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Flood Damage Can Come from any Direction in Abingdon

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

If a storm causes your home to flood, trust SERVPRO to properly dry out your home and mitigate the damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Organized Remediation Services, Reducing the Damage to Your Home

Virginia is home to many streams running through the hilly topography. Between the North Fork Holston and Middle Fork Holston Rivers, numerous streams run off of these two rivers toward Abingdon. Overflowing water from these streams can quickly flood area homes.

When your home in Abingdon suffers from flood damage, you need to begin protective steps as quickly as possible. These small streams often deposit enormous amounts of silt in flooded homes. Property owners sometimes encounter other debris, which includes anything picked up by the water as it traveled across the landscape to your home.

Experienced in mitigating even the worst flooding incidents, SERVPRO professionals know that keeping all the necessary equipment ready and in excellent working condition reduces the time needed to prepare for each new job. We always empty tanks and other holding equipment upon completion of each job, ensuring their readiness for the next one. We wrap cords and tubing up neatly so we can put them to use fast when needed to mitigate your home's damage quickly. Small, minor aspects such as these can make a huge difference in how efficiently we conduct our work.

The difference between a slow start and a more rapid one can affect how much permanent damage your home sustains. Consistently drying your home and reducing the overall humidity inside also determines the range that water spreads within your home. Keeping this under control provides multiple benefits for flooded homes and their owners. Some flood damage causes losses, though, that require replacements.

Flooding that enters your kitchen and comes into contact with your canned and jarred food completely renders these items inedible and unsafe for your family. Microbes and pathogens come in many varieties, many of which avoid detection because they easily hide in nearly microscopic places on these packaged foods. Cross-contamination from one can to another through your can opener is also a possible hazard.

Microbial activity happens in places other than your kitchen and pantry. These potential threats causing health effects can occur any place that flooding affected. While your home may exhibit a distinct flood line, water that wicks up walls can carry pathogens to higher areas on walls. We ensure these areas become dry again and clean them, eliminating any microbial-related risks.

The professional and highly skilled technicians and specialists at SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion help local families recover from flood damage and other disasters that hurt their homes. Our 24-hour number, (276) 258-5071, is always answered by us, ensuring that you receive immediate attention.

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Restoring a Medical Clinic through Commercial Water Removal in Damascus

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers fast and thorough water removal services for your medical clinic.

SERVPRO’s Commercial Water Removal Process

Any building in Damascus can become damaged. The elements outside can create problems for building owners, while inside, electrical shorts can create small fires or water lines can break. The smoke from a fire can cause sprinkler systems to activate, causing substantial and widespread damage. A drinking fountain with a broken feed line can create localized damage. Both need prompt and professional remediation to prevent existing damages from escalating.

If your medical clinic in Damascus suffers from commercial water damage because of situations similar to the above, acting quickly can keep restoration and cleaning costs minimal. SERVPRO hires technicians dedicated to our customers and their needs. When a building suffers damage of any kind, business operations suffer, which can lead to many subsequent difficulties.

Our ability to respond Faster To Any Size Disaster helps our customers by reducing the number of secondary damages experienced and reducing the length of time that a business's operations remain stagnant. Local businesses of all kinds make up our local economy, and each one has a vital place in our community. We want to restore damaged businesses, so they continue providing the services needed in our area.

To clean up after a water emergency, the most straightforward part is removing the visible water with pumps and smaller extraction units. Our IICRC-certified employees, using smaller extraction tools, efficiently remove moisture saturating carpets in corners, hallways, under desks, and on stairways.

After this initial phase of our restoration work, SERVPRO continues by speeding up the evaporation rate of the water left in carpet padding and lower fibers, drywall, wood, and other parts of your building's structure. We do this via powerful air movers that not only lift moisture out and away from these materials, but also direct that moisture in a specific path, making it easy for us to collect it with our heavy-duty desiccant machines. While some of this work requires that we dry the interior areas of a wall, we also perform this with great care so that no newly made ventilation holes remain visible. While we work, things may seem messy, but we always take the time to clean up afterward.

We also implement dehumidifiers in certain areas. Because some materials hold onto moisture more than other materials can, we steadily apply gentle heat to help increase evaporation even more. Flooring tends to do this, but floor mats, with heat built-in, as well as an enclosed condensation tank that collects the moisture, helps us dry floors quickly. This can help prevent flooring boards from warping, which requires costly replacements. It is much less expensive to dry the floor instead.

SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion wants to help your clinic continue providing the much-needed services to our community. When your business needs commercial water removal, call us at (276) 258-5071, so we can work with you to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Professional Help Dealing with Mold Damage in Your Bristol Area Home

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians have the training and equipment to stop the mold growth, repair the damage, and prevent future mold growth.

