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

7/17/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

SERVPRO Crew Shares Expertise on DIY and Professional Services

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Tallahassee residents call in for help with furniture removal. Leon County homes seek assistance with water damage and item removal.

When it comes to  experts, we are it! Still, there are times where you may be able to remedy restoration issues, and you deserve to know how to do just that when you can.

Storm damages, sewer line bursts, pipes leakage and other water damaging scenarios can cause really serious, long-term consequences. This damage can be toxic and cause mold growth. To avoid this, and other long-lasting complications, you can try the steps below on your own.

Timing is a huge factor in the success of DIY tactics. The sooner you can act, the better. This helps prevent a worsening issue and even more health effects to you, your family and co-workers. From the moment you notice signs, get moving ASAP for best results.

The first thing you should do is disconnect the outlets in the area. Water and electricity can be a fatal combination, so make sure to disconnect all outlets the moment you discover water damage in your home. Even if it is not apparent that high impact damages are in store, the first step MUST always be this one. If this step is not prioritized, and you go into the home without disconnecting the outlets, electrical shock explosions can take place.

The next thing to do is to check for mold in the area. As most know, mold thrives in moist spaces, so taking the time to inspect the entire home or building immediately is key. Here are a few common signs to look for:

  • The prevalence of a musty, earthy smell
  • Darkening of the grout in your shower tiles
  • Wallpaper peeling
  • Dark or colored spots on your walls

Most obviously, it’s important to dry the water out! Also was dry asap to prevent the damage from worsening. Leaving still water in any spaces, for any period of time, is a haven for germs and bacteria- weakening the structure of your home. A few ways that you can do this are using fans, dehumidifiers to dry out walls and carpets as well. 

Another thing you can do on your own is remove any damaged items. All too often, water damage will wreak havoc on the items inside the home as well. It’s important to inspect furniture, carpet, flooring, drywall and other items that are of no use and are holding moisture ongoing.

The last DIY tactic we recommend is to disinfectEven if it seems a small area has the damage, you can’t be certain that bacteria has not reached other areas. We use the “better safe than sorry” method here and always suggest sanitizing the property with bleach as quickly as possible. 

If you attempt some or all of the above, and you are still not reaching a remedy stage, calling our crew in is a sure bet to getting a solution in place and restoring the routines you need to carry on life as usual. We pride ourselves on being both educational with tips and hands on when the help is needed. That is how we SERV!

Technicians Prevent Fires and Fire Damage By Taking Some Precautions

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Tallahassee home endures preventable fire damage Leon County crew called out to service a structure where prevention should have taken place.

Some restoration services can be remedied and managed without seeking professional services. In fact, our blogs are dedicated to offering preventative and DIY methods as often as possible. Still, there are many disasters where the pros are mandatory. Hurricanes, structure fires, and mass flooding are just a few. 

Although hurricanes leave our area saturated with water, fires can start anywhere in Tallahassee. Gas pipes and power lines do not fare well during a hurricane and fires can spread to nearby structures with ease. Firefighters and their trucks can find themselves delayed by flooding on streets and washed out bridges. 

Unattended homes, garages, sheds, and pool houses can sustain extensive fire damage in Tallahassee even when saturated. However, SERVPRO technicians can restore homes and other structures after a fire and smoke ruins them. When gas is involved in a fire's ignition, saturation with water provides little protection for the structures located in the area. Restoration begins with removal of all the damage. Working with property owners, we continue the restoration work, matching trim, paint, and other ornamental details as closely as feasible to the original materials. 

When fires claim garages and sheds, the risk of explosions increase because of the increased likelihood these buildings hold stored containers of gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, or other accelerants. We can clean the area around these buildings after such events, and prepare the area so reconstructive work can proceed safely. Broken shards of glass, bent metal pieces, and wooden beams complete with protruding nails all pose severe safety hazards to anyone present. 

 Rebuilding sometimes requires demolition to pave the way for new structures, and we can assist with this step of the process. Rest assured, we always salvage everything of value to avoid any wastefulness, protecting our customers' interests as much as possible. We have a network of over 1700 other franchises which we rely on whenever a job requires extra-specialized attention. There is no job too complicated or complex for SERVPRO, especially when we work as a team, either locally or with other franchises. Being your neighbors, we know how Florida weather can affect families in the area and always treat our customers in the manner in which we would want our own family members treated. 

When you have a restoration need, we offer our service “why.”

Technicians Prevent Fires and Fire Damage By Taking Some Precautions

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Tallahassee home endures preventable fire damage Leon County crew called out to service a structure where prevention should have taken place.

Some restoration services can be remedied and managed without seeking professional services. In fact, our blogs are dedicated to offering preventative and DIY methods as often as possible. Still, there are many disasters where the pros are mandatory. Hurricanes, structure fires, and mass flooding are just a few. 

Although hurricanes leave our area saturated with water, fires can start anywhere in Tallahassee. Gas pipes and power lines do not fare well during a hurricane and fires can spread to nearby structures with ease. Firefighters and their trucks can find themselves delayed by flooding on streets and washed out bridges. 

Unattended homes, garages, sheds, and pool houses can sustain extensive fire damage in Tallahassee even when saturated. However, SERVPRO technicians can restore homes and other structures after a fire and smoke ruins them. When gas is involved in a fire's ignition, saturation with water provides little protection for the structures located in the area. Restoration begins with removal of all the damage. Working with property owners, we continue the restoration work, matching trim, paint, and other ornamental details as closely as feasible to the original materials. 

When fires claim garages and sheds, the risk of explosions increase because of the increased likelihood these buildings hold stored containers of gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, or other accelerants. We can clean the area around these buildings after such events, and prepare the area so reconstructive work can proceed safely. Broken shards of glass, bent metal pieces, and wooden beams complete with protruding nails all pose severe safety hazards to anyone present. 

 Rebuilding sometimes requires demolition to pave the way for new structures, and we can assist with this step of the process. Rest assured, we always salvage everything of value to avoid any wastefulness, protecting our customers' interests as much as possible. We have a network of over 1700 other franchises which we rely on whenever a job requires extra-specialized attention. There is no job too complicated or complex for SERVPRO, especially when we work as a team, either locally or with other franchises. Being your neighbors, we know how Florida weather can affect families in the area and always treat our customers in the manner in which we would want our own family members treated. 

