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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.

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Planning Ahead - Getting A Jump On Flood Damage That May Occur In Your Bristol Area Home

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Planning Ahead - Getting A Jump On Flood Damage That May Occur In Your Bristol Area Home SERVPRO Provides a Mobile App for Flood Protection in Bristol

SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Can Mitigate Flooding Damage to Your Property

Natural waterways such as streams and rivers become overwhelmed during heavy rainstorms, putting your home at risk and potentially causing catastrophic damages. However, SERVPRO can assist you with taking the proper precautions necessary to limit exposure and prevent excessive damages on your property.  
You work every day, providing food and a home for your family, giving them everything you can to make things comfortable and help them succeed. When making preparations to protect your Bristol home from flood damage, it helps to have access to a company that thinks ahead, giving you the tools you need to recover from emergencies that may occur on your property.
SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan provides you with access to restoration experts 24-hours a day, helping you access our systems even if you no longer have access to your property. You can access this app online from any computer, or install the Mobile App/ERP on any phone, tablet, or laptop you have readily available.  
The Emergency Ready Plan is a tool that allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile, which can help produce a solid plan of action and give you piece of mind knowing what to expect from your mitigation company, to help minimize how water affects your home during a flood.  
Pre-planning leads to the timely response, extraction, and mitigation when you need it the most. Take the time to fill out your profile completely, providing critical information SERVPRO technicians need should an emergency occur on your property.
This profile establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, saving time, authorizing work and limiting damages you may suffer. We also provide you with a guide that helps you return to your property safely, after a flooding incident happens.
You help our technicians save valuable time locating shut-off valves, determining priority areas, and providing pertinent information about your property that we can use as a quick reference to get started right away. We help you by making our services available whenever you need us.  
Being ready for whatever happens, means that you have the solution safe at hand to protect you and your family during any emergency. Start today, SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion is waiting for your call. Find out what we can do to safely guard your home against floods and a variety of other emergency situations. (276) 525-1910

Your Flooded Bristol Basement Can Be Dry Again When You Call SERVPRO For Help

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Flooded Bristol Basement Can Be Dry Again When You Call SERVPRO For Help Sometimes during heavier rains, it is possible to experience basement flooding, even if your basement has not flooded badly before.

Flooded Basement

Sometimes during heavier rains, it is possible to experience basement flooding, even if your basement has not flooded badly before. It is understandably very upsetting to discover this disaster and find your personal items damaged or destroyed by water. However, when this happens to you, SERVPRO can help you dry your basement and your possessions out.

Before they get to your home in Bristol, it is important to remember that depending upon the source, water in your basement can contain viruses and bacteria, and could present an electric hazard as well. Plus, pumping out a basement that is severely flooded can lead to potential water damage to your foundation walls.

SERVPRO specializes in cleaning up flooded basements and is just a phone call away. While you wait for them, there are some things you can do. If a washer hose, pipe, water heater or another source of pressurized water has failed in your home, hundreds of gallons of water can be released each hour, quickly filling up your basement. The water can even rise as high as the windows in some cases.

In these cases, with a failure in your plumbing, the first thing to problem-solving is to turn off the plumbing that is causing the problem. Be careful to remain dry as you do this since the water could be a danger to step into as stated earlier. If you do not think you can turn the water off safely, wait for professional help to arrive.

After the cause of the leak is stopped, you need to take any valuable possessions you can out of the water as soon as it is possible. Again, take care when removing items, and if you are not comfortable doing so, SERVPRO gladly does this for you after they arrive. They can also help you to determine what items are salvageable and restore them for you as well.

While the drying out process is being performed, the basement could be humid for a few days, so any personal items like documents, fabrics, and photos are removed to protect them. They might look okay now, but mold could grow on them soon. You should also make sure to get pictures of all the damages for your insurance company.

SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion has years of experience in helping dry out basements in homes. If your basement floods, don’t delay in calling us at (276) 525-1910 so we can dry out your home and possessions as soon as possible and avoid further damages.

Are You Ready When Spring Rains Bring Flooding To Southern Virginia?

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Ready When Spring Rains Bring Flooding To Southern Virginia? Quick action reduces the damage to your residence if water infiltrates, and SERVPRO is ready to assist when you call.

Spring Rains Bring Flooding

The many creeks and streams in our area quickly become overwhelmed and rise over their banks when rain is heavy. Your home is at risk of dangerous flooding if you are near a waterway or if moisture saturated soil seeps into your basement or lower levels. Quick action reduces the damage to your residence if water infiltrates, and SERVPRO is ready to assist when you call.

You installed a sump pump system to deal with water leaking into your home, but torrential rains strain its ability to prevent flood damage to your Bristol home. Even with the pump working on the lowest level, water permeates your walls, softening drywall and causing concern of permanent damage and possible mold growth. Our flood damage team arrives to assess the issues, augmenting your current system with moisture extractors, air movers, and heavy duty dehumidifiers.

