What To Do When The Pipes Freeze & Burst.
It is the season where we start to see a lot of water damages due to pipes that burst. The biggest mistake that leads to more costly damages is not acting promptly or correctly.
When you have realized that a pipe has burst in your home, follow these steps to minimize your damage and in the long run, save you money.
1.Stop The Water Flow
Turn off the water main as soon as you notice something is wrong. The potential water loss from busted pipes in your house can be as much as 106 gallons; that's two full baths an hour. Once water is off, make sure you drain the lines throughout the home.
2. Locate, Inspect, and Repair the Damage
Once the damage is inspected, you will determine if this is something that you can handle on your own or if you need to bring in a plumber.
3. Call The Professional Drying Company
Once the repair is made and no further damage will be made, call the professional water restoration company. Areas that have been soaked in water are susceptible to mold, mildew, and can cause your family unwanted illness.
Remember, the longer you wait to make these repairs the more damage will be caused and in turn, you will pay higher cost for restorations and getting your home back to normal.
When a Commercial Fire Damages Your Business, Call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties
When a fire ravages your business property, you may wonder how you will be able to repair all of the fire damage. Some Cullman/Blount County area commercial fire damages will result in a full loss, but others may only impact a small area of the property and business. Regardless of how large or small the fire was, you may need the property repaired as soon as possible so that operations can resume. Until this happens, you and your clients may be inconvenienced, and the business profit will decrease. With a few important steps, you can rectify commercial fire damage and get your operations back to normal as soon as possible.
Surveying the Damage
An important first step to take in the commercial fire damage restoration process is to survey the damage to your property. Through a quick overview of the damage, you will get a better idea of the scope of a repair project, and you can estimate how long it will take to get the damage repaired. Keep in mind that a fire often inflicts more damage than just the area affected by the flames. Smoke damage, for example, may spread throughout a property even when the fire was contained to a particular room of the building. Water damage incurred from the firefighters putting out the fire may also be present. Each of these types of damage will require a different overall repair process and may lengthen the overall restorative job.
Cleaning the Property
Clean the property and removing the ashes and soot are a high priority to limit damage and odors. In some cases, water extraction is necessary. Afterward, you will be able to determine other areas that may need to be cleaned. For example, carpeting or furnishings may require special professional cleaning techniques if they have been damaged by smoke or water.
Repairing the Area
While some areas impacted by the fire will need to be professionally cleaned, others will need to be repaired or replaced. For example, any charred areas that have been burned by the fire often will need to be entirely replaced and will not be salvageable. It can be difficult to determine which areas can be repaired or replaced and which can be cleaned, but a professional team of fire damage remediation professionals from SERVPRO can assist you in this area. We can inventory and document all salvageable and non-salvageable business items such as computers, copiers, furnishings, retail stock, and documents. Our team can also interact with your insurance provider to mitigate damages, costs, and your downtime.
If your business property has been affected by a fire, our team of fire damage specialists can help. As a locally owned company, we can respond quickly to your request for assistance with fire damage repair services. Contact SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties today at (256) 736-2036 for assistance.
SERVPRO Construction Is Residential & Commercial
Did you know that SERVPRO can help with all of your construction needs???
Often when our homes face a fire or water damage we are left with an abundance of issues that need to be faced. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties has helped many in the community face all these problems in a "one stop shop". Below is the process typically followed for our customers who have construction needs after a fire or water damage.
1. Contact your insurance agent or SERVPRO directly when the problem arises.
2. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties responds quickly and starts mitigation to prevent further damage.
3. Construction is needed once mitigation is complete. Instead of calling around for contractors to do each project, SERVPRO will handle the headache and work with your insurance company to provide the construction needs for your home or business.
We committed to helping our customers feel at ease through the stressful times of disaster by taking care of all their needs in one place!
