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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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We Discuss Basic Cleaning Principles For Your Fire Damaged Tallahassee Home

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

If a fire ever starts inside your home call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Professionals In Tallahassee Talk About Basic Cleaning Principles

If a fire ever starts on your property in Tallahassee, there are various problems that could take place. Fire damage can exist in various forms, including burnt materials and soot residues. Many times structural blazes get put out with water which can create other issues. Adding moisture to the situation can create moisture-related issues, including soot getting soaked deeper into your building materials.

Luckily, our SERVPRO fire damage technicians in Tallahasse have vast amounts of experience in mitigating various types of problems. Our highly trained team provides fast 24/7 service so that we can start restoring your structure immediately after the burn takes place. We also have at our disposal advanced technology and techniques that help us be successful when attempting to return your house to its previous state, “Like it never even happened.”

Our fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs at SERVPRO know that cleaning soot residues and soils can be a significant portion of your restoration project. Most cleaning procedures involve either changing or altering the soils or residues. Our FSTs frequently use the following chemicals to clean and remove soot residues and other stains.

1. Enzymes
Enzymes are living organisms. They digest protein soils like starch, dairy products, perspiration, body discharges, blood, eggs, and fish slime.

2. Bleaching Agents
Bleaching works by chemically altering a stain to reverse the coloration of a stain.

3. Removing Water Stains
Our SERVPRO FSTs often use a peroxide-based water stain remover called Brown Out.  Brown Out produces a chemical change to remove “browning” caused by overwetting or slow drying of fabrics or carpets.

4. Removing Rust
When removing rust stains, we frequently use a strong acid chemical called rusticide. This strong acid has a pH of 2 and dissolves rust stains on cotton, linen, silk, wool, synthetic fibers, and carpeting.

5. Deodorizing Through Chemical Changes
Ozone is a colorless pale blue gas consisting of highly volatile O3 molecules. When ozone molecules contact odor-causing molecules, they oxidize the odor molecules, neutralizing them and breaking them down to smaller, less offensive materials.

If a fire ever starts inside your Killearn, Centerville, or Meridian home call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Specialists Explain The Issues Associated With Lightning Strikes In Tallahassee

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

If your house ever gets hit by lightning, contact SERVPRO at (850) 536-6599 immediately after the disaster strikes.

Flood Damage Technicians From Tallahassee Talk About Problems Associated With Lightning Strikes

According to the Insurance Information Institute, the state of Florida has more insurance claims due to lightning every year than any other state making your Tallahassee home at risk during the summer season. Once lightning strikes your structure, it can create a hole that rainwater can enter, sometimes causing excessive flood damage. Once items inside your building get wet, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Our team knows the best methods to quickly mitigate your flood damage in Tallahassee so that mold growth or other secondary problems do not occur. In 2018, the state of Florida ranked number one with the most lightning losses with over 7,100 reported claims. The total money lost that year exceeded $74 million, which comes out to more than $10,000 per claim on average.

To reduce the amount of the loss, our SERVPRO technicians work towards removing as much moisture as possible in a short period, preferably in less than 48 hours before mold can grow. As soon as you notice items inside your house like your contents and building materials got wet, there are a few things that you can do to help our crew speed up the overall restoration process.

First off, once you notice rainwater pouring in from where the lightning hit your structure, try to plug the hole to stop water from entering. If you can, board up the hole in your structure or seal it with plastic so that moisture cannot keep coming into your home. Next, try to keep the water that did get in from spreading all-around your house by stopping it with rags or more plastic.

Then, it is wise to remove any of the loose contents in your building so that they do not cause moisture to spread to other places and your building materials. Removing any wet contents inside your house can also help keep your indoor relative humidity level from rising to a point where it can cause secondary damage.

After you have stopped water from coming in and you have removed all of your wet contents from the affected area, it is time to remove any water that you find. If your carpets got wet, it is smart to utilize a wet/dry vac. Finally, you should set up fans to create an airflow inside your structure to help speed up the natural drying and evaporation process.

If your house in Lake Iamonia, Killearn, or Homestead Ridge ever gets hit by lightning, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 immediately after the disaster strikes.

