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The Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

7/19/2023 (Permalink)

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Proper Training and Maintenance Can Help Prevent Workplace Fires

Unfortunately, commercial fire damage in Montgomery, AL and across the rest of the United States happens more frequently than you might think. While there are several reasons a fire may spark in a commercial building, some are much more common than others. Here’s a quick look at some of the more common causes. Human Error Many commercial fires can be attributed to human error and are not meant to be malicious. For example, spilling liquids on electrical equipment, leaving a coffee pot on, or burning food in the kitchen can easily cause a fire to break out. To decrease the chances of this happening in your commercial building, perform risk assessments to determine if any changes need to be implemented, provide proper staff training, and ensure fire extinguishers are easily accessible throughout the building. Negligence Negligence fires result from someone not following proper procedures and can usually be easily avoided by adequate staff training. For example, storing or mishandling flammable items or covering electrical equipment that must have air can result in a fire that causes significant commercial fire damageArson Unfortunately, arson is a frequent cause of commercial fires, particularly in industrial buildings and factories. Arson may be an act of vandalism, an attempt to collect insurance money or even the work of an unhappy employee. To minimize the damage associated with arson, you may want to consider installing an automatic sprinkler system. Faulty Wiring/ Electrics Electrical issues are another frequent cause of commercial fires. For example, outdated equipment, loose or frayed wires, and overloaded plugins can spark a fire with little to no advance warning. It is essential to ensure your electrical equipment, including boilers, water heaters, and furnaces, are in good working order and can handle their workload. To ensure your equipment/ appliances are functioning properly, you may want to invest in a portable appliance tester (PAT). As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO® of Montgomery is conveniently located to ensure a fast response to your commercial fire emergency. If you experience a commercial fire in Highland Park, Montgomery, Halcyon, or the surrounding areas, our trained technicians have the resources and tools to help. Call (334) 273-0992 today.

Recovering at Your Business After a Disaster Strikes | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

people discussing insurance policies and emergency forms with Servpro logo “SERVPRO® of Montgomery has seen it all when it comes to disasters. Call us today for all your fire, storm, and water restoration needs.”

Careful planning and strategizing are a vital part of being a business owner, both for all your everyday business decisions and when it comes to emergencies. Disasters devastate businesses every single year, leaving many business owners confused and unsure of how and if they will be able to reopen. Through careful planning, you can mitigate quite a bit of this uncertainty. 

When considering how a disaster could impact your business, the first thing to be aware of is safety. Plan to ensure you and your staff will be safe when a dangerous situation arises. Consider how you will recover if there is damage to your building. Your restoration provider, insurance company, and customers will all want to keep in touch. You also need to have many resources available from organizations for financial assistance.   

Contact Your Insurance and Restoration Providers 

No two commercial insurance policies are the same, so getting in touch with your insurance provider quickly after damage occurs is recommended. The process of filing a claim will vary. Once you get the details settled with your insurance company, you should reach out to your restoration provider as quickly as possible so they can begin working on the damage. 

Keep the Community Updated 

Social media has made it easier than ever to keep in touch with your customers in real-time. Consider providing updates regarding your reopening timeline and any options customers have for supporting you while you work to recover (i.e., purchasing gift cards, making online orders, etc.). 

Consider All Your Options for Financial Assistance 

While a disaster is always challenging, business owners have plenty of resources available for recovery through the Small Business Administration. Their disaster loan program is quite possibly the most significant help, as it is easy to qualify for, offers flexible repayment solutions, and provides financial assistance for various post-disaster expenses. 

If your business suffers damage from a disaster, we are Here to help®.

Contact us at any time to report your damage or learn more about our commercial restoration services. 

The Latest Scoop on First Baptist Church of Montgomery | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

images of a church sanctuary and reception area “SERVPRO® of Montgomery and First Baptist Church have become one team working together to restore our local Historic church.”

We are aware that everyone in the community has been keeping a close eye on the status of the devastating fire that occurred late last September. SERVPRO® of Montgomery and First Baptist Church of Montgomery have worked side-by-side to restore the Historical Church to its original state. Now we are here to give you the most recent updates! Let’s start from the beginning and review the events bringing us to today. 

The suspect started the fire in the Main Sanctuary, pouring gasoline from the back doors to the pulpit. Before exiting the church, she stopped at the reception desk, soaking it in gasoline and lighting the match! Flames engulfed the Church, and the Fire Department was notified of the emergency. Thankfully the carpet was flame retardant, so the fire did not spread the way she intended. Regardless, the damage was already done. The fire damage spread throughout the six-story building, traveling through walkways and air ducts. Soot covered every organ pipe, speaker, microphone, baseboard, window, and ceiling tile. Because the church is such a massive building, you can imagine the work we had cut out for us. 

One of the perks of being the #1 Restoration Company is our footprint and resources. First Baptist Church called us to assist, and we reached out to our SERVPRO® family across the Southeast. Within 24 hours, we were all hands-on deck! We immediately jumped into action, bringing in two trailers and over one hundred and fifty crew members ready to make it “Like it never even happened.”  

We went to work immediately, wiping, scrubbing, painting, washing, and restoring everything in our path. SERVPRO® uses specialized cleaning products to remove soot and grime from materials. These cleaning products allow us to restore instead of replace items, especially when artifacts are not easily replaceable. We can proudly say that we have been able to restore more than half of the damage that occurred in the Church.  

All walls have a fresh coat of paint. All baseboards have been cleaned, painted, repaired, and reinstalled. The carpet has arrived and is now laid within the two Sanctuaries. Paintings have been appropriately cleaned and are hanging back in place. Every handrail, doorknob, and light switch are free from soot. 

The pulpit is back in its original place. Organ pipes visible to the congregation are clean, and we are working on the pipes behind the wall. 

The Sanctuaries have fifty-foot ceilings with ceiling tiles made in the early 1900s. Some of these tiles could not be restored, so we arranged to have ceiling tiles custom-made to match the rest of the building. We also brought in scaffolding to access the high ceilings. After several weeks, the crew successfully put all the ceiling tiles in place, and they look brand new!  

We are still waiting for the arrival of new pews but expect it will not be much longer. It is a process to have every item fully restored, but things are moving quickly!  

SERVPRO® of Montgomery is dedicated to restoring the Church to its original state. While there is still work to complete, we are finally in the home stretch! The First Baptist Church Montgomery family has been so patient during the restoration process, and we are now part of that family. Months of working side by side with one another have created a close relationship. We have even given each other nicknames! While we will rejoice when the building is fully restored, we will also be sad when it is over because we will miss the second home we have been in every day for nearly a year. Stay tuned for more updates on how the restoration process is going! 

It is not just about the restoration process for SERVPRO®. We truly invest our time and efforts into serving our community. We understand how devastating disasters can be, and we are Here to help® you. Contact us today at 334.284.1612 for all your restoration needs! 

Slow Roof Leaks Can Cause Major Damage to Your Commercial Building | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

cracked, bubbling wallpaper caused by a leak and SERVPRO logo “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!

3 Reasons Your Business Needs an ERP | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

yellow and black emergency signs Schedule some time with your local SERVPRO of Montgomery to talk about creating an Emergency Ready Plan for your business today.

