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How Professionals Restore Water Damaged Subfloors in Huntsville Homes

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in Huntsville, Alabama home Water can quickly damage the subfloor. SERVPRO is equipped and trained to restore your water damaged floor.

Flood Damage and Subfloor Restoration for Huntsville Residents

Bringing your home back to its preloss condition after flooding can be a challenging task for even the most enthusiastic home repair people. Floodwaters spread quickly from the source and can often seep into the wall spaces or through the floor, where it begins to saturate the subfloor below. Subfloor damages as a result of flooding can result in significant losses for a homeowner. Once moisture saturates the subfloor, there is a high chance of rot, mold growth, or weakening of the structure itself.

Since harm to your subfloor often goes unnoticed, it can impact homeowners several months after flood damage to their Huntsville home. At SERVPRO, we find that a great many of our mold remediation jobs are caused by a flood or water incident at the property several months before. When your property is full of floodwater, understandably, you prioritize removing moisture and drying the property. However, without conducting a full inspection of the subfloor, you could be a victim of significant flood-related losses.

Assessing your subfloor can be difficult as various fittings need removal to gain access. SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors to gain an accurate picture of subfloor water damage without removing materials. Moisture sensors use sharp probes to push through carpets and tell a technician whether or not standing water has migrated downward. Should a moisture sensor return a positive reading for moisture, your technician may need to remove carpet or floorboards to dry the subfloor.

Subfloor pads are often the first thing to go when water migrates into the subfloor. These large porous materials absorb water quickly and can break apart when wet. SERVPRO technicians can remove the pad, cut it into smaller pieces, and place it into a waste disposal bag. The removal of the pad allows us to gain direct access to the subfloor, where we can deploy standing extractors to remove any excess from the affected area. In some cases, we may deploy desiccant dehumidifiers to draw moisture from a subfloor with high levels of saturation. Once dry, we can replace the existing subfloor pad with a new one at a low-cost.

Professional restoration services can protect your home from sustaining damages further down the line. Contact SERVPRO of South Madison County at (256) 533-5335.

If Your Home or Business is Damaged by a Storm, Call SERVPRO

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage to a house in Huntsville Alabama Residential storm damage caused an intrusion of water

When your home or business sustains damage from a storm, you need help quickly and you need a company with the experience and expertise to get the job done right.

When you call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of South Madison County, our team will be on-site quickly to assess the damage and create a plan to get you back into your home or business quickly. Our fast response helps to minimize further damage and reduce costs. With a network of over 1700 franchises, we have the manpower and resources to handle any size situation.

Damage caused by sudden storms can be devastating and overwhelming. We will work with your insurance company and walk you through the process of returning your property to its preloss state. Services that we provide include: water extraction, dehumidification, mold remediation, carpet cleaning, and odor removal. If your home or business has been damaged by a storm, call SERVPRO of South Madison County, anytime day or night at 256-533-5335.

Commercial Water Damage

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Updating commercial plumbing from older materials to newer materials to prevent a commercial water damage. Building Plumbing System in Huntsville, AL

Should I Update My Plumbing System?

If your Huntsville, AL commercial property was built or repiped sometime between 1978 and 1996, there’s a good chance that it has polybutylene pipes. What once was hailed as a great new plumbing technology eventually turned into a bunch of burst pipes and flooded properties. Then, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) was introduced. So, which is the best decision, keeping the old pipe system and risking a disaster or paying to repipe the building with PVC? The old pipes:

1. Degrade

What they didn’t realize about the material of this type of pipe is that it degrades over time. Water treatment chemicals, such as chlorine, can break down the material making it brittle. Over time, mini-fractures will form in the pipe, eventually causing it to rupture under the water’s force. Unfortunately, there’s no way to detect a problem with the pipe since the deterioration starts from within the pipe.

2. Affect the Water

Brittle, degrading pipes can affect the quality of the water. Chemicals can leach into the water.

3. Aren’t Repairable

There’s no way to repair a damaged polybutylene pipe since it degrades from the inside out. Replacement is your only option to protect your building.

4. Aren't Up to Code

Building codes in the United States and Canada no longer recognize these pipes. If you want your building to be up to code, you’ll have to get your building repiped with PVC.

5. Won’t Be Covered by Insurance

More than likely your insurance won’t cover your building if it has these old pipes. At the very least your insurance premiums may be a lot higher than they would be with newer pipes.

6. Lower the Building’s Value

Few will want to buy a building that’s not up to code. If they do, it’s going to probably be for a lot less than your building is worth. Getting your building up to code will make it much more appealing to potential buyers when it’s time to sell.
Getting new plumbing for your building could get expensive. If your building sustains water damage due to degraded polybutylene pipes, restoration professionals can return it to its preloss condition.

Smoke Damage

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage in Huntsville, Alabama home Smoke Damage, Huntsville Alabama

Smoke Damage in Huntsville, Alabama

The homeowner thought this was a minor kitchen fire in Huntsville, AL. SERVPRO of South Madison County was called because the smell of the fire was persistent after several weeks. Our visual inspection didn't reveal the extent of the smoke damage but our testing told a different story.

The smoke had traveled throughout most of the house effecting the structure and contents. We took all the belongings back to our facility and had them cleaned and restored. The homeowners were very thankful for all the work that we did to get their home back and looking great once again.

SERVPRO of South Madison County has highly trained technicians with experience in smoke damage cleanup and restoration. Should you ever have even a small fire or smoke damage in your home or business, give us a call 256-533-5335.

Knowledge to Handle a Commercial Water Damage

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Water Damage

This does not mean you need to be worried when an emergency does occur because we have certified technicians who understand the importance of getting your commercial property back up to normal as soon as possible. Our trained technicians work quickly to assess the situation, communicate a cleanup and drying plan, and start work immediately. We have the necessary resources to handle any size job. We understand that quick and efficiency must happen to minimize damage and to resume operations as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of Madison County has a team specifically trained and ready to go in event of a commercial property water or fire damage. If your commercial property experiences a water damage emergency call SERVPRO® of Madison County. Our teams are readily available to make your property “Like it never even happened.” Our teams are staffed with highly trained technicians in property restoration under IICRC industry certifications, our teams are equipped with the education to restore your property.

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!