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We Mean Business
We know that you value the way your commercial property’s appearance looks. We know that it can speak volumes to your clients and customers. Over time, a commercial property becomes dirty from every day wear and tear, or even to an emergency restoration. Here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette, we have the training and expertise to tackle these types of situations and we can make it “Like it never even happened." We can handle services such as removing an odor, or deep cleaning the flooring or carpets. You can always depend on us to make your work space look its very best. There is not a commercial property that is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette. We service all types of properties ranging from hotels, small office building, retail stores, apartments, and many more! Don’t hesitate to call us if you see that your commercial property is not shining quite as bright as you would like it to!
Tips to Keep Your Home Water Free
A water loss never happens at a convenient time. It seems to always happen when we least except is, and when we really do not have the time to worry about it. There are many different steps you can take around your home or business to avoid these types of disasters.
On the outside of your home, you need to make sure that you are cleaning out your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. The best time to do that would be the beginning of spring and the beginning of fall. Standing water on your roof can eventually cause it to collapse and damage your foundation. You must also maintain your trees and vegetation. Sure, landscaping is pretty outside a home or business, but make sure you are not planting things close to utility pipes, so that the roots might damage and break them.
It would be a good idea if you knew where your water main line is. If you leave for an extended period of time, you can shut the water off and lessen the chance of a pipe bursting while you’re gone. Make sure you are checking your appliances regularly and keeping track if anything needs to be replaced and check regularly for leaks. While checking your appliances, you might also find that it would be a good time to replace hoses in your washing machine and dryer. If you see that you are experiencing a leak, it is best to go ahead and find the source of the leak and then fix it promptly. The longer you wait, the more chance there will be mold growth, and even damages to your house and foundation. Another thing you could do to make sure you do not have any leaks, is to keep an eye on your utility bill. If you see that your utility has spiked in price, then you might have a water leak somewhere.
By following these simple steps, you might be able to save your home or business from a water damage. If disaster does strike, make sure you give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call!
Big Bad Black Mold
There are many news reports coming out giving warnings about mold and all of the dangers that it can pose to our health. “Black mold” is the most dangerous type of mold, and can also be known as “toxic mold”. The reports that do come out seem to be very alarming and scary, but they also are a little bit confusing to some. It is better to understand mold a little better, before getting upset over news reports.
Black mold comes from a type of mold that comes from stachybotrys chartarum. This type of mold can cause some health issues, such as, allergies and other irritants. Though, many other types of mold can cause the same type of allergens and irritants, so it is important to get any mold tested by a professional to ensure it will be treated properly. You must treat any type of mold you come in contact with, with caution. It is best to stay out of any affected areas that you see mold, and to not touch the mold or disturb it in any way. Disturbing the mold can cause it to grow and spread to other areas.
If you suspect you have mold growth, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call!
How to Keep Your Heated Home Happy
The winter months can be cold and dreary. There’s nothing like heating up your home and curling up on the couch to watch a movie, or a read a book, or cooking a warm meal to keep you cozy. Heating your home is simple, but there are many dangers that come with doing so. Follow these steps to keep you and your home safe from a fire.
Cooking that warm meal sounds like a good idea, but there are some dangers lurking in your kitchen. To help keep yourself safe, keep flammable objects like kitchen towels and food packaging away from stovetops and flames. Do not leave the kitchen while you are cooking something. Make sure children are at least 3 feet away from the stove. If you are fatigued or have been drinking alcohol, avoid cooking.
Candles are a very common home décor, especially in the winter months. Though they are pretty and smell nice, they can cause serious injury and harm. When lighting a candle, make sure you have placed the candle away from things that could catch on fire. You should never go to bed or leave the house without blowing the candle out. Lastly, make sure children and pets are kept away from burning candles.
Keeping your home warm during the cold months is something we all do. Furnaces, fireplaces, and heaters are all different types of heating devices you may have around your home. To keep you and your family safe, keep children away from heating units and make a three-foot safety zone. Avoid using your oven to heat your home. Make sure to have all chimneys and heating equipment checked regularly by a professional. Keep all flammable items away from heating units. Lastly, make sure you have installed all equipment as stated in the manufacturer's instructions.
