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Commercial Disaster Response: Roof Leaks

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

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If you've ever been unfortunate enough to have a roof leak, you know how frustrating it can be. A roof leak can cause storm-related damage and damage to the property, but it also causes major issues with water buildup. Of course, if your roof is leaking due to an issue like heavy rain or ice accumulation, then your commercial buildings will likely collect this excess water in the form of puddles on the ground below. However, when you have a roof leak, the water will spill over the roof's edge and begin to pool beneath your commercial buildings. Usually, this means that there is too much water pressure within the structure, causing damage.

Here are some common causes of roof leaks that can lead to catastrophic water damage in your commercial buildings:

1. Leaky Gutters

Gutters are an important part of any roof system. They are designed to direct rainwater off the roof and into a gutter system. It is very common for gutters in commercial buildings to become damaged because of heavy rain. Due to heavy rain, a layer of leaves builds up on top of the gutter, and eventually, this accumulates into large clumps. To have your gutters properly cleaned out, it is best to have them inspected either by an experienced roofer or a professional roof cleaner. This will allow the gutters to be cleaned and maintained regularly not to accumulate debris that can damage them.

2. Unvented Chimneys

Several forces can damage a chimney, but even with regular cleaning and maintenance, a chimney can eventually fail. It is very common for chimney caps to develop cracks or holes due to corrosion. This can lead to water pooling inside the structure, which leads to leaks and damages caused by water. Once a chimney is damaged, the structure will need to be replaced.


3. Decaying Roofing

There are different types of roofing material for different weather conditions. Some types of roofing are more durable than others, and some types of weather may cause the material to deteriorate more quickly than others. Regardless of which type of roofing you have, it is very common to develop small cracks or leaks in the form of downed shingles or rotted areas in your building's roof. If you look at the condition of your roof during heavy rain or after the rain has stopped, you may notice that the shingles are bent and torn, or some areas appear to be older than other areas of your roof. This usually means that roofing is leaking and is causing damage to your commercial building.


4. Corroded Pipes

Pipes are very important to every structure to have running water and drainage. However, pipes can develop leaks over time due to corrosion and neglect by the property owner. One of the biggest leaks within a pipe system is from corroded faucets in sinks or showers. When pipes are corroded, they may become damaged and begin leaking contaminants through them.

Flooding/ Rising Water

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

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No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO Storm Team can assist a franchise with capacity and resources to get the damages restored!

There is a long list of reasons why SERVPRO is the premier choice for cleanup and restoration. We brag about our efficiency and professionalism, our technology and equipment. But something that sets us even more apart from the others is our ability to respond to the volume that a major storm event causes.

A large storm event caused by flood, fire, or other natural disaster that surpasses the local franchise's capacity to service in a timely manner can be taken care of by the SERVPRO System. When a storm event like this occurs, The SERVPRO System can provide state of the art restoration services through the best area coverage in the restoration industry. SERVPRO Storm Teams mobilize their crews and are deployed with additional equipment and crews to service property owners, no matter the loss size.

When a storm event occurs and there is major damage, SERVPRO comes together as One Team to help! 

No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO Storm Team can assist a franchise with capacity and resources to get the damages restored!

Why Mold Damage Calls for Expert Intervention in Midtown Memphis

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Skilled Mold Damage Remediation in Midtown Memphis

Mold infestation can be a significant problem in any business or home in Farmington with plumbing issues, failed attempts at water removals, or a leaking roof from storms. Once you suspect black mold or mildew developing within any area of your property, you must get in touch with mold remediation professionals to begin assessment and cleanup. With SERVPRO in your corner, we get in fast to determine the problem so that we can restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Why is hiring professionals best when handling mold damage in Midtown Memphis. There are many reasons, with one central point being that DIY methods alone will not work or worsen the problem. Things to keep in mind when wondering whether or not to call in the pros for mold problems:

