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Aspects To Consider During Water Cleanup In Highland Park

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Aspects To Consider During Water Cleanup In Highland Park Whether the water cleanup needs in your property are a result of a leaking roof or a broken water pipe, you have to act to take immediate action.

Aspects To Consider During Water Cleanup

Whether the water cleanup needs in your property are a result of a leaking roof or a broken water pipe, you have to act to take immediate action. The amount of water on your property together with its source helps us to select the most appropriate restoration procedures. We have three categories of water damage that are common in Highland Park, and all of them are classified as per their source of water.

Professional water cleanup services in Highland Park are necessary, even when the water is from a treated source such as burst pipes or overflowing sinks. Clean water is under category 1, and it usually presents few health effects unless it has flowed across the soil. In most cases, carpets and pads that are exposed to this category of water are salvageable.

Category 2 water, or gray water, is comprised of used water that contains waste products - human waste is not included. It might be water from an overflowing toilet - without solid matter - or a washing machine. Our SERVPRO technicians usually advise property owners to replace the carpet pad exposed to gray water, though some carpets might be salvaged through thorough cleaning.

Blackwater is under the third category and is majorly unsanitary water, which contains human waste. Water from floods which is full of debris and silt is under this category. It is mandatory to replace porous items, and carpets are exposed to this form of water. We comply with the safety standards recommended by OSHA when dealing with black water.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the concerns about possible health effects when exposed to contaminants during the restoration process. Since every situation is unique, we have the experience to choose appropriate personal protective equipment. The most common PPE that we use include respirators, hearing protection, disposable coveralls, head protection, and disposable boots.

SERVPRO of Montgomery attends to all sizes of residential and commercial restoration or cleaning emergencies. Call us at (334) 273-0992 when you need to work with a trusted and locally owned restoration industry leader.

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Use Caution When Entering A Home With Flood Damage In Montgomery

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Use Caution When Entering A Home With Flood Damage In Montgomery Disasters can make a once-safe and secure home in Montgomery unfit to live in and barely safe to enter.

Use Caution When Entering Your Home After A Flood

Disasters can make a once-safe and secure home in Montgomery unfit to live in and barely safe to enter. Water can hide hazards from view and make it difficult to stand or walk from one place to another. Flooding brings in foul water that is even more murky, making it even more dangerous.
 
Montgomery residents who visit their homes after flood damage takes place might also notice that the smell is highly unpleasant. This smell comes mostly from the organic matter, so many homes require odor control measures after we finish restoring the structure and cleaning the contents of your house. We use highly effective but very safe methods when controlling smelly odors.

When we send out our technicians to mitigate flood damage, they arrive with the equipment needed to restore your home, as well as the necessary protective equipment to ensure their health and safety. Our gear is designed to ward off cuts and keep disease-causing pathogens off the skin. Our machinery and tools are also highly effective at performing the functions necessary to dry your home out and make it “Like it never even happened.”

As we work on your home's cleanup and restoration, we use different cleaning agents that help us remove the grime and other substances left on surfaces within your house. Any grooves or indentations in personal belongings can harbor silt and dirt, but we carefully remove it, so everything becomes clean and sanitary again. As long as your home's structure remains safe, we can carry this work out on-site, making things easier for you. By the time your family moves back in, we have gone over everything to ensure that your home becomes completely dry again and free of any silt, debris, or other filth.

SERVPRO of Montgomery wants our neighbors and friends to stay safe, even in horrible situations. Flood damage can cause serious harm to any kind of property. We have the skills and tools to make your home safe for you and prevent damage from spreading further. Contact us at (334) 273-0992, so we can assist you in making your house a home again.

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Mitigating Mold Damage On Furniture In Highland Park

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mitigating Mold Damage On Furniture In Highland Park Microbes can quickly grow once their environment experiences an increase in humidity.

Mitigating Mold Damage

Microbes can quickly grow once their environment experiences an increase in humidity. Furniture often collects crumbs of food, shed skin cells, and other debris from a Highland Park family's normal, everyday activities. These items can add to the cellulose available to microbes, increasing their food supply.

At SERVPRO, we know that your furniture is part of what makes your home comfortable, and mold damage can make your chairs and sofa, as well as other pieces, smell terribly. Using dust covers can increase the problem by providing the microbes the darkness and enclosed space they thrive in best. Traditional cleaning methods can leave your furniture damp, and still full of spores and active mold particles.

We can clean your furniture for you with highly effective methods. When you call, our team can schedule a time for our skilled technicians to come to your residence and clean the mold damage from the affected furniture's surfaces. Our unique cleaning agents loosen microbe's hold on the threads in the upholstery's fabric so we can more easily remove these particles from your furniture.

