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.
What you need to know about renters insurance
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
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
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
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.
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
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
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
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?
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.
Your Guide to Fire Preparedness in the Workplace
If your business has experienced a fire, call SERVPRO. We provide a full service from mitigation to restoration.
When considering the risks your business might face, competition and industry-specific problems may come to mind, but it is important to consider fires as well.
Fires in commercial buildings happen quite frequently and can be dangerous, especially if the employees on-site are not prepared in advance for what to do.
To reduce your risks and make sure your business handles an emergency scenario as efficiently as possible, preparing in advance for a fire is wise. Knowing your risks, practicing evacuations and making sure everyone is aware of various fire safety measures is key to reducing your liability and making sure your business can recover quickly after a fire occurs.
Fire Preparedness in the Workplace
Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Your business should be up to date on fire codes set forth by the National Fire Protection Association regarding fire equipment and testing. Make sure you know when to perform your monthly tests of alarms, as well as when to work with your local fire department for more in-depth inspections.
Identify your specific risks. Every industry will have different fire risks associated with it, and it is a wise idea to assess what your specific risk profile looks like. While for some businesses, their biggest fire hazard will simply be the staff kitchen, others may have flammable chemicals or other machinery to contend with during the fire preparedness process as well.
Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. Identifying multiple ways to exit your building during a fire and practicing fire safety drills with your staff will ensure everyone knows exactly what to do if a fire should break out. Panic can spread through a group quickly, especially if they are unprepared for the situation, so making sure everyone knows what to do is a wise time investment as a business owner.
Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Hosting fire safety seminars with your employees on a regular basis will also go a long way for fire preparedness. Review items such as locations of fire extinguishers, when and how to set off the fire alarm manually, and any other industry-specific knowledge that might benefit your workers and increase safety for everyone.
If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 24⁄7 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.
We Are Commercial Water Removal Experts
Water damage in your business can cost you a lot. Don’t let it cost you anymore business than you have to, let SERVPRO help.
We are ready and prepared to be there for your commercial water damage.
When a commercial building, like a warehouse or a bus garage, suffers from a supply line leak, the quantity of water let loose inside can be substantial. Even if you have a high-quality and committed cleaning staff, managing tremendous amounts of water pouring into your building can quickly overwhelm your on-site housekeeping crew. A half-inch pipe spews 50 gallons per minute. Larger pipes up to four inches in diameter can unleash 3,400 gallons per minute. Conventional cleaning equipment is not up to the challenge.
We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster
We respond quickly to a major water loss, turning off the water main immediately upon arrival if needed before planning your water removal project. If the electricity is off as a safety measure, we do not miss a beat. We put into operation a fleet of high-capacity gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted water extractors. Because our service vehicles stock multiple pumps and onboard powered, it is relatively straightforward for us to scale up our response to your water loss. We arrive promptly and roll out the needed equipment, ready to pull liquid water from all areas affected.
Moisture Detection and Metering
Our emergency response team initially focuses on the visible water, but even more crucial are efforts we take to search for water migration patterns in your commercial building. SERVPRO employs the following tools to locate hidden water and determine saturation levels in porous materials to inform drying goals:
Thermal imaging cameras
Using temperature variations recorded, technicians can pinpoint building cavities that likely hold trapped water.
Prongs sample materials, indicating if water is present. Detectors help us outline the perimeters of the total water incursion, so we do not leave any moisture lingering and destroying materials or encouraging mold growth.
The devices measure the amount of moisture in porous materials. We also use them to establish and monitor progress toward drying goals by providing data on unaffected structures within your commercial building.
Rely on SERVPRO of Talladega,Clay and Randolph Counties to respond to the scale needed to resolve substantial water removal challenges in your commercial building. Call us at (256)-378-1319 round the clock for help within hours.
Crawlspaces, Flooding, and Mold Growth Solutions and Information for Area Homeowners
YEP!! There’s Mold in that Crawlspace—Better Call SERVPRO for Remediation
Crawlspaces provide access to utilities and help to protect your home from the threat of flooding that seems a persistent concern throughout the area. As vital as these areas are for the construction and stability of your home, they are often poorly managed by homeowners and not given the attention and upkeep required to keep them in top form and prevent damaging effects that could permeate through the flooring and into the home itself.
Moisture is a common concern for this area of your property and without, can lead to a need for mold removal in the crawlspace and beyond. While your crawlspace has gotten partially designed to keep your home out of the line of fire of even moderate flooding throughout the region, dampness and moisture are common elements in these spaces that require removal and effective continued solutions to prevent conditions that can allow for the growth of mold Our SERVPRO® professionals can help.
Mold growing in this area might not feel like a pressing concern to many homeowners, but the spread of mold is deliberate and fast, affecting areas above this crawlspace quickly once the organism begins to affect many surfaces below the flooring. Given that much of your home’s construction is wood-based, including the beams and supports, mold can easily spread to this organic material and erode and decompose these elements as it feeds and grows.
Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly at the first sign of mold growth to offer both effective containment solutions and fast mold removal efforts for the affected materials where colonies have formed. We can also offer lasting strategies like crawlspace encapsulation that can help to keep this area of your home free from moisture and dampness, effectively preventing recurrences of mold growth for the future.
Mold growth is a common step to follow persistent moisture in the crawlspace of your home. Let our mold remediation specialists help you to remove this organism and restore the damage it has caused. Give us a call today at (256)-378-1319