Our crew members evaluate the possibility of salvaging wet drywall and any insulation behind it. SERVPRO technicians position equipment to move air in the area between the foundation wall and the drywall has a chance of removing enough moisture to allow us to recommend retention. Soaked insulation presents a different challenge, and we may suggest replacement after the framing and sheetrock dry. During the job, we reach out to your insurance company to determine which approach it prefers and covers. Our firm's reputation as a leader in the restoration business means insurance companies often suggest their customers partner with us during drying, cleanup, and repair of a flooding situation.

Rely on SERVPRO professionals to keep an eye out for microbial activity while we complete the restoration of your flooded home. If necessary, technicians follow mold remediation procedures to clean and sanitize your home. We educate homeowners about practical ways to keep further mold growth at bay after flooding and are available anytime to answer your concerns.

We give the professional support you need to restore your flood damaged walls, but we do not stop there. Flooding often leaves your home with a lingering smell. Using a combination of proven disinfection and deodorization strategies, we remove the odor, so you and your family enjoy your home from top to bottom again.

If your best-laid plans to manage flooding in your home need a boost from the professionals, SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion awaits your call. Reach our dispatchers at (276) 525-1910 for a speedy response.

Health Care Facilities with Commercial Water Damage Owe Their Damascus Patients a Healthy Environ

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Health Care Facilities with Commercial Water Damage Owe Their Damascus Patients a Healthy Environ Damascus Health Care Facilities Ask SERVPRO's Help to Keep Water in It's Place

SERVPRO Provides a Return to Safety After A Water Damaging Event in Damascus

All facilities in the health care business need to maintain near-sterile environments in their patient-care settings, as well as clean waiting areas. Structural integrity is crucial toward reaching this goal but is often taken for granted until some disaster happens. When a building is damaged, it is nearly impossible to attain the levels of hygiene required to protect patient health.

Damascus has several excellent medical care professionals, and one type of disaster that can affect their ability to provide care is water damage. Water from any source can create problems, even if it is from a sanitary and clean source. Initial degrees of contamination of the intruding water, whether high or low, cannot predict the level of damage and danger to patient health a water disaster might create.
Damage from water continues to accelerate in scope until all water and moisture have been removed and the current damage is remediated. Even small amounts of water can become problematic if allowed to remain for inordinate lengths of time. Often, temporary contact with water is sufficient to damage walls and other interior structures permanently. The interior of a building is simply not designed to be wet.
Water that comes in contact with internal building structures might not show damaging effects immediately, either. Problems that arise from water damage can become clear days, weeks, or even months later. When water seeps into the interior of walls and under floors, it can cause swelling of fibers, bubbling of latex paints, peeling of wallpapers, and much more. SERVPRO has the experience needed to remedy these situations and return any sized facility to its former state or better.
Damage like this can create a hazardous environment for patients, but it should be remembered that medical staff are human, also, and are not immune to the hazards water damage can create in an enclosed building. Problems can range from trip and fall risks because of structural changes to contamination of patient samples by increased mold spore production to the disintegration of walls that pose possible choking hazards to small children.
To protect your staff and your patients in the event of an emergency that causes water damage, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion at (276) 525-1910. We always put our IICRC-based training and extensive experience to work in bringing all facilities back to exceptionally high standards, leaving them “Like it never even happened.”

Managing Mold Damage Efficiently in Bristol

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold Damage Efficiently in Bristol Bristol Wall Suffers from Mold Growth--Call in the Pros--the SERVPROS

Logical Steps Mitigate Damage Caused by Mold

Much misinformation about mold and how to get rid of it exists. Because microbial infestations have the capability to destroy structures and cause unpleasant odors they are a serious problem for a homeowner. Mold remediation is a job for experts, and SERVPRO makes certain our staff is up to the task through training and on the job experience.
Understanding the need for professional abatement includes learning about the “life cycle” of mold damaging your Bristol home. Mold eradication is not possible in the ordinary sense of the word as spores are always present both inside and outside your dwelling. Our mold remediation technicians instead focus on eliminating the conditions where mold spores “wake up” and proliferate to limit mold outbreaks in your home. We also properly remove existing mold colonies and recommend options for reducing the chance of new growth in the future.
Moisture is the food that nourishes microbial infestations. It is not enough to use topical products to kill visible mold. In fact, some “home remedies” suggested getting rid of mold unwittingly provide acceleration to its growth. Household bleach, for example, may seem to remove mold. It is an unsatisfactory answer, however, as it may simply lighten the dark streaks that indicate mold, not completely destroy the growth. The bleach bought at the grocery or discount store also contains high amounts of water. When porous surfaces soak up the bleach solution, the water has the potential to encourage additional mold proliferation. Similar problems occur when other diluted chemical compounds try to deal with mold.
Mold damage frightens homeowners because of stories about its health hazards. SERVPRO recommends you discuss mold-based health concerns with your physician or other health care provider. Wooden structures weaken with broad and long term mold growth, and the unpleasant and musty odor moves throughout your home. Even without a clear health-based connection, you want the mold gone.
When SERVPRO staff design a plan to remediate mold issues in your home we approach it in a systematic way. We contain the outbreak, remove it carefully, disinfect with professional products, and then eliminate the water source causing the growth in the first place. Mold returns if the moisture issue is not solved. Staff follows EPA developed procedures to ensure the most efficacious treatment.
SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion offers homeowners in the community the most up to date mold remediation options. Call (276) 525-1910 for an inspection and plan for abatement if you suspect mold has taken hold in your dwelling.

