sheeting surrounding areas within the home, along with the use of our air scrubbers. Sending microbes outdoors helps keep them from entering other areas of your property.

However, ensuring that moisture sources no longer exist where they should not helps keep old from returning in full force. Effectively starving microbes, their population growth stays under control. Once we complete our remediation work, diligent homeowners know to keep an eye out for leaking water lines, loose connections, and other sources of moisture. Microbes do not need a great deal of moisture to begin growing again and causing future problems.

SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol is always ready to serve those in our communities, including Blountville and Marilyn Hills. Contact us by calling our 24-hour service line at (423) 245-5552. Your family does not need to live with the effects of mold damage in your home.

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Who To Call When Your Bristol School Suffers Fire Damages

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Who To Call When Your Bristol School Suffers Fire Damages Parents do not want their kids to return to a dirty, foul smelling environment after your school sustains a fire. Contact SERVPRO asap.

SERVPRO Technicians Prioritize Remediating Fire Damage at Your School

Fires to any business or commercial property can be devastating, but when it happens to a local Bristol school, there are many more problems that could arise. While any area business might have the clientele to think of when they get faced with a disaster that forces the doors closed for restoration efforts, when you are forced to close a school for even a short while, this is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.
While all the fires that typically happen in schools stay fairly contained because of the materials used to construct them and fireproofing efforts, nothing is a guarantee. With fire damage to a Bristol school, hundreds of families are impacted all at the same time, so getting the lingering symptoms of the fire under control and restored are paramount to functioning as a regular facility again.
Our SERVPRO team of restoration specialists have the tools and expertise to handle any sized disaster and work quickly to ensure that your doors do not have to stay closed a moment longer than necessary. With lingering fire symptoms and effects, certain combinations can be problematic to expose your usual maintenance team to, and many conventional cleaning practices are insufficient to clear out these effects entirely.
Even something as typical as a lingering odor from the fire can prove to be a noxious scent in the air that is challenging to be around for long. Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have the deodorizing equipment to alter the foul smell at a molecular level chemically. Our odorless compound used through the fogging machines can get used on hard surfaces, carpets, and furniture.
Cleaning the affected areas is another critical component of our restoration process, and with our scrubbers, we can use them in several ways. Depending on the severity of the smoke and soot damage, these scrubbers can get used dry, operating much like a vacuum with a brush. For more labor-intensive projects, a wet solution can get used with the scrubbers for deeper cleaning.
Fire in your school does not have to shut you down for long stretches when you know the right restoration company to call. Trust the experienced specialists we have at SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 by calling (423) 245-5552.

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Structural Damage Can Result In Flooding To Your Bristol House

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Structural Damage Can Result In Flooding To Your Bristol House Flood damage to your Bristol home can often be the result of severe storm events.

Flood Damage To Your House

When severe weather strikes your Bristol home, you can get a sense of all of the things that were potential threats that you did not take care of when you had the chance. Low hanging branches or weak looking trees have been the primary culprit to much structural damage to homes, but one thing that their looming presence might not always bring to mind: water penetration and potential flooding.

As if the significant amount of structural damage done to your home was not enough after the storm finally subsided, this same issue has likely allowed untold amounts of water to enter your home unabated. Flood damage to your Bristol home can often be the result of such unfortunate severe storm events, and some steps need to be taken quickly to help prevent even more substantial damage from occurring.

Once you have called our experienced and professional SERVPRO restoration team, we can start formulating our unique strategy specifically for your home to bring it back to how it used to be before the damage occurred. The first thing that our team does when we enter a storm damaged and the flood-damaged house is to board up broken windows and holes in your home to prevent further elemental exposure that could weaken structural components or compound on the existing problem and make it significantly worse.

Extraction of the water is paramount to the success of our restoration effort. In cases of substantial flooding, we bring out a pump truck from our fleet that can pull large volumes from the floor much more quickly than with traditional wet vacs and portable pumps that we might also utilize. Drying and dehumidification are next on the list, entirely drying affected structural components and the contents of your home.

While construction is not something that our team ordinarily gets involved with, we can thoroughly prep the storm-damaged areas of your home for a construction contractor. Ultimately, this process allows you to get your home back to its normal conditions much more quickly because you are not waiting for that same contractor to demolish areas in need of replacement.

If you are dealing with any flooding emergency, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol. Our experienced emergency responders can be reached anytime at (423) 245-5552.

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Water Damage Cleanup in Your Colonial Heights Home from Sink Overflow

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Cleanup in Your Colonial Heights Home from Sink Overflow An overflowing sink in your home can cause extensive damage and requires immediate professional restoration services.

SERVPRO Thoroughly Restores Your Home after Water Damage

An overflowing sink can create more than just a big wet mess in your Colonial Heights home. If it gets out of control or goes unnoticed for a while, it can result in severe water damage to your property and flooding inside your home. If it is in an upstairs bathroom, you are possibly looking at damage to the room underneath it as well.

Water damage like this to your Colonial Heights home is a big job and should be left to the professionals to clean up. With our experience and training, SERVPRO knows where to find any hidden moisture inside walls and ceilings. We have all the tools to get your home dry again, plus get rid of any additional damage, such as mold growth.

After arriving at your home, our first step is extracting any standing water. If needed, we have truck-mounted pumps to help us do this job. The water is removed, and we can then see if any materials in your structure need replacing.

SERVPRO techs also look for any hidden moisture. Using special infrared cameras and moisture detectors we can find any water that has made its way into walls and ceilings. This water is also cleaned up, and if we detect any mold growth, we clean that with solvents and disinfect the affected area.

Thoroughly drying your structure is also necessary, as pumps do not get rid of everything. We need to return the air inside your home to its normal humidity as well. Industrial dehumidifiers, fans, and air-movers help us to get your home dried out again. These machines are checked on a daily basis and moved when needed to ensure the fastest drying time.

Once the drying process is complete, our IICRC certified technicians use special cleaning agents and deodorizing materials to treat any areas of the home which were affected. Water may have damaged materials in your home such as subflooring or drywall. If needed, we work with a contractor to reconstruct the areas that need replacing to get your home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol understands how overwhelming any water damage can be in your home in Bristol, Marilyn Hills, or Blountville. That is why we are available at any time to help you out when you give us a call at (423) 245-5552.

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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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