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Why Does My Morristown Home Show Mold Damage Signs?

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

How Do Certified Morristown Technicians Handle Water Damage?

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

What Is Necessary to Secure Morristown Property After Fire Damage?

11/21/2022 (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.

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.”

Flood Damage Cleanup in Morristown Starts with Extraction

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Getting Started with Flood Damage Cleanup

The shock of seeing your home in Morristown underwater, flooded along with the other houses along your street, can be a terrible feeling. Your memories are in that house, and your plans for the future often held your home as a crucial part. SERVPRO understands how devastating flood damage affects families because we live in the same neighborhoods. We want to help our neighbors get back in their homes, and we can do so quickly.

Our capability to restore our neighbors’ homes to livable conditions relies on the rapid cleanup of those Morristown properties with flood damage. We get things started with our pump trucks and other extraction equipment. While some team members use thickly gloved hands to grab and bag debris that the floodwaters pushed into your home, other team members are working on getting floodwater out of trapped areas. We find these inside homes in places like:

  • Dead spaces in staircases,
  • Compartments under cabinets, and
  • Interior walls.

We must remove the water trapped inside these areas to help our desiccation equipment work at its optimal ability. Because these areas are also free of strong air currents and get no sunlight, they are a microbe’s dream environment. We want to prevent any secondary damage from occurring, including mold infestation.

Small compartments underneath cabinets like your sinks or built-in bookshelves need dismantling, draining, drying out, antimicrobial treatment, and rebuilding. We check for these often-hidden and overlooked places with the aid of infrared cameras. These show the cooler temps damp areas are known to produce.

We dry floors by ridding them of soaked carpets and padding, allowing us to get subflooring structures dried out and stabilized. We use the Injectidry system to extract water from underneath wooden sections of hardwood flooring. This specialized system lets us dry floors uniformly, preventing cupping and curling, cutting down on the need for sanding and buffing later.

Let SERVPRO of Hamblen County handle your next emergency. We arrive ready to start mitigating and restoration and can advise you of options every step of the way. Call us at (423) 318-6733 day or night.

Flood Damage Restoration Requires Extensive Work in Morristown

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician using a moisture meter on wall. Storm and flood damage restoration is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

Finish Off Flood Damage with Trained Restorers

Extracting the water is a great start to flood damage mitigation and restoration in Morristown. SERVPRO can make things happen quickly, reducing the time your family stays inconvenienced. We address many aspects of flooding and help reduce their impact on your family.

Drying out your home helps control the severity of flood damage your Morristown home sustains. Restoring an arid environment reduces the degree of secondary water damage and microbial infestations we need to work with shortly. Our very capable team members carry these tasks out, as well as controlled demolition of warped areas that require extensive rebuilding.

Our services include:

  • Drying out of your home’s interior,
  • Controlled demolition, and
  • Targeted treatments to address potential microbial growth.

Drying the interior of your home takes time because of the intensive saturation. The air also holds moisture, and we need to dry out areas where the water from the flood did not reach because of the high absorption level. Desiccant machines, air movers, and heaters help accomplish this. We also use air scrubbers to diminish the number of contaminants in the air, as this helps with controlled demolition work and the prevention of microbial infestations.

Flooding can become so forceful that it twists beams and leaves them too weak and broken to continue their job inside your home. We remove these components and rebuild, making it all “Like it never even happened.”

We also take preventive measures during the time spent rebuilding your home’s interior structure. One of these is to spray antimicrobial agents onto surfaces, which kills off most one-celled organisms, so you do not need to worry about any microbial infestations taking over in the future. The chemical we use is a harmless (to humans and pets) salt that dries clear, without any noticeable residue or odor.

Always ready to help our neighbors, you can call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733.

Protecting Contents of Whitestown Homes During Fire Restoration

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help sign Fire damage restoration for your Whitestown home needs to be handled by SERVPRO. We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year.

Fire Restoration for Damaged Contents

To many customers, personal belongings and contents are the priority with fire damage restoration and recovery efforts. Our prompt arrival for mitigation allows us to help with three heavily impacted types of materials:

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Non-Porous Objects

Recovering Fire Damaged Clothing in Whitestown

If clothing is directly exposed to the fire damage in Whitestown, there is a good chance that it is too heavily damaged to restore. However, indirect damages and loss effects leave an opening for fixing your wardrobe. Often one of the greatest threats to clothing is harsh malodors that become trapped in the threads and pores of the fabrics. We utilize fogging deodorization to penetrate these impacted elements and offer greater off-site deodorization like ozone chambers.

Cleaning Up Impacted Furniture

Tables, chairs, and upholstered items can be quickly overwhelmed by circulating soot and smoke damage. Cleaning furniture often starts with removing any loose debris from the horizontal surfaces and determining the best approach for solvents and detergents based on the type of affected material. Dry cleaning approaches and extraction techniques can help improve the appearance of soot-damaged upholstery.

Restoring Hard Materials Off-Site

While some cleaning is possible at the residence while fire restoration continues, restoring certain belongings at our SERVPRO warehouse is often more helpful. Using sophisticated, advanced equipment like the ultrasonic submersion tanks that utilize vibration and bursting bubbles to break soils free and lift them from the surface of non-porous items, we can make fire loss "Like it never even happened" for many of your kitchen items.

Contents are a considerable variable of fire restoration and recovery for area homes. Even with the prompt response of experienced professionals like ours, all of your items might not be able to be saved or protected from fire loss effects. It is one of the focuses of our mitigation process to do whatever possible to preserve your possessions. Call our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team today at (423) 318-6733. 

The Priority of Morristown Water Mitigation Services

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO advanced water damage equipment sign Water damage restoration for your Morristown home is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the help you need.

Protecting the Structure with Water Mitigation

Water damages happen every day, and our SERVPRO team is prepared for those that would affect Hamblen County. We work fast to mobilize our technicians with effective mitigation tools and equipment ranging from extractors to disinfection and surface cleaning products.

How Can We Protect the Building?

Water mitigation for Morristown homes introduces a combination of practical actions. Mobilizing quickly means that we can implement many of these efforts to reduce irreparable destruction. The chief means of protecting your home are:

  • Removing Water - Initial mitigation is removing all possible water, including standing water on the surface and trapped moisture in building materials. 
  • Controlled DemolitionBulk materials or oversaturated construction elements must be removed and discarded to access damaged areas. 
  • Preventing Mold Growth - Moist surfaces can benefit from applying sporicidal agents to avoid infestations.
  • Emergency Repairs - From repairing plumbing to sealing over structural openings, these repairs help to protect the property from water damage while restoration starts. 
  • Getting Drying Started - With the mitigation steps completed, drying should begin as soon as possible. We evaluate the best placement of air movers and dehumidifiers to have the greatest impact. 

Full-Service Contractors to Help

Mitigation is not the only work that your property will need after water disasters. However, having a knowledgeable and experienced team complete with multiple certifications and a general contractor license allows us to be a one-stop shop for restoration and recovery. We transition from mitigation to drying and reconstruction to save customers time and money without extended recovery windows.

The fast arrival of experienced professionals can be instrumental in protecting a home or business from irreparable harm. Our experience as leading water restoration professionals keeps us ready to respond at the first notice of loss to help throughout the county. Give our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team a call when you need us at (423) 318-6733.