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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.

Content Restoration is the Final Step to Getting Back to Pre-Fire Living.

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Contents Restoration Specialty Serves Offered in Tallahassee. Leon County Residents Benefit From Contents Restoration Cleaning.

Structural Content Restoration Services Offered by Our Team of Experts.

A minor or medium scale fire usually causes damage to structural components that requires professional remediation. Unlike contents, structural components are fixed in place which can make them awkward to clean correctly. Gaps that can be penetrated by smoke but are tough to access also could create an odor issue in your home.

We provide expert restoration of cabinets, attics, lighting fixtures, insulation, windows & glass as well as drapery rods and fixtures that have suffered from fire damage in Tallahassee. Each of these structural components presents a unique challenge for restorers, and here at SERVPRO we continually develop approaches to ensure an efficient service from start to finish.

The kind of approaches we develop incorporate the latest technology as well as care and attention to detail. Chandeliers, for example, frequently require detailed cleaning due to decorative trim or color. Our technicians can use steam cleaning to restore onsite, or pack the chandelier down and send it for ultrasonic immersion cleaning. Once the restoration is complete, we can re-assemble it in its preloss condition.

Cabinets present a different challenge due to their fixed nature. It is also not uncommon for cabinet interiors to be unfinished woods which means standard wet cleaning methods could cause further damage. For the inside of your fittings, we can apply dry cleaning to remove soots and place odor neutralizing pellets inside the cabinet. We can also drill small holes to create airflow in case any residual moisture from the firefighting procedure is left behind.

Fabrics including curtains, furniture covers or clothes can often assimilate soots and become difficult to clean with household appliances. SERVPRO has Esporta washing machines capable of removing up to 99% of soiling from fabrics. We make an inventory of any items requiring a pack-out and can restore them to your property once cleaning is complete.

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Water Threatens Warehouse Based Businesses- Who to Call, and What to do

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Warehouse Water Damage Serviced by SERVPRO Professionals Warehouse in Leon County Suffers Water Damage and Damage to Products Sold.
 

Water damage experts at SERVPRO offer tips of how to protect your products.


If your Tallahassee shipping and receiving warehouse ever suffers a plumbing system failure, your products could be at risk. During every commercial water damage project, our SERVPRO team inspects all of the items stored in the affected areas to see if they got wet. If moisture directly contacts certain pieces, they can get ruined and cause a loss. Once water enters a structure, vapor in the air can also cause problems with your building materials and contents. When mitigating commercial water damage, we test moisture levels inside your building materials and take humidity readings.

Once our SERVPRO technicians determine which materials got wet, we set up drying equipment to lower levels back to what they were before your warehouse's plumbing system failed. We know that part of restoring any commercial water damage problem in Tallahasseeis to control the environment so that rapid drying takes place. We use air movers to push around wet air so that moisture can keep evaporating from wet materials. We then set up dehumidifiers to pull vapor out of the air and reduce the relative humidity inside the affected areas.

If we know that many of the products stored in your warehouse were damaged by the water, then we can add equipment to help dry them out as well. Porous storage materials like boxes can hold moisture and possibly ruin your products. Extra dehumidifiers can sometimes help pull moisture out of the boxes so that your stored items do not receive damage.

In some more severe cases, our SERVPRO crew removes your affected contents and dries them in a separate unaffected area. Drying out items in a different part of your warehouse or a different location altogether can help speed up the process. If we do have to pack out any of your items, we keep an inventory of them and make sure they get returned to the correct location once they are dry. If you ever have a pipe break in your shipping and receiving warehouse, call our experts to get the job done!

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Not All Water is Categorized as Equal: Types of Storm Water and the Dangers of Each

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Many Floridians can say they have heard the “cat terms” discussed around them, and most can also say they don’t know what that really means! One thing is certain: These terms aren't going anywhere, so it is best to get educated on them.

One of the first cautions, that is helpful for parents, is that storm water has a high likelihood of being contaminated with raw sewage, dangerous chemicals, or harmful bacteria and viruses capable of transmitting dangerous diseases to your family.

Now that we cleared that up (pun intended,) we will decode storm water characteristics that determine which type of restoration service is needed. All of the services we office are in an attempt to reduce property destruction based on the damage incurred. The 3 levels of water will be covered in more detail below:

Category 1: Clean water

This is made up of water damage from sanitary disasters. Overflowing sinks and bursting pipes and failed supply lines to appliances are the most common in this category..

Category 2: Grey waterThis category has consequences that are painful if ingested. It is generated from washing machines, dishwashers, and urine-tainted toilets. 

Category 3: Black waterThis is deemed the worst of all classifications. Severe illness is probable if ingested. It consists of sewer backups, flooded rivers and any other disasters that cause stagnant liquid to harbor bacterial growth. 

Experts like our technicians can save your structure and their belongings in it when they are called in for service. 

The services can be categorized as below:

Aggressive cleaning includes wall cavities and other surfaces. They are identified and pressure washed with SERVPRO products that are of the highest,most effective quality. Materials that can be restored are flushed and disinfected. 

Moisture detection is one that identifies water damage that can’t be seen with a naked eye. This happens when water is trapped in wall cavities, so SERVPRO’s cutting edge equipment can be used to detect and eliminate odors and further structural damage. 

Rapid structural drying is used when mold begins to spread on moisture-ridden surfaces within only 24 to 48 hours. Oftentimes it is used to seep all the way down to the building’s substructure and it’s necessary to restore pre-flood conditions.

It’s important that you contact a specialist immediately without diagnosing the damage on your own. Our experience can see hope in many elements that seem ruined beyond repair.

Restoration Can’t Wait: What to do After Your Business Suffers a Disaster

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing in Leon County Offices Mold detected in Tallahassee office complex.

Team SERVPRO Will Be on Your Business Site Within Hours of Your Call

If you happen to smell a musty, dank odor anywhere in your hotel, never put off dealing with it. Mold damage can occur anywhere, leave stains behind, and cause excessive damage. However, mold can also flourish on the inside of your walls, under the carpet, or in dark hidden places where the right conditions exist.
 
When it comes to dealing with commercial mold damage on your Tallahassee area property, never take chances, locate professional remediation services as soon as possible. Remember, mold spores are everywhere, without the proper equipment and experience you may have to deal with this issue for quite some time.   
 
SERVPRO technicians have access to infrared moisture detectors that assist with locating mold growth anywhere in your hotel. Even without visible signs, our technicians can locate and repair problems fast, protecting both your employees and guests from harmful contaminants that put their health at risk.  
 
SERVPRO’s mold remediation services go beyond normal cleaning, providing you with the quality solutions you deserve. Our cleaning technicians use advanced cleaning and sanitation methods, as well as industrial-grade equipment to remove conditions that promote mold growth in your hotel in a quick and efficient manner.
 
SERVPRO maintains a safe, healthy, work environment, using containment methods that prevent the spread of mold to other clean areas while controlling growth that can pose a serious threat to your business in just a matter of days. We can help you keep your doors open and assist you with learning how to prevent future growth.
 
Any area of your hotel that contains common building components such as wood, paper, drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, along with fabric, upholstery, and carpeting, provide mold with a perfect food source. Add excessive moisture from condensation, humidity, or water leaks of any kind, and you have mold growth and damage that requires professional attention to resolve correctly.
 
Get ahead of mold damage now, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County, today. Our certified, licensed, experienced technicians are ready to assist 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, without hesitation. (850) 765-5706

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Different Types Of Dehumidifiers Used In Commercial Water Removal

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers for commercial drying Various dehumidifiers are used by professionals in commercial water removal jobs.
Different Types Of Dehumidifiers Used In Commercial Water Removal

Most business proprietors are not aware of the main differences between the two most common dehumidifiers. At least, not until disaster strikes and they have to learn the basics of water damage restoration fast. If your property has recently been flooded, due to problems with a leak or faulty appliance, it is worth knowing a little about these tools.

At SERVPRO, we’re committed to making commercial water damage removal in Concord businesses as stress-free as possible. We want to take the burden off you so that you can focus on tending to employees and talking to insurers. However, we will talk to you about the restoration process and guide you through what will happen. The biggest part of this is the drying process. It is achieved with the use of either refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers. This guide to the key features of both devices will help you understand why they are so effective.

Removing Moisture From The Air
A refrigerant dehumidifier extracts moisture from the atmosphere by passing air through an arrangement of cooling coils. This causes water vapor to condense out of the atmosphere. Desiccant machines work a little bit differently. They actively draw the water from the air and capture it in special silica gel or a similar substance.

Disposable Of Waste Water
Refrigerant devices are quite straightforward, and they simply collect the water in a tray. This can then be manually removed or pumped out to a receptacle. Desiccant dehumidifiers are often a little larger and more sophisticated. They have to separate the water from the silica before it can be disposed of, so they introduce a heat source. This evaporates the moisture, and it is driven outside of the building as vapor.

Ideal Conditions For Use
While refrigerant dehumidifiers are better suited to temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, desiccant machines operate more smoothly below this temperature. It is also worth pointing out that refrigerant tools are more energy efficient. So, if there is a limited amount of power in the building (usually as a result of flooding), this is the superior option.

Compatibility And Effectiveness
Refrigerant air dryers are most effective when used to restore materials that are moderate to intensely porous. This makes them an excellent choice for carpets and drywall. They can suck the water right out of soggy, damp furnishings. The opposite is true for desiccant dehumidifiers, which are most powerful when used to dry out hardwood, concrete, and other non-porous substances.

City of Tallahassee Braces for Potential Flooding in Leon County

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

As of Wednesday morning, forecasters are warning the Tallahassee community of flooding potential as families gear up for Spring Break. The rainy day forecasts warrants suggested caution in areas that are prone to flooding.Tornado Watches have also been issued to our West and Northwest Florida- in addition to areas in South Alabama. Residents are staying positive and are soaking up the few breaks of sun that offer reprieve from the steady showers and thunderstorms.

It is probable that a cold front will ensue and hit homeowners with potentially problematic gusts of wind. The rain may reach above the one inch mark and temperatures are set to stay in the 70’s.

While the first weekend of Spring Break may be spent indoors, as strong and severe thunderstorms will continue to hammer in with heavy rain. Consequently Flash flooding is likely resulting from rainfall totals end up between 3-5" over the next few days with some locally higher amounts where flash flooding is a possibility.

Conditions should settle by Saturday afternoon, but the old weather may be here for the duration of Spring Break vacations. 

No matter where you celebrate it, our team wants the community to focus on school break fun, and let us SERV them with a stress free week.

Should you experience flooding, wind damage or any other challenge, you can call our crew to come and SERV you!

What to do When a Storm Damage Happens to Your Tallahassee Home.

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damage to Tallahassee Florida Home Extensive Damage Documented in Tallahassee Florida Structure

When it comes to preparing for a storm, many Tallahassee residents think they have enough knowledge on what to do. Others assume it will never happen to them. If you are a Floridian, however, you can’t afford to be in a position of loss due to lack of consideration of storm damage. Damage can be big or small, but all damage poses real inconvenience.  Remember, knowledge is power, so it’s worth a few minute read to ensure storm preparedness.

The first thing to identify with is the safety of all who occupy the space affected. The storm will likely have brought a high level of fear in, and you may be inclined to rush into space in an attempt to salvage items. There are safety hazards that can be detrimental, so you will need to look for broken glass, chipped wood, or other debris before doing that. The entire property should be thoroughly checked, and cleared, before your guard is dropped. 

The next storm damage steps to take are checking to make sure any structural damage has been identified and documented. Checking to ensure all building properties and roofs are stable is key. Check for holes, leaks, dents or broken shingles on the roof. Walls, doors and windows are all included in the structural assessment as well. Removing debris should be done along the way as well to assist in further safety. 

Taking photos should be done next. Everything that is reported as hazardous should be documented with pictures to support if you plan to get compensation or restoration in place quickly. Try not to assume you will remember details or recount exact locations of damage. Simply, take the time to document each line item. This will be extremely helpful when working with an insurance adjuster.

That brings us to the next step where you call your insurance provider. Hopefully you have flood insurance or a homeowners policy for the property. If you do, the storm damage repairs are more likely to be covered. It’s suggested that you notify your provider within 60 days of the incident to make the claim. Many homeowners policies cover tornado damage and roof and water damage. Most go further to take care of hotel expenses, and even food spoilage. If you do not have any policies in place, you may qualify for federal support through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

You may want to get things back to “normal” quickly, which is completely understandable. Still, it’s encouraged that you start with the essential repairs needed to get the structure in functioning condition fast. Keep all receipts on initial and temporary repairs. Once the insurance inspection takes place, you will be ready to embark on your search for a storm damage repair company like ours.

Tallahassee adjusters are there to help, but it’s your responsibility to have a general understanding of the process, so that you don’t feel swayed or manipulated along the way. The adjuster is just that- not an employee of the insurance company. They may, in fact be, but it’s not always the case. Sometimes independent adjusters are contracted as third parties. These agents still perform services. Public adjusters, however, are not affiliated with the insurance company, so their services come with a fee and they are not at liberty to provide legal advice or help with reconstruction. 

It is your job to be used into the timeline of storm damage recovery laid out by the insurance company you are contracted with. We know you want to begin repairs immediately, but it is crucial to understand the timeline and the importance of it being carried out in the way identified by professionals. Your insurance company has 14 days to respond to a claim, and they may need more info or the proof-of-loss form as well. Once they have all this info they can either accept or reject the claim. The next phase of the process can then take up to 30 days. Once accepted, the company will be afforded 90 days to send the check. There are many local insurance companies that we highly recommend 

Once the logistical items above are complete, it’s time to call in the storm professionals. The more time that goes by, the more susceptible you are to having further challenges. Secondary damage can set in as the structure remains unrepaired. Mold can begin to grow on unfixed roof leaks, and dangerous molds are detrimental to your health. The unforeseen can be avoided by relying on professionals like our team, and should always be brought in for optimal, timely recovery. 

Simple Fire Prevention Steps That Save Lives in the Leon County Community.

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Kitchen in Leon County Tallahassee kitchen fire damage before restoration takes place.

Have you ever thought about fire safety in your home? Do you know about the handful of daily tasks that can put you at risk of a house fire? Do you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States?

Of course, home fires have a high likelihood of starting in the kitchen- more so than any other room in the house. The American Red Cross has reported a 10% rise in home fires in the past 20 years, and we expect to see a continuous increase moving forward. In fact, numbers show that every two and a half hours, someone is killed in a home fire, and over 20,000 people are injured in home fires annually. 

How does a family meal turn into a cooking fire? Much easier than you would think! Unattended cooking is the most common cause, and leaving cloth items near a burning or hot eye once the meal is completed. It an be prevented with simple steps. It is the most effective protocol to make sure there is a tested, functioning fire alarm in the kitchen area, and even better to have a fire extinguisher near as well. It is said that having the smoke alarm in the home reduces the likelihood of death by fire by half. 

Even so, the following steps can prevent needing to rely on the smoke alarm at all, and should be practiced in every home:

The first, and easiest practice to execute, is to never leave cooking food unattended.

It is imperative that someone stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. It’s understandable that you may need to multitask during meal times in today’s day and age, so if you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove make sure to ask someone to watch it or go ahead and turn off the stove. If you are cooking, check the food frequently and set a timer so that you stay within the cooking time frame needed and don’t fall into burning the dish, Try to wear cooking friendly clothes- meaning items that hug the body. It is proven that wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Of course, you should always aim to keep children away from the cooking areas. Creating a “kid-free zone” in the kitchen area is a great way to do this. A three foot radius is best no matter how old the child is- ensuring a safe distance from heat to hands is always set in place. Be intentional in keeping items that can catch on fire, such as pot holders, mitts, paper bags, plastic packages, towels and curtains, away from the stove or any other appliances that can generate heat. Be sure to clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup as well. Regular deep cleans and kitchen checks are the best way to ensure safety over time. 

The most important item to have in place, at the end of the day and all of the item checks, is the smoke alarm. Put simply, smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Keep up with disaster tips from our crew at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee.

Prevention and Protocol- What to do Before and After a Storm

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Damage on Home Tallahassee home takes on unexpected storm damage.

Far too many relate to the following scenario:

A storm is on the radar, and you think you have done all you can to prepare for minimal damage, but you still find yourself with unforeseen damages in the wake of it. When this happens, you can feel like your entire world has been turned upside down! It's overwhelming, and it's challenging to get organized and decide what to do first. So many home and business owners feel confident in the prevention plan, and yet they lack the protocol needed to handle the aftermath of a storm and natural disaster. With a task as big as storm recovery, there may be more steps needed in some cases, so get to planning now! Here are our top 3 steps to take so you can be prepared if a storm damages your home or business:


1- Stay alert and proceed with caution.The national storm damage service site offers deeper insight to identifying storms of any kind and the potential dangers involved, such as injury. The first thing to ensure is that all household, or business employees are safe and out of harm's way. This can be done by checking for hazards like broken glass, exposed nails or screw, etc. Piles of debris or unsteady structures should be identified too. Further, you want to ensure that there are no other risks that can be avoided in the immediate future. Once you’re certain you and your household members are safe and unharmed, take the necessary precautions to avoid injuries. The last items are extremely important and at the top of the danger radar. Staying away from power lines in the area and checking any smells associated with gas is crucial. Shut off all valves to prevent continued danger.

2- Assess and document next.                                                                                                                                                        There are many steps ahead, and professionals who can help you carry them out, but the more info you gather, the better! Once the storm has passed, you will have some time for the insurance company to get involved, so go ahead and take as many pictures as you can. The more you have, the more likely you are to get the best compensation for your loss. Be sure to take pictures of any interior and exterior damage to your home- knowing that it could have structural damage that is not seen. In the notes taken, be sure to cover the following: 

  • Roof damage. Try to identify any holes, leaks, dents, gutter damage, or missing shingles. If extensive, call a local roofer for a second opinion.
  • Exterior siding damage. Rain can cause damage to siding and strong winds can tear it right off, so check this even if the storm seemed moderate.
  • All damage to windows and doors. Outside of the damage from the wind itself, the flying debris can affect even larger objects like windows and doors.
  • Moisture damage. Once water makes its way into your home, mold will begin to develop in insulation, wood, furniture, and carpeting. 
  • Fire damage. Downed power lines or water in the outlets of electrical equipment can create shorts and cause fires. 

3- Stay detailed, organized and keep receipts. Your homeowner's insurance can be a lifesaver in "getting back to normal," but the agents need your help along the way. Documentation is HUGE! save all receipts for materials, labor and even miscellaneous items in the aftermath to ensure fair reimbursement. Knowing your policy is your responsibility too. Make sure you fully understand your coverage- from tree damage to flood damage, because not all standard policies cover such things. If flood damage is not covered in your policy, it is wise to get it on an additional one. Most homeowners insurance policies cover: 

  • Weather damage: This typically includes damage due to hail, wind, fire, snow, and more.
  • Non-weather events: Common non-weather events are actions like theft and vandalism.
  • Sudden/accidental events: This includes situations like a water pipe breaking or a water leak.

If you are living in an area labeled "high storm risk," you will want to be thorough with an agent that has experience in that field. There are many options outside of standard policies, so shop around before making the decision.

There is a lot to do, and "off-season" is a time to not rest on your prevention laurels, so get ahead of the disaster today!

Fire Damage- The First Steps You Can Take.

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Tallahassee Building The restoration process begins in Tallahassee fire damage.

Fires are one of the types of disasters that most think would never happen to them. For most, they are in stories that happen to other people and rarely are considered to be a close risk. While we hope this stays true for our lives, we must identify with the fact that it just takes one instance for our "story" to change.

Having said that, there are many things you can know that will help you in dealing with the consequences of a fire. In the following content, you will gain more insight as to what you can do to clean up fire damage and the things you should know before a remediation company, like ours, comes in to take over the job.

These tips may seem small, but they can go a long way in protecting your family and property so that you can return to your home to its' pre-fire condition.

In the cleanup process, the initial stages will involve removing debris, water, smoke particles and soot accumulation in the building and vents as well as removing and replacing all damaged items to remove the smell and improve air quality. The combination of these steps can be very time consuming and require an expert skillset and the knowledge of health and safety protocols. It's important that you realize that you don't have to tackle cleanup alone.

SERVPRO franchises are all equipped with experience and knowledge in fire damage and can take you through the process- taking the most challenging parts off your hands. Our goal is to remedy the disaster, so that you can focus on putting the pieces back together with what matters most- loved ones.

While we know the comeback process can be lengthy for you, it's equally important that you understand the time it can take for restoration to be complete, so customer patience is extremely important as well. Added stress doesn't help the cleanup process go any faster, so acceptance of the imperative steps is extremely useful. Our staff is here to help narrow the focus so that you can feel confident going one step at a time, one day at a time. 

The first step, in the case of a fire, is to call 911. After doing that, calling your insurance agent should be done immediately. The faster they can be informed, the faster restoration teams can come in to assist and prevent further damage. Insurance companies often need to come in and provide authorization to get the help we can offer. An instance that can offer an example: if there is structural damage to a home, water mitigation may tend to be brought in so that mold damage can be avoided. Once these steps are taken, your appointed agent should help to finalize and file the claim, allowing the work to begin. Once that happens, professionals can be called in and all of the belongings can start to be replaced and restored. 

The length of temporary stay may vary, but you will undoubtedly need a place to stay following the fire. Even a small fire will need to be formally inspected by the fire department and the cleaning and air quality must take place prior to your return. 

Even outside of the property damage, smoke and burned materials can cause detrimental health conditions, so professionals must be used in the process of discerning what to remove and what can stay.

Needless to say, if there is a large loss with significant amounts of damage, a long term housing plan must be put into place. If need be, your insurance company can help you find the proper housing needed while your restoration process is completed- which can take an upward of months before the end is met. 

When dealing with matters this impactful, your well being may be overlooked. Do not fall victim to lack of rest and clarity of thought so that you can make the best decisions possible even under duress.  For some, staying with family or friends is helpful and hard decisions are made more easily with their support. If these are not options open to you, there are disaster relief services, such as the Salvation Army or the Red Cross where they can direct you towards temporary housing as well.

Even when the fire is out, ash, soot, and smoke residue can be left behind. This means that even distinguished, there are many dangerous health hazards still lurking. Non-organic materials that are burned reals toxins called VOC’s that can have long-term effects and even lethal if they are ingested or inhaled. Some signs show up immediately after exposure, but many take lengths even reaching years. Even seasoned vets have faced health challenges when the proper precaution has not been executed. Everyone who enters the space post-fire should proceed with extreme caution when reentering a property. Even in cases where the fire department says there is no serious structural damage and you may reenter the property,many toxic chemicals may still hang in the air.

If you are unsure whether tools you should have on hand, check the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Healthwebsite to see examples of protective gloves, masks, clothing, and breathing equipment with effective filters that need to be worn by everyone who enters a building after it has been boarded up because of a fire.

Fire Prevention Amplified During Holiday Season

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree Fire Dried out Christmas Tree catches fire, causing local fire department to extinguish it on residential site.

The beeping sounds are plentiful, as we forge our way through holiday shopping and crowded checkout lanes! The season brings joy and celebration sounds all around. Still, the beeping sound you may not have checked for could save your life. That’s right, I am talking about the smoke detector BEEP!

In our great city, there is no excuse to be without the precautions made available to you. In fact the Tallahassee Fire Department offers two smoke detectors for each household at no cost to the residents. This effort is made most important due to the number of fire disasters reported each year. The holiday season is known to increase those numbers exponentially. 

Our local Fire Department (TFD) is strongly suggesting that the community residents keep a high regard for extra protocol during the holiday season. Added decor- including celebratory candles, Christmas tree lights, and greenery surrounding can cause more hazard than normal and the festivities surrounding can serve as a distraction. To ensure the education is effective, TFD hosts a Christmas Tree Fire Safety partnership with the State Fire Marshal with tips and tools for every household. They highlight the simplicity of the steps that can be taken and offer entertainment along the way.

It’s suggested that residents take on as many of the following as possible for maximum fire prevention:

  • Check Christmas trees for fresh, green needles. Dried out trees burn faster, so keeping your tree watered and moist is important.
  • Keep trees at least 3 ft from fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, heating vents and other heat sources. 
  • Don’t position trees in front of exits.
  • Check light strings to make sure they have no damage and also turn lights off before leaving and going to bed.
  • If purchasing an artificial tree, make sure you see the “Fire Resistant” label on it.
  • Use a fire screen in front of embers and logs and sure fires are fully extinguished after using them for leisure.
  • Check all batteries in smoke detectors.