When you have a restoration need, we offer our service “why.”

The SERVPRO Movement Proves to Make a Mark in Communities Nationwide

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

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Making History with Exceptional Services and Expertise- The SERVPRO Movement Proves to Make a Mark.

Without intention to brag and boast, it’s due process to share the continued success of the franchise we so proudly serve. Our organization has been recognized year after year as one of the best by Entrepreneur Magazine as 2022 Franchise 500. Still, it’s not just that our practices and innovative restoration techniques are superior to most, the award is determined by a combination of factors like growth, stability, brand power, and strength. SERVPRO was named the number-eight overall franchise system, and number one in the cleaning and restoration industry for the 19th consecutive year.

Our team follows the foundation in which the company adheres to. We are focused on outstanding customer service above all, and we’re invested in the training of every employee we bring on our team and into our customers' lives. With an upward of 1900 sister franchise locations all over the U.S this recognition is just another reason why we are the community favorite here in Tallahassee too.

No great deed is accomplished alone. We believe in the power of partnerships and a teamwork approach that can carry us to continual growth. The past few years have brought us even closer together as a company- forcing us to band together during service in COVID and the aftermath as well. Still, we wouldn’t be encouraged to serve with such vigor without the amazing communities that count on us to do it!

As long as we keep a ‘never say no’ mentality we will continue to be chosen to work together with other owners to make sure we are able to satisfy all of our customers’ and clients’ cleanup, remediation and restoration needs. We have maintained our position for nearly 20 years as the best franchise in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500, and we don’t plan on changing the achievements streak any time soon either! 

When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Disaster relief relationships are of the upmost importance

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

hurricane relief delays New York homes still unlivable month after storms.

Relationships with emergency service providers are more important than ever before. 

Many homeowners share the following story: 

Hurricane, or similar natural disaster, hits. Resident incurs damage and loss. Insurance held doesn’t cover damage cost. Damages force resident to reside in expensive hotels for indefinite period of time.  

Tragically, this story is a broken record nationwide.  Since 1980, the U.S. has experienced 298 weather and climate disasters. The total cost of these events exceeds $1.975 trillion, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. 

Also documented are the policies held by most homeowners in the country- policies that don’t cover a wide range of potential disasters including tornadoes, lightning damage, and winter storm damages. In addition, and perhaps more concerning, are the flood, sewer and fire damages that are unaccounted for in coverage. 

Many insurance companies are encouraging homeowners and renters to develop relationships with emergency services organizations to establish a relationship and project potential rates, as most end of having to pay out of pocket fees. Moreover, it’s been found that there is a big misconception in the communities affected. That being the misunderstanding that insurance representatives have the skillset and knowledge needed to combat and minimize disaster damages.  

Restoration companies can be key in these moments. Suggestions and tips on what to do can be found by contacting our highly trained restoration specialists. When it comes to dealing with sudden, weather-related damage to their homes, even the most experienced professionals can find themselves out of their depth. That is where our 1700+ franchise locations come into great service potential.  

The relationship matters most when the service is needed, but you don’t have to wait to begin it! While SERVPRO’s 1900+ locations take pride in being ready for each incoming call, they are also investing in new, innovative ways to find you! Partnering with Reonomy, SERVPRO will be able to target outreach to prospects across rural, suburban, and urban geographies. This means that we can find customers with potential needs more easily and help prepare for the unforeseen. 

With a commitment to excellence, even lack of coverage and natural disasters can be mediated and combatted. 

When the Flames Die Down: Why You Can't Skip Fire Damage Restoration

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

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When the Flames Die Down: Why You Can't Skip Fire Damage Restoration

You aren't done fighting the fire when the flames are gone. Take a look at this guide to learn why you can never skip fire damage restoration. 

Over 50% of residential home fires in 2019 started in the kitchen during cooking. If your home was affected by a fire, the initial blaze itself could be only the start of your worries.

Fire damage can turn a happy home into a living nightmare. If you have suffered from a fire, you need to ensure proper fire damage restoration gets done on your property.

While it is easy to overlook fire restoration in the traumatic aftermath of a fire, neglecting it can have some serious consequences.

Fire Damage Leads to Structural Issues

If you want to ensure the structural integrity of your home you need to focus on fire damage restoration services immediately after an incident occurs. The longer you wait, the weaker your home's critical structures can become.

You won't know the extent of your fire damage unless you get your home inspected by a professional. Only then can you continue the fire damage restoration process

The fact that your home didn't get burned down in your fire is a miracle in itself. Don't push your luck by putting off important fire restoration work. The last thing you want is your home collapsing after surviving the worst of it.

Choosing Between Fire Restoration Companies

To start, try Google searching fire restoration near me and see what comes up. You may want to sift through some online reviews and customer testimonials.

These allow you to get a good feel for who a company is and what they have to offer. Never go with a fire restoration company with no reviews or excessively bad reviews.

You want to make sure that whoever restores your home after a fire does professional quality work for an affordable price. Make sure that they have experience with fire restoration as well.

The amount of time they have been in business is a good indicator of what kind of quality you can expect. Try to find a veteran in the business to ensure that your fire restoration gets handled right.

Move on With Your Life

A fire is a life-altering experience that you want to be able to put behind you as fast as possible. To make this a reality, you need to hire fire damage restoration services as soon as possible after your incident.

Only then can you ensure the structural integrity of your home, and the health of your family. When you are ready to begin the restoration process, contact us today so we can get things started the right way.

Flushed... Not so Far Away: How to Clean up a Sewer Line Leak

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

sewage pipes sewage pipes where sewage damage can occur in commercial buildings in Tallahassee.

Flushed... Not so Far Away: How to Clean up a Sewer Line Leak and Why you Should Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee

Even a small sewer line leak can turn into a major issue quickly. Make sure you keep reading this guide to learn how to clean up the mess.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, people are seeing a 25 percent increase in plumbing issues due to more frequent use. One of these common problems is a sewage backup or a sewer line leak. 

Not only can these types of leaks cause serious damage, but they can also cause bring major contaminants into your home. 

If you own a home, small business, or restaurant, you need to know the best ways to spot signs of a sewer line leak and how to clean up effectively. 

Here is your quick guide on everything you need to know about fixing a sewer line leak and the following clean-up. 

