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Commercial Property Damage

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire strikes your commercial property, it's quite likely that you feel yourself start to panic. This immediate reaction makes sense given all of the economic turmoil and property destruction that a fire can cause. However, knowing which steps to take in the face of a Treasure Valley commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle a treasure valley commercial fire successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:


1. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert. 
Once the fire department has doused all of the flames, be sure to call a fire remediation expert. This individual will be able to equip you with a thorough assessment indicating the extent of the damages. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.


2. Assemble Your Records. 
In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business's essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have all of your files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.


3. Call The Insurance Company Immediately. 
Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is put out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.


4. Get Permission To Reenter The Building. 
Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, Treasure valley fires can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. This is why you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.


Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Services 
If your business caught on fire, don't worry. Instead, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Boise and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process. Choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition, so call us now at (256) 533-5335 to attain your free estimate.

Cleanup after a Fire Damage

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

The Smoke Cleanup Process

Few smells linger like the odor of smoke. Even if a fire in your home in Huntsville, AL only affects part of the structure, smoke damage can permeate the entire house. Fire remediation experts remove smoke and soot after they have secured the area and extracted anything damaged by the fire and the water used to put it out. They may use several techniques to do so.

Dry Cleaning

Regular washing may not get rid of the total smell left behind by smoke. Many of the items that need odor removal can be handled by dry cleaning:

  • Draperies
  • Clothes
  • Furniture covers
  • Linens

When you wash smoke-infused clothing in a washer, there is an extended period of time where the clothes are sitting in smoky water. The smell can also get trapped in the machine itself. Dry cleaners often have special oxidation processes for getting soot damage out of textiles.

Thermal Foggers

Many professionals use industrial foggers to rid homes of smoke damage after a fire. A fogger is helpful because it gets the smoke out of cracks and crevices in a similar way to the process it underwent during the fire. Chemicals are heated to produce fog that permeates porous surfaces, traps smoke particles and neutralizes them. Once the fogger has completed its job, the air is usually noticeably cleaner.

Ozone Treatments

Another smoke cleaning method is the use of ozone machines. These devices create a similar atmosphere to the outside air after a thunderstorm. By releasing ozone particles into the air, the area gets refreshed. Soon, the clean air replaces the sooty, stale air, making your home smell clean and normal again.

A fire in your home will likely cause extensive smoke damage not only to items within your home but to the structure itself. Professional technicians can clean the damaged area and employ various methods to get rid of the smoke odors.

Minimize Winter Storm Damage with these Tips

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Winters in Huntsville, AL can be severe at times, with heavy rains, winds and snow threatening the very infrastructure of your building on a constant basis. While there is not much you can do about a winter storm, there are steps you can take to minimize storm damage and keep your money in your pocket. Here are four cost-saving tips you can use this winter to keep damage at bay:

  • Prep your building.
  • Equip your building with a generator.
  • Plan for snow and ice removal.
  • Have a plan in place.

Prep Your Building

The best thing that you can do to minimize damage caused by a storm is to prep your building. Equip it with storm windows, replace any old weather stripping with new, have your gutters inspected and, if necessary, replaced, and shut off any outside pipes. Frozen pipes tend to cause the most structural damage during the winter, so to prevent a pipe break, make sure that no liquid is allowed to sit in it.

Invest in Backup Power

Invest in a generator, as a winter storm has the potential to knock out your power. Not only do power outages often result in burst pipes because of lack of heat, but also they can cause data loss and fried electrical equipment. A generator can keep your business operating as normal and your assets, both physical and cyber, safe.

Invest in Snow Removal

When snow and ice are allowed to build up on your building or around your structure, moisture can seep into your building and cause unnecessary structural damage. Additionally, ice is a slipping hazard, which could put you at serious liability for personal injury. By investing in routine ice and snow removal, you can minimize damage and potentially costly accidents.

Have a Plan

If a winter storm becomes too severe, you may need to follow through with a disaster plan. Make sure you have one in place and that everyone in your office knows the drill.

Protect your business against damage and losses caused by winter storms. Prep your building, have backup options, invest in snow removal and have a plan to minimize loss this winter.

Fire in your Kitchen?

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Home fires are most likely to start in the kitchen than any room in the house.  The second leading cause of fires inside the home are from wood stoves and fireplaces.  Multitasking while cooking is the biggest reason fires start in the kitchen.  One third of fires are caused by not paying attention to food on the stove.  Cooking oil or grease can easily catch fire if it gets too hot.  Ranges and cook tops account for 58% of fires and ovens account for 16%.  Microwaves are the leading cause of scald burn injuries.  Hot pans and the hot stove with hot liquids or steam accounted for 55% of burns in children.  Trying to fight a kitchen fire yourself can lead to injury and making the matter worse.

Keep your family safe by providing safety tips to prevent fires and burns.  Have a kid free zone of at least 3 feet around the stove and hot objects.  Children need to be aware of the dangers of cooking and being too close to hot objects.  Keep hot objects away from the edges of tables and counters due to small children reaching for food. 

Keep a clutter free area when cooking to reduce the chance of flammable material setting a fire.  Items to keep away from the stove would include dish towels, potholders, and paper towels.  When distracted and having to leave the kitchen it is best to turn the stove off.  Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen and could have been prevented.

When you have experienced a kitchen fire from a food source you will have soot and odor through out the home.  To remove soot and smoke from walls, furniture, and floors, contact your local SERVPRO of the Quad Cities. Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure.  Listed below are tips on what not to do after a fire:

            What NOT To Do After a Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Leave the cleaning and restoration needs to SERVPRO. There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition. 

