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3 Tips for Using a Fire Extinguisher

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher on the gray wall Small fires can be avoided by keeping a fire extinguisher on hand in your Charleston, TN, home.

3 Fire Extinguisher Useful Hints

Keeping a small fire extinguisher handy in your Charleston, TN, home can help you prevent small fires from raging out of control. You may already have one stored under your kitchen sink or in a cupboard. However, if you not prepared to use it, this tool cannot do you much good if a blaze breaks out. Learning how to use your extinguisher before there is an emergency can help you feel more confident about putting out an unexpected fire.

1. Have a Safe Escape Route

Before you try to fight a fire, it is important that you have an escape route in case the blaze re-ignites or grows despite your best efforts. For example, if you are trying to put out a kitchen fire, try to face it with your back toward the nearest exit so you can back away quickly if your extinguisher cannot handle the force of the fire. Trying to put out a fire with no escape route is hand can be foolhardy and put you at risk for serious injury.

2. Inspect the Safety Pin

Any fire extinguisher in your home should have an intact safety pin. This pin must be pulled before operating your unit, as it breaks the device’s safety seal as well as prevents the extinguisher from discharging without warning. You can replace a missing pin if necessary; however, you might want to ask the advice of your local fire station or a qualified fire damage and restoration company if it is safe or advisable to do so.

3. Sweep as You Spray

As you fight a fire, remember to move the extinguisher’s canister from side to side and aim for the fire’s base. This motion may help put the fire out more quickly. If the blaze reignites, sweep the base again.

Keeping a fire extinguisher handy in your Charleston, TN, home can prevent small fires from burning out of control. However, knowing how to use this fire-fighting tool beforehand can help you snuff out a blaze with confidence.

How To Tell Mold From Mildew: 3 Key Identifiers

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Corner of a wall and ceiling with mold growth developing due to humidity If you discover a mold infestation in your home contact SERVPRO of Bradley County!

How to Spot Mold and Mildew

Battling mold and mildew in your South Cleveland, TN, home can be a year-round housecleaning challenge. From preventing costly mold damage to scrubbing away mildew in the shower, fighting household fungi can take time and a considerable amount of elbow grease. However, trying to clean up mold on your own may cause the further spread of spores and increase the risk of a severe infestation. Knowing how to tell the difference between mold and mildew can help you save time, money and let you know whether you need the services of a certified mold remediation and removal company.

1. Texture

Although mold and mildew are both part of the fungi family, they have different textures that are usually visible to the naked eye. Mildew growth is typically thin and slimy, while mold is usually fuzzy or wooly. You can perform a quick test by adding a few drops of bleach to the suspect area, as mildew grows lighter on contact while mold retains its color.

2. Color

You may be able to tell mold from mildew by the color of the growth. Mildew is usually grey or light yellow as it spreads, while mold growth comes in a variety of colors, from green to white to black. If you suspect what you see is black mold, it is a good idea to avoid touching the area and call in mold damage specialists to treat the problem instead, as this type of fungus can be aggressive and will likely need professional intervention.

3. Growth Pattern

While both mold and mildew have a few similar qualities, the way each grows and spreads can help you tell them apart. Mildew is a surface fungus that can be wiped away easily, as it develops in flat, thin patches. Mold spores, however, penetrate the surface of any material they attach to and grow into wide patches that can be difficult to remove.

It can be difficult to tell mold from mildew when you encounter either in your South Cleveland, TN, home. However, knowing the characteristics of each can help you prevent mold damage and keep your home clean and sanitary.

Managing Leaks Under Your Kitchen Sink: 3 Steps for Minimizing Damage

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Drainage system under sink SERVPRO can help you with any flood or water damage in your kitchen.

3 Steps To Minimize Damage From Leaks Under Your Kitchen Sink

Kitchen leaks are a common household issue. However, when one happens in your Cleveland, TN, home, it may feel like a major disaster. Flooding, broken pipes and a soaked floor can be costly and time consuming to repair. However, there are a few actions you can take to minimize the damage caused by leaks under your kitchen sink.

1. Shut Off the Water

Turning off the water in your home can stem the flood waters, especially if a broken pipe is causing it to gush out rapidly. Know where the shutoff valves are so you do not have to waste time looking for them during a plumbing flood. Turning off the water might also help you see what type of damage you are dealing with.

