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Did You Know the Many Factors That Help Mold to Flourish in Your Tallahassee Home?
Finding mold on the walls of your home can be stressful. Contact SERVPRO to contain and remediate.
A Fungus Among Us: Factors Contributing To Indoor Mold Growth Tallahassee Homeowners Should Know
Mold thrives in dark and damp environments. As a toxic substance, it can grow on your ceiling, floor, walls, behind walls and wallpaper. As a Tallahassee homeowner, getting to know the factors that contribute to mold growth can save your family.
One major cause of mold damage in your Tallahassee home is poor ventilation. Common in homes with single pane windows, indoor humidity builds up and since there is no proper airflow, the surfaces remain cooler.
Moisture can start condensing on such surfaces - walls, ceiling, and floor. If left unchecked, mold spores can thrive. While you may notice small patches of mold on your walls and ceiling, a colony may be growing behind the walls.
To prevent mold growth, allow air to circulate in and out of your home. If need be, use fans. This helps to remove the humid air and keep your home dry.
As you already know, warm air has more moisture than cool air. When warm air comes into contact with a cool surface like your walls, condensation occurs. The water can start running down your walls causing the paint to blister and wooden frames to rot.
To prevent extreme condensation in your home, invest in an air conditioner. This improves airflow in your home and keeps the humid air low. Also, have your walls and plumbing system especially cold water pipes insulated.
Localized sources of humidity
When cooking or boiling water, steam can fill up the air. If you shower with hot water, steam can fill up your bathroom too. Since the walls, ceiling and floors are cool, moisture is going to condense into water.
To lower the level of localized humidity, hire professionals to install dehumidifiers. Using dehumidifiers or air conditioners, you can maintain localized humidity levels below 70%. Doing so denies mold spores a crucial factor needed for reproduction and growth.
As a locally-owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Leon County technicians have the expertise and equipment to handle mold damage in your home. To protect and keep your family safe, call our 24/7 emergency line at (850) 536-6599.
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Hurricane Michael, Tallahassee, Leon County, and SERVPRO Working for You
Evacuate from the Path of Hurricane Michael in the Tallahassee Area Says SERVPRO
Hurricane Preparation Essentials and then Evacuate Your Tallahassee Area Property
When living in areas that are a frequent target for hurricanes, it is vital for you to know how to prepare for a storm. Creating a simple outline of tasks to do to prepare for a hurricane can be more than helpful for when a storm passes through your Leon County area. When it comes to times of panic, having a plan can decrease the risk of injury among you and your family.
So, what should you do to prepare?
The very first step you can take in hurricane preparation is to sign up for local alerts. Hurricane season is June 1st-November 30th, the peak being the month of September, but here we are in October, and Hurricane Michael is projected to come ashore in the Tallahassee area as a Cat 4 storm. This is historic. During this stretch, checking the local weather and signing up for weather alerts can give you a heads up. Should a hurricane be predicted to be very severe, a warning is invaluable, as it can give you time to evacuate the area. You must evacuate this Hurricane.
Stocking emergency supplies is vital during hurricane season. If you live in an area that is frequently hit by tropically-based storms, and you do, having an extensive first-aid kit, as well as fresh water and food supplies, can go a long way. In general, keeping a "hurricane" kit somewhere in your home can save lives. Consider stocking it with extra clothes that are rain resistant, (850) 536-6599flashlights, a first aid kit, bottled water, canned foods, and necessary survival tools. You will need this kit when you return to a home that hopefully is still standing.
Additionally, SERVPRO recommends creating an evacuation kit can be equally as important. When evacuating an area, it is essential for you only to take what you need. Pack a bag that has extra clothes, any documentation that you may need, extra food, and bottled water.
Preparing your property for a storm can be equally as important as preparing your family. Looking around your house for any objects that need to be anchored, such as fuel tanks. Surveying your home and determining what could be a danger if knocked loose is an excellent way to determine what to reinforce. Similarly, you can investigate the inside of your home and look for entryways you can reinforce, such as windows and doors. Doing so may prevent severe damage to the structure of your home during a storm.
When it comes to hurricane season, it is essential to have a plan. Figure out where you can go during a storm and make sure you have the necessary supplies with you in that place. Having a plan and staying calm in emergency situations can not only prevent injury, but it can save lives.
You must evacuate now. When you return contact SERVPRO of North Leon County, and we promise to do our best to work towards restoring your home to a preloss condition. (850) 536-6599
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SERVPRO (Pan)Handles Tallahassee Properties After a Fire Loss
Tallahassee Houses, Fire and Smoke Damage, Now What to Do?? SIMPLE Call SERVPRO
Widespread Effects Following a Fire in Your Tallahassee Home
One of the things that Tallahassee homeowners try to prepare for is the threat of natural disasters in their home. With the severe weather systems that steadily work through the region through over half of the year, these disasters are never far-off possibilities. It is the disasters that happen inside of your home, causing widespread concerns that are challenging to overcome that can catch you even more off-guard. A fire breaking out in your residence is an excellent example.
You might not realize just how much fire damage can affect your Tallahassee residence until the situation is upon you. From the immediate threats to the structure of your home to substantial secondary effects to contend with, a homeowner can often find themselves overwhelmed at the thought of what it could take to return their home to the way it should be.
From the moment that our SERVPRO team appears at your door, we start assessing the full scope of the damage that the house has sustained from the disaster. With fire damages, the effects rarely remain isolated to the origination point of the fire. Instead, these effects travel through adjoining rooms and areas, even through the ductwork, to influence many regions of your house.
Among the most challenging and widespread of these effects to overcome, even for our experienced and well-equipped SERVPRO technicians, is smoke and soot damage. These symptoms of the fire travel well beyond the range of the primary effects and can alter not only the open areas of the house but also its contents and construction materials. While soot can often get cleaned with conventional approaches, locating it throughout your house can be a chore, even with our sophisticated equipment. Smoke damage often presents itself as the harsh odor throughout your house, and this can get addressed with the use of thermal fogging deodorization equipment, at least. There may be a need for ozone generated molecules to neutralize foul odors.
Fire damage only gets worse the longer that you wait to repair and restore the effects in your house. Trust our SERVPRO of North Leon County technicians to help you recover from this incident and restore its damages efficiently, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime at (850) 536-6599.
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How SERVPRO Restores Your Damaged Property And Contents In Tallahassee
When a supply line suddenly ruptures, it can cause a lot of water to flow out onto the floor of your laundromat.
Your Tallahassee Laundromat Can Become In Urgent Need Of Water Cleanup Services After A Supply Line Ruptures
Owning a laundromat means that you have many washing machines hooked up to a water source and if any of them leak, it can leave you in need of professional water cleanup services. When a supply line suddenly ruptures, it can cause a lot of water to flow out onto the floor of your building, leaving your services virtually inaccessible until the problem is fixed. No one wants to walk around in puddles of water while indoors.
The best thing you can do for your Tallahassee laundromat is to call for water cleanup services as soon as you can. The quicker that professionals can address the problem, the less likely it is that water damage can permanently set in. Should the water just be left to sit, it can cause rusting on the metal outside of your other equipment and, it can sink into your tile floors and cause splits and cracks. Additionally, water on the floor can wick up into the walls, causing water damage there as well. The greatest thing an owner can do for their store is to call for help immediately.
SERVPRO understands your need for quick service. Foot-traffic loss can become a valid concern for the health of your business. Thus, we work around your schedule. If the accident in your store happens in the morning, we can work through the day. If it occurs at night, we can do the same to get the initial water-spill cleaned up.
At SERVPRO, our IICRC-certified technicians can use advanced equipment to address the standing water inside of your laundromat. We can use extractors and wet/dry vacuums to remove the water as swiftly as possible. Once the initial water is out of your store, we can check moisture levels and then SERVPRO can set up equipment like ventilation fans and air movers to address any water damage. Once we're done, you can reopen your business and feel "Like it never even happened."
If equipment failure causes your property to become in urgent need of water cleanup services, never wait to get help. Get in contact with SERVPRO of North Leon County by calling (850) 536-6599. 24/7, we are available to take your call.
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How To Dry Out Your Tallahassee Home After A Flood Damage Experience
Flood damage can affect your property in several ways.
How To Dry Out Your Home After A Flood
Flood damage can affect your property in several ways. For instance, if the wallboard remains wet for a long time, it can disintegrate; wooden items can warp, rot, or swell; electrical circuits can malfunction, short out, and cause shock or fires. The silt, mud, contaminants can make your items dirty and create health hazards. Mold also thrives under wet conditions, and it is likely to cause further damage and health effects. That is why you need to dry your Tallahassee property as soon as you can.
We are going to cover some of the steps that our SERVPRO technicians follow to dry your Tallahassee home after a flood damage experience. Lowering the humidity can speed up the drying process and stop mold growth. When we are working in closed up areas, we can run dehumidifiers and air conditioners. We use desiccant dehumidifiers to absorb moisture from closets and other locations where air does not move through. We can also use fans to move drier air around the structure and replace the humid air that is existing on wet surfaces.
Our experts understand that different homes have different types of insulation and each reacts uniquely after getting into contact with moisture. Styrofoam has survival chances, and we hose it off to remove the dirt. We discard fiberglass batts when they get soaked with muddy water. It is only possible to restore them if the water is from a clean source. If the structure has cellulose or blown-in insulation, Our SERVPRO technicians replace it once it gets soaked with flood water. It usually loses its fire retardant and anti-fungal properties after such incidents.
Flood water carries many contaminants, and wallboard usually acts like a sponge. If the wallboard stays wet for an extended time, it becomes very fragile and starts to fall apart. Even if or SERVPRO technicians finally manage to dry it up, some contaminants and mud remain inside. It means we have to remove and throw out soggy wallboard after a flood and make replacements.
You can rely on SERVPRO of North Leon County in the event of a storm, fire, water, and mold damage. Our highly trained specialists have experience in all commercial and residential disasters. Call (850) 536-6599 for a free quote and consultation.
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SERVPRO - Commercial Water Removal For Tallahassee Businesses
You can trust our SERVPRO professionals to take care of your Tallahassee business and restore the damage "Like it never even happened."
Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Tallahassee Commercial Property From Water Damage
Tallahassee businesses face disasters every storm season, but also have to deal with the problems that come from more common problems like a faulty dishwasher or handwashing station. Plumbing issues like these often result in repair and restoration costs that can equal the damage caused by a severe weather incident.
Tallahassee commercial water removal is usually more simple if the problem resulted from a plumbing incident. If the water came from through an inlet point to the facility, it is uncontaminated or ‘clean’ water. SERVPRO service techs can immediately begin the removal process to help return businesses like a bakery to a dry condition so they can begin turning out turnovers and start serving customers again.
Our service techs can perform minor plumbing repairs, but if there is a major break or another issue, the team leader shuts off the water and recommends to the owner that he/she bring in a licensed plumber or general contractor. The team’s usual first task is bringing in a commercial pump to remove the majority of the water. Pumping out standing water normally requires a full day or two, depending on the size of the facility and how long the leak filled the structure.
Once the water covers the floor surface, they can remove it using extraction wands and long-handled squeegees. The powered wands can draw water quickly from open floors and leave a clean, dry surface. For tight corners, especially under large ovens and other equipment, squeegees are the preferred tool. For puddles far back underneath a large appliance, SERVPRO team members also use sponge mops to soak up and remove water.
Service techs set up a combination of box fans and air movers to remove the last traces of water and leave a dry environment. The box fans draw damp air out of the building and blow it outside. The air movers generate warm, dry air they can direct across floors and underneath appliances and other equipment to dry them when personnel cannot crawl under to dry by hand.
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The goal of SERVPRO of North Leon County is to help our fellow business owners reopen for customers as soon as possible. If you need our help with your structure, call us at (850) 536-6599 today to set up an appointment. We are here for you.
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Sources of Moisture You Might Overlook When Trying to Avoid Mold Damage in Tallahassee
Moisture in the atmosphere allows mold to spread throughout your home. Contact SERVPRO to quickly evaluate and remediate the damage.
Team SERVPRO Understands All the Possible Causes of a Mold Infestation in Your Home
In a warm and humid area like Tallahassee, it can be challenging to avoid mold spores from absorbing moisture and multiplying into significant colonies. Even if you are vigilant about wiping up spills and examining plumbing for small leaks that cause bigger problems, mold can grow in your home. We are always on the lookout for unique sources of moisture and ready to take remediation action if mold takes hold despite your best efforts to keep areas dry.
Allowing laundry to collect in a confined space or in large piles on the floor can contribute to mold damage in Tallahassee. Dishcloths and bath or beach towels can hold enough moisture to support mildew or mold growth if you postpone laundering for two or more days. If anyone in the family exercises or works up a sweat doing outdoor chores in the heat, the residual moisture on their clothing can provide fuel for an opportunistic mold spore to begin growing and multiplying.
Air out damp clothing and linens and make sure they are dried thoroughly after washing. Cleaning the lint trap and vent is also an excellent way to make sure excess moisture does not collect and feed mold growth. SERVPRO technicians can assist in dryer vent cleaning as insurance against mold proliferating in the laundry room.
Your cooling system can be to blame for mold growth if condenser coils are dirty or a drain line plugs, creating a mini pool in which mold thrives. Most AC configurations work at least in part by reducing humidity through condensation of water vapor in the air. If your air conditioning unit needs cleaning or adjustment humidity can rise. Ironically, another way an air conditioner might encourage mold growth is when it is too large for the space you need cooled. The equipment shuts off too soon in these cases, cooling the room without dehumidifying the air to below 60 percent relative humidity. SERVPRO technicians can inspect HVAC ductwork for mold growth, and cleaning or sealing off of microbial activity can improve air quality by containing and removing the mold damage.
Condensation can also build up if kitchen and bathrooms are not equipped with exhaust fans or if the fans installed do not operate consistently. Steam from cooking, bathing, and showers provides enough moisture for mold growth any time of the year and exacerbates and accelerates the potential of microbial damage during the warmer months of the year. SERVPRO remediation crews can contain and remove mold following EPA protocols. Proper fan use in the future should minimize recurrence.
SERVPRO of North Leon County awaits your call for mold damage remediation assistance and help to locate the source of moisture feeding the infestation. Our phones at (850) 536-6599 pick up 24 hours a day.
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Residential Water Removal in Tallahassee
A broken water line or hose in your home can cause a great deal of water damage before it is found. Call SERVPRO immediately.
SERVPRO Technicians Arrive On the Scene With Equipment to Effectively Dry Out Your Home After Water Damage
Even with the storms of last year, most Tallahassee residential water damage comes from common sources like a split water line running to the dishwasher or your refrigerator’s ice maker. While it can be as physically damaging as storm flooding, water from a plumbing issue is not considered to be contaminated.
For a Tallahassee home needing water removal, this means a SERVPRO restoration team can bring in the right equipment and get started immediately. No time is lost to spraying water surfaces with anti-bacterial or anti-fungal agents to protect technicians or residents from potential hazards.
In private homes in Florida, there are no basements and rarely a sub-floor space, so the water inside is usually shallow unless the surrounding landscape drains into the home. That means our technicians do not need a commercial pump to remove large amounts of water, and instead use extraction wands to draw water off of the floors and out of the carpets.
The extraction wands in our equipment inventory come in a variety of types and sizes. For small rooms, team members use a portable device that captures water in a separate tank. For larger rooms and hallways, there is also an extractor that a SERVPRO technician stands on as it propels itself across the room. Both work well on carpets and wood flooring.
Every extraction device in our inventory has adjustable vacuum speeds and a heating element. These settings help our trained specialists match the type of carpet to ensure the water is removed quickly without causing damage to the nap of the carpet or accidentally overheating the glue holding the layers together, separating them and causing air pockets to form. Careful application of heat also helps speed the process of drying out wood floors without causing or aggravating any warping or cracking of the floorboards.
To finish the task, technicians use air movers to force warm, dry air across floors and underneath carpets. This process dries both, removing the last traces of moisture, and returning the home to its original condition.
Regardless of how the water got into your home, you need to remove it as quickly as possible. If you need us, call SERVPRO of North Leon County today at (850) 536-6599. We are here to help you return your home, and life, back to normal.
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Handling Loosely And Firmly Attached Smoke Particles After A Fire Damage Incident In Tallahassee
After a fire damage incident, you need to know the items you can and cannot refurbish.
A Fire Damage Incident In Your Home
After a fire damage incident, you need to know the items you can and cannot refurbish. It is time you need to seek professional advice as you work towards returning your property to its former state. Working with fire restorers can help you reduce further damage and in the process avoid the costly option of replacing restorable materials. We are outlining how we handle the different forms of smoke residues when such events happen in Tallahassee.
When responding to fire damage incidents in Tallahassee, our SERVPRO technicians begin by performing an inspection. During the inspection, we can determine the types of smoke residues and the extent of the damage. It helps us to establish the most appropriate cleaning services and restoration procedures to use. Remember, all fire events are unique, and they require professional expertise and the use of logic to salvage items and restore your property.
To remove the residues from surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians must use appropriate capturing techniques that are either fluid or air-based. Vacuuming and dissolving are the two common processes that we use when capturing and removing the smoke residues. We prefer vacuuming when the site has dry particles which are loosely attached to the surface. If we introduce moisture at this stage, the surface may absorb them and end up being hard to remove.
After we are through with vacuuming and all the loose particles have been captured, we then loosen the bond of the firmly attached particles by dissolving. Once we have suspended all the residues in a cleaning product, it is time to rinse the surface. The type of smoke particles as well as the surface they are attached to usually helps us to select the cleaning agent we use to dissolve the particles. We use solvent based cleaning agents when we are dealing with particles that are not water-soluble. It's also important to note that some surfaces can get additional damage when cleaned by water or solvents.
At SERVPRO of North Leon County, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster be it fire, water, storm, or mold damage. Call us at (850) 536-6599 for our highly trained technicians to offer you 24-hour emergency services.
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Fast and Efficient Water Removal in Tallahassee
Knowing this Green Vehicle Is at Your Home for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in the Tallahassee Area Means All Is Well
Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage with Rapid Extraction and Drying
Water damage is one the most severe events in a home or organization. SERVPRO has a highly trained team in water removal and damage restoration for both commercial and residential water losses. The working team follows the best practices of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification IICRC, and they are certified to have exceeded the expected industry demands.
