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Safety Concerns for Your Centerville House Following Flood Damages

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety Concerns for Your Centerville House Following Flood Damages Flooding can happen quickly and hide hazards in the flood waters. Call SERVPRO to come out and dry out your property after a storm.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Assess Safety Issues Before Entering Your Home to Remediate a Flood Damage Situation

You might not always be thinking clearly when a flood affects your Centerville residence. While you work to make sense of the damage that you see, which is often widespread, you start to forget the risks associated with the damage itself. The instinct that many homeowners have is to get to work as best they can to remove the water and to rescue the items and contents of their home still trapped inside. Unfortunately, this is rarely a safe or recommended course of action.

One of the focuses that a homeowner should have following flood damages in their Centerville house is to keep everyone safe. There are many factors and variables that our own SERVPRO professionals look into before springing into action on flood restoration projects, and they should be the same considerations that you make prior to a restoration team arriving.

Electricity is one of the biggest issues that our project managers and estimators must assess before reaching affected areas of your home. With water being the conductor that it is, standing liquid in rooms of your house could quickly get electrified under the right conditions. This fact should be a warning to assess a situation before jumping right in.

Another critical consideration our SERVPRO technicians take into account is the structural integrity of the house itself. While flooding might not have had the time to weaken the load bearing implements, ceiling material could grow too heavy for support and collapse, flooring could grow too weak to support your weight, and drywall can crumble and break off from where it had gotten installed. All of these situations could cause severe injuries to you or a family member inside of the house.

There are threats that present themselves after your home has gotten exposed to high volumes of water that you might not be ready to face. From debris and broken glass to crumbling interior construction materials, safety should be a significant focus as it is with our company. If you have flood damage in your home, give our SERVPRO of North Leon County restoration specialists a call today at (850) 536-6599.

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Cleaning Actions For Fire Damage In Tallahassee Homes

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Actions For Fire Damage In Tallahassee Homes The SERVPRO Green Fleet: We're Faster To Any Size Disaster--The Fire & Smoke Cleanup Specialists in the Tallahassee Area

SERVPRO Provides Fire & Smoke Options for Cleanup and Restoration

Tallahassee homeowners usually deal with floods much more often than fires. If left untreated or poorly cleaned, the residues left by a fire can cause as much or more damage than a tropical storm.

Cleaning up Tallahassee fire damage means breaking the bonds between the residues and other soils that settled on the various surfaces in each affected home. SERVPRO restoration technicians use four different actions to break these bonds, tailoring each one to the surface to prevent any further damage.
First, there is the Mechanical Action. Agitation is effective in dislodging residues and soils from many surfaces; metal, stone, and hardwoods in particular. Technicians also use it as a pre-cleaning method to remove the bulk of dry, non-greasy soils before applying a cleaning agent.
Once our specialists begin cleaning, using an agent for a Lubrication Action can be very useful. The goal here is to use the cleaning agent to make the surface slippery, so the residue or other soils slide off the surface without affecting it. Depending on the chemical agent they use, specialists can dissolve the residue or isolate it in the cleaning agent, away from the personal or structural property.
In some instances, SERVPRO technicians have to use a Chemical Action to alter the residue. After they change it, they remove the residue or other soils with one of our bleaching agents or a concentrated shampoo. This method is used primarily on fabrics and carpeting to prevent colors from bleeding while also removing stains. It is especially useful on cotton and wool carpets and upholstered furniture.
Finally, there is the Suspension and Dispersion Action. It is the most common action our restoration teams use. Specialists use one of the cleaning agents in our inventory designed to loosen the soils from a wide variety of property. Once loosened, the soils become suspended in the solution which then disperses them throughout, preventing clumps from forming. They eventually dissolve in the solution, and our clean-up teams dispose of them.
These methods take time, but when accomplished by a professional restoration service like SERVPRO of North Leon County, they can return your home to its original condition. If you need our services, call us today at (850) 536-6599 to schedule a visit.

