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Use Mold Damage as an Opportunity to Find Vulnerabilities in Your Brentwood Home

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Use Mold Damage as an Opportunity to Find Vulnerabilities in Your Brentwood Home Mold spreads quickly when the right conditions exist. Call SERVPRO right away to come out and assess the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Assess Your Home Before Remediating the Mold Infestation

Finding mold growth in your Brentwood home can be disturbing or even frightening. Everyone hears stories about how molds can cause health effects, but no research establishes a clear relationship for all individuals. Regardless of how it impacts your well being, it is vital to respond to mold growth in your home. Our mold remediation crew is ready to get to work.
 
Some folks are sensitive to the increase in mold spores and byproducts when full-blown mold damage occurs in a Brentwood home. Perhaps more concerning is the signal the mold growth is giving you. Mold does not grow as easily as one might think. Millions of microscopic mold spores are always in the air and on surfaces in the average home. Moisture is the addition that fuels the development of the unpleasant smelling and destructive mold colonies.
 
Building materials experience deterioration when mold multiplies, but the water saturating the structure prior to the microbial proliferation already commenced the damage. When SERVPRO mold remediation crews evaluate your mold problem, we also are providing a map of areas of your property that benefit from a close examination for ongoing water incursions. Our experienced inspectors identify problems ranging from aging shingles to clogged drainage system, slow plumbing leaks to persistent pet or kid related spills, ice dams to improperly graded landscaping, and many more.
 
SERVPRO mold remediation team members plan a comprehensive containment and removal procedure, ensuring that our workers and your family are safe during each step. Large mold infestations can require the establishment of zones, with the mold-containing air exhausted outdoors through filters via ductwork. Negative air pressure machines help “scrub” the emissions and contain the dangerous airborne materials away from unaffected spaces in your home.
 
We scrape and blast the mold colonies off surfaces, occasionally removing and discarding structural components that are too compromised with fungal growth to save. SERVPRO crews train in the proper ways to bag and dispose of the moldy materials, according to local requirements.
 
Once the mold remediation commences, SERVPRO runs down a list of recommendations for homeowner follow-up. The provision of moisture must cease, or the mold returns. Determining what areas of your home need maintenance and repair allows you to prevent future mold issues by fixing water intrusion problems that harm your house in many aspects.
 
SERVPRO of Montgomery South employs experts in mold remediation and water damage restoration. The combination works to avoid deterioration of your treasured home. Call us at (334) 284-1612 to take the strides needed to protect and maintain your dwelling.

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Water Removal Methods Benefit Montgomery Residences after Disasters Strike

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Methods Benefit Montgomery Residences after Disasters Strike Broken water lines in or near your home can quickly cause water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away to shut off the water and remediate.

Team SERVPRO Uses Water Detection Equipment to Thoroughly Dry Out Your Home After a Water Damage Event

Water can end up inside your Montgomery home in a number of ways. After a fire, water does not merely disappear on its own, and neither do the thousands of gallons that gushed out of a broken feed line while you were away at work. This water sits inside your home damaging anything and everything.
 
Because water in your home does not need to remain as a liquid to harm your belongings, water removal services in Montgomery from SERVPRO also include the removal of moisture in materials and humidity in the air. Without these two states of water coming back under control, and subsequent elimination from your residence, damaging effects can continue unabated.
 
Prevention of water damage and microbial infestation can cost homeowners significantly less than restoration to repair that same damage, and also preserves irreplaceable belongings. Our technicians hold IICRC-certificates in several areas of restoration science, including Applied Structural Drying (ASD). We can quickly restore your home back to its normal state of dryness no matter how saturated it becomes during a crisis.
 
At SERVPRO, we serve our customers best by having the proper equipment always ready to go. This includes pumps mounted on trucks in our Green Fleet, as well as smaller units that we control by hand. We can handle any aspect of drying out your home, including interior spaces and hidden sections that you never see.
 
Wall cavities can hold large amounts of water while still appearing dry on their exteriors. To reach the water, we remove the baseboards and then drill small weep holes that permit the water to drain away. Using the tubing from our Injectidry equipment, we direct warm, dry air inside the wall, allowing the air to exit from a different hole. As it leaves the interior, we can easily measure the amount of moisture in the air, helping us know satisfactorily when the interior reaches our pre-set goal.
 
