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Severe Storms Can Spell Flood Damages To Your Garden District House

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Storms Can Spell Flood Damages To Your Garden District House There are several instances in which storm damage can be severe enough to allow water penetration into regions of your home causing flooding to occur.

Severe Storms Can Cause Flood Damage

Often, people do not consider the preparedness of their home for severe weather until it is a consideration made in hindsight. Storms can cause significant damage to your Garden District house, but even that is not the worst of the very plausible scenarios. There are several instances in which storm damage can be severe enough to allow water penetration into regions of your home and cause flooding to occur.

When you stop and think about the possibilities of flood damage to your Garden District home resulting from severe storms, a lot of different problems might come to mind. In truth, it is usually the simplest of concerns (like dead limbs on trees) that pose the most serious of threats. If an entire limb falls off of a tree, or worse yet the tree itself falls over, it can easily puncture holes in your roof and siding. With the rain still consistently falling, there is now an opening in your house for water penetration to occur unhindered.

Our SERVPRO professionals have experienced all manner of storm damages that resulted in flooding, so we prepare for every possible scenario. With instances like these, there is a clear list of priorities. The first of these priorities is to remove the threat of further elemental damages by tarping and boarding up holes, punctures, and gashes to the exterior of your home. This process allows the team to work on flood damage restoration without fighting incoming water as well.

Depending on the severity of the pooling water, our experienced SERVPRO restoration specialists either employ a combination of wet-vacs and portable pumps to discharge water from the floors or your home or a truck-mounted pump from our fleet of vehicles. The removal of this water allows a further assessment of potential structural damages to occur, showing our team the best approach to fully restoring the present damages to your home.

Storms can offer little warning when they do significant damage to your home and cause flooding. While there are undoubtedly some precautionary measures that you can take, one of the best ways to prepare is to know whom to call in an emergency situation like this. Our SERVPRO of Montgomery South emergency response team is available 24/7 at (334) 284-1612.

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Types of Fire Damage That Can Affect Your Ridgefield Home

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Types of Fire Damage That Can Affect Your Ridgefield Home SERVPRO professionals are here to restore your home after a devastating fire damages your home and belongings.

Three Levels of Fire Damage and the Different Restoration Approaches Required

Fire damage can leave your home utterly devastated and can cost you some serious money to restore. Although professionals can help you get your home in order following a fire incidence, successful restoration is contingent on the type and extent of the damage in the first place.

Calling in the professionals is, of course, the first thing that you should do after fire damage to your Ridgefield home. That said, not all fire incidences are alike and knowing different types of fire damages can help you get prepared for the process.

Beyond the damage caused by the combustion (burning) of the contents, the smoke can continue the destruction long after the fire is controlled. Secondary damage due to water and other extinguishing agents used by firefighters is also an issue. Consequently, SERVPRO professionals use different restoration approaches depending on the level of the damage.

Minor Damage  

Fire damage is categorized as minor if only a small portion of your house is involved in the fire. Typically, only a light residue is deposited in this case. SERVPRO professionals can use both wet cleaning and dry cleaning of walls, ceiling, and contents. Some areas require painting after minor fire damage and only a few items (if any) need to be replaced.

Medium Damage  

A medium incidence involves a moderate amount of soot, and more material requires a wet cleaning. Heat damage is also typical of medium fire damage. Drywall, cabinets and other contents can be damaged due to the excessive heat. Furthermore, this type of fire damage also requires deodorization after clean up. SERVPRO professionals can use various state-of-the-art equipment to clean and deodorize your home following such damage.

Major Damage  

As the name suggests, major damage involves intense damage to framing and other surfaces. Smoke residues get deposited extensively in the house along with strong, pungent odors. Our IICRC certified technicians need to extensively clean the building and often require moving the contents off-site to limit the secondary damage. Deodorizing is also a challenge after major damage and often requires multiple deodorizing methods.

Call SERVPRO of Montgomery South at (334) 284-1612 today to discuss your restoration needs.

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Trusted Water Removal Services For Ridgefield Residents

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Trusted Water Removal Services For Ridgefield Residents Water removal is an essential service that you might need at one point or the other.

