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The Complete Guide to Understanding Commercial Water Damage in Tallahasee

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Addressing Commercial Water Damage in a Tallahassee Nightclub

Florida businesses are familiar with the risk of water damage to their facilities. However, the unexpected nature of these disasters can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when owners have to contact multiple firms for cleanup and any necessary rebuilding services on top of coordinating with insurance providers to file a claim. This can be particularly challenging for cleaning up large amounts of water from incidents such as accidental sprinkler discharge or pipe leak.

When water damage strikes in your Tallahassee establishment, SERVPRO technicians are a phone call away from extracting the moisture and allowing you to get back to business as usual. SERVPRO crews use EPA-registered, OSHA-approved cleaning solutions to safely remove microbes and odor-causing bacteria from your facilities and eliminate unpleasant musty smells. These professionals can ensure that your cleanup needs are done to code. 

Active and Passive Leak Detection Systems

When considering early alert systems for water damage on your property, keep in mind that there are two main categories for commercial applications:

  • Active detection systems typically generate an alarm of some kind and are generally able to stop water flow with some type of shutoff valve. Moisture sensors paired with a shutoff mechanism are the most common. Other features you may find with such systems include flow sensors and timers. Active systems can monitor only one appliance or expand to cover an entire facility.
  • Passive detection systems are typically called water alarms and can alert you to potential leaks on your property. These systems are usually standalone items that are battery-powered, not unlike a home smoke detector. The cost-effectiveness and ease of installation make these devices appealing, but water alarms require regular testing and monitoring to ensure continuous effectiveness.

SERVPRO Restores Your Facilities

If the sprinkler discharge occurred at the dance floor for your establishment, some boards might be temporarily removed to examine the subflooring for damage and saturation. This is especially true if your business uses ring flooring, which has a metal subfloor supporting the wooden floorboards. After water extraction and drying with air movers and dehumidifiers, technicians can sanitize surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee offers a mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. When disaster strikes in your business, call (850) 765-5706.

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Crawl Space Flooding Threats in Tallahassee Properties

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Knows The Importance of Performing Water Cleanup in Your Tallahassee Crawl space Speedily

Flooding is always a persistent threat to Tallahassee homes and businesses, as the city often falls in line with storms making landfall from the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy storms and gale-force winds can be damaging enough, but substantial rainfall over days can cause groundwater flooding in various ways. Oversaturated earth cannot absorb rain, and it can sit on the surface and pool until it becomes a hazardous situation.

Flood from groundwater under Tallahassee homes can threaten areas like the crawlspace of residences. This open area beneath a structure can be the ideal installation point for utility connections like the water and gas. Because this is a hub for your in-house services, addressing Tallahassee flood damage in the area is critical to protect these fixtures and exposed structural elements supporting the house. When standing water exists underneath the house, there are several strategies to dry up the area.

Extraction 

Groundwater extraction is more complicated and problematic than removing standing water inside the house. Instead of electric submersible pumps that can continually remove volumes of water quickly and quietly, our SERVPRO professionals must utilize more powerful equipment like gas-powered trash pumps and engine-driven truck-mount pumps.

Drying 

Drying up the lingering moisture in the area is the only way to address potential threats like mold and microbial growth. Lingering dampness can feel active spores in this environment to use organic materials like wood framing and supports to colonize. With centrifugal air movers carefully positioned, we can begin universal evaporative drying for the entire damaged space. We can also assess at this time if any reconstruction or other build back needs exist for your residence before we conclude restoration.

Flooding can often be one of the most damaging situations for homes and businesses in the area. Even if the standing water is underneath your home in the crawlspace, you might still be at risk for the effects that this elevated moisture and humidity can cause. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team a call at (850) 765-5706.

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Fire-Damaged Materials in Tallahassee Require SERVPRO's Expertise for Neat Removal

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

burned out destroyed kitchen from a fire SERVPRO Says--Careful Removal of Charred Debris in a Tallahassee Home Can Mitigate the Damage and Restoration Process

Different Materials Commonly Removed During Fire Debris Cleanup in Tallahassee

It is easy to imagine the outcome of a fire incident in Tallahassee as a situation requiring the removal of charred materials and fine debris such as ash and soot. However, fire rubble cleanup may require more since a fire incident and the restoration process that follows cause a variety of damages.

