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After the Storm: 5 Things You Never Knew About Storm Damage Restoration

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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5 Things You Never Knew About Storm Damage Restoration

If your home or business has recently weathered (or not-so-weathered) a bad storm, here's what you need to know about storm damage restoration.

2019 saw 18 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes in the US alone.

Storms are becoming a regular occurrence and if you're unlucky enough to be affected by one, there can be serious damage to your home.

If the worst happens, the good news is that storm damage restoration can help to return your home to its former glory.

Read on for five things you never knew about storm damage restoration.

1. It's a Multi-Step Process

Storm damage restoration involves a number of different steps.

First off there will be an inspection and water damage assessment to learn the extent of the damage. The next phase is to remove any water from the property.

Once all the water is out, the drying and dehumidification processes can take place. When everything is dry, it's time to clean, sanitize, and deodorize.

The final step is to restore your property to how it once was which may involve repairs, new carpets, reconstruction, and more.

2. Move Out and Move In

Storm damage restoration is much easier without your belongings in the home.

Good storm damage restoration companies will offer a move out and move in service to take care of removing your belongings from the home for the duration of the damage restoration.

It's one less thing for you to worry about.

3. Restoration of Contents

It's possible to restore much more than just the structure and fittings of your home.

Some of the contents of your home that have been damaged by the storm can also be restored. The methods involved include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and more.

It some cases, where it is not possible to restore the items, they will need to be replaced.

4. Electronics

You might think that any electronic items would be beyond repair.

However, you can restore items such as TVs, computers, and DVD players providing the water damage is not too severe. Electronics will be fully inspected by a qualified electrician to ensure they are safe to use.

5. Documents and Photographs

It's even possible to restore documents and photographs that suffer storm damage.

It may not be possible to restore some items to their original condition, but you should still be able to save many of the important documents or treasured photographs that would otherwise be lost.

Techniques used to restore documents and photographs include air-drying, dehumidification, freeze-drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and a vacuum thermal drying. 

Are You Looking for Storm Damage Restoration Services?

If your home is in desperate need of storm damage restoration then we're to help.

We consider it our job not only to fix the damage but also to help put the pieces back together in every way our customer needs. As well as storm damage services, we also offer fire and water, mold, and cleaning services too. 

Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

The Fascinating Truth about Mold

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

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The Fascinating Truth about Mold

Most people do not realize that mold is everywhere. Mold lives inside, mold lives outside, and, in fact, mold is likely growing somewhere in close proximity to you as you read this article. Mold spores are microscopic and are therefore difficult to spot with the eyes. Thriving on moisture, mold spores often grow in places that are wet and colonies often grow quickly when exposed to water. Understanding some basic mold facts and figures can help you to be more aware of the potential dangers of mold growth and the risk of letting it thrive without professional removal or remediation.

We have spent some time collecting some of the most interesting facts and fascinating truths about mold. Take a moment to read through these figures and make mental notes of how important it is to be aware of any signs of mold:

  • Nearly 30 percent of new homes built have mold in them already
  • Mold exposure has been linked to health effects
  • Fixing water leaks or problems is the best way to avoid mold growth
  • Mold can grow on virtually any type of substance or surface as long as moisture is present
  • Storm-driven rain is one of the most common sources of mold
  • There have been over 1,000 mold-related insurance claims over the last decade
  • Roof damage often leads to mold growth as a result of roof leaks
  • Doors, windows, and exterior walls are all vulnerable to mold growth when moisture exists
  • Poor ventilation inside of a home causes mold to grow
  • Humidity must be controlled to prevent excessive mold growth

While mold will always be present in your day-to-day life, there are a number of ways to avoid excessive exposure. Keep the above facts and figures in mind in order to protect you and your family from mold-related health effects. If you believe that you may have a mold issue in your home or business, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our mold remediation experts!

Keeping Each Other Safe: How to Get Professional Cleaning for COVID-19

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Keeping Each Other Safe: How to Get Professional Cleaning for COVID-19

Whether you're trying to re-open a business or keep your home super clean for at-risk residents, professional cleaning can help relieve your COVID worries.

There has never been a better time to re-evaluate your cleaning policies and procedures. Whether it's an office, residential building, or your home, cleanliness is now the highest priority.

