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Drying is a Challenge in the Case of Flood Damage to Exterior Walls in Highland Gardens

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying is a Challenge in the Case of Flood Damage to Exterior Walls in Highland Gardens A burst or leaking pipe can flood your home. Contact SERVPRO after a flooding event to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Root Out All the Pockets Where Flood Waters Hide in Your Home After a Disaster

Water damage to any part of the home is enough to give any householder a headache. Many instances of flood damage affect interior walls, floors or ceilings, such as the kitchen or the bedroom. However, there are some cases when a burst pipe or leaking appliance causes damage to one of the exterior walls of a home.
Drying is vital after any water damage. Leaving a property without proper drying opens it up to long-term structural damage and even mold growth. However, flood damage to exterior walls in Highland Gardens presents a particular challenge for restoration experts. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at once: We train our technicians to handle even the most challenging drying situations to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
Cinder block walls in particular need specialist care to restore them to optimum dryness. The cells within the walls can hold water. Sometimes there is a coat of gloss or semi-gloss paint on the wall - this creates a barrier that stops water moving from the inside to the outside of the wall. SERVPRO technicians have the skill to drill a hole in the bottom of the mortar wall to allow drainage, and we patch the wall up carefully afterward.
Insulation material inside external walls is often a barrier to drying. Our professionals assess each situation and decide whether it is best to remove the insulation and replace it.
External walls typically have low air circulation and are often constructed in a way that limits airflow and causes difficulty in drying the interior of the wall.
Our teams arrive equipped with a range of dehumidifiers and air movers ready to dry out your walls. Of course, dehumidifiers cannot be used out of doors, but in some cases positioning a dehumidifier in the room closest to the wall is helpful. The positioning of air movers requires extra care because external walls take longer to dry. Hence optimum placement of air movers is vital.
We monitor the drying situation at all times by using moisture meters to track progress. We take readings from unaffected walls nearby so we can assess the optimum drying goal. Our aim is always restoring the wall to its ideal level of dryness.
For help with water-logged walls, give SERVPRO of Montgomery a call at (334) 273-0992.

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Expert Help Dealing With Blood Cleanup In Your Montgomery Area Home

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Expert Help Dealing With Blood Cleanup In Your Montgomery Area Home Trust SERVPRO for Safe and Sympathetic Blood Clean Up in Montgomery

Biohazardous Remediation Requires Professional Efficiency

The standards and practices that deal with handling blood spills on your property were designed to protect you, your family, and the public from the possible spread of infectious diseases. Even if you know the person who was injured, you should always take the opportunity to reduce the risk of infection by seeking professional help.
Having someone injured or an accident occur on your Montgomery area property where blood cleanup becomes necessary can cause serious infection. Anyone taking on the task of cleaning blood or other bodily fluids and tissues should always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment PPE, this includes eyewear to protect your eyes, disposable gloves, shoe protection, and a gown of some sort to prevent contact.
As a property owner, you may come face to face with a variety of situations where you simply are not informed enough to handle an incident on your own. A professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, can provide you with expertly trained technicians who understand which precautions to take to prevent additional harm when addressing blood. This also keeps you out of potential harm's way.
SERVPRO technicians have experience in dealing with rental situations that involve cleaning up drug houses, where disposal of needles, razors, or other sharps becomes necessary. We always dispose of sharps materials using a puncture-proof container and the appropriate waste disposal method, it is our goal to prevent the unknown, so we never take any chances and neither should you.
With a staff of highly-trained professionals on your side, SERVPRO provides you with the ability to clean all blood soaked materials and surfaces found in your home. Our cleaning technicians understand how to avoid splashing or spraying during the cleanup process, use industrial-grade disinfectants, and ventilate the area properly to help prevent airborne pathogens. We can isolate and create physical barriers for additional protection from cross-contamination.
Dealing with any incident on your property involving blood or other bodily fluids is extremely important, it is far from something that you want to leave to chance. If you want to protect everyone involved and prevent safety issues that you might not even think of on your own. Please bear in mind, that we respect your privacy and will always be courteous while treating your home.
Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery for the help you deserve, today. (334) 273-0992

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Protect Your Company's Warehouse Facility In Chisholm From Fire Damage

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Company's Warehouse Facility In Chisholm From Fire Damage When a Chisholm Warehouse is Ablaze, Call SERVPRO for the Cleanup

