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What Does Skilled Water Restoration In Tallahassee Include?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Waterproof Boots, Standing in a Flooded House with Vinyl Wood Floors SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is the team to call when you need help with water removal and restoration.

SERVPRO Features Trained Water Restoration Technicians Ready to Handle Cleanup Inside Your Tallahassee Business

Whenever you have a substantial water loss inside your Tallahassee commercial space, this is never a time to try DIY methods alone. Water incidents of all kinds have better results when you call for skilled technicians who have access to the right equipment and proven techniques. Even if you have your janitorial crew available to work, SERVPRO features a full Green Fleet loaded with specialized equipment for executing the water mitigation and making sure that your business is “Like it never even happened.”

Is the Water Flooding My Business Contaminated?

When you call us for help with water loss in Tallahassee, we start with a detailed assessment of the project. This allows us to determine not only the scope of the project and the source of the water but potential contaminants that may have settled in the standing water. If the water is deemed to be contaminated, several measures get put into place:

•    Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn by our technicians, both for safety and to eliminate cross-contamination
•    We work to contain any contaminated fluid and follow local protocols for disposing of any hazardous waste
•    All surface areas that came into contact with contaminated water is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected
•    We carefully manage all saturated porous materials within the loss zone

What Makes Your Water Removal Methods Faster than DIY Methods?

Our trucks come fully equipped with a broad range of extraction tools made for pulling up copious amounts of standing water in a short period. Some, or all, of the following tools, might be used during the cleanup at your Tallahassee business:

•    Truck-mounted and portable extraction tools allow us to pull up thousands of gallons of standing water
•    If any carpeting is located in your business's office areas of your business, we have light wand extractors and rovers to facilitate easier water removal
•    Powerful fans and air moving equipment speeds up evaporation and facilitates drying
•    Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help remove vapors from the air within your business so that we can restore relative humidity levels

Are Your Dehumidifiers Stronger than Consumer-Grade?

All of our professional-grade dehumidifiers that SERVPRO brings to a water loss project help get the job done in much less time than any non-commercial unit. Our crew also follows a unique formula that details how many fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers are necessary within the space to remain the most efficient. We adjust and move the equipment as needed throughout the project to achieve our goals. The dehumidifiers we often bring to water restoration events include:

•    Refrigerant Dehumidifiers – Often get used during the beginning water cleanup phase when the humidity levels are the highest.
•    Desiccant Dehumidifiers – Good for using when various structural materials are damp, yet porous materials within the loss zone are relatively dry.

What About My Office Furniture and Inventory?

We take the time to assess the water loss so that we can put a solid plan into place that helps us salvage as much as possible within the loss zone. Our crew may raise shelving, furniture, and office equipment to keep them out of the water while we go through the cleanup phases. We also offer pack-out services, where we bring your interior belongings to a safe location during the restoration steps. If pack-out is called for, we always take a detailed inventory to create a paper trail for your peace of mind. If necessary, we will also generate a report of any unsalvageable items for your insurance claim.

How Can You Be Sure All Moisture Gets Removed?

Our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) are IICRC-certified and know precisely where to look for hidden moisture. We follow the path of migration and use a range of moisture detection tools, such as:

•    Inspection Cameras – Such technology, including borescopes and thermal imaging cameras, help us located hidden moisture in tight spaces and behind walls. These tools help find moisture without having to remove ceiling tiles or wallboards.
•    Moisture Detectors – Various devices like moisture sensors and moisture meters allow us to scope out moisture in smaller cracks and crevices that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.

What About Foul Odors Lingering Throughout My Business?

We know that the last thing you want to have is foul odors that continuously remind you of the water incident. Not only do we make sure that no moisture is left behind to cause secondary damage or turn into mold and mildew growth, but we also take it to the next level with cleaning and disinfection. Our crew uses highly-effective broad-spectrum, EPA-registered cleaning agents, and disinfectants so that we can clean all surfaces. Potential foul odors get eliminated, and every surface area is thoroughly sanitized and safe for your employees and customers.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is the team to call when you need help with water removal and restoration. Call us whenever you need us at (850) 765-5706, and we will send out a crew as soon as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

A Fire Has Ruined My Home. Who Do I Turn to for Help in Restoring it?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen after a fire Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Call SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to Handle the Fire Damage in Your Tallahassee Home

A fire can inflict severe damage to your house and its remnants like smoke residues, chemical retardants, and ash may cause further destruction. It is, therefore, vital to call licensed professionals to mitigate the fire damage. Experienced professionals from SERVPRO can restore your Tallahassee home to its original condition.

