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Deodorizing Smoke Smell in Your Tallahassee Attic After Fire and Fire Damage from a Candle

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Deodorizing Smoke Smell in Your Tallahassee Attic After Fire and Fire Damage from a Candle Smoke and Fire Damage and Odors Remediated by SERVPRO in Tallahassee Properties

SERVPRO Manages Fire and Odor Control

Even a small fire in your Tallahassee home can create all sorts of damage to the structure. Fire from a candle in an upstairs bedroom, although gotten under control and put out before it reached other areas of the home, can create unseen damage above the bedroom inside your attic. The removal of smoke and soot is essential, as it is acidic and can corrode items in your home. When the smoke rises into your attic, you are looking at having to get rid of the smoke odor as well.

Smoke odor from fire damage in your Tallahassee attic can be a troublesome thing to clean. Therefore, you need our professional staff from SERVPRO to assist you. Attics present challenges which are unique when it comes to deodorizing them after a fire. Items stored in your attic may have to be moved out so we can determine whether the odors are coming from the contents or your structure. Two materials which are affected in attics are structural materials such as rafters and insulation. How badly the smoke penetrated these materials determines the procedures of deodorization we need to use.
 
When insulation has been severely affected by the smoke, it may need to be taken out and replaced. If air pressure was low during the fire, smoke residues likely settled on top of the insulation, meaning it could be deodorized by following some simple steps.
 
First, SERVPRO techs ventilate your attic area to the exterior of the structure, then we spray or ULV-fog a counteractant which is water-based. We then thermal fog your attic and if needed, put a new layer of insulation over the old.
 
How intense the fire also affected whether structural materials have only light smoke residues, or they are charred and damaged by heavy smoke. We ventilate your attic, then clean the residues before sealing. Smoke odor removal, regardless of burnt elements, requires careful effort, to eliminate and not mask the odors.
 
SERVPRO of North Leon County can expertly take care of the smoke odors in your attic after a fire. Just give us a call at (850) 536-6599 if you live in the areas of Bradfordville, Centerville, or Tallahassee.

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Damage in Tallahassee from Your Water Heater

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Damage in Tallahassee from Your Water Heater Exchange Your Tallahassee Home's Water Heater Before Leakage

Prevent Water Issues by Inspecting Your Water Heater -- SERVPRO Tip


Your water heater has a usable lifespan of 8 to 12 years, according to experts. It can last longer, but with each additional year, you risk problems due to deterioration, rust, and cracks. The team at SERVPRO sees flooded basements in Tallahassee on a regular basis, many due to a water heater long past its prime.
 
As a homeowner, you suffer from more than water damage in Tallahassee when a heater wears out. It can also create a significant hole in your budget. A flooded basement warps floors, stains walls, ruins carpets and contributes to mold and mildew growth in boxes of stored goods.
 
The best way to avoid a slow leak from a failing water heater is to replace it after 10 years. If you choose not to invest the money, you can reduce your risk by inspecting the appliance at least once a month. Look for condensation, drops of water on the floor, rusting around the holding pan or couplings, and signs of warping on floors and walls around it.
 
The experts at SERVPRO suggest that you always inspect your water heater before taking off on vacation. It is easy for a small crack to become a major leak. If you are not around, the water can create a flood in your basement, destroying your possessions.
 
If your water heater springs a leak, we are here to help. Our team is highly trained and certified to the highest industry standards by the IICRC Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the group that sets best practices and criteria for quality work.
 
At SERVPRO, we approach cleanup with a focus on restoring your space, replacing only when necessary. After a complete inspection and assessment, we extract as much water as possible. Then we concentrate on drying the area, using state-of-the-art air movers and dehumidifiers. Then we clean and sanitize your basement rooms, and deodorize it. When we finish, it looks "Like it never even happened.”
 
For all types of water damage services, SERVPRO of North Leon County is here to help. We are available 24/7, (850) 536-6599, serving Tallahassee, Centerville, and Meridian.

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Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Tallahassee

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Tallahassee Your home does not have to be submerged to need professional restoration services. If there is any amount of water in your home, call SERVPRO.