Other areas of your home that can suffer from a water leak or similar situation include your carpeting. We can raise this off the floor, keeping it stretched to prevent warping and direct air underneath. This approach also dries out the floor's underlay. In some situations, we need to remove the padding, but this depends much on several factors.
 
Preventing secondary damage from exposure to water, as well as keeping conditions inhospitable for microbial infestations, SERVPRO of Montgomery South provides water removal services to the communities of Ridgefield and Matthews, in addition to homes in the downtown area. Call us when you need water removal services to protect your property. Our 24/7/365 service line's number is (334) 284-1612 and starts your journey in preserving and protecting your home.
 
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SERVPRO Eliminating Fire Damage To Montgomery Homes

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Eliminating Fire Damage To Montgomery Homes The damage from a fire can spear smoke and soot throughout your home. SERVPRO can assess and remove all of the damage.

Steps in removing fire damage from your home

Just hearing the words ‘house fire’ causes Montgomery owners and residents to fear the worst for their homes. Few homes are completely or even massively destroyed by heat and flames.

Most physical Montgomery house fire damage is localized. If a fire starts in a kitchen, then scorching and melted metal or plastics is only in that room. Smoke, soot, and odor damage can spread to other rooms, with smoke usually finding its way throughout the home. SERVPRO Restoration uses five services to secure each home to prevent additional damage, clean structural and personal property, and then restore it to its pre-fire condition.

Our personnel begins with Mitigation Services. The goal here is to prevent further deterioration and new damage from factors like vandalism and weather intrusion. They board up windows and doors and then seal off openings into the home caused by the fire using plywood panels and thick plastic sheeting. If there is standing water from firefighting efforts, our teams start removing it. As part of the team finishes mitigation, other members begin cleaning.

Contents Cleaning involves personal property. Usually, this is appliances, furniture, and clothing. Our primary task for technicians is to remove smoke and soot residues. For larger items, they can clean most of them on site after moving them outside or to another location if needed. The teams bring clothing to our facility for cleaning if the residues are exceptionally thick or the fire damaged the washer and dryer in the home.

Structural Cleaning applies to walls, ceilings, and floors, to include carpets. Here, the technicians’ primary concerns are typically cleaning smoke residues off surfaces and eliminating odors. In both Structural and Contents Cleaning, SERVPRO team leaders work with the residents and insurance companies to make the best choices of cleaning versus replacement regarding cost and efficiency.

Specialty Cleaning is for items that are fragile or need special care like artwork and electronics. If residues and odors affected the surface of a portrait or got inside an electronic device, team leaders recommend bringing in a specialist for those pieces.

For minor repairs and replacement, our teams work to reconstruct damaged homes. Our personnel can install new wall framing, hang drywall, and perform other, similar tasks. For significant support structures, plumbing, and exterior walls, the homeowner needs to bring in a general contractor.

If you have any questions about this or other aspects of fire damage to your home, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery South at (334) 284-1612. We are here to help.

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Ridgefield's Flood Damage Technicians Explain Different Types Of Projects

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ridgefield's Flood Damage Technicians Explain Different Types Of Projects Water damage from indoor or outdoor sources can cause problems in your home. Call SERVPRO right away for drying services.

Team SERVPRO Both Identifies and then Remediates Different Classes of Water Damage

In bad weather scenarios, there are many ways mother nature can cause problems to your Ridgefield house. Winds can blow rocks, branches, or other objects into exterior walls or windows creating holes in your structure. Severe thunderstorms can cause excessive rain to pour into town and create flooding conditions.
 
During floods, water can flow into your house from old bottom door seals. Excessive moisture inside any building can cause a flood damage situation in Ridgefield. Water can cause materials inside your home to lose their structural integrity which requires that items get removed and replaced.
 
In many cases, our SERVPRO restoration technicians can save building materials and contents through extraction and structural drying. The procedures that take place depend on the contamination level of the water and what elements got wet. The water damage gets put into a category based on the source of the water and a class based on how many porous materials inside the structure got affected by moisture.
 
