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Our Experts Can Restore Your Montgomery Home After A Flood

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Experts Can Restore Your Montgomery Home After A Flood Storms in Montgomery can come without much warning and cause much damage, including flooding your home.

Flood Damage Cleanup In Your Montgomery Home

Storms in Montgomery can come without much warning and cause much damage, including flooding your home. Floodwaters can cause damage to walls, flooring, and carpeting, besides the fact that you have an increased risk of mold growth. Therefore, water removal has to be done quickly to prevent additional damage from occurring.

When your Montgomery home experiences flood damage, you need the help of a professional restoration company. Calling our team at SERVPRO is a wise decision, as we have the training and experience needed to dry and clean up your home promptly.

One of the primary goals of SERVPRO techs is to preserve and protect your structure and personal belongings. One of our most significant concerns is padding and carpeting that is saturated with water. Carpeting has a primary and secondary backing. Latex is the adhesive material which holds the fibers of the carpet into the primary backing. It starts to deteriorate once the carpet is installed. It also breaks down from gases in the air and sunlight.

Delamination generally happens in the form of bubbles and is the separation of the primary and secondary backings. High traffic areas are more likely to delaminate and can be something that was an issue even before the flood waters invaded your home. Water damage to glue-down carpeting can create bubbling. Bubbling is a result of a loss of adhesive and not from extraction or cleaning. If there is just a small area of bubbling, it might be possible to fix it.

Many water damage situations require us to remove and replace your carpet padding. It can break apart when it is wet and has to be replaced with new padding. The cost of replacing and reinstalling is usually not high, and many times less than drying the pad in place.

Drying your home in Brentwood, Wynlakes, or Hillwood Club and restoring as much as possible is our goal at SERVPRO of Montgomery South after floodwaters have come inside. Be sure to reach out to us as soon as the storm subsides by dialing (334) 284-1612 so we can prevent your home from sustaining additional damage.

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Buckling Under Pressure: Restoring Your Flooded Garden District’s Wooden Flooring

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Buckling Under Pressure:  Restoring Your Flooded Garden District’s Wooden Flooring Water can ruin hardwood floors. Call SERVPRO to remove the water and restore your floor.

Reducing Flood Damage to Garden District Homes

As we have all recently seen, a powerful storm can drop a tremendous amount of water onto a Garden District home within minutes. The resulting floods can send hundreds of gallons through that same home.  

One of the things that Garden District home flood damage can destroy is the wood flooring. Fortunately, SERVPRO restoration teams have the resources and training needed to either repair or replace floorboards damaged with buckling, cupping, or warping. These effects result when water remains on top of flooring for too long.

Much of the damage is repairable as long as our technicians can start work immediately after removing the floodwater.  Before they can begin repairs, our teams must make sure the moisture content in the wood supports the work. If it is too high, we have to reduce the level or any effort to repair the floor can instead cause more damage.  

They start with lowering the home’s humidity level to under 45 percent. Technicians use dehumidifiers to draw out water from the air and air movers to carefully force warm, dry air under and over the floors. Once they can reduce it to under 20 percent, the chance of a mold infestation stops as well. Once it reaches 16 percent, team members set-up commercial heaters to increase the evaporation rate of the affected wood. When they can test it out at 12 percent, repair work can start.  

SERVPRO teams can eliminate or reduce the effects of cupping and warping by sanding down the bulges or twisted parts of each floorboard. Specialists then refinish the affected sections so that they have a smooth look identical to the unaffected sections. Buckling is more severe than cupping or warping, but it can be sanded down in some cases. Usually, though, technicians have to remove the entire board or cut out the affected section.  

Varnishes and other floor finishes often form a vapor barrier which slows and can even prevent evaporation though. To cut through them without damaging the wood underneath, technicians use a pin roller in corners and on areas covered by furniture or rugs.  

Repairing and restoring wood floors is a lengthy and sometimes costly method. At SERVPRO of Montgomery South, we carefully work through each step and explain it to every customer. If you need our services, call us today at (334) 284-1612 to get started.

