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Our Technicians Can Restore Your Property After a Flood.

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee arrives to provide water damage resoration SERVPRO water damage experts are called out after flood damage is endured in Tallahassee structure.

Managing Flood Loss in Your Tallahassee Home Until Help Arrives

While flood disasters can be overwhelming and stressful for Tallahassee homeowners, especially coming on the heels of severe weather events that destroyed portions of the property, securing professional assistance quickly is a wise choice. With one of the most regarded storm relief teams in the state of Florida, we can mobilize quickly when homes and businesses are at risk. We have ready trailers stocked with industry-leading equipment to aid in extraction, drying, cleaning, and reducing mold growth potential.

Even with our fast response to these emergencies, even amid the storm, there are ways that a homeowner can help manage flood damage in their Tallahassee residence as well. It is important to note that while there are helpful objectives that property owners can manage until our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, it is only beneficial to do these tasks if it poses no risk or danger to you or your family. Understand your limitations, vulnerabilities in exposed areas of your home, and the progress of the rising water before you commit to any of these actions.

  • Gather Sentimental Items – One of the most critical tasks that any homeowner can embark on is gathering the sentimental and irreplaceable items from their residence before you vacate the premises. While our SERVPRO professionals have a skilled approach with content management, it is often impossible for us to manage the recovery of flood damaged photographs and other keepsakes.
  • Shut Off Other Utilities – Other utilities, especially your electric service, can become damaged with high flooding. The best solution to prevent a fatal situation where water can become electrically charged is to shut off the power to your residence if you know that substantial flooding is inevitable.
  • Take Photos of the Current Damage – Your insurance company is going to want documentation and proof of the damage that your home has sustained. Even additional aid groups often require documentation and cataloging of how your property was affected by the severe weather incident, so having photographic evidence can help.

 Often flooding is challenging to avoid, even with barriers and damming that many homeowners attempt. Knowing how to overcome these damaging effects as they occur begins with securing the experience and skill of our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team. Our fast response team stays prepared to help with all storm loss incidents 24/7 at (850) 765-5706.

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Preparing For Storm Damage Is Crucial and Should Include Making Sure You Know How to Contact The Experts.

3/1/2023 (Permalink)

When storms are brewing, we may not think destruction is headed our way but sometimes the inevitable happens in Tallahassee. While storms can be beautiful, they can turn deadly in just moments. Being prepared will help minimize harm to people and bring less damage to your property. If you find yourself in the aftermath of a storm, let SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee turn your chaos back to normal.

A few ways to prepare for a storm with strong winds are:

  • Have a flashlight readily available in case of a power outage
  • Board up windows and doors ahead of time, if possible
  • Secure loose items
  • Have an emergency kit ready including non-perishable foods and water
  • Make a plan ahead of time so your family will know what to do

Your local meteorologists will monitor the weather conditions in your area keeping you informed on what type of storm is happening. A storm Watch indicates they are watching for formations of specific types (flooding, severe thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, etc.)  A storm Warning means there are property and life-threatening conditions occurring so you should take precautions.

Once the storm has subsided in Leon County, please continue to be careful walking about your structure as there could be loose debris, and compromised structures, etc. Wear boots, and gloves to help protect yourself but above all call the professionals at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

Kitchen Fire and Odor Removal with SERVPRO Experts

2/22/2023 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Central Tallahassee Home in Tallahassee endures severe fire damage in residential structure.

Kitchen fires often begin on the stove, causing the hood of the stove and the cabinetry to be charred by the fire.

One of the most common complaints we get from local homeowners about fire odors in their residences is that the odors may have remained in their homes for many years, sometimes since before they ever purchased their homes. Smoke odors can, depending on the volume and type of smoke in the building, take decades to fall to unnoticeable levels. Given that smoke odors can bother those in and around your home and potentially decrease property values, investing in a permanent deodorization treatment may be worth your time.

