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ERP TO Help You Plan Ahead

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

Disasters can strike a Greene County business in the blink of an eye, and when it does those who are prepared for it can bounce back much quicker than those who have no plan. In fact, up to 50% of all companies that are struck by a disaster can NEVER bounce back from it!

SERVPRO of Greene County can help your business get back on track after a disaster by developing an Emergency Ready Profile. The ERP will minimize your business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. What exactly to do, and what exactly to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.  

The Emergency Ready Profile is a tool that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By using your own Emergency Ready Profile, SERVPRO of Greene County can help reduce the impact of any disaster, natural or man-made. We are a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. 

Contact SERVPRO of Greene County for a FREE assessment of your facility at 423-638-1104! 

Why Should You Choose SERVPRO of Greene County

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

As a business owner in Greene County, TN, you know that each day brings with it new challenges. It helps to know that, should a disaster occur, you can trust a company with a 24-hour fast response reputation to remedy the situation. SERVPRO of Greene County is ideal because:

  1. We’re Trusted Professionals

Since 1967, SERVPRO® has been providing customers with quick and reliable restoration and cleanup. With over 1,700 franchises nationwide, we’ve become a trusted industry leader.

  1. We’re Knowledgeable and Experienced

Extensive training and certification in fire restoration is provided at the IICRC-approved training facility of SERVPRO Industries, Inc., headquartered in Gallatin, Tennessee.

  1. We’re Preferred by Many

SERVPRO, not only handles residential cleanup but we've also become the trusted choice for commercial clients, much of the insurance industry, and many property management companies.

  1. We’re Always Available

SERVPRO is committed to the restoration, cleanup, and remediation industries, so it’s only logical to be available on a 24-hour basis, 365 days a year. Emergencies are never convenient; they don’t take nights, weekends, and holidays off, after all. The more than 10,000 SERVPRO teammates don’t either. We’re always open, so we’ll quickly be on the scene to analyze the damage and begin the cleanup and restoration process.

  1. We Have Equipment for Every Job

You can trust SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to have the right equipment available for every job. More than 140,000 pieces of professional restoration and cleaning equipment are housed in over 5,000,000 square feet of building space.

  1. We Offer an Array of Services

No matter what type of commercial facility you may have, SERVPRO is Here to Help. Our services include fire, water and storm damage restoration, mold remediation, building cleaning, as well as air duct and HVAC cleaning. We can also handle board-ups, biohazard cleanup, document drying and the cleaning, restoration and deodorization of electronics and artwork.


If your commercial building sustains any type of damage from flooding to fire to mold, you can feel confident hiring SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals with 24-hour availability to get your building back to preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104. Our owner, Zach Witt, would love to come meet you and see your place of business. We can even offer to prepare a free Emergency Ready Profile for your company.

How To Choose the Right Restoration Company for your Commercial Property?

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

You can be confident that SERVPRO of Greene County will get you back up and running!

You can depend on SERVPRO of Greene County to be there when you need us!

When it comes to small pipe leaks, or drywall repair, most business owners think that they can probably handle that themselves.  When it comes to your entire building flooding or experiencing a fire, you would have to call a professional restoration company.  But who do you choose?  With the amount of restoration companies popping up daily, it’s hard to choose who would be the best to hire.  When hiring a restoration company, keep certain things in mind.

Go to their website

This may sound a little scary, given the number of scams and false information on the internet, but you will know immediately if their website is legit.  Some things to think about would be links to their services.  Look to see if they have links that talk about fire or water damage, and the process that is performed in these services.  If it is a professional website, it will be clear, concise, and informative.

Give them a call and quiz them

Once you have reviewed the websites, come up with a few questions you may have for the company.  If they are professionals, they should be able to answer the questions without asking the manager or putting you on hold.  They should be able to give you clear examples of how they have worked with these issues in the past.  If they become annoyed, or frustrated, then you know they are not the ones for you!  Professionals need to be compassionate towards their customers because they are already dealing with a stressful mess. 

Read the Testimonials

 Google and Facebook are great ways to read the testimonials of the restoration company you are potentially going to be hiring.  Companies can never delete these reviews, they can only receive good reviews to counteract the bad ones, which makes it a very accurate depiction of what kind of company you may be dealing with.  Look at the good and bad reviews and make an educated assessment on the type of company they may be.

If you ever have any questions, give SERVPRO of Greene County a call at 423-638-1104.

Have You Had Your HVAC Cleaned Lately?

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

During this winter season are you thinking about the air quality in your business or commercial property? Air ducts and a lack of HVAC cleaning can be to blame for this. In fact, a non-maintained ventilation system is usually the culprit behind getting good, quality air circulation in any building. This is why you should make it a priority to get your air duct systems maintenance by professionals at SERVPRO of Greene County. Take a moment and think about how long have I had this system in place? Have I ever taken the time to have the system cleaned? Do I know what is hanging on to the vents in that system? You always want to take time to be mindful of your HVAC systems. Our professionals can evaluate air quality and the system to see if it’s time for service. If your system has been around for a long time and you have not conducted a thorough HVAC cleaning, there is a chance that your air ducts have begun to accumulate a lot of the following:

  • Contaminants
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Debris

These particles can cause allergies and illness for everyone who breathes the air. Having your HVAC cleaned at your business or commercial property can help clear out your air ducts to help circulate better air quality, and bring your employees better peace of mind. Remember that proper maintenance of your air ducts and having regular HVAC cleaning can extend the life of your system and most importantly, save your business money from costly repairs.

Call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 to get yours scheduled today!

Be Prepared Before The Storm Comes

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can be dangerous and not taken very seriously at times.  Most thunderstorms produce lightning and other dangerous weather conditions such as tornadoes, strong winds, hail, and flooding.

In the Greene County, TN area we tend to get a little bit of heavy rain and heavy thunderstorms.  Here are some tips for you and your family to be prepared before, during, and after this year’s storm season.

What to do before a thunderstorm

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard-top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.
  • Lightning Risk Reduction When Outdoors

SERVPRO of Greene County hopes everyone gets ready for this upcoming storm season and when they do come, SERVPRO of Greene County is here to help in anyway we can.

Tips for Preventing Water Damage During Spring Storms

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

As we prepare to enter the spring season, it’s important to know what we should be looking for to help minimize the chances of water damage affecting your home. When we see the transition of seasons to such as spring and fall bring unpredictable weather patterns and this year will be no different. Springtime in the East Tennessee area is known for storms and heavy rain. These storms often cause wind and water damage. While you can’t control the weather, you can do your best to ensure your home is properly prepared for whatever happens. Here are a few things to inspect before the storms hit: 

  • Basement pumps- A working sump pump is crucial for helping to prevent water accumulation in your basement. Consider installing one with an alarm that warns when there is any water accumulation so you can attend to it quickly and prevent secondary water damage.
  • Debris removal- Make sure to clear debris from your gutters, downspouts, and window wells. This allows water to flow away from your home freely instead of flowing back in because of debris buildup.
  • Landscaping- This is an important and often overlooked step. Protruding branches and rotten trees often cause the most damage to homes and structures once strong winds and rain take place. The best way to prevent this is by trimming branches and clearing away trees that are too close to your home.

 These are only a few things to keep in mind to prepare for the spring storms coming our way. If water damage does occur because of storms, call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 to assist with the restoration and prevent secondary water damage such as mold growth.

The Dos & Don'ts of Water Mitigation

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen at any point to anyone, home or business, resulting in damaged property. These dos are only for clean water and don’ts pertain to sewage water. Sewage water is treated differently since it causes different damage and requires a different cleanup process. With the right tools and pieces of equipment, our professionals can safely dry out your home or business and the contents within it. Here are some things to always keep in mind.

  • To minimize the damage, make sure to shut off the source of water and turn off the electricity. It is essential to remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and soaking up with towels. This is especially important for wood furniture. 
  • To ensure that more damage isn't sustained by the furniture make sure to try and move it, if safe to do so. 
  • Make sure to NOT enter a room with standing water since there could be a risk of electrical shock 
  • Make sure to disconnect all power first. 
  • It is recommended to NOT leave rugs and furniture upholstery wet against one another because the fabrics have the potential to bleed between each other. 
  • It is important to note that you should not be utilizing your household vacuum to try and suck up any water. 

If these tips are followed, the damage can then be minimized, and you will be better prepared for help to arrive. Remember to stay safe and get excess water cleaned up professionally to minimize the chance of mold growth. Our Team at SERVPRO of Greene County is ready to assist 24/7 with any of your water mitigation emergencies. Give our team a call at 423-638-1108.

Commercial Deep Cleaning

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Warehouses are large and intimidating to many when it comes to needing cleaned.  Not to SERVPRO of Washington County though.  We just completed a large manufacturing company deep cleaning.  We literally cleaned from the ceiling/rafters down to the floor.  We hand wiped everything do to that this facility could be repainted. 

Is this something your business has thought about needing to do lately?  Do you have a greasy film or chipping paint?  If so, call SERVPRO of Washington County in to inspect and give you an estimate to get your business cleaned up and spruced up for Spring. 

What a better spring cleaning than making sure that every nick and cranny gets cleaned and repainted.  Even if you don’t have outside people coming in, do it for your employees.  Show them you care.    

Call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 today for an inspection and estimate at your commercial property!

SERVPRO to the Rescue

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Most of the time when our area gets heavy rain, SERVPRO tends to get a lot of calls for flooding. We get so many sometimes that we have to make a list to ensure each job gets the proper attention and professionalism they deserve. Our team is good at keeping track of each job to make sure our customers are satisfied in the end. The main calls we get around this time are flooded basements, crawlspaces, and garages. One of the worst calls we got was from a lady who woke up to no heat in her house. She stated she immediately headed for the basement door, as her furnace was located down there. Once she opened the door, she saw water was almost up to the door. She was in total shock. Her entire basement was filled with rainwater. Imagine having about 8 feet of water in your basement. This poor lady had not only her furnace down there, but also her washer and dryer, her water heater, and all her storage items like Christmas décor and old photobooks in totes. She was so devastated. I think anyone would be in that situation. Thankfully, SERVPRO showed up within an hour to help her. Once we pumped all the water out, we found the issue to this enormous amount of water. One of the basement windows was broken. We got many inches of rainfall that night and the creek beside her house had overflowed and came down her back yard, right into her basement. She may have not been able to salvage the basement items, but she was glad the water didn’t seep up into the 2nd level of her house.

How to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes in your home can cause major damage and unnecessary stress. Pipes that freeze the most frequently are those that are exposed to extreme cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unconditioned areas like basements, crawlspaces, garages, and kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls with little to no insulation are especially susceptible. Before freezing weather sets in, follow these tip and tricks to help prevent frozen pipes in your home.

  • Drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler systems for the winter.
  • Remove outdoor hoses and allow the hose bib to drain completely. Keep the valve open so that any remaining water in the pipe can expand with no damage.
  • Check for home for pipes located in unheated areas. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • If you live in an especially cold area, consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes.
  • When the weather is very cold, let cold water trickle through the pipes.
  • If you are traveling for a extended period during cold weather, leave your thermostat set a no lower than 55 F.

We hope these tips help you to avoid frozen pipes all together but if you do happen to need our help, we are available 24/7. Call SERVPRO of Greene County today at 423-638-1104. 

Commercial Mold Inspection Services & Remediation Services to All

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Is Mold Remediation a Professional Job?

The common signs of microbial growth issues in your Washington County business may be musty odors or visible signs of growth. Moisture problems are commonplace in older buildings or those with heavy usages, such as a business. Specific mold can have health effects, so it is vital to seek expert advice to protect yourself, your customers, and your staff. The methodology of removing microbes from an indoor environment focuses on correcting the moisture problem that causes growth in the first place. However, the guidance does not qualify a person to fix a mold issue. SERVPRO of Greene County technicians must undergo extensive applied microbial remediation (AMRT) training before they are capable of assessing and remediating premises with mold. 

What are the essential tips for dealing with mold growth?

  • Protecting yourself from mold spores is essential, including wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Cleaning up infestations involves avoiding contact with skin, eyes, or mouth. Goggles and respiration equipment are essential.
  • Using respirators requires expert knowledge of maintaining, cleaning, and removing a respirator in a potentially hazardous environment.

How does mold spread through a business?

A commercial mold inspection in your Coram business is designed to find the root cause of a microbial growth issue. Molds start as a microscopic spore. If these spores are disturbed, thousands of these spores can release. Spores can grow hyphae in the right conditions, which penetrate porous materials while enzymes begin to digest and break down organic matter. SERVPRO of Greene County remediation inspections can often involve placing containment equipment as a precaution against spreading spores. Sometimes pulling out pieces of a structure can release spores, which is why we seal vents, provide negative air pressure, and physical barriers during inspections. The initial signs of microbial growth could be the tip of the iceberg, which is why it is common for inspectors to remove parts of drywall or fittings to assess the extent of microbial losses. 

What are the right conditions for molds to grow?

  • Moisture is essential for microbial organisms to become active.
  • Temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees are ideal, although some molds can grow in colder environments.
  • Organic materials like woods, natural fibers, and particleboards are an ideal food supply for mold colonies.

Fixing a mold issue and preventing colonies from returning utilizes professional expertise and training. Contact SERVPRO of Greene County at (423) 638-1104

Focus Areas to Check For Storm Damage

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

Focus On These Four Areas

Severe weather can lead to significant property damage, and unless your facility has an excellent exterior maintenance schedule, you may wind up with many unexpected expenses. People often have a false sense of security about their buildings, which can result in the absence of concern after a storm. As any storm restoration and remediation company in Greene County, TN, may explain, inspections after any storm are vital to the protection of your building and budget. If you are not familiar with inspecting your facility after a storm, then try and focus on the four following areas.

  1. Walls
    A significant aspect of keeping a building maintained is ensuring its structural integrity. While you may not see any apparent storm damage while walking your property, look closely at the walls, especially toward the foundation and roofline. If you notice any cracking, splits, or separation, then you may have a foundation problem. Sometimes rainwater settles near the footing of a building, causing soil displacement, which shifts the foundation of the building, resulting in damaged property.
  2. Windows
    When performing exterior maintenance and inspections, be sure to examine the windows around the property. Windows often have a shorter lifespan than the rest of the materials used in your property. While the pane may be intact, the frame or the sealant used for installation can fail over time, leading to water damage in the property.
  3. Cladding or Siding
    While cladding is useful for the protection of the exterior of your facility, it can damage easily. High winds can peel the material away from the building. Hailstones can puncture the material. Look for displaced seems and holes as you walk the property.
  4. Roof
    A thorough building inspection should include the roof. Many commercial roofs are flat and prone to water damage. Look for damaged sheeting and failing seals as you would with windows.
    Especially during this time of year, when severe weather is typical, it is crucial to focus on exterior maintenance. If you need more suggestions for inspection points, then contact a local professional.

Call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 if you find yourself with any kind of storm damage!  We are here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year!

We Can Take Care of Your Greene County Hotel Rooms

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you run a hotel in the Greene County area, then you know how important it is to provide the cleanest rooms possible to your patrons. Your business runs on a solid first impression and customer approval. When your guests enter one of your rooms for the first time, it’s imperative that it looks clean and smells great. This encourages people to come back time and time again plus promotes outstanding reviews. Allowing SERVPRO ofGreene Countyto deodorize your rooms helps create the amazing first impression you want them to experience.

We Identify Odors

Hotels and many commercial buildings do not always have the option to open windows and let in clean fresh air. This is one reason SERVPRO of Greene County has special deodorization techniques and highly trained staff that knows how to identify and eliminate stubborn odors.

We Handle Odors

The techniques we use to handle odors are specifically designed to restore your rooms to a desirable state. Unwanted smells can be trapped in upholstery, carpets, draperies and even hard surfaces. Using fragrance or air fresheners is not the answer to an odor problem. There has been state of the art advances in proprietary cleaning that has changed the way deodorization works.

The professionals here at SERVPRO of Greene County are ready to take your hotel to the next level of clean. We would be honored to work with you to even schedule routine cleanings to prevent offensive odors from becoming excessive in any room. SERVPRO of Greene County is here to help make it "Like it never even happened." Call us to at 423-638-1104 to schedule an appointment for a member of our team to come out look at it.

Stay Safe This Holiday Season

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY TIPS

The winter holidays can be the busiest time of year for many households. There are family activities, community events and parties to attend, and you may even be hosting a gathering or two in your own home. Kids are excited, the days are short and there seems to be a never-ending list of things to get done. However, now is not the time to ignore or forget about basic holiday fire safety, which includes Christmas tree fire safety.

CHRISTMAS TREE FIRE SAFETY:

  • Live trees need to be fresh and stay fresh until removed from your home. Look for a tree with needles that pull back easily from the branches but do not break. Tap your tree on the ground. If it sheds a ton of needles, it is not fresh.
  • Keep a freshly cut tree watered so it does not dry out and become a fire hazard, or use a potted live tree and plant a memory from this Christmas season to grow for years to come.
  • Never place your Christmas tree near a fireplace, wood burning stove or other open flame.
  • Never place real, burning candles on your Christmas tree as decorations.
  • Christmas trees should not block doorways or exit routes, in case of a fire.
  • Only buy fire-resistant artificial trees.
  • Inspect all strands of Christmas lights before placing them on your tree. Look for fraying wires and other damage.
  • Never use more than three sets of light strands per one extension cord.
  • Check all extension cords for damage or fraying; do not overload a single electrical outlet.
  • If you are going to be away from home, turn off the Christmas tree lights and consider unplugging all non-essential electronics and appliances.
  • Keep lit candle displays at least three feet away from the tree.
  • Only decorate a tree with non-combustible or flame-resistant decorations.

OUTDOOR DECORATION FIRE SAFETY

Just because your decorations are outside does not mean you can ignore specific holiday fire safety precautions. Be sure that any extension cords you use outside are labeled for outdoor use. Look on the label and packaging to determine whether your cord is made for the outdoors. All outdoor lights need to be fastened securely to your home's porch, columns, gutters, surrounding trees or other supports that will stay secure, even in blustery conditions. Always plug outdoor lights and electric decorations into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet or use a surge protector for safety.

Should I Throw It Away?

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

 Should I Throw It Away?

A pipe break, a leak, or any other water incident inside your home in Greene County, can greatly damage various items, including your carpet. This can be frustrating if your carpeting is new or if you take care of it. However, not every case of water damage to this item means you must replace it. Consider these factors before throwing away this prized decoration.

 Status of Padding
The padding below the carpeting serves multiple purposes, from absorbing daily wear-and-tear to insulating a large part of your house. An unintentional benefit it provides involves taking in a significant amount of water. Carefully remove the affected flooring and see if the padding is wetter than the part it protects. If the water is mostly absorbed, you can simply throw it out and salvage the upper sections. A damage professional can assist you with this task.

 Category of Water Damage
If flooding caused this problem, you would have to figure out the water's contamination category. If the liquid comes from a pipe break or overflowing appliances, it is considered clean water or category one. Water that comes from toilet bowls, dishwashers, and sump pumps is somewhat contaminated, so it is category two greywater. Sewage and groundwater are also known as black water, or category three. If the last category has touched the carpet, you will need to replace it immediately.

 Duration of Damage
Time is also another key factor in deciding whether to replace the carpeting. Generally, if the damage has lasted more than 72 hours, you should replace it. Even if the water is clean, it can weaken the material and encourage mold growth when left alone. Therefore, it is important to respond to the damage fast and call in professional restoration services to inspect and resolve the situation.
Water damage from flooding or a pipe break can affect your floor carpeting differently. Look at the elements involved in the carpet's damage to determine the course of action.

Call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 and they can help you decide if it can be saved?

Are You Ready?

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Is Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter Storms

Cold weather and winter storms can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rains and wind, freezing temperatures, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. Take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of the winter blues.

  • After winter storms check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Downed limbs can cause damage to your property and lead to possible water damage issues.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutters should be clear of debris and directed away from buildings. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems. 
  • Inspect property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairs, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post cautions signs.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temps fall below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the cabinet doors open.
  •  Consider turning outdoor faucets off at the main valve. Once shut remember to drain the outdoor faucet. 

When winter weather strikes and causes a disaster, call SERVPRO to strike back!

Fire Restoration Company of Choice

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you’ve been a victim of a fire, you’ll need a great team on your side to get you back home as soon as possible. Your first call should be to a professional fire restoration and cleaning company like SERVPRO of Greene County.

SERVPRO of Greene County will work on your behalf to immediately start the claims process. We will work directly with your insurance carrier’s adjuster to assess your fire-damaged home or business, and determine the next steps to effectively cleanup, repair, and restore. United works for you from start to finish.

When your house or business is damaged by a fire, United is there every step of the way. As a licensed and insured emergency fire and water damage restoration company, we will:

  • ? Inspect your property and access structural fire damage
  • ? Board-up and secure your property.
  • ? Extract standing water and dry the affected areas.
  • ? Compile inventory lists and photo library of non-salvageable belongings.
  • ? Conduct debris, smoke, and soot damage cleanup
  • ? Repair your fire-damaged property to its original condition.
  • ? Clean, deodorize, pack & store any affected personal items.
  • ? Get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Greene County works closely with local fire departments in the surrounding counties, and have become a trusted and reputable partner for residential and commercial fire damage repairs. For rapid response, call SERVPRO of Greene County 24/7/365 at 423-434-0046. Our knowledgeable and experienced IICRC-certified team will properly mitigate your fire loss with care and incomparable service. We do our absolute best to restore fire-damaged properties and possessions back to preloss condition or better.
 

What To Do Until Help Arrives

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call 423-434-0046

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

HOW DO I PROTECT MY FACILITY FROM VIRUSES?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Many of the same agents that eliminate bacteria also destroy viruses. EPA-registered disinfectants protect against a wide spectrum of threats, and if you have a specific concern (such as tackling the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19) you can find lists dedicated to those specific threats.

SERVPRO of Washington County decontamination and disinfection specialists are equipped to help keep your workplace safe from infectious diseases such as COVID-19. It is important to note that while our antimicrobial protection lasts against most pathogens for 90 days, it does not apply to viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting are crucial to the destruction of viral threats.

STOP THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES

Regular cleaning and disinfection are critical to stopping the spread of illness, whether at home or at the workplace. Contacting trained decontamination experts to properly, thoroughly disinfect your business is the safest way to get the job done thoroughly.

Remember Your First Snow Storm

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

Can you remember the first time you experienced a snowstorm? I was 5-7 years old living with my parents and older brother in Jonesborough, TN when I experienced my very first blizzard. My entire street and neighborhood were out of power for a total of 5 days. I remember on the first day, my dad grabbing his old kerosene heater from the shed and telling my mom to pile clothes on us for the night. Little did we know that this was going to be the longest week of our lives. It snowed so heavy that no one on my street could make it out of their driveway. We all were running out of supplies and fuel. So, on the third day I remember seeing an older gentleman and two younger men in a big truck with a trailer attached to the back. They were attempting to make a store run for everyone in the neighborhood. What an amazing act of kindness I thought. It took these guys 6 hours to make it back from a store that was normally 30 mins away. I had never been in a situation like that since then. It was truly scary. But I was so grateful for those men that risked their lives that day.

SERVPRO For Your Water Loss

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

FAST RESPONSE TIME – WE ARE TYPICALLY ON-SITE WITHIN 1 HOUR!

Water Damage isn’t just annoying; it can wreak havoc on your property in almost no time if left untreated. Our highly trained technicians are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including nights and weekends, 365 days a year because disaster doesn’t always strike during normal business hours. The use of state-of-the-art equipment powers our experts to effectively assess and treat any damaged property. When it comes to water damage – it’s important to act fast to minimize secondary damage like mold.

Our Water Damage Remediation Services include:

  • Water Soiled Carpets
  • Damaged Tiles & Flooring
  • Water Damage on Ceilings
  • Water Damage on Walls
  • Flooded Basement Extractions
  • Water Damage from Broken Pipes
  • Structural Drying Wood Framing
  • Roof Leaks causing water damage
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Water filled crawlspace Extractions
  • Water damage from busted refrigerator lines
  • Water damage form A/C line leaks
  • Water damage from a fire being put out

Watches vs Warnings

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Summer Storm Watches vs Warnings

Be alert! No matter where you are in Northeast Tennessee, you’re at risk for stormy weather. Know the differences between emergency weather watches and warnings and pay attention to local weather statements.

Severe Storm Watch: Means atmospheric conditions are favorable for a particular severe weather hazard within the next several hours. Stay informed and have a plan. A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone with winds of 39-73 mph may affect the area within the next 48 hours, and a Hurricane Watch goes into effect when conditions with winds of 74 mph or more is possible within the next 48 hours.

Severe Storm Warning: Indicates a particular severe weather hazard is imminent or occurring. Promptly take action to protect life and property. A Tropical Storm Warning advisory is triggered when a tropical cyclone with sustained winds of 39-73 mph is foreseen within 36 hours or less, and when sustained winds of 74 or more are expected within 36 hours or less, it’s upgraded to a Hurricane Warning.

Stay safe! You and your family’s (or employee’s) physical safety and health are priority. You can learn about summer storm watches and warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)/NWS Storm Prediction Center shares regional weather warnings, and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) tracks tropical storms and hurricanes.

DO VIRUSES AND BACTERIA SPREAD THE SAME WAY?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Bacteria and viruses can both spread in many ways.

  • Contact transmission occurs when someone picks up germs from an infected surface. Touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after contact with germs on a surface can make you sick. You can also transfer germs from person to person through touch.
  • Sprays or splashes can also transmit infections. Droplets of water caused by coughing or sneezing can carry germs at distances of about 6 feet. If this fluid encounters a person’s eyes, nose, or mouth, it can cause infection
  • Inhalation occurs when someone breaths small particles of germs that are carried by air currents. These tiny particles are called aerosols, and they can travel further than droplets can. Aerosols can spread by coughing or sneezing, but they can also be spread simply by talking or breathing.
  • Sharps injuries can cause infection, if a bloodborne pathogen enters a person through the puncture. The risk of bloodborne transmission is why medical facilities have special sharps containers for disposing of used needles.

Different pathogens may spread in different ways. For instance, some germs may be too big to spread by aerosols, but they can still be transmitted by droplets. Other germs survive longer on surfaces and are thus more readily transmitted through contact. The modes of transmission have less to do with whether a pathogen is a bacteria or virus, and more about the properties of the individual type of germ.

It can take time to learn about how pathogens are spread, too. When the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 first emerged, experts believed that it was transmitted through droplets alone, and not aerosols, and recommended staying 6 feet apart from the person next to you. As time went on, they learned that the virus seemingly could spread through aerosols. This knowledge changes the recommendations and preventative measures that people should take to avoid contracting the disease. It means that masks, previously thought to be unimportant, are very important. It also means that 6 feet between people is probably not enough, considering that the virus can survive in the air for up to 3 hours.

The transmission of pathogens can happen all sorts of ways. That means that it is important to have a thorough, regular schedule of cleaning and disinfecting.

Our Customers Love Us

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greene County strives to make our customer satisfied on every job we do big or little.  This is just one of the five star reviews our customers have recently given us.  

Mr. Lawson gave us a five star review!    

 After a house fire and tons of water damage, we partnered with our insurance company to begin the restoration. We were advised to choose a contractor and were given several choices for fire and water remediation companies. After an evening of reviewing companies in the area, we found that SERVPRO of Greene County had the best ratings and reviews. After talking with Tommy, the Operations Manager, we learned that this particular SERVPRO not only specialized in fire/water remediation, but was also a general contractor. Choosing this SERVPRO franchise was a no-brainer as it allowed for a more "in-house" experience and helped to minimize the number of people we had to work with. It made everything more convenient. After everything in the house was removed and demo began, I met Justin, the Project Manager. Justin was the all-star throughout the entire restoration. I was always able to reach him when a question or concern came up. If he was busy at the moment, he would always call back quickly. He was extremely professional, very easy to talk to, and was very realistic about every stage of this project. He was very real - meaning that he was very honest and never tried to hide problems that came up. Although he was the project manager, he was quick to help with any work that needed to be done on site and was very respectful to his in-house crew. You could tell that the employees enjoyed working with him. Justin and his crew (specifically Jacob) were quick to take note of any concerns that I had and they even pointed out concerns that they had regarding the house that we hadn't even noticed. When the items that were not destroyed were returned to the house, it was easy to see that SERVPRO had cleaned them and made sure that there was no water or smoke damage. The furniture smells fresh and you would never be able to tell that it had been in a house full of smoke. Overall, I would recommend SERVPRO of Greene County to restore my house again. P.S. Tommy used to be an Army Ranger. So not only is he a veteran, but his attention to detail will surprise you. I have not hired other remediation companies, but I bet that his military experience sets him apart from some of the competition. As this customer says, SERVPRO of Greene County is here to help you in your time of need and knowledgeable to help in everyway you need. Make your first call to SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 for all your mitigation and restoration needs.  

Preventing a Fire In Your Business

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Even though every business is different, commercial fires tend to start for the same reasons. As a business owner, it's important to be aware of these causes, so you can do your best to prevent them. Cooking, of course, is one of the main causes. Kitchen fires in restaurants are the most common source of fire in non-residential or commercial buildings. Mainly because the grease traps or hood system, and exhaust vents for commercial stoves, broilers, and deep fryers are not properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis as they should be. Electrical and heating malfunctions such as worn electrical cords and faulty wiring are also a major cause of commercial fires. Probably the 3rd top reason for commercial fires is arson. Intentional fire-setting in abandoned buildings, especially in the current economic climate, provides an easy target for fire setters. Don't let these hazards kill or injure firefighters. Take care and maintain your property even if your business is not up and running at the moment. Of course, another reason for commercial fires is smoking. Even in a smoke-free building, you can't watch what your employees or customers do all the time. It only takes one cigarette to start a fire. Improper Storage can also contribute to a fire. Many fires are started when flammable materials are stored too close to a heat source. There are additional risks that may not be covered here. Commercial fire sprinklers can protect all types of businesses from too much fire damage, making them a worthwhile investment in your building and employees' safety.  Call your friends at SERVPRO of Greene County for all your fire and fire safety needs. We are here to help! 

SERVPRO of Greene County Here For You and Our Community

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew on Habitat For Humanity Build Day

SERVPRO of Greene County  is a very active member in our local community.  We have fed lunch to our local Habitat For Humanity builders on several occasions.  We have also helped in Habitat For Humanity build days.  We had an entire SERVPRO of Greene County Build Day!  We were able to help do the siding, facia, and soffit of an entire house along with painting of the storage shed in the back.  We took 14 of our SERVPRO of Greene County Crew out to donate our time for the entire day.  It gives us a nice break from the everyday grind and gives us a chance to work together to make our community a better place to live.  We also try to attend as many of the Habitat For Humanity home dedications that we can.  We are so incredibly proud for the new homeowners on all of their hard work that they put in in being able to achieve such an amazing goal for them and their families.  SERVPRO of Greene County also does a post construction and final cleaning free of charge on all Habitat For Humanity builds in our communities.  SERVPRO of Greene County should be your first choice for all emergency needs because they are there for you just like they are for the communities they live in and service.

Where Do Most Fires Start?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen fire

Some of the most common house fires in Greene County that occur come straight from the kitchen. We all have burnt a little something in the kitchen along the way I bet. Toast in the toaster, a cake in the oven, popcorn in the microwave. It happens sometimes if we get distracted while preparing something good to eat. One of the most common kitchen fires is on the stove. We call it a grease fire. SERVPRO gets more calls about grease fires than anything else. Reason being is as soon as oil heats that stove there is a great chance of it catching fire if you aren’t paying attention. When grease catches fire on the stove to the point you can’t just easily put it out, it can catch your cabinets on fire, along with anything else surrounding that area very quickly. That being said, here are some tips on what to do if you ever experience this cooking fiasco. Cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet if possible. This smothers the flames and keeps them from getting any higher or spreading out. Turn off the heat source if you can without burning yourself. Remember you are more important than your stuff. If it's small and manageable, pour baking soda or salt on it to smother the fire. As a last resort, locate your fire extinguisher which is normally under the sink or in your pantry. Do not try to extinguish the fire with water. This will only increase the flames and allow it to spread even further. 

If You See Water Act Quick

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

When a water damage occurs inside your Greene County home it is best to respond to the issue as quick as possible. Doing so may prevent you from having to spend quite a bit of money in repairs and in some cases may prevent you from filing an insurance claim. Some water damages can cause wood flooring to buckle or become loose and squeaky. It can cause drywall or studs to rot or break down from the moisture. Also, another major issue that can occur is microbial growth or most commonly referred to as mold or mildew. When you have noticed you may have a water damage, it is probably best to contact a professional to assess the issue. Most water restoration companies have devices to detect moisture in areas you may not be able to see as well. More than likely they can set up special equipment to dry your home quickly such as fans, dehumidifiers, and water extraction tools. They may even offer other services like, pulling up flooring, removing drywall, and detaching baseboards or cabinets to get all the moisture out before it spreads further. This is important as water travels fast and causes more damage than you would think. Make sure to educate yourself on the steps to take when a water damage occurs in your home. Rather that is calling a plumber or your insurance company or a water restoration company, it is always best to prepare for these situations. The quicker you are the best off your home will be.

