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SERVPRO is Available 24/7 to Remediate Prattville's Water, Mold, Fire, and Storm Emergencies

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Our team is wearing their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while getting instructions for the job. We are always ready and prepared for your call.

Why SERVPRO Operates Restoration Services Twenty-Four Hours a Day for Prattville Residents 

Prattville is a unique community. As a restoration services provider, we are committed to making sure it stays that way by providing expertise, experience, and customer service to our local community. SERVPRO of Prattville has over a century of combined experience in the restoration industry with each member of our technical staff holding at least one Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in the fields of mold, fire, storm or water damage. By consistently providing quality training, we guarantee this community the ability to overcome property damages with a minimum of losses and as little distraction from their everyday lives as possible.  

Mold Remediation

Prattville is a historic community with many properties here constructed over a century ago. As with all older builds mold growth is a genuine issue that requires expert remediation from our qualified restoration services. The common signs of uncontrolled microbial growth may include a distinct musty odor or visible signs of mold in corners of the home as well as behind furnishings. It is not always necessary to perform expensive laboratory testing when mold damage in your Prattville home is apparent. You do need to enlist professional restoration services as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO has an established game plan for residential mold incidents. The goal is to assess the extent of damage, then implement a containment, control, and remediation procedure. Fungi can spread through porous materials that may exist in regions of the home that have restricted access, such as loft spaces, insulation, and floorboards. SERVPRO may need to move furniture around or temporarily remove affected areas to gain unrestricted access to these areas. 

Mold spores are microscopic and spread through air currents. SERVPRO mold remediation procedure involves agitative cleaning methods as well as pressure cleaning. The first thing we need to do is set up a quarantine using plastic sheeting. During cleaning of the affected area or demolishing of infested drywall, we need to control the spread by placing negative air pressure machines on site. The surrounding air can be decontaminated using High-Efficiency Particular Air (HEPA) filters. Some materials need demolishing and replacement to prevent the recurrence of mold. Others can be treated with biocides or anti-microbial sprays to diminish the likelihood of recurring issues. 

Water Damage Restoration

The extent of damages that water incidents cause depends on how quickly we can remove moisture and dry the property. We have seen properties with water damage in Prattville make a full recovery because homeowners have acted quickly to bring in professional restoration services. At the same time, we have seen properties suffer permanent losses as a result of prolonged exposure to moisture. The priority for both homeowner and SERVPRO is to dry the affected area as quickly as possible to mitigate losses to both contents and structure.  

The key to successful water restoration services in Prattville is to take a thorough approach by tracing water from the source. Wet moves to dry, so the longer your property is exposed to moisture, the greater the extent of the damage. In some situations, prolonged exposure leads to water buildup inside the cavities of your home as well as beneath fitted cabinets. We equip SERVPRO technicians with thermal imaging cameras that use infrared light to detect moisture in cavities that is otherwise invisible to the naked eye. 

Following a thorough visual inspection, SERVPRO can mobilize specialist structural cavity drying equipment to remove moisture from cavities. We achieve this by removing the baseboard and drilling small holes into the bottom of your walls. These holes provide access points for the injector nozzles of our injectidry systems. Once fitting the system, we can circulate warm, dry air inside the cavity to ensure that moisture pockets are thoroughly restored and the likelihood of secondary damages like mold growth significantly reduced.  

Fire Damage Restoration

A fire in your Prattville property is an unfortunate event that, although not common, happens for a variety of reasons. Leaving an electrical appliance on, your cooker or a lamp that gets too close to a flammable fabric can all cause property fires. Even a relatively minor fire can result in extensive smoke damages to your walls, ceilings, or fabrics. Due to the different nature of smoke produced when materials combust, these issues do require professional restoration services to avoid spreading damages around during cleaning.  

A homeowner with fire damage in their Prattville home should reach out to us on our emergency call line. We can arrange a service with an IICRC fire restoration technician (FRT) to call by and conduct a pre-test of the damages. Pre-tests involving testing for the type of smoke deposits in the home as well as the level of soiling sustained by upholstery, mattresses, or fabrics. These pre-tests are vital in ensuring that our approach to the restoration service required is an informed one and gives the best chance of returning your property to its preloss condition.  

At SERVPRO, our first step in restoring an area of your Prattville property is to mitigate losses by ensuring the affected area is dried. Moisture, used in firefighting, can set soots in the fabric causing permanent damage. Provided the pre-test has shown that fabrics are durable enough and do not shrink or bleed, we can use rapid air-movers to dry out the property. Once we dry the area, we can move on to the restoration step, by cleaning soiling, deodorizing, then repainting, or refinishing, areas that have sustained significant damages. 