Fire damage in homes can come from many different sources and may pose unique challenges even to SERVPRO technicians certified in fire damage treatments by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Different types of smoke produce significantly different particles that may require variable mixtures of absorption agents, adsorption agents, and other odor-neutralizing chemicals to treat. Over the years, however, we have learned to treat fire odors from sources ranging from long-term tobacco use to large-scale house fires that can affect the entire building. Telling us over the phone what type of situation caused the odors can help us to prepare adequately for the work to come.

Some projects may pose additional difficulties due to the volume and spread of smoke particles throughout the home. Significant fires or long-term tobacco use can cause smoke odors to spread throughout the air vents in your home and lead to a more prolonged and extensive odor removal process. SERVPRO technicians also receive IICRC certifications related to the cleaning of your home HVAC systems and can use this training to eliminate odors that might otherwise circulate around your home. We provide full and total coverage for your home when eliminating odors of any kind, leaving the place looking and smelling "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee specializes in reversing the effects fire and smoke damage can have on your home.

Contact our team with your fire and smoke services today

Water Damage Services From Start to Finish at SERVPRO.

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician heads out for water emergency call Water calls are answered but the most experienced staff at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO Tips: Some Red Flags to Look For Before Buying a Home

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO checks out homes while golfing for a cause SERVPRO does a lot of work in residential areas, so we know the signs you need to look for before purchasing your home.

Whether the house is ten years old, fifty years old, or brand new, it’s always important to look for red flags indicating signs of possible home damage that needs restoration before making your final decision. Nobody wants to make the mistake of buying a home, only to discover hidden problems later on that require expensive restoration services and maintenance.

Here’s what we recommend keeping an eye out for when considering a home to buy:

Potential Foundation & Structural Problems

A poor foundation can cost homeowners thousands of dollars to correct, making it one of the most expensive fixes you could potentially have. Be sure the walls, doorframes, and the house itself aren’t leaning in any way or cracked. Also, be sure to check if the yard and other land around the home slopes toward it. If it does slope, that could be a big indicator of damage – water can easily run and collect at the foundation of the house causing severe water damage and compromising its structural integrity.

Poor Drainage

Speaking of water damage, another big red flag when buying a home is how well its drainage system is working. Signs of a bad drainage system could include overflowing gutters, water stains on walls, cracking in the foundation, and pooling water around the yard. If any of these sigs are present, you’ll want to be cautious about that property and how prone it is to water damage if it’s not already experiencing the affects.

The Presence of Mold

Mold spells bad news for the home and your health. While not always easily detected, it’s important for any home to be inspected for mold prior to buying and moving in. Check areas like basements and attics, as well as drains around the house like showers and sinks.

Issues with Electrical Systems

This is where the age of the house comes into play. Electrical system issues can be some of the hardest red flags to detect, so we recommend testing light switches throughout the house while doing a walk through. See how well the lights are working and test the electrical yesterdays. You may even consider hiring a professional inspector to run diagnostics to make sure everything is up to code and avoid potentially hazardous and damaging problems to your home.

Commercial Businesses Benefit From Mold Prevention TIps

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Executes Tips from SERVPRO Experts Leon County businesses turn to SERVPRO experts for preventative protocol.

Commercial structures need attention and care: SERVPRO preventative protocols can guide your team in the most effective way.

Mold in your building may be the last of your worries when focusing on operating and growing your commercial business in Tallahassee, FL. Still, it’s important to keep in mind that some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. It could also take a toll on your staff's health if not taken care of properly, and in turn cost your business a lot of money and reputation management will be needed.

We are here for prevention and restoration, so it’s important to equip Leon County residents with the following tips to help prevent mold growth in their business:

Clean Out the Fridge

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator. Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

Look For and Repair Any Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem. Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

Run a Dehumidifier

Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.

Clean Out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow. Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.

Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts. Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. And, don’t forget to replace your filters as needed.

Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee today at (850) 7765-5706 if you need assistance with mold, water, fire, or storm damage to your residential home or commercial business.

