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SERVPRO Crew Shares Expertise on DIY and Professional Services

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Tallahassee residents call in for help with furniture removal. Leon County homes seek assistance with water damage and item removal.

When it comes to  experts, we are it! Still, there are times where you may be able to remedy restoration issues, and you deserve to know how to do just that when you can.

Storm damages, sewer line bursts, pipes leakage and other water damaging scenarios can cause really serious, long-term consequences. This damage can be toxic and cause mold growth. To avoid this, and other long-lasting complications, you can try the steps below on your own.

Timing is a huge factor in the success of DIY tactics. The sooner you can act, the better. This helps prevent a worsening issue and even more health effects to you, your family and co-workers. From the moment you notice signs, get moving ASAP for best results.

The first thing you should do is disconnect the outlets in the area. Water and electricity can be a fatal combination, so make sure to disconnect all outlets the moment you discover water damage in your home. Even if it is not apparent that high impact damages are in store, the first step MUST always be this one. If this step is not prioritized, and you go into the home without disconnecting the outlets, electrical shock explosions can take place.

The next thing to do is to check for mold in the area. As most know, mold thrives in moist spaces, so taking the time to inspect the entire home or building immediately is key. Here are a few common signs to look for:

  • The prevalence of a musty, earthy smell
  • Darkening of the grout in your shower tiles
  • Wallpaper peeling
  • Dark or colored spots on your walls

Most obviously, it’s important to dry the water out! Also was dry asap to prevent the damage from worsening. Leaving still water in any spaces, for any period of time, is a haven for germs and bacteria- weakening the structure of your home. A few ways that you can do this are using fans, dehumidifiers to dry out walls and carpets as well. 

Another thing you can do on your own is remove any damaged items. All too often, water damage will wreak havoc on the items inside the home as well. It’s important to inspect furniture, carpet, flooring, drywall and other items that are of no use and are holding moisture ongoing.

The last DIY tactic we recommend is to disinfectEven if it seems a small area has the damage, you can’t be certain that bacteria has not reached other areas. We use the “better safe than sorry” method here and always suggest sanitizing the property with bleach as quickly as possible. 

If you attempt some or all of the above, and you are still not reaching a remedy stage, calling our crew in is a sure bet to getting a solution in place and restoring the routines you need to carry on life as usual. We pride ourselves on being both educational with tips and hands on when the help is needed. That is how we SERV!

Storms Roll in for Florida Residents- What to Expect and Who to Call.

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

House protected while professionals come in after storm damage. Tallahassee residents county of the pros to SERV after storms roll in.

Tis the season for STORMS! 

If you have experienced a Florida storm season, you know turbulent weather can cause serious damage to vegetation, homes and buildings alike. Wind damage is a leading cause and can loose shingles and tiles on the roof structures. When this happens, rain and snow can seep into the protective surfaces of the roof and cause wood swells and lead to mold in the future. The most common elements- wind, hail, rain, lightning can cause catastrophic damages and greatly impact your life. For that very reason, restoration companies, like ours, exist. Here are some of the activities you can expect from the SERVPRO storm restoration service professionals.

For both businesses and residential needs, our team will come to the affected property with the best of the best, trained experts to do a detailed examination of the inside and outside of the building. This discovery process can help determine the level of damage. Most often, we will discuss the service needs with the client and the insurance adjuster.

Once the conversation has reached the agreement phase, the work can begin. With various levels of damages, the plan with map out time needed very clearly to meet all expectations of the customer and insurance company. Often, flooding requires specialized pumps and vacuums to remove the water and moisture.

In addition to those, generators are typically brought in to provide power to the air movers and other machinery so as to avoid mold and future damages. Cleaning supplies patented to SERVPRO are used as well for best results. Any carpet or tangible items that can be salvaged are presented to the client to keep.

If contacted in time, our team will be able to rescue your building from greater structural issues, by inspecting the roof and replacing the dilapidated areas. After sealing and renovating the roof, they will then address the ceiling and restore to its former condition.