The source of the water is not a problem to the team since there is cutting edge equipment handled by qualified technicians to perform the required tasks without delay. Our company has an excellent reputation for water removal and handling damage events in the Tallahassee area. When water affects a property, not to worry, our teams are well trained for any level of water removal and cleanup. Using the water extraction machines, SERVPRO team members can dry property fast and offer documentation to validate when the drying process has reached the desired moisture content level of the building materials and possessions.
The office staff, managers, and technicians all have knowledge of repair and restoration. The SERVPRO team has added the advantage of many years of working experience hence developing much confidence to handle various situations. The expert understanding of removing water helps to extract water quickly, detect moisture in a hidden area and ensure a thoroughly clean and dry home. Water damage is unique in different areas, therefore, requiring different techniques in removal and restoration, but the procedure is similar.
SERVPRO is locally owned and operated and is ready and near to help, the main aim being to make the surrounding areas including FAU free from the effects of unwanted water. The strategic position of the company plays a significant role to access many areas immediately either during the day or night. The primary goal is to return the damaged areas to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of North Leon County is a quick emergency response team ready to serve you at any time of the day. Contact us 24/7 by calling (850) 536-6599 in Tallahassee, FSU, and Centerville.
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Safety Concerns for Your Centerville House Following Flood Damages
Flooding can happen quickly and hide hazards in the flood waters. Call SERVPRO to come out and dry out your property after a storm.
SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Assess Safety Issues Before Entering Your Home to Remediate a Flood Damage Situation
You might not always be thinking clearly when a flood affects your Centerville residence. While you work to make sense of the damage that you see, which is often widespread, you start to forget the risks associated with the damage itself. The instinct that many homeowners have is to get to work as best they can to remove the water and to rescue the items and contents of their home still trapped inside. Unfortunately, this is rarely a safe or recommended course of action.
One of the focuses that a homeowner should have following flood damages in their Centerville house is to keep everyone safe. There are many factors and variables that our own SERVPRO professionals look into before springing into action on flood restoration projects, and they should be the same considerations that you make prior to a restoration team arriving.
Electricity is one of the biggest issues that our project managers and estimators must assess before reaching affected areas of your home. With water being the conductor that it is, standing liquid in rooms of your house could quickly get electrified under the right conditions. This fact should be a warning to assess a situation before jumping right in.
Another critical consideration our SERVPRO technicians take into account is the structural integrity of the house itself. While flooding might not have had the time to weaken the load bearing implements, ceiling material could grow too heavy for support and collapse, flooring could grow too weak to support your weight, and drywall can crumble and break off from where it had gotten installed. All of these situations could cause severe injuries to you or a family member inside of the house.
There are threats that present themselves after your home has gotten exposed to high volumes of water that you might not be ready to face. From debris and broken glass to crumbling interior construction materials, safety should be a significant focus as it is with our company. If you have flood damage in your home, give our SERVPRO of North Leon County restoration specialists a call today at (850) 536-6599.
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Cleaning Actions For Fire Damage In Tallahassee Homes
The SERVPRO Green Fleet: We're Faster To Any Size Disaster--The Fire & Smoke Cleanup Specialists in the Tallahassee Area
SERVPRO Provides Fire & Smoke Options for Cleanup and Restoration
Tallahassee homeowners usually deal with floods much more often than fires. If left untreated or poorly cleaned, the residues left by a fire can cause as much or more damage than a tropical storm.
Cleaning up Tallahassee fire damage means breaking the bonds between the residues and other soils that settled on the various surfaces in each affected home. SERVPRO restoration technicians use four different actions to break these bonds, tailoring each one to the surface to prevent any further damage.
First, there is the Mechanical Action. Agitation is effective in dislodging residues and soils from many surfaces; metal, stone, and hardwoods in particular. Technicians also use it as a pre-cleaning method to remove the bulk of dry, non-greasy soils before applying a cleaning agent.
Once our specialists begin cleaning, using an agent for a Lubrication Action can be very useful. The goal here is to use the cleaning agent to make the surface slippery, so the residue or other soils slide off the surface without affecting it. Depending on the chemical agent they use, specialists can dissolve the residue or isolate it in the cleaning agent, away from the personal or structural property.
In some instances, SERVPRO technicians have to use a Chemical Action to alter the residue. After they change it, they remove the residue or other soils with one of our bleaching agents or a concentrated shampoo. This method is used primarily on fabrics and carpeting to prevent colors from bleeding while also removing stains. It is especially useful on cotton and wool carpets and upholstered furniture.
Finally, there is the Suspension and Dispersion Action. It is the most common action our restoration teams use. Specialists use one of the cleaning agents in our inventory designed to loosen the soils from a wide variety of property. Once loosened, the soils become suspended in the solution which then disperses them throughout, preventing clumps from forming. They eventually dissolve in the solution, and our clean-up teams dispose of them.
These methods take time, but when accomplished by a professional restoration service like SERVPRO of North Leon County, they can return your home to its original condition. If you need our services, call us today at (850) 536-6599 to schedule a visit.
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The Importance of Professional Remediation For Mold In Your Centerville Home
SERVPRO Defeats Mold in Centerville Homes, "Like it never even happened."
Mold Damage Progresses without Removal--Call SERVPRO for a Remedy
If you thought the humidity levels throughout the year near your Centerville home were only inconvenient to your comfort level, you would, unfortunately, be mistaken. High humidity means a lot of moisture in the air, which means that conditioning appliances in your home are working overtime to turn this muggy atmosphere into pleasant conditions inside. It also means that areas of your home (like your basement or crawlspace) that do not experience much of this conditioned air instead can be burdened with this high-humidity environment.
The moisture in the air can allow for conditions like mold damage to occur in your Centerville basement or crawlspace. For mold growth to occur, the only requirements are warmth, moisture and organic material for spores to develop into colonies. With this understanding, and with the met conditions, mold can begin growing within 72 hours. Once you have discovered colonies growing in the house, professional remediation is necessary to remove this presence as efficiently as possible.
Many homeowners get misguided into thinking that they can take harsh cleansers like bleach to the present mold patch and scrub away the organisms. Truthfully, this action is only taking away the problem that you can see, but leaves the rest of the organism growing and thriving below the surface. Our SERVPRO professionals have techniques which allow them to penetrate beyond this surface level to remove the entire hyphae.
One of the steps that our SERVPRO technicians take when we get started with removal is to spray the area down with an antimicrobial solution. This chemical solution adversely affects the entire colony (and can even eliminate parts of it on contact). This process gets followed up with either soda blasting, dry-ice blasting, vacuuming, or sanding the material where the colony was found to reach deeper layers.
You might not ever be ready to see mold growing in your home, but there are steps you can take to get rid of these intruders. The best choice you can make is to reach out to our SERVPRO of North Leon County applied microbial remediation technicians. They can show up quickly and help you limit the spread of the colony while they work to remove it from your home. Give us a call anytime at (850) 536-6599.
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Understanding The Full Extent Of Fire Damage In Your Tallahassee Home
With the variety of ways that fire can begin unexpectedly, it serves as one of the most devastating events for a homeowner.
Fire Damage In Your Home
Among the things that pose the most significant threat to your Tallahassee home, it is challenging not to include a fire around the very top of the list. With the variety of ways that fire can begin unexpectedly, it serves as one of the most devastating events for a homeowner. Fortunately, even with more substantial damage, your insurance company insists that the work needed to restore your home gets done professionally.
That is where our team of SERVPRO professionals comes in. From the moment that fire damage affects your Tallahassee home, our team is ready and waiting for the call to head out to your home and begin cleaning up the mess and setting things right. We respond quickly to provide your family with the assurance that our technicians want to get the job finished to the highest quality and in the most efficient of ways.
This process begins with an initial inspection of the affected areas throughout your residence. This assessment determines the work that must get done, the personnel required, equipment necessary, and even a rough estimate on how long the job takes to complete. This information gets shared with the insurance adjuster handling your claim, which can save both time and effort on your end for our project manager or estimator to work directly with the insurance company on your behalf.
This same estimation takes into account structural damages that are too severe to clean and restore as they are. It notates the materials that must get removed and replaced, and if any reconstruction efforts are necessary on a grander scale. Finally, our SERVPRO estimator also takes the time to assess the effect that the fire had on the contents of your home, both what can get salvaged and what has gotten irreparably damaged.
It may seem like a lot to merely discuss the inspection process; it can show you how thorough our team is when it comes to restoring your home after a disaster. You can count on our SERVPRO of North Leon County professionals to get the job done. Give us a call anytime at (850) 536-6599.
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Water Damage Odors in Tallahassee Can Make Your Home Smell
When you have water leaking from a broken or burst pipe, your home can quickly sustain damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.
SERVPRO Technicians Use Advanced Techniques to Permanently Remove Odor From Your Home
Excess water is standing in your Tallahassee home due to a pipe burst. Water migration and drying are important steps in water damage restoration, but odors can also be a factor in your home. Calling a professional may help remove or reduce strong smells in your home. The first step to deodorization is to get rid of what is causing the smell. Sewage, dirt, moisture, trash, and mildew are some of the most common sources of water damage odors.
SERVPRO water damage services in Tallahassee may include deodorization. The most common techniques we use for odor removal are injection, direct spraying and wet fogging. Before we put any of these methods in place, we take proper precautions. The technicians make sure food, pets, plants, and homeowners are not in the areas that we are going to deodorize.
The injection method involves using a syringe and needle or pump to inject small amounts of deodorant into spots on carpets or upholstery. Direct spraying includes the use of hand pumps or powered sprayers to apply disinfectants on affected areas. Wet fogging is another method we may use to remove odors. With this method, ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers dispense deodorizers. These foggers generate tiny deodorant particles that can penetrate into hidden areas and neutralize foul odors.
Our SERVPRO technicians may also use high-velocity box fans to remove odors. Fans can properly air-out structures before and after deodorization. High-velocity exhaust fans quickly ventilate the affected areas and can lessen drying time and may help remove odors from your home. We may also use air scrubbers to eliminate odors from the air. These scrubbers pull dirty air through a cycle of filters and trap particles and odors. Once that happens, the air scrubber exhausts clean air back into the home environment. When possible, these methods help freshen your home by removing odors.
SERVPRO of North Leon County offers top quality and efficient water damage services in your area that can help remove strong odors such as mildew from your home. Contact us at (850) 536-6599 24/7.
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Mold Damage Removal for Tallahassee Residences
Finding the source of the mold in your attic insulation is sometimes like looking for a needle in a haystack. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO.
Team SERVPRO Investigates to Find the Source and the Extent of the Mold Infestation in Your Home
Mold can not only exist in every Tallahassee home; it can return to cause more problems if the residence is not fully cleaned and dried. Small patches of mold spores no bigger than a dime can begin expanding and grow over an entire attic or down a wall if the insulation is not thoroughly examined.
Insulation mold damage to Tallahassee homes can hide the infestation that did originate there. SERVPRO technicians extensively train and work to make certain they do not miss what can be a small part of a much larger residential disaster.
Infested insulation, rolled or blown-in, is difficult to clean. In nearly all cases, we recommend complete removal and replacement. If our personnel find only small patches of mold on the surface of a rolled section they can, at the homeowner’s direction, use an industrial-grade vacuum to remove it and then spray the surface with an anti-fungal or anti-bacterial agent to kill any possible remaining spores too small to see.
For blown-in insulation, there is no method to determine that one area is completely free of mold if another spot in the attic or behind a wall is affected. Our team leaders know only to remove the infested material. It is too costly for the homeowner regarding labor hours to try and do anything else. Insurance companies do not cover such actions when it is cheaper to remove and replace the insulation.
SERVPRO technicians begin the process with a vacuum and flexible hoses to draw up the insulation and then blow it into a sealed bag outside the home. They use hand tools to dig out the corners and remove every visible scrap. If needed, other team members remove drywall and other building material to help ensure they get it all.
Once they finish removal, our restoration team sprays every surface where there was insulation. For areas difficult to enter, they also have the option to use a fogging machine to create a chemical cloud that efficiently covers every surface. After the agent dries, our teams look for any possible leak or another source of moisture to prevent further mold growth.
Our final task is to walk you through a mold-free home as soon as we can. If you are dealing with a mold problem or any other type of disaster issue, call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599.
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Water Removal and Drying Techniques In Tallahassee for Furnishings
Call SERVPRO For Water Removal in Tallahassee and the Surrounding Areas Homes and Furnishings
SERVPRO's Knowledge, Equipment, and Team Handle Water Damaging Events
Whenever moisture affects your Tallahassee condo, both contents and building materials can get damaged. After any water present gets extracted using advanced equipment, both structural drying and the drying of contents takes place. During both procedures, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to create ideal conditions for rapid drying.
Drying equipment helps speed up evaporation and can be useful for dehydrating contents and structural building materials. Tallahassee's water removal technicians know that moisture can cause several problems with contents such as furniture. Both wooden furniture and upholstery can get ruined when saturated.
Wood furniture can get water spots if near leaks. Water spots can get removed using specialized wood care products if caught while still wet. Moisture can also cause swelling, cracking, and the loosening of joints. If the damage to furniture is severe, then a furniture refinisher gets contacted to repair the item.
Some types of furniture are made of particle board that reacts poorly when it comes into contact with water. The laminate covering one side of the particle board can act as a vapor barrier, whereas the non-laminated side can absorb moisture. When one side of the material gets wet and the other does not, warping of the furniture can take place. The moisture removal process must be monitored to ensure that the extraction is not too rapid. This can cause wood to split.
When removing water from a piece of furniture's upholstery, our SERVPRO technicians utilize specific techniques. First, all furniture stains get treated with a stain removal agent. If necessary, we wet the entire piece of furniture evenly so that water spotting does not occur.
Next, the extraction phase begins, utilizing different tools as needed. A medium sized extraction wand can be implemented on large pieces of furniture. Smaller units and those made with delicate materials get extracted with a small upholstery extraction tool.
After moisture gets extracted out of the upholstery, the drying process occurs. To prevent rust stains, metal buttons get dried out first, and wax paper gets placed in between the fabric and any metal parts such as zippers. The piece of furniture gets put on small blocks of foam and cushions are placed in a "tent" formation to concentrate on moisture removal from the fabric and the filler material.
In many water damage scenarios, furniture items require particular attention to avoid damage. If you ever need professional help with content drying, call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 any day of the week.
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When Your Tallahassee Grocery Store Needs Water Removal
Should your grocery store sustain a water damage event, contacting SERVPRO for remediation services is your best recourse.
SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Tackle Water Damage at Your Store
While you might have all kinds of things you use to draw in customers to your grocery store, from weekly specials to coupons in the circulars, there seemingly are just as many things that could compromise the success of this Tallahassee store as well. A great example of this would be a water emergency, as its unpredictable nature and need for professional intervention can limit your business from functioning as it usually would.
The more significant this water emergency, the more that your business can get affected negatively if the situation does not get handled quickly. For this reason, you should be thinking about the professional commercial water removal services for your Tallahassee grocery store when the damage is widespread and substantial enough.
Regardless of the cause of this significant water damage in your business, our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to help you address the issues that it has caused and start to set things right. This process begins with a thorough inspection of the affected areas to determine the full extent of the damage that your business faces and how our technicians can restore this damage at the least possible cost to your time and potential profits.
As a business owner of this kind of facility, you not only have to think about the regular flow of customers that would typically use your store for their food requirements, but also the employees that depend on this store for a paycheck to provide for themselves. That is what makes professional restoration, like what our experienced SERVPRO professionals can provide, so critical to your business when you need extraction work.
While our team can work quickly to ensure that your business does not have to close its doors any longer than is necessary, we cannot respond to a disaster we did not know existed. Do not hesitate to call our SERVPRO of North Leon County restoration specialists anytime you need us at (850) 536-6599.
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Staying in Your Home After Minor Fire Damage in Tallahassee can Reduce Expenses
Localized fires can offer the homeowner a chance to stay in the home during the remediation. Contact SERVPRO to come out to inspect the damage.
SERVPRO Finds Ways to Help Your Family After a Fire With a Customized Remediation Plan
Many homeowners who experience a fire in their Tallahassee residence lose almost everything, while other people fare much better. A smaller, more localized fire which never spreads can still create a considerable amount of havoc in your life and even cause you to doubt the safety of your home.
If your Tallahassee home suffered minor fire damage recently, SERVPRO professionals can help you and your family. We work with both homeowners and insurance adjusters, so your experience involving your home's restoration becomes less stressful. In the case of smaller fires, many families find they can remain in their own home while we work on just the areas damaged directly by the fire. This requires some preparation that eliminates the smoke damage and its odors in the area intended to become your primary living area during the restoration work. However, staying in your home while restoration helps keep children calm, schedules on track, and medicines, necessary documents, and other vital belongings within your reach.
One of the things we do first includes cleaning excess soot from the most easily damaged surfaces in your home. These include chrome and other finishes on your bath and kitchen fixtures, as well as any other belongings that include a metallic component. Works of art and pieces of American history often contain metal that can quickly corrode when covered by abrasive soot and ashes from the fire.
Even though the soot may seem minor, the effects can become permanent over time, as well as cling to anyone unfortunate enough to wash their hands at the sink before we clean the faucet handles. As sticky as soot seems, it easily transfers to anything touched, making a messy trail rapidly.
We wash the linens and clothing your family needs immediately, and then return these to you as soon as possible. We want to help you as much as possible during this challenging time, so your family can recover faster and with less stress. As soon as we complete the initial cleaning of your undamaged-by-fire living area in your home, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can eliminate the odors that your family can do without smelling.
Using thermal fogging, our IICRC-certified technician chemically bonds leftover and hidden soot particles to the neutralizing agents in the fog. With spot treatments, fresh scents can soon fill your rooms with odors that your family enjoys. We use safe and effective chemicals that do not cause problems for your home, family or the environment.
Staying in your home after minor fire damage can help save you from the brunt of a disaster. SERVPRO of North Leon County can help you through such a trying event when you call us at (850) 536-6599, our local 24-hour service number. We serve the communities surrounding Centerville, Killearn, and Bradfordville.
