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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. 

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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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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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We Can Help If Your Water Heater Causes Water Damage In Tallahassee

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Heater Leaks Require Water Cleanup in Tallahassee

Did you know that water-related claims are among the second most common insurance claims filed in the US after wind and hail damage? While Floridians are used to damage from storms and floods, homeowners also need to look out for another common culprit: their water heater. If left unchecked, a leak in a water heater can quickly turn into gallons of water soaking into your floors and damaging your possessions.

If your home requires immediate assistance after such a disaster, SERVPRO is a name you can count for professional water cleanup in Tallahassee. Technicians are fully certified and trained to focus on damage mitigation and prevention to save you time and money and restore your home to its preloss condition.

Checking Your Water Heater
Whether a corroded tank or leaky inlet is the culprit, here are the steps you can take to minimize damage:

    •    Locate the leak. Check around the inlet and outlet connections, look for corrosion around the tank itself, and examine the valves.

    •    Turn off your water heater. This could be done by turning off a dial or switch or by using your circuit breaker. Make use of the shutoff valve near the tank to slow leaks.

    •    Drain the tank. If you cannot undertake repairs yourself, call a plumber or repair technician right away to fix it for you.

    •    Dry the area. If you have carpet or other porous items around your tank, remove them to prevent mold and mildew proliferation. Dry wet floors and walls, ensure that your home has adequate ventilation, and use a dehumidifier or desiccant products like silica gel if you have them.

SERVPRO technicians can be at your residence within four hours to assess the damage and get started on the cleanup. Various sensors are used, including moisture sensors and infrared cameras, to determine exact moisture levels and extent of water damage behind surfaces. Technicians can use wet/dry vacuums and portable extractors to remove water from surfaces like tile flooring and address water damage to walls, upholstery, and other fixtures with the help of commercial-grade centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers.  Experts also use OSHA-approved antimicrobial cleaners that can eliminate odor-causing bacteria and reduce the risk of further damage to your home.

SERVPRO of North Leon County is always available at a moment's notice to clean up your home. No matter the disaster, we can ensure it looks, “Like it never even happened.” For more information or to have a team come out to your residence, call (850) 536-6599 today.

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What Everyone Must Know About Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in Midtown Tallahasee

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

mold on a room wall corner Finding mold in the corner of your business property can be quite overwhelming. Contact our certified technicians for remediation services.

Ways to Avoid Bar and Grill Mold Damage Remediation in Midtown Tallahassee

Mold needs only a few things to transform from microscopic spores that float and settle on surfaces with little consequence in Midtown Tallahassee. A source of moisture and an organic surface to grow on and infiltrate covers most mold species’ requirements. Your capital city restaurant can offer mold a stronghold. Our remediation experts can abate a current outbreak and then help you adapt your commercial space and procedure to avoid constant mold growth in the future.

Be Vigilant About Water Cleanup

Inhibition of mold damage in Midtown Tallahassee dining spots can be as simple as wiping up spills and maintaining humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. Bars and restaurants use a lot of water, but mold growth and damage are not instantaneous. A neglected leaky dishwasher supply line or inadequate cleaning protocols in the bar area can present mold spores with the 24 to 48-hour window needed to absorb the moisture and start the fungal life cycle.

Be Sure to Use Exhaust Fans

Restaurant kitchens are steamy places, and failure to vent moist air provides the kind of environment in which molds thrive. If our SERVPRO team arrives to evaluate mold damage, the first things we look for are sources of moisture. This search includes obvious things like evidence of unmitigated and unremediated water losses. Food preparation spaces can support mold growth on walls and ceilings when kitchen fans are non-existent or inconsistently used.

Rely on Our Expertise When Mold Damage Occurs

If your dining destination does suffer from significant mold damage, our adherence to industry best practices can clear active colonies and reduce the chance of recurrence. We employ the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols for schools and commercial buildings:

  • Contain the moldy space with plastic sheeting and a negative pressure air scrubbing system.
  • Remove the mold from solid surfaces with scrapers and brushes.
  • Consider the use of abrasive blasting technology to clean mold off porous materials. Soda blasting removes mold and incapacitates the organism’s hyphae or roots.
  • Use HEPA-filtered vacuums to collect residues on surfaces for lawful disposal.
  • Apply an EPA-registered disinfectant/antimicrobial to inhibit mold growth rebound.

SERVPRO of North Leon County is a trusted mold remediation specialist for commercial property owners struggling with the challenges of microbial growth and damage. Call for an evaluation at (850) 536-6599.

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Fire Damage, Water Damage, and Maybe Mold in Tallahassee, Oh My!

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Active blazing fire on a kitchen stove. We know fire damage can consume your home in Tallahassee, if not taken care of properly the damage will get worse.

SERVPRO knows there stuff, when it comes to a fire in your Tallahassee home.

Fire damage delivers a host of issues to a residential property. The charred debris, the water from extinguishing efforts, and then the prospect of mold brings the need for professional restoration services to the forefront. 

Clearing fire damage from a Tallahassee property necessitates several steps to ensure the home is safe for habitation. Soot is unhealthy to breath (not to mention the foul odor) and requires removal for a healthy environment to live in. The challenge comes for SERVPRO technicians as soot particles exist smaller than humans can see, and that is why they deploy specialized equipment to remove these microscopic specks. 


Consumer-grade equipment simply cannot match the specialized machinery SERVPRO technicians have access to. Air scrubbers for the removal of soot particles to robust odor control units increase the chances of restorability to more of the building structure and contents for the best outcome. 

