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4 Steps to Take To Keep Your Fire Sprinklers Operational

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Factory roof structure and automatic fire protection in building system. A well-maintained fire sprinkler system is a valuable investment for any company.

4 Steps to Take To Keep Your Fire Sprinklers Operational

Your commercial building in East Brainerd, TN, should have a number of fire mitigation devices and strategies. This includes fire alarms, fire extinguishers and a fire sprinkler system. While having these devices in place is important, it is not always enough. It is critical that these units are operational in the unfortunate event that a fire breaks out. When it comes to fire suppression with sprinklers, the following steps must be taken.

1. Inspection. The equipment for your system should be inspected on a regular basis by certified technicians. This will make sure the components are in good shape and capable of providing water as needed. The technician will look for signs of wear and tear and discoloration as well as leaks.

2. Testing. Periodic testing may be necessary to ensure the fire sprinkler system responds to heat sources according to National Fire Protection Association standards and codes. This often involves a focus on the electrical components of the fire detection equipment.

3. Maintenance. Any deficiencies identified during inspection and testing should be addressed by either repairing the part in question or by replacement. Any changes to the original system should adhere to all applicable codes and regulations.

4. Observation. To provide additional support to your system, someone in your building should be responsible for observing the system for flaws in intervals between inspections. This could catch problems that occur without warning and that could compromise the effectiveness of the water suppression system. This step is especially critical for older systems.
In the event of fire damage, a fire sprinkler cleanup might be necessary to deal with instances of water damage. A local fire restoration franchise is trained to deal with both fire and water damage. This is all part of a comprehensive plan to protect your company from the dangers of fire. A well-maintained fire sprinkler system is a valuable investment for any company.

SERVPRO Restores a Property After Water and Storm Damage

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

five store shelves with drying equipment We have the right equipment for your business or residential property after any disaster.

SERVPRO Restores a Property After Water and Storm Damage

Despite everyone's best efforts, storm damage in Chattanooga, TN can happen. Removing the floodwater isn't the end; cleanup is just getting started. On top of the flooring and walls, every bit of furniture, clothing and other items exposed to the storm will have to dried, cleaned, deodorized and probably even sanitized.

SERVPRO utilizes a variety of cleaning equipment and chemicals to return your carpets and floors to a usable state. Depending on the size, material, and color-fastness, the options range from simple spray and wiping to immersion cleaning.

Storm damage can leave odors as well as a damp carpet. We use industrial-grade air scrubbers and specialized fogging equipment to remove the musty smell and rather than just covering it up. While removing the odor is important, getting rid of the mold which causes it is even more so. The application of a variety of antibacterial and antimicrobial agents is necessary. Our personnel is trained to use the product that will not only restore your property but do so in a manner that is safe for your family and employees as well as the environment.

Once the mold has been remediated, each item should be either disinfected or sanitized depending on its function. Kitchen, breakroom, and bathroom equipment must be sanitized to ensure the health of anyone who may use them. Standard office spaces such as conference rooms would not need that level of cleaning unless the contaminated floodwaters wetted the flooring and walls. Our IICRC certified technicians can be relied upon to provide the highest level of professionalism and courtesy.

SERVPRO of Chattanooga does its best to help you restore your home or business to its pre-storm damage condition as quickly as possible. As a locally owned franchise, we value our customers as neighbors and not just a job to be completed. If you want to schedule an inspection or believe you may need our restoration services, please call us today at (423) 326-1406.

5 Things To Expect From Damage After a Storm

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Here Are Five Things To Expect As You Navigate A Restoration

If your business has experienced water damage after a flood or a storm in Ooltewah, TN, it can be overwhelming to know how to begin the recovery process. 

1. Remove Standing Water
The most important first step is to remove the standing water from the building. The longer standing water remains, the more damage it does to your property. To avoid needing to tear out every last bit of dry wall and flooring, use a water pump to remove water. For small problems, a shop vacuum might work, but for bigger floods, a more specialized pump will be needed.

2. Inspect for Safety
Once the water is gone, the entire building will need to be carefully inspected for safety. A storm restoration team will have the necessary tools to inspect the areas behind walls to see where water has infiltrated.

3. Salvage or Scrap
After a thorough safety check has been conducted, decisions need to be made about the materials in your business. Some furniture and hardwoods can be salvaged, while it is often necessary to scrap drywall and ceiling tiles. Work with professionals who can help you know what all can be salvaged before you start to tear out everything. Salvaging can save you a lot of money in repairs.

4. Dry Thoroughly
Now that you're down to bare bones, everything needs to be dried out completely in order to prevent mold growth and structural damage. Pay special attention to crawl spaces, attics, and spaces beneath porches or decks. Untended mold that grows in those areas can cause more damage down the road once you believe that the restoration process is over.

5. Restore and Restart
Finally, your property can be restored to its former glory and you can focus on getting back to work.
Don't allow a restoration to overwhelm you. Before you tear out everything, work with professional restorers to help you navigate the process.

Best Practices for Avoiding a Grill Fire

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Grill Background - Empty Fired Barbecue On Black Proper maintenance increases the safety of your grill.

