What To Do Until Help Arrives After A Fire
WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
- If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and to tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
- Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
- Change the HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
SERVPRO of Montgomery is a team of specialists, trained to professionally clean your home and personal belongings. If you experience a fire in your Montgomery home or business, give us a call at 334-273-0992.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Montgomery for Your Water Damage
A pipe burst. A water heater leaks. A bathtub overflows. Flood water rushes in. A sprinkler system malfunctions.
Water damage can happen in any number of ways. But if your business or home is under a few inches of water, everything takes a backseat. Only one thing matters when your business can’t operate, and there is just one thing on the mind of the water-logged resident; a solution.
SERVPRO of Montgomery is that solution. Equipped with the knowledge, the experience, and the training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Montgomery professionals will start helping the moment you call.
Backed by more than 40 years of experience, SERVPRO of Montgomery professionals will help put your worries at ease, because they understand the science of drying.
When water damage strikes, give SERVPRO of Montgomery a call, we will help to make things right, make things dry and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call us at 334-273-0992.
We Can Help Faster
FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER
SERVPRO of Montgomery provides help when and where our clients need it. The sooner we arrive, the more property and belongings we save!
Our number one goal is returning property and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to help homeowners and business owners regain control following a disaster. SERVPRO of Montgomery is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped. Like it was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire, like it never spilled, like it never smoldered - whatever the case, SERVPRO of Montgomery’s goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call SERVPRO of Montgomery for any of your restoration or cleaning needs!
Preventing Water Damage
Here at SERVPRO of Montgomery, we are water damage specialists, and we compiled a small list on how to prevent water damage from happening often in your home:
- Clean Gutters and Downspouts - Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof. Don’t forget to clean downspouts to ensure water can flow through, and secure downspouts so that they point away from the home.
- Know your Water Main - Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time.
- Check Appliances Regularly - Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Investigate Leaks Right Away and Fix Promptly - If you choose to ignore any water damage, or postpone making the necessary repairs, be prepared to experience mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.
- Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses - Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours often throughout the year to avoid expensive damage.
- Check Your Water Pressure - If the water pressure to your home is too high, then your pipes and hoses may fail under the high pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. Typical homes water systems are designed for a pressure of 40 – 70 psi. Anything above 70 psi will put your plumbing at risk.
- Monitor Your Water Bill - Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next, then there is probably a leak somewhere in the home.
If you do unfortunately experience water damage, we are here to help. Call us at (334) 273-0992.
We Can Handle Your Commercial Water Damage
Trust SERVPRO of Montgomery for Immediate Water Removal When Your Business Needs Assistance
Commercial water damage can close the doors of a business enterprise. It may be a retail store, a doctor's office, an apartment complex, or even a big-box store. Disruptions to normal business patterns lead to loss of goodwill and revenue. Consider calling in a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to limit your losses.
Montgomery water mitigation professionals are needed when it comes to handling unwanted water intrusion. Water damages can occur at any time and any place. It is important to be prepared to call a professional because water damage can be very hard to clean up by yourself. In fact, water gets into many places that are inaccessible. As a result, even after you have dried up the building yourself, you can still get mold and other problems in the building.
It takes quick action to handle the damage efficiently. You have to make sure that all the belongings are safe. If the water has gotten to some of the belongings, it is important to make sure that you clean them out as quickly as you can before any permanent damage occurs. All of the other items that you can save, you should do so. Afterward, you should contact a professionally certified team that will remove the water and use specialized drying equipment. Our SERVPRO of Montgomery professionals are certified and have the equipment needed to take care of the water damage.
SERVPRO of Montgomery is a commercial water removal company that has experience in mitigating water damage. We know how to handle water damage that resulted from storms, clogs, natural disasters, and other similar events. We are always available when you call and will promptly dispatch a crew. Call us at (334) 273-0992.
Our Trained Technicians
Here at SERVPRO of Montgomery, our technicians are IICRC certified. They receive training in water mitigation, mold remediation, fire restoration, and general cleaning. This allows us the perform at the standards that you deserve.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries.
Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.
