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Are You Ready For Storm Season?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

  • Tornadoes may strike quickly, with little or no warning.
  • Tornadoes can destroy structures and lift vehicles.
  • Tornadoes may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
  • Tornadoes generally move Southwest to Northeast, but they have been known to move in any direction.
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 MPH but may vary from stationary to 70 MPH.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Peak tornado season is March through May; Tuscaloosa has a second tornado season from November to early December.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. but can occur at any time.
  • The average tornado lasts less than 10 minutes, but it can last from seconds to more than an hour.

While securing your personal belongings and valuables is important, protecting yourself and your family should be your top priority when a tornado watch is in effect. 

Your family should have a plan in place so that you can quickly find shelter, particularly if you live in a vulnerable structure such as a mobile home. You should also pre-designate a place to meet up after the storm in the event that you are separated.

Basements and storm cellars are the safest places to wait out a tornado. If shelter below ground is not available, go to the lowest floor possible and seek protection in a bathroom, closet or other interior room far from windows and as close to the center of the house as possible.

Conventional wisdom holds that opening windows helps by equalizing pressure in the house. This is no longer advised, however, as doing so allows damaging debris to enter your home.

The bottom line is if a tornado warning is issued for your area, you should hunker down in the basement, cellar or tornado shelter as quickly as possible. Saving you and your family members’ lives is more important than preserving your home.

For more tips to protect your home before the next tornado warning, or to schedule cleanup services following a natural disaster, please contact SERVPRO of Montgomery at 334.284.1612.

We are Cleaning Experts

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today, SERVPRO of Montgomery at 334.284.1612. 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Be Prepared If Your Montgomery Business Suffers Water Damage

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Like any business, software development and semiconductor companies need to plan for unexpected events and disasters. Business owners and managers plan for all kinds of crises. We can help you prepare for a water loss collaboratively.

Fast and efficient response to water damage within your Montgomery commercial property is the best first step toward restoring the harm done to the building and the contents of your business. We encourage you to consult with us to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We walk you through the process as we evaluate the layout and workings of your shop. Working together helps with many aspects of a natural disaster, equipment malfunction, or a simple leak that can get out of control quickly.

A SERVPRO of Montgomery project manager familiar with large water losses visits your commercial property. We look for areas of vulnerability with your layout, inventory, and equipment should large quantities of water invade. Commonsense suggestions can limit your risk, and our new-found familiarity with your premises permits us to better react to any call you must make if a problem arises.

We take pictures and sketch out a blueprint of your location. You help by using our mobile app to expand our base of information. A list of all the vendors and contractors that installed and warrant your systems and equipment helps us if we have questions during the mitigation process. The ERP makes it clear that SERVPRO of Montgomery is your restoration company of choice. Often our customer’s designate members of their management team to act in their stead if an emergency occurs while the owner is unavailable.

If during the assessment we see you have inventory, business equipment, or documents at risk of flood damage we encourage as part of the plan a pack out to our production facility or a dry, secure area of your commercial property. SERVPRO of Montgomery drying specialists use effective strategies to restore wet articles including electronics. We have access to innovative drying systems like freeze-drying for documents and custom-sized drying spaces that use a combination of air movement, heat, and dehydration to remove moisture from office furnishings and equipment.

SERVPRO of Montgomery is ready to help you develop a concise and readily available online plan if your business has a water damage emergency. Call 334.284.1612 to set up an appointment to get the ERP process started.

Why Advanced Training in Appropriate Kitchen Fire Damage Cleaning Is Crucial

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning up after a fire in your Montgomery home requires more than an upbeat attitude and some elbow grease. Even if the flames subsided quickly, residues from the kitchen fire likely spread widely throughout your home. The soiling attaches to any surface, horizontal, vertical, or slanted, the hot air currents from the fire depositing the soot on cooler walls, ceilings, and furnishings often far from the ignition site. Residues are almost transparent but very bad smelling and tightly adhered to the surfaces. 

Not Typical Household Dirt and Grime

To understand issues presented by fire damage in Montgomery home, imagine the interior of your oven after many roastings and broilers without cleaning. Think about the coatings in a microwave or outdoor grill that were not addressed immediately after cooking. The residues that drift through your home after a kitchen fire are similar, not the dry and ashy soot of a wood fire, but the remains of grease, oils, and proteins, now dehydrated and in every corner of your abode.  

