How water damage impacts your Sango home
Water damage in a local Sango home. After the water was extracted the team moved in all the drying equipment.
Drastic Results from Water Damage to Your Sango House
One of the worst things that a homeowner can find themselves grappling with is a flood. In the aftermath of a flood, the property becomes susceptible to extensive water damage that can adversely impact your home. Water damage becomes progressively worse with each passing minute. And can give rise to the following problems:
- mold and mildew proliferation in your walls, furnishings, and carpets
- the growth of microorganisms that cause rotting in wood and fabric
- odors that become progressively worse/permanent
- drywall becomes warped, soaked, and unusable
- wood and furniture become malformed and starts to smell
- metal rusts and starts to tarnish
Once these problems begin to surface, your insurance claim will often rise in cost. Additionally, your chance of recovering your home and restoring its original value can decrease drastically. It's also important to note that water damage can make your home difficult or impossible to live in if fungi begin to grow. The fungi show up as black or green mold, and can appear wherever moisture or water has accumulated. There are more problems that can surface including buckling floors, wooden door casings that swell up, wallpaper that peels, and adhesives that lose their bond with ceramic tile. Some other challenges that can occur include the staining of fabric, failure of electronic components, and peeling of paint. Home occupants are also at risk of contaminants in the water and air. Finally, exposure to contaminants can pose a variety of health issues, including increased susceptibility to respiratory issues, lung problems, and pathogenic diseases.
The many results from water damage can have a negative impact on your Sango home. However, you can limit initial damage to your home by immediately calling in a water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. The rapid execution of the water removal process helps protect the health of your household members from deteriorating. By contracting such a professional team of water damage specialists, the technicians immediately attack and quickly arrest mold growth before it becomes a serious, health-compromising issue in your home. Additionally, SERVPRO can offer a wealth of other cleanup services that help restore your Sango residential property to its previous condition. You can then resume living in it without fear or anxiety. With extensive industry experience, we know how nerve-wracking dealing with water damage can be. And that's why we work with expedience and excellence to eliminate all issues that negatively impact your abode.
Locally Owned and Operated
We live and work in Sango too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Montgomery County is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Sangocommunity and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
We know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. Call us. (931) 645-1285
Mold Remediation Procedure in a Fort Campbell Home
Mold groth in a local Fort Campbell home. SERVPRO of Montgomery County and its trained staff will take care of your mold remediation.
Mold Remediation Procedure in a Fort Campbell Home
When a homeowner encounters a problem with mold growth in a Fort Campbell home, it is an unwelcomed situation that requires mold remediation immediately. If a homeowner is concerned that he has a problem with mold, then a SERVPRO expert can effectively administer mold indoor air quality testing, which will determine the severity of the problem. When a technician completes a mold inspection, a homeowner will be ready to start mold remediation services, if required. A homeowner will benefit from choosing a reputable and highly rated company in Fort Campbell that will be able to administer mold remediation services in an efficient and timely manner. When a homeowner is preparing for a mold remediation service in his or her home, here is what can be expected during the process.
When a mold remediation procedure is started, an initial assessment will be administered by a SERVPRO specialist. This technician has received specialized training to detect and recognize mold spores and growth in an indoor area. Once the air quality test has been finished, a homeowner will be given a set of written instructions for proper mold removal protocol. The mold removal protocol encompasses specific guidelines for a mold remediation company like SERVPRO to execute.
When a technician has completed the initial assessment and provided a homeowner with the written protocol, the home will be ready for the mold removal process. In order to ensure mold spores do not spread, our mold remediation technicians will establish barriers throughout the home. The technicians will then remove any porous surfaces that have tested positive for mold, which could include drywall, carpet, carpet padding, and insulation. When the removal steps has been completed by the technicians, they will then clean and sanitize all surfaces followed by an application of an antifungal paint or product.
Air Scrubbing and Clearance Testing
Air scrubbing and clearance testing are the final steps in the mold remediation process. When all of the contaminated materials have been removed from the home, the technicians will reduce mold spores in the air by using air scrubbers. By using air scrubbers, the SERVPRO technicians will effectively restore healthy air levels within the home. After the process has been completed, the technicians will perform a final clearance test to the home. A SERVPRO technician then will sign a document that certifies the mold remediation has been administered and was successful, which is the final step in the procedure. The homeowner than can safely return to his home and enjoy the fresh, clean air.