Category one water damage scenarios happen when fresh water pipes break. Rainwater and sink drain water are examples of greywater which cause category two water damage cases. Water containing mud or sewage water is classified as black water and are considered category three water damages.
 
A class one water damage occurs when only non-porous materials inside the affected area get wet, and carpet and pad are not affected. During class one water damage situations only a small amount of evaporation is needed. Therefore the project will require fewer dehumidifiers. A class two water damage can have multiple wet non-porous materials including the carpet and pad. Class two damages require more dehumidification to increase evaporation speeds.
 
During class three water damages, large amounts of porous materials get wet during the storm. The carpet and pad get wet from water coming from above, and some areas of the home are entirely covered in moisture. Class three damages require the most amount of dehumidifiers. During class four water damage scenarios, specialized dehumidifiers are required to dry out wet wood, concrete, or ground soil.
 
If you ever need professional help with moisture removal after severe weather, call SERVPRO of Montgomery South at (334) 284-1612 24/7.

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Montgomery's Commercial Water Removal Equipment

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Montgomery's Commercial Water Removal Equipment SERVPRO works quickly to remove water and restore your art studio t o help prevent loss of revenue for you.

SERVPRO Has the Right Equipment to Dry Out Your Commercial Space after Water Damage

If water ever leaks into your Montgomery art studio, specialized equipment is needed for proper mitigation. First, standing water gets removed with a submersible pump. Then, extraction systems get used to pull moisture out of carpet and upholstery. The next step in the restoration process is structural drying.

During drying procedures, air moving and dehumidification systems get set up. The goal in any commercial water removal project in Montgomery is to speed up the natural evaporation process. Moisture inside contents and building materials naturally evaporate moisture into the air.

Air movers help increase the rate of evaporation by replacing the moist air evaporated from wet materials with warm, dry air. Our IICRC certified technicians set up air movers so that they push air against wall surfaces at a 45-degree angle. The air then moves around the affected area in a counterclockwise motion, forcing all of the moist air coming from the walls into the center of the room.

Dehumidifiers then get set up in the center of the room to serve two purposes. The dehumidifier sucks in the moist air and pulls out the water and dispenses it out in liquid form. The devices then exhaust out hot, dry air that in turn gets used by the air movers to complete the process over again.

Air movers can serve a variety of functions during the structural drying process inside your studio. Not only can they help speed up drying in the entire affected region but they can also be used to dry other specific building materials. Air movers can be placed under the carpet and "float" it to dry the carpet backing and the subfloor underneath. They also are equipped with shrouds that allow them to dry out underneath cabinets and push air into wall cavities.

Whenever mitigating issues inside your place of business, our SERVPRO technicians do whatever it takes to prevent the restoration process from causing you a loss of revenue. All of your artwork gets inspected, and special drying procedures get considered if they are wet. We also try to complete the drying process during hours that you will not be working in your art studio.

We know that a water loss can be expensive enough without you enduring any loss of revenue due to mitigation work. For help with any restoration project on company property, call SERVPRO of Montgomery South at (334) 284-1612 24/7.

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Montgomery's Mold Damage Restoration Procedures Explained

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Montgomery's Mold Damage Restoration Procedures Explained SERVPRO makes sure to contain mold when cleaning and remediating damaged areas.

SERVPRO Technicians Properly Remove Mold and Clean Damaged Areas

Black mold inside your Montgomery home is not only an eyesore but is a problem that can get worse. Mold can cause health effects with some people, making immediate mitigation a necessity. If mold problems are not dealt with promptly, the fungus can spread to other areas of the home and create future issues.

A fungus first develops when the environment inside a home has the right temperature and excessive moisture. Mold damage in Montgomery occurs on organic materials inside the house. When fungi first develop they grow structures called hyphae.

The hyphae grow in all directions including down into the material, out across the surface and up off of the material's surface. The hyphae then let off spores into the air that are tiny, seed-like structures that become airborne and float to other areas inside the building. The spores can then settle and develop into a fungus in areas outside of the first affected region.

Before any work takes place, measures get taken to prevent spores from floating to other parts of the house. Our SERVPRO remediation technicians section off the area sealing it with heavy duty plastic creating a containment chamber. The containment chamber holds in any dust or spores agitated during the restoration process.

