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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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Fire, Storm, Mold, or Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee!

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment stacked in hallway of building upon completion of job SERVPRO has the equipment and manpower to handle all of your emergency restoration needs.

SERVPRO is Equipped to Handle Your Fire, Storm, Water and Mold Restoration Needs

We represent the capital of Florida. As the only incorporated municipality in all of Leon County, we have many people and businesses that depend on our fast response and talented professionals. The restoration services that we offer Tallahassee homes and businesses encompass all significant disasters that could threaten these properties, including water, fire, storm, mold, and biohazard cleanup. With more than half of our restoration projects to date being commercial recovery efforts, we can comfortably say that with our SERVPRO team, there is no job too big for our technicians.  

Fire Damage Restoration

We can appreciate how traumatic fire losses can be, and with hazardous effects spreading quickly throughout your Tallahassee home or business, you can feel overwhelmed and apprehensive about the future of your residence. Because of this anxiety, many people begin their search for reputable restoration companies in Leon County. Our reputation is what brings these many searchers to our site and talking to our team. We have a 24/7 response to every threat you experience, meaning that you do not have to wait for mitigation and damage assessment until the next day, or even several days later, like some of the competitors.  

As a division of a major restoration brand in the country, we built our business to its prosperous state with the understanding that everyone has a role to play. From the administration in the offices of our facility to the experienced ranks of our management and field technicians on-site in your damaged Tallahassee home, we ask everyone to shoulder the responsibility of bringing your property back to pre-fire condition. 

Our team of experts works to quickly address the fire damage in Tallahassee homes when we first arrive with effective mitigation tactics. We have a division of our crew designated specifically to assess damage risk for contents in the house and remove items that have already become damaged, or soon could be. At our facility, we can clean, deodorize, and safely store protected belongings until they can get returned to your restored property.  

Mold Remediation

The production of mold in a Tallahassee home can occur from multiple sources, making it nearly impossible to negate this possibility entirely. From the excessive humidity expected in the region throughout specific points of the year to lingering moisture and dampness after any of the 60+ days of precipitation expected every year, many homes fall victim to the colonization of mold spores. These organisms can spread fast, encompassing new materials and structural elements as it moves throughout the surrounding areas.  

As much as mold damage in Tallahassee homes can be a challenge for property owners to address, we have a full roster of competent and qualified technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT.) Many of these same professionals have sought additional endorsements and education through the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI.) This training helps us to supply damaged and affected homes with ideal products, equipment, and personnel to address their situation every time. 

Our remediation division does not claim to remove mold from your Tallahassee home. As one of the most experienced and well-trained divisions of our team, however, we do have practices and products that can eliminate mold colonization in your house. From sanding and antimicrobial spray to advanced approaches like soda blasting, we can make mold growth “Like it never even happened.”  

Water Damage Restoration

Our customers and clients have always been appreciative of how quickly we can arrive at their Tallahassee home when water loss emergencies occur. By saving even a fraction of an hour in the restoration field can be the difference between preserving affected materials and requiring controlled demolition and reconstruction. As water losses are among our most popular response call, our efficient, 24/7 answer can save our customers time and money.  

Education and training are areas where our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the IICRC have excelled. The scope of water recovery is continually changing with the introduction of new instruments, new products, and more efficient practices. Addressing water damage in Tallahassee homes is a job for every member of our team, and that is why each of these professionals has specific training to understand the full water restoration process.  

We are part of a large loss recovery team capable of addressing substantial loss incidents affecting Tallahassee residences and businesses. From flooded dormitories of the Florida State Campus to single-family homes throughout Leon County, we have a deep inventory of recovery tools and technicians to meet the growing demands of our customers moving forward.  

Storm Damage Restoration

Tallahassee homes and businesses have been in the path of genuinely devastating and destructive storms over the years, from hurricanes and tornadoes through flooding and other natural disasters. As one of the most active parts of our recovery team, our disaster relief team stays well-trained and prepared for the to-the-minute needs of properties throughout the city.  