Prevent this Disaster Scenario From Happening to Your Business

It is a Monday morning. You have just walked into your workplace to find the breakroom kitchen sink flooded over the weekend! The water damage has spread throughout the entire first floor: walls, flooring, cubicles and all. You can smell a horrible odor already and you cannot even see the floor because there is so much standing water. What do you do? What is your company’s plan?

It's Difficult to Plan for Disasters Alone

An Emergency Ready Plan, or an ERP, ensures that no matter when disaster strikes in your business, your team will know what to do and how to handle the situation. When an emergency happens, it is never a planned event. It can be a severe disruption that could take days, weeks or even months to restore the original building to its previous state. The most productive way to prevent long term damage or restoration is to be prepared in advance for such occurrences. Planning for potential events is crucial to being able to respond quickly in an emergency.

Now we know how important an Emergency Ready Plan is, what do we do next?  First things, first! Be sure to sit down with your coworkers and discuss where emergency exits are, where to go in a flood, storm or tornado when you need to take shelter, emergency points of contact, and who to call when you have water or smoke damage in your building. Having a written plan that is posted around all emergency exits and standard doors in your building is key to ensuring visibility during an actual emergency. It is important to stress upon your staff to know these plans to avoid confusion during a chaotic event.

Schedule some time with your local SERVPRO of Montgomery to talk about setting up an Emergency Ready Plan for your business so you can be prepared for when disaster strikes.

Rotted Food Odors Can Cause Challenges in Montgomery Restaurants and Businesses | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Rotted Food at Montgomery Alabama Restaurant Don't let food odors settle in. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery at 334-284-1612 to schedule an evaluation of your odor elimination today.

Is Your Restaurant or Business Repelling Customers Because of Foul Odors?

After significant storm damage or other catastrophes, breakdowns in the electrical grid are common. Businesses that feature food service or storage can suffer from the devastation decomposing food brings to the crisis. Freezers, refrigerators, and walk-in coolers full of food and beverages eventually warm to the point where the contents begin to rot, emitting a noxious smell. We have a range of professional-grade solutions to eliminate these odors.

The aftermath of severe storms, hurricanes, and tropical depressions, include serious water damage from flooding and storm surge. High winds and excessive water knock out power. It can take many days or even longer to obtain the all-clear to enter affected buildings. Stores of rotting food spawn a overwhelming cleanup and an even more stubborn odor problem in Montgomery. Our commercial restoration crews have experience with these challenges, employing advancements in odor eliminating equipment to entirely remove the malodors.

Foods and beverages provide microbes always present in the environment with a robust source of nourishment. Molds and other organisms serve a purpose outdoors when they break down materials. The consequences of this natural process shock when a restaurant, wholesale or retail grocery, or event center displays appliance after appliance of decomposing food, the organic matter a horribly smelling feast for spores growing into microbial colonies. SERVPRO production managers assess the scene and determine if any other freezers or refrigerated units can be salvaged. Even when the appliances are junked and the areas thoroughly cleaned, the smell will linger.

Our Odor Eliminating Process and Experience

We have success in these circumstances when we add hydroxyl generators to the odor-neutralizing mix. Our SERVPRO began employing this technology 10 years ago and find it not only to be highly effective but also a workable solution when we team with commercial customers that need their business to continue operation during the restoration phase. A large resort and an IT headquarters are two of the business we assisted with odor control while guests continued vacations and a major conference went forward as planned. The hydroxyl generators were a crucial piece of our restoration and odor elimination plan.

How Hydroxyl Generators Work

Hydroxyl generators disperse molecules that seek out odor-bearing particles. They effect elimination of unwanted smells by breaking apart the chemical bonds of the odorous compounds. Hydroxyls occur naturally outdoors when ultraviolet rays from the sun encounter water vapor. SERVPRO invested in hydroxyl generators to replicate this process indoors. The machines can be positioned in inconspicuous places to do the task of odor elimination quietly. Unlike ozone machines that require temporary evacuation during operation, hydroxyl generators are safe to use around people and pets.

SERVPRO of Montgomery is Here to Help

Rotting food is a common source of seemingly intractable odors after freezing and refrigeration fail in a commercial setting. SERVPRO of Montgomery has the technology and the technicians to eliminate the odors. Call 334-284-1612 to schedule an evaluation of your odor elimination needs.

Fire Damage Can Be Tragic for Montgomery Businesses | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire at a Montgomery Alabama business Call 334-245-1258 at any hour of the day if your business has sustained damage from a fire.

Imagine getting a phone call in the middle of the night.  Your business is on fire. You rush to the office only to be greeted by a strong smoky odor of gasoline and chemicals. Ash and burn stains are all over the place.  An overwhelming feeling of shock and stress overcomes you. It is devastating to realize your business is vandalized by fire.  Not only is your business interrupted but your employees are shaken.

Hopefully this never happens to you. 

If it does, it's best to have a plan in place when such a tragic event occurs.  You want experts in your corner who not only know what to do but can do it quickly.

Montgomery Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Fire damage restoration is challenging since our, SERVPRO of Montgomery, IICRC-certified restoration technicians must wait until first responders and firefighters have left the scene before we can begin mitigation, debris removal, and reconstruction.

We are Montgomery’s First Choice Fire and Water Damage Experts

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration. We have advance training in restoration techniques, and the experience and specialized industrial equipment to quickly restore your property. Our specialties include but are not limited to:

  • Fire Damage & Smoke Damage Restoration
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • Water Damage Restoration

If your Montgomery church, commercial facility, or school suffers fire or water damage, you can depend on us. Call 334-245-1258 at any hour of the day to schedule services. We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

What is certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned? | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

We're open sign Your business can make sure you’re hitting the mark with customers with an enhanced level of cleaning.

After a year and a half of chaos, it’s great to see that many places that were formerly hotspots for COVID-19 are now experiencing major turnarounds. Business owners have high hopes that “normal” is right around the corner, but they are also beginning to feel the pressure of new customer expectations.

As customers return to in-store shopping and other activities, they do so with a new level of understanding about how fragile our health can be. They now expect that businesses they work with will do everything they can to keep them safe.

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives your customers and your employees peace of mind by taking over the sanitation of your business.

Cleanliness is nice even on a “normal” day, but with the fears of sickness presented, it’s even more imperative to keep your business clean. SERVPRO doubles the feeling of clean by adding advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go beyond your traditional cleaning and janitorial services.

Most people will say “What makes this program any different than the others?”

We’re glad you asked. Let’s take a look at the three C’s of a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program:

  1. Consult. We come and sit with you to discuss your unique business needs, including a look at how your business operates and who uses the space. The fact that SERVPRO of Prattville is locally owned and operated gives us a leg up since we are already familiar with many specific needs common in our area.
  2. Clean. Once your unique needs have been established, our SERVPRO technicians show up on-site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else. This gets your business the clean of a lifetime while adhering to (or exceeding) CDC standards. This level of clean protects not only against COVID-19 but also against frequent seasonal illnesses such as the common cold and the flu.
  3. Certify. Once we’ve cleaned your business, it’s time to show off the clean to your customers. You can now proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your business window, as well as on your website and on social media. This shows customers that you have to care about their well-being before they even walk through the door!

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Building a Solid Evacuation Plan for Your Montgomery Business | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency graphic Here are some helpful tips we’ve put together to help you build a solid emergency plan. Contact SERVPRO® of Montgomery to learn more.

