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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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Water Damage Mitigation Services Available Throughout The Montgomery Area

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Mitigation Services Available Throughout The Montgomery Area Changing Weather Patterns Can Cause Water Damage to Montgomery Area Homes--Frozen Pipes or Ice Dams? Call SERVPRO

Montgomery Problem with Water Intrusion? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

The Montgomery area presents homeowners with a variety of challenges this time of year. Everything from random weather to appliance failures can make everyday life a bit more than something you can merely endure. You are not alone.

Dealing with water damage in your Montgomery area home requires your immediate attention if you want to avoid additional problems such as corrosion, rot, and even mold down the road. Understanding whom to call and what to do can make a huge difference in the success of your home's recovery. Luckily, there is a team of local, expertly trained, qualified professionals available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week strategically located to respond to your request for help immediately.

Have a problem with cold-fronts or massive changes in weather can catch any homeowner off-guard. The weather can freeze everything in sight and cause trouble with pipes and wreak havoc on your regular daily routine. At SERVPRO we take pride in providing homeowners just like you with expertly trained IICRC technicians that can help you locate problems that already exist, help repair some damages present, and get things back to working order in your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Frozen pipes can cause appliance failures, leading to changes in water pressure, causing water intrusions and more. It only takes small plumbing or roof leaks to cause significant problems in your home that affect you for years to come. SERVPRO gives you access to water extraction, drying, and cleaning equipment to tackle jobs of all shapes and sizes.
SERVPRO can help control water problems immediately, giving you peace of mind when needed the most. Put our preparation services to the test, by having your home inspected today. Our technicians can help you locate hidden problems and help you limit any losses you might experience.

Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery for assistance with both small and large water damage situations in your home, anytime, day or night, including holidays. Our full team of water damage specialists stands ready to assist at a moments notice, call today. (334) 273-0992

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Water Damage Can Drive Patients From Your Highland Park Clinic

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Can Drive Patients From Your Highland Park Clinic Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Water Removal to Keep HIghland Park Services Open for Business

Trust SERVPRO For Urgent Care Regarding Water Removal

Running a Highland Park medical facility of any kind can be an overwhelming challenge, but it can become even more of a stressful situation when there is a water emergency in the building. While not every situation might demand the need for professional intervention and expertise, when you have many patients counting on your care to be available during regular business hours, even a smaller situation needs to be resolved quickly and correctly.
Water damage to your Highland Park clinic can result from some different sources. Clinics are known to have more plumbing than many other facilities and businesses just because washing stations, sinks, and labs are needed to operate at full capacity. As well guarded as you might be against the harsh elements of winter or the possibility of overly pressurized pipes, they can still break and rupture all the same.
Our SERVPRO technicians have seen all manner of water emergencies, especially when tight deadlines become required. The last thing that your facility needs is to reschedule several appointments, as this just bogs down the staff with heavy workloads at a later date and keeps sick or injured people from getting the care that they need. Instead, trust a team of certified restoration specialists that can help you to mitigate your loss of valuable time and keep your doors open to patients.
Depending on the severity of the water damage in the affected area, extraction might be necessary. Our SERVPRO team has all of the tools necessary to remove the water efficiently, from portable pumps to wet vacs. While the visible moisture is getting dried with air movers and dehumidification equipment, our thorough specialists use thermal imagery to determine further damage from the water outside of the line of sight. Knowing where other problems might occur, can help our team focus their efforts, ensuring that the situation does not worsen and that restoration can get completed quickly.
Your clinic has many patients that depend on your staff to be available when they have ailments and injuries. Trust professional restoration specialists like ours at SERVPRO of Montgomery. Our emergency response team can be reached anytime at (334) 273-0992.

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What To Do When You Find Mold In Your Montgomery Home

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Do When You Find Mold In Your Montgomery Home Dehumidification Can Lessen the Chances of Mold Growth in Montgomery Basements

Of Course, Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Even if you have never experienced it in your Montgomery home before, everyone has likely caught a whiff of the stagnant, musty smell of a mold colony. The unmistakable scent of this fungus should peak your attention if you do smell it in your home, as this is a clear indication that the fungi are growing somewhere in the area. With this in mind, you have to think about how to take care of the problem quickly and efficiently.
There are many sites on the internet that might try to explain to you that you can quickly rectify the mold damage to your Montgomery home through numerous DIY methods. The trouble with this kind of approach is that you are often not removing the entire mold colony, but rather just what you can see on the surface. Additionally, multiple types of mold could be growing in your home, and specific chemical reactions with cleaning agents could present a severe threat on top of the present health effects common to the presence of mold growth.
Our SERVPRO technicians have the training and the expertise to handle any fungus that could be growing in your home. We have full cleaning methods that remove the entire organism from where it has been growing, and negative air chambers to prevent the spread of spores while we eradicate the thriving colonies.
Dehumidification plays a significant role in preventing this problem in the future and is a step in this remediation process. Our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can pull the moisture out of the air and considerably reduce the risk of this happening again. Dehumidification is encouraged from this point forward to help you continue to combat the source of the moisture in the air. By keeping the air dry and the temperature regulated in the affected area, the likelihood of a recurrence becomes significantly reduced.
If you happen to notice, mold growing, or catch a whiff of that familiar musty smell, trust the IICRC certified remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Montgomery to help. You can reach our team anytime at (334) 273-0992.

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Being Careful with Flood Damage in Highland Gardens Could Save Time and Money

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Being Careful with Flood Damage in Highland Gardens Could Save Time and Money Flooding in Highland Garden Homes Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Is Ready to Mitigate Flooding Effects to Your Property

When a flood hits your home, there is not much time to collect yourself, let alone start to mitigate damages. However, if you can manage to get things in motion quickly, you may be able to reduce expenses and repair times associated with flood damage to your residence. When a flood hits, try your best to follow these points of advice to minimize property damage and headache in the ensuing days and weeks.

Get Things Higher Up Before the Storm
If a significant storm such as a hurricane seems likely to cause flood damage in Highland Gardens, you may want to spend some time in the hours before it hits moving your belongings to higher ground. Floods do not often reach higher than a few feet in the home, and you should be able to keep most of your belongings safe by taking them to higher floors or placing them on countertops and secure tables. Be careful not to place too much trust in a feeble table, however, as it may buckle or overturn as sweeping floodwaters overtake it.
Keep Doors and Windows Sealed
While this point of advice may seem like a given for most people, SERVPRO technicians have seen enough floods that could have been prevented with the mere common sense that we know it is far from an uncommon issue. Keep all doors and windows closed and, if there are any cracks or gaps in them, plug these up as best as possible.
Call A Certified Mitigation Company
Calling a certified and reputable damage mitigation company like SERVPRO makes sure that as much damage as possible is prevented and that restorative processes begin sooner rather than later. Our IICRC certified

technicians are available 24/7 to respond to calls for help and stock industrial-grade equipment to pump water out of your home before it can cause too much damage. If you choose not to employ a mitigation service, your home may be ravaged by additional issues such as mold, standing water, contamination, and chemical oxidation.
SERVPRO of Montgomery is ready after every major storm to respond to flood damage in the local community. Call us at (334) 273-0992.

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