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Why Professional Mold Remediation is Necessary for Your Kingsport Home

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Professional Mold Remediation is Necessary for Your Kingsport Home With Tennesee's humid conditions, mold has a thriving environment to grow.

Professional Remediation Vs. DIY for Your Kingsport Home

Many Kingsport homeowners would argue that their methods of repairing and restoring damage to their home are as effective as the professionals could produce. While there might be instances in which this could be as effective or more money-saving, mold remediation is not one of these situations. There are some things that every homeowner should know about the differences between DIY mold removal and professional remediation work for their property.

One of the first concerns about mold damage that any Kingsport homeowner should have is the extent of the damage that they are currently facing. Even a small colony can spread quickly throughout a home and pose a significant risk to both structural integrity of the property and those that get exposed to the colony. This safety concern is one of the defining factors that should deter homeowners from DIY removal. Without the appropriate personal protective equipment and training, removal efforts could cause acute health effects.

DIY approaches encourage homeowners to use a harsh detergent like bleach and scrub over present colonies to remove them, but this can prove problematic as well for multiple reasons. The first of these concerns is that bleach can react adversely with certain types of mold and become more volatile. Another reason that this is less effective is that this approach only takes off surface mold, and does not remove the entire hyphae like the equipment our SERVPRO Franchise professionals use can.

Another concern is the spread of the organism. Homeowners do not have the available equipment to contain a spreading mold colony as our SERVPRO Franchise professionals do. With the use of air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and physical plastic sheeting barriers, we can effectively prevent the spread of the organism to new areas of the home while remediation and mold removal efforts get underway.

As tempting as it might sound to save money and take care of mold growth on your own, many homeowners find that the situation only ends up continually getting worse despite their efforts. Give our SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol remediation specialists a call at (423) 245-5552 to make mold damage “Like it never even happened.”

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The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Fire Damage Remediation in Kingsport

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Fire Damage Remediation in Kingsport Fire damage residues can be removed with our proven process. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation.

Eliminating Fire Damage Odors From Kingsport Homes

With a wide variety of commercial and federal industry, Kingsport is a lively, growing community along the Holston River. Residents and homeowners have weathered economic downturns just as well as they have survived fires and other disasters. That is not to say, however, that restoring each home from a fire is a simple task.

One of the hardest types of fire damage in Kingsport to remove from homes are the odors left by burned materials and their residues. To fully eliminate them, every SERVPRO restoration team uses four different methods: Removal, Clean, Recreate, and Seal.

The quickest way to eliminate an odor in a home is to remove the source. Burned material is not repairable, so removing it must be accomplished immediately not just to remove odors, but as a safety issue inside the home as well. Technicians remove and demolish if needed, property before taking any other actions. After finishing, they install fans at entry and exit points to increase air circulation, further reducing odors.

Next, our teams clean the odor causing residues that smoke and soot leave on surfaces. While dry, powdery residues are cleanable with cloths, brushes, and a mild detergent, others require special cleaners and tools. Sprinklers and other firefighting efforts can spread wet, sticky residues from slower burning fires, then form very hard, thick layers once everything cools down. These thicker layers may even require an agitation device to break them free of the surfaces they cover.

For odors that penetrated surfaces, SERVPRO technicians recreate the same conditions to eliminate them. A smoke cloud of odor-causing particles can deeply penetrate wood, fabrics, and other property. Our teams use a thermal fogger and a strong deodorizing agent to create a second cloud which can go just as deeply into the property. The chemical agent bonds with the original odor-causing particles and neutralizes them.

In a few cases, sealing the property is an effective, and cheaper option. For milder odors in walls that were not otherwise affected by the fire, our specialists can coat the surfaces with a paint containing a deodorizing agent. Another circumstance where this is an option is sealing off the exterior surface of air ducts from leaking odors into the HVAC system and circulating through the entire home.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol is to return every home to its original, pre-fire condition. That includes eliminating odors that can linger for months or even years. If your residence went through a fire but still is not home yet, call us at (423) 245-5552 today. We are here for you.

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Is Water 'Spilling' Damage to Your Bristol Home?

