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Highland Park's Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Highland Park's Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques If moisture is not dried out within 48 hours, mold can develop on your building materials after water damage.

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Sometimes a pipe breaks inside your Highland Park office complex and water floods out the building. Many office complexes are two stories, which can create more problems in an emergency damage situation. Water always follows gravity so if a pipe breaks on any floor besides the ground level, then it will flow into other floors of the building.

When water comes into an office from the ceiling, a few possible hazards may exist. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Highland Park start every job with making sure the area is secure. Any hazards our crew finds get dealt with immediately so that everyone inside your office stays safe.

When water comes from the ceiling, sometimes drywall gets loose and falls from the ceiling. Other times water can get into light fixtures and cause a short creating an electrical hazard. Before any work begins, our crew will remove the hanging drywall and make sure nothing will fall from the ceiling onto anyone. If there are electrical hazards, we shut off the power to the room until a certified electrician can come in and repair the problem.

After the area is deemed safe for our workers and yours, we begin the extraction process. We try our best to complete our work in a way that keeps your company functioning as best as possible. We will work around office desks and work areas so that your team can keep busy while we work.

After we use our advanced extraction system to vacuum up all the water we can, we start the structural drying process. During the structural drying stage, we attempt to speed up the natural evaporation process so that moisture dries out within 48 hours. If building materials inside your office complex stay wet for longer than two days, it is possible that mold develops.

We always use industrially advanced moisture detection equipment to test progress and make sure everything is dry before we leave the job site. After our drying equipment has been set up for a couple of days, we make sure that moisture levels have returned to normal conditions before officially finishing the job. For help from the experts with water problems, call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 any time of the day.

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Preparing Your Montgomery Home For Reconstruction After Severe Fire Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preparing Your Montgomery Home For Reconstruction After Severe Fire Damage SERVPRO Says Place Fire Extinguishers in Your Kitchen to Help Prevent Montgomery House Fires

SERVPRO Professionally Cleans Up and Restores Your Home After a Fire on Your Montgomery Property

No one ever gets fully prepared for a fire in their Montgomery home, and the ensuing damage can seem overwhelming and traumatic. While your inspection of the devastation to the structural elements and contents of your home might not offer much in the line of hope, you can trust in professional restoration services to help you restore the damage and prepare your home for the work it requires to look its best again.
 
Fire damage in your Montgomery home presents itself in numerous different ways. For the most part, the symptoms that you face following a fire are universal, though the severity of these effects vary based on the size of the fire and how long it lasted. While you might not know what to do to bring your house back to preloss conditions, our certified and experienced SERVPRO restoration specialists can work with you to formulate a plan that caters to the most pressing concerns you have and ultimately restores the entirety of the damage that can get salvaged. Our CCIS form can help with your insurance paperwork.
 
For larger structure fires, the possibility for extensive damage to the exterior of your home is a legitimate threat. Having holes or cut out portions of your home for extinguishing efforts leaves your household exposed to elemental threats while the restoration process gets underway. Our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to board up, if minor and not a job for a construction company, these exposed areas to prevent further damage while our team begins working simultaneously on all of the present needs of your home.
 
Finding severely damaged structural components is not uncommon with significant fires, but these portions of your home must get repaired to allow you to live in the house again safely. This understanding requires our technicians to remove these weakened areas using controlled demolition techniques to prepare these points for reconstruction to follow by a residential contractor.
 
Fire damage to your home is never going to be something that you can appreciate seeing. We strongly advise the placement of fire extinguishers to quickly snuff out flare-ups before they become full-fledged blazes. Finding a way to restore your home should certainly be a priority that you have, and SERVPRO of Montgomery can help you through nearly every step of that journey. Give us a call anytime you need us at (334) 273-0992.

