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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes in your home can cause major damage and unnecessary stress. Pipes that freeze the most frequently are those that are exposed to extreme cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unconditioned areas like basements, crawlspaces, garages, and kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls with little to no insulation are especially susceptible. Before freezing weather sets in, follow these tip and tricks to help prevent frozen pipes in your home.

  • Drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler systems for the winter.
  • Remove outdoor hoses and allow the hose bib to drain completely. Keep the valve open so that any remaining water in the pipe can expand with no damage.
  • Check for home for pipes located in unheated areas. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • If you live in an especially cold area, consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes.
  • When the weather is very cold, let cold water trickle through the pipes.
  • If you are traveling for a extended period during cold weather, leave your thermostat set a no lower than 55 F.

We hope these tips help you to avoid frozen pipes all together but if you do happen to need our help, we are available 24/7. Call SERVPRO of Greene County today at 423-638-1104. 

Commercial Mold Inspection Services & Remediation Services to All

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Is Mold Remediation a Professional Job?

The common signs of microbial growth issues in your Washington County business may be musty odors or visible signs of growth. Moisture problems are commonplace in older buildings or those with heavy usages, such as a business. Specific mold can have health effects, so it is vital to seek expert advice to protect yourself, your customers, and your staff. The methodology of removing microbes from an indoor environment focuses on correcting the moisture problem that causes growth in the first place. However, the guidance does not qualify a person to fix a mold issue. SERVPRO of Greene County technicians must undergo extensive applied microbial remediation (AMRT) training before they are capable of assessing and remediating premises with mold. 

What are the essential tips for dealing with mold growth?

  • Protecting yourself from mold spores is essential, including wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Cleaning up infestations involves avoiding contact with skin, eyes, or mouth. Goggles and respiration equipment are essential.
  • Using respirators requires expert knowledge of maintaining, cleaning, and removing a respirator in a potentially hazardous environment.

How does mold spread through a business?

A commercial mold inspection in your Coram business is designed to find the root cause of a microbial growth issue. Molds start as a microscopic spore. If these spores are disturbed, thousands of these spores can release. Spores can grow hyphae in the right conditions, which penetrate porous materials while enzymes begin to digest and break down organic matter. SERVPRO of Greene County remediation inspections can often involve placing containment equipment as a precaution against spreading spores. Sometimes pulling out pieces of a structure can release spores, which is why we seal vents, provide negative air pressure, and physical barriers during inspections. The initial signs of microbial growth could be the tip of the iceberg, which is why it is common for inspectors to remove parts of drywall or fittings to assess the extent of microbial losses. 

What are the right conditions for molds to grow?

  • Moisture is essential for microbial organisms to become active.
  • Temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees are ideal, although some molds can grow in colder environments.
  • Organic materials like woods, natural fibers, and particleboards are an ideal food supply for mold colonies.

Fixing a mold issue and preventing colonies from returning utilizes professional expertise and training. Contact SERVPRO of Greene County at (423) 638-1104

Focus Areas to Check For Storm Damage

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

Focus On These Four Areas

Severe weather can lead to significant property damage, and unless your facility has an excellent exterior maintenance schedule, you may wind up with many unexpected expenses. People often have a false sense of security about their buildings, which can result in the absence of concern after a storm. As any storm restoration and remediation company in Greene County, TN, may explain, inspections after any storm are vital to the protection of your building and budget. If you are not familiar with inspecting your facility after a storm, then try and focus on the four following areas.

  1. Walls
    A significant aspect of keeping a building maintained is ensuring its structural integrity. While you may not see any apparent storm damage while walking your property, look closely at the walls, especially toward the foundation and roofline. If you notice any cracking, splits, or separation, then you may have a foundation problem. Sometimes rainwater settles near the footing of a building, causing soil displacement, which shifts the foundation of the building, resulting in damaged property.
  2. Windows
    When performing exterior maintenance and inspections, be sure to examine the windows around the property. Windows often have a shorter lifespan than the rest of the materials used in your property. While the pane may be intact, the frame or the sealant used for installation can fail over time, leading to water damage in the property.
  3. Cladding or Siding
    While cladding is useful for the protection of the exterior of your facility, it can damage easily. High winds can peel the material away from the building. Hailstones can puncture the material. Look for displaced seems and holes as you walk the property.
  4. Roof
    A thorough building inspection should include the roof. Many commercial roofs are flat and prone to water damage. Look for damaged sheeting and failing seals as you would with windows.
    Especially during this time of year, when severe weather is typical, it is crucial to focus on exterior maintenance. If you need more suggestions for inspection points, then contact a local professional.

