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Should You Use Mold Resistant Paint To Help Prevent Mold Damage To Your Montgomery Home?

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Should You Use Mold Resistant Paint To Help Prevent Mold Damage To Your Montgomery Home? Considering types of paint is extremely important in an environment that will be repeatedly damp and quite possibly wet. Call SERVPRO to discuss.

SERVPRO Certified Technicians Provide Many Useful Tips for Preventing Mold Damage on Your Property

Mold is a potential problem for any homeowner. Mold can live in any damp place where there is also food for it to grow – and it can use many household items like food, including damp clothes, carpets, drapes, and drywall. Therefore any steps you can take to make it harder for the fungi to take hold are a good idea.
 
Perhaps you have heard of mold resistant paint. You might be wondering what it is and whether you should use it to help prevent mold damage to your Montgomery home.
 
Mold resistant paint contains antimicrobial ingredients that discourage growth on any surface treated with the paint. Each manufacturer states on the tin how long the effect should be expected to last.
 
Such paint is a useful tool for any homeowner in the fight against mold. SERVPRO recommends the use of mold resistant paint in any areas that are prone to damp, such as bathrooms, basements, kitchens, laundry rooms, or some internal ceilings. It is particularly important to pay attention to corners and the areas where ceilings and walls meet, as these areas are popular with the fungi and are common areas for it to appear.
 
However, SERVPRO’s recommendation of this paint does come with an important caveat: For it to work properly, you need to deal with the issue at its source first. Painting helps prevent a recurrence of the problem, but only if the problem is properly dealt with in the first place.
 
We can assist you with mold remediation before application. Our IICRC-certified experts are trained to deal with outbreaks in any area of your home. We come equipped with a range of tools and techniques to get growth under control.
 
The first step is to establish containment to prevent spores spreading to other areas. Following containment, negative air machines draw the contaminated air out of the affected area and vent it outside your home. Then the work of remediation begins. Our technicians use a combination of techniques which include scrubbing, HEPA vacuuming, and damp wiping with detergents.
 
Depending on the total extent of the damage, some areas of drywall might need to be replaced as well.
 
Once the mold is under control and the area is thoroughly dried out, it is safe to apply mold resistant paint to help prevent future outbreaks.
 
If you have mold growing in your home, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery South at (334) 284-1612 for assistance.

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Commercial Water Damage And How It Can Affect A Photography Studio In Montgomery

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage And How It Can Affect A Photography Studio In Montgomery When water damage is present, this can lead to not only mold growth but also stains and mustiness.

Commercial Water Damage To A Photography Studio


Running a photography studio is sure to guarantee your days are filled with smiling people and adorable babies. There is much more to operating a prosperous studio than just the cameras, however.

Studios in Montgomery need to have the correct backdrops, props, and other tools, but commercial water damage can alter these tools of the trade by letting mold grow, stains appear, and off-smells to develop that nobody wants to be near. SERVPRO technicians know how to get everything back to how it should be, through and quickly, so you can get everything back on track again.

After we have made sure that future water leaks are no longer possible, if that was the initial cause, we begin working toward restoring everything that has been damaged. As in any other business, photo studios are full of various materials, all of which need specialized care and treatment for them to all be restored fully.

Fabric backdrops and other cloth props can be cleaned in our facilities and then brought back to your studio. When water damage is present, this can lead to not only mold growth but also stains and mustiness. Our equipment rids washable items of all of these, efficiently.

Plastic props can develop cruddy-looking mold deposits, especially in grooves and other indented details. We can clean these at your studio or our facility, making them look new again. The same goes for wooden props, such as wagons, rocking chairs, blocks, and other décor. If you sell frames, we can also ensure that these have no signs of water damage on them that would prevent their use.

Carpets are often part of the shot when babies and toddlers are involved, so these need to be not only clean in appearance but also be clean deep-down, and smell like it, too. Parents who are fine with placing their child on a smelly carpet are few and far between. To wrap everything up and make sure that water damage is a thing of the past, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can also make your studio smell fresh and clean again. We know it is hardly an easy task to smile when the air around you smells terrible, and this can affect your clients' reaction while in your studio, and their photographs.

SERVPRO of Montgomery South wants to ensure that our community's businesses thrive instead of faltering when faced with disasters such as water damage. Our number, (334) 284-1612, is always answered, regardless of the hour or date. We are always here to do what we do best – restore your business so you can continue to provide the best to our community.


