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Learn How Your Furnace Could Start A Fire In Your Montgomery Home

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Learn How Your Furnace Could Start A Fire In Your Montgomery Home Let SERVPRO's certified technicians be the first to restore your home from fire and smoke damage.

Puffback Residue is a Form of Fire Damage Affecting Many Homes in Montgomery

Keeping your family comfortable during the winter means you take measures to weatherize your home by sealing cracks around doors and windows. Making sure that your exterior walls contain enough insulation also keeps heating costs as low as possible while keeping your house cozily warm.

Many homeowners in Montgomery know that fire damage can result from overloaded electrical circuits and burning cigarettes. The majority also know that they should check the furnace every Fall to make sure that it does not need repairs and that it should last throughout the season. Few people want to find themselves without heat during the winter because of a furnace that quit working in the middle of the night.

Puffback is a problem that can develop in your furnace that allows it to continue heating your home. Telltale signs include a loud bang when the furnace is starting its heat cycle. You also might begin to notice a darkening around the furnace's housing and around heat vents. Most homes continue to stay warm, with little or no noticeable change.

These deposits around your vents and the furnace indicate a buildup of creosote inside the ducts and the interior of the furnace. Creosote is very flammable and can catch fire easily. The loud bang or boom heard is when the furnace misfires and a buildup of fuel ignites at once. This small explosion pushes partially combusted fuel out of the furnace and into the ducts, where it and the creosote gets stuck along the way.

The entire interior of the duct becomes capable of catching fire, causing your entire home to burn. When your furnace starts showing signs of puffback, you need to replace your furnace and get the creosote deposits cleaned up and removed, just like you would any other type of fire damage. You may have never seen the fire caused by this because it remains hidden inside the furnace and the ducts.

Merely replacing the defective furnace with a newer model only partially protects your family and home from risks. Also, the creosote can disintegrate and make your home full of a distinct and unpleasant odor. SERVPRO technicians can get all of this fire damage residue cleaned up, making your home safe again, ”Like it never even happened.” Once eliminated from ducts and surfaces, odors significantly diminish, also.

SERVPRO of Montgomery is always ready to send IICRC-certified technicians to your Chisholm of Arrowhead home to help mitigate fire damage caused by malfunctioning furnaces or other appliances. We also serve homeowners in the areas around both Gunter and Maxwell Air Force Bases. Call us at (334) 273-0992, and we can explain more about how our services can help you and your family.

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Revealed: SERVPRO is Certified and Equipped to Solve Highland Gardens Sewage Backup Issues

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Revealed: SERVPRO is Certified and Equipped to Solve Highland Gardens Sewage Backup Issues When your home sewer backs up, the results can overwhelming. You can have water coming up in your tub, shower or sink. Call SERVPRO.

Fast Cleanup for Sewage in Highland Gardens Homes

Hazardous situations can occur as readily and unexpectedly as any disaster that could threaten your Highland Gardens home. Situations like sewage backup present substantial health risks and require immediate attention from trained professionals equipped with the tools to clean and disinfect your home quickly. Taking the right steps to overcome this contamination begins with choosing the right team of technicians to perform the work.

Sewage backup cleanup in Highland Gardens is critical for your home whenever this situation occurs. While there are many causes for backup into your home, the best response to the incident is getting you and the other occupants of your household safely away from the situation until our professionals can contain the spread and contaminants. Our 24-hour response to emergencies is crucial for our customers presented with time-sensitive damage situations that get exponentially worse with every passing hour.

Cleanup is the focus of our rapid response team in these situations, and that begins with extraction and removal of the sewage and contaminated water. We have fast extraction equipment that can remove this excess water quickly from the affected areas to allow our team the access required to move on with the steps to follow.

In these situations, our SERVPRO professionals must remove nearly all of the exposed construction materials and surfaces affected by the spread of the contaminated substances. We strip everything down to framing and studs and begin our disinfection, cleanup, and deodorization once all of the contaminated and hazardous materials have gotten safely removed from the house.

Along with visible decontamination and disinfection, our crew must also contend with airborne quality concerns such as particulates, and hazardous molecules. Ozone machines and air scrubbers can work to remove particles and molecules to purify the air in the containment zone.