What Can You Do?

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Keep Doors Closed

One of the best ways to prevent a fire from spreading inside your home is to keep all the doors in your home closed. Especially when you leave your home or when you go to sleep at night. If your home catches fire, keeping the doors closed can prevent the fire from spreading to other rooms giving the fire department more time to save your house. Also, check your fire alarms regularly. Some fire alarms are hard wired into your home’s electrical. But other fire alarms operate on a battery that can be exchanged easily. If your home runs on gas, rather natural or liquid petroleum, it is always best to check all sources on a regular basis. Stoves, dryers, water heaters, etc. all have a pilot light that always stays lit. Make sure to read up on the manual of these appliances to look for any warning signs that something isn’t right. If you smell even a hint of gas or can see the pilot light is higher than normal, call your gas provider to come out and have them check your incoming gas or contact a local tradesman to come check your appliances. A lot of house fires are electrical. Make sure to always turn off anything that stays hot and unplug it from the outlet when you are not using it. For example, curling irons, straightening irons, wax burners, heaters, video games, and clothes irons are all common things that can catch fire easily. Also, make sure to blow out candles when leaving the room for an extended period of time.

Are You Prepared for a Disaster In Your Business?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Those who run their own businesses have a TON on their plate. They’ve got pay roll to worry about, making deadlines, making quarterly numbers – the list goes on. The last thing they need on their plate is a disaster to happen, most times, businesses are drastically underprepared for a disaster to their commercial business. Do you have a contingency plan just in case a pipe bursts or a roof caves in due to a thunderstorm? 

If not, you may want to consider our Emergency Ready Program, or ERP. With an ERP we can identify problem areas, where your water shut off is, and even create a game plan for our team just in case you happen to have a water or fire damage in the future. An ERP can save your company time and money, so give SERVPRO of Greene County a call today to schedule one at 423-638-1104!

Storm Dangers From Standing Flood Waters

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

storm flooded home

Storms and hurricanes devastate different regions every year. Unfortunately, some of the biggest dangers caused by storms can occur after the storm has already passed. In addition to a lack of supplies and road closures, the standing flood water resulting from storms can cause serious health risks. Here are some of the most severe problems floods can bring.

Health Dangers

Standing flood water is teeming with health risks. The CDC has a section detailing all the possible diseases that become more likely in the event of a storm disaster, including Norovirus and the West Nile Virus. Bacterial infections and diseases become a greater possibility because flood water can infect everything it touches. This can include anything from articles of clothing to the toys that children play with. For this reason, it is incredibly important not to drink or eat anything that has been contaminated by standing flood water, and to always wash hands as often as possible- especially before meals. In addition, open wounds pose a far greater risk of becoming infected as a result of storm waters. If possible, keep open wounds out of the water or cover with waterproof bandages. 

Physical Hazards

Disease isn't the only invisible hazard that can exist within standing water. Murky water can conceal dangerous insects or even threatening animals beneath the surface. Much of this depends on the location of the storm, but it's not unheard of for alligators to make use of a new habitat resulting from a storm. In addition, much of the physical damage caused by a storm is still present in the water. This can include broken glass or sharp metal which might be impossible to see before it causes injury. On top of that, storms frequently cause damage to power lines. These can lead to a risk of electrocution in standing water. Flood water itself poses the possibility of causing drowning, whether people are in their cars or trying to swim across.

If you need storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact the team at SERVPRO of Greene County today at 423-438-1104.

Why SERVPRO For Your Greene County Fire

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

recent house fire we got called to

A fire in your home can be a very devastating and dangerous experience. After the fire, many people will first react by wanting to clean up their home. Before you decide to cleanup the property yourself, it may be a good idea to first reach out to a fire damage cleanup company like SERVPRO of Greene County. Here are three reasons why you should hire SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup. 

Fire Damage Cleanup Can be Dangerous

The first reason why you should hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that it can be a very dangerous process to cleanup after a fire. After a fire, the area that is damaged could also have broken glass, sharp objects, and a variety of other hazards. If you are not experienced in this field, these hazards can be hard to identify. When you choose to work with a professional, they will be able to use the tools necessary to safely clear the area of all hazardous debris.

Follow Regulations

Another reason why it can be beneficial to hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they will be able to follow regulations. After fire damage your local community may have specific ways of how the cleanup needs to be handled. In many cases, this will prevent you from using your normal trash and dumpster service. Instead, a fire damage cleanup company will be able to follow the proper steps to ensure your home is following any laws governing how the cleanup needs to be handled. 

Able to Restore Many Items

Another advantage of working with a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they can restore many items that you may consider destroyed. The cleanup crew will be able to carefully review all your personal belongings that were damaged by the fire. In many cases, an item that appears to be completely damaged could be full restored. This can include flooring, furniture, appliances, and many other items that could be expensive to replace. 

If you need fire damage repair, storm damage cleanup or an odor cleaning company, contact the team at SERVPRO of Greene County today at 423-638-1104!

Risks of Leaving Smoke Untreated

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged house

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately. You should, therefore, hasten the process of hiring a professional company like SERVPRO of Washington County to help you manage the damage in a correct manner. Conversely, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways:

The restoration cost increases

When the treatment process is extended, the damages begin to get worse and more difficult to deal with. If smoke goes untreated for long, the odors become more persistent and more difficult to neutralize. These challenges make the treatment process harder and more time consuming and ultimately more expensive.

Extensive damage

Smoke and ash can mix with water to produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this corrosive substance begins to slowly corrode away walls, floors, ceilings and any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning up quickly with soap and water is not enough. The substance requires proper cleaning with appropriate chemicals to remove it completely in order to contain the damages.

Soot deposits

Neutralizing of soot residual and deposits is an effective first clean up step. If left for long, soot can easily travel and penetrate into other rooms that weren't affected by the fire, staining the wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing and any other household items.

Permanent damage

Your property can suffer permanent damage if not treated in a timely manner. Damage begins to set in within hours and prolonged exposure may cause permanent harm to your walls which turns yellow, metal surfaces begins to corrode, clothes stain permanently and wooden furniture which may need refinishing. It also damages the floor which may need replacement.

Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home. In case you suspect some smoke damage in your residence and need smoke or fire cleanup, water damage cleanup, mold damage clean up or storm damage repair contact the team at SERVPRO of Washington County today at 423-434-0046. 

Storm Dangers From Standing Flood Waters

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Storms and hurricanes devastate different regions every year. Unfortunately, some of the biggest dangers caused by storms can occur after the storm has already passed. In addition to a lack of supplies and road closures, the standing flood water resulting from storms can cause serious health risks. Here are some of the most severe problems floods can bring.

Health Dangers

Standing flood water is teeming with health risks. The CDC has a section detailing all the possible diseases that become more likely in the event of a storm disaster, including Norovirus and the West Nile Virus. Bacterial infections and diseases become a greater possibility because flood water can infect everything it touches. This can include anything from articles of clothing to the toys that children play with. For this reason, it is incredibly important not to drink or eat anything that has been contaminated by standing flood water, and to always wash hands as often as possible- especially before meals. In addition, open wounds pose a far greater risk of becoming infected as a result of storm waters. If possible, keep open wounds out of the water or cover with waterproof bandages. 

Physical Hazards

Disease isn't the only invisible hazard that can exist within standing water. Murky water can conceal dangerous insects or even threatening animals beneath the surface. Much of this depends on the location of the storm, but it's not unheard of for alligators to make use of a new habitat resulting from a storm. In addition, much of the physical damage caused by a storm is still present in the water. This can include broken glass or sharp metal which might be impossible to see before it causes injury. On top of that, storms frequently cause damage to power lines. These can lead to a risk of electrocution in standing water. Flood water itself poses the possibility of causing drowning, whether people are in their cars or trying to swim across.

If you need storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact the team at SERVPRO of Greene County today at 423-438-1104.

Commercial Fire Restoration

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire

Commercial fire damage resulting from a utility room fire or electrical fire can lead to massive losses for business owners. Your commercial property is left in a complete mess due to smoke damage, soot damage, or water damage when there are no fire suppression and fire restoration systems. It takes a lot of time to complete the fire damage restoration process, and this affects business activities in a negative way. It is advisable to restore your business premises as soon as possible after a utility room fire or an electrical fire using the services of professional firefighters.

Commercial fire damage can be minimized by restoration professionals that use specialized equipment such as a fire truck, a fire hose, and the fire sprinkler system. The only way a firefighter can prevent further damage is by beginning the fire restoration process within the first few hours. The fire suppression process involves the use of specialized in fire damage restoration equipment like a fire hose and a fire truck. Professional firefighters should use the right process when restoring soot damage, smoke damage, and fire damage. Commercial fire damage restoration involves the following steps.

Emergency Response

Professional contractors have hotlines that clients can call when faced with utility room fire or electrical fire. The fire suppression process involving the use of a fire hose and a fire truck should begin within the first 90 minutes. The entire restoration process after a utility room fire or an electrical fire should be carried out by certified firefighter using recommended equipment like a fire sprinkler system. The contractors arrive at the scene with all the fire suppression equipment such as firefighter engines, a fire hose, a fire truck, a fire sprinkler system, and a fully stocked fleet of vans.

Detailed Fire Damage Assessment

This stage involves assessing the commercial fire damage by finding out the structural integrity of the business premises and the condition of belongings. After assessing the entire building for soot damage, smoke damage, water damage, and general fire damage, the firefighter must prepare a quote for the entire process. Inspection enables the contractor to identify the source of the fire, the type of fire, and the level of soot damage. The contractors present the cost estimates to the insurance agent or the property owner.

Ensuring Property Security

The restoration company has the responsibility of securing the property of their client during the restoration process. Some thieves may take advantage of the confusion during a fire incident to steal the owner’s property, and that is why contractors must put in place the necessary security measures to ensure that all the materials and items in the building are well secured. Apart from the commercial fire damage, it is important to ensure that there are no further losses through theft. The property is normally left vulnerable because the fire compromises the strength of doors, walls, roofs, and windows. The premises must be well secured during the entire process to prevent all incidences of theft.

Water Damage Remediation

Water damage can occur during the firefighting process because the fire sprinkler system and other firefighting systems end up leaving a lot of water in the building. The sprinkler systems leave the building wet and flooded. The contractor must remove the water from the building and ensure that it remains dry. This can be achieved using various drying and dehumidifying techniques.

Smoke and Soot Removal

Soot and smoke cleanup is a very important process during fire restoration. The process involves removing soot and smoke from surfaces of the property, furniture, and personal belongings. It is possible to mitigate soot damage and smoke damage using specialized equipment like the fire sprinkler system. There should be complete cleaning and sanitization to ensure that there are no traces of soot or smoke odor.

Property Restoration

There must be some repairs and reconstruction in a fire damage recovery process to guarantee complete restoration. Some of the reconstruction processes may include painting of walls, repairing baseboards and ceilings, plumbing repairs, and wall reconstruction. Soot damage and smoke damage can be restored through painting. Fire restoration may also involve replacement of the flooring and the titles.

Call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 today for all your commercial fire restoration needs. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Happy Customers For Life

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

This is a recent letter a customer wrote to our corporate office about the work we did for them:

March 11, 2021

Dear Mr. Isaacson:

 My wife and I recently suffered a very damaging water leak in our two-story house. The leak occurred from the main living space on the second floor and was flowing for15-20 minutes before it was detected. The damage was extensive.

 Cutting off the flow was no problem, and I had a wet vac handy, so I went to work. But I also realized I was going to need serious help and SERVPRO quickly came to mind. With my vacuum in one hand and my phone in the other I called SERVPRO of Greene County.

Within one hour a local representative, Tommy Leonard was at my house. His very quick response and calm demeanor really had a positive effect - we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us but he assured us that it could all be fixed.

Two hours later a crew of six showed up and went to work. I was amazed at how little conversation there was - each one appeared to know exactly what to do. Both floors of the house were attacked simultaneously and aggressively but also with great care our furniture, my classic Jeep, and unaffected areas. The damage was far more extensive than we had even imagined, but they knew where to look and what actions were required. After six hours we looked at our home in disbelief but at the same time we knew that it was all necessary. For several more days SERVPRO employees were at our house, monitoring mitigation efforts and conducting follow up inspections. Each one was courteous and respectful.

After the mitigation period of several days we began the rebuilding process and one contractor remarked at how competent the SERVPRO crew had been. The damage done during mitigation (removing baseboards, cutting inspection holes in the ceiling, floor removal and ceiling removal) was done carefully and with consideration of ease and cost of repair.

My insurance company steered me toward a local contractor which has led to unacceptable delays in repair work. I regret that my adjuster didn't explain my option of having SERVPRO coordinate the repair work, as I am sure some if not all of the repairs would have been made by now. Lessons learned.

In closing, I want to thank you, the owner of the  Greene County franchise, and all the employees of SERVPRO who provided an exceptional level of service.

We strive to give our customers the best service in the industry!

HVAC Maintenance for your Apartment Complex

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your apartment complex HVAC systems at regular intervals throughout the year will ensure that all the heating and cooling units on your property are running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed during a professional service call, and a professional will have the specialized training and experience necessary to do this type of job correctly. The comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves are important to you as the owner, and your tenants, too. 

It’s important to ensure that the upkeep that is necessary to prolong the life and efficiency of all the HVAC units in your apartment complex gets done, and done right, and some tasks you can actually complete yourself monthly and seasonally in between your scheduled maintenance call from your professional. These tasks can be:

  • Make sure to use high-efficiency, pleated filters when you are replacing them. Filters of this type contain an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as dust or those that carry bacteria. Air filters need to be replaced in every unit, every 90 days
  • Ensure that your landscaping company doesn’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds while they are cutting your lawn areas so that you can be sure that your HVAC units stay free of grass clippings as well as leaves and pollen
  • Keep at least two feet of space clear around all outdoor heating and cooling units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines monthly
  • In Summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier
  • Replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water ahead of the Fall season
  • Replace your carbon monoxide detector batteries regularly
  • Ensure outdoor AC units are on level, firm, and dry ground
  • Clean AC condensate drains with bleach/water mixture on a routine basis

Your professional maintenance company can check all your apartment complex ductwork periodically, too, and this will ensure that everything is sealed properly and ready for your scheduled tune-ups on your apartment complex HVAC systems.

At SERVPRO of Green County, we make sure we maintain all the training and skill sets that are required for taking care of your HVAC system, and we also handle cleanup projects both large and small. We handle fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Steps to Take In Case of An Appliance Leaks

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher leaking

Have you ever come home to water pooling on your floor under your sink or by your refrigerator? You may have panicked. Immediate steps to take after a water leak aren’t really common knowledge, so it’s important to educate yourself beforehand so you know what to do if an appliance leaks on you! 

  1. After you’ve discovered a water leak, shut off the water to that appliance.

Depending on when you’ve caught the leak, you may be able to avoid the costliest damage. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. After identifying a leak, shut off water flow to that appliance so that you can find its source.

  1. Unplug nearby electronics.

Any electronics near the leak should also be unplugged and shut off. If the water from the leak appears excessive, turn off the circuit breaker to your home. Give your local electrician a call as well as the restoration professionals to assess the damage and how to proceed. Your safety is paramount.

  1. Note where the water appears to be coming from.

Appliance water leaks often can be categorized into three common problems: a drain line leak, a supply line leak, or a burst pipe. A drain line leak stems from a leaky drain that isn’t properly working. This may be fast or slow and can result in bacteria in the line. On the other hand, a supply line leak stems from leaks in your water supply piping that brings water to your appliance.

  1. Take pictures for insurance claims. 

Especially if extensive damage has occurred, take pictures of the leak and the subsequent water damage to file an insurance claim with. It’s important that you do this before cleaning up any of the mess so that you have accurate documentation of the leak.

  1. Call the professionals. 

While there are ways you can attempt to identify the leak type and resolve it yourself, it’s always a smart investment to call the local plumbing professionals to assess the leak and fix it. If there is damage that needs to be cleaned up, you’ll probably need to contact your local restoration company, too.

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of an appliance water leak in your home, give SERVPRO of Greene County a call at 423-638-1104. We’re available 24/7 and have IICRC technicians trained and equipped to handle water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold, and other disasters

Time Is Not On Your Side When It Comes To A Leak

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to water damage in your home time is not on your side.  In most cases the longer the water remains an issue the more at risk your home is for water damage.  Water damage can turn into mold within a few days, especially in warm environments.  Water damage is much easier and less expensive to mitigate before mold starts to grow.

Within a few minutes to a few hours, the water damage starts to spread and can damage flooring, furniture, and other items near the water.  Flooring can start to warp and lift, cloth furniture absorbs the water making it hard to extract, wooden furniture begins to swell, leather fades and stains the flooring, and the moisture/humidity mixes with normal household odors and you now have a stinky house.

 The longer you leave the water damage untreated the more damage your home is at risk for.  Eventually, the flooring and subflooring will be so warped it will not be repairable, if the water is affecting your walls the paint can begin to blister and the drywall will mold, and if left long enough the structural wood will begin to swell, warp, and split apart.  DO NOT let water damage get to this point in your home.  This will take time to fix and you will be displaced from your home.

SERVPRO of Greene County has made its name by performing cleanup and restoration work after water damage. Using advanced extraction techniques, our technicians have the expertise, training, and IICRC certifications to help clear away water and mitigate loss.  As part of a national franchise, we have access to national resources that ensure our technicians are equipped with the best possible equipment, including inject dry systems as well as truck-mounted extractors and desiccant humidifiers. If you notice or suspect water damage, Call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 immediately for an expert assessment. We can make it "Like it never even happened.”

We Can Handle It All

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that we can handle it, big or small? When your commercial property gets hit with an unexpected broken pipe, do you know who to call? Us of course, SERVPRO of Greene County.  Not only do we have the manpower to handle any size of job, we’ve got the equipment too.

We just had a car dealership that had a pipe burst and affect two stories! On site, we had 90 air movers and close to 20 dehumidifiers – that’s a ton of equipment! The best part is that because we’ve got so much equipment that we don’t have to even worry when it comes to being able to handle other jobs that come in, which means if your commercial office space floods, you won’t have to worry because we’ve got it covered. 

So, give SERVPRO of Greene County a call today at 423-638-1104! We are here to help!

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

holiday fireplace

According to the American Red Cross, winter holiday fires claim more than 500 lives each year and cause approximately $554 million in property damage. We put together some essential winter holiday fire safety tips to help reduce those numbers. Follow these suggestions from our fire restoration experts at SERVPRO of Greene County, and keep your family, home, pets and belongings safe this holiday season and throughout the New Year.

WINTER FIRE CAUSES

During the winter and all through the holidays, there are several seasonal factors that can increase the risk of fire in your home. These factors range from increased fireplace and candle usage to Christmas tree fire hazards. As beautiful as these light touches may be, it is important to keep certain holiday fire safety tips in mind. General holiday fire safety includes:

  • Never leave a room when a candle is burning. Candle fires are four times more likely to occur during the holidays.
  • Never burn wrapping paper, garbage or other debris in your fireplace.
  • Always supervise children around fireplaces, wood burning stoves and any open flames, even candles.
  • Check your space heater before using it. If it is not operating correctly or the cord is damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Test every smoke detector in the house and make sure all of them have charged batteries. A September 2015 report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) stated that the death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).

A few reminders this holiday season from your friends at SERVPRO of Greene County to keep you safe.  If you fall victim to a winter fire please call us 24/7 at 423-638-1104.

Helping a Local Dealership

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we are used to going into customer’s homes day in and day out to help get people’s lives back to normal. We see people in all ranges of emotion, from despair when we first arrive after a disaster to excitement and joy when we are moving them back in after we have mitigated and repaired the damage. It is tough to see folks at a low point, but one of the rewards for doing what we do is seeing them at the end and knowing we had a part in restoring their lives as quickly as we possibly could. While in a commercial setting, there is usually not as much emotion from the people involved because there is less personal attachment to the structure and contents, but the need to perform mitigation and repair services in a timely manner are certainly on the front of the affected party’s mind. They are concerned about hazards of having customers in their store or shop and trying to navigate the normal stresses of their day, let alone when there is drying equipment running and they are missing parts of their building. The importance of getting these jobs done quickly and correctly is paramount and something that we, here at SERVPRO of Greene County, are very familiar with.

Earlier this month, we had a job come in on a Sunday afternoon at a car dealership here in town. A toilet supply line in an upstairs bathroom had broken, affecting much of the upper floor and the majority of the lower floor’s walls, floor, and ceiling as well. The customer was understandably overwhelmed when they called because around 60% of their two-story building was flooded, ceiling tiles were falling, contents in storage had been completely soaked, and things were not looking good for them. Once the call came in, we had eight of our crew members on site within an hour getting to work extracting, performing the necessary demolition to aid in the drying process, and cleanup of the entire affected area. Eight hours later, the standing water was gone, drywall and flooring were cut neatly where necessary, and equipment was set getting them on their way back to normal. Our crew helped move content around in their showroom so that they could close off the affected side while still being able to open the doors for paying customers the next morning. Their kind words were appreciated, as they always are from satisfied customers, but here at SERVPRO, it was just another day in the life. Whether we are going into someone’s home or business, we always strive to act with speed, consistency, and compassion for our customers, whether it is one room or twenty. 

Do You Know The Water Damage Timeline After A Storm?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Did You Know There is a Water Damage Timeline?

Intrusion of water into your home from a storm can result in mold growth. When water damages are not addressed right away, the result is an increased risk of mold growth. Mold may appear within 24 to 48 hours after a water damage intrusion event if the conditions are conducive to mold growth.

SERVPRO of Greene County, handles water damages every day, and we know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your home or business building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which help prevent the secondary damage like mold growth. 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may begin to bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1-24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears. Mold spores grow if conditions are conducive to microbial growth.

Before risking further damage to you home, and belongings do not try to clean a water damage incident on your own, instead call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 to handle the water damage cleanup and restoration. They will make it "Like it never even happened."

The Difference Between Mitigation and Restoration

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Storm mitigation in a commercial building

What Does That Mean?

When unwanted water disrupts operations at your Greeneville, TN, business, it can be an overwhelming experience from potential lost revenue to dealing with the cleanup itself. To get back on track and ensure that no future issues arise, it is best to contact a flood cleanup company. The right professional will provide both water damage mitigation and restoration services, but what does that mean?

Mitigation
A restoration company always performs mitigation services first. This involves using industrial equipment and techniques to prevent further damage and prepare the affected areas for repairs. The process often involves:

  • The removal of damaged materials, such as drywall, and furniture.
    Sorting, cleaning and disinfecting salvageable items.
  • A thorough inspection if the structure to assess stability and locate any hidden damage.
  • Water extraction and drying using commercial-grade equipment.
    Preventing additional damage by boarding up broken windows or applying a tarp to a damaged roof.

During the cleaning process, the experts will use an array of cleaning methods for your belongings both on- and off-site. Trained to save instead of replace, many items that may seem like a lost cause can likely be cleaned, including electronics, documents and carpeting.

Restoration
Once the flood cleanup company completes the temporary fixes and the property is dry, the real work begins. Restoration is a much lengtheir process since it may involve rebuilding portions of the building. The extent of damage will determine the amount of work needed and how long it will take, but the services often include wall and flooring replacement, mold remediation and roof repairs. Once the restoration is complete, humidity and moisture testing is conducted to ensure no problems linger.
While hopefully, you won't need a flood cleanup company, if you do, understanding the process beforehand can make the situation go more smoothly. Ensuring you secure a company that provides both can make the claim process and restoration itself easier to handle.

How To Deal With Furnaces Suffering Puffback

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

Puffback damage is a stinky, unsavory situation that must be addressed

When excess fuel accumulates inside your furnace’s burn chamber, vapor explosions trigger what is known as puffback damage. Read on to learn what causes heaters to suffer from this condition and what to do if this becomes your reality.

Why Puffback Disasters Occur

There are a few reasons for this particular malfunction:

  • Leaks in or surrounding the combustion chamber
  • Accumulation of unspent fuel within the burners
  • Clogs inside the chimney or exhaust flue
  • Overall lack of proactive maintenance

Gas furnaces are just as susceptible to furnace puffback as those that burn oil. Never clean either type yourself as doing so may cause more harm than good.

How To Handle Puffback Disasters
Furnace soot is a sticky mixture that is difficult to remove, smells awful and gets everywhere. Before a mess caused by puffback damage begins bothering your staff, contact a commercial soot cleanup professional to treat your building in Greene County, TN.
Because soot from a broken oil furnace can float into adjacent air ducts, your entire building can be affected. Compromised furniture and filing cabinets need to be sanitized. Electronic equipment, such as copiers and computers, requires special care, as prolonged exposure to pollutants may trigger malfunctions. Complete decontamination and deodorization of rugs, walls and ceilings may be necessary.
Contact your insurance provider after completing an assessment. These scenarios are covered under most policies. Thoroughly document every observable piece of destruction with photographic and video evidence, since doing so reduces the chances of your claim getting rejected.
After sanitizing your space and reporting the incident, contact an HVAC technician to repair your heater. Consider the time of year, as it may make sense to rush your order so that the job is complete before winter’s arrival.
Puffback damage is a stinky, unsavory situation that must be addressed. When your company’s furnace starts acting up, employ professionals to set the matter right.

Understanding and Handling Category 1 Water Damage

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration in Tusculum, TN

Property can be ruined by unexpected floods. Buildings and their contents may be rendered irreparable, and you may end up with a massive bill in the wake of a typhoon or torrent from a broken pipe. If you have commercial property insurance, the cost to have your property fixed or replaced may be completely covered. The amount your policy covers depends on a variety of factors, including the policy itself and the extent of the damage. One factor that might affect your claim is the type of water damage done. One type of water damage is Category 1 water damage, which is caused by clean water. If you don't know what that is, then read on to learn more.

What Is Category 1 Damage?

Out of the three IICRC, or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, categories, Category 1 is the least serious. It comes from clean water, or water that is not tainted by harmful contaminants, and is thus benign. It does not carry a significant risk of causing illness in humans.

What Are Sources of Clean Water?
Clean water flows from sources without toxins, dangerous microbes and sewage. This kind of source can be a:

  • Water supply line
  • Bathtub overflow
  • Sink overflow
  • Appliance attached to the water supply line

What Are Actions That You Should Take?
So what should you do when faced with Category 1 water damage? One action that is recommended is contacting a professional restoration and cleanup service in Tusculum, TN. Even though Category 1 damage is not as severe as Category 2 or Category 3, it can be made worse by amateurs. You should also make sure to call your insurance company and begin drying out what you can.
Category 1 damage is unlikely to hurt those handling it because the water that causes it springs from clean origins like a broken pipe, but it is still important to be cautious and consult professionals when dealing with it.

5 Things To Know About Hail Damage

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Hail damage on roof in Greeneville, TN

Understanding What To Expect From Hail And Other Storm Damage

When dealing with hail damage to roof areas on your Greeneville, TN, home, you may feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, understanding what to expect from hail and other storm damage can help.

1. Wind Can Influence It

The type of wind that comes with a hail storm influences where and how hard the hail falls. Heavier winds can throw hail into areas a regular storm might not reach.

2. The Roof Surface May Affect the Type of Damage

The damage caused by hail can depend on the type of roofing on your home. Shingles may crack or chip, while a metal roof may dent. If you're not sure what hail damage might look like on your home, it’s best to contact a professional.

3. Damage Can Vary

In many cases, the appearance of hail damage to roof shingles may vary depending on how exposed a section of the roof was to the storm. This is why it’s best to look over the whole roof during an inspection. Some areas may be completely fine while others suffered visible damage.

4. Repairs Should Be Made Quickly

If the roof is damaged, it’s best to make repairs as quickly as possible. It’s also a good idea to cover any damage with a tarp or plyboard to help protect the space from further problems until repairs can be completed.

5. A Professional Can Help

Fortunately, a local storm damage restoration service can help with your hail damage repair needs. These professionals should have the training and tools needed to assess the damage, formulate a repair place, and restore your roof.

When dealing with hail damage to roof sections on your home, it’s important to remember that wind, the roof type, and other factors may make it hard to tell how much damage your home has taken. Repairs to your roof should be made as quickly as possible, but a professional restoration service can help.

3 Common Types of Household Molds

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Aspergillus is especially common in American houses

What Type Of Mold Are You Dealing With?

Mold growth is a fearsome specter to many homeowners — and for good reason. It can grow on almost any surface and spreads extremely quickly, showing up in as few as 24-48 hours after the environment has been exposed to high humidity or water damage. Some of the most common places for it to grow are:

  • Curtains or drapes
  • Furniture
  • Drywall
  • Wood flooring
  • Shower walls

Whatever type of mold is afflicting your home, you should always call your local Mohawk, TN, mold remediation experts, as the afflicted area will need professional treatment. All the same, it can be helpful to know what type of mold you're dealing with, so here's a guide to three of the most common types of household mold.

1. Aspergillus
Aspergillus is especially common in American houses. It can have many different appearances, as there are over 185 species of this type of mold and the different species present a wide variety of colors. It has long flask-shaped spores and the mold growth can build up into thick layers or swaths of mold.

2. Chaetomium
Chaetomium is a strain of mold often found in the wake of water damage. It is identifiable by its cottony texture, and will appear either white, gray, brown or black, depending on how long it's been growing. It also has a distinctly musty odor.

3. Fusarium
Fusarium is a pink, white or red mold. Whereas most molds require a relatively warm environment, fusarium can grow at cooler temperatures, and most often is found in wallpaper, fabrics or carpets. It also appears naturally in compost. This strain spreads especially quickly and will leap from one room to the next at alarming rates.
There are countless types of mold, but the treatment is the same: In the event of mold growth, you should always call in professional help to safely and thoroughly remediate and restore your home. Lucky for you, SERVPRO is Here to Help.

What Not to Do After Experiencing Water Damage

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in a Horse Creek, TN home

What Not to Do After Experiencing Water Damage

Water damage is caused by a number of different sources, including severe weather, flooding and even a broken pipe. Regardless of what caused the damage, there are certain steps that you need to take to resolve the damage. Likewise, there are actions that you should avoid doing at all costs. Avoid worsening the water damage afflicting your home in Horse Creek, TN, by not performing the following actions.

1. Never Attempt to Dry Water Using Newspaper.
Attempting to dry the water is a natural instinct after a flood, but it's best left to water remediation professionals. Placing newspaper down on wet surfaces, especially carpeting, is a one-way ticket to a permanent ink stain in your rug.

2. Never Walk on Wet Surfaces or Wade Through Flood Water.
There are multiple reasons why you should never interact with the water in home. First of all, there's no way of knowing whether or not the water is electrified. Secondly, gray and black water contain biohazards that are dangerous to your health.

3. Never Attempt to Clean Water Using Your Vacuum.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but many people have attempted it before. Along with damaging the vacuum itself, sucking up water with this type of equipment is an easy way to electrocute yourself.

4. Never Attempt to Clean Black Water Yourself.
Black water contains biohazards such as human fecal matter, dangerous chemicals and raw sewage. Interacting with this type of flooding is extremely detrimental to your health and is best left to professionals.

5. Never Enter Any Rooms With Obvious Structural or Electrical Damage.
In extreme cases, the best thing you can do is stay put and wait for help. If any area of your home has obvious electrical or structural damage, such as exposed wires, a broken pipe or caved in walls, you need to stay away.
Water damage caused by a broken pipe, flood or hurricane can inflict catastrophic damage on your residential property. If not resolved correctly, it can only lead to subsequent issues, such as mold growth. Contact flood remediation experts for assistance dealing with any type of water damage.

3 Hotel Fire Prevention Tips

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

It is important to make sure your employees know what to do during a fire

Three Fire Prevention Tips

Approximately, 3,900 motel and hotel fire incidents occur in the United States annually, resulting in $76 million in property damage, according to FEMA. To avoid safety risks for guests and potential property damage and lost income, hotels and motels must take precautions to prevent fires. Consider these three fire prevention tips when creating your fire prevention plan.

1. Perform a Fire Risk Assessment
To protect yourself against fire hazards, you need to first understand what those hazards are. A fire risk assessment should involve identifying your risks, such as faulty wiring or broken appliances, and what you need to do to address those risks. You should record what you discovered and any changes you made. Your risk assessment should be periodically reviewed and updated.

2. Provide Staff With Fire Safety Training
Your guests will look to your employees for guidance if a hotel fire occurs, so it is important to make sure your employees know what to do during a fire. Employees should be aware of steps they need to take to prevent fires, such as proper housekeeping, and steps they should take when a fire alarm sounds, such as using the proper exit route.
It is also helpful to provide your staff with a list of people to contact when fire damage occurs. This list should include your insurance company and contractors in Timber Ridge, TN, to assist with fire restoration.

