Moisture Affects Tallahassee Campuses- a City with Four and Growing.
Large Leon County Campus Facilities Subject to Mold
Moisture in Large Spaces Pose Threat to Dormitory Living
With four major colleges in the city of Tallahassee, thousands of students occupy student living across the campuses. A large percentage of students live in shared space through the four year duration in college- sharing laundry areas, bathrooms, and other rooms that have water passing through regularly. Furthermore, group area facilities, that house student life amenities, are communal spaces that carry a high likelihood of challenges with water.
Delayed Cleanup and Maintenance Facilitates Mold Growth
Undergrads are busy with studies and social lives, many savoring their first time living away from home in Tallahassee. Mold damage can get out of hand when housekeeping tasks are far down the to-do list. Dorm rooms can incubate molds in piles of damp laundry, kitchenettes can harbor mold when leaks are ignored, and study and party rooms offer moisture “hot spots” when beverages are knocked over and left unattended.
Conventional Cleaning Methods Can Fail for Mold Remediation
When your housekeeping staff finds mold damage in buildings on campus, they may unwittingly contribute to its spread. Mold spores are incredibly tiny and opportunistic, needing only oxygen and a small bit of moisture to swell and grow. The organism sends out hyphae as it grows, branching filaments that can delve deep into porous materials like drywall, ceiling tiles, wood, and even cracked and poorly sealed grout lines. Often the answer to visible mold is to use a diluted bleach solution sprayed on the surface. This treatment might fade a mold or mildew stain, but it cannot follow the wide-ranging hyphae that move far from the surface. As the water-heavy solution soaks structural components, it provides an additional source of moisture for mold, creating a rebound in the outbreak. SERVPRO manages the situation differently.
Call in the Mold Remediation Experts
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols for mold remediation are SERVPRO’s blueprint. They include:
- Containment of the mold-infested area--traditional cleaning methods skip this step, permitting spores to travel
- Removal by scraping, brushing, and abrasive methods like soda blasting to rid the area of colonies and incapacitate the hyphae thoroughly
- Cleaning of disturbed and settled spores and other debris with vacuums and wipe-downs with EPA-registered products.
- Drying of the space and elimination of the moisture source to limit future outbreaks
SERVPRO of North Leon County has a reliable protocol and experience in mold remediation applicable in commercial settings.
Call us at (850) 536.6599 to schedule a walkthrough and evaluation of mold damage in student living and recreating quarters today.
The Proper Tools and the Best Pros- Local SERVPRO Teams Prove to Have it All
Tallahassee Crew Shows Water Removal Equiptment
When you live near an area subject to storms, you have to have a team that can handle them on hand! Our SERVPRO team has the tools, and experience, needed to help you navigate the uncertainties of storm season.
Proper tools make all the difference in the world.
After a flood, SERVPRO uses large pump trucks with attached extraction heads to remove large amounts of water. However, when your house or business in Leon County has a broken pipe, we don't need to use such large-sized and powerful pumps. We can solve the problem and protect your home with smaller units that address more localized problem areas.
One thing that we must begin with is restoring your Tallahassee building by using water extraction methods that focus on the elevated humidity. Humidity remains as long as damp areas in the structure exist. Once we dry these areas, the humidity decreases down to normal again. However, while we extract water, a large percentage of it evaporates into the air. This evaporation aids us in getting the water removed from your property.
Instead of letting the water vapor condense on surfaces and lead to other problems, we have powerful desiccant machines that pull it out of the air. If we could only pull water out from the materials in your home and not the air, water extraction would take an extremely long time and involve handling every affected item individually.
Using the air to move the water that came out of a broken pipe helps us extract the water. Doing this efficiently requires us to move the air so that it not only absorbs the moisture that penetrated into your carpets and other materials, but so that the now-saturated air rapidly moves toward the desiccant machines.
For carpets, we often use weighted extraction units that can double as cleaning units. These can also remove many stains. They can also leave the carpet smelling fresh and clean, instead of musty and damp.
Odors often drift and rarely stay in one place, even after we finish extracting all of the water. We can also deodorize if odors become a problem after a leaking pipe drenches your residence. There are many effective options available, depending on the individual aspects involved.
SERVPRO of North Leon County has all of the equipment needed to perform any size water extraction job. Call us at (850)536.6599 so we can get started restoring your home, "Like it never even happened."
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From DIY to Calling in the PROS- SERVPRO Has the Resources You Need!
SERVPRO DIY tips help Tallahassee residents manage water damage.
When it comes to experts, we are it! Still, there are times where you may be able to remedy restoration issues, and you deserve to know how to do just that when you can.