Mold Growth is a Common Issue in Most Bristol Homes

As you may already know, mold is a naturally occurring fungus, one that plays a significant role in our environmental process. Finding mold in your Bristol area home is far more common than many might think. It is something that homeowners face practically, daily.

We respond to many requests for mold damage mitigation throughout the Bristol area every month. There is no reason to be embarrassed by its presence, or attempt to clean the affected area yourself without the proper tools or equipment. You have IICRC certified technicians available around the clock to provide you with the services needed to regain control over your indoor living environment.

Whether you have a small patch of mold on your bathroom ceiling or an entire floor of your home affected by growth, SERVPRO technicians can help. We can help you stop the spread and get the problem under control fast while also providing you with any necessary repairs that help return your home to a quality pre-damage condition.

Not sure if mold is the actual problem? SERVPRO can inspect your home, rule mold out, and help you discover the true nature of the problem affecting your home. Our technicians are qualified to perform a variety of repairs, help you rebuild, or restore any section of your home, regardless of its condition. If mold proves to be the issue at hand, you already have qualified mold remediation specialists on site to address the situation appropriately.

At SERVPRO, our technicians cordon off the affected area, use negative airflow machines as well as plastic sheeting to prevent further infection. We then remove any saturated materials, disposing and transporting contaminated materials according to local, state, and federal guidelines. Using the proper detergents, our cleaning technicians use a variety of equipment to decontaminate the entire area. Making it ready for the installation of new materials and any additional repairs. 

Receive the professional, courteous services you deserve by calling SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion, today. We are available 24/7, 365, day or night. (276) 258-5071

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Preventing Kitchen Fire Damages to your Damascus Home

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Paying Attention Can Prevent Fire Damage in Your Damascus Kitchen SERVPRO Tips

Fire and Smoke Restoration and Cleanup Are Available Through SERVPRO

Kitchen fires are not uncommon insurance claims for fire damages. Interestingly enough, many of these scary and potentially deadly events could have been avoided. Preventing fire damages to this area of your home is as simple as following some simple guidelines and being more alert about your actions.

Preventing kitchen fire damage to your Damascus home begins with you. Setting a few simple guidelines for your cooking and kitchen use can save you a call to us here at SERVPRO. The first rule that you should set for yourself (and anyone else who uses the kitchen), is never to leave a stovetop going when you plan to leave the room for any length of time. It does not take long for an unattended pot or pan to catch fire, and within little time the blaze can exceed fire extinguishing capabilities.
Another good option to consider is ensuring that you are paying attention to the items left around the countertops near the range. No matter the kind of range/stove top you are using, it is not unlikely for paper or cloth items to catch fire from exposure to a high level of heat, whether a heating element or an open flame.
However, even the most careful of homeowners find themselves at the wrong end of a low scale housefire, and having our SERVPRO fire restoration team at your service can go a long way towards putting your mind back at ease. Fire from any source can leave significant damages, but our team of IICRC certified skilled technicians are well versed in complete restorations from fire damages, including both repairing damages you can see as well as removing odors that affect the area.
If you have fire damages to your home that you want to take care of, feel free to give our experienced team at SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion a call 24/7 at (276) 258-5071. We are always available to help you through your difficult time and to work with you and your insurance to restore your home to its preloss condition.

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Proven Options To Combat Water Damage In Bristol

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Moisture and Water Damage Homes in Bristol, Call SERVPRO for Removal and Cleanup

SERVPRO Mitigates Damage and Costs Caused by Water Intrusion

Most cities experience water damage, and Bristol is no exception. That means dealing with the water damage issues is a real concern. Despite that, many people do not treat these problems as emergencies and end up experiencing adverse effects that may lead to entensive renovations.
When in Bristol ensure you take every water damage scenario seriously. There are specific types of equipment which are used to remove moisture from your property is completely dry after water damage. One essential equipment is the dehumidifier, and you need a professional service provider like SERVPRO, to get full functionality from it. The dehumidifier in simple terms pulls water vapor straight from the air and lowers the humidity. While moisture is evaporating into the air, our dehumidifiers continuously remove it and therefore ensures your property is eventually dry.
There are three types of dehumidifies used during water damage; Desiccant, low grain, and refrigerant. Depending on the level of water and the desired efficiency, you can use one of these dehumidifiers. The commonly used, however, is the Refrigerant dehumidifier because it is efficient and can lower the relative humidity of your property to 40 GPP and reach RH levels of 45% or less. The low grain refrigerants usually work below 40 GPP, and finally, the desiccant reduces it to a specific humidity level. However, the desiccant dehumidifiers are a little bit risky to use because they can make your property too dry thereby damaging and split wooden furniture and building elements. To efficiently use the dehumidifiers and guarantee the safety of your property, you need professional services, and that is when you need a company like SERVPRO. Though we have all of the above dehumidifiers in our inventory of industry-leading equipment, specific physical conditions dictate their use.
In water damage situations, you may need carpet and pad repair or replacement services. There are lots of necessary tools required to carry out this function because your carpet and pad need careful handling to ensure they are not damaged. Some of the tools used include the knee kicker, glue sticks, latex adhesive, carpet shears, duckbill knife, seaming tape, stair roller, electric stapler, power stretcher and many others. You also need equipment like air movers and pressure washers. All these tools require expert professional handling and IICRC certified understanding.
SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion can help you combat all your water damage issues. Call us at (276) 258-5071 for quality professional services.