If you want true peace of mind about potential exposure to COVID 19, you should find a professional cleaning service.

Here's how to do it!

Find a Trusted Professional Cleaning Service

Professional cleaners are in high demand because of the pandemic. If you are going to trust a professional cleaning service, you need to be sure they are qualified for the job. 

Look for a service that has experience cleaning spaces like the one you want to clean. A company specializing in individual homes may not be the right choice for your office building or vice versa.

Read reviews for the cleaning service before hiring them. If other people have had a good experience, chances are you will too.

You can ask the professional cleaning service what their procedures are with regard to PPE and other precautions. Most services now have clear guidelines on protection for their safety and the sanitation of the space.

A one-time cleaning is not going to be enough. Talk with the cleaning service about setting up a regular cleaning schedule weekly or bi-weekly.

Be Proactive

A professional cleaning service will make a big difference in the safety of your home or workplace. But it doesn't mean that you can be complacent about other sanitation measures.

In between cleanings, you should clean surfaces, including door handles or elevator buttons. Any surface that people could potentially come in contact with should be disinfected. 

Promote handwashing in bathrooms and kitchens. You can use sticky notes, posters, or any other medium that might be helpful to remind people to wash their hands.

Facial coverings should be worn in offices and shared spaces of larger residential buildings (apartments, condos, assisted living facilities). 

Keep sanitizing agents available in areas where handwashing may not be convenient.

Limit Exposure Opportunities

If you are working in an office building, consider having some or all employees work remotely if possible. Try to host meetings virtually instead of in-person.

If you must hold a meeting in-person, inform every participant of the precautions, and collect contact information in case someone does get sick. 

You can limit your exposure at home by reducing the number of people inside and encouraging guests to wear masks. You can also offer to host outdoor gatherings to reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading. 

Be Clean, Be Healthy, Be Safe 

These are uncertain times we are living in. But if you can promote a clean, safe space, it will ease your anxiety.

Find a professional cleaning service you can trust, and be diligent about cleaning regularly. Take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus by protecting yourself and others at all times.

If you are looking for a reliable cleaning service, contact us today.

Chance of Unwelcome Showers: 5 Crucial Signs of Water Damage

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Chance of Unwelcome Showers: 5 Crucial Signs of Water Damage

By the time you notice leaks and other water damage signs around the home, it may already be too late—but don't worry, proper repairs can help you recover!

Under normal circumstances, we associate water with life and health. However, as soon as that water penetrates your home in some way, it’s more like cancer. Its effect can be insidious, far-reaching, and destructive.

Water damage, like cancer, can be very hard to spot the initial symptoms and like some cancers, only recognized when it's too late and the damage is already done. You don’t have to be a victim of water damage in your home. 

In this article, you will read about 5 crucial signs that indicate you have water channeling to places it shouldn’t be and causing potential damage. The effect of missing these signs can be catastrophic for your home and detrimental to your health, so make sure you read on to learn more. 

 1. Blister Bubble Flake

That may sound like a recipe from Hogwarts but these are important indications that water is affecting another surface such as your paint. The reason the surface blisters like this or changes in some other way is that the adhesive layer of the paint that connects it to the underlying surface, such as the wall, has become compromised by water penetration.

The result is that the paint starts to lift off the underlying surface in some places, creating the bubbling or blistering effect.

2. Sticky Stuck

Anything that's designed to open and close should do so with relative ease. If, for example, your doors or windows start to get stuck, or they seem to stick together when opening or closing, then this is an indication the frame has changed shape.

Changes in the frame like this could be caused by water getting into the frame and causing it to swell or warp in some way.

3. Stains and Discoloration

These are symptoms of water penetrating another surface like the ceiling or sometimes parts of the wall. When the color changes or gives the appearance of being stained don’t ignore it. This is the time to start investigating further to track down the source of the moisture causing the problem.

4. Signs of Mold

You may think this is the easiest of the signs to spot. Still, mold damage can appear gradually and at first be difficult to notice unless you're looking for it. So make it a habit to check for signs of mold even if you do that only a few times a year. 