  • Mold is everywhere, and it only takes moisture, the right temperature, and an organic food source to thrive and colonize.
  • Mold remediation is a must because it can damage your belongings, building materials, and structural elements.
  • Mold can cause health effects, which means you need a company trained to handle it with care and precision using best practices for mold cleanup

We want our area customers to know that any company offering total mold removal should be avoided. Microscopic mold spores are everywhere, and there are also countless types of mold. While you can get surfaces clean and remove colonies, it is impossible to rid any environment of mold completely. It would be wise if you had a team like us in your corner that understands the best and safest ways to restore relative humidity, address the root cause of the mold infestation, and ensure all surfaces and contents get the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval.

Proven Processes to the Rescue

With each call we get for a homeowner or business owner that suspects mold growth; we bring a full arsenal of advanced instruments, EPA-registered antimicrobials, cleaning agents, and proven procedures. We work to determine and monitor moisture levels throughout the air, surfaces, and each sub-surface. Based on our findings, we work on a mold remediation plan that involves drying and careful extrication of moisture and mold contamination. There are some standard steps we follow for all mold cleanup projects:

  • We complete a comprehensive assessment of mold infiltration, contain spores, and inhibit them from growing in uncontaminated areas of your Midtown Memphis  property. 
  • Humidity control helps us battle the root cause to halt mold growth. This may involve using water extraction tools with drying and dehumidification equipment.  
  • We then work to apply disinfectants and antimicrobials to thwart future mold growth and eliminate any chance of musty odors lingering.

SERVPRO can Clean your Commercial Kitchen in Midtown Memphs

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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Kitchens are familiar places for fires to start. Commercial kitchens are not immune to accidents, and it is possible that someday a fire starts inside your Midtown Memphis restaurant. After the building gets cleared by the fire department, it is time to assess the damage.

The number one priority is to secure the burnt area and make sure it is safe for your employees and customers. SERVPRO's commercial fire damage professionals in Midtown Memphis know how to complete the restoration process by causing as little of a strain on your business operations as possible. Many times we complete the work outside of business hours so that your restaurant does not lose revenue as a result of the mitigation process.

When starting the cleanup and restoration process, our SERVPRO specialists remove anything that is severely burnt and needs to get replaced. Once all of the charred debris gets discarded, the next step is deodorization. Pungent odors sometimes have multiple sources that get removed to start the deodorization process. Protein-fueled blazes from meats are especially malodorous. Mechanical means can be used to neutralize the odors by recombining the odor-causing into no-offensive or no odor at all. Hydroxyl generators are a safe bet for this.

After items that create foul odors get discarded, surfaces that odor particles stick to get cleaned. Many times cleaning all of the soot residues inside a structure eliminates most pungent odors. However, sometimes odor particles penetrate deep into materials, and other methods get used to rid the area of the awful smells.

If foul smells are still present after all surfaces are clean, the conditions that caused the odor particles to penetrate building materials get recreated. We create smoke behavior by using chemical fogging equipment. Chemical foggers disperse microscopic particles of deodorization chemicals into the structure.

Smoke particles penetrate deeply into materials because they are microscopic. The use of industrial grade hoods helps vent odors to the outside. Odor particles range in size from one-tenth of a micron to four microns. Deodorant particles must be just as small and travel at a high velocity to be effective.

Other factors such as porosity cause odor particles to penetrate deep into materials. The more porous material is, the more likely it is to absorb odors. If the residue is more concentrated in an area, then the odor particles cover a larger surface area. The time an area gets exposed to smoke affects how deep odor particles penetrate.

If odors still exist after recreating the smoke's environment with deodorant chemicals, sometimes walls and studs get sprayed with a special sealant paint to seal the foul odors. For help restoring smoke problems, call SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis. 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  
 

Response Time

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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Very Important

Experts have concluded that the first 24 to 48 hours after water damage are the most critical. This time frame is the most critical to help the prevention of permanent damage and growth of mold and bacteria. Proving the importance of getting the SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis team out to the scene in a quick time manner.