Call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 if you find yourself with any kind of storm damage!  We are here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year!

We Can Take Care of Your Greene County Hotel Rooms

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you run a hotel in the Greene County area, then you know how important it is to provide the cleanest rooms possible to your patrons. Your business runs on a solid first impression and customer approval. When your guests enter one of your rooms for the first time, it’s imperative that it looks clean and smells great. This encourages people to come back time and time again plus promotes outstanding reviews. Allowing SERVPRO ofGreene Countyto deodorize your rooms helps create the amazing first impression you want them to experience.

We Identify Odors

Hotels and many commercial buildings do not always have the option to open windows and let in clean fresh air. This is one reason SERVPRO of Greene County has special deodorization techniques and highly trained staff that knows how to identify and eliminate stubborn odors.

We Handle Odors

The techniques we use to handle odors are specifically designed to restore your rooms to a desirable state. Unwanted smells can be trapped in upholstery, carpets, draperies and even hard surfaces. Using fragrance or air fresheners is not the answer to an odor problem. There has been state of the art advances in proprietary cleaning that has changed the way deodorization works.

The professionals here at SERVPRO of Greene County are ready to take your hotel to the next level of clean. We would be honored to work with you to even schedule routine cleanings to prevent offensive odors from becoming excessive in any room. SERVPRO of Greene County is here to help make it "Like it never even happened." Call us to at 423-638-1104 to schedule an appointment for a member of our team to come out look at it.

Stay Safe This Holiday Season

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY TIPS

The winter holidays can be the busiest time of year for many households. There are family activities, community events and parties to attend, and you may even be hosting a gathering or two in your own home. Kids are excited, the days are short and there seems to be a never-ending list of things to get done. However, now is not the time to ignore or forget about basic holiday fire safety, which includes Christmas tree fire safety.

CHRISTMAS TREE FIRE SAFETY:

  • Live trees need to be fresh and stay fresh until removed from your home. Look for a tree with needles that pull back easily from the branches but do not break. Tap your tree on the ground. If it sheds a ton of needles, it is not fresh.
  • Keep a freshly cut tree watered so it does not dry out and become a fire hazard, or use a potted live tree and plant a memory from this Christmas season to grow for years to come.
  • Never place your Christmas tree near a fireplace, wood burning stove or other open flame.
  • Never place real, burning candles on your Christmas tree as decorations.
  • Christmas trees should not block doorways or exit routes, in case of a fire.
  • Only buy fire-resistant artificial trees.
  • Inspect all strands of Christmas lights before placing them on your tree. Look for fraying wires and other damage.
  • Never use more than three sets of light strands per one extension cord.
  • Check all extension cords for damage or fraying; do not overload a single electrical outlet.
  • If you are going to be away from home, turn off the Christmas tree lights and consider unplugging all non-essential electronics and appliances.
  • Keep lit candle displays at least three feet away from the tree.
  • Only decorate a tree with non-combustible or flame-resistant decorations.

OUTDOOR DECORATION FIRE SAFETY

Just because your decorations are outside does not mean you can ignore specific holiday fire safety precautions. Be sure that any extension cords you use outside are labeled for outdoor use. Look on the label and packaging to determine whether your cord is made for the outdoors. All outdoor lights need to be fastened securely to your home's porch, columns, gutters, surrounding trees or other supports that will stay secure, even in blustery conditions. Always plug outdoor lights and electric decorations into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet or use a surge protector for safety.

Should I Throw It Away?

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

 Should I Throw It Away?

A pipe break, a leak, or any other water incident inside your home in Greene County, can greatly damage various items, including your carpet. This can be frustrating if your carpeting is new or if you take care of it. However, not every case of water damage to this item means you must replace it. Consider these factors before throwing away this prized decoration.