SERVPRO Helps Prevent and Reduce Fire Damage to Your Chisholm Business

A fire damage restoration company is the perfect partner to turn to for advice about fire concerns on your warehouse property. They can offer you assistance both before and after an emergency occurs, helping you implement plans to ensure every employee understands their role.  
Warehouses present unique fire challenges, getting help protects your Chisholm area property from fire damages that may occur. Through preparation, you can avoid the uncertainty about fire suppression system performance, questions regarding building integrity, and potential storage collapse from keeping you up at night.  
SERVPRO technicians can inspect your entire facility, providing you feedback on hazards that pose a significant threat to your business. For you, it may be something as simple as implementing a quality housekeeping program to help avoid the buildup of splintered wood pallets, corrugated cardboard, plastic wrap, or smaller debris that help accelerate the progress of a fire.  
Some SERVPRO customers might need advice about which fire protection equipment, suppression systems, or pallet rack system would fit their needs. We can help you remain compliant with fire safety codes, keep your building safe, and provide you with the services required to save your business after an accident occurs on your property.  Ask us about our Emergency Ready Plan for your warehouse.
Having SERVPRO on your side can help you go beyond compliance. Installing and maintaining a fire suppression system provides you with the most security. However, when storing items, you need to keep the proper distance for sprinkler heads efficiency and leave the appropriate amount of flue space between each pallet.  
You can learn more about which products to store where, avoiding contact between plastics, aerosols, and other hazardous materials, including propane that should be kept at least 20ft away from fire exits or have limited quantities allowed within your facility.  
Implementing evacuation plans for your employees, providing fire extinguisher training, designating the correct floor storage and staging areas, avoiding trash accumulation and maintaining a relationship with a local restoration company help your chances to avoid major loss.  
Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery today to gain access to expertly trained fire damage specialists and receive the fire damage cleanup and restoration services that you and your business deserve. Our IICRC certified technicians are available 24/7 to provide you with the assistance you can count on to prepare for emergency situations. (334) 273-0992
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Understanding Dangers of Smoke and Soot in Your Chisholm Residence

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding Dangers of Smoke and Soot in Your Chisholm Residence Chisholm Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup is a SERVPRO Specialty

Count on SERVPRO for Smoke & Fire Cleanup to Your Property

Everyone knows fires are dangerous. However, did you know the flames are not the biggest risk as far as health and property damage? Smoke is the leading cause of deaths from fire, exceeding burns by a 3 to 1 ratio. Direct exposure to smoke is, of course, harmful to your respiratory system, but it can affect the structure of your home negatively as well.

Smoke from any fire is composed of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, other chemicals, and particles which can produce even more fire damage in your Chisholm residence. Depending on what burned, other harmful chemicals are airborne and can be inhaled into your lungs or stick to furniture, walls, ductwork, clothing, and other areas. It is urgent after a fire that you call in a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO who can remove the smoke and soot from your home to prevent additional damages.

Since hot air rises, you can commonly find smoke damage right over where the fire was burning. Strong air currents can circulate through your residence. You can also find smoke damage outside windows and walls because cold air sinks under warmer air which opens a path for the smoke to travel to the exterior walls and windows.

Your home has decorations, furniture, enclosed spaces and other features which interact with smoke, causing the harm to sometimes be found in more unusual spaces, such as closed closets, dresser drawers and wall cavities which seem to be closed off. Smoke and soot can also be found behind blinds and drapes because smoke naturally goes to cooler areas.

Many times, smoke particles are ionized, which means they hold an electrical charge that attracts them to surfaces. Smoke and soot can, therefore, be found surrounding nail heads in a ceiling, on synthetic materials, and clustered into cobweb-like shapes in the corners of rooms. Currents of air can carry soot and smoke away from the fire, depositing residue in various ways. You can also find smoke and soot in your ductwork because of this and on the farther side of door openings.

SERVPRO of Montgomery North understands that smoke and soot can be found in unexpected places and how detrimental it can be to leave it unhindered. When you call us at (334) 273-0992 we respond rapidly.

