Recent Water Damage Posts

Is Water Damage Repair in Morristown Homes Expensive?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

front of servpro shop with sign hanging on wall Just call the number on the sign outside our SERVPRO HQ for water damage and repair service in Morristown and the surrounding areas

SERVPRO Provides Skilled Water Damage Repair in Morristown and Cost-Effective

It is critical to hire experienced restorers if your property sustains water damage.  After such an incident, you might think about performing the restoration yourself. However, self-restoration can be insufficient and can lead to secondary damage such as mold development and cupping or buckling of hardwood floors. Reliable restoration companies like SERVPRO can assist you to return your home to its previous state at a reasonable price.

Regardless of the amount of destruction, water damage repair in your Morristown home necessitates professional assistance. SERVPRO experts have access to the equipment and resources they need to repair your property in the shortest time possible. Our water repair process involves:

  • Using modern equipment to remove water effectively. Our team of technicians can use a self-priming trash pump to remove water in excess of two feet in your home.
  • Conducting water cleanup using specialized EPA registered products for decontamination
  • When drying the affected area, our SERVPRO restorers can use portable desiccant dehumidifiers to create negative air pressure.

The expense of water damage restoration is determined by a variety of factors. The cost of repair services is influenced by the amount of damage. We do strive to restore and not replace building assemblies whenever possible.

At SERVPRO, we aim to get our customers back to normal life as fast as possible. We act fast and use the right equipment to restore a water-damaged property within the shortest time possible. We remove as much water as possible before drying a property to ensure faster restoration. To guarantee the safety of your family, we deploy a team of highly experienced water restoration technicians (WRT) and cutting-edge technology.

Working fast is the best way we repair our customer's wet carpet and other household objects. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County to get your home to its preloss state. Talk to us today at (423) 318-6733. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Can Water Mitigation Techniques Save Money for Whitestown Residents?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water leaking from ceiling SERVPRO is here to help with water damage of any level. Our technicians know all the steps to take to bring back your belongings after water strikes.

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Methods Can Reduce the Expense of a Claim in Whitestown

All water supplies contain microbes. This fact includes wastewater supply pipes, clean water drinking taps, and appliance fittings in your home. A malfunction at any part of these supply networks can lead to water intruding into the home environment, where it begins to cause damage. Water can affect your home in many ways, including through vapor damage- which is a result of heightened humidity- or liquid water. As time passes, the naturally occurring microbes in water can begin to reproduce, causing deterioration of water quality and potentially complicating the cleanup procedure. Water cleanup can help to prevent:

  • Microbial damage
  • Stagnation of water
  • Water damage to a home or structure

When we talk about water mitigation for Whitestown residents, we primarily discuss reducing damages caused by water intrusion. An example of this mitigation could be as simple as stemming the water flow through the property using a physical barrier or removing belongings from the immediately affected area. Professional mitigation can also extend to more complex solutions like silica-based dehumidifiers to capture water vapor in the indoor environment or dry out structural cavities where water may have spread. 

  • Our technicians have training in applied cavity drying techniques and assessment. 
  • We can reduce damages to electronics and the building assembly by controlling atmospheric conditions such as the dew point. 
  • Industrial drying equipment such as silica-based, desiccant dehumidifiers can be mobilized quickly to reduce losses in your home. 

It is vital to respond quickly to water intrusion in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County for water mitigation technicians at (423) 318-6733.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.”