By following these steps, you will surely be able to keep your and your family safe during this winter. If a disaster does strike, we are available 24/7/365. Give us a call at 205-921-1449.
Get Your Business Emergency Ready!
More than 50% of businesses never re-open once a disaster hits. The thought that goes through a business owner’s mind is “what is the likelihood it would happen to me.” We get busy in our work and personal life and just expect everyone to know what to do in an emergency situation. There are many different things that can be done to ensure you and your business are always prepared.
- Implement an ERP (Emergency Ready Program)
- Show your employees ALL emergency exits
- Fire extinguishers- where are they located?
- First aid- where is it located?
- Water shut-off valve- where is it located?
- Fire alarms- where are they & do they work?
If you do not know where these are in your building, SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette can do a free ERP plan that links right to your phone. This will instantly give you access to information you need in the event of a fire or water emergency.
- Designate one or two people to make sure emergency necessities are in date.
Did you know that items such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and smoke alarms can expire? Make sure to set a schedule to inventory these important items. A good rule of thumb is to check these items at the first of every month. This will help you get a routine down and not forget to check them regularly. Don’t always rely on the alarms to notify you when the batteries are low!
- Know who to call in an emergency.
- There are times that your employees may be in office and out of office. Make sure they know who to call in the event of a fire or water damage. That is another great asset of SERVPRO’s ERP app. You can list the names and numbers of all important contacts during and after emergencies...even your SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette representative!!
Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette at 205-921-1449 for a commercial ERP appointment for free or talk to your representative the next time they are in your business.
Waterfalls are Pretty Outdoors, Not Indoors
We know that waterfalls are pretty outdoors, and not indoors. With all of this rain we have been experiencing over the past week, every where in our area is becoming flooded with rain water. When the land gets to be so full of water, that water will then spill into people’s homes, causing a lot of water damage and microbial growth. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette has highly trained professionals who are able to handle these types of damages and losses. If you see that your basement is becoming flooded and has standing water in it or that your roof is starting to leak into your home due to all the rain, please give us a call at 205-921-1449 so we can help get the water out and start drying your home!
Dangerous Dryer Vents
Drying our clothes in the dryer is a common, almost every day thing we do. Did you know that the lint from your clothing and towels fill up in the lint filter, vent, and dryer hose? When those items become heavily clogged with lint, they become a fire hazard. Most people do not know that those things need to be cleaned out pretty regularly to ensure that they are not becoming clogged up. Almost 5,000 homes are caught in fires by the build up of dryer lint. The lint filter/screen should be cleaned with every load of laundry that you do. The vent should be cleaned once a year, at minimum. The hose for the dryer to vent to the outside should be cleaned out once a year as well. If you are checking your hose and see that yours is “accordion style”, you might want to switch it out to a smooth hose. The ridges in those “accordion style” hoses can trap and hold lint.
A Very, Merry SERVPRO Christmas
Our Ugliest Sweater Contest Winners
On December 14th, we had our 2nd Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party. We opened the party with some quick training presented by our Collections Representative, Rose. After training, our Construction Manager, Randy, sang a beautiful rendition of "Mary Did You Know?", and one of our owners, Angelia, talked about the birth of Jesus. After that, we played a game called "Pass the Gift". Lunch was provided by all of baking and cooking different sides and desserts. We also held a contest for the ugliest sweater. All in all, we had a great time together celebrating the true meaning of Christmas time. It is always so special for us to get together as a team and bond as one. We are looking forward to the rest of the Christmas season and the new year!
Christmas Parade Fun
Our group smiling through the rain with our beautiful car!
On Friday, November 30th, our Cullman location welcomed the month of December and the Christmas season with open arms at our Christmas in Cullman parade hosted by Cullman Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. We decorated our SERVPRO® car with pretty lights, a bow, and a wreath. The parade route was about a mile long and we were to able to spread holiday cheer as we handed out candy to the little kids as we walked and drove by. It was such a wonderful sight to see all the other floats and cars all decorated so beautifully. It poured rain the entire time, but we did not let that bring us down! Being in the parade definitely made it feel like Christmas time! After the parade ended, they lit up the giant Christmas tree in the downtown park and had a great concert put on by a local band. It was a great night all around.
