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Did You Know the Many Factors That Help Mold to Flourish in Your Tallahassee Home?

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Did You Know the Many Factors That Help Mold to Flourish in Your Tallahassee Home? Finding mold on the walls of your home can be stressful. Contact SERVPRO to contain and remediate.

A Fungus Among Us: Factors Contributing To Indoor Mold Growth Tallahassee Homeowners Should Know


Mold thrives in dark and damp environments. As a toxic substance, it can grow on your ceiling, floor, walls, behind walls and wallpaper. As a Tallahassee homeowner, getting to know the factors that contribute to mold growth can save your family.

Poor ventilation
One major cause of mold damage in your Tallahassee home is poor ventilation. Common in homes with single pane windows, indoor humidity builds up and since there is no proper airflow, the surfaces remain cooler.

Moisture can start condensing on such surfaces - walls, ceiling, and floor. If left unchecked, mold spores can thrive. While you may notice small patches of mold on your walls and ceiling, a colony may be growing behind the walls.
To prevent mold growth, allow air to circulate in and out of your home. If need be, use fans. This helps to remove the humid air and keep your home dry.

Low temperature
As you already know, warm air has more moisture than cool air. When warm air comes into contact with a cool surface like your walls, condensation occurs. The water can start running down your walls causing the paint to blister and wooden frames to rot.

To prevent extreme condensation in your home, invest in an air conditioner. This improves airflow in your home and keeps the humid air low. Also, have your walls and plumbing system especially cold water pipes insulated.

Localized sources of humidity
When cooking or boiling water, steam can fill up the air. If you shower with hot water, steam can fill up your bathroom too. Since the walls, ceiling and floors are cool, moisture is going to condense into water.

To lower the level of localized humidity, hire professionals to install dehumidifiers. Using dehumidifiers or air conditioners, you can maintain localized humidity levels below 70%. Doing so denies mold spores a crucial factor needed for reproduction and growth.

As a locally-owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Leon County technicians have the expertise and equipment to handle mold damage in your home. To protect and keep your family safe, call our 24/7 emergency line at (850) 536-6599.
 
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Hurricane Michael, Tallahassee, Leon County, and SERVPRO Working for You

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Michael, Tallahassee, Leon County, and SERVPRO Working for You Evacuate from the Path of Hurricane Michael in the Tallahassee Area Says SERVPRO

Hurricane Preparation Essentials and then Evacuate Your Tallahassee Area Property 

When living in areas that are a frequent target for hurricanes, it is vital for you to know how to prepare for a storm. Creating a simple outline of tasks to do to prepare for a hurricane can be more than helpful for when a storm passes through your Leon County area. When it comes to times of panic, having a plan can decrease the risk of injury among you and your family.

So, what should you do to prepare?
 The very first step you can take in hurricane preparation is to sign up for local alerts. Hurricane season is June 1st-November 30th, the peak being the month of September, but here we are in October, and Hurricane Michael is projected to come ashore in the Tallahassee area as a Cat 4 storm. This is historic. During this stretch, checking the local weather and signing up for weather alerts can give you a heads up. Should a hurricane be predicted to be very severe, a warning is invaluable, as it can give you time to evacuate the area. You must evacuate this Hurricane.
 
Stocking emergency supplies is vital during hurricane season. If you live in an area that is frequently hit by tropically-based storms, and you do, having an extensive first-aid kit, as well as fresh water and food supplies, can go a long way. In general, keeping a "hurricane" kit somewhere in your home can save lives. Consider stocking it with extra clothes that are rain resistant, (850) 536-6599flashlights, a first aid kit, bottled water, canned foods, and necessary survival tools. You will need this kit when you return to a home that hopefully is still standing.
 
Additionally, SERVPRO recommends creating an evacuation kit can be equally as important. When evacuating an area, it is essential for you only to take what you need. Pack a bag that has extra clothes, any documentation that you may need, extra food, and bottled water.
 
Preparing your property for a storm can be equally as important as preparing your family. Looking around your house for any objects that need to be anchored, such as fuel tanks. Surveying your home and determining what could be a danger if knocked loose is an excellent way to determine what to reinforce. Similarly, you can investigate the inside of your home and look for entryways you can reinforce, such as windows and doors. Doing so may prevent severe damage to the structure of your home during a storm.
 