Principles and Elements of Cleaning 

At SERVPRO, our technicians train extensively to ensure that our cleaning efforts are successful. First, we focus on the principles of cleaning: 

  • Locating the fire residues
  • Identifying the type of residue
  • Identifying the types of surfaces affected
  • Capturing and removing residues for proper disposal  

Armed with that knowledge, we approach cleaning tasks by manipulating the following elements of cleaning: 

  • Temperature
  • Agitation 
  • Chemical action
  • Time 

How Do Protein-Based Residues Fit the Protocol? 

SERVPRO of Montgomery technicians are familiar with the challenges of resolving kitchen fire residues. The greasy, almost varnish-like residues are impervious to the water-based cleansers frequently relied upon as “one size fits all” solutions for cleanup. We use research-based procedures to break the bonds, utilizing the principle that “like dissolves like.” Instead of soap, we select a solvent and often choose to employ both agitation and abrasive tools to loosen the kitchen fire sourced soot. Detergents can also help us dislodge oily residues, acting with water to create an emulsion to suspend the dehydrated food and grease particles. 

SERVPRO of Montgomery has a highly-trained and skilled workforce ready to assist with your fire damage challenges. Call us at 334.284.1612

SERVPRO of Montgomery Offers Quick Help

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water intrusion incidents happen without any warning leaving a trail of destruction in your home. Apart from removing the water, other steps, such as cleaning, stain removal, and even rebuilding some parts of the home, may be necessary. Calling SERVPRO of Montgomery to handle the restoration can help you get quicker results because we have a deeper understanding of the process along with much experience.

Anticipation of Problems

Properties in Montgomery hit by water damage undergo different stages of deterioration depending on the amount of water spilled, and the time it takes to restore them. Some problems like rusting, rotting in wood, or even mold development, which are challenging to address, happen in the later stages of the loss. Anticipating such problems can ensure correct actions are taken early, thus preventing them from developing. Our SERVPRO of Montgomery technicians expedite water removal, especially around hardwood floors. We can also remove some boards to prevent buckling when the floor swells after absorbing water.

Understanding Material Structure

The various materials that make up the house are unique in many ways, including having different internal structures. The structure affects absorbency and ability to hold water for long, which can have several implications, including fueling mold growth, long after the water spill incident happens. Our SERVPRO of Montgomery technicians have extensive knowledge of various building materials. For example, we understand the arrangement and size of pores in woods such as Red Cedar. We also understand whether a specific house has a tight, loose, or moderate envelope and its impact on the drying process.  The envelope means several things, including the roof, ceiling, foundation, and finished floors, among other aspects.

Variety of Sophisticated Equipment

The restoration process involves several steps performed together or separately. Most of the steps require equipment to complete. We have sufficient equipment making it easier to complete such steps. Some equipment can also shorten the process. For example, using injection-dry systems and drying mats, it is possible to remove water from floorboards without demolishing such areas, which can become quite costly. There again, we try to restore and not replace building materials and internal fixtures.

Better understating of water loss helps improve the restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery at 334.284.1612to help address any issue you face after the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Damage Tips

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips 

  • Listen to the radio for advisories
  • Do not venture outside until it’s declared safe 
  • Stay away from downed power lines, standing water, and metal objects near downed wires
  • Watch out for snakes and wild animals 
  • If you smell gas, turn gas off at the meter 
  • Avoid using candles or open flames indoors
  • Operate generators outside
  • Be careful when entering or leaving buildings with structural damage. It is best to avoid entering until the damage has been assessed 
  • Once things have been properly assessed, make sure you have plenty of pictures of storm damage to your property 
  • Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery to come out for board up and get started on water mitigation. 
  • SERVPRO of Montgomery will work with you and your insurance to get your property back to preloss condition

SERVPRO of Montgomery 334-284-1612

Rain Rain Rain... Go Away

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Rain, rain, rain. 

Numerous flash flood warnings. 

Rain jackets. Rain boots. Umbrellas. 

Flooding. 

Here in Alabama, that’s what we have been dealing with. Some of us have been lucky, others have not. We have received over 8 inches in some areas of Alabama. The Riverfront Park in downtown Montgomery is currently underwater. As of Tuesday, February 11, the water was up to thirty nine feet. The Alabama river is expected to reach over forty feet by Thursday morning, if not sooner. We here at SERVPRO of Montgomery hope that your home or business has not been affected. If, unfortunately, your residence or business gets affected by all this weather, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. SERVPRO of Montgomery is available 365 days a year, 24/7. We can make it “Like it never even happened.” 


