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Certified Morristown Technicians Handle Water Damage

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

aerial view of a SERVPRO truck on the road SERVPRO has the tools and trained technicians to remove water damage from your home.

SERVPRO Uses Scientific Approaches to Manage Water Restoration in Morristown Homes

Everyone has an idea of how to deal with water leaks. The outcomes differ with each approach, and in some cases, the intervention might worsen the original problem at your Morristown home. Certified water restoration technicians follow industry best practices, including scientific methods to mitigate water damages.

You may consider the changes that happen in your Morristown home after water damage as a physical problem and thus only think of physical ways to address it. Extraction of stagnant water and demolition where material deterioration is significant are the top ways to deal with the damage. SERVPRO technicians incorporate other solutions that fall beyond the scope of physical intervention.

The Goal of scientific approaches

  • Quickening restoration
  • Salvaging more materials
  • Improving comfort for the occupants

IICRC Certified technicians use unique approaches from the start of water restoration processes rather than only when challenging situations arise. For example, since evaluating the extent of moisture migration is essential before starting the water restoration, they use specialized equipment rather than relying on visual observation. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermal cameras, thermo-hygrometers, and moisture sensors.

A thermal camera uses infrared to distinguish wet and dry areas by monitoring temperature differences to reveal wetness covered by solid material, especially on walls or floor surfaces. Dampness appears as a blue shade surrounded by red patches of dry materials. Since inspecting the house using a thermal camera is quick and non-invasive, technicians can reveal problem areas faster and start water mitigation processes early before moisture spreads further or materials deteriorate further.

Other moisture evaluation tools such as thermo-hygrometers and moisture sensors are also necessary. The hygrometers help evaluate the humidity levels in the property and temperature. The two factors may seem unrelated to an ordinary person. However, temperature influences the moisture air can hold at a specific time. Hotter temperatures leave the air more humid, and when temperatures drop, the moisture condenses, thus posing a danger of secondary water damage. Using a thermo-hygrometer, a SERVPRO professional can establish whether the indoor air might pose problems later on and therefore set up dehumidifiers. Moisture sensors or meters determine the percentage of wetness on solid wood or other porous or semi-porous materials, which is crucial in determining the level of resources needed for drying.

  • Advanced restoration
  • Using heat to break vapor barriers
  • Using chemical processes to remove humidity
  • Setting up drying chambers

Advanced processes are also essential to evaluate the water damage during water restoration. Since removing the intruding moisture is the primary restoration step, correctly doing it is critical. One commonly used method for this purpose is dehumidification which relies on passing warm air over a cold surface cooling it down until any moisture it holds condenses and is collected as liquid water. This method may not be that effective for some materials or when the drying process reaches certain levels. When technicians use desiccant dehumidifiers which rely on a chemical process to manage humidity, it overcomes such challenges. Sometimes, drying procedures can be curtailed by vapor barriers. The barrier can be physical such as wallpaper covering surfaces, or non-physical such as when moisture forms chemical bonds in materials such as solid wood. Heating helps break these barriers.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County has IICRC certified technicians who can help manage any aspect of water damage in your property, "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (423) 318-6733.

The Necessary Steps to Secure Morristown Property After Fire Damage

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

firefighter helmet with an American flag stuck in it Our local Fire Departments are Here to Help during a fire, SERVPRO is Here to Help after fire damage.

SERVPRO Sets up Barriers and Declutters Morristown Fire Damage Sites for Convenience

Preventing a fire from happening would be ideal. However, you have to think of alternative solutions to ensure the situation is bearable when fire damage occurs. Securing the premises is one such action, and it requires protection against weather elements, people, or animals that might venture in and mitigation the hazards that fire causes.

Securing your Morristown home after fire damage is only effective if done in good time. Otherwise, most of the secondary damages or hazards that such protection can help prevent might already be underway. Notifying SERVPRO of the fire incident the same day it happens guarantees timely action since we usually send a team on-site within 4 hours of notification.

Protecting the structure should follow a definite plan starting with the aspects of fire damage deemed severe or uncontrollable. For example, weather elements can change the trajectory of an incident from a simple fire cleanup of soils like soot and charred materials to a comprehensive restoration exercise with significant replacement of items.

