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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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How SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage in Tallahassee

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment stacked outside of storage facility This is just some of the water damage equipment at our disposal to restore your home. Call us today!

Preparation Helps with Flood Water Removal from Affected Tallahassee Homes

Finding your Tallahassee property covered in inches of floodwater is distressing. You should take immediate remedial action instead of wallowing in grief, wondering how or why it happened because every minute that passes increases the secondary damages such water causes. Calling professional restorers to handle the problem can help because they are prepared to handle such incidents.

Scoping the Loss

Although flood water removal from affected Tallahassee properties requires a speedy response, taking time to scope the extent of the loss helps. Scoping helps one get a better overview of the problem, thus determining the best steps to take. Our SERVPRO technicians confirm the areas and contents affected by the floodwaters in your property. We also note whether there is either structural deterioration or soiling as the main effect of the intrusion. Apart from gathering information, scoping also gives our technicians the chance to educate the homeowner on the effects of the loss, steps needed for mitigation, and likely outcomes, thus helping manage expectations.

Having the Right Equipment

Removing floodwater requires the right equipment. More than one type of extraction equipment might be necessary, depending on the situation. Variation might depend on the volume of the standing water, the type of floor surface, and accessibility issues. We prepare our SERVPRO teams to handle any outcome involving floodwaters, so we have a variety of pumps, including:

  • Self-priming trash pumps
  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted water-extractors
  • High-pressure pumps

Dealing with hazardous materials

Flooding readily contaminates the areas it affects with biohazards, chemicals, and other contaminants. Porous materials such as carpets, pad, insulation, and drywall affected by the water are unsalvageable. Therefore, water removal also includes removing and disposing of such materials. Our SERVPRO technicians handle such removal with ease.

Floodwater removal may seem like an easy task but can turn to a herculean task due to inadequate preparation. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to send a prepared restoration crew. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are Available 24/7 For All Your Tallahassee Fire Damage Restoration Needs

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Charred attic trusses, debris on floor with an air scrubber We have the expertise and equipment available to restore your home right away. Call our experts right away to prevent further damage.

A Restorative Mindset Saves Time and Expense After Tallahassee Fire Damage

It can be difficult for a Tallahassee homeowner to imagine that anything short of rehabbing back to the studs can return a fire-ravaged house to “Like it never even happened.” Fire residues are pervasive, bad-smelling, and often adhere to surfaces tightly. Even though recovering from the full range of issues in the aftermath might seem impossible without significant tear-out and rebuilding, we have strategies that can deliver desired results without increasing the disruption for you and your family.

Restoration Services Save Time and Money

The most expensive option considered by insurance adjusters evaluating fire damage in Tallahassee is replacement. Resurfacing is a close second in cost, requiring repainting, reupholstering, and refinishing wood surfaces. In contrast, our team uses deep-cleaning products and techniques based on research-based principles and elements of cleaning that cost merely a fraction of estimates for significant demolition and rebuilding. A restorative lens also minimizes the amount of time your home suffers from the effects, avoiding weeks or months of remodeling.

Principles of Cleaning

Always focusing on restoring materials to preloss condition, SERVPRO crews follow a proven protocol to assess and respond to fire damage.

  • Inspect with care to locate all residues throughout the entire structure
  • Identify the characteristics of the residues (soot), which vary even within the same space
  • Consider the types of surfaces affected
  • Determine the proper cleaning methods and products based on the types of soot and surfaces involved, mindful of the ability of surfaces to withstand cleaning processes
  • Release and remove the residues from affected surfaces
  • Dispose of the fire and cleaning residues properly 

Elements of Cleaning

While carrying out the steps needed to complete the cleaning tasks, SERVPRO technicians consider and apply the following four fundamentals affecting the efficacy of their efforts.

  • Adjusting temperature to increase the speed of the chemical reactions between cleaning products and residues intended to remove the soiling -- always keeping the durability of the surface in mind
  • Adding agitation to disperse cleaning solutions and dislodge residues
  • Understanding the chemical reactions offered through the use of a range of cleaning products, guiding the selection of the proper product for different fire residues and surfaces
  • Planning for adequate dwell times for professional cleaning and deodorizing products to work as intended

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee pledges to use the most up to date products and best industry practices to restore your home after fire damage. Call round the clock every day of the year to set up an assessment at (850) 765-5706.