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Flood Damage Ruins Kitchens and Bathrooms in Montgomery Homes

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Ruins Kitchens and Bathrooms in Montgomery Homes Kitchen Flood Damage in Montgomery Through the Roof

Montgomery Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO after a Storm-Loss for Recovery

Without a normally functioning kitchen and bathroom in your Montgomery home, family life just cannot follow normal routines. While you can change things around and substitute damaged bedrooms or living rooms with other areas of your home, you need both your kitchen and bathroom in a safe and clean condition.
When weather gets bad in Montgomery, flood damage can happen suddenly. SERVPRO can send out our IICRC-certified technicians to your home right after a flooding disaster. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, saving our customers time, money, and aggravation. We understand the trauma involved in experiencing this kind of crisis. Our team arrives at your property ready to remove water, ruined materials, and debris of all types.
In flood-affected areas that have no built-in shelving, cabinetry, or other more intricate architecture dry out much more rapidly than areas that do contain many fixtures. Kitchens and bathrooms often do contain these and other characteristics, mainly because of the need for storage space and preparation areas. While we work as quickly as possible throughout your home after flood damage takes place, these areas require more attention than bedrooms and other areas of your home to restore functionality fully.
Cabinet doors are often made of softer woods or laminated surfaces that easily become damaged when exposed to water. A splash or two here from a sink's faucet does little harm compared to the water from a flood. We pull these materials out and help prepare your home for replacement materials.
We must clean these areas to sanitary levels of cleanliness because your family uses them for food preparation and eating meals, or for bathing and dressing. While we always dry everything out, these rooms require disinfecting to make everything “Like it never even happened” throughout your home and safe again for use.
We apply special chemicals to clean and remove grime left behind by floodwaters, and SERVPRO employees know that these areas also require wiping down afterward to ensure no residues of any kind remain. Silt can also find its way onto every surface, and removing this gets your home back to a clean and aesthetically pleasing state.
Homeowners faced with flood damage can contact SERVPRO of Montgomery South by dialing (334) 284-1612, and because crises happen without warning, we always answer our phones, every day of the year. Serving Brentwood, Downtown, and the Garden District, we are nearby and arrive as soon as possible.

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Returning Home Requires Proper Mitigation Of Flood Damage In Montgomery

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Returning Home Requires Proper Mitigation Of Flood Damage In Montgomery Our technicians can restore your home in Montgomery after sustaining flood damage.

Returning Home After A Flood

One of the most disruptive situations in Montgomery is flooding. Not only do roads become inaccessible, but homes become unlivable, displacing those families who once resided happily in the area. Before returning home, we must complete mitigation of the situation.

Our technicians can restore your home in Montgomery after sustaining flood damage. Much of the damage caused involves more than just water pushed into your home. After we pump out the last of the filthy water, we start cleaning the interior of your house.

Cleaning your home to remove all of the debris from your floors and any other surfaces can make everything look safe and healthy again. We also need to disinfect all surfaces, including porous ones, to ensure that no pathogens remain behind. Flooding can carry the bacteria and viruses that cause many different diseases. Some of these illnesses are very severe and can lead to debilitating conditions, including life-threatening ones. This is why SERVPRO technicians wear personal protection equipment (PPE) when we clean and perform restorative tasks.

During the time we work inside your home, we use air scrubbers and specialized drying equipment that forces air into otherwise unreachable spaces. When customers notify us immediately after a flooding incident, we can prevent much of the damage that might otherwise occur. Drying materials out prevents microbial growth, as well.

As we dry the different things in your home, we must keep track of how rapidly things progress. When evaporation rates lag behind expectations, mold can become a problem. However, drying too quickly can also create problems with wooden fixtures and flooring. To prevent either from causing problems, we evaluate the rate by continually monitoring the moisture content as we work. Using heat and air movers, we can control the rate at which your home becomes dry.

SERVPRO of Montgomery South wants to help homeowners in Ridgefield and Wynlakes regain control of their homes after sustaining flood damage. Immediately after such an incident, contacting us at (334) 284-1612 can save thousands of dollars compared to waiting for floodwaters to recede on their own.

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Ridgefield's Flood Damage Technicians Explain Different Types Of Projects

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Storm Damage Can Expose Your Montgomery Home To Flooding

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

Storm Damage Can Expose Your Property To Flooding

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Removing Flood Damage in Montgomery

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Removing Flood Damage in Montgomery Call SERVPRO immediately after flood damage strikes your home, we are here to help 24/7.

