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Difference Between "Mold Removal" vs. Remediation

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

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.  

Mold Remediation

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. 

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SERVPRO Provides Montgomery Properties with Secure Surroundings during Clean Up

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tarps Fire Damaged Roofs, Boards Up Structures during Restoration Work in Montgomery

Steps We Take to Secure Fire-Damaged Homes in Montgomery

The security of your home plummets after a disaster. Newly created openings give a wide berth to both the weather, critters, and trespassers. Many of our customers in Montgomery choose to use our building services team alongside our mitigation and restoration specialists. Using our extra services, under General Contractor License # 41839, decreases the length of time your family remains inconvenienced, regardless of the type of disaster.

When your house in Montgomery sustains fire damage, you need more than mitigation and restoration. You also need services that make your home secure, even as work progresses. SERVPRO understands the concerns of homeowners, and we offer several options that effectively keep your property secured against further damage.

The majority of people stay outside of the perimeter of fencing, including the temporary kind. When fire damage is located in other areas of a house away from the street, neighbors might not realize the extent of the damage. Highly visible fencing lets them know that the area is off-limits, at least until we finish working and your family moves back home.

To protect your belongings from the few individuals who disregard such visible signs, we also provide move out services, as well as temporary warehouse storage for non-damaged items. We store your belongings near the same area where our smoke and fire restoration technicians work at cleaning and deodorizing the things damaged in the fire. To help your family, we move all of your belongings back at one time, complete with updated inventory sheets.

The techniques approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are incredibly useful in the restoration of homes and businesses. Securing tarps over openings in the roof after a fire helps ensure that our IICRC-certified teams retain their efficiency throughout the mitigation process. Our building services team can also help rebuild or repair the roof and its components, eliminating another facet of a fire-related disaster.
Boarding up any broken windows can help ensure security, as well as help us maintain strict environmental conditions inside your house while mitigation technicians work. We use three different methods to secure windows and doors. Screwing sections of drywall directly onto the exterior frame is the fastest method, but leaves permanent holes. Instead, we prefer to either cut boards that we can slip into place. Sometimes, however, our employees cannot do this. When we need a third method, we use the tension created between an exterior piece of particle board combined with a 2 x 4 placed on the inside of the window. In between these two, a set of longer screws hold both tightly in place.

SERVPRO of Montgomery's mitigation, cleaning, restoration, and rebuilding specialists all work together to make fire damage a thing of the past, “Like it never even happened” for homeowners. If your residence is in Chisholm, Highland Park, Highland Gardens, and Centennial Hill, call us at (334) 273-0992, 24/7, any day of the year, so we can help your family recover as quickly as possible.

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We Are Available 24/7 To Handle Your Montgomery Fire Damage Restoration Services

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

A fire damaged this 100,000 sq. ft. commercial facility. There was also smoke and soot damage that our team needed to clean.

Smoke Odor Recovery for Your Secondhand Montgomery Store

The bulk of the product that you sell in your secondhand store in Montgomery is donated clothes and other apparel options, accessories, and shoes. While you can find that these items get sold as readily as they arrive, a disaster within your building can present a dangerous scenario for these items in your inventory. With too much damage, you can no longer sell the items at all, much less at a reduced price. Fires are notorious for spreading compromising effects throughout an entire business, including devastating symptoms like odors.

Even though your business has gotten equipped to handle fire damage in the Montgomery shop with fast-acting suppression sprinklers and piping, there is often enough time for effects like foul odors to make their way through the property. With so many fabrics, apparel, and cloth, smoke and foul odors can easily permeate these exposed materials and become embedded. Once these damages have taken place, it is challenging to remove them on your own. Even with experience in fire loss recovery, our SERVPRO professionals can still lean on companies with more expertise in restoring damaged clothing.

Often, business owners who already have donated items might feel inclined to toss smoke and fire damaged clothing and fabrics into a washing machine to remove both the residues and the smell, but more often than not, this approach can lead to permanent staining, and the odor itself is not entirely gone either. In many situations, the best approach beyond treating the odor on-site with the advanced tools our SERVPRO professionals use like thermal and UV foggers, is to lean on the experience and intricate techniques of dry-cleaning companies in the area. You can call around and determine which of them have experience with fire loss recovery, as they can ensure that the job gets done quickly and correctly.

