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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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Mold Damage Tallahassee – Avoiding Mold Infestations

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spots on a ceiling. Let us be there Tallahassee to guide you through the mold.

SERVPRO knows best when it comes to your Tallahassee mold issues.

Consumers may not realize that mold is present in their homes, outdoors, and just about everywhere. Mold spores are microscopic and float in the air until the spores find the right conditions to grow into colonies. Warmth, moisture, and a food source can provide the right conditions for mold to grow in your home. Mold produces mycotoxins that can seriously affect your health.

SERVPRO has extensive training in the control of mold damage in Tallahassee. We understand how to remove mold infestations and, more importantly, how to remove moisture in your home that mold needs to grow. Mold cannot be eliminated; however, it can be controlled, and consumers can avoid the associated health problems.

Checking for Sources of Moisture

Mold needs moisture to establish a colony. SERVPRO uses moisture sensors to help find any area in your home that may be contributing to moisture and high humidity. Lowering the humidity to below 45% in your home can help to deter mold growth.

There may be a leaky pipe, condensation on cold water pipes, or small leaks around windows. Whatever the cause, we can find these sources and propose solutions to control the moisture source.

Removing Mold

Consumers should take action to manage a mold infestation immediately. Waiting, hoping that it disappears or attempting to remove the mold yourself, usually allows the mold infestation to grow and cause more damage.

The mitigation process for dealing with mold infestation depends on the location and the extent of the area affected. Severe infestations may require the removal of drywall, flooring, and even structural elements. We follow appropriate removal and disposal procedures to protect the occupants. We remove porous materials from the affected area. Wash hard surfaces with a chlorine bleach solution. Remove the moisture source, and the environment must be dried. Keep humidity levels below 45%.

Call SERVPRO of North Leon County / Tri-Lakes at (850) 536-6599 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Florida State University F S U, Lake Iamonia, Homestead Ridge, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Mitigates Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Miami

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipoment drying ceiling olf business After responding to a water loss even at this business, we were able to provide a complete restoration with minimal interruptions.

Commercial Water Removal Tallahassee – Keeping You and Your Clients Healthy 

When there is a water leak, most consumers and business persons focus on the leak. In particular, business people want to limit the amount of damage and return to normal operations as fast as possible. We understand this requirement; however, SERVPRO also focuses on avoiding safety issues that could cause a variety of accidents and health issues. 

SERVPRO provides 24 / 7 response to commercial water damage removal emergencies in the Tallahassee area. Our teams are trained to assess the situation for a variety of safety-related issues, the type of water damage, and the most appropriate means of removing the water. We aim to remove all of the moisture while maintaining a safe environment for your employees and your clients. 

Potential Hazards to Keep in Mind 

Our SERVPRO crew chief is usually the first team member to respond to an emergency. The crew chief assesses the situation, the damage, the amount of water, potential hazards along with staff and equipment needed. He or she checks for many different hazards: 

  • Ceilings filled with water that could collapse
  • Electrical hazards in water situations that may be contaminated
  • Poor lighting situations
  • Crowd control during work activities
  • Vulnerable individuals such as young children and adults with health issues 

Managing the Situation

Every water damage event and the building offers a variety of risks and potential hazards. SERVPRO's crew chiefs may implement control measures to protect both clients, customers, and our team from identified hazards. He or she works closely with your onsite representative to manage expectations and make sure everyone is safe. These could include: 

  • How can the hazard be eliminated?
  • Can tasks be completed safely by using an alternative?
  • Can the hazard be eliminated or reduced?Can scheduling of the cleanup reduce the risk?
  • Should personal protective gear be used to reduce potential exposure to hazards? 

Our SERVPRO team is trained to deal with all types of water damage events and assure that your staff and clientele are protected from potential hazards, while cleanup and drying operations are underway. 

Call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Florida State University FSU, Centerville, Lake Iamonia, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Let Our Team Save Your Tallahassee Home

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Do You Need SERVPRO in Tallahassee?

