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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.

SERVPRO is Here To Keep Your Business Safe, Clean and Productive

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here To Keep Your Business Safe, Clean and Productive.

During this new era, caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus and a general awareness for threatening health effects, it’s important that we offer reminders to our current and future customers- doing our part to remind them of our cleaning services and sanitation offerings. We are proud to operate under a franchise that demands the best employees in order to deliver the best results to the community.

How do we do it? Below you will find a short, yet informative, declaration for how we uphold the highest standards nationwide. 

First, we require specialized training for all of our restoration employees.

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

Kitchen/Food Areas 




Retail Spaces 

Water Fountains 


Sales Counters 

Carpets and Rugs 

Stair Handrails 

Elevator Cars 

Playground Equipment 

Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. That is our proactive commitment now and ongoing. 

When it comes to consistent, professional services our team delivers.

The Unique Challenges of Commercial Fire Damage in a Tallahassee Warehouse

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Warehouse Inspected Team Called Out to Inspect Leon County Fire Damage

Not All Fire Damage is Created Equal- The Unique Challenges of Commercial Fire Damage in a Tallahassee Warehouse 

Fires in commercial spaces such as a warehouse present many challenges to emergency and restoration crews. For instance, firefighters have to make forays deep into a building to access the seat of the fire. Restoration crews, on the other hand, have to remove significant amounts of debris and face additional challenges to restore normal operations at your Tallahassee warehouse. 

Why the Cause Matters

The challenges faced when restoring commercial fire damage in a Tallahassee warehouse can trace back to the cause. Most cases of warehouse fires happen because of problems in the electrical distribution lines, heating systems, and in some cases, arson. Small fires in a warehouse quickly become uncontrollable blazes because of exposure of combustible materials. Such materials could include waste paper, wood, or even the products stored in the facility if they are highly combustible. 

Vast Spaces Covered with Residues

After extinguishing the flames, other problems become apparent. Soot covered walls and roofing in the facility is one such problem. The massive size of these surfaces makes the task of cleaning them tough. Without the right resources, it can take a long time to restore normal conditions. Our SERVPRO technicians help tackle this problem in different ways. Our crews have self-propelled cherry pickers which ease access and movement when cleaning elevated surfaces. We also have pressure washers, which help remove residues from surfaces faster. 

Safe Hazards during Restoration

The different materials burnt during the incident can leave noxious fumes and aerosols at the loss site. Contact through the skin or inhalation can cause different health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians counter such hazards with the use of PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including full-body suits, respirators, and heavy-duty gloves during the restoration process. We can, therefore, work faster without exposing ourselves to risks.

After a fire affects your Centerville, Florida State University or Midtown Tallahassee warehouse, faster restoration should help your business resume normal operations more quickly.

Restoration Can’t Wait: What to do After Your Business Suffers a Disaster

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing in Leon County Offices Mold detected in Tallahassee office complex.

Team SERVPRO Will Be on Your Business Site Within Hours of Your Call

If you happen to smell a musty, dank odor anywhere in your hotel, never put off dealing with it. Mold damage can occur anywhere, leave stains behind, and cause excessive damage. However, mold can also flourish on the inside of your walls, under the carpet, or in dark hidden places where the right conditions exist.
When it comes to dealing with commercial mold damage on your Tallahassee area property, never take chances, locate professional remediation services as soon as possible. Remember, mold spores are everywhere, without the proper equipment and experience you may have to deal with this issue for quite some time.   
SERVPRO technicians have access to infrared moisture detectors that assist with locating mold growth anywhere in your hotel. Even without visible signs, our technicians can locate and repair problems fast, protecting both your employees and guests from harmful contaminants that put their health at risk.  
SERVPRO’s mold remediation services go beyond normal cleaning, providing you with the quality solutions you deserve. Our cleaning technicians use advanced cleaning and sanitation methods, as well as industrial-grade equipment to remove conditions that promote mold growth in your hotel in a quick and efficient manner.
SERVPRO maintains a safe, healthy, work environment, using containment methods that prevent the spread of mold to other clean areas while controlling growth that can pose a serious threat to your business in just a matter of days. We can help you keep your doors open and assist you with learning how to prevent future growth.
Any area of your hotel that contains common building components such as wood, paper, drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, along with fabric, upholstery, and carpeting, provide mold with a perfect food source. Add excessive moisture from condensation, humidity, or water leaks of any kind, and you have mold growth and damage that requires professional attention to resolve correctly.
Get ahead of mold damage now, contact SERVPRO of North Leon County, today. Our certified, licensed, experienced technicians are ready to assist 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, without hesitation. (850) 765-5706

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Different Types Of Dehumidifiers Used In Commercial Water Removal

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers for commercial drying Various dehumidifiers are used by professionals in commercial water removal jobs.
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 Concord 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 refrigerant dehumidifier 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.

What Should You Do About Carpet Water Damage?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet Damage When water strikes, what can you do?

What Should You Do About Carpet Water Damage?

What Should You Do About Carpet Water Damage?

Are you unsure what to do after discovering that your carpet has been damaged by water? Learn what to do about carpet water damage here.

There's nothing worse than coming home to find carpet water damage. Even if it has never happened to you before, it is good to know what to do if you ever experience flooding or leaks in your home. 

So let's take a look at some different water damage restoration situations you may encounter and how to deal with them!


The first thing to do is to fix the source of the leak. It's a good idea to keep some waterproof tape on hand so you can make a quick fix even if you don't have any plumbing know-how. But you should get a permanent fix as soon as possible.

Once the leak is stopped, sop up all the water you can with towels.

Once you've done that, you can run to the store and grab a big bag of rice. You may have heard that putting a soaked cell phone in a bag of rice can make it like new again. The same idea works with spreading the rice on the soaked carpet. 