Locally Owned, with National Resources
We are proud to be an active member of this Fort Campbell community. SERVPRO of Montgomery County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help residents and business owners with any size mold contamination.
We are proud to serve our local communities.
Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. Call us for help. (931) 645-1285
Electronics and water damage
SERVPRO of Montgomery has the soluations to your flood damaged electronics.
Taking Certain Steps Quickly Can Help Save Electronics in your Home
After any flood, the damage to your home's contents can be severe. Not only are furniture, flooring, and documents at risk, but electronics can also be ruined by water. Televisions, computers, power tools, appliances, and other devices require immediate attention to have the best chance of being saved.
Homeowners with flood damage in Clarksville, TN typically have electronics that they're worried about, whether the flooding was caused by a storm or burst pipe. Not only is replacing these items an extra expense but going without certain electronics for even a short amount of time can be a huge inconvenience. Whether any specific piece of electronic equipment can be restored or saved depends on a number of factors.
It's not just the standing water in a flood-damaged house that poses a threat to electronics, but humidity as well. This becomes a bigger issue the longer it takes to get the flood damage restoration process started. Our team will dehumidify your home to get things stable and decrease the chance that your electronic devices will incur damage.
Exposure to Water
The less water that has been in or around an electronic device, the more likely it can be saved. For instance, a microwave sitting on a wet counter can have the excess water wiped from its base, while a laptop that's been submerged in water is a much greater challenge and may not be salvageable. SERVPRO takes special measures when handling electronics in a home with flood damage, which can often save the equipment.
Preventing Further Damage
When you call SERVPRO after your home has encountered flood damage, it's important to avoid turning on your electronics. It's tempting to see if each item still works, but doing so can increase the chances of irreversible damage. Once we're on the scene, we'll quickly work to save your electronic equipment if at all possible.
If you need to restore your home after a flood, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Montgomery County. We'll do our utmost to help you keep your possessions and avoid the cost of replacement. For more information about our flood damage services or to get a quote, call us at (931) 645-1285.
Clarksville Experiences Weekend Tornadoes
Clarksville's early spring and varying temps make it a perfect breeding ground for twisters.
Over the weekend, Clarksville and its surrounding areas experienced damage from two tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee. Homes were destroyed and countless others suffered extensive damage from the storm. These tornadoes devastated Clarksville-area neighborhoods Saturday night and were 150 and 300 yards wide, stretching a total of 9 miles according to The Leaf Chronicle, a local newspaper.
Here’s a little background on tornadoes:
- A tornado is a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud with winds that can reach up to 300 mph
- Damage paths can be extensive, being over one mile wide and 50 miles long
- Tornadoes sometimes are brought in with tropical storms and hurricanes
- They can be predicted by tracking rotating thunderstorms
- Tornadoes often bring hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, and lightening to the area they affect
- When a warm front meets a cold front, tornadoes are formed
- Most move from southwest to northeast
- Tornadoes usually only last ten minutes or less
- They’re most likely to occur between 3 - 9pm
- Tornado Alley is the part of the United States that sees the most twisters, and this area ranges from western Texas to North Dakota
- Southern states see a peak in tornado activity between March and May, while northern states see the most twisters between June and August
Because of the state’s geography and early spring season, Tennessee often sees strong storms blow through the area. This time in Montgomery County, there have been 78 houses and duplexes damaged or destroyed by these tornadoes, with the estimate still being anticipated to increase.
Being prepared for a storm is important, so when the National Weather Authority releases information about an anticipated storm (or one that has been verified), it’s best to heed their warnings. Getting to safety is the most important in the event of a storm – you can leave the damage restoration to us.
Flu Season Isn’t Over Yet
Stay on guard from influenza germs!
Sneezing. Sniffling. Aching. Fever. It might seem that the flu season should be wrapping up, but don’t be so sure about that already: this year’s flu season is right up there with some of the worst that have ever been recorded. And all states in the US have reported wide-spread flu activity so far this season – all except Hawaii, anyway.
The flu spreads easily and strikes quickly, but you’re not completely defenseless.
