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Marion Homeowners Receive Flood Damage Restoration Assistance

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Marion Homeowners Receive Flood Damage Restoration Assistance SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians have the skills and knowledge to restore your home properly from flood damage.

Full Service Flood Damage Restoration Services

Excessive winds, rain, and even floods cause damage throughout the Marion area. It can help to have your entire home inspected by a professional to locate hidden dangers or catch potential problems before they have a chance to cause significant issues.

Flood damage occurring in your Marion home may not be as evident as you hope. Water under your floor, in your attic or basement, as well as hidden pockets of moisture could be causing additional damages without you even knowing that a problem exists. Protect yourselves by getting professional help, now.

Having a flood on your property takes more than merely mopping up excess water before you can go on about your business. Having an IICRC-certified flood damage specialist from SERVPRO inspect your home can save you from experiencing severe damage down the road. You want to have things addressed as soon as possible, the longer you take to move forward, the harder it is to save existing materials. 

If you give an experienced professional the opportunity to remove excess water hidden in your home, you can avoid corrosion, rot, and mold that often develops just hours later. SERVPRO uses dehumidifiers, hygrometers, air moving equipment and water extractors to get water found on your property under control. The entire drying process allows materials to return to normal levels, preventing secondary damages from developing due to exposure.

We are available 24/7, giving you access to expertly trained professionals, advanced equipment, and valuable resources that help you protect your investment. SERVPRO technicians use everything at their disposal to get things in your home back to normal after a flood, including the removal and transport of unsalvageable materials. We even reinstall, repair, or rebuild damaged contents, putting the finishing touches on items that make your house a home.

Call SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion for full-service flood damage restoration in your Damascus, Chilhowie, or Saltville area home, today. We are proud to serve these local communities and more, assisting our neighbors when they need it the most. (276) 525-1910

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Water Damage Repair Services In Bristol

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Repair Services In Bristol Unwarranted water can cause all sorts of problems for Bristol homeowners.

Water Damage Repair

While water is essential to human life, it can spell disaster for a home. Unwarranted water can cause all sorts of problems for Bristol homeowners. From leaky faucets to storm floods, water damage is a serious threat that can cause various health and safety issues. Whether the culprit is a home appliance or a burst pipe, you need to shut off the main water line and get in touch with a professional restoration company right away.

If you need quick and efficient water damage repair services in Bristol, SERVPRO can sort the problem in no time. We provide a thorough leak repair service for both major and minor water leaks. No job is too small or too big for us. Using IICRC guidelines, we can restore your property to preloss conditions safely and effectively, "Like it never even happened."

Erasing signs of water damage in your home is dependent on the severity of the situation. It may take a number of professionals to get things back in order. Worst-case scenario - your home may suffer mold and mildew damage, along with the structural damage. If those are the facts, we have to send our SERVPRO mold remediation experts to return your property to safety.

Other than that, our first priority is assessing the extent of the water damage and then providing the appropriate restoration services. If your drywall sustained any damage, SERVPRO can determine whether to repair or replace it with a new one and then paint it back to normal. We can do the same for loose or cracked flooring and other damaged areas.

Most water leaks originate from hidden pipework, which can be difficult to pinpoint. In this case, we use a number of techniques to accurately locate the source and select the most effective restoration action. We pump out any standing water and then remove damaged plaster from the walls to allow the brickwork to dry properly. We then use special drying equipment to ensure everything is dry, mold-free, and ready for re-occupation.

When water compromises the safety of your household, do not hesitate to reach out to us. As a locally-based restoration company, SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion is at your service and ready to respond to your emergency. We are also available to the neighboring towns on demand. Call us today at (276) 525-1910.

For more information about the city of Bristol visit http://www.bristolva.org/.

Water Removal Problems And Your Business In Bristol

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal Problems And Your Business In Bristol Your business in Bristol can be struck by water damage at any time.

Water Removal Problems

Your business in Bristol can be struck by water damage at any time. These situations are urgent and delicate, as mold growth can grow within just 24 to 48 hours of the damage and cause serious health issues for you, your staff, and your customers. Plus, you are looking at damaged property, and possibly lawsuits and potential issues with your structure. Floodwaters for a business mean one important fact – your building is closed for business until the damage is remediated. Each hour spent cleaning is an hour of lost productivity and revenue. Therefore, when an emergency comes up in your business, it is important to give the professionals at SERVPRO a call right away.

