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The Holidays Are Here

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

The holidays are fast approaching. This means a lot of delicious food is being cooked, and beautiful decorations are starting to be put up in homes and businesses. This also means there will be more house fires due to all of the cooking going on for family get togethers, and from the Christmas lights and candles being burned. It is important to make sure that you keep a close eye on all cooking and make sure to turn off Christmas lights. If your home or business experiences a fire, call a restoration company you can trust. Our highly trained technicians are experienced in responding quickly to damages and getting your house back to pre-fire condition. We will make sure your home or business will be running like normal and it will be “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today! (205)-221-1449

Why Choose Us?

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Choose Us? Our office is located at 1600 Military Street North Hamilton, AL

Here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette, we understand what you are going through. As an insurance agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down, while also providing the best service possible. Our professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Restoring property is SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette's top priority. You will appreciate the immediate response, and you will rest assure knowing that everything to prevent loss is being done. We know that restoring property is cheaper than replacing property- and that is drilled into our minds. We do an itemized loss inventory. This means you will get an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. Our technicians go through rigorous IICRC training in Fire and Water Restoration Cleanup. We are here to help.

Call today! (205)-221-1449

When Storms Hit...SERVPRO is There!

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Our franchise was voted Storm Team Franchise of The Year for 2015. We are always willing & ready to travel anywhere to help out with large loss storm clean-up!

Lending a Hand

A few days after Hurricane Florence hit, two complete crews, our Production Manager, and our General Manager loaded up our Storm equipment in their vehicles and immediately headed to North Carolina to help assist in the large loss clean-up that was left behind by the hurricane. We are so thankful for our amazing team that makes all of this possible and have such a strong desire to help those in need!

When dealing with large loss clean-up, remember that a fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Never Forget, We are Always Here to Help!!

Fall is in Full Swing

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fall is in the air! This time of year is the best to get some much needed work done in and around your home. The cooler weather makes it bearable to be outside to work in the yard, or on the outside of your house before the cold and dark of winter sets in. Follow these tips for easy maintenance you can do now!

1. Give attention to trees and shrubs: The reason for this is that there is not much growth for trees/plants this time of year, so many things start to die. The importance of taking care of trees and shrubs is to lessen the chance of one of them falling and causing major damage to your home or car during a winter storm.

2. Check your safety devices: This one is very important. It is crucial to make sure you are checking your smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors. This would also be a good time to check your home for radon. As the weather gets cooler, windows are not opened as often, which could cause for radon build up inside your home.

3. Clean gutters and drain pipes: During storms, leaves can clog up your gutters and drain pipes. This causes water back up and can cause major damage to your home's roof and siding.

4. Check your ducts and seal gaps: Now that the weather is cooling off, its time to start warming up the house. It is important to get your duct work checked to insure that everything is sealed properly in order to not experience heat loss. By making sure this is taking care of, it will also help cut costs on electricity bills!

Want to get your ducts checked?

Give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette a call at (205)-921-1449 and have one of our trained professionals come out and take a look. 

We Specialize In Flooded Basement Clean Up!

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today -256-736-2036

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

The Mold & Remediation Process

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call SERVPRO!!

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO’s Call Center. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 15, Iss 6

Ready For Whatever Happens

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO® System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing
experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team® assists your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the
aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective: to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

2016 East Tennessee Wildfires: One of the largest in the history of Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains wildfires burned more than 17,000 acres and about 2,500 structures in November 2016. The 12 crews that were dispatched worked a total of 78 jobs, where they mitigated over $1 million in damages.

2016 Hurricane Matthew: Following the East Coast from Florida up to North Carolina, this hurricane caused major flooding, primarily as rivers rose in Eastern North Carolina. SERVPRO®
had 169 crews dispatched. These crews took on more than 1,050 jobs and over $7.5 million in damages.

2016 Louisiana Flooding: Catastrophic flooding occurred in Southern Louisiana where rainfall measured 20 inches or more total, falling at a rate of more than 2-3 inches per hour in some places. This caused rivers and inland waterways to rise to record levels. The Disaster Recovery Team® responded to over 830 jobs with 185 crews.

2016 Houston, TX Flooding: In April, a nearly stationary mesoscale convective system developed
over Houston, resulting in widespread rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour. This was a historic
flooding event for Harris County, which saw a total of nearly 18 inches of accumulated rainfall. The Storm Team dispatched 81 crews to over 360 jobs, mitigating over $3 million in damages.

2015 Siberian Express: Record subzero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the country stretching from Florida to Maine. The Midwest also experienced record breaking low temperatures, resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents. The Storm Team dispatched a total of 257 crews from 108 Franchises to assist local SERVPRO® Franchises completing nearly 2,000 jobs.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour caused major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way to Portland, Maine. Eastern Michigan and Baltimore,
Maryland, were also impacted, creating over 1,381 jobs for the Storm Team to produce. A total of 82 SERVPRO® Franchises and 173 crews mitigated over $4.3 million in damages while
assisting the local Franchises.

2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole’s polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, panning from east of the Rocky Mountains to as far south as central Florida, affecting all or part of 39 states and 70% of the SERVPRO® Franchise System.

2013 Colorado Floods: Heavy rainfall, with amounts up to 17 inches in some areas, resulted in widespread flooding in Fort Collins, Boulder, and surrounding Colorado mountain communities. The Disaster Recovery Team® responded with 109 crews from 48 Franchises to assist the local SERVPRO® Franchises in the emergency response.

2012 Hurricane Sandy: Affecting more than 20 states, Sandy left widespread damage and flooding from Florida stretching the entire eastern seaboard to Maine. The Disaster Recovery Team®
placed nearly 1,000 crews in affected areas, representing over 300 SERVPRO® Franchises from across the country. Teams traveled from as far as Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.

*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 15, Iss 7

How To Use A Portable Fire Extinguisher

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:

P - Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from your and release the locking mechanism.

A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

S - Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at nfpa.org.

*Courtesy of the SERVPRO Restoration Newsline Volume 28, Issue 2.

How To Prepare For A Blackout During A Storm

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for a blackout? Here are 10 tips to help prepare in the event of a power outage.