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Overflowing Appliances That Cause Flood Damage In Montgomery Often Have Preventable Causes

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Overflowing Appliances That Cause Flood Damage In Montgomery Often Have Preventable Causes Homeowners who have not had a chance to clean out drains in appliances can find themselves dealing with flood damage.

Overflowing Appliances Cause Flood Damage

Daily chores in most homes include washing dishes. Maintaining these appliances often becomes one of those jobs that is relegated to 'a better time,' which rarely seems to materialize.

Homeowners in Montgomery who have not had a chance to clean out drains in appliances can find themselves dealing with overflowing dishwashers and subsequent flood damage. This problem is quite preventable. Performing this small act of maintenance can also increase both the cleanliness of your dishes and the lifespan of your dishwasher.

Cleaning the interior of the dishwasher should begin with a visual look-over. The drains location should be toward the back and on the bottom. Clear away and dispose of any solids you encounter. Wipe off any slime-like debris, also. Make sure that you are wearing gloves and dispose of everything you clean away into the garbage can and not the sink.

Using your dishwasher's owner manual, find the location where the drainage hose connects to the dishwasher. Detach it at both ends and place the hose in your kitchen sink. Make sure your drain catcher is in place. Pour some water down the hose. After it is cleared of all debris, reattach the hose. Ensure the hose is securely attached so that it should not leak. Run a cycle without any dishes being loaded inside and make sure to check for leaks during the time periods that the dishwasher is draining.

However, in cases where it is too late to prevent a problem because the dishwasher has already overflowed, flood damage is a very real possibility. SERVPRO has the tools needed to prevent damage, and also to restore kitchens that currently do have damage. It is true that we perform large jobs that involve catastrophic flooding, but we also provide services that can protect your home from subsequent damages caused by even the smallest floods.

Cleaning up standing water might look like a simple task, but water from dishwashers is often full of food particles, grease, spices, and other culinary-related items. The soap does nothing to dissolve these particles, but rather keeps them suspended. When soapy water dries, it can leave food particles stuck to dishes. The same applies to your floor, under the dishwasher, and anywhere else that water goes. These locations can include under your flooring.

SERVPRO of Montgomery South is available to help out for this and any other kitchen-disaster. Just call us at (334) 284-1612, day or night, and we can begin fixing the problem before it has a chance to cause any damage.

Water Damage Restoration Services in Brentwood You Can Count On During An Emergency

4/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Services in Brentwood You Can Count On During An Emergency Any leak has the potential to cause water damage that can turn into a mold infestation. Call SERVPRO after a damage event to have it handled properly

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Quick Response and Remediation


Experiencing water damage in your home caused by leaky plumbing, water heaters, dishwashers, drainage, or even sump pump failure, can lead to a variety of problems. Wood subfloors, joists, drywall and other building materials become susceptible, soaking up moisture and causing issues to exist that may even cause health problems in your home.
 
Any water damage in your Brentwood area home can lead to carrying contaminants to unprotected areas or causing discoloration, swelling, delamination, warping, or mold growth depending on the length or amount of exposure. Locating standing water on your property leads to massive loss, you should locate your water main and shut it off immediately to prevent additional damages before contacting a quality restoration company for help.
 
Avoid entering the room or affected area before a proper inspection can rule out hazards that may exist. Electrical problems and slip or trip hazards may exist that put your safety and the safety of others at risk. Even though you may want to help, SERVPRO technicians would like you to wait for help to arrive before attempting to enter the location or trying to move any items on your own.
 
SERVPRO technicians have years of experience mitigating water damage and minimizing loss. Your property deserves emergency water extraction, drying, cleaning and deodorization services that can limit exposure and prevent future damages. It only takes mold 24 to 48-hours to spread throughout your property, causing extensive problems and increasing costs associated with your claim.
 
Getting the help, you need promptly provides SERVPRO technicians with the ability to protect your property, its contents, and any personal belongings exposed. They can often use these techniques to limit damages that would otherwise be unavoidable.
 
We manage your entire restoration process, explain each service, help you communicate with your insurance company and identify all of the problems that exist in your home. Even those hidden from plain sight, making completing your restoration and returning your home to a quality pre-damage condition more successful.
 
SERVPRO of Montgomery South has expertly trained IICRC certified technicians available 24-7, responding to your initial call within hours, and making every effort to provide you with the restoration services you deserve. Call today for additional information. (334) 285-1612

Water Damage Cleanup And Restoration For Your Montgomery Home You Can Trust

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Cleanup And Restoration For Your Montgomery Home You Can Trust Water damage can happen for various reasons.