The fire debris cleanup processes in Tallahassee depends on factors such as the intensity of the fire, the speed of the response to the incident, and the duration it takes to put out the fire. An intense fire that burns over an extended period may consume most materials leaving higher volumes of ash, soot, and other fine debris. If the efforts to put out a fire take longer to neutralize it, the percentage of secondary damage by water is likely to be higher. Our SERVPRO technicians scope a site to establish the kind of damage present.

Some common debris to remove after a fire incident includes:

  • Wet drywall and insulation
  • Air ducts, plumbing, and electrical lines
  • Contents charred by the flames or damaged by water
  • Aggregated soils including ash, soot, and other small materials

Apart from identifying what to remove, there is a need to determine the best time to remove these materials. In many cases, fire incidents lead to the disconnection of power in the affected property, which leaves the property without heating or air conditioning. There is a need to remove all wet materials within 72 hours to minimize the chances of microbial growth, which can present a different set of problems. Our SERVPRO teams have enough crewmembers to facilitate such fast removal.

Proper management of the debris during the removal is essential to avoid creating secondary problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use large trashcans and heavy-duty plastic bags to collect the debris as we remove it from the damaged area, which ensures it does not scatter outside the property, easing disposal.

Staging areas to organization and store equipment and containment barriers around the burned areas significantly reduce the chance of cross-contamination. Soot can readily circulate on air currents without the proper precautions in place.

Fire incidents can leave mountains of waste in your property. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to help with the cleanup, making it, "Like it never even happened."

We Act Fast In Tallahassee After A Water Loss

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Our advanced drying equipment working to dry the tile in this home Our experience and our equipment can prevent unnecessary damages with fast results to remove water and excess humidity.

Water Extraction to Begin Drying Carpets in Tallahassee Homes

With more widespread water loss in a Tallahassee home, numerous flooring types can get affected simultaneously. The most absorbent and easily damaged of these are carpeted surfaces, and so it is vital to protect these areas of the house as completely as you can when disasters strike. Depending on the thickness of this upper layer and the density of the fibers, subflooring and padding can sometimes become immediately affected by migrating water.

Water extraction in Tallahassee homes can help to reduce the impact that migrating water has on the rest of the house. Whether exposed carpets are the most significant concern or the contents of the property, removing any standing water and material saturation involves several premier extraction tools. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive at a damaged address with many extractors that can suit the needs of the specific damage incident and the location of the excess moisture.

Drying out damaged materials, especially carpets, cannot happen without initial extraction efforts. Depending on the plan for the flooring, namely if our in-house residential contractors intend to remove and later replace carpets and padding, dictate the level of water removal necessary. Partial replacements such as the removal of the padding beneath the carpet layer require a different extraction approach than restoring the full carpet assembly to the subflooring.

Carpet Wands

When speed is a necessity, and our professionals need to remove a modest amount of water from the exposed material, wet vacuuming with carpet wands can help. These tools are the staple of hot water extraction cleaning for carpet restoration.

Weighted Extractors 

Weighted water damage removal tools utilize the weight of the restoration technician to press the carpet and the padding layers together and force moisture to the surface. An onboard vacuum can discharge displaced moisture from these layers.

Controlled Demolition

Sometimes removing carpets and padding is the only feasible solution to prevent moisture migration to other areas. Our contractors can work to limit excessive tear-out to maximize the efficiency of build back.

Water losses can be a damaging situation for your home and family. Let our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team help with effective carpet and material drying solutions. Give us a call anytime at (850) 765-5706.

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We Get You Back In Business In Tallahassee After Mold Damage Strikes

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold crawling up the wall of this business Our crew will arrive quickly and start the mold damage restoration process, using our equipment, experience, and expertise.

Remediating Commercial Mold Damage in a Tallahassee Office

Florida business owners are well aware of the risks of mold proliferation in their establishments. Still, they may be surprised to know that as much as 30% of new and remodeled buildings can have their indoor air quality affected by mold growth. While regular inspections and cleaning can stave off most mold growth, water damage and other factors can allow these microbes to thrive regardless. All it takes for mold to spread is appropriate amounts of humidity, adequate temperatures, and the presence of organic material to eat. 