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Is Water 'Spilling' Damage to Your Bristol Home? Call SERVPRO before water permanently damages your hardwood floors.

Why SERVPRO Helps You Cope with Water Damage in Bristol Better

A water spill is a mixed bag of fortunes. On the one hand, it can lead to clean up in parts of your home that you never thought of cleaning since you occupied it. However, it is also likely to leave different kinds of damages that you have to work hard to fix. These damages range from staining of fabrics and deterioration materials like wood through warping, rotting, and microbial growth. Highly skilled technicians from SERVPRO can offer you services that reverse these damages or help you cope with the situation.  

Each case of water damage in Bristol is different depending on how the incident unfolds. If a pipe bursts when no one is home or a tap is left running, the water is likely to reach a vast section of the house ruining several contents. A small leak in a hidden part of the property might not cause such widespread damages, but since it might take time to notice, it creates a chance for microbial growth and rotting or other similar problems, which are harder to address. Our SERVPRO technicians, certified in different fields including ASD, Applied Structural Drying and Applied Microbial Remediation, allow us to respond to any situation that arises.  

Water has detrimental effects on almost every material when left submerged over extended periods. From our vast experience, we can anticipate different types of damage. In metals, the harm is limited to rust only. Organic materials like wood are damaged the most because they can warp, buckle, rot or develop mold. Wood also absorbs copious amounts of water, which can keep causing problems long after the initial incident. For example, failing to dry the lower side of floorboards can lead to cupping, and if not addressed, it can ruin the floor permanently. Using truck-mounted extractors and submersible pumps, our SERVPRO technicians can remove water before it causes severe damage. We also have specialized drying equipment like the injectidry system, which removes water from concealed spaces such as below floorboards.  

Some steps involved when fixing water damage are tedious or require special skills. For example, removing the carpet for drying or restorative cleaning is a tedious process. It also requires special skills to avoid damaging other fixtures like baseboards. Our SERVPRO technicians have the necessary tools and skills to remove and replace your carpet without damaging it.  

A water spill incident can be unbearable if not handled. Call SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol at (423) 245-5552 to help you cope. We're Faster To Size Disaster.

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Does Your Long Island Home Struggle With a Mold Situation?

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Long Island Home Struggle With a Mold Situation? Regardless of the room that the mold infestation affects, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation and mitigation services.

Mold Remediation Specialists Discuss How to Control Microbial Populations in Long Island Residences

Long Island residences often succumb to mold infestations because of elevated humidity in the home. SERVPRO can remediate infested areas but helping you prevent such situations from affecting your home helps save you money and time.

Here are some ways that you can help protect your home from requiring mold remediation services in Long Island. Our specialists explain that prevention efforts on the part of the homeowner require less work while providing the best outcome. SERVPRO is always here for you when efforts begin too late or lapse and result in microbial overgrowth in the house.
Controlling the home's humidity level can mean microbes cannot grow. According to the CDC, humidity levels should remain below 50% in the residence. This can mean you need to use a dehumidifier during more humid periods. Some months become more humid than others, and during these, the humidifier might need to run continuously instead of only at certain hours of the day.
Two methods can help prevent mold growth by protecting walls and other surfaces. When repainting walls and ceilings, adding a mold inhibitor to the paint can prevent microbes from surviving once settling on the surface. Another method is to use mold-killing cleansers in bathrooms and kitchens.
Keeping your bathroom from retaining moisture happens more easily when a working ventilation system pulls moist air out of the bathroom and forces it outside of your home. Ventilation ducts should contain no extra bends or extra length that allow moist air to get trapped before exiting through the outside vent. Residents should also use exhaust fans to remove steam from the kitchen, as well. It is essential to allow the fan to run for a few minutes after all of the steam has left, to ensure such dampness is pushed out of the home altogether.
Eliminating components that hold moisture means fewer places exist for moisture, and mold, to hide. One primary culprit in retaining moisture and dampness in bathrooms is carpeting and padding. While getting out of the shower and standing on a warm, cushy surface appeals to many, achieving this with the use of bath mats also reduces moisture levels.
SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol wants to help your family through effective prevention methods that reduce humidity levels in your home and through skilled mold remediation where needed. Call us at (423) 245-5552, and we can provide you with more information specific to your property and how we can help you maintain it well.