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Weakening Blockwork Can Allow Flood Damage To Your Montgomery Home

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Weakening Blockwork Can Allow Flood Damage To Your Montgomery Home Floodwaters Entering a Basement in Montgomery Can Use Fast Water Extraction from SERVPRO

Basement Flooding in Montgomery, Water Removal & Drying--Call SERVPRO for a Stress-Free Service

Your Montgomery home was never equipped to handle flooding of any kind. Even when a basement gets primarily comprised of concrete flooring and concrete blockwork, water can still find a way inside after these components begin to wear down. Provided that your house did not get constructed in the past few years, wear and tear to the mortar joints of the blockwork of your basement walls is already on its way to degradation and failure.  
 
While no Montgomery homeowner wants to hear about the possibility of flood damage, it is never a situation that you can entirely rule out either. While the area might not always suffer the brunt of major storm systems, if the conditions are right, you do not need hurricane level rainfall to facilitate flash flooding requirements in your area. If the ground is already overly saturated and more rainfall gets expected, your degrading basement mortar joints can succumb to the pressure of the external water and allow it to flow into your home through an ever-broadening path.  
 
Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to help you, even in the midst of the flooding to prevent further damage and to ensure that the restoration process does not get more complicated. An assessment of where water is passing through the blockwork of your foundation wall can allow our technicians an opportunity to repair this damage using hydraulic cement applied even when water is still passing through the openings.

Our team then turns its attention to extraction, and this process typically involves the use of truck-mounted pumps for fast extraction, if needed portable sump pumps and more intricate work gets accomplished with wet vacs. Once the water has gotten removed from the affected area, drying the area is a critical next step. The faster that moisture and dampness can get removed from this damaged area, the less likely that instances of mold damage could occur on top of the current restoration needs of your home. This process may take many days depending on the saturation level of the concrete pad and block.  
 
Finding flood damage in your home can be overwhelming and troublesome to deal with on your own. Trust our SERVPRO of Montgomery team to help you restore your home and to help keep the same issues from happening again. Give us a call anytime you need us at (334) 273-0992.

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Commercial Odor Removal When Rotted Food Poses A Challenge in Montgomery

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Odor Removal When Rotted Food Poses A Challenge in Montgomery When Walk-In Coolers Need Odor Control after a Breakdown in Montgomery, Rely on SERVPRO for a Safe and Sanitary Service

SERVPRO Can Expedite the Ambiance with Odor Removal from Your Retail Store

After significant storm damage or other catastrophes, breakdowns in the electrical grid are common. Businesses that feature food service or storage can suffer from the devastation decomposing food brings to the crisis. Freezers, refrigerators, and walk-in coolers full of food and beverages eventually warm to the point where the contents begin to rot, emitting a noxious smell. We have a range of professional-grade solutions to eliminate these odors.

The aftermath of severe storms, hurricanes and tropical depressions, include serious water damage from flooding and storm surge. High winds and excessive water knock out power. It can take many days or even longer to obtain the all-clear to enter affected buildings. Stores of rotting food spawn a daunting cleanup and an even more tenacious odor problem in Montgomery. Our commercial restoration crews have experience with these challenges, employing advancements in odor eliminating equipment to entirely remove the malodors.

Foods and beverages provide microbes always present in the environment with a robust source of nourishment. Molds and other organisms serve a purpose outdoors when they break down materials. The consequences of this natural process shock when a restaurant, wholesale or retail grocery, or event center displays appliance after appliance of decomposing food, the organic matter a horribly smelling feast for spores growing into microbial colonies. SERVPRO production managers assess the scene and determine if any other freezers or refrigerated units can be salvaged. Even when the appliances are junked and the areas thoroughly cleaned, the stench can linger.

We have success in these circumstances when we add hydroxyl generators to the odor-neutralizing mix. Our SERVPRO began employing this technology in 2011 and find it not only to be highly effective but also a workable solution when we team with commercial customers that need their business to continue operation during the restoration phase. A large resort and an IT headquarters are two of the business we assisted with odor control while guests continued vacations and a major conference went forward as planned. The hydroxyl generators were a crucial piece of our restoration and odor elimination plan.

