SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties is Essential!
Things main seem uncertain right now, but you can be certain that SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties is here for you! We are considered an essential business; SERVPRO is essential because of the emergency based services we provide related to fire or water damage. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties have been receiving calls about our cleaning services. During this time many people are making sure that their businesses and homes are receiving proper care due to possible air-borne illnesses being spread around. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties has many years of expertise in water and fire damage clean up. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in Cullman or Blount Counties, make sure to call 256-736-2036- we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage restoration and repairs.
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties 256-736-2036!
Smoke Travels Far and Fast
A homeowner might think that a minor kitchen fire in Cullman, AL would not be able to cause much damage. The smell of the fire and smoke could linger around after several weeks. When SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties is called and a visual inspection is done, the extent of the fire and smoke damage will then be revealed. Smoke can travel throughout most of the house affecting the structure and the contents. If you experience a fire damage, we can take your contents back to our warehouse and clean them and restore them. SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties has over 20 years in the smoke damage cleanup and restoration. Should you ever have a small fire, or a large fire in your home or business, you can always give us a call at 256-736-2036. We are here to help.
What is SERVPROXIDE?
Many people out there don't know that SERVPRO Corporate employs its own chemist. This person is the one who formulates and manages the company's own line of cleaning products. This is to ensure that the products we use are safe and friendly to the customers we serve in Cullman and Blount Counties. We regularly use one of our newer products, SERVPROXIDE, on job sites that have contaminated water or mold. SERVPROXIDE is an EPA-registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and sanitizer.
Because many of the jobs we work on involve contaminated water or sewage, we use this cleaner to eliminate harmful bacteria, viruses, and molds. SERVPROXIDE effectively removes any remaining contaminants from hard surfaces and sanitizes soft surfaces. It leaves a faint odor that quickly dissipates with air circulation. This product contains a PH level of 8.5-9.5, which means it carries the EPA's lowest toxicity rating and is safe for everyday use. For the cherry on top, the product is a 100% biodegradable surfactant. Among many of the cleaning agents we use, SERVPROXIDE is one of our “go to" products in a long line of specialty products that SERVPRO offers.
A lot of people may only have one major water loss in their lifetime. We have a proven process that will make it easy for all of our clients both commercial and residential.
- First hour: Within one hour of notification, we will call and arrange for service. Help is on the way!
- The fourth hour: Within four hours of notification, we will be on-site starting the mitigation process. With a quick response, it will save money and reduce the amount of damage done.
- Detailed explanation: A SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties technician will explain the step-by-step process and the approximate time that it will take.
- Pretesting: This happens as we work from the source of the damage outward, pretesting for the ability to restore.
- The Eighth hour: Within eight hours, we will have a full scope of service and communicate this to all materially interested parties.
- Cleaning & Restoration: We will work diligently to restore and get your property back to a preloss condition and taken care of correctly the first time.
- Final walk-through: Once all work is complete, our trained professionals will walk through with you to make sure you are satisfied with the job.
Indoor Flooding Can Cause Major Problems
Indoor flooding is one of the leading cause of water damage. There are a few common causes of these type of flooding.
- Leaky of Broken Pipes: The most obvious cause of indoor flooding is leaky or broken water pipes. Pipes can burst from changes in water pressure or even a faulty setup, but regardless of the cause, pipe problems often cause a ton of damage. Leaky pipes are usually a warning sign of more problems to come. Hidden floods caused by broken pipes in your walls can even create the perfect environment for microbial growth.
- Water Heaters: Even a small leak in your water heater can cause major flooding due to its endless flow of water. Make sure to inspect your water heater on a regular basis, keeping up with maintenance to insure to doesn’t spring a leak.
- Clogged Sewer or Drain Lines: The flow of water to and from your house can be disrupted when you have clogged sewer or drain lines. Some clogs might be benign, allowing for a slow drain that is merely an inconvenience. But those clogs can get worse over time. The clog can cause your sinks, toilets, and showers to overflow with water, resulting in major damage.
- Faulty Washing Machine Hose: The most common problem with watching machines are faulty hoses. A leak in your intake hose can worsen over tine and can cause flooding in your home.
If you find yourself in one of these situations, call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties!
HVACs Need Cleaning, Too
Your HVAC unit has to do with cooling and heating your home. Maintenance for your HVAC system is essential if you want your unit to run correctly for a substantial amount of time. Cleaning your HVAC system also entails duct maintenance as well.
Cleaning the ducts and vents means that they will be cleaning separate elements in the HVAC unit. It is important to clean multiple areas in the unit because it is unknown what lurks in your ducts. So, when turning on the air conditioning unit, those who have allergies may react from the dust, dander, or mold in the unit.