With sewage backup in a residence, time is of the essence to get the situation resolved and safely restored as promptly as possible. With the heightened probability of contamination and mold growth, our SERVPRO of Montgomery rapid response team can move quickly to contain these threats and restore the damage to your home entirely. Give us a call anytime at (334) 273-0992.

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Name That Fungus! What Type of Mold is Growing in Your Montgomery Home?

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Name That Fungus!  What Type of Mold is Growing in Your Montgomery Home? There are thousands of varieties of mold, and different varieties require specific methods of removal.

Mold Growth Varies by Type and Appearance in Montgomery Homes

As much as Montgomery homeowners believe they know about fungal and microbial growth in their home, there is much left to learn. Many of these same homeowners might believe that mold is inevitable or worse yet, that the situation can resolve itself on its own. Most people who own homes do not understand that mold can come in a variety of types and can affect different materials specifically. Molds can also present unique potential health hazards to the home from a continued allowance to grow and thrive.

Understanding the common types of residential fungal growths can help you understand the severity of mold damage that could occur to your Montgomery home without the appropriate preventative actions. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians undergo extensive training to know the types of mold we can encounter in homes and commercial properties, and have the tools and expertise to remove these organisms safely to return the house to its original condition.

Aspergillus is the official name of mold that you might find growing on spoiled food in your home, but it can quickly spread through the HVAC system of your home and grow on organic surfaces like drywall when moist conditions present themselves. The color might vary between hues of green and blue, a trademark of this common mold variety is a fuzzy looking texture. While using the HVAC system to move throughout the house, our SERVPRO team shuts off air circulation appliances until remediation completes.

Another common variety of mold that could affect your home is called Cladosporium. Unlike the large colonies that you can see with the Aspergillus, this type leaves a spackling of large green and black spots in the affected material. Much of the damage occurs beneath the surface, which can often result in the removal and replacement of materials to get rid of the growth completely.

While there could be as many as 100,000 varieties of mold, homes throughout our service area often contend with one of these two types. Both can affect the occupants of the property with potential health effects, so if you spot a growth occurring, you should reach out to our SERVPRO of Montgomery rapid response team immediately. Our professional remediators are standing by at (334) 273-0992.

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Restore Your Highland Park Property After the Fire is Put Out

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restore Your Highland Park Property After the Fire is Put Out Roofs are often in need of being secured after fire damage hits a property.

Eliminating Long-term Effects of Fire Damage in Highland Park Properties

Unless a blaze is catastrophic, it takes only a few minutes for extinguishing efforts to bear fruit. Despite the short lifespan, the incident might leave long-term effects, especially if mishandled. Long-term consequences of a fire in your Highland Park property can range from inconveniences such as bad smell to significant risks such as compromised structural integrity. Our certified FSRT, Fire & Smoke Restoration technicians, can help you manage both short-term and long-term effects of fire damage.

Residues left after fire damage in Highland Park are the most likely to cause long-term problems. While charred materials might form most of the remains, smoke residue spreads the most. On average, smoke particulate is around 1 to 4 microns making it easier to sift deep into various materials. Unless cleaned and deodorized properly, bad odors can persist long after the incident. Our SERVPRO technicians clean all affected areas thoroughly then use techniques such as fogging to release a deodorizing agent that pairs with the odor particles, neutralizing them.

You might not expect mold or rot after a fire incident. However, the use of water to extinguish the fire introduces these problems. Proper extraction and drying is the best weapon to eliminate long-term moisture problems. After extracting standing water, our SERVPRO technicians inspect all the areas reached by the water establishing the level of migration then come up with an effective drying plan. If we suspect moisture migration in enclosed spaces, we can use thermal cameras for confirmation.

If the fire damage is strong enough to affect structural parts of the property, it can destabilize it. Proper inspection can help confirm if indeed there is a problem and the best way to tackle it. Our SERVPRO technicians first secure the structure. This might involve actions like boarding up or installing roof tarps to protect structural parts from further damage. After this, we inspect the framework and other structural elements establishing whether there is a need for repairs or replacement. Taking such steps helps ensure that structural problems do not arise in the future.