Watch the following video from FEMA for the 10 tips:

https://youtu.be/4eH7VbMXir4

The American Red Cross suggests the following:

Coping with Power Outages
Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. If a power outage is 2 hours or less, don’t be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible. 
Energy Conservation Recommendations
  • Turn off lights and computers when not in use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water if possible; wash only full loads and clean the dryer's lint trap after each use.
  • When using a dishwasher, wash full loads and use the light cycle. If possible, use the rinse only cycle and turn off the high temperature rinse option. When the regular wash cycle is done, just open the dishwasher door to allow the dishes to air dry.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lights

While blackouts are not fun, if you are prepared, they can be a lot less stressful for the family. If you have pets, children, anyone with disabilities, senior citizens, or anyone else who may have special needs staying in your home, make sure you have supplies, medicine, and comfort items that will help them cope through the blackout time also.

Thank you for reading!

Avoiding Kitchen Fires

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Avoiding Kitchen Fires

Cooking fires are the most common household fires, and you do not have to have a huge, commercial-sized range for a fire to start. From stray dishtowels to grease spills, even a very small cook top in a studio apartment can create a blaze. You should know tips ahead of time to keep you and your family safe in the kitchen.

When cooking, remain in your kitchen. It may seem like the obvious thing to do, but most cooking fires and fire damage occur from unattended cooking. If you must step away from the stove for any reason, first turn the heat off and move the pan to a burner that is cool.

When a cooking fire has flared up in your kitchen, be sure to contact SERVPRO after the fire is out. We are a professional and experienced fire damage restoration company, and we can repair and clean your home thoroughly for you.

When cooking, use a timer. Regularly check the food, whether you are baking, roasting, simmering, or boiling. When you use a timer, it helps remind you to check on your dish. You also need to keep the stove top clear of any oven mitts, dishtowels, paper towels or anything that can catch on fire.

Keep your stove top clean and wipe up any spills. When a stove top or oven is dirty, cooking with them is an invitation for potential fires. The buildup of grease is very flammable, so clean your stove each time you cook and wipe up any spills right away.

You should also avoid overheating your oils. Cooking oil which is overheated can start to bubble up and smoke, causing it to ignite and spill out. If you are not sure of the smoking point for your cooking oils, you can find charts online. Also, do not dispose of any oil before it has had time to cool. Tossing hot grease into your trash can could make it go up in flames. Putting it in an old food can after it cools is safer before tossing it out.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you after a fire to put your house back together again. We do an initial inspection and fire damage assessment, plus immediate board-up services if needed. Water removal and drying are done to clean up firefighting efforts, and we remove smoke and soot from all affected services.

SERVPRO knows what works when it comes to fire damage remediation. Give us a call at (205)-921-1449 whenever you need our help after a fire.

10 Ways To Save Energy On Your Commercial Property

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Spring is here and before we know it, the hot summer will arrive! Below you will find ten inexpensive and practical steps you can take to save money and energy as things begin to heat up:

  1. When cool nights allow, turn off the cooling system and open the windows while you sleep.
  2. In the hot summer months, set your thermostat to a temperature as high as you can comfortably stand.
  3. Use ceiling fans to cool the room that you are in and turn them off when you leave the room.
  4. Use the exhaust fan in your bathroom to remove heat and humidity while you shower or bathe.
  5. In the hotter summer months, grill outside as opposed to using the oven.
  6. Make use of the natural lighting that is provided during the daylight hours.
  7. When washing clothing or dishes, avoid washing partial loads, when possible.
  8. Air dry clothing and dishes as possible.
  9. Instead of taking a bath, take a short shower.
  10. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.

Put these strategies to work and being to enjoy the savings!

Dry Climate Does Not Deter Mold Damage

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Look to Figure Out the Source of the Mold in Addition to the Remediation Process

The myth that mold cannot grow in a dry or cold climate is easy to debunk. With a list of 100,000 plus different strains of mold possibly causing problems, each has its own requirements to flourish, even in relatively arid or chilly conditions. SERVPRO mold remediation crews train in proven ways to abate any mold problem regardless of the conditions where the infestation happens. 
 
You recently bought a multi-unit property near the University and hope to rent to students next semester. When painters started working on the upper floors, they reported mold damage and ceased painting until the building receives treatment. We are mold remediation specialists and use proven methods developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to abate the outbreak and limit further infestation, well positioned to help you with this issue. 
 
The triplex has antiquated bathrooms and no exhaust fans. A previous owner rigged up showers without further remodeling, and the spray and steam left enough moisture to encourage mold growth on tile and painted surfaces. Attempts to eradicate the mold with bleach only lightened the staining, with the high water content of the bleach actually increasing the outbreak. 
 
SERVPRO technicians contain the affected areas above the bathtub, with sheeting and remove the mold from the tile and wall. The roots of the mold extend through the grout and gypsum board, so a portion of the wall is removed as a precaution, and the moldy material is disposed of according to local regulations. We then use appropriate antimicrobial products that deactivate any mold spores remaining. Repair to the wall and tile follows. 
 
Commercial mold remediation is incomplete until the SERVPRO locates the water source and arranges for its disappearance. This is tough to do in bathrooms, but until an exhaust fan is installed, we suggest the window must remain open during use of the bath. We recommend a more complete remodel before showers recommence in your rental units. Mold spores are everywhere, indoors and out, and another significant outbreak is possible if the moisture continues to be present. 
 
Find competent and trustworthy mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO. Start planning for solutions to your mold issues today.

Electrical Tips To Use In Your Office

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Consumer electronic products are more
prevalent than ever. Research indicates that
the average household owns more than
twenty-five consumer electronic products.
With all of today’s technology, it can prove
challenging to safely maintain power to all
of our electronic devices. Electrical outlets
are easy to overload and as a result, may
become hazardous. While adding a power strip
or extension cord seems like an easy solution to
a lack of electrical outlets, the wiring in some
buildings often isn’t capable of supporting too
many high-powered electronic appliances.

Older office buildings and homes, in particular,
often suffer from lack of electrical outlets. The
temptation is to simply add a power strip or plug
in an extension cord from across the room. Even
in newer office buildings and homes, it can be all
too easy to overload a single outlet with power-hungry machines such as computers, printers,
scanners and monitors.