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What You Should Do When Flood Damage Strikes Your Tallahassee Property
SERVPRO Helps Restore Flooded Homes in Tallahassee After Storms
Call SERVPRO, Fast Water Removal and Cleanup After Flooding
Flood damage is never a situation that anyone would want to come home to find. Because of Tallahassee's unique geographic location near the Gulf, many lakes, and small bodies of water, it is quite easy for flooding to happen. Sudden storms and heavy rainfall can lead to an excess of water. That water can leak into underprepared homes and cause damage. While a few centimeters of water in your basement might not seem like a huge deal, it is enough to do damage to the structure of your home. Fortunately, professional help is nearby to assist you.
Our IICRC-certified technicians are skilled and can help remove and dry the damaging flood waters from your Tallahassee home. After receiving your call, we can send our technicians to your home as soon as possible so they can investigate the damage. Then, they can immediately begin to tackle the water in your home and removing it.
Our SERVPRO technicians can use powerful industrial quality wet/dry vacuums to remove the flood waters from your basement. Along with the help of portable pumps, using these tools allows us to get the water out of your home as soon as possible. Afterward, we can inspect the damage done to the areas of your basement that were covered and take the next steps to drying out the structure of your home and your belongings.
Should the flood waters have brought any dangerous pathogens, sewage, or other contaminants into your home, some of your belongings may become unsafe. SERVPRO can help sort through them and recommend what is safe to keep and what is not. After cleanup, our technicians can use advanced technology such as dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out any damp structures in your basement and create a moisture-neutral environment.
If flood waters damage your home, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians to help return your home to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."
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Why You Need Professionals For Mold Damage Restoration To Your Centerville Home?
Mold damage often gets ignored, especially during the early stages by many homeowners.
Mold Damage Restoration To Your Home
Mold damage often gets ignored, especially during the early stages by many homeowners. Unfortunately, ignoring it often leads to the damage getting out of the hand. Your best chance of a successful restoration lies in seeking for professional help as early as you can.
Professionals have the technical knowledge, skills and necessary safety equipment to remedy the mold damage to your Centerville home. Understanding the basics about mold itself can help you realize the importance of professional intervention in tackling this problem.
Say No To DIY
Many people make the mistake of trying to clean the mold themselves. There are many reasons for never doing this. First of all, mold can have health effects, and you do not have the necessary safety equipment to protect yourself or your loved ones occupying the house. SERVPRO professionals, on the other hand, have the necessary equipment that ensures the safety of even your pets. Another critical thing to note is that mold spores can spread very quickly. When you try to clean the damage, the spores can easily become airborne and spread to the uncontaminated parts of your home as well.
Treat The Underlying Cause
Mold damage is often due to an underlying cause such as water damage. The spores need a conducive environment to germinate. Moisture plays a big role in germination of the spores. If you leak your plumbing or any other form of water damage, the excess moisture can promote the mold growth. As a result, it is essential to eliminate the underlying cause to prevent recurrence.
SERVPRO Professionals can assess your home and look for the cause that led to mold damage. If you try to clean the damage by yourself, you can often miss the underlying cause, and the problem can recur soon. Seeking professional help can eliminate the cause of the damage and can prevent the mold from coming back soon. Call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 to speak with one of our experts today.
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Fighting Flood Damage in Your Tallahassee Home
The sooner you contact the highly trained professionals at SERVPRO the quicker we can get to work restoring your home and preventing further damage.
Rely on SERVPRO for Expert Flood Damage Remediation
Florida residents are no stranger to severe weather events, even as far inland as your Tallahassee home. With so many large storm systems that rage in from the coastlines, it can often be a difficult thing to predict the severity of a storm that comes and how much damage it can do in its wake. The unfortunate aspect of this unpredictability is the damage that this weather can do to your house, leaving it vulnerable to flooding on top of the structural weaknesses.
The primary concern with flood damage in your Tallahassee residence is the kind of impact it can have on the structural integrity and far-reaching effects it can have on surfaces like flooring and ceilings. Fighting this kind of situation requires you to move quickly and reach out to certified restoration specialists that can get to work quickly to get rid of the present water and protect your home from further damage as they restore the current concerns.
While extraction is a priority when our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, a greater concern for our restoration specialists is to prevent further external damage. Our team conducts a thorough inspection of all vulnerable points affected by the storm damage and sealing up these areas of penetration with tarps, plywood, and boards to keep further water damage from occurring while the restoration process is underway.
Extraction is a key component of the restoration plan for our SERVPRO professionals. Using a combination of equipment, water gets quickly pulled from the flooring to thwart penetration through levels of your home and prevent further expenditures for remodeling and reconstruction. For significant volumes of water, truck mounted pumps get used in conjunction with wet-vacs for spot extractions in tighter areas.
Drying is another critical element to the restoration process, and upon completion, allows for a thorough assessment of structural concerns that require your attention.
When severe weather leaves you with flooding damage, acting quickly can save the contents of your home from irreparable damage and save your out of pocket expenses as well. Give SERVPRO of North Leon County a call whenever you need us at (850) 536-6599.
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What to Do When Your Home in Tallahassee Has Excess Water That Needs to Be Removed
If your dishwasher malfunctions, it could cause gallons of water to spill onto your kitchen floors. Call SERVPRO to remove the water fast.
SERVPRO Acts Fast to Restore Your Home after Water Damage
The water removal process after a dishwasher has malfunctioned and leaked water everywhere in your kitchen can be daunting. Once stopped, cleaning up the remaining water from the leak in your Tallahassee home is not a task you should have to do yourself. After all, this task requires specialty equipment.
The leftover water from the leak is more than what a towel can mop up, and it is sinking into the floors of your Tallahassee home. If left unattended, the water can do untold damage to your property. Fortunately, help is never far to assist with the removal of the remaining water and process of drying out your home.
SERVPRO can get to the scene quickly, and our excellently trained technicians understand how to deal with the excessive water. No matter the amount of water, we can remove it. Additionally, removing the excess water helps reduce the overall drying time of your property and destroys an environment in which bacteria can thrive.
The leak in your kitchen can damage your floors, cupboards, and other belongings but there is no need to worry. Our crew can work to remediate all of the damaged items and ensure their quality returns to its preloss state. Here at SERVPRO, we understand how sentimental and valuable your belongings can be, and we strive to make sure you that can keep them.
To address the lingering water, we can use truck-mounted and industrial quality wet/dry vacuums to remove the excess. If our vacuums are not enough, it is not the end of our help. We can also employ powerful submersible pumps to remove the water from your home. After removing the water, we can use dehumidifiers and axial fans to dry the structure of your home and your belongings.
If an appliance breaks and spills water all over your property, do not wait. No matter the time, Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599. We can employ our technicians promptly and address the situation, so you can feel "Like it never even happened."
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Mold Damage in Your Secondhand Shop in Tallahassee
If you discover mold growth in your commercial space, contact SERVPRO right away to remediate the damage and prevent future growth.
Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Damage in Your Commercial Space
When a slow leak has caused an area of mold growth in your Tallahassee secondhand shop, you want to get the issue looked at right away. Holding off on an issue such as this only allows the infestation to grow and spread throughout other parts of your building. Since mold can not only cause damage to your building and merchandise but also create health effects for your employees and customers, getting it cleaned up as soon as possible is essential.
Therefore, if you notice mold and mold damage in your Tallahassee secondhand shop, you want to get a hold of our professionals at SERVPRO right away. We have the proper training and tools to clean up the infestation for you and make your establishment safe again.
When we arrive at your building, we conduct a thorough inspection to see how far the mold may have spread. We follow safety protocols that are needed during remediation. We attempt to find the source of the moisture. If it is a minor leak we may try to fix it, which can help to prevent future growth of the fungi.
SERVPRO staff then prepare the work area, setting up a containment area to stop the mold from spreading to unaffected areas during the cleaning process. The area which is contaminated is put under negative pressure to keep the air from escaping. If any porous materials were affected, we would remove them. These can include drywall, wallpaper, and insulation. We follow safety protocols to help us determine what can be cleaned and what we need to throw away.
The affected area is then cleaned and sanitized. We use a variety of methods according to the needs of your situation. Any materials that are non-salvageable are torn out and discarded following EPA guidelines. We attempt to bring your business back to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of North Leon County understands that the health and safety of your employees and patrons is of primary concern. Protecting your inventory also protects your business. We can also help enterprises in Lamonia and Centerville by calling (850) 536-6599.
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Protect Yourself From An Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Crisis In Florida
Five things you need to know about the AOB
Homeowners who face the chaos and confusion commonplace after storm, fire, and water damage in North Leon County Florida look for a restoration company that offers a wide range of services. Many companies including SERVPRO of North Leon County highlight their ability to help with insurance claims and submissions during this stressful time as a critical service, streamlining the financial aspects of a restoration job.
Working with the customer's insurance company can be a great benefit to a property owner when done ethically. Unfortunately, there is a growing trend pursued by deceitful and ruthless home-improvement and disaster recovery companies in Florida that can result in adverse consequences unintended by a trusting client.
These unscrupulous businesses prey upon the anxiety and fear victims of severe weather, and other emergencies feel as they try to sort out the overwhelming crush of concerns and tasks following major catastrophes. Within the hours and days after a storm or flood, some shady vendors deliberately arose panic among victims. They follow up exaggerated statements about the devastation with promises to take care of all aspects of damage restoration if only the customer assigns his or her homeowner's insurance payout directly to the company pledging to fix the damage.
This practice is termed Assignment of Benefits or AOB, and has become of great concern in North Leon County and elsewhere in Florida when pursued dishonestly by disaster recovery companies. The problem stems from the unprincipled actions of dishonest and immoral individuals who inflate the cost of restorations and recommend unnecessary repairs to increase the flow of money into their coffers from unsuspecting customers' insurance carriers. Not infrequently, the vendors that demand a customer sign an AOB also perform low-quality work that does not stand the test of time.
Homeowners trade control over the restoration process and direct communication with their insurance agent and company for a potentially false sense of security. The company assigned the benefits makes all the decisions if an insurance company resists paying. Also, the property owner typically agrees in the AOB documents to cooperate if the restoration company files suit against the insurance company. Because of details in Florida's current AOB statute, insurance companies risk paying significant attorneys fees if claims presented are refused or paid at a lower rate, so they sometimes pay to evade the perceived penalty.
The overreaching effect of the AOB practices of some immoral restoration companies is steep increases in premiums and the unavailability of homeowner insurance coverage in areas where weather damage is predictable. High-pressure tactics to sign AOBs, little history of quality restoration in an area, and fear-mongering are signals that a restoration company is part of the problem, and not the solution you seek.
With decades of top-notch restoration experience and a demonstrated desire to work with you, not instead of you, SERVPRO of North Leon County is a strong contender when you look for a restoration partner. Contact us (850) 536-6599 and set your mind at ease when we explain our clear communication style and transparent dealings with you and your insurance company as we restore the damage.
Fire Damage Professionals In Tallahassee Are the Answer
After the First Responders, Call SERVPRO for Tallahassee Area Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration
The Question Is Who Do You Call for Smoke & Fire Cleanup?
Nobody ever plans on it happening, but sometimes fires start inside a building. If a fire ever starts inside your Tallahassee condominium, the first thing to do is make sure everyone is safe. Next, either you or the fire department puts the fire out so that the danger gets eliminated and the condo is safe to re-enter.
After the fire is extinguished nd it gets confirmed that everyone is safe, it is now time to assess the damage caused by the fire. The best call is to SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Tallahassee to assess and mitigate the damage present. Our technicians are IICRC certified and have experience in dealing with all types of fire damage.
Anytime a fire burns inside a structure, both the heat and smoke ruins contents and building materials within your condo. SERVPRO trains all of their staff to know how fire and smoke behave so that all of the damage created by the fire gets found and mitigated. Sometimes smoke coming from fire affects areas of the home that are not in the direct location of the fire's source.
Due to convection smoke initially rises straight up as the less dense hot air rises and cold air falls. Smoke then heads to other rooms of the structure leaving behind less and less soot the further it travels from the source. The longer a fire burns, the more evenly soot gets deposited onto the walls and ceilings. Smoke often follows the natural air flow inside a building and gets attracted to colder surfaces first. At times the partially combusted particles can ionize and attached to objects like iron filing to a magnet. People often mistake smoke tags (webs) as spider webs. This is often the case with furnace puff back in colder climes.
Sometimes soot collects heavier in some areas of the home than others. As smoke follows the building's airflow, areas near intake vents and cavities above suspended ceilings sometimes attract more soot than in other places. Smoke travels through closed doors and leaves thicker soot deposits in cracks where smoke gets concentrated as it travels past the door.
In some fire damage scenarios smoke damage is found in areas you would not think about. The best solution is to call in the professionals of SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 for assistance 24/7.
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Air Purifiers are Not a Solution for Mold Damage in Your Tallahassee Area Home
Call on SERVPRO if you discover mold spores in your home in order to properly remediate the damage and keep your family safe.
Mold Damage Requires Professional Mold Remediation Specialists
Mold causes problems for homeowners throughout the Tallahassee area. It is a nuisance that everyone faces at some point. As a homeowner, you look for solutions to mold wherever you can find them. Recently, more and more of you utilize air purifiers in an attempt to rid your home of airborne pathogens.
While mold can cause health effects, it is a natural part of our ecosystem, found everywhere. The air that we breathe, food that we eat, and surfaces in our Tallahassee home all contain mold. However, having mold damage is something entirely different.
After finding mold damage on your property, some of you may think that because your air purifier has a HEPA filter that it can protect you from contamination found in your home. However, these purifiers were never meant to serve as a method to treat the underlying mold problems that exist in your home and should never replace professional services used to protect your family from mold growth.
Air purifiers serve as a method of improving your overall indoor air quality and are great for reducing problems you may experience with common allergies. However, the best solution to mold found on your property involves contacting a qualified mold remediation specialist who has access to the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to detect mold growth as well as dry and restore affected areas, like SERVPRO.
SERVPRO has IICRC certified mold remediation technicians available 24-hours a day, with years of experience helping homeowners just like you take control of mold damage found on their property. We can provide you with containment methods to prevent the spread of mold, helping you retain a clean, healthy living environment, you and your family can enjoy.
SERVPRO technicians proudly serve members of our local community, providing quality mold remediation services that follow local, state, and federal guidelines for the handling and disposal of contaminated materials found on your property. You can count on our remediation technicians to meet or exceed any expectations you might have in regards to returning your home to a quality pre-damage condition.
SERVPRO of North Leon County stands ready to assist you day or night, providing mold damage solutions throughout Lamonia, Meridian, and Miccosukee, call today. (850) 536-6599
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We All Do Better When Prepared -- ERP For North Leon County
SERVPRO's ERP Plan Helps Mitigate Storm Damage in Tallahassee and other North Leon County Areas
SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Plan Helps Prevent and Mitigate Storm Damage
Home and business owners in North Leon County hope to avoid significant water, fire, storm, and mold disasters. It is not always possible to predict if or when a particular property may experience an accidental, weather-related, or other loss. The situation is easier to manage if pre-planning is in place. Technology plus clear communication combine in our prospective disaster preparation applications.
Hurricanes and other storms, plumbing fails, and fire damage from a range of sources all cause costly devastation and misery for residents and businesses in North Leon County. We developed the Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to give our Tallahassee customers and us a head start when it comes to recovery from these circumstances. Employing a mix of our expert assessment of physical layouts with a mobile app-driven checklist property owners complete, we partner with our customers to create a concise and individualized framework of how we respond when disaster strikes.
Start the process by scheduling a no-obligation walk-through of your premises with one of our project managers at SERVPRO. We take note of the location of key equipment and shutoffs and use the opportunity to make suggestions that can limit future damage if your property does endure water, fire, or mold damage. Our observations and pictures build the general structure of how to best navigate issues arising from water incursion, fire, or other damage. Storm-related floodings and resulting structural damages can be greatly mitigated with rapid remediations.
You then fill in details with our mobile Emergency READY Profile app. Step by step instructions permit you to establish recovery task hierarchy and appoint responsible staff, family, or other contacts to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during an emergency. You clearly designate SERVPRO of North Leon County as your restoration company of choice. This is an extremely valuable tool for our commercial clients. Vendors and other contractors who possess information about your mechanical systems, appliances, and structural components slot into your profile so we can gain knowledge about how to best approach the details of restoring all aspects of your business or residential property.
Between the Emergency READY Plan and the accompanying Emergency Ready Profile, our crews have the necessary facts and your priorities solidly in hand. One contact after the disaster asserts itself and we jump into action sure of our agenda. The faster and more surely we respond the more likely it is we deliver your property back to you "Like it never even happened" swiftly and successfully.
Decide to take control of a potential disaster by contacting SERVPRO of North Leon County today to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile. A call to (850) 536-6599 starts the preparatory process that saves time and ensures the best possible outcome.
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The Benefits Residents of Tallahassee Get from Water Removal Services
Call on the professionals at SERVPRO when you experience water damage, we are experienced and trained in water removal.
Professional Water Removal Services Can Save Your Property
Naturally, it is expected any property owner in Tallahassee to react in a certain way when there is flooding or any water damage related issues. Nevertheless, what are the right procedures to follow as far as water removal is concerned? How do you determine the contents to replace and what is salvageable after such a disaster? You need a peace of mind during this stressful time, and professional services is the answer.
The timing determines the success of any water removal situation in Tallahassee. It is advisable you report the incident immediately after it happens to prevent further damage. If SERVPRO is your preferred service provider, you should expect our technicians to respond immediately equipped with the relevant restoration equipment. Before the restoration starts, we usually inspect the level of the damage and based on the results we choose the most suitable tools and procedures to use.
Whenever water comes into contact with your contents, some absorb it, and with time they may become unsalvageable. The contents in the hard to access areas may rot, and unpleasant odors might result. To deal with these odors, our SERVPRO technicians locate their source and remove them. If they are coming from cracks and inaccessible areas, we spray deodorants by using ULV foggers or thermal foggers to neutralize them. Deodorization also sterilizes areas to prevent the growth of mold.
Drying the wet areas is very crucial during the restoration, and as a result, we set up air movers to facilitate the flow of air. When evaporation occurs, the air acquires additional moisture, and that can lead to additional problems. With time, this additional moisture cools down and settles on the walls and under sub-floors and lead to possible damage. That is why we perform dehumidification to draw the suspended moisture from the surrounding areas.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is an experienced leader in mold, fire, storm and water damage restoration. Call us at (850) 536-6599 when faced with any disaster.