5. Follow Your Nose

Sometimes our noses will pick up odors that indicate subtle water damage faster than any visual signs we may recognize. If you detect a musty smell don’t dismiss it as a sign of a building aging. 

If you notice your nose reacting in a sort of allergic way in some rooms of the house and not others then this too could be an early indication of water damage. 

Follow These Tips to Spot Water Damage

In this article, you have read about 5 crucial signs of water damage. Now that you know about them, you watch out for them. If you spot one of these signs don’t think it will sort itself out, it won’t. 

In fact, it will just get worse and wreak havoc on your property as time passes. If you don’t have the time personally to do something about it you can hire our professional team to come in and assess, or take care of your water remediation.

What Happens to Houseplants during Fire Restoration?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Green-Thumbed Tallahassee Residents are Concerned about their Houseplants

After a blaze in your Tallahassee home, there are many items you might be concerned about. If you are an avid grower, it is natural for your plants to be one of them.

Many customers who need fire restoration in their Tallahassee homes ask if their plants can survive a blaze. Plants are hardy things, and many can survive if they are still alive after the fire ends. Some damage can harm plants, however, so it is not always possible to save them.

Can you do anything for your plants?

While you are waiting for SERVPRO to arrive, you might carefully wipe the tops and bottoms of leaves with water or a very mild soapy solution. This will help remove traces of soot, and it will also prevent debris and grime from transferring from plant leaves onto your walls or carpets.

Did you know that potting soil can cause fires?

SERVPRO of Tallahassee customers are often surprised to learn that house plants could be a fire risk! It is not the plants themselves that are the risk, but the potting soil. Modern soils often contain flammable substances such as:

  • Polystyrene
  • Peat moss
  • Wood chips

If a spark ignites near these substances, it can combust. For example, people might put out cigarettes in plant soil or use it as a temporary incense holder. These innocuous actions can create a house fire.

What can you do to prevent your potting soil from starting a fire?

There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of potting soil fires:

  • Keep it damp and do not let your plants dry out
  • Do not use plant pots as ashtrays or incense holders
  • Store flammable cleaning materials away from houseplants
  • Use clay pots for houseplants as they are more fire-resistant than plastic

Does restoration affect houseplants?

Most restoration procedures do not affect houseplants as we can move them out of the way or work around them. However, ozone machines are not plant-friendly.

We use ozone generators after a fire to help with deodorization. Ozone has three oxygen molecules. When it comes into contact with contaminants such as soot, it binds to the particles and changes their chemical composition. Over some time, these chemical changes lead to odor removal, so your home smells “Like it never even happened.”

Ozone generators are a powerful tool; however, they are not safe for use around plants. Ozone can cause damage when plants breathe it in. It is also not a good idea to use it around you, your family, or your pets. That is why we only use ozone after evacuating the area and removing all the houseplants. We will let you know when it is safe to come back, and when it is safe to bring your plants back too.

What other personal belongings can SERVPRO clean?

Customers are often concerned that they will have to toss most of their belongings after a fire. However, this is not true. Yes, if an item has been burned and badly damaged, we cannot do much. But if the main issue is soot stains or being waterlogged with firehose water, we can clean and restore many items. We have saved our customers’ wooden furniture, upholstery, rugs, toys and games, craft materials, kitchen utensils, and even clothing and accessories.

Some items require HEPA vacuuming or dry scrubbing, while others need wet wiping. We have powerful ultrasonic cleaners for small items such as utensils and keepsakes, including jewelry and soft toys. We can send textiles, linens, and clothes to our facility for specialist washing.

What else can SERVPRO help with after a fire?

Of course, your houseplants are just one concern after a fire. Thankfully SERVPRO is here to help you with:

  • Removing standing water from fire hoses and drying out damp areas to reduce the risk of mold growth
  • Securing your home so our restoration team can safely work within it, including tarping the roof, boarding up windows, and setting up a safe electricity supply
  • Sorting through your possessions and letting you know what we can salvage and what needs to be tossed
  • Cleaning soot residue from the walls, floors, and ceilings of your home

If your home needs structural repairs, our team will oversee them. We can call in specialists such as plumbers and electricians as necessary.

After we have finished the restoration, we deodorize your home. As mentioned, ozone generators are one method. We can also use air scrubbers, carbon filters, odor-eating compounds, and wet or dry fogging to remove stubborn smoke smells.