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SERVPRO Keeps Commercial Properties Open for Business with Rapid Water Removal and Cleanup

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Keeps Commercial Properties Open for Business with Rapid Water Removal and Cleanup Bristol Hotels and Commercial Buildings Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup

Commercial Water Removal Gets Your Bristol Hotel Dried Out and Guest-Ready Fast

Not knowing when a disaster might strike can create severe problems for your hotel in the Bristol area. SERVPRO can help business owners recover quickly after a crisis. When water covers floors and makes a mess, safety also becomes an issue that can cause problems for guests, particularly those with mobility concerns.
Hotels and other hospitality-based businesses rely on their guests to keep their businesses vibrant, and when soaked and saturated, commercial water removal in Bristol can restore normal operations. SERVPRO knows that this needs to happen quickly, especially when bookings and current guests rely on your continued ability to provide their lodging when expected. We always consider the needs of both your staff and your guests as we perform extraction and drying services.
When the water's depth reaches more than a couple of inches high, we use our truck-mounted and portable submersible pumps. These pull the water out of rooms, halls, and other areas. However, these areas remain damp and prone to developing problems. Mold and odors can make your hotel seem unsafe and feel unclean. Specialists from SERVPRO can also contain both mold and odor-producing substances and help you maintain your hotel's interior environment's condition that keeps health effects to a minimum.
Part of how we control mold growth and the development of odors after a water incident is through the use of our highly effective air scrubbers. These scrubbers have HEPA filters attached that remove such particles from the air. As our air movers pull moisture out of surfaces, the moist air flows toward these air scrubbers. We also can use desiccant and LGR dehumidifiers to extract additional moisture from the air.
We continually monitor the progress we make in drying out your hotel. Our specialists use both infrared thermal imaging cameras that locate damp areas and highly accurate moisture meters that help us determine when an area is reaching an acceptable percentage of moisture, thus achieving the proper baseline.
We highly recommend area businesses request information about our Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) before a disaster happens. We can visit your enterprise offer suggests and key in vital information to if not prevent a mishap, at least mitigate its consequences. Because water can invade into the tiniest areas of your business and cause enormous levels of damage, the time saved by such a Plan can significantly reduce the expenses involved in recovering and restoring your business.
SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol provides water removal and extraction services to the businesses in and around Morrison City, Bloomingdale, and Walnut Hill. Call (423) 245-5552 to start recovering your business.

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Is Moisture Causing Mold Growth in Your Kingsport Home?

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Moisture Causing Mold Growth in Your Kingsport Home? Without proper mitigation, mold is often a secondary damage after a water loss incident.

Lingering Moisture Can Cause Mold Growth in Kingsport

Many Kingsport homeowners work to clean up their houses on their own without involving professional cleaning and restoration crews unless it is evident they are necessary. The trouble with this determination for water loss incidents is that many homeowners do not realize when the situation has gotten out of their control and continues to be a problem once they think it has gotten resolved. Lingering moisture not only continues to threaten the construction materials, flooring, and other exposed materials but also opens the door for more health hazardous effects like mold growth.

In a matter of a few days, lingering moisture and dampness out of sight can allow for colonization and mold damages to begin in your Kingsport home. With the situation occurring out of your line of sight, this problem can grow and spread before it gets significant enough to breach the surface where you can see. Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to mold growth that you discover in your home with the tools and expertise to remove these colonies fast.

With widespread mold growth through materials in your home, often the only effective solution is to remove these damaged materials and replace it with new ones. We utilize controlled demolition techniques to remove only the portions that have become affected by the spreading organism and spray the portions that get left with an antimicrobial solution to deter mold and fungal growth while the area gets thoroughly dried with air movers and dehumidification equipment. The area gets extensively checked with thermal imagery cameras to ensure that any lingering moisture gets addressed.

