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Warm Up Wisely to Avoid a Fire in Your Home or Business

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Warm up the safe way this winter to avoid a fire! Too much heat at your feet can cause a fire is not done properly

With the chilly weather upon us so is the potential for families and or businesses turning to heating resources they feel might be beneficial in helping to heat a home, or business.

Statically billions are spent each year, yes, each year, on damage caused by fires.  Lives are lost, and many are injured.

  • In the wintertime the rural communities will utilize portable space heaters, wood stoves, and kerosene heaters.  Unfortunately, it is a common risk taken without the complete understanding of the fire potential should any of these be used improperly. With a fire, comes water used to put out the fire.  Without proper cleanup from the fire and water, comes the potential of mold.  

Below are some winter safety tips, and general fire prevention tips to help keep you, your families, and homes safe.

  • Space heaters need space---keep furniture and objects away
  • Electric space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet---NOT AN EXTENSION CORD
  • Appliances must be plugged directly into the wall outlet, not an extension cord to avoid the potential of an electrical fire. 
  • NEVER use gasoline in kerosene heaters, or camp stove oil units.
  • NEVER fill a heating unit when hot
  • Be sure your chimney is clean before using, and that your damper is working properly
  • Use an insert or heavy screen to prevent hot embers from leaving the fireplace compartment, and keep logs from rolling out
  • ALWAYS allow ashes to cool before removing, and ALWAYS place ashes inside a metal container.  Always store ash containers at least 10 feet from buildings
  • NEVER leave food cooking, or candles burning unattended.
  • NEVER use a grill as a heat source inside the home, or business.
  • ALWAYS use portable generators outside away from doors and windows, NEVER use inside of enclosed areas of a home or buildings.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms outside of each sleeping area, and at least one carbon monoxide alarm in the home.

If you need smoke detectors either call or stop by your local fire department and they will be happy to provide what is needed in your home at no cost.  If you are unable to install, they will be happy to assist and install for you.

  Should you have any questions or are in need of assistance please feel free to contact us.


When You Suffer A Fire Loss Call Our Experts

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

How Fire Damage Can Impact Your Home Our professionals used state-of-the-art equipment and specialized cleaning techniques in this home to restore it to pre-damage conditions.

Fires are destructive, so when there is a fire in your home, you need to respond immediately to prevent the damage from spanning throughout the building. Once you suffer fire loss, assessment of the damage to the structure, as well as the contents of your home, gives a bigger picture of the work that is necessary. The professionals at SERVPRO can get to the heart of the matter in a timely fashion.

The fire damage in your home could be one or more of three common forms. Each type of destruction comes with its own set of issues, so it is imperative that you understand each kind and how it can impact your property.

Damage from Flames

Various levels of flame destruction can take place, depending on the cause of the fire. The damage caused by a naked flame coming from a candle or match is going to be vastly different than that of an electrical fire. Failing to restore appropriately can lead to hidden electrical issues and unseen structural damage. However, SERVPRO technicians have the necessary expertise to restore a home after any fire.

Damage from Soot and Smoke

Soot can leave long-lasting fire damage that may linger for weeks or even months after the fire is extinguished. The strong scent of smoke may also last longer on different surfaces within your home, including the walls, ceilings, flooring, and furniture. Smoke morphs into soot, which can discolor various surfaces, and stronger smoke residue might even lead to surface corrosion. To remedy this issue, SERVPRO technicians carefully wipe down plastic and painted surfaces, finished surfaces, and the tops of your furnishings. We may also employ the use of air scrubbers that work to eliminate the smoke scent from within the home. 

Damage from Third Parties

House fires may also bring about other issues, such as damage from the water used to extinguish the flames. Because the water may soak into the carpeting and drywall, our trained technicians use infrared camera technology to pinpoint areas of hidden moisture. If dry chemicals have been used by firefighters to extinguish the fire, we can work quickly to clean up the corrosive powder that may be left behind to prevent further damage.

When you suffer from a fire loss, SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph County can be there quickly to get to work. Give us a call at (256)-378-1319 to learn more about our available services.