Storm Damage Restoration

A severe weather event can lead to storm damage in your Prattville home. SERVPRO storm technicians are qualified in areas like water restoration and applied structural drying (ASD.) It is not uncommon for homeowners to be temporarily relocated from their property by an insurance adjuster while property repairs take place. During this time, prolonged exposure to moisture can significantly harm your contents and structure, which is why our restoration services are vital to mitigating against further losses. 

Waterlogging is a real issue for properties that have suffered significant storm damages. SERVPRO restoration services mitigate losses associated with prolonged exposure to moisture by first, testing the property for structural weaknesses, before then bringing in professional drying equipment. Extractors can be used to remove excessive quantities of water. Dehumidifiers can be placed in the most affected areas of the home to dry the property during the days, weeks, or months that repairs take place.  

Our technicians can visit the property daily to ensure that the outcomes of the drying procedure are going to plan. No two storm-related incidents are the same, so we may need to adjust our services to guarantee the best results. To ensure contractors can access the property, we can create a safe working environment in your Prattville home. This process may include neutralizing electrical hazards, restoring power to the property or removing contaminants and thoroughly deodorizing the affected area. 

SERVPRO of Prattville is on-hand to provide restoration services for mold, fire, water or storm damages. Reach out to us in an emergency by dialing (334) 358-1186. 

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Get The Results You Want For Your Remediation Plans with SERVPRO

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Water Damage

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

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

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

Fire Damage

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

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

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

Mold Remediation

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

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

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

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

Storm Damage

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

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

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

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

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Professional Water Damage Restoration Services For Montgomery Residents

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

When you have flooding or water damage in your home, it can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to dry out your property and help prevent mold.

SERVPRO Handles BOTH Small and Large Scale Water Removal Tasks

If your Montgomery home suffers water damage as a result of water leaks or flooding, there are specific measures you have to consider. That is when you need water cleanup and removal specialists to dry your property and mitigate the damage. Below, we are going to take you through some of the techniques that these professionals employ to restore your property. 
 
When you are working with a locally owned company like SERVPRO to solve water damage problems in Montgomery, technicians start by tracing the wet areas and their respective moisture levels. Thermo-hygrometers, moisture meters, and moisture sensors are some of the tools that our professionals use to examine the level of moisture in contents. After that, drying the materials to their standard moisture levels follows. 
 
Water extraction is vital during the restoration process. Extractors and pumps are some of the tools that our SERVPRO technicians use to remove the water. Extractors can either be portable or truck mounted, and they all have three key components: vacuum, pump, and the heater systems. The vacuum component is very crucial during water extraction, but when cleaning upholstery and carpets, all the three work together. 
 
When performing moisture extraction in areas with limited access, portable extractors are preferred. The work of truck mounted extractors is similar to that of the portable ones, with the significant difference being that they come with their powering sources and are more powerful. Additionally, truck mounts can efficiently perform restorative cleaning and water removal. 
 
Our SERVPRO technicians may also use pumps to remove the accumulated water when attending to a water damage incident. However, we do not use the pumps when debris is present. The team uses submersible pumps when the depth of the standing water is more than two inches. It is important to note that certified service providers follow the IICRC standards in the restoration work. 
 
SERVPRO of Montgomery is an industry leader that attends to all mold, water, storm and fire disasters. Call us at (334) 273-0992 and learn more about the available options. 

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Steady Rain Has Nowhere to Go But Inside Your Chisholm Home

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let flooding take over your home. Call SERVPRO for quick remediation and action to prevent a mold infestation

SERVPRO Responds Quickly In Order to Remediate Flood Damage and Prevent Secondary Mold Damage

Many areas of the country experience heavy rains in the spring and early summer, and our area is no exception. These types of storms send water flooding into your home at its lowest level. Restoring the damage done from several inches of water pouring into your house needs the professional help of the skilled staff at SERVPRO. 
 
The one thing you do not want to do when flood damage occurs in your Chisholm house is to wait to see if things get better on their own. Water can damage your home’s structure and contents if it remains inside for any amount of time. Also, if moisture levels remain high within your house, you run the risk of mold growth and damage. Flood damage recovery is at the heart of our business plan, and we pledge to do everything within our power to return you to pre loss condition. 
 