Hydroxyl generators disperse molecules that seek out odor-bearing particles. They effect elimination of unwanted smells by breaking apart the chemical bonds of the odorous compounds. Hydroxyls occur naturally outdoors when ultraviolet rays from the sun encounter water vapor. SERVPRO invested in hydroxyl generators to replicate this process indoors. The machines can be positioned in inconspicuous places to do the task of odor elimination quietly. Unlike ozone machines that require temporary evacuation during operation, hydroxyl generators are safe to use around people and pets.

Rotting food is a common source of seemingly intractable odors after freezing and refrigeration fail in a commercial setting. SERVPRO of Montgomery has the technology and the technicians to obliterate the odors. Call (334) 273-0992 to schedule an evaluation of your odor elimination needs.

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The Basics of Mold Growth in Your Montgomery Home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Basics of Mold Growth in Your Montgomery Home Mold Spores to Damage, SERVPRO Can Remedy in Montgomery Properties

Damage from Mold Colonies Is Minimized by SERVPRO Remedy

Mold damage can be notoriously difficult to remedy. Trying to clean the damage by yourself can worsen the situation and can even cause the mold to spread to unaffected areas. Restoration experts have the necessary safety and cleaning equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently.

Understanding the basics of mold damage to your Montgomery home can help you prepare better if you spot some early signs of the damage. Here are a few things you should know when it comes to mold.

Mold begins their life with a spore
Spores are tiny, microscopic structures that are similar to seeds of a plant. When they get a conducive environment, they can germinate and form mold colonies. The process of germination starts when a spore lands on a surface that has excess moisture and organic matter.
The spores absorb water and swell. Once they have reaches a certain size, they start giving off filamentous structure called hyphae. A number of these hyphae grow horizontally while others help the mold to anchor itself to the surface. Some of the hyphae, in turn, bear spores on their tops. If you try to clean the colonies of the mold without proper equipment and precaution, these spores can become detached and airborne can settle in the unaffected area of your home. SERVPRO professionals can use safety equipment and a proven method during the process that can help prevent this from happening.

How to prevent mold damage?
Unfortunately, mold spores are everywhere and eliminating them entirely is not possible. However, it is possible to prevent conditions that promote their germination and growth. One of the most important factors promoting growth is moisture. Eliminating excess moisture from your home is your best defense.
If you have water damage in your home, the chances of mold growth can increase exponentially. Make sure that you fix any leakage or excess moisture problem as soon as you can.

The mold damage restoration process is a job for the experts and should not be treated as a DIY project. SERVPRO technicians can help you remediate the problem safely and efficiently. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery North at (334) 273-0992 today for a free consultation.

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What Water Damage Can Do to Your Montgomery Home

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Water Damage Can Do to Your Montgomery Home Water can spread all across your home causing damage, call SERVPRO to dry out your space and restore your home.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after Water Damage

Every day, your family uses several hundred gallons of water in your Montgomery residence. Cooking, cleaning, showering, washing clothes and dishes, and making drinks from coffee to lemonade requires a steady supply of water. Without water, all kinds of life on earth would cease to exist.

However, when your Montgomery home contains a leak, water damage can happen instead. Just like we use fire for specific uses but when it happens where we do not want it to, it can burn valuable things instead. Water can damage things instead of helping make our lives easier. When leaky pipes develop or a geyser develops in a broken washing machine hose, the water can cause damages throughout your home. Water damage does not always stay in one place near the event's location.

Water evaporates and then moves along with the air, condenses on hard surfaces or becomes absorbed by porous materials, only to evaporate again when the air becomes drier. Water in your home mimics its activities outside your home, rarely staying in one place for very long. Because it moves around so much, water and moisture can create damaged areas all through your home.

Elevations in moisture can cause photos to stick together, create stains on drapes and curtains, allow mold and other microbes to grow profusely, rot the wooden beams in your home's framework, provide termites and other pests a more hospitable environment, and ruin your walls from the inside.

SERVPRO technicians can help your home by restoring it and erasing the damage caused by water. Locating the source precedes the drying out of your home. We find the source by using water meter readers and infrared sensors. Because water and elevated moisture change the temperature slightly in the materials absorbing water, we can quickly detect its location.

