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How Do Morristown Flood Damage Professionals Assess and Control for Safety Hazards?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

storm clouds; lightning in clouds SERVPRO is always available to meet your storm damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Morristown Flood Restoration Experts Anticipate and Avoid Dangers to Occupants, Workers, and Your Home’s Structure

When your Morristown home suffers flood damage, a critical first step before commencing water damage remediation is a thorough safety hazard assessment. The assessment ensures immediate mitigation of flooding damage to affected structures and protects residents and technicians from harm during the project.

Why Is Safety During Flood Damage Restoration Essential?

It is not overly dramatic to realize that you and others could face injury or even death during a flooding event. Potential hazards for both the customer and SERVPRO workers include:

  • Slip, trip, and fall
  • Electrical shock or electrocution
  • Contact with hazardous substances

What Happens During a Morristown Flood Safety Assessment?

SERVPRO’s storm-related flood damage safety checklist covers at least the following:

  • Evaluating signs of trapped water -- sagging ceiling leaks, bulging walls, seeping at baseboards, or basement flooding
  • Reviewing electrical hazards, including damaged or wet cords, water-filled light fixtures, and electrical boxes
  • Locating dangerous debris or fixtures, many underwater
  • Alerting SERVPRO management if asbestos, lead, or leaching chemicals appear present
  • Scanning for mold growth 
  • Categorizing the contaminant level of water -- flood water defines as the most contaminated, or Category 3 

How does SERVPRO Control the Environment and Adapt Water Removal and Drying in Response to Hazards?

The hazard inspection helps our project managers and crew chiefs prioritize tasks. Only when the workspace is deemed safe can emergency services for water damage and flooding begin. Expect:

  • Warning signage or blocking off slick floors and spaces where structures seem vulnerable to collapse
  • Controlled demolition to release trapped water -- punching or drilling holes preventing sudden collapse, and flood cuts to expose wet building cavities for water removal, cleaning, disinfection, and drying
  • Covering hazards like carpeting tack strips to prevent puncture wounds
  • Physical containment of work areas with 1.6 mil polyethylene and negative pressure air scrubbers
  • Specially certified workers to manage biohazards like lead, asbestos, and sewage lawfully
  • Wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) by SERVPRO crews

Safety hazard preparations are vital to successful flood damage restoration. Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County (423) 318-6733 to learn how we can help.

What Equipment Helps with Property Inspections After Water Damage in Whitestown?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

orange surface moisture meter SERVPRO provides software and devices like moisture meters to detect and remove moisture after a water intrusion in Whitestown

Several devices make data collection organized and efficient to get restoration started in Whitestown as soon as possible.

The inspection process is critical for determining the best approach for restoration and recovery. Between our moisture detection tools and our data collection software, we can keep all parties working efficiently towards a satisfactory outcome.

Moisture Detection Tools and Devices

Water restoration companies in Whitestown homes use several tools and devices after a loss, and our SERVPRO professionals are no different. We have advanced tools and units to gauge water pockets in multiple scenarios, including:

  • Hygrometers
  • Thermal Imagery Cameras
  • Surface Moisture Meters
  • Probing Detection Devices

Data Organization Tools for Efficient Estimations

We have several methods of data collection and storage to keep technicians across multiple shifts knowledgeable about the objectives, milestones reached, and current drying or restoration goals. SERVPRO DryBook is one of these programs and allows several entities access to the current conditions and the production values of placed drying equipment to ensure the most efficient options are being used.

Part of our successes with customers stems from our commitment to organization and initial inspections. Gathering information before restoration begins can ensure that the appropriate recovery strategies get implemented for the most efficient results. Our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team works directly with you and your insurance company to get restoration started quickly. Call us at (423) 318-6733.

How Can Indoor Air Quality Be Threatened After a Morristown Structure Fire?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

three air scrubbers in room Improve the indoor air quality IAQ of your Morristown residence after a fire and smoke damaging event--Call SERVPRO

Airborne contaminants and threats abound after a fire in a Morristown residence

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the measurements of success with fire damage restoration. Harsh odors and carcinogenic particles can be a threat to those exposed. We have multiple strategies to resolve airborne threats.

What Air Quality Concerns Exist During Fire Restoration?

Fire damage restoration for Morristown homes often begins with assessing the direst circumstances. Responding team members can be overwhelmed with multiple airborne threats and contaminants. Toxins from burned plastics, soot particles from partially combusted fuels, and other threats must get trapped and removed from the house.

Are Air Scrubbers Enough to Manage the Threat?

There is no mistaking that air scrubbers with HEPA filters are among the most heavily used items when environmental cleaning is necessary. Trapping circulating particles can make the living areas safer for house occupants and responding technicians. Apart from our air scrubbers, other tools and strategies can help, including:

  • HEPA Vacuums
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Debris Removal

Indoor air quality can be one of the most immediate concerns of responding fire restorers, as this can provide a dangerous situation for occupants of the house without appropriate action. Our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team has multiple filtration options we can begin quickly. Give us a call today at (423) 318-6733.

How Does Engineered Wood React to Water Damages in Morristown Homes?

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

drying mat for hardwood flooring Drying mats set up by SERVPRO help preserve water damaged hardwood flooring in Morristown homes

As a highly absorbent flooring, woods can be quickly compromised by water damage in Morristown residences.

From pipe bursts to ceiling leaks, affected flooring can often bear the brunt of water damages. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast and dedicated response to water damage incidents to begin extraction and drying as quickly as we can.

Damage to Engineered Wood Flooring

Because water damage to Morristown homes can directly impact flooring like wood planks, there is an urgency to get mitigation and water removal started as soon as possible. Prolonged exposure can warp and ruin planks in the floor, forcing reconstruction.

How Can Wood Floors Get Dried?

Wood can be a hard substance to dry without the use of specific tools and strategies. The objective for drying is to prevent tear out and replacement when possible, and this is achieved by applying drying mats placed perpendicularly to the seams of the planks. This placement ensures that a greater area of the floor gets dried at once. Tenting can maximize the continued moisture removal of these mats. Ultimately, the methods for removing trapped moisture in wood planks include:

  • Drying mats
  • Wet vacuums
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers

The flooring in your home is often one of the most heavily damaged elements after persistent water damage. Our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team can help with effective water removal and drying options to protect wood flooring when possible. Give us a call today at (423) 318-6733.

Is Mold Unavoidable in Morristown?

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing by a window Regardless of where you found mold in your house, team SERVPRO can help with the remediation process. Contact us right away for services.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation Services for the Morristown Community

Morristown homeowners may be at a loss when an inspection points to a mold issue. Our knee-jerk reaction may be to search the internet for a do-it-yourself solution, but attic mold, basement mold, and bathroom mold removal are complex. Entrusting the mold inspection, remediation, and removal process to a professional team can avoid future complications, especially since mold can cause health effects.

Mold remediation in Morristown is a job for our mold specialists at SERVPRO. Our staff is trained on the mold remediation process and is used to applying the latest techniques to protect our clients’ homes. A simple cleaning with store-bought products may seem easier, but it can also set the stage for a widespread mold infestation and an escalation of the issue. When you suspect a problem and call us 24/7, you invite our team’s knowledge and expertise into your home.

