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What Everyone Must Know About Flood Damage Remediation in Tallahassee

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in Florida When flooding affects an area near your home, contacting SERVPRO is your best recourse. Call us right away after an event for best results.

The Aftermath of Flood Damage in Your Tallahassee Home

Flooding is an issue all over Florida and requires special care and consideration to rid your home of any damage effectively. After mopping up the water and removing any debris, it is crucial to start searching for hidden moisture and possible contamination within your home in conjunction with cleaning and deodorizing. Common places that you may find moisture and damaged materials are in walls, trim, and flooring.

Having flood damage in your Tallahassee home is not the time to panic, but the time to take a systematic approach to restore your home to preloss conditions. You may be able to clean up the sludge and debris left by the flood. Still, you may often need professional assistance to ensure your home recovers from the flood and mitigate secondary damage such as warped flooring and dangerous mold infestations. 

Public health officials consider floodwater contaminated water, categories 2 (gray), and 3 (black) water, which should be dealt with safety in mind. For instance, if the flood exposed carpet to contamination, carpet padding is usually removed and replaced. The carpet itself may be salvageable after a thorough cleaning and disinfecting. Other types of flooring, such as hardwood, tile, and laminate, may require water extraction through portable extraction devices. In some cases, when moisture is trapped under the flooring, it may need to be lifted and cleaned underneath before putting the flooring back down. 

When floodwater reaches the drywall in your home, it is vital to make flood cuts in the wall since moisture can readily travel through the material, resulting in extensive damage such as mold growth and your walls deteriorating if not adequately removed and restored. SERVPRO technicians typically cut several inches above the visible water damage. Technicians use a stud finder and to determine where to cut. They then use a rotary saw, Kett saw or reciprocating saw to cut through just the drywall, making sure to avoid plumbing or electrical cords. After removing and disposing of the affected drywall, they replace it, to make it "Like it never even happened."

For 24/7 assistance after a flood or any other disaster, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599.

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Some Warning Signs of Fire Damage Remediation Issues in Tallahassee

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged room Don't despair after a fire. Contact our certified fire damage remediation team for an assessment and effective services.

Rely on Our Content Cleaning Specialists After Fire Damage in Tallahassee

Continual advances in the products and techniques used to capture and remove fire residues on the structural surfaces of your Tallahassee home offer hope that interior spaces can return to preloss condition. After thorough cleaning, and repairs we can help arrange, the structure of your home looks, feels, and even smells “Like it never even happened.” Unfortunately, the same cannot always be said of the furnishings and personal belongings filling your home.

Ponder a Pack-Out

Proven protocols also can mitigate and remediate the harm done to your home’s contents after Tallahassee fire damage. Our production facility makes available a wide range of specialized cleaning, deodorizing, and disinfecting services developed for everything from furniture and household goods to belongings and mementos of great personal value. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) offers a comprehensive and secure system that inventories items packed up for evaluation. Using lists, digital photos, and barcoding, we can track articles and the interventions we perform for your information and to provide documentation for your insurer.

High-Level Skills and Access to Innovative Resources

When helping our customers deal with the overwhelming amount of soiling and deterioration of belongings after a fire, SERVPRO employees often note a sense of hopelessness and despair. The stress experienced after the crisis can cloud the judgment of homeowners unaware of the ability our trained and experienced professional restorers have to return even badly corroded or soot-covered items back to function and appearance. 

Controlled Environment with a Wealth of Options

Once your belongings undergo evaluation at our production facility, we can choose appropriate cleaning products and techniques away from the high-energy circumstances in your home. SERVPRO technicians can control the environment as we work through your items. Examples of specialized procedures we offer at the production facility include:

  • Freeze drying of documents saturated by firefighting water
  • Small drying and deodorization chambers for upholstered furniture, allowing focused treatment for persistent odors due to smoke and water damage 
  • Immersion cleaning, with the option of ultrasonic treatment, using sound waves to dislodge deeply embedded soils

Consult with the experts at SERVPRO of North Leon County to explore opportunities for individualized contents cleaning after fire damage. Call us at (850) 536-6599 to coordinate an assessment after the official all-clear for your property.