When the SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis team arrives, they will assess the extent of the water damage, and begin the process of removing all water and drying the affected area. Doing this in a quick manner will decrease the extent of damage caused by the water issue. Even though doing this in a quick manner will decrease the extent of damage, SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis  will take moisture readings. By taking moisture readings we will be able to ensure that all areas are dry before moving to the repairing stage. Every step that we take will be to help decrease the number of repairs that need to be done.

However, if repairs are needed, SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis can complete these repairs due to having an in-home construction business. This is a great added feature that SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis has, making us a one-stop shop for all matters needed after water damage has occurred.

In conclusion, SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis is available 24/7 to make sure this happens in a quick manner. They understand the importance of time in all restoration matters.

SERVPRO- You can count on us to Help

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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A storm, flood or plumbing problem can leave your home or business with extensive water damage.  Immediate action is necessary to mitigate the damage.  SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis specialize in repairing and restoring your property. 

  • Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

We specialize in water damage restoration, with training focused on restoring salvageable items, accelerating drying time with documenting the entire restoration process.

  • Customer Care

We have years of experience in the cleanup and restoration industry.  We care about you and your property and want to help you get back to normal after you have water damage to your home or business.

  • # 1 in the Cleanup and Restoration Industry

We’ve earned the reputation as a trusted leader in the restoration industry and specialize in fire and water damage, specialty cleaning, mold, and so much more.

  • Easier Insurance Claims Process

We will help you navigate the insurance process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

We have many years of experience working in all kinds of business settings and buildings:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis  has a team of highly trained technicians that are available 24-hours a day to help with all of your restoration needs.  Please contact us at 901-454-4975

Water Damage Starts in Many Ways

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Starts in Many Ways

Did you experience water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

Always Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Property

Water damage does not just happen when a pipe bursts or a water heater can no longer stand the pressure. The truth is, water damage inside a home can come from practically anywhere. While two of the most common causes are burst pipes and leaky water heaters, it can also happen due to a faulty washing machine or dishwasher. This type of damage can also occur as a direct result of storm damage which destroys the roof or some other structural part of the house, effectively leaving it open to the elements. It also happens in the event of a fire as the first responders attempt to put out the flames. It is inevitable there will be a certain amount of water present in the home. The question is, how should you handle it when this type of thing happens to you?

Fortunately, when you are dealing with water damage in Midtown Memphis, you can rely on SERVPRO to help you come to terms with everything that is going on. In fact, we have spent some years perfecting our techniques when it comes to repairing water damage and performing restoration services in businesses and homes of all sizes. We use proven techniques that get the best results because we understand that you want to be able to preserve as many of your possessions as possible.

When you have any crisis inside your home, whether the damage is confined to one room or one hallway or present throughout the entire home, you need professionals who know what they are doing. At SERVPRO, we can provide you with one of the most important elements that you will ever have when it feels like your entire world has been turned upside down- peace of mind. You might look at your home and wonder how anybody would ever be able to clean up a mess like that. Still, you can rest assured that we have both the expertise and the equipment to get it done, and we have plenty of experience when it comes to handling challenging situations. 

We incorporate special wet vacuums as well as dryers (air movers and dehumidifiers) to help dry items out as quickly as possible, and we utilize reliable, proven techniques to restore as much as possible. The good news is that even when it looks like there isn't anything that can be done and everything is lost, there is a better-than-average chance that SERVPRO trained IICRC technicians will be able to get the job done on your behalf. The truth is, if you try to clean things up yourself, you don't really know what you're dealing with. The water damage could be far more significant than it appears on the surface.