No matter how much of your inventory became affected by the small fire in your business, handling the situation appropriately is critical to protect your investment and continue to make profits despite the restoration that must occur. Our SERVPRO of Montgomery team can help however your shop needs by calling (334) 273-0992.

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Get The Results You Want For Your Remediation Plans with SERVPRO

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

Catastrophes happen, you just need to know who to call to help you out. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

Impressive Resumes and Proven Results Are Why SERVPRO’s Montgomery Customers Rely on Our Response

Building a premier disaster restoration company for the residents of Montgomery requires investments in both human resources and top of the line equipment. Our team takes great pride in the capability we developed to adjust our response level to meet the intensity and complexity of the losses members of our community experience. Speed and professionalism are the hallmarks of efficient and effective mitigation and remediation provision, and we offer both 24/7 for any water, fire, mold, and storm damage scenarios.

Water Damage

If your home in Montgomery suffers water damage, you are not alone. Home insurance industry estimates indicate 20 percent of claims involve water as the culprit. Although damage to the structural components and contents of a home is common, we understand your scenario is unique and that experiencing the harm water can do is stressful and demoralizing. Our focus is on resolving your water crisis fast, with compassion and professionalism.

Some water emergencies are sudden, such as when a supply line to a sink or major appliance bursts, sending gallons of water spreading from space to space in your home in a short time. Other water losses are less dramatic yet just as devastating, illustrated by the devastation s small, unnoticed leak can do over a longer time. SERVPRO’s Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) are up to the challenges of any water loss, personalizing our approach to meet the specific needs presented in your scenario.

Our goal is to respond fast, arriving with the crew and equipment necessary to mitigate further spread of the water damage and to begin remediation efforts as soon as possible after your call. Rapid and thorough water removal is the first task, and our commercial-grade pumps and extractors are highly efficient and effective in completing that phase, including using thermal scanning devices to locate any hidden water and employing controlled demolition techniques like weep holes and flood cuts for access. Then our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians use data gathered from moisture reading tools to devise a scientifically-based drying plan.  

Fire Damage

When fire damages your Montgomery residence, you need all hands on deck to respond fast to the many tasks required to make it “Like it never even happened.” Cleanup after a fire pushes nearly every homeowner to the breaking point unless professionals assist. Conventional cleaning techniques often make the situation worse, and research-based approaches and innovative products and tools in the hands of our experts have the best chance of success. 

SERVPRO offers homeowners the opportunity to access multiple restoration interventions from our full-service team during a fire damage recovery, ranging from water removal and drying to deep cleaning deodorization to rebuilding. The managers and technicians comprising the crew responding to your crisis hold certifications from the IICRC in many specialties, permitting the overall project to move forward with the need to line up different contractors.

Managing the toxic and corrosive residues after a fire also requires innovative equipment, all available from our extensive inventory and stocked on our signature green service vehicles. Containing the airborne soot in work areas by sealing plastic sheeting around the affected space and using negative pressure air scrubbers improves air quality and reduces the prevalence of odor-bearing particles. Our practices prevent drift of soot, often allowing you and your loved ones to remain in unaffected spaces of your home safely during the restoration process.

Mold Remediation

Mold clean up in Montgomery often links to hidden water damage or an incompletely resolved water loss. The first signs that a more massive colony of fungal organisms might be multiplying behind a wall or over a ceiling are often dark staining and a distinctive musty odor. Seeking professional advice for a mold outbreak is a sensible choice because the extent of the infestation is hard to determine without specialized equipment and limiting the spread of mold spores during removal is critical.

SERVPRO employs the research-based protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for mold remediation. Critical elements include containment, removal, and disinfection. We also can assist with the underlying cause, helping our customers repair the leak, moderate humidity, or eliminate the seepage that provides mold spores with the moisture needed to grow into an extensive, structure-damaging fungal invasion.

Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) use barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers to contain the area with active mold colonies. The contaminated atmosphere inside the containment zone is circulated through HEPA filters and exhausted to the outside. Technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to prevent the spread of the moldy residues to other areas of your home. 

Scrapers and brushes remove mold from solid surfaces, and advanced techniques like soda blasting scour mold from porous materials. HEPA-filtered vacuums and EPA-registered antimicrobial products collect the debris and treat infected surfaces to inhibit mold rebounding. Mold spores cannot be eliminated, but when their quantities are brought back to normal levels, and moisture is controlled, their growth is negligible.  