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Steady Rain Has Nowhere to Go But Inside Your Chisholm Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Steady Rain Has Nowhere to Go But Inside Your Chisholm Home Don't let flooding take over your home. Call SERVPRO for quick remediation and action to prevent a mold infestation.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly In Order to Remediate Flood Damage and Prevent Secondary Mold Damage

Many areas of the country experience heavy rains in the spring and early summer, and our area is no exception. These types of storms send water flooding into your home at its lowest level. Restoring the damage done from several inches of water pouring into your house needs the professional help of the skilled staff at SERVPRO.
The one thing you do not want to do when flood damage occurs in your Chisholm house is to wait to see if things get better on their own. Water can damage your home’s structure and contents if it remains inside for any amount of time. Also, if moisture levels remain high within your house, you run the risk of mold growth and damage. Flood damage recovery is at the heart of our business plan, and we pledge to do everything within our power to return you to preloss condition.
Our SERVPRO team needs to complete some preliminary steps before they begin removing the water and then drying out your home after the flood. First, we need to be certain that there is no risk of electrocution. Many appliances in the flood water use electricity, so we risk trouble if the power is live. Second, other tools and systems use natural gas or oil for fuel, and they also need to be shut off while our crews work. We also need to be mindful of any structural damage or weakness that puts restorers or you in danger.
Once we clear any hazards, we begin by removing standing or puddled water in the lowest levels of your house. A submersible pump works for deeper flood waters, and once the level goes down, we use extractors, which are powerful water vacuums. Air movers are the next line of defense, staged to reduce the moisture content of flooring, walls, and ceilings. Carpeting dries in place if we can lift it to get air moving on both top and bottom. Padding is inexpensive, and we often remove and replace it as it dries too slowly and incompletely.
With our drying goals met, we take a final look for any microbial growth. Mold spores are always present, and it just takes a boost of a little water to get them growing. Drying out the structure within 48 hours gives SERVPRO staff the best chance of preventing flood-related mold growth.
Driving rain flooding into your home has little chance of permanently damaging your house if SERVPRO of Montgomery works on your behalf. A call to our dispatchers at (334) 273-0992 ensures we get on the job within just a few hours.

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Preventing Fire Damage in Your Chisholm Insurance Office

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Preventing Fire Damage in Your Chisholm Insurance Office Chisholm Commercial Fires Use SERVPRO for Restoration and Cleanup. Let's Use the ERP to Mitigate Damages

SERVPRO Offers Our ERP Mobile App for Preventing and Mitigating Fire Emergencies

Thousands of companies are affected by fires every year, resulting in lost customer trust, injury, and damage to your insurance office building. By creating a fire prevention and preparedness program, you can help to avoid injuries to your visitors and employees, costly damages, and possible fines to your business. If you are still unfortunate enough to experience a fire, the professionally trained technicians of SERVPRO can help you repair and clean up the damages.
No matter how big or small your insurance office is, someone needs to be designated as the safety officer to help prevent fires in your building. Certain steps and maintenance can be done to keep Chisholm office fires from happening, and other plans are needed in case a fire emergency occurs.
Implementing a Fire Emergency Plan for Evacuation
Emergency response is simpler when all your employees know each of their responsibilities during an emergency. Make a detailed fire evacuation plan which dictates how to respond and when plus identifies a path of evacuation. If any employees have special needs or require special attention, these details should be addressed in your plan. If you have initiated the ERP, Emergency READY Profile program and then contact SERVPRO once the fire is out and everyone is safe you will receive the benefits of less downtime and costs. Make sure not to hesitate in doing so, as the longer you wait, the more damage results from settling soot and water left behind by firefighters.
Create a Fire Prevention Plan
A plan for fire prevention gives your business documentation that outlines who is responsible for identifying materials which are combustible, heat-producing equipment, and any fire hazards. It also maps out procedures that are necessary to prevent a potential fire. The plan should be gone over with all employees and available for review at any time.
Training Team Members
On a yearly basis, NFPA and OSHA require you to do fire extinguisher training for all employees. Each one should receive the necessary training and be briefed on any updated and new regulations.
Maintain Exit and Emergency Lights
To make sure evacuation paths are not blocked and exits remain illuminated all the time, put into practice a routine plan for maintenance to look for burnt out or broken bulbs. Plus, test your emergency backup power and exit lights regularly to ensure they are functioning.
Practice Correct Housekeeping
Daily tasks are a key step in keeping your facilities free of fire hazards. Ensure packing materials and trash are in containers of metal with lids that fit tightly. Flammable substances should be cleaned up right away, including oil and chemical spills to lower the risk of fire. Equipment should be in the proper storage areas clear of fire exits and aisles and not blocking automatic sprinkler systems.
Also, make sure to have a certified and licensed fire technician to perform safety tests, quality inspections, and repairs to fire protection equipment regularly.
SERVPRO of Montgomery is aware how devastating a fire can be for your business. We are READY to help you at any time when you dial (334) 273-0992. We do our best to get your company back up and running as soon as possible.

