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What Causes Mold Regrowth?

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial What Causes Mold Regrowth? Moisture, high levels of humidity and the structure of mold spores can all affect mold growth.

Mold growth is a major problem in many businesses in Farragut, TN and many business owners are frustrated to see mold growing back in certain areas after it has seemingly been removed. However, there are various reasons mold tends to grow back in businesses.

1. Moisture

One of the primary reasons mold regrows in particular areas has to do with the amount of moisture. If a particular area has been affected by water damage, quickly removing the water often isn’t enough. It’s often helpful to ensure that areas stay dry long after the initial water has been removed, as moisture left behind can make it significantly easier for mold to return.

2. Airflow

The airflow in a business can affect whether or not mold regrows. With too little airflow in a building, levels of high humidity can occur and accelerate the rate of mold growth. However, too much airflow can also increase the rate at which spores spread. In order to know what level of airflow would benefit your business and make it more difficult for mold to regrow, it’s often helpful to speak with mold remediation experts.

3. Structure of the Spores

In addition to high levels of moisture and humidity and significant airflow, the structure of the mold spores also affects mold’s ability to regrow in a particular area. Hyphae are thin, strand-like structures that are present in fungi. The hyphae are solid enough to shield the spores of mold from dissipating and the hyphae’s thin strands also help to promote the spread of the mold spores. Removing every individual mold spore is neither possible or beneficial, but the combination of a humid environment with too much or too little airflow and the spores’ structure makes it easy for regrowth to occur.

Moisture, high levels of humidity and the structure of mold spores can all affect mold growth. By understanding the factors that make mold more likely to grow, you can take measurements to prevent both growth and regrowth in your business.

Crawl Space Clean Up

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

General Crawl Space Clean Up Crawl Space Clean up Knoxville

SERVPRO of West Knoxville/Farragut is excited to add Crawl Space Cleanup and Encapsulation to our company. Our crews can clean up, seal, and insulate your space quickly. We specialize in specialize e in mold and rotten crawl space clean up and repair.

While many homeowners do not access their crawl space regularly or use it for storage, what happens in this space can have a significant impact on the rest of the home.

If you have a vented crawl space, you can count on 40% of the air in your home coming from your crawl space. Anything in that air — including mold spores, odors, and humidity — are all brought up into your home. These particles may be invisible, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t harmful.

For a free crawl space quote, contact us by phone or e-mail today!

3 Things You Should Know About Water Damage in Your Apartment

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Things You Should Know About Water Damage in Your Apartment Taking quick action to dry and restore your apartment will yield the best end results.

3 Things You Should Know About Water Damage In Your Apartment

As a renter in Knoxville, TN there is a fine line between what you can tolerate and what is unacceptable. While most renters have come to expect a few squeaks in the floors and quirks in the appliances, living with leaking appliances can be a huge hassle. From a pipe burst to a leaking dishwasher, you should know these three things about dealing with water damage in your apartment.

1. The Leak Won’t Fix Itself

When faced with a large water mess, it might seem easiest to simply turn your head and pretend you don’t see water pouring out from under your dishwasher. The best advice: face the problem head on. As soon as you notice water, start by:

  • Turning off the appliance
  • Canceling the cycle
  • Or, simply shutting off the main water line

These simple measures are quick and easy and may be the best way to prevent further water from entering the equation. Talk to your landlord as soon as possible about addressing the problems at hand.

2. Hasty Cleanup is Essential

Whether the property owner is ready to take immediate action or not, it may be in your best interest to get started on the process of cleaning up. Finding a local water restoration crew to help you with large water incidents, such as a pipe burst, can be helpful in documenting and safely treating the affected area.

3. Check Your Renters Insurance Policy

If any of your personal belongings sustain damage in an apartment water leak, contact your insurance company to learn more about your coverage. Many renter’s insurance policies approve claims in which water damage permanently ruins personal goods left in the wake of a residential water leak. However, if flooding continues into neighboring units wreaking havoc, renter’s insurance may not have you protected.

