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Understanding Mold Remediation

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold cleanup is referred to as remediation rather than removal for a scientific reason: you can’t get rid of mold spores. The naturally occurring, microscopic entities are present everywhere indoors and outdoors. Once black mold or any other colony has grown in your establishment, mold remediation must immediately begin in order to limit the spread of the mold. While each situation is unique, here are six general steps a professional cleanup and restoration company will take to rid your Chattanooga, TN business of its fungal presence:

1. Inspection

Mold remediation experts will assess the property for noticeable signs of mold. A variety of technology can be utilized to detect the subliminal signs of mold, often found behind interior walls or under carpeted floors.

2. Containment

The HVAC system and fans will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold spores through airways. The contaminated area will be closed with technology tactics and physical barriers to contain the mold within a restricted area.

3. Filtration

Possible irritants contained in black mold can spread to the surrounding air. Using advanced filtration technology, workers will capture the microscopic spores to filter air during the cleanup process.

4. Removal

Dependent on the amount of mold growth some building materials may have to be removed and disposed of. Porous materials such as carpet, drywall or wood can retain the moisture and spores that led to the original mold growth. For safety and prevention of returning mold, materials damaged by black mold must be removed.

5. Cleaning
In-depth cleaning of restorable items includes specialized cleaning methods, disinfection and sanitizing and thorough drying. Any lingering odors can be removed with fogging equipment.

6. Restoration

Full restoration minimizes the threat of mold returning through thoroughly cleaning and drying effected materials. However, significant mold damage could require replacement of drywall, subflooring or other porous building materials that could retain mold spores.

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Avoiding Secondary Damage With Initial Prevention

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

The threat of floods in Chattanooga, TN leaves many homeowners with the fear of property destruction and water damage to personal belongings. But after the water recedes, can risk remain? Unfortunately, if the home is not thoroughly treated soon after the initial flooding, high humidity may leave breeding grounds for toxic black mold.

Understanding Secondary Damage

Anything damaged by initial contact with the floodwater is considered primary damage, including wet carpet and drywall. If this is not dried thoroughly and surrounding areas dehumidified properly, the primary damage can be a platform for secondary damage to move in. Defined as the effects from remaining dampness, this can lead to multiple issues:

• Warped flooring or staircases
• Cracked plaster
• Black mold

The structural damage could lead to safety hazards within the home, and the growth of toxic mold is a serious risk that should be immediately confronted by trained professionals. Typically the best way to avert this threatening second round of damage is to prevent it with initial cleanup.

Utilizing Preventative Measures

Thriving in dark places with high humidity, floods are a great way for mold to make a place for itself in your home. Once the waters have receded, wood flooring, carpet and drywall absorb the remaining moisture, allowing the toxic spores to thrive. Often the best defense against black mold is prevention. Know the number for a professional water damage repair and restoration company in Chattanooga, TN. With the appropriate training and supplies, a professional crew may ensure your home is dry and free of threatening fungus:

• Quick service minimizes the opportunity for mold to grow.
• Powerful machinery allows for complete water extraction and removal.
• Industrial strength dehumidifiers and fans ensure moisture is removed from the air.
• Cleaning and sanitizing services allow restoration to begin quickly.

Water damage is a hassle with immediate effects that can turn long-term if left untreated. When water infiltrates your home, call a professional cleanup team to ensure no damage is left to grow.

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How A Fire Damage Company Helps Restore Your Harrison Home

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How A Fire Damage Company Helps Restore Your Harrison Home Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration of the Hot Seat

Fire Damage in Harrison, SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home

Once a fire has affected your property in Harrison, it's very important that you obtain assistance with the water removal, cleanup, repair, and restoration processes. A fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help you with each of these processes, and their assistance can limit your stress and expedite the restoration procedures. Learn more about how this fire damage company can assist you with the restoration of your home by reviewing this quick reference guide:

Before You Hire A Fire Damage Company

Prior to hiring a team of fire damage specialists, you need to contact your insurance company. If the fire damage necessitates that you and your family must vacate the premises then also call and the local disaster relief service. Your insurance agent must grant you permission to begin the cleanup process, and the disaster relief service can provide you with assistance for immediate needs like temporary housing, clothing, and food.

