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Flood Damage From Broken Water Lines In Your Chattanooga Property

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage From Broken Water Lines In Your Chattanooga Property Plumbing accidents like burst pipes can leave you with a big mess.

Broken Water Lines Cause Flood Damage

Plumbing accidents like burst pipes can leave you with a big mess. It probably requires a skilled plumber to make the needed repairs to have your plumbing working properly again. However, you are left to clean up the mess of the leak and to get things dry again.
If you have come into your vacation home this year to find you have a water line break inside your wall, no doubt the flood damage left behind in your Chattanooga property has destroyed drywall and damaged flooring, to say the least. The most important thing to do right away is to turn the water supply off to stop the flow of water. Drying out your building after this is going to be a lot more complex than you can handle on your own. It is important for you to call in the professionals, such as SERVPRO.
At SERVPRO, our technicians are specially trained and certified to handle a mess like this. Before we get there, you can begin opening windows to help vent some of the moist air out. We work to get rid of any standing water after finding the cause of the leak with commercial grade equipment. Industrial fans and dehumidifiers are utilized once the excess water is out to speed up the drying process. We check on these daily and move them around as needed for optimum drying.
Since the water has likely been sitting for a while before you found it, you could have a mold problem as well. Mold can start growing within 24 to 48 hours and spreads rapidly. We also can clean up the mold for you, and use sanitizers to leave the area clean. If there is hidden mold inside the walls, we can find that as well. If any flooring is ruined, it is taken out and replaced, but if it is salvageable, it gets dried during our drying process. The destroyed drywall is removed and replaced as well.
SERVPRO of North Chattanooga arrives at your property swiftly, as we know time is of the essence in this type of situation. When you are facing a flood damage disaster, get in touch with us right away at (423) 332-7678, so we can return your property to its prior condition as soon as possible.

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Receive The Services You Deserve To Battle Mold Damage Invading Your Chattanooga Area Home

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Receive The Services You Deserve To Battle Mold Damage Invading Your Chattanooga Area Home Mold can wreak havoc on your property.

Battle Mold Damage Invading Your Home

When confronted with the realization that mold exists on your property, you may search online and find a ton of advertisements concerning specific types of mold that cause health problems. The truth is that mold exists everywhere, it is not something that we can get rid of, nor should we.

Sure, you want to avoid ignoring any mold damage found in your Chattanooga area home. However, any type can pose risks to someone’s health, not just a few, especially when left to grow and spread uncontrollably. The longer you and your family expose yourselves to mold, the more likely health problems may develop.

Mold plays a significant role in our eco-system, helping recycle dead or dying materials. So, all that professional remediation services are designed to do is get the problem under control properly. Limiting specific circumstances that allow mold to grow in your home can help you avoid a significant amount of damage.

A proper mold damage mitigation company, like SERVPRO, puts IICRC certified professionals to work for you. They set up containment to prevent the spread of contaminants, repair any water sources, remove damaged materials, use EPA-registered disinfectants to clean the infected area, and perform repairs necessary to return your home to a quality pre-mold damage condition.

Mold remediation may not sound so hard, and you may be tempted to try performing your remediation alone. However, without the right equipment and experience, you may end up spreading contamination to other areas of your home, leading to additional damages that you could have otherwise avoided.

SERVPRO technicians use negative-airflow machines, Air movers, HEPA-filtered vacuums, and several additional attachments to reach infected areas. Not to mention moisture detection devices and extraction equipment that makes locating problems easier. Each technician also utilizes personal protective equipment of different types, depending on the amount of exposure that exists on your property.

The professionals at SERVPRO subject themselves to rigorous training and deploy services that are remarkable to witness. They get mold contamination in your home under control quickly, returning your home to a safe, clean, healthy environment where you and your family can flourish.

Call SERVPRO of North Chattanooga to receive the help you deserve; we can help (423) 332-7678.

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Problems That Occur In Your Chattanooga Area Home That Require Water Removal Services

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Problems That Occur In Your Chattanooga Area Home That Require Water Removal Services Protect your home with professional water removal and restoration services.

Water Removal Services

With a large variety of circumstances that can lead to indoor flooding or excessive moisture, it is almost impossible to prepare for everything that might happen. Not to mention that these incidents often occur when you least expect them.

