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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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Our State-Of-The-Art Extraction Equipment Will Restore Your Water Damaged Commercial Property In Bristol

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Our State-Of-The-Art Extraction Equipment Will Restore Your Water Damaged Commercial Property In Bristol Once materials inside your office get wet, humidity levels inside the building rise and create an environment conducive for mold growth.

Commercial Water Removal Experts In Bristol Talk About The Different Types Of Extraction Equipment

If the plumbing system ever fails inside your Bristol dentist office, you might come into work one day and find yourself knee deep in a murky liquid. Even if the problem is not that severe, prompt commercial water removal conducted by a professional company like SERVPRO can help reduce the amount of damage that occurs. Plumbing system failures happen more often than you may think and are responsible for the majority of moisture-related problems that occur in buildings. Joints in the plumbing can wear after time and develop slow leaks or pipes can break and lose a lot of water out of even the smallest cracks. If commercial water removal is not completed quickly, wet materials can turn into breeding grounds for harmful bacterias and molds.

Once materials inside your office get wet, humidity levels inside the building rise and create an environment conducive for mold growth. Conducting prompt commercial water removal to your Bristol dentist office can help prevent secondary damage like mold or issues caused by vapor in the air from occurring. The first step to removing moisture from contents and building materials is the extraction phase. During this step, our SERVPRO restoration crew uses industrially advanced equipment to remove both standing water and moisture that exists inside saturated, porous building materials.

Depending on each specific situation and how wet materials got, we can utilize different types of equipment designed for certain items and scenarios. For example, for tight areas that do not have an excessive amount of moisture we can choose to use a portable extractor to pull out water from carpet and other flooring materials. If the water is excessive, we can use a truck-mounted, heavy-duty extractor that has a much more powerful vacuum motor.

We also have a choice in what type of tool we use during extraction. For upholstered items like couches, we often use a handheld extraction wand. For thick carpets that are saturated, we can use a weighted extractor that the operator stands on so that his weight can get used to compress the carpet and allow more moisture to get pulled out. If you ever noticed standing water inside your dentist office, call SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol at (423) 245-5552 any day of the week.

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Our Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Respond To Your Commercial Water Damage Emergency In Bristol

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Respond To Your Commercial Water Damage Emergency In Bristol We suggest that you call professionals like us to extract the water quickly and get you back in operation.

We Provide Fast Commercial Water Cleanup In Bristol

Your hardware offers customers a great place to browse and shop for items they may need to make various home repairs such as hammers, nails, furnace filters and so much more. There was a water breach in the storage room that flowed into the main area. Unfortunately, you are going to have to shut down your store due to the amount of water on the floor. We suggest that you call professionals like us to extract the water quickly and get you back in operation.

SERVPRO commercial water cleanup services in Bristol are reliable and can restore your shop when possible. Our team works fast to remove all standing water and can use industrial grade portable or trunk-mounted extractors, pumps, wands, and wet vacuums to do the job. Excess water might flow and penetrate areas such as behind walls and under flooring, which can cause damages if it left there. Our crew can utilize sensors and probes to find and remove hidden areas of moisture, which can help reduce the loss of property and materials.

It is essential for us to remove water rapidly. Plus, we may have to pack-out some of your merchandise in the affected areas. Water can damage your stock as well as items in the showroom, which can cost you money. Our Crew strives to get you back in business as soon as we can and to lessen damages to your shop.

After, our skilled techs remove all standing water from the structure; they can start the drying phase. The team can use air movers, heaters or axial fans to eliminate moisture. They may also employ dehumidifiers to increase evaporation and to enhance drying. We know that for you to make a profit your business has to be open. You can depend on our techs to work fast so you can open your hardware and get back to servicing your many customers.

Our skilled and highly trained SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol commercial cleanup restoration team is nearby and can assist you with your water emergency. When possible, we can restore your business to its preloss state. Contact us 24/7 at (423) 245-5552.

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The A - Z of Flood Damage in a Bristol Home

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The A - Z of Flood Damage in a Bristol Home Our area can quickly flood during a storm. Call SERVPRO when you and your family are safe to start the water removal process in your home.

Making the Right Decisions When Your Bristol Property Experiences Flood Damage 

The danger is not completely gone after the water has gone down when your property experiences flood damage. Some risks set in when such incidents happen, and as a homeowner, you need to play it safe. Even when most of your contents look beyond hope, experienced technicians can restore most of your items. We can clean up, dry out, and perform some repairs to your Bristol home during the restoration process.
Some of the hazards that flood damage in Bristol brings along when it happens in your home include a weak foundation, shorting of the electrical system, cracking walls, sagging roofs, and floors. Our SERVPRO technicians perform an inspection to determine whether it is safe to re-enter the building. It helps both the occupants and our team to stay away from avoidable injuries.
When items such as mattresses and wallboard come into contact with the contamination, replacing them may be necessary. It is also crucial to clean up the mud and debris that the flood waters carry along. If some surfaces do not dry within 24 - 48 hours, there is a possibility that mold might start to grow. Since the secret of preventing the mold problems is cleaning and drying wet areas, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized techniques to perform the same. For instance, we can enhance air circulation in the building by setting up air movers and introducing space heaters to speed up the drying process. Placing dehumidifiers in the site can also address the high humidity problem.
Safety and personal protections are so important during the restoration work, and we want to look at some of the precautions that we observe. We disconnect your utilities - gas, and electricity - before entering the site. Our SERVPRO technicians use rubber gloves, high rubber boots, and wear respirators since the water may be contaminated with mold or sewage. Depending on the situation we are dealing with, we may use an N95 respirator, a half-face respirators, or a full-face respirator.
SERVPRO of Kingsport / Bristol is a locally owned service provider with the equipment and resources to provide services at any time of the day. Whether you need commercial or residential cleaning and restoration services, call us at (423) 245-5552 for a stress-free process.
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