Fires are temporary, but they can easily lead to permanent problems. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery to help restore your structure after an incident. You can reach us at (334) 273-0992 any day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Don't Let Your Dishwasher Cause Water Damage Issues In Your Highland Park Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't Let Your Dishwasher Cause Water Damage Issues In Your Highland Park Home A water disaster from a malfunctioning dishwasher can create havoc in your Highland Park kitchen.

Water Damage Repair For Your Highland Park Kitchen After Your Dishwasher Malfunctions

A water disaster from a malfunctioning dishwasher can create havoc in your Highland Park kitchen. Not only do you have water all over your floor, but it can also run underneath and behind all your cabinetry. It is an issue that needs to be handled promptly to avoid additional damage.

Water damage in your Highland Park home is a big job, and you need the help of professionals. At SERVPRO, we have all the training and knowledge to help you out and do so in a timely fashion. Our experts understand that the longer the water sits in your house, the more chance there is for bacteria and mold growth as well.

Drying walls and floors under or behind cabinetry can be challenging. The walls behind your cabinets take more time to dry because of multiple layers of drywall and the cabinet backing. The construction of the cabinets affects drying as well. If there is no back on the cabinet, SERVPRO staff may be able to drill holes in the wall to let air circulate into the cavity of the wall. Once it is dry, we cover or patch the holes. If there is a back, the drying times are longer. We can still drill holes if needed in the cabinet back and then repair with a comparable material when drying is complete.

If your walls have been exposed to moisture for an extended period, and there is a possibility of sheetrock loosening, we may drill holes in the top of the wall to allow for greater airflow in the wall cavity. If it is an exterior wall, the fiberglass insulation might also be saved using this technique.

The area under the cabinets, the toe kick, is usually made of a less expensive material than the cabinets. Base molding can be mounted to the front of the toe kick. By removing the base molding and drilling holes in the toe kick, we can provide airflow under the cabinets. SERVPRO techs treat the toe kick area with the right biocide and use a vent system to force dry air into the cavity. Once drying is complete, we replace the base or shoe molding.

SERVPRO of Montgomery takes care to thoroughly dry your home in Chisholm, Arrowhead, or Centennial Hill after it has suffered water damage. You can call us anytime at (334) 273-0992 so we can assist you in getting your home back to its prior condition.

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Every Homeowner In Highland Park Should Choose SERVPRO For Water Cleanup Services

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Every Homeowner In Highland Park Should Choose SERVPRO For Water Cleanup Services You will quickly discover why SERVPRO of Montgomery is the only restoration company you need for water cleanup in your home.

Why You Should Pick SERVPRO For Water Cleanup At Your Historic Highland Park Home

The Highland Park neighborhood of Birmingham is justly proud of its turn of the 20th-century homes as well as contemporary construction. To protect the investment made in your home be sure to line up an experienced and well-trained team of water mitigation specialists if you suffer a plumbing mishap or appliance emergency. The professionalism of our well-qualified employees and our up to date equipment make all the difference during water damage remediation.

Water cleanup in Highland Park s not a task to leave for the weekend “Honey-Do” list. Speed is essential when a breach in a hose or pipe spreads water in one or more areas of your home. Water migrates through cracks and infiltrates porous materials easily, moving from the original site of the emergency to other rooms and even different levels of a home. Halting the spread fast is one reason why a professional restoration company is needed.

Another reason why SERVPRO is the call to make immediately is our ability to determine where water roamed and collected. Whether 100-year-old or modern construction, residential properties contain many areas where water hides after large quantities flowed out of freshwater supply lines or plumbed appliances. That fresh water rapidly becomes contaminated if not found and removed. We use moisture meters and thermal scanning devices to find the water we need to clean up.

SERVPRO accesses the hidden water using a variety of strategies, including among other methods extensions on wanded extractors, holes drilled into baseboards or mortar joints, or removal of sections of lathe and plaster or drywall -- often termed “flood cuts.” Water cleanup is easier when we expose pools and puddles. The opening up of the saturated spaces also allow us to extend drying efforts there.

Water cleanup is not complete until proper structural drying completes. Our deliberate, step by step approach is yet another reason why SERVPRO delivers industry-leading water loss mitigation results. Our service vehicles stock the pumps and extractors needed for water removal as well as the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers essential to structural moisture reduction.