Removing Water and Smoke Odors

Following the above contacts, it's time to call a team of fire damage specialists. These technicians from SERVPRO will begin to extract standing water, as a result of the firefighting efforts, from your home in Harrison. This is always the first step to limiting the fire damage to the structure and personal belongings. Upon completing the clean up process, the second step in the restoration process, these technicians will remove smoke odors from your property. They will use several tools to accomplish this objective, including ozone machines. Smoke and soot also require highly skilled personnel and equipment for successful removal.

Mold And Mildew Prevention

In addition to removing smoke odors from your property, fire damage experts from SERVPRO assist with mold and mildew prevention. Mold and mildew are problematic for many reasons, one of which is that they can damage the structural integrity of your property. Additionally, mold and mildew pose many health risks to you and your family such as respiratory issues, and potential future lung problems. For addressing and stifling these risks, fire damage technicians will use moisture meters and hygrometers to seek out hidden pockets of moisture. Powerful air-movers and dehumidifiers will then be activated to dry out your home thoroughly.

Because of their extensive experience and education, fire damage specialists from SERVPRO are effective in expediting and optimizing the cleanup and restoration processes for your property in Harrison.
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Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of East Chattanooga is locally owned and operated. When you have a fire or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We’re also part of a network of over 1,650 Franchises, including special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

We know that fire damage can happen any time, so we’re ready to respond 24 hours, 7 days a week—including holidays. Call us. (423) 326-1406

Mold Remediation for a Home in Chattanooga

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation for a Home in Chattanooga Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration of the Hot Seat

For a Home in Chattanooga, Mold Remediation by SERVPRO

While residential property owners in Chattanooga should be aware of conditions that could impact their home, learning about a mold infestation is particularly important. By getting a clear understanding of what mold is and how to prevent it, you can preclude your property from being subjected to structural damage and health hazards with mold remediation from SERVPRO. Learn more about mold and how to keep  your property safe by reviewing this short outline:

Mold: A Brief Overview

Mold is a fungus. Positive factors for mold growth are moist, wet environments, a food source of cellulose or other organics, and poor ventilation. Homeowners who suffer water damage often find that mold starts to proliferate in their residential property. If mold growth is not identified and treated, it can cause a wide range of health problems. Some of these health problems include memory loss, respiratory distress, pulmonary hemorrhage, and asthma exasperation. Additionally, mold can adversely impact your indoor air quality giving off a musty odor and cause discoloration of walls, ceilings, and furniture.

Why You Should Hire A Professional Mold Remediation Specialist

Often, homeowners are interested in completing the mold removal process on their own. However, completing a do-it-yourself project in this instance is not very advisable.  A small patch or a bit of mold on tile grout can be cleaned and controlled by a homeowner. Most homeowners do not possess the specialized equipment and safety gear and clothing required to execute the mold remediation process. Additionally, hiring a team of professional remediation specialists from SERVPRO can shorten significantly the unhealthy home air quality. Finally, most homeowners do not possess the knowledge and experience necessary to complete the mold removal process safely. When done incorrectly, DIY projects can cause you to spread the mold infestation in previously uncontaminated living areas thereby increasing susceptibility to health risks, structural damage, and costs.

Benefits Of Securing a Professional Mold Remediation Service

• Assessing the dangers of the existing mold
• Locating the source of the problem
•Containing affected regions of the home to prevent mold spore proliferation, including HVAC ductwork
• Eliminating the mold colonies, reducing mold spores to normal levels
•Cleaning, drying and disinfecting all surfaces affected by mold
.Deodorizing the musty odor with ULV foggers


As an IICRC-certified company, the SERVPRO professionals are experts in Applied Microbial Remediation. Additionally, we are highly skilled in working directly with industrial hygienists, insurance adjusters, and residential property owners in Chattanooga to offer full-service mold remediation assistance.