Mold Remediation Steps

Each situation is unique, and our SERVPRO crew acts accordingly. At its core, however, every successful mold removal process includes the following-

  • Containment- using physical barriers and designated decontamination areas, our team prevents cross-contamination throughout your home.  
  • Removal- this includes both removing mold from surfaces and discarding items that pose a danger to your household, typically porous materials. Cleaning with specialized equipment, including HEPA vacuums and negative air machines, aids this step.
  • Drying- air movers and other tools used to dry the air and contents of your home help create a hostile environment for mold growth.

Whether you spot a sizable mold problem or just the beginning of one, SERVPRO of Hamblen County is at your service. Call us at (423) 318-6733, and let us leave your home in mint condition.

Where to Find Water Damage Repair Services for Businesses in Whitestown?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking from ceiling tiles Excess water leaking from your drop ceiling is a problem for any business. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage.

Business Owners in Whitestown can Count on SERVPRO for the Toughest Water Damage Situations.

Water events in commercial settings in Whitestown can be devastating to the bottom line and the business’ clientele. Acting quickly after the ceiling leaks or a pipe bursts is the first line of defense for any business owner. Having a team available around the clock to provide emergency services after water damage is priceless.

In Whitestown, water damage repair is possible thanks to SERVPRO and our reputable team of experts.

We are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to clean up and restore spaces after the most dramatic water leaks and, including cleaning up after a sewer backup. Our goal, like yours, is to minimize the time and resources spent in performing water damage repairs, so we can quickly restore normal business operations.

Key Elements to Drying and Water Removal Services

Not surprisingly, water damage remediation includes removing excess water and humidity. Our SERVPRO staff has the equipment and techniques necessary to leverage the most efficient methods of water removal. The key factors affecting the process include-

  • Temperature- understanding the optimal temperatures at which drying occurs is crucial in our action plan tailored to your needs. Excess heat can encourage higher humidity levels and cause more damage.
  • Amount of water- liquid is easier to extract than gas, which is why the more we can remove with pumps and other similar equipment, the quicker we can return your place to normal.
  • Air movement- removing damp air from the damaged space and replacing it with dry air with air movers and other specialized equipment helps speed up the drying process.

Protect your business by letting our team at SERVPRO of Hamblen County join your team in a time of emergency. Call us at (423) 318-6733 and let us help you live up to your clients’ expectations.

Storm Season Causes Flood Damage to Morristown Homes

6/20/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded house with rain clouds above it Storm season can often leave your home flooded. Contact our experienced SERVPRO team to come out to the scene and investigate.

Call SERVPRO in Morristown for Flood Cleaning Services

Morristown property owners can be proactive during the storm season by loading supplies and keeping drains free of leaves and debris. However, rain can cause significant damage and allow stormwater in your home despite your best efforts. To restore your home and minimize your loss, reach out to a professional water restoration service.

SERVPRO is your ally in Morristown when flood damage occurs in your home. Our certified staff is ready to handle your emergency water damage, whether you find a leaking roof from storms or basement flooding. In contrast to homeowners who try to perform water cleanup on their own, you mitigate your loss when you reach out to a team with the proper techniques and equipment. From water removal services to sewage cleanup, we are ready to treat your home like our own.

Among the toughest challenges tied to water damage remediation is extracting water full of debris and bacteria while treating your home to avoid future complications. Our water damage restoration process includes removing porous surfaces such as carpets and upholstery that may become a breeding ground for mold, which can cause health effects. It also involves the application of anti-microbial solutions through techniques designed to reach every corner of your home.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County is at your service when disaster strikes. Call us at (423) 318-6733 and trust us to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Morristown Kitchen Fire Damage Can Involve Many Types of Smoke

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in kitchen Call SERVPRO after you experience a fire incident, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

Our Morristown Fire Damage Strategy May Depend on What Was in the Oven

There are many different types of fires that can happen in a home, and each produces a unique kind of Smoke Damage. SERVPRO technicians must learn to identify different varieties of smoke to treat the affected house.

One of the most common sources of fire damage in Morristown is the kitchen. Kitchen fires can start from different appliances and food sources, generating various types of smoke in the process. Smoke remediation strategies center around four broad categories:

  • Dry smoke residues
  • Wet smoke residues
  • Protein residues
  • Fuel oil soot

We can classify most fires as mostly dry or mostly wet. Dry smoke residues are often easier to remove because they do not penetrate materials as well as wet smoke residues. Wet smoke residues, by contrast, often require more intensive thermal fogging techniques to eliminate odors.

One of the most challenging fire and smoke damage types that a SERVPRO technician may encounter is a protein residue fire. These fires result from burned meat, fish, and poultry. Odors from protein fires can be very difficult to remove and may permeate the entire home, requiring large-scale fogging efforts and repeated intensive scrubbing to combat. SERVPRO technicians can use hydroxyl generators and HEPA filtered air scrubbers as initial treatments for clean air quality restoration.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County stays ready 24/7 to respond to local house fire damages. Call us at (423) 318-6733 for fast support.

Moisture Detection Tools Aid Morristown Water Damage Repair Efforts

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture meter SERVPRO technicians know all the steps to take after water damage strikes in your home.

These High-tech Devices Help us Target our Morristown Water Damage Repairs

Part of our water damage remediation work involves detecting moisture in places that may not seem obvious at first glance. You may find a wet patch of carpet with ease, but can you point out where the subfloor underneath has been damaged, too?

Without detection equipment, our water damage repair work in Morristown would be much less effective. Some of the most problematic issues arise from hard-to-detect water sources. SERVPRO technicians train to look for:

  • Ceiling leaks
  • Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Moisture underneath flooring materials
  • Water content behind walls and cabinets
  • Signs of basement flooding

To detect these hidden water sources, SERVPRO technicians use several highly sensitive devices. One of the most common is the thermo-hygrometer, which can measure both temperature and relative humidity. When compared between areas, we can identify regions of the house with atypical moisture levels.

Another crucial tool we use is the moisture meter. A moisture meter can be either penetrating or non-penetrating, depending on the material and type of damage we suspect. Both types operate by using electrical circuits. When applied to most dry surfaces, such as wood or tile, there would be no current through the material. However, when water is present, electricity conducts between the two sensors of the device. Thus, the SERVPRO technician knows whether or not this material has any moisture in it.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County responds 24/7 to developing water damage situations. Call us at (423) 318-6733.

SERVPRO Trains Hard to Handle Whitestown Mold Remediation

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Call Now Call on SERVPRO's mold remediation specialists as soon as you spot mold in your home.

Years of Experience Help our Technicians Stay Safe During Mold Remediation in Whitestown

Taking care of a mold infestation can require technologically advanced equipment, precise application techniques, and strict safety measures. SERVPRO technicians receive intensive training to ensure their ability to tackle any mold issue.

When you call us for help with mold remediation in Whitestown, you reach a team of professionals trained and educated to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, the foremost authority in mold cleaning and safety standards. Our veteran mold specialists have experience with:

  • Black mold
  • Attic Mold Removal
  • Basement mold remediation
  • Mold growth behind walls and between floors

Our primary concern with any mold remediation project is to ensure the health and safety of the building occupants. Some mold can cause health effects, so caution and protective equipment are critical in the early stages of a project. SERVPRO technicians use full-body protective equipment and respiration systems, and industrial tools such as HEPA filters to stay safe even during prolonged projects. Training also plays into safety. For example, when removing contaminated drywall, SERVPRO technicians strategically place negative air machines to capture airborne spores. This method simultaneously contains the spread of mold and fosters a safe environment. Without the right tools and training, household mold can cause health effects.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County has years of experience helping local homeowners with mold remediation projects. Contact us at (423) 318-6733.