See if You Can Stop the Leak 

If you come upon a plumbing failure like a sewer line leak, first try to see if you can safely stop it. Turn off the water to the entire house. This will prevent further leakage. 

If you can, try to determine where the leak is coming from. Is the main sewer line leaking or is it happening somewhere else? Calling a professional who specializes in sewer line leak repair can help you identify the source of the leak to better inform the clean-up. 

Take Picture for Your Insurance Company

A critical part of any sewer line leak clean-up process is to take pictures for your insurance company. Take pictures of any damage caused by the leak, including to the walls, floors, and furniture. 

The Importance of Cleaning and Sanitizing

If you have a sewer line leak, clean-up and sanitization are critical. Bacteria and other contaminants can cause infection or illness if not cleaned properly. 

If the resulting mess is relatively small and you can manage the clean-up, first try to mop up or wet-vac any excess water. Wear protective gloves and shoes. Use hot, soapy water to clean off any surface the water from the leak touched. 

Do your best not to track the water into other parts of your home not affected by the leak. You do not want to spread any contaminants any farther. 

If the sewer line leak is extensive, you need to call a professional team to clean and sanitize your home effectively. 

Need to Clean a Sewer Line Leak Fast? 

Whether you have a sewer line leak in a yard or indoors, it is critical that you fix it fast and begin the clean-up process. While you should try to clean the best you can, calling a professional team can help give your house a deep clean that will give you peace of mind. 

If you suspect you have a sewer line leak, be sure to reach out and give us a call here at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee. In addition to fire and water cleanup and restoration, we can help you fix a sewer line leak fast before it can cause any further damage. 

Reach out and give us a call to get help cleaning up your mess today. 

9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Restoration Company

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

ladder with construction hat on it water damage restoration company in Tallahassee

9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Restoration Company

You never know when a natural disaster might strike. In fact, about 15 million US homes are at risk of flooding.

It's important to call a restoration company as soon as possible. Otherwise, sitting water can lead to mold and mildew growth. The value of your home could continue to decline as a result.

Meanwhile, mold spores in the air could put your family's health at risk.

Don't risk it! Instead, keep reading to discover the nine questions you should ask a restoration company. With these tips, you can narrow down your options.

You'll have peace of mind knowing you've chosen a company you can trust.

Read on to start your search today!

1. How Long Have You Operated?

There are over 55,352 damage restoration companies in the US. These businesses employ over 113,191 professionals.

If you want to narrow down your options, look for a business that's operated in the area for at least a few years. Ask the owners how long they've worked in the industry, too.

It's important to look for restoration companies with years of experience in the industry. After all, people learn from hands-on experience. Finding an experienced team will give you peace of mind in their abilities.

A company that's operated in the area for at least 10 years has likely outlasted competition in the region. It's also likely that they've won the respect of their clients. A company with a strong professional reputation will have an easier time finding clients. 

These businesses have likely worked out the kinks in their operations as well.

Choosing an inexperienced business, on the other hand, could do more harm than good. There's a chance they're still working out the kinks in their operations.

Instead, choose a company with a well-trained team. You'll feel more comfortable knowing they have the hands-on experience necessary for the job. They can leverage that experience when providing their restoration services. 

2. Are You Licensed, Insured, and Bonded?

Most states in the US require restoration companies and contractors to have proper licensing. If a legal issue arises, you can handle the dispute with the company.

Make sure each restoration company on your list is licensed to practice in the area. Ask for proof that their license is up-to-date, too.

You should also look for restoration companies that are bonded. Bonded companies have insurance. If the company doesn't do its job, you'll have protection.

The bond can provide liability protection and compensation in case of an accident.

The company should have worker's compensation, too. If someone is injured on the job, they won't hold you liable. 

3. Are You Available 24/7?

As you research local restoration companies, ask about their business hours.

You don't want to wake up to an emergency in the middle of the night, only to find everyone's closed. Instead, choose a company that's open 24/7. You'll have peace of mind knowing you can call any time.

It's important to make sure you receive restoration services as soon as possible. Otherwise, additional damage can occur. 

4. Is Every Member of Your Team Certified?

Determine who will end up working on your home. Is each technician certified and experienced?

Look for technicians that have an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certificate. This certificate indicates they have the proper training and education for the job. 

Take the time to consider what type of restoration each company specializes in, too. For example, do you fire restoration rather than water restoration services? What about storm damage services?

Ask for technicians that have years of experience in that specialty.

5. Do You Have a Local Office?

Google "restoration company near me" and explore your options. Try to find a restoration company that's local.

Some companies will charge you if they have to travel long distances. Otherwise, it could take a while before the technicians can reach your home. Remember, you'll want a company that can respond quickly. 

Other companies follow disasters. They'll pretend they work in the area. If they don't do a satisfactory job, you might find they've already disappeared.

Instead, find a local business you can trust. 

6. Can You Provide References?

Every restoration company you call will try to convince you that they're the best in the business. You don't have to take their word for it. Instead, ask them for references and reviews.

You can find reviews on the company's Better Business Bureau and Google My Business listing.

Otherwise, talk with some of their recent customers. Ask about their experience. Did they have any issues working with the restoration team?

If so, you can cross that company off your list. 

7. What is Your Process Like?

Take the time to learn more about each company's process, too. 

Some companies will only dry out your property or clean after a fire. However, you might need a company that offers reconstruction, too.

Learn more about the company's process and services to determine if they offer the restoration services you need. 

8. Will You Work With My Insurance Company?

Water and fire damage can get costly. Look for a restoration company that will work with your insurance company. They could help ensure the process is as painless as possible.

9. Do You Have a Guarantee?

Don't rush to choose a restoration team yet. First, make sure to ask each company on your list for a quote. Get quotes from at least three local businesses.

Ask for a copy of their contract as well. What's included? Are there any hidden fees you need to worry about?

Ask each company how long the restoration process will take as well.

Then, make sure each company offers a guarantee or warranty. What if you're not satisfied with their services? Can you call them back?

If the company doesn't offer a guarantee, costs could start to stack up each time you call them back.

The Best in the Business: 9 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Restoration Company

Don't rush to hire the first restoration company you find online. Instead, ask these questions to narrow down your options. Asking these questions will help you find the most qualified team around. 

Searching for a fire and water restoration team in Tallahassee? We're here to help.

