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Fire Damage In The Garden District Requires Professional Restoration

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In The Garden District Requires Professional Restoration Garden District House Fire Damage Restoration is the Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

SERVPRO Has the Experience, Equipment, and Team for Fire & Smoke Abatement and Recovery to Unique Structures

The Garden District in Montgomery has a wealth of historic homes and buildings unique and valuable enough that the entire district was designated on the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 1984. When a home fire threatens to destroy the integrity of this neighborhood, property owners need to engage the services of a dedicated fire damage restoration company. Fire damage recovery is one of our core services, and we are here to help.

The ancillary buildings and outdoor details found on the grounds of homes in the Garden District can contribute to the risk of fire damage. During the warm weather months, residents enjoy entertaining alfresco. Cooking and dining outdoors pose a risk of fire if a grill, fire pit, or outdoor oven installed to enhance the experience malfunctions or flare-ups or loose coals, setting building components nearby ablaze as well. Wide porches, gazebos, and covered walkways may be near the fire source and catch on fire during the crisis serving as a conduit to bring the fire inside.
 
A quick response from firefighters stops the blaze, but charring, smoke, and soot damage spread from the outside indoors before the fire is out. When SERVPRO crew members arrive at the home, an assessment of both areas guides the plan. If exterior walls shoe damage severe enough to expose the home to the elements, we board and tarp the area during our work. We address the water damage immediately afterward, removing any accumulated water within the home, and then using powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the structure.
 
SERVPRO crew members match cleaning tools and products to the type of soiling done by the smoke and soot. Because the original purpose of the fire was cooking, expect the protein to create an adhesive, highly odoriferous coating on surfaces. Abrasive action and solvents might be the choice for this soot.
 
The technicians we send are trained to identify different types of fire damage residues and know what cleaning methods work most efficiently. Our service vehicles contain a wide array of cleaning products and tools to employ at your site. We also can move damage items to our production areas for specialized cleaning, essential when the articles damaged are delicate and hold historical value.
 
Rely on SERVPRO of Montgomery South to offer the trained technicians and resources to help when your historic home suffers fire damage. As soon as authorities give the go-ahead, call us at (334) 284-1612 for assessment and development of a comprehensive plan to return your Garden District home to its former glory.

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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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Why Board and Tarp for Fire Damage in Montgomery?

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Board and Tarp for Fire Damage in Montgomery? What Fire Damage Restoration in Montgomery Can Look Like with a Board-up Ancillary Service

SERVPRO Can Help Provide Other Services to Protect Our Customers' Properties

For some cases of fire damage in Montgomery, we may recommend employing a boarding and tarping service to protect your home from further damage. While these services are not required for all mitigation and restoration projects in the aftermath of a fire, in some instances, they can be an essential step to keep your home in shape and prevent thousands of dollars of additional damages from happening.

Why Use Board and Tarp?
SERVPRO technicians can put up a sheet or two of plywood and some plastic to quickly protect your structure from absorbing more damage from external sources like wind and rain. However, we do partner with companies that have full resources to do large-scale buttoning up. This can help prevent water issues on top of the fire damage already in your Montgomery home. Without these services, many homes are left vulnerable to the effects of rain, wind, and debris from the outside. While setting up these countermeasures are being set up we can go about our business of cleanup and restoration. By working in tandem, we can mitigate damages and look out for you, our client, and your best interests.

When Does SERVPRO Help Set Up These Services?
Typically, a small board up and tarp over holes in the home's exterior immediately after assessing the situation when our mitigation team arrives on the scene can also add to the safety and security of the structure. We also want to establish cleaning proceedures following IICRC guidelines for fire and smoke restoration as soon as possible.

What Can Happen Without Boarding and Tarping When Necessary?
Without anything to fill gaps opened up in your home's exterior by fire, rain, wind, and other weather effects can work their way into your home and cause additional damage to any and all exposed surfaces. These effects can cause thousands of dollars in additional damage and significantly complicate our work in the home, so we at SERVPRO make it a priority never to let that happen. There is plenty to do with extracting any water from the firefighting efforts along with eventually controlling odor problems that accompany fires.

SERVPRO of Montgomery South is a locally-owned franchise with national resources to help take care of your home in a time of crisis. Call us at the first sign of fire damage 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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

Deodorizing: The Crowning Touch To Remediate Fire Damage Within Your Garden District Home

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Deodorizing: The Crowning Touch To Remediate Fire Damage Within Your Garden District Home Homes in the Garden District, Smoke & Fire Damage, and the Answer--SERVPRO

SERVPRO's Expertise and Talent Can Restore Your Smoky Odorous Home

SERVPRO crews have been on the job ever since the first call came reporting your historic home had been damaged by a chimney fire. Floors, walls, and ceilings in the affected parlor now show no signs of the sooty mess that overtook the room when the century-old masonry fireplace belched fire and smoke. The chimney has been cleaned, repaired, and tuck pointed. Ornate trim and the grand chandelier gleam and shine once more. Furnishings were restored, some antique pieces are taken off site for deep cleaning and ozone treatments to remove the smoky smell. You are ready to return to your comfortable life, inviting family and friends for cozy dinners and welcoming the community to enjoy your dwelling the next time there is a tour of your Historic District designated neighborhood.