Whom Should Commercial Property Owners Contact to Perform Water Damage Remediation in Morristown?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Burst main water line Commercial building damage by water is a job for SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified techs are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

They should Contact a Certified Restorer Like SERVPRO to Perform Commercial Water Damage Restoration in their Morristown Properties. 

It is not advisable to ignore any water leak in a commercial property such as a factory because it can lead to secondary damage. For instance, mold growth can occur and cause health effects to the people who work in the building. Odors can also linger on the property. You can avoid these issues by contacting experienced restorers like SERVPRO to perform water damage restoration.

SERVPRO's technicians have experience in offering water damage restoration services in Morristown. There is never a convenient time for water damage to strike a factory. Water can ruin your products and building. Each hour spent cleaning up the affected area is an hour of lost productivity and revenue. Our team can mitigate the damage and manage the restoration process from the beginning to the end. We can help you solve water loss incidents caused by:

SERVPRO is:

  • A trusted leader in the restoration industry.
  • Open around the clock.
  • An established company with a highly trained team of restorers.

How SERVPRO restorers dry the affected property 

No matter the magnitude of the water intrusion, SERVPRO's restorers can conduct water damage repairs and ensure that your property is safe to work in. We are well equipped with innovative technology that helps us meet our customers' needs. After removing the standing water, we can use heavy-duty venting fans to dry and deodorize the commercial building. The equipment moves larger volumes of dry air from outside into the property to increase the evaporation rate.

Do not let water damage in your commercial building affect your revenue. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 for fast and professional water restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

How Can Homeowners Restore Properties After Storm Flood Damage in Whitestown

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home SERVPRO storm remediation is second to none. Call now for the help you need.

It is Necessary to Hire a Biohazard Cleaning Company to Handle Storm Flood Damage in Whitestown

Spring weather can include a wide range of weather activities like severe storms and powerful winds that can ruin your home. It may also have heavy rainfall that causes over-the-ground flooding. When the storm is over, you need assistance from an established flood restoration firm like SERVPRO. 

We can help you deal with the storm flood damage in your Whitestown home. Our team is experienced in storm damage restoration and can go the extra mile to deliver outstanding services that include: 

  • Emergency services – You can reach SERVPRO at any time of the day or night. Our certified experts are ready to offer flood damage restoration services whenever you need them.
  • Water removal – We can use powerful pumps to get the floodwater out of your property.
  • Drying – Our team can use efficient air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry the affected areas.
  • Bacteria containment – We can deep clean affected surfaces using antimicrobial solutions to ensure that your living space is healthy and safe.
  • Deodorization – We can use several deodorization products to eliminate odors in your home. 
  • Biohazard remediation – Floodwater usually contains microorganisms. Our SERVPRO team can use disinfectants, which effectively control fungal or bacterial spores to treat the affected areas. 
  • Sewage cleanup – Floodwater might contain sewage. Our team has specialized equipment and training that enables us to eliminate contaminants like sewage. 

Our SERVPRO team can also provide you with full restoration services. We are experienced in providing comprehensive restoration support, including rebuilding the affected areas. 

If you are facing flooding problems following a storm, call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 for effective flood restoration. Our experienced restorers can make the flood damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

Where Can Homeowners Get Prompt Assistance With Fire Restoration in Morristown?

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

fire Fire damage done to your home is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for the fire mitigation services needed for your home.

SERVPRO Offers Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup in Morristown

Located in Tennessee’s northeast corner, Morristown is a city in Hamblen County, United States, and serves as its county seat. The city extends to the west and southern ends of Jefferson County. According to the United States Census of 2010, the city had a population of 29,137. In 2019, census experts estimated that the city’s population had increased to 30,193.

Morristown is at the center of eight counties and serves as the regional backbone for employment, shopping, educational opportunities, recreation, and healthcare. The community in Morristown developed from an agricultural-based economy to a manufacturing economy. The city produces a wide range of products, including automotive parts, plastic-made items, and frozen cakes, among many others.

Arts and culture in Morristown

The city hosts a number of annual events and festivals. The most notable events include:

  • Mountain Makins Festival: This award-wining festival raises funds to support the preservation of Rose School. The school offers Arts Education to residents of the five counties and preserves the Appalachian history and culture for generations to come.
  • Morristown Strawberry Festival: The event is a celebration to feature the strawberry harvest and promote the community. The free, family-oriented event also brings together several non-profit organizations and churches to raise funds.
  • Morristown Craft Beer Festival: Held every September at the Morristown Farmers Market, the event brings the community together to enjoy live music, a wide range of crafted beers, a corn hole tournament, and food. 

The City’s Parks and Recreation areas

Panther Creek State Park

Located on the shores of Lake Cherokee, the facility covers a total area of 1,444 acres. It offers access to an on-site playground and various recreational activities such as hiking, disc golf, fishing, horseback riding, boating, and birding.

Cherokee Lake

Popularly known as Cherokee Reservoir, the artificial reservoir is the result of the impoundment of the Holston River. The lake is a popular destination for tourists. Public boating, lakefront resorts, tent, and RV campgrounds, as well as a state wildlife management area, attract visitors for recreational use like paddling, boating, and swimming activities.

Cherokee Park Disc

The facility offers walking trails to visitors, a par-62 disc golf course, three playground areas, volleyball courts, a campground, and a boat ramp.

How SERVPRO technicians handle fire restoration in Morristown Properties

SERVPRO’s team of restorers understands that secondary fire and smoke damage can spread within a brief period. We respond to our customers’ emergency calls within the shortest time possible. Our IICRC certified technicians can determine the extent of the fire damage and come up with the ideal fire restoration plan. 

How SERVPRO restorers clean salvageable items

It is vital to begin fire restoration in your Morristown home quickly because this lowers the chances of severe fire and smoke damage occurring. Before cleaning the affected area, our SERVPRO team removes items affected by fire and separates salvageable valuables from those damaged beyond repair. We have expertise in offering the following services in fire-damaged homes:

  • House fire clean up
  • Smoke remediation
  • Water & fire damage restorations

We use safe, unique, but approved techniques as well as products to clean the affected surfaces. We may use an ultrasonic cleaner that uses sound waves to clean some of your valuables. During the fire restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians can also repaint structural surfaces and refinish wood contents.

Fire damage can be devastating and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 for professional fire and smoke damage repair to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What are the Effects of Vapor Damage?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

condensation on window; damage on frame showing Excess condensation can damage your home. Check your residence often for signs of excess humidity.

Water Intrusion Frequently Impacts Humidity and Can Cause Vapor Damage in your Morristown Home. Use SERVPRO for Expert Assistance

Water can affect a property in different ways. Liquid water may be the first damaging effect of water intrusion that comes to mind. However, water vapor can frequently be just as harmful as liquid water. High humidity levels can cause mold growth, cracking of interior walls, and slow down drying times in your home.

