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Some of the Biggest Problems With Water Damage in Columbia

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Experience Matters When Restoring Water Damaged Columbia Homes

Water intrusion can be a severe issue for homeowners in Columbia. Apart from affecting the structural integrity of your house, water can ruin your possessions or cause mold infestation. It is crucial to expedite the water damage remediation process by contacting SERVPRO so you can restore normalcy to your home within a short time.

Our restorers can help you handle the water damage in your Columbia home. We know the complexities associated with restoring water-damaged properties. You can trust us to restore your property because we do the following:

Extracting water effectively

Once we assess your home and fix the problem causing the water intrusion, we can remove as much water as possible from the affected areas. Our technicians select the right extraction equipment based on the amount of water. If a limited amount of clean water has soaked a small area, we can use a wet/dry vacuum to remove it. If the standing water is 2 inches deep or deeper, we can use an electric submersible pump to extract it. When extracting water from carpets, we use carpet wands. Removing the water quickly can minimize other damage to your property.

Proper placement of air movers and dehumidifiers

Our experienced technicians know the importance of placing air moving and dehumidifying equipment at the appropriate locations to achieve the desired outcome. We take several steps to accomplish this task, including:

  •     Positioning air movers to ensure that air circulates evenly in the affected zone.
  •     Ensuring airflow is directed properly so that dehumidifiers can work efficiently and quickly.

Our SERVPRO crew also ensures that air movers and dehumidifiers do not affect the contents in a home negatively. We do this by directing the air coming from the devices away from sensitive surfaces.

Using the right dehumidifiers

Our restorers choose the dehumidifiers that can provide the quickest and most favorable drying results. Some aspects that our water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) use to decide the size and number of dehumidifiers to use include:

  •     The number of building components requiring dehumidification.
  •     Outdoor humidity.
  •     The materials we are drying.
  •     Other sources of moisture that could affect the dehumidification process.

Choosing suitable cleaning products

Water can affect different materials in your home, including drywall, carpets, and hardwood flooring. Our restorers choose the right cleaning products based on the specific situation. If a water intrusion incident presents a potential for microbial contamination, our WRTs use EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants to eliminate microbes.

If your Spring Hill, Pulaski, or Mount Pleasant home has water damage, SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties can help you tackle the problem. Call our experts at (931) 388-4248. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why SERVPRO is the First Choice for Flood Damage Cleanup in Columbia

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Count on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup in Columbia

While some states may seem drier than others, all 50 states have areas that are subject to flooding. Today, there are currently more than 5.3 million active flood insurance policies protecting homeowners in more than 22,000 communities in the United States. Even one inch of standing water from a flood can do as much as $20,000 worth of damage. On top of that, it can leave homeowners with long-term structural issues that require even more expenses to fix.  

If your Columbia residence has suffered flood damage, SERVPRO technicians are always prepared to assist you. Our team dedicates itself to restoring your home to a safe, preloss condition so that you experience the smallest loss in the event of a disaster. Whether you have several inches of standing water in your home, or you have extensive amounts of residual moisture in floors or walls, SERVPRO focuses on safe cleanup efforts. 

SERVPRO is Always Available

No matter when or where you need service, your local SERVPRO is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Choosing this team for your cleanup needs means that you get a crew that works with property owners and insurance adjusters to get quality service. SERVPRO even works during the holiday season. If your flooding occurs on Thanksgiving or other major holidays, a team is always ready to help.  

SERVPRO also finds ways to serve the community outside of disaster mitigation. This team was able to provide pet oxygen masks for all the fire departments in Maury County to help them save local pets during fires. SERVPRO was also able to raise and donate $5,000 for the Maury County Volunteer Fire Department's much-needed training facility.

How SERVPRO Can Help

If you have a home office area that suffers flooding, SERVPRO technicians have several methods available to restore your essential documents, valued books, and other paper goods. We can restore essential items like birth certificates and tax information, in many cases, to a pre-flood condition.  

This team can employ five methods for document drying, which include: 

  • Dehumidification
  • Air-drying
  • Freezer drawing
  • Vacuum thermal dry
  • Vacuum freeze-drying 

Professionals can freeze documents to stop damage while forming a plan of action per homeowners' wishes. 

SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties wants to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes on your property, call (931) 388-4248 to have a team at your home within hours. 

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Commercial Water Removal Columbia – Benefits of Water Damage

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO will make your Columbia water damaged building look better than before.