Every business needs an evacuation plan in case of a fire or another disaster. In many cases, OSHA requires it and even publishes their own standards to check your emergency plans against.

Plus, it’s a good way to ensure both your employees and your customers are safe if something unexpected happens. (And, considering everything that happened in 2020 with the pandemic, planning for the unexpected now certainly seems wise.)

We’ve put together some tips to help you build a solid evacuation and emergency plan if your business should need it. We’ve worked in the disaster restoration and recovery business for years, so our team understands how these processes can work.

Things to Consider

We use the term “emergency” or “evacuation” plan, but it should be more than one plan in reality. Here’s why:

Some disasters require you to shelter in place. In the event of a fire, of course, you’ll want to have the routes out of the building posted and employees trained to help with the process. But in other cases, sheltering in place is the right call. That usually is the best option if a severe storm or tornado has been spotted in the area. So, you’ll want to have a plan in mind that covers all types of disaster scenarios.

Your employees’ roles can change. You’ll want to talk with your employees about head counts, evacuation routes and their role in leading people out. You may also want to establish a set meeting place to ensure that everyone you know is in the building has gotten out. Or if they haven’t, how many people first responders should be looking for inside the building.

Some special equipment may be required. Depending on your business and the type of disaster you’re dealing with, respirators and other equipment may be required.

If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Montgomery Business Owners Can Count on Us During the Pandemic and Beyond | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

a crew of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside commercial building If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery to learn more.

Did you know that we’re a locally owned and operated business?

That means we’re members of the Montgomery community, too. Our team is here to help business owners when they need us. We’re invested in helping our community thrive.

We understand that it takes planning, research and hard work to get your business going. And there’s even more to be done as your business opens and starts to grow.

But not every situation or circumstance can be controlled. For example, the global COVID-19 pandemic has changed how most of us interact with clients, add value and meet our customers’ needs.

Many businesses have already opened their doors again, and others have found new ways to work remotely or offer products and services digitally. Regardless of how you and your employees have decided to move forward, there’s help out there for you.

Tips to Help You Keep Working During the Pandemic

The good news is that many people (not just your loyal customers) are invested in helping you succeed. You can find great tools including more information about business loans and tips, advice, and more from sources you can trust.

Taking all the precautions you can to see that your business is clean and safe is important, too. That’s where we can help you.

It starts when we consult with you. We’ll use what we learn to create an individualized plan for your business.

Next, our experts will clean your space. They’ll use a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers to come back. Our teams work with proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, we’ll certify your space. And you can open your business with confidence.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

It’s Hurricane Season – Take Steps to Prevent Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Montgomery Storm Image It’s hurricane season and one of the rainiest months is around the corner. Take steps to prevent and prepare for water damage to your property.

Hurricane rainfall presents opportunity for water damage to your property. Leaks and floods can cause damage to your property and require that you temporarily move out of your building while it’s restored. This presents a challenge as you want to get back to business as usual as soon as possible! Furthermore, severe leaks can lead to floods which can increase your risk of exposure to mold, chemical hazards, injuries, and more.

Fortunately, these inconveniences are preventable! Whether your water emergency occurs in an office building or big box store, it is imperative that you take measures to prevent leaks and damage to your property. Keep a look out for the following:

Damaged Windows

Water can seep through windows that aren’t properly sealed. This can cause mold build-up and damage to walls. Because caulk, the material that’s often used to seal windows, breaks down over time, be sure to have your windows resealed regularly.

Broken Pipes

Changes in pressure throughout the year and cold weather can cause pipes to break and burst. Although there are some tell-tell signs of this issue, such as water stains on walls or floors or an unpleasant and musty smell, detecting leaky pipes is challenging. With that said, it’s best to consult a professional to help determine whether your property has broken pipes.

HVAC Problems

Hurricane season often coincides with colder temperatures so we crank up the heat! However, ducts in the HVAC system can get worn out and damaged over time, especially during seasons like this, and cause leaks. For that reason, the system needs to be cleaned regularly and any water in it needs to be removed. Like broken pipes, it’s sometimes difficult to determine whether your HVAC system is causing a leak, so it’s best to consult a professional.

December is one of the rainiest months in Alabama and other regions of the southeast. With that said, it’s best to get ahead of the curve.

One of the best ways to get ahead is to create an Emergency Ready Profile. This is an immediate plan of action for how to restore your building after a disaster and get back to business. Additionally, we have 360 degree technology to document preloss conditions, including your equipment and where it was before disaster struck.

If want to prepare your business for future disasters, contact us today and we will help you create an Emergency Ready Profile.

Recovering at Your Business After a Disaster Strikes | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

insurance policies binders and pen sitting on black table in larger conference room If your business is hit by a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery. We are here to guide you through the process.

Careful planning and strategizing is a key part of being a business owner, both for all of your everyday business decisions and when it comes to emergencies. Disasters devastate businesses every single year, leaving many business owners confused and unsure of how and if they will be able to reopen. Through careful planning, you can mitigate quite a bit of this uncertainty.

When you are considering how a disaster could impact your business, the first thing to be aware of is safety. Plan ahead to make sure you and your staff will be safe when a dangerous situation arises, and then consider how you will recover if there is damage to your building. Your restoration provider, your insurance company and your customers will all want to keep in touch, and you will have many resources available to you from organizations for financial assistance.

Ensuring Your Business Can Recover From a Disaster

Make contact with your insurance and restoration providers. No two commercial insurance policies are the same, so getting in touch with your insurance provider quickly after damage occurs is recommended. The process of filing a claim will vary, but once you get the details settled with your insurance company, you should reach out to your restoration provider as quickly as you are able so they can begin working on the damages.

Give customers updates on your status. Because of social media, it is easier than ever to keep in touch with your customers in real-time—and after a disaster, you absolutely should. Consider providing updates on your reopening timeline and any options customers have for supporting you while you work to recover (i.e. purchasing gift cards, making online orders, etc.).

Consider all your options for assistance. While a disaster is always a difficult thing to endure, business owners do have plenty of resources available for recovery through the Small Business Administration. Their disaster loan program is quite possibly the biggest help, as it is easy to qualify for, offers flexible repayment solutions and provides financial assistance for a variety of post-disaster expenses incurred.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.

Providing Aid in Cleanup Following Hurricane Sally Destruction | SERVPRO® of Montgomery

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery Team truck outside of the RSA Battle House Tower If you experience any commercial property damage, we can help. Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery to find out more.

A few weeks ago Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama. The slow-moving Category 2 Atlantic Hurricane met the shoreline with 105 mph winds and brought inches upon inches of rain. Streets once filled with drivers turned into rivers, flowing with debris. Boats docked in their seaside homes were drug miles inland onto deserted land. Thousands were left without power and the damage left behind totaled billions of dollars.

SERVPRO of Montgomery knows it takes quick action to handle any type of water intrusion.  Our professionals are trained to assess and handle any damage efficiently, preventing the growth and spread of mold. With so many commercial businesses along the coast, we loaded our trucks and the Disaster Recovery Team waited, anticipating a call to assist.

Currently, our team is in the gulf working on multiple buildings affected by Hurricane Sally, including the Grand Hotel, Souvenir City, and Crystal Shores. With quick response and a precisely executed plan, we hope to have these buildings ready to open soon.