Emergency Services for Flood Damage in Your Home

Hurricane Irma, which caused a wave of tension across the country throughout the better part of August and September 2017, spared Tallahassee by a whisker - a startling reminder of the powerful force of Mother Nature. In fact, statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) indicate that floods are the most common and devastating natural disaster in the U.S, causing millions of dollars in damage yearly. Vehicles, for instance, can become submerged in the floodwaters and experience serious problems, while houses may sustain extensive damage from within - ultimately diminishing their market value.

If you are at risk of flood damage in Tallahassee, it would be comforting to have a restoration company at hand. When it comes to water damage restoration, SERVPRO is your go-to solution. We have a team of highly trained technicians on call 24/7, ready to respond to any emergency. Following IICRC recommendations, we can reverse the damage and restore your property to preloss conditions in a jiffy, "Like it never even happened."

Your home does not have to be submerged in water to sustain flood damage. Even a small amount of water can lead to tremendous losses when it enters your house. So regardless of your location, it always pays to take precautionary measures.

Flood water can make its way into your home through walls, windows, doors, roof, or the floor. It can also enter through sinks, bathrooms, toilets, and other openings in your drainage system. It can come in the form of a gush of water rushing in or a slow trickle. In any case, the resultant damage can be costly.

Financially, it can ruin your doors, furniture, windows, floors, electronics and electrical fixtures. Once the floodwaters recede, all these contents should be repaired or replaced with new ones - putting a heavy burden on your finances. Emotionally, the floodwaters may damage sentimental items such as old photographs, trinkets, and recordings associated with people you love. It is virtually impossible to replace these things. Furthermore, water suddenly flooding into the house can provoke panic and fear in you and your family. If the floodwater stays in and around your property for too long, it could lead to permanent damage. However, this does not happen very often; it is just a small possibility.

Exposure to flood damage does not have to be the end of the world. If you act fast, SERVPRO of North Leon County can come in quickly and begin the cleanup and restoration process. For queries and emergencies, call us anytime at (850) 536-6599.

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Localized Blazes can Cause Fire Damage to Homes and Outbuildings in Tallahassee

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Localized Blazes can Cause Fire Damage to Homes and Outbuildings in Tallahassee Fires in garages and sheds are as likely as house fires. Prevent the start of a fire with SERVPRO and contact us after a fire for remediation.

Our Technicians Prevent Fires and Fire Damage By Taking Some Precautions

Although hurricanes leave our area saturated with water, fires can start anywhere in Tallahassee. Gas pipes and power lines do not fare well during a hurricane and fires can spread to nearby structures with ease. Firefighters and their trucks can find themselves delayed by flooding on streets and washed out bridges.
 
Unattended homes, garages, sheds, and pool houses can sustain extensive fire damage in Tallahassee even when saturated. However, SERVPRO technicians can restore homes and other structures after a fire and smoke ruins them. When gas is involved in a fire's ignition, saturation with water provides little protection for the structures located in the area. Restoration begins with removal of all the damage. Working with property owners, we continue the restoration work, matching trim, paint, and other ornamental details as closely as feasible to the original materials.
 
When fire claims garages and sheds, the risk of explosions increase because of the increased likelihood these buildings hold stored containers of gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, or other accelerants. We can clean the area around these buildings after such events, and prepare the area so reconstructive work can proceed safely. Broken shards of glass, bent metal pieces, and wooden beams complete with protruding nails all pose severe safety hazards to anyone present.
 
Rebuilding sometimes requires demolition to pave the way for new structures, and we can assist with this step of the process. Rest assured, we always salvage everything of value to avoid any wastefulness, protecting our customers' interests as much as possible. We have a network of over 1700 other franchises which we rely on whenever a job requires extra-specialized attention. There is no job too complicated or complex for SERVPRO, especially when we work as a team, either locally or with other franchises. Being your neighbors, we know how Florida weather can affect families in the area and always treat our customers in the manner in which we would want our own family members treated.
 
At SERVPRO of North Leon County, our technicians know that the fire damage sustained by your home or outbuilding can keep you from using your property as you would like. Contacting us at (850) 536-6599, which we answer 24/7, is the first step in getting your property back under your control.

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Mold Damage Prevention and Cleanup Services in Tallahassee

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Prevention and Cleanup Services in Tallahassee You can help prevent mold damage in your home by reducing clutter and keeping air vents unblocked by household items and furniture.