If your Tallahassee office needs commercial mold damage remediation from professional disaster cleanup experts, you can count on SERVPRO to answer the call quickly. These experienced professionals follow a consistent set of standards for remediating mold in commercial facilities without spreading it to other parts of your office. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for your cleanup needs because disasters do not happen on a regular 9-to-5 schedule. 

Minimizing Mold Risk in Your Office

  • Stay vigilant. Mold often grows in places where it cannot be easily seen, so make sure to have your property regularly inspected, including in crawl spaces, server rooms, or rarely-used storage areas. Look for fuzzy stains, musty smells, or marks on carpeting.
  • Repair plumbing ASAP. If you have any leakage, loose seals, or other maladies affecting your building, make sure to address them immediately to prevent mold growth. 
  • Keep humidity stable. Consider installing dehumidifiers or running fans to keep mold at bay. Keeping relative humidity in your facilities between 30% and 50% lowers the risk of proliferation. 
  • Clear out the vents. HVAC systems are a common area where mold can hide and spread. Worse still, if the vents are not inspected regularly, mold can spread throughout the building. 

If you notice any of the signs of mold growth in your facilities, call restoration professionals immediately. 

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

After establishing containment and removing unsalvageable materials affected by mold damage, technicians can work on cleaning up surfaces and removing spores from the air with HEPA-filter vacuums that can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns--a fraction of the size of a 40-micron human hair. 

Technicians minimize the risk of spores spreading or settling on new surfaces by cleaning them in the direction of the airflow toward negative-pressure machines. Multiple rounds of disinfection may be necessary to remove spores before drying with air movers and dehumidifiers can begin. 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can ensure that your facility looks, "Like it never even happened." If you need rapid cleanup for your business, call (850) 765-5706 today.

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Why Professional Mold Remediation is Necessary in Tallahassee Homes

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage on ceiling Florida has a year round environment for mold growth. Our SERVPRO professionals are always on call to remediate the mold in your home.

What Can Remediators Do for Damaged Tallahassee Homes? 

Mold remediation is a vital service for Tallahassee homes when microbial threats have gotten discovered. While you might become misled with companies and services suggesting that they can remove all of the molds from your home, this is not an accurate statement. We can eliminate the threats of active mold colonization in your house through proven strategies ranging from cleaning surfaces to more abrasive techniques. 

With both education and endorsements from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI), our SERVPRO team has extensive experience in managing mold damage in Tallahassee homes. Because mold colonies can spread so quickly from one surface to another in moist conditions, it is essential to know what to expect from competent professionals arriving to help.

Containment  

A vital element of managing mold situations in your home is preventing the spread of this organism to other areas of the property. In most situations, this involves the erection of containment barriers and the deployment of equipment like negative air chambers. These devices can capture mold spores before they can spread to the rest of the house, and work in conjunction with physical barriers built from thick plastic sheeting. 

Cleaning 

Our SERVPRO team has numerous cleaning technicians that can work to protect affected materials and contents through various practices. While surface cleaning techniques can often work, with the application of potent antimicrobial agents, we can also utilize abrasive cleaning methods like soda blasting to eliminate the entire hyphae of the organism and begin deodorization. 

Deodorization 

Odors are another damaging aspect of mold colonization in your home, as the distinct musty scent the organism emits can move beyond the affected area. We have numerous deodorization tools that we can use to address these concerns, but few have the mobility and range of our thermal foggers. These units can heat up deodorizing agents to a vapor that can penetrate affected building materials and contents to neutralize trapped odors as well as free moving compounds. 

Remediation is a necessary practice when you discover microbial threats in your home, and our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team can help. Give us a call anytime at (850) 765-5706. 

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Home Attic Flooding Amid a Tropical Storm in Tallahassee

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Tarp over a roof Our experienced professionals will get your home back to pre-storm condition. Call SERVPRO Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706.