After we find the source of the undesired water, we can work to stop it from happening again. This can include a damp basement, which encapsulation can correct, a leaky water line, windows with faulty seals, or other sources. We always discuss what our findings reveal with the homeowners, so they understand the work involved and its importance to restoring their home.

SERVPRO of Montgomery helps homeowners solve problems with water damage within the local area, including Chisholm and County Downs. Contact us at our local service line, (334) 273-0992, 24/7, 365 days every year.

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What are the Most Important Questions You Should Ask if You Suspect Mold Damage in Your Highland Park Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What are the Most Important Questions You Should Ask if You Suspect Mold Damage in Your Highland Park Home It is important to not attempt to clean mold damage on your own as you can spread the damage to unaffected areas of your home.

Rely on SERVPRO for Safe and Thorough Mold Remediation

Discovering mold damage in your home can be a disaster waiting to happen. If you do not pay attention, it can spread quickly and may cause health effects as well. Seeking professional help as soon as you can, is the first step toward safe restoration.

If you suspect mold growth in your Highland Park home, make sure that you are not neglecting the early signs.

Can you see mold growth visibly? 

If you answer ‘yes’ to this question, then seek professional help immediately. SERVPRO technicians can help you prevent the mold from spreading to the unaffected areas of your home. Make sure that you avoid the temptation of cleaning the damage by yourself. Trying to remedy the damage on your own can spread the damage to other areas of your home before you know it.

Do you smell a strong musty odor?

If you smell a strong, musty odor in your home, it might indicate mold damage. Not all mold is visible, and if the growth is behind the drywall or in difficult to reach places, the odor is a dead giveaway for mold growth. If your bathroom, crawlspace, basement or attic smells damp and musty, make sure you are calling in the professionals.

Did you have a history of mold problems in your home?

If you have a history of mold problems in your house, you must be extra cautious. Call SERVPRO professionals if you suspect of a recurrence as soon as you can. It is crucial for a fast and safe restoration if the professionals can get to work as soon as possible.

Do you have water damage on your property?

Water damage is perhaps one of the most significant contributors that can result in extensive mold damage. The excess moisture due to leaky pipes, fixtures or blocked up drains is very conducive for spores to germinate.

Tackling mold damage early on is the key to a safe and efficient restoration. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, it is time to act and act fast.

Call SERVPRO of Montgomery today at (334) 273-0992 to speak to one of our restoration experts.

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Fire Damage Restoration Services in Montgomery

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services in Montgomery Fire damage restoration entails many tasks and services. Contact SERVPRO should your home suffer fire damage. You will be glad that you did.

SERVPRO's Five Categories of Fire Damage Restoration

Most Montgomery house fires do not cause massive damage to the structure itself. The majority of the time and money spent on restoration and remediation is to clean and preserve personal property.
 
Our overall goals are to restore the home and its contents to its pre-damaged state and prevent any secondary damage where possible. To accomplish this, SERVPRO divides Montgomery fire damage restoration efforts into five categories.
 
First comes Mitigation Services to secure the home and prevent additional damage. We can do this by wrapping exposed pipes to prevent freezing and rusting and boarding up broken windows or doors the fire department had to force open to combat a fire. If needed, we can set up a temporary source of electricity and then install pumps to remove water and set up fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to begin reducing the humidity level to dry out property and lower the chance of a mold infestation.
 
Now, SERVPRO technicians begin Structural Cleaning Services to remove smoke residues and odors from the house. We do so with a combination of dry and wet cleaning methods to remove residues and a variety of cleaning agents and ozone generators to destroy odor particles. If we determine that a section of wall or a furnace is not restorable, we recommend replacement.
 
Replacement is part of our Reconstruction Services. For minor items like hanging new drywall or installing a new appliance, we can do the work. For major reconstruction, our team leaders recommend engaging a licensed general contractor.
 
Other technicians begin Contents Cleaning Services to remove residues and odors from personal property. Where possible, we attempt to clean and restore items at home. For items with heavy residues, or if the structure is unsafe or cannot be secured, we remove the property to our facility for cleaning.
 