If you are concerned about your plants and any other belongings after a fire, call SERVPRO of Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706.

What Can Tallahassee Property Owners Do After a Burst Water Pipe Causes Water Damage in their Home?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Homeowners Should Call SERVPRO Technicians in Tallahassee to Ensure Effective Water Damage Restoration in their Homes.

Water seeping into various surfaces of your Tallahassee property can breed mold, weaken your structure, and damage your valuable items. When handled on time, professionals can stop these secondary damages from occurring. Therefore, it is vital to involve a certified and experienced restorer like SERVPRO to get your property back to its pre-damage condition.

How do I identify a reliable restoration company?

Search for a water damage restorer in Tallahassee whose technicians have certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). That means the company can perform effective water damage restoration in your Tallahassee residence. Our team has gone through thorough training in:

  • Mold remediation using approved techniques and products. 
  • Structural drying utilizing advanced equipment to minimize damage.
  • Effective deodorization using a wide range of products.

Our technicians can clean and restore your valuable contents and property safely and correctly.

Can I let the water evaporate on its own?

It is difficult for excess water to evaporate on its own, especially if it has seeped into porous surfaces such as:

  • Textiles
  • Drywall
  • Furniture

These surfaces help spread water and damage in the building further. If the items get damp for over 24 hours, mold growth can occur.   

How can you remove water from my carpet?

For effective drying of the excess water and moisture, we use our advanced equipment. We can use a self-propelled extraction tool to compress your carpet and pad to remove the excess water. We attach the equipment to a vacuum that pulls the excess water from the surface. The machine only leaves moisture behind. Our SERVPRO restorers can use heavy-duty fans and dehumidifiers to dry the area completely.

My property smells awful. Can restorers deal with that?

Moisture can cause odors in your property. However, once we clean the affected area and dry it effectively, the scents can decrease. The awful smell can continue to persist, depending on the intensity of the damage. Our technicians can use IICRC approved deodorization equipment and products to eliminate the unpleasant odors. We often employ several procedures involving different professional devices and products to produce results.

Water seeping into various surfaces in your property can cause huge losses and health hazards. Contact SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee to stop further damage and restore your property to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened.” Talk to us today at (850) 765-5706.   

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How Should A Tallahassee Learning Institution Conduct Mold Cleanup?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

mold on the wall A proper clean-up of mold-infested surfaces can help prevent severe damage.

SERVPRO Evaluates the Situation to Determine the Best Mold Clean-up Process for Your Tallahassee School

Mold can develop at any time if the conditions are appropriate. Mold grows on diverse materials, including wood, drywall, carpets, and fabrics. You might realize there is an infestation when you notice physical changes such as black spots on walls or ceiling surfaces. Changes in indoor air quality can also alert you of a hidden mold problem. Whatever the circumstances, SERVPRO can help restore your Tallahassee school to its preloss state.

Are there standard procedures necessary in all incidents involving mold?
Mold clean-up in different Tallahassee institutions might differ. However, a few processes tend to recur, including:
    •    Inspection to reveal all affected areas
    •    Isolation of affected areas from the unaffected ones
    •    Informing the affected parties such as staff, students, and visitors

Third-Party IH Industrial Hygienist to Test if Required
Mold clean-up requires physical contact with the microbial residues. Therefore, inspection is necessary; otherwise, your clean-up efforts might only address the visible areas while leaving heavy infestation in concealed areas. Our SERVPRO technicians identify the areas to inspect by relying on factors such as:
    •    Humidity levels in specific areas
    •    Wetness in porous or semi-porous materials
    •    Physical changes such as patches on surfaces

Which cleaning methods remove mold effectively?
Removing residues accumulated on surfaces is necessary. The methods used can range from mild ones such as HEPA vacuuming and wet-cleaning to more aggressive approaches such as sanding. The choice of a cleaning process depends on the level of infestation and the type of affected material. Our technicians also apply various chemicals such as disinfectants and antimicrobial agents to kill spores, thus preventing immediate recurrence. Drying the moisture leftover from cleaning and other sources helps complete the clean-up process.

