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Why Is My Roof Damaged After a Fire?

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Is My Roof Damaged After a Fire? Give SERVPRO a call after commercial fire damage.

During the fire cleanup process of your commercial building in Chattanooga, TN you may have a few questions about the damage sustained to your building. It's crazy how a fire can cause soot to cling to every surface or how water damage can be such a big part of a fire. You may be surprised at the damage done to your roof, but there are a lot of reasons this structure is so affected by a fire.

• The Heat: Fires cause a lot of heat. Heat tends to rise. When the heat wave reaches your roof line, it holds it in for a while. The shingles and other roofing materials may be degraded by the extreme heat they come in contact with during a fire. If you notice melted plastics or warped shingles, you may need to consider a roof repair as part of the restoration process.
• The Smoke: The smoke created by a fire can be full of soot. Depending on what the fire is fueled by, this soot can actually contain chemicals. When the smoke reaches the roof structure, it may stain and discolor your system. This damage typically isn't as serious as others, but you may still want to restore the discoloration caused by the flames during the fire cleanup.
• The Extinguishing: Putting out a fire sometimes does as much damage as the fire itself. Firefighters use lots of water to dampen the flames, but sometimes they have to increase the ventilation to quench the fire. Cutting holes in the roof and walls can help with this process. If you have a hole in your roof, you may want to look into tarp services to ensure rain and wind do not do more damage to your building.

Your commercial fire damage repair team can help you better understand how certain parts of your building were damaged. They may also be able to help you become more comfortable with the fire cleanup process. Visit for more information on commercial fire damage. 

Can I Still Have Mold if I Don’t See It?

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can I Still Have Mold if I Don’t See It? Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold in your home.

Just because there’s no visible mold on the surfaces of your home doesn’t mean you don’t have it. Mold can often proliferate in rainy weather in Chattanooga, TN but if it’s hidden away in little crevices in your home then you might not find it until it’s done irreparable damage. This is where an indoor environmental specialist can help you by identifying mold growth before it spreads. By calling in a specialist, you may uncover a disturbing pattern of mold growth that’s been going unchecked for longer than you think.

Why Would I Suspect That I Have Mold?

If you can’t see the mold, why would you suspect you have it? There can be a number of tell-tale signs, including:

• Terrible odors caused by mycotoxins in the air
• Discolorations and stains on your walls, including water stains
• Cracking, peeling, or bubbling paint
• Issues with asthma
• Issues with allergies such as sneezing and congestion, with no notable allergens present
• Problems with water leakage in the home – while you may not see visible mold, where there’s water leakage mold and mildew almost always follow
• Condensation clinging to places such as windowsills and door frames

If these signs make you suspect you have mold, you may try a home mold testing kit, but you can get better answers from a professional indoor environmental specialist.

Why Trust a Specialist?

Mold can be extremely difficult to get rid of, especially if it’s hidden deep in the corners of your home and in inaccessible areas. Indoor environmental specialists are trained in detecting mold in places the average person wouldn’t think to look, and recommending safe remediation activities that may not be accessible to the general public. Specialists also know a great deal about the types of mold, and the damage they can do to your home – and can advise you not just on mold remediation and cleanup, but future mold prevention. Visit for more information on mold. 

Protecting Your Place From a Fire

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protecting Your Place From a Fire Give SERVPRO a call after fire damage.

Part of what makes your Chattanooga, TN home a safe haven lies in its ability to provide shelter and space for happy gatherings with family and friends. A house fire can threaten this peace. While fireplaces aren't used as much in the warmer seasons, fire can still break out in a number of ways. By better understanding this powerful element, you can sharpen the tools in your fire preparation toolbox.

It Starts With a Spark

The initial conflagration may be so subtle that it goes unnoticed, but all a fire needs to get started is three basic factors:

• Heat
• Fuel of some kind
• Oxygen

Once these three components are present, a home fire can take off immediately. As fire spreads through areas of a house, the introduction of new materials to burn and extra air can cause the flames to grow even more.

Flames Spread Quickly

The longer a fire burns, the hotter it becomes and the more quickly it can grow. Fire safety experts note that a fire can ignite and spread in a mere 30 seconds. After a minute or so, smoke layers can cloud a room and temperatures can exceed 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Because time is crucial when it comes to a fire, it is wise to prepare an emergency plan ahead of time, just in case.

Certain Rooms Are Vulnerable

Although a fire can start just about anywhere in your home, specific rooms can be especially susceptible. Focus your fire preparation by paying special attention to your kitchen, bedroom, and living room. Kitchens naturally contain some of the most fire-prone equipment, such as microwaves and toasters. In bedrooms, bedding and curtains can be highly flammable. Electronics, drapes, and chimneys in living rooms are other hot spots.