When conducting water restoration in your Morristown home, we keep a close eye on indoor humidity. Humidity is measurable in grains per pound (GPP) and relative humidity. Thermal hygrometers measure relative humidity and provide SERVPRO technicians with real-time data on vapor pressure and dew points. When water vapor reaches a dew point, it condensates, becoming particularly damaging if water condensates in wall cavities, electrical devices, or appliances. Picture it raining inside your house!

  • Technicians use hygrometers to measure the exhausted air from dehumidifiers. These instruments inform us of each unit's effectiveness.
  • Maintaining a dew point is reliant on portable heating equipment or heated airflow from an air-mover.
  • We can also use hygrometers to compare vapor pressure in affected and unaffected homes, which helps restore natural humidity and establish containment areas.

Water vapor can cause extensive problems in indoor environments. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County for water restoration at (423) 318-6733.

What is Effective Containment in Mold Removal?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

heavy mold on walls and ceiling Mold can quickly proliferate in 48 hours. SERVPRO has the cleaners and protective gear to remove the mold.

Mold Spores Can Travel Through your Whitestown Home Quickly. SERVPRO Can Set-up Effective Containment of an Infestation

Removing mold from your property frequently involves high-level agitation and aggressive action. Whether sanding down semi-porous materials to remove colonies or performing controlled demolition of infested drywall, it is essential to capture airborne mold spores that may release.

Containment is vital to mold damage remediation in your Whitestown home. One way of capturing airborne spores and preventing them from reaching unaffected areas of the house, is to use negative air pressure. Setting up negative air pressure relies on a Manometer tool that measures pressure and gas in an environment. Manometers allow SERVPRO technicians to monitor the effectiveness of negative air pressure in each space.

  • Comparing unaffected areas with areas where negative air pressure is applied is called a pressure differential.
  • According to remediation protocol, we must always maintain a pressure differential of -0.2 inches of mercury to prevent spores from spreading.
  • Manometers provide real-time alerts when pressure differentials drop below the required standard.

With these measuring devices, we can regulate air scrubbers' output pressure, which port filtered air to the exterior. This negative pressure can be beneficial in clearing the air of spores and particles.

Containment is a core mitigative procedure when removing mold. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County for mold damage remediation at (423) 318-6733.

Water Removal in Morristown for Residences with Thick Fiber Carpets

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Couple Using Bucket For Collecting Water Leakage From Ceiling And Talking On Cellphone When you need help removing water damage from your home, Contact SERVPRO.

Water Removal in Morristown

Water emergencies can strike at any time. You may be at work, away for the weekend, or in the house when an emergency happens, but the result is usually the same. When water enters dry areas of the home, it is immediately absorbed into porous materials and migrates away from the source. You may want to consider moving furniture away from the vicinity to limit immediate losses. Some parts of your home may be tough to move, such as carpets or heavy furniture items. For these areas, it can be beneficial to rely on a qualified restorer. 

The need for water removal services in Morristown can vary from resident to resident. Sometimes large volumes of standing water need extraction quickly. At other times, small quantities of water may become absorbed into carpets and work their way downward, affecting the subfloor pad before eventually saturating the subfloor. The extent of damage depends on the amount of time and the materials in your flooring. These variables also influence the type of procedure SERVPRO restorers adopt. 

Thick carpets can be a real issue when coming into contact with water. With large porous fibers, they can take on significant amounts of moisture, which is tough to extract using standard drying equipment. At SERVPRO, we have access to various water extraction devices. Generally, they use a centrifugal motor to create a powerful vacuum that transports water from your home through a duct and releases it into a storage tank. 

Properties fitted with thick carpets need a select type of extraction tool. Self-propelled extraction tools use a motor to move automatically across the rug. These weighted devices can compress your carpet's fibers to squeeze the moisture out. Technically, they work similarly to squeezing or wringing a wet cloth. SERVPRO technicians can provide additional weight by standing on top of the extractor. This method can be particularly beneficial when subtracting moisture from both carpet and pad. 

Every home is different. We tailor our water damage restoration services to get your property back to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733. 

Emergency Services for Your Morristown Restaurant After a Fire

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Chefs preparing food in a flaming pan in a restaurant kitchen. Sometimes flames are good when cooking. However, when they cause fire damage, SERVPRO is ready to help.

SERVPRO Can Help with Fire Damage Restoration

In the food and beverage industry, any disaster could dramatically affect the customers you serve in your Morristown restaurant. As expected, the occasional kitchen fire might be for your staff to manage; more widespread disasters can have more severe effects that envelop the dining area. Knowing how to address these concerns quickly can ensure that the break from serving customers is a short one.  

Understanding the necessary cleaning and recovery of fire damage to Morristown restaurants begins with learning how the fire originated and what materials were burned during its migration from one space to another. Threats like soot and other airborne contaminants can become amplified with the combustion of woods, plastics, and other fuels. The property conditions get assessed when our SERVPRO professionals arrive to begin necessary emergency services.

Debris Removal 

One of the most important steps that our professionals can take when we reach your fire-damaged property is to begin debris removal. Charred remnants and ash left on the flooring after a structure fire can become a catalyst for noxious odors and other threats. An effective removal limits these migrating conditions, which can better protect spaces like the dining area from requiring even more intricate restoration to be habitable again.

Deodorization 

Much like you need to remove the odors present in the food preparation area, smoke and its scent can travel out from this combustion point. When it reaches areas like the dining hall, carpeting, wood furniture, tablecloths, and other porous materials are susceptible to these odors becoming trapped as the heat dies down, and the higher smoke concentrations dissipate in the air.

Pack-Outs

Protecting your investments often means more than just securing firefighting teams and restoration after that. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps to protect what matters most to your business by removing contents and furniture that could become irreparably damaged by migrating effects. Furniture and fabrics are among the most popular choices, as they can also benefit from the use of an ozone chamber deodorization in our nearby facility.

You might not ever wholly avoid the possibilities of fire damages, but you can choose whom you trust to get your doors back open quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team a call today (423) 318-6733.

How Does Fire Can Cause Smoke Soiling and Indoor Air Issues?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Smoke from this fire will travel throughout your home. Do you know how to remove smoke odors? SERVPRO does!

SERVPRO Understand How a House Fire Can Put Long-term Stress on your Morristown Home

Along the sides of the Cherokee Reservoir is Morristown. The small city connects with nearby Jefferson County on both the West and South but retains its position as the Morristown metropolitan area. The region is home to early-modern national hero Davy Crockett who worked as a soldier, frontiersman, and US politician during the early formation of the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. One of the earliest records of commerce in the area is a tavern that was first opened by Davy Crockett in 1794 and is currently the Crockett Tavern Museum's home, which sits on the same site.

Morristown was a key battleground during the American Civil War, with a divided populace aligning with either Unionists or secessionists. For much of the war, Morristown was a temporary base of operations for the Confederate army. However, in 1864 the 'battle of Morristown' was won by unionists forcing the Confederates back onto the Watauga River. Morristown was again at the heart of civil unrest in the twentieth century during the American Enka and Labor movement in 1950 when a strike led to a call-in of the national guard. By 1959, an 'industrial development initiative' grew the infrastructure and economy of Morristown into today's city.