A proper clean-up of mold-infested surfaces can help prevent severe damage. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to send certified AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, to your school. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Can Homeowners Count on Professional Flood Removal to Return Floors to Pre-Loss Condition?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Selects from a Variety of Research-Based Solutions to Remove Flood Residues in Tallahassee, Bringing Residential Floors and Floor Covers Back to Function and Appearance.



It has been a robust hurricane season already this year, outstripping the names reserved, and the predictions in Tallahassee as elsewhere have changed more than once at the last minute. If your home has been in the path of an expected or last-minute storm, you can be knee deep in rainwater and overland flooding, along with mud, debris, and silt in a matter of minutes to hours. 

How Does the Flooding Including Contaminants Affect Residential Flooring?

Each type of flooring in your Tallahassee residence needs flood removal of the standing water. Some of the materials used can sustain the onslaught of dirty water and grit fairly well. Other kinds of floods and floor coverings might need partial or total replacement. Working with a reputable flood damage mitigation and remediation company increases the odds of successful outcomes after the removal of the fluids and solids. Even if the news for some of the less durable or more vulnerable to irremediable damage structures of fixtures is not promising, knowing you are dealing with an honest and well-prepared company that helps with insurance claims softens the blow.

Where Do Professional Flood Removal Technicians Obtain Their Training?

SERVPRO enrolls managers and technicians in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses prior to hands-on flood removal work. The comprehensive catalog of training ground our workers in the fundamentals of water removal and recovery theory. Our crews learn about the best practices and standards that apply to potential floor damage after a flood. 

Can Carpeting Hold Up to a Flooding Scenario?

Flood waters are defined as Category 3, or extremely contaminated fluids. The liquids that overland flooding push into your home are also called “black water,” extremely unsanitary and potentially carrying disease-causing organisms and chemical contaminants. Industry standards for carpets and their pads require that both layers must be removed and replaced. In rare cases, expensive area rugs damaged by Category 3 water can be:

  • Cleaned
  • Treated with a biocide
  • Recleaned
  • Dried
  • Tested by an indoor environmental professional for confirmation that the rug reached a sanitary condition

How Durable Are Laminate Floors When Flooded?

New construction and rehabbing and remodeling projects often use engineered flooring, commonly known as laminates, to quickly and relatively inexpensively cover a subfloor. They are made of sandwiched layers of resin, foam, and heavy paper topped with a picture of the material the flooring mimics -- wood, stone, or tile -- protected with a transparent sheet. The multi-level material quickly absorbs water and warps. Water trapped below cannot evaporate because the layers act as a vapor barrier. Rapid delamination occurs, and the strips or sections cannot be restored and need replacement.

Do Hardwood Floors Win the Battle with Flood Waters?

Hardwood floors are highly prized and achieve a burnished patina over the years, evidencing their general durability. Fortunately, hardwood composition is dense, and it possesses natural water resistance. As long as the SERVPRO team arrives promptly, we can:

  • Contain the affected area to prevent the spreading of airborne contaminants, including wrapping the room with 1.6 mil polyethylene and setting up air scrubbing technology
  • Remove silt and debris with care to avoid scratching the wood surface
  • Remove remaining standing water with wanded extractors
  • Test for residual water percolating through the hardwood planks/strips 
  • Use floor mats and negative air pressure (suction) system to pull water from several layers of flooring 
  • Clean the floor with EPA-registered proprietary products
  • Disinfect with EPA-registered antimicrobials
  • Dry with a balanced system of air movement, warmer temperatures, and dehumidifiers 

Note: If the hardwood warps because the fluids were absorbed into the unfinished bottom and sides of the planks/strips causing cupping, the distortion often can be sanded out once the wood returns to normal moisture levels.  

Are Tile Floors Survivors After Flood Damage Removal?

Resilient Tiles

Vinyl and asphalt tiles are the two primary types, normally glued down to a concrete subfloor. Asphalt tiles usually make it through flooding, debris, and water removal intact. If a few come loose, they are simple to reattach or replace. Vinyl tiles are more likely to disengage due to glue failure. As the tiles can deteriorate, SERVPRO might discuss replacing them with new materials during claim discussions with your insurance. 