Part of fire preparation involves learning more about fires themselves and the ways they can attack particular areas of the house. Looking at home fires from this educational angle can help you sharpen your senses when it comes to the possible safety risks. Visit for more information on fire damage. 

Areas of the Home Most Affected by Odors After a Flood

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Areas of the Home Most Affected by Odors After a Flood Dealing with the aftermath of a serious flooding event in your Chattanooga, TN, home can be difficult.

Dealing with the aftermath of a serious flooding event in your Chattanooga, TN, home can be difficult. Even after extensive cleanup due to sewage loss or standing flood water has commenced, lingering odors from potential mold growth can leave behind an offensive reminder that needs to be removed immediately. Here are some of the common areas and furnishings of your home that should be inspected first – things and places that can easily hold onto bad odors that should be addressed before anything else.

Rooms With Dense Carpeting

The most common areas of unpleasant odors that seem to never go away are generally the carpeted rooms of a home, such as the living room or surrounding bedrooms. Carpeting is highly absorbent, making it a ripe material for soaking up contaminated flood water that can leave behind foul smells and potentially dangerous bacteria or pathogens. Hiring a professional restoration crew is necessary to disinfect and deodorize carpeting effectively, if the material can be saved at all. They can also check under your flooring to inspect and eliminate the worst cases of mold growth that can arise from extensive flooding, giving you peace of mind once returning to your home.

Upholstered Furniture

Another prime source of offensive odors is your upholstered furnishings – comfortable furniture and décor pieces that are covered in absorbent fabrics that can easily soak up excess water. Items that can hold onto unpleasant smells include the following:

? Couches
? Chairs
? Ottomans
? Chaise lounges
? Drapery
? Rugs

Anything with dense fabrics or highly absorbent fibers can hold onto excess water for ample amounts of time. This result is what makes quick remediation by specialists so important, increasing your chances of cleaning and deodorizing your space before further damage can take hold.

Don’t be a victim of flooding and storm damage longer than you have to be. Restore your Chattanooga, TN, home back to its prime condition by allowing professional technicians to rid your home of mold growth and other offensive contaminants left behind by destructive weather. For more information, visit, 

The 10-Step Process to Sewer Backup Cleanup

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The 10-Step Process to Sewer Backup Cleanup Cleaning up sewer water is a lot more time intensive and hazardous than cleaning up other types of water.

When sewage overflows, it can mean bad news for you and your building’s occupants. Sewage water is considered black water, or Category Three water damage, and as such, it requires special attention and care. The Chattanooga, TN, professionals approach sewer cleanup via a 10-step process:

• Inspect for the scope of damage and contamination.
• Remove salvageable and non-salvageable contents.
• Prevent cross-contamination.
• Demolish and remove wastewater contaminated items.
• Remove water and apply initial disinfectant.
• Wash the contaminated surfaces.
• Dry the affected area.
• Apply a second bacterial disinfectant.
• Check for cross contamination of other areas.
• Prevent future sewer backup incidences.

Cleaning up sewer water is a lot more time intensive and hazardous than cleaning up other types of water. For this reason, you should never attempt to clean up the mess on your own, and you should definitely not ask your employees to help you with the project. Doing so poses both a health risk and a liability issue. Whether you’re dealing with a flooded toilet or sewage from the outside, contact your local sewer cleanup team as soon as you discover the issue.

Act Fast

Sewage contaminates pose a serious health risk, even if a person does not come into direct contact with the waste. The air around sewage backup can become infected, and simply breathing near the waste can be dangerous. For this reason, if you do experience a sewer backup, evacuate the building and call in a remediation team right away. The longer you wait to clear the building, the greater the risk of exposure for building occupants becomes. Exposure to human waste via breathing can result in gastroenteritis and asthma.

Don’t put yourself, your employees or other building occupants at risk. If there is a sewage leak or backup in your building, evacuate ASAP and then contact the Chattanooga, TN, sewer cleanup team. Doing so can help preserve the contents of your building and the health of its occupants. For more information, visit

Answers to Your Questions About Mold

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Answers to Your Questions About Mold If you discover you have a black mold problem, don’t attempt to clean it yourself. Contact a mold remediation specialist in Chattanooga, TN, to handle

You may have read an alarming story about black mold online and wondered if it was something you should be concerned about. Read on to learn the basics about mold in Chattanooga, TN.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus, which means it’s distantly related to the mushrooms on your pizza and the yeast used to brew bear and make bread. It spreads by releasing spores, microscopic cells that are carried through the air and settle just about everywhere. If conditions are right, the spores begin to develop, creating visible growth.