Protect your Chattanooga area home with professional water removal and restoration services designed to limit your losses and protect your family during emergency situations. We respond to your request for help immediately, giving you the assistance you need and provide you with solutions that fit your unique circumstances.

SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience handling rain gutter issues that cause problems during the rainy season that cause overflows that damage to your foundation or invade your basement. We can handle any water heater issues as well, performing necessary repairs, or even replacing systems that can cause harm to your home. We can also clean up after clogged drains that cause excessive flooding. SERVPRO’s extensive water removal services help protect your belongings and return your home to a quality condition that your family can enjoy for many more years. Do not let partial clogs, accidents, or natural disasters get in the way of your enjoyment of life.

SERVPRO technicians give you solutions to any septic tank or drainage issues you face. Saving you from spending day after day trying to solve the problem yourself, or having additional problems arise that you simply are not prepared to handle. We have access to expertly trained water removal technicians and all of the equipment necessary to tackle events of all sizes. Our quick drying methods, extraction equipment, and removal methods adjust to fit your situation.

Make common problems that lead to major problems a thing of the past. Put our IICRC certified technicians to work for you, use our experience to tackle these problems and much more. Call SERVPRO of North Chattanooga for a full-service solution to emergency situations that develop on your property. Gaining access to highly trained professionals, who use advanced technology to respond to your situation, providing you with the quick, efficient solutions you deserve (423) 332-7678.

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The Impact of Containment on Mold Damage in Your Chattanooga Cafe

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The Impact of Containment on Mold Damage in Your Chattanooga Cafe When dealing with mold, containment is designed to prevent the release and movement of mold spores to unaffected areas of the building.

SERVPRO Can Help Keep Your Business Open 

Mold is a big problem for business owners. If you are part of the service industry and deal with the general public, it is an even greater challenge. The best way to handle it is to prevent it from spreading in the first place, by identifying moisture problems and addressing them quickly. However, this is not always possible.

Even in a relatively small café, there are plenty of opportunities for mold spores to grow undetected. If a pipe bursts inside the wall, for example, mold could eat away at structural materials for some time before being detected. Crawlspaces and cupboards are particularly vulnerable because they tend to be dark and warm. Mold damage in Chattanooga needs heat and water to thrive.

The good news is that SERVPRO can protect your café from further damage by temporarily closing off affected areas.

The Purpose of Containment

When dealing with mold, containment is designed to prevent the release and movement of mold spores to unaffected areas of the building. It means that, depending on where the problem gets found, you may not have to close your café to customers.

If the mold is growing in a storage room or basement, for example, it may be possible to shut off only this non-essential space. On the other hand, if there is evidence of mold in the food preparation or dining areas, SERVPRO recommends closing until repairs are complete.

Different Types of Containment

Controlling mold contamination in proximity to the source is critical. When mold spores become aerosolized, they get much harder to capture and neutralize. There are two main types of containment – local and source.

Source Containment

This method is used to control fairly small amounts of mold. The aim is to prevent spores from spreading further and compromising a larger area of the café. When conducted correctly, it reduces spores and dust.

A good example would be if there was a minor, visible kitchen leak and it led to limited mold growth on a wall or ceiling. Source containment is usually carried out by taping polyethylene sheets (or adhesive plastic) to the moldy surface before removal. Individual, portable items are wrapped and bagged in 6-mil poly packaging.

Local Containment

SERVPRO employs local methods when remediating moderate to severe cases of mold growth. Our technicians construct a temporary frame from which to hang impervious materials like polyethylene. While it is an extensive procedure, its impact on the daily operation of the café still depends on where the mold is and the level of access.

The frame gets made out of PVC pipe, wood or spring loaded extension poles. The aim is to separate the work area from the ‘clean’ spaces. One or several pieces of plastic sheeting cover the frame so that HEPA air filtration machines can run at maximum efficiency. What we do is create a negative pressure differential in relation to the surrounding areas.


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At SERVPRO of North Chattanooga, mold containment is a vital part of protecting businesses. We want to be sure that, while we are carrying out repairs, we are also controlling the environment and guaranteeing a positive result. Call us 24/7 at (423) 332-7678 today.