Storm damages, sewer line bursts, pipes leakage and other water damaging scenarios can cause really serious, long-term consequences. This damage can be toxic and cause mold growth. To avoid this, and other long-lasting complications, you can try the steps below on your own.
Timing is a huge factor in the success of DIY tactics. The sooner you can act, the better. This helps prevent a worsening issue and even more health challenges to you, your family and co-workers. From the moment you notice signs, get moving ASAP for best results.
The first thing you should do is disconnect the outlets in the area. Water and electricity can be a fatal combination, so make sure to disconnect all outlets the moment you discover water damage in your home. Even if it is not apparent that high impact damages are in store, the first step MUST always be this one. If this step is not prioritized, and you go into the home without disconnecting the outlets, electrical shock explosions can take place.
The next thing to do is to check for mold in the area. As most know, mold thrives in moist spaces, so taking the time to inspect the entire home or building immediately is key. Here are a few common signs to look for:
- The prevalence of a musty, earthy smell
- Darkening of the grout in your shower tiles
- Wallpaper peeling
- Dark or colored spots on your walls
Most obviously, it’s important to dry the water out! Also was dry asap to prevent the damage from worsening. Leaving still water in any spaces, for any period of time, is a haven for germs and bacteria- weakening the structure of your home. A few ways that you can do this are using fans, dehumidifiers to dry out walls and carpets as well.
Another thing you can do on your own is remove any damaged items. All too often, water damage will wreak havoc on the items inside the home as well. It’s important to inspect furniture, carpet, flooring, drywall and other items that are of no use and are holding moisture ongoing.
The last DIY tactic we recommend is to disinfect! Even if it seems a small area has the damage, you can’t be certain that bacteria has not reached other areas. We use the “better safe than sorry” method here and always suggest sanitizing the property with bleach as quickly as possible.
If you attempt some or all of the above, and you are still not reaching a remedy stage, calling our crew in is a sure bet to getting a solution in place and restoring the routines you need to carry on life as usual. We pride ourselves on being both educational with tips and hands on when the help is needed. That is how we SERV!
Florida Storm Season Approaches- What to Expect From the PROS
Leon County Residents Armed With Storm Crews in Waiting.
Tis the season for STORMS!
If you have experienced a Florida storm season, you know turbulent weather can cause serious damage to vegetation, homes and buildings alike. Wind damage is a leading cause and can loose shingles and tiles on the roof structures. When this happens, rain and snow can seep into the protective surfaces of the roof and cause wood swells and lead to mold in the future. The most common elements- wind, hail, rain, lightning can cause catastrophic damages and greatly impact your life. For that very reason, restoration companies, like ours, exist. Here are some of the activities you can expect from the SERVPRO storm restoration service professionals.
For both businesses and residential needs, our team will come to the affected property with the best of the best, trained experts to do a detailed examination of the inside and outside of the building. This discovery process can help determine the level of damage. Most often, we will discuss the service needs with the client and the insurance adjuster.
Once the conversation has reached the agreement phase, the work can begin. With various levels of damages, the plan with map out time needed very clearly to meet all expectations of the customer and insurance company. Often, flooding requires specialized pumps and vacuums to remove the water and moisture.
In addition to those, generators are typically brought in to provide power to the air movers and other machinery so as to avoid mold and future damages. Cleaning supplies patented to SERVPRO are used as well for best results. Any carpet or tangible items that can be salvaged are presented to the client to keep.
If contacted in time, our team will be able to rescue your building from greater structural issues, by inspecting the roof and replacing the dilapidated areas. After sealing and renovating the roof, they will then address the ceiling and restore to its former condition.
As you can see, when you suffer from natural disasters, the storm damage restoration process is something our experts can handle. If you've recently suffered from storm damage and are looking for storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact our team today
Commercial Disinfecting Services- What to do When Emergencies Return.
Leon County SERVPRO restoration team amps up to bring commercial services to the community on demand.
There's nothing more important in a workplace environment than guaranteeing the health and safety of all employees. During a global pandemic, that task seems much more challenging than it might usually be.
Now more than ever, office disinfection is crucial to the functioning of your workspace. It may seem like a daunting task, but we're here to make it simple for you and your business. Read on to discover the best ways to keep your employees safe with office disinfection.
Develop Your Office Disinfection Plan
According to the official CDC guidelines, the first step to cleaning and disinfecting your facility is to create an office disinfection plan. This may seem obvious at first but it's incredibly important that all your employees are on the same page about this plan.
Determine what areas in your office space need to be cleaned most. Then, determine how each area should be disinfected and what resources and equipment will be required to do so.