Different reasons can cause water damage and the need for water removal in your Bristol business including general plumbing problems, a toilet that is overflowing or clogged, old pipes, or a leaking roof. Our experts at SERVPRO assess the issue by finding any pockets of excess moisture with special moisture meters and removing them accordingly. Our high-tech equipment used to find these pockets also includes thermal imaging which permits us to measure the moisture in them and behind tile or other materials which might not feel wet on the outside. We find these moisture pockets and dry the area professionally to make sure your property recovers fully. Drying can be sped up by our team to stop the growth of mold or other harmful bacteria by building drying chambers.

Is detrimental that the water removal and restoration process is given the right attention in a timely fashion. If it is left unrepaired, it just worsens and leads to additional problems.

At SERVPRO, we provide consideration and care when it comes to your concerns and needs of your business. We take steps to restore your property which includes securing the site and assessing the water damage, then beginning the water extraction procedures right away. We remove carpet pads if needed, and take steps to prevent the growth of mildew and mold. Our state of the art equipment includes industrial-strength dehumidifiers and blowers so we can dry carpeting walls, flooring, and ceilings. We use the help of other professionals to ensure any electronics are properly dried.

Once drying, cleanup, and disinfection are completed, we restore the areas necessary to bring your structure back to its usual condition.

SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion gets you back in business fast when your business is in Chilhowie, Bristol Va, or Abingdon. When any water removal disaster strikes, give us a call immediately at (276) 525-1910.

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How to Tell Whether You Have Mildew or Mold Damage in Your Bristol Home

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Tell Whether You Have Mildew or Mold Damage in Your Bristol Home Spotting mold or smelling the musty smell gives you a clue that you may be facing an infestation. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Determine the Cause of Mold Before Tackling the Remediation Process

SERVPRO understands that as a homeowner you want to keep your home in good condition, and that includes keeping it free from mold or mildew. Many blogs use the terms “mold” and “mildew” interchangeably. However, are they the same thing? Let’s take a look.
 
Mildew or mold damage in your Bristol home is usually quite easy to spot thanks to the discolored spots and unpleasant smell. Mold and mildew are both fungi which grow on surfaces or even in materials around your house. However, the fungi are not identical and may present quite differently.
 
Mildew is a surface fungi that is often white, gray or yellow, although it can darken to brown or green as the infestation increases. Mildew is commonly found on plants, but it can also grow in other areas, especially on organic materials such as paper or leather. Mildew is either downy or powdery, and you can identify it by its big flat patterns and powdery or fluffy appearance.
 
Mold is a fungus that grows in damp areas and, like all fungi, it feeds on organic food sources such as carpet, wallpaper, drywall, carpets or drapes. Mold usually appears in irregular patches and may be either slimy or fuzzy in appearance. Mold appears in a variety of colors including black, gray, white, green, yellow or brown.
 
It is important to deal with mold and mildew straight away as they look unpleasant and may cause nasty odors. However, of the two, the mold is the more dangerous. The mold may cause health effects, and it can also cause structural damage to your home. Because mold uses its growing surface as a food source, the surfaces on which it grows are subject to rotting. That is bad news for your home.
 
SERPVRO is on hand to deal with mold before it has the chance to cause further damage. Our IICRC-certified technicians establish containment to stop spores from spreading and then get to work cleaning up the mold with powerful HEPA vacuums, detergents, and good old fashioned scrubbing. We also dehumidify the area and dry out damp carpets, furniture or walls, to reduce the amount of moisture in the air and help prevent the fungus from coming back.
 
Do not give mold the chance to make your home unpleasant. Call SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion at (276) 525-1910 today for assistance.

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Flood Damage Cleanup Services In Bristol

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup Services In Bristol When your house floods from storms, the water wreaks havoc on the house’s structure and your personal belongings.

Flood Damage Cleanup Services

Unexpected emergencies in your home in Bristol are not enjoyable but do happen. When your house floods from storms, the water wreaks havoc on the house’s structure, your personal belongings, and even the health of the environment inside your home. Flood waters can contain a lot of contaminants and much mud. With just an inch of water, high dollar items can be ruined all at once, such as wallboard, carpeting, furniture, and appliances. A storm which is more severe could damage systems which are even more expensive such as your air conditioner and ducts, roofing, well systems, utilities, private sewage, and the foundation.

