Water Damages: What it Means and How Quickly it Spreads | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
“There is no need to stress when water damage comes your way. SERVPRO® of Montgomery is Here to help®!”
You may have heard us say, “SERVPRO® can handle all your water restoration needs!” While that is true, what does water damage mean? Better yet, how long does it take for water damage to occur? How can you best prevent water from causing costly damage to your home or business?
What is Water Damage?
Water damage is caused by a water intrusion that attacks a material or surface, saturating everything in its path. Natural flooding, leaky roofs, burst pipes, broken dishwashers, and ruptured water heaters are potential causes of water spewing into your home.
Even a seemingly harmless leak can be problematic and costly. Water damage can absorb materials, rust steel, and rot wood. Leaks can damage drywall, insulation, flooring, carpets, and hardwood. Flooding can also cause structural damage to your building and the longer water sits, the more likely it can result in microbial growth. That is why the extraction process must begin immediately to prevent further damage.
How Long Does It Take for Water Damage to Occur?
Water can cause destruction instantly. As a leak or flood spreads, it will soak everything in its vicinity. Personal belongings can immediately bulge and warp beyond repair. Soft furnishings and upholstery will soak through, and walls and floors will begin to absorb the water. Drywall, furniture, wooden doors, and window frames can swell. Plus, paint or wallpaper can peel or blister, impacting electrical systems. Check out these timelines listed below, showing just how quickly water can cause damage to your home.
Within the First Day:
Within the first 24 hours of a leak or flood, microbial growth development, damage to flooring, walls, electrics, and structural issues can occur. Water spreads rapidly through everything it touches.
Within the First Week:
Water damage is developing further. Microbial growth can spread rapidly throughout your home or business, which can cause health effects. Damage to wood surfaces and walls intensifies, and metal surfaces start corroding.
More Than a Week:
Wood surfaces begin to rot. Prolonged water exposure can completely ruin drywall, carpets, and soft furnishings. Chances of microbial growth being in your environment have skyrocketed.
If you leave water damage for more than a week, the time, costs, and effort involved in any restoration work increase significantly. Restoration and repairs should start within 24-48 hours from the incident to reduce the spread of microbial growth and the risk of severe structural damage.
How Long Does It Take Dry?
Depending on the level of water damage, it could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to dry out the home and make the required repairs. SERVPRO® skilled technicians are trained to know which steps are necessary to complete the restoration process.
Remember that water damage is not always visible to the naked eye. Water can soak through the bottom of materials where you cannot see them. What you cannot see can still hurt you, and dry to the eye does not mean “dry.” SERVPRO® uses specialized equipment and moisture readers to gauge moisture levels. This ensures your home or business can be fully restored to its original state.
What Steps Should You Take Once Water Has Spread?
On you discover a leaking water source inside your home or business, it is crucial to immediately shut off the source inside your home or business. Call a plumber if necessary.
It is important to remember to shut off the electricity if the water is near power outlets or cords. Electricity can be hazardous when combined with water. If the breaker box is in a dry location, turn off the electricity. If it is wet or you must stand in water to access it, call your utility company to request they turn it off. Water is a conductor, and electricity can travel through it quickly, increasing the risk of severe shock or even death.
Call your restoration specialists at SERVPRO® of Montgomery immediately to prevent further damage to your home or business.
Call your insurance company and notify your agent of the water loss. SERVPRO® of Montgomery will work closely with your insurance company to restore your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”
How Can You Prevent Water Damages?
- Inspect your roof twice a year or after a storm
- Clear your gutters at least once a year
- Keep pipes covered during cold snaps
- Routinely check your appliances to make sure they are in good standing
Being ready means preparing for the unknown. Of course, we hope you never find yourself needing our services. However, should a disaster strike, we want you to know we are Here to help®.
When water damage occurs to your home or business, please do not wait to repair it! Call SERVPRO® of Montgomery at 334.284.1612 for all your water restoration needs!
What Happens After Water Damage Occurs to Your Home? | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
“Water damage is rarely easy to manage. Do not worry, though! SERVPRO® of Montgomery is Here to help®!!”
Storms have been plowing through Montgomery the last few weeks. It seems like we experience a severe weather alert every other day. SERVPRO® of Montgomery cannot prevent harsh weather. However, we CAN equip you with the knowledge necessary to manage water damage after a storm.