Ceramic Tiles

Properly set, grouted, and sealed ceramic tiles can be nearly waterproof. If the force of the flooding dislodges them, the flood water can penetrate into the subfloor. On occasion, the grout between the tiles can develop cracks before the flood, providing egress for the floodwaters into the substrate. Similarly, if the floor edges have dried out or cracked caulking, the flood water can seep through. If the tiles are sound, or you have extras, the SERVPRO can:

  • Use portable extractors or floor mats to pull water out of the subfloor
  • Use air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to evaporate the residual moisture
  • Arrange to reset and regrout the floor, sealing the porous grout lines to establish its waterproof character

The professionals at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee are adept at flood removal protocols that ensure you and your loved ones have clean, dry, and beautiful floors to support daily tasks and fun. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and invite calls for flooding recovery 24/7 at (850) 765-5706.

Can Things in My Fire-Ravaged Home Be Restored?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage to Ensure We Restore Rather Than Replace Wherever Possible in Your Tallahassee Home

It is normal to feel a bit overwhelmed and lost once you have a house fire. SERVPRO's Green Fleet can be at your Tallahassee property within hours to begin the restoration efforts once first responders give us the go-ahead to enter. We utilize proven methods and damage cleanup planning to get you back into your home quickly. This is why you can trust our crew; We're Faster to Any Size Disaster!

With any fire damage in Tallahassee, many factors play a role in whether something can get restored or if a full replacement is best. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) have the training necessary to determine salvageability, and we use the latest equipment to aid in the restoration process. Some factors that we take into consideration for restoring items include:

  • The level of heat
  • The types and ages of surfaces
  • The amount of moisture
  • The air pressure within the space
  • The types of materials that burned, and more

Will Everything Be Okay?

No matter what, we want to assist with this process so that you can feel confident that everything will be okay. Steps that you might need to take when dealing with life after a fire include:

  • Contact your insurance agent to let them know the fire took place. SERVPRO is available to help facilitate the claims process, ensuring your paperwork is in order, including a detailed inventory of the loss.
  • Securing your property is critical. We offer tarping and board up services to protect your interior from the elements as well as trespassers.
  • Know that your fire-damaged home's cleanup will take time, but we have perfected our processes to get it done sooner so that your life can resume as normal.
  • Take a deep breath and know that our team at SERVPRO is here to make it "Like it never even happened."

When it comes to fire damage, you want the right team for the job using best practices for restoration. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is always here to help by calling (850) 765-5706.

Who Can Repair Damaged Ceiling Materials After a Water Disaster?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Plumbing Breaks Can Significantly Damage Ceiling Systems in Tallahassee homes, but Our SERVPRO Team Can Help 

With the likelihood of water lines getting tucked neatly between the floor and ceiling systems of your Tallahassee home to reach second-floor bathroom fixtures, any break or breach in these lines could impact the ceiling systems of your first story quickly. While full breaks present immediate, substantial loss effects, smaller leaks might show up through other signs. Some ways to indicate structural cavity damage are: 

  • Sagging
  • Water Stains
  • Damp to the Touch
  • Leaks 
  • Collapse 

Water damage repair in Tallahassee homes is often unavoidable when insulation and drywall ceiling materials become oversaturated. Removing affected drywall (controlled demolition) can target damaged areas. We then utilize air movers and dehumidifiers to start evaporative drying in the structural cavity. Controlled demolition also offers immediate access to the plumbing line problems needing repair by our SERVPRO general contractors. This phase of restoration and mitigation occurs as one of the first steps that our team takes upon arrival at a water-damaged address.  

When is Removal and Replacement Necessary? 

Assessing the specific damage to the structural elements like gypsum, insulation, and wood framing can quickly show when these materials have become too compromised or weakened to preserve. Additionally, mold contractors on our team can assess microbial threats after prolonged moisture exposure to determine if specific organic materials in these ceiling or flooring systems require removal for remediation purposes. The replacement of these removed and discarded materials during water or mold recovery happens after mitigation or remediation occurs, and the property is ready to build back.  

Restoring your home after a water or flood loss incident can be a considerable challenge when the damage originates between your house's first and second floors. With a team of experienced contractors and water restoration technicians, our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team can make it "Like it never even happened," when you call (850) 765-5706.

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