When an employee or resident overloads an
electrical outlet, that means more current is
running through the outlet than it can handle.
This causes the outlet to overheat, which may
lead to an electrical fire. According to a 2008
National Fire Protection Association study,
electrical distribution and lighting equipment
are involved in more than 24,000 home structure
fires per year. These fires resulted in an average of 320 deaths per year and an estimated $700 million in property damage per year.1

If an electrical fire should occur, get safely away
from the fire and call your fire department. If you
choose to use an extinguisher on the fire, never
let the fire get between you and a safe exit, and
never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. The risk of electrical shock is far too great. Class C fire extinguishers use a non-conductive extinguishing agent and should not cause electrical shock.

To help prevent this and other electrical hazards,
refer to the list below (provided by Electrical
Safety Foundation International).

  • If you must use a power strip, use a name brand
    product from a reputable retailer.
    Low-quality or counterfeit power strips
    may contain wiring that isn’t adequate to
    carry the load.

  • Place power strips where there is plenty
    of air circulation to disperse the heat.

  • Never attempt to plug grounded (three prong)
    cords into an ungrounded (two prong)
    outlet.

  • Do not bind, kink or knot electrical cords.

Should you encounter the aftermath of an electrical fire, call SERVPRO to help you get your life to normal again

What Is Water Damage Restoration?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration is the act of responding immediately and using advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. SERVPRO professionals use innovative equipment to monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. SERVPRO professionals have the tools and resources for faster and reliable service.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business. At SERVPRO, no job is too big and no question is too small.  So when fire or water damage strikes your home or business, call on SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette at (205)-921-1449.

Safety For Fire Damage Clean Up In Your Home!

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Puts Safety First after Fire Damage in Your Home

If you store flammable liquids in your home’s garage such as turpentine, gasoline, or paint thinner, they can be dangerous if not stored properly. Gasoline alone starts around eight thousand house fires each year. A reason this happens is that it is often stored incorrectly in the garage. For instance, when stored in a glass jar with a metal lid, the lid can create a spark if the jar falls off the shelf.

Flammable liquids in your home should always be stored at room temperature away from any heat sources in the proper containers. If you have suffered a fire and fire damage from one of these catching fire, however, you want to get the damage taken care of as quickly as possible once the fire is out. Our SERVPRO staff can assist you in cleaning and repairing your home, as we are professionally trained to do so.

Many times, fires cause structural damage to buildings, which can pose safety hazards. We are always cautious of falling or loose debris and watch for damaged structural components which could cause puncture wounds. We wear work safety boots and hard hats for added protection when inspecting your home after a fire. We also keep you and your family out until we ensure that it is safe. Warnings of potential risks are made known with barrier tape and signs.

SERVPRO staff also need to be aware of trip, slip, and fall hazards. Most of these accidents can be prevented by following some simple measures. We inspect your home for potential slippery surfaces and tripping obstacles. Wet floors from putting out the fire can be slippery, or a dry floor can be hazardous if a surface nearby is wet.

Structures which are damaged by fire can present different trip and fall hazards. Walkways, floors, and aisles should be kept clean, dry, and free of any protruding splinters, nails, holes, loose boards, or projections. Holes in the floor are covered as well.

SERVPRO ensures that you and our workers are safe while we are restoring your home after fire damage. Reach out to us right away once the fire is out so we can begin helping you.

What Is That Musty Smell? Could It Be Mold?

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

You may not learn about the mold problem in your building until you hear complaints about the irritating musty odor. Some people think that the smell actually comes from tiny particles of mold in the air or from mold spores. Neither are true. Odors from molds are caused by mycotoxins, which are gases released during the digestive process of some molds. 

What Is Mold? 

Molds are fungi, just like mushrooms. Some scientists think the mycotoxin production from certain types of molds is actually an adaptation developed to protect the molds from animals and insects. Nobody is sure how many varieties of mold live on our planet because they are so abundant, living wherever oxygen and moisture are found. Since molds exist abundantly in our environment, it's just about impossible to keep them out. Here are a few ways the spores can enter a building:

• On pets and clothing
• Through windows and doors
• Via cooling, ventilation, and heating systems

The problem is when mold spores land in a hospitable environment, one with organic material, moisture, and oxygen. That is when the mold begins to grow and form colonies. As it grows, it consumes organic material as food, producing that familiar musty smell.

How Can You Prevent Mold?

The best way to prevent molds is to make sure you are not providing a welcome environment for their growth and development. You can manage your building's environment by reducing humidity with ventilation systems and dehumidifiers, fixing leaky areas from pipes or roofing, and proper remediation of water damage. 

When you do follow that musty odor to the source and discover mold in your building, at least you can count on professional mold remediation specialists to clean up the problem. During the cleaning process, professionals use HEPA air filtration equipment and containment procedures to reduce further spread of mold spores inside your building. This cleanup process will prevent mycotoxin production, making the environment more hospitable to your human building occupants again.

Boston Storm Team

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Our Sales and Production crews hit the road on February 23rd of 2016 from Alabama headed to Boston, Massachusetts. We were headed there to help the local SERVPRO franchises of Massachusetts. They had received more work than they could handle, due to the record freezing temperatures. Our team was there for two weeks and helped approximately forty households with water damages due to frozen pipes.

Although it is hard to be that far away from your family for two weeks while working, this is what makes our SERVPRO Storm Team employees so dedicated, hard-working, & big hearted. We want to extend a special thank you to the team of employees who sacrificed their time away from their families to go and work in Massachusetts. It is truly during tragedy that we come together and help the community to make it "Like it never even happened."

Are Your Commercial Ducts In A Row?

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and subsequent ducts are the key component to air quality. HVAC and duct cleanliness have a direct impact on the functionality of the equipment as well, a clean system ought to function at maximum capacity. If your system is clean and properly functioning, it should provide you with positive indoor air quality and a lower monthly cost of running your HVAC system.

You can keep your commercial ducts in a row by changing the filters within the system regularly - it is recommended to change them every 90 days. Check any connections for damage. If you can see any damage to the connections, wires, or motors then the damage needs to be repaired immediately in order to keep your HVAC system safe and properly functioning.