Flooding is often a common symptom of structural damage and substantial storms passing through the area. Storm damage can be anything from fallen trees to punctured roofs, and many of these scenarios come with penetrating water that can collect quickly in the lower levels of a Tallahassee property. Our SERVPRO team has cutting-edge extraction tools that can be as versatile as light wands to as powerful and efficient as the truck-mount pumps that can discharge standing water at 300 psi.  

We have hundreds of thousands of residents and business owners that live and work in the city limits, meaning that many times we can get dispatched to address storm damage in multiple Tallahassee structures simultaneously. We ensure mitigation work begins at all of these addresses and puts our stocked ready trailers to use by quickly managing flood loss situations. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, which enables us often to preserve many installed materials and the contents of your property from irreparable ruin.  

We know that you have options in choosing a restoration company when disasters strike. Our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team has the experience and the fast response to get there when you need us and to stay working on it until your home is back to preloss condition. We are standing by 24/7 to help by calling (850) 765-5706.

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Is Your Tallahassee Home To Mold? Call SERVPRO for Remediation

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold patches on a wall by a window with a lot of moisture Mold and Moisture in a Tallahassee Home Have No Chance When SERVPRO Arrives for Remediation

Maintaining Lower Humidity Can Reduce Mold in Tallahassee Homes

Water loss incidents can create a challenging situation in Tallahassee properties that leave the home vulnerable to microbial growth. Without adequate drying and thorough moisture detection practices, your house can remain vulnerable to the development of mold colonies when lingering dampness goes undetected. Relative humidity (RH) is also a critical factor as well, as these moist conditions can permit the colonization of spores when combined with the traditionally warmer climate for properties in the area.

With how directly humidity and moisture content levels affect mold remediation in Tallahassee homes, it is crucial to have a team that can address these preliminary symptoms before hazardous microbial growth gets out of control. Our SERVPRO professionals have many strategies to reduce moisture content but regulating the RH levels in the house requires extra steps.
 
Gaining control of the humidity levels in your house can help to reduce the migration and spread of mold effects, and it can also limit how the organism can move from one organic material to another. As containment is already a large part of our remediation efforts, these same barriers and 6mil plastic sheeting can help to regulate ventilation, improve the efficiency of drying efforts, and reduce debris and spore circulation if controlled demolition is necessary by a third-party contractor.
 
Desiccant dehumidifiers can get installed and run through within the containment zone to help reduce the present conditions to facilitate mold growth. These units exhaust heated air, which can in turn help to reduce the saturation of construction materials and contents that have not gotten removed from this affected area.
 
Once we can regulate moisture content and humidity, remediation then only boils down to removing the present mold with effective and non-damaging tactics such as dry ice blasting and soda blasting. Media blasting is considered an abrasive technique but can often protect the hosting material while removing the colony. We always look to restore before replacement, and these approaches can help us preserve installed materials.
 
We strive to address mold concerns immediately because we understand how quickly these situations can get out of control. Many look to our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee for our experience and cutting-edge equipment in mold remediation projects, and we can help you however you need. Give us a call anytime at (850) 765-5706.

Why Fast Water Removal Is Necessary to Prevent Mold Growth in Tallahassee

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Top of kitchen cabinets and corner of ceiling.  Significant mold growth on ceiling A slow water leak upstairs became the breeding ground for mold. We were able to remediate the mold and return the property to its preloss condition.

Beating Mold Growth with the Right Water Removal Techniques in Tallahassee

Living in an environment with mold can lead to health problems. It is also uncomfortable because of the musty smell associated with mold. Since mold spores are naturally occurring, any spike in moisture levels such as when there is a water spill can lead to mold growth. You can take several steps to beat mold during water removal, including hiring professional restorers.

After taking steps to deal with the excess moisture during water removal in your Tallahassee property, prompt water removal reduces the possibility of mold growth. Signs of growth are visible within the first 24-48 hours, and if drying moisture from the building takes longer, growth is more severe. Our SERVPRO Water Removal Technicians, (WRT), start the water extraction and drying processes immediately after arriving at the loss site to reduce the time mold has for development.