Causes and prevention of mold damage

Mold can be damaging and cause health effects when it creeps into your property. Something every homeowner in Tallahassee should understand about mold is that it can thrive anywhere with oxygen, moisture, and organic material. It is particularly common in damp, humid areas such as showers, crawlspaces, and basements.

For mold damage remediation services in Tallahassee, contact SERVPRO immediately before the fungi grow out of control. We specialize in restoring any property that has sustained mold damage, helping you save money in the process. With many years of experience, our IICRC approved technicians can assess the extent of the damage and come up with feasible solutions on the spot.

Knowing how to prevent mold growth can go a long way towards controlling mold damage. Inspect your home for leaks or excess moisture, especially in areas that are highly prone to damage. Once you discover existing leaks, SERVPRO can come in and begin the remediation process. To prevent an allergic reaction when looking for mold, always wear a mask or respirator approved for work with mold spores. 

Mold damage remediation involves removing moldy debris from areas such as drywall, sub-flooring, and hard surfaces. SERVPRO technicians use commercial mold control products with different compositions to treat these materials and eradicate any surviving mold. We also have a stock of advanced mold control equipment ready to dispatch whenever needed.

A good way to prevent mold damage in the house is cutting back on your clutter. Sort your household clutter and then pare down your belongings. Clutter hinders air flow and affects how your HVAC system circulates air. Furniture and draperies blocking supply grilles promote condensation. This moisture accumulates and forms micro-climates within the structure, which in turn welcome and support mold growth. To be safe, declutter and get rid of things you no longer need or use. Pull furniture away from grilles and vents to facilitate air circulation.

Playing with the air conditioner during hot, humid summers can also contribute to mold damage. If you set the thermostat too low, cold surfaces develop that allow water vapor to condense. If you set it too high, the air conditioner fails to dehumidify the air effectively. A general rule of thumb is to set the thermostat at 78 degrees F to prevent moisture problems.

Mold growth in the house is unsightly and may cause health effects. If you suspect the presence of mold damage in your Tallahassee home, SERVPRO of North Leon County can help get it under control. We are locally based and offer emergency mold remediation services for the Centerville, Tallahassee and nearby communities. For any assistance, call us today at (850) 536-6599!

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Unexpected Fire Damage Hazards in Your Tallahassee Home

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Unexpected Fire Damage Hazards in Your Tallahassee Home Keeping your laptop on a desk rather than on a bed or blanket can prevent it from overheating and potentially catching fire.

Preventing common household items from causing house fires

As homeowners, we are all aware of the dangers of fire. You have most likely heard the most common advice such as get a fire alarm and check it regularly and do not leave hot pans or burning candles unattended. SERVPRO understands that people in our local Tallahassee community want to be fire aware and minimize potential fire risks. That is why we would like to draw your attention to unexpected fire risks that you might not know about.

In the event of fire damage to your Tallahassee home, SERVPRO is on hand to assist with all aspects of fire remediation. We train our IICRC-certified technicians in all elements of fire damage cleanup, including the most appropriate cleaning actions for soot and smoke damage, and the use of thermal fogging, air scrubbers or even ozone machines to eliminate lingering odors.

However, prevention is always better than remedy, which is why we recommend you check for these unexpected fire damage hazards in your home today.

Laptops. You probably already know that laptops can get very hot. As such, they pose a fire risk if you leave them on a bed, couch or blanket. We recommend placing your laptop on a desk or laptop stand, and always switching it off when not in use.

Used charcoal. Have you ever thrown charcoal back in the bag after a barbecue, ready to use for next time? It is a common habit, and many of us do it. However, it can also be dangerous because there is a risk that the charcoal could catch alight and start a fire. That is why it is best to always store charcoal in a metal container with a tightly fitting lid.

Old appliances. As appliances such as kettles, TVs, hairdryers or stereos get older, they suffer from wear and tear. Old appliances might have frayed cords, poor connections, or damaged insulation, all of which can cause a fire hazard. It is a good idea to check appliances regularly and repair or toss any that are showing signs of damage.