Crucial structural protection helps:

  • Keep out the rain
  • Keep out vandals
  • Control humidity
  • Contain hazards like electrical shorts

Rain is most likely to filter into a building if firefighters punch a hole in the roof or a cave-in occurs. Firefighters usually create a hole in the roof to vent smoke and gases out if people are trapped in the house, thus increasing their chance of survival. Venting also makes it easier for the firefighters to see inside the burning house. On the other hand, Roof cave-ins are not deliberate and happen when flames compromise some trusses, thus limiting the ability to support the roof's weight. The quickest way to protect a structure with a hole in the roof is to drape a lightweight, protective material over the affected area. Our SERVPRO technicians install tarpaulin covers over the roof of your structure before starting other fire restoration procedures. Complete roof repairs may take time, primarily due to bad weather. We choose a heavy-duty material that can last several months.

Protection from visitors

Your damaged house may not feel homely to you, but that does not mean it is unattractive to everyone. People and small animals can vandalize it or find a nesting place, worsening the damage left by the fire. Wall openings, whether shattered windows, missing doors, or otherwise, provide the perfect access points. Sealing them off prevents that. Our SERVPRO teams board up all openings before starting fire cleanup procedures.

The board-up process differs depending on the goals of both the homeowner and the restoration team. These goals can be influenced by the fire restoration timelines and the desired visual appeal. Common ways to board up structures include:

  • Cover over
  • Bolt with tension
  • Inserts

The cover-over approach is the simplest but is only helpful for a reprieve. With this method, plywood boards are attached around the edges of an opening. People can pull off the boards easily if they want to access your damaged home. With the insert option, the plywood is cut into a size that can fit into the opening, thus offering better security and visual appeal.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County has considerable experience securing properties affected by fire damage. Call us at (423) 318-6733. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

My Morristown Home Shows Mold Damage Signs

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

mold damage in the corner near a window Call on SERVPRO's mold remediation specialists as soon as you spot mold in your home.

SERVPRO Evaluates Morristown Homes for Moisture Issues Causing Mold Development

Mold development in a Morristown property causes great inconvenience like deterioration of surface finishes and plummeting of indoor air quality. The main question you might have is why the signs start showing all of a sudden. The main reason is a rapid or continued spike in moisture levels within the building.

The moisture causing your home in Morristown to develop mold damage might be readily visible such as when a significant water leak leaves vast sections of the house wet. It can also be hidden if a pinhole leak in a pipe concealed within the wall or ceiling cavity releases small amounts of water over time. Another likely obscure scenario might involve improperly dried materials after water intrusion. The wetness left in porous materials such as solid wood or concrete is released slowly over time, thus fueling mold growth. SERVPRO handles both evaluation and moisture management addressing the problems you face.

Your main concern may be how to get rid of mold signs such as unsightly dark patches on material surfaces. However, any solution you choose must first address the root cause of the problem. Therefore, options like painting over the patches or airing the rooms only provide a temporary solution if an unaddressed source of wetness remains within the structure. Typical sources of moisture that fuel mold development include:

  • Condensation
  • Pinhole pipe leaks
  • Absorption from the foundation
  • Post-flooding

The approaches for tackling different moisture sources vary. For instance, pinhole leaks require physical removal or patching of the affected pipes. Condensation may be harder to deal with since several factors might include central heating issues and daily home activities like cooking, drying clothes, and showering. It happens because of high indoor humidity levels or when warm air mixes with cold air. Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO technicians can use thermo-hygrometers to evaluate temperature and humidity levels in different rooms, thus identifying the source of the anomaly. We can choose to dehumidify your house or improve ventilation to address condensation issues.

Resolving mold problems depends on:

  • Contamination location
  • Level of contamination
  • Level of mold development

The mold signs that you notice might reveal where the entire problem lies or just a section. Mold inspection helps confirm the true extent of the problem and, thus, the best way to perform remediation.

It is challenging to complete mold restoration with a single procedure unless the development level is in its earliest stages where cleaning and drying materials sufficiently curtail mold development. In other cases, repair requires removing deteriorated materials, decontamination, and odor management, among other procedures. Our SERVPRO technicians tear down drywall and remove insulation leaving only structural supports in heavily contaminated house sections. We apply biocides to frames and studs, then dry them sufficiently before rebuilding the area.

Specialized approaches may be necessary when the mold damage affects an area like the basement or attic where significant portions are made of unfinished materials, and there is limited space to maneuver. A method like encapsulation helps when you cannot clean moldy residues thoroughly, and removing the affected material is not practical. 