The behavior of materials differs when exposed to water. For example, materials such as carpets and upholstery, which have high levels of permeance, saturate quickly. Others like wood and concrete take longer to absorb water. However, once they absorb sufficient water, they act as moisture reservoirs that can resupply mold growth over time. These materials might also seem dry, but only the outer layers are dry. Moisture remnants deep inside the material can fuel future mold growth. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to get to the root of all moisture issues. For instance, we use drying chambers to improve the drying process. We also use different equipment to check moisture levels in different materials, including:

  • Moisture meters
  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermal cameras
  • Thermo-hygrometers

The drying phase of the water removal process is vital in defeating mold. For more effectiveness, it requires proper addressing of factors such as air movement and temperature. Our SERVPRO technicians use several air-moving units to aid faster drying. We also use portable heaters or indirect fired furnaces to heat areas during drying.

Mold can be stubborn, but with the right approach during water removal, it is possible to prevent proliferation. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Can SERVPRO Help with Widespread Mold Growth in Tallahassee?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Signage at Entrance to Florida A&M Stadium Enjoy a Rattler Football Game While SERVPRO Remediates the Mold in Your Tallahassee Home!

Tallahasse Mold Stains and Odors Got You Down? The Solution is SERVPRO

The discovery of mold in a Tallahassee home can develop quickly into a severe situation in the right conditions. Understanding the role that homeowners have in the protection of their property and keeping those exposed to the colonies safe from their effects is vital. Choosing professional remediation can help property owners to regain control of their homes and conquer the presence of these harmful organisms.
 
One of the most challenging consequences of mold damage in Tallahassee homes is the harsh odor this organism can embed into surfaces, soft materials, and circulate throughout the open environments of your house. Deodorization is an essential aspect of mold recovery for your home, and as such, our SERVPRO team has several tools and machines ideal for reducing harsh scents and returning these affected items to their original condition.
 
Our mold technicians have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both remediation and odor control. Many of these same professionals we dispatch to address spreading mold colonization also have additional endorsements in water restoration and structural drying. Combined, these certifications can help to address both the cause and effect of moisture-ridden areas of a house.
 
Certifications are only the beginning to what our team can handle and maintain. We have ongoing training relative to new products and equipment entering the market, when new practices and procedures get introduced, and even when our technicians can use a refresher in specific recovery areas. This education allows us to present every customer with a knowledgeable front that can develop strategies and design recovery solutions based on the exact materials affected, the location of the mold growth, and if controlled demolition and build back are necessary following our mitigation work.
 
Our fast response to mold damage situations, as well as our training through the organization NORMI, or National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, helps us to overcome many potential obstacles. We have confident technicians that can help with what your property needs from its initial inspection through remediation, cleaning, and restoration.
 
You might have multiple options when it comes to choosing professionals to help remediate mold growth, but our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is up to the challenge. We have extensive training and experience, and as local restoration providers, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call at (850) 765-5706.

Tallahassee Sports Venue Requires Professional Remediation Assistance After Water Damage

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Baseball stadium If your sports stadium suffers flood damage call the professionals at SERVPRO for remediation assistance.

How We Work with Insurance to Protect Your Tallahassee Venue

With multiple collegiate sports venues for Florida State University here in Tallahassee, schools and other athletic organizations have sought out our expertise and rapid response in their time of need. We strive to work quickly and efficiently, limiting any modifications to an active schedule or listing of events upcoming in the venue or arena. Apart from our experience in a crisis, we also have established business dealings with all area insurance providers and major brands, giving us a distinct advantage with areas like damage assessment and cataloging.

Water damage in Tallahassee sports venues can be particularly hazardous, as even excessive moisture can damage expensive flooring options for basketball courts and other indoor sports. As is the case with all water loss incidents, the faster that professionals like our SERVPRO team can get to the emergency, the less costly and destructive it can be. We have sophisticated tools that can help to protect newly saturated flooring materials like wood and vinyl.

We understand that your facility is likely well protected with insurance coverage and that threats like water damage should get covered by this plan. Our SERVPRO team has worked with the insurance providers in the area and understand what they need to approve a claim and can work alongside adjusters to provide accurate assessments and inspections to get approval for all of the work that your property needs. 

Insurance companies often need an experienced guiding hand in a crisis to place value and importance on specific tasks and practices. Wood planking with a finish and paint on it can have a degree of water resistance, often leaving our professionals to only have to utilize our drying mats over a short period to ensure that the right degree of moisture removal occurs to return the flooring material to its original look and feel before the next home game.