Water Removal Services

Water removal is an essential service that you might need at one point or the other. As a Ridgefield resident, you can experience the need for emergency water restoration services in case you are affected by flooding. One thing that you have to put at the back of your mind is to use the services of a professional company that has years of experience in handling water damage related issues.

SERVPRO is a professional water removal company that operates in Ridgefield and other areas in Alabama. First and foremost, our employees use high performance pumps to get rid any standing water. In some incidents, vacuum units can be an option when removing water from your property. If black water came into contact with porous materials, we might dispose the materials and recommend a replacement.

We understand that wet carpets are delicate to handle during the restoration process since they are likely to suffer from delamination. As a result, we do not use much force when extracting water from them.

It is the work of our SERVPRO technicians to remove any additional moisture from the air through dehumidification. We use thermohygrometers to establish the levels of humidity, and the water removal process is only done when we can identify high levels of water in the air. When odors are present, we employ the use of ultra-low volume (ULVs) floggers to do deodorization, and this exercise is also meant to improve the quality of the air after completing the water removal process.

To lower the chances of mold growth, we spray disinfectants once we are through with the cleaning. The ULVs foggers are also essential when spraying disinfectants into difficult to access areas such as crevices and cracks. It's also important to note that we follow all state regulations and meet or exceed the standards set by IICRC.

Feel free to contact SERVPRO of Montgomery South on (334) 284-1612 for the most reliable water removal services. We are available to handle any water-related emergencies 24 hours a day.

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Dormitory Residents Need Not Dread the Possibility of Mold Damage in Montgomery

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Dormitory Residents Need Not Dread the Possibility of Mold Damage in Montgomery College rooms and bathrooms need not harbor mold. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation and for preventative tips.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Infestations Thoroughly

Alabama’s capital city is home to a number of institutions of higher learning. Students moving to Montgomery for the school year rely on their schools’ assurance to provide clean and safe dormitory accommodations. Mold issues can break this promise unless reliable mold remediation services are procured.
 
Group living situations can provide the perfect environment for commercial mold growth in Montgomery. Shared bathrooms and shower areas in a busy dorm mean that the water runs literally 24 hours a day. The architectural beauty of a historical residence hall can hide decades of water damage in hidden or inaccessible areas. Refrigerators, air conditioners, tea and coffee pots, vaporizers and humidifiers, and the inevitable spillage from knocked over beverages all provide the one thing mold spores need to multiply -- moisture.
 
SERVPRO technicians have the training and the experience to help school building management services to attack and win the fight against mold damage in the dormitory. Our mold remediation crews receive training in Applied Microbial Remediation and hold the title of Specialists in the field when they complete the courses. We follow the EPA protocols for mold remediation in schools and commercial buildings. Our capacity to respond to even a massive mold infestation in a multi-wing and level residence hall is well-established, the association with our nationwide group of restoration companies permitting us to scale up our efforts if required.
 
Our project managers assess the situation and coordinate the crews and equipment needed to contain and remove the mold. As students live, sleep, study, and play near the areas we address, it is critical to contain the spread of moldy debris. SERVPRO employs a number of strategies, including physical barriers like heavy duty plastic sheeting and advanced technologies such as negative pressure air scrubbers that filter the air and exhaust contaminants safely out of the spaces.
 
The SERVPRO remediation team removes the mold colonies and any porous structures the multicellular mold filaments, hyphae, invaded. Non-porous surfaces are cleaned thoroughly of the mold and then treated with antimicrobials to inhibit future mold growth.
 
Before SERVPRO considers a structure remediated, the location of moisture sources must be located and eliminated. In a dormitory, this can be a broad range of things. Rather than being overwhelmed by the search, our employees are eager to find and repair the leaks and share strategies to limit moisture in other ways. Bathroom exhaust fans, inspections of refrigerators and AC units for leaks and clogs, as well as vigilance in keeping rooms and common areas free of unattended spills and overflows is essential.
 
SERVPRO of Montgomery South has the trained technicians, the tools, and the experience to remediate even a complicated commercial mold damage loss. Call us at (334) 284-1612 to arrange an inspection and consultation.

