Local Insurance Agents Choose Us, Too!
Should you happen to have fire or water damage at your property, would you know who to call? Across Cullman and Blount Counties, the majority of insurance agents trust one name in the industry: SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties So, why choose SERVPRO? The same reason local insurance agents choose us.
Fire and water damage are very unpredictable. If it strikes your home or business, you can rest assured knowing that SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties will be there to help you in your time of need.
Many local insurance agents state that they recommend SERVPRO to their customers. Additionally, majority of local insurance agents say they would recommend SERVPRO to their clients over any other mitigation and restoration company in the business in water or fire claim situations.
For any damage that strikes your residential or commercial property, rely on the premier cleanup and restoration company that local insurance agents choose; SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties.
What Can SERVPRO Do For Me?
Whether your Cullman or Blount county apartment or home needs emergency flood damage cleaned, you can depend on us. We are always Here to Help! Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best!
SERVPRO® Residential Services include:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
- Residential COVID-19 Disinfecting
There is never a convenient time for water or fire damage to strike your Cullman or Blount county commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When the need for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services arises, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
SERVPRO® Commercial Services include:
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
- Commercial COVID-19 Disinfecting
Do You Know How to Use a Fire Extinguisher?
A fire-extinguisher can certainly be very helpful in preventing fire and smoke damage from spreading throughout your home or office in Cullman or Blount county. If the worst happens, remember that we have caring, trained experts to help you in cleaning up the damage left from a fire.
OSHA has some helpful training tips. If you have any doubts or concerns at all, leave the premises and 911 once you are outside.
- You have the right class of fire extinguisher
- You know how to use the fire extinguisher
- You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than injuries to you or others.
Types of Portable Fire Extinguishers
- Class A fire extinguishers should be used to put out fires involving cardboard, paper, wood, dried vegetation.
- Class B fire extinguishers should be used to put out fires involving flammable and combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel, oil, and oil-based paints, and many solvents.
- Class C fire extinguishers are suitable for use to extinguish fires that involve appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in or otherwise electrically energized, as well as for fires burning in close proximity to electrically-energized equipment.
- Class D fire extinguishers are designed for use to extinguish combustible metals, such as magnesium or sodium, and are often designed for the specific type of combustible metal.
- Class K fire extinguishers are designed to be used for putting out fires that involve oils and greases used for cooking in kitchens.
Knowing the different classes of fire extinguishers will help ensure that you take the certain steps to get the fire out!
For all the messes, stains, spills, and bad weather that life can bring, SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties has a product for any and every cleaning situation at hand. This includes but not limited to a sewage backup, fire, mold, carpet cleaning, a bio job, or even a vandalism job. SERVPRO comes ready with the products specially formulated by SERVPRO scientists and chemists needed for any of those situations.. Our specialty products make us one of the leading companies with our attention to customer needs and product details. We train our technicians, so they know how to properly and, most importantly, safely utilize the products. We are prepared for any situation, keeping all our equipment and product stocked, and we make sure that the homeowner or business owner is happy with the results when we leave. You can trust SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties to follow IICRC recommended guidelines when cleaning for a customer's home or business, keeping the customer's safety as our main priority. We have eco-friendly products available to satisfy all our customers. When coming into the home or commercial space, we work efficiently to get the residents back to day-to-day life. Call us today to see how we could help you!
Common Causes of Flooded Basements
Homeowners and business owners will deal with a basement flood at least once in their lives. Depending on what’s in your basement, flooding can cause all sorts of issues and damage. Unfortunately, once a basement has flooded, it’s likely to flood again, so it’s best to address the cause of the problem head-on.
Due to the nature of basements, basement floors and walls must be properly sealed against incoming water. These seals are usually installed when the basement is constructed. If your floor or wall seals are faulty, water can seep through, especially after heavy storms when the ground is saturated. Floor and walls can always be resealed.
Poorly Planned Drainage System
This extremely common basement flood culprit of basement flooding is easy to remedy. Downspouts are meant to divert rainwater away from the foundation of the house. Occasionally, downspouts are placed too close to the basement wall, or water from the downspout drains toward the basement wall. This puts too much pressure on your weeping tile and leads to leaks. Extend downspouts to at least six feet away from the basement wall in a place where they can drain away from the house.
If your gutters become clogged with leaves and debris, they can overflow. This creates a waterfall effect right next to your basement wall, causing leaks. The fix is easy: grab a ladder and clean out your gutters. Of course, if your gutters fill frequently, consider switching to larger gutters or installing gutter guards.
A basement flood is rarely a one-time occurrence. The next flood could require costly restoration work, and water damage is often a major red flag to buyers and insurance companies. Find out what’s causing your basement to flood and fix the problem right away.
