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Answers to Water Damage Issues Storms Cause Throughout the Montgomery Area

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Answers to Water Damage Issues Storms Cause Throughout the Montgomery Area SERVPRO can help make damages left by a storm disappear "Like it never even happened."

Take Action Immediately After Water Damage Affects Your Home

A series of homeowners throughout Montgomery experience damages caused by high winds and water exposure after storms wreak havoc on the area. Your flood insurance may provide some assistance with internal damages. However, wind-driven rains that enter the structure are often not.

As storms cause more and more related water damage to your Montgomery area home, insurers tighten the language used in their policies. It has become essential for you to ask direct questions, to ensure you have the proper coverage when you need it. Wind, rain, hail, and floods, all present serious dangers that you need to be aware of that can cause significant damage to your building.

SERVPRO technicians can assist with reducing the costs associated with internal water damage, as well as roof damage resulting from severe winds. We thoroughly inspect your property after a storm and work with your insurance company to obtain proper compensation to produce the quality results you deserve.

Never avoid taking immediate action regarding water damage on your property after a storm. The longer you take to make a decision, the more damage you may suffer. Mopping up the area and hoping for the best, does not produce quality results you can count on to protect your family’s home.

It takes a professional to catch problems that hide in hard to reach areas, which is why SERVPRO technicians make themselves readily available to deliver professional water damage restoration services throughout the area. Our technicians are, “Faster to Any Size Disaster” making us readily available to address problems found in your home.

Whether you have standing water in your basement, a damaged garage, or leaks and stains in your home, SERVPRO can help. We are a locally owned and operated company that gives you access to industrial-grade equipment and a vast network of resources that make recovering after a savage storm easier. You are not alone; we can help you make damages disappear, “Like it never even happened.”

Take the opportunity to contact SERVPRO of Montgomery South to receive qualified water damage restoration services in Wynlakes, Brentwood and other surrounding areas, call today. (334) 284-1612

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Why You Must Hire Professionals to Restore Your Montgomery Home After Fire Damage

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Must Hire Professionals to Restore Your Montgomery Home After Fire Damage If you experience a house fire, trust the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home and make it "Like it never even happened."

Hidden damage and strong odors left behind by a house fire

Even after a small grease fire in your kitchen in Montgomery, you are going to wind up with plenty of damage afterward. You also must deal with a heavy smoky odor throughout your home, black soot on your ceiling and cabinets, burnt grease, and even melted appliances.

Many people attempt to clean up after a small fire in their Montgomery home themselves. However, it is best to leave the inspection and cleanup of the fire damage to the expertise of our technicians at SERVPRO. We are trained and certified to deal with situations like this and have the proper tools as well to restore your home back to its proper state thoroughly.

Kitchen fires produce a mixture of residues which must be cleaned properly. A big challenge of kitchen fires is you will most likely have more than one kind of material which burns and leaves residues. It is not an easy task for the average homeowner to understand how to clean these residues. The different kinds include natural substances such as wood, paper, or natural fabrics, protein substances like grease and burnt food, plus synthetic substances like plastics. It is best that each kind of substance is cleaned with the right method unique to that substance.

Smoke smells are tough to combat. You can keep cleaning, but the smell of smoke can linger still. Smoke particles are tiny, and each of them has an odor. These microscopic particles make their way inside your walls through air ducts, behind the wood trim, into cabinets, under carpeting, and more. Even if you are the best cleaner in the world, there are such a vast number of places you could miss, and it can take weeks for the smell to dissipate.

The fire could have also done more damage than you realize. If flames shot up an air duct, for instance, you may not know about some of the damage done. When you allow SERVPRO staff to inspect your home, we can find all the hidden damage so that your home is completely cleaned and restored, giving you a peace of mind.

SERVPRO of Montgomery South is a locally owned and operated company with the proper training to handle fire damage of all kinds. People who reside in Garden District, Hillwood Club, or Montgomery can reach us easily at any time by dialing (334) 284-1612.

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Addressing Mold Damage Found In Your Montgomery Area Home

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Addressing Mold Damage Found In Your Montgomery Area Home The mold must have a source of food, a dark location, and water, without any of these, mold sits dormant, possibly for years.

Addressing Mold Damage

As a naturally occurring portion of our environment, mold has a big job. It breaks down a variety of organic materials, recycling them back into our ecosystem. Every mold you find is not harmful, in fact, some are used to develop vitamins and medicines, like penicillin.

With that in mind, you probably agree that even if we could, we would never want to remove mold from our environment entirely. However, having mold damage in your Montgomery home makes promoting fondness of mold rather difficult. So, you need to understand how mold develops and what makes it tick, putting control over mold within your living environment very possible.

If you understand that most areas that mold can access within your home are often missing one of the three ingredients necessary to flourish properly, when it has all three, things can get out of hand quickly. The mold must have a source of food, a dark location, and water, without any of these, mold sits dormant, possibly for years. SERVPRO technicians take control, eliminate one of the three ingredients and remove contaminated materials to stop the spread fast.