SERVPRO Technicians Take the Necessary Steps to Restore Your Home After Flood Damage

Even weaker storms like Nate dropped an incredible amount of water on Alabama and the Gulf Coast. Montgomery homes did not suffer as much as other cities, but the flooding still caused extensive damage throughout our city.

When it comes to flood damage in Montgomery, it is possible to reduce the effects and remediation costs if homeowners move quickly to remove standing water. To meet this need, SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team with the latest equipment approved by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification).

Our teams arrive on site with at least one pump to begin work. If the power was knocked out or turned off for safety concerns, we bring in at least one portable generator to ensure uninterrupted power. For large homes, we bring in multiple pumps and a generator truck that runs continuously for 24 hours. Even with a residence like a mini-mansion, we can usually draw the water out in less time than that.

Removing the standing water is only the first step though. SERVPRO also maintains the equipment needed to restore your personal property, furniture, and structural property such as carpets and drywall. Our teams draw out trapped water, lower the humidity, and carefully dry out items to prevent secondary damage. Before we bring in any more equipment, however, we remove furniture and anything else that could stain carpets and floors, or we might damage.

Now we bring in water extraction wands. The moisture we remove from carpets and floors with the wands prevents or reduces carpet delamination and floorboards from warping without damaging the surface of either.

As this happens, other SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers. These devices draw moisture from the air in affected rooms; over 25 gallons per day depending on the humidity level. To augment the dehumidifiers, team members also install air movers to circulate warm, dry air in the home and across damp surfaces which forces it out into the air.

The sight of a flooded home can just about paralyze a homeowner. If you are dealing with this and do not know what to do next, SERVPRO of Montgomery South is here to help. To have our team come out and start returning your home to its pre-flood state, call us at (334) 284-1612.

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Your Family Home and Flood Damage in Montgomery

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Your Family Home and Flood Damage in Montgomery If flood water makes its way inside your home, call SERVPRO to restore your home.

Thorough Flood Damage Cleanup

Most of the time, heavy rain showers and thunderstorms bring pleasant feelings. There are times, though, when flooding is a direct result of these as they pass through the Montgomery area. Rainfall must have somewhere to go, or downhill areas suffer greatly.

There is always new construction in Montgomery, and this sometimes leads to flood damage of nearby homes. When the terrain in a section of town changes, it can cause rainfall to collect in areas that can not adequately handle the amount it receives. The water must go someplace, and as a result, it spreads out and enters homes.

Cleaning up after a flood is a very messy task. Working together as a team, SERVPRO's employees restore homes affected by flooding disasters. After removing the majority of the soil brought into your home by the water, slowly but steadily drying out your home is our next goal. As this happens, we remove damaged and non-salvageable items so we can concentrate better on cleaning and sanitizing the rest of your home and its contents.

It is important we thoroughly clean so that everything is sanitary and safe. Microbes can live in barely moist environments, so ensuring that your home is completely dry is also a crucial part of the restoration process. Our cleaning procedures can also include the use of antimicrobial agents to prevent mold and mildew growth. If any of these microorganisms are present, removal of most during the cleaning process happens readily. This is more beneficial than waiting for larger problems to develop and then taking care of them later.

Your kitchen is where you prepare your family's meals and snacks, and having a low level of contaminants and pathogens is vital for keeping your family healthy. We can sanitize every surface in your kitchen to help ensure that no flood-borne diseases can make your family ill. We can also inventory your food items that must be disposed of for you to give to your insurance provider if you choose to file a claim.

SERVPRO of Montgomery South makes sure that the equipment needed to restore your home after a flood damage disaster hits your home. Whenever you need us to make it “Like it never even happened,” call us at (334) 284-1612, regardless of the time of day, 365 days a year. We always answer our phone, so you can speak to someone who can help you right away.

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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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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.

Four Cleaning Methods To Remove Flood Damage From Your Brentwood Home

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

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

Remove Flood Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can my documents and books with flood damage be saved?

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can my documents and books with flood damage be saved? Some papers can be easily replaced while others are a hassle to get new copies of, such as marriage licenses, birth certificates, and the like.

Will I be Able to Salvage My Flood Damaged Documents and Books?