Initial Franchise Training
SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility provides new Franchise owners training in Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, and Mold Mitigation. This is the foundation of the training program designed by SERVPRO. The process is a 15-day hands-on course that provides the owners with valuable information
Employee Certification Training
The Employee Certification Training is a series of course materials and examination process that SERVPRO Franchise employees complete to receive certification in the following:
- Crew Training
- Fire Restoration
- Water Restoration
- Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
SERVPRO has a plethora of web-based training. Technicians and office staff have access to learn and tests their knowledge of industry standards and professional quality. These courses often are video presentations as well as support materials that challenge our technicians to be the best they can be for our customers.
Disaster Recovery Team
When a storm or disaster strikes your home or business, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is poised and "Ready for whatever happens." With a network of more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, the SERVPRO system strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is expertly trained and readily equipped to handle the largest storms and highest floodwaters. Providing experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team is always on call and available to assist SERVPRO of Montgomery. 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."
Did you know that SERVPRO has a specialized storm team and large loss response network to provide the resources to your property when others can’t? In the event of a disaster, SERVPRO professionals have the resources to relocate crews with equipment to take care of all of our customer’s needs. SERVPRO strategically places mobilization teams across the country to travel when needed to support recovery after large storm events such as hurricanes. Our job as water damage restoration professionals is to limit the amount of business interruption. We understand that fast mitigation is key to getting your business back up and running. SERVPRO provides the resources in the event of a large storm event to make sure that the right equipment, procedures, and training are in place to ensure that the structure is dry the first time and saves you time and money.
Do you have questions about how SERVPRO of Montgomery can help you prepare for a disaster? Contact us today at (334) 273-0992!
Difference Between "Mold Removal" vs. Remediation
What's the Difference?
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration business advertises "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.
A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Montgomery has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.
Step 1:Emergency contact (334) 284-1612
Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
Step 3: Mold Containment
Step 4: Air Filtration
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Step 7: Restoration
Signs of Mold? Call SERVPRO of Montgomery today (334) 284-1612
Why You Need an ERP for Your Business
The best way to reduce interruption to your business following a disaster is to plan for it now! It is estimated that as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the ones that do, an overwhelming majority of them had preparedness plans in place.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Most contingency plans are made up of three main components: incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity. The SERVPRO ERP addresses incident response and disaster recovery. Think about potential disasters that could affect your facility. Now ask yourself: Are you ready?
Our SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start-up approach that provides important information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.
Why the SERVPRO ERP?
- A no-cost assessment of your facility
- This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes SERVPRO of Montgomery as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
- Having a quick reference for what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
If you're interested in having an ERP done for your business (at no cost to you!), OR if you have more questions about the Emergency READY Profile, give SERVPRO of Montgomery a call at (334) 284-1612.
SERVPRO is Available 24/7 to Remediate Prattville's Water, Mold, Fire, and Storm Emergencies
Our team is wearing their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while getting instructions for the job. We are always ready and prepared for your call.
Why SERVPRO Operates Restoration Services Twenty-Four Hours a Day for Prattville Residents
Prattville is a unique community. As a restoration services provider, we are committed to making sure it stays that way by providing expertise, experience, and customer service to our local community. SERVPRO of Prattville has over a century of combined experience in the restoration industry with each member of our technical staff holding at least one Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in the fields of mold, fire, storm or water damage. By consistently providing quality training, we guarantee this community the ability to overcome property damages with a minimum of losses and as little distraction from their everyday lives as possible.
Prattville is a historic community with many properties here constructed over a century ago. As with all older builds mold growth is a genuine issue that requires expert remediation from our qualified restoration services. The common signs of uncontrolled microbial growth may include a distinct musty odor or visible signs of mold in corners of the home as well as behind furnishings. It is not always necessary to perform expensive laboratory testing when mold damage in your Prattville home is apparent. You do need to enlist professional restoration services as soon as possible.
SERVPRO has an established game plan for residential mold incidents. The goal is to assess the extent of damage, then implement a containment, control, and remediation procedure. Fungi can spread through porous materials that may exist in regions of the home that have restricted access, such as loft spaces, insulation, and floorboards. SERVPRO may need to move furniture around or temporarily remove affected areas to gain unrestricted access to these areas.
