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Mold In The Crawlspace

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

The south is known for its year-round humidity. Here in Alabama we know this is to be absolutely true. If your structure is built over a crawlspace, chances are, at some point, you have seen mold in there. Excessive rain can cause the ground to become moist and if there is not a vapor barrier in your crawlspace, that moisture from the ground can evaporate into the crawlspace creating very humid conditions. 
 
High humidity in crawlspaces can increase the chances for mold growth on the building materials such as the subfloor, joists, and beams. One of the first warning signs is a strong musty smell; this can mean that there is mold nearby. 
 
Mold is something we take very seriously because of the risk of continuing damage if the source is not taken care of. Most of the time, a water damage is the root of mold beginning to form in, or under a structure. Our goal is to contain the affected area to reduce spores from traveling to unaffected areas. We will run dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to assist with the drying and restoration process. These machines help control the environment until the problem is resolved.  

 
Should you find mold, or what you think is mold in your crawlspace, contact your local SERVPRO mitigation team to help your structure back to preloss condition. 

Local Disaster Recovery Team

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO RHF has our very own Disaster Recovery Team. We are prepped and ready to go for any disaster 24/7 and 365 days a year.

If a disaster occurs, our professionally trained SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can relocate crews with all the equipment they will need to take care of any disaster that strikes. SERVPRO has placed DRT teams across the country so we are able to respond no matter where help is needed. Whether it is hurricanes in the gulf, wildfires out west, or freeze events up north, we are ready to respond at a moments notice. There is no job too big that we can not handle. We are fortunate to be able to activate other storms teams to help in areas with major disasters. If disaster find your place of business or your home, reach out to a SERVPRO mitigation team to help get you back on your feet.

Whether To Restore or Replace Personal Items

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Within the first 48 hours, your actions can make the difference in restoring items versus replacing them. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette can help take care of your structure and personal items by sending a team of professionally trained mitigation experts out to assist in the clean up. Whether it is fire, smoke, or soot related, we are trained to handle it all. Our #1 goal is to get your house back to preloss condition. 

Emotions can run high when disaster strikes. allow the professionals at SERVPRO to help put your mind at ease. We will work with your insurance, if needed, on restoring your structure in a timely manner. 

We also offer reconstruction services to eliminate your worry about finding reliable sub-contractors. 

Should fire, smoke, or soot intrude your house, call the professionals at SERVPRO to help.

Generator Tips

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

It is that time of year again here in our area. That's right, severe weather season. If you are operating a generator this storm season, there are some things you need to know.

  • Never use a generator inside of a structure. This is a fire hazard.
  • Keep the generator in an open area outdoors and if possible under a canopy. Do not touch a generator with wet hands. This can cause electrocution.
  • Cracking doors and windows, and even running ventilation such as fans is not enough to prevent from carbon monoxide poisoning. If you feel dizzy or sick, exit the structure and get fresh air.
  • Installing carbon monoxide alarms can alert you to potentially hazardous conditions in the structure and allow you time to evacuate.

Flooded Commercial Buildings

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding in any building can cause issues. Commercial buildings add an extra layer of complications. After a flood, the water is not the only issue that can arise. Humidity levels rise as the water soaks into materials. Rising humidity levels can lead to mold growth as well as affecting documents and electrical equipment.

A busted pipe or busted water sprinkler head can cause hundreds of gallons of water to affect multiple levels and multiple rooms. It is important to know where shutoffs for the sprinkler systems and water supply are.

Removing standing water and placing fans and dehumidifiers over affected area can help reduce the chances for secondary damages. If water is to take over your place of business, contact your local SERVPRO immediately so they can help you restore your place of business as quick as possible.

Any Mold Should Bring Concern, But Don't Worry!

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

If you read online articles or watch news coverage, you have probably heard about black mold. The substance has developed a negative reputation in recent years, as homeowners learn about the negative effects of this type of mold growth. You may not know, however, that other types of mold can be just as harmful as black mold. By understanding how to keep mold in check, you can keep your home looking and feeling good.