Storm Damage

When high winds and torrential precipitation races across Alabama, fueled by tropical weather systems or thunderstorms, your home in Montgomery risks substantial flood damage. Wind shear and falling poles and trees rip off and crush roofs, shatter glass, and damage siding. Precipitation rushes in, soaking structural components and the contents of your home. The flooding is far beyond the capacity of anyone to manage without commercial-grade equipment and IICRC Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) training.

SERVPRO has both the equipment and the trained and experienced technicians needed to conquer the challenge of severe storm damage. We tarp and board up the exterior damage as quickly as possible while our managers assess the interior and plan for mitigation and remediation of the water and flood damage. We scale our response to the level needed in your home, bringing in additional equipment and employees if indicated.

Water removal completes efficiently with submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors. If electricity is out, we use gas or generator power, avoiding any delays. Water trapped in cavities releases after we make flood cuts or use other controlled demolition techniques. We clean and disinfect the flooded spaces, drying them out entirely with strategically placed and continuously adjusted air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. When remediation efforts complete, we can provide wrap-around rebuilding services. 

SERVPRO of Montgomery is with you every step of the way, assessing, planning, mitigating, remediating, and restoring your home after a disaster. One call to (334) 273-0992 begins a partnership with our highly-qualified team.

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If Your Dishwasher Causes Water Damage In Your Montgomery Home, You Need To Call SERVPRO!

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 for 24/7 service.

Water Damage In Your Montgomery Home Due To A Broken Dishwasher

What a surprise! You come into your kitchen in the morning to find water all over the floor. The dishwasher is leaking water from a broken water line, and there are gallons of water all over your home. The initial step is to shut the water off and limit damage to your floors and furniture as much as possible. If the line to your dishwasher does not have a water shutoff valve that you can turn off, turn off the main water line to the house. Mop up as much water as can.

Call SERVPRO for all of your water damage in Montgomery to remove the water from your carpeting and limit the amount of water damage to your flooring and furniture. We can respond quickly and focus on removing all of the standing water from your kitchen and other areas of the home. Once the standing water is removed, our team can bring in appropriate equipment such as air flow dryers and dehumidifiers.

We can move furniture from the affected areas while the water is being removed. In some cases, it may be appropriate to place pads under the legs of your furniture to prevent rust marks from being left on carpeting and flooring materials. Our objective is to bring your home back to its original condition and prevent the growth of mold.

When water leaks from a dishwasher, the water may penetrate the floor under the dishwasher and surrounding cupboards. Our SERVPRO water removal experts also ensure that we get at these difficult areas. Moisture meters tell us where the moisture is and where we need to focus to remove all moisture. Repair of the dishwasher can also be arranged.

SERVPRO works closely with your insurance company. We provide all of the needed documentation to make your insurance claim as painless as possible.

We’re strategically located to respond quickly to your flood damaging event. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 for 24/7 service. We also serve Chisholm, Highland Gardens, and many more local communities in the area. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why Not Ask For Help With Flood Damage Remediation in Your Montgomery Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage to your property can cause a lot of destruction. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

The Risks of DIY Flood Recovery in Montgomery Homes 

Flooding is not something that Montgomery homeowners are unfamiliar with contending with, though many are still under the impression that there are ways to avoid the need for professional restoration services after these disasters. The belief is that with a fast response to the water damage and the lingering effects that must get thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, that conventional cleaning and drying approaches can address these concerns. The truth is, many homeowners end up allowing persistent moisture and damages to continue without even realizing it, which can lead to greater losses and degradation over time. 

While there are many initial steps that homeowners can take to reduce the severity of flood damage in Montgomery properties, it is a sound investment to reach out to qualified restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team. We have extensive training in flood recovery, including accreditations from both the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) for cleaning contaminants present after natural flooding and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for overcoming water damage. 

Homeowners attempting to address all of the damage from a flood on their own often do not realize the full extent of these conditions they face. Without the sophisticated equipment available to our professionals in the industry, like hygrometers and our infrared imagery, moisture pockets and dampness beyond the surface goes unnoticed and unresolved. These symptoms can persist, allowing secondary effects like mold growth to occur. 

