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Don't Let Commercial Fire Restoration Close Your Oak Ridge Diner

5/26/2024 (Permalink)

a burned building with fire tape across the doorway Fire damage is one of a business owners greatest fears. Contact SERVPRO immediately if your business suffers from a fire.

Our Technicians Can Handle Any Degree of Fire Damage

Once a fire starts in a commercial kitchen, fire damage is unavoidable. SERVPRO® has the technicians and equipment to efficiently perform mitigation and cleanup. Damaged buildings often need restoration; we understand both commercial and residential codes. We can help minimize or eliminate the time your establishment must close to the public.

Smoke and fire damage in your Oak Ridge diner creates many changes. The environment changes in ways you can both see and smell, requiring prompt attention.  You can rely on our guidance and support in such a challenging situation. Our primary goal is to restore your business and ensure it remains a thriving part of the local business community.

We manage the various aspects that a fire and its smoke create, especially within a food preparation business. Different areas that can affect your business include:

  • Inventorying ruined foodstuffs and equipment, 
  • Cleaning surfaces, and 
  • Odor control.

Ensuring your reopening or continued food preparation has access to the proper ingredients can help maintain the quality of your signature dishes. Many items may have become partially cooked from the heat, and others may have damaged packaging. Equipment is a crucial part of creating menu items at the desired scale.

Cleaning surfaces means more than what you can see. We also clean the flooring, the undersides of tables, and your HVAC system. Removing water is also a part of our services. Removing soot is a cost-effective measure that minimizes spending on replacing equipment, inventory, and dining furniture.

Odor control is often needed to combat the odor-causing particles we cannot physically remove. One stand-by method SERVPRO uses is thermal fogging. This type of odor control is highly effective because this method's fog mimics the behavior of the smoke during the fire. 

After a fire or smoky blaze in your restaurant's kitchen, call us, SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties, at (865) 986-3015. We are Here to Help® 24/7.

Flood Damage in Oak Ridge Necessitates Elaborate Decontamination

3/25/2024 (Permalink)

Here to Help Poster Contaminated groundwater after an Oak Ridge flooding needs expert help. And SERVPRO is Here To Help®

Crucial Steps That Ease Flood Restoration Exercises

Oak Ridge straddles Roane and Anderson counties, covering 89.95 square miles. It's historically significant as a secret city established to support the Manhattan Project. Sites like the X-10 Graphite Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Graphite Reactor (300 Building) are a permanent reminder of the city's formative legacy. Away from history, the city is set in a picturesque location and hosts various festivals like Secret City Triathlon, Lavender Festival, and Children's Halloween Party.

When flood damage affects your Oak Ridge property, you might encounter many problems. Contamination from biohazards and chemical agents is one such issue. SERVPRO® helps plan and execute decontamination, ensuring your property regains its preloss conditions. Our expertise and access to specialized equipment help guarantee positive outcomes.

Steps Necessary to Decontaminate a Flooded Property

  • Assessment and planning
  • Containment
  • Cleaning and disinfection

Each flooding incident is unique, thus resulting in different contamination levels. Incidents involving groundwater or sewage backup leave heavy contamination, unlike flooding from rainwater and other clean sources. In addition to the sources, the time it takes to resolve a flooding incident contributes to the overall contamination. SERVPRO crews evaluate the situation to establish the existing damages and find ways to expedite restoration, thus limiting secondary contamination.

Although flooding affects vast areas of a property, the contamination may be restricted to specific areas. For example, a sewage backup would likely affect only areas closest to bathrooms or ground floor areas. However, the contaminants can spread to other areas of the property through foot traffic or air currents introduced to expedite drying. Establishing containment helps prevent such spreading. Our SERVPRO crews set up air-tight barriers, isolation rooms, or closing off openings. Containment also helps distinguish clean rooms, equipment staging, and decontamination areas.

Other Decontamination Procedures

  • Mold remediation
  • Air filtration and ventilation
  • Drying and dehumidification

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties provides unique services to manage any water damage incident "Like it never even happened." Call (865) 986-3015.

Fire Damage Restoration in Oak Ridge Multi-Level Homes

1/28/2024 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the walls and cabinets If fire damage occurs in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our certified technicians can get your home back to normal in no time.

Immediate Assistance 24/7 with SERVPRO®

Disaster can strike at any moment, and when fire wreaks havoc in a multi-level home, the road to recovery can seem daunting. Thankfully, SERVPRO is your ally in restoring not just the structure but also peace of mind. Our skilled technicians are ready to respond 24/7, ensuring prompt and efficient fire damage restoration in Oak Ridge.