Contact us today to get started. 

Call SERVPRO for Biohazard Cleanup Services

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

biohazard waste caution symbol biohazard waste removal in Tallahassee

Do not try this at home! When it comes to clean up, you can never be too careful.

There are certain types of cleanup, like biohazard cleanup that are dangerous. Professionals should be handling this type of clean-up.

All of the trash, waste, and debris classified under biohazard cleanup can be complex. It's important to have it handled by a trained professional.

But who do you call to do this type of cleanup? We're going to answer that question in the article below. Read on and you'll know exactly where to turn for cleanup services if a traumatic event occurs.

What Is Biohazard Cleanup?

Biohazard cleanup is much different than standard household or business cleanup. This type of cleanup deals with hazardous materials. It also requires special certifications and equipment.

If biohazardous waste is not handled by a professional company, it can lead to health and safety issues. When cleanup isn't done properly, the site can sustain further damage.

When to Use a Biohazard Cleanup Service

These professional cleanup companies specialize in instances when blood is present. This can either be from a crime scene or another type of accident.

More often, these companies come in the event of fire, flood, storm, or emergency cleanup. And they have recently become popular due to COVID-19.

These situations need to be handled with care because of diseases that can be present in organic material. Also, because of damage that can be done to homes by the improper cleanup of floods, fires, and storms.

Because of the severity of these kinds of events, clean up after natural disasters, etc. have to be handled with the utmost care. In fact, OSHA has specific standards that need to be followed when a biohazard cleanup company comes to clean up a site.

These standards involve specific routine procedures when disposing of organic material, fire-damaged debris, etc. The standards also provide guidelines for protective equipment that cleaning professionals wear as they handle the site.

The protective equipment is also provided to any loved ones who need to access the site during cleanup. The purpose is to minimize any further spread of potential diseases.

Risks of Improper Cleanup

If something like this occurs in your home or business, it's important to call the professionals from the start. Please do not put your friends, family, loved ones, or neighbors at risk by attempting to clean up on your own.

When a person cleans up after an event like this without professional techniques and tools there can be lingering risks.

Normal cleaning leaves areas improperly disinfected. Without professional treatment, bacteria can always linger. Your cleaning may have suppressed it, but it's still there.

In addition to crime scene or accident cleanup, biohazard cleanup companies can also come out in the event of a fire or flood. Using the knowledge of a professional cleanup crew is as important in this instance, as well.

If your home is not properly cleaned after a fire or flood, it can cause severe structural damage. Always make sure to consult a professional cleanup service.

That's a Wrap

When it comes to biohazard cleanup, it only makes sense to work with the best. If you've recently gone through a traumatic event or had a flood or fire in the home, call SERVPRO today.

You can talk to us directly, we can answer any questions, and put your mind at ease. The times when we're needed most are usually times of chaos and loss. The last thing you want to worry about is how you're going to clean up.

We care. Let us handle the hard stuff so you can get on with your life.

SERVPRO & The Mold Remediation Process

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

man in biohazard uniform spraying mold on wall Mold remediation in Tallahassee

The mold that collects in high quantities in areas like your roof, attic, or basement can cause long term damage to your commercial building. While it is common for every home or building to develop some form of mold where there is moisture, you might need to call in a mold remediation company if it gets out of hand. 

Do you believe you have a mold problem? If so, you don't want to wait before calling in the professionals. If you are curious about what happens during mold remediation, keep reading our brief guide to learn everything you need to know about the process. 

Determine Contamination 

The first part of remediation is to identify both the location and the quantity of the contaminant. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the property manager can clean and handle areas of mold ranging within three feet by three feet (10 square ft.).

But, if you find somewhere that exceeds these limits, you have to call in an Indoor Environmental Specialist (IEP) for inspection. They will take samples of the mold and determine what remediation plan suits the issue. 

Set Up Containment

After the IEP creates a plan, the remediation specialists come in to set up mold containment. Mold spores move easily through households and buildings. To prevent the spread of contamination, the professionals set up isolated barriers to keep the mold in one spot while they clean.

SERVPRO also focuses on stopping the water source (leaks, floods, etc.) that have caused the mold in the first place. That way, the mold has less of a chance to reappear. 

Remove Damaged Materials

If items or surfaces undergo water or mold damage, the specialists will throw it all away. Many times, things like drywall and insulation are unsalvageable and may contain mold spores. The safest measure is to remove these materials from the site. 

Clean All Surfaces

Now, the cleaning process can begin. Mold remediation professionals will clean the affected areas using high-tech equipment like HEPA vacuums.

These items contain filters that are efficient in catching mold spores. They will then use other tools for mold removal and wipe the area down with high-quality disinfectants. 

Re-Inspect the Area

Once everything is clean and clear, the IEP will come back out to the site for re-inspection. During this time, they might perform air sampling and mold testing to ensure the area is free of contamination. 

Mold Remediation Near Me

As you can tell, there are several steps to mold remediation. The process is critical to ensuring that the mold contamination remains isolated within your home so the specialists can thoroughly exterminate the problem.

The most important component of this procedure is hiring a trusted service like SERVPRO. We take your health seriously, which is why our detailed cleaning techniques are some of the best on the market.

If you have a mold problem or require other cleaning services, we urge you to contact us today. We will answer any questions you may have and set you with an appointment soon as possible. 

Trust SERVPRO for Mold Removal in Your Home

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

mold on ceiling Mold damage in Tallahassee home.

Mold is all around us, all the time. Found both indoors and outdoors throughout the year, mold is simply a part of our world.

That being said, mold growing in your home is a big problem that typically indicates that there is a source of moisture or water in your home that needs to be dealt with.

What Is Black Mold?

"Black mold" actually refers to a number of species of mold that have either a black or dark green appearance. One type of mold that falls under this category is known as Stachybortrys chartarum.

Mold is a type of fungus that drives in warm and moist environments. Places where mold is eager to grow include kitchens, bathrooms, toilets, showers, and basements. It can also grow on dirt, wood, or paper.

If you live in a humid climate or if you use a humidifier inside your home, it can encourage mold growth.

Mold growth will typically smell musty and look like spots. It can appear in many different colors. Any mold that you find in your home should be removed and you should also remove the moisture source that allowed it to grow.