If you have water damage anywhere at your commercial property, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with our team regarding commercial business restoration services.

SERVPRO of Montgomery Emergency Ready Profile

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your commercial facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Montgomery as your preferred SERVPRO franchise in the event of a disaster. Having a plan in place helps minimize the amount of time your business is inactive following a disaster.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment that requires little time and can save you a lot of time and money in the future. 

Call us today at 334-284-1612 today to set up an appointment for your ERP!

A Comprehensive Plan To Deal With Fire Damage

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

A Comprehensive Plan To Deal With Fire Damage

When fire damage strikes in Montgomery, it pays to have a comprehensive plan in place. A complete plan includes the following elements:

  • A quick response from fire remediation specialists
  • Action to secure the building from looters
  • Equipment in place to deal with water removal
  • A dry-cleaning strategy for uniforms and other fabrics
  • The storage of contents
  • The restoration of the building

All of these steps are necessary to get your business up and running again. The fire remediation professionals will work quickly to restore your building to its condition before the fire happened.

Why Content Cleaning Is Crucial

When a fire sweeps through your commercial building, there is likely to be some structural damage. There will also be damage from smoke and soot and this will have to be addressed before the building will be functional again. Specialized equipment in the hands of trained technicians will be needed. For clothes, dry-cleaning is the most effective approach, as it removes smoke odors and cleans away soot. For non-porous items, ultrasonic measures provide the best cleaning.

Another immediate concern is removing the excess moisture in the building. This can come from flooding due to a storm or from the efforts of the fire fighting crew. ventilation devices, scrubbers, and thermal foggers are employed to remove excess water and humidity. This is a crucial task to make certain mold doesn't begin to grow in areas of the building. Water removal will also help with retaining the viability of electrical equipment such as computer software and hardware. Content storage may be needed to remove items from the building while the cleanup is going on. This gets the items out of the way and keeps them protected while the work is going on.

Relying on a smart plan is the quickest way to recover after a commercial fire. Actions such as dry-cleaning, water removal, and drying allow your business to get up and running as rapidly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Montgomery at 334-284-1186 today!

Restoring Your Montgomery Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Montgomery commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Montgomery

SERVPRO of Montgomery specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Be Prepared If Your Montgomery Business Suffers Water Damage

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Can Handle Your Commercial Water Damage

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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.


  • 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

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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Cleaning and Eliminating Commercial Mold Damage In Montgomery

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help your office remove mold today.

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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We Help You Get Back To Business In Montgomery

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

We have the training and equipment to handle any size flooding or water damage emergencies.

Cleaning Up After a Sprinkler Malfunction in a Montgomery Store

Mismanaged sprinkler systems and fire suppression systems in Montgomery stores can often lead to substantial water damage. Malfunctions can occur without any human error, and activate this system with excessive heat, the presence of smoke or steam, or some other indicator that can unintentionally trigger the fire suppression system. Once the sprinkler system has activated, even with advanced and more technologically sound models, the water loss effects can be too significant to overcome with conventional cleanup approaches.

No matter when these emergencies occur, you can always count on the swift response of our technicians to address the water damage in your Montgomery store. As a business ourselves, we can understand the importance of being available to your customers when they need you, so we work hard to get your doors back open quickly. We have effective mitigation strategies that can address the majority of the effects from this sprinkler malfunction including extraction, drying, and removing at-risk inventory and stock.

There are many pieces of equipment and the bulk of your inventory that could become at risk when sprinklers activate without good cause. Our Contents Department of our SERVPRO team can walk through the damaged property to determine which items can benefit from removal and focused attention at our nearby warehouse. Once these items get dried, cleaned, and disinfected, we can safely store them until they can get returned to the store once restoration nears completion.

With widespread effects like you find once sprinkler systems activate, it can be challenging to work around these effects to keep your doors open. Instead, our SERVPRO professionals can work with our advanced equipment to remove standing water and dry out saturated elements exposed.

We know how critical downtime can be to both your profits and the employees that depend on your doors being open when they should be. You can depend on our SERVPRO of Montgomery team to work tirelessly to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” Give our technicians a call 24/7 at (334) 273-0992.

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Contact Our Specialists If Your Chisholm Commercial Property Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t hesitate to call us at (334) 273-0992 as soon as you realize there is an issue so we can get your structure back in order.

Commercial Water Cleanup Services For Your Chisholm Business

Moisture and weather can wreak havoc on your warehouse building in Chisholm over the years. Year after year of harsh weather plus other factors can leave a costly and lasting impression on your structure. Many times, water intrusion from a compromised roof is difficult to see and is not spotted until severe damage has taken place.

As the owner of a commercial building, you should have a regular plan for inspection, including your roof. When damage has gone unchecked, and water has seeped inside your building, you need water cleanup services in Chisholm from a professional remediation company. Timing is crucial to prevent further issues, so that is why SERVPRO is always standing by with our trained staff and specialty equipment.

Many commercial roofing systems are not inspected visually regularly. The more maintenance and inspection you provide, the longer it lasts. Typically, your roof should last between 10-30 years. Semi-annual inspections are a good idea to keep you up-to-date with the condition of your structure’s roof.

When water has intruded, SERVPRO technicians can help you restore your building to its prior condition. Moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras assist us in finding any hidden moisture in building materials and finding the actual moisture content of such materials. Doing so helps us to dry the building back out to the right levels again.

Over time, the roof flashing on your roof can deteriorate and need repair or total replacement. The flashing helps to mitigate moisture from entering your building, so when it is damaged, it can be a direct link to water damage which is visible.

Other issues which can occur include clogged roof drains and any pipes or external systems which might penetrate the roofing membrane. These can be prone to gaping and leakage which give access to moisture. Regular maintenance with sealants can help to prevent even a small amount of water penetration. Similarly, skylights can also cause leaking from seal damage, or even from cracks.

SERVPRO of Montgomery can help restore your commercial building in County Downs, Arrowhead, or Centennial Hill after any water intrusion. Don’t hesitate to call us at (334) 273-0992 as soon as you realize there is an issue so we can get your structure back in order.

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Keep Your Schools Open With Our Team's Help In Montgomery

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

We are available for any job big or small when your school is faced with a water loss incident. We are here for you 24/7 so call us today.

Efficient Water Cleanup for Montgomery Schools

Running a public Montgomery school leaves you with many plates to balance, not the least of which is the upkeep and maintenance of the facilities to provide a safe and functional learning space for students. Disasters and water loss incidents can occur with little warning, but many of these situations can spread more quickly than custodial staff can manage, leading to either inadequate cleaning of the mess that has occurred or new areas becoming unnecessarily damaged from spreading water that your janitorial crew cannot prevent.

When water clean up is necessary in Montgomery public schools, a fast response from trained professionals is a must. SERVPRO professionals have equipment and expertise to assess the full scope of the damage, check our progress of drying and extraction, and to ensure that water damage does not continue to spread and affect new areas from the time that we arrive.

When our professionals arrive at your school, we can get to work on inspecting the damage to determine the best approach to remove the moisture and restore the effects. In some situations, extraction might be a necessary inclusion to the restoration process, and we have portable sump pumps, extraction wands, and even truck-mounted pumps if the situation is severe enough.