The Unseen Enemy: Water Damage

While flames are the apparent culprits with fire damage restoration projects in Oak Ridge, water damage often lurks in their aftermath. The water used to douse the flames can permeate walls, ceilings, and floors, creating a breeding ground for mold and further compromising the structural integrity of your home. At SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties, we understand the intricacies of fire and water damage restoration, addressing both aspects comprehensively. Our goal is not just to repair but to ensure your home is free from hidden threats.

Certifications That Speak Volumes

When entrusting your home to a restoration service, certifications matter. SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties takes pride in its industry-recognized certifications, assuring you of our commitment to excellence. Our technicians are certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), showcasing our expertise in handling fire damage restoration.

Certifications Include:

  • IICRC Water Damage Restoration
  • IICRC Fire and Smoke Restoration
  • IICRC Applied Structural Drying

The SERVPRO Advantage

With years of experience and a team of highly trained professionals, we bring the SERVPRO advantage to every restoration project. Our systematic approach ensures no detail gets overlooked, from the initial assessment moving into the final touches. We employ cutting-edge technology along with industry best practices to expedite the restoration process without compromising quality. Here to Help® 24/7.

When fire strikes your multi-level home in Oak Ridge, swift and expert restoration is essential. SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties stands as your reliable partner, offering round-the-clock assistance and certified expertise. Trust us to navigate the complexities of fire damage restoration so you can reclaim not just your home but also peace of mind. Call us at (865) 986-3015 or request help online.

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal Services in Oak Ridge

12/22/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded living room of a home with water covering the floor After water damage occurs in your home, you need to ensure that all of the water is removed quickly. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation services.

Need Help with Water Removal and Drying in Oak Ridge – Call SERVPRO®

Water leaks never occur at a convenient time in Oak Ridge. Water can inundate your home in hours during the night or when you are away at work. Thousands of gallons of water soak into carpets and inside walls and seep into ceilings, causing significant damage costing thousands of dollars and disrupting your family routine. Prolonged exposure to water can also cause extensive secondary damage, especially to porous materials.

SERVPRO provides water removal and drying services in Oak Ridge and surrounding areas. We respond in less than four hours from your call 24/7. It is essential to stop the water leaking in your home and initiate water removal and drying as quickly as possible. Mold can begin growing colonies in as little as 24 hours, and porous materials absorb moisture, causing warping, swelling, buckling, and loss of structural integrity.

Our water removal teams are equipped with the equipment to fit every situation, regardless of the size of the water leak or the amount of water. We can deploy equipment such as:

  • High-capacity pumps to remove water from basements.
  • Weighted water extractors remove water from carpets
  • Floor mats remove water from hardwood flooring
  • Extraction wands to reach inside crevices and interior walls
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers
  • Specialized blowers to direct dry air inside walls
  • Water and moisture detection devices

Our SERVPRO team assesses the situation upon arrival. It immediately begins deploying the appropriate equipment to dry your home or business and reduces the opportunity for secondary damage to your home's contents and structure. SERVPRO can also help you avoid slips, falls, or electrocution from exposed electrical wires and components. Let the experts deal with water removal to prevent further danger to you or your family.

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties to help with water removal in Oak Ridge and nearby areas. SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster™ 24/7. Call (865) 986-3015.

Partial Removal of an Oak Ridge Home's Interior After Mold Damage

9/25/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of a home with  cation: "Call Our Team For Your Mold Problem" If you discover mold in your Oak Ridge home, SERVPRO is Here to Help® 24/7.
  • Removing Materials With Mold Damage Protects Homes

The musty odor that told you the upstairs bathroom in your Oak Ridge two-story home harbored mold won't last long after SERVPRO®'s technicians start working. We take mold damage removal seriously and use a highly effective approach that saves time and money.

During your home's mold remediation in Oak Ridge, SERVPRO's mold damage removal team identifies and eliminates hot spots of microbial activity. We also determine where cleaning should suffice. Our goal is to protect your property. One fact about mold and other similar microbes is that they exist everywhere. It is the overgrowth or colonization by microbes that is destructive.

Here is some information about the process of removing and replacing only those components dilapidated by microbes:

  • Extraction of damaged structures
  • Construction and use of barriers
  • Installation of new structural elements

Anchoring itself into a porous material lets mold steadily cause disintegration on whatever substance it rests. We use protective gear during the removal of contaminated drywall or carpet sections. Our ventilation equipment prevents us from breathing in dust and spores while we pull out, cut, and bag said elements. Bagging what we cut away keeps anything from contaminating clean areas of your home as we pass through on our way to dispose of everything outside.