When it comes to hurricane season, it is essential to have a plan. Figure out where you can go during a storm and make sure you have the necessary supplies with you in that place. Having a plan and staying calm in emergency situations can not only prevent injury, but it can save lives.

You must evacuate now. When you return contact SERVPRO of North Leon County, and we promise to do our best to work towards restoring your home to a preloss condition. (850) 536-6599

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SERVPRO (Pan)Handles Tallahassee Properties After a Fire Loss

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO (Pan)Handles Tallahassee Properties After a Fire Loss Tallahassee Houses, Fire and Smoke Damage, Now What to Do?? SIMPLE Call SERVPRO

Widespread Effects Following a Fire in Your Tallahassee Home

One of the things that Tallahassee homeowners try to prepare for is the threat of natural disasters in their home. With the severe weather systems that steadily work through the region through over half of the year, these disasters are never far-off possibilities. It is the disasters that happen inside of your home, causing widespread concerns that are challenging to overcome that can catch you even more off-guard. A fire breaking out in your residence is an excellent example.

You might not realize just how much fire damage can affect your Tallahassee residence until the situation is upon you. From the immediate threats to the structure of your home to substantial secondary effects to contend with, a homeowner can often find themselves overwhelmed at the thought of what it could take to return their home to the way it should be.

From the moment that our SERVPRO team appears at your door, we start assessing the full scope of the damage that the house has sustained from the disaster. With fire damages, the effects rarely remain isolated to the origination point of the fire. Instead, these effects travel through adjoining rooms and areas, even through the ductwork, to influence many regions of your house.

Among the most challenging and widespread of these effects to overcome, even for our experienced and well-equipped SERVPRO technicians, is smoke and soot damage. These symptoms of the fire travel well beyond the range of the primary effects and can alter not only the open areas of the house but also its contents and construction materials. While soot can often get cleaned with conventional approaches, locating it throughout your house can be a chore, even with our sophisticated equipment. Smoke damage often presents itself as the harsh odor throughout your house, and this can get addressed with the use of thermal fogging deodorization equipment, at least. There may be a need for ozone generated molecules to neutralize foul odors.

Fire damage only gets worse the longer that you wait to repair and restore the effects in your house. Trust our SERVPRO of North Leon County technicians to help you recover from this incident and restore its damages efficiently, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime at (850) 536-6599.

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Damaged Property And Contents In Tallahassee

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Restores Your Damaged Property And Contents In Tallahassee When a supply line suddenly ruptures, it can cause a lot of water to flow out onto the floor of your laundromat.

Your Tallahassee Laundromat Can Become In Urgent Need Of Water Cleanup Services After A Supply Line Ruptures

Owning a laundromat means that you have many washing machines hooked up to a water source and if any of them leak, it can leave you in need of professional water cleanup services. When a supply line suddenly ruptures, it can cause a lot of water to flow out onto the floor of your building, leaving your services virtually inaccessible until the problem is fixed. No one wants to walk around in puddles of water while indoors.

The best thing you can do for your Tallahassee laundromat is to call for water cleanup services as soon as you can. The quicker that professionals can address the problem, the less likely it is that water damage can permanently set in. Should the water just be left to sit, it can cause rusting on the metal outside of your other equipment and, it can sink into your tile floors and cause splits and cracks. Additionally, water on the floor can wick up into the walls, causing water damage there as well. The greatest thing an owner can do for their store is to call for help immediately.

SERVPRO understands your need for quick service. Foot-traffic loss can become a valid concern for the health of your business. Thus, we work around your schedule. If the accident in your store happens in the morning, we can work through the day. If it occurs at night, we can do the same to get the initial water-spill cleaned up.

At SERVPRO, our IICRC-certified technicians can use advanced equipment to address the standing water inside of your laundromat. We can use extractors and wet/dry vacuums to remove the water as swiftly as possible. Once the initial water is out of your store, we can check moisture levels and then SERVPRO can set up equipment like ventilation fans and air movers to address any water damage. Once we're done, you can reopen your business and feel "Like it never even happened."