When you live or own a home in Florida, you are well aware of the different needs your home has. For example, you may need someone to take care of your pool or trim your palm trees. You also know that your home needs to be ready for severe storms and winds and prepare by installing shutters or impact windows. Overall, you become attuned to the geographic effects Florida has on your property. Consequently, you have a Rolodex of contractors you can call if disaster strikes, and they implicitly become part of your emergency plan.

If you still wonder why SERVPRO is part of your water damage plan in Tallahassee, you may not know enough about our services yet. Our focus is on fire and water cleanup and restoration, and we train our technicians to act under pressure and in stressful situations to minimize your losses. Whenever water causes damage in your home, whether it comes from a storm or a broken pipe, our water restoration technicians (WRT) come into your home carrying industry-grade equipment and expertise designed to help you restore your property to normal as soon as possible.

Some homeowners wonder what the main difference is between a do-it-yourself solution and calling a professional service. For starters, our SERVPRO crew has at its disposal instruments designed specifically for measuring and controlling humidity levels in your home. Contrary to popular belief, the goal is not to eliminate any trace of moisture; instead, we aim to bring it back to balance. Unless you have access to technology such as infrared moisture readers, you run the risk of causing further damage by not drying each surface properly.

Another crucial aspect of our services is that we strive to restore as much of your home as possible. Instead of assuming that all your belongings, floors, and surfaces are beyond repair, our SERVPRO staff applies itself to restore as much as possible. Restoration translates into savings in terms of time and money, both of which are to your benefit.

Whenever you think of your home and its vulnerability to the elements, think of SERVPRO of North Leon County. A call to (850) 536-6599 may be all you need to address the damage and leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Solvent-based Fire Damage Cleanup for Tallahassee Residents

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

Inside of a home that has fire and soot damage. Cleaning your Tallahassee fire damage is very serious, let us be there to assist you.

Tallahassee, SERVPRO is here for all your fire damage needs.

Usually, a property fire is followed by a lengthy cleanup process. Certain charred materials need removal and disposal. Others may be considered restorable or salvageable. Being able to sift through debris as well as identify the areas in your home where soot or smoke residues may reside is essential to performing a quick service. Your estimator may inspect and test residues to put together your claim expense. Equally, our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FRST) can conduct pre-tests of residues to determine an appropriate cleaning method. 

We can handle your fire damage cleanup in Tallahassee from start to finish. After pre-testing surfaces and soiling, SERVPRO can begin the process of capturing dry residues. These dry residues are usually created by the combustion of natural materials or soot that get blown outward from a high-pressure fire. We use wet/dry vacuums to help remove any loose soot from the surface, which can help prepare a surface for the solvent cleaning stage.

Solvent-based cleaning methods are useful on surfaces where there are no loose particles. As a wet-cleaning method, these can be more time-consuming as drying times becomes an additional factor. However, by applying the correct wet-cleaning methods, SERVPRO can complete a thorough cleanup that can help to reduce odor while getting your home back to its preloss condition. 

Solvent cleaning agents can be water or oil-based depending on the type of smoke residue we are removing. Generally, the solvent is applied, which loosens the bonded particles from a surface. These particles become suspended in the solvent then removed by washing away cleaning products with clean water. SERVPRO technicians can significantly reduce the drying times by applying air-movers or other drying equipment to the affected surfaces.

If you are considering conducting fire cleanup yourself, it is vital to be aware of the state and local laws regarding the disposal of cleaning solvents. You should never dispose of solvents in sewer or septic systems, avoid storm drains, or disposing of solvent in septic tanks. 

Our technicians can dispose of the solvent correctly in line with local and federal laws during fire cleanup. Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 for expert assistance. 