You should annually inspect your HVAC system and ducts to see if there is visible mold, a surplus of dust and/or debris, and rodent infestation. Signs of a rodent infestation would be feces and odors in your system or noises occurring in the system. If your HVAC system and ducts have any of these signs then it is time to call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette has highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians that will provide you with a free estimate for your HVAC system and ductwork.

If you notice that your system isn’t working as well as it normally does such as an increase in electrical bill costs or the system is running more often than usual then it may be time for a cleaning as well. If your system is regularly providing you with maintenance issues such as improper temperature or humidity issues, these may be signs or symptoms of your HVAC system needing a checkup.

SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette understands the significance of a properly functioning HVAC and duct system. We want to help you do all you can to maintain your system. When you are in need of professional cleanup and restoration of your commercial ducts call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette 205-921-1449 for a free estimate.

Busting Mold Myths 101

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your Russellville, Hamilton, or Fayette home.

Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources.

But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest:

  • A Clean Home is Mold-Free.

A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land.

  • Your home has no moldy odors.

It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it.

  • Your home's basement never floods.

Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement.

  • Bleach can remove mold.

A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow.

Want to know more about mold damage? Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette today - (205) 921-1449!

How To Stop Faulty Sump Pumps From Flooding Your Restaurant

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Deals with Faulty Sump Pumps in Four Steps

There is a reason why busy cafes and restaurants are at a higher risk of flooding than some other businesses. In this type of building, good drainage is essential. Huge amounts of water are needed every day – for cooking and cleaning – and they have to be disposed of quickly. 

It is why many restaurants have a fast moving, below-floor drainage system, with a float activated sump pump. It gets periodically drained, once the water rises above a certain level. Problems occur when cooking oils and organic waste make it into the drain. They clog up the channels, which commonly leads to commercial flood damage in Russellville, Hamilton, or Fayette restaurants. 

Keep reading to find out how the experts at SERVPRO deal with faulty sump pumps and flooded restaurants in the local area. 

Step One: Inspect the Pump 

The first step is to inspect the pump and identify the problem. If it is just a blockage, the process is quick, and the original pump can likely be used to extract the standing water. 

If there seems to be a fault with the pump, SERVPRO has a portable extractor which can be used to remove the excess liquid. Once the water is no longer a problem, we can arrange for a sump pump repair. 

Step Two: Start the Drying Process 

Dehumidification is very effective, but it extracts water at a slower rate than other methods. It is why our technicians use as many accelerated techniques as possible before they bring in the dehumidifiers. 

The good news is that restaurant drains are typically very shallow. They may cover the whole of the kitchen, but they do not extend very deep. The repair team can place air scrubbers (two in this case) inside the drain cavity to continue the extraction. 

Step Three: Bring in the Dehumidifier 

The importance of speed is not a safety issue, as the water is likely to be Category 1 or 2. However, as long as the drain is out of operation, the restaurant is dysfunctional and unable to perform at the required level. So, we have to get the area dried out quickly. 

The best solution is a small capacity dehumidifier. It gets placed inside the drain cavity. For a small to medium sized restaurant, we would likely use a machine which extracts around 150 pints of moisture per day. 

Step Four: Clean the Drain 

It is not always necessary, but if there is a possibility of mold, SERVPRO treats the walls of the drain with an anti-fungal agent. In a restaurant, the risk of mold growth is slightly higher, because bits of organic waste inevitably end up in the water. 

Normally, an air scrubber or deodorizer is needed if there is evidence of developing mold and unpleasant smells. If you notify our team of the problem quickly, this should not happen. It is only after 48 hours that Category 1 and 2 water sources start to stagnate and fill with bacteria and other nasty substances. 

If your restaurant is struggling with drainage or flooding problems, you need help from the experts. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette provides reliable, professional flood damage repairs. Call us 24/7 at (205) 921-1449

Doctors Office In Hamilton Calls SERVPRO When In Need Of An Emergency HVAC Cleaning

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that your ventilation system could be circulating one or more of many contaminates such as dust, pollen, dirt and odor-causing debris? If your HVAC system has been operating without attention, it can very well be responsible for your poor in-door air quality. Luckily for your home or business, SERVPRO offers routine inspections for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit to help keep it clean and to extend the life of the equipment. The lead physician in a doctor’s office wanted to make sure that his customers and employees were going to have clean air to breathe! He made the responsible decision to give SERVPRO a call for help with cleaning his HVAC system. Our Technicians Randy, Mark, and Shawn went out to the doctor’s office to begin services right away!

 Our crew had inspected the air ducts and properly cleaned them with the necessary equipment. They used air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to purify the air in the building, and the proper equipment to clean the air ducts. Within the very next day our crew had completed the ventilation cleaning! The owner was so thrilled with our ability to provide professional, swift, and efficient service. He was proud to be able to provide his patients with clean & odor free air to breathe!

From Alabama To Iowa

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

The unpredictable weather of the last several weeks has brought about an incredible amount of inconveniences and headaches for many Iowa home owners and property managers alike.

The recent bouts of rain, and sporadic gusts have tested many of the neighborhoods and systems around the city, including Clive & surrounding areas. Many roads in these areas were shut down due to flooding.

We sent a crew to Iowa to help with the storm clean-up that was greatly needed in the area at the time. Our team left on June 30th & returned around July 18th. 

We are very thankful for our hardworking team members who had to miss being with their families on Independence Day, but helping others is what they are all about, so it didn't faze them.

Always Ready to Help!

Because we are locally owned, we are ready and capable to respond at a moments notice. With 1650 franchises operating nationwide, SERVPRO has access to equipment required to handle any issues a storm or flooding may bring.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today!

SERVPRO Saves Time For Franchise Owners After Water Damage

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

With Comprehensive Water Damage Cleanup and Rebuilds, SERVPRO Gets Your Doors Open Swiftly

Water damage to a franchise is bad news. Whether your franchise is food based, a coffee shop, a clothes store, a stationery store or something else, water can bring business to a standstill. All it takes is a burst pipe, a flood, or a simple leak and suddenly you have to close your doors during repairs. 
 
Naturally, the first concern after water damage to your franchise is getting the water out, and your shop restored so you can resume business. Fast action is essential to minimize profit loss. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as soon as you are able - We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 
 
Our IICRC certified technicians begin by extracting water from your property. In some cases, a free-standing pump is enough for this. Sometimes we need to use a more powerful truck-mounted pump that can remove a greater volume of water and also draw it uphill if necessary. We also have submersible pumps so that even if there is quite a depth of water (over 2 inches), we can remove it quickly. 
 
