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Water Damage From a Burst Pipe

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Water Damage From a Burst Pipe This building had a pipe burst in the ceiling causing damage.

Water Damage in Clarksville from a Burst Pipe Should be Promptly Addressed

A burst pipe can cause significant water damage in a home.  Water leakage can also be terribly expensive, possibly causing personal schedule changes and insurance claims. Additionally, mildew and mold can become a problem long after the initial damage. Thankfully, there are experts in water damage that can help the problems from a burst pipe be much more manageable.

Leaking Pipes

Pay attention to leaking pipes! Diligence can minimize the collateral damage from a burst pipe. Pay attention to where water has leaked. The water and moisture may have already caused a small amount of damage. Call a professional to determine the best course of action as soon as possible. An inexperienced homeowner attempting to fix the problem may just make it worse.

Preventing Structural Damage

The possibility of structural damage is the key reason homeowners should be extra vigilant regarding the plumbing in their homes. Structural damage may be difficult to spot. You should always contact an experienced contractor such as SERVPRO of Montgomery County to assess possible structural damage from leaky or burst pipes.

Mold Hazards

Mold is another serious problem that stems from water damage. Mold can be particularly vexing to homeowners. Because mold is living, it can grow and fill large portions of a home without the homeowner being aware. Eventually, mold can lead to structural damage. Mold can be in basements, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Mold removal can be a very difficult task once a foothold has been secured.


Additional Considerations

The above factors illustrate how complicated the ramifications of a burst pipe can be. A homeowner should not attempt to deal with any of these issues without the assistance of an expert well versed in water damage repair and mold remediation. The skills needed to deal effectively with mold, structural damage, and leaking pipes are beyond the average homeowner. Homeowners that attempt these tasks quite often worsen the existing problems. It is always best to hire an expert to inspect the damage after experiencing a burst pipe. SERVPRO of Montgomery County has the experience as a full-service water restoration company to rectify and repair all the problems related to a burst 
pipe.  Solving the problem of a burst pipe correctly will protect the investment of your home for years to come.

SERVPRO Is More Than Just Water Cleanup

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Is More Than Just Water Cleanup What separates SERVPRO of Montgomery County from the rest is our ability to provide an abundance building services to our customers.

SERVPRO of Montgomery County does more than just water damage cleanup, fire cleanup, mold clean up, and carpet cleanings. With our addition of a construction division we are able provide building services most restoration companies can not. Like for example, the removal of graffiti.

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

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SERVPRO of Montgomery County will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

Is Your Home Prepared For Storm Damage?

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Ready

There is a time of the year when tornadoes are more prominent than others. That time is often during the spring and summer, possibly in the fall as well. Many people don't have a plan for severe weather that includes tornadoes. With a little careful planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during a storm.

Make A Plan For The Family
Although you need to create a plan, there is something more important that you need to do with your family. You need to practice your plan so that everyone knows where to go no matter what time of the day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers of family and friends so that you can stay in contact with them after the storm to ensure that they are safe. Another important number to have is your insurance adjuster. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Companies like SERVPRO of Montgomery County can come to the home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside the house.

Keep copies of all of your important documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates. You also need to have a way to communicate with others in the event there is no power or phone service. If there is a large group of people in the disaster area, each person needs to know how to contact others. Designate a leader and an assistant to check with others in the area to make sure everyone is accounted for after the storm.

An emergency preparedness kit is something to have so that your family can survive if there is no power or if the family is stuck in the home because of damages from the storm. Items in the kit should last for about 72 hours. Batteries are essential so that you can use your phone, radio or a battery-powered television. You also need flashlights, a gallon of water for each person for at least three days and non-perishable foods. Other items that you might want to include in your kit are blankets, powdered formula for babies, a first aid kit, and clothing. It's also a good idea to have a spare cell phone charger.

Before a storm arrives, if possible, secure items that might blow away. These include chairs and toys that are in the yard. When you are prepared for a natural disaster and the storm damage that could take place, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Saginaw community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic

Sewage System Backups

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

The reason you should choose SERVPRO of Montgomery County is because we are not afraid to get down and dirty. SERVPRO has the expertise, experience, and equipment to safety remediate sewage damage in your home, business, or crawlspace. 

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. 

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There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Montgomery County will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business back to preloss condition. 

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants. 

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can upgrade to category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly upgrade to category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. 

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment SERVPRO of Montgomery County has trailers and large generators for any size situation.

The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow us to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly and more effectively.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

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Award-Winning Team

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Award-Winning Team Team Nicholson is always prepared for any size situation.

We take pride in being the best of the best. Our award-winning crew is here to work for you. Our accomplishments include:

  • Multiple Best of Clarksville for Best Water Restoration Company
  • 2018 SERVPRO Franchise of The Year
  • 2018 Legend Silver Award 
  • 2017 SERVPRO Top 15 
  • 2016 SERVPRO Top 15

We are also proud members of the Better Business Bureau and Clarksville Chamber of Commerce. 

Our highly-trained, professional, courteous crew and staff are here for you 24/7 for any emergency! You can trust your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Montgomery County to take care of your home or business quickly and thoroughly "Like it never even happened." 