Cleaning flood damage up in your Bristol home is a hard and long process, which is why getting professional help from remediation specialists, such as our SERVPRO technicians, is essential. It is a good idea for insurance purposes that you take photos of and list all the items and areas of your home that were damaged. We can even help speak with your insurance agent to ensure you get the coverage needed.

After arriving at your home and assessing damages, we also test the contents of your home to figure out which ones can be restored to their original condition. We use several methods to clean your items, including wet cleaning which is good for getting moderate to heavy residues out, spray and wipe which is useful for items which cannot withstand cleaning, and dry cleaning, safe for light residues or pre-cleaning.

We also can use an abrasive cleaning, which involves agitation of the surfaces, foam cleaning, which is used for upholstery fabrics which could shrink or bleed, and immersion cleaning, where contents are dipped into a cleaning product bath.

If your home needs extensive cleaning or restoration, SERVPRO professionals perform an efficient and organized move-out of the area affected. Doing so allows for a faster remodeling process, plus protects your items from potential damage.

Our services also assist you with the cleanup of electronics, where we use the assistance of a qualified electronics technician for cleaning and inspection. We also can help you with photograph and document drying.

When you trust SERVPRO of Abingdon/Bristol/Marion to help you clean up after flood damage, you are getting a thorough and professional service. Customers in the areas of Abingdon, Marion, and Bristol can reach us at any time by dialing (276) 525-1910.

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Water Damage Deodorization Services in Bristol

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Deodorization Services in Bristol Dealing with water damage quickly is effective in reducing lingering odors. Contact our team at SERVPRO for a fast reply and arrival to the job.

Technicians at SERVPRO Act Quickly to Minimize Persistent Odors

A few months ago, at 8:00 am on a Sunday morning, a catastrophic landslide moved a few thousand tons of earth in a small town, dislocating numerous people in the process. Some of the families had young children. The incidence surged rivers and caused an avalanche of floods, sending mud and debris across the city. The water affected power cables and damaged houses along the way.
 
Natural disasters like these are unavoidable and can cause severe damage to your property. If it happens, you need a capable restoration company like SERVPRO to deal with the water damage in your Bristol home. Fortunately, we are locally based and can respond to your water emergency in no time.
 
One of the most agitating hangovers of water damage is bad odors. Odor can occur from multiple sources such as mildew, moisture, sewage, and dead animals. Getting rid of the smell requires finding and eliminating the source.
 
To accomplish this, a vast amount of knowledge and technical equipment come into use. SERVPRO technicians are adept at solving odor problems in many deodorization situations. We use multiple methods to reverse the damage and clear the space of bad smells. Do not use DIY products or chemical solutions from subcontractors to mask the odors, as the smells are highly likely to return when the structure returns to its normal condition.
 
Using a combination of products and techniques is necessary to get rid of different odors that may have accumulated on a particular surface or material. We understand that the new odor may turn out to be as offensive as the old one. So in most cases, the choice of the deodorization product depends on you.
 
Our water damage specialists may inject small amounts of deodorant into spots on carpets or furnishings using a needle and syringe or an injection needle and pump. This method comes in handy in situations where lifting the carpet is impractical. If discoloration is not an issue, we may use direct spraying to pump disinfectants on the affected area.
 
Safety is essential when removing bad odors in water damage situations. Everyone should be evacuated to avoid contamination. Our specialists use personal safety equipment and eye protection gear during this process.
 
Water disasters can leave an awful scent in your house, even long after water damage restoration. SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion can respond quickly to your emergency with the necessary deodorization procedures. Call us anytime at (276) 525-1910.

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The Negative Effects of Fire and Smoke on Your Bristol Home

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Negative Effects of Fire and Smoke on Your Bristol Home Smoke Odors in Bristol and SERVPRO for Cleanup

SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Bristol Properties Affected by Smoke and Fire

In your home, a fire is a serious matter. Even a fire which is small and non-devastating can have consequences which are overwhelming. Some of these might not be apparent right away to the average person, which is why you need a professional company such as SERVPRO to help you clean up after a fire.