  • Panther Creek is part of Tennessee State Park upkeep and sits along the Cherokee reservoir. The vast natural expanse features camping grounds, picnic facilities, and washrooms. There are several beginners and intermediate hikes available that lead up to the nearby reservoir.
  • College Square Mall, located on East Morris Boulevard, is an example of recent urban redevelopment that has sought to revitalize the region. The large mall features fifty unique shops as well as dining areas and entertainment.
  • Crockett Tavern Museum on Morningside Drive is a faithful recreation of the home lived in by local hero Davy Crockett. Despite its relatively small size, the local history tours and surrounding grounds are well worth the visit.

SERVPRO Conducts Expert Fire Damage Restoration for Morristown Residents

When materials in your home catch fire, they release unpleasant smoke and odor into the property. Unfortunately, smoke can travel quickly through the home even when the fire is localized and contained in one room. SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment to help you overcome a fire issue.

One of the pieces of equipment we use in fire damage restoration for Morristown residents is air-filtration devices. Smoke can adversely affect indoor air quality. Using an air filtration device (AFD), technicians can filter out potential carcinogens, dust, soot, smoke, and odor particles during a restoration.

  • AFD equipment incorporates high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) technology.
  • HEPA uses three layers of filters to remove even microscopic particles from indoor air.
  • H14 equipment that is common on HEPA filters is considered medical-grade air purification.

Return your indoor air quality to its normal state. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County for fire damage restoration at (423) 318-6733.

Prepare for Rainy Season with Ground Water Removal Services here in Whitestown

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Street covered in flood waters near a white siding home When groundwater begins to rise and causes damage to your property, SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Groundwater Removal Whitestown

Periods of heavy rainfall can raise the water levels in your area. Cities built within lower ground-levels form a geological basin for these rising water levels to fill. We refer to the process as groundwater flooding, and it usually affects basements and crawl spaces but can also cause significant damages to ground level rooms. Often, the sheer volume of water makes it near impossible for homeowners to clear themselves. Also, groundwaters are considered blackwater emergencies due to their high propensity for contamination. 

Locally operated groundwater removal firms in Whitestown are on red alert during the year's wetter periods. Our rapid response teams can arrive quickly at your property and begin the process of removing high-volume standing water. As a homeowner, you can start mitigation by removing contents from your home's ground-levels. This process can save some possessions, although areas with heavy flooding should be avoided. 

The process of removing groundwater flooding begins using pumps. This high-powered and fully-submersible equipment can draw gallons of moisture out of your property every hour. Our machines are fully water-proof and agile enough to enter challenging to reach areas like crawlspaces. SERVPRO technicians are trained to think on their feet. In situations where spaces are too small for pumping equipment, we can attach smaller hoses onto existing equipment to access them. 

Disinfecting the area is essential in dealing with groundwater removal. Human pathogens can be present in black water or flood-related issues, so killing bacteria and other microbes is essential. Solid waste can be shoveled into double sealed bags and taken to an appropriate waste disposal facility. During service, SERVPRO technicians may section off or create physical barriers to prevent the spread of floodwaters and cross-contamination. 

Property floods are among the most challenging aspects of homeownership. SERVPRO works with third parties and customers to ensure a minimum inconvenience caused during service. At the end of the restoration, we can handover claim details to your insurance provider for a stress-free claim. 

Preparation is everything when it comes to groundwater flood issues. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733.

Repairing Upholstery and Furniture after Fire Damage in Morristown

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Restoration in Morristown

Just as hot soots and ash rise during a fire, they sink once the temperature and pressure levels have returned to normal. You may find that your property shows the most severe signs of soiling on the ceiling. However, as time passes, loose soots may drop onto the upholstery below. If water is used in the firefighting effort, then wet upholstery can quickly absorb or bond with soot particles. These can be challenging for even a qualified restoration technician as there are many factors, including dyes, staining, water-marking, and shrinkage, to take into account. Furthermore, some cleaning solutions may damage if applied to the wrong upholstery. 

Your home can require fire damage restoration in Morristown, regardless of how big or small the incident. SERVPRO provides local fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) to help remove soiling and protect your contents during the cleaning process. We always conduct a pre-test of the materials used in furnishings, upholstery, and the soiling on these items before starting work. Doing a pre-test allows us to create a tailored gameplan to restore your home and contents. 

Upholstery cleaning can take place on any furniture that can handle wet-cleaning without further damage. We generally place these items onto a drop-cloth to prevent the cleaning solution from coming into contact with other areas of the home. To prep your furniture, we apply a velvet epilator to the furniture's surface and carry out light vacuuming. At the bare stage, brushing upholstery can help loosen soils, while light vacuuming can remove them. 

Washing upholstery is a three-step procedure covering washing, rinsing, and drying. SERVPRO can begin by applying a shampoo solution to the furniture cleaning cushions before moving onto the area. Using an upholstery tool, we can then rinse the fabric before returning to the furniture's legs, front, and back. We can then brush the surface again to increase drying times and, in some cases, apply a dry powder emulsifier to complete the job.

We are experts at restoring, not replacing furniture. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733. 

Some Advantages of Working With an Experienced Water Damage Remediation Company in Morristown

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

A tan and brown house sinking in blue waves When your home is facing water damage, you may feel like it’s floating away. Contact SERVPRO for water removal efforts.

The Pros and Cons of Extractor Trucks for Morristown Homes

Having the right extraction tools for substantial water loss incidents affecting Morristown homes is a vital service to offer customers. Choosing professional restoration for many homeowners is already a difficult choice, but with the right tools and equipment from the beginning of a recovery effort, it can prove to be an efficient and cost-effective decision.

Our SERVPRO team has many tiers of extraction equipment to make water removal for Morristown properties as fast as possible. While in many situations, the best solution is the electric portable submersible pumps and light wands, we also have much stronger vacuum units affixed to tank trucks. The truck-mount pumps are the strongest extraction machines available to our team, and there are advantages and disadvantages to its use for your household.

Extractor trucks can pull standing water out of the house at a rate of 300 psi, which can ultimately remove thousands of gallons an hour under the right conditions. One of the advantages of choosing this approach happens when you are contending with more than a few inches of pooling water in the house. You have the option of continually drawing out a high volume of water when the truck has been hooked up to discharge directly into a sanitary sewer system and not hold the water in the tank.

When there is no available location in the vicinity to discharge the water directly, this is where truck-mount pumps can begin to showcase their disadvantages. Apart from being loud units, which can be problematic for residential use in the first place, stopping to regularly unload the tank throughout the extraction process is wasted time. Other pumps can do a more efficient job, even with a lower power level. These are considerations our SERVPRO project manager must make when initially scoping the work to get done.

There are many pros and cons to the use of extractor trucks in our Green Fleet, and that is why it is still a commonly used pump when the circumstances are right. Whenever you are facing the damaging effects of a substantial water loss incident, you can count on the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime at (423) 318-6733.

Weighted Extraction Units for Saturated Morristown Flooring

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Types of Water Extraction Tools

Choosing professional restoration for your damaged Morristown home might not always be the easiest decision, despite our extensive inventory of recovery tools and years of expertise. For water damage, many homeowners mistakenly believe that the damage is only as bad as they can see and neglect moisture and dampness in the padding and subflooring beneath carpets. These materials can become a breeding ground for microbial threats. 

One way our restoration team gets set apart from other options in the area is the tools we have for tasks like water removal in Morristown homes. Our professionals arrive with several weighted extraction units for carpeted floors to remove moisture from both the carpet material and the padding below. Choosing among the types available depends on the area needing attention and sometimes even the saturation level of these materials. 