But you continued to be troubled by a lingering malodorous sensation, a smell that has spread beyond the fire-damaged room now restored in your Garden District home. We are not finished with the fire damage restoration until you feel our work has left your home “Like it never even happened.” To banish the last memories of that terrifying chimney fire we are tasked with reassessing the level of smoky smell remaining in all areas of your structure. Everyone experiences residual smoky odors in an individualized way, and our job is to remove the last vestiges of the acrid aroma as sensed by all the residents. Indoor air quality, IAQ, is crucial to maintaining a healthy environment.
 
SERVPRO uses a multiple prong approach to deodorize smoke odors. Initially, the source of the odor is removed, done already in your case by cleaning and restoring all surfaces and areas where the conflagration occurred. While this is being done, we may use chemical containment to prevent the charred items from emitting more compounds into the air to contribute to the smell, wetting areas with appropriate products as we systematically move through the room. Vapor odor control is then used via spray to counteract odor carrying particles already released into the air. In extremely severe odor cases, or in situations where one or more individuals in the home detect odor more acutely than others, a third method called thermal fogging can be used. Deodorants move through a heated chamber within specialized equipment and are combusted, resulting in much smaller particles that then attach to the remaining malodorous bits still suspended in the air of your home. The thermal fogging actually changes the chemical composition of the smoky airborne residue, rendering it effectively odorless. These methods can be repeated until all are satisfied that no odor remains.
 
SERVPRO of Montgomery has but one goal when restoring your historic home after fire damage -- completely returning it to its pre-loss condition. Call (334) 284-1612 night or day and then let us take care of every detail, from appearance to tenacious odors.

Homeowners Insurance and Fire Damage

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Homeowners Insurance and Fire Damage Montgomery Fire Damage, Insurance, and How SERVPRO Can Help

When a Fire Damages Your Property Call SERVPRO for Help

Do you know all the contents of your home? Most homeowners can't name or price most of the items in their home. When there is fire damage in Alabama, the insurance company is hoping that you don't know the worth of your losses. If you leave your fire losses up to the insurance company, they will generally assume a low number for your claim.
 
If you don't document your fire damage loss in Montgomery, the insurance company doesn't have to pay you based on what you think your loss was worth. The more you can prove through documentation, the better you will get recompensed on your claim and to help verify tax-deductible property losses. You must submit a “proof of loss claim” where you must itemize your losses, plus list their value.
 
Organization is the key to dealing with insurance companies when claims are filed. Any contact with your insurance company should also be documented. Keep a diary of calls, emails or other forms of communication with the insurance company in case there is a difference of mindsets later on. With a fire damage to your home, you are probably displaced.
 
Your homeowner's policy will likely have a “loss of use” clause that entitles you to be reimbursed for living expenses while you are out of your home. Remember, as silly as it may seem and even though your home may be lost, don't negate your financial responsibilities of paying your mortgage, taxes and insurance.
 
Your Alabama homeowner's policy also includes liability protection, based on where you stay after fire damage. For example, if you can stay with family or friends, their address can be added as a second location for liability purposes. If your home is destroyed, ask your insurance company to reduce the part of the policy that covers the structure and ask for a reduction in premiums.
 
Sometimes your insurance company will press you to close your claim on your losses asap. To them the longer your claim status remains open, the greater chance that you will discover and file a claim for additional that they initially overlooked. Will an insurance company confer with you on additional claims, no!
 
Settling claims after a fire is the perfect time to have SERVPRO by your side. Not only do we have the training and experience in restorations to help you through this trying time, but we can also help you with your insurance paperwork. Our professionals will help by providing a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. For your peace of mind, we use digital photos, and we will help you with your claim process.
 
SERVPRO of Montgomery is local. We specialize in restoring your contents damaged by water, fire or mold. Our professionals have several methods of cleaning that will help preserve your precious keepsakes. Call us today at (334) 284-1612 and let us get started in restoring you to a pre-fire condition and peace of mind.

Recovering from Fire Damage

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovering from Fire Damage Fire Damage Repairs Need To Be Started Right After The Fire is Extinguished

Many Steps Must Be Taken Quickly In Order To Recover From Damage

Within hours after a fire, metal faucets and fixtures including door handles can suffer from permanent fire damage if they are not treated right away and properly. At SERVPRO, our team of licensed technicians has the compassion and knowledge, plus the certification and training in smoke and fire damage restoration that you need. We understand that when a fire emergency happens, certain things are required.