Water Damage is a Problem

We all know that water is essential inside your home. When water stays where it should, you likely do not have to worry about mold growth. If there is a leak, mold can feed and spread quickly. When inspecting your house for signs of mold, look in the following areas where water damage is common:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Garages
  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Attics

Humidity Is Not Your Friend

While increasing the humidity in your home may make breathing easier, it could encourage mold to grow. If you suspect you have high humidity throughout your home, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier.

Cleanup Requires Equipment and Skill

Removing mold is not always easy. In fact, you may seemingly wipe away mold only to realize that you did not effectively kill it. If you want to stop mold growth, consider contracting with a reputable mold remediation service. Expert technicians know where to find mold. They also have the expertise and equipment to stop mold in their tracks.

To keep your home in good shape, you simply cannot ignore any type of mold growth. While finding mold in your house can be challenging, the task is likely worth your time and energy. If you notice the signs of mold, you must work diligently to remove the substance. With some information and the right team, though, you can likely ensure your house stays comfortable.

Signs You Might Have A Water Leak In Your Bathroom

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

There are many sources in your home that can create water damages or be the source of a leak. Here are a few signs in your bathroom that could be the root cause of some of them.

Water Bill

Take a look at your water bill from around the same time in previous months or previous years -- has it gone up or even changed just enough for you to take notice? That could be because of a leak. Keep an eye on it for next month and if you are still seeing the same jump, have a professional take a look. It can never hurt to have another pair of eyes on your water meter. Water bills can run deep and especially if it is winter season and the bill is climbing. 

Water Stains 

This is the main issue that we see when bathrooms are the culprit of a water damage. Water stains almost always are a symptom of a more serious issue going on in your home. Once you notice, check the adjoining sides of the walls to see if there are water spots showing up in other rooms.  These kinds of water damages can spread quickly and cause a lot of damage in their wake. Always call someone when you notice water stains so that they can be stopped and cleaned up quickly before they spread. 

Loose Tiles

When there are loose tiles in your bathtub, that may be signs of more serious water damages. Take a few tiles out and see what is behind the wall. 

The Science of Drying

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?  Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition.

While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette is trained in the science of drying and follows strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.  If your home or business suffers a water damage, we will inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening; measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly; and speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature?"  A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium.  When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier.  The only problem is nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette has the tools to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.  We use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help accelerate the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line?  We have the training and equipment to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Get Your Ducks in A Row and Call SERVPRO For a Duct Cleaning!

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Spring is not far away and we know that here in Alabama, allergies run rampant for some people. Did you know a cleaning of your duct system can help? Duct cleaning can improve the air quality in your home and business. You may wonder, why use SERVPRO for your duct cleaning? The SERVPRO duct cleaning system is proven and cost-effective.  

The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but our trained professional here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette can help you change that! Inspecting the ductwork in your home or business should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your home. 

What might be residing in your ducts:

  • Rodents
  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Debris
  • Bacteria
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Insects
  • Pests 

A routine part of your local SERVPRO franchise professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. We will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your SERVPRO franchise professional can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition. 

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO franchise professionals use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. 

If your allergies persist this season, call us to come out to provide you a FREE quote for duct cleaning. 

The Longer Your Business is Closed, The More Money is Lost

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette we understand that when a commercial water emergency occurs in your business it is important that the issues is mitigated quickly and efficiently. During these emergencies, it is not just the building that needs to be back up and functioning but the materials and equipment you use on a daily basis that allows your business to be successful.  

We have the ability to save things like office furniture, desk, and even sensitive information that may be stored in the office with our Document Restoration. We are in the business of restoring these items that may have been damaged during your water emergency. We always attempt to salvage anything damaged because we understand that it can keep the cost down for you and the insurance company as well the value it has to your company. If an item can be saved or restored it is worth the time to do so.  

SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette works tirelessly to treat each of your items with special care to protect. Our team is trained to keep your items from damage while we do work. Our content specialists team does wonders with your clean-up on all types of materials.  