While this information can seem like common sense at first glance, it is easy to forget or get wrapped up in the events, celebrations and busy days. Check out this Home Safety Survey provided by the Tallahassee Fire Department.

We are proud to serve our community with disaster relief and are honored to support the prevention tactics to avoid it as well.

What Matters to You, Matters to Us- Content Restoration Services at SERVPRO.

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

Damaged items in home. Damaged items in need of restoration on residential job.

Often we hear the question, "do you service residential projects?" While we take pride in offering services to large loss and commercial work, we wouldn't be satisfied if we didn't service the most important space to our customers- their homes.

Homeowners find themselves in need of flood damage cleanup, repair damage from frozen pipes, ceiling and wall damage, storm recovery, water extraction, attic and mold remediation, fire damage, black mold and much more.

One area that has come to be wildly important for customers is content restoration. It's not just the "things" that we will miss, but those material items can hold so much memory value and resemble decades of history for families. Companies, like ours, are having to dig deep and become resourceful to offer services that specialize in the restoration of prized possessions. Being a franchisee in the fastest growing restoration company in the world, ,we are proud to have headquarters that service such items with professionalism and care.

Unlike SERVPRO, many companies have not climbed on board to offer services like these in-house. Using subcontractors leaves many inquiries getting the same response, sending damaged items out to another vendor. The trends, and demands, set forth by millennials create heavy focus on technology and they won't accept non-digital inventory or the age-old sifting through the box tactics. Content restoration firms are expected to embrace and implement 3D mapping of loss sites, real-time data and online tracking of contents utilizing pack-out inventory and claims management software.

Jumping into the moving protocols, the implementation of such technology helps restoration companies meet service measurables without disturbing the homeowners, reduces the time frame for claim cycles, and even reduces the claim cost. Expectations from the customer are much higher today. No longer is it enough to have good customer service, but the customer EXPERIENCE must meet standards above and beyond today.

Even further, residential customers want to keep things under one roof today when it comes to services. Historically, companies took pride in having an "expert" in every corner. From document drying to furniture refinishing, companies had a referral for each category of need. Today, for ease and speed, it is preferred that companies handle all of these in-house. At first glance, it may seem like an overwhelming amount of added work and obligation, but this shift offers restoration companies more control over the claim and customer experience as a whole. It can also create more revenue and increase profit margins.

Still, restoration companies are not the only ones with more opportunity in this new setup. Insurance companies are able to serve better- increase the length, and quality, of their customer relationship too. It also increases the likelihood of a positive referral for insurance companies. Lastly, the "all inclusive" service model shortens the claim cycle and opens the door for more productivity for adjusters as well.

We have the ability to offer much more under the SERVPRO umbrella and are able to move along with trends at the fastest pace for residential clients. Our franchise refuses to fall into the complacency trap or rest on our service laurels. We are open-armed to technology advances and take great pride in capitalizing on opportunities it offers to SERV best.

First Responder Bowl Leads to Local Efforts

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

December to Remember Local efforts to piggyback national efforts for emergency responders, during the First Responder Bowl, are in the works.

November is full of fine food and good feels, but we are already revving up for a December to remember! SERVPRO is preparing to honor first responders during the holidays over national broadcasting yet again. The honorary tradition launched in 2014 to celebrate police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel. The first to arrive at any emergency, these everyday heroes deserve recognition and support, so we are excited be part of doing just that. Nearly two million first responders put their lives at risk, to save the lives of others and ensure wellbeing for all, each and every day. Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical workers embark on risky, selfless tasks for the betterment of communities near and far. The skills acquired, and bravery needed to do so, can't be ignored. EMT's perform basic lifesaving techniques at the scene of accidents and on the way to the hospital or healthcare facility. Firefighters respond to similar scenes including natural disasters and even hazardous waste spills. Walking out of their homes each day, leaving behind loves ones and security, to service strangers is an act of heroism that most can only imagine. The games of the past have tagged on to the essence of the theme with great suspense and excitement. The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl has been concluded by a touchdown or less for the past two years- two games even being decided on a final play! The touch matches and neck-to-neck plays are sure to repeat this year as well. Taking the initiative to a local level, we will be offering gratitude goodies for these most valued community responders. Each week, our local teams will head out into the community to feed, honor and celebrate out local Tallahassee heroes. Taking place in a holiday month full of festivities, we foresee even more participation from local leaders and vendors. Starting December 1st, we will provide lunches, snacks, gifts and more to the local stations and healthcare facilities. If you are a local business seeking to donate contact our team for more info.

Tis’ the Season

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving Giveaway FREE Dinner for Tallahassee Family

Tis' the Season to SERV! We are a team of "can do" crew members year round- coming to the aid of Tallahassee residents and business owners when disaster strikes. Still, the holiday season offers even more ways to give back, and we don't want to miss a beat. Partnering with a tried and true taste bud favorite, Jeri's Midtown Cafe, we are sponsoring a Thanksgiving meal for 6-8!

With this simple and easy Free Meal Giveaway Form, you can nominate a worthy family in the Tallahassee community and enter them to win. Jeri has long been a staple in Tallahassee. Even more impressive, she has always given back to the organizations that do above and beyond for the community. Partnering with The Kearney Center, Second Harvest and more, Jeri ensures her "love on a plate" makes it to mouths in need. "I wanted to make sure that the sentiment of family and love stays at the center of holiday celebrations. That's why I began to create a lavish, yet simple, catering menu for people to put TIME together above all," says Jeri. Her simple ordering system and flavor-bursting menu is what you could call "classic with a twist!" We couldn't think of a more exciting partnership than that. 

With a SERVice-based nature, our team prioritizes Tallahassee residents outside of any disaster too! From sponsorships to events, we have pushed to do all we can to ensure that businesses can still serve- even in the emergency state of a pandemic. We know that the show must go on, and we aspire to do our part in making sure it does no matter what. That's how we came up with a sponsored feast idea this year. We are always looking for ways to engage and SERV our clients outside of the emergency setting, and this was a perfect opportunity to do just that. 

The magic is in the story, so we wanted to make sure that we got to hear the WHY in each submission and nomination. If you know a deserving family, tell us about them and enter them to win!

Disaster relief relationships are of the upmost importance

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

hurricane relief delays New York homes still unlivable month after storms.

Relationships with emergency service providers are more important than ever before. 

Many homeowners share the following story: 

Hurricane, or similar natural disaster, hits. Resident incurs damage and loss. Insurance held doesn’t cover damage cost. Damages force resident to reside in expensive hotels for indefinite period of time.  

Tragically, this story is a broken record nationwide.  Since 1980, the U.S. has experienced 298 weather and climate disasters. The total cost of these events exceeds $1.975 trillion, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. 

Also documented are the policies held by most homeowners in the country- policies that don’t cover a wide range of potential disasters including tornadoes, lightning damage, and winter storm damages. In addition, and perhaps more concerning, are the flood, sewer and fire damages that are unaccounted for in coverage. 

Many insurance companies are encouraging homeowners and renters to develop relationships with emergency services organizations to establish a relationship and project potential rates, as most end of having to pay out of pocket fees. Moreover, it’s been found that there is a big misconception in the communities affected. That being the misunderstanding that insurance representatives have the skillset and knowledge needed to combat and minimize disaster damages.  

Restoration companies can be key in these moments. Suggestions and tips on what to do can be found by contacting our highly trained restoration specialists. When it comes to dealing with sudden, weather-related damage to their homes, even the most experienced professionals can find themselves out of their depth. That is where our 1700+ franchise locations come into great service potential.  

The relationship matters most when the service is needed, but you don’t have to wait to begin it! While SERVPRO’s 1900+ locations take pride in being ready for each incoming call, they are also investing in new, innovative ways to find you! Partnering with Reonomy, SERVPRO will be able to target outreach to prospects across rural, suburban, and urban geographies. This means that we can find customers with potential needs more easily and help prepare for the unforeseen. 

With a commitment to excellence, even lack of coverage and natural disasters can be mediated and combatted. 

4 Important Ways a Water Damage Company Can Help You

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Home SERVPRO solutions for your home.

4 Important Ways a Water Damage Company Can Help You

4 Important Ways a Water Damage Company Can Help You

Trying to tackle water damage on your own may not be the best idea. Learn what a water damage company can do to help you.

It can feel overwhelming to see standing water in your home. What do you do first? Focus on getting the water out or removing your possessions from the water? Whether it’s from a flood or a burst pipe, the faster you react to the water damage, the better.

Luckily, you don’t have to take this on by yourself. Water damage professionals should be the first people you call when realize your home has suffered from unwelcome water. Let’s look at everything a water damage company can do for you, but first, let’s cover the basics.

What Is a Water Damage Company?

Improperly treated water damage can lead to black mold, mildew, and wood rot. This means time and expertise are crucial.

Water damage remediation professionals go through training through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. They strive to preserve your house and valuables by removing water and making repairs.

Water Damage Services

A highly-trained team of professionals will serve you from the minute you call until your house is dry back to normal. Here are just four of the ways a water damage company can help you after a flood.

Plan of Action

Water damage services begin with the initial assessment of testing the water to determine the extent of the threat it poses. There are three different types of water that can damage your house. The flood could be of clean water, gray water (from washing machines, showers, etc), or black water (contaminated from the septic tank). Once the water damage remediation team knows what they're dealing with, they can form their plan of action.

Water Extraction and Drying

The next step focuses on extracting the water using submersible pumps and wet vacuums. Once they remove the water, the drying process can begin. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air and high-speed fans circulate airflow to speed up the process.

Cleaning and Restoration

After everything is dry, the cleaning and repairs begin. Carpets, floors, drywall, and anything else affected by the water damage must be removed or sanitized. Depending on the severity of the water damage, your home may need reconstruction. Your water damage company will address these as well to restore your house to be your home again.

Possible damage to the foundation or structure of your house can be costly and dangerous if done incorrectly. This is why it’s best to leave this kind of work to the experts.

Peace of Mind

Hiring a water damage company gives you the peace of mind that no spot is overlooked. They work knowing that every hour can mean more water absorption and more permanent damage.

Go With the Pros

You’re one call away from having all your flooding problems solved by water damage company experts. If you or someone you love is a flood victim, be sure to call our 24-hour emergency service at (850)765-5706. For more information about the other services we offer, including fire damage and mold remediation, contact us today.

What Should You Do About Carpet Water Damage?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet Damage When water strikes, what can you do?

What Should You Do About Carpet Water Damage?

What Should You Do About Carpet Water Damage?

Are you unsure what to do after discovering that your carpet has been damaged by water? Learn what to do about carpet water damage here.

There's nothing worse than coming home to find carpet water damage. Even if it has never happened to you before, it is good to know what to do if you ever experience flooding or leaks in your home. 

So let's take a look at some different water damage restoration situations you may encounter and how to deal with them!

Clean-Up

The first thing to do is to fix the source of the leak. It's a good idea to keep some waterproof tape on hand so you can make a quick fix even if you don't have any plumbing know-how. But you should get a permanent fix as soon as possible.

Once the leak is stopped, sop up all the water you can with towels.

Once you've done that, you can run to the store and grab a big bag of rice. You may have heard that putting a soaked cell phone in a bag of rice can make it like new again. The same idea works with spreading the rice on the soaked carpet. 

You can also rent a high-powered vacuum cleaner. Unlike normal vacuums, these can suck up liquids as well as dust and dirt. 

Once you have soaked up all the water you can, leave a fan blowing on the damaged area overnight. 

Damage Assessment

If you find that the damaged area is still wet, that can actually be a good thing. If you can still see the water, that usually means it hasn't been there too long. The water hasn't had time to soak into the carpet and cause real damage. 

In these cases, it is usually enough to soak up the water and use fans to make sure it gets dry. 

But if the water has been left standing for a while, then you have a bigger problem. Water damage mold will have set in by that point, and that's when you have serious carpet water damage

How Can I Fix Carpet Water Damage?

The first thing you can try is to shampoo your carpet. You would be surprised by how much of a difference you can make with a good scrubbing. Carpets that seems hopelessly discolored can make a comeback with nothing more than shampoo. 

If you are working on an area rug, it helps to bring the rug outside to hang it up to dry. 

When Do I Need to Replace My Carpet?

If the carpet still has stains after a thorough shampooing, it is time to think about replacing the damaged area. 

Hopefully, your local hardware store will be able to find a match for your carpet. In that case, you can cut out the damaged area and just replace that. 

But if you have an older carpet, it may no longer be possible to find a match. That would make it necessary to replace the entire carpet.

When in Doubt, Call on the Pros

Whatever the situation is, you need to act fast. Carpet water damage gets worse in a short amount of time, so don't wait around. It won't get better on its own!

If you've got a water damage repair situation that can't be fixed with the above methods, contact us right away. We have the tools and expertise to get the job done and stop the damage from spreading. 

This Is What to Do if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe pipe bursts and causes water damage in Tallahassee

This Is What to Do if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

Every homeowner should know what to do if a pipe bursts in their house. Our basic guide here details the important steps that need to be taken. 

There are few things more relaxing than listening to the rhythmic splashing of water from a fountain. But, when the fountain of water is coming out of a burst pipe in your house, relaxation is the last thing on your mind. 

As the water pools around your ankles, you don't want to be caught short, wondering what the next step is. The faster you act, the less damage will be done. 

Luckily, we're here to save the day by teaching you what to do if a pipe bursts in your home. Armed with this knowledge, and our emergency contact details, you'll be able to tackle your next plumbing disaster like a pro.

Empty Your Pipes

If a pipe is leaking in your house, the first thing you have to do is stop the water from gushing out. Do this by turning off your house’s main water supply. Your main water shut-off valve is usually located near your water heater, in your basement, under the kitchen sink, or in your crawl spaces.

Once you’ve turned this off, you need to drain the remaining water in your pipes. Open your faucets and let them run until water stops coming out. Don’t forget to flush your toilets and shut off your hot water heater.

Call a Plumber

Before you take any further steps, call in a professional plumber to handle the repairs. Even if you have some DIY experience, trying to fix a burst pipe yourself often results in further damage.

A licensed plumber not only knows how to fix a leaky pipe, but they can also diagnose the root cause of the problem and make long-lasting repairs.

Document the Damage

It's important to take photos or videos of the burst pipe and resulting water damage. This can be used as supporting evidence for your insurance claim. Be sure to get a shot of the water flowing out the burst pipe before you shut off the main valve.

Take a look at this water damage timeline to learn what types of damage you should watch out for.

Take a good look through your homeowner’s insurance policy to see what it covers. Most policies will cover "sudden and accidental" water damage from a burst pipe. They don't cover negligent damage that happens gradually over time, like a leaking bathroom sink.

Call in the Clean-up Pros

Once the leak is under control, call in a professional water damage restoration crew. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee are the experts when it comes to emergency water damage repair and restoration. 

Our highly trained specialists are available day and night to rescue your belongings from destruction. We will inspect your home for signs of water damage, extract the water, and remove any lingering odors. We know you have a lot on your mind, so we will also assist you with your insurance paperwork to ensure your claim is filed smoothly.

Take Preventative Measures

The most common reason for pipes to burst is if the water inside them freezes. Water expands when it freezes, and frozen water in a pipe can exert over 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.

The best way to prevent pipes from bursting is to insulate them. You should also disconnect unused water hoses and keep your home’s heating above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now You Know What to Do If a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

Burst pipes are always inconvenient, but they don't have to lead to disaster. Knowing what to do if a pipe bursts in your house will help you plan ahead and prevent costly damage. 

You can rest easy knowing that the specialists at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee are standing by, ready to respond to your water damage emergency.

Contact us today for all your fire or water damage needs.

Managing Flood Loss in Your Tallahassee Home Until Help Arrives

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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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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How to Prevent House Fires: 7 Effective Tips

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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How to Prevent House Fires: 7 Effective Tips

Houses fires are extremely dangerous and damaging. If you want to know how to prevent house fires, you should check out our seven tips right here.

It only takes 30 seconds for a small flame to become a full-blown house fire.

House fires can be incredibly destructive if you do not know how to prevent them from occurring and spreading. Not only do house fires destroy homes and belongings, but they are also responsible for more than 3,000 injuries in America per year.

Taking the proper precautions can prevent this from happening.

Keep reading to learn how to prevent house fires from occurring in your home.

1. How to Prevent House Fires in the Kitchen

One of the main causes of house fires is the kitchen.

This is unsurprising, considering that kitchens contain several fire hazards that, left unattended, can quickly cause a house fire.

Here are some precautions you can take to prevent a house fire from occurring in the kitchen:

  • Make sure flammable items are kept away from the oven, stove, and any other sources of heat
  • Do not leave pots and pans on the stove unattended when cooking
  • Keep cooking appliances clean of food splatter and grease

2. Maintain Your Outlets and Wires

Overloaded outlets and exposed wires are also common causes of house fires.

You can prevent house fires by making sure not to overload your outlets and to keep an eye out for discoloration or heat radiation. If either occurs, you should shut off the power to that outlet and replace it immediately.

Keeping an eye out for frayed and exposed wires is also helpful in preventing house fires. If you see a wire that is frayed and exposed, it is best to replace it as soon as possible. You should also avoid covering and pinching wires with rugs or furniture.

3. Keeping Appliances Away from Fire Hazards

Making sure your appliances do not overheat is helpful in house fire prevention. This can be done by unplugging your appliances when they are not being used.

It is also beneficial to make sure that appliances, such as space heaters, have adequate safety features and are at least three feet away from anything that could potentially catch fire, like furniture and curtains.

4. Keeping an Eye on Candles and Fireplaces

Never leave a candle or fireplace unattended in a room.

You can prevent house fires by making sure no flammable objects are near a lit candle or fireplace.

Some other ways you can prevent a house fire are:

  • Using a secure candle holder that is tip-proof
  • Blowing out candles whenever you leave a room
  • Installing a spark screen or glass door in your fireplace
  • Burning only seasoned wood in your fireplace
  • Cleaning and repairing your chimney

5. Smoking and Cigarette Disposal

One thing that causes house fires is smoking cigarettes without taking the appropriate precautions.

Proper cigarette disposal is key in house fire prevention. To properly dispose of cigarette butts, you can use an ashtray or a smokers' pole. You soak cigarette butts in water before tossing them in the trash.

Smoking inside your house should be avoided, but if you do decide to smoke indoors, make sure to take these precautions:

  • Be a minimum of 25 feet away from any doors
  • Do not smoke near anything flammable, especially flammable liquids and fumes
  • Do not smoke in bed
  • Do not smoke in your house if medical oxygen is in use

6. Be Aware of What Is Flammable in Your Home

Knowing what is and is not flammable is essential for knowing how to prevent house fires.

Some common flammable household items are dryer lint, potting soil, fertilizer, paint, and gasoline.

To reduce the risk of a house fire, you can regularly clean your dryer filter, keep potting soil and fertilizer in a cool area, and keep pain and gasoline in their original containers. 

7. Items to Prevent Fires

There are a variety of house fire prevention products you can buy.

Using a smoke alarm can more than double your chances of surviving a house fire. You can also buy fire extinguishers and a flame-retardant mattress cover to prevent house fires.

These items can help you prevent house fires from occurring and spreading.

Preventing House Fires

House fires can be incredibly dangerous and destructive, but by using these house fire prevention tips, you can reduce the risk of a house fire occurring in your home.

If you want to learn more about how to prevent house fires, contact us today to see how we can help.

What Are the Causes of Mold Found in Homes?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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What Are the Causes of Mold Found in Homes?

In order to prevent mold from growing in your home, you should know how it gets there in the first place. Here are the common causes of mold.

Finding mold on your bread can ruin your hopes of making a delicious sandwich. But finding mold in your home is far worse than a spoiled lunch. Mold causes damages your home so it's good to know tips to prevent mold growth.

Whether you are currently dealing with a mold problem or trying to prevent mold from growing, you should know the causes of mold and the signs to look for.

This article will identify the most common causes of mold in homes and how to fix it!

Humidity

If you live in an area with high humidity or near a body of water you may notice signs of mold, especially in the hotter months of the year. Moisture in the air can cause mold to grow on the walls, ceiling, or inside dark spaces (closet, cabinets, etc.).

The best way to prevent mold in a humid environment is to ventilate your home. If you do see mold growing in your home, act quickly by calling a mold remediation company

Leaking Pipes

Mold found in homes is often caused by leaking pipes. Mold can grow behind walls or above the ceiling making it harder to detect. And by the time you do find the leak, the mold could already have spread.

If you suspect a leaking pipe, you can contact a plumber or water damage expert. Dry out the area and remove the mold before sealing.

Flooding

If your home has recently flooded you could be looking at several types of mold growing within a matter of days. It's important to keep an eye out for mold growth while you are drying out the flooded area. Keep the affected area well ventilated too.

Leaking Roof

Much like leaking pipes, a leaking roof can cause mold growth - most often in the attic. When water leaks from the roof it provides the perfect moist environment for mold to grow and spread. Check your roof for leaks and keep your attic dry and well ventilated to avoid mold growth. 

Wet Clothes

Believe it or not, wet clothing that sits for too long can grow mold. Don't leave wet towels or clothes in a pile or for too long without drying them. If you don't have a dryer, consider using a clothesline outside to dry them and prevent mold.

Damp Basement

Basements are notorious for mold growth because they are often damp and humid. You may see signs of mold on the walls or the ceiling or notice a musty smell. You can prevent mold growth in the basement by keeping it well ventilated and as dry as possible.

Know the Causes of Mold and Stop the Spread

There are many causes of mold but most of them start with excessive moisture in areas of your home. You can stop mold from spreading by patching leaking pipes or the roof and keeping your house well ventilated.

Be aware of what mold looks and smells like so that you can take action quickly after finding evidence. And if you do find mold in your home, contact SERVPRO right away.

5 Benefits of Professional Mold Remediation Services

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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5 Benefits of Professional Mold Remediation Services

If you have mold in your home, you should not try to remove it yourself. Here are five advantages of hiring mold remediation services. 

Are you worried about mold in your home?

Not only is mold ugly to look at, but it's also often a sign of further problems with your house's structure. It's not something you should ignore. But if you've never dealt with mold before, you might not know where to start. You might even try to remove it yourself.

But that's not a good idea! Keeping reading for 5 benefits of hiring professional mold remediation services today.

1. You Get a Proper Mold Assessment

One common cause of mold is having an air conditioner in humid climates. When systems cool your home in humidity, the air condenses in the vents. The key to getting rid of mold is acting early, so call in the professionals as soon as you spot it.
Professional mold removal companies will do a full mold assessment.

They'll look for the problem areas, find the source of the mold, and know the likely places to look. So, when it comes to how to get rid of mold, do it right. Call in the professionals from the start, for a full assessment of your home.

2. Tailored Treatment For Your Mold Problem

So, one of your chosen mold removal companies carries out the assessment. They'll use that information to look at removing mold from your home, for good.

Depending on the cause, they can tailor a mold removal process that will address the route cause. The first step is always addressing the excess moisture. The next step is to clean and treat the affected areas.

These experts have likely seen all the causes and types of mold you can think of. And each one of them has its own cure. You'll get access to the right permanent treatment for your home.

3. Protects You Against Future Issues

By getting proper remediation, it reduces the spread and will help prevent it in the future. Getting it right the first time will save you from needing more expensive treatment a second time. Or having the hassle of calling out a repairman again.

It's part of the package you get when hiring professional mold removers. They'll work to prevent it from happening again in the future in a way that suits your family and your home's needs.

4. You’ll Get Expert Tips and Advice

Your professional mold removal specialist will have a wealth of knowledge. They'll give you tips on how to prevent mold, and how to get better ventilation. Pick a specialist with good communication skills, who is reliable, open, and honest.

They'll likely need to spend a bit of time in your home, fixing leaky pipes or roofs. But when you find the right one, they can help you improve your home and make the most of your space and air quality.

5. You'll Save Money

By hiring a professional mold remover right at the start, it can save you money. Everyone likes to save money, right? Especially when it comes to home repairs which can soon escalate and grow costly.

The longer you leave issues, in general, the worse they get. And the worse they get, the more expensive they'll be to fix. Not to mention if you attempt to fix them yourself and break something. You could make an easy, cheap fix for an expert more expensive.

Mold Remediation Services: Do It Right the First Time

So, there you have it! Now you know these 5 reasons to choose mold remediation services, you'll make the right choice.

Remember, you need to act fast with mold and be thorough. The best way to do that is to call in the experts. They're experts, who know how to find the source, deal with it, and stop it from happening again. Your home and your wallet will thank you.