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The Importance of Fast Action When Flood Damage Occurs To Your Montgomery Home

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Importance of Fast Action When Flood Damage Occurs To Your Montgomery Home SERVPRO Says Flood Preparation Mitigates Storm Damage to Your Montgomery Property

In the Montgomery Area, Preparation and Readiness Mitigate Flooding Effects--SERVPRO Tip

Being in a coastal state, those in Montgomery are always going to be mindful of foreboding forecasts of severe weather. While there are plenty of times when these forecasts become negated by a simple wind shift, this is never a cause to leave yourself ill-prepared for the damages that severe weather can do to your home. The more prepared you are, the better off you are when the meteorologist on television has provided an accurate description of violent winds and torrential rainfall.

The worst part of contending with severe weather situations is the likelihood that it presents flooding situations. Something as seemingly insignificant as a branch falling from a tree can create a hole in your roof or siding, which can allow the full brunt of the heavy rainfall to get inside of your home. Within a short time, you are looking at flood damage to your Montgomery residence.
 
Calling SERVPRO in a situation like this is a reliable option because we have the tools and experience to keep the situation from getting worse. We can get to the issue quickly, and board up the damaged area or secure tarps to prevent further water damages and give our team the time and conditions to extract the pooled flood water from your home.
 
In addition to assessing the condition of your house in this critical first step, we ensure that it is not still at risk of further storm damages and remove these threats if necessary. Given the severity of volume, we utilize different extraction tools to get rid of the water that has been able to get into your house from the damaged areas. By using infrared technology, our SERVPRO team can determine where lingering water is, to ensure that this is dried up completely along with the rest of the affected areas.
 
Even the most prepared of houses can fall victim to severe weather conditions and flood damages that can result from them. If you find yourself in a bad situation, give SERVPRO of Montgomery South a call right away at (334) 284-1612.

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Fire Damage from Your Fireplace in Montgomery

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from Your Fireplace in Montgomery SERVPRO Tip for Montgomery Homeowners--Prevent Fire Damage with Maintenance for Your Fireplace Annually

SERVPRO Provides Complete Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

With the colder weather here in Montgomery, many families are turning to their fireplaces to add warmth and atmosphere to their homes. It is perfect for keeping utility costs low while keeping the family toasty and warm. However, this convenient form of heat has its drawbacks, including dangerous fire hazards which could damage your whole home. It is essential to do preventative maintenance on your fireplace and chimney each year to prevent accidents from occurring.
 
If your fireplace has caused fire damage to your Montgomery home, the effects can be daunting and overwhelming. What once was your cozy shelter from the world is now possibly unsafe and significantly marred. The professionals at SERVPRO are ready to help you return your home to its usual state and get you back in a safe, warm sanctuary as quickly as possible.
 
Not every fire leaves the same level of damage behind. With a minor fire, smoke residues affect specific areas or rooms only. The smoke residues are light to moderate, and restoration could involve dry cleaning and wet cleaning of walls, ceilings, flooring, and possessions.
 
The amount of smoke residues is moderate after medium fire damage, with wet cleaning being more needed to get rid of residues. Areas needing repainting and items needing replacement increase. We may need to refinish flooring, too. Heat damage to cabinets, drywall, and contents means more materials to replace. Smoke odors are noticeable, so SERVPRO techs have to deodorize the home and items in it.
 
After a major incidence, fire and heat damage are severe near the source of the fire. Charring may be present on structural framing and finishes, which could mean structural repairs. Smoke residues are spread throughout a large portion of your home, and the odors from smoke are strong and quite pungent. We may need to board up the home, establish a source of electricity, winterize the building, and get rid of smoke-filled and charred debris. Extensive cleaning of the structure is done by our techs as well, and we might need to remove salvageable contents off-site for cleaning. SERVPRO features extensive experience in pack-out, cleaning, and storing of your belongings. Multiple methods of deodorization are used to get rid of smoke odors. Thermal fogging, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators are techniques and equipment deployed for this purpose.
 