The containment chamber is built with a sealable door for entry, and a hole is cut into it where an air scrubber is attached. The air scrubber provides negative air pressure and sucks up any airborne spores and dust. The air is then sucked through a HEPA filter that collects all particles present in the air before it exhausts it back into the environment.

Next, any contents or materials that have visible mold on them get removed from the area. All of the contaminated debris gets put into thick trash bags that are sealed airtight so that no dust or spores escape. The debris is then hauled out of the containment chamber and properly disposed of at the end of the job.

After the debris gets removed, the affected region then gets cleaned of dust and sprayed with specialized chemicals designed to kill spores. Then the area gets dried out so that growth cannot re-occur. Calling SERVPRO of Montgomery South at (334) 284-1612 is wise any time a fungus is noticed.

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What You Can Do When a Burst Pipe Floods Your Montgomery Arcade

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What You Can Do When a Burst Pipe Floods Your Montgomery Arcade If your arcade is flooded from a burst pipe, contact SERVPRO immediately for fast water removal services.

Call the Professionals at SERVPRO for Fast and Efficient Water Removal Services

When your arcade is filled with ankle-deep water, it can be hard to imagine how you can deal with the water removal task on your own. A burst pipe can spew hundreds of gallons into your arcade before you manage to shut the water off. Pairing this issue with the fact that you own a local business can make you feel dejected. After all, any interruption to your flow of business is not good. Fortunately, there is professional help nearby that can take care of it for you.

We can swiftly get an estimator to you so they can inform you about the water removal process on your Montgomery property and answer any questions. They can work with you to figure out the best schedule to work on remediating the damage in your arcade. In the case of water removal, it is always best to work as soon as possible to get your business up and running again as if nothing happened in the first place.

Our IICRC certified technicians can arrive shortly after, equipped with advanced tools so they may swiftly remove the water that has stagnated on your property. We use extractors, a device that can remove water pools, clean carpets, and clean upholstery. If there are copious amounts of water to remove, these devices can even be truck mounted with larger tanks to handle it.

After removing the water, SERVPRO can use other tools like axial fans and desiccant dehumidifiers to return the moisture levels of your arcade to an acceptable amount. If your carpets are entirely waterlogged, the extractors can be used again to help dry them entirely, as the devices are able to use heat to do so.

If your business needs water removal services, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery South at (334) 284-1612. 24/7, we can take your call and get the remediation process started, so we may restore your business to preloss conditions.

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Storm Damage Can Expose Your Montgomery Home To Flooding

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Can Expose Your Montgomery Home To Flooding Resolving flood damage to your home is a job for professional restoration providers like our team at SERVPRO of Montgomery South.

Storm Damage Can Expose Your Property To Flooding

While you might not always think about the severe weather that could impact your Montgomery home, the threat of harsh storms complete with gale force winds are never out of the question. When you consider the severe weather that so many coastal states endured throughout the latest hurricane season, even this area found itself hit with storms that vastly exceeded what would normally get expected through the warmer seasons.

Perhaps one of the most damaging effects that these more significant storms carried with them were the intense winds. These gusts could make short work of weakened limbs and uproot entire trees as it pushed through the area over an extended period. Homes became exposed, holes in the roofs and gashes through the siding were just some of the damages that could get seen in the wake of these substantial storm systems. For many Montgomery homeowners, the system brought flood damages along with them after the storm opened the outer barrier to the elements.

With a hole in the roof of your home or with damage to the siding on any part of your home, the interior now becomes exposed to the elements and high volume of rainwater typical of these gigantic storm systems. This damage allows water to pour into your home through these openings unabated, and flooding can result very quickly in the nearby areas of your home. Fortunately, our SERVPRO team can work quickly to help you thwart some of this potential flood damage to your home.

It begins when our technicians arrive on the scene. We prioritize sealing up the holes and exposed areas of your house with tarps and boards. The water left in the area gets pulled out by pumps and wet-vacs fitted with extraction wands. The moisture and dampness that remains can get resolved using several different types of equipment, though air movers and dehumidification equipment is at the heart of the process.