2. Call Your Insurance Company

Calling your insurance company right away after a flood is a wise idea because it can help you file the same day, which may result in a quicker payout for kitchen repair. Go over the details of the flooding with your agent, and let him or her know whether you need to take pictures or if the company plans to send a claims adjuster. Reaching out to your agent quickly may also prevent delays later, when the claim is reviewed.

3. Call for Flood Cleanup

Flood cleanup and restoration services can offer you helpful assistance after a kitchen flood. Not only can flood techs remove the water and prevent it from spreading to other rooms, they can advise you about what types of repairs you might need afterward. They can also assist with mold prevention and the removal of damaged cabinetry.

When a leak under the sink happens in your Cleveland, TN, home, it can be a stressful experience. Knowing which immediate steps to take can help you minimize flooding and put you on the path to assessing and repairing the damage.

How To Identify Roof Hail Damage

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Hail storm If hail has caused damage to your Charleston, TN, business, you can call SERVPRO for assistance and support about it.

Roof Hail Damage: How To Spot It

There is no question hail can cause a lot of damage. While some people pay closer attention to their cars or other personal items, others remember how important it is to inspect roofs for further damage. Consider how costly any kind of damage to your roof or ceiling can be. Your business deserves a thorough check by a professional service after a hailstorm.

1. Asphalt Roof Damage

With an asphalt roof, you may find the shingles look shiny after a hailstorm. This is due to hail damage. The roof damage itself will often present as random denting. You may feel the dent is too soft to the touch or you may see a loss of granules. Additionally, the felt may be exposed.

2. Wooden Roofs

Generally, the impacts of hail damage look randomized. You will not usually find a pattern, and you may see split or cracked shingles. When it comes to shingles, they are often an orange or brown color when split. There will often be impact and dent marks over the wood. While roofs can be damaged through other types of weather, it is relatively easy to discern hail damage. Serious splits will have sharp corners and edges rather than the regular wear and tear of a shingle that was damaged over time.

3. Flood Water

Roof damage, especially during rainy seasons will often lead to water damage. Water can seep through the roof and into the attic. If you find wet insulation or mold growth in the attic itself, then you may have a compromised roof. Although it is easier to miss water damage in the attic, you should always check after a large storm.

After hail has caused damage to your Charleston, TN, business, it is important to have it taken care of quickly. This type of damage can only get worse over time. In order to work through mitigation quickly, a restoration company can assess and work through the process with you.

3 Tips on Keeping Mold Out of Your Bathroom

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

A white bathroom completely clean If you suspect mold growth in your bathroom, you can contact SERVPRO, we are always ready to help you.

3 Ways to Keep Mold from Growing in Your Bathroom

A common issue most homeowners in South Cleveland, TN, experience is occasional mold growth. Because water creates the perfect setting for a fungi frenzy, bathrooms are a typical problem spot in the home. Even a small amount of water damage can pave the way for trouble down the road. Although mold is often inevitable, there are effective ways homeowners can tackle a mold issue that just doesn't want to back down. Check out the three steps below for some pointers.

1. Use a Fan

This step may seem an obvious one, but the key to minimizing chances of mold growth is to maintain dryness. Without moisture, mold may be less likely to grow and spread. Using a bathroom fan that can efficiently reduce moisture in the air is just one trick to keeping the area mold-free.

2. Seal the Leaks

If a mold problem becomes incessant and difficult to address, you may be having a problem with a hidden leak somewhere in the house. Since water damage can be sneaky, ensure there are no spots where moisture has become trapped. Leaky roofs and a history of flooded basements are two common culprits.

3. Clean Regularly

Cleaning the bathroom during your free time may not be the most thrilling activity, but by developing a regular cleaning routine, you can practice one of the best forms of mold prevention. Using proper cleaning supplies that cut mold and mildew are ideal – many of these have ingredients specifically made to break down the grime that may lead to mold growth. Make sure to also use your bathroom vent while cleaning.

There are many preventative steps one can take when combating mold, but by following the aforementioned tips, you can get a grip on the issue and say goodbye to mold's home sweet home. When the effects of water damage and other issues seem too tough for one set of hands, calling the mold professionals is another option you can choose from to get your home spick and span and clear of mold.