SERVPRO of Montgomery South realizes that fire damage remediation is multi-faceted, and we have the tools and experience to go through each step. Residents in the areas of Downtown, Wynlakes, and Matthews can trust us to thoroughly take care of your home after a fire when you call us at (334) 284-1612.

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Colors of Mold Damage in Montgomery and What They Indicate

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Colors of Mold Damage in Montgomery and What They Indicate Mold Remediation in Montgomery, No Matter the Color, Gets Help from SERVPRO

Species of Molds and Their Remediation Follows Certain Guidelines

Mold damage in Montgomery comes in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and conditions, but perhaps the most heavily-weighted factor we use in determining an approach to the problem is color. The color of a patch of mold can determine everything from its species to what effects it may have on the home to how dangerous it is. Mold can be green, brown, black, blue, or almost any other color, but in American homes usually falls into one of the following three categories.

White Mold
The most benign color of mold damage found in Montgomery homes is usually from a white mold patch. Patches of fuzzy, white growth usually indicate a very young colony that can be killed and removed without great difficulty. If you find white mold in your home, you are in luck, but only if you call us before it can turn into a more significant problem. We always check the home to make sure white mold patches are not merely an extension of a larger, separate problem as well.
 
Green Mold
Green is the most common color of mold damage in local homes and businesses, mainly because of several of the most common strains of mold exhibit this color. These infestations are not too dangerous and are easily predictable, but the variety of species and strains means that we cannot know how difficult remediation may be until we see the mold for ourselves. This type of mold may cause health effects.
 
Black Mold
Black mold is rarer than other types of mold but is noteworthy because it has an unwarranted reputation for being especially dangerous. Black mold may be more likely to cause adverse health effects, especially with physical contact or long-term exposure. If you find black mold in your home, call us quickly.

Fungal growths in your home can cause damage to structural components if left untreated. SERVPRO of Montgomery South is a locally-owned provider of mold remediation and restoration services with expert knowledge in all common strains of mold in the area. Call us at (334) 284-1612.

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Water Damage From a Leaking Roof in Your Ridgefield Home

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage From a Leaking Roof in Your Ridgefield Home A leaking roof can cause major water damage in your home. If you see water spots on your ceiling, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Investigates the Cause of Leaks on Your Property

You might not think a small drop of water can cause any harm to your home in Ridgefield, but what about thousands of drops? If it finds a way into your home, water easily penetrates all the porous materials on the property and can cause severe structural damage and the growth of mold before you ever realize there is a problem. Just a small leak can turn into a critical issue for your whole household, especially when it comes to a roof that is leaking.
 
Most people think a leaky roof is only a structural problem. However, it poses safety and health risks from the water damage in Ridgefield as well. Constant intrusion of water slowly and steadily works its way down from the attic area to the foundation, compromising the structural integrity of your house. For this reason, you need the professional help of SERVPRO technicians to stop the initial leak and repair any damage it has created.
 
Once the leak is fixed, and we have begun the process of drying, our technicians regularly monitor and document the drying conditions. Readings for temperature, relative humidity, and moisture content are written down and evaluated to see if drying goals are being reached.
 
If needed, SERVPRO technicians move dehumidifiers and air movers to make a better environment for drying. The decision to move the equipment or not depends on the drying progress of the floors and walls. If the walls in front of the air movers have dried to the target goal, we move each air mover forward. If the walls are not at the desired moisture content yet, we leave the air movers where they are. They may not need to be moved until the second day.
 
We also monitor the air being exhausted from each dehumidifier. We hold a thermo-hygrometer to the exhaust outlet, and take readings for temperature and relative humidity at the same place each time.
 
We continue to monitor until drying is complete. When moisture content measurements show we have reached our drying goals, the building is considered dry. Only then do we remove our drying equipment.
 
SERVPRO of Montgomery South ensures your property is thoroughly dry again before we state that the job is complete. Residents in the areas of Wynlakes, Garden District, or Hillwood Club should call us right away at (334) 284-1612 when there is a water damage emergency.