Dryer lint. You might not think of your dryer as a fire risk, but in fact, dryer lint can spark a blaze. The heat from the dryer plus the lint is a potential fire starter. SERVPRO recommends cleaning out dryer lint after every use and checking the connecting hose and inside the drum for any stray lint, too.

SERVPRO of North Leon County is on hand to help with any fire cleanup jobs in Tallahassee and throughout the county. Call us today at (850) 536-6599 for assistance.

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Finding A Solution To Water Damage In Your Tallahassee Area Home

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Finding A Solution To Water Damage In Your Tallahassee Area Home Water Damage in Tallahasse? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Skilled, Professional Services for Water Intrusion Mitigation

You are up for quite an adventure when dealing with water damage in your home; there are many things to think about throughout your journey, some that make a huge difference in the results you receive.

Dealing with the aftermath of water intrusion often leaves you wondering how to address water damage on your Tallahassee property. With a variety of companies in existence these days, finding the right one can be quite a pain. Luckily, if you understand what to look for, this task can be easier than you might think.


A quality water damage restoration company offers a variety of services. The years of experience a company has in the industry makes all of the difference in the quality of the service you receive. You want to look for someone who does pre-recovery assessments to determine the proper avenue to take initially. However, you also want someone who manages the entire affair, including repairs, someone like SERVPRO.

A full inspection of your property helps locate hidden dangers, reduce secondary damages, and gives technicians a good action plan. Directing their attention to primary locations throughout your home can help workers reduce any losses you experience. These inspections also help point technicians in the right direction, focusing on certain areas of your home that hold higher significance.  
The company you use, should give you a full description of their services and produce price estimates before work begins. If they deviate from the plan at all, you and your insurance company need to know, immediately. Our local SERVPRO keeps you informed throughout the entire restoration process. We provide services that get the water out of your home and do everything to protect what is left. We help you with your claims paperwork regarding the restoration.

SERVPRO also has access to fully licensed contractors, with experience in performing everything from full remodels, to placing the finishing touches on specific areas. Our technicians can make your entire experience much better, leaving you with the satisfaction of knowing that an experienced professional produced quality results, just for you.

Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County to receive quality work from IICRC certified water damage professionals, today. (850) 536-6599

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Who Should Handle Mold Damage Found In Your Tallahassee Home

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Who Should Handle Mold Damage Found In Your Tallahassee Home SERVPRO can even tackle contamination to your HVAC or ventilation system, where you discover mold near an intake vent.

SERVPRO is The Answer For All Your Mold Damage Issues 

After discovering mold on your property, it can be hard to determine who should perform the cleanup. With all of the articles about mold available online, different people saying different things, you may think it is much easier than it is to handle the job yourself.

Choosing to hire a professional to handle mold damage in your Tallahassee area home is likely your best bet. However, you should always check references and ask the company you intend to use, for more information about the guidelines they follow to perform their services. Normally, if they reference the EPA, or American Conference Of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), you can count on them to carry out a thorough cleaning.

The right company can even tackle contamination to your HVAC or ventilation system, where you discover mold near an intake vent. SERVPRO technicians easily address these problems and more, providing you with the repairs you need to remove moisture your while controlling the spread of mold. Mold can cause staining and cosmetic damage to a variety of items found in your home, all of which may be possible to restore with little to no losses.

Always avoid exposing yourself or others to mold, it never hurts to get help. Think safety first and wear the appropriate protective equipment while checking areas that may contain mold growth in your home. If you are unsure, call a professional. You never want to get into a situation over your head or cause additional damage. SERVPRO can assist with furniture repair, art restoration, carpet, and rug cleaning, repair water damage and provide the services necessary to get things under control quickly.

SERVPRO technicians understand how much all of these conditions inconvenience you and your family. Our staff does everything possible, ensuring a stress-free, fast, effective mold remediation service and provides you with many suggestions to help prevent mold problems like this occurring again in the future.

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Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County for professional mold remediation services you can count on to restore a safe, healthy living environment within your home. (850) 536-6599

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Hidden Water Signs in your Tallahassee Home

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden Water Signs in your Tallahassee Home Wall stains are often an indication of water damage or possible mold. Call our team of trained technicians to investigate the problem.