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Faster To Any Emergency

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Montgomery County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

SERVPRO's 24/7 emergency services allows us to better serve our community by arriving to any situation faster than our competitors. This is because when water intrusion begins in your home or property, time is of the essence. After 24 to 48 hours, mold growth begins to show which can become more costly for you. When it comes to disaster, trust the professionals, trust SERVPRO of Montgomery County. 

August is National Back to School Month

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation August is National Back to School Month Hot temperatures outside and high humidity inside can be a disastrous combination for schools.

Back to School Month in August gears up parents, teachers, schools, and students for education. With shorter days, it’s time to dust off the backpacks, fill them up and plan for a new school year. Preparing children for the new year includes everything from supplies, clothes, checkups, planning schedules and making new friends. While teachers develop their lesson plans and ready their classrooms for the new, smiling faces.

Despite all the excitement, a busted pipe or leaky HVAC can put a damper on things especially in a school. During the summer months many schools are left abandoned and HVAC systems are turned off to reduce costs. However, many times when this happens humidity begins to rise causing some areas of the school to show signs of mold. This was the case at a Clarksville elementary school in the summer of 2016. Each piece of furniture from staplers to desks had to be physically wiped down with anti-microbial. Along with the contents, the structure and duct system had to be cleaned as well.

For precautionary measures in the summer months, make sure all systems are left on, the risk may outweigh the reward. Also keep humidity low when temperatures outside are high. 

Whether you’re ready or not, friends, activities, and books are just around the corner. Get ready to learn!

Is Mold Remediation Worth The Investment?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Remediation Worth The Investment? Mold on wall and floor.

In short, Yes! Real estate home inspections will come back failed if inspectors notice visible mold. This will then require the homeowner to call a mold remediation company to eradicate the issue. While this may be costly and time-consuming, it is a major investment when trying to resell your home or business. Not only will this pass the home inspection, but the new homeowners will have a better sense of comfort when moving in. This can be summarized into 3 small steps:

Three Steps to Remediate Mold

  1. Identify and cut off the source of water.
  2. Eradicate the mold with SERVPRO product.
  3. Encapsulate the mold.

The most important step is enclosing the mold after cleaning it. This ensures the mold will not spread into other parts of the house. Some mold jobs can be done by the homeowner while some require professional cleaning. Ultimately this decision is up to you and the home inspector. The typical rule is if the mold exceeds a 3x3 square, professional remediation is required. 

For more information on SERVPRO's mold remediation process check out http://www.SERVPROmontgomerycounty.com/mold-removal-process or give us a call today!

Rooms Most Likely to Flood

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rooms Most Likely to Flood Flooded apartment kitchen in Montgomery County.
 

A Clarksville water damage is not an equal opportunity striker. Rather, it is more likely to attack in particular rooms of your house. Learning more about where water damage is most likely to take place is important because it enables you to develop a comprehensive action plan that will prevent or minimize property damage. SERVPRO of Montgomery County recommends the following short outline regarding the four rooms that are most at risk for water intrusion:

Basement


Water always tries to seek its weakest resistance to flow by the force of gravity. Your basement is the lowest area of your property; water heaters, furnaces, and washing machines can malfunction causing water leakages. Additionally, the basement seepage can result from external forces such as a massive outdoor downpour that penetrate the walls, natural groundwater that infiltrates the basement floor through cracks, or a large scale flooding. As such, you should check your basement regularly to spot evidence of leaks or active leaks that might be occurring. Be aware of a sense of dampness or a musty odor resulting from a mold infestation.

Bathroom


The bathroom is a main intersection between drain pipes and plumbing supply lines. Plenty can go wrong in this room of your property. Overflowing toilets, tubs, showers, and leaky pipes can all contribute to the onset of water damage. Additionally, the bathroom can be a zone for high humidity that triggers mold and mildew growth.

Laundry Room


The washing machine and utility sink move large volumes of water in a short amount of time. In some cases, the water supply hose could break or crack, the drain hose may dislodge from its drain exit, or the supply line may burst or pinhole. If the leakage happens while you are on vacation or out of town, the water damage could result in a flood that impacts your entire home. You should have your hoses changed every five years or earlier to stay on the safe side. Large amounts of standing water have an enormous impact on furnishings and structural materials like warped furniture or mold growth

Kitchen


Like your bathroom, the kitchen is a room that carries a risk of high water. For example, large sinks can accept and subsequently drain high volumes of water. Additionally, clogs and plumbing leaks can cause overflows and backups. Finally, ice makers and dishwashers connected to your supply lines can spill water or cause leaks by snapping. SERVPRO recommends calling a plumber and/or immediately fixing any leak in the kitchen.


Although recognizing which rooms of your home are at a significant risk of water damage is important, this does not mean that you will always be able to prevent a problem from occurring. If you do experience water damage, there's only one company to call for water damage restoration services: SERVPRO of Montgomery County. Our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to assist you 24/7 with any water intrusion or storm emergency. From water removal to final walk-through, we guarantee our services to your complete satisfaction.