Can I go back to my house after fire damage?

In the aftermath of fire damage in your Tallahassee residence, it may seem safe for you to go back to your house to assess the damage. After all, the worst part is over, right? Wrong. You must let an expert determine the safety of the structure before you go back in. The effects of the fire may last long after the fire itself has died away, posing a risk to your health and safety.

Why is smoke dangerous?

Smoke can be dry or wet based on how hot the flames of a fire are and the type of particles it releases. Whether it is wet or dry smoke, the particles may contain various chemicals. Wet smoke creates an oily residue that can penetrate and get into varnishes and surfaces. It can be challenging to clean wet smoke, and once it makes its way into a building’s pockets. Dry smoke forms a powdery residue that may coat surfaces. When smoke interacts with surfaces, they can continue discoloring or weakening. Eliminating and cleaning smoke residues from a home quickly helps prevent costly secondary damage.

Can I stay in the house during the restoration process? 

It is a common practice to find accommodation at another place while the restoration process is taking place. However, this mainly depends on the extent of fire damage. If the fire only affected a small area of your home, you can stay there while we restore the house.

What takes place during fire damage restoration?

Our technicians carry out a comprehensive assessment of the damage. We identify the affected areas, create a detailed restoration plan, and explain what needs to be done to restore the property to its former condition. Some of the things we can do to restore your home include:

Removing smoke residues

Cleaning smoke-affected areas

Performing water damage restoration procedures

Cleaning smoke-affected furnishings

Removing smoke odor to make the home more habitable

Proper waste disposal

Our SERVPRO team can ensure that the restoration process does not take any longer than it needs to be. The extent of the destruction is what determines the timeframe required to clean and restore a house.

After a fire loss incident, you need help from experienced restorers. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can help you to manage the fire damage. You can reach us at (850) 765-5706.

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Do I Need to Replace My Wet Carpet After a Water Emergency in Tallahassee?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

wet and mold damaged carpeting When carpets are affected during a water damage emergency, any delays can create a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Fitted Carpets Can, and Should, Be Restored After a Water Emergency. SERVPRO Operates with a Restore Over Replace Mentality that can Save your Carpets From Water Exposure.

How long can carpets in Tallahassee be wet before causing permanent damage?

Fitted-carpeting cannot stay wet for more than seventy-hours without mold growth occurring. Once mold spores grow into colonies, they can spread rapidly across textiles, causing irreversible harm. If a carpet shows signs of mold infestation, it must be removed and replaced. In some situations, not taking adequate action against potential mold growth can complicate your insurance claim, and your policy may not cover the cost of the new carpet. If your carpets are exposed to water damage in your Tallahassee home, you must quickly bring in restorers to mitigate permanent harm.

Can a wet carpet dry by itself?

With surface-level exposure to small amounts of water, a carpet can dry by itself. However, larger quantities of water can soak through the carpet, causing delamination in Tallahassee and absorbing into the carpet fibers. If water reaches the underside of a carpet or the pad beneath only the surface level of the carpet dries while the lower regions suffer from continued exposure to moisture. If pressure on the carpet pushes out moisture, you may need to procure professional equipment or temporarily remove the carpet to dry it thoroughly.

Can you save a soaking wet carpet?

There are several methods you can use to save a wet carpet from permanent damage.

Detach and float the carpet

Carpets are fitted to the floor using carpet grippers- thin strips of wood with short spikes that hold the carpet in place. Using a pry bar, you can lever the wet carpet away from grippers. Carpets are up to 50% weaker when wet, so make sure that all edges of the carpet are detached before attempting to lift it. With the carpet removed, you can place an air-mover beneath and 'float' the carpet to circulate warm air drying the underside, pads, and subfloor.