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The Importance of Professional Remediation For Mold In Your Centerville Home

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Professional Remediation For Mold In Your Centerville Home SERVPRO Defeats Mold in Centerville Homes, "Like it never even happened."

Mold Damage Progresses without Removal--Call SERVPRO for a Remedy

If you thought the humidity levels throughout the year near your Centerville home were only inconvenient to your comfort level, you would, unfortunately, be mistaken. High humidity means a lot of moisture in the air, which means that conditioning appliances in your home are working overtime to turn this muggy atmosphere into pleasant conditions inside. It also means that areas of your home (like your basement or crawlspace) that do not experience much of this conditioned air instead can be burdened with this high-humidity environment.

The moisture in the air can allow for conditions like mold damage to occur in your Centerville basement or crawlspace. For mold growth to occur, the only requirements are warmth, moisture and organic material for spores to develop into colonies. With this understanding, and with the met conditions, mold can begin growing within 72 hours. Once you have discovered colonies growing in the house, professional remediation is necessary to remove this presence as efficiently as possible.

Many homeowners get misguided into thinking that they can take harsh cleansers like bleach to the present mold patch and scrub away the organisms. Truthfully, this action is only taking away the problem that you can see, but leaves the rest of the organism growing and thriving below the surface. Our SERVPRO professionals have techniques which allow them to penetrate beyond this surface level to remove the entire hyphae.

One of the steps that our SERVPRO technicians take when we get started with removal is to spray the area down with an antimicrobial solution. This chemical solution adversely affects the entire colony (and can even eliminate parts of it on contact). This process gets followed up with either soda blasting, dry-ice blasting, vacuuming, or sanding the material where the colony was found to reach deeper layers.

You might not ever be ready to see mold growing in your home, but there are steps you can take to get rid of these intruders. The best choice you can make is to reach out to our SERVPRO of North Leon County applied microbial remediation technicians. They can show up quickly and help you limit the spread of the colony while they work to remove it from your home. Give us a call anytime at (850) 536-6599.

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Understanding The Full Extent Of Fire Damage In Your Tallahassee Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding The Full Extent Of Fire Damage In Your Tallahassee Home With the variety of ways that fire can begin unexpectedly, it serves as one of the most devastating events for a homeowner.

Fire Damage In Your Home

Among the things that pose the most significant threat to your Tallahassee home, it is challenging not to include a fire around the very top of the list. With the variety of ways that fire can begin unexpectedly, it serves as one of the most devastating events for a homeowner. Fortunately, even with more substantial damage, your insurance company insists that the work needed to restore your home gets done professionally.

That is where our team of SERVPRO professionals comes in. From the moment that fire damage affects your Tallahassee home, our team is ready and waiting for the call to head out to your home and begin cleaning up the mess and setting things right. We respond quickly to provide your family with the assurance that our technicians want to get the job finished to the highest quality and in the most efficient of ways.

This process begins with an initial inspection of the affected areas throughout your residence. This assessment determines the work that must get done, the personnel required, equipment necessary, and even a rough estimate on how long the job takes to complete. This information gets shared with the insurance adjuster handling your claim, which can save both time and effort on your end for our project manager or estimator to work directly with the insurance company on your behalf.

This same estimation takes into account structural damages that are too severe to clean and restore as they are. It notates the materials that must get removed and replaced, and if any reconstruction efforts are necessary on a grander scale. Finally, our SERVPRO estimator also takes the time to assess the effect that the fire had on the contents of your home, both what can get salvaged and what has gotten irreparably damaged.

It may seem like a lot to merely discuss the inspection process; it can show you how thorough our team is when it comes to restoring your home after a disaster. You can count on our SERVPRO of North Leon County professionals to get the job done. Give us a call anytime at (850) 536-6599.

