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Cleaning During Fire Damage Restoration of Sevierville Homes

8/20/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® Helps When Sevierville Fire Restoration Requires Advanced Resources

A fire incident is scary since it can reduce your investment and years of work to a pile of rubble when the flames consume materials. Although many Seviervillefire incidents are contained on time, they still cause dire issues, such as general soiling and staining. A proper cleaning approach is essential for successful fire damage restoration.

Safely completing fire damage restoration in your Sevierville property is essential, so enhancing safety at every stage, including the cleaning process. Accessing appropriate protective gear is one way to safely complete the procedures despite hazards such as sharp objects, harmful residues, and risks such as frayed electrical cables. Our SERVPRO crews are well-equipped with protective clothing and accessories such as splash goggles, respirators, gloves, and rubber boots.

PPE eases cleaning tasks such as

  • Tearing down charred drywall remains
  • Abrasive cleaning, such as sanding to restore charred areas
  • Applying chemical agents to heavily soiled or stained areas
  • Manipulation contents around the work site

Preparing the loss site before starting cleanup helps improve the process, although you may consider it a waste of time. Preparation establishes order, determining what cleaning aspects to prioritize or delay.

How preparation improves the cleaning process

The soiling and damages caused by fires are usually widespread; therefore, resolving them requires significant effort, resources, and time. However, some resources, such as equipment and accessories, can create bottlenecks that impede the process. Our SERVPRO crews start the process by isolating a section of the property as a staging area for holding the equipment when not in use or for mixing cleaning products eliminating impediments such as tangled cables and hoses or slick floors, allowing for timely execution of cleaning processes.

Necessary cleaning steps after a fire

  • Vacuuming with a HEPA-filtered device to remove most soot and ash traces
  • Wiping flat surfaces with chemical sponges to remove attached soot without leaving smudges
  • Aggregating and resizing debris into manageable chunks

SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties is a seasoned fire restoration company that efficiently cleans properties eliminating traces of an incident “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (865) 429-8885.

You Need Experts Like SERVPRO for Mold Inspection in Sevierville 

5/17/2023 (Permalink)

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Protect Your Home with SERVPRO's Professional Mold Inspection Services in Sevierville 

Whether visible or not, mold growth threatens the structural integrity of building materials. It is important to have experienced restorers like SERVPRO carry out mold inspection of your Sevierville home if you suspect contamination.   

SERVPRO techs with years of experience can carry out thorough mold inspections of your Sevierville property to uncover contamination not visible to the naked eye. Identifying the problem areas can help prevent the spread of the contamination to other parts of the building and ensures an effective restoration. 

How SERVPRO Mold Specialists Inspect a Building?

One of the first things SERVPRO techs do when they arrive at your premises is a physical site inspection or a walk-through. A thorough inspection is the biggest reason why SERVPRO is so successful in remediating mold damage. 

During the building inspection, the techs gather information about the condition of the property and look for signs of potential mold damage, including-

  • Water intrusion or condensation
  • Water stains
  • Structural damage due to mold growth
  • Odors 
  • Structural defects in hard-to-reach places like attics 

The mold contamination can be active or dormant, visible or hidden in the form of settled spores, fragments, or other fungal components. The goal of the SERVPRO techs is to obtain enough information during these walk-throughs to locate or predict the approximate extent of the visible or hidden contamination. 

Locating Hidden Mold

In some cases, the SERVPRO techs may need to conduct intrusive activities to locate hidden mold damage, including controlled demolition. Techs also identify the pathways of water intrusion to predict hidden mold damage. 

If controlled demolition is needed, SERVPRO techs ensure it is done following the local laws and only after the homeowner's consent. 

Call SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885; we are here to help you 24/7. 

Expert Water Removal Services in Sevierville by SERVPRO

4/23/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Water Removal from Flooded Sevierville homes

Water damage can be a property owner's worst nightmare, whether due to burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or natural disasters. It is crucial to seek professional help for water removal from your Sevierville home to mitigate the damage and prevent further complications. 

SERVPRO techs use advanced tools and techniques during the water removal of your Sevierville home to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Our IICRC-certified techs know how to effectively and efficiently operate the available equipment to dry structures and contents as quickly as possible. 

Equipment used During Water Removal Services 

SERVPRO techs use various equipment to remove the standing water and dry the structure after water damage. However, extraction of the standing water is a critical step in removing moisture from the building. The more excess water SERVPRO restorers remove with extraction equipment, the less time they need to dry the structure. 