Drying is critical to prevent the spread of the damage to new areas and to protect the structural integrity of saturated materials. Throughout this drying process with dehumidifiers and our air movers, we can monitor our progress with the use of moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras. These tools can identify moisture pockets that require attention and focused efforts. This technology can help us to maximize our drying efforts to provide the most efficient and effective approach to eliminating the moisture and dampness from a recent water loss incident.

When you have a high volume of students, faculty, and their respective families to satisfy, you cannot afford a lengthy shutdown of the school to recover from a water loss incident. Give our SERVPRO of Montgomery rapid response team a call today at (334) 273-0992.

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How Our Specialists Use Deodorization To Remove Odors From Your Fire Damaged Commercial Property In Montgomery

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Any time something burns inside your store even the smoke coming from it can require commercial fire damage to occur.

Montgomery's Commercial Fire Damage Technicians Discuss Deodorization Methods

If a fire ever ignites inside your Montgomery jewelry store, the flames and smoke generated can ruin your contents and your building's structural components. Any time something burns inside your store even the smoke coming from it can require commercial fire damage to occur. Flames can burn items inside your home forcing them to be replaced. When smoke coming from the blaze touches cooler surfaces, it often leaves behind soot residue. One major part of commercial fire damage mitigation is not only fixing burnt structural components but cleaning soils left behind by partially combusted materials as well.

When soot covers surfaces inside a building, foul odors can exist. After the burnt items are removed, and the soot is cleaned during a commercial fire damage project in Montgomery, the deodorization step occurs. In some situations, it's possible to eliminate unpleasant aromas by removing all of the soot residues. Other times burnt smells can still exist requiring our SERVPRO team to utilize specialized equipment and techniques.

When building materials get burnt, we can sometimes sand down the charring and refinish the item. If burnt materials get treated instead of replaced, then our SERVPRO technicians can spray the affected items with a specialized sealant paint that traps in foul aromas. When smoke damaged items get cleaned, the detergents used often have chemicals that mask the smells with more pleasant aromas. When the aromas are very prevalent techniques to chemically neutralize the odors get implemented.

When smoke flows through a building, it can penetrate deep into porous surfaces such as carpet or upholstery. The smoke particles can get stuck deep into the material making them difficult to remove. One method of deodorization to remediate smoky odors is to use an ultra-low volume fogging machine. Using a ULV fogger can help eliminate unpleasant smells by replicating the behavior of smoke with chemicals. The chemicals get broken down into tiny particles so they can penetrate materials as deep as the smoke did. The chemicals then react with the smoke particles and cause a reaction that neutralizes the foul odors.

If you ever have problems with foul odors after a fire in your jewelry store, call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 24/7.

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Never Worry About What To Do About Commercial Water Damage In Highland Park Again With These Tips

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Our experts respond Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Water Cleanup For Unwanted Water In Your Highland Park Office Building

Torrential downpours that begin as a slow drip through the roof only to grow into a waterfall or a broken feed line to the drinking fountain can cause severe problems in your Highland Park office building. Our experts respond Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Regardless of the source of invasive water in your business in Highland Park, we use commercial water cleanup methods to remove the water, dry everything out, and protect your building and furnishings from secondary damages. Our fast response to your initial call helps us prevent the deterioration of materials, surges in microbial activity, and unpleasant odors. All of these effects are preventable and costly to mitigate, should they develop. Preventing them is substantially more cost-effective, as well as capable of preventing the loss of irreplaceable items.

Pumping out all of the water that drenched your building also includes tracking that moisture to wherever it traveled, including inside walls and floors, under cabinets, and inside closets. Water can often find its way into architectural nooks and crannies, but without the pressure behind it, this same water never seems to leave on its own.

Moisture meters can detect how much moisture is in a material while infrared imaging devices help us locate these places. Small pinholes or weep holes permit trapped water to leave, which we promptly remove and then we use warm air to dry out the cavity from where the water exited. We keep these holes in the least visible place when possible, and as small as possible, also. When possible, we drill these holes behind existing trim to conceal them completely.

We can often restore materials from offices that became drenched through different methods. Sometimes we use freezing as a way to do this. Other methods are available, and we can discuss each option with you when special situations require their use.

Once the water no longer poses a problem, we can work on ensuring that the humidity in the air has also returned to normal levels. Remnant moisture can cause problems with microbial activity or curling of papers and other documents. We can monitor the situation and recommend the adequately sized dehumidifier to finish restoring the environment entirely back to normal.

SERVPRO of Montgomery wants your business and tenants to thrive, and commercial water cleanup can help ensure this happens, even after a major crisis involving water. Call us at (334) 273-0992 to speak with us about your situation as soon as possible. We want to help you get everything back on track again quickly. We also serve those in Arrowhead, County Downs, and Chisholm, as well as both Gunter and Maxwell Air Force Bases.

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Staying in Business After Commercial Fire Damage Threatens to Close Your Highland Park Cafe

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Customers love the ambiance of your coffee shop. Keep them coming to your location after a fire by contacting SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO's Quick Action After Fire Damage Can Help Keep Your Diner Open

Eating out at fast food places rarely compares to the food found in Highland Park's neighborhood cafes and diners. Running such an establishment happens under high-stress situations during rush hour, and during these times, accidents happen.
When rush hour happens and a grease fire takes place in Highland Park, commercial fire damage can affect your entire business. SERVPRO technicians can make everything “Like it never even happened” which makes it possible to stay in business. Failure to mitigate such damage early allows it to continually damage additional areas in your building.
Removing any damaged materials, such as countertops or tables, curtains, papers and posters, and anything else makes it easier to recover with smoke-killing paints. Washing soot-filled cooking utensils, bakeware, and other equipment gets these items ready for the next time your staff needs them. Pots and pans also need any traces of soot removed so future meals do not taste off and provide patrons with the food they know and enjoy.
Shelving and cupboards can end up covered in areas rarely seen, such as the top shelves, so we make sure we reach these areas. Afterward, we visually inspect them to make sure they no longer contain any black deposits that might end up on stored items.
Any carpeted areas in your diner most likely contain significant amounts of soot that bonded tightly with the fibers. The sooner SERVPRO can clean these and extract the sticky soot the more likely we can restore them to preloss condition and save your business the added expense of replacing the carpet.
Removing greasy deposits of smoke and soot from surfaces keeps odors down but does not eliminate them entirely. We need to address these deposits from the areas that remain unseen. We do this by using thermal fogging. With this method, the fog forcefully enters the same areas that the smoke pushed smoky particles into and then eliminates them.
SERVPRO of Montgomery also protects businesses in Arrowhead and Centennial Hill from the effects of fire damage. When businesses can reopen quickly after a disaster, their chances of staying in business increase, while the risk of closing permanently significantly decreases. Call us at (334) 273-0992 to see how we can help you save your business from this and other disasters.