Structural Damage
The structure of your Bristol home can be damaged by a fire. You need to be cautious when entering your home after a fire because of this damage. It is not reasonable to determine that all the floor supports are intact on your own. Therefore, an inspector needs to check your property for damage to the structure before you go back into it. When the damage is severe, you may have to board up the property for liability and safety reasons. Our SERVPRO technicians can also help you do this.
 
Smoke Residue and Odor
Most smoke particles are just 0.004 microns wide, which means they can work their way into all the nooks and crannies, from carpet to furniture, wallboard, and even insulation. Cleaning up smoke residue and odor becomes increasingly difficult depending on the volume of smoke, but also on the type of smoke which are present during the fire. Some materials which are natural, such as paper and wood, leave gray or black, ashy residues which are easier to clean up. Some inorganic materials, like synthetic fabrics and plastics, leave a smeary residue which is difficult and risky to clean up. SERVPRO can get rid of all residue and odors with special equipment, detergents, and deodorizers.
 
Water Damage
Most fires also lead to water damage. When firefighters try to put the fire out, they douse your home with water, which soaks everything which was involved in or close to the fire. If you do not act right away to dry out your walls, carpeting, and furniture after the fire, there is a high chance that mold and mildew growth begins in addition to the fire damage. Building materials degrade rapidly after being exposed to pressurized water.
 
Our technicians are also trained to handle this type of damage. We can dry out your home while doing the other cleanup work, plus clean up any mold damage and check for hidden mold.
 
Get in touch with SERVPRO of Abingdon/Bristol/Marion right away after a fire. We are easy to reach when you dial (276) 525-1910, and we guide you through the whole restoration process to get your home back to its normal condition.

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Mold Damage Can Harm Your Bristol Home And Your Belongings

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Harm Your Bristol Home And Your Belongings Sometimes mold growth can become so severe that it leads to the total destruction of some of your belongings.

Mold Damage Can Harm Your Home

Mold damages different things within your home in a variety of ways. Sometimes mold growth can become so severe that it leads to the total destruction of some of your belongings. While mold grows on different surfaces, it also eats away at those very same surfaces.

In Bristol, it is not only your home's structure that can become a victim of mold damage but the things you use daily, including your clothing, can also become victims of this voracious microbe. When linens, upholstered furniture, carpeting, drapes, and other textiles are affected by mold growth, they can easily become so weak and fragile that they disintegrate when handled normally.

Other items, such as books and magazines, letters from older relatives, children's artwork, and other paper-based items are also prime targets of mold infestation. When fabrics shred or books are opened, and paper items are perused, much of the dust that is sent into the air contain spores that only need a bit of moisture to start new mold colonies elsewhere in your home.

At SERVPRO, we know that mold growth causes thousands of dollars worth of damage yearly and that only remediation of mold can keep mold growth, and damage, under control. Mold cannot be eliminated, but with the correct measures in place, mold can be controlled so that it does not create problems.

Humidity control in a home is one of the most important factors that we assist homeowners with during our efforts to control mold. Moisture building up in an area is one of the most important factors that permit mold to grow in any given part of a home. Moisture can come from countless sources, from a leaky washing machine to splash-over from a shower to a tiny crack in a pet's water bowl. House plants that are over-watered, crumpled refrigerator drip pans, and much more can also provide the moisture needed by growing mold colonies.

Cleaning these sources of excess moisture up, followed by the installation of a dehumidifier, can keep the humidity level in your home at normal levels. Not only is breathing more comfortable for your family when normal humidity levels are re-established, but one of mold's essential and basic needs are stripped away at the same time. A reduction of excess moisture alone can prevent future mold growth and with it, mold damage. We can provide remediation and help protect your home from future problems with the installation of a relatively maintenance-free dehumidifier.

When you have located, or suspect that your home might have, mold growth, call SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion at (276) 525-1910, day or night, to protect your home and your belongings from the damage that mold can so easily cause.

To learn more about the city of Bristol visit http://www.bristolva.org/.

How Thermal Fogging Helps Get Your Bristol Kitchen Smelling Clean Again After Fire Damage

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Thermal Fogging Helps Get Your Bristol Kitchen Smelling Clean Again After Fire Damage Rid Your Bristol Home of Smoke Odors with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Has the Equipment and Skills to Rid Your Home of Smoky Odors

Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to suffer fire damage to their home knows that even after everything has been cleaned and restored, it is not uncommon to notice a lingering smoky odor. The remaining smell of smoke is especially unpleasant because it acts as a reminder of the blaze and can cause significant distress to the homeowner.
 