Some species have learned to adapt to hazardous conditions, although this does not affect any of the common types found in our area, without water, our mold cannot grow. When you have a leaky faucet, sink, toilet, or another plumbing issue, mold takes advantage. Same goes for ignoring maintenance on your doors, windows, and flooring. SERVPRO can perform a full inspection of your property and determine what needs to happen to avoid growth.

It all comes down to how healthy you want your indoor living environment to be. As a full-grown healthy person, you have little to fear from the mold. However, excessive exposure to heavy growth can and does affect your health eventually. Having older family members, or small children and infants change things considerably, you should take immediate action to prevent a series of significant health risks, SERVPRO can help.

Call SERVPRO of Montgomery South for access to IICRC mold remediation specialists and start protecting your family better, today (334) 284-1612.

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Restoring Furnishings Affected by Water Damage in Montgomery Properties

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Furnishings Affected by Water Damage in Montgomery Properties Upholstery and Furniture Cleaning after Water Damage in Montgomery Needs a Professional Service--SERVPRO

SERVPRO Strives to Salvage Personal Belongs from Damage by Water

Fittings, furniture, and other decorative accessories such as carpets and curtains are highly prone to water damage. If the water spreads to the upholstery, it can stain or leave watermarks on the fabric. Mud and silt can also penetrate the fabric and padding if the furniture stays in the water for several hours. This buildup can lead to the growth of mildew both internally and externally. Finished wood surfaces become cloudy, while joints in the frames turn loose. If the disaster is a flood, it can also lead industrial chemicals, pesticides, and sewage into the house.

When faced with water-damaged upholstery, you should contact a professional restoration company immediately. SERVPRO, which is locally owned, has many years of experience in restoring furnishings affected by water damage in Montgomery. Our team is quick and efficient and has the necessary tools to begin the restoration process.
Water damage can affect your upholstery in several ways. Wooden framing, in particular, is susceptible to cracking and swelling. Water can also compromise glue and cause damage to your furniture. In case there are water spots on the fabrics, we may have to wet the entire piece of furniture to avoid water lines. This process can lead to stains on the floors or carpets. Our technicians apply spot removal procedures to get rid of these stains. This step is important to prevent the color bleed from causing a permanent tint. In certain cases, soft materials can be transported to our facility for washing in industrial grade Esporta Machine systems.
SERVPRO also follows IICRC guidelines to carry out mildew control procedures when restoring upholstery affected by water damage. This step involves rapid drying to eliminate the source of water. For this purpose, we use dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying time.
Wood Furniture
Excessive water can leave water spots on your furniture or cause cracking, swelling, or weakening of the joints. To deal with the water spots, our specialists use specialized wood care products to clean and dry the surface. Water damaged furniture frames are slightly more expensive to repair – sometimes even more costly than replacing them. SERVPRO technicians can assess and advise accordingly.
If you decide to restore your furnishings from water damage, it is important to act fast. SERVPRO of Montgomery South offers 24/7 emergency service and is available when you need us. Call us today at (334) 284-1612.

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Preventing Fire Damage from Lightnight Strikes to Your Montgomery Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Fire Damage from Lightnight Strikes to Your Montgomery Home Lightning can start a house or other structure fire. Contact SERVPRO for tips such as installing a lightning rod and others to prevent cases of fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Deal with the Aftermath of a Fire and Help Owners with Tips and Suggestions for Fire Prevention

Few disasters are more devastating than a severe fire. There are several common reasons for fire, including some that are well and widely understood. However, there are others that do not get much attention. A lightning strike can make a fire flare up almost right away, with absolutely no warning. Fires from lightning are not as rare as people think. Even worse, many people assume there is nothing they can do to protect themselves from this powerful force of nature.
The best way to prevent fire damage to your Montgomery home from a lightning strike is to give the lightning a path which is well-grounded. Grounding a home is done with a networked arrangement of aluminum and copper components. The surge of electricity efficiently and quickly is channeled into the earth with these elements, creating minimal damage to their surroundings.
If you have already suffered from a fire from a lightning strike, SERVPRO is the company you want helping you restore your home. We work fast to get your home back to its safe and proper condition so you and your family can return to your normal lives.
The most commonly known and memorable part of a network with the proper components is the lightning rod. By itself, the lightning rod is ornamental at best. The worst possible scenario has the rod attracting lightning while offering it nowhere to go, which causes quite a bit of damage to your home as a result. Lightning fires can begin, plus bricks can be blasted out of your chimney and shingles can be knocked off your roof.
A total system for protecting your home from lightning is a cleverly designed web of cables which is installed unobtrusively along the outside of your home. The cables let lightning follow the path of minimal resistance, right down to the ground where it becomes harmless.
When the unfortunate does happen, our SERVPRO technicians are standing by to restore your home as soon as the fire is out. You cannot hesitate to contact us, as the longer you wait, the more damage your home sustains. The lingering soot and smoke are very acidic and continue to harm your home and your possessions that may be salvageable with our expert help.
SERVPRO of Montgomery South is here for you in your time of need after a fire. We understand how stressful this time can be, which is why we support you each step of the restoration process after you call us at (334) 284-1612.