Floods are often unexpected, and whether the water comes from a burst pipe, malfunctioning appliance, or a water line, the contents of homes that are flooded stand a great chance of being ruined. Items made of paper are particularly vulnerable, especially if those items become soaked during the water emergency.

If your home has flood damage in Brentwood, you're probably wondering whether our experts can restore any of your documents, books, and similar items. There are several factors that affect whether paper and books can be saved, but we do have the tools and skills to restore them.

Type of Flood Damage

Because paper items are so fragile, it's important that any restoration work should be performed as soon as possible. The sooner you call SERVPRO after flooding has occurred in your home, the more likely it is that we'll be able to save your possessions. Along with time, the type of water involved in the flood will determine whether restoration is feasible. Books and documents damaged by floods resulting from clean water or gray water -- which is contaminated water without solid waste in it -- can usually be dried out and saved by our team. Black water, which has solid waste and hazardous contaminants, leaves fewer options and may render items unsafe to save.

Paper Documents and Books

Some papers can be easily replaced while others are a hassle to get new copies of, such as marriage licenses, birth certificates, and the like. Books can also be difficult to replace if they're collector's editions or out of print, and not just the pages but bindings can be greatly affected by flood damage. We use a variety of high-tech drying and extraction techniques that allow us to restore books and documents without causing more damage to them.

Artwork and Collector's Items

Though artwork, paper collectibles, stamps, and ephemera are particularly fragile and prone to water damage, there are cases where SERVPRO technicians can restore them. Items doused by flood water will require quick attention and careful drying, but there are other ways that floods affects paper items other than drenching, such as moisture from humidity. Humidity left indoors can cause mold and mildew growth on art, paper items, and books, which is why we use industry leading equipment and methods to ensure that humidity is kept at an acceptable level in our clients' homes.


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At SERVPRO of Montgomery, our aim is to restore as many of your possessions as possible after a flood occurs, including documents and books. For a quote or to obtain more information about our flood damage restoration services, call us 24/7 at (334) 284-1612.

If You Have Suffered Flood Damage Contact SERVPRO Immediately

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage If You Have Suffered Flood Damage Contact SERVPRO Immediately When stagnant water sits in a Montgomery home or business for extended periods of time, it will weaken your property's structure and foundation.

Flood Damage Restoration

Alabama is no stranger to flood damage to its residents and businesses. Ivan and other Gulf disturbances remain a devastating memory. Excess water encourages the Alabama River to overflow its banks and rush into the streets. Additional water problems also plague many homes and businesses, including HVAC failure, burst pipes, sewer problems, appliance failures and water used to fight a fire. If you have recently suffered flood damage, you need the help of professionals who can quickly and safely remove the water and dry out your property. Our suggestion to our property owners is not to remove flood waters without the trained knowledge and professional equipment needed to do so. A DIY removal process can lead to additional damage. This is why you need a team of professionals who will get the job done right the first time and every time.

SERVPRO has been in the remediation water extraction industry for many years. Our IICRC certified experts are the best in the industry when it comes to responding to emergency disasters. Restoring storm and flood damage properties is the cornerstone of our business. We remain dedicated to responding immediately, which reduces the occurrence of any secondary damage issues. When stagnant water sits in a home or business for extended periods of time, it will weaken your property's structure and foundation. Mold, mildew, and rot may also begin to grow. This is why it is imperative to call professionals for a successful extraction process. After a flood, if any of your personal possessions have been damaged, don't worry, SERVPRO can help!

Our “restore” versus “replace” mindset can help you save money, while also preserving your precious investments. We utilize several methods of cleaning, involving dry/wet cleaning, spray and wipe and foam/abrasive/immersion cleaning methods. Our additional services include move outs/pack-outs, cleanup electronics and a document/photograph drying process. The success of storm water and flood damage remediation is affected by how quickly we can begin to restore you to a pre-loss condition. As your locally owned and operated water and flood damage restoration company, SERVPRO is available to help our community with 24/7 emergency services. We are committed to being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our highly trained specialists can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency.

SERVPRO of Montgomery proudly serves the Montgomery County communities. Keep our information nearby so that if an emergency disaster occurs, you don't have to guess who to call. We are trusted name in the disaster restoration industry, and we are always available to help you! Call us today so that we can help give you peace of mind during flood and water damages (334) 284-1612.

