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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.

Ash Damage In Your Arrowhead Home

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ash Damage In Your Arrowhead Home Ash is one of the most destructive factors in a fire, second only to the blaze itself in potential to harm your home.

Ash Damage

Ash is one of the most destructive factors in a fire, second only to the blaze itself in potential to harm your home. In some cases, ash may be present in such large volumes that it causes thousands of dollars in damage all on its own. Ash is difficult and labor-intensive to remove, but with the right crew and the right strategy, SERVPRO makes short work of it. So, where is ash most liable to cause extensive damage?

When Mixed With Water
In Arrowhead fire damage cases, ash often combines with water to create a staining and difficult-to-handle sludge. This material may require extra care and slower extraction than other material, costing time and energy otherwise spent on restoring other types of damage including burns and smoke odors. This material, while visually disastrous and time-intensive to take care of, is thankfully relatively straightforward to clean up and remove from a home.

Clogged Drains And Pipes
Ash is highly liable to clog up drains and pipes around the home. While lighter clogs may be easy to clean up and remove, in some cases ash may fill up an entire section of pipe and become packed in. When this happens, the pipes may have to be removed and flushed out with specialty equipment. SERVPRO technicians usually examine each water fixture in your home thoroughly to determine how severe the damage is before ripping out pipes.

Carpeting And Floor Materials
The most likely place for ash to end up is on your floor. Depending on the intensity of the fire, flooring may receive multiple inches of ash cover. This material is staining, dusty, and difficult to remove from most types of carpeting. In some cases, the carpet may have to be removed to allow for cleaning or replacement.

SERVPRO of Montgomery has been helping local homeowners to recover from fire damage for years. Give us a call around the clock at (334) 273-0992 for our services.

The Process of Drying Out And Water Removal Your Flooded Basement In Arrowhead

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Process of Drying Out And Water Removal Your Flooded Basement In Arrowhead Water removal from your basement also includes the proper drying techniques to avoid more damage from occurring, including mold growth in your home.

Water Removal And Drying Out

After a big storm, your basement may become flooded. Seeing that it is the lowest point of your home, this can easily happen, but this does not make it any less stressful. When your basement floods for any reason, you need professional help to get the water removed quickly to avoid any more damage. That is when you call in SERVPRO, as we have the experience and tools to remove the water swiftly and efficiently.

Water removal from your basement also includes the proper drying techniques to avoid more damage from occurring, including mold growth in your Arrowhead home. Four factors affect how much time you need for drying including how much water you need to evaporate, the temperature, air movement, and humidity. SERVPRO technicians understand that wet goes to dry, which is a rule which says that moisture moves from wet materials to drier ones, or moist air to drier air to find an equilibrium. We also understand the four factors of drying and how to use special equipment to improve drying time.

Drying happens more quickly when your basement is heated to between seventy and ninety degrees Fahrenheit. Portable heaters can be used to do this. Temperatures over 85 degrees on the first days of drying can result in too much moisture in the air, which causes subsequent damage if there aren’t enough dehumidifiers.

How Much Water Needs To Be Evaporated
The more water that we pump out or extract from your basement, the less we need to get rid of with dehumidifiers. Liquids are easier and quicker to move than gas. Physical extraction is 1200 times more efficient than dehumidification. A submersible pump is used if there are two or more inches of standing water in your basement. If it is under two inches, we start extracting.

A relative humidity (RH) of over 60% slows drying time since the air is almost saturated. Some of the water in the air must be removed to lower the humidity. The RH should be under 40% after the first full day of drying. Using dehumidifiers is the most efficient way to lower relative humidity. They take the evaporated moisture out of the air and can lower the RH to 30% or lower.

Air Movement
It is important to have the air moving during drying. The air in your basement which has been damaged by water is naturally humid and damp, which slows down evaporation. By blowing the damp air out and bringing in dry, warm air, the drying time is shorter. SERVPRO technicians know how to position air movers to help do this properly. They also change the position of the air movers as the drying process progresses to promote thorough, even drying of all surfaces.

Water removal of any sort needs to be handled by an experienced company, so be sure to contact us at SERVPRO of Montgomery if your basement floods. We are easy to reach by dialing (334) 273-0992 whenever you need us.

Water Removal Services Available In Highland Park

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services Available In Highland Park Water removal is essential to protecting your furniture, carpet, flooring, and other household contents, along with preventing mold growth.

Water Removal

It is quite obvious that coming home to a house full of water is something that we would all rather avoid. However, if you are quick enough in responding to the situation, it is entirely possible to minimize the damage and possibly save many of your possessions. Avoid treating flood water situations in your Highland Park home lightly. Water removal is essential to protecting your furniture, carpet, flooring, and other household contents, along with preventing mold growth from developing that may cause health effects.

Locating a quality company to help you with your water removal can be tough. However, there are a few, like SERVPRO, that not only provide you with the services you need to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, but they also give you a list of things you can do to help yourselves. At SERVPRO, we cannot stress enough how important safety is during these types of situations. Make sure that you and your entire family are safe before you do anything else. However, you should also contact your insurance company and touch base to ensure you have the proper coverage before you contact a restoration company for help.

Meanwhile, there are a few things you can do to help limit your losses. Start by making sure that the structure is safe to enter, shut off the power to the building, unplug any electronics and relocate small objects to a safe location where they can dry properly. Just remember, you do not have to do anything, SERVPRO technicians are perfectly willing and able to remove anything and everything caught in the affected area.

However, if you insist on getting a head start, anything that you find on your carpet or flooring throughout the affected area that is easily moveable should be; this includes newspapers, magazines, lamps, clocks, radios, televisions, coat racks, and other household items. Just remember that some of these things may be rather heavy due to exposure, so, only carry what you can safely lift on your own. Leave your carpet and heavy furniture to the professional technicians that are on the way.

Do not turn on your air conditioning or fan trying to dry out the affected area. If you insist on attempting water removal with a mop, remember to dab your flooring with the mop, do not swipe it back and forth, or you may end up causing damage to your flooring if you do it wrong. Again, please do not do anything you are not comfortable doing, your technicians are on the way.

Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery today for all of your water removal needs. (334) 273-0992