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We Get Odors Out

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot damages can cause unpleasant and permanent issues if they are not properly addressed.

As various materials start to burn, the smoke that is produced can travel through the building and leave odors, residues, and deposits on surfaces in many of the hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these odors, residues, and deposits can cause permanent damage to items and contents and can result in periodically resurfacing those odors. Unfortunately, these types of damages are often made a little bit more severe when unprepared property owners attempt to perform the cleanup by themselves.

All of your restorable items in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. All of this includes furniture, curtains and other draperies, upholstery, electronic, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and so much more. We at SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties do not simply cover up the lingering odors with a nice fragrance, we seek out the odors and get rid of them completely.

Crawl Space Fires Can Happen

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

The crawl space is usually where the drain pipes and wiring runs, as well as where the air handler for your HVAC is housed. Because of the possibility of malfunctions with electrical wiring or mechanical equipment, it can cause a fire to break out. In addition to fire hazards, you may have water or mold that you are unaware of. Fires in the crawl space occur on an infrequent basis, but can still have the same result: displacement of occupants. 

We always recommend to have the adequate amount of fire alarms in your home. In most cases with fires in crawlspaces, the fires will burn undetected for a while since there is not typically a smoke detector in crawlspaces. Such a fire could burn for hours or even days until the smoke rises through the HVAC system or you notice from the outside. 

No matter how much of a pain it may be, make it a point to go under your home periodically to check for fires, water, mold, or other issues. 

While it may not be top of mind, be cautious of the space under your home. Be aware of the signs of fires in your crawl space and check it regularly for fire hazards. If you experience a fire in your crawl space, call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties at 256-736-2036!

What If Lightning Strikes Your Home?

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning is definitely an amazing natural phenomenon that scientists are still trying to figure it out. With the bolt temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun, and voltages sometimes greater than 100 million volts, lightning is one of the most dangerous and deadly forces on Earth.

If your home happens to be struck by lightning, you will hear a very loud, and powerful boom that could shake the entire house. Most homes are built to endure a lightning strike without taking too much damage. If lightning strikes your home, you might experience a power surge, or even a fire.

Follow these simple tips in the event that your home is struck by lightning:

  • Call 911 whether a fire is detected or not
  • Once the home is deemed safe, you will be able to go back inside
  • Call your insurance company
  • Call an electrician to inspect your home’s wiring

Watch vs Warning

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

A storm warning can pop up anywhere: TV, cell phone warnings, radio, etc., but do we really understand what these warnings are trying to tell us? Know the differences between each one so that you can be better prepared if one is issued for your area.

  • Tornado Watch: Conditions are ripe for tornadoes within the watch area. Tornadoes associated with hurricanes and tropical storms are typically a very significant cause of death and damage.
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted visually or on radar. Usually issued for a county. If a tornado WARNING is issued where you live, GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STRONG BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!!! 
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are ripe for severe thunderstorms within the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: There is a severe thunderstorm in or heading for the warned area. Treat this like a tornado warning!!
  • Flash Flood Watch: Flash floods are likely to occur in the near future. Be alert for rising water and be prepared to have to move to high ground.
  • Flash Flood Warning: Flash floods are occurring or expected to occur in the near future. If this happens, get to high ground immediately, and GET AWAY FROM VEHICLES... it only takes 18 inches of water to sweep a car or truck away!
  • High Wind Advisory: Windy conditions may occur in the advisory area. This usually makes for unsafe conditions while driving, especially in (but not limited to) large vehicles. Also, avoid boating anywhere in the advisory area.
  • High Wind Warning: Very strong winds are expected or already are occurring that present a significant danger while driving, boating and other outdoor activities. Often issued near tropical storms and hurricanes.

It's Mold Allergy Season

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

We are starting to enter into the season where Fall allergies are going to start hitting people pretty hard. If you are someone who is allergic to ragweed, then fall is probably not a fun time for you. During the fall months, dry leaves, grass, and hay harbor allergens such as mold spores and pollen. Ragweed pollen is one of the most common reasons for fall seasonal allergies. Ragweed grows everywhere in the United States, but mainly in the Northeast, South, and Midwest regions. Peak ragweed season starts mid-August and lasts through all of October. If you are allergic to mold, the autumn months can really ramp up with that. Molds can be located either indoor or outdoor. Here are some tips to manage your fall allergies:

  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Clean visible mold with diluted bleach
  • Keep windows shut
  • Shower after being outdoors

If you are noticing mold growth in your home, call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties so that we can assist you!