Where Does Mold Grow?

Mold can derive nutrition from almost anything, including invisible dirt and dust clinging to your basement walls or hiding in your carpets. That means the main limiting factor for mold is water. If you have a moisture problem then you have a high risk of black mold growth.

What Are the Signs of a Mold Problem?

Mold can be detected by sight and smell. You may see patches of it growing in damp areas, such as under a sink, on a basement wall, around bathroom fixtures or in a corner where moisture is collecting. It comes in a variety of colors:

• Black
• White
• Green
• Orange
• Brown

Sometimes mold grows in hidden places, like inside walls where a pipe is leaking or in a crawlspace below a house. However, even if you can’t see it, if you have mold you often are able to smell it. The odor can vary depending on the exact species. Mold smells have been compared to the following:

• Must or earth
• Dirty, wet socks
• Cat urine
• Car exhaust
• Old cheese

What Can You Do If You Have Mold?

If you discover you have a black mold problem, don’t attempt to clean it yourself. Contact a mold remediation specialist in Chattanooga, TN, to handle the mold cleanup. They have the experience, knowledge and specialized equipment to eliminate the problem quickly, safely and efficiently. For more information, visit

What Does Chattanooga Fire Damage Restoration Involve

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Does Chattanooga Fire Damage Restoration Involve Fire Fighters Focus on putting out fire The focus of SERVPRO is to take your home back to its original state before the fire incident.

Chattanooga Fire Damage Restoration: Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

Apart from causing physical harm, fire accidents also lead to damage to your property. Smoke and soot are the major culprits when it comes to property damage. So, what happens when you experience fire damage in your home - do you buy a new home, or do you move out? Well, all these are costly alternatives, but unnecessary. All you need is to have Chattanooga fire damage restoration to make your home as good as new.

What Happens After a Fire Accident?
During fire, a lot of smoke and soot is produced. This is due to the items in your house that burn up. As smoke and soot linger in the air, it is deposited on various surfaces in the home. Walls, carpets, appliances, and ceilings begin yellowing, which spoils them. The fire also leaves odor on these items. With prolonged exposure to these elements, it becomes harder to remove them.

Handling the aftermath of fire damage in Chattanooga might seem a simple task to you, but it is involving and needs you to hire a professional for quick and efficient restoration.

What Does Fire Damage Restoration Involve?
The focus of the expert is to take your home back to its original state before the fire incident. The specialist undertakes the restoration in a series of steps guaranteed to leave your home free from any smoke damage or soot. Here are the steps:

Post-damage Inspection
The specialist inspects the structure to determine the extent of damage. Your premises are checked for smoke damage and any structural damage. The aim of inspection is to understand the extent of the damage and determine the proper cleaning method.

Protecting Unaffected Areas
Not all items in your home are affected by the fire. There are those that were not touched by the fire or were partially damaged and have to be secured. Before the procedure, the specialist separates the items that can be salvaged and covers them to prevent further losses. Protecting the items prevents any unnecessary expenses.

The Restoration Process
The specialist can use one of two types of restoration to handle the problem at hand:

Desiccant dry air restoration. Here, the specialist used tools to eliminate excess moisture in your home.

• Vacuum freeze restoration. This procedure restores damages to books and photos.
• It is up to the specialist to determine the type of restoration to use in your home.

The specialist then removes any damaged materials and debris that resulted from the fire. After removal, extensively damaged structural elements are replaced.

During the fire incident, firefighters use a lot of water to put out the fire. The specialist performs water extraction to remove any excess moisture that resulted from putting out the fire. After this, the specialist removes soot, deodorization, and ash. The process culminates in a new paint job.

Final Words
The more you hold on after fire damage, the more costly it becomes for you. You need to use professionals for the process so that you get the best results.

3 Steps To Take After Your Toilet Overflows Due to Flooding

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Serious flooding in your Chattanooga, TN neighborhood can cause problems. Rushing water can result in damaged streets, power failures and, most troublesome, sewer damage. When this occurs, it can cause your home's toilets to back up and overflow. However, it is important not to panic when this happens, and there are a few steps you can take right away to protect yourself and your family.