The Facts about Black Mold

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth is a serious issue inside your home. Understanding what this type of mold looks like and how it develops can help you take the right steps to remove it.

It's never a good thing to spot mold in your home. Even small amounts of this fungus can make you feel uneasy. Of all the types, black mold may be the most concerning. It may be more difficult than you think to spot this type, which is why many homeowners order a professional mold inspection. Before you take this step, it is helpful to understand what this fungus looks like, how it forms and what you can do to keep it away.

Prevention Methods

You can never completely eliminate the presence of house mold. The fungus is microscopic, and spores are constantly floating in the air. You can, however, reduce the risk of it growing and spreading in different parts of your home. Follow these tips:

Clean up and dry spills, floods or any water damage promptly.
Make sure your pipes are in good working order.
Properly ventilate humid areas of the home.

What Is Black Mold

This form of the fungus is one of many different types, though it may cause more anxiety than the others. It thrives in moist areas and can grow rapidly. It gives off a musty, mildew-like smell. Though its name suggests otherwise, this type of mold comes in various colors. Black may be the most common, but it can also be gray, brown or green. It has a slimy appearance.

Prompt Attention is Necessary

You should never try to clean up this mold by yourself. Instead, call a certified mold remediation company to do a mold inspection. Professionals have the experience and expertise to properly get rid of the fungi. The team will come equipped with safety equipment and the right tactics to make your home as good as new. Technicians will clean, dry and sanitize the area.

If a mold inspection reveals this invader, call a mold removal specialist today!

Choose a reputable company for your restoration needs!

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

You can count on SERVPRO to restore your home after a fire! Having a team on your side after a disaster can help relieve stress. SERVPRO is here to help you when disaster strikes!

There is never a bad time to make sure your fire preparedness efforts are up to par, but winter is the prime time to check in. Cooler weather brings on more fires based on the Red Cross’s data, with December and January being the most hazardous.

In the event of a fire, are you sure you would know what to do? Practice a fire safety plan with your household to ensure you know how to react, and consider the restoration company to call to find out how to restore.

Fire Restoration Methods You Can Count On

You never want to doubt that your fire restoration company will do a quality job in a reasonable time frame, which is why we want to reassure our customers every step of the way. We are here to answer the phone 247 and will perform extensive restoration once we arrive.

Here are the methods we implore after a fire to help you recover:

Structural Cleaning

Restoring your structure properly is essential to your home’s longevity. When we arrive, we will thoroughly inspect the area to determine the extent of the damage and create an action plan for restoring it. After this, the restoration process will begin, including reconstruction and soot removal from all affected areas.

Content Cleaning

The belongings you have chosen are part of what makes your house feel like home, which is why we will restore everything we are able to. Not only is this often cheaper than replacing it, but it will also make your recovery much easier. Utilizing wet and dry cleaning, we can handle most types of objects and ensure they are safe for usage.

Deodorization Services

Even after the structure and the contents of your home have been repaired, smoke and soot odors can linger. Not only can these be a nuisance, but exposure to them can lead to health issues down the road. That is why we make use of technology that can scrub the air of these harmful compounds, so you can breathe without a worry in your home.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.

SERVPROXIDE - What Is It And How Does It Clean Contaminated Water?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPROXIDE is an EPA-registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and sanitizer. SERVPROxide effectively removes any remaining contaminants from hard surfaces and sanitizes soft surfaces.

Many people don't know that SERVPRO corporate employs its own chemist, who formulates and manages the company's own line of cleaning products. This is to ensure that the products we use are safe and friendly to the customers we serve. SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties regularly uses one of our newer products, SERVPROXIDE, on job sites that have contaminated water or mold. SERVPROXIDE is an EPA-registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and sanitizer. 

Because many of the jobs we work on involve contaminated water or sewage, we use this cleaner to eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses, and molds. SERVPROXIDE effectively removes any remaining contaminants from hard surfaces and sanitizes soft surfaces. It leaves a faint odor that quickly dissipates with air circulation. This product contains a PH level of 8.5-9.5, which means it carries the EPA's lowest toxicity rating and is safe for everyday use. For the cherry on top, the product is a 100% biodegradable surfactant. Among many of the cleaning agents we use, SERVPROXIDE is one of our “go to" products in a long line of specialty products that SERVPRO offers. 

