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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.


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 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.

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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)

water damage in home “Like it never even happened.”

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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