Many clients initially are quite concerned when there is water damage in their offices or commercial spaces. The first thought is the damage to whatever is in the building, and then how can the downtime for their customers, office, and employees be managed? But there is often a benefit to water leaks, which many clients initially overlook.

SERVPRO has been providing commercial water damage services in Columbia and the surrounding areas for many years. We are part of your community and proud to help clients restore their business and help customers. Water damage does not have to be a catastrophe, especially when our team is committed to removing water and moisture as quickly as possible to return your company to normal operations.

Water Removal 

Our crew chief completes the initial assessment, and the first step is to vacuum up all of the water. If pumps are needed, we can mobilize our teams to remove the water. We used weighted extractors to remove the water from carpeting and underpads. If needed, air movers are introduced to blow air over and under the carpet to enhance drying.

Many clients are amazed at how quickly the water is removed. But there is an additional benefit as well.

We can Clean Carpets and Floors at the Same time

While SERVPRO is removing the water from the carpet, we can clean it at the same time. Heavy traffic areas are often matted and soiled from lots of foot traffic. We can use a Pilating Rake to agitate the surface and then thoroughly vacuum the area. We can also pre-spot heavy stains and heavy traffic areas.

We use a Roto Machine to add shampoo and work the shampoo into the carpet. Next comes a rinsing solution applied by an extraction wand. The wand is used to apply the rinse and vacuum up the remaining solution and soil from the carpet. Finally, we use the Pilating rake to lift the carpet fibers, and your carpet is now not only restored from the water damage, but it is also thoroughly clean as well.

Call SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties at (931) 388-4248 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Spring Hill, Mount Pleasant, Pulaski, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Does it Make Sense to Call a Water Restoration Company?

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has everything you need to know for your Columbia flood damage.

Flood damage is a real concern for many people in the United States.  Over the past few years, we have seen more torrential rains and active hurricane seasons.  Even if you are not in a coastal community, you can still feel the effect of a shift in climate, and your home may be vulnerable to extreme water events.  As with most things in life, preparation is your first line of defense, and that includes preparing for rising bodies of water that may find their way to your front door.

If you think your home in Columbia is susceptible to flood damage, you must be ready to contact SERVPRO when the time comes.  Our water restoration technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle emergencies like yours.  All you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline, and we will arrive at your home as soon as the area is safe to traverse. Letting a professional team handle water removal, drying, and the disinfection` process is the first step towards protecting your home from future complications.

Handling floodwaters is particularly sensitive due to the debris and microorganisms they bring into your home.  Mostly imperceptible, the presence and proliferation of bacteria can pose a health hazard for you and your family, which is why taking swift action is crucial.  As experts in our industry, our SERVPRO staff has access to a variety of equipment to remove contaminated water from your home. Equipment may include truck-mounted pumps connected to municipal sewer lines, as well as more portable options ideal for accessing hard-to-reach places.  The average consumer only has a fraction of industry-grade tools, not to mention the know-how in handling these emergencies. Leave it to the experts and rest, knowing that you are in good hands.

Many customers debate whether to call SERVPRO or reach out to their contractors for services.  A contractor may be able to restore your home by replacing much of your structure and recommending the disposal of some personal items, such as furniture.  Our goal at SERVPRO is to mitigate your loss, so we seek to safely restore as much as we can, so the financial impact of the flooding is minimal.

SERVPRO of Maury/Giles Counties is prepared to handle your emergency.  By calling us at (931) 388-4248, you can give yourself peace of mind that your home will be restored and eventually look “Like it never even happened.” 

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SERVPRO Uses a Multi-Pronged Attack for Fire Damage Odor Control

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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How Spring Hill Residents can Benefit from Multiple Methods of Odor Control after Fire Damage 

One of the central tenets in overcoming a house fire is being able to control and restore odors. While removing charred items or debris can be effective, the releasing of malodors when materials combust can prove stubborn. Likely, regular household air fresheners are not up to the task of professional odor control. Often, the initial masking of the odor is a stop-gap solution while you arrange for an odor control technician (OCT.)

Restoration services that apply professional odor control methods to fire damage in Spring Hill can help you tackle those stubborn malodors. The SERVPRO roster includes odor specialists that have qualifications from the nationally recognized Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) body. Using a combination of training with industry-leading equipment, we are confident of restoring your indoor air quality to a preloss condition.