Flooding in your home can be a damaging, devastating event. Heavy rain or burst pipes can easily land you in this overwhelming position. Relax, we are here to help!
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Your belongings are replaceable, but your family is not. Stay aware of your surroundings to ensure your family is out of harm’s way. Below are just a few examples of safety concerns to recall after a storm.
- Beware of electrical safety hazards. Do not step into a flooded area in contact with electrical outlets, appliances, or cords. Electricity can be dangerous if you are not careful. Adding water will only intensify the danger.
- Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging just in case they collapse.
- Within hours, water damage can lead to microbial growth. Do not wait to begin mitigation on your home.
When you face a disaster, your first thought may not be, "What safety guidelines should I follow?" However, it is by far the most important thing you can do. Whether it is the local gas company, water company, or a restoration specialist, call a professional right away if you notice any of the above conditions in your home.
Contact a Professional
Within 24 to 48 hours, water damage cleanup should begin. Contact a water damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO® of Montgomery, immediately. Waiting too long to begin remediation can cause further damage. Once we arrive on-site, we will assess the damage, create a game plan, and begin the process!
Before we arrive, you might start trying to clean up the mess. Although tempting, do not use a household vacuum to remove water. Instead, use a mop to clean up any excess water. You should gather colored and loose items, like rugs, from the floors. They can leave a stain behind if they soak in water. Find a place to hang these items outside to air dry. We will take it from here!
Our technicians use moisture readers to determine how saturated your materials are. We use those readings to create a restoration plan unique to your needs. Powerful pumps and vacuums remove thousands of gallons of water. Air movers and dehumidifiers are strategically placed throughout the damaged space to remove moisture from the air and help dry materials.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Water damage can destroy expensive and meaningful items like furniture and clothing. It can leave a musty smell behind. Our specialized cleaning techniques, air scrubbers, and fogging equipment restore materials to their preloss condition. They also sanitize your belongings and remove any unpleasant odors.
Sometimes, restoring your water-damaged property will require reconstruction. It can be as small as replacing drywall panels or as large as rebuilding rooms on the property. Our reconstruction crews are on standby to make every disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Whatever water problems may occur, SERVPRO® of Montgomery is here to offer a solution. If your home suffers from water damage, you can count on us to help. Contact us today at 334.284.1612 for all your water restoration needs!
Pop-Up Showers and the Damage They Leave Behind | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
Summertime showers can be last minute and leave a trail of storm damage behind. When the unexpected happens, SERVPRO of Montgomery is Here to help®.
Only a few more weeks, and it will finally be summer! The feeling of sweet sunshine on our skin and laying out by the pool with an ice-cold lemonade in our hand is within reach. Many people consider summer their favorite time of year for a reason. However, summertime also brings strong pop-up showers that can leave destruction behind. SERVPRO of Montgomery is here to tell you how to prepare for the last-minute storms and how we can help.
Summer thunderstorms can “pop up” out of nowhere, thus giving them their name. Most will be harmless and leave that pesky, humid air behind. However, others can leave downed trees, power loss, and cause flash flooding.
Our advice is to remain weather aware. Meteorologists can often predict what is coming. Unfortunately, summer showers do not always give them the advanced notice we would like. So, how do you stay prepared if you are not sure when severe weather will strike?
- Have multiple sources to receive weather alerts. Battery-powered radios, weather apps, and local weather stations are all fantastic assets to have on hand.?
- Watch for cumulonimbus and stratocumulus clouds. Learn what each type of cloud means and how to spot signs of potential bad weather.
- Secure all your belongings. High winds can turn unsecured objects into missiles. Loose items such as lawn furniture and children's toys should be stored away when not in use.
- Keep your trees ten to fifteen feet away from the house. Seek professional help to cut down trees that are dying or appear unstable.
- Have an emergency kit readily available. Keep first aid items, flashlights, and batteries on hand. It is also a great idea to keep a camp stove nearby that you can use during power outages.
Thunderstorms, also known as electrical storms or lightning storms, are characterized by the presence of lightning and its acoustic effect on the Earth's atmosphere, known as thunder. Although most thunderstorms are harmless, they can cause massive problems including floods, hail, and roof damage. More potent thunderstorm cells are capable of producing tornadoes and waterspouts.