Water Damage Risks Can Be Reduced With These Simple Steps

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage endured where risks could have been lessened with prevention Leon County business suffers storm damage that could gave been reduced with simple steps.

When the saying, “when it rains, it pours,” comes to fruition for our customers, it’s no light matter!

While rain water in and of itself doesn’t pose a huge threat, rainstorms that are heavy and occur over several days can expose your home to long-term damage. Here are a few steps you can take to reduce water damage risks:

Have A Healthy Roof

The best protection for your home in stormy weather conditions is your roof – think of it as your first line of defense. Make sure your roof is in good condition by looking for things like loose shingles, surface divots, soft spots, and cracks. Roofs that exhibit any of these can cause leaks, leading to potentially serious internal damage on your walls and ceiling. If you don’t see any problems with your roof but are still wondering if it’s up to standards, it never hurts to call a professional to come out and give it an inspection.  

Inspect Your Gutters

Having well running gutters in place can be critical when experiencing heavy rainfall. Gutters help keep water off your home’s walls, so it’s important to keep them clean and clear of debris.

Direct Water Away from Your Home

This may seem like an obvious one, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Directing rainwater runoff away from the foundation of your home prevents the formation of puddles around it. As water seeps into the ground, it can crack your foundation, creating an opening for more water to get in and attract mold and mildew. Downspouts that direct water five to ten feet away from your house play a big role in preventing that kind of damage.  

Following these steps will help you keep your home safe and protected from water damage during the rainy season. As always, if you do experience any type of water or storm damage, give us a call and our Central Tallahassee response team will be there to fix it in no time.

Fun and Festivities Can Lead to Fire- Don’t Fall Victim to Decoration Disasters!

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Holiday Decoration Planning Using Safety Precautions Leon County residents begin to plan for holiday decor early by using safety tips from SERVPRO experts.

Here come the holiday festivities, and decorating is top of the “todo” list! 

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, the last thing you want is a fire threatening your home, business, or most importantly your loved ones. Decorations are fun and festive, but keep in mind that if they are not properly done, they can be very dangerous and increase the risk of fire damage to your property. 

Remember to follow these holiday decorating fire safety tips this season, so that you can rest assured your family, friends and FUN activities are safe.

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. Halloween decor is not always safe, so triple check these items.

  • Do not connect more than 3 strands of mini-light sets at a time, with a maximum of 50 bulbs at a time, for screw-in bulbs.

  • Check the packaging of your lights. Some lights are only for indoor use.

  • Do not block exits with trees or other decorations that limit your access.

  • Dispose of your tree right after Christmas – or when it’s dry – and look for community recycling programs for proper disposal of your tree.

  • Dispose of and replace any string sets of lights that have worn/broken cords or loose bulb connections.

  • Use hanging clips or hooks, not nails, to hang lights so that cords do not get damaged.

  • Store any outdoor electrical lights inside once the holidays are over to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

  • Keep any lit candles at least 12-inches away from anything that can catch fire.

  • Make sure your tree is a minimum of 3-feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles, and heat vents.

  • When picking out a natural tree, make sure the needles are fresh, green, and do not fall off when you touch them. 

  • If you have a natural tree, water it daily to limit drying out and potential of creating a fire hazard.

  • If you have an artificial tree, confirm that it’s labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.

  • Always turn off any Christmas tree lights before leaving your home or going to bed.

  • We hope that you will find these tips helpful while you are decorating for the holidays. From the entire SERVPRO of Bay County team, we wish you a very Safe and Merry Christmas!

Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 for any fire or water damage restoration needs. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and are on our celebration squad for all of your events and festivities! 

Vacation Prep For a Disaster-Free Return Home!

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Family enjoys vacation after home is secured for travel. Tallahassee resident celebrates on vacation after using pro tips to secure home safety.

Vacation is the best time to let your guard down! SERVPRO experts have a “tip list” to execute, so you don’t return to disaster after! 

