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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.

For more information about the City of Bristol, Virginia visit: http://www.bristolva.org/

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/.

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.