You can also rent a high-powered vacuum cleaner. Unlike normal vacuums, these can suck up liquids as well as dust and dirt. 

Once you have soaked up all the water you can, leave a fan blowing on the damaged area overnight. 

Damage Assessment

If you find that the damaged area is still wet, that can actually be a good thing. If you can still see the water, that usually means it hasn't been there too long. The water hasn't had time to soak into the carpet and cause real damage. 

In these cases, it is usually enough to soak up the water and use fans to make sure it gets dry. 

But if the water has been left standing for a while, then you have a bigger problem. Water damage mold will have set in by that point, and that's when you have serious carpet water damage

How Can I Fix Carpet Water Damage?

The first thing you can try is to shampoo your carpet. You would be surprised by how much of a difference you can make with a good scrubbing. Carpets that seems hopelessly discolored can make a comeback with nothing more than shampoo. 

If you are working on an area rug, it helps to bring the rug outside to hang it up to dry. 

When Do I Need to Replace My Carpet?

If the carpet still has stains after a thorough shampooing, it is time to think about replacing the damaged area. 

Hopefully, your local hardware store will be able to find a match for your carpet. In that case, you can cut out the damaged area and just replace that. 

But if you have an older carpet, it may no longer be possible to find a match. That would make it necessary to replace the entire carpet.

When in Doubt, Call on the Pros

Whatever the situation is, you need to act fast. Carpet water damage gets worse in a short amount of time, so don't wait around. It won't get better on its own!

If you've got a water damage repair situation that can't be fixed with the above methods, contact us right away. We have the tools and expertise to get the job done and stop the damage from spreading. 

5 Benefits of Professional Mold Remediation Services

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling damaged from mold man cleans ceiling damaged from mold

5 Benefits of Professional Mold Remediation Services

If you have mold in your home, you should not try to remove it yourself. Here are five advantages of hiring mold remediation services. 

Are you worried about mold in your home?

Not only is mold ugly to look at, but it's also often a sign of further problems with your house's structure. It's not something you should ignore. But if you've never dealt with mold before, you might not know where to start. You might even try to remove it yourself.

But that's not a good idea! Keeping reading for 5 benefits of hiring professional mold remediation services today.

1. You Get a Proper Mold Assessment

One common cause of mold is having an air conditioner in humid climates. When systems cool your home in humidity, the air condenses in the vents. The key to getting rid of mold is acting early, so call in the professionals as soon as you spot it.
Professional mold removal companies will do a full mold assessment.

They'll look for the problem areas, find the source of the mold, and know the likely places to look. So, when it comes to how to get rid of mold, do it right. Call in the professionals from the start, for a full assessment of your home.

2. Tailored Treatment For Your Mold Problem

So, one of your chosen mold removal companies carries out the assessment. They'll use that information to look at removing mold from your home, for good.

Depending on the cause, they can tailor a mold removal process that will address the route cause. The first step is always addressing the excess moisture. The next step is to clean and treat the affected areas.

These experts have likely seen all the causes and types of mold you can think of. And each one of them has its own cure. You'll get access to the right permanent treatment for your home.

3. Protects You Against Future Issues

By getting proper remediation, it reduces the spread and will help prevent it in the future. Getting it right the first time will save you from needing more expensive treatment a second time. Or having the hassle of calling out a repairman again.

It's part of the package you get when hiring professional mold removers. They'll work to prevent it from happening again in the future in a way that suits your family and your home's needs.

4. You’ll Get Expert Tips and Advice

Your professional mold removal specialist will have a wealth of knowledge. They'll give you tips on how to prevent mold, and how to get better ventilation. Pick a specialist with good communication skills, who is reliable, open, and honest.

They'll likely need to spend a bit of time in your home, fixing leaky pipes or roofs. But when you find the right one, they can help you improve your home and make the most of your space and air quality.

5. You'll Save Money

By hiring a professional mold remover right at the start, it can save you money. Everyone likes to save money, right? Especially when it comes to home repairs which can soon escalate and grow costly.

The longer you leave issues, in general, the worse they get. And the worse they get, the more expensive they'll be to fix. Not to mention if you attempt to fix them yourself and break something. You could make an easy, cheap fix for an expert more expensive.

Mold Remediation Services: Do It Right the First Time

So, there you have it! Now you know these 5 reasons to choose mold remediation services, you'll make the right choice.

Remember, you need to act fast with mold and be thorough. The best way to do that is to call in the experts. They're experts, who know how to find the source, deal with it, and stop it from happening again. Your home and your wallet will thank you.

If you need mold remediation, contact us today. At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we've got the knowledge and experience to deal with all your mold removal needs.

These Are the Common Causes of House Floods

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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These Are the Common Causes of House Floods

If your home is flooded, it can cause a huge amount of damage and danger. 

Water has the power to destroy your belongings and the structure of your home. Repairs can be extensive, taking a lot of time and money. 

House floods can be caused by many different things. Keep reading to find out what to look out for, and help avoid home flooding. 

Broken Pipes 

There are pipes throughout your entire home. They move a huge amount of water, very quickly, at all times.

That is why a broken pipe can cause major flooding. Water is extremely powerful and will continue to gush out, sending a huge amount of water into your home within a matter of minutes. This can cause severe damage incredibly quickly. 

There are many reasons why a pipe can break. It may be that pipes have areas of damage, weakness, or erosion. Changes in water pressure and temperature can also put increased pressure on the pipes. 

What starts as a minor or insignificant lead can quickly become something much more serious. That’s why it’s important to be cautious. 

Regularly check the state of your home’s water pipes. Fix any leaky pipes as soon as possible. It’s also useful to know where your home’s main water valve is. That way, you can quickly shut off the water in an emergency. 