Microbes and Water Damages

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Molds have received increased attention in the water restoration industry. Water damages offer opportunities for molds to grow and multiply, since moisture and humidity levels are increased in a structure that has had a water damage. Conditions that encourage mold growth are:

  • Food source. Molds feed on organic materials in a structure, such as wood, paper drywall, insulation, natural fibers, and indoor dirt that often has organic matter in it.
  • Temperature. The common molds found in buildings generally grow best in typical building temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees. Some molds can grow at very cold or very hot temperatures.
  • Moisture. Most molds need lots of moisture, but some molds can survive in relative humidities as low as 65%. These molds are particular problem to the restoration industry. To reduce mold growth, indoor relative humidity should be maintained below 60%.

Molds can germinate in a warm, moist environment where a food source is present. How fast growth occurs depends on the combination of conditions. Spores can begin to grow after only 12 hours in some conditions and some can grow into colonies in 24-48 hours. Houses offer a large food supply- drywall, wood, insulation, indoor dirt, and paper. When these materials become damp or wet, settled spores can become growing molds.

Microbes Amplify with Passing Time

Microbes can potentially get worse as a water-damage intrusion is allowed to dwell. Since microbes are present in any water damage- whether clean, gray, or black water- they can grow and cause one water damage category to deteriorate to a more contaminated category. For instance, a clean water can become gray water in a matter of days. How fast a situation deteriorates depends on factors such as the amount of water intruding the structure and the temperature and humidity within the environment. The longer water is allowed to dwell, the more likely microbes will grow and contaminate the environment.

Heath Risks for Humans

People may get sick when microbes grow and multiply to abnormal levels in an indoor environment. Some microbes may make you sick when they enter your body. They may enter your body by:

  • Breathing them
  • Swallowing them
  • Absorbing them through the skin

Health risks also increase as a situation moves from a clean water loss to gray water or black water loss. PPE will help block microbes from reaching your body. Wear respirators, gloves, googles, and appropriate clothing to prevent infection.

At- Risk Persons

Some people get sick from microbes more easily than others do:

  • Young children. The immune system of very young children is not developed enough to combat microorganisms.
  • Immune suppressed or compromised persons. People are "immune compromised" when their immune systems are weakened so their natural immune responses become suppressed. Immune-compromised persons include:
  • Elderly
  • Persons recovering from illnesses, hospital stays & surgeries.
  • Cancer patients
  • Transplant recipients
  • Persons with HIV
  • Asthma patients

Ways to Protect your business from Fire Hazards

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Business owners have many things, including plenty of safety factors to consider, regarding risks to their business, staff, and visitors. If you are a business owner, one of those risks you need to spend a little extra time planning for and working toward preventing is a Fire!

Common Causes Of Commercial Structure Fires:

According to the National Fire Protection Association, The leading causes of structure fires in office properties include..:

1. Cooking Equipment- 29% of fires.

2. Electrical Distribution, and Lighting Equipment- 12% of fires.

3. Heating Equipment- 11% of fires

4. Intentional- 10% of fires

5. Smoking Materials- 9% of fires

6. Exposure- 4% of fires 

7. Electronic, office, or Entertainment Equipment- 3% of fires

Out of those, Namely three causes accounted for the most property damage are intentional fires, Exposure, and Electrical distribution and lighting equipment fires with 20%, 18%, and 15% respectively.

Protecting your Business:

There are many steps to follow to protect your business from the risks of fires, But focusing on fire risk assessment, Fire prevention, and Staff education, you can help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out. First you need to make sure to assess the fire hazard risks in your facility. In some areas, the local government may even provide a visit from a fire marshal who will help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan. You'll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor. Most importantly, consider your employees and visitors. Creating a fire plan and reviewing it with your staff will ensure that you are making sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep that fire safety protocol fresh in their minds, and take time to review evacuation plans and the location of first-aid kit.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business, if a fire has damaged your business SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Pack out services!