How Preliminary Deodorization Is Used To Repair Fire Damage In Chattanooga

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Preliminary Deodorization Is Used To Repair Fire Damage In Chattanooga Smoke odor removal work is a critical part of fire damage restoration and repair.

Deodorization And Fire Damage

Smoke odor removal work is a critical part of fire damage restoration and repair. During a house clean up, technicians use deodorization techniques in a consistent and controlled manner. Often, odor removal is the first aspect of the job to be tackled, because the environment needs to be safe and comfortable for the team.

The exact nature of the deodorization methods used depends on the severity of the fire damage in Chattanooga homes. After clearing burned debris and starting work on stained walls and ceilings, SERVPRO applies powerful granular deodorants and thermal fogging devices to eliminate the most pungent smoke odors.

First, however, we apply preliminary neutralizers to stop any more smoke particles from leaving damaged materials and collecting in the air.

How We Apply Preliminary Deodorizers
Smoke removal begins with a spray application. It is used to treat all solid surfaces within the affected space. The goal is to achieve preliminary detoxification or, in other words, artificially stop odor particles from emanating off smoky materials (furniture, carpets) and accumulating in the air.

The point of preliminary deodorization is not to completely rid a home of acrid smells. SERVPRO introduces more sophisticated tools for this later. It is to create a ‘cut off’ point of sorts, a point of control between the original fire and the restoration process. We aim to stop odors intensifying by limiting their movement.

Why Spray Deodorizers Are Effective
We use water extendable formulations with an added odor counteractant. It is effective because the counteractant (supported by emulsifiers and penetrants) infiltrates smoky atmospheres and establishes a barrier. All odor particles must pass through the barrier as they attempt to make it into the air.

The evaporation process is, essentially, slowed down as far as possible. The method can be used to treat many types of porous item, but they require full saturation with the deodorizing formula. As the chemicals react with some materials (like paint), they are only used to treat invulnerable items or surfaces which need repainting or refinishing anyway. SERVPRO makes sure to spray along baseboards and areas where smoke has traveled behind the walls. It is a good way to stop ‘invisible’ odor patches from developing in spots which are tricky to reach. For structures with radiant heat hot water or baseboard heat, deodorizing sprays must be applied to the coils and fins as well.

At SERVPRO of North Chattanooga, deodorization after a fire is a top priority. We understand that the damage often extends beyond what the eye can see, so we always carry out a comprehensive smoke removal process. Call us 24/7 on (423) 332-7678.

Water Removal Protects Homes in Harrison by Preventing Small Problems from Becoming Huge Disasters

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Protects Homes in Harrison by Preventing Small Problems from Becoming Huge Disasters Don't let standing water cause even more damage in your home. Call SERVPRO for quick remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Pride Themselves on Quick Response Times to Many Disasters

When your home has standing water in it, many things begin to happen. Carpeting becomes soaked, and furniture can become water-logged while at the same time furniture legs can start staining the carpet underneath. Basements can hold water that you might not have seen yet, creating more problems.
When a Harrison residence floods, for any reason, water removal should begin immediately. Removing standing water is not something that can wait until a later, more convenient time. Emergencies happen around the clock, and this is why we at SERVPRO are always on duty. Ridding your home of water problems is one of our services, and we are trained to handle any size disaster that might strike your home.
During the water removal process, we need to use machines that can increase your electricity usage, resulting in a temporary increase for the overall month. We recommend discussing this extra cost with your insurance adjuster to see if the difference can be compensated. Because continuous air flow and other aspects of removing water is crucial to the result of our efforts, we ask that these machines not be moved from where we have placed them or that they are turned off.
When there is a water emergency, contamination can also play a role in how we go about restoring your home. Water removal may also need to include decontamination efforts, stripping out damaged materials, and disposal of destroyed belongings. These aspects are also important because, without them, damage can escalate quickly. Damage can also spread to other parts of your home that never even flooded if the original disaster is not remediated quickly and correctly.
No matter what time it is, day or night, weekend or holiday, SERVPRO of North Chattanooga is always ready to help you and your family. Water removal is only one of the many types of disasters we are trained to remediate, and we are experienced professionals. Call us at (423) 332-7678, for any water emergency in your home.