If you do suffer from a flooded home, contact professionals immediately. We can repair and restore your home after water damage. 

Poor Drainage 

Sometimes the water in your sink, toilet, bath, or shower can drain away slowly. This is usually caused by a blockage in your drain. They are most common in kitchens and bathrooms, where a lot of debris and other materials can collect.  

It can seem inconvenient, but can quickly become a lot more serious. There is the potential for the drain to become entirely blocked. 

In this situation, water will stop draining away. Your sink, toilet, bath, or shower can start to overflow, causing a serious house flood. This has the power to destroy your home. 

If water is slow to drain away in your home, be proactive. Contact a professional and remove any blockages before they cause a flood.   

Blocked Rain Gutters 

Your rain gutters are designed to transport excess water away from your home. This helps to protect your home from flooding and damage. 

However, rain gutters can quickly become blocked. This is often the case after heavy rainfall when dirt and debris from your roof are washed down into the gutters. 

If heavy rains continue, and your gutters are blocked, then they will overflow. This can become a dangerous and damaging situation. It increases the risk of flooding in your home. 

That’s why it’s best to be proactive. Regularly clean your gutters, and prevent a flooded house.  

Damaged Foundations

The foundation of your home is always resting on the ground. That’s why, when it is built, it needs to be properly waterproof and sealed. This means it is protected from flooding or damage by water on the ground. 

However, foundations can be damaged with cracks or other flaws. This can allow water to damage the structure of your home and can lead to severe flooding.   

To prevent flooding, check that your home’s foundations are sound. If they are faulty, then invest in foundation repair. It will be less expensive than trying to salvage your home after a flood in the future. 

If you have a basement, it’s also important to make sure that your tiles are sealed properly. This will stop water seeping through after heavy rainfall. 

Faulty Appliances 

Flooding can also be caused by faulty appliances within your home. Appliances that can cause major damage to your home include washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, and air conditioners. If these appliances or their connections malfunction, they can quickly cause a flooded home. 

Inspect these appliances regularly. Make sure that there are no issues with them or the water supply. 

If you do notice a problem, get it fixed or replaced straight away. This will prevent a more serious problem from developing. 

If not, your home and possessions can be damaged and destroyed by flooding. Contact us as quickly as possible, and we can help to restore your belongings

Accidents or Forgetfulness 

We are all human, and we all make mistakes. Sometimes flooding can be caused by simple forgetfulness. 

One of the most common examples is when you’re running a bath. You might start, but forget or get distracted. The bath can quickly start to overflow. This can easily lead to major flooding in your home. 

If you’re using water in your home, try not to multitask or get distracted. That’s the best way to prevent accidental flooding in your home. 

Extreme Weather 

Of course, we don’t have much control over the weather. Heavy rain, storms, hurricanes, and snow can cause flooding in your home. 

In these cases, pay attention to weather forecasts and prepare as needed. Have an emergency weather plan in place, and an efficient pump that you can use if flooding begins.  

This is why it’s also important to maintain the structure of your home. Repair any small cracks or damage as soon as you can. Otherwise, they may encourage flooding during any extreme weather. 

If your home is damaged by extreme weather, it’s important to act quickly to recover your home and belongings. We can make a disaster in your home seem "Like it never even happened."   

Common Causes of House Floods 

House floods can cause a huge amount of danger and destruction. They can be caused by many different things. 

By following this guide, you can reduce the risk of flooding in your home. This will help keep you, your loved ones, and your belongings safe. 

Want to know more? Contact us now, and we can help you keep your home and belongings safe from house flooding. 

How to Prevent Mold From Growing inside your Business

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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How to Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Home

Are you trying to figure out how to prevent mold in your home? If yes, you should click here to learn more about what to do.

Coming home to learn there's mold growing in your home is most likely the last thing you want to do. Although molds are common in homes and come in a variety of forms, no one wants to fight the war against mold. If not treated immediately, mold can begin to spread and grow thicker, causing more problems. 

Because of this, we want to catch mold in its early stages and then learn how to prevent mold from coming back. Preventing mold from growing inside the house will not only keep your home healthy, but it'll keep you and your family healthy as well. 

For some of the best mold prevention tips, continue reading below. Here's everything you need to know about preventing mold from growing inside your home. 

Lower Humidity Levels

Mold thrives in humid environments. If your home has high humidity levels, then it's an ideal place for mold to grow. The best thing to do is check the humidity levels in your home first. 

If they're high, then be sure to lower them when possible. You can use a dehumidifier to help lower the levels, but there are some other things you can do around the house as well. Having good airflow will help lower the levels.

To increase airflow, you can open your windows, keep the fans on, and use your exhaust fans when taking a shower. Be sure to check by your windows, in the HVAC unit closet, and in the laundry room for any signs of moisture or condensation. If you see condensation building, then use some of these tips to correct the issue. 

Fix Leaks (Even the Small Ones)

Any leaks in the home should be fixed immediately. Even if it's a small leak that doesn't have much of an impact on your water bill or daily life, fix it. Even the smallest of leaks can cause mold to grow and spread. 

Check for leaks in your home on a weekly basis. Check all faucets, under your sinks, around the toilets, and in the laundry room and HVAC closet. If you find a leak, have a professional address the issue to ensure it's corrected and won't leak again. 

After the leak's fixed, be sure to keep checking that area for a few weeks after for any signs of mold. 

Attend to Wet/Damp Areas ASAP

Spills happen in the home. This is normal. When a spill does happen, however, you'll want to clean it up as soon as you can. Allowing spills to remain in the carpet, on the walls, or anywhere else will also permit mold to grow. 

Try to have the area fully dried within 48 hours. If the spill took place on a piece of furniture or fabric that can't be dried quickly, then be sure to place it outside in the sun for faster drying. You should also avoid leaving any damp or wet clothing around the house.