A kitchen is a common place for a fire to start even if you are careful and safety conscious. Should you have the misfortune of fire damage to your Bristol kitchen, SERVPRO is on hand to assist with cleaning your home and restoring it to its pre-blaze condition as much as is practical. However, there is a chance that you can still smell the leftover smell of smoke, and this is where thermal fogging comes in.
 
The key to thermal fogging lies in understanding the principle that “like works on like.” That means that the way a smoke odor came to be present is an important part of working out the best way to deal with it. For example, if a room smells bad because of water damage, then a “wet” odor removal process such as wet fogging is the best choice.
 
In cases of fire damage, the odor was caused by heat and smoke, so the best way to dispel the scent is by using heat and smoke. When the blaze happened, the particles that caused the smell were hot and pressurized, thus if we use a cleaning method that is also hot and pressurized the cleaning agent can enter materials in the same way, which makes it more efficient.
 
Thermal fogging works by vaporizing a solvent-based deodorizer. The result of this process is a fog comprised of tiny particles less than 05. Microns in size, which is then applied to the area to be deodorized.
 
Operating a thermal fogger requires expertise, and SERVPRO trains our technicians to ensure they are skilled at carrying out the fogging process. First, we evacuate all people, pets, and plants from the area. Next, we eliminate all sources of flame, flash, or ignition because fogging agents are flammable. It is essential to apply just the right amount of fog, and we make sure our IICRC-certified staff knows how to do this.
 
After fogging is complete we thoroughly ventilate the area before you return. Thermal fogging is a specialist process that dissolves smoke odors and leaves your home feeling "Like it never even happened."
 
Do not struggle with the aftermath of a fire. Call SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion at (276) 525-1910 for help.

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Commercial Water Damage Hurts Products, Image, And Customer Relations In Bristol Clothing Stores

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Hurts Products, Image, And Customer Relations In Bristol Clothing Stores Commercial water damage can keep clients from returning to your store.

Water Damage Can Hurts Your Business

Becoming one of the go-to places for fashionable clothing requires more than the clothing labels themselves. Not only must the décor be perfect but the structure of your store's interior needs to be immaculate, also. Having water stained walls can truly sabotage your clientele's selfies, and that can become one of the worst word-of-mouth advertising snafus you ever experience.

Bristol teens are consistently gaining more control over where they shop and how they spend their money on clothing, accessories, and shoes commercial water damage can keep them from returning to your store, depleting your profits and increasing the amount of leftover inventory remaining at the end of the season. The thing is, with water damage, that damage often spreads, simply because water can take the form of moisture and migrate throughout your store, eventually invading the space where your inventory is kept. Our Water Restoration Technician (WRT) can provide more information on how water damages businesses and inventory, so you are prepared in the future.

Determining where the water has come from is crucial for us at SERVPRO. If the water stems from an ongoing source, even our best efforts at restoring your place of business are going to be short-lived. We must prevent any more water from entering and producing future damage. We use hygrometers to help us locate these locations. Common sources of errant water include leaking pipes, gutters that have become damaged over the years, and even water fountains that produce an incorrect stream of water.

Once we have determined the source and put a stop to it, we can then begin to repair your business, “Like it never even happened,” or better. In the case of inventory that has been damaged by exposure to water, we can clean these items at our location, and return them to you in still-saleable condition. The interior of your business needs restoration after water damage, including new walls, fresh paint, and cleaned-up trim. Before painting, walls at risk of mold growth receive treatment that prevents the growth of mold and other microbes.

Carpeting often retains nasty scents that can repel your customers, so treating that area of your store should be a high priority. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) is trained in this area, as well as controlling other sources of odors that are inherent with water damage. Cleaning a carpet is often not sufficient to destroy odors that your customers are going to find offensive, but we know the best options that result in the best outcomes. Our experience in this area can save you time, money, and your image, as well.

When you notice water damage in your clothing store, waiting only allows the inevitable to happen – additional damage that can ruin your investment, and much more. Do not hesitate to contact us, SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion, at any time, by calling (276) 525-1910. We are always prepared to help protect your business from this, and any other, type of disaster.

For more information about the city of Bristol visit http://www.bristolva.org/.