The 4th of July is quickly approaching! This is the time for BBQs, swimming, and of course firework displays. Fireworks are fun and pretty to watch, but they can also cause a lot of damage and injury if not handled properly. Follow these simple tips to keep you and your family safe!
Water: Make sure to have a source of water close by.
Fire: Never light fireworks near dry grassy areas.
Clothes: Be careful of wearing loose clothing articles when handling fireworks.
Wind: Be cautious of wind conditions on the day or night that you are wanting to use fireworks.
If you find that a fire damage has occurred at your home or business, do not hesitate to let SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties come in and take care of the situation. There is no job too big or too small for our crews to handle. You can reach our office at 256-736-2036! We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Power Outages Can Cause Damage
A summer thunderstorm can be fun to watch from a safe distance. The warm air, the rolling sound of the thunder in the background and the streaks of lightning can be calming and therapeutic for some. But of course, with a thunderstorm, the chance of a power outage is always a possibility.
Normally, a short power outage is no big deal, but the longer the power is out the potential for damage to a home or business increases. For example, homes that take on water during storms generally, have a sup-pump that removes the water from the basement before damage can occur. Without power, this pump will not work allowing water to fill up the basement. If you rely on air conditioning to keep your home or business from getting hot and humid, a power outage can quickly lead to mold growth.
If you do run into any of these issues contact our office. We are always here to help!
We are Flooded Basement Experts!
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?
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.
Here is 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 crews handle the situation safely and correctly..
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 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
3 Things to Know About Black Water
Storms are expected in the Cullman/Blount Counties area and protecting your home or business from water damage can be important. Did you know that flood water is classified as black water and can require some extra cleanup steps if your property experiences flooding? Fortunately, a local restoration team, like SERVPRO, can help.
1. Water is Categorized
It’s important to know that water is often broken down into three categories. This is done to help restoration teams know what steps to use when cleaning up after a flood. White water is considered safe for human consumption and is mostly clean, often resulting from a broken faucet or pipe. Gray water is used water that may contain food particles or mild cleaners. Black water is any water that may have come in contact with fecal matter.
2. What Counts as Black Water
Any water that may have potentially come in contact with sewage material, or storm flooding, can count in the black category. If this type causes water damage in your place of business it’s best to contact a professional for help as special cleaning and sanitation steps may be required.
3. Who Should Perform the Restoration
If you have damage from flooding it’s highly recommended to contact a local restoration service to conduct cleaning and repairs as quickly as possible. These professionals are trained in a number of restoration techniques, meaning than not only can they handle flooding, but mold mitigation as well. They will also be able to thoroughly clean and sanitize the affected area to prevent the spread of any bacteria that may have been present in the water.
Understanding what category flood water damage falls into can help you take the necessary steps during cleanup.
In order to keep businesses cool throughout the hot summer season, our HVAC systems will be working nonstop. What you may not know is that with frequent use, HVAC systems can actually be fire hazards. We usually think of electrical malfunctions, complications involving cooking equipment, or careless accidents as the culprits of commercial fires. Even though complications involving HVAC systems are not the first cause of commercial fires that comes to mind, fires of this nature can be devastating for businesses. It is beneficial for commercial businesses to gain awareness of common fire hazards associated with HVAC systems in order to understand how to effectively protect against significant fire damage.
Three Common Hazards
One way in which HVAC systems can be fire hazards is if the system has a leaky fuel line. HVAC systems are home to flammable fuels, including gas, petroleum, and oil, which can easily catch fire if the fuel line leaks upon other damage. This fire hazard can be avoided by making sure that your commercial business’ HVAC system and fuel line receive regular, routine maintenance. Regularly scheduled maintenance is incredibly important in protecting your business from a fire due to an HVAC system’s leaking fuel line because leaking fuel lines can often go unnoticed.
Damaged electrical connections within an HVAC system can also be a fire hazard due to the prevalence of exposed or burnt electrical wires. Over time, electrical connections loosen, which result in damaged wires, thus increasing the risk of a fire igniting. A common sign of damaged electrical connections within an HVAC system is the smell of burnt plastic, which is due to the melting of the plastic coating on electrical wires. In the event that you notice this smell in your business’ building, it may be a sign that your HVAC system has damaged electrical connections and therefore, needs to be repaired or replaced in order to avoid a dangerous fire.
Oftentimes, HVAC systems are stored in closets or storage areas inside of commercial businesses. As a result, they may be too close to other objects, such as cardboard boxes, crates, or miscellaneous equipment. Under this condition, the HVAC system is more susceptible to damage and, if a fire were to ignite, it could easily spread to the surrounding objects, thus creating a larger, more dangerous fire. This increases the likelihood of the fire spreading to other areas of your business, which can be devastating. Keep the area around HVAC systems clear in order to protect your business from this hazard.