If you need mold remediation, contact us today. At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we've got the knowledge and experience to deal with all your mold removal needs.

How to Prevent Home Flooding During the Storm Season

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

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How to Prevent Home Flooding During the Storm Season

Home flooding isn't just annoying; it can cost you thousands of dollars. Here's how to prevent your home from flooding this storm season.

Storm season is just around the corner, and the question on many people's minds is how can I prepare for them and prevent flooding from happening. According to the Congressional Budget Office, hurricane winds and the flooding that comes with storms cause on average $54 billion in damages. 

When flooding happens, it can be extremely costly to the homeowner, not only in terms of the monetary value but also the personal belongings left behind. 

If you are looking to prevent home flooding from happening in your house, keep reading this guide to learn tips and tricks to keep you safe during the storm season. 

1. Put Away Loose Outdoor Items

If it isn't staked deep into the ground, it should be stored away to prevent the items from being picked up by the wind and causing damage to your home. This means putting away things like:

  • Gardening tools (shovels, wheelbarrow, mower)
  • Sports equipment (basketball hoop, goalpost)
  • Patio furniture
  • Plants and Flowers

Cleaning these items up will mean less potential debris flying around your home during the storm. 

2. Create a Sandbag Barrier

It's not uncommon to use sandbags to prevent excess floodwater from entering your home. Strategically placing sandbags around the house can act as flood barriers for homes that are prone to flooding. 

If your home is in a flood zone, sandbags can be especially helpful to create a barrier from rising floodwater. Try to cover areas that have an opening, like any doors or windows. 

3. Inspect for Leaks & Cracks

Before the storm hits, take a look around the perimeter of the house and look for any cracks or holes that may have occurred in the foundation or siding. Patching these holes beforehand is a smart idea to help reduce the chances of flooding from happening. 

New research is predicting homeowners will pay $20 billion in flood-related damages this year. The more you can prepare and protect your home, the less you will end up paying in damages. 

4. Cover the Windows

Windows are the most susceptible part of your home to damage. Covering them before can help protect them from things that are picked up by the wind, such as:

  • Tree branches
  • Roofing materials
  • Signs
  • And other debris

If you want peace of mind from flying debris, you can consider installing storm shutters to protect your windows from damage.

5. Have a Plan

Although you may have prepared for the storm, damage can still happen. And if it does, it's crucial to have a plan in place if things get bad. Plan on going to a friend's or family's house in the event you must evacuate. 

And if damage does occur to your home, make sure to use a storm flooding restoration service to clean up the mess and prevent further damage like mold from happening.

Home Flooding: Cleaning up the Mess

Now that the storm season is arriving, it's critical to prepare in the event a storm does occur in your area. Looking up things like "is my home in a flood zone?" and "where to go if an evacuation occurs" can help you prepare for the worst. Predicting storms is impossible, but preparing can help you if it does occur.

If you are in need of cleanup or restoration due to flooding or other storm damage, contact us today, and we can help!

But I Don't See Any Water: How to Spot Water Damage Warning Signs

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

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But I Don't See Any Water: How to Spot Water Damage Warning Signs

Just because you don't see it doesn't mean it isn't there. Make sure you keep reading below to learn how to spot the warning signs of water damage.

Is your house suffering from water damage? Chances are you don't know, hence why you're reading this article.

We're going to take a look at some of the signs of water damage, even if you don't physically see water, so keep reading to see if you need to take action on some suspect areas in your home.

Smells

If you smell damp in a home, it's usually a pretty good indicator that there is at least some water accumulating somewhere it shouldn't be. The smell of damp and mold is very distinctive, and while it's difficult to describe, you know it when you smell it.

Sounds

While it's not realistic to spend your days with your ear against the wall of your house, you may catch the sound of trickling or dripping water. The first thing to check is your faucets, and if they're all shut, it may mean that there is water leaking from pipes behind the wall.

This can lead to water damage, so act quickly.

Issues With Walls

The walls are probably the biggest and most obvious indicator of wall damage. Take a look at both the paintwork and the condition of the wall itself.

Paintwork Issues

Any moisture behind walls can seep through to the paintwork, causing it to crack or bubble. Painting over this is not a sensible solution, and these signs should be taken as an incentive to do something about the issue.

Wall Swelling

A more severe case of water damage could cause the drywall to swell. This is caused by water saturating the drywall. Simply replacing it will not solve the problem and will end up becoming more and more expensive the longer you leave it.

The Wall Feels Damp

If you put your hand on the wall and it feels cold and/or damp, it could be a sign of water damage. A home with water damage might never quite feel dry and will take longer to heat.

Take the weather and climate into account—if it's cold outside, cold walls inside do not necessarily mean you have water damage!

Mold Growth

One of the most disheartening things to see around your home is mold. It can be expected to accumulate over time in kitchens and bathrooms, especially if those areas are neglected.

However, if you start to see mold along the bottom of the walls or in random places, it can be a sign of water damage. Mold can cause health effects, so it's best to treat the matter with a degree of urgency.

Catch Water Damage Early

It's important to keep an eye on your property, especially if it is older. Water damage can be devastating if left unresolved, and it's also not the best idea to try and remedy it yourself.

Get in touch with SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee if you have any concerns based on what you've read here, and check out some of the other articles across the site to find out more about what we offer.

When the Flames Die Down: Why You Can't Skip Fire Damage Restoration

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

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When the Flames Die Down: Why You Can't Skip Fire Damage Restoration

You aren't done fighting the fire when the flames are gone. Take a look at this guide to learn why you can never skip fire damage restoration. 

Over 50% of residential home fires in 2019 started in the kitchen during cooking. If your home was affected by a fire, the initial blaze itself could be only the start of your worries.

Fire damage can turn a happy home into a living nightmare. If you have suffered from a fire, you need to ensure proper fire damage restoration gets done on your property.

While it is easy to overlook fire restoration in the traumatic aftermath of a fire, neglecting it can have some serious consequences.

Fire Damage Leads to Structural Issues

If you want to ensure the structural integrity of your home you need to focus on fire damage restoration services immediately after an incident occurs. The longer you wait, the weaker your home's critical structures can become.

You won't know the extent of your fire damage unless you get your home inspected by a professional. Only then can you continue the fire damage restoration process

The fact that your home didn't get burned down in your fire is a miracle in itself. Don't push your luck by putting off important fire restoration work. The last thing you want is your home collapsing after surviving the worst of it.

Choosing Between Fire Restoration Companies

To start, try Google searching fire restoration near me and see what comes up. You may want to sift through some online reviews and customer testimonials.

These allow you to get a good feel for who a company is and what they have to offer. Never go with a fire restoration company with no reviews or excessively bad reviews.

You want to make sure that whoever restores your home after a fire does professional quality work for an affordable price. Make sure that they have experience with fire restoration as well.

The amount of time they have been in business is a good indicator of what kind of quality you can expect. Try to find a veteran in the business to ensure that your fire restoration gets handled right.

Move on With Your Life

A fire is a life-altering experience that you want to be able to put behind you as fast as possible. To make this a reality, you need to hire fire damage restoration services as soon as possible after your incident.

Only then can you ensure the structural integrity of your home, and the health of your family. When you are ready to begin the restoration process, contact us today so we can get things started the right way.

Flushed... Not so Far Away: How to Clean up a Sewer Line Leak

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Flushed... Not so Far Away: How to Clean up a Sewer Line Leak and Why you Should Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee

Even a small sewer line leak can turn into a major issue quickly. Make sure you keep reading this guide to learn how to clean up the mess.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, people are seeing a 25 percent increase in plumbing issues due to more frequent use. One of these common problems is a sewage backup or a sewer line leak. 

Not only can these types of leaks cause serious damage, but they can also cause bring major contaminants into your home. 

If you own a home, small business, or restaurant, you need to know the best ways to spot signs of a sewer line leak and how to clean up effectively. 

Here is your quick guide on everything you need to know about fixing a sewer line leak and the following clean-up. 

See if You Can Stop the Leak 

If you come upon a plumbing failure like a sewer line leak, first try to see if you can safely stop it. Turn off the water to the entire house. This will prevent further leakage. 

If you can, try to determine where the leak is coming from. Is the main sewer line leaking or is it happening somewhere else? Calling a professional who specializes in sewer line leak repair can help you identify the source of the leak to better inform the clean-up. 

Take Picture for Your Insurance Company

A critical part of any sewer line leak clean-up process is to take pictures for your insurance company. Take pictures of any damage caused by the leak, including to the walls, floors, and furniture. 

The Importance of Cleaning and Sanitizing

If you have a sewer line leak, clean-up and sanitization are critical. Bacteria and other contaminants can cause infection or illness if not cleaned properly. 

If the resulting mess is relatively small and you can manage the clean-up, first try to mop up or wet-vac any excess water. Wear protective gloves and shoes. Use hot, soapy water to clean off any surface the water from the leak touched. 

Do your best not to track the water into other parts of your home not affected by the leak. You do not want to spread any contaminants any farther. 

If the sewer line leak is extensive, you need to call a professional team to clean and sanitize your home effectively. 

Need to Clean a Sewer Line Leak Fast? 

Whether you have a sewer line leak in a yard or indoors, it is critical that you fix it fast and begin the clean-up process. While you should try to clean the best you can, calling a professional team can help give your house a deep clean that will give you peace of mind. 

If you suspect you have a sewer line leak, be sure to reach out and give us a call here at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee. In addition to fire and water cleanup and restoration, we can help you fix a sewer line leak fast before it can cause any further damage. 

Reach out and give us a call to get help cleaning up your mess today. 

The Complete Guide on What to Do After a Flood

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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The Complete Guide on What to Do After a Flood

Floods are everywhere; 99% of American counties have experienced at least one flooding event since 1996. 

They can occur at any moment and damage any part of your home. It is absolutely important that you know what to do after a flood. But the steps to take after a flood involve a lot more than evacuating and wiping down puddles. 

What can you do to stop water inside your home? What should your first steps be after you return? How can you help clean up your property? 

Answer these questions and you can make your flood cleanup a lot easier. Here is your quick guide. 

Stop the Water When You Can 

When people think about flood damage, they think about natural disasters bringing water in. It is true that a hurricane can bring floods into your home. 

But burst pipes or appliances can also fill your home with water. When that's the case, turn the main water valve off. Lock doors leading into the room and fill the gaps in them with towels to keep leaks from coming through. 

If you are expecting a natural disaster, you should shut your valve off. Seal your faucets and wrap your pipes with rags to protect them from breaking. 

You should also turn off the electrical systems in your house. Unplug all appliances and remove the batteries in clocks. 

Never endanger yourself. If turning off the valve will put you at risk for poisoning or electrocution, do not do it. 

Get Out and Stay Out 

Floodwaters are a significant danger. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet, and one foot can drag your vehicle away. 

If your local or state government tells you to evacuate, you should do so. Gather your essential belongings, including medications and photo IDs. Get out as soon as possible. 

If you cannot leave your home, move to the upper levels. Avoid touching the water unless you must evacuate. 

When you can return to your home, you may be tempted to enter right away. You should avoid doing so since toxins can be inside. Wait until you get an all-clear from a trained professional.

Get in Touch With Others

If you sustained any sort of injury, you should get medical attention. A cut that had water inside can develop into an infection. If you're safe, call a family member to tell them you are alright. 

If you live in a rental property, call your landlord. Tell them how the water got into your property and what the exterior seems like. You should also tell them how other residents are doing. 

If you own your home, call your insurer. Tell them what happened and where you think the damage might be. 

Your insurer may want to send an inspector before they give you compensation. Wait for them before heading inside if your insurer decides on this. 

Document the Damage 

Take photographs of absolutely everything. The more proof you have of damage, the more insurance compensation you can receive. 

Photograph the exterior of your property, including doors and windows. If you have a garden or shed that got damaged, take photos of that as well. 

Move through your house room by room. Take a look at the far corners and the bottoms of your walls. 

Proceed into your basement with caution. Wear personal protective equipment, including a respirator that filters out airborne substances. If you see mold or animals, stay away. 

In addition to photographs, create written lists of everything that is damaged. Provide detailed descriptions of each item to increase your chances of getting a replacement. 

Photos of damaged rooms are especially effective if you have photos from before the flood. Take photographs of anything you've bought that is valuable, like television sets. Keep receipts in a waterproof container that you store in your attic. 

Cleaning up After a Flood

You should call a service when you encounter any flood damage. Flood damage has several hidden dangers that are hard to detect. Water strains foundations, which you may not notice until you put weight on them. 

Once your insurer is done looking at your home, contact professionals near you. After a major emergency, there will be a lot of people calling them. Be patient and try to assess the damage on your own. 

You can help in a few ways. Remove possessions that you think you can salvage. Keep them dry in waterproof containers. 

Air-dry your clothes and linens on clotheslines and tables. Spray them with antibacterial substances before wearing them again. 

Open doors and windows to allow air to circulate. Make sure that this does not allow bacteria or mold to spread. If the doors or windows are broken, place boards over them to keep animals from entering. 

Use a sump pump to remove standing water. If you have small pools, you can use buckets, but be careful. Wear gloves and boots and make sure you can carry the water out by hand. 

Know What to Do After a Flood 

Now you should understand what to do after a flood. If you're able to, turn off the water valve. Shut off electricity to prevent electrocutions. 

Evacuate before any major natural disaster. Stay out of your home until you get clearance from someone. Also, call your family, then contact your landlord and insurer. 

Take photographs of damaged objects and call a service that will clean up mold and repair your foundations. Keep things dry until you can go back inside. 

Don't wait around to get help. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee has more than 50 years of experience in managing flood damage. Contact us today.

What Are the Different Causes of House Fires?

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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What Are the Different Causes of House Fires?

There are several common causes of house fires. Our informative guide right here has the key things you need to understand.

In 2019, there were 1,291,500 fires alone. With so many fires occurring each year, it's no wonder you're here to find out what the most common causes of fire are.

The first step to preventing and preparing yourself for an emergency is to educate yourself about what house fire causes there are. Continue reading on to find out everything you need to know.

Cooking In the Kitchen

Many of us have found ourselves in a situation where we're cooking and then become distracted by the tv or a child running around. Unfortunately, for some people, the moment of distraction is enough to cause a fire to happen.

When you're in the kitchen cooking, you need to devote all your attention to what you're doing. Once you're done cooking your meal, you need to take the time to make sure that all appliances have been turned off and moved so that they can't be knocked over.

Turning off the kitchen appliances will also protect you and others when they come into the kitchen to do dishes or move the pots and pans from their original location.

Frayed Electrical Cords

It's important that once your electrical appliances that have cords become frayed, you either replace them or replace the appliance. The reason for this is frayed cords can cause sparks to fly, leading to an electrical fire.

It would help if you took some time to check your cords every now and then to ensure that there is nothing left lying around that can start a house fire. Another aspect that should be considered when it comes to electrical cords is faulty wiring.

You might not know that your home has faulty or old wiring, but there are some signs that you might notice from time to time. If one appliance doesn't work as efficiently when running another appliance, that might be a sign of faulty wiring.

Another sign of faulty wiring is a fuse blowing or shorting out when you turn it on or use it.

Smoking In the Home

14 out of every 100 people in the world smoke cigarettes. The issue with smoking cigarettes is everyone doesn't always put the cigarette out completely before leaving a room.

Cigarettes that aren't put out completely can easily start a fire. The way this happens is the lit ash could fall on furniture, clothing, or other flammable materials nearby, sparking a flame. 

A fire caused by a cigarette butt is responsible for upwards of 25% of fatalities caused by house fires each year. 

Candles

Candles make your home smell like the inside of a bakery or fresh linen, but were you aware that they can cause fires as well. Sometimes people:

  • Place the candle close to flammable objects
  • Leave candles burning too long
  • Leave the home without blowing the candle out

We aren't saying that you have to stop lighting your candles, but you need to ensure that they aren't near objects that can be caught on fire when you're using them. You also need to take time to blow the candles out when you're about to leave home.

If a candle catches fire in your home, it can cause quick and significant fire damage.

Small Children

Children are very curious about everything from the way the sink works to what causes the bright orange flame on top of a candle. Another common house fire cause is small children being curious.

This could mean the child accidentally turns over a candle that is lit or plays with some matches. The best way to minimize the risk of a fire starting in your home is to keep things that can light a fire or are lit out of reach of children.

You should always teach your children the importance of not touching things that are lit or playing with matches and lighters.

How to Prevent Fires in Your Home

The first thing you need to do to prevent a fire in your home is to prepare yourself and your family in case of an emergency. When your family knows the plan in place, it can help protect everyone and ensure that everyone knows what action to take should the fire happen.

Another way to take necessary steps to prevent fires is to check the smoke detectors in your home regularly. Your smoke detectors will be the first thing to alert you if there is smoke or other danger in your home that you're not aware of.

If the smoke detectors start blinking, that's a sign that you need to take some time to change the batteries. There are several other things that you can do to prevent a fire, but we've mentioned those things above.

You also need to take the time to keep your pets in areas where they can't come in contact with flammable objects or accidentally knock them over while playing.

Top Causes of House Fires

There are several causes of house fires that you might not have known about. Some of the most obvious causes of fires is the curious nature of small children as well as faulty wiring in your home that you might not have been aware of.

If you recently experienced a fire in your home and there was damage caused, the next thing you need to do is find someone to help with the damage that occurred. If you're ready to take that step, contact SERVPRO of Central Tennessee.

Not only do we specialize in fire damage, but we also can provide assistance when it comes to storm and water damage.

These Are the Common Causes of House Floods

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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These Are the Common Causes of House Floods

If your home is flooded, it can cause a huge amount of damage and danger. 

Water has the power to destroy your belongings and the structure of your home. Repairs can be extensive, taking a lot of time and money. 

House floods can be caused by many different things. Keep reading to find out what to look out for, and help avoid home flooding. 

Broken Pipes 

There are pipes throughout your entire home. They move a huge amount of water, very quickly, at all times.

That is why a broken pipe can cause major flooding. Water is extremely powerful and will continue to gush out, sending a huge amount of water into your home within a matter of minutes. This can cause severe damage incredibly quickly. 

There are many reasons why a pipe can break. It may be that pipes have areas of damage, weakness, or erosion. Changes in water pressure and temperature can also put increased pressure on the pipes. 

What starts as a minor or insignificant lead can quickly become something much more serious. That’s why it’s important to be cautious. 

Regularly check the state of your home’s water pipes. Fix any leaky pipes as soon as possible. It’s also useful to know where your home’s main water valve is. That way, you can quickly shut off the water in an emergency. 

If you do suffer from a flooded home, contact professionals immediately. We can repair and restore your home after water damage. 

Poor Drainage 

Sometimes the water in your sink, toilet, bath, or shower can drain away slowly. This is usually caused by a blockage in your drain. They are most common in kitchens and bathrooms, where a lot of debris and other materials can collect.  

It can seem inconvenient, but can quickly become a lot more serious. There is the potential for the drain to become entirely blocked. 

In this situation, water will stop draining away. Your sink, toilet, bath, or shower can start to overflow, causing a serious house flood. This has the power to destroy your home. 

If water is slow to drain away in your home, be proactive. Contact a professional and remove any blockages before they cause a flood.   

Blocked Rain Gutters 

Your rain gutters are designed to transport excess water away from your home. This helps to protect your home from flooding and damage. 

However, rain gutters can quickly become blocked. This is often the case after heavy rainfall when dirt and debris from your roof are washed down into the gutters. 

If heavy rains continue, and your gutters are blocked, then they will overflow. This can become a dangerous and damaging situation. It increases the risk of flooding in your home. 

That’s why it’s best to be proactive. Regularly clean your gutters, and prevent a flooded house.  

Damaged Foundations

The foundation of your home is always resting on the ground. That’s why, when it is built, it needs to be properly waterproof and sealed. This means it is protected from flooding or damage by water on the ground. 

However, foundations can be damaged with cracks or other flaws. This can allow water to damage the structure of your home and can lead to severe flooding.   

To prevent flooding, check that your home’s foundations are sound. If they are faulty, then invest in foundation repair. It will be less expensive than trying to salvage your home after a flood in the future. 

If you have a basement, it’s also important to make sure that your tiles are sealed properly. This will stop water seeping through after heavy rainfall. 

Faulty Appliances 

Flooding can also be caused by faulty appliances within your home. Appliances that can cause major damage to your home include washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, and air conditioners. If these appliances or their connections malfunction, they can quickly cause a flooded home. 

Inspect these appliances regularly. Make sure that there are no issues with them or the water supply. 

If you do notice a problem, get it fixed or replaced straight away. This will prevent a more serious problem from developing. 

If not, your home and possessions can be damaged and destroyed by flooding. Contact us as quickly as possible, and we can help to restore your belongings

Accidents or Forgetfulness 

We are all human, and we all make mistakes. Sometimes flooding can be caused by simple forgetfulness. 

One of the most common examples is when you’re running a bath. You might start, but forget or get distracted. The bath can quickly start to overflow. This can easily lead to major flooding in your home. 

If you’re using water in your home, try not to multitask or get distracted. That’s the best way to prevent accidental flooding in your home. 

Extreme Weather 

Of course, we don’t have much control over the weather. Heavy rain, storms, hurricanes, and snow can cause flooding in your home. 

In these cases, pay attention to weather forecasts and prepare as needed. Have an emergency weather plan in place, and an efficient pump that you can use if flooding begins.  

This is why it’s also important to maintain the structure of your home. Repair any small cracks or damage as soon as you can. Otherwise, they may encourage flooding during any extreme weather. 

If your home is damaged by extreme weather, it’s important to act quickly to recover your home and belongings. We can make a disaster in your home seem "Like it never even happened."   

Common Causes of House Floods 

House floods can cause a huge amount of danger and destruction. They can be caused by many different things. 

By following this guide, you can reduce the risk of flooding in your home. This will help keep you, your loved ones, and your belongings safe. 

Want to know more? Contact us now, and we can help you keep your home and belongings safe from house flooding. 

9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Restoration Company

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Restoration Company

You never know when a natural disaster might strike. In fact, about 15 million US homes are at risk of flooding.

It's important to call a restoration company as soon as possible. Otherwise, sitting water can lead to mold and mildew growth. The value of your home could continue to decline as a result.

Meanwhile, mold spores in the air could put your family's health at risk.

Don't risk it! Instead, keep reading to discover the nine questions you should ask a restoration company. With these tips, you can narrow down your options.

You'll have peace of mind knowing you've chosen a company you can trust.

Read on to start your search today!

1. How Long Have You Operated?

There are over 55,352 damage restoration companies in the US. These businesses employ over 113,191 professionals.

If you want to narrow down your options, look for a business that's operated in the area for at least a few years. Ask the owners how long they've worked in the industry, too.

It's important to look for restoration companies with years of experience in the industry. After all, people learn from hands-on experience. Finding an experienced team will give you peace of mind in their abilities.

A company that's operated in the area for at least 10 years has likely outlasted competition in the region. It's also likely that they've won the respect of their clients. A company with a strong professional reputation will have an easier time finding clients. 

These businesses have likely worked out the kinks in their operations as well.

Choosing an inexperienced business, on the other hand, could do more harm than good. There's a chance they're still working out the kinks in their operations.

Instead, choose a company with a well-trained team. You'll feel more comfortable knowing they have the hands-on experience necessary for the job. They can leverage that experience when providing their restoration services. 

2. Are You Licensed, Insured, and Bonded?

Most states in the US require restoration companies and contractors to have proper licensing. If a legal issue arises, you can handle the dispute with the company.

Make sure each restoration company on your list is licensed to practice in the area. Ask for proof that their license is up-to-date, too.

You should also look for restoration companies that are bonded. Bonded companies have insurance. If the company doesn't do its job, you'll have protection.

The bond can provide liability protection and compensation in case of an accident.

The company should have worker's compensation, too. If someone is injured on the job, they won't hold you liable. 

3. Are You Available 24/7?

As you research local restoration companies, ask about their business hours.

You don't want to wake up to an emergency in the middle of the night, only to find everyone's closed. Instead, choose a company that's open 24/7. You'll have peace of mind knowing you can call any time.

It's important to make sure you receive restoration services as soon as possible. Otherwise, additional damage can occur. 

4. Is Every Member of Your Team Certified?

Determine who will end up working on your home. Is each technician certified and experienced?

Look for technicians that have an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certificate. This certificate indicates they have the proper training and education for the job. 

Take the time to consider what type of restoration each company specializes in, too. For example, do you fire restoration rather than water restoration services? What about storm damage services?