Some of the most common extraction equipment we use includes the following-

  • Truck-mounted and portable extractors
  • Light wands
  • Deep extraction tools
  • Pumps

SERVPRO techs use several types of pumps to remove water during flood restoration. For example, trash pumps effectively remove water containing suspended solids and debris, while submersible pumps are excellent at removing water from basements. By choosing the right pump, techs ensure they pull as much water as possible before drying the structure. 

Extracting Water Trapped in Carpets and Pads

Carpets and pads can quickly soak up a lot of water that can be very difficult to evaporate using dehumidifiers and air movers. SERVPRO techs use equipment like carpet wands and deep extraction tools that compress the carpet and pads and squeeze out the trapped water before being extracted with an attached extractor.  

Call SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885 for water removal services you can trust.

Impacts Choice of Water Restoration Companies Has in Sevierville

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

an employee using a moisture meter on a water damaged kitchen floor with a customer Regardless of the source of the water damage you are facing, calling SERVPRO is an excellent choice for property owners in Sevierville.

How SERVPRO Ensures Water Restoration Services in Sevierville Have Acceptable Results?

Stormy weather in Sevierville tears down structures and inundates them with water. The costs and inconveniences created by the incident mostly depend on its severity. However, the restoration approaches used also have an impact. For example, the water restoration company you choose influences how long the restoration takes based on the equipment and workforce assigned for the project.

Several factors determine whether water restoration companies serving Sevierville homes can deliver satisfactory results. Limitations can stem from a lack of advanced technology or geographical location. SERVPRO is an established restorer and thus readily overcomes many of the challenges a startup company might face.

Specific considerations to pay attention to include:

  • How the restorer relates with insurance companies
  • Whether it is a local operator
  • Availability of emergency services
  • Level of technical training

Storms develop almost instantaneously, and despite the advances in weather forecasting technologies, most incidents hit an area unexpectedly. Even when a storm is forecast to reach your location, the severity may not be what you expect, thus creating emergencies. If the water restoration service cannot provide a response that matches the emergency, the inconveniences you face increase.

A response combines different aspects, including communication and the mitigation steps taken to deal with the storm's dire effects of water intrusion. SERVPRO gives priority to prompt contact with the stricken homeowners. That is why our customer support staff are reachable 24/7. If you call during the storm, we can guide you on timely steps to diminish the floodwaters' effect on your property. Unplugging appliances and elevating portable items limits contact with the water inundating your property. We also send a team to the affected property fast after notification about the incident so that they can mount a response before severe moisture degradation sets in.

Technologies Necessary for Water Restoration

It takes more than just extraction to restore preloss conditions after water enters a building. Stormwater, in particular, may involve significant contamination and soils like silt or mud. Therefore, thorough cleaning, decontamination, drying, and deodorization are essential steps. Although all these processes might be achieved manually, utilizing advanced technology helps ease the processes or improve the outcomes. For example, agitating floors with brushes can remove the mud deposited as the flood water recedes. However, it takes time to complete and might not be as thorough as rotating brushes.

Crucial technological devices include:

  • Different types of dehumidifiers
  • Fogging equipment
  • Self-priming trash pumps

Our SERVPRO crews rely on dehumidifiers to cut down the time to dry all wet structural areas and contents. A dehumidifier draws in warm air and passes it over refrigeration coils. The air contracts while it passes over the cooling coils leading to condensation of the moisture vapor from the air, which is collected in a tank. The dry, cool air is released back into the room. Apart from the standard dehumidifiers, specialized systems offer better performance. For example, since moisture in the air is measured in GPP, Grains per Pound, a dehumidifier that can diminish this to the lowest level may improve drying. Standard dehumidifiers work up to 40 gpp, but Low Grain Refrigerant and Desiccant varieties lower humidity beyond this point.

Fogging equipment such as ULV foggers helps distribute deodorizers or decontaminants to all nooks and crannies of the house, neutralizing the unwanted materials. On the other hand, Trash pumps simplify the removal of water filled with solids from inundated sections since they extract materials of up to 3 inches in diameter.

SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties would be a great stop when looking for water restoration companies. Call us at (865) 429-8885 for timely assistance.

Restoring Homes After Sevierville Fire Damage Incidents

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck with a trailer in front of a fire damaged home Dealing with the aftermath of a fire and subsequent fire damage in Sevierville can be tricky. Let SERVPRO help! Call right away.