Teaching Fire Safety to Your Children in Chattanooga

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Teaching Fire Safety to Your Children in Chattanooga SERVPRO Tips for Fire Safety for Your Children

Property Damage from Fires Is Secondary to Your Children's Safety

When it comes to fire safety, it does not have to be a scary or difficult topic for your children. The key is to teach kids how to escape safely from a fire, and not become afraid of being in a fire. By tailoring lessons and activities to the age of your child, they can learn and still have fun in the process.

Plan a Fire Drill
Teaching kids that fires and fire damage can happen quickly are important. Plan a fire safety evacuation drill with your children so everyone can exit your Chattanooga home safely in case of a fire. Each day, give one child a bell and allow them to pick a time anytime during the day to ring it and call out “Fire!” So everyone can practice evacuating properly. You can even create some unexpected roadblocks from time to time, such as taping up an image of a fire so this means this exit route is blocked. Where to go, now?
Locate Smoke Detectors
Let children touch, look and experience what a smoke detector is. Create a counting game where they count how many detectors are in your home. Talk about a schedule for changing the batteries. For children who are older, turn it into a scavenger hunt, complete with clues related to fire safety.
If your home is ever damaged by fire and smoke, you will need a professional fire damage restoration company to help you clean up the damage, such as SERVPRO. They have the proper equipment and products to clean up the smoke smells and repair any damages the fire or firefighting efforts left behind. Preparing your children to thwart fire casualties is critical, then consider preparing a plan of action if a fire does occur.
Field Trip
Since kids can sometimes be frightened by firefighters and could even hide from the, you should plan a day out to take them to a local firehouse and let them meet firefighters in uniform. Call the station and schedule an appointment in ahead of time so the staff can be there to spend special time with your children.
Read Books
Spend time reading books with your kids on fire safety and create other activities that younger children can enjoy. There are plenty of books on the market that are designed for talking about this important subject which makes it easier for you to approach it with your children. Ask SERVPRO to send a representative to speak to a classroom full of curious students concerning fire safety and prevention.
Stop, Drop and Roll
Play a game where kids learn to stop, drop and roll, and also make a game to teach “Stay low and go.” Children should learn to practice these skills as quickly as they can. Be sure to teach your children when they need to stay low and go, and when it is appropriate to stop, drop and roll. You should encourage them to cover their faces while rolling.
All these activities can help your children know what to do in case of a fire and stay safe without panicking. When a fire does happen, you want to have our team from SERVPRO of North Chattanooga come to your home to take care of the damages and cleanup for you. We can be reached at any time by dialing (423) 332-7678.

Complications of Water Removal

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Complications of Water Removal Let the experts at SERVPRO help with any Residential or Commercial Water Removal.

SERVPRO uses a strategy of mitigation when responding to water and fire damage, wherein we react quickly to disasters and work quickly to stop any further damage from occurring. In floods and severe water damage, water removal is an integral and pressing part of the process. If water is allowed to remain in the building for too long, a host of problems can crop up ranging from cracking to oxidation to mold growth. In a home, some areas are harder to remove water from than others due to factors ranging from inaccessibility to material troubles to preexisting damage conditions.

Hard-to-Reach Places

Much of the heaviest water removal in Harrison, unfortunately, impacts hard-to-reach places such as basements and crawl spaces. In these ground floor or below-ground areas, water collects easily but is difficult to remove due to restricted human access. SERVPRO carries equipment specialized for these situations, such as portable water extractors that can be taken deep inside a building to remove standing water. Other tools such as ultra-low volume deodorizers are also used to give each corner of the home a thorough restoration.

Difficult Materials

We are used to handling materials common in a home such as bricks, stone, wood, carpeting, and concrete, but sometimes a home or room may be built with unusual materials that can complicate water removal efforts. One example is shag carpeting, which absorbs more moisture than regular carpeting and is at a greater risk of mold and fungus growth. We have access to a diverse array of tools, information resources, and specialty contractors to be properly prepared for any unique situation.

Preexisting Damage

Many homeowners only find out about prior damages once a flood, storm or other disaster has exposed them and caused greater damage. If an area has been damaged in the past, its wounds may be reopened by new damage. Our inspectors always thoroughly inspect job sites to look for signs of these older damages so that our technicians can prepare for and respond to them adequately.

