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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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The Dangers Of Mold Damage: What Every Highland Park Homeowner Should Know

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Dangers Of Mold Damage: What Every Highland Park Homeowner Should Know Trusting in professional remediation services to overcome the mold damage to your Highland Park home is a wise decision.

The Dangers Of Mold Damage In Your Highland Park Home

While many circumstances can threaten the look and function of your Highland Park residence, many homeowners lean toward repairing and restoring damages on their own when possible. Certain disasters and unexpected occurrences leave these same homeowners without the skill set and training required to overcome the damages and return their home to preloss conditions. Even something seemingly as basic as mold growth can spread quickly to the point where it is out of control.

Trusting in professional remediation services to overcome the mold damage to your Highland Park home is a wise decision. There are risks and dangers associated with mold growth, specifically in the exposure to an active colony, that threatens both the home that you live in and the people who share it. While many websites could divulge DIY approaches to removing mold colonies you find, the likelihood of entirely removing it and preventing recurrences are remote.

One of the main risks that often gets overlooked when it comes to mold growth is the potential health effects. That is why our SERVPRO remediation technicians take considerable care in isolating the affected area from the rest of the house to prevent the spread of active spores throughout your home. More to this point, we have the safety equipment and training to get to the heart of the damage without incurring these potential health risks associated with exposure.

Another consideration that you have to make is the effect that a mold colony has on the materials used to construct your house. As the organism grows, it feeds on organic matter like drywall and wood framing, which can weaken these areas of your house and ultimately cause irreparable damage. Our SERVPRO professionals work to preserve and restore before tearing out materials, so we use advanced techniques when possible to soda blast or sand out deeply penetrating colonies.

While you can find documentation about removing mold growth yourself in your house, there are some considerations that you must make. Without knowing the variety of mold or the extent of the damage, you cannot have certainty that you have removed the entire organism effectively. Instead, trust the SERVPRO of Montgomery rapid response team and allow our remediation technicians to help you overcome this presence in your house. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (334) 273-0992.

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Never Worry About What To Do About Commercial Water Damage In Highland Park Again With These Tips

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Never Worry About What To Do About Commercial Water Damage In Highland Park Again With These Tips Our experts respond Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Water Cleanup For Unwanted Water In Your Highland Park Office Building

Torrential downpours that begin as a slow drip through the roof only to grow into a waterfall or a broken feed line to the drinking fountain can cause severe problems in your Highland Park office building. Our experts respond Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Regardless of the source of invasive water in your business in Highland Park, we use commercial water cleanup methods to remove the water, dry everything out, and protect your building and furnishings from secondary damages. Our fast response to your initial call helps us prevent the deterioration of materials, surges in microbial activity, and unpleasant odors. All of these effects are preventable and costly to mitigate, should they develop. Preventing them is substantially more cost-effective, as well as capable of preventing the loss of irreplaceable items.

Pumping out all of the water that drenched your building also includes tracking that moisture to wherever it traveled, including inside walls and floors, under cabinets, and inside closets. Water can often find its way into architectural nooks and crannies, but without the pressure behind it, this same water never seems to leave on its own.

Moisture meters can detect how much moisture is in a material while infrared imaging devices help us locate these places. Small pinholes or weep holes permit trapped water to leave, which we promptly remove and then we use warm air to dry out the cavity from where the water exited. We keep these holes in the least visible place when possible, and as small as possible, also. When possible, we drill these holes behind existing trim to conceal them completely.

We can often restore materials from offices that became drenched through different methods. Sometimes we use freezing as a way to do this. Other methods are available, and we can discuss each option with you when special situations require their use.

Once the water no longer poses a problem, we can work on ensuring that the humidity in the air has also returned to normal levels. Remnant moisture can cause problems with microbial activity or curling of papers and other documents. We can monitor the situation and recommend the adequately sized dehumidifier to finish restoring the environment entirely back to normal.

SERVPRO of Montgomery wants your business and tenants to thrive, and commercial water cleanup can help ensure this happens, even after a major crisis involving water. Call us at (334) 273-0992 to speak with us about your situation as soon as possible. We want to help you get everything back on track again quickly. We also serve those in Arrowhead, County Downs, and Chisholm, as well as both Gunter and Maxwell Air Force Bases.

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Avoid Fire Damage in Montgomery When Smoking by Taking Precautions

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Fire Damage in Montgomery When Smoking by Taking Precautions Fires caused by cigarettes are quite common. Take safety precautions and contact SERVPRO should you have a fire.

Montgomery's Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Problems Associated With Cigarette Smoking

Millions of people across the country smoke cigarettes and some may even smoke inside their Montgomery apartment. Smoking indoors is never a good idea for several reasons including that the act is a common source of fire damage. Nearly one in five people in the U.S. or over 40 million people smoke cigarettes on a daily basis. According to the stats, smoking materials cause over 17,000 structural burns every year. Among those, over 1,300 people get hurt, and almost 500 of them die from this type of fire damage each year.
 
Smoking is not only unhealthy for the smoker and everyone near them, but it can also be the source of several problems. Cigarette butts that do not get put out all of the way or ash that does not make it into the ashtray can cause fire damage to your Montogomery apartment. Some people fill up outdoor ashtrays too full or dump their butts in the trash when they are still hot. And the sad part is that these are only a few of the several ways our SERVPRO technicians have seen cigarettes and smoking in general set things ablaze.
 
When it comes to tobacco smoke, it can cause damage just by being inside a unit, and the act of smoking increases your risk of having a fire burn on your property. When someone smokes inside a building, the partially combusted tobacco penetrates into most materials inside the dwelling. The smell of cigarette or cigar smoke often lingers in contents and building materials even after people stop smoking inside the structure. In some cases, the smoke damage gets so bad that our SERVPRO technicians must use either an ultra-low volume fogging machine or an ozone generator to neutralize and remove the foul, burnt aromas from the apartment.
 
The act of smoking involves many activities that increase the risk of a person starting a fire inside a home. Even if the burn is small, different types of smoke other than those coming from cigarettes can affect building materials and your contents.
 
If a fire gets started by a smoker at your apartment complex and you think your unit may have been affected, call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 any day of the week.
 
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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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