When Storms Happen, We Are There
When Cullman and Blount County businesses suffer serious damage after storm events, SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties will work around the clock to clean up any debris and to restore the property to preloss conditions. We understand that commercial storm damage can be very costly in terms of productivity; that is why it is always our goal to get your business back up and running as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.
We have the resources to handle large storm damage.
When a storm hits Cullman or Blount Couny, we can scale our resources to handle large-loss commercial restoration projects. We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,600 franchises across the country, as well as elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout.
If your home or business is ever damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but we will be there to help you weather the storm.
We're Here to Get You Back in Business
This Pandemic Won’t Last Forever
This global pandemic crisis caused by COVID-19 has taken away many of the social activities that we as Americans enjoy, but it will not last forever. When businesses reopen, people will be ready to socialize, dine, and enjoy all the activities that they used to. We wants to help Cullman and Blount County businesses get back to work. We have years of experience cleaning biological contaminants and viruses similar to COVID-19 and we use EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning products.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
We follow the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and adhere to their strict protocols for cleaning and disinfecting both porous and nonporous surfaces. The CDC recommends the routine cleaning of all high-touch surfaces including:
- Light switches
- Counter tops
- Bathroom fixtures
- Common areas
SERVPRO Technicians are Uniquely Prepared
Our highly trained professionals are required to undergo rigorous initial and ongoing specialty training and we are uniquely positioned to respond to any biological cleaning need. When you are ready to get back to business, SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties wants to help. Our team is specialty trained to provide the highest level of commercial cleaning and restoration services. Call us today at 256-736-2036.
Act Fast on Water Damages
There are three categories of water that can flood your business in Walker and Winston County. Category 1 water is the best-case scenario. Category 1 damage comes from clean water sources, such as a broken supply line or a broken pipe. The key is to act quickly before any damage becomes worse. Untreated category 1 water can quickly turn to category 2 or 3 water.
1. Turn Off Electricity
When water is involved, your first safety concern is electricity. Turn off all electric sources near the flooded area. If the water is confined to a single room, then cutting power to that room will suffice, but if the damage is multi-room, consider cutting power to the building. Call your utility company if you can’t reach the panel safely.
2. Stop the Flow
Once the threat of electrocution has passed, find the source of the flooding and stop the flow immediately. Stopping it could be as easy as turning the valve off on an overflowing toilet tank or something a little more difficult, like completely shutting off clean water to the whole building. It is important to know where all the water valves, inside and outside, are in your building.
3. Call Your Insurance Company
As soon as the risk of electricity and flowing water is resolved, call your business’ insurance company in order to discuss the coverage for your assets. Many insurance policies cover flooding from broken pipes but not from a natural flood. Ask your insurance company to work quickly so you know what is covered. Be sure to take pictures of the damage for your records.
4. Get Help for Cleanup
If it’s a small flood, you may be able to start the clean up process by yourself, but be sure to call a water mitigation company quickly. These companies know exactly what to do to ensure the damage is at a minimum.
Flood damage recovery can be a long process. The good thing is that category 1 water is clean water and that makes the situation a lot less complicated.
Mold in the Attic
Attics (like crawl spaces) are one of the biggest places for mold to grow because moisture can easily accumulate in these spaces. It’s not every day that we think to check the attic for moisture.
Attic mold is mostly caused by poor ventilation. A good tip to check your attic space for moisture is by looking at the nails; if there is excess moisture, chances are you’re the nails will start to rust. Eliminate or reduce the amount of moisture in your attic space by using the following helpful tips.
- Look for Roof Leaks – Check for discoloration at the joints where two types of material meet, or repair/replace deteriorating spots on the roof.
- Check for raised shingles – When shingles become brittle and dry, they are subject to nails pushing the shingles upward. High winds can also push old and damaged shingles upward.
- Beware of any gaps where moisture can enter – a few common culprits are skylights, duct work, plumbing and insulation (check for missing portions/sagging)
Summer Can Bring Mold
The summertime months bring lots of fun activities- cookouts, pool parties, and beach trips. It can also bring a not so fun guest to the party- mold. The risk of mold growing in your home goes up during the summer season because of the warmer temperatures, high humidity, and storms. The smallest amount of mold can cause several health issues such as asthma, and allergies. These are especially common in children and the elderly. There are many different ways to prevent mold growth in your home, and there are things you can to do if mold is already present.
An average 4 person family will use around 25 pints of water per day from washing clothes, washing dishes, and taking showers. If all the moisture from those activities are not properly ventilated, the risk of mold will increase dramatically.
Moisture droplets build-up in the windows and musty smells are tale-tell signs that it is a mold-friendly environment. If mold is not visible to the eye but there is a strong musty smell, that could mean there is mold in the walls, floors, or in the air ducts.
Before you leave for those fun summer plans, make sure you have checked around your home for signs of water build up- especially under sinks, and around toilets and bathtubs.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties today!