Mold spores are microscopic and spread through air currents. SERVPRO mold remediation procedure involves agitative cleaning methods as well as pressure cleaning. The first thing we need to do is set up a quarantine using plastic sheeting. During cleaning of the affected area or demolishing of infested drywall, we need to control the spread by placing negative air pressure machines on site. The surrounding air can be decontaminated using High-Efficiency Particular Air (HEPA) filters. Some materials need demolishing and replacement to prevent the recurrence of mold. Others can be treated with biocides or anti-microbial sprays to diminish the likelihood of recurring issues.
Water Damage Restoration
The extent of damages that water incidents cause depends on how quickly we can remove moisture and dry the property. We have seen properties with water damage in Prattville make a full recovery because homeowners have acted quickly to bring in professional restoration services. At the same time, we have seen properties suffer permanent losses as a result of prolonged exposure to moisture. The priority for both homeowner and SERVPRO is to dry the affected area as quickly as possible to mitigate losses to both contents and structure.
The key to successful water restoration services in Prattville is to take a thorough approach by tracing water from the source. Wet moves to dry, so the longer your property is exposed to moisture, the greater the extent of the damage. In some situations, prolonged exposure leads to water buildup inside the cavities of your home as well as beneath fitted cabinets. We equip SERVPRO technicians with thermal imaging cameras that use infrared light to detect moisture in cavities that is otherwise invisible to the naked eye.
Following a thorough visual inspection, SERVPRO can mobilize specialist structural cavity drying equipment to remove moisture from cavities. We achieve this by removing the baseboard and drilling small holes into the bottom of your walls. These holes provide access points for the injector nozzles of our injectidry systems. Once fitting the system, we can circulate warm, dry air inside the cavity to ensure that moisture pockets are thoroughly restored and the likelihood of secondary damages like mold growth significantly reduced.
Fire Damage Restoration
A fire in your Prattville property is an unfortunate event that, although not common, happens for a variety of reasons. Leaving an electrical appliance on, your cooker or a lamp that gets too close to a flammable fabric can all cause property fires. Even a relatively minor fire can result in extensive smoke damages to your walls, ceilings, or fabrics. Due to the different nature of smoke produced when materials combust, these issues do require professional restoration services to avoid spreading damages around during cleaning.
A homeowner with fire damage in their Prattville home should reach out to us on our emergency call line. We can arrange a service with an IICRC fire restoration technician (FRT) to call by and conduct a pre-test of the damages. Pre-tests involving testing for the type of smoke deposits in the home as well as the level of soiling sustained by upholstery, mattresses, or fabrics. These pre-tests are vital in ensuring that our approach to the restoration service required is an informed one and gives the best chance of returning your property to its preloss condition.
At SERVPRO, our first step in restoring an area of your Prattville property is to mitigate losses by ensuring the affected area is dried. Moisture, used in firefighting, can set soots in the fabric causing permanent damage. Provided the pre-test has shown that fabrics are durable enough and do not shrink or bleed, we can use rapid air-movers to dry out the property. Once we dry the area, we can move on to the restoration step, by cleaning soiling, deodorizing, then repainting, or refinishing, areas that have sustained significant damages.
Storm Damage Restoration
A severe weather event can lead to storm damage in your Prattville home. SERVPRO storm technicians are qualified in areas like water restoration and applied structural drying (ASD.) It is not uncommon for homeowners to be temporarily relocated from their property by an insurance adjuster while property repairs take place. During this time, prolonged exposure to moisture can significantly harm your contents and structure, which is why our restoration services are vital to mitigating against further losses.
Waterlogging is a real issue for properties that have suffered significant storm damages. SERVPRO restoration services mitigate losses associated with prolonged exposure to moisture by first, testing the property for structural weaknesses, before then bringing in professional drying equipment. Extractors can be used to remove excessive quantities of water. Dehumidifiers can be placed in the most affected areas of the home to dry the property during the days, weeks, or months that repairs take place.
Our technicians can visit the property daily to ensure that the outcomes of the drying procedure are going to plan. No two storm-related incidents are the same, so we may need to adjust our services to guarantee the best results. To ensure contractors can access the property, we can create a safe working environment in your Prattville home. This process may include neutralizing electrical hazards, restoring power to the property or removing contaminants and thoroughly deodorizing the affected area.
SERVPRO of Prattville is on-hand to provide restoration services for mold, fire, water or storm damages. Reach out to us in an emergency by dialing (334) 358-1186.