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Water Removal Services In Tallahassee

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

After Removing a Badly-Behaved Water-Using Appliance, Homeowners Need Water Removal Services in Tallahassee

Many homeowners in Tallahassee update their kitchens with new appliances regularly, even if the current model installed in their home works fine. Often, this happens to increase energy efficiency and lower utility costs. Other times, new appliances replace older models that leak or no longer function the way they should. In either case, tightening the water lines’ and drain’s connections bands can keep future leaks from happening.

When water leaks, or worse, in your Tallahassee home, calling for water removal services immediately can protect your property from increasingly worse damage. Doing so is at least as important as it is to keep things modern and efficient. Both reduce the expense required to maintain a safe and comfortable home. SERVPRO is always near, ready to answer your questions and mitigate existing damage. We work swiftly and keep damaged areas from growing in size, which helps keep your costs low.

High pressure forces a huge amount of water out of any water supply line that breaks or detaches from its connection. This can create flooding in the immediate area. The force of such water coming out of the hose or pipe can also push the water into a wall’s interior. Appliances that leak, especially those that lose water slowly but steadily each time you use them, can cause water to spread widely. SERVPRO technicians bring the high-tech devices needed to locate water in both situations.

Removing all of the water and eliminating damp conditions is necessary to protect your house and its contents. While we use extraction units similar (but more powerful) than a wet-n-dry vac, we also set up air movers, desiccant machines, and heaters. Our Injectidry system extracts water or forces in warm, dry air, depending on our needs. Our specialists can float a soggy carpet, so it gently dries without stretching, making it possible to relay it again, as soon as it and the floor below no longer hold any moisture.

SERVPRO of North Leon County can be reached at (850) 536-6599, year-round, 24 hours a day. We use water removal methods to restore houses in Centerville, near Florida State University, and also around Lake Iamonia. When appliances fail, pipes break, or other water issues create messes in your home, call us so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Cleans Flood Damaged Tallahassee Restaurants

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Restaurant and table and chairs. Should your restaurant experience flood damage, call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

Ideal Cleaning Products in Tallahassee Restaurants After Flooding 

Aromas can be an enticing element to your marketing for the Tallahassee restaurant that you run, as the right smell can draw in passing pedestrians. After a disaster like natural flooding that invades a small portion of your dining area, you might not experience the need for a full closure of your restaurant. However, cleaning is a vital step to getting this area back to normal. Much like the aroma that can attract business, harsh cleansers like phenolics can deter foot traffic as well. 

Choosing the right cleaning product for the job involves a calculated scoping of the work to get done to restore the flood damage in your Tallahassee business. Mitigation tactics can prevent the spread of potential contaminants and floodwater to other areas of your dining space, and we can construct temporary containment barriers to prevent cross-contamination from unsuspecting guests in your restaurant wandering into a drying zone. Cleaning surfaces and contents in this workspace utilize potent cleansers that are not abrasive to your customers’ senses. 

Quaternary Compounds  

Disinfection is an essential element of recovering your dining area after mild flood damage. After you have extracted surface water from non-porous materials like concrete subflooring after removing carpets and padding from the damaged area, our SERVPRO technicians can utilize disinfectants like the quaternary compounds. These products can get mixed with specific detergents and have a naturally pleasant smell and has the strength to counteract other offensive odors in the damaged area.

Botanicals  

Natural agents like thyme oil and citric acid are the base for many of the botanical cleaning products that our professionals use. Regarding odors, botanicals are much more pleasing to the senses than most of the chemical compounds commonly used as biocides, antimicrobials, or disinfectants. 

Both of these types of products can provide a lasting clean that addresses the present contamination threat without overwhelming the rest of the structure with odors you might experience with chlorines like bleach or phenolics. However we can keep you in business after a disaster like flooding, you can trust our SERVPRO of North Leon County team to help. Give us a call at (850) 536-6599. 

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How to Navigate When Water Damage Affects Your Tallahassee Home

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

backed up sump pump Backups and flooding situations happen on a daily basis. Get help from the certified technicians at SERVPRO when it happens in your home.