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Commercial Water Removal Services After a Flooding Event in a Tallahassee Store
SERVPRO of North Leon County is here to make your commercial water damage "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Offers Commercial Water Removal Services to Tallahassee Retail Stores
Commercial water damage is a terrible nuisance for Tallahassee store owners, as it can disrupt work for a long time. As such, any type of flooding in a retail store should be treated with serious concern. This could arise from a burst pipe, a sewage backup, a faulty sprinkler system, or even storm flooding. A good percentage of property claims for insurance in the area are linked to water damage restoration, including store fixtures and losses of inventory. Failure to initiate immediate drying can also lead to secondary damage, often necessitating a complete shutdown.
At SERVPRO, our goal is to get your premises back to a pre-damage state quickly and efficiently. Our experienced, highly-trained water damage and water removal experts provide professional cleanup services to Tallahassee business owners in the area and its environs. As per IICRC guidelines, we use industry-standard tools and techniques in every restoration project to protect your property and prevent additional damage.
It is always tempting to linger around a flooded area in a bid to move stock and other important items to safety. However, the first thing you should do is turn off electricity at the main power supply to avoid electrocution. SERVPRO technicians can be there within four hours after contacting us.
We have a specific protocol for dealing with commercial water damage in retail stores. A certified SERVPRO technician conducts a thorough inspection to establish priorities, tasks, goals, and schedules. The water removal process often involves the relocation of building contents, extensive cleaning, sanitation, and debris disposal.
Water extraction from walls, floors, and ceilings is done using advanced truck-mounted vacuum systems. We conduct structural dry out procedures using a combination of dryers, dehumidifiers, and high-capacity air movers. Our water damage restoration experts can also clean and dry any affected carpets, hard-surface items, and upholstery. Throughout the water removal process, we regulate and maintain proper temperature and humidity levels to ensure quick and efficient drying.
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We understand that a flooding event in your area has serious repercussions on your retail store. As soon as it happens, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County for commercial water removal services. You can reach us anytime at (850) 536-6599.
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Types of Water That Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Tallahassee Home
When facing flooding in the home, the best bet is to call the certified professional SERVPRO team to dry out your property and remediate the damage.
SERVPRO Technicians Responds Appropriately to the Type of Water That Flooded Your Home
A flood is a natural disaster that can have a long-lasting impact on your Tallahassee home. There is no doubt that you need professional help in dealing with such a situation. Furthermore, the sooner the professionals get to work, the better.
If you face a flood damage situation in your Tallahassee home, the first thing to do is to ensure your and your family’s safety. SERVPRO considers contamination as another issue to be wary about following the aftermath of a flood. The restoration process depends on the type of water causing the flooding. Successful restoration depends on understanding the type of water involved in the flooding.
Clean water is the safest floodwater that does not pose any immediate health risk. Such floods can result from melting snow and heavy rains. However, if the clean water is not removed promptly, it can get contaminated in as little as 48 hours. Thankfully, SERVPRO technicians get to work within four hours from our team receiving your call.
Gray water contains microbial contamination and can pose health hazards. It is essential to get rid of this water as soon as possible. Flooding often results in gray water pooling if the floodwater mixes with busted sewer lines.
It is perhaps the most dangerous floodwater that is often seen in city-wide flooding. It may contain human waste, raw sewage, chemicals, pesticides and even flooding animal carcasses. As a result, this type of water is laden with dangerous bacteria. SERVPRO professionals do not offer a cleaning and disinfecting service for carpets, paddings, and walls affected by black water.
Make sure that you call in expert flood damage restoration professionals as soon as you can. The experts can assess the situation, devise a plan and get the restoration done in no time.
Call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 today to speak to one of our technicians to discuss your situation. Our professionals work hard to restore flood damage “Like it never even happened.”
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The Effects of Commercial Water Damage on Your Tallahassee Bike Shop
Customers depend on your bike shop to keep bikes in tip top condition. Keep your store in great condition by contacting SERVPRO after water damage.
Our Certified SERVPRO Technicians Aim to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property to Improve the Environment For BOTH Customers and Employees Alike
Water inside your Tallahassee business' pipes helps keep your employees hydrated and able to use the facilities as needed. However, when a pipe leaks or drips, your store's environment changes, becoming the perfect setting to develop damages that you most likely want to avoid.
When customers come into your bike shop, visible commercial water damage in Tallahassee can make your building seem old and ugly. Invisible damage comes in the form of musty odors and high humidity. SERVPRO technicians use their experience and training to restore businesses to pre-damage condition. For situations involving broken water lines that flood your company, we want to remind you that we are Faster To Any Sized Disaster, ready to help you prevent possible damage from happening.
Regardless of the size of your company, the amount and extent of the damage, or the source, our technicians work rapidly to repair the damages so your business operations can proceed flawlessly once again. In addition to removing any materials that sustained damage from the water, we can restore your store's display units, if needed.
Odors from water damage can affect not only your customers' shopping experience but also your employees' morale. Coming into work every day, many times, the little things, such as persistent odors, can make the performance of normal duties seem tiresome. Customers want to shop in a location that smells and looks clean. Water damage can rob your business of both aspects.
High humidity can affect rubber tires, metal bike parts, and allow mold to grow on leather accessories. These problems stem from water damage, but we can prevent them from happening. Once they begin to show up in your inventory, however, we can help you recover by cleaning them and providing other restorative services. We can discuss with you exactly what your business needs to make a full recovery from any type of water damage.
SERVPRO of North Leon County wants to help your company succeed. Removing the signs of water damage can help you achieve your company's goals. Contact us for the restoration services your business needs by calling (850) 536-6599.
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Mold Damage Remediation in Tallahassee
Mold can spread rather quickly through your home. Contacting SERVPRO at the first sight or smell of mold is your best bet to remediating the damage.
SERVPRO Technicians Do Their Due Diligence When Remediating a Mold Infestation in a Home
Tallahassee has had more than its fair share of fire and water this year; especially water. With so many homes underwater or isolated by storm damage, mold has become a huge source of secondary damage to area homes.
Stopping and cleaning Tallahassee mold damage is extremely important for rebuilding area homes. SERVPRO knows that finding a mold infestation means certain things can happen: It slows down and sometimes stops the restoration work, this increases the cost to you and your insurance carrier, and, mold can cause health effects.
If one of our restoration team members finds mold, we pull technicians off other tasks to determine the extent of the infestation. We use air content meters to find the highest concentration of mold spores and trace it back to its origin.
Next, we find and stop the water source which feeds the mold growth. Usually, this is a leak, but in an already water damaged home, this can also be a water-soaked carpet or building material like drywall. When that happens, our only option is to remove the affected material and property from the home.
Other property not water soaked can still be affected by mold. The surfaces of these items and the spores on them are usually dry, which makes it fairly simple to remove them. Restoration team members carefully wipe down these surfaces top to bottom with dry sponges or soft cloths.
Property not affected by mold still requires protection as we remove the infested material. SERVPRO technicians spray an anti-fungal cleaning agent on surfaces to protect them from our removal actions and any mold spores that are already loose in the surrounding air.
Each of these actions increases the number of labor hours, equipment needed and cleaning agents used in each home. Although the health effects of mold are minimal to most people, we are not experts and prefer to leave each home cleaner than when we arrived.
The goal of SERVPRO of North Leon County is to get you back into your home as quickly and safely as possible. Since our office is a locally owned franchise, this is more than just a job to us; each home is one of our neighbors. If you need our services, call us today at (850) 536-6599.
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Smell Isn't the Only Effect of Smoke in Tallahassee Fire Damage
Contact SERVPRO after a fire in your home so that we can remediate the damage and clean your property thoroughly to prevent finding secondary damages.
Our Technicians Look for Smoke Residue Throughout Your Home to Prevent Secondary Damages
Smoke is one of the most costly aspects of most instances of fire damage in Tallahassee. Smoke creates a pungent odor that is very difficult to mask or remove without powerful treatments. However, odor is not the only problem that originates from smoke damage. Smoke can also damage your home in other ways, especially if left untreated for longer than necessary. Here are a few ways smoke can cause further damage to your home.
Discoloration from smoke may, in some cases, be the single most prominent sign of the fire damage in your Tallahassee home. Some types of smoke leave behind gray and black films over anything they reach. Without treatment, this can severely damage patterned belongings or surfaces such as wallpaper, furniture, and clothing. These films are separate from regular ash and soot, often possessing a finer texture and requiring a deeper clean. In addition to looking bad, discoloration of this variety also often comes with a foul and sticky or slimy texture. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of industrial-strength cleaning tools to remove any visible signs of smoke around the house.
Many types of smoke are also acidic, especially when combined with some amount of water (even water suspended in the air). Over a relatively short time, this can eat away at materials in your home and cause permanent damage to fabric, wood, metal, paper, and almost anything else. Fast treatment is crucial to avoid as much of this effect as possible.
Clogged HVAC Systems
Heavier smoke particles and larger fires may sometimes clog up your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Most residential HVAC systems operate with relatively weak filters and machinery, and these can fail or get stopped up when too much smoke interferes with their operations. SERVPRO staffs trained and certified HVAC technicians to make sure that your systems can get back online as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is always ready to respond to your call for help after a fire, 24/7. Give us a call at (850) 536-6599.
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Water Removal Services For Your Tallahassee Area Business
Your equipment does not function well when wet or even when there is excessive moisture. Contact SERVPRO after a water damage event at your business.
Our Technicians Remove Water From Your Commercial Location As Well As Properly Clean the Property to Prevent a Mold Infestation
Water entering your Tallahassee workplace can easily slow or even stop production in your factory, warehouse, or office. The hazards involved when water comes into contact with electronic machinery, or other equipment can make the situation extremely dangerous.
Finding a company you can trust to perform commercial water removal services on your Tallahassee property is not as hard as you may think. With IICRC certification, advanced equipment, and several years of experience, we are here to make sure your business remains running. Regardless of your situation, we have access to a variety of resources. No job is too big or too small; our technicians handle anything you throw our way.
SERVPRO technicians have access to extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers, and water detection devices of all types. We also have experience removing water from hard to reach places such as attics or crawl spaces, cabinets, HVAC ducting, within walls, or under carpeting and wallpaper. Our technicians make every effort to limit your losses and reduce the time it takes to get back to work.
SERVPRO technicians follow strict safety guidelines and follow specialty drying procedures to produce the highest quality results possible. We pay specific detail to equipment safety, electronics, biohazards, structural damages and any secondary problems that may arise. It is our job to help you prevent additional problems that may pop up as a result of the water intrusion, and we take our job seriously.
SERVPRO’s water removal services make controlling microbial growth and getting back to work a quick and efficient process. We use approved chemical agents, EPA registered disinfectants and advanced cleaning methods to ensure the safety and security of any job site. If you are experiencing water issues due to do improper ventilation, we can install professional equipment such as dehumidifiers and vents that help control the relative humidity on your property.
All you have to do is call SERVPRO of North Leon County to obtain quality water removal services anytime. We are available 24/7, 365, day or night, including holidays. Give us a call today; qualified professionals are standing by to assist. (850) 536-6599
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The Importance Of French Drains For Your Tallahassee Home
New construction of any residential building in Florida is required to include a French drain system.
The Importance Of French Drains
Florida is no stranger to damaging storms. With little warning, a seemingly insignificant storm could result in significant flooding concerns across lower lying areas. If your Tallahassee home falls along these lower-lying floodplains, you are already at a higher risk for significant water damages from heavy rainfall. When you couple that with the lack of a functioning French drain system, you could quickly end up with water in your basement.
Flood damage to your Tallahassee home may not always be something that you can avoid, but if you take the appropriate precautions and implement the right equipment around your house, you might experience these conditions much less frequently. New construction of any residential building in Florida is required to include a French drain system. This perforated pipe system along your house is your last line of defense against water penetrating through your foundation.
While this might be something that contractors are required to do for modern houses, you might not have a home constructed in the time where this was a requirement. While there have always been forward thinking contractors that installed these drains underground to protect their construction for years to come, our SERVPRO team has also encountered many older homes that never had this critical line of defense put into place.
Pooling water around your foundation eventually penetrates through block and mortar. While these are some of the best building materials meant to last for years, they are not impregnable. Without a way to move this high-pressure water from the foundation walls, it is only a matter of time before it ends up inside. If that happens, you might be dealing with a substantial amount of water if the area is currently dealing with a severe storm.
Our SERVPRO emergency response team can arrive quickly to begin removing the water and repairing the damage to the foundation where water is coming in. We have a large assortment of pumps and drying equipment to eliminate the water while simultaneously working to ensure the threat of future flooding is resolved.
In any case of flood damage, your timing is critical to mitigating the losses of the affected area. The faster SERVPRO is made aware of the damage, the faster we can restore the damages and prevent them from getting worse. SERVPRO of North Leon County is only a phone call away, and you can make that call to us 24/7 at (850) 536-6599.
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Commercial Water Removal for Tallahassee Restaurants
SERVPRO restores your restaurant after water damage "Like it never even happened."
Trust SERVPRO to Thoroughly Remove Water and Mitigate Damage to Your Restaurant
Tallahassee has many excellent restaurants, and each has extensive plumbing to serve the kitchen, salad bar, and restroom facilities. A small water line break is all it takes to flood a large area.
When a Tallahassee restaurant ends up with flooding, commercial water removal is required. Starting this process soon after the water line breaks can often help us save carpeting, as well as wood flooring, much more efficiently. When these become extensively damaged, saving them becomes much less likely.
Removing water from a broken line is much more than pumping out all the standing water. SERVPRO technicians also use hand-held extractors, heated floor mats that cause an increased rate of evaporation, and massive air movers. Drying out walls, much like flooring, can save these from needing replacements, if completed quickly. Rapid drying keeps moisture from spreading in interior areas of drywall, flooring, and other materials.
Furniture can also become saturated when water wicks upward from floor-length fabric pieces. These need specialized care that our Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT) expertly provides. Protecting the look your patrons know and recognize is important to us.
In the kitchen, however, there remain a vast supply of food goods that, according to local health regulations, can no longer find their way to diners' tables. Disposing of the food inventory that came into contact with flood water is always listed on an inventory sheet. Part of restoring your restaurant includes helping you replace what the disaster destroyed.
Odor often results from saturated carpets, regardless of how clean your staff keeps them. Minute food particles that escape vacuum cleaners adds significantly to the smell. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can ensure that those dining at your establishment find no unwanted odors present to interfere with their enjoyment of your chef's creations.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is always available when you need them the most. Call us at our local number, (850) 536-6599, for the latest in technological advances that make a difference in the final result of your water removal needs.
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Call SERVPRO Even for Small Mold Problems
Having even small mold damage taken care of by professionals can prevent future, more extensive damage.
SERVPRO Keeps You in Mind When Remediating Mold Damage
Many mold damage cases in Tallahassee we are called in to deal with are not large, disastrous affairs. A great deal of our mold remediation work is done on small colonies and limited damage. If you have one such small-scale mold problem, you may be hesitant to call in professional help for fear of excessive expenses and inconveniences associated with remediation efforts. However, our work in these situations is non-invasive and often less costly than if you were to ignore the problem or try to resolve it yourself.
We keep costs down for minor mold damage cases in Tallahassee by controlling our efforts and exercising restraint in preventative measures. While caution and preparedness are important when dealing with mold, we also understand that many situations do not require the full retinue of our services or expensive treatment options. However, it is not just our cost-reduction efforts that save money on minor mold remediation jobs. Insurance companies often provide a bonus or subsidy for our services to avoid further damage to the home, and to encourage homeowners to call for professional help rather than attempting to clean up the mold on their own.
We also intentionally restrict some of our remediation efforts to make things easier for you. While we never stop short of the work required to ensure that all visible and impactful signs of mold damage have been eliminated, we also make every effort to avoid overcomplicated jobs and plans that can entangle you and your home in a lengthy and challenging remediation process. When the mold can be contained and acted against in an isolated way, we make every effort to be as non-intrusive as possible. Calling SERVPRO to resolve mold damage problems should make life more comfortable, and we take this principle to heart.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is a local damage mitigation and restoration company with national resources, training, and connections. Give us a call at (850) 536-6599 to learn more or request our services.
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Irma Transforms From Hurricane To Destructive Tropical Storm In Tallahassee
SERVPRO Keeps Tallahassee Dry with Prompt Water Removal After Floods, Hurricanes, or Just a Leaky Appliance
SERVPRO Supports Your Damaged Property with Swift Water Removal and Clean Up
If Irma damaged your home, it matters little if it was designated a hurricane or a tropical storm when it blew through your neighborhood. Twenty-two miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, the city of Tallahassee still had over 40,000 households without power and 3000 individuals forced to move to shelters because of the destruction. We understand the force a tropical storm brings, and offer help to all in the capital city area.
Homes suffer tremendous hurricane damage from downed trees and power lines even when the winds decrease. Torrential rains add to the homeowner’s misery if missing sections of walls or roofs allow water to collect in your residence. Recovery from this type of destruction requires teams of skilled and trained technicians as well as heavy-duty equipment to remove water from your Tallahassee property and dry out the structure and contents.
Upon arrival at your storm-torn home, SERVPRO team members first assess the risk entailed for both residents and themselves if work progresses. Live electrical lines must be dealt with by utility crews before we start securing your home by boarding and tarping up areas open to the elements. After protecting the house, an experienced project manager develops a plan to remove water, dry spaces, and begin general cleanup.
Our truck-mounted submersible pumps and powerful water extractors thankfully do not rely on local electricity to do their work. Often the water flooding through your home after a hurricane or tropical storm is contaminated. Nearby drainage systems overflow and send debris, sewage, and even dead animals into your home. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with gray and black water protocols, containing the water for proper and legal disposal.
Once most of the water is removed, drying commences. Air movers and dehumidifiers lower the interior moisture levels in the structures and air. Our experts seek out hidden pockets of water and use proven strategies to release them. As drying moves toward the goals established by moisture monitoring, we use effective antimicrobials to sanitize affected areas.