Different Types of Mold

It is estimated that there are over 100,000 different types of mold in existence. What are the common types of mold you can find in your home


This is a toxigenic mold that can change in appearance over time. It typically grows in window sealants, humidifiers, drain pans, and cooling coils. This mold is often gray, pink, white, or orange in color.


Alternaria is one of the most common forms of allergenic mold in the entire world. It has dark brown or green hairs and a velvet texture. This type of mold frequently grows where there is dampness, such as in bathtubs, showers, or underneath leaking sinks.

This mold type is common when there has been water damage in a building or a home.


This is another common type of mold found in households across America. There are more than 185 different species of Aspergillus mold, and it can appear in a variety of different colors. 


This mold can be found growing on wooden or painted surfaces as well as behind wallpaper. It is typically brown, pink, or black in color. It typically becomes darker brown as it ages.


This is the type of mold that is commonly found in buildings and homes that have sustained water damage. The appearance and color of this mold can change over time and it typically has a cotton-like texture. Chaetomium is usually found in a leaking or damp roof, sink, or basement. 


This type of mold can grow in both cold and warm conditions. It can be found in carpets, fabrics, and upholsteries as well as inside cupboards and under floorboards. It is brown or olive green in color and has a suede-like texture.


Fusarium is another type of mold that is capable of both growing and spreading even when the temperature is quite cold. It typically grows and homes that have water damage. This mold will typically grow in fabrics, wallpaper, carpeting, and other materials.

Often white, pink, or red, this mold grows naturally in compost piles and nonfood products. In a home, fusarium can spread quickly. It's important to examine your house thoroughly if you notice it in one room and begin the process of mold remediation.

How to Get Rid of Black Mold: Black Mold Removal

Depending on how much black mold is in your home, it's possible that hiring a professional is the right choice. They are able to safely and effectively get rid of black mold that is present in your home.

If you are planning on getting rid of black mold on your own, there are a number of steps you will want to take.

First, you will want to find the source of moisture that is allowing the mold to grow. Common places you might look include water heaters, faucets and fixtures, and exposed plumbing.

If you are cleaning up mold on your own, you'll want to protect yourself with the proper equipment and clothing. You'll want to wear clothing that covers all of your skin and wear a respirator, safety goggles, and rubber gloves.

You'll want to turn off your heater or air conditioner when removing mold and seal off doorways or areas that lead to the rest of your home. Near outdoor openings, use an exhaust fan to move airborne spores out of your house.

You can then test the area for moisture and treat the area with a mold and mildew remover. Afterward, clean up the area thoroughly before you unseal the doorways to the rest of the house. Let the exhaust fan run for several hours if not a full day.

Black Mold Remediation: Let the Pros Handle It

As you can see, there are many dangers of black mold. This means that you'll want to deal with the issue at the first signs of the problem. You also absolutely have to address the source of water or moisture that is causing the problem to begin with, otherwise, the mold could simply reappear.

If you are wondering how to get rid of black mold, consider hiring SERVPRO. We are highly trained mold remediation specialists who can help your home or business get back to normal fast. If you're in need of mold remediation services, contact us today!

Top 5 Reasons to Call a Professional Biohazard Cleanup Service

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Are you debating whether to call a biohazard cleanup service company out to your home or office? There are many reasons why you may need a biohazard cleanup business out to your house or commercial property. 

Have you had a workplace accident or an unfortunate death in your home, or other hazards? Hiring a team of professionals can help you ensure there is a thorough cleanup your property.

Read on to learn 5 reasons to call a professional biohazard cleanup service!

1. Your Safety Is Most Important

One of the biggest reasons for biohazard cleanup professionals hiring is that your safety is most important. Accidents at your home or office have serious consequences for all those involved.

Hiring a professional cleanup company will give you peace of mind that you are taking steps to have things cleaned up once and for all. 

2. Professionals Have The Right Equipment

Biohazard cleanup professionals have the right equipment to get the job done. When you find a biohazard at your home or office, your first instinct may be to try to perform cleanup yourself. You'll put on latex gloves and use store-bought solutions to try to clean things up on your own.

This may make it look like things have disappeared, but that's not the case. Bodily fluids, blood, and other biohazards must be disinfected and removed with special equipment and cleaning solutions.

A professional company will have the experience and tools to complete a total cleanup. 

3. Reduce Your Stress

Hiring a biohazard team will help reduce your stress as you go through the cleanup process. It can be a very stressful experience to find a biohazard condition at your home or office. Regardless of what caused the biohazard, you face the uncertainty of cleanup and health risks at your property. 

Choosing a reliable group of professionals for your cleanup will help lower your stress level as you work towards bringing your home or office back to normal. 

4. An Effective Cleanup

The professionals performing biohazard cleanup services will facilitate an effective cleanup the first time. The kind of biohazard at your property is what will govern how a cleanup company handles your job. 

Speak to a prospective cleanup service about your concerns at the job site and learn about how these will be resolved during the cleanup process. The best companies are willing to explain the steps their employees will take to complete a full cleanup. 

5. Cut Your Costs

Biohazard cleanup service costs depend on the kind of cleanup and the length of time for the job. Hiring a professional may seem expensive at first glance. You will see that it can help cut your costs in the long-term by cleaning things right the first time. 

The Importance of Timely Biohazard Cleanup

The best biohazard cleanup is an important part of being a homeowner or operating a business. For the best cleanup services, you should contact a biohazard cleanup company when you first discover the condition.

At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we are your local source for biohazard, mold, water, fire remediation, and cleanup. We are a branch of a large company but operate as a small business with its focus on customer satisfaction. 

Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you ensure you are cleaning things up the right way!

What Are the Tools of Remediation in My Tallahassee Home?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold under a kitchen cabinet Mold remediation in Tallahassee, under a sink or in the attic, can be cleaned up by SERVPRO

Many Florida homes contend with the threat of mold throughout the year, but our qualified remediation technicians can remove colonies and restore damage caused by the organism.

Between the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and other factors that can contribute to persistent moisture in your Tallahassee home, mold growth is a more common threat to residences in the area than you might believe. As challenging as these situations can be to overcome, they could become even more pressing to resolve if you are among the many homeowners who do not have adequate insurance coverage to address remediation needs. Many property owners are asked to pay a portion or all of remediation work out of pocket, making it vital to choose a team experienced in this area that can perform these tasks efficiently to reduce costs as much as possible.