Water Damage Cleanup And Restoration


Water damage can happen for various reasons, which includes burst or broken pipes, plumbing leaks, washing machine overflow, moisture behind walls, a clogged toilet, a leaking roof, or foundation cracks. In just moments, wood floors, carpeting, baseboards, ceilings and walls, and personal property can flood with water. Water damage happens fast and wreaks havoc on your home. However, professionals like SERVPRO can help you get your home and life back to normal.

When disaster strikes in your Montgomery home, our goal is to restore it and your peace of mind as soon as possible. Our team is a group of highly trained, professional, and caring water damage technicians who are here for you and your family whenever you need us. We can be on site quickly, any day of the week, at any time. With a rapid response, walls, floors, and personal property can many times be restored. We give you the personal attention you deserve when you call us.

We recognize that water damage creates a devastating setback for families, so we do what is needed to give you a sense of security with the least amount of disruption. Our restoration and recovery procedures are aimed at property and people, and we do not end our day until you are completely satisfied. When it comes to water damage, timing is critical, which is why we are available at any time to help. Recognizing the emotional disruption and trauma most people go through we work professionally, compassionately, and quickly to first contain the water.

Our technicians identify how much water damage is done, both seen and unseen, by utilizing sensors like hygrometers and moisture detectors. We also help you to get past any helpless feelings by going over each step of the process in a way that you know what is going on, what to expect during the process, and what you can do as well. SERVPRO uses only professional equipment for dehumidifying, drying, disinfecting, and deodorizing. Our procedures always include handling your property respectfully, just as if it were Our own. We respect all the contents of your home such as collectibles, furniture, and children’s artwork with the utmost care.

Our restoration services include emergency extraction of standing water, removing and containing any odor from mold and mildew, drying and dehumidification, cleaning and restoring carpeting, carpet and carpet cushion deodorization, plus stain removal. You do not have to worry, as after the restoration is complete, you can be sure we have done a thorough drying and cleaning of your home.

Our level of commitment to customer excellence at SERVPRO of Montgomery South means you can expect effective, ongoing communication and reports from us during the whole restoration process. We realize your needs and give a complete estimate to the insurance adjuster as well. Just give us a call at (334) 284-1612 whenever you have a water damage problem of any kind.

Taking Control Of Mold Damage Found In Your Montgomery Home

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Taking Control Of Mold Damage Found In Your Montgomery Home Moisture & Mold Remediation in the Montgomery Area Gets Help from SERVPRO

Remediation of Mold Growth Is a SERVPRO Professional Service

You should look at discovering mold damage in your home as an opportunity; it gives you the ability to provide your home with the maintenance or improvements you need to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. Take advantage of the situation and learn as much as possible.

Mold damage developing in your Montgomery area home leads to some pretty harsh conditions that may just affect your health or the health of someone in your family. Making the right choices concerning the company you decide to allow into your home can make the difference between receiving quality services, or needing help again in a few months.
 
Regardless of whom you choose, the company should have IICRC certified technicians, well versed in handling remediation needs of customers just like you. SERVPRO is one example, our technicians have years of experience and value customer satisfaction. We work hard to meet or exceed any expectations you may have and save as many of your personal belongings as possible.
 
When you make the call to SERVPRO, your problem becomes our problem. We treat you and your home with respect and dignity, while only providing you with the services required to return your property to a healthy, clean condition that promotes a quality indoor environment.
 
SERVPRO technicians take a hands-on approach to remediation services we provide. We remove contaminated materials and use the latest techniques to clean and deodorize any affected areas found in your home. Out technicians utilize containment, handling and disposal methods outlined by the EPA to prevent spreading the infestation to clean areas.
 
We go as far as separating areas of your home, to provide technicians with areas to clean and sanitize items individually and correctly maintain equipment used on the job, helping protect everyone involved. Our technicians check every area of your home and perform necessary functions to get contamination under control. We communicate findings to your insurance company, making the entire process as stress-free as possible for you, the customer.
 
Take this opportunity to contact SERVPRO of Montgomery South to learn additional information about the services we offer and provide your family with the protection they deserve. (334) 284-1612

Event Center Fire Damage Linked to Wedding Celebration

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Event Center Fire Damage Linked to Wedding Celebration Don't let a happy event in your hotel ballroom leave you with fire and water damages. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

Local Businesses Prepare for Any Kind of Possible Damage by Having SERVPRO on Speed-dial in Case of Emergency


Your smoking prohibitions are of little use against a celebratory cigar while friends and families get together to toast a newly wedded couple. If a guest pushes the envelope and lights up, a rule is broken. When the cigar then smolders, and a fire breaks out because it is neglected during the festivities, the SERVPRO team moves in to minimize the mistake.
 