If equipment failure causes your property to become in urgent need of water cleanup services, never wait to get help. Get in contact with SERVPRO of North Leon County by calling (850) 536-6599. 24/7, we are available to take your call.

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How To Dry Out Your Tallahassee Home After A Flood Damage Experience

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Dry Out Your Tallahassee Home After A Flood Damage Experience Flood damage can affect your property in several ways.

How To Dry Out Your Home After A Flood

Flood damage can affect your property in several ways. For instance, if the wallboard remains wet for a long time, it can disintegrate; wooden items can warp, rot, or swell; electrical circuits can malfunction, short out, and cause shock or fires. The silt, mud, contaminants can make your items dirty and create health hazards. Mold also thrives under wet conditions, and it is likely to cause further damage and health effects. That is why you need to dry your Tallahassee property as soon as you can.

We are going to cover some of the steps that our SERVPRO technicians follow to dry your Tallahassee home after a flood damage experience. Lowering the humidity can speed up the drying process and stop mold growth. When we are working in closed up areas, we can run dehumidifiers and air conditioners. We use desiccant dehumidifiers to absorb moisture from closets and other locations where air does not move through. We can also use fans to move drier air around the structure and replace the humid air that is existing on wet surfaces.

Our experts understand that different homes have different types of insulation and each reacts uniquely after getting into contact with moisture. Styrofoam has survival chances, and we hose it off to remove the dirt. We discard fiberglass batts when they get soaked with muddy water. It is only possible to restore them if the water is from a clean source. If the structure has cellulose or blown-in insulation, Our SERVPRO technicians replace it once it gets soaked with flood water. It usually loses its fire retardant and anti-fungal properties after such incidents.

Flood water carries many contaminants, and wallboard usually acts like a sponge. If the wallboard stays wet for an extended time, it becomes very fragile and starts to fall apart. Even if or SERVPRO technicians finally manage to dry it up, some contaminants and mud remain inside. It means we have to remove and throw out soggy wallboard after a flood and make replacements.

You can rely on SERVPRO of North Leon County in the event of a storm, fire, water, and mold damage. Our highly trained specialists have experience in all commercial and residential disasters. Call (850) 536-6599 for a free quote and consultation.

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SERVPRO - Commercial Water Removal For Tallahassee Businesses

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO - Commercial Water Removal For Tallahassee Businesses You can trust our SERVPRO professionals to take care of your Tallahassee business and restore the damage "Like it never even happened."

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Tallahassee Commercial Property From Water Damage

Tallahassee businesses face disasters every storm season, but also have to deal with the problems that come from more common problems like a faulty dishwasher or handwashing station. Plumbing issues like these often result in repair and restoration costs that can equal the damage caused by a severe weather incident.

Tallahassee commercial water removal is usually more simple if the problem resulted from a plumbing incident. If the water came from through an inlet point to the facility, it is uncontaminated or ‘clean’ water. SERVPRO service techs can immediately begin the removal process to help return businesses like a bakery to a dry condition so they can begin turning out turnovers and start serving customers again.

Our service techs can perform minor plumbing repairs, but if there is a major break or another issue, the team leader shuts off the water and recommends to the owner that he/she bring in a licensed plumber or general contractor. The team’s usual first task is bringing in a commercial pump to remove the majority of the water. Pumping out standing water normally requires a full day or two, depending on the size of the facility and how long the leak filled the structure.

Once the water covers the floor surface, they can remove it using extraction wands and long-handled squeegees. The powered wands can draw water quickly from open floors and leave a clean, dry surface. For tight corners, especially under large ovens and other equipment, squeegees are the preferred tool. For puddles far back underneath a large appliance, SERVPRO team members also use sponge mops to soak up and remove water.

Service techs set up a combination of box fans and air movers to remove the last traces of water and leave a dry environment. The box fans draw damp air out of the building and blow it outside. The air movers generate warm, dry air they can direct across floors and underneath appliances and other equipment to dry them when personnel cannot crawl under to dry by hand.

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The goal of SERVPRO of North Leon County is to help our fellow business owners reopen for customers as soon as possible. If you need our help with your structure, call us at (850) 536-6599 today to set up an appointment. We are here for you.