Storm Water Can Wreak Havoc In Your Tallahassee home

Tallahassee homeowners are all too familiar with the likelihood of tropical storms and violent weather events throughout the year. During hurricane season, residences and commercial structures in the area are particularly susceptible to these destructive storms. Flooding on account of rain can happen in several ways during these compromising weather events, and how our restoration specialists respond to each of them can make a substantial difference to the cost and time it takes to ultimately restore your property.

With high winds, the eaves and shingles of your home’s roof can get heavy damages, leaving you vulnerable to storm rain flooding in your Tallahassee attic. Because many homes in the area have finished attics as more livable space, water penetration can do more than affect the materials used in the construction of your roof and attic flooring. Now, you have to contend with the exposure of drywall, carpeting, insulation, and more.

You might not know how bad the roof damage is until our SERVPRO team arrives after the storm to assess the situation and begin efforts like roof tarping and board-up. Because we have a team of licensed general contractors, we can offer a seamless transition between these emergency construction solutions, the mitigation that your property needs, and any more permanent build back efforts after that.

Controlled demolition in the attic space can help our SERVPRO technicians to better dry out structural cavities between the roof plywood and joists and ceiling drywall. Because drywall is a porous building material, it can become irreparably damaged in as little as 24 hours with direct exposure of penetrating floodwater. Saturated insulation can get removed with our unique, high-powered vacuum intended for this purpose. To reduce the need to remove structural supports, we can deploy air movers for direct evaporative drying on exposed supports before permanent reconstruction and repairs occur.

With finished attic spaces, the faster that restoration can occur after flooding, the better. Our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee water restorers have cutting-edge equipment and extensive training to provide your home with a confident response for quality results. To make flood losses, “Like it never even happened,” give us a call today at (850) 765-5706.

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SERVPRO Cleans Fire-Damaged Properties in Tallahassee from Foundation to Roof Including Smoke Odors

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

dirty, sooty HVAC register on ceiling Tallahassee Home Have Fire, Smoke, and Soot Problems? Even Foul Odors? Call SERVPRO!

Fire Damage in Your Tallahassee Home May Necessitate Cleaning of the HVAC System

Many building materials and items in a Tallahassee house can sustain damage after a fire. Residual smoke damage is typical after such an incident. SERVPRO has a comprehensive fire and smoke damage restoration process that can restore your home to its usual condition.

We can take the correct steps to clean up the smoke residues from your home and its ventilation system. Our restorers can use specialized cleaning tools and equipment to handle the fire damage in your Tallahassee property. We can apply restoration products that can remove smoke stains, soot, and odors.

Our smoke damage specialists can eliminate smoke damage and odors caused by dry smoke, wet smoke, fuel oil smoke, and protein smoke. HVAC ventilation systems can also sustain smoke damage. The HVAC system’s ductworks can spread residues throughout your home by distributing hot and smoke-filled air. Our team can inspect your HVAC system to check for smoke residues. We can check for the extent of the damage by considering the type of residues in the system, if they are heavy, moderate, or light and if smoke smells are present. We can perform HVAC cleaning if there are moderate to heavy smoke residues in it.

Cleaning contaminated ducts can prevent them from distributing smoke particles back into your restored home when you operate the HVAC system. Our HVAC and duct cleaning services can eliminate smoke residues from ductwork and the ventilation system to ensure that you breathe clean air. Our team can take the following steps:

  • Inspect the conduits in your air duct system.
  • Clean the air duct system if necessary
  • Clean the blower fan, drain pan, and coils.
  • Apply environmentally safe solutions to decontaminate and sanitize your ventilation system
  • Seal the ducts if it is not possible to clean them effectively during the restoration

We can also use high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filters to help purify the air during the cleanup process. HEPA filters can capture smoke particles, which are as small as 0.3 microns in size. HEPA filtration is useful when restorers have demolished hazardous materials during the fire damage mitigation process. These devices can also have attached carbon filters to defeat malodors.

Besides using HEPA filters to eliminate smoke particles from the air, our restorers can also use HEPA vacuuming to capture and remove fine particles from surfaces. We can vacuum the surfaces before cleaning them with detergents to prevent the spread of the smoke particles. HEPA vacuuming is also useful in removing smoke particles that could have settled in crevices and cracks.