Water Removal Can Save Your Montgomery Home from Extensive Damage

4/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Can Save Your Montgomery Home from Extensive Damage Don't let a plumbing mishap cause further damage in your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate and prevent mold from growing.

SERVPRO Recognizes that a Quick Response can Prevent Further Damage

Flooding is not the only time you can end up with water in your home. No matter why water is present, it must be cleaned up before it can cause damage to your home's interior. Even the best-constructed homes are not made to withstand the presence of water and can suffer costly damage that affects not only the beauty of your home but also the safety of the people who live there.
When homes in Montgomery need water removal, SERVPRO can help with every part of the process. Removing all of the water can go a long way toward preventing other types of damage. When the water involved is gray or black, or becomes contaminated, water removal experts also implement measures that prevent the spread of bacteria and any other possible contaminants, such as using a bactericide, which is often sufficient.
Water removal can be an extensive job that involves areas of your home that you might not have realized were affected. Water, as a fluid, easily permeates many things found in a home. While you already know that water can travel downhill and horizontally, water can also travel uphill if there is an absorbent material that the water comes into contact with. This can include draperies and long curtains, drywall, or wall hangings. These materials can retain a significant amount of water and must be included in water removal efforts.
Any left-over moisture can spell bigger problems in the future. Even slightly raised humidity levels can put a home at risk of water damage such as disintegrating walls and mold damage.
We apply concrobium to surfaces that are at highest risk for developing mold growth, as it has been shown to prevent mold from growing while still being safe to use around children and pets. The temporary or permanent installation of a dehumidifier can also be useful in preventing future problems with elevated levels of moisture in a home's interior.
Whatever your home's source of water problems, SERVPRO of Montgomery has you covered. All you need to do is call us at (334) 273-0992, and we can get right to work with the process of water removal to get your home dry again quickly.

Mold Damage Cleanup for Your Highland Park Home

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Cleanup for Your Highland Park Home Water Leaks in Highland Park Cause Mold Infestations Which Are Remedied by SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Molds and mildew are fungi – microscopic organisms at first which grow anywhere the environment is moist. Molds are a needed segment of the environment because without them leaves would not break down as quickly and aspects of soil enrichment would not happen. However, it is their capability to destroy organic materials that make mold a problem for homeowners.

In its early stages, mold and mildew in your home in Highland Park can grow on ceiling tiles, wood products, wallpaper, cardboard, fabric, drywall, foods, plants, decaying leaves, insulation and other organic materials. Within just twenty-four to forty-eight hours, mold colonies can begin to grow on damp surfaces, creating mold damage in your home which needs to be addressed. Our professionally trained technicians at SERVPRO can clean up and remediate a fungi problem.
Molds eventually destroy the material they grow on, as they digest organic material, and then spread to adjacent organic materials, destroying them as well. Besides the damage molds cause to your home and possessions, they can also cause health effects.
If your home has suffered water damage because of a back-up of sewage from flooding in your area, a damp basement or crawl space, flooding, plumbing or roof leaks, overflows from a bathtub or sink, or high humidity from dryer vents, steam cooking, or humidifiers, mold can develop fast. This contaminated water is rich in nutrients. Even worse, it continues to grow until SERVPRO comes in and takes the proper steps to eliminate the source of the moisture which effectively deals with the problem of continued proliferation.
Before we begin any remediation, we ensure all safety and health precautions are taken. We make sure that our staff is covered in protective clothing to avoid exposure to toxic mold. It is important to control the mold before it spreads to areas in the home that are not yet contaminated. Mold is contained at its source, which is essential to preventing the problem from worsening. Once the mold spores circulate through the air, the difficulty of a successful remediation are increased.
SERVPRO IICRC certified techs ensure that the mold is physically removed from your property, as attempting to isolate the mold or remove signs of the mold on the surface is not adequate. Also, just using bleach does not kill mold, so do not attempt cleanup on your own. We have special cleansers, antifungal disinfectants, and tools which can clean the mold up properly.
You must control the moisture levels in your home, so any future contamination or recontamination is limited. It is virtually inevitable that mold will grow if you do not have the moisture controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, found, and corrected or controlled as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO of Montgomery is skilled and trained to handle mold damage in your home. Therefore, do not hesitate to call us at (334) 273-0992 as soon as you suspect that you have mold growing in your home.