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Water Damage Odors in Tallahassee Can Make Your Home Smell

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Odors in Tallahassee Can Make Your Home Smell When you have water leaking from a broken or burst pipe, your home can quickly sustain damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Advanced Techniques to Permanently Remove Odor From Your Home

Excess water is standing in your Tallahassee home due to a pipe burst. Water migration and drying are important steps in water damage restoration, but odors can also be a factor in your home. Calling a professional may help remove or reduce strong smells in your home. The first step to deodorization is to get rid of what is causing the smell. Sewage, dirt, moisture, trash, and mildew are some of the most common sources of water damage odors.
SERVPRO water damage services in Tallahassee may include deodorization. The most common techniques we use for odor removal are injection, direct spraying and wet fogging. Before we put any of these methods in place, we take proper precautions. The technicians make sure food, pets, plants, and homeowners are not in the areas that we are going to deodorize.
The injection method involves using a syringe and needle or pump to inject small amounts of deodorant into spots on carpets or upholstery. Direct spraying includes the use of hand pumps or powered sprayers to apply disinfectants on affected areas. Wet fogging is another method we may use to remove odors. With this method, ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers dispense deodorizers. These foggers generate tiny deodorant particles that can penetrate into hidden areas and neutralize foul odors.
Our SERVPRO technicians may also use high-velocity box fans to remove odors. Fans can properly air-out structures before and after deodorization. High-velocity exhaust fans quickly ventilate the affected areas and can lessen drying time and may help remove odors from your home. We may also use air scrubbers to eliminate odors from the air. These scrubbers pull dirty air through a cycle of filters and trap particles and odors. Once that happens, the air scrubber exhausts clean air back into the home environment. When possible, these methods help freshen your home by removing odors.
SERVPRO of North Leon County offers top quality and efficient water damage services in your area that can help remove strong odors such as mildew from your home. Contact us at (850) 536-6599 24/7.

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Mold Damage Removal for Tallahassee Residences

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Removal for Tallahassee Residences Finding the source of the mold in your attic insulation is sometimes like looking for a needle in a haystack. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Investigates to Find the Source and the Extent of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold can not only exist in every Tallahassee home; it can return to cause more problems if the residence is not fully cleaned and dried. Small patches of mold spores no bigger than a dime can begin expanding and grow over an entire attic or down a wall if the insulation is not thoroughly examined.
Insulation mold damage to Tallahassee homes can hide the infestation that did originate there. SERVPRO technicians extensively train and work to make certain they do not miss what can be a small part of a much larger residential disaster.
Infested insulation, rolled or blown-in, is difficult to clean. In nearly all cases, we recommend complete removal and replacement. If our personnel find only small patches of mold on the surface of a rolled section they can, at the homeowner’s direction, use an industrial-grade vacuum to remove it and then spray the surface with an anti-fungal or anti-bacterial agent to kill any possible remaining spores too small to see.
For blown-in insulation, there is no method to determine that one area is completely free of mold if another spot in the attic or behind a wall is affected. Our team leaders know only to remove the infested material. It is too costly for the homeowner regarding labor hours to try and do anything else. Insurance companies do not cover such actions when it is cheaper to remove and replace the insulation.
SERVPRO technicians begin the process with a vacuum and flexible hoses to draw up the insulation and then blow it into a sealed bag outside the home. They use hand tools to dig out the corners and remove every visible scrap. If needed, other team members remove drywall and other building material to help ensure they get it all.
Once they finish removal, our restoration team sprays every surface where there was insulation. For areas difficult to enter, they also have the option to use a fogging machine to create a chemical cloud that efficiently covers every surface. After the agent dries, our teams look for any possible leak or another source of moisture to prevent further mold growth.
Our final task is to walk you through a mold-free home as soon as we can. If you are dealing with a mold problem or any other type of disaster issue, call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599.

