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We Get You Back To Business After A Water Damage Disaster

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal in a Retail Store is a job for the pros! Our crew arrives on site to assess and properly handle your commercial water damage as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.

Commercial Water Removal in a Retail Store

Water damage does billions of dollars in damages every year. Everything from small pipe leaks to water damage from firefighting efforts, to natural disasters such as floods, can do extensive damage to property. Without extensive mitigation, this can put businesses at risk of mold and other contaminants, which can affect the safety and comfort of your facilities.

If your business requires water removal services, the pros at SERVPRO are ready to handle it fast. This IICRC-certified team has the tools and techniques needed to assist business owners and restoring their property after a disaster occurs. Whether the damage is caused by pipes or other infrastructure issues, this is a crew you can count on to restore your facility to its preloss condition.

Protecting Your Facilities

  • Be vigilant. Notice an uptick in water expenses? It may be a plumbing issue. Make sure to regularly inspect your building for damp areas and hire a certified professional to make the fixes required for your property.
  • Prepare for disaster. Sandbags, sump pumps, and other preventive measures can go a long way towards protecting your business. Commercial water sensors can also detect and limit the amount of water damage that occurs in your facility by quickly alerting you to damage.
  • Check openings and prepare them accordingly. This includes windows, doors, trim, and other gaps and cracks on your property. Use weatherstripping and waterproof caulking, as well as other measures for waterproofing your store.

How SERVPRO Helps Businesses

When SERVPRO comes to your business, they can get started right away on water extraction, drying, and disinfection for your property. If your retail store features carpet and other porous fabrics, SERVPRO back-mounted extractors and rovers can pull moisture out of the carpet and prevent the need for disposal with careful drying. Carpet, in many cases, can be saved from disposal if delamination--that is, the separation of pad from the carpet--has not occurred.

Air movers can be placed every 10 to 16 linear feet at 45-degree angles to dry the walls. If the ceiling is affected, technicians can move ceiling tiles to facilitate the removal of moisture through just a couple of openings. In open areas, plastic sheeting can be used to construct chambers for more effective drying in a contained space.

SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (256)-378-1319 for your disaster cleanup needs today.

How SERVPRO Restores Fire Damage in Homes

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

What it Took To Fix Fire Damage and Odor in a Condo in Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties Advanced SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration Equipment for Structural Recovery in Talladega, Clay and Randolph County Homes and Businesses.

What it Took To Fix Fire Damage and Odor in a Condo

Condo fires present many challenges because flames from one unit quickly send plumes of smoke all over the property even if the blaze does not spread to the other units. In Kansas City, a fire in one of the Condo units left extensive residue damage and odor in several units on the same floor and the ones above, requiring extensive action to restore normal conditions.

The management had to find a solution to fix the fire damage and odor in the condo without creating a great deal of inconvenience to the residents in different units. When our SERVPRO team arrived at the site, we prioritized actions that would limit additional damages. By boarding up the loss site, we managed to restrict the movement of people in and out of the affected areas, which would have spread debris further around the facility, increasing the space to deodorize.

Boarding up also helped assure residents in occupied units of their safety during the restoration period. Many of the exterior surfaces blackened by soot required extensive cleaning, including aggressive agitation and chemical action. Perhaps the biggest challenge would have been accessing these areas. However, our SERVPRO teams are trained in the use of elevated platforms when performing restoration tasks. We also supply our technicians with the ladders, scaffolding, and cherry pickers necessary for fulfilling the restoration tasks.

There is a tendency for soot and other smoke residues to adhere to colder, elevated areas such as ceilings and concealed areas. It was no different in this Kansas City Condo where our team had to open up walls to remove the top layers of insulation blackened by soot and clean residues from various surfaces.

After removing areas soiled by the fire, we had to perform various deodorization steps. These techniques include spraying or using ULV foggers to deliver water-based odor counteractants on contents and surfaces. We also thermal fogged to remove deeply penetrated odors from materials since the process recreates conditions almost similar to the smoke from the fire. Ventilating the area helped remove remnants of the fog and any suspended odor particles eliminating the odors from the fire, "Like it never even happened."