SERVPRO of Hamblen County can help you understand the signs of mold damage that you notice in your property portend. We also help find solutions that address the contamination, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (423) 318-6733.

Water Cleanup in Morristown Often Requires Expert Carpet Cleaning

3/20/2023 (Permalink)

teck cleaning and drying a commercial grade tiled carpet Rely on SERVPRO to clean and dry water damaged carpeting in your Morristown business.

Our Commercial Morristown Water Cleanup Teams Restore Carpets

Regardless of the type of business you operate in Morristown, it likely has carpeted areas. While attractive, this carpeting poses a significant threat to your facilities if it gets wet during a water-related event. It could transfer moisture to and discolor furnishings, warp, and buckle wooden subflooring, and promote fungal growths that could further damage your buildings and cause persistent foul odors.

SERVPRO’s technicians are experts at the hot water extraction carpet cleaning often necessary in commercial water cleanup projects in Morristown. Such expertise enables us to protect your flooring from the harmful effects of issues like ceiling leaks and burst pipes. Ultimately, it is just one of the many factors that make our water removal services and water damage repairs so effective.

SERVPRO’s hot water extraction method for cleaning carpets is as follows:

  • Carpeting is prepared by agitating any soiled areas with a pilating rake; the spots to be cleaned are vacuumed, big stains and especially dirty places are pretreated with an ultra-lite sprayer, and soiling is broken up in the pretreated areas
  • Furniture is moved so that rooms can be cleaned from the outside to the inside, and carpet edges are scrubbed six inches from the baseboard with stair and edge brushes
  • Antimicrobial solution is applied with an extraction wand in a V-stroke pattern, a “chop” stroke is used to agitate deeply stained spots, and over-spray is wiped off baseboards with a dry towel
  • Rinsed areas are dry vacuumed twice using a V-stroke
  • Carpet is pilated in one direction, topical treatments are applied, and furniture is blocked/padded and put back in its proper place
  • Air movers are arranged to speed carpet drying, and courtesy mats/traffic paper are placed in high-traffic areas

So, whenever you need water cleanup services, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Hamblen County. We are always ready for your call at (423) 318-6733.

Hire Restoration Experts for Morristown Hidden Water Damage

3/16/2023 (Permalink)

leaks in crawlspace Leaks in plumbing lead to water damage in Morristown homes. Call SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Offers Quality Water Damage Restoration Service

Your stress level undoubtedly gets high when you have visible water pooling in your home from a spill or flooding. However, it is a new worry once you suspect a leak is causing hidden water damage. You must find and fix the water leak before it leads to mold growth or the need for costly repairs. As a Morristown property owner, know that you have skilled technicians ready to help at SERVPRO. Our team includes experienced water restoration technicians (WRT) who can assess your interior and get to the root cause of the issue before it gets any worse. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Once you place a call to our customer care team, we can send someone out to help with water restoration at your Morristown home or business. There are some specific signs indicating hidden water damage is beginning to develop:

  • Bubbling or peeling wallpaper or paint
  • Drywall that feels soft or ceiling tiles that bow and sag
  • Lifting, warping, or buckling of your floor tiles
  • Stains that develop on your trim, walls, and ceilings
  • Foul, earthy odors
  • Visible patches or blotches of mold or mildew

Why do I need professional restoration services?

While there could be slight issues you can tackle as DIY, hidden water damage is nothing to address nonchalantly. To avoid trouble for your building materials and structural elements, you must locate and dry all areas with hidden moisture. SERVPRO technicians use moisture detection tools like thermal imaging and sensors to ensure nothing gets left behind.

Some of the common causes of hidden water damage include:

  • Condensation from your HVAC system
  • Leaking pipes
  • Worn seals around your toilets, tubs, and showers
  • Dripping from your dishwasher, washing machine, or water heater

From initial assessment to finishing touches, SERVPRO of Hamblen County is here to address your water restoration needs. Call us today, and our Green Fleet will be there within hours. We aim to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Trust SERVPRO With Water Damage Repairs in Morristown

3/3/2023 (Permalink)

storm sign ahead Get ready for the stormy weather to your Morristown home by calling SERVPRO

Rely on The Knowledge of IICRC-Certified Experts For Water Remediation in Morristown Homes

Having water damage in your Morristown home is not something you look forward to. When stormwater is the source of the problem, removing it is crucial to protecting your home. Frequently, items like wall-to-wall carpeting and area rugs need to be removed entirely to prevent secondary damage. Laminate floors may need a replacement as they delaminate, thanks to the water. But before you even get to make those decisions, you must reach out to an expert team for their guidance.