When it comes to flu prevention, we’ve got 5 tips for you – and they all involve the place where you likely spend the majority of your time: your home.
- Wash your hands!
One of the single most important things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu virus is to wash your hands. A great habit to get into is washing your hands first thing when you get home. This will help to minimize the influx of viruses and bacteria that you may be carrying around with you from your day.
- Change your dishtowels regularly, or use paper towel
You and your family share more than you might realize. Stop sharing germs by making sure that you launder your towels regularly, or better yet, just use disposable paper towels to minimize germ transfer from person to person.
- Break out your humidifier
Might sound strange, but the flu virus doesn’t thrive well in humid, warm environments, so up your defense by utilizing your humidifier.
- Wipe down all hard surfaces
Flu germs float in the air, but they eventually have to land somewhere! Disinfect hard surfaces like counter tops, handles, faucets, light switches, etc.
- Look at your home from ‘Kid-Level’
Be sure to wipe down and disinfect areas your children have more access to, including those cabinets you may have overlooked during your cleaning, or the floors they may be crawling around on.
Follow these tips and stay healthy this flu season, and as always, we’re here “Ready for whatever happens” should you need a little help cleaning!
Spring Cleaning in Clarksville? Don't Forget Your Carpets
Deep clean your carpets for a fresh springtime feeling and reduced indoor allergens.
When’s the last time you’ve had your carpets cleaned at your home or business?
Spring cleaning brings visions of dusting off shelves, organizing closets, and decluttering from winter’s hibernation tendencies. Although we don’t want to admit it, most of us can’t remember the last time we’ve had our carpets professionally cleaned!
Often times, our carpets are not the most obvious offenders when we think about what makes our home messy or unclean. Unfortunately, according to some recent microbiology research the average carpet is about 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Gross! When broken down, that means there is an average of 200,000 bacteria per square inch…
Sounds like we need to clean our carpets more often! And while it may seem like bacterial infections are the risk here, its actually allergies. Springtime itself brings a fresh onset of allergies, but one way to combat those is to have your carpets professionally cleaned (we can help you out!).
When shoes are worn from outside and brought into the house, bacteria, pollen, and dust can be tracked into the carpet fibers. These allergens can later be kicked up into the air, causing household allergy symptoms. Not to mention there are thousands of dead human skin cells that have also settled into the carpet fibers, along with pet hair too. This makes out for a dust mite buffet, as dead skin cells are their primary food source. Dust mites also can inflame allergy symptoms.
So what can you do? Vacuuming is important, so be sure to do this at least weekly. This will help with the dust mites and the pet fur, but you do need to get your carpets deep-cleaned for the best effect. Although you can clean them yourself with an at-home system, it’s not recommended. Water that can be left behind from cleaning may form mold, which will further irritate allergy symptoms.
When you’re ready for a thorough spring cleaning, give us a call! We’ll be over in no time to spruce up your carpets.
Clarksville Home Fire Damage Restoration
Kitchen fires are common. Avoid one at your home by monitoring your cooking food at all times.
We recently responded to a service call regarding a local Clarksville home that experienced fire damage and was in need of SERVPRO of Montgomery County’s cleaning and restoration services. This home suffered extensive smoke damage from a grease fire that occurred in the kitchen. This fire also affected the roof of the home because the fire ended up burning through the ceiling, resulting in a large hole in the roof. As a result of the firefighters putting out the fire, there was also water damage issues inside the house.
Our team of production and service technicians arrived on the scene to remediate the damages. We cleaned all of the house, including the walls, ceilings, and all surfaces. Since the majority of the structure suffered smoke damage, including all of its contents, we hand cleaned every little bit of the client’s personal belongings, including mattresses, lamps, and many other household items. The house’s air ducts were also thoroughly cleaned by our trained on staff experts.
Once all of the fire damage and water damage was cleaned, our skilled construction crew entered the scene and repaired the hole in the roof and other areas that were affected.
It’s important to realize that this fire (and the subsequent damages to the home and belongings from the smoke, flames, and water) could have easily been prevented with an ounce of precaution. Always keep your eyes on what you’re cooking. Remember to never leave food in the kitchen unattended, just in case of an emergency situation and to avoid allowing a small problem to turn into a much larger one.