There are many factors involved in professional mold remediation for Tallahassee homes and businesses, but our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to these emergencies. The discovery of mold should immediately encourage homeowners to reach out to remediation professionals like our team to reduce the spread and severity of these microbial threats. Mold and fungal growth can get out of control when the organism spreads rapidly from one organic surface to another. Much of our success in resolving mold damage and removing active colonization hinges on having the appropriate products, personnel, and industry-leading equipment.

What is Remediation?

Remediation is a practice entirely on its own when it comes to the restoration services that our team can provide. This service is exclusive to mold growth and microbial threats existing in your home or office. There are multiple strategies for removing active colonization from a structure, and these vary based on the severity of the damage or the material affected. No two mold loss incidents are identical, making the job scoping phase of mitigation and restoration critical to choosing the right equipment and products to help. Despite multiple approaches to remediation, we often select among four primary methods:

  • Antimicrobial Surface Treatment - Certain structural elements and contents might not yet be overwhelmed by mold moving through the house. Early signs, like spotting or proximity to active colonization, can be ideal times to treat the surface with our potent cleaning products to remove active colonization and inhibit further mold growth.
  • Sanding - With services like wood framing or flooring, sanding is often a useful practice for removing mold colonization where it is found. Sanding allows our professionals to remove small layers of the surface material to eliminate the organism when possible.
  • Soda Blasting - The combination of media and highly pressurized air or water is a powerful approach for removing surface damage without affecting the substrate of the material underneath the colony.
  • Controlled Demolition - When other strategies fail, such as when elements become too severely deteriorated to protect, controlled demolition practices discard severely affected building materials.

What Must Happen with Mold-Damaged Contents?

Personal belongings and possessions in the house after a mold damage incident can be as directly affected as many of its building materials. How these contents get cleaned and protected from mold damage can happen both on-site and in our warehouse nearby. The recovery of your belongings often falls into three required steps that address any present mold colonization and other threatening conditions such as dampness or water damage. Our technicians work to provide solutions, including:

  • Drying
  • Cleaning
  • Dry Storage

Do Foul Odors Dissipate on Their Own?

One of the telling signs of mold growth in your home is a harsh, musty odor that emits from active colonization. While this noxious scent is recognizable in the house, it can persist even after many remediation tasks have completed. Our effort to recover and restore a mold-damaged property involves effective deodorization solutions to address these persistent odors to make mold losses “Like it never even happened.” To accomplish this, we have multiple odor removal tools and strategies, including:

How Can You Limit Recurrences of Mold Damage?

Reducing recurrences of mold growth in your home often requires you to assess what allowed moisture concerns in the first place. In some situations, proper ventilation can ensure that moisture buildup does not occur in specific areas of your house. Other homeowners might need to address a persistent leak in the plumbing or a kitchen fixture. Working knowledge of why moisture concerns existed can direct you to efficient strategies for preventing them in the future.

Mold growth can be a substantial challenge to address, especially when you are unsure of how severe the situation has become. Our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team can help with a fast and reliable response whenever you need it by calling (850) 765-5706.

Why Do I Need Professional Help To Remove Floodwater In Tallahassee?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

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To Protect Your Tallahassee Home After a Flood, SERVPRO Does More Than Just Remove Water

So Why Is SERVPRO The Best Option?

When it comes to flood damage in Tallahassee homes, removing the water is only the first step. SERVPRO technicians is a full-service operation that removes water, dries the structure, eliminates the health threats, odors, and performs repairs where needed.

How Can Your Technicians Perform All of These Tasks?

Each member of our response team trains extensively in remediating the effects of disasters like floods in Tallahassee. Our training meets the industry standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our office also has access to the latest restoration equipment and cleaning agents as part of a nationwide network of locally-owned franchises.

Take decontamination as an example. Floodwater contains some of the soil, fertilizers, animal waste, and every other contaminant it passed over before entering your home. Traces of each one remain in your home after removing the water. To eliminate damage to the surfaces of your home and personal property, our technicians spray an anti-bacterial cleaner on them and then carefully wipe down each one using a sponge or dry cloth.

What About the Musty Odor I Can Smell in My Home?

The cleaners SERVPRO uses eliminates most odors left behind by the contaminants. If the floodwater stayed in place for more than a few hours, it can work its way behind drywall and other paneling where it can cause inert mold spores to expand and begin to grow. To eliminate the odors released by the mold, technicians dry out the water with air movers that force the warm air into the wall space. Once it dries, they use another anti-bacterial cleaner to kill the mold and eliminate any lingering odors.

For more information about how SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee eliminates flood damage here or in the Florida A&M area, call us at (850) 765-5706 today. We are here for you.

Looking For a Compliant Preventative Cleaning Service for Your Tallahassee Business?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a blue background When you feel like germs are everywhere and you can't keep up, SERVPRO is here to help.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee Technicians Have earned IICRC Certifications.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)  is the world’s leading authority on the standards for the restoration, mitigation, and remediation industry. SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is an IICRC Certified Firm, and that makes us uniquely qualified to serve any business in need of quality specialty cleaning services. That includes the standards required at retirement communities, assisted living centers, and many other such facilities. Our team performs specialized cleaning in buildings of every type after a property damage event such as sewage spills, water or fire damage, and anti-microbial remediation for mold, bacteria, or viruses on a daily basis. So this kind of cleaning for Tallahassee is in our wheelhouse. 

What can professional preventative cleaning do that goes beyond day-to-day cleaning? 

  • The right cleaners for the job. SERVPRO technicians are trained and licensed to use a broad array of EPA-registered antimicrobials for use in safeguarding the places you work, play, and live.
  • Protecting the public, especially seniors.  The CDC has announced that proactive deep cleaning provides a measure of protection from the potential spread of infection.  Of course, social distancing and washing our hands frequently also play a huge role in “flattening the curve”.
  • SERVPRO technicians use commercial grade equipment.  They have access to a variety of EPA registered cleaning agents and are experienced at using them in indoor environments.  In some cases they will construct a containment chamber to cordon-off a portion of the indoor environment. They can work safely within the contained area and reduce the risk of spreading pathogens from contaminated areas to non-contaminated areas.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is a phone call away from implementing effective commercial sanitation measures at (850) 765-5706.