1. Try To Seal Your Bathrooms

Sewage flood water is also known as black water and contains urine, feces and bacteria that can cause viruses and other types of illness. Containing as much of the flood as you can may help you stem the flow and keep it away from other areas of the home. Shut your bathroom doors, and seal them with industrial tape if possible. Stuff the bottoms of the doors with towels to prevent leakage.

2. Make Some Phone Calls

Once you have the area as contained as possible, you may want to call your local sewage company and let them know about the problem. Your home may not be the only one affected, depending on the severity of the flooding, but reporting the issue may bring sewage technicians out faster. You can also place a call to a flood cleanup and restoration company to come and remove the sewage water, as this should only be performed by qualified flood techs who know how to handle black water and sewer damage safely.

3. Avoid the Flooded Area

A flooded toilet can cause used toilet paper, feces and other dangerous sewage to flood your bathroom. Because this sewage contains a large amount of bacterium, it is wise for you and your family to find shelter until help arrives. Move to another part of the house or another safe location and keep your pets away from the mess, as the pathogens in the contaminated water can make them very ill if they get antying in their mouth, eyes or ears.

Sewer damage due to flooding in your Chattanooga, TN might cause your home's toilets to overflow without warning. Knowing what steps to take if this happens can help you stay safe and secure until help arrives. Visit for more information on water damage. 

3 Common Types of Mold You Might Find Inside Your Home

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Common Types of Mold You Might Find Inside Your Home SERVPRO of North Chattanooga quickly responded to a mold damage emergency at a residential property.

Mold can grow most anywhere, including inside your Chattanooga, TN home. You may believe that since you keep a clean home, mold growth is not possible. However, there are many different types of mold that can thrive indoors where you cannot see it. Being able to identify different species of mold can help you take faster steps toward remediation and protect your home.

1. Alternaria

This type of mold can be found in damp areas of your home, especially in the bathroom and around leaky pipes under your kitchen sink. You might be able to spot it by its color, which is usually green or light brown. It may also take hold anywhere water damage has occurred. Since it can spread fast, you might want to have it treated right away.

2. Stachybotrys

Stachybotrys is also known as black mold and is generally found in areas that experience high humidity for long periods of time. Stachybotrys can grow on a variety of substances inside the home, such as walls, wooden molding and outdoor furniture. You may be able to recognize it more by its texture than the color, as it is one of the few types of molds that appears slimy instead of fuzzy.

3. Ulocladium

Ulocladium can be found in shower or kitchen tile grout or in basements, where the conditions are prime for mold growth to occur. It may be mistaken for black mold because of its color. If you are unsure if what you are seeing is ulocaldium, calling in a restoration and mold remediation company to identify and eradicate the mold can give you peace of mind that the process was handled professionally.

Battling mold growth inside your Chattanooga, TN home can be daunting. However, when you know how to identify different types of mold and where they grow, you can take the first steps to winning the war against these unwanted invaders. Visit for more information on mold. 

Why Hail Isn’t Something To Mess Around With

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial  Why Hail Isn’t Something To Mess Around With SERVPRO stocks up on equipment and has it ready for when a storm hits.

If you’ve never dealt with real hail before, it might be hard to imagine why you should worry about it when it comes to your business. It’s just hard snow, right? Unfortunately, that’s not correct. Hail can sometimes come pouring down from the sky in shapes and sizes comparable to softballs. Even a golf-ball-sized pellet of ice can cause significant roof damage to your business building in Chattanooga, TN such as:

• Cracked or completely missing shingles
• Water leaks
Water damage to attic spaces and insulation

Every one of these issues has the potential to slow or even stop your business operations, which is why you should prepare your building against hail before it happens. Here are some steps you can take to protect your establishment.

Learn About the Threat

Building your knowledge base of the issue should always be your first step toward remedying a problem. Take time to learn the threat that hail has to offer your business and find out which areas are the most hail-prone and what your options are for protecting your building in the event that a hailstorm occurs.

Invest in the Right Roofing

When the time comes to re-roof your business, consider installing a hail-resistant roofing material rather than going with the same old cheap product. It’s recommended that homes and businesses alike use materials that are rated at UL 2218 Class 4 or FM Global 4473 Class 4 in order to get adequate protection from roof damage in hail storms.

Set Up Hail Barriers

If you have any roof-mounted equipment such as HVAC units or satellite dishes, they are at risk of hail damage as well. Fortunately, there are a wide range of covers available for these products, so you don’t need to run the risk of losing an expensive investment during a storm.

Hail might not come around often, but when it does, the roof damage it can cause is no joke. Keep your business safe and sound by doing the research and taking safety measures that will keep the damage at bay. Visit for more information on commercial storm damage.