Many people in the spring and summer enjoy cooking out on a grill. While this activity is generally pretty safe, there are times when flames flare up and create a dangerous situation. If you are lucky, the only thing damaged is your meal. Sometimes, though, widespread damage to a garage, lawn or home results. A simple practice such as grill cleaning can eliminate many fires. A dirty grill is often caked with flammable items such as grease and oil. Once these substances ignite, it is important to keep a calm attitude. Often the fire can be extinguished by turning off the grill and keeping the top closed.

The Role of Regular Grill Maintenance

It is crucial to make sure your grill is in good shape before turning it on. Make sure there are no loose parts or obvious problems with the grill. When you turn on the grill, make sure the fire looks stable. When it is time for grill cleaning, follow these steps:

  • Turn off the grill and disconnect the propane tank
  • Soak the grates and metal plates in a bucket of warm water and soap
  • Use a grill brush to scrub dirty portions of the grill
  • Empty the drip pan and soak it in the bucket

A thorough cleaning is the best way to avoid a grease fire. Proper maintenance increases the safety of your grill.

The Role of Fire Restoration

Any time a fire does break out in your home in Harrison, TN, it is important to call for professional help. An experienced fire remediation company will help you restore your home to its original condition. This includes removing all forms of soot and smoke damage as well as restoring any structural damage caused by the fire. In all areas of your home, it is important to practice fire safety. Grill cleaning is one simple way to protect your home from a devastating fire.

3 Tips for Determining Whether You Should File an Insurance Claim After a Flood

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Electronic insurance claim form Filing an insurance claim.

Should You File An Insurance Claim After A Flood

In the event that your Chattanooga, TN, home goes through a flood, one of your initial instincts may be to file a claim with your insurance company. Doing so can potentially alleviate any reparations costs. However, this may not be the best idea. You could be denied a policy renewal or receive a rate hike from your insurance company if you file too many claims. If you're unsure about what to do, here are three tips for determining whether you should file an insurance claim after a flood.

1. Examine the Nature of the Damage
The exact nature of your home flood claim usually plays a part in determining how it will affect your status. If you're the one at fault for the damage, it's highly likely that your rates will be increased. You should also consider the type of harm that occurred. Unfortunately, many kinds of damage claims aren't appreciated by insurance companies. These are some to be wary of:

  • Water damage
  • Mold
  • Animal bites

If you file too many claims for this type of damage, your policy may not be renewed.

2. Study Your Policy
One of the most essential things to do during this process is studying your policy. Few companies handle claims the same way, so you'll need to do the research yourself. If possible, it may be best to speak with an agent directly. However, you should avoid doing so after a flood occurs. You can be negatively affected if you openly discuss not filing an insurance claim for recent damages.

3. Consider the Damage's Size
While you may be hesitant to pay for restoration efforts by yourself, it might be in your best interest. One too many filed claims could result in you losing insurance before a worse event occurs. After a flood takes place, get a sense of how extensive the damage is. If it's extreme, you'll probably want to file an insurance claim. However, you shouldn't waste your claims on smaller problems.
If you need the help of water damage restoration experts, you'll have to decide whether or not to file a claim. Stay calm and make the most informed choice possible.

How To Address Mold in Your Air Conditioning Ducts

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Dust out from Air Duct Air ducts are a common location for mold.

How To Address Mold in Your Air Conditioning Ducts

When you think of mold damage in your building, you probably picture large spores lurking on the walls or ceilings. Sometimes, however, the black mold is less obvious. It may be hiding somewhere in your Chattanooga, TN, commercial property.
Air ducts are a common location for mold. They feed off the dust and moisture that is common in HVAC systems.
Musty odors and black dust near the air vents are signs of a possible mold problem. If the issue is not properly handled, the mold could spread and cause severe harm to your property.

Removing Air Conditioner Mold
Mold thus needs to be addressed immediately. Below are the basic mold cleanup steps:

  • Have a certified inspector check the property for mold
  • Replace the insulation, if necessary
  • Disinfect the ductwork
  • Find and address the source of the mold growth

Cleaning black mold improperly can just cause additional damage. Instead, you should use specialists who know how to remove the mold and prevent it from coming back.

Limiting Mold Growth
Because the black mold cleanup process can be costly and time-consuming, you should take steps to prevent an infestation before it starts. That means making sure your property has clean ducts. Bring in a technician at least twice annually to perform maintenance and fix any issues.
Dust and debris within the air conditioning vents can also promote mold growth. You should thus get the filters changed regularly.
There are also steps you can take to limit mold growth in the rest of your building. Be sure to dry wet areas immediately, clean clogged gutters and lower the indoor humidity.
Black mold can damage building materials and temporarily shut down your commercial property. Since mold often grows in damp places, you should regularly clean and inspect your air conditioner ducts. If you see spores or smell an unusual odor, mold remediation specialists can address the problem before it gets worse.