Address Air Quality and Ventilation Systems
As you probably know, the coronavirus is an airborne virus which means that air quality is more important than ever. Not only that, but according to a 2017 HBR study, stale office air can actually make you less productive.
If your office was already suffering from poor air circulation, now is definitely the time to address the issue. You can conduct air quality assessments to test existing HVAC systems and adapt controls and any necessary filtration measures.
Promote Handwashing Even More Than Usual
Your employees should already be required to wash their hands before returning to work but now this is more important than ever. Post handwashing and drying signs everywhere!
Make sure your hand soap is always full and encourage employees to wash their hands for at least twenty seconds. You can also provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout the office space to encourage even better hygiene.
Consider a Professional Cleaning Service
It can be a lot of work to constantly keep up with an office disinfection plan. Fortunately, you don't have to task on this task completely alone.
Hiring a professional cleaning service might be a good thing to consider if your office is particularly large and a lot of people are coming in and out of the space every day. A cleaning service can come in as often as you desire to help you stay on top of your office disinfection.
Maintain and Revise Plan as Necessary
Of course, what we know about the coronavirus is changing every day. Make sure you stay in constant communication with your employees to see how they feel.
Revise based on appropriate disinfectant and PPE availability. A plan is only effective if you continue to follow through and update it when you need to.
Keeping Your Employees as Safe as Possible
It may seem like a scary time, but going to work doesn't have to be scary. Your employees work hard for your business, so they should feel safe when they show up for work.
Restoration Needs for Florida Residents Must be Met By Seasoned Professionals.
Leon County team uses meter readings in crawl space to assess service needs.
Restoration Needs for Florida Residents Must be Met By Seasoned Professionals.
Calling the right crew can be a game changer both financially and for your productivity. If you need solutions NOW, you need to be SERVed by a team ready and able to meet your needs ASAP. We know the importance of performing water cleanup to crawl spaces for our Tallahassee residents.
Flooding is always a persistent threat to Tallahassee homes and businesses, as the city often falls in line with storms making landfall from the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy storms and gale-force winds can be damaging enough, but substantial rainfall over days can cause groundwater flooding in various ways. Oversaturated earth cannot absorb rain, and it can sit on the surface and pool until it becomes a hazardous situation.
Flood from groundwater under Tallahassee homes can threaten areas like the crawlspace of residences. This open area beneath a structure can be the ideal installation point for utility connections like the water and gas. Because this is a hub for your in-house services, addressing Tallahassee flood damage in the area is critical to protect these fixtures and exposed structural elements supporting the house. When standing water exists underneath the house, there are several strategies to dry up the area.
Groundwater extraction is more complicated and problematic than removing standing water inside the house. Instead of electric submersible pumps that can continually remove volumes of water quickly and quietly, our SERVPRO professionals must utilize more powerful equipment like gas-powered trash pumps and engine-driven truck-mount pumps.
Drying up the lingering moisture in the area is the only way to address potential threats like mold and microbial growth. Lingering dampness can feel active spores in this environment to use organic materials like wood framing and supports to colonize. With centrifugal air movers carefully positioned, we can begin universal evaporative drying for the entire damaged space. We can also assess at this time if any reconstruction or other build back needs exist for your residence before we conclude restoration.
Flooding can often be one of the most damaging situations for homes and businesses in the area. Even if the standing water is underneath your home in the crawlspace, you might still be at risk for the effects that this elevated moisture and humidity can cause. No matter how we can help.
Fire Damage Tips You Can Do Before Calling in the Pros
Leon County Resident Suffers Fire Damage in the Home
Having a fire in a structure you occupy both impacts you immediately and in the long term as well. The first concern is understandably the confirmation that everyone nearby is safe and out of danger. The next concern that follows is property damage from the fire and smoke. One of the biggest challenges in moving forward is the lingering smell of smoke that serves as a constant reminder of the tragedy. Whether it is bothersome or causes physical uncomfortability, the smell of smoke can’t be ignored.
Full removal of the move smell is not as easy as a deep clean. The smoke is usually ingrained in the walls and furniture fabric as well. It’s not a one stop solution article that we have created here. What we will offer below are a few effective ways to get rid of the smoke smell in the home or business. Despite the feeling of despair, it’s important to remember that you are not alone, and we are one call away with experts that can assist the recovery.
The speed in which to begin to remove the smell is crucial. The faster the better is a great rule of thumb here. Large and lengthy fires leave black soot which has a strong odor and sets on surfaces. Softer surfaces, like carpet, curtains, cushions and other items that absorb the molecules.