Exterior and interior repairs complete the process, with SERVPRO collaborating with your contractors of choice. Throughout the process we keep your insurance company informed and involved to minimize your out of pocket expenses.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is equipped and staffed to help your hurricane damage recovery. Call for an inspection at (850) 536-6599.
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Deodorizing Smoke Smell in Your Tallahassee Attic After Fire and Fire Damage from a Candle
Smoke and Fire Damage and Odors Remediated by SERVPRO in Tallahassee Properties
SERVPRO Manages Fire and Odor Control
Even a small fire in your Tallahassee home can create all sorts of damage to the structure. Fire from a candle in an upstairs bedroom, although gotten under control and put out before it reached other areas of the home, can create unseen damage above the bedroom inside your attic. The removal of smoke and soot is essential, as it is acidic and can corrode items in your home. When the smoke rises into your attic, you are looking at having to get rid of the smoke odor as well.
Smoke odor from fire damage in your Tallahassee attic can be a troublesome thing to clean. Therefore, you need our professional staff from SERVPRO to assist you. Attics present challenges which are unique when it comes to deodorizing them after a fire. Items stored in your attic may have to be moved out so we can determine whether the odors are coming from the contents or your structure. Two materials which are affected in attics are structural materials such as rafters and insulation. How badly the smoke penetrated these materials determines the procedures of deodorization we need to use.
When insulation has been severely affected by the smoke, it may need to be taken out and replaced. If air pressure was low during the fire, smoke residues likely settled on top of the insulation, meaning it could be deodorized by following some simple steps.
First, SERVPRO techs ventilate your attic area to the exterior of the structure, then we spray or ULV-fog a counteractant which is water-based. We then thermal fog your attic and if needed, put a new layer of insulation over the old.
How intense the fire also affected whether structural materials have only light smoke residues, or they are charred and damaged by heavy smoke. We ventilate your attic, then clean the residues before sealing. Smoke odor removal, regardless of burnt elements, requires careful effort, to eliminate and not mask the odors.
SERVPRO of North Leon County can expertly take care of the smoke odors in your attic after a fire. Just give us a call at (850) 536-6599 if you live in the areas of Bradfordville, Centerville, or Tallahassee.
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Damage in Tallahassee from Your Water Heater
Exchange Your Tallahassee Home's Water Heater Before Leakage
Prevent Water Issues by Inspecting Your Water Heater -- SERVPRO Tip
Your water heater has a usable lifespan of 8 to 12 years, according to experts. It can last longer, but with each additional year, you risk problems due to deterioration, rust, and cracks. The team at SERVPRO sees flooded basements in Tallahassee on a regular basis, many due to a water heater long past its prime.
As a homeowner, you suffer from more than water damage in Tallahassee when a heater wears out. It can also create a significant hole in your budget. A flooded basement warps floors, stains walls, ruins carpets and contributes to mold and mildew growth in boxes of stored goods.
The best way to avoid a slow leak from a failing water heater is to replace it after 10 years. If you choose not to invest the money, you can reduce your risk by inspecting the appliance at least once a month. Look for condensation, drops of water on the floor, rusting around the holding pan or couplings, and signs of warping on floors and walls around it.
The experts at SERVPRO suggest that you always inspect your water heater before taking off on vacation. It is easy for a small crack to become a major leak. If you are not around, the water can create a flood in your basement, destroying your possessions.
If your water heater springs a leak, we are here to help. Our team is highly trained and certified to the highest industry standards by the IICRC Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the group that sets best practices and criteria for quality work.
At SERVPRO, we approach cleanup with a focus on restoring your space, replacing only when necessary. After a complete inspection and assessment, we extract as much water as possible. Then we concentrate on drying the area, using state-of-the-art air movers and dehumidifiers. Then we clean and sanitize your basement rooms, and deodorize it. When we finish, it looks "Like it never even happened.”
For all types of water damage services, SERVPRO of North Leon County is here to help. We are available 24/7, (850) 536-6599, serving Tallahassee, Centerville, and Meridian.
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Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Tallahassee
Your home does not have to be submerged to need professional restoration services. If there is any amount of water in your home, call SERVPRO.
Emergency Services for Flood Damage in Your Home
Hurricane Irma, which caused a wave of tension across the country throughout the better part of August and September 2017, spared Tallahassee by a whisker - a startling reminder of the powerful force of Mother Nature. In fact, statistics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) indicate that floods are the most common and devastating natural disaster in the U.S, causing millions of dollars in damage yearly. Vehicles, for instance, can become submerged in the floodwaters and experience serious problems, while houses may sustain extensive damage from within - ultimately diminishing their market value.
If you are at risk of flood damage in Tallahassee, it would be comforting to have a restoration company at hand. When it comes to water damage restoration, SERVPRO is your go-to solution. We have a team of highly trained technicians on call 24/7, ready to respond to any emergency. Following IICRC recommendations, we can reverse the damage and restore your property to preloss conditions in a jiffy, "Like it never even happened."
Your home does not have to be submerged in water to sustain flood damage. Even a small amount of water can lead to tremendous losses when it enters your house. So regardless of your location, it always pays to take precautionary measures.
Flood water can make its way into your home through walls, windows, doors, roof, or the floor. It can also enter through sinks, bathrooms, toilets, and other openings in your drainage system. It can come in the form of a gush of water rushing in or a slow trickle. In any case, the resultant damage can be costly.
Financially, it can ruin your doors, furniture, windows, floors, electronics and electrical fixtures. Once the floodwaters recede, all these contents should be repaired or replaced with new ones - putting a heavy burden on your finances. Emotionally, the floodwaters may damage sentimental items such as old photographs, trinkets, and recordings associated with people you love. It is virtually impossible to replace these things. Furthermore, water suddenly flooding into the house can provoke panic and fear in you and your family. If the floodwater stays in and around your property for too long, it could lead to permanent damage. However, this does not happen very often; it is just a small possibility.
Exposure to flood damage does not have to be the end of the world. If you act fast, SERVPRO of North Leon County can come in quickly and begin the cleanup and restoration process. For queries and emergencies, call us anytime at (850) 536-6599.
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Localized Blazes can Cause Fire Damage to Homes and Outbuildings in Tallahassee
Fires in garages and sheds are as likely as house fires. Prevent the start of a fire with SERVPRO and contact us after a fire for remediation.
Our Technicians Prevent Fires and Fire Damage By Taking Some Precautions
Although hurricanes leave our area saturated with water, fires can start anywhere in Tallahassee. Gas pipes and power lines do not fare well during a hurricane and fires can spread to nearby structures with ease. Firefighters and their trucks can find themselves delayed by flooding on streets and washed out bridges.
Unattended homes, garages, sheds, and pool houses can sustain extensive fire damage in Tallahassee even when saturated. However, SERVPRO technicians can restore homes and other structures after a fire and smoke ruins them. When gas is involved in a fire's ignition, saturation with water provides little protection for the structures located in the area. Restoration begins with removal of all the damage. Working with property owners, we continue the restoration work, matching trim, paint, and other ornamental details as closely as feasible to the original materials.
When fire claims garages and sheds, the risk of explosions increase because of the increased likelihood these buildings hold stored containers of gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, or other accelerants. We can clean the area around these buildings after such events, and prepare the area so reconstructive work can proceed safely. Broken shards of glass, bent metal pieces, and wooden beams complete with protruding nails all pose severe safety hazards to anyone present.
Rebuilding sometimes requires demolition to pave the way for new structures, and we can assist with this step of the process. Rest assured, we always salvage everything of value to avoid any wastefulness, protecting our customers' interests as much as possible. We have a network of over 1700 other franchises which we rely on whenever a job requires extra-specialized attention. There is no job too complicated or complex for SERVPRO, especially when we work as a team, either locally or with other franchises. Being your neighbors, we know how Florida weather can affect families in the area and always treat our customers in the manner in which we would want our own family members treated.
At SERVPRO of North Leon County, our technicians know that the fire damage sustained by your home or outbuilding can keep you from using your property as you would like. Contacting us at (850) 536-6599, which we answer 24/7, is the first step in getting your property back under your control.
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Mold Damage Prevention and Cleanup Services in Tallahassee
You can help prevent mold damage in your home by reducing clutter and keeping air vents unblocked by household items and furniture.
Causes and prevention of mold damage
Mold can be damaging and cause health effects when it creeps into your property. Something every homeowner in Tallahassee should understand about mold is that it can thrive anywhere with oxygen, moisture, and organic material. It is particularly common in damp, humid areas such as showers, crawlspaces, and basements.
For mold damage remediation services in Tallahassee, contact SERVPRO immediately before the fungi grow out of control. We specialize in restoring any property that has sustained mold damage, helping you save money in the process. With many years of experience, our IICRC approved technicians can assess the extent of the damage and come up with feasible solutions on the spot.
Knowing how to prevent mold growth can go a long way towards controlling mold damage. Inspect your home for leaks or excess moisture, especially in areas that are highly prone to damage. Once you discover existing leaks, SERVPRO can come in and begin the remediation process. To prevent an allergic reaction when looking for mold, always wear a mask or respirator approved for work with mold spores.
Mold damage remediation involves removing moldy debris from areas such as drywall, sub-flooring, and hard surfaces. SERVPRO technicians use commercial mold control products with different compositions to treat these materials and eradicate any surviving mold. We also have a stock of advanced mold control equipment ready to dispatch whenever needed.
A good way to prevent mold damage in the house is cutting back on your clutter. Sort your household clutter and then pare down your belongings. Clutter hinders air flow and affects how your HVAC system circulates air. Furniture and draperies blocking supply grilles promote condensation. This moisture accumulates and forms micro-climates within the structure, which in turn welcome and support mold growth. To be safe, declutter and get rid of things you no longer need or use. Pull furniture away from grilles and vents to facilitate air circulation.
Playing with the air conditioner during hot, humid summers can also contribute to mold damage. If you set the thermostat too low, cold surfaces develop that allow water vapor to condense. If you set it too high, the air conditioner fails to dehumidify the air effectively. A general rule of thumb is to set the thermostat at 78 degrees F to prevent moisture problems.
Mold growth in the house is unsightly and may cause health effects. If you suspect the presence of mold damage in your Tallahassee home, SERVPRO of North Leon County can help get it under control. We are locally based and offer emergency mold remediation services for the Centerville, Tallahassee and nearby communities. For any assistance, call us today at (850) 536-6599!
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Unexpected Fire Damage Hazards in Your Tallahassee Home
Keeping your laptop on a desk rather than on a bed or blanket can prevent it from overheating and potentially catching fire.
Preventing common household items from causing house fires
As homeowners, we are all aware of the dangers of fire. You have most likely heard the most common advice such as get a fire alarm and check it regularly and do not leave hot pans or burning candles unattended. SERVPRO understands that people in our local Tallahassee community want to be fire aware and minimize potential fire risks. That is why we would like to draw your attention to unexpected fire risks that you might not know about.
In the event of fire damage to your Tallahassee home, SERVPRO is on hand to assist with all aspects of fire remediation. We train our IICRC-certified technicians in all elements of fire damage cleanup, including the most appropriate cleaning actions for soot and smoke damage, and the use of thermal fogging, air scrubbers or even ozone machines to eliminate lingering odors.
However, prevention is always better than remedy, which is why we recommend you check for these unexpected fire damage hazards in your home today.
Laptops. You probably already know that laptops can get very hot. As such, they pose a fire risk if you leave them on a bed, couch or blanket. We recommend placing your laptop on a desk or laptop stand, and always switching it off when not in use.
Used charcoal. Have you ever thrown charcoal back in the bag after a barbecue, ready to use for next time? It is a common habit, and many of us do it. However, it can also be dangerous because there is a risk that the charcoal could catch alight and start a fire. That is why it is best to always store charcoal in a metal container with a tightly fitting lid.
Old appliances. As appliances such as kettles, TVs, hairdryers or stereos get older, they suffer from wear and tear. Old appliances might have frayed cords, poor connections, or damaged insulation, all of which can cause a fire hazard. It is a good idea to check appliances regularly and repair or toss any that are showing signs of damage.
Dryer lint. You might not think of your dryer as a fire risk, but in fact, dryer lint can spark a blaze. The heat from the dryer plus the lint is a potential fire starter. SERVPRO recommends cleaning out dryer lint after every use and checking the connecting hose and inside the drum for any stray lint, too.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is on hand to help with any fire cleanup jobs in Tallahassee and throughout the county. Call us today at (850) 536-6599 for assistance.
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Finding A Solution To Water Damage In Your Tallahassee Area Home
Water Damage in Tallahasse? Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO Provides Skilled, Professional Services for Water Intrusion Mitigation
You are up for quite an adventure when dealing with water damage in your home; there are many things to think about throughout your journey, some that make a huge difference in the results you receive.
Dealing with the aftermath of water intrusion often leaves you wondering how to address water damage on your Tallahassee property. With a variety of companies in existence these days, finding the right one can be quite a pain. Luckily, if you understand what to look for, this task can be easier than you might think.
A quality water damage restoration company offers a variety of services. The years of experience a company has in the industry makes all of the difference in the quality of the service you receive. You want to look for someone who does pre-recovery assessments to determine the proper avenue to take initially. However, you also want someone who manages the entire affair, including repairs, someone like SERVPRO.
A full inspection of your property helps locate hidden dangers, reduce secondary damages, and gives technicians a good action plan. Directing their attention to primary locations throughout your home can help workers reduce any losses you experience. These inspections also help point technicians in the right direction, focusing on certain areas of your home that hold higher significance.
The company you use, should give you a full description of their services and produce price estimates before work begins. If they deviate from the plan at all, you and your insurance company need to know, immediately. Our local SERVPRO keeps you informed throughout the entire restoration process. We provide services that get the water out of your home and do everything to protect what is left. We help you with your claims paperwork regarding the restoration.
SERVPRO also has access to fully licensed contractors, with experience in performing everything from full remodels, to placing the finishing touches on specific areas. Our technicians can make your entire experience much better, leaving you with the satisfaction of knowing that an experienced professional produced quality results, just for you.
Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County to receive quality work from IICRC certified water damage professionals, today. (850) 536-6599
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Who Should Handle Mold Damage Found In Your Tallahassee Home
SERVPRO can even tackle contamination to your HVAC or ventilation system, where you discover mold near an intake vent.
SERVPRO is The Answer For All Your Mold Damage Issues
After discovering mold on your property, it can be hard to determine who should perform the cleanup. With all of the articles about mold available online, different people saying different things, you may think it is much easier than it is to handle the job yourself.
Choosing to hire a professional to handle mold damage in your Tallahassee area home is likely your best bet. However, you should always check references and ask the company you intend to use, for more information about the guidelines they follow to perform their services. Normally, if they reference the EPA, or American Conference Of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), you can count on them to carry out a thorough cleaning.
The right company can even tackle contamination to your HVAC or ventilation system, where you discover mold near an intake vent. SERVPRO technicians easily address these problems and more, providing you with the repairs you need to remove moisture your while controlling the spread of mold. Mold can cause staining and cosmetic damage to a variety of items found in your home, all of which may be possible to restore with little to no losses.
Always avoid exposing yourself or others to mold, it never hurts to get help. Think safety first and wear the appropriate protective equipment while checking areas that may contain mold growth in your home. If you are unsure, call a professional. You never want to get into a situation over your head or cause additional damage. SERVPRO can assist with furniture repair, art restoration, carpet, and rug cleaning, repair water damage and provide the services necessary to get things under control quickly.
SERVPRO technicians understand how much all of these conditions inconvenience you and your family. Our staff does everything possible, ensuring a stress-free, fast, effective mold remediation service and provides you with many suggestions to help prevent mold problems like this occurring again in the future.
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Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County for professional mold remediation services you can count on to restore a safe, healthy living environment within your home. (850) 536-6599
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Hidden Water Signs in your Tallahassee Home
Wall stains are often an indication of water damage or possible mold. Call our team of trained technicians to investigate the problem.
Having Professionals Inspect Your Home for Possible Water Damage can Help Prevent Any Secondary Damage
Since water flows anywhere it wants once it is loose inside your home, you need to be aware of signs of water damage in areas which are hidden. The amount of interior spaces and voids where water can penetrate and stay unseen are just about unlimited.
That big pool of standing water in the middle of the floor is the easy part to see and clean, but what about the hidden water damage that is lurking in your Tallahassee home? Knowing what to look for helps you to find the damage faster before more can take place.
SERVPRO can come to your rescue when you find any hidden water damage. As a professional water damage remediation company, we can handle any water damage quickly and efficiently.
First, be aware of any unpleasant odors. Hidden residual water stagnates and encourages bacterial and mold growth, which makes an earthy, musty smell – an enormous red flag you have unseen water damage. You should also be aware of visible mold growth. Airborne mold spores are microscopic and can find their way into hidden crannies in your home’s structure. Water does too, and when moisture touches dormant mold spores, active mold growth starts. If you see fuzzy discolorations in spaces which are out of the way, have one of our SERVPRO technicians check it out.
Stains on ceilings and walls are also a telltale sign. Water which seeps into wall voids and the space in between levels can look like a blotch or stain as it saturates the ceiling or wall board next to it.
Peeling paint on the outside of the wall is another symptom of loose water in your wall spaces. Drywall saturates and the paint the loses its adhesion. Sagging ceilings and walls are also an indication that drywall or ceiling materials are saturated. They become quite heavy with added water weight and start to buckle and deform eventually.
The water looks for the lowest levels and seeps under floor coverings such as tile, carpet, and vinyl, soaking the subfloor as well. It may be necessary for us to remove some of the floor coverings, especially carpeting and padding.
At SERVPRO, we have tools such as moisture meters which can find the hidden moisture fast. We look for mold growth and clean that up as well if needed. Drywall and other damaged materials are replaced, and the affected areas are thoroughly dried with industrial fans and dehumidifiers.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is ready whenever you need us for a water emergency. You just have to dial our number at (850) 536-6599, and we come quickly to your home to restore it back to its original shape. We also do water removal for Florida State University.
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Remove Mold Damage From Your Tallahassee Area Hotel the Right Way
Moldy smells and hotel rooms are never a good combination. Call SERVPRO when your staff smells a musty odor to investigate the mold.
Team SERVPRO Will Be on Your Business Site Within Hours of Your Call
If you happen to smell a musty, dank odor anywhere in your hotel, never put off dealing with it. Mold damage can occur anywhere, leave stains behind, and cause excessive damage. However, mold can also flourish on the inside of your walls, under the carpet, or in dark hidden places where the right conditions exist.
