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Back to School Shopping Tips

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

August is here, which means back to school shopping is quickly approaching. Here are a few tips that will help you shop smart and save money.

  1. Make a list- Most schools hand out a list of required school supplies, but for those of you who do not get a supplies list, a good idea would be to check with other parents at your school who have older kids. They could have great advice on what your child needs to succeed in school.
  2. Get what you need, not what you want- Creating a budget can help to separate your child's wants from needs, plus it is a good way to save a few bucks.
  3. Last years leftovers- Take a look at previous year's school supplies and determine what can be reused.

Basement Flooding

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

With all of the rain that has come to Knoxville, many people have found their basements to be flooded with several inches of water. There are precautions to take in order to prevent flooding. If you discover that windows or vents are the reason for flooding, you’ll want to fix the sealants around them. Call a foundation repair specialist if you notice any cracks or damage to your foundation. If you notice your gutters are leaking, allowing large puddles to form around the home instead of being directed through the pipes below the home, excess water can make it’s way easily underneath your home and into your basement.

What Type of Fire Was It?

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

What was burned in a fire plays a key role in determining what can be restored and what must be replaced. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Knoxville deal with many different fires on a regular basis.

  1. Electrical fire- Burning electrical wiring causes smoke damage and a distinct odor which will permeate all porous surfaces.
  2. Kitchen fire- A kitchen fire can result in heavy soot and heat damage in the kitchen with light soot throughout the house.
  3. Grease fire- This type of fire causes smoke damage with a greasy film evenly distributed throughout the surrounding area.
  4. Wood stove fire- This type of fire will have a distinctive odor and distribute smoke and soot throughout a structure.
  5. Kerosene heater fire- A fire of this type will result in smoke damage with an even appearance and a greasy film on metal surfaces.
  6. Furnace puffbacks- A malfunctioning furnace blows greasy soot throughout a structure, covering walls and furniture fairly evenly.
  7. Lightning fire- This type of fire is rare, but lightning strikes on a structure can cause electrical and smoke damage that ranges from very light to heavy.
  8. Cigarette fire- The most serious damage caused by this type of fire is to furniture. These fires cause heavy smoke damage as the result of burning stuffing and padding.

Soot and smoke damage can be extremely destructive no matter the type of fire. Let SERVPRO of North Knoxville handle your fire restoration emergencies quickly and correctly!

Do not always "Do it yourself"

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that some "Do it yourself" projects could put you behind bars? Here are the ones you should leave to the professionals:



  • switch up a cooktop

  • disturb old insulation

  • repair your HVAC system

  • replace a hot water tank

  • pump the septic system

  • interact with wildlife

  • knock out a wall

  • tinker with light fixtures

  • install a skylight

  • remove lead based paint

  • cut down a large tree

  • replace a garage door spring

  • take out termites


Click on the link below for more info on how to handle these "Do it yourself" projects the correct and legal way!


Spring Safety Facts and Myths!

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

  • If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lightning.--- This is a myth! Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as ten miles away from rainfall. This is especially true in the western United States where thunderstorms sometimes produce very little rain.
  • The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car protect you from being struck by lightning.--- This is also a myth! Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • "Heat lightning" is a term used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard.--- This is a fact!

The University of TN sets a World Record!

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Community The University of TN sets a World Record! (Photo by Brianna Paciorka/ Knoxville News Sentinel)

On March 29 of 2017, The University of Tennessee set a world record for the largest human letter to ever be made on a football field! Al Roker helped to make this happen. The massive "Power T" was formed by 4,223, and was held for five minutes. 

Let SERVPRO of North Knoxville Prepare Your Home for the Market

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Home selling season is upon us here in Knoxville. When selling a home, you want to make sure that you have your home fully prepared to be listed on the market. Presentation is everything, and the impression of musty or moldy odors can negatively impact the asking price of any home. SERVPRO of North Knoxville will inspect a property- including crawl spaces- to help determine the extent of water or mold damage and remove potentially harmful bacteria and odors. This will give buyers and sellers peace of mind and allow sellers to receive top dollar for their home. Before you risk your buyer’s health or the opportunity to close the sale of the property, call your local cleanup and restoration professionals, SERVPRO of North Knoxville, at 865-947-9992.

Weather Alerts

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

BASIC WEATHER TERMS:

Warning A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property. People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.

Watch A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. A watch means that hazardous weather is possible. People should have a plan of action in case a storm threatens and they should listen for later information and possible warnings especially when planning travel or outdoor activities.

Advisory An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings, that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.

FIRE ALERTS:

Red Flag

This is a fire weather program which highlights the onset of critical weather conditions

conducive to extensive wildfire occurrences.

Red Flag Warning

A term used by fire-weather forecasters to call attention to limited weather conditions of particular importance that may result in extreme burning conditions. It is issued when it is an on-going event or the fire weather forecaster has a high degree of confidence that Red Flag criteria will occur within 24 hours of issuance. Red Flag criteria occurs whenever a geographical area has been in a dry spell for a week or two, or for a shorter period , if before spring green-up or after fall color, and the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is high to extreme and the following forecast weather parameters are forecasted to be met:

1) a sustained wind average 15 mph or greater

2) relative humidity less than or equal to 25 percent and

3) a temperature of greater than 75 degrees F.

In some states, dry lightning and unstable air are criteria. A Fire Weather Watch may be issued prior to the Red Flag Warning.

Proper Use of Smoke Alarms

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

SMOKE ALARMS ARE A KEY PART

of a home fire escape plan. When there is

a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke

alarms give you early warning so you can

get outside quickly.

SAFETY TIPS

  •  Install smoke alarms inside and outside each

bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every

level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.

  •  Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  •  It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms.

When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.

  •  Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press

the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

  •  There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke

alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires.

Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about

smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of

alarms in the home.

  •  A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on

a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to

reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet

(3 meters) from the stove.

  •  People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use

special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and

bed shakers.

  •  Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years

Old.

Large Desiccant Dehumidifier

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Large Desiccant Dehumidifier This dehumidifier is capable of handling large commercial spaces.

SERVPRO of North Knoxville 
Proudly announcing a new way of drying and reducing humidity for the perfect climate control in water disasters, SERVPRO® of North Knoxville is the only company in East Tennessee to own a 950K CDH-138-RL Large Loss Electric Desiccant.  Meeting the demands of larger residential and commercial water restoration jobs with a large-capacity mobile dehumidifier from ARID-Dry™, SERVPRO® of North Knoxville professionals can work more efficiently and with faster time-response.   These skid- and trailer-mounted units are perfectly manufactured for the most proper and substantial vapor pressure reduction and active temperature control management.

What is a Dehumidifier?
The most basic explanation is that a desiccant dehumidifier has a moisture absorbing wheel inside the unit. The wheel is made of silica gel – which is the desiccant (drying) element. Air enters the unit through an opening and travels through the silica gel impregnated wheel. When the air reaches the other side of the wheel it is dry and pushed out of the unit by a high static blower.  Bottom line: it is perhaps the most effective method available of controlling humidity and/or removing moisture from structural materials, hardwood flooring, and providing structural preparation prior to applying coatings.