Perhaps even more challenging than the possibility of mold and microbial growth to contend with after flooding is the threat of contamination and bacteria present in natural floodwater from rising creeks and streams. With paths that rising water must take to reach and affect your home, it has the opportunity to come into contact with a long list of potential contaminants including sewage, chemicals, dead animals, and more. We have a team of biohazard recovery specialists that can help to address these threatening situations. 

From the time that our professionals first arrive at your home, we work to mitigate your loss and begin drying out affected areas of the property. With the right response from homeowners, our SERVPRO of Montgomery rapid response team can make flood effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (334) 273-0992.

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How to Remove the Smoke Odors From a Montgomery HVAC System

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Removing Fire Odors in HVAC Systems of Montgomery Homes 

Many Montgomery homeowners run their air conditioning systems through most of the year, and there are only a few instances in which these units get turned off. When disasters like fire loss incidents occur, these HVAC networks do not shut down until you tell them to or until the conditions of the fire itself compromise the ability for the unit to continue functioning correctly. The result of these situations is often air ducts that get severely affected by soot, smoke residues, and harsh odors. Combatting all of these effects are out of the wheelhouse of the average homeowner, requiring you to trust in the expertise of certified professionals like our restorers. 

Fire odor removal can often be a considerable challenge for your Montgomery home, even with the experienced and trained professionals our SERVPRO team dispatches. Odors can spread quickly and embed into surfaces and materials throughout the house. In many cases, excessive heat causes pores in materials like drywall to expand, allowing these odors to penetrate the sheetrock. When the house cools down after extinguishment, these molecules get trapped within the pores of the material and continue to affect the occupants of the house without the appropriate deodorization methods. 

When areas like the HVAC system and air ducts become affected by spreading odors, it can be even more of a challenge to address these concerns. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with an array of equipment designed to neutralize foul and noxious smoke and fire odors on contact, but other symptoms from the fire must also get addressed and removed within the air ducts to eliminate the scent. 

Our professionals arrive with sophisticated equipment to clean out this network of ducts, including whips, brushes, and HEPA vacuums. The sooner this system can get thoroughly cleaned after a fire, the less chance it has of perpetually circulating damaging effects. 

There are multiple concerns that every homeowner should have after a fire occurs in their residence, but with the fast response of our SERVPRO of Montgomery professionals, we can make these damaging effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (334) 273-0992.

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Cleaning and Eliminating Commercial Mold Damage In Montgomery

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Don’t take on mold alone.

As Summer arrives, Montgomery residents prepare to go from warm and humid to hot and humid. It’s a complaint from non-natives that generates a good laugh, but the weather often aggravates issues with mold, in homes and businesses.

Mold spores in Montgomery  are in every structure, but commercial mold damage only happens when the increased moisture also has the right temperature (about 68 to 86 degrees) and a food source. Even in a restaurant, these spores prefer to feed on items like drywall, wood framing, and even certain types of carpeting. SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRTs) train to find the source of the mold, dry up or remove the source of moisture, and clean mold off any affected property.

They perform a visual inspection and also use a moisture meter to trace mold back to its origin point. In a commercial facility like a restaurant, there may be multiple sources. They often find mold growing behind the walls of bathrooms and kitchens, but it is not uncommon to find an active colony in overhead spaces, where rain or leaking pipes can activate inert spores. As they look for the sources, the AMRTs spray the mold growth with an antibacterial agent, killing it.

Now, SERVPRO team members dry up any puddles and other water to halt growth. In most cases, they can do this with sponges and cloths and then clean the surface with an anti-bacterial spray. If there is a minor issue like a loose pipe connection, they can fix it. Major issues always need a licensed plumber though.

In many cases, the AMRTs can clean mold off surfaces like food preparation areas without damaging them. Most efforts involve scraping the mold off framing and other building materials, however. They use a combination of cleaner and brushed to remove them, but if the mold had time to penetrate the surface, MRTs also have the option to use sanders to remove the top layer of wood to get at the mold. If they penetrated drywall, it is more cost-efficient to replace affected panels than to expend the time and effort trying to repair them.

At SERVPRO of Montgomery, our goal is to swiftly clean and restore each business so owners can reopen to their customers as quickly as possible. If you see or suspect a mold problem in your business, call us at (334) 273-0992 today. We are here for you.

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