Event venue businesses thrive when guests purchase your ballroom, bar, and catering services for the big occasions in their lives. The intensity of the fellowship and fun of the wedding party breed innocent mistakes that ignite a night of frivolity into commercial fire damage to your Montgomery event center. Local fire codes protect your property with smoke detectors and sprinkler systems, adding water damage to the soot, smoke, and charring. Your business needs an answer to “which restoration company near me manages fire and water damage?” Our long term experience with both water and fire damage combines with the industry-leading training our technicians receive to indicate we are the contractor you seek.
 
Closure of your entire property risks business ruin for you as the fire and water damage is contained and restored. The nature of your industry needs you to honor reservations sometimes made years in advance. Knowing the project manager assigned to your situation adjusts the scale of staff and machinery to clean and dry the area should be very comforting. We hire the professionals and own the equipment to take your venue from wet and sooty to clean and refreshed quickly and more efficiently.
 
Deciding to have your own housekeeping staff manage the cleanup after a fire has pros and cons. An immediate response even from your housekeepers is unlikely as the fire probably occurred when your employees were mainly servers, bartenders, and event planners. SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster, available 24/7. Our technicians dedicate many hours to learning how to clean up after a fire the proper way, using tools and products precisely matched to the damage at hand. Training in HVAC system inspection, cleaning, and sealing permits our staff to offer you a cleaning and restoring a level of service beyond traditional cleaning professionals.
 
Plan to have SERVPRO of Montgomery South on speed dial to help you recover fast if a fire damages your event center. Calling (334) 284-1612 guarantees a response within hours, with the specialized staff and equipment to meet your needs.

Win the Fight Against Fire Damage in Montgomery with a Full Restoration of Your Home

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Win the Fight Against Fire Damage in Montgomery with a Full Restoration of Your Home SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged Historic Buildings and Properties

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Personal Treasures and Home Post Fire in Montgomery


Fires need fuel to burn, but fuel is not always gasoline. Fuel, to a fire, can be the very things that turn your house into your home. Books, carpeting, drapes, furniture, your children's toys can all become fuel for a small fire that rapidly becomes a blazing nightmarish force of destruction.

Homes often contain memories of past generations that are part of the family history, but these can be lost to fire damage in Montgomery if not restored correctly. Many of these items are also part of Montgomery's history. The interior architecture as important as the architecture of your home's exterior, and we can restore both, returning your home's traditional look and feel to normal.

When you are first shown your home after the firefighters have put out the blaze, the feelings you have can include devastating loss. Your memories, your belongings, your security all seem lost forever. We at SERVPRO understand that regaining as much as possible is crucial to your ability to return to a normal life for your family. Restoring a home to its previous state does take time, but we always work as quickly as possible after our initial assessment.

Removing the charred and burned materials in your home from your property and disposing of them must take place before we can begin to restore your home. SERVPRO technicians always remove materials that cannot be reused from your property to ensure your safety and that of our own. When these unusable materials are no longer present, more space in which to work in and to arrange your furniture and other belongings for us to clean more quickly is available.

Quilts that were made generations ago are easier to handle if there is sufficient space so they can be gently spread out and examined. We can spot new damage, know that these older pieces of history often have small damaged areas that happen over time, and concentrate only on the newly affected areas caused by heat and fire damage.

Paintings by local artists from decades ago that portray ancestors and the events that shaped our city's history can be cleaned and restored. Frames with exquisite and ornate carvings should be given the time they require to be fully cleaned and restored to pre-fire condition. At SERVPRO, we understand that these are more than a part of only your home but also a tribute to your family's history.

We understand the importance of the signs of age on antiques and always take that into consideration as we clean soot and ash deposits away from surfaces. The patina that developed slowly over time is not cleaned away but is protected from destruction instead by the removal of only the destructive ash produced by the fire. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (SRT) has the knowledge and experience to ensure that valuable antiques and other items, including modern ones, are restored, preserving your part of Montgomery's history and restoring your home.

Restoring your home is much more than rebuilding walls and laying new flooring. At SERVPRO of Montgomery, we view your home as you do – the now that holds not only the present but also parts of the past, and then restore it in its entirety. No matter the time of day or year, whenever you have fire damage that threatens to steal your family's future and artifacts of the past, call us at (334) 284-1612. We can stop the damage and return things to how they should be again.