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SERVPRO of East Chattanooga is locally owned and operated. When you have a mold or water damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help. Call us. (423) 326-1406

Why You Need Flood Insurance for Your Business

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

You may think your commercial property insurance covers everything you need to take care of flood, fire, storm, and any other damage. In truth, unless your business is insured by flood protection, you may find yourself high and dry the next time rough waters come to Chattanooga, TN.

Why Flood Insurance Is Necessary

Damage from flooding related to natural disasters actually isn’t covered in your standard commercial insurance package. It may seem strange, but if a storm strikes your area and causes flooding, your commercial insurance should cover everything under storm damage except the effects of the flood. This includes damage due to any of these causes:

• Wind
• Hail
• Impact from flying debris

Basically any issues caused by the storm except for a flood are generally covered by most aspects of your commercial property insurance. Flood damage, however, requires a wholly separate policy.

What Flood Insurance Covers

Flood insurance covers the damage done to your building by rising floodwaters from natural disasters. For example, if a tsunami swamps your coastal city and your building ends up in six feet of water, the damage caused by seawater permeating your building would be covered by flood insurance. However, if an earthquake strikes and your building floods because the seismic shocks broke your pipes, this would actually not be covered, because the flooding itself is a side effect of a natural disaster rather than the natural disaster in and of itself.

What Other Things Aren't Covered

Even if your insurance plan may pay for things such as flood remediation, secondary damage is often not covered, especially if it’s considered preventable. Secondary damage includes things such as mold and mildew caused by standing water left behind after flooding or infestations of insects that might be attracted to that standing water. Flood insurance only covers immediate and direct damage caused by the flood, and subsequent remediation and cleanup.
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How To Discourage Birds From Nesting on Your Building

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

Birds commonly migrate as seasons change, and when they do, they need a place to rest. Many birds look for welcoming surfaces on which to build nests, but the drawback is that these nests are not always wanted by the building’s human inhabitants. A mud nest is not only an eyesore; it can actually degrade the structure of the building, initiating the need for restoration services. Bird removal is not always easy, and many methods are illegal. The best bird cleaning strategies, therefore, are preventative.

1. Mock Predators

While it may be illegal to physically remove the birds from your building in Chattanooga, TN as you can with other methods of pest control, it is perfectly okay to scare them off. Visual deterrents that resemble natural predators can be an effective way to discourage birds from taking up residence on your commercial property. The migratory birds spot the deterrent and tend to flee. For an even more effective strategy, try moving the deterrent to different locations so the birds don’t get used to it.

2. Physical Barriers

A net that covers the awnings where birds like to nest can prove to be a lot of trouble for them. If birds have to work too hard to get to their preferred spot, they are likely to give up and go find a place that’s easier to reach. Nets are typically inexpensive, easy to install and discreet. They are a useful bird cleaning tool.

3. Covered Landing Zone

If the net is not enough, you may have to make the area where the birds land and begin to assemble their homes inhospitable. A sloping apparatus can make it impossible for the birds to get sure footing. They simply slide off the landing, and your building remains nest-free.

You cannot control the migratory patterns of birds, and once they have nested on your building, you may not have a lot of choice as to whether they can stay. You can defend your property with preventative measures, though.

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When Is Water Damage Restoration Needed in Spring City?

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Is Water Damage Restoration Needed in Spring City? Flood water on a smart phone.

For Spring City Water Damage Restoration, SERVPRO Is Reliable

What is to be done with Spring City water damage? You should ask this fundamental question: when is a water damage restoration company needed for remediation? Following is some information that could help you determine when enough is enough, call in the cavalry. The focus is on helping you to understand when it is necessary to call a water damage restoration company to address the water damage issues. This will alleviate your stress as this large task is executed by SERVPRO's skilled IICRC trained technicians.

