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Water Damage in your South Madison Home

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

  •  Identifying the source

Sometimes the source of water is easy to find. However, sometimes the issue is a pipe in the wall or a slow leak under the sink. Some signs of water damage are: standing water, discoloration, musty odors, and in some cases mold. Knowing where the water is will assist you in where to shut off the water. Some homes have a water shut-off valve in the home and most homes have a main shut-off valve commonly by the street. It is important that whatever the source of the water is repaired or replaced by a professional.

  • Minimizing the damage

While we cannot plan for when a water loss will happen we can control what happens after. Water will take the path of least resistance. Shut off the source of water from its source or from the main to your home. Call your insurance company and a water restoration company such as us so that we can inspect the damage and come up with and execute a plan to dry your home. It is always better to have a restoration company come out as soon as possible to start the drying process.

  • Time Frame

Remember, minimizing the damage will not stop the damage. Materials such as wood and drywall will absorb damage. Additionally, avoiding secondary damages depend on the source of water as well as time taken to remove said water from the affected materials. Given that we are able to get to your home and start work promptly our goal is to minimize any damage and necessary demolition in your home.

Emergency Ready Profile

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Take the time to download the SERVPRO  Emergency Ready Profile Mobile App.

Follow the app’s lead to answer the questions essential to helping us prepare to restore your commercial property damage. Designing a restoration and a mitigation plan before a crisis strikes is smart, permitting you to share the layout of your building and the location of key water, heating, cooling and electrical systems with us, so we waste no time verifying these essential details. We also recommend sharing with us the contact information of staff members designated by you to make decisions for your business if you are unavailable.

This tool is free to you so reach out to your South Madison County Sales and Marketing Representative today to get your ERP set up! 

Commercial Property Damage

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has a special divisions of trained teams composed of quality water, fire, mold, storm, and major event technicians, designed to assist you with the restoration of your business after a disaster.

All of these teams are lead by a manager that assists with communication and mitigation involving the recovery of your business. Services that SERVPRO provides to every business owner involves the mitigation of the wind, rain, and flood damage that causes damage in a matter of minutes, requiring an immediate response and quick, efficient to prevent excessive loss of money and time.

It does not matter how small or large your property is; SERVPRO has the services, equipment, and personnel available to address the emergency affecting your business. 

Call us today, we will help you with your business!

Fire Prevention

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Check your alarms, testing the alarms regularly and adding reliable protection when replacing expired alarms, because a home emergency can happen at any time and we want you to be prepared.

Fire Prevention Month is the prefect time talk with your whole family about fire safety – include testing alarms. changing batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarm for hassle-free protection, and escape planning.

  • 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms
  • Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental death
  • 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly*
  • Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their home
  • Just 43% of homeowners have an escape plan*

Having functioning alarms installed throughout your home is the first line of defense for fire prevention. They work around the clock to give your family an early alert in the event of an emergency, allowing you time to safely escape. Alarms should be placed on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as inside and outside each bedroom. Fire alarms should also be placed on every level of the home, especially in the kitchen and garage.

https://www.firstalert.com/community/safety-corner/fire-prevention-month/

First Responders

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

In our line of business we tend to work closely with First Responders such as police, EMTs, and firefighters. Sometimes they are still on the scene when we go cleanup after an event has occurred. 

In our Marketing Department we go visit them and see what we can do to make their jobs easier when we arrive. We never want to be in the way of doing their job. 

We have also taken them baskets full of goodies and even done events alongside them to show what we do after they have done their job. Fire Prevention Month is huge around SERVPRO. We never want anything to happen to you or your property but we want you to know we are available to help in case something does happen! 

Give us a call if you need us! 

Tornado safety tips

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

drawing of a tornado sign Tornado sign

Inside: 

1. Stay away from windows/doors that lead to the outside. 

2. Take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture. 

3. Use hands/arms to protect our head/neck. 

Outside: 

1. Get in low area/ditch or crouch next to sturdy building. 

2. Use hands/arms to protect head/neck. 

Automotive: 

1. Get out and get as far away from vehicle as possible. 

2. Follow instructions for outside safety procedure. 

ALWAYS BE AWARE OF FLOODING IN YOUR AREA. 