If an item is exceptionally valuable, it needs what we define as Specialty Restoration Services. That includes artwork and high-end electronic equipment. We include dry-cleaning in this category since we do not perform this type of restoration.
 
Even when a fire does little structural damage, restoration work for your home still requires a professional team. SERVPRO of Montgomery has returned area homes to their pre-fire condition for over two decades. Call today at (334) 273-0992 to schedule a visit from one of our inspectors. We are here for you.

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Fire Damage Experts in Highland Park

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts in Highland Park Restoring the contents of your home after fire damage can be a difficult task, rely on SERVPRO's trained technicians to properly clean your home.

The Four Cleaning Actions Used During Fire Damage Restoration

If a fire ever breaks out in your Highland Park home, not only do the flames cause damage to contents and building materials but the smoke causes damage as well. During a fire, smoke spreads to all rooms of the house. Many times smoke causes soot to build upon contents and surfaces inside the structure.

In any fire damage situation restoring contents is always cheaper than replacing. Anytime there is a fire on your property, calling SERVPRO's experienced fire damage team in Highland Park is a wise idea. Our crew is IICRC certified and has experience in restoring contents that experience soot damage from the smoke.

Restoring contents and other surfaces after the smoke damage is sometimes difficult. Often the items need to be resurfaced. Other times cleaning the surface of the object is all that is needed. When cleaning there are four actions that are used to remove soot from the surface of something. The four cleaning actions used by professionals are mechanical action, lubrication, chemical action, suspension, and dispersion.

Mechanical action is when friction agitates the soot or soil off of the surface. Sometimes when cleaning soot off a surface, scrubbing the area before applying any chemicals is helpful. Many times our professionals at SERVPRO agitate the dry smoke particles to remove them from the surface before applying any chemicals.

The purpose of lubrication is to make the surface of the object slippery. When the surface of something is slick, the soot adhering to the object is released and thus easier to clean. Some detergents lubricate soot off of a surface while emulsifying the soil at the same time.

Many chemicals used for fire damage restoration change the chemical composition of the soil stuck to a surface. Once the composition changes, the soil quickly comes off.

One of the best cleaning methods is to loosen the soot from the surface then soak the item in a chemical solution. During the suspension action, the chemical dissolves the soil removing it from the object. Sometimes the chemical emulsifies and pulls the soot off of the item.

Anytime a fire takes place; cleaning is a must. When cleaning smoke-damaged items call the professionals at SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 for assistance 24/7.

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Water Damage Professionals in Highland Park

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Professionals in Highland Park If your washing machine malfunctions from the second story of your home, the damages can greatly affect the second and first floors.

SERVPRO’s Team Can Quickly and Efficiently Remove Water, Minimizing Damages

Sometimes when a water leak takes place in a two-story home water can flow from one level of the house to another. For example, if a washing machine breaks in your Highland Park townhome, damage can take place on the level below the laundry room as well as inside. Water that gets into your home is going to follow gravity and ruin things on its way.

Water that leaks into your second level laundry room can ruin the floor then spread to other areas below that floor. As soon you notice water damage in your Highland Park townhome it is wise to call SERVPRO. The water first damages the flooring then can spread to other areas in the room such as the walls. If moisture continues flowing down into the lower level, electrical damage and possible damage to the ceiling in the lower level can occur.

Shortly after your phone call, our SERVPRO crew will arrive at your home and assess the situation. The IICRC certified water removal team starts by using their extraction equipment to vacuum up all standing water in the area. If building material such as flooring and walls are excessively damaged, then they get removed and replaced. Sometimes if the water damage is not too severe, all of the materials get saved with our drying process.

When going through with the drying process, the goal of our restoration team is to save building materials by drying. Our skilled specialists can use industrially advanced drying equipment to lower the moisture level of the building materials inside your townhome. As long as the crew drops moisture levels back to normal quick enough, mold will not be able to grow inside your home.

Our restoration team does whatever it takes to prevent future problems from arising as a result of your water damage situation. Any time you notice water where it should not be call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 for help 24/7.

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