There are two main types of deep extraction tools available to get attached to wet vacuums and extraction units. 

Self-Propelled Extraction Tools 

These units are among the most advanced in weighted extractors as they feature an independent motor that can move the unit throughout the damaged area at a consistent rate. These units pass over carpeted areas and squeeze the padding and carpet together to force moisture to the surface because of their weight. These machines have an intake hose to move the surfaced moisture to the extraction unit for disposal.

Stationary Units

These vary in sizes up to 200 square inches. Like the motorized options, these pads feature an intake hose to move displaced water through the extractor and the drainage point. While these units involve more movement and placement than the propelled versions, these are ideal for situations where space and accessibility for self-propelled units are limited. 

Removing moisture from the carpets of your home can be more complicated than it seems, especially for homeowners who do not have the sophisticated tools available to our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team. No matter how we can help, from extraction to more intricate restoration practices, give our professionals a call at (423) 318-6733. 

How Can You Prepare Your Staff for Water Removal?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO helps Morristown businesses plan for disaster

As a business owner, you know how important it is that your staff is well-trained and ready for any eventuality. Knowledgeable, competent staff members are the backbone of any successful business.

When it comes to water removal in your Morristown business, time is of the essence. The faster you act, the quicker you can get your business back on its feet. Ensure your staff knows how to act in an emergency, including:

  • Where the water shutoff point is.
  • Who they should call if there is a water problem.
  • Actions to do and avoid – for example, it is usually okay to wipe down hard surfaces, but it is better not to vacuum away water without professional help.

The ERP

A SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan (ERP) is an easy way to help your staff prepare. It is free to set up your ERP profile, and once you have a profile, you can download the app and start building your plan. All you have to do is follow the onscreen prompts. Your plan will include emergency contacts and what to do in an emergency, so ensure your staff is familiar with it. And you have our team as your preferred vendor to respond quickly to your call for help!

If you are worried about water removal in your business, call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733.

Tackling Difficult Restoration Tasks after Fire Damage in a Morristown Hardware Store

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Restoration

A fire incident of any magnitude can disrupt your business operations. A big fire can consume all your stock in a hardware store and bring down parts of the structure. Though not catastrophic, a small fire can leave most materials in your hardware caked with smoke residues like soot. Restoring your Morristown hardware store to its preloss state to resume normal business operations is essential, but it takes effort.

Removing Residues from Surfaces

The expansive wall or roof surfaces in a hardware store complicate the restoration of fire damage incidents in Morristown because of the volume of residues they collect. Some materials are also predisposed to collect more residues. For example, a corrugated tin roof sprayed with foam or sound-absorbing paper coating would absorb significant amounts of smoke residues. There is a need to remove the entire layer without damaging the tin roof when restoring such an area. Unfortunately, for such jobs, there are no automated solutions. Our SERVPRO technicians use everything from simple tools such as putty knives to more advanced implements such as pressure washers that help remove the coating and smoke residues, restoring an area to its preloss condition.

Accessing High Points

Smoke naturally drifts upwards during a fire. It also moves through currents to colder areas within the facility. Smoke residues, therefore, tend to concentrate in elevated areas and other hard to reach places. Having the right resources to improve access can reduce the effort needed and improve the turnaround time. Our SERVPRO teams use lift platforms, including self-propelled ones, to improve access to walls, ceilings, and other elevated areas when cleaning residues, tearing down damaged materials, and performing refinishing steps such as painting.

Cleaning Structural Supports

Structural supports are difficult to clean not only because they are hidden behind other materials such as wall panels but also because, in most cases, they are made from unfinished wood. Our SERVPRO technicians help clean soot and remove charred residues from structure supports conveniently using specialized techniques such as soda blasting. In case we cannot clean the areas thoroughly, we can apply sealers to manage odor.

Dealing with fire incidents in commercial establishments presents many challenges. Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Minimizing Flood Damage in a Morristown Home

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO when your Home has Flood Damage

In Tennessee, flooding can impact many homes in the blink of an eye, causing thousands of dollars in damage with just a few inches of water. Without proper drying and mitigation, moisture can seep into the subflooring, drywall, and other materials and cause them to decay. On top of that, flood damage can expose homeowners to unsafe microbes, including mold growth.

Suppose your Morristown home has flood damage that needs fast mitigation. In that case, you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO to work with property owners and insurance adjusters to restore your space to a clean and sanitary state. During flooding, the focus is placed on residents' safety and restoration when it is safe to do so. No matter when your disaster occurs, a SERVPRO team can come to your home within hours of your call.

Flood Damage Precautions for Homeowners

You can take many preventative measures to protect your home from flooding and minimize damage. These include:

  • Elevating major appliances by putting them on concrete blocks
  • Shutting off electricity at your circuit breaker
  • Keeping furniture, electronics, and other items on upper floors or raising them off the ground floor
  • Clearing out drains, gutters, and downspouts to eliminate clogs that can introduce even more water into your home

How SERVPRO Can Help

When you call a SERVPRO team to your residence, their focus is on extracting water thoroughly before cleaning and drying. Because of the risk of microbe exposure from floodwaters, the usual process for handling water damage is altered. Instead of disinfecting after drying, cleaning is done first to prevent the spread of microbes, mold, and other issues through the air. 

Flood cuts may need to be made on sheetrock to dry moisture trapped in the cardboard layers that sandwich in the gypsum. Carpets and other delaminated flooring affected by floods may need to be removed from the home to prevent the spread of microbes and other contaminants.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. When your home becomes subject to flooding, you can call (423) 318-6733 for an emergency response team at any time of the day or night.

Is Fungus A Concern after Flood Damage in Whitestown?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO deals with this hidden flood damage worry

Floods can leave your home and belongings waterlogged and smelling musty. Thankfully SERVPRO is here to help restore your house "Like it never even happened."

The risk of fungal growth after flood damage to your Whitestown home is real. Your restoration company mustn't overlook this risk. Floodwater soaks into materials and provides a breeding ground for fungus – and floodwater can also contain fungi and microbes. Once mold takes hold, it is hard to get rid of and can cause further damage to your home and belongings.

AMRT Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians

We train our staff to deal with fungal risks during flood damage remediation. For example, SERVPRO will:

  • Swiftly dispose of unsalvageable materials such as carpets or drywall.
  • Carefully clean and restore as many belongings as we can.
  • Draw up a drying plan to get rid of damp and deny fungus the water it needs to grow.
  • Apply anti-microbial treatments where necessary.

Our teams can also deodorize your home to blast away any lingering damp or moldy smells after a flood. If you need a comprehensive flood damage service, call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733.

Does my Home Need Water Damage Remediation?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Hardwood flooring with water pooling on the surface SERVPRO has the tools to remove water damage from your home.

Know the Telltale Signs of Water Damage in Your Morristown Home

Spilled water can bring on a wide range of damage to your home. Initial damage happens shortly after the exposure, while the onset of any secondary damage can take time. Homeowners need to know that secondary damages can be challenging to fix, with some being irreparable.