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Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Tallahassee, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee today at (850) 765-5706 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Water Damage Mitigation In Tallahassee

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee offers cleanup service with EPA-registered solutions that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Repairing Mini-Fridge Water Damage in a Tallahassee Bedroom

A mini-fridge can be an incredibly convenient option for loved ones in your Tallahassee home to keep snacks, drinks, and groceries available without going downstairs and waking up loved ones trying to make something to eat. However, a blocked defrost drain or damaged water supply is all it takes to damage carpet, walls, and even subfloors if left unaddressed. This type of leakage requires fast action to minimize mold, odors, and other contaminants.

When your Tallahassee bedroom needs water damage mitigation that is quick to respond, SERVPRO is always available to return your home to its preloss condition. Water damage can quickly go from causing light odors to warping essential structural materials in as little as a week with constant exposure, so these professionals use tried-and-true techniques with cutting-edge tools to restore your home. If carpet or drywall needs replacement after water damage, these restoration pros can perform these services and help you find licensed local specialists to repair your fridge.

SERVPRO is Always Ready to Help!

SERVPRO's 24-hour response team serves multiple purposes:

    •    Mitigating disaster quickly at any time of the day or night minimizes further damage to structure and property
    •    Constant availability helps homeowners keeps their homes and families safe, even on late nights, during weekends, or even over the holidays
    •    Fast responses to water damage prevent mold growth that can cause health effects

Your local SERVPRO cooperates with organizations like the American Red Cross to provide relief for communities as well as individual homeowners.

Drying Damage After Disaster

After moving the mini-fridge and other nearby furniture away from the disaster, technicians can examine carpet for signs of damage, mold growth, and separation from the pad underneath. Extraction wands are ideal for picking up moisture accumulated behind tricky areas like wall cavities or trim. At the same time, rover vacuums and large suction pads can handle moisture in the carpeting itself. If the carpet has separated from the pas underneath, it may require removal with the approval of property owners and insurance adjusters.

SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee offers cleanup service with EPA-registered solutions that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (850) 765-5706 for mitigation that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Why Professional Mold Remediation is Necessary in Tallahassee Homes

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage on ceiling Florida has a year round environment for mold growth. Our SERVPRO professionals are always on call to remediate the mold in your home.

What Can Remediators Do for Damaged Tallahassee Homes? 

Mold remediation is a vital service for Tallahassee homes when microbial threats have gotten discovered. While you might become misled with companies and services suggesting that they can remove all of the molds from your home, this is not an accurate statement. We can eliminate the threats of active mold colonization in your house through proven strategies ranging from cleaning surfaces to more abrasive techniques. 

With both education and endorsements from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI), our SERVPRO team has extensive experience in managing mold damage in Tallahassee homes. Because mold colonies can spread so quickly from one surface to another in moist conditions, it is essential to know what to expect from competent professionals arriving to help.


A vital element of managing mold situations in your home is preventing the spread of this organism to other areas of the property. In most situations, this involves the erection of containment barriers and the deployment of equipment like negative air chambers. These devices can capture mold spores before they can spread to the rest of the house, and work in conjunction with physical barriers built from thick plastic sheeting. 


Our SERVPRO team has numerous cleaning technicians that can work to protect affected materials and contents through various practices. While surface cleaning techniques can often work, with the application of potent antimicrobial agents, we can also utilize abrasive cleaning methods like soda blasting to eliminate the entire hyphae of the organism and begin deodorization. 


Odors are another damaging aspect of mold colonization in your home, as the distinct musty scent the organism emits can move beyond the affected area. We have numerous deodorization tools that we can use to address these concerns, but few have the mobility and range of our thermal foggers. These units can heat up deodorizing agents to a vapor that can penetrate affected building materials and contents to neutralize trapped odors as well as free moving compounds. 

Remediation is a necessary practice when you discover microbial threats in your home, and our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team can help. Give us a call anytime at (850) 765-5706. 

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Fire, Storm, Mold, or Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee!

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Equipped to Handle Your Fire, Storm, Water and Mold Restoration Needs

We represent the capital of Florida. As the only incorporated municipality in all of Leon County, we have many people and businesses that depend on our fast response and talented professionals. The restoration services that we offer Tallahassee homes and businesses encompass all significant disasters that could threaten these properties, including water, fire, storm, mold, and biohazard cleanup. With more than half of our restoration projects to date being commercial recovery efforts, we can comfortably say that with our SERVPRO team, there is no job too big for our technicians.  

Fire Damage Restoration

We can appreciate how traumatic fire losses can be, and with hazardous effects spreading quickly throughout your Tallahassee home or business, you can feel overwhelmed and apprehensive about the future of your residence. Because of this anxiety, many people begin their search for reputable restoration companies in Leon County. Our reputation is what brings these many searchers to our site and talking to our team. We have a 24/7 response to every threat you experience, meaning that you do not have to wait for mitigation and damage assessment until the next day, or even several days later, like some of the competitors.  

As a division of a major restoration brand in the country, we built our business to its prosperous state with the understanding that everyone has a role to play. From the administration in the offices of our facility to the experienced ranks of our management and field technicians on-site in your damaged Tallahassee home, we ask everyone to shoulder the responsibility of bringing your property back to pre-fire condition. 

Our team of experts works to quickly address the fire damage in Tallahassee homes when we first arrive with effective mitigation tactics. We have a division of our crew designated specifically to assess damage risk for contents in the house and remove items that have already become damaged, or soon could be. At our facility, we can clean, deodorize, and safely store protected belongings until they can get returned to your restored property.  

Mold Remediation

The production of mold in a Tallahassee home can occur from multiple sources, making it nearly impossible to negate this possibility entirely. From the excessive humidity expected in the region throughout specific points of the year to lingering moisture and dampness after any of the 60+ days of precipitation expected every year, many homes fall victim to the colonization of mold spores. These organisms can spread fast, encompassing new materials and structural elements as it moves throughout the surrounding areas.  

As much as mold damage in Tallahassee homes can be a challenge for property owners to address, we have a full roster of competent and qualified technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT.) Many of these same professionals have sought additional endorsements and education through the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI.) This training helps us to supply damaged and affected homes with ideal products, equipment, and personnel to address their situation every time. 