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A Grease Blaze in Your Montgomery Restaurant Kitchen Can Lead to Fire Damage If It Is Not Smothered Properly

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Montgomery--Always Call SERVPRO

Commercial Cleanup After Fires Are Best Left to the Professionals--Call SERVPRO

Fire damage is the last thing you want to befall your restaurant, but especially in the kitchen. It can completely halt the flow of your business since you are unable to serve food, not even take-out, while the damage lingers. Getting the damage remediated as soon as possible is the best solution that you could pursue for your business.
Cooking involves oils and greases, and it is essential to use oil while doing so, but it could cause fire damage to your Montgomery kitchen when done irresponsibly. Sometimes, while cooking, the flame of the burner under your pan can jump from airborne splattered grease and then into your pan, igniting everything in it. A grease is particularly dangerous if it is not appropriately smothered with the lid of a pot.
Unfortunately, the first instinct for many people is to try and extinguish a grease fire with the use of water. However, this practice can actually have a "splashing" like effect, igniting other parts of the kitchen and severely burning anyone close. A small fire in a pan can quickly turn into a much larger fire with one action, and it is wise to call for remediation as soon as firefighters have dealt with it. If your kitchen is equipped with a fire-suppressant system then possibly the physical damage was minimized, but the powdery mess remains behind requiring professional cleanup.
SERVPRO strives to get to your eatery as quickly as possible after receiving your call. If the remediation doesn't happen right away, the higher the chance of permanent damage is. Our SERVPRO techs can immediately begin to clean up fire-damaged area, ridding it of any charred bits or ruined equipment.
Afterward, we can clean the soot off of the various surfaces of your business through chemical cleaning methods. Once SERVPRO has thoroughly cleaned your kitchen, and rid it of the physical evidence, we can use tools like thermal foggers to free your nose of the scent left behind by the fire.
When your restaurant kitchen suffers a grease fire, do not delay. Dial (334) 273-0992 as soon as you can to contact SERVPRO of Montgomery. No matter the time, our doors are open to you.

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Highland Park's Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

If moisture is not dried out within 48 hours, mold can develop on your building materials after water damage.

Rely on SERVPRO for Expert Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Sometimes a pipe breaks inside your Highland Park office complex and water floods out the building. Many office complexes are two stories, which can create more problems in an emergency damage situation. Water always follows gravity so if a pipe breaks on any floor besides the ground level, then it will flow into other floors of the building.

When water comes into an office from the ceiling, a few possible hazards may exist. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Highland Park start every job with making sure the area is secure. Any hazards our crew finds get dealt with immediately so that everyone inside your office stays safe.

When water comes from the ceiling, sometimes drywall gets loose and falls from the ceiling. Other times water can get into light fixtures and cause a short creating an electrical hazard. Before any work begins, our crew will remove the hanging drywall and make sure nothing will fall from the ceiling onto anyone. If there are electrical hazards, we shut off the power to the room until a certified electrician can come in and repair the problem.

After the area is deemed safe for our workers and yours, we begin the extraction process. We try our best to complete our work in a way that keeps your company functioning as best as possible. We will work around office desks and work areas so that your team can keep busy while we work.

After we use our advanced extraction system to vacuum up all the water we can, we start the structural drying process. During the structural drying stage, we attempt to speed up the natural evaporation process so that moisture dries out within 48 hours. If building materials inside your office complex stay wet for longer than two days, it is possible that mold develops.

We always use industrially advanced moisture detection equipment to test progress and make sure everything is dry before we leave the job site. After our drying equipment has been set up for a couple of days, we make sure that moisture levels have returned to normal conditions before officially finishing the job. For help from the experts with water problems, call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 any time of the day.

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Water Damage Can Drive Patients From Your Highland Park Clinic

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Water Removal to Keep HIghland Park Services Open for Business

Trust SERVPRO For Urgent Care Regarding Water Removal

Running a Highland Park medical facility of any kind can be an overwhelming challenge, but it can become even more of a stressful situation when there is a water emergency in the building. While not every situation might demand the need for professional intervention and expertise, when you have many patients counting on your care to be available during regular business hours, even a smaller situation needs to be resolved quickly and correctly.
Water damage to your Highland Park clinic can result from some different sources. Clinics are known to have more plumbing than many other facilities and businesses just because washing stations, sinks, and labs are needed to operate at full capacity. As well guarded as you might be against the harsh elements of winter or the possibility of overly pressurized pipes, they can still break and rupture all the same.
Our SERVPRO technicians have seen all manner of water emergencies, especially when tight deadlines become required. The last thing that your facility needs is to reschedule several appointments, as this just bogs down the staff with heavy workloads at a later date and keeps sick or injured people from getting the care that they need. Instead, trust a team of certified restoration specialists that can help you to mitigate your loss of valuable time and keep your doors open to patients.
Depending on the severity of the water damage in the affected area, extraction might be necessary. Our SERVPRO team has all of the tools necessary to remove the water efficiently, from portable pumps to wet vacs. While the visible moisture is getting dried with air movers and dehumidification equipment, our thorough specialists use thermal imagery to determine further damage from the water outside of the line of sight. Knowing where other problems might occur, can help our team focus their efforts, ensuring that the situation does not worsen and that restoration can get completed quickly.
Your clinic has many patients that depend on your staff to be available when they have ailments and injuries. Trust professional restoration specialists like ours at SERVPRO of Montgomery. Our emergency response team can be reached anytime at (334) 273-0992.

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Removing Commercial Water Damage in Highland Park

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

When facing flooding in a business setting, it is imperative to dry out the property right away so that you minimize down time. Contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Commercial Property

Highland Park flooding can shut a business down for a day, a week, or longer. The water, particularly if it is contaminated, must be removed quickly by a professional service. It reduces the amount of damage, reopens the business, and is preferred by the insurance companies.
When there is a shutdown after commercial water damage, Highland Park businesses need to reopen to support their customers, employees, and owners. When the damage is to a state government office, there is not a threat to the owner or the employees obviously, but the loss of services can still be very detrimental to customers. Despite the jokes we all like to make, SERVPRO knows that if the DMV or the social security office closes for a broken pipe or a backed-up bathroom, it is not funny to anyone needing to title a car or establish benefits.
We begin with a quick inspection to determine the type of water, tools we need, and how many technicians required for the job. Most water damage in municipal or government offices comes from a burst pipe that brought water into the building. The water is clean, meaning it contains no contaminants and requires no special actions or protective gear.
If the damage includes a clogged toilet or a broken, outgoing sewer line, then the water contains some contaminants. This water is gray or black, depending on the amount present. Our work crews wear protective boots at the minimum and in extreme cases, a full protective suit. Before we start to pump out gray or black water, SERVPRO technicians spray an anti-microbial chemical agent on the water surface. Once we remove the water, we spray the chemical agent on all surfaces the water covered.
In these buildings, there are few carpets except in some private offices or waiting areas. If the water was contaminated, we remove them as soon as we can and spray the area underneath with an anti-microbial agent. If the water was clean, technicians use extraction wands to draw out nearly all of it and then move on to drying the facility.
With the threat of contamination removed along with the water, we dry the facility. For any traces of water, we use long-handled squeegees to push it off the floor and outside the building. Finally, we set up fans to draw the damp air outside. To replace it, we install air movers at key points to force warm, dry air across floors and walls. Technicians direct and control the level of this air flow to prevent additional damage while drying everything.
Regardless if it is a government services building or your private business, SERVPRO of Montgomery is here to help reopen the doors to customers. For more information on what our restoration teams can do for you, call us today at (334) 273-0992.

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available for Auburn University in Montgomery

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

College grounds are not immune to fires and sustaining other damage. Contact SERVPRO quickly to handle any scale disaster on your campus.