Proper Mold Damage Remediation Services Available In Highland Park

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Proper Mold Damage Remediation Services Available In Highland Park Highland Park Owners Seeking Mold Remediation Use SERVPRO

SERVPRO Professionally Tackles Mold Problems

Regardless of the costs associated with mold remediation in your home, your safety and the safety of your loved ones is much more important. However, understanding the process and what it may cost you can help put your mind at ease.

Therefore, when facing mold damage issues in your Highland Park home, there are several factors to consider. First, you need to decide whether the issue is something you can handle on your own, or if you require professional assistance to manage the problem correctly and safely. Second, whether you have a small patch on a single wall or your entire home is contaminated by mold, seeking professional remediation services, like those offered at SERVPRO, is your best bet at recovering quickly. We have IICRC certified technicians ready to assist you with every aspect of the job and respond in as little as four hours after your initial call.

At SERVPRO, our technicians have access to the latest training and equipment available for mold remediation. We employ moisture detection devices and thermo-hygrometers to help locate the source of moisture causing the problem, industrial-grade water extraction equipment including hand-held and truck mounted water extractors to eliminate standing water from areas of all shapes and sizes, as well as air movers and dehumidifiers that help provide a quick, efficient drying process.

We work closely with you and your insurance company (if you are fortunate enough to have this type of microorganism coverage) to provide you with what you need to get things around the house back to normal quickly. Restoring is preferred over tossing and purchasing new. We attempt to keep cost down while providing a safe, clean, and effective service.

Last but not least, SERVPRO technicians utilize quality containment procedures to prevent exposing uncontaminated areas of your home while using physical mitigation methods to remove as much of the affected material as possible. We also follow EPA and OSHA guidelines for the transport and removal of contaminated substances and perform all of the necessary services in a timely, efficient manner that is convenient for you.

Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery today for additional information concerning our mold remediation services or any other problems you wish to address in your home. We are ready to help, immediately. (334) 273-0992

What Can Fire Damage In County Downs Do To Concrete Houses?

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Can Fire Damage In County Downs Do To Concrete Houses? While the structural integrity of a house is unlikely to be at risk, concrete is still vulnerable to heat.

Fire Damage And Concrete

Over the last decade, concrete has become an increasingly popular material for homebuilders. It is unyielding, functions as a great noise and shock absorber, and it is surprisingly energy efficient. It is one of the most fire resistant building materials and insurance companies recognize it as being one of the safest ways to construct a house.

While the structural integrity of a house is unlikely to be at risk, concrete is still vulnerable to heat. If flames do not get extinguished quickly, fire damage in County Downs can lead to cracking and warping. There may also be a loss of compressive strength. SERVPRO advises homeowners to respond to structural and aesthetic changes fast by calling in a repair team. Keep reading for more information on how fire affects concrete and what we can do about it.

How Concrete Reacts To Heat
Normally, it takes a heat of more than 248 degrees for concrete to respond in any way. In fact, it is after a fire approaches 482 degrees that noticeable damage begins to occur. At this point, localized cracks appear, and water within the cementitious paste dries up. The process causes a reduction in elasticity and strength. If the fire heats the concrete to more than 572 degrees, a substantial drop in compressive strength occurs (around 30-40%). It is common for the appearance of the material to change too. It takes on a light pinkish tone.

Tackling Concrete Repairs
Restoring concrete after a fire is easier than you might think. Often, the damage is superficial and aesthetic. The top layers of material get degraded, but if the pre-stressing tendons are untouched, they do not always need removing. Fire damaged concrete requires extraction behind the traditional steel reinforcement. However, adding bonded concrete in sections can be a quicker and easier solution than replacing large areas. Afterward, it needs to be rebuilt to the original surface profile using steel primers, substrate bonding coats, and cementitious polymers.

The One Stop Repair Shop
SERVPRO is committed to providing comprehensive, seamless fire damage restoration. Our technicians use sophisticated tools to spray wash stains on walls, remove smoke particles from the air, and clean carpets and other materials.

If structural materials (like concrete) require full or partial restoration, we can arrange for the right contractors. They are under supervision from our team, so you do not have to worry about keeping track of multiple projects. We can do it for you. In the case of concrete repairs, this is of particular importance, because the work involves heavy machinery and industrial substrates.

At SERVPRO of Montgomery, fire damage restoration is a complete process. We are a one stop repair shop and can find skilled contractors on your behalf. Our guys work on the clean-up, while the contractors handle the heavier reconstructions. Call us 24/7 on (334) 273-0992.