Water damage impacting your Morristown home calls for immediate action to get the best result. SERVPRO can help you to understand both primary and secondary water damage and the effect that water can have on materials in your home. The most common forms of primary and secondary damage from water include:

  • Discoloration, staining, or noticeably soiled surfaces
  • Damp or wet building materials or contents
  • Buckling or warping wood
  • Mold or mildew development

For any water infiltration case, the water source should be turned off and standing water removed to stop the damage from getting worse. Our team at SERVPRO can help you get these steps going, including establishing the most vulnerable materials for removal. We can help remove books, rugs, clothing, and other items from the floors to minimize the damage.

Another element playing a significant role in damage progression is exposure time. The longer the interior of your home is exposed to water, the more time moisture has to penetrate. High-permeance materials with long exposure lead to breakdown and loss of structural integrity. Trained SERVPRO technicians can help to located drywall and other materials that have been affected. We come in with advanced equipment for water extraction with the capacity to take on thousands of gallons of water in a short time.

Even if you act quickly, there can still be water damage in your home that needs to be addressed. SERVPRO technicians can help to assess the damage to determine which actions for remediation are best. Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County today at (423) 318-6733, and we are ready to assist!

Are You Looking for Fire Damage Restoration in Morristown?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is here to help after a fire

Morristown is a small and friendly city of 30,193 in Tennessee. Morristown is a manufacturing hub, with several large employers having bases here. There are over 100 manufacturers in the town, producing everything from food to aerospace parts.

Morrison got its name from its founder, Gideon Morris. By 1855 Morristown was an incorporated city, and it became the seat of Hamblen County in 1870. It is no wonder Morristown makes a delightful place to live or visit with such a long history. The vibrant modern business community exists arm in arm with multiple historical sites and striking historic buildings.

Morristown's most famous son

Davy Crockett is arguably Morristown's most famous son. David Crockett was born in 1786 and lived in Morristown for at least some of his life. Crockett is one of American's most popular folk heroes, known by the name "King of the Wild Frontier." During his life, Crockett had a reputation for hunting and storytelling, later for opposing President Andrew Jackson's policies and his involvement in the Texas Revolution. Crockett died at the Alamo. When you visit Morristown, you can see the Crockett Tavern History Museum. The tavern is a replica log building on the site where Davy Crockett's father, John Crockett, established a tavern in 1794.

Arts and culture abound in Morristown

As well as a long and exciting history, Morristown boasts many arts and culture sites and events. When you are in town, be sure to check out:

  • Panther Creek State Park, on the shore of Cherokee Lake. Families will love the playgrounds, and there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding, kayaking, and more. The park has over fifty well-appointed campsites with water, electricity, and fire rings.
  • Morristown Main Street Historic District is the city's main shopping area and includes several buildings of historical interest, such as the Henry Street Station Post Office.
  • Bethesda Presbyterian Church is a historic building that served as a hospital during the American Civil War. The church congregation was notably split by the Civil War, with both sides unable to reconcile their differences. As a result, there were no church services during the conflict, and afterward, the congregation was divided, with each side taking its own half of the church and not talking to the others.

Morristown also hosts several festivals throughout the year, including a strawberry festival, a beer festival, and the Mountain Makins Festival for arts and crafts.

Is it possible to restore wooden buildings after a fire?

Wood provides fuel for a fire, and so structures like Crockett's Tavern are in particular danger from a blaze. However, if the building survives the fire, it is certainly possible to restore it. SERVPRO trains its staff in every aspect of fire damage restoration, including the best ways to restore each kind of building material.

After a fire, wooden walls and beams may be smoke damaged. Please do not try to clean away the soot yourself, as soot can easily smear and create more stains. However, SERVPRO has all the right equipment to deal with soot damage:

  • Powerful HEPA vacuums to suck up loose, powdery soot.
  • Air scrubbers to capture soot particles and prevent them from re-entering the atmosphere.
  • Soda blasters that use gentle media such as baking soda to scrub sooty beams.

We can also deodorize the building once it is clean to leave it smelling fresh.

For a reliable fire restoration service, call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733.

Mold Growth Situations in Whitestown Homes

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage on a white wall While DIY mold damage remediation may be tempting, it is best to contact the professionals at SERVPRO.

Professional Mold Damage Remediation

Homeowners naturally want to save as much money and time as possible when mold damage situations have developed in Whitestown residences. The unfortunate truth about the presence of mold is how hazardous these conditions can be for those exposed and the structural integrity of affected host materials. While DIY approaches are not altogether impossible, there are many ways that homeowners can believe they are helping – but are actually hurting – their properties. 

There is a reason that so many residents have relied on the extensive experience and training of our SERVPRO remediation specialists to address mold damage in their Whitestown homes. We have a rapid response to these emergencies that can help to quickly manage the situation through containment efforts and prevent further migration of these colonies to new regions of the house. Even without choosing our professional remediation approach, there are ways that you might think you are helping the house but could be making the situation worse.

Why to Not Try DIY Bleach Cleaning

Cleaning up the presence of mold colonization is a common practice for homeowners looking to avoid the presumed costs of professional remediation. While you might find sources on the internet that suggest household bleach can work to remove the organism, this is not the case. With thousands of varieties of mold, bleach can sometimes make the situation more volatile. In situations where it does not, the cleaning only affects surface growth and allows the organism's equally hazardous roots to continue to thrive.

Natural Drying Techniques 

We strive to address the moisture and dampness that causes mold growth when our SERVPRO remediators arrive at your address. Some homeowners might believe that natural drying occurs after a period that removes the dampness threat and addresses the presence of mold colonies. In truth, without directly repairing vulnerabilities that cause water damage, mold growth can worsen. If already removed, the organism can thrive again and again.

It is not uncommon for homeowners to save time and money by addressing mold concerns independently. Our SERVPRO of Hamblen County can help to double-check these efforts or perform a thorough and complete remediation process for your property. Give us a call for whatever you need at (423) 318-6733.

Steps Necessary for Effective Cleaning After Commercial Flood Damage Affects Your Morristown Hotel

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help with Commercial Flood Damage

When a flood hits your Morristown hotel, cleaning is one of the most challenging tasks you are likely to face in the journey towards restoring the preloss state in your facility. The presence of many fabric items, including upholstery, beddings, draperies, and other items, means more items might need cleaning in the hotel setting compared to other commercial establishments. Involving a professional like SERVPRO can help you carry out the crucial steps with ease.

Pretesting Fabrics

After commercial flood damage in your Morristown Hotel, the cleaning process should help eliminate soils and contaminants. However, the process can ruin fabrics if not handled appropriately. Pretesting can help prevent such damages and establish ways to get the best outcomes. Our SERVPRO technicians check various aspects during the pre-testing phase, including checking the fiber and type of weave. We also check fabric qualities such as the potential for shrinkage, colorfastness, and the manufacturer's care instructions. Pretesting also helps establish the type and level of soiling, which is crucial when choosing cleaning agents and methods.

Debris Removal

Various types of debris can pile up in your hotel after a flooding incident. In a case involving groundwater, debris from outside the structures such as silt and mud can find a way inside the hotel. Damaged items, such as shattered glass or chunks of materials from the walls, can also accumulate as part of the debris. With the varying nature of the debris, removal and proper disposal pose some challenges. Our SERVPRO technicians have different resources to tackle the problem. Heavy-duty plastic bags help aggregate waste from demolished building materials. We also have shovels to scoop silt and other fine debris.