Ask for technicians that have years of experience in that specialty.

5. Do You Have a Local Office?

Google "restoration company near me" and explore your options. Try to find a restoration company that's local.

Some companies will charge you if they have to travel long distances. Otherwise, it could take a while before the technicians can reach your home. Remember, you'll want a company that can respond quickly. 

Other companies follow disasters. They'll pretend they work in the area. If they don't do a satisfactory job, you might find they've already disappeared.

Instead, find a local business you can trust. 

6. Can You Provide References?

Every restoration company you call will try to convince you that they're the best in the business. You don't have to take their word for it. Instead, ask them for references and reviews.

You can find reviews on the company's Better Business Bureau and Google My Business listing.

Otherwise, talk with some of their recent customers. Ask about their experience. Did they have any issues working with the restoration team?

If so, you can cross that company off your list. 

7. What is Your Process Like?

Take the time to learn more about each company's process, too. 

Some companies will only dry out your property or clean after a fire. However, you might need a company that offers reconstruction, too.

Learn more about the company's process and services to determine if they offer the restoration services you need. 

8. Will You Work With My Insurance Company?

Water and fire damage can get costly. Look for a restoration company that will work with your insurance company. They could help ensure the process is as painless as possible.

9. Do You Have a Guarantee?

Don't rush to choose a restoration team yet. First, make sure to ask each company on your list for a quote. Get quotes from at least three local businesses.

Ask for a copy of their contract as well. What's included? Are there any hidden fees you need to worry about?

Ask each company how long the restoration process will take as well.

Then, make sure each company offers a guarantee or warranty. What if you're not satisfied with their services? Can you call them back?

If the company doesn't offer a guarantee, costs could start to stack up each time you call them back.

The Best in the Business: 9 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Restoration Company

Don't rush to hire the first restoration company you find online. Instead, ask these questions to narrow down your options. Asking these questions will help you find the most qualified team around. 

Searching for a fire and water restoration team in Tallahassee? We're here to help.

Contact us today to get started. 

How to Prevent Mold From Growing inside your Business

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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How to Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Home

Are you trying to figure out how to prevent mold in your home? If yes, you should click here to learn more about what to do.

Coming home to learn there's mold growing in your home is most likely the last thing you want to do. Although molds are common in homes and come in a variety of forms, no one wants to fight the war against mold. If not treated immediately, mold can begin to spread and grow thicker, causing more problems. 

Because of this, we want to catch mold in its early stages and then learn how to prevent mold from coming back. Preventing mold from growing inside the house will not only keep your home healthy, but it'll keep you and your family healthy as well. 

For some of the best mold prevention tips, continue reading below. Here's everything you need to know about preventing mold from growing inside your home. 

Lower Humidity Levels

Mold thrives in humid environments. If your home has high humidity levels, then it's an ideal place for mold to grow. The best thing to do is check the humidity levels in your home first. 

If they're high, then be sure to lower them when possible. You can use a dehumidifier to help lower the levels, but there are some other things you can do around the house as well. Having good airflow will help lower the levels.

To increase airflow, you can open your windows, keep the fans on, and use your exhaust fans when taking a shower. Be sure to check by your windows, in the HVAC unit closet, and in the laundry room for any signs of moisture or condensation. If you see condensation building, then use some of these tips to correct the issue. 

Fix Leaks (Even the Small Ones)

Any leaks in the home should be fixed immediately. Even if it's a small leak that doesn't have much of an impact on your water bill or daily life, fix it. Even the smallest of leaks can cause mold to grow and spread. 

Check for leaks in your home on a weekly basis. Check all faucets, under your sinks, around the toilets, and in the laundry room and HVAC closet. If you find a leak, have a professional address the issue to ensure it's corrected and won't leak again. 

After the leak's fixed, be sure to keep checking that area for a few weeks after for any signs of mold. 

Attend to Wet/Damp Areas ASAP

Spills happen in the home. This is normal. When a spill does happen, however, you'll want to clean it up as soon as you can. Allowing spills to remain in the carpet, on the walls, or anywhere else will also permit mold to grow. 

Try to have the area fully dried within 48 hours. If the spill took place on a piece of furniture or fabric that can't be dried quickly, then be sure to place it outside in the sun for faster drying. You should also avoid leaving any damp or wet clothing around the house.

Another good tip is to dry your shower after each use. You can use a towel to quickly wipe the walls down. You might also want to leave your shower curtain open until it's dried completely. 

Invest in Mold-Resistant Products

There are now mold-resistant products you can use when either building a new home or renovating an old one. These products can help reduce your risk of mold in the home. For example, there's mold-resistant Sheetrock, drywall, and paint! 

If you notice you have a reoccurring issue with mold, then it could be a good idea to have some of these items switched out in your home. Although you'll pay a cost to have it done, you may save later down the road by not having to remove mold from your walls or ceiling. 

Clean/Repair Roof and Gutters

A home situated on land that's not properly slanted to ensure water runs away from the foundation could have water issues in the basement or foundation. Make corrections to direct water away from your home. You can also clean and repair your roof and gutters on a regular basis to prevent water issues and clogs.

If the gutters are filled with debris and a clog forms, then water may begin to weigh down on both the roof and gutters. Eventually, this could cause a leak. Keeping the roof and gutters clean will reduce this risk. 

You should also have them inspected for damages on a regular basis. 

Declutter, Wipe Down, and Vacuum

Sometimes, mold will grow in places you can't see. This could be behind walls and ceilings, but it could also be behind other hidden areas in the home. To properly check for mold, declutter, wipe down surfaces, and vacuum each room. 

Mold spores can grow in the carpet and go unnoticed for a period of time. After vacuuming, dump the container and remove the contents of the vacuum from your home. 

You Can Learn How to Prevent Mold Today

Finding mold in your home is less than ideal. Unfortunately, it's more common than you think. If you find mold in your home, then be sure to contact a professional mold remediation service. 

Once you've corrected the issue, be sure to use these tips on how to prevent mold from growing in the home and stop the mold from coming back.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can help you win the war against mold in your home. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

What to Do After Your Tallahassee Home Has Water Damage

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Whether the water damage you experience in your home is mild or severe, it's a huge struggle to overcome. There are a lot of steps to take and calls to make — you'll definitely want to take a break.

There is a way to make it easier on yourself, though, and that's by having a plan. Knowing everything you have to do can make the entire process less overwhelming, and it can save you a lot of time in the long run.

So, what should you do after your home suffers from water damage? Read on to find out.

1. Call Your Insurance Company

You should call your insurance company within 24 hours of noticing the damage. While coverage is going to depend on your policy, the insurance company will be able to send an adjuster out to your home.

The adjuster will assess the damage to your home and determine if it's covered under your policy.

Before they arrive, take pictures and document the value of any and everything. This should be done before, during, and after the cleanup of your home.

2. Practice Safety

Next, you're going to want to make sure the space is safe to move about before you walk into it.

This means shutting off the power and putting on protective gear. You'll also want to remove rugs, furniture, or any other wet items that can cause damage to your home.

3. Call a Professional

To make sure your home is cleaned quickly and efficiently, it's best to call in a water damage expert. Likewise, depending on the area of your home that's damaged, you may need to call an electrician, plumber, and other household professionals.

Sometimes, flooring, drywall, and even insulation may have to be removed in order to prevent mold and mildew. Not only will this ensure the cleanliness of your home, but also the safety of everyone living in it.

It's best to have them handle it so you can ensure that everything is done properly.

4. Dry Everything Out

Once your home has been cleared for re-entry, there may be some water that lingers — especially if you live in a humid climate. It's best to clear out wet belongings and sort through them as soon as you can access them.

For airflow, box or floor fans can help circulation in the room. Having plenty of towels to place items on is also essential.

Remember These Steps to Take After Water Damage

When you remember these steps to take after water damage, you allow yourself to ease through the process. The less you stress, the easier it's going to be on not only you but those in your home.

Having professionals you can count on to fix the problem is a great way to ease your stress too.

At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we do exactly that. Contact us today to get started today.

Call SERVPRO for Biohazard Cleanup Services

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Do not try this at home! When it comes to clean up, you can never be too careful.

There are certain types of cleanup, like biohazard cleanup that are dangerous. Professionals should be handling this type of clean-up.

All of the trash, waste, and debris classified under biohazard cleanup can be complex. It's important to have it handled by a trained professional.

But who do you call to do this type of cleanup? We're going to answer that question in the article below. Read on and you'll know exactly where to turn for cleanup services if a traumatic event occurs.

What Is Biohazard Cleanup?

Biohazard cleanup is much different than standard household or business cleanup. This type of cleanup deals with hazardous materials. It also requires special certifications and equipment.

If biohazardous waste is not handled by a professional company, it can lead to health and safety issues. When cleanup isn't done properly, the site can sustain further damage.

When to Use a Biohazard Cleanup Service

These professional cleanup companies specialize in instances when blood is present. This can either be from a crime scene or another type of accident.

More often, these companies come in the event of fire, flood, storm, or emergency cleanup. And they have recently become popular due to COVID-19.

These situations need to be handled with care because of diseases that can be present in organic material. Also, because of damage that can be done to homes by the improper cleanup of floods, fires, and storms.

Because of the severity of these kinds of events, clean up after natural disasters, etc. have to be handled with the utmost care. In fact, OSHA has specific standards that need to be followed when a biohazard cleanup company comes to clean up a site.

These standards involve specific routine procedures when disposing of organic material, fire-damaged debris, etc. The standards also provide guidelines for protective equipment that cleaning professionals wear as they handle the site.

The protective equipment is also provided to any loved ones who need to access the site during cleanup. The purpose is to minimize any further spread of potential diseases.

Risks of Improper Cleanup

If something like this occurs in your home or business, it's important to call the professionals from the start. Please do not put your friends, family, loved ones, or neighbors at risk by attempting to clean up on your own.

When a person cleans up after an event like this without professional techniques and tools there can be lingering risks.

Normal cleaning leaves areas improperly disinfected. Without professional treatment, bacteria can always linger. Your cleaning may have suppressed it, but it's still there.

In addition to crime scene or accident cleanup, biohazard cleanup companies can also come out in the event of a fire or flood. Using the knowledge of a professional cleanup crew is as important in this instance, as well.

If your home is not properly cleaned after a fire or flood, it can cause severe structural damage. Always make sure to consult a professional cleanup service.

That's a Wrap

When it comes to biohazard cleanup, it only makes sense to work with the best. If you've recently gone through a traumatic event or had a flood or fire in the home, call SERVPRO today.

You can talk to us directly, we can answer any questions, and put your mind at ease. The times when we're needed most are usually times of chaos and loss. The last thing you want to worry about is how you're going to clean up.

We care. Let us handle the hard stuff so you can get on with your life.

SERVPRO & The Mold Remediation Process

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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The mold that collects in high quantities in areas like your roof, attic, or basement can cause long term damage to your commercial building. While it is common for every home or building to develop some form of mold where there is moisture, you might need to call in a mold remediation company if it gets out of hand. 

Do you believe you have a mold problem? If so, you don't want to wait before calling in the professionals. If you are curious about what happens during mold remediation, keep reading our brief guide to learn everything you need to know about the process. 

Determine Contamination 

The first part of remediation is to identify both the location and the quantity of the contaminant. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the property manager can clean and handle areas of mold ranging within three feet by three feet (10 square ft.).

But, if you find somewhere that exceeds these limits, you have to call in an Indoor Environmental Specialist (IEP) for inspection. They will take samples of the mold and determine what remediation plan suits the issue. 

Set Up Containment

After the IEP creates a plan, the remediation specialists come in to set up mold containment. Mold spores move easily through households and buildings. To prevent the spread of contamination, the professionals set up isolated barriers to keep the mold in one spot while they clean.

SERVPRO also focuses on stopping the water source (leaks, floods, etc.) that have caused the mold in the first place. That way, the mold has less of a chance to reappear. 

Remove Damaged Materials

If items or surfaces undergo water or mold damage, the specialists will throw it all away. Many times, things like drywall and insulation are unsalvageable and may contain mold spores. The safest measure is to remove these materials from the site. 

Clean All Surfaces

Now, the cleaning process can begin. Mold remediation professionals will clean the affected areas using high-tech equipment like HEPA vacuums.

These items contain filters that are efficient in catching mold spores. They will then use other tools for mold removal and wipe the area down with high-quality disinfectants. 

Re-Inspect the Area

Once everything is clean and clear, the IEP will come back out to the site for re-inspection. During this time, they might perform air sampling and mold testing to ensure the area is free of contamination. 

Mold Remediation Near Me

As you can tell, there are several steps to mold remediation. The process is critical to ensuring that the mold contamination remains isolated within your home so the specialists can thoroughly exterminate the problem.

The most important component of this procedure is hiring a trusted service like SERVPRO. We take your health seriously, which is why our detailed cleaning techniques are some of the best on the market.

If you have a mold problem or require other cleaning services, we urge you to contact us today. We will answer any questions you may have and set you with an appointment soon as possible. 

The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

Whether at home or at your place of business, the importance of indoor air quality is now more apparent than ever before. The quality of the air that we breathe and our ability to protect ourselves from air pollution is essential. No matter how sophisticated your air filtering and ventilation system is, you will only be protected if you clean your air ducts.

With regular air duct cleaning, your airflow systems will become blocked, inefficient, and prone to total breakdown. That is why it is important to take a proactive approach when it comes to the air ducts in your home or workplace. Read on to find out exactly why air duct cleaning is so important. 

A More Sanitary Environment

By hiring a quality air duct cleaning service, you can ensure that your indoor environment is more sanitary for your family, friends, colleagues, and customers. Dirty air ducts tend to distribute dust, debris, mold, and bacteria around the rooms they feed into.

This can end up in people's food, on surfaces that people come into contact with, and inside people's respiratory systems. If you wish to minimize health hazards indoors, hire an air duct cleaning company today. 

A More Pleasant Indoor Environment 

Dirty air ducts can simply make an indoor environment very unpleasant to be in. A buildup of mold or debris in the air duct can cause bad odors to endlessly circulate around a room, which is something you definitely don't want in a customer-facing business.

In addition, blocked air ducts can reduce the flow of cool air, making a room feel hot and stifling. For pleasant indoor environments, always keep your air ducts clean. 

Save Money and Energy 

Finally, it is important to note that clean air ducts can also save you money and energy. Blocked air ducts reduce the flow of air in your living space.

This will mean that your AC unit has to work extra hard to do its job, meaning that it will expend more energy. To keep your energy bills low and to reduce your carbon footprint, make sure to keep your air ducts clean. 

Arrange a Professional Air Duct Cleaning Today 

If you need an air duct cleaning, you have come to the right place. Make sure to contact our friendly and professional team today to arrange a quality cleaning at an excellent price. If you want results that will last, choose SERVPRO Tallahassee. 

Trust SERVPRO for Mold Removal in Your Home

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold is all around us, all the time. Found both indoors and outdoors throughout the year, mold is simply a part of our world.

That being said, mold growing in your home is a big problem that typically indicates that there is a source of moisture or water in your home that needs to be dealt with.

What Is Black Mold?

"Black mold" actually refers to a number of species of mold that have either a black or dark green appearance. One type of mold that falls under this category is known as Stachybortrys chartarum.

Mold is a type of fungus that drives in warm and moist environments. Places where mold is eager to grow include kitchens, bathrooms, toilets, showers, and basements. It can also grow on dirt, wood, or paper.

If you live in a humid climate or if you use a humidifier inside your home, it can encourage mold growth.

Mold growth will typically smell musty and look like spots. It can appear in many different colors. Any mold that you find in your home should be removed and you should also remove the moisture source that allowed it to grow.

Different Types of Mold

It is estimated that there are over 100,000 different types of mold in existence. What are the common types of mold you can find in your home

Acremonium

This is a toxigenic mold that can change in appearance over time. It typically grows in window sealants, humidifiers, drain pans, and cooling coils. This mold is often gray, pink, white, or orange in color.

Alternaria

Alternaria is one of the most common forms of allergenic mold in the entire world. It has dark brown or green hairs and a velvet texture. This type of mold frequently grows where there is dampness, such as in bathtubs, showers, or underneath leaking sinks.

This mold type is common when there has been water damage in a building or a home.

Aspergillus

This is another common type of mold found in households across America. There are more than 185 different species of Aspergillus mold, and it can appear in a variety of different colors. 

Aureobasidium

This mold can be found growing on wooden or painted surfaces as well as behind wallpaper. It is typically brown, pink, or black in color. It typically becomes darker brown as it ages.

Chaetomium

This is the type of mold that is commonly found in buildings and homes that have sustained water damage. The appearance and color of this mold can change over time and it typically has a cotton-like texture. Chaetomium is usually found in a leaking or damp roof, sink, or basement. 

Cladosporium

This type of mold can grow in both cold and warm conditions. It can be found in carpets, fabrics, and upholsteries as well as inside cupboards and under floorboards. It is brown or olive green in color and has a suede-like texture.

Fusarium

Fusarium is another type of mold that is capable of both growing and spreading even when the temperature is quite cold. It typically grows and homes that have water damage. This mold will typically grow in fabrics, wallpaper, carpeting, and other materials.

Often white, pink, or red, this mold grows naturally in compost piles and nonfood products. In a home, fusarium can spread quickly. It's important to examine your house thoroughly if you notice it in one room and begin the process of mold remediation.

How to Get Rid of Black Mold: Black Mold Removal

Depending on how much black mold is in your home, it's possible that hiring a professional is the right choice. They are able to safely and effectively get rid of black mold that is present in your home.

If you are planning on getting rid of black mold on your own, there are a number of steps you will want to take.

First, you will want to find the source of moisture that is allowing the mold to grow. Common places you might look include water heaters, faucets and fixtures, and exposed plumbing.

If you are cleaning up mold on your own, you'll want to protect yourself with the proper equipment and clothing. You'll want to wear clothing that covers all of your skin and wear a respirator, safety goggles, and rubber gloves.

You'll want to turn off your heater or air conditioner when removing mold and seal off doorways or areas that lead to the rest of your home. Near outdoor openings, use an exhaust fan to move airborne spores out of your house.

You can then test the area for moisture and treat the area with a mold and mildew remover. Afterward, clean up the area thoroughly before you unseal the doorways to the rest of the house. Let the exhaust fan run for several hours if not a full day.

Black Mold Remediation: Let the Pros Handle It

As you can see, there are many dangers of black mold. This means that you'll want to deal with the issue at the first signs of the problem. You also absolutely have to address the source of water or moisture that is causing the problem to begin with, otherwise, the mold could simply reappear.

If you are wondering how to get rid of black mold, consider hiring SERVPRO. We are highly trained mold remediation specialists who can help your home or business get back to normal fast. If you're in need of mold remediation services, contact us today!

Mold Prevention According To Black Mold Removal Specialists

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

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How You Can Prevent Mold According To Black Mold Removal Specialists

Are you concerned about the growth of mold in your home? Learn how you can protect your house today according to black mold removal specialists.

Mold can grow almost anywhere, entering the home through windows, water, and doors. You can even track it into your home on your shoes.

You might only think of mold as a problem when you have a flood or water leak, but you can benefit from mold prevention and black mold removal more frequently than you think!

If you're looking to learn more about black mold and how to prevent it, read on to learn from the experts. 

Ventilation 

Many people think cold weather will kill off any mold in their house, although this is untrue. Cold temperatures will only dry out the mold. It will rehydrate and reactivate in summer. Just waiting for winter is not enough to prevent mold.

The best mold removal method is via airflow. By ensuring your rooms have proper ventilation, you can easily limit mold growth. 

Stop Moisture

Black mold most commonly grows where there's sufficient moisture. It can grow on any surface, ranging from paper to wood to carpet. 

Avoid difficult mold removal by preventing mold from taking root in moist areas. As soon as you notice any plumbing leaks, have them fixed and treat the area with household mold remover gel. There is a variety of over-the-counter products that can control mold spores and colonies, so you don't have to pay for professionals.

Laundry rooms are common culprits when it comes to black mold. Ensure you don't leave damp laundry or wet clothes lying around and make an effort to keep your laundry room dry and ventilated. 

If you live in a humid area or some of your rooms often accumulate moisture, consider a dehumidifier to keep the area clean and avoid ambient condensation. 

Hire Professionals For Black Mold Removal

Sometimes you might have to call in professional help. Black mold is sneaky, and you might have a colony before you even realize it. Specialists can check your home for sources of black mold, and give you some advice on how to both prevent mold and remove existing spots.

If they find black mold in your home, professionals will use a combination of mold removal gel and mold removal spray to eliminate the colony and stop the spores from spreading further. 

They will also sample the spores to determine what kind of mold is present in your home and if there are any health risks. The mold removal cost tends to be affordable and is worth the peace of mind.

Be Proactive About Mold Today

Hopefully, this article will have given you a few tips about black mold removal. Staying on top of the mold in your home will keep your family healthy and happy. If you're proactive about controlling mold, you won't have to worry about expensive mold cleaning bills! 

Check out our supply of mold cleaning products, and if you need any advice, don't hesitate to contact us

5 Signs You Could Have Hidden Water Damage In Wood

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

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5 Signs You Could Have Hidden Water Damage In Wood

Do you know how to check for hidden water damage in wood? Protect your home today and use our easy guide to assess your need for restoration.

As a homeowner, it's important that you know how to identify problems and hazards within your home before they cause a catastrophe. One of these potential problems is water damage in wood. 

When you have water damage, mold and mildew can build up. It could cause potential health effects and worsen your air quality, as well as ruin the structural integrity and longevity of your home. 

But how do you identify and repair water-damaged wood? We're here to tell you 5 signs so you can protect wood from water damage and catch the problem early. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Bubbling or Cracked Walls

Have you noticed small "bubbles" on your wall? Do you see cracks that you can't identify? These might be signs that your home has water damage.

When a wall gets wet, it causes the paint or wallpaper to lift from the surface. This presents the "bubble" look. A wet wall can also cause small amounts of expansion beneath the surface, causing a crack. 

While there are many reasons that a wall might have small cracks, consider checking for underlying water damage first. 

2. A "Musty" Smell

There's a telltale "musty" or damp smell associated with water getting deep into the wood. It may start off smelling like the outdoors after a rainstorm, but over time, it gets less pleasant.

This smell means that somewhere in your home, dampness is causing mildew or mold. 

3. Visible Mold

This is a more obvious sign that you have water damage. Where there's mold, there's water.

You might have to do a thorough inspection to find mold. Sometimes mold spores are too small to see, but other times, mold presents as dark green, brown, or black patches with lighter edges around the sides where the mold isn't as dense. 

Mold can be dangerous, so don't hesitate to call in professionals if you see it. 

4. Dark Spots

Dark spots in your ceiling or walls are a clear sign that there's a leak somewhere. These spots can spread quickly, but they're obvious enough that it's easy to catch the problem early.

Look for spots that seem almost like coffee stains. Check the area above the spot (if it's accessible to you) to find the source of the water. 

5. A "Spongy" Texture 

By the time this has occurred, you know that you need professional restoration or damage control. When wood has enough water damage, it softens and becomes spongy. 

If the wood is part of the structure of your home, this can cause serious problems. Don't hesitate to contact someone to inspect and repair your wood damage before it's too late.

Water Damage In Wood Is No Joke

When your home has water damage in wood, it can lead to structural issues in the future. In the short term, it can lead to mold in the air and ruined paint or wallpaper. 

If you identify water damage in your home, it's best to hire professionals to fix it. That's where we come in. When you need an experienced professional to assess and restore your home in Tallahassee, we're here for you. Contact us at any hour of the day and we'll be there to help. 

A Guide To Fire Cleanup Services And Preventing The Effects Of Smoke Damage

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

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A Guide To Fire Cleanup And The Effects Of Smoke Damage

Are you the victim of a house fire and unsure where to begin? Fire cleanup services can help prevent the long-term effects of smoke damage on your home.

There were over 1 million house fires in 2019, responsible for close to 15 billion dollars worth of damage. If your home or business was subject to fire, you know how devastating they can be.

You also know how difficult the fire cleanup process is. Home fire damage cleanup can be expensive and time-consuming. Worse, some unreliable fire cleanup contractors can rip you off, even at this vulnerable time in your life.

Use this guide to plan your best course of action when it comes to your fire damage cleanup.

Take Stock

Your first step is to take stock of the extent of the fire damage. Your building could be salvageable, or it may be left in utter ruins. This will influence the overall cost of your fire cleanup. 