While water loss incidents do not always threaten area sports venues, knowing how to address these concerns as they happen is critical. We have a full team of qualified SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee water restoration specialists. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (850) 765-5706.

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Our Skilled Technicians Have The Experience To Restore Your Tallahassee Home After A Flood

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

We have the state of the art equipment to restore your home after a flood 24/7 so call us right away.

Managing Flood Loss in Your Tallahassee Home Until Help Arrives

While flood disasters can be overwhelming and stressful for Tallahassee homeowners, especially coming on the heels of severe weather events that destroyed portions of the property, securing professional assistance quickly is a wise choice. With one of the most regarded storm relief teams in the state of Florida, we can mobilize quickly when homes and businesses are at risk. We have ready trailers stocked with industry-leading equipment to aid in extraction, drying, cleaning, and reducing mold growth potential.

Even with our fast response to these emergencies, even amid the storm, there are ways that a homeowner can help manage flood damage in their Tallahassee residence as well. It is important to note that while there are helpful objectives that property owners can manage until our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, it is only beneficial to do these tasks if it poses no risk or danger to you or your family. Understand your limitations, vulnerabilities in exposed areas of your home, and the progress of the rising water before you commit to any of these actions.

  • Gather Sentimental Items – One of the most critical tasks that any homeowner can embark on is gathering the sentimental and irreplaceable items from their residence before you vacate the premises. While our SERVPRO professionals have a skilled approach with content management, it is often impossible for us to manage the recovery of flood damaged photographs and other keepsakes.
  • Shut Off Other Utilities – Other utilities, especially your electric service, can become damaged with high flooding. The best solution to prevent a fatal situation where water can become electrically charged is to shut off the power to your residence if you know that substantial flooding is inevitable.
  • Take Photos of the Current Damage – Your insurance company is going to want documentation and proof of the damage that your home has sustained. Even additional aid groups often require documentation and cataloging of how your property was affected by the severe weather incident, so having photographic evidence can help.

 Often flooding is challenging to avoid, even with barriers and damming that many homeowners attempt. Knowing how to overcome these damaging effects as they occur begins with securing the experience and skill of our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team. Our fast response team stays prepared to help with all storm loss incidents 24/7 at (850) 765-5706.

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Tallahassee Home

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment, expertise and experience to restore your home after a fire. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Odor Removal Tools for Fire-Damaged Tallahassee Homes

Fires that affect Tallahassee homes often come with multiple layers of damaging effects for homeowners to overcome. As overwhelming as these circumstances can be, there are ways that you can work to resolve some of the pressing and challenging lingering symptoms on your own with the right equipment and products. Knowing what you need for aspects like deodorization can help the process to complete more efficiently and to be more successful in the end. By looking at the tools that our SERVPRO team uses for this niche of fire recovery, you can too acquire some of this odor removal equipment for your property. 

Fire damage in Tallahassee might feel overwhelming at first, especially with various obstacles all present at the same time. Our SERVPRO team has certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT), many with additional endorsements as Odor Control Technicians (OCT), so we have experience and industry-leading equipment to make a difference quickly should you decide it is too much to handle on your own. Part of our success in fire recovery over the years stems from our ability to manage symptoms like lingering smoke odors amid these other effects. 

Regardless of the severity of fire damage incidents, odor control is a considerable phase in recovery and restoration. Our SERVPRO team has an entire inventory of practical deodorization tools and products that lead the industry, and when combined with our extensive experience in fire recovery, improve the speed and success of these odor removal endeavors. Some of these devices we use regularly are:  

-  Hydroxyl Machines – These units can help to reduce or eliminate harsh odors in a compromised environment. Units also work to filter out particulates, debris, dust, and soot circulating in the damaged areas of the property. 

-  Thermal Foggers – While our SERVPRO professionals lean more towards UV foggers for the elimination of lingering smoke odors, thermal fogging is still a powerful tool in our arsenal. These machines are highly portable, helping to address odors throughout the entire property quickly and efficiently. 

If you need our experienced SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee fire restoration specialists or a second opinion on the work you have done for your home, give us a call today at (850) 765-5706.

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