Hot water extraction 

Hot water extraction uses a professional tool that is powerful enough to remove water from a carpet when applied to the surface. Water extractors combine heating elements with vacuums and are capable of passing fluids. Usually, extractors transport the excess moisture to a truck-mounted storage tank or a portable water tank. In some situations, extraction is possible without removing furniture or detaching the carpet referred to as in-place drying.

Dehumidifying carpets

Dehumidification can help to speed up the drying process, although it is less effective than using extraction or carpet floating methods. Desiccant dehumidifiers use a silica gel to remove moisture from the surrounding air and can lower humidity to below 40 grains per pound. When humidity levels drop, water is drawn out of wet materials and evaporates faster than in normal conditions.

How do I limit damages to wet carpet?

  • Reduce foot traffic over the carpet, prevent damage to fibers, and keep the carpet free of soiling
  • Dry the carpet quickly using extraction equipment and dehumidification
  • Spray antimicrobial chemicals directly onto the carpet surface to reduce mold buildup
  • Take extra care when acting on a carpet to avoid tears or fiber compression

How can I remove footprints from my carpet?

Areas of a room with high foot traffic begin to show signs of wear and age. Fiber reduction over carpets is irreversible, however removing prints and fluffing the carpet give it a new lease of life. SERVPRO technicians can apply the emulsifying powder directly onto a soiled or wet carpet using a truck-mounted extraction wand. The emulsifying powder absorbs moisture as well as soiling that may be deeply embedded in the carpet fibers. Technicians can then vacuum the powder using roto machines. These light machines vacuum and buffer the surface fibers of a carpet, which can help remove heavy footmarks and provide a uniform finish of the carpet fibers.

If the carpet pad is wet, do I need to replace the carpet?

It is common for large amounts of water to migrate through the fibers of a carpet affecting the pads underneath. However, carpet pads are much less expensive to replace than the carpet. Our technicians can detach the carpet and remove the sodden carpet pad below, cutting it up into small pieces. The small pieces of wet carpet pad should be double sealed in waterproof bags to prevent dripping through the home when taken out for disposal. SERVPRO takes non-salvageable items like carpet pad away with us when the restoration is finished.

If you are not sure whether to restore or replace wet carpets, contact SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 for expert advice.

Looking For a Compliant Preventative Cleaning Service for Your Tallahassee Business?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a blue background When you feel like germs are everywhere and you can't keep up, SERVPRO is here to help.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee Technicians Have earned IICRC Certifications.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)  is the world’s leading authority on the standards for the restoration, mitigation, and remediation industry. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is an IICRC Certified Firm, and that makes us uniquely qualified to serve any business in need of quality specialty cleaning services. That includes the standards required at retirement communities, assisted living centers, and many other such facilities. Our team performs specialized cleaning in buildings of every type after a property damage event such as sewage spills, water or fire damage, and anti-microbial remediation for mold, bacteria, or viruses on a daily basis. So this kind of cleaning for Tallahassee is in our wheelhouse. 

What can professional preventative cleaning do that goes beyond day-to-day cleaning? 

  • The right cleaners for the job. SERVPRO technicians are trained and licensed to use a broad array of EPA-registered antimicrobials for use in safeguarding the places you work, play, and live.
  • Protecting the public, especially seniors.  The CDC has announced that proactive deep cleaning provides a measure of protection from the potential spread of infection.  Of course, social distancing and washing our hands frequently also play a huge role in “flattening the curve”.
  • SERVPRO technicians use commercial grade equipment.  They have access to a variety of EPA registered cleaning agents and are experienced at using them in indoor environments.  In some cases they will construct a containment chamber to cordon-off a portion of the indoor environment. They can work safely within the contained area and reduce the risk of spreading pathogens from contaminated areas to non-contaminated areas.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is a phone call away from implementing effective commercial sanitation measures at (850) 765-5706.