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Our Crew Has The Proper Techniques To Handle Your Fire Damage In Tallahassee

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in this kitchen began on the stove, we were able to arrive right away to begin restoration on the hood of the stove and the cabinetry.

Tips for Removing Odors After a Fire Damages Your Tallahassee Home

A fire incident can injure the residents of a house and ruin various parts of the building and the possessions in it. The items that survive the fire damage can bring comfort, but when the smoke scent sets in, removing it from clothing, fabrics, furniture and other porous materials can seem like an impossible undertaking. Acting speedily to eliminate the odors is essential because the longer they remain in your house; the harder it is to remove them.

You can take several steps to eradicate smoke odors after a fire damages your Tallahassee residence. Begin by removing most items that have a smoke scent such as furniture, area rugs, clothing and wallpaper to streamline the process of eradicating smoke smells. If the weather allows, open the windows and place fans in your home to circulate the air. Ventilation helps to minimize the scent while drying out the moisture damage that happened in the fire extinguishing process.

You should also eliminate soot from fabrics to prevent secondary destruction because it is acidic. Since soot holds the scent, it is advisable to use an industrial vacuum to eradicate the oily residue. Make sure you hold the nozzle of the vacuum cleaners above the carpeting, fabric or drapery to prevent it from staining or damaging the materials further. To deal with smoke smell, also consider sealing the porous surfaces that may have absorbed it such as raw, unfinished wood.

It is also essential to use the odor removal services that SERVPRO offers. We have the sophisticated equipment and expertise required to eliminate smoke smells after fire damage. Our technicians usually combine several deodorization techniques to solve odor problems. The same deodorizing product or technique cannot solve all scent issues. Some smells require direct spraying, some fogging and others activated oxygen. Our odor control technician (OCT) can use safe and efficient strategies to achieve the best results possible using equipment like:

· Hydroxyl generators
· Thermal foggers
· Ventilation box fans
· Ozone generators
· Air scrubbers

We can also clean and sanitize your belongings by using ultrasonic technology to remove soot. Ultrasonic cleaning can restore ceramics, glass, plastics, hardware, toys, cloth lampshades and blinds among other items. Once our SERVPRO technicians deodorize your house, it can smell fresh once again. Our deodorization process seeks to make the fire and smoke damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

When a fire ruins your house and you need a rapid response and quick answers, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County to deal with the smoke scents. Our crew can locate and restore the areas and items that fire, soot, and smoke have ruined. You can reach us 24/7 at (850) 536-6599.

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How to Handle Commercial Flood Damage in Tallahassee

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

We routinely inspect our equipment so that it is always ready to meet your water damage needs.

Flooding in Commercial Zones Damages Buildings, Equipment, and Goods in Tallahassee

When you own a retail business in Tallahassee, maintaining things becomes crucial to keeping customer satisfaction high. Not only this, but you also need to maintain safe working conditions for your employees. The two often overlap in how you achieve them, but accidents and extreme weather can make things more difficult for any size business.

When business owners in Tallahassee face commercial flood damage in their retail setting, they can depend on us to help get everything up and running again quickly. We work in teams to better address all of the elements in your retail setting simultaneously. Doing so helps all of the different aspects come to an end concurrently, decreasing any the chances of additional interruptions and other delays.

As one group of specialists work on the building itself, other employees gather merchandise into one area. Other technicians work on placing all the furnishings into one section as compactly as possible. Having everything situated and condensed in this manner gives us more room to work in cleaning, drying, and working in the building. When we have additional space, it allows us to get into areas that otherwise might prove difficult or cumbersome.

To get your inventory and furnishings in preloss condition requires special cleaning, as well as drying. Contamination of surfaces happens store-wide and can spread easily. We continue spraying disinfectants as we work to ensure microbes never gain a foothold. 

We also depend on specially built chambers we construct on-site that allow us to use a combination of air scrubbers and air movers. Our specialists work inside these chambers to clean soiled items and dry them at an accelerated rate. The air scrubbers work to keep microbes and other airborne contaminants from reaching newly-cleaned areas outside of the chamber.

Retail stores depend on their merchandise, and without a stable supply, meeting consumer demand becomes unlikely. We help our commercial customers meet their needs by sorting current stock into three categories. We box up undamaged items to prevent problems with damage and loss. We list water damaged items for you so restocking these things becomes more manageable, as well as facilitating insurance claims.

