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Emergency Fire Damage Tips

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties is your go to for professional service and restoration in the event of a fire in your home or business. The following Dos and Don'ts will guide you to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

Do:

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.
    • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
    • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trip, and appliances.
    • If heat is off during winter, poor RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
    • Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.
    • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don't:

    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties.
    • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties.
    • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. They may be contaminated.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures in ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damage and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
    • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire and water damage take control of your life, let SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties help you take it back.

Call 256-736-2036

Smoke & Soot Facts

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (256) 736-2036

Do You Have Mold In Your Kitchen??

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

From Assessment to Remediation, Our Trained Technicians Eliminate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold damage is a genuine risk for householders living in Alabama. Mold can eat into soft materials, cause structural damage, and even bring about health problems. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at the first sign of fungal growth. Some signs to look out for include the telltale black spores, discolored patches, or a musty smell. 
 
It is important to re-mediate mold damage as soon as possible. After all, your kitchen is where you prepare food for your family so of course, you do not want mold growing there. Our professional remediation process includes removing existing colonies, preventing them spreading further throughout your home, and drying out the damaged area. 
 
Your SERVPRO visit begins with a thorough assessment of your kitchen. In some cases this includes removing baseboards or molding to examine the insides of the wall – mold, unfortunately, likes drywall, so a check of the internal wall cavity is often needed. 
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians use moisture meters and thermal imaging to examine the wall and ensure we focus only on damp areas where mold might be growing. We also check for hidden leaks such as from damaged pipes or faulty appliances. Isolating and removing the source of dampness is key to thorough remediation and helps control growth in the future. 
 
Unfortunately, in cases where mold has damaged drywall, it often needs to be replaced. Your technician can advise you on what restoration work is necessary, and safely remove any drywall that cannot be saved. 
 
The next step is to use plastic sheeting to seal off the area and ensure spores cannot travel further into your home. Now we have a safe working area and can focus on removing mold and drying out your kitchen walls. 
 
Our teams come equipped with brushes, powerful HEPA vacuums, and cleaning solutions to scrub, clean and wipe away visible colonies. We also bring in air scrubbers: These use HEPA filtration to remove particles and spores as tiny as 0.3 microns from the air and reduce contamination. 
 
The final step is to dry your kitchen wall and cavity thoroughly. We bring in commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers and set them up in a carefully calculated configuration for effective drying of the area. 
 
Do not let mold take hold in your kitchen. Call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties at       (256) 736-2036 today for assistance.

3 Reasons To Begin Clean - Up Efforts Quickly After Flooding

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

No matter the cause of flooding, water damage can have a detrimental effect on your Cullman, Alabama commercial building. Whether a pipe burst in a bathroom overnight or floodwaters from torrential rains caused your building’s basement to flood, you may believe that since the damage is already done, there is no rush to have the water drained. However, floodwater can cause damage quicker than you might think, and there are several benefits to having it removed as soon as possible. 

1. Mold Can Form Rapidly After a Flood 

The environment indoors changes quickly after a flood. Water might be absorbed by carpeting and drywall, which can increase a room’s humidity. In fact, humid conditions can contribute to mold growth and cause this fungus to grow as soon as 24 hours after a flood. Having a professional water damage and mold remediation company come in right away to drain away flood waters and perform mold cleanup may reduce overall repair costs. 

2. Humidity May Warp Wood 

After a flood, the humidity that builds indoors can cause any wooden building materials to warp if mitigation does not take place within at least a day or two. If standing water is not removed, it can increase the amount of water vapor in the air and cause considerable damage to wooden furniture, molding or flooring. It is wise to remove furniture as soon as it is safe to do so and store it in a cool, dry room, away from sunlight, until affected rooms are repaired and restored. 

3. Clean Water Floods Can Cause Damage 

If flooding in your building was caused by a plumbing mishap, the results can be just as detrimental. For example, if a pipe burst in the break room, the water can affect electrical systems and equipment or short them out, which can increase the risk of fire. Draining away standing water can reduce these potential hazards. 

Flooding in your Cullman, Alabama commercial building can create a variety of problems for you as a business owner. However, whether the flooding was caused by a pipe burst or by a storm, acting quickly can prevent the worst of the damage and lower repair costs

3 Reasons Why Your Commercial Building Needs Professional Mold Intervention

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to maintaining the cleanliness of your Cullman, Alabama commercial building, there are many chores you can perform yourself. Sweeping, mopping and wiping down employee bathrooms are all manageable tasks; however, if you encounter mold on your property, its removal is not a job you want to handle on your own. Fungus cleanup is best left to a qualified mold mitigation and remediation service, which can offer several benefits for the condition of your building. 

1. Mold Is Not a Surface Fungus 

Unlike mildew, mold cannot simply be wiped away with a cloth and a household cleanser. Once mold spores take hold on a food source, they tend to grow roots deep into the surface. While spot cleaning mold with bleach may make it appear cleaned up, the roots remain and allow it to grow back within a day or two afterward. In addition, the water contained in many bleach products may only contribute to further mold development. 

2. Mold Spores Can Spread if Not Contained

Attempting mold cleanup on your own may make the problem worse because disturbed patches of fungus tend to release spores that can travel throughout your building to settle and grow elsewhere. The spread of these spores can happen quickly, especially if they find their way into your ventilation system. Remediation technicians can use containment systems as they employ a cleanup mold process to reduce the risk of further contamination. 