Homeowner's Insurance Policies Vary In What They Cover

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Homeowner's Insurance Policies Vary In What They Cover Severe Roof Damage After a Storm

Be Prepared For Storms By Reviewing Your Insurance Coverage Yearly

We advise our customers to take a close look at their home owner's policy. Does the policy include coverage for storm damage? The fact is that we encourage our clients to make sure that they carry storm damage insurance to ease the financial burden caused by a major disaster. We are a commercial and residential restoration service, and we deal with storm damage calls on a regular basis.

We are SERVPRO of Montgomery, and we know the disastrous toll that an intense storm might cause in the community. We care deeply about the community and our customers. Consequently, we provide 24-hour service to answer their calls for emergency service after a major storm.
Storm Damage Insurance Coverage

We've seen all the horror stories on television and read about them in the newspapers. A family is wiped out after a tornado, hurricane, hailstorm, earthquake, or severe flood hit their community. Their entire home was affected. The roof, siding, windows, doors, and attached buildings were damaged almost beyond repair. They simply do not know the next step to take, because they did not have the proper storm insurance. They assumed that their home owner's policy would cover the damages to their property. Here is something that is interesting to note. The basic home owner's policy covers storm damage that is caused by hail, hurricanes, or tornadoes. However, that same policy does not cover floods or earthquakes. This is a fact that is critical to realize if you live in an area that is designated a flood zone or earthquake zone. Therefore, it is a good idea to contact your Insurance agent immediately and discuss taking out a flood or earthquake insurance policy.
After The Storm

After the storm, you'll probably discover a lot of heartbreaking damage to the exterior of your property. Some might also note damage to the interior of the property too. Of course, we want you and your family to remain safe. Wait till the danger is over, and make a quick assessment of the storm damage in Downtown Montgomery. Note the roof, windows, doors, shingles, and exposed structures. If you suspect that there is severe damage to your home, call us. We will respond quickly to your call and arrive at your location fast. Our trained technicians will get to work immediately handling restoration and cleanup.
Storm Damage Downtown Montgomery Company

After identifying that storm damage has occurred to your property, don't hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. It is important to repair, replace, and cleanup immediately before more damage occurs. We are SERVPRO of Montgomery and will respond fast to your call. We are also prepared to work with your insurance company and help you manage your claim paperwork. Contact us at (334) 284-1612 today for more information.

Don't Let Storm Damage Bring Mold Into Your House

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't Let Storm Damage Bring Mold Into Your House Storm Damage Can Result In Mold Damage Unless Professionally Remediated

SERVPRO Is Always Ready To Clean Up Damage

When facing storm damage, there are a lot of effects that could occur as a result of the water damage that came from the storm. Among the common types of problems that could occur is flooding. In the case of hard and heavy rain, there can be a major flood with standing water.

In most cases, moisture can get into places that are hard to reach and can easily go undetected. These cases require professional damage restoration services provide by us to handle all types of storm and water damage.
We not only have the experience to handle all of the damages caused by flooding, but also get rid of any potentially hazardous byproducts of Montgomery water damage. For instance, we can pick up mold and mildew in many of the places that a non-professional cleaning job and crew would miss. The reason we are able to has a lot to do with the equipment we have. Our equipment can uncover mold in all of the hidden places. Also, it is better to call us sooner than later when you have water damage. There are more than a few problems that could occur when you have water damage.
Surfaces that have been exposed to water for an extended period of time tend to break down. There are also other problems like poor air quality which if allowed to continue will go on to cause a lot of health problems in people. In fact, the damages that could be caused by water are almost immediate. That is why it is important to get in contact with us as soon as you experience water problems.
We at SERVPRO of Montgomery South are always available to provide services to your property. We are open for business 24/7. We understand that emergencies can occur in the off hours of the day as well as during business hours. So we are always available to look at your home, assess the damages and take care of the issue caused by storms, fires, smoke, and other catastrophes. We are also carefully located so that we can quickly reach anyone in the area that is hit with a disaster. Give us a call at (334) 284-1612 and a representative will be available to help you.