Some items, both from your inventory and also from your store's furnishings, might seem more damaged than what a bit of restorative work can recover. However, we carry the necessary tools and cleaning agents in our Green Fleet, keeping us prepared for every situation. We can help you recover a majority of seemingly damaged items and help reduce the costs incurred in recovering from a flood.

SERVPRO of North Leon County wants to help after flood damage harms our communities and causes area-wide damage. Minor flooding can prove just as devastating in isolated areas, also. We are prepared to mitigate retail and other settings in Centerville, near the FSU Campus, and around Lake Lamonia. Contact us at (850) 536-6599 for fast and professional service, 24/7, year-round.

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We Are The Crew To Call If Your Tallahassee Home Experiences A Flood Damage Disaster

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

We have the resources to deal with any form of soiling “Like it never even happened.”

Necessary Cleanup After Flood Damage Incident In Tallahassee

Flooding incidents can inconvenience homeowners in many ways. One of the inconveniences is leaving your Tallahassee property murky by depositing mud, silt and raw sewage or other soils. It is crucial to perform a thorough cleaning exercise to regain preloss conditions. We offer professional restoration services that help carry out all the necessary cleanup steps efficiently.

Removing all the soils from your property after flood damage incidents in Tallahassee is a crucial restoration step, albeit not an easy one. Depending on the intensity of flooding, the soiling might be substantial. Also, the presence of dangerous contaminants such as raw sewage or industrial chemicals necessitates precautionary measures when handling the soils. Our SERVPRO technicians work faster because we have the PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, allowing us to wade into any section of your property easily.

Apart from the water flowing into the property, there are other dynamics involved in a flooding situation, leaving different materials in a property damaged. Debris removal is another essential part of the cleanup. In many cases, debris removal involves a bit of teardown to get rid of damaged drywall, insulation, carpets, and other building materials. Our SERVPRO technicians handle this process effectively because we have the necessary training and equipment. We always pack a variety of equipment in our product trucks for such tasks including:

    •    55-Gallon trash cans on wheels
    •    Rubber hammers
    •    Pry bars and Crowbars
    •    Molding lifters
    •    Awls

Water removal is also part of cleanup because if left unchecked, it can cause several problems including bad odor and mold. Removing standing water is simpler than removing the water that dissolves in building materials or and contents. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on both simple and advanced equipment such as water extractors, buckets, mops, air movers, and dehumidifiers to accomplish this step.

To clean up your property thoroughly after flooding in Centerville, Florida State University F S U, and Midtown Tallahassee, call SERVPRO of North Leon County to help. You can reach us at (850) 536-6599 ant time. We have the resources to deal with any form of soiling “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration to a Tallahassee Retirement Facility

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is stressful-especially for seniors. We commit to treating those affected by water disasters with compassion and reassurance.

Professional Water Damage Restoration at a Tallahassee Retirement Facility Demonstrates Care and Compassion 

A water loss causes fear and concern for the tenants of any multi-unit housing building in Tallahassee, but the stress for residents of a retirement facility and their families is particularly intense. Individuals in assisted living homes often face mobility issues, needing help to stay safe when a water disaster strikes. Everyone’s risk of slip and fall injury increases when excess water intrudes into public spaces and individual apartments, but the elderly are particularly vulnerable. 

Recently we assessed and provided restoration for water damage at a Tallahassee retirement facility. As the photo illustrates, the water loss mitigation and remediation required significant controlled demolition. The flood cuts in the drywall extend more than two feet above the floor in the hallway as pictured. Cutting above the wet materials permitted our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians to release and evacuate water trapped between walls and improve the efficacy of structural drying strategies by increasing the airflow in the affected spaces. 

Fast water removal and drying even in hidden areas are crucial to reduce the potential for microbial growth. The SERVPRO team knew that in as few as 24 to 48 hours, water damaged spaces could support mold growth if moisture levels remained elevated. Susceptible individuals among the residents in the assisted living facility might experience heightened sensitivity or allergic reactions if mold growth accelerated. 

