WE ARE THE CLEANING EXPERTS
SERVPRO of Blount County are your local experts in cleaning services. Our highly trained technicians adhere to all cleaning and sanitation standards.
SERVPRO of Blount County is Here to Help During This Time of Need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards set forth by the EPA, OSHA, and CDC
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform daily.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call your local experts today – SERVPRO of Blount County at (865) 982-2332
Call SERVPRO of Blount County: We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster
Storms Bring Flooding Problems
Unfortunately, we have seen our fair share of flooding in recent years here in Blount County. According to the National Weather Service Approximately, five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t sometime in the future. About 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.
The National Weather Service lists the following most common flood hazards:
- Flash Flooding
- River Flooding
- Dam Breaks/Levee Failure
- Dry Wash (Heavy Rainfalls in Dry Areas)
- Ice Damming
- Burn Scars/Debris Flows
- Storm Surge and Coastal Flooding from Tropical Storms
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® Professionals can help at 865-982-2332. We 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 Blount County Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Be Prepared: Fire Prevention & Safety
Be Prepared: Fires
Being prepared in an emergency situation is key for both your safety and those around you, but did you know being prepared for any emergency starts well before the actual emergency?
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Nearly 60% of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no smoke alarms that were working (18%).
In homes, smoke alarms should be located in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level, including the basement and upstairs areas. Extra smoke alarms may be recommended or even required in larger homes.
Test smoke alarms monthly by using the test button to ensure that each alarm is functioning properly. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire alarm unit replaced every 8-10 years. Other alarms that have replaceable batteries should have the batteries replaced every year, while the group units should be replaced every 10 years.
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 it is recommended that you conduct regular fire drills with your family to ensure that everyone is informed on the procedures and steps.
For more information on emergency preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO of Blount County professionals at 865-982-2332.
Winter Heating Safety Tips
Winter Heating Safety Tips
When winter weather blows in cold temperatures, use the following safety tips when it comes to heating your home:
- Always use the proper fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
- Have heating equipment (HVAC) and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
- Test smoke alarms monthly
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet from heating sources like a furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater
- Make sure all fireplaces have a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room
If your home or office does suffer from smoke, soot or fire damage, contact your local SERVPRO® of Blount County Professionals to get your home or business back in order, quickly.
Be Prepared For Floods
Flooding can happen fast in many environments. Do you know what you would need in the event it happens in your area? 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
• 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 personal documents
(medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone and chargers
• Family and emergency contact
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Map(s) of the area
• Baby supplies (bottles, formula,
baby food, diapers)
• Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food,
• Rain gear
Water Damage Equipment 101
Did you know SERPVRO of Blount County has specialty equipment for water damages? Our technicians area also trained to use them to get your home or business dried as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.
Some of the specialized equipment we utilize:
Moisture Sensors and Probes which are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, walls and other building materials.
Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of building materials. The moisture meter provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Blount County to monitor the drying process accurately.
Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. With this important information SERVPRO of Blount County water damage professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying.
Air Movers push air over the surface of the damp materials helping with evaporation.
Dehumidifiers actually turn the water from vapor to liquid, drawing it out of the air and the wet materials.
It’s not guess work to drying structures, it is actually science! Call SERPVRO of Blount County at 865-982-2332 for trained professionals with the proper equipment to get you dried out quickly!
Storm Safety 101
Storm Safety 101
Severe weather and storms can happen anytime of the year. Did you know that approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related? Severe weather leads to around 500 deaths per year and almost $15 billion in damage. Each year in the United States we have over:
10,000 severe thunderstorms
5,000 floods or flash floods
2 deadly hurricanes that make landfall
Knowing your risk of severe weather and taking a few simple steps of action can help save your life and possibly the lives of others.
Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of severe weather that typically affects the area where you live and work and how this could impact you, your business and your family. Check your local forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take Action: Take the next step by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together an Emergency Kit. Keep important papers, valuables and medications in a safe place.