Trust that our highly trained technicians keeps in mind that time down for your business, is money lost. So our team will work around the clock to make sure it is “Like it never even happened,” and your business is back up and running!

Mold After A Water Damage? It's Possible.

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage is common and at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette, we handle water damaged property pretty much every single day. 

One of the most common problems with a water damage is mold that can be lurking. It can be as simple as a roof leak or a leaking water line, that lead to other and much larger problems on the property.

At SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette we know that immediate action is required to prevent mold growth so how can you do your part?

BE ALERT

  • Be on the lookout for visible mold
  • Strong must odors; this may indicate that mold is present
  • Any evidence that past moisture that may have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. Every mold situation is different, at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette, we take the proper steps to make sure you receive quality service. 

Mold Keeps Coming Back! Why?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

The quick, and accurate, answer to repeated microbial growth is water issues. Knowing this, doesn't always help you prevent further growth and contamination, especially after repeated growth in a certain area. 

The Reasons for the Return

Certain properties of mold can help you understand why it keeps coming back:

• Most molds aren't harmful. These organisms exist everywhere, inside and outside. Most of the time, molds aren't dangerous and are often helpful. However, certain types, such as black mold, can be unsightly and costly.
• Molds are fungi. They reproduce by spreading spores. To facilitate colony growth and the spread of spores, thread-like hyphae (branching filaments of mold) release enzymes and spores. If a hypha is detached from the rest of the colony, it can begin to take root and establish a new colony on a new surface.
• Mold is microscopic. This means it can get into places that you may not think possible. It also makes it very hard for you to clean mold completely with a spray solution and scrubbing. For example, you probably can't access both sides of the drywall, but when there's high humidity, this is an ideal location for mold growth.
• Mold grows quickly. Whether spores are carried into an area through the ductwork or hyphae have broken off and transferred to a new surface, it only takes 24 to 48 hours for a new colony to take hold.

Prevention and Remediation

The best route for water damage restoration is to work with a professional and prevent water damage. Inspect your property for any leaky pipes or faucets, install a dehumidifier, and keep the property well-ventilated. 

When you don't know what else to try, contact a professional. Our trained professionals can handle problems in inaccessible areas, locate areas of moisture you couldn't find, and provide education for further prevention of mold. 

Could You Have A Mold Problem?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts: 

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. 
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. 
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. 
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

Removing Water With Minor Disruptions

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

There are two rooms in a Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette home or business that is most likely to experience a water damage: the bathroom and the kitchen. Coincidentally, both of these rooms usually have cabinets and the same issues when the house needs water cleanup services.

When SERVPRO techs handle water removal in homes or businesses, the goal is always to limit disruptions to the home and get the job completed promptly, including leaving structural elements in place such as vanities and cabinets.

Tracking the water damage path within your property is a crucial part of limiting the number of items that require removal during water damage cleanup services. SERVPRO technicians use a myriad of devices and techniques to locate and remove the water in a home. Upon removing the toe kick at the bottom of a cabinet or vanity, the techs can use their detection equipment to determine the moisture level present and if seepage into the subfloor under the cabinet has occurred.

Examples of Water Removal Techniques

  • Use of attachments on equipment to get under cabinets when possible
  • Drilling weep holes to drain walls that have wicked moisture
  • Use of controlled demo when needed to stop the deterioration of an entire wall or ceiling

Content Inventory is Key!

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

It is no secret how damaging flames and smoke can be to your home or business. Smoke and soot clean up alone can be tedious and expensive.  One area we find is often overlook when it comes to protecting a home or business, are the contents contained within.

Most insurance policies have contents coverage, in the event that they get damaged in a fire or water (sometimes both!) loss.  However, policy holders are still required to submit a list of the items that were deemed unsalvageable in order to receive payment.  We assess and do our very best while on the job site to take note of any item we determine must be thrown away.  But sadly, not all items can be recognized.  Especially if it's in the room where the fire started. 