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Tallahassee Mold Infestations Are Everywhere--Call SERVPRO for Mitigation and Remediation

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Workers in Protective Clothing Removing Mold Spit Shot SERVPRO Says "Like it never even happened," Applies to Mold Cleanup and Remediation in Tallahassee

Safely Removing Mold Damage from the Structure of your Tallahassee Home

Microbial growth issues in your home can escalate quickly or be a continual, recurring issue without the correct intervention methods. Homeowners may fear the spiraling costs of mold investigations, but in most cases, Laboratory testing is unnecessary. Our team of qualified remediation technicians is equipped to tackle mold at the source and put in place protective measures to reduce the likelihood of repeating problems.

Uncovering mold damage in your Tallahassee can be an anxious experience. Frequently the materials and structural components of your property must be removed and replaced with non-contaminated materials. Mold, like rot, can spread quickly, causing an extensive infestation. SERVPRO technicians are here to help find the source of mold and then remove the remaining colonies from your property.

While the replacement of materials like drywall may sound costly, these materials are typically inexpensive. SERVPRO can conduct controlled demolitions of infested materials safely. Using a containment barrier, either negative air-pressure or plastic sheeting, we can ensure that demolitions do not cause mold spores to spread throughout your home. We can set up clean rooms and decontamination zones to prevent cross-contamination during the service. Mold typically spreads through spores that become airborne and land on damp spots or places where moisture may reside.

While the replacement of structural contents may be necessary, areas of the home's actual structure can be a considerable project. SERVPRO technicians can use soda-blasting or ice-pellet blasting to remove the surface level damages without causing irreparable harm to the structure. Often natural woods are used in load-bearing walls or the foundations of your property. Woods can suffer from microbial growth. In most cases, a SERVPRO technician can safely sand the wall and refinish it using an anti-microbial primer to prevent excessive damage. Using professional restoration service technicians can tackle mold without the risk of recurring issues. We use fully-licensed, trained mold assessment, and remediation technicians that give your home the best chance of making a full recovery.

The remediation of mold in your property is a professional job, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599.
 

When Tallahassee Attics Experience Flood Damage

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO vans and equipment SERVPRO is equipped and ready to handle all of your water damage restoration emergencies.

How Certified Professionals Tackle Attic Flood Damage in Tallahassee

Over the next three decades, Florida residents can expect flooding to occur in tens of thousands of homes, with some estimates as high as 68,000. With this in mind, preparation is key to minimizing damage. However, flood preparation does not always translate to being able to restore your home after the fact. Without proper, thorough cleaning, attic flooding in any home can lead to structural damage inside wall cavities, as well as the destruction of insulation and other crucial structural components.

In the event of flood damage in your Tallahassee rental home, certified SERVPRO technicians strive to bring you thorough and professional disaster mitigation to minimize costly repairs and make it safe to dwell in once more. If left unchecked, you can be at risk for mold and dry rot, as well as warping and cupping in the attic from porous surfaces absorbing water.

SERVPRO uses a variety of tools and techniques to address and mitigate damage in your home, starting with a wide array of moisture measuring tools. These technicians can even use infrared cameras to evaluate areas behind structures like walls and ceilings for signs of water damage. In cases of flooding, many items may have to be discarded, including insulation, due to sanitary concerns, mold, and other issues.

While it may not seem particularly dangerous at first, floodwater often carries microbes and contaminants that can affect the safety and integrity of structures without professional mitigation. Biocides are applied twice in environments that suffer from potential sewage contamination: before cleaning to prevent the spread of microbes, and then after cleaning to minimize exposure further.

The cleaning process after flooding involves careful extraction of any remaining standing water with portable back-mounted extractors, and, if needed, truck-mounted pumps, as well as removing porous, water-affected materials. Thorough disinfection and drying of remaining items and structures are also necessary. During the drying process, industrial-grade centrifugal air movers are crucial to the drying process because of their ability to pull moisture off of surfaces for dehumidifiers to capture and eliminate from the home.

SERVPRO of North Leon County can be at your home within hours to ensure that it looks, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes in your home, you can always call (850) 536-6599 for high-quality professional cleanup.

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