Another good tip is to dry your shower after each use. You can use a towel to quickly wipe the walls down. You might also want to leave your shower curtain open until it's dried completely. 

Invest in Mold-Resistant Products

There are now mold-resistant products you can use when either building a new home or renovating an old one. These products can help reduce your risk of mold in the home. For example, there's mold-resistant Sheetrock, drywall, and paint! 

If you notice you have a reoccurring issue with mold, then it could be a good idea to have some of these items switched out in your home. Although you'll pay a cost to have it done, you may save later down the road by not having to remove mold from your walls or ceiling. 

Clean/Repair Roof and Gutters

A home situated on land that's not properly slanted to ensure water runs away from the foundation could have water issues in the basement or foundation. Make corrections to direct water away from your home. You can also clean and repair your roof and gutters on a regular basis to prevent water issues and clogs.

If the gutters are filled with debris and a clog forms, then water may begin to weigh down on both the roof and gutters. Eventually, this could cause a leak. Keeping the roof and gutters clean will reduce this risk. 

You should also have them inspected for damages on a regular basis. 

Declutter, Wipe Down, and Vacuum

Sometimes, mold will grow in places you can't see. This could be behind walls and ceilings, but it could also be behind other hidden areas in the home. To properly check for mold, declutter, wipe down surfaces, and vacuum each room. 

Mold spores can grow in the carpet and go unnoticed for a period of time. After vacuuming, dump the container and remove the contents of the vacuum from your home. 

You Can Learn How to Prevent Mold Today

Finding mold in your home is less than ideal. Unfortunately, it's more common than you think. If you find mold in your home, then be sure to contact a professional mold remediation service. 

Once you've corrected the issue, be sure to use these tips on how to prevent mold from growing in the home and stop the mold from coming back.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can help you win the war against mold in your home. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

Water Removal For Your Restaurant

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Tallahassee has many excellent restaurants, and each has extensive plumbing to serve the kitchen, salad bar, and restroom facilities. A small water line break is all it takes to flood a large area.

When a Tallahassee restaurant ends up with flooding, commercial water removal is required. Starting this process soon after the water line breaks can often help us save carpeting, as well as wood flooring, much more efficiently. When these become extensively damaged, saving them becomes much less likely.

Removing water from a broken line is much more than pumping out all the standing water. Our technicians also use hand-held extractors, heated floor mats that cause an increased rate of evaporation, and massive air movers. Drying out walls, much like flooring, can save these from needing replacements, if completed quickly. Rapid drying keeps moisture from spreading in interior areas of drywall, flooring, and other materials.

Furniture can also become saturated when water wicks upward from floor-length fabric pieces. These need specialized care that our Certified Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician expertly provides. Protecting the look your patrons know and recognize is important to us.

In the kitchen, however, there remain a vast supply of food goods that, according to local health regulations, can no longer find their way to diners' tables. Disposing of the food inventory that came into contact with flood water is always listed on an inventory sheet. Part of restoring your restaurant includes helping you replace what the disaster destroyed.

Odor often results from saturated carpets, regardless of how clean your staff keeps them. Minute food particles that escape vacuum cleaners adds significantly to the smell. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can ensure that those dining at your establishment find no unwanted odors present to interfere with their enjoyment of your chef's creations.

SERVPRO of North Leon County is always available when you need them the most. Call us at our local number, (850) 536-6599, for the latest in technological advances that make a difference in the final result of your water removal needs.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Commercial Cleaning Company

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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While the coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected the global economy, commercial cleaning is one industry that is benefiting. There is a universal emphasis on cleaning and sanitation. Employers are going to added lengths to ensure workspaces are safe for their workers.

In fact, the commercial cleaning industry is now valued at nearly $120 billion. There are 2.4 million workers employed in the United States.

There are also many companies to choose from. In the United States, there are over 36,000 cleaning franchises alone. How do you know how to choose the best commercial cleaning company?

Read on to learn how to hire the best commercial cleaning company. Explore five hiring tips that are certain to help you bring in a reputable company.

1. Specializations

Before hiring commercial cleaning services, ensure that they can handle the work scope. Commercial cleaning is a large field with a wide variety of services.

When people hear commercial cleaning, many automatically think about janitorial and sanitation services. However, there are other cleaning services that your business may require.

For instance, your business may need air ducts cleaned. This is a unique service that requires specialized equipment.

2. Reputation

With so many cleaning companies out there, you should not settle. Only companies with a sterling reputation deserve your consideration.

You may be wondering how to find a company with a great reputation. Professional referrals are an effective strategy. There is a good chance for a positive experience if the cleaning company worked out well for a professional contact.

3. Online Reviews

The internet and social media provide a powerful research tool. Here, you can read reviews and customer testimonials about the company.

Social media platforms like Facebook allow consumers to rate their experience. Google also compiles ratings and allows web browsers to read both positive and negative reviews. While a negative review is not uncommon, you should ask about it before hiring.

4. Price Transparency and Flexibility

Every business has a budget in mind for cleaning services. Of course, a prospective cleaning company must fit within that budget.

Reliable cleaning companies provide a detailed breakout of the contract costs. They are not going to charge a flat rate as the services vary depending on what is being done. Also, look for flexibility in payment terms that are beneficial to your company.

5. Experience

It is also important to hire a company with extensive experience. Hiring a company with little experience is more likely to result in problems.

Cleaning companies with decades of experience are the best bet. They have seen it all and learned many lessons along the way. These companies are better at problem-solving due to their experience.

A Recap of Hiring the Best Commercial Cleaning Company

Commercial cleaning has never been more important. How else will customers and employees feel safe at work?