Fire damage odor can come from several sources — hidden pockets of carbon residues or even pre-existing odors releasing under high temperatures and pressure. High-pressure fires push some odors into the surface of walls, paintwork, or furniture. Water, used in firefighting procedure, can make odors more noticeable to our senses. SERVPRO focuses on cleaning and removing all areas of smoke damage first before then drying the property entirely. However, if odors remain, there are many methods we can use to remove them.

Since odor can come from multiple sources, it is inefficient to use one method of odor control. Indeed, SERVPRO technicians may come away from a successful restoration project without ever knowing which technique was the catalyst for removal. As such, we incorporate multiple methods of odor control into our restoration services. These can include pellets placed inside cavities, furniture, or lofts. We may also use spray-on odor masking equipment or fumigation of the affected area using ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers.

Whichever method we choose to use, you can be confident of getting your back looking and smelling like it did before the fire. Contact SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties at (931) 388-4248 now.

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Our Team Has State Of The Art Equipment Ready To Restore Your Columbia Home

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Fast Water Removal Services that Protect your Structure are Available Here in Columbia

Water Removal Columbia

When it comes to property restoration, some issues can affect the structural contents of your home slowly- by building up in walls or crawlspaces. Other issues may be more urgent, like a clean water emergency that results in high volumes of water building up in a particular area. The second type can exert a considerable pound for pound pressure onto the structure itself and present a hazard risk, which is why you need to contact a professional immediately.


We offer timely water removal for Columbia residents that tackles the immediate issue as well as the underlying cause for concern. Our green SERVPRO trucks are stocked with emergency water equipment like gas-powered submersible pumps as well as mounted, and portable, extraction units. An event involving standing water can be quickly remedied by using equipment which can significantly reduce the expense of your claim.


Wet/ dry vacuums are also essential to remove moisture from the flooring as well as fabrics. In situations where standing water has been left for several hours- for example, if you discover the issue on returning from work or a weekend away- there is a strong possibility that water damage has migrated to your subfloor. SERVPRO technicians can remove floorboards as well as carpet and pad to make an expert assessment of the extent of the damage.


Your subfloor usually comprises of wooden materials but those found at the lower level, like a basement or garage, can often be concrete. In wooden materials, moisture can be absorbed by the material, causing it to expand. Concrete can also absorb moisture which, over time, causes cracking as well as potential mold issues. SERVPRO technicians can use moisture sensors to probe different materials and gain an accurate reading of the moisture content levels. Using desiccant dehumidifiers and other industrial equipment, we can often bring the moisture down to a safe level without requiring a considerable replacement expense.


Professional water restoration technicians can help to secure your home after an unforeseen emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties at (931) 388-4248.

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Let SERVPRO show you how to remediate your Columbia community.

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

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We can and will help you through your damages in Columbia.

With such a large area that we help, the restoration services that we offer Columbia residents need to be as diverse as its people and attractions. While we have a full team of qualified technicians capable of addressing standard threats such as water, fire, mold, storm, and flooding situations that occur in your home, we go above and beyond these traditional restoration practices as well. We have technicians certified to handle biohazard recovery and a division of general contractors able to help in build back and reconstruction following a devastating storm, mold, and fire damages. No matter what your home or business needs, we have a comprehensive approach that can help you.

Mold

Mold is an underrated and underappreciated threat to Columbia residents, and many homeowners do not recognize the signs of this organism until the situation has gotten out of control. Microbial growth can threaten your home’s structural integrity and expose its occupants to undesirable health effects, so remediation must begin as promptly as possible to quell these concerns. We have a unique position in the remediation of these threats, coming from a team that has years of combined experience in the restoration industry paired with the premier tools and equipment necessary to address these effects directly.

Safety is a primary concern for both our technicians on-site and others that might get exposed to a thriving organism in the property. Mold damage in Columbia homes is not always straightforward, leaving a need for secondary practices like water restoration and odor control to prevent the resurfacing of this destructive organism entirely. We can map out the best approach that maintains a safe atmosphere for the entire job without cutting corners on the work and thorough recovery that your property direly needs.

Our investments in the top-tier equipment for mold remediation have much to do with our success in this niche of restoration. With powerful tools like our poly air scrubbers or duct cleaning equipment, we can reduce the presence of mold spores and debris circulating in the air. This containment practice can help to reduce the spread of colonization in your Columbia home while our experts work to remove present damages and return your home to pre-mold condition.