Sensitivity and Urgency

Timing is critical once the fire is out. Repairs for fire damage must start fast to maximize the effectiveness. SERVPRO will answer your call and move into action immediately, 24/7. As we recognize the emotional upset and trauma which you can go through after a fire, we work considerately and fast to mitigate the damage on salvageable property such as fixtures, household items, metals and other items. Our cleaning processes and techniques are state-of-the-art, and many times prevent replacement costs, therefore reducing overall restoration costs. Smoke and fire damage restoration needs skill and knowledge, and our professional staff has the expertise to do the job correctly.

Explanations and Accurate Assessment

We will come to your property and determine the total extent of fire damage it has sustained, including the impact of the heat, smoke and restudies from the smoke and fire. We keep business and home owners in the know, helping them to come back from the loss and restoring hope. We go over with you what things can be saved and how we can do it, in a way you’ll understand what is going on, what to expect, and what you can do as well. We will then put our fire damage repair services into action.

Thorough Respect and Treatment

Treatment could include odor and smoke removal when necessary, plus total sanitation and cleaning, duct and air vent cleaning and professional deodorization. Our treatment will always include respectful handling of property just like it was our own. We will take extra care and the steps necessary to protect your personal belongings and the floor.

Our emergency fire damage services are comprehensive and can reverse a lot of the effects of smoke and fire damage. When you use SERVPRO for fire damage repairs and restoration, it can change a time that is very trying into something a lot less unpleasant.

Our cleaning solutions and professional techniques can increase dramatically how likely your property can be saved without needing a lot of replacements. We save you and your insurance company money and time with our 24-hour emergency response service.

We offer the following fire mitigation services: 

  • Odor and smoke removal
  • Total sanitation and cleaning
  • Professional deodorization
  • Pad and carpet removal when necessary
  • Temporary protection


After you’ve experienced fire damage in Montgomery, you’ll want to have a fast and trusted fire restoration company to help you. That is why you need to call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 284-1612 right away so we can take care of you and your property as soon as possible.

What to Do When Restoring Your Fire-damaged Home

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When Restoring Your Fire-damaged Home Homeowners who have experienced the ravages of a fire know the amount of damage it can cause to your Wynlakes property.

Fire Damage Tips from SERVPRO of Montgomery

Homeowners who have experienced the ravages of a fire know the amount of damage it can cause to a property. While the initial damage can be severe, the aftermath of the fire can lead to potential additional losses. The professionals with SERVPRO of Montgomery would like to offer tips on what homeowners should do about fire damage immediately after a house fire.

Safety First
Unless your fire department officials say it is fine, it is usually not best to go back into your fire damaged home. You may be unaware of badly damaged floors, walls or ceilings that could suddenly collapse. Because firefighters often turn off all the utilities after a house fire, it's best not to turn anything back on unless they tell you it is fine. If you experience severe Wynlakes fire damage to your home, you should board up all your windows and doors against intruders and inform your local police department of your absence.

Contact Your Insurance Company
After a fire has damaged your home, it’s important that you immediately contact your insurance company to report your fire damage losses. They will give you detailed instructions on what to do to protect your property, including submitting a proof of loss claim and contacting a reputable Wynlakes fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Montgomery. If you don’t have homeowner’s insurance, charitable organizations, like the American Red Cross, may be able to assist you.

In your insurance claim, you’ll need to take a thorough inventory of all the damaged items in your home and list the value. This will help expedite the claims process. However, only enter your home if your local fire department officials tell you it is safe to do so.

Take pictures or a video recording of the inside of your home, including debris and damaged walls, floors, ceilings, and furnishings. Take pictures of all your damaged items, including anything you plan to throw away later, and keep everything in a notebook. Moreover, you should include information such as when you purchased the damaged items, the brand name, model and serial numbers, a description of the items and where you purchased them. Insurance adjusters commonly appear on the scene within 24 to 48 hours after your call, so it’s vital to have everything ready as soon as you can. Also, keep track of all your living expenses while you’re away from home and any other expenses related to the fire because your insurance company is likely to reimburse you for these costs, too. This is also a good time to gather all your important documents and records and store them safely to avoid further damage.

We’ll do everything we can to restore your home back to its pre-fire condition. From our state-of-the-art water extraction process to cleaning and sanitizing your home from top to bottom, our specialists are always ready to serve you 24/7, day or night. Besides Montgomery, we also serve the surrounding areas including Mcgehee-Allendale, Pike Road City, Hope Hull, Eastchase, and Mt. Miegs. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 284-1612 for service you can depend on when you need it the most.