Taking pictures and an up to date home inventory, can help determine what times were stored in each room so nothing gets missed.  If you are renting your home or office space, and have tenant's insurance, your inventory can be just as critical! 

Set aside a few minutes every four months or so, to take pictures and make note of any new valuable items you may have acquired. Hopefully you will never need to use them, but if disaster does strike, they could keep you from losing out on content reimbursement.

We are here for you 24/7 if you have a fire or smoke disaster.  

Gas Water Heaters Can Cause Fires If You're Not Careful

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

While electric water heaters generally are rarely the cause of residential fires unless they overheat, gas water heaters have more potential to be the center of a fire damage due to their open flame. There are some actions homeowners can take to ensure their water heater operates safely.

    • Do not store clothes or papers near the water heater
    • Flammable liquids and cleaning products should be away from the water heater
    • The flame cover should be in place at all times

Where Do I Start to Cleanup Fire Damage from a Water Heater?

When a water heater in a home causes a fire, the most likely area is in the basement. On the upper floors, some homes have utility closets, and those come with their own challenges for cleanup. The key to limiting loss with either location is to begin the mitigation efforts as rapidly as possible.

Basement Water Heater Cleanup Post-Fire

Upon arrival to a home after a fire, our technicians get to work removing any water and putting up containment to diminish the chance of soot spread anywhere else in the home. The damaged water heater and any charred items too far gone for restoration services get removed with the approval of the homeowner or adjuster.

The smoke damage on the walls may require the removal of the sheetrock on the walls down to the plywood or even brick or cinder block. Because of the potential for these porous areas to hold smoke odors, our technicians use cleaning agents specially formulated for this type of surface cleaning without the use of acids that can harm the surfaces.

Utility Closet Cleanup After a Fire Caused by a Water Heater

The damage can be far more significant when the water heater has a location in the home outside of the basement. The smoke may have spread to different areas of the house, more than one place may have water loss due from the fire department putting out the fire, and both carpet and sheetrock require mitigation.

Water can equal fire in the potential for damage after a fire, it runs downward flowing through the carpet and padding or under the tile and gets into floor joists and drips through below. It can pick up soot and dirt along the way and stain the walls and ceilings when it comes out. Once water wicks into sheetrock, it begins to buckle and warp and needs cutting away to halt the deterioration.

Carpet gets inspected on a case by case basis for restoration. The water may cause shrinkage, dye bleed, or in the case of acrylic and polyester fibers with a low melting point; they may have too much damage from the heat of the fire for restoration through cleaning applications. Whenever possible, the technicians try to extract any remaining water and deep clean the carpets to eliminate odors and stains to save the homeowners the cost of replacement.

The restoration potential for hardwood flooring depends on the materials that make up the floorboards and how much exposure they had to heat and water.

Ceramic tiles tend to come out of this type of loss situation with the best potential for full restoration if the grout line sealant is intact. It generally needs cleaning with one of the professional-quality agents to remove any smoke residues, and little else is required.

Odor Control is a Big Part of the Fire Loss Cleanup Process

Doors and windows can get left open, and it will not diminish smoke odors within a home after something as significant as a water heater fire. Soot produces odors, and the motes can be smaller than the human eye can see, which makes removing them a challenge without advanced devices to capture the airborne particles. SERVPRO technicians have a broad array of odor control methods that include:

    • Specific equipment like hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers
    • Applications such as gel pellets or sprays for light, residual odors
    • Deodorizing cleaning agents for surfaces
    • Sealants to apply over painted surfaces to halt odors

We've Got The Drying Process Down To A Science..Literally

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette knows that using the proper equipment makes a huge difference. You can always count on us to have the right technology and equipment to get the job done!

For example, one of the most common losses that we handle are water loss. Here is some information on the drying process. 

Psychrometrics is the study of the air and its properties. The properties are temperature, humidity and vapor pressure. Dew points are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure. These measurements allow for us to create the proper atmosphere for the most effective drying.

There is a science to drying everything properly.

The detection equipment used is always the most current within the industry. 