As you can see, when you suffer from natural disasters, the storm damage restoration process is something our experts can handle.

If you've recently suffered from storm damage and are looking for storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact our team today.

SERVPRO is Here To Keep Your Business Safe, Clean and Productive

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Truck and trailer loaded to perform commercial services in Tallahassee Commercial services on the calendar as crew loads truck and trailer for the day.

SERVPRO is Here To Keep Your Business Safe, Clean and Productive.

During this new era, caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus and a general awareness for threatening health effects, it’s important that we offer reminders to our current and future customers- doing our part to remind them of our cleaning services and sanitation offerings. We are proud to operate under a franchise that demands the best employees in order to deliver the best results to the community.

How do we do it? Below you will find a short, yet informative, declaration for how we uphold the highest standards nationwide. 

First, we require specialized training for all of our restoration employees.

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

Kitchen/Food Areas 

Bathrooms 

Schools/Classrooms 

Offices 

Retail Spaces 

Water Fountains 

Shelving/Racks 

Sales Counters 

Carpets and Rugs 

Stair Handrails 

Elevator Cars 

Playground Equipment 

Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. That is our proactive commitment now and ongoing. 

When it comes to consistent, professional services our team delivers.

The Unique Challenges of Commercial Fire Damage in a Tallahassee Warehouse

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Warehouse Inspected Team Called Out to Inspect Leon County Fire Damage

Not All Fire Damage is Created Equal- The Unique Challenges of Commercial Fire Damage in a Tallahassee Warehouse 

Fires in commercial spaces such as a warehouse present many challenges to emergency and restoration crews. For instance, firefighters have to make forays deep into a building to access the seat of the fire. Restoration crews, on the other hand, have to remove significant amounts of debris and face additional challenges to restore normal operations at your Tallahassee warehouse. 

Why the Cause Matters

The challenges faced when restoring commercial fire damage in a Tallahassee warehouse can trace back to the cause. Most cases of warehouse fires happen because of problems in the electrical distribution lines, heating systems, and in some cases, arson. Small fires in a warehouse quickly become uncontrollable blazes because of exposure of combustible materials. Such materials could include waste paper, wood, or even the products stored in the facility if they are highly combustible. 

Vast Spaces Covered with Residues

After extinguishing the flames, other problems become apparent. Soot covered walls and roofing in the facility is one such problem. The massive size of these surfaces makes the task of cleaning them tough. Without the right resources, it can take a long time to restore normal conditions. Our SERVPRO technicians help tackle this problem in different ways. Our crews have self-propelled cherry pickers which ease access and movement when cleaning elevated surfaces. We also have pressure washers, which help remove residues from surfaces faster. 

Safe Hazards during Restoration

The different materials burnt during the incident can leave noxious fumes and aerosols at the loss site. Contact through the skin or inhalation can cause different health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians counter such hazards with the use of PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including full-body suits, respirators, and heavy-duty gloves during the restoration process. We can, therefore, work faster without exposing ourselves to risks.

After a fire affects your Centerville, Florida State University or Midtown Tallahassee warehouse, faster restoration should help your business resume normal operations more quickly.

Technicians Prevent Fires and Fire Damage By Taking Some Precautions

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Tallahassee home endures preventable fire damage Leon County crew called out to service a structure where prevention should have taken place.

Some restoration services can be remedied and managed without seeking professional services. In fact, our blogs are dedicated to offering preventative and DIY methods as often as possible. Still, there are many disasters where the pros are mandatory. Hurricanes, structure fires, and mass flooding are just a few. 

Although hurricanes leave our area saturated with water, fires can start anywhere in Tallahassee. Gas pipes and power lines do not fare well during a hurricane and fires can spread to nearby structures with ease. Firefighters and their trucks can find themselves delayed by flooding on streets and washed out bridges. 