The Importance of Using a Water Damage Specialist

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

When you have any type of water damage in your home or business, finding a company with the expertise to get the damage handled as quickly and professionally as possible is important. The longer the water damage is left unattended, the more severe and extensive the water damage restoration process is likely to be. Regardless of what type of water damage you've suffered, such as a weather event or burst pipe, it's important to bring in trained professionals who know how to get it handled safely and efficiently. Consider SERVPRO of Chattanooga as an excellent choice.

It takes specialized equipment and fast action in order to find the cause of the problem and minimize further damage. For many homeowners, the result of water damage is clear; however, the source of leaking water can sometimes be hard to detect. Water could be seeping in from the foundation, or there could be a pipe hidden in a wall that has a pinhole leak. With time, water damage begins to spread. By the time a problem is detected, the leak may have been going on for a long time.

Water damage that is not managed quickly can lead to a number of serious problems. When walls or floors become saturated, they can swell and warp, leading to bigger repair issues. Additionally, the damp and humid indoor environment make the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Clothing, carpet, furniture and personal possessions will be hard to restore if left untreated for too long.

One of the first things that need to be done to minimize water damage is to make sure that standing water is removed as quickly as possible. Following the extraction of the standing water, experienced remediation technicians will begin the extraction process of removing dampness and moisture. Drawing water out of carpets, floors and furniture can help prevent further damage, but it is also an important step in lowering indoor humidity levels.

When water damage occurs, humidity in your home or business will be much higher than normal. If mold sets in, you'll have an even bigger problem, so carefully controlling indoor humidity during the drying process is something that remediation specialists take very seriously. They will not only remove water from your home but also use advanced dehumidification equipment to quickly bring humidity levels back down to normal levels while monitoring and tracking the entire dehumidification process. One such high-tech device for this is a hygrometer.

Water damage can affect everything from walls and floors to furniture and drapes. At SERVPRO of Chattanooga, we always recommend that homeowners trust an experienced remediation specialist to handle any water damage. From complete water damage restoration to sanitizing personal items such as clothing, furnishings and other restorable items, it takes fast action for good results.

When flooding, a burst pipe or any other event has caused water damage in your home or business, it's time to get professional help as soon as possible. For assistance with water damage needs in East Ridge, give SERVPRO of Chattanooga a call at (423) 326-1406. We have the expertise and equipment to get the cleanup and restoration done right.

Changing the Game with Matterport Technology

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Our team has recently been utilizing the Matterport camera to capture a 3D walk-through video of commercial losses. We use this technology for many reasons, including: 

1. Documentation before and after restoration

2. To get exact measurements and floor plans that we can use in Xactimate for pricing

3. A tool for business owners to use in the future

On any large commercial loss, we send our Emergency Readiness Coordinator to complete an ERP and Matterport scan before work is started. We are able to capture the damage before work is started for insurance purposes. For example, we completed several Matterport scans to send to insurance agents and adjusters when the tornado occurred because they were unable to travel due to COVID-19. We see many benefits with the Matterport camera and we're excited to see how we can further use it to benefit our customers. Check out the Matterport scan of our office here

SERVPRO of Chattanooga - IICRC Certification

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

There are many restoration companies to choose from when looking for someone to mitigate your home from damages. Unfortunately, not all of those restoration companies hold a certification with the IICRC. When making such a big decision regarding your restoration company you always want to ensure that they are certified with the IICRC and follow industry standards. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is a certification and standard-setting organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.

Ensuring that you have chosen a company that has these certifications ensures that you are being provided the highest quality concepts, terminology and procedures recognized in the restoration industry.

Luckily SERVPRO of Chattanooga is IICRC Certified and ready for whatever happens. If you are in need of restoration services call our office at 423-326-1406.

COVID-19 Deep Cleaning

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

This is what we do

We do cleaning and disinfecting services for COVID-19, and we have been since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are ready, willing, and able to clean and disinfect your commercial property.

We are cleaning professionals

Here’s Why:

  • High Standards of SERVPRO’s trusted brand in cleaning and sanitation, and the standards set by the CDC guidelines
  • Experience- more than 50 years in dealing with biohazard decontamination
  • Training and expertise- IICRC standards and certifications
  • We use EPA-approved disinfectants, such as SERVPROXIDE, “which is a hospital-grade disinfectant that carries the Environmental Protection Agency’s lowest toxicity category and is National Sanitation Foundation certified for sanitizing surfaces in and around food processing surfaces”

Businesses that can benefit from our expertise:

  • Retirement Communities
  • Fitness Centers
  • Airport/ General Aviation/FBO
  • Hotels/Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Government Facilities
  • Libraries
  • Apartment complexes
  • Grocery stores
  • Brick and mortar stores
  • Hair salons/ Barber shops
  • Wineries/Breweries/Cideries
  • Fire Stations /Police station
  • City/County offices
  • UVA
  • PVCC
  • Post offices
  • Country Clubs/Resorts
  • Churches
  • Day care centers
  • Auto repair shops/Auto dealerships
  • Visitor’s Center
  • Monticello/Historic sites
  • Paramount/Jefferson Theaters/venues

If your business needs disinfecting, call the experts today –SERVPRO of Chattanooga at 423-326-1406.