There are many advantages of cleaning your ducts/ HVAC unit. One benefit is having a more efficient system which will result in lower utility bills. Another benefit is having a healthier living environment. Keeping up with the system will also keep up the longevity of the unit, it's just like a “tune up” with a vehicle would improve its life span.
Buying or Selling? Mold Could be Present.
Are you buying or selling a house with mold in it? If so, SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties can help you remediate that mold.
Selling a Home with Mold
Trying to sell a home with mold lessens the value of your home and can make it more difficult to sell. Therefore, remediating the mold prior to selling may be a better option. That’s where SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties comes into play. We have a procedure and the right chemicals to cleanup mold issues and better prepare your home for the market. This upfront honesty with the buyer can be valuable, even if the professionals at SERVPRO® have already remediated the mold.
Buying a Home with Mold
Are you looking for your dream home? A first home? A fixer upper? No matter what your motives, know that purchasing a house that contains mold can not only cause health problems, but can prove to be costly either upfront or down the road. If there is visible mold in the house, know that remediating mold can end up being expensive depending on the extent of the issue. So a “cheap find,” might not end up being so cheap after all. When you walk through a potential home, keep your eyes out for various signs and locations of mold:
- Check for water stains on walls/ceilings
- Check for standing water
- Be mindful of a musty odor and/or high humidity
- Check behind/underneath appliances that have water pipe connections
- Carefully investigate basements and crawlspaces
- Any other dark, damp places
I think I have mold, now what?
If you believe there is a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties! We can send someone out and give you an estimate of what it would take to remediate the suspicious growth. We do not perform tests, but we can still follow the standard mold procedures to clean it up. If you want the suspicious growth tested and identified, then you must also call an Industrial Hygienist to come perform a test.
Do You Know How to File a Claim?
No matter the source, water in your Cullman/Blount County, home can cause quite a bit of costly damage. Because of this, it is important to start filing your insurance claim as quickly as possible. This will allow you to finish the process and receive the financial assistance you need sooner. Use the following steps to get through the situation smoothly.
1. Contact Your Insurance Agent
The first thing that you should do is to call your insurance company so that they can begin filing your claim right away. In some cases, waiting too long to contact the company can affect your insurance claim or cause it to be denied, so don’t hesitate to do this.
2. Document the Damage
While an insurance adjuster will come to look at your home, you don’t need to wait for them to arrive. Begin taking pictures of damaged areas of the building as well as affected belongings. You may want to make a list as well. The adjuster can use these as proof of damage.
3. Start Cleanup and Mitigation
Even if it is from a clean source like a pipe burst, the longer water sits in your home, the more damage it can cause. In order to reduce the cost and time of repairs, you can start removing water from the building so that it can begin to dry. Set aside damaged items as well.
4. Review Your Policy
Because all policies are not exactly the same, it is important to know what is covered in yours. Some causes of damage, such as a flood, may not be included. Look over the details so that you know what to expect and what is expected of you during the claims process.
5. Prepare Necessary Forms
Once the insurance company has sent you the required forms, you should fill them out as soon as possible. This way, they will have everything they need to finish filing your claim.
If your home has been damaged, a cleanup and restoration company can return it to its previous condition. Filing your insurance claim quickly can help you cover the costs.
The #1 Reason for a Fire in Your Home
Numbers and statistics can offer insights into a variety of topics. Every home fire helps fire departments and government officials learn new and better ways to prepare homeowners to prevent the next fire. It's a big job and affects a lot of people. More than 4300 hundred fires each day in the country need the assistance of a fire department. How do all of these fires get started and what are the most likely causes? By analyzing the available data, groups such as the National Fire Protection Association hope to learn about trends and educate the public to increase fire safety.
Top Fire Causes
The number one cause of fires in the nation were from people leaving equipment unattended, such as a space heater or a stove. It is easy to see how a home fire could begin in Atlanta, GA, from a fireplace that no one is watching. One spark that shoots onto carpeting could quickly become a blaze that is too hot to handle. Other leading causes of fires including the following:
Electrical failures or malfunctions
Home grill fires
Children playing with fire
Clothing machines and washing dryer fires
Lightning strike fires
Going by statistics alone, cooking is a dangerous activity and results in over 470 homes fires each day. Cooking fires increase around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Best Fire Responses
When a fire happens, the residents of the home should seek safety first. If the fire is too big to put out, everyone should flee the home. The fire department should be called as quickly as possible. Not only will the fire crew be able to put out the fire, the crew can rescue any people or pets still in the home. One of the next steps is to begin fire cleaning by contacting a professional fire remediation team. This is the quickest way to recover from a home fire.