Building the necessary but temporary compartments around areas that require our attention takes little time but provides significant protection for your home and everything in it. With air movers and scrubbers, we further diminish the number of spores and mold particles within your home. Trapping these tiny things can prevent big problems later.

We can install new carpet after normalizing interior humidity levels and applying antimicrobial agents. Our team can also install wall materials. Changing the environment inside your home helps control the number of microbes and spores that can remain viable and form new colonies.

SERVPRO wants to protect your home and make it "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 329-7804 for proficient remediation, mitigation, and restoration specialists.

Types of Fire Damage and Response to Buildings in Oak Ridge

5/20/2023 (Permalink)

Loudon FD crew posing in front of truck Local Tennessee Fire Departments protect our citizens following a house fire. SERVPRO strives to complete the job,"Like it never even happened."

Different Types of Fires Require Specific Restoration Responses for Homes in Oak Ridge

Fires are caused by many different sources in Oak Ridge, including lightning, faulty electrical circuits, negligence, and outdated wiring systems, to name a few. These fires cause a great deal of damage; however, there are different types of fire damage in every fire, which must be addressed distinctly with appropriate processes and cleaning procedures.

SERVPRO provides fire damage cleaning and restoration services to Oak Ridge residents and building owners. Our technicians are highly trained in dealing with all types of fires, smoke residues, and chemicals used to extinguish fires.

There are three main types of damage caused by fires. These include:

  • Damage caused by the flames
  • Damage caused by smoke residue and odors
  • Damage caused by the chemicals used to extinguish the fire, e.g., water, fire retardant, etc., and the efforts of the firefighters investigating interior walls and ceilings

SERVPRO provides fire damage cleaning and restoration services to Oak Ridge residents and building owners. Our technicians are highly trained in dealing with all types of fires, smoke residues, and chemicals used to extinguish fires.

Flame damage can be very different than an electrical fire. Flames burn fabrics and char wood and drywall products, while electrical fires may cause arcing leading to flame damage to the surrounding materials. Typically, heat from a blaze causes more extensive structural and content damage, often requiring a degree of demolition.

Smoke damage, including residues and odors, can last much longer and inundate the entire building, including all of the contents. Smoke residues may cause some porous surfaces to discolor, while nonporous surfaces can be wiped clean and the odors removed. Each item exposed to smoke damage must be evaluated, and the appropriate deodorization approach must be applied.

Water and fire retardant chemicals can lead to secondary damage, including mold and porous wood product damage. Firefighters often must break open walls and ceilings to check for hotspots. Fast removal of water, cleaning, and drying can reduce secondary damage.

SERVPRO applies controlled demolition techniques to remove secondary damage and repair or restore open walls and ceilings. We consider these issues during our initial assessment and use the appropriate fire restoration protocols to return your home to its original condition.

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties for fire damage restoration services. We provide service to Oak Ridge and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (865) 271-9011.

Oak Ridge Businesses Turn to SERVPRO for Water Cleanup

4/30/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded office with furniture floating around Dealing with excess water at your business location can certainly help to prevent any secondary damage such as mold. Call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Water Cleanup to Oak Ridges Commercial Properties

Water damage to a commercial property can catch business owners off guard. If water cleanup in your Oak Ridge commercial space does not happen fast, it can have a lasting impact on the aesthetics and structural integrity of the building. Professionals like SERVPRO can restore your property to its former glory as quickly as possible with minimal effect on the business proceedings. 

SERVPRO techs use a multi-faceted approach during the water cleanup of your Oak Ridge commercial space. The immediate goal of the restorers is to remove any standing water, followed by drying the structure as quickly as possible to limit the extent of the damage. 

Water Damage Repairs of Different Materials 

Moisture interacts differently with different materials. According to the IICRC S500 guidelines, permeability and porosity are the two factors that describe the interaction between moisture and materials. 

Highly permeable materials allow the water to move through them faster but are also quick to dry. Porosity, on the other hand, describes the number of void spaces within the material. SERVPRO techs encounter the following three types of materials in water-damaged commercial buildings-

  • Porous materials like carpet and gypsum board absorb moisture quicker and support microbial growth. SERVPRO techs focus on drying these materials as quickly as possible. 
  • Semi-porous materials like unfinished wood, brick, and concrete absorb moisture slowly. SERVPRO techs use a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to dry these structures. 
  • Non-porous materials like glass and metal are of the least concern during water restoration as they don’t absorb water. 

How SERVPRO Techs Speed Up the Drying?