A water damage restoration company is required when the water damage repairs seem too large to handle, or when you have suffered from significant sewer damage that needs to be addressed with health and sanitation in mind. Whether a major blockage from the sewer line or rising groundwater, sewage issues must be tackled,  cleaned and sanitized by professionals wearing PPE--personal protection equipment. Expert water extractors are required when there is a need for full structural drying, usually after a tropical storm or groundwater disruption.

When you have a major flooding or a disastrous event caused by water, SERVPRO tailors options that will offer you the most efficient means of protecting your belongings while keeping expenses to the minimum. We can transport your soiled and wet items in a pack-out to our facilities for cleaning and storing until the restoration process is completed. We will "Block" furniture legs and other objects to isolate them from the effects of standing water as we dry out and clean up your living space. Our goal is to prevent secondary water damage as we preserve the undamaged condition of your other belongs.

Do I Make the Call?
If your basement has flooded, if there is water wicking into your walls and ceilings, if a wooden floor has been inundated with water, or when other types of water damage are present, then it is time to call in a company like SERVPRO to restore order to your chaos.

We work with your insurance adjuster by documenting all the Spring City water damaged belongings and building materials. We precisely photograph and generate a report called the CCIS which is the culmination of a proprietary, corporate software program to help ensure that you obtain an equitable claims resolution. From pumping out water to the final walk through with you, SERVPRO guarantees that whenever possible, we restore your home to pre-water damage condition "Like it never even happened."

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We live and work in Spring City too. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Chattanooga is close by and ready to respond 24/7 to your flood or water damage emergency in East Ridge, Decatur, and Spring City. Call us for help. (423) 326-1406

Fire Damage Comes in Many Forms and From Many Causes

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Comes in Many Forms and From Many Causes Windows with fire damage in a Chattanooga home.

The Many Forms and Types of Fire Damage

If your property in Ooltewah suffers from fire damage, you should talk to someone on our team. We are experts at minimizing current damage and keeping damage from increasing in severity. Even after a fire has been extinguished, its effects can continue to grow. We can stop that with state-of-the-art equipment.

Damage can be found even after small fires. These can happen anywhere in the home. They remain small when someone is present and can extinguish the fire before it can spread. The kitchen and bathroom are the most common, with the laundry room and garage coming in second. Bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and hallways can also have fires take place, but these areas are the least common. Patios are also prone to having fires, especially if outdoors cooking is done, or children experiment with a range of items, from fireworks to magnifying lenses

Fire damage can range from discolored concrete and natural rock outside to charred walls and scorched carpets inside. Drywall can suffer additional damage if water is heavily applied when there is a fire, although drywall should resist small, low-temperature fires. Paneling and wallpaper will burn, however, no matter what it is applied to as a covering. Our team members are creative in matching or updating, your pre-fire décor.

Kitchens can experience scorched countertops and cabinets, which need either repairing or replacing. If the cabinet doors are warped from the heat and then the cold from putting the fireout with either water or a fire extinguisher, they are typically replaced as needed. Then the remaining ones are cleaned and re-stained if needed. If floors have been soaked with water in the effort to extinguish the fire, we at SERVPRO are equipped, and experienced, in getting it dry quickly so that underlay and any support beams are not damaged

For fires in the garage and patio areas, we can quickly clean-up scorched concrete so that residues are not tracked into your home, as these can contain harmful substances that were once inert. Vinyl siding that has been damaged can also be repaired. Scorched and burned areas of grass can also be reseeded and started back on track. We can also create and provide an inventory list of damaged items, particularly, but not exclusively, for the garage area. We can list which items are damaged beyond repair, salvageable, or undetermined for insurance purposes.

If you've had a fire in your Ooltewah home cause damage, don't try repairing the area yourself. You need to call us at SERVPRO of East Chattanooga at (423) 326-1406. We'll help you get your home's beauty back on center stage and put the fire behind you.

Top Tips for Implementing an Evacuation Plan

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Top Tips for Implementing an Evacuation Plan Give SERVPRO a call if you experience fire damage in your business.