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Locating Pipe Leaks After Commercial Water Damage In Your Montgomery Hotel

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Locating Pipe Leaks After Commercial Water Damage In Your Montgomery Hotel These leaks can be visible in various places on a property but often originate from a different area that may be hidden within the structure.

Commercial Water Damage In Your Hotel

If you run a shop in Montgomery, you are probably aware of the importance of protecting your business from commercial water damage. Apart from health and hygiene factors, keeping your premises clean and well-maintained creates a positive image to customers, visitors, and staff. Additionally, it can save you money by extending the lifespan of your fittings.

At SERVPRO, we provide an extensive portfolio of commercial water damage services for Montgomery business owners. Our operations can be tailored to fit the needs of your hotel or other type of business, and all our technicians are highly trained and certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). We also engage a wide range of organizations (including your insurance company) to ensure a comprehensive restoration process.

A thorough leak detection process allows SERVPRO technicians to trace the location of water leaks in the building. These leaks can be visible in various places on a property but often originate from a different area that may be hidden within the structure. Once we detect the source of the water damage, we initiate a full remediation procedure to restore all affected commercial properties. The idea is to return everything back to its original state with minimal disruption to the work environment.

SERVPRO water damage experts use various specialist equipment to locate leaks from pipes hidden in structural components. Thermal imaging camera is perhaps the most commonly used tool in this part of commercial water damage restoration. It works by checking for discrepancies in surface temperatures and then shows leaking water at a certain temperature that is different from other areas of a building material.

We may conduct the initial survey using a thermal imaging camera, which is able to detect marginal differences in surface temperatures of different materials during a commercial water damage situation. These cameras are particularly handy because they are non-invasive, allowing us to undertake the survey quickly without causing a lot of disruption.

When thermal imaging is not practical for certain water damage situations, we may use specialist acoustic listening devices. For instance, the pipes can be buried too deep within the structural materials or may be very well-insulated, making it hard to identify a change in temperature at the surface. Using advanced ground microphones, our technicians can trace and locate the source of the leak within no time.

If your hotel has sustained commercial water damage as a result of a pipe leakage, SERVPRO of Montgomery South can assess the extent of the damage and provide immediate restoration services. Our tools are up to par with industry standards, allowing us to return your business to preloss conditions as quickly as possible. Call us today at (334) 284-1612.

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Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Trust in Montgomery

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Trust in Montgomery Call SERVPRO for Smoke and Odor Removal After a House FIre in Montgomery

Smoke and Odor Removal Require Professional Expertise

When as a resident of Montgomery you have encountered a damaging fire incident, there are some crucial steps you should take to prevent additional losses. Since you are not a restoration expert, there is a reason why you need to work with one. Below we are going to bring to your attention the work that restorers do to revive your property.

If you seek fire damage restoration services in Montgomery from a company like SERVPRO, you should expect structural cleaning, contents cleaning, and deodorization. Experts do a thorough cleaning that targets the floors, carpeting, woodwork, and walls - which are the main areas that fire and smoke hit during the disaster.

The trained SERVPRO experts begin by pre-testing the extent of the damage to determine the right cleaning products and equipment to use. By doing this cleaning, the lighter soot deposits can be eliminated, thus saving on the need for refinishing or repainting. The washing also prepares the surface for priming which also helps to suppress odors.

When the restoration technicians perform contents cleaning and deodorization, they target things like draperies, upholstery, furniture and area rugs. The restorers begin by testing all the materials in the structure to settle on the most appropriate methods. With that, they can decide to use dry or wet cleaning - the aim is to restore the contents to their earlier condition.

After a smoke or fire incident, your commercial property or home usually have offensive odors. Our SERVPRO technicians know the various specialized services to solve that issue. No matter how hard you try to cover the smell with any form of fragrance, it typically does not leave. The methodology lies in identifying the source of the odor and removing it through specialized deodorization techniques. Thermal foggers and ULV (Ultra Low Volume) Foggers are just but examples of equipment used during deodorization.

SERVPRO of Montgomery South is here to respond to all fire, mold, water and storm damage concerns. Call us at (334) 284-1612 to be served by professional industry leaders.

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