SERVPRO techs understand how moisture reacts with different types of material and create ideal drying conditions depending on the type of material involved. We use state-of-the-art equipment like dehumidifiers and air movers to control the humidity and speed up the drying. 

Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015. Remember, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Factors Affect Oak Ridge Water Damage Cleanup Costs?

3/28/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician removing water damaged hardwood flooring Water damage can soak through the flooring and walls. Contact SERVPRO to ensure all areas of your home are dried properly.

SERVPRO Technicians Help Oak Ridge Properties With Water Restoration

Numerous factors affect the outcome of a water cleanup job within an Oak Ridge property. One of the main factors is the time frame for the restoration services to start. A home with less water that waits for the cleanup job to begin can have a potentially worse outcome than a house with a more significant amount of water where the efforts started immediately. SERVPRO handles each job on a case-by-case basis and attempts to lessen costs for homeowners wherever possible.

Some of the most common reasons that cause water damage in an Oak Ridge property are plumbing problems, appliance malfunctions, weather catastrophes, sewer backups, and ventilations issues with a basement or crawlspace. For the best chance at the least amount of damage possible, it is vital to engage the water cleanup services of a professional restoration company. SERVPRO technicians trained using the IICRC methods and continuing education to ensure they are up-to-date on the most current advancements in the restoration industry.

Potential Major Losses After Water Damage

SERVPRO technicians work hard to minimize the replacement of building materials and contents; however, here are some of the most typical issues seen:

  • Warped flooring or damaged sheetrock requiring controlled demolition
  • Ruined carpet
  • Damaged electrical system

The Size of the Water Cleanup

The size is a factor that directly bears the cost of the damage to the property owner. A kitchen with water damage may have a significantly lower price to extract and dry than an entire floor of a home with the same issue. Also, when sizable square footage needs help, some of the following factors can affect the monetary outlay of a restoration service:

  • SERVPRO requires more extraction and dehumidification equipment for large-scale water cleanup jobs
  • A sudden pipe burst may be less damaging than a slow leak that took years, ruining the interior walls and possibly harboring mold growth.
  • Appliance failures can result in extreme cleanup measures as high volume leaks can result in huge problems. For example, a broken washing machine supply line can spill up to 600 gallons of water per hour.

SERVPRO Has Professional Restoration Methods for Flooring

The carpet and other floor coverings in a home get attention from SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians using their advanced methods and equipment. Since water migrates quickly, the technicians use their equipment to ensure all areas of water damage, including behind the walls and subfloor, get addressed. The popularity of laminate flooring means SERVPRO technicians handled it regularly. This flooring type has a different reaction than wood or tile. The laminate may not show water damage until a short time after the exposure to excessive moisture occurs as the water penetrates the core materials of the board.

Hardwood flooring may warp or cup in reaction to water damage. However, SERVPRO technicians have the training to remove the moisture from the wood at a steady pace to avoid damage. Water removal too rapidly can result in overly dried wood that splits and cracks, requiring replacement.

Whenever possible, the repair is always preferable to replacement, and the technicians work diligently towards that end during a water damage service. In cases where destruction to the point of no recovery, mold, or contaminated water is the issue, reconstruction or replacement can be the only option for homeowners.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 helps the local Oak Ridge community with all sizes and types of water damage restoration services

What Special Handling Does Oak Ridge Kitchen Fire Damage Need?

3/28/2023 (Permalink)

Home gutted to the framing with fire damaged studs SERVPRO addresses water damage left behind by extinguishing efforts before cleaning up fire damage in your home.

SERVPRO Brings the Latest Fire Cleanup Techniques in Oak Ridge

After a kitchen fire in an Oak Ridge property, there can be numerous issues left behind for SERVPRO technicians to handle. This room in the home is commonly the hub for the plumbing and contains more appliances than other areas. The potential for a more significant casualty to home contents from both fire and water damage.

Water in an Oak Ridge kitchen with fire damage can complicate the situation. SERVPRO technicians work diligently to remove soaked items left within the kitchen and extract any remaining water before it can seep under flooring and create further problems during the fire cleanup service. SERVPRO technicians use different methods for water removal and cleanup, including:

  • Extraction pump equipment
  • Hand tools
  • Microfiber towels and drying equipment

What Items Get Removed During Fire Damage Cleanup

Some articles cannot remain within a home after a fire because soot particles can get pushed within containers and other areas, including food receptacles, due to hot air expansion during the active part of the house fire. It is not safe to consume any foodstuffs, even canned goods, in the impact area of fire damage.

