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What To Know About Sewer Backup

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

What To Know About Sewer Backup Appropriate safety gear may include waders, coveralls, masks, gloves, and shoe covers

What To Know About Sewer Backup

When storms bring heavy rain water you may find your business is in danger of sewer backup. Cleaning up the mess can be a tricky process so there are several things you should know.

1. Sewer Water is Classified as Black Water

It’s important to note that all sewer water is classified as black water. This is because any water that may have been highly contaminated by fecal matter, bacteria, fertilizer, and other substances unsafe for human consumption falls into this category. Flood water is categorized in this way as well because it is difficult to determine where the water flow has been.

2. Safety Standards Should Be Followed During Cleanup

Due to its contaminated nature, there are many safety recommendations for dealing with sewer backup. A local flood damage restoration service will already know these regulations and have the appropriate safety gear and cleaners required for the job. For this reason, it’s highly recommended to contact a restoration service if your company has experienced sewage flooding of any type. Appropriate safety gear may include waders, coveralls, masks, gloves, and shoe covers.

3. The Area Will Need To Be Sanitized

One of the main things to be remembered after removing sewer waste from an area is that the space will need to be sanitized. Doing so can help prevent the spread of bacteria or other contaminants that could lead to further problems in the long term if left untreated. Fortunately, your restoration teach will have the appropriate cleaners and equipment to clean the space before repairs begin.

When dealing with sewer backup it’s important to contact a professional who can follow all the safety standards as Sewer water is considered to be black water. It’s also important to remember that after the material has been removed and the area dries, the space will also need to be sanitized before repairs can begin.

Water Damage in Talladega County

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Ruptured Main Water Line Causing Water Damage in St Clair County A water loss incident can happen when you least expect it.

Water spills can happen at any time leading to financial losses and general inconveniences. A home in Kansas was heavily damaged when an excavator hit a main pipe during a landscaping project. The resulting jet of water hit a wall of the house and gained access through an open window damaging contents and building materials.

Saving Electronics
Water damage at home took different forms, including affecting some electronic items. Although they were not submerged in water, there was some moisture intrusion, which could lead to rusting and other damages if left unchecked. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to help save electronics affected by water. We set up a dehumidifier at the loss site immediately after arrival to control humidity levels. Controlling temperature levels also helps prevent cooling to the dew point to prevent damages caused by condensation.

Dealing with Vapor Barriers
Some of the water that spilled into the house found a way into the wall cavities. Walls usually have different porous materials such as drywall and insulation, which can be damaged by oversaturation. The walls at the house presented a unique challenge because they had wallpaper, which acts as a vapor barrier delaying the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to handle vapor barriers. Drilling holes at the bottom of the walls allowed us to ventilate dry air into the wall cavities countering the effects of the vapor barrier.

Tracing Hidden Wet Spots
When resolving sudden water spills, there is a possibility of leaving some wet spots, which can cause problems later. Subfloors and non-living spaces such as attics and basements are easy to overlook. Our SERVPRO technicians do thorough scoping to ensure we do not overlook any section of the property. At the home, the water spill had not reached any of the non-loving areas. However, inspecting the floor using a thermal camera revealed some water intrusion before the surface. We set up drying mats to help remove the water without tearing down the tiles.

A water loss incident can happen when you least expect it. Call SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties at (256)378-1319 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

5 Home Fire Prevention Steps

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Prevent a home fire Greasy buildup in burners are a cause of fire damage

Prevent a Home Fire

The best way to survive a home fire is by preventing one from occurring. Fortunately, fire preparation tasks are straightforward.


Install enough smoke alarms in your home.


Ideally, these alarms should be located inside each bedroom, on every level of the home, at least ten feet from cooking appliances, and in the halls outside of the bedrooms. Don't forget to test the alarms every month and replace the batteries on an annual basis. Make sure that family members know how to recognize the alarm and how to exit safely.


Perform home maintenance consistently and thoroughly.


Greasy buildup in burners, lint in the dryer hose, and neglected chimneys are all cause of fire damage. Many household chores and repairs, such as repairing damaged sockets, have a significant impact on fire preparation and prevention.


Store flammable items safely.


Keep gas for the lawnmower, lighter fluid, and similar products stored in a cool location and out of reach. Additionally, consider the many other potentially combustible items. Go through the cabinets and closets of your home, watching for things such as lighters, matches, chemicals, and other flammable items.


Prepare for emergency situations.


A ten-gallon can of baking soda near the cook top quickly puts out grease fires, safely and effectively. Fire extinguishers with BC or ABC rating are best. An A rating indicates that pressurized water is in the canister and that the extinguisher is not appropriate for cooking fires.


Teach Your Family Fire Safety


In addition to teaching children not to play with matches, fire safety education should include not throwing laundry over a lamp or leaving papers near heaters. The more your children are aware of how fires start, the better they'll be at avoiding them.

Fire preparation is one of the best ways to avoid fire damage and the cost of fire damage cleanup and restoration services. 