Our SERVPRO team needs to complete some preliminary steps before they begin removing the water and then drying out your home after the flood. First, we need to be certain that there is no risk of electrocution. Many appliances in the flood water use electricity, so we risk trouble if the power is live. Second, other tools and systems use natural gas or oil for fuel, and they also need to be shut off while our crews work. We also need to be mindful of any structural damage or weakness that puts restorers or you in danger. 
 
Once we clear any hazards, we begin by removing standing or puddled water in the lowest levels of your house. A submersible pump works for deeper flood waters, and once the level goes down, we use extractors, which are powerful water vacuums. Air movers are the next line of defense, staged to reduce the moisture content of flooring, walls, and ceilings. Carpeting dries in place if we can lift it to get air moving on both top and bottom. Padding is inexpensive, and we often remove and replace it as it dries too slowly and incompletely. 
 
With our drying goals met, we take a final look for any microbial growth. Mold spores are always present, and it just takes a boost of a little water to get them growing. Drying out the structure within 48 hours gives SERVPRO staff the best chance of preventing flood-related mold growth. 
 
Driving rain flooding into your home has little chance of permanently damaging your house if SERVPRO of Montgomery works on your behalf. A call to our dispatchers at (334) 273-0992 ensures we get on the job within just a few hours.

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Has a Plumbing Failure Created an Indoor Pool in Your Montgomery Home?

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Plumbing failures can cause hundreds of gallons of water to infiltrate your home within a short time.

Water Damage Experts In Montgomery Talk About Extraction Methods

Whenever a plumbing system fails inside your Montgomery home, hundreds of gallons can pour into your structure in a matter of hours. Especially if the problem happens when you are not home, you can return to an excessive water damage problem. In some situations, the water can get deep and saturate many of your contents and building materials. If standing water stays inside a structure for a long time, the relative humidity level indoors can rise which can cause other secondary problems. Whenever dealing with any water damage situation, our SERVPRO technicians know that extracting moisture while it is still in its liquid form is much easier than removing from the air or your structural components.  

As soon as our highly trained team arrives at your home we begin assessing the situation and figure out how to return your home to normal "Like it never even happened." Our SERVPRO crew provides fast 24/7 service as soon as we receive your call about a water damage situation in Montgomery. Our technicians are located in the area so that we can arrive at your residence promptly. After we figure out the best approach and deem the work area safe, we begin extracting moisture that is still in liquid form. We first start removing any standing water before we move on to extracting moisture from your carpet and contents.  

If more than two inches of standing water present anywhere inside your home, we can use submersible pumps to put the water into a sewage drain. Once all the deep, standing water gets removed, we can utilize other types of advanced technology we have at our disposal. To remove moisture from thick, heavily saturated carpets, we can implement a truck-mounted extractor and a weighted extraction tool. To remove moisture from pieces of furniture like couches, we can attach a smaller water claw extraction tool to the truck-mounted extractor.  

If you ever have a problem with standing water inside your home, call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 immediately after you notice there may be an issue.

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Revealed: SERVPRO is Certified and Equipped to Solve Highland Gardens Sewage Backup Issues

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

When your home sewer backs up, the results can overwhelming. You can have water coming up in your tub, shower or sink. Call SERVPRO.

Fast Cleanup for Sewage in Highland Gardens Homes

Hazardous situations can occur as readily and unexpectedly as any disaster that could threaten your Highland Gardens home. Situations like sewage backup present substantial health risks and require immediate attention from trained professionals equipped with the tools to clean and disinfect your home quickly. Taking the right steps to overcome this contamination begins with choosing the right team of technicians to perform the work.

Sewage backup cleanup in Highland Gardens is critical for your home whenever this situation occurs. While there are many causes for backup into your home, the best response to the incident is getting you and the other occupants of your household safely away from the situation until our professionals can contain the spread and contaminants. Our 24-hour response to emergencies is crucial for our customers presented with time-sensitive damage situations that get exponentially worse with every passing hour.

Cleanup is the focus of our rapid response team in these situations, and that begins with extraction and removal of the sewage and contaminated water. We have fast extraction equipment that can remove this excess water quickly from the affected areas to allow our team the access required to move on with the steps to follow.

In these situations, our SERVPRO professionals must remove nearly all of the exposed construction materials and surfaces affected by the spread of the contaminated substances. We strip everything down to framing and studs and begin our disinfection, cleanup, and deodorization once all of the contaminated and hazardous materials have gotten safely removed from the house.