Warm Spells during Winter can cause Flood Damage to Properties in Wildwood Lake

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

A wall being demolited and restored Flood Damaged Wildwood Wall Demolition

Water Seepage Can Result in Surprising Damage

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year, with the crisp white background brightening up the trees in the nearby forests. While this scene can be one that reminds many of winters past, the water is hidden in the ice and snow can also quickly melt, turning into water. If your home is in an area that typically receives some runoff in the spring time when the snow melts, you should be aware that this can also happen if there are warmer periods during the winter months.
 
In Wildwood Lake, flood damage can occur even in the winter time. An area that has snow but then receives a great deal of sun on a windless, warmer-than-normal day can become warm enough to melt the snow on it. This melted snow, which might now be muddy water, can become a problem if it enters your home. While it will not be as deep a flood as what you might experience in the spring, this extra water can still cause you problems if it enters your home.
 
Because this is not a torrential flood, you might not even know about it until it is too late. Small floods like this can enter through basement windows that have been left open for ventilation on warm days or because you're working in the basement, sorting and organizing things for your family. Alternatively, the caulking on the basement window could be old and faulty, or the glass has areas where it is cracked. It could also find its way inside through an open door, seeping in under the kitchen flooring.
 
With any flood or any size, the floor is always affected. The relationship between the speed with which the water is removed and the floor is returned to a dry state, and a number of damages experienced later are an important one to remember. When homeowners wait to repair even minor flood damage, they can often find themselves with an increased level of damage to their homes, even in areas that weren't affected by the actual water. Water does not disappear on its own – it only changes its state.
 
When water first enters, it can cause damage by discoloring the items it contacts, by weakening drywall so that it eventually crumbles, and also by inundating materials in your home with pathogens. Water that is allowed to stay around because it seems to have dried up on its own can create problems in the form of mold within the other areas of your home. These other areas can also experience other types of secondary water damage – swelling walls, buckling floorboards, sticky photograph collections, and doors and drawers that don't want to close correctly.
 
Higher than normal levels of moisture can cause all those and more. When your sunny spot on the nearby hill has caused you a streak of grief, don't worry. At SERVPRO, we have got this, and many others, type of emergency covered. We will get your home dry again, and back to its normal self.
 
Call SERVPRO of Bradley County at (423) 614-5552, anytime, day or night, and we will get started in making things “Like it never even happened.”
Warm Spells during Winter can cause Flood Damage to Properties in Wildwood Lake

Save or Throw: Taking Care of Equipment After a Flood

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded floor If your commercial building is flooded, SERVPRO can help you to remove the flood and restore it efficiently

After a Flood, Should You Save or Throw Your Equipment?

Content cleaning is a major part of storm damage cleanup in Cleveland, TN. You can't leave your old office furniture and equipment in a restored building because they could be reintroducing too much moisture to the environment. As you set out to clean up your possessions, how do you decide what you can keep and what needs to be thrown away?

What You Can Keep

Most non-porous materials can be saved after a flood. This can include anything made of hard plastic, metal and glass. Some porous and semi-porous items may also be salvageable, depending on the type of water damage you are dealing with. Once you have determined what can be kept, there are a few different cleaning methods you may be able to use, including the following:

  • Contents dunked into a bath of cleaning products for immersion cleaning.
  • Contents are wiped dry with a cloth for light residues or pre-clean processes as part of dry cleaning.
  • Furniture has a foam cleaner applied as part of foam cleaning.
  • Items are sprayed with cleaner and wiped down with the spray and wipe cleaning.

Content cleaning specialists may be able to help you determine what items can be salvaged. These professionals can also tell you which cleaning method is best for each item.

What You Should Throw Away

Typically, it is harder to save porous items because the water is able to better soak into the content. If you are dealing with a black water flood, you may have to throw away more items than if you have clean water in your building. Sometimes, you can try some of the aforementioned cleaning techniques on porous objects to see if they can be restored, but it won't always work.

As you try to come back from high waters in your commercial building, you have to go through a long restoration process. Content cleaning can help save you money because it allows you to repair what you can rather than replace everything.

3 Types of Building Materials Affected by Flood Waters

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded home SERVPRO is here always to respond to any water or flood damage in your home.

Flood Waters Affect Three Types of Building Materials

When flooding occurs at your Charleston, TN, home, not all the damage may be immediately apparent. In fact, swelling wood, damaged drywall and other problems might not be visible until the flood waters are removed by a professional storm cleanup and restoration company. Once you take stock of the damage, knowing how the building materials in your home can be affected by flood waters may help you take the firsts steps in having the damage repaired.