Having Professionals Inspect Your Home for Possible Water Damage can Help Prevent Any Secondary Damage

Since water flows anywhere it wants once it is loose inside your home, you need to be aware of signs of water damage in areas which are hidden. The amount of interior spaces and voids where water can penetrate and stay unseen are just about unlimited.
 
That big pool of standing water in the middle of the floor is the easy part to see and clean, but what about the hidden water damage that is lurking in your Tallahassee home? Knowing what to look for helps you to find the damage faster before more can take place.
 
SERVPRO can come to your rescue when you find any hidden water damage. As a professional water damage remediation company, we can handle any water damage quickly and efficiently.
 
First, be aware of any unpleasant odors. Hidden residual water stagnates and encourages bacterial and mold growth, which makes an earthy, musty smell – an enormous red flag you have unseen water damage. You should also be aware of visible mold growth. Airborne mold spores are microscopic and can find their way into hidden crannies in your home’s structure. Water does too, and when moisture touches dormant mold spores, active mold growth starts. If you see fuzzy discolorations in spaces which are out of the way, have one of our SERVPRO technicians check it out.
 
Stains on ceilings and walls are also a telltale sign. Water which seeps into wall voids and the space in between levels can look like a blotch or stain as it saturates the ceiling or wall board next to it.
 
Peeling paint on the outside of the wall is another symptom of loose water in your wall spaces. Drywall saturates and the paint the loses its adhesion. Sagging ceilings and walls are also an indication that drywall or ceiling materials are saturated. They become quite heavy with added water weight and start to buckle and deform eventually.
 
The water looks for the lowest levels and seeps under floor coverings such as tile, carpet, and vinyl, soaking the subfloor as well. It may be necessary for us to remove some of the floor coverings, especially carpeting and padding.
 
At SERVPRO, we have tools such as moisture meters which can find the hidden moisture fast. We look for mold growth and clean that up as well if needed. Drywall and other damaged materials are replaced, and the affected areas are thoroughly dried with industrial fans and dehumidifiers.
 
SERVPRO of North Leon County is ready whenever you need us for a water emergency. You just have to dial our number at (850) 536-6599, and we come quickly to your home to restore it back to its original shape. We also do water removal for Florida State University.

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Remove Mold Damage From Your Tallahassee Area Hotel the Right Way

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Remove Mold Damage From Your Tallahassee Area Hotel the Right Way Moldy smells and hotel rooms are never a good combination. Call SERVPRO when your staff smells a musty odor to investigate the mold.

Team SERVPRO Will Be on Your Business Site Within Hours of Your Call

If you happen to smell a musty, dank odor anywhere in your hotel, never put off dealing with it. Mold damage can occur anywhere, leave stains behind, and cause excessive damage. However, mold can also flourish on the inside of your walls, under the carpet, or in dark hidden places where the right conditions exist.
 
When it comes to dealing with commercial mold damage on your Tallahassee area property, never take chances, locate professional remediation services as soon as possible. Remember, mold spores are everywhere, without the proper equipment and experience you may have to deal with this issue for quite some time.   
 
SERVPRO technicians have access to infrared moisture detectors that assist with locating mold growth anywhere in your hotel. Even without visible signs, our technicians can locate and repair problems fast, protecting both your employees and guests from harmful contaminants that put their health at risk.  
 
SERVPRO’s mold remediation services go beyond normal cleaning, providing you with the quality solutions you deserve. Our cleaning technicians use advanced cleaning and sanitation methods, as well as industrial-grade equipment to remove conditions that promote mold growth in your hotel in a quick and efficient manner.
 
SERVPRO maintains a safe, healthy, work environment, using containment methods that prevent the spread of mold to other clean areas while controlling growth that can pose a serious threat to your business in just a matter of days. We can help you keep your doors open and assist you with learning how to prevent future growth.
 
Any area of your hotel that contains common building components such as wood, paper, drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, along with fabric, upholstery, and carpeting, provide mold with a perfect food source. Add excessive moisture from condensation, humidity, or water leaks of any kind, and you have mold growth and damage that requires professional attention to resolve correctly.
 
Get ahead of mold damage now, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County, today. Our certified, licensed, experienced technicians are ready to assist 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, without hesitation. (850) 536-6599

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