After extinguishing a fire successfully, call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706. We can handle your fire clean-up and repairs professionally to your peace of mind and satisfaction.

Laundry Room and You Overwhelmed by Water? SERVPRO of Tallahassee Cleans It Up

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

In a laundry room of a house, a woman is on the phone and the man is holding clothes An overloaded washing machine spilled water on the floor of this Tallahassee home, and the homeowners called SERVPRO.

Water Removal Workers and Specialized Equipment Stop Damage from Spreading in Your Tallahassee Residence

Having guests during the holidays can put a strain on your plumbing. Not only are extra showers and baths happening during their visit to Tallahassee, but laundry tasks also increase. Many guests prefer to do their laundry, which many homeowners welcome. One problem that might come from this is an overflow from overloading the washing machine. Many people do this to reduce the number of loads they do while visiting.

Once an overloaded washing machine spills water onto the floor of your Tallahassee home, water removal experts need to begin as quickly as possible to mitigate the situation. Warm or hot water, plus added detergent, can discolor carpeting quickly. Subflooring can suffer in areas extending farther than what appears on the carpeting or other floorings. The heat of the water forces pores in the wood to open more quickly than cold water does, and the absorption rate increases.

Mitigating the area with water removal methods often lasts longer than a few hours, but much of this time involves letting an air mover run. We understand that out-of-town guests went to great lengths to come to visit and that you also put forth a significant amount of time and effort in planning to accommodate them. Should the worst happen though, to remove as much water as possible from any carpeting, we can use the claw, a weighted device that we place on top of wet carpet, so water gets pushed up and withdrawn through the device.

The more water we remove, the less time it takes to dry the area using an air mover and desiccant machine. Because we do not want to heat your home more than necessary and overheat your home, we rely on different methods to contain any heat we use.

Although we work as quickly as we can, and we also understand that you want as few interruptions as possible, we do pay attention to the minor details. Saturated carpeting quickly becomes compressed, so we use a special tool to re-lift the pile, making the area less noticeable. Another visual change often seen in carpets, as well as other textiles, particularly lighter-colored ones, is a water ring. We spray the exterior edge with water to minimize this effect.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee serves property owners with water removal services and other mitigation and restoration assistance in Southwood and around Florida A and M University. Call (850) 765-5706 for fast, reliable service, 24/7, year-round.

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What to Avoid When Dealing With Commercial Flood Damage in Tallahassee

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded couch Don't let your business get over run by flood damage. Call the remediation professionals at SERVPRO today.

Hurricane Season is Over, But You’re Not Off The Hook

With hurricane season behind us, business owners in Tallahassee breathe a little easier.  The imminent threat of winds and rains keeps many of us on edge as we establish emergency and contingency plans for weather-related events.  Preparedness can be especially difficult for new owners who are just getting their business off the ground and getting into a rhythm with their vendors and clientele.  Imagine for a minute that you open a pizza parlor and want to be ready for an adverse event. The best you can do is to keep your guard up even when hurricane season is over.  In our city, any significant downpour can cause a flood that threatens your very livelihood.

For commercial flood damage needs in Tallahassee, SERVPRO is at your service.  Even when business owners have franchise support and out-of-state resources, there are specifics to operating an eatery in Florida that play an essential role in protecting your business.  Our technicians are an essential part of your restoration team, so the process is efficient and done with minimal disruption. All you need to do is keep us in mind and call as soon as you detect the damage. 

If you own a place like the fictional pizza parlor above, you may have precise health regulations about food management.  You probably also have inventory to protect and preserve. Our SERVPRO crew is aware of the specifics of your industry and works with you to remain compliant while the restoration process is ongoing. Our formal and on-the-field training prepares us to move expediently and discard any items such as saturated upholstery and rugs, which may pose a threat due to the bacteria accumulated because of the flood.  For all other surfaces, we apply industry-grade cleaning and disinfecting solutions to control microbial growth and minimize health threats.

When you invest in your business, you want to protect your investment as much as possible.  Relying on an industry leader such as SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee adds an extra layer of defense against incidents outside your control.  Call us at (850) 765-5706 and let us be a part of your emergency plan. Together, we can set the stage, so your business looks “Like it never even happened.”

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