Four Cleaning Methods To Remove Flood Damage From Your Brentwood Home

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Four Cleaning Methods To Remove Flood Damage From Your Brentwood Home Heavy soil and other contaminants left behind require special cleaning actions to ensure your home is safe to live in again.

Remove Flood Damage


We all love living in Alabama; there's no better place to be. When the Alabama River breaks its banks, however, flooding in our area brings its set of problems. Despite a Corps of Engineers and all of the environmental protections in place, river water is still very dangerous to have in your home.

Simply draining it, steam cleaning your carpets, mopping the hardwood floors, and repainting the walls is not going to save your Brentwood home. Heavy soil and other contaminants left behind require special cleaning actions to ensure your home is safe to live in again. SERVPRO has decades of experience and training to accomplish this. We also maintain in each office, one of the largest inventories of equipment in the restoration business. We use that inventory, along with an extensive shelf of cleaning supplies, to perform four cleaning actions that remove contaminants from almost every surface:

Agitation
This is also called a mechanical action, and it is an excellent method to remove soil from hardwood floors, carpets and heavy fabrics used in drapes and many kinds of furniture. To increase the effectiveness, technicians often combine agitation wands and other machinery with steam or one of our cleaners to stimulate the contaminants and remove them.

Chemical Action
If the soil is exceptionally thick or resistant, it requires a chemical treatment to break it down or change it. This treatment makes the now changed soil easily removed from carpets, floors, and other surfaces.

Lubrication
This process applies a cleaner that adheres to the contaminated surface. The cleaner also captures the soil (emulsifies it) inside the detergent which further separates it from the surface and makes it easier to eliminate it.

Extraction
Once technicians complete the above actions, they finish the job by extracting, vacuuming or otherwise remove the soils and other contaminants from the surface of the floor, walls, or personal property.

Removing standing flood water from your home is just the beginning. Restoring your home to a safe environment means taking specific actions to clean the surfaces of your home and property of the contaminates left behind. SERVPRO of Montgomery is here to walk you through the flood damage restoration process and explain every step as we go. Call us today at (334) 284-1612 to get started.

Cleaning Up Smoke And Soot Caused By Fire Damage In Ridgefield Homes

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Up Smoke And Soot Caused By Fire Damage In Ridgefield Homes The most pervasive symptoms of a residential house fire are the oily soot which clings to walls and ceilings and the acrid smell of smoke.

Cleaning Up Smoke And Soot


The most pervasive symptoms of a residential house fire are the oily soot which clings to walls and ceilings and the acrid smell of smoke. Together, these two things present a unique challenge for fire damage restorers. While replacing charred items is a simple process, eliminating soot and smoke requires changes to be made to the atmosphere.

Moreover, different types of fire require different cleaning techniques. High oxygen blazes create dusty, dry clouds of soot. They are easy to extract with vacuums, but they can spread very quickly throughout the house. Low oxygen fires, on the other hand, create greasy residues which stick to household surfaces. It is why SERVPRO always forms a customized plan of action for fire damage in Ridgefield. Keep reading to find out how our technicians tackle stubborn soot and smoke after a fire.

Step One: Ventilate
The first step is creating good airflow. The SERVPRO technicians ventilate the affected area, by opening the windows and letting clean air inside. If there are no windows (your fire was in a basement, for example), we can bring in ozone generators. These machines use artificial UV light to create odor eliminating particles. Once in the air, they react with the smoke particles and render them inert. We may also use ventilation box fans to generate a healthy flow of clean air in spaces which don’t have direct access to the air outside.

Step Two: Evacuate
After establishing a healthy flow of air, the technicians can start to remove charred and burned items. It is important that any object affected by the fire is either removed or contained. Many materials (particularly fabrics) react with smoke and soot. If not thoroughly deodorized, they can continue to emit odors even after the home is clean. We always take a full inventory of the items which leave a property. They are tagged and logged so that nothing gets lost during the restoration process.

Step Three: Renovate
SERVPRO conducts a full deodorization program in most fire damaged homes. If the air is not clear of odor causing smoke particles, bad smells cannot be fully banished. It is why this step is always carried out before cleaning and redecorating. The type of cleaning depends on the extent of the damage. Dry soot stains can usually be scrubbed by hand or washed off walls with a pressure sprayer. However, wet and greasy soot may require a different approach. If we cannot remove stains from walls and ceilings, the best option is to paint over them with a special sealant.

At SERVPRO of Montgomery, we approach every case in a unique way. We are a local fire damage restoration service. With our help and expertise, homeowners in the Ridgefield have all the support they need in a crisis. Call us 24/7 on (334) 284-1612.