Moisture Sensors, Moisture Meters, Thermo-hygrometers, Infrared Cameras, and Manometers are some the detection equipment.

Extraction Equipment, Air Moving Equipment, Dehumdification Equipment, Deodorization Equipment, and many others are all used in the drying process. 

When it comes to drying, we take it seriously!

Humidifiers vs Dehumidifiers: When Do I Use One?

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Humidifier or dehumidifier? Do I need more moisture or less moisture? What's the difference?

Luckily, SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette can help you understand the difference.

Tools such as the humidifier and dehumidifier have were made to measure, control and regulate humidity, circulation, and temperature to best suit our bodies. Humidity is a very important factor in determining how comfortable a space can feel.

Low amounts of water vapor in the air can cause dry skin and hair, static electricity, and increased likelihood of catching a cold or respiratory illness.

Both humidifiers and dehumidifiers help improve indoor humidity levels and eliminate respiratory illnesses like asthma and chest congestion.

A humidifier increases the amount of moisture in the air while a dehumidifier decreases the amount of moisture.

Cold and Winter Months:

During the cold, winter months the air is usually dry and viruses become airborne. A humidifier will add moisture to the air and can help you avoid getting sick.

Humidifiers are also often used in babies and children’s rooms to aid in their breathing throughout the night.

Basements:

Basements are often susceptible to mold growth because they have little exposure to sunlight and tend to gather moisture which leads to high humidity. A dehumidifier would be best in a basement- especially if your basement always seems to be damp and musty.

Mold:

Mold thrives in dark, damp places. To reduce the likelihood of mold, the amount of moisture in the air needs to be reduced. This is where a dehumidifier would be appropriate.

If the humidity levels in your home are all out of sorts, or mold has already taken up residence in your home, it is probably best to call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties. We can assess your air quality and help you make the right call.

Our Technicians Are Trained For Dry Out Processes

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

The onset of a burst of water where a flood enters your home or business can bring a world of uncertainties and concerns. Not only is it vital to think about the potential harm to the structural integrity of your home or business, but there is also health dangers from contaminants. SERVPRO has the tools, training, and experience to ensure your space is restored to preloss condition so that your family or company can get back to routine quicker. 

Why Are Trained Technicians Best for the Job?
Our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) follow detailed protocols for testing and treating potentially toxic floodwaters. Big or small, we get right to work – you can expect:

    • As required, we handle board up, tarping, and pack-out services.
    • Fast action that minimizes the impact of the loss and overall costs.
    • Proven methods for extraction, water removal, deodorization, and sanitization.
    • Industrial-grade tools and equipment made to handle residential and commercial projects.
    • Homeowners enjoy our tailored approach to extraction and drying, which includes constant monitoring to ensure no moisture is left behind.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Drying?
In many flood damage situations, our crews will create drying zones to achieve our goals better. Should rooms of your home or business sustain more floodwater than other areas, we may put up polyethylene sheeting to construct sealed drying zones. However, different situations might call for open drying systems to push moisture out of your home when the weather outside is conducive to our goals. The crew chief on the project will make determinations to handle drying and moisture removal as quickly as possible.

Keep Your Four Legged Friends Safe In A Storm

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can be very stressful event for your four legged friends. Follow these tips to help alleviate some of the off of your pet. 

  • Anxiety Levels: Many pets have anxiety with fireworks or storms. If your pet has been prescribed medication for anxiety, talk to your vet about the best course of action leading up to firework events or storm systems coming through your area. 
  • Finding Shelter: Often times during a storm, it may be the best course of action to take shelter in a small bathroom or basement. Make sure your pet is familiar with this area just in case you need to take shelter there. Practice going to this designated place beforehand. 
  • Evacuation Plan: Make sure you have an evacuation plan that everyone in your household is aware of. Create an area that you can easily locate your pets leash, carrier, medication and food if you need to evacuate. Be sure to know where your pets most desired hiding place is just in case you cannot find them when you need to evacuate. 
  • First Aid Kit: Talk to your vet about adding items to your first aid kit that are dedicated for your pet. Keep your first aid kit stocked so it is always plentiful of supplies.