Thorough water extraction is key to getting your business up and running again as soon as possible. We extract water first before moving on to the drying process. We train our technicians in how to position a range of axial box fans, dehumidifiers and air movers for maximum effect. 
 
However, SERVPRO also understands that extraction and drying are not the whole story. Depending on the extent of the water damage, there might also be minor or even major damage to your business premises. We save you time by taking care of repair, rebuild and construction as well, so you do not have to call in a separate service to deal with those things. We save you time, money, and stress with our comprehensive service package.
 
In cases of extensive damage, we supply roof tarps, and temporary fencing to secure your property and also take care of boarding up doors and windows. Do not worry about your equipment or stock: SERVPRO has well-managed warehouse space and offers a full pack-out service to keep your inventory safe as we clean the elements during repairs. 
 
We also take care of a range of repairs including drywall removal and installation of new drywall, hardwood or tile floor repair, repainting, and removing and installing carpet. 
 
Using one service for drying and repair is both quicker and more cost effective. Call SERVPRO at (205) 921-1449 for help.

Fires DO Affect HVAC Systems

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke & Fire Damage Are Common After a Fire in Your Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette Property

A fire in any home is a frightening sight. Fortunately, most of the damage after the flames have been put out is from smoke and soot residues. Smoke and soot are easier to restore than removing scorched and burned property, but it does take time and patience.

One item residents forget about before or after fire damage has occurred at their home is the air and heat or HVAC system. It may not be necessary to clean the HVAC after a fire, but it must be inspected to make certain. If the system is turned on with residue still inside, it is possible to contaminate the entire house in a matter of minutes. SERVPRO has developed a thorough list of questions to inspect an HVAC system and another to clean and repair it if there is smoke or soot residue. 

First, how close was the fire to the HVAC vents or the furnace unit? 
Did smoke enter either the supply or return sides of the system? 
How long did the fire burn? Was the HVAC in operation at any time while the fire was active? 

These questions help us determine just how likely there is contamination, the type of residue, and how extensive it might be. Do not assume there is no contamination because the HVAC was off. An active fire creates air pressure which can force smoke into the system if it burns long enough. An inspection provides the information we need to answer these questions and prepare a restoration plan. 

Are mechanical components of the HVAC damaged? Do they need to be replaced? If so, our technicians can service most HVAC systems. For certain brands, it may be necessary to call in one of their technicians to perform the work. 

Is the ductwork sheet metal, duct board, or flex duct? Sheet metal ducts are easy to clean, duct board is a bit more difficult, and flex duct may have to be replaced because it is not cost effective to pull it out and stretch it to clean out every crease. 

Are the filters contaminated? If yes, then they must be replaced. It is a precautionary practice to toss all filters before the fire and run new filters, inspect, and replace again if the residue is exceptionally thick. 

Does the HVAC need to be disassembled? Taking it apart may be required if the residue is particularly thick and resists cleaning. 
Once we or your contractor has rebuilt the HVAC, our technicians seal the ductwork as tightly as possible to prevent additional contamination and then test it. 

This process is not simple, but restoring the HVAC system in your home is the final, needed step before it is truly safe to return. For SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette this is not just a job. We understand the need to go back to normal after a fire or any other disaster. Call us today at (205) 921-1449 to begin.

2015 Storm Team Franchise Of The Year!

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow.

Our franchise was actually voted Storm Team Franchise of the Year in 2015! This award was a great honor to us! Since we have such a passion for helping others, what better way to fulfill that passion than to head off to another state and help others during their time of need after a devastating storm or flood.

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals:

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises

If You Suspect You May Have Mold Issues, Here Are Some Helpful Tips!

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of RHF for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly re-mediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette is your go to for professional service and restoration in the event of a fire in your home or business. The following Dos and Don'ts will guide you to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

Do:

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.
    • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
    • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trip, and appliances.
    • If heat is off during winter, poor RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
    • Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.
    • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don't:

    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette.
    • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette.
    • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. They may be contaminated.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures in ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damage and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
    • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire and water damage take control of your life, let SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette help you take it back.

Call 205-921-1449

Smoke & Soot Facts

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (205) 921-1449

Do You Have Mold In Your Kitchen?

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

From Assessment to Remediation, Our Trained Technicians Eliminate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold damage is a genuine risk for householders living in Alabama. Mold can eat into soft materials, cause structural damage, and even bring about health problems. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at the first sign of fungal growth. Some signs to look out for include the telltale black spores, discolored patches, or a musty smell. 
 
It is important to re-mediate mold damage as soon as possible. After all, your kitchen is where you prepare food for your family so of course, you do not want mold growing there. Our professional remediation process includes removing existing colonies, preventing them spreading further throughout your home, and drying out the damaged area. 
 
Your SERVPRO visit begins with a thorough assessment of your kitchen. In some cases this includes removing baseboards or molding to examine the insides of the wall – mold, unfortunately, likes drywall, so a check of the internal wall cavity is often needed. 
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians use moisture meters and thermal imaging to examine the wall and ensure we focus only on damp areas where mold might be growing. We also check for hidden leaks such as from damaged pipes or faulty appliances. Isolating and removing the source of dampness is key to thorough remediation and helps control growth in the future. 
 
Unfortunately, in cases where mold has damaged drywall, it often needs to be replaced. Your technician can advise you on what restoration work is necessary, and safely remove any drywall that cannot be saved. 
 
The next step is to use plastic sheeting to seal off the area and ensure spores cannot travel further into your home. Now we have a safe working area and can focus on removing mold and drying out your kitchen walls. 
 
Our teams come equipped with brushes, powerful HEPA vacuums, and cleaning solutions to scrub, clean and wipe away visible colonies. We also bring in air scrubbers: These use HEPA filtration to remove particles and spores as tiny as 0.3 microns from the air and reduce contamination. 
 
The final step is to dry your kitchen wall and cavity thoroughly. We bring in commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers and set them up in a carefully calculated configuration for effective drying of the area. 
 