The effects of fire damage can have a long-term impact on a condo. Call SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties at (256) 378-1319 to help perform restoration with minimal inconvenience.

Why SERVPRO- Faster to any size disaster.

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO with our Faster to Any Size Disaster motto is leading the industry! Let SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph County help you!!

SERVPRO - Faster to Any Size Disaster

In the insurance claim process, a speedy restoration company response matters, and that is why SERVPRO with their Faster to Any Size Disaster motto is leading the industry. However, it is more than just a slogan. It is a tagline that the company stands behind and for several good reasons.

1. 24/7 Emergency Response

Adjusters and clients alike, require the services of restoration companies at all hours. Disaster doesn’t set a clock and therefore emergency response shouldn’t either. SERVPRO’s standard of service is built on the idea of 24/7 availability, meaning that they’re out working while the other guy is sleeping. This level of commitment has not gone unnoticed as the company has been recognized nationally for their dependability.

2. Nationally Available

Additionally, they can make it Faster to Any Size Disaster because there are over 1,700 franchises spread across the country. This level of localization means that the company truly can make it to your client’s home sooner than less expansive brands.

3. Preferred Vendor

Also, SERVPRO only works with preferred vendors, meaning that all contractors and suppliers go through a screening process. Every company is expected to meet specific qualifications and comply with the level of care and professionalism outlined in the company’s standard practices.

4. Residential and Commercial Services

Beyond being nationally available, SERVPRO’s services include both residential and commercial properties, allowing a larger client base. This versatility suits insurance companies well because they typically cater to both large and small clients.

Faster to Any Size Disaster is not merely a slogan. It is a reality. It is an honest description of a company’s ability to receive a call and respond to a client in need, regardless of property size or type. Insurance companies depend on these quick responses to mitigate further loss and to make the claims process more manageable.

SERVPRO is a localized company that has a proven reputation of compliance and satisfaction that can provide the level of service both insurers and clients require.

Make SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties your first choice and give us a call at 256-378-1319.

Why SERVPRO - How SERVPRO Can Help You

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience a disaster please call SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties! Let SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties help you!

There is never a good time for a disaster to happen and when it does happen chances are you already have a lot on your plate. There’s a very good chance you may be overwhelmed with stress from damages and trying to figure out how to get the repairs started. On top of it all, now you need to contact your insurance agent and see if these particular damages will be covered. 

How SERVPRO® of Talladega, Clay and Randolph Counties can help you

When you experience a disaster please call SERVPRO of Talladega,Clay and Randolph Counties, the longer you wait to call professionals for disaster relief clean up the more secondary damages can begin to form, like mold. Let us restore while you rest. 

  • Insured parties have the right to choose any contractor or mitigation specialist, not just the one the insurance company suggests. Many people think that the only choice they have is the one company the insurance provider refers to. However, that is not true. The Insured ALWAYS HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE. 
  • We will be in direct contact with the adjuster for approvals and updates, so you don’t have to. 
  • We also can schedule any necessary testing, abatement, storage pod, and dumpster deliveries. 
  • Not all people realize how important it is to stay in contact with their adjuster throughout the mitigation process. Your adjuster should be able to give you the information about how the claim process works if you have a deductible and how the payment process works. 

The office works well as a liaison between you and your insurance company. SERVPRO is the preferred vendor for nearly all the large insurance companies. We also go above and beyond insurance protocol. When a disaster happens you need the best, so don’t hesitate to call 256-378-1319.

Burnt More than Just Food? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup, Restoration, and Odor Control

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Eliminating Stains & Odors From Protein Fire Damage in Talladega,Clay & Randolph Counties Our SERVPRO Box Truck Is Almost Empty As our Team Uses the Equipment to Mitigate Fire Damage to a Area Property

Stovetop fires can be quite a hassle for homeowners to clean up after. Not only are flames dangerous, but you have to deal with residues from flames, damaged items, and the extinguishing methods used. This can be overwhelming to clean up on your own, mainly because consumer-grade cleaning products are not made to handle these types of damages easily.