I Found Mold! What Personal Items Do I Need To Discard?

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold can inflict devastating amounts of damage to your home or business. While all hope might seem lost, there are certain mold cleaning techniques you can use to save your possessions.

Items to Throw Away

It's important to know which items simply cannot be saved when attempting to expedite your mold cleaning efforts:

Porous Objects: Because of their tendency to absorb water quickly, it's unlikely that you'll be able to save objects with porous surfaces. This includes items made of cardboard, padding, stuffed animals, upholstered furniture, carpeting and mattresses.

Paper Products: While it is possible to restore these items, the process is rather costly and should be saved for sentimental items. Place any possessions you wish to preserve in the freezer to prevent mold damage from spreading.

Food Items: Moldy or water damaged food must be thrown away. The same goes for any water damaged food preparation appliances.

Items to Keep

Glass, Metal or Plastic Materials: Clean these items using either antibacterial hand soap or a homemade mixture comprised of 1 gallon of water and 1/2 cup of bleach.

Most Clothing Items: Time is of the essence with clothing, so make sure to wash them using regular laundry detergent as soon as possible. Leather clothing needs to be taken to a cleaning professional.

Electronic Devices: Appliances exposed to mold can vary.. Any water damaged electronics or appliances are potentially dangerous and need to be thrown away. You should consult a professional if you wish to restore these types of items.

Knowing which items to keep and which you need to get rid of can certainly help expedite your mold cleaning efforts. If you have any further questions, or require additional help getting rid of mold, contact mold remediation experts as soon as possible.

SERVPRO Makes Its Own Products...Did You Know!?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO formulates and manufactures its own proprietary line of cleaning products?  SERVPRO Corporate has a team of chemists on hand, that make up the Professional Cleaning Products Team.  Listed below are some of the chemical categories:

  • Spotting Agents
  • Carpet and Upholstery Products
  • Wood & Leather Care Products
  • Decontamination Products
  • Deodorization Products
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning Products
  • Hard Floor Care Products
  • Specialty Products
  • Coatings & Sealant Products
  • Environmentally Friendly Products

We feel this is just one aspect of our company that sets us apart from our competition.  SERVPRO knows what works and is always looking to better our products and come up with new ideas. Did we mention that they smell great too! Our products are for the exclusive use of SERVPRO franchises and are not for resale, but if we are working for you, we are using these wonderful products.

Call us today! We are here to help you.

Get The Most Out Of Your Roof

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Tips on maintaining your roof:

  • Make sure that any trellises, gutters and other additions to your roof are not rotting and are suitably attached.
  • Get an annual inspection from a licensed, experienced roofer. If you get overwhelmed by google, call our office today for a few local companies that we like to work with.
  • Confirm with said roofer that all seams, especially those around chimneys and where a flat roof meets the pitched roof or a wall, are sealed properly to help prevent water intrusion.
  • Ensure that any roof cleaning is performed by a professional with extensive experience and proper equipment and products.
  • Get a stamp of approval that there is sufficient airflow in and out of the attic, proper ventilation is key to prevent moisture getting trapped in your attic space.
  • And don’t forget that you shouldn’t wait around to repair or replace the roof when needed, it is one part of your home that is worth staying on top of.

In the end, a smaller investment is worth it to make sure that you are guaranteeing a well maintained roof. The little bits of extra work can go a long way toward helping prevent a loss down the road. If you suspect that you may have a moisture issue or water intrusion into your building from your roof, give our SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette team a call to help get your loss back to normal “Like it never even happened.”

Can A Storm Door Help You?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

If your home's front door is durable and sturdy, a storm door may seem like something you might not need. However, there are more benefits to a storm door, such as added protection against intrusion and energy efficiency. Here are some advantages that will help you decide if having a storm door is for you.

1. Noise Minimization

Noise travels the air through molecule vibrations. Recording studios use doubled doors that contain thick material to slow down the vibration of air, therefore reducing noise entry into a room. Similarly, storm doors introduce a noise reducing effect, turning your home into a quiet getaway.