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Water Extraction becomes Faster with the Right Equipment in Tallahassee

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Warehouse with a SERVPRO van and various pieces of equipment stacked against the wall SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to extract water damage from your home.

Proper tools to remove water damage from your home

After a flood, SERVPRO uses large pump trucks with attached extraction heads to remove large amounts of water. However, when your house in Tallahassee has a broken pipe, we don't need to use such large-sized and powerful pumps. We can solve the problem and protect your home with smaller units that address more localized problem areas.

One thing that we must begin with is restoring your Tallahassee home using water extraction methods that focus on the elevated humidity. Humidity remains as long as damp areas in the structure exist. Once we dry these areas, the humidity decreases down to normal again. However, while we extract water, a large percentage of it evaporates into the air. This evaporation aids us in getting the water removed from your property.

Instead of letting the water vapor condense on surfaces and lead to other problems, we have powerful desiccant machines that pull it out of the air. If we could only pull water out from the materials in your home and not the air, water extraction would take an extremely long time and involve handling every affected item individually. 

Using the air to move the water that came out of a broken pipe helps us extract the water. Doing this efficiently requires us to move the air so that it not only absorbs the moisture that penetrated into your carpets and other materials, but so that the now-saturated air rapidly moves toward the desiccant machines. 

For carpets, we often use weighted extraction units that can double as cleaning units. These can also remove many stains. They can also leave the carpet smelling fresh and clean, instead of musty and damp. 

Odors often drift and rarely stay in one place, even after we finish extracting all of the water. We can also deodorize if odors become a problem after a leaking pipe drenches your residence. There are many effective options available, depending on the individual aspects involved. 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee has all of the equipment needed to perform any size water extraction job. Call us at (850) 765-5706, so we can get started restoring your home, "Like it never even happened."

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When Mold Damage Occurs in Tallahassee Colleges

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

mold damage on ceiling and walls above cabinets Dorms on college campuses can easily become a breeding ground for mold. Inspect the dorms often for visible signs of mold.

Excess Moisture and Mold Damage Go Hand in Hand in Tallahassee Colleges and Universities 

Tallahassee is a post-secondary education center, with thousands of students spread out among several campuses. A percentage of students choose to live in dormitories, sharing some facilities like laundry rooms, bathrooms. Even those students who live in apartments or other residential settings still enjoy campus amenities like rec and health centers, pools, and gyms. A common theme in all of these communal spaces is water. 

Delayed Cleanup and Maintenance Facilitates Mold Growth 

Undergrads are busy with studies and social lives, many savoring their first time living away from home in Tallahassee. Mold damage can get out of hand when housekeeping tasks are far down the to-do list. Dorm rooms can incubate molds in piles of damp laundry, kitchenettes can harbor mold when leaks are ignored, and study and party rooms offer moisture “hot spots” when beverages are knocked over and left unattended. 

Conventional Cleaning Methods Can Fail for Mold Remediation 

When your housekeeping staff finds mold damage in buildings on campus, they may unwittingly contribute to its spread. Mold spores are incredibly tiny and opportunistic, needing only oxygen and a small bit of moisture to swell and grow. The organism sends out hyphae as it grows, branching filaments that can delve deep into porous materials like drywall, ceiling tiles, wood, and even cracked and poorly sealed grout lines. Often the answer to visible mold is to use a diluted bleach solution sprayed on the surface. This treatment might fade a mold or mildew stain, but it cannot follow the wide-ranging hyphae that move far from the surface. As the water-heavy solution soaks structural components, it provides an additional source of moisture for mold, creating a rebound in the outbreak. SERVPRO manages the situation differently. 

Call in the Mold Remediation Experts     

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols for mold remediation are SERVPRO’s blueprint. They include: 

  • Containment of the mold-infested area--traditional cleaning methods skip this step, permitting spores to travel 
  • Removal by scraping, brushing, and abrasive methods like soda blasting to rid the area of colonies and incapacitate the hyphae thoroughly
  • Cleaning of disturbed and settled spores and other debris with vacuums and wipe-downs with EPA-registered products
  • Drying of the space and elimination of the moisture source to limit future outbreaks 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee has a reliable protocol and experience in mold remediation applicable in commercial settings. Call us at (850) 765-5706 to schedule a walkthrough and evaluation of mold damage in student living and recreating quarters today. 