Unattended homes, garages, sheds, and pool houses can sustain extensive fire damage in Tallahassee even when saturated. However, SERVPRO technicians can restore homes and other structures after a fire and smoke ruins them. When gas is involved in a fire's ignition, saturation with water provides little protection for the structures located in the area. Restoration begins with removal of all the damage. Working with property owners, we continue the restoration work, matching trim, paint, and other ornamental details as closely as feasible to the original materials. 

When fires claim garages and sheds, the risk of explosions increase because of the increased likelihood these buildings hold stored containers of gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, or other accelerants. We can clean the area around these buildings after such events, and prepare the area so reconstructive work can proceed safely. Broken shards of glass, bent metal pieces, and wooden beams complete with protruding nails all pose severe safety hazards to anyone present. 

 Rebuilding sometimes requires demolition to pave the way for new structures, and we can assist with this step of the process. Rest assured, we always salvage everything of value to avoid any wastefulness, protecting our customers' interests as much as possible. We have a network of over 1700 other franchises which we rely on whenever a job requires extra-specialized attention. There is no job too complicated or complex for SERVPRO, especially when we work as a team, either locally or with other franchises. Being your neighbors, we know how Florida weather can affect families in the area and always treat our customers in the manner in which we would want our own family members treated. 

When you have a restoration need, we offer our service “why.”

Technicians Prevent Fires and Fire Damage By Taking Some Precautions

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Tallahassee home endures preventable fire damage Leon County crew called out to service a structure where prevention should have taken place.

Some restoration services can be remedied and managed without seeking professional services. In fact, our blogs are dedicated to offering preventative and DIY methods as often as possible. Still, there are many disasters where the pros are mandatory. Hurricanes, structure fires, and mass flooding are just a few. 

Although hurricanes leave our area saturated with water, fires can start anywhere in Tallahassee. Gas pipes and power lines do not fare well during a hurricane and fires can spread to nearby structures with ease. Firefighters and their trucks can find themselves delayed by flooding on streets and washed out bridges. 

Unattended homes, garages, sheds, and pool houses can sustain extensive fire damage in Tallahassee even when saturated. However, SERVPRO technicians can restore homes and other structures after a fire and smoke ruins them. When gas is involved in a fire's ignition, saturation with water provides little protection for the structures located in the area. Restoration begins with removal of all the damage. Working with property owners, we continue the restoration work, matching trim, paint, and other ornamental details as closely as feasible to the original materials. 

When fires claim garages and sheds, the risk of explosions increase because of the increased likelihood these buildings hold stored containers of gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, or other accelerants. We can clean the area around these buildings after such events, and prepare the area so reconstructive work can proceed safely. Broken shards of glass, bent metal pieces, and wooden beams complete with protruding nails all pose severe safety hazards to anyone present. 

 Rebuilding sometimes requires demolition to pave the way for new structures, and we can assist with this step of the process. Rest assured, we always salvage everything of value to avoid any wastefulness, protecting our customers' interests as much as possible. We have a network of over 1700 other franchises which we rely on whenever a job requires extra-specialized attention. There is no job too complicated or complex for SERVPRO, especially when we work as a team, either locally or with other franchises. Being your neighbors, we know how Florida weather can affect families in the area and always treat our customers in the manner in which we would want our own family members treated. 

When you have a restoration need, we offer our service “why.”

The SERVPRO Movement Proves to Make a Mark in Communities Nationwide

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Team gathers to celebrate company goals Tallahassee team gathers to celebrate SERVPRO awards and recognition nationwide.

Making History with Exceptional Services and Expertise- The SERVPRO Movement Proves to Make a Mark.

Without intention to brag and boast, it’s due process to share the continued success of the franchise we so proudly serve. Our organization has been recognized year after year as one of the best by Entrepreneur Magazine as 2022 Franchise 500. Still, it’s not just that our practices and innovative restoration techniques are superior to most, the award is determined by a combination of factors like growth, stability, brand power, and strength. SERVPRO was named the number-eight overall franchise system, and number one in the cleaning and restoration industry for the 19th consecutive year.