If the fire department used vast amounts of water to subdue the blaze, you may need both fire and water damage cleanup. For small fires, you may only need smoke damage remediation services.

Smoke damage can leave lasting odors. It can also cause structural and aesthetic corrosion in your home. Remedying smoke damage can be very hard and requires a professional.

Either way, getting an inspection and assessment is your first step in finding out what services you need.

Find a Reliable Fire Cleanup Company

You will want a name you can trust with a good reputation when it comes to your fire cleanup company. Make sure whoever you choose is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

You can use their online scam tracker to find any undesirable fire restoration candidates yourself. There are all sorts of unreliable fire cleanup contractors out there who will overcharge you or rip you off.

Some will promise you work and not complete it in a timely fashion, if at all. Many are looking to take advantage of your insurance company.

They know that people are vulnerable after a fire and willing to go with the lowest prices without doing proper research. Don't fall prey to this pitfall. Go with a name you can trust. Always look for a B.B.B. accreditation.

Rebuild Right

If your home was destroyed by wildfire, take some fire prevention methods to keep disaster from striking again. Create defensible space around your home and make it out of non-combustible materials such as brick.

Make sure to have a metal roof so that ember-wash doesn't catch it on fire. If your home was not destroyed by wildfire and was subject to a normal structure fire, there are still some measures you can take.

Replace cheap, particulate wood furniture with less combustible materials. Avoid reconstructing and renovating your home out of materials such as wood to avoid future fire risk. Also, have proper fire insurance for your home and land.

Call a Pro Today

After a traumatic experience such as a fire, you just want to move on with your life. To do that, you will need to finish your fire cleanup process. Your best bet is to call a professional.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment. That way, you can go with a trusted name in the business that guarantees you good results.

Reasons COVID-Safe Cleaning Will Still Be Important After The Pandemic Ends

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Reasons COVID-Safe Cleaning Will Still Be Important After The Pandemic

It is imperative to practice COVID-safe cleaning to ensure a safe workspace. But why should you continue to deep clean after the pandemic ends? Find out more.

As the pandemic starts to slow down and more people are returning to the workplace, you may be wondering if it's still important to maintain strict cleaning habits. Businesses should always be clean, but are the excessive COVID-safe cleaning measures still necessary? 

Believe it or not, the answer is a resounding "yes." You shouldn't start slacking on your cleaning just because people are getting vaccinated. But why? 

Keep reading to learn several reasons that you should hire COVID-19 cleaning services, even once the pandemic is over.

Fewer Year-Round Illnesses

Did you know that influenza cases are actually down from their average? While many people are confused about the potential cause for this phenomenon, it's most likely that it's because of the enhanced safety and cleaning measures that everyone is putting into place.

From safer public places to cleaner homes, there are fewer opportunities for influenza to thrive. 

This means that your cleaning habits aren't just for COVID-19. COVID cleaning services are great for any and all illnesses. 

Customers Feel Safe

Even with COVID numbers dropping, your customers may hesitate to visit your business if they don't think that you're taking all necessary precautions to keep them safe. 

Customers appreciate a clean environment. While they may have tolerated a more "lived-in" look before the pandemic, they're now more interested in spaces that look and smell spotless. 

Customers that feel safer will be more likely to recommend your services to other people. Your business will have a better reputation and you may expand your customer base.

Employees Feel Safe

Your customers aren't the only people who are important to your business. Your employees are the building blocks to your success, so it's important that they feel safe and respected as well. What better way to show your employees that their health and safety matter than by maintaining good cleaning practices? 

Employees that are in cleaner environments are less likely to get sick. This means that you have to manage fewer sick days.

Healthy employees also tend to have higher overall morale. While that may not seem important, employees with higher morale are more productive. They're also more likely to stick with your business long-term. 

You Manage Future Risk

Aside from the normal illnesses that are present every year, there's no guarantee that the pandemic life is behind us. 

Large-scale illnesses happen. We've learned that with COVID-19 and H1N1. While it's unlikely that something else like this will happen again anytime soon, it isn't impossible.

You also want to prepare for a potential resurgence of the coronavirus. 

COVID-Safe Cleaning Is Here to Stay

COVID-safe cleaning shouldn't be a thing of the past. There are plenty of reasons that you should keep your business hygienic, regardless of whether or not there's a pandemic going on.

It helps your employees, it helps your customers, and it gives you peace of mind. 

Are you looking for commercial cleaning services that can help you keep your workplace sanitary? We're here to help. At SERVPRO, we know how to clean and sanitize your business. Contact us to learn more. 

Trust SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee After a Storm

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee services are critical after a big storm has occurred in the area. Torrential rains and high winds are a combination that can lead to severe damage to homes. Strong winds often blow off shingles or throw debris around a residence until a window breaks, and rain can flood a home through roof or window damage, leading to serious concerns if Tallahassee residential water damage cleanup services are not performed immediately. Extremely heavy rains or water that has built up over time can also seep into a home under doorways. There are many ways that flood damage can occur in just a short amount of time.

Rely on Professional Tallahassee Residential Water Damage Cleanup Services

Fast water extraction methods are necessary to make sure that your home sustains the least amount of damage as possible. To begin with, it is important to find out what type of water you are dealing with. Specialists can get rid of clean, gray, or black water with ease. They use reliable, high-powered equipment that can extract standing water rapidly. After water is removed, carpet pads should be checked out to make sure that they do not need to be removed to save the flooring underneath them. Walls should also be inspected for damage. Moisture meters and sensors can detect moisture levels all over your home whether it is visible or not.

Along with removing water, cleaning and sanitizing your property are also essential. If there are bad scents, deodorizing your property may be a necessity too. You want to return to your home knowing that there are no lurking bacteria left over from the flooding.

When a severe storm attacks your property, getting it repaired right away can help to stop water damage from getting worse. It is important to salvage as much as possible from your home. Be careful walking around the property that has standing water in it because it could be holding many dangerous surprises that only specialists are equipped to handle.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is standing by to assist you with all sorts of residential water damage cleanup services. As we're a local company, you can trust us to arrive promptly to clean up your water damage as quickly as possible. 

Water Removal For Your Restaurant

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Tallahassee has many excellent restaurants, and each has extensive plumbing to serve the kitchen, salad bar, and restroom facilities. A small water line break is all it takes to flood a large area.

When a Tallahassee restaurant ends up with flooding, commercial water removal is required. Starting this process soon after the water line breaks can often help us save carpeting, as well as wood flooring, much more efficiently. When these become extensively damaged, saving them becomes much less likely.

Removing water from a broken line is much more than pumping out all the standing water. Our technicians also use hand-held extractors, heated floor mats that cause an increased rate of evaporation, and massive air movers. Drying out walls, much like flooring, can save these from needing replacements, if completed quickly. Rapid drying keeps moisture from spreading in interior areas of drywall, flooring, and other materials.

Furniture can also become saturated when water wicks upward from floor-length fabric pieces. These need specialized care that our Certified Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician expertly provides. Protecting the look your patrons know and recognize is important to us.

In the kitchen, however, there remain a vast supply of food goods that, according to local health regulations, can no longer find their way to diners' tables. Disposing of the food inventory that came into contact with flood water is always listed on an inventory sheet. Part of restoring your restaurant includes helping you replace what the disaster destroyed.

Odor often results from saturated carpets, regardless of how clean your staff keeps them. Minute food particles that escape vacuum cleaners adds significantly to the smell. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can ensure that those dining at your establishment find no unwanted odors present to interfere with their enjoyment of your chef's creations.

SERVPRO of North Leon County is always available when you need them the most. Call us at our local number, (850) 536-6599, for the latest in technological advances that make a difference in the final result of your water removal needs.

For more information regarding Tallahassee, visit http://www.talgov.com/.

Covid Cleaning Service in Tallahassee, FL

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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There are thousands of confirmed cases of COVID-19 every day in Florida. Hundreds of these cases are in Tallahassee alone. 

The fight against COVID-19 is far from over.

Even though the vaccines may provide a light at the end of the tunnel, it is essential to keep your home and office safe from spreading the virus. One way to stay safe is to follow strict cleaning guidelines. 

Are you wondering what measures you should take to keep your home and office safe and clean? Keep reading for guidance on keeping your space clean and when to hire a COVID cleaning service in Tallahassee, FL. 

Tips to Keep Your Home and Office Safe

The three most important ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 are to wear a mask, stay six feet apart, and avoid crowds. While these practices are essential, there are times you need to do more to keep safe. 

Social Distancing in the Office

Keep these tips in mind for successful social distancing in the workplace:

  • Limit the number of people in the office at one time
  • Increase physical space between employees
  • Have meetings by phone or video when possible
  • Cancel non-essential trips and events
  • Stagger break times 

Enhanced Communication

When it comes to COVID-19 safety measures, proper communication is critical. Follow these communication guidelines for your office:

  • Provide updates that are relevant to your work community
  • Offer channels for support and two-way communication
  • Encourage transparency and honesty
  • Provide signage around the office with COVID safety reminders

Air Quality and Ventilation Systems 

High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters remove small particles and contaminants from the air. Consider buying HEPA filters for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in your home. 

To maintain the healthy air quality in your office, you may need to update your plumbing, ventilation, and filtration systems. These systems should have the ability to filter, dilute, and remove pathogens.

Cleaning Guidance From the CDC

Along with following the necessary safety measures against the coronavirus's spread, maintaining a clean home and work environment is essential.

Follow this guidance from the CDC: 

  • Wear a mask and reusable or disposable gloves
  • Consider wearing glasses or goggles
  • Ensure adequate ventilation
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant
  • Launder items according to manufacturer's instructions
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • Keep sick people home from work and isolated when home

It is vital to use the correct type of disinfectant when cleaning for COVID-19. Follow the EPA's list of effective disinfectants against the coronavirus and make sure you understand how to use them safely. 

If you have a large office or if this seems like too much to take on yourself, consider hiring a COVID cleaning service

Is It Safe to Hire a COVID Cleaning Service in Tallahassee, FL?

If someone in your home or office gets infected with the virus, it is recommended that you hire a COVID cleaning service. If you live in Tallahassee, you can keep your home and workplace safe and clean without having to do it yourself. 

Is it safe to have cleaners in your home during Covid? Sometimes. 

Make sure the cleaning service is trained to clean according to the CDC guidelines. They will have protocols in place and the experience it takes to keep everyone safe during the process. 

Stay Safe and Clean

Do your part in keeping your home and office safe from COVID-19. Follow the recommended guidelines and clean your space regularly.

If you feel overwhelmed, remember to ask for help. 

Contact us for more information on hiring a COVID cleaning service in Tallahassee, FL. 

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Commercial Cleaning Company

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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While the coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected the global economy, commercial cleaning is one industry that is benefiting. There is a universal emphasis on cleaning and sanitation. Employers are going to added lengths to ensure workspaces are safe for their workers.

In fact, the commercial cleaning industry is now valued at nearly $120 billion. There are 2.4 million workers employed in the United States.

There are also many companies to choose from. In the United States, there are over 36,000 cleaning franchises alone. How do you know how to choose the best commercial cleaning company?

Read on to learn how to hire the best commercial cleaning company. Explore five hiring tips that are certain to help you bring in a reputable company.

1. Specializations

Before hiring commercial cleaning services, ensure that they can handle the work scope. Commercial cleaning is a large field with a wide variety of services.

When people hear commercial cleaning, many automatically think about janitorial and sanitation services. However, there are other cleaning services that your business may require.

For instance, your business may need air ducts cleaned. This is a unique service that requires specialized equipment.

2. Reputation

With so many cleaning companies out there, you should not settle. Only companies with a sterling reputation deserve your consideration.

You may be wondering how to find a company with a great reputation. Professional referrals are an effective strategy. There is a good chance for a positive experience if the cleaning company worked out well for a professional contact.

3. Online Reviews

The internet and social media provide a powerful research tool. Here, you can read reviews and customer testimonials about the company.

Social media platforms like Facebook allow consumers to rate their experience. Google also compiles ratings and allows web browsers to read both positive and negative reviews. While a negative review is not uncommon, you should ask about it before hiring.

4. Price Transparency and Flexibility

Every business has a budget in mind for cleaning services. Of course, a prospective cleaning company must fit within that budget.

Reliable cleaning companies provide a detailed breakout of the contract costs. They are not going to charge a flat rate as the services vary depending on what is being done. Also, look for flexibility in payment terms that are beneficial to your company.

5. Experience

It is also important to hire a company with extensive experience. Hiring a company with little experience is more likely to result in problems.

Cleaning companies with decades of experience are the best bet. They have seen it all and learned many lessons along the way. These companies are better at problem-solving due to their experience.

A Recap of Hiring the Best Commercial Cleaning Company

Commercial cleaning has never been more important. How else will customers and employees feel safe at work?

Not all cleaning companies are created equal. Steps like online research and obtaining detailed price quotes go a long way.

If you are interested in hiring a commercial cleaning company, contact us today to speak with our team.

The Warnings Signs of Mold

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Finding mold in your home is every homeowner's nightmare. Yet its presence is more common than you may think.

It is estimated that approximately 70% of homes have some form and in Tallahassee, Florida we are at the height of mold season.

But with the number of homes affected being so high, it must mean that the signs of mold aren’t as obvious as seeing patches on your walls. If so it would surely be higher on the list of issues for tenants and homeowners alike.

So what are the signs of mold that you should pay attention to? Read on as what you find out may surprise you.

Something Doesn’t Smell Right

Another way that mold in your home makes its presence known is through your nose. The reason is due to microbial volatile organic compounds which are a byproduct of mold growth. The fact that they are volatile means that they can travel through surfaces, which means that their scent may be an early indicator of mold that you can take action on.

So what should you look out for?

Smells can vary but the most common could be likened to the musty earthy tone you get from opening an old book that has been on the shelf for too long.

If this rings a bell for one of your rooms then take note.

Don’t Ignore What’s Right in Front of You 

While it may be one of the more obvious signs of mold, ignoring visible indicators in your home is easy to do.

Action is often taken when patches of different colors appear on a wall, ceiling, or even bathroom tiles. But your house could be giving you other signals.

As damp conditions encouraging the growth of household mold, this has a knock-on effect on paintwork and wallpaper. Cracks that appear in paint and peeling wallpaper can easily be left to form part of a DIY list however your home could also be screaming to you that it has a problem.

You should especially take note if you have had any flooding, no matter how little it may have been, as it could spell the start of a longer and far grander problem.

Pay Attention to the Signs of Mold 

The signs of mold are obvious when you know what to look for. We hope our informative post can help you to stay on top of any potential signs of household mold.

If you tick any of the boxes, live in the Tallahassee area, and need a solution we would be more than happy to help you. With over 50 years of experience, SERVPRO is a name you can trust. Contact us today.

5 Hidden Dangers of Flood Damage

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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The obvious signs of flood damage can be incredibly disheartening, let alone expensive to repair. Damage to floors, furniture, and fixtures can ruin the look of a home and cause irreparable damage to your belongings.

But even once you've been through a water damage restoration process, there can be significant hidden damage. If this damage is not addressed quickly, the consequences can be even more devastating than the visible damage.

Keep reading to discover 5 hidden dangers of flood damage.

1. Mold Growth

Mold is one of the dangers of water damage, but mold itself is not an uncommon thing. In fact, its spores exist all throughout nature, but mold in the home is a different story.

Damp environments are a perfect breeding ground for mold, and some of these places around the home may not be easy to see at first.

Behind furniture, in dark areas of the house, and in places you wouldn't usually look just happen to be where mold is likely to grow. Mold can affect health, so it's best to find a remedy.

2. Structural Issues

One of the most hidden but unfortunately most consequential dangers of flood damage is structural damage to the home. Large amounts of water in a property can put an incredible strain on the foundations, which can lead to cracks in the structure. 

Even if the water doesn't flood the house, the ground around the building can become saturated in water, which in turn presses in on the foundations.

3. Damage to Appliances

Water can very quickly damage appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers. A water-damaged appliance can be incredibly dangerous, so if you have any suspicions at all that water may have got into one, turn it off at the wall immediately as long as it is safe to do so.

4. Contaminated Water Systems

Depending on where the floodwater has come from, water systems in the home could become contaminated with anything ranging from human waste to animal remains.

Different levels of contaminations have different classifications - black water is any wastewater that comes from toilets or urinals. Greywater is any wastewater that has been used for washing, such as washing machines, showers, or sinks.

5. Damage to Heating Systems

Any damage to a heating system should be addressed with great care. If floodwater has pushed or moved any appliance that uses gas, this could be a dangerous situation and you should leave the house as a matter of urgency.

Call our 24-hour emergency contact number if you have any concerns about the extent of flood damage in your home.

No Flood Damage Should Be Ignored

If you are ever unfortunate enough to have to deal with flood damage, this guide should show you the importance of flood damage restoration.

Your safety is more important than your belongings, so if you suspect that there is any danger, such as electrical damage or damage to your heating system, don't turn anything on and contact us immediately for help.

Check out the rest of the website for more information about our services.

Cleaning vs Disinfecting: What's the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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The focus on cleaning and disinfecting spaces and things has likely never been such a focus before. The COVID-19 pandemic brought increased attention to cleaning and disinfecting everything, from our hands and clothes to our groceries to our shared items, like grocery store carts, credit card keypads, and gym equipment. 

The words clean and disinfect (and often sanitize) are often used synonymously, but they are actually different things with different processes and standards. Want to learn more about cleaning vs. disinfecting? Read on for the differences and how you perform each one. 

What Is Cleaning? 

Cleaning is what you do when you clean your house. You vacuum, dust, wipe mirrors and surfaces, scrub your bathrooms, and mop your floors. It's the process of removing dirt, crumbs, dust, and germs from the surfaces of your homes. Cleaning typically uses water and cleaners such as glass cleaner, dusting spray, or bathroom cleaner. 

While it removes germs, cleaning does not kill germs or bacteria on the surfaces in your home. Cleaning is necessary to remove germs or reduce them in your home, as it lowers the risk of becoming infected by the germs. 

What Is Disinfecting? 

Disinfecting is the process of actually killing the germs on your home's surfaces. Disinfecting uses chemicals (disinfectants) to kill germs. Common ones include bleach or alcohol. Disinfecting isn't meant to clean your surface; rather, you should clean first and then disinfect. 

You should follow the directions on the product to make sure it is effective. Many disinfectants need to be left on a surface for a certain period of time in order to kill the germs. There are also guidelines for storing products, such as bleach, to ensure that the product does not lose its effectiveness. 

For example, bleach mixed with water begins to lose its effectiveness after 24 hours, so you should make a new batch of bleach and water solution each day you are going to disinfect. 

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting: Which Do You Need? 

Rather than thinking of cleaning and disinfecting as one or the other, they need to be used together. First, you need to clean your surface to remove dirt, debris, and germs. Disinfectants aren't meant to clean (and cleaners are meant to disinfect), so you need to have a clean surface before you can disinfect. 

Once the surface is clean, you can use your disinfect to kill any germs that were not removed during the cleaning process. High-touch areas in your home that should be regularly cleaned and disinfected include: 

  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Faucet handles
  • Cupboard and drawer handles 
  • Countertops 
  • TV remotes
  • Electronic devices
  • Computer keyboards and mice (especially if they are shared)
  • Telephone handsets and buttons 

These are high traffic areas touched multiple times per day by the people in your household, so they are prime locations for germs to thrive and pass from person to person. 

Keep Your Space Safe

Don't think of cleaning vs. disinfecting as a competition. Instead, think of it as two processes to be used together to keep your home germ-free and your family healthy. Do your research and make sure you are cleaning and disinfecting properly. 

Here at SERVPRO, we can help you ensure your home or business is clean and disinfected after a natural disaster, fire, water damage, or even mold. Contact us today to learn how we can help you. 

How Covid Cleaning Services are Helping in the Home

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Are you interested in hiring a cleaning service for your home, especially during the pandemic? Covid cleaning services are exactly what you're looking for. 

Protecting your home from the virus is a great place to start. Keep reading to learn more about home cleaning services during covid so that you can get started with a trusted cleaner today. 

Work to Prevent the Spread of the Virus 

A professional covid home cleaning team can help you and your family members work to prevent the spread of covid by sanitizing and disinfecting your home. This can be a good idea if one of your family members gets infected with the virus and you are trying to prevent spreading the virus to other members of the household. This can help to mitigate the risks of your family and others. 

The CDC has stressed the importance of keeping households clean, disinfected, and sanitized to help control the spread of the virus. A covid cleaning company can help you deep clean your home with expertise that you may not have. Regular cleaning does not help to completely disinfect areas where there may be germs and bacteria. 

With a focus on disinfecting and sanitizing your home rather than only cleaning it, a professional covid cleaning company can help to mitigate the virus within your home to lower the risk of spreading the infection. These professionals will know what sanitizers and disinfectors to use on certain surfaces and fabrics to prevent damage to your surfaces and furnishings. They can use specialized equipment to sanitize hard to reach areas of your home, such as your HVAC system, to deep clean all areas of your home. 

Specialized Supplies and Practices

SERVPRO uses EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions going far beyond standard janitorial cleaning. 

Additionally, the staff will have the training to clean the home according to the CDC guidelines. They will have safety protocols in place and the experience of cleaning high-risk areas. This means they will have the experience it takes to keep you and themselves safe during the cleaning. 

Covid cleaners will have all the PPE and the equipment they need to clean the home safely and properly. They will be aware of key touchpoints that will need disinfecting that may be overlooked by those without the same knowledge and training. 

How Covid Cleaning Services Can Benefit Your Home

To help stop the spread of the virus, consider getting your home deep cleaned with professional covid cleaning services. These professionals will have the knowledge, training, experience, and equipment to disinfect and sanitize all areas of your home. Make your home a safe space for you and your family with the help of a covid cleaning company. 

Are you in need of a professional covid cleaning company? Contact us today to get started. 

How to Keep Your Employees Safe with Office Disinfection

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

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There's nothing more important in a workplace environment than guaranteeing the health and safety of all employees. During a global pandemic, that task seems much more challenging than it might usually be. 

Now more than ever, office disinfection is crucial to the functioning of your workspace. It may seem like a daunting task, but we're here to make it simple for you and your business. Read on to discover the best ways to keep your employees safe with office disinfection. 

Develop Your Office Disinfection Plan 

According to the official CDC guidelines, the first step to cleaning and disinfecting your facility is to create an office disinfection plan. This may seem obvious at first but it's incredibly important that all your employees are on the same page about this plan. 

Determine what areas in your office space need to be cleaned most. Then, determine how each area should be disinfected and what resources and equipment will be required to do so. 

Address Air Quality and Ventilation Systems 

As you probably know, the coronavirus is an airborne virus which means that air quality is more important than ever. Not only that, but according to a 2017 HBR study, stale office air can actually make you less productive. 

If your office was already suffering from poor air circulation, now is definitely the time to address the issue. You can conduct air quality assessments to test existing HVAC systems and adapt controls and any necessary filtration measures. 

Promote Handwashing Even More Than Usual

Your employees should already be required to wash their hands before returning to work but now this is more important than ever. Post handwashing and drying signs everywhere! 

Make sure your hand soap is always full and encourage employees to wash their hands for at least twenty seconds. You can also provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout the office space to encourage even better hygiene. 

Consider a Professional Cleaning Service 

It can be a lot of work to constantly keep up with an office disinfection plan. Fortunately, you don't have to task on this task completely alone. 

Hiring a professional cleaning service might be a good thing to consider if your office is particularly large and a lot of people are coming in and out of the space every day. A cleaning service can come in as often as you desire to help you stay on top of your office disinfection. 

Maintain and Revise Plan as Necessary 

Of course, what we know about the coronavirus is changing every day. Make sure you stay in constant communication with your employees to see how they feel. 

Revise based on appropriate disinfectant and PPE availability. A plan is only effective if you continue to follow through and update it when you need to. 

Keeping Your Employees as Safe as Possible 

It may seem like a scary time, but going to work doesn't have to be scary. Your employees work hard for your business, so they should feel safe when they show up for work. 

Contact us today for more information about hiring a cleaning service for office disinfection! 

The Hidden Health Hazards Involved in a Fire Clean Up

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Ever heard, "It's not the heat, it's the humidity"? When it comes to fire clean up, "It's not the heat, it's the water." Some of the worst damage after a structure fire can come from all the water that put the fire out.

On top of that, melted carpeting and plastic piping, exposed electrical components, and simple fire damage all present potential fire clean up hazards.