SERVPRO of North Chattanooga carries a diverse and varied array of equipment to maintain flexibility and maximize efficiency in the water removal process. Call us 24/7 at (423) 332-7678.

How Mold Drives Away Retail Customers In Chattanooga

2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How Mold Drives Away Retail Customers In Chattanooga Mold is a slow-growing force.

Mold And Your Retail Store

Mold is a slow-growing force, and noticing its effects can be difficult because any changes to the environment are generally gradual and, at first, mostly benign. For a retail store, this is especially dangerous since employees and regular customers usually don't notice changes as readily as new and infrequent shoppers. Mold significantly reduces customers for most businesses afflicted by it, as customers are driven away by foul odors, other signs of damage, and potential health issues. These are but a few of the factors that cause unchecked mold damage to drive away customers from a retail location.

Foul Odors
Mold's strong, musty odor can be a double edged blade. While it can help you to find the source of mold damage in your Chattanooga retail store, it also can discourage customers. Those who can recognize and positively identify odors as originating from mold may assume that the building has low standards of safety and maintenance and not return. Other customers who are unfamiliar with the smell may still be driven off, not wanting to continue shopping somewhere with a persistent and offensive odor. SERVPRO uses heavy fogging machines to remove these odors thoroughly, so once you have called for our help, you should have little to worry about once restorations are complete.

Detrimental Health Effects
Some types of mold may cause health effects for those exposed to it. Although more severe illness is usually reserved for those who are exposed in the long term, putting you and your employees at risk rather than customers, individuals with allergies or respiratory problems may negatively react to mold spores even with limited exposure.

Contact With Mold
Some shoppers may find signs of mold damage long before you or an SERVPRO technician. These are usually isolated problems, as employees may often find any visible damage shortly after customers, but in some cases, it could drive away a moderate amount of customers. Doing walk-throughs of the building can help to find mold quickly, should it appear.

SERVPRO of North Chattanooga has what it takes to handle any commercial mold infestation. Call us 24/7 at (423) 332-7678.

Fire Prevention in Your Home Workshop or Garage

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention in Your Home Workshop or Garage Fire needs three things – oxygen, fuel, and heat. Keep these from coming together, and you’ll significantly reduce chances of a fire.

Fire Prevention Procedures for Your Garage and Workshop

Fires in home workshops and garages are dangerous. The typical workshop or garage contain many flammable materials, from liquids like paint thinner and gasoline to sawdust, wood, and greasy rags. There are often furnaces and water heaters in these areas which can start a fire.
When it comes to fire safety in your Signal Mountain workshop or garage, keeping your area fireproof to avoid fire damage means having the right equipment and making safe habits. When an accident does happen, SERVPRO, a professional fire remediation company, can help.
There are three steps to keep these areas safe which everyone should practice.

Create Safe Habits

Prevention of fire in your Signal Mountain garage will be second nature when you develop safe routines. When you sand or cut wood, there will be wood chips and sawdust. These are more likely to combust than larger boards. Immediately sweep them up, and you’ll get rid of a large source for workshop fires. Also, when using stain, paint or finishing solvents or oils, seal the containers and put them in a safe spot. Then dispose of oily rags to prevent spontaneous combustion. This means putting the rags in a bucket made of steel which has a lid that closes on its own. Otherwise, hang the rags on a line to dry in a single layer. Keep them away from fire and heat sources.

Safe Storage

Fire needs three things – oxygen, fuel, and heat. Keep these from coming together, and you’ll significantly reduce chances of a fire. Proper storage makes this possible. Keep any combustibles away from fire or heat, like space heaters, water heaters, boilers, and furnaces. Keep flammable products such as spray paint, wood finishes, and paint thinner in a cabinet just for them with a closed door. If you have a problem with one of these products starting a fire, SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to clean the area and fix the damage properly.

Have Proper Safety Equipment

You won’t need to spend a bundle on things to put out a fire or alert you of a fire. Keep a fire extinguisher handy, preferably near an exit door. Also, make sure you have the proper kind of smoke alarm. You may even consider installing a sprinkler system in your home.


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When a fire does occur, don’t hesitate to contact us at SERVPRO of North Chattanooga. We are available to take your call whenever you need us. You can reach us at (423) 332-7678, and we will be out to your home right away to fix things up as good as new.