We can check for any structural deficiencies, restore your home and your personal possessions, and ensure that you don't have to deal with mold growth. We don't recommend that anyone attempts to clean up black mold on their own, so it requires the services of an organization like ours to safely get rid of the water and inhibit the growth of mold. You and your family deserve a safe and healthy home environment.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are directly impacted by water damage, the main thing you have to do is take action. The longer you wait, the worse the problem could potentially become.

Therefore, you should not hesitate to contact SERVPRO in Midtown Memphis at 901-454-4975 We can tell you exactly what you are facing, what it will take to restore the damage, and whether or not we can fully restore everything to its preloss condition.

Typical Causes For Commercial Water Damage

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

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When we talk to local Midtown Memphis business owners regarding potential water damage events, they often visualize a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms, although living in Midtown Memphis; hurricane-like storms are few and far between.
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Commercial water damage in Midtown Memphis is surprisingly common year-round, and it can drastically affect the operation of your business. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
  

1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 

Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipmen

This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 

Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. If you question the stoutness of your building's 
pipes, contact SERVPRO for a thorough inspection and assessment. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 

This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO has certified IICRC technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis 

When the storm rolls out, SERVPRO rolls in

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

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When you are in the middle of a crisis, it can be difficult to make the right decision. If your home is on fire, the first thing you should do is call 911. If a storm has dropped a power line in front of your office, you would call the power company. These choices are rational, normal choices but whom would you call after the fire is out? Who do you call after the storm ends and you notice the damage is worse than you thought?  The water and fire damage have affected your property, lightning damaged your siding, wind blew off your shingles, or a tree fell and caused damage.

You call SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis. Our Team is efficient, experienced, and we are open 24/7. We have a trained team of IICRC certified professionals who can take care of water damage, storm damage, fire and smoke damage, and flood damage. SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis comes when you call, and we show up ready to work.

Our Storms Teams are ready to roll in when the storm rolls out. Call SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis if a storm has caused damage to your home or business 24/7 901-454-4975

What Building Services Does SERVPRO Offer After Water Damage?

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

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Water damage can come from several sources - a leaking pipe, a running faucet, a washing machine overflow, or even a natural disaster such as flooding or storm damages. . While prolonged exposure to water damage leads to mold and odor issues, you don’t have to wait- call the professionals! At SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis , we have the training , equipment, and expertise to properly restore your Memphis commercial building. The water damage restoration process is three-fold: it involves the water removal, cleanup, and drying process, which we document to verify that your Memphis property has been dried thoroughly. We also work with your insurance provider to manage the paperwork for a stress-free claims process. When we’re through the restoration journey, your Memphis business will be at its preloss condition or better!



What Types Of Building Services Can SERVPRO of Midtown Memphis Provide? 

  • When your business has been affected by water damage, the immediate concern should be implementing temporary measures until the experts arrive to prevent further damage. 
  • These measures can include placing roof tarps and boarding up to remove debris and secure the building. 
  • We offer a full range of building restoration services , including document drying and drywall installation to furniture restoration and floor repairs (hardware AND linoleum). 

What Does The Water Damage Restoration Process Look Like In Midtown Memphis 

  • It is crucial to note that every water damage scenario is different, but the general process stays the same. 
  • Once you call us, a representative will walk you through the crisis and ask several questions to help us understand the scope of damage and types of equipment to bring. 
  • After we gather information, the water extraction process starts almost immediately. This is because the drywall will break down, and furniture starts to crack along with a musty odor that will overtake your Nashville property if water damage is not taken care of ASAP. 
  • Once we finish the extraction process, drying and dehumidification begin. We use specialized equipment to access the remaining water hidden in plain sight. Our knowledgeable team uses room measurements, relative humidity, and temperature to determine the number of air movers and dehumidifiers to bring for drying your property. 
  • Next, we clean and sanitize all restorable structures and items damaged by water. Our team is trained to remove odors and deodorize your property through a number of techniques. 
  • Finally, the restoration process begins! This means we restore your Midtown Memphis business to its preloss condition through a series of major or minor repairs.

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