Water

Our water restoration team is one of the most efficient divisions of our SERVPRO brand. Regarding our present restoration services, water loss incidents affecting Columbia homes encompass a large percentage of our annual call outs. We must stay diligently prepared for these emergencies by keeping ready trailers stocked with our leading equipment and products that can help to recover damaged properties beginning as soon as our professionals first arrive at your home. We have advanced drying and extraction tools as well, helping us to contend with higher volumes of standing water and deep-rooted saturation concerns.

Our training is one of the most significant advantages with our restoration professionals because we combine our years of experience in the restoration industry with classroom and online coursework. This union of education ensures that Columbia homeowners are getting confident and knowledgeable technicians for every emergency that they face. We stay informed about the latest equipment and products released as well, maintaining the most efficient and thorough approach that we can offer every customer.

We have moisture tracking equipment that can help to improve turnaround time for water damage in Columbia properties. Our SERVPRO DryBook software can help to keep all parties knowledgeable about the progress of drying and recovery tasks so that projects get completed efficiently and within budgetary confinements.

Fire

Many homeowners do not realize that fire damage in Columbia houses continually affect surfaces, structural elements, and other exposed materials even after the flames have been extinguished. Spreading effects like soot, smoke residue, and odors can permeate open areas and specific materials that present specific risks for degradation and deterioration. Addressing these concerns must happen swiftly and deliberately, and that begins with a thorough inspection of the property conducted by our crew chief and production management. Their assessment of the damage can determine the best approach for mitigation and the tools and equipment necessary to perform it.

Fires can be traumatizing, and that is why our team is not only certified in the facets of fire recovery necessary to address immediate concerns to your Columbia residence, but also the effect that these emergencies have on our customers. Our professionals undergo extensive training supplied by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to obtain their endorsements to perform specific fire recovery tasks, but our SERVPRO team also receives training with the Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP) to ensure that they have the ability to navigate our customers through the crisis.

Many tools help us contend with the fire damage affecting Columbia homes these days. We continue to modify and upgrade our inventory to ensure that our equipment and our potent cleaning and restoration products are top of the line. This growing inventory also helps our content management team to protect your belongings after a fire. We can thoroughly clean and deodorize affected possessions quickly to get them into designated storage areas tracked by our Content Claim Inventory Service protocols.

Storm

Our SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties rapid response storm relief team has seen the destruction that nature can allow to homes and businesses throughout the area. With our years of experience, we have been able to successfully navigate our customers and their properties through traumatic situations like Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Florence, and the polar vortex back in 2014. With none of these devastating storms affecting homes the same way, we need to continue evolving as a team, improving our response times and what we can do to help those in need.  

Part of our success in storm recovery directly relates to our general contracting division Our professionals can begin emergency construction solutions upon our arrival, including board up, tarping, temporary fencing, and even specific material repairs. Storm damage to Columbia homes can become a devastating force, but fewer effects can damage the interior of your home with repaired breaches and temporary construction solutions our team can provide.

We have high capacity extractors and rapid drying solutions for situations that allow for flooding in the damaged Columbia homes that we help. From the truck-mounted pumps in our SERVPRO fleet that do not require a separate power source to operate to our portable sump pumps and wands, we have the right solution to help whatever threat your property faces.

You can count on our SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties restoration professionals, no matter when emergencies occur. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are available 24/7 by calling (931) 388-4248.

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SERVPRO Pairs Basic Tools and Advanced Equipment to Maximize Commercial Drying in Spring Hill Area Buildings

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Simple Tools That Help During Commercial Water Removal in Affected Spring Hill Office Suites

Removing water from a commercial establishment is essential for various reasons, including minimizing the downtime experienced. Most of the work done involves the use of sophisticated equipment to clean, extract water, and dry the affected premises. However, some simple tools also play a vital role in improving efficiency or helping save materials that would otherwise end up thrown away. Professional teams from SERVPRO combine the use of both sophisticated and simple equipment.

Trashcans
From the name, it is hard to believe that trashcans can play a vital role during water removal in your Spring Hill office suite, especially if there is limited teardown of building materials. However, trashcans serve an essential role as water collection points for refrigerant dehumidifiers. Using them eliminates the chances of extracted water leaking back into dried areas. It also reduces the need to keep moving the dehumidifier. Our SERVPRO technicians bring several 55-gallon trashcans on wheels, which increase the convenience of disposing of the extracted water.

