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

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Should I start cleaning immediately?

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

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

What is the best way to document water damage?

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

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

Is performing cleanup after water damage in a hotel difficult?

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

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

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

Water Damage Mitigation In Tallahassee

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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

Repairing Mini-Fridge Water Damage in a Tallahassee Bedroom

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

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

SERVPRO is Always Ready to Help!

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

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

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

Drying Damage After Disaster

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

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

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

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

tallahassee Capitol Building parade Tallahassee and SERVPRO team up for water damage cleanup and restoration. A Capitol Idea!

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)

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

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

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

Tallahassee Sports Venue Requires Professional Remediation Assistance After Water Damage

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

How We Work with Insurance to Protect Your Tallahassee Venue

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

Managing Flood Loss in Your Tallahassee Home Until Help Arrives

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

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

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

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

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Tallahassee Home

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

Odor Removal Tools for Fire-Damaged Tallahassee Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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