Not all cleaning companies are created equal. Steps like online research and obtaining detailed price quotes go a long way.

If you are interested in hiring a commercial cleaning company, contact us today to speak with our team.

How Should A Tallahassee Learning Institution Conduct Mold Cleanup?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

mold on the wall A proper clean-up of mold-infested surfaces can help prevent severe damage.

SERVPRO Evaluates the Situation to Determine the Best Mold Clean-up Process for Your Tallahassee School

Mold can develop at any time if the conditions are appropriate. Mold grows on diverse materials, including wood, drywall, carpets, and fabrics. You might realize there is an infestation when you notice physical changes such as black spots on walls or ceiling surfaces. Changes in indoor air quality can also alert you of a hidden mold problem. Whatever the circumstances, SERVPRO can help restore your Tallahassee school to its preloss state.

Are there standard procedures necessary in all incidents involving mold?
Mold clean-up in different Tallahassee institutions might differ. However, a few processes tend to recur, including:
    •    Inspection to reveal all affected areas
    •    Isolation of affected areas from the unaffected ones
    •    Informing the affected parties such as staff, students, and visitors

Third-Party IH Industrial Hygienist to Test if Required
Mold clean-up requires physical contact with the microbial residues. Therefore, inspection is necessary; otherwise, your clean-up efforts might only address the visible areas while leaving heavy infestation in concealed areas. Our SERVPRO technicians identify the areas to inspect by relying on factors such as:
    •    Humidity levels in specific areas
    •    Wetness in porous or semi-porous materials
    •    Physical changes such as patches on surfaces

Which cleaning methods remove mold effectively?
Removing residues accumulated on surfaces is necessary. The methods used can range from mild ones such as HEPA vacuuming and wet-cleaning to more aggressive approaches such as sanding. The choice of a cleaning process depends on the level of infestation and the type of affected material. Our technicians also apply various chemicals such as disinfectants and antimicrobial agents to kill spores, thus preventing immediate recurrence. Drying the moisture leftover from cleaning and other sources helps complete the clean-up process.

A proper clean-up of mold-infested surfaces can help prevent severe damage. Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee at (850) 765-5706 to send certified AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, to your school. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Disruptions Should I Expect After a Water Damage Incident at My Business?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

photo of exterior of Florida courthouse The Verdict Is In!! SERVPRO Provides Excellent Water Damage Mitigation to Tallhassee Area Commercial Buildings!!

SERVPRO Can Help Develop the Right Water Mitigation Processes for Tallahassee Businesses to Minimize Disruptions

Water can mess with your business operations in different ways if there is an uncontrolled leak or other sudden intrusions at your retail outlet. You can expect interruptions whether the water spill affects the service areas, storage sections, or utility areas at your Tallahassee business premises. Incidents affecting the areas accessed by customers tend to have more noticeable impacts.

What concerns does the water mitigation done at your Tallahassee premises need to address to eliminate work disruptions?

  • Failure of some of the infrastructures that support your business
  • Risks of injury to customers or staff members
  • The vulnerable feeling you have that the incident might recur

Water is a universal solvent that affects many materials found in buildings. For instance, it can corrode power cables interfering with the flow of current to lights, electronic appliances, and other utilities that you need to deliver services to your clients. Indoor rated data cables are affected when water permeates the jacket material, thus disrupting signals. Moisture can also eat into structural materials. If water removal and other restoration processes do not address such deterioration, you might be forced to close the business indefinitely at a later date to make expensive repairs and replacements.

Our SERVPRO technicians help scrutinize all areas by opening up sockets, checking recessed lights, and inspecting various types of cables for accumulated water, or signs of moisture intrusion. Alternatively, we inspect wall cavities, ceilings, and other areas using non-invasive methods such as scrutinizing them using thermal cameras.  If we find water in any of the cavities that we inspect, we can remove it using mechanical approaches such as drilling weep holes or by using sophisticated systems such as drying mats or injecti-dry systems.

What injuries can water intrusion cause?

Water is mostly harmless when you consider the quantities that leaks or other types of spills involve.  However, interaction with other materials at the property can create risky conditions for the people that visit your business premises. For instance, the water that spills on floor surfaces leaves them slick, increasing the chances of slip and fall accidents. The immediate response to water intrusions is to mark and isolate wet areas using warning signs meaning that people can no longer access those areas. Since the signs are mostly placed outside the building, some potential clients may end up avoiding your business altogether when they notice the warning signs. Completing water extraction faster can ensure the signs only stay in place for a short while, minimizing the disruption.

Water removal may require the use of pumps, extractors, and other equipment that utilize different types of hoses and power cables, which end up creating obstacles that can trip people as they move around your business premises. Our technicians use various approaches to ensure that the restoration process is organized.  For instance, we must have a staging area for the equipment and supplies we need to fix the damages caused by water intrusion. We also group cables or hoses and secure them with Velcro straps or other fasteners. An arranged loss site poses minimal risks to customers and other visitors.

How likely are water damage incidents to recur after mitigation?

The primary reason water damage in Tallahassee might recur is likely to be associated with the cause rather than the mitigation efforts.  Water intrusions affecting commercial establishments mostly originate from:

  • Leaky roofs
  • HVAC condensation issues
  • Faulty appliances
  • Leaking pipes

Establishing the exact source of the water that damages your business, and taking steps to fix it helps eliminate any feeling of vulnerability that you might have. Most of the source points are located in hidden areas such as crawlspaces and cavities, thus necessitating a skillful approach to pinpoint the origin of the intrusion. Choosing a comprehensive repair option such as replacing all damaged and worn out parts from the utility systems, helps forestall the possibility of immediate recurrence, which would be detrimental to your business.