3. Install and Test Alarms
Your fire detection and alarm system is your strongest defense against widespread fire damage. Smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month. Alarms should be loud enough to wake sleeping guests and visual alarms should be provided to alert guests with a hearing impairment.
A hotel fire can pose a serious risk to guests and employees and severely damage your property. Proper fire prevention can reduce your chances of incurring a severe loss.

How Fast Can Mold Grow After Water Damage?

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

If you find water damage, mold could be present as soon as a day later.

How Fast Can Mold Grow After Water Damage?

Even if you’ve never encountered it at home or in your Greeneville, TN office, you know that mold isn’t something you should ignore or take lightly. The cleanup costs alone from mold can be expensive. This issue can even interrupt your business operations. If you’ve experienced water damage in the office due to flooding or other problems, mold can make its appearance quickly.

The Common Suspects

You may wonder how mold finds its way into your workplace. Even if you don’t live in a humid climate, mold growth can show up. As you identify frequent conditions in which fungal development occurs, you can be more aware of mold prevention and cleanup efforts.

  • Leaks in pipes
  • Poor drainage in bathrooms and basements
  • Poor seals around windows, doors and on roofs
  • Lack of airflow in bathrooms and kitchens

The Time Frame

It may surprise you to learn that mold can rear its ugly head in a hurry. In fact, if you have water damage at work following a large storm, sewer backup or other incidents, fungal growth can appear within 48 hours, sometimes even as fast as 24 hours. This is important to know because it should accelerate your response. Mold will thrive in wet, humid conditions, so if you don’t act in a timely manner, the substance will continue to spread and grow.

Now What?

Once you discover this concern, don’t delay. You should take pictures of the affected area; however, be careful not to come into direct contact with the mold, especially if it’s black mold. Next, call a team of mold remediation experts to inspect your office and get rid of the fungal growth. A professional company will have the experience, knowledge and equipment to quickly dispose of the mold in an appropriate fashion.

If you find water damage at work, mold could be present as soon as a day later. Call the professionals as soon as you’re aware of this situation.

How Do You Prepare Your Business for High Winds?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Protect Your Business From High Winds

Do you know what you would do if a hurricane was going to impact your business in Greeneville, TN? Having a plan to prevent hurricane damage to your business can be valuable before a hurricane or storm occurs.

1. Keep Windows Protected

Prior to a hurricane, tornado or strong storm, it's generally wise to protect your building's windows in order to ensure that water and debris don't enter your building. When building your business, especially if you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it can be helpful to install storm shutters. However, if your building does not already have storm shutters and you know that a hurricane or strong storm is likely to impact your area, you can use plywood to prevent windows from easily shattering.

2. Inspect the Exterior of Your Business

In addition to covering your windows before a storm, it can also be helpful to inspect the exterior of your business before a storm begins. Often, hurricane damage occurs when lightweight items are not anchored down before a storm. These items can become projectiles if high winds occur, and such items can damage your building. If there are any signs, tables or chairs outside of your business, it can be useful to remove them so they don't blow away. Removing debris, such as limbs or branches, can also help to protect your property.

3. Research Mitigation Companies

After a storm, you generally don't want to feel as if you have to pick the first mitigation company you come across. However, if you don't research mitigation and restoration companies before a storm occurs, you may end up choosing an unreliable company. Researching mitigation companies can be useful before a storm, and choosing a mitigation and restoration company can help to accelerate both the mitigation and restoration processes.

By taking steps to protect your property from high winds, it's often possible to avoid hurricane damage. Protecting your windows, inspecting the exterior of your business and researching mitigation companies before a storm are all useful ways you can prepare your business for a storm.

How To Prevent Mold Liability Claims

9/5/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage in Chuckey, TN

How To Prevent Mold Liability Claims

Your rental property in Chuckey, TN, may be a lucrative investment, but too many mold insurance claims can seriously cut into your bottom line. It's even more expensive if you get sued by your tenants for failure to provide a habitable living environment. Knowing what is going on in your building and taking care of problems quickly can help you avoid costly damage that disappoints your tenants and raises your premiums.

Regular Inspections
Mold can grow any time water damage occurs. There are several places that unmitigated water damage can hide:

  • A slow leak in a pipe
  • Floor damage from unreported flooding
  • Ceiling damage from an upper floor

Inspecting your building on a regular basis is a good way to find signs of damage. It's also important to have an inspector survey the building any time there is new construction. Mold remediation specialists recommend that you have the building tested for mold if you smell a musty odor or find any indication of water damage.

Fast Mitigation
Another way to minimize mold insurance claims is to take care of problems as soon as you know about them. It doesn't take long for a mold to start growing anywhere there is excess moisture present. If a tenant reports a busted pipe, have maintenance staff repair the pipe immediately and call your water remediation company to start the mitigation process.

Quality Repairs
The lowest bidder on a project is not necessarily the best company for the job. Make sure you hire qualified professionals any time you have major repairs or additions made to your rental property. Having windows and plumbing installed and fixed correctly the first time can drastically reduce your chances of having to file a mold claim later.
Every property owner should have a policy that covers mold. It's just as vital, however, that you do everything you can to avoid having to file mold insurance claims. Protect your building and your tenants' personal property with responsible prevention strategies.

Plumbing Maintenance Duties for Landlords

9/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fix any pipe leaks in your building before major damage happens

Plumbing Maintenance Duties for Landlords

As a landlord, it is your responsibility to maintain and repair the plumbing in your rental houses in Romeo, TN. Your maintenance duties can be outlined in several places, so you must know what you will be responsible for before deciding to rent a building.

1. The Lease
The first document which can outline your duties as a landlord is the lease agreement. This document will detail the amount of money the tenant pays in exchange for a building in a certain condition. You must keep the building in this predetermined condition. In other words, you will need to keep those older, polybutylene pipes in working condition or replace them if needed.

2. The Implied Warranty of Habitability
The implied warranty of habitability comes into play in situations where the lease agreement does not dictate a responsible party. It mandates that landlords keep their units in a habitable condition, meaning they need to have running water. While this does not require that you fix leaky drips, it does mean that you need to fix any large problems that can cause health or safety issues. In other words, you will be the one responsible for hiring remediation professionals if a pipe bursts and causes mold to start growing.

3. State Laws
One final thing which can determine your liability as a landlord is state laws. All states have different laws, some favoring tenants and others favoring landlords. In any case, a landlord will be responsible for the burst of polybutylene pipes in an older unit. However, who is responsible for the water damage that results from this incident can be decided by the state laws if it is not covered in the lease and it has not made the unit inhabitable.
Whether you are renting a brand new home or one that still has polybutylene plumbing, it is important to know what your duties as a landlord will be. Therefore, you should check your lease agreement, the implied warranty of habitability, and state laws to ensure that you are upholding your maintenance duties.

4 Basic Steps in Leaking Roof Repair

9/5/2020 (Permalink)

Roof damaged in Albany, TN

Steps To Contain Water And Storm Damage

A roof leak may seem like a small concern, but it is one that must be dealt with promptly to avoid more serious and costly issues. Aside from harm to your business’s equipment, supplies, and inventory, a leaking roof is dangerous to your building’s structure, work environment, and employees in Albany, TN. Quick action is necessary to address such a situation. Here are three steps to prevent further problems:

1. Tear out any wet materials. Inspect and assess the location to ascertain the extent of the damage as soon as possible. Insulation and wallboard are building materials that, once wet, will never be the same. Even worse, damp conditions allow and encourage mold growth and possibly insect infestation.

2. Dry and disinfect the area. Mold can grow quickly if given the right environment. After the wet materials have been removed, dry the section with commercial air dryers that circulate air rapidly and promote water evaporation. Use disinfectant to kill bacteria that may have set in.

3. Restore the damaged roof and ceiling. The cause of the roof leak may be missing shingles or flashing or open seams. If you are not able to locate the source, be on location during the next rain or, if practical, spray water on the roof while someone watches from the inside to observe the location of the leaks. To safeguard against future water damage, repair your building in a timely manner.

4. Hire expert assistance. To lessen the disruption to your business operations, secure the services of a professional remediation company to handle such issues. These specialists are trained to identify sources of water damage, restore dryness, and take swift action to halt any further loss.
Don’t wait before taking steps to contain water and storm damage. What might seem like a minor roof leak may become a major problem, leading to final costs much higher than a prompt remedy.

3 Types of Damage You May Have After a Fire

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

3 Types of Damage You May Have After a Fire

A fire in your Horse Creek, TN, building can result in quite a bit of damage. Not only will there be primary fire damage, but there can also be multiple kinds of secondary damage. If you have experienced a fire, the following are a few problems that you may be dealing with afterward.

1. Primary Damage From Fire

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this kind of disaster is the severe fire damage it can cause. This is the result of the extremely high temperatures of the flames. Almost anything in your building can be affected by this, from furniture to equipment. Depending on the severity, it can weaken the structure of the building as well. You may sometimes be missing walls and ceilings after a fire.

2. Secondary Damage From Smoke

While it may not seem as devastating or have as much of a visual impact as direct fire damage, smoke damage comes with its own share of problems. Smoke travels through the air and can affect a large area, even if the fire was contained. The soot particles carried by the smoke can become trapped inside porous materials and create a lingering odor. They also contain acidic elements that can corrode electronic equipment.

3. Secondary Damage From Water

If the fire is large and continues to spread, the fire department may need to use a fire hose to put it out. If this happens, you can end up with another form of secondary damage. The water will need to be removed as quickly as possible to avoid additional problems such as warping wood, weakened building structure and mold growth.
When damage to your building has occurred, whether this is fire, smoke or water damage, the best thing you can do is contact an emergency restoration company. They have the necessary training and equipment to clean and repair the building so you can get back to work quickly.

4 Things You Should Know About Mold in Your Home

8/1/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth in a Tusculum, TN home

4 Things You Should Know About Mold in Your Home

If you are dealing with black mold in your Tusculum, TN, home, you are not alone. Mold is a common problem that occurs in many buildings. The following information may help you understand the issue and keep it from recurring.

1. What Is Mold?
While black mold may be the first to come to mind, there are actually many varieties. Mold is a fungus that travels and spreads via spores. Most of the time, these are not toxic and will not cause any serious problems. They can, however, affect your house in certain conditions.

2. Why Does Mold Grow in Your House?
The most likely reason that mold is growing in your building is that you have a moisture problem. This can come in the form of high humidity or a larger issue like water damage. Mold thrives on moisture, and spores can be found in most environments, so excessive amounts of water will often lead to the growth of colonies.

3. How Do You Know If It’s There?
In many cases, you will be able to see the mold growth. It often has a fuzzy texture and can appear as a discoloration on walls and other surfaces. However, if it is growing in a hidden area, you may not notice it right away. Mold also gives off an unpleasant and musty odor. The best way to determine if you have mold growth is to have an inspection done by a mold remediation company.

4. Can It Go Away on Its Own?
Mold can be annoying to deal with, so you might attempt to ignore it and hope that it just goes away. However, this is unlikely to be the case. Mold cleanup will need to be done to remove the excessive growth as well as any underlying problems that may cause it to return.
Black mold is a common problem, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. Hiring a professional will ensure the mold is removed properly, and reducing moisture levels in your home can help keep it at bay.

What To Avoid After a House Flood

8/1/2020 (Permalink)

Storm causes flooding in a Jearoldstown, TN home

If you live in an area where flooding isn't out of the ordinary, you should be prepared to prevent such emergencies. Even with the best efforts, however, you may still encounter floodwater in your home. While there are plenty of things you should do, there is also a list of steps you shouldn't take in the aftermath of these types of incidents. A smart response can spare you a lot of stress and grief.

Don't Hang Out at Home

It can be devastating to watch water rush into your Jearoldstown, TN, house and fill up room after room. The thought of losing your home and possessions can be too much for anyone to bear. Still, safety is your priority. The worst thing you can do is sit in a flooded home and hope you can hold back the water yourself. Instead, do the following:

  • Get yourself, family members and pets out of your home as soon as possible.
  • Avoid the temptation of grabbing a bunch of belongings; grab only the essentials you can carry.
  • Get to a shelter or a safe place.

Don't Re-Enter Your House
Once emergency crews arrive on the scene, let the professionals do their work. Expert flood remediation crews will remove the water and assess the water damage. This includes tearing out flooring, drywall, and other materials. It will include rebuilding where necessary and cleaning up mold. Resist the urge to return to your home and go inside. Do not enter unless you are told it is safe to do so.

Don't Put Off Calling for Help
In all the mayhem that can occur after flood water gets into your house, you may forget a few steps. Aside from filing an insurance claim, contact your mortgage lender. In such an emergency, your lender may let you defer payments for a few months.
The sight of flood water in your house can be a harrowing experience. Be careful not to act rashly, but instead keep these tips in mind.

The Benefits of Choosing One Company for Mitigation and Repair

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage in Greene County, TN

The fire damage repair process can be lengthy. First, the destroyed items have to be removed. Then everything has to be cleaned and repaired. One way to streamline this process is to hire the same company in Greene County, TN, to do both cleanup and restoration. There are a couple of key advantages to doing so.

One Estimate

When your commercial building catches fire, an insurance adjuster will likely want to survey the damage to see what can be covered. You will need an estimate of the cost of all the work that it will take to get your building back to normal:

  • Extraction of water used in fire suppression
  • Removal of materials that cannot be salvaged
  • Cleaning of smoke and soot
  • Drying of all surfaces
  • Rebuilding structure
  • Replacing ruined materials

Rather than having to wait on an assessment from two different companies, hire fire mitigation experts who also specialize in restoration.

One Team
The initial assessment may not catch everything that needs to be done to your building. Once technicians start working on the fire damage, they are likely to discover other problems that they must resolve. When you hire one team to complete both mitigation and restoration, you can rest assured that everyone is informed of any changes to the process that occurs. By the time the specialists get to the final repair step, they know exactly what needs to be rebuilt, and they know who to ask if they need further clarification. One team makes clear communication more likely, which may shorten the amount of time it takes to get your building functional again.
You don't want anything to make the fire damage repair process any longer than it has to be. It starts with assessment and ends with restoration. Hiring one team to do the whole job instead of splitting up remediation and repair can save time and give you more accurate information for your insurance claim.

Caring for Wet Items After a Flood

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Wet papers, books, and photographs can be fragile when wet

Caring for Wet Items After a Flood

A flooded home can cause widespread, severe damage. Water at home can damage building materials and increase the risk of mold growth. The water damage can also hurt your personal belongings. The best approach is to act quickly so you can minimize the effects of the water. With the prompt response, you can salvage many items.

Carpets
If you have carpet covering the floors of your house, the carpet can bear the brunt of much of the damage. Water at home may ruin the carpet and make it unusable. The following steps may help you to clean and dry it:

  • Pull up the carpet and dry the ground underneath.
  • Remove the water from the carpet using a high-powered extractor.
  • Apply chemicals to disinfect the carpet.
  • Let the carpet dry; use fans speed up this process.

Clothing
If water makes its way into your home, any clothes you have on the floor will have a higher likelihood of getting wet and damaged. Dry cleaning services in Greeneville, TN, are the best ways of removing dirt and other debris from the clothing. This process will also reduce the risk of mildew and mold from growing. Quick action can also eliminate unpleasant odors.

Documents
Wet papers, books, and photographs can be fragile when wet. Use extreme caution when handling these items. Carefully set out wet documents to dry. It's best to call a professional document cleanup company to safely restore these materials.

Electronics
Whether from a broken pipe, sewer backup, or another cause, water damage can destroy your electronics. You should never turn on wet electronics. Instead, unplug the devices. Next, wipe off the surfaces of the electronics and gently dry them off. Allow a professional technician to take the device apart and clean the inside.
You never want to have water at home and experience a flood. If your home is flooded, these steps can help you save your most important belongings.

What To Expect During a Sewage Damage Restoration

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage damage in Mohawk, TN

What To Expect During a Sewage Damage Restoration

After a flooded toilet in your Mohawk, TN, home, contacting a local water damage restoration service to help with sewer cleanup is highly recommended. Here are a few things you may see as these professionals work on restoring your home.

1. Safety Gear

One of the first things you may notice about the restoration team working on your home after a sewer backup is that they are wearing a variety of personal protective gear. This is because sewage contains bacteria which could be harmful if it comes in contact with the skin. Proper safety gear includes masks, gloves, shoe covers, and clothing covers. If you must go into the affected area for any reason it’s best to wear safety gear like this and wash with soap and hot water when you are done.

2. Material Replacement

Another step of a sewer cleanup is the removal and replacement of any contaminated materials that may be un-salvageable. In most cases this may be carpeting or other porous flooring, or drywall. Once the area is cleaned they can them bring in new material to restore the room. It’s important to note that these professionals have been trained to complete restorations so that after these materials are replaced your home can look “Like it never even happened.”

3. Cleaning and Sanitization

After the sewage and any un-salvageable materials are removed the area will need to be cleaned and sanitized to help ensure the removal of any bacteria. Your restoration service will have a variety of approved cleaners for different surface types. They should also be able to help with any item cleaning needs as well.

During a sewer cleanup the professionals restoring your space will wear protective gear to help prevent infection and cross contamination. They may also completely replace damaged materials to ensure no bacteria remains behind. You may also see these professionals use special cleaners to decontaminate any materials don’t don’t need to be replaced.

The Most Common Causes of Home Fires

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Horse Creek, TN

Fire departments around the United States respond to fires every 24 seconds. This serious statistic highlights the need to understand the common fire causes that affect Horse Creek, TN. With the right information, you may be able to prevent a home fire from disrupting your family's life.

The Most Common Causes of Fires in the Home

Fires can start in just about any room of your home, so the best way to avoid fire and smoke damage is to install alarms appropriately. Check out some of the most common causes of residential fires:

  • Home grills left unattended or used improperly
  • Cooking equipment left unattended or used improperly
  • Hot work leading to structural fire
  • Wiring and other electrical components are damaged
  • Cigarettes dropped or not put out
  • Furnaces or heaters used inappropriately
  • Washing machines and clothes dryers are not properly maintained
  • Children playing with fire

Fortunately, you can take some quick and easy steps to avoid a home fire. These include remaining alert when you're cooking or have a fire lit anywhere in or around your home. Keep up with proper maintenance for all of your home's heating and appliance systems. Watch out for damaged wires and respond immediately when switches or outlets spark or fizz.

The Damages Caused by Home Fires
There are many ways fire causes harm to homes, including smoke damage, burned materials, and destroyed belongings. The efforts taken to put out fires may cause further damages, such as holes in the roof or water damage from fire hoses or sprinkler systems. Professional fire cleaning and repair technicians can put your home into its pre-fire condition, but you'll be better off if you can prevent a fire from happening at all.
Just one home fire is too many. Make sure you understand how to avoid the most common types of residential fires, so you can take steps to keep your home and family safe.

The Best Way To Clean a Dryer Exhaust

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

It can be easy to overlook a clothes dryer exhaust until lint buildup or blockages pose a dryer fire risk. Homeowners should regularly clean the lint trap, vent tube and exterior vent. Here are the most effective cleaning methods to prevent a lint fire.

Clean the Lint Trap

The lint trap is the easiest dryer component to maintain on a daily basis. The following measures can reduce the amount of lint that ends up in the vent pipe:

  • Clear the trap by hand after each load
  • Remove impacted lint from the screen with a firm-bristled nylon brush
  • Check for holes in the screen

A clean, intact lint trap can limit buildup in the dryer exhaust system. Regular maintenance may prolong the amount of time between vent pipe cleanings.

Use a Vent Pipe Cleaning Rod

A homeowner should clear out the dryer vent pipe a few times a year. Several vent cleaning rod variations may be useful:

  • A manual vent cleaning rod
  • A vent cleaning rod with a power drill attachment
  • Extended cleaning rod brush heads

Insert the cleaning rod into the vent pipe to clear out lint. It may be necessary to remove and reinsert the rod several times. Clearing blockages will reduce the risk of a lint fire.

Clean the Exterior Vent

A long wire brush is useful for clearing lint out of the exterior vent. A professional dryer exhaust cleaning service can thoroughly clean the system every year or so to prevent buildup in places that may be difficult to reach with consumer-grade equipment.

These cleaning methods can reduce the risk of a lint fire at a residence in Tusculum, TN. If a homeowner does not have these tools on hand, he or she should hire a cleaning service. If a dryer fire damages building materials or contents, homeowners can rely on fire damage mitigation and restoration professionals.

Flood Safety Tips During and After the Storm

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Move to higher ground if possible

A major storm can be divided into three sections: before, during, and after the storm. Preparation before a storm involves acquiring insurance, having an evacuation plan, strengthening your resources, and bolstering the defenses of your property. When done right, storm preparation can minimize property damage and reduce serious injuries to family members. If your home in Romeo, TN, could be hit by a flood, then special attention should be paid to flood safety. Measures such as maintaining the roof, fixing cracks in the foundation, cleaning out drainage systems, and putting up strong windows and shutters can be helpful.

Safety Tips During A Storm

A raging can be one of the most frightening moments in a person's life. Everyone in the home should practice these flood safety practices:

  • Move to higher ground if possible
  • Do not touch floodwaters with bare skin
  • Pay attention to compromised electrical systems
  • Help those who are vulnerable such as the elderly, sick and young
  • Listen to the radio for weather updates

Safety Tips After A Storm
Once a storm has passed, many dangers are still likely to be present. If floodwaters enter a home, they should be considered contaminated. In this case, calling in a qualified storm mitigation franchise should be a priority. Technicians can provide guidance on how to stay safe. Since floodwaters can contain harmful chemicals and sewage water, the waters should be cleaned by workers wearing PPE. Powerful wet vacuums can remove the water efficiently and industrial fans can dry out saturated flooring and contents. Special attention should be paid to areas touched by contaminated water.
Flood safety after a storm also extends to watching out for electrical systems. A shock hazard could exist in areas where water is still standing or has passed through. Also, the structural integrity of the home could be weakened, resulting in weakened floors and walls. A home should be reentered carefully after a destructive storm.

Top 5 Causes of Commercial Water Damage

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Foundation crack in Albany, TN

Top 5 Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Commercial properties are already costly to maintain without the added expense of damaged pipes and flooding. Property damage from water loss is often significant, especially if you don’t catch leaks early. If you can, hire a licensed plumber or water damage specialist in Albany, TN, to assess your building, especially for the top five weak points.

  1. Worn seals
  2. Leaks in HVAC
  3. Foundation cracks
  4. Sewer clogs
  5. Sprinkler system damage

Worn Seals
Every window, door, and external pipe that leads into your facility includes a seal. Unfortunately, seals do not come with a lifetime guarantee and can dry, crack, or wear away over time. Inspect all seals and repair what’s necessary.
Leaks in HVAC
For many manufacturing plants, HVAC systems are necessary. The cooling systems of these units, however, are prone to leaking pipes and condensation. Follow inspection guidelines to ensure your system functions correctly and inspect the pipes for signs of water damage.
Foundation Cracks
Foundation cracks can result from and cause water leaks. If pipes running under the foundation crack, the leak can lead to the weakening of compacted earth, which can lead to sinking and cracking of the foundation. The cracks can then allow exterior moisture to seep into the crawlspace or basement of your building.
Sewer Clogs
While a clog is often a minor plumbing problem, it can lead to damaged pipes and backups. Avoid flushing or emptying items down drains that may impact water flow over time. A plumber can specify items to avoid, like grease or harsh cleaners.
Sprinkler System Damage
During the spring thaw or after landscaping maintenance, investigate your sprinkler system. It is relatively easy to damage a sprinkler head, and if damage occurs, the head can cause a significant leak, resulting in property damage.
While damaged pipes are a concern for many commercial property owners, you can reduce your risks. Contact a certified plumber, and have them inspect and assess your property.

5 Things To Understand About Mold Remediation

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in a Timber Ridge, TN home

5 Things To Understand About Mold Remediation

Business owners in Timber Ridge, TN, understand the serious nature of black mold. When detected, these spores pose a serious problem for employees and clients, mandating attention as soon as possible. In order to get the company up and running smoothly, professional assistance is necessary. Therefore, contact a mold restoration company to assist in eradicating the trouble.

1. Section It Off
Microbes travel by contact and through the air. Therefore, the first part of mold cleanup is limiting movement and reducing exposure. When the crew arrives, the staff should begin surveying the premises, determining the extent of infestation. They'll perform tests and visual analysis. With that information, they'll establish borders, preventing people from entering the area.
2. Protect From the Hazard
Personal protection equipment is important to prevent breathing in the black mold. Anytime the team is present, they should take care to avoid spreading the organisms. Masks and gloves should be used at all times. In addition, no one unauthorized or unprotected should enter the work zone.
3. Remove Contamination
Reducing fungus counts has more to do with disposal than chemicals. The microscopic size of fungus is troublesome. After all, that simply means they can seep into porous items easily. Cleaners cannot always guarantee eradication. Thus, heavily infested materials should be torn out and discarded. This includes carpeting and drywall.
4. Dry and Scrub
Moisture complicates the situation, speeding up reproduction. Fix the original water leak. Then, mold remediation rules mandates airing out the property. Industrial dehumidifiers can be used for several days, pulling humidity from the rooms. While this occurs, nonporous or valuable assets undergo content cleaning.
5. Replace and Restore
The store cannot open until final testing clears the establishment, and anything taken is replaced. This means the restoration company patches walls, replaces lost fixtures and repaints.
Don't wait with black mold. When you suspect it's present, get aid. They'll not only secure the space, but they'll also sanitize it for you.

Calculating the Cost of a Commercial Fire

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire restoration in Chuckey, TN

When a fire ravages your building in Chuckey, TN, you will have a lot of things swirling through your mind all at once. Once you know everyone is safe, the financials of the situation are likely to take center stage for a while. Getting an accurate estimate of the costs of the cleanup and recovery from a trusted fire remediation franchise lets you know where you stand. This process begins with a fast inspection and assessment of the fire damage and then the development of a plan of action. The costs for the process will depend upon the severity of the fire.

Elements of a Reliable Estimate

A complete cleanup for a commercial fire consists of many actions. It is likely to include many of the following mitigation steps:

  • Board up and tarp services to secure the building
  • Around the clock guard surveillance if needed
  • Water damage and smoke damage restoration
  • Odor and debris removal
  • Content cleaning services
  • Reconstruction of damaged items

A professional estimate should give you a good idea of what is involved. It should be straightforward and understandable. If you have any questions, there should be a contact person that can explain all aspects of the document. A company that does not offer an itemized list of actions and costs could keep adding additional costs. It is better to know where you stand right away.

Benefits of Working With a Trusted Contractor

A full service contractor is in a better position to give you an accurate estimate. This also eliminates the worry of dealing with multiple contractors and coordinating cleanup actions. Costs may also be reduced by working with one recovery company. This also makes it easier to coordinate the claims process with an insurance company, making the process more efficient and resulting in money in your hand more quickly. A fire is a stressful event for any business owner. A worry-free cleanup is a welcome relief.

5 Tips for a Workplace Power Outage

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

It’s important to have back up options for the computers in case of a power outage

5 Tips for a Workplace Power Outage

During a storm, you may experience a power outage at your Jearoldstown, TN, business. A loss of power can not only make it difficult to work, but can also create a hazard for any customers or employees that may be present. Here are five tips you may want to consider for preparing for power outages at your business.

1. Make an Outage Plan

One of the first things you can do is make an emergency plan for power outages. This plan may include the location of lights and emergency kits as well as who to all in various situations. For example, if flooding should occur you may want the number of a storm damage restoration service.

2. Have an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is important to have on hand as accidents are more likely to occur in the dark. The kit should be well stocked with a variety of medical supplies. You may also want to include a couple of flashlights.

3. Know the Backup Options

It’s important to have back up options for the computers or other devices in case of a power outage. You may choose to have everything stored on an outside server to keep data safe, or to invest in a portable generator which can keep the office supplied with electricity when properly used.

4. Have Safety Lights Installed

It’s important to have safety lights installed around any stairs or exits that may be present. Many of these are battery or solar operated and shouldn’t be affected if the power goes out. One example is that way many exit signs are lit in commercial buildings.

5. Know Emergency Numbers

It’s also important to have a list somewhere containing any emergency numbers you may need. This will help you and your employees contact help quickly should it be required.

When preparing for a power outage at your business you may want to start with an outage plan and share it with your employees. This plan should include all the measures you've taken such as safety lights, emergency kits, backup options, and emergency numbers. Following these tips can help you keep your employees and customers safe.

3 Reasons You Need a Professional to Check Your House For Mold

3/29/2020 (Permalink)

Mold hygienist in Tusculum, TN

Reasons To Hyre A Hygienist

Large amounts of moisture or water damage in your Tusculum, TN, home can lead to the growth of mold. The first signs of this fungus are often discoloration or a musty odor. It might seem like something you can handle yourself, but it is not always the best idea to try to take care of mold damage on your own. The following are some reasons you should hire a hygienist.

1. Mold Might Be Hidden

Mold growth is not always obvious. This fungus can grow in hidden areas such as behind walls or beneath flooring. If this is the case, then trying to do your own mold cleaning will likely not solve the problem. A hygienist has the training and expertise necessary to find mold that might not be in an easy-to-find location.

2. Home Tests Are Not Accurate

There is a large variety of testing kits available for determining if there is mold in your home. The problem with these tests is that they are generally not accurate. Even if you get a positive result, this does not necessarily mean that you need mold cleaning. Mold is a common fungus that can be found in most places, and there is likely a small amount present in your home. In most cases, this mold will not cause any problems.

3. You Could Accidentally Spread It

Attempting to do your own mold cleaning or inspection could lead to the fungus spreading further throughout your house. Mold spores are very small, and it is easy to spread them without knowing. When dealing with mold, specific precautions, such as containing the area and limiting air circulation, are necessary to reduce the chances of moving mold to other parts of your home.
If you think there might be mold growing in your house, the best thing to do is to hire a mold remediation company. They can send trained professionals to inspect your home to find any instances of excessive growth. They will also be able to remove the damage safely and effectively.

What’s Causing the Strange Noise in Your Water Heater?

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

A water heater flush annually is all the maintenance the unit usually requires

Your water heater is an integral part of your home. Like the rest of the house, it needs periodic maintenance to keep it functioning efficiently and to prevent leaks. The single most important action you can take is to flush it once yearly. This can extend the life of the unit substantially.

What Sort of Noises Are Normal for a Water Heater?

There are a few sounds that either mean the unit is working correctly, or are of no significant concern:

  • Humming
  • Ticking or tapping sounds
  • Light knocking when you turn off the hot water

Humming is caused by flowing water around a slightly loose element. If it gets louder, you should have it tightened, but otherwise it’s not a big problem. A tapping sound is usually associated with a water check valve and is no problem for proper functioning, although if you find it personally annoying you can have it replaced with a different valve.
A knocking sound when you shut off the hot water is caused by the external piping shaking. If the sound is substantial like a loud hammering, you should have a water hammer arrestor installed.

What Sounds Are Signs of Trouble?

The most common problematic sounds are a popping, crackling or gurgling sound. This is caused by a build-up of minerals on the element or sediment at the bottom of the tank. Water is being forced to move around the substances coating the heating element, creating the rushing or gurgling sound. The popping and crackling may also be caused by sediment being disturbed at the bottom.

How Do You Fix It?

Simple! A water heater flush annually is all the maintenance the unit usually requires. Turn off the heater and water supply to it, run a hose outside and make sure the hose is tightly connected with no leaks. Open the pressure relief valve and a hot water tap and let it run fully out.
If a water heater leak has caused damage in Greene County, TN, call a professional restoration company to fix it before wood rot sets in. SERVPRO will make it “Like it never even happened.”

What to Throw Away After a House Fire

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

The potency of your pills could be affected by high heat exposure

Things You Should Trash After a Home Fire

A house fire can leave a devastating effect on its unlucky victims, but the hardest part of recovery is deciding what to salvage and what to throw away. It is heartbreaking to let go of sentimental things, and trashing smoke damaged food feels like a waste of money. However, the health implications of eating food that was exposed to soot, smoke, and heat are higher than the cost of restocking a pantry and fridge.
Here is a list of things you should trash after a home fire:

  • Foodstuffs
  • Cosmetic products
  • Exposed medications

Perishable and Non-Perishable Food

All foods exposed to high heat, smoke and firefighting chemicals should be thrown away without exceptions. The last thing you want is to eat anything that survived the blaze and end up with food poisoning or something worse. The chemicals used to put out fires are bad enough, now add soot plus other contaminants, and you’ll get a lethal dose with every bite.

Cosmetics

Most cosmetics are a bunch of chemicals that change their composition when exposed to high heat, smoke, and other substances. Even if they don’t have any sign of burning on the packaging, the products can still cause skin irritation and hair damage. For that reason, throw away everything in the bathroom cabinet that survives the fire.