We Restore Fire Damages to Pre-Loss Condition

With the tourism industry being such a driving force in the economy and livelihood of many of the Sevierville residents, home and commercial fires can be destructive in more ways than one. After the first notice of loss with fires and smoke damage, our objective is to mitigate threatening conditions as rapidly as possible. The earliest concerns for the household that mitigation can help resolve include:

  • Debris
  • Smoke
  • Ruined Materials
  • Water Damage
  • Odors

To provide the effective mitigation services necessary for Sevierville fire damage, we must have technicians ready to move when disasters strike. With a growing roster of FSRT-Certified specialists, we have experts available 24/7 to help with needed actions. This swift response is even more vital when considering the city's hundreds of tourist attractions, accommodations, and restaurants.

Large Loss Ready

Because of how commercially and entertainment-driven our community is, the fire restoration professionals of our SERVPRO team must be prepared to face larger loss scenarios. More than the professional finish and restoration result we provide, the allure of talented technicians is containing the damaged areas to continue operating businesses in a limited capacity to serve customers. Restoration and recovery then continue in enclosed spaces and during off-hours.

Emergency Services After Fire Damage

Whether it is a business, a home, or a historic property like the Riley H. Andres House, the urgency of fire recovery is the same. Our professionals begin by implementing several initial actions that reduce the destruction of impacted households. Some of the emergency services necessary for structures include:

  • Water Removal Services – The extinguishment process uses high volumes of water, which remain on floors and become absorbed into porous materials. We have several water removal strategies to help after fire dousing.
  • Debris Removal – Heaps of blistered materials, ash, and remnants of combusted building elements must get removed after fire damage to reduce the severity of smoke odors and soot particles.
  • Controlled Demolition – This process targets structural instability or vulnerabilities that could pose concerns for restoration professionals or structure occupants.
  • Content Relocation – We move any contents from the damage path and earmark impacted personal belongings for on-site or off-site recovery.

The Threats of Soot Damage

Soot is a significant hazard to the house or business. Our SERVPRO FSRT-Certified team's priority is to reduce the presence of residues and smoke solid deposits on surfaces. Several approaches for removing wet and dry smoke damage include alkaline cleaners and mechanical action with steel wool or brushes.

Smoke Malodors Must Get Removed

While it is often one of the final restoration hurdles to restore preloss condition for your home, malodors are not easily removed without a combination of several deodorization practices and products. It is essential to reduce the severity of smoke smells through counteractant tactics like surface cleaning and air scrubbing. With less severe malodors, fogging and ozone machines can be more efficient.

What Fire Damage Repairs Are Necessary?

Few structure fires do not ultimately require some form of demolition and reconstruction services. Fortunately, we have the accreditation and recognition as accomplished and knowledgeable professionals completing a wide range of possible build-back services with a building contractor license. Reconstruction can include:

  • Rebuilding
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Utility Repairs
  • Temporary Construction

There is no ignoring the destructive capacities of Sevierville fire damage incidents, especially in large loss settings like the many hotels and accommodations throughout the city. With the fast response of our SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties team, we can help after fire loss incidents. Call now at (865) 429-8885.

Addressing Sevierville Mold Damage as Fast as Possible

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Removes Mold Damage Found in Area Homes

Mold remediation and recovery should be something that occurs fast, as many do not appreciate its destructive capabilities until organisms have spread throughout a large area of their home. Sevierville residences might only be for a smaller population of 17,000, but the amenities and accommodations of the municipality leave many more properties at risk of hazardous colonization. Our SERVPRO team is trained to overcome:

  • Colonization
  • Structural deterioration
  • Harsh odors
  • Moisture damage

It is vital to provide a fast and reliable response after Sevierville mold damage incidents. In many cases, something as direct as establishing containment barriers can do a lot to protect a household from greater mold exposure. Because humidity, water, and storm damages can all contribute to compromised structures in Sevier County, our SERVPRO team stays prepared to mobilize and help when colonies first get discovered.

Is Mold Threatening Your Home?

Many property owners do not realize that mold is hazardous and therefore are not alarmed when it gets discovered in their residences. Even with hundreds of varieties of residential mold our remediators might encounter, there are ways that these colonies leave a detrimental mark on a structure:

  • Moisture – Where there is mold damage, there is moisture. Complete remediation seeks to address the water damage allowing the needed environmental conditions for mold to thrive.
  • Structural Damage – Organisms use organic matter like drywall, carpeting, wood, and other natural building materials as a food source. The longer that surfaces host mold colonies, the more they become ruined by its presence.
  • Musty Malodors – Malodors can be a severe obstacle to comfortable living for house occupants. Volatile organic compounds are emitted from active colonies, generating a strong, musty smell that we remove with professional deodorization tactics.