Once these damaged materials have gotten removed and the affected areas of your home have gotten dried thoroughly, our reconstruction contractors can get to work on reinstalling drywall, flooring, and other components requiring replacement.

While taking matters into your own hands can sometimes save you money, with water loss incidents, it is often better to trust our SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol rapid response team to clean up the mess and dry up the damage to prevent effects like mold. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (423) 245-5552.

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Our Team Knows How To Help After Heavy Rains Cause Damage To Your Bristol Home

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Team Knows How To Help After Heavy Rains Cause Damage To Your Bristol Home If a flood unexpectedly damages your home, never hesitate to get help.

Heavy Rains Can Cause Flood Damage To Your Bristol Home

When your city of residence is situated near both a river and a lake, heavy rainfall can lead to flood damage. As the riverbed swells and the lake floods, the excess water has to go somewhere. Unfortunately for you, as the water rushed through your city, it also rushed into your home.

Dirty and unsanitary water settled in both the entryway and recreational room causing flood damage in a Bristol home. The problem with floodwaters, and what separates flood damage from home-based water damage, is how contaminated the water that enters your home is. As the floodwaters rush through your city, there is no telling what they may pick up and begin to carry with them. It is not uncommon to find contaminants like bacteria, feces, biohazardous materials, and petroleum among the water.

It is essential for this reason not to try and deal with flood damage by yourself. The water could be unsafe for human contact. Getting in touch with a cleanup and restoration company, like SERVPRO, can result in your home getting the professional services that it needs while also keeping you safe from harmful materials.

When our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians arrive at your home, the first thing we can do is use industry grade wet-dry vacuums to remove the standing floodwater from your recreational room and entryway. Once the water is removed, SERVPRO can focus on removing any debris from your home as well as carpets. Due to the nature of carpets, they cannot be thoroughly cleaned once they have come in contact with black water and must be removed.

After the debris is gone, we can make flood cuts to the walls around your home, to ensure that further problems such as mold damage do not arise. From there, our technicians can set up drying equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers to restore any damaged furniture to its previous state. After a thorough cleaning of your home to ensure that no bacteria from the floodwater lingers, SERVPRO can return your home to you.

If a flood unexpectedly damages your home, never hesitate to get help. Dial (423) 245-5552 on your phone to speak with SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol. We are open 24/7 and available to help you in your time of need.

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Bristol Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO for Cleaning and Sanitizing Cluttered Structures

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Bristol Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO for Cleaning and Sanitizing Cluttered Structures SERVPRO Can Cleanup, Clear Out Debris, and Sanitize Bristol Homes with Safety and Empathy

Why Choosing SERVPRO for Hoarding Cleanup in Bristol Is Your Best Choice

Not every disaster to strike a Bristol home comes from the weather, or a fire started in the kitchen or elsewhere in the structure. Hoarding is an increasing problem for many families that require a professional cleaning and restoration service.
In Bristol, hoarding cleanup can be accomplished with residents still in the home or not. In each circumstance, SERVPRO cleaning crews work quickly to remove the accumulate unwanted property, clean the structure, and restore each home to a livable state.
In any situation, speed is important, but so is being understanding of the underlying issues. If the hoarder still resides on the property, our personnel understand that moving too fast can cause the person to stop all work and make the situation worse. Our crew leader works carefully with the hoarder and the people supporting him or her to move at the quickest, acceptable pace.
If the hoarder is no longer in the home, our personnel move faster, but still work carefully with relatives or whoever may be in charge. Although most of what we remove may go to a landfill, there are still items like furniture, photo albums, artwork that can be important to someone and require care in removing them from the home during the cleanup process. We can store off-site possessions and belongings until the time for returning has arrived.
In many of these homes, SERVPRO personnel discover mold and animal wastes. While mold is not usually a health problem, the presence of urine and feces may indicate the threat of the Hantavirus or another infectious disease. When this happens, our personnel don masks or other breathing gear. Technicians next spray the affected areas with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents to kill both threats and make them easier to remove.
Once they clear the home of the accumulated property, our technicians scrub the home clean and inspect it for possible damage requiring replacement. Although our office is not a contractor, we can perform minor repairs like replacing drywall for interior walls, stop previously unseen plumbing leaks, and repaint affected areas of the home stained by old food containers and the ink leeched from newspapers and magazines.
Cleaning up after a hoarder is not a quick process, but at SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol, we try to make it as simple and empathetic as possible to everyone. If you need help returning your, or someone else’s home to a livable condition, contact us at (423) 245-5552 today.