Keep Your Eyes Opened for Water Damage

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

The longer that water sits after a pipe bursts, or a roof leaks, the more damage you are actually causing to your home or business. When you notice a water emergency, the first thing to do is to shut off the water source that is causing the damage. If the water is coming from somewhere that you cannot get to shut it off, you might need to call a plumber. Once the water is shut off, you need to call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties. We can asses the problem. No job is too big or too small, we will be able to handle it all. Water damage can sometimes be difficult to spot, but here are some signs you can look for:

  • Water rings on your ceiling or walls
  • Soft or sagging in your ceilings or walls
  • Wet or soggy carpets
  • Warping in your wood floors

It is imperative that you call a professional right away to get the situation under control before it gets worse. Our trained technicians are on stand by and waiting for your call any time, day or night. Call us today at 256-736-2036! We are here to help.

Why is My Basement Flooding?

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Your basement could flood at any given time, and sometimes without warning. Basements usually flood after a heavy thunderstorm with lots of rainfall. Basements are more prone to flooding because they are the lowest part of a building. A few reasons why your basement could be flooding include:

  • A blocked/failed sewer pipe
  • Heavy rainfall coming in
  • Sanitary sewer back up
  • Foundation drainage issue
  • Water supply line breaking
  • Hot water tank failure

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can easily put your health and safety in danger. It can also cause severe damage to your home. The longer the water sits, the worse it gets. It is definitely worth making the call to SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties to get the issue taken care of quickly. You will be met with prompt service with a smile. Our crews are highly trained to take care of any water damage they are faced with.

Don’t hesitate to call us today. We are available 24/7/365.

Know Your Coverage

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

From an insurance adjuster’s standpoint, damage from mold- rust, rot, and mildew- is usually not included in the homeowner’s policy. 

The Insurance Information Institute says mold is covered under the homeowner’s policy, if it is a result of a covered danger. An example would be, the costs of cleaning up mold caused by water from a busted pipe are covered. The mold that develops from humidity or flooding, for instance, would be classified as a maintenance issue that the property owner would be responsible for.

The insurance industry argues that in order to keep homeowners insurance affordable and available to the masses this coverage would end up being excluded. If the policyholder does want mold coverage, then there would be an additional premium for it. There have been fewer claims made because since insurance is not covering these things, no one is going to file a claim.

SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties can mitigate and remediate the original damage, giving you a peace of mind while making it “Like it never even happened." Call us today at 256-736-2036!

We Can Make Your Office Shiny and Clean!

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

There is a major difference between your every day cleaning, and a good, deep cleaning. You and your business staff usually do not worry about all the set in soils and dirt that are in your office areas. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go way beyond the work of your regular janitorial staff, you need to bring in the pros at SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties for prompt and courteous service. Whether it’s removing an odor issue, or deep cleaning floors and carpets, you can rely on us to make your work space look shiny and new. You can find out more about the cleaning services that we offer by calling us at 256-736-2036! We are always here to help and can make it “Like it never even happened."

"August" You Glad School is Back in Session?

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Schools all around our area is either in session, or about to start. Parents are probably in the checklist mode at this point. They are checking off everything to make sure the kids have back to school clothes, backpack, and supplies. Teachers are probably also in this mode making sure they have their agendas and curriculum in order. Have teachers thought about a classroom safety plan? As you move through your checklist, don’t forget about safety- that is the most important thing. 

As a parent, one of your many jobs is to protect your child. As a teacher, one of your many jobs is to educate your students. As professional heroes, one of SERVPRO’s many jobs is to educate you on the importance of being prepared in the instance that a natural disaster strikes. Safety is key and we want to make sure all students, teachers, and faculty members are safe.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Here are a few tips to follow to make sure your school year runs smoothly.

Complete a Safety Checklist

  • Go through your classroom and check for any issues that could potentially arise. It is also imperative for principals to make sure there are no hazards throughout the school.
  • Practice fire drills often so everyone knows what to do and where to go
  • Inspect all exits and make sure there are no hindrances
  • Check the fire extinguishers regularly
  • Check water pipes for any leaks that may need to be addressed

Be Proactive

Get an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) set up with your local SERVPRO franchise. The focus of the ERP is to have a plan in place while minimizing business interruption. This helpful tool will benefit you in the case of an emergency. It will boost your confidence and peace of mind.

Contact SERVPRO

Make SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties to help ensure you that your school and classroom is safely equipped in the event of a disaster. We can help get your property back to preloss condition. “Like it never even happened.”