Sewer Backups and the Professional Water Removal Services needed to Fix them

It is not possible to protect your home from flooding absolutely. However, safeguarding your home by taking precautions ahead of time can benefit your home. Checking state warnings can help you to keep track of potential flood risks in the local area. You may also want to run crucial maintenance on your property before wetter, colder months. Maintenance may include clearing drainage, roof gutters as well as regularly testing equipment and appliances. Unfortunately, even when performing all the necessary safeguards, homes can still flood. 

When your property suffers from flooding, you may want to consider emergency water removal in Tallahassee. Emergency services SERVPRO can provide include the removal of standing water as well as restoration from start to finish. When you home floods, there is a strong chance of permanent damage occurring to both structure and contents. By intervening with a professional company, you can make sure that your home has the best chance of making a full recovery. 

Flooding in your local area can lead to a sewer back-up. At SERVPRO, we recommend that you consider installing a backwater prevention valve, which allows sewer waters to leave the house but prevents them from coming back. Homes without a working backwater prevention valve may have sewer back-ups. These can result in severe amounts of sewage returning into the home. Since sewer water can be hazardous to your health, the best mitigation work you can do as a homeowner is to try and remove furniture or possessions from the affected area quickly and safely. 

Our job at SERVPRO is to remove sewer waters quickly and efficiently safely. We can deploy powerful self-priming trash pumps to the affected area, which are capable of removing water with the solid-waste present. Wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE,) SERVPRO technicians can enter the area and thoroughly disinfect it using chemical products. If the affected area is tiled, we can often restore it to a preloss level. Unfortunately, structural materials that are porous need removal and replacement to ensure the home does not become cross-contaminated.

Sewer back-ups are harmful to your health. Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536- 6599 for professional assistance.

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Some Warning Signs of Fire Damage Mishaps in Tallahassee

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Regardless of how bad the fire damage seems, calling SERVPRO is a great recourse. We are standing by 24/7 to take your call.

Reasons to Hire Professionals to Restore Your Fire Damaged Tallahassee Home 

After a fire starts in your home, lasting damage can occur. After putting out the fire, ash, water, and smoke can continue damaging your house. Using DIY techniques to clean your home may cause more problems because you may not remove the residues effectively.

Even though you may be anxious about cleaning your Tallahassee home after fire damage, remember that while certain cleaning materials and techniques are safe to use, others can cause further damage. You can hire a fire restoration company such as SERVPRO to help you prevent additional damage. Our crew can take steps to remove the smoke residues, debris, the chemicals, or water used to put out the fire and odors.

When restoring fire-damaged homes, worker and occupant safety is a priority. Our crew can inspect your home thoroughly, noting all the destruction the fire caused. When checking your home, our team can identify and address safety hazards. This includes slip and trip hazards, electrical hazards, and air quality issues. We can separate burnt electrical equipment and cords for disposal and unplug and tag questionable electrical appliances so they can be evaluated for safe operation. We can turn off the electrical power and keep it off until a licensed technician evaluates it.

Smoke quickly travels to rooms that the fire did not affect, causing other damages such as stained walls and bad odors in the house. Therefore, our team can deal with smoke damage immediately to prevent costly repairs. We have suitable tools to remove ash and soot. We can clean all the walls and ceilings that have stains from the smoke. We take care of all the debris left after the disaster.

Smoke may also affect furniture, clothing, and electronics. Our SERVPRO technicians can restore your salvageable contents to their preloss condition. We can use the immersion cleaning technique to clean items that can tolerate being completely saturated with the cleaning product like Venetian blinds. Our restorers can also immerse small washable items in the cleaning solution and use brushes or towels to dislodge the soils. After cleaning the things, we can use fresh water to rinse them. We can also use a less labor-intensive and more straightforward immersion cleaning procedure known as ultrasonic cleaning to clean items. We place the contents into an ultrasonic tank that is filled with water and a suitable cleaning solution.

During the restoration process, we work directly with our customer’s insurance company to come up with the loss estimate. We update our customers about every decision we make and give them a chance to air their views.

After experiencing fire damage in your home, you need quick, professional help. SERVPRO of North Leon County can help you to handle the fire loss. Call us today at (850) 536-6599 for prompt restoration.