Lack of thoroughness during the mitigation process can lead to the recurrence of secondary water damage. For instance, failure to dry materials to the correct level leaves moisture residues that can spark mold development, rotting, or other kinds of deterioration.  Our SERVPRO Structural Drying Technicians work with specific moisture content figures to guarantee sufficient drying. For instance, when drying solid wood, we confirm that the moisture drops to an average of 10% in all affected wooden materials.

Water intrusions disrupt businesses by introducing high levels of moisture, soiling materials, or creating various hazards in business establishments. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can help you restore the normalcy at your premises. Call us at (850) 765-5706 to assist you. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Does Skilled Water Restoration In Tallahassee Include?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Waterproof Boots, Standing in a Flooded House with Vinyl Wood Floors SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is the team to call when you need help with water removal and restoration.

SERVPRO Features Trained Water Restoration Technicians Ready to Handle Cleanup Inside Your Tallahassee Business

Whenever you have a substantial water loss inside your Tallahassee commercial space, this is never a time to try DIY methods alone. Water incidents of all kinds have better results when you call for skilled technicians who have access to the right equipment and proven techniques. Even if you have your janitorial crew available to work, SERVPRO features a full Green Fleet loaded with specialized equipment for executing the water mitigation and making sure that your business is “Like it never even happened.”

Is the Water Flooding My Business Contaminated?

When you call us for help with water loss in Tallahassee, we start with a detailed assessment of the project. This allows us to determine not only the scope of the project and the source of the water but potential contaminants that may have settled in the standing water. If the water is deemed to be contaminated, several measures get put into place:

•    Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn by our technicians, both for safety and to eliminate cross-contamination
•    We work to contain any contaminated fluid and follow local protocols for disposing of any hazardous waste
•    All surface areas that came into contact with contaminated water is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected
•    We carefully manage all saturated porous materials within the loss zone

What Makes Your Water Removal Methods Faster than DIY Methods?

Our trucks come fully equipped with a broad range of extraction tools made for pulling up copious amounts of standing water in a short period. Some, or all, of the following tools, might be used during the cleanup at your Tallahassee business:

•    Truck-mounted and portable extraction tools allow us to pull up thousands of gallons of standing water
•    If any carpeting is located in your business's office areas of your business, we have light wand extractors and rovers to facilitate easier water removal
•    Powerful fans and air moving equipment speeds up evaporation and facilitates drying
•    Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help remove vapors from the air within your business so that we can restore relative humidity levels

Are Your Dehumidifiers Stronger than Consumer-Grade?

All of our professional-grade dehumidifiers that SERVPRO brings to a water loss project help get the job done in much less time than any non-commercial unit. Our crew also follows a unique formula that details how many fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers are necessary within the space to remain the most efficient. We adjust and move the equipment as needed throughout the project to achieve our goals. The dehumidifiers we often bring to water restoration events include:

•    Refrigerant Dehumidifiers – Often get used during the beginning water cleanup phase when the humidity levels are the highest.
•    Desiccant Dehumidifiers – Good for using when various structural materials are damp, yet porous materials within the loss zone are relatively dry.

What About My Office Furniture and Inventory?

We take the time to assess the water loss so that we can put a solid plan into place that helps us salvage as much as possible within the loss zone. Our crew may raise shelving, furniture, and office equipment to keep them out of the water while we go through the cleanup phases. We also offer pack-out services, where we bring your interior belongings to a safe location during the restoration steps. If pack-out is called for, we always take a detailed inventory to create a paper trail for your peace of mind. If necessary, we will also generate a report of any unsalvageable items for your insurance claim.

How Can You Be Sure All Moisture Gets Removed?

Our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) are IICRC-certified and know precisely where to look for hidden moisture. We follow the path of migration and use a range of moisture detection tools, such as:

•    Inspection Cameras – Such technology, including borescopes and thermal imaging cameras, help us located hidden moisture in tight spaces and behind walls. These tools help find moisture without having to remove ceiling tiles or wallboards.
•    Moisture Detectors – Various devices like moisture sensors and moisture meters allow us to scope out moisture in smaller cracks and crevices that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.

What About Foul Odors Lingering Throughout My Business?

We know that the last thing you want to have is foul odors that continuously remind you of the water incident. Not only do we make sure that no moisture is left behind to cause secondary damage or turn into mold and mildew growth, but we also take it to the next level with cleaning and disinfection. Our crew uses highly-effective broad-spectrum, EPA-registered cleaning agents, and disinfectants so that we can clean all surfaces. Potential foul odors get eliminated, and every surface area is thoroughly sanitized and safe for your employees and customers.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is the team to call when you need help with water removal and restoration. Call us whenever you need us at (850) 765-5706, and we will send out a crew as soon as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Can I Do To Restore Normalcy Faster At My Tallahassee Hotel After Water Loss?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can help clean up your hotel faster after a water spill.

SERVPRO Helps with Commercial Water Cleanup to Restore Tallahassee Properties Damaged by Water Intrusion

When water intrudes into several suites at your Tallahassee hotel, extensive clean up is necessary to deal with soiling and other effects that moisture exposure can have on different materials.

Should I start cleaning immediately?

Extracting pools of water and cleaning soiled materials is crucial. However, a bit of planning before carrying out the actual water cleanup exercise in your Tallahassee hotel is likely to lead to better results. Preparation does not have to be complicated to be effective. When you involve our SERVPRO crews, the preparation involves:

    •    Documenting the loss for insurance or other purposes
    •    Identifying moisture migration patterns
    •    Identifying what materials the water loss affects

What is the best way to document water damage?

Since each situation is unique, it is hard to single out one method as the best. However, photos and videos can provide irrefutable evidence. Our technicians also take readings with moisture meters from porous materials such as wood or gypsum to ascertain how wet they are.