On average, only ten percent of all severe thunderstorms reach the destructive category each year. Most of these more significant, more intense storms are damaging wind events. During these storms, the most important thing you can do is to remain calm and call a professional, like SERVPRO of Montgomery, when damage occurs.
Once we receive the call, our teams dispatch immediately to head to your home. Our Crew Chiefs and Production Managers will assess the damage and create a restoration plan unique to your needs. Whether your home is hit by lightning, the roof is caving in, or a tree is not part of your living room décor, SERVPRO is ready to make it “Like it Never Even Happened."
One of the most complex parts of our jobs is witnessing disastrous events with homes. We may see it every day but watching someone's home get torn apart never gets easier. Our team's work ethic, compassion, and desire to make a difference is our driving force behind assisting our community in their time of need.
Thunderstorms can be just as destructive as a tornado. Straight-line winds, hail, lightning, and flooding can wreck your home. SERVPRO® of Montgomery is an emergency response team for a reason. We are on stand-by for our communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today to handle all your storm, fire, and water restoration needs.
What to do When Caught in a Lightning Storm | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
“Lightning storms pose an imminent threat of harm to yourself and your home. SERVPRO of Montgomery is ready when disaster strikes."
Severe weather has been knocking on our doorstep lately. You have heard us speak about tornadoes and thunderstorms. Now, let’s discuss the dangers of lightning storms and tips and tricks on staying safe.
Lightning is extremely dangerous. In fact, over the last 30 years, lightning has killed an average of sixty-seven people per year. Most lightning-related deaths are preventable if you take the proper measures.
Remain Weather Alert
First and foremost, your safety is what matters. Watch the local news to catch forecasts of upcoming severe weather events and be prepared to take shelter if needed. Keep multiple sources nearby to ensure you receive weather alerts. Cancel events when news of potential high-risk weather is coming. Hot, muggy days are just what a thunderstorm needs to breed additional storm cells.
When the storm approaches, take shelter. If you detect lightning, it is already close enough to strike. Do not stand under trees or in flat, open spaces. These areas can attract lightning strikes. If you cannot find a building, a vehicle with a metal roof and sides will suffice. The car will conduct electricity around you, not through you.
If you cannot find shelter in a building or a vehicle, find a place where you are shorter than your surroundings. Standing near light poles or isolated objects, lying down on concrete, and leaning on concrete walls should be avoided. Concrete has wire mesh inside the material and will attract lightning. Once you have found somewhere safe, assume the "Lightning crouch" position.
Squat down with your feet together. Tuck your head to your chest or between your knees. Cover your ears or place your hands flat against your knees. Do not lie flat on the ground, giving the lightning a larger target.
Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
Stay away from water, such as swimming pools and bathtubs. Do not touch anything electric like outlets or appliances. Do not go near windows or any glass panels. Glass provides a direct path for lightning to travel into. Do not forget to bring your pets inside during a storm.
Did you know landline phones are the leading cause of lighting-related injuries? Cordless phones and wireless phones are safe for use during a storm.
Be Alert for an Imminent Lightning Strike
If lightning is about to strike near you, your hair may stand on end, or you may feel a tingling on your skin. Light metal objects may vibrate, and you may hear a cracking sound. If you detect any of these signals, immediately assume the lightning crouch position. Lightning can also travel from one person to another. Ensure you have fifty to one hundred feet between each person when with a group of people.
What to do When Struck by Lightning
If someone is struck by lightning, call emergency services first. Despite the common myth, lightning CAN strike the same place twice. Make sure it is safe to help someone if they are struck by lightning. Do not endanger yourself trying to help a victim. Either wait until after the threat has passed or move the victim to a safer location.
Lightning can cause cardiac arrest and requires aggressive resuscitation methods. Begin CPR on the lightning strike victim immediately. Do not remove burned clothing unless necessary. Treat the victim for shock by laying the victim down on their back with the head resting slightly lower than the torso. Be sure to elevate and support their legs. It is always best to have an emergency kit ready with first aid and disaster essentials.
Remember that being struck by lightning is extraordinarily rare but not unheard of. Protect yourself, take precautions, and plan your response.