The Many Faces Of Fire Damage
f your property in Cullman suffers from fire damage, you should talk to someone on our team. We are experts at minimizing current damage and keeping damage from increasing in severity. Even after a fire has been extinguished, its effects can continue to grow. We can stop that with state-of-the-art equipment.
Damage can be found even after small fires. These can happen anywhere in the home. They remain small when someone is present and can extinguish the fire before it can spread. The kitchen and bathroom are the most common, with the laundry room and garage coming in second. Bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and hallways can also have fires take place, but these areas are the least common. Patios are also prone to having fires, especially if outdoors cooking is done, or children experiment with a range of items, from fireworks to magnifying lenses
Fire damage can range from discolored concrete and natural rock outside to charred walls and scorched carpets inside. Drywall can suffer additional damage if water is heavily applied when there is a fire, although drywall should resist small, low-temperature fires. Paneling and wallpaper will burn, however, no matter what it is applied to as a covering. Our team members are creative in matching or updating, your pre-fire décor.
Kitchens can experience scorched countertops and cabinets, which need either repairing or replacing. If the cabinet doors are warped from the heat and then the cold from putting the fire out with either water or a fire extinguisher, they are typically replaced as needed. Then the remaining ones are cleaned and re-stained if needed. If floors have been soaked with water in the effort to extinguish the fire, we at SERVPRO are equipped, and experienced, in getting it dry quickly so that underlay and any support beams are not damaged
For fires in the garage and patio areas, we can quickly clean-up scorched concrete so that residues are not tracked into your home, as these can contain harmful substances that were once inert. Vinyl siding that has been damaged can also be repaired. Scorched and burned areas of grass can also be reseeded and started back on track. We can also create and provide an inventory list of damaged items, particularly, but not exclusively, for the garage area. We can list which items are damaged beyond repair, salvageable, or undetermined for insurance purposes.
If you've had a fire in your Cullman/Blount area home cause damage, don't try repairing the area yourself. You need to call us at SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties at (256) 736-2036. We’ll help you get your home’s beauty back on center stage and put the fire behind you.
SERVPRO is Ready When Storms Hit North America!
SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Our franchise was voted Storm Team Franchise of The Year for 2015. We are always willing & ready to travel anywhere to help out with large loss storm clean-up!
October 1st, 2016 two complete crews, our Production Manager, & our General Manager loaded up our Storm equipment in their vehicles and immediately headed to Georgia to help assist in the large loss clean-up that Hurricane Matthew created. We are so thankful for our amazing team that makes all of this possible & have such a desire to help assist those in need!
When dealing with large loss clean-up please remember that a fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.
And Remember, We are Always Here to Help!!
Electrical Tips To Use In Your Office
Consumer electronic products are more
prevalent than ever. Research indicates that
the average household owns more than
twenty-five consumer electronic products.
With all of today’s technology, it can prove
challenging to safely maintain power to all
of our electronic devices. Electrical outlets
are easy to overload and as a result, may
become hazardous. While adding a power strip
or extension cord seems like an easy solution to
a lack of electrical outlets, the wiring in some
buildings often isn’t capable of supporting too
many high-powered electronic appliances.
Older office buildings and homes, in particular,
often suffer from lack of electrical outlets. The
temptation is to simply add a power strip or plug
in an extension cord from across the room. Even
in newer office buildings and homes, it can be all
too easy to overload a single outlet with power-hungry machines such as computers, printers,
scanners and monitors.
When an employee or resident overloads an
electrical outlet, that means more current is
running through the outlet than it can handle.
This causes the outlet to overheat, which may
lead to an electrical fire. According to a 2008
National Fire Protection Association study,
electrical distribution and lighting equipment
are involved in more than 24,000 home structure
fires per year. These fires resulted in an average of 320 deaths per year and an estimated $700 million in property damage per year.1
If an electrical fire should occur, get safely away
from the fire and call your fire department. If you
choose to use an extinguisher on the fire, never
let the fire get between you and a safe exit, and
never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. The risk of electrical shock is far too great. Class C fire extinguishers use a non-conductive extinguishing agent and should not cause electrical shock.