The process of documenting the loss also provides essential information for cleanup. For instance, we can tell whether there is a need to tear down materials so that we can plan the cleanup processes accordingly.

Is performing cleanup after water damage in a hotel difficult?

Ideally, the cleanup should not be difficult since most cases involve clean water. However, the materials the water interacts with can complicate things.
    •    Drywall and other gypsum-based materials crumble when saturated
    •    Dyes in curtails or other fabrics run staining carpets
    •    Wooden floors can form water stains

Our crews use different approaches to address the challenges. Making flood cuts allows easier removal of drywall and insulation damaged by water intrusion. It also halts further wicking of moisture. In case of stains on carpets, spot cleaning the affected area before cleaning the rest of the carpet ensures stains do not set.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can help clean up your hotel faster after a water spill. You can reach us at (850) 765-5706. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

The Complete Guide to Understanding Commercial Water Damage in Tallahasee

3/22/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling and sheetrock When your business is facing water damage after an event, partner with team SERVPRO for effective remediation services. Call right away.

Addressing Commercial Water Damage in a Tallahassee Nightclub

Florida businesses are familiar with the risk of water damage to their facilities. However, the unexpected nature of these disasters can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when owners have to contact multiple firms for cleanup and any necessary rebuilding services on top of coordinating with insurance providers to file a claim. This can be particularly challenging for cleaning up large amounts of water from incidents such as accidental sprinkler discharge or pipe leak.

When water damage strikes in your Tallahassee establishment, SERVPRO technicians are a phone call away from extracting the moisture and allowing you to get back to business as usual. SERVPRO crews use EPA-registered, OSHA-approved cleaning solutions to safely remove microbes and odor-causing bacteria from your facilities and eliminate unpleasant musty smells. These professionals can ensure that your cleanup needs are done to code. 

Active and Passive Leak Detection Systems

When considering early alert systems for water damage on your property, keep in mind that there are two main categories for commercial applications:

  • Active detection systems typically generate an alarm of some kind and are generally able to stop water flow with some type of shutoff valve. Moisture sensors paired with a shutoff mechanism are the most common. Other features you may find with such systems include flow sensors and timers. Active systems can monitor only one appliance or expand to cover an entire facility.
  • Passive detection systems are typically called water alarms and can alert you to potential leaks on your property. These systems are usually standalone items that are battery-powered, not unlike a home smoke detector. The cost-effectiveness and ease of installation make these devices appealing, but water alarms require regular testing and monitoring to ensure continuous effectiveness.

SERVPRO Restores Your Facilities

If the sprinkler discharge occurred at the dance floor for your establishment, some boards might be temporarily removed to examine the subflooring for damage and saturation. This is especially true if your business uses ring flooring, which has a metal subfloor supporting the wooden floorboards. After water extraction and drying with air movers and dehumidifiers, technicians can sanitize surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee offers a mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. When disaster strikes in your business, call (850) 765-5706.

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We Get You Back In Business In Tallahassee After Mold Damage Strikes

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold crawling up the wall of this business Our crew will arrive quickly and start the mold damage restoration process, using our equipment, experience, and expertise.

Remediating Commercial Mold Damage in a Tallahassee Office

Florida business owners are well aware of the risks of mold proliferation in their establishments. Still, they may be surprised to know that as much as 30% of new and remodeled buildings can have their indoor air quality affected by mold growth. While regular inspections and cleaning can stave off most mold growth, water damage and other factors can allow these microbes to thrive regardless. All it takes for mold to spread is appropriate amounts of humidity, adequate temperatures, and the presence of organic material to eat. 

If your Tallahassee office needs commercial mold damage remediation from professional disaster cleanup experts, you can count on SERVPRO to answer the call quickly. These experienced professionals follow a consistent set of standards for remediating mold in commercial facilities without spreading it to other parts of your office. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for your cleanup needs because disasters do not happen on a regular 9-to-5 schedule. 

Minimizing Mold Risk in Your Office

  • Stay vigilant. Mold often grows in places where it cannot be easily seen, so make sure to have your property regularly inspected, including in crawl spaces, server rooms, or rarely-used storage areas. Look for fuzzy stains, musty smells, or marks on carpeting.
  • Repair plumbing ASAP. If you have any leakage, loose seals, or other maladies affecting your building, make sure to address them immediately to prevent mold growth. 
  • Keep humidity stable. Consider installing dehumidifiers or running fans to keep mold at bay. Keeping relative humidity in your facilities between 30% and 50% lowers the risk of proliferation. 
  • Clear out the vents. HVAC systems are a common area where mold can hide and spread. Worse still, if the vents are not inspected regularly, mold can spread throughout the building. 

If you notice any of the signs of mold growth in your facilities, call restoration professionals immediately. 

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

After establishing containment and removing unsalvageable materials affected by mold damage, technicians can work on cleaning up surfaces and removing spores from the air with HEPA-filter vacuums that can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns--a fraction of the size of a 40-micron human hair. 

Technicians minimize the risk of spores spreading or settling on new surfaces by cleaning them in the direction of the airflow toward negative-pressure machines. Multiple rounds of disinfection may be necessary to remove spores before drying with air movers and dehumidifiers can begin. 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee can ensure that your facility looks, "Like it never even happened." If you need rapid cleanup for your business, call (850) 765-5706 today.

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What to Avoid When Dealing With Commercial Flood Damage in Tallahassee

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded couch Don't let your business get over run by flood damage. Call the remediation professionals at SERVPRO today.