When it comes to dealing with commercial mold damage on your Tallahassee area property, never take chances, locate professional remediation services as soon as possible. Remember, mold spores are everywhere, without the proper equipment and experience you may have to deal with this issue for quite some time.
SERVPRO technicians have access to infrared moisture detectors that assist with locating mold growth anywhere in your hotel. Even without visible signs, our technicians can locate and repair problems fast, protecting both your employees and guests from harmful contaminants that put their health at risk.
SERVPRO’s mold remediation services go beyond normal cleaning, providing you with the quality solutions you deserve. Our cleaning technicians use advanced cleaning and sanitation methods, as well as industrial-grade equipment to remove conditions that promote mold growth in your hotel in a quick and efficient manner.
SERVPRO maintains a safe, healthy, work environment, using containment methods that prevent the spread of mold to other clean areas while controlling growth that can pose a serious threat to your business in just a matter of days. We can help you keep your doors open and assist you with learning how to prevent future growth.
Any area of your hotel that contains common building components such as wood, paper, drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, along with fabric, upholstery, and carpeting, provide mold with a perfect food source. Add excessive moisture from condensation, humidity, or water leaks of any kind, and you have mold growth and damage that requires professional attention to resolve correctly.
Get ahead of mold damage now, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County, today. Our certified, licensed, experienced technicians are ready to assist 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, without hesitation. (850) 536-6599
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Understand What To Do Immediately After Fire Damage Occurs In Your Tallahassee Area Home
SERVPRO Can Board Up and Restore Your Tallahassee Home After a Fire
The Degree of Damage Dictates the SERVPRO Steps to Recovery
Those of you who have faced fired damage on your property before have likely heard that you should never enter your fire damaged home until the proper authorities tell you that it is safe to do so. Even then, you might want to consider waiting for some help before attempting to enter.
Admitting that you do not know what to look for to prevent additional damage, or avoid injuries after a fire can save you from making a huge mistake. Fire damage occurring in your Tallahassee area home is bad enough, never add to the problem by tromping through damaged rooms and making things worse. Knowing whom to call and how to act after a fire incident occurs in your home can make all the difference.
With your family safe and the fire under control, you want to split responsibilities with your significant other, if you have one. Hopefully, you do because your day or night is far from over. Send one of you off to find temporary housing, make contact with family, friends, and your insurance company. Securing your families comfort for the next few nights, getting the kids and pets out of harm's way. If the damage caused by the blaze is not extreme, then we can rapidly expedite a return to normal.
The other should stay at the damaged home, secure the location, and make it a point to handle contacting a qualified restoration company, like SERVPRO for help. You never want to leave your damaged home all alone after an event occurs. Regardless of how quaint your neighborhood is, looting happens quite often, leading to further losses.
Once your SERVPRO representative arrives, they can assess the area for damage, hazards, and help you perform a walk through safely, catching a glimpse of damages first-hand and make it clear to you what needs to happen as you move forward. Fire damage itself can be devastating. However, smoke, ash, and soot residue can make everything look far worse and actually be far worse.
Only someone with an expertly trained eye can tell the difference between an item that is irrevocably damaged and one that might be restorable with the proper services. SERVPRO technicians put several years of experience, IICRC certifications, and industrial-grade restoration equipment to work recovering your home and its contents immediately.
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Protect Yourselves Against Flood Damage The Right Way - Call SERVPRO In Tallahassee Today
Tallahassee Area Flooding is Helped by Expert SERVPRO Extraction
Flood Water Extraction Is Crucial to Mitigate Damage
Everyone understands what a flood is, right? Anywhere that an overflow of water submerges land or property that is usually dry. So, it does not take a rocket scientist to understand how keeping an eye on water sources found in our home can prevent damages that water causes.
Every home in the United States is susceptible to flood damage, even Tallahassee residents. Having the right insurance, taking the proper precautions, and performing the maintenance required to prevent catastrophic damages on your property makes sense.
It is just like riding a motorcycle or driving a car. You would never drive a vehicle without insurance, or ride a bike without a helmet. They may not prevent accidents from happening, but they serve as protection against the damages that might occur should things get out of control.
The same methodology applies to flood insurance or preparation services provided by a quality restoration company for your home. Insurance gives you protection after an event occurs, giving you a financial cushion to fall back on. Seeking preparation services from a company, like SERVPRO, provides you with many ways to strengthen your home and prepare against damages that may occur during an event.
While SERVPRO also gives you access to expertly trained technicians, industrial-grade equipment and a variety of resources that make recovering from a flood incident as painless and stress-free as possible. You could even look at emergency situations as an opportunity to make improvements, leading to ideas in prevention that you never thought of before.
With the help of professionally trained ASD, Applied Structural Drying techs, you and SERVPRO can protect your property against all kinds of emergency situations. Fortifying your castle and protecting your family against all that attempt to harm them. When you consider the choices available today, the advances in technology or the level of comfort we have all become accustomed to, it is not hard to imagine us as our worst enemy. Consult with us about our ERP, the Emergency READY Profile plan with a mobile app to help you be prepared.
Take the proper steps to avoid catastrophic damage to your property, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County for assistance with preparing your home today. We can help you overcome any emergency situation and get you on the road to recovery today. (850) 536-6599 Visit the Capital: http://www.talgov.com/Main/Home.aspx
Mold Damage and Your Tallahassee Home
Mold comes in many colors and textures. Call SERVPRO to investigate and/or remediate the damage.
SERVPRO Technicians Focus on the Factors That Lead to Excessive Mold Growth in Your Home
Your home has many different elements to it, making a house into your place of refuge and safety. Intruders are easily kept out, for the most part, but the smallest unwanted guests are already present inside your home. These tiny trespassers are mold and mold spores, and they live everywhere.
Tallahassee homes are safe from mold damage, even though mold is always present unless certain situations develop that permit mold to grow profusely. When these conditions are present, mold can quickly become a costly nightmare for even the best-kept and cleanest of homes. Until then, mold can only lurk and wait while causing no harm.
Excess moisture must be present in sufficient amounts for mold to grow and start creating damaging problems for your home. Moisture can become elevated in localized areas of your home or throughout your home, depending on the source of the moisture. An overly damp basement can make an entire home damper, while habitual wetting of the floor outside the tub from showering or bathing without a mat can create elevated moisture levels in the bathroom. There are other aspects that also must be present for mold to grow – excessive humidity is not the only requirement.
Darkened areas, free of natural sunlight, are needed for mold to flourish. Sunlight slows the growth of mold, which is why placing items in the sun outdoors can help prevent mold growth. Short periods of sunlight are not sufficient to completely stop mold from growing, but it can slightly slow it down.
The other environmental presence required by mold to grow is also what is usually damaged by that same proliferation of mold growth – food! What you see as your home's walls, floors, furnishings, and many of your personal belongings – books, clothing, and the like, are considered to be a plethora of food sources to mold. This is because most of these items are made of, at least partially, cellulose, which comes from plants.
The plants used in the building materials used within your home vary, but wood is from trees, linen is from the flax plant, just like cotton is from the cotton plant, and drywall has a paper covering, which is another product derived from trees, as are the pages in books and magazines. Sometimes, materials that are otherwise non-organic, such as brick or concrete, have cellulose trapped in their crevices, allowing mold to grow there, also.
Living things in your home can also become affected by mold. Houseplants can become affected by mold, and providing them sufficient water for their needs can also provide moisture for mold to thrive. Your food (fresh fruits and vegetables, cookies and bread, cheeses, even dried pasta) can also grow mold and become unpalatable. This is because of both high moisture and cellulose contents in these items.
Because there is no such thing as 'mold-elimination' in a home, SERVPRO concentrates on both removal of excess mold and the materials that suffer from mold damage, and the control and reduction of moisture inside the home, instead. After the amount of mold has been reduced and excess moisture is brought under control, air scrubbers can further decrease the number of airborne spores.
We at SERVPRO of North Leon County want to help make your home healthy once again. Mold damage can be ugly, and also reduce the strength of your home's structural framework. Because mold is often located in hidden places, we are available at (850) 536-6599, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Problems Unique to Storm Damage in Tallahassee
Storm flooding can be powerful and destructive. SERVPRO can be your ally during this stressful time. Call today.
SERVPRO Technicians are Standing By to Help Remediate Storm Damage in Your Home
Storm flooding is less common than clean water flooding but is much more destructive. Clean water floods start from a source inside the home, such as a water-based appliance or busted pipe. Storm floods come from outside the home, carrying waters caused by rainfall or river overflow into the home. As this water has come into contact with many more substances and materials than most clean water floods, storm flooding comes with a host of unique issues SERVPRO personnel have to work against in the fight to get your home back to normal.
One of the most easily visible effects of storm damage in Tallahassee is the staining of floors, walls, and furniture that comes with most of these floods. Even if it is only a very shallow layer of water, storm floods carry dirt, debris, chemicals, and plant matter that stain nearly everything they touch. In addition to heavy discoloration and warping of materials, stains of this sort usually imbue the damaged surface with a pungent and unpleasant odor. SERVPRO handles these messes with heavy cleaning equipment and special deodorizing foggers.
Organic matter is one of the more unpleasant aspects of many storm floods. In addition to plants and timber, floodwaters can carry dead animals, fungi, and human waste into the home, creating potential biohazards requiring extreme care to handle. Luckily, we are fully certified to handle biohazards, so these issues should not interrupt our work process.
Power outages are a common facet of many storm damage cases, especially when far-reaching disasters like hurricanes are the principle cause of damage. Most of our equipment runs on alternative fuel sources or is self-powered, meaning that even though power may be out for the area, we should still be able to get work done and repair your home.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is ready 24/7 to help local homeowners mitigate the effects of storms and weather disasters. Call us at the first sign of trouble at (850) 536-6599.
Get The Help You Deserve To Tackle Water Damage In Your Tallahassee Home Today
Tallahassee Homeowners Benefit from SERVPRO for Water Removal from Their Homes
SERVPRO Answers the Call for Water Removal in Tallahassee and the FSU Area
A leaky roof, broken appliance, and plumbing issues affect more homeowners that you may think. Getting things under control often requires the attention of a professional restoration company, which means that the type of insurance you obtain is important.
Do you have a plan for when an incident like water damage strikes your Tallahassee area home? Water damage can produce devastating results; even small leaks lead to massive amounts of damage that wreak havoc on your living environment.
Having a relationship with a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO, before problems exist on your property gives you a variety of options you would not have otherwise. We can help you prepare your home for common issues affecting homeowners in your area and give you the assistance you need during an emergency that helps get things back to normal quickly.
SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and follow EPA and OSHA safety standards and practices to provide you with the services you need. Making the call to our offices, before you need us, gives us an opportunity to inspect your property and assist you with preparing your home and avoid problems that can create substantial problems.
We have professional technicians available to test the grading on your property, install the proper drainage, backflow valves, and submersible pumps to help protect your home during a flood. We can also inspect your entire home to protect it against seasonal changes, insulating pipes and performing encapsulation services to improve your indoor air quality and the whole living environment of your home.
SERVPRO gives you access to industrial-grade water extraction equipment, including hand-held and truck mounted extractors of all shapes and sizes that make reaching hidden moisture an easy task. We also have a variety of moisture detectors, air movers, dehumidifiers and other drying equipment that helps provide you with a quick, efficient drying process.
We manage your entire restoration from start to finish, handling everything including water removal, drying, cleaning, deodorization and the repair of any damaged areas in your home. Our services are designed to provide you with a one-stop solution for all of your restoration needs, making it as stress-free as possible.
Get water under control now, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County to obtain the services you deserve. (850) 536-6599
How Flood Damage Affects Wood Floors In Your Tallahassee Home
Wood Flooring is Restored by SERVPRO After a Flooding Event in Tallahassee
SERVPRO Salvages Wood Flooring Post Storms and Floods
Wood floors are popular with homeowners. A natural wood floor has an elegance that is perfect for a family home or for entertaining. Unfortunately, wood floors are also susceptible to damage as a result of flooding.
Flood damage to your Tallahassee home can be the result of severe weather. This is a particular problem during hurricane season. However, the weather is not the only cause. A burst water main or even a faulty appliance can cause flood damage, too. Flooding is especially harmful for wooden floors and can damage them in 3 main ways:
Warping and Buckling
Wood floors that absorb excess water are susceptible to warping and buckling. The water soaked boards become misshapen and push against one another. There is a real risk of the warping or buckling becoming permanent as the floor dries.
Crowning happens when the top of the wood floor absorbs more moisture than the bottom or the sides. The top of the boards bow upwards to form a “crown”.
Cupping happens when the bottom or sides of the wood floor absorb more moisture than the top. The edges of the boards rise slightly to form a “cup”.
Flood damaged wood floors are not a lost cause. Quick action and proper drying make it possible to save the wood floors in your home. SERVPRO has all the equipment necessary to assess and treat your damaged wood floors and give them the best chance of restoration.
Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive with truck mounted and standing pumps ready to extract as much water as possible from the surface of your wood floors. Thorough water extraction is an important step in restoring wood floors. We can set up floor mats which are devices that cover about 8 square feet of flooring and helps in suctioning out water from the joints of the slats and also helps to dry the floor joists. We also remove any wet floor coverings as these hinder the drying process. We can install temporary floor tents (cover with poly sheeting) and introduce air circulation and dehumidifiers to draw out the moisture.
The correct drying process is vital. We train our SERVPRO experts to position air movers and dehumidifiers in the most effective way. We understand that proper drying of wood floors can take days or even weeks. You can rest assured that our technicians are on hand to monitor the drying process from start to finish. Some damage is improved by sanding after the surface is completely dry - our team takes care of sanding for you, too. We attempt to restore rather than to replace damaged flooring.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is here to help restore your wood floors after flood damage. Call us at (850) 536-6599 for assistance.
Commercial Water Damage near Tallahassee
Drying out cinder blocks is not totally straightforward because of inside spaces. Call SERVPRO and let us put our experience to work for you.
Area Businesses Depend on SERVPRO's Adept Water Damage Remediation Skills
Water damage, especially flooding, closes the doors on Florida businesses every year. The weather looks pretty nice for our area over the next week, but that can change in a matter of hours.
Water removal in a commercial structure in Tallahassee or anywhere else in Leon County is not a short and straightforward procedure. Storage facilities are not necessarily vulnerable to many types of damage, but their construction means a more difficult task in getting rid of water and moisture. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience, training, and equipment needed to get the job done.
The cinder block building materials in storage units and facilities make for an interesting set of problems. Standing water usually drains itself except for small areas that pump out rather quickly. The difficulty with cinder blocks is removing moisture trapped inside the walls. Each block has an open space or cell in the middle. Each block retains a surprising amount of moisture normally and blocks that have been under water or otherwise exposed (excessive rain for example) may contain standing water. Once this occurs, the blocks begin to sweat. Sweating is the process of the moisture slowly passing through the cinder block to the exterior.
Sweating increases the air moisture level of the inside of the facility, which raises the possibility of damage to boxes and property. For boxes stacked against a sweating wall, moisture quickly begins soaking the box and anything inside.
To remove the water or moisture, our technicians drill a hole in the joints between the blocks. This hole, through the mortar at a point near the floor; is an easily patched exit point and is unnoticeable to pretty much anyone except a mason.
The exit point provides a drain for water, and additional points increase airflow through the open cells. This increased flow also accelerates the sweating process as well. If the internal moisture is very high, technicians set up dehumidifiers. These machines remove over 20 gallons of water from the surrounding air every 24 hours.
Non-penetrating moisture meters are used to ensure moisture levels are back to normal inside and outside the walls. If the interior levels are still high, additional exit points are drilled into the mortar to improve airflow at higher points on the walls.
Protecting your business and the property of your customers is a top priority for SERVPRO of North Leon County. If you suspect that your facility has damage from recent flooding, contact us today at (850) 536-6599. We are here to help.
SERVPRO Cleaning Methods for Fire Damage in your Tallahassee Home
Call SERVPRO after fire damage in Tallahassee.
Methods for Cleaning Fire Damage
The threat of a home fire is perhaps the most terrifying of possible disasters. What the flames do not outright destroy, smoke and soot stain and ruin nearly everything else if there is not quick action. Replacing personal contents after even a small fire runs into the thousands and even ten thousands of dollars.
Restoring the contents of your Tallahassee home after fire damage often costs less than total replacement. Not every item is salvageable of course, but SERVPRO has years of experience in the restoration industry and maintains an expansive inventory of cleaning supplies and equipment, as well as a 24-hour response team to make certain your property has the best options available.
The methods we use are the standards of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Each one has been developed and refined over decades, providing us the best ways to serve you:
Dry Cleaning - Despite the name, this has nothing to do with getting an ink stain out of a shirt pocket. Our restoration technicians use dusting cloths and feather dusters to remove soot and dust and dry sponges to remove particulates and larger pieces of debris from dry surfaces. This method is sometimes enough or is used to remove excess amounts of residues before wet cleaning.
Wet Cleaning - The process uses water, sometimes mixed with a cleaning chemical to remove moderate to heavy soot and smoke residues. In nearly every instance, restorers saturate the item to ensure success.
Spray and Wipe - If an item might be damaged when saturated, technicians use a spray bottle to apply a mist of water and chemical to an affected surface. It is more time-consuming than wet cleaning, but this method provides the restorer more control over the amount of product used. Product control is critical if the surface has a veneer or paint the owner wants undamaged, regardless of how long it takes.
Foam Cleaning - This method works well on many types of furniture and bedding. Restorers use the foam to apply a cleaner directly without using too much product and a lesser amount of water. Foam is especially useful on upholstery dyes that bleed when soaked or fabrics that are more likely to shrink. This method is also excellent for mattresses and box springs.
Abrasive Cleaning - This method uses a mechanical device to agitate the surface of an item. Restorers use this with a cleaning chemical when the residue is very thick, or the surface is very uneven such as some types of stone and marble. Technicians may use a hand brush on small items.
Restoration is a long process, but it is often cheaper and saves property that is more valuable regarding memory rather than dollar amount. SERVPRO of North Leon County is here to help put those memories back to their original state before the fire. Call us at (850) 536-6599 today to begin.