If you own a home or business there’s a chance that secondary damage could also pose a risk. From what this damage is to types of damage, including mold, here are a few things you should know.
1. What It Is
A secondary type of damage is any damage that occurs as a result of damage related to the initial problem. For example, if a pipe breaks the carpet could get soaked. This is a primary damage. However if the soaked carpet is not dried and the sub-floor warps, the damage to the sub-floor would be considered secondary. Secondary damage usually occurs if the initial damage is extremely severe, incorrectly cleaned up, or damage that is not cleaned up in a timely manner.
2. Types of Damage
There are a few types of damage that often fall into the secondary category. These include warped wood, cracking in sheet-rock or plaster, peeling vinyl, cracked tile, water stains, black mold, and high humidity problems as excess water evaporates. If the water damages has created a weakness in the exterior of the home, such as the roof, you may also experience problems from high winds or additional weather.
3. What To Do
If your home has suffered any type of water damage it’s best to contact SERVPRO for help with cleanup and repairs. Our professionals can act quickly, are trained in the proper cleanup procedures, and have the tools necessary to safely do the job. Correctly handling the situation can help you prevent additional secondary damages.
It’s important to remember that secondary damage happens as a result of water damage. It can include things such as warped flooring or microbial growth. If you have water damage it’s important to call a restoration service, and make repairs as quickly as possible. Doing so can help you mitigate additional damages to your home.
Protect Your Business After a Fire Damage!
There are a host of reasons why a fire at your commercial property can be stressful. Your mind will then be filled with hundreds of questions on what to do next and who to call for help.
After a fire, it's time to start the remediation process. When the fire cleanup team leaves for the day, your property will be unoccupied. Installing a fence can protect the premises from the following:
When the clean up professionals leave for the day, you'll be responsible for the property. That means that if an employee sneaks by to pick up a personal item and slips on some water or steps through a weakened floor, you could be held liable for their injuries.
Installing a temporary security fence can also prevent your property from individuals who may want to steal items from your business, take building materials, or destroy and deface property.
Tarp the Roof
Humans are only half of the equation when it comes to protecting your building during fire cleanup. You'll likely have the weather to contend with as well. Employ tarps to shield holes in the roof from rain, sleet, snow and hail.
An open window or door invites intruders. To prevent animals from temporarily making home in your building, board up any opening that wouldn't normally be there. Like the roof tarp, these barricades will keep out high winds and other weather as well.
A fire at your commercial property in Cullman or Blount county, can be overwhelming. Protect the premises from the beginning with a security fence, tarps and boards, and you can begin decreasing your stress levels just as swiftly.
Difference Between Mold & Mildew
The thought of finding mold in your home or business can be quite frightening, especially when you’re unsure how to get rid of it. Mildew and molds are fungi - simple microscopic organisms that thrive anywhere there is a moist environment. This will make it difficult to be able to get rid of it on your own.
Mildew (which is mold in early stage) and molds grow on wood, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, insulation, decaying leaves and other organic materials. Mold growths (also known as "colonies") can start growing on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours. They reproduce by spores - tiny, lightweight “seeds”- that travel through the air.
Mold can digest organic material, eventually destroying the material that they are growing on, and then spread to destroy adjacent organic material. In addition to the damage molds can cause in your home, they can also cause mild to severe health effects if left untreated. If you or someone you know has discovered growth in their home or business, give us a call at 256-736-2036!
Unseen Water Can Cause Major Damage
Unseen water can cause some of the most invasive damage that can happen to a structure. The longer the water damage goes unnoticed or unresolved, the higher the repair costs will be. This is because when water is left to its own devices, it will seep and soak into everything that stands in its way. Floors, subfloors, floor joists, drywall, insulation, are just some of the areas that water can travel. After the water leak is identified and corrected, there may be several structural repairs that will need to be addressed.
We have extensive experience in mitigating water damage, and we have a team of highly trained water restoration technicians available 24 hours a day to respond to your call. Cullman and Blount county home owners and business owners know that they can count on us to quickly and safely restore their water-damaged property to preloss condition quickly and efficiently.
If your home or business needs water damage restoration services, call us today and we will be happy to assist you!
Be Safe While Using Extension Cords
An extension cord can come in handy from time to time to help you solve a temporary power issue, however they should not be used for a long-term solution. Extension cord misuse can cause damage to your home or business. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) here are some tips to keep your extension cords safe:
- Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground.
- Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring.
- Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors. If cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which may result in a fire hazard.
- Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance.
- Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip you use is rated for the products to be plugged in.
- Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way.
- Never use three-prong plugs with outlets that only have two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. This defeats the purpose of a three-prong plug and could lead to an electrical shock.
If you experience fire or smoke damage, please call us! No job is too big or too small.