2. Energy Efficiency

The first principle of insulation is that the seal of the barrier should have no gap, therefore not allowing temperature-regulated air to escape, and unregulated air to enter. A storm door can help improve insulation by adding barriers to your entryway, which is the most susceptible part of your home.

3. Security
Storm doors generally come with a bolt-and-padlock feature, advanced security vault locks or strengthen screens and reinforced fiberglass. These features add security to the home, compared to a regular door.

4. Style
The entrance door of your home is the first thing people see. If you are looking to make a good impression, storm doors can be crafted with elegance and according to your specifications using materials such as wood, plexiglass, aluminum, and PVC.

5. Affordability
Replacing any door in your home is not cheap. You will have to buy a prefabricated door, or the materials to make one and hire a professional contractor to install it. A beautifully designed storm door can be a better solution than simply replacing it with another regular door since it is more durable and reliable.

6. Ventilation
Storm doors are versatile and generally have screen and fiberglass windows which allows air flow to help maintain indoor temperatures.

7. Value
Storm doors are durable and affordable. They are made to last and can be a great investment because they will add value to your home if you decide to sell it in the future.

The Claims Process Doesn't Have to Be Hard

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want is to worry about is how to handle the process of moving forward. For this reason, our team ensures they make the claim process as stress free as possible. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette will help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. Therefore, we will:

  • Create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
  • Document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage
  • Work directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times
  • Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be

We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients. They are fully aware of the benefits that come along with our partnership. We do everything we can to make the entire process as easy as possible.

Our trained professionals are here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold and bio-hazard clean up and restoration services.

Fires Can Happen In Your Commercial Property

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

An office or store fire can be devastating, not only to the owners but to the community as well. People could lose their jobs and the community could lose a vital service, but more importantly, people could lose their lives and property could be lost.

Some businesses will have a hard time recovering after being shut down for several months due to the pandemic. The loss from a fire will make it that much tougher to recover. Every year there are 17,000 office and store fires in the U.S., causing over $800 Million in property damage. Add to that the monetary loss caused by the pandemic and many businesses will never reopen.

However, there are important fire safety practices that employers and employees should follow to prevent workplace fires, keep them all safe and keep their businesses open.

  • Check for damaged or overloaded electrical outlets, cords or cables.
  • Never leave portable heating devices unattended.
  • Keep workplace and equipment clean, dry and well ventilated.
  • Plan and practice multiple escape routes.
  • Ensure windows can be opened and screens can be removed.
  • Make sure smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are installed properly and working.
  • Post clear fire escape plans on every level.
  • Conduct regular Emergency Drills.

If there is a fire...

  1. Call 911
  2. Notify co-workers of the fire
  3. Walk, don't run! Use the stairs and never the elevator.

Home Maintenance for Storms

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

The dog days of summer are on us, which means pop up afternoon thunderstorms. Being from Alabama you know that the weather is constantly changing. As the weather changes, what can you do to protect your home against water damage?

Start with the outside first

  • Clean your gutters: when gutters are full of leaves, they don’t allow rain water to flow naturally and can result in an overflow of water.  This water might find it’s way into your house via your walls, roof, or accumulation that results in ground-floor flooding.
  • Check trees around your house: any trees that are close to your home could ultimately fall in a windy storm, breaking your roof and allowing water to seep into your home.  Trees that are too close to your home can also allow animals to climb into your attic, further breaching your roof’s integrity.
  • Check your roof: We have been speaking about the importance of maintaining your roof to keep the inside dry.  Now is the time to make sure you don’t have any loose shingles or tiles.  

Time to Check Inside

  • Check your windows and doors: weather-stripping around doors and windows can help to make sure rain doesn’t come indoors.  You will want to look for obvious cracks, spaces, and loose hardware. These items can allow droplets to rain into your home.
  • Check the foundation: Look for any cracks in the foundation or in the walls.  If any are found, deal with them immediately.
  • Check your garage door: it is important to ensure that it closes fully and properly to prevent water from entering during a storm.