Water Damage Restoration Services Available In Bristol

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Services Available In Bristol From Forgotten Running Water in a Sink to a Flood in Bristol, Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

SERVPRO Offers Full Restoration Post Water Damage

Having suffered water damage to your property, you need professional help to remove the water and dry everything out correctly. Taking on a job like this on your own without the proper knowledge and equipment could lead to further damages that only a trained professional can spot.

That is why it is in your best interest to call a team of water damage professionals in Bristol to get the job done right the first time around. Our services help give you peace of mind and completely restore your property in a safe and timely manner.
SERVPRO technicians have all undergone extensive training procedures to earn IICRC certification while proudly upholding industry safety standards delegated by OSHA and the EPA. We also stay up to date on the most recent advances in the water mitigation field that gives us the opportunity to provide you with the highest quality services possible. Our in-house video and corporate driven programs enhance job skills and ensure current best practices.
Since every home is equally susceptible to various types of water damage, you want to contact your insurance company before you have a problem to ensure that you have the correct coverage for common incidents in your area. Next, you want to contact SERVPRO to become familiar with our services and provide upfront information to prepare for emergencies before they happen. Ask us about our ERP-Emergency Ready Profile mobile app program to help in the prevention and mitigation of water and fire emergencies.
SERVPRO technicians arrive on your property within four hours of your initial call, ready to begin your water restoration services, helping return your home to a quality pre-damage condition. Anything from small basement flooding, to extensive disaster cleanup, we have the equipment and personnel to get the job done right.
The first thing we do after arriving involves performing a thorough assessment or walk through of the affected area. We check every crack and crevice to ensure that we do not miss anything, and once we finish your restoration, we can help set up a personalized disaster recovery plan to assist with preventing future events (hint: ERP.)
We thoroughly explain each of the services we offer and answer any questions you may have. When dealing with water on your property, time is crucial. As time passes, additional damages develop, water seeping into various construction materials can weaken the structure of a building and cause rot or mold to develop.
Contact SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion today for information concerning water damage restoration services available to help you protect your home and your family when an emergency strikes. (276) 525-1910

Preventing a Fire in your Bristol Home's Garage

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing a Fire in your Bristol Home's Garage Bristol Fire Damage in a Garage Can Be Cleaned Up by SERVPRO

Fire Damage in Garages Are Common and Need a Fast Clean Up--Call SERVPRO

Fires originating in the garage are some of the most destructive home fires. They tend to spread quicker than fires that start in other areas, and they create more property damage than other kinds of fires. A professional fire damage restoration company is needed in such a case, and SERVPRO is the one to call.

 Garages are usually multipurpose areas. Stored belongings, parked cars, chargers for power tools, home appliances, and flammable liquids like gas, oil, and paint thinner are just a few of the common items found together in a garage that can create a fire and fire damage to your Bristol home. Luckily, there are some easy ways to keep your garage and home from suffering from a garage fire.

Fire-Safe Garage Construction
The first step is to check your garage structure and make sure it is up to fire code regulations. Inspect the ceiling, walls, and door between the garage and house. If there is a room over the garage, fire-resistant, type X sheetrock needs to be installed on the ceiling of the garage. Any walls adjoining the house and garage also need to be covered with a minimum of half inch sheetrock, which creates a barrier to slow down the spread of a fire, and helps prevent even more fire damage. Our SERVPRO techs could take care of most problems after an assessment of the fire damage. Some items may be non-salvageable depending on the severity of the fire.

The door between the house and garage (if the garage is not single standing)  needs to be a solid core door with at least twenty minutes’ fire rating and self-closing mechanism. In the case of attic space over the garage, ensure the access opening has a fire-rated cover which is kept closed to prevent the fire from spreading quickly into the roof structure.
Flammable Items
It is recommended that all flammable liquids be stored in a separate shed away from the house, including oil, gasoline, paint thinner, paint, and varnish. These kinds of highly flammable products should at least be stored in approved, tightly closed containers and kept away from workshop areas and appliances where a spark could ignite them. Be sure that recyclable paper and cardboard, cleaning supplies, rags, and boxes of stored belongings are not next to tools, appliances, or batteries where heat or sparks could ignite them.
Install a Heat Alarm
A heat alarm is recommended rather than a smoke alarm, for inside your garage. Someone working on a project or fumes from a vehicle can set off a smoke alarm. Heat alarms are hardwired into the electrical system of your home and have a battery back-up. Heat alarms should not be installed close to fluorescent lamps, however, because they can interfere with the electrical functionality of the alarm.
Ensure your garage door is functioning correctly, which helps you vent the area during a project which generates fumes, reducing the danger of a fire.
When a fire does happen, contact SERVPRO of Abingdon/Bristol/Marion as soon as the fire is out. We are renowned for fire damage cleanup and salvage everything possible when you call us at (276) 525-1910.