Medicines

The potency of your pills could be affected by high heat exposure. On top of that, the meds could be laced with firefighting chemicals, soot, and other toxins. As a rule of thumb, toss all medications away even if they don’t have any visible signs of fire damage.
As a homeowner in Tusculum, TN, never attempt to salvage things that could put your health at risk. It is better to throw away everything when in doubt. Alternatively, have a restoration company help with the sorting and recovery processes to avoid any long and short term health implications.

4 Ways to Keep Working If the Power Goes Out in Your Building

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Invest in a portable generator

Ways To Keep On Working When The Power Goes Out

If you experience a power outage during a storm in Jearoldstown, TN, you could just call it a day. However, this may not be the best choice from a business perspective. Luckily, there are some other options available to you. The following are some ways that you can keep working when the power goes out.

1. Use Backup Power

One thing that you can do is to invest in a portable generator. These devices are not usually designed to be used for long periods of time; however, it can give you time to finish up what you are working on and shut down your electronics safely.

2. Do Offline Work

If there are tasks you can do that do not require the use of computers or the internet, you could shift your focus to these during the power outage. Once the power has come back on, you can return to what you were working on previously.

3. Relocate Temporarily

Although the power is out in your building, this might not be the case for others near you. Take your laptops or tablets and move to a nearby coffee shop or library. Along with electricity, they will often have Wi-Fi that you can use to continue your work.

4. Work From Home

Another option is to simply send everyone home. Unless you need to be physically together to continue working on a project, it might be more convenient to have your employees work from home until the power returns.
A power outage can be inconvenient, but using one of these options can help you get through it more easily. Unfortunately, along with causing the power to go out, you may experience some damage to the building. Leaks and broken windows can occur during severe weather and can result in significant water damage. If this happens, a cleanup and restoration service can help bring your building back to its previous condition by performing water removal and repairs.

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is performing all cleanup and bioremediation in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

• Kitchen/Food Areas

• Bathrooms

• Schools/Classrooms

• Offices

• Retail Spaces

• Water Fountains

• Shelving/Racks

• Sales Counters

• Carpets and Rugs

• Stair Handrails

• Elevator Cars

• Playground Equipment

• Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus.

Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Greene County (423) 638-1104

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

3 Tips for Handling Water Damage

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water in a Greeneville, TN commercial facility

3 Tips for Handling Water Damage

Your commercial property in Greeneville, TN, may be vulnerable to many different hazards. A regular maintenance schedule can help you avoid some problems. It's possible, however, that you may still get water damage if something happens. If a sudden accident occurs, there are several factors that may determine how much damage is done.

1. Respond Quickly

Getting help as soon as possible is the key to avoiding greater damage. There are three phone calls you need to make when you have broken pipes:

  • Plumber to fix the pipes
  • Water mitigation experts to repair the damage
  • Insurance company to cover costs

The plumber can stop the leak, but you need restoration professionals to repair the water damage to walls, floors and ceiling tiles. These technicians can also compile a list of damages to assist with your insurance claim. Bringing the insurance company into the process early improves your chances of getting your claim accepted.

2. Stop Water Flow

Once you have called everyone you need to contact, you want to do what you can to stop the flow of water to the affected area. The easiest way to do this is to turn off the water main. It may interrupt water service to the rest of the building but it can simplify the water cleanup process. It may also be helpful to remove the standing water from the area if you can safely do so.

3. Document Damage

As the first person on the scene, you are in a unique position to report the extent of the damage. The best way to do this is to take pictures or video of the flooded rooms. Start a list of the items that are damaged. If they cannot be salvaged, list the replacement cost as well. Any information you can provide may prove useful when filing your claim.
Any time you have water damage in your building, you need to call for help. There are also small things you can do while waiting on help to arrive. Follow these tips to make your cleanup process smoother.

What To Expect With a Mold Remediation

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in a Horse Creek, TN building

What To Expect With a Mold Remediation

If your Horse Creek, TN, company is experiencing mold problems you could be concerned about black mold in the building. This means it may be time to contact a local mold remediation service. From start to finish these professionals have the equipment and knowledge needed to remove the mold and restore the property. Here are a few things you may see.

1. Damage Assessment

One of the first things a mold remediation professional will do is make a damage assessment. This will allow them to determine if they should test for mold in other areas of the property, what materials might need to be replaced, and what tools they will need for quarantining the affected area to prevent mold spreading.

2. Drying the Area

Mold grows best in damp environments. This is why the next step when dealing with any mold, including black mold, is to dry the area. This may include the use of a dehumidifier. If the moisture problem is due to a leak instead of flooding, it’s important to find the source of the water and make repairs so that the issue does not persist.

3. Sanitizing

After the area is dry, but before repairs begin, the mold spores will need to be removed, and then the area will often been cleaned with sanitizing cleaners to ensure the mold cleanup got everything. After this process is completed the crew may begin any necessary repairs.

4. Repairs

The last step in a mold restoration is any repair work that needs to be done. This may be as simple as repainting, to replacing flooring or other materials. Fortunately, by the time repairs are finished a restoration crew can have the business property looking as though the damage never occurred.
Whether you have black mold or just a few starting spores,a mold remediation company will most often start with a damage assessment. They can then take care of any moisture issues that may be contributing to the mold problem, remove the spores, and sanitize the area. If you have any questions a professional can help.

Choose the Best Disaster Recovery Team in Your Area

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

You need a professional team that is Here to Help

Choose the Best Disaster Recovery Team in Your Area

When disaster strikes your commercial building, you want to choose the best disaster team in Greeneville, TN. A local franchise means they can arrive on your scene quickly. A fast response can reduce damages and improve the safety of your customers and your employees. It can also result in lower insurance claims as well as a shorter business interruption for your company. One key to successful disaster recovery is dealing with a local storm relief franchise.

Uniquely Qualified To Help

You don't want just anyone to show up in a time of emergency. You want a trained team that has access to the latest equipment and knowledge to help your disaster recovery go smoothly. A SERVPRO franchise can help you recover from storm damage through the following actions:

  • Inspection and damage assessment
  • Restoration of water damage
  • Use of professional equipment for cleanup
  • Coordination of insurance claims

Professionals from SERVPRO are the preferred vendor for many insurance companies and adjusters. As such, they know that restoring when possible and replacing when necessary is the best course of action. Keeping costs down benefits all parties involved. A claims inventory service keeps track of expenses and provides an itemized list of losses. This will all be carefully compiled in an Excel format with photos.

Highly Equipped To Help

The best storm response needs the right equipment. Though SERVPRO franchises are locally owned, in the case of large storms they receive help from corporate, often in the form of equipment needs. The people showing up at your door for disaster recovery will have access to what they need to help. This could include industrial fans and wet vacuums that clear up water damage in a short time. You need a professional team that is Here to Help. They have a proven process that puts your company back on its feet and allows you to resume operations again.

5 Reasons for Having a Security Fence After a Fire

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

The installation of a security fence should be one of the first steps after a disaster

5 Reasons for Having a Security Fence After a Fire

When a major fire occurs at your business in Mohawk, TN, everything seems overwhelming, to say the least. You may feel as if everything has been lost and that your property is completely vulnerable. However, there are measures that can be taken to gain control over the situation. The installation of a security fence should be one of the first steps after a disaster. Security fencing protects your property from:

1. Liability

Even if someone with negative intentions trespasses on your property, if they get hurt they could sue you for personal injury. Protective fencing will keep them off the contained portion of your property. You can even rent fencing with barbed wire at the top for added security.

2. Theft

Your business has already experienced trauma. If left open and unattended thieves will take advantage, grabbing whatever they can find. Thieves are opportunity-driven. A fence reduces opportunity and discourages further victimization.

3. Vandalism

The last thing your property needs is to be vandalized on top of the damage that’s already been done. Vandals can cause a significant amount of damage in a short amount of time, so a security fence can prove to be well worth the money.

4. Insurance Problems

Most insurance policies require that all reasonable measures be taken by the property owner to prevent further damage. Showing that you’ve taken this extra step will increase your chances of the maximum payout for your claim.

5. Unnecessary Delays

Protective fencing secures the property so that it’s limited only to authorized people. This keeps the area contained as safely as possible and keeps the restoration efforts moving along without the interruption of outside sources.
Installing a security fence as soon as possible will not only give you some peace of mind but will also limit any further damage to your property. Call on fire damage restoration experts to get your building back up to code.

How To Help Your Company Survive a Power Outage

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

It is never a good time for a power outage in Timber Ridge, TN

How To Help Your Company Survive a Power Outage

It is never a good time for a power outage, whether for a business or for a home. The monetary costs for a business, though, are often greater, and the consequences could include lost sales, angry customers and damage to products. Because of this, a company should have a plan to act quickly in the case of power going out. One simple plan is to make sure computers are protected in the case of lost electricity. An uninterrupted power supply to all computers allows workers to save all data before shutting down the system.

Invest in Backup Power

A portable generator is another savvy tool to consider. It allows a company to run all or part of its business and has many potential benefits.

It keeps the lights on for safety and security
It keeps heating and cooling systems operational
It keeps the security system in place, preventing vandals from entering the building
It provides another option for the computer system to run and service customers

A power outage in Timber Ridge, TN, can be a minor blip with backup power. A generator can be built right into the electrical system. This makes the hookup process a snap and speeds up the process of restoring power.

Educate Employees

The more your employees know about functioning without power can make the transition smoother. For example, mobile phones can be a viable option for communications and for internet access. You can identify places nearby that will have Wi-Fi access.
If damage has occurred to your building because of a storm, flooding or a fire, immediately contact a company that is equipped to deal with the situation. A disaster remediation team can get to your business quickly and provide a valuable assessment of damages. In the case of a power outage, the company can look into the reasons for the lost power and work to restore power in a safe manner.

Why Your Water Heater is Noisy and What To Do About It

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure you keep up on maintenance on your water heater

Why Your Water Heater is Noisy and What To Do About It

When you have new appliances, you expect them to run efficiently and without issues. As these items age, however, they'll start to wear out and eventually fail. It's no different with your water heater. One of the first signs of trouble with this appliance is that you may hear it making loud noises. If you address this quickly, you should be able to repair the heater and get some more years out of it.

Maintaining Yours

Most water heaters should last at least 10 years, especially if you properly maintain it. Neglect could result in more significant wear and tear. Pay attention to the following upkeep guidelines:

  • Make sure there is at least 2 feet of clearance around the heater.
  • Conduct a water heater flush by draining a quarter of it at least twice a year.
  • Turn off the cold water supply, connect a hose to the drain valve and run the water until it's clear.

Popping Noise

The next you're by your water heater, take a second and listen for any unusual sounds. If you hear a popping sound, it's probably because there is a buildup of sediment in the tank. This can happen because you have not flushed the water in a long time (if at all). Flushing the water should loosen up the sediment and get it out. If you don't flush the tank, it can deteriorate and develop a leak.

Screeching Noise

This is a common noise as well. Fortunately, it isn't as big of a concern. The noise is caused when there is a valve in the heater that's not completely open. Take a look at the valves in the heater's water line. If you need a hand with this, you can get in touch with a professional water cleanup company.
You rely on your water heater every day for comfort and convenience. Make sure you keep up on maintenance and address strange noises coming from the appliance.

The Path for Repairing Valuable Items After a Disaster

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can cause serious health risks.

Any disaster that brings unwanted water into the home can have devastating consequences for valuable items, such as paintings, photographs and documents. This can happen with a flood or even after a fire that has been extinguished with water. Without the proper precautions, mold can develop as quickly as 48 to 72 hours. Mold spores can show up on walls and even the surfaces of beloved paintings and photographs. Mold cleaning in Greeneville, TN, requires the services of an expert team. The techniques for restoring a painting or photograph back to good condition are specialized, often involving particular types of equipment. The services of remediation experts are often beneficial.
Mold Remediation
The proven process of ridding a home and its contents of mold contains several steps. The following actions should be taken expeditiously:

Inspection and damage assessment to determine the extent of the problem
Mold containment to prevent the spread of mold using physical barriers and negative air pressure
Air filtration with HEPA vacuums to capture microscopic mold spores and help with mold cleaning
Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to disinfect and sanitize surfaces

The cleaning process includes the removal of odors associated with mold. It also attempts to restore valuable items instead of discarding them.
Mold Damage
With sensitive items such as photographs and paintings, extreme caution should be taken. Techniques such as air drying, freezer drying, dehumidification and vacuum thermal drying may be used to restore documents. Depending on the extent of the damage from water and mold, some contents may be beyond repair, but others may be restored to excellent condition. Items such as books, x-rays, parchment, magazines and blueprints may be saved through the right treatments. In certain cases, gamma irradiation therapy is used to sterilize documents.
Mold cleaning has the ability to salvage many items after a disaster. After a fire or flood, it's important to call in the experts to treat valuable items.

Everything You Need To Know About Content Cleaning

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Protect your home from fires with fire alarms

After your Greenville, TN, home has been struck by a fire, your belongings can also be affected. While items hit by fire damage can no longer be used, the items hit by smoke and soot can still be salvaged through a procedure known as content cleaning. From dry-cleaning to careful storage, fire repair specialists can help you restore these items through multiple steps.
Removal From the Residence
The first step in the cleaning process involves removing the applicable contents from the house. Your home will be undergoing repairs and construction, so specialists will remove them to place them in a secure location until that process is finished. Depending on the items and the damage they suffered, they are either placed in specialized storage ready for cleansing or disposed entirely.
The Cleaning Process
The cleaning phase depends on multiple factors, from the material the product is made from to the extent of the damage. The cleaning technicians have a plethora of methods for your possessions.

Dry-cleaning for clothing and lighter damage
Wet cleaning for heavier damage
Ultrasonic for non-porous items
Abrasive or foam for items when wet cleaning is not recommended

It is important for the specialists to choose the correct technique. The wrong procedure can severely damage the item instead of restoring it to its previous state.
Storage and Return
Once the items are sufficiently cleaned, they are stored and ready for return. Content storage, both before and after the cleaning, places the items in a climate-controlled location that can protect the items from the hot temperatures of the summer or the cold temperatures of the winter. Your items are safely placed until your home is fully repaired. The facility workers inspect the items to ensure everything is there and are transported back to your location.
When performed by experienced professionals, content cleaning restores your possessions to their former glory. Whether the items need dry-cleaning or ultrasonic treatments, any soot, ash or smoke residues can be eliminated.

Here’s How FEMA Can Help You Recover After Getting Storm Damage

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Once a large-scale disaster strikes the area around Albany, TN, one of the first to arrive is FEMA

Here’s How FEMA Can Help You Recover After Getting Storm Damage

Once a large-scale disaster strikes the area around Albany, TN, one of the first to arrive is FEMA. Many people are often left homeless, and it’s part of their job to help assist with finding shelter and to assess the need for immediate aid. Their inspectors are the front-line troops that all other aid agencies depend on for the most up-to-date information about how devastated an area is and what the federal government can do to assist those who survived the ravages of Mother Nature.

After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, the immediate need is for rescue. This is typically done by local and state authorities. However, in a major disaster, such as a hurricane or widespread flooding, it isn’t uncommon for thousands to be left homeless. FEMA will first help assess which homes are able to be used and which are not safe to reenter. For those structures that are inhabitable, the next step is to meet with the homeowners to discuss what can be done. Questions they’ll ask include


Do you have insurance, including flood insurance?
What other forms of aid can you get?
Who else lives in the home?
How much damage do you have?


Documentation Is Your Friend

Hopefully, you’ve stored important documents in a safe place, such as a waterproof and fire-resistant safe or safety deposit box. If you have pictures of your property before the storm, that’s a big help for your case. They’ll need to see your insurance policies and proof of ownership of all impacted property, both personal and real, before they can consider offering grants. Since regular homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding in Albany, TN, they can often help cover some of the flood cleanup costs.

Even before FEMA arrives, it’s imperative that you call a storm damage cleanup company that’s experienced in your area. They have experts who can tarp up the undamaged parts of your home to prevent further damage and can begin the restoration process quickly. The sooner it’s done, the sooner your life can get back to normal.

How To Keep Income During Storm Restoration

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage to a commercial building in Romeo, TN

How To Keep Income During Storm Restoration

Unfortunately, sometimes unexpected disasters occur, damaging property and hurting your business. No matter the cause, as a business owner in Romeo, TN, it's your job to anticipate the worst and make the rebuild easier. Do so by creating an emergency plan that helps with storm damage clean up and eases the loss of income. Here are a few things to consider.

1. What Is Property Insurance?

Sit down with your agent to discuss your company's coverage. What events are included? How much is the deductible? What would happen if you closed business for a while? For example, typically, your plan covers trouble from weather, leaky pipes, sewer damage, and fire. If these situations occur, you'd need to request compensation for lost goods as well as the cost of repairs. It does not, however, cover lost time and revenue. Both of which could have a major impact on your business's success.

2. Does Your Business Need To Temporarily Close?

While the restoration crews work on your property, you may need to shut the doors. After all, some work cannot be completed while the rebuild occurs. If this is longer than a few days, it could mean a significant loss of income; meanwhile, you're still left to pay bills such as the mortgage and utilities. The standard property insurance policy does not cover this. You'll want to invest in something more for this occasion.

3. Can You Upgrade Your Policy?

When the basic plan isn't enough, you may want to consider business interruption coverage. Usually sold as a package or add on, it can help during difficult times. Under this policy, the agents would evaluate your previous months' revenue and anticipate how much you would have made. This income would then be provided. With this money, you can help pay for current expenses such as electricity and water.
While you hope the worst doesn't happen, you want to be prepared; therefore, review your policy and make sure you have ample coverage for the rebuild and the loss of revenue. Then, let the restoration company work to repair the building so it looks “Like it never even happened.”

Draining a Flooded Basement

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding is a regular source of frustration for many Chuckey, TN homes with a basement

What To Do After a Basement Flood

Flooding is a regular source of frustration for many Chuckey, TN homes with a basement. As the lowest part of the home that is also often partially below ground, heavy rains and other storms can result in a flooded basement. In addition, water heaters, laundry machines, and other household items containing water pipes are often located here, and when a pipe bursts, the mess can be brutal. As such, it is important to know what to do after a basement flood to minimize damage and dry the area as soon as possible.

Tools

The most important tool to treat your basement flood is a submersible pump, as it will literally suck out the water in the basement and send it outside of the home. If you choose to pump the basement on your own, you will need the following items:

A submersible pump that includes a waterproof casing, a sealed electrical cord, and a spot to connect a hose
Your existing garden hose or sump hose
A heavy duty extension cord
A generator capable of running the pump
A nylon rope

Process

The bulk of the work is actually done outside of the house. Set up the pump and all your equipment in your yard, paying special attention to ensuring your garden hose will run the water down a hill and away from your home. Tie the nylon rope to the submersible pump so that you can safely lower it into the basement flood. Ensure all cords are properly attached and well away from water, stringing them into the basement ceiling if needed.

Additional Considerations

Ensure all flooding has receded from your property before pumping, as remaining standing water is likely to seep back into your basement. Also remember to consult your insurance coverage where applicable before pumping your basement, as your carrier may have specific requirements around seeing the damage. Finally, consult with a mold remediation and removal company once the basement has dried, as hidden dampness and black mold could develop. A flooded basement can be a major headache for you and your family, but with the right equipment, it doesn’t have to be.

4 Reasons to Have Renter’s Insurance

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Renters insurance is a reliable, cost-effective way to be prepared for the unexpected

4 Reasons to Have Renter’s Insurance

Renters in Jearoldstown, TN, count on their landlords to handle most everyday issues with the rental. When a theft, accident or event happens, personal property is not typically covered by the landlord’s policies. Renters insurance is a relatively inexpensive addition that can provide peace of mind when it comes to an array of issues, including fire restoration and an injured guest. Below are four reasons to get a policy as soon as possible.

1. Protect Your Belongings

Whether its theft, fire damage or water incident, the loss of personal property can be frustrating. This type of protection, depending on the policy, will cover replacement and repair costs. In the case of fire, it will also help pay a professional for restoration services. It’s important to remember that it might be a rental, but it is still a home stocked with furniture, clothes, artwork and much more.

2. Protect Your Guests

If a slip happens outside your premises, it is likely that landlord will be liable for an injury. If a guest is bitten by a pet or injured inside your rental, you could be held responsible for covering some, or possibly all, of the medical bills. This insurance protects you so you don’t have to cover costs out of pocket.

3. Cover Incidentals

If a fire, pipe burst or similar event happens, it’s not just your belongings that could be affected. If there is extensive damage, it will require extensive repairs that may require temporarily relocating. Most policies include loss-of-use protection, which may cover the cost of other housing and food during renovation.

4. It’s Affordable and Versatile

Simply put, renters insurance is affordable and worth the money you could lose out on if you don’t have it. While it varies across agencies, on average it costs around $15 per month. Along with not breaking the bank, this insurance isn’t a one-size fit all. There are different options to ensure you have the coverage you need.
When it comes to the things you love, don’t take a risk. Renters insurance is a reliable, cost-effective way to be prepared for the unexpected.

What To Do for Fire Sprinkler Flooding Cleanup

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a Tusculum, TN church

What To Do for Fire Sprinkler Flooding Cleanup

If your fire sprinklers have accidentally been set off and you may be dealing with flooding in your Tusculum, TN, business. In this situation there are three steps that may help you get up and running again.

1. Call a Restoration Company

Your first step should be to contact a water damage restoration service to deal with any problems. These professionals are trained to deal with a variety of damage types including problems that can result from water caused damage such as mold. They may also have the ability to help you restore any items damaged by the flood water, including important documentation.

2. Dry the Area Quickly

One of the most important things you can do when your business experiences flooding, is to dry the area out as quickly as thoroughly as possible. This process me require the bailing of water with buckets as well as the use of pumps or vacuums rated for water. After which you may choose to use a dehumidifier in the area to dry out any remaining moisture.

3. Begin Repairs

Once the area is dry, and any important items removed from the space for proper cleaning, then you can begin working on repairs. The length of time this process takes will depend on the amount of damage that has occurred, but in most cases with a sprinkler flood the business can be gotten back up and running fairly quickly. You may also find that when done by a professional restoration company the damaged area may look as though no damage at all has occurred.
When dealing with flooding at your place of business it's important to remember to get the area dry as quickly as possible. A restoration company can help with this process as well as any repairs that need to be made. If you have any questions these professionals may be able to help.

What Is That Black Stuff in My House

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Condensation on windows is usually due to inefficient ventilation

You’ve found some black, furry stuff growing around your windows. There’s been a lot of rain lately so you have an idea of what it could be. Just to be sure, you call your Greene County, TN, mold remediation specialist. The technician gives you an overview of what mold is. Here is what the specialist told you.
Mold is a microorganism, a type of fungus found anywhere. It thrives in moisture and reproduces by releasing spores that travel through the air. These spores attach themselves to surfaces and continue to grow.

Where Can Mold Be Found?

Your house may have a moisture problem. Black mold grows anywhere there is water, damp and humidity. Humidity is a leading cause of mold. Make sure the house is under 60% humidity; preferably between 40 and 50. Some air-condition units come with a de-humidifier. Otherwise, it’s best to buy several to place throughout the house. Mainly in areas that have the most moisture.

1. Kitchen and Bathroom

Faulty plumbing and old pipes can cause rapid mold growth in the kitchen and bathroom. Have your pipes checked on a regular basis to prevent mold problems. Always use exhaust fans to help dry out any moisture.

2. Windows

Condensation on windows is usually due to inefficient ventilation. Check windows for air coming in. Use a silicone-based caulk to seal the areas affected. Keep windows clean of dust.

3. Laundry Room

Continual use of the washer and dryer may lead to mold growth. Without proper ventilation, mold will begin to grow. Check for any leaks and verify that the pipes are in good working order.
Without proper mold cleanup or remediation, mold can take over the entire house. When inhaled black mold eventually leads to health problems, some as serious as memory loss, lack of energy and asthma. If you have questions about the possibility of black mold in your home, it is best to contact a mold removal specialist. The technician will use specific equipment for testing.

3 Reasons You Should Never Drive Through Floodwaters

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Compared with the reasons not to drive on a flooded street, the reasons that tempt you are faulty.

There are many reasons someone might try to drive through the deep, standing waters of a flooded street. Perhaps they are trying to pick up their children from school. Maybe they're trying to get home to see what sort of havoc the storm is wreaking there. No matter how good the reasons to drive through flooded roads in Greeneville, TN, may seem, however, the reasons not to drive through floodwaters outweigh them.

Lack of Vision

Deep waters obscure your view of the actual street. If you can't see the pavement, you don't know what you're driving into. There could be any number of hazards below the surface:

• Fallen branches from damaged nearby trees
• Signs or other items that have washed into the street
• Sinkholes where the water has weakened the pavement

Don't risk getting hurt or stuck by something you cannot see.

Damage to Car

Your car is not amphibious. It is an electrical machine, and water and electricity don't mix. It wasn't made to go through water deeper than a couple of inches, and even that is pushing it. On a flooded street, your car may stall or die completely if too much water gets into certain parts of the car.

Danger to You

Floodwater tends to move rapidly and take everything in its path with it. This includes your car and, by proxy, you. Fast-moving water can flip your car, not only causing more damage to the vehicle but also putting your life in danger. Avoiding flooded roads may mean avoiding potentially serious injuries.

Compared with the reasons not to drive on a flooded street, the reasons that tempt you are faulty. Your children are probably safer at the school than they would be in your car, and water mitigation specialists can fix whatever is happening to your home. Follow these travel tips and only drive where you can see the road. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

What To Do When Your Roof Experiences High Winds and Hail Damage

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Roof inspection in Tusculum, TN

What To Do When Your Roof Experiences High Winds and Hail Damage

After experiencing high winds and hail damage to your home, there are many things you need to think about when it comes to roof repair. Here are two of the main actions you should take after a storm hits your property and causes serious damage to your house's roofing.

1. File a Claim After the Storm

In order to file an insurance claim after the storm, it is key to make a note of the exact date and time the storm and wind damage took place if possible. It is also wise to take high-quality pictures of the house, yard, and entire property, focusing in on any areas that are damaged.
Grab a pair of binoculars and use them to check out the roof shingles to see if they experienced any damage. Another good idea is to get a tape measure, place it next to one of the hailstones on the ground, and take a picture to provide to the insurance company. This can prove just how big the hailstones were during the storm.

2. Have a Roof Inspection

If you think you are in need of roof repair in Tusculum, TN, it is a good idea to contact a quality roofing company to perform an inspection on the home. The contractor should be able to estimate exactly how much damage took place and how much the repairs will cost. It is important that you do not try to perform the inspection on your own. Only a professional knows how to do this without getting hurt or causing more roof damage in the process.
After the storm takes place, one of your first priorities should be to assemble and file an insurance claim before it is too late. It is also wise to have a professional storm damage assessment take place to ensure that your roof and the rest of your home is safe.

Dealing With Water Damage

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a Greene County, TN home

Dealing With Water Damage

Living in Greene County, TN, one of the biggest problems when cleaning up water in your home or apartment is what to do with the soggy remnants of your possessions. Here are a few ways you can dry out and get your life back to normal.

1. Safety First

Before attempting any clean-up of the affected area, shut off the electricity from outlets, and unplug major appliances like the washer and dryer. This will make sure you don’t suffer any shocks since water is an excellent conductor and can even cause harm through damp clothing.

In addition, wear appropriate masks and gloves. It’s possible that mold and mildew have already begun to form. There is also a danger of bacterial growth when there is standing water in the residence, so adequate protection is essential.

2. Water to Wear

Standing water and dampness can lead to bacteria and mold growth. The last thing you want is to wear damaged or infected clothing, so first, separate out dry cleaning and regular-washed clothes.

Don’t leave fabrics in wet piles as this will encourage mold growth as well as letting colors bleed between items. When bringing your dry cleaning in, take some time to explain that these items have been exposed to damage related to water in your home so the cleaners are better prepared for the job.

3. Drenched Dryers

If you’ve been the victim of a broken pipe that has left your laundry room flooded, you’ll want to take special care to clean the washing machine and dryer. This will make sure laundry days in the future will clean your clothes instead of spreading hidden mold and infections.

Run your washing machine on the hottest setting while empty, adding in a cup of chlorine bleach to wipe out any bacteria and kill mold spores. If your dryer has been soaked, have it inspected by a professional to check the electronics and clean the interior drum with a bleach-laden cloth.

Even professional cleaners in Greene County, TN, suggest wiping everything down with a clean, damp cloth to remove any extra bleach residue as well. Remember, keeping yourself safe from infection and shock when there is water in the home remains more important than saving your favorite tee shirt!

Mold FAQs

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Improve ventilation, especially in high moisture areas such as bathrooms

There is a lot to learn about mold growth in Mohawk, TN, especially if you’re dealing with remediation in a high-traffic area of a building. It is recommended by the CDC to deal with the source of the problem as soon as possible to prevent further damage. The EPA also provides cleanup guides for schools and commercial buildings.

What Is Mold and Where is It Found?

Mold is a type of fungus that can be found in areas with high humidity and almost anywhere that is warm and damp such as compost piles and cut grass, or bathrooms and basements. But some mold spores can survive in dry conditions for a period of time. Common places you can find mold include:

  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Poorly insulated or poorly ventilated summer homes
  • Construction areas

How can mold affect indoor air quality?

Airborne mold spores can have a significantly negative effect on indoor air quality, so it’s very important to get the source of the mold under control, especially where many people spend a lot of time on a daily basis. The severity of the problem depends on the type of mold and how widespread the initial source of the issue is.

How can I fix damage caused by water damage and mold growth?

If permanent damage has been done, it’s hard to determine how far the mold growth has infiltrated the structure of the building without an inspection by a mold remediation professional. It is recommended that you let a mold specialist do any structural repairs, such as replacing drywall, because mold spores can become airborne and spread easily.

How can I prevent future mold growth?

There are many things that can be done to prevent future mold growth, or at least keep levels manageable. The EPA provides tips about preventing mold and a guide on remediation for commercial buildings.

Improve ventilation, especially in high moisture areas such as bathrooms.
Clean bathrooms with products that are proven to kill mold.
Avoid carpeting bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Replace carpet and upholstery that has been wet for a period of time (it doesn’t take long for mold to start growing).
Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60% using de-humidifiers and air conditioners.

Utilizing the expertise of a professional is the safest way to handle a mold problem. Because spores grow and spread so quickly, it is a time-sensitive issue, especially if water damage is new and hasn’t had a chance to set into the building structure.

Mold’s 6 Most Common Hidden Locations in Commercial Buildings

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can often be hidden in these six secluded spots, but building managers understand when conditions are right the spores can spring up anywhere.

Mold requires water and food to thrive. Food can be as easy as dust particles or skin cells which are found almost everywhere in most commercial buildings. That means the unpredictable element in mold growth is obtaining a water source. Although high humidity can allow for colony reproduction, most often the source of mold’s life-beginning-liquid is a result of water damage. Here are six of mold’s most common hidden locations in commercial buildings in Greeneville, TN.

6 Common Hidden Locations For Mold in Commercial Buildings.

  1. Ductwork often contains moisture during summer’s cooling season. When the duct lining materials collect the moisture, mold can quickly form.
  1. Carpet has a smorgasbord of food sources for hungry molds. Food crumbs, skin cells, and dirt can easily combine with moisture inside the carpet fibers. When the liquid reaches the pad, the carpet can stay wet for a long time, and that often means a long life for mold. 
  1. Electrical equipment in basements or closets provides warm air for mold to thrive in. If water from a leaky pipe or humid air appears near electrical equipment, mold growth can appear in as little as 48 hours.
  1. Ceiling tiles love to absorb water and feed mold. Since mechanical piping and sprinkler systems are typically suspended above ceiling tiles, when the tubes develop even a very small leak, mold can appear.
  1. Paper is a favorite mold meal. Whether documents are stored in a basement or inside a dark closet, if the paper gets wet, mold often follows. 
  1. Appliance drain pans can hide mold. When appliances collect condensation or defrosting water in the drain pans, mold can quickly develop. If the drip is constant, the colonies can thrive and send out spores to other parts of the building.

Mold can often be hidden in these six secluded spots, but building managers understand when conditions are right the spores can spring up anywhere. For that reason, a good preventative program begins with trained personnel looking for signs of water damage. By identifying the conditions supporting mold growth, the need to call a professional remediation team is often eliminated.

Protect Your Family From Home Fires

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Replace devices every 8-10 years

Protect Your Family From Home Fires

According to the Institution of Fire Engines, the majority of homes in the United States are missing a fire alarm or more. This is based on the group's visits to homes throughout the United States and in those homes, smoke detectors were either not working or were missing altogether. It's well-documented that working smoke and fire detectors are key to preventing injuries and death during a home fire. For the best results, these detectors should be placed

  • Inside every bedroom
  • Outside the bedrooms (i.e. in the hallway)
  • On every level of the home, situated near stairways and kitchens

In addition to placing an adequate number of detectors throughout your home, it's crucial that batteries are replaced at least once or twice a year. It's best to test the batteries quarterly.