In Morristown, water damage repairs and restoration are easily handled by calling SERVPRO and our team of experts. Just like your doctor checks you out when you're not feeling well, so do our water restoration technicians thoroughly examine all areas of your home following the stormwater's entry. We can detect and treat water deposits and accumulations with advanced infrared technology and specialized measuring tools.

Water damage repairs go beyond removing water. It should include cleaning every home surface to prevent mold growth and resorting to specialty drying solutions when needed. By having a comprehensive suite of options, our SERVPRO team can meet the needs of all your home. To help us in that process, we also offer the following-

  • If needed, move-out services to vacate the home completely or partially to facilitate the remediation process. Every item is inventoried and returned to its original place when the process is done.
  • Controlled demolition for identified compromised areas and their corresponding repairs if feasible.
  • Establishment of physical barriers separating affected areas from safe areas in the home to avoid unnecessary contamination.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County is a phone call away. Call us at (423) 318-6733 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage in Morristown Homes Is Best When Professionally Handled

12/18/2022 (Permalink)

house odors and stuff affecting lungs cartoon What is the invisible fire damage for Morristown properties? ODOR! Contact SERVPRO to make the house fire seem "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Restores Morristown Homes After Fire Damage

Fires can cause considerable losses to many homeowners, based on data by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which claims that firefighters respond to a fire every 24 seconds in the United States. Property owners can minimize the losses if the fire is countered early enough, but statistics show that property damage losses due to fire damage equal $25.5 billion every year.

To avoid huge losses, we advise that you contact a restoration service provider as soon as possible. Property owners need not worry much about the availability of fire damage restoration services in Morristown since SERVPRO has a local station packed with certified and well-trained technicians ready to come to your service anytime. We also have top-notch equipment that helps us handle almost any situation.

One of the effects of fire damage on a house is smoke odor. SERVPRO technicians are well trained on the modes of permeation of the smoke molecules and various methods of removing them. Independent of whether the smell is real or imagined/psychological, we have multiple products we can use to put you at ease. They include:

Odor counteracting beads - They are time-releasing masking agents that produce pleasant fragrances that freshen up the affected area.

Deodorant pellets/granules – These are odor absorbers containing fuller's earth as the primary ingredient. It acts as a sponge for absorbing and holding odors.

We mix water-based counteractants with cleaning solutions to control smoke odor.

Our SERVPRO team applies water-based wet fog deodorizers using a ULV fogger to make fog or fine mist.

Solvent-based thermal fog deodorizer is applied using a thermal fogger and then given time to penetrate affected materials and counteract the odors.

Our SERVPRO technicians can apply water-based thermal fog deodorizers to eliminate flammability concerns. The produced fog then penetrates cracks and crevices for odor control.

When the restoration process is not handled correctly, the costs can go up. Don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 to perform fire damage repair. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Call for Morristown Mold Remediation ASAP

11/20/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall near an electrical outlet Smelled or found signs of mold damage? Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation and odor removal services. Our technicians are standing by.

Morristown Residents Trust SERVPRO for Expert Mold Remediation

It is a natural instinct for many people to spray and wipe mold patches they find in their bathroom around sinks, tubs, and showers. However, you risk possible hazards when handling mold cleanup on your own. Rather than addressing mold patches on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces with a DIY approach, the safest and most effective option is calling skilled technicians for mold remediation. If you have areas of concern within your Morristown home or business, SERVPRO is available for mold remediation and cleanup you can count on.

Why enlist the help of professional mold remediation technicians in Morristown?

SERVPRO has an entire team of highly-trained and certified technicians ready to address all types of mold development. We bring all the right equipment for each project, including the proper personal protective equipment for safety during the cleanup process. Our Green Fleet also comes stocked with an assortment of antimicrobials and EPA-registered cleaning agents to thoroughly clean and sanitize all surfaces within your property.

If you are unsure if it is time to contact professionals for cleanup and remediation, these are some issues to look for:

  • Visible mold patches under cabinets, around carpeting, ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
  • Strong, musty odors anywhere in the home.
  • An unusual increase in humidity.
  • A significant spill or plumbing leak that might not have been thoroughly cleaned up.

Why not try a DIY cleanup?