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Sources of Moisture You Might Overlook When Trying to Avoid Mold Damage in Tallahassee

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sources of Moisture You Might Overlook When Trying to Avoid Mold Damage in Tallahassee Moisture in the atmosphere allows mold to spread throughout your home. Contact SERVPRO to quickly evaluate and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Understands All the Possible Causes of a Mold Infestation in Your Home

In a warm and humid area like Tallahassee, it can be challenging to avoid mold spores from absorbing moisture and multiplying into significant colonies. Even if you are vigilant about wiping up spills and examining plumbing for small leaks that cause bigger problems, mold can grow in your home. We are always on the lookout for unique sources of moisture and ready to take remediation action if mold takes hold despite your best efforts to keep areas dry.

Allowing laundry to collect in a confined space or in large piles on the floor can contribute to mold damage in Tallahassee. Dishcloths and bath or beach towels can hold enough moisture to support mildew or mold growth if you postpone laundering for two or more days. If anyone in the family exercises or works up a sweat doing outdoor chores in the heat,  the residual moisture on their clothing can provide fuel for an opportunistic mold spore to begin growing and multiplying.

Air out damp clothing and linens and make sure they are dried thoroughly after washing. Cleaning the lint trap and vent is also an excellent way to make sure excess moisture does not collect and feed mold growth. SERVPRO technicians can assist in dryer vent cleaning as insurance against mold proliferating in the laundry room.

Your cooling system can be to blame for mold growth if condenser coils are dirty or a drain line plugs, creating a mini pool in which mold thrives. Most AC configurations work at least in part by reducing humidity through condensation of water vapor in the air. If your air conditioning unit needs cleaning or adjustment humidity can rise. Ironically, another way an air conditioner might encourage mold growth is when it is too large for the space you need cooled. The equipment shuts off too soon in these cases, cooling the room without dehumidifying the air to below 60 percent relative humidity. SERVPRO technicians can inspect HVAC ductwork for mold growth, and cleaning or sealing off of microbial activity can improve air quality by containing and removing the mold damage.

Condensation can also build up if kitchen and bathrooms are not equipped with exhaust fans or if the fans installed do not operate consistently. Steam from cooking, bathing, and showers provides enough moisture for mold growth any time of the year and exacerbates and accelerates the potential of microbial damage during the warmer months of the year. SERVPRO remediation crews can contain and remove mold following EPA protocols. Proper fan use in the future should minimize recurrence.

SERVPRO of North Leon County awaits your call for mold damage remediation assistance and help to locate the source of moisture feeding the infestation. Our phones at (850) 536-6599 pick up 24 hours a day.

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Residential Water Removal in Tallahassee

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Residential Water Removal in Tallahassee A broken water line or hose in your home can cause a great deal of water damage before it is found. Call SERVPRO immediately.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive On the Scene With Equipment to Effectively Dry Out Your Home After Water Damage

Even with the storms of last year, most Tallahassee residential water damage comes from common sources like a split water line running to the dishwasher or your refrigerator’s ice maker. While it can be as physically damaging as storm flooding, water from a plumbing issue is not considered to be contaminated.
 
For a Tallahassee home needing water removal, this means a SERVPRO restoration team can bring in the right equipment and get started immediately. No time is lost to spraying water surfaces with anti-bacterial or anti-fungal agents to protect technicians or residents from potential hazards.
 
In private homes in Florida, there are no basements and rarely a sub-floor space, so the water inside is usually shallow unless the surrounding landscape drains into the home. That means our technicians do not need a commercial pump to remove large amounts of water, and instead use extraction wands to draw water off of the floors and out of the carpets.
 
The extraction wands in our equipment inventory come in a variety of types and sizes. For small rooms, team members use a portable device that captures water in a separate tank. For larger rooms and hallways, there is also an extractor that a SERVPRO technician stands on as it propels itself across the room. Both work well on carpets and wood flooring.
 