To help prevent this and other electrical hazards,
refer to the list below (provided by Electrical
Safety Foundation International).
- If you must use a power strip, use a name brand
product from a reputable retailer.
Low-quality or counterfeit power strips
may contain wiring that isn’t adequate to
carry the load.
- Place power strips where there is plenty
of air circulation to disperse the heat.
- Never attempt to plug grounded (three prong)
cords into an ungrounded (two prong)
- Do not bind, kink or knot electrical cords.
Should you encounter the aftermath of an electrical fire, call SERVPRO to help you get your life to normal again.
10 Ways To Save Energy At Your Commercial Property
Spring is here and before we know it, the hot summer will arrive! Below you will find ten inexpensive and practical steps you can take to save money and energy as things begin to heat up:
- When cool nights allow, turn off the cooling system and open the windows while you sleep.
- In the hot summer months, set your thermostat to a temperature as high as you can comfortably stand.
- Use ceiling fans to cool the room that you are in and turn them off when you leave the room.
- Use the exhaust fan in your bathroom to remove heat and humidity while you shower or bathe.
- In the hotter summer months, grill outside as opposed to using the oven.
- Make use of the natural lighting that is provided during the daylight hours.
- When washing clothing or dishes, avoid washing partial loads, when possible.
- Air dry clothing and dishes as possible.
- Instead of taking a bath, take a short shower.
- Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.
Put these strategies to work and being to enjoy the savings!
Dry Climate Does Not Deter Mold Damage
SERVPRO Technicians Look to Figure Out the Source of the Mold in Addition to the Remediation Process
The myth that mold cannot grow in a dry or cold climate is easy to debunk. With a list of 100,000 plus different strains of mold possibly causing problems, each has its own requirements to flourish, even in relatively arid or chilly conditions. SERVPRO mold remediation crews train in proven ways to abate any mold problem regardless of the conditions where the infestation happens.
You recently bought a multi-unit property near the University and hope to rent to students next semester. When painters started working on the upper floors, they reported mold damage and ceased painting until the building receives treatment. We are mold remediation specialists and use proven methods developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to abate the outbreak and limit further infestation, well positioned to help you with this issue.
The triplex has antiquated bathrooms and no exhaust fans. A previous owner rigged up showers without further remodeling, and the spray and steam left enough moisture to encourage mold growth on tile and painted surfaces. Attempts to eradicate the mold with bleach only lightened the staining, with the high water content of the bleach actually increasing the outbreak.
SERVPRO technicians contain the affected areas above the bathtub, with sheeting and remove the mold from the tile and wall. The roots of the mold extend through the grout and gypsum board, so a portion of the wall is removed as a precaution, and the moldy material is disposed of according to local regulations. We then use appropriate antimicrobial products that deactivate any mold spores remaining. Repair to the wall and tile follows.
Commercial mold remediation is incomplete until the SERVPRO locates the water source and arranges for its disappearance. This is tough to do in bathrooms, but until an exhaust fan is installed, we suggest the window must remain open during use of the bath. We recommend a more complete remodel before showers recommence in your rental units. Mold spores are everywhere, indoors and out, and another significant outbreak is possible if the moisture continues to be present.
Find competent and trustworthy mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO. Start planning for solutions to your mold issues today.
We Specialize In Flooded Basement Clean Up!
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
Have Questions about Basement Flooding?
Call Today -256-736-2036
If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
What Is Water Damage Restoration?
Water damage restoration is the act of responding immediately and using advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. SERVPRO professionals use innovative equipment to monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. SERVPRO professionals have the tools and resources for faster and reliable service.
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business. At SERVPRO, no job is too big and no question is too small. So when fire or water damage strikes your home or business, call on SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties at (256)-736-2036.