Removing Mold Colonies

Removing mold damage from a home or business must focus on the active colonies and organisms spreading in the structure. Microbial growth can penetrate the surface of porous elements like drywall and flooring, so our team utilizes a range of remediation strategies for damage in different stages. Our cleaning process begins with surface treatments involving chlorine-based sporicidal products and antimicrobials in our inventory. We are ready when more aggressive measures are needed, including media blasting, sanding, sponge pressure cleaning, and controlled demolition.

The Need for Repairs and Reconstruction

Controlled demolition is a large part of the remediation process, both in the removal of active colonies and in identifying and ultimately resolving the cause of the colonization. Our general contractor license can help us provide build-back services like plumbing repairs, controlled demolition, drywall replacement, and flooring reinstallation. This service includes our larger commercial properties and Sevierville attractions.

Will Mold Return to Your Home?

It is one of the priorities of our experienced team to assess the likelihood that mold damage will return. Understanding the contributing factors that facilitated colonies can help focus repairs and reconstruction that follows remediation. Our SERVPRO team identifies and completes structural improvements to stop future moisture infiltration in the same pathways.

When Sevierville mold damage threatens a structure, our professionals are ready to help set things right. We prioritize the neutralization of active colonies and their effects rather than a blanket mold removal process others promise but cannot deliver. Use our experienced SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties professionals for your remediation project by calling (865) 429-8885.

Water Cleanup Keeps the Floors Safe in Your Sevierville Business

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

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Our Water Cleanup Work Reduces Your Recovery Costs

Very few flooring types can hold up to standing water for very long. When a Sevierville commercial property's floor covering sustains a water leak, we can help protect the investment with our water cleanup services.

Even concrete and brick within a business in Sevierville can require water cleanup services if saturated long enough. Water changes from clean to dirty all too easily and quickly. Cleaning this up with just plain water may not be sufficient. If any organic material remains afterward, odors can become a noticeable problem. Other flooring types can become unsafe in various ways:

  • Sealed flooring can become slippery,
  • Floor coverings can develop uneven areas, and
  • Weakening in floors can develop.

Rubber-coated flooring is typically non-slip, but oily substances that collect on the surface can surprise employees and customers in unwanted ways. We use special detergents that remove any buildups but do not damage the surface of the flooring.

Wood and carpeting can become damaged to different degrees by standing water. Such damage leaves surfaces warped, bubbled, or rippled. Our flooring experts clean these areas and get them dried out so we can ascertain the damage. We work with you to make everything "Like it never even happened." Helping other local businesses stay open is our goal.

We find that floors with wooden underlays built over basements or crawlspaces can become extremely weak. The weight of one individual or piece of furniture can form a hole in the particle board. We clean up such areas, and after establishing dryness, we replace the flooring's structures.

Additionally, SERVPRO helps by restoring inventory and equipment after a disaster. Our industry-accepted methods help our customers stay open with reduced closures and lowered recovery costs.

Customers with properties needing cleanup and other services to maintain safe conditions are encouraged to call SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885. We are always available.

Clean Your Sevierville Property Immediately After a Fire Damage Experience

2/13/2023 (Permalink)

cigarette burn on white carpet When your Sevierville carpet suffers more than a minor cigarette burn, call SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO Cleans Carpets and Upholstery in Sevierville During Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage is one of the worst experiences any homeowner can face. Apart from destroying property, it leaves behind unsightly stains and unpleasant smells. But, if you work with the right service provider who uses professional cleaning procedures, restoring your upholstery and carpets to their preloss state can be possible.

When restoring fire-damaged homes in Sevierville, our SERVPRO technicians may remove loose debris and soot by vacuuming. It helps reduce additional damage and makes stain removal and cleaning easier. Through the use of a dry chemical sponge, it is possible to remove any remaining ash and debris and prevent it from re-depositing on the already cleaned areas.