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Fast-Track Your Flood Damage Remediation in Your Tallahassee Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen Don’t let storm damage ruin your home, call SERVPRO to remediate flood damage today.

How Quick Action Helps Save Property Affected by Flooding Damage in Tallahassee

A flooded property is like a time bomb, and every minute that passes without action increases the chances of a catastrophic outcome. Taking action can help save valuables and restore the property to its preloss state. Such actions must also be timely because problems like mold growth develop within periods as short as 24 hours after the initial incident that causes flood damage.

Preventing Material Deterioration

An incident of flooding, damage in your Tallahassee home is most likely to involve physical deterioration of building materials in the walls, floors, and even ceilings, in case of water intrusion through the roof. Removal of certain materials is inevitable no matter what action you take because they are unsalvageable. For example, direct contact with floodwaters heavily contaminates carpets and other porous materials, making them unsalvageable. Fast action can save drywall from damage through wicking water or absorption of excess moisture from the air because of the hygroscopic nature of such materials. Using powerful pumps, we can extract any standing water from your home, reducing the exposure period.

Preventing Mold

Sufficient moisture in a building kick starts microbial growth, with mold being dominant. Luckily, it takes time for mold colonies to develop fully, so removing wet materials and starting drying procedures within a day can help keep the problem from developing. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts removing wet drywall and insulation. Opening up wall cavities also creates access to structural supports such as frames allowing us to dry them, thus eliminating any moisture source that might fuel mold growth.

Saving Appliances

While water mostly affects building materials, it can also affect appliances and other gadgets. Items directly affected by the floodwaters require quick action such as water extraction and drying to reduce the chances of permanent damage. Our SERVPRO technicians take actions such as moving the items to dry areas within the property. We also keep them in areas with constant temperature, ensuring they do not cool down to the dew point before assessment and repair by a professional.

Although it is impossible to prevent flooding, it is possible to reduce the impact of such incidents. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to help because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Fire Damaged Tallahassee Business

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Firemen on ladder extinguishing second story fire As soon as the fire is extinguished, we begin the clean up process.

Addressing the Fire Damage Within Your Tallahassee Business 

When your Tallahassee business suffers a fire, any synthetics bring about black, toxic smoke while burning. The oils, gases, and smoke permeate all of the porous materials within the building. You should contact professionals right away to assess and tackle the fire damage as quickly as possible. 

Calling SERVPRO for fire damage to your Tallahassee business helps to ensure your interior materials get proper cleaning right away. Such materials include concrete, wood, office furniture, carpets, and paperboard. However, another major area that needs addressing is the HVAC system that runs throughout your building. We are well-versed and trained for commercial fire damage at SERVPRO. Our knowledgeable technicians possess the experience necessary to start your HVAC system cleaning to get it back to normal.

Once we arrive at your Tallahassee property, we start working to clean all of the soot, paying attention to every surface. We employ innovative hydroxyl generator technology to help clear out all of the soot and smoke contamination from the ambient air. Decontamination methods clean the air as we work to remove anything found inside the ducts, including soot deposits

Some buildings feature locations where it is difficult to clean the ventilation ducts while using traditional methods. In this case, SERVPRO technicians work to seal off the inside of the ducts to keep the contaminants contained and prevent them from entering the facility. Containment is done using an aerosol sealant deployed by way of a ULV (ultra-low volume) fogger. 

Technicians force the aerosol sealant fog into the ducts of the HVAC system beginning at the point where the air exits typically. Streaking and drip prevention takes place by using intermittent bursts. Our SERVPRO team starts with intake vents and work until we properly seal all vents. Air at room temperature dries this sealant and keeps particles from loosening and getting into the air that your employees or visitors breathe. 

At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we have the experience and technology necessary to address commercial fire damage. Give us a call today at (850) 765-5706, and we can send technicians out as soon as possible. 

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