Mold Remediation and EPA Certified Lead-Safe Restoration For Your Tallahassee Area Home
SERVPRO Is EPA Certified for Tallahassee Property Restoration
Trust the Expertise of SERVPRO for Mold Damage Restoration
Purchasing and renovating properties can be fun while requiring a bunch work at the same time. Especially when dealing with older properties that may have special circumstances you should consider. The odors may originate from mold infestations or lead based paint that has been disrupted.
When, you are searching for a restoration company to help with a possible lead paint restoration service or mold remediation on your Tallahassee area property built before 1978, give a call to SERVPRO. The EPA supplies you with a list of lead renovation, repair, and restoration companies who are certified to handle lead-related issues you may face on your property.
This list makes it a little easier to locate a certified company, like SERVPRO, which can provide you with the professional technicians to help you get the job done right on an older home. Remember that painted materials, such as drywall or plaster in older homes contain lead and can cause severe health issues if handled incorrectly.
By taking the EPA-approved training courses, SERVPRO technicians understand the proper ways to contain lead dust on your property. The RRP Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation programs stress mitigation of lead dust generated throughout the restoration process and a quality post-treatment clean-up process.
There are substantial fines levied against owners of properties caught using non-certified restoration companies that attempt to work on homes with lead paint. So, make sure that you hire a restoration company who is EPA-certified.
SERVPRO takes a proactive approach and follows all lead-safe practices, assuming that lead is present in all pre-1978 structures. Performing inspections for lead contents in painted surfaces such as walls, ceilings, painted brick, and any painted wood surfaces. If our technicians discover lead-based materials on the property, the on-site manager explains any potential risks and procedures involved in managing lead exposure during the restoration process to ensure everyone's safety. He can gladly answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Our technicians then construct a work containment system around the affected area that includes sealing off the HVAC system and maintaining negative air pressure while using HEPA filtration devices. All damaged materials are bagged and sealed before leaving the containment area for disposal. We also document our RRP service using the EPA's cleaning verification procedure.
Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County today for additional information and lead-based preparation. (850) 536-6599
Recognizing Water Damage In Your Tallahassee Home Early To Prevent Additional Loss
Damage from Water to Foundations and Basements in Tallahassee Is Frequent
Be Aware for Signs of Water Damage to Your Home Tallahassee Property
Many homeowners take on the responsibility of performing visual spot checks in various areas of their home every year to get ahead of possible water damage that may exist. However, as a new homeowner, you may not understand what to look for, or where to look.
It is important to remain vigilant in your battle against water damage in your Tallahassee home. Existing homeowners find value in recognizing these signs early on, to help avoid turning small leaks into major issues that affect their homes. However, if you are selling or purchasing a new home, you may want to read further as well.
At SERVPRO, we find that water can cause damage virtually anywhere in your home, but you can inspect a few high-risk areas to help prevent significant losses from developing if you manage to catch them early enough and contact professional help immediately after discovering the problem that exists.
One of the easily recognized signs of water damage that you may experience are stains that develop on your walls or ceilings, while stains around your windows, or door frames are also a common sight. Leaky pipes or cracked drains inside of your walls can cause drywall and other structural materials to expand and crack in various areas, sometimes leaving behind a swollen appearance or a soft-to-the-touch spongy area.
SERVPRO also receives many calls for water damage in flooring, which often leave behind white or dark stains on wood floors or wet carpeting that is accompanied by a musty damp odor. Besides the stains, your flooring may have bubbles developing on the edges or in other areas of the floor, or have warped or buckled sections. Ignoring these issues gives water free reign over these areas, eventually soaking into and causing damage to your sub-floor and foundation as well.
You should also inspect household plumbing in areas with a constant moisture source, such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements. Locating possible corrosion, leaks, or water stains and performing regular maintenance on plumbing fixtures to determine whether loose caulking or missing grout is the result of water seepage caused by a larger problem.
Inspect your attic and basement several times per year to catch mold growth that may cause health issues, looking for cracks in your foundation, or damage to your roof, stains, rust, dampness, mold, or additional odors that you cannot explain. The professional services offered at SERVPRO may be necessary to help correct many of these issues and return your home to a quality pre-water damage condition.
When you locate a water damage issue in your home, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of North Leon County immediately, time is essential. (850) 536-6599
Mold Damage Restoration And Remediation Services Available In Tallahassee
Mold Can Disrupt Your Business in Tallahassee--Call SERVPRO for Remediation
Count on SERVPRO to Rid Your Business of Mold
Bingo Halls are prone to various mold damage situations. The number of patrons you have per session, heat, and humidity levels all affect the quality of the environment you provide to your customers. Problems may develop with your washroom facilities or the appliances you use to serve food, presenting you with a unique situation that requires professional attention.
In some cases, providing an in-house maintenance team is not enough. Mold damage found on your Tallahassee strip center can get out of control quickly, putting your entire business at risk. You have the ability to assess the quality of your maintenance team, regarding mold damage restoration experience, and should decide quickly whether or not your situation requires the attention of a professional contractor.
If your building has recently experienced water damage due to flooding, sewage backups, plumbing leaks, or high humidity levels produced by cooking appliances. Mold and mildew can develop in as little as 24 to 72 hours and continues to grow until you apply the proper steps to eliminate the problem.
Often enough, when attempting to handle mold damage situations without the proper training, the situation ends up getting worse. At SERVPRO, we use the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, boots, rebreathers, and full suit solutions to avoid exposure to clean areas.
SERVPRO technicians perform a thorough assessment to determine the size of the affected area, use the proper containment procedures to cordon off the area and put moisture detectors to work to locate and repair the source that is causing the leak.
Our technicians perform quality drying techniques using air movers and dehumidifiers while checking the relative humidity within the surrounding area to promote a quick, efficient drying process for all materials involved.
With the area dry, SERVPRO uses a combination of cleaning methods on various surfaces to control the number of microscopic spores present. Cleaning and disinfecting as needed, while also using deodorization techniques to remove any odors that developed during contamination.
We check all interior and exterior walls, ceilings, flooring and other surfaces within the affected area. Using infrared devices to locate and eliminate hidden pockets of moisture to avoid additional damage or growths from developing.
Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County today to obtain the mold damage restoration and remediation services your company deserves. (850) 536-6599
Eliminate Flood Damage in Tallahassee Homes with Assembled Drying Chambers
Tallahassee Flooding Extraction & Drying Techniques by SERVPRO
Storm Damage and Water Extraction from Flooding Can Be Resolved by SERVPRO
When a homeowner hires the services of a flood damage restoration team, he can expect to receive a carefully developed drying plan. This protocol should include the provision of dehumidifiers and air movers, the use of wet vacuums (if necessary), and the treatment of toxic materials in the case of black water, contaminated ground water or sewage.
It takes a lot of skill and knowledge to restore flood damage in Tallahassee homes. Drying can be carried out in some different ways and companies like SERVPRO are tasked with finding the best approach. Our aim is always to make repairs as fast and effective as possible while causing minimal disruption to your regular routines.
Keep reading to find out how and why our technicians use drying chambers to speed up the restoration process.
What Is a Drying Chamber?
The drying chamber is a very simple approach to flood damage restoration. If only part of a room or area is damp, it will dry more quickly if it is separated from the rest of the structure and targeted directly. This is why the SERVPRO team often uses polyethylene rolls to construct contained chambers. Air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers can then be brought into the chamber and directed at the spots which require the most attention.
Why Are Drying Chambers Effective?
This method works because drying tools like dehumidifiers and air movers interact directly with the humid air inside flooded rooms. For instance, if one part of the room holds very damp furniture (curtains, drapes, sofas, etc.), containing it allows the machines to circulate the humid air strongly in a confined space. This increase the evaporation rate and the chemical (gel) dehumidifiers can then pluck the water molecules from the damp air and secure them in the gel. We can also use holding pans to accommodate the liquid.
How is a Drying Chamber Constructed?
Polyethylene sheets are hung over temporary frames, which form a rudimentary chamber within the affected space. If the chamber contains any doors or windows, these will be sealed to keep the humid air inside. The technicians may ask you to keep all doors and windows in the room closed, even if they are not inside the contained space. Drafts and cold air can disrupt the rate of evaporation and slow down the drying.
For successful flood damage restoration, you need the help of a professional team. SERVPRO of North Leon County is a local service, so we are perfectly placed to deal with flooding in the Tallahassee area. Call us 24/7 at (850) 536-6599.
Water Damage in Your Tallahassee Apartment Complex
Floods and Small Leaks Can Lead to a Tallahassee Apartment Building Damage
Protect Your Complex from Water Damage, Call SERVPRO
Water damage to your apartment building can cause several problems for you and your tenants, including displacing them for a while if the damage is severe. Whether it's broken pipes or an overflowing dishwasher, the damages must be addressed right away. You know it is important to create a healthy and safe living environment for your tenants, plus, a well-maintained and clean apartment building can improve your occupancy rates and enable you to ask higher rental prices.
Running or owning an apartment community can pose many challenges. There are a lot of risks which include water damage, fire hazards, and neglectful tenants. All these issues can impact not just your bottom line, but your other tenants as well. When you need water damage restoration in Tallahassee, you will need to contact a professional damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO, right away to mitigate damages.
Water damage can have severe and lasting effects on your apartment complex. Depending on the severity of the leak or spill, it could affect more than one apartment. Minor flooding can have long-term consequences, and any surface that is wet is a mold breeding ground. As the owner or landlord, you are responsible for the damage, and the sooner you call us at SERVPRO, the better. Mold can begin to grow after just a couple of days, and the longer you wait you’ll be dealing with more damages.
Keep in mind that water damage can not only be costlier to repair the longer you let it go, but it can also stop your apartment facilities from meeting building and health codes. This will, in turn, prevent you from leasing any units that are empty to new tenants. If you experience water staining on the walls or ceilings of your apartment units, you should give our technicians at SERVPRO a call right away so we can do an inspection to make sure that structural damage is stopped and we removed the moisture preventing any mold proliferation.
No matter what has caused the water damage to your apartment complex, we at SERVPRO of North Leon County have the expertise and equipment needed to remedy the problem correctly and quickly. This professionalism will ensure that you meet all the applicable regulations and rules, so gives us a call right away at (850) 536-6599 if you have any problems with water damage at your apartment building.
Flooding from Lake Lamonia Can Cause Extensive Damage
Storm Caused Floods at Your Lamonia Property--Call SERVPRO
The Equipment and Skill of SERVPRO Can Rescue Your Flood Damaged Property
Despite the recent increase in pleasant weather, there are still thunderstorms, and scattered showers predicted next week. As much as we are happy hurricane season is over, concerns of flooding are still with us here in Leon County.
There's no way to avoid flood damage around Lamonia. With Lake Lamonia so close, it is a part of regular life. Since each SERVPRO office is a locally owned franchise, our managers and employees know exactly what the local concerns are because we live in the communities we service; and are trained to rigorous IICRC standards and have available the best equipment in the restoration industry.
If you do have flooding in your home, the first thing to do is stop the source of the water. If it is not from storms, but rather damaged plumbing, turn off the water to your home if you can. Also turn off the power if you can safely do so. Then call us. Once our response team arrives, they can begin to prevent further damage while setting up commercial vacuums and water extractors to remove water already present. Technicians can also block or temporarily cap broken pipes. Stop the bleeding, and then start the flood damage restoration service.
Once standing water is removed, smaller extractors will be used to begin drawing water out of carpets and wooden floors. Our extraction equipment can draw water from joints where concrete floor slabs meet. As the extractors do their job, our SERVPRO technicians will also set up special heaters that dry out carpets and floors without damaging carpet fibers or warp wooden flooring. If the carpets are salvageable, we can also "float" the edges by lifting the material away from the tack strips to enable the injection of a strong air flow from our devices. They will also set up commercial dehumidifiers to draw water out of the air, reducing moisture levels to normal.
Upon completion, our inspectors use special testing equipment to ensure each method used is successful. This verifying of healthy, dry conditions are needed to provide you with a livable environment and get you back home. "Like it never even happened."
We are proud to serve our neighbors and help return them to a normal life after a disaster. If you have a flooding problem, call SERVPRO of North Leon County at (850) 536-6599 today.
Essentials to Remediate Mold Damage In St. Peter
St Peter Mold Remediation Has Great Results with SERVPRO
SERVPRO Adheres to Best Practices to Remediate Mold
Mold growth can follow water damage in many situations, particularly if more than 48 hours has passed since water from a severe storm or leaky plumbing first soaked structures and contents. When water is not extracted quickly or entirely, the moisture provides the perfect growing medium for mold. SERVPRO can help you recover safely from a mold infestation because our technicians have received targeted training on mold remediation. We follow the process developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to contain, remove and clean up after the mold, followed by a thorough drying of the area where the fungi bloomed along with any neighboring areas that might have been infected with the spores that are present in any household.
Dealing with mold damage in St. Peter requires a complex series of steps to remediate the mold while taking care to keep everyone safe. Because mold spores float easily through the air, invisible to the naked eye, it is key to use strategies that keep the mold contamination contained to as few areas of your home as possible. Establishing and maintaining containment is a job for professionals, and we can have a team of certified technicians at your home within hours of your first call to ensure the existing mold contamination will not spread to other areas of your home as we work toward normalizing the affected area.
Depending on the type of material infested SERVPRO will clean surfaces or make the decision to remove materials so compromised it can not be assured that mold will not grow again. Non-porous materials will be cleaned and disinfected with proper antimicrobial products. Items and structures that cannot be cleaned properly will be removed and discarded by applicable regulations. Once the cleaning and removal are completed a final dusting and collection of settled spores will be done by vacuuming enhanced with HEPA filters. The last step is to ensure complete drying of the affected area occurs to prevent any remaining spores having the means to reestablish a new colony of mold. The drying step is held until the end because any airflow prior could worsen the situation by dispersing mold spores again, We may determine that special low airflow dehumidifiers are a safer way to decrease the moisture, using them instead of fans. We may also install negative pressure machines to inject the interior treated air to the outdoors.
When ugly and potentially hazardous mold takes hold in your home, a quick call to SERVPRO of North Leon County is in order. Our dispatchers can be reached at 24/7 (850) 536-6599 and are ready to schedule your mold damage inspection the same day.
Choosing The Right Dehumidifier For Commercial Water Removal In Concord
At SERVPRO, we’re committed to making commercial water damage removal in Concord businesses as stress-free as possible.
Different Types Of Dehumidifiers Used In Commercial Water Removal
Most business proprietors are not aware of the main differences between the two most common dehumidifiers. At least, not until disaster strikes and they have to learn the basics of water damage restoration fast. If your property has recently been flooded, due to problems with a leak or faulty appliance, it is worth knowing a little about these tools.
At SERVPRO, we’re committed to making commercial water damage removal in Concord businesses as stress-free as possible. We want to take the burden off you so that you can focus on tending to employees and talking to insurers. However, we will talk to you about the restoration process and guide you through what will happen. The biggest part of this is the drying process. It is achieved with the use of either refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers. This guide to the key features of both devices will help you understand why they are so effective.
Removing Moisture From The Air
A refrigerant dehumidifier extracts moisture from the atmosphere by passing air through an arrangement of cooling coils. This causes water vapor to condense out of the atmosphere. Desiccant machines work a little bit differently. They actively draw the water from the air and capture it in special silica gel or a similar substance.
Disposable Of Waste Water
Refrigerant devices are quite straightforward, and they simply collect the water in a tray. This can then be manually removed or pumped out to a receptacle. Desiccant dehumidifiers are often a little larger and more sophisticated. They have to separate the water from the silica before it can be disposed of, so they introduce a heat source. This evaporates the moisture, and it is driven outside of the building as vapor.
Ideal Conditions For Use
While refrigerant dehumidifiers are better suited to temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, desiccant machines operate more smoothly below this temperature. It is also worth pointing out that refrigerant tools are more energy efficient. So, if there is a limited amount of power in the building (usually as a result of flooding), this is the superior option.
Compatibility And Effectiveness
Refrigerant air dryers are most effective when used to restore materials that are moderate to intensely porous. This makes them an excellent choice for carpets and drywall. They can suck the water right out of soggy, damp furnishings. The opposite is true for desiccant dehumidifiers, which are most powerful when used to dry out hardwood, concrete, and other non-porous substances.
The faster that you respond to water damage, the more of your business you can save from permanent destruction. So, get in touch with SERVPRO of North Leon County for high quality, value for money restorations and repairs. We are based in your area. Call us 24/7 at (850) 536-6599.
For Baum Properties, Expert Quality Fire Damage Restoration
SERVPRO Removes Smoke Odor from Your Baum Home
The SERVPRO Approach to Training is Peerless for Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration in Baum
While recovering your property from fire damage can be rough, obtaining expert quality professional help doesn't have to be. We provide a dedicated professional service that helps prevent secondary damage and reduces the cost of your restoration!
You should accept no substitute when it comes to restoring fire damage in Baum. Our Technicians have the best vocational training and years of experience. Which gives you full access to the highest quality, specialized talent and the best equipment available that works wonders in returning your property to its pre-fire condition.
We make the most of SERVPRO's restore versus replace mentality to help you lower the costs associated with your case. With our Corporate Training Facility maintaining a staff of highly trained Technicians who specialize in property damage restoration. We discard charred building materials to initiate the clean up phase.
The IICRC Training and Certification set high standards that our Technicians at SERVPRO study. These standards and practices are used to provide you with the absolute best in water, fire, mold, carpet, upholstery and other cleaning services. Any soot and smoke residue can be cleaned typically.
Our Drying Technicians learn how to use devices to monitor, extract and dry structures with the most efficient methods available. With practical training to assist in developing their technical drying expertise. This comes in handy after standing water remains after there has been fire damage.
While the Fire Damage Restoration Technicians learn how to navigate different types of smoke and fire damage techniques, they also learn about job planning and quality cleaning methods for instances of both fire and smoke damage. The methods for removing soot, smoke, and odors from HVAC systems is one of our team members skill sets.
There are quite a few highly skilled Technicians that you'll find at SERVPRO and we back up their specialized training with a self-paced Employee Certification Training program.