Turn to an expert for clean up after fire. They have the equipment and experience to deal with mold remediation, damaged structures, and toxic substances. Don't deal with hidden hazards alone.

Water Damage and Mold

Water damage after a fire is common due to both burst pipes internally and firehoses. Water may be standing inside the structure or have soaked into drywall.

Often by the time clearance is given to enter the property, water has been sitting so long that drywall, floors, textiles, and more have been severely damaged and may have developed mold.

Mold may cause health effects, so working in this space cleaning up could be dangerous. Professionals have equipment that provides safety in fire clean up.

Damaged Structures

Damage to the structural integrity of a building after a fire may be cause by both water or flame. Regardless, there are many weakened points in flooring, snapped off beams and framing, and exposed pipes and electric.

Cleaning up in these circumstances can result in falls or injury. Professionals are able to assess dangers and remedy them before beginning clean up.

Melted Plastic and Other Toxins

Buildings contain a surprising amount of materials that can become toxic or dangerous when burned. Vinyl flooring, synthetic carpets, plastic pipes, and fiberglass insulation all can release toxins and fumes when burned.

Some of these toxins can can be hazardous

Let professional approach these hazardous materials with the right equipment and disposal processes.

Fast Response Prevents Hidden Hazards

Working quickly when there is a disaster like a fire can prevent hazards from developing or becoming hidden. That's why SERVPRO responds quickly when called to fires and works to prevent soot, odor, or dangers from progressing inside an extinguished structure.

Does Insurance Cover Fire Clean Up Cost?

The last thing anyone wants to think about is the cost to clean up after fire. That's why SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee works with insurance companies to handle the paperwork and process claims.

Work with SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee for Fire Clean Up

After a fire, SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is here to help with fire clean up. We provide both residential and commercial fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, and cleaning services.

We are a locally owned company with national resources ready to help you rebuild at disaster. Reach out to see how we can assist you or call (850) 765-5706 to get help 24 hours a day.

Disinfecting Your Home: When to Hire Covid Disinfecting Services

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Since the emergence of Covid you may look for new ways to disinfect and sanitize your home. After all, a good home disinfecting process can you help keep your family safe. Yet, if you are unsure of the best way to sanitize your home, you may want to hire a professional.

Covid disinfecting services can be a great solution to help you properly clean your home. It can be a good idea to know how these services work and when to use them. Here are a few tips to keep in mind about using covid disinfecting services.

What Are COVID Disinfecting Services?

Covid disinfecting services specialize in cleaning processes that use disinfectant. By EPA definition an antimicrobial disinfectant can be used to destroy or deactivate microorganisms on objects and other inanimate surfaces.

Disinfectants fall into two categories: general use to sanitize your home and hospital-level use. Covid disinfecting services can be for home disinfecting or commercial.

Procedures used to disinfect your home can vary. It depends on the tools and chemicals needed. Covid disinfecting services can provide a range of cleaning services depending on your needs.

How Does COVID Cleaning Services Work?

Covid cleaning services can disinfect your home by fogging, deep cleaning, or using an electrostatic-sprayer. One of the most popular methods to sanitize your home is by using an Electrostatic Sprayer.

The reason being it utilizes power-assisted spraying machinery, which can be faster and cover more targeted areas. This sprayer charges the chemical droplets when they come out of the machine. This allows a greater surface coverage reach for the chemical disinfectant.

What Is the Difference Between 'Cleaning' and 'Disinfecting' for COVID?

There is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting for Covid. When you clean you tend to use soap and water. This removes dirt, germs, and other impurities from objects and surfaces.

By doing this you are lowering your exposure to the virus. On the other hand, disinfecting by using household disinfectants actually kills the germs on the surface. This can lower the risk of spreading the virus.

For the best results, you should clean and disinfect your home from Covid to fully protect yourself.

Who Should Use COVID Disinfecting Services?

The use of commercial disinfecting services is for hospitals, medical offices and stores. Yet if you have a small office or high traffic areas you can benefit from using a disinfecting service.

You can use COVID disinfecting services for your home too. If you are worried about reducing your exposure to Covid, hiring a covid cleaning service can take that worry away for you.

How to Find Reputable COVID Cleaning Services.

One of the best ways to find a reputable COVID cleaning service is by doing your research. If you are searching online look for reviews and check the company's credentials.

You can also see what cleaning certifications the company has. It's a good sign if they can provide references. Doing this makes sure you find the right Covid disinfecting services for your needs.

Sanitize Your Home Easily!

It's never been easier to sanitize your home. You deserve to feel safe from Covid exposure in your home. Protect yourself and your family and contact us about covid disinfecting services today!

What you should know about mold and mold removal

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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If you've started noticing little dark spots on your ceiling, you may be worried about mold levels in your household or workplace. While mold is generally a normal (and ever-present) part of most environments, too much mold can cause health effects or damage to facilities. 

If you've noticed a growing spot of mold in your home, it may be time to call in a home mold removal service. In the meantime, here are five things you ought to know about mold.

1. Mold Isn't Always the Enemy!

Most of the time, people hear the word mold and freak out. But it's important to recognize that mold is not always a bad thing. In fact, it's in many of the things we eat today (such as cheese and beer.)

That being said, high levels of mold in a household environment or workplace can cause health effects, so it's important to be aware of when mold is helpful and when it's harmful.

2. How Mold Spreads

Mold spreads by sending microscopic spores into the air. These spores float around until they find a damp spot to stick to. From there, they will start to grow into their own new mold.

Unfortunately, the microscopic nature of mold spores means that there's no way to completely eliminate the possibility of mold growth. But have no fear: there are plenty of things you can do to keep mold levels in your home at an acceptable (and healthy) level. 

3. Where Mold Grows

In reality, mold can grow almost anywhere. You may find it on your food, your ceilings, or even in your carpets. Any environment that is consistently moist or damp can allow mold to grow (sometimes in as little as 24-48 hours.)

4. Controlling Mold Growth

As stated earlier, there is no way to completely prevent the spread of mold spores or the growth of mold in an environment. However, there are ways to limit how far mold can spread and to keep mold levels within reasonable and healthy limits.

One of the most effective ways to prevent excessive mold growth is to limit the humidity in a home or office building. This can be done in a variety of ways including using vents in bathrooms and laundry rooms, installing a de-humidifier, and using the exhaust fan when you cook on the stove. 

5. Moisture and Mold

Molds love moisture, so any sort of water issues like flooding can trigger a mold problem. This is why it's important to mop up any spills or excess fluids on floors (especially if there's carpet involved.) Otherwise, you're leaving a perfect spot for mold to grow!

Solutions: Home Mold Removal

Now that you have some background information on how mold grows, you can understand how important home mold removal services are. Removing mold from home can help keep you healthy, maintain the structural integrity of your home, and increase your quality of life in general. Contact us today to learn more about how mold removal can help you. 

Fire Recovery: Always Throw These Things Away After a Fire

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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There are approximately 70,000 house fires each year in the United States. While these almost always result in significant property damage, there are also certain belongings that you should never try to salvage after a fire.

Not quite sure how to begin? We’ve got all the info you need.

Let's explore everything you should keep in mind when it comes to fire recovery.

1. Burned Clothing/Bedding

In the vast majority of scenarios, clothing and bedding will be completely destroyed by fire. But, you should also throw away items of those types that are burned.

The toxic chemicals from burning products often contaminate this material, which makes them unsafe to use in the future. For example, housefires involve the burning of many different types of objects, some of which are toxic when ignited.

So, you wouldn't want to lay down on a sheet or wear a shirt that has been saturated with toxic chemicals. If these items show any type of damage at all, it's best to throw them away.

2. Contaminated Food

Similarly, food can become contaminated just as easily. This is even true for non-perishable items, such as canned goods.

But, perishable foods also often become contaminated due to remaining at room temperature for too long. It's typical during a house fire for electrical systems to be affected, meaning that food isn't cooled properly in refrigerators and freezers.

As emergency responders put out the fire, your family deals with the aftermath, etc., it's typical for food to go bad in this scenario. So, throw it away to avoid any adverse health effects. 

3. Medication

This is something that many people are unaware of when throwing away possessions that have been affected by the fire. Most medication is highly sensitive to changes in temperature— there's even plenty of medication out there that has to be stored at specific temperatures.

So, exposure to high heat could easily affect the chemical nature of the product and make it unsafe to use. Depending on the type of medicine, dosage, etc., you may even experience adverse health effects by taking medicine that has been affected by a fire.

4. Cosmetic/Hygiene Products

Although not quite as much of a danger as medication, cosmetic and hygiene products are similarly affected by high-levels of heat. Even something as simple as shampoo or moisturizer could be harmful during routine use.

In many cases, this has to do with the chemicals from the plastic container contaminating the product itself as a result of excessive heat. A reliable way to tell if a product has been contaminated is whether or not the container is warped.

Proper Fire Recovery Can Seem Complicated to 

But the above information will make the process far smoother. From here, you’ll be able to ensure that you handle your fire recovery process exactly as you should.

Want to learn more about what we have to offer? Feel free to reach out to us today and see how we can help.

Top 5 Reasons to Call a Professional Biohazard Cleanup Service

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Are you debating whether to call a biohazard cleanup service company out to your home or office? There are many reasons why you may need a biohazard cleanup business out to your house or commercial property. 

Have you had a workplace accident or an unfortunate death in your home, or other hazards? Hiring a team of professionals can help you ensure there is a thorough cleanup your property.

Read on to learn 5 reasons to call a professional biohazard cleanup service!

1. Your Safety Is Most Important

One of the biggest reasons for biohazard cleanup professionals hiring is that your safety is most important. Accidents at your home or office have serious consequences for all those involved.

Hiring a professional cleanup company will give you peace of mind that you are taking steps to have things cleaned up once and for all. 

2. Professionals Have The Right Equipment

Biohazard cleanup professionals have the right equipment to get the job done. When you find a biohazard at your home or office, your first instinct may be to try to perform cleanup yourself. You'll put on latex gloves and use store-bought solutions to try to clean things up on your own.

This may make it look like things have disappeared, but that's not the case. Bodily fluids, blood, and other biohazards must be disinfected and removed with special equipment and cleaning solutions.

A professional company will have the experience and tools to complete a total cleanup. 

3. Reduce Your Stress

Hiring a biohazard team will help reduce your stress as you go through the cleanup process. It can be a very stressful experience to find a biohazard condition at your home or office. Regardless of what caused the biohazard, you face the uncertainty of cleanup and health risks at your property. 

Choosing a reliable group of professionals for your cleanup will help lower your stress level as you work towards bringing your home or office back to normal. 

4. An Effective Cleanup

The professionals performing biohazard cleanup services will facilitate an effective cleanup the first time. The kind of biohazard at your property is what will govern how a cleanup company handles your job. 

Speak to a prospective cleanup service about your concerns at the job site and learn about how these will be resolved during the cleanup process. The best companies are willing to explain the steps their employees will take to complete a full cleanup. 

5. Cut Your Costs

Biohazard cleanup service costs depend on the kind of cleanup and the length of time for the job. Hiring a professional may seem expensive at first glance. You will see that it can help cut your costs in the long-term by cleaning things right the first time. 

The Importance of Timely Biohazard Cleanup

The best biohazard cleanup is an important part of being a homeowner or operating a business. For the best cleanup services, you should contact a biohazard cleanup company when you first discover the condition.

At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we are your local source for biohazard, mold, water, fire remediation, and cleanup. We are a branch of a large company but operate as a small business with its focus on customer satisfaction. 

Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you ensure you are cleaning things up the right way!

Storm Damage: 5 Reasons to Call a 24-Hour Emergency Service

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Tallahassee saw 5-7 inches of rain when Hurricane Sally struck in September 2020 and was fortunate to escape major damage. Flooding damaged roads, homes, and businesses further west. Tallahassee residents were urged to be prepared for hurricane season.

You've had a water damage emergency, but when's the best time to call an emergency cleaning and restoration service? Do it immediately! Read on to learn 5 reasons to call a 24-hour emergency service right away.

1. Prevent Mold and Mildew Growth

A frequent and damaging result of a flood in your home is mold and mildew growth. Mold thrives in damp and dark conditions. After your home has had a soaking with floodwater, the mold and mildew begin to grow in all the secret, hidden areas of your home until it eventually shows itself on surfaces.

Mold growth is unsightly. It spoils your home decoration, and it is very difficult to remove using conventional household cleaning products and methods. As well as damaging the appearance of your home, mold can cause health issues.

It's important to start treating your home as soon as possible to prevent mold from taking hold.

2. Fire Prevention

The last thing you are thinking about after a flood in your home is fire prevention. Water and damp materials seem to be causing you plenty of trouble, but how could water be a fire risk too?

Water gets into the electrical system of your home. It can cause short-circuiting, and that's where the fire risk is. Electrical appliances such as circuit breakers are damaged by water and can then malfunction, including igniting.

You must have your home checked for electrical damage as soon as possible after a flood.

3. Limit Structural Damage

Your home's strength comes from the main structure of the building. It can withstand the normal stresses and strains of weather and age. Serious flooding can have a fundamental impact on your home's structure.

It undermines foundations, weakens walls, and compromises beams. If untreated, rot sets in the building can become unstable. It then becomes an unsafe place to live.

4. Pest Prevention

A damp environment with decaying construction materials and rotting organic waste is an unattractive place for you to live. Despite this, many creatures love this environment and thrive in it. After a flood, these creatures will be attracted to your home, and you may have an infestation of undesirable pests such as insects and vermin.

5. Clean Up Contamination

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

Water Damage Emergency Service

In the event of a water damage emergency, you should recognize that prompt action is essential. Act immediately to reduce the hazard. After water damage, get professional help as soon as possible.

Call your 24-hour emergency service right now, right here.

Fundamental Steps in Storm Preparation

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Where in your home should you pay close attention to prepare for a storm

1. Garage Door –The average garage door is not supported and heavy winds can get into the garage. When this happens, you get a positive push in the garage, and as the winds are swirling above your structure, this causes a negative pull. A push-pull combination is created, and this can put a lot of stress on your roof and ultimately it could rip it off your garage. To prevent this from taking place, the best resolution is to buy a kit that supports your garage door. 

2. Windows  - Busted windows will allow wind and rain to move through your house, and this can lead to water damage problems. When a storm is on the way, make sure you lock and secure your windows. If you have storm shutters, ensure they are functioning and locked, but if you don’t have storm shutters, you can board up your windows to keep possible storm damage out of your residence. 

3. Roof – Your roof is your main protector to your property. Search for any loose shingles and ensure you have suitable irrigation. Also check whether it’s crucial to secure your roof with hurricane straps before a storm

4.surrounding land – The land outside of your property can be a primary risk when a hurricane hits your town. Any loose items could be picked from the extreme wind and be heaved into your residence and your neighbor’s too. Make sure to move any patio furniture, BBQs, garden accessories and children’s toys to a place safe from the storm. Another thing you’ll want to do is remove any dangling or dead branches from your shrubs and trees.

Contact Us today at 850-765-5706

Don't Let Mold Ruin Your Reopening

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Don't Let Mold Ruin Your Business from Reopening

Many businesses and offices are in the process of reopening after months of lockdown. With lights and HVAC systems off, there is likely mold that needs removing

Are you planning to reopen your business after months of lockdown? Before you welcome customers back to your store or office, you should take steps to make sure it's safe for people to return. 

Mold can be present somewhere without detection by the naked eye at first. Read on to learn four ways that we ensure full mold removal so you can reopen with confidence!

1. Perform a Thorough Inspection and Assessment

At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we perform a thorough inspection and assessment of your property upon arrival. We send a technician to your business to perform an in-depth inspection for the presence of any mold. 

We will also use various technologies, including a moisture meter, to discover mold in areas where it is not yet visible.

2. Containment and Air Filtration 

Once we discover areas where mold is present inside of your office, we focus on containment and air filtration to limit the spread of spores.

Our trained professionals will use physical barriers to isolate the mold-infested areas. They will also ensure all HVAC systems are off during the entire process. This helps to limit the chance of spreading mold in other areas.

Air filtration procedures allow us to pull mold spores out of the air so that what's inside your business is a clean final product. 

3. Removing Molded Materials

Depending on the mold severity, we may have to remove molded materials because of damage. For example, you may have a piece of wood or a ceiling panel that has an advanced mold infestation. 

Our professionals will remove these pieces as necessary to be sure that what's left is free of mold. We will also apply anti-fungal and anti-microbial products to other molded areas. This helps to control future mold outbreaks from growing fast.

4. Cleanup and Restoration

After we find and remove mold in your business, we will perform cleanup and restoration procedures as the final step in our process.

The cleanup process includes picking up all debris that was created during the treatment stage. We will also ensure that all of our materials and tools are picked up so that your office space is clean and safe for customers and employees.

Lastly, our restoration process may include replacing carpet or other structural components of your building that we removed because of extensive mold infestations.

Wrapping Up: The Importance of Mold Removal

Mold removal is an important part of making sure you are taking steps to ensure a safe and smooth re-opening for your business. 

At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we are your source for mold removal, and water and fire damage treatment in the Greater Tallahassee area. We are a family-owned business with its focus on serving the needs of our customers in a safe and cost-effective way.

Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help get your business up and running today!

5 Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Service

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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5 Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Service

If you are having trouble keeping certain parts of your office clean, a professional can help. Here are benefits of hiring a commercial cleaning service.

It's one thing to theoretically take pride in your business and another thing entirely to put some action behind it. Any business owner that cares for their company should leave no stone unturned when it comes to cleanliness.

The benefits of hiring a professional cleaning company are almost immeasurable. This applies no matter what industry you work in. So why should you look into hiring a professional?

Here's why hiring a commercial cleaning service can be the best investment you make. 

1. A Commercial Cleaning Service Keeps Your Building Sanitary and Comfortable

Sanitary conditions and comfort levels should never be negotiable with your company. When you take time out to get professional-grade cleaning, you're giving your employees the gift of a quality place to work.

This means people will be less likely to become disgruntled and more likely to enjoy showing up every day.

2. You Protect the Health of Your Workers

In a COVID-19 world, keeping your building as clean and sanitized as possible should be an absolute no-brainer. This protects the health and safety of your workers and anybody that comes in contact with your office building

When your employees are healthier, they will take fewer sick days and be better able to give their all to the job. Even without the virus, neglecting your cleaning obligations makes your office building a bigger risk and liability. 

3. It Helps You Take Better Care of Your Property

You always have to keep your property values in mind as a business owner. When your property is always clean and well-maintained, it allows you to keep these property values in check and you will appreciate the property for several years to come.

This sense of ownership will also keep your mind open to beautifying your property and making upgrades whenever you see fit. 

4. People Work More Effectively in Clean Environments

Without question, your workforce will also become more productive with a clean office. A building that looks good and smells even better boosts the spirit and helps people to stay engaged. 

You can double down on the cleaning service by setting up aromatherapy diffusers and other bells and whistles that further improve the vibe of the office. When you're more productive you make more profits. 

When everyone in the company is earning more money, the sky is the limit for your business.  

5. You Free Up Time to Focus on Your Own Work

It's also important that you hire professional cleaners because this isn't your life's work. If you're splitting time between cleaning and your primary purpose, something eventually will have to give. 

However, bringing professionals in to handle the cleaning frees up your time to do what you do best. This extra bit of time you retain each week will add up greatly over the course of the year. 

Best of all, cleaning companies can work with any schedule that you require, so don't hesitate to reach out to them.  

Hire a Cleaning Company Today

When you work with a commercial cleaning service, you'll get more from your business. The tips above show why this is one of the best investments that you can make. 

We serve Tallahassee and the surrounding area and would be happy to help you out. 

Take some time to contact us to find out why we're the best at what we do. 

Holiday Safety Tips for Commercial Property Owners

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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4 Holiday Safety Tips for Commercial Property Owners

This holiday season is going to look different, but the safety precautions commercial property owners need to take remain the same. Here are some tips to follow.

According to the Florida guidelines for pandemic-safe business operations, all employers are responsible for finding a way to keep their employees and customers safe and healthy. 

These guidelines suggest coming up with a plan, but what should that plan include?

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is here to help. We've used our experience in cleanup and restoration to find thorough and innovative ways to make your brick and mortar locations safe to visit.

Read on for our holiday safety tips that will inspire confidence in your customers and keep your employees happy and healthy.

1. Clean Your Air Ducts

According to the EPA, one of the most important steps any indoor business needs to take is to increase ventilation. The more you're introducing outside air into your business, the more you can reduce airborne contaminants--including viruses.

HVAC systems need regular upkeep to work at their full capacity. Air duct cleaning eliminates the dust and debris that strain airflow and force your HVAC system to work overtime. Plus, it ensures better indoor air quality by reducing the amount of dust and debris being introduced back into the air.

2. Mitigate Mold

Mold isn't just unsightly. It can actually exacerbate the symptoms of high-risk individuals who experience respiratory issues including allergies and asthma. Long-term exposure to mold can weaken the immune systems of vulnerable individuals, making them more susceptible to other illnesses.

Invest in mold removal to mitigate this unnecessary health hazard. 

3. Encourage Online Shopping and Curbside Pickup

One of the best things you can do to keep your employees and customers safe is to limit the number of people who may enter your building at the same time. However, we know that this can cut down on your sales, making it harder to stay afloat.

One way to navigate this double-edged sword is to encourage your customers to take advantage of low-risk purchasing options such as online shopping and curbside pickup. 

4. Take Advantage of Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program

At SERVPRO, we have over 50 years of experience dealing with biochemical spills and decontamination. We're no strangers to working in hazardous environments and restoring them to safety.

We've taken these skills and created a proactive viral pathogen cleaning service that's more than your basic commercial cleaning. 

What do you get when you sign up for the Certified: SERVOPRO Cleaned Program? We begin with a consultation to understand your business's unique needs. Then, we use EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions to clean and decontaminate your business from top to bottom. 

Let Us Help You Fulfill These Holiday Safety Tips

In these unprecedented times, many business owners are uncertain about how to conduct pandemic-safe business operations. How can you make sure that your business is as safe as possible?

With our holiday safety tips, you can put your employees and your customers at ease. With the help of SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, you can rest assured that you're in the safest hands possible.

To get started, contact us with any questions or requests you may have. Together, we'll come up with a safety plan that makes sense for your business needs. 

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Fire Damage Restoration Company

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Fire Damage Restoration Company

Finding the right company to fix fire damage requires knowing your options. Consider these factors when choosing a fire damage restoration company.

A fire can leave you with a lot of damages and a lot of emotional trauma as well. Picking up the pieces and moving on is not always easy.

Getting your home repaired is an essential step that you will have to take, and it is often the hardest. Fortunately, if you employ the right company to do your fire damage restoration, you will see the process going faster.

Here is a look at what you should do to choose the right restoration company.

Call Your Insurance Company

If you have insurance, this is the first step to finding a suitable fire restoration company. A homeowners' policy will cover a lot if not all the finances that you will need to do a restoration. 

Your insurance company is also likely to have a list of companies that they work with to restore homes that have been damaged by fire. When your insurance company has its list of trusted companies, you will not have to worry about finding someone on your own. If you do want to find your own company, make sure they are willing to work with your insurers.

Fire Damage Restoration Steps

Finding out the exact process that a company uses to carry out restoration is critical. You need to know how the removal of the smell of smoke and the repairing of structural damage will be carried out.

Ask any fire restoration company that you are planning to use their exact restoration process. Once you can make a comparison, you will be better able to decide which company is right for you.

Do Your Research

Almost every company has an online presence, one of the things that you should think about is the reputation of the company. You can easily find this out by taking a look at their online reviews.

When taking a look at online reviews, you need to be objective. You need to look first at the positive reviews then at the negative reviews. Look at how the company deals with these complaints if at all. 

Ask Those Close To You

Ask your friends or family if they know anyone who has used a fire restoration company and let them recommend one to you. This will be useful if you have an insurance company and even more so if you don't have one.

Even if you can't find any close family or friends to help you make a choice, you should ask your fire restoration company for references from past clients. This extra knowledge will help you make the right choice.

Time to Repair

Fire damage restoration services are not all created equal. The best way to ensure that you get the best service is to know what you are looking for and to ask the right questions.

Once you have done this, you will find it easier to choose a company that suits your needs. If you would like fire restoration services, please contact us

5 Common Water Damage Restoration Mistakes to Avoid for Businesses

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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5 Common Water Damage Restoration Mistakes to Avoid for Businesses

Fixing water damage in your office requires knowing what will hinder your progress. Here are common water damage restoration mistakes to avoid for businesses.