Appliances Need Inspection Before Reuse

Although the fridge, stove, or other appliance may look "okay" with only the need for any exterior cleaning of the smoke damage, the heat from the fire can ruin the electrical components within the item. SERVPRO technicians always recommended that homeowners err on the side of safety and allow an inspection before the things get reused. It is never safe to turn on an electrical appliance with potential fire damage to see if it will turn on. Testing a fridge or stove without an inspection by a certified industry professional can run the risk of:

  • Shock
  • Electrical fire
  • Permanent damage to the item

Charred or Smoke Damage?

After a fire has occurred, a kitchen can be covered in black, smelly soot. SERVPRO technicians have the necessary training to discern the charred elements from those within the job site that the homeowner can reuse through advanced cleaning methods such as immersion or sonic applications. Charred building materials get removed through careful, controlled demo actions, reducing the smoke odors within the kitchen. Items that need surface cleaning get removed outside the worksite for detailed attention from assigned technicians.

The Challenge of Protein Fires

The fire damage left behind from a pan caught on fire on a stovetop is multilayered. The remnants left behind from this kind of home disaster leave a nearly invisible layer of greasy film on all surfaces in the immediate area. Not only is it difficult to see, but it also carries a strong odor. SERVPRO technicians use professional EPA-approved cleaning agents to remove these tough residues but also assist in eradicating the pungent smell.

Speaking of Odor Control After Fire Damage

No one cares to eat or cook in a kitchen that smells like something burned in it. SERVPRO technicians have specific equipment and methods to remove all traces of smoke odors. This is one of the final tasks before repairs, or needed reconstruction actions occur.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 brings professional fire damage restoration services to the Oak Ridge area. The trained, certified technicians arrive quickly and handle the job from start to finish.

Why Does Air Quality Matter During Oak Ridge Mold Damage Remediation?

3/28/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing a white PPE suit The right way to correct mold growth in your home is to trust in the experience of a professional remediation team like SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Experience Handling Oak Ridge Mold Infestations

The air quality in an Oak Ridge home with a mold infestation of any size matters. This is because mold spores can be airborne and travel to other areas of the property if disturbed, mainly through the cleaning process. SERVPRO technicians utilize different methods of air improvement applications to capture or port airborne spores off-site.

An Oak Ridge property with mold damage can have a large-scale issue if the problem is not adequately resolved. Mold growth is never something that will go away on its own if the environmental elements creating a hospitable home remain in place. SERVPRO technicians use their equipment to determine the size of the mold infestation and the reason for the colony growth. Frequently seen situations allowing mold to grow and spread include:

  • Water damage, either sudden or long-term such as a slow leak
  • Trapped moist air in crawlspaces, basements, or wall cavities
  • Ignored visible mold colonies

How Does Mold Damage Spread?

SERVPRO technicians take special care to avoid cross-contamination of mold spores during the remediation process by such actions as:

  • Applying barriers over doorways and vents
  • Removal of undamaged items within the work-site
  • Use of air scrubbers or negative air chambers as needed

Finding Mold Growth Behind the Scenes

It is easy to spot when mold damage grows openly on a surface. However, by the time a mold colony is visible, there may be a significant issue within wall cavities, under flooring, or behind wallpaper, to name just a few common areas it is found. Mold needs a moist, preferably dark environment to consume to sustain itself. The moisture can be a giveaway of the location of mold colonies. SERVPRO IICRC Certified technicians use various devices for water collection that show up as locations of blue on an infrared camera and assist in narrowing down the most likely spots to check. The technicians can open a tiny area to confirm the presence of mold and include it in the mold damage remediation service.

How Do Air Scrubbers Assist With Air Quality?

This piece of equipment is invaluable to SERVPRO technicians during any mitigation service where airborne particulate is an issue. During a mold damage cleanup, the air scrubbers run and capture airborne spores before they can float to another area within the home or hitch a ride on shoes or clothing. The maze of HEPA filtration captures and safely holds the spores for disposal. In some cases, the technicians use self-created tubing to create a vacuum effect that pulls air containing airborne spores into the tube and ports them outside the work-site through a window or doorway.  

Use of Antimicrobial Solutions

SERVPRO uses the highest quality and a host of EPA-registered cleaning agents for the surface cleaning to make the work-site inhospitable to mold spores, so they are not likely to germinate within the same spot. The use of sealants on studs and other areas further inhibits the issue's return as long as the property owner addresses the necessary repairs that created a moist environment.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 brings professional mold damage remediation to local Oak Ridge properties. The technicians use the latest applications and equipment to make mold infestations a thing of the past.