Sanitizing the Facility

Various aspects of flood damage, including the soiling of surfaces and foul odors, can create unsanitary conditions in your hotel, hurting your business. Our SERVPRO technicians use different cleaning agents to remove light and heavy soiling. We utilize various deodorization techniques, including wet fogging and air scrubbers to remove airborne odor particles.

Cleaning is an elaborate process. Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 to help execute the necessary steps eliminating the effects of the flood, "Like it never even happened."

What to Expect from Professional Flood Damage Recovery in Whitestown

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Black hose extracting pooling water from brown carpeting Our water extraction equipment can remove standing water from your flood damaged home.

Flood and Water Damage Remediation

Residents of Whitestown have experience within the past year observing and living through the torrential damage rains can inflict on homes. Overland flash flooding joined by the harm water incursion does after roofs, siding, and other exterior structures fall victim to high winds, toppled trees, and flying debris creates an overwhelming set of circumstances. Extreme weather presents substantial flooding challenges for members of our community. We are here to help.

Fast Assessment and Comprehensive Planning

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, including the flood damage your Whitestown home suffers after local microburst or torrential storms. Arriving on the scene quickly is crucial, giving you the best chance at a successful mitigation and remediation outcome. Rapid and thorough water removal permits structural drying to proceed efficiently. When your home returns to normal moisture levels, secondary damage such as mold growth is unlikely.

Top of the Line Equipment Support Our Highly-Trained Technicians

The SERVPRO team completes training on every aspect of flood damage recovery from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our technicians prepare for your job by mastering the flood damage industry’s best practices, ready for implementation at your home. We travel with fully-stocked service vehicles, packed with the high-efficiency pumps and water extractors necessary to evacuate inches to feet of unwanted and damaging flood water. 

Active Containment and Disposal

Flood damage exposes your home and family to the pathogens, chemicals, and other debris found in contaminated water. Merely waiting for Category 3 water to drain away is never an option. The potential risk of coming into contact with blood and feces-borne viruses, bacteria, landscaping and road chemicals, dead animals, and other organic debris is worrisome. SERVPRO technicians use submersible pumps to remove water deeper than two inches, following up with powerful wanded extractors. According to local rules, the water is transferred to a holding container for disposal. 

Disinfection and then Structural Drying

The surfaces in the affected area receive treatment with EPA-registered antimicrobials. This step is vital for the safety of the occupants of your home and the welfare of the SERVPRO technicians completing the phases of your flood damage remediation. We use powerful air movers during drying and do not want to contribute any airborne hazards to the mix. 

SERVPRO of Hamblen County assembles an impressive team of technicians and an inventory of state-of-the-art equipment when responding to your flood damage scenario. Call (423) 318-6733 round the clock for rapid flood water removal and thorough drying.

How Does Water Damage Get Removed From Upholstery in Morristown?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Blue chairs floating in water in a living room We can help with your Morristown upholstery as well after a water damage.

SERVPRO Techs Have Comprehensive Training to Handle All Types of Water Damage Cleanup in Morristown

There are many reasons that the upholstery in a house gets soaked, but the bottom line is this: it needs to get dried as rapidly as possible for the best outcome. 

SERVPRO technicians never have a one-size-fits-all approach for cleaning and drying upholstered furnishings in Morristown with water damage. The techs carefully test fibers to determine the construction materials rather than rely on visual examinations only. This inhibits the potential for mistakes in choosing the furniture restoration method, including the drying procedure. Some of the most common upholstery types need special handling, such as: 

  • Frieze is susceptible to shrinkage and bleeding
  • Open weave should not get subjected to agitation
  • Velvets and velours are sensitive to wet cleaning
  • Homespun is a sturdy upholstery fabric that responds well to most cleaning methods

When drying cushions on loveseats or sofas, the techs often use a drying style that involves the cushions upright and leaned into each other. They get rotated during the drying phase to ensure they get completely dried. 

SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 serves the local Morristown community with any size water damage restoration services needed.

Why Minor Fire Damage in Morristown Requires Professional Assistance

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

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We will get your fire damage in Morristown back to normal in no time. 

Minor incidents such as grease fires in the kitchen might not pose any danger to the structure when controlled early. The level of damages in such cases might only spread to a few areas. However, restoring the affected property can require considerable skill and effort, something only a professional restoration crew can offer. Most of the stubborn issues may stem from smoke deposits, which move freely to different sections of the property, requiring extra effort during cleaning.  

The soot left after fire damage in Morristown might present various cleaning challenges because the smoke produced differs in each fire incident. Depending on what burns, restoration might involve removal of dry smoke residues, wet smoke residues, fuel oil smoke residues, or protein smoke residues. A situation might also combine more than one type of residue, which can complicate cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians have IICRC certification in Fire and Smoke Restoration so they can deal with any outcome. 

Ideally, smoke residues are deposited on the affected material's surface, so you might expect to remove all traces of the residue through a simple process. However, smoke that contains high concentrations of aerosols stains materials deeply, requiring aggressive cleaning techniques. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning agents to break down such stubborn residues. We also use multi-surface scrubbers to agitate affected areas eliminating all traces of the residues. 

Apart from the visible damages, fire incidents might also leave unseen damages that can cause problems later. Smoke filters into electronics where tar and other residues collect around the circuit boards. Such accumulation leads to interruption or redirection to the flow of current, which can damage the equipment. Affected items might also burst into flames due to overheating or short-circuits, leading to other fires in the future. Our SERVPRO technicians help perform an initial evaluation of items, and if they require specialized cleaning, we can help you access specialized cleaning services.  

Even a minor case of fire damage requires the right response. Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 to help restore your home. We address every aspect of the damage, “Like it never even happened.” 

Your Water Pipes Also Need Some TLC

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

 Laminate flooring partially removed exposing black underlayment and water damage Water damage can seep into hidden areas. Contact SERVPRO for thorough drying.

SERVPRO Can Help if Your Home has a Burst Pipe

All homes, particularly older construction, need a little love and attention.  Taking care of your landscaping, gutters, and paint is evident.  What most homeowners miss, though, is the maintenance of their plumbing and appliances to prevent a pipe rupture and the ensuing water cleanup process.  All it takes is a corroded water heater or an obsolete water connection in your dishwasher to allow water to spill into your kitchen and greet you at the door when you arrive after a long day at work.

If your home in Morristown needs water cleanup, SERVPRO is at your service.  Emergencies are the norm in our business, which is why our team of experts is available around the clock to help you in your time of need.  All you need to do is call us and let us do the rest.

For the most part, water events in your home involve clean water, making the restoration process a bit easier.  When our SERVPRO team arrives, we are ready with various equipment designed to be efficient in the extraction of standing water.  Our repertoire includes truck-mounted pumps used for larger water volumes, submersible pumps, and even handheld wand devices designed to access hard-to-reach corners of your home.  The crew controls humidity levels by using various moisture sensors and combing your house for any water damage that may remain hidden behind walls and under flooring and cabinets.  Our methodic approach is key to our success.

Extracting water and leaving it to air-dry may not yield the best results.  Because our SERVPRO crew focuses on mitigating your losses, we bring drying equipment to complement the water extraction.  The drying job may include air circulators, dehumidifiers, and even the use of injectidry technology if the job requires it.  Besides making sure that the leak is under control and the pipe is new, your role is to trust our hard-earned expertise as we return your home to its original condition.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County is your best resource when water seeps into your life.  Just call us at (423) 318-6733 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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