You quickly discover why SERVPRO of Montgomery is the only restoration company you need for water cleanup in your home. Call us at (334) 273-0992 for fast evaluation and highest-quality delivery of professional water loss restoration services.

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What Are The Do's & Don'ts of Water Restoration? SERVPRO Knows!

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Are The Do's & Don'ts of Water Restoration? SERVPRO Knows! When water spills fill your floor, it can cause a tremendous amount of damage. SERVPRO of Montgomery North can help restore the affected areas.

The Do's and Don'ts of Water Cleanup in Highland Park

Moisture, when left to its own devices, can quickly become a breeding ground for mold as well as causing permanent damages. As a rule of thumb, the longer it is left, the higher the chances are of expensive home repairs. As a resident or commercial property owner, it is not normal to own all the required equipment to deal with a water spill effectively. Today, we are going to run over some of the crucial measures that should be undertaken when attempting to clear away excess water.

Many people can complete the initial stages of water cleanup in Highland Park by themselves. However, it is the secondary stages that protect your property months later. SERVPRO uses technicians that hold IICRC certificates in water removal, anti-microbial treatments as well as specific areas of expertise like carpet remediation. Using a professional service with the correct training can be the difference between a recurring problem and a one-time expense.

SERVPRO works toward a restore over replace mentality. Using such a mentality helps to keep expenses at a minimum for our customers and can often be less time-consuming than replacing large amounts of furniture or fittings. The first step towards enacting this approach is in thoroughly cleaning and drying the affected areas using chemical and water-based solvents.

Rapid air movers can be deployed which use heated, rushing air to dry between floorboards by evaporating moisture into the air. From there, dehumidifiers equipped with desiccant chemicals can remove the evaporated moisture to reduce the likelihood of mold growth, which reproduces in moist environments.

Thoroughly cleaning the affected area can often mean removing furniture or fittings from the property. Doing so allows a SERVPRO technician greater access to affected areas. These items can be replaced at the end of the service. In most cases, we can remove carpets, thoroughly dry them and apply anti-microbial treatments to both sides, thereby avoiding problems later down the line.

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At the end of service, your SERVPRO technician can conduct a walkthrough with you. This process ensures all aspects of the job have been completed to a satisfactory level and is available for both our commercial property owners and private residents.
For a water restoration service you can trust, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery North at (334) 273- 0992 anytime day or night.

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How Our Specialists Use Deodorization To Remove Odors From Your Fire Damaged Commercial Property In Montgomery

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Our Specialists Use Deodorization To Remove Odors From Your Fire Damaged Commercial Property In Montgomery Any time something burns inside your store even the smoke coming from it can require commercial fire damage to occur.

Montgomery's Commercial Fire Damage Technicians Discuss Deodorization Methods

If a fire ever ignites inside your Montgomery jewelry store, the flames and smoke generated can ruin your contents and your building's structural components. Any time something burns inside your store even the smoke coming from it can require commercial fire damage to occur. Flames can burn items inside your home forcing them to be replaced. When smoke coming from the blaze touches cooler surfaces, it often leaves behind soot residue. One major part of commercial fire damage mitigation is not only fixing burnt structural components but cleaning soils left behind by partially combusted materials as well.

When soot covers surfaces inside a building, foul odors can exist. After the burnt items are removed, and the soot is cleaned during a commercial fire damage project in Montgomery, the deodorization step occurs. In some situations, it's possible to eliminate unpleasant aromas by removing all of the soot residues. Other times burnt smells can still exist requiring our SERVPRO team to utilize specialized equipment and techniques.

When building materials get burnt, we can sometimes sand down the charring and refinish the item. If burnt materials get treated instead of replaced, then our SERVPRO technicians can spray the affected items with a specialized sealant paint that traps in foul aromas. When smoke damaged items get cleaned, the detergents used often have chemicals that mask the smells with more pleasant aromas. When the aromas are very prevalent techniques to chemically neutralize the odors get implemented.

When smoke flows through a building, it can penetrate deep into porous surfaces such as carpet or upholstery. The smoke particles can get stuck deep into the material making them difficult to remove. One method of deodorization to remediate smoky odors is to use an ultra-low volume fogging machine. Using a ULV fogger can help eliminate unpleasant smells by replicating the behavior of smoke with chemicals. The chemicals get broken down into tiny particles so they can penetrate materials as deep as the smoke did. The chemicals then react with the smoke particles and cause a reaction that neutralizes the foul odors.