In the last few weeks, SERVPRO of Montgomery has received multiple calls from owners whose homes have been struck by lightning. Should you find yourself in this situation, call us at 334.284.1612 for all your storm remediation needs.
Safety First; How to Prevent Fires in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
"Fire and water restoration is what we do best! Call SERVPRO of Montgomery at 334.284.1612 for when disaster strikes."
Making your home safer from fire hazards isn’t as difficult as you may think. Small things such as checking your smoke detector, keeping your appliances unplugged, and using space heaters properly can make all the difference in preventing fires. Here are some tips on keeping your home safe for you and your family.
Fire Prevention is Key
Many fire prevention tips are easy to add to your home safety routine. They are cost-friendly and can make your family safer by lowering your risk of a house fire.
Know How to Fight a Grease fire
Grease fires are a well-known kitchen hazard. Grease fires can be extremely threatening since water cannot extinguish them. Water makes these events worse. Instead, keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Extinguish smaller grease fires using metal pan lids or baking soda as well.
Keep Your Fireplace Clear of Old Ashes
If you enjoy using your wood-burning fireplace, be sure you are not letting the ashes collect there. Clean and dispose of your ashes safely after each use.
Watch How You Use Your Space Heater
Don’t plug your space heater into an extension cord. Use one of your wall outlets instead. Ensure your space heater surroundings have a clearance of at least three feet. When your space heater is not in use, keep it unplugged.
Check Your Smoke Detectors Often
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Changing their batteries twice each year and replacing them every ten years will ensure they are fully operable to help protect your family. The smoke alarms should be interconnected and should all trigger if one alarm triggers. When an alarm sounds, move quickly and safely outside your home. Treat every alarm as a serious matter.
Consider Switching to Battery-Operated Candles
Scented candles are popular, especially during the fall and winter months. They add a warm glow to your home and can smell delicious. However, scented candles can be a fire hazard if they are left burning while you’re not home or knocked over. Battery-operated candles eliminate these hazards.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher on Hand and?Have Regular Fire Extinguisher Training
They seem simple, but many people may not know how to use handheld fire extinguishers properly. Teach your loved ones the PASS method: Pull the pin; Aim low, at the base of the fire; Squeeze the lever firmly and Sweep the nozzle from side to side. Remember to routinely check your fire extinguisher to ensure it is up to code.
Finally, have a fire evacuation plan for your family and practice it regularly, especially if you have small children or senior adults. Teach young children as soon as possible about the dangers of fires and what to do if one occurs.
Fire prevention saves lives. Should your home have an emergency and need fire restoration, SERVPRO of Montgomery is here for you in your time of need.
We Have Entered Into the Heart of Tornado Season | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
“You do not have to weather the storm alone. SERVPRO of Montgomery is here for all your storm remediation needs! Call us today at 334.284.1612.”
Here we are, folks! Once again, we have reached Tornado Season. Spring and early summer attract tornadoes due to the temperature constantly fluctuating between hot and cold. Tornado season peaks in the Southeast region during April and May while the Midwest region peaks during June and July. The US, however, records the highest number of tornadoes occurring during May, with a whopping average of 1,200 tornadoes per year.
Meteorologists and weather services can sometimes provide advanced notifications of potential threats, but tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all. With the threat of tornadoes being the highest this month and the next for our community, SERVPRO of Montgomery wanted to give you a few tips and tricks to prepare.
Stay Weather Alert
Have a reliable source for severe weather. It is a great idea to keep your cell phones charged when you know a storm is coming. However, there is a chance of power loss, and there is no telling when power will return. Use your phone sparingly to conserve battery life. Keep a weather radio and batteries on hand to be able to receive potential warnings. Often, the threat is not over after the first storm blows through, and you must prepare for what might come next.
Know the Difference Between Watches and Warnings
A Tornado Watch means severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes are in the area. Watches should be considered just as dangerous as a warning. A Tornado Warning means there is a confirmed tornado in the area. It was either sighted or indicated on radar. You should ALWAYS take shelter when there is a tornado warning and remain there until the all-clear is received.