Many people fail to realize that countless types of mold and spores are all around us, inside and outside homes and workspaces. Disturbing mold spores could mean further infestation in other areas of your property. Additionally, there are potential risks best not taken so that you can ensure the project gets done right the first time. Hiring trained technicians gets you results, and SERVPRO will ensure you get the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval. 

Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733, and we can mobilize a team to help with mold remediation. We always strive to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Trust SERVPRO for Prompt Commercial Water Restoration in Morristown Hotels

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

water leaking from the ceiling tiles of a ceiling When water damage occurs in your hotel, you want it dealt with quickly and efficiently. Contact SERVPRO for expert advice and remediation services.

Commercial Water Restoration in Morristown Demands Professionalism

After a water damage incident in your hotel, you need an immediate response to reduce business interruption. SERVPRO responds promptly and is prepared to mitigate water damage with compassion, expertise, and respect. 

We can handle your project from the beginning to the end, including reconstruction. During commercial water restoration in your Morristown hotel, we can quickly stabilize the property, evaluate your loss, and plan for rapid recovery. Commercial clients rely on our superior disaster restoration services that include: 

  • Emergency mitigation services
  • Water extraction
  • Cleanup and sanitization
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Reconstruction

After a water intrusion incident, your hotel might not have adequate vacant rooms to relocate the affected guests. Closing is not an option, so our SERVPRO team can coordinate the work to create the most minimal impact on existing operations and your guests. We can also preserve the furnishings and electronics required for business operations to continue. Water damage can spread to many rooms in the building and may eventually cause mold growth or structural damage. Porous materials like drywall, wood, furnishings and hardwood flooring absorb water. They can get stained, rotted, or warped. 

Our team can provide you with fast water mitigation services to prevent the weakening of building materials like drywall and wood. We can use advanced centrifugal pumps to remove the water. These pumps convert rational energy from motors to energy to move fluids. They include high-pressure pumps, self-priming trash pumps, and electric submersible pumps

Our SERVPRO technicians can also use drying equipment to eliminate moisture. Using a combination of high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers, we can effectively eliminate moisture from flooring, furnishings, and porous building materials. 

After removing the water and moisture, our SERVPRO team can clean and disinfect the affected areas using EPA-registered disinfectants. These products are antimicrobials, which destroy about 99% of organisms they contact on the surfaces where we apply them. Common disinfectants are alcohols, formaldehydes, chlorines, and phenols. 

If you find water in your commercial property, SERVPRO of Hamblen County is fully equipped and trained to handle water removal. Call us for help at (423) 318-6733 to make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.” 

Fire Restoration Gets Your Coffee Shop Open Again in Whitestown

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Fireman helmet Commercial fore damage restoration services is no easy task. Let SERVPRO professionals handle all the work.

Grimy Havoc No Match for Our Fire Restoration Team

When an electrical appliance catches fire in your Whitestown coffee shop, it does not have to spread or burn a wide area to make a shop-wide mess with soot and smoke deposits. Coffee smells wonderful while roasting and brewing, but burnt coffee beans smell horrific. The oils in organic materials can make thick, clingy soot that adheres tightly to anything it settles on, making fire restoration a sticky job.

SERVPRO knows what to do to keep your coffee shop open for business in Whitestown with tailored fire restoration services. We have specialists who handle odor, soot, cleaning, deconstruction, rebuilding, painting, and more. Each task we take means more streamlined services for you. The norm with a fire inside an enclosed place is the soot that settles everywhere. Your patrons do not want soot-flavored coffee.

Soot particles come in different varieties but break down into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are coarse and jagged; when they enter our noses, we can detect them as bitter, unpleasant odors. When we touch soot, it feels smooth and powdery, but if we leave it on shiny surfaces, we find them ruined with a dull appearance from their sharp edges cutting into the finish. Many veterinarians recommend using wood ash as a dust bath medium for animals suffering from ectoparasites because of its microscopic properties.

We use specialized, time-tested tools to get soot out of a building. Because soot hides, this can take some time, even with the best approaches possible. SERVPRO uses these, and a few others, to get your fire restoration job completed:

  • HEPA-filtered vacuums and brushes,
  • Dampened towels and special sponges, 
  • Thermal foggers, and
  • Air scrubbing units.

Each of these items helps us get your coffee shop cleaned up and free of soot. Getting soot out of your shop means smoky odors won’t undermine any cleaning or reconstruction work we do for your coffee shop. Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 day or night for experts who want to make everything “Like it never even happened.”