The first thing you can do is air it out. Keeping the doors and windows open for at least a full day can help with the ventilation and have a great impact on the smell. Fans and other air-moving tools should be run at full-blast on the highest speed to get a leg up in the cleaning that will follow.
The next step that can follow the airing out step above, is to move into creating positive pressure. This is when the air pressure outside of the structure is greater than the pressure on the inside. What this does is allow the air on the inside shift to move outside. The way to do this is like so:
- Leave your front door open- running a fan placed outside and blowing inward.
- Close all other entryways and windows in order to save one that will act as a ventilator.
- Turn the fan on full-blast for 15 minutes and then close the open door and window.
- Repeat this routine with all structural openings- allocating 15 min to each.
Another popular method is using baking soda. It is preferred by many that lean towards a natural method and it is gentle on the surfaces being treated. We suggest beginning with carpets by sprinkling baking soda on all of the dry carpets and using a broom to help it saturate at the deepest level possible. The baking soda, if effective, can neutralize the smell. You can repeat this process as many times as you deem necessary. All fabric-covered furniture can be treated in the same way as well. Leave it out overnight, and simply vacuum the remaining with a vacuum the next day.
There are plenty of other DIY-like methods you can find from numerous sources. We encourage all attempts to reduce the smell at a fast and low-cost rate. Still, it is usually the case that you can’t completely eradicate the smell without calling professionals. Experienced technicians at SERVPRO have access to industrial equipment that can go deeper than most methods. Unlike many services, our team is focused on offering cost- competitive, and experience elevated service to all of our customers and to leave your structure “Like it never even happened.”
Water Mitigation Process for Local Businesses in Tallahassee
Leon County office endures serious water damage
SERVPRO Can Help Develop the Right Water Mitigation Processes for Tallahassee Businesses to Minimize Disruptions
Water can mess with your business operations in different ways if there is an uncontrolled leak or other sudden intrusions at your retail outlet. You can expect interruptions whether the water spill affects the service areas, storage sections, or utility areas at your Tallahassee business premises. Incidents affecting the areas accessed by customers tend to have more noticeable impacts.
What concerns does the water mitigation done at your Tallahassee premises need to address to eliminate work disruptions?
- Failure of some of the infrastructures that support your business
- Risks of injury to customers or staff members
- The vulnerable feeling you have that the incident might recur
Water is a universal solvent that affects many materials found in buildings. For instance, it can corrode power cables interfering with the flow of current to lights, electronic appliances, and other utilities that you need to deliver services to your clients. Indoor rated data cables are affected when water permeates the jacket material, thus disrupting signals. Moisture can also eat into structural materials. If water removal and other restoration processes do not address such deterioration, you might be forced to close the business indefinitely at a later date to make expensive repairs and replacements.
Our SERVPRO technicians help scrutinize all areas by opening up sockets, checking recessed lights, and inspecting various types of cables for accumulated water, or signs of moisture intrusion. Alternatively, we inspect wall cavities, ceilings, and other areas using non-invasive methods such as scrutinizing them using thermal cameras. If we find water in any of the cavities that we inspect, we can remove it using mechanical approaches such as drilling weep holes or by using sophisticated systems such as drying mats or injecti-dry systems.
What injuries can water intrusion cause?
Water is mostly harmless when you consider the quantities that leaks or other types of spills involve. However, interaction with other materials at the property can create risky conditions for the people that visit your business premises. For instance, the water that spills on floor surfaces leaves them slick, increasing the chances of slip and fall accidents. The immediate response to water intrusions is to mark and isolate wet areas using warning signs meaning that people can no longer access those areas. Since the signs are mostly placed outside the building, some potential clients may end up avoiding your business altogether when they notice the warning signs. Completing water extraction faster can ensure the signs only stay in place for a short while, minimizing the disruption.
Water removal may require the use of pumps, extractors, and other equipment that utilize different types of hoses and power cables, which end up creating obstacles that can trip people as they move around your business premises. Our technicians use various approaches to ensure that the restoration process is organized. For instance, we must have a staging area for the equipment and supplies we need to fix the damages caused by water intrusion. We also group cables or hoses and secure them with Velcro straps or other fasteners. An arranged loss site poses minimal risks to customers and other visitors.
How likely are water damage incidents to recur after mitigation?
The primary reason water damage in Tallahassee might recur is likely to be associated with the cause rather than the mitigation efforts. Water intrusions affecting commercial establishments mostly originate from:
- Leaky roofs
- HVAC condensation issues
- Faulty appliances
- Leaking pipes
Establishing the exact source of the water that damages your business, and taking steps to fix it helps eliminate any feeling of vulnerability that you might have. Most of the source points are located in hidden areas such as crawlspaces and cavities, thus necessitating a skillful approach to pinpoint the origin of the intrusion. Choosing a comprehensive repair option such as replacing all damaged and worn out parts from the utility systems, helps forestall the possibility of immediate recurrence, which would be detrimental to your business.