What To Do and Not To Do During a Storm
- Keep away from windows, doors, and open spaces
- Take shelter in the innermost part of your home such as a pantry, bathroom, or closet
- Watch the weather forecast and be aware of your surroundings
- Ensure your safe space has flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and a helmet to protect you from potential falling debris
- Run outside to watch the storm
- Think that you have plenty of time to get into your safe space when you hear the tornado coming
- Leave your home during a storm unless you live in a mobile home or trailer. Seek shelter in another home or building before the storm.
What Should You Do After a Storm?
- Be mindful of your surroundings when leaving your safe space. Downed power lines, fallen trees, and gas leaks pose a dangerous threat to your safety.
- Do not turn on anything electric until you are positive there isn't a gas leak. Clean any flammable liquids if possible. Leave the structure if you smell gas or chemical fumes.
- Listen for shifting or unusual noises around you. These noises could indicate a structure is caving and may collapse. Watch your step and guide your family to a safe location.
- Receive first aid when appropriate. If someone is severely injured, do not move them unless there is a danger of further injury.
- Take pictures of the damage to your home and contents for insurance purposes. Documenting on-site will go a long way in speeding up the restoration process from the insurance side.
SERVPRO of Montgomery understands tornadoes can be deadly and destructive. For this reason, we prepare for every disaster. We have a network of more than 1,900 franchises nationwide and hundreds of Disaster Response Teams. SERVPRO strategically mobilizes teams across the country to travel to support our community after storm events. We even have our very own Large Loss Division based out of Montgomery!
When disaster strikes, do not panic. Remain calm and remember SERVPRO of Montgomery is only one call away.
Slow Roof Leaks Can Cause Major Damage to Your Commercial Building | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
“If your business has damage due to a water leak, you can depend on us. SERVPRO of Montgomery is always here to help.”
Some may argue that the most dangerous damage to a building is a slow roof leak. Roof leaks are not always gushing waterfalls. Sometimes they are slow trickles that can cause extensive damage when left undetected. Damages can range from saturated materials to compromising structural integrity to microbial growth. No amount of damage is a good thing, but some are worse than others.
What Can Cause a Roof Leak?
Fierce winds, thunderstorms, hail, and snow can produce roof leaks. Poorly or improperly installed roofs and aging of roofing materials can also be the culprit. Since a roof leak can occur at any point, it is best to have your roof inspected once or twice a year. Contact a roofing specialist after a severe storm or if you notice the following signs.
Potential Signs of a Roof Leak
- Discoloration of ceilings or walls
- Discoloring or falling ceiling paint
- Peeling paint or bubbling wallpaper
- Crumbling drywall
- Wood in attic decaying
- Shingles that are curling, cupping, or missing
- A persistent musty smell or foul odors
- Presence of mold on ceiling and attic
How Do You Know If You Have Microbial Growth?
Microbial growth forms when spores in the air make their way into high moisture areas such as the bathroom or kitchen. If your commercial building leaks, the microbial spores could feed off the moisture and begin to spread. Microbial growth can be hazardous to the health of everyone in your building if not treated promptly and correctly. Once it sets into materials, it can be difficult and costly to remove. Microbial growth can also travel through HVAC ducts. Unresolved, it can result in a shutdown of the facility for health risks. It only takes a couple of days in the right conditions for mold to grow. Therefore, it is crucial for mold prevention to repair any structural damage as soon as it occurs.
Tackle the Problem Before it Worsens
The most important thing to remember when experiencing damage is to act fast. Waiting to repair or contain a leak can cause long-term damage and become costly. A roof leak may not be located where the actual damage is visible. Water can travel quickly and may be tricky to pinpoint the actual source. Just because water is not actively pouring from the roof leak does not mean that it will not happen in the future. If you see signs of a roof leak, minimize the potential damage and act now.
If you suspect water damage has occurred, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery immediately. Our trained professionals are on standby to perform water restoration and get your company back up and running in no time!
Two Companies Working Together for One Goal | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
“SERVPRO of Montgomery and CRDN work together to handle all your fire, water, and content restoration needs. We are only one call away at 334.284.1612
Most people know that SERVPRO of Montgomery can handle fire, water, mold, and storm remediation. SERVPRO trained professionals perform restoration and specialized cleaning in your homes and businesses. We also can restore certain contents that have been affected by a loss. However, there are a few things that we need special assistance with. That is where the CRDN of Montgomery comes in!
Who is CRDN?