Replace Devices Every 8-10 Years

Fire alarm maintenance should include replacing the devices when they get old. Too many homeowners are vulnerable to smoke damage and fire damage because they don't replace old detectors. These devices are designed to last for about eight to ten years. It's easy to remember when to make a change if you note the date of purchase on the back of the alarm with a permanent marker.

A Variety of Detectors

You can avoid a lot of fire damage cleanup by installing multiple types of detectors in your home. There are two types of smoke detectors to consider: photoelectric alarms and ionization alarms. Photoelectric alarms are better at sensing a smoky fire, and ionization alarms are more sensitive to a fast-moving fire.

The Three-Minute Window

Many modern furnishings are made of materials that burn very hot and fast. This means you probably only have three or four minutes to get out of a burning home. Connected smoke alarms will wake you up even if the fire has started on another floor from your bedroom. Consider putting voice alarms in your children's rooms because studies have shown that most children sleep through alarms.
Don't neglect your fire alarm; protect your family and Timber Ridge, TN, home from fire damage with routine maintenance. Fire cleanup and remediation professionals in your area can focus their efforts on other remediation projects.

4 Ways to Use Landscaping to Prevent Water Damage to Your Home

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Using a garden might be a great choice for you

Four Ways to Prevent Water Damage to Your Home

If you live in an area in Albany, TN, that is often experiencing outside flooding, it can be difficult to keep the water from damaging your home. However, there are ways that you can use your yard to help protect your house. Use the following tips to keep water where you want it and prevent it from going where you don’t.

1. Divert Water From Rain Spouts

One easy way to keep your home free of unwanted water is to redirect the rain drainage with a spout diverter. This convenient tool allows you to keep the water away from your walls and prevent flooding in the area.

2. Plant a Garden

If you have a green thumb, then using a garden might be a great choice for you. Choose plants that have a high tolerance for wet soil as the rain will pool in this area during a storm. This will keep the water from building up too much in other areas and causing unwanted outside flooding.

3. Use Heavy Mulch

When using mulch in your yard, opt for a heavier variety. Using lighter mulch means that it is more likely to be carried away to other areas during a rain storm. This can cause drains to clog and may result in water pooling in unintended areas.

4. Take Advantage of Your Yard’s Natural Landscape

If you have an area in your yard that naturally moves water in a certain direction, you can use this to your advantage. Place stones and plants to help direct the rain into a safe location.
While it can be frustrating to live in a location with frequent outside flooding, you don’t have to just accept damage to your home. Use these tips to prevent and limit its effect on your house. If your home is still affected, you can call a water damage restoration company to perform remediation and repairs.

What a Business Should Do for Fire Preparation

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Locate emergency exit signs in your building

Things You May Want to Consider While Creating an Emergency Fire Plan for Your Business

Many emergency professionals and restoration companies recommend that every business has a contingency plan in case of a fire. If your company in Romeo, TN, is creating or updating your emergency plan there are a few things you may want to consider during this process.

1. Be Aware of Safety Equipment and Procedures

Before creating your plan it's important to note any important safety procedures or equipment use protocols that may be relevant to your business. This may include things like the locations of emergency exits or fire extinguishers, but also the proper way to use any machinery.

2. Make an Easy To Follow Emergency Plan

When creating the contingency plan it's important to keep it as simple and easy to follow as possible. This will help ensure that every employee has the ability to understand any included instructions. You may also want to include a list of emergency contact information such as local fire departments or doctors, as well instructions for any professionals that may need to be contacted after a fire is put out. This may include insurance agents, or restoration professionals.

3. Inform All Staff What the Plan Contains

After the evacuation plan has been formulated, it's important to inform all employee about what it contains. This way everyone knows where important tools such as fire extinguishers are, the closest exits to their workstations, and where they should meet outside in the event of an emergency. It's also recommended to post this information where employees can easily access and study it.
When creating a contingency plan for your company, it's important to be aware of any safety equipment and procedures that can apply. Doing these things can help you formulate an easy-to-follow plan that should then be shared with every employee in the building. You may also want to include emergency contact information, as well as important numbers for clean up afterward.

Reversing Sewer Damage in Your Commercial Building

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded toilet may indicate a sewer backup

The sewer is not a glamorous aspect of your commercial real estate in Chuckey, TN. Although it provides you and your business with an essential service every day, you'd probably rather not think about it more than you have to, much less sewer cleanup. If you've identified a problem, it's in everyone's best interest to call a professional.

Keep Alert To Signs of Trouble

The sewer is, thankfully, hidden from view, so how could you know if you have a problem? Outside of an official inspection, there are a few signs to look out for that may indicate a sewer backup, including:

  • Flooded toilet
  • Backed-up drain
  • Soggy/smelly spot in your yard

Once one of the symptoms is observed, do not attempt to clean or repair the issues yourself. However, do not delay- due to the nature of sewer water, this should be treated as an emergency.

Call for Help

Only certified water restoration technicians with specialized tools, protective equipment and the proper training should handle your sewer cleanup. This will keep everyone safe and ensure it is done correctly. You should also consider calling your insurance company- they may be able to cover the damage and have a list of recommended services to reach out to. If you have these two numbers picked out beforehand, you probably won't make a rash decision when the time comes.

Step Back and Observe

Once called, the professionals will first determine what category of water damage exists- clean, gray or black water. These three categories refer to increasing levels of contamination. Once this is assessed, a customized plan for your unique sewer backup can be created. This usually involves cleaning, drying, restoring and repairing.

Sewer cleanup can seem overwhelming, but having a plan can relieve your anxiety. It's all part of being a responsible business owner. Stay alert, act in a timely manner and call a company you trust!

How to Handle an Overflowing Toilet

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Clogged pipes lead to a flooded toilet

Having your toilet overflow is never a fun experience. It usually leads to a big mess and can even become a health hazard. There are usually two reasons why this happens. It could just be a simple clog that you can handle yourself, or you may find that you have sewer damage in your home in Chuckey, TN.

Here's How You Should Handle Each Situation

Basic Clog
This typically happens when the commode cannot handle what has been put in it. In these cases, you should try to use a plunger as soon as you notice the water rising up too high. If this does not work and the overflow continues, you should shut off the water supply. You'll want to clean the mess up right away as it is unsanitary. Here are some common reasons that lead to a flooded toilet:

  1. Clogged pipes
  2. Issues with the toilet
  3. Foreign items were flushed

Young children often try to flush small toys and objects down the commode, so you may want to consider childproofing if there are kids around.

Sewage Problem
If you are unable to stop the flooding yourself, there could be a bigger issue at hand. Sewer damage is more serious than a small clog. It could be that the blockage is deeper in than you thought. Alternatively, you may have a crack in your pipes that is in need of repair. In most cases, you should consider hiring a sewage company to come handle the problem for you. Most experts have the right equipment and safety gear to fix any crack or break before more contamination occurs.
As soon as you notice any signs of sewer damage in your home in Chuckey, TN, you should take care of the situation. Letting the issue continue on could lead to even more destruction and possible flooding. Because the water is not clean, you should take extra precautions and sanitize any areas that were affected.

Using Air Filters To Reduce Mold

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

The best air filtration system starts with a HEPA filter

Mold is always present in your home. It enters on clothing, hair, pets and shoes. While it is impossible to rid your home of all fungus in your house in Jearoldstown, TN, you can prevent most mold damage with a good air filtration system. Air filters can reduce the number of spores in your home, which can deter mold growth from happening.

Best Air Filters

The market is flooded with products that claim to purify the air. When you are looking for an air purifier, consider purchasing one of the following:

  • Oransi Max
  • BlueAir 450E
  • OV200 Air Purifier

These purifiers are top-rated machines that remove both large and small particles from the air. This improves the air quality in your home by reducing the concentration of a wide variety of particulates, including mold spores.

HEPA Filters

The best air filtration system starts with a HEPA filter. You want to make sure that it is a true HEPA filter and not just marked as a "HEPA-type" filter. The difference is in the efficiency. You can remove 99.97% of all small particles from the air with a true HEPA filter. This can reduce your need for mold cleanup even if other conditions exist for mold to grow.

Activated Carbon

A purifier that uses a pre-filter made of activated carbon can add to your machine's efficiency. Mold remediation specialists recommend machines that use pre-filters because they trap small particles such as mold spores. When used with a HEPA filter, you can significantly reduce the number of spores in the air inside your home, making mold growth less of a possibility.

A good way to avoid the need for black mold cleanup is to get rid of as many airborne mold spores as possible. You can't eliminate mold entirely, but with a great air filtration system, you can improve your air quality and deter most fungus growth.

How To Stock Your First Aid Kits

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Kit supplies

Do You Know What Items the Kits in Your Business Should Include?

Business owners are often reminded that they need a first aid kit on every floor of their buildings. Do you know what items the kits in your business in Greene County, TN, should include? Check all the kits in your building to make sure they are fully stocked according to the following five categories.

1. Wound Care Essentials

Every emergency kit should have the materials you need to bandage wounds and keep them clean during storm cleanup. You need various shapes and sizes of sizes of gauze pads and bandages as well as any tape needed to secure them. You also need a product that can be used to clean wounds.

2. Resuscitation Supplies

Every kit should have a way to help people who aren't breathing until paramedics can arrive. These items may include a pocket mask and resuscitation bag. Your building may also be equipped with automatic defibrillators.

3. Various Tools

Splints are helpful for stabilizing broken bones until emergency services take over. You may need scissors to trim gauze or tape to the right size to fit a wound. Tweezers can be a helpful addition to your first aid kit, too.

4. Blanket

When people get hurt, they sometimes go into shock. Having a blanket nearby can help them stay warm and help regulate their body temperature.

5. Emergency Assistance Information

When there is flood damage to your building, those who are trapped inside may need to call for emergency assistance. This includes not only medical help but also flood cleanup experts to stop the problem from getting worse.

Keeping every first aid kit in your building should be near the top of your priority list, especially during storm season. You may not be able to keep storm damage from happening in your building, but you can take the steps you need to take care of your employees and visitors if problems arise.

3 Ways to ensure your home is getting the proper Fire Restoration Services

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage at a local home.

After you’ve escaped your home and had firefighters extinguish the flames, it might feel like your job is done. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. To ensure your home’s getting the proper treatment and fire restoration services it really needs to get back to normal, you’ll need to do just a few things.

3 Ways to ensure your home is getting the proper Fire Restoration Services 

* Call your insurance company

* Steer clear of your property

* Contact a fire and smoke cleaning crew in Greeneville, Tennessee.

By taking these steps, you can rest assured you’re getting the maximum amount of help when it comes to getting your home back in livable condition.

1. Insurance

After emergency services, your insurance company should be your first call. With most plans, fire insurance is included, and it likely covers at least some of the damages to your home. Agents can direct you to cleanup professionals supported by your plan, and help you financially throughout the entire process.

2. Call in the Professionals

Once you’ve spoken to your insurance agent, it’s time to call in the cleaners. One of the most crucial services these types of pros offer is an emergency board-up, which means they’ll quickly and expertly patch any damaged portions of your roof or siding to keep rainfall from causing even more hardship.

3. Find Somewhere to Stay

It’s critical to remember that in most cases, you won’t be able to live in your house again until repairs are complete. Therefore, you should find a family member or friend to stay with in the meantime. If none are available, consider finding a hotel to for the time being. It’s always good to make these decisions ahead of time as a part of your fire escape plan.

It’s not always easy to break through the shock of a house fire and get things on track. By following these steps as closely and quickly as possible, you can get your life back on track sooner.

No Flood Insurance? Here’s What To Do

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

A flood can be stressful for any homeowner. Not having flood insurance can make such a disaster even more worrisome.

Did a devastating flood recently hit your home, and you are left feeling helpless because you do not have flood insurance? Help is available if you lived through a federal disaster. Keep reading for more information on applying for federal assistance.

FEMA Grants

If you live in a disaster-designated county, you may be eligible for this coverage. These grants can help you and your family afford the following expenses:

  • Medical and dental care for issues that were caused by the flood
  • Home repairs related to the flood
  • Underinsured and uninsured loss of personal property
  • Funeral expenses necessitated by the flood
  • Temporary housing needs

There are other expenses that may be covered as well. If you live near a flood plain and recently experienced a disaster related to it, it is time to visit www.fema.gov to learn more about the federal flood insurance application process. Be prepared for a federal inspector to visit your property.

Cleanup Assistance

If you need help with water damage in the meantime, a Greeneville, TN residential storm damage restoration specialist should be able to help. Most companies have technicians that are used to emergencies of this kind and can quickly set up a cleanup plan that will put your home on the path to recovery. If you are worried about being denied your federal insurance, know that you should still be covered for any damage as long as you take before and after pictures and save your receipts from repair work.

Help Is Available

A flood can be stressful for any homeowner. Not having flood insurance can make such a disaster even more worrisome. The best plan of action after a flood is to visit the FEMA website and learn about your coverage options - and to seek professional cleanup assistance from a storm damage company. Help almost always exists after a regional tragedy. You just need to have a plan in place, so you know where to find it.

Where To Start When Your Building’s Fire Sprinklers Accidentally Go Off

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

It’s highly rare for these systems to malfunction accidentally, and most are simply due to a mechanical error or faulty sprinkler parts.

As a business owner in Greeneville, TN it might be surprising to have to deal with your fire sprinklers going off in your property without a clear sign of a fire. After all, it’s highly rare for these systems to malfunction accidentally, and most are simply due to a mechanical error or faulty sprinkler parts. However, in the event that it does occur, it’s important to know where to start in terms of handling flooding and water damage in your commercial building. Here are three tips on how to begin the restoration process after you experience an unexpected sprinkler disaster.

1. Be sure to turn off the main water valve and power supply.

It’s important to shut off the main water supply to the entire building simply to minimize damage, while turning off the main power source can guard against any electrical shocks or currents running through the flooding water that’s already accumulated.

2. Contact qualified water restoration specialists to begin the cleanup process.

Depending on the extent of the water damage, it’s crucial to call in an experienced team of professionals who can adequately remove water buildup and properly clean the affected areas. Any damage left untreated could potentially lead to more hazards down the road, such as mold growth or unstable building materials.

3. Gather evidence of the mishap and call your insurance company.

In order to create a solid case for your insurance company, it’s vital to gather things like faulty sprinkler parts and photographic evidence of the scene. This ensures that your agent has everything they need to secure a substantial claim to help you recover your building after flooding.

Always Prepare for the Unexpected

Though it’s uncommon for fire sprinklers to be set off accidentally, there are a variety of ways the situation can be handled calmly and effectively. Thankfully, with these three tips in mind, any business owner in Greeneville, TN can be prepared for the worst.

What Can Your Business Expect From a Disaster Recovery Franchise Upon Its Arrival?

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greene County team is ready to help whenever you need us.

What Can Your Business Expect From A Disaster Recovery Franchise Upon Its Arrival? 

Owning a Greeneville, TN business comes with many responsibilities, but one of the most important can be having a disaster plan in place. From training your employees on evacuation proceedings to preparing for storm damage ahead of time, having a viable plan in place can prevent panic and disarray in the face of strong storms. If you have a disaster recovery franchise on call for your business, knowing what to expect when its technicians arrive can help you streamline your emergency protocol.

Mitigation

When your storm response team first arrives, the technicians will likely move to perform mitigation on your building so that damage can be confined to one area. For example, if your employee restroom is experiencing a flood from a toilet malfunction, the techs will likely act to confine flood waters in several ways, including:

  • Sealing the entrance to the room
  • Using portable sump pumps to drain the water
  • Evacuating the area to keep your employees safe

Mitigation can be especially helpful in keeping smaller floods from spreading, particularly in the case of black water.

Support From Corporate

Sometimes, large disasters require more than what your local franchise can handle. In this case, you can likely expect support from other franchises in the area, especially if extra trucks and equipment are needed. You will probably be informed by your disaster recovery team if such support is needed and how it might affect your evacuation or closure plans.

Thorough Inspection of the Building

Once the building is evacuated, your storm damage and restoration service will probably inspect the affected areas and note which items can be restored, what kind of building materials need replacing and the options you have for the restoration process. This is a good time to ask your techs questions regarding cost and time frames for planned repairs.

Having a disaster recovery plan in place for your Greeneville, TN business can help you prepare for the unknown. Knowing what to expect from your local disaster response team when they arrive may help you streamline this plan and give you peace of mind in the event of an emergency.

The End of the (Supply) Line: When To Change Bathroom Supply Lines

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

Check your bathrooms regularly for signs of supply line damage.

When To Change Bathroom Supply Lines

One of the most important parts of home ownership in Horse Creek, TN is regular plumbing maintenance. What a nightmare to wake up one morning, come home from work or return from a vacation to a flooded house! One common cause of water leaks in the home is supply line damage, which can be easily prevented with a little foresight. Conveniently, it’s not too difficult to change a supply line on your own, but if you would like the reassurance of a job done right, schedule an appointment with a professional restoration specialist.

What Is a Supply Line?

A supply line, as you may have guessed, is a line or hose that supplies water to different places in a building. It needs to be checked regularly. In a bathroom, supply lines can be found connecting faucets and toilets to the main plumbing system in the home. There are two types of supply line:

  • Plastic, which generally has a warranty of five to eight years
  • Stainless-steel braided, which usually has a lifetime warranty

When Should I Change a Supply Line?

Supply lines need to be changed because they can be damaged. Whether the line is plastic or stainless-steel braided, supply line damage is caused by wear and tear as well as interaction with chlorine, which corrodes stainless steel. A line should also be changed every time a new faucet or toilet is introduced to the bathroom because the old rubber seals can lose their watertight qualities over time. Replacing the supply line can prevent a costly bathroom leak.

How Do I Change a Supply Line?

Using two pairs of pliers, tighten the nut on each end of the supply line with one pair while holding the other pair against the shut-off valve. Maintain consistent torque to ensure stability. Make sure that the supply line can be easily accessed for future maintenance or in case you experience a supply line leak.

Now What?

Cross the task off your to-do list! Check your bathrooms regularly for signs of supply line damage. Enjoy your safe and dry home.

How Do I Keep Mold From Growing in my Bathroom?

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

If you are losing the battle against bathroom mildew and mold, call SERVPRO

How Do I Keep Mold From Growing In My Bathroom?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the bathroom is one of the most common places where homeowners first spot mold. Warm, wet and often dark, bathrooms can provide the perfect incubator for mold spores to thrive. In fact, it’s so common you may have just learned to live with it - but you don’t have to. Bathroom mildew and mold in your Romeo, TN home can be prevented if you stick to a few easy steps.

Why the Bathroom?

Mold is a fungus that favors darkness, humidity and moisture. Unsurprisingly, these are all things found in the common home bathroom. There are also lots of cracks and crevices in bathrooms, creating the perfect places for mold spores to thrive. Most common places for bathroom mildew and mold include:

  • Walls and ceilings
  • Bathtub grout
  • Shower tiles
  • Areas around faucets

All can become darkened by slimy or fuzzy mold, making your bathroom an uninviting place.

Stopping Mold

The key to eliminating bathroom mold is not simply cleaning it, it’s changing the bathroom environment. Start by investing in a squeegee to wipe down glass doors and tiles after each shower. This can remove excess moisture mold loves. Invest in a good bathroom fan and run it for at least 30 minutes after every shower. This cuts down on extra moisture in the air and reduces the humidity problem that leads to mold growth.

Invest in a grout sealer. This product works best on grout that’s new or newly cleaned. Apply it with a small brush to your tile grout once a year to cut down on water absorption and dry out one of mold’s favorite hiding places.

The bad news is that while bathroom mold is preventable, once it’s established, you may need professional help. If you are losing the battle against bathroom mildew and mold, talk to a mold cleanup specialist about our options sooner rather than later.

Is There Mold in Your Greene County Home?

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys Atra, also known as black mold

Suspecting Microbial Growth Within Your Property's Premises?

An environmental hygienist will be able to provide you with an array of services that you can rely on in the case of suspecting microbial growth within your property's premises. Oftentimes, microbial growth can be difficult to detect. Some signs to look for are abnormal odors and a sudden influx of pests. Although you can use some over-the-counter disinfectant sprays to eliminate them, it is important to note that it is often recommended to acquire serves that are provided by an environmental hygienist as they utilize some of the most proven sanitary products in which they will apply in methods in which they are trained, specialized, and certified in.

Black mold is something that is more evident as one can see it in front of them with their very own eyes. A growth of black mold is a sign of there being some seriousness to bacterial growth in the home. A mold remediation service is often recommended for homeowners who notice the slightest sign of fungus. Therefore, it is highly recommended to contact a mold remediation specialist in Greenville, TN.

Nobody wants to have mold showing up in their home, especially when they go to great lengths to maintain it. Mildew can affect one's health tremendously, thus, one should take extra steps to eliminate any and all existences of it. If you are in Greeneville, TN and would like to attain the services that are available for you in TN, then please call a fungus removal expert today as they will be more than happy to assist you in your aspirations of achieving a more optimally functioning and safer home for you to live in.

Although there are many options as far as homes mildew removal companies go, one should choose a company from Greene County that has been rated and reviewed well by customers who have utilized their services in the past.

Contact a Mold Specialist

By contacting a specialist of Greeneville, you will find that there are a vast array of opportunities available for you to improve the conditions of your home. The certified, skilled, and experienced specialists are standing by to take your call so that they can set up an appointment to arrive at your home during a time that will work best for you. Many people maintain a negligent attitude when it comes to keeping their homes well maintained. Why live in such a way when they hold such significant values? A home's value can rise with the market, however, if you are not taking the initiative of keeping it maintained, then you will not be able to reap the benefits of selling the property in a market that is considered a good time to sell. 

Using the Right Equipment To Remove Water After a Flood

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Truck mounts are useful because the pumps can remove more water

Water Removal Equipment

After surviving a flood in Greeneville, TN you make be left with a significant amount of standing water in your building. Whether you are left with two inches or two feet of water, your first priority is draining it to reduce the amount of water damage to the building. To remove several feet of water from your property, you need the right equipment. A sump pump or a trash pump could help you drain the water quickly and efficiently so that you can begin the restoration process. Most professional restoration companies have what you need.

Sump Pumps

Using a sump pump may be most beneficial for people who have basements. This type of flood equipment removes water and promotes quick drying in low areas of the commercial building. Offices in an area with a high risk of floods may choose to install the pump before a flood so that the water is removed as it fills the building.

Trash Pumps

Using a trash pump is especially useful after floodwater enters a property because this type of pump is designed to move a variety of trash mixed in with the water. Floodwater can contain numerous foreign substances, including those on the following list:

  • Sticks
  • Leaves
  • Sewage
  • Mud
  • Sand

This is helpful because you are not left to clean the waste after the water has been removed. The trash is disposed of and the cleanup can continue without a problem.

Truck Mounts

Truck mounted equipment can be useful because the pumps can move more water. When you are trying to remove several feet of water, this may be the best solution because you can dispose of all of the water at one time instead of relying on a smaller pump.

Cleaning up after a flood in Greeneville, TN is a devastating experience, but using the right equipment can help you get on the right track quickly. When you need to remove a substantial amount of water from your business, consider using a truck-mounted pump, sump pump, or trash pump to help complete the job as quickly as possible. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on flood damage.

What To Do If Heavy Rains Cause Sewage Backup

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greene County is ready to help!

What To Do If Heavy Rains Cause Sewage Backup

Lots of rain water can wreak all kinds of havoc in your home. Not only can the water itself cause damage, but it can also lead to mold. Worse yet, sewer backup can cause black water to come into your home. This water is dangerous and contains all kinds of toxins. 

If sewage backup comes into your home, take these steps: 

  1. Get your loved ones and pets to dry ground
  2. Avoid going into the water at all costs
  3. Call a professional cleanup crew to extract the water

You may also want to take pictures of the damage to show your insurance company and keep a record. Remember that some restoration companies in Greeneville, TN are open 24/7, so you can call anytime you need help. 


What To Do After the Water Is Gone

Even after the cleanup crew has extracted the water, the affected area should be treated as dangerous. Anywhere that sewer backup touched can be contaminated. You should work with your trusted professional restoration crew to understand what to do next. 

You may need to dispose of certain items. If your belongings are porous, they could have raw sewage in them that never comes out. Be sure to check with authorities in Greeneville, TN to see how to best dispose of these belongings. Nonporous things may be saved with a bleach solution. 

How To Prevent It

It’s better to prevent this problem from happening than to deal with it after the fact. You may wish to have an expert install a backwater valve that can keep sewage from coming into your home after a big storm. 

Sewer backup and black water can be destructive forces in your home. You can take steps to help prevent this, but there is never a guarantee. If rain water causes this issue for you, call a professional immediately to prevent infection, mold, and other problems. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

3 Ways SERVPRO Makes Filing an Insurance Claim Easier

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greene County is ready for any size disaster

Why SERVPRO Is A Top Choice

When a client’s Greene County, TN home has been damaged, you want to get the insurance claims process finished as quickly and easily as possible. Your client will likely be stressed and upset, so making the process as painless as possible can be helpful. Using a damage repair company with quality claim services is a good place to start. Here are a few reasons why SERVPRO is a top choice.

1. They Respond Quickly so You Can Get Started and Finished Sooner

Filing an insurance claim can be a lengthy process, so it is always better to start sooner rather than later. Because this company provides 24-hour service, you can get started right away. They can be on the site within just a few hours after you have contacted them about the damage. This quick emergency response can save a lot of time as you don’t have to wait around while damage continues to worsen.

2. They Inspect the Home and Assess Damage

Once they have arrived on the site, SERVPRO will do a thorough inspection of the home to determine the extent of the damage. They can help you and your client figure out what needs to be replaced and what can be repaired or restored. Once they have assessed the damage, it will be easier for you and your client to settle on an amount for the insurance claim.

3. Their Claims Information Center Helps Manage Information

When working on an insurance claim, you may have a lot of information to sift through. The Claims Information Center can make things easier. These claim services allow you to digitally manage the necessary information, so it is always available.
When you need a damage restoration company with claim services to help you get through the process quickly, this one is a great choice. They can provide everything you need to get the claim filed for your client.

10 Items That Should Be in Every Business’ First Aid Kit

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepare with your emergency kit.

10 Necessary Items For An Emergency Kit

If someone is seriously hurt in your company’s building in Greeneville, TN, it is important you have the right tools to help address common injuries while waiting for first responders or a disaster recovery team to arrive. Check your first aid or emergency kit for these 10 necessary items.

  1. Gauze Pads: With this essential item, make sure you can appropriately dress wounds of various sizes without risk of painful sticking from bandage adhesive. Keep several different sizes on hand.
  2. Bandages: Hold dressings in place or easily take care of smaller bleeding wounds by stocking plenty of bandages. Include Band-Aids, gauze roller bandages, triangular bandages, and elastic wraps.
  3. Wound Cleanser: Keep antibiotic cream or sealed cleansing wipes to clean wounds and prevent infection.
  4. Gloves: Have gloves in your first aid kit to prevent the spread of bodily fluids. Consider latex-free gloves in case of an allergy.
  5. Scissors: Include scissors in your emergency kit to cut bandages. There are medical safety scissors created for this exact use you can buy.
  6. Blankets: Keep at least one blanket in your first aid kit in case one is needed to help someone stay warm and retain body heat. There are emergency blankets on the market designed to be effective while taking up minimal space.
  7. Tweezers: Ensure tweezers are available to remove debris from wounds, address splinters, or to take out bee stingers.
  8. Adhesive Tape: Easily secure bandages with the use of adhesive tape that is latex free.
  9. Resuscitation Equipment: Include CPR masks made for adults and infants, resuscitation bags, or disposable airway kits.
  10. Splint: Avoid any further damage or added pain to a broken bone or injured body part with a splint. This can prevent movement until a medical professional arrives.

You never know when an emergency might occur or how long it will take for help to arrive. Make sure your workplace is prepared by keeping all these important items in your business’ first aid kit.

Lint Control for Fire Safety

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Clean your lint trap clean after every use

Lint Control

Not only does lint buildup reduce the effectiveness of your dryer, it can pose a serious fire hazard. Residents of Greene County, TN, should be aware of the following lint fire prevention steps.

1. Cleaning the Trap

The first and most effective piece of advice is to maintain the dryer itself. Clean the lint trap after every use by scraping a small piece of lint into a ball and dragging the clump into every corner of the trap. Moistening your hands or the trap can help to reduce the number of lint particles that get into the air. Also be sure to check the lint trap slot, as this can be another source of fiber accumulation that can result in a dryer fire. Use detergent or alcohol periodically to clean these crevices within the dryer as well as the surrounding floor.

2. The Hose Connection

Around once a year, you should unplug the dryer and pull it away from the wall in order to maintain the hose and outlet. Lint can become trapped after it exits the dryer, creating another potential source of ignition and fire damage. Remove the screw-on clasps connecting the flexible hose to the dryer and the wall. Inspect the hose for damage, and replace it if the outer metal coating shows holes or other obvious wear and tear. Otherwise, simply clean the hose with a wet cloth or wide brush to remove buildup that could result in lint fire.

3. The Wall and Exterior

The final step is tricky, but still needs occasional attention. Since the wall pipe that leads outside is fixed, the usual cleaning method involves a power drill attachment with a rotating brush. These are available at most hardware stores. The exterior vent should be cleaned by hand to remove any residue.

A thorough inspection of the various pieces of your home dryer system can prevent a lint fire and the need for professional fire restoration.

Is Mold Damage Covered By Rental Insurance?

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Infestation at a Greeneville, TN home

Rental insurance policies may include automatic endorsements for mold damage or exclude this type of damage. These policies generally cover damage to a tenant's personal property. When it comes to a rented property, tenants are only liable for mold resulting from a leak that they have caused. Here are a few considerations for renters pursuing mold removal.

The Cause of the Damage

Renters insurance should cover damage caused by a leak that is beyond the tenant's control. A policyholder may need to provide proof of several conditions:

  •  The presence of water damage
  •  No personal liability for damage
  •  Proof of mitigation


A tenant should notify a property owner of the presence of a leak in a timely manner and try to prevent mold growth. Rental policies should also cover contents exposed to water damage, which is likely to be a precursor to mold.

The Terms of a Policy

Tenants should carefully review the terms of a rental insurance policy. Some policies feature automatic endorsements for several problems resulting from water damage:

  • Mold
  • Fungus
  • Rot

If these conditions are carved out of a policy, the cost of mold removal will not be covered. Remediating damaged contents out-of-pocket may still be less expensive than replacement.

Ways To Mitigate Damage

Tenants' responsibilities for rental properties are limited. As long as a tenant does not cause a leak or another source of water damage that results in mold, his or her primary duty is to notify a landlord about a problem before mold becomes an issue.

Rental insurance may or may not cover the cost of restoring damage caused by mold at a residence in Greeneville, TN. Coverage for water damage is more likely. Report primary damage to a property owner or manager and take measures to prevent mold growth. If a policy provides any coverage, these measures may make it easier to file a claim.

Protecting Your Home Against Water Damage

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

More water damages are caused by broken pipes, plumbing, than from weather related issues

Never assume your household in Greene County, TN, is completely safe from flooding just because it’s dry outside. Learn how to protect against problematic water in home areas by following a few simple precautions.

1. Airflow

Surprisingly, the water lines used by your central heating and air systems can be a significant and costly source of leaks. If any water buildup occurs besides a small amount of condensation, have the unit inspected by an HVAC professional. A substantial drip or leak from any pipe leading to or from the unit will cause moisture to accrue in the surrounding area. Also ensure that the home temperatures are set within reasonable margins to prevent the unit from freezing, which can lead to a damaged or broken pipe.

2. Plumbing

Plumbing and drainage systems can be another source of excess water in home surfaces. Make sure that your toilet tank has no dripping water. Inspect the ring seal around the base of your toilet so that water can move from the bowl to the sewer without accumulating in the flooring. Check other pipes for cracks, especially at bends and connection points. If the damage is significant, some types of pipe cleanup and other water damage restoration may be best left to a professional service.

3. Your Policy

While many robust home insurance policies are available, no insurer will cover every possible flood damage scenario. This is especially true in cases of negligence, such as when a home is unoccupied for a long period of time or when a flooding problem goes unaddressed and causes ongoing damage. Stay on top of inspection and maintenance tasks to guarantee that you remain within the bounds of your existing coverage.

No homeowner wants to incur costly repair and replacement fees by ignoring flood water in home areas. By checking on the condition of your pipes and stopping leaks when they occur, you can keep your home dry for years to come.

Basic Workplace First Aid

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

When you splash hot coffee on your hands or get too close to industrial machinery, there's risk of serious burns. It's important to know how to respond if you or a coworker in Greeneville, TN, gets scalded, exposed to radiation, or zapped with electricity. If you end up with injuries due to fire damage, you'll want to know that someone has the skills and equipment ready to apply burn first aid.

Identify the Severity of the Burn

The first step is identifying whether the burn requires professional attention. Contact 911 or get to an emergency room if there's a major burn.

  • The skin is dry and leathery.
  • There are charred patches and discoloration.
  • The burns cover more than three inches and/or run deep into the skin.

