Stopping The Progression Of Water Damage Affecting Homes In Tennessee

By Jamie Shelley

Water can damage almost anything in your Tennessee home under certain conditions – the location of such water plays as crucial a role as the quality of the water. Broken pipes or split water lines both contain clean water, fit for drinking and cooking, but that same water destroys walls, including the insulation within sections facing your home’s exterior. Other problems from displaced water also happen to floors, personal belongings, appliances, and so much more.

Primary water damage includes damage that happens immediately after or during a water emergency from broken water lines. This type of damage includes wet soggy carpeting and compacted padding. Padding typically becomes ruined by contact with water from any source, clean or dirty. An experienced company can often salvage carpet when submerged under only clean water. Flooding or sewer backups generally ruin any carpet involved.

Air drying a carpet in place after removal of the pad minimizes stretching, shrinking, and warping that could pose problems with reinstalling the carpet over new padding once dry. We regularly perform this with carpets after we slightly elevate them from the floor. With the pad absent, carpets dry reasonably fast, and so does the floor underneath. Once the carpet becomes dry, we can quickly re-lay it once again.

Wherever water remains for a substantial period, damage continues to progress. Moisture and humidity from the primary, or ongoing, event, continually move around inside your home, allowing microbes to thrive and to continually disintegrate the semi-porous materials in your house’s structure.

This secondary water damage continues unabated until the moisture levels become re-established at normal, healthy, levels. We use desiccant machines and dehumidifiers to capture and remove the unwanted moisture and keep the moisture in the air at stable amounts. Removing damaged materials so we can replace them involves double bagging to prevent contamination by loose pieces of these materials that might contain mold, mildew, or bacteria.

For water damage affecting your home at any stage, contact with a professional water damage mitigation company can help prevent future damage while removing current damage.


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Commercial Water Damage And Your Tennessee Business

Commercial Water Damage And Your Tennessee Business

By Jamie Shelley

Water plays a role in many business environments in Tennessee. From a lobby water fountain to full kitchen facilities or laundry rooms, water lines and drain pipes run through your site’s internal structure. A small leak or drip can slowly create water damage at any commercial site. Other causes include groundwater that seeps into your building through tiny cracks, faulty sloping of concrete or other materials around ground-level windows and other openings, and roofing situations that require repairs.

Tennessee business owners and managers should check monthly to ensure no spikes occur in their monthly water usage. Visible signs of water damage include soggy floors, rusty areas on corrugated stairwells, elevated humidity that makes the air feel damp and sticky, and microbial growth problems. Taking care of the water that created these problems is the first step, but a crucial step in regaining control of your site.

Other types of water damage that are not as visible and hidden still require repairs and mitigation. Insulation that becomes saturated with water from any source requires removal and replacement with new materials. Ductwork can also become heavily corroded, allowing air, either heated or cooled, to escape before reaching its intended destination.

Commercial sites with mitigated water damage fare much better in health and environmental standards than they did previously. Water is always changing form, seeking equilibrium, and flowing from one area to another. This permits microbial growth to explode in areas that previously were non-problematic.

Corrosion weakened supports under flooring, and other environmental hazards can cause accidents, increased sick days, and a decrease in employee morale, as well as a negative impression of your business in the eyes of clients and potential customers.

When elevated humidity seems ongoing, finding the water when it is hidden can seem unlikely. Tools and instruments such as hygrometers and infrared sensors quickly determine where these problems lie. Hidden water may exist in unlikely locations. 

When encountering such situations, having a professional company with experience and training can be your best line of defense when dealing with commercial water damage.


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Prevent Bathroom Mold by Making Sense of Humidity

Prevent Bathroom Mold by Making Sense of Humidity

By Jamie Shelley

A hot, steamy shower soothes achy muscles, washes away grime and just plain feels delightful. It also raises the humidity level in your bathroom, which can create an ideal environment for mold and mildew.

Preventing Mold With a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Many people mistakenly believe that the exhaust fan in the lavatory is there to whisk away unpleasant odors. While they can help with that, these fans actually serve a much larger purpose. Bathroom exhaust fans draw the moisture-laden air that fills the room after a steamy shower or hot bath out of the lavatory, bringing the room’s humidity down to a healthier level. This is a vital step in preventing mold growth and averting mold damage.

Your bathroom is an ideal location for mold because it thrives in a humid environment.
Your bathroom is an ideal location for mold because it thrives in a humid environment.

Why a Humidity Sensor Can Help
Is your exhaust fan up to the challenge? The answer may depend on how you use it. Most people turn the fan on when they enter their bathroom to shower and turn it off when they leave. Unfortunately, this does not always give the exhaust fan enough time to evacuate the steam and humidity. Ideally, the fan needs to run until it the moisture level in the bathroom is back to normal. You could just leave the fan running and come back later to turn it off, but you run the risk of forgetting it. This wastes energy and can shorten the lifespan of the exhaust fan. Instead, consider installing a humidity sensor. The sensor will automatically cut the fan off when the correct humidity level is restored. It is an easy way to prevent mold damage.

Dealing With Mold
If you find that you have a mold issue in your bathroom, do not attempt to handle it yourself. Disturbing the mold may facilitate its spread. Instead, turn to the experts. Technicians have the training, specialized equipment, and protective gear to address mold damage. They can inspect the area, identify the source of moisture, contain the mold, remove it, properly cleanse your belongings and restore a healthy environment.