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Does Home Insurance Cover Mold Damage in Damascus?

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Some mold can lurk behind your furniture and remain unseen until it grows to a large size. Contact SERVPRO should you see or smell mold in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Tackle Mold Infestations in Your Home

Most homeowners in Damascus have heard about the dangers of fungal growth. There are many articles and guides online about mold growth, and many people know how to recognize the tell-tale musty smell and dark black or green patches. However, some of our readers might wonder whether their home insurance covers mold damage. The answer is “probably not,” but there are circumstances in which your policy could extend to fungus.
It is understandable that residents might worry about mold damage in Damascus. Fungal growth looks and smells unpleasant and can even damage the structure of your home, or eat into prized furniture or rugs. SERVPRO carries out remediation as quickly and efficiently as possible, but we understand that our customers would rather avoid the need for our services!
Many people wonder if their insurance broker pays for mold damage. In most cases, the answer is no. Most policies do not cover mold, fungi, or bacteria. In cases where home neglect causes the damage, such as lack of ventilation, high humidity, or constant untreated leaks, the answer will almost certainly be “no.” That is why we recommend keeping your home dry and well ventilated whenever you can.
However, there are some circumstances where insurance policies cover mold damage. When fungal growth is caused by a “covered peril,” i.e., an incident which is covered by your plan, you should be able to make a claim. For example, if a pipe break or an ice dam in your gutter causes water to pool under your roof, you might be able to claim your policy.
Regardless of whether or not your plan covers you, it is vital to call in SERVPRO’s mold remediation experts as soon as you spot signs of mold. Our IICRC-certified technicians have the equipment on hand to set up containment and vent contaminated air outside your home so the fungus cannot spread. We clean all visible signs of fungal growth, advise you on which items to keep and which to throw away, and set a drying goal to reduce moisture. We dry the affected area and help you put a plan in place to keep it dry and reduce the risk of regrowth.
For help with mold remediation in Saltville, Damascus, Meadowview and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion at (276) 258-5071 today.

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How The SERVPRO ERP System Helps Bristol Restaurants With Water Damage Crises

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

The ERP system allows you to create a separate profile for each restaurant, allowing you to call for help to multiple locations at once.


The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is a web-based interface designed to hasten our response times to business calls and save companies more time and money in the restoration process. By uploading relevant documents and completing a profile in the system, you help us to understand your specific needs and circumstances beforehand, allowing us to reduce preparation time and better understand the situation. Some of our happiest clients are Bristol restaurant owners with water damage and other issues, as restaurants can benefit even more than other businesses from the system. Here is a brief overview of some of the benefits ERP integration can grant your company.

Multiple Location Management
When water damage hits multiple restaurant locations in Bristol and surrounding areas at once, it can be difficult for some owners to form an adequate response for each location. The ERP system allows you to create a separate profile for each restaurant under your jurisdiction, allowing you to call for help to multiple locations at once without any added hassle. This function has proved to be one of our most helpful in major storms and floods.

Insurance And Contact Management
Restaurants often have a relatively high number of connected suppliers, insurers, and other business partners that all must be contacted when serious damage strikes. The ERP system allows you to store and organize relevant contact lists and insurance information on a location-by-location basis, increasing communications efficacy for both you and SERVPRO.

Improved Responses
When our technicians respond to calls for help made through the ERP system, they arrive not only faster but also more prepared. Access to the web interface allows our employees to view critical information directly and without any input from your end, enabling them to identify critical areas faster and more easily. When you use the ERP system, you allow us to respond faster, more accurately, and with greater effectiveness than through a traditional phone calls.

SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion protects local homes and businesses from the effects of water damage through quality care, equipment, and personnel. For more information on the ERP system or to call for aid, contact us at (276) 258-5071.

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Marion Homeowners Receive Flood Damage Restoration Assistance

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

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) 258-5071.

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Water Damage Repair Services In Bristol

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

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) 258-5071.

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Water Removal Problems And Your Business In Bristol

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

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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