Care for Minor Burns

If the burns are minor, such as blistered hands from providing a quick response to fire damage, there are a few steps you or your coworkers can handle on your own.

  • Remove jewelry and tight clothing from the burned skin. It doesn't take long for swelling to affect the area.
  • Cool the burned area. This may involve holding the burn under cool running water or putting a cool, wet cloth on the area. This should continue until the pain of the burn decreases.
  • Apply an ointment or lotion. After the skin is as cool as possible, apply aloe vera, an antibiotic ointment, or a moisturizing lotion for further relief.
  • Consider wrapping the burned skin loosely with sterile gauze to keep air away and to protect the skin. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be used to reduce pain and swelling.
  • If there are blisters, do not pop or break them. The fluid and skin offer protection from infections. If blisters do break, keep the area clean and apply antibiotic ointment over the exposed skin.

Whether you or your coworker has been affected by flames and fire damage or electrical burns, a quick response and appropriate first aid treatment could prevent a lot of pain and damage in the future. Damage to the building should be handled by fire damage restoration professionals.

The Non-Plumber's Guide to Replacing a Toilet

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

If your leaking toilet is causing damage in your Greenville, TN home you may want to contact a professional plumber

Step-by-Step Guide

Water leaks are no fun, and when you discover a leak is coming from a toilet, it can be downright revolting. The good news is that most leaking toilet issues involve clean water, so chances are you can make the toilet repair or swap yourself. That said, if you're not a certified plumber or a handyman, you probably have no clue as to how to replace a toilet. This step-by-step guide should help you.

1. Drain and Remove the Toilet

First things first: Shut off the supply line to the toilet and drain it completely. This is a necessary step if you don't want to cause more water damage or be inundated with a surge of toilet water. Once you've drained the toilet, remove the caps that conceal the closet bolts and detach the hex nuts. Exercising extreme care, lift the old toilet by the bowl and place it on an old towel.

2. Make the Repair

The problem behind a leaking toilet typically stems from the closet flange. If that's the case in your bathroom, scrape away the existing wax gasket. Loosen the bolts that secure the flange to the surface and slide a repair strap beneath it. Center the new wax gasket on the flange.

3. Connect the New Water-Supply Tube and Replace the Toilet

Finally, attach the new water-supply tube to the valve at the base of the toilet tank. Replace the toilet onto the gasket and press down on the bowl to tighten the seal. Secure the closet bolts and then press down on the bowl again. Make sure the nuts are as tight as they can go before covering them with caps. Reconnect the supply line to the shut-off valve, and then reopen the valve. Perform a test flush to check for leaks.

If the water from your leaking toilet has already caused significant damage in your Greeneville, TN, home, you may want to contact a professional plumber. You should also reach out to your local water remediation team for cleanup assistance.

What’s an Emergency Board Up?

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Board up home after fire damage in Greene County, TN

When facing fire damage or another crisis, weather event, or emergency forcing you to leave your home, there are a million things to consider. The last thing on your mind may be protecting what’s left of your property. Yet securing your home is essential to protecting you from further loss and damage. If you need to vacate your Greene County, TN, residence for an undetermined amount of time, learn how an emergency boarding service can help you.

What Services Are Involved?

A board up may sound like a straightforward proposition, but in fact, there are many different services that can be involved. Boarding up a property can include:

  • Tarp services
  • Lock securing
  • Roof covering
  • Structure stabilization

These useful services are all in addition to the standard securing of windows, doors, and any other significant openings.

Why Get Board Up Services?

Once your home has been seriously damaged by fire, flood, weather, or another calamity, it’s easy to think that nothing worse could happen. But that can be an expensive misconception that vandals and even thieves bank on. Criminals often specifically target damaged but not destroyed properties looking for furniture, clothing, jewelry—even food. Weather can also pose a threat, getting into your home through compromised doors and roofs and creating new headaches.

What Does It Entail?

Emergency board up services specialize in securing your building top to bottom. Professionals will typically assess vulnerable areas in addition to standard windows and doors, as well as help stabilize the structure to prevent more destruction. The final step is securing damaged areas using everything from tarps to old-fashioned plywood.

Whether from flooding, fire, explosion, or any other crisis, every home is vulnerable to catastrophic damage. If you’re struggling with a disaster or simply want to be prepared for one, make yourself familiar with board up services to prevent further destruction.

Nonstop Flushing: Solving the Flushometer Toilet Enigma

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Easy Fix To a Flushometer

A flushometer is a device found on most commercial toilets. While it works well, it does occasionally get clogged, leading to water continually flowing into a toilet and causing nonstop flushing. When this happens, property owners may grow concerned about toilet overflow or flooding. Thankfully, for manual flushometers, there can be an easy fix to this problem.

1. Shut Off the Water

To avoid overflow or a possible toilet flood, you should first shut off the water to the affected toilet. There should be a flathead screwdriver slot on either the left or right side of your flushometer. Turn the screwdriver to shut off the water supply. On some models, the groove may be hidden under a cover.

2. Remove Flushometer Lid and Flange Cover

Once you have eliminated the worry of toilet overflow by turning off the supply, you can remove the flushometer lid followed by the flange cover. To do this, you will need a wrench. You do not need to remove the top nut, only loosen it. The lid and flange cover should screw off easily. However, be aware that water may spill out when removing the cap.

3. Remove the Gasket and Clean

To stop a toilet from continually flushing, you must resolve the main issue, which is likely a dirty gasket. Once the cover is removed, you will see the gasket, likely with a lot of built-up sediment. Remove the gasket and clean it thoroughly, remembering to clear any debris from the weep hole.

4. Return Elements and Test the Fix

Once everything is clean, replace all the parts and turn the water back on. Hopefully, the cleaning worked, and your toilet stopped flushing. If not, you may want to contact a plumbing specialist in the Tusculum, TN, area to take a look.

A continually running and flushing toilet can lead to toilet overflow, so it is vital to resolve the issue quickly. Try the steps above to clean the gasket, but if that doesn’t work, then shut off the water supply and call in a professional.

How to deal with Mold in your home in Greenville, Tennessee

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Chair covered in mold in a Greenville,TN home

Mold growing can start on your property in less than 48 hours if there is water intrusion. This is because microscopic spores do exist naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. This, however, does not mean that just because there is the presence of microbial growth, then it is molds. You should, therefore seek the services of a qualified environmental hygienist who understands their nature and growth to advise you further.

Understanding Molds

The below facts will help you understand it better: • Spores are microscopic, they float in the air, and could enter your home through doors, windows, AC/heating systems or even get a ride to your indoors on your pet or clothing. • Spores thrive well on moisture. • Before their removal can begin, you should eliminate any sources of moisture or water. Otherwise, they may come back. • They often produce a musty, strong odor, and it is that odor that will lead you to potential problem areas. • Even abnormally-high indoor humidity can support the growth of mold-fungus. Always make sure your indoor humidity is below 45 percent.

Why you should have a test in your home

The testing in Tennessee and Greenville is done to determine their location, type, the spores count, the total area of exposure, the health risks related to that particular type and the best way to remove them. You need to understand that a substantial amount of molds-fungus in your home can be very detrimental to your health.

Have a testing if

  • You experience any major leaks or spills.
  • There is a musty kind of odor.
  • There are white developments on your carpet or furniture.
  • You experience sudden physical or emotional problems.
  • You or your family member experiences flu-like symptoms, burning eyes, headaches or respiratory problems.

Remember, after a remediation is done, you need a post removal test to clear your home and leave it clean.

Elimination

So, what next after you realize there is fungus growing in your home? According to experts in Greenville, TN area, you should leave them untouched, meaning not trying to clean it off. Seeing their growth might not be possible if you do not have proper tools. Instead of attempting to get rid of it, you should do all you can to stop it from spreading to other areas of the home. You can do this by placing a wrapping over your furniture. Also, ensure your food is safe and avoid any physical contact with it.

The best way to remove it in TN area would be to call in a professional environmental hygienist to come over to inspect and scrub it off. Remember, microbial growth doesn’t necessarily mean there is one and you need someone who is qualified enough to clarify this. The inspector will also disinfect the area after spotting troubled regions.

In Tennessee, ailments related to this menace do not start off that bad, and you might easily ignore them until they become severe. If you suspect that there is a fungus growing in your home, you should contact a qualified testing company who will use certain procedures to make sure your home is safe. Do not put your health at risk especially if you can avoid it. For more information entailing disaster restoration services and prevention, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Tips for Maintaining a Clean Office Fridge

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Tips for Maintaining a Clean Office Fridge

It's the problem that everyone knows about but no one wants to mention. As neglected mystery lunches from days gone by and forgotten leftovers start to pile up, the office fridge takes on a life of its own. It does not take long for the break room in your building in Tusculum,TN, to start to smell like fridge mold. Mold remediation experts say that it only take 24-48 hours for mold to start to develop in an area that has excessive moisture and organic matter to feed it. It is essential, therefore, to follow these tips for maintaining a clean office fridge.

1. Put Dates on Everything

Everything that goes into a communal refrigerator should be marked with the date that it entered the fridge. Keep a pile of sticky notes and a pen in a prominent place near the fridge to encourage everyone to do this. Set a limit to the amount of days an item will be allowed to remain in the fridge. If you stick to the time limit, you should never have to worry about that dreaded mold smell.

2. Post the Rules

No one sets out to be the creator of fridge mold, but without clear rules, it's difficult to know what the office expectations are. This can lead to passive aggressive hints being passed around the water cooler and the poor morale that often follows such statements. By posting the rules right on the fridge, everyone knows what is expected.

3. Put Someone in Charge

You can have the most detailed set of rules, but without anyone to enforce them, they will soon be ignored. Designating someone with the responsibility of disinfecting the fridge on occasion and throwing away outdated items is crucial to its ongoing cleanliness.

Fridge mold is a common problem in office buildings, but it doesn't inevitably have to be your problem. If you set rules and have someone who is willing to hold the office accountable to them, everyone should be able to use the fridge without fear of mold.

How to Streamline the Repair Process After a Fire

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage in Greene County,TN

When dealing with fire damage in Greene County, TN, you may be wondering how best to get your business up and running again. Streamlining your repair process can help the restoration process stay on schedule. There are a few things you may need to know to help the repairs proceed efficiently.

Understand the Steps Needed for Repair

After a fire occurs there are several steps to the restoration process. Knowing these may help you estimate repair time. The steps include:

  • A damage assessment
  • Protecting the area from further damage
  • Removing water from the area
  • Drying the area
  • Removal of smoke damage
  • Sanitizing the area
  • Restoring the area

Understand the Damage that Can Occur After a Fire

In many cases you may have water damage as well as smoke or fire damage after a fire. Water damage can occur from several sources. Many fire suppression systems may use water to slow or extinguish the flames. The heat from a fire can cause a pipe to weaken and burst. The suppression solution from a fire hose can leave an area flooded. In many cases your insurance adjuster may be able to recommend a professional restoration service with the training and tools necessary to deal with multiple types of damage.

Understand What You Can Do

There are fire mitigation techniques that can be put in place before a fire occurs. These may help slow the spread of the flames leading to less damage after the event. In some cases your insurance adjuster may recommend a mitigation expert who can offer advice on what you can do. Options may include installing a fire suppression system, keeping extinguishers in key locations, or safety training for certain types of equipment.

Repairing your business after fire damage can be a big project. Understanding these things may help the restoration process proceed according to schedule. Choose a company that can deal with multiple types of damage and restoration, as water damage often occurs along with a fire. Understanding the steps of the restoration process may also help you estimate the time needed for repairs. Mitigation beforehand may help prevent issues before a fire happens.

How To Prepare For a Flood If You Live in a Flood Zone

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage in a Albany,TN residence

Steps You Can Take To Help Your Home And Your Financial Security

Many homeowners may assume that their homes are safe from floods if they live away from coastal areas and large lakes and rivers. However, no residence is immune from this potentially devastating threat. To assess your home’s risk, access your community’s flood map on the FEMA NFIP website. If you reside in an area vulnerable to flooding, there are several steps you can take to help protect both your home and your financial security.

Purchase Flood Insurance

One of the best ways to protect yourself from potentially devastating flood damage is to purchase a flood insurance policy. Home insurance policies do not typically cover this peril. Without coverage, you may have to fund expensive cleanup and restoration costs out-of-pocket. If you have questions regarding flood insurance, you should contact your insurance company. You may also find useful information on the FEMA NFIP website.

Be Prepared

To help minimize potential flooding damage, homeowners residing in flood zones should safeguard vital equipment and have essential tools readily available. Adequate preparation should include the following initiatives:

  • Elevating HVAC equipment off the basement floor
  • Purchasing a sump pump and hose
  • Having a functioning backup power source accessible
  • Preparing sandbags or obtaining a reusable flood deterrent device

Accomplishing these steps may divert flood waters away from your home, protect essential equipment from extensive damage if flooding does occur and help you quickly drain standing water out of your house.

Complete Home Maintenance Procedures

As an additional safeguard, every homeowner in Albany, TN, should also complete routine maintenance procedures, such as clearing debris from gutters. If you have a basement, you should also check for cracks and holes in the walls and promptly fix any existing issues.

Be Proactive

The FEMA NFIP website offers useful tools that can help educate homeowners about both specific flood risks and flood insurance. Although it may be impossible to fully eliminate your home’s flood risk, completing appropriate proactive measures may help minimize flooding damage or allow you to avoid costly out-of-pocket expenses. Taking preemptive action is particularly essential if you live in an area susceptible to flooding.

The Wet Side of Residential Fires

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Tusculum,TN

Nobody wants to watch a home go up in flames. Unfortunately, for even Tusculum,TN, homeowners with a prevention strategy, house fires sometimes occur. When you think about fire damage, you probably focus on both smoke and flame damage. You may not, however, consider the water damage that accompanies most residential fires.

Extinguishing House Fires

Often, when a residential fire breaks out, firefighters use expertise and equipment to battle it. For most fires, firefighters take the following steps:

  • Ensure the house is vacant
  • Locate the source of the fire
  • Use water and chemicals to extinguish blazes
  • Monitor the home to ensure the fire does not reignite

Dowsing Residential Blazes

After firefighters locate the source of a residential fire, they routinely use water to extinguish the blaze. Depending on water pressure, a fire hose can pump more than 100 gallons of water per minute onto a house fire. If a blaze is large, firefighters may use many hoses when battling a fire. While some of the water turns into steam and evaporates, much of it remains inside the home. As a result, following a fire, homeowners routinely have to address both water damage and fire damage.

Measuring Water Damage

Water has a way of working itself into both large and small spaces. When firefighters pump water onto a blaze, it often ends up on all levels of a home. Further, if pipes break during the blaze, additional water can enter the house. When measuring the damage caused by water, inspectors must examine all parts of the dwelling. Even if the fire resulted in minor fire and smoke damage, the effects of water can be considerable.

When homes are salvageable after a fire, restoration specialists work to remediate the effects of both water and fire damage. By understanding the extent of damage from house fires, you can better plan for preventing them.

How To Prepare Your Business for Severe Weather

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Building severely damaged after a storm in Greene County,TN

Unpredictability is sometimes the only predictable thing about the weather in Greene County,TN. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prepare your business for severe weather threats such as flooding from powerful storms or hurricanes.

Exterior Preparation

During high winds and torrential downpours, storm damage to the exterior of your commercial property may be unavoidable. Take the following steps to minimize potential damage:

  • Clear all drains and gutters from debris to allow for heavy rainfall to flow freely.
  • Prune bushes and trees near the building.
  • Ensure that lightning rods, if applicable, are maintained.
  • Make sure the power generator is fueled or charged and is operational.
  • Bring in or secure all loose objects near the building or on the roof.
  • Board up glass windows.
  • Place sandbags in front of ground floor doorways or secure plastic sheeting with duct tape.

Interior Preparation

Take measures to protect building contents from flood damage. When flooding is anticipated, prepare the inside of the property in the following ways:

  • Move all important inventory and documents away from windows.
  • When possible, move furniture and equipment to a higher floor of the building. Remove papers housed in the bottom drawer of ground level file cabinets.
  • Box up loose papers and small objects and remove items from walls.
  • Unplug, wrap and store electronics off of the ground. Before moving, back up computer data.
  • When you leave the building, take insurance paperwork and crucial records with you. Lock the doors, close the windows and turn off power, gas and water.

When a severe weather event approaches in Greene County, TN, your first priority is ensuring the safety of your employees and yourself. Then take the above steps to protect the exterior and interior of your commercial property from flooding and high winds. In the aftermath of the storm, make sure it is safe before returning to the property. If flood damage or storm damage is evident, it's smart to contact your insurance agent and a storm restoration specialist as soon as possible.

3 Things To Know About Water Damage Cleanup

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding caused by storm in Greeneville,TN

There are a number of things that can lead to water damaging your property in Greeneville, TN. Whether you’re dealing with bursting pipes or storm-caused flooding, proper cleanup is important. Here are three important things you may want to know about taking care of the damage caused by water.

1. Where Water Damage Happens

Water from leaky pipes or storm flooding can damage your home in a variety of ways. The most common areas to look for moisture sources are your kitchen, bathroom or laundry. These are the rooms where the majority of the plumbing is in your home. It’s also wise to check around your water heater. Flooding caused by storms can occur in the basement. It can also happen in attic areas if leaks have developed in the roof.

2. How Long Cleanup Should Take

In many cases, the amount of time it takes to clean and restore the areas damaged by bursting pipes may be concerning to you. The exact cleaning time can vary based on the type of damage, but, in many cases, a job requires three to five days. In the event of extreme damage or special restoration considerations, the process may last up to 10 days.

3. When To Call a Professional

The water damage in your home may be beyond what you can deal with by yourself. In those cases, it is always best to contact a professional for help. A cleanup service can assess your needs, fix a broken pipe and even take care of a full restoration if needed.

It’s important to fix bursting pipes as soon as possible in order to prevent water damage. Damage usually occurs in areas where plumbing is prominent, but it may happen in the basement or attic areas as well. Restoration can take about a week. Remember: When in doubt, it’s time to call a professional.

What to do After Water Loss in Greeneville, TN

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water loss in Greeneville,TN
According to research, it has been noted that water loss is one of the highly rated claims when it comes to incurrence claims in the United States. A lot of individuals have tried to prevent this event but since of them are not professionals, it becomes impossible. In some cases, damages might continue to spread even after floods has receded. Greene County, Tennessee is well aware of what water damage can do since they are no strangers to flooding.

Damages incurred from this natural disaster can gather up together even after all the water has gown down. Due to this, prompt action is always advised to help in reducing the overall costs of repairs. Individuals are needed to be equipped to help in dealing with any flood crises at anytime.

In its self, water loss is bad enough, but the moment all wet materials start growing molds that are capable of spreading on its own, the situation becomes worse. Also through Wicking your wall, moulds cannot grow. Residents of Greeneville TN have had their share of water disaster. They learned the hard way that putting off water cleanup and repairs makes the job hard to deal with at the end.

In most instances, the term water damage and flood are misunderstood because a lot of people believe they mean the same thing. Not everything that gets wet needs to be replaced as being able to get to it on time helps in preventing the item from getting damaged. A good example is salvaging wet carpet.

Provided the carpet was not in the water for a long time, it’s possible to save it through calling professionals who will employ the usage of their Wicking equipment to remove the moisture before the damage could progress and become permanent. It’s paramount for every homeowner to be aware that one small leaky connection that might go un-noticed for a long time can do its share of damage.

With how carpets these days are expensive, it’s rather you hire a professional for his services. In Greene County TN various companies specialize in water cleanup and water restoration after a flood incident. These companies are in a position of taking care of business anywhere including Greeneville and Tennessee. Before deciding to hire a firm to come and assist in the water restoration process, it’s important for every individual to do research and ensure the company is licensed.

Some of the mitigation measures that can come handy during these recovery processes include:

Checking the Flow source: - This is the first mitigation measure every individual is expected to do. The moment they notice water is flooding switching off the water line is the only option left. This applies to flooding caused by leaky pipes though sometimes floods are caused by other factors. If it becomes hard to identify the water source, it is important to call a plumbing company to come and check the issue.

Turning off power: - In cases where the leak has proceeded and cannot be contained, small pools are turning into big pools and reaching power appliances, it is important to disable the power. Though doing so, you can avoid any electrical faults that might even lead to death.

We are all aware of how water is important to us but if anyone notice water damage or water loss, always call your water professional to come and sort out the issue before it worsens. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information.

Baby, It’s Cold outside: Monitoring Your Building for Frozen Pipes

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

If frozen pipes are left unchecked, they can lead to burst pipes in your building which can cause extensive water damage.

The winter months in Greeneville, TN, are hard on business owners, but more importantly, they are hard on your building. Your pipes are the most vulnerable to colder weather. If not adequately insulated, the water inside your pipes can freeze, leading to broken pipes and water damage. Since a costly water cleanup is most likely not on the list of any business owner, it is essential to know what to look out for in case of freezing.

1. No Water

If there is no water coming out your faucets, or the water is a slow trickle, your pipes may be frozen. When water freezes, it creates blockages of ice, which do not allow the free flow of water and which can cause excess pressure on the pipe, leading to a potential burst.

2. Odors

While it may seem strange, if strange smells or odors are permeating from your faucets or drains, it can mean that there is an ice blockage. When water freezes in waste pipes, it does not allow odors to escape or ventilate the way that they are expected to, and this leads to the strange smells coming from areas that they are supposed to.

3. Frost

You should check your mechanical closets and look for the presence of frost because this can be a reliable indicator that there is ice build up in your pipes, and if this is left unchecked your pipes can burst which will require a timely cleanup to prevent further water damage.

4. Temperature

The most reliable indicator of frozen pipes is any one of the above in combination with temperatures below 32°F, as water does not freeze above this.

If frozen pipes are left unchecked, they can lead to burst pipes in your building which can cause extensive water damage. It is better to keep an eye out for the signs and to act quickly in the event of a freeze. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

Four Fundamentals of Home Mold Infestations

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

The fundamentals of mold offer understanding usable to stop spreading mold.

Mold is unsightly when in your home in Greeneville, TN. Not only is it terrible to look at, it could be eating away at materials in your building’s structure. Being knowledgeable about this menace allows you to act to stop it from spreading. Here are four essential fundamentals about spreading mold.

1. Mold Is Resilient and Will Try to Thrive

Mold species, such as black mold, have a lifecycle of consumption and reproduction with a preference for damp and dark areas. There are multiple dark places in every residence, and water damage or flooding can make these locaitons ideal for a fungus.

Even if wet areas eventually dry, mold can go dormant if unremoved. Once it finds the necessary components that sustain it, it begins its spreading rampage around your home once again.

2. Mold Can Hide Well and Continually Spread

One patch can be treated, but the spores may all originate from an unseen location. Hidden mold can centralize the spread and deploy airborne spores to resettle where mold was once treated. This spreading mold may seem undefeatable as you repeatedly clean it up, but the actual problem is somewhere else in your house and requires mold remediation.

3. DIY Treatments Often Don’t Help Major Mold Problems

Do-it-yourself treatments for mold often are not effective unless done early in the mold’s life. Bleach, a typically cited treatment, adds water to the mold and can make the problem worse. Household cleaners cannot penetrate deep enough into porous materials to fully treat the mold. Worst of all, the source may be accompanied by previously unnoticed water damage.

4. Professional Mold Treatments Attack the Source of the Problem

With the tools to locate every mold growth in your home, a mold damage cleanup service can remove the mold and anything that keeps it thriving and reproducing. Any building structure or piece of furniture damaged by mold is cleaned or replaced to ultimately stop the mold from finding a foothold again.

The fundamentals of mold offer understanding usable to stop spreading mold. Your residence can be protected from mold’s threat of devaluation and damage. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

Commercial Property Insurance and Your Business

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial insurance for your property is usually written to provide coverage when your property is affected by problems such as fire, theft, and even natural disasters. Although this type of coverage can be expensive, it is usually well worth the investment. In fact, many types of businesses deduct insurance premiums as expenses to ensure access to the emergency coverage, should the need arise.

Determining Factors of Commercial Property Insurance Costs

Just how much the coverage costs may be determined by several factors. Before you meet with a commercial insurance agent, take stock of your physical assets to determine how is worth insuring and what the cost of replacing those assets would be. Some examples include

• Office equipment and furnishings
• Company documents, such as accounting records and client referrals
• Inventory kept in the building
• Landscaping elements and equipment
• Signs and advertising supplies

Of course, there are other factors to consider.

• The type of work done in the building is likely to affect how much you'll pay for coverage. For example, a low-risk office building typically costs less to insure than a business that deals with combustible materials.
• If you work outside of city limits where it would be difficult and time-consuming for emergency response crews to reach you, you'll probably pay more for coverage.
• Older buildings and those built with subpar materials cost more to insure because they are more likely to suffer extensive damage. Check the fire rating on your property to learn more.
• If you have worked with your insurance agency to take preventative steps, you may pay less for the coverage you want. For example, an up-to-date fire alarm and working sprinkler system can minimize fire damage and result in lower coverage costs.

This coverage could be the financial protection you need when your building has been affected by fire or other disasters. In addition to covering assets, it may also cover the cost of restoration specialists.

As you determine whether to invest in commercial insurance in Greeneville, TN consider the value of your assets, the cost of coverage, and whether you can afford not to be protected. After all, when you depend on the business for your livelihood, there may be too much at risk not to insure. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on fire damage

3 Ways To Eliminate Flood Odors

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

If your commercial property in Greeneville, TN has recently flooded, undesirable odors may linger long after flood waters are gone. Restoration experts can identify and eliminate the sources of these odors as part of the storm or water damage recovery process. These trained professionals can prevent or identify and mitigate mold growth and determine the full extent of sewage loss. Here are three ways commercial restoration services can eliminate flood odors.

1. Thoroughly cleaning or removing contaminated porous materials. Any porous materials that remain intact after flood cleanup may be sources of persistent odors. Whether carpets or other porous contents or affected building materials were not thoroughly cleaned or disinfected or mold has begun to develop, a certified restoration service can identify why odors continue to linger. These companies are equipped to perform air sampling and testing if necessary and check for any signs of mold growth.

2. Clean air ducts and HVAC systems. Air conditioning and heating systems circulate air and odors throughout a commercial property. A certified restoration service can clean ductwork, vents, and other system components to put a stop to the recurrence of undesirable odors.

3. Use clean-up treatments to eliminate odors. Certified restoration professionals use treatments such as ozone or hydroxyl machines, fogging, and filtration systems to get rid of every trace of odor on the premises. These methods can help to get rid of stubborn flood odors that persist even after other cleaning methods.

Whether restoration experts trace the source of the odor in your commercial property to incomplete cleanup of flood water or to mold growth, a storm and water restoration service in Greeneville, TN can help you get rid of the smell. If damaged materials are the culprit, you may be able to file an insurance claim for sewage loss and replace contents or materials that need to be removed to eliminate an odor. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

Help! There's Water Dripping From My Ceiling!

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes water damage happens before you've had any evidence of a leak. You may be able to resolve some of those leaks by making necessary repairs, but there are some situations that require the services of a specialist. One of these is water in a light fixture. The risks of DIY repairs in this case include:

• Electrocution injuries or death
• Electrical fires due to corrosion or mold
• Injuries due to a soggy or collapsed ceiling

What should you do if you find water in the light?

Think About Safety Concerns

Your first concern should be your safety and the safety of your family. Next, turn off the water and electricity before beginning any other repair efforts. Many water shutoff valves are located in the basement, if there is flooding in your path, it's best to turn off the electricity before getting near any water or electrical outlets, light switches, and other potential sources of electrical contact.

Talk to Your Insurance Company

After shutting off electricity and the water, contact your insurance company. Your chances of filing a successful claim to cover damages are better if you've taken the course of action recommended by the insurance company. You may be advised to take further safety precautions, such as contact the power company to shut off all electricity until a professional have given the okay to turn it back on.

Hire a Remediation Professional

Finally, contact a specialist with experience in cleaning up after water damage, including ceiling damage and electrical concerns. The specialist may take steps such as cutting around the ceiling fixture to release any pooling water in the light. This professional or an electrician can tell you whether fixtures and electrical wiring should be replaced. Don't turn the water or the electricity back on until you have approval from these experts.

Water damages can be scary, but with quick thinking and professional advice, you can bring the situation under control. Remember to focus on safety, cover your bases with the insurance company, and hire knowledgeable professionals in Greeneville, TN. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on water damage. 

How FEMA Helps After a Storm

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

A flood, tornado, hurricane, mudslide, earthquake or wildfire is an event outside your control.

If a disaster were to strike your property in Greeneville, TN, you may be entitled to federal assistance. America’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was created in 1979 to help our country’s citizens prepare for and cope with natural and manmade disasters. The agency not only provides emergency shelter, it also teams with inspectors to assess damage to people’s homes and determine eligibility for many kinds of financial assistance.

How Federal Assistance Works

In the aftermath of a disaster in which federal assistance has been activated by the U.S. President to help victims, there are a few actions homeowners can take to move the process along. Self-advocacy is key to getting the ball rolling.

• Reach out for government assistance through your local disaster assistance center or by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov to determine what kind of help is available. There will be an application process.
• Provide proof of identity and ownership of the damaged property. The deed to the home must be kept in a safe place, perhaps offsite.
• A FEMA inspector will tour your home, obtain a list of current residents, document losses associated with events such as high winds and flooding, and ascertain the status of your home insurance.

If you are deemed eligible for a grant, you will receive a check or direct deposit along with a letter with directions for its use. If you do not qualify, you will receive a letter of explanation and an opportunity to appeal the decision.

A flood, tornado, hurricane, mudslide, earthquake or wildfire is an event outside your control, and once the federal government is compelled to respond, FEMA officials can step in to help. Because of the scale of these kinds of disasters, many of your neighbors will be seeking help at the same time. Patience, organization, and perseverance will be required in your shared recovery efforts. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

Furnace Maintenance: 3 Times To Have a Checkup Performed

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your Greeneville, TN, home’s furnace maintained can ensure years of trouble-free service.

Your Greeneville, TN, home’s furnace keeps your home warm and toasty all winter long while providing you with simple and energy-efficient usage. However, a neglected furnace might result in higher energy bills, uneven heating, and other issues. A fire cleaning and restoration service can advise you about the most efficient way to use your home’s furnace, and knowing when to call them in for help and maintenance might help you get the most out of your heating unit.

1. After Summer Ends

Once the warm weather ends and fall sets in, it is wise to have your furnace inspected and tuned up. Call in a heating and cooling service to clean and inspect the ducts, replace the air filters and put in a digital thermostat if you do not yet have one. Having your unit cleaned and service can ensure it will work for you when you need it the most.

2. After a Major Storm

Heavy snow and ice can affect your home’s power system and cause shorts and outages that might affect the furnace. After a serious storm, have techs come in to check that the furnace’s power supply is stable and that no major systems have been damaged. If your furnace experienced a short, ask your techs about smoke cleaning services that can eliminate any unpleasant smells.

3. When You Hear Odd Noises

If your furnace starts to make strange noises, such as banging, groaning or rattling, these could be signs of a malfunction in the making. Contact your fire cleaning and restoration service for advice and have their technicians help you find a furnace specialist, if needed, or to have them come out and inspect the unit. Not all noises are cause for alarm, but you may want to investigate any sound you do not recognize.

Keeping your Greeneville, TN, home’s furnace maintained can ensure years of trouble-free service. Whether you call in a fire cleaning and safety company or a local furnace specialist, it is a good idea to include proper furnace maintenance at the top of your to-do list. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

Tips to Make Flushing Your Water Heater Easy Peasy

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

How luxurious do you think you will feel if you have bursting pipes and water damage in your home in Greeneville, TN?

You don't think that long, luxurious shower can keep happening each day without you giving a little something back to the hot water gods, do you? How luxurious do you think you will feel if you have bursting pipes and water damage in your home in Greeneville, TN? Did you know that manufacturers recommend that you flush your water heater once a year? What?! Are you saying you've never drained yours? Never in your life? Well, it's easy peasy.... here's how:
1. Shut off the power. This may have to be done at the power supply panel for your home. If you have gas, be sure to turn it off.
2. Drain the tank. Shut down the incoming water supply and make sure the pressure release valve at the top of the tank is open. Now attach a water hose to the drain at the bottom of the water heater, open that valve and let it flow,let it flow! Have a cup of coffee for this part, it may take a while.
3. Flush the tank. Holding your coffee cup, check to see if the tank has finished draining. When it has, turn on the water again and flush the tank for a few minutes. This is the main event. This flushing process runs the sediment out of your water heater.
4. Refill time. You should stop the water for a moment so you can disconnect the hose, close the drain and replace the pressure release valve at the top. Now you can fill up the tank by turning the water back on. The job is done.
This is simple maintenance, but without it, you can say goodbye to your hot shower time because that sediment build-up will lead to bigger problems like lower water pressure, equipment failure and even burst pipes! That leads to some major water damage, which requires special restorative cleaning methods.
In some areas with harder water, you definitely need to do this water heater flush yearly. Now that you know how simple it is, just grab your cup of coffee and start with step one. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

Understanding How to Maintain Emergency Sprinklers

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you want to be prepared for the unexpected, you need to have regular emergency sprinkler maintenance.