Thinking about a fire tearing through your Chattanooga, TN office building can leave you anxious. After all, fires can cause a lot of harm, including:

• Destroying buildings
• Damaging equipment
• Injuring people

As the building owner, you need to prepare the workers inside for evacuating in an emergency. Creating a fire escape plan can help ensure everyone knows how to get out during a fiery blaze.

Create Maps

Mapping out the layout of your building can help panicked employees remember which way to go in an emergency. You may want to include an emergency escape plan map in every room of the building. This allows visitors to know where to go in the case of a fire too. Your maps should highlight different ways people can leave the building. Fires may block off hallways or break downs stairs, so having more than one way out is essential.

Train Employees

After you have created a map, you need to make sure your employees are aware of the evacuation routes you have laid out. You also need to make sure everyone can recognize the fire alarm. You may want to have regular fire safety trainings to remind employees what they should do if a fire breaks out. Make the best routes out of the building clear. Don't forget to tell everyone where they should meet once outside. A fire restoration professional may be able to help you assign the best evacuation spot on or near your property.

Practice the Escape

Part of your regular trainings may be practicing the fire escape plan. You can encourage employees to think on their feet by setting up obstacles across the easiest path out, so they have to take an unexpected route out of the building. Even during a practice, you should make sure everyone meets at the designated spot.

Creating a fire escape plan for your commercial building can help keep you and your employees safe. While you never want a disaster to strike, it is best to be prepared. Visit for more information on commercial fire damage

Water Damage Chattanooga - Precautions When Returning to Your Home

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Chattanooga - Precautions When Returning to Your Home Water flooding in a Chattanooga home.

Returning home after a disaster in Chattanooga can be mentally, emotionally and physically challenging. It's important to exercise caution at all times and never return to your residence before local officials declare it safe to do so.

On Arrival

Avoid attempting to move injured individuals unless the situation is life-threatening or they are in immediate danger of further injury. It's critical to stabilize the neck and back of an unconscious individual if it’s absolutely urgent to have them moved. Call for help immediately. Other important procedures to keep in mind:

  • Keep an eye out for both domestic and wild animals, insects and bugs, especially poisonous ones. Watch your step and if you must poke through any debris, use a stick or other object.
  • Since phone lines may be exceptionally busy, only use the telephone for extreme emergencies.
  • Have a battery-powered radio with extra fresh batteries with you at all times.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect damaged residences. Turn it on outside before entering the residence to avoid sparks in case of gas leaks.
  • Avoid the streets as much as possible. If the streets are unavoidable, watch for downed power lines, fallen objects, unstable structures, walls, sidewalks, roads and bridges.

Before Entering Your Residence

Carefully inspect the exterior of the structure. Check for structural damage, gas leaks and downed electrical lines. Do no enter your residence if:

  • There are any odd odors, especially gas leaks.
  • You are uncertain about structural integrity.
  • Flood waters have accumulated around the structure.
  • Authorities have declared it unsafe.

Interior Safety Procedures

When entering your residence, there are precautions you should take, in addition to things you should do and things you shouldn't do. The following is a checklist of safety procedures to follow:

Gas leak:

Do not smoke, use candles, torches, gas or oil lanterns inside until you're certain there is no gas leakage. If you hear a blowing or hissing sound or smell gas, it's critical you leave the residence immediately. If possible, shut off the main gas line outside or call the gas company from a different location.

Electrical system:

Be cautious of loose, frayed or broken wires. Do not approach any electrical system or appliance if you’re wet, the interior is flooded or you're just unsure if it's safe. Turn off power at the main circuit breaker or fuse box if possible. Otherwise, leave the residence if the situation is not safe and consult a professional electrician about your wiring.

Interior foundation:

Check for foundation, roof and chimney cracks or other damage. Leave immediately if the structure looks like it will collapse.

Food storage:

Avoid eating food and using supplies that are not sealed properly, have come in direct contact with flood water or that you suspect have become contaminated.