Lack of thoroughness during the mitigation process can lead to the recurrence of secondary water damage. For instance, failure to dry materials to the correct level leaves moisture residues that can spark mold development, rotting, or other kinds of deterioration. Our SERVPRO Structural Drying Technicians work with specific moisture content figures to guarantee sufficient drying. For instance, when drying solid wood, we confirm that the moisture drops to an average of 10% in all affected wooden materials.
Not All Water is Created Equal- Types of Storm Water and What to do About Them!
Water damage on multiple floors of Leon County Home.
Many Floridians can say they have heard the “cat terms” discussed around them, and most can also say they don’t know what that really means! One thing is certain: These terms aren't going anywhere, so it is best to get educated on them.
One of the first cautions, that is helpful for parents, is that storm water has a high likelihood of being contaminated with raw sewage, dangerous chemicals, or harmful bacteria and viruses capable of transmitting dangerous diseases to your family.
Now that we cleared that up (pun intended,) we will decode storm water characteristics that determine which type of restoration service is needed. All of the services we office are in an attempt to reduce property destruction based on the damage incurred. The 3 levels of water will be covered in more detail below:
Category 1: Clean water
This is made up of water damage from sanitary disasters. Overflowing sinks and bursting pipes and failed supply lines to appliances are the most common in this category..
Category 2: Grey waterThis category has consequences that are painful if ingested. It is generated from washing machines, dishwashers, and urine-tainted toilets.
Category 3: Black waterThis is deemed the worst of all classifications. Severe illness is probable if ingested. It consists of sewer backups, flooded rivers and any other disasters that cause stagnant liquid to harbor bacterial growth.
Experts like our technicians can save your structure and their belongings in it when they are called in for service.
The services can be categorized as below:
Aggressive cleaning includes wall cavities and other surfaces. They are identified and pressure washed with SERVPRO products that are of the highest,most effective quality. Materials that can be restored are flushed and disinfected.
Moisture detection is one that identifies water damage that can’t be seen with a naked eye. This happens when water is trapped in wall cavities, so SERVPRO’s cutting edge equipment can be used to detect and eliminate odors and further structural damage.
Rapid structural drying is used when mold begins to spread on moisture-ridden surfaces within only 24 to 48 hours. Oftentimes it is used to seep all the way down to the building’s substructure and it’s necessary to restore pre-flood conditions.
It’s important that you contact a specialist immediately without diagnosing the damage on your own. Our experience can see hope in many elements that seem ruined beyond repair.
When Cooking Leads to Flames- What do to After a Cooking Fire.
Leon County resident calls for help in cooking disaster, kitchen fire.
SERVPRO Technicians Have Specialized Cleaners Available to Restore Your Tallahassee Home After Fire Damage
Kitchen fire damage is easily the most common type that occurs in homes today and accounts for an estimated 49% of home fires inTallahassee. On top of that, residues and odors from the fire can be dispersed throughout your home through your vents, leaving you with more cleanup than you can easily handle.
If you need a team that can respond quickly to fire damage in your Tallahassee home’s kitchen, SERVPRO technicians are prepared to help. This crew offers both fire and water damage mitigation tools, as well as rebuilding services, to return your home to a safe and comfortable preloss condition.
What Type of Fire Extinguisher Is Best for Kitchen Fire Damage?
- Stick to a lightweight extinguisher. A five-pound extinguisher may run out faster, but it will be easier to carry and use when you need it.
- Type B is the way to go. Type A extinguishers are made to tackle fires caused by conventional solids like wood and paper. Type B, on the other hand, is targeted at oil and grease fires in homes. Some homeowners might prefer Type K, but these extinguishers are designed for commercial kitchens.
- Consider more than one extinguishing method. Try installing a small magnetic extinguisher to put on your range hood that automatically dispenses baking soda upon exposure to flame. If your range hood is not magnetic, many brands offer mounting kits to accommodate you.
How Does SERVPRO Remove Fire Damage Residues from My Kitchen?
SERVPRO technicians use a broad selection of tools to address different types of fire damage residues. For example, protein residues require specialized enzyme digesters to convert these foul-smelling, filmy coatings into water-soluble byproducts. These cleaners remove the protein enzymes that can cause odors to aid in odor control efforts.
Our technician team is ready to leave your kitchen looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call 850.536.6599 for cleanup that can begin within hours.