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Water Removal and Drying Techniques In Tallahassee for Furnishings

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal and Drying Techniques In Tallahassee for Furnishings Call SERVPRO For Water Removal in Tallahassee and the Surrounding Areas Homes and Furnishings

SERVPRO's Knowledge, Equipment, and Team Handle Water Damaging Events

Whenever moisture affects your Tallahassee condo, both contents and building materials can get damaged. After any water present gets extracted using advanced equipment, both structural drying and the drying of contents takes place. During both procedures, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to create ideal conditions for rapid drying.
Drying equipment helps speed up evaporation and can be useful for dehydrating contents and structural building materials. Tallahassee's water removal technicians know that moisture can cause several problems with contents such as furniture. Both wooden furniture and upholstery can get ruined when saturated.
Wood furniture can get water spots if near leaks. Water spots can get removed using specialized wood care products if caught while still wet. Moisture can also cause swelling, cracking, and the loosening of joints. If the damage to furniture is severe, then a furniture refinisher gets contacted to repair the item.
Some types of furniture are made of particle board that reacts poorly when it comes into contact with water. The laminate covering one side of the particle board can act as a vapor barrier, whereas the non-laminated side can absorb moisture. When one side of the material gets wet and the other does not, warping of the furniture can take place. The moisture removal process must be monitored to ensure that the extraction is not too rapid. This can cause wood to split.
When removing water from a piece of furniture's upholstery, our SERVPRO technicians utilize specific techniques. First, all furniture stains get treated with a stain removal agent. If necessary, we wet the entire piece of furniture evenly so that water spotting does not occur.
Next, the extraction phase begins, utilizing different tools as needed. A medium sized extraction wand can be implemented on large pieces of furniture. Smaller units and those made with delicate materials get extracted with a small upholstery extraction tool.
After moisture gets extracted out of the upholstery, the drying process occurs. To prevent rust stains, metal buttons get dried out first, and wax paper gets placed in between the fabric and any metal parts such as zippers. The piece of furniture gets put on small blocks of foam and cushions are placed in a "tent" formation to concentrate on moisture removal from the fabric and the filler material.
In many water damage scenarios, furniture items require particular attention to avoid damage. If you ever need professional help with content drying, call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 any day of the week.

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When Your Tallahassee Grocery Store Needs Water Removal

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Your Tallahassee Grocery Store Needs Water Removal Should your grocery store sustain a water damage event, contacting SERVPRO for remediation services is your best recourse.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Tackle Water Damage at Your Store

While you might have all kinds of things you use to draw in customers to your grocery store, from weekly specials to coupons in the circulars, there seemingly are just as many things that could compromise the success of this Tallahassee store as well. A great example of this would be a water emergency, as its unpredictable nature and need for professional intervention can limit your business from functioning as it usually would.
The more significant this water emergency, the more that your business can get affected negatively if the situation does not get handled quickly. For this reason, you should be thinking about the professional commercial water removal services for your Tallahassee grocery store when the damage is widespread and substantial enough.
Regardless of the cause of this significant water damage in your business, our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to help you address the issues that it has caused and start to set things right. This process begins with a thorough inspection of the affected areas to determine the full extent of the damage that your business faces and how our technicians can restore this damage at the least possible cost to your time and potential profits.
As a business owner of this kind of facility, you not only have to think about the regular flow of customers that would typically use your store for their food requirements, but also the employees that depend on this store for a paycheck to provide for themselves. That is what makes professional restoration, like what our experienced SERVPRO professionals can provide, so critical to your business when you need extraction work.
While our team can work quickly to ensure that your business does not have to close its doors any longer than is necessary, we cannot respond to a disaster we did not know existed. Do not hesitate to call our SERVPRO of North Leon County restoration specialists anytime you need us at (850) 536-6599.

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Staying in Your Home After Minor Fire Damage in Tallahassee can Reduce Expenses

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Staying in Your Home After Minor Fire Damage in Tallahassee can Reduce Expenses Localized fires can offer the homeowner a chance to stay in the home during the remediation. Contact SERVPRO to come out to inspect the damage.