As a commercial building owner in Greeneville, TN, you have to perform a lot of maintenance. From cleaning your HVAC unit to repairing your roofing system to performing emergency sprinkler maintenance, you're expected to do everything you can to keep your property up and running. Because the emergency system rarely gets used, you may wonder why this maintenance is important. Regular maintenance ensures the following:

• Sprinkler heads are not plugged.
Sprinklers do not have accidental activation.
• System has proper power.

Your commercial remediation expert may be able to help you better understand why this maintenance is important. The professional may also be able to go over what is involved in the maintenance.

Clean the Heads

Dirt and dust can build up around the sprinkler heads. This gunk may stop your fire sprinklers from properly releasing water in an emergency. A non-corrosive cleaning agent should be used to remove the buildup. If any of the heads have been painted over, your cleaning crew may need to find a way to remove the paint film.

Check Valves and Gauges

One important step of sprinkler maintenance is checking that the valves and gauges of the system are in the proper position. Depending on the style of your system, most valves should be open to ensure water can travel throughout the piping system. The gauges should show there is water pressure in the pipes. Without water pressure, the sprinklers may be unable to send out a forceful spray of water. Checking valves and gauges can also tell you if your system is currently getting the power it needs to run.

Have Annual Inspection

While you may want to look at the system yourself, it is often best to have a fire service professional look over the fire sprinklers. This expert can look for signs of wear and make sure the system can function in an emergency.

If you want to be prepared for the unexpected, you need to have regular emergency sprinkler maintenance. Without this maintenance, you may not discover your sprinklers are broken until there is a fire. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

Flooding and Mold: The Noxious Duo

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

After the cleanup is complete and the mold growth has been eradicated, watch for any new growth.

Flooding in Greeneville, TN, is often a problem far bigger than the standing water left after the floodwaters have ebbed. Since many buildings soak up the water like sponges, it is no wonder mildew and mold growth can become a problem after a flood; thus, create a disaster scenario of their own.

Creative Mold

Molds are fungi that have existed for many thousands of years. Designed by nature to breakdown and recycle most organic materials, they can be very good at destruction. Wet or damp areas created by a flood can support mold growth and produce an effective breeding ground within 24 to 48 hours. Since there are more than 100,000 types of mold, it can difficult to know which will grow in what area, so it is advisable to contact a mold remediation team if the building shows signs of an infestation.

Hidden Water

As flood waters rush into the building, it can do much more than fill the center of the room. Hidden spots of water can often be found in:

• Bricks
• Sheet rock
• Wood

These items can soak up the water and stay wet for weeks. Standing water can also continue to soak into unseen areas causing hidden water problems.

When two feet of water fills a room, the actual water damage line can be as much as a foot higher. The space between the sheetrock and studs within the interior of the building can also fill with water and begin soaking into the structure’s wooden and cement foundation. The hidden water will often continue to erode the building’s integrity, hide dangerous bacteria, and allow for the growth of a destructive mold.

Patient Observation

After the cleanup is complete and the mold growth has been eradicated, watch for any new growth. Since mold can form and reproduce in as littles as 48 hours, checking often can be the best defense. If mold continues to be a problem, contact the professionals once again. There is probably a hidden pocket of moisture that continues to propagate the noxious duo of flood water and mold. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

The Proper Schedule for Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

To avoid fire sprinkler cleanup, your system needs regular maintenance.

The Proper Schedule for Fire Sprinkler Maintenance

When you own a business in Greeneville, TN, it is important to make sure your fire system is working properly. Regular tests of each fire sprinkler and the function of the system as a whole help keep your business compliant with national, state and local fire codes. It also ensures that your system provides the necessary fire suppression during an emergency.

Visual Inspections

The first level of testing is the visual test. Set a schedule for visual inspections of the sprinklers, alarm and signal devices, control valves and pipes. Once or twice a month, you should check sprinklers for certain issues that could alter its effectiveness:

• Obstruction
• Corrosion
• Cleanliness

Valves and gauges should be checked every quarter to make sure they look like they’re supposed to look. At least once a year, check your system’s pipes and fittings, and make sure any signage posted is still accurate.

Functionality Tests

When it comes to how well your fire system functions, there are certain time frames for testing each of the parts. While the National Fire Protection Association does not require official certification to perform tests, your state and local agencies may have such restrictions. No matter who performs the test, though, you don’t want to wait until the fire sprinkler system malfunctions and floods your building to know there is a problem. Then, on top of replacing broken parts, you’ll be calling water restoration specialists to clean up a mess that could have been avoided with proper maintenance.

The mechanics of your system should be tested quarterly, and switches should be tested at least twice a year. Your test technician should complete a full test of the system annually to check water flow, alarms and antifreeze concentration. Every five years, it is a good idea to send a sampling of sprinklers to be tested in a lab and replace old sprinklers and valves before they become faulty.

To avoid fire sprinkler cleanup, your system needs regular maintenance. By having a regular testing schedule, you can protect the fire sprinkler system’s dependability. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

How Accurate Are Mold Testing Kits?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Rather than wasting time and money on DIY testing, contact a certified mold remediation service in Greeneville, TN.

If you are curious whether mold is growing in your home, you may be considering a DIY mold test. It is possible to predict the outcome of one of these consumer mold tests without acquiring the kit or knowing anything about conditions in your residence. Mold spores are present in every home. This is why you should hire a certified environmental hygienist to perform mold testing and identify which type of mold is present in your home, as well as any risks.

• Home testing kits pick up various traces of mold present in your home. These kits are not as accurate as trained mold testers and may not reveal the extent of mold contamination.

• The presence of airborne mold particles is not as serious as actively growing mold colonies. Mold testing kits can return positive results for types of mold that are not at problematic levels or points in the growth cycle.

• The results of a DIY test are not as trustworthy as a professional mold test. Breathe easier knowing that the results of a professional test are more accurate than a home mold kit. Insurance companies also prefer to work with certified professionals.

• An environmental hygienist can give you definitive answers regarding mold in your home. A DIY test may heighten concerns without providing the information you need to resolve the issue. A hygienist can recommend containment and cleanup strategies.

Rather than wasting time and money on DIY testing, contact a certified mold remediation service in Greeneville, TN. Experts can administer precise mold testing, provide detailed analysis, and identify the causes and effective cleanup methods. A consumer mold kit may seem more affordable in the short run, but you are likely to receive results that don't provide you with a clear plan of action, and may end up costing more than an accurate professional diagnosis in the long run. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

15 - How To Rid Your Home of Smoke Smells

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke cleaning after a house fire involves more than just removing soot or smoke damage from the home or creating extra air flow.

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After a fire, your home will need some serious smoke cleaning to repair the damage. With a smell that intense, simply opening up the windows isn’t going to suffice. Professional odor remediation specialists in Greeneville, TN, can eliminate smoke odor in your home through the use of special techniques and equipment. Here are three examples of these techniques.

1. Air Filtration Devices

The most basic machine the professionals use is an industrial-strength version of the air purifiers you can buy at the store. An air filtration device with an activated carbon filter works by trapping odor molecules in the filter as the air flows through it. When these gases cannot escape, they deteriorate rapidly. The odor in the room is eventually neutralized.

2. Thermal Foggers

Thermal foggers use heat and deodorizing chemicals for the smoke cleaning process. They simulate the conditions that were present in the fire (i.e., heat and air pressure). Porous surfaces react to these conditions and absorb the deodorizers, just like they absorbed the smoke odor during the fire.

3. Ozone Machines

A third method for eliminating the smell of smoke in your home in [City, State], after a fire is through the use of ozone machines. Think of how the air smells outside right after it rains. The ozone machine mimics what nature does to purify the outside air. It produces molecules of ozone, also known as activated oxygen. The extra atom of oxygen in ozone attaches to smoke particulates and breaks them down. After a while, the air smells fresh and clean because everything that was making it stink has been neutralized.

Smoke cleaning after a house fire involves more than just removing soot or smoke damage from the home or creating extra air flow. When you hire experts for odor remediation, they use equipment that actually eliminates the source of the smell so that it does not return. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

New Technology Can Detect Unseen Smelly Mold

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Acting to break down most natural substances, molds, mildews, and yeasts play a critical role in keeping nature clean and disease-free. However, when the ravenous multi-cellular threads begin multiplying indoors as they eat walls, ceilings, or carpets, it can quickly become a problem in Greeneville, TN. Not only are most molds highly destructive, but they can also stay hidden for weeks before exhibiting a mold smell that can be very unpleasant.

The Odor

Though difficult to describe, mold produces mycotoxins that have a distinct odor all their own. Some people have described the smell as:

• Dirty socks odor
• Wet dankness stink
• Damp forests stench
• Old library smell
• Extra strong mildew smell

Often difficult to locate, mold enjoys dark environments with ample moisture. This can make finding the colonies difficult. That is why technology has moved past locating colonies by mold smell and now uses heat sensing to find the fungus.

The Location

Professional mold remediators suggest locating hidden pockets of mold with an infrared camera. Producing heat radiation images, the camera can often detect moisture hidden inside walls, ceilings, and floors. If a technician notices a fungus smell, he or she can turn the lens toward the potential mold growing area and take temperature measurements. By taking several readings in surrounding areas, and comparing the difference, the engineer can accurately detect areas encouraging mold growth.

The Camera

Once a suspected area of mold is located, the thermal images can document quite a bit of sensory information. The data can:

• Identify the colony size
• Locate the growth pattern
• Detect suspected water source

Using high resolution images, advanced thermal fusion, or laser pointer pictures, specialists can offer mold inspection services not even imagined a decade ago. The camera can also save a tremendous amount of time as it provides a reliable survey of previously hidden areas.

Building owners no longer need to tear walls out of their building at the first hint of a mold smell. With the new camera technology available, infrared detection can save time and money as it can provide an early detection device in the fight against hidden mold. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

How To Manage Water Damage From Frozen Pipes

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

All pipes can be subject to freezing, and your commercial property in Greeneville, TN, is not immune to these dangers. While taking certain prevention measures can help you avoid water damage from broken pipes, there may be times when prevention is out of your control. If your building floods due to a bursting pipe, you may need to contact a remediation specialist for water cleanup.

How It Starts

There are several conditions that can lead to frozen pipes:

• Lack of adequate insulation around pipes
• Excess water in hoses or supply lines
• Cracks in exterior walls that allow cold air to permeate the building
• Remote location of pipes, such as the building’s exterior walls, attic or crawl space

Some of these issues are preventable with routine maintenance. Other problems, however, such as excess supply line water, are difficult to predict and thus difficult to manage. Many business owners don’t know the circumstances that lead to broken pipes exist until they notice the water damage that results.

How It Ends

If your commercial property floods, the first thing you want to do is negate the source. It may not be possible to see where the water is coming from, though, so that’s why it is important to contact a professional water remediation team as soon as you can. These professionals can help you locate the damaged pipe. They can also remove the excess water and dry out as many of the affected items and materials as possible. Then, if necessary, they can clean the area the water touched.

Whether you own or rent a commercial property, it is important to protect the building by preventing pipes from freezing and bursting. If you cannot prevent water damage to your business in Greeneville, TN, however, you can at least act quickly so that the flood does not cause any more damage. Calling water restoration specialists to fix the problem while it is still relatively small is key to protecting your building. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

6 Must-Know Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

As a homeowner in Greeneville, TN, you may have a sump pump installed in your basement in case there is ever a flood. This piece of equipment sucks up water in your basement and directs it to your home's yard. If you have this piece of equipment, you need to make sure to maintain it properly. Without the proper maintenance, your pump may not be in working order when a flood does occur.

1. Clean Intake Screen: Three or four times a year, you should take the time to clean the intake screen of your pump. This cleaning can help make sure the screen is not clogged with sediment.
2. Check Pump's Electrical Source: Odd things can happen to the power cord of your pump. Whenever you clean the screen, you may want to make sure the device is plugged in and has power.
3. Clean the Pump: At least once a year, you should take the sump pump out of the sump and give it a thorough cleaning and inspection. This can help you find minor repair problems and fix clogs.
4. Apply Grease: Some pumps have bearings that need to be greased occasionally. You can check your owner's manual to determine if this step is right for you.
5. Clean the Sump: While the pump is out, you may also want to clean out the sump. This is usually done to keep sediment from blocking the water's path.
6. Test the Pump: Take a bucket of water and dump it into the sump. The float should rise and turn the pump on. If this doesn’t happen, you may need to have a professional take a look.

Pump maintenance is an important part of owning a sump pump. When storms or burst pipes cause flooding in your home, this piece of machinery plays an integral role in keeping the flood damage minimal. Working with a storm damage remediation team is another great way to reduce storm damage. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com/.

Recovering After a Water Loss in Greeneville, TN

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

When the general population of Greeneville, TN, Tennessee and other surrounding areas experience flooding that brings about water damage, there is a procedure that every individual can follow to help in bringing water restoration. Flood damage has been seen to hit areas nearby Afton, Midway and Tusculum TN.

With the increase of water level, some problems are bound to be experienced coming from the natural disaster. In most cases, the water is seen to destroy walls through wicking the walls up. This leads to an awful smell as the air movement is restricted. Water Loss is a common occurrence, and it raises a lot of concerns as not only does it cause significant psychological distress but also financial damage.

This issue can bring about major complications not being able to know how to handle the situation can lighten the heavy burden, By handling the situation immediately after it happens, it helps in reducing losses. What makes it hard to control water damage is the fact that it is a natural catastrophe that might be beyond human control. Regardless, you can do something to help in rectifying the situation.

Firstly, one is required to relocate his/her property that is at a higher risk of being damaged by the floods. They should be transferred to a place water cannot reach to prevent any further harm. In some cases, the situation can get of hand, and it is important to let the emergency services know what is happening.

Most emergency teams in Tennessee and the Greeneville area, respond fast and will be in your vicinity in the shortest time possible. The mitigation measure that can be adopted is turning off any power supply to prevent the situation from worsening. Through this, a fire caused by electrical faults will be avoided. The point of doing all this is to recover, water cleanup and water restoration any damage that might have occurred,

The next step involves extracting the water through being vacuumed or pumped. A professional dehumidifying process is compulsory to remove the smell after the water has been withdrawn. Before the dehumidifying process has been carried out, a safety inspector needs to come and look at the property to identify if the structure is safe for occupation.

If the structure is frail, demolition is the only choice left. An air quality inspector is also called in to help in determining if the air is suitable for in-habitation and free from pathogens. The Greene County Inspectors are able to dry your walls with the help of their advanced equipment. With the aid of the Greene County Inspectors, molds are prevented from growing, and the air is also improved. Professionals can deal with all issue dealing with air movement and dirty water wicking up walls

The most significant mitigation measure is done by the air quality assessment inspector. The air needs to be conducive for occupancy. Dealing with the insurance company is the last step when you decide to recover your losses.

It is always advisable for every homeowner to try as much as possible to reduce his/her losses caused by water loss as many insurance companies are hesitant when it comes to paying damaged caused by flooding.

Always let professional water handlers do the job who are licensed in water cleanup and restoration in case of any water damage recovery. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on water loss and damage.

What to do After a Fire in Greene County

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

In Tennessee, Greenville, TN and most parts of the world, the distressing fact about fire loss is the fact that some things can never be regained. Most of these things include physical items such as pictures, furniture, heirlooms and air quality. Apart from physical objects, mental losses such as security, psychological trauma and rest are some of the losses that are hard to be recovered after an incident with fire.

However, there exist absolute methods by which all the stress incurred during fire loss can be minimized at large. This action needs to be taken by a homeowner living in Greeneville, TN as it has an effect of giving back a certain percentage of the control lost during the fire accident. It is difficult for homeowners to see their property being burnt down especially if you had worked your butt off to own a house.

It’s even harder to see your items being consumed and you cannot do anything about it or save anything you love. The action requires immediate cleanup and recovery to help in gaining the lost control. For this process to be facilitated, every homeowner is always advised to select a fire cleanup and a fire restoration Company with a record of providing efficient and fast services.

In most cases, these fire cleanup services are required to be contracted early so as to mitigate the damage incurred during the fire incident. What surprises most homeowners is that most of the things that are destroyed include water damage. Water damage from fire in most cases is as devastating as the fire if the cleanup process doesn’t begin immediately.

Most homeowner insurance policies in Tennessee and Greeneville provide cover against fire damage. This stipulates that the cleanup service starts immediately to be able to circumvent the great loss that could have been incurred. If water damage from fire is given an opportunity to proliferate it can result into something far more dangerous such as mold. If the cleanup services began working on the property immediately, smoke damage and soot damage could have minimal impact.

There exist various comprehensive clean up service companies that respond quickly when their services are required. These companies are seen to have a certain level of empathy in understanding what their clients are facing which leads them to become the guides that are responsible for delivering the client throughout the cleanup process.

In most instances, the companies are second to the first responders when it comes to helping families recover from the fire accident. It is important always to ensure the company you choose can do the required work as choosing the wrong company may set the process backward.

Fire damage, smoke damage and soot damage all share one thing in common which is the fact they are irreversible. Even so, smoke and soot can be cleaned and air quality restored, by contacting these companies, a lot of things such as pictures, heirlooms, important papers among others can be saved from waters and fire damage.

Thus it is important for every homeowner to have a contact of any fire restoration company as it comes in handy when you require their service. You should not suffer due to smoke or soot when there are companies who can assist you. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on steps to take after a fire.

Prevent Water Damage From Destroying Your Home With These 3 Tips

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

If your home recently sustained water damage because of flooding, a burst pipe or sewage backup, you may be feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. After all, you know how devastating water in the home can be. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to minimize water damage and cut down on the costs of restoration:

1. Shut off the water supply line
2. Call your insurance company
3. Contact your local Greeneville, TN water restoration team

Stop the Flow of Water

The first thing you need to do is restrict the flow of water through your home’s pipes. This is as simple as shutting off your home’s supply lines. Once you’ve restricted the flow of water, contact a plumber, who can diagnose the issue and make necessary repairs.

Contact Your Insurance Agency

You need to let your insurance agency know that flooding has occurred and how it happened. This is a crucial next step, as your policy may or may not cover the damage, something that you want to know before you contact a restoration team. While you should not skimp on restoration efforts, knowledge of your policy coverage can help you plan accordingly.

Call Your Water Restoration Team

Once you’ve spoken with your insurance agent, contact your local flood remediation company. The team discharged to your home will assume control from this point forward. Some steps the team may take to get your home back into pre-flood condition include:

• Remove any excess or sitting water
• Wipe down wood, tile and décor
• Remove furniture from the environment
• Place fans around the room or turn on the AC unit to speed up drying (if weather permits)
• Remove wet carpeting or rugs
• Remove other loose items
• Place a dehumidifier in the impacted room

Each of these steps will help remove moisture and minimize damage to your home. If your home was recently the victim of flooding, call your Greeneville, TN water restoration team to help today.

Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on water damage. 

What Are the Benefits of Working With a Certified Remediation Company?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

If you ever have a mold problem in Greeneville, TN you likely want to get the best help possible. The faster you can find a reliable mold remediation team, the faster you will be able to put this entire mess behind you. Because speed and accuracy are important to you, you may want to learn more about the benefits of working with a certified mold company.

Knowledgeable Experts

Those who have a mold certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Cleaning must prove they have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the industry. The IICRC requires their certificate candidates to have specialized knowledge, including the following:

• How to clean structures and content
• How to design containment systems
• How to use personal protective equipment and other safety gear
• How to follow industry standards and legal requirements
• How to spot signs of mold growth

People who qualify to be certified mold experts have been in the industry for at least a year and are able to pass an exam about the remediation process. This type of certification is a sign of possessing the training and experience needed to handle a mold remediation without direct supervision.

Licensed Professionals

The IICRC also requires their candidates to meet the state licensing requirements. There may be some so-called mold remediation specialists who do not hold a proper license. Working with this type of professional may be cheaper, but it could leave you vulnerable. The individual might not have the knowledge needed to properly manage mold, which could leave you with a bigger problem than you started with. Not only that, but the individual might not be legally allowed to work in the state. A certified mold remediation graduate, on the other hand, will be licensed to work in your area.

Mold issues are never fun to deal with. Working with a certified mold expert can make the entire experience easier to manage. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on mold. 

Save or Throw: Taking Care of Equipment After a Flood

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

The fans and air scrubbers pictured here are just part of the equipment that we use to make sure the job is done right when removing water.

Content cleaning is a major part of storm damage cleanup in Greeneville, TN. You can't leave your old office furniture and equipment in a restored building because they could be reintroducing too much moisture to the environment. As you set out to clean up your possessions, how do you decide what you can keep and what needs to be thrown away?

What You Can Keep

Most non-porous materials can be saved after a flood. This can include anything made of hard plastic, metal and glass. Some porous and semi-porous items may also be salvageable, depending on the type of water damage you are dealing with. Once you have determined what can be kept, there are a few different cleaning methods you may be able to use, including the following:

* Contents dunked into a bath of cleaning products for immersion cleaning.
* Contents are wiped dry with a cloth for light residues or pre-clean processes as part of dry cleaning.
* Furniture has a foam cleaner applied as part of foam cleaning.
* Items are sprayed with cleaner and wiped down with the spray and wipe cleaning.

Content cleaning specialists may be able to help you determine what items can be salvaged. These professionals can also tell you which cleaning method is best for each item.

What You Should Throw Away

Typically, it is harder to save porous items because the water is able to better soak into the content. If you are dealing with a black water flood, you may have to throw away more items than if you have clean water in your building. Sometimes, you can try some of the aforementioned cleaning techniques on porous objects to see if they can be restored, but it won't always work.

As you try to come back from high waters in your commercial building, you have to go through a long restoration process. Content cleaning can help save you money because it allows you to repair what you can rather than replace everything. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on commercial storm damage. 

How Cold Weather Causes Mold

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Many people make the mistake of thinking that mold is typically a problem for the humid and rainy seasons. However, black mold can infiltrate your business during the winter because of an ice dam. These rooftop problems are a lesser-known source of mold in businesses. Before you need a mold cleanup crew in Horse Creek, Tennessee, you can prevent ice dams in these ways:

• Make sure your business is well-insulated
• Don’t allow ice to accumulate on your roof
• Use heated cables
• Remove ice dams as soon as possible

What are these ice dams and how do they lead to mold inside the business? It’s a process that business owners rarely think about.

What Ice Dams Are

After a big snowstorm, you may find snow on your business’s roof. As heat rises through the building, it can cause the bottom layers of that snow to melt and drip down the roof. Once this water reaches the edge of the roof, it freezes into ice. This is how those lovely icicles can form.

As water and ice continue to go through this process, an ice dam forms and traps water underneath some of the ice. This is where problems occur.

How Ice Causes Mold

The water that gets trapped under the dam receives little to no air flow. As a result, the water drips into the house, sometimes unnoticed. As this continues, the humidity inside the business’ wall continues to rise. As you may know, this causes mold.

What’s worse is that you may not notice the mold inside the walls until it becomes a significant problem. You may smell that unmistakable mildew odor or even see the mold come through the walls.

What To Do About Mold

If you’re in the middle of a snowy season and you have noticed mold in your business, it could be because of an ice dam. Be sure to bring in an experienced professional in Horse Creek, Tennessee, who can help you find the source of the problem, restore your building, and prevent further damage.

Visit us for more cold weather information at http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Dealing with a Fire Loss in Greenville, TN

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here are some basic steps to follow when handling a fire loss in Tennessee.

  1. Carry out an Inspection Find out and establish the possible causes of the fire. Insurance providers in Greeneville, TN area use this as a requirement before coming to your rescue. You should also assess the losses to estimate roughly the total amount of work to be done.
  2. Salvage Salvaging involves saving undamaged property. First, ensure that the site is safe to access; some fires may result in collapse of the aftermath. After your safety is assured, rescue as much property as you can.
  3. Get Expert Assistance Soot, which is as a result of smoke, is likely to accumulate in areas such as ducts and pipes. It is advisable to have them inspected, repaired and cleaned up by a professional.
  4. Do it yourself Some simple repairs and maintenance services do not necessarily require professional help; you can simply do them yourself and save on costs. Be careful with DIY techniques though since some damages may require an expert. 

For more information entailing disaster restoration services and prevention, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Simple Commercial Fire Steps

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here are some simple techniques you can use to combat losses as a result of factors such as smoke, soot, and water:

Smoke Damage

Experts say that smoke damages are much worse and last longer in comparison to fire damages. You can restore good air quality by ventilating affected spaces. Opening all doors and windows can prove to be quite helpful. You can also use a fan to drive out the smoke further. Such measures encourage a smooth air circulation improving the air quality. If the odor persists, you can use odor neutralizing sprays.

Soot Damage

Carpets, curtains, upholstery, furniture, walls and tiles are prone soot damage. Each surface has its own unique procedure to follow when getting rid of soot. You can clean fabric by first steam cleaning then using a vacuum cleaner.

Water Damage from Fire

Mold usually forms as a result of moisture, cause allergy and damage fabric. It is, therefore, important to do cleanup as soon as possible to avoid water damage from fire. Before clean up, inspect all water pipes to ensure none is leaking. In the case of damages, look for a plumber for repairs and maintenance, then clean up the fire damage. For excess water, you can have it drained before cleaning.

Final Inspection

Carry out a final check to ascertain that everything is back in order and the property is ready and safe for use and occupation. It is advisable to acquire opinion from health officials in Greeneville Tennessee on this matter.

Sometimes doing it yourself methods can prove to be quite tiresome and time-consuming; if you do not have the time you have an option of calling in cleaning experts from Tennessee to your aid.

Regardless of where you are in any part of Greeneville, TN, with these steps in mind, your property should be back to normal use in no time. You don’t just want to pass the inspection; you want a safe environment for your employees to work. 

For more information entailing disaster restoration services and prevention, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Disaster Preparedness in Greeneville, TN

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Disaster preparation includes making sure that the water damage and fire damage does not cause too many problems in the house. There are a few steps to follow, and it helps people to be sure that they will protect their homes and their investment.

  • Disaster Preparedness around the house.
  • Having a mitigation company in mind.

Someone who is planning to be ready for a disaster needs to be sure that emergency services are not needed when a disaster comes to the house. Everyone who has been hit by something that causes fire damage and water damage needs to be sure that they have called the mitigation company in Greeneville TN, Tusculum TN or Afton TN. 

SERVPRO of Greene County is always available to help. Visit our website for more information.

Preparing Your Home for a Storm

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Disaster Preparation Around The House

The preparation that is done around the house has to include waterproofing that will prevent water from flooding the lower levels of the house, and it should also include fire retardant materials that help prevent the house from catching on fire when it gets too hot or the fire comes to the house.

This can give people a chance to take action to protect the house when there is a disaster happening in the area. Each of these small things will make a big difference, but there could still be damage in the area because of the disaster.

Everyone who is looking for a way to recover from a major disaster should be sure that they have work with the right company to fix the house. They also have to make sure that they are prepared for what could come. There are things that can be done to the home to make the houses function well, and it will increase the chances that the house will survive if there is a problem. Just making sure that the house is ready for a disaster in case it comes, or that is can be repaired when something bad happens.

SERVPRO of Greene County is always available to help. Visit our website for more information.

Mitigation After Storm Disaster

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

How Do Mitigation Services Work?

Mitigation services work just like any other kind of repair, and they need to be sure that they have found a company in the area that can come out as soon as they need them to. The company can offer the emergency services in Greeneville TN, Tusculum TN and Afton TN, and they will move so fast that they can help them get the house to come back to its original condition. Homeowners are trying to recreate the way the home looked because the storm or the fire came through the area.

Everyone who needs these services needs to be sure that they will be able to get the help that they need so that the people who are fixing up the home can see the home return to its former glory. Planning for this means knowing when to call the company to come out, and it also involves making sure that the company knows how bad the damage. They can offer a timeline that will be easy to follow, and they will show the client how easy it is to get all the damage out of the house.

SERVPRO of Greene County is always available to help. Visit our website for more information.

How To Know It's Time To Improve Air Quality with Duct Cleaning

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

There are numerous reasons why someone would need air duct cleaning. In the event that a Greene County, Tennessee building is remodeled with new tile for example, this would cause a lot of dirt and dust to still hang around. Getting this type of cleaning done will help eliminate any smoke smell or bad odors in the building. Air duct cleaning is a great way to improve the overall air quality of the building. It's important to make sure that the work is done by a licensed air conditioning contractor. The contractor is going to have to partially take apart the air conditioning system in order to clean it properly. The air intake filters may be replaced during this process as well.

Our professionals in Greeneville TN utilize the necessary tools for proper duct cleaning. Some of the tools a professional would use to clean the intake supply and return ducts are a vacuum, blowers, and brushes. Also included with this is cleaning of the registers, air handler, grills, motors, fans, housings, and coils of the HVAC unit. Dirt builds up over time and therefore should be cleaned. There are certain instances in which a company owner should certainly seek out professional air duct cleaning such as: Renovation / remodeling Mold Animals nesting in the ducts Bad odor Smoke smell

For more information entailing HVAC cleaning and restoration, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Using a Certified Air Duct Cleaning Company

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure that when the air ducts are cleaned that full service is chosen.

This ensures the building gets a complete cleaning of the entire cooling and heating unit. Ask for an estimate to be prepared for the cost of getting the cleaning done. The company should hold a certification from the national air duct cleaners Association or NADCA.

Know that the job is being done right because the NADCA create the rules by which professional duct cleaners operate. They follow the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA). Feel free to have a visual inspection of the ductwork once it’s been cleaned and see if any debris or dirt is visible.

The air ducts in a room that return the air back to the unit are typically the dirtiest and less clean than the supply ducts. Take before and after photos because the difference should be somewhat significant.

For more information entailing air duct cleaning and restoration services, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Air Duct Cleaning for Property Managers

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Avoid using any harmful chemicals in the air ducts.

Sprayed sealants and other chemicals have no place inside the air ducts. Be careful with antimicrobial treatment due to the chemicals that could possibly harm the health of the occupants.

There are products available to clean the air ducts but they are potentially harmful that is why the best thing to do is to seek out a professional to get the air ducts cleaned and improve the overall quality of the building. Keep in mind that steam cleaning should not be involved in this process. Avoid using any type of moisture.

Consider if someone in the building has allergies or asthma, how important it might be to breathe in clean air. How much of a difference would it make in someone's life to have improved air quality when they're dealing with an asthmatic condition or allergies? Say goodbye to the smell of smoke for good with professional duct cleaning.

Contact experienced pros that have been servicing Greeneville TN for many years. We understand the Greene County Tennessee environment well and we’re ready to raise the quality of air in buildings safely and quickly.

For more information entailing air duct cleaning and restoration services, please visit www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com.

Make Sure Your Fire Sprinklers Are in Working Order

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

A fire sprinkler is a great way to protect your property and the lives of the building’s occupants against fire. When installed correctly, they do a phenomenal job at controlling the spread of fire. Many state codes require some kind of fire suppression system.

How They Work

Sprinkler heads are designed to work independently. Activating one won’t activate them all. They are designed to work when there is enough heat to melt the fusible link. The fusible link is typically a small piece of metal or a glass bulb. The point is to control the fire until the fire department can arrive. Typically, the activation of one or two fire sprinklers is enough. This means less fire sprinkler cleanup later.

Maintenance

Maintaining the sprinklers is vital. Control valves need to be visually inspected occasionally to make sure they are locked in the wide-open position. Sometimes the valve gets shut during repairs or maintenance on the system.

When they are being shut off for maintenance or repairs:

• Place a tag on the shut control valve
• Notify the fire department
• Notify the insurance companies
• Avoid ignition sources in the area

When a fire sprinkler is shut off, maintenance should be done on it immediately. Get them back up and running as quickly as possible.

Inspection

Sprinklers need to be inspected and tested on a regular basis to meets regulations. Some municipalities require an inspection to be done by a certified specialist. Physical inspections may vary depending on the specific system. In general, unsupervised valves should be visually checked weekly and locked or supervised valves should be visually checked monthly.

A fire sprinkler system is a great safety feature to have in your office. It can greatly reduce fire damage and may save lives. It needs to be maintained and inspected on a regular basis, so when an emergency does occur, it is able to do its job. Specialists in Albany, Tennessee, can install the necessary system for your building.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more commercial fire information. 

After the Home Flood: The Threat of Secondary Damage

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in the home is a scary enough prospect in itself, but many fail to realize that simply removing the water is only half the battle. Floodwaters are capable of producing secondary damage such as black mold, a potential health hazard and a definite threat to any residence in Greeneville, TN. That’s why it’s vital to take immediate action when this type of disaster occurs. Quick removal of water diminishes the threat of extended high humidity, the condition which allows harmful mold to take shape.