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Flooding from a Broken Icemaker in Your Garden District Home

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding from a Broken Icemaker in Your Garden District Home Any kitchen appliance that has a water supply can cause a flood in your kitchen. Call SERVPRO if your kitchen gets flooded or for prevention tips.

Professional SERVPRO Techicians Will Root Out Every Place Where Water Has Hidden on Your Property After a Flood to Help Prevent Mold 

One of the hardest working appliances in your home is the refrigerator, so when it breaks or suffers a leak, there can be consequences. The water supply line to the ice maker can burst, causing floods that range from slow leaks to sudden breaks. Some are made of copper, and others are plastic. Some are initially connected under the house while others are linked to a wall. A lot of them have a quick connection which is quite prone to flooding.
To prevent flood damage, non-plastic tubing like copper professionally installed with a conventional connection is recommended. Huge kitchen floods in your Garden District home can occur from broken ice maker lines in your refrigerator.
SERVPRO, a professional flood remediation company, can help you clean up the mess of flooding if your refrigerator water line has broken. You may have several inches of standing water in your home, which needs to be removed as fast as possible. We have the ability and experience to do so.
Before we get there, shut off your water if it is safe, turning it off at the main if needed. Sometimes, there is a shutoff valve behind your refrigerator near the wall. You should also cut off the electricity to the affected rooms.
Depending on how bad the flooding is, your kitchen may not be the only place affected. The water could have spread into your dining room, family room, living room, hallways, foyer, or any other room that is on the same level.
Our first step is to get rid of this standing water. Once we accomplish this, any damaged flooring is taken up so we can dry the subflooring. The drying process can then begin. We use industrial fans and dehumidifiers, placed strategically around the affected areas to dry your home as quickly as possible. Centrifugal air movers can be set up to dry underneath your kitchen cabinets. We return to your home every twenty-four hours until your home is thoroughly dry.
With SERVPRO of Montgomery South, you can be sure that you are treated respectfully and that your home is returned it its previous state before the flooding. Just give us a call when you need at (334) 284-1612.

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Smooth Skating After SERVPRO Restores Rink Water Damage in Montgomery

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Smooth Skating After SERVPRO Restores Rink Water Damage in Montgomery Call SERVPRO to come out and evaluate any water damage at your rink so that your customers can go back to having fun skating.

Our Technicians Quickly Deal with Water Damage at Your Business Location

No business relies more upon a secure and even expanse of floor than a roller rink. Water leaking into the building and saturating the floor threatens the integrity of the rink surface. To ensure the pleasure and safety of paying customers, smart proprietors look to the expertise of SERVPRO to restore commercial water damage.
A burst pipe or leaky flat roof causes significant commercial water damage to your Montgomery entertainment venue. You run an arcade, restaurant, and roller rink 24 hours a day. There literally is no time for anything more than routine maintenance without disappointing customers. Our speedy and skilled staff have the ability to find your water incursion problem, recommend a permanent fix, and then attend to the residual water damage stemming from the unwanted moisture.
Once we help you arrange to repair the plumbing or leak, it is on to evaluating the harm the water saturation did to your skating surface and viewing surfaces. Tiled floors underlie the areas where family and friends gather at tables to celebrate birthdays, date nights and other events. The rink itself is hardwood, a flexible yet stable surface for everything from beginners just getting the hang of rolling along to seasoned rink aficionados skating forward, backward, and in intricate patterns. Warping, buckling, cupping, and crowning are all symptoms of water damage unrepaired. Any of these issues make the rink unsafe and deter fun-seekers from skimming around with abandon.
SERVPRO technicians train extensively in the methodology of wood and tile water damage prevention and restoration. The key is to engage our services immediately so that the considerable damage water may do is minimized. Wood is very resilient if water is cleared quickly. The problems begin when moisture infiltrates and is absorbed deeply into the fibers of the wood. Swelling then occurs, causing the wood to become uneven and distorted. Even if efforts are made to be certain the top layer is dried, deterioration sneaks up if the subflooring is soaked and again wets the rink surface.
Our crews have a broad array of equipment and strategies to abate the water damage. Pumps and extractors remove the obvious water. Air movers and dehumidifiers then join in to help, and floor drying mats get even closer to the moisture to reduce the levels. SERVPRO employees know how to determine drying goals for all levels of your rink surface, and consistent moisture monitoring ensures the reduction in wetness is accomplished in a balanced way that avoids inconsistent treatment that results in a wavy or brittle floor.
Count on the expertise of the staff at SERVPRO of Montgomery South when you have thousands of square feet of water-logged wood floor that needs to be restored to a smooth, seamless surface. A single call to (334) 284-1612 partners you with the team that delivers your desired results.

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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.