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified to Handle BOTH Small and Large Scale Commercial Restorations After a Fire

As we have seen recently, even traditions can lead to catastrophe, like an over-excited fan setting fire to Toomer’s Corner in Montgomery. People make bad choices all of the time, sometimes leading to unexpected damage.

While the oaks are making an effort to recover and fans move rolling the corner to an alternate site, we urge Auburn University to consider using us to fight commercial fire damage in Montgomery on their property. The campus itself is not limited to students and staff, making it inevitable for accidents to happen.

Should any additional fire incidents occur on campus, SERVPRO stands ready to provide you with emergency services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year. We have an entire Green Fleet stocked and ready to deploy with little to no warning. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and provide you with the services necessary to get things back to normal quickly.

SERVPRO has access to IICRC-industry certified technicians that live right here in our local community. We strive to provide our customers with fast, efficient solutions that help limit your losses and reduce any costs associated with your recovery. Our staff works with your insurance company and keeps you informed throughout the entire process.

SERVPRO helps you make intelligent, informed decisions regarding your property's restoration and can provide you with recommendations that assist with limiting or preventing future issues. Our entire staff trains hard and works harder to provide you with unique solutions you can count on during an emergency. As with any fire damage situation, smoke and water damage also become an issue. Our certified technicians work tirelessly to achieve excellent results on every job they do and have access to any resources necessary to complete the job to your satisfaction.  

Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery for full-service solutions to fire damage situations that occur on your property, anytime day or night. Remember, our technicians help mitigate fire damage and offer a variety of fire prevention tips to help keep the campus safe, call today. (334) 273-0992

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SERVPRO Helps Chisholm Clothing Stores Prepare For Water Damage

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

In the event of water damage to your clothing store, time is of the essence.

Prepare For Water Damage

In the event of water damage to your clothing store, time is of the essence. Swift action is necessary to stop the situation from escalating. Acting quickly also reduces the amount of damage done and reduces the length of time your Chisholm boutique is closed for cleanup. As any clothes store owner knows, water damage is a serious problem that carries with it the risk of damaged stock and lost profits. Water easily enters your store through broken pipes, damaged plumbing or malfunctioning appliances.

SERVPRO is on hand to help Chisholm clothing stores prepare for water damage. We recommend all local stores sign up for our Emergency Ready Profile. Our Emergency Ready Profile app takes you step by step through the process of planning for an emergency. As a result, your staff is aware of what to do in the event of water damage, and you have a plan to follow so you are not left floundering.

Using the Emergency Ready Program is simple. You sign up for free using your email address and password, and then choose your preferred SERVPRO franchise representative to contact in an emergency. Choosing an agent ahead of time saves valuable minutes when you need help. Next, create an Emergency Ready Profile (more on that in a moment) for every location and part of your business. Finally, download the app from the app store, so it is ready to launch at a moment’s notice.

The Emergency Ready Profile is at the heart of the Emergency Ready Program. Creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your location means you are prepared for water damage and have all vital information ready at hand when you need it.

Take a tour of your facility and carry out a free assessment, guided by the software. You identify potential risks and list all pertinent information such as the location of shut-off valves and priority information. Add emergency contact details and the chain of command to follow in an emergency. You can also add a plan of how to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

Share the profile with all staff members and make sure they all know how to access it. That way no time is wasted figuring out what to do when the worst happens. Everyone knows who to contact and what to do.

For help with water cleanup in Highland Gardens, Centennial Hill, County Downs, Gunter Air Force Base and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 today.

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Protect Your Company's Warehouse Facility In Chisholm From Fire Damage

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

When a Chisholm Warehouse is Ablaze, Call SERVPRO for the Cleanup

SERVPRO Helps Prevent and Reduce Fire Damage to Your Chisholm Business

A fire damage restoration company is the perfect partner to turn to for advice about fire concerns on your warehouse property. They can offer you assistance both before and after an emergency occurs, helping you implement plans to ensure every employee understands their role.  
Warehouses present unique fire challenges, getting help protects your Chisholm area property from fire damages that may occur. Through preparation, you can avoid the uncertainty about fire suppression system performance, questions regarding building integrity, and potential storage collapse from keeping you up at night.  
SERVPRO technicians can inspect your entire facility, providing you feedback on hazards that pose a significant threat to your business. For you, it may be something as simple as implementing a quality housekeeping program to help avoid the buildup of splintered wood pallets, corrugated cardboard, plastic wrap, or smaller debris that help accelerate the progress of a fire.  
Some SERVPRO customers might need advice about which fire protection equipment, suppression systems, or pallet rack system would fit their needs. We can help you remain compliant with fire safety codes, keep your building safe, and provide you with the services required to save your business after an accident occurs on your property.  Ask us about our Emergency Ready Plan for your warehouse.
Having SERVPRO on your side can help you go beyond compliance. Installing and maintaining a fire suppression system provides you with the most security. However, when storing items, you need to keep the proper distance for sprinkler heads efficiency and leave the appropriate amount of flue space between each pallet.  
You can learn more about which products to store where, avoiding contact between plastics, aerosols, and other hazardous materials, including propane that should be kept at least 20ft away from fire exits or have limited quantities allowed within your facility.  
Implementing evacuation plans for your employees, providing fire extinguisher training, designating the correct floor storage and staging areas, avoiding trash accumulation and maintaining a relationship with a local restoration company help your chances to avoid major loss.  
Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery today to gain access to expertly trained fire damage specialists and receive the fire damage cleanup and restoration services that you and your business deserve. Our IICRC certified technicians are available 24/7 to provide you with the assistance you can count on to prepare for emergency situations. (334) 273-0992
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Preventing Fire Damage in Your Chisholm Insurance Office

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Chisholm Commercial Fires Use SERVPRO for Restoration and Cleanup. Let's Use the ERP to Mitigate Damages

SERVPRO Offers Our ERP Mobile App for Preventing and Mitigating Fire Emergencies

Thousands of companies are affected by fires every year, resulting in lost customer trust, injury, and damage to your insurance office building. By creating a fire prevention and preparedness program, you can help to avoid injuries to your visitors and employees, costly damages, and possible fines to your business. If you are still unfortunate enough to experience a fire, the professionally trained technicians of SERVPRO can help you repair and clean up the damages.
No matter how big or small your insurance office is, someone needs to be designated as the safety officer to help prevent fires in your building. Certain steps and maintenance can be done to keep Chisholm office fires from happening, and other plans are needed in case a fire emergency occurs.
Implementing a Fire Emergency Plan for Evacuation
Emergency response is simpler when all your employees know each of their responsibilities during an emergency. Make a detailed fire evacuation plan which dictates how to respond and when plus identifies a path of evacuation. If any employees have special needs or require special attention, these details should be addressed in your plan. If you have initiated the ERP, Emergency READY Profile program and then contact SERVPRO once the fire is out and everyone is safe you will receive the benefits of less downtime and costs. Make sure not to hesitate in doing so, as the longer you wait, the more damage results from settling soot and water left behind by firefighters.
Create a Fire Prevention Plan
A plan for fire prevention gives your business documentation that outlines who is responsible for identifying materials which are combustible, heat-producing equipment, and any fire hazards. It also maps out procedures that are necessary to prevent a potential fire. The plan should be gone over with all employees and available for review at any time.
Training Team Members
On a yearly basis, NFPA and OSHA require you to do fire extinguisher training for all employees. Each one should receive the necessary training and be briefed on any updated and new regulations.
Maintain Exit and Emergency Lights
To make sure evacuation paths are not blocked and exits remain illuminated all the time, put into practice a routine plan for maintenance to look for burnt out or broken bulbs. Plus, test your emergency backup power and exit lights regularly to ensure they are functioning.
Practice Correct Housekeeping
Daily tasks are a key step in keeping your facilities free of fire hazards. Ensure packing materials and trash are in containers of metal with lids that fit tightly. Flammable substances should be cleaned up right away, including oil and chemical spills to lower the risk of fire. Equipment should be in the proper storage areas clear of fire exits and aisles and not blocking automatic sprinkler systems.
Also, make sure to have a certified and licensed fire technician to perform safety tests, quality inspections, and repairs to fire protection equipment regularly.
SERVPRO of Montgomery is aware how devastating a fire can be for your business. We are READY to help you at any time when you dial (334) 273-0992. We do our best to get your company back up and running as soon as possible.

