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Did Recent Storms Cause Water Damage to Your Tallahassee Ceiling?

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Did Recent Storms Cause Water Damage to Your Tallahassee Ceiling? You can trust SERVPRO of North Leon County for all of your water restoration needs.

Addressing Saturated Ceilings in Flooded Tallahassee Homes

Severe weather systems are common to Tallahassee, especially during the spring and summer seasons. With torrential rainfall and high-powered winds sweeping through this area of Florida, roofs are particularly susceptible to damages and vulnerabilities caused by missing shingles and wind effects. Any penetration points that develop during a severe weather event could be the unfortunate opening necessary to allow floodwater into your property.

When flood damages begin in your Tallahassee home, it is imperative to address these concerns as quickly as you can. We have a commitment to readiness that ensures that no matter when disasters strike and to what severity, we always have the resources, personnel, and equipment to overcome it. Our SERVPRO professionals have accreditations in mitigation, water restoration, and applied structural drying through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IRCC). Our continued education in these fields helps us to approach even significant loss incidents with experience and confidence.

Our professionals can appreciate the importance of responding quickly when roof vulnerabilities have allowed water penetration, as this can cause substantial damage to the ceiling of your property. We have moisture detection equipment that can help to identify the worst of this saturation and direct our tools and machines to dry out this damage as quickly and efficiently as possible.

With ceiling saturation, especially with common materials like stucco and plaster, addressing saturation is critical. The longer these materials remain exposed to oversaturation and moisture, the more warped and damaged they become. In a short period, ceiling construction materials and insulation can become unsalvageable. Our Injecti-Dry System can penetrate beyond the surface of your ceiling to dry out moisture and dampness in the insulation and the cavity to the roof without requiring demolition. 

While ultimately homeowners need to get the vulnerabilities in their roof addressed as the storm passes, our SERVPRO of North Leon County team can help you and your property through the stages of mitigation and recovery. You can count on us to make this situation “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (850) 536-6599.

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How Team SERVPRO Helps Homes in Tallahasee Recover From Flooding

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Team SERVPRO Helps Homes in Tallahasee Recover From Flooding Flooding can affect the area quickly and leave the contents of your home underwater. Contact SERVPRO for water removal services.

Flood Extraction Methods for Homes in Tallahassee Pave the Way for Restoration Work

Once an area experiences a flood in Tallahassee, homes look like they can never become suitable for living in again. SERVPRO helps homeowners restore their homes from the worst disasters, and we start by being Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Immediately after your home in Tallahassee floods, we can start restoring your property with flood extraction techniques. Restoration work comes with many dangers, and extracting the water covering many of these helps make things safer for our restoration crews.

Pumping the unwanted water out with the use of our submersible pumps means we can extract water from every area of your home, no matter how deep the water rose. When crawl spaces retain water, this can cause health effects in occupants because of the elevated humidity and the increase in airborne pathogens, including mold.

Because crawl spaces also hold any silt or other sedimentation that the floodwaters pushed in, we remove these deposits by hand when necessary. Sand and mud can retain moisture, making it harder to dry these areas out later. The same deposits also exist on the ground floor of your house after a flood, although below-ground level areas might contain considerably more.

Where carpets and porous floorings like laminate and wooden tile cover your floors, these often become inundated with not only water but deposits of sediment. We remove the carpeting in cut sections that we roll up and place in bags. The padding, however, often needs removing with the use of a shovel.

Floor coverings that contain wooden pieces can become so saturated that their glue fails. The jumbled pieces also get cleaned up and removed with the help of our shovels. We do our best to leave the floor as smooth as possible to help the installation of new flooring happen more smoothly. Saturated sections of drywall need cut away to reveal the framework in walls, and these, like the flooring pieces, find their way into doubled bags.

SERVPRO of North Leon County wants your family to be able to live in your own home, free of the stress that comes with a life-changing disaster. Our water extraction and removal methods make this possible and in a rapid manner. Contact us when you need a caring, professional company who hires qualified professionals. Our 24-hour service line is (850) 536-6599.

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Tallahassee Water Invasion after a Storm? Call SERVPRO for Mitigation--Real Fast!