Lots of things can go wrong in your home while you’re on vacation. Most commonly, leaks and water damage. Read our steps below to learn how to help prevent and reduce the risk of water damage when you’re away:

Check for Leaks

Before you leave on vacation, be sure to check around your house for any leaks. Pipes under sinks, your water heater, anything resembling rust, cracks, or other damage. It’s important to check the seals around your windows and the exterior of your home as well. If you find any leakage, be sure to fix it right away so everything can be repaired and in good condition before you leave.

Inspect Appliances

Important appliances such as your dishwasher, washer/dryer, and refrigerator are all connected to your home by hoses. If these hoses are damaged in any way, they can cause major water damage to your home. Inspect your appliances and, if needed, replace their hoses prior to leaving on vacation.

Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning leaves and other debris out from your gutters before taking a vacation is an easy way to prevent potential blockage and build up. To learn more about the advantages of clean gutters, click here.

Turn Off the Water

Whenever you leave your home for an extended period of time, it’s important to turn off the water main and make sure the pipes are completely drained. This will stop any water from continually leaking in your home while you’re away. Simply run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water.

Have Someone Check on Your Home

Coordinate to have someone come over and check on your home while you’re away. Having a friend, neighbor, or family member keep an eye on your property can help keep it in good shape, and they can notify you immediately if something goes wrong.

With these tips, you can truly enjoy your vacation with the peace of mind that your home is safe from any potential water damage that could occur in your absence. If your home does suffer from water damage, call our team at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee. We can help remove, repair, and restore any damage to your home.

Not All Machines Are Created Equal- Choosing a Restoration Company With the Right Stuff!

7/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Displayed at Trade Show Top of the line equipment displayed at 2022 SERVPRO Convention Trade Show .

Different Types Of Dehumidifiers Used In Commercial Water Removal

Most business proprietors are not aware of the main differences between the two most common dehumidifiers. At least, not until disaster strikes and they have to learn the basics of water damage restoration fast. If your property has recently been flooded, due to problems with a leak or faulty appliance, it is worth knowing a little about these tools.

At SERVPRO, we’re committed to making commercial water damage removal in businesses as stress-free as possible. We want to take the burden off you so that you can focus on tending to employees and talking to insurers. However, we will talk to you about the restoration process and guide you through what will happen. The biggest part of this is the drying process. It is achieved with the use of either refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers. This guide to the key features of both devices will help you understand why they are so effective.

Removing Moisture From The Air
A refrigerantdehumidifier extracts moisture from the atmosphere by passing air through an arrangement of cooling coils. This causes water vapor to condense out of the atmosphere. Desiccant machines work a little bit differently. They actively draw the water from the air and capture it in special silica gel or a similar substance.

Disposable Of Waste Water
Refrigerant devices are quite straightforward, and they simply collect the water in a tray. This can then be manually removed or pumped out to a receptacle. Desiccant dehumidifiers are often a little larger and more sophisticated. They have to separate the water from the silica before it can be disposed of, so they introduce a heat source. This evaporates the moisture, and it is driven outside of the building as vapor.

Ideal Conditions For Use
While refrigerant dehumidifiers are better suited to temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, desiccant machines operate more smoothly below this temperature. It is also worth pointing out that refrigerant tools are more energy efficient. So, if there is a limited amount of power in the building (usually as a result of flooding), this is the superior option.

Compatibility And Effectiveness
Refrigerant air dryers are most effective when used to restore materials that are moderate to intensely porous. This makes them an excellent choice for carpets and drywall. They can suck the water right out of soggy, damp furnishings. The opposite is true for desiccant dehumidifiers, which are most powerful when used to dry out hardwood, concrete, and other non-porous substances.

The faster that you respond to water damage, the more of your business you can save from permanent destruction. So, get in touch with SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee for high quality, value for money restorations and repairs. We are based in your area. Call us 24/7 at (850) 765.5706.