Remember: October is a high warning time for tornadoes and hurricanes in Alabama. Stay safe! 

Storm Team Preparedness

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

If you aren't familiar with the SERVPRO system, all franchises are individually owned and operated. Headquarters is located in Gallatin, Tennessee but we also have four storm teams. One of those storm teams is located in Birmingham, Alabama. 

For instance, if some type of event such as a hurricane or tornado comes through then the storm team in Birmingham facilitates sending other franchises to go in and help those other franchises affected in that area. This usually happens with the local franchises are too inundated to handle the jobs coming in. 

Franchises from all over the United States will drive thousands of miles to come help those in need. We are one big "green" family! So if you are ever in need during some catastrophic event, don't hesitate to call us! We are available 24/7, 365!

Thunder storm safety tips!

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Thunder Storm Thunder storm

A thunder storm watch means that a storm is close to or coming soon to your area. A thunder storm warning means that the storm is about to hit or has already arrived in your area. 

Here's a few tips on how to stay safe during a thunder storm! 

Outdoors: 

  1. Keep an eye on the sky. Watch the weather at all times. 
  2. Find a safe place. A building or car will do. Make sure all the windows are closed and avoid places with a lot of metal such as bleachers or dugouts. 
  3. If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees. Crouch down in the open area, keeping twice as far away from a tree as far as it is tall. Put your feet together and place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.
  4. If with others, stay about 15 feet apart. 
  5. Stay away and out of water! 
  6. Stay away from metal and remove backpacks/purses because they usually contain metal. 
  7. After the storm has passed wait 30 minutes before resuming to usual activities. 

Indoors: 

  1. Avoid water. Don't shower, do laundry, wash dishes, or wash your hands. 
  2. Do not use cords! Chargers, extensions, corded phones are  bad idea during a thunder storm. 
  3. Do not use electrical equipment. Computers or other electrical appliances.
  4. Stay inside and away from windows. Keep all windows and doors closed. 

If someone is struck by lightening call 911 for help immediately. The person struck will no carry any charge so it is okay to touch them. 

Mold prevention tips!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold

Let's be clear, there is no sure proof way to prevent mold however, you can make it less likely to enter your home or business! 

  1. Identify the problem areas. Anywhere that holds water can give mold a chance to grow. Basements that flood, windows and air vents that gain too much condensation, water stains on the ceiling tiles. Simply remove any water damaged items and try to keep water from standing too long in the other areas. 
  2. Keep it dry! Anything wet needs to be dried as soon as possible. 
  3. Make sure that your home has proper ventilation. Most common areas that need good ventilation are your kitchen, bathrooms, basements, and attics. Be sure they have enough air flow to keep things dry and at a decent temperature. 
  4. Install mold resistant products! If you're buying, building, or renovating try using mold-resistant drywall. 
  5. Direct water away from your home.
  6. Keep roof gutters clean and stable. 
  7. IF you have indoor plants, be sure to check them weekly for mold. Use Taheebo tea mixed with the water when watering your plants to help keep mold away! 

For more information check out: https://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/how-to-prevent-mold-9-tips  

Or go to: https://www.SERVPROmadisoncountyal.com/

Hot home? Cool tips!

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

AC meme

With the heat still rising for Alabama we have discovered some ways to help keep your home cool and your bill low! Here's some problems you may have and we have the solutions. 

Glass windows letting in too much sun?

Cover all your glass windows with a dark blanket/towel, for best outcome, use blackout curtains! 

Cracks at the bottom of your doors? 

Take a thin towel/blanket, roll it up, and put it in front of the crack. Or cut a pool noodle! Slide the pool noodle on the bottom of the door for easier open and closing. 

 Air not circulating? 

Use fans! Don't turn up the ac. 

Bed too hot? 

Change to silk sheets. 

Other helpful tips:

Don't use candles, even though the flame is little it still gives off heat. 

Also, try grilling more! Heat from your oven/stove/microwave/and other inside appliances radiate heat. 

Lastly... KEEP YOUR VENTS CLEAN!!