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SERVPRO's Skillful Use of Drying Equipment Greatly Mitigates Storm Damaged Tallahassee Properties

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

green service vehicles and stacks of air movers at the staging area The SERVPRO Green Fleet Provides an Extensive Arsenal of Drying Equipment to Mitigate Storm Damaged Tallahassee Homes and Businesses

Flood Damage Restoration in Tallahassee Involves Calculating the Setup of Air Movers

Once the water from a storm enters your house in Tallahassee, it can cause you several problems. Any moisture that penetrates your house from the outside can cause your residence extensive flood damage. If liquid H2O gets inside your house, it can quickly start ruining your contents and building materials. For example, saturated carpet can start to delaminate, which means the fibers start to separate from the backing.

Also, if your flood damage in Tallahassee goes too long without being mitigated by a professional company such as SERVPRO, mold can develop. The main priority when restoring moisture-related damage is to remove or dry out all wet materials. When your contents or building materials inside your house get too wet, then they may get ruined and have to be removed. However, by utilizing industrially advanced equipment and techniques, we can often save items that got negatively affected after a storm.

The first step our SERVPRO technicians take after you are left with problems resulting from a vicious storm is to extract all water while it is still a liquid. Once this is accomplished, we begin the applied structural drying or ASD phase. We can often dry out a structure by using drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers.

We set up air movers in specific areas based on each situation. Air movers always get placed so that air gets pushed across wet surfaces. If your walls are wet, air movers get placed so that they blow air against the walls at a 45-degree angle. This way, the wet air gets pushed away from damp surfaces so that more water can become airborne and then condensed with the dehumidifiers.

We also calculate the correct amount of air movers and dehumidifiers with each unique situation. If too few air movers per dehumidifiers get used, then the drying process will be slowed down. If too many air movers in relation to dehumidifiers get implemented, then it can result in secondary water damages. The science of psychrometrics can greatly mitigate the damage caused by dampness if utilized correctly.

If you ever need help after a storm, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company. For assistance from the pros at any time of the day, call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Did Water Damage Your Tallahassee Subfloor?

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood When water enters your subflooring, structural issues can occur. SERVPRO has the training to dry your flooring. Call us today!

Removing Water from Plywood Subflooring in Tallahassee Homes 

Carpeted areas and other floorings in your Tallahassee home can become highly damaged by standing water soaking through the layers to the subflooring. In most modern homes, the supporting layer beneath the carpet and padding is either plywood or OSB board. Both of these engineered wood options, created by pressing either layers of veneer together with water-resistant resins or fibers and strands, use the same adhesive. 

When standing water becoming a threat to the property, it is vital to understand how to begin water removal for Tallahassee homes when the water has reached this layer of flooring. The first thing that our SERVPRO professionals must determine is the extent of the moisture damage to this layer, the padding, and the carpet. A penetrating moisture meter can often identify where moisture has traveled in this engineered wood layer. 

A visual inspection of this layer is often advisable, too, especially when the layers above it required removal. Any signs of warping and distortion should be enough to encourage replacement. Changing the composition of these materials can provide weak areas or vulnerabilities that could eventually collapse. As a whole, OSB and plywood are more resistant to direct water damage than other subflooring products because of the use of water-resistant glues in pressing the layers together. Even still, delamination or disintegration are probable outcomes when water exposure happens over several days. 

Our SERVPRO professionals can show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, but what we can do for a home depends on how efficiently the team gets notified of a loss incident. With fast responses to these emergencies, we can expose the subflooring and put air movers and dehumidifiers to work. In most situations, specialty equipment like our drying mats are not necessary, which can help to increase overall drying times. 

While carpeted areas exposed to standing water for several days might not be salvageable, the floor itself might not be a total loss. Our SERVPRO of North Leon County team can help with direct strategies designed to limit tear-out and reconstruction in your home after a water loss incident. Give us a call today at (850) 536-6599. 

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How SERVPRO Restores Water From Your Tallahassee Home

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians unloading drying equipment outside storage facility Each of our vans is fully stocked with drying equipment to restore your water damaged home.

