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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.

Dangers Of An Overflowing Bathtub In Bristol

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dangers Of An Overflowing Bathtub In Bristol Water damage causes the most home insurance claims.

Water Damage Caused By An Overflowing Bathtub

Water damage causes the most home insurance claims. Torrential rains, bursting pipes and bathtub overflows are just a few potential causes for water damage. In fact, water damage is often caused by an overflowing bathtub. There are several reasons why this can happen, but no matter the cause, SERVPRO, a professional water remediation company, will need to step in to help you with the cleanup and restoration.

No matter the cause for your bathtub overflow and water damage, you should know the six major reasons why this event can cause damage to your home in Bristol.

Bacteria Growth
Even if the water is clean, it can still cause bacteria to grow that could be harmful. This threat can develop when a significant amount of time passes before you get it cleaned up. The bacteria can grow with warm temperatures and time.

Leaky Ceilings
If your bathtub is on the second floor, even if the overflow is quickly caught it could make small bubbles in your downstairs ceiling. Water could begin leaking, and you can have discoloration, with some expensive repair bills to go with it. If the amount of water is large, it could make your ceiling sag. Avoid entering the room if this happens, since more water or debris could fall and hurt you. Keep everyone out of the area until you have it fixed by an experienced technician from SERVPRO.

Wet Plasterboard
An overflowing tub can easily damage plasterboard. It can weaken so badly when wet that you cannot fix it, and must be replaced. This can be inconvenient and expensive. If there is a significant amount of water running down the walls, you should shut off the electricity. An electrician and plumber will need to check out the damage in this case along with SERVPRO professionals to ensure the leak is fixed and your home is safe and restored.

Ruined Flooring
Your floors can be ruined as well, especially wood or linoleum. This issue can be difficult to get your home insurance to pay for repairs.

Damp Carpets And Furniture
Water coming through the ceiling can damage appliances and furniture. Mold can start to grow in your furniture and carpeting and can create a bad smell.

Unsafe And Weak Subflooring
Subflooring that has been soaked by water will need to be replaced. This is the only way to ensure your home is dry. Even if it is not completely soaked, even the slightest bit of moisture can create damage. SERVPRO can help you determine if the flooring needs to be replaced, and do the repairs for you.

If your bathtub overflows, shut the source of the water off right away and give SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol a call. We understand how damaging water can be and will be out to your property as quickly as possible to prevent more damage. Contact us day or night so we can come out to your home and return it to its state before the accident - (423) 245-5552.

Remediation for Commercial Mold Damage in Bloomingdale Hotels

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediation for Commercial Mold Damage in Bloomingdale Hotels Mold in a Bloomingdale Hotel Needs SERVPRO for Remediation

Fungi Growth Can Be Mitigated by the Professionals from SERVPRO

Mold damage can affect any building, including hotels. As guests stay in one room or another, they can bring mold spores with them. These spores can initially come from their own homes, vehicles, or other locations. When someone shakes out their clothing to freshen them up after being in a suitcase for a while, mold spores can become airborne in a guest's room. This is particularly the case of luggage that has collected mold spores while being stored between uses. Mold spores will soon settle on surfaces in the unit, but if the air conditioning or heating is running at the time, those spores can enter the ducts and contaminate the rest of the hotel. Naturally, mold spores are endemic in nature and reducing moisture, and a food source are of paramount importance.
Some Bloomingdale area hotels have been found to have mold damage that may have been caused by mold spores that were introduced to the hotel's interior by guests' belongings. Because there is no possible way to control the introduction of mold spores when a multitude of people use any particular building, cleaning ducts, air conditioners and central heating and air systems on a regular basis is important. Mold and spores cannot be eliminated from any setting, but cleaning with HEPA filter-equipped vacuums can remove most of the microorganisms living in heating and cooling systems and their ducts.
SERVPRO can handle any size project and recommends that facilities, including hotels, have their air circulation systems regularly maintained to keep mold contamination under control. Mold can quickly begin to grow elsewhere inside a hotel, as guests use the pool and showers, leaving wet towels in locations that can easily accumulate moisture. Damp or even waterlogged areas are often not dried or cleaned to eliminate moisture by hotel cleaning personnel. We can also clean carpets that may be harboring mold and mold spores, further protecting a hotel from future mold damage. Spills on commercial grade carpeting in the corridors should always not just be wiped up, but also thoroughly dried.
SERVPRO is not only experienced and skilled in using our equipment, but also in working in a manner that will not affect your guests' comfort. We work as efficiently as possible, so the time required to complete the job is minimized. If air scrubbers are needed due to the discovery of high levels of mold, we'll ensure they're always placed in a manner that won't obstruct your hallways and bother your guests.
If you've noticed a musty odor in any area of your hotel, or simply want to begin a regular air cleaning to protect your business, call us, SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol at (423) 245-5552.

Mold Damage Challenges in Bloomingdale

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Challenges in Bloomingdale Call SERVPRO to investigate the mold in your home or business.

SERVPRO Tailors a Unique Restoration Process Based on the Damage in Your Home

Most of the time, the first signs of a mold infestation in your home is a musty odor emanating from somewhere that you cannot quite locate. By the time you can see visible signs of a mold infestation, things are beyond your capabilities, and expertly trained professionals are required to deal with the situation appropriately. Attempting to tackle a mold situation on your own has the possibility of causing greater damage to your home that you many think. If you take the wrong approach to your situation, you can spread mold spores throughout your home without even realizing that you are doing it.
Use this opportunity to acquire the services of an expertly trained mold damage restoration specialist in your Bloomingdale home. We have several years of experience dealing with situations just like yours and provide you with the proper services to fit your unique circumstances. We will walk you through every step of our remediation process and get your mold damage under control. Contact our locally owned and operated franchise today.
SERVPRO offers many services to assist you with restoring your belongings and take great care to ensure your safety and the safety of the occupants of your property. Many mold-contaminated buildings offer a unique situation and must be properly handled to eliminate exposure. Our professional technicians perform a post-cleanup assessment and thoroughly inspect the level of contamination in your home before attempting our remediation process.
All of the services SERVPRO technicians provide include proper containment and control procedures to prevent the spread of microscopic spores throughout your home. We can assist with repairing plumbing leaks, clean off affected surfaces, properly remove and dispose of any infected materials and restore your property to a quality pre-damage condition.
If you insist on attempting mold remediation on your own, the professionals at SERVPRO recommend a few things to assist you with the process. Always locate and remove the source of moisture, drying all affected areas thoroughly. Scrub mold off of any hard surfaces with a quality detergent and water, making sure to dry the area completely. Ensure proper handling and disposal of any absorbent or porous materials that have extensive mold growth. They cannot be saved, don't try.
Avoid exposing yourself and others by properly cordoning off the affected area that you are working on and control the spread by wearing the proper protective equipment during repairs. If you are unsure or need advice on how to proceed, take a few minutes to contact us. We are happy to help you get started off on the right foot.
Call SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol today to get the help you need. (423) 245-5552