Fire Debris Cleanup and Removal

It is vital to remove any charred items as they have zero restoration potential and spread odor. Sheetrock frequently shows double damage from not only the fire but also water damage. Once wicked into the sheetrock, it buckles and warps requiring cutting away. 

Correct Cleaning Methods

A single room may show different types of smoke damage and require different methods of cleaning depending on the temperature of the blaze and the items consumed by the fire. For example, high heat fires produce a dry smoke that causes more damage when exposed to liquid cleaners and instead needs a dry-sponge cleaning approach for removal. While wet smoke residues require suspension using oil-based or solvent cleansers to release their grip on the surface for successful removal. Metal beams attract smoke webs around the ceiling; in particular, they are found in corners and can be swept away cleanly. 

When fire damage is a problem, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599. Our emergency response technicians are available 24/7 to make the fire loss to your home and contents "Like it never even happened."

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Tallahassee Fire Damage Restoration

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen that encountered a fire with smoke and soot damage Fire Damage in this kitchen began on the stove. The photo shows the hood of the stove and the cabinetry charred by the fire damage.

Why Soot and Smoke Removal Include Residential Contents Cleaning in Tallahassee

When a fire loss occurs in your Tallahassee home, you might be shocked at the extent and severity even after what seems like minor fire. Smoke spreads quickly through a dwelling, drifting on air currents or through the HVAC system if left running. Structural components and fixtures attract soot throughout the house. Contents, from household goods through personal possessions, also risk exposure to the fire residues. Our professional training in all these cleaning needs is why homeowners need to call.

Fire Residues Are Corrosive and Toxic

Cleanup after Tallahassee residential fire damage can pose risks to the individuals completing it. Chemicals, gases, and particles created by the incomplete combustion of burned materials can be health hazards and need to be managed by trained technicians. Our employees complete core and advanced courses developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to be certified as Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Contents Processing Technicians (CPT). The precautions we learn and implement during this training are critical for your family’s safety, why relying on our expertise is vital.

Pack-Outs Help Clean Contents and Speed Structural Remediation

Removing smoke and soot-damage contents to a secure place within another area of your home or at our production facility is best practices for two reasons. The contents get the attention needed from our specialized production technicians, and the cleared out spaces in your home are more easily cleaned and treated. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) keeps track of items moved, why SERVPRO can clarify restoration and replacement claims with your insurance company throughout the process.

Professional Techniques for Smoke Removal

Merely airing out a fire-damaged space or collection of contents is ineffective to remove smoke. Our team members include containment strategies in the overall mitigation and remediation plan, an important reason why SERVPRO has the reputation of delivering efficient fire recovery services safely. Creating workspaces with plastic sheeting barriers and the sealing properties of negative pressure air scrubbers both in your home and at our production facility promotes HEPA filtering and exhausting of airborne contaminants. 

Soot Removal Evaluation Followed by Appropriate Strategies

Fire deposits varying types of soot depending on the temperature, oxygen availability, and materials burned. Our training and experience permit a proper fit between the products, tools, and methods used to remove the soot either on structural surfaces or affecting the contents of your home. Our production facility and employees have resources such as ultrasonic immersion tanks, innovative washing and drying systems, deodorization and drying chambers, and other options to return your possessions to “Like it never even happened.” This broad range of options is why SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire damage restoration of homes and their contents.

Explore why SERVPRO of North Leon County has solutions for nearly every challenge presented by structural and contents fire damage mitigation and remediation. One call to (850) 536-6599 gets an assessment team at your home fast, ready to start immediately.

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Is Your Tallahassee Warehouse Storing Fire Damage?

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Each of our vehicles are stocked with equipment to restore your commercial fire damage.

The Unique Challenges of Commercial Fire Damage in a Tallahassee Warehouse 

Fires in commercial spaces such as a warehouse present many challenges to emergency and restoration crews. For instance, firefighters have to make forays deep into a building to access the seat of the fire. Restoration crews, on the other hand, have to remove significant amounts of debris and face additional challenges to restore normal operations at your Tallahassee warehouse. 

Why the Cause Matters

The challenges faced when restoring commercial fire damage in a Tallahassee warehouse can trace back to the cause. Most cases of warehouse fires happen because of problems in the electrical distribution lines, heating systems, and in some cases, arson. Small fires in a warehouse quickly become uncontrollable blazes because of exposure of combustible materials. Such materials could include waste paper, wood, or even the products stored in the facility if they are highly combustible. 

Vast Spaces Covered with Residues

After extinguishing the flames, other problems become apparent. Soot covered walls and roofing in the facility is one such problem. The massive size of these surfaces makes the task of cleaning them tough. Without the right resources, it can take a long time to restore normal conditions. Our SERVPRO technicians help tackle this problem in different ways. Our crews have self-propelled cherry pickers which ease access and movement when cleaning elevated surfaces. We also have pressure washers, which help remove residues from surfaces faster. 

Safe Hazards during Restoration

The different materials burnt during the incident can leave noxious fumes and aerosols at the loss site. Contact through the skin or inhalation can cause different health problems. Our SERVPRO technicians counter such hazards with the use of PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including full-body suits, respirators, and heavy-duty gloves during the restoration process. We can, therefore, work faster without exposing ourselves to risks.

After a fire affects your Centerville, Florida State University or Midtown Tallahassee warehouse, faster restoration should help your business resume normal operations more quickly. Call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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