Your Commercial Fire Damage Experts

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Commercial Fire Damage Experts Rental Property Which Sustained Fire Damage in Montgomery

Every Fire Requires Different Types of Rescuers, Adjusters and Remediation Technicians to Get Your Business Back to Operational

Fires are one of the most destructive types of disasters, which leads to significant damage to everything it touches. Not only can commercial fire damage in Montgomery interrupt business production and operations, but there are considerable difficulties when repairing property from the smoke damage that accompanies these fires. During a fire and after the fire has been extinguished, the whole on-site scenario can be confusing with many different rescuers and people on the scene.
 
This includes of course the local fire department, law enforcement, representative from an insurance company, a public adjuster who represents you the policyholder understand their policy and what options they have in order to make a proper claim under their insurance contract, and restoration and repair professionals, whose job it is to help restore your business back to your pre-loss condition.
 
After the days and week following a fire, it is still a very stressful and confusing time, which is why a business needs to know that they have restoration companies that they can count on. Fires destroy lives and properties, which is why restoration companies provide the following type of Montgomery fire damage restoration services:
 
• Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
• Immediate Board-Up To Protect From Vandalism
• Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
• Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
• Cleaning and Repair
• Odor Removal and Deodorization
• Biohazard and Sewage
• Air Ducts and HVAC
• Restoration of Commercial Inventory Properties
 
Disaster restoration is a highly specialized field that requires professional attention. To help restore commercial businesses, restoration and repair companies must use the latest equipment and materials to stay on the leading edge of restoration technology. The technicians possess many different IICRC certifications as well as restoration, cleaning and reconstruction industry skills, with top industry experience.
 
Every fire is unique in its composition, cause, waste, and size. Some commercial fires can even involve different complex chemical reactions and for this reason, it affects how the fire damage restoration is conducted. There are naturally four parts to fire damage near Mongomery, which include the fire that eats everything in its path, smoke damage, water damage, soot damage, as well as mold and rot damage.
 
Fire restoration and repair company technicians understand that restoring people after a fire damage is a multi-phase solution which must begin within hours of the fire. Waiting only compounds the damages, costs, and the time that it takes to bring your business operation back to a productive state. This is why SERVPRO of Montgomery is as close as your closest neighbor, thus we have the fastest arrival time to any disaster.
 
We are proud to serve our local communities, including Montgomery, Downtown Montgomery, and Pike Road City. We are locally owned and operated as a part of the Montgomery, Alabama community and we want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

When an emergency occurs, call us immediately at (334) 284-1612 so that our innovative cleaning system can provide you a number of specialized cleaning and restoration options to match your needs.
 
 

Fire Damage and Its Aftermath

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage and Its Aftermath When a fire hits your home, it can affect your life in ways you couldn't even have imagined.

Steps for Recovery from Fire Damage to Your Property

When a fire hits your home, it can affect your life in ways you couldn't even have imagined. If your life has been impacted by Montgomery residential fire damage, you can easily be overwhelmed by the aftermath, but knowing what to expect and what steps to take will help tremendously.


Whether you reside in a single-family home or an apartment, a fire can cause a world of damage. Flames, heat, smoke, and water can damage the building's structure and your belongings. Anything that you want to rescue and use again will have to be carefully cleaned, and the building will need to be repaired.


Cleanup takes a significant investment of time, and it's not something that a homeowner can tackle on their own. Soot and dirty water that remain can make you sick if you're exposed for too long. A professional fire restoration company will have the proper equipment and knowledge to perform the cleanup safely and efficiently.


The American Red Cross offers disaster relief services. Contact the organization after the fire to get help in finding a place to stay in Montgomery because residential fire damage can take some time to clean up. The Red Cross can also supply you with food, clothing and medicine. Do not eat or drink anything that's been near the fire.


Keep any pets out of the house until the fire damage restoration in your montgomery home is complete. If you can't find a friend or family member to take them in, leave them with a veterinarian or boarding service.


The fire department may have disconnected your utilities. Do not attempt to turn them on yourself because that could be dangerous. Call your utility company to verify that it's safe to turn back on the utilities.


Call your mortgage lender or landlord as soon as you can to let them know about the fire, and call your bank and credit card companies to order replacement credit cards and checkbooks if needed. Make sure to keep any receipts that you spend during your recovery from the fire for insurance and tax purposes.


Contact your fire insurance company right away for guidance on how to proceed. They can also refer you to a prominent Montgomery residential fire damage restoration company. If you don't have fire insurance, organizations that may be able to help in addition to the American Red Cross include the Salvation Army, religious organizations, and state or municipal emergency services offices.


Professional fire damage restorers are experts in cleaning and restoring your possessions. These experts will assess your property and determine the correct equipment and cleaning procedures to employ. Using specialized equipment, they clean and deodorize surfaces to restore your home to a livable condition as soon as possible. The sooner the cleanup process is started; the better the results will be.


For fire damage restoration results you can have confidence in, call SERVPRO of Montgomery South, a certified restoration firm. Contact us today at (334) 284-1612.