CRDN of Montgomery is a textile, electronics, and art restoration cleaning company; Owned and operated since 2001 by John and Jim Massey. They understood losing your family's most precious treasures can be heartbreaking. So, John and Jim began their journey to better serve our community and open the very first CRDN franchise in the United States.
Some of you may know John and Jim Massey as the owners of the popular Jim Massey’s Cleaners & Laundry. Operating both companies has given them insight into the cleaning and restoration process, allowing them to pioneer new processes in both businesses. Under their leadership, both CRDN and Jim Massey Cleaners possess the knowledge and experience to restore every precious content of your home.
What do they do?
CRDN’s certified professionals restore pieces ranging from clothing, electronics, rugs, family treasures, artwork, one-hundred-year quilts, and even shoes! They use biodegradable soaps and detergents to clean your contents of smoke, soot, mildew, and water. This, however, is no easy task. Decades of experience and technological advancements have allowed CRDN to craft the procedures necessary to bring each content back to its preloss condition. First, they enter specifics of each content into a specialized machine. This machine then tells them how long it will take to clean the affected content and which restoration process would be most effective. The fine tuning of this process over the years is what sets CRDN apart from other companies in the industry and is just one of the many reasons we are delighted to partner with them.
CRDN and Jim Massey have a primary focus strongly on the local community. They participate in Coats for Comfort, Yearly Prom Drives, and the Annual Lighting at the Zoo. This does not mean they neglect their global community, though. They strive to reduce waste and pollution of the planet. Their energy efficient systems help keep millions of pounds of textiles and electronics out of landfills, furthering their creed to respond, restore, and resume.
How We Partner Together
SERVPRO of Montgomery and CRDN of Montgomery are like peanut butter and jelly. We both are fantastic by ourselves but there is something magical when you put the two together. The relationship is beneficial to both parties, and we work to ensure you receive exceptional services in your time of need. When SERVPRO encounters a situation that requires specialized processes, CRDN is there to lend a hand. If CRDN encounters a job that requires fire or water mitigation, they do not hesitate to give us a call. Our combined experience and knowledge create the dream team.
Just ask Janet Guthrie, General Manager, and a longtime employee at CRDN. “Our mutual knowledge, professionalism, and trusted reputations have given us the confidence to lean on each other’s shoulders in times of need. We value our partnership with each other and look forward to many, many more years of serving our community together.”
Micheal Eisner, Former CEO of Walt Disney Company, would agree. “It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky, it happens once in a lifetime.”
SERVPRO of Montgomery and CRDN of Montgomery have one common goal: serving our local communities during their times of need. We both strive to restore peace of mind after a disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO® of Montgomery Offers All Restoration Services | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
“SERVPRO of Montgomery is here to help! Call us at 334.284.1612 for all your fire, water, and storm restoration needs.”
As a restoration services provider, we are deeply committed to providing expertise, experience, and customer service to our local community. SERVPRO of Montgomery has decades of experience in the restoration industry. Many of our trained technical staff hold at least one Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in the fields of mold, fire, or water damage. By consistently providing quality training, we guarantee our community will handle property damage with minimum loss and as little distraction to their everyday lives as possible.??
Microbial growth is an issue that requires expert remediation from our qualified restoration technicians. Mold spores are microscopic and spread through air currents. 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. The common signs of uncontrolled microbial growth may include a distinct musty odor or visible signs of mold on surfaces. It is not always necessary to perform expensive laboratory testing when mold damage is discovered, but you do need to enlist professional restoration services as soon as possible.
Our Mold Remediation services involve accessing the extent of damage, establishing containments, and creating a remediation plan. SERVPRO technicians use agitative cleaning methods, as well as pressure cleaning. The first step is setting up a quarantine using plastic sheeting. During cleaning of the affected area or demolishing of infested areas, we control the spread by placing negative air pressure machines on site. Some materials need demolishing or replacement. Other materials 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. Once notified of a loss, we can prevent further damage due to our fast restoration process and quick response time. At the same time, we have seen properties suffer permanent losses because of prolonged exposure to moisture. The priority is to dry the affected area as quickly as possible to prevent further losses to both contents and structure.