Efficient Flood Water Removal in Your Tallahassee Property Calls for Expert Techniques

Millions of properties across the U.S.A are affected by flooding caused by disasters like hurricanes and storms. Rainfall patterns are shifting because of global warming, making torrential rain prevalent in many parts of the nation. With the human alteration of lands, such as the increased construction of buildings in floodplains, engineering of rivers, and damage to natural protective systems, many areas are prone to experiencing costly and destructive flooding.

After such an incident, contacting professionals to perform flood water removal in your Tallahassee property is the best decision. You should also take some steps to safeguard your health. Floodwater contains hazardous pollutants, which can cause health issues. Wear rubber gloves if you contact with any content in the floodwater. Also, discard any food items that got into contact with the floodwater.

SERVPRO can help you to mitigate the damage and restore your property to its usual condition. We understand the stress associated with flood damage, and that’s why our team of highly trained technicians can remove the floodwater quickly to prevent additional destruction. Our team can inspect your home thoroughly to get a clear picture of the magnitude of flood damage. Our team can use thermal imaging cameras to check moisture in hard to reach areas like high ceilings, and behind walls, since we only must point the equipment to those areas.

Natural calamities like hurricanes and storms can affect power lines. Our technicians use advanced equipment during the restoration process, and it requires a source of power. If your property does not have electricity, we can use a portable generator to power water extraction equipment, temporary lighting, and air filtration devices. Floodwater carries much debris, including:

  • Damaged structural components
  • Building materials
  • Uprooted shrubs
  • Rocks and mud

Since the floodwater may contain many kinds of waste, our technicians can use self-priming trash pumps to extract it. The pumps extract the water together with the debris. Our technicians can remove as much water as possible. Moisture is the other issue that you need to deal with after your home has flooded. Our SERVPRO crew can use air movers to increase air circulation in your home, which can speed up the drying process. We can also use desiccant dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air.

Our team members have the knowledge and experience to handle even the most substantial messes associated with flood damage. We offer our services with a focus on customer satisfaction to ensure that you get the desired outcome.

When you need flood water removal services, call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 for exceptional restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Removal Tallahassee – Why Rush to Remove Water on Hardwood Floors

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Room with SERVPRO equipment on a carpeted floor We have the equipment to remove water damage from your floors

SERVPRO Can Help After Water Damages your Floors

Many clients who have experienced water leaks that spread to various rooms in their home containing wood flooring or subfloor are surprised to see the deformation of the wood after the surface of the floors has been dried. There are several reasons for the wood to deform. Often moisture has penetrated between the joints or into the wood itself, causing the wood to swell.

Whenever SERVPRO receives a call from potential clients in Tallahassee about water removal, we urge consumers to act quickly. Repairing the leak and removing the surface water is a high priority. Use mops and towels to remove as much water as possible. Then focus on removing moisture from the floor that may have penetrated the floor. SERVPRO can help to remove all of the moisture.

Hardwood Flooring

Water may have seeped between the joints, and the wood can gradually absorb this moisture. The average moisture content of wood in North America is 10%. Higher amounts can cause the wood to swell, causing buckling and cupping as the wood absorbs moisture. Moisture absorbed along the sides and bottom of the wood cause cupping. Moisture absorbed from the top of the wood can cause it to crown. Various wood types are susceptible to these situations, depending on how porous it is.

Subfloors

Subfloors for carpeting, tile floors, and hardwood floors are typically made from particleboard, plywood, or oriented strand board. The water may dissolve the glue that holds these materials together if the glue is water-soluble. These floors may disintegrate, swell, warp and buckle, causing unattractive floors and poor structural support.

Carpet over Hardwood

Many clients have placed carpet and underpad over hardwood floors for a variety of reasons. Carpet and underpad can be dried; however, the hardwood flooring underneath may absorb moisture, causing some of the effects previously mentioned, and it may be permanently damaged.

SERVPRO can help minimize the damage by removing the surface water immediately and then focusing on drying the wood flooring before cupping, crowning, warping, buckling, or disintegration occurs.

Call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Lake Lamonia, Homestead Ridge, Bradfordville, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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