If your Dallas home needs fire damage mitigation after a kitchen mishap certified SERVPRO technicians can come to you within hours of your initial call and work to restore your interiors. This team is AVAILABLE 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Whether you have a fire with a Thanksgiving turkey or another mishap in the home that leads to burnt food particles leaving residues in your kitchen, SERVPRO offers industrial-grade cleaners and equipment to remove the mess and restore your items to their preloss condition.

How to Minimize Odors After a Protein Fire
Because protein residues are colorless and hard to detect, it can be challenging to get rid of them without the right help. Here are some tips to prevent the spread of odors and protein residues throughout your home:

?    Keep your hands as clean as possible. This can prevent residues from soiling porous surfaces in your residence.
?    Place old linens on surfaces vulnerable to odors. Rugs and furniture, especially in high-traffic areas, can be vulnerable to residues.
?    Limit movement around your home. This practice minimizes exposure to protein residues.
?    Avoid using packaged or canned food and drinks that may have been near the fire. Residues can contaminate or alter sealed items.
?    Avoid cleaning or doing laundry. Household cleaners are not enough to clean protein residues, and even clothing affected by protein fires requires special techniques to remove contamination fully.

SERVPRO Removes Protein Residues
Protein fires are unique because they take more thorough cleaning to remove odors. It may take several rounds of cleaning to remove residues from your kitchen altogether. Paints and sealants may need to be reapplied to eliminate odors after such an event. However, SERVPRO technicians work carefully and professionally to remove filmy proteins from surfaces. Items in your kitchen are meticulously investigated for contamination, including appliances, canned food, and other items, to minimize risk and odors.

SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph Counties is a service that you can count on to be Faster To Any Size Disaster.  You can call (256)-378-1319 for rapid disaster cleanup.

Deciphering Water Damage: Clean, Grey, and Black Water

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph County has the tools to make water damage “Like it never even happened!” Whether water damage in your home or business is caused by clean, black, or gray water, SERVPRO can make it “Like it never even happened!”

Water damage is water damage, plain and simple, right? Not exactly.

In the restoration industry, there are three categories of water as defined by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC): clean water, gray water, and black water.

Clean water, also referred to as Category 1, is water that comes from a sanitary source such as rainwater or snowmelt, a faucet, or a broken pipe or toilet tank, and does not pose an immediate health risk to a structure’s inhabitants. When Category 1 water losses are caught and dried out quickly, the structure is much less likely to require repairs. If left for 48 hours or more, however, clean water can turn to gray water and require more extensive mitigation.

Gray water, which causes Category 2 water losses, includes dirty water from washing machines, dishwashers, aquariums, or shower or sink drains. Water from these sources is considered gray water because it contains significant levels of contamination from bacteria, mold, or chemicals and may pose health risks to a structure’s inhabitants. Category 2 water losses are likely to require the removal of soft materials such carpet pad, as they’re prone to bacterial growth. As with clean water, gray water can become black water if left for 48 hours or longer.

Black water, or water in a Category 3 loss, comes from sewage back-ups or floodwaters. The contaminants found in black water (bacteria, mold, viruses) are known to cause diseases, and therefore Category 3 water losses pose serious health risks to a structure’s inhabitants. The IICRC says that black water causes “grossly unsanitary” conditions and for that reason, Category 3 water losses usually require the removal of all affected materials within a structure.

When water damage occurs, the source of the water determines several steps of the mitigation process, from how much personal protective equipment (PPE) mitigation technicians should wear to whether materials should simply be dried out or removed entirely. Whatever the category of water, though, SERVPRO of Talladega, Clay & Randolph County has the tools to make water damages “Like it never even happened.”

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.