3. The Cause Must Be Addressed 

Fungus cleanup is only one factor in battling an infestation. Unless the cause of the growth is addressed, you may find that mold returns repeatedly, which can cause long-term damage to your building. Expert mold techs can discover the source of the problem, whether it is a hidden plumbing leak or excess moisture buildup behind your walls and resolve the issue, so mold does not grow back. 

Eradicating mold at your Cullman, Alabama business requires professional intervention. Leaving fungus cleanup to the experts can prevent it from returning, no matter where it hides.

Why Fast Response Is Crucial When Dealing With Water Damage

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

From leaking faucets to flooding, water damage is one of the most potentially destructive and common problems you face as a homeowner. If you do not take care of the problem right away, excess water in your home promotes electrical hazards, causes costly damage to the structure of your home and belongings, and can lead to the growth of dangerous mold. When the worst has happened, you need to call in professionals at SERVPRO right away.


Water mitigation is the process of lowering or preventing how much water damage occurs after a leaking roof, a flood, or any number of reasons related to water. When an action is taken fast to repair your home, you can prevent even more damages and costs.

We offer a fast response seven days a week, 365 days a year, and are available to take your call anytime. We realize that you want to get your life back to normal as soon as possible, and SERVPRO does all that we can to help you in this. All our restoration methods meet or exceed industry standards, and our technicians are fully trained to IICRC standards. We use technology and products which are state-of-the-art to make sure we get the best results for your home. We offer all our customers comprehensive water mitigation services, and we have a long history of working with insurance companies, so your claims are processed as quickly as possible.

No matter what caused your water damage problem, it is imperative that you have a fast response in calling us and that we move quickly and efficiently in making repairs. In just minutes, water can spread to other areas of your home. After a few hours, pressed wood swells and disintegrates, plus bacterial odor spreads throughout your home. After only a few days, water can create severe complications and secondary damage, resulting in disruptive and costly repairs.

Immediately after the loss, you can do a few things before we get there. Remove wet area rugs or floor coverings which aren’t permanently attached, and lift draperies off the floor, looping them through a coat hanger and putting the hanger on the drapery rod. Place aluminum foil under furniture legs, and move paintings, photos, and art to a dry, safe location. Open closets, drawers and cabinet doors to encourage drying, and pack books on shelves tightly together to prevent warping pages, until we can come and start this specialized drying.

At SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties, we understand how crucial it is to move fast after water damage has occurred. Call SERVPRO as soon as you can after the loss at (256) 736-2036, and we will be out to your home quickly to begin the remediation process.

Welcome To Our Team!

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

It has been a busy year here at SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties already! With that busy year we had a need for more Sales & Marketing Representatives. After a long process of interviews we finally picked the two candidates that fit perfectly with our work family here at SERVPRO. 

We want to give a warm welcome to Ethan Ponder, our newest SMR for SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount! Ethan has an extensive background in Sales & Insurance. His only characteristic is not selling though, he also has rental properties that he renovates in his past time so he already has great knowledge of our production process. We are excited to see what our future holds with Ethan being a part of our team.

We also want to give a warm welcome to Jeremy Scott, our newest SMR for SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette! Jeremy has an extensive background in Marketing & Sells. He has managerial experience in his previous job so he is always prepared & technologically savvy. We are excited to see what the future holds with Jeremy being a part of our team.

Restoring Your Business After A Water Damage

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Cullman/Blount Counties 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 Cullman/Blount Counties

SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties 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.

What Exactly Is Mold?

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever noticed growth on the walls of your home & it prompted you to think, what exactly is mold? If you have, then we are here to help simplify that question and give you a better understanding.

Mold is made up of several different types of fungi that reproduce that can grow rapidly if not treated. Mold that is found in homes are traditionally a white or grayish color. It is especially common to find mold in bathrooms, which is usually green.  Mold may grow in all different types of environments, but thrives in damp and warm environments.

Mold reproduces by forming microscopic spores. These spores can survive under much harsher conditions than mold. The spores move freely throughout the air until it lands on a surface that has excessive moisture on it. Once the spores land mold can begin to grow. In order for it to grow it needs to have oxygen and need to be in a space where the temperature can range from 40° to 100° Fahrenheit.

It is very important to make sure your home is mold free. If mold is present it can affect the health of you and your family. It can also damage or possibly destroy the drywall and wood in your home. If you think your home has mold, call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties at 256-736-2036.

Why You Should Not Consider Water Damage A DIY Project

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Oftentimes, homeowners don't realize the extent of the water damage in their home. Excess moisture is one thing, but damage from a flood, sewer backup or something else can be devastating to your health and your home in general. It doesn't take long for a situation like this to spiral out of control and leave you struggling to figure out what you are going to do to take care of it. The best thing you can do is turn to the help of a professional. Our team has all of the necessary tools to make sure your home is taken care of and the water damage is cleaned up properly.

  • Dirty water from sewage backups is loaded with deadly substances from parasites to chemical residues.
  • Bacteria, fungi and viruses thrive in contaminated fluids. They pose all sorts of health risks, such as hepatitis and salmonella.
  • It only takes 24 hours for mold to begin growing out of control and invading your space.
  • Even a small amount of water left undried could be a source of problems for your home.

Our team has all of the necessary tools and experience to come in and get your water damage taken care of and thoroughly cleaned up to prevent anyone from falling ill or mold setting in.

If you have a water damage, call us to keep your house safe!