Other areas can also become infested with mold. Deep grooves, joints, undersides, and other tight spots can harbor mold in a piece of furniture. Stiff brushes can whisk this built up mold damage away from surfaces while our vacuums remove the generated debris. Just like we always test before using liquid cleaning agents for colorfastness of the fabrics we clean, we also make sure our brushes do no damage to wood finishes or the luster of any metal elements. We want to make everything look “Like it never even happened.”

Because preventing mold damage costs less than remediation does, we spend time determining where the excess moisture came from, and then we help the homeowner block any additional water from entering the home. Other ways that we help diminish the possibility of future infestations of mold include antimicrobial agents that make regrowth almost impossible. Also, if any odors remain, we can apply deodorizing sprays, leaving your furniture with a much more pleasant scent.

SERVPRO of Montgomery can help protect your home's furnishings from the effects of mold damage, as well as minimize any possible health effects your family might experience from microbial infestation. Contact us at (334) 273-0992 when you suspect possible microbial activity. We serve Centennial Hill, as well as Chisholm and Arrowhead.

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Flood Damage Restoration Options For Residents Of Chisholm

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Options For Residents Of Chisholm Before flood damage restoration can start, we first determine whether the building is safe to enter.

Flood Damage Restoration

Before flood damage restoration can start, we first determine whether the building is safe to enter. We check whether there are any collapsed walls, roofs, sticking doors, sagging ceilings, and if the floor has noticeable cracks. Mud and water make the floor slippery, so, we are cautious when stepping. Floodwaters may leave sediments within the house, and there is a need to perform shoveling.

Our SERVPRO technicians also inspect whether there are damaged materials in your Chisholm property during flood damage restoration. If the wallboard that covers the walls and ceilings is thoroughly soaked or at least four feet from the bottom of the floor, we remove it and recommend a replacement. Plaster has high chances of surviving a flood when compared to gypsum wallboard. In most cases, when the plaster dries, it disintegrates from the wooden laths. If we face such incidents, we remove the plaster layer and then make a replacement.

There are different ways in which flooding affects the various types of insulation. If your structure has polystyrene insulation, it has high chances of surviving when our SERVPRO technicians hose it off. We discard fiberglass batts when they are soaked with water. Cellulose insulation can hold water for a long duration. When that happens, it loses its fire retardant and antifungal properties, so a replacement is necessary.

If flood water reached the ceiling area, we have to replace it - mainly when it is wallboard. It does not mean all is well when the water has not touched the ceiling; the floodwater can increase the humidity and make the gypsum ceilings to swell. Plaster ceilings may dry after some time, though we might tear them down and make a replacement when they have too many sags and cracks. We can also use pumps to extract water from flooded crawl spaces and install space heater and fans to enhance the drying process.

SERVPRO of Montgomery is a trusted industry leader in commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. You can call us at (334) 273-0992 at any time of the day and benefit from our stress-free services.

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The Effects Of A Kitchen Fire In Your Montgomery Residence

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Effects Of A Kitchen Fire In Your Montgomery Residence Kitchen fires can happen in your Montgomery home from a variety of causes.

The Effects Of A Kitchen Fire

Kitchen fires can happen in your Montgomery home from a variety of causes. While many of these incidents can get extinguished before they spread out in destructive ways throughout the house, there are still effects that must get addressed when the time comes to clean up the mess.

Many homeowners have not ever dealt with a house fire throughout their lives, and are often unclear as to the wide range of lingering effects present once the first responders and firefighters complete their job. Restoring the fire damages to your Montgomery home, even with a smaller-scale incident localized to your kitchen area can prove challenging for even experienced professionals at times.

Legitimate threats to your home exist following a fire in your kitchen. Smoke damages penetrate not only the air in the affected areas of your home, but also the walls, cabinets, and furniture in the kitchen as well. Our SERVPRO professionals utilize various methods of deodorization to remove this noxious odor, leaving no discernable scent behind.

Cabinets above and near the heart of the fire are susceptible to irreparable damages. Often these units get constructed with thin wood, making them easy targets for open flames. While our SERVPRO technicians do everything possible to restore the damages to these units, cabinets sometimes need to get removed and later replaced to complete the restoration process.

Soot is another threat to the kitchen area, as it is a widespread concern. This layer of film and debris cakes to surfaces throughout the room, and can even get into the ductwork of the central air system. Cleaning up this mess requires several approaches which depend on the severity of damage and the location of the soot itself.

A homeowner might be fortunate when it comes to the limited range of a quickly extinguished kitchen fire. Even with this being the case, lingering effects still make it difficult to live comfortably in the house following the incident. Give our SERVPRO of Montgomery fire restoration technicians a call 24/7 at (334) 273-0992.