If you are faced with significant water damage from a pipe burst, begin the restoration and clean up process sooner than later. Taking quick action to dry and restore your apartment will yield the best end results.

3 Ways a Storm Damage Cleanup Service Can Assist With Business Insurance Claims

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Ways a Storm Damage Cleanup Service Can Assist With Business Insurance Claims Disaster response teams from restoration services like SERVPRO are trained to move quickly in the event of a major natural disaster.

3 Ways A Storm Damage Cleanup Service Can Assist With Business Insurance Claims 

When a fire or storm damage affects your Knoxville, TN business, one of the first actions you might take is to file a claim with your insurance company. However, if a natural disaster has caused widespread destruction in the area, your local claim services might be inundated with calls. If so, then working with a storm damage cleanup service may offer several advantages when it comes to getting your claim prepared and filed promptly.

1. Vendor Partnership

Some emergency response services partner with insurance companies to assist them with multiple claims in times of extreme need. When you work with these vendors, you may have more of a direct line to an agent if you need to ask questions, want to schedule a visit for the insurance adjustor or other claim services. This can be to your advantage, no matter how many other businesses in the area have been affected.

2. Faster Damage Estimates

When your business is damaged by fire or flooding, it can be difficult to gauge how much damage has been done simply by eyeballing the property. For example, in the case of flooding, interior walls and the padding material under carpeting may have been damaged by moisture. However, since these problems are not plainly visible, they may be overlooked. Having a professional storm damage service survey your building may result in a more accurate estimate.

3. Faster Service

Disaster response teams from restoration services like SERVPRO are trained to move quickly in the event of a major natural disaster so they can perform mitigation duties and attempt to reduce the amount of damage your building might suffer. The faster they arrive at your business, the quicker you can get a complete report and file your insurance claim, which may help streamline the process.

When disaster strikes your Knoxville, TN business, it can be difficult to know where to begin when reporting the damage to your local insurance claim services. However, working with a storm damage and cleanup service may offer several advantages that help you get back on your feet.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms Save Lives Smoke Alarm West Knoxville

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the group replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps are signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately.

Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of the fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO® of West Knoxville/ Farragut Professional.

PREPARING FOR A FLOOD

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage PREPARING FOR A FLOOD Water Damage Knoxville

Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.
• Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
• Food—3+ day supply of non- perishable, easy-to-prepare food
• Flashlight
• Battery-powered or hand-crank
radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if
possible)
• Extra batteries
• First Aid kit
• Medications (7-day supply) and
medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
• Multi-purpose tool
• Sanitation/personal hygiene items
• Copies of secret documents
(medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact
information
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Map(s) of the area
• Baby supplies (bottles, formula,
baby food, diapers)
• Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food,
carrier, bowl)
• Tools/supplies for securing your home
• Extra set of car keys and house keys
• Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes
• Rain gear
• Insect repellent and sunscreen
• Camera for photos of damage

Call The Cleanup Team That is Faster to Any Size Disaster

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "Approximately, five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:
• Flash Flooding
• River Flooding
• Storm Surge and Coastal
Inundation from Tropical
and Non-Tropical Systems • Burn Scars/Debris Flows
(Caused by Wildfires)
• Ice/Debris Jams
• Snowmelt
• Dry Wash (Caused by heavy
rainfall in dry areas)
• Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you will not live in the future. 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States.
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in your home as soon as possible.
SERVPRO® of West Knoxville/Farragut Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

PREPARING FOR A FLOOD

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage PREPARING FOR A FLOOD Water Damage Knoxville

Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.
• Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
• Food—3+ day supply of non- perishable, easy-to-prepare food
• Flashlight
• Battery-powered or hand-crank
radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if
possible)
• Extra batteries
• First Aid kit
• Medications (7-day supply) and
medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
• Multi-purpose tool
• Sanitation/personal hygiene items
• Copies of secret documents
(medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact
information
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Map(s) of the area
• Baby supplies (bottles, formula,
baby food, diapers)
• Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food,
carrier, bowl)
• Tools/supplies for securing your home
• Extra set of car keys and house keys
• Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes
• Rain gear
• Insect repellent and sunscreen
• Camera for photos of damage

Mold Prevention Tips for Your Home’s Bathrooms

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention Tips for Your Home’s Bathrooms There are various steps you can take to prevent mold from appearing in your home’s bathrooms.