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tallahassee Water Invasion after a Storm?  Call SERVPRO for Mitigation--Real Fast! Tallahassee Hassle from Flooding? Call SERVPRO for Help

Remediating Attic and Crawlspace Flood Damage in Tallahassee

The weather may be clearing around Tallahassee now, but recent storms not only drop water onto areas homes but other problems as well. Tree limbs and other debris crash onto roofs, allowing water to enter and flood attics and crawlspaces.
Overhead is a type of Tallahassee flood damage that other restoration services may not be prepared to treat. SERVPRO restoration specialists, however, train for every type of disaster in our area, no matter in what part of the home it may strike.
Personnel start operations by sealing off the roof against further water, wind, or even animal intrusion. Unless the damage is extensive enough to require a licensed contractor, our specialists can place tarps or board-up until a permanent fix can be done. Keeping out the elements is crucial to water mitigation.
If enough water already entered the attic or crawlspace, it can compromise the insulation. The material compresses into a thin layer, eliminating its effectiveness to help heat or cool the home. Attempting to dry the insulation is a very labor intensive, expensive process with no guarantee of success. Removal and replacement is by far the cheaper and faster option.
Once specialists finish with the insulation, a SERVPRO inspector examines the floor of the attic or crawlspace for additional damage. Our specialists can expertly remove panels, and floor and ceiling joists to ensure the integrity of the interior so there are no leaks down into the kitchen and other rooms of the home.
Finally, if the interior humidity is too high, there is a risk of moisture compromising the new insulation and even causing mold to expand and grow through the attic. We can apply an antimicrobial product to affected areas to help reduce the likelihood of a future mold infestation. To lower the moisture content, team members install a dehumidifier to draw water from the air. They keep it in operation until a normal content result show on an air moisture meter.
At SERVPRO of North Leon County, we understand that removing water is only the beginning to restore a home to a dry, safe condition for reoccupation. If you need our assistance, call us today at (850) 536-6599.

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Tallahassee Properties Benefit from SERVPRO'S Rapid Floodwater Removal

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tallahassee Properties Benefit from SERVPRO'S Rapid Floodwater Removal The Green Fleet from SERVPRO Offers Rapid Floodwater Extraction to Mitigate Storm Damage in Tallahassee

Flood Water Removal Teams Dry Out Tallahassee Homes and Prepare for Restoration

Homes in Tallahassee that sustain water spewing out of broken pipes need to have an emergency response to protect them from developing permanent damage. Many areas of a home can become damaged after a short period and raise the cost of restoration drastically. SERVPRO works with homeowners to prevent this from happening.
If your property in Tallahassee needs flood water removal, the work involved is similar to that involved with incidents involving clean water from broken lines. However, cleaning up mud and silt, as well as any other debris, means our teams must wear PPE (personal protective equipment) to stay safe. Pathogens can cause health risks, and we do everything to prevent this, and also to protect your family once they return home.
We extract all of the water using submersible pumps if the water is at least 2 inches high. These come mounted on one of our Green Fleet's larger trucks. Other units that we use are much smaller, and we attach these to smaller tubes. Reaching into tighter areas, we extract as much water as possible. The reduction of liquid water in these areas reduces the amount of time that drying machinery must run.
When we respond within a short amount of time, we can often dry walls and clean them, without needing to tear them down. However, the slightest delay can result in over-saturated walls that disintegrate from the effects of absorption and drying, making such drying efforts wasteful. Instead, we cut the saturated areas away, plus a bit above to ensure no upward wicking occurred inside. In the trade, we call this a flood cut.
Air movers need to push the air around and outside of your home after a flooding event, and flood water removal efforts involve several of these. Even though higher levels of your home may have remained dry during the disaster, we find that these help prevent water vapor from condensing on surfaces in otherwise unaffected areas of the house.
SERVPRO of North Leon County has the equipment ready at all times, day or night, to help prevent severe damage to your home. Flood water removal teams can arrive soon after you call us at (850) 536-6599 to start the process of drying out your home and cleaning things for you. We are always here to take your call.

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Hurricane Michael, Tallahassee, Leon County, and SERVPRO Working for You

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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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How To Dry Out Your Tallahassee Home After A Flood Damage Experience

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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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Safety Concerns for Your Centerville House Following Flood Damages

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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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What You Should Do When Flood Damage Strikes Your Tallahassee Property

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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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Fighting Flood Damage in Your Tallahassee Home

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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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We All Do Better When Prepared -- ERP For North Leon County

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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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Types of Water That Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Tallahassee Home

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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
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
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.

Black water  
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 Importance Of French Drains For Your Tallahassee Home

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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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Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Tallahassee

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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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Protect Yourselves Against Flood Damage The Right Way - Call SERVPRO In Tallahassee Today

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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:

Problems Unique to Storm Damage in Tallahassee

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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 Waste
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
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.

How Flood Damage Affects Wood Floors In Your Tallahassee Home

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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.

Eliminate Flood Damage in Tallahassee Homes with Assembled Drying Chambers

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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.

Flooding from Lake Lamonia Can Cause Extensive Damage

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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.

Contact SERVPRO of North Leon County for Water Damage Cleanup

5/13/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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