 Status of Padding
The padding below the carpeting serves multiple purposes, from absorbing daily wear-and-tear to insulating a large part of your house. An unintentional benefit it provides involves taking in a significant amount of water. Carefully remove the affected flooring and see if the padding is wetter than the part it protects. If the water is mostly absorbed, you can simply throw it out and salvage the upper sections. A damage professional can assist you with this task.

 Category of Water Damage
If flooding caused this problem, you would have to figure out the water's contamination category. If the liquid comes from a pipe break or overflowing appliances, it is considered clean water or category one. Water that comes from toilet bowls, dishwashers, and sump pumps is somewhat contaminated, so it is category two greywater. Sewage and groundwater are also known as black water, or category three. If the last category has touched the carpet, you will need to replace it immediately.

 Duration of Damage
Time is also another key factor in deciding whether to replace the carpeting. Generally, if the damage has lasted more than 72 hours, you should replace it. Even if the water is clean, it can weaken the material and encourage mold growth when left alone. Therefore, it is important to respond to the damage fast and call in professional restoration services to inspect and resolve the situation.
Water damage from flooding or a pipe break can affect your floor carpeting differently. Look at the elements involved in the carpet's damage to determine the course of action.

Call SERVPRO of Greene County at 423-638-1104 and they can help you decide if it can be saved?

Are You Ready?

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Is Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter Storms

Cold weather and winter storms can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rains and wind, freezing temperatures, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. Take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of the winter blues.

  • After winter storms check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Downed limbs can cause damage to your property and lead to possible water damage issues.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutters should be clear of debris and directed away from buildings. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems. 
  • Inspect property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairs, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post cautions signs.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temps fall below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the cabinet doors open.
  •  Consider turning outdoor faucets off at the main valve. Once shut remember to drain the outdoor faucet. 

When winter weather strikes and causes a disaster, call SERVPRO to strike back!

Fire Restoration Company of Choice

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you’ve been a victim of a fire, you’ll need a great team on your side to get you back home as soon as possible. Your first call should be to a professional fire restoration and cleaning company like SERVPRO of Greene County.

SERVPRO of Greene County will work on your behalf to immediately start the claims process. We will work directly with your insurance carrier’s adjuster to assess your fire-damaged home or business, and determine the next steps to effectively cleanup, repair, and restore. United works for you from start to finish.

When your house or business is damaged by a fire, United is there every step of the way. As a licensed and insured emergency fire and water damage restoration company, we will:

  • ? Inspect your property and access structural fire damage
  • ? Board-up and secure your property.
  • ? Extract standing water and dry the affected areas.
  • ? Compile inventory lists and photo library of non-salvageable belongings.
  • ? Conduct debris, smoke, and soot damage cleanup
  • ? Repair your fire-damaged property to its original condition.
  • ? Clean, deodorize, pack & store any affected personal items.
  • ? Get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Greene County works closely with local fire departments in the surrounding counties, and have become a trusted and reputable partner for residential and commercial fire damage repairs. For rapid response, call SERVPRO of Greene County 24/7/365 at 423-434-0046. Our knowledgeable and experienced IICRC-certified team will properly mitigate your fire loss with care and incomparable service. We do our absolute best to restore fire-damaged properties and possessions back to preloss condition or better.
 

What To Do Until Help Arrives

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call 423-434-0046

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

HOW DO I PROTECT MY FACILITY FROM VIRUSES?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Many of the same agents that eliminate bacteria also destroy viruses. EPA-registered disinfectants protect against a wide spectrum of threats, and if you have a specific concern (such as tackling the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19) you can find lists dedicated to those specific threats.

SERVPRO of Washington County decontamination and disinfection specialists are equipped to help keep your workplace safe from infectious diseases such as COVID-19. It is important to note that while our antimicrobial protection lasts against most pathogens for 90 days, it does not apply to viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting are crucial to the destruction of viral threats.

STOP THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES

Regular cleaning and disinfection are critical to stopping the spread of illness, whether at home or at the workplace. Contacting trained decontamination experts to properly, thoroughly disinfect your business is the safest way to get the job done thoroughly.