Every extraction device in our inventory has adjustable vacuum speeds and a heating element. These settings help our trained specialists match the type of carpet to ensure the water is removed quickly without causing damage to the nap of the carpet or accidentally overheating the glue holding the layers together, separating them and causing air pockets to form. Careful application of heat also helps speed the process of drying out wood floors without causing or aggravating any warping or cracking of the floorboards.
 
To finish the task, technicians use air movers to force warm, dry air across floors and underneath carpets. This process dries both, removing the last traces of moisture, and returning the home to its original condition.
 
Regardless of how the water got into your home, you need to remove it as quickly as possible. If you need us, call SERVPRO of North Leon County today at (850) 536-6599. We are here to help you return your home, and life, back to normal.

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Handling Loosely And Firmly Attached Smoke Particles After A Fire Damage Incident In Tallahassee

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Handling Loosely And Firmly Attached Smoke Particles After A Fire Damage Incident In Tallahassee After a fire damage incident, you need to know the items you can and cannot refurbish.

A Fire Damage Incident In Your Home

After a fire damage incident, you need to know the items you can and cannot refurbish. It is time you need to seek professional advice as you work towards returning your property to its former state. Working with fire restorers can help you reduce further damage and in the process avoid the costly option of replacing restorable materials. We are outlining how we handle the different forms of smoke residues when such events happen in Tallahassee.

When responding to fire damage incidents in Tallahassee, our SERVPRO technicians begin by performing an inspection. During the inspection, we can determine the types of smoke residues and the extent of the damage. It helps us to establish the most appropriate cleaning services and restoration procedures to use. Remember, all fire events are unique, and they require professional expertise and the use of logic to salvage items and restore your property.

To remove the residues from surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians must use appropriate capturing techniques that are either fluid or air-based. Vacuuming and dissolving are the two common processes that we use when capturing and removing the smoke residues. We prefer vacuuming when the site has dry particles which are loosely attached to the surface. If we introduce moisture at this stage, the surface may absorb them and end up being hard to remove.

After we are through with vacuuming and all the loose particles have been captured, we then loosen the bond of the firmly attached particles by dissolving. Once we have suspended all the residues in a cleaning product, it is time to rinse the surface. The type of smoke particles as well as the surface they are attached to usually helps us to select the cleaning agent we use to dissolve the particles. We use solvent based cleaning agents when we are dealing with particles that are not water-soluble. It's also important to note that some surfaces can get additional damage when cleaned by water or solvents.

At SERVPRO of North Leon County, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster be it fire, water, storm, or mold damage. Call us at (850) 536-6599 for our highly trained technicians to offer you 24-hour emergency services.

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Fast and Efficient Water Removal in Tallahassee

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fast and Efficient Water Removal in Tallahassee Knowing this Green Vehicle Is at Your Home for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in the Tallahassee Area Means All Is Well

Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage with Rapid Extraction and Drying

Water damage is one the most severe events in a home or organization. SERVPRO has a highly trained team in water removal and damage restoration for both commercial and residential water losses. The working team follows the best practices of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification IICRC, and they are certified to have exceeded the expected industry demands.

The source of the water is not a problem to the team since there is cutting edge equipment handled by qualified technicians to perform the required tasks without delay. Our company has an excellent reputation for water removal and handling damage events in the Tallahassee area. When water affects a property, not to worry, our teams are well trained for any level of water removal and cleanup. Using the water extraction machines, SERVPRO team members can dry property fast and offer documentation to validate when the drying process has reached the desired moisture content level of the building materials and possessions.

The office staff, managers, and technicians all have knowledge of repair and restoration. The SERVPRO team has added the advantage of many years of working experience hence developing much confidence to handle various situations. The expert understanding of removing water helps to extract water quickly, detect moisture in a hidden area and ensure a thoroughly clean and dry home. Water damage is unique in different areas, therefore, requiring different techniques in removal and restoration, but the procedure is similar.

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated and is ready and near to help, the main aim being to make the surrounding areas including FAU free from the effects of unwanted water. The strategic position of the company plays a significant role to access many areas immediately either during the day or night. The primary goal is to return the damaged areas to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Leon County is a quick emergency response team ready to serve you at any time of the day. Contact us 24/7 by calling (850) 536-6599 in Tallahassee, FSU, and Centerville.

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