Do not let mold take hold in your kitchen. Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette at   (205) 941-1449 today for assistance.

3 Reasons To Begin Clean - Up Efforts Quickly After Flooding

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

No matter the cause of flooding, water damage can have a detrimental effect on your Russellville, Hamilton, or Fayette commercial building. Whether a pipe burst in a bathroom overnight or floodwaters from torrential rains caused your building’s basement to flood, you may believe that since the damage is already done, there is no rush to have the water drained. However, floodwater can cause damage quicker than you might think, and there are several benefits to having it removed as soon as possible. 

1. Mold Can Form Rapidly After a Flood 

The environment indoors changes quickly after a flood. Water might be absorbed by carpeting and drywall, which can increase a room’s humidity. In fact, humid conditions can contribute to mold growth and cause this fungus to grow as soon as 24 hours after a flood. Having a professional water damage and mold remediation company come in right away to drain away flood waters and perform mold cleanup may reduce overall repair costs. 

2. Humidity May Warp Wood 

After a flood, the humidity that builds indoors can cause any wooden building materials to warp if mitigation does not take place within at least a day or two. If standing water is not removed, it can increase the amount of water vapor in the air and cause considerable damage to wooden furniture, molding or flooring. It is wise to remove furniture as soon as it is safe to do so and store it in a cool, dry room, away from sunlight, until affected rooms are repaired and restored. 

3. Clean Water Floods Can Cause Damage 

If flooding in your building was caused by a plumbing mishap, the results can be just as detrimental. For example, if a pipe burst in the break room, the water can affect electrical systems and equipment or short them out, which can increase the risk of fire. Draining away standing water can reduce these potential hazards. 

Flooding in your Russellville, Hamilton, or Fayette commercial building can create a variety of problems for you as a business owner. However, whether the flooding was caused by a pipe burst or by a storm, acting quickly can prevent the worst of the damage and lower repair costs.

3 Reasons Why Your Commercial Building Needs Professional Mold Intervention

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to maintaining the cleanliness of your Russellville, Hamilton or Fayette, Alabama  commercial building, there are many chores you can perform yourself. Sweeping, mopping and wiping down employee bathrooms are all manageable tasks; however, if you encounter mold on your property, its removal is not a job you want to handle on your own. Fungus cleanup is best left to a qualified mold mitigation and remediation service, which can offer several benefits for the condition of your building. 

1. Mold Is Not a Surface Fungus 

Unlike mildew, mold cannot simply be wiped away with a cloth and a household cleanser. Once mold spores take hold on a food source, they tend to grow roots deep into the surface. While spot cleaning mold with bleach may make it appear cleaned up, the roots remain and allow it to grow back within a day or two afterward. In addition, the water contained in many bleach products may only contribute to further mold development. 

2. Mold Spores Can Spread if Not Contained

Attempting mold cleanup on your own may make the problem worse because disturbed patches of fungus tend to release spores that can travel throughout your building to settle and grow elsewhere. The spread of these spores can happen quickly, especially if they find their way into your ventilation system. Remediation technicians can use containment systems as they employ a cleanup mold process to reduce the risk of further contamination. 

3. The Cause Must Be Addressed 

Fungus cleanup is only one factor in battling an infestation. Unless the cause of the growth is addressed, you may find that mold returns repeatedly, which can cause long-term damage to your building. Expert mold techs can discover the source of the problem, whether it is a hidden plumbing leak or excess moisture buildup behind your walls and resolve the issue, so mold does not grow back. 

Eradicating mold at your Russellville, Hamilton or Fayette, Alabama business requires professional intervention. Leaving fungus cleanup to the experts can prevent it from returning, no matter where it hides.

Why Fast Response Is Crucial When Dealing With Water Damage

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

From leaking faucets to flooding, water damage is one of the most potentially destructive and common problems you face as a homeowner. If you do not take care of the problem right away, excess water in your home promotes electrical hazards, causes costly damage to the structure of your home and belongings, and can lead to the growth of dangerous mold. When the worst has happened, you need to call in professionals at SERVPRO right away.


Water mitigation is the process of lowering or preventing how much water damage occurs after a leaking roof, a flood, or any number of reasons related to water. When an action is taken fast to repair your home, you can prevent even more damages and costs.

We offer a fast response seven days a week, 365 days a year, and are available to take your call anytime. We realize that you want to get your life back to normal as soon as possible, and SERVPRO does all that we can to help you in this. All our restoration methods meet or exceed industry standards, and our technicians are fully trained to IICRC standards. We use technology and products which are state-of-the-art to make sure we get the best results for your home. We offer all our customers comprehensive water mitigation services, and we have a long history of working with insurance companies, so your claims are processed as quickly as possible.

No matter what caused your water damage problem, it is imperative that you have a fast response in calling us and that we move quickly and efficiently in making repairs. In just minutes, water can spread to other areas of your home. After a few hours, pressed wood swells and disintegrates, plus bacterial odor spreads throughout your home. After only a few days, water can create severe complications and secondary damage, resulting in disruptive and costly repairs.

Immediately after the loss, you can do a few things before we get there. Remove wet area rugs or floor coverings which aren’t permanently attached, and lift draperies off the floor, looping them through a coat hanger and putting the hanger on the drapery rod. Place aluminum foil under furniture legs, and move paintings, photos, and art to a dry, safe location. Open closets, drawers and cabinet doors to encourage drying, and pack books on shelves tightly together to prevent warping pages, until we can come and start this specialized drying.

At SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette we understand how crucial it is to move fast after water damage has occurred. Call SERVPRO as soon as you can after the loss at (205)-921-1449, and we will be out to your home quickly to begin the remediation process.

Welcome To Our Team!

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

It has been a busy year here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette already! With that busy year we had a need for more Sales & Marketing Representatives. After a long process of interviews we finally picked the two candidates that fit perfectly with our work family here at SERVPRO. 

We want to give a warm welcome to Ethan Ponder, our newest SMR for SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount! Ethan has an extensive background in Sales & Insurance. His only characteristic is not selling though, he also has rental properties that he renovates in his past time so he already has great knowledge of our production process. We are excited to see what our future holds with Ethan being a part of our team.