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Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Tallahassee, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee today at (850) 765-5706 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Remove Flood Damage from My Tallahassee Condo?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Get to Work Eliminating Flood Damage from Your Tallahassee Property 

Floridians are no strangers to flooding, but this type of disaster means high premiums and millions in damages each year. The average flood claim year-to-year can vary. In 2017, it was over $91,735, while in 2018, it was $42,580. 

If you need pros who can quickly mitigate flood damage in your Tallahassee condo, SERVPRO professionals are ready to restore your living space to a preloss condition. Certified technicians use EPA-registered cleaners while adhering to Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for residential structural and contents restoration.

What Can I Do to Minimize Flood Damage to My Condo? 

  • Shut off the power. If floodwaters have come into your condo, they have also made contact with your electrical system. Use your breakers, if it is safe to do so, or contact maintenance to assist you in turning off the power.
  • Document damage. Use your phone or camera to take clear pictures of the damage to have on hand. While SERVPRO technicians can also document damages, having multiple sources of photographic or video evidence is beneficial for your proof of loss claim.
  • File a claim as soon as possible. The more quickly you contact your insurer, the more quickly you can remove damage from your condo. 

How Can SERVPRO Dry Condo Flood Damage? 

After extracting water and sanitizing a flooded property, SERVPRO techs use centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidification equipment to pull moisture out of surfaces and isolate it. 

A low-grain refrigerant dehumidifier, for example, passes moist air over refrigerated coils to trap condensation for removal. After removing the moisture, it emits warm, dry air to gradually dry structures and reduces the relative humidity in your condo. 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can keep your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (850) 765-5706 for service that can start any time of the day or night. 

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What Can I Do To Restore Normalcy Faster At My Tallahassee Hotel After Water Loss?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can help clean up your hotel faster after a water spill.

SERVPRO Helps with Commercial Water Cleanup to Restore Tallahassee Properties Damaged by Water Intrusion

When water intrudes into several suites at your Tallahassee hotel, extensive clean up is necessary to deal with soiling and other effects that moisture exposure can have on different materials.

Should I start cleaning immediately?

Extracting pools of water and cleaning soiled materials is crucial. However, a bit of planning before carrying out the actual water cleanup exercise in your Tallahassee hotel is likely to lead to better results. Preparation does not have to be complicated to be effective. When you involve our SERVPRO crews, the preparation involves:

    •    Documenting the loss for insurance or other purposes
    •    Identifying moisture migration patterns
    •    Identifying what materials the water loss affects

What is the best way to document water damage?

Since each situation is unique, it is hard to single out one method as the best. However, photos and videos can provide irrefutable evidence. Our technicians also take readings with moisture meters from porous materials such as wood or gypsum to ascertain how wet they are.

The process of documenting the loss also provides essential information for cleanup. For instance, we can tell whether there is a need to tear down materials so that we can plan the cleanup processes accordingly.

Is performing cleanup after water damage in a hotel difficult?

Ideally, the cleanup should not be difficult since most cases involve clean water. However, the materials the water interacts with can complicate things.
    •    Drywall and other gypsum-based materials crumble when saturated
    •    Dyes in curtails or other fabrics run staining carpets
    •    Wooden floors can form water stains

Our crews use different approaches to address the challenges. Making flood cuts allows easier removal of drywall and insulation damaged by water intrusion. It also halts further wicking of moisture. In case of stains on carpets, spot cleaning the affected area before cleaning the rest of the carpet ensures stains do not set.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can help clean up your hotel faster after a water spill. You can reach us at (850) 765-5706. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage Mitigation In Tallahassee

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee offers cleanup service with EPA-registered solutions that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Repairing Mini-Fridge Water Damage in a Tallahassee Bedroom

A mini-fridge can be an incredibly convenient option for loved ones in your Tallahassee home to keep snacks, drinks, and groceries available without going downstairs and waking up loved ones trying to make something to eat. However, a blocked defrost drain or damaged water supply is all it takes to damage carpet, walls, and even subfloors if left unaddressed. This type of leakage requires fast action to minimize mold, odors, and other contaminants.