If you ever have problems with foul odors after a fire in your jewelry store, call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 24/7.

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Fungi & Mold Taking Over Your Home? Get out & Call SERVPRO Pronto!

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fungi & Mold Taking Over Your Home? Get out & Call SERVPRO Pronto! At SERVPRO of Montgomery North, we have what it takes to remediate mold & fungus from your home.

Highland Park's Mold Damage Experts Introduce Chemicals And Equipment Used During Mitigation

Fungi can be deceptive because they like to form in dark places inside your Highland Park condo. If organic materials inside your dwelling get wet and nothing is done about it, it is possible that you will be dealing with mold damage after 2 to 3 days. As time goes on and the problem goes unnoticed, the contamination will grow in all directions and infect a larger area. As the fungus develops, it releases spores into the air that can float around a building until landing and affecting a previously unharmed region. If mitigation is not conducted properly by experienced professionals such as our SERVPRO team, then the initial mold damage problem can get much worse. 


When remediating different types of fungi and their spores, we use several different chemicals, techniques, and tools of the trade. By using the most industrially advanced equipment available, our SERVPRO technicians have more ways to be effective in every mold damage scenario in Highland Park. During fungal removal projects, our team not only works to stop the existing mold from growing bigger, but we also take steps to prevent spores from getting into your building's airflow.

Our IICRC certified SERVPRO restoration crew has studied the specific industry procedures for removing fungi. We also know the laws in place that require certain things be done when dealing with fungal contamination. The main focus of the rules and strict procedures are to eliminate the presence of dangerous molds in the air we breathe.

Whenever an area inside your condominium gets contaminated, we start by sealing off the affected area with a plastic containment chamber. We then attach an air scrubber to the side of the chamber so that negative pressure pulls dust inside the contaminated region past a HEPA filter before it gets exhausted out. We also use anti-microbial chemicals throughout the process that help keep mold spores from spreading.

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In some situations, specialized sealant paint will get sprayed on affected areas to inhibit future growth in the same spot. If you ever notice the presence of black mold hiding in a dark area of your home, call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 24/7.

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After the Floodwaters Recede: Cleaning the Muddy Mess in Your Highland Park Office

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Floodwaters Recede:  Cleaning the Muddy Mess in Your Highland Park Office The aftermath of a storm can affect your business. SERVPRO is committed to getting your business up and running as quickly as possible.

Make the Right Move When you Experience Flood Damage in Highland Park

Flood damage restoration is all about trying to help property owners recover from the damage caused by the water. Such disasters disrupt the normal operations of any home or business, and some can remain closed for several weeks or months. If a municipal building in Highland Park experiences such an incident, then it means the facility remains closed until the necessary cleaning has taken place. Cleaning the mud from the floors, cleaning and drying the seats, and repairing any broken windows are some of the steps taken after a storm.  

Even if the water has receded in Highland Park after a flood damage experience, never rush to get back into the building and assume general cleaning is enough to address the situation. If there are wooden items in the building and it happens that they came into contact with the water, then there are chances that they absorbed the water. If that is the case, you risk experiencing continuing problems such as wood deterioration, insect infestations, and mold growth. Flood waters carry much contamination, and our SERVPRO technicians remove and replace porous building materials.  

Our SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect your carpets and furnishings during the restoration process. We clean restorable carpeting, bedding, and furniture and discard of what is unsalvageable. We can hose off soils from surfaces and then clean using a disinfectant.  

Even if the walls look undamaged, we have to open them up to address possible odors, structural decay, and mold growth. To drain water from uninsulated walls, we remove baseboards and then drill holes into the wallboard. We throw away any flooded drywall and all wet insulation. By setting up fans and dehumidifiers, we can speed up the drying process. The walls should remain open until they are thoroughly dry. When recommending replacements, we advise property owners to go for materials that can withstand future flood - like ceramic tiles, removable wainscoting, and rigid foam insulation.  

For further advice and information, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992. Our highly trained and experienced technicians can offer emergency services at any time of the day.

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