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Give SERVPRO a Ring When You Want Dependable Water Restoration Services

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Give SERVPRO a Ring When You Want Dependable Water Restoration Services Our team will respond immediately when water damage strikes!

We Provide Dependable Water Cleanup Services In Bristol

The hose on your large-size portable dishwasher came loose during the rinse cycle, and water now stands all over your kitchen floor. Contacting skilled and trained professionals, like us, as soon as possible can lessen damages to your property. Plus, quick action by you may also help lower restoration costs. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and can restore your home when possible.

The water cleanup services SERVPRO provides in Bristol are efficient and reliable and can help in this type of situation. In this case, our crew may utilize mops, portable extractors, pumps, vacuums or wands to remove water fast. If necessary, we can employ trunk-mounted extractors to eliminate water quickly. The technicians may also utilize probes and sensors to detect hidden moisture from behind the lower walls and baseboards and from under the floor tiles. Wet materials can ruin your kitchen floor and sub-flooring. Plus, it can cause mold growth and rot, which makes calling us to do the job a wise decision.

Once our SERVPRO team removes all excess water from the premises, they can begin the drying phase of the restoration process. The techs can use various pieces of equipment such as heaters, professional air movers or high-velocity axial fans to force moisture from the structure, which helps enhance evaporation and dryness. Our crew members may also employ dehumidifiers to help bring down the level of humidity inside the affected area. This step can also help increase drying.

We set goals to get work fast during the extraction and drying phases, which can prevent further damages to your home. It is our policy to remove water and dry structures as quickly as we can. Whenever possible, you can trust our team to return your kitchen to its preloss state. We aim to make it look, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol is close by and ready to serve your area as well as surrounding cities that includes Blountville, Colonial Heights, Walnut Hill, and Blair Gap. Our teams are experts when it comes to water cleanup emergencies. Contact us 24/7 at (423) 245-5552 at any time of the day or night.

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How Flood Damage Can Effect Your Bristol Home

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Flood Damage Can Effect Your Bristol Home With flood damages in your Bristol home, the longer that you wait to resolve the spreading effects, the worse they become.

The Widespread Effects Of Flooding In Your Bristol Home

Many disasters have impacted Bristol homes throughout the last two centuries, and yet there are still many homeowners caught unaware by severe weather systems that result in flooding. From the moment that a disaster like this strikes your property, you need assurances that the situation can get resolved using a combination of experience and advanced equipment available to you through our rapid response team.

With flood damages in your Bristol home, the longer that you wait to resolve the spreading effects, the worse they become. Taking care of the situation as quickly as possible is critical to ensuring that structural elements and the contents of your home can get salvaged from the impending damages. Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to help you mitigate your losses through a traumatic experience like flooding without requiring excessive tear out and reconstruction.

Much of the mitigation work that our experienced professionals can do for your flood-damaged home is a direct product of the investment our franchise has made to have the best possible equipment utilizing advanced technologies. These tools and machines like our truck-mounted pumps can extract water fast from your house with 300 psi draw to make short work of the pooling.

Improving the air quality in your home following widespread flooding is often an important step in protecting both our SERVPRO technicians and the occupants of the house. We utilize air scrubbers to capture particulates, debris, dirt, and mold spores circulating throughout the environment. Additionally, we utilize thermal imagery cameras to find moisture pockets in inaccessible areas to direct our professionals where drying equipment needs to continue getting used. With drier conditions, the likelihood of mold growth drops significantly.

Recovering from a flood in your home takes some critical steps on your end to secure the services of a team of professionals with the equipment and fast response to make a difference. Our SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol emergency response team can react fast to your emergency to help you preserve the structure and the contents of your home from becoming irreparably damaged. Give us a call today at (423) 245-5552.

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