Commercial Cleaning

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of the Madison County offers specialty cleaning services ranging from cleaning office upholstery to getting your commercial property clean, safe, and healthy again. Your business represents you.  A clean and attractive business keeps customers coming and leaves a positive impression. We want every inch of your facility to be showcase material. 

Our commercial specialty cleaning services include:
•    Air Ducts and HVAC
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt, debris, and other contaminants.
•    Biohazard and Sewage
SERVPRO is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
•    Trauma and Crime Scene
Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that can cause serious health effects. SERVPRO of South Madison County will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.
•    Carpet and Upholstery
Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.
•    Drapes and Blinds
We carefully inspect and test fabrics to determine which of SERVPRO’s five cleaning methods is best suited to your fabrics. 
•    Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property.
•    Odor Removal and Deodorization
SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts do not work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.
•    Vandalism
Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

Call SERVPRO of Madison County at 256-533-5335 anytime. We offer estimates prior to starting your job and work with your insurance company with covered claims.  If you find your business in need of a cleaning or emergency restoration, call today for your inspection and estimate.

Commercial Water Damage

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (256) 533-5335

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Madison County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Madison County can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We proudly serve Huntsville and the entire Madison County area.

Water Damage can happen Anywhere and to Anyone

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Dehumidifier cavity drying system Here is our cavity drying system to efficiently mitigate high moisture trapped within hardwood floors and wall cavities.

Nobody ever thinks it can happen to them, but it can. Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting and the effects more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volume water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is greater than a typical residence, as well. Also, commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number, as well.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like the growth of toxic mold may be even more problematic than in a home due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health effects may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

  • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
  • Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water.  Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Vermont's humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and to prevent secondary damages such as mold growth, contact SERVPRO of Madison County @ 256-533-5335.

Commercial Fire Cleanup

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

A fire takes over your business at 3 in the morning, what do you do? When the stress is the highest, you can call on SERVPRO to take care of the cleanup and restoration. Our team works in a timely manner to get business back to normal. We take care of everything from the first alarm call to the final inspection, and we are a company you can trust to get the job done right. We do not run from a job, SERVPRO is ready for any commercial fire that arises. We do smoke, soot, and fire cleanup no matter how big the fire is. We take care of the fire damage restoration, and we make sure that your buildings are commercial fire cleanup ready. We offer 24-hour service for any size job.
When a business is involved in a fire, we know how costly the damage can be. SERVPRO is always on hand to help you when you need us most. Our professional approach and our expertise take worry out of the equation so that you can focus on the important things like keeping your customers safe, employees present, and business running smoothly.

Cleaning and Restoring Flood Damage in Huntsville, AL

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Damage Procedures

When you call in professionals such as SERVPRO for flooding from storm damage, the first stage of the job is to make you feel at ease and explain what will happen. They will then inspect your home and its contents. They will write down all their findings and figure out safety and drying procedures. Then they will begin protecting the structure.

For any type of flood damage in Huntsville, our technicians at SERVPRO will need to determine where the water came from and make sure that the source of water has been contained or stopped.

  • We will first figure out if the water is clean, gray, or black. If the water has sat for some time, clean water could become gray, and gray water could turn black.
  • We will explain what we are doing and why and go over the proper forms, so you fully understand what we are going to do.
  • You’ll then sign the proper documentation before we begin any work.
  • We will look for any possible safety hazards next, such as electrical hazards, ceilings loaded with water, and if the flooring is strong enough to hold up people walking on it.
  • We will use moisture detection equipment to figure out where the water migrated, starting with the source of the water and working outward. We will check all areas which could have been affected.
  • We will note the kind of materials which need to be dried and make sure to test the baseboards, walls, cabinets, insulation, crawl spaces, hidden areas, ducts, registers, pads, carpets, subfloors, and wet contents. We will write down everything, from the kind of material to preexisting conditions to how damp everything is.
  • Then, we will measure the damaged areas and photograph the damage.
  • A complete report will be drawn up of all our findings.

The 10 Most Important Things We Look For When Scoping A Contaminated Water Damaged Structure 

  1. How many materials were contaminated?
  2. Are the materials non-porous or porous?
  3. Can the area be ventilated, and is containment necessary?
  4. Can the affected materials be decontaminated and restored, or do they need to be replaced?
  5. Does the amount of contamination pose a health risk to the occupants or us?
  6. Will it be more expensive to restore or replace? Do porous materials automatically need to be replaced?
  7. Are there local, state, or federal regulations that apply?
  8. Was the HVAC system affected?
  9. What do we need to do to prevent more damage?
  10. How will we dispose of the waste?

When it comes to cleaning and restoring flood damage, safety always comes first for us at SERVPRO of Madison County. You can be assured when you give us a call at (256) 533-5335 for your storm damage issues that we will put you and your family first and follow all the proper steps to get your home in order.

Huntsville, AL: Do's and Dont's for Fire and Smoke Damage

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

  • Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Clearly mark the area with caution signs and safety tape.
  • If area is safe, list vital contents for emergency restoration/priority service. 
  • Be sure your staff wears proper personal protection equipment. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • Wash off both sides of leaves on indoor plants.
  • Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 
  • Do not attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO of Madison County Professional at (256) 533-5335.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting your local SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances, computers, television, radios, etc., that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.