SERVPRO Finds Ways to Help Your Family After a Fire With a Customized Remediation Plan

Many homeowners who experience a fire in their Tallahassee residence lose almost everything, while other people fare much better. A smaller, more localized fire which never spreads can still create a considerable amount of havoc in your life and even cause you to doubt the safety of your home.
If your Tallahassee home suffered minor fire damage recently, SERVPRO professionals can help you and your family. We work with both homeowners and insurance adjusters, so your experience involving your home's restoration becomes less stressful. In the case of smaller fires, many families find they can remain in their own home while we work on just the areas damaged directly by the fire. This requires some preparation that eliminates the smoke damage and its odors in the area intended to become your primary living area during the restoration work. However, staying in your home while restoration helps keep children calm, schedules on track, and medicines, necessary documents, and other vital belongings within your reach.
One of the things we do first includes cleaning excess soot from the most easily damaged surfaces in your home. These include chrome and other finishes on your bath and kitchen fixtures, as well as any other belongings that include a metallic component. Works of art and pieces of American history often contain metal that can quickly corrode when covered by abrasive soot and ashes from the fire.
Even though the soot may seem minor, the effects can become permanent over time, as well as cling to anyone unfortunate enough to wash their hands at the sink before we clean the faucet handles. As sticky as soot seems, it easily transfers to anything touched, making a messy trail rapidly.
We wash the linens and clothing your family needs immediately, and then return these to you as soon as possible. We want to help you as much as possible during this challenging time, so your family can recover faster and with less stress. As soon as we complete the initial cleaning of your undamaged-by-fire living area in your home, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can eliminate the odors that your family can do without smelling.
Using thermal fogging, our IICRC-certified technician chemically bonds leftover and hidden soot particles to the neutralizing agents in the fog. With spot treatments, fresh scents can soon fill your rooms with odors that your family enjoys. We use safe and effective chemicals that do not cause problems for your home, family or the environment.
Staying in your home after minor fire damage can help save you from the brunt of a disaster. SERVPRO of North Leon County can help you through such a trying event when you call us at (850) 536-6599, our local 24-hour service number. We serve the communities surrounding Centerville, Killearn, and Bradfordville.

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What You Should Do When Flood Damage Strikes Your Tallahassee Property

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What You Should Do When Flood Damage Strikes Your Tallahassee Property SERVPRO Helps Restore Flooded Homes in Tallahassee After Storms

Call SERVPRO, Fast Water Removal and Cleanup After Flooding 

Flood damage is never a situation that anyone would want to come home to find. Because of Tallahassee's unique geographic location near the Gulf, many lakes, and small bodies of water, it is quite easy for flooding to happen. Sudden storms and heavy rainfall can lead to an excess of water. That water can leak into underprepared homes and cause damage. While a few centimeters of water in your basement might not seem like a huge deal, it is enough to do damage to the structure of your home. Fortunately, professional help is nearby to assist you.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are skilled and can help remove and dry the damaging flood waters from your Tallahassee home. After receiving your call, we can send our technicians to your home as soon as possible so they can investigate the damage. Then, they can immediately begin to tackle the water in your home and removing it.
Our SERVPRO technicians can use powerful industrial quality wet/dry vacuums to remove the flood waters from your basement. Along with the help of portable pumps, using these tools allows us to get the water out of your home as soon as possible. Afterward, we can inspect the damage done to the areas of your basement that were covered and take the next steps to drying out the structure of your home and your belongings.
Should the flood waters have brought any dangerous pathogens, sewage, or other contaminants into your home, some of your belongings may become unsafe. SERVPRO can help sort through them and recommend what is safe to keep and what is not. After cleanup, our technicians can use advanced technology such as dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out any damp structures in your basement and create a moisture-neutral environment.
If flood waters damage your home, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians to help return your home to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."
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