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Staying in Business After Commercial Fire Damage Threatens to Close Your Highland Park Cafe

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Staying in Business After Commercial Fire Damage Threatens to Close Your Highland Park Cafe Customers love the ambiance of your coffee shop. Keep them coming to your location after a fire by contacting SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO's Quick Action After Fire Damage Can Help Keep Your Diner Open

Eating out at fast food places rarely compares to the food found in Highland Park's neighborhood cafes and diners. Running such an establishment happens under high-stress situations during rush hour, and during these times, accidents happen.
 
When rush hour happens and a grease fire takes place in Highland Park, commercial fire damage can affect your entire business. SERVPRO technicians can make everything “Like it never even happened” which makes it possible to stay in business. Failure to mitigate such damage early allows it to continually damage additional areas in your building.
 
Removing any damaged materials, such as countertops or tables, curtains, papers and posters, and anything else makes it easier to recover with smoke-killing paints. Washing soot-filled cooking utensils, bakeware, and other equipment gets these items ready for the next time your staff needs them. Pots and pans also need any traces of soot removed so future meals do not taste off and provide patrons with the food they know and enjoy.
 
Shelving and cupboards can end up covered in areas rarely seen, such as the top shelves, so we make sure we reach these areas. Afterward, we visually inspect them to make sure they no longer contain any black deposits that might end up on stored items.
 
Any carpeted areas in your diner most likely contain significant amounts of soot that bonded tightly with the fibers. The sooner SERVPRO can clean these and extract the sticky soot the more likely we can restore them to preloss condition and save your business the added expense of replacing the carpet.
 
Removing greasy deposits of smoke and soot from surfaces keeps odors down but does not eliminate them entirely. We need to address these deposits from the areas that remain unseen. We do this by using thermal fogging. With this method, the fog forcefully enters the same areas that the smoke pushed smoky particles into and then eliminates them.
 
SERVPRO of Montgomery also protects businesses in Arrowhead and Centennial Hill from the effects of fire damage. When businesses can reopen quickly after a disaster, their chances of staying in business increase, while the risk of closing permanently significantly decreases. Call us at (334) 273-0992 to see how we can help you save your business from this and other disasters.

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When You Need Water Removal In Your Highland Park Home

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When You Need Water Removal In Your Highland Park Home SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage from Leaking Appliances in the Highland Park Area with Rapid Removal

Highland Park Homeowners Turn to SERVPRO for Water Cleanup after Appliance Failure

Appliances are a welcomed convenience to your Highland Park residence, but one that does not come without its share of risks. As these machines age, they become less and less able to prevent the water supply they receive from ending up on the floor around them. Often this is something as simple as a missing seal or bushing that has just worn down to nothing, but it can leave you with a substantial mess on your hands, especially if you were not at home at the time and aware of a problem. Regardless of how dire the circumstances are, professional restoration services can help you to overcome this hurdle and return your home to preloss conditions more quickly than you could alone.

No matter the appliances or the maintenance time that you put into each of them, it is impossible to rid your home entirely of the possibility of water damages. The trouble with these incidents is that they tend to leave high volumes on the floor, leading to a need for water removal services in your Highland Park residence as opposed to simple mopping and drying. Our SERVPRO team can help you to overcome this overwhelming scenario and give you back your house in its original condition, usually, "Like it never even happened."

One of the first things that our professionals have to do when we arrive at your home is to determine the source of the damage and if that is something that our technicians can fix on site,  such as a small leak. Sometimes these scenarios require dedicated attention to your appliances by a repair technician, but some issues our SERVPRO professionals can handle on our own.

Extraction is a critical component to the restoration process in these situations, but often the only required tools for this process are portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands. Drying the area follows this step and is an essential component to restoring your home.

Finding your home in need of water removal services is never an easy thing for a homeowner to face. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to handle alone. You can rely on our SERVPRO of Montgomery water damage restoration technicians to help you overcome the damage and restore your home quickly. (334) 273-0992.

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A Grease Blaze in Your Montgomery Restaurant Kitchen Can Lead to Fire Damage If It Is Not Smothered Properly

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial A Grease Blaze in Your Montgomery Restaurant Kitchen Can Lead to Fire Damage If It Is Not Smothered Properly Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Montgomery--Always Call SERVPRO

Commercial Cleanup After Fires Are Best Left to the Professionals--Call SERVPRO

Fire damage is the last thing you want to befall your restaurant, but especially in the kitchen. It can completely halt the flow of your business since you are unable to serve food, not even take-out, while the damage lingers. Getting the damage remediated as soon as possible is the best solution that you could pursue for your business.
 
Cooking involves oils and greases, and it is essential to use oil while doing so, but it could cause fire damage to your Montgomery kitchen when done irresponsibly. Sometimes, while cooking, the flame of the burner under your pan can jump from airborne splattered grease and then into your pan, igniting everything in it. A grease is particularly dangerous if it is not appropriately smothered with the lid of a pot.
 