Mold Prevention Tips For Your Home’s Bathrooms

Finding water damage in a bathroom in your home in Farragut, TN is often frustrating enough on its own. Unfortunately, mold damage often follows. However, there are various steps you can take to prevent mold from appearing in your home’s bathrooms.

1. Clean and Dry the Room

Mold prevention doesn’t have to be complicated. Making sure the bathrooms in your home are kept clean make it harder for mold to grow in those areas. Using disinfectant cleaning supplies can discourage mold growth. After cleaning your bathrooms, it’s also helpful to dry down the surfaces you’ve cleaned in order to reduce the moisture in your bathroom, which mold often needs to grow.

2. Watch for Signs of Leaks

Water damage makes mold substantially more likely to grow, and routinely checking in areas where mold commonly grows can be helpful when it comes to noticing a leak. However, minor leaks aren’t always immediately apparent, and the longer leaks go unnoticed, the more damage that will likely occur. If you notice your water bill is higher than normal for no discernable reason, this can indicate that there may be a leak in your bathroom. If your home has been badly damaged by water, it might be useful to contact water and mold damage restoration experts.

3. Decrease Humidity Levels When Possible

Bathrooms are often humid, particularly after the shower or bath has been used. Avoiding using the shower or bath isn’t an option, but there are ways you can keep humidity levels low in your home’s bathrooms. However, turning on a fan while showering or bathing can help to decrease the humidity in the room. If you notice that the bathroom is still excessively humid even when using a fan, then you might want to consider using a dehumidifier to further keep the humidity low.

Although you can’t always avoid water damage in your home, it is often possible to prevent mold from growing in your bathrooms. Keeping your bathroom clean, monitoring your water usage and limiting the levels of humidity in your home can prevent mold from growing in your bathroom.

4 Reasons To Add SERVPRO to Your Preferred Vendors List

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 4 Reasons To Add SERVPRO to Your Preferred Vendors List SERVPRO of West Knoxville/Farragut is ready to respond!

Reasons to Add SERVPRO to Your Preferred Vendors List

When you work as an insurance agent in Bearden, TN, it can be helpful to have a list of preferred vendors when a client needs restoration work done on their home. This can allow you to move forward more quickly and reduce the effects of decision fatigue that you may feel during the claims process. Here are some reasons why adding SERVPRO to your list is a good idea.

1. They Are Certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
Because they are certified by the IICRC, the company has a set of standards that they must adhere to. All employees will be trained to follow the necessary procedures to produce the highest quality work.

2. They Follow Strict Guidelines
In order to provide their insurance clients with the best, the company has their own standards for their vendor program franchises as well. There are several guidelines that must be followed for a franchise to receive client referrals. They also perform background checks on employees, so you can feel comfortable knowing that you will have only the best workers for your client.

3. They Provide Quality Work Quickly
As an insurance agent, your time is valuable. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, so they can get started on the restoration process as soon as you need them. They can begin mitigation within a few hours of your call, which means faster and less costly repairs.

4. They Use Their Claims Information Center To Keep Track of Important Information
When you are working on an insurance claim, you have a lot of information to keep track of. The CIC gives you access to important information like scanned documents and photos of damaged property all in one place.

A preferred vendors list is a great tool for an insurance agent. Adding a high-quality damage restoration company like SERVPRO to yours will help both you and your clients.