Our team follows the foundation in which the company adheres to. We are focused on outstanding customer service above all, and we’re invested in the training of every employee we bring on our team and into our customers' lives. With an upward of 1900 sister franchise locations all over the U.S this recognition is just another reason why we are the community favorite here in Tallahassee too.

No great deed is accomplished alone. We believe in the power of partnerships and a teamwork approach that can carry us to continual growth. The past few years have brought us even closer together as a company- forcing us to band together during service in COVID and the aftermath as well. Still, we wouldn’t be encouraged to serve with such vigor without the amazing communities that count on us to do it!

As long as we keep a ‘never say no’ mentality we will continue to be chosen to work together with other owners to make sure we are able to satisfy all of our customers’ and clients’ cleanup, remediation and restoration needs. We have maintained our position for nearly 20 years as the best franchise in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500, and we don’t plan on changing the achievements streak any time soon either! 

When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage in Florida- Top Causes and Solutions From the Pros

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Water Meter Reading in Florida Business Restoration Tech at SERVPRO Performs Water Reading in Leon County.

Flooding in Florida can be caused by a number of natural and error-imposed scenarios. From rain on roofs and sidewalks to water spills and leaking into basements and crawl spaces, it’s important to identify with the possibility of warmer damage in your home and business structures.  Even further, water can make it’s way slowly into cracks in foundation, weals utility lines, leaky windows and doors. Taking pre-emotive steps can help you avoid long lasting damage and unforeseen expenses.

Below, we compiled additional information some of the most common causes of water damage: 

Starting off, we have sewer flooding. Water flooding in your basement, or any area of your home, can be absolutely catastrophic to your structure and your bank account. Water can push its way into these areas by way of faulty drainage or clogged sewer lines. Damage in the piping and home appliances, like broken pipes and in wood rot, can be found more often in older homes that have compromised septic systems. Scheduling maintenance on these systems is a useful preventative damage control.

Next, rain water damage that causes flooding in homes built in areas with heavy rainfall is important to identify with. Florida certainly qualifies as a heavy rainfall state These heavy rainfalls can inflict damage as it seeps into the foundations and the walls of structures at risk. This can lead into other issues like mold, mildew and decay of the structure as a whole. In addition to that, clogged and overflowing gutters and broken downspouts. To help avoid these types of flooding, you can make sure to clean gutters and get them checked by professionals annually at a minimum.

The last on the list for discussion is water intrusion. This type of flooding can be caused by a leaky sump pump or drain pipe that is clogged with debris and miscellaneous matter. In this instance, water comes in through a small gap between the base and the wall on a building or structure. Poor drainage leads to all sorts of challenges that are both costly and dangerous.

In all of the above, it’s clear that flooding is devastating for any building or home. When brought in by means of cracks in walls or the foundation, it’s usually the case that a lot of repair is needed. Whether you reach out for preventative measures or restoration, our team of professionals have both the experience and expertise you need to navigate any challenge you encounter.

Fire Damage Steps You Can Take Before Calling the Pros

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Tallahassee Home Needs Restoration Services. Leon County Structure Receives Restoration From Local SERVPRO

Having a fire in a structure you occupy both impacts you immediately and in the long term as well. The first concern is understandably the confirmation that everyone nearby is safe and out of danger. The next concern that follows is property damage from the fire and smoke. One of the biggest challenges in moving forward is the lingering smell of smoke that serves as a constant reminder of the tragedy. Whether it is bothersome or causes physical uncomfortability, the smell of smoke can’t be ignored.

Full removal of the move smell is not as easy as a deep clean. The smoke is usually ingrained in the walls and furniture fabric as well. It’s not a one stop solution article that we have created here. What we will offer below are a few effective ways to get rid of the smoke smell in the home or business. Despite the feeling of despair, it’s important to remember that you are not alone, and we are one call away with experts that can assist the recovery.

