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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!! 

Natural ways to fireproof your home!

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Home on fire

Want to keep your family as safe as possible from fire? We have put together some safe and natural ways to help fireproof your home! 

First, let's start with the yard. You will need to remove any dry or dead plants/weeds in the yard, even if they cannot be fully removed be sure to keep your yard watered. Try to keep all your trees and bushes trimmed, be sure to remove any branches or dead leaves that may fall into your yard. Plant fire resistant plants around your home, remember, not every plant will grow in the conditions you live in. Be sure to do your research and keep the plants alive and well! 

Second, let's fireproof your home! If you see a fire close to your home, whether it be a wild fire or another property close to you, wet down your roof and any wood surfaces on the outside of your home. When remodeling, if you do not already have these on your home, consider using metal or tiles for your roof. Use fire retardant paints. For the outside of your home try to use stone or brick. 

Last but certainly not least! Test your smoke detectors at least once a month, make sure to change the batteries at least two times a year. Make sure to always have a fire extinguisher handy in all areas of your home. Keep all trash on the outside of the home. And if a fire occurs near your home be sure to move all vehicles and gas cans away from your home. Be careful where your smoke and try not to use grills or fire pits when the weather is dry. 

For insurance claim purposes, take pictures of the inside and outside of your home every year. 

Commercial Services

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning

Did you know that SERVPRO does commercial cleaning? That's right! WE do! Servicing everything BIG to small: restaurants, hotels/motels, retail, hospitals, industrial, and so much more! We don't just cater to your fire/water/mold damages. We CLEAN your business! Carpet, upholstery, you name it: we'll clean it! We take pride in keeping YOUR business clean and tidy. Appearances are everything and when it comes to business, people do judge a book by its cover. Let us help you make a good impression!

For more information visit our website at SERVPRO of Madison: https://www.SERVPROmadisoncountyal.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning or email: offfice@SERVPRO10930/com  call: (256) 533-5335

Also like and follow our Facebook/Instagram/Twitter pages at SERVPRO of Madison County 

Commercial Damages

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration

When fire/water/mold take control of your business, we help take it back! Locally owned and operated in Huntsville Alabama, we serve our community with pride in ALL we do! We will clean and restore your damages and make it look "Like it never even happened." With 24 hour emergency services 7 days a week 365 days a year and 1,700 franchises, we act faster to any size disaster! 

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon 

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.  

 Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita 

Got Fire Damage?

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to house

Did fire, smoke, or soot damage your home or business? Give us a call! (256) 533-5335. We have the  experts to help clean and restore your home or building! Our technicians are trained to eliminate the odor from smoke, clean the mess left behind from soot, and restore what fire has taken a toll on. While each fire damage situation is different from another, it requires a unique solution tailored to the specific condition(s).  When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration.  

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

For more information visit our website at: https://www.SERVPROmadisoncountyal.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration and check under our fire tab! 

Like us on Facebook at SERVPRO of Madison County for tips/tricks/diys for your home or business! 

Fire safety tips!

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Look. Listen. and Learn.

In 2014, there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. A U.S. fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 64 seconds. 

  • One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.
  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 33 minutes.
  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 41 minutes.
  • One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.
  • One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 8 seconds.

Fire Safety Tips

  • When cooking, always wear fitted clothing, and do not leave stoves unattended.
  • Never smoke in bed, and keep lighters and matches away from kids.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from a flammable source, and do not leave fireplaces unattended.
  • Do not use damaged electrical cords or overload outlets.

For more information go to http://alabamapublichealth.gov/injuryprevention/fire.html 

Commercial Water Damage in South Madison County

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.