What To Know About Sewer Backup

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning up the mess can be a tricky process so there are several things you should know. Appropriate safety gear may include waders, coveralls, masks, gloves, and shoe covers

What To Know About Sewer Backup

When storms bring heavy rain water you may find your business is in danger of sewer backup. Cleaning up the mess can be a tricky process so there are several things you should know.

1. Sewer Water is Classified as Black Water

It’s important to note that all sewer water is classified as black water. This is because any water that may have been highly contaminated by fecal matter, bacteria, fertilizer, and other substances unsafe for human consumption falls into this category. Flood water is categorized in this way as well because it is difficult to determine where the water flow has been.

2. Safety Standards Should Be Followed During Cleanup

Due to its contaminated nature, there are many safety recommendations for dealing with sewer backup. A local flood damage restoration service will already know these regulations and have the appropriate safety gear and cleaners required for the job. For this reason, it’s highly recommended to contact a restoration service if your company has experienced sewage flooding of any type. Appropriate safety gear may include waders, coveralls, masks, gloves, and shoe covers.

3. The Area Will Need To Be Sanitized

One of the main things to be remembered after removing sewer waste from an area is that the space will need to be sanitized. Doing so can help prevent the spread of bacteria or other contaminants that could lead to further problems in the long term if left untreated. Fortunately, your restoration teach will have the appropriate cleaners and equipment to clean the space before repairs begin.

When dealing with sewer backup it’s important to contact a professional who can follow all the safety standards as Sewer water is considered to be black water. It’s also important to remember that after the material has been removed and the area dries, the space will also need to be sanitized before repairs can begin.

What you need to know about renters insurance

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

In general, a fire is a fire, and with renters insurance you should be protected In general, a fire is a fire, and with renters insurance, you should be protected

It is true that renters insurance is like a lot of things in life: it can seem over-complicated at first, but with a little explanation it becomes more understandable. If you rent a property, obtaining insurance is a good idea whether you own a lot of valuable items or even if you do not. That's because insurance has the ability to cover you for damage caused by a fire that affects other people and their belongings. As with all types of insurance, each policy may have unique features and it is important to understand what is covered and what might be excluded.

What Is Typically Covered

In general, the primary purpose of renters insurance is to cover your contents in the case of a residential fire or other disaster. Your clothes, furniture, jewelry, paintings and books could all be rendered useless by fire damage, and insurance is designed to cover those losses. A policy that includes replacement costs will provide bigger compensation for losses, but it may also include a higher premium than a cash value policy. Other types of coverage could include the following:

  • Liability coverage in case you negligently cause a fire
  • Medical payment coverage to others (though this is usually limited)
  • Loss of Use coverage in case you need a place to stay while the apartment is being fixed
  • Fire restoration coverage by a qualified fire mitigation company

For the best insurance, it pays to check around. Get the coverage that is suited to your needs and fits your budget.

What Might Not Be Covered
In general, a fire is a fire, and with renters insurance you should be protected. If you own an item that has a high value, such as an expensive bicycle, you could need to specifically insure that item. It always is a good idea to talk at least once a year to your insurance agent to make sure your insurance is not out of date due to changes in your lifestyle.

Restoring Your Home After Flood Damage

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

A professional water restoration service can provide timely, safe cleanup with the goal of returning your home to normal. A flooded home

The number of extreme storms has been trending upward in the last decade, which means homes are at increased risk of damage from flooding. If your home has sustained flood-related damage, you are undoubtedly concerned about what cleanup and restoration will look like. Consulting a water remediation specialist is the first step in the restoration process.

Why Expert Assistance?

Floodwater is highly toxic and should not be contacted without protective gear. Water contamination is categorized using three levels. Floodwater is termed black water, or Category 3, the highest level of contamination. Floodwater, like sewage cleanup, requires fast action by restoration specialists. Here’s why:

  • Floodwater may be contaminated with toxic chemicals, sewage or other hazardous materials.
  • Serious contamination can easily be missed by an inexperienced eye.
  • Flood cleanup requires specialized safety and ventilation procedures, which are part of professional restoration protocols.
  • Water remediation professionals move quickly, minimizing the chances of secondary damage that may develop as time progresses.

If you are going to be turning over your home to restoration crews, it may help to have an idea of what to expect from the cleanup process for black water damage.

What Happens During Cleanup?

Once the floodwater has been removed, teams will begin setting up elaborate ventilation systems and removing wet items. Wet structural elements, such as drywall, may need to be replaced. Depending on the damage, you may need to be out of your home until safety and toxicity are addressed.
Restoration teams will professionally clean carpets, upholstery and other porous items, if possible. Electronics, such as computers and televisions, will be dried and restored using specialized dehumidifying processes.
Photos, documents and other paper-based products will be handled immediately as they deteriorate quickly when damaged by black water. The items will pass through a series of drying methods and then will be sanitized and pressed. Professional restoration services usually include HIPAA-certified staff to protect the confidentiality of your documents.
Dealing with Category 3 water damage can feel daunting for a homeowner. A professional water restoration service can provide timely, safe cleanup procedures with the goal of returning your home to normal as soon as possible.