Along with visible decontamination and disinfection, our crew must also contend with airborne quality concerns such as particulates, and hazardous molecules. Ozone machines and air scrubbers can work to remove particles and molecules to purify the air in the containment zone.

With sewage backup in a residence, time is of the essence to get the situation resolved and safely restored as promptly as possible. With the heightened probability of contamination and mold growth, our SERVPRO of Montgomery rapid response team can move quickly to contain these threats and restore the damage to your home entirely. Give us a call anytime at (334) 273-0992.

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Every Homeowner In Highland Park Should Choose SERVPRO For Water Cleanup Services

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

You will quickly discover why SERVPRO of Montgomery is the only restoration company you need for water cleanup in your home.

Why You Should Pick SERVPRO For Water Cleanup At Your Historic Highland Park Home

The Highland Park neighborhood of Birmingham is justly proud of its turn of the 20th-century homes as well as contemporary construction. To protect the investment made in your home be sure to line up an experienced and well-trained team of water mitigation specialists if you suffer a plumbing mishap or appliance emergency. The professionalism of our well-qualified employees and our up to date equipment make all the difference during water damage remediation.

Water cleanup in Highland Park s not a task to leave for the weekend “Honey-Do” list. Speed is essential when a breach in a hose or pipe spreads water in one or more areas of your home. Water migrates through cracks and infiltrates porous materials easily, moving from the original site of the emergency to other rooms and even different levels of a home. Halting the spread fast is one reason why a professional restoration company is needed.

Another reason why SERVPRO is the call to make immediately is our ability to determine where water roamed and collected. Whether 100-year-old or modern construction, residential properties contain many areas where water hides after large quantities flowed out of freshwater supply lines or plumbed appliances. That fresh water rapidly becomes contaminated if not found and removed. We use moisture meters and thermal scanning devices to find the water we need to clean up.

SERVPRO accesses the hidden water using a variety of strategies, including among other methods extensions on wanded extractors, holes drilled into baseboards or mortar joints, or removal of sections of lathe and plaster or drywall -- often termed “flood cuts.” Water cleanup is easier when we expose pools and puddles. The opening up of the saturated spaces also allow us to extend drying efforts there.

Water cleanup is not complete until proper structural drying completes. Our deliberate, step by step approach is yet another reason why SERVPRO delivers industry-leading water loss mitigation results. Our service vehicles stock the pumps and extractors needed for water removal as well as the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers essential to structural moisture reduction.

You quickly discover why SERVPRO of Montgomery is the only restoration company you need for water cleanup in your home. Call us at (334) 273-0992 for fast evaluation and highest-quality delivery of professional water loss restoration services.

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Fungi & Mold Taking Over Your Home? Get out & Call SERVPRO Pronto!

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Montgomery North, we have what it takes to remediate mold & fungus from your home.

Highland Park's Mold Damage Experts Introduce Chemicals And Equipment Used During Mitigation

Fungi can be deceptive because they like to form in dark places inside your Highland Park condo. If organic materials inside your dwelling get wet and nothing is done about it, it is possible that you will be dealing with mold damage after 2 to 3 days. As time goes on and the problem goes unnoticed, the contamination will grow in all directions and infect a larger area. As the fungus develops, it releases spores into the air that can float around a building until landing and affecting a previously unharmed region. If mitigation is not conducted properly by experienced professionals such as our SERVPRO team, then the initial mold damage problem can get much worse. 


When remediating different types of fungi and their spores, we use several different chemicals, techniques, and tools of the trade. By using the most industrially advanced equipment available, our SERVPRO technicians have more ways to be effective in every mold damage scenario in Highland Park. During fungal removal projects, our team not only works to stop the existing mold from growing bigger, but we also take steps to prevent spores from getting into your building's airflow.

Our IICRC certified SERVPRO restoration crew has studied the specific industry procedures for removing fungi. We also know the laws in place that require certain things be done when dealing with fungal contamination. The main focus of the rules and strict procedures are to eliminate the presence of dangerous molds in the air we breathe.

Whenever an area inside your condominium gets contaminated, we start by sealing off the affected area with a plastic containment chamber. We then attach an air scrubber to the side of the chamber so that negative pressure pulls dust inside the contaminated region past a HEPA filter before it gets exhausted out. We also use anti-microbial chemicals throughout the process that help keep mold spores from spreading.

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In some situations, specialized sealant paint will get sprayed on affected areas to inhibit future growth in the same spot. If you ever notice the presence of black mold hiding in a dark area of your home, call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 273-0992 24/7.

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