You open your office door to see water pooling on the carpet, soaking up the wallboard, and seeping into your office furniture. But you still have a business to run. What should you do?

Water damage restoration takes time. But if you watch out for these common mistakes, you can avoid hassles with vendors and insurance companies and get the process moving.

Read on to see five water damage restoration mistakes you can avoid.

1. Not Carrying Insurance

According to one study, water and freezing damage is the second most common reason for a business insurance claim, and water damage can cost an average of $17,000. Even if you think you're insured, read the policy carefully to check.

Some policies will cover water damage to offices if there's a sudden accident such as a burst pipe, but not cover flooding or mold remediation. You may need to purchase additional flood insurance or other coverage for emergency situations.

2. Forgetting to Call Your Insurance Company 

When you see water damage, call your insurance company right away. Your insurance company can walk you through what's covered in your situation, and also recommend vendors. Make sure you know what water remediation services will be covered because otherwise you might end up having to settle a bill for services that the insurance company doesn't pay for.

3. Not Documenting Damage

Even though you want to get everything cleaned up quickly, you also need to document your losses. Keep in touch with your insurance company as the work is done, and document everything: photograph and write descriptions of every flooded carpet, stained wall, and every ruined piece of furniture. Your remediation company may be able to help you compile this list.

When you're tallying up the cost of the damage, provide as many details as possible. If your business still possesses receipts for items that were destroyed, attach them to your claim. 

4. Taking a Low Insurance Settlement

After the incident occurs, your insurance company will usually send out an adjuster to assess the area and estimate the damage restoration costs. If their offer seems low, ask your remediation expert to make their own estimate and negotiate with the insurance company. You may also want to hire an independent adjuster.

If you use one of your insurance company's recommended vendors, the two companies can settle the amount directly. The insurance company will pay the vendor directly for their remediation work so that you don't end up getting billed by the vendor yourself.

5. Acting Too Fast

Although you want your business workspace to be put back together as soon as possible, let your damage restoration service take time to thoroughly dry, clean, and disinfect the damaged area. The remediation company will also need to check for water in wall cavities, sockets, recessed lights, and cables to make sure your electronic systems are completely free of moisture.  Allowing your company to do a full inspection and cleaning will help prevent musty smells or future damage.

Contact a Water Damage Restoration Expert

If your business needs water damage restoration, contact us. We'll work with your insurance company and get you the service you need. Your business will be operating again in no time!

5 Signs Your Office Needs a Mold Remediation Service

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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5 Signs Your Office Needs a Mold Remediation Service

Part of keeping your company's building clean requires looking out for sources of damage. Here are signs you need a mold remediation service.

In a humid, muggy state like Florida, you can count on mold being a problem. 

Wherever there's moisture, mold follows. And whether it's a leaky roof, busted pipes, hurricane or other storm damage, fixing mold damage just comes with the territory. 

Here's a look at six signs that indicate your office is in need of a mold remediation service. 

1. Strange Odor

One of the earliest and most obvious signs of mold is a strange or musty odor. 

When mold spores begin colonizing, they often emit a recognizable odor. So if you detect a moldy aroma in your office, which wasn't there before, this is usually a good sign that you might have a mold problem. 

Still, you shouldn't only rely on your sense of smell. After all, some molds are odorless. 

2. Water Damage

A good sign that you'll probably need mold remediation service is water damage anywhere in your office. 

If there's been recent water damage, you can expect the growth of new mold. This is one of those unfortunate facts of life. So if you've had water damage anywhere in your office, it's a good idea to expect damage from mold. 

3. Leaky Pipes

Of course, one of the major sources of water damage is leaks in pipes

This is why it's important to regularly inspect the plumbing and pipework in your office for any signs of leaks or breakages. Even a small leak, unnoticed and insignificant, can generate the conditions that promote the growth of mold and mildew. 

Fixing mold damage isn't enough. Be proactive, and ensure that the pipes and ductwork in your office is in good repair and free of leaks. 

4. Naked-Eye Mold

If you can see the mold growth, then you know you need a mold remediation service. 

This seems like an obvious one. But it's critical to take even the smallest signs of mold growth seriously. Molds exhibit many different colors, shapes, and even textures. 

If you recognize the appearance of a mold patch in your office, even a small one, it's time to contact a mold remediation service. 

5. Excessive Humidity

This is important if you're located in a humid, muggy environment. 

If this describes your office, then it's certain that you're at least at a higher risk for mold growth. High humidity equals more moisture, which is conducive to the spread of mold spores. 

Keep a Lookout For These Signs That You Might Need a Mold Remediation Service

These are six important indicators that your office is in urgent need of a mold remediation service. Signs of mold, leaky pipes, weird odors, health effects—if any or all of these are present in an office space, it's probably time for some mold cleansing. 

If your office presents any of these signs, go ahead and contact us at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee. Our team of professionals will take care of your mold remediation needs. 

Oh No—Your Home Has Suffered Fire Damage! Here's What to Do Next

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Oh No—Your Home Has Suffered Fire Damage! Here's What to Do Next

The emotional damage, loss of items, and sudden need to find a new place are just a few ways fire damage can affect you. Here's how to control what you can.

Over 27% of all reported fires occur in a home.

Fire departments respond to a fire every 24 seconds all across the United States. If your home has suffered fire damage, you might be dealing with a lot of uncertainties. There are so many different things to attend to that it can feel overwhelming, especially while you're still dealing with the emotional trauma of having lost belongings and potentially your entire home.

This article will cover a house fire checklist in an effort to help make it easier for you to manage the various tasks that need to be tended to. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do after you've suffered a house fire.

Find Somewhere to Stay

Even if your home only suffered slight damage, you likely won't be able to stay there for a few days. You will need permission from your local fire department officials that it is safe to re-enter your home. If you don't have any nearby friends or family that you can stay with, look into a disaster relief agency like the Salvation Army that can help.

Contact Your Insurance Company

As a homeowner, you will be responsible for contacting your insurance company to inform them of the fire damage. Every company is different, but they will advise you on the necessary steps to take. Most likely, they will want documentation of the damage. This means you'll probably need to take pictures and list all of the damage your home has suffered. Many companies send their own agent to assess the fire damage, but you should also keep your own records.

Replace Important Documents

If the fire destroyed your birth certificate, driver’s license, social security card, or other important documentation, they’ll need to be replaced. You’ll want to start the process of getting new copies issued as soon as possible. It can take several weeks for new copies to be mailed to you. 

Speak With a Fire Restoration Company

Get in touch with a professional fire remediation company that can help house fire recovery. Fire damage contractors have experience working with insurance companies and will be able to help you with the evaluation and documentation that will be required. This step should be high up on your list, as a restoration company will be able to help get you back into your home as soon as possible.

Tell Utility Companies About the Fire

If the fire damage was severe at your home, you'll need to contact your utility company and inform them of the event. They will have to shut off services to the property before any fire restoration and damage cleanup can begin. This is done to prevent any accidents from happening, such as electricity short-circuiting.

Begin Fire Damage Cleanup

Experiencing a home fire can be traumatic and overwhelming. However, if you follow some of the key steps we've listed, the task of dealing with recovery will be made a little easier.

If you need help with fire damage remediation, SERVPRO can help. We serve Tallahassee, Florida and the surrounding areas.

Contact us today if you have any questions or to request a visit.

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

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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5 Things You Never Knew About Storm Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

1. It's a Multi-Step Process

Storm damage restoration involves a number of different steps.

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

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

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

2. Move Out and Move In

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

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

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

3. Restoration of Contents

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

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

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

4. Electronics

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

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

5. Documents and Photographs

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

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

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

Are You Looking for Storm Damage Restoration Services?

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

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

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

The Fascinating Truth about Mold

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

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The Fascinating Truth about Mold

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

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

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

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

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

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Here's how to do it!

Find a Trusted Professional Cleaning Service

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

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

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

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

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

Be Proactive

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

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

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

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

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

Limit Exposure Opportunities

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

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

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

Be Clean, Be Healthy, Be Safe 

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

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

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

Chance of Unwelcome Showers: 5 Crucial Signs of Water Damage

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Chance of Unwelcome Showers: 5 Crucial Signs of Water Damage

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

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

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

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

 1. Blister Bubble Flake

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

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

2. Sticky Stuck

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

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

3. Stains and Discoloration

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

4. Signs of Mold

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

5. Follow Your Nose

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

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

Follow These Tips to Spot Water Damage

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

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

What Happens to Houseplants during Fire Restoration?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Green-Thumbed Tallahassee Residents are Concerned about their Houseplants

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

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

Can you do anything for your plants?

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

Did you know that potting soil can cause fires?

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

  • Polystyrene
  • Peat moss
  • Wood chips

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

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

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

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

Does restoration affect houseplants?

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

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

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

What other personal belongings can SERVPRO clean?

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

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

What else can SERVPRO help with after a fire?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

wood floor with water on it and a couch next to it After water damage, it may seem that the water has disappeared but sometimes that’s not the case. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

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

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

How do I identify a reliable restoration company?

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

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

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

Can I let the water evaporate on its own?

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

  • Textiles
  • Drywall
  • Furniture

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

How can you remove water from my carpet?

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

My property smells awful. Can restorers deal with that?

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

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

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How Should A Tallahassee Learning Institution Conduct Mold Cleanup?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

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



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

How Does the Flooding Including Contaminants Affect Residential Flooring?

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

Where Do Professional Flood Removal Technicians Obtain Their Training?

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

Can Carpeting Hold Up to a Flooding Scenario?

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

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

How Durable Are Laminate Floors When Flooded?

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

Do Hardwood Floors Win the Battle with Flood Waters?

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

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

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

Are Tile Floors Survivors After Flood Damage Removal?

Resilient Tiles

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

Ceramic Tiles

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

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

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

Can Things in My Fire-Ravaged Home Be Restored?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sales vehicle with city background Here is the first step to restoring your fire damaged Tallahassee property--SERVPRO swiftly at your home for an assessment and proposal

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

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

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

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

Will Everything Be Okay?

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

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

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

Who Can Repair Damaged Ceiling Materials After a Water Disaster?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment, vehicles, and techs in storage facility Does your home have water damage? Our team is always on call to restore your home.

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

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

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

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

When is Removal and Replacement Necessary? 

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

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

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What Disruptions Should I Expect After a Water Damage Incident at My Business?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Develop the Right Water Mitigation Processes for Tallahassee Businesses to Minimize Disruptions

Water can mess with your business operations in different ways if there is an uncontrolled leak or other sudden intrusions at your retail outlet. You can expect interruptions whether the water spill affects the service areas, storage sections, or utility areas at your Tallahassee business premises. Incidents affecting the areas accessed by customers tend to have more noticeable impacts.

What concerns does the water mitigation done at your Tallahassee premises need to address to eliminate work disruptions?

  • Failure of some of the infrastructures that support your business
  • Risks of injury to customers or staff members
  • The vulnerable feeling you have that the incident might recur

Water is a universal solvent that affects many materials found in buildings. For instance, it can corrode power cables interfering with the flow of current to lights, electronic appliances, and other utilities that you need to deliver services to your clients. Indoor rated data cables are affected when water permeates the jacket material, thus disrupting signals. Moisture can also eat into structural materials. If water removal and other restoration processes do not address such deterioration, you might be forced to close the business indefinitely at a later date to make expensive repairs and replacements.

Our SERVPRO technicians help scrutinize all areas by opening up sockets, checking recessed lights, and inspecting various types of cables for accumulated water, or signs of moisture intrusion. Alternatively, we inspect wall cavities, ceilings, and other areas using non-invasive methods such as scrutinizing them using thermal cameras.  If we find water in any of the cavities that we inspect, we can remove it using mechanical approaches such as drilling weep holes or by using sophisticated systems such as drying mats or injecti-dry systems.

What injuries can water intrusion cause?

Water is mostly harmless when you consider the quantities that leaks or other types of spills involve.  However, interaction with other materials at the property can create risky conditions for the people that visit your business premises. For instance, the water that spills on floor surfaces leaves them slick, increasing the chances of slip and fall accidents. The immediate response to water intrusions is to mark and isolate wet areas using warning signs meaning that people can no longer access those areas. Since the signs are mostly placed outside the building, some potential clients may end up avoiding your business altogether when they notice the warning signs. Completing water extraction faster can ensure the signs only stay in place for a short while, minimizing the disruption.

Water removal may require the use of pumps, extractors, and other equipment that utilize different types of hoses and power cables, which end up creating obstacles that can trip people as they move around your business premises. Our technicians use various approaches to ensure that the restoration process is organized.  For instance, we must have a staging area for the equipment and supplies we need to fix the damages caused by water intrusion. We also group cables or hoses and secure them with Velcro straps or other fasteners. An arranged loss site poses minimal risks to customers and other visitors.

How likely are water damage incidents to recur after mitigation?

The primary reason water damage in Tallahassee might recur is likely to be associated with the cause rather than the mitigation efforts.  Water intrusions affecting commercial establishments mostly originate from:

  • Leaky roofs
  • HVAC condensation issues
  • Faulty appliances
  • Leaking pipes

Establishing the exact source of the water that damages your business, and taking steps to fix it helps eliminate any feeling of vulnerability that you might have. Most of the source points are located in hidden areas such as crawlspaces and cavities, thus necessitating a skillful approach to pinpoint the origin of the intrusion. Choosing a comprehensive repair option such as replacing all damaged and worn out parts from the utility systems, helps forestall the possibility of immediate recurrence, which would be detrimental to your business.

Lack of thoroughness during the mitigation process can lead to the recurrence of secondary water damage. For instance, failure to dry materials to the correct level leaves moisture residues that can spark mold development, rotting, or other kinds of deterioration.  Our SERVPRO Structural Drying Technicians work with specific moisture content figures to guarantee sufficient drying. For instance, when drying solid wood, we confirm that the moisture drops to an average of 10% in all affected wooden materials.

Water intrusions disrupt businesses by introducing high levels of moisture, soiling materials, or creating various hazards in business establishments. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can help you restore the normalcy at your premises. Call us at (850) 765-5706 to assist you. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Do I Need for Flood Water Removal in My Tallahassee Home?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with floating furniture Your home can be severely affected by flood damage if not taken care of. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and Experience to Clean Up Your Tallahassee Home from Any Amount of Water

Any homeowner that has had the experience of dealing with flood water in their house can tell you how frustrating it is to get rid of and the amount of damage it can cause. Unless you have access to professional-grade extraction and drying equipment, it is best to outsource the task to a restoration services company to ensure that the cleanup gets done right the first time. If you choose to do it on your own, signs of inadequate water cleanup include:

  • Musty odors that do not diminish
  • Buckling or warping sheetrock from wicking moisture
  • Mold 
  • Water stains

How Does SERVPRO Locate Water for Flooding Removal?

When the techs arrive onsite at a Tallahassee home for flooding removal, they do not rely on visuals to get the job done. The techs bring in an array of various devices such as moisture sensors and meters, thermohygrometers, and infrared cameras to track moisture within the property and a myriad of surfaces. The use of this advanced equipment lessens the amount of building materials that need removal during the extraction and drying phase. When water gets wicked into a wall, the techs can use their equipment to determine how far up the sheetrock the water traveled and remove only the damaged portion.

After the extraction, the techs use a large number of air movers and dehumidifiers deployed at once to bring down the moisture levels as rapidly as possible. This enables the entire area affected by the floodwater to get dried at the same time.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 performs flooding removal for local properties. The technicians are available 24/7 and have access to professional equipment to handle any size water damage to your house or contents, "Like it never even happened."

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How Do I Get My Walls and Ceilings Cleaned After a Fire?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damaged wall and ceiling Smoke damage on walls is difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the know-how to restore your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Technicians can Identify and Choose the Best Cleaning Methods for Fire Damage in Tallahassee Homes 

Even a small-scale fire in your home can leave behind copious amounts of smoke and soot to clean up. Walls and ceilings are often affected, and removal of the sheetrock is not the only course of action if the proper restoration methods are applied. SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly and scope where the fire happened to determine the type of smoke damage, so the correct cleaning methods get used. For example, if liquid cleaners come into contact with dry smoke left by a high heat fire, it can drive the residues more deeply into the surface and ruin the potential for restoration.  

Can Fire Restoration Services Get Rid of the Pungent Odors?   

The primary fire restoration service in Tallahassee homes that SERVPRO delivers include:   

  • Detailed scoping of the property to identify the scale of the damage
  • Removal of articles and building materials with no recovery potential
  • Testing residues and choosing the correct cleaning method for surfaces
  • Odor control applications performed as needed  

The Challenge of Creating a Safe Work Conditions  

Safety for all is a priority for SERVPRO. Often, it is best if the property owners relocate temporarily during the fire damage mitigation. The techs also scope the property to determine any existing hazards. The best way to eliminate them, such as controlled demo to remove sagging ceilings or support beams that received too much damage from the fire. Additionally, because soot can be an irritant, the techs wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to create a barrier between the airborne particulate and themselves to avoid skin contact and aspiration. 

When you need fire restoration services of any size, call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706. The certified technicians proudly serve local properties that need cleanup after a fire.  

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What Are the Tools of Remediation in My Tallahassee Home?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold under a kitchen cabinet Mold remediation in Tallahassee, under a sink or in the attic, can be cleaned up by SERVPRO

Many Florida homes contend with the threat of mold throughout the year, but our qualified remediation technicians can remove colonies and restore damage caused by the organism.

Between the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and other factors that can contribute to persistent moisture in your Tallahassee home, mold growth is a more common threat to residences in the area than you might believe. As challenging as these situations can be to overcome, they could become even more pressing to resolve if you are among the many homeowners who do not have adequate insurance coverage to address remediation needs. Many property owners are asked to pay a portion or all of remediation work out of pocket, making it vital to choose a team experienced in this area that can perform these tasks efficiently to reduce costs as much as possible.

There are many factors involved in professional mold remediation for Tallahassee homes and businesses, but our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to these emergencies. The discovery of mold should immediately encourage homeowners to reach out to remediation professionals like our team to reduce the spread and severity of these microbial threats. Mold and fungal growth can get out of control when the organism spreads rapidly from one organic surface to another. Much of our success in resolving mold damage and removing active colonization hinges on having the appropriate products, personnel, and industry-leading equipment.

What is Remediation?

Remediation is a practice entirely on its own when it comes to the restoration services that our team can provide. This service is exclusive to mold growth and microbial threats existing in your home or office. There are multiple strategies for removing active colonization from a structure, and these vary based on the severity of the damage or the material affected. No two mold loss incidents are identical, making the job scoping phase of mitigation and restoration critical to choosing the right equipment and products to help. Despite multiple approaches to remediation, we often select among four primary methods:

  • Antimicrobial Surface Treatment - Certain structural elements and contents might not yet be overwhelmed by mold moving through the house. Early signs, like spotting or proximity to active colonization, can be ideal times to treat the surface with our potent cleaning products to remove active colonization and inhibit further mold growth.
  • Sanding - With services like wood framing or flooring, sanding is often a useful practice for removing mold colonization where it is found. Sanding allows our professionals to remove small layers of the surface material to eliminate the organism when possible.
  • Soda Blasting - The combination of media and highly pressurized air or water is a powerful approach for removing surface damage without affecting the substrate of the material underneath the colony.
  • Controlled Demolition - When other strategies fail, such as when elements become too severely deteriorated to protect, controlled demolition practices discard severely affected building materials.

What Must Happen with Mold-Damaged Contents?

Personal belongings and possessions in the house after a mold damage incident can be as directly affected as many of its building materials. How these contents get cleaned and protected from mold damage can happen both on-site and in our warehouse nearby. The recovery of your belongings often falls into three required steps that address any present mold colonization and other threatening conditions such as dampness or water damage. Our technicians work to provide solutions, including:

  • Drying
  • Cleaning
  • Dry Storage

Do Foul Odors Dissipate on Their Own?

One of the telling signs of mold growth in your home is a harsh, musty odor that emits from active colonization. While this noxious scent is recognizable in the house, it can persist even after many remediation tasks have completed. Our effort to recover and restore a mold-damaged property involves effective deodorization solutions to address these persistent odors to make mold losses “Like it never even happened.” To accomplish this, we have multiple odor removal tools and strategies, including:

How Can You Limit Recurrences of Mold Damage?

Reducing recurrences of mold growth in your home often requires you to assess what allowed moisture concerns in the first place. In some situations, proper ventilation can ensure that moisture buildup does not occur in specific areas of your house. Other homeowners might need to address a persistent leak in the plumbing or a kitchen fixture. Working knowledge of why moisture concerns existed can direct you to efficient strategies for preventing them in the future.

Mold growth can be a substantial challenge to address, especially when you are unsure of how severe the situation has become. Our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team can help with a fast and reliable response whenever you need it by calling (850) 765-5706.

Why Do I Need Professional Help To Remove Floodwater In Tallahassee?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Of Flooded Floor In The Living Room From Water Leak We are here for you!

To Protect Your Tallahassee Home After a Flood, SERVPRO Does More Than Just Remove Water

So Why Is SERVPRO The Best Option?

When it comes to flood damage in Tallahassee homes, removing the water is only the first step. SERVPRO technicians is a full-service operation that removes water, dries the structure, eliminates the health threats, odors, and performs repairs where needed.

How Can Your Technicians Perform All of These Tasks?

Each member of our response team trains extensively in remediating the effects of disasters like floods in Tallahassee. Our training meets the industry standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our office also has access to the latest restoration equipment and cleaning agents as part of a nationwide network of locally-owned franchises.

Take decontamination as an example. Floodwater contains some of the soil, fertilizers, animal waste, and every other contaminant it passed over before entering your home. Traces of each one remain in your home after removing the water. To eliminate damage to the surfaces of your home and personal property, our technicians spray an anti-bacterial cleaner on them and then carefully wipe down each one using a sponge or dry cloth.

What About the Musty Odor I Can Smell in My Home?

The cleaners SERVPRO uses eliminates most odors left behind by the contaminants. If the floodwater stayed in place for more than a few hours, it can work its way behind drywall and other paneling where it can cause inert mold spores to expand and begin to grow. To eliminate the odors released by the mold, technicians dry out the water with air movers that force the warm air into the wall space. Once it dries, they use another anti-bacterial cleaner to kill the mold and eliminate any lingering odors.

For more information about how SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee eliminates flood damage here or in the Florida A&M area, call us at (850) 765-5706 today. We are here for you.

How Can I Minimize the Effects of Kitchen Sink Water Damage in Tallahassee?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a silver pipe Kitchens can lead to leaks and water damage occurring in your home. Call SERVPRO and we will remediate the damages resulting from water leaks.

When Tallahassee kitchen sink water damage requires professional restoration, SERVPRO is ready to assist homeowners 24/7.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Water Damage Restoration Services to Clean Tallahassee Homes

Tallahassee homeowners who have dealt with kitchen sink leaks know that a small amount of damage can spiral into musty odors, microbial growth, and water-damaged fixtures quickly without fast action. Something as simple as a loose or damaged fitting can allow gallons of water to damage your property over time.

Common Causes for Kitchen Cabinet Leaks

  • Corroded drain pipes. This type of leak is especially common in older homes with lead pipes. If you find rusty plumbing under your sink, do the following:
    • Turn off the water supply to the sink and place a container for leaking water underneath the affected pipe.
    • Remove the damaged pipe segment with channel locks or a monkey wrench
    • Take the pipe with you to a home improvement store to find a replacement, such as an ABS plastic pipe of the same dimensions.
  • Damaged or corroded garbage disposal. Acids in food and drink, as well as minerals in hard water, can eventually eat through the outer casing of your garbage disposal, creating leaks around your cabinets.
  • Dishwasher leaks. If the sink and garbage disposal are fine, but you still find water damage in your cabinets, your dishwasher may be leaking. Consider replacing the door gasket, tightening fittings, and upgrading supply lines to prevent leaks. Periodic leaks are indicative of an overloaded washer, or one with more detergent than it can handle.

SERVPRO Restores Water-Damaged Cabinetry

SERVPRO technicians use the following to treat water-damaged cabinetry:

  • Portable extraction systems to remove excess moisture.
  • EPA-registered antimicrobials for odor control and inhibiting microbial growth.
  • Small holes drilled in the unit to facilitate structural drying.
  • Drying with a centrifugal air mover and dehumidifier, possibly in a drying chamber made of polyethylene.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee serves the community with mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (850) 765-5706 to start the cleanup process.


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How Does Flooding Affect My Garage?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians working with restoration equipment in storage facility We are equipped to handle any of your flood damage restoration.

SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Flood Damage in Tallahassee Residences 

Garage flood damage can create a deceptively large amount of repair and cleanup concerns for Tallahassee homeowners. Without professional mitigation, flooding can create a thriving environment for mold, pests, and potential structural damage. 

If you flood damage in your Tallahassee property's garage, SERVPRO technicians will remove debris and return your home to a preloss state. SERVPRO's 24/7 emergency response team strives to minimize losses and maximize homeowners' savings affected by a disaster. 

What is Most Likely to Become Damaged in a Garage Flood? 

  • Flooring and sheetrock.Concrete flooring is semi-porous, and while it can withstand water, cracks in your floor can eventually lead to foundation damage. Sheetrock wicks up moisture because of the layers of gypsum and cardboard inside and typically requires removal and replacement after a flood.
  • Tools and appliances.Whether your laundry hookups are in the garage or your tools are placed on low shelving, floodwaters can compromise electronic and metal components.
  • If you store holiday decorations, cardboard boxes, or paper goods in your garage, flood damage can render these items irreparably damaged by microbes, sewage, chemical runoff, and pests. 

How Does SERVPRO Remove Floodwaters from My Property? 

SERVPRO uses both portable and truck-mounted extraction tools during the mitigation process to suck up any standing water before performing smaller-scale moisture extraction. Sanitation with EPA-registered antimicrobials and debris removal is a must for ensuring the safety of technicians and occupants. If home flooding has necessitated shutting off your electricity, SERVPRO teams can bring power sources for tools and equipment. 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee offers homeowners commercial-grade cleanup service that keeps their properties looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (850) 765-5706 to have a team at your home any time. 

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What Does Skilled Water Restoration In Tallahassee Include?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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.

The Complete Guide to Understanding Commercial Water Damage in Tallahasee

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling and sheetrock When your business is facing water damage after an event, partner with team SERVPRO for effective remediation services. Call right away.

Addressing Commercial Water Damage in a Tallahassee Nightclub

Florida businesses are familiar with the risk of water damage to their facilities. However, the unexpected nature of these disasters can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when owners have to contact multiple firms for cleanup and any necessary rebuilding services on top of coordinating with insurance providers to file a claim. This can be particularly challenging for cleaning up large amounts of water from incidents such as accidental sprinkler discharge or pipe leak.

When water damage strikes in your Tallahassee establishment, SERVPRO technicians are a phone call away from extracting the moisture and allowing you to get back to business as usual. SERVPRO crews use EPA-registered, OSHA-approved cleaning solutions to safely remove microbes and odor-causing bacteria from your facilities and eliminate unpleasant musty smells. These professionals can ensure that your cleanup needs are done to code. 

Active and Passive Leak Detection Systems

When considering early alert systems for water damage on your property, keep in mind that there are two main categories for commercial applications:

  • Active detection systems typically generate an alarm of some kind and are generally able to stop water flow with some type of shutoff valve. Moisture sensors paired with a shutoff mechanism are the most common. Other features you may find with such systems include flow sensors and timers. Active systems can monitor only one appliance or expand to cover an entire facility.
  • Passive detection systems are typically called water alarms and can alert you to potential leaks on your property. These systems are usually standalone items that are battery-powered, not unlike a home smoke detector. The cost-effectiveness and ease of installation make these devices appealing, but water alarms require regular testing and monitoring to ensure continuous effectiveness.

SERVPRO Restores Your Facilities

If the sprinkler discharge occurred at the dance floor for your establishment, some boards might be temporarily removed to examine the subflooring for damage and saturation. This is especially true if your business uses ring flooring, which has a metal subfloor supporting the wooden floorboards. After water extraction and drying with air movers and dehumidifiers, technicians can sanitize surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee offers a mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. When disaster strikes in your business, call (850) 765-5706.

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Crawl Space Flooding Threats in Tallahassee Properties

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Knows The Importance of Performing Water Cleanup in Your Tallahassee Crawl space Speedily

Flooding is always a persistent threat to Tallahassee homes and businesses, as the city often falls in line with storms making landfall from the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy storms and gale-force winds can be damaging enough, but substantial rainfall over days can cause groundwater flooding in various ways. Oversaturated earth cannot absorb rain, and it can sit on the surface and pool until it becomes a hazardous situation.

Flood from groundwater under Tallahassee homes can threaten areas like the crawlspace of residences. This open area beneath a structure can be the ideal installation point for utility connections like the water and gas. Because this is a hub for your in-house services, addressing Tallahassee flood damage in the area is critical to protect these fixtures and exposed structural elements supporting the house. When standing water exists underneath the house, there are several strategies to dry up the area.

Extraction 

Groundwater extraction is more complicated and problematic than removing standing water inside the house. Instead of electric submersible pumps that can continually remove volumes of water quickly and quietly, our SERVPRO professionals must utilize more powerful equipment like gas-powered trash pumps and engine-driven truck-mount pumps.

Drying 

Drying up the lingering moisture in the area is the only way to address potential threats like mold and microbial growth. Lingering dampness can feel active spores in this environment to use organic materials like wood framing and supports to colonize. With centrifugal air movers carefully positioned, we can begin universal evaporative drying for the entire damaged space. We can also assess at this time if any reconstruction or other build back needs exist for your residence before we conclude restoration.

Flooding can often be one of the most damaging situations for homes and businesses in the area. Even if the standing water is underneath your home in the crawlspace, you might still be at risk for the effects that this elevated moisture and humidity can cause. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team a call at (850) 765-5706.

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Fire-Damaged Materials in Tallahassee Require SERVPRO's Expertise for Neat Removal

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

burned out destroyed kitchen from a fire SERVPRO Says--Careful Removal of Charred Debris in a Tallahassee Home Can Mitigate the Damage and Restoration Process

Different Materials Commonly Removed During Fire Debris Cleanup in Tallahassee

It is easy to imagine the outcome of a fire incident in Tallahassee as a situation requiring the removal of charred materials and fine debris such as ash and soot. However, fire rubble cleanup may require more since a fire incident and the restoration process that follows cause a variety of damages.

The fire debris cleanup processes in Tallahassee depends on factors such as the intensity of the fire, the speed of the response to the incident, and the duration it takes to put out the fire. An intense fire that burns over an extended period may consume most materials leaving higher volumes of ash, soot, and other fine debris. If the efforts to put out a fire take longer to neutralize it, the percentage of secondary damage by water is likely to be higher. Our SERVPRO technicians scope a site to establish the kind of damage present.

Some common debris to remove after a fire incident includes:

  • Wet drywall and insulation
  • Air ducts, plumbing, and electrical lines
  • Contents charred by the flames or damaged by water
  • Aggregated soils including ash, soot, and other small materials

Apart from identifying what to remove, there is a need to determine the best time to remove these materials. In many cases, fire incidents lead to the disconnection of power in the affected property, which leaves the property without heating or air conditioning. There is a need to remove all wet materials within 72 hours to minimize the chances of microbial growth, which can present a different set of problems. Our SERVPRO teams have enough crewmembers to facilitate such fast removal.

Proper management of the debris during the removal is essential to avoid creating secondary problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use large trashcans and heavy-duty plastic bags to collect the debris as we remove it from the damaged area, which ensures it does not scatter outside the property, easing disposal.

Staging areas to organization and store equipment and containment barriers around the burned areas significantly reduce the chance of cross-contamination. Soot can readily circulate on air currents without the proper precautions in place.

Fire incidents can leave mountains of waste in your property. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to help with the cleanup, making it, "Like it never even happened."

We Act Fast In Tallahassee After A Water Loss

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Our advanced drying equipment working to dry the tile in this home Our experience and our equipment can prevent unnecessary damages with fast results to remove water and excess humidity.

Water Extraction to Begin Drying Carpets in Tallahassee Homes

With more widespread water loss in a Tallahassee home, numerous flooring types can get affected simultaneously. The most absorbent and easily damaged of these are carpeted surfaces, and so it is vital to protect these areas of the house as completely as you can when disasters strike. Depending on the thickness of this upper layer and the density of the fibers, subflooring and padding can sometimes become immediately affected by migrating water.

Water extraction in Tallahassee homes can help to reduce the impact that migrating water has on the rest of the house. Whether exposed carpets are the most significant concern or the contents of the property, removing any standing water and material saturation involves several premier extraction tools. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive at a damaged address with many extractors that can suit the needs of the specific damage incident and the location of the excess moisture.

Drying out damaged materials, especially carpets, cannot happen without initial extraction efforts. Depending on the plan for the flooring, namely if our in-house residential contractors intend to remove and later replace carpets and padding, dictate the level of water removal necessary. Partial replacements such as the removal of the padding beneath the carpet layer require a different extraction approach than restoring the full carpet assembly to the subflooring.

Carpet Wands

When speed is a necessity, and our professionals need to remove a modest amount of water from the exposed material, wet vacuuming with carpet wands can help. These tools are the staple of hot water extraction cleaning for carpet restoration.

Weighted Extractors 

Weighted water damage removal tools utilize the weight of the restoration technician to press the carpet and the padding layers together and force moisture to the surface. An onboard vacuum can discharge displaced moisture from these layers.

Controlled Demolition

Sometimes removing carpets and padding is the only feasible solution to prevent moisture migration to other areas. Our contractors can work to limit excessive tear-out to maximize the efficiency of build back.

Water losses can be a damaging situation for your home and family. Let our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team help with effective carpet and material drying solutions. Give us a call anytime at (850) 765-5706.

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We Get You Back In Business In Tallahassee After Mold Damage Strikes

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold crawling up the wall of this business Our crew will arrive quickly and start the mold damage restoration process, using our equipment, experience, and expertise.

Remediating Commercial Mold Damage in a Tallahassee Office

Florida business owners are well aware of the risks of mold proliferation in their establishments. Still, they may be surprised to know that as much as 30% of new and remodeled buildings can have their indoor air quality affected by mold growth. While regular inspections and cleaning can stave off most mold growth, water damage and other factors can allow these microbes to thrive regardless. All it takes for mold to spread is appropriate amounts of humidity, adequate temperatures, and the presence of organic material to eat. 

If your Tallahassee office needs commercial mold damage remediation from professional disaster cleanup experts, you can count on SERVPRO to answer the call quickly. These experienced professionals follow a consistent set of standards for remediating mold in commercial facilities without spreading it to other parts of your office. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for your cleanup needs because disasters do not happen on a regular 9-to-5 schedule. 

Minimizing Mold Risk in Your Office

  • Stay vigilant. Mold often grows in places where it cannot be easily seen, so make sure to have your property regularly inspected, including in crawl spaces, server rooms, or rarely-used storage areas. Look for fuzzy stains, musty smells, or marks on carpeting.
  • Repair plumbing ASAP. If you have any leakage, loose seals, or other maladies affecting your building, make sure to address them immediately to prevent mold growth. 
  • Keep humidity stable. Consider installing dehumidifiers or running fans to keep mold at bay. Keeping relative humidity in your facilities between 30% and 50% lowers the risk of proliferation. 
  • Clear out the vents. HVAC systems are a common area where mold can hide and spread. Worse still, if the vents are not inspected regularly, mold can spread throughout the building. 

If you notice any of the signs of mold growth in your facilities, call restoration professionals immediately. 

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

After establishing containment and removing unsalvageable materials affected by mold damage, technicians can work on cleaning up surfaces and removing spores from the air with HEPA-filter vacuums that can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns--a fraction of the size of a 40-micron human hair. 

Technicians minimize the risk of spores spreading or settling on new surfaces by cleaning them in the direction of the airflow toward negative-pressure machines. Multiple rounds of disinfection may be necessary to remove spores before drying with air movers and dehumidifiers can begin. 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can ensure that your facility looks, "Like it never even happened." If you need rapid cleanup for your business, call (850) 765-5706 today.

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Why Professional Mold Remediation is Necessary in Tallahassee Homes

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage on ceiling Florida has a year round environment for mold growth. Our SERVPRO professionals are always on call to remediate the mold in your home.

What Can Remediators Do for Damaged Tallahassee Homes? 

Mold remediation is a vital service for Tallahassee homes when microbial threats have gotten discovered. While you might become misled with companies and services suggesting that they can remove all of the molds from your home, this is not an accurate statement. We can eliminate the threats of active mold colonization in your house through proven strategies ranging from cleaning surfaces to more abrasive techniques. 

With both education and endorsements from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI), our SERVPRO team has extensive experience in managing mold damage in Tallahassee homes. Because mold colonies can spread so quickly from one surface to another in moist conditions, it is essential to know what to expect from competent professionals arriving to help.

Containment  

A vital element of managing mold situations in your home is preventing the spread of this organism to other areas of the property. In most situations, this involves the erection of containment barriers and the deployment of equipment like negative air chambers. These devices can capture mold spores before they can spread to the rest of the house, and work in conjunction with physical barriers built from thick plastic sheeting. 

Cleaning 

Our SERVPRO team has numerous cleaning technicians that can work to protect affected materials and contents through various practices. While surface cleaning techniques can often work, with the application of potent antimicrobial agents, we can also utilize abrasive cleaning methods like soda blasting to eliminate the entire hyphae of the organism and begin deodorization. 

Deodorization 

Odors are another damaging aspect of mold colonization in your home, as the distinct musty scent the organism emits can move beyond the affected area. We have numerous deodorization tools that we can use to address these concerns, but few have the mobility and range of our thermal foggers. These units can heat up deodorizing agents to a vapor that can penetrate affected building materials and contents to neutralize trapped odors as well as free moving compounds. 

Remediation is a necessary practice when you discover microbial threats in your home, and our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team can help. Give us a call anytime at (850) 765-5706. 

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Home Attic Flooding Amid a Tropical Storm in Tallahassee

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Tarp over a roof Our experienced professionals will get your home back to pre-storm condition. Call SERVPRO Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706.

Storm Water Can Wreak Havoc In Your Tallahassee home

Tallahassee homeowners are all too familiar with the likelihood of tropical storms and violent weather events throughout the year. During hurricane season, residences and commercial structures in the area are particularly susceptible to these destructive storms. Flooding on account of rain can happen in several ways during these compromising weather events, and how our restoration specialists respond to each of them can make a substantial difference to the cost and time it takes to ultimately restore your property.

With high winds, the eaves and shingles of your home’s roof can get heavy damages, leaving you vulnerable to storm rain flooding in your Tallahassee attic. Because many homes in the area have finished attics as more livable space, water penetration can do more than affect the materials used in the construction of your roof and attic flooring. Now, you have to contend with the exposure of drywall, carpeting, insulation, and more.

You might not know how bad the roof damage is until our SERVPRO team arrives after the storm to assess the situation and begin efforts like roof tarping and board-up. Because we have a team of licensed general contractors, we can offer a seamless transition between these emergency construction solutions, the mitigation that your property needs, and any more permanent build back efforts after that.

Controlled demolition in the attic space can help our SERVPRO technicians to better dry out structural cavities between the roof plywood and joists and ceiling drywall. Because drywall is a porous building material, it can become irreparably damaged in as little as 24 hours with direct exposure of penetrating floodwater. Saturated insulation can get removed with our unique, high-powered vacuum intended for this purpose. To reduce the need to remove structural supports, we can deploy air movers for direct evaporative drying on exposed supports before permanent reconstruction and repairs occur.

With finished attic spaces, the faster that restoration can occur after flooding, the better. Our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee water restorers have cutting-edge equipment and extensive training to provide your home with a confident response for quality results. To make flood losses, “Like it never even happened,” give us a call today at (850) 765-5706.

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SERVPRO Cleans Fire-Damaged Properties in Tallahassee from Foundation to Roof Including Smoke Odors

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

dirty, sooty HVAC register on ceiling Tallahassee Home Have Fire, Smoke, and Soot Problems? Even Foul Odors? Call SERVPRO!

Fire Damage in Your Tallahassee Home May Necessitate Cleaning of the HVAC System

Many building materials and items in a Tallahassee house can sustain damage after a fire. Residual smoke damage is typical after such an incident. SERVPRO has a comprehensive fire and smoke damage restoration process that can restore your home to its usual condition.

We can take the correct steps to clean up the smoke residues from your home and its ventilation system. Our restorers can use specialized cleaning tools and equipment to handle the fire damage in your Tallahassee property. We can apply restoration products that can remove smoke stains, soot, and odors.

Our smoke damage specialists can eliminate smoke damage and odors caused by dry smoke, wet smoke, fuel oil smoke, and protein smoke. HVAC ventilation systems can also sustain smoke damage. The HVAC system’s ductworks can spread residues throughout your home by distributing hot and smoke-filled air. Our team can inspect your HVAC system to check for smoke residues. We can check for the extent of the damage by considering the type of residues in the system, if they are heavy, moderate, or light and if smoke smells are present. We can perform HVAC cleaning if there are moderate to heavy smoke residues in it.

Cleaning contaminated ducts can prevent them from distributing smoke particles back into your restored home when you operate the HVAC system. Our HVAC and duct cleaning services can eliminate smoke residues from ductwork and the ventilation system to ensure that you breathe clean air. Our team can take the following steps:

  • Inspect the conduits in your air duct system.
  • Clean the air duct system if necessary
  • Clean the blower fan, drain pan, and coils.
  • Apply environmentally safe solutions to decontaminate and sanitize your ventilation system
  • Seal the ducts if it is not possible to clean them effectively during the restoration

We can also use high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filters to help purify the air during the cleanup process. HEPA filters can capture smoke particles, which are as small as 0.3 microns in size. HEPA filtration is useful when restorers have demolished hazardous materials during the fire damage mitigation process. These devices can also have attached carbon filters to defeat malodors.

Besides using HEPA filters to eliminate smoke particles from the air, our restorers can also use HEPA vacuuming to capture and remove fine particles from surfaces. We can vacuum the surfaces before cleaning them with detergents to prevent the spread of the smoke particles. HEPA vacuuming is also useful in removing smoke particles that could have settled in crevices and cracks.

After extinguishing a fire successfully, call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706. We can handle your fire clean-up and repairs professionally to your peace of mind and satisfaction.

Laundry Room and You Overwhelmed by Water? SERVPRO of Tallahassee Cleans It Up

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

In a laundry room of a house, a woman is on the phone and the man is holding clothes An overloaded washing machine spilled water on the floor of this Tallahassee home, and the homeowners called SERVPRO.

Water Removal Workers and Specialized Equipment Stop Damage from Spreading in Your Tallahassee Residence

Having guests during the holidays can put a strain on your plumbing. Not only are extra showers and baths happening during their visit to Tallahassee, but laundry tasks also increase. Many guests prefer to do their laundry, which many homeowners welcome. One problem that might come from this is an overflow from overloading the washing machine. Many people do this to reduce the number of loads they do while visiting.

Once an overloaded washing machine spills water onto the floor of your Tallahassee home, water removal experts need to begin as quickly as possible to mitigate the situation. Warm or hot water, plus added detergent, can discolor carpeting quickly. Subflooring can suffer in areas extending farther than what appears on the carpeting or other floorings. The heat of the water forces pores in the wood to open more quickly than cold water does, and the absorption rate increases.

Mitigating the area with water removal methods often lasts longer than a few hours, but much of this time involves letting an air mover run. We understand that out-of-town guests went to great lengths to come to visit and that you also put forth a significant amount of time and effort in planning to accommodate them. Should the worst happen though, to remove as much water as possible from any carpeting, we can use the claw, a weighted device that we place on top of wet carpet, so water gets pushed up and withdrawn through the device.

The more water we remove, the less time it takes to dry the area using an air mover and desiccant machine. Because we do not want to heat your home more than necessary and overheat your home, we rely on different methods to contain any heat we use.

Although we work as quickly as we can, and we also understand that you want as few interruptions as possible, we do pay attention to the minor details. Saturated carpeting quickly becomes compressed, so we use a special tool to re-lift the pile, making the area less noticeable. Another visual change often seen in carpets, as well as other textiles, particularly lighter-colored ones, is a water ring. We spray the exterior edge with water to minimize this effect.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee serves property owners with water removal services and other mitigation and restoration assistance in Southwood and around Florida A and M University. Call (850) 765-5706 for fast, reliable service, 24/7, year-round.

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What to Avoid When Dealing With Commercial Flood Damage in Tallahassee

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded couch Don't let your business get over run by flood damage. Call the remediation professionals at SERVPRO today.

Hurricane Season is Over, But You’re Not Off The Hook

With hurricane season behind us, business owners in Tallahassee breathe a little easier.  The imminent threat of winds and rains keeps many of us on edge as we establish emergency and contingency plans for weather-related events.  Preparedness can be especially difficult for new owners who are just getting their business off the ground and getting into a rhythm with their vendors and clientele.  Imagine for a minute that you open a pizza parlor and want to be ready for an adverse event. The best you can do is to keep your guard up even when hurricane season is over.  In our city, any significant downpour can cause a flood that threatens your very livelihood.

For commercial flood damage needs in Tallahassee, SERVPRO is at your service.  Even when business owners have franchise support and out-of-state resources, there are specifics to operating an eatery in Florida that play an essential role in protecting your business.  Our technicians are an essential part of your restoration team, so the process is efficient and done with minimal disruption. All you need to do is keep us in mind and call as soon as you detect the damage. 

If you own a place like the fictional pizza parlor above, you may have precise health regulations about food management.  You probably also have inventory to protect and preserve. Our SERVPRO crew is aware of the specifics of your industry and works with you to remain compliant while the restoration process is ongoing. Our formal and on-the-field training prepares us to move expediently and discard any items such as saturated upholstery and rugs, which may pose a threat due to the bacteria accumulated because of the flood.  For all other surfaces, we apply industry-grade cleaning and disinfecting solutions to control microbial growth and minimize health threats.

When you invest in your business, you want to protect your investment as much as possible.  Relying on an industry leader such as SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee adds an extra layer of defense against incidents outside your control.  Call us at (850) 765-5706 and let us be a part of your emergency plan. Together, we can set the stage, so your business looks “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage in Tallahassee

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

Preparation Helps with Flood Water Removal from Affected Tallahassee Homes

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

Scoping the Loss

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

Having the Right Equipment

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

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

Dealing with hazardous materials

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

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

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

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

A Restorative Mindset Saves Time and Expense After Tallahassee Fire Damage

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

Restoration Services Save Time and Money

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

Principles of Cleaning

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

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

Elements of Cleaning

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

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

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

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Water Extraction becomes Faster with the Right Equipment in Tallahassee

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

Proper tools to remove water damage from your home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When Mold Damage Occurs in Tallahassee Colleges

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Delayed Cleanup and Maintenance Facilitates Mold Growth 

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

Conventional Cleaning Methods Can Fail for Mold Remediation 

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

Call in the Mold Remediation Experts     

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

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

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

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Fast-Track Your Flood Damage Remediation in Your Tallahassee Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Preventing Material Deterioration

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

Preventing Mold

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

Saving Appliances

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

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

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Fire Damaged Tallahassee Business

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

Addressing the Fire Damage Within Your Tallahassee Business 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

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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)

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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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Tallahassee Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Fast Water Loss Mitigation Service

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has The Equipment for Any Size Water Damage Restoration Service in the Tallahassee Area

Immediate Actions Following Water Damage in Tallahassee Homes

As with many of the loss incidents that our experienced technicians get dispatched to address in Tallahassee homes, water emergencies have one of the shortest timetables to protect your property from irreparable damages. While this fact might encourage many to seek our professional experience and roster of qualified and certified SERVPRO restoration technicians accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are still many who can approach this with a degree of confidence in attempting to dry out their properties on their own.

While water damage in Tallahassee homes can spread uncontrollably from the source, the spread can get slowed dramatically by stopping the flow from this breach. Finding the source of the damage is tracing the effects to the point where they are at their worst, though many water damage instances have clear points of origin. Once you have found the cause of the damage and stopped water flow to it, you are ready to take the steps that must happen immediately to preserve as much of the construction materials in your home as possible.

Content removal is vital at this stage, as it prevents unnecessary harm to your personal belongings and furniture throughout the affected areas. By only moving these items to an area that cannot become affected by the current conditions, our SERVPRO team can prevent considerable loss and replacement costs. For heavy furniture or because of limited room, we may place the legs or supports on high-density foam blocks or foil to protect the items.

We then focus on the extraction and drying of the damaged components and content to prevent this situation from getting any worse than it already is. Our SERVPRO team has advanced water removal and rapid drying solutions. With the combination of air movers and dehumidification equipment, our team can begin removing saturation from exposed materials.

Our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team is here to help in any way that you might need. Give us a call anytime, 24/7 at (850) 878-8885.

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