Call SERVPRO of Montgomery today! (334) 284-1612

SERVPRO of Montgomery Can Help With Your Mold Problems

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery professionals can help provide a solution to your property’s mold damage needs. Buildings with excessive moisture can be breeding grounds for mold growth. If your facility has experienced an ongoing moisture problem due to water intrusions, long-standing leaks, roof damage or poor humidity control. It is important to be alert for the presence of visible mold, strong musty odors, any evidence of past moisture problems, and/or excessive humidity. 

If you do find mold within the Montgomery facility, mold removal and remediation can help eliminate a potentially dangerous situation. SERVPRO of Montgomery professionals will arrive on-site alert for any visible signs of mold. Following industry standards for mold remediation, they will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future mold growth. 

Call us today if you suspect you have mold. (334) 273-0992.

Our Experienced Team Can Help You

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

The water loss remediation industry continuously devises new equipment that takes a Montgomery property from soaked and deteriorating to dry and clean faster and more efficiently. As amazing as innovative tools are, it takes a crew of seasoned and highly-qualified technicians to use them to the best effect. Professional water remediation companies deliver their best outcomes when the workers pledge to train and recertify on a regular basis.

When you face water damage in your home, you benefit from cutting-edge equipment and crews who know how to operate them according to industry standards. Even diehard do-it-yourselfers recognize that managing water incursions is a tricky business, requiring not only hard work but also a solid understanding of the science behind water removal and structural drying.

Developing professional expertise to mitigate water damage is why SERVPRO sends our crew members to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes. The IICRC is a standard developing and establishing organization worldwide. Skills taught to the employees we sent to remediate and restore your home base their effectiveness on research.

An example of a task that might seem straightforward enough to be within the grasp of every homeowner is carpet water extraction. The equipment resembles a shop vac, and a homeowner typically feels comfortable operating a vacuum. Why SERVPRO requires crew members to complete a comprehensive IICRC course in carpet cleaning relates to the problems that can occur if standards are unknown or ignored.

The art and science of extracting water from carpeting or other floor coverings are not intuitive. An effective way to pull moisture out of a carpet is with a weighted wand extractor. SERVPRO IICRC-trained technicians learned and practiced the techniques that extract moisture without putting stress on the textile floor covering. Inexperienced individuals can stretch the carpet fabric by exerting too much pressure or moving too quickly across a surface. Inappropriate force might cause delamination of the carpet backing from the carpet face. 

SERVPRO of Montgomery delivers high-quality water mitigation results by arranging for professional training of all our technicians. Schedule an appointment with our top-notch workforce by calling 334-284-1612.

Fire Damage In Your Montgomery Residence Can Necessitate Soot Cleanup Services

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage In Your Montgomery Residence Can Necessitate Soot Cleanup Services

After a fire, homeowners commonly find soot on ceilings, walls, and other objects or materials in their homes. Most wall surfaces, including painted drywall, brick, or wallpaper, are porous. Soot consists of fine particles that can penetrate deeply into porous surfaces, causing lingering odors and stains.

Most of the time, it's possible to remove soot from ceilings and walls, but in serious cases, it may be necessary to remove, repaint or reinstall affected materials like wallpaper and drywall. To get the best outcome from soot clean up after fire damage in your Prattville residence, you should hire a professional restoration firm like SERVPRO. Our fire restoration experts are equipped to handle the smoke, ash, and soot cleanup process quickly and effectively. We begin soot cleanup by removing most of the dry soot using a duster, HEPA vacuum or dry cleaning sponge.

When cleaning some surfaces like wallpaper, the appropriate method to use is dry cleaning. Other surfaces can respond well and tolerate wet cleaning procedures. Using a chemical-dry sponge or a dry-cleaning sponge is appropriate when a high oxygen fire has caused soot to build up in a particular area. The soot can smear and leave an unsightly stain if one attempts to use a wet cleaning method. Before we perform any wet cleaning procedures, we test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous, small area like behind a switch plate to see if it causes any staining.

Soot can cause further damage in your home if it is ground and smudged into paint, plaster, wallpaper, walls, upholstery, and carpets. The odor that soot can cause is difficult to eradicate with typical cleaning methods and household products. Normal household vacuums are inefficient in removing soot and ash for they redeposit the particles around a house which can contaminate previously unaffected rooms and areas. Our SERVPRO technicians can use HEPA vacuums to remove soot from the affected areas, including sockets and light switches. If you do not clean these fixtures before use, short-circuiting can occur. HEPA vacuums trap the particles, preventing them from redepositing.

For help in removing soot from your home, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 284-1612. We have the tools and expertise to deal with the aftermath of a fire and restore your property to its pre-fire damage condition.