Tell Others: Once you have prepared your home and business, share your story with co-workers, neighbors, family and friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.
Winter Heating Hazards
Fire Damage in Louisville
Winter Heating Hazards
Winter is here and it always bring a change in the weather! The days are shorter, the nights are longer and the temperatures are lower. To help keep our homes and offices warm and cozy, people often turn to other sources of heat like fireplaces, wood burning stoves and portable space heaters. Unfortunately, these alternative heating sources are the second leading cause of residential fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, those fires account for $893 million plus dollars in damages annually. Here are several ways to help reduce the risk of a fire in your home or office.
- Remember to turn all heaters off when leaving the room for good or going to bed.
- For fuel burning space heaters, always use the proper type of fuel specified by the manufacturer.
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet from heat sources including furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves or portable space heaters.
- Maintain a kid-free zone around open fires and space heaters.
- Have chimneys cleaned and inspected yearly by a qualified or certified professional.
- Make sure fireplaces have a sturdy screen to stop sparks from getting into the room or on the flooring. Always allow ashes to cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance from your home or any out buildings.
- Test all smoke alarms monthly.
- Always hire a qualified professional when installing furnaces, water heaters, central heating and air equipment or gas appliances.
Winter Weather Means An Increase In House Fires
Every holiday season we unfortunately see an increase in the amount of fires in Maryville, TN. With the holiday season comes cold weather and often the need to add some extra heat. But when you add seasonal décor and extra heat sources, there are added risks involved.
According to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Association and NFPA, the National Fire Prevention Association, half of all home fires caused by heating sources occur in the months of December, January, and February. Additionally, 1 in 6 home fires are a result of heating equipment, and 1 in 5 home fire deaths.
Extra precaution should be used to prevent fire damage and recognize the added risks.
- Place all items including Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles
- Never use portable generators inside a residence or business. The output of carbon monoxide and fumes can be a silent killer.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector and inspect it at least once a month.
- Have a professional inspect your chimney annually to make sure it's operating correctly and cleaned as needed.
- Never overload outlets with electrical heating sources. Make sure cord are not frayed or worn. No more than one source should be plugged in to one outlet.
- Keep fire extinguishers serviced and up to date. Always keep one in the kitchen, close to the stove.
- Always discard used and cooled ashes properly, a minimum of 10 feet away from houses or any building, using a metal container.
To learn more about SERVPRO of Blount County and our fire damage services click here. For more tips on preventing winter fires and education visit www.usfa.fema.gov/winter and www.nfpa.org/winter.
How Long Does The Water Damage Drying Process Take?
How Long Does The Water Damage Drying Process Take?
Water damages can take from 2-10 days, with an average of 3-4 days to dry out depending on several factors such as the type and source of water, how long before the water was discovered, the square footage affected, and they type of building materials affected.
The Type of Water Damage
Water damages are put into three categories based on where the water came from:
Category One is clean water from burst pipes and only needs to be dried
Category Two is gray water that must be disinfected and dried
Category Three is black water that often contains raw sewage and requires the removal of solid waste, disinfection, removal of building materials and drying
The Duration of the Damage
The longer building materials have been exposed to water, the more extensive and lengthy the restoration process. Standing water that goes unnoticed for hours or even days can lead to more severe secondary damage.
The Extent of the Damage
Extensive damage due to major flooding will likely take longer to restore than a smaller area affected by a broken pipe, leak or backup. Account for the square footage exposed to water when estimating the length of the restoration process.
The Building Materials Affected
Certain building materials require special consideration when drying. Hardwood floors in particular can prolong the duration of the cleanup. Hardwood floors should be dry all way down to the concrete or floor joist before being repaired or replaced. Also water trapped under vinyl or laminate floors, behind or under cabinets, or inside wall cavities can all lead to extended drying times.
Regardless of the conditions in your home or business in Alcoa TN, you can count on the expertise and equipment of the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Blount County. Call us to quickly start to remove the water from your property and start the restoration process at 865-982-2332.