We also want to give a warm welcome to Jeremy Scott, our newest SMR for SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette! Jeremy has an extensive background in Marketing & Sells. He has managerial experience in his previous job so he is always prepared & technologically savvy. We are excited to see what the future holds with Jeremy being a part of our team.

Restoring Your Business After A Water Damage

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of RHF

SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What Exactly Is Mold?

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever noticed growth on the walls of your home & it prompted you to think, what exactly is mold? If you have, then we are here to help simplify that question and give you a better understanding.

Mold is made up of several different types of fungi that reproduce that can grow rapidly if not treated. Mold that is found in homes are traditionally a white or grayish color. It is especially common to find mold in bathrooms, which is usually green. Mold may grow in all different types of environments, but thrives in damp and warm environments.

Mold reproduces by forming microscopic spores. These spores can survive under much harsher conditions than mold. The spores move freely throughout the air until it lands on a surface that has excessive moisture on it. Once the spores land mold can begin to grow. In order for it to grow it needs to have oxygen and need to be in a space where the temperature can range from 40° to 100° Fahrenheit.

It is very important to make sure your home is mold free. If mold is present it can affect the health of you and your family. It can also damage or possibly destroy the drywall and wood in your home. If you think your home has mold, call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette at 205-921-1449.

Why You Should Not Consider Water Damage A DIY Project

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Oftentimes, homeowners don't realize the extent of the water damage in their home. Excess moisture is one thing, but damage from a flood, sewer backup or something else can be devastating to your health and your home in general. It doesn't take long for a situation like this to spiral out of control and leave you struggling to figure out what you are going to do to take care of it. The best thing you can do is turn to the help of a professional. Our team has all of the necessary tools to make sure your home is taken care of and the water damage is cleaned up properly.

  • Dirty water from sewage backups is loaded with deadly substances from parasites to chemical residues.
  • Bacteria, fungi and viruses thrive in contaminated fluids. They pose all sorts of health risks, such as hepatitis and salmonella.
  • It only takes 24 hours for mold to begin growing out of control and invading your space.
  • Even a small amount of water left undried could be a source of problems for your home.

Our team has all of the necessary tools and experience to come in and get your water damage taken care of and thoroughly cleaned up to prevent anyone from falling ill or mold setting in.

If you have a water damage, call us to keep your house safe!

What To Do When The Pipes Freeze & Burst

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

It is the season where we start to see a lot of water damages due to pipes that burst. The biggest mistake that leads to more costly damages is not acting promptly or correctly. 

When you have realized that a pipe has burst in your home, follow these steps to minimize your damage and in the long run, save you money.

1.Stop The Water Flow

Turn off the water main as soon as you notice something is wrong. The potential water loss from busted pipes in your house can be as much as 106 gallons; that's two full baths an hour. Once water is off, make sure you drain the lines throughout the home.

2. Locate, Inspect, and Repair the Damage

Once the damage is inspected, you will determine if this is something that you can handle on your own or if you need to bring in a plumber.

3. Call The Professional Drying Company 

Once the repair is made and no further damage will be made, call the professional water restoration company. Areas that have been soaked in water are susceptible to mold, mildew, and can cause your family unwanted illness.

Remember, the longer you wait to make these repairs the more damage will be caused and in turn, you will pay higher cost for restorations and getting your home back to normal. 

When a Commercial Fire Damages Your Business, Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire ravages your business property, you may wonder how you will be able to repair all of the fire damage. Some Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette area commercial fire damages will result in a full loss, but others may only impact a small area of the property and business. Regardless of how large or small the fire was, you may need the property repaired as soon as possible so that operations can resume. Until this happens, you and your clients may be inconvenienced, and the business profit will decrease. With a few important steps, you can rectify commercial fire damage and get your operations back to normal as soon as possible.

Surveying the Damage
An important first step to take in the commercial fire damage restoration process is to survey the damage to your property. Through a quick overview of the damage, you will get a better idea of the scope of a repair project, and you can estimate how long it will take to get the damage repaired. Keep in mind that a fire often inflicts more damage than just the area affected by the flames. Smoke damage, for example, may spread throughout a property even when the fire was contained to a particular room of the building. Water damage incurred from the firefighters putting out the fire may also be present. Each of these types of damage will require a different overall repair process and may lengthen the overall restorative job.

Cleaning the Property
Clean the property and removing the ashes and soot are a high priority to limit damage and odors. In some cases, water extraction is necessary. Afterward, you will be able to determine other areas that may need to be cleaned. For example, carpeting or furnishings may require special professional cleaning techniques if they have been damaged by smoke or water.

Repairing the Area
While some areas impacted by the fire will need to be professionally cleaned, others will need to be repaired or replaced. For example, any charred areas that have been burned by the fire often will need to be entirely replaced and will not be salvageable. It can be difficult to determine which areas can be repaired or replaced and which can be cleaned, but a professional team of fire damage remediation professionals from SERVPRO can assist you in this area. We can inventory and document all salvageable and non-salvageable business items such as computers, copiers, furnishings, retail stock, and documents. Our team can also interact with your insurance provider to mitigate damages, costs, and your downtime.

If your business property has been affected by a fire, our team of fire damage specialists can help. As a locally owned company, we can respond quickly to your request for assistance with fire damage repair services. Contact SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette today at (205)-921-1449 for assistance.

SERVPRO Construction Is Residential & Commercial

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO can help with all of your construction needs???

Often when our homes face a fire or water damage we are left with an abundance of issues that need to be faced. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties has helped many in the community face all these problems in a "one stop shop". Below is the process typically followed for our customers who have construction needs after a fire or water damage.

1. Contact your insurance agent or SERVPRO directly when the problem arises.

2. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties responds quickly and starts mitigation to prevent further damage.

3.  Construction is needed once mitigation is complete. Instead of calling around for contractors to do each project, SERVPRO will handle the headache and work with your insurance company to provide the construction needs for your home or business.

We committed to helping our customers feel at ease through the stressful times of disaster by taking care of all their needs in one place!  

The Many Faces Of Fire Damage

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

If your property in Russellville, Hamilton, or Fayette suffers from fire damage, you should talk to someone on our team. We are experts at minimizing current damage and keeping damage from increasing in severity. Even after a fire has been extinguished, its effects can continue to grow. We can stop that with state-of-the-art equipment.