Resolving flood damage to your home is a job for professional restoration providers like our team at SERVPRO of Montgomery South. We can work quickly to ensure that the damage does not get worse. We can be reached 24/7 by calling (334) 284-1612.

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Choosing Professional Water Removal for Your Montgomery Home

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Choosing Professional Water Removal for Your Montgomery Home If your home requires water removal, it is important to call on the professionals at SERVPRO.

Call on SERVPRO When Your Home Requires Water Removal Services

While there are all kinds of things that require your attention to maintain your Montgomery home, there are some issues and problems that arise that might just be outside of your wheelhouse. With significant water damage, sometimes the best solution for both your house and your finances is to opt for professional restoration services. Not only does the job get completed more expediently this way, but at a professional quality that people cannot replicate with standard cleaning practices.

This need is even more significant when your Montgomery home requires water removal services. A requirement like this indicates that the water damage is substantial enough where extraction plays a critical role in restoration. Fortunately for you, our experienced SERVPRO professionals have the tools and expertise to handle even the most severe of water damage situations, and can successfully restore your home back to preloss conditions while simultaneously working to minimize further damage to other areas of your home.

Our initial assessment of your home upon arrival is critical to understand the full reaches of the water damage and what areas require water removal and restoration efforts. If you are not aware of the source of the water damage itself, this is also something that our experienced SERVPRO professionals work to locate so that the problem can get repaired while our team is still working on the restoration of your home.

Since extraction is the namesake of water removal services, it might benefit you to understand our process better so that you can know what to expect should you need it in the future. With significant pooled water, our IICRC certified professionals might decide to utilize a pump truck from our fleet of vehicles to quickly extract the water from the affected area. For more involved (and harder to reach) places, our technicians often opt to use wet vacuums with extraction wands and portable pumps.

You might never want to need water removal services for your home, but if you do, our SERVPRO of Montgomery South team is here to help. With our experience and equipment, we can help you to clean up the mess and live comfortably in your home once again. Give us a call today at (334) 284-1612.  

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The Water Damage Technicians of Montgomery

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Water Damage Technicians of Montgomery When water damage involves cabinets, great care must be taken to make sure that the moisture has been completely removed. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Certified Technicians at SERVPRO Take Appropriate Steps When Remediating Water Damage in Your Home

Anytime water leaks into your Montogomery townhome, drying occurs to prevent mold growth. The relative humidity and moisture content in floors and walls gets quickly returned to normal conditions to prevent future problems. However, during the mitigation of most water-related issues, a few steps take place before drying is possible.
 
First, the initial source of the water leak gets fixed so that moisture no longer enters the structure. SERVPRO's water damage crew in Montgomery always ensures that the area is safe for all occupants before beginning work. Next, any standing water gets vacuumed up using specialized extraction equipment. We start with standing water then we use various extensions to pull moisture out of carpet and upholstery.
 
Once as much water gets extracted as possible, we then start the drying process. The first step of drying involves using monitoring instruments to take moisture readings inside the townhouse. We measure the temperature and humidity of a home to determine the best drying methods. Then, we take moisture readings of building materials such as walls, subfloors, and contents.
 
Once we figure out how wet things inside the home are, we have a better idea of what it takes to drop moisture levels to preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO experts usually set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers inside the structure to create the ideal environment for drying.
 
In addition to the air movers and dehumidifiers that help the structure as a whole, sometimes we use specific techniques to dry items inside your home. One common item that often gets damaged during a water leak is a cabinet or cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom. It is essential that the moisture level of the cabinets gets brought back to what they were before the water damage so that mold does not grow.
 
The process of drying cabinets is often tricky due to the double layers of the drywall and cabinet backing. Sometimes holes get drilled into the drywall underneath baseboards so that air gets behind the cabinets. Other times holes get cut with a hole saw into the back of the cabinets so that air flows in the wall cavity behind the cabinet. Sometimes the bottom molding on a cabinet gets pulled off and holes drilled behind it so that air can get pumped underneath the cabinet.
 
Drying equipment usually remains inside the building until moisture levels drop to normal conditions. Anytime you need professional help with drying a structure, call SERVPRO of Montgomery South at (334) 284-1612 for help 24/7.
 
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