The speed in which to begin to remove the smell is crucial. The faster the better is a great rule of thumb here. Large and lengthy fires leave black soot which has a strong odor and sets on surfaces. Softer surfaces, like carpet, curtains, cushions and other items that absorb the molecules.

The first thing you can do is air it out. Keeping the doors and windows open for at least a full day can help with the ventilation and have a great impact on the smell. Fans and other air-moving tools should be run at full-blast on the highest speed to get a leg up in the cleaning that will follow.

The next step that can follow the airing out step above, is to move into creating positive pressure. This is when the air pressure outside of the structure is greater than the pressure on the inside. What this does is allow the air on the inside shift to move outside. The way to do this is like so:

  • Leave your front door open- running a fan placed outside and blowing inward.
  • Close all other entryways and windows in order to save one that will act as a ventilator.
  • Turn the fan on full-blast for 15 minutes and then close the open door and window.
  • Repeat this routine with all structural openings- allocating 15 min to each. 

Another popular method is using baking soda. It is preferred by many that lean towards a natural method and it is gentle on the surfaces being treated. We suggest beginning with carpets by sprinkling baking soda on all of the dry carpets and using a broom to help it saturate at the deepest level possible. The baking soda, if effective, can neutralize the smell. You can repeat this process as many times as you deem necessary. All fabric-covered furniture can be treated in the same way as well. Leave it out overnight, and simply vacuum the remaining with a vacuum the next day.

There are plenty of other DIY-like methods you can find from numerous sources. We encourage all attempts to reduce the smell at a fast and low-cost rate. Still, it is usually the case that you can’t completely eradicate the smell without calling professionals. Experienced technicians at SERVPRO have access to industrial equipment that can go deeper than most methods. Unlike many services, our team is focused on offering cost- competitive, and experience elevated service to all of our customers and to leave your structure “Like it never even happened.”

When Kitchen Appliances Fail You, Call the Professional for Help Fast

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Faulty Dishwasher Flood Tallahassee Kitchen SERVPRO Experts Come to the Rescue of Kitchen Flood in Leon County.

A Broken Dishwasher Supply Line Can Leave Your Tallahassee Home In Need Of Water Cleanup Services

Supply lines are essential to get water from your plumbing into your dishwasher, but they can leave you in need of water cleanup services when they break. As they break, gallons of water can leak out and spill onto your kitchen floor, pooling and causing a rather large puddle in the middle of your hardwood floors. In order to prevent further damage, it is essential for you to get in contact with a professional remediation and cleanup company so they can address the water spilled out onto the floor.

Leaving water damage in your Tallahassee kitchen untouched by professionals for an extended period can destroy your property. The liquid can seep into your floor and cause stress to the hardwood, making it bubble, swell, and even split. Furthermore, the water can begin to absorb into the base of your cabinets that run along the floor of your kitchen. As they are also made of wood, they can begin to become misshapen and even mold if left too long.

The faster that you get professionals inside of your kitchen to clean up the mess your dishwasher caused, and to dry any overly moist areas, the better it can be for the longevity of your home. When you contact SERVPRO, we always rush to arrive at your home swiftly with a team of expertly trained IICRC-certified technicians. We know that the sooner we arrive, the better it is for you.

SERVPRO can use advanced equipment to clean up the water on your hardwood flooring, such as powerful industrial-quality wet/dry vacuums. Once the water has been removed, our experts can check the moisture levels and then begin to set up other pieces of equipment up which are designed to draw moisture out of the structure of your home.

SERVPRO technicians can set up air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers to help reduce the moisture levels inside of your home to an acceptable level. Furthermore, we are known for our use of drying mats and our injectidry systems, which also help reduce moisture levels inside your home. Once the levels are brought down, we can clean up and then your home feeling as it did before the accident in your kitchen happened.

If an appliance should leave you in need of water cleanup services, never wait to call them for help.