What To Know About Fire Sprinklers and How They Work

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

A fire sprinkler system can work in several ways depending on the system type Fire sprinkler system in a business

There are a number of sprinkler systems for commercial buildings out there. If your thinking about updating your fire sprinkler system at your business then there are a few things you may want to know.

There Are Different Types

When it comes to a fire suppression system there are several different types. These include

  • Dry Systems
  • Wet Systems
  • Pre-action Systems
  • Deluge Systems
  • Foaming Systems.

Knowing which system is included in your business is as important as having a suppression system as they can work in several different ways.

They Can Work Several Ways

A fire sprinkler system can work in several ways depending on the system type. Most systems are heat activated and triggered when a seal around the sprinkler head melts allowing it to release suppressant over the flames. Most systems release only over the affected area while a deluge system can release across the entire installation. Depending on system type this suppressant can be water, a chemical suppressant used in areas where water could freeze, or a foam suppressant which is useful in properties that may contain highly flammable substances. Some systems can even use multiple types of suppressant. If the sprinklers to release you can contact a local fire damage restoration service for a fire sprinkler cleanup.

Placement is Important

In most cases a sprinkler system should be located up high near or on the ceiling. This is because they are heat triggered and a high location will allow them to be set off in time to suppress the fire. It’s also important to ensure that the sprinkler heads are not obstructed by beams, trusses, security cameras, lighting, fans, or anything else.
When upgrading your company's fire sprinkler system consider which type will be best for your company. Also consider where the best place to locate each sprinkler head is. Remember, if there is an emergency and the sprinklers go off, a local restoration service can help with the cleanup.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – [SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties , 256-378-1319]

A Homeowner's Defenses Against Flood Damage

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can happen to anyone, anywhere, which is why it is so essential to be prepared. The peace of mind that comes with being prepared is priceless.

Flooding is a common occurrence in some parts of the country, but did you know that it could also be brought on by natural disasters? In fact, 90% of natural disasters have flooding involved.

Natural disasters can happen to anyone, anywhere, which is why it is so essential to be prepared.

How Can Homeowners Prevent Flood Damage?

Though natural disasters are unstoppable forces, homeowners can plan ahead and prevent excessive water damage from happening in their own homes:

Know your risk. Use the FEMA Flood Map Tool or call the local branch of your emergency management office to better understand your risk and the precautions to take.

Anchor fuel and propane tanks. Even if a tank is full and heavy, anchoring it is a wise idea in case waters begin to rush in.

Protect appliances. Elevate appliances when possible to prevent their electrical and internal components from being waterlogged and damaged beyond repair.

Elevate hazardous materials. If you would not want it to come into contact with your bare skin, it should be elevated out of the flood water’s path. Pollution can make the water more dangerous for the entire region, and can even lead to fires.

Digitize valuables. Precious and irreplaceable items, such as family memorabilia, tax records and household documents, should be digitized and the physical copies kept off-site or in a waterproof safe.

Turn off electricity. Even if you feel it’s unlikely that the waters would reach electrical appliances or outlets, having live electricity near floodwaters can still be dangerous. Shut off the electrical breaker to any rooms that are at-risk for a flood.

Taking steps to protect your home is a responsible precaution that you will be grateful for in hindsight. The peace of mind that comes with being prepared is priceless.

If you’ve experienced flood damage or water damage from other causes, SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties here to help. Our fully trained water remediation technicians will be there for you when you call.

Why Choose SERVPRO® for Restoration?

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

“Faster to any size disaster” is more than just our slogan. Flooded basement, before and after

There’s nothing more valuable than the peace of mind that comes with selecting the right company to work with when hiring someone to restore your commercial or residential property. 

You can be assured that whether you’re dealing with routine maintenance such as duct or carpet cleaning or you’ve got large-scale water, fire or mold damage on your hands, SERVPRO® will provide you with outstanding service. Get the facts: 

We’ll Be There Fast 

While disasters may not have respect for your schedule, you can count on our 24/7 Emergency 

Service to be there whenever you call. 

We know that the longer issues like mold, water and fire damage are allowed to fester, the more detrimental to your structure they can be, so whether it’s a weekend, a holiday or the middle of the night, we’re at-the-ready to get your repairs started right away. 

“Faster to any size disaster” is more than just our slogan. 

We’ve Got the Expertise You Need 

Restoring your home or business is no light task, which is why we take our work seriously. We have staff members certified by NADCA to clean duct work on residential and commercial properties, and we also retain a Master Water and Fire Restorer on staff. 

Additionally, we maintain contractor licensing to ensure we can do tasks ranging from small home repairs to large-scale commercial renovations—that way you can know you’re getting the best in the business. 

We Strive for Continual Improvement 

As technologies change, best practices for cleaning and restoration do, too. 

This high level of training, combined with our state-of-the art equipment and advanced tracking technology, allows us to provide you with the best restoration experience possible. 

 Contact SERVPRO to service your commercial  or residential property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! You can rest assured knowing that we  have you covered for any cleaning or restoration needs because of our commitment to quality and customer service.