We are so excited to have Scott Browning join our team as the newest Sales and Marketing Representative! Scott has an extensive sales background, and he is eager to get started. We can't wait to watch him succeed!
The holiday season is officially here! It’s so exciting to start decorating and getting in the Christmas spirit! Some will use an artificial tree, instead of using a real tree, simply for the convenience and the allergens that come with real ones. Unfortunately, when an artificial tree has been stored in a garage, basement, or storage unit, it can house mold and dust. There are some simple steps to follow before putting up your tree, to avoid having issues.
- Remove the tree from the box and get the base secured. Spread all the branches out in order to attach the branches after you have cleaned them. If it is easier for you, put down a sheet to catch any debris that may fall as you’re cleaning.
- Test your vacuum on the tree. When you do this, use an upholstery brush attachment to test a small part at the base of the tree. The vacuum cleaner should be able to safely clean your tree without damaging it. If you do not have the attachment, you can use a hand held vacuum on a weaker suction.
- Start vacuuming. It is easiest if you work from top to bottom. Gently use your vacuum brush to suction dust off of the branches and the trunk of the tree. Make sure to avoid vacuuming the tree into the hose or pulling out greenery. Doing that, could result in damage to your vacuum.
- Prepare to wipe down the tree. Fill a bucket with mild dish soap and warm water, avoiding any harsh chemicals that could damage your tree. Make sure to unplug your tree if it has built in lights. Use a soft washcloth or dust rag to clean the tree, these cloths will be easier in the cleaning process and won’t get tangled up in the branches.
- Wipe the trunk and branches. Dip your rag into the soapy water and wring it out well. Use the rag to gently clean the tree, working top to bottom. Rinse the dust off of your rag frequently to prevent spreading dust to other parts of the tree. Change the water in your bucket as necessary. If you see suds are appearing on your tree, or that the branches are very wet, then you are not wringing out the rag enough. Allow the tree to dry completely before plugging the tree back in.
Now you are ready to decorate your tree!
Training & Thanksgiving
Some of our team conversing and eating
On November 16th, our entire team was able to get together for almost a whole day to have some more training. We learned about customer service from our owner, Angelia Hendon, and we also learned some basic Drying 101 with our other owner, Greg Hendon. It was so great for everyone to be in the same room to be able to grow as individuals, and as a team. It is very rare that we are all in the same room because of how busy we are! After we finished training, we all came together for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Everyone pitched in and cooked sides, or baked desserts, for us to enjoy as a team. During our meal, we were asked to write down five things we were thankful for. There are so many things to be thankful for, that it is hard to choose just five!
Pictured are Jay Belcher, Sales & Marketing Representative, and Haley Nelson, Marketing Support Coordinator
On November 8th, we attended the Career Awareness Fair at Wallace State Community College that was hosted by our local chamber of commerce. We got to meet hundreds of local 8th graders from different schools in the area, and teach them all about SERVPRO. They all were very excited and interested in what we had to say. It was a lot of fun to see young children be interested and get to talk about what they want to do in the future with their career paths. We also go to bring in some of our equipment to show them how it works and why we use it. We had an air mover, ozone generator, and a rover. We even let some of the kids try out the Rover!
The Holidays Are Here
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?
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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:
The American Red Cross suggests the following:Coping with Power OutagesSudden 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
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
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:
- When cool nights allow, turn off the cooling system and open the windows while you sleep.
- In the hot summer months, set your thermostat to a temperature as high as you can comfortably stand.
- Use ceiling fans to cool the room that you are in and turn them off when you leave the room.
- Use the exhaust fan in your bathroom to remove heat and humidity while you shower or bathe.
- In the hotter summer months, grill outside as opposed to using the oven.
- Make use of the natural lighting that is provided during the daylight hours.
- When washing clothing or dishes, avoid washing partial loads, when possible.
- Air dry clothing and dishes as possible.
- Instead of taking a bath, take a short shower.
- 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
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
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)
- 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?
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!
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?
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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.