Plastic Sheets
Plastic sheet may not seem that valuable to the restoration process, but they are instrumental in many ways. They might not have a specially designated task, but whether you want to protect items from leaking water or quicken the drying process, plastic poly 6-mil sheets are the go-to resource. Our SERVPRO technicians use them to create drying chambers such as when drying wooden floors. We also use them to isolate areas affected by the water spill from those that remain unaffected.

Lay Flat Plastic Tubing
In a vast office complex, controlling air movements for drying or other restoration processes can be a problem, primarily if the affected areas lie deep inside the building. Such a limitation can prevent the usage of advanced equipment such as trailered desiccant dehumidifiers. However, with lay-flat plastic tubing, it is possible to create temporary ductwork that moves the air where it is needed without affecting unintended areas. This negative air pressure method dramatically enhances the drying ability of our equipment. Knowing what is available, and the best method of implementation are understood by skilled SERVPRO technicians.

Sometimes, it is the simplest tool that makes a difference. Call SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties at (931) 388-4248. We have all kinds of equipment to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Moisture Is The Enemy In Your Flood Damaged Columbia Home

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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How Moisture Spreads Throughout Flood Damaged Columbia Homes

Flood damage can, if given time and room to work, start to spread to other parts of your home. Even if the floodwaters themselves stay contained within a small area, small amounts of water can seep out through several different ways, potentially harming other rooms and structural components. SERVPRO counters these natural effects through fast responses and rapid drying routines, but even our best work may not always be enough to completely stop these effects from happening to some parts of your home.

Spreading Humidity
While often overlooked as a part of flood damage in Columbia, humidity is one of the primary sources of damage that we seek to mitigate after a disaster. Humidity can damage metal objects and structural components in your home and may even be enough to cause mold spores to grow and spread in any affected areas. Humidity can sometimes spread through the walls and ceilings of your home, depending on the materials used to construct the building. Air vents and open doors can also contribute to the spread of moisture through the air. We use industrial-strength dehumidifiers to neutralize the threat that humidity imposes on your home.

Standing Water Leakage
One of the most urgent actions that SERVPRO technicians perform in a flood-damaged home is the removal of standing water from any affected areas. Standing water, which is present in any area of flooring with a measurable depth of water above it, can leak through your home to cause a variety of problems. If your home has a basement, standing water is likely to pool up in this low-lying area and accelerate mold growth and destroy your carpeting. The most pressing issue with any standing water is the potential for it to seep into the foundation of your home and create cracks as the water expands and contracts. Again, the most effective way to prevent these disasters from happening is to call us after an incident so that we can deploy an emergency damage mitigation team.

SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties has years of experience helping local homeowners to eliminate flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (931) 388-4248.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Spring Hill

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Talks Security in your Spring Hill Home During Fire Damage Cleanup

Sometimes fire damage is not the worst thing that happens to a home. During the cleanup and restoration process, it is also essential to protect your property and possessions. 

When working on fire damage in a Spring Hill residence, our technicians often put up security fences during the recovery stage to both protect possessions still in the home and also to guard against accidents and injuries. Here are some reasons that a security fence makes good sense:

  • Unsafe property-even when only a portion of the structure received damaged from a fire, the home may unsafe for people to go into and strangely enough, people try. 
  • Limit  traffic to fire-damaged areas-family members just going in "for a minute" to grab some personal possession, curious people who want to view the fire damage.
  • Unsavory types that want to steal anything of value left in the home, including things like copper pipes used in your plumbing system. 
  • If someone suffers an injury on your property, you have the potential for liability.
  • Well-meaning friends or family have the potential to do more damage than help by entering to clean rooms or items.

When SERVPRO begins fire debris cleanup and restoration services, we often tarp, board up and put up security fences as needed to protect areas of the property from the weather. Also, limiting the number of people with access to the fire loss area assists with keeping the spread of soot to currently unaffected areas of the house to a minimum, especially if our technicians have not yet set up containment of the work area and vents.

Safety for both our technicians as well as the public is a priority. Our team members have the training and are OSHA-certified as well as trained as Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians.

SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties stands ready to assist local homeowners with fire damage 24/7 by calling (931) 388-4248. Our emergency response team arrives quickly and makes the fire loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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