Some of the techniques that our technicians use when cleaning your property include:

  • Dry Cleaning: A special machine and a dry cleaning solution are used in this technique. Soot and smoke particles are lifted from the fibers. Despite being an effective and quick method, it is only suitable for some upholstery and carpets.
  • Steam cleaning: We use a detergent and hot water to remove stains and soot. It is a very thorough technique that suits most upholstery and carpets.
  • Shampooing: First, our SERVPRO technicians apply a cleaning detergent to the surface, then with the help of a machine agitation, we do agitation to remove the stains.
  • Ozone treatment: Ozone is used to neutralize lingering smoke odors.
  • Bonnet cleaning: A cleaning detergent, a rotating pad, or a bonnet removes stains and dirt.

It is important to note that successful restoration cannot happen to all carpets; some should be replaced when severe damage occurs. The best thing you should do after such an experience is to immediately call a professional restoration company since they have the expertise, equipment, and tools to do the job right.

Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885 for professional and efficient fire damage restoration services. Our company is Faster to Any Size Disaster and can assist you in returning your property to normal within no time.

Water Damage Restoration in Sevierville

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

tarp on roof, water damage SERVPRO says to avoid storm damage on your Sevierville roof. Keep gutters clean and functioning or call us for mitigation.

Your Family Home Needs Water Damage Restoration

A storm's heavy rain and powerful winds can seem bad enough while passing through your Sevierville neighborhood. SERVPRO is always prepared to help with water damage restoration before it can worsen and become more costly.

Some homeowners might notice new leaks in their ceiling or areas where the water came splashing over the side of their otherwise well-functioning gutters. If you find these or other problems affecting your property in Sevierville, a reliable water damage restoration team can make everything "Like it never even happened."

The experienced crews at SERVPRO know how to handle the damage and destruction a heavy storm can create. Water damage restoration includes addressing the following:

  • Intrusive water,
  • Structural damage, and
  • Foreign debris accumulated outside.

Removing all of the water that entered your house helps prevent additional damage. We also tarp any openings so more rain cannot enter. Storms can force rain through windows, attic vents, and other places. Your home can end up wet without any flooding. We have the necessary equipment to remove the water and dry your house.

Water can cause damage immediately when soft materials like drywall are involved. Other materials, such as wood, concrete, and brick, are more durable but can still sustain damage. We know how to restore these for you. If the force from the winds demolished your gutters, we could discuss with you possible steps. Gutters are an essential feature of your home that provides important protection.

Sometimes, storms only cause problems outside. Perhaps a tree lost some limbs – we can clean it up. Maybe the wind blew some lightweight garbage into your yard – our crews can gather it and bag it for you.

Our employees are skilled in managing the restoration work so our customers can relax. We understand that seeing your home sustain damage can cause you unwanted stress. Call SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885 to talk to us about water damage restoration for your residence.

Using Surface Products for Sevierville Mold Damage 

12/27/2022 (Permalink)

dry ice pellets Dry ice blasting can remove mold colonies in Sevierville properties without the use of additional water. Count on SERVPRO.

Overcoming Mold Damage with Surface Cleaning

Mold is a condition that many homes face in their lifetime. It is often a highly destructive and damaging situation for properties, so when it is discovered, microbial threats should be eliminated by AMRT-Certified technicians, as you find with our SERVPRO restoration team. Our fast response to emergencies can contain mold development and prevent widespread demolition and build-back services.

How Surface Cleaning Works

Surface cleaning is one preferred method of managing mold damage in Sevierville homes and businesses. We can eradicate active organisms on contact using our inventory's many sporicidal agents and antimicrobial products. Spraying these solutions and using mechanical action on hosting materials can eliminate mold colonies when still at the outermost surface layer.

Another element of surface cleaning products like sporicidal agents is the inhibition of further mold growth. These products deter active mold spores that circulate in a moist environment, so treated surfaces become uninhabitable for spores looking to colonize. Spraying these agents is a step taken before priming and painting newly replaced structural elements.

Is More Aggressive Effort Needed?

  • Sanding – A more aggressive measure of removing mold from wood and semi-porous materials is sanding. This might be enough effort to avoid the costlier removal of the component.
  • Media Blasting – Abrasive media under air pressure can effectively destroy surface mold and organisms slightly embedded into hosting materials.
  • Dry Ice Blasting -- no additional moisture during the abrasion
  • Controlled Demolition – One of the final methods of removing mold from a home is controlled demolition instead of discarding the impacted hosting material entirely.

Addressing mold damage must happen fast when you discover colonies. Surface cleaning is always the preference, though more aggressive measures might be needed to remove active organisms fully. Give our SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties team a call when mold threats exist at (865) 429-8885.