In the case you have an emergency, count on SERVPRO of Montgomery County to be there to clean up the mess from fire and water damages and return your home or business back to tip-top shape, making it “Like it never even happened.”
Renovating Your Home in Clarksville?
If you're thinking renovations, think safety first.
Just because it’s wintertime it doesn’t mean home renovation projects necessarily go on hold. Since the weather outside isn’t really ideal for outdoor renovations, home owners tend to start projects indoors to utilize time. When it comes to indoor projects, it’s always a good idea to start thinking of safety first. So how should you go about preventing accidents and practicing safety?
Start by making sure you have the proper equipment and that it works correctly. This is the first major step to thinking about safety with your home renovation projects. Malfunctioning equipment can cause injuries, air quality problems, messed up projects, and more, so a quick and thorough check will go a long way.
Wearing the right clothing and protective gear is extremely important since protecting your eyes, hands, ears, and skin is always a good idea. Taking care when using certain equipment, like ladders and power tools, is important too.
The outside of your body isn’t all you should worry about with renovation safety; caring for your lungs is also important! Be sure to have good ventilation when sanding, sawing, or painting. Wearing a protective mask may also be a good idea, since particles from sanding and other projects can be so fine in texture.
Also, don’t forget that things like renovation dust will clog your air filters in your home more quickly, so always change them once you’re finished with your project. This is probably one of the most important clean up projects, since the air quality in your home is important to your health.
If you decide at the end of a large renovation project (or just because its overdue!) that your HVAC system could use a revamp itself, call us for an air duct cleaning. Our service technicians will come to your home and perform a hassle-free and thorough cleaning, extending the life of your furnace and improving your air quality at the same time.
Only YOU Can Prevent Winter Home Fires
Follow our simple tips and you'll be prepared to stave off winter fires.
While it may seem counter intuitive, the winter season is high time for home fires in the community. According to the US Fire Administration, home fires occur most often in the winter, which means we all need to be more aware of how we are heating our houses, decorating, and cooking our wintertime meals. As a matter of fact, cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
Winter storms also contribute to the increased home fire risks during this season. As stated by the Madison County, TN fire department, prolonged outages often increase the risk of residential fires, and these outages often occur as a result of a heavy buildup of snow and ice on powerlines and trees. When the power is out, alternative methods of lighting and heating come into play, and these can be hazardous. Candles, generators, and propane heaters are just a few examples of some potentially dangerous work-arounds that people employ during outages.
And fires aren’t the only hazard that is increased by winter weather. Beware of the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide. It’s an odorless, colorless gas that’s created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, propane, and others do not burn completely. Heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can cause carbon monoxide, so always keep this in mind and exercise caution.
Practicing safety is especially important during these winter months, so here are a few quick tips to reduce the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning this winter:
- Always use a metal or heat tempered glass screen when using your fireplace
- Keep all combustible materials at least 3 feet from any heat source
- Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut off in case it tips over, and never leave it unsupervised
- Always use charcoal grills outside in a well-ventilated area
- Never bring your generator indoors. Keep it outside in a dry area, away from home air intakes
- Professionally clean your chimney each year before using
- Plug only one heating appliance in an outlet at any given time
Stay safe, Clarksville! And remember: we’re here 24/7 and “ready for whatever happens”!
What’s an Ice Dam?
Does this look familiar? Your home may have an ice dam issue.
Have you ever heard of an ice dam?
Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and
into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.
So what causes ice dams?
They’re often caused from poor ventilation and climate control within the attic of a home. When the attic gets too warm, this can cause snow on the roof of the home to melt. When your home has recessed lighting, skylights, intricate roof designs and/or heating ducts, you’re probably at an increased chance for an ice dam to form.
How can you check for ice dams?
You can look for some warning signs that will tip you off to the presence of the sometimes elusive ice dam. Icicles can be an initial sign, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.” Another sign is if ice is coming through the home’s soffits or forming in the gutters, or there’s ice appearing on the exterior walls.
Do you know what to do if you have an ice dam?
Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter. If winter weather causes water damage to your property, we’re here to help. Call us at SERVPRO® of Montgomery County; we’re available 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.