1. Wood

Wooden furniture and hardwood floors can sustain serious damage from almost any type of flooding event. Because wood is a porous material, it can absorb water and cause warping. Molding and wainscoting may crack due to swelling wood and might need replacing. Treated wood furniture may not absorb as much water and may be salvageable.

2. Insulation

Your home's insulation can suffer serious damage during a flood, especially if a water supply line breaks directly next to an interior wall that contains it. Even if the wall itself does not appear damaged, wet insulation can cause mold growth and foul odors that may eventually seep out into your home. Restoration experts can perform a flood cut, which removes part of the wall to expose the insulation so it can be inspected and removed.

3. Drywall

Any affected drywall near the source of the flood may be salvageable if you act quickly. Having sections removed and properly dried may allow you to put it back once the area is checked for mold. Drywall that must be removed for water pipe repair should be moved into a room with low humidity so water evaporation does not damage it.

Your Charleston, TN, home can be affected by flooding in many ways. However, when you understand how water can affect its building materials, you can act quickly to prevent swelling wood, insulation rot and other water damage.

What Your Adjuster Needs From You

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

A man doing inspection Before any movement, make an inventory of everything that needs to be replaced as a result of the flooding.

What Your Adjuster Requires of You

As a homeowner, you do not plan for your home in South Cleveland, TN, to flood, but if it does, it is important to know the critical first steps to take. Your home adjuster is tasked with assessing the damage, and there are a few key things you can document to assist with the analysis:

  • Written list of all that is damaged or destroyed
  • Cost to repair or replace damaged items
  • Pictures of the damage
  • Estimate from restoration specialists

Structural Damage

If there is visible damage to the house itself, you need to make note of it. Make a list of every wall that has signs of water damage. Check your floor for warping or missing tiles. If there are cracks in your walls or in your foundation, put that on the list as well. Take pictures of everything you write down to back up your statements. It is advisable to contact professional water damage restoration technicians to get an estimate in writing of how much the repairs to your home are going to cost to give to your home adjuster.

Destroyed Possessions

The insurance claim you file is likely to include damaged items in your home. Make an inventory of everything that needs to be replaced as a result of the flooding. Beside each item, list when you purchased it and approximately how much it would cost to replace it. Keep the damaged items and take digital pictures so you can print them out or email them.

Once you have compiled an inventory of the damage to your home for your insurance claim, make a copy for your records before you hand it off to the home adjuster. That way, if there is a discrepancy between what the adjuster finds and what your records show, you have your own proof. Ensuring that you and the adjuster have the same information may help your insurance company settle your claim and get your home back to normal more quickly.

The Difference Between Storm Damage and Water Damage

8/1/2021 (Permalink)

Hole on a roof, home destroyed by a storm Home destroyed by a storm in South Cleveland, TN.

Storm Damage vs. Water Damage: What's the Difference?

Storms in South Cleveland, TN, can cause flooding in your home. Before you decide to tackle the problem yourself, however, you need to understand that all floods are not created equal. There is a big difference between flood damage and regular water damage, and it mainly stems from the contamination level of the water involved. Knowing the three categories of water contamination can help you determine if the flood in your home is something that you need to call in the experts to manage.

1. Category 1 – Clean Water

The first level of contamination is clean water. Any time water is coming from a leaking faucet, it is likely clean water, at least at first. Likewise, when a pipe or a supply line breaks, you most likely are dealing with clean water. Even if the resulting flood makes a mess, the water is not likely to be contaminated. If neglected, however, clean water can easily become gray water.

2. Category 2 – Gray Water

Gray water is the second category of contamination. Gray water is not safely ingestible because it is likely to contain bacteria or viruses. Flooding from a washing machine or an overflowing toilet is probably gray water. If it is not dealt with in a timely manner, it can become black water.

3. Category 3 – Black Water

There's no telling what's in black water, and that's what makes it the highest category of contamination. It often contains raw sewage, microbes and chemicals. Flood damage from storms or rivers is black water, as there is no way to keep sewage, debris and any chemical washed off the street or the top of buildings out of it.

The contamination level of storm water is the main reason you should always have damage that results from flooding from a storm remedied by professionals. They not only extract the excess moisture but clean the contaminants out of your home.