Unfortunately, the first instinct for many people is to try and extinguish a grease fire with the use of water. However, this practice can actually have a "splashing" like effect, igniting other parts of the kitchen and severely burning anyone close. A small fire in a pan can quickly turn into a much larger fire with one action, and it is wise to call for remediation as soon as firefighters have dealt with it. If your kitchen is equipped with a fire-suppressant system then possibly the physical damage was minimized, but the powdery mess remains behind requiring professional cleanup.
 
SERVPRO strives to get to your eatery as quickly as possible after receiving your call. If the remediation doesn't happen right away, the higher the chance of permanent damage is. Our SERVPRO techs can immediately begin to clean up fire-damaged area, ridding it of any charred bits or ruined equipment.
 
Afterward, we can clean the soot off of the various surfaces of your business through chemical cleaning methods. Once SERVPRO has thoroughly cleaned your kitchen, and rid it of the physical evidence, we can use tools like thermal foggers to free your nose of the scent left behind by the fire.
 
When your restaurant kitchen suffers a grease fire, do not delay. Dial (334) 273-0992 as soon as you can to contact SERVPRO of Montgomery. No matter the time, our doors are open to you.

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Water Removal Actions For Montgomery Homes

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Actions For Montgomery Homes Water removal in Montgomery or anywhere else in Alabama needs to be done by a professional service.

Water Removal For Homes

Montgomery homes are vulnerable to flooding from the weather and more mundane sources. When it happens, the water can affect some property fast enough to force disposal in just a few hours.

Water removal in Montgomery or anywhere else in Alabama needs to be done by a professional service. SERVPRO restoration teams have extensive training to rapidly draw water out of a home to prevent or reduce the level of damage to both structural and personal property.

Our restoration technicians begin by removing standing water. They use pumps for water levels more than about ankle-high. Each team has a variety of pumps in their equipment inventory for large and small homes and depending on how long they may need to operate to clear out each residence.

Once the water is down to just above the surface, technicians switch to extraction wands to draw out water from wood floors and carpets. Team members can adjust the speed and power level of each device to match the amount of remaining water and to avoid causing damage to the floorboards or pulling up fibers from the nape of the carpet.

For concrete surfaces, other SERVPRO team members use long-handled squeegees to push water out of the garage, patio or other areas of the home that has a concrete pad. Regardless if the surface is concrete, carpet or wood, our technician's follow-up with air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans to force out remaining excess moisture.

They set-up the dehumidifiers in every affected room to draw water from the air and surrounding property. Depending on the amount of moisture present, each device can remove over 20 gallons every 24 hours.

Specialists set-up the air movers and fans to push warm air over surfaces to quickly dry them without causing cracking in wood furniture or building material like sheetrock. Both devices are also very useful to complete drying of carpets and to remove any trace amounts of moisture on concrete floors or trapped between the slabs.

Every home has different needs after a water intrusion. If you need our help to remove water and return your home to its original, dry state, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 today. We are here for you.

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Understanding The Flood Restoration Process For Your Highland Park Residence

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding The Flood Restoration Process For Your Highland Park Residence SERVPRO Saves Many Homes in Highland Park from Flooding with Rapid Response and Water Removal

Fast Arrival and Water Extraction by SERVPRO Mitigates Flood Damage to Your Home or Business

As much as you might work to prevent disasters and unfortunate circumstances to your Highland Park home, there are always going to be situations that are out of your control. Flash flooding is such an instance. As the name would suggest, these disasters offer little in the way of warning, and ill-prepared homes that are not able to withstand the immense water pressures from the outside can be susceptible to widespread damages.

The unfortunate aspect in all of this is that you might not even know that your house is not able to withstand the threat of flash flooding until the damage is upon you. Once you have discovered any severity of flood damage in your Highland Park residence, you should be on the phone with our SERVPRO team working to get our experienced technicians on site and working to stop the flow of water into your house, if possible.

When we arrive at your house, we often work most quickly on sealing up the vulnerable points (often with hydraulic cement) to stop water flow into the basement area. Extraction follows quickly after this process. It could be as fundamental as portable pumps and wet vacs, but more severe cases require us to dispatch a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet to get the water removed more efficiently.

Getting the area dried completely is another critical component of the restoration process. Lingering moisture is a welcome mat for microbial and mold growth, so our experienced IICRC certified professionals work to ensure that any dampness gets dried up. Any damaged construction materials that retain water and are rendered non-salvageable also get discarded.

While there is nothing quite as overwhelming as widespread damage to the home that you live in, our professionals can help you to clean up the mess and get back to the way things should be quickly, "Like it never even happened." You can count on our SERVPRO of Montgomery water damage restoration specialists to help you anytime that you need us. Give us a call 24/7 at (334) 273-0992.

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