Companies In Arrowhead Look To SERVPRO For A Solution To Water Damage

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

During the drying process, SERVPRO technicians place the proper amount of air moving equipment and dehumidifiers into the affected area.

Arrowhead Companies Look To SERVPRO Technicians For Water Damage Solutions

Hotels experience various types of water damage, including; plumbing leaks, malfunctioning fixtures, or storm damage that allows water to enter unprotected areas quite often and need professional assistance to help them recover fast.
When your building is affected by these kinds of water damage incidents in Arrowhead, it may be comforting to know that someone trustworthy is available to provide you with the services you need to keep your business running.
SERVPRO technicians who respond to your service request live in the same area, giving us an opportunity to provide you with rapid response times, and a unique solution to your problem. With several years of experience in the restoration industry and quality equipment at our disposal, we have the ability to handle water damage incidents affecting a single unit, or your entire building.
The information you provide during your initial call, helps us determine the amount of equipment and personnel needed to address your situation properly. So that once we arrive on your property, we can address any possible hazards and fully inspect the affected area for damages, getting to work immediately to solve your problem.
After communicating your situation to your insurance company and agreeing on which services to implement, SERVPRO technicians mobilize as quickly and efficiently as possible, making every attempt to return your business to a quality pre-damage condition, in the least amount of time possible.
We have access to both hand-held and truck mounted water extraction equipment, each with three main elements, a heater, pump, and vacuum system. Portable extractors hold anywhere from five to twelve gallons of water, while the truck mounted version handles up to 100 gallons of water or more, making it easy to remove excess water from various types of flooring, including carpeting and other upholstery items, such as rugs, and curtains.
Our technicians use a variety of equipment to locate hidden moisture pockets, in walls, attics, and crawl spaces; water cannot hide from a quality infrared moisture detection device. Making it possible for us to dry hard to read, or hidden areas throughout your building and prevent secondary water damage from developing.
During the drying process, SERVPRO technicians place the proper amount of air moving equipment and dehumidifiers into the affected area. We also use detection devices to check the vicinity for moisture and monitor relative humidity to ensure a proper drying environment exists to complete the water damage restoration and limit any interruptions to your businesses daily operations.

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Leave your water damage restoration services in the hands of our professional staff at SERVPRO of Montgomery. (334) 273-0992

Commercial Mold Damage In Downtown Montgomery

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

The open cells in cinder blocks can retain a significant amount of water if the affected walls have equalized with the surrounding environment.

Commercial Mold Remediation

Getting the water out of a structure is often the easy part of clean-up after a flood or plumbing failure. Depending on the building and its construction materials, trying to dry it out and deal with any mold problems can be more time consuming and expensive.

SERVPRO has extensive experience in the downtown Montgomery area dealing with commercial mold damage. Many of the commercial buildings we clean are constructed from cinder blocks which have their own special requirements.

The open cells in cinder blocks can retain a significant amount of water or moisture if the affected walls have equalized with the surrounding environment. This means that the humidity and temperature have become roughly the same inside and out. When that occurs, there is little to no transfer of moisture from the wall to the outside. This is when our technicians may have to drill a series of holes near the bottom of the wall to assist in removing standing water and increase moisture transfer. This is done through the mortar between the blocks which can be easily repaired and patched. If the affected wall has either a gloss or semi-gloss paint on the outside, then this will have to be done as the paint acts as a vapor barrier which reduces transfer even further.

All of this has to be completed before mold can be cleaned and removed. While it may seem that we have to do is leave the wall alone, you have to remember that a mold growth smaller than a pinhead contains hundreds of spores. These spores can escape or grow through even the smallest crack to infect areas of a building that may have even been water free originally. Once the water and moisture have been dried, our technicians will use anti-fungal foggers to destroy the spores in the wall. Then, they will set up exhaust fans and specialized vacuums with HEPA filters to remove everything possible.

Commercial facilities have their own concerns compared to a home, but SERVPRO of Montgomery is ready to support all of our neighbors and fellow business owners. If you notice excessive moisture or have that "musty odor" which indicates the presence of mold, call us today at (334) 273-0992.

Expert Restoration Service for Commercial Fire Damage

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Montgomery commercial fire damage is an issue that demands a clear and professional response.

Contact Us for Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup

Commercial fire damage is an issue that demands a clear and professional response. Dealing with the aftereffects of such an emergency requires prompt attention. When your property is damaged in such an event, the danger does not end when the flames are put out and can linger long afterward. This is why it is so important to engage the services of a locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration service that can get to the bottom of the situation and solve it skillfully.

Addressing the Issue of Montgomery Commercial Fire Damage
When it comes time to address the issue of commercial fire damage, you will need to be very certain about the results that you desire. For example, it's much better to attempt a full restoration rather than a simple cosmetic cleanup. Although your building may seem safe to enter again after the fire is extinguished, the truth is that the danger may just be beginning. Noxious fumes and vapors may still be present in the building that could pose a danger to your employees, and structural damage may yet cause an accident that could get the entire property condemned.

This is why it is imperative to contact a locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration service rather than one that is based out of town. You want your property to receive the special attention of a company that is invested in the same community as your own instead of one that views it as just another routine long-distance job.

Restoration Involves the Entire Property from Top to Bottom
A full program of comprehensive restoration will involve the entire property from top to bottom. When you contact us to address your emergency, the first step we take will be to send a service team to make a full assessment of the damage. Once we know exactly what needs to be done, we will give you an estimate of the total cost of the job. You are under no obligation until you sign off on the proposed repairs.

When we begin the job, we will first make sure that all of the debris is cleared away. We will clean up any nasty stains and other eyesores that fire and smoke damage have caused. We will proceed to clear out any remaining poisonous smoke and vapors that may have been left behind. We will make a complete inspection of all fixtures, such as your AC and water filtration units, to ensure that no harmful mold or bacterial growth is present. Finally, we will also inspect the building itself in order to shore up any structural damage that may lead to difficulties in the future.

Contact Us for Expert Montgomery Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup
If your company has been struggling in the wake of Montgomery commercial fire damage, we can help you. We will do a complete cleanup and restoration job that will soon have your property back to its original condition. We are locally owned and operated and can also assist residents in Halcyon, Arrowhead Country Club, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and Lagoon Park. Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery today at (334) 273-0992.