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What A Storm Honor!

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow.

Our franchise was actually voted Storm Team Franchise of the Year in 2015! This award was a great honor to us! Since we have such a passion for helping others, what better way to fulfill that passion than to head off to another state and help others during their time of need after a devastating storm or flood.

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals:

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises

Fires Affect HVAC Systems

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke & Fire Damage Are Common After a Fire in Your Cullman/Blount Property

A fire in any home is a frightening sight. Fortunately, most of the damage after the flames have been put out is from smoke and soot residues. Smoke and soot are easier to restore than removing scorched and burned property, but it does take time and patience.

One item residents forget about before or after fire damage has occurred at their home is the air and heat or HVAC system. It may not be necessary to clean the HVAC after a fire, but it must be inspected to make certain. If the system is turned on with residue still inside, it is possible to contaminate the entire house in a matter of minutes. SERVPRO has developed a thorough list of questions to inspect an HVAC system and another to clean and repair it if there is smoke or soot residue. 

First, how close was the fire to the HVAC vents or the furnace unit? 
Did smoke enter either the supply or return sides of the system? 
How long did the fire burn? Was the HVAC in operation at any time while the fire was active? 

These questions help us determine just how likely there is contamination, the type of residue, and how extensive it might be. Do not assume there is no contamination because the HVAC was off. An active fire creates air pressure which can force smoke into the system if it burns long enough. An inspection provides the information we need to answer these questions and prepare a restoration plan. 

Are mechanical components of the HVAC damaged? Do they need to be replaced? If so, our technicians can service most HVAC systems. For certain brands, it may be necessary to call in one of their technicians to perform the work. 

Is the ductwork sheet metal, duct board, or flex duct? Sheet metal ducts are easy to clean, duct board is a bit more difficult, and flex duct may have to be replaced because it is not cost effective to pull it out and stretch it to clean out every crease. 

Are the filters contaminated? If yes, then they must be replaced. It is a precautionary practice to toss all filters before the fire and run new filters, inspect, and replace again if the residue is exceptionally thick. 

Does the HVAC need to be disassembled? Taking it apart may be required if the residue is particularly thick and resists cleaning. 
Once we or your contractor has rebuilt the HVAC, our technicians seal the ductwork as tightly as possible to prevent additional contamination and then test it. 

This process is not simple, but restoring the HVAC system in your home is the final, needed step before it is truly safe to return. For SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties, this is not just a job. We understand the need to go back to normal after a fire or any other disaster. Call us today at (256) 736-2036 to begin.

SERVPRO Saves Time For Franchise Owners After Water Damage

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

With Comprehensive Water Damage Cleanup and Rebuilds, SERVPRO Gets Your Doors Open Swiftly

Water damage to a franchise is bad news. Whether your franchise is food based, a coffee shop, a clothes store, a stationery store or something else, water can bring business to a standstill. All it takes is a burst pipe, a flood, or a simple leak and suddenly you have to close your doors during repairs. 
 
Naturally, the first concern after water damage to your franchise is getting the water out, and your shop restored so you can resume business. Fast action is essential to minimize profit loss. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as soon as you are able - We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 
 
Our IICRC certified technicians begin by extracting water from your property. In some cases, a free-standing pump is enough for this. Sometimes we need to use a more powerful truck-mounted pump that can remove a greater volume of water and also draw it uphill if necessary. We also have submersible pumps so that even if there is quite a depth of water (over 2 inches), we can remove it quickly. 
 
Thorough water extraction is key to getting your business up and running again as soon as possible. We extract water first before moving on to the drying process. We train our technicians in how to position a range of axial box fans, dehumidifiers and air movers for maximum effect. 
 
However, SERVPRO also understands that extraction and drying are not the whole story. Depending on the extent of the water damage, there might also be minor or even major damage to your business premises. We save you time by taking care of repair, rebuild and construction as well, so you do not have to call in a separate service to deal with those things. We save you time, money, and stress with our comprehensive service package.
 
In cases of extensive damage, we supply roof tarps, and temporary fencing to secure your property and also take care of boarding up doors and windows. Do not worry about your equipment or stock: SERVPRO has well-managed warehouse space and offers a full pack-out service to keep your inventory safe as we clean the elements during repairs. 
 
We also take care of a range of repairs including drywall removal and installation of new drywall, hardwood or tile floor repair, repainting, and removing and installing carpet. 
 
Using one service for drying and repair is both quicker and more cost effective. Call SERVPRO at (256) 736-2036 for help.

From Alabama To Michigan

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

The unpredictable weather of the last several weeks has brought about an incredible amount of inconveniences and headaches for many Michigan home owners and property managers alike.

The recent bouts rain, and sporadic gusts have tested many of the neighborhoods and systems around the city, including Midland, Sheperd, & Mt. Pleasant. Many roads in these areas are still shut down due to flooding that washed bridges away!

We sent a crew to Michigan to help with the storm clean-up that is greatly needed in the area right now. Our team left on June 25th & they are still gone today July 5th. 