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Along with providing fire and water damage restoration services we also provide content pack out services. While our team starts the mitigation process we can pack up contents at your home or business that need cleaned or would be in the way during the cleanup process. Our pack out process involves photographing what we put into each box and then we go ahead and label that box so it is easily found when it is needed. We will then take them back to our shop and either clean them if need be and/or store them until the mitigation process is complete. While SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties works to make your fire and water damage "Like it never even happened." we also understand the importance of your items and will treat them as such. Trust the professionals here at SERVPRO and call us if you ever find yourself facing an emergency.

Water Damage Can be a Nightmare

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Research shows that every year 250,000 homes are exposed to water damage from bursting pipes.  Floodwaters rising only 6 inches in a 30 x 30-foot room can destroy everything in that room. Getting rid of water from a home is only the first phase of the cleanup process. Water also has to be carefully removed from drenched frames, drywall, wall panels, carpets, and anything else at risk for other more complicated mold and mildew problems. Water damage from bursting pipes, no matter how small and seemingly contained, is always a huge water damage restoration project that should only be done with professional help.  A small broken pipe in the basement can cause a flood of great proportions. Water does even more damage on the higher levels of a home, where it travels across floors and around frames causing damage to everything in its path until it finally reaches a drain point somewhere.

Bursting pipes can result from malfunctioning dishwashers, leaky washing machines and ice-makers, clogged toilets and sinks, faulty appliance hoses, leaky pipe fittings, frozen pipes and gutters, leaking roofs and ice dams, gaping window sills, foundation cracks and unsealed wooden decks.

The most treacherous water damage from bursting pipes takes places when water seeps into wool carpet fibers, paper, wood, bits of flaked-off skin, pet hair and dirt most commonly found in well-vacuumed carpeting.  It is then that water damage becomes a breeder for various types of toxic molds and decomposition. Depending on temperature and environment, molds will develop within a couple of days. Decomposition usually takes a bit longer, but it will develop. The sturdiest of floors can rot right through from the smallest leaks in refrigerators!

For water damage restoration don’t take it all upon yourself to make water damage cleanup in your home a do-it-yourself! Call SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties!

We handle water damage restoration from the largest items in your home right down to the smallest because no project is too big or too small.  Our trained Certified Technician Professionals are well-equipped with state-of -the-art cleaning products and equipment making your worst nightmare of a water damage restoration seem like a breeze! We will also put our best efforts forward in restoring time-sensitive documents and refurbishing irreplaceable items that might have been damaged in your flood.  Money should not be a time-consuming object as we will work directly with your insurance company.

3 Ways You Can Keep Mold from Growing Inside Your Commercial Building

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

3 Ways You Can Keep Mold from Growing Inside Your Commercial Building

To make money in business, you must ensure your warehouse and other commercial facilities stay in good shape. If you have mold growth at your jobsite, your employees may not want to come to work. Moreover, mold can ruin equipment, furnishings, inventory and other items. As such, mold prevention should be important to you. Here are three ways you can keep mold from growing inside your commercial building. 

1. Watch for Leaks

Water is important to any business. After all, you have water surging through pipes, feeding toilets and sinks and facilitating everyday operations. When water stays where it is supposed to stay, you probably don’t think much about it. If there is a leak, though, mold can grow quickly. Accordingly, to contain mold, you must watch for signs of water damage. By regularly inspecting plumbing systems, fixtures, gutters, basements and sump pumps, you can decrease your odds of missing the sorts of leaks that allow mold to flourish. 

2. Invest in a Hygrometer 

Standing water isn’t the only thing that contributes to the growth of mold. On the contrary, high humidity can encourage mold to grow rampantly. As such, if mold prevention is important to you, you must have a way of measuring humidity. With a hygrometer, you know exactly how much moisture is in the air. 

3. Prioritize Mold Removal

Because it reproduces with microscopic spores, mold can spread quickly. If you notice mold inside your building, you can assume it has moved to other areas. By contracting with a mold-mitigation service, you can develop a plan for eradicating mold. 

As a business owner you understand the importance of keeping your commercial property in tip-top shape. While a variety of things affect the condition of your building, mold can quickly ruin it. By focusing on mold prevention, you ensure you get the most out of your commercial facility.