Damage can be found even after small fires. These can happen anywhere in the home. They remain small when someone is present and can extinguish the fire before it can spread. The kitchen and bathroom are the most common, with the laundry room and garage coming in second. Bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and hallways can also have fires take place, but these areas are the least common. Patios are also prone to having fires, especially if outdoors cooking is done, or children experiment with a range of items, from fireworks to magnifying lenses


Fire damage can range from discolored concrete and natural rock outside to charred walls and scorched carpets inside. Drywall can suffer additional damage if water is heavily applied when there is a fire, although drywall should resist small, low-temperature fires. Paneling and wallpaper will burn, however, no matter what it is applied to as a covering. Our team members are creative in matching or updating, your pre-fire décor.


Kitchens can experience scorched countertops and cabinets, which need either repairing or replacing. If the cabinet doors are warped from the heat and then the cold from putting the fire out with either water or a fire extinguisher, they are typically replaced as needed. Then the remaining ones are cleaned and re-stained if needed. If floors have been soaked with water in the effort to extinguish the fire, we at SERVPRO are equipped, and experienced, in getting it dry quickly so that underlay and any support beams are not damaged


For fires in the garage and patio areas, we can quickly clean-up scorched concrete so that residues are not tracked into your home, as these can contain harmful substances that were once inert. Vinyl siding that has been damaged can also be repaired. Scorched and burned areas of grass can also be reseeded and started back on track. We can also create and provide an inventory list of damaged items, particularly, but not exclusively, for the garage area. We can list which items are damaged beyond repair, salvageable, or undetermined for insurance purposes.


If you've had a fire in your Russellville, Hamilton, or Fayette area home cause damage, don't try repairing the area yourself. You need to call us at SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties at (205) 921-1449. We’ll help you get your home’s beauty back on center stage and put the fire behind you.

SERVPRO is Ready When Storms Hit North America!

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Our franchise was voted Storm Team Franchise of The Year for 2015. We are always willing & ready to travel anywhere to help out with large loss storm clean-up!

October 1st, 2016 two complete crews,  our Production Manager, & our General Manager loaded up our Storm equipment in their vehicles and immediately headed to Georgia to help assist in the large loss clean-up that Hurricane Matthew  created. We are so thankful for our amazing team that makes all of this possible & have such a desire to help assist those in need!

When dealing with large loss clean-up please remember that a fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

And Remember, We are Always Here to Help!!

Reduce The Risk Of Mold In Your Laundry Room

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Your laundry room is an ideal breeding ground for mold. The combination of a damp environment with high humidity and the heat from a washer or dryer makes an environment that spores just love. Mold can damage soft materials beyond repair and can also cause structural damage or even health effects. That is why it is important to do all you can to deter mold growth in your home. 
 
There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of mold damage in your laundry room. SERVPRO experts recommend the following actions. 
 
Do Your Laundry Promptly 
Damp and dirty laundry is an inviting prospect for mold spores to grow into patches. Do not give them a place to grow. Make sure that laundry is done regularly and not allowed to pile up. Thorough drying is also important. Wet laundry is still a potential home for fungus even if it is clean. Hang clothes outside to dry or use a dryer. 
 
Clean Regularly 
Keep surfaces clean and dry as much as possible, so that mold has less chance to breed. Be diligent for signs of mold. A disinfectant solution is an effective cleaning option that also helps reduce the chances of mold proliferation.
 
Check Your Appliances 
Laundry room leaks or drips provide even more of an opportunity for fungal growth. A leak that seeps into carpets, walls or floors encourages mildew to grow in those places and cause structural damage. Check your appliances regularly and fix any leaks and replace broken drainage hoses or fixtures at once. 
 
Call In The Experts 
Once mold is present expert help is the best way to deal with it. As soon as you see signs of mold growth we recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO. Upon arrival, our IICRC-certified experts establish a containment zone. Plastic sheeting keeps mold from spreading throughout your house. Our teams come equipped with negative air machines which pull contaminated air through ducts and exhaust it outside your home. 
 
After establishing containment, our experts set to work thoroughly cleaning your laundry room. Powerful HEPA vacuums remove loose spores. Vacuuming is followed by cleaning using abrasion, scrubbing, detergents and damp wiping, depending upon the surface to be cleaned. We also try to clean and restore, and not replace mold damaged elements as a cornerstone of our remediation service.

Working at SERVPRO!

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

I’ve been employed at SERVPRO for 1 year and 3 months. I will tell you SERVPRO is a GREAT company to work for!

I was previously employed by a big box retail company for over 20 years. I suddenly lost my job due to corporate downsizing. I was devastated, to say the least. A friend told me about an open position at SERVPRO in my hometown and I felt it would be of interest. I was already interviewing with other retail companies but thought I would inquire about SERVPRO. I called the franchise manager and told him I was interested in the sales position and that I would like to bring my resume’ for him to consider. He called me back and scheduled an interview.

I was in interview mode as I had already interviewed twice with a retail operation; one that I felt I would go to work for. But I still wanted to know what SERVPRO had to offer. During the interview, the manager told me something that shocked me. He was speaking of the franchise owner and said, “Greg told me when I started, if I was ever in question about his decision-making or how he will operate his company, I can refer to The Ten Commandments.”  That statement grabbed my attention. Then he told me about the SERVPRO founders and their faith in God. I couldn’t believe that these principals existed in the corporate workplace.

I was struggling during a tough time, not knowing what was in store for my family and me. But I felt that God was leading me in this direction to show me that I am still one of His children. I was offered the opportunity to work here and there was no longer any question as to the direction of my future. It would be with SERVPRO!

My first day of work, we gathered in the conference room for a conference call with the other two franchises that make up our company. The call started off with prayer requests. Once again, I was shocked and impressed beyond measure. Here I am, working for a company that believes in, allows, and values prayer.  Mr. Greg and Miss Angela have created a Christian environment and use their faith along with these principals and values in their daily operations. And they never pass up an opportunity to praise God and share His love. We have a saying around here that I’ve heard many times; Be a blessing to someone today!

This opportunity has been an unquestionable blessing in my life. And that’s what it means to me to work for SERVPRO!

- Philip Hammitte, Sales and Marketing Representative

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