Hurricane Season is Over, But You’re Not Off The Hook

With hurricane season behind us, business owners in Tallahassee breathe a little easier.  The imminent threat of winds and rains keeps many of us on edge as we establish emergency and contingency plans for weather-related events.  Preparedness can be especially difficult for new owners who are just getting their business off the ground and getting into a rhythm with their vendors and clientele.  Imagine for a minute that you open a pizza parlor and want to be ready for an adverse event. The best you can do is to keep your guard up even when hurricane season is over.  In our city, any significant downpour can cause a flood that threatens your very livelihood.

For commercial flood damage needs in Tallahassee, SERVPRO is at your service.  Even when business owners have franchise support and out-of-state resources, there are specifics to operating an eatery in Florida that play an essential role in protecting your business.  Our technicians are an essential part of your restoration team, so the process is efficient and done with minimal disruption. All you need to do is keep us in mind and call as soon as you detect the damage. 

If you own a place like the fictional pizza parlor above, you may have precise health regulations about food management.  You probably also have inventory to protect and preserve. Our SERVPRO crew is aware of the specifics of your industry and works with you to remain compliant while the restoration process is ongoing. Our formal and on-the-field training prepares us to move expediently and discard any items such as saturated upholstery and rugs, which may pose a threat due to the bacteria accumulated because of the flood.  For all other surfaces, we apply industry-grade cleaning and disinfecting solutions to control microbial growth and minimize health threats.

When you invest in your business, you want to protect your investment as much as possible.  Relying on an industry leader such as SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee adds an extra layer of defense against incidents outside your control.  Call us at (850) 765-5706 and let us be a part of your emergency plan. Together, we can set the stage, so your business looks “Like it never even happened.”

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When Mold Damage Occurs in Tallahassee Colleges

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

mold damage on ceiling and walls above cabinets Dorms on college campuses can easily become a breeding ground for mold. Inspect the dorms often for visible signs of mold.

Excess Moisture and Mold Damage Go Hand in Hand in Tallahassee Colleges and Universities 

Tallahassee is a post-secondary education center, with thousands of students spread out among several campuses. A percentage of students choose to live in dormitories, sharing some facilities like laundry rooms, bathrooms. Even those students who live in apartments or other residential settings still enjoy campus amenities like rec and health centers, pools, and gyms. A common theme in all of these communal spaces is water. 

Delayed Cleanup and Maintenance Facilitates Mold Growth 

Undergrads are busy with studies and social lives, many savoring their first time living away from home in Tallahassee. Mold damage can get out of hand when housekeeping tasks are far down the to-do list. Dorm rooms can incubate molds in piles of damp laundry, kitchenettes can harbor mold when leaks are ignored, and study and party rooms offer moisture “hot spots” when beverages are knocked over and left unattended. 

Conventional Cleaning Methods Can Fail for Mold Remediation 

When your housekeeping staff finds mold damage in buildings on campus, they may unwittingly contribute to its spread. Mold spores are incredibly tiny and opportunistic, needing only oxygen and a small bit of moisture to swell and grow. The organism sends out hyphae as it grows, branching filaments that can delve deep into porous materials like drywall, ceiling tiles, wood, and even cracked and poorly sealed grout lines. Often the answer to visible mold is to use a diluted bleach solution sprayed on the surface. This treatment might fade a mold or mildew stain, but it cannot follow the wide-ranging hyphae that move far from the surface. As the water-heavy solution soaks structural components, it provides an additional source of moisture for mold, creating a rebound in the outbreak. SERVPRO manages the situation differently. 

Call in the Mold Remediation Experts     

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols for mold remediation are SERVPRO’s blueprint. They include: 

  • Containment of the mold-infested area--traditional cleaning methods skip this step, permitting spores to travel 
  • Removal by scraping, brushing, and abrasive methods like soda blasting to rid the area of colonies and incapacitate the hyphae thoroughly
  • Cleaning of disturbed and settled spores and other debris with vacuums and wipe-downs with EPA-registered products
  • Drying of the space and elimination of the moisture source to limit future outbreaks 

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee has a reliable protocol and experience in mold remediation applicable in commercial settings. Call us at (850) 765-5706 to schedule a walkthrough and evaluation of mold damage in student living and recreating quarters today. 

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Tallahassee Sports Venue Requires Professional Remediation Assistance After Water Damage

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Baseball stadium If your sports stadium suffers flood damage call the professionals at SERVPRO for remediation assistance.

How We Work with Insurance to Protect Your Tallahassee Venue

With multiple collegiate sports venues for Florida State University here in Tallahassee, schools and other athletic organizations have sought out our expertise and rapid response in their time of need. We strive to work quickly and efficiently, limiting any modifications to an active schedule or listing of events upcoming in the venue or arena. Apart from our experience in a crisis, we also have established business dealings with all area insurance providers and major brands, giving us a distinct advantage with areas like damage assessment and cataloging.

Water damage in Tallahassee sports venues can be particularly hazardous, as even excessive moisture can damage expensive flooring options for basketball courts and other indoor sports. As is the case with all water loss incidents, the faster that professionals like our SERVPRO team can get to the emergency, the less costly and destructive it can be. We have sophisticated tools that can help to protect newly saturated flooring materials like wood and vinyl.

We understand that your facility is likely well protected with insurance coverage and that threats like water damage should get covered by this plan. Our SERVPRO team has worked with the insurance providers in the area and understand what they need to approve a claim and can work alongside adjusters to provide accurate assessments and inspections to get approval for all of the work that your property needs. 

Insurance companies often need an experienced guiding hand in a crisis to place value and importance on specific tasks and practices. Wood planking with a finish and paint on it can have a degree of water resistance, often leaving our professionals to only have to utilize our drying mats over a short period to ensure that the right degree of moisture removal occurs to return the flooring material to its original look and feel before the next home game.

While water loss incidents do not always threaten area sports venues, knowing how to address these concerns as they happen is critical. We have a full team of qualified SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee water restoration specialists. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (850) 765-5706.

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