We are very thankful for our hardworking team members who had to miss being with their families on Independence Day, but helping others is what they are all about so it didn't phase them.

Always Ready to Help!

Because we are locally owned, we are ready and capable to respond at a moments notice. With 1650 franchises operating nationwide, SERVPRO has access to equipment required to handle any issues a storm or flooding may bring.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

(256)-736-2036

Doctors Office in Cullman Needs SERVPRO To Clean HVAC

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that your ventilation system could be circulating one or more of many contaminates such as dust, pollen, dirt and odor-causing debris? If your HVAC system has been operating without attention, it can very well be responsible for your poor in-door air quality. Luckily for your home or business, SERVPRO offers routine inspections for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit to help keep it clean and to extend the life of the equipment. The lead physician in a doctor’s office wanted to make sure that his customers and employees were going to have clean air to breathe! He made the responsible decision to give SERVPRO a call for help with cleaning his HVAC system. Our Technicians Randy, Mark, and Shawn went out to the doctor’s office to begin services right away!

 Our crew had inspected the air ducts and properly cleaned them with the necessary equipment. They used air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to purify the air in the building, and the proper equipment to clean the air ducts. Within the very next day our crew had completed the ventilation cleaning! The owner was so thrilled with our ability to provide professional, swift, and efficient service. He was proud to be able to provide his patients with clean & odor free air to breathe!

How To Stop Faulty Sump Pumps Causing Flood Damage In Your Restaurant.

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Deals with Faulty Sump Pumps in Four Steps


There is a reason why busy cafes and restaurants are at a higher risk of flooding than some other businesses. In this type of building, good drainage is essential. Huge amounts of water are needed every day – for cooking and cleaning – and they have to be disposed of quickly. 

It is why many restaurants have a fast moving, below-floor drainage system, with a float activated sump pump. It gets periodically drained, once the water rises above a certain level. Problems occur when cooking oils and organic waste make it into the drain. They clog up the channels, which commonly leads to commercial flood damage in Cullman/Blount restaurants. 

Keep reading to find out how the experts at SERVPRO deal with faulty sump pumps and flooded restaurants in the local area. 

Step One: Inspect the Pump 

The first step is to inspect the pump and identify the problem. If it is just a blockage, the process is quick, and the original pump can likely be used to extract the standing water. 

If there seems to be a fault with the pump, SERVPRO has a portable extractor which can be used to remove the excess liquid. Once the water is no longer a problem, we can arrange for a sump pump repair. 

Step Two: Start the Drying Process 

Dehumidification is very effective, but it extracts water at a slower rate than other methods. It is why our technicians use as many accelerated techniques as possible before they bring in the dehumidifiers. 

The good news is that restaurant drains are typically very shallow. They may cover the whole of the kitchen, but they do not extend very deep. The repair team can place air scrubbers (two in this case) inside the drain cavity to continue the extraction. 

Step Three: Bring in the Dehumidifier 

The importance of speed is not a safety issue, as the water is likely to be Category 1 or 2. However, as long as the drain is out of operation, the restaurant is dysfunctional and unable to perform at the required level. So, we have to get the area dried out quickly. 

The best solution is a small capacity dehumidifier. It gets placed inside the drain cavity. For a small to medium sized restaurant, we would likely use a machine which extracts around 150 pints of moisture per day. 

Step Four: Clean the Drain 

It is not always necessary, but if there is a possibility of mold, SERVPRO treats the walls of the drain with an anti-fungal agent. In a restaurant, the risk of mold growth is slightly higher, because bits of organic waste inevitably end up in the water. 

Normally, an air scrubber or deodorizer is needed if there is evidence of developing mold and unpleasant smells. If you notify our team of the problem quickly, this should not happen. It is only after 48 hours that Category 1 and 2 water sources start to stagnate and fill with bacteria and other nasty substances. 

If your restaurant is struggling with drainage or flooding problems, you need help from the experts. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties provides reliable, professional flood damage repairs. Call us 24/7 at (256) 736-2036

Busting Mold Myths 101

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your Cullman/Blount County home.

Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources.

But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest:

  • A Clean Home is Mold-Free.

A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land.

  • Your home has no moldy odors.

It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it.

  • Your home's basement never floods.

Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement.

  • Bleach can remove mold.

A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow.

Want to know more about mold damage? Call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties today - (256) 736-2036!

If You Suspect You Have Mold Follow These Safety Tips!

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly re-mediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Boston Storm Team

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Our Sales and Production crews hit the road on February 23rd of 2016 from Alabama headed to Boston, MA. We were headed there to help the local SERVPRO franchises of Massachusetts. They had received more work than they could handle, due to the record freezing temperatures. Our team was there for two weeks and helped approximately forty households with water damages due to frozen pipes.

Although it is hard to be that far away from your family for two weeks while working, this is what makes our SERVPRO Storm Team employees so dedicated, hard-working, & big hearted. We want to extend a special thank you to the team of employees who sacrificed their time away from their families to go and work in Massachusetts. It is truly during tragedy that we come together and help the community to make it "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

5/26/2017 (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