Our remediation division does not claim to remove mold from your Tallahassee home. As one of the most experienced and well-trained divisions of our team, however, we do have practices and products that can eliminate mold colonization in your house. From sanding and antimicrobial spray to advanced approaches like soda blasting, we can make mold growth “Like it never even happened.”  

Water Damage Restoration

Our customers and clients have always been appreciative of how quickly we can arrive at their Tallahassee home when water loss emergencies occur. By saving even a fraction of an hour in the restoration field can be the difference between preserving affected materials and requiring controlled demolition and reconstruction. As water losses are among our most popular response call, our efficient, 24/7 answer can save our customers time and money.  

Education and training are areas where our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the IICRC have excelled. The scope of water recovery is continually changing with the introduction of new instruments, new products, and more efficient practices. Addressing water damage in Tallahassee homes is a job for every member of our team, and that is why each of these professionals has specific training to understand the full water restoration process.  

We are part of a large loss recovery team capable of addressing substantial loss incidents affecting Tallahassee residences and businesses. From flooded dormitories of the Florida State Campus to single-family homes throughout Leon County, we have a deep inventory of recovery tools and technicians to meet the growing demands of our customers moving forward.  

Storm Damage Restoration

Tallahassee homes and businesses have been in the path of genuinely devastating and destructive storms over the years, from hurricanes and tornadoes through flooding and other natural disasters. As one of the most active parts of our recovery team, our disaster relief team stays well-trained and prepared for the to-the-minute needs of properties throughout the city.  

Flooding is often a common symptom of structural damage and substantial storms passing through the area. Storm damage can be anything from fallen trees to punctured roofs, and many of these scenarios come with penetrating water that can collect quickly in the lower levels of a Tallahassee property. Our SERVPRO team has cutting-edge extraction tools that can be as versatile as light wands to as powerful and efficient as the truck-mount pumps that can discharge standing water at 300 psi.  

We have hundreds of thousands of residents and business owners that live and work in the city limits, meaning that many times we can get dispatched to address storm damage in multiple Tallahassee structures simultaneously. We ensure mitigation work begins at all of these addresses and puts our stocked ready trailers to use by quickly managing flood loss situations. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, which enables us often to preserve many installed materials and the contents of your property from irreparable ruin.  

We know that you have options in choosing a restoration company when disasters strike. Our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee team has the experience and the fast response to get there when you need us and to stay working on it until your home is back to preloss condition. We are standing by 24/7 to help by calling (850) 765-5706.

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Is Your Tallahassee Home To Mold? Call SERVPRO for Remediation

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold patches on a wall by a window with a lot of moisture Mold and Moisture in a Tallahassee Home Have No Chance When SERVPRO Arrives for Remediation

Maintaining Lower Humidity Can Reduce Mold in Tallahassee Homes

Water loss incidents can create a challenging situation in Tallahassee properties that leave the home vulnerable to microbial growth. Without adequate drying and thorough moisture detection practices, your house can remain vulnerable to the development of mold colonies when lingering dampness goes undetected. Relative humidity (RH) is also a critical factor as well, as these moist conditions can permit the colonization of spores when combined with the traditionally warmer climate for properties in the area.

With how directly humidity and moisture content levels affect mold remediation in Tallahassee homes, it is crucial to have a team that can address these preliminary symptoms before hazardous microbial growth gets out of control. Our SERVPRO professionals have many strategies to reduce moisture content but regulating the RH levels in the house requires extra steps.
Gaining control of the humidity levels in your house can help to reduce the migration and spread of mold effects, and it can also limit how the organism can move from one organic material to another. As containment is already a large part of our remediation efforts, these same barriers and 6mil plastic sheeting can help to regulate ventilation, improve the efficiency of drying efforts, and reduce debris and spore circulation if controlled demolition is necessary by a third-party contractor.
Desiccant dehumidifiers can get installed and run through within the containment zone to help reduce the present conditions to facilitate mold growth. These units exhaust heated air, which can in turn help to reduce the saturation of construction materials and contents that have not gotten removed from this affected area.
Once we can regulate moisture content and humidity, remediation then only boils down to removing the present mold with effective and non-damaging tactics such as dry ice blasting and soda blasting. Media blasting is considered an abrasive technique but can often protect the hosting material while removing the colony. We always look to restore before replacement, and these approaches can help us preserve installed materials.
We strive to address mold concerns immediately because we understand how quickly these situations can get out of control. Many look to our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee for our experience and cutting-edge equipment in mold remediation projects, and we can help you however you need. Give us a call anytime at (850) 765-5706.

Can SERVPRO Help with Widespread Mold Growth in Tallahassee?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Tallahasse Mold Stains and Odors Got You Down? The Solution is SERVPRO

The discovery of mold in a Tallahassee home can develop quickly into a severe situation in the right conditions. Understanding the role that homeowners have in the protection of their property and keeping those exposed to the colonies safe from their effects is vital. Choosing professional remediation can help property owners to regain control of their homes and conquer the presence of these harmful organisms.
One of the most challenging consequences of mold damage in Tallahassee homes is the harsh odor this organism can embed into surfaces, soft materials, and circulate throughout the open environments of your house. Deodorization is an essential aspect of mold recovery for your home, and as such, our SERVPRO team has several tools and machines ideal for reducing harsh scents and returning these affected items to their original condition.
Our mold technicians have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both remediation and odor control. Many of these same professionals we dispatch to address spreading mold colonization also have additional endorsements in water restoration and structural drying. Combined, these certifications can help to address both the cause and effect of moisture-ridden areas of a house.
Certifications are only the beginning to what our team can handle and maintain. We have ongoing training relative to new products and equipment entering the market, when new practices and procedures get introduced, and even when our technicians can use a refresher in specific recovery areas. This education allows us to present every customer with a knowledgeable front that can develop strategies and design recovery solutions based on the exact materials affected, the location of the mold growth, and if controlled demolition and build back are necessary following our mitigation work.
Our fast response to mold damage situations, as well as our training through the organization NORMI, or National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, helps us to overcome many potential obstacles. We have confident technicians that can help with what your property needs from its initial inspection through remediation, cleaning, and restoration.
You might have multiple options when it comes to choosing professionals to help remediate mold growth, but our SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee is up to the challenge. We have extensive training and experience, and as local restoration providers, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call at (850) 765-5706.