When your Tallahassee bedroom needs water damage mitigation that is quick to respond, SERVPRO is always available to return your home to its preloss condition. Water damage can quickly go from causing light odors to warping essential structural materials in as little as a week with constant exposure, so these professionals use tried-and-true techniques with cutting-edge tools to restore your home. If carpet or drywall needs replacement after water damage, these restoration pros can perform these services and help you find licensed local specialists to repair your fridge.

SERVPRO is Always Ready to Help!

SERVPRO's 24-hour response team serves multiple purposes:

    •    Mitigating disaster quickly at any time of the day or night minimizes further damage to structure and property
    •    Constant availability helps homeowners keeps their homes and families safe, even on late nights, during weekends, or even over the holidays
    •    Fast responses to water damage prevent mold growth that can cause health effects

Your local SERVPRO cooperates with organizations like the American Red Cross to provide relief for communities as well as individual homeowners.

Drying Damage After Disaster

After moving the mini-fridge and other nearby furniture away from the disaster, technicians can examine carpet for signs of damage, mold growth, and separation from the pad underneath. Extraction wands are ideal for picking up moisture accumulated behind tricky areas like wall cavities or trim. At the same time, rover vacuums and large suction pads can handle moisture in the carpeting itself. If the carpet has separated from the pas underneath, it may require removal with the approval of property owners and insurance adjusters.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee offers cleanup service with EPA-registered solutions that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (850) 765-5706 for mitigation that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What Should I Do About this Water Damage in My House?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers a Full Scope of Water Damage Restoration Service for Tallahassee Properties

Even a little water damage has the potential to leave behind an enormous amount of loss in a Tallahassee home for both the structure and contents. A mere half an inch can cause thousands of dollars and need extensive repairs, and the longer it waits for cleanup, the worse the problem gets.

Getting professional help with the cleanup and restoration from water damage in Tallahassee homes is crucial. Numerous issues can occur from inadequate water removal and drying efforts.

Scoping the Property for Water Loss

It is impossible to visually determine the scale that water loss covers in a home. The reason is that water migrates quickly across floors and follows the path of least resistance. Upper-level events tend to leave water behind in floor joists and under subfloors. SERVPRO technicians use advanced detection equipment to locate moisture within all types of substrates in the structure.

Common Problems in Homes with Water Loss

When water gets left behind within the structure, a host of issues can result. Tile and glue down carpet have the potential to lose their adherence and delaminate. Whether or not the flooring can get reinstalled for reuse after cleaning and drying is dependant upon the construction materials.

Many factors can affect the restorability factors for carpet. Among them are type and length of water exposure along with the materials that make up the fibers. Some carpets shrink or deteriorate upon prolonged contact with water. SERVPRO technicians have numerous tests to determine the composition of the threads, so the best processes for extraction and drying get followed and maximize the restoration potential saving homeowners the cost of replacement.

Certified to Handle Different Water Types

Not all water loss events are equal. When a pipe breaks in a home or rain comes in through the roof, there is little danger of bacteria or contaminants being present as long as the cleanup efforts begin within 24 hours. This type of water carries a label as "clean water." The other two main water types get gradually more dangerous for homeowners to come into contact with due to the possibility of chemicals, toxins, or sewage. Gray and Black water should always have professional restoration services due to the unsanitary nature of this type of loss. Familiar sources of gray and black water include:

  • sewage or septic tank backups
  • washing machine and dishwasher malfunctions
  • water that has aged beyond 24 hours
  • flood damage from groundwater
  • aquarium accidents

Advanced Water Removal Equipment

Consumer-grade shop vacs are rarely enough to extract embedded moisture completely. The professional equipment used by the certified techs at SERVPRO for water removal has the power to pull up the water, and the attention given to this step of the mitigation process works to lessen the drying time needed.

Safety Measures During Mitigation

Particularly in cases of black water loss situations, the techs pay close attention to the potential for cross-contaminations for airborne droplets that can carry bacteria or pathogens. Containment around the work-site area using plastic barriers is a common tactic. Air scrubbers also assist in the capture of any harmful airborne elements with their maze of HEPA filtration.