SERVPRO crews include Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians ready to use industry best practices to inhibit fungal outbreaks and inhibit continuing deterioration of building materials.  We also treated the water damaged surfaces with EPA-registered disinfectants to minimize contamination of the facility’s spaces with pathogens. Our ability to accomplish rapid drying consistently means the residents of the retirement facility experienced as little disruption as possible during restoration. 

The image of a resident’s walker alongside SERVPRO’s industrial grade dehumidifier is a reminder of the human element in all of the projects we complete. We commit to treating those affected by water disasters with compassion and reassurance during a frightening and challenging time.

Encourage anyone with aging parents or other loved ones to keep contact information for SERVPRO of North Leon County nearby in case of a water or other disaster. Coordinate with building managers to call (850) 536-6599 when multi-unit living quarters suffer a water loss.

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Water Damage Remediation in Tallahassee, Don’t Go At It Alone!

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage remediation can cause chaos. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Hose Bib Damage Can Flood Tallahassee Homes

Outside hoses are a vital component to living in the often scorching Tallahassee heat. While these connections to your outside can get used for implements like watering the lawn or filling up smaller pools, these hose bibs are also susceptible to problems of their own. Aging components alone can cause these connections to begin to leak or break down, but an unexpected impact with the outside spicket can break the pipes loose, allowing for substantial water loss incidents to occur before you can get the main supply shut down.

As unexpected of a water damage emergency as that might become for your Tallahassee home, many owners might still be under the impression that conventional drying methods can work to correct these issues. Unfortunately, with this hose bib moving through the wall to the outside of your home, a breach in this straight pipe can lead to substantial pooling and saturation of wall cavities. The faster that you can get professional water restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team involved, the better protected these affected elements are in the property.

Along with certifications in Water Restoration (WRT), many of our restoration crew also have accreditations in Applied Structural Drying (ASD). These endorsements signify a level of training and expertise to our customers that our technicians have the knowledge and the experience to overcome all of the obstacles in removing standing water from your house and drying out the affected construction materials, contents, and structural elements.

While repairing this small portion of plumbing is critical to give your home its full functionality again, we must also determine where the water damage has spread to and the best approach to drying out these effects. We can position rapid drying equipment in critical areas to maximize results, and in some cases, must also perform flood cuts to replace overly affected and compromised sections of drywall or paneling.

While homeowners often worry little about the status of their hose bib and connections to the interior plumbing, this could be an area worth inspecting from time to time. If you find yourself facing a water loss emergency, you can count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of North Leon County team. Give us a call at (850) 536-6599.

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Our Trained Technicians Will Restore Your Tallahassee Home After A Fire Disaster

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

A fire in this Tallahassee kitchen began on the stove, the hood of the stove and the cabinetry were charred by the fire.

Fire Odors in a Tallahassee Home Can Come From Many Sources

One of the most common complaints we get from local homeowners about fire odors in their residences is that the odors may have remained in their homes for many years, sometimes since before they ever purchased their homes. Smoke odors can, depending on the volume and type of smoke in the building, take decades to fall to unnoticeable levels. Given that smoke odors can bother those in and around your home and potentially decrease property values, investing in a permanent deodorization treatment may be worth your time.

Fire damage in Tallahassee homes can come from many different sources and may pose unique challenges even to SERVPRO technicians certified in fire damage treatments by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Different types of smoke produce significantly different particles that may require variable mixtures of absorption agents, adsorption agents, and other odor-neutralizing chemicals to treat. Over the years, however, we have learned to treat fire odors from sources ranging from long-term tobacco use to large-scale house fires that can affect the entire building. Telling us over the phone what type of situation caused the odors can help us to prepare adequately for the work to come.

Some projects may pose additional difficulties due to the volume and spread of smoke particles throughout the home. Significant fires or long-term tobacco use can cause smoke odors to spread throughout the air vents in your home and lead to a more prolonged and extensive odor removal process. SERVPRO technicians also receive IICRC certifications related to the cleaning of your home HVAC systems and can use this training to eliminate odors that might otherwise circulate around your home. We provide full and total coverage for your home when eliminating odors of any kind, leaving the place looking and smelling "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Leon County specializes in reversing the effects fire and smoke damage can have on your home. Call us as soon as possible after a disaster at (850) 536-6599 for our 24/7 services.

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