Lasting Effects

While it’s certainly important to eliminate standing water when flooding occurs, it’s only the first step in a complete recovery process. Professional restoration is frequently requested for this purpose, as commercial technology allows both for rapid water removal and proper analysis of the situation afterward. The next recommendations will go toward preventing secondary threats such as:

• Rotted wooden building materials
• Growth of harmful black mold
• Warped or swollen flooring

Remember, floodwaters need not make direct contact with a surface in order to affect it, and not all signs of moisture remain visible to the naked eye.

Tools of the Trade

Any number of solutions may be employed to inhibit mold formation and other moisture-related issues. Many restoration teams utilize tools such as industrial air movers and high-strength dehumidifiers to ensure that the environment is totally free of unwanted moisture after a flood. Microbial growth begins quickly and is usually very difficult to address once a problem has begun, so make moves quickly should disaster strike.

Protect Your Investment

No one wants to pay for unnecessary services, but when it comes to your home, the investment’s worth it. Black mold resulting from high humidity often ends up costing homeowners much more than handling the problem correctly from the start, so don’t fall victim to secondary damage. If flooding should affect your home, consider calling in the pros—it may just be a case of paying a little now instead of paying a lot later. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on water damage.

Clean, but Still Dirty

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Many business owners in Greeneville, TN incur heavy losses because they don't clean up their water issues. That doesn't mean they're lazy, it just means that they don't have the knowledge necessary to do a complete recovery. You could also be in danger if you have suffered water damage of any type, including:

• Broken pipes
• Flooding
• Leaks

Black Mold

Black mold is one of the reasons that it's important to have your water damage repair performed thoroughly. This nefarious organic pollutant loves high humidity. In fact, all it needs to start taking over your business's facilities is a little extra moisture. It uses the softened building materials as both food and habitat, creating whole colonies of mold.


Structural Weakening

Mold isn't the only thing that likes wet buildings. In fact, improper drying might lead to infestations of much larger life forms, such as termites or rodents. Termites prefer to eat building materials that have been softened by water, whereas rodents find it much easier to chew through weakened woods. The good news is that, like black mold, it often takes these creatures a little time before they figure out that your structure is vulnerable. If you act quickly enough, you might be able to avoid a secondary damage pest problem entirely.

Not every business owner or facility manager in Greeneville, TN who has water damage develops a secondary mold damage problem. However, it's usually difficult to tell whether or not you're at risk. Even if it seems like you've cleaned up the whole spill, there are still plenty of spaces where you might have lingering moisture and humidity, such as crawlspaces, insides of walls and around fixtures. It's usually better to inspect the area meticulously before calling your cleanup job finished.
 Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on commercial water damage.

How To Rid Your Home of Mold

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

How To Rid Your Home of Mold

The presence of fungus growth in your home can set your mind spinning with several worries. First, you will probably worry about property damage to your home. Secondly, you will begin to wonder about expenses and what type of mold coverage you have on your homeowner’s insurance policy. Let us help you get some facts straight.

Keeping Mold Away

You can prevent fungus growth in your home with preventative measures. The following actions will help protect you from the vagaries of your insurance policy.

Using ventilators in bathrooms
Keeping a low-humidity environment in the home
Running dehumidifiers
Using exhaust fans when cooking
Checking the home regularly for excess moisture and leaks

Mold Insurance

Typically most insurance companies do not cover damage to a home caused by mold. However, each policy is different, so it is a good idea to talk to your agent about mold insurance coverage. You can also talk to professionals in mold remediation as they should be familiar with insurance coverage in Greeneville, TN. Some companies or policies will have a mold cap, meaning mold damage is covered up to a certain dollar limit. Many insurance companies specifically exclude damage from mold.

Ridding Your Home of Mold

Fungus growth in a home is almost always caused by moist and warm conditions, where mold can flourish. The best way to rid your home of mold is by eliminating water damage. This can be from a leaking roof or a water faucet that drips or from poor drainage outside the home. The first step, therefore, is to eliminate any excess water in the home. Once that is accomplished, specialized antifungal and antimicrobial cleaning agents and specialized equipment can be utilized by professionals.

Once mold is eradicated from a home, it is important to keep mold out. Talk to your mold remediation professionals for further preventative tips.
Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on mold.

Can Mold Be Covered Under Insurance?

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Can Mold Be Covered Under Insurance?

Sometimes fungus growth can end up costing homeowners a lot of money. The cost to have it removed and to repair damages can be extensive. If your home floods unexpectedly, mold can grow in as little as 24 hours. When this happens, how can you afford to pay for damages? This is where mold coverage comes in.

What is Mold Insurance?

Insurance coverage for mold would cover any damages caused by mold or fungus to your property. Some insurance companies don’t cover these damages, but some will if a sudden disaster led to the fungus growth. However, even if you have coverage, there may be a cap on how much they will spend or how much you have to spend first. Additional coverage is added to your policies at an additional fee.

Is it Necessary?

When people first consider mold insurance, they aren’t always convinced that they’ll need it. There are a few reasons why you might want to consider it, however. Here are a few factors that can tell you that you need it:

You live in an area prone to natural disasters
You live in a warm, wet climate
You live in an older home
You live in a home that uses gas heating

Can You Get Covered?

Most homeowner’s insurance coverages do not cover the damage associated with mold. Now, if you manage to talk to a remediation expert or an insurance adjuster, they may be able to discuss your options with you. This can mean add-ons to your current insurance. In some cases, if you think that you’ll need coverage, you may have to consider a new plan entirely. If you live in an area that floods often, then flood damage insurance may be able to help with damages caused by fungus growth.

Mold can be more than an annoying problem. It can be an expensive problem. This is why homeowners living in Greeneville, TN should seriously consider mold insurance. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on mold.

Water Damage for Beginners: What You Need to Know

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage for Beginners: What You Need to Know

It's a homeowner's worse nightmare. You return from work to find water in your home. Suddenly, you don't get to relax after a long day at the office. Instead, you have to deal with the very real problem of a supply line break or pipe break in your home. Fortunately, there are restoration professionals who can help recover your flooded home. The right restoration company is more than able to help you recover from a pipe break and repair any flood damage your house may have sustained. Here's what you can expect when you contact a restoration company.

Identify
The first thing a restoration company will do when they arrive at your flooded home is to identify the source of the water in your home. Do you have a pipe break? A supply line break? Is there something else causing water damage in your home? Your restoration company will examine your flooded home to locate the source of the problem.

Many people experience flood damage when they notice water in their business or water in their home. If you haven't recently had a storm that could lead to water damage or a flooded home, it's possible you had a pipe break or a supply line break where the water enters your home. A supply line break is a common problem that can result in flood damage to your home. Fortunately, water cleanup and drying is possible even when you have water in your home or water in your business.

Repair the Damage
Once the source of the damage has been identified, water cleanup and repair can occur. The restoration process after water damage typically involves removing the water using a flood pump. After water cleanup occurs, drying needs to happen. Drying time will vary based on the size of your home. Then restoration to your home will occur, including repairing damaged walls or flooring. Even if you're experiencing severe flood damage or water in your business, your water cleanup company can assist with drying and restoration of your home.

Prevent the Damage from Reoccurring
No one wants to deal with standing water. If you have water in your business, you likely want to prevent this from happening again. Mitigation can help. Your water restoration company will work with you to discuss mitigation options. Mitigation involves planning for future flooding and preventing it from happening again. Mitigation plays a vital role in ensuring you don't experience water in your home again.

The most important thing to remember about water damage in your home is that you aren't alone. Many homeowners experience this tragedy, but the right water repair company will help restore your house to its natural state.

It's also important that you stay safe and avoid trying to repair your damaged home on your own. Understand that professionals have years of experience removing flood water from homes and can work quickly to repair your home. You don't need to stress about trying to remove the water on your own. Instead, reach out to a local company that cna help perform the water removal for you.

Additionally, make sure you act quickly. Never go into flood water on your own, as there may be hidden hazards and dangers you are currently unaware of. Also take care to ensure your family members and pets stay out of the water, too. As soon as you notice flooding occurring, immediately contact a professional to remove the water buildup and perform drying for you and your family. This will ensure your house sustains the least amount of damage and that repairs to your property are minimal. Visit http://www.SERVPROgreenecounty.com for more information on water damage.

Key Tips on Fire Damage Restoration

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Key Tips on Fire Damage Restoration

You may have heard of commercial fire damage services, but you might not know what their services entail. Fire damage can cause extensive loss and reduce your valuables to ashes. This is where fire damage restoration services come in. When fire in the home or fire in the business strikes, you need to salvage whatever you can to avoid further losses. To do this, you need to act first. Fire cleanup is therefore critical towards preserving what is left after a fire.

Commercial fire damage companies have trained technicians who are also firefighters. These professionals are trained in providing fire damage restoration to deal with fire in the home or fire in the business. Professional fire cleanup comes after the fire fighters, fire trucks and fire hose devices have been used. Fire cleanup services are time sensitive. This is why these firms operate round the clock. They are also trained to deal with smoke smell, soot damage and smoke damage. They go beyond the basic roles of a firefighter.

A certified fire restoration company hire firefighter technicians who have gone through training from organization such as the Cleaning and Restoration certification (IICRC). With proper training, these firefighters are able to offer fire clean up services. A professional fire restoration company will also provide drying services. Water is used to put out fire and this leaves water damage.

A fire hose and a fire truck are crucial in putting out a fire. These emergency services are crucial. However, fire restoration experts go beyond what can be done using a fire hose and a fire truck. In fact, these are the experts that should be called once the fire hose and fire trucks have completed their task.

Fire damage restoration services also include water removal. Lingering moisture can provide a good breeding ground for mold and other fungi. Commercial fire damage companies are also experts in water and mold removal. The three services go hand in hand. The smoke smell, soot damage and smoke damage also need to be addressed. Soot can discolor and damage household items. When hiring a fire restoration company, ask about their soot damage, smoke smell and smoke damage removal methods.

When you experience a fire in the home or fire in the business, board up services are crucial. A board up is one of the best ways to secure your home or business and to prevent further damage. Board up services can be used to secure the roof, windows and doorways.

Electrical fires are some of the most common causes of fire. An electrical fire can be caused by outdated or old appliances and faulty outlets. Using appliances with a worn out or frayed cord can easily cause an electrical fire. This fire can easily send heat to other surfaces and items such as curtains, floors and rugs. It is best not to place running cords under the rugs as this can easily cause electrical fires.

Another common fire occurrence is utility room fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 15,000 utility room fires are reported every year. A utility room fire can easily happen when a hot drier comes into contact with a flammable component. Again, most people use their utility rooms to store flammable items. This only increases the risk of a utility room fire.

Fire restoration professionals use a fire suppression and a fire sprinkler system. These two systems may appear similar but a fire suppression and a fire sprinkler system are different in their applications. Ideally, a fire sprinkler system uses water to control, extinguish and minimize the spread of fire. Whereas a fire suppression system mainly uses chemicals or foam agents to put out a fire. A fire expert will know when to use a fire sprinkler system and when a fire suppression system is more ideal.

When you encounter a fire, seek the expertise of commercial fire damage companies. They are trained to handle fire damage, soot damage, smoke damage and other after effects of fire.
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Professional Storm Damage Restoration: Why is it Crucial?

9/25/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Storm Damage Restoration: Why is it Crucial?

Just like any other natural calamity, a storm is unpredictable and it brings forth devastating effects. After a storm hits an area of residence, it is imperative to call a water restoration or storm restoration company to remediate the storm damage. Storm and flood damage can cause grave damages to residences and immediate response to the storm damage and flooding conditions is necessary to avoid costly home restoration costs.

When it comes to storm damage, a storm restoration company with the right credentials and experience to deal with this natural disaster is the best to approach. The damages caused by a storm cannot be handled by the affected parties, rather, it need be handled by skilled professionals who specialize in storm remediation. This is because a storm can be accompanied by hurricanes, heavy wind, ice flows, and hailstorms. These factors in turn result to hurricane damage, wind damage, ice damage, and hail damage respectively.

Storm restoration requires proper assessment to determine the extent of the damage in homes in order to come up with a suitable action plan for storm remediation. When the storm is especially heavy, it may even cause ground water to leak causing massive flooding. Flood water in homes can leave properties in a terrible state, and more so, flood water is known to destroy personal belongings such as furniture leaving them in irreparable state. This will mean incurring more costs in the home restoration process.

After the storm restoration company inspects the damaged property and develop a suitable plan, they start by removing the debris that may have been swept to the affected residence by flood water. Moreover, the wind accompanying the storm can cause immense roof damage. If there is a roof leak or the roof has caved in, restoration experts will need to clear off the bricks that have been damaged before carrying out the storm remediation.

During a storm, there is usually heavy rain that could lead to river flooding. When river flooding occurs, the water bursts out of the banks carrying with it debris and other material that could cause extreme flood damage on residential property. When river flooding and ground water combine, they cause heavy flooding and owners may be required to vacate their premises until water restoration is carried out.

After a storm, flood water may cover the floor, cause burst pipes and ground water. In a home restoration process, the storm and water restoration experts need to mitigate these damages as soon as possible. This is essential because flooding can render a residential property uninhabitable due to extreme structural damage.

This flood water can be removed using a submersible flood pump. The flood pump removes the flood water from the floors discarding it elsewhere. The flood pump utilizes the suction method to pump out water. If a residence is affected by flooding, whether caused by river flooding, ground water, or burst pipes, the professionals have to have a flood pump for successful water restoration.

When an ice damage or a storm damage occurs, there can be extreme ice damage and hail damage in homes. Ice falling on roofs could lead to ice dams and in turn roof damage. An ice dam prevents melting water from draining off the roof, and the water left behind the ice damming can lead to roof leaks that in turn translate to roof damages. Ice dams are caused by snowstorms. This ice damming causes cracks on roofs resulting to roof leaks.

Ice damage and hail damage after a storm not only cause ice damming but could also lead to frozen pipes. Home restoration services ought to entail remediating the frozen pipes. Home restoration companies offer immediate relief by fixing the frozen pipes and reinforcing them. Frozen pipes have devastating outcomes when left unattended.

Roof leaks call for roof repair regardless of whether they are caused by an ice dam or a serious roof damage caused by wind damage and hurricane damage. Strong winds cause both wind damage and hurricane damages that necessitate a roof repair. If roof repairs are not catered for appropriately, secondary damages could occur. Each roof repair incidence requires a different approach depending on the cause of roof leaks and roof damage. Regardless of whether the damage emanated from an ice damming, a wind damage, a hail damage, or a hurricane damage, a proper home restoration must incorporate a roof repair among other repairs associated with a storm remediation.
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Professional Guide to Recover a Home After Water Damage

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Guide to Recover a Home After Water Damage

Property restoration companies that handle cases of water damage have a recommended standard procedure that governs their service rendering. Unlike popular notion, a leak damage is vastly different from flood damage, and each of these situations presents unique challenges to the professionals. Regardless, one goal is common in both endeavors: To rid the home of the debris, washed and damaged items and dry the home, so it acquires the apt conditions to permit habitation. Home restoration projects from water damage or flood damage, have a lot of intricacies, and proper skills can only be rendered by other industrial peers. That is why individuals are always urged to find reputable professionals in the mitigation of the damage extent.

Professional Home Restoration Process

As aforementioned, a lot goes into a flood home restoration process on occurrence of a Water damage. Therefore, a water cleanup is necessary on a flooded home, hence, DIY projects are highly discouraged, if one wishes to have their home looking like it were after a costly pipe break or a supply line break. An experienced, and certified water restoration company will follow the several steps outlined here.

Primary Inspection

Before embarking on the practical removal work concerning water in business, there is need to inspect the situation or the extent of damage caused by the water in home. Inspections are very crucial and helpful in determining the best approach is effective in the mitigation of damage. Assessment exercises employ the use of meters to determine moisture content in a flood home. The equipment can measure both the surface and below-surface measurement of moisture. The proceeds from inspections enable the professionals to gather the relevant tools for the job.

The Removal Process

It is the primary purpose why homeowners and commercial properties contact the services of a restoration company. Water damage is usually evident from the many valuables that are often rendered useless following a pipe break. In other circumstances, the damage may emanate from a supply line break. The first thing to do is to relocate the items in the affected section of the property. These may include, pillows, rugs, and toys. Some unique cases of water restoration may call for the need to any wet surfaces from the ceiling, walls, and floors to catalyze drying after water cleanup. A restoration company can repair the supply line break and use extractors that can use powerful pumps for a water cleanup project.

Drying

After a Successful extraction in a flood home, drying is the next step that a restoration company will focus much on. At this juncture, any pipe break, or supply line break that may have caused high moisture levels are repaired. The machines used include air movers, wooden floor drying systems, heaters to generate dry air for fast drying purposes. In this process, the surrounding is usually monitored keenly on a daily basis one's a flood damage has occurred and the findings put in black and white. Mitigation of high levels of moisture is imperative to keep away moisture that promote mold growth. Normally, the recommended dry-time is two to four days depending on the important damaged and the scenario.

Re-examination of the Damage

After water cleanup from a flooded home that has undergone a flood damage, and a successful drying process, an experienced restoration company will conduct a post-water cleanup assessment procedure to pinpoint the remaining moisture pockets that could lead to further increase in water in home or water in business properties, which may in-turn result in more damages.

Sterilization

Certified professionals or a reputable restoration company has the qualifications to eliminate disease-causing microorganisms that may have been left behind in a flooded home. Viral microscopic organisms such as staph, bacteria, and molds thrive in the presence of moisture in a flooded home. It is therefore critical that experts eliminate any health risks due to too much water in home or high level of water in business buildings. That is done through the use of powerful pesticides and fungicides, which are judiciously sprayed to destroy microbes.

After all is done, the property should be entirely free of high water content. Nonetheless, it is still vital to ensure that all fixtures that are potential sources of water in home must be in the right working condition. That helps in the mitigation of roof leaks or a supply pipe break that can let in water in business premises.
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The Ins and Outs of Selection a Fire Damage Restoration Company

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


The Ins and Outs of Selection a Fire Damage Restoration Company

A fire at your home or business represents one of the most traumatic experiences you can face during the course of your lifetime. With that in mind, you must understand the essential ins and outs associated with selection a fire damage restoration firm. In the final analysis, when it comes to recovering from a fire in home or a fire in business, nothing is more crucial than the decisions you make in regard to selection a qualified, reputable fire damage restoration firm.

Check Out the Individual Fire Damage Specialists at a Restoration Company

A key step that you need to take when selecting a fire damage restoration company is taking a close look at the individual fire damage specialists employed by a particular firm. In the aftermath of a fire in home or fire in business, you need to make sure that the company you hired has specialists that have specific experiences in addressing all aspects of fire damage restoration. This includes property board up and initial fire cleanup as well as having the capability to fully address soot damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell.

You also need to be absolutely certain that every member of a fire damage remediation team is fully insured and bonded. Every member of the team must be appropriately licensed as well.

Confirm the Equipment and Technology Utilized by a Restoration Company

In determining which restoration company will provide you with the best services following a fire in home or fire in business, find out what a firm specifically utilizes in the way of fire damage mitigation and restoration equipment. You need to make certain that a firm possesses the proper equipment to address residential or commercial fire damage.

Oftentimes, the latest technology does prove to be the most effective and efficient when it comes to satisfactorily resolving and remediation residential or commercial fire damage. A restoration company should be willing to provide you detailed information of the equipment, technology, and processes it employs to address residential or commercial fire damage.

Verify that a Fire Restoration Company Provides Comprehensive Services

You will want to be certain that a restoration company provides a comprehensive array of residential or commercial fire damage remediation and restoration services. A company that provides comprehensive serviced handles everything from initial board up and fire cleanup to mitigating soot damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell. Not only does selecting a comprehensive firm prove to be efficient, making this type of selection typical proves to be cost effective as well. Obtaining one provider to deal with all aspects of fire cleanup and restoration, including addressing soot damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell, cannot be minimized.

Verify Rapid Response Capabilities

Another important factor that is part of the overall ins and outs of engaging a remediation service after a fire in home or fire in business is rapid response capabilities. When it comes to mitigating fire damage, rapid response is crucial. For example, the board up process must commence immediately. The failure to initiate board up directly after a fire in home or fire in business can result in an aggravation of loss and opens the doors to looting, particular in the case of commercial fire damage.

The essential fire cleanup process must also commence immediately. Because mitigating water on the premises is crucial, the initiation of essential fire cleanup cannot be minimized. In addition, issues like soot damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell are best addressed when they are not permitted to unnecessarily fester.

Contrasting Fire Damage Restoration Pricing

There can be some notable differences in the pricing of fire remediation services. Although time certainly is of the essence following a residential or commercial fire, you do want to devote an appropriate, reasonable amount of time and effort to compare pricing on these services. By doing so, you will be able to identify a comprehensive, reputable remediation services with a reasonable, fair pricing structure.
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Insights into Professional Mold Testing and Mold Remediation Services

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


Insights into Professional Mold Testing and Mold Remediation Services

Homeowners need to know what mold is and how a commercial mold damage expert saves real estate property from being destroyed by mold growth. Mold is the fungus or mildew that grow into thread-like pores called hyphae. Mold flourishes in moist or damp buildings and may appear as stains or black, green, purple, or white coloring. The source of dampness could be the washing water, air humidifiers, rain, tap water overflow, floods, pipe burst, or leaks from the roof. Poor ventilation can lead to high humidity levels and air condensation, which promotes mold growth. The following facts enable you to understand why you require a home restoration company to offer commercial mold damage remediation and deodorization services.

• Mold is a fungus.

• Some mold also goes by the name mildew.

• Mold growth exists outdoors and indoors provided there is a warm, humid, and damp environment.

• You can have mold growth behind wall and dry rot mold.

The Dangers of Mold in Home

A smelly odor can signal the presence of mold in home or mold damage in commercial buildings even if you do not see any microbial growth. Mold growth in offices or homes contributes to low indoor air quality. Mold, especially the dry rot fungus, is quite destructive.

There are difficulties if homeowners try to sell homes when the mold infestation and smelly odor remain untreated. The offer price is ridiculously low for any real estate that the home inspection reveals has mold growth issues. No home buyer likes to move into a house requiring mold removal or mitigation.

Black mold, also called Stachybotrys, is the most feared. Black mold can appear as slimy mold growth behind wall, tiny threads on the wallpaper, carpet, drywall, and ceiling tiles. It is not unusual to have black mold or mildew growing rapidly in your bathroom or under the kitchen sinks. Black mold can be toxic. The mitigation and commercial mold damage prevention process are the preserve of the experienced and professional remediation technicians.

The Symptoms of Mold in Home

The warm and moist places including the basement, attic, fabric, and crawl spaces provide a suitable environment for mold growth. Mold can spread fast on wood, dry rot, tiles, or the insulation. Initially, mold looks like small spots on the surface. Any mold that you leave untreated produces a persistent, smelly odor. Sometimes the smelly odor is so bad that even after the commercial mold damage remediation process, you may need to replace the infected clothes, furniture, or carpet.

Mold in Home Removal, Testing, and Remediation

Homeowners need to know that fungus and mildew is not always visible. A restoration company has a skilled mold testing and mitigation team to detect mold infestation. The commercial mold damage technicians can use advanced equipment to reach even the mold growth behind wall.

The Mold Removal Process

The key to a successful mold and smelly odor mitigation is moisture and humidity control. When the home humidity level is above 90% or flooded, the restoration company will perform a water or humidity clean up. Mold removal, and deodorization process. Mold remediation involves the following steps:

• Fix the water leakage points.

• Inspect the house to understand the extent of mold damage.

• Assess the furniture, carpets, and mold growth behind wall.

• Test the mold and dry rot to know its species and the necessary mold damage cleanup procedure.

• Contain and isolate the mold infested areas with poly barriers.

• Conduct a black mold cleanup.

The mold removal expert relies on the respirator and protective clothing in the remediation exercise. A moisture meter, humidity gauge, and HEPA deodorization equipment are important to the restoration company. Your mold mitigation professional can use dry ice blasting machines, a thermographic camera, and a borescope to detect the mold growth behind wall. The professional mold damage mitigation ensures you have high air quality by incorporating a deodorization exercise to clean all the indoor black mold spores and smelly odor.
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How To Undertake Home Restoration After Water Damage

7/27/2017 (Permalink)


How To Undertake Home Restoration After Water Damage

The water in home floors and furnishings can cause immense damage. Not only can the water destroy your furniture, but it can also call for expensive home repairs. In addition, flood damage can affect your electrical switches and cause significant damage or injury. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not know where to begin when they encounter such problems. You can salvage several items if you act quickly. Start by sealing the source of leakage. If a broken pipe is causing the water damage, take some temporary measures to solve the problem before the plumber arrives. If the water has been in the house for some time, the damage to the wooden flooring or laminates could be significant. You can salvage some wooden materials such as floors and handrails, but if your electronics come into contact with the water, you will have to discard them.

The extent of water damage will determine the best possible way to handle the problem. If the floor is inundated, you will have to hire a pump. Once you handle the water damage, you have to take extra measures when removing the mud. If you do not have some backflow preventers in your plumbing system, the dirt from your drains and sewers can flow into your house.

Water cleanup after flood damage can be a daunting task. Flood damage can also introduce some pollutants in your home. Use a strong disinfectant while cleaning the house to get rid of the germs that might have found their way to your house. While undertaking the water cleanup, look out for hidden water pools in the basement or crawlspaces. The hidden puddles of water can harbor the molds and cause the spores to develop in other parts of your home.

Drying the water in home basements and crawlspaces will go a long way when it comes to preventing the growth of mildew and mold. While drying the house naturally will take several days, it is convenient and affordable. However, if the rains do not relent, you can opt for the artificial drying methods to get rid of the water in home walls and carpets. Drying the water in business surfaces is the first step in the restoration and mitigation process.

In most cases, home restoration begins with a thorough water cleanup and drying of the surfaces. Once you eliminate the water in home surfaces, remove the rotten wood and replace them with similar materials. Embarking on home restoration without getting rid of the water in home floors can be a futile venture. The damp conditions will cause some problems in the underlying structure once the molds start to develop. Getting rid of the dampness and the water in business carpets is vital since the molds will result in some respiratory diseases. The spores can have a negative impact on the air quality, causing several illnesses that include asthma and colds. The mold will also ruin the walls, meaning that you should only embark on the restoration once you deal with the water in business walls and floors.

Besides dealing with the water in home surfaces and repairing your home after flood damage, flood mitigation is vital if you are looking to avert such a problem in the future. Mitigation involves developing a strategy to reduce the impact water in business floors whenever you encounter some floods. The main mitigation measures include redesigning the drains to improve the drainage system, installing the requisite backflow preventers to prevent the water damage, and redesigning the gardens to improve the positive drainage. Flood mitigation also involves averting the dangers that can emanate from the electrical shocks in the event of a flood. Since the floods tend to recur after several years, you can get the local flood levels from the municipality. By raising the vulnerable appliances above the local flood levels, you can avert such dangers successfully.
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The Tricks and Tips of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

7/27/2017 (Permalink)


The Tricks and Tips of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

After a fire razes down a house, you have a huge task of smoke damage restoration, dealing with the smoke smell, and replacing the damaged items. Considering that the firefighters might have used some chemicals and water to extinguish the fire, the restoration company must be wary of the messy floor. You need a commercial fire damage specialist since a combination of soot, smoke, and burnt wood can be quite difficult to remove during the fire damage restoration.

Remember that besides the smoke damage, the debris might have some nails and other sharp objects that can pose some risks to your family. As such, home remediation after fire damage is a risky job that you should not attempt without help from the commercial fire damage company. The fire damage professionals will undertake some assessments to ensure that the crew is not exposed to the smoke smell. When handling the aftermath of a fire in home walls, such structural assessments are critical if you want to prevent the accidents that can happen during the fire cleanup and soot damage repair process.

Improving the ventilation after fire damage is vital if you want to get rid of the smoke. Since the smoke and soot can pose some risks to the fire damage restoration crew, it is vital to recirculate the air and eliminate the toxins. The smoke and soot will affect the drapes, furniture, walls, floors, and carpets. It is vital to remove the carpets, furniture, and textiles from the house before you begin the job. Cleaning the soot and smoke residues from the walls will also help to cleanse the air. If you do not have a HVAC system to handle the smoke damage, introduce a fan after a fire in home ceilings to circulate the air. Open the windows and doors to get rid of the toxins in the case of a fire in business premises. Running the dehumidifier will also help to get rid of the moisture as well as the toxins within the humid air. After a fire in home surfaces, remember to replace the filter in your HVAC system to improve its performance during the fire cleanup and soot damage restoration. By taking such precautions after a fire in home walls, you can prevent the possibility of suffocation under the smoky conditions.

Estimate the extent of commercial fire damage
When it comes to commercial fire damage, you must engage a restoration company to handle the job. The smoke smell will linger for weeks if the fire in business carpets is not extinguished in time. Besides the stains that come with the fire in business walls, the smoke smell can be harmful.


As the restoration company dries the surfaces, it is vital to undertake a fire and water cleanup. During the board up and smoke damage restoration, start by removing the damaged floors, handrails, and drywall. Undertake a thorough water cleanup before you begin disinfecting the house. Document the fire damage by taking pictures and writing some notes. Alternatively, a home inspector can help you to estimate the cost of fire cleanup and soot damage repair before you contact your insurance company.

Remove the soot with Trisodium Phosphate
When it comes to fire damage restoration, TSP is a popular cleaner that eliminates the smoke from the surfaces. Undertake a light cleanup with water before you use the TSP. Remember that TSP is a strong fire cleanup detergent that gets rid of the stains. Since this detergent is corrosive, delegate the soot damage remediation job to a professional fire damage restoration company to avoid problems. TSP can get rid of all signs of fire in business surfaces.

Avoid accidents during the board up restoration
Repairing the ceiling and roof comes with some risks. Beware of the hanging materials during the board up. Using ladders in a house after fire damage can be risky since the walls might crumble. A restoration company can undertake the board up operations in a safe way.
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Why You Need A Professional Mold Removal Company

7/27/2017 (Permalink)


Why You Need A Professional Mold Removal Company

Mold is a fuzzy plant that likes to adhere to walls and floors of your wet areas such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. Since the microscopic spores are not visible with the naked eye, they might be growing in your home as we speak. Fortunately, you can prevent the mold growth behind wall if you get rid of the excessive moisture. Since mold can grow in a few days, you should address the water leakages with the proper mitigation methods. If you want to succeed during the mold growth mitigation, avoid having some dark and humid areas in your home where the mold can germinate. The mildew and fungus can also pose some challenges when it comes to cleaning your home. The mold growth behind wall is impossible to handle with the conventional detergents. Mold removal requires some special cleaning agents.

Engage the restoration company that can handle the mitigation of mildew and black mold, the deodorization of that smelly odor, eliminate the commercial mold mage and deal with the mold in home. Just like the mold in home, commercial mold damage restoration goes beyond the deodorization of the black mold. Avoid DIY techniques when dealing with commercial mold damage or removing the mold in home kitchens.

When it comes to fungus and mildew mitigation, you need a restoration company to eliminate the dry rot, mold growth, as well as the deodorization of the smelly odor from the mildew and fungus. The best way to deal with the mold growth behind wall is to engage a restoration company that can handle the black mold, prevent the dry rot, and curtail the mold growth. When it comes to fighting the mold growth behind wall, eliminating the smelly odor through deodorization is only a temporary measure. A restoration company that handles the mold in home surfaces as well as the commercial mold damage can help you to get rid of the dry rot, black mold, the smelly odor, and win the fight against the mold growth.

Among the other consequences of water damage, mold development is the most severe. While you can address the effects of water damage in a few weeks, mold damage seems to persist for a long time. The best way to deal with the issue is to address the source of the dampness. Molds produce some toxic substances known as mycotoxins. In addition, the dry rot can facilitate the spread of the molds through the spores that linger in the air.

Mold remediation

• Start your fungus remediation process by unblocking your gutters. Clogged gutters will curtail the flow of the water and lead to leakage on the foundation walls.
• Check whether the slope of your compound will allow the storm water to flow away from the house. Flat gardens might encourage water to create puddles and pools around the house.
• If you want to prevent the mold damage, a proper remediation process is indispensable. As such, check the storm water drainage channels and remove any debris that might be causing some blockages.
• Commercial mold damage remediation involves repairing your roof by checking whether some leakages will encourage water to seep into the buildings.
• During the remediation process, repair the leaking faucets that might encourage the molds to grow in the kitchens and bathrooms.

You can minimize the mold damage by watching out for condensation. A dehumidifier can help to eliminate the excess moisture and reduce the chances of mold damage significantly. Pay attention to the leakages from pipes since the plumbing pipes are responsible for mold damage in many homes.

As you embark on the mold removal process, look at the areas where the pipes join each other. Faulty joints are the usual suspects, meaning that focusing on these areas during the mold removal initiative is a wise idea. Start the mold removal project in the kitchen or bathroom. The dark areas under the sinks and taps are likely to encourage the growth of fungus and molds. Eliminate the drywalls during mold removal if you are looking for a permanent solution.
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