Differences Between Professional and DIY Drying Methods

Different surfaces need varied types of drying applications for the best outcome. Home drying usually involves using a fan or multiple fans on wet surfaces. This is great for drying the tips of the carpet fibers or tile flooring; however, it does nothing for the water that migrated into a subfloor, behind walls, or within the carpet pad.

SERVPRO techs use air movers that get placed in unique configurations to best direct the airflow around a water loss area. The high-velocity air delivery from these little powerhouse machines causes embedded moisture to rise. At the same time, dehumidification equipment that is also running captures it and ports it offsite. This creates a cycle of progressively drier air circulating and rapidly lowers the ambient humidity levels.

Specialized drying equipment and methods make the difference. The techs have the equipment such as the Injecti-Dry system to force air into small spaces such as where baseboards got removed or within floor joists. Drying mats used on hardwood flooring can save a homeowner the cost of replacement through their ability to dry the board in place.

Monitoring is a large part of the drying process. The techs take air moisture measurements throughout this phase of mitigation to ensure preset drying goals get attained. Ensuring the indoor humidity levels are below ideal conditions for mold spore germination helps lower the potential mold growth.

SERVPRO techs have extensive training in mold remediation and know it is a possibility whenever there is a water loss event. They look for early warning signs and apply applications as necessary, such as antimicrobial sealants, to discourage any future establishment of mold over the treated areas.

Post Drying Cleaning and Odor Control

Because of the potential for bacteria or other harmful elements to exist in any type of water after the time needed for mitigation, the techs use professional-grade antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents to wipe down surfaces and floors.

Water odors leave behind a musty smell that may require multiple treatments to eradicate. Light odors respond to time-release gel pellets that are placed in inconspicuous areas to absorb the scents. Thermal fogging is another odor control method that the technicians rely on when stouter scent removal needs occur. This equipment heats the chosen solution to the point it is fog, and it gets released throughout the loss area. It covers surfaces and penetrates porous objects.

Hydroxyl generators use the same power as the sun for odor removal: UV rays. While thermal foggers require people, pets and plants are not present during treatment; the hydroxyl generators are safe for use when technicians and residents are in the home. Both thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators neutralize odor-causing molecules by changing their structure, so there is no chance of the return of foul scents after the restoration services complete.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 is available 24/7 to handle any size water damage in local properties and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

How Do I Get Rid of Protein Fire Damage in My Kitchen?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher spray co2 SERVPRO Says keep a fire extingusher under your sink to prevent or mitigate fire damage in your Tallahassee

SERVPRO Technicians Have Specialized Cleaners Available to Restore Your Tallahassee Home After Fire Damage

Kitchen fire damage is easily the most common type that occurs in homes today and accounts for an estimated 49% of home fires in Tallahassee. On top of that, residues and odors from the fire can be dispersed throughout your home through your vents, leaving you with more cleanup than you can easily handle.

If you need a team that can respond quickly to fire damage in your Tallahassee home’s kitchen, SERVPRO technicians are prepared to help. This crew offers both fire and water damage mitigation tools, as well as rebuilding services, to return your home to a safe and comfortable preloss condition.

What Type of Fire Extinguisher Is Best for Kitchen Fire Damage?

  • Stick to a lightweight extinguisher. A five-pound extinguisher may run out faster, but it will be easier to carry and use when you need it.
  • Type B is the way to go. Type A extinguishers are made to tackle fires caused by conventional solids like wood and paper. Type B, on the other hand, is targeted at oil and grease fires in homes. Some homeowners might prefer Type K, but these extinguishers are designed for commercial kitchens.
  • Consider more than one extinguishing method. Try installing a small magnetic extinguisher to put on your range hood that automatically dispenses baking soda upon exposure to flame. If your range hood is not magnetic, many brands offer mounting kits to accommodate you.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Fire Damage Residues from My Kitchen?

SERVPRO technicians use a broad selection of tools to address different types of fire damage residues. For example, protein residues require specialized enzyme digesters to convert these foul-smelling, filmy coatings into water-soluble byproducts. These cleaners remove the protein enzymes that can cause odors to aid in odor control efforts.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is ready to leave your kitchen looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (850) 765-5706 for cleanup that can begin within hours.