Identifying Severe Damage in the Home

6/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Identifying Severe Damage in the Home Cracked Wall Indicating Foundation Issues In a Home

Professionals Are Able To Pick Up On Clues To Assess Damage That May Not Be Externally Visible

With so many natural disasters occurring at such an intensifying rate today, homeowners can expect most anything to happen to their homes when bad weather sweeps through their immediate and surrounding areas. In some cases, Pike Road City storm damage can travel through an area within minutes and can knock down whole structures and everything that was standing around it. In other circumstances, the owner will find that their homes are still standing on a good solid foundation.

However, they may see a broad range of different damages that must be taken care of immediately. The type of damage that the owner identifies can be very costly, specifically if it involves the overall structure of the home being severely damaged. Therefore, when an assessment of the problems has been performed, the owner may find that there is a lot of extensive damage to the walls in the home since the high winds and rains have compromised its build.
Typically, this type of information is regularly gathered by our team of technicians so that they can get started with your repairs right away. These teams will start by checking the areas around your home for the buildup of water. The accumulation of the water should be reviewed as soon as possible since this type of damage may be linked to its foundation. A weaken foundation can also be identified by checking the roof for bulging and cracked areas. These cracked areas may often apply to both indoor and outdoor areas. The team may also identify cracks in the ceiling that need to be repaired, which can also point to foundation issues. Regardless of the issues identified, our team can provide a Pike Road City storm damage assessment and plan of action that needs to be done.
Another critical area in the home that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible involves electrical outlets and devices. Meaning if the storm passes through and leaves various electrical problems, the house may be compromised in a manner that is somber for all involved. The reason for this is because electrical problems in the home can also lead to fire damage as well as storm damage in Pike Road City. Regardless of the situation, electrical problems can cause a broad range of serious issues that must be addressed by our professionals in the industry.
If you want to protect your family and home after severe storms have passed, contact us at SERVPRO of Montgomery South for fast help. We proudly service Hope Hull, Montgomery, and Wynlakes for any fire, mold, or water damaging event 24/7 at (334) 284-1612.

Storm Damage Restorers Are Available

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restorers Are Available Storm Damaged House in Montgomery

Be Prepared, Family and Property, For Storm Damage

Any storm damage in Montgomery, Alabama has been the cause of devastating damages in this area and neighboring communities since Ivan in 2004 and tornadoes damage in 2011 and current storms and flooding each year. To help mitigate the damages caused to residential and commercial owners and buildings, local help relief agencies, like the Alabama Emergency Management Agency are always on the scene to support the community, including local cleanup and restoration certified professionals.

Restoration and repair experts on the scene help families and businesses to recover from storm damages due to their work in applied structural drying techniques; odor control; rug/carpet cleaning; microbial remediation; upholstery and fabric cleaning; construction drying; textile cleaning; sanitizing and bio-hazard systems; and so much more. Storm damages are a natural hazard which agencies like FEMA designate as the largest contributor to repetitive damage to communities and which are categorized as rare events with a high potential impact but which can be difficult to predict.

The storm season is already here, so it is always a good idea to make sure that you have your emergency plan in place. Get your helmets and water together for your hiding place, which can be the lowest part of the home and in a room that is surround by walls that are the center of the house or office. When a storm has passed, and you emerge safely, it is time to survey the damage and to contact your local Montgomery storm damage experts. Storms are so unpredictable and catastrophic; it is very imperative to call a company that has the experience and skill to perform quality work quickly, effectively, and to get your home and business back to normal.

Montgomery storm damage experts are full-service restorers who work to assist property owners of all sizes in recovering from unexpected disasters and storm damage. It does not matter whether it is a small basement flood in a home or an office, they are on call and ready to respond 24/7 with quality emergency service methods. When nature creates an emergency, repair and restoration professions, with years of experience will help homeowners and business owners with restoration claims to insurance companies and a quality restoration to personal lives and belongings.

As first responders storm damage experts near Montgomerycan help minimize further damage caused by tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters, by safely securing property, then they will begin cleaning up and working with owners in the restoration process. These certified professionals can simplify the restoration process and can provide continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services, while helping to save time and to keep costs low.

Only SERVPRO of Montgomery can help to get your property back to its pre-loss condition. As part of the Alabama community, with additional service locations in Mcgehe-Allendale, Hope Hull, and Pike Road City, we are always ready to provide emergency cleaning and restoration services in a fast response time, day or night. We are very proud to serve our local communities, so when an emergency arises, call us quickly at (334) 284-1612.