The key to successful water restoration services is 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. SERVPRO technicians perform a visual inspection then will mobilize special drying equipment to remove moisture from contents. We achieve this by removing the baseboard and drilling small holes into the bottom of your walls. Once we have accessed the root of the moisture, we circulate warm, dry air inside the cavity to ensure that moisture pockets are properly eliminated. This action will help prevent the likelihood of unwanted microbial growth.
Fire Damage Restoration
Fire damage is an unfortunate event that can happen for many varied reasons. Leaving an electrical appliance on or getting your lamp too close to a flammable fabric can all cause property fires. Even a minor fire can result in extensive smoke damage to your walls, ceilings, or fabrics. Different types of smoke produced cause materials to combust and will require professional restoration services to avoid spreading further damage.
Our fire restoration technicians conduct testing involving the type of smoke deposits in the home and the level of soiling. These pre-tests are vital in ensuring we take the correct approach to restore your property to its preloss condition. At SERVPRO, our first step in restoration is to minimize losses by ensuring the affected area is dried. Moisture, used in firefighting, can set soot in the fabric causing permanent damage. Provided the pre-test has shown that contents have remained durable, we can use rapid air-movers to dry out the property. Then we move on to the restoration step involving cleaning soiling, deodorizing, repainting, and refinishing areas that have sustained considerable damage.
Storm Damage Restoration
SERVPRO storm technicians are qualified in water restoration and applied structural drying (ASD.) After a storm, prolonged exposure to moisture can significantly harm your contents and structure, which is why our restoration services are vital to preventing further losses.
Our technicians will first test the property for structural weaknesses then bring in professional drying equipment. Extractors are used to remove excessive quantities of water. Dehumidifiers can be placed in the most affected areas of the home to dry the property. Our technicians will monitor daily to ensure the drying procedure is going according to plan.
No matter what type of restoration SERVPRO of Montgomery is performing, our main priority is to create a safe environment in your home. We strive to make each disaster “Like it never even happened.”
What to Do When Unexpected Storm Damage Comes Your Way | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
“Do you have storm damage to your home? No worries, SERVPRO of Montgomery is here for you!”
Technology has come such a long way in recent decades, but nothing is perfect. Raging storms will take you by surprise more often than you would like to admit. Regardless of the notice you may or may not receive, the real question is how prepared you are.
Are You Ready for The Unexpected?
Are your outside structures sound? Is your lawn furniture secure? Is your home surrounded by mature trees? These things and more play an essential part in how significant your damage could be. High wind speeds can send a tree or large tree limb crashing down, taking your car, roof, or the walls of your home with it. Not only does this cause tremendous structural damage, but the gaping hole allows rainwater to freely flow into your home. All of this can happen in a split second, causing irreparable damage to floors, walls, furniture, and family treasures.
You never know if or when this will happen to you, so it is best to have a plan. There is not much you can do physically to prevent further damage when there is a huge tree in your hallway. However, there are things you can take to lessen the likelihood of damage. Here are a few steps that will better ensure your safety and facilitate a quick restoration process.
Maintain Your Surroundings
Clear any surrounding trees or large items that can potentially damage your home or vehicle. Trees should generally be 10 to 20 feet from your house, but this may change depending on the tree type and size. Secure any loose items that could blow into your home. This includes lawn furniture, grills, yard tools, and toys.
Evacuate Once Damage Has Occurred
Should storm damage occur to your home, get yourself and your family out of the house immediately. It is possible for a storm to cause downed power lines, gas leaks, or an instable home foundation. It is imperative to wait for the home to be inspected for safety hazards prior to reentering your home.
Taking the Next Steps
Once you are safe, survey the damage and take pictures. Document everything for insurance purposes. Make sure you notify emergency services, if needed. Then call your insurance representative. Your insurance company will walk you through your coverage plan and discuss options. Lastly, don’t forget to contact SERVPRO of Montgomery for your water damage and fire restoration needs. Our technicians will schedule a time to arrive onsite and identify how much damage has been caused and create a restoration plan. We will also work directly with your insurance company so you can focus on other matters.
Do not attempt to tarp the roof, replace windows, or clean water near the affected site by yourself. Repairing something yourself could unintentionally cause further damage to the home, or injuries to yourself.
If your home sustains water or fire damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. We are available 24/7 to assist your family in your time of need. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery at 334.284.1612 for all your storm restoration needs.