There's Still Some Time To Grill This Summer- Be Safe!

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Grilling at home is something that nearly everyone enjoys and that can be done safely with a few precautions. Now and then a grill fire breaks out and more often than not the only casualty is the food on the grill. However, if a person is not careful or does something unwise, the fire can get out of control and involve the home. Keeping the following things in mind should avoid a disaster when cooking outdoors:

  • Do not cook too close to the home
  • Do not operate the grill near flammable items such as a gas can
  • Never operate a faulty grill
  • Secure the connections from the gas tank to the grill
  • Never leave the grill unattended

It is a good idea to clean the grill on a regular basis. This keeps oils and fats to a minimum and avoids the flaring up of flames.

What To Do During a Grill Fire


It is important to keep calm. Panic only makes things worse. So long as you are not too close to your home and there is nothing combustible nearby, the grill fire should stay contained. If it is not too hot, turn off the burners and then turn off the line from the gas tank. In a short time, the fire will simply go out. It is a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case the fire gets serious. You might ruin your food, but you could save your home.

What To Do After a Home Fire


A grill fire that spreads to a home can be a devastating event. Calling in a professional fire remediation company can help you recover quickly. A trained team will have the experience and the resources to put your home back together again. Fire damage will soon be a thing of the past. The repair and restoration process is completed with as little disruption as possible to your family.

Dangers Lurk in Floodwaters

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Floodwater is noticeably dirty and often carries visible pieces of garbage, organic matter like tree branches, and other debris. Dissolved chemicals and liquids might include acids, oils, and pesticides. The residual mess can harbor pathogens long after floodwaters leave your residence, adding to the health risks now in existence inside your property. Drying out your home and replacing damaged items must happen only after the elimination of such risks.

Contamination is not the only risk that residents face when entering their property occurs. Weakened floors can collapse, as can ceilings in basements if they contain floodwater. The weight of people and water can warp flooring tiles and crumpled carpeting, thus creating trip hazards. Waterlogged walls made of drywall or covered in plaster can also collapse sideways. Electrical hazards exist throughout a property after even a minor flood, including cords, appliances, outlets, and inside walls.

We rely on our building specialists to handle drywall tear-outs, carpet and tile removal, electrical testing, and repairs. Also, clearing out the main drain line and ensuring the sump pump works correctly, as we work on removing soil and silt dumped into corners and closets. 

When we finish clearing a floor of debris, we rinse it with clean running water. While we do not power wash it, it has a similar effect of removing the finer sediments that our shovels and squeegees did not remove. Then we can apply a disinfectant that kills any leftover pathogens.

Once we have cleared floors of debris and we have removed contaminated materials like drywall, we can start drying out the house for you. 

Your Pipes Can Make Noises..What Do They Mean?

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Part of avoiding a pipe break at your home or business may include knowing when your plumbing is making odd noises. Understanding these sounds can help you know what is normal for your home system, as well as which sounds can indicate the danger of a possible pipe burst.

Noises the Pipes May Make

Rattling

Humming

Gurgling

Hammering

Whistling

Each of these sounds is caused by a different aspect of your plumbing system or the water as it moves through the system, meaning that each sound will need to be analyzed and treated appropriately. It’s highly recommended that a professional be contacted if you have concerns about your plumbing.

What These Noises Mean

These noises may not always mean you are at risk for a pipe break. However, they may indicate possible problems that should be looked into. A rattling sound could indicate that a pipe has come loose from its wall fastenings. Gurgling often means that a drain is clogged and may need to be fixed before it causes a backup, while humming may mean that your water pressure is too high. Hammering occurs when the water flow is stopped suddenly forcing it back through the pipes. A whistling sound could be a valve that isn’t fully open.


If you hear these sounds in your plumbing system you may want to contact a plumbing professional to find the exact cause. They should be able to fix broken pipe issues while a restoration company can help with any flood cleanup and repairs to your home.

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