Going above and beyond; we also provide our Technicians with e-Learning courses for continued, self-directed training that includes videos and supporting materials to enhance the knowledge of our entire staff. Along with 'Continued Education (CE) Classes,' that are available for our fellow professionals including; insurance agents and adjusters, real estate agents, and Franchise employees. We provide you with the absolute best Technicians available in the industry today.
We are ready to provide you with unbeatable service and expert work, call SERVPRO of North Leon County today for your fire damage restoration needs! Locally owned and operated by professionals you can trust. Call us anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week- (850) 536-6599
Here's Why Professional Water Removal Is More Effective Than DIY Methods
SERVPRO Professionally Restores Water Damaged Properties in Centerville
Save Money and Aggravation, Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Problems
After a water emergency that floods a home or business, the last thing that most people want to deal with is a bill for cleaning up the damage. This is what leads many homeowners to attempt water extraction on their own instead of calling a professional.
If you're in need of water removal in Centerville, you may be tempted to save money by trying to get rid of the excess water on your own. However, going this route typically has more consequences than benefits and will result in greater losses of time, money, and your possessions in the long run. Here's why calling SERVPRO for professional water removal is a smart move.
Professional water extraction works extremely well.
While some homeowners resort to opening windows and doors, turning on ceiling fans, and blotting towels around the house, SERVPRO has powerful equipment that ensures efficient and thorough water removal. We're also often able to restore documents, books, furnishings, and electronic devices affected by water damage, plus we'll get your home's humidity back to an appropriate level.
Many water emergencies are hazardous.
If your house has been flooded with gray or black water, such as that from a natural disaster, backed up sewer line, or a leaky toilet, expert attention to the problem is best. These types of water are risky for untrained persons to handle because it involves disease causing waste and debris. This is the type of material that can't simply be put out with the week's garbage and needs proper and safe disposal. We're knowledgeable about how to get rid of contaminated waste during water extraction, so there are no lingering health risks to your family or pets.
It's important to consider mold and mildew.
One reason that so many homeowners who attempt DIY water removal eventually end up calling a pro is unseen damage caused by mold and mildew. While your flooring and possessions may look and feel dry, without proper water extraction and controlling humidity mold and mildew will thrive, cause off odors, and ruin your home's structure along with your possessions and furniture. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at protecting against the growth of mold and mildew and have effective strategies to combat it. We have many AMRT certified technicians for this specific task.
At SERVPRO of North Leon County, we know how important it is to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. We'll help you mitigate the costs of any water emergency by restoring your possessions and preventing future damage to your home. For more information about our water removal services or to receive a quote, call us 24/7 at (850) 536-6599.
Mold Remediation Products and Facts
SERVPRO Can Remediate Mole Damage in Your Tallahassee home
SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Issues in Your Home or Office
The sight of mold strikes fear in homeowners and commercial managers. Mold is a type of fungi which has many varieties. Some are harmless, while others can cause possible illnesses and health effects and are destructive to our properties. Mold is both visible and hidden. It is insidious, growing behind walls, under floors, in ducts, behind ceiling tiles and on our furnishings. These fungi release spores so quickly, especially when disturbed that by the time we realize there may be a problem, there already is one.
If you are a homeowner or a business owner, and you see mold damage in Tallahassee, there are products that you can purchase which are mold resistant. Research and technology have given us products to use in our homes and commercial use that will protect us against mold. Florida is a great, beautiful state but its climate holds all the elements that mold requires to flourish.
Let's start with paint. There are mold resistant paint products that can be used “after” mold growth has been treated. This paint is available to cover walls and floors of affected areas. The chemicals in the paint help to completely destroy mold roots and seals off the treated area from any further mold growth. When you use this product, apply a couple of layers in the top and bottom corners of the wall because these areas seem to be hot spots for mold growth because of excessive moisture buildup. Use your mold resistant paint, layering it on walls, ceiling, basement floors to prevent mold from returning. SERVPRO has expert technicians that can remediate your mold problem and offer future protection. Why not rely on us, the professionals.
Another mold resistant product is drywall. Drywall is a part of our homes and offices which are highly affected by water damage. Drywall simply soaks up water like a sponge and holds onto its moisture which is a great call to dinner for mold. Now, we can install mold resistant drywall which was designed to be a deterrent to mold specifically. This type of drywall uses a fiberglass mat rather than a paper-face. The object of mold resistant drywall material make-up is that mold doesn't have the opportunity to feed on the organic materials which are present in paper-backed drywall.
But, until you use mold resistant paint or drywall material, call us at SERVPRO so that we can make an inspection of any mold presence. Whether mold appearance is a few small spots or larger, we specialize in water and mold damage restoration. We have the training and expertise to handle all types of mold remediation processes safely. Our advanced equipment is designed to detect and stop the source of moisture feeding the mold. We can then isolate the affected area using negative air pressure chamber and other industry approved solutions.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is your local company. We are proud to be a part of this community and to provide our best mold remediation services. Call us today and let us show you how we can help you, your family and employees – (850) 536-6599.
Common Types of Fire Damage
If you're dealing with fire damage in Meridian, you may be unaware of the many types of problems that can occur once the emergency is over.
Various Types Of Damage That Can Occur As A Result Of A Fire
Home fires are devastating, no matter how the incident started. Once the emergency has been resolved, most people begin the task of picking up the pieces and getting back to a normal routine, but fire damage isn't limited to that caused by flames. Many homeowners are surprised to find that new issues often pop up well after the fire has been extinguished. If you're dealing with fire damage in Meridian, you may be unaware of the many types of problems that can occur once the emergency is over. Here are some of the most common types of damage that happen after a fire.
One of the most notorious aftermaths of fire is smoke damage, which will ruin your home's contents and the structure itself if allowed to linger. Our technicians will be careful to eliminate any soot and smoke left in your home.
One of the most noticeable types of fire damage is structural issues including destroyed walls, flooring, and roofing. SERVPRO technicians are trained to skillfully restore and repair homes after fire emergencies, and we'll develop a plan to get your property back into a safe and habitable condition.
If firefighters were called to your home, the water and solutions they used to extinguish the flames will need to be pumped out. Our team will remove the excess water from your home to prevent mold, mildew, and long-term water damage.
Damage to Electronics
Most electronic equipment, including computers, appliances, and televisions, can be negatively affected by fire damage. If your possessions survived the fire, we will act quickly and decontaminate your electronics.
SERVPRO of North Leon County knows how important it is to restore your home after a fire emergency quickly, and we have the professional tools and knowledge to get your house back into good shape. For an estimate or to get more information about our fire damage repair services, call us 24/7 at (850) 536-6599.
How Different Types of Flooring React to Water Damage
Moisture Can Get Trapped Under Wood Flooring and Cause Mold
Some Flooring Fares Well During Floods While Some Does Not
Flood damage is very rarely a light load on a home, and in the vast majority of cases, flooding has a severe negative impact on the home. In many cases, the most damaged and most concerning element of the damage is flooring. Floors are completely submerged during floods, causing water to seep in and wreak havoc. But how exactly does water damage affect different types of flooring? SERVPRO technicians are trained to deal with and restore all of these flooring types, and can help with any flooding on them.
In Tallahassee, water damage is often most pronounced on wood flooring. Wood is very vulnerable to flooding and other water damage, as its materials have been intentionally dried and when wet can rapidly change shape and warp. Flooring commonly loses color, stains, and loses shape, but thankfully we have techniques to deal with all of these problems, and can replace the floors if all else fails.
Carpeting is often typically very hard-hit by a flood. Carpets have space in between their fibers and underneath them and are usually composed of cotton, fabric, or plastic fiber, all of which are highly susceptible to permanent water damage. The aforementioned spaces can be widened, tearing the very material apart, and carpets are very prone to staining and discoloration. Where a rug of a different color is on top of a carpet, its color may bleed through and cause thick discoloration. Carpets are often ripped up and replaced after a flood to prevent serious mold growth from occurring in the home.
Tile and Concrete
Tile, concrete, and other stone floors often fare the best in a flood. The tiles themselves are typically immune to water, requiring only cleaning and sanitization following a flood. Concrete, on the other hand, may stain and become discolored, although this is typically cleanable or easily painted over. Be mindful, however, that some types of tile grout may be susceptible to water damage, and can easily grow mold. A fresh grout layer may be required following flooding over tile.
Well-equipped to deal with all types of flooring following a flood or other significant water damage, SERVPRO of North Leon County is a reliable home restoration and repair company ready to help 24/7. Call us at (850) 536-6599 for emergency water damage services.
Mold Damage in Area Homes and Housing Units
Mold Damage in Lamonia Is Remediated by SERVPRO
Call SERVPRO to Remediate All Mold Problems
All too often, many repair jobs carried out in homes and housing units create other problems unexpectedly. A common type of repair work that can create problems leading to mold damage is roof repairs and reconstructions. While the actual work on the roof itself is not to blame for mold damage, it is the failure to create a way for bathroom vents in lower levels to be fully vented to the outside of the home. Often, these are forgotten, as the work is done on the exterior of the home.
You should be aware of the many ways that mold damage in Lamonia can begin. Spores are found in virtually all homes, and for these spores to begin growing, only a small amount of water is needed. One way humidity levels can become increased in a hidden area like an attic are bathroom exhaust vents that don't lead to the outside. A damaged or loose duct can also allow humidity to enter into the attic space as well. Mold can also grow inside the duct work of bathroom vents, and also other duct work sections, in a home.
SERVPRO has invested in equipment that reduces the amount of mold found in a home's ductwork. Scraping the interior of ducts loosens any mold growths and subsequent vacuuming with HEPA filters eliminate the mold present in the ducts. At times, in heavy infestations of mold, we will also use an air scrubber to remove mold that is present in the air within your living space. In combination with manual cleaning of visible mold growths often found behind dishwashers or other large appliances, our AMRT, applied microbial remediation technicians, can have your mold problem under control.
We will then inspect and examine the walls, floors, and ceilings to see how heavily damaged these structural aspects are. Sometimes the damage discovered in housing units can be extensive. This is because renters often do not pay as close attention as someone who has an investment in the property would. However, slight damage or heavy damage, if either exists, will often require the same amount of repair work to be completed.
We are experienced in safely remediating mold in both homes, housing units, and commercial settings. You can rely on our professional training and certifications to provide you with excellent service and professionalism. We have the equipment and experience to restore any size home or other structure to its original state, "Like it never even happened." Call us for fastest service for mold remediation services. SERVPRO of North Leon County is available 24/7 by calling (850) 536-6599. No emergency is too big or too small for us to handle.
Dangers Present in the Aftermath of Fire Damage
Professional Remediation Can Get Your Home Back To Normal
Let SERVPRO Make Your Property Safe After a Fire
In the event of a fire, most homeowners are only able to grab their most cherished belongings and items before evacuating the building. After the fire has been put out or run its course, it is only natural to want to go back in and see what can be salvaged from the remains. However, caution is advised when doing this, as there may be unseen hazards and dangers everywhere in the burned-out property after a fire. Even if the fire was small and contained, one should still be careful when re-entering the property. Here are some of the dangers you may encounter after a fire in your home.
Twisted, Rusted, and Sharp Metal
Any metal appliances, pipes or building materials in your home may become irreversibly warped during a fire, as they are heated almost to or past melting point and bend under their weight and heat. This can create a number of sharp, dirty edges across the house, waiting to slice open a fresh wound to unsuspecting victims, potentially causing more severe health effects such as infection or tetanus.
Spilled and Melted Chemicals
During a fire, household objects and cleaning supplies may be melted or boiled, potentially creating dangerous pools of liquid or trapped fumes. Although fumes are rarely in high enough volume to cause an issue, victims of fire damage in Bradfordville should be careful in and around rooms which contained cleaning supplies or other chemicals.
Structural Instability and Falling Objects
During a fire, many parts of a home are severely damaged, often including key structural support regions. While these may not collapse immediately, they may be severely weakened after a fire and prone to disaster if improperly handled. Do your best not to lean on walls and pillars, and always be wary of dangerous-looking walls, ceilings, and supports.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is a locally owned and operated business, with key restoration experience in a variety of types of fire damage, water damage, mold damage, and other types of household damage. If you need professional fire cleanup and restoration services in the area, please don't hesitate to call us 24/7 at (850) 536-6599.
Homes and Real Estate Affected by Water Damage can be Made Like New Again
Water Damage Increases in Tallahassee If Leaks Are Not Repaired
Water Damage in the State Capital Is Restored by SERVPRO
If you possess real estate, either your own home or rental properties, you're aware that many things can damage your investment. Instead of doing repairs yourself, you should have a professional crew that is experienced in water damage and the related problems that moisture and standing water can cause.
Damaged Interiors can Create a Loss of Enjoyment or Rental Income
Water damage in a Tallahassee home occurs quite often, and should always be taken care of immediately. Even if walls are not left soaking wet, absorbed water can wick up walls, damaging them. If water damage has happened upstairs, because an upper floor bathroom has had flooding or even a window was left open during a heavy storm, water can flow down the walls into lower stories. The water may not always be visible, either. Equipment like moisture sensors, thermal hygrometers, and infrared devices are used by SERVPRO technicians to detect the presence of water that is hidden from view.
Flooring and its coverings need to be dried quickly, and the underlay plus any supporting beams need to be inspected for damage. We employ powerful pumps, and wet vacs to extract as much water as possible before the use of drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers. If this is done quickly enough after water has been deposited by rains or by overflowing bathroom faucets, the damage caused by the presence of water can be minimalized.
Restoring Water Damaged Interiors is Less Costly When Water has Been Quickly Removed
This is because less drying time and fewer repairs are likely to be needed. This reduces the cost, as well. When fewer walls, hardwood flooring, furniture and other interior structures are damaged, the cost of materials and repairs decreases. It also means that your home or real estate property will be in habitable condition once again sooner. Water damage can create other issues too, such as bacterial and mold growth that can create adverse health effects to people. Our IICRC certified technicians from SERVPRO salvage as much as possible.
Protect Your Investment and Get the Professionals to Repair water Damage to Your Home
When you've got water damage in your home or real estate property, give SERVPRO of North Leon County a call at (850) 536-6599. We'll take care of any leftover water and then repair the damages so that you will feel "Like it never even happened."
Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County for Water Damage Cleanup
Residential water damage cleanup services are critical after a big storm has occurred in the area.
SERVPRO of North Leon County residential water damage cleanup services are critical after a big storm has occurred in the area. Torrential rains and high winds are a combination that can lead to severe damage to homes. Strong winds often blow off shingles or throw debris around a residence until a window breaks, and rain can flood a home through roof or window damage, leading to serious concerns if Tallahassee residential water damage cleanup services are not performed immediately. Extremely heavy rains or water that has built up over time can also seep into a home under doorways. There are many ways that flood damage can occur in just a short amount of time.
Water damage can start off small and end up leading to secondary problems and expensive repair and restoration fees. The faster water damage is discovered, the better. Whether water damage is being caused by a roof leak or some other emergency, the first step is to find out exactly where the water is coming from so that it can be stopped.
Rely on Professional Tallahassee Residential Water Damage Cleanup Services
Fast water extraction methods are necessary to make sure that your home sustains the least amount of damage as possible. To begin with, it is important to find out what type of water you are dealing with. Specialists can get rid of clean, gray, or black water with ease. They use reliable, high-powered equipment that can extract standing water rapidly. After water is removed, carpet pads should be checked out to make sure that they do not need to be removed to save the flooring underneath them. Walls should also be inspected for damage. Moisture meters and sensors can detect moisture levels all over your home whether it is visible or not.
Along with removing water, cleaning and sanitizing your property are also essential. If there are bad scents, deodorizing your property may be a necessity too. You want to return to your home knowing that there are no lurking bacteria left over from the flooding.
When a severe storm attacks your property, getting it repaired right away can help to stop water damage from getting worse. It is important to salvage as much as possible from your home. Be careful walking around the property that has standing water in it because it could be holding many dangerous surprises that only specialists are equipped to handle.
SERVPRO of North Leon County is standing by to assist you with all sorts of residential water damage cleanup services. As we're a local company, you can trust us to arrive promptly to clean up your water damage as quickly as possible. Contact us today at (850)536-6599
Local disaster recovery specialist offers insight into the complexities of dealing with disaster
SERVPRO of North Leon County, the experts in fire and water damage in Tallahassee, Florida.
Tallahassee, Florida (May 13, 2016) - When disaster strikes, property owners need to make a lot of decisions quickly and under pressure. Effective disaster remediation involves a lot of moving parts: remediation specialists, insurance companies, local codes, state codes, documentation and more—and all of this has to happen in an atmosphere charged with emotion and stress.
Clay Kile of SERVPRO® of North Leon County says, “Efficiency is key when you are dealing with disaster remediation; it saves our customers money and it makes our work more effective. SERVPRO is an industry leader in work efficiency technology—continually innovating to help both our customers and our business control costs.”
SERVPRO’s proprietary DryBook™ tool is one example of the company’s focus on efficiency and cost control. Remediation projects must be managed to both industry and insurance company standards, and Kile says that tools like DryBook™ help SERVPRO Franchise technicians track and document progress on restoration, cleanup and repair services. “The DryBook™ tool helps us deliver on every detail of every water damage job, every time,” says Kile.
To help avoid regulatory headaches and paperwork pitfalls, Kile suggests property owners consider the following criteria when choosing a remediation company to deal with the aftermath of a disaster.
1. Industry standards: Does your remediation company deliver a product that meets the standards set by
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)?
Most major insurance companies, including cycle times and deadline requirements?
2. Recordkeeping: Does your remediation company have a system in place to ensure accurate, complete and convenient benchmarking of each step of the remediation process, including
Capturing and updating data, including job diary notes, electronically and real-time on the jobsite, with simultaneous updates saved at the central office?
Using e-signatures to help eliminate lost paperwork and the need to scan documents?
Providing a complete record of the damage and remediation efforts in images, with descriptions, start-to-finish?
3. Equipment selection: Does your contractor have the ability, on-the-spot, to
Identify the right equipment for the job, based on the damage description?
Validate the use of each piece of equipment, automatically, as part of the remediation records?
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of North Leon County, please contact Clay Kile at (850)688-8350 or ckile@SERVPROnorthleoncounty.com. For more information about SERVPRO of North Leon County, please visit www.SERVPROnorthleoncounty.com
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.